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Soul Mates
by Diane Rinella
Ayanami asked me about the concept of soul mates, which plays heavily in Love’s Forbidden Flower and even more so in its upcoming sequel, Time’s Forbidden Flower.

I love the concept of soul mates—the person, or even persons, with whom you have traveled before. I also firmly believe in it.

At a young age I was told that we travel in groups and that we find each other time and time again. Every once in awhile we will meet someone and it seems as if we have known each other for years—it’s because we have.

I also believe that we have no control over our birth circumstances. Why would we choose to place ourselves into less than ideal circumstances? Would anyone choose to be born into poverty? Probably not. Is being born into poverty shameful? Absolutely not. Would you choose to be born as a sibling to your soul mate? I am betting no. Therefore, why is it shameful if you are?

In Plato’s The Symposium, Aristophanes tells us that humans were originally two complete people who were attached. Since humans had great strength, they were seen as a threat to the gods. Zeus split them in half, thus both weakening them and creating twice as many followers. Apollo then reconstructed their bodies, yet each one remained as two. It is said that when two haves find each other, they will know no greater joy than reuniting.

How can we ever deny two people the joy of being complete?

Love's Forbidden Flower
Diane Rinella
Genre: Edgy/New Adult Romance
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 unconceivable 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.


About the Author

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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.

She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting this guest post. I truly enjoyed it and appreciate the opportunity.

    All the best to you!


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