Guest Book

Thanks for visiting!

I’d love it if you’d say hi here in my “guest book” – just write your comment in the box at the bottom.  Better still, tell me who your favourite character is, or a fun fact about yourself.  Welcome!

184 responses to “Guest Book

  1. moondance4me

    Just wanted you to know that I’ve finished book #7, again! LOL I’m bringing myself up to date in prep for #8. I’ve read your series at least 3-4 times already, and yes, it’s that good and then some. #7 had me going all over again with laughter, tears, anxiety, the whole nine yards. Close to the end, Kane, Ayden, the plane, Ayden with the shoe hugged close to her heart, Hellhound, his black fatigues, Spider, the ring, the party, I mean……JEEZE! How can I NOT keep following this series! I will give no spoilers here, new readers have to find out for themselves, but mercy, these characters should be closely guarded as yours and yours alone. And of course the readers that will be hooked as I am. I have read many books of all kinds. I have perhaps 4 authors that I pay attention to and you are at the top of the list as you are the only one that I absolutely follow. Wonderful writing young lady, wonderful writing.

    • Thank you! I’m so flattered that you consider the series to be worth multiple re-readings. :-D And I so appreciate your encouraging words! I love writing, but “giving birth” to a book is exhausting and stressful toward the end, so it’s great to get a boost now while my beta readers are doing their thing and I’m getting ready for the final push to production.

      I hope you’ll enjoy Book 8 (…and one of the other things on my to-do list this week is to choose a title for it…) ;-)

  2. Debbie Oxier

    Just finished Never Say Spy and must say I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the next installment.

  3. Jamis

    Enjoyed the story line. I like stories that have strong women in them some of the language was rough but thats not what makes your character strong anyway. You are a beautiful lady will continue on with the series and the adventure
    Thanks for a good read

  4. Donna Lewis

    Great books. Keep writing.

  5. Tracey Simonds

    Hi Diane your red headed MI5 wannabe clone from the UK here – just wanted to say thank you so much for books 1-4 and what I have read so far of book 5, this series has made my year – the storylines and characters, are just getting better and better – keep them coming – literally!!

  6. I AM A fan of Aryan but, I feel the character you have described doesn’t fit with the outrageous profanity. BEEN IN THE FEDERAL LAW SYSTEM FOREVER AND NEVER HEARD THAT LANGUAGE UNLESS PERSON DOPED OUT OR EXCESS ALCOHOL. LOVE ADYAN AND THAT SERIES. KEEP THEM COMING

    • Hi Bev – I do take quite a bit of “artistic license” with Aydan’s language – her verbal filters vanish fast when she’s scared or hurt, and it’s no-holds-barred when she’s just inside her own head. I think as a general rule Canadians tend to be more foul-mouthed than our U.S. friends… though I’ve heard that doesn’t hold true in places like New Jersey… ;-)

      Anyway, I hope you found Kane and Stemp and the other law enforcement characters believable, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the series. Thanks for dropping by to comment!

  7. Laurie

    Just finished reading ‘Never Say Spy’, and loved it!! Can’t wait to read the next book. Aydan rocks!

  8. chip..

    I really enjoyed your book. I hated to put it down. Cannot wait to read the next one.


  9. caron

    hi there, have just finished reading never say spy.. and i loved it!!! the combination of vulnerability and downright over the topness of Ayden… brilliant . and i loved Hellhound too. will be buying others for my e-reader!!!

    • Hi! I’m so glad you enjoyed Never Say Spy! I’m glad you loved Hellhound, too – I have so much fun writing him. Thanks for coming by to tell me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! :-)

  10. Tracey Simond

    Now that would make for an. Interesting book! :-D

  11. Tracey Simonds

    HI Diane, I just wanted to say thanks do much for your books, I’d been reading some pretty heavy stuff and had had enough and needed something that made me enjoy reading again and not dread what might be coming on the next page. As a 48 year old 5 foot 10 redhead from the UK myself having her own mid life crisis (and who had always wanted to join MI5 as a child but thought that was no go being so tall with the red hair and all) I am now living vicariously through Aydan (and without the risk of having to find a Kane for the juicy stuff). It is so refreshing to read about a heroine who, as you say, is at her prime and who has got the balls and guts to do and say things many people only dream of (including her potty mouth) So what if her knees creak from time to time. At least she gets more than enough ‘knee tremblers’ as well (a UK expression which I think pretty much sums up some of her ‘leisure’ activities. So keep them coming, the free book did the job getting me on board and am on book 3 and very much looking forward to the rest. Thanks again! Tracey

    • Hi Tracey -
      How cool to hear from an almost-twin in the UK! And how fascinating that you wanted to join MI5 – now I’m wondering what would have motivated young you to think of that career. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t have even known something like that existed. (Mind you, I grew up in the back of beyond, so I wasn’t exactly cosmopolitan in my tastes.) ;-)

      Anyway, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series – thank you for dropping by. Your comment is a great start to my day! Off to write some more on Book 8 now…

      • Tracey Simonds

        Thank you for your lovely reply, good luck with Book 8, am so looking forward to reading them all…! (PS growing up an army child might have had something to do with that urge to join MI5, don’t think that was normal for young girls in the 70′s!)

  12. Angela

    Hi Diane,
    Just finished spy, spy away.Absolutely loved it, to the point where other things were being put aside, hmmmm..
    I have to say, my heart thudded into my stomach when Kane reunited with his old flame Yana and then went ahead and married her. Seriously your writing was so believe able, that I felt that I was Aydan & then some.
    Truly a terrific read & now I’m itching for book no. 9
    Can’t wait, many thanks
    Melbourne, Australia

  13. Holly

    oh I’m soo hooked.. emagine I work in a kitchen back in the corner by myself.. reading my spy series books.. and you make me laugh out loud! then when I was reading about Kanes funeral.. I sobbed.. omg .. you carry me throuh the story and make me feel it! please.. KEEP WRITTING! and don’t change a thing!

