Blue Coyote Motel

Dianne HarmanTHE BOOK: Blue Coyote Motel.


THE AUTHOR: Dianne Harman.


SUMMARY: Would you take an anti-aging hormone? What if you could keep your youth? If someone you knew was terrified of aging, and you’d invented the hormone, would you give it to them? Even if it meant discovery would cause you to lose your chance of winning the Nobel Prize?

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense love story which begins in the barrios of Southern California and spans the globe in such diverse locations as Provence, South America, and the Himalayas. The beautiful Latina, Maria, and her husband, Jeffrey, a scientist fired from a prestigious laboratory, struggle to build a new life in a remote Southern California desert areas as owners of the motel.

Along with the anti-aging hormone, Jeffrey invents a “feel-good” wonder drug to help Maria with her depression. As Jeffrey becomes insane he begins to experiment with the wonder drug. Six wayward travelers, including an alcoholic priest, a couple who own gold mines in Brazil, a depressed widow, a struggling salesman, and a Native American pediatrician find themselves spending the night at the small motel. The next morning, they wake up feeling better than ever. Has Jeffrey’s miracle drug delivered? Or is the nightmare of addiction only beginning? Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us.

THE BACK STORY: My husband and I were at a small boutique hotel in Palm Springs, California for a wedding in October. It was 107 degrees out, and I remember turning to my husband and saying, “Wouldn’t it be wild if someone put a ‘feel-good’ drug in the air conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?” He turned to me and said, “Why don’t you write a book about it?” And so I did. I wrote it in three months on my iPad as we were traveling quite a bit at the time. I didn’t have a clue what to do after it was written and a lot of baby steps were taken before it was published eight month later.

WHY THIS TITLE?: We had lunch that same day at the Blue Coyote Restaurant. I just changed the word restaurant to motel.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? All of us would like to stop the aging process, and a lot of people suffer from depression. If there was such a drug and one became addicted, would the price be worth it?


#1 “I found the premise of Blue Coyote Motel both original and intriguing. Imagine a drug that would instantly alleviate depression, anger, grief. A mental panacea that would utterly transform the human condition. It all seems a little too good to be true; and of course it is. Nothing comes without a cost. Dianne Harman has taken an intriguing idea, and woven it into a fascinating and absorbing story. She has created a collection of strong and believable characters, drawn from a wide spectrum of contemporary American society. Doug, the embittered, divorced, ex-college football star, is as well drawn and as believable a character as Maria, the beautiful Latin American who dreads returning to the terrible poverty of her childhood, or Sam, the Native American doctor, who is torn between the old ways of his people, and those of 21st century America. Dianne Harman’s writing is sharp, economical, and thoroughly engrossing. She never allows her reader to catch their breath, or her story to flag even for a moment.”

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is safely in the fingertip library of my Kindle, and I expect will be enjoyed again in the not too distant future.

#2 “This book is magic! My husband got hold of the book as soon a I brought it home and I still have not been able to rip it out of his hands. He has been obsessed with it. He has not been this interested in reading since he got hooked on Stieg Larsson’s first book, (the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo), followed by the second and third book in that series. Then as now, he read morning, day and night. It is truly amazing to see him THAT deeply engrossed in Blue Coyote Motel. Dianne Harman has written a absolute keeper here and I hope I will soon get my turn to read it.”

#3 Awesome book. “If this doesn’t make you stop and think about your life, I don’t know what will. Each character deals with different problems and causes for their depression and being consumed by hopelessness. THEN they visit the Blue Coyote Motel. Their lives change for the better. But at what cost????”

AUTHOR PROFILE: Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking with her husband and playing with their boxer dog, Kelly. Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. She’s the author of five cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest Cozy, and Jack Trout. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels.

Her newest series, Midlife Journey Series, deals with issues that women in midlife face such as death, divorce, children leaving home, and other life events that often happen during those years.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: Blue Coyote Motel is the first book in the three-part Coyote Series.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Here is the link to Dianne’s Amazon page: LOCAL OUTLETS: Amazon Link: PRICE: $2.99 CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Amazon: Web Site Blog: Twitter: @DianneDHarman.


CONTACT THE AUTHOR: Amazon: Web Site Blog: Twitter: @DianneDHarman

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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