But before we get to that, I'm going to give you the book info for Love's Forbidden Flower, so you know what's up.
Love's Forbidden Flower by Diane Rinella
Release Date: November 28, 2012
Format: ebook, 309 pages
Publisher: Midnight to Six
Series: Forbidden Flower #1
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Buy It: Amazon | B&N
Description from Goodreads:
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 inconceivable 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.
Okay, now. For the interview! Which I love big time.
CHRISTOPHER!!!!!! Welcome to my blog, sir!
Thanks, luv. Why so formal?
So how are you today? I am so excited to have you here. Eeep!
Sweet as nuts, thank you! I’m rather well chuffed over it meself.
All right, so. Your name. You’re not a fan of shortening Christopher, eh? Why?
It was Mum’s idea. Back when she was pregnant she felt that I was special and wanted me to be distinguished from me brothers. Since people tend to shorten their names, she insisted I be called by my full one. It must be attention getting, since you asked about it. It seems barmy how something so small can make a difference.
I have read Love’s Forbidden Flower (duh), and adored it. To be completely honest, the story was very…messed up. In a way that I LOVED, but still. What was it like for you to actually be a PART of that?
Cracking! After all, you have to admit I came out of it rather well.
What would you say is the most baffling part of the whole jumbled situation?
Why Lilyanna doesn’t like me food! Really, fish, chips, and vinegar are all you need. That’s all the basic food groups except dairy and you shouldn’t eat too much of that anyway. I don’t understand the kerfuffle over me food!
May I say that I was Team Christopher since the moment we met you? Because, aha, I TOTALLY WAS.
Aw, thanks, luv. You know, I was to be a flash-in-the-pan boyfriend for about two or three chapters but Diane decided to keep me around. Then I was to leave for good, but she didn’t want to let me out of her lovely hands. We were having too much fun lying on her floor and talking music.
You know, I think your accent is magnificent.
Thank you. I get some strife about how I speak. I’m sometimes told no one speaks like me. They are right, too. What they don’t understand is that I’m me, and I’m bloody well proud of it. Why sound like someone else when I can sound like me?
Personally, I was very on the fence about what I thought about Lily (please don’t hold that against me!), but you are obviously a fan. What would you say is the #1 thing about Lily that makes you heart her so much?
Lilyanna truly cares about the people in her life and she will do anything to make them happy. No matter what happens, she never loses sight of who you really are. She’s also a little off her trolley, which brings me laughter and hope. Without those, I’m miserable.
Now, Donovan. He irked me somewhat. What is your opinion of him?
The interesting thing about Donovan and I is that we are a lot alike. The poor guy just got a bad deal. Both of us are free thinkers who believe people have the right to be whom they want to be. Were also very protective of those we love and would do anything to help them. When you look at who we are at the very core, we are freakishly similar.
Okay, so let’s say I give you a pet tiger (because I am awesome enough to do that, obviously). What would you name him and why? (Note: I said HIM. Because he is most definitely a boy. I say so.)
Beaver, because it is a ridiculous name for a tiger and that is a daft question.
What is your favorite food to snack on?
I love Hula Hoops! I could nosh on them for days. They are little potato rings that come in all sorts of flavors. When I eat them I usually walk around with a little stack of them on me fingers. Messy little buggers. Lilyanna can’t stand them. **chuckles** She thinks they taste like cardboard.
Back to LFF…if you could change one thing about the big cluster of ahhhhh that went on in the story, what would it be and why?
But it’s the clusters of ahhhhh in life that make it interesting. However, it would have been nice not to have been uprooted time and again.
Have I told you that I heart you? Because I do.
Have I told you how darling you look in that outfit. Wherever did you find pajama bottoms with Union Jacks? Are you wearing those in my honor?
In my review of LFF, I said that you didn’t let me down at all in the book. YOU ARE JUST THAT AWESOME.
All this flattery is swelling my head so much it may float away. You’ll soon be calling out the fire brigade to pull me out of that huge tree outside your window.
