Thursday, March 14, 2013

Win a $100 Gift Card at the Lucky in Love Blog Hop!

Welcome to stop #61 in the Lucky in Love Blog Hop!

It took me almost forty-two years to finally get lucky in love. I had lots of great friends, a wonderful family, but I hadn't yet found my special forever guy. After a friend of mine was killed in a freak accident, I realized that I didn't have forever left, and I needed to get off my butt and do something if I wanted to find that guy. So I took a class (yes, a class!) on how to date, which persuaded me to try online dating and to follow the guidelines in Laura Doyle's The Surrendered Single (I'm not crazy about the title, but this book absolutely works). 

I fully expected it would take me a couple years to find my special guy, but I found him in less than a month. He'd been looking for two years and was just about to quit the dating site we were both on, but he saw my picture and took one last chance and contacted me. Years later, we're still deeply in love, and I thank my lucky stars that I finally had the courage to go online and that he didn't give up too soon!

Now it's your turn: Do you have a "lucky in love" story? I'd love to hear it! 


Unlike me, the characters in my books get lucky at love sooner, but they have much bigger challenges to overcome first! If you like sexy, gritty romantic suspense with bad-boy heroes, you might want to check out my Blood and Honor series, which is set in Italy among the Calabrian Mafia. The series chronicles the battles--both bloody and romantic--between two warring Mafia clans. Books 1 and 2 are available now. Here's a taste of Book 1:

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

Revenge (Blood and Honor, #1) by Dana Delamar
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. 


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.

Want to know what happens next? You can find Revenge at these retailersAmazon US (Kindle)Amazon UK (Kindle), Amazon Canada (Kindle)AppleAll Romance eBooksBarnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble UKDieselKoboOmniLitSmashwords, and Sony

*** Psst: “Revenge,” regularly 4.99, is on sale now for only 2.99/£1.99! ***

If you prefer printRevenge is also on Amazon US (paperback) or Amazon UK (paperback).


Prize Giveaway!

To thank you for visiting my blog and participating in the Lucky in Love Hop, I'm giving away a $15 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice)! To win, you must post a comment with your name and email address. Comments without an email address will be discarded. For additional chances to win, follow the instructions in the RaffleCopter.

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Grand Prize Giveaway!

We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. (Comments without an email address will be discarded.) Yep, you can enter over 300 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N gift card (international)
2nd Grand Prize: A swag pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (U.S. only)

To continue hopping, click the link below!


  1. Great excerpt!

  2. I've read this excerpt before, and it gets me everyvtime. :) I really need to read this book. Happy St Patty's day and happy hopping!

  3. Love the excerpt. Need to add to my to be read list.

  4. Nice excerpt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  5. Happy St Patrick's Day

  6. I don't know that luck has any bearing on having a successful relationship. It's a whole lot of work. I married my high school sweetheart right out of high school. We have been married for 17 years.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  7. The book sounds really good and I love the cover. It catches your attention and really makes you want to know more about the book!

    Thank you for the chance to enter :D Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone :)
    Shelly H

  8. i don't have a better luck in love story that the one of my parents meetings^^ ( first one, the right oen even if they had to wait before that)

    happy st patrick's day


  9. I met my husband in the laundry room of our apartment building. He kept leaving his laundry in the machines.
    I made it my mission to find out who this rude person was.
    I caught him, and then he caught me! 30 years later...

  10. I believe there is someone out there for everyone. I also believe we all get the chance to meet that person, its just what we do with that meeting that will determine whether or not we will find our perfect love.

  11. Thank you for the giveaway!


  12. Thanks for the hop!
    My e-mail is

  13. Not been lucky in love yet, but still keeping up hope!


  14. Thanks for the giveaway!
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

  15. I've been very lucky in love. Been with my husband for almost 20 years. Our parents were friends and insisted we had to meet. I was a hold out, but finally relented, and I'm so glad I did. Love him more every day. Thanks mom and dad!

