My Interview with Zara West

My Dear Future Readers,

I have big news! I’m doing another interview with Zara West. You may be wondering who is Zara West.

Zara West:


Award-winning author Zara West loves all things dark, scary, and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love. Zara spends winters in New York City where the streets hum with life, summers at the shore where the sea can be cruel, and the rest of the year anywhere inspiration for tales of suspense, mystery, and romance are plentiful.

You can read more about here here: About Zara West  and you can visit her site at: Zara West’s Website

Zara West was kind enough to give me an interview on her blog. It’s an honor to be interviewed by an award-winning author.

In this upcoming interview which will be posted tomorrow,  I will be talking about my experience with writing my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love as well as my inspiration for the first book in my Power of Love Series. As always in all of my interviews, I always want to be honest with my future readers because I believe that honesty is the best way to gain respect of my readers.

You will probably laugh at me but I have to say this.  If anyone ever asked me a few years ago, do you think that you will be interviewed by an award-winning author?  I  would have said, “No, I think that at this point in my career,  I’m not sure if an award-winning author is going to even look at me because my book is,still unpublished and I’m still building my life as an author.  In other words,  I’m a “small fish in a big pond.”

But today as I see how much I grew as an author,  I believe that anything is possible.  Of course, being interviewed by Zara West is a great big step up for me and I’m excited. Most of all, I am excited to have friends in such high places who support me and want to help me get my name out there.

These interviews are a great way to expose myself and show people who I am.  I put a lot of time and thought when I write these answers. I want my future readers to know the real me.

I believe that if we pretend to be someone who we are not then we are not completely honest with the people around us. I don’t want people to think that I’m not approachable.  I try to reveal a little more of myself with each interview.  In this interview, as in every other interview,  the same time and effort I put in my books, I use to do everything else.  Which is why it takes me a long time to write their blog posts.  But I can see how many people want to interview me and I think that I am doing something right.

 

OCTOBER 4TH IS  TOMORROW,  DON’T MISS MY INTERVIEW WITH ZARA WEST!

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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Released Today An All New Release By Nicole French

My Dear Future Readers,

Today is June 28th and it is Nicole French’s Birthday and Release Day  of Legally Mine,  book 2 in the Spitfire Trilogy by Nicole French.

What can I say about Nicole French?

Nicole French writes contemporary romance and she already published Legally Yours as the first book in the Spitfire Trilogy. She wrote book two which is coming out today, Legally Mine.  Nicole French has a group on Facebook called La Merde. It is a very fun group where Nicole French talks about her books, does takeovers on Tuesdays, and invites new authors to do giveaways of their books as well.

I like Nicole French because even though, I only know her for a short time on Facebook, I think she deserves to be respected for how she shares and promotes her work. I, as an author, sure can learn some things from Nicole French.

I believe that every author has to make their way to the spotlight and the more original you are, the better. Nicole French has written two books which is a big accomplishment. Being a friend and member of her group, La Merde is a delight for me because she allows the members to post their own things too and she is very supportive.

What can I say about Legally Mine?

Legally Mine is an E-book that is about Skylar Crosby and Brandon Sterling who are the two main character. Have I read the book? Not yet!

You want to know why…..

Because as I LOVE helping authors, I have so many free books that I either won or bought which aren’t free, that I have not had a chance to read it. I have Legally Yours on my Ipad.  So, yes, I will read it and review it here on my blog and maybe get an interview with Nicole French to put here too. Don’t worry, this summer will be full of books and new authors. So…….

Where can you get Teasers, Links and Buy Legally Mine?

Teasers and Links are below:

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I hope you do enjoy Nicole French’s new book, Legally Mine.

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

Where Do I Find My Ideas?

My Dear Future Readers,

Recently, I was asked where I get my ideas from. An interesting question really. Which is why I want to write this post.

Have you ever heard of the phrase,  ideas are everywhere”? I find that this is more true every day.  It is not about finding ideas really  but about finding inspiration to write those ideas down on paper. Or,in my case on this post.  Sometimes, it admit it is hard to find one idea to write. But, I try to think about what I would want to read and that helps me write.  In some cases, it takes longer time but it really doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is that you have ideas.

For example, the ideas I am writing down now in my book came really unexpectedly that I me.  Those are the best kind of ideas if I were to be honest with you.  Sometimes, the euphoric ideas are the ones that help you write faster. Now, that is not to say that every author has to write only when they get a euphoric idea. I’m saying that a euphoric idea helps to add words to the story faster.  Authors should write everyday no matter what. It helps to come up with ideas faster when you are already in the process of writing something.

