Reflecting on Publishing My First Book

My Dear Future Readers,

I am so EXCITED. My book, Book 1: Forbidden Love is LIVE on Amazon now. Buy Forbidden Love

I wanted to talk to you about how I feel. You may be wondering how it feels to finally see my book on Amazon… let me tell you that it feels like I’m flying. Someone pinch me because I am dreaming. No…I am not dreaming? Oh wow! It is really happening. Ahhhh!! People actually are reading my book!

Oh my goodness…….I need to go hide… I want to know what people think about my book…no I don’t…YES I do!! 

There are so many conflicting thoughts in my head right now. But I guess that all comes with the job of writing  books. Yes, I am officially a published author now sinch 2:23pm on March 15th.  Yes!! It’s true. I can’t believe it myself but…I am.

I have a link on Amazon that goes straight to my book. This was my most favorite dream. I wanted to be published. Now, I am and it’s been two days and I feel like I’m flying.  People are buying. I’m actually selling books. I never thought of myself as a “salesperson” but I learned a lot.

It feels great to have people who are interested in my book. I have been working really hard on Book 1: Forbidden Love for years, yes, you heard right I said YEARS. First I wrote it and then I started edits. Edits, now that was a lot of hard work. Of course edits took longer than I thought. But it does not matter now.

Now, all that matters is that people are actually buying my book! Yes!!! It feels so good to finally be able to be a part of the author community with an actual book. I’m an author!!! I can proudly show my book now!!! I have waited for a long time for this day…. It’s here now and all of you are here with me. Thank you!!! Thank you so much for the support and being here for me cheering me on. Thank you to all the authors who shared my book and bought it.

It feels so good to sit here and watch my readers buy my book. Thank you. Please write reviews. I want to know what you think. I’m curious and anxious to know. I love you 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



Lesson # 20: Always Keep Writing

My Dear Future Readers,

I learned that no matter what is going on in your life, you should keep writing. It’s true that writing can be hard and you may not want to do it but that only means you need to put in more effort. It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you are writing.  A blog post, a letter, a book, or a note the important thing is that you write.

Writing books is hard but all you need to remember is that you need to take it one step at a time. One word at at time. One sentence at a time. Yes, sometimes even I have to remember that because writing a whole book takes time. Sometimes I don’t feel like I’m moving but really, it takes some time to write a 300 page book. But when you are on page 45, it feels like a long way to page 300. All you can do is keep writing.  No matter what anyone says or does. You have something to say so say it.

I’ve read books that I wanted to put down and yet others make me feel like I could not wait to find out what happens next. Usually these books and authors are the ones I keep reading.  Like pick an author and read all their books.  Yes, I’m a book collector.  I love book gifts. Especially, signed paperbacks. I love it. I get to read, take pictures of the book and review it.

As an author, I would love to have that kind of respons to my writing.  Yes, reviews are important.  But more important are the emotions that the book makes the reader feel. That’s why I keep writing.  I want to make my readers feel like there is hope, love, and truth in happiness. It may feel like happiness is hard to find but if you believe like the characters in romance novels,  then it is never far away. I keep writing to make the world a better place a more loving and caring place. I write about royalty but really all this can be found in the real world.

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

Lesson # 19: Book Reviews

My Dear Future Readers,

Today I want to talk to you about another essential component of publishing which I am learning from the authors around me…

Book Reviews….. 

Lesson 19: Book Reviews 


Reading a good book is great. After reading a good book, you probably want to thank the author, right?

Here is how. You can do it…..

Write a well-thought-out book review. It will help the author know what you think of the book. It will help other readers who want to buy the book know what the book is about.

Book Review is like writing a book report when you were in school but you get to choose the book and you havw no rules. You just write what you feel about the book. This way the author knows that the reader enjoyed the book and it sells the book faster. In a way, a book review is also like a “grade” for a book.

Five🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 is excellent like 100% on a final.

Four 🌟🌟🌟🌟is good like an 80% on an exam.

