Author Spotlight/Daryl Devoré

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Between Despair and Ecstasy by Daryl Devoré #BookHugs #hot #romance

 The finale of Erika and Darien’s epic rollercoaster romance.

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How can Erika prove to herself and Darien that she loves and trusts him? Simple. All she has to do is jump out of a plane.

Concerned for his fiancée, Erika Bailey’s safety, rock star Darien Scott races to Bangkok to protect her, only to discover his brother is missing. Fearing the worse, he contacts his nemesis, Gan, and makes a repulsive deal that will free his brother and protect Erika’s club, The Pink Flamingo. Or so he thought. When a python and Gan are involved, things go sour, and Darien sinks into a deep depression.

Erika is disheartened by the betrayal of her parents. Her father’s destruction of her club, and the humiliation of her mother’s drunken behavior have her feeling down, but those are the least of her worries. She has a wedding to plan, but won’t. Having been betrayed too often, she’s scared to trust Darien.

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Excerpt:

Sweat streamed off Darien’s brow. Some dripped into his eyes. It stung. His heart throbbed against his ribs. Fire inched down his throat. Every muscle in his body ached. His head pounded from the pandemonium. The explosions. The screams. The pain threatening to split his skull. Dropping his head back, he closed his eyes. His chest heaved as he gulped air. He needed a moment. Get some strength back.

The screams grew louder.

Damn.

He inhaled and released a long breath.

They wanted him. He had to continue. To perform. Like a trained monkey. Do people even do that anymore? Train monkeys? He peeled his eyes open. The glare of the overhead lights blazed down at him. He lifted his head. The screams grew louder.

“Oh. So, you want more?”

But what if I don’t have any more? What if I just can’t continue? Twelve weeks. Four shows a week. I’m beat.

The roar from eighty thousand Parisians was tumultuous. Fans yelled at the top of their lungs. They pounded their feet on the floor, raising their hands in the air, clapping. Glow sticks, cell phones, and lighters swayed like flowers in a breeze.

He grinned. Eighty thousand Parisians and one fiancée. He glanced to his left. Seated on the top stage step was Erika. She’d arrived just minutes before the show started. Just enough time for a passionate, but quick, hello kiss. He needed more. He needed her, and he knew it. She smiled at him. He loved that smile. He could stare at it all day. The way her soft lips curved up. A hint of sassiness in her expression.

Just finish the show. Grab Erika and run. Dodge the fans. Just get out of here.

He looked out over the crowd. “But what if I’m too tired to continue?”

“No,” the crowd wailed.

He grinned. “Well, maybe I could go on if you told me you loved me.”

The cacophony of sounds was deafening. “Je t’aime. Love you.”

He lifted his hands. “Do you love me?”

Oui. Yes.”

He ripped his black t-shirt over his head and threw it into the fans. “Do. You. Love. Me?” He yelled out as he glanced at Erika.

She jumped up and down, screaming with the crowd.

“I can’t hear you.”

The building shook with the fans’ frenzy.

“Five. Six. Five. Six. Seven. Eight.”

Fireworks exploded. Lasers shot around the stadium. Cass, the drummer, crashed the symbols as Darien spun, posed then inhaled a deep breath and opened his mouth to sing.

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About the Author:

Daryl Devoré lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She’s touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.

Where to find Daryl Devoré:

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An Inspirational Thought:

Friendships are important. How do they start? CS Lewis knows

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…”

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Reader’s Choice Nomination

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I was notified via e-mail today that my book, Deadly Jealousy, has been nominated and approved for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing. I am thrilled beyond belief. I’ve always heard, “It’s an honor just to be nominated.” Well, I agree, but your can vote for me by clicking this link: https://www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting

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Deadly Jealousy will be available in paperback by my book signing event on Sunday, October 29 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at Crossroads Mall, near the heart of all the shopping and restaurants in Beckley, West Virginia. Come out and meet me and other Celebrating West Virginia Authors.

Thirteenth-Special Date

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I’ve always liked the number thirteen. Friday the thirteenth does not bother me. As a matter of fact, two weddings takes place on that date in my book Deadly Jealousy. 

Today, my poetry collection, which features poem inspire by my writing, my moods, and my surroundings, is absolutely FREE on Kindle.                               https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XS29FMV

My historical romance/suspense series has been put on the back burner for quite a while now. There are no time lines since the first book of the series starts in 1876, well over a hundred years ago. Well, the wait is over. Heal a Heart is officially on Kindle today too.   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KXLWHY

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What’s In A Name?

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I often used to wonder if other authors fret over names as much as I do. I’m now friends with a few writers through social media, and the answer seems to overwhelmingly be “yes.” Readers may not even consider how much thought goes into such a simple matter, but I’ve spent hours agonizing over finding the right name for a character.

Two of my protagonists came naturally. Genevieve (Genny) is among my top favorite female names. Catherine (Cate) is right up there too. Even though my son thinks she should have been called Cat. A spy named Cat. Nope. I don’t like it.

My grandparents are all deceased, so I had to pay homage to them. The moral, upstanding patriarch of the Hollingsworth clan, Edward, is named after my dear paternal grandfather. The first book I actually ever wrote Heart Choices has an adopted daughter named Marianna after my sweet paternal grandmother, Mary. Genevieve and her daughter received their middle names from my maternal grandmother, Grace. I also use her middle name Octavia for Lexine (Lexi) in the soon-to-come Heal a Heart. The MC of Heart Choices, Josephine (Josie) is named after my paternal grandfather, Joseph. I loved this name for a girl, and once asked my mother why she didn’t name me after her father. She wanted to know if I forgot about my uncle and cousin who actually were.

