Joan Swan

Special Edition: New Year’s Giveaway — Review & Giveaway

> Sylvia Day’s upcoming release PRIDE AND PLEASURE, available January 25th

I was hooked at “the cover”.

Yes, I’m still a sucker for a gorgeous cover. Guess you can tell I’m not an e-reader yet. Soon, I hope, but as of this post, I’m still a paper book gal. And, boy was I sucker-punched by the cover of Sylvia Day’s, PRIDE AND PLEASURE.

No, really…I could just sit and stare. (Okay, I did just sit and stare…)

When I finished ogling, I turned the book over and read…

Wealth has its dangers…

There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering “accidents” to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered.


…so do certain men

Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can’t resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it’s his pleasure to prove he’s just the man she needs after all…

Oh… My…

I had to open the book and read the first sentence:

As a thief-taker, Jasper Bond had been consulted in a number of unusual locations, but today was the first in a church.

Well, damn. Now I’m hooked. I’m going to have to stop what I’m doing and read until I lose interest.

Several hours and half the book later…no, I’m not freaking kidding…I had to stop reading because I was hungry, I had to pee and the employees at my local McDonald’s where I’d sat down for breakfast several hours prior were shooting me is-she-ever-going-to-leave? glances.

As I closed the book and slunk out of the fast food restaurant, I wondered if the rest of the book would hold up. I often find the second half of novels otherwise well done, lacking.

Sometimes the characters don’t live up to their promises in the beginning. (See my Brava Blog post today for more on promises.) Sometimes the plot peters-out or fragments. Sometimes the story just drags.

None of that happened in PRIDE AND PLEASURE. I read the second half as quickly as the first, with just as much interest. Past the mid-point, Sylvia amped the suspense plot, complicated the romance and kept the pace kicking along.

There are so many well crafted storytelling elements in PRIDE AND PLEASURE, I decided to use the novel as the subject of my first regular column at Savvy Authors, a monthly article reviewing fiction novels from a writer’s perspective and spotlighting effective use of craft. So, if you’re interested in developing your writing to the level of this National Bestseller, Sylvia Day, stop by Savvy Authors February 2nd for my debut column.

Of course, I also suggest picking up a copy of PRIDE AND PLEASURE for yourself, because my description would never transcend the experience of reading it yourself.

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble.com
Borders.com
Books-a-Million.com
IndieBound.com
BookDepository.com

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Or you can enter to win a copy: Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

Tomorrow, A special day for WRITERS! Margie Lawson will be here with a mini-lesson and lecture packets to give away!

>Special Edition: New Year’s Giveaway — Review & Giveaway

> Sylvia Day’s upcoming release PRIDE AND PLEASURE, available January 25th

I was hooked at “the cover”.

Yes, I’m still a sucker for a gorgeous cover. Guess you can tell I’m not an e-reader yet. Soon, I hope, but as of this post, I’m still a paper book gal. And, boy was I sucker-punched by the cover of Sylvia Day’s, PRIDE AND PLEASURE.

No, really…I could just sit and stare. (Okay, I did just sit and stare…)

When I finished ogling, I turned the book over and read…

Wealth has its dangers…

There are disadvantages to being an heiress, as Eliza Martin knows well. Fortune hunters flock to her, acquaintances lie and pander, and lately, someone is engineering “accidents” to propel her to the altar. But Eliza will not be bullied, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. All she needs is a man to infiltrate her assemblage of suitors and find the culprit. Someone not easily noticed; a proficient dancer, quiet, and even-tempered.


…so do certain men

Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too large, too handsome, and too dangerous. Who would believe that an intellectual like Eliza would be seduced by a man of action? But the combination of her stubbornness and the mystery makes the case one Jasper can’t resist. Client satisfaction is a point of pride and it’s his pleasure to prove he’s just the man she needs after all…

Oh… My…

I had to open the book and read the first sentence:

As a thief-taker, Jasper Bond had been consulted in a number of unusual locations, but today was the first in a church.

Well, damn. Now I’m hooked. I’m going to have to stop what I’m doing and read until I lose interest.

Several hours and half the book later…no, I’m not freaking kidding…I had to stop reading because I was hungry, I had to pee and the employees at my local McDonald’s where I’d sat down for breakfast several hours prior were shooting me is-she-ever-going-to-leave? glances.

As I closed the book and slunk out of the fast food restaurant, I wondered if the rest of the book would hold up. I often find the second half of novels otherwise well done, lacking.

Sometimes the characters don’t live up to their promises in the beginning. (See my Brava Blog post today for more on promises.) Sometimes the plot peters-out or fragments. Sometimes the story just drags.

None of that happened in PRIDE AND PLEASURE. I read the second half as quickly as the first, with just as much interest. Past the mid-point, Sylvia amped the suspense plot, complicated the romance and kept the pace kicking along.

