Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Different Kind of Release Day…

April 23rd is my release day, a day I should be happy about, a day when I should be tweeting and facebooking and announcing to everyone who will listen that I have a new book out.

But I’m not.

In fact, I haven’t even announced my new release to my readers who signed up for my newsletter.


Because my new book is called EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. What do you think it’s about? You guessed it - a bomber, a serial bomber. Yes, it’s fantasy, pure fiction, but in light of what happened recently in Boston--terrorists using bombs to kill and maim innocent people--I feel sick about this book coming out at this time.

Is it a good book? I think so. RT thinks so and gave it 4 ½ stars. And my editor thinks it's the best book I've ever written. Do I want my book to succeed? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. Of course I want it to succeed. But right now, on this day, while I’m writing this blog post, I just can’t find any enthusiasm to promote a fictional story where people die at the hands of a bomber.

Maybe tomorrow. Or the day after. But not today.

Instead, I want to pause and thank the first responders who ran towards the bombs instead of away from them. I want to thank and honor all the people who helped the injured in their time of need. And I’d like to thank all the people who continue to support and help the survivors who now face months, and years, of painful therapy and rehabilitation.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, the people of Boston. Stay strong--Boston strong.

~ Lena Diaz


  1. Oh, Lena. You are truly a wonderful person and class act. I will definitely be reading your book.

  2. Oh Lena. I can only imagine how you must feel. pride in your story but sorrow that it is so close what just occurred. I will definately buy your book. I loved He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not and Simon Says Die.

  3. Your sensitivity at this time speaks very highly of you as a person and one deserving of respect. Thank you. I've no doubt that your book will be very successful.

  4. Lena,

    Your books are fiction and I love them. I have read a number of books about serial killers whatever their weapons of choice. You could not have foreseen well before the publication date, or at any other time, what happened on Patriot's day.

    I live in one of the areas outside Boston that was in lock-down (stay in your home) last Friday while they were looking for the second suspect. It was a bad time but Boston is resilient.

    I still will buy your book. The timing is unfortunate for you. Kendra Elliot had a similar problem when Buried came out a few months after Newtown. Since the book was about children taken captive from a school bus and most were killed, albeit not graphically, she felt as you do.

    It is not the authors' problem. We live in a time that once we only could find in fiction.

    Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated. It is harder for some and we all feel as you do.

    Your fellings speak to the person that you are. No one should be able to intiminate any of us including authors. Continue to write well as you have and know that we will want to read them.

    Wishing you the best of luck with Explosive Attraction!

    Marijane Diodati

  5. I agree with Karen C's comment. You have a very kind heart. Wishing you much success with your book. I only wish things didn't happen like this in real life.


  6. Thank you all so much for your kindness and understanding. And Marijane, I'm so glad you and your family weren't harmed during the lock-down. That must have been incredibly frightening. When that was going on, all I could think about was what were people going to do if they needed medicines or had a medical emergency? Very scary.

  7. Definitely a class act-- and I'm sorry the timing turned out to be so terrible for you! I'm in Boston and was down by the finish line repeatedly over that weekend. I'm in lab during the actual running of it so I watch the elite runners on the livestream and walk around downtown later in the afternoon, when the stragglers are still finishing up. I've been doing that for years, and knew several people running this year... thankfully, all finished either before or after (and thus were stopped earlier in the course), so none were injured, but I feel incredibly bad for all those that were. All they were doing was watching and cheering on an amazing feat of human endurance-- it seriously could've been any time, any place, and any of us. It's incredibly surreal. And the lockdown was just... wow. You probably won't find many places where 7 towns will shut down with minimum fuss to let law enforcement personnel do their jobs.

    (In response to your question: Beth Israel hospital in Boston was open, as were hospitals outside of the lockdown zone, so that's where medical emergencies would've been taken)

    Fiction helps us during times like these, so I'm off to pick up a copy of EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION because there's nothing more soothing than seeing the good guys triumph. And a HEA. And sexytimes :).

  8. Cris, it IS amazing that those cities were locked down the way they were. I can't imagine that going over here in North Florida. I'm not even sure how it could be done logistically. I suspect, from everything I'm hearing, that the cooperation between citizens and police during that entire week will be studied by many law enforcement agencies around the country as a model.

    Reading your comments and the others on this blog, as well as private emails some readers have been sending me has been a true blessing. I'm feeling better today for sure than I did just a few days ago when I wrote the post. If people like you who actually live in the Boston area and went through the lock-down can separate fantasy and fiction in this way, that's encouraging (and helps with the guilt!). Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care.