Saturday, September 01, 2012

Starting a new year, sort of

For me, September always marks a transition. For huge chunks of my life, it meant back-to-school--first for myself, then for my sons. Although they’re grown now, the end of summer and the fading of my vegetable garden (some of it, anyway) still make this feel like a shift into a different mode.

September is a popular launch period in the tech world, too. The Kindle Fire 2 tablet is expected to be announced September 6; the iPhone 5 release date is rumored to be September 21. That is, unless I misread the Internet search results and that all happened last year.

So I feel quite comfortable with the September 4 release date of the 9th book in my Safe Harbor Medical miniseries from Harlequin American. That’s when The M.D.’s Secret Daughter will be hitting your bookstore or mailbox. By the way, you can see the whole Safe Harbor miniseries on my new Facebook page, JacquelineDiamondAuthor.

This week also marked another book launch for me. For years, as time and energy permitted, I’ve worked on a love story/science fiction thriller that spans two universes. It’s so different from anything else I’ve written, and from anything I’ve read, that I wasn’t sure people were ready for it.

 The popularity of the TV series Fringe changed my mind. The combination of suspense, wry humor, vivid characters and alternate universes really appeals to me. So I took one more swing through Out of Her Universe, which is the first book in a planned series.

This past week, I posted it on Amazon for Kindle ebook readers. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a free app for your computer, tablet or phone from Amazon and read it that way.  If you’re curious, please stop by my website and read the first chapter at Chapter One-Out of Her Universe.

To new beginnings and old friends!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Though I have revisions waiting to be done on one book, and another book to be written by December 1, I am still on holiday (or in denial, depending on how you look at it). This week my family drove from Calgary to our new cottage in Polson Montana. One way to get there is by driving through Glacier National Park on the Going-to-the-sun Road. It starts at St. Mary, Montana and ends at the town of West Glacier, about 53 miles. If you ever come this way, it will probably be the slowest 53 miles you ever drive. And the most beautiful. Driving this road is like taking a spectacular mountain hike in a car. First you start driving alongside a beautiful lake and forested roads.
Slowly you rise until you are skimming mountain tops and taking in breathtaking views with vertigo challenging drops just feet from the edge of the road. We stopped for a hike at Logan's Pass, which marks the continental divide. The hike took in some fabulous vistas, but what we got the biggest kick out of were the mountain goats. I've seen them before in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, but I've never been this close before!
photo courtesy of Tessa Binnion

Ah, these lovely final days of summer. What are you doing to enjoy them? (And what work are you putting off to do so?)