Monday, January 30, 2017

The Hardest Book I’ve Ever Written – FINAL EXIT

With: Lena Diaz

Congratulations to "Brooke B.", the winner in Lena's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

January 31, 2017 marks the release of the third book in my EXIT Inc. series, FINAL EXIT. It features Kade Quinn, an FBI agent who has been through a horrific tragedy that sent him spiraling out of control into the dark world of addiction. He’s been given one last chance to redeem both himself, and his career, by leading the capture and “re-training” of the clandestine Enforcers (assassins) who once worked for EXIT Inc. But it’s one of those Enforcers, sexy and sassy Bailey Stark, who shakes up his world once again. She makes him doubt his mission and blurs the lines between the good guys and the bad guys. These former enemies are forced to work together to uncover a chilling conspiracy before anyone else dies, including themselves.

I loved writing about Kade and Bailey, two very complicated people with tons of emotional baggage who have to learn to trust each other in order to survive. It was also rewarding to finally tie up all of the loose ends from this trilogy, which really spanned four books if you include what was basically a prequel book, TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP.

So why was it the hardest book I’ve ever written?

Cancer.

Not mine. My husband’s.

But when someone you love is given that dreaded diagnosis, suddenly your world is filled with doctor visits, medical tests, research, treatment decisions, and on and on. I’ve heard about other authors who’ve kept writing through these types of challenges, but I’m not one of them. I couldn’t focus on my books when my every thought was about my husband and what we were going through together. So I told my publisher and we moved the book’s due date out six months. That’s why this last book in the EXIT trilogy is coming out a year since the second book.

My husband is cancer free today and doing well. He fought the good fight and won, which makes seeing FINAL EXIT make it out into the book universe even more satisfying than with previous releases. It’s the final chapter of this series, and also the final chapter of a difficult, trying time in my husband’s life and mine. It’s a victory, of sorts. Closure.

For those of you fighting your own personal battles, or fighting for a loved one, I hope you can see that light at the end of the tunnel. And I hope you realize that it’s okay to falter, to put your dreams on hold during a trying time. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It means, quite simply, that you’re human. And when your battle is over, that dream you once had will still be there waiting for you. And when the dream is finally realized, the victory will be even sweeter than it would have been. Because you’ve grown, you’ve learned, and you’ve earned this victory. So enjoy it. I know I will.

Giveaway:
To celebrate both my husband’s victory, and the release of FINAL EXIT, I’m giving away a signed copy of the first two books in this series—EXIT STRATEGY and NO EXIT—to a random commenter on this post. I hope you enjoy them.

FINAL EXIT

In the thrilling conclusion to Lena Diaz’s EXIT Inc. series, former enemies become unlikely allies--and lovers--as the war between rival agencies culminates in a battle that eclipses everything that came before it.

The new leader of EXIT Inc.’s ruling Council, Kade Quinn, is tasked with dismantling the clandestine side of the company. But when the enforcers he’s supposed to rehabilitate start disappearing, he discovers that the government they once protected has marked all of the former operatives for execution--including Kade.

When enforcer Bailey Stark finds herself fighting for her life against the company she works for, the last person she expects to help her is their leader--Kade. She soon finds that Kade’s passion for justice rivals her own. But can she trust the smoldering heat that flares between them? Or is he trying to capture her heart just so he can destroy her?



Author Bio:
Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she's won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense (three times!), has won the Bookseller's Best Award, and has been a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards (twice). She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at www.LenaDiaz.com or sign up for her newsletter by pasting this URL into your browser: http://lenadiaz.com/contact.html#newsletter.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Jan. 31st. 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.

26 comments:

  1. So happy to hear your husband is now cancer free. You were the first author I ever wrote to. I read He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not and loved it, so I sent out a quick note about how much I loved it, and you wrote back! Been following you ever since. Would love to win signed copies of the books. Thanks for giving us the chance to win. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Trish. Thanks so much for your kind comments. And I'm absolutely thrilled that you loved HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT. Good luck in the drawing. Hugs.

