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New Year’s Giveaway: Day 20, Juliana Stone

Juliana Stone and I met at RWA 2010.  She is a good friend of my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and we hung out the whole time we were in Orlando.

This girl is so damn fun!  She is sharp and outgoing and personable and funny as hell.  Hilarious.  I swear I never stopped laughing when we were together.  Found myself anticipating her next quip or comment.  She has an awesome voice (sings in a band in her “off” time – snort – like she has any after writing, mothering and wifing–is that a word?) and even set up a karaoke night at a local bar.  So, so fun!

I bought Juliana’s first book in the Jaguar Warrior series, HIS DARKEST HUNGER, at the Barnes & Noble at RWA Orlando and had her sign it for me.  (Come to think of it, that’s where I bought Cynthia Eden’s DEADLY FEAR and had it autographed.)  Juliana’s work is…HOT!  And twisted…I’m speaking of plot here, 🙂 but you knew that right?

She also writes a sexy sci-fi, time travel series called Black Opals.

Up For Win Today:
The second book in her Jaguar Warrior series, HIS DARKEST EMBRACE.

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over…
But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair; of her treachery; of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant the game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.
On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine…
Upcoming Releases:HIS DARKEST SALVATION, the third book in the Jaguar Warrior Series, July 2011
 
Contact Info:
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Have a great weekend.  5 of NYT bestselling author Stephanie Tyler up for giveaway Monday!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 20, Juliana Stone

>Juliana Stone and I met at RWA 2010.  She is a good friend of my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and we hung out the whole time we were in Orlando.

This girl is so damn fun!  She is sharp and outgoing and personable and funny as hell.  Hilarious.  I swear I never stopped laughing when we were together.  Found myself anticipating her next quip or comment.  She has an awesome voice (sings in a band in her “off” time – snort – like she has any after writing, mothering and wifing–is that a word?) and even set up a karaoke night at a local bar.  So, so fun!

I bought Juliana’s first book in the Jaguar Warrior series, HIS DARKEST HUNGER, at the Barnes & Noble at RWA Orlando and had her sign it for me.  (Come to think of it, that’s where I bought Cynthia Eden’s DEADLY FEAR and had it autographed.)  Juliana’s work is…HOT!  And twisted…I’m speaking of plot here, 🙂 but you knew that right?

She also writes a sexy sci-fi, time travel series called Black Opals.

Up For Win Today:
The second book in her Jaguar Warrior series, HIS DARKEST EMBRACE.

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Jaxon Castille: jaguar shifter, warrior, assassin. He has long hungered for the chance to make his former lover, Libby Jamieson, pay for her deadly betrayal. After three long years he’s finally found her. The hunt is over…
But the Libby that he finds is not what he expected. She has no memory of their tumultuous affair; of her treachery; of anything beyond her own name. A shadowy and deadly clan has marked them both for death, and in an instant the game changes: the hunter has become the hunted.
On the run, with the ghosts of their past between them and a dark, desperate hunger quickly reclaiming their bodies and souls, Libby and Jaxon must discover the truth behind the dark forces working against them. Together, they must grab hold of a destiny that has the power to either heal them or destroy them.
But the truth is far more shattering than anyone could imagine…
Upcoming Releases:HIS DARKEST SALVATION, the third book in the Jaguar Warrior Series, July 2011
 
Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email
 
Have a great weekend.  5 of NYT bestselling author Stephanie Tyler up for giveaway Monday!

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 17, Delilah Marvelle

I think the way I met Delilah Marvelle is the most entertaining story of all – next to the story of how I met Gail Barrett.

The question is…how to tell the short version?

It was RWA 2010, Orlando.  I had planned a release party for my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and her fabulous 2nd book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, ENTWINED.  We decided to have the party in our room, but as the guest list mounted and the number of “yes” responses grew, we decided it would be more comfortable – not to mention more fun – if we asked some fellow authors to book an adjoining room and have a two-room party with us.

Fun, right?

The hotel evidently had quite a bit of difficulty with the adjoining room request.  It seemed the whole REAL names versus PSEUDONYMS discombobulated their staff.  Add to that the fact that four authors were staying in the other room and neither Elisabeth nor I knew which one had booked it, or booked it under which name, and…well, you can imagine the confusion.

