And the Daphne Goes to …

We at Kiss and Thrill are incredibly proud to announce that

The Daphne Du Maurier Award

for the Romantic Suspense Category Novel goes to

the one,

the only,

the fabulous,

the amazing,


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for her novel



Lena we’re proud and thrilled for you!

Here’s a blurb from Tennessee Takedown:

A SWAT officer in small-town Tennessee will do anything to protect the innocent beauty whose life has been put on the line in Lena Diaz’s Tennessee Takedown 

It can’t be a coincidence that in the past twenty-four hours, three different thugs have tried to kill or abduct Ashley Parrish. Sexy SWAT team leader Dillon Gray saved her, but now he wonders why someone would want to murder the beautiful accountant…and why he finds her so infuriatingly attractive. 

Then the FBI comes after Ashley for embezzlement, and Dillon knows he must protect her from a killer and prove she’s being framed. Taking her on a hair-raising run through dangerous terrain barely fazes him. But wanting her for more than just one night scares the hell out of him.

Once again, congratulations to Lena Diaz and to all the Daphne winners and finalists!

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:, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: See you there!

Posted on August 11, 2015, in Author Spotlight, Lena Diaz and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Congrats Lena! : ) You rock!

  2. YAY LENA!
    And I remember when we all helped brainstorm titles for this, but you went with the one you’d thought up.

    Is there anyone out there who watched the ceremony on live streaming video?

  3. Congratulations, Lena! I’m so pleased for you, and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more! Hugs, hugs, hugs…..

    • Gail! I miss you so much! And I miss the Wednesdsy League!

      You need to come back to Florida. You will always have a special place in my heart for being my first mentor and treating all of my newbie questions with such care for my feelings. You are awesome! Thank you.

  4. Thank you so much, Diana. And congratulations to my KaT sisters–Diana Belchase and Carey Baldwin–on being fellow Daphne finalists. Sharing this experience with almost all the KaTs together in person was surreal and awesome. I love and adore all of you so much!

  5. Congratulations Lena! Tennessee Takedown is one of my favorite books despite requiring me to learn to spell Tennessee! It was nonstop energy. Just a great book. I’m absolutely certain you could do it all without us, but hey, why would you want to? We love you!

  6. Congratulations, Lena! I am so happy that I was there that night to see you win. I will never forget the shocked look on your face! And I agree with Carey – Tennessee Takedown is a great book and deserved to win this high honor. I am so proud of you!!! 🙂

  7. Yay, Lena! It was so great to be there that night when the Daphne winners were announced and see you accept your award.

  8. Congratulations on your win, Lena! It was so great to be there to celebrate in person with you. 🙂

  9. mandacollinsauthor

    Congratulations, Lena! So thrilled for you! 🙂

  10. Congratulations Lena! It is so deserved. You all here at KaT deserve it too. Next year 🙂

  11. Wow! Thank you all so much! You made my day! My week!

  12. A wonderful book from a wonderful author. Dillon was a swoon-worthy character and I’m so happy you were recognized. Congratulations!

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