Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Joan Swan interview and giveaway

 My keeper shelf is the latest stop on Joan Swan's Blaze blog tour, Joan has kindly answered some questions about her Phoenix Rising series and there's a little giveaway for US/Canada followers too.
You can check out the other stops on the tour here

      Hi Joan, Blaze is the second book in the Phoenix Rising series can you
      tell us a little bit about it?

In the Phoenix Rising series a mysterious explosion at a military warehouse injures a team of seven hazmat firefighters, killing one. The contents of the building—classified chemicals used by the Department of Defense--have inflicted the team with various paranormal abilities which the government wants to study and the team wants to understand and expose.

Each book in the series focuses on different members of the team and their struggle with the aftermath of the explosion. As the group delves deeper into the incident and uncovers pieces of the puzzle, their personal issues are complicated by a powerful enemy trying to keep its secrets.
In FEVER the Phoenix Rising team makes the first deep crack in the enemy’s façade. FEVER shows just how powerful their enemy is, how far and how deep they can reach and how desperate they are to keep their screw-up’s a secret. The love story in FEVER is between the two people in the book who should trust each other the least, but when its right…
BLAZE is all about discovering just how bad a situation can get. In BLAZE both the team and the enemy up the stakes and expose and even greater breadth and more twisted depth the existing conspiracy, things the team never imagined possible. Complicating this scenario, the love story in BLAZE is a reunion between two tortured and damaged members of the former team who were torn apart in the aftermath of the incident, but who haven’t been able to move on.
What was the first scene or character that came to you when you started plotting and writing Blaze?
The opening of BLAZE is a Jonestown-Waco-type siege in the Nevada dessert where Keira and Luke have responded for different agencies and meet again for the first time in three years.
After a bomb explodes inside the ranch house and nearly blows Luke and Keira off the roof, they find the boy Keira had come for and escape via military helicopter. They’re rushed, with other victims, to a local trauma center where Luke and Keira are able to really talk for the first time without bullets flying and explosions blasting.
This is the scene I played over and over in my head when I was thinking about BLAZE. And, as always seems to be the case with me, it didn’t turn out anything like I envisioned. But it did turn out better. J
How many books should we expect in the Phoenix Rising Series, and how far ahead do you need to plan when writing a series?
I’ve contracted with Kensington for two more books in the Phoenix Rising series. RUSH, book 3, comes out October 2013, and book 4 comes out April 2014.
I could easily envision 7 books in the series. Mitch, Seth, Kai and Cash all definitely need a book and new and fabulously complex characters keep popping up in each book that make me think…hmmm, he’d be a good hero.
Owen, an antagonist in BLAZE, is one of these characters. In the book I’m writing now, RUSH, he discovers he’s been kept in the dark about what was really going on in these black projects and is not happy about all the lies or the human testing. Owen takes some very heroic actions in RUSH that make me all soft inside. When I start going mushy, you can pretty much bet, the guy is going to get his own damn book.
Whether these books come under the Phoenix Rising series or whether I create a new, spin off series to accommodate them, I’m not sure yet.
I had a bit of a crush on Teague Creek the hero in Fever, what qualities does Blaze's hero Luke Ransom (great alpha male name btw) have that would make him a worthy book boyfriend and who would you like to play him in a movie?
Oh…I’d venture to say that Teague may get nudged to the back seat when you read BLAZE. Luke is rather irresistible.
I think my early reviewers and Keira herself describe Luke best…
Early reviewer on Luke:
“…all charisma and wit, a capable agent with a big bad side of get-with-the-program-or-get-the-hell-out-of-my-way. Underneath all that swagger, though, is a man who has never gotten over the love of his life and is willing to give up just about anything to see her safe and happy... even if it means living the rest of his life in misery.” --GraveTells
Keira on Luke:
Same intense blue eyes. Same long legs. Same wide shoulders. Same commanding presence. Same Luke.
He hadn’t had a haircut in months, hadn’t shaved in at least two days, hadn’t been using enough sunscreen. And he looked . . . amazing. Absolutely mind-numbingly amazing.

And Paul Walker would play Luke Ransom in a move J.
Blaze hits the shelves today, do you read reviews?
I can’t believe it. It felt like such a long time coming and all of a sudden it’s here!
I read good reviews. I skim others. I don’t read anything under 3 stars, but I take note of who left them. There is usually a pattern.
Your bio mentions you write what you like to read: romantic suspense. As an author, do you ever get book envy where you wish you had written a book you've loved reading?
Not so much subject matter – although when I heard the premise for Dexter (a serial killer who kills serial killers) God, it just kills me! Why didn’t I think of that??? – but writing style and characters and plot twists…okay YES! Yes, sometimes I wish I’d written the book, dammit! I admit it! J
Finally, please put me out of my misery is Mitch next?????
Sorry, Mitch isn’t next. You’re all going to ditch me as soon as you get Mitch’s book!! J But I do ***think*** Mitch’s book with be book 4. I still have to lay the ground work for that in book 3, so it’s tentative. J

Pheonix Rising #2
Joan Swan
Publication date: 25th September

The hotter they come, the harder they fall…

With a man like him, every mission becomes personal…
Ever since FBI agent Keira O’Shay started tracking a young boy named Mateo, she’s felt a connection even her empathic abilities can’t explain. She needs to save Mateo from the cult leader holding him hostage. Nothing can interfere with that—not even the reappearance of Luke Ransom, the hot-as-hell fire captain she’s regretted walking out on for three long years.

