Happy Mother’s Day

My Dear Readers,

🌼🌼🌼🌼HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!🌼🌼🌼🌼

I want to say thank you to my mom for everything that she does. I know that she has done so much, making sure I get a good education, that I learn to live on my own though it’s scary sometimes, making sure I am healthy, happy. She has been there when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m angry…always trying to help. We laugh, we cry together but most of all we talk about everything. We will celebrate soon.

I hope all mothers feel special today and everyday.

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

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Lesson # 21: Creating “Swag” Or Things To Give Away

My Dear Future Readers,

Yes, today I will talk about “swag.” I wanted to talk about it for a while now but I didn’t know how. But now, I know how.

Swag is bookmarks, postcards, rack cards, banners, mugs and other such things that have an author’s logo on it.

Now that you know what “swag” is, let’s talk more about it.  Okay, so, I am a new author which means that I have no idea at all how to create my own promotional author things. But, that does not mean that I can’t try.

Yes, I want my readers to have more than just books. I decided if I’m going to do this publication right and be a success I need some things to giveaway. I did a little research and I found a website that I could use. This is EXCITING for you too. I will be making some things for you. I don’t know what I’ll make yet but this is a very interesting idea that I’m planning on using. I will be using a website called Vista Print.

Soon, I plan on getting some things from it. I love you all so much. I really do. I believe that “swag” is a personal mark of the author who is communicating with their reader on a deeper level. That is what I want. I want to find new ways to let my readers know how much I appreciate them for staying with me. This is not an easy road but I don’t plan to stop.

I haven’t ordered anything from them yet but I do plan on it. I have been seriously considering ordering postcards, bookmarks and pens, maybe even sticky notes. Yes, that website has a lot of things. They are all so attractive to me. Especially when I customized them.

I want them ALL. But I can’t have everything. So, I’ll have to choose. It is so hard to choose. One of these days when I’m not overwhelmed by life, I will buy some swag. I don’t want to be the only author who doesn’t have things to giveaway. That would truly be embarrassing.

Still, I am still getting used to the fact that my book is actually published. Yes, I finally did it and made my dream come true. Now, I need to get on that site and really start ordering. There might be a few things that I want to do with it like book signings.

Plus, I want to still do an online release party for my readers (maybe it’s not too late) I have been postponing it for a while but a celebration is in order. In fact it is long overdue. It’s almost a month since the book was published.  Oh my goodness!!! I did not realize it until now.

A party is definitely in order. I need to order that swag. My goodness, there’s so much to do. I can’t believe it’s almost a one month anniversary!!!!

I’ll let you know about that site when I actually order. So far, they have a lot of sales, that’s all I know.

Look for: Received Swag, sometime this month.

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 Interview on Passion Between the Pages with Jessica Lauryn

My Dear Future Readers

On Friday, June 30th, I was interviewed by Jessica Lauryn. I had interviewed her some time ago when she first published A Passionate Play. You can reread her interview here: Interview with Jessica Lauryn about A Passionate Play. I was happy to bring Jessica Lauryn on my blog and until now I did not have a chance to come to her blog until Friday.  You can read my interview on Passion Between the Pages here: Passion Between the Pages.

My Experience as in Interviewee:

When I was asked if I wanted to be interviewed. I instantly agreed. Why? Because, one: I know Jessica Lauryn for a very long time and we are good friends. Second, I loved the questions that Jessica Lauryn asked. I was excited to share with Ms. Lauryn things about my book. I wanted to make sure that people know where the idea for Book 1: Forbidden Love and the Power of Love series came from because for a long time I have not said anything about this to anyone.

Why?

Because I thought it was too soon to start talking about the ideas and inspiration for this series. But, now as I edit the book, I began to open up to the public about my inspiration for the Power of Love series. I believe that it is important for people to know that ideas for books don’t just come out of thin air. Different authors find inspiration for their books in different places.

I find my inspiration from my family’s history and the stories that my grandparents told me. I think it is important to respect the stories and love of those people who cared enough to tell you their story.

I think that my experience as an interviewee was a wonderful thing because I felt like my ideas and my words were not taken lightly and received the respect they deserved. Also, I feel like I gained more future readers after the interview than before it. That makes me happy. I wanted to reach more people and I think I did that and for that I am grateful to Jessica Lauryn. I hope to have Jessica Lauryn interview me again one day soon or I will interview her. It’s always good to have authors as friends.

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

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

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.

