Monday, November 18, 2013

Undercover Twin!


Congratulations to "Tammy Y" and "Janet K", the winners of Lena's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

My May 2013 Harlequin Intrigue book, Explosive Attraction, featured a sexy bomb squad technician, Rafe Morgan. He had an equally sexy brother, Nick, who was an undercover DEA agent. Readers loved Nick and emailed me asking if he would ever get his own book. The answer is a resounding yes!

Undercover Twin releases on November 19th and features Nick Morgan doing what he does best, going undercover to foil the plans of drug dealers. But this time, the stakes are even higher than usual. In addition to stopping a dangerous drug lord, he has to rescue a kidnapped woman, while working with his ex-girlfriend, the kidnapped woman’s identical twin sister.

This book was so much fun to write, because it takes the identical twin trope to the extreme,
facing off two sisters who are polar opposites in every way. Heather, our heroine, is a go-getter, private investigator who dresses conservatively and wouldn’t dream of breaking a speed limit. Her sister, Lily, has been in trouble with the law since she was a teenager, dresses provocatively, and is covered in tattoos. To go undercover pretending to be her twin so she can save her, Heather has to get tattooed and learn how to walk in stilettos without falling flat on her face in front of a bar full of lethal ex-cons in Key West.

The book has some funny moments, especially with sexy, alpha-Nick trying to help Heather dress and act like her sister, but it has some poignant moments too. There is a lot of dark history between these sisters, and it isn’t until Heather goes undercover that she begins to learn exactly how much her twin has suffered during her lifetime and why she made the choices she’s made. It’s a story of redemption and forgiveness all around, with plenty of car chases, flying bullets and explosions to keep your blood pumping. I adore Nick and hope you enjoy watching him fall in love, against incredible odds, just as much as I did.

Here's an excerpt, where Heather is trying to help her sister, Lily, but gets caught in the middle of a DEA raid:

The look of shock on Nick’s face was quickly replaced with anger. His brows were drawn down and his jaw was so tight his lips went white. He looked mad enough to strangle her, but at least he wasn’t pointing his gun at her, like the others. He held his gun down by his side, aimed at the floor.

He was probably furious that she was in the middle of this, and she couldn’t blame him for that. She should have taken his advice. She should have tried to convince Lily to go into an alcohol treatment program. Then maybe Lily wouldn’t have gotten mixed up with whatever she’d gotten herself into now. Heather had naively insisted she could help her sister on her own, without taking such a seemingly drastic step. But obviously Nick had been right.

Nick holstered his gun and strode toward her.

Heather was so relieved she almost slumped to the dirty floor. “Nick, I’m so glad you’re here. Lily is scared. She’s not—”

Nick roughly grabbed her arms and spun her around, shocking Heather into silence. He pulled her hands behind her back. She gasped at the feel of cold steel clamping around her wrists. A ratcheting sound echoed in the room, and he pushed her toward the door.

“What are you doing?” she cried out.

“Heather Bannon, you’re under arrest.” His voice was clipped, cold.

“What? Wait, what are you talking about?”

He paused beside the last sink and leaned down, pressing his lips next to her ear. “You’ve got cocaine in your hair, darlin’,” he growled.

Heather’s gaze shot to the mirror. A wild-eyed woman stared back at her, a cloud of white dusting her normally dark brown hair, making it look prematurely gray.

Her horrified gaze met Nick’s in the mirror. “I can explain.”

“Tell it to the judge.” He grabbed her arms and marched her out the door.

Giveaway:
One commenter will win a print or eBook copy of Explosive Attraction, the May Intrigue that introduces Nick Morgan as a secondary character. A second commenter will win a print or eBook copy of Undercover Twin! (eBook copies will be Amazon or Barnes and Noble, winner’s choice.)

About the Author:
Daphne du Maurier winner, National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist, and Romance Writers of America Golden Heart ® Finalist Lena Diaz is the author of the popular Nursery Rhyme series of romantic thrillers for Avon Books. She also writes shorter romantic suspense novels for Harlequin Intrigue. A former computer programmer, she lives in Northeast Florida with her husband and two children.

Lena is currently writing the next installment of the Nursery Rhyme series to add to earlier books He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, Simon Says Die, and her September 2013 release, Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead.

