RNIC is delighted to spotlight author Delaney Diamond’s latest release, An Unexpected Attraction! Let’s all welcome her to the blog!
What are your pet peeves?
Mean, inconsiderate people. When I encounter someone who is ugly for no reason, it makes me angry.Otherwise, I’m a pretty laid back person.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I like all kinds of movies, but suspense/thrillers, romantic comedies, and action flicks are my favorites. Netflix has spoiled me, too. I get to see all of these wonderful foreign films that I normally wouldn’t, such as Korean or European thrillers. What I like about them is that they don’t have all the CGI that typically comes out of Hollywood. I find that I hold my breath a lot more because what’s happening on screen is much more believable—or realistic, if that makes sense.
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
The diversity on ABC is refreshing! There are shows where the main characters are Latino, African-American, and coming soon, an Asian cast when Fresh Off the Boat premieres. I’m so looking forward to that one. The show is based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Huang. The book is on my to-be-read list.
What I absolutely can’t miss every week are Modern Family and Blackish. They’re funny and very relatable. I’m also hooked on Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder because…well, DRAMA. LOL.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for five years now. My first book, The Arrangement, was published in November 2010.
What writing rituals help to get your mojo flowing so you can write?
Sometimes it helps to sketch out the scene or chapter playing out in my head onto paper first before I sit in front of the computer. But more than anything, I can’t listen to distracting sounds like the TV, music, or conversations. I go into my office, put in my earbuds to listen to the rain soundtrack at rainymood.com, and I write.
Why should readers consider buying your books?
If you like alpha males, you’ll enjoy my heroes. They range from the quiet alpha type to the blackmailing, you’re-going-to-marry-me-now (LOL) alpha type. Whatever the range of their alpha maleness, their intensity is based on one goal—to win the heart of the heroine. The romance is also a very important part of the story. In between all the conflict, I like to show how the hero and heroine complement each other.
In An Unexpected Attraction (book 3 of the Love Unexpected series), for example, Jay starts out like a quiet alpha, but as the story progresses, he becomes more intense as his desire to claim Brenda overtakes him. But you also see why they would work together as a couple, and how they’re attracted to each other beyond the physical. They both have a love of good food and wine, and they’re even a little playful with each other at times. But underneath all of that is the intense love for each other that they’ve hidden for years.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
I think so, but it’s subjective. I’ve read books where I had to skip the love scenes to get to the other parts of the novel, but what I consider too much may be just right for another person. I don’t think that it makes sense for an author to try to gauge what’s too much or too little. We should just write the story as we feel it should be written and it will find its audience.
Would any of your books make a good movie?
I’ve had readers tell me they’d like to see the Hawthorne Family series turned into a movie. Wouldn’t that be nice! As I’m writing the Johnson Family series, I think it would make a good movie, too.
Perhaps even Second Chances, the last book in my Hot Latin Men series. It would be great to see the story according to a director’s interpretation of the relationship between the hero and heroine. And being that it’s set in Brazil, that would be nice to see on the big or small screen. Who knows, maybe one day?
What was the nicest comment you’ve received from a reader?
I’ve received so many, but two of the nicest comments are when readers say they’ve told a friend about my books. Word of mouth is a huge compliment. The other is when a reader tells me that they’ve reread a book. In one of the reviews of Perfect, book 2 of the Johnson Family series, the reader said she’d already read the book three times. Three times! I was speechless and very flattered.
What can readers expect from you next?
I’m currently working on book 3 of the Johnson Family series, Just Friends. As the title suggests, it’s a friends-to-lovers story. I don’t write a lot of those, but writing about the dynamics of the relationship between Trenton and Alannah has been enjoyable, so I think I should write more friends-to-lovers stories. I’ve also been torturing Trenton a bit, because…well, it’s always kind of fun to watch the hero fall apart as he realizes that he’s in love. I can’t wait until it’s finished and readers get a chance to read it.
They didn’t mean to fall in love…
Brenda Morrison has known Jay Santorini for years, but he’s off limits. He’s her friend’s ex-husband, and except for one slip-up, they’ve always had a platonic relationship. But now that she’s back in Atlanta, the smoldering attraction between them is much harder to resist.
