This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author
Diane Benefiel enjoys writing contemporary romantic suspense. A high school history teacher in her day job, she is always searching for pockets of time to write. Diane enjoys spending time with her husband and two mostly-grown children. They recently bought a trailer and have taken to the open highway to expand their ‘been there’ list. A huge fan of the national parks, last year she visited eight, including her current favorites, Capitol Reef and Mesa Verde. Visit www.dianebenefiel.com to stay abreast of new happenings.
Interview with Diane Benefiel
Why did you write this book?
I love the idea of a strong man who falls in love with his friend’s wife – that’s what got me started on Ryder’s journey. He has to protect Brenna, and still protect his heart. Ryder was the character in my head that wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote his story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write what I read – romantic suspense. This genre has so much potential for conflict and tension that it keeps me turning the page. I love experiencing characters who get swept into dangerous situations where they must rely on each other to survive – nothing amps up sexual tension better. Another favorite genre is westerns. When I was young, I read Louis L’Amour novels and watched John Wayne movies – I think this is where I developed a love for the wide-open spaces of the West. The image of the cowboy rancher appeals to me, though in the back of my mind is a story of a female rancher that I might write someday.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
In literature, my favorites are those characters who seek justice, like Atticus Finch and Reverend Casy. In romance fiction, a character who has stuck with me is Abigail Lowery in Nora Roberts’ The Witness. She is an amazing woman with incredible strength and resilience. She doesn’t need a man to protect her or make her whole, so when she does meet a man who challenges her comfort zone (Brooks is downright yummy), she is strong enough to meet that challenge.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Speaking of westerns, I am currently finishing a romantic suspense set on a ranch in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The story begins with the heroine Addison arriving at the ranch of her nemesis Elijah MacElvoy after she witnesses a murder. Despite their history of dislike and distrust, Addy knows that the only place she will feel safe is with Elijah.
Please tell us about your latest book.
After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecting her from a distance is essential. To be in close contact with Brenna McMurtrey means fighting the guilt and desire waiting to destroy him. Being honest with her would reveal more than his heart can bear.
Over a year after the death of her husband, Brenna is finally ready to move on. Yet, just as she begins to push past the grief and start living again, danger rises at every turn. Several close calls prove she is the target of a sinister scheme. Nowhere is safe, especially not home. Her next-door neighbor appears to be watching her, a handsome if bad-tempered stranger who seems everywhere at once—and whose gray eyes hold an ocean of tragedy. Even if he is capable of protecting her, a part of Brenna will still be in jeopardy. The part that believes she can never love again.
About the Book
Title Solitary Man
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Diane Benefiel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
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Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group
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