Join My Class Action Lawsuit Against Debut Author Joan Swan

It’s happened to all of us, right?  You innocently pick up a book, start to read, and get caught up in the story.  You can’t put it down.  It gets late.  You have to be up early the next day.  You keep reading anyway.  Finally, in desperation, you turn off the light, even though you are wide-awake.

You must sleep.

But you can’t.

You find yourself worrying how Teague and Alyssa (example names chosen at random) are possibly going to get their happily ever after.  I mean, the situation is impossible.  He’s an escaped convict.  There is no way he can elude the net that is closing in on him.  And she…she still doesn’t trust him.  After all, he did kidnap her…

Finally, sleep comes.  But what are the dreams about?  Teague and Alyssa.  Their impossible situation.  The hot, intense attraction they can’t ignore…

I (ahem, I mean, you) should have just stayed up and finished the book like you wanted to do in the first place.  Morning comes, and you want to call in sick to work.  You have reading to do.  Doctor appointment?  Reschedule it.  Teague and Alyssa are in trouble.  They need you to read their story.

After finding myself in a situation shockingly similar to the one described above, it occurred to me, the book I was reading, FEVER by Joan Swan, should come with a warning label.

Without a warning label, I didn’t know what I was getting into.  Joan Swan, I demand restitution.  Or at least rest.

For this reason, I have decided to spearhead a class action lawsuit against Joan for her lack of warning labels.  How can you join the class action?

1) Read FEVER.

2) Suffer at the hands of Joan, who mercilessly builds sexual tension while at the same time making the situation go from bad to worse for Teague and Alyssa.

3) Behave irresponsibly due to need to finish book.

4) Document behaviors in #3 above.  Oh, wait.  This part is impossible, because you will be too obsessed with the need to finish the book.  This might be where the class action falls apart.  In fact, what am I doing writing this, when I could be finishing FEVER?

Forget the class action.  I’ve got a book to read.  Someone call my son’s teacher and tell her I’m not available to help out in the classroom today, okay?

[Rachel tries to post this and call it a day, but the ladies at Kiss and Thrill drag her back to the computer, reminding her of her responsibilities.]

Rachel:  What, I still have to interview her?  I’m busy.  I’ve got a book to read.

Kiss & Thrill:  You didn’t even mention that Joan is giving away a copy of FEVER to one lucky commenter.  Or link to the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Books-A-million.  Or link to her website where she is offering a fabulous vacation giveaway.

Rachel:  But if I post those things, then she’ll get more victims.  More hapless, unwarned readers like me.

Kiss & Thrill:  Readers will thank you.  Now get to the interview.

Rachel:  [sighing heavily] Okay, but I’d much rather be reading.  Joan, I’d say I’m happy to have you join us today, but I think you know how I feel.

Joan:  Thanks for having me.  I think.

Rachel:  What published author—in any genre—turns you into a total fangirl?  Is there a particular book or is this based on their entire body of work?

Joan:  Oh, definitely Suzanne Brockmann.  I become a bumbling idiot, and I’d have to say for Suzanne it’s her body of work.

But there are so many others that would get me all starry eyed, like Harlan Coben, Sandra Brown, Cindy Gerard, Tami Hoag, Victoria Dahl, Tess Gerritsen, Dean Koontz…and on and on…

Rachel: [Warming to Joan] You’ve named several of my favorite authors—who come to think of it, don’t have warning labels on their books either…

On a similar subject, have you ever written fan fiction, and if so, what work was it based on?  If you haven’t, what would you be tempted to write fan fiction about?

Joan:  I haven’t written fan fiction.  In fact, I’ve never even read fan fiction, but I’ve heard of it, so I know what it is.  If I were to write fan fiction, I’d probably write something very similar to what I write now, because…well…I love what I write – romantic suspense and romantic thrillers with paranormal elements.

Rachel:  Tell us one guilty pleasure.

Joan:  Disappearing into a movie theatre for a matinee with a gigantic diet coke and a box of Red Vines.  I haven’t done a double feature since I was a kid, but I dream of it often.

Rachel:  Ohhh, a double feature!  I haven’t been to one of those in ages.  Sounds like heaven.  I’m going to add that to my to do list, right after I finish FEVER and get caught up on life.

