REVIEW COMMENTS  

Bachelor Doc, Unexpected Dad…“Overall, Ms. Drake has delivered a good read in this book where the characters progressed brilliantly and had me really enjoying their journey to happy ever after…”
- Sara/Harlequin Junkie

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Goodreads… Gwessie Tee’s Reviews: Reunited With Her Army Doc (Five Stars): It was amazing. Utterly fantastic read, definitely love this book and looking forward to reading the next one too. I won't give spoilers what I will say is that this awesome read has everything you can want as well as a little mystery, I utterly adore this story and the characters and glad there will be more.

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Saved by Doctor Dreamy by Dianne Drake: What an enjoyable, fast-paced read Ms. Drake has penned in this story about a heroine wanting to become more independent, a hero running from his past and where the plot kept me entertained from start to finish due to the medical challenges these two face, their back stories and their growing relationship...Overall, Ms. Drake has penned a really good read in this book where the chemistry was wonderful, the main characters illustrate really well that opposites do attract, and the ending was gratifying.”
~ Sara@HarlequinJunkie

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The Nurse and the Single Dad By Dianne Drake: This was my first time reading a “Harlequin Medical Romance”, which I really enjoyed, given my years of working in healthcare and hospitals specifically. I will definitely look for others...” ~ Sara @HarlequinJunkie

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“As always Dianne never fails to deliver and prove without a shadow of doubt there is hope after tragedy, even if you are not looking for it, and love is always the best medicine, thank you for a truly touching story.” ~ Gwessie Tee

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“This was a beautifully written book. This story brought tears to my eyes...” ~ Paula Legate

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“...the Nora Roberts of medicals.”- Author Susan Carlisle

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Two Dianne Drakes under the one cover was an enjoyable treat!
-From Mills & Boon website

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What a sweet romance...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more of Ms. Drakes’ work.
- From Coffee Time Romance

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I recently discovered her, and enjoy her tremendously.
- Found on Smart Bitches Trashy Books

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For a medical romance this story has more than enough action and drama to hold anyone’s interest, and the romance is only a small portion of its appeal.
- From Coffee Time Romance

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Reviewed on the Mills & Boon website:

Firefighter With A Frozen Heart - An excellent story written with emotional depth and understanding.

Engrossing and probably Mrs Drake's best yet.
- Ten out of ten

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P.S. You’re a Daddy: This is a story of the love for a sister and family. Funny and loving, laughed, cried and waited for the happy ever after. Good read!

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 A Child to Heal Their Hearts: “To be honest a book set in a holiday camp for recovering sick children didn't sound an appealing subject and I'm also not particularly keen when children form a large part of the plot. However Mrs Drake has written so compellingly about this that I was able to forget my prejudices. Reid is an engaging and dedicated hero while enigmatic at first, Keera's emotions were portrayed realistically and sympathetically. There were unexpected turns in the plot and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book. Nine out of ten"

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Oh, no! Autumn is in the air and I’ve only just reconciled myself to the hot, sticky months of summer. But, the days are growing shorter, the trees are on the verge of turning brilliant reds and golds, and the apple orchard is calling my name. So, that means only one thing. It’s time to get out my fall decorations, buy some pumpkins, and celebrate my favorite season of the year (except for the autumn allergies).

When I was growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of seasonal traditions. We put up some plastic stuff for Christmas and, on occasion, my grandmother would erect her antique German Christmas village. We had cats who loved knocking over the miniature village, so that was always a challenge. Then at Easter, we’d use an Easter Basket full of plastic eggs as a table centerpiece. Summer got nothing, and fall merited a couple of pumpkins that were carved way too early so by Halloween their faces had rotted and caved in.

But, that was my mother’s decorating scheme. Mine is to go all out for every season and holiday. For autumn—uncarved pumpkins galore, decorative squash and gourds, Indian corn. Quite simply, next to the three giant trees I put up for Christmas, I like autumn decorating the best.

