Friday, October 31, 2014

Blog Tour Interview with Michelle Madow, Author of Diamonds in the Rough (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the blog tour for Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow! Today, I have an awesome interview post for you with Michelle. Stick around for the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

The Interview:

Meet Michelle!

Alyssa: Hi, Michelle! Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog! So, the last time I interviewed you on my blog, I asked you which of the boys is your favorite - Damian, Brett, Nick, Oliver, Jackson. Same question, now that book two is over and book three is to come?

Michelle: My favorite guy to write in Diamonds in the Rough was Oliver! His storyline in this book pushed him to dig deeper into his feelings for a certain someone, and I loved showing that he does, in fact, have a heart beneath the playboy exterior. He goes through a lot in the book, and I hope you enjoy reading about him as much as I loved writing about him.

Alyssa: Which girl’s evolution is the most dramatic and significant to you? To me, Savannah changes the most, but all four narrators change on some level in book two.

Michelle: The narrator whose story has always been most dramatic and significant to me in Diamonds in the Rough is Madison. As it says in the book description, Madison uncovers a HUGE secret in this book that changes everything. This secret is revealed in Chapter Four (the first one Madison narrates), and from there, her character took off for me. I always knew this secret would be part of this story, and seeing how it transformed Madison was my favorite part about writing this book. I can’t wait for readers to see this entirely different side to her. 

Alyssa: How are you liking these covers so far?? :D

Michelle: I LOVE my covers so much! When I first saw them, I stared at them for hours, because I think they’re so beautiful and perfectly get across the vibe of the series. Seeing them on the bookshelves is such a surreal, crazy-cool experience. 

Alyssa: Love triangles? Yea or nay? Can you say anything about the potential ones in this series? Are they intended to be love triangles?

Michelle: “Triangle” is too neat of a term for the love stories in this series, because they’re SO much messier than that. First of all, not all the romances in this series are love. Some are crushes, some are lust, some are thinking you’re interested in someone but they don’t turn out to be who you imagined them to be, and—of course—some are love ;) The narrators are four different people, at various ages, with four different ways of approaching love. The one common thread is that all of their relationships—whether they’re good, bad, one-sided, mutual, fizzle out, grow, etc.—help the characters develop as people and learn who they are.  

Alyssa: Do you think you’ll be writing a novella for the series? With someone else’s story that isn't quite featured prominently?

Michelle: I don’t have plans for a novella, but I do have ideas for a spin-off series involving a minor character. That’s all I’m going to say about that at this point, though! ;)

Alyssa: What are you currently working on in terms of Young Adult projects - something new? Anything contracted?

Michelle: I’ve finished the first draft of Diamonds are Forever, the third book in the Secret Diamond Sisters series, and am currently working on my first round of edits for that book. I actually prefer to use the term “rewrites” instead of “first round of edits,” because that’s usually what it ends up being!  

Alyssa: And that’s it from me! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Michelle!

About the Books: 

Diamonds in the Rough by Michelle Madow
Book Two of The Secret Diamond Sisters series
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Official Summary:

All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Book One of The Secret Diamond Sisters series
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Official Summary: 

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.

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About the Author:

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in the Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's upcoming YA trilogy, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner will be published by Harlequin TEEN in Spring 2014.

Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

She 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, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).

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The Giveaway:

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either THE SECRET DIAMONDS SISTERS or DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, and one winner will receive a fantastic grand prize package including the following Harlequin Teen titles: THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS, DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH, LET’S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid, CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry and THE BREAKUP ARTIST by Philip Siegel. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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Follow the rest of the tour!

Monday, October 20th - Bumbles and Fairy Tales - Guest Post
Wednesday, October 22nd - Harlequin Blog - Guest Post
Friday, October 24th - DanaSquare - Character Interview

Monday, October 27th - Bookish - Guest Post
Wednesday, October 29th - Pretty Little Memoirs - Guest Post
Friday, October 31st - The Eater of Books - Author Interview


  1. Thanks for the opportunity ! I've heard amazing things about this series and would love to start reading it!

  2. I'm excited about the 2nd book because I won the contest to have my name used as one of the teachers!

  3. I have not read these books yet but I think the author is similar enough to me that I will enjoy her books.

  4. Mary DeBorde
    I'm pretty excited to get started with the series because the plot sounds so fun - love the idea of a long lost billionaire father :D

  5. I just started this book while I was away on vacation! I love it so far! The dynamic of the sisters is something that really grabbed my attention!

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

  6. I haven't started this series yet, but I'd loved to. It sounds like something I would really love


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