Book Spotlight: ‘The Blind Date’ by Delaney Diamond!

Cover_The Blind Date_200X300For anyone who reads this blog, it’s no surprise that Delaney Diamond is one of my absolute favorites. Her romances are the perfect mix of realism and fantasy, and I’m not embarrassed to say that her heroes make my toes curl. So here’s a new one to snuggle up with, ‘The Blind Date‘  . . . and here’s the kicker–it’s FREE! But that’s not all. Read the excerpt and enter to win even more freebies!

One night changes everything . . . again.

Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a free man, and his deception caused him to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.

When Shawna’s sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind date, she has no idea it’s with Ryan, with whom she’d spent a weekend she wishes she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very first night.

From ‘THE BLIND DATE’:

When Shawna entered the restaurant, smiling staff welcomed her with a “Bienvenue!” She told the hostess she had a reservation and gave her the name of the person with whom she had the meeting. “Roger James.”

“Your party’s already here.” The brunette smiled, and her gaze drifted to the interior wall, outside Shawna’s line of vision.

Shawna pasted a smile on her face and stepped forward to get a good look. That’s when her date stepped from the dim interior into the better-lit entryway.

Her smile froze in place and her body became as stiff as a corpse.

It wasn’t that her date was unattractive. Oh no, he didn’t suffer from a deficiency in looks at all. In fact, he was sexy. Hella sexy. Even more sexy than the last time she’d seen him, though a bit underdressed in a pair of jeans and a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to reveal rugged arms dusted with fine hair. Wisps of dark hair, which she knew from firsthand experience were soft, brushed the collar of his striped shirt.

She pressed her palm to her chest in a futile attempt to control the erratic beat of her heart. Unfortunately, her brain had gone into overdrive, reminding her of unbridled passion in Chicago six years ago when she’d fallen into bed with this man. 

She’d never forgotten the two torrid nights they’d spent together where the intimacies they shared had left her breathless and exhausted in his arms. Every caress of his lips and touch of his rough, work-worn hands was seared into her brain. And she could never, ever forget what it felt like to have the dark stubble shadowing his jaw graze the sensitive spot on her neck—or the skin of her inner thigh.

Her knees weakened at the thought.

A corner of his lips did a slow slant upward, and Shawna tore her eyes away from the invitation in them to stare into a pair of amazing blue eyes that rooted her in place.

“Hello, Shawna.” The mellow sound of his voice greeted her as he approached. He exuded a confidence and casual virility not present during their first introduction. Back then, he’d been a little less sure of himself, though very charming.

The sound of her name on his tongue sent a tremor through every cell of her body. “Ryan.” She whispered his name in disbelief because his name wasn’t Roger James, and he wasn’t a stranger. She’d hoped never to set eyes on this man again.

“It’s good to see you, love.”

Shocked out of her reverie by the affectionate word, rage erupted inside of Shawna. She hadn’t seen him since that day in Chicago when her heart had shattered into a thousand pieces. She did what she hadn’t been able to do back then.

She hauled back and slapped him.

 

Get it now for FREE until October 7, 2013: Amazon

Contest information:

Not only is Delaney Diamond giving away a free copy of her book, she’s having a contest!

Prize: Winners choice of four (4) of the following items: (1) Delaney Diamond T-shirt in large or extra large (2) Delaney Diamond two-tone tote bag (3) $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (4) Delaney Diamond keychain (5) an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. I (6) an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. II (7) four bookmarks with Delaney Diamond book covers.

Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to Delaney’s blog. Prizes open to U.S. and international entrants.

How to enter: Correctly match each blog on her tour with its description. Visit the contest post on her website for the details.

Deadline to enter: October 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST

Winners will be notified by email and announced on the contest post on her website.

Bio:

Delaney Diamond writes sweet and sensual romance novels and is the site manager of Romance Novels in Color, where diversity in romance in celebrated. When she’s not reading or writing she’s trying out new recipes or traveling to an interesting locale. Find free reads and the first chapter of all her books at www.delaneydiamond.com.

 

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Unbridled Romance

Delaney CoverSome writers elevate the romance novel to a form that makes you eschew gritty reality in favor of something so much sweeter . . .

Now I’m not your romantic type. Honest, I’m not. I still stifle the urge to correct people when they refer to my work as romance novels. Not that I’ve got anything against romance novels (as this post is shortly about to explain) but I never set out to write something “romantic”, I just want to write something ‘real’. But some writers elevate the romance novel to a form that makes you eschew gritty reality in favor of something so much sweeter . . .

On Monday, I had the honor of being interviewed on Delaney Diamond’s blog; and because I anticipated the post, I went there to check it out. If you read my blog, you’re used to me spilling my guts, but if you want, you can read the interview here.  And when you get there, explore a little bit. I did. I read all of Delaney’s free reads and bought yet another one of her books. Having already read ‘Second Chances‘, ‘The Arrangement‘ and ‘The Ultimate Merger‘, but written reviews for only one of the three, I wasn’t planning to read or buy anything more for now.

But I couldn’t help it. I immediately left her site and bought ‘Here Comes Trouble‘ and when I got home, read the already-purchased ‘A Hard Man to Love‘. Now I can’t afford to be reading anything, being behind (again) on a writing deadline, but my appetite was whetted and had to be satisfied.

