Press Releases

Press Release: September 15, 2011

Diane Marquette’s Latest Book Now Available

Local author Diane Marquette has announced the publication of her fifth novel by Cambridge Books. Good Fridays is available in bookstores, and on the Internet in both print and ebook formats.  

Describing her latest novel, Marquette says, “Good Fridays is the story of a woman who kept diaries for seven decades about growing up in Baltimore, her career, two marriages, the infant daughter she gave up for adoption, and her retirement to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Now those diaries are about to reveal the secret that will forever change the lives of a mother and her daughter traveling to Baltimore. It’s an emotional illustration of how one person’s decision affects the lives of so many.”

Marquette is also the author of the popular Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series, which so far includes the titles In Over My Head, Too Close for Words, and Suitable for Framing. The series is inspired by Marquette’s previous employment at the Aspen Institute/Wye River Conference Centers in Queenstown on the Eastern Shore, which hosts high-level government meetings and conferences for international organizations. “Most people don’t understand what goes on at that facility, and that’s just the way the Secret Service likes it, but my series does provide a lot of behind-the-scenes surprises readers are finding interesting.”

Marquette’s first novel, also set in Maryland, is Almost Mine, a work of contemporary women’s fiction, which has received high praise for it’s depiction of the unique subject of step-grandparenting. The lesson learned from this story is that no one should ever give up on their dreams.

Each of Marquette’s five novels is available in print and ebook formats. An excerpt and synopsis of each book can be viewed on her website www.dianemarquette.com. In addition to her five novels, Marquette has written more than 150 articles, which have been published in the Baltimore Sun, the Star Democrat, Delmarva Quarterly, Delaware Beach Life, and other publications.

Marquette is a member of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, the Maryland Writers Association, the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and for ten years has been on the planning committee for the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, which is held each February at Chesapeake College.

Book signings are being scheduled in the region for the fall and winter, and Marquette will be participating in several local literary events on the Eastern Shore.

Press Release: May 1, 2009

Newest Chesapeake Conference Center mystery published

Diane Marquette’s latest book, Suitable For Framing, the third title in the Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series, has been published by Cambridge Books. The setting for Marquette’s romantic suspense series is a fictitious world-renowned conference facility on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The first two books of the series, In Over My Head and Too Close For Words, have been enjoying favorable reviews and enthusiastic approval from readers across the country. The series was inspired by Marquette’s employment at the Aspen Institute/Wye River Conference Centers in Queenstown, which hosts high-level government meetings and international organizations. "The books in my series are a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and support provided for such conferences," Marquette says.

Marquette’s first novel, Almost Mine, a work of contemporary women’s fiction, has also received high praise for it’s depiction of the unique subject of step-grandparenting. The book tells the story of how a young woman’s unanswered prayer becomes a blessing and reminds readers never to give up on their dreams.

Marquette’s website www.dianemarquette.com showcases the first chapter and the synopsis for each of her four published books, which are available in local bookstores and on the Internet. Signed personalized copies can be obtained at one of the scheduled book signings listed on her website, or by contacting Marquette through her website.

In addition to her four published novels, Marquette has written two other books, six screenplays, and more than 150 articles, which have been published in regional and national newspapers and magazines. Marquette gives workshops on marketing for writers and is a coordinator of the annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference at Chesapeake College.

Press Release: April 2, 2008

Chesapeake Conference Center Mystery Series Continues

Diane Marquette’s latest book, Too Close For Words, the second of the Chesapeake Conference Center mysteries, has been published by Cambridge Books. The setting for Marquette’s romantic suspense series is a fictitious world-renowned conference facility on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  

The first book of the series, In Over My Head, has enjoyed a year of favorable book reviews and enthusiastic approval from readers across the country. “Although the setting and characters are authentic to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, readers in California, Arizona, Nebraska, Florida, and many other states are writing to tell me how much they’re enjoying the stories,” Marquette says.

The series was inspired by Marquette’s employment at the Aspen Institute/Wye River Conference Centers, which regularly hosts high-level government meetings and groups from international organizations. In Over My Head, the debut mystery of the series, concerns the death of a prominent cardiologist attending a meeting at the exclusive fictitious facility.

In the sequel, Too Close For Words, Marquette has heightened the suspense by placing the President of the United States and other world leaders in a threatening situation at the Chesapeake Conference Center. During the 1998 Mideast Peace Talks, Marquette and other Aspen employees worked with White House personnel, Secret Service and FBI agents, and staff members of visiting leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, and Benjamin Netanyahu. “Most people don’t realize the magnitude of what goes on to prepare for a meeting involving the most powerful leaders in the world. The books in my series are a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and support provided for such conferences,” Marquette says.

In Over My Head was first published as an ebook (electronic book) in January 2006, and quickly became a best seller on www.fictionwise.com, the leading independent ebook publisher and distributor in the world.   The print version was published by Cambridge Books in 2007.

Award-winning mystery author Marcia Talley says of In Over My Head, "Drawing on her experience as a journalist and inspired by a true story, Marquette gleefully cultivates Maryland’s Eastern Shore characters and scenery to pen a debut mystery as down-home and appealing as Maryland’s crab cakes, oyster fritters and sweet lemon tea."

Too Close For Words, the second in Diane Marquette’s Chesapeake Conference Center mysteries, delivers everything her first book promises. Marquette’s talent for detail and dialogue that rings true combine all the elements of a good, old-fashioned whodunit with a contemporary flair. Unputdownable!” says Cynthia Polansky, author of Remote Control.

