The Many Fears of the Author and What They Sound Like….

My Dear Future Readers,

Today, I spent time thinking hard about whether or not to write this post. Why? Because, I was afraid that baring out my heart to you now is wrong. But….I am finally sitting down to write this. Why? Because, I know that you will understand me more if I do. I am a person and not a robot without emotions. Which is also part of the reason why I am writing this post. Being a person, I do have emotions and yes one of those emotions is….You guessed it….Fear.

Fear and being afraid of something is normal for people. It is the fear of certain things that keeps us from doing something dangerous.

 Yes, I am afraid of many things. I tend to be afraid of new things too. New things are scary because you don’t know what is going to happen next. Fear of the unknown is common. It is this fear that keeps us from going forward in our plans.

To be honest with you, I have a lot of fears as a starting out author even though, I have never talked about them because I think that no one will accept them. Or accept me but, I am a person just like everyone else in this world. I have a right to be vulnerable for once in my life and yes, I am an author. I am an author who wants to relate to my public. In fact, I am absolutely certain you have fears of your own.

 I am scared that my books will not be interesting enough to the reader. Or that I will get bad reviews (every author is afraid of reviews).

I am afraid that I might not find enough inspiration to write. I have in fact had writer’s block many times over the years. I am thinking about the many different ideas in books that others put out there and sometimes I am afraid that their ideas are better. Yes, that is called self-doubt but…I am also a person. Yes, I got all A’s and B’s in school but here, if my book is bought and reviews are good then that is my “grade. ” It is the truth of life and yes, I am afraid.

As an author, I want my readers to be happy with what I publish and I am aware that not everyone will like my work. But….I have to try. On some days my fears and self-doubt become bigger than me but I always try to remember the bigger picture.

“I always remember the bigger picture that there are people waiting for my books to come out and that I can’t give up because I made a promise to get my book published.” – Diana Rose

 Being afraid of things like not having enough people to buy my books or reviews or that I won’t have enough ideas for my next book seem to be normal fears. I just don’t want to focus my mind only on my fears. Because, these fears can and will not bring me any good. It is not about the thoughts but about how you deal with them. I choose to deal with these fears as they come. I need to stop thinking about my fears before they eat me up inside.

To be honest, I got used to going forward despite my fears because I realized that my fears will bring me nowhere. I need to stop living as if someone is in doubt of me. I decided a long time ago that I have to do things despite my fears.

But the reason why I am writing this post is to encourage you and show you that even I can have fears in my head. But, I try to not listen to them so that I can do what I love to do. I LOVE to write and I intend to continue to do that no matter what my fears are saying. I’m an author and I will not stop writing just because I have fears.

Fear or no fear…Better no fear of course but still I mean, I just think that living in fear will get me nowhere so, I believe that all I can do is try harder.

Okay, so I was a little vulnerable in this post, I hope that you don’t mind it. I hope that I encouraged you not to be too scared not try doing what you love. Fear should never be bigger than your goals.

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

An Author’s Lesson in Failure

My Dear Future Readers:

I am going to be honest with you. You can always quote me when I try to prove that I did not say this. I

“I am human. As I a human, I have had my share of failures and successes. Yes, I fail too but I succeed too. That is what makes me human.” – Diana Rose

Yes, I admitted it.  I have had many failures in my life. But I got up and tried again. Yes, I can give you a sob story about how pitiful I am for my failures but that is not the most important thing. The most important thing is that people should learn from their mistakes and honestly, I did learn from my mistakes.

I believe that the greatest failure that I had been when I had to try to pass math for four years straight. Honestly, I am not good at math at all. But I kept trying even though it was the hardest subject throughout my years of studying.

But….that is not the only thing that I have failed at. No…there were a few others and I’m sure that there will be more but…..I also know that if I don’t try at anything, I will fail it by not trying.

However, sometimes, Failure means that you have to try harder and or make the choice to quit. Accepting failure as a part of your journey.

The Question is:

What will you choose?

I know I made mistakes and cried over my failures and especially every time I got a rejection letter about my book. But I knew that I could not give up on my dream.

I knew that I had to go forward no matter what. I have no other choice. Because I don’t want to be a nobody my entire life. I need to make something of myself and I knew that I can’t stop just because it is hard.

