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About Delaney Diamond
Delaney Diamond (delaneydiamond.com) was born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and wrote her first novel at the age of 14, which she only shared with her friends. Her writing won her several trophies in high school and a scholarship to help pay for college. In 2008 she started freelance writing, and in 2009 she gave fiction writing a try again, which resulted in her debut novel, The Arrangement.
A diehard foodie, when her head's not buried in a book, she's in the kitchen trying out new recipes or dining at her favorite restaurants with friends. She speaks fluent conversational French and can get by in Spanish.
Also by Delaney Diamond
Hot Latin Men series
Fight for Love
Bailar series (sweet/clean romance)
Worth Waiting For (available fall 2011)
An Interview with Delaney Diamond
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Delaney, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is The Temptation of a Good Man. What can you tell us about this sensual tale that starts with a hot night and a misunderstanding?
DD: Thank you for having me! I appreciate this interview opportunity so readers can get to know me and my work.
The Temptation of a Good Man is the first book in the Hawthorne Family series, and it kicks off a series of stories about the lives and loves of four siblings. Temptation is about Celeste Burton and Roarke Hawthorne. Roarke is a professor of physics, out celebrating earning tenure with his friends. Celeste is celebrating her birthday. They meet, and it's instant fireworks. The misunderstanding takes place after their steamy night together.
Celeste shows up to a wedding as the guest of Roarke's half-brother, and he's furious because he thinks she's a cheater and by her actions, she's turned him into one, too. The only problem is, even though he hates what's happened, Roarke can't resist getting close to her. It's a moral dilemma for him, and for Celeste, she's caught between a rock and a hard place. She can't tell Roarke the truth, otherwise, she betrays the trust of her friend—who happens to be his brother.
HH: What do you like best about Celeste and why will readers relate to her?
DD: I admire Celeste because she's worked hard and finished her degree working part-time, while raising her young daughter. Readers will relate to her because they'll sympathize with her predicament as a single mom who's trying to do the best for herself and her daughter.
HH: What do you like best about Roarke and why will readers love him?
DD: Roarke is smart and sexy, and he's such a good guy. The inner turmoil he experiences because he's attracted to the woman he thinks is his brother's girlfriend will make readers love him. Plus, who doesn't love a man who's tall, dark, and handsome?
HH: What makes this tale stand out from other romances of its kind?
DD: This is not your typical one-night stand tale. Unlike other romances with that storyline, this behavior is out of character for Roarke and Celeste. It didn't start out as a bet, and neither of them set out to have a night like they did. Roarke is actually ready to settle down, and he's very interested in Celeste after their night together. When she leaves him at the hotel without an explanation, he's upset about it. For her part, Celeste is unsure in this type of situation and didn't know what the protocol for one-night stands should be. That's part of what created the problems for them.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
DD: I'm working on Book 2 of the Hawthorne series, Derrick's story (he's the half-brother). I also have Book 3 of the Hot Latin Men series in the works. It's Samirah Jamison's story, and I take her to Ecuador to find her happily ever after with an artist. I've enjoyed researching Ecuador for the book. I'm actually considering a trip there. We'll see…
My first sweet romance, Worth Waiting For, was just released a couple of weeks ago.
HH: How much of your day is devoted to your writing career?
DD: I don't write full-time, and I don't write every day, so it's hard to say. When I do write, I devote a couple of hours per day to writing.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself in your career?
DD: My ultimate goal is to become a full-time writer, and I have an idea of how much I would need to make to do that. Like all writers, I would like to become a better, more efficient writer. I would like to complete 6 novellas and at least one full-length novel per year for readers to enjoy.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
DD: Right now I'm reading Rob Lowe's autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. It's interesting to read about other people's lives and experiences and how they overcome adversity. His story is extra interesting because he mentions other stars he grew up with in California, so I get to learn about them, too. For instance, apparently, Tom Cruise has always been an adrenalin junkie. It's no surprise that he does his own stunts!
HH: Where is your favorite place to shop for books?
DD: There is a small independent bookstore near where I live. I go there for new and used books. The owner knows me by name and if I tell him about an author or book I'm interested in, he calls me when he gets it in. He also has special sales for his best customers. I also purchase a lot of books from Amazon and directly from some publishers, such as Harlequin (they suck me in with their percentage off coupons!).
HH: Any special plans for the holidays this year?
DD: Thanksgiving is big in my family, so I'm looking forward to it. We all get together and eat too much food and play games. It's a lot of fun and my favorite holiday of the year.
HH: Thank you!