    • moondance4me

      I have to respond to this one! One box of tissues wasn’t enough for me on that one. I almost got the hiccups from crying. Here’s a hint for another box to keep handy. I won’t mention which book it’s in but stay tuned! Later on I almost died when another “situation” came up. I actually put my Kindle down and had to walk around asking myself, “What is wrong with Diane Henders? How could she do this? There’s got to be an explanation, PLEEEEESE! ” Tissues handy is a must here. Stay with this series, as long as it continues. And stay with Diane, it’s simply become a “must do” with my time. I check on the progress chart practically daily. These characters have become family almost. LOL

    • Thanks so much to both of you! It’s so great to get this kind of encouragement. I’m glad you’re getting belly laughs, and I’d apologize for the tears, but I’m hoping they’re the “good” kind. :-)

      I really appreciate you taking the time to come by here and make my day – thanks again!

  14. Lee Ann

    I just wanted to say that I really like your website. I know I can get a good laugh on your site and feel alot better when I have had a bad day. I just wanted to say a big THANKS FOR MAKING A BAD DAY BETTER!

  15. June Mozian

    Hey Diane! June here! OMG! Just finished Book 7! WOW! Well done! Had a tough time tearing myself away to go back to work after lunch! It takes 5 minutes to eat a sandwich or a yogurt which gives me 55 minutes of undivided attention to your book! I couldn’t focus back on work!! LOL Can’t wait for Book 8. I’m just lovin’ those Aydan & Kane spontaneous combustion get-together’s!! It makes going back to work damn near impossible! Wish I could get paid to read!!! Thanks for the laughs, the cries and oh yeah all that “hot stuff”! You made Aydan so driven in this book! She’s really on the “GO GET FUZZY BUNNY & TAKE ‘EM DOWN” ride. I guess we haven’t seen the end of Parr & wife. I don’t want to say any more and ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read 7 yet. Oh, by the way, you asked for a star rating……… ’bout a 10?!?!!!

    • Thanks for my morning lift, June – it’s so great to wake up to such wonderful compliments! Yep, Aydan’s going after FB hard (notice how I refrained from making any “hard” double entendres there). :-)

      I’m hoping for some quality time on Book 8 this week – I’m just over 10% done and it’s going well…

      Thanks again for making my day!

      • June Mozian

        Good! Glad I made your day! Now, you can work on Book 8, but don’t burn out!! Have some champagne and strawberries (or beer and chips…….whatever trips your trigger!)…..and write some more……go shopping for nothing in particular……….and write some more………have a romantic date night with hubby……….and write some more. I guess you get my drift! Oh, and by all means, DON’T FORGET THE CHOCOLATE!!! May your imagination fly!!!!!!

  16. Sheila Humphrey

    I love your Spy Series!! I got the first one as a free download, read it and was hooked. I’m now on the sixth book and it won’t take me long to finish it and get to the seventh. Reading your series is my past time on the treadmill. I can get 5 miles in and it doesn’t seem like I’ve been on it that long at all. I hope it will not take long for the 8th book to come out!

    • Hi Sheila! That’s great, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series! And how smart of you to read on the treadmill. I’d love to be able to write while I’m running on the treadmill, but I don’t think I have enough brain power or coordination to write and run at the same time. So far Book 8 is on schedule for release late this spring/early summer, but I’d love to have it out earlier – I’ll keep updating my progress here:

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting – I appreciate it!

  17. Lisa

    I REALLY tried to practice delayed gratification over this past weekend, but could not put down your latest creation. The timing could not have been better as we had some snow. I had snacks and warm Jammies and my nook. It was a slice of heaven.
    I so appreciate your humor (humour) and your brilliantly crafted characters. Can’t wait until the spring for the next adventure!

  18. Hello Diane.
    My name’s Tom, and I’m astoundingly observant.
    I’ve just spotted your guestbook and instantly needed to leave a message! I shall now return to the ‘other side’ of the blog! Hope you’re having a good week!

    • Hello, Tom, and welcome (as always)! :-) I’ve always thought those links across the top were too small to be conveniently noticeable, but I’m too cheap to pay for a custom theme and change them. But that’s okay – it’s always nice when one of my “regulars” discovers something new about my site! Hope you’re having a good week, too!

  19. judith inselman

    Gads sorry but I a would love ayden and john together good for them and a happy ending for me

  20. June

    Hello Diane! I’m another fan that got so hooked on the Never Say Spy series! I’ve read the first 6 and joined your list so I can get 7 as soon as it’s available. OMG! Haven’t enjoyed reading like this in years! I hope you NEVER run out of ideas for this series! Love the characters! You go girl!!

    • Hi June – It’s so great to get such an enthusiastic endorsement – thank you! :-D I love writing my characters, and I’m pumped that you loved them, too. So far, every time I’ve thought I might be getting close to the end of the series, another character pipes up and says, “Hey, wait, what about…” and off I go again. So as long as they keep talking, I’ll keep writing.

      It’s normal to have voices in your head… isn’t it…? ;-)

      • June

        Of course it is!!! Hahahaha!! That’s how ideas are born! I hope yours just keep on coming! By the way, how did you come up with “Fuzzy Bunny”? Such an innocent name for a such a sinister group!! Very cool!

