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Review of Rift Healer by Diane M. Haynes with a giveaway!!

The wonderful Diane Haynes gave me a copy of her book Rift Healer in exchange for an honest review.  I was thrilled that I accepted.  The book was awesome in a can’t put it down kind of way.

As we start Rift Healer we are introduced to 14 year-old twins Haley and Lacey.  They spend the summers at their grandmothers house and spend the weekends during the summer with their father.  During the summer before the book starts, they started working with a woman named Giselle who begins teaching them different types of magic.

As the new summer begins, Haley and Lacey will learn how much the forest truly needs their powers and skills that they have been taught.  They will also find out that they need to learn a whole lot more if they are going to be able to save the forest.

We also meet Micah- Giselle’s great nephew, Selena- Micah’s distant cousin, and Taylor- Lacey’s boyfriend.  These three characters will all play very important parts in the story.

This book was truly awesome.  I felt as though i was right along side with the characters as they learned new abilities and faced difficult battles.  I would definitely give it 5 stars.  I am curious to find out what will happen next in Haley’s life.  So yes, I will definitely be buying the next one when it comes out!

Here is a little about Diane M. Haynes

After years of punishing his body with drink, my forty-eight year old brother Rick was found

dead by my mother on April 1, 2004. We were surprised, but not shocked as we . We grieved his

loss and carried on.

Seven months later, on November 16, I woke from an amazing dream about three kids sitting in a

meadow. Before them rested a crystal-filled treasure chest, surrounded by pastel-colored balls of

light, which I knew to be fairies. When one of the fairies disengaged from the crystals and landed

on the girl’s cheek, the kids were enthralled–as was I.

As I outlined the dream on a bedside notebook, I realized it was my brother’s birthday. Over the

next few days, I wrote a twelve page short story. But I soon became dissatisfied, thinking that if

this was what I thought–a Spirit Gift from my brother–then I should put a lot more effort into it.

So I created a timeline, designating the fairy circle scene of my dream as the climax. I hand-

wrote my book–that’s what I called it now–through the winter, sharing a floppy disk with my

typists. I researched, developed characters, a back story, tension and a few lighter moments.

Things were great.

Until June, 2005.

Nearing completion, I hit The Wall, lost my Muse, my momentum and couldn’t write another

word. Couldn’t even pick up my notebook. Over the next four and a half years, I lamented my

‘almost finished’ novel and the waste of my brother’s gift.

Enter Twilight.

I wanted nothing to do with the latest craze, the foolish fad. I hate vampires–too creepy. Those

fan/addicts were just plain nuts but of course, I had to see what the fuss was about. In February,

2009, I began reading Twilight with the expectation that I’d be bored after one chapter and toss it

in the trash. Alas, for good or for evil, I loved it. I put the word out and the next day, my friend

Karen showed up with the other three books. I ended up buying my own copies and read the

series back to back three more times before I came to my senses.

I’m getting to my book, honest.

After finishing Breaking Dawn for the third time, I had an epiphany. Stephenie Meyer wasn’t

writing anymore and I needed a change of focus. I would finish my book, once and for all. On

April 1, 2009, I found all six notebooks containing my novel, dusted them off and got to work. It

took only two weeks to write the few chapters I needed.

While taking a couple of days to celebrate the completion of my first novel, I began thinking

sequel, so I invited friends over to brainstorm. Great ideas flew from all directions but it wasn’t

until a few nights later when on April 28, I got into bed and said to no one in particular, “I have

to wake up with a plot.” The next morning, I knew exactly what to write.

The next two months sped by, words pouring out of my pen almost non-stop. On June 29, I wrote

THE END. Many, many edits later, I entered a publishing contest sponsored by Crescent Moon

Press. Although I didn’t win, they offered me a publishing contract, which I signed on Rick’s

anniversary, April 1, 2011.

Click the link below to enter to win a copy of this awesome book!

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