A Romance Sparkles on the Dance Floor

My Dear Future  Readers,

In so many Disney and non-Disney movies a romance begins with a dance. But what is the allure of the dance floor, really?  Is it the sparkling lights? The music of the waltz? Or is it…..the most obvious of all–the partner you are dancing with?

Gentlemen in high society have always been rather “dashing” in their well-tailored suits. Ladies swoon over such gentlemen. If a gentleman asks you to dance, the lady must accept. It is the custom of high society that a dance must be accepted. The music starts and everyone else disappears. Imagine it. A romantic dance– just the two of you dancing and twirling to the music–a truly romantic setting.

Imagine the music, the partner you want to get to know better and then this dance that is a slow turn into romance itself. A dance that allows both of you to ask the questions that no other setting would allow.

“Would it be acceptable if I court you, milady?” the gentleman asked.

The lady blushed and smiled. “Of course, Sir.”

The gentleman smiled and twirled her. When they come back together, he asked, “So, do you come to balls such as this often?”

“Not often but I like them well enough,” the lady replied

 A dance and a pleasant conversation. Is that not the start of a beautiful love story? Or perhaps a continuation of it. Maybe, it’s the magic of the moment when that person’s sparkle just right in the dimness of the lights that you see the truth. Love is in the air. I know that you might not believe it but I can’t dance. OOPS, did I just say that?

I can’t dance.

Yes, I did. But, I love watching people dance. That’s why I think that adding a dance to a story is a good thing. It gives the story just a little more romance than it used to have.

And yes, a good-looking gentleman would help a lot.

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? Answered by Jessica Lauryn

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My Dear Future Readers,

Today, I am very excited to be talking about true love to Jessica Lauryn, author of The Pinnacles of Power Series as well as her new series, The Rabourn Theater Series, An Amorous Dance Book 2. She is a Romance Suspense author and An Amorous Dance was just released on January 17th. It is on Preorder at Siren BookStrand.

I, in fact went to her Release Party for An Amorous Dance which you can read about here: My Reflections About Co-Hosting the Release Party for An Amorous Dance by Diana Rose. It was in fact the most enjoyable party I have ever been to. I won more than I just being a co-host. I won a title for my new book. which is a completely unexpected find.

I am very happy to talk to a fellow romance author about true love because as romance author we write about true love every day. And so, here are the questions that I asked Jessica Lauryn in my first interview with her.

  1. Do you think love can have a face?

Though there are many different ways that this idea might be interpreted, I believe that love, in and of itself, could be described as a face.  We see the face of love whenever we’re served with an act of kindness from another person.  To me, love can be defined as the overwhelming desire to give selflessly of one’s self for the sake of another.  When I look into the eyes of someone who loves their neighbor as they do themselves, I am looking at love’s face.

  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?

There is no doubt that we’re living in strange times, and the verbiage that we hear in our world through social media, news outlets and general conversation can rarely be described as loving.  Disheartening as that is, I believe that the people in our world have a tremendous capacity to love and that this is as true today as it ever was.  We find true love in the most unexpected ways, at times when we least expect it.  True love is not meant to be completely understood. It never dies and we find it when we’re meant to find it.

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

I believe true love begins with a spark experienced between two people, a fascination that never dies, whether they’re on their first date or celebrating their seventy fifth wedding anniversary.  When two people are truly in love, they bring out the best in each other and they inspire one another to be their best selves.  They cannot imagine their lives without the other person.  They share values on a deep level and they grow to become part of one another over time.

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

I do believe that sometimes, soul mates quarrel and go their separate ways.  But to make a marriage work you must have, first and foremost, trust and honesty. Respect and consideration go hand in hand to working as an equal partner to one’s spouse.  All couples fight but those who truly love one another fight fairly.  Their desires and values lead them along the same path.  Neither feels the need to compromise.

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

As we often see in novels, I believe it is that moment when a person feels as though they have been hit by lightning when they suddenly realize that they are truly in love.  To an observer, true love can be recognized in couples who exhibit true consideration for one another, who are highly attentive to the needs of their partner and put those needs before their own.

