April 9, 2013

Love's Forbidden Flower Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Love's Forbidden Flower (Forbidden Flower #1)
Author: Diane Rinella
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Publisher: Midnight to Six


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.

Sliding my hand under his head I nudge him to raise it so his pillow can return home. “Seriously, can you please put forth an extra effort to be pleasant? At least to Christopher. He’s already kind of freaked about meeting you after the little display I mentioned that happened with Al’s brother. Bob didn’t paint you in a very nice light, and, unfortunately, I didn’t help matters.”
“What do you mean, ‘put forth an extra effort to be pleasant?’ Am I not always the most charming man you've ever met?”
“Quit making sarcastic remarks and being all—” I mimic his trademark blinking eye roll before leaning in and whispering, “It’s just too damn sexy.”
Donovan’s eyes almost pop out of his head while mine quickly slam shut—both of us going rigid. What the hell was I thinking? My intended joke was in no way funny. Now I'm stricken by an overwhelming sense of guilt.
“Sorry, I had to get at least one in before you left.” I rise to flee, but I'm arrested by Donovan's touch upon my arm as he sits to address me. My lids go tight again—refusing to open and face the shame my words brought. What on earth came over me?
“Lily, look at me. I know you were messing with me but really, look at me. Just look me in the eyes, and don’t think for a minute. I need a moment of honesty.”
Sanity begs me to take flight and not return home until Donovan has long left, but his courageous request is conquering. The sensation as he runs his fingers along my jaw line and calls my eyes to meet his reminds me of his true nature and brings on a yearning for the days when we were discovering our hidden desires.
We stare into each other's eyes as the intended moment becomes a display of immortal piety. After my heart seizes and I surrender to what we once had never forsaking me, Donovan breaks our lock by falling back on the bed and sounding resigned. “Yeah, I thought so.”
“What did you see?”
“The same thing you did in me.”
I escape our reality in haste, absolutely hating myself for being victimized by the emotions that rip me apart.

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.

Author Links:
Website: http://dianerinellaauthor.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6592108.Diane_Rinella
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeRinella
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Steph,

    Thank you so very much for this post. I appreciate the opportunity along with your time.

    All the best,