Diane's books

The Miracle Lady: Kathryn Kuhlman and the Transformation of Charismatic Christianity
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Cut and Run
Last Light
24 Hours of the Phoenix
A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives
Death on the River
Saving Annie: Book One--The Fall
Eye for an Eye
Close to the Bone
Watching You
Winter Song
The Girls Across The Bay
Bring Them Home
Something Wicked
Becoming Starlight: A Shared Death Journey from Darkness to Light
Past Tense
The Practice baby
Modern Patchwork Home: Dynamic Quilts and Projects for Every Room
Tell Nobody

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Kerry Lonsdale LAST SUMMER A shocking psychological suspense and emotional romance....

Bravo, Kerry Lonsdale!

Last Summer by author Kerry Lonsdale grabbed me from the first and I could not stop reading until I had finished the whole book. I urge those who want to read this amazing psychological suspense to skip reading reviews which may hold hints or spoilers.
So, how will I write a review you may ask? Very carefully! You want the twists of the plot to shake you because it is very emotional. This book is about loving someone enough to put aside your own dreams for their comfort in life. It is also about an enormous miscommunication between Ella and Damien which sets up the couple for secrets and future heartaches.
Ella has been in an accident and wakes up in a hospital but does not remember certain parts of her life. Something has happened to her during her recovery time in the hospital which has robbed her memory of the most horrific event, an accident and the death of her unborn son. She can not feel guilt because she does not remember being pregnant or even wanting a baby. Ella discovers she and Damien loved and named the baby boy Simon. So, why does she not have any maternal memories of this baby? There is more than one answer, but you must discover how deeply the deceptions and manipulations by loved ones can make a huge difference in a persons life choices. As Ella recovers and starts a new feature project to interview a man of mystery, fragments of memories began to shatter her heart.
The ending left me breathless!
Publication Date July 9, 2019
Thank you Kerry for the awesome ARC of Last Summer and the opportunity to read and review!  

                           Art Image by Dane Lochala

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Jennifer McMahon - The Invited Ghosts, White Deer, and Murder!!

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon is a suspenseful ghost story which you will not want to put down until the ending! It does not matter if you believe in ghosts or not, this story of a couple who move to Vermont to start a new life on an old piece of land which is rich with a terrible family history is engrossing. I won't post spoilers, but Helen and Nate never expect what they will experience once they start building their dream home in the woods. The generational tumble of events which start on Harriet's place in the early 1900s is strange and sad. It shows the prejudices of a town who cannot tolerate an artistic person with a special gift. A very good tale!
Publication date April 30, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Art Images by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ginny L. Yttrup CONVERGENCE Suspense and Thrills!

As the Kaweah River and rapids calls to Deni, so does a very haunting past!

Convergence by author Ginny L. Yttrup is a gripping suspense thriller. I love the faith-based story which proves great suspense can be an affirming reading experience. The characters are strong and well developed. The plot of the story is carefully woven with surprising twists.
Dr. Denilyn Rossi is a psychology professor who has written a bestselling book about the subject of bullying. She becomes well-known and then has an experience of which nightmares are made. She has a stalker! I won’t post spoilers, but the storyline alternates between two timelines and personalities. It is very cleverly written and holds the reader's interest from the beginning until the very end. I enjoyed Convergence very much!
Publication Dte March 1, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunuty to read and review this book.


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Sunday, February 24, 2019

River Jordan Confessions of a Christian Mystic Seeking God and Living in the Divine

Confessions of a Christian Mystic by author River Jordan is an insightful journey into the thoughts and beliefs of a modern Christian who questions and pushes the boundaries of conventional religion. The author weaves her own path seeking God and finding a place of peace within the Divine. As I read the book, I could sense the energy with which it was written. The author seems to write exactly as she is thinking and sometimes the thoughts, words, and revelations tumble like a waterfall of words to express her lively and quick wit. The deep hunger she feels for the understanding and spirit of God collide with expressions of her true beliefs which are born from study and life experiences. I could easily identify with her tribe of strong southern women who believed in Jesus.

River Jordan writes of her personal experiences and her own revelations as she seeks her path to the heart of God. The author shares her theological principals and beliefs in a vigorous heartfelt honesty. Confessions of a Christian Mystic are her words and her truths from the deepest chambers of her soul. She was put on a spiritual journey of truth-seeking as a child of five when she asked her mother, “Where is God?”

Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Art Images by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"A Promise of Spring"

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Carla Buckley The Liar's Child Lies, Secrets, and Child Neglect...

