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Early Review

It’s never too early to talk about ONLY, my October release, is it? I don’t think so either. Here is a great early review from RT Book Reviews. The reviewer gave ONLY 4 1/2 stars – wahoo!

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“Dimon turns genre expectations upside down in this blisteringly hot erotic suspense sequel. Fans of her high-stakes, dangerously seductive world will find plenty of familiar faces and a wealth of new temptations and menace that quickly grow addictive…Dimon’s ability to weave together such strong, engaging plots is commendable, and her characters are surprising, complex and sensual. With a subplot as addictive as the main arc, this is a sequel — and a series — that simply should not be missed.” – RT Book Reviews

Behind The Scenes

I thought I’d give a little peek at the behind the scenes writing of LONG WAY HOME. Here are some thing you might find interesting about the book:

1. This is the third in a series of four. The hero, Callen, is a a bit difficult. I think of him as emotionally broken yet solid. It’s a weird combination. He loves his family yet keeps getting hit by disappointments and the fallout from family secrets, but he’s not weak. And Grace, the heroine, totally gets him and is not scared off. I love that about her.

2. I originally wanted his book to be #4 in the series but I couldn’t make that work with how the plot. Those family secrets caused all sorts of plotting issues, but I think Walker’s story being last works.

3. The title for the book is inspired by a song called TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME by Shane Mack from the movie SHELTER. You can listen to part of it HERE.

4. One of the secondary characters who plays a role throughout the entire series – Mallory Able – is inspired by my dear friend from high school, Renee Reeser Zelnick. Both are artsy and loyal, loving and beautiful.

5. My visual inspiration for Callen – ie, the photo I sent to the Berkley art department to help them design the cover – is model William Ponzetti. Here, take a look:

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You can buy LONG WAY HOME at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo or Berkley – Thank you!

Cover Reveal

I have a cool new cover to show you. This is for a print anthology which will include my Cosmo Red-Hot Read, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. I adore my fellow authors in this – Erin McCarthy & Maisey Yates. It’s called #‎SexyMistakes‬ and it’s a reprint, meaning all these novellas have already been released. But if you want my novella in print or if you want all three novellas together (and you do), this will be your chance. It will be out in November. Look how pretty it is!

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Release Day!!

It’s release day!! LONG WAY HOME is out and I’m so excited. Callen Hanover is one of my favorite heroes. He’s had a rough life and now he has a chance at a happy ending. This book features a hero who manages to be both rock solid and very broken, a determined & smart heroine, reunited lovers and family secrets. I hope you’ll check it out.

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The Hanover brothers are trying to live down the con-man reputation of their late father. But they can’t blame their father for all their problems in life—or in love…

Callen Hanover has led a tough life. But after years of roaming, he’s finally settled back home in Sweetwater to reunite with his brothers, and rebuild Shadow Hill, his grandmother’s crumbling home. The last person he expected to see at his door was Grace Pruitt—ex-girlfriend and partner to the FBI agent who’s determined to put Callen away.

Grace Pruitt is in town to save the two men she cares about the most—her former partner who seems to be on a downward spiral, and Callen, the man who ran before she could explain who she really was…or tell him some shocking news. Can the secrets of the Hanover family’s past be just the thing to save them all? Or is it already too late?

You can buy it at
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo or Berkley – Thank you!

Snippet!

LONG WAY HOME comes out tomorrow. I thought this was a good time to post a little snippet from the first time Callen Hanover sees Grace Pruitt after some time apart. Callen’s brothers don’t even know about Grace but she is really not one to be ignored.

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“Lucky for you, I’m not going anywhere.”

Oh, holy shit no. “Meaning?”

“I’m staying in town, at the Severn Motel.”

The historic place in the center of town, right next to the fire station and far too close to Shadow Hill. He could get in
his car and be there with her . . . yeah, he needed more distance. “For how long?”

“However long it takes.”

Callen blocked Declan out. Pretended he wasn’t there, or at least couldn’t hear. “I’m serious here. Are we talking a day, more than one? What the hell does your cryptic comment mean?”

But Callen feared he knew. Grace Pruitt was not a woman to be ignored. From the way she looked to the confident way she carried her body, she demanded attention. Just seeing her on that bar stool that day nine months ago had him plunging under and scrambling to find air. They talked and flirted, and when he’d left three hours later he had her number. By the next night he didn’t need it, because he had her right beside him, most nights under him.

Or so he had thought. Apparently it had all been a part of a plan to collect information.

“Really, Grace, what do you want?”

“I don’t think you’re ready for that answer, so I’ll just say your running days are over.”

There it was again. She shifted all the blame to him, as if he were the problem, rather than her convenient memory loss. “I have no idea what you’re getting at. Do you have a plan?”

“To make you see reason.”

Declan snorted. “Little chance of that.”

“You, I like.” She shot Declan another smile as she stepped between the brothers and headed for her car. “Room two-eighteen.”

“I won’t be visiting.” For some reason Callen felt the need to say it. Maybe if he shouted it loud enough and often enough he could make it true.

She waved a hand in the air but didn’t turn around or say anything. Just kept going, those impressive hips swishing from side to side, until she got to the car. A chirp of the alarm and she opened the door and hopped in.

A minute later Callen watched her vehicle back down the driveway, inching away as that familiar sense of dread clogged his throat. He wanted not to give a shit, to write her off as a liar and not care. More than three months away and he hadn’t mastered that skill yet.

Alliance Info

We have official titles for my upcoming romantic suspense series, the Alliance Team…{imagine a drumroll here}…

Novella – RUNNING HOT (December 2014 release)
1st single title – PLAYING DIRTY (February 2015 release)
2nd single title – FALLING HARD (June 2015 release)

The novella sets up the series and features a romance, set in Fiji, between a female MI6 agent and a male CIA agent who will then run the Alliance. Each single title thereafter then features a new couple with the hero being a member of Alliance. PLAYING DIRTY takes place in DC, Paris and London. FALLING HARD takes place mostly in Pakistan and near the base of K2, the 2nd highest mountain in the world. Books three…isn’t written yet. It will be out in September 2015. Stay tuned for more information on that one.

Summer Giveaway!

I am part of a huge summer giveaway. There are so many prizes you can win, including a copy of my Cosmo Red-Hot Read, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. Check it out HERE.

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Playing Dirty

It looks like there’s some info about my upcoming romantic suspense series up on Amazon (and “buy” links are up on B&N). The introductory novella is called RUNNING HOT. That comes out in December. The first single title, PLAYING DIRTY, comes out in February, which really means late January on the publishing calendar. Here’s the back cover copy and cover (yay!) for PLAYING DIRTY:

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As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can’t keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who’s moved into her apartment building. So when Ford’s identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can’t let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he’s ever loved, even if it breaks him.

You can check out PLAYING DIRTY on Amazon and B&N.

Writing Process

People ask about my writing process all the time – how do i write a book, where do ideas come from, etc. I saw this video from Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about his process. It’s pretty interesting, so I’m sharing!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vrvawtrRxsw

Contest!

This weekend I’m running a contest on my FB page and giving away the first two books in the Hanover Brothers series. If you like romance and secrets and a bit of a family drama, this might be the series for you. Check it out on my FB Page.

In case you want to take a look at the books in the series, here are some links for you:

NO TURNING BACK
A SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE
LONG WAY HOME
TOO FAR GONE