Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Hero's Blog Hop -- A Day in the Life of a Mafia Don

Welcome to stop #73 on A Hero's Blog Hop!

A Day in the Life of a Mafia Don

Enrico Lucchesi, the hero of my first book, Revenge (Blood and Honor #1), graciously agreed to give us a peek into his world. 

8 AM, Rome, Hotel de Russie

A hotel porter delivers a box addressed to me, and a chill sweeps down my spine. The only people who know I'm here are part of my family, my cosca. And obviously, someone else, someone I don't know. The box isn't ticking, but I'm not touching it.

8:05 AM

Ruggero, my senior bodyguard, and Antonio, my newest bodyguard, are with me now. We were supposed to leave for home, my villa at Lake Como, but we can't until we know what's in the box. Ruggero presses an ear to the wrapping. The box looks like a wedding present, the way it's covered in silver foil paper with a large white bow. Ruggero hears nothing, but motions Antonio and me away. Just in case.

8:10 AM

The box is open, and Ruggero frowns but says nothing. My heart is pounding, my pulse going mad, waiting for him to say something. Anything. Finally he motions me forward. When I look inside, relief ripples over me, but for just a moment. It's no one I know. But the dead falcon that greets me is a warning; there's a falcon on the Lucchesi crest. And given the timing--the choice of this particular day, this day of mourning--I know exactly who the warning is from. But that's no comfort. No comfort at all.


Want to know what happens next? You can find out in Revenge (Blood and Honor #1). Regularly $4.99, Revenge is on sale now for only $0.99, for a limited time. You can find Revenge at these retailers: Amazon US (Kindle), Amazon UK (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, and Diesel. If you prefer print, Revenge is also on Amazon (paperback).

To thank you for visiting my blog and participating in A Hero's Blog Hop, I'm giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice)! To win this prize or the grand prizes (below), you must post a comment with your name and email address. For additional chances to win my prize, follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter.

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A Hero's Blog Hop has THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (international)
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US Only)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Woot! Reviewer love for "Retribution"

So excited to see reviews starting to come in for Retribution (Blood and Honor #2)!

Kayla Shantee of Reading on the Wild Side gave Retribution 5 out of 5 stars! She hasn't posted the review everywhere yet, but here's her review on Amazon.

And today I found out that RT Book Reviews gave Retribution 4 stars! "A fast pace, credible characters and a complex plot guarantee hours of entertainment." Here's their full review.

Retribution is available at: 

And speaking of reviewer love, several awesome reviews have come in these last couple weeks for Revenge (Blood and Honor #1). But the coolest thing of all? Revenge was featured last week in Stephanie's list of twenty of her favorite novels at Steph's Book Retreat. Me, listed alongside Anne Rice, George Orwell, Arthur Golden, and Upton Sinclair? Never thought I'd see the day. That put a huge grin on my face! 

When I started writing, I hoped that someday someone would love my books that much, so seeing that post from Stephanie truly is the fulfillment of a life-long dream. I'm so glad I finally gathered up the courage to pursue writing full-time. It had been "just a dream" for so many years that now I can hardly believe my books are out in the wild and people are buying them and enjoying them and asking for more. If there's something you're afraid to do, trust me when I echo those Nike ads and say "Just do it." You'll be so glad you did.  

This really has been a fun week so far, and it's only going to get more fun with A Hero's Blog Hop, starting on Friday! With over 130 prizes, it's going to be a blast! See you then! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Hero's Blog Hop Starts Friday 7/27!

Are you ready to hear what your favorite romance heroes have to say? Well, we authors are ready to share our hunky heroes! Starting on Friday and ending on July 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance heroes, a character post from them, and what we love about romance and men in general. 

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (international)
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (International)
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US Only)

Yep. ALL of that! Woot! Be sure to come back here on Friday and over the weekend to enjoy some stories and facts about our favorite Romance Heroes and enter to win!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Interview appearance today, 7/16/12

Today I'm the featured writer on a new blog, Steph's Book Retreat! Stephanie asked a lot of good questions, and I had a lot of fun answering them. If you'd like to know more about the origins of my romantic Mafia thriller series, "Blood and Honor," here's your chance!

Friday, July 6, 2012

My favorite books of 2012 (so far)

Last December, I shared my favorite books of 2011. Since I love sharing great reads with other people, here are my favorite books of 2012 so far. (Note that these are books I've read in 2012--that doesn't mean they're all new books, only that I've just now discovered them.) 

Fake Kate, David WailingI LOVED this book. It was amazing from the very start, and the author has true talent. The story sucks you in and doesn't let go (I was late to an appointment because I just couldn't put it down). I laughed many times while reading because the descriptions and characterizations were so utterly on the mark. Wailing is especially good at writing female characters; I never felt any false notes in how he portrayed the main character, Belinda. 

Fake Kate is loaded with twists and turns, so many that I was surprised over and over while reading--just when I thought I knew where the story was going, bang--nope, we're headed somewhere else. Somewhere even better! I also loved Wailing's Bang: Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin.

Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte, Diane Kelly - I don't normally read humorous suspense stories, but I thought I should branch out and try something new. I'm so glad I did. This book made me laugh out loud several times (no easy feat) and chuckle many more. It's a good thing I wasn't reading it in public or people would have thought I was a lunatic. 

Deadly Addiction, Kristine CayneI loved Kristine Cayne's first book, Deadly Obsession, but this one is even better. She's managed to blend a great suspense story full of twists and turns with a very hot romance. I highly recommend it, especially if you love romantic suspense. (Full disclosure: Kristine is my critique partner, but I'm certainly not the only one who thinks she's awesome--RT Book Reviews gave her first book, Deadly Obsession, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick! status.) 

Lover Reborn, J.R. Ward - The latest in Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" series. If you've never heard of it, all you need to know is it's about bad-ass, kick-ass vampires, and if you love paranormal romance, you need to read these books NOW! This is now my third favorite BDB book (#1 being Z's book and #2 being Hollywood's). I had no idea how J.R. Ward was ever going to make things good for Tohr again, but she did. Lover Reborn is a realistic portrayal of grief and rebuilding that made me cry several times. The subplots blended in seamlessly and kept the book moving. One of the best books in the series. I can't wait for the next!

Juliet, Anne FortierA beautiful retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" as well as an examination of the real-life events in medieval Siena, Italy, that inspired Shakespeare's play. The author alternates the story between modern-day Siena and the story of Julie Jacobs and her relationship with Alessandro Santini, and the medieval story of Giulietta Tolomei and Romeo Marescotti, who were victims of the feud between the Tolomei and Salimbeni families--a rivalry that echoes into the present day. Both storylines are fascinating and rife with secrets, passion, and betrayals. 

The Italian setting (both modern day and medieval) is rendered with exquisite detail and left me longing to explore Siena someday. If you love Italy and love great love stories, pick this one up!

The Good Daughter, Diana LayneAn exciting Mafia story (any guesses why I was drawn to it? ;) ), with a little romance woven in. Diana Layne has a gift for dialogue and drawing characters with a few words; I could picture her characters quite clearly and "hear" them perfectly. She also writes vivid, punchy, action scenes. The story has a number twists and turns, along with surprises, both good and bad. I very much liked the characters of Nia, Sandro, and Angelo (one of the mobsters). Their parts of the story were very absorbing, and Nia and Sandro's love story was touching. Again, I'm not the only who thinks this book is great: RT Book Reviews gave this one 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick! status. The Good Daughter is a prequel to Layne's "Vista Security" series, and I've already bought book 1, Trust No One, which I expect to be as good as this one. 

Breaking Point, Pamela Clare - This is the first Pamela Clare book I've read, but it certainly won't be the last. Very exciting romantic suspense about an undercover U.S. Marshal and a journalist who are kidnapped by drug dealers in Mexico. Gritty, twisty, and steamy--you won't be able to put it down. (Note this is not the first book in the "I-Team" series, but they appear to only loosely linked; I'm planning to start book 1 soon.)

Blindsighted, Karin SlaughterKarin Slaughter gives Thomas Harris a run for his money. While her villain in this book isn't as charismatic, the crimes are inventive and gruesome, and they'll stick with you a long time. I really liked the main characters, Sara, Jeffrey, and Lena. All of them were well-drawn and you come to care about them even when they do things that are less than likable. Slaughter's writing is a cut above most of what I've found in other serial killer books. 

A word of caution: This book isn't for the faint of heart. It is very gritty, and Slaughter doesn't spare you the details. 

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah HarknessExciting start to the series, and a great take on witch, vampire, and demon lore. I wish there'd been a bit more about the demons (or daemons, as they're called), but perhaps that will come in later books. Book 2 in the series comes out next week, and I'll be lining up for my copy.

Ready Player One, Ernest ClineI enjoyed this one quite a bit; I'm sure it'll make a good movie. I even got choked up during one part, and I could hardly tear myself away from the book once it got going. (There's a little slowness in the first quarter while Cline is setting everything up, but it's worth your while to get oriented before the story takes off.) Your enjoyment of the book is probably proportional to how much you remember the 80's and whether you played a lot of arcade games back then. If you're a child of that era like me, you'll find yourself smiling a lot.

If you want to see more of my recommendations, feel free to friend me on Goodreads

And now it's your turn: What books have you enjoyed most this year?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway July 3 - 31st: Retribution

Doing a giveaway on Goodreads for my latest book, "Retribution." Enter now to win one of 5 signed copies!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Retribution by Dana Delamar


by Dana Delamar

Giveaway ends July 31, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Psst... Book 1, "Revenge," is on sale now for $0.99 at Amazon, B&N, and other retailers (ebook sale only; paperback is $9.99). If you win the giveaway, you'll want to read "Revenge" before you read "Retribution"!