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Friday, March 4, 2022

Saving La Familia by Donna Del Oro - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hola, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Donna Del Oro and her new book, “Saving La Familia,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Donna and to increase your chances of winning!!

This eBook is available for FREE on Amazon Kindle Unlimited during the book tour!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Saving La Familia

La Familia Book Series

Book One

by Donna Del Oro


GENRE:  Contemporary Romantic Suspense



A romantic suspense comedy set in Silicon Valley, a young Latina teacher, Dina Salazar, is asked by her Mexican-born grandmother to rescue her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. After all, her stern grandmother tells her, she is the “smart one” in the family. To do so, she has to recruit help from her hated ex-fiance. What’s a girl to do when “la familia” calls?

SAVING LA FAMILIA by Donna Del Oro, about a latina teacher who's recruited by her Mexican-born grandmother to save her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. It's a romantic-suspense comedy with many "buen dichos"!



Grandma Gómez—”Life is like an artichoke. It takes a lot of peeling to get to the heart of things.”

How did I, in three short months, get to the heart of my Mexican-American family? It wasn’t easy, believe me. Especially since I was the family’s desgraciada. The disgraced one. Ever since I turned eighteen and had my legal name changed from Dolores—which means aches and pains in Spanish—to Dina. My namesake, Grandma Dolores Gómez, refused to speak to me or acknowledge my existence for about a year after the name change. Before that, I was simply the family brat and rebel. The know-it-all.

But you see, Grandma was the heart of the matter. And the big, dark secrets she kept closed up in her heart all got ex- posed in those tumultuous months. And before I could blink and realize what was happening, I was roped into a scheme to rescue cousins I never knew I had out of the deadly clutches of a Mexican drug cartel. Why was I chosen, you ask? Me, Dina Salazar, the desgraciada? A single schoolteacher with a long line of loser-boyfriends? How did I end up looking up the barrel of a cartel commando’s automatic weapon? Come along with me and I’ll tell you.



Creating Character:

Of course, my hero and heroine have certain qualities in common. They are smart and they are brave. They might not always be right or wise and they might make serious errors in judgment, but their intentions are always good or justified. From there, they learn from their mistakes and go on. They must never give up, no matter how emotionally crushed or heartbroken or afraid they are.

From those character basics, I add the surface traits: What they look like, how tall they are, how good-looking, how muscular or physically fit, how agile they are, what sports they play or what their talents are. My SAVING LA FAMILIA heroine Dina Salazar and her love interest, Rick Ramos, are physically based on people I have known but they both share those character qualities of intelligence and courage.

Sometimes, creating a character just crops up after I do research in a particular field of study. I have studied art history and painting as well as ESP, or psychic research. My main character in the ATHENA books reflect this. For example, my heroine in the Delphi Bloodline series, Athena Butler, is not only a talented artist but she is clairvoyant. At age nine, she discovers to her horror and surprise that she can read the thoughts and feel the emotions of other people. Her mother, also psychically gifted, teaches her to turn “the Flow” off and on at will for her own mental health and well being. As she grows older, she learns to use this gift to her advantage but also strives to keep it a secret. Gradually, Athena becomes a consultant to a homicide detective and a British intelligence operative, both of whom she trusts. She realizes someone with her gift could become a target for unscrupulous people, and so she guards her secrets vigorously.

So what inspired this character with her unique psychic talent? Many years ago, I took part in an ESP Workshop conducted by a Czech physicist who once worked at the Moscow Institute for Psychic Research. From that workshop, I learned that psychic phenomena did actually exist because we, the participants, proved it. After that, I did further research into the CIA’s ongoing psychic research work and decided a character with such a gift would make a remarkable character for a suspense series.



Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not doing research, writing novels, or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.









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  1. Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your guest post and bonk details, this sounds like a wonderful story. Do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

    1. Thanks, I hope you enjoy my book!
      This weekend I'll be reading as usual. I'm doing research for the next book in the ATHENA series and keeping open to ideas for the next FAMILIA book. I love the research!

  2. This sounds like a fun story! Thanks!

  3. i enjoyed the post. thanks for sharing
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. Thanks for hosting me! I always enjoy sharing my stories!--Donna Del Oro

  5. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Saving La Familia sounds like a thrilling and exciting read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a TGIF day!

  6. Thank you for sharing more about the book

  7. Thanks so much for the author guest post!

  8. Thanks for the great excerpt! The book sounds like a wonderful read. I love the romantic cover.