College? Been there, done it. I made my failure into a big success in the end. It is what I strive for and worked hard at to achieve. For me failure is not a word but a reason…A reason to try harder.

Oh….did you know that I got contracted with Whippoorwill Press? No? Well, now you know. Do you think that came easy? No, it did not. And you know what?

Life is full of hardships but it is up to you how you react to them. Crying? Moping around? Yes, I do that too but, you know I do more? I get up and keep trying. You know, not many people can get up and keep trying. It is not for everyone but I know that if I don’t keep trying I will never have anything worthy of being proud of.

“Good things come to those who wait and patiently work hard to get what they want.”- Diana Rose

Yes, I quote myself but only because this important and my point in this post is that anyone can talk about where and how they failed at something but not everyone can learn and go forward into life knowing that they made that mistake.

I’m no different. But, I choose to think that because I made that mistake, I will not make that same mistake again. It is the most important lesson I have learned. This lesson applies to everything. If you don’t do this life will keep hitting you in the face until you learn that lesson. But….failure does not mean that you can’t get up and try again.

How does a baby learn to walk?

A baby learns to walk by trying again and again to get up. Little by little the baby starts to crawl and then when it gets up it may fall but….determination keeps it from giving up. The baby will get up many more times than it falls down because the baby knows from an early age that nothing comes easy. The baby may get hurt when it falls but it will not let that stop it from trying to walk again.

That is why I wrote this post to show you that everyone fails at some point in life but we as people should not let those failures define us or we would not be able to do a lot of things that we want.

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

My Reflections About Co-Hosting the Release Party for An Amorous Dance by Diana Rose

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My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to tell you about the Release Party for An Amorous Dance by Jessica Lauryn. During the Release Party that I was co-hosting with Jessica Lauryn, I got to play two games. Honestly, this has been my second Release Party with Jessica Lauryn and I love helping her out. She is very talented in what she does.

This time, my prizes for the first game, I played at the release party were to give me a title for my next Work-In-Progress Book 3 of my Power of Love Series. Yes, I haven’t finished writing Book 2 but I kind of have an idea of how it can end so that I can start on Book 3. I was hoping to start on Book 3 this year.

The first game was to guess the ages of my two main characters in Book 1: Forbidden Love. I was pleasantly surprised that Jessica Lauryn guessed the right ages of my two main characters at the beginning of the book. Indeed she is a remarkable person.

The second prize for my next game was to give me the ages for my two main characters. I asked the guests what their favorite Disney movie was and why. I ended up liking all the answers but I knew that I had to choose only one winner. So…I chose the choice of Cinderella.

Why? Because when I was a little girl, I could watch Cinderella 1,000 times and I could never get tired of watching how Cinderella had her dream wedding with Prince Charming.I used to hope that one day, I would also meet my Prince Charming. I still do hope to meet my Prince Charming.

My thoughts or rather my feelings after being invited to be a co-host again….I felt as though I have truly begun to finally become the author I always wanted to be. Conversing with already Published authors, I felt completely at home. As though, this was where I was meant to be. Since this is the second time that Ms. Lauryn has invited me I was quite elated. She always makes everyone feel truly welcomed and myself included. It feels good to be among published authors who later become friends and support me.

I am proud that I can support and participate in a Release Party and talk about my writing with authors within my genre even if they write different types of romance books.

To be honest with you, Release Parties give me hope in the future that my books will have a chance in the spotlight as well. It something that I am always ready to help with and especially to such talented authors as Jessica Lauryn. I believe that by supporting great talent, I will be able to gain more friends in the author world who support me as well. All you really need is to be nice  and support them as well. Authors are hard-working people who need to know they are appreciated for their hard work. Yes, I know first hand what that means since I became a full-time author.

So, of course being present at a release party for an author is my greatest honor and Jessica always makes her release parties really fun. I always enjoy reading that she has finished a new book. And even if I did not win a free copy of her book, I still love having fun with her and her other guest authors because this makes me feel like I am part of something special. After all, when a new book is born, I mean published, it is always a good day for the author. All the hard work finally pays off and they can finally see their nae on the beautiful cover and know that they created this.

I sincerely hope that in the near future Jessica will be published again. I love supporting her and being her friend. I hope she will invite me again to her next release party. So I will say this:

“Keep writing wonderful books, Jessica that I am happy to support.”

