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Growing up in rural Minnesota, Dianne attended the University of Minnesota where she
got a BFA in Theatre. Although her initial interest was in performance, Dianne
eventually focused on playwriting and had competition-winning scripts performed at that
After moving to Los Angeles so her husband could attend film school, Dianne switched
focus to screenplays. While writing her own spec material, Dianne formatted, edited,
critiqued and wrote independent scripts. While in Los Angeles, she was approached by
writer Karen Hall and asked to edit and mentor a young writer Hall discovered while
doing research on death row inmates. The professional relationship which lasted several
years gave Dianne a unique look into the prison system and into the individuals sitting on
death row.
A move to the Chicago area translated into a new focus on novels as well as a love for the big-shouldered city. Dianne edited, critiqued and ghosted a variety of fiction and
nonfiction pieces while having great fun with her family. As projects she worked on were
placed with agencies like Writers House, Dianne decided to start writing for herself. The
result is the debut novel, Too Dark to Sleep.

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November 19, 2012

http://diannegallagher.net/images/Stories/tdts%20book%20cover%20v2d100x150px.jpgBrayer Publishing, LLC proudly announces the release of Dianne Gallagher’s debut
crime novel, Too Dark to Sleep on November 19, 2012. Just in time for gift giving, it is
available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and as an ebook.
Maggie Quinn was the top homicide detective in Chicago’s Area One before she suffered
a devastating loss. Now struggling to face each day, Quinn becomes obsessed with
solving her last case for the department that now bars her from wearing a badge. But is
she targeting the right person or is Quinn’s tormented mind pushing her to ruin the life of
an innocent man?
Avid readers of crime fiction, noir or psychological thrillers will find Too Dark to Sleep a
fresh take on their favorite genre. This is the first book in a gripping new series and
introduces the wholly unique antihero, Maggie Quinn.

Too Dark to Sleep
Dianne Gallagher
ISBN 978-0-985954-109
Brayer Publishing, LLC
November 19, 2012




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Release date: February 5, 2013
On the last day of the millennium, sassy Faith Bass Darling, the richest old lady in Bass, Texas, decides to have a garage sale. With help from a couple of neighborhood boys, Faith lugs her priceless Louis XV elephant clock, countless Tiffany lamps, and everything else in her nineteenth-century mansion out onto her long, sloping lawn.

Why is a recluse of twenty years suddenly selling off her dearest posessions? Because God told her to.

As the townspeople grab up five generations of heirlooms, everyone drawn to the sale–including Faith’s long-lost daughter–finds that the antiques not only hold family secrets but also inspire some of life’s most important questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1?








A fifth generation Texan, Lynda has hopped across literary and geographic boundaries in her writing career. She’s been a freelance journalist, travel writer, ghostwriter, restaurant and film reviewer, copywriter, college professor, book collaborator, and nonfiction author while living/​writing/​studying in Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Madrid, and lots of other heres and theres around the globe.


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In a sweeping debut novel that marries the appeal of Downtown Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs with the romantic glamor of the Titanic,

Dana Gynther brings the 1920s to vibrant life.



In 1921, the Gilded Age is drawing to a close, but not aboard the great ocean liner, the Paris, on its way from Le Havre to New York. On this maiden voyage of the massive ship three very different women have come aboard. And although they come from different generations and walks of life their lives will nevertheless intersect and demonstrate the power of chance encounters.

CROSSING ON THE PARIS (Gallery Books; on-sale November 13th, 20l2; Trade Paperback; $15.00) is  an ambitious debut novel which brings to life the epic grandeur of the Edwardian period and the lives of the three main characters.


Amidst the luxurious wood paneling and plush carpets of first class is the aging Vera Sinclair, who has made the decision to return to Manhattan after thirty years in Paris. In second class, Constance Stone revels in the unaccustomed freedom as she returns from a brief, failed mission to Paris to her home in Massachusetts, where her adored little daughters and dull professor husband await. And on the stifling noisy lowest deck below the waterline, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet tests her wings in her first job – unenviably serving meals in the steering class dining room.


