🌻Welcome to May! 🌻

My Dear Readers

Welcome to May! Really? May, already? Wow! I can’t believe it. It’s been such an incredible few months of writing and working on getting my new book out there into the world that I have forgotten about the time. I have so much planned.

I even started to write the ending to Book 3: Undying Love. It’s not really going great as in fast as I thought it might but I still need to finish it. But as we know, life got in the way and then writer’s block. Ahhh, writer’s block….the most dreaded thing in the world of writing. So, now, at the end of April and going into May, I decided that it was time to finish that book. As a result, I’m sitting here trying to come up with a good ending. It just has to fit…the struggles of being an author..

Also, this month, I have my last interview. On May 21st I have an interview with James Reid. JMD Reid is a fantasy author of twelve novels and short stories. I am honored to be able to talk to this man. It is so inspiring to talk to someone who has published so many books. I can’t wait. It will be my last interview until I release my next few books..

What do I feel while I get ready for my last interview for a while?

I feel sad because I have been enjoying speaking my mind to people as well as hopefully new readers. But, also I feel slightly relieved because I have been feeling exhausted as of late. I have so much going on this year that I can barely keep up. I have been writing so much this year. I feel like I need a break because if I’m going to do what I plan to do, I need a clear head.

This month, I might get editing back from my editor (hopefully) so I can start editing Book 2 and getting ready for my first release this year. Exciting. I’m as eager as you (my readers) are for this release. I know I’ve been holding back on publishing Book 2: Sacrificed Love for a long time now and I do hope that it will be as great as I want it to be. In any case, Book 2 is coming soon.

Also this month, I’ll be working on Book 3. Book 3 has been giving me trouble for a long time but now it has to end. Don’t worry, it’s going to be a happy ending. Just the thought of how to get there is the intriguing thing. I don’t want to spoil the story for you.

In addition to all that, I’ll be ordering and getting all my swag ready. I’m excited to get new swag things this year year. I have so many ideas for swag, and promotions. My PA (yes, it still feels like a dream that I have a personal assistant), Jessica Tahbonemah and I have been talking about a lot of these ideas and I’m excited to finally share them with you soon. Hint: more books and book related things.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Monthly Updates: Writing and Getting Away From Guilt of Not Writing

My Dear Readers,

I’ve been writing nonstop and even though I haven’t written a lot, I wrote. This book has been keeping me busy for a long time. I have to be honest with you, I am a bit nervous these days. I’m thinking about my next few books that are coming out pretty soon. I am writing like crazy and that’s basically all I’ve been doing for these few months. I haven’t had time for anything else really. But it’s finally paying off.

In time, I will settle on the plan for my current series and I’ll do a blog post on that one day, (HINT, HINT!) But, today I have just been writing on my new book that’s totally fine with me as I need to get some words down on the page. So far, this is what my April has been like. I get up and I write 100-200 words then I go get some breakfast in me. Then, throughout the day once I have some time, I write some more words.

I can say that this way of doing things has been a bit easier for me to actually get words down. Of course, I can’t say that I still don’t have days where I just can’t write. I do. But this way of doing things has made it easier to not feel overwhelmed by having to write. I still feel bad when I don’t write but that’s just me.

I have to admit that I did get more done in four months than I have in the previous years and yes guilt for not writing is a real thing. However, the thoughts of how far I’ve come these past months helps. I know it doesn’t always work out the way I want it to but trying is all I can do.

Ask anyone, guilt comes to them too for anything that they have nor done yet. Needing to do something and not doing it brings guilt. I feel guilty for a lot of things. Maybe, for you these things don’t matter but for me they do. For example, I could have been finished with this blog post weeks ago and had it published today, instead, it’s 6pm eastern time in New York City and I’m struggling to finish it today.

Why?

It could be because I could have a lot to say. But mostly because I could not find the strength to finish this blog post. I did not know that these blog posts would possibly turn into me pouring my heart out to a random reader but hopefully a reader who understands and resonates with this blog post enough to go and read my books. Or perhaps, it is because I have needed to take the time to explain everything including my guilty feelings because of the fear of upsetting and disappointing that reader who waits for my next book, blog post, or my next social media post.

