Monday Motivation: Living in Paradise

Monday Motivation: Living in Paradise

There’s nothing like a visit from a good friend to remind me that I live in paradise. Not only is Florida beautiful, but its accommodating weather allows for endless, low-cost (and no-cost) activities, including watching gorgeous sunsets on the Indian River and attending the Grant Seafood Festival.

Sunset on the Indian River.

It’s also fun to discover new places right in my own backyard, when motivated by the desire to show a visiting friend a good time in this part of The Sunshine State. One of them is Captain Hiram’s in Sebastian.

Then there’s the discovery of beautiful B & B’s like The Seaglass Inn in Melbourne Beach.

Located on Ocean Ave., between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, The Seaglass Inn is a perfect getaway. My friend has been raving about the friendly service, accommodations, and delicious breakfasts since her arrival on Saturday. Having met one of the owners the other day after picking her up at the airport and driving her here, I can attest to her review. No matter how attractive and well maintained, if a Bed and Breakfast lacks owners who truly love the business of hospitality, a guest will not return.

A few years ago, my friend (along with family members and another friend that same year), stayed at another lovely place in the area. However, as much as it boasted a naturally serene setting on the river, upscale amenities, and pristine conditions, its owner appeared to be in the wrong industry — as evidenced by his attitude and actions. Whenever I came by to hang out with her, he acted annoyed, as if I had no right to be there. When she arrived, the first thing he asked for was a credit card. I received the same feedback from others who stayed there on my recommendation. Despite the fact that I’d referred three substantial reservations to his B & B in a span of a month that year, this grouchy innkeeper never even bothered to thank me. His sour demeanor is the reason why none of them have returned…even though they all have been back to this part of Florida since then.

In stark contrast, the owner of The Seaglass Inn appeared genuinely happy to greet us (even me, the local) when we arrived. He engaged in friendly conversation as he described the various amenities and led us to the Royal Palm room. Now when I visit or stop by to pick her up, there’s no apprehension about being there. Not surprisingly, I’m envisioning a staycation there in the near future.

If you’re planning a trip to Melbourne Florida and vicinity anytime soon, I highly recommend The Seaglass Inn. Click here for more information.

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A Reader’s Impressions of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal

A Reader’s Impressions of Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal

Received this wonderful feedback via email yesterday from a reader after returning from my interview with John Ricciutti of Radnor Studio 21.  No matter how many times someone reaches out with positive things to say about Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, I still get the same feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment. Once upon a time, publishing a novel seemed like an unattainable dream. Then the internet and advanced technology came along and made it all possible. I’m grateful for the many doors this novel has opened for me, including becoming the co-founder of Writestream Publishing and Writestream Radio Network. Thank you to all who have supported me in my endeavors!

9780996653176I bought your book (Water Signs) and I am half way done. I cannot  believe all of the similarities to my life in Pennsylvania.

-I previously worked in Wayne, PA on Swedesboro Road and Devon
Park Drive.
-I used to rent houses in Sea Isle City and my kids go down to
Ocean City every year with their families.
-My husband used to work at the Power Plant in Eddystone for
PECO/Exelon.
-My sister’s name is Monica and I call her Moni.
-Two of my sons live in Media – one on one side of Linvilla
Orchards and the other on the other side.
-We are still Phillies and Eagle fans.
-I bowled at the Showboat Casino many moons ago.
-I love Wawa and wish they had them here in Arizona. If you live  near a Wawa you are going there at least once a day.
-Three of my kids graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School.

The lists just goes on and on. I can’t wait to finish the book. You are a wonderful author. You keep me wanting more!

If you would like to read the ‪#‎secondedition‬ of ‪#‎WaterSigns‬, it is available on Amazon.com in Amazon Kindle and paperback. Email me with your thoughts at dariaanne@writestreampublishing.com. And don’t forget to post a review. 😉

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A Few of My Favorite Water Signs Book Reviews

A Few of My Favorite Water Signs Book Reviews

I released the second edition of my 2008 novel Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal on July 15 (paperback) and July 8 (Kindle).

Why a new release?

Since publishing the book the first time around, I became a ghostwriter in addition to editing and helping other authors to navigate the independent publishing process. Eventually, this path led to the founding of Writestream Radio Network (March 2013) and Writestream Publishing LLC (June 2015) with my good friend and trusted biz partner Lisa Tarves.

Needless to say, I’ve acquired much more knowledge about the independent publishing industry and writing over the past eight years. Aside from wanting to publish my novel under the Writestream imprint, I also wanted to make some dialogue corrections and narration changes. While my book was well received and highly rated, as an author, I felt compelled to fix the things that were bothering me about the first edition. And thanks to the talents of Kia Heavey (cover designer) and Matt Margolis (interior formatting), my original vision has finally been fulfilled.

Still, it’s nice to look back upon some of my favorite reviews in the hope that new readers will respond in a similar manner:

Water Signs was one of those rare books that I had to force myself to put down because it was such an engaging, refreshing read. I enjoyed the fact that the story was set around the Jersey shore, as I am a Jersey girl myself. But what truly kept me reading was that Daria put so much life into her characters! Their personalities, their personal convictions, and their sense of family were so palpable that every time I read a page, it was like coming home to friends. The story kept me hooked all the way through, allowing me to experience Ken and Maddy’s life journeys along with them right on to the very end. The good thing is that the end wasn’t really the end, as Daria is currently working on the sequel, so I look forward to the day that I can pick up with Ken and Maddy on the next phase of their journey together! If you are searching for a truly good book that will leave you satisfied, Water Signs is definitely worth every penny!

– Amazon Customer

Pisces

The book flows with a great story line easy to follow and the imagination is caught in the rich descriptions of the surroundings as one can almost smell the ocean, hear the birds, and feel the breeze. The dialogue is a little abrupt at times, as some sentences seem to catch one off guard, but upon further reading, it blends with the pending emotion which ensues in joy, tears, heartache, and redemption, in which all can relate. – K. Fitzgerald

Pisces

Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end. Speaking of more…please Daria, write the sequel as we are left sitting on the edge our seats wanting more. Madeline Rose and her charming husband Kenny will enrich your lives with their love for each other. Yes, a perfect romance does exist. — Anni

Pisces

Daria is such a brilliant writer that you actually feel like you are living the story with the main character. I was so engrossed in this book, that there were times I had forgotten that I was sitting in my bedroom! This book is an excellent escape from one’s daily routine. I was always a slow reader, but let me tell you, I read through this book so fast, I even surprised myself!

Never did I ever feel like I could relate to a character as much as I could relate to this one. I could not believe how much Madeline’s life paralleled mine. It kept me wanting to read on. I can count AT LEAST five similar situations that the character and myself have been through.. It blew me away.

In addition, ANYONE suffering from panic/anxiety disorder or knows someone who is, MUST read this book. It will give you reassurance that this is only a temporary condition that will go away. You will lead a normal life again.

Not only will this book give you a sense of hope that true love does exist, it also proves that certain “bumps” that one goes through in life, are only temporary and will pass. Upon completion of this book, I had feelings of warmth, peace and hope, stir within me.

There is a light at the end of each dismal tunnel.

This is A MUST READ!!!..Any novel I had read after “Water Signs”, pales in comparison to this book. I am definitely looking forward to any future novels from this author.

Pisces

 

To read all reviews, click here.  If you would like to reach out to me to share your thoughts about the book, email me at dariaanne@writestreampublishing.com. Follow me on twitter @dariaanne and like my Facebook Author Page, Daria Anne DiGiovanni, Author.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read and review!

Preview and purchase Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal on Amazon.com

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