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Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway – Love’s Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella

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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Love’s Forbidden Flower Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, we have an awesome interview with author Diane Rinella about the novel and her life as a writer. And make sure you enter the giveaway to win some fabulous prizes!






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Title: Love’s Forbidden Flower
Author: Diane Rinella
Publication Date: November 28th 2012
Publisher: Midnight to Six
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance
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The heart cares not what society forbids.

Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.

But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.

As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an unconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?

Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love’s Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.[/note]







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[note color=”#cb7ffa”]1.     Welcome Diane to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?[/note]


Thank you, Diayll! It is an absolute pleasure to be here.

I’m a writer, actress, pastry chef, and vintage rock n’ roll fanatic who lives in a Victorian built during the Civil War. I’m really trying to get the walls to talk, but they’ve been refurbished. I am also the mother of a sweet little five-month-old girl.



[note color=”#cb7ffa”]2.      Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?[/note]

Instead of battling my insomnia, I embrace it. I’ll lie in bed and let my mind wander. Before I know it, I’m at my desk and writing. I keep note pads everywhere. I’m constantly using the memo feature on my phone. Inspiration hits at odd moments.




[note color=”#cb7ffa”]3.      Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?[/note]

I am a visual person so my inspiration comes from observing people and watching TV and film. I’ll look at someone and project additional character traits on to them. If I am watching TV, I’ll see something and think, “What would it have been like if he did x instead of y?” Before I know it, I’ve got a whole new story.


[note color=”#cb7ffa”]4.      What books are currently on your bookshelf?[/note]

I’m currently reading All Too Beautiful, the Steve Marriott story. On the shelf right next to my desk I keep an entire set of Jacqueline Susann novels. They are totally battered.



[note color=”#cb7ffa”]5.      Your latest novel is Love’s Forbidden Flower. What is the background behind the story, are any real life events reflected in the novel?[/note]

While watching a film, The Buttercup Chain, I became frustrated by a subplot that was tucked into the background. Two cousins, who were raised as siblings, have a very strong attraction. The girl is fine with the situation while the guy is freaked. Every time he came close to acting on his feelings he would back off with no explanation as to why. I kept hoping for some kind of gratification, but in the end I almost threw the remote at the television in frustration. Then I let my mind wander with “What if?” Before I knew it I was writing. As for real life events, like Lily, I was drawn into the culinary arts at a young age. I totally get her passion.




[note color=”#cb7ffa”]6.      What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?[/note]

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way in where Lily taunts Donovan about a project he has spent days working on. It shows what those two are really like and how much they thrive when together. I still laugh every time I read it.




[note color=”#cb7ffa”]7.      Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?[/note]

Write the story you want to tell. We live in a wonderful era of a publishing revolution. There is no one out there who can stop you from writing and distributing your work. However, don’t just write and hit the publish button. Get as many people as you can to read your story and give honest opinions. Make the improvements you feel are needed and edit, edit, edit! Hire an editor. Do the best you can to catch every tiny misusage of a comma, but respect that even major publishers miss a lot or errors. Hit the publish button with pride. Know that bad reviews are inevitable. (Even the greatest classics get bad reviews.) Celebrate that you have done what so few others dare.



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8.      Lastly, what can readers expect to see from you next?[/note]

While Love’s Forbidden Flower can be viewed as a standalone book, there is so much more to tell. You can’t have two soul mates and end their story when they are 20. Lily and Donovan made life-altering decisions that will result in life-long consequences. Time’s Forbidden Flower will be released in late 2013.





To Learn More About Diane and The Novel, Please Visit:

Twitter @DianeRinella




Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!

Thank you so much!

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Diane Rinella

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About 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.

She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.[/note]