I also like autumn reading. During the summer my taste runs to something light, maybe a good romantic comedy. My books have appeared in several of the Harlequin beach reads, but since I don’t do the beach, I read them on my patio as I sip a nice glass of iced tea. Extra lemon, please. During the autumn I like darker reads. Stoker’s Dracula is always a favorite, and a great gothic by duMaurier or Holt always sits atop my to-be-read stack. There’s nothing like a good mix of the virginal maiden, the cranky older woman or governess, a hero, a villain and a clergyman (thrown in for good measure) to conjure up some dark plots. But the best of all my autumn reads is Thomas Tryon’s Harvest Home. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it, it’s just that good.

So, what are you reading this fall? Anything I should know about? If so, send me a note on Facebook, tweet me or e-mail me. I love to find new books I know nothing about. And, if you have an especially spooky book for Halloween, please let me know what it is because I do love a good scare at that time of the year. Oh, and a good autumn romance is always near the top of my wish list.

If you haven’t read a romance novel in a while—romance in any of its many manifestations—autumn is a great time to settle down with some apple cider, or the ever-present pumpkin spice whatever (tea, latte, bread, cake…) and invest a few hours in a good read. Be surprised or amazed again, walk away with a good feeling. Also, take a look at my books while you’re investing those hours. If you like medicine and drama mixed into your romance, I’ll do my best to come up with more blood pressure spikes, some galloping heartbeats and a happily-ever-after that won’t disappoint.

As always, wishing you health and happiness, and some cozy autumn cheer. Oh, and here’s a little pumpkin spice treat:

PUMPKIN SPICE POPCORN

INGREDIENTS

2 quarts popped popcorn (approx. 8 cups) – pick out all the unpopped kernels.
3 tablespoons butter
¼ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon water
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & ¼ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat, adding the sugar, water, vanilla extract, salt and pumpkin pie spice; cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Pour butter mixture over popcorn; toss and mix with a spoon till popcorn is fully coated.
  5. Transfer coated popcorn onto the baking sheet, spread it out in a single layer. Be very gentle when you stir—popcorn crumbles easily.
  6. Bake in the oven, uncovered, at 300°F/150°C for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 3 – 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and continue stirring the mixture every few minutes. As it cools, the popcorn will get nice and crispy.

DELICIOUS ADD-INS

1. Drizzle with some white chocolate:
After the corn has cooled, melt 5 oz white chocolate (the real stuff) in a double boiler, stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle it over the popcorn and let it set for an hour at room temperature. Keep it in an air-tight container or just eat it all right then and there!

2. Add some candied nuts (the nuts alone are amazing):
- 1 cup white sugar; 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt; 1 egg white, 1 pound pecan halves.  - Preheat oven to 250 degrees F/120 degrees C.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. Wisk egg white and water together in a separate bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture. Add sugar mixture into pecan mixture and toss until pecans are evenly coated. Spread coated pecans onto a baking sheet.

- Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, approximately1 hour. When they are cool, mix into the cooled popcorn.




SECOND CHANCE WITH HER ARMY DOC

Can a chance reunion rekindle an old flame?

Heart surgeon Sloane Manning and Army doc Carter Holmes were the perfect couple. Until Carter walked away leaving Sloane heartbroken. Determined to finally move on, Sloane heads off for a desert vacation—only to find Carter’s there, too! He’s still as ruggedly gorgeous and irresistibly charming as she remembers, but there’s a pain in his eyes Sloane must uncover before they can recapture what they once had…

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BOOKS

Second Chance with Her Army Doc (October 2018) Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance

Imperfectly Yours... (vol 1) The Valentine’s Day Anthology (as writer & editor)

BLOGS

Guest blogger at Romancing the Genre
Saturday, September 22 at https://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com/

Love is the Best Medicine: the blog of the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance Writers  https://loveisthebestmedicine.wordpress.com/ 
October 12, 2018; December 14, 2018

APPEARANCES

July 28, 2018 – Guest Speaker at the Indiana Chapter, Sisters in Crime.www.speedcitysistersincrime.org/