Three 🌟🌟🌟 is satisfactory or a 70% on an exam.

Two 🌟🌟 is okay or a 60% on an exam.

One 🌟is poor or like a 50% on an exam.

So be careful the next time you go to review a book. Write something good or don’t write anything. Because authors are sensitive people. You don’t know how a person might react. It might push them to write more or might turn them off to writing Forever. So, be gentle when you do decide to write a review.

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

RELEASE!! The Runner’s Daughter by Jessica McCrory

My Dear Future Readers,

Jessica McCrory has a new book out NOW!!

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FBI agent Caid King has fought long and hard to end the corruption within his organization. After the fall of Clayton Matthews, he returns to New York with his head held high and his eye on the next target. He never could have imagined that the dangerous man he’s set his sights on would have ties to the beautiful blonde he found himself instantly drawn to.

Jemma Saige thought she had it all figured out. Her rules for survival were simple. Keep your head down, your bags packed, your running shoes on. But when she meets a man at her local gym, their attraction threatens to break the last and most important of those rules: don’t get tied down.

Now with Jemma’s secrets out in the open and both her and Caid’s lives on the line, can they find a way to work together? Or will Caid turn his back on the runner’s daughter?

I am still reading the advanced copy and let me just say, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

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I have always had a love of stories and the different worlds you are able to explore when you crack open the cover to a good book.”

I was born in California and moved to Texas with my family when I was a teenager. I have always been an avid reader and have been writing stories since I was a kid! It has always been a dream of mine to have my stories published and it is beyond exciting to see that dream coming true!

I have a caffeine addiction, I am a wine (red!!) lover (my favorite being Crush by Dreaming Tree!) and I love T-shirts (the kind with the hilarious sayings on them). I am OBSESSED with the TV show Scrubs and I watch it constantly. I have an amazing husband who is more supportive than I could have ever hoped for, two sweet kiddos (who keep my life wonderfully eventful), three dogs, a rabbit, and most recently Hefty Smurf the beta fish.

Growing up, reading was my way to escape reality whether it was good or bad at the time and I want my stories to offer readers the same kind of adventure I have sought out in between the covers of a book.

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I hope you will buy the book and enjoy it. Please leave a review for Jessica McCrory.  I will.

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 Valentine’s Day

My Dear Future Readers,

Today is February 14th, Valentine’s day. I write about true love. How can I miss such a holiday that is dedicated to the feeling of Love? You are right. I can not miss it.

On this day, Love is celebrated and it is good to spend it with the one you love. I believe that Valentine’s Day is special in this way. True love is meant to be celebrated not only on this day but every day.

Love is a feeling that always needed no matter what is happening and on this day, Love for the people around you is more visible because it is the one day when you don’t have to be shy to show what is in your heart.

Take someone you love on a romantic date and sit in a cafe surrounded by candlelight. Give the woman you love a huge bouquet of roses. Or write a poem. Or best of all propose to her with a beautiful ring. No matter what the expression of love will be, it will be memorable because it was Valentine’s Day.

I write romance and read romance only because the way that a person cares for another person is the best expression of Love that there ever was.


The heart is made for feelings and it is indeed our heart that can never stay neutral to the attention we {women} receive on Valentine’s Day. It is this day that we want and crave the attention. I believe that every person in this world should give attention to the woman’s heart.

Yes, I am not in a relationship at this time but every year, I hope that someone will remember that a woman is a woman and a person who needs to be acknowledged. Maybe, some kind of magic will happen and one day, I, too will not be alone on this day.

The Day of Love is a day that should be for everyone and not just for couples. But I believe that Love is something that everyone feels and it doesn’t matter if you are in love or you are just spending the day with friends and family.

Today is a day to show love for the people who you love.  Yes, many people are single but if you care about someone it doesn’t have to be lonely.

Valentine’s Day is a special and beautiful day.


Roses are the best symbol of love and Valentine’s Day. Red roses express romance and passion in the language of flowers.

