Friday, September 11, 2020

The Author's Den - Darlene Deluca

Today, I am happy to welcome to The Author's Den, fellow Wild Rose Press author, Darlene Deluca, who is celebrating the release of her new book, The Story Between Us, that released on August 26, 2020. 

Not only do Darlene and I share the same first name, we have more similarities. We love Summer, coconut ice cream, reading, art...and we also have the same couple on our books. 
I love the cover of The Story Between Us...which I am thrilled to have on my tablet. I can't wait to start reading Darlene's new release.

Before we get a peek at The Story Between Us, let's get to know a bit more about Darlene with ten teaser questions. 

1. What is your favourite article of clothing? 
Probably my scarf collection. I love adding a pop of color or pattern to a plain sweater or dressing up a shirt and jeans. They pack easily, come in an endless variety of designs and colors and they are fashionable as well as functional. 

2. What is your favourite time of day? 
Hmm. I like summer evenings, but I’ll have to say lunchtime because that’s my social hour! Before Covid-19 struck, I usually had one or two lunches out with friends nearly every week. I’m bummed that those have been almost non-existent since last spring. I’ve had a few picnic outings, though. 

3. What is your favourite season? 
Summer, summer, summer! I know a lot of people are happy that summer is now behind us, but it makes me sad. I really hate to be cold. I enjoy going to the pool or beach or just hanging out in the sunshine with a glass of iced tea. 

4. What is your favourite flavour of ice cream? 
Ah, tough choice. Maybe coconut or pistachio. I really like almost any ice cream with nuts. 

5. What is your favourite television show or movie? 
I don’t watch much TV or series. I prefer movies, so that would be a long list. I do tend to get sucked in whenever I run across Moonstruck or Shawshank Redemption on TV. Just like books, I prefer people stories. 

6. Where is your favourite place to visit? 
The beach! I really haven’t met a beach I didn’t like, but I’m partial to Laguna Beach. It’s a lovely place that offers the opportunity to chill out in the sun, walk along the water’s edge, search for seashells or explore the tide pools. 

7. What was your favourite childhood item? 
My biggest treasure was a Christmas gift that I still have – a full set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I loved them and read them over and over! 

8. What is your favourite thing to do to relax? 
Read a book or stroll through a garden. Whenever we’re on vacation, I look for botanical gardens or scenic nature areas to explore. 

9. What is something you’re good at? 
Well, hopefully writing! I also dabble in art and spent a couple of years as a member artist of a co-op group where I painted watercolor cards and made mixed-media wall-art. Also, I’m pretty good at multi-tasking. I usually have several projects going on while also keeping track of what’s going on with the hubs and the kids’ schedules. 

10. What song title best describes you? 
Fight Song by Rachel Platten. This song energizes me and makes me excited to keep going. I started a new writing career at age 50, have faced all the usual hurdles and rejections that go along with writing fiction, and am still giving it a go! My favorite line: “And I don't really care if nobody else believes 'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me”. 

Here's the sneak peek I promised of: The Story Between Us 
She sees a bestseller and heartwarming keepsake; he sees exploitation. 

When a children’s book author gets a story idea from a young fan who’s lost his parents in a tragic accident, she knows she’s hit gold. She sees a bestseller and heartwarming keepsake. But the boy’s guardian sees exploitation. 

Her agent warned her not to get attached to a fan. But children's book author Kristen Hanover is about to break the rules. Kristen meets a young boy who is a victim of a tragic accident and is drawn into the heartbreaking situation. Six years ago, Reed Armstrong never imagined he'd actually become guardian of his sister's boy. Now he is, and most days he's not sure he's up to the task. When he and Dylan meet Kristen, Reed downplays his nephew's crush on the author. But as their lives become unexpectedly intertwined, he finds himself captivated as well. Trouble is, she sells stories for a living. Does she truly care about Dylan…and Reed, or is she using them for her own career advancement? 

More about Darlene: Darlene Deluca writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction, and likes to explore relationships – what brings people together or keeps them apart. Her intent is to bring to life interesting characters that readers can relate to in real-life situations that combine a little fun, plenty of drama (with perhaps a tear or two), and big helpings of friendship, love and self-discovery, and will leave readers either cheering or sighing with a satisfied smile as they turn the final page. The Kansas City author enjoys getting lost in a good story with a glass of tea, a bit of dark chocolate and a warm, sunny beach. 

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