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Title: Rarity
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,

Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

Our eyes were locked on each other, and I was glad to see he seemed lighter. He took a step closer, closing the space between us so our bodies were touching each other. I felt my heartbeat quicken, and butterflies fluttered about my stomach. This was an intimate space, and he clearly entered it. The air between us changed, it was more electric. He put his hands on each side of my face, and then gently but possessively, he took my mouth against his. He kissed gently at first, and I felt my knees grow weak. His lips were soft, and his breath was hot. I let my mind go and became enveloped in the overwhelming love that Jay exuded. He urged my mouth open and our kiss became more intimate. I felt the heat rising in my cheeks and followed Jay’s lead. His hands trailed down my arms and wrapped around my torso. The kisses returned to gentle nibbles, and then to sweet pecks before he pulled away to look at me. All traces of sadness were gone from his face, from inside of me. There was light and love there instead. “I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time,” he said.

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story. 

D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

Things always looked different the next day. Skies seemed bluer, the grass was greener. The worries of yesterday were magically reduced to a manageable size, and brand new ideas and thoughts were born. Oddly enough, Mom’s words were like seeds planted in the night, now growing and blossoming inside me. Jay was very much alive. He was healthy, a bit fragile, but more alive than many kids my age who lived life mindlessly. If anything, this stupid disorder made him more alive. Made me more alive. I wanted to make memories with Jay— live each day to the fullest, laugh until my belly hurt, cry at sad movies with him, and watch the sunrise and the sunset whenever I could. Life was a gift, not to be taken for granted. It could be here one day and gone the next, or it could go on for a very long time.

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“All feedback is a gift, even when it comes wrapped in ugly paper.”

D. A. Roach

I’d like to welcome YA fiction author D. A. Roach, 

who as it happens just released her latest book, Rarity

today.  Check for the link at the end of the interview 

to get your copy!

IDI – I’m sure you’re busy with the release of your book so I truly appreciate the
 time you’ve taken to chat with me.
DAR – I’m happy to.
IDI – Who’s your target audience? What aspect of your writing do you feel targets
that audience?
Rarity

Rarity
DAR – I mostly write books for late teens-30’s. My stories usually encompass that awkward transition between teen and adult.  I, personally, grew up a lot emotionally in college.  It’s an interesting time in life with so much change and insecurity…it;’s like giving an artist a blank canvas with paints in every color – the possibilities are endless to create an interesting story.

IDI – If you could meet one character from a book, who would it be and why?
DAR – Evan Mathews from The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. He is the most supportive boyfriend ever created. Emma has some pretty deep and dark issues she is dealing with and Evan is the sun in her cloudy world – radiant, reliable, and comforting. The world would be a better place if we were all married to an Evan Mathews.
IDI – If you could give your main character a million dollars, how would he/she spend it?
DAR – My character (from my latest book, Rarity,) would give a portion to her mom’s bills (she adores her mom), some would be used for her college tuition, and the rest would go toward researching a cure for the rare disorder her boyfriend is diagnosed with.
IDI – How has your writing evolved from when you began as a writer to now?
DAR – My writing has changed a lot since becoming an author.  People who have read all my books comment on how my writing has improved from book to book.  I’m considering reworking my self-published titles and submitting them to the publishing company to see if they want to publish them.  But it’s a dilemma, does the band KISS (2015) look at their first album (1973) and consider reworking it?  If they are doing that I’d tell them to leave it be – it’s classic.  But despite this argument, I  will modify some of my previous self-pub stories to breathe new life into them.
IDI – Have you ever wanted to give up? What stopped you?
DAR – No, no quitting yet.  I’m still learning.
IDI – What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about writing? How has this helped you as a writer?
DAR – Focus on the storytelling, don’t fixate on the errors.  Editors can fix the errors or at least point them out to you.  
IDI – What’s the best advice ever given to you, and by whom?
DAR – Honestly, it’s a quote, “Leap and the net will appear.”   by American naturalist John Burroughs.  It’s easy to worry and try to plan for everything but sometimes it’s best to take the leap and trust it will be alright.
IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?
DAR – Only read the 4  & 5 star reviews, let them encourage you to write more rather than dwelling on the negative.
D.A. Roach

D.A. Roach
Also, seriously consider a traditional publisher.  It’s raised my bar and helped me put more effort into my book and strive for the best.  And I’ve met a ton of other authors which provides a great support system & a wealth of tips and information.
IDI – What do you do when you’re not writing?
DAR – Reading! I also advocate  for a rare disorder, pull weeds, listen to music, and watch horror movies (Exorcist, The Ring, and The Shining are my favorites).
IDI – How important are your reading habits to your writing habits?
DAR – Reading is very influential to my writing. When I immerse myself in a story I am aware of how the author builds the characters.  Do they take us through the daily mundane tasks to help us live in the character’s shoes?  Do they use dialogue?  How do they get us to care for the character?   I also enjoy uncovering how an author starts their book.  When someone walks into the bookstore and picks up a book, they look at the cover, title, read the book sleeve, and then start the first chapter.  If the author does not get the story rolling quick enough, you lose a sale. So reading influences my writing by providing me with examples of what works…and what doesn’t.
IDI – Can you tell us three interesting things about you that you’re sure we don’t already know?
DAR – I was a retail pharmacist years ago and hated it.
I did not begin reading for pleasure until after college (my parents were immigrants from Lithuania and since reading in English was a challenge – we did not have many English language books.
I spent 10 days in Japan during high school as an exchange student,  I lived with a Japanese family in the countryside it was an amazing culture and experience. I am still fb friends with the host girl who was my age.
IDI – Thank you so much for joining me today. I wish you the best of luck with your new release.
DAR – Thanks for having me.
To learn more about D. A. and her work, visit any of the following links:

Kathy Reinhart is the award-winning author of Lily White Lies and The Red Strokes

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Title: Rarity
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,

Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story. 

D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

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