Congratulations to KaT’s own 2016 GOLDEN HEART Finalist, DIANA BELCHASE!

  • popping champagne corkThe Kiss and Thrill ladies would like to congratulate one of our own, the fabulous DIANA BELCHASE for being a finalist in the prestigious 2016 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart awards!

Her manuscript, ESCAPE FROM THE HAREM, is a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category.

The Golden Heart is to unpublished authors what the Academy Awards are to actors and actresses. It’s an incredible honor that thousands of authors aspire to. But only a handful ever become finalists, and even fewer actually win. Diana has done both! She has won the Golden Heart before, and we’ll be rooting her on this year to win it again! But win or not, just being a finalist puts her at the top of the pack, the cream of the crop, a writer who stands out from others as being extremely talented with a very bright future ahead of her.


We all love you very much and are so proud of you.

Here is the announcement about the finalists, excerpted from the Romance Writers of America website.

Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announces the finalists for the 2016 Golden Heart® Awards. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

The 2016 winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony at the 2016 RWA Annual Conference.

DIANA BELCHASEDiana at Viennese Ball 2-2012

Diana is a truly kind, intelligent, wonderful person and we are all so happy for her. Below is a list of just some of her writing accomplishments, in addition to this year’s Golden Heart final!

Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (By the Skin of Her Teeth)
Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (His Brother’s Child)
Daphne Du Maurier Nominee 2015 (At Midnight)
Golden Heart Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Golden Heart Finalist 2012 (Spy in the Harem)
Silver Quill Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Wisconsin Fab Five Winner 2011 (Spy in the Mirror)
Jack Reid Award 2010 (The Spy Next Door)
NEORWA Cleveland Rocks 2nd Place 2009 (The Spy Next Door)




(Above three pictures courtesy of Sharon Wray. From top down, left to right – 2012 Golden Heart Finalist class; Diana with Lena Diaz at an RWA conference; Diana, Rachel Grant, and Sharon Wray at an RWA conference)

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(2011 Golden Heart Finalists, left to right: Rachel Grant, Diana Belchase, Gwen Hernandez, Sharon Wray, Sarah Andre)

And now for some words from some of Diana’s fellow KaTs!

“Congratulations, Diana! No matter what happens at the awards ceremony, you’re already a winner. I’ll be cheering for you.” – Gwen Hernandez

“Dear Diana,

You’ve worked so hard to reach this highest-of-writer pinnacles. The nomination is a testament to your patience and perseverance. You’ve faced down more hardships than any other friend I know, so take a moment to just sit with this awesome accomplishment. Enjoy San Diego! My most heartfelt congratulations.” – Sarah Andre


“Diana is such a hard worker but she’s also extremely talented and generous. So it’s wonderful to see her get the recognition she deserves. Congratulations, Diana!” – Manda Collins


“One of my fondest memories was spending the day with Diana on the Kiss of Death tour of the LAPD Academy. She lovingly forced me out of my shy shell and I had the absolute best time and made a friend for life. Diana is one of the smartest, kindest, most interesting people I know. And she’s one hell of a writer. Congratulations on your latest achievement, Diana!” – Lena Diaz


“Diana is one of the most generous women I know. Besides being a wonderful writer, she’s a true and trusted friend who will always answer the phone to help you with your problems (both plot-wise and personal). Her advice (again both with plots and personal problems) is always honest and straightforward. She has a way of knowing what needs to be said even if it’s not necessarily what one wants to hear. But because she’s so diplomatic and kind, you know her comments come from the heart. Her only intent is to help make your writing shine and offer a sounding board when life becomes overwhelming. Meeting Diana is one of the reasons I so value the Golden Heart contest. Without that opportunity, I never would’ve met Diana or any of my Golden Sisters. Sisters who, like Diana, have changed my life for the better. Congratulations, Diana! I am so very proud of you!” – Sharon Wray

Congratulations Diana! One reason I’m so happy for you is that I know you are always happy for others (including me). When others succeed, you are the first in line with a big grin and an atta girl! When others face disappointment or a setback (including me), you are there with a big hug, a sympathetic ear, and advice on how to move on to the next goal. I’ll never forget the way you helped me prep for my panel at Thrillerfest when I was a bundle of nerves, or all the fun we had at the FBI writers day, or introduced me to all your friends when I knew no one. In short, Diana, you are true blue and I’m so happy you are my friend. I can’t wait to hug you at RWA. I’ll be the one cheering loudly and embarrassing you in front of your peeps. Congratulations!” – Carey Baldwin

Posted on April 5, 2016, in Author Spotlight, Diana Belchase, Golden Heart Finalists, Sharon Wray and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Congratulations, Diana! This nomination is so well-deserved. I am awed by your talent in multiple media and genres. Not only are you a fantastic writer, you are a terrific interviewer.

    Here’s a link to Diana’s Youtube channel for those of you who haven’t had a chance to view her author interviews:

    Good luck in San Diego!

  2. Congratulations, Diana! I am so proud of you. Your perseverance and talent are such an inspiration! Good luck in San Diego

    (and if Ray can’t go, I’ll be your date. :))

  3. Go, Diana, go! This is just more proof that your books need to see the light of day. Here’s to getting them out this year. Good luck! 🙂

  4. SURPRISE! (Lena did all the work though.) 🙂
    Looking forward to watching you take the stage once more this summer. You’re a fabulous writer and it’s time we all shout it to the world.

  5. Diana, this is the best ever. Now, get those books out there so we can read them!

  6. OMG, I am so surprised and touched by all of you! How many ways can someone say, “thank you?” Tears are streaming down my face. I am awed and humbled and honored. XO XO

  7. Adding my congratulations Diana,
    I’m excited for you and look forward to reading your books.
    Best Wishes
    Jo-Ann Carson

  8. Huge congrats, Diana!!! We’re all so proud and excited for you! Can’t wait until you put these books out there so we all can read them!!

  9. Oh my gosh! What a great list of accomplishments! I’m so very proud of you and can’t wait to say I knew her when 🙂

  10. Much love and million congratulations!!

  11. Congrats Diana! I wish you much success! 🙂

  12. Congrats, Diana! Boy that’s an impressive list of credentials. Fingers crossed for you.

  13. Woot! Can’t wait until July when I’ll be there rooting for you! Congratulations!

  14. Congratulations, Diana!

    To paraphrase Walt Whitman –

    A thoughtful patient writer,
    I marked where on a promontory she stood isolated,
    Marked how she explored the vacant vast surroundings,
    Launching forth filament, filament, filament, out of herself,
    Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

    To touch other souls with her strands,
    Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
    Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
    Till the bridges be formed, till the ductile anchors hold,
    Till the gossamer threads she flings anchor deep within in our souls.

    This is you; now others see it too.

  15. What a sweet, thoughtful thing you ladies did here! Such an awesome show of support and love. Congrats Diana – you are lucky indeed, my Golden Heart sister 🙂

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