Lena Diaz Dragged Out in Public & Forced to Speak!

Breaking news …

Diana and Lena

Diana Belchase and Lena Diaz at last year’s Golden Heart Awards

Multi-award winning author, Lena Diaz, was dragged out of a conference in Anaheim last summer and actually forced to speak — on film, no less — by the audacious Diana Belchase.

Despite her fervent protests, Lena was beaten into submission in the most terrifying and horrific manner by her blogmate.  Subjected to the greatest inequities, deprived of food and water until she capitulated, you, the viewer, will see here, the abject misery and torment to which an author can be subjected — not only by the nature of her profession, but in the name of so called friendship.

We ask you to judge, both the perpetrator and the victim.  Leave your verdict in the comment section and for your efforts, one of you will win an e-copy of Lena’s newest release, Explosive Attraction, for your effort.  But be warned — if you consider this a bribe, and the verdict turns unduly in Lena’s favor, Diana has vowed to retaliate — by searching out and videoing each of you… (insert loud menacing echo here).


Okay, now that that’s over (I just couldn’t resist!), I do have real news.  At a recent conference, it was heard that Lena is a new rising star who not only is doing phenomenally in the states but is taking Germany by storm as well!  All I can say is YIPPEE!

I can’t think of a more deserving person — after all this is the gal who went to the finals for the Beacon, the Golden Heart, and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, and  WON both the TARA and the Daphne Du Maurier awards  — and she is an amazing person, too.

Lena Diaz, with author Robin Perini, and Diana Belchase during a tour of the LA Police Deptartment

Lena Diaz, with author Robin Perini, and Diana Belchase during a tour of the LA Police Deptartment

What do I mean by an amazing person?  Well, a top mother who fights for her kids in every way, someone who works to spread the message about diabetes and raise funds for research, a friend who always has your back, someone who, while working full time, donates her off-hours to her community and fellow writers.  On top of all that, she’s so modest I could barely get her on camera!  LOL.  Oh, and she still manages to find time to turn out the most incredible fiction I’ve ever read.

ExplosiveAttractionsmlTake her newest book, Explosive Attraction, Lena starts with the hero and heroine and a serial killer on page one and doesn’t stop.  Each page is filled with plot twists, sexual tension, and a story that will keep you riveted until you get to the very end.  Not only that, but it’s written beautifully.  Take a look at this excerpt:

“Even with heels on, Darby had to stand on her tiptoes for a good view of the picture. In the middle of a large, empty room, a man sat in a chair, his posture stiff and oddly strained. The low quality of the photograph reminded Darby of one of those cheap, do-it-yourself picture-printing machines found in drugstores. She squinted, wishing the exposure wasn’t so dark. “He looks familiar.”

“You know him?”

“I’m not sure. Maybe.”

She reached for the picture but he pulled it back.

“Fingerprints,” he reminded her, holding the edges with his gloved fingers. When she lowered her hands, he held the picture in front of her.

She tapped her nails against her thigh. “Why would he have his picture taken sitting in the middle of an empty room?”

“That’s a concrete floor. And those are industrial-style windows across the back. Probably a warehouse.” His jaw tightened. “And he’s not sitting there because he wants to.” He pointed to the arms of the chair. “He’s tied up.”

She let out a gasp and leaned closer to get a better look. Recognition slammed into her, stealing her breath. Was this some kind of joke?

“You know him,” Rafe said, not a question this time.

“Who is he?”

“An attorney, Victor Grant. He used to be in private practice, but he made assistant district attorney last week. I saw him at the courthouse just yesterday.”

He set the photograph down to reach for the envelope again. When he pulled out the watch, she realized it didn’t have a wristband connected to it. Rafe’s eyes widened and he let out a vicious curse. He grasped the watch in one hand and yanked his cell phone out of his jeans pocket with the other.

“What’s wrong?” Darby hated the alarm in her voice, but what had seemed like a harmless prank a few minutes ago now seemed like something far more sinister.

Rafe issued rapid-fire instructions into the phone to someone named Buresh. In answer to Darby’s earlier question, he held the watch down where she could see it.