Jay has always kept a hands-off approach to Brenda, and the time they spend together starts out innocently enough, or so he pretends. Because the truth is, Jay has feelings for her, and those feelings are anything but innocent.
She filled the electric kettle with water and plugged it in. While the water warmed, she reached up into the cupboard and pulled down two of her grandmother’s cups with the matching saucers.
“Sugar or honey?”
She turned around and caught him staring at her ass. She swallowed hard to quell the violent lurch of her stomach. He didn’t blush or appear the least bit embarrassed. He just stood there, with his hands turned backward and gripping the heavy walnut table behind him.
“Honey.” His voice was definitely lower, guttural, and goose bumps popped up on her arms.
Brenda went through the motions of preparing the tea. She placed a honey packet and teaspoon on a saucer. Dropped a teabag into the cup. Poured hot water over it. Then taking a deep breath, she walked over to him. The cup rattled against the saucer in her unsteady hand.
“This was my grandmother’s tea set,” she said.
Jay took the dishes and set them on the table. Before she could walk away, he grasped her wrist and held her in place. “I don’t care about tea or dishes, Brenda. That’s not why I’m here. That’s not why you allowed me to come in.”
Her eyes ran down his features, and he moved closer. So close that when she looked at him, she saw the short lashes on his lower lids.
“You let me in because you know what I want. And I know what you want.”
“What do you think I want?” she asked, a slight tremor in her voice.
“I know you want me. Like I want you. I want to lose myself inside of you again.”
Her lips went dry, and she moistened them with her tongue. He followed the movement with his eyes and continued to stare at her mouth when he asked in a low, hot voice, “Was that an invitation?”
In lieu of waiting for an answer, he jumped to his own conclusions and dipped his head. His kiss was soft, yet firm, and she moaned a little, shivering at the magnitude of excitement that filled her. He applied the right amount of pressure and there was the right amount of moisture in his kiss. The need for him was so strong, she shook from the force of it.
He pulled at the fullness of her bottom lip with his teeth, a playful tug that only served to arouse her more. She leaned into him, craving a closer connection.
His hands cupped her face and held her head in place as he deepened the kiss. He plied the seam of her lips with his tongue until it opened for him. Then he dipped in and their tongues touched. They both moaned at the contact and he forced her mouth wide, one hand tightening on the back of her head. Lordy, he tasted good.
The faint aroma of his cologne filled her nose, but more than anything, his individual scent—a scent she’d become acutely aware of over the years. She gripped his tight forearms when she threatened to sway on her feet.
Sensing her need to maintain balance, Jay switched positions and nudged her to the table until her bottom hit the edge. Over and over he continued a relentless sweep of her mouth with his tongue, stroking every corner, tasting every nook. His kisses left her out of breath and coaxed purrs from her chest.
Jay lifted his head and the moist sound of separation whispered between them. His grey eyes locked with her half-closed brown ones.
He breathed hard. The wall of his chest moved up and down in rapid succession. “If you don’t want to do this, if you want me to stop, you have to tell me now.” His already deep voice had fallen lower under the strain of need.
“I don’t,” she said in a shaky voice. But right away she saw he misunderstood what she meant because his eyes dulled. Her fingers tightened around his arm. “No, I mean I don’t want you to stop.”
Passion flared in his eyes, and when he kissed her again, she ceased thinking.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: One winner will receive a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card and an autographed copy of The Blind Date, book 1 of the Love Unexpected series.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: In An Unexpected Attraction, Jay is very boastful about his Italian heritage and the good food and wine they produce. Because of the heavy sauces and complex flavors, Italian food happens to be one of my favorite cuisines.
Readers, tell me in the comments, what’s your favorite type of cuisine(s) to eat?
Deadline: Contest ends Sunday, 11:59 EST February 8, 2015
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes open to U.S. and international entrants.
About the Author
Delaney Diamond writes sweet and sensual romance novels and is the site manager of Romance Novels in Color, where diversity in romance is celebrated. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. In her spare time she reads romance novels, mysteries, thrillers, and a fair amount of non-fiction. 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.