Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Interview with Joan Swan and Giveaway - February 21, 2012

Please welcome Joan Swan to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Joan:  Interesting? Oh, wow. I don’t know that any of my quirks are interesting. Really, I have a LOT of quirks, but the only one that has any consistency is my McDonald’s fetish. I have breakfast at McDonald’s almost every morning. The only time I don’t is when I have a breakfast date with my husband – usually the day after I get home from being gone for three days at work so we can catch up.

I prefer to write away from home because the pull of housework and bills and the general untidiness wreaks chaos on my mind. McDonald’s has all you can drink soda for $1 and free internet. What’s not to like? My only beef is that there are no outlets. (I think they’re trying to tell me something. *la la la la la la* I can’t hear you!)

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Joan:  I love Dean Koontz for his gorgeous prose and many other craft techniques. I love Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters for her voice and the team atmosphere she creates. I’m fond of Susan Elizabeth Phillips humor and Robert Crais’ fast-pacing and Sandra Brown’s complex plotting and characterization. Oh…so many awesome authors…so little time!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Joan:  I create plot points for major events and pants-it in between the dots. How’s that for vague?

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Joan:  Keeping my ass in the chair. I’m an anxious writer. Any time I’m stressed, I feel the need to escape. Well, heh, when I’m writing a romantic suspense and all I do for 300 pages is cause conflict, conflict, conflict…what do you think I want to do all the time? Keeping my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard instead of letting myself escape the anxiety of what’s on the page (or needs to be on the page) is, by far, my biggest challenge.

TQ:  Describe Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) in 140 characters or less.

Joan:  A desperate convict with nothing to lose. A determined hostage with everything to live for. An enemy with unlimited power and grave secrets.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Fever?

Joan:  Lots and lots of bad boys…and a few bad dreams to go with them.

I’ve been a sonographer for twenty years and one of the hospitals where I worked serviced a huge prisoner clientele. I spent half my day surrounded by guards and inmates and the more I understand their routines and procedures, the more clearly I recognized how easily something could go wrong. With something as simple as one tip off from someone inside the hospital or one officer off his game that day, the unthinkable could have occurred.

I simply spent one too many days wondering, “What if…?”

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Fever?

Joan:  As far as the inciting incident, I lived it, as I mentioned above. Beyond that, I’ve lived in California all my life and traveled most of the roads, so the journey Teague and Alyssa struck out on in FEVER was very familiar to me. In fact, the town of Truckee, where they ended up, was a location my family and I lived for several years and the café where Alyssa and Luke, a secondary character and the hero in the next book, BLAZE, meet, called, Wild Cherry’s, is an actual café my husband and I favorited when we lived there.

So, I suppose you could say a lot of the research for Fever had been completed well in advance of the novel. :-)

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Joan:  I think Alyssa was the easiest to write. She and I share a profession and we share a common disposition held by those in the profession—independent, determined, diligent. I spend a lot of my time on the job either coaxing people into doing things I need them to do or insisting that they do it. When a doctor needs answers, there is no valid excuse as to why you’ve come back without them, so you learn not to accept defeat.

In that way, Alyssa is an impossible diehard. When her mind is set on escape, nothing keeps her from trying to seek freedom. When her mind is set on his well-being, nothing can dissuade her from fighting for him. Her brain is always working, endlessly seeking a solution.

I understand that deeply ingrained part of Alyssa, which made it easier to anticipate her actions and reactions and ultimately, easier to write her character.

The hardest character to write was Luke. Luke is a secondary, but critical, character in FEVER, and he is the hero in the second book, BLAZE, which releases in October. Fans who read FEVER before BLAZE may notice that Luke’s character arc begins in FEVER, therefore he’s a very different character than he is in BLAZE, so writing Luke here was like writing a very dark version of my awesome hero. That was very difficult. And after seeing how Luke comes through in BLAZE, it was worth every second of work.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Fever?

Joan:  I love pivotal scenes – usually concerning the internal landscape of a character: a personal epiphany, a moment of crisis when the character’s true essence or vulnerability shows or that second the character pushes themselves past a fear and acts.

