Monday, August 01, 2016

DEADLY ENCOUNTER - DiAnn Mills - One Free Book

Dear Readers, DiAnn and I have been friends for a long time. She’s one of the authors whose books go to the top of my to-be-read list. Her suspense novels are true-to-life, news-worthy stories set mostly in Texas. The settings are totally authentic, and her characters are normal and flawed people who rise to extraordinary heights when needed.

Bio: DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

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. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where 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 and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

Welcome back, DiAnn. Let’s do some fun questions first. What song most closely resembles your life?
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?
Jeremiah 20:9 ESV But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

This verse speaks to my love of Jesus and to my writing ministry.

What is the one thing you wish you could go back and change in your life?
That’s a tough question! I wish I’d lived my faith stronger as a teen and young adult. And if I have a second one, I wish I’d started writing sooner.

What is the most important characteristic for a good friend to have?
Trustworthy. If we can’t trust our friends, then they aren’t really our friends.

What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in school?
Band, Choir, Basketball, Latin Club

What is your favorite movie of all times?
Lord of the Rings - all three.

Tell us about why you wrote this book.
1. To show how the FBI works with other agencies to solve crime and protect people.
2. To show the reader a suspenseful story that is set in my city Houston with it’s unique characteristics.
 3. To show the reader the workings of Houston’s Airport Rangers. This volunteer group patrols the perimeter’s of IAH on horseback and reports unusual activities to the police.
4. To show the reader characters who are strong, determined, flawed, and real.
5. To show the reader the power of love and forgiveness.

Please give us the first page of the book.
SATURDAY MORNINGS were Stacy Broussard’s escape, especially when life slapped her with stress. No better way to unwind from the week than to ride her quarter horse on Houston’s airport trail and enjoy nature. This morning promised to be the perfect distraction from a truckload of problems, from the anniversary of the death of her sister to seeking custody of a twelve-year-old boy. She looked forward to a lift in her spirit.

She pulled her truck into the Aldine Westfield Stables. As usual she was the first one of the airport rangers to arrive. Chet’s pickup wasn’t parked beneath the moss-draped oak, and he normally arrived before dawn. Strange since he took his responsibilities as stable manager seriously.
Finishing her latte, she grabbed her wallet and keys and stepped outside her truck to admire an incredible purple-and-gold sunrise. Not even an early morning aircraft landing disturbed her.
She walked slowly to the stables, taking in the singing robins and the familiar humidity. The smell of horseflesh and straw tickled her nose.
“Good morning, boys and girls,” she said. “Your friendly veterinarian is on the scene.”

If anyone heard her, they’d declare her insane. Maybe so when she reflected on how much she preferred an animal’s company to a human’s. Except Whitt . . . the most fascinating twelve-
year-old on the planet.
Stacy ambled past each stall until she reached Ginger’s, greeting the horses by name, touching velvety soft noses, and visibly checking to ensure they were okay. Her pets looked healthy. Spending a few extra moments with Ginger eased the knots in her shoulders that no massage could ever eliminate.
She led Ginger into the stable area and grabbed a pitchfork to tidy up her stall. A strong horse smell and a little manure on her boots never hurt anyone. Being prissy was not one of her traits. When finished, she retrieved her mare’s blanket and bridle from her tack box. Her cell phone alerted her to a text.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, DiAnn, for sharing this new book with us. I'm eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Deadly Encounter -
Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force) - Amazon
Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force Book 1) - Kindle
Deadly Encounter: FBI Task Force, Book 1 - audiobook

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Kim hansen said...

enjoy her books. north platte nebraska.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds really good. I look forward to reading it.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Britney Adams said...

I enjoy DiAnn's books and appreciate the opportunity to win a copy of Deadly Encounter!

Britney Adams, TX

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to read this one! Thank you for the opportunity, Lena.

Melanie Backus, TX

DiAnn said...

Thank you - Kim, Linda, Britney, and Melanie for your comments!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lena and DiAnn. Really enjoyed this interview. Sounds real good. I live next door to Houston in Pasadena. Would love to go to a book signing of yours DiAnn. Would love to win your book. Maxie ( TX)

Anonymous said...

angela in Ky would love to win.

Winnie Thomas said...

Thanks Lena and DiAnn! This sounds like a fascinating book. I'd love to win a copy.
Winnie T in UT

Mary Preston said...

The LOTR movies are great.

I like your reasons for writing this book.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

I enjoy DiAnn's books as much as I enjoy her encouraging newsletters.

Terrill - WA

Vera Godley said...

I am currently reading this book of DiAnn's (page 118) and thoroughly enjoying it. Highly recommend.!

Vera in North Carolina

rubynreba said...

DiAnn is one of my favorite authors. Sounds like another good one!
Beth from IA

R Merr said...

Love this author! Her last series was great, I'm looking forward to reading this one! Rachael from Maine

Pam Graber said...
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Pam Graber said...

Love DiAnn Mills! Her suspense books are always throat gripping. I can hardly wait to read this one!
Pam in OH

Edward Arrington said...

I enjoyed the interview. It is always great to read about an author's love for the Lord. I have several of DiAnn's books I got from the library. They are just waiting to be read and I'm looking forward to them. I would love to win this book.
Edward A in VA

Loraine Nunley said...

Yay! A new book by DiAnn! I am so excited about it. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

DiAnn said...

You are all so amazing! Thanks for entering, for reading my books, and for your incredible encouragement. You are all winners!

Connie said...

DiAnn is a wonderful author! Thanks for this interview and giveaway.
Connie from KY

Trixi said...

DiAnn, I love Lord of the Rings too! My dad read all the books and passed them on to me to read. Then I was SO excited when they came out with the movies! Although, I missed seeing one, but hope to rectify that soon :-) Congrats on the newest book!

Trixi in OR

Karen B said...

DiAnne is definitely in my list of favorite authors. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I live in Oklahoma City.

KayM said...

I love your favorite Bible verse. It seems so fitting. Thank you for offering a copy of your book.

Caryl Kane said...

I've not yet read DiAnn's stories. I enjoyed learning that she is a LOTR's fan!

Caryl K in TEXAS

Trixi said...

I love DiAnn's writing! Thanks for the chance to win her newest one :-)

Trixi in OR

Lourdes said...

Would love to win every book of hers that I read are fantastic, enjoyable interview, thank you.

Lourdes in Long Island, New York.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.