Saturday, September 12, 2015



Welcome to Rave Reviews Book Club’s
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY
at Yvette M. Calleiro's Author Blog!
Location: the beautiful Miami, FL! :-)

I'm SO excited that it's finally MY turn 
to share my little blog!

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:


*Two Ebook Copies of The One Discovered
(The Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1)

*Two Ebook Copies of The One Enlightened
(The Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 2)

*And one fabulous winner will win BOTH e-books! :-)

**If you win one of the books and you've already read it, I will gladly exchange it for one of the other books in the series.**

# of Winners for this stop: 5


I'm SO excited to announce the winners of my RRBC Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party!

Mistral K. Dawn
Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Bruce Borders
Ani Manjikian
Peter Wendt

Congratulations! I will be contacting you soon to find out which ebook version you prefer! Happy reading! :-)

For those of you who are just randomly visiting my site today, you are in for a great treat! I am part of the Rave Reviews Book Club's Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party.  All month long, authors like me are sharing their blogs and giving away prizes to those who visit their sites and leave a comment.  I've actually already won TWO (yep, you read that correctly, TWO) prizes just for visiting other authors' blogs and leaving comments.  

It's free! It's easy! It's fun! And most of all, you get to learn about new books and great authors! Check out the main web site to visit all of the other authors and their blogs: RRBC Block Party!

At the end of today's blog, you will be able to leave a comment.  Four random comments will be chosen and those winners will be announced on the web site above.  Good luck, everyone!

The Chronicles of the Diasodz

The idea of the Diasodz started as a dream.  Really.  It was a dream so intense that I woke up crying.  I had already written two books before this idea came to me (neither of those books have yet to be published).  It was so powerful a dream that I had to immediately write it down.  Throughout that day, I couldn't get it out of my head.  I became obsessed with wanting to know who the four characters (three boys and a girl) were and how they found themselves in such a traumatizing event.  I didn't know their names or their background or their purpose; all I knew was that I was obsessed with them.

I realized their relationship to one another first.  It started out as some kind of love triangle, but I quickly realized that they were not going to go down that road.  Their story was richer, stronger, and more intense.  Their story had history.  And that is when it hit me that they were supernatural beings.  They were created at almost the same time that God created humans, and their purpose was to heal and protect humans.  I finally had the what in the equation.  Now, I needed a name.  I am a HUGE fan of Greek mythology, so it only made sense to me to borrow Greek or Latin terms.  I looked up words that meant healing or protecting, and among the words that I found, I discovered dia-sodzo, which means to save and heal thoroughly.  And I knew that these beings were Diasodz.

Their history began to form in my mind then.  Let me first state that my absolute worst subject is history.  I have never been able to remember important dates or places or names attached to historical information, so I found it a bit ironic that I was now creating an entirely new twist on history for this series.  At this point, I knew that I had more than one book, and I was pretty certain that it would be more than a trilogy.  As I began to relearn my history of the beginning of mankind, I studied various stories, looking for one that would allow my Diasodz to seem as if they could be real.  The fall of Lucifer and the creation of Adam and Eve felt like the perfect fit, and once I accepted that, their entire history played out in my head.  Now, I had a part of my when.

The how was a little more complicated, and these details came in segments.  My Diasodz needed to live longer than regular human beings in order for my story to have the depth that it needed. So, I discovered that they lived their first eighteen years as a human in order to truly understand the trials and tribulations that humans have.  Somewhere around their 18th birthday, they experience their death day, a transition between being human and becoming a Diasodz.

The body goes through varying degrees of changes when a Diasodz transitions; the intensity of the changes depends on how many blessings the Goddess bestows upon them.  All of them become stronger than humans to varying degrees.  All of them live longer as well.  A Diasodz will age one year for every ten human years (it's called a life year, and I won't begin to tell you how frustrating it was to figure out everyone's ages...lol!).  All of them have some type of speck in their irises that distinguishes them as Diasodz.  Some Diasodz have tattoos which can be touched to provide the wearer of the tattoo with weapons to use.  Some Diasodz have powers that either control the mind or one of the elements of the world.  Others can heal with their touch.  

Once upon a time they were more powerful, but I realized that my dream was all about them finding their savior.  And when I realized that, I knew there had to be a reason that they needed to be saved.  The Diasodz had turned their back on their purpose, and so their powers were fading.  Unless they could convince the girl to help them, they would all die.  My why was born.

