romance authors

>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 8, Addison Fox

>Addison Fox is … you guessed it … another Twitter buddy. We have never met in person, but I have enjoyed her camaraderie on-line.

When I saw WARRIOR ASCENDED in the bookstore and popped the book open to somewhere about the first third and started reading (my typical habit with an author new to me), I was immediately taken my the cadence of her voice.  Then I read the jacket copy and I was hooked.  Then I found out that WARRIOR AVENGED is the first of her series and I had to buy it…because I never read out of order.

Needless to say, I’m a fan.  After today, I hope you’ll be a fan, too, because Addison has generously donated 4 — yes FOUR — copies of her books to give away.  2 copies of WARRIOR ASCENDED & 2 copies of WARRIOR AVENGED.

Up For Win Today:
2 copies of Warrior Avengened
2 copies of Warrior Ascended

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

Book Summary:
Warrior Avenged
Book 2: The Sons of the Zodiac

For ages, the goddess Nemesis has sought divine vengeance against mortal man, as she awaits her chance for retaliation against Mount Olympus. Now, after making a deal with a dark wizard, she has reinvented herself as a female spy with her own sinister agenda…

Immortal warrior Kane Montague is as lethal as a Scorpion – like the one that marks his powerful form. As an assassin for MI-6, he was an ace gun-for-hire until someone very close burned him. Now on the outs with his former colleagues, Kane knows all too well who’s to blame: a sexy secret agent named Ilsa.

When their paths cross again, the passion between Kane and Ilsa is irresistible…and possibly lethal. But they soon realize that Ilsa is simply a pawn in a conspiracy aimed at the heart of the Zodiac Warriors. Can Kane trust her? Or is Ilsa the only one who can save him, body and soul?

Warrior Ascended: Book 1: The Sons of the Zodiac
Millennia ago, the Goddess of Justice created a race of fierce Warriors, each imbued with a special power of the Zodiac, charged with protecting humanity from the darkest of evils.

Charming, proud, and impulsive, Leo Warrior Brody Talbot is fighting what may be his final battle. Enyo, the Goddess of War, plans to fulfill an ancient prophecy to destroy humanity by harnessing the dark power of the Summoning Stones of Egypt—and there’s only one person who knows enough about the stones to help Brody diminish their strength.

Since her father’s murder, museum curator Ava Harrison has continued his research of Egypt’s ancient treasures. She’s just landed the exhibit of a century, displaying the Summoning Stones at New York’s Natural History Museum. Used to working alone, Ava is suspicious of the arrogant archeologist who’s been brought in to ensure the stones safekeeping–but his presence ignites an unexpected blaze of attraction.

Never in all his centuries has Brody met a woman who enthralls him like Ava. But, bound to protect her, he struggles to deny his passion as they are drawn into a dark and dangerous final reckoning between good and evil.

Upcoming Releases:

  • 2011, Warrior Betrayed – Book 3 in the Sons of the Zodiac series
  • 2011, The Bachelor Game – Book 1 of the Alaskan Nights Trilogy

“I’m really excited to be writing the dark, sexy paranormals and fun, hot contemporaries. There will be another Zodiac book in 2012 along with another Alaska title as well (all titles are still TBD).”
~Addison Fox

Works In Progress:
2012, Book 4 in the Sons of the Zodiac series, Title TBD
2012, Book 2 of the Alaskan Nights Trilogy, Title TBD

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestseller of paranormal romance!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 8, Addison Fox

>Addison Fox is … you guessed it … another Twitter buddy. We have never met in person, but I have enjoyed her camaraderie on-line.

When I saw WARRIOR ASCENDED in the bookstore and popped the book open to somewhere about the first third and started reading (my typical habit with an author new to me), I was immediately taken my the cadence of her voice.  Then I read the jacket copy and I was hooked.  Then I found out that WARRIOR AVENGED is the first of her series and I had to buy it…because I never read out of order.

Needless to say, I’m a fan.  After today, I hope you’ll be a fan, too, because Addison has generously donated 4 — yes FOUR — copies of her books to give away.  2 copies of WARRIOR ASCENDED & 2 copies of WARRIOR AVENGED.

Up For Win Today:
2 copies of Warrior Avengened
2 copies of Warrior Ascended

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

Book Summary:
Warrior Avenged
Book 2: The Sons of the Zodiac

For ages, the goddess Nemesis has sought divine vengeance against mortal man, as she awaits her chance for retaliation against Mount Olympus. Now, after making a deal with a dark wizard, she has reinvented herself as a female spy with her own sinister agenda…

Immortal warrior Kane Montague is as lethal as a Scorpion – like the one that marks his powerful form. As an assassin for MI-6, he was an ace gun-for-hire until someone very close burned him. Now on the outs with his former colleagues, Kane knows all too well who’s to blame: a sexy secret agent named Ilsa.

