Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Diane Strong - Running Shorts is featured in the HBS Mystery Reader's Circle

Diane Strong is in the HBS Mystery Book Reader's Circle.

Author Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Short Stories, Humor

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Author Description:

Diane Strong lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two children. She received a liberal arts degree at Itasca Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky.

She writes a small column for the Georgetown News Graphic and homeschools her children. In her spare time she competes in road races, triathlons and adventure races. She is the founder of the Georgetown Run Club and Intellectual Society. She loves what she does.

Running Shorts

Running Suspense and Short Stories

Author: Diane Strong

Barnes and Noble

Now, for the first time ever, The Running Suspense Series of short stories are together in a complete collection. Each a stand-alone story, all featuring a runner as the main character, The Running Suspense collection will engross and move you. This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Luke Randal, a simple, fifty-something widower finds himself fighting for his life after following a scruffy puppy into a house of drug crazed squatters. Cora Franklin, an attentive mother of two makes a decision that will forever change her life, if she lives through it. Isaac Fisher, a young Amish father and husband leaves the Amish community only to return secretly to visit a long lost lover. Claire, a flirtatious teenage girl in love with an Ironman bound track star loses her innocence after she catches the eye of a twisted red-haired grounds keeper. A disgruntled husband loses his mind while waiting for his wife to awake from a coma after she is found at the bottom of a ravine during a long-distance trail run. A tuff as nails single mom is put into an unthinkable situation in a sad-looking trailer house after she loses her car keys during a run. Often surprising, always suspenseful this collection will captivate and enthrall you. It may even make you think twice before heading out on your next run. “Part Stephen King, part Alfred Hitchcock…a scrumptious masterpiece of twisty turns and edge of your seat suspense.”

The Run

edge of your seat!!! By Joshua T. Schwarz

I woke up and started reading this because I just wasn't ready to crawl out of bed. I couldn't put it down! It took me a little under an hour and now I'm definitely wide awake and ready for the day!! I look forward to reading more of her books!! This one is a must read!

Falcon Point
Another intense story by Diane Strong - Jesse

The second story in the Running Suspense series that Ms. Strong has released and that I was fortunate to edit. And this story is just as good as the first, just as full of white knuckle reading that makes you want the story to go faster so you can find out how it ends but not too fast so you can savor every word.

Claire is a typical teenager -- has the hots for a boy in her class, is active in her high school, and loves to run. On a day when she's training for a big running event, Claire goes missing…and all hell breaks loose in trying to find her.

Another great suspense story that keeps you guessing as you read. I love these characters -- one of which carries over from "The Run". Once again, a great plot and totally believable characters. Another must read from this lady.

And I give this one five out of five stars.

Reservoir Run
Mind Quakes! - Bill R. Chitwood

The recent years have not been happy for the Gleason family. Alison has kept to her running and other clandestine affairs. She and husband Rick have reached a dangerous end-point in their mind games. It wasn't always this way. Once there was love, but, with the kids' arrival, there came an apathy and a widening gap of communication, particularly so for Alison…she runs with a fervor and she escapes in other unfaithful ways. For Rick, fragile and still clinging to hope and love, his mind quakes and frightening dreams become terrible things. As Alison lies comatose in her hospital bed, having been found in a deep ravine off a running path, Rick sits and agonizes with his dreams and thoughts…

It is a quick and wonderful read, exploring the depths of love, hate, family, despair, and hope. The reader easily gets engrossed in the psychological mind quakes and awaits what proves to be a pulse-quickening ending.

You won't be disappointed with Diane Strong's fifth installment of 'The Running Suspense Series.'

Merry Christmas Mr. Saunders
A fast paced story of runner in trouble - Kayku

This is a poignant tale of a young woman who loses her keys while running on a lonely country road. When she finds help, it is not what she wanted or expected. You will enjoy this short story, moves quickly and smoothly to a surprise ending.

Short Stories Included:
The Run The Rescue
The Other Way
Falcon Point
Reservoir Run
Merry Christmas Mr. Saunders

Out and Back

Author: Diane Strong

Barnes and Noble

An out and back is a run that starts and ends at the same point. Along the way we are changed. In the end we are back where we started. Amber runs every morning, bakes home cooked meals, and keeps a spotless home. She homeschools her children, grows an organic garden and milks her own goats. But Amber Stonewall is not perfect. She is a mother who fails, a wife who is unable to show affection, a daughter who is absent and a sister who knows it all. When her mom dies, it all slaps her in the face.

Couldn't put it down! - Up North

This was a "fun to read" book that looks back as far as childhood and the attitudes we all have and the impact they may or may not have had on those surrounding us. I got sucked in in the first chapter and just couldn't put it down. This is quite a feat since I don't normally read at all. I highly recommend you pick it up and enjoy it as much as I did! - Good luck putting it down-

Another Review
Parenting and Grieving and Running - Mark Matthews

Out and Back is the story of how a mother, runner, and uniquely gifted and wonderfully flawed human being deals with the death of her mother, and how, even after her mothers death, she is constantly working through their relationship.

This novel fell into my lap at a time when I was dealing with the death of a loved one, and was also in the throes of marathon training, so it spoke directly to my life circumstances and so my read was done in a unique mindframe. I am very glad it came into my life when it did.

Out and Back was very readable, easily accessible, doesn't require work but just keeps your attention and interest since if you're a parent or a runner you can relate. I loved the main character, who I assume is partially but not completely the author. I loved how she was aware of her flaws, how she had such high expectations of herself yet also swore and scolded herself when she didn't meet her own standards. She seemed so real, and the challenges of raising a family were portrayed with a sense of urgency amongst the very real threats we face.

And, when possible, the main character runs to cope and give her strength, yet is challenged to fit in a run when injuries and other annoyances get in her way. Yes, I did hope for more running in the novel, much like in my own life.

The conflicts and suspense of this novel to build a healthy family while fighting economic uncertainties, bickering kids, running injuries, kept me reading. I loved that she was constantly trying to negotiate family relationships by dealing with all the human imperfections we have and ultimately finding some peace by accepting her mother, and herself, for all her faults. Relationships with others don't change when they pass. This novel showed that.
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