  1. 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 see love in the faces of my family and friends every day of my life.  Concerning my own true, romantic love, my eyes are always open and when I see him, I will know it!

To be honest with you, I cried on question  number three.Why? Because that is exactly what I saw happen to my grandparents. Yes it made me emotional to read that answer. I believe that Jessica Lauryn echoed more than one of my views on this subject. I got to see another side of her and more like a person rather than just an author of the wonderful books she writes. Her views on love also echo the beliefs that I was taught as young girl from my grandparents’ love story. Which is also the large reason why I, myself, write romance.

I do hope that out there in the world of today there are still people like Jessica Lauryn, myself, and my grandparents who are not with us anymore but have left their love story as an example, so that those of us who still have these same views can find happiness.

This is in fact the kind of love that I write about and I believe that the way Jessica Lauryn spoke about it is the most correct point of view on the subject that comes from a romance author. True love is meant to be shown in actions towards another human being and that in fact is harder to find. I mean, to find the kind of love that is shown in everyday actions and thoughtfulness. Yes, I believe that it is possible.

 I believe that if we keep looking, one way nor another we will find this kind of love.

But as my grandfather used to say, “The question of when that happens is a war secret.”

I, honestly never understand that but as I keep looking, I think that it is true. You can not know when something will happen but you can only hope that it will happen.

I hope that you enjoyed Jessica Lauryn’s interview on my blog. Next interview will be featuring a different author.

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 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.

Author Interview: More on Writing and Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers:

I want to apologize that it has taken me a long time to write my next blog post. But, I’m back. In the meantime I have been editing a lot for my Book 1: Forbidden Love. Of course, I wanted to get back to writing these wonderful blog posts and tell you more about me.

Now, I’m back and I can continue the Self-Interviews. I know you have waited patiently for a long time so let me start by saying a big thank you to all of you for your patience.

Here are a few more questions and answers for you.

  1. Which author would you like to be like?

Honestly, I have thought about this quite a lot as I continue writing. This is the first time anyone has asked this question but I do have a few role model authors who I want to be like.

I wanted to be like Danielle Steel who writes wonderful romance novels. I believe she writes one book a year. She has over 500 different books already in print. I thought that if I could write so many books then I would be a good author.

Another one of the authors I want to be like is Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook. This book and others were later made into a movie. I believe thatb in order for a book to be turned into a movie it has to be extremely popular. Now, Nicholas Sparks writes many different subjects even though they are all romance books. I want to be like him because I don’t want all my books to be  written the same way.

In addition to those two authors, I would also say that I want to be like Alyson Noel who writes YA Fantasy Romance and I have read a lot of her books. Her books have a lot of fantasy in them. I like the way she describes everything to the last detail so much that I can see myself in the story. I can feel the emotion and the action of the story and that is what I call a great  author.

2. What is the hardest part about writing?

The hardest thing about writing for me is when I have to come up with a new idea for a book. When the document is blank it is hard for me to figure out what to write. Also another hard part of writing is editing.

Why editing? Editing is hard because you need to go over your draft a few times looking for details that you missed, misspelled words, punctuation errors and much more. It is tiresome  but a very necessary part of writing.

You know, for me, editing is a very educational part of writing. It does not only teach me how to write….it opens my mind to new ideas. Somehow I realize things that my story might be missing and once I had finished my story.

 3. What show would people be surprised you enjoy?

The show that I most enjoy is Once Upon A Time. I don’t know if it will surprise you that I enjoy this show but I do. I like Once Upon A Time because the characters in the show always have something wise to say and I believe that it is true what they say. Also, I like the fact that the show, Once Upon A Time always has a changing plot. No idea is the same in each episode. I have watched the entire series starting from the first season of the show and the ideas always change in each episode. That forces the characters to evolve with the set idea. Even though the general plot is the same the episodes show a different side of the plot every time and at the end of the episode is always a questioning scene which makes the audience look forward to the next episode.

I would like to use that kind of idea in my writing to keep my readers waiting and wanting more at the end of my books. That is why I watch Once Upon A Time because it is somehow close to the things I write about.

