1. I want my readers to know that this book is the first one in the De La Cruz Saga. The De La Cruz Saga is a romantic thriller (with several erotic moments).
The first novel is Hot & Spicy. This novel is about Jose Enrique De La Cruz. He is the eldest of the thirteen cousins.
The saga takes place in California. Each novel is about one of cousin's unique love story. The Mexican traditions are strong in the De La Cruz family and the cousins struggle to honor their customs.
The De La Cruz family encounters conflict and threats from the Mexican cartel. The De La Cruz cousins fight to stay true to their integrity and beliefs in their struggle with the Mexican cartel. The family is assisted by the Navy Seals, FBI, and other government agencies. The De La Cruz's must overcome heartaches and obstacles before achieving their happy ending.
These novels are written in Spanglish (very, very light Spanglish). The glossary is located in the back of the book. I believe it is an enjoyable and easy method to learn basic Spanish.
2. A blurb from my book -
First blurb -
Jose Enrique sits at the conference table waiting for his novia to
show up. I just want to be here before they do so I can take a good
look at her before they realize I’m here. I have a good feeling about
this. I have been endeavoring to remember Paty’s amigas from
high school. I don’t recall any of them coming over to la casa. Paty
is right. I never paid attention to them. I was too busy studying,
going to school, y assisting on mi free time at la familia’s company.
I have faith in Paty. Paty says mi novia is hermosa, smart, y muy
Paty y Jessy are laughing as they enter the conference room.
Jessy steps into the cuarto first. Oh dios mio, Jose Enrique is
waiting. He looks hotter than ever before. Mi corazon will not stop
pounding. Mi chest, it’s going to explode. I’m going to die. I’m going
to stop breathing.
Take a deep breath, stay calm. I need to be professional,
sophisticated, y sexy. Yeah, right! Geez! Smile and greet him. I
need to put mi portfolio on the desk and be ready for his greetings,
thought Jessy. Take control. Don’t tremble y definitely do not
sweat. Okay, I can do this. Smile.
Jose Enrique observes his novia enter the cuarto first. Dios
mio, Wow! Gracias dios mio. It’s the bella chica that I saw at the
club on Friday. I do owe Paty big, big time. Smiling, Jose Enrique
approaches his novia reaching out to enfold her in a tight hug.
“Hola, novia mia,” Jose Enrique said proceeding to give her
What is he doing? He is kissing me! Relax. Return his beso,
Jose Enrique almost releases her when he feels her tremble
y stiffens. He is about to step back and release her when he
feels her relax. Dios mio, I have never felt so much attraction in a
simple beso. Her lips are so soft y silky. She tastes like heaven.
She’s trembling. Hmmm maybe I am scaring her. I should stop this
beso. Jose Enrique feels her melting into him as she parts her
lips inviting him to deepen the beso.
Jose Enrique did not stop to think. He takes full advantage
softly entering her mouth to explore every sweet inch. She feels
so good. She feels like she is made especially para me.
Jose Enrique feels her brazos creep up around his neck. She
is responding to his beso. He feels her tongue slipping slowly past
his lips deepening his beso. He then hears her moan.
Jessy lost track of time y forgot all about Paty. I cannot think.
Oh dios mio, I have dreamt of Jose Enrique’s besos forever. He
is so hot y sexy. I always knew he would smell scrumptious. He
smells like spice and sandalwood. He tastes better than I could
ever image. I need to get closer to him. Jessy takes a step closer
rising up on tiptoes. I need more of him, thought Jessy.
Okay, this has to stop, thought Paty. They forgot all about me
y the meeting. Jose Enrique doesn’t even remember her. Great!
This is getting out of hand.
Walking over to the desk, Paty slams down her file on the
desk hoping to get a reaction. I cannot believe this. They didn’t
“Well, hello! You two need to stop! Okay, we have a meeting!”
Jose Enrique y Jessy step back but didn’t release each other
from their embrace. They are intensely contemplating each other’s
ojos, reflecting on the amazing passion y physical attraction
that they just experience. It is so unexpected that they were
I cannot believe it. It is the bella chica from the club from
last Friday night. Her ojos are unbelievable, y they really glow.
Right now I can see in her lindo ojos the passion y pleasure that
exploded, threatening to escape our control. Thanks to Paty I was
able to stop.
Jose Enrique is amazing. He really is spicy and hot like I
always imagined. I have never, ever, responded to a simple beso
with so much passion. Si, I have kissed other chicos. Not one of
the chicos that I have kissed has ever caused this type reaction.
Si, of course, I have never kissed in front of an audience. Paty is
mi best amiga, but still, geez. I did not even care. I really forgot
where I was, and who was here. Look at his incredible green ojos.
