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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors. Other guests during the month are (in alpha order by first name):

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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

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 and sign up for her newsletter to stay abreast of new happenings.
Amazon Author Page


Diane Benefiel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Flash Point

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Reconsidering Her Options
Stalwart, honest, a stand-up guy – high praise, right? Wears his jeans just right, single – just about everyone in Hangman’s Loss, the quirky little town in the Eastern Sierra, considers Police Chief Bradley Gallagher a catch. Yet, new resident Emma Kincaid is determined to keep him at arm’s length, and with good reason. But vandalism, arson, and a violent attack have her rethinking her stance. Has someone from her past caught up with her, or is the escalating threat coming from within her newfound community? Sparks fly as Brad races against time to keep her safe, and passions combust when they join forces to combat the danger.
Why did you write this book?
Do you have a happy place? My happy place is the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The times I spent there as a child make up some of my happiest memories, and I used the area as the setting for the High Sierra Series. Once I came up with the concept for the town of Hangman’s Loss, plot ideas evolved pretty quickly.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write what I read, and I love to read romantic suspense. The best in the genre throw the hero and heroine together, add danger and intrigue, and force the couple to work together to resolve the mystery. Romantic suspense offers endless possibilities for adventure, heightened sexual tension, and thrilling romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Favorite character? Good heavens, can anybody only pick one? I choose Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series as only one of many, many admirable characters from fiction. I love Hermoine because from start to finish, she is Harry’s one true friend who never wavered in her loyalty. I also love that Hermoine is super smart and not afraid to show it. Need to figure out a spell or decipher a clue? Hermoine’s your girl. She’ll figure out the answer because she uses her brain. We need more Hermoine Grangers in the world.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on book three in the High Sierra Series, titled Already Gone. This is Maddy and Logan’s story. We first met Maddy in Flash Point when she nearly comes to blows with old flame Logan Ross. Maddy and Logan strike sparks off each other, but Maddy must keep Logan at a distance because of a painful secret.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Keep an eye out for releases in the High Sierra series. Following the release of Flash Point in February, you’ll see Dead Giveaway in April, and Already Gone following that. There are five books scheduled for release throughout the year.

Where to buy Flash Point

Barnes and Noble

Diane Benefiel Social Media

Diane Benefiel enjoys writing contemporary romantic suspense. She enjoys travel, gardening, and is an avid reader. A history teacher in her day job, she is always searching for pockets of time to write. She and her husband are huge fans of the national parks, and have been spending school breaks hitting the open highway with their trailer in tow.
Amazon Author Page


This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story. 

About the Author

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 time with her husband and two mostly-grown children. They recently bought a trailer and have taken to the open highway to expand their ‘been there’ list. A huge fan of the national parks, last year she visited eight, including her current favorites, Capitol Reef and Mesa Verde.  Visit to stay abreast of new happenings.

Interview with Diane Benefiel

Why did you write this book?
I love the idea of a strong man who falls in love with his friend’s wife – that’s what got me started on Ryder’s journey. He has to protect Brenna, and still protect his heart. Ryder was the character in my head that wouldn’t let me rest until I wrote his story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write what I read – romantic suspense. This genre has so much potential for conflict and tension that it keeps me turning the page. I love experiencing characters who get swept into dangerous situations where they must rely on each other to survive – nothing amps up sexual tension better. Another favorite genre is westerns. When I was young, I read Louis L’Amour novels and watched John Wayne movies – I think this is where I developed a love for the wide-open spaces of the West. The image of the cowboy rancher appeals to me, though in the back of my mind is a story of a female rancher that I might write someday.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
In literature, my favorites are those characters who seek justice, like Atticus Finch and Reverend Casy. In romance fiction, a character who has stuck with me is Abigail Lowery in Nora Roberts’ The Witness. She is an amazing woman with incredible strength and resilience. She doesn’t need a man to protect her or make her whole, so when she does meet a man who challenges her comfort zone (Brooks is downright yummy), she is strong enough to meet that challenge.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Speaking of westerns, I am currently finishing a romantic suspense set on a ranch in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The story begins with the heroine Addison arriving at the ranch of her nemesis Elijah MacElvoy after she witnesses a murder. Despite their history of dislike and distrust, Addy knows that the only place she will feel safe is with Elijah.
Please tell us about your latest book.
After surviving a deadly Taliban attack on his unit, Sgt. Ryder Bronson returns home to fulfill a promise—to keep his dead friend’s wife safe from a scandal so dark that it threatens her life. But protecting her from a distance is essential. To be in close contact with Brenna McMurtrey means fighting the guilt and desire waiting to destroy him. Being honest with her would reveal more than his heart can bear.
Over a year after the death of her husband, Brenna is finally ready to move on. Yet, just as she begins to push past the grief and start living again, danger rises at every turn. Several close calls prove she is the target of a sinister scheme. Nowhere is safe, especially not home. Her next-door neighbor appears to be watching her, a handsome if bad-tempered stranger who seems everywhere at once—and whose gray eyes hold an ocean of tragedy. Even if he is capable of protecting her, a part of Brenna will still be in jeopardy. The part that believes she can never love again.

About the Book

Title Solitary Man
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Diane Benefiel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R

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Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group

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