I try especially hard not to attach a living friend or family member’s name to a character, unless they request I do so. As a disclaimer, there are only so many names in the world. Each book contains quite a few. Deadly Jealousy has at least forty-one. I keep a list, and hopefully I’ve got them all down. 

I posted a contest in the form of a question over a year ago on Facebook, and the winners had a character named after them in my book Capture Cate. Amy became Travis Collins’ assistant, and Deborah is Cate’s psychiatrist. I informed Cathy that her name is close enough to Cate, the heroine. I still plan to use her last name in another book, since she was gracious enough to play along. 

My niece doesn’t go by her first name, so my brother gave me permission to use it for Genny’s daughter in Deadly Jealousy. Alivia sufficed as a tribute to her mother, Ava, who passed away when she was nearly twelve years old. My cousin, Tracey, wants to be a victim of the serial killer in Perilous Infatuation, which will be released later this year. I asked one of my writing groups to come up with names for the victims. One man practically begged me to use Tracey, an ex-girlfriend who broke his heart. This may be a sign that Tracey should get her wish.

Each character, no matter how big or small, is unique and vital to the story. The perfect name is very important to the writer. If you’d like your name used in a future book, just drop me a comment. Who knows? Your first or last name may be exactly what I’m looking for.

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My cousin, Misti, was the first person to read my newest available book several years ago. She thinks it’s based on me and my husband. Well, she’s wrong, but every female protagonist shares some of my qualities. Genny Montgomery may have more than others, even though my favorite character is Cate Hollingsworth-Collins. Deadly Jealousy was the second book I started writing in 2011, a whole year before Cate became a figment of my imagination. I changed the title, but the story-line remained the same. My upcoming historical romance Heart Choices was actually the first time I put pen to paper (or more accurately fingers to laptop) in 2010.

I’ll do a quick comparison of me and Genny to prove she’s not me, even though our names are similar. She’s always dreamed of becoming a psychiatrist. I considered the same. I won’t say it was my dream. I’m doing that right now with my writing.

Genny has a crush on Ben Affleck. I’m guilty too. I actually put that part in the book later while searching for the perfect love song. “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” from Armageddon is an all-time favorite of mine. I could envision Genny singing the lyrics to (love interest at the time), and tears came to my eyes. Ben was so great in that movie. I pictured him as the debonair professor, Dr. Maxwell Lewis in my head. (Blog Secret: Maybe Max’s resemblance to Genny’s crush is the subconscious reason she finds him attractive.) Keep in mind that I wrote the part about Max being handsome enough to play a superhero in 2011, so I wasn’t talking about Batman at the time. I honestly think Ben’s performance in the movie Daredevil was underrated.

Genny met Hank Moretti in elementary school. I met my husband in elementary school. My husband didn’t move away though. They started dating in their senior year of high school. We started dating in our junior year of high school. She’s brainy, and he’s a jock. I was the top graduating female student in my class, and my husband has always been great at sports. I was heavily encouraged to try out for Lassie by a few of my friends, but ended up chickening out. They swore I’d make it. My husband definitely had the skills needed for the football team, but worked for the family business after school and on weekends.

I still don’t see my cousin’s point (laughing to myself). Genny and Hank are fictional characters. She becomes involved in a potentially deadly love triangle. Nope, I’m not guilty of that. She has a daughter, who has more of a role in the sequel (already written and soon to be released). No daughter in my home.

If you’d like to read more and follow Genny’s life from August 2011 to Janauary 2017, Deadly Jealousy is reduced in price on Kindle to 99 cents, starting today 4/26 (my husband’s birthday) through 4/30/17. Happy birthday, babe! (Hmmm. Genny doesn’t refer to Hank as babe. I guess you’ll have to check out the sequel for another secret.)

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Fatal Flaw Series

I’ve been hard at work on my newest series for many years now. I actually started my book about Genny Montgomery about a year before Cate Collins was even a figment of my imagination.

Genny has followed her fellow students around with a notebook since elementary school to try to figure out what makes their brains tick. Her goal in life is to become a psychiatrist. A boy named Henry Moretti relentlessly teased her and made her life miserable, but moved away after fifth grade.

Henry, who is now known as Hank, comes back into Genny’s life on her first day of her senior year of high school. The brainy girl no boy has ever looked at twice comes up with a wish, which is a date for prom. She has eight months to get one, but ends up with the new, talented quarterback. If you haven’t guessed, it’s Hank. He had a huge crush on Genny in elementary school, and couldn’t wait to find her.

The couple become inseparable until college. Hank has little time for Genny as he aspires to take his college team to the top. A debonair professor is willing to give her the attention she needs.

Genny is involved in a love triangle.  When she chooses the man she wants to be with, jealousy is an emotional she isn’t prepared to deal with. Someone’s life is in terrible danger.

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You’re My Obsession

Family and friends have been asking for quite some time when the sequel to Capture Cate will be released.  Well, the wait is finally over.  The revelation will hopefully be startling.

You’re My Obsession picks up where Cate’s story left off in the first installment. For anyone following her roller coaster life, she finally picked between Nathan and Leo.  The couple were what is referred to as “happy for now.”

Drama starts unfolding in the very first chapter.  Cate has never had it easy.  Someone is murdered.  Everyone seems to have a motive.  This is a real “whodunit.”

The book has been reduced in price to 99 cents from today, February 11 through February 18.