Monday, March 4, 2013

The Proposition Blog Tour ~ Interview and Giveaway With Jennifer Lyon

The Plus One Chronicles

 A wicked proposition…
A sensual possession…

A dark obsession...

The Plus One Chronicles: Searing passion and fiery vengeance collide in three explosive books.

THE PROPOSITION
The Plus One Chronicles, Book 1
Available now
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Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.


Book Two: POSSESSION - Coming 5/28/13
Book Three: OBSESSION - Coming 9/24/13

Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.

Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.

Jennifer has several new releases coming out this year.  THE PROPOSITION, the first book in her new Plus One Chronicles was just released on February 24 and following later in the year will be Book Two: POSSESSION - Coming 5/28/13 and Book Three: OBSESSION - Coming 9/24/13.

Writing under Jennifer Apodaca she will be releasing the first book in her Once A Marine series, titled THE BABY BARGAIN which will be out in March 2013 from Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence line.  

For more information on Jen or her books, please visit her website www.jenniferlyonbooks.com

********** INTERVIEW **********
United By Books is pleased to have Jennifer Lyon on the blog today so we can learn more about her amazing books........



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

Sure, I’m a wife and mom—I met my husband at the dog pound. That story cracks up our kids. I was working there in dog licensing, and my husband came in to do an audit.He looked super hot and sexy in his suit! We did the usual, fell in love, married and had three amazing sons. My husband is my biggest supporter, and the one who has encouraged me to Go Indie and self publish The Plus One Chronicles.

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

Happy to!! THE PROPOSITION, Book One in The Plus One Chronicles, is beginning of Kat and Sloane’s story. These two characters are incredibly special to me. They are both strong yet damaged. But together, they are whole and dynamic. One of the things I love about them is that they truly strengthen one another, much as I think my husband and I do for each other. The tagline for the series is:

A Proposition brings them together, will an Obsessiontear them apart?

And the blurb for THE PROPOSITION:

Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

3~  Would you like to share an excerpt with us today?
Absolutely! Here is a short clip from when Sloane first sees Kat, and learns about emergency brownies:

Raising his eyebrows, he asked, “Do I know you?”

His voice had a silky bite to it, and his words completely surprised her. She couldn’t imagine having met him and forgotten. Some things may have been wiped from her memory, but him? No one would forget a man that vital. This close, she saw a scar slashing through his left eyebrow, and another bracketed the right side of his harsh mouth. He wasn’t classically handsome, more like savagely beautiful.

Answer him!

“No.”

Lowering his chin slightly, he regarded her beneath his arched brows. “And if I want to know you?”

Traitorous warmth bloomed in her belly. She shut it down by digging the corner of the kit into her hipbone. That shaft of pain snapped her brain into action. He had to be amusing himself at the expense of the help. It was the only explanation she could think of. “Do you need a dozen cookies? A cake? Perhaps an emergency brownie?”

Crinkles dug in at the corners of his eyes. “What kind of emergency requires a brownie?”

She lifted one hand in a careless gesture. “Oh the usual. Breakups. In-laws arriving unexpectedly. The always popular dealing-with-the-jerk-boss. Running out of wine. And the classic…” She trailed off, telling herself not to do it. To shut up. 
Challenge sparked in his eyes. “Come on, don’t be shy. I must know the classic emergency that requires a brownie.”

Don’t say it. But her mouth was already moving. “P.M.S. or to the uninformed, Pushy Male Syndrome.”

Seconds stretched out.

Kat was brutally, sickeningly aware that she had gone too far. With a man who was clearly powerful. Entitled. And totally focused on her. Her stomach churned, and the kit slipped in her suddenly sweaty hands. She tightened her grip and just held on.

The left corner of his mouth twitched. “Do you have a particular confection for the man suffering cruel rejection from a pretty baker?”

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

The next two books in The Plus One Chronicles will come out pretty quickly. Next up is the second book,POSSESSION that we hope to have out on 5.28.13 and OBSESSION out on 9.24.13

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

Hmm, my search engine has some pretty weird websites on its history. But the answer is probably when I was writing The Samantha Shaw Mystery Series under Jennifer Apodaca and went to the local police station to do some research. I was hoping they would put me in touch with their information officer. I really didn’t think this out—I just jumped in the car and went down there.

In shorts.

