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Dianne Ascroft

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I was born in Toronto, Canada and earned a B.A. in history at the University of Windsor. I've lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland since moving to Britain in 1990.

I've written historical and human interest articles for Canadian and Irish newspapers and magazines as well as contributing to an Irish local history book. 'Hitler and Mars Bars' is my first novel.

My official website is: www.dianneascroft.wordpress.com

I live with my husband on a farm in Northern Ireland. Curiosity about the past has inspired my longstanding interest in history and genealogy and my love of historical fiction. I'm a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Fermanagh Authors Association.My other interests include Celtic, folk and bluegrass music; hiking and...more

I’ve already read several of Michael F. Stewart’s novels so I was delighted when I was asked to review The Terminals as part of the book’s blog tour. I might never have discovered Stewart’s books if I hadn’t been asked to review 24 Bones a couple years ago. I loved its rich fantasy world so I later readily agreed to review one of his Young Adult novels, Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie. I fel...

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Published on April 17, 2014 22:00
Average rating: 4.22 · 41 ratings · 29 reviews · 4 distinct works · Similar authors
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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Hitler and Mars Bars (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:34PM
Description: A remarkable child and era…the moving story, simply told, of a German boy's journey through loss, loneliness, fear, uncertainty, love and hope in war-torn Germany and post-war rural Ireland.

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I recently received a copy of Serpents in the Garden by Anna Belfrage in exchange for an honest review. I’ve read several time slip novels during the past year or so and I’m always fascinated by the idea of time travel and what it would be like to fi...more
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During this period, all you lovely readers are invited to post pictures of yourself, reading your copy of Little White Lies and Butterflies. Be it in the garden shed, or up the Eiffel Tower.....more

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All the crime novels that I’ve read recently were cosy mysteries. This thriller is a change for me: it’s much darker. The gripping plot never loses its tension and it picked up pace as it neared the climax. I got engrossed in the story and found myse...more
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message 14: by Dianne

Dianne Ascroft Hi Wendi,

Sorry I haven't got back to you before now - it's been hectic the last week or so. I'm glad you enjoyed my book - and I hope your book club will too.

I've been editing a yearly publication for our local writers' organisation for a couple months as well as working on my own writing so I've barely had a minute. I really want to start work on the sequel to Hitler and Mars Bars - just have to clear some time for it.


message 13: by Wendi

Wendi Hi Dianne,

I loved your book - it was very touching and I have talked about it often. One of my book clubs is talking about adding it to the 2010 list of books we are going to read! :) I'm still amazed about Operation Shamrock.

I'm trying to get all my reviews updated onto the sites I add reviews to. . . I'm updated through mid-April so far.

I hope you are doing well!

:) Wendi

message 12: by Ali

Ali Thank you for accepting, Dianne!

I too am excited when I come across other Canadian Authors, so I certainly look forward to our friendship!


Ali :)

Samantha thanks Dianne, I've got to say, the title of yours is pretty interesting too!


Author & Book Promotions Hi Dianne,

It's nice to meet you! Thanks for the note.


Melissa Santangelo Thanks Dianne,
It was great! Looking forward to doing more.
Many Blessings!

message 8: by Nate

Nate Kenyon It sure is! :) Glad to have you on my friends list.


Candace Salima The world is indeed a very small place. I'll have to check out your book. My father has passed on now, but his childhood molded a great deal of the man he became because he chose to shake off the horrors of his past and became an American patriot like no other.

Good luck with the sales of your book.


message 6: by Beth

Beth Hi Dianne,
Thanks for accepting a friend request from this cozy mystery author!
- Beth

message 5: by Bess

Bess Thanks for having me as a friend on Goodreads, Diane, and for your comment. It's always nice to meet fellow authors.

Bess McBride

message 4: by Ivana

Ivana Hi Dianne,
Thanks for the friendship. Your book looks very interesting, and I love the title. Hope you're doing well and reading good books:), cheers Ivana

Bradley I hope you are having a good day. =)

message 2: by Judy

Judy Gregerson Hi, Dianne:

Thanks for reading the excerpt. And I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Have a great day and enjoy the summer weather!


message 1: by Karen

Karen W Hi Dianne :-)

Wonderful to see you hear :-). Not had much time for reading lately, but i am over halfway through your book and love it :D
Will e-mail you shortly ;-)

Karen :-)

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