Author DiAnn Mills & Sworn To Protect - Giveaway!

Today, we're visiting with my friend DiAnn Mills. DiAnn's books line the book shelves of many inspirational fiction readers. If you're not familiar with DiAnn's writing, she'll soon become an author whose stories you'll enjoy. We have a triple treat, DiAnn, the hero, and heroine (Danika & Alex) have joined us today. Sit back, relax with a warm cup of tea and let's chat...

DiAnn, you write a deep-set story, seasoned well with details about the setting, the characters, their sympathies. It's not a light story, but one that really draws the reader into another world and keeps her there. What kind of research did you do for SWORN TO PROTECT? Hang out w/BP?

Actually I did hang out with the Border Patrol! My husband and I received permission from the BP office in Washington DC to tour the station in McAllen, TX. I respected and admired the BP prior to this trip, but that aspect grew after the three day visit! We have no idea of the danger involved, not only for the agents who have a commitment to their job, but for their families who can be targeted for BP activities. 

You did such a great job in SWORN TO PROTECT of objectively showing both sides--those eagerly crossing the border illegally for the chance at a better life and what it's like for them, and those who protect our borders and what they go through in upholding the law, but also not opposed to immigrants. Did you interview anyone trying to cross?

I live in Houston and I know those who are not legal immigrants. I understand their desire to have a better life. I also know - from these illegal immigrants - the fear of the gangs and those involved in crimes who also steal across the border. I'm glad you saw the objectivity because that was my goal. In short, yes I did interview illegal immigrants. 

How did this story come to you?

My stories are always about women in unlikely roles - strong women who are led to a role or a profession that does not traditionally belong to a woman. Living in Houston means being exposed to media reports about what is happening at the borders separating the US from Texas. To me, this was a setting to include in my Call of Duty series. I wanted a woman who was dedicated to the Border Patrol and had various hardships that stood in the way of all she attempted to do.

What's the next book in the series about?

Pursuit of Justice is about a woman who is an FBI agent sent to her old home in West Texas as lead agent in solving a series of murders. She learns her father is under suspicion and must reckon with a rocky past.  

That sounds like a great suspense read! I hope your FBI agent will drop in for a visit when her story hits the shelves. We'd love to meet her.

Now, a few questions for our hero & heroine, Danika & Dr. Price...

Danika, tell us about your job. And, what's the most difficult thing you do?

I'd say the most difficult part is the understanding that I can't take my job home. My daughter needs a mommy who has her undivided attention, not distracted by work problems. I refuse to allow fear to stand in my way when apprehending potential illegals, and I must always react and respond according to my oath to keep US borders safe. 

You just passed the two year mark of your husband's death, how are things going? What's going on in your life now?

Some days are better than others. I miss Toby, and I regret that he won't see our daughter grow up. And she will never know what a wonderful father he was to her. All she will know is the stories I tell her about him. I want Toby's murder solved, but the police haven't been able to find a clue. I fear they've given up. 

Dr. Alex Price seems like an interesting man. What circumstances bring you two together professionally?

He's a doctor at the hospital where we take illegals. He's nice enough and attractive, but we definitely have a difference of opinion when it comes to the border situation. I'm trying to keep him at arm's length.

What were your first impressions of him?

Kind. Caring. Compassionate. Hard not to like a guy like that. But definitely off limits for me. If the BP found out that I was dating a man who supported an open border, I'd lose my job. I should have asked him his position. 

We can definitely see the conflict there. I actually hope you'll find a way to get to know him better. In fact, let's turn to him now and put him in the hot spot.

Dr. Alex Price, please tell us about the hardest part of your job.

I know that once my patients leave the hospital, I may never see them again. Most of them are illegals who are fearful of being apprehended and sent back to their country. Some of my patients are brought in by the Border Patrol for medical treatment before being sent back across the border.

Dr. Price--Alex, you know a few things about Danika Morales without ever having met her before--how is it that you came by this information?

I knew her husband Toby. He used to bring in illegals for treatment. However, he never told me about his wife and child. Perhaps he feared for their welfare. When I learned who Danika had been married to, I was surprised because I thought Toby and I were good friends. 

She's interesting to you (we can tell by the way your eyes smile even though your lips don't necessarily), what do you admire about her?

Strength and compassion in the line of duty. I thought a woman BP agent would be hard, but she's not. For that matter, most of the agents who bring in people for medical attention are compassionate. Danika is more . . . she's a solid professional with a feminine touch. Guess you can tell I'm attracted to her. :)

Yes, we can! And we like that you're persistent. You both have a wonderfully suspenseful story - I very much enjoyed SWORN TO PROTECT. DiAnn's writing is flawless, and the story is so good, the characters so interesting that before I knew it, I'd turned the last page. A great read and I'm looking forward to the next book.