I can see the burning passion y astonishment in his ojos. Oh, I’m
genuinely in love. Definitely he is todo mio. Jose Enrique only
doesn’t realize it now.
“Uh, okay you two it’s time for the introductions. Especially
since we skipped first base y ran right into second base,” said
Paty, looking at her best amiga y hermano with amusement.
I always knew it. I knew en mi corazon that they are right for
each other. It was only a matter of time until they met y fell in love.
I really think that Jessy is in love y has always loved Jose Enrique.
I know Jose Enrique will fall in love with Jessy. No problema.
He pulls away from the embrace but he continues to hold
Jessy’s right mano, Jose Enrique introduces himself. “Jose
Enrique De La Cruz,” he said with a huge feliz smile as he
bends over Jessy’s mano placing a warm beso on the back of her
“Hola, Jessica Maria Cortez!” said Jessy with a smile. “You
can call me, mi amor,” said Jessy with a mischievous twinkle in
huge golden ojos.
Releasing Jessy’s mano, Jose Enrique moves around to pull
out a chair for Jessy, the one right next to him on his right side.
Jessy sits down looking at him. He pulls a chair for Paty on his
“It is a pleasure to finally meet you, mi amor,” said Jose
Enrique with a very wicked smile. “You know mi bella novia you
can call me, mi vida.”
Paty simply observes them rolling her ojos up shaking her
cabeza. Oh dios mio, are they ever going to stop? Maybe I should
“Mi amor, I will like to apologize for not remembering you. Paty
is right I was always busy y I didn’t realize that Paty had such a
bella amiga. Can you please forgive me?” asks Jose Enrique with
a sincere hopeful look.
Jessy looks into he’s ojos. I cannot believe it. Jose Enrique
is finally noticing me. “Mi vida, I know you were always busy. I
was just a wimpy niña with braces, so don’t worry about it,” said
Jessy. “I never lost hope, mi vida,” she grins at him.
“Mi amor estoy muy feliz that you didn’t give up on me,” said
Jose Enrique with a sincere smile looking into her ojos. Damn,
she is serious. How did I ever overlook her?
“Nunca,” said Jessy in a breathless voz looking at Jose
Enrique’s incredible green ojos.
“You know, mi amor, I think that I saw you at the club last
Friday night. You were there with some of tu amigas. I was going
to approach you to ask you to dance, when mis primos show up
interrupting me. Then when I turned to go to invite you to dance,
you were gone. This made me real mad at mis primos,” said Jose
Enrique smiling at Jessy. I never dreamed that la chica of mis
dreams is mi novia, thought Jose Enrique.
“Really you were there Friday night? I had to leave early
because I promise mi mama y hermana that I would go with
them shopping on Saturday morning,” said Jessy, smiling at Jose
Enrique with felicidad.
“Oh, what did you get? I hope that you bought some sexy
outfits to wear when we go out?” asks Jose Enrique in a flirty
Another small excerpt
The chica returns and advises Carlos. “Sorry but there were
only two mujers in el cuarto de mujers.”
Carlos’s corazon starts to pound harder, making it hard to
breathe. He thanks la chica. “Gracias.” turns to go to advise Jose
Enrique y Greg.
“No estan en el cuarto de mujers,” said Carlos, taking deep
breaths. “We need to get security to assist us in searching for
them in the club.”
“Si,” said Greg, starting to turn to locate where the security
A waiter approaches Jose Enrique with a cerveza and note.
“Señor De La Cruz?” asks the waiter, waiting for a response from
Jose Enrique looks at the waiter and cerveza, wondering what
is up with this. “Si, soy De La Cruz,” he responds, waiting for the
waiter to enlighten him.
“Si, this cerveza is sent over by el caballero at the bar with
this note,” said the waiter, turning to indicate which hombre sent
the cerveza y note.
The waiter cannot see the caballero, turns to Jose Enrique
with a small unsure smile. “El caballero is not there anymore,”
he said, handing over the tray to Jose Enrique.
Jose Enrique is looking at the bar and cannot see any caballero
and is getting really anxious. He looks at Greg and Carlos that
indicate to take the note.
“Jose Enrique, read the damn note,” said Carlos with
frustration and anxiety.
Greg is very scared, anxious, and knows that something
awful has happen to his baby. He quickly starts to ask the waiter
questions on what the guey looks like.
“Tell us how this guey looks like,” demands Greg with
The waiter is getting scared by how furious and frustrated
they look. “He is tall, dark, and looks mean,” said the waiter,
starting to back away from them.
