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>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 19, Christy Reece

>Christy Reece and I met initially online via Facebook.  That was before I was a big twitterer.  Then I discovered the wonders of Twitter and didn’t spend near as much time on Facebook.  But I still wanted to chat with Christy.  So I bugged her, and bugged her, and bugged her — along with many of her other friends — and she took the plunge and joined us on Twitter.  Yay!

We met in person at Elisabeth Naughton’s release party at RWA National 2010.  I remember I was in the process of rewriting my first novel to my editor’s requirements, it was due shortly after nationals and I was…nervous.  Christy was so encouraging, so positive.  And it only took a few words of reassurance from her to make me feel like I’d make it.  And I did–met the deadline with a very polished new version of the novel.

I’m very grateful for Christy’s words of wisdom that carried me through and always look forward to her fun and upbeat comments online.

Christy is a NYT bestseller of romantic suspense.  And you can win an autographed copy of the first book in her bestselling series here today!

Up For Win Today:
NO CHANCE, first in her bestselling romantic suspense series

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

Book Summary:
Skylar James told a lie to the man she married, and eight years later she still bitterly regrets the deception. Unknown to Skylar, her husband, Gabe Maddox, now lives in the dangerous shadows of elite operatives who rescue victims. When Skylar tries to save a naïve young beauty, kidnappers come after her. For Gabe, Skylar had been his last shot at trust and love. But news of her disappearance battens down his anger and launches him into action. Saving Skylar is Gabe’s only chance for peace and his last chance for happiness.

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Upcoming Releases:
SWEET JUSTICE, August 2011
SWEET REWARD, December 2011/January 2012
SWEET REVENGE, Early 2012

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Tomorrow, paranormal romance author Juliana Stone!

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 18, Kristina McMorris

>Kristina McMorris is one of the people you want to hate–gorgeous, funny, talented, intelligent–she’s got the whole package tied up with a shiny bow. 

But you just can’t.  She’s too generous, too thoughtful, just too damned sweet.

Kristina is a longtime author friend of my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton, and I first met Kristina at the RWA conference in San Francisco.  As a prior PR director, she’s always brimming with knowledge and ideas and she’s always willing to share them and help out another author.

Kristina writes women’s fiction.  Her debut novel, LETTERS FROM HOME, is a WWII love story inspired by her grandparents’ courtship. It has garnered more than a dozen national literary awards, will be featured in a Select Editions Volume from Reader’s Digest, and is a Doubleday Book Club selection. The film rights are represented by the renowned Creative Artists Agency (CAA) of Los Angeles. 

And you have a chance to win this award winning novel today!

Up For Win Today:
LETTERS FROM HOME, February 2011

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

Book Summary:
Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn’t need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she’s set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief conversation – cut short by the soldier’s evident interest in Betty – but Liz can’t forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees.

Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from “Betty” are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn’t know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Works In Progress:
Kristina just completed her second novel, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, which is a very unique love story, again set during WWII and will release in February 2012.

Contact Info:
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Tomorrow, Christy Reece, New York Times Bestseller of romantic suspense.

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 18, Kristina McMorris

>Kristina McMorris is one of the people you want to hate–gorgeous, funny, talented, intelligent–she’s got the whole package tied up with a shiny bow. 

But you just can’t.  She’s too generous, too thoughtful, just too damned sweet.

Kristina is a longtime author friend of my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton, and I first met Kristina at the RWA conference in San Francisco.  As a prior PR director, she’s always brimming with knowledge and ideas and she’s always willing to share them and help out another author.

Kristina writes women’s fiction.  Her debut novel, LETTERS FROM HOME, is a WWII love story inspired by her grandparents’ courtship. It has garnered more than a dozen national literary awards, will be featured in a Select Editions Volume from Reader’s Digest, and is a Doubleday Book Club selection. The film rights are represented by the renowned Creative Artists Agency (CAA) of Los Angeles. 

And you have a chance to win this award winning novel today!

Up For Win Today:
LETTERS FROM HOME, February 2011

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

Book Summary:
Chicago, 1944. Liz Stephens has little interest in attending a USO club dance with her friends Betty and Julia. She doesn’t need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she’s set to marry her childhood sweetheart. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. They share only a brief conversation – cut short by the soldier’s evident interest in Betty – but Liz can’t forget him. Thus, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, stationed overseas, Liz reluctantly agrees.

Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. His letters from “Betty” are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both. While Liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn’t know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. And as the war draws to a close, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, painful losses, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Works In Progress:
Kristina just completed her second novel, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, which is a very unique love story, again set during WWII and will release in February 2012.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Email

Tomorrow, Christy Reece, New York Times Bestseller of romantic suspense.

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 15, Elisabeth Naughton

>How do you describe someone who is like the other half of your brain? 

Elisabeth Naughton and I have been critique partners for about five years now.  We met through another writer who we also critiqued with.  Elisabeth and I have both grown and changed over those years, yet we’ve grown closer and changed in similar ways. 

Aside from writing in similar genres, we share common values such as work-ethic, professionalism, commitment and karma.  Outside publishing we share a love of family, dedication to our long-time marriages, support of true friendship and acceptance of individual quirks and styles — even though my plotting and planning makes her want to pull out her eyelashes and her writing into the mist makes me want to jump off a cliff.

Elisabeth has an amazing ability to understand story structure and visualize the big picture, something I struggle with even after taking courses, reading books and applying it in my work.  She has mentored me along the path of writing a series and all that entails. 

In fact, it was Elisabeth who emailed me during her Hawaiian vacation because she had an epiphany–that FEVER, my debut novel with Kensington, was perfect for both a series of connected books and a paranormal element.  She was convinced that the only reason it hadn’t sold was because the RS market had slowed.

Because I trust her opinion and her vision of my work (and because I have learned she’s often right about most things) I rewrote FEVER, was subsequently offered representation by two well-known agents, and thereafter offered a two book contract.

I have myriad of reasons to be grateful for Elisabeth’s role in my life as mentor and friend, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share her fabulous work with all of you! 

She has an amazing voice, sarcastic wit that never fails to have me laughing out loud and kick-ass characters who take no shit.  Her stories move fast, twist, turn and flip upside down.  So if you’re looking for an author who delivers on the promises they offer at the beginning of a novel (as described in my recent blog post at Brava Authors) Elisabeth is that author.

Up For Win Today:

2 copies of STOLEN FURY, the first in her STOLEN trilogy and double RWA RITA nominee for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense.

3 copies of MARKED, the first book in her ETERNAL GUARDIAN series.

3 copies of ENTWINED, the second book in her ETERNAL GUARDIAN series.

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

Book Summary:
STOLEN FURY:
To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart…

Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.

After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.

She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up—because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive.

Read an excerpt: HERE.

MARKED:
THERON – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Read and excerpt: HERE.

ENTWINED:
ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians. It’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose. But as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability… somewhere.

Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the humans’. Zander can’t afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching before him, he also can’t fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he’s found his weakness, after all…

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Upcoming Releases:

  • TEMPTED, the highly anticipated release of Elisabeth’s third book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series,  October, 2011.
  • BODYGUARDS IN BED, an anthology of romantic suspense with a bodyguard theme, co-authors Lucy Monroe and Jamie Denton.  May, 2011.
  • ENRAPTURED, the forth book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, April 2012.

Works In Progress:

  • ENRAPTURED, the forth book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, April 2012.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Have a great weekend! Check back next week for more awesome giveaways!

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 15, Elisabeth Naughton

>How do you describe someone who is like the other half of your brain? 

Elisabeth Naughton and I have been critique partners for about five years now.  We met through another writer who we also critiqued with.  Elisabeth and I have both grown and changed over those years, yet we’ve grown closer and changed in similar ways. 

Aside from writing in similar genres, we share common values such as work-ethic, professionalism, commitment and karma.  Outside publishing we share a love of family, dedication to our long-time marriages, support of true friendship and acceptance of individual quirks and styles — even though my plotting and planning makes her want to pull out her eyelashes and her writing into the mist makes me want to jump off a cliff.

Elisabeth has an amazing ability to understand story structure and visualize the big picture, something I struggle with even after taking courses, reading books and applying it in my work.  She has mentored me along the path of writing a series and all that entails. 

In fact, it was Elisabeth who emailed me during her Hawaiian vacation because she had an epiphany–that FEVER, my debut novel with Kensington, was perfect for both a series of connected books and a paranormal element.  She was convinced that the only reason it hadn’t sold was because the RS market had slowed.

Because I trust her opinion and her vision of my work (and because I have learned she’s often right about most things) I rewrote FEVER, was subsequently offered representation by two well-known agents, and thereafter offered a two book contract.

I have myriad of reasons to be grateful for Elisabeth’s role in my life as mentor and friend, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share her fabulous work with all of you! 

