Quotes on the love of books.

Diane Kalas, Inspirational Historical Romance Author

"I cannot live without books."
Thomas Jefferson (Author of the Declaration of Independence)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review of PATRIOT HEART, Journey Home Series 1

New Horizon Reviews by Michelle, December 2015.

Diane's debut novel

    `Patriot Heart` is book one of the `Journey Home` series by Diane Kalas. This is a fast-moving, historical fiction ebook dated in 1865. It is May 1865, a month after President Lincoln was assassinated. I am expecting a story that leans heavily on the assassination and the end of the Civil War.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the mention of Miss Clara Burton (Civil War nurse). However, the characters or events in this ebook are fictitious. There are a few twists and turns to keep the reader wanting more.

            The overall message of this ebook was inspiring and leaned heavily on strong Christian morals and forgiveness. Because of this, I will look at veterans with more in-depth feelings and knowledge. Any scripture used is either from the NIV or the King James version of the Bible.
           I received this ebook as a pdf file. Reading it on my computer worked well. However, once downloaded to my Kindle there were many places where the type was bold and darkened. I would suggest reading it straight from the computer and not a Kindle as the type does distract from reading.

             I recommend this book to Believers or Seekers of the Way.

Disclaimer: I received this ebook from author Cynthia Hickey for my honest review. Thank you, Cynthia!


Monday, November 2, 2015

FAITHFUL HEART, Journey Homes Series 2


Back Cover Blurb

September 1865. Brice Bruton lost his farm to the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, while he served the Union Army. He’s angry with God and guilt-ridden, knowing his family had to flee their home before the Gettysburg Battle. Brice travels to Texas, to reunite with his wife and daughter before heading to Oregon, his lifeline of hope while a POW in Andersonville Prison.

Lainie Colbert, spinster, lives with her father and brother on a cattle ranch outside of Waco, Texas. Lainie’s been a foster aunt to Emily Bruton for two years and loves the child with her whole heart. When Brice Bruton arrives to take his daughter away, Lainie’s desperate to keep the little girl. She prays God will intervene and allow Emily to remain at the ranch.

Grief stricken to learn his wife died, while he served the Union Army, Brice knows he can’t travel with a child on his own, so he accepts a job as cowhand at the Colbert spread. Amid ranch life, Lainie and Brice clash over how to raise Emily. Lainie fears that Brice will leave and take Emily to Oregon. What’s worse, Lainie’s falling in love with Brice and knows he’ll never be attracted to her, a plain range woman.

Lainie’s love and devotion to Emily turns Brice’s opposition to admiration and romantic love. Brice goes up the trail with the Colberts’ herd, and decides he wants his own ranch and Lainie for his wife. Would Lainie accept him after all the arguments over Emily? He’s afraid to ask.
About the author:
Diane collects antique books written by men and women who lived through the American Civil War, and/or who pioneered out West. With a degree in interior design, she enjoys touring historical sites, especially Federal era homes with period furniture. Diane is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her biggest challenge is writing Inspirational Historical Romance. Her biggest distraction is her fascination with historical research.
Available on: www.Amazon.com  E-book or paperback edition.
http://pinterest.com/dianedreams - 19th C. architecture, history, fashion


Monday, October 19, 2015

First Nightmare Scene from PATRIOT HEART

The hero of my debut novel, PATRIOT HEART, was a captive of the Confederates in the infamous Andersonville Prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War. He suffers from soldier's fatigue, a condition the 21th century medical community now calls Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dan Goodman, the hero, has recurring nightmares and hallucinations that take him back into the camp to relive the extraordinary circumstances of men held against their will. The following scene is his first nightmare in the book. As the author, I wanted readers to know what Dan was dealing with, but not the heroine at this point in the story.

My debut novel, PATRIOT HEART

Dan closed his eyes to sleep flat on his back. Not even moonlight slipped in around the shades. Street noises were muffled through the closed window. He liked it that way.

