Romance At Random Rally

Update: Congratulations to Martha Lawson and Jeanne Miro! You’re Diane Amos’s winners! To everyone else who left comments, thank you. I hope you’ve also taken time to pop over to my contest. The Grand Prize is a KINDLE and the drawing will be held on January 30th! Good luck!

If’ you’ve arrived here because of the Romance at Random Rally, you’re still in the right place. The blog hop goes on till Jan 31st. Click here to go to the blog hop post, but you also won’t want to miss my current blog guest, Diane Amos. Leave a comment here as well for a chance to win either her newest book or a backlist ebook! Enjoy!

Seven things you might not know about me.

from Diane Amos…

First let me say thank you to Mia for inviting me to her blog. Also thanks to everyone who drops by to visit. For those who leave a comment, I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win an Advance Readers Copy of my new release, Promise Me Forever. Someone else will win a copy of Getting Personal, e-book version.

1) I’m French, born in Maine, raised in Maine and will probably die in Maine. But there’s no rush for the last part.

2) When I entered Kindergarten—an English speaking school—I spoke French. I caught on quickly. No serious psychological damage done that I know of, though some of my friends might disagree.

3) I no longer can speak French—which proves that if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. So be sure to stay current will all your skills. And yes, that includes “you know what.” (In case anyone hasn’t caught on, we’re talking about a word that starts with s, ends with an x and has an e in the middle!  If it’s already too late and you’ve forgotten the basics, read several romances to refresh your memory. Preferably one of my books or Mia’s.

4) Every year about this time, I struggle to lose ten pounds. You’d think by now I’d need a special scale that measures negative numbers.

5) I graduated from high school— back in the days when people lived in caves and wrote on stone tablets—okay, I exaggerated a little, but it pains me to admit there were no computers, no internet and definitely no cell phones. Scary and hard to believe since we now take these things for granted. I won’t tell you that we shared a party line with my grandparents because some of you would ask, “What’s a party line?” and I’d have to lie and say it’s a party that goes on for hours and was great fun, and too bad they’re now extinct because you’re really missing out.

6) After high school, I became an X-Ray technician. There’s more to this then checking for broken bones. An X-Ray tech also goes to the operating room and emergency room. And you’re asking, why am I telling you this?!?!

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7) Some of you may not know that I’m an artist. I teach classes studio to children and adults in my home. I consider myself an accomplished artist, but that wasn’t always the case. My first class taught by a nun at a convent went something like this. I’d chosen a bright sunset with vivid pinks and oranges. On my canvas, I applied a thick layer of oil paint. I lifted the painting from the easel to escape the glare. At that precise moment, the nun teaching the class bent over to check my work. Oops—pink and orange look a lot brighter on a black habit than on a white canvas.

To see examples of some of my paintings, which are watercolors—since watercolor is easier to remove from clothing—please check out my website @ While there, check out my latest release, an historical, Promise Me Forever and my new e-books Getting Personal and Mixed Blessings.


Thanks, Diane! I’m fascinated by your art. Right now I’m reading LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY by Vreeland. It’s about Auguste Renoir and his painting by that title. It’s a fascinating peek into how that masterpiece came into being.

I so admire people who are artistic or pursue a hobby of any sort. How about if you all share what you like to do with your free time in order to be entered in Diane’s drawing?

45 thoughts on “Romance At Random Rally

  1. Diane says:

    Winner of the Promise Me Forever e-book is Martha Lawson. I’ll get your emails from Mia and contact you.

    I meant to write Getting Personal e-book. There is no Promise Me Forever e-book. Sorry about that.

  2. Diane says:

    The winner of the Promise Me Forever ARC is Jeanne Miro.

    Winner of the Promise Me Forever e-book is Martha Lawson. I’ll get your emails from Mia and contact you.

    If you want current updates, sign up for my newsletter at

    It’s been fun!


  3. Carol L says:

    Diane your work is unbelievable. You are a true Artist. I love those paintings on your web site. I have no talent at all when it comes to drawing or painting. But my Mom, brother and father were all talented Artists. :)Don’t enter me because I can’t read e-books on this computer. But I did want to praise your artistic ability. Just beautiful.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Diane says:

    And the WINNER is:

    Be patient, I’ll annouce the winners of my books tomorrow. I’m teaching art classes today. I plan to write everyone’s name on a slip of paper and draw two names from a bag. More later! Thanks again for dropping by.

    Diane Amos

  5. Cate S says:

    Good golly!! It’s nice to know that others survived the same stone age as I did!! I love to read! Thanks for another author introduction!!

