Spotlight & Giveaway: Facade by Nyrae Dawn

Posted September 1st, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 78 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Nyrae Dawn to HJ!

Hi Nyrae , Welcome to HJ! Please tell us a little bit about you and your books.

Nyrae DawnHello. I’m a happily married mom with two daughters. I am an avid reader who writes NA and YA. I also write adult under another name. I’m a fan of character-driven stories and romance.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

I just finished the first draft of RUSH which releases April 2014 from Forever Romance. The print release of FAÇADE is September 24th and book three in The Games series, MASQUERADE is out January 7th.

Please summarize your latest release Facade for the readers here ….


Can love save them?

After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been–and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.

To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?

Please introduce your characters Delaney Cross & Adrian Westfall from your novel Facade to HJ readers.

Delaney’s the heroine of the story. She’s a waitress who sets out to try and right the wrongs of her father. Adrian’s the guy who seems like he doesn’t have a care in the world, yet he’s harboring a lot of secrets and pain.

How would you describe your Characters in one sentence?

Delaney is an optimistic girl with a big heart, who tries to “fix” situations for people she cares about.
Adrian is a deep, caring guy with a poets heart who hides his pain behind a façade.

What do you like best about your characters? Least? Admire most/ Least?

I love Delaney’s strength. That’s also what I admire about her. My least favorite, I would say is that she can often be too giving.
For Adrian, I love him for his heart. I admire the way he loves. The trait I like least about him is how hard it is for him to open up and show who he really is.

What do your characters do for a living?

Delaney is a waitress. She wants to be a nurse. Adrian helps a friend of his work on cars and also helps take care of his landlord. He wants to be a writer.

Are your characters ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Both characters are ruled my emotion. They both have big hearts that lead them.

Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

No, it wasn’t love at first sight for them. I think for Delaney, when she read some of what Adrian writes, she started to see a different side of him. And in one instant where he puts himself at risk for her. For Adrian I think he sees how much Delaney cares about people and it’s his respect for that characteristic that drew him in.

What are your characters most proud of about in his / her life?

For Delaney I would say learning to stand on her own and not to let others treat her badly. For Adrian it would how much he loved Ash.

How do your characters feel about life right now? What, if anything, would he/she like to change?

Adrian and Delaney are both happy with their lives right now. They’ve found peace and they’re working toward making their dreams come true.

How did your characters spend the week just before the story starts?

Delaney would have spent it working or taking care of her mom and Adrian with his friends.

Where can readers get in touch with you?


Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thanks for having me!

Giveaway: 2 print copies of Facade.

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Here’s an excerpt that shows a little bit of Adrian’s depth and why I say he has a poets heart.

Delaney stands there, looking around. “Did you just move in?”
Through her eyes, I can see why she’d think that. I have a small bed, a table, and a dresser. There’s one desk lamp on the table that I use at night and a few notebooks stacked on my dresser. Those are the only things in my room that are out in the open.
“No. My interior decorator’s a little backed up.”
Sadness creases her eyes when she looks at me. I hate that fucking look, but still I find myself saying, “My sister used to go to this field when she was younger. She brought me there once. All I could see was what looked like weeds to me. No flowers. Just weeds. Dead ones at that. I asked her why she came and she told me to keep following her, so I did. Right in the middle of the field was one tall flower. Almost like it came from fucking nowhere. I told her it was lonely. She said it was beautiful. That there was nothing wrong with being strong, alone.”
I didn’t agree with Angel then and I don’t now. I’m not even sure why I told Delaney that. It doesn’t really have anything to do with my room because there’s nothing beautiful showing here. And I’m not strong in my loneliness.

78 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Facade by Nyrae Dawn”

  1. Janice U.

    I believe it takes love and a lot of work for a relationship to succeed. Love is only one component to success.

  2. Mary Preston

    I do believe that love does conquer all. It’s the most powerful force in the universe,

  3. Kimberly Mayberry

    Yes, love can conquer all. The love that my fiance’ and I have for each other has got us through some severely tough times–financially and family wise. We are each other’s strength and support.

