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Fun with Larissa Ione + Giveaways!!!

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Winners:

We’re having a little fun with Larissa Ione today!  She’s UBER busy with the release of IMMORTAL RIDER, so when I asked her over to the blog, I gave her something really easy to do and something fun for us to read!  A Twitter-type interview with fun, fascinating and frivilous facts about Larissa!

Comment or choose one question to answer for yourself and enter to win:
1 of 3 copies of Larissa’s last release ETERNAL RIDER
1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks

IMMORTAL RIDER

The signs are everywhere…disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there…but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday…or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.


Now, let’s learn some fun stuff about Larissa!

Do You Like Going Window Shopping?
Yes!

Can You Tell If Someone Is Lying To You?
Usually.

Do You Have Any Undiscovered Or Hidden Talents?
I kill watch batteries. Like, within hours. Can’t wear anything but wind-ups!

Are You The Same Person You Were As A Child, Or Much Different?
I’m happier!

Do You Believe In Destiny?
Sort of…

Ever Broken Any Bones?
Both wrists (at the same time)

Have You Ever Felt Like You Hit Rock Bottom?
Yes

Are You A Touchy Feely Person?
*shudders* No

Do You Like Eating Out At Restaurants?
Love it!

Any Tattoos?
Two. Demon caduceus from my books on my right ankle and a Vulcan IDIC from Star Trek on my hip.

Have You Ever Cheated On A Test?
Maybe…*g*

Do You Have Any Weird Habits?
I only shave one leg per day.

Have You Ever Walked Out On A Movie At The Theater?
No

Have You Ever Regretted One Of Your “Romantic Encounters”?
Er…yes.

Do You Believe In The Afterlife?
Definitely

Ever Been Addicted To A Game?
Oh, yes. Any D&D computer game!

How Did You Rebel As A Child?

You name it…

First impression of your significant other.
Yum

Do You Like To Go Camping?
Yes…as long as it’s in a camper. I hate the tent thing!

Can’t Stand Being Around People Who_________?
Brag

Do You Believe In Extraterrestrials Or Life On Other Planets?
I do!

Have you ever had a job where you had to wear a uniform?
Several

Are You A Window Person Or An Aisle Person?
Aisle – so I don’t have to climb over people to go to the bathroom!

How Do You Like To Celebrate Your Birthday?
By pretending it didn’t happen.

How Do You Like To Spend New Year’s Eve?
Sleeping. Yep, I’m a BLAST!

Have You Ever Been Hit By A Girl?
Yep. And I hit back.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?
Yes

Have You Ever Gone Cow-Tipping?
Ugh…that’s horrible!

Do you prefer your mattress soft or hard?
Very soft!

Do you believe in snipes?
They exist!

Do You Like Rainy Days Or Snowy Winter Days More?
Gimme snow any day!

What is Your Favorite Beverage?
Beer

Are You A Heavy Or Light Sleeper?
Light. So very, very light.

Do You Have Any Phobias Or Fears?
I’m insanely claustrophobic. I’m still traumatized by Mission: Space at Epcot Center because it was so tight!

Ever Been To A Strip Club?
More than one!

Ever Won The Lottery?
I wish!

Are you wearing socks right now?
Yep. I’m rarely without them.

Last food you ate?
Chocolate creme Oreos

Do you need to do laundry?
Always

Have You Ever Fired A Gun?
I earned a marksmanship ribbon in the Air Force, so… 🙂

Given A Chance, Would You Bungee Jump?
Hell, no.

Favorite Thing To Spend Money On?
My pets

Have You Ever Ridden In An Ambulance?
Yep…was a certified EMT!

Do You Have A Recurring Dream?
I often dream of my daughter. Except I don’t have a daughter. It’s weird.

Do You Snore Or Steal The Covers Or Roll Around In Your Sleep?
All of the above

Last concert you went to?
Brooks and Dun

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
Playing with the dog

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
NCIS

Would you ever consider living abroad?
In a heartbeat

What time is bed time?
10 PM

Have you ever won a trophy?
Yes…in 4-H

What’s under your bed?
Dustbunnies

What do you do most when you are bored?
Read

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Fast-food worker, waitress, video store clerk, security officer, bartender, EMT, meteorologist

Can you tie a maraschino cherry stem with your tongue?
Yes

Comment or choose one question to answer for yourself and enter to win:
1 of 3 copies of Larissa’s last release ETERNAL RIDER
1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks
Open Internationally!



>Fun with Larissa Ione + Giveaways!!!

>

Winners:

We’re having a little fun with Larissa Ione today!  She’s UBER busy with the release of IMMORTAL RIDER, so when I asked her over to the blog, I gave her something really easy to do and something fun for us to read!  A Twitter-type interview with fun, fascinating and frivilous facts about Larissa!

Comment or choose one question to answer for yourself and enter to win:
1 of 3 copies of Larissa’s last release ETERNAL RIDER
1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks

IMMORTAL RIDER

The signs are everywhere…disastrous world events. Evil rising up, unleashed upon the innocent. The prophecies were there…but no one listened. Until now. The time has come for those who can either usher in Doomsday…or prevent it. They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Arik Wagner, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s paranormal unit, the R-XR, kissed a girl and liked it. And then he went to hell as punishment. Where he’s spent weeks being tortured…and plotting revenge.

Limos, Horsewoman of the Apocalypse, isn’t your average girl. She’s immortal, dangerous, and her fiancé is Satan himself. In a moment of weakness, she gave in to her desire and kissed Arik, triggering her fiancé’s wrath – and his claim on her. In order to save Arik, and the world, Limos must make a dangerous pact with her recently turned evil brother, Pestilence. A deal that might just cost her her soul…and her heart.


Now, let’s learn some fun stuff about Larissa!

Do You Like Going Window Shopping?
Yes!

Can You Tell If Someone Is Lying To You?
Usually.

Do You Have Any Undiscovered Or Hidden Talents?
I kill watch batteries. Like, within hours. Can’t wear anything but wind-ups!

Are You The Same Person You Were As A Child, Or Much Different?
I’m happier!

Do You Believe In Destiny?
Sort of…

Ever Broken Any Bones?
Both wrists (at the same time)

Have You Ever Felt Like You Hit Rock Bottom?
Yes

Are You A Touchy Feely Person?
*shudders* No

Do You Like Eating Out At Restaurants?
Love it!

Any Tattoos?
Two. Demon caduceus from my books on my right ankle and a Vulcan IDIC from Star Trek on my hip.

Have You Ever Cheated On A Test?
Maybe…*g*

Do You Have Any Weird Habits?
I only shave one leg per day.

Have You Ever Walked Out On A Movie At The Theater?
No

Have You Ever Regretted One Of Your “Romantic Encounters”?
Er…yes.

Do You Believe In The Afterlife?
Definitely

Ever Been Addicted To A Game?
Oh, yes. Any D&D computer game!

How Did You Rebel As A Child?

You name it…

First impression of your significant other.
Yum

Do You Like To Go Camping?
Yes…as long as it’s in a camper. I hate the tent thing!

Can’t Stand Being Around People Who_________?
Brag

Do You Believe In Extraterrestrials Or Life On Other Planets?
I do!

Have you ever had a job where you had to wear a uniform?
Several

Are You A Window Person Or An Aisle Person?
Aisle – so I don’t have to climb over people to go to the bathroom!

How Do You Like To Celebrate Your Birthday?
By pretending it didn’t happen.

How Do You Like To Spend New Year’s Eve?
Sleeping. Yep, I’m a BLAST!

Have You Ever Been Hit By A Girl?
Yep. And I hit back.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?
Yes

Have You Ever Gone Cow-Tipping?
Ugh…that’s horrible!

Do you prefer your mattress soft or hard?
Very soft!

Do you believe in snipes?
They exist!

Do You Like Rainy Days Or Snowy Winter Days More?
Gimme snow any day!

What is Your Favorite Beverage?
Beer

Are You A Heavy Or Light Sleeper?
Light. So very, very light.

Do You Have Any Phobias Or Fears?
I’m insanely claustrophobic. I’m still traumatized by Mission: Space at Epcot Center because it was so tight!

Ever Been To A Strip Club?
More than one!

Ever Won The Lottery?
I wish!

Are you wearing socks right now?
Yep. I’m rarely without them.

Last food you ate?
Chocolate creme Oreos

Do you need to do laundry?
Always

Have You Ever Fired A Gun?
I earned a marksmanship ribbon in the Air Force, so… 🙂

Given A Chance, Would You Bungee Jump?
Hell, no.

Favorite Thing To Spend Money On?
My pets

Have You Ever Ridden In An Ambulance?
Yep…was a certified EMT!

Do You Have A Recurring Dream?
I often dream of my daughter. Except I don’t have a daughter. It’s weird.

Do You Snore Or Steal The Covers Or Roll Around In Your Sleep?
All of the above

Last concert you went to?
Brooks and Dun

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
Playing with the dog

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
NCIS

Would you ever consider living abroad?
In a heartbeat

What time is bed time?
10 PM

Have you ever won a trophy?
Yes…in 4-H

What’s under your bed?
Dustbunnies

What do you do most when you are bored?
Read

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
Fast-food worker, waitress, video store clerk, security officer, bartender, EMT, meteorologist

Can you tie a maraschino cherry stem with your tongue?
Yes

Comment or choose one question to answer for yourself and enter to win:
1 of 3 copies of Larissa’s last release ETERNAL RIDER
1 of 5 custom handmade bookmarks
Open Internationally!



JOURNEY OF A DEBUT AUTHOR

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Welcome to the Journey of a Debut Author Blog Tour!

Although my debut FEVER doesn’t come out until Spring 2012, I thought it would be fun to let readers and prospective authors in on what goes on behind the scenes of getting a debut author prepared for publication. At each stop we’ll discuss one step of the process, I’ll give examples from my experiences and some of my favorite, NYT bestselling authors will also answer questions relating to their debut experience.

Of course, I can’t seem to show my face without giving something away, so I’ll be offering books by the guest offer of the day on each stop of the tour!

The tour’s first stop will be at Romance at Random on October 3rd, where I’ll be talking about The Call, and Lauren Dane, USA Today and NYT bestselling author guests with me, answering questions about her debut experience in publishing.

I’ll be giving away copies of Lauren’s novels INSIDE OUT and UNDERCOVER to two lucky commenters — open Internationally!  Stop by and enter to win!!

Stop by ROMANCE AT RANDOM on OCTOBER 3rd to WIN!!

>JOURNEY OF A DEBUT AUTHOR

>

 
Welcome to the Journey of a Debut Author Blog Tour!

Although my debut FEVER doesn’t come out until Spring 2012, I thought it would be fun to let readers and prospective authors in on what goes on behind the scenes of getting a debut author prepared for publication. At each stop we’ll discuss one step of the process, I’ll give examples from my experiences and some of my favorite, NYT bestselling authors will also answer questions relating to their debut experience.

Of course, I can’t seem to show my face without giving something away, so I’ll be offering books by the guest offer of the day on each stop of the tour!

The tour’s first stop will be at Romance at Random on October 3rd, where I’ll be talking about The Call, and Lauren Dane, USA Today and NYT bestselling author guests with me, answering questions about her debut experience in publishing.

I’ll be giving away copies of Lauren’s novels INSIDE OUT and UNDERCOVER to two lucky commenters — open Internationally!  Stop by and enter to win!!

Stop by ROMANCE AT RANDOM on OCTOBER 3rd to WIN!!

New Year’s Giveaway: Last Day! with Stephanie Tyler

>Stephanie Tyler and I are Twitter & Facebook buddies.  I met Stephanie through my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and got to know her online.  After reading the first book in her romantic suspense trilogy, HARD TO HOLD, I was hooked.

Stephanie writes strong heroines, uber-hunky heroes and tight suspense. Nothing keeps me glued to the pages like that combination. YUM! 

Like Larissa Ione, Stephanie was generous enough to take time out of her crazy schedule to read and quote my debut novel, FEVER…but even before it was FEVER.

