Title: Diamonds are Forever
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #3
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 368 Pages
It's cold outside, but the drama is hot!
The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah's flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents' wedding approaches, the pressure's on to reveal their relationship.
Peyton's figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison's ready to tell the huge secret she's uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.
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A Day in the Life
A day in the life of an author … you wake up at sunrise, after only four hours of sleep that have miraculously left you refreshed and ready to start your day! The personal trainer comes by and gives you your personal training session right on the beach (because obviously, beach houses are necessary, and you’re RICH, since you write books and aren’t all writers super rich?!) You take a quick shower, enjoy a fabulous breakfast whipped up by your chef, and then prance up to your writing office that looks out over the ocean! You sit down at the computer to write, and the words flow perfectly, and you’re having so much fun that you don’t even notice that you’ve written well over 3,000 words that day. Next, you check your email (you’ve received tons of fan mail, duh), manage publicity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc, and write up a fantastically witty guest post for a blog. Then it’s happy hour time, so you hop over to a local bar where you meet up with super famous writer friends like James Patterson, Meg Cabot, JK Rowling, and the like. You all talk about your days, bounce ideas off of each other for future books, and plan a writing retreat in the Scottish Highlands. Then you go home and catch the latest episode of the TV show based off your book, which is, of course, a PERFECT adaption that every fan of the book absolutely loves. Then you curl up with a great book, eat some delicious pizza that somehow doesn’t make you gain weight, have a glass of wine, and call it a night. In your bedroom, your husband is waiting—he’s the star of the TV show based on your book. The two of you met on set, since as the writer, you get to make every final decision about the TV adaption. You drift off to sleep, already looking forward to another fantastic writing day tomorrow.
Okay – confession. None of that was true. This is all an IDEAL day in the life of an author, but it’s far from the reality. Now, onto the truth.
I’ll wake up around 10 or 10:30, because I’m a total night owl and stayed up pretty late, needing to finish just one more chapter of the book I was reading. I’ll make a sandwich, an easy mac, or a lean cuisine for breakfast, because I don’t really like traditional breakfast foods, and the microwave makes life so easy! Then I’ll go upstairs to my room and check my email and my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) Next, I’ll bring up the word document for my work in progress, alongside the detailed outline I’d written to keep me on track while writing. On a good writing day, the writing will come easy, and I’ll be able to write 1,500 words without realizing where the time had gone by. But most days, every other sentence is a struggle, because I constantly read over what I’ve written and think that it’s absolutely awful. Of course, it’s only a draft, and first drafts aren’t meant to be masterpieces, but it’s just WAY too easy to pick apart what I’m writing. I need to stop being so critical while drafting! I’ll force out a minimum of 1,000 words—hopefully more if I get on a good flow. Once done, I’ll track the words in an Excel document. Because nothing feels better than knowing that I’ve finished writing my minimum 1,000 words for the day. That’s the hardest part, and it’s over! Next, I’ll complete any other work that needs doing—writing up guest posts, answering interviews, commissioning a cover for an upcoming book, doing a final copy edits run for an upcoming book, formatting an upcoming book, etc. It’s really amazing how many tasks pile up that aren’t actually writing—they’re about managing the business of writing. Around this time, my friends might text me to see if I want to join for happy hour, which of course I must decline because I still look as if I’d just rolled out of bed, and I’m still working. (Also, discounted drinks and food can add up, which is tough on the budget of a writer). However, about once a week I’ll join my friends for ladies night at a local place at 9, because the drinks are free, and by 9 I’m usually finished working for the day.
Also—if I’m editing a book instead of writing it, I’ll ignore everything else and edit for 10-12 hours straight. Especially if I’m on deadline. On deadline, it’s not unusual to not leave the house for an entire week. Welcome to the not-so-glamorous life of a writer. ☺
But remember—we write because we love it, and we hope that the readers enjoy the stories that we create! Hearing from fans of the books makes everything MORE than worth it <3
About Michelle Madow:
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.
Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook (/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).
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Michelle is offering up a fabulous prize during her Diamonds are Forever Virtual Tour event. One (1) lucky winner will receive a signed paperback set of The Secret Diamond Sisters, along with a swag pack that includes lipgloss, bookmark, sister postcards, pin! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below: