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Welcome, Diane Dettmann!

Welcome, Diane!  Tell us a little bit about yourself.

 

I have loved writing ever since I was a child. One of my earliest memories is sitting on the front porch steps when I was four, scribbling “stories” on a small tablet and reading them to my friends. Hand-written thank you notes to my grandparents and letters to cousins also played a special role in my enjoyment of writing and the ability to touch a reader in a personal way. In the years that followed, I jotted ideas and memories in journals, wrote poems, and short essays. During graduate school, I joined a writer’s group that often met in my home. We participated in local author events, read our writing at various venues, and eventually self-published a small fiction anthology, Tellin’ Lies: A Quick Anthology of Three Writers. Seeing my work in print sparked my energy and passion to follow my writing path. I have been on it ever since.

 

I enjoy reading and writing stories about real people’s lives, their challenges and successes. Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants is the first book I co-authored with my aunt Miriam Dloniak Kaurala, a story about my grandparents leaving Finland and settling in northern Minnesota in the 1920s. Then in 2011, after seven years of writing and rewriting, I published my own memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal about the death of my husband and the process of rebuilding my life. The book is helping others in their dark days of grief. In 2015, I took the leap from memoir to historical fiction and published my award winning book, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel. My readers enjoyed it so much they encouraged me to write the sequel. Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph was released in 2016. In between writing books, I am also a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City and the Open to Hope Grief Foundation in Palo Alto, California. The international Women For One organization recognized me as a Truthteller for my memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels. I have shared my writing at local events and international conferences in Finland and Canada. My author journey has been a rewarding trip. I am excited to see what adventures lie ahead!

 

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After several years imprisoned in a U.S. WWII Japanese interment camp in eastern California, eighteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto cannot bear the hardships and injustices any longer. Overwhelmed with grief and the painful loss of the life she was forced to leave behind, Yasu seizes an unexpected opportunity for freedom. Terrified and alone, she longs to return to her parents, but knows she has no choice, but to push forward.
Yasu travels on foot into the unknown, her face covered with a scarf to conceal her Japanese identity. With the unexpected support from strangers, she manages to reach a train station in Omaha, Nebraska. On the train bound for Minneapolis, Minnesota, a woman professor befriends Yasu and ultimately becomes an intricate part of Yasu’s dream-seeking adventure. With the professor’s support, Yasu struggles to rebuild her life in a community filled with painful anti-Japanese racism and discrimination. Days of defeat drag her down, but giving up is not an option. With courage and determination, Yasu forges on.
Grounded in thorough research, this historical fiction novel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph, engages readers in a young Japanese woman’s life during one of the darkest times of America’s history. It reveals the injustices thousands of Japanese American’s were forced to endure during and after WWII. Readers feel Yasu’s pain and rejoice in her successes. Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph opens readers’ eyes to the damaging affects of prejudice and intolerance. At the same time it opens their hearts to the importance of accepting differences among us.

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What Readers Are Saying

 

While teens will be the likely readers of this novel, many an adult will find that Yasu’s Quest holds perspectives and details that are as enlightening as they are involving. It, along with its companion, Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel, are thus highly recommended picks for any reader interested in a powerful, ultimately hopeful, view of World War II’s lasting effects on the Japanese in America.”

-Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph does exactly what historical fiction should do in that it raises meaningful issues while simultaneously staying historically accurate. More importantly, this book brings to light real history in a compelling way making it accessible to readers of all ages. Any young readers interested in or currently studying the events of World War II should consider reading Yasu’s Quest as a way to get a perspective on an often-overlooked part of U.S. history.”

-Reviewer Ben Green, Reader Views

About The Author

 

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Diane Dettmann is the ward-winning author of Courageous Footsteps A WWII Novel. This debut novel earned Medalist Winner in the 2016 New Apple E-Book Awards and first place in the 2015 Pacific Rim Book Festival in the YA Category. The sequel, Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph, was released in July 2016. Her memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, earned the Beach Book Festival Runner Up Award and is offering hope to others working through grief. She is also the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants. Diane is a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City and the Open to Hope Grief Foundation in California. Dettmann’s writing has appeared in various national publications.

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Welcome, Bethany Swafford!

My name is Bethany Swafford, and I have been writing for about five years now. I first decided to write when I struggled to find Regency era books that were free from sex scenes. Books where the characters and the plot create the romance are what enjoy, ones that readers of any age could pick up. I have several Regency books in the works and I cannot wait until I can share them with my readers!
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A Chaotic Courtship

 

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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana’s younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.

 

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“Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford is not your typical Regency Romance. It has the expected drama but also a mystery involving a Highwayman. The characters are lovable and they are sound in their roles. The story is lighthearted, enjoyable and clean.” —Anna Dye (http://annadelc.com/blog/?p=4906)
“This was a sweet romance laced with suspense with very engaging characters, ones that convinced me that the nature of inter-family relations cross eras in spite of the mores of the time. I whole-heartily recommend it for lovers of historical and Regency romances.” —Robyn Echols (http://robynechols.blogspot.com/2016/10/wednesday-wonders-chaotic-courtship.html)
“I highly recommend A Chaotic Courtship if you enjoy a clean fun romance with a dash of a mystery.”—Donna Feyen (http://www.morethanareview.com/books/a-chaotic-courtship/)

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Welcome, Jane McGarry!

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From when I was young, I always wrote for myself, just simple stories here and there, but never seriously considered trying to publish anything until a few years ago. When I became a stay-at-home mom, writing became my outlet—time that was purely mine. Though the thought of penning a full length novel while taking care of two kids was daunting, I decided to give it a try. In May of 2015, my first novel, Not Every Girl, was published. My latest novel, Unexpected Rewards, is the sequel. Each story revolves around, Olivia Davenport, a strong female protagonist. I wanted to write a feisty, resilient heroine who didn’t spend her time waiting to be rescued by the hero. Girls need positive examples of characters with strength and courage to help them feel empowered in life. Hopefully, Olivia achieves this in some way. Currently, I am working on the final installment of the story and am excited to bring the trilogy to its conclusion.

 

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UNEXPECTED REWARDS

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Olivia Davenport is looking forward to her future. After all, Prince Liam has professed his love and King William has promised her a reward for her role on a recent mission. She fully expects to continue her knightly training while enjoying a blossoming romance with her Prince. The King, however, has other ideas, appointing her as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Helen.
Thrust into unfamiliar territory and left to fend against the malicious women of court, Olivia feels awkward and confused. With the help of her new friend, Kat, and her sister, Anne, she tries to find her footing among the courtiers, their protocol, and the added complication of Jocelyn Crawford, a lady who has her eyes set on becoming Liam’s bride.
When, a disturbing prophecy puts the safety of the King in question, fear spreads through kingdom. Intrigue abounds at the palace with an enigmatic witch and a strict Friar at the center of the controversy. Olivia must use her training and instincts to unravel what is truly going on in order to protect the King. Through it all, she questions if she will ever be able to fit into Liam’s life and if, in the end, their love can prevail.

 

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