BookBub – A Reader’s and a Writer’s Best Book Friend

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills BookBub invites readers and writers to a party where both indulge in the joy of books. Readers look for recommendations in their favorite genre, and writers not only encourage the reader to explore their books but recommend other writers’ books. It’s like playing pin-the-tail on your favorite read. Everyone wins. Reader-Focused Features Find your favorite author …

How Publishing a Book is Like a Wedding

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills While reading a wedding invitation, my thoughts took a journey of comparing the writer’s road to releasing a new book like planning a wedding. The project brought a few giggles and a few sobering analogies. Read the following 7 likenesses of publishing a book to a wedding. Note the #7 is the number of completion. The …

FACING THE ENEMY – Release Day – Winner Announced

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Release day is HERE!!! For the past five years, FBI Special Agent Risa Jacobs has worked in the violent crimes against children division of the Houston FBI. She’s never had reason to believe there’s a target on her back . . . until now. ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, AND ADVENTURE! DiANN MILLS DELIVERS ALL THREE IN FACING THE …

Book Club Giveaway Celebration With FACING THE ENEMY

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills ATTN: Book Clubs / Libraries Unless you are new to my blog posts, you know that I LOVE everything bookish, especially READERS. And that includes BOOK CLUBS and LIBRARIES! Many readers are part of a reading group. I would enjoy hosting your reading group via Zoom. Q&A time is often a favorite as readers get to …

Inspiring Readers

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills I am a storyteller. My purpose is to create stories that engage and entertain the reader. I believe a story should breathe life into the reader with a message that helps navigate the unpredictable waters of life. Within the elements of my story, my characters, plot, dialogue, emotion, and setting together weave a message that inspires …

Read to Know and Grow

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Reading makes us heroes,. The habit encourages us to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. The more we know, the more we grow, and the more we can show others information or a slice of life that will add value to their lives. Tall expectations, but it’s motivated me to read for—never mind the years. Let’s say …

Are You Ready for May – Get Caught Reading Month?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills May is National Get Caught Reading Month, so I researched what the celebration means to readers young and old. Here are four facts! The month of May is dedicated to reading. The Association of American Publishers sponsors the celebration. Many well-known people support the month-long celebration. Online websites offer hints to how we can support reading. https://nationaltoday.com/get-caught-reading-month/ …

Writers need understanding

Hey, Writer, Do Your Family and Friends Understand You?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writers long for family and friends to understand them. This afternoon, I peered out my office window and observed my neighbors laughing and talking. Longing washed over me, and I considered joining them—like a real person with a real neighborly smile, great attitude, understanding, and able to contribute to the conversation. Just that quickly, my thoughts …

When a Writing Critique Slashes the Heart

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers are a passionate, emotional group. While these traits help us create beautifully worded fiction and non-fiction, nothing slashes the heart deeper than a harsh critique of our work. We might catch ourselves reading a harsh critique and thinking: “Even an idiot would get this.” “What? You’ve got to be kidding?” “Obviously, my style doesn’t …

The Reading Challenge for 2023

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Reading and goal setting are two topics that nibble on my 2023 New Year’s plans. I weave both to include fiction and nonfiction books. Goodreads encourages its members to expand their minds by issuing a challenge. I’ve accepted their reading challenge for years. What are the advantages and disadvantages of accepting a reading challenge? Advantages of …