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About Diane E. Tatum
After teaching middle school language arts in Tullahoma City Schools for 11 years, she retired with her husband's encouragement to write the historical fiction books that she had been starting and saving on her computer. Gold Earrings was published in 2011. She has completed three books in her Colonial Dream series, and three contemporary novels: Oxford Fairy Tale, Mission Mesquite, and Kudzu Sculptures. In addition she serves as an adjunct English professor at Motlow State Community College.
About her writing process ...
What I love about writing fiction is creating characters that become deeper and fuller as the story evolves. It's almost like watching a movie and needing to write it down as fast as possible before the story evaporates! When an idea comes along, I write as much as I can as quickly as I can. The real work comes later when I then flesh out the story from the kernel already written. It doesn't matter where the written portion belongs in the story; I just write "the rest of the story" around the nugget that inspired the idea.
All of the work that I do is inspired by my relationship with Christ. The themes revolve around important ideas from my daily quiet time and preparation for teaching youth Sunday school. Gold Earrings is concerned with not judging people by their outward appearance because God knows their heart. A Time to Choose is about the choices we make and the ramifications of our choices.
In addition, I do freelance writing online for several blogs, the Medium network, and for collections of essays. I write about our travels, suggested assignments, and my lessons in living day by day as a Christian.
HATTERAS ISLAND MYSTERY
Wedding photographer, Misty Gordon, photographs a mysterious man at a late December wedding. He disappears before she can discover his name. Next morning as she walks the beach, she discovers his body floating in the ocean.
Is this a murder for hire, a revenge killing, or a political assassination? Is the man with no memory a drug dealer, an FBI agent, or a billionaire?
Can Misty solve the mystery before they both end up in the morgue?
THE BILLIONAIRE'S UNEXPECTED ASSISTANT
Plot twists abound in this unexpected, royal billionaire romance.
Brilliant but impulsive, Billionaire Jace Sheridan’s world is in chaos. With a Midas touch and a mind that bores easily, Jace leaves behind a world of unfinished details for his frazzled staff. When the calm, efficient manager of a convenience store unwittingly brings order to his day, he hires her as his personal assistant on the spot.
Kindness gets her in trouble. While incognito, her Royal Highness- Princess Lucy Christianson offers assistance to a soot-covered, motorcycle-riding firefighter only to discover she just aided the one man her family wants her to marry.
When a royal shake up leaves Lucy forced to ascend the Jublanovian throne, Jace discovers the unexpected truth about his assistant. Now he must decide if loving the billionaire’s assistant is worth a lifetime of serving her.
Will Jace step up or run when she needs him most?
HER TORONTO TYCOON
Everyone makes mistakes, even could-be-jetsetters trying to lead a wholesome life.
But when the sins of the summer catch up with Caroline “Caro” Linton, she’s shocked to find her partner in crime, Toronto Tycoon, Peregrine "Perry" Prichard Lawrence III toting a baby he’s convinced is theirs.
How could she have given their child away? And how could Caro be so blind to a kindred spirit who, like her, is determined to do the right thing? But the right thing means finding the baby’s true mother, something Caro must convince Perry to do, even if it breaks his heart… and hers.
Her Toronto Tycoon is a cinnamon roll romance, complete with homemade icing for those who prefer their heroes too good to resist. Written from a Christian worldview, this clean and wholesome billionaire romance takes readers from sultry summer to snowy Christmas. And canvases the reality of mistakes, forgiveness, judgement, and what it truly means to be a Christian.
Family is often what you make it and perspective is everything. From a glittering Port Hercule in Monte-Carlo, to the Toronto, Ontario financial district, a wooded Haliburton hideaway, to the high-climes of the Swiss Alps where winter fun happens 360 days a year, Her Toronto Tycoon challenges readers to think before judging. And even then to be more forgiving than human nature will often allow. We all make mistakes!
OXFORD FAIRY TALE
Caroline Jennings never expected to live her own fairy tale when studying the lore and literature of England at Oxford. Eddie Martin, an anthropologist working on a doctorate, lives next door and is the future Lord of Oxfordshire. She must return to her classroom in North Carolina at the end of her sabbatical. He would give her his fortune if she would stay and become his Lady Caroline. How can they find their happily ever after?
DUO OF DEATH AND ROMANCE
Al Capone appears to be robbing the gift shop in the tunnel; Earl and the Earlites decide to dress alike; and Ben and Brutus vie for Suzette’s attention.
Jaymie Wycroft is CFO at her grandfather’s company, Wycroft Booksellers. She is surprised by her on again/off again boyfriend Dave Garrett with a proposal at her grandfather’s birthday dinner just before Thanksgiving. Grandpa is spearheading this rush to the altar because he has a secret and wants to see her settled. Jaymie reluctantly agrees to the proposal because she wants to obey her grandfather, and she’s always wanted a Christmas wedding.
When Jaymie meets Kyle Mason, sparks literally fly. He is their Realtor and also the grandson of Grandpa’s best friend Johnny Mason. Kyle’s mission is to find Jaymie and Dave a house but soon tries to keep Jaymie from marrying Dave because Kyle loves her.
