Monday, March 30, 2015

Something to Dream On by: Diane Rinella Book Blitz with Review

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Cover Art by Heidi ‘Azurylipfe’ Darras

   If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love? 

 While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen’s recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon.

Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?

My Review:
Overall Rating 5 Stars
This book was AMAZING!!! And the cover is stunning. This is the first book I have read from this author and WOW she is brilliant. This book was well written and the story development was amazing.
Lizette is so lovable, and she gets bullied because she have a few extra pounds. I think she is a beautiful character. I just wanted to give her a hug.
Jenson has his demons he need to fight. I liked his character as well.
Both Lizette and Jenson are two broken souls, what happens when they meet each other? Can they heal each other?
I recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. It is a beautiful and hunting story. 

Five Things That I Cannot Live Without
By Diane Rinella

When I was asked about the five things that I could not live without, my mind immediately went to the obvious: air, water, food, gravity, and the forward movement of time. Then I figured that I should probably look at it a little less seriously and focus on writing. That was even less fun, because I was reduced to simply needing a writing instrument (pen, pencil, paint, chalk, crayon, or a catsup bottle) and a surface (paper, a wall, the inside of a cave, a cocktail napkin, or a billboard—which might get me arrested). Thus, I decided to look at the things that make my writing style the way that it is.

Television – Goofy sitcoms are a great way to clear the stress of the world and let my thoughts flow. Well-acted dramas are good too, because they help me think past the scripted context and look for meanings between the lines. This really helps when it comes to character development.

Counter Culture, Cult, and B-rated movies – A good movie will suck you in. A bad movie, albeit in a good way, gets you thinking about how it could have been better. A counter culture film that cheesed me off by chickening out and not taking the story far enough inspired my first novel, Love’s Forbidden Flower.

Music and Musicians – Music always inspires me, even when I am not listening to it. It has a heavy presence in each of my books, especially the chick-lit, rock and roll fantasy, Scary Modsters … and Creepy Freaks. One of the main characters, deceased rock star Peter Lane, was loosely based on a real life rock star. Music always slips into my stories, whether it is obvious to the reader or not.

My years of acting and theatre training – I highly recommend that all writers, of any genre, take acting classes. When you take part in character study, you have to go beyond the obvious words and actions in the script to understand your character’s motivation. Just reciting lines on stage or in front of a camera makes for a poor performance. However, once you delve into the meat of the character, he or she becomes three-dimensional. For example, knowing your character’s favorite color is blue may mean that she loves to stare at the sky. What happens to most people when they spend a lot of time staring at one thing? They often daydream. Daydreamers are hopeful. Maybe I want my character to see life as an adventure. Then I might make her favorite color deep green like the wilds of the jungle. Does she like outdoor sports? Does she hunt? Would she use a gun or a crossbow? Acting teaches you to ask questions that help your characters to become real.

World Vision – I have been told that my biggest strength comes in writing from my heart. I like to believe that anything is possible and that wearing your heart on your sleeve is more of a virtue than a risk. I believe that screwing up is a part of human nature, and what tells character is how the person handles his or her mistakes. I write with my heart. If I concealed my love of the world, my writing would be vastly different.

DianeRinellaAbout the Author
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane's 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun's crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n' roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
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