He squirmed on the mattress, leg muscles tightening, while the familiar slide down the slippery slope continued. If he could fight this for a little longer . . . if he could. . . 

Dan moved along with hundreds of other Union men and herded into the crammed boxcar in Virginia. The pressure on his right shoulder from the guard’s rifle butt left him sore. The core of his body shivered as winter air turned even colder, and the wind picked up and blew through the cracks in the boards. The frigid draft seeped deep into his bones after days in the unheated freight train.

Hunger made his stomach growl and his head ache. To distract himself, he joined in a discussion with other captives about a prisoner exchange. That fueled his hope. Vague shadows boasted, gestured with arms wide spread, and shouted above the racket of the train barreling along the tracks. He struggled to think straight and to fight panic.

Dan’s leg muscles burned as they bunched into tight knots. His feet cramped. His weightless body floated above everyone. He didn’t mind the sensation.

They had to use a large pail as a slop jar, the stench crowding out body odors in that confined space. Dan swallowed to keep the waves of nausea from overtaking him.

A guard told him how lucky he was with the first group of Federal prisoners taken to the new Confederate prison. Almost made him giddy, thinking the place would be clean. But then Dan caught the lopsided smile like the Reb kept a secret and knew better.

 The train he rode stopped at the depot in the small town of Andersonville, Georgia. Anxious to leave the filth and cold, he hurried to jump off the railway car and onto solid ground. His legs buckled and he staggered to right himself, staring into a living nightmare.

Ahead, Confederate artillery faced the prisoners.

“Father God, help me as I surrender my freedom to the enemy. I choose life. No matter what happens, I want to live,” Dan mumbled under his breath, tapping his pocket Bible hidden inside his shirt.

“Psalm 91:1, 2 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”
Andersonville Prison site
13,000 POWs died in 1864


Monday, October 12, 2015

June Foster's WHAT GOD KNEW

WHAT GOD KNEW by June Foster


Neonatal specialist Dr. Michael Clark is passionate about saving the lives of premature babies. But the pediatrics department at El Camino General can't provide the care many of his preemies require. Now he wants to build a specialty hospital where he can better care for his young patients.

Tammy Crawford is an accomplished geriatrics RN who wants nothing to do with her sister Joella's religious beliefs. She's independent and doesn't need anyone, including God in pursuing a new job as a nurse practitioner.

When she falls in love with the intriguing Michael Clark, she must reconsider her resolve to devote herself completely to her career and not be distracted by a romantic relationship. Now the obstacles are insurmountable. She's in love with a man from another culture and a different race.

Michael acknowledges his growing affection for the beautiful nurse yet can't ignore his brother's deep racial prejudices.

Can two people who are as different as night and day find a life together?
June Foster, author
June Foster's bio:
An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. In 2013, June's book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC's eBook awards and in 2014 a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan's Father won The Clash of the Titles book of the month for January 2014 and was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the 2014 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT's 2014 Laurel Awards. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan's Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Books One, Two, and Three in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are all available from Amazon.com as well as Misty Hollow. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. Find June online at http://junefoster.com, @vjifoster for Twitter, and http://facebook.com/AuthorJuneFoster.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Michigan's Memorial
Andersonville Prison site - Georgia

Why I wrote PATRIOT HEART:  back in 1990-91, a US military operation called Desert Storm took place in the Middle East. Not long afterward, the veterans involved came back with invisible scars that later became known as PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The heartbreaking stories about the men and women who couldn’t keep jobs or relationships soon became a regular feature on the nightly news. The heartbreaking numbers of vet suicides have increased over the years.

I write historical fiction and wanted to know how Civil War veterans who suffered with the same symptoms of PTSD were treated. Nineteenth century doctors diagnosed those afflicted with the condition as Soldier’s Fatigue. They offered bed rest in a soldier’s convalescent home, or recommended a discharge and a train ticket home. Often the soldier had a note pinned to his uniform, giving his name and destination, because he was so incapable of communicating. Let the veteran’s family deal with the troubled man.