        • Thanks! I was actually going to name them something sinister-sounding, but then I thought, “Nah, that’s too predictable.” So I went with the opposite: “What’s the least-threatening thing I can think of on the spur of the moment?” And Fuzzy Bunny was born…

          • June Mozian

            Absolutely outstanding!! By the way, I’ve been reading the other comments and your replies; everyone’s really enjoying this series! You’ve got a great sense of humor and real gift for passion……an unstoppable combination to keep a great story going. So glad Book 7 is almost ready!! Oh, I meant to ask you, is Kane based on a real person like someone you know? Sounds like a real hunk! Yahoo!

            • Kane the character is 100% fantasy. Kane the hunk, however, is a composite of a couple of the guys who work out at my gym. Yep, love my gym time… wonder if I can write off my gym membership as “research”? ;-)

  21. Carol Cunnynghamm

    Hi Diane, just read your first book inn the Never say Spy series and loved it! You had me on pins and needles from the start, and I will definitely purchase the complete series! All I can say is “Wow”!

  22. Janet

    Fabulous.i got your free book to start with thank you for that.i enjoyed them so much I bought the others in the series.i have missed my bus stop to work on several occasion because I was so engrossed in my kindle reading the books.i give you a five star rating for every one.weldone.i will be looking to see if you are doing any more in the series.i have told all my friends at work and family about how I enjoyed them.i told them to buy them and have a dam good read and laugh.thank you so much.janet.

    • Thanks, Janet! I take it as a wonderful compliment that you missed your bus stop – it’s great to hear you were that caught up in the story (but I hope it didn’t inconvenience you too much). :-) I’m glad you enjoyed the series, and thank you so much for recommending my books to your friends and family – I really appreciate that!

      Book 7, ‘Spy, Spy Away’ will be released this month, and there will be at least two more books after that – I hope you enjoy them. Thanks again for visiting and commenting!

  23. Else

    Hi. Just finished “Never say spy” and loved it!Can’t wait to sit down and read the next one. Really looking forward to read all about Aydan:-)

  24. Jane Kempfer

    I have consumed your Spy series too quickly. It is interesting that my husband wants to know about Aydan and “what’s happening” whenever I put my nook down. He is as curious as I am. He knows when I finish a book because I show him my sad face. I hate them to end. I am looking forward to book 7 and congratulate you on your success. Best wishes, Savannah

    • Thanks – I’m glad you enjoyed the series! And you can tell your husband that lots of male readers enjoy the books, too, so he can satisfy his curiosity in good company. :-)

      I’m hoping to finish the draft of Book 7 this week, and then it’s off to the editors, so hopefully it will be on schedule for an early release in November or early December.

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment – I really appreciate the encouragement now while I’m in the final intense writing stages!

  25. mandy

    Hi. I have read 4 of your books., downloaded the next two ., I think they are terrific xxx. Mandy

  26. Katherine Adlong

    I am a read-a-holic, lol. Never Say Spy is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. When I find a book as thrilling, catching and just down right hard to put down, I know I have found an author I must watch! I read at least 1 book a day and will be going after your other books tomorrow! Aydanand Kane are two of the best written characters I have read in quite a while. Thanks for sharing your talent and allowing me and your readers to truly enjoy our reading experience.

    • Wow, you really are voracious! That’s how I used to read, but it’s been hard to find reading time since I started writing. Thank you so much for your kind words – I’m glad you got a kick out of Aydan and Kane in Never Say Spy, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. And thanks for coming by – it always makes my day to get lovely comments like yours!

  27. Lisa

    I absolutely LOVE this series. I have read all 6, most in a single day. I really enjoy the characters because, let’s be serious, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t want guys like Hellhound or Kane around?! I have recommended this series to several friends who have all enjoyed them, as well. Anxiously awaiting number 7, and I will definitely start it on a day where I can be up all night without consequences! Which then means that I will anxiously await number 8.

    • Hi Lisa -
      I’m so glad you loved the series – thanks for coming by to tell me! And thank you, too, for recommending my books. I really appreciate that.

      I’m lucky to have Kane and Hellhound living in my head, but it’s a good thing they don’t exist in real life – I’m not sure Hubby would approve. ;-)

      Book 7 is coming along nicely – it should definitely be out before Christmas, and I’m hoping for November. I’ll finish it within the next month or so, and then it will go to my editors and I’ll begin Book 8. Tentative release date for Book 8 will be June(ish) 2014, but that may change.

      Thanks for visiting!

  28. Hey, Wolf’s Heart, if you’re out there – I tried to reply to your email but it bounced back undeliverable. Thanks for writing to me, and I’m sorry I couldn’t email you back.

  29. Eric

    Fantastic characters, I read all six books in four days. Only slightly fast than the sequence of events in the books. Just couldn’t put them down no matter how hard I tried. Any thing you write in the future will be a joy to imagine.

  30. BJ Boss

    after I read your first book in this series I couldn’t stop reading. Love your books and can’t wait for the next one. I just finished A Spy for a Spy!

  31. Nancy in Iowa

    Caught up on all your Spy books and looking forward to the next. Like your ebook covers. Hellhound and Spider are my favorite supporting characters. Get a kick out of Lola and Dave too. Thanks for surrounding Aydan with interesting people.

  32. Valerie

    I just wanted to drop in and say that I love your Spy Series. I had them done in only a few days, I just couldn’t stop reading them. I really am cheering though for John and Ayden!! Driving me crazy wanting to know if it will happen! :) Thank you for writing such a great series!!

    • Welcome, Valerie! It’s so great to hear that you loved the books and you’re rooting for the characters. I’ll offer a (slightly insincere) apology for driving you crazy… ;-)

      I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by and comment – thank you!

  33. Rachel Seccombe

    The Spy series – Absolutely brilliant books, I couldnt put them down, have read all 6 this week, how can I wait til winter for the next one? Fantastic!

