Saving La Familia


Saving La Familia

by Donna Del Oro

GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

A romantic suspense comedy set in Silicon Valley, a young Latina teacher, Dina Salazar, is asked by her Mexican-born grandmother to rescue her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. After all, her stern grandmother tells her, she is the “smart one” in the family. To do so, she has to recruit help from her hated ex-fiance. What’s a girl to do when “la familia” calls?

SAVING LA FAMILIA by Donna Del Oro, about a latina teacher who's recruited by her Mexican-born grandmother to save her cousins from a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. It's a romantic-suspense comedy with many "buen dichos"!


Grandma Gómez—”Life is like an artichoke. It takes a lot of peeling to get to the heart of things.” 

How did I, in three short months, get to the heart of my Mexican-American family? It wasn’t easy, believe me. Especially since I was the family’s desgraciada. The disgraced one. Ever since I turned eighteen and had my legal name changed from Dolores—which means aches and pains in Spanish—to Dina. My namesake, Grandma Dolores Gómez, refused to speak to me or acknowledge my existence for about a year after the name change. Before that, I was simply the family brat and rebel. The know-it-all. 

But you see, Grandma was the heart of the matter. And the big, dark secrets she kept closed up in her heart all got ex- posed in those tumultuous months. And before I could blink and realize what was happening, I was roped into a scheme to rescue cousins I never knew I had out of the deadly clutches of a Mexican drug cartel. Why was I chosen, you ask? Me, Dina Salazar, the desgraciada? A single schoolteacher with a long line of loser-boyfriends? How did I end up looking up the barrel of a cartel commando’s automatic weapon? Come along with me and I’ll tell you.

About the Author:

Donna Del Oro lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats. She taught high school and community college English classes for 30+ years and is now happily retired. When not doing research, writing novels, or reading voraciously, she travels and sings with the medal winning Sacramento Valley Chorus.

Donna is a member of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime in addition to the Valleyrose chapter of the RWA. She has judged RITA entries and does developmental editing on the side. Two of her novels, Operation Familia and Born To Sing, have won national and international awards.




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  1. Contemporary Romantic Suspense with a splash of humor sounds like an amazing book.

    1. I had fun writing this novel because the characters reminded me of my childhood and youth in Silicon Valley at a time when Spanish was more widely spoken. Hope you enjoy my story!--Donna Del Oro

  2. Nice excerpt! This sounds interesting.

  3. Beautiful couple on the cover and wonderful backdrop.

  4. I'm thinking this teacher is going to be in for a wild ride.

  5. I've tried leaving several comments but this page won't let me for some reason. Anyway, thanks for all your comments!--Donna Del Oro

  6. The book sounds very interesting.

  7. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite tropes and I have enjoyed reading the synopsis and excerpt from this book. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details, this one is definitely going on my TBR pile

  8. Excellent excerpt, Saving La Familia sounds like a thrilling, nail biting read for me to enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic day1

  9. Really fantastic time learning about your book. Cheers.

  10. Thanks so much for the excerpt! I adore this cover!

  11. Thank you for sharing this! Sounds like such a wonderful read! :)

  12. I read more historical romance than contemporary, but this one sounds fun!

  13. So this one will go onto my TBR list.

  14. Do you write in English and Spanish books?


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