The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Thrilled to welcome fellow Lyrical Press author, Diane Escalera!!

Thank you so much, Rachel, for hosting me. I really appreciate this awesome opportunity!

Just want to give a quick introduction: Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I relocated to South Florida, a sultry paradise I instantly fell in love with. I’m married, have two children and a super cute Dachshund I can’t get enough of. I write hot contemporary romance, and have sold to Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press. Dangerous Desire is my latest release.

Great to meet you, Diane! I don't think we've had much chance to talk via the Lyrical Yahoo group so I'm so happy to invite you to spend the next few days at my site. Hope you enjoy your time here, let's get started!

1) What is your writing routine?

I’m an early riser. I call it my quiet time because everyone else is still sleeping. This is when I plan out the day. It’s amazing how much gets done when there are no interruptions. I write a set number of pages each day. Once I meet my quota, I move on to other tasks like research, promotions, networking, and all those other glamorous things an author must do. In between, I have a household to run, a hubby who also works from home, and a sweet little Dachshund that melts me with one look. Yep, I take lots of breaks to love on her!

2) Which author/s inspire you to write?

Danielle Steel introduced me to romance. I also loved Sidney Sheldon and Lawrence Sanders. Today, my go-to authors are Linda Howard, Lori Foster, and Jill Shalvis. I devour their books.

3) Which is your favorite romance subgenre to read? To write?

I love Contemporary Romance. It’s what I read and write. Of course, it has to be sexy. Okay, hot! I like to write about things that occur in real life, problems that readers can relate to. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and I try not to shy away from the darker side even if it might be unpopular.

4) How do you deal with criticism/rejection?

It’s the nature of my profession. I try not to take things personally, but honestly, it’s not easy. You just have to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?

5) What do you expect from an editor?

Lots of praise and encouragement! Kidding. I think what I love about my editor is that she lets me be me. Yeah, she pushes. Lord knows there’s always room for improvement. But she doesn’t try to change my writing style, my voice. And I appreciate that!

6) Tell me about your latest release

Dangerous Desire is a Hot Contemporary Romance set in sultry South Florida. It’s a story about a second chance at love. Sometimes you have to lose one thing to find another.

7) Tease us with a blurb or short excerpt

Sienna Diaz is desperate to find her missing beagle, no matter what it costs. She hires Cruz Santino, the best–and hottest–in the business. He’s an ex-cop, dangerous on many levels, which comes in handy when all evidence indicates her beloved pet was snatched to use in a dogfighting ring.

Cruz will do whatever it takes to find Sienna’s lost pet, but he also wants results from the smokin’ hot attraction between them–and he isn’t above breaking his own hands-off-clients rule to get there. However, until he brings Sienna’s dog home safely, he won’t have her undivided attention…or affection.

8) Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?

I’d have to pick the hero. Cruz has this radical all-or-nothing approach to life, attacking every objective with tenacious willpower. Steadfast in the face of adversity, he’s highly attuned to the vibrations of others. He’s gorgeous, but you know what really makes him hot? He reunites lost pets with their heartbroken owners.

9) What are you working on right now?

All kinds of goodies. The Print edition of Dangerous Desire will be out in October. I’m also very excited to announce that I just sold a novella to Lyrical Press, which comes out in March 2012. Sexy, fun and romantic, Still Hot for You takes a peek into the marriage of Dylan and Shay LaCosta. Theirs is a hot and steamy union, with an even hotter couple. Just like in real life, relationships have problems. But when two people are meant to be, they fight with each other, and they fight for each other.

10) Your biggest piece of advice to aspiring novelists?

Keep writing no matter what anyone tells you. Write from your heart. Believe in yourself.

11) Where can readers find you?

Dangerous Desire is available at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Digital Bookstores everywhere.

Please visit to learn more about my sexy tales. I love to interact with readers! “Like” my fan page on Follow me on

Great excerpt and congrats on your book going to print, that is fabulous news! I am popping over to Twitter right now so we can hook up. In the meantime, let's open the floor to visitor questions and comments. We're ready and waiting, people... : )

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