Birth of a Series! The Sexy SWAT team of Destiny, Tennessee!

Mountain Witness - Lena Diaz

In 2014, TENNESSEE TAKEDOWN introduced readers to the fictional town of Destiny, Tennessee and the sexy, funny SWAT team of five alpha men and one kick-butt woman. Readers loved it. TT won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. And to this day, it’s still my best-selling Harlequin Intrigue.

But why am I talking about a book that released three years ago?

Because, in response to reader emails asking for more of the sexy heroes of the Destiny, Tennessee SWAT team, I’ve created a new Tennessee SWAT series. And the first book, taking up where TT left off, is MOUNTAIN WITNESS!

MOUNTAIN WITNESS – Print releases January 17. eBook releases February 1st!

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A woman in hiding and a man on a mission in the Smoky Mountains

Detective and part-time SWAT officer, Chris Downing, doesn’t know much about his neighbor. In the rural town of Destiny, Tennessee, Julie Webb lives a life of seclusion, rarely even offering a smile or wave. Only when Chris hears her frantic screams one night does he gain a glimpse into the life of a woman in hiding, and in saving her life, he is forced to kill her attacker. But Julie’s troubles are only beginning to unravel. When Chris learns the identity of Julie’s attacker, questions of trust are raised and suspicions run high. Together they will uncover the motives of a killer…and the undeniable attraction between them.


MOUNTAIN WITNESS begins one year after TT ended. All of the SWAT characters from TT make appearances in MW. And readers get a very special glimpse into the lives of the hero and heroine from TT and what has happened to them since that book ended.

I had a blast writing this book, and have three more to go to finish out the series–including SECRET STALKER, which comes out next month!

secret-stalker Lena DiazSo far the feedback from readers about MOUNTAIN WITNESS has been wonderful. I’m looking forward to hearing from readers of TENNESSEE TAKEDOWN as well, and how they’re receiving the continuation of that world in these new books. I hope everyone loves the fabulous alpha-heroes, and heroines, of Destiny, Tennessee!

To celebrate the release of MOUNTAIN WITNESS, I’m giving away a print copy of both MOUNTAIN WITNESS and SECRET STALKER to a random commenter on this post. So, tell me readers, what makes a SWAT hero sexy? What makes any hero sexy?

The randomly drawn winner of the two print books will be announced in the comments of THIS post on Tuesday, January 24th, so be sure to check back to see if you won.

Learn about these and other books by Lena Diaz by visiting her website.

Posted on January 17, 2017, in Announcements, Lena Diaz, New Release and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. A hero is honest, has integrity and truly cares about the people who he is protecting. He can think on his feet, respond quickly but always show kindness when it is needed.

  2. How did I miss Tennessee Takedown? Must go shopping now! Congrats on the new release, Lena 🙂

  3. Wahoo! Happy release day!

  4. Congratulations, Lena!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Ramona Kekstadt

    Love your books Lena.
    Haven’t read Tennessee Takedown but reading now. So excited for your new releases.

  6. Wow, sorry I’m late, Lena. I can’t say exactly what makes a hero sexy, but I can say all of your heros and stories absolutely sizzle. Congratulations on another great release.


  7. I loved Mountain Witness and know your fans will, too. Looking forward to Secret Stalker!

    • Thank you so much, Carmen! And thank you for the wonderful review on The Reading Cafe. You put such tremendous work into your reviews. I truly appreciate the time and effort, and especially that you enjoy my books. Thanks again.

  8. What makes a SWAT hero sexy? Definitely, the uniform! I love the leg holsters, too. One look at a SWAT and you don’t question their ability to protect. They look trained and prepared.

  9. As promised, it’s time to announce the winner of a free print copy of both MOUNTAIN WITNESS and SECRET STALKER. The winner is…Susan S.! Congratulations, Susan. Please go to my website ( and email me through the contact page. Send me your snail mail address and I’ll pop the books in the mail to you. Thank you all for making release day special!

  10. Thank you, truly. I can’t wait to read them as they both seem wonderful. I just did as requested. Hugs!

  11. Thanks, Carmen! 😊

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