Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Diane Benefiel, author of Dead Giveaway, a Romantic Suspense. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
Dead Giveaway by Diane Benefiel
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The Worst that Can Happen
If asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe’s son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he’s got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There’s only one place Cameron will be safe, and that’s with his uncle, Elijah MacElvoy. Arriving on his doorstep at the Broken Arrow Ranch is a desperate decision, and Gwen knows he’d slam the door in her face if she didn’t have his nephew with her. But she’ll do anything for Cam, even if it means putting up with Elijah’s distrust and judgment.
Chloe’s dead. Cam’s orphaned, and Elijah is confronted with the prospect of living with the one woman who’s driven him crazy for the past ten years. He’ll fight to keep her safe. That’s encoded in his DNA. But can he trust her with a little boy who just lost his mother?
As Eli watches how Gwen loves and cares for his nephew, he reevaluates his thinking and gives in to the smoldering attraction he felt the first time he saw her. With so much on the line, Eli comes clean about his past, making way for a future that’s all about silver linings.
Is it true:
this is your first book?
No, I have three books published previously. Readers might be interested in Solitary Man, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense last year.
this book is part of a series?
Yes! Dead Giveaway is Book 2 in the High Sierras series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No, not really. I actually find writing relaxing and enjoyable.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I am always looking up facts on the internet. The police would find my search history very alarming. Here’s just some of what I’ve looked up: the cost of a hitman, clip capacity for a .45, how to remove bloodstains from wood, great white shark attacks in Puget Sound.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes. I love dogs, so my characters usually have dogs. In Dead Giveaway, Elijah raises quarter horses on his ranch, so I have horses as characters for the first time.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. Dead Giveaway is a romantic suspense, but also a western romance.
you speak more than one language?
No, not really. I’ve taken Spanish and French, for all the good it’s done me. On a trip to Paris, it was humiliating that after two years of French I couldn’t make myself understood. C’est la vie.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes, at least in the same area. I work in the city I was born in, which is only ten miles from where I currently live.
you love to read?
Yes, yes, yes! Reading is a life-long passion. I’d rather read than watch a movie, go to a party, or just about anything else. I’m always looking for new authors.
you are never late?
No, but I’m mostly on time.
you love pizza?
Yes, if it’s vegetarian, with pesto instead of red sauce, and thin crust. Which is the exact opposite of the type my husband likes.
you love sushi?
No! I’ve had friends who have insisted on taking me to their favorite sushi place, because I must have tried it at a not-good sushi place. It’s still cold, squishy, and gross.
you have a pet?
No, sadly. 2016 was a horrible year because our beautiful dog died, and our three elderly cats died as well. We have a little pet cemetery in the back yard (we have a huge yard). But today, hubby and I visited a rescue shelter in a quest for our new dog.
Where to buy Dead Giveaway
Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/2E07L0S
Diane Benefiel Social Media
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 more time with her husband now that they’re empty nesters. They recently bought a trailer and have taken to the open highway to expand their ‘been there’ list. Their favorite ‘go-to’ location for long weekends is the Eastern Sierra Nevada, an area that has become a favorite setting for her novels. Visit her website at www.dianebenefiel.com and sign up for her newsletter to stay abreast of new happenings.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Diane-Benefiel/e/B00J4XLVRU/