You can order Undercover Twin here:
Amazon:
Barnes and Noble:
Other retailers via the Harlequin site: 

You can find Lena online at:
Her website - http://LenaDiaz.com
Her blog - http://KissAndThrill.com
Facebook -http://www.facebook.com/LenaDiazAuthor
Twitter - http://twitter.com/LenaDiaz

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Nov. 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

29 comments:

  1. This book sounds really good,i love getting on here and finding new authors and there books.Thank you all for putting them on here .Cant wait. To read them Debra (cher123@cableone.net) I have a nook not a kindle

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  2. I don't think Ive read any of the Harlequinn Intrigue books but Im definitely going to be one clicking at amazon soon! They sound awesome! And now Im dying to know why she has cocaine in her hair! ;)
    kdjohnston73@yahoo.com

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    1. Karen, Intrigues are short - about 2/3 the size of a typical mass market paperback - but they are packed with action and designed to allow you to read them in just a few hours but have a satisfying romance and suspense story. I hope you try them out. There are some amazing intrigue authors out there.

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    2. Oh I definitely will! Lifes particularly busy for me right now and I don't have as much time to read as I used to. It seems like it takes me weeks to finish one book so these sound perfect! ;)

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  3. I've already gotten it and can't wait to read it.

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  4. Oh I am loving the sound of Nick's book... have not read Rafe's book, but making note of both. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Colleen and good luck in the drawing.

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  5. For those that haven't read any of Ms. Diaz's books... you're missing out on a great author. Besides her Intrigues she has a great Nursery Rhyme series too. As always... happy to see you here Lena and can't wait to read Undercover Twin.
    Julie O
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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    1. Julie, you are so sweet. Thanks for stopping by JRS.

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  6. I love Lena's books. I have Explosive Attraction. I would love to win Undercover Twin, Harlequin Intrigue is one of my favorite lines.
    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Tammy! It's awesome to meet a fan of the Harlequin Intrigue line here on JRS. I have a lot of authors in the line whom I adore - like Delores Fossen, B. J. Daniels, and Paula Graves. Not to mention Robin Perini and Angi Morgan. And, and…too many to name them all. They are a great bunch of authors. Good luck in the drawing.

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  7. Pre-ordered this book...I can't wait to read this book...already has my heart pumping...exciting excerpt. The Marshall's Witness was the first book of mine and love your writing...now I'm hooked...I do have Explosive Attraction too...
    I would love to win a copy and pass the other to a friend...😃...love my paperback....Just started the nursery rhyme books, and loving them...thank you for the chance....monak602@gmail.com

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  8. Sounds like great books, will be adding them to my wish list. I really enjoy reading books in the harlequin intrigue series.

    Emily B.

    emilybaucom@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Emily! Yet another Intrigue fan. Yay!

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  9. Sounds awesome! I have a friend who is an identical twin. I have to really look hard to tell them apart in pictures.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. That's so cool, Martha. I've had friends who were identical twins back in middle school but they wore their hair very different which made it easy to tell them apart. Otherwise, I'd have been clueless. I've always wondered if parents of identical twins every mix up their own kids. Seems like it would happen doesn't it? I had a lot of fun researching twins for the book. Did you know there are identical twin conferences around the world every year? The pictures are amazing.

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  10. These sound awesome! Perfect romantic suspense. Thank you so much for sharing, Lena!

    brookeb81 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Brooke! I loved writing this book. Hope you enjoy it. Good luck in the drawing.

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  11. I love the idea of one twin pretending to be the other.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, it was a lot of fun writing that part since the twins' personalities were so different. Thanks for dropping by JRS!

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  12. Can't wait to read this, Lena !
    ~Angi

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    1. Ditto Angi! I love being release twins with you. :)

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  13. Undercover Twin sounds great. I can't imagine how you were able to get Heather to look and act like Lily and can't wait to read it to find out.

    joanneboykoATyahooDOTca

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    1. Well…I'm not saying Heather did a good job, but she sure tried. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing.

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  14. It does sound like you had a lot of fun writing these! I like your 'twin' idea.
    Jan

    Janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. Thanks Janet. I know the twin thing has been done a lot, but it's such a fun trope. I really did enjoy it.

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