The Liar's Child by author Carla Buckley is a sometimes confusing mystery. Everyone seems to have a secret or they are living a lie. It was hard to like the adult characters in the book. Sara Lennox is being transferred to North Carolina to live as part of the witness protection program while waiting to testify in a trial. She negotiated an arrangement to be a witness and avoid going to prison. She has her own ideas for her future and is waiting for the perfect timing to implement her plan which may allow her to escape from Paradise.
Whit Nelson is a hotel manager who lives at the Paradise apartments with his family. Cassie, the twelve-year-old daughter has perfected the art of escaping the apartment by jumping between the buildings, from their balcony to the next door balcony. Boon, the five-year-old narrowly escaped death after being left in a hot car by his mother. Diane Nelson has gone missing and everyone seems to think it is another one of her disappearing episodes.
The story weaves an interesting tale of how the lives of strangers can intersect at just the right timing to cause life-changing choices. When an unexpected hurricane blows in and hits the outer banks, choices become very limited!
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Art Images by Diane Lochala

Monday, February 18, 2019

Kristy Woodson Harvey The Southern SIde of Paradise Peachtree Bluff #3

The Southern Side of Paradise by author Kristy Woodson Harvey is like having a delightful visit with family and friends! I was very happy to read this book in the Peachtree Bluff series about the Murphy women. Even though this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone book without confusion. Ansley is a devoted mother with three independant daughters. Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson each have had some life changing decisions to make and all the girls ended up coming home to Georgia in the previous books. Ansley always puts her daughters first in her life which causes a few problems now that she has reconnected with one of the loves in her life, Jack. The story unfolds with so much emotion between the sisters and Ansley gets caught in the middle when old secrets are exposed.
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and re3view this book.


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"Southern Evenings"

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Karen Robards The Fifth Doctrine Bianca St. Ives Action Thriller

The Fifth Doctrine (The Guardian #3) by Karen Robards is a thrilling new book with our favorite crime fighter, Bianca St. Ives. I have enjoyed this series with a strong female modern-day warrior who is fearless in life and death situations! Bianca has tried to keep secret the fact that she had been genetically altered by an experimental operation sanctioned by the CIA. She is disturbed to realize she has been found by Colin Rogin, an operative she had hoped to avoid forever. The reader may hold your breath as Bianca/Lynette executes a strategy to free herself and four prisoners from one of North Korea's worst prisons. Will Bianca succeed and make it back to her comfortable life in Savannah?  Even though this is the third book in this series, it can be read as a stand-alone book.
Publication date: March 19, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Anne Hevener pure PASTEL Art Concepts in Painting

Pure Pastel compiled and edited by Anne Hevener was a delight from cover to cover! The examples used to showcase Color and Light, Composition and Design, Mood and Atmosphere, Style and Expression, Concept and Story are beautiful. As I read the artist statements for each piece the mood of the paintings were easily understood. There is a story for each style and design. The use of color and composition creates a depth to the works.
Even though most my my art time is spent  with a Nikon, I was curious as to the principles of light and depth of space to help improve the images I take of still life and landscapes.  If you are thinking of working with pastels, do not hesitate to preuse this book and be inspired!
Publication Date April 8, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Art Images by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Clare Chase Death Comes to Call A Tara Thorpe Mystery...Tara is a Detective Constable now!

Death Comes to Call, Tara Thorpe Mystery #3 by Clare Chase gives the reader several characters to consider as who could be the murderer! I like Tara Thorpe mysteries and in Death Comes to Call she is now a Detective Constable after a change of careers and formal training during the past five years. Tara is smart, motivated, and thinks independently which sometimes causes problems as she interacts with her team. I know she is attracted to Blake, but I wish she could have a true romance and love of her own. Tara deserves some happiness after her trauma with the stalker in her past and also she has grown up feeling she was an unwanted child.
Getting back to the plot of the story, Matthew Cope contacts the team about his missing artist brother. Later a married woman who has a connection to Luke Cope is found murdered and he is still missing! The edgy theme of the art is interesting.
Publication Date: February 20, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


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"Prairie Windmill"

Friday, January 25, 2019

J.A.Jance The A List An Ali Reynolds Mystery

The A List by J. A. Jance is an Ali Reynolds suspense thriller with some familiar characters from a previous time in Ali's life. I have enjoyed reading the Ali Reynolds series and look forward to each one. There are many characters in this story, but it is written well and very easy to follow along with how each one is interwoven to blend a seamless story as a stand-alone book. The story begins with a 2013 review of the intake of prisoner #74506 at Folsom Prison but has to go back further into 2008 for the core of problems for Dr. Edward Gilchrist. He has tattooed initials on his arm which he calls the annihilation list. The initials are for the names of the people who were pivotal in bringing his unethical practices in his fertility clinic to justice. Ali is on this list! Will he be successful in hiring the hits and deaths of each person on his list? The strategy and planning for the deaths from his prison cell were interesting. It is amazing how money can buy you anything if you know the right people!
Publication date: April 2, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Art Photography by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"The Weeping Angel"

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Anne D. LeClaire The Orchid Sister Mystery, Suspense and Romance

The Orchid Sister by author Anne D. LeClaire is very interesting and I enjoyed it from beginning to the end!  It starts with a mysterious chapter which is narrated through Tia Clara and the thoughts and dreams she experiences of lost girls and a scarred woman of many masks. She has lived for many years in her little house along the coast of Mexico and has sadly watched the little village change as tourism grows.
Madison and Kathrine are sisters who live in the eastern US. Kathrine is the oldest and cared for Madison as she survived and suffered injuries with horrible burns in a plane crash which killed their parents. The girls are older now and Madison is an artist who makes beautiful and very expressive masks. Because of her scars, she prefers to live alone with her cat, Winks and enjoy a peaceful life.
Katherine is a freelance journalist and travels a lot tracking down stories which usually make the news. She is very secretive when she is on assignment for just the right subject in her next expose'.
I won't post spoilers, but Katherine goes missing and Madison must decide what to do to find her sister. She is reluctant to travel, but she must seek clues as to what has happened to Kathrine. There is also a narrative of Katherine as she experiences unthinkable experimental procedures because she asked too many questions!
Publication Date May 7, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.


