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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To be honest, I hate the cold. I freeze easily and sometimes there aren’t enough blankets in my house to keep me warm. But I enjoy looking out the window at the crispness, the falling snow, the frozen white clouds on the branches of my evergreens. And I love taking a drive in newly-fallen snow and listening to the crunch of it under my tires. Oh, and hot chocolate. Winter is the season that justifies it for me.

Winter is the time of year in my part of the world when so many things seem to go to sleep. The trees, the plants. Which, to me makes it a lazy season where curling up under a cozy blanket rather than scrubbing the kitchen floor seems a perfects acceptable thing to do even though the grandmother who raised me reveled in her belief that since there wasn’t much to do during the winter, it was a good time to buckle down and do the things we’ve been putting off. So, for Nana, winter represented hard work and the preparation for spring when all things were new again. That’s not a bad thing, when you think about it. For me, as a writer, there are so many distractions in, well…spring, summer and autumn. I get my writing done, but I catch myself daydreaming of being someone else doing something else. During the winter, I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything. Which, for me, make makes winter the perfect season for creativity. And yes, I can write a book while I snuggle under my blanket. In fact, I’ve perfected that particular writing style. Creativity is part of our makeup. It gives us texture and purpose. We work for a living and live for those moments when we can exercise our creativity. If you’re lucky enough that your creative outlet is what you do for a living, you’ve been blessed. I have been, I know that as surely as I know that I still don’t like the cold. But, it’s part of life, and even what we don’t like can give us purpose. Without a purpose of some sort in our lives, what else do we have?

During your winter, no matter if it’s now, or sometime during my warm season, I hope you find your purpose, if you don’t have one, or your old one got lost. It makes life better, even when it’s buried two feet beneath the white stuff.

As always, wishing you health and happiness and a nice, snuggly blanket. Oh, and if you love hot chocolate the way I do, here are some recipes to try.

Mexican-style Hot Chocolate
½ C white sugar
¼ C unsweetened cocoa powder
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp salt
6 C milk (whole or 2%)
1 TBSP vanilla

Whisk cold water, sugar, cocoa powder, flour, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a saucepan until smooth. Place over low heat; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly, until mixture starts to bubble. Stir in the milk then heat again until hot chocolate just forms bubbles around the edge. Mix in vanilla, then blend smooth with an immersion blender until the hot chocolate is frothy.

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Creamy Hot Chocolate
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ C white sugar
1 pinch salt
3 ½ C milk whole or 2%
¾ tsp vanilla
½ C half-and-half
1/3 C boiling water

Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

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Intense & Not-Too-Sweet Hot Chocolate
2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp sugar
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped (if you want a sweeter chocolate, use milk chocolate)
splash of vanilla extract

1.Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place on the stovetop over medium heat. While the milk is heating place the chopped chocolate in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Take the chocolate out and stir it. Return to microwave and heat for another thirty seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate in 30 second intervals until just melted.
2. When the milk starts to bubble on the side, turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine. Add the vanilla extract, and top with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.  Sweeten to taste if you’d like. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.



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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Upcoming Books, Blogs & Appearances

BOOKS

Her Secret Miracle (June 2019)
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BLOGS

Love is the Best Medicine: the blog of the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance Writers  https://loveisthebestmedicine.wordpress.com/ 
February 9, 2019 & April 12, 2019

APPEARANCES

All-day intensive workshop on writing women’s fiction and romance. Midwest Writers Workshop, July 25-27, 2019 at Ball State University