Breaking News: New Harlequin Kimani Authors

Yesterday I teased my Facebook and Twitter followers by saying my girlfriends and I had some news to share. Well, I’m not going to beat around the bush. I, Delaney Diamond, am officially a Harlequin Kimani author!

I’ve been reading Kimani romance novels for years, and I’m excited to be part of their company and join a group of writers whose work I admire. What’s even sweeter is that my two buddies, my writing partners in crime, authors Candace Shaw and Sharon C. Cooper are new Harlequin Kimani authors, too!

How it happened

Last year, Sharon was contacted by a Kimani editor about writing for them. She told me and Candace about it, and the three of us sat on the phone chattering excitedly and discussing her options. Fast forward to January of this year, I checked my email and found a message from a different Kimani editor with the subject Greetings from Harlequin Kimani, asking if I would be interested in writing for them.

Minutes later, my phone rings. It’s Candace, and she received a similar message from the same editor. After we got through our screaming match, we—you guessed it—contacted Sharon. We set up a time for the three of us to talk. Before long we were on the phone discussing options again and what this would mean for our careers to write for a publisher with their type of reach and readership.

We agreed that we wouldn’t say anything until we’d all signed our contracts so we could announce our news together. I won’t bore you with the rest of the details, but Sharon finally wrapped up her contract negotiations, Candace was next, and they’ve been waiting impatiently patiently until I completed mine.

What’s next

Sharon and Candace signed a two book deal with Kimani. I signed a contract to write a novella

English: Rio de Janeiro Botafogo Flamengo Braz...

Rio de Janeiro Botafogo Flamengo Brazil (source: Wikipedia)

in a 2014 summer anthology with Donna Hill and new-to-me author Grace Octavia. The theme of the anthology is “mixing business with pleasure abroad.” My story is an interracial romance that involves the fashion industry, a sexy Brazilian, and a heroine he can’t get enough of. Rio de Janeiro, anyone? I might need to take a trip there – for research purposes, of course.

It was very important to me that I be able to continue self-publishing my own books, and Kimani was absolutely fine with that. However, they have their own deadlines, and even though my story doesn’t release until next summer, it must be completed by the end of this summer. Right now I’m working on More Than a Mistress, but I’ll have to set it aside in the next few weeks to work on the anthology story so I can satisfy my obligation to Kimani.

Conclusion

I call Candace and Sharon when I need to vent or bounce ideas off of someone. Bottom line, we support each other, and I’m so, so happy to be navigating this next phase of my writing career with my girlfriends!

To read about their stories, stop by their blogs:

Candace Shaw

Sharon C. Cooper

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Readers, what do think? Do you read Kimani novels? Have you read anything by Donna Hill or Grace Octavia?

Posted on May 22, 2013, in About Me, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 70 Comments.

  1. I’m so excited for the three us! Love you, girl!

  2. Yay Delaney…. Congratulations, this is exciting news!!!!

  3. I am so honored to be on this exciting journey with you ladies and can’t imagine my writing life without you both! This is just the beginning!

  4. belindaegreen

    Delaney, Candace, Sharon,

    Congrats on the next step in your career! I love reading Kimani books and have quite an extensive collection. I know Donna Hill but not Grace Octavia. Donna’s books are wonderful. I’m excited for all three of you! Since I’m a fan of the books written by all three of you, I’m thinking Harlequin Kimani is the lucky one to have you. I’ll look forward to reading books from all of you for many years to come. Congratulations again on such an auspicious occasion. Whoohoo!

    Belinda G

  5. Congrats to you Delaney! Grace Octavia is a colleague of mine where I teach and she had announced her novella a couple of months ago. What a thrill to find out you are in it as well! Looking forward to reading it all,

    Piper

  6. LaTanya Lawson

    Donna Hill is the BOMB.COM!!
    I have everything she’s written except for maybe one or two books. You’ll love her as her faithful fans does…
    Good luck!

  7. Brittany Rose

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for the three of you! I love reading all of you guys work!

  8. BTW, Delaney, don’t think that me and Candace missed your impatiently/ patiently crack! :) Candace and I have something special planned for you in the near future. Hahaha *grinning and rubbing my hands together*

  9. Congratulations!!! I cannot wait to read all three of your books. I have been reading Kimani for a long time and I can’t wait!!! Congratulations again on your great news!!!

  10. I’m so excited for you all! Congrats!

  11. Exciting news! Congrats!!

  12. Congrats Ladies, This is such a step into your great future. God has a plan and you will see that it gets bigger and bigger with each accomplishments!!! You three are on your way to GREATNESS!!!!!!