The where came shortly afterwards.  I knew the story would take place on Earth, but my dream had them leaving to another world, a world very similar to ours but with "upgrades." ;-)  Again, I turned to Greek and Latin terms, looking for words that meant paradise or heavenly or sanctuary, and I found Caelestis or Caelum in Latin for heavenly and Hagios in Greek for sanctuary.  Thus, the world of Caelagios was created; it is their heavenly sanctuary when they must leave Earth for a while.

Through all of this, I still didn't have names for the four people who were in my dream.  The other characters were already forming and their names were coming to me, but not my main four.  My who was hiding from me until I came across a story on the internet about the Archangel Raphael and Tobias and then another one with the archangel and Sofia, and somehow, reading those stories just placed the final piece into my puzzle.  My characters were born! :-)

By now, I'm sure you've realized that my series is a young adult series that falls into the fantasy or paranormal genre.  If I've peaked your interest at all, you can read more about the books below as well as click on the links to be directed to their Amazon pages.

If you want to stay in touch with me to learn more about the upcoming books, you can follow me at @YvetteMCalleiro on Twitter or Yvette M Calleiro on Facebook, and you can always find me here. :-)  While you're in a clicking mood, follow @RaveReviewsBookClub on Twitter as well.  They are AMAZING!!!







How do you choose when both options have dire consequences? 

Sofia is a 17 year old who is quite content with her life. She has a caring boyfriend who also just happens to be her best friend since birth. She has a loving mother. She is successfully completing her last year of high school and enjoys her part-time job. She can’t imagine wanting more from her life…until Ar’ch (pronounced Ar-rick) enters her dreams, sparking a burning flame inside of her that she can’t seem to extinguish nor does she want to. Ar’ch is a Diasodz (Die-ah-sodz), a species created by the Goddess back when God created humans. Diasodz were made to heal and protect humans, but when the Diasodz turned their backs on helping humans and left Earth to live in their own world, the Goddess abandoned them. Since then, their powers and their very lives have been fading. A prophecy foretold that a young girl born on Earth would be the Diasodz’s savior. Ar’ch and his brother, Angel, travel to Earth to retrieve her and bring her back to their world before her death day in order to save their kind. Ar’ch knows the drill: find the target, capture her, and safely bring her home. But what happens when the target captures his dormant heart? 

Choices create action. Actions have consequences. When faced with the truth, what choice will Sofia make? Will she be able to accept the consequences that follow?




***Warning!!! Do not read the following book blurb unless you have already read The One Discovered.  Otherwise, you will ruin a few things.  Don't say I didn't warn you!!!*** :-P

Sofia has lost everything that was important to her: her mother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Even the belief that humans are the only beings in the world has been stripped away, but she has no time to dwell on her losses because she’s been transported to a new world to become the savior of the Diasodz. Sofia trusted Ar’ch and Angel to be there for her and to guide and protect her, but only Angel has held true to his word. Ar’ch has abandoned her, leaving her to feel tricked and betrayed. 

Ar’ch brought Sofia home, fulfilling his mission to bring their savior safely to their world, but it didn’t come without a cost. Rafe, Sofia’s boyfriend, was killed, and Ar’ch believes Sofia blames him for it. Ar’ch’s sole focus becomes doing what is best for Sofia, and in his mind, that does not include him. 

As Sofia deals with Ar’ch’s absence, she throws herself into learning about the Diasodz’s history. She grows stronger both emotionally and physically, and begins to accept her role in their world, but not everyone is convinced that she is the one whom the prophecy states will save them. 

Beliefs will be challenged. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will be shattered. And in the aftermath, evil will see its opportunity and strike. Will Sofia be able to handle it all? Or will the savior of the Diasodz lose her will to continue? 


The One Betrayed (Book 3)



I am writing the LAST chapter of The One Betrayed this weekend!  As soon as I finished editing typos and whatnot, I will send it off to my beta readers.  I will then start working on the cover.  The goal is to release it somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the winner of this blog who wins this e-book will need to be just a little patient with me. I promise it will be worth the wait. ;-)


Thank you for visiting my blog today! Don't forget to leave a comment below to have a chance to win some prizes. :-) And while your at it, why not visit some of the other amazing blogs from #RRBC's Book and Blog Block Party by clicking here.