When their paths cross again, the passion between Kane and Ilsa is irresistible…and possibly lethal. But they soon realize that Ilsa is simply a pawn in a conspiracy aimed at the heart of the Zodiac Warriors. Can Kane trust her? Or is Ilsa the only one who can save him, body and soul?

Warrior Ascended: Book 1: The Sons of the Zodiac
Millennia ago, the Goddess of Justice created a race of fierce Warriors, each imbued with a special power of the Zodiac, charged with protecting humanity from the darkest of evils.

Charming, proud, and impulsive, Leo Warrior Brody Talbot is fighting what may be his final battle. Enyo, the Goddess of War, plans to fulfill an ancient prophecy to destroy humanity by harnessing the dark power of the Summoning Stones of Egypt—and there’s only one person who knows enough about the stones to help Brody diminish their strength.

Since her father’s murder, museum curator Ava Harrison has continued his research of Egypt’s ancient treasures. She’s just landed the exhibit of a century, displaying the Summoning Stones at New York’s Natural History Museum. Used to working alone, Ava is suspicious of the arrogant archeologist who’s been brought in to ensure the stones safekeeping–but his presence ignites an unexpected blaze of attraction.

Never in all his centuries has Brody met a woman who enthralls him like Ava. But, bound to protect her, he struggles to deny his passion as they are drawn into a dark and dangerous final reckoning between good and evil.

Upcoming Releases:

  • 2011, Warrior Betrayed – Book 3 in the Sons of the Zodiac series
  • 2011, The Bachelor Game – Book 1 of the Alaskan Nights Trilogy

“I’m really excited to be writing the dark, sexy paranormals and fun, hot contemporaries. There will be another Zodiac book in 2012 along with another Alaska title as well (all titles are still TBD).”
~Addison Fox

Works In Progress:
2012, Book 4 in the Sons of the Zodiac series, Title TBD
2012, Book 2 of the Alaskan Nights Trilogy, Title TBD

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Larissa Ione, New York Times Bestseller of paranormal romance!

New Years Giveaway: Day 4, Monica Burns

>Monica Burns and I are Twitter buddies.  By now, that’s probably become familiar news to you all.  I have met quite a few of my author-friends on Twitter. 

As an author living in a small community without in-person access to an RWA chapter or other romance writers within about 150 miles, I thank God for social media.

Monica is an award winning erotic and historical romance author.  She is a 2005 RWA Golden Heart Finalist as well as a 2009 Eppie winner!

She is also running a promotional blog from January 17th through March 1st starring more than 35 bestselling historical romance authors, including Sabrina Jeffries, Madeline Hunter, Lorraine Heath, Sarah MacLean, Julianne MacLean, Lucy Monroe and many more!

Up For Win Today:
Monica’s most recent release, PLEASURE ME.  Talk about a scorching cover…this one burns right through the screen!  Gorgeous!!!

(Note: This book is not available until March 2011)

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

Book Summary:
Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.

Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder.

Read First Three Chapters: HERE

Works In Progress:
INFERNO’S KISS, the third book in the Sicari series.

Contact Info:
Website
Blog
Promotional Blog: Begins Jan 17th and runs through March 1. Daily giveaways & grand prize

Tomorrow:  Elizabeth Craig, writing as Riley Adams, mystery writer and blogger extraordinaire!

>New Years Giveaway: Day 4, Monica Burns

>Monica Burns and I are Twitter buddies.  By now, that’s probably become familiar news to you all.  I have met quite a few of my author-friends on Twitter. 

As an author living in a small community without in-person access to an RWA chapter or other romance writers within about 150 miles, I thank God for social media.

Monica is an award winning erotic and historical romance author.  She is a 2005 RWA Golden Heart Finalist as well as a 2009 Eppie winner!

She is also running a promotional blog from January 17th through March 1st starring more than 35 bestselling historical romance authors, including Sabrina Jeffries, Madeline Hunter, Lorraine Heath, Sarah MacLean, Julianne MacLean, Lucy Monroe and many more!

Up For Win Today:
Monica’s most recent release, PLEASURE ME.  Talk about a scorching cover…this one burns right through the screen!  Gorgeous!!!