    • Denise, I don’t talk much about my religious beliefs, but one of the best decisions I ever made was to step out on faith, quit my job, and start writing. God has taken care of me, and I have to say, I’m truly blessed.

  13. Congrats! So excited for you!

  14. Congratulations Delaney!

  15. Congratulations to all three ladies!!!

    I haven’t had an opportunity to dive into Candace and Sharon’s books but I will get there.

    As for Delaney, I am thrilled for you and I agree with another poster, Harlequin Kimani is lucky to have you. Your writing is exquisite (by that I mean hot and funny and engaging) and I can’t wait for another hot brazilian romance.

    I’m also happy you said that you’re going to keep up the SELF-publishing route, cause I’ve already gushed about the Hawthornes on here before so I’m hoping that sparks your creative juices into penning some more hot African American alpha males as well.

    Congrats again girl…

  16. Congratulations to all of you!!!!! I have read several novels by Donna Hill. Glad to hear you will continue self-publishing.

  17. Delaney! I am soooo excited for you!!!! What better way to enjoy something like this than with close friends! Congratulations!

  18. Sherika Williams

    Congrats Ladies!!! :)

  19. Congratulations D, I know you will do a great job. P.S. Don’t make me wait to long for your next book. Lol, I LOVE your work

  20. Congratulations, Delaney! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer more talented group of authors!

  21. OMG!!!Congratulations! So so happy for you guyz!!! Awesome news!

  22. Lisa Borders Muhammad

    Congratulations to all of you. I wish you ladies continued success. Kimani is lucky to have you. I will anxiously be waiting your next book.

  23. I think is great news. I read all of Kimani books each month. I have read Donna Hill books but I have not heard of Grace Octavia. I can’t wait to read your upcoming Kimani.

  24. That’s great news and more books for me buy from Harlequin. I especially like that they’re going to hsve more IR selections. I’ve been asking Harlequin for more IR books for over two years.

  25. Congratulations, Delaney! This is an opportunity much deserved!

  26. I’m going to AMAZON.com next to get books by Candace, Sharon and Donna after reading all the comments above….

  27. Congratulation, you’ve hard for this opportunity.

  28. Congrats to all of you ladies!! :)

  29. Whoo hoo! This is fantastic news! Congratulations to you talented ladies. No one deserves it more. I’m so happy for all of you.

  30. Taharra Roberts

    I lovvvvvvve you 3 authors. Congratulations. I have read everything u guys published, even Donna Hill.

  31. I haven’t had the chance to check out the other two ladies, but congrats! I’ve started reading romance again because of you.

  32. Dam it!! Now I haveore books to add to my to read list. Not a bad thing but it was long enough!! Congrats ladies on some big deals I will keep am eye out for these in the future.

    Keep writing Delaney. I enjoy your stories!!

  33. Delaney,

    Congratulations, I am so happy and proud, at this point I will be wishing my life away, waiting for your books to come out, but keep them coming!!!!!

  34. CONGRATS!!! CAN’T WAIT TO READ YOUR STORIES!!!!

  35. Congrats ladies. God’s blessingings and great sucess.

  36. I wanted to just leave a big “THANK YOU!” to everyone. I appreciate the love, support, and well wishes from readers and fellow authors. Mwah!! You all the best.

  37. KUDOS 2 YOU MS. DELANEY! I have read books from all 3 of you cool Authors & I have to say you guys are awesome with these books! Congrats & please keep up the great work!

  38. I am so proud of you Delaney. I love Kimani, I have been reading them for years. Keep upp the good work. I am anxiously for your book.

  39. I left out a few words sorry, talking on the phone and typing at the same time.

  40. Congrats and hope you will cont. with the Latin Men Series with the da Silva Family cuz u left me hanging on that story

  41. Congratulations Delaney. I jumped with joy when I read this great news. I wish the three of you huge success. I am so proud to know you.

  42. Nene, there will be more Latin men, but I hadn’t planned on anything else for the da Silvas after Second Chances. But I never say never, because I don’t know when inspiration will hit.

    Vannie, you’re such a big supporter of romance and romance authors. You’ve always helped to promote me and my work, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  43. Delaney, the thing is, if I had not gone to a benefit event years ago, I never would have met Donna Hill or Sandra Kitt. I may have missed learning about a truly remarkable genre and meeting a lot of wonderful writers/authors, plus lost out on a lot of good reading.

    P.S. you are forgiven for making me cry ;-)

  44. Delaney,

    Congrats on your deal with Kimani. I am also very happy to hear you will continue to self publish

  45. Congratulations, Delaney! I see a trip to Rio de Janeiro in the offing! Purely for research purposes, of course! :)

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