Denise Weimer: Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

Denise WeimerDenise Weimer joins our circle today. This author writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored over ten novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams.

Denise is offering Fall Flip, The Witness Tree, Spring Splash, or Traces in ebook format to someone who joins our chat circle below. You can find her and her books on Amazon at https://amzn.to/38CAo3w.

Now, here’s our honored guest, Denise Weimer.

A Historical Author and Editor Writing Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense? Why, yes!

It stands to reason that a girl who grew up steeped in Gone With the Wind, Eugenia Price, and Civil War living history and vintage dance would write historical romance. And for many years, that’s what I did. I had a number of historical novellas and novels published before my agent told me that contemporary romance was often easier to place with publishers. So … I wrote several contemporary stories, all set in my home state of Georgia.

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all Flip
was the first off the press in September 2019, gleaning reviews as warm and fuzzy as its Hallmarky/HGTV vibe. I’m hopeful its readers are eager for Spring Splash, releasing this month along with Traces. But some may wonder … why an athletic romance? And Traces, a romantic suspense techno-thriller? Boy, Denise has really gone off the deep end with these.

Allow me to explain.

Spring Splash

romantic suspense
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pring Splash
combines two great loves of mine. For almost fifteen years, writing and being a swim mom ran on courses that appeared would never intersect. My two daughters, Emily and Abigail, started their athletic journeys at ages six and four, respectively. The sport played a huge part in molding them into the confident and compassionate individuals they are today.

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hen my older daughter first participated in high school meets, a special competition hosted during intermission captured my attention. The coaches of a local organization named Extra Special People (ESP – extraspecialpeople.com) fielded two relay teams. ESP is a non-profit in the Athens, Georgia area that serves children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families. The crowds went wild as those enthusiastic athletes stroked through the water, and the inspiration for Spring Splash was born—even though I didn’t realize it for about five more years. As I became aware my time in the stands was winding down, the idea came back to me.

And Traces?

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s a writer, I look for the unique and the little-known—but the truthful or realistic—to inspire settings and plots. The idea for Traces began with a reality TV show that ran only one season in the U.S. (2017), but it captured my attention because I recognized many of the filming locations here in Georgia. The U.S. version of Hunted was an offshoot of the original, ongoing British version. In both shows, contestants seek to evade skilled investigators for a set amount of time in a set area in order to win a cash prize.

The second piece of Traces was The Eye, technology that may seem futuristic but for all intents and purposes already exists. Constant Hawk was developed in the early 2000s at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system weighed around 1500 pounds and was flown on manned aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The technology from Constant Hawk has continued to evolve. Brazilian officials mounted four Simera cameras on weather balloons and small blimps to surveille the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Thirteen full-motion cameras capable of zoom captured real-time footage with sixty times the resolution of high definition at three frames per second.

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rom these examples of existing WAMI systems, it’s not hard to picture one being installed on a skyscraper. That type of surveillance makes some feel secure, but for others, it would represent a total loss of freedom. A perfect and unique setting for a suspense novel.

So will you genre hop with me? I hope you’ll find it worth the adventure. Bring along your happy-tears tissues for Spring Splash and your chamomile tea for after you read Traces.

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Lord, please bless each word Denise Weimer writes for You.
For Jesus’ sake

37 thoughts on “Denise Weimer: Let’s Chat!

  1. HI Linda Brooks Davis
    My name is Julia Lopez I am the youngest daughter of the late Rafeal & Maria Lopez .
    You might remember me and you might not but I remember your dad and mom. My dad and my family worked for your dad many years in Raymondville,Tx. Hope to read one of your books soon 😉

     
     
    1. Oh, my. Yes. How could I forget your family? You were a huge part of my growing-up years. I hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I hope you get to read my books. They’re all on Amazon. Just search for Linda Brooks Davis. There are links to them on my website too.

      And I’m sure you would enjoy Denise’s books. Your name is in the hat for one of hers. Maybe you’ll win!

       
       
  2. Alison Boss

    Thank you for sharing your writing journey, Denise! Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read, and then mystery/suspense, so I’m sure I would enjoy reading many of your books! “Traces” sounds really intriguing…very edge-of-your seat action, which I so enjoy. It was nice getting to know more about you. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books! 🙂

     
     
    1. Welcome, Alison. I love seeing your name in Comments. 🙂 You’re always so encouraging. Thank you and come back.

       
       
  3. Wendy Koonce

    Thanks!

