What is Romance?

Posted at Feb 2, 2016 2:00 pm

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I can’t help but think of romance and just what it means. Of course, everyone has different ways of expressing their feelings, and different things make us feel loved and valued.

The most romantic thing my husband ever did for me was to have the cover flat for my first published novel professionally framed. He knew that this book cover represented a dream come true for me, the culmination of years of hard work and determination, and a major personal achievement. It’s all the more heartwarming that he did this for me when all those years I spent pecking away at my computer, attending writers conference and retreats, and meeting with my critique group meant I hDT framedad less time for him. Of course he spent much of that time watching the Mavericks and Spurs play basketball, so maybe it wasn’t such a sacrifice. : )

What’s the most romantic thing someone ever did for you, or that you did for someone else? What does romance mean to you? Is it candy and flowers, or something more? Chime in for a chance to win one of three advanced reading copies of Against the Paw, book #4 in my K9 series! Winners will be announced on Sunday, February 28th.Against the Paw cover 


BREAKING NEWS! The winners have been chosen at random by using numbers generated by Random.org. They winners are:

Andi King, Mildred Mayo, and Brenda Nuffer. Congratulations! And thanks to all who stopped by to comment.


Book Signing Saturday in Nashville!

Posted at Oct 26, 2015 11:28 am in , , , ,

Come see me and lots of other mystery authors (including my writer buddy DD Ayres) at the Killer Nashville Book Con this Saturday, Oct. 31st from 10-5 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville! (250 5th Avenue S, Nashville)  My signing will be at 10:15. Hope to see you there! Details here: Killer Nashville

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Posted at Sep 14, 2015 2:06 pm

Surprise! Everyone who shared their first pet story wins a book!  Congrats and thanks for sharing your first pet stories!

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The Dog Blog – First Pets

Posted at Sep 4, 2015 1:44 pm

mason and buddy

My nephew recently graduated from college (an engineering degree, no less!), moved to a new apartment in a different city, and got his first real job. He also became a daddy! Well, a doggy daddy, anyway, which is plenty for now. Here he is with Buddy, his adorable new BFF that he adopted at an animal shelter. The two are sure to have a lot of fun sharing their bachelor pad!

While many of us grew up with family pets that we loved dearly, there’s something extra special about the first pet that we adopt on our own as adults. Getting the first pet that is ours and ours only, for which we alone have full responsibility, is an exciting and fun rite of passage.

My first pets were a Siamese cat named Stir-Fry who’d wandered up to the apartment of my then-boyfriend (now husband) in Austin, Texas. He lived as an indoor-outdoor cat there for a while, before I decided he should move to Houston with me and Schultz, a Dachshund mix I’d adopted from a shelter. I shared an apartment with my two “boys” and it was a great arrangement. They kept me company while I watched TV on my couch, and I’d snuggle between the two of them in bed at night. After work, I’d take Schultz out to swim in the apartment pool with me. The only other tenant who used the pool was a thirtyish guy with a black lab, who’d hang out and swim with us. Luckily, nobody ever complained or reported us for bringing our dogs in the pool.

Stir-Fry and Schultz are long gone now, but live on in my memories. Do you have fun memories of your first pet? Share them here for a chance to win one of five print or electronic copies of any book in my Paw Enforcement series! Winners announced Monday, Sept. 13th.


Alabama, Here I Come!

Posted at Jun 15, 2015 3:14 pm

Mark your calendars to join me for the Murder in the Magic City conference in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, February 6th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm!

And don’t miss the fun Murder on the Menu event the following day, Sunday, February 7th, at the Wetumpka library! Murder on the Menu 


Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses is TOP PICK at Night Owl Reviews!

Posted at May 31, 2015 5:06 pm

Thanks to Night Owl Reviews for making Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses a TOP PICK!




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Come See My Stand-Up Comedy Debut!

Posted at Apr 28, 2015 2:40 pm

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE! I recently took a stand-up comedy class in Nashville, and it’s time for our graduation show! Hope some of you can make it. Here are the details:

Tuesday, May 12 @ 7:30 PM at Zanies Comedy Club

The show is on sale now and the following coupon is setup for immediate use:


With this code tickets are only $5 (instead of $10).


Hope to see you there! And hope to hear you laughing! : )

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Just One Week Until Book #8 is Released!

Posted at Feb 24, 2015 11:18 am

Just one more week until the release of DEATH, TAXES, AND CHEAP SUNGLASSES, book #8 in the IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series. I can hardly believe it. I originally wrote the first book as a stand-alone, but a wise agent suggested I expand it into a series. So glad I listened to her! Get a sneak peek here:

www.dianekelly.com/death-taxes-and-cheap-sunglasses/…Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses

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Comedy that Kills!

Posted at Feb 20, 2015 7:44 pm

Check out this article for tips on how to write funny. Great for aspiring authors!


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Premiere is Released!

Posted at Feb 9, 2015 8:26 am

premiere release dayIt’s release day for Premiere! Romance Writers of America’s first anthology of short romance stories. Includes works by Sylvia Day, Vicki Lewis Thompson, me, and more!  The perfect Valentine’s gift!  

Buy links here

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