Kathy: What book do you recommend everyone should read? Do you have a comfort read?
Thanks for having me here today, Kathy! Wow, this is a hard question. I have so many books on my keeper shelf that it’s hard to choose. Limiting my choice to romantic suspense I guess I’d have to say that everyone who loves this genre should read Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is palpable and the story is full of sexual tension and laugh out loud humor. The best scene in the book is a car wash scene. Seriously! The dialogue in that scene will stay with you and is some of the most witty, fun, and sexy dialogue I’ve ever read. As for a comfort read, one of my all-time favorites is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood. This is a historical romance set in medieval times. The story is so complex and emotional, probably her best novel ever. And even though I’ve probably read it a dozen times, every time I read it I pick up on some nuance I missed before.
Kathy: What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating. Period. I struggle with my love of food and it shows (sigh). I’m a stress eater and I stress a lot so, well, there you have it.
Kathy: Favorite meal?
Southern anything. If it’s breaded, fried, or has gravy on it I love it. One of the curses of being raised in the south–great, high-calorie, clog-your-arteries food. I suppose homemade meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy would be high up there in my list of favorites.
Kathy: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
I wish I could say that I write full time but, alas, I have a day job that pays the mortgage. I’m a computer programmer, one of those old dinosaurs who still codes in COBOL on a mainframe. It’s been a lot of fun actually so I chose my career well. But I dream of the day that I feel secure enough as a writer to take the plunge and write full time. I’d give up abends and late night emergency calls quicker than an alligator can snap its jaws if I had the choice.
Kathy: If you could time travel, what time period would you visit?
Having a child with type-1, insulin-dependent diabetes means I would NEVER travel BACK in time to before we had the ability to give insulin shots and use blood glucose monitors. So I suppose the only time period I would ever choose would be the future, to whenever the cure for diabetes is finally found.
Kathy: Thank you so much for chatting with us today. It was a pleasure getting to know you and I wish you much success with your new release.
Title: Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Lena Diaz
A Deadly Games Thriller (Book Four)
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Length: 496 pages
Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?
Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.
With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.
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Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.
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