Thursday, September 27, 2012

Winner of Gabrielle Bisset's Interview and Giveaway

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Big congrats to Elizabeth Haney for winning the Navarus SWAG Pack . I will be emailing you shortly. If you see this before I do go ahead and send a email to Lindseyhutchison605 (at) gmail (dot) com. I just need to get your snail mail . 

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Blaze Tour : Interview and Giveaway with Joan Swan

United By Books is pleased to have Joan Swan back on the blog today to answer a few questions about Blaze.

Welcome back Joan as always its awesome to have you here!

Thank you! Love being here!

1~ With "Fever" being such a big hit amongst readers, what will "Blaze " bring to the table in this next installment? 

In the Phoenix Rising series, a mysterious explosion at a military warehouse injuries a team of seven hazmat firefighters, killing one.  The contents of the building—extremely confidential and dangerous radioactive chemicals used by the Department of Defense in secret scientific experiments—have inflicted the team with various paranormal abilities.  Abilities the government wants to study covertly.  Abilities the team wants to understand and expose.  With military advancement and national power at risk on one side and personal health and freedom at stake on the other, each group is fighting for precious stakes.
In FEVER the Phoenix Rising team makes the first deep crack in the enemy’s façade. FEVER shows just how powerful their enemy is, how far and how deep they can reach and how desperate they are to keep their screw-up’s a secret. The love story in FEVER is between the two people in the book who should trust each other the least, but when its right…

BLAZE is all about discovering that just when you thought everything was as bad as it could get…it gets worse. In BLAZE both the team and the enemy up the stakes and expose and even greater breadth and more twisted depth the existing conspiracy, things the team never imagined possible. Complicating this scenario, the love story in BLAZE is a reunion between two tortured and damaged members of the former team who were torn apart in the aftermath of the incident, but who haven’t been able to move on.

In my opinion, BLAZE is an even better book with more intrigue, dynamic and deep characters, and twisted and meaningful plots and subplots. The two main characters, Luke and Keira, are fire on the page – in and out of bed, and incredibly entertaining to watch.

2~ How would you describe Keira and Luke's relationship?

Hot. Mentally, emotionally and definitely physically HOT.

Keira and Luke each have individual paranormal abilities from the fire. Keira is clairaudient, which means she can hear what people are thinking through touching that person, a photograph of that person or an item belong to that person. Luke is fireproof; his skin doesn’t burn. But when they are together, their individual abilities heighten and multiply. Keira’s clairaudience expands into empathic abilities. Luke becomes not only fireproof, but bulletproof. And after a bit of extra time, Luke even becomes able to communicate with Keira telepathically.

Keira and Luke are each other’s strength and each other’s weakness. They both have strong, rich personalities, not to mention tempers, which flare when they’re hurt. And each is still completely in love with the other, so their three year separation has left painful scars. When they meet again with all these unresolved feelings stirring between them, flash fire is the immediate result. And the more time they spend together, the hotter they burn.

3~ What's in store next for your readers?

Next up in the Phoenix Rising series is RUSH.

Events in BLAZE lead the team to evidence of the possible existence of their fallen teammate, Quaid Legend. Quaid’s wife, Jessica, has never gotten over his death and has gone through extremely rough patches over the last five years in her efforts to cope, including drug and alcohol abuse. She’s been clean for over a year and managed to save the career as a lobbyist she’s built for herself after she left firefighting, but she’s far from home free.

When her team comes to her with the news that Quaid may have been alive all this time, her rickety world starts shaking again. But when she discovers this man has been used as a test subject for experimental paranormal warfare and that he has no memory of his life outside his cell walls, both Jessica’s love for her husband and her commitment to sobriety will be tested.

4~ If you had a choice between Teague ( from Fever) or Luke (from Blaze) who would you play strip poker with ?

Me? Strip Poker? With them?

No…I’ll leave that to Alyssa and Keira…or a few of my illustrious readers who I swear would walk across broken glass for these guys!

5~ Can you please share an excerpt from "Blaze" ?

Oooooh, I’d love to!! How about a fun little taste of our feisty Mitch?

Keira climbed into the backseat with Alyssa. Mateo cozied up between them while Luke drove and Mitch took shotgun. Nelson rolled into the rear cargo space as if he were on a training maneuver.

Keira hadn’t even closed the door before Alyssa started in. “Why does it take a crisis for us to get to see you?”

Mitch shot a look over his shoulder from the front seat. “Yeah.”

“You have no room to talk.” Alyssa cut her attention back to Keira. “So? Why are you avoiding us?”