Passion about the things that you are writing about is also important.  Why? Because if you are passionate about the subject you are writing about,  you can find more to say about it. Passion about anything makes a person seem more interesting. For example, when I talk about my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love  or another book that I am writing in the series, I begin to sound different as though I can talk about my ideas for hours if I am not stopped. That is what passion is.  I think that many of us forget about this because we find less things to be passionate about in today’s world.  But it really doesn’t matter what you are passionate about whether it is art, music,  dance,  literature,  reading,  writing or something else,  passion is a good thing to have.

I think if you are writing or making art you also need to learn discipline.  Now, it does not mean you have to force yourself to sit and make art every day for the fear that someone will come and beat you with a ruler like in the old times. No. I mean that you have to devote time to the activity. Enough time to accomplish something that you can be proud of later.

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

Soulmates Are Forever

My Dear Future Reader,

 Today, I want to talk to you about soulmates.  Somewhere in this world there are people who are destined to be together. Sometimes, you can live your life and never meet your soulmate. But, some people who are lucky, get to meet the one who they will spend the rest of their lives with.  It’s the one person who you feel extremely close with and who you trust 100%.

Soulmates are extremely rare in today’s world, rare to find and that is why I decided to write this blog post. No, I did not find my soulmate as of yet (stop looking at me like I’m crazy to be writing about things I have not found yet). But, I do plan to find my soulmate. It is not as easy as putting in a search engine like Google looking for a soulmate and millions of options show up. Many people look for years before they find one who they were meant to be with.

But you know me, I always have hope for a better day. It is not easy at times but I figure that it is better to smile than it is to cry. Besides crying is bad for the health of the person. That is why I choose not to cry.  My soulmate is somewhere out there and I believe that he is looking for me. In today’s world, it’s important to not give up on hope.

That is why I write about true love. For true love is unimportant who you are as long the person truly loves you. Even if he isn’t a prince with a crown, he could still love you. Happiness can come from anywhere and you just have to recognize it. The right people for you may not be right for anyone else and that is why they are called soulmates. Every soul has their own mate and who they want to live their life with.  I am a firm believer of a true match made when people first meet.

Of course, if that person is not  the soulmate of your life, there will be signs that can’t be ignored. You need to be open to seeing these signs before things get too out of control. But, on the eother hand, sometimes people are too blinded by their feelings to see the obvious signs that the person is not their soulmate at all. The hardest aspect is of course finding your soulmate because it is like “looking for a needle in a haystack.” But that does not mean that it is impossible.

My suggestion is to allow yourself to have an open mind the next time you think that you found your true true love because the signs are always going to point you in the right direction.

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

Her Knight In Shining Armor

My Dear Future Readers,

A little girl dreams of a Knight in Shining Armor. A Prince who would carry her off to a beautiful castle where they would live happily ever after. As a young girl who enjoyed watching Disney movies and reading old fairy tales, I, too believed in this dream. After all, isn’t it grand to be carried off into the sunset by a dashing gentleman who risked his life to save you?

A person, usually a man, who comes to the aid of another, usually a woman, in a gallant and courteous manner.

 Yes, it is. But as we grow up that dream fades because we realize fairy tales are not real. Fairy tales don’t have to be real to make you believe. You believe because you know that fairy tales were there when you needed someone to prove that good things really exist. So, you believe in the Prince who would take you away and make your life beautiful. It is that exact image that every girl grows up with. Painting a picture in her head of a handsome Knight in Shining Armor who would fight to protect her with his own life.

 But each of us have our own Prince. Meaning, when the time is “right” he will come. Yes, I can understand that many of us, women don’t want to wait. So, we go out looking but I believe that if true love is meant to find you, you don’t have to look too hard because he will find you.

I believe that a knight in shining armor does exist. Maybe, the prince has forgotten the fairy tales and therefore forgotten about looking for his princess. It happens. In fact, people say “you need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.” Maybe, there is some truth to it but perhaps it is not the only thing.

Knights should be brave, confident, and come to the rescue. So far, I have not met a man like that. It feels like that kind of person is rare and at times, my girlish dreams seem wrong. But, I want what I want and I know that if I stop wanting to meet a person like that, I will never meet him.

I know it seems silly, but I believe in getting my own magical fairy tale happy ending and yes, it may make you laugh but I do believe in happily ever after.

Why?

Because in the world that we live in everything is sometimes really gloomy and unfeeling. The sentiments of romance and  a happily ever after  ending is rarely visited if only in fairy tales and that is why we must  strive to believe in a happily ever after. In the words of actress, Ginnifer Goodwin who plays Snow White in Once Upon A Time:

“What are fairy tales? Fairy tales are a sense of hope that one day everything will be okay and that a happily ever after does exist.”

