The Paradise Diaries is set in a fictional Meditteranean island country called Caberra. As you might guess from the series title Paradise Diaries, life in Caberra is pretty idyllic. But no place is perfect and life in paradise just might bring problems all of its own.
Dante’s Girl: Book ONE of The Paradise Diaries
I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London.
Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring.
Until this year.
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:
1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes.
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise.
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference?
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.
My heart just might be crazy.
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Mia’s Heart: Book Two of The Paradise Diaries:
My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.
This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.
Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right?
You don’t know the half of it.
Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn’t feel right. Or, if what they’re saying is true and that really was me, I’m not sure I like that person very much.
And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?
But then… there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.
Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.
I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Who designed the covers?
Dani Snell from Refracted Light Photography. And they rock.
How did you come up with the idea for this series?
Well, I was born and raised in Kansas, so that’s why I made Reece a Kansas girl. And for a good chunk of my adult life, I worked in corporate America in an International Marketing department. I have a fascination with other cultures now since I’ve worked with so many interesting people around the world. I completely made up the island nation of Caberra so that it can be exactly how I want it to be.
Do you have more books planned in this series?
I do intend on writing more. Luckily, these books are companion novels so each book is wrapped up nicely by the end, which means you aren’t left with a cliffhanger. I want to write Gavin’s story as soon as a I get a chance.