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NBtM Tour & #Giveaway: Retribution by Diane Demetre

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NBtM Tour & #Giveaway: Retribution by Diane Demetre

Welcome to the Name Before the Masses Tour for Retribution by Diane Demetre. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the blog tour by clicking on the banner image above. Commenting on blogs increases your chance of winning. Please only comment once per blog (unless it’s active conversations with an author, multiple comments from the same person will be deleted.)


Retribution by Diane Demetre

Book Cover RetributionBlurb:

She’s a ballerina with a dark secret. He’s a retired sniper with a tortured past. Will they find love or fall prey to a stalker’s deadly game?


Professional ballerina Jessie Hilton wraps her battle scars in satin pointe shoes, but there’s a deeper hurt that haunts her sleep. When a handsome man steps in to save her from a mugging, something about her hero makes her heavy heart leap. Though her career can’t afford distractions, he may be her sole source of safety when she gains the unwanted attention of a relentless stalker.


Ex-sniper Brad Jordan survived his tour of duty, but a tragic accident cost him the lives of those closest to him. With his faithful border collie Whiskey by his side, Brad gets a second chance when he protects the beautiful Jessie from danger. When the ballerina’s stalker grows more brazen, Brad’s tactical training may be their only weapon against tragedy.


Will Jessie and Brad survive a deadly game, or will the assailant destroy their chance at love?


Retribution is a standalone romantic suspense novel. If you like tough-as-toe-shoes heroines, second-chance romance, and page-turning plots, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s heart-stopping saga.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author Q & A

Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?

Retribution is my first foray into writing romantic suspense, a genre where the suspense element and the romantic relationship are equally important to the plot. I wanted to give a rich emotional depth to the story by constructing complex character arcs in a story that merges the deeper elements of life, love and hope. Retribution does not follow the usual formula for this genre… It is romantic suspense with a twist.

This story is my way of paying tribute to the people who have endured more than most. Those who have lived hellish childhoods, those who have fought for our freedom, those who have experienced unimaginable trauma and those who may never recover from their suffering. With the overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption, Retribution pays homage to the human condition in all its glory and misery.

Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?

I spend time plotting, outlining, character development and collating the research required so when I dive in, I have a clear vision of my story.

Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?

I switch genres and authors constantly. I’m not sure I have favorite authors as each author has differing styles and strengths. Currently, I’m reading cozy mystery authors as I’m writing a cozy murder mystery series.

If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?

I have visited each of the settings of my books, except Spain. This is location for my third erotic romance, Dance to a Gypsy Beat. Spain is still on my bucket list. But each other location, I have visited. Wherever possible, I set my stories in places I have experienced as it brings an authenticity to the writing. It’s also a good motivator to go on holidays 😊

Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?

I modeled Brad Jordan, my hero in Retribution, on Chris Hemsworth. He would be perfect casting if a movie were ever to be made of the book. In so far as Jessie Hilton, my prima ballerina heroine, it would probably be Natalie Portman since she did such a brilliant job in the movie Black Swan.

How do you come up with the names of your characters?

They beam in. I don’t choose them, they choose me. Even if I try to change them, it doesn’t work. They have to stay as they first presented themselves.

Name one item you can’t live without.

When all is said and done, there is nothing I couldn’t live without, as life always goes on – although my puppies rank high on the list.

What are some of your hobbies?

Having been a professional dancer, dancing is my favorite hobby. I also love to read (obviously), to watch quality movies or drama television series, and to throw big house parties.

If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?

The future…I love to go forward, not back.

What’s next for you?

My next book, Island of Secrets will be published on 14 October. It’s an epic love story that will make you laugh, cry and believe in the power of love. It spans forty years and is set on a privately-owned island off the coast of Maui. I’m now writing the Diana Daniels cozy Murder Mystery series. The first is nearly finished with another two story ideas ready to go. So, the end of 2018 and 2019 look big on all fronts.



Cold, damp and hard—wherever she was, it wasn’t her bed. Scattered thoughts whirled in her head as she searched for recent memories. A pungent smell lingered in her nose wakening her further. It reminded her of science class. What was it? Chloroform? Crunched on her side, her body cried for movement and she strained to focus on her surroundings. But she couldn’t. She was groggy and dazed and there was no light by which to see. Exhausted, she heaved her hand in front of her face, but she couldn’t see that either. It was as if it wasn’t there. Absolute, petrifying blackness. A nightmare. It was another nightmare. But she knew it wasn’t. Now fully conscious, she lay somewhere dank and cold, in pitch blackness. The inability to see rendered her immobile, preventing her any chance of escape. Even if she began to crawl, feeling her way, she might tumble down a precipice or a staircase. She didn’t even know whether she was lying on the ground or on something man-made. All she knew was it was rock-solid, cold and a little uneven. He’s left me here, alone, to die. The thought scared her even more than her captor returning.

She rolled carefully onto her back. Stretching her body, she used her hands and feet to check that she wasn’t about to roll off wherever she lay. Once assured she was safe, she relaxed a little. Deep, controlled breaths cleared her mind and nose of whatever drug he’d used. With no idea how long she’d been unconscious, she existed in an abyss of unknown time. She struggled not to panic. As she stared into nothing, her sense of what was up and what was down destabilized. The subtle illusion of losing her balance teased her inner ear, increasing the fear. Rolling over slowly, she managed to get onto her hands and knees, connecting with the surface below to correct her equilibrium. Head lolling forward, she froze— humiliated, helpless and hopeless, overcome with despair. Minutes slipped by or was it hours?


About Dianne Demetre

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Being a passionate woman who’s always done things a little differently, Diane’s diverse career began as a school teacher before she moved into a full-time career as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting her stuff on many stages throughout Australia. She was responsible for the original multi-million dollar extravaganzas at Conrad Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast—Starz & Galaxies.

Following her onstage career, Diane’s thirst for knowledge led her into the field of self-development. Using her highly developed communication skills and love of people, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist and life coach, teaching individuals, couples and groups the methodologies of personal success and fulfilment.

With her business acumen, Diane launched into the corporate arena, working in a variety of positions as a consultant in marketing, special events, tourism, business strategies, quality management and human resource management. Combining her entertainment and business backgrounds, she returned to the stage as a keynote speaker and corporate facilitator, educating business leaders in the ‘new mindset’ for business and relationship building in the 21st century.

Assuming the pseudonym of the Goddess of Love, she appeared as a guest presenter on Gold FM radio, Gold Coast, a national radio program broadcast to 1.4million listeners. Her weekly program proved popular with Diane providing empowering advice on life, love, sex and relationships, sprinkled with a good dose of humour. Her passion for life and compulsive sharing nature made her a great inspiration to her listeners. As the Goddess of Love she also appeared as a regular guest on the national television program Beauty & the Beast, where her practical insights were televised to viewers across Australia.

When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.

Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

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Julie Waldron
Julie Waldron

Congrats on the tour, thanks for the chance!

Nikolina Vukelić
Nikolina Vukelić

I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

Diane Demetre

My thanks to Aleen and the team for hosting my book, Retribution. I hope your readers enjoys it as much as the other readers, who’ve left reviews on Amazon. x


Great post, I enjoyed reading it!

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Thanks for hosting!

Dianne Casey
Dianne Casey

I really liked the description of the book. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

Mary Kirkland

I like the stalker aspect of this story.


Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. Love the excerpt, Q&A and book cover too.

James Robert
James Robert

I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

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