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  2. So happy your husband is doing so well. I really enjoy your books. Thanks for this chance. vandine3atmsn.com

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    1. Thank you, Trude. He's doing great! And I'm tickled that you've read (and enjoy) my books. Hope you enjoy Final Exit too. Good luck in the drawing. Take care.

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  3. So happy for you and your husband! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Congratulations to your husband and you for facing life together and coming out on top. I wish both of you many more years together. Thanks for the giveaway! jmvarner50@hotmail.com.

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    1. Thirty years of marriage and counting. Wow. I feel super old now. LOL. Thanks and good luck in the drawing.

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  5. First, congratulations to you and your husband!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your books!

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    1. Mandy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear that! Thank you so much. Hope you love the Exit series too. And good luck in the drawing.

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  6. I love your short haircut, Lena! Also, I'm not commenting for a book as I already own all of your books, including the pre-order of Final Exit. :-) I just wanted to say that I admire your stance on dreams and failure and am so happy you and your hubby have come out on the other side of his illness. I, myself, am caring for an Alzheimer's hubby and know what it is like to put a dream aside for a time but not give up hope for a brighter future. So thank you for your post on JRS. Keep writing and I'll keep reading! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Janice, thanks so much. That's so sweet of you to have pre-ordered and still comment. Hope you love Final Exit. And hugs are inadequate but I'm sending them your way. We dealt with my father-in-law's dementia, so I'm a little familiar with that kind of illness. But I know it's nothing compared to full-blown Alzheimer's. And I can't imagine the struggles you're both enduring as your husband suffers through this horrible disease. I keep hearing about break throughs in the treatment of Alzheimers. I pray that some of those new treatments will go your way and help your husband. Hugs and please don't forget to take care of yourself too. Caregivers go through so much. You need to put yourself first every once in a while to recharge. Thank you again.

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  7. I am so sorry that you and your husband had to go through that but am very glad of the outcome!Congratulations! I love your work and am so glad to have an opportunity to win but win or not I just want you to know that ALL your books are on my reading lists :-)

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    1. JoAnn, you are such a supportive person and reader. I truly appreciate all of the retweets you give me and the occasional twitter or Facebook chats. You always make me smile. Thank you.

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  8. Happy to hear your husband is doing well.

    Looking forward to reading FINAL EXIT.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com



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    1. Thank you, Taurus. Good luck in the drawing.

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  9. Good news all round.

    The series sounds fantastic.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary. And good luck.

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  10. interesting series

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  11. I totally understand your state of mind. I normally read a lot and the last four months my reading schedule is basically nonexistent. My brother got diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer and has went through radiation and chemo and is now in intensive care recuperating from a very serious surgery. The surgeon said on a scale of one to ten this surgery is a twelve. He finally seems to be turning a corner, pneumonia after the surgery, and hopefully we will be able to speak to him soon. I've been so caught up mentally with this my mind is a jumble. So my reading has really slacked off these last months. We got the final pathology report though and he is cancer free, thank GOD. So I can really relate to your husband's situation. I'm so happy for all of you that he is now cancer free. I always enjoy your books and I'll be putting this series on my wish list.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Linda, my heart goes out to you, your brother, and your family. What a horrible ordeal. Thank God his prognosis is good and he has turned the corner. Hugs and take care.

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  12. So happy your husband is cancer free! Congrats to both of you. This sounds like an amazing series. Can't wait to read it.

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  13. So happy your husband is cancer free. Sadly, my husband is not. , but he is still in stage one. Looking forward to reading your book too. I love your books. yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Tammy, hugs and prayers as you both fight the big C. I hope reading brings you comfort. Romantic Suspense is always a reminder to me that good can triumph over bad, and that love always wins. A good message when you're going through tough times. Hugs.

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