  34. Lynne

    I have read all six so far, absolutely brilliant. They have everything. It was quite a roller coaster ride :-)
    Looking forward to no. 7
    The only thing I would like to see at the end would be for John and Ayden to get together. Pleeeaaaasssseeee!!!!! :-)

    • LOL! To tell you the truth, even I don’t know how that’s going to turn out. My characters keep surprising me – when I wrote the first book, it was supposed to be a single novel, and Aydan and John were supposed to get together about half-way through. I turned my back on Aydan for a minute and next thing I knew she was hooking up with Hellhound (who was only supposed to be a “throwaway” character), and her other adventures were knocking at my mental doors. I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what happens. ;-)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the series, and thanks for coming by to tell me – it always makes my day to hear from readers like you!

  35. Betty

    Loved the books. I have laughed & cried with all involved. My writing isn’t as correct as it should be. I found the first one then down loaded the rest from I-book. Read all straight thru. Had back surgery so can’t do gardening and other stuff I like to do. In my 60′s so have done alot. Enjoying life, kids, & great grand kids. Waiting for #7 like everyone else. Also recommended you to others. Keep enjoying life.

    • Hi Betty -

      Thank you for dropping by to say hi! I’m so glad you loved the books, and I hope your back improves enough that you can get back to gardening and all the other good stuff. If you love gardening the way I do, you must really miss it.

      And thank you so much for recommending my books to others, too – I really appreciate that! When I was on vacation last week I didn’t get a chance to write at all, but I “wrote” a lot in my head. I could hardly wait to get back to writing when I got home! Got a bit done last night, and I’m looking forward to a productive week.

      You keep enjoying life, too! :-)

  36. Love the series book 4 in 4 days. Love the22-250 my favorite gun. Just need to change the vehicle from the vette to a Jeep! Just my humble opinion thanks for entertaining me!

    • Hmmm, a Jeep instead of a Vette? Not sure about that. Guess I’ll have to go and test-drive some Jeeps (for research purposes only, of course). :-)

      I’m so glad you loved the books – thanks for taking the time to drop by and tell me!

      Readers, it’s time to quit with the ADVICE-TO-THE-AUTHOR- comments.

      • Thanks for the support, Becky. :-) I take it all in good fun – all my friends bug me about what they think I should do with my characters, so I get a kick out of it when my readers do, too (as long as they’re not obnoxious about it). I think everybody knows I’ll do my own thing regardless, so it’s fun to hear what everybody thinks!

  37. moondance4me

    Good grief! It’s for certain I have an addiction to the characters in your stories when I wake up before dawn with match-ups for them. Sheesh.
    John and Ayden for sure, of course Spider has Linda, I think Tom and Dr. Honey would be perfect since he’s a first responder anyway (it could work real good) and the show stopper would be…..drum roll please……ARNIE and NICHELLE! LOL Nichelle has only referred to Arnie a couple of times and wasn’t impressed with his looks. However, I can’t see her and Dave really going anywhere but I can see her coming into town and going to Blue Eddy’s to meet Ayden. Of course Ayden is late and Arnie is there to play his guitar. He spots Nichelle and they talk, he plays some music with her in mind and ZING! She brings him out of his “shell” and his “safe spot” and majick does indeed happen. hahaha I like tidy, happy endings that have the potential for spin-offs! Aaaaah, I can now have my coffee.
    Have a great 4th!

    • LOL! Arnie and Nichele – don’t think it’s ever gonna happen unless she overcomes her addiction to men in suits. Can you see Arnie shaved and dressed up in a suit? Nah, didn’t think so… but hey, bonus points for trying. ;-)

      • moondance4me

        Haha, too true. I remember Nichele telling Ayden that she was over men in suits after the “James” incident and thought it would be neat if those two totally opposites could show up together. I have fun being the fictional matchmaker even tho’ my matches never would work. Fun anyway. I finished my “re-reads” and am resting my eyes for awhile. The story lines are great especially the “Fuzzy Bunny” aspect. I don’t want to hold you up from completing #7! I can’t believe I have been so taken with a book series as I am with this one. Just fantastic.

        • Well, stranger things have happened – after all, this is fiction. :-) And thank you, I’m so glad you love the series! I’m almost half done book 7 now, and hard at work.

  38. moondance4me

    I’ve posted before and I don’t mean to just “gush” on but, holy cow! I’m into my 2nd read (actually 3rd on book 1) of the series and I am still awed. I still laugh out loud at Ayden’s comments and the situations that occur. Her opinion of the bicycle seat after riding 10 miles on the stolen bike made me laugh till I cried! The situation when Kane had her and Hellhound in the hotel room, trying to make her “talk” makes me laugh over and over again. This series is simply priceless. You are one talented lady Ms. Henders, for sure. I’m 70 now and can also appreciate a good looking man (as one of your other posters said) and the action of all these characters working together and off of each other is just amazing. As others have said, I am so counting the days until the next one is ready. Thanks for the update on it too! I’m smiling in anticipation. LOL

    • I love it when people get some good laughs from my books – that makes it all worthwhile. And hey, there’s no age limit on appreciating good-looking men, is there? ;-)

  39. rebelflairsnowbird

    Hi Diane,
    Boy am I glad that I found your first book on! Have had a hard time not just sitting around and reading all day! I’m on Book 5 already and while I’m supposed to be packing to move on July 25, I still have time to spend with my books. I love to read and find your adventures so exciting. The cast of characters, the surroundings I can just envision in my mind. I’m older than you are but still enjoy an interesting man! In fact, it’s almost like you’ve met my man who is everything you say about Kane/Hellhound put together. Yummy. I will be so sad if you ever kill anyone off since I find even the bad guys I love to hate. Keep the thread going, I find the adventure, spy, mystery combo, very refreshing. The fact that you’re not just a pretty face, but a can-do woman is wonderful for your character. I don’t swear that much, but am working on it!