There are so many well crafted storytelling elements in PRIDE AND PLEASURE, I decided to use the novel as the subject of my first regular column at Savvy Authors, a monthly article reviewing fiction novels from a writer’s perspective and spotlighting effective use of craft. So, if you’re interested in developing your writing to the level of this National Bestseller, Sylvia Day, stop by Savvy Authors February 2nd for my debut column.

Of course, I also suggest picking up a copy of PRIDE AND PLEASURE for yourself, because my description would never transcend the experience of reading it yourself.

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble.com
Borders.com
Books-a-Million.com
IndieBound.com
BookDepository.com

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Or you can enter to win a copy: Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

Tomorrow, A special day for WRITERS! Margie Lawson will be here with a mini-lesson and lecture packets to give away!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 11, Kris Kennedy

>My friendship with Kris Kennedy developed from a combo of Twitter chat and critque partner intro.  Yet another sweetheart of a person as well as a talented writer of sexy romance.

Kris writes medievals, but works to keep them accessible—both in language and tone—to the modern-day reader.

          “I don’t ‘thee’ and ‘thine,’ I like adventure, and keep it plenty hot.”
          ~ Kris Kennedy

Before you write medievals off as not being ‘your thing,’ read one of Kris’s stories — especially the IRISH.  It could be  exactly what a non-medieval lover would, well…love.

And here’s your chance to give it a try!!

Up For Win Today:
A sexy romantic adventure, THE IRISH WARRIOR.  This novel is a 2008 Golden Heart Winner and a Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick!  Any way you look at it, THE IRISH WARRIOR is a winner!

To enter:
One tweet and you are entered for the whole month!
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Inhibited, accountant-minded Senna de Valery comes to Ireland to finalize a deal that will save her faltering wool business. What she gets instead is a cunning English lord with dangerous ulterior motives.

Forced to rely on her wits, not her ledgers, Senna frees an Irish warrior chained in the prisons, and together they flee across the war-torn land of medieval Ireland. But Finian O’Melaghlin is much more than a charming, roguish warrior. He is councilor to his king, on a grave mission to recover military secrets, and has a dangerous agenda of his own.

Read and excerpt: HERE.

Upcoming Releases:

  • DEFIANT, April 2011
  • Set on the eve of Magna Carta, Jamie, one of King John’s chief lieutenants is sent on a mission to bring in an exiled priest who has information that could destroy King John’s throne.  It’s a simple mission, until Jamie comes up against a thief.  Eva, a beautiful, startling woman, not only gets in his way, literally, but upends all his plans. When the rebel barons send an armed mercenary after the priest as well, Jamie and Eva form an explosive alliance, embarking on an adventure that will betray the truth about their identities, reveal their unexpected loyalties, and unleash a passion that could seal their fates forever.

Works In Progress:
Currently, Kris is working on another medieval, as-yet untitled, which will be out in 2012.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

Tomorrow, Alison Kent, prolific, multi-genre romance author

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 11, Kris Kennedy

>My friendship with Kris Kennedy developed from a combo of Twitter chat and critque partner intro.  Yet another sweetheart of a person as well as a talented writer of sexy romance.

Kris writes medievals, but works to keep them accessible—both in language and tone—to the modern-day reader.

          “I don’t ‘thee’ and ‘thine,’ I like adventure, and keep it plenty hot.”
          ~ Kris Kennedy

Before you write medievals off as not being ‘your thing,’ read one of Kris’s stories — especially the IRISH.  It could be  exactly what a non-medieval lover would, well…love.

And here’s your chance to give it a try!!

Up For Win Today:
A sexy romantic adventure, THE IRISH WARRIOR.  This novel is a 2008 Golden Heart Winner and a Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick!  Any way you look at it, THE IRISH WARRIOR is a winner!

To enter:
One tweet and you are entered for the whole month!
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
Inhibited, accountant-minded Senna de Valery comes to Ireland to finalize a deal that will save her faltering wool business. What she gets instead is a cunning English lord with dangerous ulterior motives.

Forced to rely on her wits, not her ledgers, Senna frees an Irish warrior chained in the prisons, and together they flee across the war-torn land of medieval Ireland. But Finian O’Melaghlin is much more than a charming, roguish warrior. He is councilor to his king, on a grave mission to recover military secrets, and has a dangerous agenda of his own.

Read and excerpt: HERE.