  16. I'm very lucky in love! I have a wonderful husband that I love very much & loves me right back.


  17. Happy St. Patrick's Day! This year, I think my daughter and I will make mint chocolate chip cookies!

  18. I have been lucky in love, I've been with my hubby for 22 years.

  19. Not lucky in love...YET!! Thanks for the hop!! Danielle Hoover

  20. I haven't been lucky in love so far, but here's to hoping...

    anasmith1919 at gmail dot com

  21. oh my what a nice little excerpt! thank you so much for sharing it!!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  22. My lucky love is my husband of 23 years. When we first met I had just had a very bad break up with my last boyfriend. I spent most of the evening telling him what I would and would not put up with in a relationship. He asked me out in spite of my attitude, and the rest is history. We got married 5 years later and are still very much in love. I would say I am very lucky in love. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com
    (\__ /)

  23. loved the excerpt! Happy St Patricks Day!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  24. I have been lucky in love for 25 years! Thanks for the chance!

  25. I do not have a lucky in love story, but I do love stories about the Mob! Thanks for the excerpt!
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  26. I am lucky in love. But it took me 41 years to find him. But he was and is worth the wait.

    Thanks for being in the Happy St. Patrick’s Day blog hop. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ya’ll!
    Keep writing so I can keep reading.

  27. I haven't been lucky in love yet...hopefully someday!! Thanks for the great giveaway and for joining the hop!!!!
    Ashley A

  28. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy St.Patrick's Day!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com


  30. No luck in love yet.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  31. I don't know that meeting my husband was luck since we had been acquaintances for over a year, but when the time was right we did end up together :)

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

  32. Thanks for the giveaway!

    anasmithblue At gmail DOT com

  33. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Judy P

  35. Nope, not lucky in love.
    Joy F
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  36. I haven't been lucky in love. Perhaps I need to take one of those classes. :)

    admin.bookblog AT

  37. Thanks for the opportunity, Dana. Happy St Patrick's Day!

  38. Great excerpt & Happy St Patrick's Day!!! Thank you for the giveaway :)

  39. I haven't been lucky in love but I guess my sister has. She is celebrating her 17th anniversary today. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    thompsonem3 at aol dot com

  40. I have not yet been lucky in love, ie finding my soulmate, but hope springs eternal!

  41. I read blog and i am looking forward to reading the book.
    Lucky in love even after 22 years we still tell each other we love each other on a daily basis. Thankyou for the great giveaway and the chance to take part xxxx

  42. I have been very lucky in love... I married my best friend and high school sweetheart we have been together 14 years going on 10 married with two boys, two dogs, and a turtle.

  43. Not lucky yet. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  44. Not lucky so far but I have hope... :)
    atthemapletable at yahoo dot com

  45. I am married to my soul mate

    Happy St Patty's Day!


  46. I met my husband in economics class as a senior in High school. I changed schools mid year and he invited me to sit at his table, then he asked me out. We've been together ever since, over 30 years

  47. What an exciting book! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway. I've been very lucky in love.

  48. Yes Dana, I'd very much like to know what happens! It sounds real exciting (is it action-packed? With Mafia, I bet it is.)

    supersatchmo at myopera dot com

  49. No luck for me yet. I'm still looking.

  50. I haven't found that special someone yet. But I consider myself lucky in love when it comes to all my friends and family :D

    mearles1982 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  51. No, no luck yet

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  52. Not lucky in love at all :(
    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Saint Patty’s Day!


  53. I married my soulmate and was lucky to meet him in H.S.


  54. I married on of my best friends, so I am very lucky in love!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  55. nope too unlucky, happy St Patricks day and thanks for the hop - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  56. I haven't been lucky in love yet, but I've been so lucky in the rest of my life, I'm sure that's coming too! Thanks for the giveaway!
    BookcaseLaura (at)

  57. What a great giveaway hop! I have yet to be lucky in love but I'm working on it. My favorite love book is "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. Jamie Fraser is amazing and beautiful. I enjoy St. Patty's Day and this year I'm spending it with my best friend. We're going to two Irish Pubs and also some dance clubs. I am also wearing green and am not a fan of getting pinched. I'm not Irish either, but many people think I am because my hair is red, my eyes green and my name is Meghan, but I'm not at all. I won't be telling anybody that, however… let them believe I'm Irish.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com