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Dec 06

Great New Series from Dianne Harman!

My friend and best-selling author, Dianne Harman, has released the first book in her new Midlife Journey series that is focused on and, as the series progresses, will deal with many of the issues facing those of us who fall in the spectrum of what is considered middle-aged. I just finished the first book, Alexis, and thought it would be a great idea to have a chat with Dianne about her great new series.

BR

Welcome, Dianne. I really enjoyed Alexis. And thanks so much for taking the time to talk about your new series. You continue having enormous success with your books, especially your cozy mysteries, and I’m wondering why you decided to do something a bit different with your Midlife Journey series.

DH

Thanks for the invitation, Bernie. And I have to tell you that I’m really enjoying your new Thousand Islands Doggy Inn cozy series. I decided to write this new series because of the feedback I received from my readers. They told me they love my cozy mystery series because the main characters are people in midlife who have experienced things like the death of a spouse, divorce, health issues, children who have left home, career changes, etc.

BR

You’ve definitely focused on midlife and the issues people face in your other books so you are certainly well-placed to do a series like this. Could you spend a few minutes discussing how you’re approaching it?

DH

The vast majority of novels on the market are geared to a younger market, and there aren’t that many books for people of a certain age. What I intend to do with this series is to have one theme per book that deals with something a person in midlife may experience, and yet, often what people think of as a disaster is really just a chance for a new beginning or a different way of living. My first book, Alexis, deals with a woman whose boss gives her weight loss surgery as her Christmas bonus. It sounds silly on the surface and she’s very angry at first, but she’s forced to take a long look at her life and what really has held her back from relationships. With a significant weight loss and some therapy to help, comes a whole new life, one she never dreamed she’d be a part of.

BR

I have to admit that particular Christmas gift caught me by surprise when I read it, but it definitely grabs the reader’s attention right out of the gate. From an author perspective, I have to say that’s it a great opening hook. What are some of the other big themes you’ll be dealing with as the series progresses?

DH

Certainly, divorce has become commonplace in midlife and I just read a term “grey divorce,” because so many older people are getting divorced. Then what? I believe readers want books that reflect things they are experiencing rather than a twenty-five-year-old being seduced by a billionaire – particularly if you’re in your 50’s. That train left the station awhile ago!

BR

I never even heard the All Aboard call. I always pick up on the theme of how “it’s never too late” in your books. I know that doesn’t happen by accident so could you talk a bit about your perspective on that idea?

DH

In midlife one often has to face the fact that they’re not going to become the president of the company, that where they are and what they have may be as good as it’s going to get. So the question becomes -how does one deal with that? Finally, I want people to know that just because they’re in midlife, it doesn’t mean they still can’t do things. I wrote my first novel when I was 68 and now have over thirty in print, many of which are best sellers. To sum it up, just because there’s a little or maybe a lot of tread on the tires, it doesn’t mean one’s life is finished. Second chances and new beginnings can and do happen!

BR

Dianne, as always it’s been an honor and a privilege chatting with you. Your abilities and work ethic, along your genuine concern for people are an inspiration to me and countless others. I hope to have you back soon as well as celebrate the launch of your 100th book. The way you’re going, I’m pretty sure you’re going to get there.

DH

Thanks, Bernie. One hundred books would be nice. I love round numbers! Take care.

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Alexis
Midlife Journey series #1

When her boss gives Alexis weight loss surgery as an early Christmas bonus, it sets in motion a string of events no one could have foreseen. With the surgery comes the realization that anything is possible from losing weight, working out, a complete makeover, a new wardrobe, to men in her life for the first time. Each step is terrifying as time after time she’s forced to get out of her comfort zone because of all the changes taking place.

As the Alexis package becomes more appealing it brings with it an exotic sports car, a glamorous face and body, and a chance at love. But when the ex-wife of the man she falls in love with wants to reconcile with him, Alexis’ hard fought midlife victory becomes a nightmare, and she resorts to returning to what used to work for her when she didn’t want to deal with her feelings – food. Is she doomed to live a life of unhappiness or is there a happy ever after for her?

You can’t read about Alexis’ trials and tribulations without rooting for her every step of the way. Although her midlife journey forces her to come to terms with a lifetime of being overweight, her struggle of dealing with changes in midlife is one every woman will face in one form or another. This is Alexis’ midlife journey.

Dianne Harman, Author
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Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
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