Lisa Renee Jones's first New Adult release
Book 1 of THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN Series
RELEASE DATE: July 22nd
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breath? He is what I need.
At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.
On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?
And look for Book 2: Within the Fire!
Available for Pre-order: Amazon
********* INTERVIEW *********
United By Books is pleased to have Lisa Renee Jones on the blog today so we can learn more about her amazing books........
1 ~ Can you please share with us a little about yourself?
I I am a former CEO of a multi-state staffing agency who left the corporate world behind to chase a dream and I’m so glad I did. I’m still a workaholic though and I now live in Colorado instead of Texas. My kids are grown but my fiancee and I have a cat we treat like a kid:)
2 ~ Please tell us a little about your newest release ?
My latest release was book 2 of my Inside Out series titled “Being Me”, This is the second book in the INSIDE OUT series that is under development for a cable TV show. Being Me picks right up where If I Were You ended so readers will get the answers to so many questions.
Then on the 22nd is my first New Adult Escaping Reality. It is a mystery as well. A sexy mystery:) I’m very excited about this new series that I think my INSIDE OUT readers will enjoy.
3~ Would you like to share an excerpt with us today?
I’d love to!
ARCS will be at NETGALLEY Monday the 8th!
Excerpt Time and I'm starting a huge contest July 1 with tons of prizes that will be under EXTRAS on my website:
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn't trust him. I shouldn't tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.
***17 and over due to sexual content and language ****UNEDITED
“Do you have a ride to wherever you’re going?”
“A friend is picking me up,” I croak out, and the lie is like wet cotton in my throat. He wants this…this whatever we started to continue and so do I, but I can’t know his real motivation any more than I can risk his safety by being seen with him.
“Male or female?”
I blink, snapping back to the present. “What? Male or female?”
“Your friend picking you up. Male or female?”
I know the safe answer is “male”. I know that if his motivation for the question is simple male interest, it will discourage him, and still I hear myself say, “Female.”
His eyes darken, heat, and I think he’s pleased with my answer. “I’ll help you with your bags.”
“I’m helping you with your bags, Amy.”
There is command in his voice, and I am instantly, unbelievably aroused, and pleased at his insistence, when I should be running for the hills. I will run for the hills when the doors open. “Thank you,” I murmur and turn away from him, afraid he will read my intentions to flee. Quickly, I make sure my folder and bag are intact, sliding the leather strap over my shoulder, and I am ready for action.
The plane parks at the gate, and Liam stretches his long, perfect body to retrieve my bag from the overhead compartment. Once he hands it to me, I lift the handle and tell myself to make my escape, but for a moment I am frozen in regret over leaving him. Too soon, he jerks his bag free, and I am out of time. A man moves between myself and Liam and I take the opportunity to dart for the exit. I don’t look back. I want to look back.
A few minutes later, I am outside in a cab line that stretches a good fifteen cab lengths long, with no actual cars in sight. Thanks to several conventions and some Hollywood event, it appears I have plenty of time to savor my regret over leaving Liam behind. And I do. I savor it like I would water in a desert.
I’m busying contemplating how good he might have tasted when a black Town Car stops directly beside me. The door opens and to my shock Liam steps out and grabs my bag. “Come with me,” he orders, and he doesn’t give me time to argue.
I haven’t moved yet and he’s already at the trunk where the driver lifts my bag to deposit it inside. I consider leaving it behind and running. I should leave it and run. I charge toward him and meet him at the back door.
My chin lifts and he is taller than I realized, and his sleek goatee is impossibly sexy, nearly distracting me from my anger. “You can’t just take my bag and demand I come with you.”
“And yet that’s exactly what I did. Get in the car, Amy.”
I bristle at the command. “I don’t know you.”
His piercing blue eyes darken. “I have every intention of remedying that.”
A thrill shoots through me at the obvious promise that he will be my lover, and there is no denying that I am seduced by this man, drawn to his confidence and dark good looks. To the gentle lion I believe will take control of everything around him, including me. The man who will demand much of me, and perhaps take more than I should give. And yet, beyond all reason, I want to experience those things. I want to experience him. It almost feels…necessary.
Read the full first chapter at my website
4~ What's in store next for your readers?
