Blog Tour/Promo: Damaged: Nina D'Angelo

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Before Stephanie Carovella had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, she was damaged.

Stephanie Carovella has been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best friend dead, she has carefully built a protective wall around herself, but she knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her.

It’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close.

Dominic Delaney works hard and plays just as hard. He’s a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy who doesn’t believe in forever until Stephanie walks into Outlaws. She is wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell, yet, he’s drawn to her.

He needs to know the secrets behind her eyes. He can’t walk away.

A sexy, tattooed womanizer, Dominic Delaney’s everything Stephanie wants to avoid. She knows she should stay the hell away from him, but he makes her want to stop running.

Sometimes, even the Damaged deserve to fall in love.

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Stephanie Carovella 

Stephanie been running from her past all her life. The survivor of a brutal attack which left her best fiend dead, she’s carefully built a protective wall around herself. She knows sooner or later her past is going to catch up with her. That’s why she doesn’t want to fall in love. It’s why she doesn’t want to let anyone get too close. 

So, she dates a boy she will never love and waits for the day when she has to walk away.

She’s been hell and back and she’s still standing. She has scars on the inside and the outside and she’s determined to kick the world in the ass.

She never lets anyone get close and doesn’t want to need anyone. 

She just never counted on meeting Dominic Delaney.

Dominic Delaney

A sexy tattooed womanizer, Dominic works hard and plays just as hard. He’s more of a love em and leave em guy rather than a forever kind of guy.

Dominic is loyal to his family friends. He’d rather break his own heart than hurt any of them. He’s never given much to falling in love until recently. Lately he’s been restless and he can’t work out why. It’s almost like he’s searching for someone - that one girl who will capture his heart forever.

Then Stephanie walks into Outlaws.
In one single moment everything changes.

He knows Stephanie’s damaged. She’d wild, unpredictable and dangerous as hell not just to his sanity but to his health. Yet, he’s drawn to her. 

He knows his life’s never going to be the same again but he can’t walk away.

I don’t understand, Dominic. Why are you acting like this?” Stephanie said, taking a step towards him and reaching out to touch his arm. She couldn’t understand why he was treating her this way. He was acting so indifferent, so cold. She scrambled her brain, wondering what she’d done wrong. She knew she’d been tense on the trip back to San Francisco, but he’d seemed okay with it. He’d accepted that she had a lot on her mind, or at least, she thought he had. When he stepped back to avoid her touch, she flinched.

“Listen, honey, this thing between us . . . it was fun,” Dominic began, feeling bile begin to rise in his throat as he pushed on. “But that’s all it was. Fun, and now it’s over.”

“It’s over?” she echoed, staring at him in disbelief. “I don’t understand.”

“What’s there to understand?” he drawled, raking his eyes over her and turning his lip into a sneer. “The sex was good, but that’s all it was. Good sex.”

“You said you loved me,” she whispered, shaking her head in disbelief.

“I lied,” Dominic replied, gripping the door handle tightly. He flinched when Stephanie’s head jerked back as if he’d struck her. Forcing himself to continue, he added brutally, “I wanted to get you into bed. Christ, don’t tell me you actually believed I loved you?”

When she remained silent, he laughed harshly. “Why the fuck would I love you? No man in his right mind could ever love someone as fucked up as you are.”

“Stop it,” she whispered, tears sliding down her cheeks. “You don’t mean that.”

“Oh, honey, yes I do,” he bit out, shaking his head in disgust. “You were an itch I wanted to scratch, that’s all. It was nothing more. And I had you. You practically wrapped yourself up in a red bow and gave yourself to me on a silver platter. All I had to do was stroke your ego and pretend to give a damn, and you were all mine.”

“No,” she whispered, shaking her head in denial.

“Yes,” Dominic growled.

Stephanie stumbled backwards, unable to take her eyes off him. She wrapped her arms around herself, starting to shake. “You don’t mean that,” she whispered again, shaking her head. “I told you everything. I told you who I was.”

“Yeah, you did,” he said silkily, his hardened gaze pinning her to the spot. “And you actually thought after you told me who you were, I would still want to be with you? That I would actually love you?” He forced himself to drive the knife in deeper, telling himself this was for the best for both of them. “Christ, I was hoping when I didn’t answer your messages you’d get the hint, but no, you had to come here and make a scene. Get this through your head: I don’t want you. I never did. I just wanted to fuck you, and now I’m done. You’re delusional to think that I could ever love someone as damaged as you. Hell, no one could.”

Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘Damaged’ with us? 

I listened to a lot of different genres while writing Damaged. I actually made a playlist of the most common songs so this is kind of easy to write. Some of these will look familiar, as they made it to the Damaged Playlist. 

Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces 
Tim McGraw - Southern Voice 
Katy Perry -Roar 
Aaron Lines - I love New York 
Adam Gregory - She’s so California 
Alice Peacock - City of Angels 
Bret Michaels Feat Miley Cyrus - Nothing to Lose 
The Beach Boys - Don’t Worry Baby 
Rolling Stones - You Can’t Always Get What You Want 
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance 
Meat Loaf - Two Out of Three Ain’t Too Bad 
Heart - I didn’t want to need you 
Roxette - spending my time 
Abi Tapia - Another Stateline 
Beth Hart - L.A Song 
Black Stone Cherry - Devil’s Queen 
Britney Spears - Piece of Me 
Gary Allan - Learning to Live With Me 
Pink - True Love 
Train - Save Me San Francisco 
Blake Sheton - Home 
Ronnie Dunn - Bleed Red 
The Animals - Little Red Riding Hood 
Eminem feat Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie

Nina D'Angelo is a freelance writer and photographer. After graduating from Deakin University in 2005, with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Public Relations, Nina worked briefly in PR. Not satisfied with her profession, she returned to freelance writing. Since graduating she has written her own TV series, worked for music magazines - Faster Louder and Buzz Magazine - and had her photography published in Aquapulse. Her Debut novel, Nowhere to Run was released on February 9th, 2013. The second novel in the Stephanie Carovella series, Nowhere to Hide will be released in August 2013 and the first in the Live and Let Die series: A million to one, will be released in December 2013/January 2014.


I've done a lot in my short time on this earth. I've lived all over the world and traveled extensively. I consider London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the whole of Texas some of my favorite places on earth.

I've been a music Journalist - tip for you all, don't go drinking with a musician before an interview because falling asleep in their hotel room is not professional in any shape or form. It will, however, get you an interview any time you ask for it. 

Nor is antagonizing another musician so much he throws a chair at you. 

I've worked in PR for a football club and loved every minute of it. I've also worked in customer service, administration, been a Hooters waitress (not a career choice for everyone, especially me it would seem. Tip, punching a patron because he grabs your ass is not the polite way to respond, but it sure feels good)

I've also done freelance photography and had my photos featured in several magazines. 

And lastly, I'm a writer. My first novel, 'Nowhere to Run' will be released February 2013 and the second book in the series 'Nowhere to Hide' is due out in August 2013.

Keep your eyes peeled for me.


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