Thursday, October 11, 2018

"Burden of Proof" by DiAnn Mills ... and a GIVEAWAY!

DiAnn is here to share a bit about her latest release, Burden of Proof.  Her publisher has offered to give away a hard copy of the book (US ONLY).  You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends October 18, 2018. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you.)  Here's DiAnn...

5 Decision-Making Lessons Learned from the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group
 By DiAnn Mills

As a writer of many novels that feature FBI special agents, I’m always looking for ways to apply the research to my personal and professional life. Making solid and responsible decisions is one of those areas.

Think critically.
Using critical thinking skills means exploring all the facts that are relevant to solving a problem or reaching a goal. We are to analyze the findings in search of the best possible solution, be objective, put aside personal biases, and open our minds to embrace plausible answers.

Always be ready for the worst possible scenario.
None of us want to be labeled as overreactors or negative thinkers. Yet every decision requires the person to be responsible for his/her actions and to understand the consequences of making mistakes. We are to look at the worst possible scenario and examine how our choices could have an adverse effect.

In the midst of controversy, negotiation is a priority.
Angry people are seldom rational. They usually make poor choices that aren’t retractable. Words are powerful; violence is often a crime. When we are in a confrontation, we either need to walk away until the other person’s rage is under control or attempt to talk the person down from potentially harming him/herself or others. If we are the ones with the inappropriate emotions, we need to apply the same two principles.

Rely on our training.
Most of us are not in law enforcement and haven’t received training to negotiate in high-risk settings. But everyday life requires one decision after another. We’ve learned through education, media, role models, and life experiences the importance of sound and reliable decisions. We’ve also learned not to place ourselves in areas where we are not qualified to advise. If a decision regarding a matter is beyond our expertise, we seek guidance or find another person more qualified.

Evaluate the outcome.
While we seldom have a formal debrief after a decision has been made, we should keep ourselves accountable because this is how we learn. Evaluate the entire situation, the choice(s) made, and the outcome. If a poor result occurred, examine how we can improve next time. If the decision proved favorable, record it for the future.

I heard a pastor say that when we make a mistake, we should keep the receipt. Some consequences are too costly to repeat.

When I read these five techniques to making logical decisions, I know I have a lot of work to do. Are there any areas in your decision-making that need improvement?

My review...

Surprisingly, this is the first book I have read by Mills. I have heard many good things about her, so I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read one of her books. It did not disappoint.

April Ramos is a skilled negotiator for the FBI. However, she never expected to find herself on the other end of the equation.

Jason Snyder is caring for his baby girl after losing his wife. His world is turned upside down when his best friend is killed and his daughter kidnapped. How far will he go to find his daughter and get justice for his friend?

Mills has crafted well-developed, realistic characters for this tightly plotted suspense. While things started a bit slowly, the pace did pick up and build throughout. April and Jason are strong leads, and I couldn’t help but root for Jason and his daughter. Scenes were easy to visualize. Forgiveness and healing are key themes. As the first book in Mills’ “FBI Rapid Response” series, this installment sets the stage for further engaging reads, particularly as this book contains an ample amount of action and suspense.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

About DiAnn...

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014. Connect with DiAnn at

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  1. I really need to work on that very first step, thinking critically. I’ve had a number of traumas, trials and mental health issues that have made thinking critically very difficult. But all is not lost I really believe that I’m in a place now in my life where those skills are ready to be grow and become stronger. I definitely want to work on it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    1. Shamekka, I think we all need to work on that, at times. I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but I'm glad you're now in a position where you can grow those skills. Wishing you all the best!

      Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck!

  2. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for such a great review.

    1. You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Good luck, Heather!

  3. This sounds like a book you can’t put down. I’ve never read anything by her, but I think I’ll pick this one up.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christina.

      She has a number of great books, so I do hope you add here to list of authors to check out.

      Good luck!

  4. Thank you all for your comments

    1. Thanks so much for being on my blog, DiAnn!

  5. Hi Leslie,
    I'm finally posting, I've been so busy! But getting back into the swing of posting on here.
    I've heard of DiAnn, she's actually been in some of my FB party chats that I went to. Haven't read her books...yet! She will be an author that I will definitely read because I love detective stories! I watch a lot of those on TV. I like to watch FBI, SWAT, Criminal Minds...just a few. haha.

    For the question that needs to be answered. I would have to say thinking critically. That is hard for me sometimes, especially when I have a 9 yr boy that I homeschool.

    Thank you Leslie for showcasing DiAnn, she is on my TBR list. :-)

    1. I love those shows, as well!

      I think critical thinking is something many people need to work on. All the best to you with homeschooling.

      You're very welcome. I'm glad to highlight someone on your TBR list :)