Interview: Liliana Hart author of Shadows and Silk

Posted December 14, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour / 5 Comments

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SHARI: Hello Liliana, and welcome to Delighted Reader. We are excited to have you with us today.

LILIANA: Thank you! I’m excited to be here.

SHARI: Tell us a little about Shadows and Silk. Anything your readers should know before they start?

LILIANA: Shadows and Silk is the next book in my MacKenzie series. It definitely stands on it’s own, but they might want to read Cade first just so they’re more familiar with the characters. The MacKenzies are a large family, and they’re all very close, so I just can’t help but revisit some of the characters who’ve already made an appearance.

Also, all of my MacKenzie books are on the naughty side But I always tell my readers that if they’re fans of Lora Leigh or Maya Banks, then they’ll probably like the steam level of my books.

SHARI: How does Brant’s and Darcy’s past play into their present story in Shadows and Silk?

LILIANA: Ooh, this is a tough one. Because Brant totally screwed up at the end of Cade. Shadows and Silk starts four years after Brant and Darcy’s one night together, and they’re forced into close quarters when they’re paired on a mission to bring down the del Fuego cartel once and for all. Let’s just say that Darcy is still a little upset that he left in the middle of the night without saying goodbye, and Brant isn’t finding this new and grown up Darcy nearly as easy to seduce as the old one. They’ve both got their work cut out for them. But boy, did I love the sparks between these two They practically light the pages on fire.

SHARI: Who is your favorite MacKenzie, female or male, and why?

LILIANA: HA! That’s not so easy to answer. I always think it’s the one I’m writing at that moment because I’m getting to know them so well. Is it okay if I have more than one? I love Riley, of course, because well…read the book and you’ll know why I also loved Cooper, and I really loved Cade. Darcy has a smart mouth and an attitude that I adore. And then there’s Declan, who’s my hero in Sins and Scarlet Lace, coming out in April. Sigh…I love Declan too.

SHARI: Is there a particular character who is harder to write about?

LILIANA: I haven’t really faced that with the MacKenzies. I think because they are such a close-knit family and at the core, they really love each other and they have strong family values, so that common thread makes them easy to see as people as I move from book to book.

Probably the hardest character I’ve ever had to write was in a book that will be coming out in June of 2013 called Kill Shot. Grace Meredith is my heroine’s name, and it was an interesting story to write because she’s already married to the hero. She’s an ex-CIA assassin who has turned mercenary after their daughter was killed, and he’s the head of a new covert government organization who is basically trying to save her and bring her back from the dark side. It’s a very emotional book, but I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever written.

SHARI: What’s up next in the MacKenzie series?

LILIANA: There’s A LOT up with the MacKenzies! Shadows and Silk comes out in December! And then you’ll get quick releases with the next two in the series—Secrets and Satin in February and Sins and Scarlet Lace in April.

And don’t worry! That’s not the end of the series. Shane MacKenzie still has a story to be told, but he’ll be the lead off book for my SEAL Team 6 series, which will also feature Brant’s brother, Brady.

AND…let’s just say that there are plans in the works to meet some of the MacKenzie ancestors in some very sexy westerns, taking place back in their hometown of Surrender, Montana.

Whew! It makes me tired just thinking about it. But I have no plans to leave the MacKenzies anytime soon.

SHARI: We love food as well as books. If we ordered a pizza, what toppings would you just have to have?

LILIANA: Yum…I love pizza. I’m a sausage and pepperoni kind of girl, but it has to have a nice deep dish crust. Now I’m starving.

SHARI: If a MacKenzie kidnapped you for your safety, but had to step away to fight the bad guys, what book do you wish you had to read while waiting?

LILIANA: LOL! It would need to be something HOT to help set the mood when he came back and needed to work off that adrenaline rush;-) If I needed a sexy read, I’d pick Jaci Burton’s Paradise Awakening or (you did say I could pick more than one, right?) Janelle Dennison’s Wilde Thing. If he was gone for a really long time, I’d read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s my favorite book ever.

SHARI: When can we get our hands on Shadows and Silk?

LILIANA: December 24th! And make sure you sign up for my newsletter, so you’ll get an alert as soon as the book comes out. I’m also giving away an iPad Mini or a $300 Visa gift card to one lucky winner.

SHARI: Thanks for chatting with us today. We had a blast!

LILIANA: Thanks for having me! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, and that you get to spend time with the people you love. My readers are one of my greatest joys, and I wish nothing but the best for you all.

Shadows and Silk
by Liliana Hart

Release Date: December 25, 2012

Agent Brant Scott knows when a battle is lost. He’s been an integral part of hunting down members of the del Fuego cartel for years, but it’s not the violent criminals that have the ability to bring him to his knees. That honor belongs to one woman. And after spending a night in Darcy MacKenzie’s bed, he knows he has to disappear from her life or risk her finding out the one secret that can make her despise him forever.

Darcy MacKenzie is hell on wheels. At least that’s what her brothers tell her. And when she has the chance to work with the elite team assigned to destroy the most dangerous drug cartel in the world, she jumps at the chance to lend her expertise by deciphering the Mayan hieroglyphs the cartel is using to send messages.

The only problem is the team leader is none other that Brant Scott—the only man she’s ever loved and the one who left her without a backward glance. With secrets of her own—and a body built for sin—Darcy is more than an equal match for the stubborn Brant. But loving each other could be more of a risk than either is willing to take.


Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).

Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.

Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.

Enjoy the Adventures!

Find Liliana Hart at:

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Want to meet Liliana? She will be at Authors After Dark in Savannah, Georgia! For more details check out Authors After Dark’s Website.

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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!

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9 years ago

great interview and blurb…sounds like a great read! thanks for sharing, I’ll check it and your other books out! happy holidays!

Sophia Rose
9 years ago

This one sounds good. Thanks for visiting!

Krystal Shannan
9 years ago

Love Liliana’s books! Great interview.

Midnyte Reader
9 years ago

This was a great interview. Thank you for stopping by to give some insight into the MacKenzie family as well as yourself.

Great questions too!