Ashes, Ashes... with Lena Diaz!

Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead 
by Lena Diaz
Publisher: Avon Impulse

Story Blurb:
What she doesn’t remember . . .

One by one the letters arrive at the FBI office in Savannah, Georgia. Inside, each bears a name--a victim of a twisted crime--and the sing-song phrase . . . Ashes, ashes, they all fall dead. Special Agent Tessa James becomes obsessed with finding the killer whose victims are crying out to her for justice.

Will kill her . . .
When sexy, brilliant consultant, Matt Buchanan, is paired with Tessa to discover who’s sending the “Ashes” letters, he discovers a serial arsonist is leaving nothing but murder in his wake. Inexplicably, the clues point to Tessa herself, forcing her to realize if she can’t remember the forgotten years of her past, the name on the next letter will be hers.

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About Lena:
Daphne du Maurier Award winner, National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award Finalist, and Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist Lena Diaz is the author of the popular Nursery Rhyme series for Avon Impulse as well as romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.

She lives in Northeast Florida with her husband and two children. Lena is a TV and movie junkie. She loves crime dramas such as NCIS, Bones, and Criminal Minds. Her box office favorites include Die Hard, Disturbia, A Knight’s Tale, Armageddon, and Ever After.
Lena's Interview:
Lara: How often do you get lost in a story?
Lena: Not as often as I’d like to. Before I was a writer, I read at least a book a week. Now I only get to read for pleasure between deadlines. When I go on vacation I tend to gorge on romance novels, in which case I might read one or more a day. [Lara: Sounds like a great vacation to me!]

Lara: Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
Lena: Only when she’s getting some nice attention from the hero! [Lara: LOL!]

Lara: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
Lena: I think it’s so cool that some authors create playlists for their books. But for me, writing is a very quiet, solitary pursuit. If I had some music on while writing I’d end up humming and singing and never get a word written. So, no playlists for me. [Lara: Same here!]

Lara: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
Lena: Thankfully, no!

Lara: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Lena: I would invite sexy Matt Buchanan to do anything he wants with me. I’m totally in love with him. Purrrrrr.

Lara: What could we find in your heroine's purse?
Lena:  Tessa is all about her career as an FBI special agent. She would carry extra clips of ammunition, case notes, her phone. [Lara: Sounds very practical!]

Lara: How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Lena: Based on reader mail, I knew the next book in this series had to be Matt and Tessa’s story. And since this is the “nursery rhyme” series, I had to come up with a title from a nursery rhyme. I browsed all kinds of nursery rhymes looking for something that could sound creepy. Surprisingly, a LOT of nursery rhymes sound creepy if you think about it. I came up with the title Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead. From there, it was a natural fit to make the villain a serial arsonist, to go along with the “ashes” part of the title. Then I came up with the plot. Basically, I did everything backwards. But it worked out! [Lara: Since that particular nursery rhyme comes from the Black Plague, I'd say it's quite fitting for a romantic suspense!]

Lara's Gotta Ask: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
Lena's Gotta Answer: The answer probably changes according to my mood. Right now I’d say interior decorator. I just visited my sister’s new townhouse and was amazed at the cute ideas she came up with to make her home look like a model home but with a limited budget. Now I’m wanting to do tons of projects around my own house. At least until I become interested in a new obsession. I tend to have tunnel vision and go all out when I get interested in something. [Lara: Sounds like fun!  Hope your decorating project goes well!]

Where can you find Lena?
Contact   Website   Facebook   Twitter  @LenaDiaz

What's next for you?
My next release is a Harlequin Intrigue called Undercover Twin, which will be out in November. The hero is DEA agent Nick Morgan, who was a secondary character in my previous Harlequin Intrigue, Explosive Attraction. 