As my story idea came together, I especially wanted to write my hero, Dan Goodman, as a strong Christian and show how he dealt with the horrors of Andersonville Prison for Union soldiers. Perhaps a 21st century veteran’s spouse, mother, sister, or girlfriend will read Patriot Heart and see there is hope for their loved one. Hope for the future in God, the Father, and salvation through Jesus Christ, His son.

Available on: www.amazon.com

Debut novel, PATRIOT HEART
by Diane Kalas

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

My debut novel, PATRIOT HEART

PATRIOT HEART is book 1 of a 3-book project entitled: Journey Home Series. The stories are about three Civil War POWs who met in the infamous Andersonville Prison for Union soldiers and survived because of their friendship and Christian faith. 


Diane Kalas, author

Back Cover Blurb

May 1865. Dan Goodman’s not fully recovered from his POW captivity and keeping a secret: he thinks he is losing his mind and unfit for marriage, his heart’s desire. He plans to travel to Oregon to put Andersonville Prison behind him.
Letty Talbot is a world-weary steamboat songstress, traveling with her brother. When a gambler kills her brother, cheating at cards, Dan introduces Letty to the One who will forgive her past and give her a future. Letty makes an adjustment: right into the path of Dan Goodman’s life. She opens a supply depot for emigrants going out West and talks Dan into building the prairie schooners, hoping to keep him from leaving for Oregon.
Meanwhile, famed Civil War nurse, Clara Barton, involves Dan in the first trial in US history for war crimes. Dan testifies against the commandant of Andersonville Prison and begins to heal.

Irresistibly drawn to each other, Dan and Letty butt heads, but manage to fall in love as they stand at the crossroads of their lives. Letting go of the past, they embrace the future together, the one God planned for them all along.
Available at: www.amazon.com As an ebook or paperback.




Saturday, June 27, 2015


Setting: Richmond, Virginia

Time: 1863-1865

Release Date: March 2015

When living a lie is the right thing to do.

The Confederate capital in the height of the Civil War: no place for a Union loyalist. But just the place for a spy. Her father a slaveholder, her suitor a Confederate officer, and herself an abolitionist, Sophie Kent must walk a tightrope of deception in her efforts to end slavery. As suspicion in Richmond rises, Sophie’s espionage becomes more and more dangerous. If her courage will carry her through, what will be lost along the way—her true love, her father, her life?

Spy of Richmond is a work of fiction inspired by first-person accounts of Union loyalists and Confederates living in Richmond during the Civil War. This is the fourth and last book in the series Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War, which offers an inside look at women’s contributions during times of war.

Jocelyn Green, author
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
The Hero of Gettysburg
Photo courtesy of US Library of Congress

Colonel Chamberlain is one of the most interesting people to become a hero during the Civil War. Born September 8, 1828 in Brewer, Maine. The following is a deathbed farewell letter he wrote to his wife  - with a surprising ending. This letter appears as written by Chamberlain.

The following is one entry and comment FROM FIELDS OF FIRE AND GLORY by Rod Gragg. Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 2002

June 19th, 1864

My darling wife

I am lying mortally wounded the Doctors think but my mind & heart are at peace. Jesus Christ is my all-sufficient savior. I go to him. God bless & Keep & comfort you, precious one, you have been a precious wife to me. To know & love you makes life & death beautiful. Cherish the darlings & give my love to all the dear ones. Do not grieve too much for me. We shall all soon meet. Live for the children. Give my dearest love to Father, mother and Sallie & John. Oh how happy to feel yourself forgiven. God bless you evermore precious, precious one.
Ever yours
Colonel Chamberlain surprised everyone and recovered from his wound. He was promoted to brigadier general in the field by General Grant, was eventually awarded the Congressional Medical of Honor, and at war's end was selected formally to receive the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. At the surrender, he set an example of reconciliation by ordering the Northern troops to salute the defeated Southerners. After the war, he was elected to four terms as governor of Maine and served thirteen years as president of Bowdoin College. He died February 24, 1914 in Portland, Maine.