Losing Keira left Luke vulnerable—in every way. When they were together, the powers each possesses were mysteriously enhanced. But it’s the sexy, surprising woman beneath the tough exterior that Luke’s really missed. Even if she betrayed him utterly. And even if agreeing to help her uncover a government conspiracy means watching his life and his heart go up in flames again…


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I have one copy of Blaze up for grabs to today (US/Canada only)
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  1. Strong, caring, sexy, and a willingness to compromise and do anything for those he loves.

  2. Happy Release Day to Joan. I like reading about heroes who are intelligent, trustworthy and respectful.

  3. Happy release day! I like them strong and willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones they love.

    1. Hi Savannah, I love a protective man!

  4. What qualities- they have to be loyal to those they call friends and family, not a push over but know WHEN to bend and bow, smooth in a great persoality with some snark

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

    1. Oh, Rachel, that just sounds ... yummy!

  5. Caring, sexy, strong, protective, possessive, loving, sense of humor, and loyal. I'm sure I could go on but that's a few.
    Congrats on the new release. Blaze sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview. Love the cover.


  6. I like them a little rough around the edges, very protective and all alpha!

    Happy release day!

  7. Happy Release Day!

    I like my heroes to be strong, loyal and intelligent. Being drop dead gorgeous doesn't hurt either ;).


  8. My bookish heroes have to be protective, but can be sweet. Kind of like a candy bar. Hard on the outside but soft on the inside.

  9. I go for the tall, broad, strong, muscle guy with an alpha dominant personality, but is loyal to a fault to his loved ones. He also has a sincere side and is empathetic to others. he treats his lady with the utter most respect and shows her she is everything to him.
    amotherway @ aol (dot)com

  10. I think they need to sexy, caring, intelligent,loyal, and they can kick butt if the moment arises. Also happy release day!

    Samantha H.

  11. I like my heroes sexy, strong, protective, and gentle with the person he loves.


  12. My heroes need to be down to earth, strong,a hood sense of humor, and that protective need.


  13. I love intelligence, a sense of humor, caring, dependable, and respectful men. I also do tend to love the Alphas ;)

  14. I love when heroes are sweet, loyal, sexy, and funny! A bit protective is hot too ;)

  15. I want strength of character and empathy. If he's hot that's definitely a plus too. Mostly I just want someone I find interesting and can respect.

  16. I like heroes who are a bit of a bad boy, charming, loyal, has a sense of humor, possessive, confident, sexy, strong, will fight for what he believes in, has a flaw or hurdle to overcome before he finds happiness with the heroine.
    I'm so excited to learn more about the Phoenix Rising series and the heroes.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  17. I may be somewhat unusual, but I like intelligence in my heroes. Nothing's sexier than a big brain-- as long as he's not condescending about it! :)

  18. I like intelligence and protectiveness.

  19. I like ones who are really good at heart, even though they may not come off that way all of the time. Smarts, loyalty and sarcasm are huge pluses, too (hotness is implied, right?).

  20. So excited to read this book. I like a strong, caring, selfless man that has a brain as big as his....heart lol

    Great Interview :)

    Charitysbookaddiction at hotmail dot com

  21. Joan Swan writes amazingly strong, loyal alpha males, with big hearts and smart mouths! What more could a woman want!

  22. I love the tortured hero!!! The one who has to prove to himself and others that he is worthy of everything good that is happening to him in the story. Thanx for the blog and giveaway Joan!!!

  23. I love heroes with alpha protectiveness, sensitive unselfishness when it comes to his love and quick wit/sense of humor. There's nothing better than a bad ass who can ease the tension with a sexy smile. Can't wait to read Blaze. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. my bookish heroes have to have a heart of gold, they are strong, know what they want and go for it, but have a soft side as well. They have a past that makes them the way they are, but are able to get past that and let someone in.

  25. I like 'em strong, protective and fiercely loyal, dominant but not controlling, and able to come around and see the point of view of their loved one after a misunderstanding.
    I'm looking forward to reading Blaze :)

  26. I want a strong, decisive, protective, possessive male for my bookish hero. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. I like heroes who are strong, brave and have integrity.

  28. Congratulations on your new release! I will check these out!

  29. Hmmmm, I love a tortured hero who may outwardly be hard, but inside is very caring. He has to be willing to fight for those he loves and say he is wrong when he is..even if it takes a while. He should make me feel safe and loved, but have a bit of possessiveness. He needs to make me laugh and be able to banter back and forth! :)

    Thanks guys!

    brandypm at optonline dot net

  30. He needs to be intelligent, strong, protective, loyal, loving, and have a good sense of humor.


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