To make this long story a tad shorter, let me just say that I moved rooms 4 times.  Yes, FOUR times.  The other girls moved rooms TWICE.  All so that we could end up in adjoining rooms. 

Yes, Elisabeth — you are loved.

Okay…this is the entertaining part…

I was standing in front of the door to my 4th and final hotel room door, waiting for the bellman to return with the key (see – I cut all that out – so don’t ask why…), and suddenly realized I had no cash.  No cash for a tip after my forth room move and a staff downstairs who I’m sure referred to me as “that writer bitch who’s never happy” and the bellman having to run downstairs twice?

I was scrambling in the change pocket of my purse, sickened I was going to give him a fistful of coin as a tip, when he returned with the room key.  At the very same moment, two women exited the room next to mine — our adjoining room.

I felt compelled (after having them move rooms twice) to introduce myself and thank them for doing all they did.  But they didn’t know who I was!  We’d never met.  They were Elisabeth’s friends.  And the bellman was still standing there because I had my hands full of change, and I couldn’t take the key.

Worse — I couldn’t bring myself to hand two fistfuls of change to the guy, gushing over an apology for all the nickles and dimes (no, I didn’t resort to pennies) while these other women — who, of course, I wanted to make a good impression on — watched. 

Seriously, I was mortified.  Ridiculous?  Probably.  But I’d flown 7 hrs, ridden another in a bus to the hotel, moved rooms — and all my luggage — 4 freaking times.  I’ll admit, I was probably a little unreasonable at that point.

So, I made small talk with the girls, while the poor bellman waited.  It was the most awkward situation ever.  I felt like I’d gotten caught propositioning the guy to come into my room!  With a freaking handful of change (to the tune of about $4 bucks).

One of those women in the hall was Delilah, and she was so incredibly gracious and smooth at the time, even though it was the most painfully awkward moment for everyone.

Later that night, after Elisabeth had arrived, we saw Delilah in the restaurant downstairs and ended up sitting with her for dinner.  When I went to introduce myself with an intent to fess up to the whole stupid tip thing, I hadn’t even gotten the words out when Delilah waved her hand in dismissal and said…I don’t remember her words exactly…but something to the effect of, “Yeah, yeah.  I saw you coming on to that bellboy.  Few more minutes and you’d have been down on your knees.”

I suppose you could take that a couple different ways.  Maybe Delilah can shed light on her true meaning…although…based on her sexy books…maybe we’ll just let that subject drop.

ROTFLMAO.  *Sigh*  One of my fondest memories.  Seriously.

Delilah has since continued to show her sharp humor and generous nature.  She is an absolute doll and I’m so grateful we met last year.

Delilah writes historicals with a scandalous twist.  Win one today!!

Up For Win Today:
The first in her SCANDAL series, PRELUDE TO SCANDAL

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Having been raised in the jungles of South Africa, assisting her father in the study of mammal copulation, Lady Justine Fedora Palmer sweeps back into London to embark upon her coming out. She quickly discovers animals are far more civilized than the men surrounding her.

When her father’s observations are made public, proving buggery is natural to the animal kingdom, all of London is in a huffing outrage, including His Royal Majesty. Her father is imprisoned and slapped with outrageous penalty fees they simply cannot pay.
 
Lady Justine becomes more than willing to trade her good name and her place in London’s gossip hungry society to secure her father’s release. There is only one person she knows she can trust: her father’s patron, the Duke of Bradford. A dashing libertine, yes, but one she passionately adores for his unwavering kindness, wit, humor, and a willingness to support her father’s studies even as everyone else had laughed her father off.

To her astonishment, the Duke of Bradford is not the same man. His newly marred face hides a scandal that is about to test them both…
 
Upcoming Releases:
ONCE UPON A SCANDAL, book two in the SCANDAL series, OUT NOW!
THE PERFECT SCANDAL, book three in the SCANDAL series, February 2011

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

Tomorrow, Kristina McMorris, women’s fiction debut author!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 17, Delilah Marvelle

>I think the way I met Delilah Marvelle is the most entertaining story of all – next to the story of how I met Gail Barrett.

The question is…how to tell the short version?

