Influence

One of the rare joys of writing is receiving feedback that one of your books got someone thinking. I’ve been lucky to hear a few of those comments over the years, and I remember and cherish each one. Erik Tyler is a frequent visitor to this old blog, and he also beta read the whole Rose Shield series for me (my hero!). Well, I guess I got him thinking and he actually wrote a post about the magical (and not so magical) power of “influence.”

On to Erik’s post:

During my six or so years of blogging, I’ve met some stellar people online. One of those people is Diana Peach, a fellow blogger and prolific novel writer in the fantasy genre.

Just last week, Diana released Catling’s Bane: Book I of her four-book series known collectively as The Rose Shield. And — lucky me — I got to be a beta reader for the entire thing, the final installment of which I’m currently reading.

Catling's Bane: Book I of The Rose Shield series by D. Wallace Peach

If you’re a true lover of fantasy, do yourself a favor, read my Amazon review, get yourself a copy of this book — and prepare to lose some sleep over it. In short, I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of books in this genre and this series makes my top five of all time. (She will, no doubt, decry my high praise as “stuff and nonsense,” but it’s true nonetheless.)

Now, my site isn’t a book review site. And Diana has no idea I’m writing this (surprise, Diana!). But I’m telling you, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this Rose Shield series. And so, I’ve decided to go with the flow and incorporate some of those thoughts into this week’s blog post, in a way that I trust will be consistent with who I am and what this blog is about.

If you’ve read even a few pages of my book, The Best Advice So Far, or more than two blog posts here, the theme that runs through everything I write should be apparent: “You always have a choice.”

Building upon this foundation, I’ve also proposed such notions as these:

No one can make you happy.

No one can make you mad (or jealous or insecure or a host of other negatives).

And while compliance can be forced, we cannot make others respect us.

Nor can we make another person love us.

But … what if we could?

What if it were possible to soothe another’s anger, suppress their violence or calm their anxiety, all by force of our will?

What if we did hold the power to irresistibly compel the others around us to respect us? Desire us? Permit us? Love us?

What if we could inflict unspeakable pain or induce euphoric pleasure with a thought, heal with a touch — or, with the same touch, end a life?

Really think about that what-if for a moment. What would you do differently if imbued with such power? Who would you influence — and how? In your secret heart, what would be your biggest temptation?

(Continue Reading: Influence)

 

 

134 thoughts on “Influence

  1. I absolutely second Erik’s review of Catling’s Bane — every word of it! I am so taken with this book and its very particular mythology; I’m eager to see how it develops in the subsequent novels…

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    • Thanks so much, Sean. The book is doing well, and your review was/is contributing to its journey. I appreciate all the kind support. I’m truly excited to hear what you think as you get to the end of the adventure, whenever that is. 😀 Have a great day and keep up the writing!

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  2. Wow, high praise indeed I will have to investigate further and pop over to Erik’s blog. 🙂

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  3. Thanks to you, Diana, I read Erik’s posts regularly now. Insightful. Wise. I feel like I’ve met a new friend. His review of your book is stupendous.

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  4. Val Boyko says:

    I really enjoyed Erik’s review and his post! Congratulations Diana 💛
    I can’t wait to read it now!.. and to visit Erik’s blog.

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  5. Congrats! That is a well-written review. 🙂

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  6. Cloud Walker says:

    Fantastic and great support!

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  7. Congratulations, Diana on the great review of your book by Erik. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  8. High marks to a talented and outstanding writer who is also one of my best blogging friends. I love your writing, Ms. Peach, and I’m certainly not alone. 😀

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  9. Diana, I know Erik’s wonderful words put you on cloud nine. Thanks for sharing this. Mega hugs.

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  10. Congrats on the wonderful review, although I can say it’s no surprise. I’ve recently found you and your books. While I’m loving the chance to immerse myself in a new world of fantasy, my wife is a little grouchy with you. The honey-do list is not getting much shorter…

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    • Apologize to your wife for me 😀 😀 And thanks for the great comment. I was delighted by Erik’s generous offer to beta read all 4 books, and then this surprise post topped off the whole launch. I don’t know what I’d do without the great writing community here on WP. Thanks for the visit, Gabe, and Happy Writing!

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    • Erik says:

      Wow, I’ve never heard the term “the honey-do list”! That’s a keeper (the phrase, not the list).

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  11. staceywilk says:

    Congratulations on the great review!

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  12. What a wonderful, thoughtful review! I need to get my butt in gear and speed up my reading so I can get to these 🙂 Erik has a great site, and is a fine writer himself. He’s done a great job spreading the word! Congrats, Diana, and good luck with the fully-released series!

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  13. It must make you feel all warm and fuzzy reading such words about your work. Congratulations!

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  14. Mick Canning says:

    Fantastic, Diana!

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  15. Fantastic post. How kind and what a commendation. I’d copy and paste this on my wall, Dianne. Thanks Erik for the heads-up on the book.