What is the strangest weapon you’ve used to kill off a character, either on or off-scene?

Joan:  Strange is…well…an opinion.  Some would consider a curse the strangest.  Others would consider burning alive the strangest.  Really, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Rachel: I vote for the curse.  Can you tell us about your upcoming release?

Joan:  Why thanks for asking, Rachel!! 🙂

Rachel:  The Kiss and Thrill team made me.  I know you are just going to use this opportunity to lure me into your trap.

Joan:  [entirely unremorseful] I have two releases coming up that I’m pretty excited about.

I’m releasing my first Indie, Intimate Enemies, in April.  This is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with readers!

Blaze, book two in the Phoenix Rising series, releases from Kensington September 25th.  This book is a high-octane, reunion story with a tortured set of hero and heroine who have stolen my heart.  I LOVE this book!

Rachel:  Ooohh, is this Luke’s story?  I can’t wait to read it.  I’ll have to make sure I have nothing planned for September 25th and 26th, because I know I’m not going to be able to sleep until it’s done.

Joan, thank you so much for joining us today!  Now can I get back to reading FEVER?

Kiss & Thrill: No Rachel, you have one more thing to do.

Rachel:  Oh yeah.  Now that Joan has answered her questions, it’s our readers’ turn.  Which do you think is the stranger weapon, a curse or being burned alive?  Leave your answer in the comments section for a chance to win a copy of FEVER, and be sure to check back on Thursday to find out who the winner is.  Trust me, you want to read this book!

Joan:  Don’t forget, all commenters here are eligible to enter my blog tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE.  To enter, leave a comment here then go to: and fill out the entry form.

One U.S. or Canadian commenter here will receive a copy of FEVER in either print or ebook.



Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with 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.


Joan Swan 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.

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Archaeologist Rachel Grant writes romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on March 20, 2012, in Author Interview, book recommendations, Rachel Grant and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 91 Comments.

  1. Rachel: I can so relate to your, uh, affliction. I’m sure I’ll need to join the class action law suit once I pick up this book!

    Joan: Suzanne Brockmann is definitely my fave too, along with several others you listed, though I did manage a coherent conversation with Cindy Gerard once. 😉

    Another thing we have in common? I used to live on the central coast. We were in Santa Maria when my husband was stationed at Vandenberg, and I went to grad school at Cal Poly while we lived there. One of our best assignments ever. I miss Shell Beach like crazy. =) Thanks for stopping by today!

    Great interview, ladies!

    • Wow, Gwen, it’s super rare to find someone who’s lived here! I used to spend a lot more time in Shell and Avila when I was at Poly and lived in San Luis. Now I’m in North County and head north for work and don’t get down there nearly enough.

      Took my daughter into SLO the other night for a doctor’s appt, drove down Higera at 5pm on Thurs night and the scent of BBQ nearly drown me in Farmer’s Market memories. Killed me!!

      • Oh, I miss the year round farmer’s market. When my husband retires in a few years, we’re going to be looking to head west again. And I don’t eat meat anymore, but Santa Maria style BBQ was the best!

  2. You make Fever sound as if you can never put it down and that’s what I love in a book. Sometimes you find these books that seem what you wanted to read so badly and are very disappointed after a few chapters. But Fever sounds great.

  3. Great post! I’m totally hooked by Alyssa and Teague’s story.

    I think being killed by a curse is definitely stranger. Now I’m curious to read how it works!

    Congratulations on your upcoming releases. Guess I know what I’ll be putting on my birthday wishlist next month! Hmmm…I might have to join that class action lawsuit. 🙂

    • I’m with you, curse, hands down.

    • Hi Mary, A curse is probably stranger because it can be anything! Burning alive, while unusual and horrific… Well, I guess it would depend on your definition of strange 🙂

      At work once I did have a patient cursing me in a foreign language…I only knew because the person with her kindly translated for me — not the actual curse, just that she *was* cursing me…as in casting curses, no swearing at me…though I get a lot of that too. 🙂 Who knows how I will die! Authors…take note. You may have a good story when I kick the bucket!