CROSSING ON THE PARIS is a magnificent and unforgettable read that captures the magic of the 1920s and life abroad grand ships, like the Paris.


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  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZIRC4

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 30, 2012
Naomi Carter is a fast-rising, romantically-challenged professional, who aches to get married and have a family. After many first-dates which never lead to a second, she is introduced to a handsome client. A whirlwind courtship ensues, and she blinks an eye and is married, finally! Like bad egg salad, things spoil quickly, and she suddenly finds herself pregnant, mother to a toddler, and divorcing. With all of her accounts mysteriously cleared, our spoiled princess is broke. Travertine gives way to Pergo and Hermes is replaced by Target. Just as she clawed her way up the corporate ladder, our heroine finds the moxy to overcome circumstances that would have reduced many women to a long “good night” with a fistful of Vicodin and bottle of Belvedere.

This book will remind any woman, young or old, married or single, who has ever thought her life was “ruined” or “over”, that a superhuman strength she never knew existed, resides deep within her. Any reader with children will identify with Naomi’s tireless fight to protect and provide for her two, still-diapered children, and the bone-chilling fear and subsequent aggression that come when a mother’s young are threatened.

This book has all of the fun, fashiony appeal of other Manhattanmanhunt books like Jennifer Weiner’s titles, such as Good in Bed (Washington Square Press, 2002). Breeding’s heartache and recovery has vestiges of Lolly Winston’s Good Grief (Grand Central Publishing, 2007). Caris’ book’s mommy and married to CEO aspects are like Jill Kargman’s books, Momzillas (Broadway, 2008) and The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund (Dutton Adult, 2009). Then there is Caris’ humor, similar to Tracy Davis’s in My Husband Ran off with the Nanny and God Do I Miss Her (BookSurge, 2009).



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Deborah Michel, a seasoned magazine editor and freelance writer, has worked for many publications, including Premiere,Self, Los Angeles  , and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  She was the West Coast editor of Spyand served as a contributing editor at Buzz.  Michel grew up in Los Angeles , graduated from Dartmouth , and holds an MFA from Bennington .  She lives with her family in northern California  . 

Visit her online at http://www.deborahmichel.net/


Good morning, Deborah and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.


Thank you, I’m thrilled to be invited. Prosper in Love is my first book, so this is all new to me.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Deborah Michel?


DEBORAH: Well, I worked as a magazine writer for years, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, where I’m from—for magazines like House Beautiful, Self, Premiere, Los Angeles. Most of that time, I was also trying to write a novel, and there’s at least one that should never see the light of day. I have twin daughters who are about to graduate from high school, so maybe that goes a little way in explaining why finishing a novel took me so long.

MBA&M: Where did the idea Prosper In Love come from?


DEBORAH: I stole it! One of my favorite movies is The Awful Truth, a classic from the 40s with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s about this perfect couple—it’s clear to everyone that they’re meant to be together, but by the second scene they’re heading toward divorce. When my husband and I were first married (we recently had our 20th anniversary) we’d have these big fights—actually, the same fight over and over. And I started wondering, what would happen if we went too far one night and didn’t make up the way we always do.



MBA&M: Which character in Prosper In Love do you feel you most identify with?Why?


DEBORAH: That’s an easy one: Lynn Prosper, the young wife. She and her family are based on my own flaws and experiences. Some of the fights Lynn and Jamie have—well, they’re familiar enough that rereading those pages makes me uncomfortable. At a certain point in the writing, though, I stopped thinking of her as “me.” She turned into her own separate person. The funny thing was, while writing, I started having a lot more insight and sympathy into the male character, Jamie. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but my husband and I stopped having that same old fight, and I think I started trying to listen more carefully to what he was telling me when he was upset. I learned something about marriage through writing about it.