Will Grandpa live long enough to see Jaymie wed on Christmas Eve?
What’s the secret Grandpa and Dave are keeping from Jaymie?
Will Kyle convince Jaymie that Dave is not the right bridegroom for her?
Ross and Dorie are planning a Christmas Eve wedding.
Someone wants Dorie out of the way, permanently.
Could it be his mother, escaped from Central State Hospital?
Ross really thought Dorie was imagining things while he was in California, but now that he’s home, though sleeping at Riley’s until the wedding, she continues to see things being moved and lights on in the attic. When someone steals his credit card and sends Dorie flowers from him with it, he just has to find out what is going on. Dorie finds out the secret about what happened with Ross’s mother on Ross’s 5th birthday party that Riley, Emmie, Jared, Bobby, and Joe attended. Planning for a Christmas Eve wedding after their trip to St. Louis at Thanksgiving makes the timetable tight while someone wants Dorie out of the picture, permanently.
Dorie Hudson, reporter for the Daelin Beacon, is investigating a series of break-ins and burglaries across Daelin, GA. One witness identifies the culprit of an arson as chief of police Riley McDonough, escaping in a stolen purple car. Who is this look-a-like criminal who shares Riley’s DNA? He is targeting all the people Riley cares about, even his dog.
Dorie’s fiancé Ross MacAvoy is in California working for the National Forestry Service, hoping to earn a spot in Georgia’s Chattahoochee Forest come spring. Riley’s boyhood best friend, Ross is also targeted when he comes home for a couple weeks during California’s fire emergency.
What other secrets does Daelin have to offer about Riley’s Mama Mary and Ross’s childhood?
What secrets is Dorie hiding from herself as well as Ross?
Is anyone safe in Daelin with Riley’s ‘evil twin’ on the loose?
For more mysteries in Daelin, read Kudzu Sculptures, Main Street Mysteries #1.
One man committed to serving God and country.
One woman committed to bringing slavery to an end.
Captain Andrew Browning’s new assignment is to head up security at the Lincoln White House. A Virginian and a longtime friend of Robert E. Lee, he must decide whether to resign from the Union Army. His long-time fiancée is a beautiful Southern belle whose father runs a plantation with slaves who were Andrew’s childhood friends. His choices will also affect his family: his blacksmith father, mother, and twin sisters.
Maggie Strickland’s mission is to bring a petition from Massachusetts abolitionists to Lincoln demanding an end to slavery. A Harvard graduate in political science and journalism, Maggie writes about her passions and the war under a pseudonym. She plans to change the South and give her heart to Andrew, a man who has made difficult choices and is embittered by his former relationships. Impetuous and driven, Maggie’s passion for her family, justice, and God determines her choices.
A Time to Choose is a Christian historical romance set in Washington, DC, during the Civil War years.
Can two people make the world a better place to raise the next generation of Americans?
When Michael’s brother Isaiah is taken by the British Navy, Michael must leave his bride before the wedding to find and save his brother as the country begins a new war with Britain.
Can the beauty tame the beast and his bitterness to create a new relationship based on trust and love?
How will a second war for Independence from Britain affect their love?
Colin Michael Browning dreams of a new life in the American colonies. He works in the family business as a blacksmith. Amanda Andrews is Colin's soul mate who embroiders in her father's tailoring shoppe. Benjamin Andrews, Amanda's twin brother and Colin's best friend, is a theology student who rejects the Anglican Church during a time of persecution of Protestants in England. Ben yearns for the religious freedom available in Colonial America. These three plan a wedding and a journey to the New World. Their plan is derailed when Colin is forced into joining the King 's Army.
The wedding interrupted, Ben and Amanda fulfill a promise to Colin to go to the Colonies without him while he begins his obligation to the King's army. Ben and Amanda move to Boston just before the American Revolution begins. Colin's unit is also moved to America to fight against the colonists. Colin will commit treason to be with the woman and nation he loves. Divided by loyalties and responsibilities, Colin, Ben, and Amanda struggle to begin their Colonial Dream.
When Angelina’s guardian and Jonathan’s seminary professor learn of Jonathan’s misguided intentions, he seeks out a solution to aid both individuals, providing a new home for Angelina in St. Joseph.
Can Jonathan ignore Angelina’s Gold Earrings, a constant reminder of the implications of her less than pristine parentage? And will Alice succeed in keeping Jonathan from Angelina? The resilient heroine of Diane E. Tatum’s novel will inspire you in this touching tale of love against the odds.
This booklet is designed to help youth teachers create lesson plans as well as be a quick Bible study resource when the original teacher calls up an hour before class needing someone to do something with the teens.
This booklet contains resources to teach for Easter and Christmas and a Bible Study worksheet for any scripture, handouts for specific scriptures, devotionals, and pictures from/of famous places and things to spur conversation about Christianity and the development of the Bible.
Permission is granted to copy these pages for use in a Bible study class.