There was a myriad of reasons Keira kept her distance from Teague and Alyssa. She loved them. Dearly. Would fight to the death for them or either of their children. But their seemingly perfect life increasingly reminded Keira of all her own life lacked. And the less she saw Teague and Alyssa, the less she had to be reminded of what she’d lost, what she still didn’t have, and what she’d seriously begun to doubt she’d ever find.

“Don’t even think about using Sacramento as an excuse,” Alyssa said. “It’s only two hours away.”

“I’m working a lot.”

“She’s too busy doing that surgeon in Davis,” Mitch said.

A disgusted sound gurgled from Keira’s throat. “Mitchell Foster—”

“What the fuck?” Luke cut in.

“Luke,” Alyssa chastised, then turned to Keira. “Is that what’s keeping you so busy?”

“No.” Keira sent Mitch an I’ll-kill-you-later glare. “I told you he is the husband of another agent.”

“Being married never stopped anyone from screwing around.” The darkness in Mitch’s tone stemmed from something deep and painful. Keira recognized the signs. But it didn’t erase her anger over his bringing this up in front of Luke, which she knew he’d done on purpose. “I saw how he was looking at you that night at dinner. He’d have been feeling you up under the table if I hadn’t sat between you.”

“Dinner?” Luke said. “When did you two have dinner together? And who the hell is this surgeon?”

“We get together every month, Ransom,” Mitch said. “Just ’cause you’re too stupid to realize how hot she is doesn’t mean all men are.”

“There is no surgeon.” Keira rubbed at the pain in her forehead. There was nobody. There hadn’t been anybody since her pathetic attempts at dating shortly after breaking up with Luke. Even the thought of trying again made her queasy. Until she’d set eyes on Luke, of course. Why was the universe so damn cruel?

“Stop stirring the shit, Mitch,” Alyssa said.

“Holy crap.” Mitch’s gorgeous hazel eyes whipped around to land on his sister. “Did you just swear?” He turned to Luke. “Did you hear that?”

“I heard it.”

“I think that might wipe out our debt. What do you think?”

“I agree.”

“I hate to be a wet blanket,” Keira said, “but can you two stop screwing around before I choke you both?”

“Oh, baby.” Mitch slanted her a grin. “Promises, promises.”

Luke’s fist hit Mitch dead center in the chest. Mitch sputtered a pained laugh.

Mi malónete. Mateo’s voice brought everyone’s gaze around to the boy’s worried face. Lucas, mi malónete.”

“That’s what you need, Ransom.” Still grinning, Mitch rubbed his chest. “A five-year-old to keep you in line.”

They pulled into a parking lot alongside the rural community hospital and stopped at a wing of office-type buildings.

“Pull up to that second building on the right.” Alyssa pointed over Luke’s shoulder. “There’s a side door . . . yeah, right there. My friend owns the building and he turned the alarm off remotely from his home and said there’s a spare key attached to the corner of the building between the foundation and the framing.”

Nelson exited the vehicle first, his gaze sweeping the area, weapon held ready. The parking lot was deserted, dimly illuminated by sparse overhead lighting. He retrieved the key, unlocked the door, and disappeared inside.

“Are you sure no one will see us?” Keira asked.

“It’s a nine-to-five-type place,” Alyssa said. “No one will be here until tomorrow morning.”

Nelson emerged and waved them in. Outside the car, Keira handed Mateo over to Luke and drew one of the Glocks from the Jeep. Mitch held a weapon he’d dragged from somewhere beneath his leather jacket and followed Alyssa and Nelson inside. Luke waited for Keira, then scanned the area before closing and locking the door behind him.

Inside an exam room, Alyssa unpackaged medical supplies and set up a procedure tray.

Keira crossed her arms, scanning all the white and blue–wrapped bundles. “How bad is this going to hurt?”

Mitch wandered to the counter across the room and opened cabinets. “She’s not cutting on you, Pixie.”

Luke’s brow went up. “Pixie?”

“Yeah, she looks like a pixie.” He picked up an object from a shelf and fiddled with it. “You know, like one of those things with wings in Kat’s books.”

“You mean a fairy,” Luke said. “Hence the term fairytale.”

“Should have known you’d be a fairy expert.” Mitch lifted his chin at Keira. “Look at her. That little nose, the angle of her eyes, those freckles. She looks like a pixie.”

Luke shot her a scowl. “Too bad she doesn’t have their sugar plum personality.”

“You two are so not funny.” Keira was ready to pop out of her skin. Something about being cooped up in that room with all those supplies and instruments, knowing there were people outside who wanted them all dead, just didn’t bring out the jokester in her.

