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.
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I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.
Yours Truly,
YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Interview with Jessica Lauryn about A Passionate Play

My Dear Future Readers:

I am extremely pleased to have Jessica Lauryn on my blog giving  another wonderful interview.

Ms. Lauryn agreed to talk to me about her new book that came out on November 28, 2016 called A Passionate Play. I wanted to know about how Jessica wrote this book and her new series, The Rabourn Theater Series. It is interesting to me how another author writes her books and makes them so intriguing every time.

In my previous blog post, A Passionate Play Reviewed by Diana Rose, I expressed my thoughts about A Passionate Play after reading it. In fact, this book had made me think about a lot of things and the idea of “strong women” and what it means to be a “strong woman.” In A Passionate Play, Jessica Lauryn explores this concept and makes it interesting to the reader. Which is also one of the things that I wanted Ms. Lauryn’s opinion on in my interview with her.

I truly hope that you enjoy this interview because I feel that Jessica Lauryn speaks about very important things in her interview with me.

  1. What inspired you to write A Passionate Play?

Year ago, before I was published, I was struck by the idea of writing an amnesia-themed romance.  My thought was to create a story in which the hero and heroine were already connected (past lovers, currently involved). The story would take place in a secluded mansion and the heroine would have no understanding of how her circumstances came to be.  In general, my story ideas tend to come from simple themes that build in my mind over time.  In the case of A Passionate Play, years later, when I decided to write a romantic suspense series that would be set in a musical theater, I took the amnesia-theme from my Rolodex of story-line-ideas-in-reserve and decided that, from this idea, I’d create book 1 for the series, in which the heroine would not remember her days of being an actress. This idea allowed me to introduce the setting of the theater slowly, so as build up some suspense before actually “opening” the theater’s doors for readers in book 2.

  1. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I haven’t had any personal experience working in a theater or playhouse, so I did a lot of research in this area.  I was also fortunate because, as luck would have it, my editor did have experience working in a theater and she was able to point out some of the finer aspects of the various jobs there (stage manager, director, etc.)  I am so grateful to her for the assistance she provided me!

  1. Did you know that this book would be a series when you started writing it?

When my idea was simply to write an amnesia-themed romance, I did not, at that point, plan on turning A Passionate Play into a series.  But later, when I decided to write a series set in theater setting, I came to see that the two ideas would work well together and I plotted out five connecting stories, in outline form.

  1. How do you plan out your series?

Once I have an idea of what the underlying plot/theme of the stories will be I’ll work out the simplest ideas first (character names, settings, etc.), and I’ll build to the more complicated aspects of the plot, just as I would if I were writing a stand-alone novel. I then outline each of my stories as best as I can, working to both structure them and simultaneously connect them.  I do, of course, make changes as I’m drafting but the idea is to give myself as much of a jump-start as possible, so I understand, from the beginning, where I want my series to go.

  1. Was it hard to come up with an idea to write this book?

No, not at all.  I tend to come up with ideas for new stories well in advance of being ready to write them and A Passionate Play was no exception.  (If only writing were as simple as just coming up with the ideas, I’d have a hundred books published by now 😊) As it happens, the idea for A Passionate Play came to me before my debut series The Pinnacles of Power Series was published, and the time that it took for me to write this series gave me a lot of time to get my thoughts together for The Rabourn Theater Series.

  1. Are you a big fan of theater? What plays inspired this story?

My experience with theater consists of seeing a handful of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays but the few that I have seen made a lasting impression.  I found Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast to be particularly romantic shows and both served as inspiration (as well as wonderful music to listen to!) while writing A Passionate Play.

  1. A few of your scenes seemed to be truly realistic, example, the bear scene and also the scene where Alicia gets attacked. How realistic were these scenes to you? I mean, did you imagine yourself in these situations?

The bear scene was one of my favorite to write!  Though I am primarily a plotter, this was one of those moments that came to me as I was actually writing, as I simply allowed the characters to tell the story. The thought of being chased by a bear is terrifying and I did envision myself in the situation, in effort to feel out how Nick and Alicia would handle themselves.  I strive, always, to put myself in my characters’ shoes, to get a grasp on their feelings and to see things from their perspective. [This practice has led to me having tremendous sympathy for villains and even reforming a few of them – one of my favorite things to do in books!]

