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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?
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MY 5***** REVIEW
Terrific romance with bully and victim story twist! He’s the almost ‘rock star’ in a band that is full of drug addicts; Lizetta is the formerly bullied in high school woman who still hides herself in shame. Laura is his ex and is linked to Lizetta, too. She is the dark element that can bring both of them down. Then there is the psychic’s reading and the interesting way that fits in.
There was a solid storyline of addiction, bullying, and the power of fate. Jensen bravely chose to leave the band early in the story to get clean, and there are complications because of that decision. Lizetta was bullied in high school and is still scarred from the experience. Laura is a secondary character who adds to the intensity of the story because she needs is a victim and a source of pain. I wanted to sympathize with her and keep her away from Jensen and Lizzie.
“For years I have thought of myself as ugly because I chose to listen to what some people told me. Their hang-ups are their problem, not mine…” (Lizetta)
Then there was the twist that catapulted the story in a different direction than I was expecting. I shed some tears and was worried about where the story was headed. And then the author added another layer to it. Wow! You’ll either love or hate that next twist.
I think the themes of this story is what made it compelling reading for me. Jensen and Lizetta had a chance at true love that strengthened them against their pasts. I was rooting for this unlikely couple. It seemed that just as they were going to make it that something would take it away from them. I was on the edge while reading this. I wondered where would the author go to next.
I recommend this for someone looking for a romance with flawed characters who embrace their chance to connect with flawed people and find love and get a second chance. It was much more than I had hoped for.
Note: I received a review copy from the author and provided my HONEST review.
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.
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Diane Rinella: Something To Dream On Interview
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a quirky, rock n’ roll fan girl with unhealthy obsessions. My house was built during the Civil War. I drink tea out of a cup used in the original Dark Shadows TV series. Sam always wins over Dean and Damon over Stefan, though I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed.
What is your story about?
Something To Dream On is about two characters, Jensen and Lizetta, who struggle to improve their lives. In the prologue, we see that Lizetta has body image issues that were brought on by bullying and that Jensen has substance abuse issues. Jensen is pretty much a jerk, yet there is something there that lets us know that his soul is beautiful. The two meet and fall in love, but what appears to be a sweet love story takes us down the path of their life’s challenges. Something To Dream On is about giving yourself, and others, a second chance.
It is also about accepting yourself as you are. Just because someone has bullied you does not mean that you need to let their words harm you. Also, being hurt by someone is never an excuse to hurt someone else in turn. Bullying does not need to be a cycle. Revenge and bitterness are useless, but compassion can help you improve the world. We are all interconnected beings. We should celebrate that.
What traits were you looking for when you were creating the main character for this story?
The story is about hope, redemption, and giving yourself and others a second chance. Thus, I needed the characters to have the traits of those who have been through their own personal hell and back. One of the main characters, along with a supporting character, has substance abuse issues. One is triumphing while the other is struggling. For the sake of the story, the one who is struggling needs to be unlikeable, yet you need to feel for her. Giving a character qualities that will make readers sympathetic while hating her is tricky.
What was the deciding factor for your book title? Did it just come to you or did you try different ones?
I was pretty clueless on that for a while. Then one day I checked out a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I was surrounded by room after room of jellyfish that were illuminated under black light. The whole thing was so surreal that it was like living in an alien, psychedelic light show. At the very end of the exhibit was a quote by Jimi Hendrix, “You have to give people something to dream on.” Dreams were already a part of the book, and seeing that felt like the universe was telling me to delve in deeper. At that moment, the book was named. I’ve never considered naming it something else.
What inspired you to start writing?
Movies play in my brain, especially once my head hits the pillow. Often they stem from something I have watched or read, a face, or a line of dialogue. I then project that into an alternate universe. It’s kind of like watching the movie Clue over and over again. “It could have happened this way, or it could have happened this way, but what really happened was…” I also have a theatrical background; so all those years of acting help me develop the characters that tell the story. Since my brain already explores this madness each night, why not get it down on paper?
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The Outsiders by SE Hinton was the first book that ever really hit a chord. I love how I can get into Ponyboy’s head. (Or does he get into mine?) It has stayed with me every day of my life. Those characters got under my skin. The drama of Jacqueline Susann is epic. Valley of the Dolls is still the most brilliant piece of rubbish you will ever read. She paved the way for EL James and many others.
If you could ask your favorite author anything, what would it be?
Me: Ms. Susann, you came up with some crazy characters and odd situations, what inspired you?
Ms. Susann: Diane, darling, you are an actress and know Hollywood-types, need I say more?
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Dear Lord, Not Her Again!