Upcoming Releases:

  • DEFIANT, April 2011
  • Set on the eve of Magna Carta, Jamie, one of King John’s chief lieutenants is sent on a mission to bring in an exiled priest who has information that could destroy King John’s throne.  It’s a simple mission, until Jamie comes up against a thief.  Eva, a beautiful, startling woman, not only gets in his way, literally, but upends all his plans. When the rebel barons send an armed mercenary after the priest as well, Jamie and Eva form an explosive alliance, embarking on an adventure that will betray the truth about their identities, reveal their unexpected loyalties, and unleash a passion that could seal their fates forever.

Works In Progress:
Currently, Kris is working on another medieval, as-yet untitled, which will be out in 2012.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

Tomorrow, Alison Kent, prolific, multi-genre romance author

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 9, Larissa Ione

>I know Larissa Ione because my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton, badgered me until I finally agreed to email Larissa and ask her for a quote for my debut novel, FEVER.

I’m not shy, but neither am I an extrovert who can just talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  And I’m incredibly independent, so asking for some one’s help is tough for me.  And, mind you, I wasn’t asking for something small.  I was asking for a New York Times Bestseller to take time out of her prolific schedule to read my manuscript, create a quote she felt described my work and my writing, and attach her name to it.  Her reputation.

Ack! The pressure!

When my editor expressed her excitement over the prospect of having Larissa’s quote, I finally worked up the guts to email her. 

And…yes…I’m going to say this in public…my critique partner was right.  She told me Larissa was totally sweet, completely unselfish and absolutely professional.  And Larissa is all those things.  But she’s also personable, down to earth, funny, easy to talk to and incredibly accommodating. 

SIN UNDONE was the first book I’d read by Larissa.  By about page 10 I knew I’d be reading the rest of her series.  I love kick-ass heroines, and Larissa knows how to write them.  Her plots are twisted and intricate and deep.  Her love stories heart-rending.  Her sex scenes sizzling hot. 

What more could you ask for?

I am thrilled to include Larissa in my list of authors I am grateful for everyday!  Whoever gets SIN UNDONE in the give-away is a true winner.

Up For Win Today:
SIN UNDONE, the fifth book in Larissa’s Paranormal Romance series Demonica.
(Or any other book in her Demonica series if you win and have already read SIN)
To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

Read an excerpt: HERE

Upcoming Releases:

  • ETERNITY EMBRACED, ebook, January 2011
    Originally printed in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, Eternity Embraced has been expanded for the ebook release.
  • ETERNAL RIDE, April 2011
    The first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, which is about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and is a spinoff from the Demonica series.

Works In Progress:

  • VAMPIRE FIGHT CLUB, September 2011
    A Demonica novella that will release as part of the Supernatural anthology
  • IMMORTAL RIDER, December 2011
    The second Lords of Deliverance book

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Darynda Jones, paranormal romance debut author

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 9, Larissa Ione

>I know Larissa Ione because my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton, badgered me until I finally agreed to email Larissa and ask her for a quote for my debut novel, FEVER.

I’m not shy, but neither am I an extrovert who can just talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime.  And I’m incredibly independent, so asking for some one’s help is tough for me.  And, mind you, I wasn’t asking for something small.  I was asking for a New York Times Bestseller to take time out of her prolific schedule to read my manuscript, create a quote she felt described my work and my writing, and attach her name to it.  Her reputation.

Ack! The pressure!

When my editor expressed her excitement over the prospect of having Larissa’s quote, I finally worked up the guts to email her. 

And…yes…I’m going to say this in public…my critique partner was right.  She told me Larissa was totally sweet, completely unselfish and absolutely professional.  And Larissa is all those things.  But she’s also personable, down to earth, funny, easy to talk to and incredibly accommodating. 

SIN UNDONE was the first book I’d read by Larissa.  By about page 10 I knew I’d be reading the rest of her series.  I love kick-ass heroines, and Larissa knows how to write them.  Her plots are twisted and intricate and deep.  Her love stories heart-rending.  Her sex scenes sizzling hot. 

What more could you ask for?

I am thrilled to include Larissa in my list of authors I am grateful for everyday!  Whoever gets SIN UNDONE in the give-away is a true winner.

Up For Win Today:
SIN UNDONE, the fifth book in Larissa’s Paranormal Romance series Demonica.
(Or any other book in her Demonica series if you win and have already read SIN)
To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message. (Tweet Here)

Book Summary:
As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

Read an excerpt: HERE

Upcoming Releases:

  • ETERNITY EMBRACED, ebook, January 2011
    Originally printed in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2, Eternity Embraced has been expanded for the ebook release.
  • ETERNAL RIDE, April 2011
    The first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, which is about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and is a spinoff from the Demonica series.

Works In Progress:

  • VAMPIRE FIGHT CLUB, September 2011
    A Demonica novella that will release as part of the Supernatural anthology
  • IMMORTAL RIDER, December 2011
    The second Lords of Deliverance book

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Darynda Jones, paranormal romance debut author