MBA&M: What do you hope your readers will gain by reading Prosper In Love?


DEBOROH: First, I simply hope they gain a few hours of pleasure. I hope reading the novel is a delightful experience, a fun summer read. I also hope it really gets readers thinking about love and marriage and the sort of choices we make. Part of Lynn’s problem at the beginning of the book is that she thinks she understands everything and knows the best answer. I think love is complicated and wonderful and often unexpected. Here’s the best compliment I’ve gotten so far: A friend of mine who’d been divorced and had kind of checked out of dating read Prosper in Love, and she said it made her feel like getting out there and giving dating another try. I can’t tell you how happy that made me.


MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing this genre?


DEBORAH: That’s a good question. I don’t know about the genre as a whole, but for me the big challenge with Prosper in Love was making two conflicting things believable: what drew my characters together, and what kept them apart. (I hope this isn’t a spoiler!) I went through lots of drafts trying to get that balance. Do you believe Lynn and Jamie Prosper as a couple? Do you believe that they’d stay apart? Can you imagine them with anyone else? I guess what I’m saying is that the biggest challenge in any sort of novel is maybe making the characters seem alive.



MBA&M: What are some of your most interesting quirks?


DEBORAH: Oh dear, I have a lot of quirks. I’m not sure any of them are very interesting. My main writing quirk—and it’s an unfortunate one—is that to get myself writing in the morning, I basically need to keep feeding myself to keep me at my desk. When I first started trying to write, it took something I really loved, like almond croissants or bear claws, do the trick, and I’d eat them very slowly in tiny bites. Now I drink pots and pots of tea all day. I switch types according to the time of day so I feel like I’m making progress.


MBA&M: What is the first book you remembering reading?


DEBORAH: That would be Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish—and what I actually remember is sitting next to my little sister who’s two years younger, and reading it aloud to her.



MBA&M: What is some of your life’s passion, other than writing, of course?


DEBORAH: Definitely reading! Sometimes I’m embarrassed that I really have no other hobbies. Well, I love movies, too, and art—but only looking at it. I’m hopeless as an artist. My best friend used to be an art historian and art critic, so I really learned a lot walking through museums and galleries with her. That’s probably how Lynn ended up in the art world. Like Lynn, I don’t cook and I love eating out in restaurants. My poor family, I’m not very domestic.


MBA&M: Do you have any regrets in your writing?


DEBORAH: I wish I’d worked harder and more productively early on. I was very scattered. Ironically, when my twins were born and I had hardly any time to myself, that’s when I really buckled down. Then again, those more leisurely years were also spent reading and sitting around talking to people or watching them, all of which feeds into writing.



MBA&M: What’s next for you?


DEBORAH: Another novel! I’m hard at work. Sadly, without breakfast pastries.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where Prosper In Love is available?


DEBORAH: Readers can find me at www.deborahmichel.net, and if they click on “Book Groups,” they’ll see that I’m available for call-ins or Skyping with book groups, schedule permitting. I’m really excited about this because I have all sorts of questions myself about love and marriage and what happens to my characters. I’d love the opportunity to hear what readers think. Prosper in Love can be found at Barnes and Noble, Books-a Million, Amazon, and your local independent bookseller.

Deborah, do you have anything else to add?

Just what a privilege it is to be here talking with you and your readers. I still haven’t gotten used to the idea that there are going to be people out there (who aren’t related to me) reading my novel. Thank you so much.

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Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Paperback:336 pages

Publisher:Berkley Trade (May 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0425247273

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
A good marriage lasts forever…until it doesn’t.
From the start, Lynn and Jamie Prosper were one of those couples who seem meant to be—so content with each other that they barely notice the rest of the world nodding approvingly at their wedded bliss. But sometimes, even in the very best of marriages, all it takes is a mischievous outsider to bring the perfect couple toppling off the top of the wedding cake… True, Jamie has been working so hard and traveling so much as a young lawyer that he hardly has enough energy to show his devotion. Not that Lynn, a junior museum curator, has any reason to question it. But when Lynn’s old college friend turns up at a cocktail party, chinks in their marriage’s previously unassailable armor start to show. Suddenly, without meaning to, Lynn and Jamie have both acquired divorce lawyers. And those benevolent onlookers—meddling in-laws and competitive friends alike—eagerly bear witness to each new misstep. Is love really enough to make a marriage last?




