The Paradise Diaries


The Paradise Diaries is set in a fictional Meditteranean island country called Caberra.  As you might guess from the series title Paradise Diaries, life in Caberra is pretty idyllic.   But no place is perfect and life in paradise just might bring problems all of its own.

Dante’s Girl:  Book ONE of The Paradise Diaries 

I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London.  
Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring.  
Until this year.  
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things: 
1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.  
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac. 
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish. 
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.  
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them. 
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference?  
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.  
My heart just might be crazy.

Where to buy:  Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. 

Signed print copy:  Contact me at

To read interviews with the characters from Dante’s Girl, look here:

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Mia’s Heart:  Book Two of The Paradise Diaries:

Courtney is currently hard at work on book two.  It follows Mia and Quinn.   The release date is anticipated to be late Fall 2012.

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The Paradise Diaries, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Who designed the covers?

Dani Snell from Refracted Light Photography.  And they rock.

How did you come up with the idea for this series?

Well, I was born and raised in Kansas, so that’s why I made Reece a Kansas girl.  And for a good chunk of my adult life, I worked in corporate America in an International Marketing department.   I have a fascination with other cultures now since I’ve worked with so many interesting people around the world.  I completely made up the island nation of Caberra so that it can be exactly how I want it to be.


11 Responses to “The Paradise Diaries”

  1. Cindy Petersen September 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I loved, loved, loved Dante’s Girl! It was perfect and so much fun to read made my day:D Loved all the witty writing, the story and the characters. I loved Reeces ” Sweet Baby Monkeys” you have me hooked on that saying,lol. Do you have a firm release date for book two yet. So excited to read it.

    • Courtney Cole September 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

      Cindy– Thank you so much!! I’m so, so happy that you liked Dante’s Girl! I don’t have a firm release date yet. It should be late Fall– but I will definitely announce it here on my website as soon as it is set. 🙂

  2. Cindy Petersen September 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Hurray then it won’t be to long of a wait! Can’t wait to see what happens next. I will keep a look out for updates:) Thanks again for such a great and fun read!

  3. Melissa Garcia December 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I am your new number 1 fan! Dante’s Girl and Mia’s Heart are ahhmazing! I didnt really know what to expect with Mia’s Heart and thought it would be hard for you to write another amazing story, but you somehow exceeded my expectations and made “Mia’s Heart” even better than “Dante’s Girl”.I have yet to finish reading it and am excited to see how it finally ends. Can’t wait to read book 3…if you come out with one!

  4. morgan February 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Is there going to be another book all about Reese and Dante like Dante’s girl??!? I really loved that book!!!!

  5. Christina McKinney March 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    i loved both Dante’s girl and Mia’s heart. im (impatiently) waiting for the next book. any news on when it will be released?

  6. Claudette March 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I loved Dante´s girl. Im from Mexico and recently (yesterday,to be precise)

    I bought this book online at 6:00 p.m. I read it until 9:00 p.m. Today I woke up and started reading at 10:00 a.m, at 13:00 p.m I finish it.

    It was amazing. I also love “Sweet Baby Monkeys” And MyGosh, Dante is so… perfect. I cried million times thinking “Will I have a love such as Dante and Reece?”

    Thanks for made this book… Is one of my favorites.

  7. Tami March 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I loved Dante’s girl and Mia’s heart!!
    As I’m from Germany I just ran over the books by accident after I read “if you stay“ which was on my Amazon list.
    Both books made my day, I couldn’t put my Kindle away when I read them.
    I felt with Reece when she had to go to Canberra and couldn’t get away anymore, cause when there was this eruption on iceland I was in my own little paradise in Italy and there was no way of flying back home. It was like Dante’s girl was my story with some more beautiful aspects =)
    Mia’s heart made me cry, cause her story was so amazing. It always seemed as if her life could never be “normal“ again. But when she remembered and chose Quinn I felt so unbelievably sorry for Gavin, cause the charming and funny guy gets his heart so badly broken.
    I can’t await the next book of the paradise diaries ❤

  8. Karrie Nelson March 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I hope that you right another book about Reese and Dante!!! Love love love them!! I want to see how they make it work.

  9. Paula March 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Dante’s Girl’s sooooooo beautiful! I loved it from the first page to the end. Sorry if my engish is bad, i’m from latin america. I’m about to read Mia’s Heart, and i wanna read a third book of this series! YOU’RE AWESOMEEEEEEEEEEEE

  10. Carly August 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Loved this series when will book #3 be published and on amazon kindle?

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