Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tour + Guest Post: Fixing Sydney by Diane Zparkki


Young Adult Romantic Suspense
Date Published:  August 1 2016

Sydney Sommer’s world fell apart after senior prom. Since then, her life had become a constant loop of unfortunate scenarios that kept her in constant fear of what might be lurking around the next corner. Her trust in others was at a standstill. Even those who were closest to her were held at a distance.

After serving active duty overseas, Jaxon Triggs moved away from his hometown, hoping the change in scenery would help him build a new future for himself. What he wasn’t expecting was to fall for a girl who was broken.

From the first moment Jaxon laid eyes on Sydney, he was curious. He became determined to do everything he could to break through the armor Sydney held around her so securely. His instinct to protect her and keep her safe kicked in as the dangers she encountered became more personal.

With dread always looming close by and secrets discovered, would Sydney be able to handle the new changes in her life yet heal at the same time?

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GUEST POST: Writers Block
Diane Zparkki
Writers block is the worst feeling ever. ‘When your characters sit in the room with you and refuse to talk’, is oh so true.

When I wrote “Fixing Sydney” I had a few episodes of this but with a few distractions I was able to get right back on track.

With my next book “Holden’s Regrets” in the trilogy the writing seems to be a different process.  I had all sorts of ideas as to where I saw the characters going, different scenarios, and what the atmosphere would be like. You think with all that going on I would not have a trouble in the world to write. Wrong! I just could not get started on the book. I had poor Holden following me around all day but he just wouldn’t talk.

I needed to break this writer’s block. The first thing I did was search the internet to find what my version of Holden would look like. I also searched for what each secondary character from my first book “Fixing Sydney” would look like.

I need my theme song too and this was something I already knew. But of course as the book is progressing songs are added and others deleted. The songs I choose are usually what I listen to when writing and I eventually pick my favourites to be a part of the book.

I take drives (well, to take my son somewhere) and in the midst of the drive I lose track because I have a scene playing in my head.

Once I am ready I sit at the computer and read the previous chapter hoping it will spark something too. Sometimes nothing happens so I will write the other scenes I have imagined in hopes that it will be included later in the book. However, when the characters start talking (and they can talk). You sometimes would swear they have invaded your body and have taken over the keyboard. This especially happens when you sit down to write thinking the story will take one direction and at the end, it’s gone a whole other direction.  I often shake my head and think this is awesome.


Diane Zparkki——lives in the greater Toronto area. She is a working mom, and with her husband, she has raised three great kids. She is a thrill seeker who usually drags her family along with her.

She was never a big reader or writer in her youth—Coles Notes were her best friend through college. Her enthusiasm for reading came later in life when she joined a book club. She loved those books, but she wanted raw, simple, and happily ever after with a bit of get down and dirty. That was when her love for bad boys on a Harley was set in motion.

After reading so many books, her mind started to create her first story, and she needed to get it out.

Fixing Sydney of the Branson’s Kind of Love trilogy is her first book, and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she has enjoyed having these characters running around in her head.

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