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Diana J Oaks

Diana J. Oaks is the third of eight children. She grew up in a large and loving home with all of the hi-jinx one would expect with six brothers in the house. She graduated in 1981 from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with an emphasis on Interior Design. She considered changing her major to English, but was told by her English professor that it was a dead-end degree. She has been known to bemoan the lack of any serious sentence diagramming drills to draw upon when writing. Diana has been married to her husband Adam since 1982, and is a mother of three adult children, who are now making her a happy “Nana.”

Her debut novel, One Thread Pulled: The Dance with Mr. Darcy, was released on August 14, 2012. She started writing it at the end of 2010, when the economic downturn caused a severe cutback in her work hours. The story developed a large online following prior to publication in print and eBook format, which were posted under the pen names “Artemis Acorn” and “fiveoaks.”

Diana currently resides with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Elizabeth Bennet’s father imposed a six-month delay to her taking the name of Darcy, requiring a London season in the interim. Unknown to her, a secondary clause could spoil it all: If she is unhappy among the elite, he will rescind his consent to the marriage.

Faced with the expectations of Darcy’s relations and the standards of the ton, Elizabeth is immersed in a whirlwind of change, intrigue, and betrayal that not only threatens to ruin her hopes, but puts the lives of those she loves at risk.

Constant as the Sun is the second book in the One Thread Pulled series.


When the wealthy and handsome Fitzwilliam Darcy encounters the beautiful and lively Elizabeth Bennet at a small country ball, he loudly refuses to dance with her, declaring her to be merely tolerable. Fortunately for Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth has walked away and does not overhear his insult, thus snagging the thread that would have sealed her prejudice against the prideful stranger.

Unexpectedly, circumstances thrust Elizabeth into the same household as Mr. Darcy, and her proximity unwittingly proves tempting, as her tantalizing wit and playfulness evoke desires that threaten to unravel his resolve against her.

In this delightful re-imagining of Jane Austen's beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice, the players are the same, but the rules have changed as the dance between Darcy and Lizzy unfolds.