Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary romance, inspirational romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Although she enjoyed being published with traditional houses, she made a decision to switch to self-publishing her fiction to have control over all aspects of publishing. But there’s more - she’s also a wife, mother to six children and grandmother to four grandchildren in southwestern Ohio! Diane’s dream vacation is going to the beach.
When faith and freedom collide, mistakes made in the past may decide the future.
Twenty-year-old Priscilla King is torn between settling permanently in her hometown of Fields Corner, Ohio and joining the Amish Church or using her rumspringa freedom to paint landscapes in other places than the only one she's ever been. She's been offered a two-month-long nanny position in Siesta Key, Florida by an author on a tight writing deadline. The opportunities presented are more than a little tempting for Priscilla, even if it means disappointing her parents and leaving her new boyfriend.
Stephen Hertzler grew up in a different Amish community as Priscilla, working on the family farm and building houses, but, like her, he's undecided about joining the church. He loves Priscilla and wants to marry her, though he knows she's not ready to make a decision about anything other than her summer plans.
Priscilla's father Amos, bishop of the church, has a secret. As a child, he'd also loved painting pictures. But, because of his Amish district, painting was frowned upon and he was forced to do it in hiding. His father found out about his art and, in fury, he burned the paintings. When he was older, Amos moved to Fields Corner. Traumatized, he'd instead buried his passion for art in order to focus on being a good bishop for the community.
When Priscilla's parents sabotage her part-time job at a local fabric store to dissuade her from following a "worldly lifestyle" in taking the nanny position in Florida, Priscilla is distraught. She knows she would regret not taking this chance. Leaving a note, she sneaks out in disobedience of her parents' wishes. Free to paint, dreams she's never fully envisioned before seem within reach…but at what price?
Catherine Steel is an investigative reporter for a newspaper, and she also writes fluff pieces for women’s magazines. Ten years ago in high school, Jake Michaels broke her heart. Now he’s back in town, filling a sports editor’s spot on the paper. He wants to date Catherine but she refuses to go out with him.
Should she give him another chance? Jake could be the one to fulfill her Buckingham Palace’s honeymoon fantasy.
But while guarding her heart against Jake, Catherine must also guard her life. Investigating a friend’s explosive murder might cost her everything. Romantic nights might not be possible for Catherine and Jake with a killer on the loose.
A plane crash. Two women, strangers to each other, on the edge of dire decisions. And the changes survival makes in their lives—this is the heart of NEVER THE SAME.
Kim, a wife and mother, refuses to settle any more when it comes to love and marriage. Surviving the plane crash has cleared the fog in her head and the frustration in her life.
Tori has garnered a coveted soccer scholarship but her dreams are turning to dust—she’s discovered she’s pregnant. Before the crash her choice seemed obvious, but now, caught between her dad’s wishes and her baby’s daddy, Tori’s decision isn’t a “no-brainer” any more.
Life isn't always fair, but Kim and Tori have the chance of a lifetime...what will they do? What would you do?
NOTE: A few bedroom scenes exist between the married couple.
Violet Robinson grew up straddling the world of her father, a U.S. Senator, and her mother, who was raised Amish. Then Violet gets the chance to live in an Amish house without modern amenities. Violet's father hopes this will make her realize how hard an Amish life is, but the opposite happens. Especially when Violet finds herself falling for Luke.
A world apart…
Although buggy shop owner Luke King was raised Amish, he hasn’t yet been baptized into the church. He’s always felt something waited out there for him. When he meets Violet, he knows why God set him on this path. Had he already been baptized, he’d be shunned for courting the non-Amish Violet.
United by love…
While Violet’s learning the realities of living in the Amish world, Luke indulges in the opportunity to live in the English world, risking his family’s wrath. Violet fears Luke won’t be able to leave his faith. But can she live in the stricter and simpler Amish world? As the feelings between Violet and Luke grow deeper, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles or will their differences pull them apart? But when violence from Violet’s past threatens, they discover that faith succeeds where all else fails, and two worlds may be joined by two loving hearts.
After losing her young husband and baby son fifteen years ago, Dr. Jennifer Hunter is determined never to marry again. Losing loved ones is just too painful.
A friend introduces Jennifer to Alex Brunsman and suggests she hire him to renovate her old farmhouse. Instantly attracted to the widowed contractor, Jennifer refuses Alex’s help. But after she gets injured working on a fireplace, she gives in.