My First Internet Birthday Party with Author Zara West

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My Dear Future Readers:

Yes, I am posting this a bit late as the party itself has been over for a few weeks now. Let me start by saying that I have not known Zara West long. I got acquainted with her after I had attended Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for A Passionate Play, which you can read about here (Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose). After that day, Zara West and I became friends on Facebook. I am always happy to meet more author friends.

When I heard about Zara West’s online Birthday Party, I was intrigued. I did not know what an online birthday party would be like. I only ever went to in person birthday parties and it was a long time ago. As people say, “It was a long time ago and therefore, it is not true.”  This kind of party was something new to me and I decided to attend and see what it was all about.

The party itself lasted two weeks from November 17th to November 30th. That was the first thing that was interesting to me. The second thing that was surprising but that I liked about it was that there were all kinds of different party games where you could win prizes. The prizes for each game were elaborate and diverse.

Of course, I won a few prizes myself. I won a chocolate bar, two bookmarks, and a beautiful bunny notepad magnet for my refrigerator. I received my prizes in the mail not so long ago.

Zara West’s birthday party was interesting because the different games were not all the same. Some were word unscrambles, others were more about food or rather what flavors of cake we prefer and still others were about her book. She is an author and that is only logical. I enjoyed it because every day I was trying to imagine what type of game Zara would think of today and yet, it still surprised me when I opened up my Facebook page. The party itself was exciting and not only because I won some prizes, but because I made a new friend in the process.

I even had a thought that online birthday parties are not so bad. I seem to have more friends online than I see in real life and I was thinking maybe for my next birthday to make an online birthday party. The idea sounds good. I am still going to think it over though.

Overall, the party that I attended was gave me lots of great memories. Especially for an introverted personality like I have, I think that online parties are best. Besides, the people are somehow more interesting with interesting points of view when you talk to them online. I will tell you one thing, I would very much like to participate in such online parties again. Of course, if I am invited. I love author events most because I get to meet great talented  authors. I felt honored to be a part of Zara West’s Birthday Party and I also learned a lot about the kind of person and author 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

Thankfulness of an Author

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My Dear Future Readers:

I want to wish every one of you a very Happy Thanksgivings Day.. It is the day that we give thanks for everything we have. But should we not be thankful for the people and things we have, every day of our life? I believe that Thanksgiving is not for one day of the year. It is a holiday that can be celebrated everyday.

Everyday, there is a reason to be thankful. Everyday, the sun shines in our windows and the birds chirp their beautiful songs. In life there are moments when we should look for ways to be thankful no matter how bad our day is going. But today, I want to say that there are things that we should all be thankful for and always remember.

The Everyday List of Thanks:

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  • We must always be thankful for the sky that is blue and the air that we breathe.
  • We must be thankful for the plants and flowers and the nature all around us.
  • We have to be thankful for the families we have and the friendships we acquired.
  • We must be thankful for our parents and grandparents because they made us who we are today.
  • We have be thankful that we have places that we can come home to every night. That we have beds and things that we use everyday that we need.
  • We have to be thankful for the things that we can do like, reading and writing and having the ability to use technology and think.
  • We must be thankful for the different people we we meet because whether they are bad or good we all learn life lessons that we can’t live without./

There are many more things that we as people should be thankful for. But now, I want to talk about my own list of things that I am thankful for.

My List of Thanks

Every day, I am thankful. I know that today is the day for that and I want to express my thanks.

I want to thank YOU for being a faithful  future reader. After all, without all of you who are reading my blog and liking my Author Page (Diana Rose Author Page )  none of this could be possible. You make things happen.

I want to thank my mother who taught me most of the things I do today. But most of all how make decisions and stay by them. She taught me that I should always keep going no matter how hard life gets. “There’s always tomorrow.” It means that I can always try again and that I should never lose hope. There are so many other things that my mother taught me but it is going to take a long time to list them all. I just want to say that she always makes life seem brighter no matter and no matter what happens, I can always count on her to be there for me no matter what life throws at me. I am  extremely grateful to have a mother who can know even without words what I need and how I feel.

I am thankful for the friends that I have even there aren’t many that I see everyday, the ones who are in other states, I am grateful for the care and love I feel from you that helps me get through my day. I am grateful for the comments that I get from my friends on Facebook and that I don’t feel so alone when I have someone to talk to.

I am grateful for the opportunity and ability to be a full-time author and having a chance to make my writing better everyday. I’m grateful for the support I have.

I am thankful for all the things that were named in the above list. Also, I am grateful for the talent I have and the creativity I have to write my books.

I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

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.