Monday, September 30, 2013

Live Vicariously with author Diane Burton

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing science fiction romance. Besides the Switched series, she is the author of The Pilot, a series about strong women on the frontier of space. One Red Shoe is her first romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
With that said, here’s a blurb for Diane’s latest release: One Red Shoe:
Wannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.
Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.
From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.
Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?
Let’s talk a bit with Diane about Living Vicariously:
When you read, do you “become” the main character? In a good book, I do—always have. I’ve jumped out of planes, faced down bullies and bad guys, walked down dark alleys confident that I could handle any threat. I’ve toured England, Scotland, and casinos in Monaco. All within the pages of a book.
As a writer, I can do the same and more. I make my characters do whatever I want. They go where I would be too scared to go. They have abilities I wish I had. Their faults make them real, but even their weaknesses are heroic. Writers pour their emotions, their dreams, their aspirations into their characters.
In my new romantic suspense, One Red Shoe, my heroine has let life pass her by. When Daria was thirteen, her parents died and her four older brothers became her guardians. They took their responsibility seriously. Too seriously. They’re still at it even though she’s twenty-nine. Overprotective isn’t strong enough for how they treat her.
Daria’s dreams and aspirations remained just that…dreams. Until she began writing mysteries featuring a kick-butt heroine. Daria threw out her aspirations into her character. The more she wrote about a take-charge female, the stronger her desire to be like her heroine. As the story opens, she’s about to go off on her first adventure—a writing conference in New York City. She doesn’t actually defy her brothers, she just ignores all their cautions and warnings. After all, her heroine wouldn’t let them browbeat her into staying home. She would stand up to them and say “it’s my life.”
When Daria meets a wounded spy in a deserted women’s restroom, she conquers her fear by thinking what would her heroine do. She wouldn’t leave a man to bleed to death or be captured by the bad guys. As they flee cross country, Daria’s confidence in her abilities grows. She can protect the injured man. She can be a kick-butt heroine herself.
Excerpt for One Red Shoe:
Jimmy bent down to look at the right front tire. “I don’t like the looks of this.”
The tire is fine,” Daria said.
The others ignored her and all bent down to look. While they debated whether she should get a new tire, Rover dashed up. The reddish-brown mutt of indeterminate heritage nearly knocked her over with his usual enthusiastic greeting. She gave him a quick hug and ruffled his fur.
Billy, don’t feed Rover any table scraps. Only two cups of kibble a day. Andy, you’re going to put food in the barn for Archy and Mehitabel, right?” She didn’t wait for his response. “And, Tommy, you’ll take care of—”
Jimmy straightened. “For crissake, Daria, it’s a goddamn zoo around here.”
At least he wasn’t trying to delay her with talk about new tires. She reached up and patted his cheek. “Don’t swear.”
I mean it, Daria Jean,” Jimmy said. “Don’t you dare bring home some wounded stray. I don’t care if it’s bleeding. No more.” He ran his hand through his hair. “You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. You’ve never even been east of Chicago.”
She smiled. “I know.”
I hoped you’d get this foolishness out of your system.” He blew out a breath and thrust a small item at her. “Since you’re determined to go, this is a top-of-the-line cell phone. It has GPS tracking so if you have car trouble and call for help, they’ll know exactly where you are.”
Daria ignored the first part of his rant. She’d heard it before but was surprised at his thoughtfulness with the phone. She gave him a hug then the others. Standing back, she looked at the four of them. Tears threatened. She blinked rapidly. For goodness sake, it wasn’t like she was leaving forever. A week away from home, that’s all. She got into her car, eager to get started.
Call every night,” Jimmy ordered. He just had to spoil the moment. “So we know you’re okay.” The others nodded. They meant well, she reminded herself.
She put the key in the ignition. Oh, God. This was it. She was going after her dream. A mixture of fear and excitement shot through her. She hadn’t felt like this since... since leaving for summer camp when she was ten. How pathetic was that. When she got back, things were going to change. First, she was going on a real adventure.
New York City, here I come.

One Red Shoe is available at Amazon for Kindle:

Thanks again, Veronica, for helping me celebrate the release of my brand new book.
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  1. Thanks for having me here today. What a lovely picture in the background. I love to see the sun glint off ice on the trees. Hate to drive in an ice storm, though.

  2. This sounds like the coolest story. Love the blog. I, too, become the character of a well written book. Thanks, Diane.

  3. Oh yes, and I was just writing a post on snow, too. I agree with Diane in that ice storms are not fun to drive in.

    Congrats on your new release, Diane!! :)

    1. Thanks, Jess. That snow & ice will be here soon. :(

  4. Diane, I love to live vicariously along with the characters in the books I both read and write -- there's nothing quite like it. One Red Shoe sounds like a wild ride. Can't wait to read it!

  5. I agree- wild ride! There's nothing predictable about your life, Diane :-)

    1. Kate, you don't know the half of it. LOL

  6. Hey, Diane! I always enjoy a story with overprotective brothers, something many can relate to. Great setup for this book and particularly loved this line from the blurb: "What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist." Awesome! This sounds like a real winner! Congrats!

    1. Thanks, MJ. Since I only had "little" brothers, I wrote about what I always wanted.

  7. For anyone who's had trouble with the Rafflecopter link, just go to my blogsite: and enter there. My apologies for the extra step. Rafflecopter is being ornery today.

  8. Great excerpt and blog, Diane. Can't wait to read Daria and Sam's story.