Alex clearly wants more than a business relationship, and Jennifer guards her heart. His kisses make her yearn for a future once denied her. Alex falls in love with her but finds tearing down the walls in Jennifer’s house is easier than breaking through her protective shell. Alex and Jennifer must overcome the shadows of the past and find the courage to love again.
Jennifer and her uncle, Father Ryan, have a radio show called Hour of Healing. Dr. Hunter gives advice in a beautiful and sensitive way to difficult questions from callers. But their show causes a vengeful arsonist to want the doctor to feel pain. After his cruel act occurs, God brings good out of the tragedy for several hurting people.
Note: Previously published as NO GREATER LOSS with Samhain Publishing. Revisions were made when reissued under the new title.
After her fiancé, Daniel Beachy, died in a buggy accident, schoolteacher Ruth Yoder decided to move out of her parents’ home and into the house he’d built for their married life together. Ruth has lived alone for the past eleven years.
When David Hershberger, a widower, starts spending time with her, Ruth is surprised. David’s children are amazed, too, that their father is interested in their longtime neighbor. Ruth hopes that she and David will become more than friends. But since David lost his wife, Irene, the love of his life and mother of their children, David can’t imagine anyone taking her place in his heart. His children and Ruth’s sister also aren’t so sure that the relationship should develop.
Although Ruth prays that she might finally become a wife, she will follow whatever path God has chosen for her.
Twenty-eight Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a homeowner. Blake Smith, no relation, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. Sparks fly between the handsome engineer and the beautiful columnist. Sydney wonders if she should mention home buying as a way to meet someone in her column, “Sydney’s Sassy Suggestions to Singles.” A highly sensual story of fun, home buying, romance and love.
Authors's Note: This novella has a few sensual bedroom scenes.
Judith Hershberger wonders what her life would have been like had she been born into an English family instead of an Amish one. Would she be happier with the freedom to obtain more schooling as an English young woman instead of being limited to only an eighth grade Amish education?
In Judith’s Place, the second book in the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, schoolteacher Judith Hershberger yearns to learn more despite the educational restriction imposed on her because of her Amish upbringing. Wanting more than an eighth grade education, she puts off joining the Amish faith. During her rumspringa, she’ll be able to obtain her high school diploma without being shunned. Her father is afraid Judith will leave their Amish community if she passes the GED test. He knows she’s unhappy that Amish women are expected to follow a certain path in life.
When a non-Amish college student, Eliza Dunbar, observes Judith in her classroom, a friendship between the two young women develops. Eliza gives Judith the nudge she needs to study for her GED test. Eliza wonders what it would be like to switch places with Judith to live a simple life without electricity and other modern conveniences. Judith envies Eliza because she is free to attend college.
Jacob Weaver finally gets the courage to ask Judith to go with him to a Sunday singing. Like Judith, he wants to do something that isn’t allowed in their Plain community. Jacob wants to get his driver’s license so he can drive a truck to make the deliveries for the lumberyard. He needs to earn enough money to buy his own small farm. But even though it sounds plausible, Jacob feels stress with trying to learn to drive a truck instead of a buggy. Once he accomplishes this, Jacob plans to become baptized and join the Amish church.
Will Judith decide to stay in her Amish community or will she decide to leave in order to attend college? Will Judith’s friendship with Jacob influence her as she finds her place?
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he’s hidden from everyone his entire life. Quite innocently seven-year-old Debby, stumbles upon her father’s secret on a summer night in 1957. She confronts her father with the awful truth. Justin is touched by her concern and offer of help.
When nothing is done by any of the adults in the family, Debby prays to Jesus for someone to help her father. Not only is her eloquent prayer instrumental in changing her father’s life, but it starts a chain reaction in each family member’s life. The older sister, Gail, is in love with a man Debby doesn’t like. Her middle sister, Kathy, who wanted to be a dancer, struggles with the physical infirmity that has crippled her every bit as much as their father’s once-secret flaw limits him. Debby’s brother, Carl, worries about the future because of his commitment to the army. Even their mother, Lucille Reeves, although devoted to her husband and children, now hopes to broaden her personal horizons. Justin, his wife and children all are blessed by positive life changes because of Debby’s prayer.
Father and daughter together embark upon a journey which takes Justin from the darkness of shame into the light of victory. When he finally accomplishes what he wanted his whole life, Justin reaches out to his family in a special way on Christmas Day. His gift to his wife, daughters and son influences them all for a lifetime.
Previously published as A CHRISTMAS GIFT with Whimsical Publications
After her mother’s untimely death, a twenty-year-old Amish woman has a difficult decision to make: Choose to break from the Plain community and her boyfriend and live in the English world permanently...or join the Amish church.
