I am pleased to Welcome Delaney Diamond to Writerly Wednesday.
Delaney Diamond writes sweet and sensual romance novels with multicultural characters. Read
one of her novels to escape reality and fall under the spell of alpha male heroes who fall in love,
fall hard, and stop at nothing to have the women they desire. Enjoy free reads on her website.
Science teacher Rebekah Jamison lives a quiet life in the suburbs of Atlanta. Devastated by a
tabloid scandal nine years ago, she ended her marriage to the man her parents never approved of.
Rafael Lopez, former professional wrestler and “Sexiest Athlete Alive,” regrets the lapse in
judgment that caused him to lose his wife. He shows up unannounced one day with some
startling news, but he gets a surprise of his own. He finds out he’s a father. To get to know his
son, he whisks him and Rebekah off to his home in the Hollywood Hills for the summer.
Rebekah’s heart kick-started with a thump, the matter-of-fact tone doing nothing to allay
the frisson of fear that trickled down her spine. Even more disconcerting was her reaction to
the deep, seductive sound of his accented voice. It scrambled her brain and sent unwelcome
vibrations running through her.
She didn’t dare look at him, worried he’d see every emotion she felt. Shame. Excitement.
Anxiety. She needed time to gather her thoughts so she could have a coherent conversation. The
shock of his unannounced arrival sharply tipped the balance of her normally ordered day toward
Deafening silence descended between them, and Rafael was the first to break it. “We need to
As he shut the door on the outside world, Rebekah finally ventured a look at him. His thick
black hair was closely shorn to his head. At five-feet-seven, she wasn’t a small woman, but
Rafael dwarfed her at six-foot-three. He had an incredible physique, with muscles so densely
packed the linen button-down shirt couldn’t conceal them. His muscles were tightly honed from
years of weight lifting and hours of exercise, creating a fighting machine of flesh-covered steel.
Each meaty bicep was the size of one of her thighs, and his lean fingers looked long enough to
span the width of a basketball.
“Sexiest Athlete Alive,” headlines had proclaimed two years in a row. More recently, his
rugged good looks could be seen smiling into the camera endorsing agave nectar, an all-natural
sweetener exported from Mexico.
When his dark gaze rested on her, the last remnants of rational thought disappeared like a
puff of smoke in a blast of wind. For a few seconds, her breath caught in her chest, and she was
once again the seventeen-year-old girl who had anxiously awaited her eighteenth birthday so she
could run away and marry the man of her dreams. He became the twenty-year-old rough neck
from south of the border who had captured her heart and convinced her not to judge a book by
its cover. His coarse exterior had disguised a tender heart and loving disposition—or so she’d
thought. Her disapproving parents had been correct in their initial assessment of him. Rafael had
changed once they were married, and not for the better.
“What are you doing here?” Rebekah asked.
The cold stare of his eyes lanced through her. “Is that any way to greet a man you haven’t
seen in almost ten years?”
1. In three days, all electricity is going to be shut off for a very long time. What items are you
going to gather in preparation for this event?
Candles and matches, nonperishable food items, and board games
2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
I wanted to write a story about a professional athlete, and I chose wrestling because I
grew up watching it with my father. Writing an opposites attract story was also appealing.
Rebekah grew up in a conservative, well-to-do family. Rafael grew up poor and had a
roughness about him her parents didn’t like. Their personalities clash because of their
differences and the past, but the chemistry and love between them is obvious.
3. What do you like to read?
Romance novels, thrillers, mysteries
4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Paris, France. I spent a summer there in my twenties and made some good friends. I go
back whenever I can afford it.
5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
I write a lot of lists: grocery lists, errands lists, things to do today, books to read, promotion
schedule for my books. I wouldn’t know what to do without my lists.
6. What scares you the most?
Death. Despite my belief in the afterlife, death is still scary to me.
7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
I hate popcorn. Not because it doesn’t taste good, but because I can’t stand how the kernels
get lodged in my teeth.
Thank you so much for being my guest. I won’t offer you popcorn and wonder how you feel about corn in general with those random strings that run the whole length of the cob…
Buy Fight for Love and come back next week to see who is up for Writerly Wednesday.
Don’t touch anything sharp!