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The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow Blog Tour Stop

Hi everyone! Today, I'm featuring a character interview with Courtney from The Secret Diamond Sisters. I've never done one of these before and it was so much fun to do :) Here's some info about the book itself and the interview:
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)
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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What makes living in Las Vegas so interesting? ;)

Las Vegas is a huge change from where I grew up—Fairfield, California, a small town about an hour outside of San Francisco. Moving has been a roller coaster of an adjustment. I love having so many new places to explore, but I don’t fit into the fast-paced, nightlife-oriented lifestyle enjoyed by so many people here. Luckily, my step-brother to-be, Brett, has been showing me the parts of the city that don’t revolve around partying, like the magnificent hotels designed to make you feel like you’re in various locations around the world (Paris, Venice, Ancient Rome, New York), and the arts and entertainment unique to Vegas. There’s a side to this city beyond the partying, and I’m trying my best to appreciate that part of it. 

How would you describe Savannah and Peyton in 5 words?

Savannah: Sweet, lovable, loyal, optimistic, dreamer
Peyton: Brave, stubborn, rebellious, guarded, strong

When you first saw Brett, what did you think of him? 

It was the day I arrived in Las Vegas, and most of that day was a blur to me—it felt like a dream. I first saw Brett at the dinner Adrian brought me and my sisters to so we could meet him and Rebecca. At first sight, of course I found him attractive, but he also seemed sullen and a little broody. It wasn’t until we started talking mid-way through the meal and he opened up that I realized how much we connected and had in common. But he’s going to be my step-brother soon, so I need to control my feelings.

What sets you apart from your sisters?

My sisters and I love each other and have each others’ backs no matter what, but we are such different people. I’ve always been the most focused, so I suppose people would consider me to be the “responsible” one. I’m the most level-headed, and help ground them when they’re making decisions. I also need the most alone time than either of my sisters. They’re both really social, but I need personal space to recharge. It was hard to find that when we all shared a room in California, and one of the major plusses about our new condo in Las Vegas is that I have my own room. I love being able to close the door, pick up a book, and have time to myself.

What are you hoping to do after high school?

I want to get accepted into my dream school, Stanford, hopefully with an academic scholarship. I want to be an English major there. I love books, and I love writing (I worked as a student tutor once a week after school at Fairfield High, and enjoy helping people bring their essays from drafts to final, polished versions) so I’m hoping to eventually become an editor at a publishing house. 

What's one of your favorite memories from growing up (before you moved to Vegas)?

When I was in fifth grade, I was in the car with my mom and sisters somewhere in Northern California. I don’t remember where we were heading, because we never made it there—this truck next to us ran over debris on the road, and the debris hit the bumper of our car. We pulled over on the next exit to inspect the damage, and ended up at a dairy farm open to visitors. It was a fairground museum dedicated to cows, showing how milk products are made. They had a “birthing barn” there, and the four of us sat inside for what felt like hours (although it was probably only an hour and a half) watching a cow give birth. We stayed until the baby cow stood up for the first time, and it was such a magical experience to share with my family. The vet noticed us stick out watching the entire time—most other people came and went—and allowed us to name the calf. Of course, Savannah insisted that it be named after her, and we gave in. Then we all ate the freshest grilled cheese and ice cream from the shop at the farm. It sounds silly talking about it now, but it’s one of those moments that I’ll never forget. 

Michelle MadowMichelle 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 Rollin
s 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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Check out the rest of the tour here!
Monday, March 3rd - Chapter by Chapter  
Wednesday, March 5th - The Book Belles 
Friday, March 7th - That Artsy Reader Girl 
Monday, March 10th - Good Books and Good Wine  
Wednesday, March 12th - Book Swoon 
Friday, March 14th - Spiced Latte 


  1. Loved this interview Montana! And Stanford, whew, that is a lofty goal, I'm rooting for Courtney already. So excited to read this one and meet all three of these young women:)

    Thanks so much for being a part of the tour!

  2. Each girl seems so different and I can't wait to meet all three of them! This book sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Courtney sounds like my kind of gal! I'm curious to see if I identify with her throughout the book. Thanks for this great guest post!

  4. Out of all the characters, I loved Peyton and Madison the most. Both are strong, fierce ladies.

  5. I cannot wait to read this book. The characters sound very relatable.

  6. Such an awesome giveaway! And I'm so excited to read Michelle's newest book! :)

  7. I think I'll relate to Savannah the most. Great interview! :)

  8. I love the cover and have heard nothing but great things about the book.

  9. I am so excited for this book!! This was such a fun interview, I love how she describes her sisters '3
    Thanks for the post!!

  10. Sister books! We don't get nearly enough of those in YA, imo. Also, Las Vegas sounds like such an awesome setting, I can't wait :)


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