Darlene Deluca


I write heartfelt women's fiction and contemporary romance that feels real. Books have always been a part of my life, and reading has always been a favorite pastime – from my childhood bookworm days when I would hide away with Trixie Belden or Laura Ingalls Wilder, to my busy parenting days when I forgo laundry, housecleaning and sleeping to carve out time for my latest book club read. I love curling up with a cup of tea and getting lost in a good story.

My novels are about people and their relationships – what brings them together, what keeps them apart. My intent is to bring to life interesting and ‘real’ characters that you, the reader, can relate to in real-life situations that combine a little fun, plenty of drama (with perhaps a tear or two), and big helpings of friendship, love and self-discovery, and will leave you either cheering or sighing with a satisfied smile as you turn the final page.
And just so you know . . . I like a happy ending.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, a small big town. I walked to a little neighborhood elementary school and went home for lunch. I walked or rode a bicycle everywhere. In the summers, we played outside with the neighborhood kids until dark. I had a lot of free time as a kid – very few scheduled activities. Not sure how this has influenced my writing, but I know it helped make me an avid reader. I'd wander over to the local library or ride the bus downtown to go to the central library, and I spent hours and hours getting lost in books!
When did you first start writing?
Seems to me I've been writing forever. English was always my favorite class. It's what I 'get.' I'm the person who took college algebra over the summer and waited until senior year to muddle my way through the required basic biology class. I always enjoyed writing papers. My degree is in Journalism. I worked at a couple of newspapers out of college then moved into corporate communications, so I've been exposed to several different styles of writing. In Journalism, it's all about the facts. With fiction, it's okay to add description and emotion. It's very liberating, and I'm enjoying making stuff up!
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Where to find Darlene Deluca online


Christmas at Tall Pines
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,400. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Melanie Beck is searching for an idyllic Christmas like the ones her family used to have. She’s counting on cozy Tall Pines Lodge in the mountains of Utah to provide the holiday feels. But a blizzard turns the winter wonderland into a hazard, and a chance encounter with a now-famous high school crush has her reeling. As their past and present collide, can an old flame ignite some Christmas magic?
Barefoot Days
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,640. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
She believes in grace under pressure. But when the ugliness of human nature touches her family, and a series of seismic events shake up her world, she’s put to the test again and again. Facing the possibility of heart-wrenching loss, Mary Logan finds herself breaking commitments, forcing smiles, and keeping secrets. Will a positive outlook be enough to withstand the challenges ahead?
Second Wind
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,070. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When a devastating tornado rips through the small town of Whitfield, Dana Gerard’s home is reduced to rubble and her well-ordered life to chaos. With support from longtime friends, Dana begins the daunting task of rebuilding, but that may be the least of her worries.
Something Good
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,000. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A mistake. A blessing. A tragedy. And now, all Mandi Evans wants is to fade into anonymity -- until Lane Whitmore walks into the diner where she works six nights a week.
The Storm Within
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,500. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Storm Within is a story of how a life is woven through family, friendship and community. Through Claire’s circumstances, we see how quickly the fabric can unravel when one thread breaks.
Meetings of Chance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,680. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Normal is long gone. After her mother’s death, Megan Monroe is dealing with a grieving father, single-handedly running the family’s floral business and trying to re-shape her own career. At the same time, she’s confronted with a troublesome new neighbor and an explosive secret from her mother’s past. Determined to uncover the truth, she finds herself turning to a man she’s not sure she can trust.
Unexpected Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,800. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Matt Dalton asks the lovely Kate Austen to help his son regain his athletic abilities and sense of self after a tragic accident, Kate is ready to fight for Brady. But when Matt asks her for a date, she has to fight her attraction to the man. High school principals don't date the parent of a student. How much will she risk if she follows her heart?

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