      Living the dream, I tell you!

  4. I love to read a book that I just have to finish. Fever sounds like that kind of book. I’ll have to schedule some days off when I get it. Fever sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it.


    • Hi Joanne,

      I hope Fever is amazing for you! I love this story, these characters. I too love a book you have to finish and I’m an incredibly picky reader, so when I write, I’m always cognizant of that. Hope that comes through 🙂

  5. Books that force me to finish them are the best! Loved the title of this post, and thanks for such a great interview.

  6. Jennifer Crump

    Ahhh it’s a love hate situation with those types of books. You are itching to get back to the story but your tired or have to go back to work. Just waiting for 10 minutes to spare to get the book addiction in 🙂

  7. Hi Joan,
    Welcome to Kiss and Thrill!
    I love. love. love stories that keep me up all night (or make me burn the dinner…medium rare is a distant memory in our house.) So I will not join the litigation but WILL eagerly buy FEVER.

    Hmmm…cursed or buried alive…definitely buried alive is worse. Seen a few TV episodes with that as the method of murder and I begin to panic and hyperventilate right along with the hero.

    Thanks for being with us today, it was a pleasure meeting you!

  8. I also loved FEVER! It kept me up way too late, and that is hard to do.

  9. I could probably stay up all night just looking at the Cover… Holy hotness. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.


  10. Millie McClain

    I would have to say curse depending on the type of curse. Burned alive really isn’t all that strange to me and there’s so many options for the type of curse that could be used to kill. Fever sounds wonderful. I love a book that grabs me and holds on to the very last word. I’ll be looking this one up as well as Joan’s other works. Thanks

  11. *Furiously filling out sign-up form* I’M JOINING THE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT! *Shakes head sadly*

    Joan, I love you, but Rachel is just plain right here! (=

    Rachel, this is definitely one of my favorite interviews to date. You deserve a lil’ warning label yourself, miss! I innocently opened the page up to read amongst other things and then BOOM, I got sucked in by your intro and it’s been downhill ever since. Failed to hear my hubs talking, completely ignored blinking calendar reminders, etc. (=

    Joan, I’m not sure if I want to know what YOU consider to be a “strange” weapon for death or torture. In fact, I think I’d be down right scared to find out. *drumming fingers* Dang it! Now I have to…nay, NEED to know. *sigh* Guess I’ll just have to read every single darn thing you write to find out if you just get stranger with time (though I think I already know the answer to that…). *grin*

    Perhaps I’ve been around wonderfully crazy writer folks for too long–I don’t find either a curse or burning alive “strange” per se. Scary and horrible, definitely. The worse of the two physically would be burning alive. Mentally? The curse. So, since I am a creature of my imagination, I’d say the curse would be worse since I’m sure I’d imagine wicked, wrong ways to go and by manifest destiny, have those very things come true. Ooh, Sarah Andre’s answer above (being buried alive)–definitely a top fear for me. I’ll throw that on the list of no-thank-you’s as well for my life.

    Ladies, thank you for a great interview!

    Congrats again for such a runaway hit, Joan!!!

    • Thanks Nina! So glad to have you on board with the suit. Now if we can just find someone to organize it, we’ll be all set… I’m too busy enjoying the HEA sigh of satisfaction to get motivated.

    • Aw, Nina, XOXO, so THRILLED you love it!!

      I agree with you on the whole not “strange” because of course we have those “strange” minds of thinking very little is “strange”. But the curse holds unlimited possibilities, so…

      Thanks for coming by!! Rachel did an awesome post!

  12. OMG! Have you been watching me? I stay up late reading. Hubby says “Don’t you ever sleep”. Not when I reading a ‘HOT’ novel. Thanks for the laugh and knowing I am not alone in my lust for ‘HOT’ can’t put down books. FEVER is on my list, for sure now.

  13. Wow- definitely have to read this now! Sounds fantastic 🙂

  14. I am totally with you on the class-action suit. I would have a couple of other authors to add to the list. They should really put warning labels on books. It happened to me last night, even though I had to get up and take my kids to school and only slept for about 4 1/2 hours.
    Have heard great things about this book, and love the cover. Great tattoo. Thanks for the giveaway and sending in my forms for the suit.