She has an amazing voice, sarcastic wit that never fails to have me laughing out loud and kick-ass characters who take no shit.  Her stories move fast, twist, turn and flip upside down.  So if you’re looking for an author who delivers on the promises they offer at the beginning of a novel (as described in my recent blog post at Brava Authors) Elisabeth is that author.

Up For Win Today:

2 copies of STOLEN FURY, the first in her STOLEN trilogy and double RWA RITA nominee for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense.

3 copies of MARKED, the first book in her ETERNAL GUARDIAN series.

3 copies of ENTWINED, the second book in her ETERNAL GUARDIAN series.

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

Book Summary:
STOLEN FURY:
To unearth a centuries-old secret, an archaeologist must team up with the rakish thief who’s stolen both an ancient relic and her heart…

Oh, is he handsome. And charming. And sexy as all get out. Dr. Lisa Maxwell isn’t the type to go home with a guy she barely knows. But, hey, this is Italy and the red-blooded Rafe Sullivan seems much more enticing than cataloging a bunch of dusty artifacts.

After being fully seduced, Lisa wakes to an empty bed and, worse yet, an empty safe. She’s staked her career as an archaeologist on collecting the three Furies, a priceless set of ancient Greek reliefs. Now the one she had is gone. But Lisa won’t just get mad. She’ll get even.

She tracks Rafe to Florida, and finds the sparks between them blaze hotter than the Miami sun. He may still have her relic, but he’ll never find all three without her. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt. To beat the other treasure seekers, they’ll have to partner up—because suddenly Lisa and Rafe are in a race just to stay alive.

Read an excerpt: HERE.

MARKED:
THERON – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Read and excerpt: HERE.

ENTWINED:
ZANDER — The most feared of all the Eternal Guardians. It’s rumored he can’t be killed, and he always fights like he has nothing to lose. But as a descendant of the famed hero Achilles, he’s got to have a vulnerability… somewhere.

Forces of daemons are gathering and have broken through the barriers of the Underworld. Now more than ever the Eternal Guardians are needed to protect both their own realm and the humans’. Zander can’t afford to think about what might have been with the bewitching physician he once regarded as his soul mate. But with eternity stretching before him, he also can’t fathom spending his life without the one woman who makes him feel most alive. Perhaps he’s found his weakness, after all…

Read an excerpt: HERE.

Upcoming Releases:

  • TEMPTED, the highly anticipated release of Elisabeth’s third book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series,  October, 2011.
  • BODYGUARDS IN BED, an anthology of romantic suspense with a bodyguard theme, co-authors Lucy Monroe and Jamie Denton.  May, 2011.
  • ENRAPTURED, the forth book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, April 2012.

Works In Progress:

  • ENRAPTURED, the forth book in the ETERNAL GUARDIAN series, April 2012.

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Have a great weekend! Check back next week for more awesome giveaways!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 12, Alison Kent

>Alison Kent is another Twitter buddy!  I appreciate her humor and her insight and have enjoyed conversing with her online.  (If you’re not seeing a pattern here yet…let me spell it out for you — Twitter = priceless writing friends.) 

If you go to Alison’s website, you’ll see she is a long-time, prolific author in various romance genres from romantic suspense to contemporary, and everything she writes has lots of sexy spice.

Alison has generously donated TWO books for the giveaway, both contemporaries published by Kensington Brava, both with mouth-watering hero covers.

Up For Win Today:
<<< Those two hunks right there…drool…
One copy each: NO LIMITS and WITH EXTREME PLEASURE

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:
NO LIMITS:
Simon Baptiste’s latest SG-5 mission just went south in a major way. With his career on ice for awhile, it seems like a good time to take care of some business back home in Louisiana. Simon knows it ain’t going to be pretty. He’s got some old enemies in Bayou Allain who won’t exactly roll out the red carpet. But Simon’s first night back is more than he bargained for. Not only has the homestead gone to hell in a hand basket, but there’s a half-naked woman hiding inside it—a woman whose face Simon knows all too well. It’s Michelina Ferrer, the sultry spokesmodel for her family’s Ferrer fragrance empire—and Simon’s been staring at her picture on a billboard outside his Manhattan apartment for weeks…