What are some of your previous releases?
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not - First book in the nursery rhyme series
Simon Says Die - Second book in the nursery rhyme series
The Marshal’s Witness - Harlequin Intrigue
Explosive Attraction - Harlequin Intrigue that introduces Nick Morgan as a secondary character

Got a question for your fans?
I’d love to know how readers discover new authors.

Lena will pick the winner from the comments.  Lena says: If the winner is in the US, I’ll mail a signed book. If not, I’ll mail an unsigned book via TheBookDepository.

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  1. Hi Lena!!
    I'm so excited for this book -- I LOVED the other two and your Harlequins, so I can't wait to dig in now that "Ashes, Ashes..." is live on my Nook! You have the best titles--they're so clever. And nursery rhymes are kind of creepy when you uncover some of the real meanings -- just like Grimm's Fairy Tales. What a great high concept for a series!

    I'm so lucky to have such talented authors everywhere around me -- I never have trouble adding to my TBR pile. And I love when my author friends suggest their favorite authors--I find a lot of great books that way!

    Congrats and a millions sales on "Ashes..."!

    1. Lizbeth, thanks so much my friend! You are so nice! And I'm still drooling over your hero from The Rancher and the Rockstar. Yum! :)

  2. Such a great interview thank you. I agree about the titles.

    As to finding new authors first you can't discount WOM. I also find book blogs very helpful. I love discovering new favorite authors.

    1. Forgot my email:


    2. Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad to know people still find authors via blogs. There are so many blogs, but I have my faves - like GLIAS! - and regularly add to my list of to-be-read books based on blog interviews. And word of mouth is pure gold if you have friends who are readers too. I hope you'll take a look at "Ashes" and maybe give it a try. Have a great day!

  3. Just wanted to thank Lara for interviewing me and hostessing me today. She came up with some fun and challenging questions. Looking forward to the comments from readers today.

    1. Thanks for being here, Lena! I had so much fun with this interview, and it was great to have you back on the blog! :)

  4. Hi Lena... guess who... lol
    Sometimes I find new authors on Twitter. I've found that by entering the name of a favorite author in the Kindle search bar will usually bring up some new to me names that write, or claim to write, similar books. The way I find most of my new authors though is through my favorite blogs. And, I find new blogs by following my favorite authors. Ir is an ever growing circle of book goodness.
    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Julie! That's an interesting tip about using the Kindle search to find similar authors. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Blog recommendations mostly... Or recommendations from my favorite writers...

    1. Hi May. I get a lot of new authors/books from recommendations from my favorite authors too. In fact, for me at least, I think that's the main way I find new authors. Thanks for visiting GLIAS today!

  6. HI Lena,

    I find most of my new authors on this blog, Harlequin Junlie Blog and the eharlequin site.

    yenastone at aol dot com

    1. Hi Tammy! I agree GLIAS is a great blog for discovering new talent. I stop here often to see who is being featured. I'm not familiar with the Harlequin Junlie Blog - will have to hop over and see what that one is. Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Oh! Type-o there. Harlequin Junkie blog. Just found it via google. Haven't visited this one before. Thanks so much for pointing out a new blog for me Tammy!

    3. Lena,

      Sorry about my typo - Harlequin Junkie is correct. Sara is a great blog host and she has a great review team too

  7. Welcome back to GLIAS Harlequin sister !!

    I mainly find new authors here...and WoM. (and at book signings)
    It's so great to see your success. Can't wait to read this one.

  8. From Amazon or Goodreads

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. Lena, so lovely to see you! And HUGE congrats on your new release. I can't wait to read it :)

    That is the only real bummer about writing, is that it cuts into my reading time!

    1. Hi Heathet! Thanks! Agree-I have your beautiful books on my keeper shelf but it is so hard to find time to read for pleasure.

    2. HEATHER (sorry my finger hit the wrong key!)

  10. I forgot to pick a winner! Sorry for the delay. The winner of a print copy of Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead is...

    Mary PrestonSeptember 10, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Congratulations Mary!

  11. THANK YOU!!! I have replied to your email.