This  is why I strongly believe in happily ever after and knights in shining armor. After all, knights in shining armor are a wonderful representation of fairy tales and dreams  and hope.  Sometimes, it is this hope that dreams come true that pushes us to go forward and achieve something that  we thought was impossible.

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 Review Of An Amorous Dance By Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers,

I finished reading An Amorous Dance by Jessica Lauryn today. I am tearing up at the end of this book. Jessica Lauryn is a wonderful author and I am looking forward to her next book.

To be honest, I was entranced by her characters and the action in this book. It truly takes the OSCAR for unique storytelling. The complex relationship between Evan Masters and Hannah Rabourn is quite interesting to watch. Neither want to return to the love they once shared and yet it seems that the gravity pulling these two lovers together is indeed stronger than them. Hannah, tries to withstand temptation but in fact finds herself deeper in love with Evan Masters.

I believe that this book deserves to be a bestseller for the vivid images and complex situations it shows. The reader is pulled instantly into the story and from page 1, it is hard to let go. I found the unveiled secrets of the Theater and Augustus Nathanson to be quite a beautiful addition to the action and intrigue which I had gotten a taste of in A Passionate Play. I believe that An Amorous Dance is even more intriguing and lustful, dare I say it, than I thought it would be.

Every character in this book had a surprising back story which I was a happy witness of. Of course, Jessica Lauryn write very interesting and suspenseful stories for each character in this book and I believe that the romance was very on time in this book. In fact, I would say that at times I felt entranced by the words that Ms. Lauryn writes. I felt like I was being pulled into the story and I was living the scene through the character. That is the kind of book I love most. I love Jessica Lauryn as the wonderful author she is and I can’t wait for Rabourn Theater Book 3 to be out so that I can read it.

 Also, I want to say that in reading this wonderfully written book, I learned a lot about the characters and how to create an intriguing back-stories and characters that are relatable to real life. It is called being a wonderful author when the reader can get emotional over what you have written. I feel like Hannah and Evan have become my “friends” as I read their story. It is not often that I feel that with books But with Jessica Lauryn’s books, I truly feel like her characters have become my “friends.”
I will be doing an interview with Ms. Jessica Lauryn in the coming days and I really am intrigued to learn more about how this book developed so perhaps this will be a two-part interview because of all the questions I have in my head.
DON’T MISS IT!!
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.
Yours Truly,
YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Author Interview with Annie Louise Twitchell About Spinner of Secrets

AnnieMy Dear Future Readers ,

Today, I have a very special treat for you. I’m doing an interview with Annie Louise Twitchell. Ms. Twitchell is a self published author, who also wrote The Christmas Ladder: A Read Along Story as well as Spinner of Secrets which will be released on May 14, 2017.

I posted a review of Spinner of Secrets on Goodreads, please read my review. Spinner of Secrets Review by Diana Rose

Annie Louise Twitchell is a home-schooled graduate who is obsessed with dragons and fairy tales. She enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and many forms of art. When she’s not writing, she can often be found reading out loud to her cat, rabbit, and houseplants, or wandering barefoot in the area around her Western Maine home.

About Spinner of Secrets:

Where will the journey for love take you? Will it be worth the fight?

Letta is a peasant girl, whose father was outlawed and killed when she was small. Though her name means truthful one, she finds herself submitting to her stepfather’s will, and complying with his lies and trickery.

Prince Kyle is her reluctant husband. His mind is focused on one thing: avenging the murder of his childhood sweetheart.

They must learn to trust each other when a strange little man forces them to fight for what is important to them, in a desperate race to save their child’s life.

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Annie Louise Twitchell weaves an enchanting tale of love, longing, and thread.

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  1. What inspired you to write Spinner of Secrets?

It was a writing prompt on a forum I was extensively involved with, two years ago. The prompt was to write a short story, and there must be three elements included there somewhere: a rose, an outlaw, and a castle. My first impulse was to do Beauty and The Beast, but I decided to see if I could do something a little differently. I settled on Rumpelstiltskin, and the story just grew from there.

  1. The feelings in the book are quite “hard” I mean the way the way that Prince Kyle treats Letta. Was it difficult to write Prince Kyle’s character?

