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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Strong Women, Unlikely Roles ~ by DiAnn Mills, Guest Blogger

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. A founding member of ACFW, she and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. They have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

NJ: DiAnn is offering a book for giveaway. To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment.

Strong Women, Unlikely Roles

Women who accept nontraditional roles and succeed with dynamic outcomes are the heroines in my novels. These are Glock-totin‘ gals with southern charm who understand grits aren’t just for breakfast. These women embrace their femininity with an added boost--they aren’t afraid to go after the bad guys or say they love Jesus. This style of heroine understands her peace can be more about the caliber of the piece in her purse than the state of her spiritual life.

What makes a contemporary woman choose a career that has the potential of ending her life? Experts often point to personality differences or a “risk-gene” as an explanation why some are risk takers and others are content in less stressful lifestyles. I prefer courageous heroines who’ve been wired with a few more endorphins to balance the adrenaline, and they thrive on it.

If my heroine races down a dirt road on a Harley in the dead of night, or scales a cliff while someone is shooting at her, or stuffs a weapon into the waistband of her jeans, it’s to get the edge on the bad guys.

My heroines are not satisfied unless they are placing their lives on the line to protect or save innocent victims. These women are warriors who are trained to protect, defend, and hopefully outsmart the ones who will stop at nothing to obtain money and power.

Jack London said it quite well. “The adventurer gambles with life to heighten sensation--to make it glow for a moment.”

Of course, in a suspense novel the heroine ends up being the prey, but the heroine and the villain are balanced in their skills and intelligence. Who knows? The bad guy may be a woman.

In short, the heroines in the Call of Duty series aren’t the women next door. Hmm. Then again, they might be.

The heroine in Breach of Trust is a CIA operative posing as a librarian in rural Oklahoma where the only excitement is Friday night, high school football or an occasional twister. Her name is Paige; she thought it was quite clever considering her role as the local librarian. And the hero is a football coach who has more “on the ball” than most would think.

Sworn to Protect calls for a different heroine. Danika Morales is a border patrol agent in McAllen, TX. She’s a widow, and her four-year-old daughter is hearing impaired. Every breath is a risk in her career, and the authorities have yet to find out who murdered her husband. So how does a doctor with activist sentiments fit into her life?

Pursuit of Justice delves into the life of an FBI agent sent to solve a series of murders in an area of Texas to which she swore never to return. What she thinks is an easy case explodes in her face when the accused killer is found innocent, and a nearly four hundred year old legend about lost Spanish treasure is still claiming victims.

Yep, I like a gutsy women who can work alongside a man, and a hero who appreciates her abilities, wit, dedication--and her beauty.

For centuries, the legend of the Spider Rock treasure has lured people to West Teas with promises of unimaginable wealth.

And it just claimed three more victims.

Did they fall prey to the legend's curse or just get too close to someone else's discovery? To investigate the murders, the FBI calls in one of its most promising up-and-comers-Special Agent Bella Jordan. What they don't know is that one of their prime suspects is deeply connected to the past she's been running from for fourteen years.

As Bella begins to sift through evidence, another murder and threats on her own life convince her she's hunting an experienced killer . . . and he's not working alone. To catch the suspect before he catches her, Bella must draw on all her skill and instinct and finally gather the courage to face the memories she's tried so hard to forget.


  1. I love DiAnn's heroines because just as they are non-traditional, Glock-totin' babes, they are also very much feminine and womanly, a wonderful balance. I found this to be true in Breach of Trust but also in A Woman Called Sage, which isn't part of this series so perhaps that's just the type of woman that DiAnn writes.

  2. I love courageous heroines because it's even more potent when you see their vulnerable side. Thanks for this post!

  3. DiAnn is a new author to me. Her books sound great! Can't wait to get one! Thanks so much for all the new authors you have introduced me to.

  4. I'd love to be in to win this book....sounds like a wonderful read!!

  5. Great interview. Love DiAnn's writing. Can't wait to read her latest novel!

  6. Oh I would so love to win a book by DiAnn. I have heard wonderful things about her work.

    Cindy W.


  7. Before reading this post I've never heard of DiAnn Mills. I've been searching for books like these. Thank you so much for introducing her to me.


  8. Sounds like another great suspenseful story with a tough heroine. Thanks for sharing DiAnn with us today. I love this type of story.

  9. Great post! I really love that her heroines are strong without leaving their feminine side behind - or being afraid to acknowledge Christ. That shows what real strength is all about. Thanks so much for the chance to win her latest.

  10. I love that Jack London quote.
    What a great post. Thanks:)

  11. I think there is that tough heroine in each of us.


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