“Did you ever see him in the club before?” asks Greg, watching
the waiter real close. “How long have you worked here?”
“Si, I have worked here for over dos años, and no I have never
seen that hombre before,” said the waiter, starting to get pale.
Este hombre looks ready to kill me and I don’t know what’s
going on, thought the waiter. “Señor el hombre asked me to bring
el Señor De La Cruz esta cerveza y nota.”
Greg can see that the waiter is starting to get scared. He most
likely didn’t know or ever seen the guey, thought Greg. “I need
you to give mi your full name and number,” he requests in an
authoritative voz. Greg wants to have the intel in case they need
to talk to him again.
“Si,” said the waiter, scared and anxious to get away from
Greg. Estos hombres estan muy enojado’s y no si por qué, thought
the waiter, starting to sweat.
“Jose Enrique, tell us what the damn nota dice!” demands
Carlos with frustration, looking at Jose Enrique grow pale and
Jose Enrique looks up with fear and anger in his ojos. “They
took our mujers!” he shouts out in horror, frustration, and rage,
looking around to see if he can see the guey that sent him the
Carlos takes the note away from Jose Enrique’s mano in
frustration, not understanding what he meant. He reads the note
aloud so Greg can hear.
“De La Cruz, we have your tesoros, y you will get them
back when you agree to work with El Mextli el Rey de Baja
Carlos lets out an anguished yell almost falling to his knees
with the intense pain that he feels when he realizes that the
cartel has his baby.
Greg turns and smashes his fist into the wall, yelling out in
pain not believing that his Bella is in the ruthless manos of the
He is shaking with rage, looking for the waiter and going to
him. “You will give me all the details that you can remember
now,” he demands in a forceful and angry voz, pulling the waiter
outside to get all the details.
Carlos follows Greg, pulling Jose Enrique along to hear all
“Now tell us everything that you can remember about the
guey that gave you the nota,” demands Greg with fury, trying to
not take out his anger and frustration on the waiter.
“I told you that it’s the first time that I saw him in the club.
He is tall, dark, and is wearing black shirt and pants. He has
straight long black pelo to his shoulders and has a tattoo on his
left forearm that looks like an Azteca Indian,” said the waiter,
trembling with fear.
The waiter looks at these strong tall intense-looking hombres
and is scared for his life. It looks like someone is playing with
these hombres, and I don’t want anything to do with it. Dios mio,
help, I don’t know what’s going on.
“Okay, pero you better be available if I need any additional
information. Here’s mi number if you see the guey in here, if
you recall anything, anything at all,” said Greg, looking at the
waiter, memorizing his cara. “Don’t try in hiding because I will
“Si,” said the waiter, trembling and ready to run back to work
before they change their minds and start to beat him.
“You better not disappear because we will find you,” said
Carlos, looking at his license that he withdrew from his wallet
handing it over to Greg to write down his information.
“No, I will be available,” said the waiter, waiting for his
“Here,” said Greg shoving his wallet back to him and pushing
him forward in the path to the club.
“What are we going to do? I don’t want the cartel to hurt our
mujers. If we call the police they might hurt them,” said Jose
Enrique, starting to panic.
3. Writing process.
It all began with a dream. I dreamed my story over and over again. I decided to write this novel after several weeks of dreaming about all of these characters.
I started brainstorming and organizing it into outlines.
I developed each character’s personalities, interests, and personal love story.
I kept on track and was able to create cohesive plots by using a calendar as a timeline. I want to write feasible and believable stories that evolve around events that are transpiring in each cousin’s life in the same period of time.
4. My biggest challenge has been the marketing of my novel. I’m learning and thoroughly enjoying promoting, meeting interesting people, and blogging. I truly wish I had started to write earlier in my life.
5. The project I’m currently working on is Hot & Forbidden.
Hot & Forbidden is about two of the cousins falling in love. The forbidden is always enticing. How do Nicolas and Daniella deal with their forbidden love? Why is their love forbidden? How can they overcome the obstacles without losing their love? La familia has a secret. Can this be the key that will set their love free? Hot & Forbidden will be available in a few months.
Hot & Enchanting will be available at the end of the year or the beginning of 2013.
I also have the additional ten novels almost finished. I wrote each one as I progressed in writing Hot & Spicy. These novels interlock and evolve in the same period of time in each cousin’s life
6. I want you to know that I have always dreamed of writing since I was young. I'm a new author. I love writing and I'm extremely happy to be achieving my dream.
I'm married, have three children, and three grandchildren. My family is my pride and joy. I love spending quality time with my family and friends.I love to read romance and paranormal books.
Where to buy
This book is for 18+ due to erotic content.