Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Feature #1

Since I didn't get a chance to finish all of the April Features, today I am proud to have author Delaney Diamond visiting with me.

Delaney Diamond was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She’s been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. Her books of choice are romance, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of nonfiction. She’s a diehard foodie, so when her head’s not buried in a book, she’s in the kitchen trying out new recipes or dining at her favorite restaurants with friends. She loves to travel and speaks fluent conversational French and can get by in Spanish. Delaney currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she writes sweet and sensual contemporary romance novels and a monthly column in Night Owl Reviews Magazine called “Love and Romance in Color.”

Her latest novel, FIGHT FOR LOVE, is the second book in her Hot Latin Men series. It will be available this summer from Amira Press.

Science teacher Rebekah Jamison lives a quiet life in the suburbs of Atlanta. Devastated by a tabloid scandal nine years ago, she ended her marriage to the man her parents never approved of. 

Rafael Lopez, former professional wrestler and “Sexiest Athlete Alive,” regrets the lapse in judgment that caused him to lose his wife. He shows up unannounced one day with some startling news, but he gets a surprise of his own. He finds out he’s a father. To get to know his son, he whisks him and Rebekah off to his home in the Hollywood Hills for the summer.   

Excerpt from Fight For Love

Rebekah’s heart kick-started with a thump, the matter-of-fact tone doing nothing to allay the frisson of fear that trickled down her spine. Even more disconcerting was her reaction to the deep, seductive sound of his accented voice. It scrambled her brain and sent unwelcome vibrations running through her.

She didn’t dare look at him, worried he’d see every emotion she felt. Shame. Excitement. Anxiety. She needed time to gather her thoughts so she could have a coherent conversation. The shock of his unannounced arrival sharply tipped the balance of her normally ordered day toward disorder.

Deafening silence descended between them, and Rafael was the first to break it. “We need to talk.”

As he shut the door on the outside world, Rebekah finally ventured a look at him. His thick black hair was closely shorn to his head. At five foot seven, she wasn’t a small woman, but Rafael dwarfed her at six foot three. He had an incredible physique, with muscles so densely packed the linen button-down shirt couldn’t conceal them.

His muscles were tightly honed from years of weight-lifting and hours of exercise, creating a fighting machine of flesh-covered steel. Each meaty bicep was the size of one of her thighs, and his lean fingers looked long enough to span the width of a basketball.

When his dark gaze rested on her, the last remnants of rational thought disappeared like a puff of smoke in a blast of wind. For a few seconds, her breath caught in her chest, and she was once again the seventeen-year-old girl who had anxiously awaited her eighteenth birthday so she could run away and marry the man of her dreams.

He became the twenty-year-old rough neck from south of the border who had captured her heart and convinced her not to judge a book by its cover. His coarse exterior had disguised a tender heart and loving disposition—or so she’d thought. Her disapproving parents had been correct in their initial assessment of him. Rafael had changed once they were married, and not for the better.

Website: www.delaneydiamond.com
Read Chapter one of The Arrangement at www.delaneydiamond.com/books
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