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Thursday, 17 February 2022 02:10

Lying in Wait

LYING IN WAIT

No-one believes there’s a killer out there...

 

After saving her best friend’s daughter from a snake, grieving widow, Andy Vaughn, is swept into a world of obsession where handling the world’s most venomous creatures gives her a sense of power over death. But as the new snake catcher of Port Matthews, SA, she perfoms her rescues unaware that some of the scenarios she’s encountering have been staged by a madman.

Ex Sydney cop and fish out of water in the small country town, Deverel Jenkins, is suspicious of the town’s recent deaths by snakebite. Striving to redeem himself for past failures, he enlists Andy’s help to track the killer. But watching the woman he’s falling in love with handle deadly snakes is a thrill he can live without.

From Andy's first rescue, the killer has been watching her. Has he finally found someone with faith as pure as his own? Luring her to his hideaway with a fake emergency, he subjects her to a series of tests using snakes from his deadly collection.

To escape, Andy must ‘connect’ with the killer. But in exploring his deranged mind she makes a startling discovery – the meaning behind her own obsession.

 

Saturday, 05 June 2021 09:34

Mark of Guilt

MARK OF GUILT

There's a murderer on campus. And Lindsay knows where to find the victims' bodies. But who's going to believe she had nothing to do with the crimes?

 

All Lindsay Cavenaugh wants is to graduate university and prove to her family that she is normal. It's been almost ten years since she's had a vision, and she's sure she's grown out of her 'gift'. These days all she has to worry about is passing her exams and keeping her distance from her sleazy lecturer.

But when a girl disappears from campus, Lindsay's visions return with a vengeance. Not only does she see where the body of the missing student has been dumped, she mysteriously acquires the bruises encircling the strangled girl's throat. The last thing Lindsay wants is to get involved with the police again, but how can she not report what she knows?

Detective Garren Macklyn has little patience for the so-called 'supernatural'. Those con artists are the reason his mother is lying in a hospital bed, fighting for her life. So, when Lindsay admits to knowing things only the killer could know, Mac has found his prime suspect. Even if she's not the murderer, Lindsay Cavenaugh is involved somehow, and Mac is going to get her to admit it.

But the more time Mac spends with Lindsay, the less sure he is. Is he letting his personal feelings cloud his judgement? Or is there really something more going on here? As the body count rises, Mac will need to decide if he can trust Lindsay. Her life may just depend on it.

 

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 02:34

No Good Deed

NO GOOD DEED

What if the man you’re falling for is just too good to be true?

 

Cassidy Blaire doesn’t have time for romance. Between caring for her sick father and running The Kettle, a struggling soup kitchen in Adelaide, there’s not much time for herself…or for her to dwell on her sister, who disappeared two years ago. Which is why Cass is more surprised than anyone when she wins the attention of not one, but two attractive admirers.

After saving the life of rich and handsome Lyle Fuller in the Adelaide Hills, Cass is overwhelmed by roses, financial donations and romantic dinners. And then there’s rugged builder, Darren Travers, who has volunteered his skills to help save The Kettle. But why is Lyle so interested in a girl like her? And what are Darren’s motives for offering free labour, especially with his strange attitude toward the homeless?

Someone isn’t who they seem, and as threats and vandalism escalate to murder, Cass is going to need to work out who to trust…and fast.

A thrilling romantic suspense set against the Adelaide hills about secret identities, hidden agendas and how fate always wins in the end.

 

Friday, 18 January 2019 06:00

Hit and run

Hit and Run

Raina Wilkins has little to live for. Until she’s forced on the run with a wanted killer and a homeless teen with a deadly secret.

 

Driving alone on a dark autumn night, Raina hits a man who darts from the Maine woods in front of her. The injured stranger climbs in her car, forces her to drive on at gunpoint, but gets out soon after and disappears back into the forest.

Raina thinks never to see him again. But Alec DeMarco has left something behind in her car, something others will kill to possess. When he returns to claim it, Raina is swept into a world of conspiracy, abduction and murder.

A world where even the police want her dead.

Praise for Hit and Run

‘Gripping and intense, the fast-paced plot rocketed along keeping me on the edge of my seat.’
Brenda, Goodreads

‘Loved it!!!! With plenty of action and suspense, and two awesome, fiesty female protagonists like Raina and Erin I thoroughly recommend this book…’
Shane, Goodreads

‘Surprised me with the ending; thought I had it all figured out. Boy was I wrong.’
Wanda C, Goodreads

‘I loved each and every character…plenty of suspense, action-packed and twists and turns! Highly recommended!’
Rita, Goodreads

‘Lots of twists, great characters, intriguing plot…a wonderful and thoroughly enjoyable read.’
Dianne – Goodreads

‘What a page turner.’
Margaret – Goodreads

Friday, 18 January 2019 06:00

Run to me

Run to Me

It's been two years since Shyler O'Neil's beloved son Jesse was killed - but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of northern Maine.

