|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
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)
Books Coming Soon
The Wrong Man
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Romance Novels in Color: http://romancenovelsincolor.com