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Publishers Weekly Review of FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills

Firewall DiAnn Mills. Tyndale, $14.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4143-8993-6 In this first installment of Christy Award–winning Mills’ FBI: Houston trilogy, beautiful but socially awkward Taryn Young marries Francis “Shep” Shepherd after a brief courtship. Acutely aware of the national importance of her software design skills, she is hooked by Shep’s appreciation of her work. But as they board a …

Motivating Magic by DiAnn Mills

Shoving our characters into action sometimes takes a stick of dynamite. Or discovering what motivates them into pursuing a worthy goal. When a character yawns and claims, I’m not interested, we writers haven’t done our job. Before you reach for the matches to light that stick of dynamite, let’s talk about what we can do before page one to create …

The Moods of Color by DiAnn Mills

Writers choose specific colors for their characters that indicate their personalities and emotions. Colors establish mood, affecting the actions and reactions of those who experience them. Consider the following colors and explanations to see where you fit with your color choices. Red is a vibrant color that causes strong emotions. From warm and comforting to anger and hostility. Red can …

The Light Side by DiAnn Mills

I write suspense and work hard at plunging characters into one abyss after another. My goal is to have danger creep across my characters’ lives in every scene while adding a spark of romance. Sometimes my hero and heroine are wounded. Sometimes they have to display courage when they’d rather run. Sometimes they have to find logic in the midst …