Diane was born on the Jersey Shore and spent much of her youth on the beach, but for the past 20+ years has lived in the Kansas City area. She currently lives south of Kansas City with her husband, four horses and multiplying cats. She has two grown children and two grandchildren.
Diane has always loved the Old West and the history of the Civil War. Her favorite movie is "Dances with Wolves," which was an inspiration for the first book in her WHITE OAKS SERIES.
Having parents from the North and South, and a cousin whose parents were opposite, they coined the moniker "Yebels" for each other as kids, imagining themselves 150 years ago during a war in which their families might have been on different sides.
As a kid, Diane played Cowboys and Indians more than she did Barbies, and it shows in what she writes--stories of the struggles of common people and what made this country great. As a senior in high school she had the option of taking study hall or World History. She took World History--and she'll never forget it or the lessons she learned.
When Diane’s not pursuing her career as an author by either writing or marketing, she’s off trail riding with her horses and friends, reading a good book, spending time with her family or curled up in front of the television enjoying old movies (mostly westerns).
Diane hopes to inspire young people with her books and stir adults to discover things they might never have learned, or have forgotten. With tales of the Wild West, the Civil War, and the Indian Wars, history comes alive with each page turned. Become part of that history, live it, learn it, and love it as Diane does.
Diane would love to hear from you with comments. If you’d like to contact her, please do so via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Elizabeth's War: Missouri 1863
In a time when raiders, bushwhackers, and Redlegs rode the Cass County, Missouri, countryside bringing fear and destruction with them, Elizabeth Miers and her family barely survived into the next day. On August 25, 1863, following the issuance of General Order No. 11 by Union General Thomas Ewing, thousands of women, children, and the elderly were forced to vacate their homes in the brutal summer.
Join Maggie Douglas as she goes from Boston to Cheyenne to Deadwood and, finally, to the Standing Rock Reservation hoping to "make a difference" in the lives of the people around her. Whether it's stomping for women's rights, writing for the Cheyenne Sun or riding the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage to a burned out Deadwood and facing Indians, Maggie has one goal--to make a difference.
When everything she holds precious is lost and gold is found in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Amy sets out to find a new beginning. What she finds instead is captivity and hardship among the Lakota before and during the Battle of the Little Bighorn; but in that hardship Amy also finds love—once she lets her frozen heart melt from the crippling past she’s already endured.
Caleb’s quest for respect is blocked by racism and intolerance. After numerous battles and hard-won victories, he gains the respect he so desperately sought and settles in to a new life, but another adventure waits. A request is made he can’t refuse that takes him back to an old friend and an old debt he must repay—or die trying.
BEGINNINGS: Into the Unknown
Beginning with a frightening steamboat trip up the Missouri, BEGINNINGS depicts how weather played such an important role in the every day lives of those settlers. Experience a "star shower," the loss of a loved one, the Great Flood of 1844, both the Mexican-American War and pre-Civil War, and not one, but two cholera epidemics, to name a few of the hardships early settlers faced.
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