Yeah, not my best plan. I really thought I’d just get a contact phone number. Nope, the Lieutenant came out to meet me, took me on a tour, showing me their communications room, their weapons room pretty much everything and introducing me to VIPs who happened to be there.

And I was in shorts. Ugh! In my defense, I was seriously stressed about the book, and really just thought I’d get a quick visual of the station and ask for the business card of the information’s officer.

6~ What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?

I love romance of course, mostly contemporary and paranormal, but I will give anything a try. One of my favorite story lines is a woman in danger. I also like mystery, suspense and thrillers.

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

Hmm, maybe that when I first started writing, I wrote historical romance? But it wasn’t until I wrote a sassy and sexy light mystery that I published.

8~  Do you sing and dance around the house while picking up?

I do if I’m alone and happy I can’t carry a tune nor can I dance well, so I try not to subject others to that. Oh wait, I take that back, I do a “victory dance” that my husband loves, LOL! But I’ve yet to show another living soul—aside from my husband--that particular dance. I think if I ever hit the USA Today or NY Times Best Seller list, then I might consider letting him video me doing that dance and putting it on my website. What do you all l think—should I do that?

9~ Describe yourself in three words?

Wife, mom, writer.

10~ What is the most embarrassing thing you got caught doing?

Accidentally going into the men’s restroom at an airport. I was dead tired on a layover, and somehow went into the wrong restroom. That’s bad enough, but I didn’t realize it until after I came out of the stall and saw a man…so embarrassing! And stupid!

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

We bought the desk, filing cabinet and bookshelves for my office. I still love them. The desk is a huge oak monstrosity and absolutely perfect for me.

12~ What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?

It depends. Often the first half of the book is hard to write for me. The first couple scenes are critical so those are hard. Also, writing emotional scenes are more difficult than funny ones.

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

Thank you! I wouldn’t have this job that I love without my readers! I appreciate each of you, especially since I’mreader too 


Jennifer Lyon's
THE PROPOSITION
Blog Tour Schedule

02/28 - Pimpin' Reads
03/02 - Books-n-Kisses
03/04 - United by Books
03/08 - Romance Junkies
03/10 - Over the Edge

 ********** GIVEAWAY *********

Jennifer is giving away an eBook of THE PROPOSITION to ONE winner at EVERY tour stop. So just fill out the rafflecopter below to be entered. 
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19 comments:

Victoria said...

Hi Jenn - Congratulations!
What a nice interview. I'm picturing the singing and dancing bit while picking up. I sing BEATLES songs while cleaning much to my sons chagrin ;).
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Mickala said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
mickalamurphy@yahoo.com

Joni said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

krg said...

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. I am new to you and your books and I am looking forward to reading this series. I was wondering if you like to do research and how much time do you usually try to get in for each subject?

Kat said...

Wa Whoo If you post the victory dance on line the rest of us will just have to get up and do it with you. Here's to the Best Seller list!!!!

sschex01 said...

This story line looks awesome! Can't wait to read it.

Jen Lyon said...

Hi Viki, thanks! I don't think I play the Beatles much, although my husband does. I just blast whatever is on my iPod :-)

Jen Lyon said...

Mickala, you're welcome!

Jen Lyon said...

Joni, happy to do it!

Jen Lyon said...

krg, good question on research. The answer is--whatever it takes for me to know enough to write about it. In THE PROPOSITION Sloane is an ex-UFC fighter. I've absorbed a fair amount from my husband and sons watching it, plus on of my older brothers was a champion in karate and owned studio. But I still had to do research, it took a day or two to get what I needed.

Jen Lyon said...

Kat, LOLOL! I'll have to follow through if I hit the bestseller list now, won't I?

Jen Lyon said...

sschex01, thanks! Hope you like it!

Jennifer Legan said...

Thanks for a GREAT givaway

Theresa Esterline said...

Thanks for the giveaway!! I'm excited to read the whole series!! theresa.esterline@gmail.com

Jen Lyon said...

Jennifer, you're welcome!

Jen Lyon said...

Theresa, that's great to hear, thank you!

Olivia Tan said...

thank you for the giveaway :)

sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

Alex said...

Very nice cover, and I can't wait to read this. Something different than what I usually read.

Susan W. said...

As soon as I seen The Proposition on the blogs I email my cousin who bought it immediately. So far she is loving this book! It's got her fav's, UFC fighter and billionaire. She already wanting the next book! Thanks for the giveaway!
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