Art Images by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"My Beautiful Secret"

Michael Tibbs Orchid Handbook A Wonderful and easy care guide for your Orchids!

Orchids Handbook by author Michael Tibbs was exactly the book I needed to understand the complete care of my plants. I collect small orchids as a hobby and through trial and error have kept many of them for years. when I found Orchids Handbook I knew I had to read it and gain further information about the health and well-being of my plants. I knew basic rules for orchids, but this handbook explains the harvesting, propagation, repotting, and easy care for my orchids. If you have ever wanted to try to grow or keep an orchid, then please read this handbook. It is much easier than you may think. If you have an understanding of the nutrient needs and air root system, then you are more than a novice. I plan to refer to this book as my collection continues to grow!


Art Photography by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

A Few Of My Sweet Orchids

Monday, January 21, 2019

Victoria Jenkins A Promise to the Dead Dectectives King and Lane #4

A Promise to the Dead (Detectives King and Lane #4) by Victoria Jenkins is the latest suspense thriller featuring Detective Inspector Alex King and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. They are called out to a mysterious incident on a country road where a young woman is slumped inside the car after having been shot in the head. The driver is missing and it is unclear if he killed his passenger or if he is a victim. Alex and Chloe are already working on another missing person case of another young man. Alex begins to think there could be a link between the dead and the missing. As the team delves into this case, they uncover secrets which will eventually lead to the death of one of their own team.
I have enjoyed reading this series and it is interesting that Alex will be changing the dynamics of the team. She has submitted her resignation and plans to adopt a child. Good for her!


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"Eclipse of the Wolf Moon"

Sunday, January 20, 2019

An Anonymous Girl, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller and Mind Manipulation WOW!

WOW! Just WOW!  An Anonymous Girl was written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and is a consuming psychological thriller! I won't post spoilers, and I know hundreds of reviews have been written, but this was a wonderful read on a cold and dreary winter weekend. It was so easy to feel a connection for Jessica and want things to turn out well for her in this story. Jess has a secret she has carried inside of her for years. Her younger sister was injured in childhood by a fall and needs ongoing therapy and treatment. Jess has been secretly helping to pay for the costs of these treatments and now needs additional money. She overhears of a survey which pays participants $500.00 for a session to answer questions about honesty, ethics, and morality. She sneaks into the program and receives a chance to continue an ongoing study by Dr. Lydia Shields. In order to earn extra money for your family, how far would you go for a research project when you begin to fear the outcome could be dangerous? Jess must consider this questions as she is pulled deeper into a complex moral dilemma.
An extremely interesting book!


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"Broken But Not Shattered!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tracy Buchanan The Girl on the Beach A Family Mystery with a Surprising Ending!

The Girl on the Beach by author Tracy Buchanan is a heart-touching story about family loss and the discovery of long hidden secrets. Amber Caulfield knows all about disappointments in life. When she was four, she suffered frostbite on the fingers of one hand and they had to be amputated. Amber deals with her pain and emotional anxiety about her hand. Later Amber has to face the unexpected death of her only child, Katy, and this causes the break-up of her marriage with Jasper.
It is Christmas market time and one day as Amber is working in her shop and talking with her mother and aunt, she shes a teenage girl stumbling along the beach. The girl on the beach does not remember her name or where she is from. Amber rides to the hospital with her as she contemplates this bizarre mystery girl. As the story progresses Amber finds the only clues to the girls' identity may be found within a notebook which was in her pocket. A new journey begins as Amber and the mystery girl search for her family and home. This becomes an engrossing story within a story as two separate time lines converge to a shocking ending! I did not see that coming!

Publication Date January 25, 2019.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Art Images by Diane Lochala-All Rights Reserved

"Winter Lake"

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Grace Greene Wildflower Heart The Wildflower House Series

Wildflower Heart by Grace Greene is a story about family, disappointments, love gained and love lost. Kara has had to deal with heartaches and disappointments since her mother left home when she was young. Her father loved and cared for her, but he was not a person given to outward emotional expressions of love. When Kara marries Niles she feels she has finally found a love which she has been missing in her life. After a tragic accident, Kara is left a widow and physically broken in the care of her father. Kara becomes content to be reclusive. One day her father takes her to see a house with several acres in the country he is planning to purchase. Kara only sees the huge old house in need of repair until she catches glimpses of the field of wildflowers in bloom. Follow along with Kara and the discovery of who she has become and what her choices are in a new season of life. She feels she has been left behind by those who loved her time after time. How will she cope and what choices will she make? A story about healing and self-discovery during the hardest times and seasons of life.
Publication Date January 22, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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