Diane Sawyer Newsletter/Blog #30 October 2016


Hello everyone and a belated Happy Halloween. Thank you for downloading my October 2016 newsletter. Notice anything different, like a new photo? It was taken at the South Community Library near my home, to replace the previous photo of me in that sparkly red sweater. Feeling nostalgic, I chose this outfit which I had worn sixteen years ago to the book signing for my very first published novel, The Montauk Mystery. I am thrilled to welcome The Tell-Tale Treasure, my first novel for Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing and my sixth overall.

Here is a link to the SYP Publishing website where you can see the beautiful cover and read the blurb which describes The Tell-Tale Treasure, a cold-case missing-person story, set in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thank you everyone who went to the publisher’s site and pre-ordered a copy of the book.



Writing News


Two dates to keep in mind if you live in the St. Petersburg area:

Saturday, November 12, 10 AM to 5 PM, I will be at the Times Festival of Reading, at the USF Campus, 140 7th Avenue S, discussing and signing copies of The Tell-Tale Treasure at the Southern Yellow Pine Publishing (SYP) booth. The booth area is a wonderful beehive of activity with many publishers, books, and authors. Please visit me there. Meet my publisher, Terri Gerrell, and several SYP authors. Celebrate with us the official launch of my first novel for SYP!  Prizes throughout the afternoon, noon to 4 o’clock. See you there!

Friday, November 18, 1 o’clock, I will be at the South Community Library, 2300 Roy Hanna Drive (it becomes 62nd Avenue South), discussing and signing The Tell-Tale Treasure. This event is open to the public. No invitation is necessary. Bring your friends and neighbors. Prizes! Refreshments! A fun time!

Something to remember:

The Tell-Tale Treasure is available from my publisher at www.syppublishing.com

and at www.amazon.com  and also at www.barnesandnoble.com


 Other Writing News

Montauk Mystery Montauk Steps Tomoka Mystery Cinderella MurdersMontauk Cave

  • Keep in mind that my first five novels, published by Thomas & Mercer, the Mystery Imprint of Amazon, are available in the USA and many foreign countries too, in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. Happy reading!
  • Check out my Amazon Author Page at com/author/dianewsawyer
  • Visit my web site at http://dianewsawyer.com
  • Find me on my Facebook as Monica Sawyer (the name Diane Sawyer was not available). https://www.facebook.com/monica.sawyer.50?fref=ts


     I haven’t made time for any travel beyond Florida in recent months. However, I have enjoyed walking in St. Pete, particularly to view all the new murals, many of them clustered within a comfortable walk of each other. The talented muralists definitely enhanced the growing arty look to town. One of the “murals” is painted at a major intersection, adding an unexpected burst of color beneath your feet.

I would encourage you to take walking tours in your own city, elsewhere in your state, or even in another state. I have noticed a recent influx in brochures and magazine articles about the popularity of city tours, some with an “app” available. Apparently people want to know about the early settlers, the history of the area, and interesting folklore. Sometimes there is a specific interest such as the area’s role in a particular war.

Years ago, while living in New York, my family and I took a walking tour in Boston, following a trail of feet painted on the sidewalk, letting us know where to turn. Great fun. Several years ago, my husband and I took the auto-train to Washington DC. Before driving on to Albany NY for a college reunion, we took a bus/walking tour of the city. The bus driver stopped at various sites and we, the busload of passengers, proceeded to walk around the well-known monuments and buildings. Then we got back on the bus and the driver drove the bus to the next stop.  It was a wonderful tour without having to worry about parking a car numerous times in a busy city or needing a map to direct us to the next site. The bus driver even provided cold bottled water between stops. That was a welcome treat since the temperature hit 110 degrees that day. The city was under a Red Alert about the hazardous air and there were warnings about staying indoors in an air-conditioned environment. The bus was air-conditioned, and all went well.

So, consider a walking tour, close to home or elsewhere—on a cool day!

Puns and clever things to make you smile:

…To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

…Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

…Spotted in a safari park: Elephants  Please stay in your car.

…Seen during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a daycare on the first floor.

…Sign in an office: Would the person who took the stepladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

…Note in health-food shop window: Closed due to illness.

…Notice on a farmer’s field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

…Notice in a newspaper: Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers.

…Another notice in a newspaper: Red tape holds up bridges.


Cooking Delights

glazed ham loaf

Combine the following ingredients:

2 pounds ground ham, 1 1/2 pounds ground pork, 2 eggs (beaten), a pinch each of salt and pepper, 1 cup evaporated milk. Form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased baking dish, 9×13. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or more, depending on the oven.

To make glaze, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon powdered mustard, and 1/4 cup cider vinegar. Pour over the ham loaf for approximately the final 15 minutes of cooking.

Serve the ham loaf with this delicious wild rice casserole:


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup white rice, cooked in 2 cups chicken broth (steamed, boiled, or micro-waved) seasoned with garlic, pepper, parsley, etc.

1 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed and cut into one-inch pieces

6 green onions sliced

1 cup trail mix with nuts, seeds, raisins etc.

½ cup orange juice

½ teaspoon curry powder

Early in the day, prepare both rices (making sure all liquid is absorbed), stir together, cool, and store in refrigerator. Later, 10 minutes before serving, heat oil in wok or large fry pan. Add onions and pea pods. Stir for 2 minutes. Add cooked-cooled rice and stir 2 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir until heated through. Makes 6-8 servings.

Serve the ham casserole and wild rice casserole with a garden salad.

Bon appétit!    Diane

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