But, I just wanted to say that I AM HUMAN just like you and though I feel guilty sometimes, I try to do everything that I can to keep up with my promises. And yes, my stories have gotten most of my attention right now but I promise, you will see them soon. I will not forget about this blog if you think I have. I won’t. I know you are waiting for my posts. It just may take some more time than I thought originally.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

🌷⚘Welcome to April ⚘🌷

My Dear Readers,

Welcome to April! We made it to April. I feel like it’s a personal win when a new month begins. I mean, life is hard enough without celebrating the small things around us. Like the fact that a new month is here. Or that you watched a really good movie, read a great novel, spoken to an old friend. And many other things that seem unimportant but still make our lives better. Lately, I started thinking about how we, as people, need to find joy in the world around us. No matter what makes you feel happy, do it. Life is too short for sadness.

What makes me feel happy? Well, spring, warm weather makes me happy. My friends make me happy. Reading makes me feel happy. Writing my books make me happy. Watching my favorite movies or TV shows makes me happy. I’m sure that list can go on. I just don’t want to overfill this blog post. I have some more things to mention here.

This month will be my second to last interview about Book 6: Arranged Love, A Prequel Novella. I’ll be interviewed on Monday, April 12th at 6pm by the lovely Keylin Rivers. These interviews have given me some room to not only speak about my books but also to share a bit about my author life and how I see the world. After this interview, I’ll have a month off from interviews and my next one will be on May 21st.

Also, I’m writing…that means new stories. Hoping you enjoy my books so far. I know that sometimes it may seem like forever between books but this year I have committed to more writing everyday. Sure, not always every single day but I try. I have tried to make writing more enjoyable.

How?

I have been participating in things like National Novel Writing Month in November, New Jersey Romance Writing Month in February and after a few months of nonstop writing, I have developed my own sort of “Writing Speed” if you would, sure, it’s not one thousand words a day but it’s 100 words and sometimes 200 or 300 words a day. Why? Because, that’s literally all I can manage right now. But at least I’m writing.

The goal of the month ahead is to rest, write, and read. I have yet to finish reading Dangerous Ally by Jessica Lauryn and I apologize for not finishing it. I have been so caught up in writing my own words that I barely remembered to read. But that book is amazing. I will finish it and review it. Also, I plan (though I’m not sure if Jessica Lauryn will have time or want to) to interview her about these books in The Pinnacles of Power Series. I love interviewing this lady. Her answers are always so unique just like she is.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Monthly Updates: Writing, Book Plans and Big News

My Dear Readers,

This month has been quite interesting so far. My life has changed so much this year. 2021 has been a whirlwind of change. I have written more in the three months of this year than I have in the past two years.

I have been thinking about my books a lot recently. Writing nonstop for the past three months has been a journey for me. I haven’t realized how much I needed that. The current book, I’m writing has been giving me some deep thoughts into what I want to do with my books. I want to write more about the characters in this “universe ” which I created. It is fun to discover new things and write new stories about those characters. Life is not one sided and neither are my characters.

There’s even more of a need to do better now. Why, you may ask? Well, more recently I found out that I am an INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR now and that more than anything means something to me. It means that I am meaningful to people. My books resonate with my readers. I mean, someone in CANADA bought Book 1: Forbidden Love. That has to have some meaning.

I am infinitely proud of this book to be honest. It hadn’t been easy to get this book out there but I did it. I am happy that some people are enjoying it Amy and Darien were my first true love story and I am blown away by the story itself. It’s still my favorite out of everything I’ve written so far. Amy and Darien definitely need more readers and Canada made it an international book which is just incredible.

The story itself is a YA Fantasy Romance but to me it is more than that. It’s a family story that I felt needed to get out into the world. Perhaps, my new Canadian readers will also see it for what it is—a great love story. Love is a beautiful thing and it deserves to be celebrated.

Writing and planning my next few books I always think about what the characters want and what I want the story to say. There always has to be a message, a lesson maybe that people can learn from books that will stay with them after reading my books. Yes, and that lesson is not only that true love conquers everything but also something people can relate to.

I don’t know why writing this blog post has been so hard for me but it has been. I feel this blog post has a lot of my heart and vulnerability in it. I might be writing about my books and what I’m doing as an author here but this is very close to my heart. I know you might think this is silly to feel vulnerable when this is just a blog post like the ones I’ve written for years now but, I do feel like I’m letting a piece of myself go on this post. There may be more to come like this one just because my author journey has taken me to the incredible heights and I feel like I am dreaming sometimes.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Dangerous Proposition by Jessica Lauryn— Reviewed by Diana Rose

My Dear Readers,

Today I want to talk to you about good and evil and the barrier between them. What is considered evil?