Micky Ferrer came down to Bayou Allain looking for her old college friend, only to discover that Lisa Landry has been missing for days. As soon as Micky starts asking questions around town, someone runs her car off the road. She’s hiding out in the old Baptiste place when Simon shows up—and he’s the hottest thing she’s laid eyes on since she got to town. Simon agrees that something strange is going on and that Lisa’s disappearance may be tied to it. As he and Micky search for answers, the sweltering heat makes it hard to keep their heads straight or their hands off each other…even as they unravel the small-town secrets that some people are willing to kill for…

WITH EXTREME PLEASURE:
After three weeks in Manhattan, Kingdom Trahan is ready to get back to bayous, crawfish boils, and afternoons fishing on the Gulf. But before he can pull out of the parking garage, he meets a curvy detour. King noticed Cady Kowalski on the photo shoot he just endured—sexy and confident, with a waifish look that belies the way she corralled him into submission using only a can of hairspray. Yet Cady isn’t confident now. She’s bruised, edgy, and desperate to get out of town…

For years, Cady has been looking over her shoulder, wondering when the gang of drug-running criminals who killed her brother would make their move on her. She’s grown used to having no one to turn to, no one to trust. But King isn’t walking away—not even when their lives are threatened, again and again. Drawing Cady’s pursuers out of hiding is the only way to end this, and it’s also the most reckless thing they can do…short of diving into a red-hot affair from which there’s no turning back.

Recent Releases:
THE ICING ON THE CAKE, September 2010, is one of the first three reality based romances published by HCI True Vows.
 
Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email
 
Tomorrow: Special review & giveaway of Sylvia Day’s upcoming release PRIDE AND PLEASURE

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 12, Alison Kent

>Alison Kent is another Twitter buddy!  I appreciate her humor and her insight and have enjoyed conversing with her online.  (If you’re not seeing a pattern here yet…let me spell it out for you — Twitter = priceless writing friends.) 

If you go to Alison’s website, you’ll see she is a long-time, prolific author in various romance genres from romantic suspense to contemporary, and everything she writes has lots of sexy spice.

Alison has generously donated TWO books for the giveaway, both contemporaries published by Kensington Brava, both with mouth-watering hero covers.

Up For Win Today:
<<< Those two hunks right there…drool…
One copy each: NO LIMITS and WITH EXTREME PLEASURE

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:
NO LIMITS:
Simon Baptiste’s latest SG-5 mission just went south in a major way. With his career on ice for awhile, it seems like a good time to take care of some business back home in Louisiana. Simon knows it ain’t going to be pretty. He’s got some old enemies in Bayou Allain who won’t exactly roll out the red carpet. But Simon’s first night back is more than he bargained for. Not only has the homestead gone to hell in a hand basket, but there’s a half-naked woman hiding inside it—a woman whose face Simon knows all too well. It’s Michelina Ferrer, the sultry spokesmodel for her family’s Ferrer fragrance empire—and Simon’s been staring at her picture on a billboard outside his Manhattan apartment for weeks…

Micky Ferrer came down to Bayou Allain looking for her old college friend, only to discover that Lisa Landry has been missing for days. As soon as Micky starts asking questions around town, someone runs her car off the road. She’s hiding out in the old Baptiste place when Simon shows up—and he’s the hottest thing she’s laid eyes on since she got to town. Simon agrees that something strange is going on and that Lisa’s disappearance may be tied to it. As he and Micky search for answers, the sweltering heat makes it hard to keep their heads straight or their hands off each other…even as they unravel the small-town secrets that some people are willing to kill for…

WITH EXTREME PLEASURE:
After three weeks in Manhattan, Kingdom Trahan is ready to get back to bayous, crawfish boils, and afternoons fishing on the Gulf. But before he can pull out of the parking garage, he meets a curvy detour. King noticed Cady Kowalski on the photo shoot he just endured—sexy and confident, with a waifish look that belies the way she corralled him into submission using only a can of hairspray. Yet Cady isn’t confident now. She’s bruised, edgy, and desperate to get out of town…

For years, Cady has been looking over her shoulder, wondering when the gang of drug-running criminals who killed her brother would make their move on her. She’s grown used to having no one to turn to, no one to trust. But King isn’t walking away—not even when their lives are threatened, again and again. Drawing Cady’s pursuers out of hiding is the only way to end this, and it’s also the most reckless thing they can do…short of diving into a red-hot affair from which there’s no turning back.

Recent Releases:
THE ICING ON THE CAKE, September 2010, is one of the first three reality based romances published by HCI True Vows.
 
Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email
 
Tomorrow: Special review & giveaway of Sylvia Day’s upcoming release PRIDE AND PLEASURE