Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blogoversary: Interview with Michelle Madow

Book Addicts!

Today we have in our blog Michelle Madow, author of the book The Secret Diamond Series. It is an honor to have her today and we would get to know a little bit more about the Secret Diamond Sisters. 

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
by Michelle Madow
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: Published February 25th 2014
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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. 

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for having us today and for celebrating our blogoversary with us. 
I visit Las Vegas every year because of a family event, and I was walking through my favorite hotel — The Wynn — when I thought, “What would it be like to live here?” From there, the idea for The Secret Diamond Sisters formed! I love how the city bursts with magic and excitement. Vegas does everything as big as possible, so being there is like entering a fantasyland. My favorite part is definitely all the different hotels. Each one is a different theme, and they all have such distinct personalities. A few of my favorite hotels are mentioned in The Secret Diamond Sisters (Paris, the Venetian, and many implications to the Wynn), so hopefully readers are transported into these magical hotels while they’re reading the book!

There are SO MANY differences between these three girls -- they're sisters, and they love each other, but they are all extremely different. Peyton is the oldest, the most stubborn, has taken the brunt of the difficulty of dealing with an irresponsible mother who recently spiraled into alcoholism. She hasn't gotten over a certain heartbreak, and has trouble trusting anyone anymore. Courtney is the responsible, goal-oriented sister, who oftentimes acts as the mediator between Peyton and Savannah, and has put school and work before having friends or a boyfriend. Savannah is the youngest and most naive -- she's been protected by her sisters -- and is very innocent in comparison to them, but it also leads to her being an optimist who always believes the best in everyone. When I was in high school, I related the most to Savannah, but nowadays, I'm definitely the most like Courtney, because of my focus on writing and how I put it before anything else in my life. 

Royals by Lorde is best representative of The Secret Diamond Sisters! And I'm not the only one who thinks so -- SO many reviewers have related the book to the song.

I have an entire blog post dedicated to casting (although I see The Secret Diamond Sisters much more as a television show), which you can check out here in detail: The celebrities I see as the characters in The Secret Diamond Sisters.

The second book in the trilogy, Diamonds in the Rough, will release on October 28, 2014! In Diamonds in the Rough, major secrets will be uncovered that will change everything. Romances will be brought to new levels. I don’t want to give anything away, but I hope you end up feeling completely differently about certain characters by the end of Diamonds in the Rough than you did at the end of The Secret Diamond Sisters!

Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world! 

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals. She loves connecting with readers online, so be sure to follow her on Facebook (, Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow). 

Signed "The Sister Diamonds" bookmarks (INT)

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