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

Does Love Have A Face? Part 2: Guest Post by Keith Kareem Williams

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My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to continue my discussion about whether Love has a face or not. I want to say that I think that Love is very hard to find and it is hard to identify whether it is true love or not. Why? Because it may be wearing a mask to not appear vulnerable. After all, Love is a very sensitive emotion.

In discovering the reality of whether Love has a face, I wanted to interview some authors and get their view on the subject. Because, who would better explain their thoughts than authors.

So…..as promised, my first author whom I interviewed about his views on true love and whether love even has a face is Keith Kareem Williams. Here is a little bit about him. Most of these things, I did not know before so, I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about this self-published author.

Keith Kareem Williams – is the author of 11 books & currently working on his 12th. He still resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York where he delicately balances his time between his responsibilities as a single father as well as the challenges of being a full-time author.– Keith Kareem Williams. You can find out more about him on his website where you can also see the books he has published. His recent release was Death in the City. Keith Kareem Williams

Now that you have read a little bit about my guest, let me tell you the questions of the interview which Keith Kareem William was willing to give me answers to.

  1. Do you think love can have a face?

I believe that love can definitely have a face. The problem in the world is that so many people don’t recognize true love when they see it. There are many imposters wearing the mask of love and too many people are fooled. That’s why so many people end up heartbroken and jaded.

  1. Would you say that finding love, true love in today’s world as compared to a few years ago is harder or easier and why?

I think that MOST people would say that finding love in today’s world is more difficult but, I disagree. The whole world is more open and accessible than it has ever been. Because of the internet and social media, the world has become much bigger than the block or the neighborhood you grew up in. You can find someone who loves you for real in any part of the world. There’s no need to settle. A lot of times, we end up dating who’s around instead of who we want, or our better match out of laziness, easy accessibility or convenience. Love is inconvenient, usually poorly timed and takes a lot of work to find but in this modern world, you have options and wider reach to seek what you need. The great love of my life might live in Arizona, thousands of miles away. My future wife might be in Detroit, waiting for me to claim her.

  1. What is your definition for true love? Now, I mean the kind of love that lasts 65+ years of marriage.

True love is when someone loves you for who you are at your core. They crave the vibe of your soul and are fascinated by the essence of you. Some people love you because you make them feel good so they use you as a balm for whatever ails them but, that kind of love never lasts. True love is when you are intrigued by all of the minute, subtle things about another person…things that only you see. True love is selfless and it doesn’t always make sense. It just is.

4. Now, about marriage and a lasting marriage, what would you say is a key element to that?

A key element to a lasting marriage is honor. I know that the more popular answer might be love, or friendship but both can be fickle platforms to build a solid, lasting foundation on. Love and friendship are parts of a good relationship but honor is the glue that will hold everything together through the rough patches that are inevitable. You might not wake up madly in love every day but, if you honor your spouse and your commitment to each other, there won’t be any room for anyone or anything to drive a wedge between you. Evolution is important as well. You also have to be able to adapt to changing circumstances without going into panic, or becoming fearful. There has to be a mutual willingness to enthusiastically work through problems together to find solutions.

  1. If indeed you see that it is true love, how do you recognize that?

True love is when someone cares about your well-being, even when it’s not necessarily beneficial to them. True love is when someone would still wish all the best for you, even if you weren’t together. A person that truly loves you wants you to be happy, no matter what, even if you’re not together

6. What if…Love had a face? Would you be able to recognize it for who it is? Or would you walk past Love and not know that face you just saw was love?

I would hope that after a few decades on this earth and a bit of experience that I’d be able to recognize the face of love when I saw it. Love is a strong emotion and sometimes defies logic so it isn’t always easy to accept, or recognize. However, I do believe that true love proves itself over time, not based on what a person says but by the things a person does.

***DISCLAIMER*** these answers represent how I felt on January 16, 2017. As a man who takes pride in evolving and learning constantly, some of my feelings could change tomorrow. That’s life. If you’re not growing as an individual…you’re not really living.

To be honest with you, after the interview ended, I was filled with a sense of hope. Why? Because, Keith Kareem Williams was truthful with me. I never realized that love is not only a sentimental feeling but also honorable. He taught me that marriage…Yes, I asked about marriage….is not only based on love but also on honor because “Not everyday is the same and you may not wake up completely in love on a certain day.” That is true. But also, there was the thought in my head that this is coming from a man and that made it even more valuable to me.