Sworn To Protect - Available Now!
Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales has sworn to protect the southern borders of our nation, but that oath has cost her. Two years ago, her husband, Toby, was killed trying to help the very immigrants Danika was responsible for sending back to Mexico. His murder was never solved. But now, a recent string of attacks and arrests leads her to believe that someone in McAllen is profiting from sneaking undocumented immigrants into the country . . . and it may somehow be tied to Toby’s death. Watch the trailer on

A Woman Called Sage - Coming May 2010
They took away everything she loved ... now, she's out for revenge. Sage Morrow had it all: life on a beautiful Colorado ranch, a husband who adored her, and a baby on the way. Until five ruthless gunmen rode up to their ranch and changed her life forever. Now Sage is a bounty hunter bent on retribution. Accompanied only by her majestic hawk, she travels throughout the Rocky Mountains in search of injustice, determined to stamp it out wherever it's found. The stakes are raised when two young boys are kidnapped and Sage is forced to work with Marshall Parker Timmons to rescue them. But Sage may ultimately get more than she bargained for. In this exciting historical romance set in the late 1800s, murder, intrigue, kidnapping, and questions of faith will keep you in suspense until the final pages. Watch the trailer on


Want TWO chances to win? Here's how:

1) Answer the question and leave a comment here on The Homestead Heart

2) Let us know that you are or have signed up for DiAnn's newsletter (doesn't matter if you've been on it for a while or if you're just now signing up. But, you do have to let us know in the comment here that you are currently signed up.)

Giveaway of Sworn To Protect
Question from DiAnn:

What foreign mission is close to my heart?

You can find the answer on 
Don't forget to sign up for her newsletter!

Giveaway winner will be announced 
Saturday, April 17, 2010


Abi said...

The mission is Aid Sudan

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Abi said...

I'm a DiAnn Mills subscriber too

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

the mission is 'aid sudan'

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber to diann's newsletter :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

A J Hawke said...

Hi Tina,

Good interview with DiAnn Mills.
Her newest book sounds interesting.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I also subscribed to her newsletter.

I have visited her web site and read of her support in the Aid Sudan mission. It is people like her that will help make a different in some of those war torn places. I truly believe that only the love of Christ can make a difference.

As I look at the photo at the top of your blog, I wish we could sit and have a cup of coffee together. Maybe some day.
Blessings to you and your, especially little Tiger.

A J Hawke
Come visit

Trinity Rose said...

Would love a chance to win this book. Please enter me. It is the Aid Sudan mission.
Have a super day.
Blessings and thanks,
Trinity Rose


Tina Dee Books said...

This comment was left by TrinityRose, but for some reason didn't post after moderator approval...

Would love a chance to win this book. Please enter me. It is the Aid Sudan mission.
Have a super day.
Blessings and thanks,
Trinity Rose


Edna said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing for the book but when I tried to go to it would not go there.

Anyway I am a fan of hers


Cindy W. said...

I am a subscriber of DiAnn's newsletter and the foreign mission close to her heart is Aid Sudan.

Please enter me into your giveaway for a copy of Sworn To Protect and thank you so much for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Casey said...

African Inland Mission and the support of orphans overseas. Thanks for the chance!!


rubynreba said...

I signed up for Diann's newsletter

rubynreba said...

Aid Sudan is the mission.

Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in your contest for a copy of "Sworn to Protect". I do subscribe to your newsletter. Thanks

true_sheila at yahoo dot com

Tammy Griffin said...

Would like to read Sworn To Protect. I am a subscriber to Diann's newsletter. Aid Sundan is the mission. Thanks for the opportunity to read great books!

Julia said...

I'm also a DiAnn Mills subscriber.


Julia said...

I would love to read this book. I have a special heart for India. Our church supports the building of churches in India. I am touched by the faith of believers in India and the Lord has led us to consider adoption from an Indian orphanage.


nmetzler said...

Answer to question: Aid Sudan

This book looks interesting. I've really enjoyed Diann's past books- so I'm sure this one will be just as wonderful.

natashasiegrist at hotmail dot com

glenda09 said...

Answer is mission 'aid sudan'! By the way Carmen sent me!

Anonymous said...

i am on DiAnn's mailing list.

the mission is aid Sudan.

dymesich at juno dot com

p.s. Carmen sent me.

rbooth43 said...

I am a suscriber to Diann's newsletter. The mission is Aid Sudan Mission. Carmen sent me to enter this giveaway.

Nancye said...

Aid Sudan

Carman sent me! :)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I subscribe to the newsletter

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

rbooth43 said...

I am a suscriber to Diann's newsletter.
The answer is Aid Sudan Mission.
Carmen sent me.

Evalina Irish-Spencer said...

Carman sent me.
The mission is Aid Sudan.
I just signed up for DiAnn's newsletter on her site.
Would love to win the book.

Paris said...

Ooh, sounds like a good book! It's the Aid Sudan mission:) Carman sent me.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Would the mission be Sudan???

Please enter me to win this book. Very unique subject!


I'm already a subscriber and Carman sent me. :)

Linda Kish said...

Mission..aid Sudan

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mystica said...

The mission is Aid Sudan.


Megan said...

Hi...we posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

God has clearly given DiAnn a heart for Sudan... I appreciate the many organizations that she mentions on her site that all work for Sudan in some way. The video for "The Persecution Project" was especially touching!


Anonymous said...

Please count me in.
A mission that's close to my heart is "Rescue Haiti's Children" (

grannyvon said...

I am an e-mail subscriber. Thanks

grannyvon said...

I love supense books like these. Thanks

Rhonda said...

Aid Sudan mission

I subscribe

rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca

Anonymous said...

The Aid Sudan mission.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

DiAnn Mills said...

Thanks for all the great comments. I appreciate you. I do have a passion for the Sudanese people. Please check out my website's news page for bookplate requests. Can't wait to hear who the winner is!


Tina Dee Books said...

A winner has been announced! Please stop by to see who won!