85 comments:

  1. Wow! These books look great!! Whether I win or not, I'm definitely adding them to my TBR! :-) My favorite history teacher of all time told me once that there are two philosophies among historians. One focuses on dead men and dates, the other focuses on what people did, how they accomplished it, and what prompted them to do it. I've always found I was more interested in the "What", "Why", and "How" questions than the "Who" and "When" questions. ;-)

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    1. I wish I had had a history teacher like yours. Mine all taught history as if memorizing the dates and events were the most important things ever. I guess it doesn't help that I can't even remember things that happen in my current time. lol! ;-)

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    2. Mistral, I couldn't resist the temptation: as a retired History teacher, here's the skinny: no real historian bothers with dead men and dates exclusively - that's a grocery list. But some History teachers teach that way! Real historians deal with the interpretation of the facts as they know them - that is real history! It is all interpretation - or opinion, if you will, based on factual information.

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    3. John, one of my favorite sayings is that your perception is your reality. The history books provide past events from one perspective, but there is always a different truth when you see those events from the eyes of a different group. ;-)

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    4. Yvette, what my students found frustrating is that historians often differ in their interpretations - but I find that fascinating!

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    5. As a writer and a reader, I LOVE how everyone perceives things just a tad bit differently. It makes for great discussions in class. :-)

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  2. Sound like great books for fantasy lovers.

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  3. Excellent. You are quite the dreamer. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for visiting. :-) I tend to have very vivid dreams and can usually remember them in great detail. That isn't always such a good thing. lol!

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  4. This was an excellent way of seeing your work in one place and it all looks great. Thanks for sharing a glimpse.

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  5. Yvette, I'm not into Paranormal anything, but let me tell you, the way you wrote this blog, mapped it all out in my head, explained it all down to the very last detail (I've always wondered about your title DIASODZ) I am hooked. If I don't win a copy, I will be purchasing one immediately! This story sounds so intriguing! And by the way, I'm a history buff! I may not remember all of it, but I loved the huge books and all the reading that came along with it. Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed this post!

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    1. Yay! :-) I hope you like my spin on history. I tried to stay as true to the real history as possible; I just gave it a little flair. ;-)

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  6. Good Morning Yvette! You are so blessed that your story came to you fleshed out in a dream. I keep waiting for the day I can fully remember some of the fantastic dreams I have! LOL. I love the first storyline. I didn't read the second (spoiler alert), but I know I'm going to enjoy it as well! Have a great day, today!

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    1. Smart girl (not reading the second blurb). ;-) I keep a journal next to my bed to write down the dreams that seem worth keeping. I also day dream a lot. I'm a scenario thinking, so I'm constantly inside my own head with "what ifs." :-)

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  7. Hi Yvette. Blog looks good. I read "The One Enlightened", enjoyed it very much and will be reading the 3rd installment when it arrives. Hope your party day goes great.

    PeterW

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    1. Thank you for taking a chance on The One Enlightened. I can't wait to see what you think of The One Betrayed. :-)

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  8. Thanks for sharing your books, which readers of fantasy I'm sure would find very interesting!

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  9. Hi Yvette, nice party! I haven't read your books yet, but will do so eventually. Slowly, slowly wins the race :) Have fun today.

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    1. Trust me, I completely agree. My TBR list keeps growing and growing, but between working and being a single mom and writing my own novel, I barely have time to breathe. Still, I make time to read; it just isn't as much time as I'd like.

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    2. Yvette, it's great that you "make" time to read...so do I. I firmly stand by the premise that you can't be a good writer if you don't read. You'd be amazed at how many "authors" don't read. Kudos to you!

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    3. Besides the beach, reading is my sanctuary. Granted, I tend to only have time to read when I'm on the stationary bike at the gym or waiting for my appointment at a doctor's office, but I read as much as I can. I love losing myself in the world that some author created. It feeds my imagination, and my imagination is always hungry. ;-)

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  10. Like the idea of Diasodz - with plenty of scope for wonderful happenings to unfold. I don't read much fantasy but I'll have a look at this series.

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    1. Thanks, Gordon! It's not hard core fantasy with wizards and warlocks and elves and whatnot. It's much milder and more humanlike, but there is still enough "other" to make it fantasy/paranormal. ;-) I hope you like it. :-)

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  11. Wow...I'm absolutely intrigued! I can't wait to read the series. As one who rarely remembers her dreams, I'm in awe of your inspiration and achievement. Have fun at the Party today!!

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! I'm having a blast! I've visited every spot on this block party tour and have enjoyed each and every one of them. I'm so happy that RRBC decided to do this. :-)

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  12. Great way to draw us into the story right away, Yvette. I agree that when ideas emerge from dreams they are intense, and it is exciting to then build the story around them. Keep that dream journal by your bed! And congrats on being featured today. (PS - my sister's name is Yvette too - love your name!)

