Diamond's 'out of the closet' Lover

Angie Singleton

Book Cover

GENRE

LGBT

    Core Theme

    BEING YOURSELF

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    A SECRET LOVE, DISOBEDIENCE, IMAGINE ME & YOU

    CHARACTER LIST

    DIAMOND: 40S, LEAD, BEAUTIFUL, SUCCESSFUL, SMART, PERSEVERANT

    ROBERT CLEAVE: 40S, RICH CARING, INSECURE, GAY, DIAMOND’S LOVE INTEREST

    OLIVIA: 40S, SECRETIVE, VOLATILE, IN LOVE WITH DIAMOND AND ALSO DIAMOND’S BEST FRIEND.

    BERNARD DAWSON: MEAN, ABUSIVE, DIAMOND’S EX-HUSBAND

    LUCIFER: SUPPORTIVE, NAÏVE, OLIVIA’S HUSBAND

    Logline

    Diamond's 'out of the closet' Lover is about Diamond Pearl Hope, a biracial news journalist, who is facing a midlife crisis. With a twist of fate, Diamond is swept off her feet by a person she least expected to fall in love with.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Female Leaning,Male Leaning,LGBT Leaning

    Setting

    Palm Beach, Florida

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    The story begins with Diamond Pearl Hope picking up her best male pal, Robert Cleave, a gay man, from an airport in Palm Beach, Florida. While sitting inside her old BMW waiting for Robert to exit the terminal, Diamond reminisces about her tumultuous past.

    Ending Description

    Diamond Pearl Hope and Robert Cleave gets married, and Diamond gets pregnant with twins (a boy and girl).

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9781548659615

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Diamond Pearl Hope

    Age: forty-two

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Religious,Funny,Obedient

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Robert Cleave

    Age: forty-two

    Gender: Lgbt

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Educated,Visionary,Romantic,Skillful

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Olivia

    Age: forty-two

    Gender: Lgbt

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Desperate,Educated,Secretive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Ron Peterson

    Age: 70s

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Confident,Engaging,Empathetic,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Skillful

    Development Pitch

    "Diamond's 'out of the closet' Lover" is the last book of the Diamond's Fate series; it is a summary of the entire series of 3 books. Below is a quote from Blue Ink's September 2011 review (written for books 1 & 2) that I believe will make a great pitch for a movie adaptation: This intriguing novel relates the hardships and joys in the life of Diamond Pearl Hope, a biracial reporter living in Florida. Born to a white father and African-American mother, Diamond moves to her grandmother’s home after her mother’s death. Her aunts and cousins, also living with her, frequently torment her over her light skin and interracial heritage. After her grandmother’s horrific death, a white couple adopts Diamond, and she experiences life on the other side of the color line. After discovering and reconciling with her biological father, she becomes a reporter specializing in domestic abuse cases. Diamond discovers firsthand the difficulties of the legal system after she is arrested for assaulting her husband during a drunken altercation. Struggling to put her life back in order, she finds strength in her Christian faith and the love of her family and friends. In the end, she not only wins an award for her investigative work, but she also manages to make peace with those family members who hurt her in the past, joining her black and white lives together in a joyful celebration....

    Genre

    ROMANCE, DRAMA, LGBT

    Brief

    A biracial journalist struggles to find love only to discover it was right under her nose all along.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

    Draw of Story

    Hoping to get into the nitty gritty of the main character.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The stilted dialogue and repeating each of the character's name in each new line of dialogue was draining. Also, constantly being taken out of the story to read a detailed "data dump" was exceedingly distracting. Dialogue could be reworked to make it more like natural speech and the textbook style information thrown in should be severely limited and perhaps integrated into the story.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    Watching best friends fall in love is a nice hook.

    Fanbase Potential

    This would probably have a limited fanbase since it is so character driven.

    Awards Potential

    This really doesn't seem like an Awards contender. Again, the structure of the story needs to be reworked and the information that is presented should be part of the narrative.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    A SECRET LOVE, DISOBEDIENCE, IMAGINE ME & YOU

    What’s New About the Story

    It was certainly original to put in a lot of explanation and facts into the story. Using the knowledge to enhance character development would be a great way to solve the narrative flow problem make this more unique.

    Lead Characters

    Being biracial and also the discussion around issues of sexual identity makes the characters stand out.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Dialogue is really hard thing to master, but working on making to more like real speech could go a long way in improving the appeal of the book.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Indie

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    As mentioned before the dialogue doesn't follow natural speech patterns and the digression into lecturing on facts takes the reader out of the story.

    Tips for Improvement

    A general reworking of the book is needed to make this ready for development. As mentioned before, particular attention needs to be paid to dialogue improvement and the arbitrary facts thrown in need to be either removed or fully integrated into the story as plot or character development.

    Brief

    A biracial journalist struggles to find love only to discover it was right under her nose all along.

    What We Liked

    The main character is empathetic, smart and positive. The turning on its head of the usual progression of LGBT storylines, is interesting.

    Film: A film that focuses on Robert’s transformation and Diamond’s gradual acceptance could be interesting.

    TV: Since there are several books in the series, it could be adapted nicely into a television series.

    Key points:
    1. Strong female character
    2. LGBT theme
    3. Cultural relevance
    4. Conversation starter
    5. Franchise potential.

    Synopsis

    Diamond Pearl Hope, the biracial daughter of a black woman and a white man, struggled with these issues of her lineage all her life. Now as a successful journalist, she is coming into her own. She really wants to be a mother someday and hopes that she will soon find the love of her life.

    A failed marriage to her abusive husband Bernard, makes her leery that she will ever find happiness. She soon starts to receive secret love letters. She wonders who might be sending them. Perhaps they could be from her platonic gay friend from college, Robert Cleave.

    Robert denies that he is her secret admirer though he does love her dearly. Diamond confides in her best friend, Olivia, and her husband, Lucifer, but they don’t know who could be writing the letters either.

    Robert is incredibly successful and wants to share his good fortune with Diamond. He is planning a big trip to Africa for work and he invites Diamond along. She happily agrees to accompany him. As they explore the wonder of the continent together, Diamond realizes that their friendship is turning into something more serious. They both agree that they love each other and are meant to be together.

    Diamond soon discovers that it was Olivia who has been writing her love letters. Olivia is secretly gay and in love with Diamond. She desperately wants to be with Diamond. When Diamond rejects her, Olivia gets destructive and Lucifer and Robert have to intervene.

    After the trauma of Olivia’s confession, Diamond and Robert are more sure than ever that they belong together. Robert embraces his new found sexuality as a straight man and Diamond manages to understand their love for each other. Diamond and Robert are happily married and soon become the parents of twin babies.

    About The Author

    Angie Singleton is a retired police officer. She's also the author of bestselling inspirational novel "Diamond's Fate." Angie is a woman of faith, who writes to encourage her readers to pursue their positive goals and dreams and help make the world a better place for all inhabitants.