I believe that the things he said about true love are somehow the same ideas that I have grown up with. But the most important part of this interview was that a person should always be growing and learning. I believe that with the beginning finding out whether or not Love has a face is a time for me to learn many things about Love. Love is not only a feeling, it is something that you give back to other people and it is shared but when you don’t share it sincerely it is then that the feeling of love becomes fake.

I do hope to continue my search for the meaning and understanding of love in the near future and I hope that more guest post authors come to talk to me about this because this blog is centered on True Love.

I want to thank Keith Kareem Williams for his honesty in this interview because I did learn a lot as an author and a person. I do hope that he will join me again in the future because it is always important to get a man’s point of view on certain subjects like love and marriage.

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

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

An Amorous Dance Release Party Co-Hosted By Diana Rose

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My Dear Future Readers,

On Saturday, January 14th,  I was invited to co-host Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for her new book, An Amorous Dance , the second book in her Rabourn Theater Series, which is now available for Preorder.

Jessica Lauryn is  also the author of The Pinnacles of Power Series a romance suspense series. It was this series, in fact, that started Jessica Lauryn’s writing career. I believe she has a lot of talent in writing Romance. Her books find a way to both intrigue and fill the pages of her stories with emotion that only romance can do.

Romance suspense is a genre that explores suspense and gives an equal amount of suspense and romance in one story. I believe that the ideas that Ms Lauryn comes up with in her stories are so realistic that at times they reflect reality.

I am pleased to be invited again to be co-hosting with her. For as long I have known Jessica Lauryn, I think of her as very gentle, kind and beautiful woman who is very romantic at heart. I am glad that I can once again support her beautiful talent and be a part of her success with her new book.

Authors stick together and help each other and this wonderful woman has always inspired me to go forward as she herself has been doing. She inspires me to write more because I have seen how many books she published and each book is hard work. That’s why I love the person she is. Her books have the same amount of heart as she does.

Jessica Lauryn’s new book is the continuation of The Rabourn Theater Series. It tells the story of Hannah Rabourn one of the daughter’s of the late  owner of the theater and her past love Evan Masters. It is a very exciting and thrilling story of a reunited love in the midst of lost memories and attackers who threaten Hannah.

Jessica Lauryn’s main characters always find a way to each other despite the obstacles that used to divide them. There are memories that Hannah suppressed but now has to remember in order to sort through the motives of her attacker.

I believe that I like this book and that I will enjoy learning more about Hannah Rabourn and Evan Masters at the release party on Tuesday. It an honor for me to be a part of Jessica Lauryn’s upcoming release party because she is a wonderful author who is motivated and dedicated to her writing. I believe that this blossoming author will write a lot more beautiful books like those she has already published.

The Rabourn Theater Series is just starting and it is surprisingly an intriguing series. It intrigues me especially because I myself have been a part of a theater class in my college days. I took some acting courses and I have grown to like it. Which is why reading Jessica Lauryn’s new series about the theater and the suspenseful acts that go on there amidst the love that blossoms between Hannah Rabourn and Evan Masters is very close to my heart.

I participated in a Solo Performance in my college which is why I think that for anyone who loves acting and theater as much as I do this series is the best choice. I am an honored guest and I hope that many of Jessica Lauryn’s readers will enjoy this book. The description of the events in the book really makes the reader want to find out about what happens next. Do Hannah and Evan fall in love and stay together? What are the memories that Hannah tries so hard to remember?

I’m sure that all those questions will be answered in the book, An Amorous Dance by Jessica Lauryn. This book will reveal much more about theater and the people who work there as well as the romances that go one behind the scenes when the curtain closes.Of course, I will tell you more about my experiences during this Release Party. But, I will say this…

At the moment, there are a lot of people who have come to support me as I co-host this Release Party with Jessica Lauryn and I am humbled and grateful to them because they are all also published authors whom have become my friends and support me during my starting out career as a full-time author. Thank you! Thank you!

I will be posting another blog post after the Release Party ends. I want to tell you my reactions after the event and also share with you what it feels like to be a part of a Release Party for the second time as an author. It will be posted sometime on Thursday or Friday so that I can have time to write it.

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.

Does Love Have a Face?-Part 1

My Dear Future Readers,

Today, I want to  ask you a very important question: Does Love have a face?