    Have introduced my sister to your books too and she is just barely behind me on the reading, she’s supposed to be packing too! We have joined forces to build a house together with a lovely space for a garden. We’ve been at it since Dad built us a playhouse way back when. Our first efforts were calla lilies and iris. Have built several beautiful gardens over the years from scratch and look forward to the next one. Looking forward to fresh veggies if we triumph over the bugs and the bunnies.

    When we get moved and get our act together I’ll send out website and blog link. We make jewelry that we like and find others who do as well–one of a kind, and home decorating items, mostly made of silk. Did I mention that I worked for a wonderful quality fabric store for 13 years! Do I have a stash. Have also been a spinner-knitter for many years and now that I’m retired, look forward to having time to create. Also in the works is getting a chapter of Care To Knit (Knitting for charity) going in my town under the umbrella of my sister’s group in Calif. She is part of the organization there. So much to do, we will never be bored.

    Can’t close before I say how sorry I was to hear of the troubles in Calgary. It sounds so strange to hear about flooding in the summer, it just isn’t right. We have had our share of troubles here in the States this year too. It sounds like the community is pulling together and all will be well in time.

    Thanks again for your wonderful stories! Keep ‘em coming.

    • Thanks, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series! I’m hard at work on Book 7, I promise. :-) I hope you get all your packing done in time, though. I can only imagine how much yarn and fabric you have to pack – sounds like you’re a multi-talented person! I think you’ve got a better attitude toward moving than I do – the thought of moving makes me shudder.

      I hope your move goes well, and your plans for the new garden sounds lovely! Thanks again for your kind words. :-)

  40. While taking a break to savor the deliciously entertaining and stimulating Never Say Spy before devouring The Spy Is Cast I read your posts. What a hoot! I’m so happy to find a lady writer who will just hurl out the most tip-of-the-tongue dialog with tongue-in-cheek attitude and freedom of expression! No kidding. Your blog conversation is like having a great sit and yap session with my best friend. Oh, and BTW, Aydan Kelly is my new best friend.

    • I’m glad you got a chuckle out of my silliness – welcome to my circle of blog friends! And I’m glad Aydan has a new best friend, too – a girl can never have too many of those. ;-)

      Hope you enjoy The Spy Is Cast!

  41. NEVER SAY SPY – SO MUCH FUN! Great entertainment. Love the heroine – full of courage and daring action – a girl on her own to relate to all of us ladies living on our own and fending for ourselves! I only wish I had even half of Aydan’s physical fitness… The story is full of intrigue and twisting turns, dangerous escapades, and lusty comments appreciating the opposite sex. Great sexy scenes – a real treat. I suppose the guys appreciate it, too. I can only speak from my own female perspective! I’ll be following the series to share more adventures with tall, red haired and good looking Aydan, and hopefully John will still be in the picture. He sounds delicious.
    I’m a native Californian on her way to relocate in Idaho. My Idaho sister lent me this book, and I’m hooked on the series now. Can’t wait to get to #2 …
    I think you made the right career choice, Diane. Your story telling is excellent!
    I post book reviews on as well as Amazon.

    • Hi Becky -

      Thank you – I’m glad you got a kick out of Never Say Spy! And I’m glad you think I made the right career choice. ;-) It certainly wasn’t a career I ever expected, but I’ve been having a blast doing it!

      And thank you so much for posting reviews – I really appreciate you taking the time to do that, and to drop by here and comment. I hope Idaho isn’t too much of a culture shock for you – wishing you all the best in your move. :-)

  42. moondance4me

    You are more than welcome. I just purchased “The Spy is Cast” and am into it already! Just a couple chapters so far but my gosh, it promises to be just as good as the first. This is a series I will gladly pay for (the first was a freebie from Amazon). Thank you again for being the talented writer you are and making my reading very enjoyable.

  43. I just finished reading “Never Say Spy” for the second time. I had gotten it on Amazon some months back, left a review and almost got it again, having let it slip my mind about the first time! Getting old does that to a person. Anytime a story grabs me so thoroughly that I read it twice, or more, I think it deserves a special place in my collection. This was so well written, so detailed in suspense and action, so breath taking with the emotional turbulence that Ayden was going through that I just couldn’t put it down, again! Kudos Ms. Henders, I will definitely be searching out more of your books.

    • Wow, thank you! I’m so flattered that you thought Never Say Spy was worth a second read. And I’m glad I’m not the only one whose memory slips sometimes! :-)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review and to leave a comment here as well – I really appreciate your kind words, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

      • moondance4me

        I have not only finished the series I have started reading them all over again! With good stories, that is easy to do and these stories are thrilling each time. I always spot something I may have missed before. Hard to pick out one favorite character, John is indeed “delicious”, Arnie is just plain “hot”, Spider is just too cute for words, Ayden is a superb example of independent womanhood. Shoot, I even like Gen’l. Briggs and Stemp! LOL All fantastic characters, each and all. I’m practically counting down the days until the next installment comes out.

        • What a nice compliment to have my books re-read – thank you! I just love my characters, and I’m always thrilled when other people do, too. :-) I’ve been making good progress on Book 7 – it’s ahead of schedule at about 40% done. We’ll see how the summer goes…

  44. Layla

    I downloaded your first book as a Freebie off of Amazon and I’ve read the rest of the books over the last week. I have really enjoyed them and can’t wait for the next one. I’m hoping you give Aydan a bit of a holiday or break in the next one though as I’m feeling a little sorry for her because of the amount she has dealt with in such a short time. You have drawn me in with your strong, witty and vulnerable character and I can’t wait to read more about her.

