December 6, 2013 Excerpt, Giveaways 2 ★★★★★

Love's Forbidden Flower, Love's Erotic Flower, Time's Forbidden Flower

Diane Rinella

Series: Forbidden Flower Series

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I’ve read all these books and I really loved them.  The theme is heart-breaking and touching and handled in such a great way.  If you like a little bit of taboo love but in a serious book that honestly explores the subject of forbidden relationships, you will love this series.
Love’s Forbidden Flower:
*** Please note: This is a New Adult Romance novel involving two siblings who struggle with their emotions. This is not a work of erotica.***
The heart cares not what society forbids.
Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.
But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.
As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an inconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?
Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love’s Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.
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Love’s Erotic Flower:
Society’s torch only illuminates our path.
Very disturbing or somewhat intriguing? That is the question Donovan asks himself over his soul mate’s latest idea for bedroom antics. Undecided, he enters into a bet. If Lily wins, Donovan will become a willing participant in an unsettling new adventure. If she loses… Well, does Donovan really want her to lose?
Love’s Erotic Flower is an erotic, stand-alone, short story featuring the characters from the controversial New Adult Romance novel, Love’s Forbidden Flower. This piece is approximately 8000 words.
Warning: This title contains graphic language and raunchy sexual situations. It is intended for those 18 years of age and older.
Time’s Forbidden Flower:
An eternity of passion cannot be quelled by society.
Once upon a time Donovan assured Lily all of her dreams would come true. But how could he keep the promise of a fairy tale when her truest goals could not involve him, though her deepest desires did? Now, Lily has it all—love, passion, a family, and the career of her dreams—with Christopher. But something is lacking. She and Donovan have spent the last ten years living apart, and the soul mates are eager to reunite. Can Donovan keep his promise to give Lily all she desires, even with Christopher in the way?
For Lily and Donovan, the past is a mirror to the future that cannot be shattered.
Donovan is convinced Lily has been his love for all eternity. Determined to unravel the past, they embark on a journey to discover where it all began. For centuries Donovan has stolen Lily’s heart while forced to suffer for his love. How much can a soul endure before the breaking point is reached and a monster emerges? Can the demons of the past be combated to pave the way for happiness in the next life? Or has the abuse suffered in this life already turned Donovan hell bound? Time and again, one woman has destroyed their happiness. It’s time to silence her once and for all.

Bolting into his private chambers, I neglect the formality of a salutation before sniffling out my words, certain that my face is unrecognizable from the streaks and smears of eyeliner and mascara. “You leaving was the hardest thing I ever experienced. If you hadn’t shoved me away I would have stood by your side without fail. I kept asking if you were sure. You said it had to happen.” I halt Donovan as he heads toward me. “No, stay where it’s safe. You’re not allowed to do anything but talk to me.”
“I had to do everything I could.” He gulps back a sob. “You were sick—so, so sick. It was like watching you die.”
“What would you be like today if we had pressed on? Couldn’t we have recovered?” Tears pour down my cheeks so heavily my sinuses drain. Against my better judgment, I let Donovan dab my eyes with a tissue.
“Remember how we used to go for long walks? I kept changing our route because we lived near both a school and a park. Kids were everywhere, and you always looked so sad. One day a little boy couldn’t get started on a swing. You ran over to help him, and looked so happy. I wanted you to always be that happy.”
“I was happy,” I implore, sniffling with a snort. “I was happy with you.”
The sadness in Donovan’s eyes deepens. He kisses his tissue that holds the product of my sorrow and begs for my understanding. “But this was a glow I could never give you. It killed me to know it was my fault you would never have it.”
I push on, feeling we are in a tug-of-war as to who hurts the most. “What about the glow I had with you? It was my decision too.”
“A decision that was making you ill,” he tenderly asserts. “I loved you too much for that.”
“I would have gotten past it, but what about you, Donovan? If I had let you recover and come back for you, or if I had rebelled and told you I wasn’t going down without a fight, what would have happened?”
Donovan squeezes his eyes, releasing more sorrow. I grab a tissue then crumple it, as if wanting it to be useless. I itch to touch him without the barrier a tissue would provide. My hand surges forth, absorbing his tears into my skin. “I made a huge mistake,” he confesses. “I fell prey to dichotomous thinking. After I shoved you away Dr. Coe got through to me. It wasn’t an all or nothing situation.”
My hand that has been dampened with his sorrow touches my own cheek, bringing his tears to mine. Everything about us should be together.
“I sabotaged us.” Donovan’s voice rings with contrition and self-hatred as our foreheads meet. “I would never make that mistake again. Now I can face anything. What about you, Lily?” He turns brave, his words sounding like a challenge. “With the life you have, can you come back to my side and face anything?”
“I’ve no idea,” I hesitantly whisper.
“I’ll always love you, Lily.”

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About Diane Rinella


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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