4. How different are you now than when you were a teen?

Now, I believe that I have a clear idea of how I want to live my life. I have a vision of my dream. I am more productive in achieving what I want in my life. I am braver in going after the things I want. For example, if I want to have a healthy body, I do something to make that happen…I eat better, exercise. Or if I want to be more public, I write more blog posts, I share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. Anything that I might want to achieve, I know what I must do and then nI do it. I strive to make things I do as perfect as they can be, like my books.

But when i was a teenager, I was not so focused. People told me, guided me in the right direction and unlike now when I can make my own decisions and stand by them, I followed the decisions of other people. I believed that they wished me well. They did wish me well but they wanted what they thought would bring me happiness. But i grew up like everyone does and I realized that my dream of becoming an author was more important to me than working at a job that I no longer believed would make me happy.

Writing makes me happy, being able to have 2,104 likes on My Author Page and 49 followers of this blog makes me happy. Learning how to write through editing my book and buying books to enhance my knowledge about how to write better makes me happy. That is how things changed for me. I realized that no matter what or who comes into my life or leaves my life, I will be happy because I have my dream, my dream of becoming a full-time author and that is more important to me than anything else.

When I was a teenager , I looked for someone else to make me happy and now I do not. I am happy standing alone with my dream. I have goals and my dream and that is all I need for right now even though I might want more.

I hope you enjoyed my answers to these questions.

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

Author Interview: Diana Rose and Her Writing

My Dear Future Readers:

Today, I want to tell you a little about my writing. I love talking about my writing. Why I Write For Teens? was the first post I made about my writing. I was so happy I could tell the world about my writing back then. And now here is my next chance.

As promised, here are more questions about me but today we discuss my writing.

The Writing

 

1. Describe your writing

I write Young Adult Fantasy Romance. I have created many different fantasy characters. It is about who the character is. For example, I write about royalty. Now, there are real life royalty in today’s world but no normal person has magical abilities that allow them to move from one place to another with the help of teleportation. Or empathize by actually feeling the emotion of the person next to them.

My books have that magical element to create an inner conflict, whether or not to use magic or do things without it. My writing forces people to consider what life would be like if you could just zap someone. Would life be easier or harder with magic than it is now?

I love romance so there is always a lot of romance in my books. I can write great romantic scenes and I love happily ever afters. My writing is easy to read and fun because I add a lot of fantasy elements like magical powers, fairies, talking animal, royalty, oh and yes of course the elaborate settings.

2. Where is the most unusual place you have written material for your books?

I haven’t been in exotic locations in a long time. But if I were to go anywhere, I would probably say on the bus or on the beach. I have been traveling on the bus more than anything to and from college and sometimes I would take my phone out and write on my phone. One time or even a few times during my college career, I would find myself writing on my iPad or tablet while the professor talked becayuse he was boring me to sleep and I needed to stay awake.

I wrote entire chapters in the classroom. And no one even noticed that I was not taking notes but writing an idea down. It was fun to write within the hour and fifteen minutes of class because I was always busy and when the professor said something I always flipped through my documents and went back to my notes to write it down.

Yes, now I open up my big secret but to be honest, I felt like my writing deserved more attention than the class I was taking because of the subject of the class itself. I mean, who needs to know how garbage is disposed and distributed throughout New York City?  I sure don’t and I hated those pointless classes. Which is why I wrote my book in class.

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3. What made you decide to become a writer?

Would you believe that it just happened? No? Well, here’s a fun story…….

I was twelve and I was talking to my friends about all these ideas I had and one of my friends said to me, “You have so many ideas. Why don’t you start writing them down before you forget them? You don’t have to write a lot, just a paragraph each day and that will be enough.”

So, I thought about it. It doesn’t sound too bad. A paragraph a day, I thought. So, I decided to start writing all those ideas down on paper. Because, my friend said that it would be better to write them on paper so I don’t forget how to hand write. In that way, I would improve my handwriting as well.

So, I took some paper and started writing by hand. Even though, my handwriting was not so great at first, I kept doing it. My ideas were written down and then I would type them on my computer. I used to type in all capital letters too.

