The Writings of Diana Kathryn Plopa
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A Tryst of Fate
A Romance novel told from a man's point of view... Thomas, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, and Gillian, an art restorer for the Detroit Institute of Arts, experience a tragedy which drives them to divorce. Over the following year, as a way to bring her back to him, Thomas writes short stories and mails them to Gillian, each one encapsulating a piece of their history together. During this time, Thomas comes to understand that Paige holds the secrets to a mystery which binds the three of them together. Thomas soon realizes that he can never truly win Gillian's heart until he first solves the mystery. Will Paige's past ruin them or reunite them?
What Readers Are Saying:
"When I first took a glance at this book, I was kind of skeptical about reading it. I really didn't understand the title, nor did I understand where the author was going with the title of the book. The blurb on the back of the book didn't give much away about the story either, but I always have learned, the hard way mind you, to never judge a book by its cover. So, I dived, head first, into the story, not know what was to come. The Prologue was shocking and had really piqued my curiosity enough to make me keep reading. The more I read, the more I found myself wanting, no craving, to read more. This story fixated around real life characters, though fictitious, made me feel as if I was living the story with the characters.
The stories within the story, known only to the characters until the author deemed it the right time to tell me what they meant, were heart-wrenching, yes, but incredible at the same time. The author knew the right time and place to let out the characters deepest, darkest secrets, which in turn made this book more interesting to read.
This story really took a surprising turn of events that I was not expecting and I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the incredible shocking events. This author is a genius!! I am literally happy at the way the story turned out and I now have a clear concept of where the author was going with the title and the cover of the book. This book has made me a fan of this author's style of writing and if you have yet to discover this author's talent for writing, I suggest you check her out. It's quite the spectacular read and I highly recommend it. This book not only gets my five book review, but it gets an award for becoming my favorite story of 2016. This is a story that I will treasure and I will find myself going back and re-reading it over and over again. " ~Jenny Bynum
"A TRYST OF FATE by Diana Kathryn Plopa is a wonderful novel. Offering a wise and compelling vision of the tangled geometry of human relationships, it takes the reader straight into the heads and hearts of a cast of characters whom we come to know and care about deeply. The book calls to mind the breadth of a Victorian novel, from the well-chosen, significant epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter, to the life-changing events that strike out of the blue, to a plethora of well-developed characters with all their strengths and flaws, to the broad working of coincidence as the men and women who people this book act out their hopes, dreams, and fears.
In fact, this book does a terrific job investigating the various roles played by accident, free will, and (as the title suggests) fate in the inexorable progress of the characters toward their destinies. As the plot constantly twists and turns in the way life does, the characters experience loss and tragedy, surprises, reversals, happiness and joys, as well as all the permutations of love. Of particular interest is the way the novel explores how we come to know (and need) each other through the stories we tell.
A TRYST OF FATE is a fine, emotional, and engaging work that will stay with you long after the last page. ~ Donald Levin, PhD; Author of The Martin Preuss Mysteries
A Duck Quacks
After years of sitting on the sidelines, quacking plot twists and character maps into her ear, Drake, The Duck Muse, insisted that author Diana Kathryn take dictation for a collection of thirteen short stories of his own creation. He’s a tremendously creative duck, but feathers and flippers make for difficult typing. Diana Kathryn agreed, and you now hold in your hands the end result of their unusual collaboration.
What Readers Are Saying:
13 Amazing Stories Wrapped Up Into One Incredible Book.
The characters for each story were amazing. I loved each character as I continued to read and the story-lines for each story were magnificent. Each individual story had me either giggling or stopping a moment to ponder more about the story I was reading at the time. I really enjoyed the creativity each incredible story brought forth and I highly recommend this read. ~Jenny Bynum
A Divinely Curious Novel that investigates the possibilities that may await in the After Life. If you were given the opportunity to choose your eternal resting place, would it be Heaven or Hell? Follow Raychel as she visits each realm and makes that choice for herself.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Just finished reading Free Will...A Divinely Curious Novel by Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa. Good book, fun read. Buy it, you'll like it!!!" ~Barb Caldwell
"Raychel has a problem and an interesting dilemma. First, she's dead. And it's problem because everything she's been told the afterlife would be isn't quite living up to expectations. There's a choice to be made while staying at an inn in Purgatory, one that will decide where she'll spend her eternity. Will she choose to go to Heaven or Hell? To help her make up her mind--because the Powers That Be don't like mistakes--she's given two 7-day passes to spend upstairs and downstairs. Then, once her visits are complete, she'll be in a better frame of mind to decide her fate. Or will she?
