romantic suspense

>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 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
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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 7, Cynthia Eden

>I discovered Cynthia Eden and her fantastic novels of both romantic suspense and paranormal romance through my uber critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I chatted with Cynthia via Twitter before I met her for the first time at RWA Nationals in Orlando. 

Somehow, I wasn’t quite prepared for the cutest little thing on the planet with a big, perfect smile,  lilting southern accent and quick, edgy wit.  Add to that her thoughtfulness, her generosity and her talent and it could drive a not-so-sane author to plot crazy twists in their next thriller — like their villain taking a hit out on a little southern beauty.  (*snort* The romantic suspense author in Cynthia would so understand this. *evil grin*)

Cynthia is fabulous – in every way – and I’m blessed to have her in my writing life.

Up For Win Today: DEADLY HEAT, the second book in Cynthia’s Deadly romantic suspense series.  This book releases February 2011. 

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

Book Summary:
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist’s blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI’s elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned – not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.

Kenton’s interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can’t get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case – and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can’t hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer’s sadistic, fiery game.

Upcoming Releases:

  • DEADLY HEAT, second book in Deadly romantic suspense series, February 2011
  • DEADLY LIES, third book in Deadly romantic suspense series, March 2011
    More killers, more danger, more sexy SSD agents.
  • NEVER CRY WOLF, a werewolf tale with Kensington Brava.

Works In Progress:
Cynthia is currently completing a four-book Fallen Angel series for Kensington Brava.
The first book is tentatively scheduled for release in December, 2011.

“The books are dark and sexy, and I sure hope readers enjoy my take on my Fallen Angels.”
~Cynthia Eden

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Addison Fox, paranormal author with 4 books to give away!

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 7, Cynthia Eden

>I discovered Cynthia Eden and her fantastic novels of both romantic suspense and paranormal romance through my uber critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I chatted with Cynthia via Twitter before I met her for the first time at RWA Nationals in Orlando. 

Somehow, I wasn’t quite prepared for the cutest little thing on the planet with a big, perfect smile,  lilting southern accent and quick, edgy wit.  Add to that her thoughtfulness, her generosity and her talent and it could drive a not-so-sane author to plot crazy twists in their next thriller — like their villain taking a hit out on a little southern beauty.  (*snort* The romantic suspense author in Cynthia would so understand this. *evil grin*)

Cynthia is fabulous – in every way – and I’m blessed to have her in my writing life.

Up For Win Today: DEADLY HEAT, the second book in Cynthia’s Deadly romantic suspense series.  This book releases February 2011. 

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

Book Summary:
Six months after her lover died in an arsonist’s blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI’s elite Serial Services Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned – not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance.

Kenton’s interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can’t get her out of his mind. Her combination of strength and vulnerability makes him want to protect her, and that means solving this case – and fast. For even the passion igniting between them can’t hide a terrifying truth: Lora is the next target in a murderer’s sadistic, fiery game.

Upcoming Releases:

  • DEADLY HEAT, second book in Deadly romantic suspense series, February 2011
  • DEADLY LIES, third book in Deadly romantic suspense series, March 2011
    More killers, more danger, more sexy SSD agents.
  • NEVER CRY WOLF, a werewolf tale with Kensington Brava.

Works In Progress:
Cynthia is currently completing a four-book Fallen Angel series for Kensington Brava.
The first book is tentatively scheduled for release in December, 2011.

“The books are dark and sexy, and I sure hope readers enjoy my take on my Fallen Angels.”
~Cynthia Eden

Contact Info:
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Addison Fox, paranormal author with 4 books to give away!