Then, my other friend, Dmitry Belenky, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, M.A., one of my closest friends who is also a psychologist, told me, “Why are you writing your story in all capital letters? You should practice writing your book in regular sized letters and only capitalize the first letter.”

That was what I I did and I am grateful to him for the suggestion all my life. It really helped me find a better way to write my book.

But the real moment when I decided that I wanted to be a published author was when I met Susan Ednie, a psychology professor at Kingsborough Community College who helped me do a little editing. She asked me, “What do you want to do with this? If you want to publish it then I will help you do that? If not, and you are just doing it for yourself that is a whole other story.” I told her, after only a minute of thought that I want to publish my book and see my name in lights. That was the real moment when I knew I wanted to be an author.

I hope that you enjoyed this and there will be more questions and answers coming in my next post.

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

Author Interview:Within the House of Diana Rose’s Mind

My Dear Future Readers:

I have done a four question interview and answered some choice questions for you to read. I am adding the link to that post here if you did not have a chance to read my previous post. Author Interview: Who is Diana Rose

Also, I created a page on this blog to explain what these interview questions and answers are meant to accomplish. I I have put a like to that page here as well. You may read it if you want to familiarize yourselves with the meaning behind this. Author Interviews: Who Is Diana Rose

Here are more questions that I would like to answer for you.

  1. Describe an embarrassing moment for you.

The most embarrassing moment for me would probably be not even one. I used to fall a lot as a child and most of my embarrassing moments would have to be due to that.

But there was one in particular that did not happen while I fell down…I was walking down the stairs in high school and my sandal opened and one shoe fell off my foot and fell on a step below me. I was forced to go barefoot down the staircase and get my fallen sandal  from the staircase. It was a cold staircase but I made it down and put my sandal back on. I was embarrassed because even though very few people were watching, I felt like I was a failure because my shoe did not close correctly.

Another time was in the cafeteria when I was eating a hamburger and my retainer filled up with food and fell right into my mouth. I had to take it out of my mouth and clean it in front of everyone who was sitting at my table. They stared at me and I felt strange. I mean, wearing a retainer and getting your teeth straightened hurts enough without everyone watching your every move as you put it and ask your friend to help you.

2. How are you in the kitchen?

Me? The Kitchen? Yes, well……Let’s just say, I don’t burn the house down but I did burn my omelet a few times. I can probably do more than an omelet but that’s all I can do without anyone watching me. And yes, I do know how cut but I would rather do something with baking and mixing than cut something. Yes, I can make oatmeal but only with water, boiling milk or making soup is still a mystery to me. Yes, I know……I’m not the best cook in the world but I try. Other than that I ask for help.

3. What is the best thing you learned from your parents?

I learned a lot from my mother, my father….well….the only thing I learned from him was everything i know about computers and electronics.

Now, from my mother, I learned to never give up and that “there’s always tomorrow to try again.” It is the best thing I ever still apply to my life now. I am so determined and stubborn at times because I learned that giving up never got you anywhere. In life and in everything I do, I think that no matter what, I always can achieve the greatest heights because my mother taught me that everyone gets scared but not everyone goes forward despite the fear. The people who move on despite the fear are the ones who are brave.

That is the best lesson my mother ever taught me. I know now that it is okay to be scared but it is not okay to let the fear stop me from doing what I want.

4. Describe the dream house you have

My dream house…..Ah, the thing of dreams…….Of course I have a dream house. It is a house I have been building in my head for a long time now. I hope that once I have enough money I can buy it.

It is on a beach or close to the beach. It’s a three story house with veranda.  It has a large library like the one in Beauty and the Beast. A large ceiling high window and comfortable chair that is by the window so I sit and read.

Also, I want to be somewhere close to the beach and have a large balcony all around my house. I want comfortable soft chairs on the balcony so I can sit and look out at my garden and the ocean beyond that.

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That is what I imagine would be my veranda. I love an ocean view. But you know, I love flowers so I would probably have a garden in my house.  I think I might have a fountain outside. And I want to have summer house as well somewhere warm so I can take a vacation there.

Yes, I put a lot of thought into this.

I hope you enjoyed these answers. There are more questions coming with answers in my next blog post.

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