After Escaping Reality is Master Undone *8-12* in Mark’s POV and this story takes place the next day AFTER BEING ME. It’s a lead into books 4 and 5 that will be highly focused on Mark. And book 3 REVEALING US is out in September.
5~ What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
Well, I visited some interesting places to write REVEALING US but I can’t tell without giving away storyline:)
6~ What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Lots of passion and angst. I want to know the characters and go on a journey with them.
7~ What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I am the mother of a 28 year old - people are always shocked to hear that I have a son that is that old.
8~ Do you sing and dance around the house while picking up?
Haha, no, I actually listen to audio books on my iphone.
9~ Describe yourself in three words?
Embarrassingly accident prone.
10~ What is the most embarrassing thing you got caught doing?
Walking with my skirt stuck in my pantyhose while wearing no underwear in an airport that I was in 4 days a week. The female security lady pulled me aside, and said -- honey, those men behind you are enjoying themselves but us ladies have to stick together. Your skirt is in your pantyhose.
11~ How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
You know I should remember but I don’t. I did a lot of screaming. My first book was out on my birthday though so that was pretty cool
12~ What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
I have to say that the sex scenes in my books are always the hardest because I always try to make my sex scenes about the emotion involved, not just the sex. They often take me days to write.
13~ Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
I really enjoy hearing from each and everyone of you whether it be on twitter, Facebook, by blog or just shoot me an email and let me know what you think.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley andElloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and Facebook daily.
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Lisa Renee Jones ESCAPING REALITY Tour Schedule
July 1 - July 31
7/01- Miscellaneous Thoughts
of a Bookaholic (interview ) http://miscellaneousthoughtsofabookaholic.blogspot.com/
7/01- Urban Girl Reader (spotlight, excerpt & review)
7/02- Book Mom's Reviews (spotlight & review)
7/03- Book Monster Reviews (spotlight & excerpt)
7/04- So Many Reads (spotlight with excerpt)
7/04- Trine's Review Cave ( spotlight with excerpt)
7/05- Book Nerd ( spotlight & review)
7/05- Nette's Bookshelf ( spotlight, excerpt & review)
7/06- Spiced Latte Reads (spotlight)
7/07- Buffy's Ramblings (spotlight and excerpt)
7/08- United by Books (interview)
7/08- Riverina Romantics (spotlight and excerpt)
7/09- Cocktails and Books (interview and review)
7/10- Hesperia Loves Books (spotlight, excerpt and review)
7/10- Sassy Book Lovers (spotlight and excerpt)
7/11- Shh Mom's Reading (excerpt & review)
7/12- Book Lovin Mamas (interview & review)
7/13- Literal Addiction (spotlight and excerpt)
7/13- Ramblings From This Chick (interview)
7/14- The Reading Cafe (Interview & review)
7/16- Books, Books & More Books (spotlight with excerpt)
7/16- My Reading Obsession (spotlight & review)
7/17- Book Bitches (character interview and review)
7/18- GraveTells (interview and review)
7/19- Under the Covers (interview and review)
7/19- Flirting with Romance (excerpt with spotlight)
7/20- Redheaded Bookworm (excerpt & review)
7/21- Crazy Four Books (spotlight, except & review)
7/21- Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews (spotlight, excerpt & review)
7/22- Offbeat Vagabond (interview and review)
7/22 - Froggarita's Bookcase (interview)
7/23- Scandalicious Book Reviews (excerpt, spotlight and review)
7/24- Underworld Love Addiction (spotlight & review)
7/24- Salacious Reviews (spotlight and excerpt)
7/25- Liezel ( spotlight, excerpt & review)
7/25 - Scorching Book reviews (spotlight & excerpt)
7/26- Books-n-Kisses (spotlight)
7/26- Musings From An Addicted Reader (Spotlight and review)
7/27- Reading Between The Wines (spotlight and excerpt)
7/28- Brynna Curry's In Shadows Blog (spotlight)
7/29- Salacious Reviews (spotlight & reviews)
7/30- Christine's Blog (interview, excerpt and review)
7/31- My Secret Romance (spotlight, excerpt and review)
7/31- You Gotta Read Reviews (interview)
********* GIVEAWAY *********
Lisa is giving away a canvas bag with Escaping Reality on one side and Revealing Us on the other side, and a package of signed INSIDE OUT and ESCAPING REALITY goodies to one lucky winner when the tour ends.