I’m delighted to have fellow author Joan Swan as a guest on the blog today. Joan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist and writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. Her debut novel with Kensington Brava, FEVER, released February 28, 2012. Her second novel, BLAZE, follows in October, 2012. In her day job, she works as a sonographer for one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation and lives on the California central coast in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.
Joan has very kindly offered to give away three Kindle copies of her FEVER novel today…she tells you how to enter in her post! 🙂
Catch the FEVER … to read.
The first time I can remember actually craving a book was with the Nancy Drew Mysteries when I was a kid. Man, I loved those little hardbacks, the spooky drawings on the cover, even the unique scent of them. Loved collecting them, one small book at a time. But it was years after that when my first vivid memory of a childhood story was created – and it wasn’t a Nancy Drew.
My sixth grade teacher – Mrs. Brady, who had THE hottest son in the entire school, btw – had a ritual. Every day after lunch, she would sit us down, tell us to put out heads down and close our eyes, and then she’d read to us. That year she read from Where the Red Fern Grows.
I’m not sure if it was because my eyes were closed or because the story was being read to me, but the memory of that book still lives with me today. In fact, I can remember everything about that time—Mrs. Brady’s big white hair, her perfect makeup, her long, red nails and her animated voice. I remember the classroom I was in, where I sat, how I’d cross my forearms and let my cheek rest there. And the story…so many pieces are incredibly clear. I even remember crying at the end.
Obviously, I was a reader before this, devouring my Nancy Drews, but if I hadn’t been, this would have hooked me. In the years since I’ve gone through spurts of reading lightly and reading voraciously – one of those voracious periods leading to my own scribbles…which eventually lead me here. So strange how things work out sometimes.
But whether we catch the fever as a toddler fiddling with pop-ups or refuse to read anything for leisure until after college, everyone reading this caught it eventually.
I’m excited to say that my debut, FEVER, a romantic suspense with romantic elements is in the Amazon Top 100 promotion for May! You have a few days left to catch the actual FEVER at the discounted $3.99 price! 🙂
I’m giving away three copies of the Kindle version of FEVER here today. I’ll be choosing winners early so that those who don’t win still have time to get that great promotional price! So enter now via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is ONE DAY ONLY!
Do you have a vivid childhood memory or a favorite childhood book that started you on the road to a lifelong love of reading? If not, when did you catch the fever?
About FEVER: When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she’s in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need…
A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn’t, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever…