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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 6, Lauren Dane

>I first learned of Lauren Dane through my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I have followed and chatted with Lauren on Twitter and will participate on a workshop panel with Lauren and several other authors at the RWA Conference in New York 2011 (if RWA approves the proposal, that is).

Lauren is one of the most prolific authors I’ve ever met.  Her work is quality entertainment.  Her covers frame-worthy!  So don’t miss your chance to miss this one!

Up For Win Today:
Lauren’s most recent release, INSIDE OUT, book three in the Brown Siblings erotic romance series.

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

Book Summary:
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Works In Progress:
This woman makes me dizzy!!!

  • MESMERIZED, Berkley Heat, Phantom Corps #2/Federation Chronicles #4, April 2011
    This is a futuristic and the next in the Phantom Corps series and features Andrei Solace and his childhood love/sweetheart Piper who also happens to be a badass mercenary.
  • Dirty/Bad/Wrong in the THREE TO TANGO Anthology, Berkley Heat, May 2011
    This is a small town, menage romance, set in Petal (those fans of the Chase books will recognize one of the hero’s family business as the Honey Bear, the cafe in town and Polly Chase even makes a brief appearance)
  • GODDESS WITH A BLADE, Carina Press, June 2011
    Lauren’s first urban fantasy
  • ONCE AND AGAIN, Samhain Publishing, August 2011
    Lauren’s return to Petal with Nathan Murphy’s book – a second chance at love/reunited lovers story
  • NEVER ENOUGH (Book 4 in the Brown Siblings series), Berkley Heat, September, 2011
    The last in Lauren’s Brown Siblings books and Adrian Brown’s story
  • HEART OF DARKNESS: BOUND BY MAGIC Series, Berkley Sensation, November 2011
    This is the first in a brand new paranormal romance series.  It’s set in the same world I wrote my novella Sensual Magic in and features Meriel Owen, a witch and Dominic Bright, an outclan bad boy who is also a witch in a very dark world where witches run themselves like corporations.

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Cynthia Eden, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Author.

>New Year’s Giveaway: Day 6, Lauren Dane

>I first learned of Lauren Dane through my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton.  I have followed and chatted with Lauren on Twitter and will participate on a workshop panel with Lauren and several other authors at the RWA Conference in New York 2011 (if RWA approves the proposal, that is).

Lauren is one of the most prolific authors I’ve ever met.  Her work is quality entertainment.  Her covers frame-worthy!  So don’t miss your chance to miss this one!

Up For Win Today:
Lauren’s most recent release, INSIDE OUT, book three in the Brown Siblings erotic romance series.

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

Book Summary:
Ella Tipton is a survivor. In the wake of an attack that left her nearly dead, she’s spent each day putting her life back together. Once vibrant and outgoing, she’s needed to reclaim the best parts of who she was while retaining the hard won lessons. There hasn’t been room for any romantic entanglements, even if she were ready. Still, it didn’t mean she had to stop sneaking looks at Mister Tall, Dark and Tattooed himself.

Security professional Andrew Copeland isn’t quite sure when his jones for the lovely and decidedly skittish Ella developed. He’s known her for years, has watched her triumph over the pain she’d been dealt. Cope is no stranger to women, but he knows the nervous flush he gets every time he talks to her is different than any attraction he’s had in the past. Determined to get Ella to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense.

While Ella’s sure he’s just being nice, the prospect of being able to touch him and gain the tools to push away the last vestiges of her fear is more than she can resist. Soon enough, Cope shows Ella his feelings are far more than friendly and re-ignites something deep inside her. Before long desire and love turn them both inside out.

Works In Progress:
This woman makes me dizzy!!!

  • MESMERIZED, Berkley Heat, Phantom Corps #2/Federation Chronicles #4, April 2011
    This is a futuristic and the next in the Phantom Corps series and features Andrei Solace and his childhood love/sweetheart Piper who also happens to be a badass mercenary.
  • Dirty/Bad/Wrong in the THREE TO TANGO Anthology, Berkley Heat, May 2011
    This is a small town, menage romance, set in Petal (those fans of the Chase books will recognize one of the hero’s family business as the Honey Bear, the cafe in town and Polly Chase even makes a brief appearance)
  • GODDESS WITH A BLADE, Carina Press, June 2011
    Lauren’s first urban fantasy
  • ONCE AND AGAIN, Samhain Publishing, August 2011
    Lauren’s return to Petal with Nathan Murphy’s book – a second chance at love/reunited lovers story
  • NEVER ENOUGH (Book 4 in the Brown Siblings series), Berkley Heat, September, 2011
    The last in Lauren’s Brown Siblings books and Adrian Brown’s story
  • HEART OF DARKNESS: BOUND BY MAGIC Series, Berkley Sensation, November 2011
    This is the first in a brand new paranormal romance series.  It’s set in the same world I wrote my novella Sensual Magic in and features Meriel Owen, a witch and Dominic Bright, an outclan bad boy who is also a witch in a very dark world where witches run themselves like corporations.

