Saving La Familia (La Familia Book 1) by Donna Del Oro and Meet the Author #Book #RomanticSuspense

Nice first in a new series.

Saving La Familia (La Familia Book 1) by Donna Del Oro released in January in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

A romantic suspense comedy set in Silicon Valley, a young Latina teacher, Dina Salazar, is asked by her Mexican-born grandmother to rescue her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. After all, her stern grandmother tells her, she is the “smart one” in the family. To do so, she has to recruit help from her hated ex-fiance. What’s a girl to do when “la familia” calls?

SAVING LA FAMILIA by Donna Del Oro, about a latina teacher who’s recruited by her Mexican-born grandmother to save her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. It’s a romantic-suspense comedy with many “buen dichos”!

Buy Link:   The book will be free during the tour.

It took five years—six, counting my teaching credential— to work my way through college and, oh yeah, I lost my fiancé along the way—according to Mama and Abuelita, my only chance at happiness. Their idea of happiness meant you married young, spent the next twenty years changing diapers, cooking and cleaning for a man you seldom saw because he was working two or three jobs to pay for all the mouths you’d brought into the world… 

¡Gracias a Dios!

Horrors, in my opinion.

That was the world they knew, anyway, and they didn’t have the imagination to picture me in another, I suppose. I had another vision of the world. And myself. After all, I was Dina Salazar, not Dolores—the rambunctious little girl I used to be, saddled with what I thought to be a horrible name and all it implied. I was certain my family considered me the smirky smartass, the brazen wise-ass. No matter what, I was going to scratch and crawl my way into the American middle class, and if I lost whatever family status I had or whatever love came along, so be it. 

After all, according to them, I had una cabeza dura. Hard- headed. And they were right. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not doing research, writing novels, or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.

Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?

-I wish I were a science genius working on space travel.

What did you do on your last birthday?

-We (my husband and I) celebrated by having a wonderful dinner at Il Fornaio.

What part of the writing process do you dread?

-I do enjoy the research part and plotting out the story. The part I dread is trying to make a character come alive. Believe me, it takes a lot of skill.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

-Occasionally, especially after a new release and I have to spend time promoting the new book. It takes all my energy so the next book is put on the back burner, whether I like it or not.

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  1. Fantastic excerpt, Saving La Familia sounds like a thrilling read for me to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have and have a spectacular TGIF!

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