Unlike Mitch. Who approached the exam table with a mischievous grin and an anatomical model in his hands. A detailed, three-dimensional, life-size model of a penis and testicles.

“What in the hell?” Keira sputtered.

“You don’t recognize Big Jim and the Twins?” Mitch pulled pieces out, put them back, pulled others out, looked inside. “I can fix that, sweetheart.”

“Mitch, put that down,” Alyssa scolded. “I swear, if you break something—”

“Why does this guy have a puzzle like this in his office? Is he gay? Not that I care. I mean I’m a San Franciscan transplant. Besides, gay guys have the hottest girl friends.”

“I swear he was switched at birth.” Alyssa glared at her twin brother. “Doctor Henle is a urologist. I’m sure if you ask nicely he’ll give you a free prostate exam, Mitch. Now put that very expensive anatomical model down.”

Mitch set the model back on the counter. “Killjoy.”

Phoenix Rising Series

Book 1

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…
But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…
Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

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Book 2

The hotter they come, the harder they fall…
With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain.Sheneeds to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…

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I was never a star English student or a Literature buff, but I’ve always had a creative soul and an active imagination. Writing was a natural culmination of those two talents.
Sexy romantic suspense is my genre of choice, and, occasionally, I like to dabble in the lighter side of paranormal as well.  I write the Phoenix Rising Series, FEVERBLAZE,and two more books coming in 2013, for Kensington and the Covert Affairs Series, INTIMATE ENEMIES, independently.
A triple RWA Golden Heart finalist, I am a lover of craft and closet-hoarder of writing craft how-to books. I’m a recovering OCD perfectionist…bet you can just imagine how well that’s going.
In my day job, I work as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, rated one of the top ten best medical centers in the nation – a location with an intensity that makes me slightlyokay majorlyinsane. This seems to work well with my inner writer. Access to abundant character material—and I’m not only talking about my patients—is a fringe benefit
.I’m married to my own personal hero, a veteran firefighter, we have two beautiful daughters and are blessed to live in the heart of wine country on the gorgeous Central Coast of California. 

To keep up with my latest news & releases please visit me online: 

Joan Swan's BLAZE Blog Tour Schedule
Tour runs from September 17 - October 6

September 17 - Grave Tells -
September 18 - Book Reader Addicts -
September 19 - Pearl's World of Romance -
September 20 - Under The Covers -
September 21 - Reading Between The Wines -
September 22 - Riverina Romantics -
September 23 - Reading on The Wild Side -
September 24 - United By Books -
September 25 - My Keeper Shelf -
September 25 - The Reading Café -
September 26 - Ramblings From This Chick -
September 27 - I Smell Sheep -
September 28 - Paranormal Haven -
September 29 - Just Romantic Suspense -
September 30 - Just Romantic Suspense -
October 1 - Close Encounters With The Night Kind -
October 2 - Book Monster Reviews / Literal Addiction -
Book Monster -
Literal Addiction -
October 3 - Books-n-Kisses -
October 4 - Readers Confession -
October 5 - Book Lovin' Mamas -
October 6 - Cocktails & Books -

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Gabrielle Bisset

United By Books is pleased to have Gabrielle Bisset on the blog today so we can learn more about her amazing books........

 1 ~ Can you please share with us a little about yourself?

Hi and thanks for having me here today! I’m GabrielleBisset, a paranormal romance author. When I’m not writing about deliciously sexy vampire heroes, I’m a homeschooling mom and college history teacher. My first book, Stolen Destiny, was published last June by Siren publishing, and since then I’ve released the three novellas of the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy—Vampire Dreams, Love’s Master, and Masquerade—in addition to a follow up to Stolen Destiny entitled Destiny Redeemed. Last December, I began the Sons of Navarus series with Blood Avenged and followed it up with Blood Betrayed in May and a prequel to the series, Vampire Dreams Revamped.

2 ~  Please tell us a little about your newest release ?

Blood Spirit is Book #3 in the Sons of Navarus series and it’s Terek’s story. Made a vampire in the mid-1300s when he was a monk, Terek is the most mystical and spiritual of all the Sons in addition to being the only one blessed with the power of telepathy. He’s a sire to thousands of vampires, mostly females, and to some in the vampire world he’s almost a god. But even gods have their downfall. His newest vampire is a female named Ilona, but unlike his others, she isn’t content to be one of many. Worse, Terek’s power doesn’t work on her, so he has to do things the old-fashioned way: he has to listen to his heart.  And while he has to deal with this, he and the other Sons have to find a way to decipher the Prophecy of Idolas and figure out how to stop the Archons from taking over the vampire world.

