REVIEW COMMENTS    

“...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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Facing the Mirror (from I Never Thought I’d see you Again): In Facing the Mirror, by Dianne Despain (Drake), Maggie Holmes learns she has cancer while she is an Emergency Room. The author's writing is direct and poignant. When reading this well written story the reader is one with Maggie Holmes.

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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"

About Dianne Drake

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As you can probably tell, I write romance novels for Harlequin Mills & Boon.  Not romantic suspense, or romantic science fiction, not even an occasional romantic vampire story.  I simply write romance - straight romance with a medical twist and a dramatic edge.  So, how did this happen? 

It started when I was six, with my first poem...If I Had a Pony.  OK, it didn’t take the poetry world by storm and, as I learned later on, I really didn’t have much of a poetic flair.  Even so, at the tender age of six, I knew I loved writing.  Just didn’t know what.  Moving past many more miscarriages of  poetry through my grade school years and on to high school, I probably should have started reading the clues that I was supposed to become a writer when I was the only kid taking the essay tests who not only loved filling up those notorious blue books but usually asked for a second, and sometimes a third one.  Mr. Ray Brown, my high school English teacher for two years, saw a flicker of non-poetical talent in my short stories, spent some time mentoring me and finally pronounced, “You could be a writer.”  Like most typical high school kids are prone to do, though, I didn’t listen to my teacher.  Instead, I went off to college and majored in music.  Of course, while I was playing the flute I was also working on one of the university’s publications. 

Oh, and in the meantime, I was a voracious reader.  Loved mystery, loved romance the most.  By high school I was sneaking those scandalous Harlequin romances home and reading them where my very proper mother would never find them.  By college I was all over the place with my reading passions, but always returning to my romantic favorites.  Coincidentally, I do remember entertaining a thought or two that maybe I’d like to write one of those someday.

Anyway, after my first go-round at college, I went back for another try and still didn’t major in anything remotely resembling writing.  I became a nurse, instead.  Specifically, a critical care nurse.  Funny thing is, I started doing writing for various medical and nursing journals.  Still not taking the hint, though.

Winding my way through life, I took some years out to become the domestic diva, raise kids, have an early mid-life crisis.  I’d been a professional musician, a critical care nurse, a stay-at-home mom-type who canned her own food and wrote her own stories for the kids.  So, what came next?  Hey, remember those kids’ stories I mentioned?  Nope.  They didn’t jump-start my writing career. Turns out their fate was pretty much the same as If I Had a Pony.  My mom loved that poem, my kids loved my stories, but that’s as far as it went. 

Then my mom died.  A former concert pianist, she’d had this wish list, called a bucket list now.  And never got around to going after so many of the things she’d wanted from her life.  I thought about my own list, the one I’d started when I was six with that poem, and carried with me into every aspect of my life.  When I took the hard look, know what I found?  I wanted to write.  Through everything, that had always remained constant.  No matter where I’d been or what I’d done, I wrote.  Funny thing is, when I truly got serious about my writing, my writing got serious about me and channeled me through an amazing journalism career in most of the top consumer magazines in North America, then through a number of consumer non-fiction books, to where I am now, writing the books I’ve always loved reading most.

Shakespeare once said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”  He was right.  That destiny became mine when I was six.  It just took me a while to realize it. 

Here Are Several Things You May Not Know About Me

  • Star sign: Leo. And if I do say so myself, I am confident, ambitious, loyal and encouraging.
  • Favorite book(s): The original Nancy Drew series (not the newer ones), The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
  • Favorite poet(s): Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost.
  • Favorite author(s): Since so many of my good friends are authors, I wouldn’t go near this question with a ten-foot pole.
  • Favorite food: Popcorn, with lots of butter (real butter, not that oily, yellow stuff).
  • Favorite alcoholic beverage: Don’t drink at all now, but when I did...strawberry daiquiris.
  • Favorite non-alcoholic beverage: Iced tea with lots of lemon and artificial sweetener (the pink packet).
  • Favorite meal: Chicken and rice (my aunt’s recipe) and fresh spinach salad (from the Mickey Mouse Cookbook).
  • Favorite music: Classical. In particular, Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, the 2nd movement.
  • Favorite musical theatrical production: Les Miserables (alternating occasionally with Phantom of the Opera).
  • Pets: Three cats, two dogs. Sometimes two cats, three dogs. Occasionally three cats, three dogs.
  • The weirdest thing I love: Peanut butter and mustard on Ritz crackers. Good eatin’!
  • Favorite actor: A toss-up between Cary Grant and Errol Flynn. (I love the oldies!)
  • Favorite actress: Kathryn Hepburn.
  • Favorite fantasy: Living anyplace warm.
  • Dislikes: People who honk their horns in traffic, people who can’t take their noses out of their phone, turnips, spiders, toothpaste that burns your mouth and arm pit odor.
  • Best subjects at school: Music, English, biology, history.
  • Least favorite subjects: Math, math, math and gym.
  • Languages I can speak: American English, Canadian English, British English, miscellaneous Island and other English.
  • Favorite past job: Selling hot dogs and candy bars at a park concession stand. Why? Because one of the perks of the job was that I could use the canoes and pedal boats for free! Oh,
    and being a Surgical Intensive Care Unit nurse. That was pretty amazing, too, even though it didn’t come with free boat rental.
  • Biggest surprise about me: I have a degree in music, was required to take singing classes to accomplish it, and I can’t carry a tune (but somehow I always managed to get an A).
  • What I like best about writing: My writing friends, the voices in my head now earn a paycheck, cats lazying around on my computer.
  • Favorite holiday: Christmas. Favorite gift: Anything I don’t have to buy for myself.
  • Hero(s): Jonas Salk (polio vaccine), Alexander Fleming (penicillin), Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (x-rays), Joseph Lister (antiseptic surgery).
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up: Tall (never got there). An archaeologist (don’t all kids want that at some point?). A rodeo clown (can’t even come close to explaining that one).
  • Things I love: My husband. My family. Rainy days. A full night’s sleep. Shar-peis.
  • Favorite sport: Football, the NFL kind.
  • Favorite TV shows: Doc Martin, Midsommer Murders.
  • Biggest fault: Talk too much. Worry too much. Love to sing, and do so all the time, even though I make people’s ears bleed.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, long rides in the country. Lately, selfies.