Pimp The Indie – Darlene Deluca

September 27, 2013 Author Bio, Excerpt, Pimp the Indie, Promotional Post, Spotlight 9

Pimp The Indie – Darlene Deluca

This week’s featured author is Darlene Deluca, author of Unexpected Legacy, Meetings of Chance and The Storm Within (Women of Whitfield #1) which is the book I’m delighted to be featuring today.

About Darlene Deluca

I write from my suburban home where I live with my husband and teenaged son and sometimes my daughter, who is mostly away at college.

With a degree in Journalism, I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into corporate communications, writing and editing for business-related employee, company and industry publications.

Books have always been a part of my life, and reading has always been a favorite pastime – from my childhood bookworm days when I would hide away with Trixie Belden or Laura Ingalls Wilder, to my busy parenting days when I forgo laundry, housecleaning and sleeping to carve out time for my latest book club read. I love curling up with a cup of tea and getting lost in a good story.

A couple of years ago I decided to sit down at my computer and give voice to some stories that have been rattling around in my head for a long time. That launched me into the world of fiction writing, specifically the world of romance. So far, my completed novels and works-in-progress fall into the genres of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and mainstream with romantic elements.

About The Storm Within …

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They say ‘lightning doesn’t strike twice.’ But they’re wrong.

Claire Stapleton is living proof. First, she loses her beloved son to war. Then, her husband to another woman. As the life she’s known implodes, she struggles to pick up the pieces – to fit in. And in a small community like Whitfield, that’s harder than she ever dreamed.

Overnight, Claire falls from toast of the town to talk of the town. Long-time friends rally around, but confused and off-balance, Claire finds herself traveling a lonely, unfamiliar road without a map. And there are no detour signs to help her get back on the right track. Spiraling on a self-destructive path, Claire fights to find her way – and a reason to start over.

They say, ‘what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.’ Could they be right?

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EXCERPT

Hoping she looked more confident than she felt, Claire pulled open the heavy glass door to the First Trust Bank. A blast of arctic air hit her face. Walking into the bank was always like entering a cold storage freezer. For the first time in thirty years, she didn’t mind.

With Mary beside her, Claire strode to the receptionist’s desk. She explained what she needed, and waited while the girl stepped away. A moment later, the girl returned with George Sutton on her heels. Claire swallowed hard. She and Stan considered George and his wife part of their outer circle of friends. She started to extend a clammy palm to George, but to her relief, he leaned in and planted a quick kiss on her cheek instead.

“Hello, Claire. Come on back.”

She turned to Mary. “Want to come, or stay here?”

“Up to you.”

Claire jerked her head. “Come.”

George raised his eyebrows when Mary settled into a chair beside Claire, but didn’t comment. He cleared his throat.

“I heard the news, Claire. I sure am sorry.”

Claire crossed her ankles and folded her hands together in her lap. “Thank you.”

“What can I do for you this morning?”

She reached into her purse and drew out her savings book and checkbook. “I need to transfer money from these accounts into a new one.”

When his eyes narrowed, she rushed on. “Now, here are the balances. If you could just verify these amounts . . .”

Claire held her breath and watched as George turned to his computer. Please, please let the money still be there. In her heart she couldn’t imagine Stan being so hateful, but she’d never imagined him walking out on her, either.

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About Darlene Deluca

I write from my suburban home where I live with my husband and teenaged son and sometimes my daughter, who is mostly away at college.

With a degree in Journalism, I began my writing career as a newspaper reporter, then moved into corporate communications, writing and editing for business-related employee, company and industry publications.

Books have always been a part of my life, and reading has always been a favorite pastime – from my childhood bookworm days when I would hide away with Trixie Belden or Laura Ingalls Wilder, to my busy parenting days when I forgo laundry, housecleaning and sleeping to carve out time for my latest book club read. I love curling up with a cup of tea and getting lost in a good story.

A couple of years ago I decided to sit down at my computer and give voice to some stories that have been rattling around in my head for a long time. That launched me into the world of fiction writing, specifically the world of romance. So far, my completed novels and works-in-progress fall into the genres of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and mainstream with romantic elements.

9 Responses to “Pimp The Indie – Darlene Deluca”

  1. Michele Grabber

    I read this book and loved it! Looking forward to more work from this talented author.

  2. Darlene

    Hey, everyone!
    Hope you had a great weekend and had a few minutes, or hours, to read! Delighted to be at Pimp the Indie this week! Many thanks to Have Book Will Read for having me!

    • Darlene

      Hi, Melissa!
      Thank you! My covers are all done by a designer in Kansas City. Thanks so much for visiting the sites!

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