Good Things Come in Threes

three dogs.jpgNo, I didn’t just become the lucky owner of three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (aren’t they adorable?), but I did just sign a new three-book contract with my publisher. I knew it was coming and have been at work on Book One for quite a while, but it doesn’t feel real until I actually sign that legal document. I’m thrilled. And these books will be rolling out fast! I don’t know the pub dates yet, but I do know that my deadlines are just nine months apart, beginning with the first one on August 1st. Ouch! The working title for Book One is The Sister She Saved, but I can almost guarantee that won’t remain, because it’ll be too easy to confuse it with my June release, Secrets She Left Behind.

Other good news. The following books will be reprinted and available very soon: The Keeper Trilogy (Keeper of the Light, Kiss River, Her Mother’s Shadow), and Cypress Point. The Courage Tree will be reissued as a trade paperback with a new cover this April and Breaking the Silence will get a similar new treatment in December. Summer’s Child will be reissued in April of 2010. I’m so happy these books will once more be available to my readers. I will pass on any other information to you as I get it.

Keeper and Jet would have preferred three furry playmates, but I’m as happy as I can be with this new threesome.


  1. Julie on February 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, congratulations and happy news for us readers as well! You’ll be keeping us in good reading material at quite a steady clip, won’t you?
    After spending a couple of years on my manuscript, it’s almost impossible to comprehend getting one out the door in nine months, but I imagine being well past that initial learning curve helps!

  2. brenda on February 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I just emailed some friends that some of your older books are on Amazon (including Summer’s CHild)…some are on EBAy…and other places also…better to buy yours-because we like to read them over and over.
    Congrats…I agree about the title-too similar….If I understand you correctly, the book (formerly After the Storm) is out this summer and the new book you are writing is out August 1-2009????or is it 2010? Wow…

  3. Gina on February 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Oh Diane, I am soooo excited to hear this. Hip, Hip, Hooray! I can’t wait for all of them to come out. So happy for you. Congratulations!

  4. Lindsay on February 7, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    The books you’ve listed are the exact ones I tracked down online through used book sellers. A couple from ebay, the rest from some ‘sister site’ of the Canadian chain Chapters/Indigo. I have yet to read CYPRESS POINT and BREAKING THE SILENCE but I have there somewhere admidst my pile. I’m actually reading THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT right now, and I’m also on the fourth Shopaholic novel. Yes, after my whining about the Shopaholic character, I continued reading the series and the rest of the books have been much easier to read then the torturous first one. The character is still grating just not as bad as she was, or I think you just become used to her.
    If the reprinted novels are distributed up here @ Chapters/Indigo I’ll be sure to encourage my friends to pick them up. I’m always raving about your writing.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on February 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Brenda, my deadline is August ’09. I don’t know the pub date for the book yet, though. I’m guessing spring of 2010.
    Julie, 9 months to write a book, plus all the promo stuff I do, is a challenge, but I feel lucky to be working, so no complaints!
    Lindsay, there’s obviously something about that shopaholic character that has you hooked!

  6. ronnie on February 7, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Diane I am thrilled for you. Actually I am thrilled for me and all the “professional readers” out there who will be blessed with your upcoming books.

  7. Denise on February 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Wow, what great news! I noticed that The Courage Tree is already available for pre-order at Amazon. The new book cover is pretty! I am excited that all of these books–particular favorites of mine–will be available again!

  8. brenda on February 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Diane-if anyone can do it, you can!!!!! One book a year will be a challenge but keep you in the mainstream…Some of my favorite authors who USED to do one a year or two or three-started for a couple of books a year-that’s when there was something different. I am rereading L. Spencer’s books-I know now why I liked them so much…Lindsey, I love those books you are reading…

  9. Diane Chamberlain on February 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Brenda, you’re making me nervous! I’ve been writing a book a year for a long time, though. Actually, I wrote both BEFORE THE STORM and SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND in a year and a half, although they’re coming out a year apart). I’ll be keeping up that pace with this new contract, but I promise to do my very best to keep up the quality as well.

  10. brenda on February 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Diane-there is absolutely no way the quality of your books will change. You are a gifted artist. I have no doubt in your writing. You amaze us. You put so much thought and care (including talent and gift and hard hard work) into your writing…don’t be nervous–you can do it-you already have…

  11. Denise on February 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I agree, Brenda!
    This is going to be an exciting year for our Diane!

  12. Margo on February 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Diane, I’m so excited about your contract…it’s a challenge for you I’m sure but if anyone can do it, you can…and it’s wonderful news for us!…I love looking forward to your new books and the fact you keep us informed on ‘what’s new’ makes it even more exciting! I actually LOVE the title of your new WIP. I hope you can keep it!
    This doggie pic is adorable…perfect timing since the WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW is on tommorrow (Mon) and Tues nite!…for dog lovers out there, this show is so much fun…I never miss it!

  13. Ashley on February 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Diane- I CAN’T WAIT! I’m going through reading withdrawl ๐Ÿ˜› even though i’ve reread most of the books i own already
    It kind of bugs me that some of your old books are being reissued.. not because of anything bad (loved them all) but because of ALL the time i spent trying to track them down through Chapters/Indigo and other Canadian sites.. with not having to use my credit card LOL. FYI for any Canadian readers who are looking at the used/rare books through Chapters/Indigo online- you can use your giftcards for them too (not only new ones! Loved it when i figured that out
    Lindsay- i found the same issue with the Shopaholic books.. it took me a couple weeks to get through the first one, but the next four were a couple days each ๐Ÿ˜› It’s different, that’s for sure; but the story keeps getting better

  14. Lindsay on February 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I finished the 4th shopaholic book and I’m pretty certain my addiction to them is to do with enjoying the secondary characters. And Becky’s ridiculous thought process does make me laugh sometimes now.
    Ashley: A fellow Canadian! That makes me excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Where abouts in Canada are you? Do you know at all if Sophie Kinsella is doing more shopaholic books or is shopaholic and baby the last one? I just started it tonight.

  15. Gina on February 10, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I love the Shopoholic series as well. Did you know that Sophie Kinsella writes books under another name (her real name) being Madeline Wickham. I found those books not as good as the Shopoholic series. I just love, love that series. I believe that Shopoholic and Baby is the last one and I believe she’s writing another one.

  16. Ashley on February 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Lindsay- I’m an Alberta girl, born and bred. As far as I know, Shopaholic and Baby is the last of that series; but her other books are quite good too: Can you keep a secret? The Undomestic Goddess and Remember Me
    Gina- I know she writes as Madeline Wickham.. but i haven’t tried reading those yet, not sure if they’d ‘live up’ to the Shopaholic standard, you know?

  17. Shalon Rabal on June 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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