Delaney’s reads are quick, and in many ways the antithesis of mine. She writes briskly, in crisp, clever prose that tells you a great deal in very few words. There is an underpinning to each and every character, the hint of so much more than is told. But what she does tell is all you need to know to be intrigued.  And here’s another thing: Delaney Diamond writes pure romance. The sweep-you-off-your-feet, swooning, bite-your-knuckles kind where painfully handsome dark-haired men-of-means sweep women away to nights of untold pleasure. Her worlds are those where money is no object for the male protagonist and the women are often relatively ill-matched, at least financially. Her stories are those where money and power are their own aphrodisiacs. For the reader at least, but hardly ever for the female protagonist.

Rather, Delaney takes us through a maddening mating dance where men who have everything are befuddled by their desire for the one thing they cannot summon: the heart of a woman. In her books, women are driven to irrational behavior by love. This is the kind of stuff you tell yourself could be corny, but when Delaney writes it, for some reason, it just isn’t. You feel the mutual push and pull of lust and love, the angst, the longing, the ache of wanting someone so badly it would crush you to learn that they don’t want you.

As I sat down to write my reviews, I decided that a review of each book would not be enough. What readers need to get a sense of is the body of her work. This stuff is what you should read when you’ve had a crappy day at work, when your mate pissed you off so much you could scream, when your car got a flat tire as you drove home in the rain and the tow-truck took 45 minutes showing up while you sweated it out inside without air-conditioning. Delaney’s work is escapism of the most satisfying kind. And what’s best about it is that it has no pretensions whatsoever. Great writing, great books that are intensely, unapologetically, unbridled romance.

Happy Reading.

N.

Oh, and I’m not a Nookie, but if you are, it’s not your fault and you can still get Delaney’s books, here.

Paying it Forward . . . The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’d never heard of a “blog hop” before today, but here’s the deal: I was tagged by author, M.J. Kane, in her blog which answered 10 questions about “the next big thing” she’s working on, She’d been tagged by another writer. At the end of this blog (which will answer the 10 questions) I will tag a bunch of other authors, effectively paying it forward and getting folks who read my blog to go to theirs and discover these wonderful authors. So it’s the author’s equivalent of a pyramid scheme, pretty much. Kidding!

This whole deal is incredibly well-timed because I am now officially “in the thick of it” – that place in the writing of your book where you can scarcely think of anything else, so just today as I was thinking about how I’ve neglected my blogging, this incredible opportunity came up for me to ramble on about the only thing I can think about these days – ‘The Art of Endings’ – my next big thing.

So here goes:

flatecover (1)Question #1. What is the working title of your book?

The Art of Endings‘. It’s not the ‘working title’ – it will be the title I use unless I get divine intervention telling me it should not be so.

Question #2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

I was plagued over the holidays by a sense I had (and honestly, some reviews from people I trust) that the ending of ‘Secret’ was only somewhat satisfying. That more remained to be said. And since ‘Secret’ was definitely a departure for me in terms of style of storytelling, I began obsessing about the ending, and how the art of doing it well in writing is the hardest thing to perfect, even if you’re a pretty decent writer otherwise. And also, it was the end of the year so there was that ending to contemplate as well. And finally, some of the characters in Secret needed to find resolutions (endings) to long-troubling issues, so I decided to explore those. I blogged about it here.

Question #3. What is the genre?

I write contemporary women’s fiction. Some would call it romantic fiction. That’s probably a fair assessment as well, though for me, that’s not the only point of the books I write. The romance is what lures you in – I hope the message I convey goes beyond boy-meets-girl.

Question #4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters of the movie rendition?

I dreaded answering this question because I never draw characters with anyone in mind except themselves. They are whole and unique to me. And I also don’t watch too many movies but  here’s what I got from my Googling:

For Darren, Lamman Rucker

Lamman Rucker

For Trey, Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore3

For Shayla, Joy Bryant (plus about 10 pounds)

Joy Bryant2

 

 

 

 

 

For Paige, Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

 

 

 

Question #5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Two men learn to understand themselves and the women they love, in the context of relationships they never thought they would have, or were capable of.

Question #6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?

Self-pubbed.

Question #7. How long did it take to write the first draft?

Still working on it! ARGH!

Question #8. What other books would you compare it to in your genre?

Wow. Tough one. I’ll take a page from M.J. Kane and compare myself only to myself. As writers we’re in the same trenches but fighting our own individual battles. So ‘The Art of Endings’ will be like ‘The Seduction of Dylan Acosta’ in that it will have only one side’s point of view, whereas I generally write from both the male and female POVs. This time it’s all about the guys (she says, biting her fingernails with nervousness).

Question #9. Who, or what inspired you to write this book?

It all comes to me in my sleep, or something. I dunno. But seriously, when I finish a book, the characters go away. They are no longer in my head, but after ‘Secret’, they were still there, and so I knew there was more to write and I had finished it too soon. That instinct was confirmed for me by some trusted readers.

Question #10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

The primary thing would be that it’s meant to demystify the male journey toward romantic attachment. As women we wonder what makes them tick, how they decide that they ‘love’ rather than just ‘want’ a woman. What are the forces that make them form emotional attachments, and what makes those attachments stick? Women’s fiction – especially romances – have examined to death how and why women love. This is meant to give the view from the other side, the other sex.

And done. Thanks for recruiting me, M.J.!

Delaney Diamond, Nikki Walker, and Candace Shaw, tag you’re it!

Happy Reading and writing!

-Nia-