Blog & News
by Dianne Christner
|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.
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.
|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!
|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!
Thank you . . . Thank you . . . Thank you,
for your support!
May sunny weather be headed your way!
|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.
|Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on December 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM|