Author Archives: diannefreeman

When a Character Shows His True Colors

It’s been a busy month and I’m so excited to say I’ve finished the first draft of the fifth Countess of Harleigh mystery! I’m a plotter and an outliner, so I do quite a bit of work before I ever … Continue reading

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Author’s Note

When I turned in the fourth book in the Countess of Harleigh series, I wrote my first ever Author’s note. I needed one because I used some real people as characters in that book, and they take part in parties … Continue reading

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And the winner is!

It was so nice to hear so many responses about moms! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. I loved your comments. Using a random number generator to determine the winner, and that person is Vickie Williams!  Congratulations! You have … Continue reading

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Release Day & A Giveaway

Tuesday was release day for A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder and I celebrated by joining ten other Kensington Books authors for a release party on Facebook. Since there are no in-person events these days, I’ll be doing a … Continue reading

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News!

I’ve been stuck in a research rabbit hole this week, which is only one of the reasons this post is late. But I have had a few other distractions that kept me from my blog. I turned in my outline … Continue reading

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The Right Words

Writers are always trying to find just the right word or phrase to convey a specific mood or emotion. As a writer of historical fiction, I also have to make sure the word or phrase was used in that context … Continue reading

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Country Homes & A Giveaway!

One of my favorite bits of research for A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder was finding just the right British manor to use as a model for Risings, the country home of the Hazeltons—the Earls of Hartfield. Nothing says … Continue reading

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Summer Book Fun

I know it’s not officially summer yet, but June has always meant summer to me. Due to the pandemic, this one may be a little different. I hope those of you still stuck at home are hanging in there and … Continue reading

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Introducing Daisy Price

Since we celebrated Mother’s Day between my May posts, I thought I’d use this post to introduce Daisy Price. She’s my sleuth, Frances’ mom. The Countess of Harleigh mysteries are based loosely on the lives of the American heiresses who … Continue reading

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Introducing P.I. Kelly Pruett

One of the best friends a writer can have is a critique partner. They’ve seen your best work and your worst. And then there’s the work you think is your best until they very gently, but persistently, help you to … Continue reading

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