Rachel Hershberger wants to get away from her Amish home in Fields Corner, Ohio. For a year she’s been trying to fill her mother’s shoes by taking care of her father and siblings. She quit her job at the bakery so she would have more time to clean and cook at home. Before her mother died, Rachel was positive she wanted to marry Samuel Weaver, but now she can’t think about wedding plans. She blames her father for her mother’s death. If they had installed a phone in their barn or a shanty, her mother might have received medical help in time to save her life. Her mother’s death has made Rachel question if she should be baptized and join the church. She wonders if non-Amish women live longer and have less stress. Maybe her forty-four-year old mother would still be alive had she left the Amish lifestyle like her sister Carrie did.
When her Aunt Carrie invites her to go to the beach, Rachel decides the time away will help her to decide whether to join the Amish church or to live in the English world. She is conflicted because she loves Samuel and her family. Instead of a relaxing time away, disturbing events happen while Rachel’s in Florida. A photographer snaps troublesome pictures of Rachel because of her famous senator uncle, and a handsome and charming college student falls in love with Rachel.
Two years ago, TV New York producer Whitney Benson returned to her roots in Ohio after her husband’s death in Iraq. Her older sisters, Shannon and Regan, think Whitney needs to move on with her life. They want her to be like them—happily married with children. Whitney is tired of her older sisters' attempts to fix her up with every single male they meet. Shannon and Regan cross the line when they arrange for her to go skydiving with the reason that more guys like to float in the air than women. Whitney hates flying and heights.
She realizes her sisters are busy with matchmaking to keep their minds off their mother’s recent death from cancer. She decides to suggest the three of them start a business and hopes that will take the focus off their constant matchmaking efforts. The sisters have fun considering several businesses from a cable TV talk show to an all-girl band. Whitney does wonder if her sisters can treat her as an equal in their new family business instead of their baby sister.
Whitney meets two eligible bachelors, paramedic Jack Hensley and Dr. Ben Spencer, who constantly battle for her affection. Which one will she choose? Both men make Whitney realize, even a heart shattered by her husband's death, can once again be made whole.
But did she have to fall and hit her head on a rock to figure that out?
Is Mallory Harrington jinxed because her name means luckless? Things have gone wrong for Mallory since she was a small child. All she ever wanted was to have a complete family and live happily ever after. It appears she has it all when she marries Toby Harrington and they have a son. Unfortunately, their marriage ends when Toby has an affair with his law partner. Divorced Mallory doesn’t want to date, so she isn’t happy when her girlfriends try to fix her up with a minister friend.
Mallory decides to do something for herself, and get the nose surgery that she's always wanted. What she doesn't expect is her instant attraction to her surgeon.
Sometimes faith is about accepting what can't be changed and grabbing what God offers her. Life must go on.
Scarlet Ribbons by Cheryl Pierson Miguel Rivera is known as El Diablo, The Devil. Men avoid meeting his eyes in fear of his gun. Persuaded by a street vendor he makes a foolish holiday purchase-two scarlet ribbons. Taking a room at his former lover's boarding house, Miguel discovers a secret. Can a meeting with a mysterious priest and the miracle of the Scarlet Ribbons set Miguel on a new path?
The Proposal by Diane Craver Jacqueline Andrews hopes her boyfriend is giving her an engagement ring for her birthday. Her best friend, Tyler Jordan, wants Jacqueline to be happy, but not with Brad. Tyler blew off Jacqueline's confession of love for him before he left for college. When he returns as a physician's assistant, he falls in love with her. He needs to win back her love. Will his hot kisses sway her? Or is she going to marry Brad?
My Life and Times with Nickolopolus Christog Cringelenstien Clausener by Charlotte Raby Miranda Jane, a milk bar waitress at the North Pole, looks forward to the end of her shift, but one last customer turns an ordinary work night into something magical. Read MJ's letter to the world in which she answers the thousands of questions she's received about how she became Mrs. Claus and what it's like being married to a famous elf!
Angel and the Cowboy by Celia Yeary When U.S. Marshal Max Garrison enters the bookshop and meets lovely Daniella Sommers, his life changes. Knowing he's met the woman of his dreams, all he has to do is convince her to marry him and move to his ranch. Daniella has been different her entire life, with her dusky skin and black hair. Her English parents, though, convinced her she was theirs. When Max Garrison enters her lonely world, she learns that love is all that matters.