Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Second Chances.
Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: MTheresa Arts
Length: 134 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sweet. Sensual. Passionate. Romance.
Renaldo da Silva’s near-perfect life in Brazil comes to a halt when he finds out about his wife’s betrayal. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her. But because he needs her help finalizing the biggest deal of his career, he’s forced to make her a multi-million dollar offer and delay their divorce.
Sabrina da Silva can’t forgive herself after a reckless night destroys her marriage. She agrees to help her husband and then disappear from his life for good. But with passion still smoldering between them, it’s not easy for either to walk away. Will passion be enough to overcome the ultimate test of their love?
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Renaldo da Silva, 29, real estate investor
Sabrina da Silva, 27, financial anaylst
“This is a nightmare,” Renaldo mumbled, turning to look out over the vastness of Sao Paulo. Here was the hub of the country’s commerce, and he was in the thick of it with this deal. He couldn’t risk having it fall apart because he’d been foolish enough to offer a woman his love and trust--both of which she’d been unworthy to receive.
The images of Sabrina and the other man flashed across his mind’s eye, stiffening his body with the pain he’d felt and the bitter taste of betrayal. A full six weeks had passed since he’d thrown her out of their penthouse, yet he hadn’t found a way to heal the gaping hole in his chest that had followed after she ripped his heart out. He hated to have to give in.
“Fine. I’ll bring her back.” And somehow he’d learn to stomach having her around.
“Would you like me to speak to her for you?” Paulo rose to his feet. He was a good friend to make the offer since Renaldo now only communicated with her through his attorney.
“No.” He would handle Sabrina.
“Do you think she’ll go along with it?”
Sabrina pursued money in a way he’d never seen in another woman. She always wanted to move forward, work late, find the next opportunity.
He insisted on a healthy balance between work and leisure, but Sabrina didn’t know what a healthy balance was. There were times he had to practically drag her from the office. If there was one thing he was certain of, it was that he could convince her, but the price had to be right.
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“Yes,” he replied. “I’ll make her an offer she can’t refuse.”
Paulo looked skeptical. “What if she does, though? She may see this as an opportunity to get a lot of money out of you. She could easily argue for half of the net value of this deal.”
“Half?” Renaldo balked at the idea. He turned to stare out of the window again, at the hive of activity below him. There was no way she’d get half of anything. “I’ll make her see reason.”
Only Paulo and his closest family knew about the separation. Renaldo looked down at the wedding band on his finger. He’d removed it temporarily right after he’d discovered Sabrina’s infidelity, but then he’d put it back on, preferring to keep it in place until the divorce was final so he wouldn’t have to answer questions.
He thought again about what Paulo had said. Half.
Had it been worth it? If she tried to get more than he offered, he’d fight her tooth and nail.
But in the back of his mind, all he could think was, if she’d been in a better position to fight him and win…it would have been worth more than half of this deal. It would have been worth half of everything he owned for the short period of happiness they’d shared as husband and wife.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Spending time with friends and family. One of my mottos is live, laugh, love! Life is too short to be stressed. Stress can attack you physically, so I try to live as stress-free as possible and leave negative people and negative situations behind.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t stress the small stuff! It’s funny how the things that seemed important to me when I was younger are completely irrelevant now. If only I’d known then what I know now…
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Oh yes! For instance, in Second Chances, Lucélia, the daughter of Renaldo’s cousin, was running around with a yucca fry offering a bite to people who were over at the house. My niece likes to “share” her food like that, too, although if you ever took a bite, she’d have a fit. One day I was over at my sister’s, and my niece kept offering us a bite of her French fry. She must have had it for a good hour and wouldn’t put it down, and every now and again she’d walk up to me or someone else in the family and offer us a bite. My niece is always doing the cutest things (I’m not biased; you’d think so, too, if you met her).
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
Oh, that’s tough, because tastes are so subjective. But since I have to choose, I’d recommend Private Acts. It’s one of my most highly rated books. Readers seemed to really like Samirah’s free spiritedness. I’ve also been told that the descriptions of Cuenca, Ecuador helped the readers to feel as if they’d been transported to that locale, and the sex between her and Miguel is smoking.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Romance, mysteries, thrillers. I also like to read books on the writing craft, the occasional biography, or books about major events in history.
What do you do to relax?
I cook or watch movies. Netflix rocks!
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
I’d take my Kindle, a bathing suit, underwear, and a couple of changes of clothes, because my dream vacation will definitely involve a beach somewhere.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Eat. Yes, I know that’s terrible. Luckily, Netflix keeps me entertained when I’m not hanging out with friends or doing something else, because staying at home and being bored is dangerous. I find myself going to the fridge more often than not.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Yellow, which happens to be my favorite color.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with everything. Pile it full of meat and veggies!
I'm always ready for traveling. I plan to do even more in the near future.
When I'm alone, I read or watch movies.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m a procrastinator. People are always surprised when I tell them that because they think I’m so organized. I’m just an organized procrastinator.
of a Good Man
Hot Latin Men series
Fight for Love
The Ultimate Merger (short story)
Hot Latin Men: Volume I (Fight for Love, Private Acts in print anthology)
Hawthorne Family series
The Temptation of a Good Man
A Hard Man to Love
Here Comes Trouble
Bailar series (sweet/clean romance)
Worth Waiting For
Books Coming Soon
For Better or Worse (Book 4 of the Hawthorne Family series)
I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of any one of my previously published titles (excluding Second Chances). All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me if you only had an hour to pack for your dream vacation, what would you take with you and where would you go? I’ll post the winner’s name in the comments at the end of the tour by 11:59 PM EST on November 16, 2012. Comment at each stop of the tour. Each time you comment increases your chances to win. Visit the SecondChances Virtual Book Tour post on my blog for the tour schedule.
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Website and blog: http://delaneydiamond.com