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In 2023, some changes and additions were made in my journey as an author. I joined a local author’s club called Tarpon Springs Writers & Authors Guild. It’s a lovely group of enthusiastic writers. The group specializes in marketing our books. It’s been very helpful. I have to thank one of our leaders, Evelyn Elliott Presley for her encouragement and her reference to Judith Gosse, Illustrator. Judith and I have put together a whimsical children’s book, Trueberry Town.

Awakening: An Enchanted Romance was published at the end of November 2023.

A new release, Love Always takes the Becky Chalmers series to its conclusion. A love triangle is resolved when the story visits New England years. It is uplifting and was great fun to write. This book should also be released soon. The editorial review of Love Always by Palmetto Publishing says, “Love Always is an engaging, heartwarming romance featuring a young woman named Becky who grapples with difficult choices when confronted with potentially life-altering new information about the two men she loves.”

What’s in process? Another children’s book called Knoxberry House is in process.

Diane Green

Author of The Becky Chalmers Series

The timeless stories of a precocious little girl and her friends growing up in the 1960s. Follow Becky Chalmers in a series of humorous adventures. The first four books are picture books, beautifully illustrated by Linda E. Jones. Then, watch the crew move on to middle school in Becky Chalmers Beautified and Becky Likes Boys. A few years pass and Becky is in high school testing the waters of young adulthood:  her first crush, devoted friends, and an enchanted adventure.

About The Author

Diane Green’s passion for history and creative writing began in Pennsylvania and flourished in Massachusetts, where she gained a classical education and experience as an historian.  A graduate of Worcester State University, her educational pursuits led her to the University of Virginia. Her career shifted in NYC during the 1980s when she became an executive recruiter, honing her dialogue skills.  Now living in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Diane has earned several Story Monster awards for her Becky Chalmers Series. Dedicated to crafting wholesome tales, Diane also enjoys walking, spending time with family, and reading.

Books

At Kornbury: We Eat Healthy

Welcome to Kornberry House where the Countess is in charge of taking care of the children and making sure the garden is producing healthy food for all. Join her and her friends on this delightful tour of a very happy home.

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Trueberry Town

It is snowing in Trueberry Town. It is a very magical place, don’t you know? Come with the town’s children on a special journey in this delightful tale of winter dreams and wonderous possibilities.

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Love Always

Love Always is an engaging, heartwarming romance featuring a young woman named Becky Chalmers who grapples with difficult choices when confronted with potentially life-altering new information about the two men she loves. Becky sorts out her feelings, figures out what is most important to her, and decides which man to marry. As the new couple begin their married life,
readers will rejoice to see them receive an uplifting opportunity to love beyond their wildest dreams. This page-turner includes some intriguing, unexpected plot twists and offers the insightful message that it is important to thoroughly look into your heart before you leap into marriage.

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Awakening: An Enchanted Romance will be released in mid-November. A revised and expanded edition of Becky’s Choice and Becky Says Yes, printed and marketed by Palmetto Publishers. 

At fifteen, Becky Chalmers is just starting to understand the complexities of love. Beginning with a spine-chilling visit to a state archive fraught with haunting secrets, Becky’s fledgling love life becomes entwined in suspense.  She is separated from her first high school crush, then betrayed in a timid venture to try romance again.  The scene switches from small town America to sultry Miami Beach when her doting grandmother tries to fix things for Becky.  However, life is never straightforward.  When her path becomes uncertain in Miami, a dedicated police detective provides the only possible solution.

            Becky’s journey teaches her to navigate teen trials such as jealousy, parental restrictions, embarrassment, and rebellion with the aid of a cherished brother and a steadfast friend.  A wise father and the comfort of Becky’s faith, fosters in her an awakening that will surprise the reader.

            As Becky’s world unfolds, readers of Awakening: An Enchanted Romance will be captivated by this tale of young love and the strength that emerges from heartbreak. Dive into this compelling coming-of-age romance, where love’s power to heal and transform shines through every page.  

