9 April 2013

Blog Tour: Love's Forbidden Flower | Interview + Giveaway



The Book <<


LOVE'S FORBIDDEN FLOWER
by Diane Rinella


Published November 2012
by Midnight to Six

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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.


>> 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.





Interview <<

How did the idea for Love's Forbidden Flower come to you?

The whole thing started when I watched The Buttercup Chain, a 60’s counter culture film. The two main characters are cousins, via identical twins, who were raised as brother and sister. A small part of the story is based on their obvious romantic connection. The woman is accepting of her emotions while the man is conflicted. Both the book and the film taunted you with the situation but never gave you enough of it to make the storyline satisfying. Upon doing research I discovered that there are so many biases toward the subject that I could not find a single book that really tackled it non-judgmentally. Yet the more I dug, the more common I found the real-life situation to be. There are definitely stories to be told, and I wanted to do so while making the reader forget about the relation and just see the unfairness of societies biases.


What ten words would you us to describe your novel?

Dark human rights piece disguised as a witty romance novel.


The male mind is quite a foreign concept for us of the female variety, so I am impressed to see that Love's Forbidden Flower is based around the actions on a male. What I'm wondering is, was it hard to build Donovan up as a character?

This is a really tough one to answer without telling too much about how things play out, so please forgive the vagueness. I looked to Donovan’s heart and his predicament. Donovan is treated by others as several different stereotypes that are nothing like who he really is. Stereotypes are cruel beasts. I pulled from a large circle of men in similar situations to come up with his character.


You've tried your hand at a fair few different career paths in the past, so what drew you writing?

It’s actually more that I have a ton of hobbies that I take seriously. I can’t sit still. Writing is something that I have been drawn to for a long time, but I never felt strong enough about my work to publish it. The more I wrote of Love’s Forbidden Flower, and the more compassion I found toward the real life versions of Lily and Donovan that I discovered along the way, the more I knew I had to complete the project and bring it into the light. I’ve no regrets.


Can you give us any hints on what is install for Lily and Donovan in the next book?

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.





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