Pictures She Left Behind

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John and I are having such fun creating the book trailer for Secrets She Left Behind! I gathered a zillion images from stock photo and video sites on the Internet, pictures that evoked emotions and, I hope, will intrigue the viewer. We’re nearly finished. What was hard for me was not being able to use some of the many fabulous pictures I found because they didn’t fit the tenor of  the story we are trying to tell with the trailer. This shell is an example of a picture I had to leave behind, so I thought I would use it here — I have to use it somewhere, it’s so beautiful! I found a series of these nautilus shell images and each one is yummier than the last.

I can’t wait to share the trailer with all of you. It’s quite different from the trailer for Before the Storm–a bit more mysterious and less “literal.” Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this beautiful nautilus image as much as I do.   


  1. Gina on March 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    That IS a beauty Diane.
    When will we get to see the trailer? SOON? 🙂

  2. Denise on March 4, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I can’t wait to see the trailer you and John have put together!

  3. Margo on March 5, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I almost fell out of my chair this morning when I saw this pic Diane…last nite I just completed a painting of 2 nautilus shells and this photo looks so much like 1 of the images I painted…what a coincidence! I love this photo…for that matter, I love anything with seashells…I wish I could see the other series of shells you found!
    I’m anxiously waiting on the trailer…I think it’s wonderful you and John have been able to work on this together…2 marvelous creative people.

  4. Diane Chamberlain on March 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Gina, I haven’t decided whether or not to give the blog a sneak peek at the trailer or wait until the book comes out. We’ll see!
    Margo, that’s quite a coincidence! Here’s a link to the shells. They’re at, and I used the search term “nautilus shell” so there are other shell photos there, but you’ll easily be able to pick out the series I’m talking about. Go to

  5. Margo on March 5, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I went to the website Diane and the photos are absolutely outstanding…I love looking at the inner chambers of the nautilus.
    Do you know if these photos are free to use for artists or would I need to get permission…I would love to reproduce a few in my own painting style.

  6. Diane Chamberlain on March 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Margo, you just sign up for an istock account and purchase credits. Then you can download the size of the picture you need. They’re very reasonable and the photographer gets a percentage of the fee. I get nearly all the photos I use on my blog from istock. I knew you’d love them!

  7. Margo on March 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Thank you so much Diane! I’m signing up today! (-O:

  8. brenda on March 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Love it…Hope we get a sneak peek at the trailer.

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