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Awakening by Diane Campbell Green

Awakening

by Diane Campbell Green

Giveaway ends May 17, 2024.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Becky Likes Boys

Becky Chalmers is growing up in the sixties. Face powder hides freckles. Life is Pop Stars and Teen Magazines. And there are the Boys; David, the American Dragon, Scotty, Big and Clumsy, Juan Carlos, Becky’s Crush.

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Becky Chalmers Beautified

On the cusp of her eleventh birthday, young Becky Chalmers is straddling childhood and growing up as she navigates the world of the 1960s in her idyllic hometown of Yardley, Pennsylvania. Whether it’s making new friends, her first kiss, or learning what true beauty entails, this spirited girl is an “everygirl,” finding an inner faith and self-confidence that young readers will relate to.

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In Becky Chalmers Beautified, young readers follow Becky through her carefree days as she learns about herself and the world she lives in. Whether it’s the bond with her best friend Sharon being put to the test when she moves away, finding comfort in community during a Christmas Eve bonfire outing following President Kennedy’s assassination, or making a wise friend in an unlikely stranger named Mr. O-Angel outside her library, Becky’s experiences have lasting meaning.

When Becky’s eleventh birthday nears, she tells her mother she doesn’t want a doll or toy. She wants something that will make her beautiful. Becky and her friends’ efforts include staining their lips with red M&Ms, dousing in perfume, and painting their nails. When a chance encounter during a snowy walking trip to the grocery store has Becky helping a cold and frightened little girl, Becky learns that beauty comes from within—from her kind and gentle heart.

Reminiscent of beloved characters such as Ramona Quimby and Scout Finch of a bygone children’s book era, Becky Chalmers Beautified exudes the emotional appeal of a childhood of the ‘60s with the modern strength and vigor of girl storybook characters today. The book provides middle-grade readers with an eloquent story that will stand the test of time, a true classic in the making.

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Santa and the Cotton Tree

It’s Christmas Eve day, 1963, in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Eight-year-old Becky Chalmers leads her three younger siblings on a journey to introduce baby Susie to Santa. At home her father is creating a magical cotton tree and her mother is preparing for the Christmas Day celebration. The story takes the reader back to a simpler time when a child’s freedom to explore the world was almost unlimited. Travel with the Chalmers kids to “Santa’s House” and wake up with the whole family together for a magical Christmas.

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Reviews

"Becky Likes Boys" begins with awkward moments at Becky Chalmers' first dance. She and her Asian friend, David, talk about dreams of travelling and college. These are heavy thoughts for Becky who decides to focus on her fun-filled todays. A Christmas celebration is almost ruined by an ice storm. Becky, Scotty Cadwallader, and a new friend, Hayley, attempt to thwart a mean girl's plans and persuade her to try kindness. The stage is set for crush to appear.

In cutoff jeans, a ratty, old T-shirt, and sneakers with holes in the toes, Becky meets her first love. Jackie Chalmers, Becky's mother is asked to describe what love feels like. "Yup, I'm in love," Becky says. Oblivious of those around them, Becky and her crush become close until an unexpected event changes everything. Becky suffers—an old friend's presence revives the hope in her heart.

Becky Chalmers' story is a compelling one. Although set in the 1960s, all contemporary preteens and teens will personally identify with the situations and emotions of the characters. "Becky Likes Boys" ends with a twist and a promise.

Set in Yardley, Pennsylvania during the 1960s, Becky Likes Boys spans roughly two years in the life of young Becky Chalmers in this delightful and heartfelt novel about family, faith, friendship, and discovery.

Sensitive and thoughtful, Becky encounters all kinds of situations, questions, and relationships as she navigates her way through the final days of elementary school into the uncertain and turbulent waters of Charles Boehm Junior High. Along the way we meet several memorable characters. These include Sharon, Becky’s “sister-friend” and trusted confidante; Scotty Cadwallader, who’s convinced he’s her boyfriend; David Yong, “American Dragon;” and her new heart throb, Juan Carlos.