    • Hi Layla – I’m so glad you like Aydan! She did have a brutal few weeks, but at least it forced her to admit she needed help. Book 7 begins the story a couple of months later, so she’s had a bit of time to recover before things get complicated… again… ;-)

      I really appreciate you taking the time to come by and comment – thanks!

  45. Lorri Babcock

    Got Never Say Spy as free download from Barnes & Noble NOOK website. Enjoyed the read. Typically read audio books so I can multi-task… was worththe focused read time. Thankyou. Lorri

    • What a great compliment – thanks, Lorri! I’m hoping to have audio books produced too, but they’ll be a little farther down the line. I’m glad you enjoyed the “print” version of Never Say Spy!

  46. Ronda

    Dear Diane,
    I love your books. I have read all six, can hardly wait for #7. I have laughed, cried, been excited and tense, while reading. As for the men in Ms. Kelley life, I love both Kane and Hellhound. I believe both are needed for her to remain happy. I have an active imagination and can see the story in my head while reading. I love the visuals I get from your writing. I would have to give five stars to all six so far.

    • Hi Ronda –
      Thank you – it’s a lovely compliment that you can “see” what I’m writing! And I’m glad you love both Kane and Hellhound. They’re so much fun to write!

      Thanks for stopping by – it always encourages me to know people are looking forward to the next book. I’m working on it this weekend… :-)

  47. Barb Robinson

    Hi Diane! I started reading your books 3 days ago…. Have not been able to stop, I’m starting book 3 today! Needless to say I’m loving them! I just wanted to thank you for such entertaing and unique stories, I usually don’t read spy novels but you’ve made me a convert. I have the whole series downloaded, so I’m going to keep reading, ignore my husband, try not to skip any meals and just enjoy them!
    Barb Robinson

    • Hi Barb!
      LOL – Don’t skip any meals! But maybe your husband could make them for you… while you read. If I could figure out a way to make that happen in my house, I’d be a happy camper. ;-)

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series – thank you for coming by to tell me!

  48. Hi Diane,

    I just had to tell you how much I loved reading “Never Say Spy”. I love your main character, Aydan Kelly. You have a wicked, sharp, and refreshing sense of humor. Being a person who doesn’t watch her language, I can relate to some of Aydan’s outbursts. I just wish I had her creativity!! I don’t know how many times I laughed so hard I was crying but…let’s just say it was several!! I can’t wait to read more of your wonderful stories. You are a great writer and I just became a fan. Thanks so much for providing wonderful and creative novels.

    • Hi Doreen –
      I’m so glad you enjoyed Never Say Spy – I love hearing that I’ve made somebody laugh! And I really appreciate you taking the time to come by and tell me – thanks for making my day. :-) I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

  49. Bev Weghorn

    Just finished Never Say Spy and I loved it!!! A definite 5 !

  50. Marcie

    Love your stories, can’t put them down. On Tell Me No Spies now. Just one comment, NEVER put your finger on the trigger, till ready to shot.

  51. Lee Ann Brown

    I read the first book Never Say Spy in less than 2 days and I was hooked! It was a free book on my nook so I read the reviews. All the comments said it was worth the read. So I am now reading How Spy I Am. I am almost done with it. I love your style of writing, you not only put humor in these you make the main characters lovable. I hope you keep writing the way you do. I can’t wait to read the rest of your books. I will be waiting for book 7 when it comes out.

    • Hi Lee Ann -

      Thanks for coming by to tell me! I always love to hear when people like you get hooked on the series. And I’m glad you find the characters lovable – I have so much fun writing them!

      I’m hard at work on Book 7… :-)

  52. Hi Diane, I have finally read the first book, and all I can say is LOVED IT! Well done … I couldn’t put it down and your sense of humour is as infectious on paper as it is in person. Can’t wait to read more.

  53. Diane

    Hi from sunny Adelaide, South Australia. Have only recently discovered your books and am hooked. Nice to have a heroine who is assertive without being arrogant, and really enjoy the interaction between the characters. I am soooo over insipid and annoying female characters who either swoon at the slightest provocation, or are superhuman in their infalliblity. It’s even made my bookkeeping job feel a bit more cool! Many thanks.

    • Hi Diane -

      Nice to “meet” a Diane from the other side of the planet! And a bookkeeper, too – definitely cool. :-) I’m glad you like Aydan – I can’t stand wimpy female characters, either, and she’s a lot of fun to write.

      Thanks so much for dropping by – it always makes my day to hear someone’s enjoying my books!

  54. Janet White

    I love your Never Say Spy series! Thanks for writing about a non-stereotypical heroine! May all of your stories read so well! :)

  55. Linn

    Just finished Never Say Spy. I absolutely loved it!! As a late 40′s woman I appreciate having a protagonist I can relate to, makes the reading so much more enjoyable. Now if only I could be as active as she is. Can wait to read the rest, just have to wait til payday to download the rest!

    • Hi Linn -

      That’s great to hear – I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s tired of feeling as though fictional fun ends at 30! Thanks for dropping by to tell me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the books. :-)

  56. Bruce Smith

    Just finished reading Never say spy. Have to admit, I tried it because it looked interesting, but was free. Most free books seem to be worth the price, but your book was a happy exception. Ayden is a great character, and a strong “middle aged” woman is unusual, to put it mildly. I will definately buy the rest. Just a quick aside, you asked for typos or errors. One small one was the reference to Marilyn “Munroe”. Her last name was spelled “Monroe”. I saw a few others, but not sure if they were typos or differences in usage between American and Canadian english. Please continue the excellent work.

