Reviews

Here’s what others are saying about my work :-).

 

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J. Ellington

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I just finish reading “Hello Diva’ it was awesome! Everywhere I went the book was with me I couldn’t put it down. This is your best yet.

This should be a #1 best seller. Best of luck to you and I will be waiting on the next one.

 

 

J. Scott

Feb 10, 13

Hello Diva

5 of 5 stars

I loved it! Dana’s writing is incredible, and the story is brilliant, setting the main character Charise and her psychoses up so well. I loved Yvette, and when Charise met Jason I actually smiled, earning a few weird looks from those around me. Yes, this isn’t my normal genre, but I don’t care. I’m so jealous of Charise’s writing success though, and of the new house she buys and renovates, prompting her meeting with Jason. Oh, and I think that if there was ever a film of Hello Diva, Charise and Jason should be played by Chandra Wilson and Jason George (from Grey’s Anatomy), at least that’s what I had in my head when I was reading it.

 

V. Troutt
March 30, 2013
(Hello Diva)

My mom finished your book and liked it. I just started reading and I like it very much so far! The Dad is a real jerk…

 

I. M. Stephen

http://imanimstephen.com/

December 28, 2012

Hello Diva

A good book, like a good movie, is about personal investment. I want to be invested in the characters and the story when I read a book. I want to care about what’s going on. Otherwise, what’s the point? It will just be unnecessary words on a page.

Well, I’ve just recently finished reading a worthwhile investment by passionate author and publishing entrepreneur Dana Ellington Myles, entitled Hello Diva. Once I said “hello,” I was in no rush to say “goodbye.”

You know you’ve curled up with a good book when you feel a personal connection to a character. I couldn’t wait to find out what was to become of our protagonist, Charise. As a woman, I don’t think Myles could have written a more relatable character. It seems that no matter how strong we are or we think we are, there is always that internal struggle with our appearance. How do we, as women, reconcile the way we look on the outside with how we feel on the inside? How do we find balance? Myles’ protagonist takes us on her journey to discover self as she navigates the ebb and flow of dealing with friends, career, family, tragedy, and, of course, love. But Charise isn’t some overly dramatic woe-is-me character. She is real, funny, and engaging. She is by no means “one-note.” You may at times find her decisions frustrating or, dare I say, stupid, but who among us hasn’t done something stupid in our lives. That’s what’s so relatable about her character. Ultimately, I am rooting for her from beginning to end.

What is so wonderful about the book’s structure is that it is written in first person narrative. I think this was a smart choice by Myles because it allows us to “get the skinny from the horse’s mouth” so to speak. Who better to tell your story than you? The decision to write the novel in first person creates a character-centered story that I couldn’t help but be drawn to. This decision also gives the main character a vulnerability and genuineness that make her even more likable. It’s as if I was in on secrets that only she and I shared. By using first person, Myles gives us the “good stuff,” the stuff that people only tell their trusted therapists and religious leaders behind closed doors.

Myles delivers the plot so smoothly. She provides just the right balance between exposition and dialogue. As a writer, I know that can be difficult to do when you so desperately want others to see what you see in your work, but she did it effortlessly. There were no parts that I thought lagged on without reason. There were no long diatribes to sort out. Instead, the narrative was just enough, and the dialogue was crisp and witty. I’d tear up at times and laugh aloud at others, and such is the nature of life, is it not? Not only did it appeal to my emotion, but also to my senses. Myles’ descriptions of setting and sound paint a vivid picture, while her sexy scenes truly awaken any sense that may be napping!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In the best way, it reminded me of the most vulnerable side of myself. It reminded me that I am, like many of us who can admit it, a work in progress. Hello Diva is fun, genuine, sexy, and touching. I recommend you delve into this story and support the work of this amazing independent author: Click Here for more on the Book and Author!

 

 

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J. Scott

Dec 26, 12

Let There Be Life

5 of 5 stars

I’ve just finished “Let There Be Life”, and well… wow. The writing was absolutely amazing (I’m jealous); the whole way through the book when she was dating Sean, I just wanted to strangle Lex. The metaphor of Lex’s new life as an actual person, going from birth through puberty, teen-age, and then to adulthood was inspired. My favourite character is most definitely Mackenzie, just because of her in-yer-face attitude (I know, I’m weird). And the ending was both expected and unexpected! Brilliant Dana!!!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars

All the Single Girls, Hold on to your Martini!, March 12, 2013

By Jo

This review is from: Let There Be Life (Kindle Edition)

OMG!!!! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! A fun and wild ride with the adventures of newly divorced Lex and colorful cast of characters. She takes us inside the sexy intimate details of the loopy insecure moments of birthing a new existence after the “death” of surviving divorce. She starts over, with a hot romance and shares details with the “in your face” flair that takes the reader off guard and experience events as they happen with no sugar coating! By the end you are cheering Lex on as she comes into her own and embraces herself as a full and happy woman.

 

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D. Schwartz
December 18, 2012
Breaking Point – the rough, rough draft 🙂

Okay – I read it. I would love to sit and discuss with you. This is IT! It’s the book that’s really going to get out there. The story itself, the characters, the writing are all so promising.

Like I said, though, I’m so excited about this one. It’s great!!!!

 

 

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B. Aldrich

Aug 17, 12

Satin Sheet Memoirs, Vol. 1

4 of 5 stars

Phew! This is a steamy one, and it strikes a perfect balance in the writing. Not so artful that it distracts or is confusing, but just inventive enough to demonstrate the author’s skill and avoid trotting out loads of stale vocabulary. This is not a genre I read to be impressed by, but that I enjoyed it and came away impressed was a nice bonus. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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