  1. The relationship between Nick and Alicia was quite realistic and funny at times. Was there a specific memory that you used to write this or was it just the way you imagined the story?

I have, in the past, drawn from personal experiences when creating my stories.  In the instance of The Rabourn Theater Series, the finer points were purely imagined.  However, I do put a part of myself into every character I create, both the heroes and the heroines.

  1. Do you believe that a story like Nick and Alicia is possible in the real world in today’s society?

Even more so than I have in the past with regard to contemporary romance, I strived to make Nick and Alicia’s relationship one that really resonates with the modern ways of couples today, people dating in their 30s.  As the first major characters that I’ve personally written about who are engaged in a relationship prior to the beginning of the story, Nick and Alicia were unique to me and I considered carefully what the dynamics of their relationship would be, deciding in the end that the two had lived together and been sexually active before the story begins.  It was very interesting experience for me, writing a romance from this point where the majority of romance novels typically don’t begin.  One aspect of the relationship that was particularly fascinating (with regard to the dynamics of Nick and Alicia’s relationship) is Alicia’s career – though Nick is hiding the truth about Alicia’s life, she has essentially achieved the higher level of success career-wise, which creates yet another challenge for this already-fiery couple.  In my opinion, a story like Nick and Alicia’s is highly possible in today’s society and a happily ever after is possible as well!

  1. Would you say that Nick had a hard time admitting his feelings to Alicia? Why?

As heroes often do, Nick appears, at first, to have an issue regarding commitment.  But this may not be his issue at all – we see as the story progresses that Nick is harboring secrets which may play into a deeper reason for his reluctance in admitting his feelings.  I won’t spoil the story for you!  I’ll simply say that Nick is a good man, conflicted, without a doubt, and his heart is (almost) always in the right place!

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

As I see it, more than a reluctance to admit to being in love we are a society of people who sometimes profess our love quickly, perhaps with a lack of understanding as to what it is we truly feel. Love is the greatest gift we have to share with one another. It is the essence of our being and the greatest of all phenomenon—what connects us and what is our true purpose for existence. But speaking strictly of romantic love, crushes can sometimes be mistaken for the real-deal.  And true love can be hard to admit to, when one is terrified of a broken heart.

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

When I first started writing A Passionate Play, I struggled with getting into a new group of characters.  I was still very much into the throes of writing The Pinnacles of Power Series and my head was not yet in my new series.  Once I’d concluded The Pinnacles of Power series however, I freed up my mind to get to know my new characters, who I now know very well. I had a vision for Nick and Alicia, as I do for others, the couples yet to be written about in The Rabourn Theater Series. Having an idea of where things are going with regard to my characters ahead of time is tremendously helpful to me when it comes to writing their stories.

  1. How do you come up with the idea for your antagonist and main characters?

I begin with very simple ideas for all of my characters—some physical characteristics I’d like them to have, some personality traits—and then I test them out, editing as it seems appropriate as I draft their stories.  At some point during the process things become much clearer and I’m able to fill in whatever blank pieces remain, such as the characters’ background stories.  A few of my character inspirations have come from real life. Many are just plain fantasy.

 14.  Would you say that true love really does conquer all in relation to A Passionate Play and real life? Explain.

I knew, of course, that Nick and Alicia would live happily ever after and clearly, for this stubborn couple, love is what paves the way to them finding common ground. Real life is not as easy to control as a story is but love plays the same role here—it is what make the challenges of a relationship worthwhile.

  1. I noticed that Alicia is very strong in the book, do you believe that strong women can find true love as well?

I believe that every woman is strong and that each one of us brings a different sort of strength to our world. Sometimes that strength isn’t easy to recognize, or to define. But finding it, and figuring out how to best use it is a critical part of figuring out who we are as women. When we love ourselves, it is from this place only from which we can truly love another.

After interviewing Jessica Lauryn about her book, A Passionate Play, I learned a lot of helpful things about writing. For example, when outlining your book if it is part of a series, outline the series too. Also, just as I hoped to  hear, it is advisable to finish one series before starting about something new because it clears your head for more ideas.