    • Hi Bruce -

      Oh, good catch! Thanks for reporting Munroe/Monroe – I’ll get it fixed up in the next version. And I’m so glad you enjoyed Never Say Spy. Thanks for coming by to tell me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

  57. Karene

    just finished reading all six books one after the other and I was glued to my kindle sometimes till four in the morning despite having to be at work for ten the next day and no sleep. I enjoyed them would rather see Aydan hook up with John as spies with benefits and Hellhound just become a very good friend to Aydan. Thanks for the good read and looking forward to book seven.


    • Hi Karene -
      I’ll offer a (slightly insincere) apology for your late nights and lack of sleep – I’m glad you enjoyed the series that much. And “spies with benefits” made me laugh out loud – love it!

      Thanks for making my day! :-D

  58. amy

    Totally enjoying your books. Read the first 2 in two days. Will be writing 5 start reviews on Amazon and have posted to my facebook page. Thanks for your amazing stories!! have to take a break before book 3 – my house needs some attention (especially the laundry)

    • Thanks, Amy – I really appreciate you mentioning my books on Facebook! And thanks for dropping by to tell me, too – I needed a lift today.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the series (and I hope your laundry isn’t piled as high as mine is today). ;-)

  59. Becky

    I love your books, they really hit all the emotional spots throught all your books…laughs, love, fear, loss etc. You are in my top 5 writers (John Sandford, Michael Connelly, John Locke and Janet Evanovich). I love your imagination and your ability to paint a picture with your words. I love the ebb and flow of the books, they are never boring in spots waiting for the next action sequence. The pacing is good and they really flow along nicely. Thanks and I can hardly wait for number 7!!

    • Hi Becky -

      Wow, I’m flattered to be in such good company – thank you! That makes my day – I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series.

      And I’m hard at work on Book 7!

  60. Amy Swendra

    Hey Diane I have an idea,I think you should kill off Kane(hehehe). You know something really gruesome,Or maybe just a pink mist (hehehe) guess whose team I’m on! GO TEAM HELLHOUND!!!

  61. Amber (Anderson) Howell


    Best series ever!!! I just started reading your series on Wednesday and I am already done and anxiously waiting for the next one and hoping there will be many more…Hint hint. I have had to read them at night because I have had young ones at home this week on spring break. But your writing is well worth the amount of caffeine that I have ingested in the past few days.

    • Hi Amber -

      Wow, that’s some serious late-night speedreading – I’m amazed you got through them in such a short time! (My sincere apologies to your caffeine-laden system.) But thank you so much for coming by to tell me – I’m so glad you enjoyed the series! It makes my day to receive kind words like yours. I’m hard at work on Book 7, I promise. :-)

  62. Allie

    Hi Diane – any idea when book 6 will be available on Nook? I have the other 5 in that format and wanted to be consistent.


    • Hi Allie -

      Thanks for asking! Smashwords supplies my e-books to B&N, they just shipped Book 6 this morning. They say B&N can take up to two weeks to get books up on their site, but in my experience it’s been much faster than that.

      I’ve just changed the format for my new book notification lists, so if you signed up on the old list (which was just a general “as soon as it’s out” list), I’ll switch you over into the Nook notification list instead.

      I’m sorry for the delay – I wish there was a way to release simultaneous versions, but there isn’t at the moment. Maybe in time for Book 7… :-)

  63. Claudia Burchell

    What great books. Was up half the night reading. Can’t wait for # 6. Hope Ayden and Kane get together, that was my only disappointment. Keep up the great work. !

    • Thanks, Claudia – I’m so glad you enjoyed the series! And hey, Kane’s a tenacious guy, so you never know. I don’t know what those obstreperous characters are going to do until I put them on the page, and they often surprise me – writing is as much an adventure for me as reading. :-)

  64. Mischa Roberts

    Hi Diane-I just finished reading “Never Say Spy” on my Nook tablet.
    Excellent-I poitively LOVED it! I am an as yet unpublished author (lol), & my usual genre is sci-fi/horror. I am simultaneously writing the next two books in my
    series, but will definately take time out to read the next book about
    Aydan’s adventures. Thanks for writing!

    • Hi Mischa -

      Thanks for dropping by and letting me know you enjoyed Never Say Spy! Great to “meet” another author – we’re a strange breed, aren’t we? Best of luck with your series. :-)

  65. allie

    I just finished reading all 5 books (in less than a week) and absolutely loved them! I especially loved the vulnerability and human-ness (if that’s even a word) of all the characters. Ayden’s a mess, John struggles mainly with himself…they are all so funny, real and raw. I can’t wait for book 6!
    Thanks so much for sharing your imagination and creativity!

    • Hi Allie –

      Wow, you really blew through those books! Nice to “meet” another speedreader like myself. :-)

      Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed the series – it makes my day to get kind comments like yours! So far, Book 6 is still on schedule for March 31…

  66. john vee

    Good series Aydan blows Stuart Wood ‘s character Stone Barrington the detective out of the water. She rules and i do like kinky red heads.

  67. john vecchione

    You make stuart woods stories childs play.look out adyan’s here to stay, Stone Barrington.

  68. Jamie Osborn

    Ok, I’m HOOKED on your wonderful spy series!!! I just read #5, LOVED it!! I can hardly wait for the next one! As a middle aged female myself I felt like my age wasn’t that bad, then, along with the bawdy tease between Ayden and Hellhound which is ssoo politically incorrect, which I loved, the handy person and the aversion to dressing up it really blended!! I couldn’t stop reading, then as soon as I finished one book I had to get the next!! You just made my day!! I cried, I laughed, it was GREAT!!!

    • Thanks – I’m so glad you enjoyed the books! I have so much fun writing Hellhound. Just because we’re middle-aged doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun now and then, right?

