09-09-2013 09:44 PM
Lena Diaz is new to me - it's always fun to find new authors! Here is her website:
From her website:
Thanks for stopping by my home on the internet! I'm a romantic suspense author, which basically means I write thrillers with a central love story. I write full-length novels for Avon Impulse (HarperCollins) as well as shorter novels for Harlequin Intrigue.
My newest Avon book—ASHES, ASHES, THEY ALL FALL DEAD--will be released on September 10th. The story features sexy, brilliant consultant Matthew Buchanan, along with FBI Special Agent Tessa James. Together they have to figure out the identity of a serial arsonist who sends taunting letters to the FBI, with the names of victims on each letter. If Tessa doesn't remember the forgotten years of her past, she may become the next victim.
"Ashes" is the third installment in the Nursery Rhyme series but you can enjoy it without having read the earlier books (promise!)
You can connect with Lena on Facebook or Twitter, or shoot her an email. If you join her mailing list, she promises only to send newsletters when she really has something new or interesting to say, like to announce a new book coming out!
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Lena grew up a Navy Brat, but while two of her three siblings followed her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy, Lena loosely followed her musically talented mother’s footsteps by choosing a more creative path, writing.
She wrote her first short-story in middle school. This fifty-page tale about a horse race had a wide fan-base, her entire eighth grade class. Lena likes to think they read it because it was so good. But she admits the popularity might have been because her teacher let the kids choose her book for a book report assignment and it was the shortest book on the reading list.
Her first novel-length manuscripts were paranormals ranging from contemporary vampire stories to medieval druid tales. Since dead bodies kept creeping into everything she wrote, she eventually turned to romantic suspense, her current passion.
Since being a Navy Brat means moving – a lot – Lena went to ten different schools in four different states (Kentucky, California, Louisiana, and Florida). But no matter where she lived during her childhood, her father always made a point of taking the family back home to Kentucky every summer to spend several weeks visiting her rather large extended family.
That’s why Lena considers herself a Country Girl even though she currently lives in a city in North Florida. Her fondest childhood memories are of her aunt’s farm where Lena spent her time feeding calves from a bottle, running from billy goats by the catfish pond, and dressing piglets in baby doll clothes.
Today Lena can be found in North Florida with her husband of twenty-plus years.
Below is a list of Frequently asked questions along with the answers. If you have a question that has not been addressed, please use the Contact page to send an email to Lena with your question.
Q. Lena’s bio mentioned paranormals. Does she have any of those published, perhaps under another name?
A. No, currently Lena has chosen not to publish her paranormals because she is focusing on romantic suspense. She does, however, plan on publishing paranormals in the distant future and plans to use a pseudonym for those books. She will link that new name and website to her current website so that readers can find all of her books.
Q. What kinds of books does Lena write? Are they light? Humorous? Gritty? Give us the scoop.
A. Lena’s books have a serious tone and have been called gritty and dark by some. However, most of the violence or anything disturbing will occur off-page. There are some funny and light moments sprinkled throughout her stories, but they are definitely not comedies. Her heroes are alpha and tend to have law-enforcement or military backgrounds. Her heroines are generally common women who find themselves in extraordinary situations and draw on an inner strength they may not have realized they had in order to overcome tremendous adversity.
Q. What about adult language and adult situations? Are Lena’s books safe for all ages of readers?
A. While Lena makes every effort to keep adult language to a minimum in her books, she strives for realism and therefore does have the occasional adult word in her stories. In addition, while Lena’s stories are not what one would call erotic, they are not sweet either – meaning – the love scenes in her stories are on-page and are real enough so that Lena would not recommend her books to anyone under the age of 18.
Q. If you had to compare Lena’s books to other authors, who would those other authors be?
A. While Lena in no way compares herself to other authors, the TONE of her stories is similar to Brenda Novak or Lisa Jackson. Her books are not as dark as Karen Rose and not as light (and sexy) as Roxanne St. Claire.
Q. Who are Lena’s favorite authors?
A. Too numerous to list! However, several of them were mentioned in the question immediately above this one. In addition, Linda Howard and Julie Garwood are some of Lena’s all-time-favorites. Sherrilyn Kenyon is another favorite, as well as Kay Hooper and Janet Chapman.
Q. How can I get some of those cool Romance Trading Cards shown in the Extras page?
A. By signing up for Lena’s mailing list, your name is automatically entered into any future drawings or contests Lena may hold. She does occasionally pick names from her mailing list to send people RTCs. However, if you would like some RTCs you can always send an SASE to Lena and she’ll be happy to mail you some cards. Use her Contact page to send her an email so she can provide the snail mail to send the SASE. This offer is only valid while supplies last.
Q. When will Lena’s books be offered in non-English languages?
A. Harper Collins has contracted to translate and print both HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT and SIMON SAYS DIE in German. At this time, no other non-English translations are planned. I
Q. How can I get an autographed copy of HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT or SIMON SAYS DIE?
A. Lena is always happy to autograph books. Use the contact page of this website to send her an email. She will provide you her address and you can mail your copy of one of her books to her (or several!), along with an SASE with sufficient postage to mail the book back to you. Lena will autograph and personalize the book if you have a dedication in mind, will place an ‘autographed by the author’ gold seal on the cover, and will include a set of Romance Trading Cards (while supplies last). OR – to save on postage, consider mailing Lena a bookplate and she’ll be happy to autograph it and return it in your SASE so you can put that in your copy of her book.
Q. Where can I meet Lena in person?
A. Lena will be at the Romance Writers of America conference this July (2013) in Atlanta, Georgia. If you plan to be there for the literacy signing, Lena would be happy to meet you there and sign a copy of your book and chat! Details for the RWA conference (location/dates) can be obtained by going to the RWA website (http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=538).
Q. What kinds of awards have Lena’s stories garnered?
A. Lena has earned a final in the RWA Golden Heart® contest, a final in the Beacon contest, and a final in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards. She has also won the TARA contest, and she won in the Daphne du Maurier contest
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09-09-2013 09:51 PM
If you liked Allison Brennan's Prey, Hunt, Kill series, you'll love Lena Diaz's Nursery Rhyme series.
This nursery rhyme will keep you awake.
What she doesn't remember ...
One by one the letters arrive at the FBI office in Savannah, Georgia. Inside, each bears a name—a victim of a twisted crime—and the singsong phrase Ashes, ashes, they all fall dead. Special Agent Tessa James becomes obsessed with finding the killer whose victims are crying out to her for justice.
Will kill her ...
When sexy, brilliant consultant Matt Buchanan is paired with Tessa to discover who's sending the "Ashes" letters, he discovers a serial arsonist who is leaving nothing but murder in his wake. Inexplicably, the clues point to Tessa herself, forcing her to realize that if she can't remember the forgotten years of her past, the name on the next letter will be hers.
09-09-2013 09:52 PM
Excerpt, part one:
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09-10-2013 12:41 PM
Hi, Lena, I've not read your books but they do sound interesting. I'll have to check them out.
09-10-2013 05:04 PM