  6. Ashlyn Chase says:

    I’m so sorry I didn’t get there until today, Diane and Mia! Yesterday was hectic.

    Anyway, great list, Diane! I like your definition of a party line. We had one too. Not much a party. I too didn’t grow up with computers, but boy would I be lost without one today!

  7. Nina Pierce says:

    I swear I’m not showing my age by admitting my neighbors had a party line when I was a young girl … really, we lived in a very small Maine town! And as far as other talents, I love to knit, crochet and create scrapbooks.

    Best of luck with the new release, Diane!

  8. Jeanne Miro says:

    Diane – I have a feeling that we were born in the same time period! The only reason that I can use a computer is otherwise I wouldn’t have a job. I absolutely refuse to have a cell phone feeling that if it’s that important the person can just call me back which drives my younger son into a swoon as he’s a manager for AT&T!

    Mia, Unfortunately I was born artistically challenged. I discovered that fact in the 3rd grade when my piano teacher turned to my Mom and told her that since I couldn’t even accomplish playing Rain, Rain Go Away after 4 months of lessons I should think of another pursuit! Artistically I love nothing more than going to an Art Museum and even taught my older son to love art even though he’s color blind, I can’t draw or paint anything that anyone can recognize.

    My artistic flare come into play cooking. My relatives all find this amusing since I love to create wonders in pastry, pies and cakes even though I’m a Type I diabetic and can’t eat any of my “creations”! As a matter of fact I can’t even taste them to be sure the flavors meld as I planned! I just bake by instinct alone and everyone loves the results!

    The postive of this is that they have to watch their weight and I don’t!

  9. Spare time? What’s spare time? Actually, other than bothering Diane and writing, I crochet (only square things or rectangles) and I sometimes still do the ghost hunting thing when possible. Not much lately, though…

    Diane, you forgot to mention that you are the Queen of Dance, Dance Revolution?!!! How could you not list that?

    1. Diane says:

      Beth, beware that borders on telling secrets. Tell my secrets and I’ll tell yours LOL


  10. Lol@the incident with the nun in the art class. That’s hilarious! X-Ray technician sounds a lot more interesting than I thought it would. Thank you for the tip on using it in order to not lose it *wink*.

    Best wishes!



    1. Diane says:

      You’d think that would have served as a bad oment and been the last of art for me, but fortunately, it takes more than one failed attempt to discourage me. It’s highly possible, that nun stopped teaching art shortly after I left the convent.


  11. Amy Pfaff says:

    I knit. Currently designing those infinity scarves. Great for thinking through plot problems with my current work in process. :)


  12. Lora Patten says:

    ROTFLMBO at #3, and yes, if you don’t use your skills you lose them (took 3 years of French in high school and was one of the most advanced students in my class and stopped using it upon graduation and POOF, gone)! I am a bit of an artsy person myself, I enjoy writing poetry, drawing, painting (I’ve done oils, acrylics, and watercolors), ceramics, leather work, crocheting (not very good at this but I still enjoy it), and I am attempting to branch out into writing historical romance (did I mention that researching sucks but its a vital discipline?). May not ever get anything accomplished with it but at least I can say I’ve done it!

    1. Diane says:

      Trying to write is half the battle. Sticking with it, is the other half!

      Good luck, Lora. In a couple year, we could be visiting you on Mia’s blog.


  13. Martha Lawson says:

    Read, of course! I also like to scrapbook (not very good at it, tho!!)

  14. Diane says:

    I’ve had less than stella sewing experiences. I made a pair of cordoroy shorts, with the nap going in different directions. It’s best that I stay away from a sewing machine.

    Diane–once more thanks for stopping by.

    1. Pam says:

      When I was in high school I made Madrigal dresses for some of the girls in my Madrigal Singers group. I once made a prom dress for someone based on her own idea. Of course, I have a feeling she didn’t wear it because she was supposed to send me a picture of her in it and she claimed that all the film was ruined. LOL But the dress came out exactly as she envisioned it. And of course, I did some crafty type sewing as well, not just clothing. But I’ve not done it is years though I think if I were to try again I could probably pick it back up fairly easily.

      Also forgot to say before that I checked out the paintings on your site and they are really beautiful!

  15. Pam says:

    I used to sew and when I was in school I sang a lot. Now my creative outlet is graphic design. I’ve done some nice graphics but I’m not in anyway a professional at it. I have good days and bad days. LOL My most recent graphic was a design based on a book for a contest. I didn’t win but I very much enjoyed making the piece!