My eyes were glued to the pages during Raychel's journey, mostly because I started to panic wondering what it would be like if Heaven actually was how it's portrayed in the story. Hell isn't much better and the strength of Diana Kathryn Plopa's Free Will is in making us uncomfortable by presenting readers with a perfectly valid "what if..." tale.
No spoilers here how it ends or what decision is made. There's a whole lot of imagination that went into Free Will and it shows. I actually wanted more and when I say that, I mean there were whole days spent in Hell that went unaccounted for. Many questions were raised, possibilities offered (the opportunity to look people up and talk to them), etc. that I wish had been explored more during the time that wasn't mentioned. It may have been an editing decision to keep the book down to a certain length. I don't know. What was felt to be missing was noticeable, though. Again, not a bad thing since it's better than wishing a story would end. As a reader, I wanted more.
Perhaps DKP will visit this world she's created again, only through the eyes of another newbie. It's certainly a fertile place for stories." ~ Kage Alan
"I must admit, that at first, I was slightly skeptical about reading this book, but I never turn down an opportunity to read a new to me author. So, I started reading the book. At first, the story seemed a little crazy and slightly off to me, and it's for sure not something I have ever read before. This story has quite a unique twist to it. I was just as confused about the story as the character, Raychel, was. I was actually kind of confused and yet intrigued by it all. I know that this book is fiction, but it really got me thinking about the real Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. This story reeled me in so much that I was hanging onto every written word on the turn of every page. I couldn't put this book down. This author is a pure genius and the story-line really kept me guessing. Everything I thought I had figured out was wrong as each turn of events were unraveled. I loved Raychel and her attitude toward everything she saw. Absolutely nothing kept her from seeking out answers, even though some of them were vague. This author did a fabulous job bringing this book to life and making me feel as if it was real and all the events that happened were real. As the events unfolded, I was able to have a vivid picture in my mind of what was happening. I must say 'BRAVO' to the author for writing such a captivating story. I believe that this book would be fun to watch on the big screen and deserves an award for its uniqueness and originality. This book not only gets my five book review, but a standing ovation too. I highly recommend this story to all adults. It's memorable and fun read." ~Jenny Bynum
"This book had an interesting take on life after death and it was written in an easy to read format. It was quick to get through and somewhat fun to read." ~Chrisa
"Not as much a plot-driven novel as the author's version of The Afterlife. The characters exist - even after death - to project the author's tongue-in-cheek description of Heaven and Hell ... and that other place. The book is an interesting exercise in re-defining.." ~Harold
The Griffin of Greed
This children's fairy tale teaches the importance of community cooperation and forgiveness as paramount to a fulfilled life, instead of collecting "stuff". This story will have children becoming more inclined to share their toys with friends and siblings, alike.
** Fun Fact: This is one of the stories that Thomas writes back to Gillian in "A Tryst of Fate".
(reworked for a young reader, of course).
This is a memoir that follows Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa as she raises her son, Zachary Bennjamin from birth to adulthood with a plan that incorporates intelligent love, reasonable boundaries, and lots of patience.
What Readers Are Saying:
"This book is so deeply spiritual in a context deeper than what we know as spiritual. The love for your son emanated from every page. The self-exploration was profound! True parenting begins with soul searching within ourselves. And it becomes a journey and not just an experience when we trust ourselves to be all that our children need us to be from childhood through adulthood. Great Book! I really enjoyed it!" ~Veronica Thomas, RN
Coming Soon! American Plague