  15. LOL! You had me going there for a minute getting me all defensive of Joan. Great post.

  16. I don’t mind losing sleep when it comes to a good book. Fever looks and sounds like one of those kinds of books.

    Joan, a double feature sounds divine…I’d have to have a large Dr. P & a large popcorn w/lots of butter though 🙂

    Ava Riley

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  17. I must thank Joan for being such a good sport! She didn’t flinch at the idea of me rallying her readers against her. 😀

  18. Rachel, you’re hilarious! 🙂
    There’s nothing better than a book that gets its claws into you and won’t let go! Heck, I’ve even read a book so fast, devoured it really, that I turned right around and re-read it. Almost better the 2nd time around, but I’ve also caught myself thinking, ‘what, I don’t remember this part!’
    To answer the question, I would say a curse would be so much worse. B/c that bad boy could be anything!
    Thank you all for the chance!

    • Oh, Lord those are the absolute BEST, aren’t they?? It’s like going back to see a movie the second time…reviewing parts that you either don’t remember or “get” on a whole different level making the movie so much deeper.

      Rachel is hilarious :)) LOVE!!

  19. What a fun post & interview – thank you for providing something so different. I’d have to go with the curse as being the most unusual,too. I love reading books where you can get lost in them or get upset because you absolutely have to put it down to go someplace important!

  20. Joan, thank you so much for joining us today! Rachel, thanks for the warning! A book I can’t book down….oh wait, I don’t have time to chat…

    Seriously, though Joan congratulations on what I hear is a fabulous debut. I can’t wait to read it for myself!

  21. Oh lord, I have to read this for sure! It just moved high on my to be bought and read list. You sold me Rachel!
    Love books that keep me up all night, tho I am a tad grumpy the next day, but I’ll sleep when I’m dead … nothin can keep me from reading a good book! 😀

    • Thanks for stopping by Tracey! Remember, you were warned – just not by the person who should have warned you. 😉

  22. Arely Zimmermann

    Rachel, I can relate to your…problem, so to speak. And I agree. They should have warning labels on them. And congrats to Joan for the releases!! 😀

  23. I can’t wait to read Fever! I’m going away next week for 8 days and I had to pack it in my suitcase already so I wouldn’t start it until I got to the beach. Now I’m afraid I’m going to have to lock my luggage until I get there. Thanks for coming today, Joan and congratulations on all of your wonderful success!

    • Oh, wow, can I go? How about if I read it TO you? Or, wait, better yet, I’ve revised and polished and read it so many times, I could probably recite it to you. 🙂 I’d even be willing to do voice overs … I mean … you did mention a beach nearby…

  24. I would love to be the lucky one! I promise not to start or join a class action suit and am looking forward to losing sleep over Fever!

  25. ARGH! My original post disappeared * Cries *

    See if I could remember the gist of what I wrote. I mentioned that it feels odd agreeing with Rachel (and that I feel like I’m talking to myself because that’s my name) LOL.

    I have read a few books like that – that made me forget housechores. So I totally agree with the warning. There is one author that encouraged it and I got yelled at by my hubby. Joan’s book I practically devoured the book.

    Joan – Fan fiction is how I got started writing (that and role playing. Well I can say a combo). Good friend of my, Joyce, loves to write anime based fanfiction. Who got to read it? Moi!

    I always started stories but never finished. Inside my mind I said “Stop, these characters are not yours. The creator already has a devine plan for these character and world.” So instead of continuing I started working on the story of my role playing character Kiirri, her history, her start.

    Joyce actually convinced me to let her read it once I shyly admitted to writing. She then convinced me it was good and to put it in

    And my current WIP it started out as a goofing around fanfiction to Sherrilyn Kenyon. I stopped, revamped it, took out all the Kenyon references because I had a revealation one night for the story to make it my own.

    • That is very cool! We all get our starts in odd little ways that give us the boost we need to create. Writing and then letting others know we write when we start is sooooo incredibly hard. KUDOS, Rachel!!

      (And I lost my first couple of posts too *snort*)

    • Rachel, thanks for sticking with it and reposting! I think it’s great you’ve written fan fiction – an interesting way to learn craft and suck you in to the joy of writing!