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  16. dgkaye says:

    This review was like a beautiful story in itself. You must be floating on air Diana. So well deserved. The subject matter may even be reflective of current times in another realm. 🙂

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  17. Jennie says:

    Wonderful! This is perhaps as good as it gets.

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  18. A beautiful review! 🙂

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  19. Steven Baird says:

    How wonderful for you, Diana, a terrific review! Congratulations! 🙂

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  20. Congrats on such a wonderful review. What an artful way with words he has!

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  21. What a wonderful post about your books, Diana. Left a comment on Erik’s blog.

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  22. Congratulations. I think that review was well earned. Erik sounds like a gem. Like attracts like as they say…

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  23. Wonderful, great write up for you!!!

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  24. bpsenapati says:

    A wonderful review Erik! And I am too a fan of Diana and I too love the Rose shield.

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  25. tpolen says:

    Impressive review, Diana – what a compliment!

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  26. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m having some difficulty trying to comment on Erik’s site, so I’ll leave my comment here.
    His post is the best kind of feedback a writer can get and such a huge compliment to you. Your writing has not only been enjoyed on its own merit, but it has left an impression that has inspired – and yes, influenced – beyond its original intent. High praise indeed!
    I loved the last line in his post “ask yourself if it’s the story you want to be telling”. If only more people would stop to reflect on the words and actions they’ve chosen and question whether that’s the lasting impression they want to leave.

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    • I’m sure Erik will stop by here at some point, Joanne, so he’ll see this comment. It was so kind of him to pull together that extended post/review. And a high honor indeed when my little book provokes some reflection. Yes, a great last time. He does a wonderful job of bringing the discussion back to personal choice in our lives. Have a great day, my friend. Hope a little sunshine finds you. 🙂

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    • Erik says:

      Sorry to hear you had trouble posting your comment to the site, Joanne. If you have a moment, could you describe what kind of problem you encountered? I’ll look into it!

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        Hi Erik – great piece on “Influence”. I really enjoyed it. I’m a great believer that our actions and words leave a ‘wake’ behind us like a boat moving through water. Your closing line really resonated with me in this world of “act quickly and regret in leisure”.

        The problem I had seemed to be related to fully loading your post. Although I got the content of the post, it wasn’t loading the remaining info such as *likes* and comments. Although there was a comment box provided, I couldn’t put a cursor in the box to start typing. I waited a bit thinking it just needed more time to load, but eventually just abandoned it.
        Hope that makes sense.

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        • Erik says:

          I’m with you, Joanne.

          As for the site, I started six years ago with a free WP site and have since migrated to a self-hosted site. So I keep both going. The free site only contains part of the post with a link at the bottom to the full post on the new site (this was so previous readers who’d bookmarked didn’t get lost in the shuffle).

          Would you try THIS LINK and let me know if you see the comment section and are able to click inside of the comment box? And what browser do you use (e.g., Google Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, etc.)? Thanks for helping me troubleshoot!

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  27. What an absolutely fantastic review, Diana! I hope you get to enjoy some of this beautiful sunshine before the rains return! xoxo

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    • Thanks for stopping by to check it out, Kathryn. Yes – more weeding and garden prep today. Then planting after this next batch of rain. It’s been glorious outside. I didn’t realize how sun-starved I was!

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  28. Antonia says:

    How nice, congratulations on the great review Diana! You deserve it! You wrote a great book!

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  29. That’s a pretty awesome writeup for your book!

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  30. babbitman says:

    I was lucky enough to beta read the first book and am currently enjoying all over again in its finished state. I usually wait years (sometimes decades) before re-reading a book yet here I am once more savouring a story I only read a few weeks ago! Love it! 🙂

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  31. What a great review. You should be very proud of yourself. I am happy for you.

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  32. Bel says:

    Wow! This is an awesome review. It inspires people to just read the entire series. ❤️

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  33. The V Pub says:

    A wonderful review for a book worthy of such a review!

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  34. A.P. says:

    The theme of having our abilities to influence others dramatically increased, in ways that bespeak magic and deity, is fascinating. I also like the way that Erik tunes us in to how we already influences others, and are influenced by others, in our lives.

    That your work deals with this makes me all the more eager to read it. I don’t ordinarily read fantasy, and what little I’ve read of Caitling’s Bane (as I wrote earlier) had me desiring more.

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  35. balroop2013 says:

    You are so lucky to have friends like Erik! He is one of those gems who work silently but influences people around him!
    Influence is undoubtedly a powerful force, unseen yet having a gravitational pull, without which we would be floating rudderless. Lovely post Diana. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  36. Tweeted and may it help in furthering your always amazing words. Well done to Erik.

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  37. Marjorie says:

    You have every right to cherish this post – he said such lovely things about your work. Very nice indeed. Enjoyed reading Erik’s thoughts.

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  38. Lovely words! You’re blessed indeed to have such reviewers. 🙂

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