Turns out that evil is anything that a bad person does to hinder the hero or heroine. But what changes an evil person to a good one? The answer seems simple enough but we are still surprised by it. True love is the only answer to most things. As I read this new book, this thought came to mind. Now, I sit and wonder is love really capable of changing a man from evil to good? Let’s find out……

When Julia Dyson learns her father has been abducted, she believes his hidden profession may be to blame. But when she discovers a man’s name in her dad’s caller history, a man suspected of shady business activity and also her teenage crush, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She confronts her father’s presumed abductor, resulting in an unforgettable kiss.

In the course of one disastrous evening, diamond smuggling kingpin Colin Westwood learns that his best recruit is missing in action, and that the man has been keeping a secret for years-he has a twenty-six-year-old daughter. Determined to protect his identity, Colin vows to find the young woman, and keep her silent at any cost. Later intrigued to learn that she is actually the attractive woman he kissed, he makes Julia an offer. Come to New York City with him to search for her missing father…as his mistress.

Five Star Review for Dangerous Proposition

By Jessica Lauryn

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

As I began reading the third book in The Pinnacles of Power Series by Jessica Lauryn, I could not have even imagined the twists and turns this exceptionally well written story would take. To be honest, I thought Colin Westwood, the main character of the book, was a self-centered, insensitive jerk, to say it lightly. Even though he was handsome, he was a criminal and I thought he would stay a criminal because of the money and power aspect of it. But, true to her artful brilliance, Jessica Lauryn had a bigger plan for Dr. Westwood.

In true Jessica Lauryn fashion through out this book, Colin Westwood meets the woman who changes his world completely. Julia Dyson is a headstrong, well-spoken (I mean, a woman who isn’t afraid of saying what’s on her mind), adventurous woman who isn’t afraid of climbing down a pipe to get away from someone. She seemed like the kind of person who would risk her life to save her father. Colin Westwood was intrigued by her bravery. Their connection grew as they continued to spend time together.

Julia Dyson thought that Colin Westwood was a villain and reading this masterpiece of a book, so did I. But as I kept reading, I saw something in Colin Westwood that I didn’t think I would see. He cared about Julia and her well-being. It was the perfect book to show how a villain who was bad and associated with people like him turned into a hero because of true love. True love is truly magical.

I don’t think I realized when it happened to Colin Westwood that he had changed but there was something that had been happening throughout the book. Her name was Julia Dyson and I saw the affection and care. Some moments even reminded me of the relationship between me and my father and how he had changed. This book had been truly eye-opening and honestly I found that by the end I was eager for the happy ending as much as Colin. Life is never black and white. It’s more grey. And I saw Jessica Lauryn show her true talent in this book. I am honored to be friends with such an amazing person such as Ms. Lauryn. She has supported me from Day one as I journey into being an author. I found her book to be a written work of art, nothing less. I hope to read more books by Ms. Lauryn and I’m sure I will enjoy them.

I’m already reading and enjoying Dangerous Ally, Book 4 in The Pinnacles of Power Series by Jessica Lauryn which will be my next book review here.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

🌺 Welcome to March!🌺

My Dear Readers,

Welcome to March!! Wow!! My year has started off with surprises. There were interviews, writing and reading books by my favorite authors. But this month, I have yet another interview coming up on March 25th. I’m excited. I can’t imagine anything better than sitting down to talk about my books.

This month, my personal assistant, Jessica Tahbonemah had finally gotten my Amazon Author Page to work as well as created a Goodreads Author Page for me. It’s so amazing to see my logo (yes, I have a logo now) on my Goodreads Author Page. Somehow, things are finally coming into place.

I mean, this logo is incredible! I feel like a real author with this logo. I never thought I would have a logo. I’m inspired to recreate my swag with this new logo so you may see that coming soon. There’s so much that I want to do going forward.

This month is marking four years (I think) since I tried and failed at being a traditionally published author. I found later that being a traditionally published author was not for me for many reasons and I found that I wanted to be able to create better quality than I did. I don’t regret my decision one bit. I still look back at it and feel relieved that I made the decision to be self-published. I would never have anything that I have right now if I wasn’t self published.