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    1. Your sister has a beautiful name. ;-) I not only have a dream journal by my bed, I also carry one with me to work, AND I use the notepad on my phone when neither one of those are closeby. My ideas invade my thoughts at their own convenience. ;-)

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    2. I have a sister named Yvette, too! She's in heaven now, but I still like to refer to her as if she's still here. Such a love!

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    3. Nonnie, I am sure that her energy is still around you. Embrace it! :-)

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  13. Great book covers and awesome prizes, Yvette! Have an amazing block party today!

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  14. I enjoyed reading how your books came about, Yvette. They sound good. I can never remember my dreams.

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    1. Sometimes, I wish I couldn't remember them, either. lol! Many times I find that they are just the most absurd and bizarre mix of things that really don't go together, kind of like a Picasso painting. I end up laughing at them when I share them with my sister because they made absolutely no sense. And then I get one that rocks my world for days which then turn into weeks which then lead to a 4+ book series. :-)

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  15. Yvette, this blog was a real eye-opener - and I found myself being drawn into this world you created. It is very instructive to see how you went about creating this world and naming the beings and their world. Great stories to add to my TBR!

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    1. Thanks, John! Originally, I was just going to blog about the books, but yesterday I found myself trying to explain to a friend of mine how I come up with my ideas, and that led me to realize that it would be more fun (I hope) to let people see how my brain (and maybe other writers' brains) work when they are coming up with their stories. :-)

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  16. Very impressive and compelling cover art, Yvette. Thanks for being part of the Block Party. I enjoyed my visit.

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    1. Thanks, JB! I am absolutely in love with my covers. I was very blessed to discover Tatiana Vila of Vila Design. Her web site is http://www.viladesign.net. :-)

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  17. Great post, and nice looking blog site. I'm a huge history buff, and I understand that we have to twist some things in fiction. I also write speculative fiction, and it sounds like you've grounded your readers very well prior to the strange happenings.

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    1. Thank you. :-) I think some of the strange happenings take place before I give away all of the history, but that's just my style. I like books that keep me guessing and that don't reveal everything right away. Sometimes, it frustrates me a LOT, but I secretly love that! lol! :-)

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  18. Yvette you are a talented author! I have both of your books and waiting on book 3 :)

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    1. Aww! Thank you, Marc! I'm almost done writing book three. As soon as I get through the editing and revising process, I'll get it out there for you to enjoy. ;-) Thanks for your support! :-)

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  19. Love the blog, your books, and your book covers, Yvette! I love what fiction can do with just a bit of history :) Very best of luck with everything! :)

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    1. Thanks, Harmony! I think that when there is a history behind the characters, it provides more opportunities for depth and plot twists, and I do love plot twists. ;-)

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  21. Wow! Amazing and powerful story behind the story. I have added both to my wishlist. Have fun on the blog tour! Regards, Ani

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    1. Thanks, Ani! I can't wait to read your reviews. :-)

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  22. Your books sound incredibly interesting, Yvette. If I could manage to squeeze an extra hour from each day, I should like to investigate them further. Well done on your blog day! Best wishes.

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    1. I know that feeling, Beems. There are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. ;-)

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  23. What a fabulous way for us to discover your writing. Thank you for hosting today's party.

    Your books look really interesting. I didn't want to read the second blurb as I now want to read your first novel!

    I also wake up after a restless night with a whole new host of new characters jumping up and down in my head, prising my eyes open to be let out! It's exciting, scary, exhilarating and exhausting when they spill onto the blank paper, but I always have that feeling where I can't wait to get to know them better. It is a bit addictive.

    Congratulations on all of your wonderful work. I wish you great success with all that you do.

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    1. Thanks, Lizzie. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has become addicted to her characters. ;-)

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  24. Hi Yvette. The books look fantastic! I always enjoy reading the behind the scenes stuff about how a book came to be. So glad that you joined in on the Back To School blog tour.

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    1. Thanks, Rhani! I'm glad you enjoyed my blog. :-)

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  25. I haven't read any of these as yet--I keep saying that I might actually catch up on my TBR pile if writers would just not put out any new works, but then find that I want to read the new things too! Oh, I always have been a bookworm--if that even still works for the electronic generation!