When Becky meets David Yong, they have a discussion about the future and college. David’s parents are saving up to send him to college. He dreams of being an engineer like his dad. Becky isn’t exactly sold on the idea of college. She likes Yardley and doesn’t want to leave. But she also loves history, so maybe…?

When Becky gets to junior high, she finds herself in the crosshairs of the meanest girl in school, Meg. When Meg cooks up a plan to frame Becky for cheating on a math test, an unexpected turn of events takes place and then… Oh, wait. To find out what happens next, you’ll have to read the book yourself.

There’s also the high dive at swim club. Summer camp. Face powder. Go-go boots. “Keep your peace.” Bazooka bubble gum. The Gettysburg Address. Mr. O-Angel. Tostones. The Beatles and forty-five records. Mary Janes. A Dodge Dart station wagon and a Rambler. Cupcakes! “The Temperamental Madame Queen.” And some unexpected plot twists.

There’s something rich and warm about the writing that makes it almost incandescent. Like turning on a light in a darkened room. The author expertly captures the swirling and ever-changing emotions of preteens and young teens as well as their anxieties, uncertainties, hopes and dreams. The bittersweet experience of leaving one’s childhood behind on the road to maturity will resonate with many.

The writing is skilled and supple. You can almost smell the newly-mowed hay wafting through the open car windows. Taste the Christmas turkey and Becky’s date-walnut-sugar treats. Feel the wind whipping over the snow during a Christmas sleigh ride.

In terms of structure, each chapter glides effortlessly into the next as the story unfolds and readers get to know more about Becky and her friends and family. The introduction to Becky’s great-great grandfather is masterful. So is this gently faith-flavored story of family, togetherness, kindness, community, friendship, shared hurts, and grace.

Sturdy writing, crisp characterizations and a briskly paced plot will appeal to this book’s target audience of preteens and teens. Although perhaps a bit abrupt, the ending opens the door for a smooth sail into the next book in the series.

Becky Likes Boys is Book #6 in the Becky Chalmers Books series. Reading the prior books in this series may be helpful but is not imperative. At just under one hundred pages, Becky Likes Boys can be read as a stand-alone.

Evocative, uplifting and effervescent, Becky Likes Boys is as welcome and refreshing as a cup of cold water on a hot August afternoon. It will leave you wanting more.

Kristine L (Becky Likes Boys)

Highly recommended for a warm, cozy, and memorable holiday read.

Santa and the Cotton Tree

A touching tale of a girl named Becky.

The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends

A book of childhood wonder, written ever so eloquently by Diane Campbell Green

The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends

Love Always is an engaging, heartwarming romance.

Editor (Love Always)

Absolutely sweet!! A book of fantasies and fun.

Fran A. (Trueberry Town)

Loved it!! Especially the postscript!!

Fran A. (Love Always)

Ideal stories for families to read aloud and discuss, or just laugh at the misadventures of Becky Chalmers

Goats and Ginger Ale Floats Becky and Friends

[Diane Campbell Green] writes in a very easy-to-read style and her descriptions of the events and reactions to them give life to her characters.

The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends

Indeed, it’s not a bad idea to have a copy of I’d Rather Be a Kid in the house. Children sure have a lot to learn from this amazing storybook.