(Note: This book is not available until March 2011)

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

Book Summary:
Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.

Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder.

Read First Three Chapters: HERE

Works In Progress:
INFERNO’S KISS, the third book in the Sicari series.

Contact Info:
Website
Blog
Promotional Blog: Begins Jan 17th and runs through March 1. Daily giveaways & grand prize

Tomorrow:  Elizabeth Craig, writing as Riley Adams, mystery writer and blogger extraordinaire!

New Year’s Giveaway: Day 3, Jules Bennett

>Jules Bennett is another Twitter buddy.  We have never met in person, but I have enjoyed her camaraderie on-line.

Jules writes for Silhouette Desire, which will change to Harlequin Desire in 2011. 

Up for win today:
Jules latest release from Silhouette Desire, FROM BOARDROOM TO WEDDING BED?

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

Book Summary:
He’d been faced with the toughest decision of his life—a future full of wealth and power, or the love of Tamera Stevens. And self-made billionaire Cole Marcum had never regretted his choice. Until now, when circumstances forced him to work as partners with the woman he’d left behind. The brilliant CEO was determined to keep their relationship strictly business. Even so, working so closely with the only woman he’d ever cherished had Cole rethinking his priorities. This time, was he prepared to choose love over money?

Jules Works In Progress:
HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST, will be out with Harlequin Desire, April, 2011.

She is also working on another series for Harlequin Desire, which has not been named yet.

Where you can find Jules:
Website
Blog
Email

Tomorrow:  Monica Burns, award-winning erotic romance author.

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 3, Jules Bennett

>Jules Bennett is another Twitter buddy.  We have never met in person, but I have enjoyed her camaraderie on-line.

Jules writes for Silhouette Desire, which will change to Harlequin Desire in 2011. 

Up for win today:
Jules latest release from Silhouette Desire, FROM BOARDROOM TO WEDDING BED?

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

Book Summary:
He’d been faced with the toughest decision of his life—a future full of wealth and power, or the love of Tamera Stevens. And self-made billionaire Cole Marcum had never regretted his choice. Until now, when circumstances forced him to work as partners with the woman he’d left behind. The brilliant CEO was determined to keep their relationship strictly business. Even so, working so closely with the only woman he’d ever cherished had Cole rethinking his priorities. This time, was he prepared to choose love over money?

Jules Works In Progress:
HER INNOCENCE, HIS CONQUEST, will be out with Harlequin Desire, April, 2011.

She is also working on another series for Harlequin Desire, which has not been named yet.

Where you can find Jules:
Website
Blog
Email

Tomorrow:  Monica Burns, award-winning erotic romance author.

New Years Giveaway: Day 2

>Gail Barrett and I met by a quirky twist of fate.  Her name was inexplicably adhered to one of my query letters printed in an article in the October issue of Writer’s Digest. 

I considered contacting her to let her know that her name had been printed somewhere she hadn’t expected, attributed to something she hadn’t written, but, honestly, as a new author, unversed in the industry and its unwieldy ways and somewhat of an introvert, I was a little…uneasy…about how she, a seasoned, published author, might react.  So, I let the proverbial sleeping dog lie.

Gail contacted me recently, after one of her RWA acquaintances congratulated her on the information printed in the article regarding a sale from the query letter.  And I realize now I was silly not to contact her sooner.

She has been wholly gracious and good natured about the confusion, which to this point we can only figure occurred because of the similarity of titles in books we had written: Gail’s FACING THE FIRE, published by Silhouette in 2006, and my novel query, then entitled Facing the Fire, but changed to FEVER, for publication by Kensington in 2012.

Gail has been an unexpected and pleasant gift to close out my already fortunate 2010.

Gail writes for Silhouette Romantic Suspense.  Her work has won the HOLT Medallion Award, finalled in the New Jersey Golden Leaf Contest and been a Top Pick of Romantic Times Magazine.


Up for win today:
A signed copy of her latest release MELTDOWN with Silhouette Romantic Suspense (soon to be Harlequin Romantic Suspense).

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

Book Summary:
Zoe Wilkinson only has hours left to rescue her famous grandfather — and stop a deadly terrorist attack. Running into ex-love Cooper Kennedy just as the clock starts seriously ticking is a complication she doesn’t need. Their old attraction is more potent than ever — and it just might be their greatest threat…

Works In Progress:
Gail is writing COWBOY UNDER SIEGE, the third book in the continuity series, Secrets and Scandals: The Kelleys, releases September, 2011. 

