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Darcy Burke Winner and a Sinful Seconds Teaser!

First I want to thank my wonderful friend, critique and plotting partner, Darcy Burke, for letting me post our IM chat on Tuesday. Before I name the lucky winner of Darcy’s SCOUNDREL EVER AFTER, I want to share with our readers the latest release from Darcy and my plotting partners (and also IM buddies) Elisabeth Naughton and Joan Swan


From the six New York Times bestselling authors who brought you WICKED FIRSTS, an all new sinful anthology: SINFUL SECONDS

SINFUL SURRENDER by Elisabeth Naughton

He’s been watching her, and now he’s here, in the dimly lit bar of the swanky Vail resort, pretending not to notice her. Songwriter Grace Ryder has never liked the spotlight, but her skin tingles whenever his sexy gaze drifts her way. Only one night will prove whether he’s safety or sin.

Aegis operative Brian Walker’s orders are clear: observe, but don’t touch. Things change, though, the moment the leggy brunette makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Desire leads to seduction, but it comes at a price. Because someone wants her dead, and if Brian’s not careful, his obsession for a woman he never should have touched could get them both killed.

SINFUL RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Holly Sullivan has always been the good girl, but when her fiancé jilts her at the altar she spends her non-wedding night at The Playhouse indulging her deepest desires.

Liam fell in love with Holly at first glance. Unfortunately, she hates him for buying her father’s business. Following her to The Playhouse, he devotes the night to fulfilling her fantasies. But will she forgive him when his secret is revealed?

SINFUL SECRETS by Cynthia Eden

One year ago, Catherine Donnelly spent a wild night in a stranger’s arms. Sexy and mysterious, Jason August broke through all of Cat’s defenses. But when dawn came, she ran from his bed, and she never looked back, until now…

Catherine vanished from Jason’s life before, and he isn’t about to let her escape again. Cat will discover that the only man who can truly keep her safe in a world gone mad…well, that would be the man she married a year ago, on one hot Vegas night….

SINFUL IN SPURS by Laura Wright

Champion bull rider, Sawyer Black has one goal when he isn’t competing in the arena: watch out for his best friend’s little sister. But Keely is turning out to be anything but cooperative. The once shy, small town girl has turned into a gorgeous and very stubborn hellcat with big city excitement on her mind. And when Sawyer returns from a rodeo to find her gone, he knows he will do anything it takes to bring her home.

Keely O’Hare is sick and tired of her brother’s best friend babysitting her. It’s her final year of college and she’s ready to explore the dark sexual needs she’s been keeping secret in her heart. So when Sawyer goes away for work, Keely escapes to the city and to the notorious sex club, The Playhouse. But when Sawyer finds her there, unexpected and explosive sexual tension flares hot and heavy between them—and Keely refuses to return home with him until he spends two nights in The Playhouse with her. If he wants to bring along his bull rope? Even better.


As an heiress from a prominent family, Mina knows the pain of living under a microscope. Which is why she loves her sleepy Key West home where nobody knows her name. She’s determined to make her way without being coddled—and no mugging is going to change that.

Former Marine Alexander Blue has seen enough bloodshed to last a lifetime. When he sees a mysterious brunette attacked by a mugger, his need to protect kicks into overdrive. Mina brings him home and bandages him up, but her gaze cuts clear to his soul. An intense connection isn’t all Blue feels—he’s convinced Mina needs his protection. Just one problem: Mina doesn’t want saving.


In need of fast cash to help her brother sneak into the US, Tova Sorenson takes a job as a sexcam operator, sparking an unlikely friendship with her very first customer. When Marcus Lucero’s border patrol teammate suggests a sexcam site for female companionship without heartache, Marcus figures he’s got nothing to lose.

While danger from Tova’s dark side brings them together in the flesh where their chemistry burns hotter than hell, it also exposes their divergent loyalties which could end not only their newfound desires, but their lives.

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And WICKED FIRSTS, the first anthology, is available everywhere for 99 cents for a limited time.


Excerpt from Elisabeth Naughton’s SINFUL SURRENDER, book 1 in the SINFUL SECONDS anthology:

She set her glass on the coffee table in front of her and leaned forward, all confidence and seduction, contrasting again with her youthful face and quirky movements. That fresh, alluring scent of hers drifted over him once more, bringing awareness to the forefront of his mind and his blood back to pounding. “And a professional athlete hanging out at a trendy ski resort. So tell me, Brian, why did you come up here with me instead of going with that voluptuous blonde at the bar who was hitting on you before we started talking?”

Her eyes were like warm pools of dark chocolate, and when she leaned forward like that, her arms pressed her breasts together, forcing them outward, drawing his attention straight to her cleavage, advertising the fact she was anything but a young girl.

“Because I know girls like her. They’re fake and immature. I’m not interested in that.”

“What are you interested in?”

You. Though I shouldn’t be. “I don’t know. Something different, I guess.”

Her top teeth sank into her bottom lip, and his gaze followed, his mouth remembering just how she’d tasted, his body vibrating with the memory of how she’d felt pressed up against him. And damn, but he wanted to experience that again. Right now.

“Different is good,” she whispered. “I’m definitely different.”

Get up. Leave. Go now before you fuck up your career.

She scooted closer, and her bent knee brushed his thigh, sending tingles all through his lower body as if he’d been shocked by a live wire. “The question is… What are you going to do about it?”

Something he shouldn’t. Something that was going to screw things with his boss for good. “Samara…I’m bad news.”

“Maybe.” Her gaze locked on his mouth, and slowly she ran her tongue over her bottom lip like she couldn’t wait to take her own sinful taste again. “But I doubt it.”



Whew! I’ve been so excited for this anthology to release and can’t wait to real all 6 novellas!

And now for the winner of



Congrats! To claim your prize, please contact us within 10 days of this post.


Join us next week at Kiss and Thrill, when Sarah Andre hosts Avery Flynn!

The Winner of the Joan Swan Giveaway is…

And the winner is….

Krista (5:20 pm).  Congratulations! Krista won a copy of Joan Swan’s FEVER in either print or ebook.  Please contact us with your name and your preferred physical mailing address within the next ten days to claim your prize.  Your address must be in the U.S. or Canada.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented and be sure to go to Joan’s website and enter her blog tour giveaway – where you can win either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE.  To enter, leave a comment here then go to: and fill out the entry form.

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Come back to Kiss and Thrill next Tuesday when our featured guest is our very own Lena Diaz!  Lena will be talking about her new release, SIMON SAYS DIE.

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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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