The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
This book is every bit as fun and jealousy-inducing as it sounds, and I highly recommend it to fans of stories filled with drama among extremely wealthy people. If my full review is not enough to convince you to read it, join me in giving Michelle a warm welcome and hear what she has to say about her new series.Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!
Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. She loves connecting with readers online, so be sure to follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow). Website: www.michellemadow.com
Forever Literary: Welcome to my blog—let's jump right in! The Diamond sisters experience a glamorous lifestyle upheaval and react to it in vastly different ways. What would you do with a sudden influx of wealth like the one they experience?
Michelle Madow: I would definitely react to it like Savannah does. Meaning, lots of SHOPPING! I love shopping, and could do serious damage with an unlimited credit card like the Diamond sisters have. But more seriously, I would like to hope that if I experienced a sudden influx of wealth like that, I would be as focused and determined in my writing as I am now. But it would also be so relaxing to know that money would never be an issue, and I would probably live more in the moment than I do currently.
Forever Literary: That sounds like so much fun, and I am glad to hear I would not have to worry too much about your writing. Next question: I have seen some reviewers complain about the drinking and partying in The Secret Diamond Sisters, saying it is unrealistic for a 15-year-old to engage in such activities so frequently. Do you believe this is unrealistic? If so, is it okay to suspend reality for the sake of entertainment?
Michelle Madow: It’s important to remember that The Secret Diamond Sisters takes place in a short time span—one week in July, that begins on the Fourth of July, and ends with the grand opening of the Diamond Hotel. Not only is it summer—when these teens in my book have no responsibility—but it’s one of the biggest party weeks in summer! It’s pretty much like a vacation. (And I don’t know about everyone else, but the vacations I took as a teen could get pretty crazy.) The main characters are 15, 16, and 17, and only one of them is 15, and that 15 year old is spending time with older kids. Not only do I believe that this drinking and partying is realistic, but I know it’s realistic, from personal experience and the experiences of people I know. It’s important for readers to remember that while the lives of these girls may be extremely different from their lives, part of the fun of reading is seeing the world through the eyes of others who have had different experiences from their own. And it’s not only “okay” to suspend reality for the sake of entertainment, but necessary! Most books—even contemporaries—are very different from the reality lived by the person reading it.
Forever Literary: I agree 100 percent! My life is nothing like that of the Diamond sisters, but that just makes reading about their adventures even more fun. For my last question I have an inquiry I frequently ask authors. What was the best moment of the path to publication for The Secret Diamond Sisters?
Michelle Madow: The moment my agent called me, on December 13, 2012, to let me know that Harlequin TEEN wanted to publish the trilogy! I set the goal to become a published author in the fall of 2008, and after four years of obsessively working to make that dream come true, it was the best feeling ever to know it would be a reality.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle! Blog readers, if you have read The Secret Diamond Sisters, let me know what you thought in the comments. If not, go read it, or go chat with the author on Twitter. Both she and her book are wonderful.