My life has truly turned around and became what it is because of being self-published. I feel free to make my own choices. I feel like I can do something that I have been dreaming about and no one can say “no,” to me. Wow, that’s powerful! I have done things like gone to conferences and done interviews that would probably be an unattainable dream right now if I was traditionally published. I just want to acknowledge my author friends, my readers, my Personal Assistant, Jessica Tahbonemah who has been with me throughout all this time. They have seen me at worst and guided me to my best. Now, I want to move forward with determination and a goal in mind to do better, to be better than I was.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Monthly Update: YouTube Videos, Audiobook Narrators and a Surprise

My Dear Readers,

This month has been life-changing so far. Yes, I said it, life-changing nothing less. February has given me so much… I have been taking part in JeRoWriMo (New Jersey Romance Writing Month) and it has helped me immensely to write my current work in progress. I have not written so much a long time to be honest. In fact, this new book has been an inspiration in itself. The characters just jump out at me off the page and into the room. Stay tuned for more details on this……

Also this month has been full of surprises. But the most memorable of all was the fact that I met an audiobook narrator. That’s right. I met an extremely talented audiobook narrator, Zachary Johnson. His voice is just magical. I can’t even explain how much his voice just seems to calm you down, make you feel like you can see all the characters in your mind. I truly felt that he had brought my book to life the way in which I could never have imagined possible. And yes, meeting him felt like a dream to me because years ago I had no idea this would happen. Now, as I write my books, I imagine him reading it and I found I even have an eagerness to write more now than I ever did because of this. If you want to hear and watch the YouTube video he made for me, here’s the video that hexdid for me: Story Sample Sunday Episode 5 Arranged Love and I truly hope that you enjoy it.

I have also been an audience member of a virtual panel for the Romance Writers of America and I really enjoyed hearing from authors about their books. It was a fun experience for me and next week I’m doing another zoom where some of the authors will read their books. I’m excited about it. Also, I’ve continued to do some more interviews.

Today is also my Personal Assistant, Jessica Tahbonemah’s birthday. I can’t imagine doing any of this without her. She’s been such a big help to me through all this with my author career. I can’t thank her enough for everything she does for me. I hope that this year will continue to bring me good news such as having a personal assistant.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

❤Welcome to February!!!!❤

My Dear Readers,

Today…. TODAY…. Is a day of mixed emotions. Today the wedding anniversary of my grandparents (my inspiration to my entire series!!) I’m sad that they aren’t with us anymore but I am grateful that they were here and I learned so much from them. Life is strange like that, isn’t it? Without them, I wouldn’t be here. My grandparents were extraordinary people and I have definitely begun learning about true love from them. Their relationship was remarkable and inspiring. So inspiring and loving that I had to write about it. Now, I have two books published Thinking about them, I am just amazed. February 1st will always be a truly emotional day.

This month, I have a few surprises coming. The first is coming February 7th, I will be sharing it on my Author Page: Diana Rose as well as on my Author Group Magical Discussions with Diana Rose and Twitter, as well as the group, Multicultural Writers Collective where I am Co-Admin with Novel Eden and Karen D. Neal. I won’t say that I’m excited about this but I will say that 2021 has begun a brand new chapter in my Author Life. Being an author until now has been a battle…

I fought to get into this author world and I fought to get myself noticed. I wanted people to be aware that I exist and it was hard to even make that happen. But the end of 2020 and especially 2021 has completely changed the course of my author journey. For example, I know have a personal assistant, Jessica Tahbonemah who has just started working with me in January and already has done a great job of recreating my brand…there’s more coming but the beginning was just breathtaking.

I am excited to show you the new graphics. Also, this month I am writing while participating in JeRoWriMo (New Jersey Romance Writing Month) thanks to Jessica Lauryn. I’m going to enjoy writing 30k words this month. I am not sure if I will win or if I want to win but at least I will participate!!! That’s what matters right? That I write the words.

It feels like this month is going to change my whole year! I don’t know why I feel like that but…. it just feels that way. Hard work, it’s true that I have worked on my books, and my career goals even more this year. This blog has expanded to more than 100 people following it. And I think that is exactly what I’m trying to do. I have been a bit preoccupied recently with interviews but my author life has made me happy.

For me…2021 has started and continues to be a year that brings surprises, happiness, and a lot of fun things. I wrote about this to a good friend of mine, Susan Ednie and it was a big reflection on my life in the recent months and I don’t even know how I did the things I am doing right now. I can only say, thank you!!

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Dangerous Proposal by Jessica Lauryn– Reviewed by Diana Rose

My Dear Readers,

Today, I have another book review for you. I am continuing to read Jessica Lauryn’s The Pinnacles of Power Series and to be honest with you, I have NEVER READ anything like this before. I thought Dangerous Secret was AMAZING but, I was completely not considering the rest of the series. Ryan and Abigail were SPECTACULAR but you haven’t seen passion and heartbreak until you read Dangerous Proposal.

I feel like Jessica Lauryn has a magical way of turning words into life and I still haven’t mastered enough to create such vivid stories. Different authors write differently and I have no idea why I was so hesitant to read this series in the first place.