What was it like to have to live an ocean away from Lily for a while? I love how you dealt with that situation, by the way.
Thank you, but dare I remind you that the truth comes out soon? I need to enjoy your adoration while I can. Just remember, I only do what Diane tells me. Look what she did to poor Donovan!
Let’s hold up for a minute. Can you rate this interview so far (because it’s not over or anything—pfffft!) on a scale from 1-10? And give me at least a teensy reason why?
10, because you are rattling me noggin’ and because I just noticed you are even wearing Union Jacks on your socks. Is that a tattoo with my name on it popping out from under your sleeve?
I am incredibly sleepy right now. I have no clue why, since I got a crapload of sleep last night…*le sigh*
**crosses arms and taps foot** Yes, but who were you dreaming of? It wasn’t that Dante chap, was it?
If you were to be stuck on an island and are only allowed to take three things with you (THINGS, not people. Unless you want to bring me, then we can bend the rules a tad) what three things would you bring and why?
You wouldn’t leave me desolate and alone, would you? I’m assuming you would bring an eReader of sorts, and food. Therefore I will bring a guitar, an ipod, and a solar battery to power said iPod and eReader. Now if you bring that Dante fellow, all bets are off. I already had enough competition with Donovan. Really, Jessica, with you and Lilyanna mixed in with Dante, Donovan, and that Damon chap you like, it’s all higgledy-piggledy.
Christopher, are you jealous?
Oh, bugger. Next subject, please!
You like music, yes? What would you say is your favorite song? I mean, if you HAD to choose one right this very moment?
If I HAD to choose, “Do I Wanna Know?” by The Arctic Monkeys. It’s rather seductive sounding.
A lot of the time, I have a song stuck in my head. Not my favorite song or anything, just one that won’t leave me alone. Is it ever like that for you? What song?
“Never Too Late” by thenewnumber2 has been making me a little mad in the head for days.
What would you say is your favorite thing about yourself?
I’m daft as a bush and a bit of a clot. I think it makes me rather endearing. **mocks straightening a necktie**
I am completely excited to read Time’s Forbidden Flower…I was totally going to follow that statement with a question, but then I got distracted and lost my train of thought. I blame you and your awesomeness.
Thank you. I’m distracted by that Yankees cap. It’s rather fetching.
What is your opinion of snow?
It’s lovely to watch from inside while snuggling. It’s also much better to make angels in than mud.
Oh, I got it! Time’s Forbidden Flower. Can you tell us (and by us I really mean ME because I’m the lucky duck who gets to talk to you) anything about what to expect?
I would love to, but Diane is a little bit of a trickster. What she’s already done to me in this book is bad enough. If I get on her bad side she might yank back all the copies and do something even worse. You saw what she did to Donovan last time, all because he called her short at dinner one night!
What about YOU. What can we expect about YOU in TFF?
The truth about my two years comes out. There are some pleasant surprises as well. Other than that, I’m very busy with my band, Fragile Cherry, working way too hard, and taking care of my family. Keeping up with it all proves to be a little much.
I am so looking forward to seeing you in TFF. I do not joke when I say you are my favorite.
Aww, thanks, luv. You’re turning me red.
When is your birthday? I’m just curious. I like to know these things.
June 23. I’m a Cancer, so I hope you don’t eat crabs. Seriously, Cancers are very sensitive. We cry during sad movies and because cats look cute when they sneeze.
So…we’re getting sadly close to the end of this interview…this is my absolute least favorite paaaaaaaaart…
**pulls out guitar** Here, I’ll play you the song Diane sang when she decided not to write me out of the story as previously planned.
“Well I tried and I tried, but I can’t say goodbye…”
Before we say our goodbyes, is there anything you want to say? It can be as completely random as you want! Randomness is so much fun.
Never play jacks on a hot sidewalk.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and talking with me!! You MUST drop by again sometime soon! Seriously. SOON. I like you.
And I adore YOU! Can I get a snog before I go?
I REALLY love that interview. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see my review of the sequel!