I’d Rather Be a Kid signed, Becky Chalmers

Becky's Choice: A Ghost's Story is a young adult paranormal novella
by Diane Green. Fifteen-year-old Becky Chalmers is a kind-hearted
girl who lives a humdrum life with her parents and siblings in the
small town of Yardley, Pennsylvania. As a history buff, she sets off
on an adventure with Uncle Beaseley, a student of American history
at Rutgers University, to explore the New Jersey State House
archives in search of a man named Moore Furman. Instead, Becky
has an unexpected encounter with the ghost of a woman called
Minnie Homeier, who regales her with the story of her little sister
Lily's tragic fate in a blizzard. Meanwhile, Becky struggles with the
attention of Scotty Cadwallader while her former boyfriend, Juan
Carlos, makes a shocking return to Yardley in search of his missing
niece. Now, Becky has a tough choice to make.
Becky's Choice: A Ghost's Story is a heartwarming paranormal
drama from Diane Green's The Becky Chalmers Series. I found the
book to be a breezy read with underlying Christian themes that
relay the message of hope in the face of adversity. Green has a
very appealing writing style, using minimal words to tell a beautiful
story with little to no fluff. This is a cozy read you can finish in one
sitting. Apart from the smooth flow of the narrative, it's the
characters who keep hold of your attention. Becky is a likable
person whose relationship dynamics with the other characters drive
her actions and motives. Overall, this is just the sort of book for
readers looking for something that puts a smile on their faces.

Pikasho Deka (Becky’s Choice, A Ghost’s Story)

Notable and worthy of pursuit

Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review (Becky Like Boys)

Loved it! 😍
Multi-textured and expertly written, this warm, rich read is a delightful blend of history, mystery, and teen romance. Two thumbs up!

Kristine L. (Becky’s Choice, A Ghost’s Story)

Two thumbs up and more please

Reedsy (Becky Like Boys)

"Becky Likes Boys" begins with awkward moments at Becky Chalmers' first dance. She and her Asian friend, David, talk about dreams of travelling and college. These are heavy thoughts for Becky who decides to focus on her fun-filled todays. A Christmas celebration is almost ruined by an ice storm. Becky, Scotty Cadwallader, and a new friend, Hayley, attempt to thwart a mean girl's plans and persuade her to try kindness. The stage is set for crush to appear.

In cutoff jeans, a ratty, old T-shirt, and sneakers with holes in the toes, Becky meets her first love. Jackie Chalmers, Becky's mother is asked to describe what love feels like. "Yup, I'm in love," Becky says. Oblivious of those around them, Becky and her crush become close until an unexpected event changes everything. Becky suffers—an old friend's presence revives the hope in her heart.

Becky Chalmers' story is a compelling one. Although set in the 1960s, all contemporary preteens and teens will personally identify with the situations and emotions of the characters. "Becky Likes Boys" ends with a twist and a promise.

Set in Yardley, Pennsylvania during the 1960s, Becky Likes Boys spans roughly two years in the life of young Becky Chalmers in this delightful and heartfelt novel about family, faith, friendship, and discovery.

Sensitive and thoughtful, Becky encounters all kinds of situations, questions, and relationships as she navigates her way through the final days of elementary school into the uncertain and turbulent waters of Charles Boehm Junior High. Along the way we meet several memorable characters. These include Sharon, Becky’s “sister-friend” and trusted confidante; Scotty Cadwallader, who’s convinced he’s her boyfriend; David Yong, “American Dragon;” and her new heart throb, Juan Carlos.

When Becky meets David Yong, they have a discussion about the future and college. David’s parents are saving up to send him to college. He dreams of being an engineer like his dad. Becky isn’t exactly sold on the idea of college. She likes Yardley and doesn’t want to leave. But she also loves history, so maybe…?

When Becky gets to junior high, she finds herself in the crosshairs of the meanest girl in school, Meg. When Meg cooks up a plan to frame Becky for cheating on a math test, an unexpected turn of events takes place and then… Oh, wait. To find out what happens next, you’ll have to read the book yourself.

There’s also the high dive at swim club. Summer camp. Face powder. Go-go boots. “Keep your peace.” Bazooka bubble gum. The Gettysburg Address. Mr. O-Angel. Tostones. The Beatles and forty-five records. Mary Janes. A Dodge Dart station wagon and a Rambler. Cupcakes! “The Temperamental Madame Queen.” And some unexpected plot twists.