Also, I learned more about the characters in A Passionate Play and how she wrote it. I really think that this book and Jessica Lauryn’s attitude towards her character resembles my own in the way that we both try to see the situation at hand through our eyes and correctly add the character’s feelings after evaluating our own feelings in the situations that our characters deal with. In a way, I feel more related to what Jessica Lauryn writes about after this interview.

I also, would like to mention that I am reading the second book in The Rabourn Theater Series right now. So, there will be another interview coming up about Book 2: An Amorous Dance. I want to thank Jessica Lauryn for giving me a wonderful opportunity in interviewing her for my blog because I LOVE her books and I am honored to be her friend. Being friends with this talented romance author is incredibly lucky and honorable.

I hope you enjoyed this 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

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

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My Dear Future Readers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

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

Reflection After A Passionate Play’s Release Party Co-Hosted by Diana Rose

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My Dear Future Readers,

On October 20th, I was asked to be a guest author at Jessica Lauryn’s Release Party for her new book, (You can click on the link to purchase the book here…) A Passionate Play. 

To say that I was thrilled is not say anything at all. I was on cloud nine at the opportunity I was presented with. Jessica Lauryn was an excellent hostess. She kept everything running smoothly. Everyone she invited had a chance to introduce themselves and their books, play7 a game  or two and interact.

Honestly, I was quite happy that I got to know such wonderful women authors during the Release Party. With every new Author who was introduced, Jessica Lauryn found a creative way to introduce the Author Speaker. For Kristine Reynolds, Jessica Lauryn used a poster type picture that explained who she was. It was unexpected and creative at the same time.

Kristine Reynolds writes Western Romances. So, she made a contest about Western scenes. I entered twice. Yes, twice. I don’t know why but I wanted to show that I had some knowledge about western romance. I did not win her contest though.

But I won something even better……

When Jessica introduced me as the next Guest Author, I was a bit nervous. I had been thinking very hard about what kind of contest I would invite the guests to participate  in and I finally came up with one. I wanted to know which romantic scene and wedding in a Disney or non-Disney was their favorite. I think as an Author of Young Adult Fantasy Romance that was a fitting contest.

But…..Besides that..What touched me in my introduction at the Release Party was not the warm welcome of the attendees. But the WAY Jessica Lauryn introduced me.

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The above picture was my introduction at the Release Party. That was the best gift I have ever received. Of course, I love to have books as gifts. Who doesn’t if you are an author?  But this was the most touching gift I have ever received. I almost cried when I saw how Jessica Lauryn made my Author Page’s cover photo come alive with putting my name and genre on it.

It feels like this is the first step closer to having my name in lights. I feel acknowledged and I feel that I matter, my work matters. Jessica Lauryn has finished one series, The Pinnacles of Power Series with five books and started another series, The Rabourn Theater Series now with A Passionate Play. But I never felt inferior in comparison to her success. She supports me and now with this spectacular cover photo, I feel like I can honestly say, “I have created my Brand.” This new cover photo which I already placed on My Author Page on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, I tried to put it on YouTube too. Now, it is representing me.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jessica Lauryn for such a beautiful cover and representation of my Brand. Gosh, I can’t believe that I, Diana Rose, have a Brand. It’s true. But I feel like I’m dreaming. It is a good dream. I feel like I am finally on the road to success. I have a Brand!.

I created something more than beautiful ideas for a book, I created a Brand. It feels great. And honestly being asked to join in Co-hosting a Release Party is a huge honor.

My winner was Zara West. And she won a Moon tote and a castle bookmark. I did not get a chance to send it to her yet but I will hopefully. It was a fun contest and everyone gave interesting answers. I really did enjoy my time and being acknowledged like that was the best gift I could have gotten. It was incredible being able to interact with well-known authors at a Release Party.

Being a full-time author is the BEST job in the world. My life has become so much better since I started writing full time in January 2016. I feel like I have truly embraced who I was meant to be. I’m meeting wonderful authors of different genres online and hopefully I can meet them in person one day and going to Jessica Lauryn’s Book Release Party was the best part of all!!!!

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