Today Delaney Diamond is spotlighting her novella Worth Waiting For, a sweet romance and book 1 of the Bailar series about couples who connect through dance. She’s sharing an excerpt and offering a $10 Amazon or B&N giftcard as part of a giveaway.
NOTE: This book is a sweet romance and has been published before with a different cover.
Newman doesn’t have time for love. Been there, done that, and she’s got the scars to prove it. Instead, she’s focused on her career. For the past few years, she has been living the life she wants. She drives a silver Mercedes, just purchased a four bedroom house in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, and she’s on her way to becoming the youngest female partner in the history of the venture capitalist firm where she works. Life couldn’t be better. Or so she thought.
Frederico “Freddie” Mendoza is the owner of Mendoza Construction. He hasn’t given up on love, but he is fed up with women who are fascinated by the fantasy of being with a blue collar man and then relegate him to a certain part of their lives. His newest customer, Julia Newman, is the kind of woman he’s decided he’ll avoid from now on. He needs to work on expanding his business. Besides, she’s not his type. Or so he thought.
Julia swallowed to moisten her parched throat. If she could bottle and sell that sexy grin of his, she could make a fortune fighting depression.
The bartender set a glass of white wine and a bottle of beer in front of Freddie. She was pleased he’d remembered what she liked.
“Enjoy.” Without him leaning close to her, she couldn’t hear him over the noise, but she could read his lips. He clinked his bottle against her glass.
Julia took a sip of the fruity wine. Freddie motioned behind her, where the woman sitting on the stool had gotten down and walked away. Seizing the opportunity, she climbed up onto the empty seat.
For a few minutes they watched the dancers. After awhile, she could feel Freddie’s hot gaze on her. Turning to face him, she raised a brow.
He leaned toward her. “You’re not going to sit there all night, are you?” he asked. His breath tickled the delicate skin of her ear. Her fingers tightened on the stem of the glass.
He didn’t move back, so she whispered in his ear. What she really wanted to do was turn and press her mouth against his neck and let her fingers travel down the front of his shirt, releasing each button so her hand could glide across his strong chest.
“No. I have to get used to the place first before I jump in. You can ask someone else to dance if you like.” The instructional salsa videos she’d studied on YouTube were a poor preparation for what she was seeing.
“I want to dance with you,” he said. He pulled back and looked into her eyes.
Julia was caught, hypnotized by his dark gaze. He held out his hand to her. She covered his palm with hers, and there was an immediate fluttering in the pit of her stomach. Before following him, she tossed back the rest of her wine. No point in letting it go to waste. Besides, she needed a little liquid courage. Then, with her hand clasped firmly in Freddie’s, she followed him through the thicket of bodies into the middle of the dance floor.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: $10 Amazon or B&N gift card
Eligibility: Open to U.S. and international entrants.
How to Enter: Freddie in Worth Waiting For is a blue collar hero who works construction. In the comments, name a career not often represented in romance that you think would make for an interesting job for a hero or heroine.
Deadline: September 13, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.
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.