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Excerpt from Mission to New Earth and Giveaway

Everyday Fangirl is proud to participate in Diane Burton’s Mission to New Earth blog tour and give away.

Below is an excerpt from the science fiction novella, Mission to New Earth by Diane Burton.

Then only Marsh and I were left.

I strolled up to the man I loved and put my arms around his waist. When I rested my head on his chest, I heard the thud of his heart. Normally, a reassuring sound that always made me go weak in the knees, it beat more rapidly than usual. He was still agitated.

“Hey, guy. Everything will be all right. We’re ready. More than ready.”

“I know. It’s just—”

Leaning back in his arms, I reached up and patted his cheek. “Settle down, big boy. I think Bill and Ana have the right idea. From Gloria’s blush, she and Tom do, too.” I gave him a long kiss. At first, he didn’t respond—still worked up over the latest simulation. Then he gave in, as I knew he would. Not to be smug, but Marsh did like my kisses.

His kiss turned hard, demanding, as he strained to maintain control. I wanted him that much, too. But not on the tile floor in the lav. The shower had possibilities. When he eyed the enclosure, I knew he was thinking the same thing. Too bad I had other obligations. That was me, duty first. I could be such a stick-in-the-mud.
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Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?

Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.

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More about Diane…


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

You can visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com or you can also follow her via the social media sites including her…

Interview with a Fangirl: Diane


I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to interview author, blogger and of course fangirl, Diane!

I first became aware of Diane a few years ago when I started interacting with her via the Sci Fi Romance Brigade Facebook Group and Twitter.

Welcome Diane to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

Thanks for having me!

When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?

I never thought of myself as a Fangirl. I certainly love space adventures. Add in a romance and it’s even better. After watching the Star Wars and Star Trek movies over and over and when I couldn’t get enough SFR romances that I had to write more myself, I finally admitted. Fangirl.

How has social media helped or hindered you?

Through social media (esp. Facebook) I discover new book releases and trailers to the latest movies. Obviously, I glom onto those with a futuristic theme and a romance. But I also write mysteries, so I’m always finding new cozies to read, too.

When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow on you over time?

I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. When I first read about the movie in Time Magazine, I wasn’t too excited. Then I heard John Williams’ music on the radio and I was hooked! We got a babysitter, and Hubs and I hit the theater. Not only did it live up to my expectations, but I’ve been a major fan ever since.

I took my son and his BFF (ages 6 & 7, respectively) to The Empire Strikes Back. The friend’s mother doesn’t like sci-fi, at all. The two boys were practically jumping up and down in their seats. I restrained myself. LOL Both of my kids, their spouses and two of my three grandchildren are major fans. The youngest is only 18 months. We’ll indoctrinate her soon. I still have the original trilogy on VCR (no player, but I have the tapes) and all the episodes on DVD. Do ya think I like Star Wars???

What have you learned from the Star Wars fan community or any other fan community that has had a positive impact on your life?

That others are as fanatical as I am about Star Wars. Forgot to mention above, my family and I went on a Disney Star Wars cruise in April. While I didn’t dress up in costume (I had a T-shirt), I was amazed at the creativity of the fans. Although I shouldn’t be surprised, I was fascinated by their devotion to the whole Star Wars culture.

What else do you Fangirl about?

Star Trek ranks up there. Love the movies. Have all of them on DVD and watch repeatedly. When I meet an author whose work I love, I try to play it cool but inevitably I turn into Fangirl.

Anything else you want to say to others about being a Fangirl?

Not to be ashamed or embarrassed about it. Life is too short. Enjoy! I loved watching kids of all ages dressed up in costume as they waited in line for the midnight showing of a new Harry Potter movie. They even brought their copy of the book and read while waiting. I admire that devotion.

Thank so much Diane for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your fandom better.

Thanks for inviting me. I really enjoyed your questions.

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More about Diane…

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and the Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies: Portals, Volume 2 and How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

You can visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com or you can also follow her via the social media sites including her…

Interview with an Author: Diane Burton

It is pleasure to welcome Diane Burton, author of several Science Fiction Romance series and now the author of a new series of mysteries with Femalel P.I., Alex O’Hara.


Welcome Diane to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and to learn more about this new series.

What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?

The Case of the Bygone Brother signifies that this is a mystery, sort of like the old-timey P.I. mysteries of the 1940s, except this is modern day and the private investigator is female. The subtitle is An Alex O’Hara Novel and that indicates it’s (the first in) a series.

Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…

The story takes place in a fictional resort town along Lake Michigan. Many of the early settlers in West Michigan came from The Netherlands. Today, Dutch names proliferate. Since some of my ancestors also came from The Netherlands, I used family names for many secondary and tertiary characters. The title character Harry Anslyn (the missing brother) is named after my great-great grandfather who fought in the American Civil War. I took the liberty of changing his first name from Louis to Harry.

What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?

This is my first mystery, but I departed from the usual dead body at the beginning. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. At times, while reading before sleep, I’ve laughed so hard the bed shakes. I’d love to do humor as well as Janet does.

What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?

Writers are supposed to be sane???
Number One is having a supportive spouse. He doesn’t mind that the furniture hasn’t been dusted since New Year’s Eve (we had company) and he’ll do laundry and make meals, especially when I’m buried in a story. I see Nick Palzetti (Alex’s teenage heartthrob who’s returned) being that supportive—if he and Alex ever get married.

What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?

I needed to know the qualifications for an investigator in Michigan. Google is the best. A friend of mine is a retired police chief who is always willing to let me pick his brain. Then he’ll give me enough info for the next three books, at least.

What makes you laugh?

Besides Stephanie Plum and Lula’s antics? Romantic comedies, witty dialogue and send-ups to old movies in current ones. Example: in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey, Jr. is riding a mule and the theme from Two Mules For Sister Sara starts playing. I think everyone in the theater stared at me when I cracked up.
My favorite laugh-makers are my grandchildren. Some of things they say. LOL The baby’s cooing makes me grin.

What makes you cry?

Emotional scenes in movies and books. In Linda Howard’s Cry No More and Kiss Me While I Sleep, two scenes had me sobbing. I’m a sucker for romantic movies with a BIG black moment. Hand me a tissue, please.

What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?

Movies. I’ll use movie quotes (with appellations, of course) in my books. From my previous answers, you know I love Janet Evanovich and Linda Howard books. I also love Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romance (which I also write).

Again, thank you Diane for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and of course your new mystery series.


The Case of the Bygone Brother: An Alex O’Hara Novel by Diane Burton is now available at AmazoniTunesBarnes & NobleKobo or Smashwords

After taking over O’Hara & Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex O’Hara’s bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara & Palzetti are together again.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online through the following:

Blog: http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmburton72
Facebook: http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor
Goodreads: Diane Burton Author
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Other Books by Diane Burton:
Switched Series
Switched
​Switched, Too
​Switched Resolution

Outer Rim Series
​The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel
​The Chameleon: An Outer Rim Novel

​One Red Shoe
​How I Met My Husband (contributor)

Bio:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a P.I. mystery. 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 three grandchildren.

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