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Dianne Venetta is the award-winning author of contemporary romance and cozy mystery novels, including Jennifer's Garden, winner of Best in Romance for 2012 Indie Discovery Awards. When not knee-deep in romance, she contributes gardening advice to various websites and publications and has been featured on GalTime, Huffington Post, Earth Eats (Indiana Public Radio), eHow and Ideal Home Garden among others.
She lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children. When not whacking away at her keyboard you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men. A girl's gotta have fun, right?
Dianne also enjoys volunteering in school gardens and has begun a children's series chronicling her adventures called Wild Tales & Garden Thrills. It's a crazy existence to be sure, but at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses--or rosemary!--kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
on Jan. 03, 2013 :
When ever I ever decide to read a book I always read the expert, Ms. Venetta is an amazing writer. From the first page it captured me. I had some of my fav. characters and then there are characters that drove me crazy. I absolutley loved Q. I wanted to cry when he had the seizue during his swim meet. I also loved Sydney, she was hard working and underneath her tough exterior was a compassionate sweet person. Clay was an absolute delight to read he was funny,sweet and very hott. I loved how he didnt give up with Sydney. I laughed so many times out loud so many times. The scene on the couch was very hot and very spicey. I really had no problems with this book, I loved it and would def. read more from Ms.Venetta. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to travel to Flordia without leaving home and wants a really good read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 29, 2012 :
I have to admit that I am probably one of those readers most authors don't like. I almost ALWAYS judge a book by its cover. If the cover looks good, I'll take a peek at what it's about, and if that sounds good, I'm sold! And I have to say that 99.99% of the time that works for me. And I hit another one out of the park with this choice! Whisper Privileges is an amazing book. From the way the story flows together to the dynamics between Sydney and the other characters (especially that nasty ol' Morgan) and the way Ms Venetta brings the Special Olympics to life.....it's just outstanding. She made such a....(looking for the right word here)...not often talked about (?) subject the focal point of her story with such grace and aplomb and it really makes the reader, or me at the very least, have a whole new perspective on special needs children and their families. One of my former co-workers had a son with autism and the few times I saw him, I noticed he was more reserved around people, but I never paid much attention or thought much more about it. After reading this I have a whole new appreciation for those families who raise special needs children and realize just what a great organization the Special Olympics really is. I look forward to reading the next book to see what Clay has up his sleeve to try to get Sydney to commit to him! What a guy!! I really recommend this book. It's a great, heartwarming story, especially when Syd gives her speech at the closing ceremony. A definite must read!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Whisper Privileges is a contemporary-romantic novel written by author Dianne Venetta. It tells the story of Sydney, an indipendent, ambitious woman, who works as an event planner. However, after having had a relationship with her boss, Javier, her working life has become considerably harder; infact, all the events she would like to be part of, have been assigned to Morgan, the boss's new lover and so Sydney is practically forced to work for the Special Olympics, certainly not the event she had hoped to work for. But who would have known that working for that undesirable event would have led her to the love of her life?Clay. A sexy, good-looking, fantastic father, who came to Miami to assist his special needs child, Q, during his swimming competitions. But being with Clay is not that easy as it seems, he needs someone who is ready to commit, someone who has a personality and ambitions apart from a beautiful face.. But will Sydney be ready to commit herself?
When I've first heard about this book I was a bit dubious about whether I should read it or not. Not more than month ago I've read a romantic-contemporary novel and, being honest, it was an effort for me to get to the end of the book. In memory of this, I am really surpised by how much I enjoyed this novel! I think the author has the great ability of create romantic situations and contexts, without being exagerated or too sickly sweet. I really liked how the whole situation had been developed by Dianne; thanks to the strong personality of her protagonist, Sydney, she succeeded in creating a pleasant sense of suspense, that kept me literally with straight hair for the whole book. Infact, the love between the two protagonists is always hampered by injuries of the past and Sydney and Clay will not taste the simplicity of being together until the very end. As I said I appreciated that there was not only the romantic factor, but I REALLY liked the context in which the story set place. The Special Olympics and the athletes who partecipated have really touched my heart; I will be completely sincere and I admit that I had not idea such events exist, maybe because in Italy I've never heard of something like this, but I think it's great to give to special needs children, the possibility to be the stars for just one day,to be part of something, of a team. Q, Clay's son, was a child suffering from autism and his character was really amazing. The sport gave him a reason to continue to believe in something, the swimming, the sport who helped him so much in making progress with his disease.
Speaking of characters I will talk a little about the ones who impressed me more. I really liked Sydney from the beginning; I thought she was similar to me in so many ways! She want to become indipendent, rich, a business woman who would love to travel around the world. She's quietly a strong woman but, reading the book, I realised that maybe the wounds of the past have touched her excessively. Sometimes this particular was a bit annoying, her continuos indecision, her perpetual oscillation between a decision and the other, made her character sometimes boring, ripetitive. The other character who really caught my attention is Sam, instead. She is so brilliant! She' s a beautiful woman, intelligent, ambitious, always perfect in every aspect; she runs an association about kids and she's engaged to the man of her dreams.. even if, despite this, she doesn't give up flirting with handsome men! I love her way of thinking and how she manages to always have to right advices for her friend, Sydney.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)