For ten agonizing years, Alec Westwood has been keeping a secret from the world. At nineteen, he nearly committed the most horrific of crimes–murder in cold blood–and narrowly escaped the assignment with his life. When a stunning young woman crosses his path wearing the insignia for the organization that recruited him, he vows not to let fate get a second chance. But when the enchantress gives him a kiss that leaves him spellbound, Alec realizes the power she holds is greater than all his strength and fortitude combined…

Fugitive Lena Benson is determined to forge a new life for herself, even one that entails befriending a witch and practicing the craft of the devil. But when her new friend Jack tells her to stay away from Alec Westwood, the man she believes her fiancé hired to track her down and the handsome stranger she kissed in a tavern, Lena takes matters into her own hands. Alec may have the look and the charm but he’s also hiding a secret. She resolves to learn that secret even if it means resisting the man responsible for giving her the most intimate kiss of her life, a man who’s eyes and touch rob her, literally, of sense..

FIVE STARS 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟 FOR DANGEROUS PROPOSAL!!

First, I have to applaud Jessica Lauryn for her masterpieces of writing the most beautiful, memorable, brilliant, magical story I ever read. Second….ALEC WESTWOOD!!!! The man is an absolute dream. I wish of course he could be real but…. ladies, ALEC WESTWOOD is a dream.

Running away from a home that felt like a prison to Lena, she did not know who to trust. I was completely entranced by the story. The bantering between Alec and Lena, the way he wanted to save himself from the criminals and yet found love in the process. To me, this story has everything, a hero, a heroine who is afraid of everything and an evil madman who is so obsessed he ends up dying. About Lucas Ramone, you need to understand the fact that narcissistic evil doers do not have the capability of loving anyone but themselves and I think Jessica Lauryn expresses that very truthfully.

Alec and Lena… I am just blown away. This is an unpredictable, beautiful, sweet, lovely story that has proven to me that a lot of things in life can be forgiven if you really love someone and that exactly what true love is. I believe that this series and this book has a lot of things to teach us about love and the things that a person would do for love. After all, Lena did do something that she was afraid was unforgivable but she did it because she loved Alec and did not want to see him hurt. She would have done anything to help save Alec from her ex. And that is what true love really means. Jessica Lauryn made me want to see them happy and for a moment I thought a happy ending wasn’t even possible. However, I was wrong!!! Every book in Jessica Lauryn’s The Pinnacles of Power Series is different from the beginning to the end and I admire her for that. I hope that she continues to be the same original storytelling queen for years to come. I loved that book and every book of hers is like a new world in itself.

That’s all for now. I will review Dangerous Proposition by Jessica Lauryn in my next blog post. This review is also on Goodreads and Bookbub.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Monthly Update: Author Interviews, Surprises, Books, and Writing

My Dear Readers,

2021, hmm??? I wonder what will happen next….

So far, 2021 and in particular January has been ONE BIG surprise. Do you remember times when you used to walk into a room on your birthday and your parents and friends would hand you beautiful wrapped gifts? You didn’t know what was inside but you knew it was going to be the BEST THING ever. That’s exactly how I feel right now…. Every day of January has been a surprise to me.

The first week of January had been hard but definitely fun. I’ve had a phone call for a podcast interview, Friday, I had a video interview with Jeff Bacon for the DIY Writer Podcast… These kinds of things are always really fun for me.

The second week of January was a bit quiet compared to the first week but I feel like I am still inspired to do anything. I spoke with one of my best friends, a woman who encouraged me to start writing in the first place and just look where I am today!!! It’s incredible to think I may have never had all this if she had not come into my life. Irina Slavina (last name might be different but she’s the same person) you are an amazing person who I have been lucky to know for most of life. Let me tell you, I have rarely heard her so excited as she was when she was when she told me she loved seeing me on YouTube. I’m so happy that she is proud of me… it means the world to me.

But now I am back to doing interviews again and it feels so good to get my thoughts and my books out there where people can know that I’m an author. It’s an interesting thing to think about. I was never that kind of extrovert person and now I feel that I want to be…I want people to know me, to read my books…. I really want people to see me. YouTube is HUGE for me.

I am also going to be doing some book reviews later this month and into February. I LOVE reading good books. It’s my favorite thing to do. I can’t wait do my latest book reviews for The Pinnacles of Power Series by Jessica Lauryn. The series is just BRILLIANT!! But, I did promise Jessica Lauryn that I would make time to write my books so that is my biggest priority right now. Don’t worry, Book 3: Undying Love will be nearing an end soon so I can finally share it with you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author