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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!
Better late than never, my 2008 novel Water Signs is now available on Kindle for $2.99. It’s been an interesting journey, navigating through this brave new media marketing world over the past six years. Although I haven’t actively promoted the book in a very long time, I recently realized that 1.) My network of contacts, friends and clients has dramatically increased thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, providing a large new base of potential readers, and 2.) Now that I’ve completed two ghostwritten books and have a handle on social media projects for clients, I can make the time to (finally) finish Sea To Shining Sea.
One of the many benefits of being an independently published author is that you can never really penetrate your market; therefore, there are endless opportunities to reach new readers. And what better way to pave the way to sequel success than to have my audience fall in love with (or in many cases, all over again) Water Signs just before the sequel’s release?
Although I’m decades older than Underlake’s target audience, I was thoroughly captivated by Kia Heavey’s mesmerizing tale of teen angst with a supernatural twist. Unlike the usual pop culture tropes we see today, however, the main character Katie Welch’s internal conflict
stems from having a strong moral compass in a world where most parents have ceded responsibility. In Katie’s upper-crust clique where money is a substitute for time and attention, the prevailing wisdom is that “kids are going to do it anyway.” Which is why Katie’s Manhattan friends — lacking any clearly defined boundaries — are thrust into adulthood at hyper speed.
Therefore, Katie’s organic “old-fashioned” values and inherent longing for a mother who imposes discipline is at odds with her (materially) pampered lifestyle. Although she doesn’t realize it at first, her mother’s insistence on spending a summer in the rural upstate New York resort town of Underlake will ultimately transform her life and validate her belief system. Although she’s only 15, Katie is wise beyond her years and in a culture of moral excess, it was refreshing to read a portrayal of a young teen who recognizes the importance of slowing down and enjoying one’s childhood and adolescence.
Once the story unfolded in its pastoral, lakeside setting it began to weave elements of spirituality and the supernatural with beautiful prose, imagery and and an intriguing leading man, John Howe. The author kept me guessing right up until the turning point of the plot, which was refreshingly unique and completely unexpected. Without giving away any spoilers, I’ll just add that as I turned the pages leading up to the final sequence, I found myself hoping Katie’s faith would be rewarded. A master storyteller, Kia kept me in suspense until the end.
While the book celebrates traditional values, it never once devolves into didactic preachiness. I sympathized with Katie but I could also understand her mother’s tortured dilemma. I felt sorry for her privileged friends who are just kids in need of direction and parental affection, struggling to understand their proper role in the world. And in the love affair between Katie and John I saw all of the elements of a genuine courtship — a quaint practice that seems to have been all but discarded in a society where meaningless hook-ups are the norm, not the exception.
Infused with vivid detail, sympathetic characters, a haunting landscape and an aura of mysticism, Underlake combines contemporary sensibilities with timeless morality and champions the conquering power of love and forgiveness. I highly recommend it for readers of all ages.
A few months ago, I interviewed Kia on Writestream just before Underlake’s release. Click below to listen.
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