Not hard to write; though I wanted to slap him almost every time I went over it in revising and editing. I didn’t have a hard time writing him, he sort of wrote himself. I wasn’t happy about it, and I cried over it several times, but there it is. Life isn’t pretty, and not every fairy tale ending has sweetness or sugar. Sometimes it’s just raw edges, grating on each other. This story has, to my mind, a lot of the sharp edges that the original Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson have. Have you ever read the original of the beloved Cinderella? It is not actually a pleasant story.

  1. Do you believe that Prince Kyle changed his option of Letta because he truly loved her or is it because he felt guilty for not accepting her?

I think there’s a bit of both. He realized he was being terribly harsh and unfair towards her, and later he did learn to love her. She was never going to be Melissa, and once he accepted that, he was able to see her for who she was and accept her for that.

  1. What kind of books do you like to read?

Short answer? All of them. I have a fondness for classics and old literature in particular. I like how the words sound.

  1. Is there a fairy tale that you like more than any others? Why?

That’s a difficult question to answer, since I have a hard time picking favorites. But I think it would be Beauty and The Beast. I want to write a retelling of that one at some point. The trick is finding one that’s different, because there’s so many Beauty and The Beast stories out there, and a lot of good ones.

6. Do you believe that true love exists even in our world?

I think my answer would have to be Jane’s.  “Falling in love at first sight, maybe that’s a story. But mightn’t people learn to love each other? Might they make love, themselves, with work and effort?”

  1. Would you say that life built on lies can be fixed once the truth is revealed like in your book?

It depends on if the parties involved are willing to ask forgiveness and be forgiving, and if they are willing to work for healing and moving forward and truth.

  1. What scene is your favorite to write? Why?

I really enjoyed writing the Epilogue. I liked how it wrapped everything up, and the whole feel of it. I also liked Chapter Ten, even though it made me cry – a lot.

  1. What scene is your least favorite to write? Why?

Chapters Nine and Ten were very hard for me to write. I cried a lot, but I still liked them, for all that. It’s so hard to pick favorites and least favorites!

  1. “Spinner of Secrets” is a very unique title, how did you come up with your title for this book?

It just sort of… came to me. Not while I was dreaming, although I have had that happen before, but I was just working on writing and it showed up in my head. I loved it and there was never any question about it.

  1. The ending of the book was quite unexpected. What inspired such a creative way to end the book?

The ending is actually quite similar to the ending of the original fairy tale, although I lengthened the time between certain events a little and added a few elements of my own, to wrap up my story thread. I just worked with what I had.

  1. Do you believe in true love and that true love conquers all?

I think that love is the building block on which everything is made; romantic love can be fragile if there isn’t other things holding the connection together, but love as love, pure and simple – I think that’s what makes the world spin.

  1. Do believe that people a generally scared to admit they love each other in real life? you Why?

It’s so hard to say what other people think, and I’ve never really been “in love” myself, so I’m not sure how to answer this question. I know that there is what seems a universal fear of being rejected, which could make it very hard for someone to offer their love to someone else.

  1. What made it easy or hard to write this book? Why was it hard? Why was it easy?

It was easy because I loved the story so much. I have almost fifteen years of history with fairy tales, and not Disney or modern fairy tales, either. I read the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson long before I watched any of the Disney stories. They’re full of sharp edges and broken people and finding peace in spite of the shattered pieces, or sometimes, because of them. That gave me a very good feel for the type of story I wanted to tell. It’s not a pretty world that we live in. To quote Jeremiah, “Little comfort, I know. But sometimes we must take the little offered us and make it enough.” There is so much good here, and so much hope, and love. There is so much to live for, and I think once we accept that sometimes living is hard, and that loving is hard, and that people, including ourselves, are broken and worn down from life, I think we can see the beauty clearer.

You’ve heard people talk about guardian angels; I give mine a workout, I’m afraid. But I also like to think I have a writing angel who sits there and whispers ideas in my head, who pokes me to hurry up and stop being scared of putting the words down, and just write. It wasn’t an especially hard story to write, but it was hard to get my head to stop screaming in terror about putting it out there and letting people read it. Conquering anxiety has been one of my biggest struggles in writing this, which is probably why it took almost two years. But conquer it I did, at least, for now.

To be honest, this is a very interesting interview. Annie Louise Twitchell has a very interesting book and I’m glad that I could get her insight on how the book came to be. There is so much that I can relate to in her interview. I, myself love fairy tales and I read every kind. It is truly inspiring to me when an author can take something old and well-known and turn it into art. That is true talent in my eyes.

I believe that Ms. Twitchell has a good start. I think that if anyone likes old fairy tales, they will love this new book that is coming out on May 14, 2017. I really enjoyed interviewing this new author and I hope that I will get to see her on my blog again soon.

I hope you enjoyed the interview.

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