|The Blind Date|
Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Blind Date.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: bookcoversale.com
Length: 38,000 words
Heat rating: PG-13
Tagline: One night changes everything...again.
Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn't a free man, and his deception caused him to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.
When Shawna's sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind date, she has no idea it's with Ryan, with whom she'd spent a weekend she wishes she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very first night.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Ryan Stewart, 30, custom furniture maker
Shawn Ferguson, 28, clothing boutique owner
When Shawna entered the restaurant, smiling staff welcomed her with a "Bienvenue!" She told the hostess she had a reservation and gave her the name of the person with whom she had the meeting. "Roger James."
"Your party's already here." The brunette smiled, and her gaze drifted to the interior wall, outside Shawna's line of vision.
Shawna pasted a smile on her face and stepped forward to get a good look. That's when her date stepped from the dim interior into the better-lit entryway.
Her smile froze in place and her body became as stiff as a corpse.
It wasn't that her date was unattractive. Oh no, he didn't suffer from a deficiency in looks at all. In fact, he was sexy. Hella sexy. Even more sexy than the last time she'd seen him, though a bit underdressed in a pair of jeans and a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up to reveal rugged arms dusted with fine hair. Wisps of dark hair, which she knew from firsthand experience were soft, brushed the collar of his striped shirt.
She pressed her palm to her chest in a futile attempt to control the erratic beat of her heart. Unfortunately, her brain had gone into overdrive, reminding her of unbridled passion in
Chicago six years ago when
she'd fallen into bed with this man.
She'd never forgotten the two torrid nights they'd spent together where the intimacies they shared had left her breathless and exhausted in his arms. Every caress of his lips and touch of his rough, work-worn hands was seared into her brain. And she could never, ever forget what it felt like to have the dark stubble shadowing his jaw graze the sensitive spot on her neck—or the skin of her inner thigh.
Her knees weakened at the thought.
A corner of his lips did a slow slant upward, and Shawna tore her eyes away from the invitation in them to stare into a pair of amazing blue eyes that rooted her in place.
"Hello, Shawna." The mellow sound of his voice greeted her as he approached. He exuded a confidence and casual virility not present during their first introduction. Back then, he'd been a little less sure of himself, though very charming.
The sound of her name on his tongue sent a tremor through every cell of her body. "Ryan." She whispered his name in disbelief because his name wasn't Roger James, and he wasn't a stranger. She'd hoped never to set eyes on this man again.
"It's good to see you, love."
Shocked out of her reverie by the affectionate word, rage erupted inside of Shawna. She hadn't seen him since that day in
her heart had shattered into a thousand pieces. She did what she hadn't been able
to do back then.
She hauled back and slapped him.
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What websites do you visit daily?
Most weekends I take a break from Facebook and Twitter, but I visit them the most during the week. I also like to visit blogs that provide industry news, but not necessarily every day. I visit those blogs a few times per week and catch up all at once.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
You're going to discover that you love writing fiction, so start practicing now.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the marketing, writing, staying up to date on what's going on in the industry, etc., I get offline. That's usually a good indication that I'm spending too much time alone, so I spend time with family and friends. I love technology, but it drives me crazy sometimes. There's so much information available through social media, blogs, etc., and it's easy to feel as if you don't want to miss anything. But I find it helps me to unplug from time to time so I don't get overwhelmed.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I plead the fifth. Lol. No really, not very much. Things my niece does have ended up in my books because she's so comical. In my book Second Chances, I had one of the children, Lucélia, running around with a yucca fry offering bites to family members but then pulling it back when they tried to get a piece. My niece used to do that with French fries. I thought it was cute, so I included it.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I worked in international trade for a spell. When I worked in international trade, my area was
so I got some nice all expenses paid trips abroad. The job only lasted a few years,
but it was nice. When I have to pay for my own trips, I really miss it. Sigh. I
also managed a bookstore.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read romance, mostly contemporary and historical. I also love to read thrillers because of the fast, heart-pounding pace that keeps me on the edge of my seat.
What good book have you read recently?
I read Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas a few months ago, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's a historical romance and it renewed my interest in Regency romance. Here's a quote from my review on GoodReads: "I couldn't put the book down, even though it hurt me to see these two characters inflicting such pain on each other. And that's actually why I couldn't put it down, because I needed to see them get their HEA after making my heart hurt so much."
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Sanaa Lathan or Gabrielle Union. I love those ladies!
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Yellow. It's my favorite color.
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 in celebrated. 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 http://delaneydiamond.com
Hot Latin Men series:
Fight for Love
The Ultimate Merger
Hot Latin Men: Vol. I (print anthology)
Hot Latin Men: Vol. II (print anthology)
The Temptation of a Good Man
A Hard Man to Love
Here Comes Trouble
For Better or Worse
Bailar series (sweet/clean romance)
Worth Waiting For
Subordinate Position (short story)
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The Wrong Man
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