 

Meanwhile, Zack Ballinger - a ten-year-old boy who has never known a mother's love - finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's seen too much and is now running for his life.

Pursued into the woods, Zack soon finds himself at Shyler's cabin. He'll take whatever help she can give - even though, for some reason, she keeps calling him Jesse...

With the killers hot on their heels, 'mother' and 'son' go on the run. Protecting Zack might be Shyler's one chance at redemption.

Or she is the child's greatest threat...

Monday, 04 November 2013 03:54

My favorite movie

There are several films on my favorite list but the one that edges out all the others is Extreme Measures with Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman. For me this movie ticks all the boxes for a brilliant thriller that stays with you long after the closing credits.

It opens with a riveting hook – two naked men running out a door into a New York alley, clearly fleeing for their lives. Within ten feet one of them falls and the other stops to help him up, and with that simple gesture these two become heroic figures for me and I have to know what happens to them.

The next scene introduces the hero, Dr Guy Luthan (Grant), in the midst of a medical crisis in the ER of a nearby hospital. Luthan handles the situation with cool efficiency and even manages to inject some humor. But what makes him so sympathetic to me is the decision he’s faced with: two injured men – a gold shield cop and the addict who shot him – both need immediate life-saving surgery and, with only one OR available, Luthan has to choose who gets it.

When challenged later by a young nurse, Luthan tries to defend his decision. In his position of power he could easily quash his critic but instead concedes he may have made a moral rather than a medical choice. Efficiency, composure, humor, honesty. If ever there’s a lesson on how to create a likeable character, for me this is it. 

The next patient to land on Luthan’s ER table is one of the naked men from the opening scene. With bizarre symptoms and test readings off the charts, he poses a total mystery for Luthan.

When the patient dies and the body disappears from the morgue, Luthan feels compelled to investigate. He uncovers the conspiracy of a fellow neurologist, Dr Mirack (Hackman) who is kidnapping homeless people for illegal experiments.  

What elevates Mirack above your average evil scientist is his motivation: to help restore mobility in victims of spinal cord injury. A brilliant and devoted surgeon, he firmly believes he’s doing a good thing.

Luthan’s mission to uncover the truth takes him to a terrifying underground world and nearly costs him his life and career. Ultimately however he exposes Mirack and justice is served.

If the movie ended there it would still be great but it goes one step further. In the closing scene, Mirack’s wife approaches Luthan and hands him a package containing all her husband’s research notes.

Luthan, a gifted neurologist himself and with the same goals Mirack had, is left with another difficult choice – follow ‘proper’ medical protocols and wait years to attain his objective, or take Mirack’s path?

There’s lots more I could say of this movie but I think you can see why it’s my favorite.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 23:32

Links

Links

Publisher: Random House Australia
Read a free sample of Run To Me via Diane's book page at Random House

Writers Sites:
South Australian Writers Centre
International Thriller Writers
Romance Writers of Australia

Purchase Run To Me at:
Boomerang Books

Diane on GoodReads

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Sunday, 25 August 2013 23:29

Events

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Marion Culture Centre Library, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, Adelaide SA - 08 8375 6785{/gfont}

{gfont lustria; font-size:16px; color: #e5cdc3;}26-28 June - SACW Crime Writers Festival{/gfont} 
{gfont lustria; font-size:14px;}Diane will speak and take part in panel discussion with other South Australian and interstate crime writers including Gabrielle Lord and Katherine Howell.
South Australian Writers Centre, 2nd floor, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide SA - 08 8223 7662{/gfont}

 

Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:45

Contact

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 06:45

Die for Me

DIE FOR ME

On a wintry New England morning an innocent short-cut turns to disaster when the snow-covered field Lauren Donnelly crosses turns out to be a not-so-solidly-frozen stream.

 

A passing stranger comes to her aid. Only to fall through the ice himself and succumb to the frigid waters.

Struggling to come to terms with the tragedy, Lauren reaches out to the man’s only daughter and long-time care-giver. A woman now suffering financial hardship.

But Ada Phelps is not the devoted, grief-stricken offspring she pretends.

And making people pay for their crimes is the one thing she has always done best.

 

Some debts should never be repaid.

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