Contact Info:
Website
Twitter
Blog
Email

Tomorrow, Cynthia Eden, Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Author.

In Celebration of Writers: Giveaway!

>IMPO, writers don’t progress or grow without other writers.

After seven years in the writing community, I’ve met more people than I can possibly remember. Whether or not I can recall names or faces, there is no doubt that each of those individuals has touched my writing life—most in positive ways, a few in negative ways, but both beneficial in some way, because here I am. Finally, published (or I guess I should say, purchased and on the publishing schedule).

In honor of my seven years of writing and the larger ideal of writers and readers supporting each other in an effort to reach the collective pinnacle of success we all seek: an awesome read, I am sponsoring a giveaway!

The prizes: 7 giftcards for $25 each.

  • 2 to Barnes and Noble
  • 2 to Starbucks
  • 2 to Amazon
  • 1 to iTunes

As soon as I reach 250 followers on Twitter, I will be choosing randomly from those followers. That will give you Twitter-resistants (that means you Christy and Kristina) a nudge to get yourselves a Twitter account if you want a chance at a few free bucks! (Not to mention chat with all us cool twitter-loving-folks.)

To every blogger, writer, twitterer, reviewer or critiquer who has touched me, pushed me, encouraged me, changed me or most of all challenged me over the years, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I hope I have or can return the favor.

My Twitter ID is @ultraswan. FOLLOW ME TO WIN!!

Little details:

  • Earliest date gift cards will be mailed will be 6/28 as I will be on vacation until that date.
  • Winner will be notified by direct mail via Twitter, may choose from available gift cards at the time they contact me.
  • Must provide mailing address for delivery.

>In Celebration of Writers: Giveaway!

>IMPO, writers don’t progress or grow without other writers.

After seven years in the writing community, I’ve met more people than I can possibly remember. Whether or not I can recall names or faces, there is no doubt that each of those individuals has touched my writing life—most in positive ways, a few in negative ways, but both beneficial in some way, because here I am. Finally, published (or I guess I should say, purchased and on the publishing schedule).

In honor of my seven years of writing and the larger ideal of writers and readers supporting each other in an effort to reach the collective pinnacle of success we all seek: an awesome read, I am sponsoring a giveaway!

The prizes: 7 giftcards for $25 each.

  • 2 to Barnes and Noble
  • 2 to Starbucks
  • 2 to Amazon
  • 1 to iTunes

As soon as I reach 250 followers on Twitter, I will be choosing randomly from those followers. That will give you Twitter-resistants (that means you Christy and Kristina) a nudge to get yourselves a Twitter account if you want a chance at a few free bucks! (Not to mention chat with all us cool twitter-loving-folks.)

To every blogger, writer, twitterer, reviewer or critiquer who has touched me, pushed me, encouraged me, changed me or most of all challenged me over the years, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I hope I have or can return the favor.

My Twitter ID is @ultraswan. FOLLOW ME TO WIN!!

Little details:

  • Earliest date gift cards will be mailed will be 6/28 as I will be on vacation until that date.
  • Winner will be notified by direct mail via Twitter, may choose from available gift cards at the time they contact me.
  • Must provide mailing address for delivery.

Procrastination

>Loved this cartoon… And so appropriate at the moment.

I just finished edits on Facing The Fire, Book One in the Phoenix Rising Series, and sent them off to my agent. Now, it’s back to Book Two, which I’m still having trouble naming. But I’m having a hard time finding the enthusiasm for starting up again. Hence, the procrastination. I’m really, really good at it. Wish I was as good at writing as I am at procrastination.

Another reason I’m dragging my feet is because I’m at the point in the story where I need to transition. Those are so difficult for me for some reason. Beginnings–great. Middles–fine. Endings–tough, but I’ll deal. Transitions–just hang me by my toes instead. The only thing tougher than transitions for me: suckopses (plural of suckopsis), which I fear may be in my near future.

Gee…I think I need to finish fixing up the blog and start the website redesign….hmmmm…..

>Procrastination

>Loved this cartoon… And so appropriate at the moment.

I just finished edits on Facing The Fire, Book One in the Phoenix Rising Series, and sent them off to my agent. Now, it’s back to Book Two, which I’m still having trouble naming. But I’m having a hard time finding the enthusiasm for starting up again. Hence, the procrastination. I’m really, really good at it. Wish I was as good at writing as I am at procrastination.

Another reason I’m dragging my feet is because I’m at the point in the story where I need to transition. Those are so difficult for me for some reason. Beginnings–great. Middles–fine. Endings–tough, but I’ll deal. Transitions–just hang me by my toes instead. The only thing tougher than transitions for me: suckopses (plural of suckopsis), which I fear may be in my near future.

Gee…I think I need to finish fixing up the blog and start the website redesign….hmmmm…..