In Fever, I love the scene when Alyssa is tired of Teague’s repeated rejection of her physically when they both know he wants her. She finds a bag of condoms in the medicine cabinet, ones Teague had been given in a getaway kit supplied by accomplices and carries them into the bedroom where Teague is not yet sleeping.
     Indecision zinged around her chest like a firefly trapped in a jar. She pulled in a slow breath then blew it out.
     “Wrong room, Lys.” His voice came out low and languid and lusty, giving her firefly a shot of adrenaline. But his eyes stayed closed, his body still.
     “I…don’t think so.” She garnered another ounce of confidence and walked toward the bed.
     “I don’t want to talk anymore, Alyssa.”
     He didn’t move even a millimeter, but his lids cracked, and he tracked her with his eyes. The heat there, the longing, gave her the final flash of confidence she needed to make her move.
     “Neither do I.” She dropped the condoms on his chest. Watched as they scattered over muscle. Teague’s gaze darted to the little packages and held. “I had something else in mind.”
I think that is fun and gutsy.

Another scene I like is when, after Teague and Alyssa have made love, Alyssa wakes in the middle of the night to find him gone from bed. She hears the shower running and goes to join him, but when she surprises him, Teague reacts like he would react in a prison shower.
     Already naked, Alyssa pushed the curtain aside just enough to slip in behind him. She closed the distance and wrapped her arms around his torso from behind. Before she could lay her cheek to his back, Teague whipped around. One arm slashed across her throat, the other shoved her against the shower wall. The force of the thrust snapped her head on the tile. Pain exploded beneath her skull. She cried out.
     When she opened her eyes, she found Teague staring at her with an expression she could only describe as menacing. His eyes were dark and flat and glazed, filled with violence.
     “Teague.” She gripped his forearm, tried to pry it off her throat. “Stop.”
     His eyes cleared, but he didn’t release pressure. Water sizzled as it hit his skin, evaporated and filled the shower like a steam bath. Heat seared through her neck where his arm nearly cut off her air supply.
     “Teague,” she tried again, “you’re hurting me.”
     The hostility in his eyes shifted to fear then to a sick regret as he fully focused. “Oh, my God.” Teague instantly released her, hands up, palms out. “Oh, my God. Lys. I’m sorry.” In the next instant, he swept her up in his arms. “I’m so sorry.”
     She didn’t immediately return the embrace, still stunned and confused.
     “I-- I--,” he stuttered, “Oh, my God.” He pressed his face to her neck and let out a sound somewhere between a sob and a growl. “I didn’t think. I just reacted. I thought— I thought—“ he shook his head and buried his face deeper. “Fuck.”
     His turmoil churned her own gut. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders, ran her hands over the smoothed course of his new hair growth. “Okay. It’s okay. I’m okay.”
     “It’s not okay.” He let her go as quickly as he’d pull her close and turned away. He slammed both fists against the shower tile, knuckles first. “It’s not okay. Nothing about this is okay.”
I love seeing and showing the inner torment people live with from their past—it makes them so very real.

TQ:  What's next? /this is where you share anything you'd like/

Joan:  I’m really excited about the revision I’m working on right now. This romantic suspense manuscript finalled in the RWA Golden Heart twice, and I’m publishing the story as an Indie novel in April 2012, called INTIMATE ENEMIES.

Cassandra Christo is on a quest for answers. Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed her mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. But there she runs into two major obstacles: her stepfather, a man Cassie despises and who she suspects is involved in illegal activities, and Rio Santana, Saul’s right hand man and the person she unknowingly let into her heart after he comforted her during the darkest moment of her life.

Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now, when he’s only weeks away from finalizing transport of a terrorist cell over the U.S.-Mexico border. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn’t have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie, let alone the risk it poses to his cover.

So when Cassie’s stepfather grows nervous about her investigation and orders Rio to use seduction as a last ditch effort to keep her from learning too much, Rio thinks he’s found the perfect solution. Until, that is, the heat between them turns into a full blown inferno. Suddenly, Rio’s not sure who’s doing the seducing. And not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn’t, his lies and deception could get them both killed.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Joan:  Thanks for having me!!

About Fever

Phoenix Rising 1
Kensington Brava , February 28, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook,  448 pages

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.

About Joan

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, releases 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.

Joan's Links:


Joan has a tour giveaway**!  All comments are eligible for tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE. Enter here: http://joanswan.com/giveaways/blog-tour-ereader/

** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Joan's tour giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Joan's rules to enter to win the tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE .

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a print copy of Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) from Joan. US/CANADA ONLY.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite bad boy from novels, film, TV?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries at The Qwillery to win the print copy of Fever by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive at The Qwillery: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition YOU MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Hmmm not sure if he is a bad boy but Jack Sparrow comes to mind.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Oh, YES. Jack is most definitely a bad boy! And an endlessly fun one at that! Good choice!

  2. I love Zsadist from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. On the outside, he may appear to be a bad boy, but deep down, he has a heart of gold, IMO.

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    1. Hi Tracey - those are the best kind, the ones with the soft spot!

  3. I smiled at the McDonalds breakfast fetish, I reckon McDonalds has the best breaksfast...the hashbrowns, the pancakes. YUMMY!

    my favorite bad boy...either I don't like any, or they just aren't coming to mind...

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    1. I'm sure you just got distracted by the pancakes!

  4. Favorite bad boy is a hard one since I'm pretty partial to the bad boy. I like em all, it's an issue with me. So let me see - I'm a huge Gone With The Wind fan so Rhett is right up there, I just know if I met him I would fall madly in love. I loved Tom Cruise in Top Gun, that grin (not to mention that body). There is an indie YA author named E.J. Stevens who writes a series and her secondary character is just too bad - I have a huge crush on him.
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    1. I hear you L2D. Bad boys are so yummy! How could you be expected to pick just one?

  5. My bad boy is Larissa Ione's Wraith :). God I love him - so yummy and sarcastic too ;).
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    I can't wait for FEVER to release :). Best wishes Joan!


    1. Hi Victoria! Larissa's a fabulous writer -- awesome character development!!

      (Oh, and did you notice she blurbed FEVER *giddy giggle*(

  6. Daniel Craig in the Bond Films and Cowboys and Aliens, Johnny Depp in Pirates, Russell Crowe...just being Russell Crowe, yep, the list could go on and on. Bad boys are a lot of fun...I didn't marry one, but I can still have them in my books and movies. :) Congrats Joan on Fever! I'm so happy for you during this exciting time in your career/life. :)

    1. Thanks so much Linda!! XO

      You've got some goooood taste in bad boys!

  7. I have a couple of favs. Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Also love Vishous from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. Another good bad boy is Logan from Jodi Redford's That Old Black Magic series, yummy werewolf.
    Too many good ones to just name a few.
    Thanks for the chance to win. Would love to win and read this book. Love the cover of this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Darn, I don't know those baddies...but I trust you Chris :)

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  9. * Laughs * I use to work at McDonald's. I use to open the grill and in charge of creating all those breakfast items but that's been close to eleven years ago.

    Bad boys.. An anime comes to mind. Vegita. LOL. Yes Dragonball Z. He's the ultimate bad boy. Stryker from Sherrilyn Kenyon comes to mind too. Sebastian from Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Winter (but he's redeemed.)

    No need to enter me, here for Joan. <3

    1. LOLOL, (but he's redeemed)

      I don't know your bad boys but they sound yummy!

      XO for always being here! XO

  10. Hi Joan! Congrats on the new release and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Fever! In answer to your question about my favorite Bad Boy, it has to be the one and only Dracula! There are so many more that I could name, but you don't have enough room in the comment section **LOL**. Thanks for the awesome contest. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

    1. Hi Barb!

      Ahhhh, an oldie but goodie!!! Nice!

  11. I love Tom Cruise in Top Gun. Talk about a bad boy with a gorgeous body. Damon from the Vampire Diaries. He is gorgeous also. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  12. Well, these days I'm reading a lot of the In Death series, so Roarke is currently my favorite bad boy! I'd have to second Raonaid on the Sebastian nomination as well.

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    1. K, don't shoot me, but who is In Death by? **ducking just in case**

  13. The list of my fave bad boys is long! (Yep, I got a "thing" for bad boys!) Aside from the "usual suspects" Malkolm from Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (House of Comarre series) and Nightshade from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series are definitely on my short list though!

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    1. Okay, seriously, I'm not reading enough!! Once Fever is out and blog tour is over, I am picking up some of these bad boys!!

  14. thats tough.. im gonna go with dmitri from nalini singhs archangels.. i agree with roarke from jd robbs in death series...

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    1. OMG, someone I know!! I'm not a total loser! Dmitri!! :)

  15. John McCain (sp?) from the Die Hard series and Eric from The Southern Vampire series.

    GFC Anne38

    1. Yep, with you on John McCain, don't know Eric.

  16. OMG..Bad boys, I LOVE 'em! Let's see, I loved Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, I love listening/watching Pitbull's music/videos (he is so sexy/naughty!), I love Adrian Vogel from J.R. Ward's Fallen Angel series and ALL of her BDB's and then there's Gena Showalter's LOTU's...I gotta stop there, or like that 'pink bunny'...I'll keep going and going and going... ;) LOL! Thx for the giveaway op!

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    1. I just started listening to the first of Gena's LOTU's. I agree!! And Pitt, can't go wrong there! Don't know the others.

  17. Favorite bad boy from tv is Damon from Vampire Diaries :D
    From book.. uhm.. maybe Luc from Personal Demons
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  18. Hi

    I could eat an Egg McMuffin everyday but I have to stay away and only get those as a treat for me. :)

    For a bad boy I would have to say Damon from Vampire Diaries - he is so good.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I am looking forward to your book and congrats on the release soon.


    1. Thanks Pam!

      Why only a treat? They're only 300 calories and lots of protein! My fav!

      Boy this Damon is getting lots of action!

  19. Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries TV show and Aidan from Being Human TV show
    and the Stanislaski brothers from Nora Roberts The Stanislaskis books

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  20. One of my favorite bad boy is Barrons from the Fever series. Coming in close is Zsadist from the BDB series. Bad boys are so interesting because of the complexities.

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    1. Fever series? That's just wrong! :)

      I love watching a bad boy's character arc.

  21. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! I've had book lust for this title, for a while now :)

    Ummm... Loved Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roarke from J.D. Robb. :)

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    1. Thanks Erin!! I love the book lust comment!! :):)

  22. Wow, this is hard, but I would have to say Asheron (Iv only listened to the audiobooks, so I dont know how its spelled) from the Dark Hunters novels.
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  23. Wow, I knew I wanted to read FEVER and already have it ordered but now I definitely am on pins and needles to read it! As for a bad boy - up until now, Jag (RAPTURED UNTAMED) from Pamela Palmer's Feral Warrior's series has been my favorite bad boy, quickly followed by Lucien (LORD OF FIRE) from Gaelen Foley's Knight Family Series but I think Teague might take the lead after I read FEVER. : )
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  24. I've gotta go with my favorite bad boy, Damon from The Vampire Diaries!! I love me some bad Damon :D

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    1. Good Lord...Damon, Damon, Damon...

      I've gotta find me this Damon!!

  25. My bad boy would be BONES FROM THE NIGHT HUNTRESS SERIES!!

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  26. I love Christine Feehan's Carpathians! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

    1. Hey, there's a new one! (Still don't know him...I'm growing pathetic...)

  27. Congrats on your upcoming debut release, Joan. One of my favorite bad boys is Sawyer from "Lost." I like that he keeps us guessing about his motives and we never know if he's a good guy or a baddie.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

    1. Hi Janie,

      Okay, so that's TV and I still don't know him. I definitely need to get out more.

      On an upnote -- Janie is disqualified, because she already WON from another blog!! YAY Janie!!