Marquette’s first novel, Almost Mine, a work of contemporary women’s fiction, has also received high praise for it’s depiction of the unique subject of step-grandparenting. The book tells the story of how a young woman’s unanswered prayer becomes a blessing.

Marquette’s website www.dianemarquette.com showcases the first chapter and the synopsis for each of her three published books. Her books are available in local bookstores and on the Internet. Signed personalized copies can be obtained at one of the book signings listed on her website, or by contacting Marquette through her website.

In addition to her published novels, Marquette has written three other books, six screenplays, and more than 150 articles, which have been published in regional and national newspapers and magazines. Marquette gives workshops for writers and coordinates the annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.

Press Release: August 20, 2007

Local Author Debuts Mystery Series

Cambridge Books has announced the publication of the first book in the Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series by local author Diane Marquette.  The setting for Marquette’s romantic suspense novel, In Over My Head, is a fictitious world-renowned conference facility on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  

During the 1990s, Marquette worked at the Aspen Institute/Wye River Conference Centers, which regularly hosts high-level government meetings and groups from international organizations.  The Conference Center was the setting for the 1998 Mideast Peace Talks.  In attendance were President Bill Clinton, Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, Secretary of State Madelaine Albright, CIA Director George Tenet, Security Advisor Sandy Berger and many others.  For nine days, the Conference Center staff worked with White House aides, Secret Service agents, and State Department officials to help make the meeting a successful one.  

Inspired by the natural beauty of the setting of the Wye River Conference Center and based on her unique experiences there, Marquette has created the Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series.  The sequel, Too Close For Words, will be published in late 2007, and the third mystery, Suitable For Framing, will be available in 2008.

In Over My Head was published as an ebook (electronic book) in January 2006, and quickly became a best seller on http://www.fictionwise.com/, the leading independent ebook publisher and distributor in the world.   The print version has been published by Cambridge Books, and the first chapter of the book can be read on Marquette’s website www.dianemarquette.com.

Award-winning mystery author Marcia Talley says of In Over My Head, "Drawing on her experience as a journalist and inspired by a true story, Marquette gleefully cultivates Maryland’s Eastern Shore characters and scenery to pen a debut mystery as down-home and appealing as Maryland’s crab cakes, oyster fritters and sweet lemon tea."

Austin S. Camacho, author of the Hannibal Jones detective series, comments that “Diane Marquette knows the Chesapeake area like nobody else, and gives you the flavor of her unique environment in her new thriller, In Over My Head.   This is a murder mystery with heart, and after reading it, you’ll add Jill McCormick to your list of favorite sleuths.  Her next case can’t come soon enough for me.”

An excerpt from Marquette’s first novel, Almost Mine, a work of contemporary women’s fiction, is also available on her website.  It was published as an ebook in 2006 by www.ebooksonthe.net, and as a trade paperback book by Cambridge Books in early 2007.  Her books are available on www.amazon.com , and she'll also be signing copies at several local bookstores this fall.

In addition to her published novels, Marquette has written three other books, and more than 150 articles, which have been published in regional and national newspapers and magazines, including the Baltimore Sun, the Star Democrat, Delmarva Quarterly, Delaware Beach Life, and Shore Living.  She wrote monthly columns for the Talbot Guide and the Caroline Review for five years.  Marquette gives workshops for writers and coordinates the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, which is held each February at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland.

Press Release: February 10, 2007

Author’s Novel Look at Stepgrandparenting

Cambridge Books has announced the publication of Diane Marquette's second book, Almost Mine, the story of a young stepgrandmother, a topic not widely covered in today’s fiction market.  “Research shows that one out of three people aged 65 or over is a stepgrandparent,” says Marquette.  “But even younger women are finding themselves becoming a stepgrandmother without ever having experienced motherhood.

“Stepchildren can have a profound effect on families, and Almost Mine focuses on that as well as the next generation of stepgrandchildren.”  Marquette writes what she knows, having two grown stepchildren and two stepgrandsons herself.  “I realized that the birth of these boys would make me an instant stepgrandmother. What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would fall in love with them.”    

Just as Marquette learned, the protagonist of Almost Mine realizes that being related by blood is not a requirement to form a bond.  Love is the connection.  “Even though my stepgrandsons were too young to grasp why they had three grandmothers or that I wasn’t a blood relative, they understood that I loved them.”

The story of Almost Mine appeals to a wide audience with its “fast moving reality and nicely molded characters and scenes, which expertly evoke emotion and interest,” according to award-winning author K. S. Brooks.

Annie Rogers, award-winning author of A Dream Across Time and A Circle of Dreams, describes Almost Mine as “a book that satisfies the soul, a tender story of unexpected love.  Marquette’s depiction of stepfamily dynamics is spot on.  A compelling read.”

Marquette’s first novel, In Over My Head, is a mystery that takes place on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  It was published as an eBook in January 2006, and quickly became a best seller on www.fictionwise.com, the leading independent eBook publisher and distributor in the world.

In addition to her two novels, Marquette has written more than 150 articles, which have been published in the Baltimore Sun, the Star Democrat, Delmarva Quarterly, Delaware Beach Life, and other publications.

Excerpts from both of Marquette’s books can be viewed on www.dianemarquette.com . Almost Mine is available as a trade paperback on www.amazon.com , and will be in bookstores this spring.  Almost Mine is also available as an eBook on www.ebooksonthe.net and www.fictionwise.com.