Thursday, June 26, 2014

Win Over $100 in Prizes! Addictive Summer Reads Sale & Giveaway!

Hi everyone! This week I'm taking part in a special event: the Addictive Summer Reads Sale & Giveaway! You can win over $100 in prizes, as well as a special prize that I'm giving away here on my blog. More about the prizes below!

As part of this event, Revenge, Book 1 in my "Blood and Honor" series, is on sale now for only .99 cents! (Regularly $4.99.) 

A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge...

Kate Andretti is married to the Mob--but doesn't know it. When her husband uproots them to Italy, Kate leaves everything she knows behind. Alone in a foreign land, she finds herself locked in a battle for her life against a husband and a family who will "silence" her if she will not do as they wish. When her husband tries to kill her, she accepts the protection offered by a wealthy businessman with Mafia ties. He's not a mobster, he claims. Or is he?

Enrico Lucchesi never wanted to be a Mafia don, and now he's caught in the middle of a blood feud with the Andretti family. His decision to help Kate brings the feud between the families to a boil. When Enrico is betrayed by someone in his own family, the two of them must sort out enemies from friends--and rely on each other or die alone. The only problem? Enrico cannot reveal his identity to Kate, or she'll bolt from his protection, and he'll be duty-bound to kill her to safeguard his family's secret. 

Attacks from without and within push them both to the breaking point, and soon Enrico is forced to choose between protecting the only world he knows and saving the woman he loves. 

*** Revenge was a double-finalist in the 2013 Booksellers Best Awards! ***


Enrico raised a hand in greeting to Kate, and she returned his wave and started descending the steps. She headed straight for him, her auburn hair gleaming in the sun, a few strands of it blowing across her pale cheek and into her green eyes. With a delicate hand, she brushed the hair out of her face. Enrico’s fingers twitched with the desire to touch her cheek like that, to feel the slide of her silky hair. A small, almost secretive smile crossed her features, and he swallowed hard. Dio mio. He felt that smile down to his toes.

She stopped a couple feet from him. “Signor Lucchesi, it’s good to see you, as always.”

He bowed his head slightly. “And you, Signora Andretti.” He paused, a grin spreading across his face. “Since when did we get so formal, Kate?”

She half-turned and motioned to the doorway behind her. And that was when he noticed it—a bruise on her right cheek. Merda! Had someone hit her? Tearing his eyes off the mark, he followed her gesture. A tall, sandy-haired man, well-muscled and handsome, leaned in the doorway, his arms crossed. “My husband, Vincenzo, is here.”

Enrico’s smile receded. He looked back to Kate. “I’d like to meet him.” And if he did this to her, he’s going to pay.

A Trip Through Italy

I chose to put Revenge in the Addictive Summer Reads Sale because that story (and the series that followed it) was inspired by two of my favorite all-time vacations through Italy. I fell in love with Italy during those vacations, especially the area around Lake Como, where much of the "Blood and Honor" series is set. Here are a few of my favorite vacation pics (and all of these locations are featured in the series). 

The terrace off the back of the Villa d'Este Hotel on Lake Como. 

A gazebo on the grounds of the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como.

A beautiful trattoria in Bellagio on Lake Como. 

A street in Capri. 

The grounds of the Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri. 

I think you can see why I fell in love with Italy during these trips and why I just had to write a series set there!


In addition to the giveaways running on the Addictive Summer Reads page (where you can win over $100 in prizes), I'm giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card, because Italy is the land of espresso! To enter my giveaway, just follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter below. 

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To enter the giveaways for the Addictive Summer Reads Sale, follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter on that page.

To check out the other Addictive Summer Reads giveaways, click the next link below! 

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Reading! 

~ Dana Delamar

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sneak Peek: DEADLY BETRAYAL by Kristine Cayne!

Hi everybody! I've got a special guest today: my critique partner, Kristine Cayne!

Like me, Kristine writes romantic suspense, and she's getting close to releasing DEADLY BETRAYAL, the third book in her award-winning Deadly Vices series. I'm currently editing it, and let me tell you, this book ROCKS! Set in Afghanistan, this story brims with tension, suspense, and sizzling sexual chemistry. I can't wait until you all can read it too. Kristine is here today to give us a sneak peek at DEADLY BETRAYAL. Take it away, Kristine! 

Hello, everyone! I am thrilled to share with you the cover of my upcoming release, DEADLY BETRAYAL. It was designed and created by the amazingly talented Scarlett Rugers.

DEADLY BETRAYAL (Deadly Vices, Book Three)

Kristine Cayne

Release Date: July 21, 2014

An Afghani woman’s rights activist with a dark secret.

Azita Seraj, doctor and women’s rights activist in Afghanistan, is horrified to learn that her late husband’s brother, Khalid Mullazai, is giving his twelve-year-old niece to a militant warlord. Desperate to save the girl, she reaches out to the only hope she has: an American soldier she treated several years earlier for a near-fatal gunshot wound. A wound he received in an ambush she’d initiated. Can she enlist his aid and still keep secret her betrayal?

An American soldier searching for answers.

Kaden Christiansen never forgot the beautiful Afghan doctor who saved his life, and when he receives her cry for help, he doesn’t hesitate. He relishes the opportunity to see Azita again, and being in-country will give him a chance to hunt down the person responsible for the ambush that left one of his men dead.

A deadly conspiracy that threatens them both...

Pursued by Mullazai and the warlord’s fighters as they travel across the country disguised and posing as a married couple, Kaden and Azita begin to fall for their own act and for each other. But Kaden senses that Azita is holding back. Is the reason their cultural differences, or something darker?

Print Version

This book will also be available in print, so Scarlett created an equally wonderful print cover for DEADLY BETRAYAL. I think it's absolutely gorgeous!

Already four beta readers plus my editor have read the book and loved it. I hope you will also find Kaden and Azita's unusual story both spell-binding and fascinating.

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Over the next month leading up to the release of Deadly Betrayal, I'll be sharing some of the intriguing information about Afghanistan that I've unearthed during the course of my research. You can subscribe to my blog (the Subscription widget is on the left sidebar) to have my posts send directly to the email address of your choice.

Thank you so much, and stay tuned for more about Deadly Betrayal!


Other Books in the DEADLY VICES Series

DEADLY OBSESSION - 4.4 stars on 107 reviews

Nic Lamoureux's perfect movie star life is shattered by a stalker who threatens any woman close to him. When he meets photographer Lauren James, the attraction is instant--and mutual. She's exactly the sort of woman he craves, but the stalker makes deadly clear Lauren is the competition. And the competition must be eliminated.

DEADLY ADDICTION - 4.8 stars on 39 reviews

When Rémi Whitedeer and Alyssa Morgan uncover a drug-fueled scheme on the Blackriver Reserve—a scheme involving a biker gang from Alyssa’s past and a militant sovereigntist group led by Rémi’s cousin—Rémi must choose between loyalty to family and tribe or his growing love for Alyssa. Will Rémi and Alyssa have to leave everything behind—even their identities—for the chance at a future together?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Awesome Giveaway: Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card!

Hi everyone! A whole bunch of blogs are sponsoring an amazing giveway this month!

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! 

The first prize is available via the Rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to bloggers who post about this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the Rafflecopter.

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