Who Lights Up Your Life + Giveaway

by Susan Stephens, author of The Purest of Diamonds?

purestofdiamondsThere are some wonderful people who can brighten a day and lighten your life. I count myself lucky to have family members, as well a few precious friends just like this, and they –combined into one character–were the inspiration for my heroine Leila Skavanga.

Leila, the third and, apparently, the quietest of my Skavanga Diamonds, is one of these radiant types who makes us smile and feel good while they’re around. I guess we root for them to succeed more than most other types, because while they’re busy spreading a glow over everyone else’s life they don’t spare a thought for themselves.

And of course I had to pick the hardest of my three men for Leila. Raffa Leon, a ruthless Spanish grandee, finds himself hog-tied and mesmerised by someone so forthright and appealing, he just can’t sustain his ruthlessness for very long – though he sure as heck tries! Just as Leila decides that for once in her life that she’s going to ‘let that mouse (inside her) roar’!

I hope you enjoy reading the result of this combustible pairing as much as I enjoyed writing the book. And now my question is this…

And as usual, makes us laugh, make us cry, or just lay down the plain facts.

Who in your life ‘lights up your life’ and why?

There’s a signed copy of my book waiting for the best answer, and I for one can’t wait to get this happy focused chat underway!!


All the very best of luck to all of you

And, Happy Reading!



About The Purest of Diamonds?

When ice meets fire…!

As the youngest of the famous Skavanga sisters, beautiful Leila has earned her reputation as the untouched Skavanga diamond—and is tired of it! It’s time to start living her life, and who better to teach her how than gorgeous Spaniard Raffa Leon?

Raffa has no problem mixing business with pleasure! Intrigued by her shy purity and enticed by her request, he’ll ensure Leila enjoys everything life has to offer. But as her frosty facade gives way to an unleashed passion, Raffa realizes that there are consequences to playing with fire!


Giveaway Who lights up your life? Leave your answer in the comments to win! Contest with close May 4th at 11:59 pm, and winner will be chosen by random draw and announced on May 5th. Open to residents of US and Canada. For full giveaway rules, click here.

Update: this contest is now closed.

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Comments ( 13 )
  1. jcp
    April 23, 2014 at 11:49 am

    a friend

  2. Marcy Shuler
    April 24, 2014 at 1:48 am

    My 17 yr. old son brightens my life. I’m disabled, but he’s always willing to help me when I need something without complaint. I’m so proud of him.

  3. Susan Stephens
    April 24, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Hi there !

    Jcp, we’d love to hear more about your friend and how that friend lights up your life.

    And Marcy – it sounds to me as if you have the most wonderful son. No wonder you’re so very proud of him.


  4. Laney4
    April 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    My girlfriend. She makes me laugh by telling “suggestive” stories, often about how she had to buy caulk at the store.

  5. Melanie J
    April 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

    My dog. My family. My Life.

  6. Cindy Hamilton
    April 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    My husband, my friends and my faith.

  7. bn100
    April 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm


  8. Stepfanie Webb
    April 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My children, Kaida and Ryan. They are the sweetest kids and I am so thankful for them! They tell me everyday that they love me so much and that I’m ‘the best mommy in the whole wide world’. Plus, they always give me hugs and kisses.

  9. Nidhi
    April 28, 2014 at 1:03 am

    My family and my dreams that someday something very beautiful will happen to me

  10. lori
    April 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Friends and family (and not all are human).

  11. Linda Henderson
    April 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    My grandkids. No matter how down I am they can always make me laugh.

  12. Laura Russell
    May 2, 2014 at 3:16 am

    My husband & kids really do light up my life. What a nice question!

  13. Elissa
    May 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This contest is now closed, and congratulations to our winner by random draw, lori. Please check your inbox for a message from me. -Elissa from Harlequin