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    1. I know that feeling! I've had to prioritize my TBR list because it's gotten so long, and some of the books call out to me more than others. :-)

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  26. Hi Yvette! Love the pics on the covers of your books! Is this your own artwork? Thanks so much for hosting the latest RRBC BTSBB Party - they are getting better and better!

    Good luck with your latest and have a great day! - ML

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    1. I wish I were that artistic! lol! Sadly, I am not. They are the work of the amazing Tatiana Vila of Vila Design. Her web site is http://www.viladesign.net. :-)

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  27. Hi Yvette. I'm impressed with your post. Your books are going on my Amazon Wish List. This club is producing some amazing writers. Congratulations on your books and the one still to come.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley! I can't wait to read your review. :-)

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  28. Yvette, one more thing...I hated history too and ended up writing a historical book. The teachers didn't teach it in a way to make me enjoy it, but I would soon discover that I have a love of history that manifested itself in my grown up years. I love old architecture for the history. I love old period clothes. I don't like the clothes today. lol

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    1. As much as I hate history, I am looking forward to reading you book. I've already flipped through it and found it has pictures! :-) Hopefully, I will get to it soon. ;-)

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  29. Lovely blog, Yvette! :-D I adore willows and felt quite summery still looking at your post (it's currently raining and cold here in deepest, darkest Cornwall!)
    Dreams are such fertile grounds for inspirations and messing around with Ancient Greek and Latin is good fun - they should never be called 'dead' languages at all lol Glad you've had a great party and lots of visitors ;-)

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    1. Yay! Someone noticed my willow trees. No, they are not really mine (I wish), but I feel a great connection with them. For as far back as I can remember, they have been important to me and have always brought me serenity. The willow tree plays a great role in my first book and reappears in later books as well. :-)

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  30. Hi Yvette,
    Lovely to learn more about you and your work. Bravo!

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  31. Yvette, I enjoyed reading about how your Diasodz series began. I have both of the first two books in my TBR list and look forward to reading them. I now understand the cover with the one eye on them.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I truly appreciate all of the support that you give me. The eyes are important because they identify them as Diasodz, and the eyes also change when they are using their skills (powers). My niece was born with a speck of brown in one eye, and I loved it, so I decided to incorporate it into my characters. :-)

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  32. Great blog, Yvette! After mystery, fantasy is my preferred genre... and these look like fun books!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Christa! I enjoy a good mystery as well. My story isn't a who-done-it, but there are many subplots that need figuring it. I'm a big fan of cliff-hangers and speculation, so those are definitely in my books. :-)

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  33. Hi Yvette, I read your book blurb at the top of the page and I was really impressed. The story sounds fascinating so I just had to buy the first book The One Discovered on Amazon! I hope you're having a great day!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that, Renae! I look forward to reading your review. Thank you for taking a chance on my Diasodz and me. :-)

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  34. Enjoyed your post! Having a blast at your party. Your books sound awesome, Yvette. :)

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  35. Hi Yvette, so sorry to come to your blog late in the day. Other demands on my time. But I'm glad I made the time (in the middle of the night for me, 2.30am). Fascinating to know that The Chronicles came from a dream. I have purchased The One Enlightened...but I cannot promise an early review...TBR list long. But I will get to it. Have a great party day.

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    1. There is no time table for the review. I'm just happy that you took a chance on my Diasodz and me. The One Enlightened is book two of the series, but I had another reader start with that book, and he felt like there was enough information that he wasn't lost in the story. You do miss getting to know Rafe and some other things, but I tried to give enough background in book two just in case someone picked it up before book one. I hope you enjoy it. :-)

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  36. Interesting books, Yvette. Thanks for carrying the banner for RRBC during the block party today!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've got the RRBC banner plastered all over my social media sites (FB, Twitter, Instagram, and here). I love being a part of this group. :-)

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  37. I think I've found a few more books to read!

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    1. Thanks, Bruce! I'd love to hear your feedback. :-)

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  38. Hi Yvette! I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to stop by yesterday (it would have been WONDERFUL to win your books!) but I still wanted to leave a comment and tell you WAY TO GO with this post!! I hope it was a hugely successful day for you!

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    1. Thanks, Bethany! You are always so supportive! :-)

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  39. Sorry I missed yesterday, Yvette. I checked in on the RRBC website in the morning (GMT) but the link wasn't up. Then I didn't get chance later. I've had a good look round your blog: some nice posts.

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    1. Thanks, Steven. I've had that happen to me. I awake early to get my Internet things done because if I wait to do it later, it usually doesn't happen. lol!

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