  28. Ian from the Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost.

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  29. My favorite bad boy is Captain Jack Sparrow from movies, for TV it's Spike from Buffy and in books I'd have to choose Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series.

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  30. That is one of the funniest interviews I've read in a while. And I loved the excerpts from the book. Definitely want to read it.

    My favorite bad boy is Daniel Kane, a character from an Indie book,"The Heat," by Heather Killough-Walden. Maybe it's that Louisiana accent "cher," plus the Harley, and of course the intense sapphire-blue eyes. . . .

    Good Luck with your new release. I hope I win.

    Mary Moritz
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    1. Oh, wow -- so, I don't know him, but I already think he's hot! With the "cher" and intense sapphire eyes? Yep, I'm all over that!

      Oh, and thanks for the comments on the book -- you got me all distracted!!

  31. Favorite bad boy is Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. LOVE HIM!!

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  32. The more excerpts I get to read, the more I'm soo in love with Fever! Specifically, I'm falling for Teague in a major way!
    I just re-read the first Black Dagger Brotherhood book by JR Ward. Although he has a small introduction, Zsadist is bad news; very scary. I've read the entire series, so I know where his story is going, but it was great to re-visit one of the first series that I got hookd on. I know I'll be hooked on your new series, as well!
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    1. Hi MJB! That is great news and I do hope you love Fever :). I've hear awesome things about BDB, though I haven't read it. If it's good enough to re-read, it's got to be a winner!

  33. My fav bad boy came to me from a recent read... Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. Fantastic read!!! I think from film it would have to Cam Gigandet... he's actually who I think of when the profile fits the bad boy in the stories I read:)

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  34. Zsadist from the BDB

    I follow the blog.

    I enjoyed the interview. The book sounds very good.


    1. Ooo, Zsadist is giving Damon a run I think!

  35. Those of you who haven't read FEVER yet, you're in for a treat!

    Hm, either Jack Sparrow or Rhevenge from the BDB. I generally am not attracted to bad boys.

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  36. Oh, man -- what a name!! Rhevenge??? I LOVE that!!

    And of course, I adore Jack. :)

    Thanks for coming by Sheree!!

  37. I would have to say Barrons from the Fever series. Great bad guy. Congrats on the upcoming release. Can't wait to read it to see what happens between Alyssa and Teague.
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  38. I love Barron from the Fever series. I can't wait for KMM to write more of his story.

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  39. My favorite bad boys are Christian Grey, Jericho Barrons, Rio from Midnight Breed, and even Bones has a bad streak in him in the first book.

    I enjoyed those excerpts and they just got me even more eager to read Fever. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  40. I like Bones and Vlad from the Night Huntress series, Eric from True Blood. Love those bad boys;) Thanks for a chance. Sounds like a book I would love to read.

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    1. Hi Sariah! You are in good company! Thanks for stopping by!

  41. Bones, Barrons and you cant forget Eric.

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  42. Zsadist from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is my fav - I have a soft spot for him. Thanks for the post - this book looks great!

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  43. Oh for Pete sake! Like I can ever pick just one bad boy. But I will say my first memory of a bad boy that I liked was Fonzie when I was a child. My Dad taught me say "hey" when I was very young. And I never turned back. *sighs* It's been bad boys since childhood. LOL I never would have thought Luke would have been a hard character to write, but now that you say that, I can see how he would be a challenge. You don't give us much when it comes to Luke. Enough for Fever I suppose, but a whole lot of unanswered questions still. And the "Wrong room, Lys." scene. One of my favorites. Also, I stalk Joan on Twitter. Don't worry - it's the good kind of stalk. And she ain't lying about the McDonald's. Seen many a tweet regarding Mickey D's. LOL Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I already have a copy of the book. I just wanted to pop in to support this promising debut author. Best of luck to everyone. It is a fabulous read!

    Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

  44. Congratulations on youdebut.


  45. Hi Joan.
    The interview is great. I so know about the McDonals's thing too.
    Good luck on your book today.
    My favorite bad boy would have to be Wraith from Larissa Ione's Demonica series.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com