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Good morning George,and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

GMM: Good morning to you and thank you for inviting me. I am very excited to be here.

 MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Geore Moser?

Some interesting things about myself. I grew up in a small family business. My grandfather and father started the business over fifty years ago. We have been in many different industries including real estate, banking, conferencing and banquets, heating and air conditioning to name just a few. I guess now you can add writing to my repertoire.

I have a wonderful family and live just outside Chicago. One of my favorite places in the whole world is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We love the mountains and the large open spaces. I have traveled all over the world and have some fantastic stories to tell.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write a dark comedy with horror?

GMM: I have always been infatuated with certain writers like Mark Twain and JRR Tolkien. As I became older, I started looking for writers I could relate with more as myself. I am a very big Stephen King fan. He’s one of those writers who just know how to make the reader feel his energy. I always thought he was one of the best and I wanted to emulate him as a writer. Another writer I really love is Michael Crichton. He is very detailed in his research of a book and has some exciting stories to tell.

So I guess the two most influential writers of myself were both King and Crichton. I wanted to write some scary novels that people couldn’t put down. I wanted detail in my characters and a story to go along with it. What I did not want was a book of senseless killings just to be scary. I wanted a purpose to the book.

Nine Lives started off as a simple story. Since this is my first book, I discovered many things most authors probably already know. The book took a life of it’s own. My writing style came out and I began writing subconsciously about things in my life. I had fun writing the book and so my sense of humor followed suit. So in essence, I really didn’t sit down and say to myself, “I am going to write a dark comedy with horror.” The book just went that way and I discovered my own sense of writing.

MBA&M:  What if anything made you want to write “NINE LIVES”,with feline set on revenge and a banker?

GMM: Over the years, I have collected ideas for books that I would like to write. I probably have  nearly fifty ideas so far. Like many people, writing to me was a dream that I figured would never really happen. Sitting down and actually taking it serious, takes a certain dedication. Nine Lives is my first novel and I wanted to start off with something simple, something I knew where it was going.

Nine Lives is based on a real life experience. It was easy for me to start the book off because I already knew what happened. I had, what I thought of as an outline for the book. What I wasn’t expecting was, where the book would take me. I just figured a book was planned. Instead, the book took off into a world of it’s own. I started writing subconsciously about myself and the things that I learned.

I mentioned my family was in the banking industry. During this time of my writing, my families bank was taken over by the government. My dad started the bank over 35 years ago. To watch how the government comes in and does whatever they want to take over his bank was really sad. I don’t think many people have any idea how horrible it is to have something you have worked your entire life to build, only to have it taken away from you. They manipulate their own rules to their advantage. We’re made out to be the bad guys. Kind of like Michael Morino, the main character in the book. He was made out to be the crazy cat killer. The cat tries to take everything from Michael. The cat tries to take everything Michael loves and worked so hard for. A writer writes what he knows and I happened to write about my experience as a business man and banker. I didn’t want to write just another slasher novel with no meaning, I ended up writing about something with a lesson of my own. I want people to know, if you love something so much, don’t hold back. Go after it and chase that dream of yours.

Basically, I never had the intention of writing about a feline set on revenge and a banker. I picked a career for Michael that I could relate to. Suddenly, the book had meaning and it went off in a different course that I am very satisfied with.

MBA&M: If you could switch place with any character in “NINE LIVES”, who would it be and why?

GMM: That’s a hard one. I don’t know if I would switch places with anyone in the book because I think their all nuts! Okay, that made me laugh but isn’t that part of what makes the book so fun to read? I guess the wife Jenny is the only real sensible one in the book.

