I have always loved Romance novels and like to describe myself as a seasoned veteran reader of Romance novels growing up on novels published by Harlequin, Silhouette and Mills & Boons Romance. I read my first romance novel (I can’t remember the name of the author nor the title of the book) at age 9 or 10 and got hooked forever. Romance novels are about the only genres I read. Occasionally, I’ll pick up another genre, but trust me, it’ll just need to have some romance to it, or else…
Lara Daniels is a pen name. I am a full time mom, full time housewife and full time registered nurse.
So why African romance novels, you may ask?
Well, for starters, for many many years (I tend to exagerate sometimes, so bear with me), Africans ( me included) have fed tenaciously on romance novels with characters coming from either Europe or America. I cannot exactly remember ever reading romance novels with black african men (multimillionaires) falling in love with African belles. It was always Lords, knights, dukes etcetera falling in love with the blondes, brunettes and redheads. It almost seemed like the message passed across was that you’d have to be caucasian to fall in love, find romance and live happily ever after.
Then, I grew up and met the love of my life. Since he was no white man, and since I was no blonde, brunette or redhed, I slowly began to realize that the color of romance didn’t have to be limited to a particular race. Nor Continent. Certainly there are novels out there that feature African Americans. However the reality is that the culture inherent to African Americans is very different from that of those living in Africa. Africans tend to be more conservative in their approach, and I found it important to write romance novels that true Africans could relate to, yet be enjoyed by readers from other cultures. And that was how African Romance was born – with characters coming only from Africa and living within the continent of Africa.
Love in Paradise is my first published novel in the United States. My second Novel, Love at Dawn came out in the summer of 2010 and is already grabbing rave reviews. Icurrently live in Texas in the US of A with my family where I stay true to my heart’s call: Writing!
Love at Dawn is the romance-suspense tale of forgiveness and redemption set in Lara Daniels' fictional country of Zamzudan...in East Africa.When spoiled and wealthy African teenager Tory Da-Silva meets broody Rashad Macaulay for the first time, she vows to make him hers. However, the price she'll pay for this quest will carry consequences of shame and guilt. Nine years later, temperamental Tory has become a fiery beauty and multimillionaire Rashad can no longer fight his deep desires for her. All seems set for Tory's dream to come true. But the dark secret she keeps from Rashad may be the one thing that may forever tear them apart.
Love in Paradise is a romance suspense tale that takes place in a fictional country in Africa. The major characters are Mimi, a young woman dealing with the pain of grief from the loss of her parents; and Tony Da-Silva, an engimatic Millionaire with some serious trust issues. The two meet with cataclysmic consequences and fall in love, only to discover that there is a high price to pay for thier attraction to each other.