     
     
  4. Alicia Haney

    Your books sound intriguing and like very good page turners! Thank you for sharing about your awesome sounding books. I will be adding them to my TBR list. Have a Great week, stay safe and God Bless you and your family.

     
     
    1. Hi, Alicia. It’s always great to welcome you. You’re a faithful follower. I hope you get to read Denise’s books. She’s a great author. Look forward to welcoming you again.

       
       
    2. Denise Weimer

      Thanks so much, Alicia! Good luck in the drawing.

       
       
  5. Paty Hinojosa

    Wow! Denise Weimer is a new author to me and I definitely want to try her out! Her stories sound so compelling and relatable! And I love the covers! Great to know more about you Denise! Love to hear the insight behind writing from authors! Stay safe and well these days! Blessings and prayers!

     
     
    1. Hi, Paty. Great to welcome you back to the circle. I’m glad you’ve had a chance to meet Denise and hope you can read her books. You name’s in the hat. 🙂

       
       
    2. Denise Weimer

      Thank you, Paty! So happy to hear that you found the books intriguing. I was happy with the covers as well. Cover design is such a fun process! ☺️

       
       
  6. Suzanne Sellner

    I’m just becoming familiar with Denise Weimer and her books and look forward to reading them. I, too, have lived in Georgia and love reading about places where I’ve lived.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Nice to “meet,” Suzanne!!

       
       
    2. Welcome back to our circle, Suzanne. Thank you for your encouraging comments. Your name’s in the hat for one of Denise’s books 🙂

       
       
  7. Jean

    I follow Denise on social media already. She is still a new author for me but her books are on my huge TPR list. 😉
    I love suspenseful stories!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Jean, I hope you get to read and enjoy them soon. ☺️

       
       
    2. Welcome to our circle, Jean. I hope your TBR list will be reduced by at least one of Denise’s. Your name’s in the hat. 🙂

       
       
  8. Rose Blackard

    These books sound awesome. I love to read about actual places in books

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Rose, that’s great! The Witness Tree is set in NW GA, Fall Flip in Augusta, Spring Splash in Athens, and Traces in Atlanta. ❤️

       
       
    2. Welcome, faithful follower Rose! Thanks for visiting with Denise. Your name’s in the hat for one of her books 🙂

       
       
  9. The witness tree sounds intriguing. I lived in GA for 7 years and visit often. I’d probably recognize scenes. That would make the books more personal.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Teresa, I bet you would. It’s set in NW GA at the Chief Vann House.

       
       
    2. Hi, Teresa. So glad you joined us. I know you encouraged Denise. Sign up for the blog, and you’ll meet a slew of authors 🙂

       
       
  10. Joan Arning

    I already follow Denise on Facebook and Bookbub and get her newsletter!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      I appreciate staying connected!

       
       
    2. Wow. I know Denise appreciates your following her. We’re tickled to have you in our circle. Sign up for this blog, and you’ll meet a bunch of authors. God bless.

       
       
  11. Melinda Grace

    I love to read stories that take place in areas I know! Thanks for posting the link to this site and Denise’s site. I’ll take a closer look at both tomorrow!

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thanks for stopping by, Melinda.

       
       
  12. Lisa

    Can’t wait to check out these books.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thanks, Lisa! Good luck.

       
       
    2. Hi, Lisa. Great to have you in our circle. Your name’s in the hat for the drawing. 🙂 Sign up for this blog on Linda-Brooks-Davis.com Home page, and you’ll have the chance to interact with a slew of authors.

       
       
  13. Tabitha Mccullers

    I would love to read all these books!!
    How did I not know you were an author.

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Hey, Tabitha! Glad you found out. ☺️

       
       
    2. Welcome, Tabitha. So glad you joined us. I hope you’ll sign up for this blog where you can interact with many authors. I hope you get to read Denise’s books.

       
       
  14. Wendy

    I absolutely loved Fall Flip! I’m reading The Witness Tree now. I plan to own all of Denise’s wonderful books. She’s a fantastic author but even more a fabulous friend! I wish you many successes, dear friend!
    Wendy

     
     
    1. Denise Weimer

      Thank you so much, Wendy! You’re a sweetie.

       
       
    2. Welcome, Wendy. You sound like the best kind of friend. I hope you’ll join our circle again—better yet, sign up on the Home page 🙂

       
       

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DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

Welcome, everyone!

