Forbidden Fruit of the Heart

My Dear Future Readers,

Have you noticed all the stories about true love that the parents don’t approve of for one reason or another?

Well, I have a story for you that is quite personal and dear to my heart. I have been carrying this story with me for a long time. I believe that since my blog is about true love, this story would be very fitting. My grandmother told me this story many times. My grandparents are both gone now and this story is near and dear to my heart because it is the reason why I write romance. I loved this story and now I think it is time that I share this story with you, my dear future readers.

This story is about my great-grandparents who have since long gone and are remembered fondly. The story of their love is one that made me think about fate and I still do.

Before my great-grandparents got married their families did not think it was a good idea to wed a poor boy with a fairly rich (for those times) girl.  In an effort to separate them, my great-grandfather’s family arranged his marriage with another girl of a more fitting social class.

However, fate was not happy.

The first woman my great-grandfather was to marry had burned in a fire and died right before the wedding.

My great-grandfather’s parents were horrified by the news. But soon, they introduced their son to another young woman. They seemed to like each other although not as much as he loved my great-grandmother. And so, it was decided that he would marry her.

Three days before the wedding, there was a flood in the town and the woman he was betrothed to drowned in the flood. Again they were all deeply disturbed. by the news of the flood.

And so, for the third try, my great-grandfather was introduced to  yet another woman who I believe as the story goes died in a car accident. (Or so I think.)

After the third woman died, my great-grandfather’s parents finally understand that it was fate that had done all this. They sat with their son and said, “We do not want any more deaths on our heads. If you want to marry the woman you love, then do it. We believe that you two were meant to be.”

My great-grandparents got married and had four children, one of which was my grandmother. She was the oldest of the four. They lived a very long life. My great-grandmother never went to the doctor or hospital and the one time that she did, they did not have any medical records of her. Since my great-grandmother had been blind late in life, my great-grandfather would cut her food for her so she did not need to use a knife. He took good care of her and they lived to a very old age.

My grandmother said that her mother had long hair and she would let my grandmother braid her hair.

I believe that fate and destiny do exist and that if my great grandparents were destined to be married, then fate has always been out for lovers. When my grandmother used to tell me this story, I was always fascinated by how romantic it was. I began to fall min love with the idea of true love at the age of fifteen and sixteen. I thought I would find the same kind of true love that my great grandparents and grandparents had.

Instead, I am writing romance novels and falling in love with my characters. But, I suppose it is a start. After all, you have to start somewhere. You know, as I am writing this post, I can feel like my grandparents are watching me and I know they approve. After all, this story has been in our family for many years and it is good for the world to know that such people did exist and their love was real.

I believe that their story along with my grandparents has fueled me into writing and I appreciate them. I feel like I get to express everything that has happened in my family and the love that my grandparents have shown me through my books which in itself is wonderful.

Yes, my great-grandparents’ story was sad but it had a very happy ending. Which is why I wanted to share this with you today. True love is a beautiful thing.

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

April is Camp NANOWRIMO Month

My Dear Future Readers,

So, in an attempt to get started on Book 3 (Title to be announced after the book is completed), I entered the April Camp NaNoWriMo contest.  I thought it would be a good push for me to keep writing on my work-in-progress. Yes, I started to write almost everyday but with a word goal of 15,000 words for the month, I believe that it is doable. Also, I am trying to finish Chapter 2 which is quite hard to do, I don’t know why….

Sometimes, i think it is the pressure of the idea that I am writing Book 3 already. But mostly, I believe that Book 3 is a very rough idea in my head. I have not yet figured out how to write out what I want Book 3 to say. I thought that without the pressure of 50,000 words like in November, I would have a better chance at finishing my work-in-progress. But all I feel is the lack of ideas. Honestly, that happens a lot. This is a new book and writing something new is hard for me.

Think of essays, you had to write. Starting has been hard for me since school. But, I am writing for me, for you, my dear future readers and not for a “grade” on a paper. A “grade” is a number while recognition is forever. That is also why I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year in April. I want to feel like I can start something and finish it in a short time frame even if I only finish a few chapters. I need to get to the middle so I can at least know that I am half way done with my work-in-progress. Which is why i am trying to write everyday and note down my plot ideas so that I don’t lose track of where I left off and have a record of my plot for later.