  4. yvonnesimpkins

    I think hard work is what it takes to conquer anything especially love. All parties in a relationship have to work at making it work. Love helps, but work keeps it going.

  5. Michelle Huang

    I do believe that love conquers all because hate doesn’t get anyone anywhere while love tries to find a way to come together.

  6. Jenn McElroy

    If two people are willing to work together, I think love can overcome potential obstacles. Life may suck at times, but having someone in it with you makes it bearable. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  7. Marcy Meyer

    I think it can, but it takes a lot of work. Both people have to be fully committed, honest, and ready to work at their relationship.

  8. Sandie W

    I believe if you love someone enough you can work through anything. So yes, I guess I do believe it.

  9. Jenn Y.

    In a way, I do believe that love conquers all. But it takes a lot for the love to get to that level where, no matter what happens, all is well.

  10. veRONIca

    I believe it helps motivate us to conquer whatever stands in our way. Bhut we do have to work for it

  11. Kim Perry

    Love can conquer all as long as those in the relationship are willing to work at their relationship. Communication, trust, and compromise are key.

  12. Kai W.

    I believe that Love will conquer all. It is about having hope, trust, and commitment in a relationship.

  13. elena k

    I am romantic at heart so I believe it, but there has to be trust and the couple has to work for it.

  14. Nada Madhoun

    Yea it does because no matter what obstacles lay ahead you can get over them and if you ever get lost you’ll always find your way back home to the one you love.

  15. Tiffany Hernandez

    I believe it depends on the people. Love is a choice make on a daily basis. In my experience love has conquered all more times than I can count.

  16. Jeraca F.

    Love is only part of a relationship; there are many factors, so love may not conquer all, but it’s a good start.

  17. Feifei Le

    Ideally, yes, love conquers all! However, some external forces just may be too strong to overcome and you realize love isn’t enough to make a breakthrough. Hope that never happens to me though 🙂

  18. Teresa

    I truly do believe that because in my personal life I got a second chance at love and it does conquer my all.<<333

  19. Xoun J. Phetchamp

    In the end, I think Love Conquers All. People without it feels a void, thats why they do what they do. But someone with love in their heart, feels joy in every situation.

  20. Andrea Hernandez

    I believe love can conquer all if both partners are on the same page and want the same things. Sticking together through the good and bad, esp. the bad, makes a couples resolve and love for each other so much stronger!

  21. Donna Durnell

    Love CAN conquer all — but it takes work and committment, and it helps greatly when there’s hope and trust.

  22. Kendall McCubbin

    I believe that true love conquers all! I think that once you find it that you should never let it go! I hope I find it some day 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  23. Alicia

    Love can conquer all as long as you let it – relationships are work, and require both people to make a choice to love and commit every day 🙂

  24. Anita Powers

    Because if you have someone that loves you then you will never be alone which makes you a stronger person that can conquer anything.

  25. Gloria Elena Gonzalez

    Nope, unfortunately love does not conquer all, but I like to believe that it does in books!

  26. Chantel

    Yes love can conquer all because when we find our true love our life becomes complete and we have the drive to accomplish anything we put our mind to.

  27. Flor G

    Love CAN conquer it all, but at the same time I believe there should be some balance in your life and love can’t be the ONLY priority.

  28. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I am a romantic at heart, I have to believe that love can get you through almost anything. Thank you for the chance.

  29. Victoria

    I am a hopeless romantic so of course I believe love conquers all. Everyday is a reminder of much God’s love has conquered/created with that faith I choose to believe we are just as capable to do great things when you chose to love

  30. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I think it really depends on the situation. I would like very much to believe that love can conquer all though. In my experience, it is possible!

  31. Mary Jo Toth

    I want to believe love conquers all but people are people and we don’t always listen to the heart or allow ourselves to truly follow our emotions.

  32. Tonda Stockwell

    Love can conquer all if people are willing to work for it. If you aren’t willing to work for it, it’s probably not worth it.

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