3~  Would you like to share an excerpt with us today?

Sure! This is an excerpt from early in the book. Ilona is having a hard time dealing with the changes that come from being Terek's vampire, and Terek is learning that everything he thought he knew has been upended because of her.

Tracing the outline of her jaw, he watched the face of this angel and hated having to wake her. But if she didn't take his blood, he'd lose her for certain and for the first time since he'd turned her, he knew he couldn't bear to think of his world without her.
"Ilona," he whispered near her cheek. "Wake. I'm here."
Slowly her eyelids fluttered open and eyes vacant and lost stared back at him. "Terek?"
Her gaze cut like a knife to his heart. She was nearly gone already, her soul slipping into that void between the vampire and human worlds.
"Look into my eyes, Ilona. Look! I need you to stay with me."
Her eyelids drooped as she began to lose consciousness. Terror raced through his body. There was no more time to wait. Fear of losing her controlled his every move, and his fangs exploded into his mouth. In seconds, he'd pierced his wrist and the blood began to seep from his vein.
Pressing it to her pale lips, he waited in desperation for her to take his blood into her mouth. The blood pooled on her lips, but she made no effort to take it.
"Ilona! Listen to your sire. Drink. Now!" he commanded.
Her eyes opened and turning her head, she whispered, "No. Let me go."
More roughly than he should have, he grabbed her face in his hand and forced her to look at him. "No, I will not lose you! Drink!"
Her voice began to fade and faintly she answered, "Please. I can't live like this."
Terek bent over her and placed a kiss on her lips. The fear that he'd lost her already pressed on his heart and even though he didn't understand why, he was sure when she left him she'd take a piece of his soul with her.
He whispered against her lips one last plea. "Do not take her from me. God, leave her with one who can care for her. I beg of you. Do not take her."
"Why do you want me to live when I don't?" she whispered hoarsely.
"Because there is something special in you as there is in all creatures."
A tiny sigh escaped from between her lips. "You made me this and left me."
Cradling her face in his hands, he said, "I'm sorry. Don't do this. Don't leave me."
"I can't be one of these women. I don't understand this."
Terek kissed her tenderly. "Then don't be. Stay anyway."
Anguish filled her voice. "I woke and I was so hungry. But I don't want food. I hungered for you, but you were gone."
"Take from me everything you hunger for. Take from the one who knows what you need."
Pressing his wrist to her mouth, he fed her soul with his blood. Timid, she stared up at him in fear, but soon her hands held his arm to her lips and she eagerly took what he offered.
Her need for him—for his blood—touched his heart, and a closeness unlike anything he'd experienced in ages came over him. Something about Ilona made him feel like he hadn't felt in almost seven hundred years.
He wanted to save her, to show her the wonders the world offered. If she would allow him, he'd give her that world.
Ilona opened her eyes, and Terek saw that his blood had begun to bring her back from the empty abyss he'd feared and she'd begged for. A tiny smile formed on her lips, making him happy.

4~ What's in store next for your readers?

This month, I’m beginning a series of free shorts at my website related to the Sons of Navarus series. First up is a short story about the god of the Underworld, Hades, who’s set to make his debut in the Sons series soon. Readers can also look forward to shorts about Vasilije, Thane, and the early days of Saint and Solenne. I’m also considering some non-romantic shorts about the other Sons to give readers more about them, sort of like extra scenes from the books. And Book #4 in the series, Blood Prophecy, is in the draft stage now, so readers should be seeing it early 2013.

5~ What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

I don't know if it's weird, but I traveled to New Orleans to do research for Blood Avenged. I had a great time with that, and I'm planning to travel to Greece in the next year or so to do research for the final book in the Sons series.

6~ How many pickled peppers do you think Peter Piper picked?


7~ What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I'm quite silly sometimes. I'm often seen as very serious, especially by my students, but anyone who really knows me knows that I'm a laugh-out-loud kind of woman.

8~ What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to relax with friends, good food, and some good drinks. Watching movies is also a lot of fun too.

9~ Describe yourself in three words?

Passionate, driven, romantic

10~ What are three major dreams or goals you would love to happen in the future ?

I would love to be able to leave my day job and be a full-time writer. I would love for the Sons of Navarus series to become big. I would love to be able to move to a warmer place.

11~ How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I was at work in office hours and called all my friends and family to share the news. Then, of course, there was a celebration involving food. J

12~ Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

I love to hear from readers. They can find me at my website, my blogFacebook, the Sons of Navarus Facebook page (where I give info on upcoming books and stories in addition to running giveaways) and Twitter. Or they can always email me at

Thanks so much for having me here today! It was a blast!

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