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About MaryAnn L. Diorio
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about writing entertaining, riveting, and page-turning fiction that transforms lives. Her fiction has won several awards, including First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Awards Contest for her latest novel IN BLACK AND WHITE; the Silver Medal for eBook Fiction in the Illumination Book Awards Program sponsored by the Jenkins Group; First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Colorado RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest; and First Place in Inspirational Fiction in the 2011 Space Coast Authors of Romance (STAR) Launching a Star Contest.
MaryAnn has also published THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES Trilogy. Book 1, THE MADONNA OF PISANO, Book 2, A SICILIAN FAREWELL, and Book 3: RETURN TO BELLA TERRA. These novels are also available as a complete trilogy in a single volume titled THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES. MaryAnn has also published two novellas: A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING, winner of the Award for Ebook Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest, and SURRENDER TO LOVE, a contemporary romance set in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Her latest novel is a New Adult Historical Romance titled IN BLACK AND WHITE. This book recently won First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Writing Award Contest. Currently, MaryAnn is working on a contemporary romantic suspense novel set in Milan, Italy, and titled MIRACLE IN MILAN.
MaryAnn also writes for children. Her latest children’s book is titled PENELOPE PUMPERNICKEL: PRECOCIOUS PROBLEM-SOLVER, the first in her series of chapter books for early readers. Other children's books include POEMS FOR WEE ONES, a picture book of her poetry, THE DANDELION PATCH, a story about eminent domain, CANDLE LOVE, a picture book to help children deal with sibling rivalry, TOBY TOO SMALL, a story about a little boy who learns that it's not how big you are on the outside that matters; it's how big you are on the inside; and WHO IS JESUS?, a picture book on the character of Christ. MaryAnn has also written a chapter book titled DO ANGELS RIDE PONIES?
In addition to writing fiction, MaryAnn writes poetry and non-fiction. She recently released a compilation of her poems titled POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS and a nonfiction book titled THE IRON SAINT, a book on running and finishing the race of life in Christ.
Dr. MaryAnn holds the PhD and the MPhil in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas, the MA in Italian Language and Literature from Middlebury College, the DMin in Christian Counseling from Christian Leadership University, and the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes a popular weekly blog and podcast titled "Winning with the Word" that, like her fiction writing, deals with the deepest issues of the human heart. In her spare time, she loves to read, paint, and make up silly songs for her grandchildren. She loves children, dogs, and pizza, in that order.
MaryAnn resides in New Jersey with her husband Dom, a retired ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters, a very smart son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren.
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Diorio's poetry reflects the different seasons of life and offers the reader a perspective that will entertain, inspire, and transform. POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS will delight readers of poetry everywhere.
But the Church is not ready for this persecution. For the most part, the Church in America has been weak and lukewarm. Flabby and lazy. Consumed with the world and not with the things of God. As a result, the Church has been deceived and has subverted the divine order of things.
In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. MaryAnn Diorio seeks to help equip the saints for the work of true, integritous, and effective ministry. As a teacher in the Body of Christ, it is her burning desire to help correct this devastating error.
In THE IRON SAINT, Dr. Diorio has outlined a plan of action for strengthening the Church through uncompromising obedience to the Word of God. This plan of action is based on her own 50 years of walking with the Lord and being led by His Holy Spirit.
If you are a born-again believer and member of the Body of Christ, make this book a top reading priority.
And then there's the case of the missing maps? Who stole them and why?
Join Penelope and her BFF, Tilly Mendoza, for another exciting adventure as Detective Penelope solves another homeschool mystery. In this second of the delightful Penelope Pumpernickel Series of chapter books for six-to-ten-year-old children, Penelope learns that no matter how hard it is to do right, doing right is always the right thing to do.
Grandy wants to be Penny's friend, but he has a strange way of letting her know. Maybe his father's recent death has something to do with it.
Penny's best-friend-forever, Matilda Mendoza--Tilly, for short--offers Penny some good suggestions about what to do with Grandy.
When Grandy disrupts the Homeschool Consortium with his crazy antics, Penny must find a way to solve the big problems he causes.
In this first of the delightful Penelope Pumpernickel Series of chapter books for six-to-ten-year-old children, Penelope learns that no matter how big a problem you face, there is always a way to solve it with God's help.
A white woman. A black man. And their forbidden love.
Can endurance and faith sustain the love between a white woman and a black man, threatened by rejection, guilt, and racial injustice? Can love alone reconcile their starkly different worlds, lighting the way to a bright future together?
When graduate student, Tori Pendola, a white American woman, and Jebuni Kalitsi, a Ghanaian exchange student and heir to his tribe's chieftaincy, fall deeply in love, they must face not only their own inner demons of rejection and guilt but also the demons of societal hatred bent on destroying their relationship. Will their love survive the cruel and bitter attacks against them? Or will hatred and prejudice gain the upper hand?
In Black and White is a deeply moving story of the power of God's love to restore all that is broken in their lives.
Author of four books and over 100 published articles, Dr. Diorio holds four university degrees, including the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas and the Master of Arts in Italian Language and Literature from Middlebury College. Currently, she is completing the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Dr. MaryAnn is the founder and owner of TopNotch Communications Group, LLC, a full-service firm providing writing, coaching, and translation services to individuals and businesses around the world.