      Thank you for dropping by – comments like yours make my day! :-)

  69. Duane Beard

    Dear Diane,
    Hello from Armenia. I have spent 25 years rattling around in some of the most obscure places in the world and I am a chronic reader of spy fiction as my main entertainment. Your work is pretty darn entertaining!! (that means really good!) You gave me a few outstanding belly-laughs and those are few and far between. I am halfway thru your second book and will read them all for sure. If I get my lazy backside moving I will write some good reviews for Amazon. Thanks for your work, its very good!.

    Uncle Dewey

    • I really appreciate you dropping by to tell me, and I’m glad you got some belly laughs! Armenia is definitely out-of-the-way. I won’t ask too many questions just in case your penchant for obscure places and spy fiction adds up to something I shouldn’t know about… ;-)

      It means a lot to me when people like you take the time to get in touch – thank you! Hope you enjoy the rest of the books.

  70. nancy

    I got first book free on bn bought rest nook enjoyed so much read 5 in 5 days really enjoyed enjoyed then I haven’t been able to read for several years had surgery kids bought me tablet these were fun and exciting thank you for all the fun

    • Hi Nancy -

      Wow, you really tore through the books! I’m glad you enjoyed them – thanks for popping by to tell me. :-) I hope to have the sixth one out by the end of the month…

  71. Donna Fisher

    Hello Diane
    I found your first book as an ebook free on, and have now purchased the rest in Nook format. I can see the technical editor in your work; I am one, too. Have never had the kind of inspiration you have had, though.
    I enjoy your works. They’re a little heavy on the sex for me, but I understand that’s what sells . . .
    So glad to see someone who has found their calling besides what we do to make a living, whether we like it or not. :-)
    Keep writing please.
    Donna from Tallahassee

    • Hi Donna -

      Thanks – it’s nice to “meet” another techie! I’m glad you liked the free book, and thank you for taking the time to tell me. I know the sexual content won’t appeal to everybody, but I appreciate your vote of confidence in buying the series. I hope you can just skim over those naughty bits… ;-)

  72. Pat

    Just finished Never Say Spy and loved it! I am a voracious reader – generally reading anywhere from 3-7 books per week – and I am thrilled when I find a new author and and a series that combines all my favorites – mystery, comedy, interesting characters with good development, and relationship-developing-romance-and/or sex. You and this series are DEFINITELY being added to my “read more of” list. The marketing strategy of giving the first one free is definitely going to pay off in my case (and with lots of other people, I’m sure) because now that you’ve impressed me with the freebie, it’s only right that I “pay to play” for the rest of the series. :) One more thing – like Spider, I am TRULY impressed with your unique combination of colorful words (and I live with a factory worker so I thought I knew them all)! LOL

    • Hi Pat –

      Thank you so much for dropping by to tell me – I’m glad you enjoyed Never Say Spy! And I’m glad you got a chuckle (or an “ooooohhhh”) out of the language. I wish Uncle Roger wasn’t a figment of my imagination. I would have loved to have an uncle who taught me all the “creative” language. :-)

      Thanks again for your kind words, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series.

      • Pat

        I have the rest of the series loaded and ready for reading on my Nook. I made myself read another book before I let myself open The Spy is Cast. I just finished that book so I can start reading Book 2 now. Yay!

        It was definitely a laugh that came out when I read the “creative” language. :) Several years ago my husband was very ticked off about something at work and used numerous variations of the “F” word in rapid succession when telling me about it. He was not pleased when I burst out laughing. All I could say was, “Sorry, but Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use the F word for that many parts of speech in one sentence before!” When he thought about what he’d said, he started laughing, too. :)

  73. Jolene

    Hey, Diane never would have guessed you were an author, thats totally cool!!!! I am gonna have to find your books and check them out…:) Hope all is well in your part of the country….tell uncle phil i say hi…..

    • Hi Jolene! Thanks – I’ve been having great fun with the books. I never expected to be an author, and then all of a sudden I’d written three novels. Go figure. Never Say Spy (the first one in the series) is free in the e-book version right now if you want to give it a try. Even if you don’t have an e-reader, you can download free software so you can read e-books on your computer – try Adobe Digital Reader or download Kindle for PC from Amazon.

      Great to hear from you! Take care. :-)

      • Jolene

        thanx i am going to check it out… your characters name, my oldest sons name is Aiden and if he had of been a girl her name would have been Ayden…..:)

  74. nikkix2

    Hi there!
    I found you on the blog “Not Quite Old”,
    I’m a fellow Canuck, who hasn’t been blogging for too long. I look forward to reading more :)

  75. cathifinch

    Harper Faulkner posted on his blog All Write this week to visit and I’m elated that I did…great grins and stuff!!!

  76. Hi,Just read your cruisin’ post. Looking forward to doing a Californian roadtrip one of these days(asap) :)

  77. Sandy Hand

    Hi Dave, I mean Diane! Wow – you’re an author!!! Who knew? But then again nothing surprises me about you, as you can do anything you set your mind to and that’s something I admire about you. I’ll be following your blog (your writing is so entertaining). I’ll try to get my hands on one of your books too – what fun!

    • Thanks, Sandy! I’ve been keeping it a secret until my books were actually published, but now I’m out here for the world to see. Lucky they got my name correct on the covers… :-)

  78. Hi Just dropping by to say Happy Halloween
    I wonder if you celebrate this amercan event
    Here we do in Australia
    its great
    Hugs Noelle xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Thanks for visiting, Noelle! Yes, we have Halloween, here, too. It’s usually pretty cold by then, though, so all the little kids’ costumes have to be big enough to fit over snowsuits when they go trick-or-treating.

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