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Mariah Dietz is a USA Today Bestselling Author and self proclaimed nerd. She lives with her husband and sons in North Carolina.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon where she spent most of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books, traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also been known to laugh at her own jokes.
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Titles By Mariah Dietz
The humid days and warm nights provided the perfect backdrop for discovering the magical bliss that comes without expectations or routines. Secrets with my best friend, Hudson McKinley, were shared. sewn together with promises, one summer after another.
I never thought we’d grow up and grow apart.
Now four years later, I’m back in Oleander Springs out of obligation, convinced nothing could be the way I remembered. My first sight of Hudson confirms it. He’s no longer a gangly boy who barely reaches my brow but several inches taller than me, built like Thor, and the starting quarterback of the Knights.
As I focus on how much has changed, Hudson is determined to prove that not everything is different, including the quick smiles, ease, and banter we’ve always shared. Only now, the jokes and innuendos keep pushing the limits of our … friendship, dipping into honesty and an attraction that has me forgetting why I returned to Oleander Springs.
A temporary return.
Now the end of summer is looming and I don’t know if I can leave.
Or if I dare to stay.
Three months, one book of records, and a lifelong friendship is about to prove the ultimate sacrifice.
might bruise my bones,
but these rules are guaranteed to break me.
The Romans have a famous saying:
"The stars incline us, they do not bind us."
The words hold so much weight, and importance,
They're stained on my skin.
Just like she is.
The ink may not be visible,
But the binds are indisputable,
Pulling me back to her like a rough tide.
Impossible to leave.
However, time has proven,
freewill or not, it will take more than bending the rules to be with her,
it will require breaking them.
The best stories always do.
Our story sounds predictable, short-lived, and destined for failure.
Lincoln Beckett is the star wide receiver at Brighton University--
smart, funny, and like many would guess,
heartbreak shines in his dark eyes and is etched across his jaw.
a guaranteed draft pick,
and worst of all: my brother's best friend.
I tried not to like him.
I have an entire list of reasons, reasons that have become my rules for dating.
Rules that Lincoln continues bending.
Tyler Banks is the heir to Banks Luxury Resorts and Hotels, and this year’s “star football player.” Tyler’s life and future appear bright and endless as the universe, except, his life is in a constant state of balance and currently his greatest balancing act is allowing Chloe to ignore him and believe he’s her enemy when she’s becoming his reason to succeed.
Two and a half weeks.
And one game of truth or dare that is about to expose everything.
The best stories always do.
Our story sounds unlikely.
Like wine and cheese and my favorite pair of jeans,
Things got better over time—
Too good, it seemed.
Arlo Kostas was the starting running back for Brighton University.
His quick smile and sharp wit
Was enough to disarm even the biggest cynic.
And his perfectly defined abs and more perfect face,
Convinced the rest.
I was homesick,
Counting down the days until I returned home for spring break when we met.
Clinging to memories I’d been trying to hold onto for years
And then he tipped my world upside down.
Maybe it was bad luck.
Perhaps we were jinxed,
But things between Arlo and I were doomed,
Right from the very start.
We were supposed to be friends but like everything,
Lines kept getting blurred,
Now, we’re Defining the Rules.
Defining the Rules is a complete standalone and the third book in The Dating Playbook series.
Paxton Lawson was long ago labeled ‘The Golden Boy.’ Starting quarterback and team captain at Brighton University, his future was brighter than the sun until a short path of indiscretions tarnished his name and potentially his future. When he learns that his sister’s best friend, Poppy, has backed herself into a corner and is facing as many doubts and uncertainties as he is, Paxton suggests the biggest ruse of the year: a fake relationship.
Writing the rules was supposed to make things clear, defined, and definite. Only, their relationship becomes increasingly complex as the lines are blurred, days become weeks, and kisses for show begin to feel like confessions.
Can lies lead to truths? And what happens when the rules they wrote begin to expire?
And fifteen years of friendship are about to be put to the ultimate test.
Writing the Rules is book six in The Dating Playbook series, but can be enjoyed as a standalone.
She’s focussed on finding the best mocha in Seattle, completing her senior year at Brighton University, working on the school’s newspaper, and starting her own company.
However, her focus begins to stray when lies start impacting the one person who makes her consider forgetting her rule.
Ian Forrest is the starting middle linebacker at Brighton University, known for his grandiose parties and incredible strength and speed on the field. His college career has been focussed on one thing: getting drafted into the NFL. His dream has required constant sacrifices, ones he’s taken with little regret--until meeting Rose. Has he found the one thing he wants more than a future in football?
Two opposing dreams.
One conflicting rule.
And a website filled with lies that keeps threatening to tear them apart.
This is book five in The Dating Playbook series but can be read and enjoyed as a complete standalone.
Everything is new. The old no longer has a place here. Physical items are easy to replace. I'm constantly battling the ones that aren't.
Every thought and memory I have is stained.
You weren't even there for half of them.
How is she still present even though she left?
I can do this. I’m going to survive losing her.
Things are better.
I’m finding me, but in the process I fear I’m forgetting those I have left, and the ones who have left me. Maybe I’m losing who I was.
Can I forget my past and move forward?
Can I forget him?
Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
To an outsider, everything looks perfect. But with each day apart and each new obligation, I’m learning that even strengths have their weaknesses and perfections have their flaws.
Now, one night—one question—is blurring our entire future. Will we be strong enough to forge our own rules? Or will we be lost missing them?
***Missing the Rules is available to KindleUnlimited readers in The Dating Playbook Series Boxed Set.***
Missing the Rules is a Dating Playbook Novella. It is intended to be read after Writing the Rules but before the epilogue as book 6.5.
That's all we had.
That's all it took.
I woke up the next day with his phone number smeared and illegible.
When I couldn’t find him,
I tried to forget.
But in that one night, he’d crawled so far under my skin,
I couldn’t erase him.
Then, he walks back into my life where I least expect him: my job.
He’s just like I remember, except for one detail.
He goes by a different name.