Something I learned along the pathway to publication was that I not only needed quotes from established authors to sell my book to readers off the stand, I needed quotes from established authors to sell my book to editors off my agent’s query.

Stephanie spent her time reading and quoting the book even before I’d sold it.  Even before it was shopped.  My agent was thrilled with the quote and the book sold in a two book deal.  The editor who bought my book recently said in an email, “Our publisher is a big believer that [cover quotes] make a huge difference for a debut…”  Just one of the (less important) reasons I’m so grateful to have Stephanie as a friend!

Today, Stephanie has generously offered FIVE of her books up for giveaway — and the winners get to choose which book they receive: any one of the five books in her romantic suspense trilogies including the three books from her Hard to Hold series: HARD TO HOLD, TO HOT TO HOLD, HOLD ON TIGHT and the two books from her Shadow Forces series: LIE WITH ME or PROMISES IN THE DARK.

How cool is that?

Stephanie also writes erotic romance with co-author Larissa Ione under the pseudonym Sydney Croft.

Up For Win Today:
YOUR CHOICE of any one of the five books listed above.

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

Upcoming Releases:

  • TAKEN BY FIRE, her latest Sydney Croft release, June 2011
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT, book 3 in the Shadow Force series under Stephanie Tyler, July 2011
  • NIGHT MOVES, book 4 in the Shadow Force series under Stephanie Tyler, September 2011

Works In Progress:
Stephanie is currently working on a NEW paranormal romantic suspense trilogy which will be published by NAL.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

A very big thanks to all of you who followed the contest this month and entered to win!  Another giganormous thank you to the authors who participated in the giveaway — each one of you holds a special place of gratitude in my heart.

I hope those of you interested in writing and reading will come back and visit often.  I have some great stuff to share in the upcoming months!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Last Day! with Stephanie Tyler

>Stephanie Tyler and I are Twitter & Facebook buddies.  I met Stephanie through my CP, Elisabeth Naughton, and got to know her online.  After reading the first book in her romantic suspense trilogy, HARD TO HOLD, I was hooked.

Stephanie writes strong heroines, uber-hunky heroes and tight suspense. Nothing keeps me glued to the pages like that combination. YUM! 

Like Larissa Ione, Stephanie was generous enough to take time out of her crazy schedule to read and quote my debut novel, FEVER…but even before it was FEVER.

Something I learned along the pathway to publication was that I not only needed quotes from established authors to sell my book to readers off the stand, I needed quotes from established authors to sell my book to editors off my agent’s query.

Stephanie spent her time reading and quoting the book even before I’d sold it.  Even before it was shopped.  My agent was thrilled with the quote and the book sold in a two book deal.  The editor who bought my book recently said in an email, “Our publisher is a big believer that [cover quotes] make a huge difference for a debut…”  Just one of the (less important) reasons I’m so grateful to have Stephanie as a friend!

Today, Stephanie has generously offered FIVE of her books up for giveaway — and the winners get to choose which book they receive: any one of the five books in her romantic suspense trilogies including the three books from her Hard to Hold series: HARD TO HOLD, TO HOT TO HOLD, HOLD ON TIGHT and the two books from her Shadow Forces series: LIE WITH ME or PROMISES IN THE DARK.

How cool is that?

Stephanie also writes erotic romance with co-author Larissa Ione under the pseudonym Sydney Croft.

Up For Win Today:
YOUR CHOICE of any one of the five books listed above.

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

Upcoming Releases:

  • TAKEN BY FIRE, her latest Sydney Croft release, June 2011
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT, book 3 in the Shadow Force series under Stephanie Tyler, July 2011
  • NIGHT MOVES, book 4 in the Shadow Force series under Stephanie Tyler, September 2011

Works In Progress:
Stephanie is currently working on a NEW paranormal romantic suspense trilogy which will be published by NAL.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

A very big thanks to all of you who followed the contest this month and entered to win!  Another giganormous thank you to the authors who participated in the giveaway — each one of you holds a special place of gratitude in my heart.

I hope those of you interested in writing and reading will come back and visit often.  I have some great stuff to share in the upcoming months!