A stark, digital readout flashed against the white background, displaying 00:00:15. The last number was decreasing—fourteen…thirteen…twelve…”

This is a book you do not want to miss, so please remember to enter  our prize drawing by leaving a comment below  The winner will be posted on Thursday when Lena returns, this time to interview author Angi Morgan and hear about Angi’s newest release.

About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: TopSecretWashington.com, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DianaBelchase See you there!

Posted on April 30, 2013, in Author Interview, Diana Belchase, Lena Diaz and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Diana, you are so awesome. Thanks so much for the wonderful post. And while it’s true you had to practically drag me to the camera for that interview, once I was there you made the experience ‘almost’ fun. LOL. Thanks for hosting me today.

  2. What a wonderful interview, ladies. And I love the photo of the two of you on top. You’re a much braver woman than I, Lena. I don’t think I could handle a video interview with as much grace and calm as you did. Then again, Diana is a wonderful interviewer.
    I am so happy for your success and know, without a doubt, that this is just the very beginning of a long and prolific career.

  3. Loved the interview. Lena, you did an excellent job. You appeared relaxed on camera.

    Diana, your blog interviews are always wonderful.

  4. Great interview, ladies! Are you sure Diana didn’t sedate you, Lena? You looked perfectly calm to me. 😉

    I just pre-ordered Explosive Attraction; can’t wait to read it!

  5. Great interview Diana and Lena!

    Lena, I’m 2/3 done with Explosive Attraction and LOVING it! A wonderful book with lots of action and chemistry. Can’t wait to finish tonight.

  6. I recall being roped in to push the red start button on the video camera. Sorry again, Lena. 🙂
    Super interview, ladies! I have already pre-ordered my paperback copy. If it’s anything like your first Intrigue, Lena, I won’t be getting off my sofa all weekend. (No complaints, you understand!)

    Wishing you soaring comet sales…oh yeah, you already hit Amazon #1. See? A whole bunch of readers love it!

    • Let’s clarify the Amazon #1 – that was the first couple of days of the print book’s release, in the Intrigue category. But I still think it’s cool, and I have a screen print to prove I was at #1! 🙂 Thanks for ordering it, Sarah!

  7. Fun interview! Diana, you’re very persuasive 🙂

    Lena, has it only been a year since your debut HE KILS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT? I’m in awe of how much you’ve accomplished in such a short time. Looking forward to reading EA.

    • Hi Krista! Wow, I had to go look at Amazon to see – I couldn’t even remember the release date for my first book. Looks like it was August 2011, so a little over a year and a half ago. Four books in that time. It has definitely been a fast, wild ride and I’m so, so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given.

  8. Lena and Diana, you look mahhhvalous, darlings! Loved the interview, and after reading The Marshal’s Witness, I know how awesome Explosive Attraction is going to be. Downloaded, and fired up for the weekend!

    Lena you shouldn’t be camera shy. You did great!

  9. Brava Lena!! You did great. I don’t like a camera pointed at me either but you did fantastic! Congrats on EXPLOSIVE ATTRACTION. I love your books and know you WILL be a success. : )

  10. The book sounds intriguing

    • It’s more than intriguing, BN, It’s absolutely fantastic. Once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down. So glad you could stop by.

      • Thanks Diana! And thanks bn100. This was my first book that didn’t require any revisions from my editor. That was a huge milestone for me. I’m hoping that means it’s really good! 🙂 But it’s so hard to judge your own work.

  11. The awesome Lena Diaz is having not so awesome internet issues. She wants everyone to know she’ll be by to answer questions and respond to comments later!

    • Poor Lena! Don’t worry gang, we kiss and thrill girls will keep the fires burning until she can join us.

      • Thanks Carey and Diana! I couldn’t get anything to post through my phone today and it was killing me. But I’m home now and catching up. Diana – thanks again for being so wonderful and hosting me, and for pushing me to do several things in Anaheim last year that were outside my comfort zone (you know what all those were) but that were great opportunities!

  12. And her book was spotted on the shelves of WalMart by a co-conspirator, um, chaptermate. Yay!

  13. Hey, Lena and Dianna. The bruses didn’t show, and I thought you handled the questions well, Lena. I’m amazed how many books you have had come out so quickly on top of each other. Way to go!

  14. Mary – you are the randomly selected winner of a copy of my book! Congratulations! Please follow the instructions in the comment tab to claim your prize.

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