There’s something rich and warm about the writing that makes it almost incandescent. Like turning on a light in a darkened room. The author expertly captures the swirling and ever-changing emotions of preteens and young teens as well as their anxieties, uncertainties, hopes and dreams. The bittersweet experience of leaving one’s childhood behind on the road to maturity will resonate with many.

The writing is skilled and supple. You can almost smell the newly-mowed hay wafting through the open car windows. Taste the Christmas turkey and Becky’s date-walnut-sugar treats. Feel the wind whipping over the snow during a Christmas sleigh ride.

In terms of structure, each chapter glides effortlessly into the next as the story unfolds and readers get to know more about Becky and her friends and family. The introduction to Becky’s great-great grandfather is masterful. So is this gently faith-flavored story of family, togetherness, kindness, community, friendship, shared hurts, and grace.

Sturdy writing, crisp characterizations and a briskly paced plot will appeal to this book’s target audience of preteens and teens. Although perhaps a bit abrupt, the ending opens the door for a smooth sail into the next book in the series.

Becky Likes Boys is Book #6 in the Becky Chalmers Books series. Reading the prior books in this series may be helpful but is not imperative. At just under one hundred pages, Becky Likes Boys can be read as a stand-alone.

Evocative, uplifting and effervescent, Becky Likes Boys is as welcome and refreshing as a cup of cold water on a hot August afternoon. It will leave you wanting more.

Kristine L (Becky Likes Boys)

Becky Likes Boys is the sixth book in the Becky Chalmers series for advanced elementary to middle grade readers. Like its predecessors, Becky's 1960s life is revealed with a close attention to contrasting Becky's experiences, perspective, and coming of age with the cultural and social milieu of the '60s. This makes for the perfect choice for modern young readers who would learn about this period of time and the forces affecting its young people.

The story opens with Becky and her sister-friend Sharon discussing the elementary school's spring dance, which will be their first.

Diane Campbell Green does a fine job of both introducing the adults in Becky's life and adding their perspectives to Becky's world: "In the Chalmers household, Becky’s mom, Jackie, focused on her daughter’s first dance. Jackie was ready to launch Becky, her oldest child, into the grown-up world of school dances. After all, Jackie had met Jim when they were both nine-years-old."

While, at times, an adult reader might wonder at points of authenticity (in the '60s, adults were seldom identified by their first names, by children), one can argue that, for the sake of relevance to modern young readers and their experiences, any slight adjustments such as this make the story more accessible and realistic to modern audiences (today, many adults are known to children by their first names).

As Becky faces the "bumps and curves" of a maturing body and the mental changes that lend new interest to different relationships with boys and their potential for change, readers receive a realistic portrait of a girl facing physical and emotional maturity challenges in nearly every aspect of her life.

Realistic dialogues capture not just peer interactions, but shared family experiences. Adversity is portrayed as an obstacle that introduces creative thinking; especially one Christmas when first the oven, then the power, go out on the cusp of the biggest entertainment day of the year:

“It’s nice to be inside and with family on Christmas Eve,” Jackie said.

Overnight, ‘nice’ turned to worry; then to catastrophe. When Jackie checked the turkey an hour after putting it into the oven on Christmas morning, it was as raw as when it first went in. The oven was simply not working. Jackie panicked turning to her husband, “Jim, what am I going to do? I have a dozen people to feed this afternoon.”

“Becky,” Daddy said, “go tell Mrs. Edwards our oven is not heating up. We can’t cook anything here.”

Becky slid on the ice, covered now with a thick layer of snow. At the Edwards house she gave the message to Pat. Right at that moment, all of Cadwallader Court lost power when a tree, heavy with ice and snow snapped the last of the working power lines. The adults huddled.

From its title, readers might anticipate a story replete with boy-crazy dilemmas, but there's much more going on than boys alone.

Through various shared experiences and questions about school, boys, changing friendship, and new ventures, Becky receives life lessons that set the stage for growth and opportunity.

