Author – Diane Demetre. Being a passionate woman who has always done things a little differently, Diane’s career began as a school teacher. She then moved into a full time career as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting her stuff on many stages throughout Australia. She was responsible for the original multi-million extravaganza at Conrad Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast – Starz and Galaxies.
Following her onstage career her thirst for knowledge led her into the field of self development. Using her communication skills and love of people, spent many years as a stress and life skills therapist and life coach, teaching individuals, couples and groups the methodologies of personal success and fulfilment.
With her business acumen, Diane launched into the corporate arena, working in a variety of positions as a consultant in marketing, special events, tourism, business strategies, quality management and human resource management. Combining her entertainment and business backgrounds, she returned to the stage as a keynote speaker and corporate facilitator, educating business leaders in the ‘new mindset’ for business and relationship building in the 21st century.
Assuming the pseudonym of the Goddess of Love, she appeared as a guest presenter on Gold FM radio, Gold Coast, a national radio program broadcast to 1.4million listeners. Her weekly program proved popular with Diane providing empowering advice on life, love, sex and relationships, sprinkled with a good dose of humour. Her passion for life and compulsive sharing nature made her a great inspiration to her listeners. As the Goddess of Love she also appeared as a regular guest on the national television program Beauty & the Beast, where her practical insights were televised to viewers across Australia.
When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016. Her next book, a romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript.
Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.
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Publisher – Luminosity Publishing
Pages – 311
The Blurb –
Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?
- Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…
- Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.
As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?
Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.
Today is my stop on the blog tour for Island of Secrets. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to review and take part.
My thoughts – I really loved Cecilia, the main character, I had Suggs singing in my head whilst reading this. The story starts as Cecilia is facing a cross roads in her life, being a hard headed young woman, she has left home to make it on her own. She finally wises up to her dead beat boyfriend and is offered the job of a lifetime on a secluded island.
Here she finds herself a second family, and a secure job. She is living in paradise, what could possibly go wrong?
Fast forward forty years and Tina Templeton finds herself on the island, due to a bereavement, she’s used to visiting for holidays. However her life is about to be turned on its head. Something is wrong on the island and it looks as though she is the only one who can fix it.
The book is very well written and the island sounds absolutely idyllic.
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