      Good for you for having the nerve to share your writing with your friend and even better when you found the twist that made the story your own.

  26. Well, if that’s not a glowing recommendation for a book, I don’t know what is! I love those kinds of books . . . and hate them, lol! There is nothing like showing up to work with bags under the eyes and zombie stares.

    Joan, I generally read regencies, but I do believe I must go get this book!

  27. I think I just got a good kind of fever reading this post. Books can be addicting in that once you read it you simply cannot let go until you reach the end. These are the kind of books I love discovering.

    Now a choice between a curse and being burned alive…a curse may be better. Both requires endurance but one can slightly be controlled.

  28. Hahaha One of the best hooks EVER! Love it and I still want to read the book 😉

    Thanks for the laugh and the giveaway!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  29. What an interesting blog today…I’ve never read one quite like this..but it did make me want to read the book. Now I just have to find it at the bookstore and find the time to rad it all at once. Thanks for the info.

  30. I am so very much looking forward to reading your books Joan.
    I am a big fan of Dean R Koontz and it sounds like you write great suspense. I like that I have found a new author & all the excitement and joy that entails.

    I think a curse would be worse, I guess because one of the outcomes of a curse could be buried alive. But, oh, buried alive sounds cruel!!

    I also have found a new website “Kiss & Thrill” Wow
    Thanks to you both,

    • Jan, so glad you found us today! We usually have new blogs on Tuesdays and announce winners on Thursdays, with bonus blogs now and then. If you subscribe, you won’t miss a post. 🙂

    • It is an awesome website, isn’t it? They have great guests here (ah-hem) 🙂

      I admire Koontz for many reasons, but craft is among the biggest. His suspense is done so smoothly, so craftily, a reader gets lost in the story and can’t see the line between craft and story. That is what I aspire to. Maybe after dozens and dozens of novels, like Koontz, I too will have that line blurred.

  31. I hope to join your class action lawsuit one day 😉

  32. Love the synopsis for Fever, I am absolutely intrigued especially since you claim you can’t but it down. To my “wish-list” it goes. 🙂

    I would have to go with Curse for stranger weapon. Fire is scary but can happen… Now Curse?… yikes… all the unknown and all the possibilities alone is terrifying.

  33. Sign me up! Well unless the proceedings will interfere with reading BLAZE the follow up to fever….lol GREAT Interview and post!

  34. I guess a curse is less common. Fun interview! Your books look excellent!


  35. Great interview. I want to read this book sooo bad. I love books that keep you up all night. I don’t like it the next day. lol Thanks for the great giveaway. 🙂

  36. I have read, and enjoyed, FEVER so do I get to join the suit?

  37. Great interview – this made me laugh!!!

  38. I can’t follow the wit of this post any more than I can put down FEVER. Impossible.

    FEVER is impossibly well-written.

    Will The Surgeon General force warnings on the spine of BLAZE? I don’t know. I just know you ROCK, Joan! Woot!

  39. Your book sounds terrific! Can’t wait to read it.

    Well, a curse is more subtle but can be more painful for sure… There is a reason why people are scared of witches!

  40. Looking forward to reading Fever.

    Going to have to remember to start it on a Friday though. 🙂

  41. Death by curse would be stranger, since they’re not real, but death by fire? Ugh. Sign me up for death by curse…unless I’m cursed to die in a fire.

    Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the release of Fever.

  42. Great post! I liked the title.

  43. I hope that all of the books in this series need warning labels!!! haha

  44. What kind of a choice is that??? Sheesh! I suppose a curse – so long as it wasn’t eternal damnation, or continually burning alive – ACK! IN that case burning alive would beat out curse hands down.

    And in my estimation, Joan deserves to be unrepentant. FEVER is amazing! I was up way too late. DH said “if only I was a book”. *snorts* I think that if FEVER is any indication of what we can expect from Joan, then this fabulous debut is only just the beginning of some very satisfied readers. Let’s just say I have moved her to the “auto-buy” list.

    Thanks for the crazy fun interview! And congratulation to the winner. You are going to love. this. book.


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