Monday, October 12, 2009

Author Spotlight shines on Dianne Castell, author of Hot and Irresistable

USA Today best selling author Dianne Castell writes for Kensington Books. She also writes a monthly editor interview column for Romance Writers Report. Her books have won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and have made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list.
The second book in her Savannah Sizzles series for the BRAVA line, Hot and Irresistible, hits the shelves Nov'09. Dianne lives in Cincinnati with her two cats and will do just about anything to get out of housework. You can visit her website at or email her at


Bebe Fitzpatrick’s hard upbringing taught her how to take care of herself, how to tell true friends from false, and how to be a good cop. She can also sweet-talk a man like she means it…until she stumbles into the arms of a damn sexy Yankee who’s gunning for Savannah ’s favorite shady entrepreneur…

As far as Donovan McCabe is concerned, the main obstacle to his investigation is the one thing he can’t help wanting in his way. Bebe’s smart, sassy, and utterly oblivious to her own appeal. Add the fact that a Boston cop trying to arrest one of Savannah ’s best-loved citizens is about as popular as the reincarnation of General Grant. What Donovan needs is a better game plan. What he’s about to get is southern “hospitality” that’ll make his toes curl…

Want more? Of course you do! Here is an excerpt from Dianne's book:

Don’t you dare go feeling sorry for me because, Donovan McCabe, I sure as hell don’t need a pity party and now you want to tell me what you’re doing on my front stoop?”
Her gaze met his and she braced herself for the Oh, you poor thing look but instead Donovan bent his head and kissed her. She started to protest but her lips were busy and suddenly her tongue was too and then her arms got into the act and then her insides melted into goo which had acid beat all to hell and back. This was all wrong on every level except one…Donovan McCabe felt so darn good when she was feeling crappy as hell.
How many times had Dara struck and no one had been there? But here and now on this beautiful spring morning, there was Donovan McCabe. She breathed, a sense of peace she’d never
known before in her whole life filling her up like a glass long empty. She leaned into him and took one more kiss, just a little with a tiny nibble of his bottom lip to chase away the lingering chill of Dara, then Bebe stepped back. Every cell in her body…except the two rational cells still functioning in her
brain… insisted she was the most stupid woman on planet earth for not staying locked in his arms.
“What was that all about?” The question was as much for
her as him because she didn’t know what to think about the effect he had on her.
“You look like a woman who needed a hug and the kiss part just snuck in.” His voice was steady but there was unsure spark in his eyes that said he didn’t just go around kissing every woman who may have the need. But she didn’t need him to be nice and she wished like hell he hadn’t seen Dara. It was Bebe’s private life, the part she kept tucked away as best she could even from Brie, Priss and Charlotte . A crappy childhood did not transfer into a crappy life.
“Are you playing me, McCabe? Softening me up so I’ll help you nail Cleveland ?
Well, I won’t and I can handle Dara.”
“How about I look the other way and you
just shoot her.”
Bebe broke into a laugh and today she didn’t think she’d be
laughing about anything. “I’ll lend you my gun,” he continued, looking perfectly serious. “Or at least blast the bitch verbally. I’ve seen you in action, you’re a hellcat when riled. Why not now?”If he hadn’t offered his gun she would have told Donovan to butt out but he did offer and he’d kissed her when she needed it and she wasn’t in the habit of needing much. A new meaning of good cop, bad cop. “A conditioned response from when I was a kid. Dara’s favorite game was to threaten to leave me in the marsh if I didn’t do what she said. Scared the hell out of me and you never did say way you’re here.” Why the hell was she telling McCabe all this? Fallout from a dynamite kiss.
“When my mother tells me to stand up straight and get a haircut I still do it.”
A gentle smile that comes from thinking of good stuff softened his face.
“Except my mom’s nothing like yours, though I do remember threats of military school.” He leaned against the side of the apartment looking as if the place belonged to him. He was that kind of guy, one who fit in anywhere, probably even military school. Bebe felt as if she fit in nowhere and she’d
lived in Savannah all her life. He said, “I’m here because I didn’t want to air our problems in front of the whole station. We need to talk about how we’re going to handle Ray Cleveland.”
This was better. Arguing over work was a piece of cake, reminiscing about a screwed up childhood was a piece of shit. “I said I’m not helping you with Cleveland, McCabe and I haven’t changed my mind so there’s no need for kisses that curl my toes.” Well damn. She was on a roll till the toes part. When Donovan was around she had to learn to think before she opened her big mouth…which could lead to more kissing and then tongues. What in the almighty hell was she going to do with Donovan McCabe!

Dianne Castell’s HOT AND IRRESISTIBLE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘09 will officially begin on Oct. 5 and end on Nov. 27. You can visit Dianne’s blog stops at during the month of October and November to find out more about this great book and talented author!


  1. Hi, Kaye!
    Thanks for having me.
    What a neat site.
    I'll give away a Hot and Irresistible T-shirt from the comments today.
    Have a great Columbus Day and Happy Thanksgiving to Canada!
    Hugs, Dianne

  2. Wow, hot and irresistible for sure! This sounds like a great read and I'll be looking for it. Loved the excerpt!

    Welcome Dianne! This is a wonderful blog to visit. Enjoy your stay! :)

  3. Hi, Wrighty.
    Thanks for chatting. Send me your address at and I'll send you a Hot and Irresistible T-shirt. Put T-shirt in the subj line.
    Have a good day.

  4. Sounds like I might need a fan to keep me cool while reading this one!!

  5. Hi,Staci.
    H&I is hot but not not not erotica. It's a love story with good sex. :-)
    Send me your address at and I'll send you a red Hot and Irresistible T-shirt. Thanks for chatting.

  6. Always good to find a new Ohio author. Thanks!

  7. thanks for chatting.
    Wrighty, Staci and Stacybuckeye.
    Email me at for a t-shirt. Thanks for chatting.
    Hugs, Dianne


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