It was RWA 2010, Orlando.  I had planned a release party for my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and her fabulous 2nd book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, ENTWINED.  We decided to have the party in our room, but as the guest list mounted and the number of “yes” responses grew, we decided it would be more comfortable – not to mention more fun – if we asked some fellow authors to book an adjoining room and have a two-room party with us.

Fun, right?

The hotel evidently had quite a bit of difficulty with the adjoining room request.  It seemed the whole REAL names versus PSEUDONYMS discombobulated their staff.  Add to that the fact that four authors were staying in the other room and neither Elisabeth nor I knew which one had booked it, or booked it under which name, and…well, you can imagine the confusion.

To make this long story a tad shorter, let me just say that I moved rooms 4 times.  Yes, FOUR times.  The other girls moved rooms TWICE.  All so that we could end up in adjoining rooms. 

Yes, Elisabeth — you are loved.

Okay…this is the entertaining part…

I was standing in front of the door to my 4th and final hotel room door, waiting for the bellman to return with the key (see – I cut all that out – so don’t ask why…), and suddenly realized I had no cash.  No cash for a tip after my forth room move and a staff downstairs who I’m sure referred to me as “that writer bitch who’s never happy” and the bellman having to run downstairs twice?

I was scrambling in the change pocket of my purse, sickened I was going to give him a fistful of coin as a tip, when he returned with the room key.  At the very same moment, two women exited the room next to mine — our adjoining room.

I felt compelled (after having them move rooms twice) to introduce myself and thank them for doing all they did.  But they didn’t know who I was!  We’d never met.  They were Elisabeth’s friends.  And the bellman was still standing there because I had my hands full of change, and I couldn’t take the key.

Worse — I couldn’t bring myself to hand two fistfuls of change to the guy, gushing over an apology for all the nickles and dimes (no, I didn’t resort to pennies) while these other women — who, of course, I wanted to make a good impression on — watched. 

Seriously, I was mortified.  Ridiculous?  Probably.  But I’d flown 7 hrs, ridden another in a bus to the hotel, moved rooms — and all my luggage — 4 freaking times.  I’ll admit, I was probably a little unreasonable at that point.

So, I made small talk with the girls, while the poor bellman waited.  It was the most awkward situation ever.  I felt like I’d gotten caught propositioning the guy to come into my room!  With a freaking handful of change (to the tune of about $4 bucks).

One of those women in the hall was Delilah, and she was so incredibly gracious and smooth at the time, even though it was the most painfully awkward moment for everyone.

Later that night, after Elisabeth had arrived, we saw Delilah in the restaurant downstairs and ended up sitting with her for dinner.  When I went to introduce myself with an intent to fess up to the whole stupid tip thing, I hadn’t even gotten the words out when Delilah waved her hand in dismissal and said…I don’t remember her words exactly…but something to the effect of, “Yeah, yeah.  I saw you coming on to that bellboy.  Few more minutes and you’d have been down on your knees.”

I suppose you could take that a couple different ways.  Maybe Delilah can shed light on her true meaning…although…based on her sexy books…maybe we’ll just let that subject drop.

ROTFLMAO.  *Sigh*  One of my fondest memories.  Seriously.

Delilah has since continued to show her sharp humor and generous nature.  She is an absolute doll and I’m so grateful we met last year.

Delilah writes historicals with a scandalous twist.  Win one today!!

Up For Win Today:
The first in her SCANDAL series, PRELUDE TO SCANDAL

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Having been raised in the jungles of South Africa, assisting her father in the study of mammal copulation, Lady Justine Fedora Palmer sweeps back into London to embark upon her coming out. She quickly discovers animals are far more civilized than the men surrounding her.

When her father’s observations are made public, proving buggery is natural to the animal kingdom, all of London is in a huffing outrage, including His Royal Majesty. Her father is imprisoned and slapped with outrageous penalty fees they simply cannot pay.
 
Lady Justine becomes more than willing to trade her good name and her place in London’s gossip hungry society to secure her father’s release. There is only one person she knows she can trust: her father’s patron, the Duke of Bradford. A dashing libertine, yes, but one she passionately adores for his unwavering kindness, wit, humor, and a willingness to support her father’s studies even as everyone else had laughed her father off.