Now, many of you might laugh at my question. Go ahead and laugh. But I’m totally serious. This blog is called The Magic of True Love and I realize that I have not talked a lot about Love in my blog as of recently.

SO….I’m here today to change that. Which is why I am going to explore the idea of love more closely. It is said that everyone whom we meet has a face. Everyone has a name and a body. Think about it. What if….Love had a face? Would you be able to recognize it for who it is? Or would you walk past Love and not know that the face you just saw was Love?

It is possible to walk past it. It is possible to not notice and be ignorant of the signs. But, it is wiser to notice and pay attention to the signs of love.

What am I saying? I have no first hand experience, do I? No. I don’t.I’m just like everyone here, looking for a mysterious stranger in hopes that he will be the face that I was meant to find. But honestly, I just wanted to write to you all today and give you some hope. Yes, hope that I rarely have myself but yet, I share it. Why? Because everything relies on hope. Especially love. It is a feeling that seeks out hope and takes it to make things happen. In the hope of finding love is why I write the types of books that I do. It is my way of exploring the idea that true love still exists in the world. It felt right to me. And so does this post.

Now, you want to know why I am so confident in the idea that true love still exists. I’ll tell you, I know that this is only my personal opinion but I saw it work. I know what two people in love look like and many of you think that it may be just me trying to persuade you to believe in love but I will do none of that. You are all smart enough to make your own conclusions.

But…..I want you to know that I write about true love because I have seen it happen around me…to other people. Not me, no. But, to other people. It is sometimes as easy as seeing someone on the street or bumping into them in the elevator of the building you live in but recently, in 2017, it is not as easy anymore. It is much harder than you might think. Which is why I wanted to know for sure if Love has a face.

In my next blog post I will be interviewing Keith Kareem Williams, a self-published author who recently published Death in the City, about this subject. I will tell you more about him in my next blog post. I look forward to this interview and honestly this is going to be my first interview of a published author. Exciting!! I’m sure that he will have some interesting insights into the subject of Love having a face or not. We will see in my next blog post. Get ready to meet him.

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

My Reflections After Writing for Week

My Dear Future Readers:

My year started off with writing. I absolutely love that it did. WHY? Because, writing everyday takes away all the stress I feel. I believe that starting from January 1st I was writing everyday. Writing a blog post everyday does count as writing. I feel like within this week, I have kept myself accountable for having to write everyday. Today, I want to share with you what it made me realize.

When I write everyday, I can let all my thoughts go on the page. Writing everyday for a week now made me think that I can accomplish more with every day writing then I did when I didn’t write for days.

Even if I don’t have a set subject to write about I can always find one. Like today, I didn’t know what to write about so I decided that in order to not waste my day, I would write about what I felt last week when 2017 started and I started writing every day. So, as you can see, there is always a topic or an idea that you can write about. That was my first realization after the first week of the year was over.

 As the first week of January came to a close and now it is week two, I begin to see that writing has become my main goal of the day. As they say, “No pain, no gain.” Well, I think I can identify with that phrase now. Writing is hard but once I get it started and I mean, really started, I don’t dare myself to miss a day. No. It is important to understand that the promises you give to yourself are the bones that keep you more accountable than the ones you give to others at times because you want to be proud of yourself.

During the first week there were times when I thought I would not write at all but then I sat there and thought to myself that I could not miss a day. No, I had to at least write something for the day. And that made me think l that starting with something that motivates me makes me want to write more and improve my writing.

“Be the writer of your life today and tomorrow you will see a change.”

I choose to do as much as I can each day so that no one can ever say that I was lazy and missed a day. It is important to act the way that you want other people to see you. If you want to be a success then you have to show it. And I am going to show it by writing everyday. It is what I can do. So, today, I reflect on my first week and then there will be more. Yes, I don’t write as much I could but at least I write everyday. It is my biggest accomplishment with the start of 2017.

Also, I think that this week, I found that writing everyday has improved how fast I come up with ideas to write about. That it good because I can process my thoughts faster. Even if I am just sitting down to write for the first time that day. It is important generate ideas fast in order to write faster and thereby finish what you are writing faster. I learned that if you think about the topic for a blog post as you continue to do other things, you won’t lose your train of thought when you return to the computer. Also, I have managed to learn to type faster and that is also a way to not lose your train of thought.

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.