Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Diane Barnes has it all...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to welcome Diane Barnes to CLC today! Her latest novel, All We Could Still Have, released earlier this month and it sounds like an emotionally powerful story. Thanks to Diane, we have one signed copy to give away!

Diane Barnes is the author of More Than, Waiting for Ethan, and Mixed Signals. She is also a marketing and corporate communication writer in the healthcare industry. When she’s not writing, she’s at the gym, running, or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream she eats. She and her husband, Steven, live in New England with Oakley, their handsome golden retriever. She hopes you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them. 

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Nikki and Kyle Sebastian have a loving and healthy marriage. It’s only missing one thing they want—children. When the couple is diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and endures several failed rounds of IVF, Kyle, for both their sakes, is unwilling to bury them deeper in emotional and financial debt.

Desperate to have a baby, Nikki betrays Kyle’s trust in an attempt to try IVF one more time. The choice fractures their once-stable union. Now burdened with suspicion, resentment, and further grief, their little family is falling apart.

Picking up the pieces of their broken home means reassessing their dreams for the future—dreams that Nikki’s not ready to give up. If she can’t find a way to forge a new path forward with Kyle, she may find herself alone at the end of the family tree she longs to help grow. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

All We Could Still Have is a deeply moving story about having no control over the thing you desire most and discovering a different way of looking at that desire along the way. Diane Barnes masterfully weaves through darkness to discover light and takes the reader on a beautiful journey with a host of compelling characters that feel like they could be any one of us.” 
—Suzanne Redfearn, #1 Amazon bestselling author of In an Instant

“In All We Could Still Have, Diane Barnes deftly navigates soul-achingly difficult issues and betrayals of the heart with such honesty and care that you just know—at each anticipated turn of the page—her story will leave you with the most redemptive emotion of them all: hope.” 
—Alli Frank and Asha Youmans, authors of Never Meant to Meet You and Tiny Imperfections

“With wry precision, Diane Barnes tackles what it’s like to be in a good marriage stretched to its very limits by desire, betrayal, and the definition of family. All We Could Still Have begs the question: Does deep struggle always signal a red flag to the end? Or, is it the very foils of being human that turn a good marriage into a great one? I read this book in one night, holding my breath until the very last line.” 
—Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing? 
I'm not sure that I have a favorite. It's always a tremendous honor when someone reads my book and posts a positive review.  So, all positive reviews are my favorite compliment. A few readers have mentioned that they read one of my books in one sitting. I love hearing that.

If you could tell the debut novelist version of yourself one thing, what would it be? 
Publishing is a long game, a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient. Good things are ahead.

If All We Could Still Have was made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles? 
I'd choose Jennifer Aniston as the protagonist Nikki Sebastian because I think she'd bring a ton of emotion to the role. Chris Evans would be Kyle because like Kyle, Chris is a New Englander. Kate Hudson would be a perfect Dana because like Dana, Kate is fun. Allison Janney would be a dream Aunt Izzie. Reese Witherspoon would be a perfect Sharon, and Christopher Meloni would be a great Hank. 

What is the last book you read that you would recommend? 
Wow. Great question.  I can't narrow it down. Anything by Elizabeth Berg. A book I always recommend is IN AN INSTANT by Suzanne Redfearn, and more recently I've been recommending THE WILD BETWEEN US by Amy Hagstrom.

If your life were a TV series, which celebrity would you want to narrate it? 
Easy, Sarah Jessica Parker!

What is something you eat on Thanksgiving that is unique to your family?
 We start the meal with my Mom's soup. It has chicken and acini di pepe in it.  If I spend the day with my brother and his family, he makes me White Russians. We started that tradition sometime in high school or college. He makes a mean White Russian!

Thanks to Diane for chatting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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Jess R said...

My family doesn't necessarily do anything unique, but we do have a scavenger hunt every year on my parent's farm. My mom spends months preparing for it and there are thousands of dollars worth of cash prizes hidden all over the place.

traveler said...

We enjoy the afternoon and evening recounting stories. Storytelling has been an important part of our holiday and we tell stories about ancestors mostly and how they shaped and influenced our family. These are meaningful and important for future generations.

diannekc said...

I spend the winter holidays in Michigan and hope it doesn't snow the whole time.

Lisa D said...

I don't think this is unique but we always go out for a meal on Christmas Eve so that we don't have to cook so much over the Christmas period!

Mary Preston said...

Nothing unique comes to mind.

Suburban prep said...

It is not unique but after Christmas Eve/ midnight mass we would come home and make cookies and talk. As we got older it was a great way to reconnect-- (there are 7 siblings in my family). I think that some of us do that with our children -now.

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Xia Lee said...

Nothing much