    I had to laugh about the party line though! I know exactly what that is. When I was in school, most people had cordless and/or touch tone phones and my family, we still had one rotary phone in the kitchen and it was a party line. You’d go to make a call and find one of the neighbors talking on the phone. LOL And if there was an emergency, you’d have to ask them to get off the line so you could make a call.

  16. Hi, Diane. Great post. Lots of fun. So, does what’s on this post stay on this post??? I, too, remember party lines. Really annoying because we had one woman who was either on their yacking or listening in to what others were saying.
    I have no artistic talent. I’ve tried painting, drawing, Chinese brush painting, all with painful results. I can color within the lines ;-) I used to sew all my clothes, tho, and made lots of costumes for my kids. And knit lots and lots of sweaters–a necessity during Minnesota winters.

  17. Suzanne Parent says:

    Wow, Diane: i had no idea a new book was out! Gonna haveto win it, I hope, crossed fingers. I may be behing by 1 or 2; but I can still say I knew you before you became famous writing your novels! Keep them coming….

    1. Diane says:

      If you don’t win, Percy’s Burrow in the Auburn Mall is selling Promise Me Forever at a discount. If you need more information, email and I’ll give you the details.


  18. Diane says:

    Brenna, Karri, Tanja and Linda, thanks for stopping by. I’d hate to be sitting here by myself!

  19. Diane says:

    Joyce also writes novels in her spare time. She’s author of the True trilogy. She’s also a bad influence on me :-)


  20. Joyce says:

    Hi, Diane! I think I knew most of those things about you — except the party line. I thought for sure you were going to mention the party lines we have at the conferences after a couple of bloody Marys. : )
    As for what I do with my free time, Mia … I do interviews with fabulous authors like you and Diane! :)
    Great post!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I could go for a conga line at a writers’ conference!

  21. Diane says:

    Thanks Grace for visiting Mia’s blog. As to feeling old, that’s a matter of how you look at yourself. We writers don’t have the time to grown old :-)


  22. Grace Hood says:

    Hi Diane! I think I knew all those things except the French part. I grew up in Canada and studied French clear through college. Alas, I’ve forgotten more than I remember.

    I don’t consider myself “old” but I do remember my grandparents had a party line – one long and one short were their ring.

    Free time? Not sure what you mean, Mia, hehe.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My DH’s father spoke only Norwegian at home when he was little. By the time he started school the family was anxious to all learn English, so he stopped speaking it. Sadly, he never taught his children the language. My DH would have loved to have learned how to speak Norse early in his life.

  23. Brenna says:

    Diane, great post. Thanks for the reminders of party lines, I’d forgotten about those. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, excluding the elementary/junior high days of band. Maybe one day.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I play piano, but in heaven I will play the violin. I tried to play it here on earth, but it didn’t work out. Seriously sad sounds.

  24. Diane says:

    Susan, I’m sure party lines were way before your time :-)


  25. Diane, a party line, really? I always wondered what a party line was. Wow, did I miss out. That would be my leisure time activity, if only I’d known.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Just imagine what sort of mischief a writer could get into on a party line. An overheard conversation leads to … well, fill in the blank with whatever type story you want to write!

  26. Diane says:

    Creative people tend to be creative in more than one area. I also learned to play the piano while in junior high. Years ago we bought a player piano, so I still play. Only now I use my feet :-)

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Diane Amos

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I have this vision of your tootsies on the keys. LOL!

      1. Diane says:

        I can see how that might be confusing :-)

  27. Tanja H says:

    I my spare time, I crochet and quilt, badly. But I don’t care, I like doing it.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I admire anyone who quilts. I think it takes so much patience.

  28. Linda says:

    I use to sketch a bit ….years ago but with work & all I gave it up. Nowadays I spend my free time reading or working out at the gym. I too admire people who are artistic; I’ve always wished I was talented; be it musically, or any of the arts.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I did my 20 minutes on the treadmill this AM with my Kindle balanced on the handlebars.

      1. Diane says:

        If it weren’t for my kindle, I wouldn’t use the treadmill at all. It’s amazing how quickly time flies while reading and walking. I LOVE my kindle!!


  29. Karri Lyn Halley says:

    Whoops, hit “Post” by mistake. I enjoyed learning a few interesting things about you and look forward to discovering your books.

  30. Karri Lyn Halley says:

    I started dance lessons when I was two-years-old and I’ve been dancing ever since. I teach ballet, tap and jazz to children now for fun. (I own a dance studio, but fortunately I do it for fun since our leaking roof will ensure another year in the red!) My husband and I started ballroom dancing just before we were married and we still attend dances once a month or so.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Oh, fun! My DH gave me ballroom dance lessons for Christmas one year. We know enough to be a danger to ourselves and others on the dance floor!

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