The first two books in an exciting new mini-series, the perfect titles for which are still under development, will come out in October and December 2011.

Where you can find Gail:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Silhouette Romantic Suspense Blog

Tomorrow:  Jules Bennett, Silhouette Desire Author

>New Years Giveaway: Day 2

>Gail Barrett and I met by a quirky twist of fate.  Her name was inexplicably adhered to one of my query letters printed in an article in the October issue of Writer’s Digest. 

I considered contacting her to let her know that her name had been printed somewhere she hadn’t expected, attributed to something she hadn’t written, but, honestly, as a new author, unversed in the industry and its unwieldy ways and somewhat of an introvert, I was a little…uneasy…about how she, a seasoned, published author, might react.  So, I let the proverbial sleeping dog lie.

Gail contacted me recently, after one of her RWA acquaintances congratulated her on the information printed in the article regarding a sale from the query letter.  And I realize now I was silly not to contact her sooner.

She has been wholly gracious and good natured about the confusion, which to this point we can only figure occurred because of the similarity of titles in books we had written: Gail’s FACING THE FIRE, published by Silhouette in 2006, and my novel query, then entitled Facing the Fire, but changed to FEVER, for publication by Kensington in 2012.

Gail has been an unexpected and pleasant gift to close out my already fortunate 2010.

Gail writes for Silhouette Romantic Suspense.  Her work has won the HOLT Medallion Award, finalled in the New Jersey Golden Leaf Contest and been a Top Pick of Romantic Times Magazine.


Up for win today:
A signed copy of her latest release MELTDOWN with Silhouette Romantic Suspense (soon to be Harlequin Romantic Suspense).

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

Book Summary:
Zoe Wilkinson only has hours left to rescue her famous grandfather — and stop a deadly terrorist attack. Running into ex-love Cooper Kennedy just as the clock starts seriously ticking is a complication she doesn’t need. Their old attraction is more potent than ever — and it just might be their greatest threat…

Works In Progress:
Gail is writing COWBOY UNDER SIEGE, the third book in the continuity series, Secrets and Scandals: The Kelleys, releases September, 2011. 

The first two books in an exciting new mini-series, the perfect titles for which are still under development, will come out in October and December 2011.

Where you can find Gail:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Silhouette Romantic Suspense Blog

Tomorrow:  Jules Bennett, Silhouette Desire Author

New Years Giveaway: Kick-Off

>Welcome Vivi Andrews as the Kick-Off author to this month-long give-a-way. Yeah, you could also probably read that as kick-ass. 🙂

Vivi and I both finalled in the 2009 RWA Golden Heart and are currently active members of The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood — a group of 2009 GH finalists. But Vivi went on to WIN the Golden Heart Award for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance that year.

I have never met Vivi in person, but have chatted with her via blog, email and Twitter, and find her both charming and hilarious.

Vivi writes paranormal romance as well as a number of other sub-genres. Her first two paranormal romance novellas were released by Samhain Publishing, launching the Karmic Consultants and Serengeti Shifter series.

Up for win today:
Her latest release in the Karmic Consultants Novels THE GHOST EXTERMINATOR. (Or any of Vivi’s other books available in e-book format at Amazon)

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

Book Summary:
Jo Banks has been seeing ghosts since she was six, so normal was never really an option. Embracing the weird and shunning normalcy makes her the top Ghost Exterminator in her region. Then she meets Wyatt Haines, the uptight, materialistic and irritatingly sexy owner of a successful resort chain.

Wyatt’s new Victorian inn is extremely haunted and the Commando Barbie Ghost Exterminator is just the girl for the job. Except Wyatt doesn’t believe in ghosts, or Jo, or anything outside the norm. He’ll have to start believing fast, though, because Jo’s extermination goes awry and accidentally throws two prankster ghosts into Wyatt’s body to haunt him.

Read an excerpt HERE.

Vivi’s Works In Progress:
THE SEXORCIST – which was just nominated for the CAPA for best paranormal romance – is the sequel to THE GHOST EXTERMINATOR and follows a study exorcist and a cockeyed-optimist wedding planner as they try to save a wedding which is being plagued by a mischief demon.

SERENGETI SUNRISE, the last of her Serengeti Shifter novellas, releases as an e-book in May and features a pair of commitment phobic lion-shifters who might be perfect for one another if they could both just stop trying to prove to everyone how independent and self-reliant they are.

For more works in progress as well as free online reads visit her WEBSITE.

Vivi’s contact info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow: Gail Barrett, Silhouette Romantic Suspense Author