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Christmas in the Desert

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on August 31, 2016 at 4:45 PM

It always seems like Christmas when a new book releases,

but even more so with this one since it's a Christmas Collection.

I'm sure I'm prejudice, but I love the cover and can imagine the red bow

peeping out of a gift bag.

It's one of Barbour's popular annual Christmas Anthologies.

It has nine stories by well-known authors. 

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Here in the desert, the temps are still high

and we're enjoying monsoon season.

The clouds make amazing sunsets.

The three peaks are our patio wall, the mountain in the distance, and the cloud above.

This summer Jim and I have spent many evenings on the patio enjoying the wild life. It never gets old. We have several hummingbird feeders as Phoenix gets a huge variety of the little visitors and many stay year around. This morning I happened to look outside and catch a glimpse of a roadrunner flying from the patio wall to the ramada roof. But when I got my camera, it was gone. So although this season has been difficult--recouperating from my fractured foot (which is healing and I'm back in shoes)--it's also been wondrous in many ways.

As always, thanks for your support and a blessed life back at ya.




Get It While It's Hot

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on July 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Taken off my phone weather app.

Yes it's hot, but it was even hotter right before we left the valley of the sun for twelve days of vacation at the beach. (My daddy didn't raise no dummy). While it was a blessed vacation with our children and grandchildren, life wasn't complete bliss.

Here's how it's going for me these days.

Taken from my office.

It's been a month since I broke my foot and I'm finally starting to use a walker. You'd think I'd have gotten lots of writing done while I was immobile, but sadly it doesn't work that way. This week I started getting back into more of my normal routine though at a turtle's pace, it seems.

But I've plenty of the good stuff happening, too.

The Califoirnia Gold Rush Romance Collection releases August 1.   

My story is called Civilizing Clementine. 

It's a fun historical fiction. Here's a sneak peak . . .

As I progress and work through foot rehab,

I've posted this motivational verse to my screensaver.

I challenge you to join me . . . strength to strength.

Oh, and don't forget to get it while it's hot!

Civilizing Clementine


Of Spring and Christian Fiction News

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on April 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM

I've exciting Christian Fiction news,

but first...on a personal note...

Wahoo! The Desert's in bloom!

I feel guilty if you are still having cold weather, but I must confess it's beautiful in Phoenix these days. Usually I work out at a community center, but while the weather is so gorgeous, it's fun to hike the nature trails. I found Apache Trail Head near our new home. Last week I went twice, first with my friend Marsha and then with Jim.

Don't ask me the name of this cactus

because there are many similar varieties.

The trail meandered to the summit of a small mountain where we could see for many milies. Then it wound back down across the desert before it returned to the park entrance. Jim took this last photo as we crossed the desert area.

To celebrate Spring,

we've planted some cacti and trees in our courtyard.

The tree's a desert willow which will bloom pink,

a hummingbird favorite.

The tall building in the background is hubby's shop.

Some people find the desert bleak, but not me. I love it. The previous owners of our home planted rose trees in our entryway. I don't have a green thumb, but so far they're blooming. This is the view outside my office window.

YIkes! I'd appreciate your tips on rose gardening.

Now for my news....

Thank you readers for making this happen!

Covered Bridge Charm is #9 on the EPCA Bestsellers List for April!

Thank you . . . Thank you  . . . Thank you,

for your support!

May sunny weather be headed your way!

Covered Bridge Charm - Back story

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on February 5, 2016 at 2:35 AM

People often ask how I come up with ideas

for my books.

Each book is different, but Covered Bridge Charm was birthed from my experience as a caregiver for elderly in-laws.  This experience stirred up a passion against the aging process and the pain and humiliation which accompanies it.

My own mirror can attest to that!

But when loved ones reach that season, it becomes personal and grievous and we'd probably go crazy if we couldn't find a way to deal with it. As my husband and I walked and continue to walk through this process with our parents, especially the process of dementia, we find laughter helps us deal with the sorrow.  I don't mean it insensitively, but I have a knack for finding the humor in trying situations.


"Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left,

and laughing feels better right now."

Veronica Roth, Divergent

Of course family and faith helps us get through the tough times, too. At one point when my mother-in-law was placed in a rehab center, I had some panic issues which came unexpectedly, but relatives stepped in to give extra support. Then just before my own dad passed, I thought I'd reached the end of the line, emotionally, but the Lord was faithful to sustain me.

Our experience visiting mom in the assisted living facility often ended with hubby and I laughing on the ride home because of the amusing antics we'd witnessed. And we kept saying, "If only we could write a book." Well, I did. It's fictional, of course. But I hope you enjoy my heroine who is a caregiver at a Mennonite assisted living facility.

Read more and see reviews here.

My Office at Christmas

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on December 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM

This sweet card welcomes you to my office this Christmas,

because it holds a special place in my heart.

My deceased grandmother sent it to me when I was only five years old. I still have the envelope with the date stamped and with her handwriting. Every year I display it and feel the warm fuzzies. An antique ... like me.

Last time I posted, I promised pics when I got moved into my new office.

So here we go:

Before you enter, take note of the sliding pocket doors my husband installed. The french doors that were there when we bought the house took up too much wall space in my little office. So I'm appreciative. By the way, that's his business....manufacturing heavy duty pocket door frames for custom homes. He has an online store in case you are interested.

So...come on in. Let me show you around.

Here's a table where I intend to play lots of games with the grandkids. It's also overflow for my research work while I'm writing. And it's going to be overflow for the extended family (40 people) we are having for a Christmas party this weekend.

And here's where the writing gets done.

Hubby made this desk for me and I love it.

And if you move in a bit closer you can see what's on my computer....

A cold snow scene....because....

I'm currently writing a story called A Christmas Prayer and it takes place in a snowstorm. My sister Chris texted me the photo one day when I was having trouble reaching my word count so I put it on the screen for inspiration.  There's no snow here in the desert, and it helps with the mood.

But I hope you're having a white Christmas, if that fulfills your dreams.

And that the joy of Jesus fills your hearts and homes.

Merry Christmas!

I'd love to know what's special for you this season.

Love to hear from you!