Available for Pre-Order on Amazon: Second Edition of Water Signs – UPDATED

UPDATE: I just approved the book today! It’s now available in paperback on Create Space. If you prefer Kindle or would like to buy the paperback version on Amazon, pre-order here. Both will be live on July 8.

I’m thrilled to announce that the second edition of my 2008 novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle. To quote an old saying, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know” back then; accrued knowledge over the past eight years has led me to produce the book I’ve always wanted. From the exceptional formatting and cover design to dialogue and editing tweaks, I’m proud to release this new version under the Writestream Publishing LLC imprint.

9780996653176Who knew back then, that the writing and publication of this divinely inspired novel had a much larger purpose than simply a personal catharsis?

Being an author of a well-received, 5-star rated novel increased my level of credibility and ultimately brought me to this wonderful moment, where I am a co-founder of a thriving, independent publishing company with a woman who is not only a dear friend, but a sharp, savvy, and trustworthy entrepreneur.

Since 2008, I have ghostwritten and edited multiple books and consulted with clients on the independent publishing process. Establishing Writestream Radio in 2013, followed by Writestream Publishing in 2015 with Lisa Tarves has been both a joy and a learning experience. I love that I get to work from home, be a voice for others, and help them achieve their publishing goals. No matter how many times we do it, I’m exhilarated when I finally hold the finished product in my hand — whether a client’s work or my own.

I had no idea when I sat down to write all those years ago that I would make so many good friends and contacts, become an internet radio host and ghostwriter, and attract the right business partner. It feels amazing!

For those of you who have read and enjoyed the original version, this is a second edition, not a sequel. The story and characters remain the same; I’ve just improved some elements, added a foreword, enhanced the formatting (with the help of the excellent Matt Margolis), and created the perfect cover design (thanks to the talented Kia Heavey). For those who have never read it, I hope you like it and look forward to your feedback!

Here’s a link to a series of articles that delve into the specific aspects of the novel. Look for an official release in paperback and Kindle on July 15.



Writestream Tuesday: Shatter the Narrative

WritestreamLogo-800x533Are you a creative person/writer/reader who loves liberty? Are you tired of the false, pervasive narratives used in pop culture and the media to constantly deride, mock, and repudiate the United States and patriotic Americans?


If you’ve had it with this nonsense, we invite you to listen to our special “Shatter the Narrative” show on Tuesday, November 18 with talented, patriotic authors Sarah Hoyt, Marina Fontaine, Tom Knighton, Declan Finn, and Daniella Bova. Moderated by Writestream founder Dariaanne, the panel will gleefully shatter the following narratives:

  1. The myth of the American suburbs as soulless, horrible places to live;
  2. The myth of European intellectual and cultural superiority over Americans;
  3. The myth of constitutional conservatives as dour, humorless people;
  4. The glamorization of mass murdering revolutionaries like Che Guevara and the romanticizing of brutal political ideologies like communism.

During the live show, we invite you to call in with your comments at (347) 945-7246. After the panel, be sure to stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with the Luminaries of Liberty: Ms. Always Right, Scary Smart, and The Prince of Whitebread!

RWR_logo_350x300To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: Shatter the Narrative. Or you can call (347) 945-7246 to listen by phone (press 1 if you would like to ask a question or make a comment on the air).


See you on Tuesday, November 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern for Writestream Tuesday: Shatter the Narrative!


Latest Reviews of Water Signs

My first novel is now on sale for $2.99 in Kindle format while I dedicate myself to completing the sequel this year. In the meantime, I am thrilled to have recently received the following reviews:

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.


I fell in love with Rose from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to know more and more about her story. I am rooting for her and hope the author will consider writing a sequel. I would like to be informed if she does. Her writing style kept me engaged and intrigued. I appreciate an author like DiGiovanni who has a keen knowledge of English language and who writes as if you were right there with the main character. Kudos to you!


Fall in Love with D’Souza’s America

If you haven’t yet seen the incredible pro-America docudrama from Dinesh D’Souza, I encourage you to go as soon as possible — and take as many family members, friends, neighbors and acquaintances as you can. From my review of the film, posted at The American Journal:

In this noble effort, D’Souza expertly crafts a stunning visualization of a very different outcome for the American Revolution. Early on in the film, he takes viewers onto an 18th century battlefield, where a resolute General George Washington leads an army of ordinary men into devastating combat with theworld’s premier superpower. Instead of being a prelude to his eventual inauguration as the first American President in 1789, this battle ends Washington’s death — and destroys all hope of forging a free and prosperous nation.

Thanks in part to stunning cinematography and excellent acting, this scene is truly gut-wrenching. What if Washington had been killed? What would the world look like today?

Using that premise, D’Souza  ponders the question of why so many Americans hate their own country. As an immigrant who moved to the United States 30 years ago, he feels very differently about the nation the founders risked everything to create on July 4, 1776. So what is the driving force behind American self-loathing?

The answer: Left-wing radical Howard Zinn  and his book A People’s History of the United States – a scathing indictment of America that has infiltrated public schools, pop culture and academia. As the filmmaker explains, Zinn’s anti-American screed forms the foundation for the outright antipathy so many Americans feel for their homeland.

But is it accurate?

With logic and fact, D’Souza’s film brilliantly deconstructs Zinn’s indictments one by one – from Native American genocide, to “stealing” Mexican land, to “occupying” other nations with our military might in our insatiable quest for world domination. Every charge is examined through the lens of history, with some surprising revelations. For example, the fact that one of the most brutal slave-owners in the American south was himself a black American and former slave- a man who also engaged in the horrid practice of slave breeding — something even white slave owners refused to do. On a positive note, D’Souza also introduces us to some notable, overlooked Americans, like Madame C.J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire the nation had ever seen — who also happened to be black.

I don’t know about you, but I never learned about Madame C.J. Walker, nor about black slave owners in the American south in all of my years of schooling. In the fifth grade I had a nun who was very passionate about the issue of slavery, which she clubbed her young students with every single day, instilling as much white guilt as possible. Funny, Sister Charlene never told us the whole story, including how Africans sold their own people into slavery. And she also left out the part about white people being slaves throughout history in various civilizations.


My point is not that slavery is ok — it’s evil. Just that it’s not the exclusive domain of Caucasian men and women in terms of inflicting it upon people of color. But how many Americans are even aware that, as D’Souza points out, the United States is the only country that went to war to end it?

Lest you think it’s just a boring history lesson, D’Souza’s America is an inspiring, emotional, passionate, joyful and uplifting ride through the American psyche. While it masterfully and truthfully refutes the America-hating narrative of the Left it also evokes renewed appreciation and love for the greatest country in the history of the world.

If you’re not cheering in the aisles at the end, you may want to check your pulse.



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