I suppose a writer usually writes about himself. That would make me Michael Morino but I didn’t write him completely as myself. I do like the Chief of police, Marty Dugan. I found I was writing too many swear words in the book and I really didn’t want to do that. So I made him out as a simple guy, maybe old fashion. His wife doesn’t like him swearing and so he always says, “Son of a Barbie.” That was just my sense of humor but it was also me saying, what’s the point in swearing all the time? With that being said, I also think when a person is running for their lives, they may just shout a few obscenities.

MBA&M: Do you have any regrets?

GMM: My only regret is that I rushed out the book initially. I finished this book over a year ago and it was really exciting. However, it was not edited and parts of the story actually changed. I just figured an agent would take care of all those wonderful things for me. So I rushed it out looking for an agent, not realizing they wanted the finished product. A lesson learned for me.

The book looks fabulous now after editing and polishing. I worked very hard on the book after finishing it. It’s a book I am very proud of.

MBA&M: If not writing what would you be your career choice?

GMM: Well, I have already done so much in my life already. If I had a choice of doing what ever I wanted, it wouldn’t be a serious one. I would probably be a scuba diver instructor or something around the water because I love the ocean. Any openings in Hawaii?

Seriously, I think my wife would be upset if I was a scuba diving instructor. Besides, I can’t stay in one place for very long. I need something that takes me places different. Something that challenges me to be a better person. I guess that’s why writing is something I absolutely love. How about a movie producer instead?

MBA&M: Tell our readers where to find you and where “NINE LIVES” is available?

GMM: I have a website at http://gmmoser.com where there is a link to purchase my book. Nine Lives is available online at just about any place available including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. I have been working on getting it in stores, most of the local Barnes and Noble stores near Chicago are stocking it now and I am starting to set my focus further out to places like Iowa and Missouri.

 George,do you have anything to add today?

GMM: Actually I do have one more thing to add. I am finishing up another novel. I plan on taking my time with this one cleaning it up. I don’t want to say it’s a series but my first three books are very related. I kind of like to make it cryptic. I think readers are smart and will figure it out.

Thank you so much My Book Addiction and More for having me!

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Paperback:364 pages

Publisher:iUniverse (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-1469753119

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This all started the day I ran over a cat with my sports car squeezed in like a tuna in a small alcove of the garage. There were many ideas I had for a book but this one seemed the most likely if I was to ever begin writing. I knew just where this one was going from the beginning but as I learned stories end up growing a life of their own like this one did. It was simple, write a story about a guy who kills a cat and you can guess the rest right? Life sometimes throws a curveball and it gives us time to reflect.

How could something possibly be missing in the life of Michael Morino? Marrying his college sweetheart, the two of them bought the house of their dreams. A beautiful baby boy and his trustworthy companion Max their dog completed the dream. Michael was at the top of his game with a promotion at his job to the upper floors of management. It was everything a person could hope for. Dreams are just that, a journey of hope barely out of reach that keeps us striving to reach our destiny.

Life has a way of constantly changing, our hopes and dreams lost and forgotten. Michael’s Dad died leaving him the one thing that meant the most to them. A letter accompanied the car telling Michael to, “dream.” It was that very car that started a sequence of events accidentally killing a cat. The cat was dead—he was certain of it—yet something seemed out of place.

Do cats really have nine lives? This thought never occurred to Michael until one cat after another returned with a vengeance threatening every part of his life. Two people kept calling him to follow his dreams. His wife Jenny loved him and pushed him to chase it. It was the second person that bothered him more because that person was dead. His Father left a message to “Drive it” but what had he meant by that? Then there were the others, the ones who tried to keep him on the path he was on. Between his boss, the crazy lunatic police lieutenant, and his high school girlfriend who recently became a stalker, Michael finds himself struggling to find an answer before its too late.

Is it possible we all have more than one life to live?

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