Guest Author & Giveaway: HelenKay Dimon

Posted November 7, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Excerpt, Guest Post / 9 Comments

Thank you for having me here today to talk about my newest release, LEAN ON ME.

LEAN ON ME is a contemporary romance. I actually write romantic suspense and contemporary romance…and every now and then I write and erotic romance novella or short.  These also happen to be the romance subgenres I love to read. There’s something about the real-life feeling of the books that appeals to me.

A few years ago the most popular romance subgenre was paranormal. These things go in cycles, so paranormal could be the “in” thing again next year.  Who knows? Actually, if you do know what’s going to be big next, please fill me in.  We could package that secret and make a lot of money.

Until then, and probably even after the “in” thing changes, I’ll be writing the same type of books.  During the paranormal craze I was often asked by readers, friends, and sometimes by editors, why I didn’t try writing vampires or werewolves.  While I have great respect for those who write these books and am constantly awed by the worldbuilding, they really aren’t my thing. But there are some things I look for in a romance novel that I think transcend genre:

  1. A strong, flawed and somewhat wounded hero who might be down on his luck or in trouble but is smart enough to recognize the perfect woman when she walks right in front of him.
  2. A smart, realistic heroine who makes mistakes and learns and could survive without a man but senses a special spark when it happens.
  3. A sense of community, whether through biological/family ties or in the ties we create with other people.
  4. A world that’s rich and interesting and as imperfect and confusing as the real world can be.

Basically, strong characters, deep emotions, fast pacing and dialogue that leaves me breathless. Give me that and I’ll read anything. 🙂

Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Holloway, book #2 

Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.

Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.

Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.

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Helen is giving away a digital copy of Lean On Me here today! Giveaway open until November 21, 2012 11:59 PM EST.

What romance genre do you love to read?


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • Natasha

    Paranormal romance is my favorite genre to read. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  • Jenny

    I read and enjoy just about any kind of romances, but at the moment I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance.

    Jyl22075 at gmail dot com

  • Erica Pillera

    Paranormal Romance is my favourite but I am rather partial to the Historical Highlander Romances, nothing like a man in a kilt with a scottish accent to get the blood pumping and the heart racing.
    slayer1star at yahoo dot com dot au

  • Shadow

    This sounds like an awesome book! Cant wait to read it! Thanks for sharing! My favorite genre in romance is paranormal. I especially love the shifters. The wolves and big cats are my favorites! I cant get enough! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  • Mary Preston

    Historical Romance would be my favorite, but I do enjoy reading Romance right across the board.


  • pc

    I love reading all romance genres but my all time favorite is historical romance.
    This book sounds like a great read…strong characters, deep emotions, fast pace and dialogue…all exactly what I enjoy! Thanks for introducing your book and the giveaway chance!

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  • Lisa

    Paranormal is my favorite, with Regency a close second, and Harlequin Intrigue in third.

  • Maureen

    I like all types but my favorites are historicals and contemporaries.