DiAnn MillsI’m honored to welcome best-selling, award-winning author, DiAnn Mills, to our chat circle. I know you’ll love getting to know a bit more about this outstanding author of contemporary, historical, middle-grade fantasy, and non-fiction works.

DiAnn Mills: Author and Mentor

I met DiAnn over a decade ago at an ACFW Conference. Later, she mentored me in a Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild’s Craftsman Class. DiAnn has held a special place in my heart since those early days. 

Take it away, DiAnn!

Writer’s Life – Eccentric, Bizarre, and Sometimes Weird

Years ago, a good friend introduced me as her eccentric, bizarre, and weird writing friend. I loved it! Writers are a bit quirky because those distinguishing traits come with a creative mind.

Wherever we go from the grocery to the hardware store, we see material for our writing. Not a second of time is wasted. In every breath we are churning what we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel into prose.

Our mode of written expression ranges from fiction, devotions, nonfiction, poetry, song lyrics, and everything in between. Our passion for a topic draws us to fashion words into meaningful expression.

         We love the twist of a phrase.

         Treasure the way a word rolls off our tongue.

         Add value to every piece of written material to insure it’s new and dynamic. 

         We find well-written projects a thrill.

         Long to create our own unique expressions.

         And simply love what we do.

We journey through life with a different perspective that translates words into—beauty, color, insight, emotion, adventure, compassion, encouragement, inspiration, and unforgettable experiences.

What does eccentric, bizarre, and weird mean to a writer?

Eccentric

Our behavior is unconventional and often viewed as strange by “normal” people. We’ll go to any length to research our writing projects and spend hours alone perfecting one sentence. But how can we continue on our projects when an area drives us crazy?

Bizarre

Our behavior can be viewed as odd, even humorous. Frankly, I prefer extraordinary. We can stand outside in the pouring rain to understand the way it affects our senses and to discover metaphors and similes that fit. We act out our scenes and play all the characters’ parts. You see, normal can be so boring.

Weird

This descriptor of writers thrills me. I consider it a compliment when someone refers to me as peculiar, mysterious, and at times odd. Normal means others don’t have anything to talk about.

Dear writer, don’t fret when family and friends giggle about us or whisper behind our backs. One day they can say, “I knew that writer when …”

What unusual trait do you possess?

All About DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills Fatal StrikeDiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. You see, DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story. So why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. In addition, she is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and the Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Through these venues she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online. She would love to connect with readers on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the social media platforms listed at diannmills.com.

Other Recent Books by DiAnn Mills

                          HIGH TREASON – Tyndale February 2018
 
                        BURDEN OF PROOF – Tyndale October 2018
 
                 LONG WALK HOME e-book – Tyndale June 2019

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Lord, You give your creation unique gifts and smile when they use them for You. DiAnn is doing so, and I know You smile. Please bless each word she writes to Your glory. ~ For Jesus’ sake

14 thoughts on “DiAnn Mills Let’s Chat!

  1. Marilyn

    I enjoyed this interview with DiAnn Mills. I rather read than go to s movie or even watch TV so others think I’m dull. If they only knew the amazing adventures I’ve been on via lovable characters.
    Blessings to you both.

     
     
    1. Me too, Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
  2. Susanne

    Great interview! Love all of DiAnn’s books!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Suzanne!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Susanne! I appreciate readers!

       
       
  3. Sarah Snider

    Hello! I find myself chuckling as I read your interview because I’ve always been the odd one. The one who had no interest in sports or parties and who just wanted to read, always carrying a book around (ok, ok, more than one!). And I haven’t changed!

     
     
    1. You and me both, Sarah! Reading was my favorite pastime even as a girl. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. My favorite is “should you be on meds?” Thanks, Sarah.

       
       
  4. Jeannie Holderfield

    I just finished Burden of Proof, my first of your work. Loved it! It was a great read and totally held my attention. I wasn’t even tempted to skip ahead and see “who did it” lol

     
     
    1. I loved Burden of Proof too. Thanks for stopping by.

       
       
    2. Oh, thank you, Jeannie. It was a fun story to write – and research.

       
       
  5. Alicia Haney

    Hi I enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know an awesome author even more. Your books sound like very good reads and they sound just like the kind of books I would Love to read. Thank you for sharing this interview. Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in the chat, Alicia. God bless you too.

       
       
    2. Thanks, Alicia, I write fiction because I’m driven to show a Christian worldview through at least one character. The idea of entertaining with wholesome stories is my passion.

       
       

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