Roses…Roses….Roses are in the dreams of every woman on Valentine’s Day.  But for women who don’t have a relationship,  they can just be happy to hear words of love from family.

On Valentine’s Day books about romance and true love are more than welcome in the arms of a woman. Reading about romance is almost the same as being loved.  I should know that because I have been reading and writing romance all my life and I am yet to have a great romantic Valentine’s Day.

But as everything else in my life,  it will come when it is ready.  Love is a feeling that always takes time and I am still waiting for the right person to come.

However, on this Valentine’s Day,  I want to  say that I’m grateful for all the Love I have from my friends and family and you,  my dear future readers  because no matter how much I have to wait for the right person,  I know that I have gained something more valuable and that is enough for me right now.

True love is meant to be celebrated not only on this day but every day.  Love is for everyone  and not  just a significant other.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  May be lucky to find true love and hold onto it forever because it is a very rare find.

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

Lesson # 17: Creating Excerpts

My Dear Future Readers,

Today I want to talk to you about something fun. I have been doing this,in my Author Group for a while now. I place excerpts from my recent work in progress with pictures and let people read it. You can see that here: Discussions with Diana Rose and Her Future Readers. I was planning on starting doing that here on my blog as well, I just have to figure it out and if people would be interested in it.

Lesson 17: Creating Excerpts

To create an exciting excerpt from your book, you need to figure out where you want to cut it off. Now, cutting off makes people intrigued to read more. But it doesn’t give away the rest of the story. Excerpts help to introduce readers to your book but they are a bit larger than teasers which arexonly a quote long.

To be honest, I was always afraid of sharing text from my work in progress because it wasn’t published. I was also afraid people might not like it because it isn’t finished and unedited. But….as I began to talk with more authors and see what they are doing, I started to understand that readers enjoy reading excerpts.

So, I decided to see how you, my future readers would like my work in progress as well. I tried it in my group. I choose a new character every Wednesday to let my readers and group members get acquainted with the characters I’m writing about.

I hope you will like it here too. I can’t really explain it more because you need to see it to know what I’m talking about.

Who’s excited for excerpts?

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

Lesson 16: Appreciate Your Readers

My Dear Future Readers,

I want to say something very important.

Authors write books so people can read and enjoy them.

I believe that readers deserve respect. Readers make the books a success. But no matter what, the author works hard to make the books that the readers hold. Editing isn’t easy or fast. It takes time and thought to make the book sound good. Trust me, no one wants to read the first draft of a book that hasn’t been edited.

The authors, no matter how a large following they have, edit all their books. But writing and editing is only the beginning. Once you write, you need to show your work which is scary. Yes, then, once all the long edits are done, it takes some time for the cover and once that pretty cover is done you publish. That’s the scariest of all.

“What will my readers think?”

“Will my book sell?”

“Will my readers like my book?”

Trust me, after all that self-doubt is done, you begin again. The hardest part is starting over. But if your readers love you, they will stay.

I believe that authors who wrote multiple books are heroes who overcame their self-doubt. I am writing again which is why I think that doing this full time and writing books is what makes authors heroes. They never stop at one book. They build on that one book and go farther.

And in turn readers should be celebrated. For all the love that they show. If you read a book you like, tell the author, thank you for working so hard to write it. Trust me, authors are people too and they have feelings too. Books take time but a simple thank you makes us, authors want to write more.

These kinds of readers are beautiful to the author. I want to thank my own group of readers for staying with me for so long because I wouldn’t be here without them. I would not even be an author if I didn’t have a reader following me. My future readers are an awesome group of people who support me so much. I love them.

I want to say thank you to all my readers.  I feel so much love from them in times of stress and doubt. They make me want to keep going. I always write new things for them. Because I love that that my readers, even though my book  isn’t out yet, support me and encourage me to keep writing.

Readers are the best support in the world and I am proud to be a part of the author community because I always fel so much love from authors as well. No other career is as rewarding as being an 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