Island of Secrets
A captivating story of love, mystery and hope
Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?
1973: 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.
After failing in love with the cover, I just knew I need to get Diane to answer a few questions for “A Story About A Girl”
Q1) What inspired you to write Island of Secrets?
I remember vividly when the idea for this book came to me. My husband and I were out in our boat on the Broadwater on the Gold Coast in Australia. It was one of those magnificent boating days—calm, sultry and cloudless. Having just completed Retribution, I’d been waiting on the inspiration for my next book. Nothing yet had beamed in. As someone who is willing to wait for inspiration rather than forcing my creativity, I was enjoying a couple weeks off from my writing schedule.
While we were relaxing on the Broadwater and lapping up the beautiful weather, an old Huon pine cruiser drove past us. Like a bolt out of the blue, Island of Secrets landed in my consciousness. The story arrived well-formed, with characters I immediately visualized.
I’d visited Hawaii a couple of years earlier, and Maui, with its volcanic geography, lush vegetation and captivating sea life lived up to its name of the Magic Isle. It was the ideal location for Island of Secrets.
Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?
To be honest, this is the only story I’ve written so far where casting is still hazy. I’d like to leave the casting to the readers on this one.
Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?
I was fortunate to get a publishing contract for my first book fairly quickly. I had a few rejections, but I don’t keep count
Q4 How did you deal with them when you started out?
The same as I do now. I don’t take them personally. I just keep going.
Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?
Q6: What are your writing routines?
I try to write everyday and most times I succeed. It’s all about practice, patience and perseverance…as is all life 🙂
Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself
Don’t be in a rush to publish.
Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write.
Just do it!
Q9: If you weren’t writhing what would you be doing?
I’d still be running my major business and relaxing in my spare time, instead of writing.
Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?
I was a dancer, choreographer and director in the first third of my career.
Thank you Diane X
Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.
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 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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