Plot-The main idea of the entire book……how hard can that be to write? Very hard. But also, very important. Which is why I am takking my time with Book 3 now.

I’m trying to do what I can so that I don’t get confused in my own writing. After all, I’m going to be doing this full time so I need to have my ideas organized. I need to keep my plot on paper so I don’t forget it or write it wrong.

I will tell you how far I get through Book 3 by the end of April. I want to get at least two chapters written by the end of April. So instead of Chapter two, I will be on Chapter 4 or 5. Although,  I’m not sure the halfway mark is for a book. But I’m going to keep writing anyway. April is my month toi get this Book 3 on the way. I’ve had writer’s block long enough. Now, it’s time to really start working.

“I’m eager to read more! Excellent work!” -Alyssa Nand, editor.

To get this praise from my editor is the greatest reward for me as an author. And yes, that makes me want to write more books. The more I work on Book 1 with my editor the more I see that my writing is good not just adequate. Which is why I want to write Book 3 faster and Camp NaNoWriMo will help he with that.

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

Happy International Women’s Day!!

My Dear Future Readers,

Today is March 8, International Women’s Day. I want to dedicated this post to all the women who are great in their own way. The authors of this time and talented women who have always done great things.

You can do  almost anything

You put your mind to….

You can swim in the Deepest Ocean,

And climb the Highest Peak!

You can face Adversity

And still walk Dauntless…..

You are Strong, Beautiful, Compassionate,

Much more than words can ever say!

Today is Yours as any other day!

I hope that all the women reading this wonderful blog post will realize that they are worthy of the love and joy they give to others.

A woman is a great person. She is giving and loving and kind. It is that kind of care that makes a woman special.

I hope that today we can all tell the women in our lives that they mean a lot to us. Being a woman myself, it makes me happy to be able celebrate this holiday.

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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

Big Update of My Author Life

My Dear Future Readers:

I am always writing and you know how hard writing can be for a person. I mean, I can write books but during my school years and college, I could never write essays or big papers. It scared me. But now, I feel like I am finally writing as much as I want but more importantly, I am writing what I want. That is the most important thing in my life.

As I mentioned earlier, I have been doing a lot of writing in the recent days. That is what I want to talk about in this blog post.

BIG NEWS!! UPDATES On PROGRESS!!!

During a sizeable amount of time, I have been working on Book 2: Sacrificed Love in my Power of Love Series. It’s taken me a very long time to write because it had a lot of emotional parts in it. At times, I had to stop writing because I would get too emotional. But, you know that I write romance and in writing romance I know that my books have to have a happy ending.

To be honest, writing the ending to this book was really hard. It was hard to find a suitable ending because of the events that took place in the book. I was not sure if I could even end the book at first. But……I could not leave the book unfinished either. So, I finally, sat down at my computer and reread my chapter. I started to think to myself about what I could write to finish the book.

Finally, I came up with a good enough ending for Book 2: Sacrificed Love. Of course, I left it open to be able to start Book 3.

You know, I feel FREE after finally finishing Book 2. I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel like all the things that were weighing me down finally lifted and flew away. Do authors really feel that way when they finish a book? I don’t know but when I put the finishing period in Book 1: Forbidden Love, I cried.

What am I going to do now? I thought then. But this time on February 10, I thought, I feel great! I feel relieved. Time to start Book 3, FINALLY! I made it to Book 3. Those thoughts surprised me but I am glad that at least I did not cry.

I know that Book 3 will continue my story and I’m glad that I decided to write a series instead of just one book. Of course it is hard to start but you know, I will find a way. I have come to know my main characters so well that I believe that Book 3 will be a fun writing experience after I finish Chapter One. The first chapter, I realize now is the hardest to write. Maybe it is hard just like writing an essay but except you need to reintroduce the characters in a new way so the reader can see the main characters from a new side. That is exactly what I am trying to do with Book 3 right now.

To be honest, writing beginnings was always hard for me even in school and I think I need some time to think of a good beginning. But don’t worry, I always keep writing. I am happy that I can keep doing it. I promise, I will make Book 3 with lots of ideas and brand new plot twists just I did when I was writing my first book. It just takes time to write a novel and that I have a lot of now.

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

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

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