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A former United States Foreign Service officer, Diana Deverell served in San Salvador, Warsaw, and Washington DC. She and her husband, a former Captain of the Royal Danish Army, live in Denmark.
Her latest release is the uncut original 1640-word story “Heart Failure.” An abridged version was included by Danish publisher Alinea in their series about “the 27 Club,” an online supplement to the textbook A PIECE OF CAKE, 9. Steve’s only 15 when his favorite lead singer dies. That loss makes him fear another. Older brother Tom is in the army, deployed to a war zone an ocean away. In only sixty days, Tom’s due home, but will he make it alive? And how can a kid brother help a soldier stay safe? The only tool Steve has is the music they both love. This story remembers the death of the Doors’ Jim Morrison in 1971, but the aching fear for a loved one fighting on foreign soil is timeless.
Also included as a bonus is the first chapter from Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me, a comic mystery featuring another mind-blowing sixties icon, one who lived well past the age of twenty-seven. An indie company comes to Oregon to film Acid Test: The Life of Ken Kesey. Eugene location scout Estrella "Star" Stevens stumbles over a dead body and into the crushing embrace of the FBI. She's forced to join their risky investigation of gangland boss and titty bar owner Oscar Quarry. Narrowly escaping death, she's suddenly living her own movie. Will she be a star? Or the next corpse? And which homicidal Oregonian is racking up the body count?
A fellow Oregonian, Diana followed Ken Kesey to Stanford where her creative writing class was NOT the one he visited while on the lam. Those parallels form the basis of a lifelong fascination with the man and his brilliant novels.
Diana made her literary debut with a series of international thrillers featuring State Department counterterrorist Casey Collins: No Place for an Honest Woman, 12 Drummers Drumming, Night on Fire, and East Past Warsaw. Her short story, "Warm Bodies in a Cold War", originally published in 1996 under a different title, introduced Casey to the readership of the Foreign Service Journal. The piece is now available as an ebook.
Diana has also written a series of short stories starring FBI Special Agent Dawna Shepherd. Eleven were originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Run & Gun: A Dozen Tales of Girls with Guns includes them all, plus a completely new story, "Latin Groove," in which Dawna travels to Texas to confront a bad girl who's sharp as a pistol and carrying, too. You can find Diana on Facebook or visit her official website at http://www.dianadeverell.com/
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
What a fun book! Eugenians and Oregonians will recognize places and perhaps themselves in this book. Thanks Diana for writing this!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)