Green brings Becky and her world to life. Libraries seeking stories rooted in the milieu of the 1960s will welcome yet another exploration that brings these times and this girl to modern audiences as it explores how enemies become friends and individuals from disparate experiences (even boys and girls) learn to connect with one another in new ways.

Diane Donovan (Becky Like Boys)

This memorable Christmas story demonstrates the love between families and that the simple things in life are often the best and the most meaningful.

Santa and the Cotton Tree:

Notable and worthy of pursuit

Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review (Becky Like Boys)

Loved it!! Especially the postscript!!

Fran A. (Love Always)

Green has a very appealing writing style, using minimal words to tell
a beautiful story.

Reader's Favourite (Awakening, An Enchanted Romance)

A delightful blend of history, mystery, and teen romance that’ll keep
you guessing.

Reedsy (Awakening, An Enchanted Romance)

This faith-based series…will especially interest Christian readers.

D. Donovan, The Midwest Book Review (Awakening, An Enchanted Romance)

Loved it! This heartfelt story is as welcome and refreshing as a cup of cold water on a hot August afternoon.

Reedsy (Becky Likes Boys)

Green brings Becky and her world to life.

D. Donovan, The Midwest Book Review (Becky Likes Boys)

A sweetly, tender account of pre-teen and teenager life.

Editor (Becky Likes Boys)

I had a great time reading Becky Chalmers Beautified

Editor (Becky Chalmers Beautified)

An excitingly original probe into everyday life, growth, and perception of self,

D. Donovan, The Midwest Review (Becky Chalmers Beautified)

A classic in the making.

Reedsy (Becky Chalmers Beautified)

A well-written children’s book.

Readers’ Favorite (I’d Rather be a Kid: signed Becky Chalmers)

The stories are realistic and could have happened in any small town during the 1960s,

Readers’ Favorite (Goats and Ginger Ale Floats: Becky and Friends)

Ideal stories for families to read aloud and discuss, or just laugh at the misadventures of Becky Chalmers,

Lori G.(Goats and Ginger Ale Floats: Becky and Friends)

Diane writes in a very easy-to-read style and her descriptions of the events and reactions to them give life to her characters

Readers’ Favorite(Goats and Ginger Ale Floats: Becky and Friends)

A wonderful story of childhood antics and imagination. Brings back
many fond memories, makes me long to tell my children the “village”
told me what they were really up to!

Fran A. (The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends)

There’s a feeling of being pulled into the story. [The author] has
managed to capture the voice and tone of a child,

Editor (The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends)

A book of childhood wonder, written ever so eloquently by Diane
Campbell Green.

Reader (The Sparkling Adventures of Becky and Friends)

It’s the kind of book you read so much, it’s phrases can be quoted
from memory.

Pat S. (Santa and the Cotton Tree)

Santa and the Cotton Tree comes highly recommended for a warm,
cozy, and memorable holiday read

Readers’ Favorite (Santa and the Cotton Tree)

Great for the Grandkids!! I bought this book because I remember cotton trees from when I was growing up. This book is a touch of old with all the new your kids need. Love, love, love it!

Grandma Jackie (Santa and the Cotton Tree)

Blogs

Author Spotlight: Interview with Diane Green

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Local author Diane Green gave us some insight as to what it's like being a self-published author, and where her inspiration for storytelling comes from. Why did you become a…

Review of Becky’s Choice, A Ghost’s Story

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Back cover: I’m Becky Chalmers. I’m 15-years-old. Uncle Beasley, the family history buff took me on an archive adventure to hunt for an American Revolutionary War hero; instead, I found…

Award announcement

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Author Diane Campbell Green has won Royal Dragonfly Awards in the 2022 contest sponsored by Story Monsters. I’d Rather Be a Kid, written by Diane Campbell Green and illustrated by…

Editorial Review

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As readers absorb these eight short stories about Becky Chalmers, they will be called upon to think about their own definitions of beauty and how these can change over time.…

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