Website Update!


My website’s had a bit of an update that I want to share with you. The layout is different for the home page, the books page and a few other areas here and there. Secrets She Left Behind , available May 26th, is now the featured book, and you can read Chapter One if you like. SSLB has received a couple of lovely reviews so far, and I look forward to more! The Courage Tree also has its own page now. I’ve added some new pictures to the gallery , and the book trailers for Secrets She Left Behind and Before the Storm are featured on the new ‘video’ page.

Check out the events page to see where I’ll be appearing — especially that “Dinner with the Author” on Emerald Isle in July. Any appearance that includes food is always fun for me!

There is now a ‘contest’ page on the site! At the moment, it’s empty, but very soon  it will be filled with information about the big ’20-year anniversary’ contest. I’ll be sure to alert you about it here on the blog. Also coming soon to the video page are the mini-interviews John and I created about the writing life. John’s putting the finishing touches on them now.

As you peruse the updated site, please do let me know if you notice anything that’s not working properly. And when you check out the gallery, you have to tell me what you think of that original cover concept for Keeper of the Light!

Have fun!


  1. Gina on April 5, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up on the new website Diane. It all sounds good. I’m anxious to read the excerpt of your next book. I’ll read it tonight.

  2. brenda on April 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am always gone most of the summer. However, that week with the dinner MIGHT be in between my trips to my kids…if so, I plan to attend-I won’t know for a few weeks…I will get a hotel…Oh–Margo-try to go…Diane-thanks for donating money for that cause…

  3. brenda on April 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Read the chapter…welcome back Andy…can’t wait…

  4. Margo on April 6, 2009 at 8:34 am

    LOVE your new website Diane!…Of course the 1st thing I did was read the excerpt for SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND…I’m already hooked!
    I really enjoyed your gallery with some new pics…I’m not fond of the 1st concept for the cover of KEEPER OF THE LIGHT…UGH!…I treasure my original hardbound copy with the gorgeous lighthouse by the sea (minus the lady)!…also in the gallery, I noticed 2 great photos of you Diane without sleeves and your arms showing…I’d say you look mighty incredible and I’m sure they are recent pics!
    Definitely beautiful arms so no need to worry!

  5. Diane Chamberlain on April 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks, Margo. Today I’m in my “who cares what anybody looks like on the outside?” phase, which feels good.
    That KEEPER OF THE LIGHT cover just floored me (and my agent) when we first saw it. The art department was trying to convey the character Annie as a “saint,” which is how I portrayed her in the book, but also illustrate her talent for stained glass. I’m sure they thought they’d come up with something very clever without stepping back to see the whole picture. They made the book look like it was a religious story–and a weird one at that! This was one of the few times I’ve been able to get a book cover changed.
    Another funny thing about that cover. When the review copies went out for KEEPER (this was in the early 90s–a long time ago), they went out with that stained glass cover. In the Raleigh newspaper here, on the (ever-shrinking) Sunday book page, they have little blurbs about various book clubs in the area and what they’re reading. Recently, a book club was reading KEEPER and the cover shown was the stained glass cover. It just appeared out of nowhere! My guess is that the paper’s had that cover in its files since the review copies went out 17 years ago. I was so shocked to see it rise from the ashes!

  6. Margo on April 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Omigosh, I can imagine how shocked you were to see that cover after all these years!…sooooo glad you were able to get it changed way back when. That is how I first discovered you Diane…the original hardbound book was face-out on a bookshelf in Walden’s…I had not heard of you before and bought the book on a whim because I loved the cover with the lighthouse and the sea (minus the lady) and I loved your name…little did I know that the book would become my all time favorite novel and you my fav author. (-O:

  7. Margo on April 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Diane, LOVE that you’re ‘who cares what anybody looks like on the outside’ phase today…inner beauty shines thru…

  8. brenda on April 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I might be weird, but usually covers mean nothing to me. I grew up in an era when books were plain…I won’t even write that old cliche here…:) 🙂
    Diane-the website is fantastic…fantastic…just like everything you do…and John…

  9. Margo on April 7, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Brenda, I’m terrible…my mother always told me NOT to judge a book by it’s cover…and what do I do, I usually buy a book based on the cover!…except for fav authors and in that case I buy the book no matter whats on the front…Diane’s covers are always outstanding tho so that’s a plus. (-O:

  10. Krysia on April 7, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Read the excerpt it was great. I can’t wait.
    As for judging a book by the cover, I am more if the title doesn’t grab me I pass it over. Although the Courage Tree cover (red with the tree) is why I grabbed the book and it was the first I read of Diane’s books.

  11. Diane Chamberlain on April 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    That’s so funny, Krysia, since I’ve always felt the “red tree” cover of The Courage Tree was my worst cover. Goes to show what I know!

  12. brenda on April 7, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    If I see the name-Diane Chamberlain-I do not care what the cover looks like…that being said–good for you Krysia…the cover counted!!!!

  13. Margo on April 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I agree Brenda…Diane Chamberlain sells the book, the cover comes in second. Same goes for a few other authors I love.
    Diane, I liked the cover on the COURAGE TREE…not a fav cover but nice at any rate.
    Speaking of covers again, I mentioned earlier that 17-18 years ago when I did not know you, I walked into Walden’s and saw KEEPER OF THE LIGHT with DIANE CHAMBERLAIN in large type. The cover was gorgeous and I liked your name so I bought the book without reading the jacket (I never read jacket covers)…basically bought the book on a whim. I have to tell you, if the original idea was on the front of that book with the lady sinking into the sea I don’t think I would have bought the book and I might not have discovered you till years later…thank goodness fate stepped in…(-O:

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