To her astonishment, the Duke of Bradford is not the same man. His newly marred face hides a scandal that is about to test them both…
 
Upcoming Releases:
ONCE UPON A SCANDAL, book two in the SCANDAL series, OUT NOW!
THE PERFECT SCANDAL, book three in the SCANDAL series, February 2011

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

Tomorrow, Kristina McMorris, women’s fiction debut author!

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 6, Lauren Dane

>I first learned of Lauren Dane through my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I have followed and chatted with Lauren on Twitter and will participate on a workshop panel with Lauren and several other authors at the RWA Conference in New York 2011 (if RWA approves the proposal, that is).

Lauren is one of the most prolific authors I’ve ever met.  Her work is quality entertainment.  Her covers frame-worthy!  So don’t miss your chance to miss this one!

Up For Win Today:
Lauren’s most recent release, INSIDE OUT, book three in the Brown Siblings erotic romance series.

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Works In Progress:
This woman makes me dizzy!!!

  • MESMERIZED, Berkley Heat, Phantom Corps #2/Federation Chronicles #4, April 2011
    This is a futuristic and the next in the Phantom Corps series and features Andrei Solace and his childhood love/sweetheart Piper who also happens to be a badass mercenary.
  • Dirty/Bad/Wrong in the THREE TO TANGO Anthology, Berkley Heat, May 2011
    This is a small town, menage romance, set in Petal (those fans of the Chase books will recognize one of the hero’s family business as the Honey Bear, the cafe in town and Polly Chase even makes a brief appearance)
  • GODDESS WITH A BLADE, Carina Press, June 2011
    Lauren’s first urban fantasy
  • ONCE AND AGAIN, Samhain Publishing, August 2011
    Lauren’s return to Petal with Nathan Murphy’s book – a second chance at love/reunited lovers story
  • NEVER ENOUGH (Book 4 in the Brown Siblings series), Berkley Heat, September, 2011
    The last in Lauren’s Brown Siblings books and Adrian Brown’s story
  • HEART OF DARKNESS: BOUND BY MAGIC Series, Berkley Sensation, November 2011
    This is the first in a brand new paranormal romance series.  It’s set in the same world I wrote my novella Sensual Magic in and features Meriel Owen, a witch and Dominic Bright, an outclan bad boy who is also a witch in a very dark world where witches run themselves like corporations.

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Cynthia Eden, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Author.

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 6, Lauren Dane

>I first learned of Lauren Dane through my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I have followed and chatted with Lauren on Twitter and will participate on a workshop panel with Lauren and several other authors at the RWA Conference in New York 2011 (if RWA approves the proposal, that is).

Lauren is one of the most prolific authors I’ve ever met.  Her work is quality entertainment.  Her covers frame-worthy!  So don’t miss your chance to miss this one!

Up For Win Today:
Lauren’s most recent release, INSIDE OUT, book three in the Brown Siblings erotic romance series.

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Works In Progress:
This woman makes me dizzy!!!

  • MESMERIZED, Berkley Heat, Phantom Corps #2/Federation Chronicles #4, April 2011
    This is a futuristic and the next in the Phantom Corps series and features Andrei Solace and his childhood love/sweetheart Piper who also happens to be a badass mercenary.
  • Dirty/Bad/Wrong in the THREE TO TANGO Anthology, Berkley Heat, May 2011
    This is a small town, menage romance, set in Petal (those fans of the Chase books will recognize one of the hero’s family business as the Honey Bear, the cafe in town and Polly Chase even makes a brief appearance)
  • GODDESS WITH A BLADE, Carina Press, June 2011
    Lauren’s first urban fantasy
  • ONCE AND AGAIN, Samhain Publishing, August 2011
    Lauren’s return to Petal with Nathan Murphy’s book – a second chance at love/reunited lovers story
  • NEVER ENOUGH (Book 4 in the Brown Siblings series), Berkley Heat, September, 2011
    The last in Lauren’s Brown Siblings books and Adrian Brown’s story
  • HEART OF DARKNESS: BOUND BY MAGIC Series, Berkley Sensation, November 2011
    This is the first in a brand new paranormal romance series.  It’s set in the same world I wrote my novella Sensual Magic in and features Meriel Owen, a witch and Dominic Bright, an outclan bad boy who is also a witch in a very dark world where witches run themselves like corporations.

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Cynthia Eden, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Author.