Tuesday, August 30, 2011
SWEET JUSTICE Giveaway!
Since today was supposed to have been the release day for SWEET JUSTICE, I wanted to do a quick giveaway to make waiting another week a bit easier. All you have to do to be entered to win is to answer this question: What is your favorite romance sub-genre? (Romantic suspense, paranormal, historical, inspirational, sci-fi, steam punk, erotica, contemporary or romantic comedy) Whew! Lots of choices. Did I miss any?
I'll collect entries until noon tomorrow. Also, be sure to leave your email address with your answer so I can contact you if you win. Winner will be announced on this blog at 12:30 PM (CST) tomorrow.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Good Monday All!
How was your week and weekend? For those of you who experienced Irene's wrath, how did you fare? I'm so glad it wasn't as bad as many had feared but looks like it still did substantial damage and unfortunately there was loss of life. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I'm hoping and praying that hurricanes are over for the year. Even though the peak isn't until September 10, hopefully they'll die out in the middle of the ocean and leave us in peace.
Over the weekend, my family and I celebrated my mom's birthday. It was a rare treat to have both my sisters and my mom together. We went to see The Help, which was so very fabulous, then had a delicious dinner at Outback Steakhouse, then came back to my house for cake and coffee. Just a wonderful and SWEET time with family.
Last week I did a bit more promo planning and worked on a new proposal. I love meeting new characters--that's one of the most exciting parts of writing for me. And I so enjoy creating new stories and new worlds. That brings me to some bitterSWEET news. Several of you have asked if there will be more Last Chance Rescue books. I've put off answering until I knew for sure, but now I can reveal that SWEET REWARD will be the last book in the LCR series. I had hoped to be able to launch a new series with some of the secondary characters that I never got the chance to write about, but that's not going to happen either. Who knows what the future holds though--maybe at some point, I can do something with these characters, but for right now, I'm headed in a different direction.
So what's the SWEET part of this news? Well, I am working on something else and though I can't tell you what that is yet, I can tell you that it's a romantic suspense series. I'm already in love with my characters and storylines. Yay! As soon as I can share something with you, I promise, I will.
Tomorrow, as you'll recall, was supposed to be release day for SWEET JUSTICE. But then the release date was pushed back a week. However, I did promise that I would have a giveaway to take the sting out of having to wait one more week. So, tomorrow, be sure to drop back by for your chance to win a signed copy of SWEET JUSTICE.
Which brings me to next week. Tuesday, September 6 is the release of SWEET JUSTICE. I'll be having an all day release day party. Lots of prizes and books up for grabs, so be sure to mark your calendar!
After September 6, I'll start the month long giveaway I told you about. Everyday, from September 7 to the release of SWEET REVENGE on October 4, I'll be giving away a book, maybe two. I have lots of fabulous books I picked up at the national conference this past June, many of them signed. So be sure to check here everyday to see what's up for grabs!
This week I'm planning on continuing work on my new project as well as working on some upcoming guest blogs. As soon as I nail down locations and times for all of them, I'll let you know. Also, don't forget that the incredibly talented Marie Force will be here on Thursday, September 1 to chat about her awesome Fatal series and all of her upcoming releases. And she's generously offered to give away a PDF file of her entire Fatal series to one lucky commenter! Wow! Don't miss this opportunity!
No recommends from me today. I'm reading a bit here and there but when I'm focusing on a new project, I have problems concentrating on anyone else's story but mine. I'm hoping to complete my proposal this week and at least read a few more books before a new deadline hits.
Okay, that's it for me. Hope you have a fabulous day and don't forget to come by tomorrow for a chance to win a signed copy of SWEET JUSTICE!
Now, tell us what great books you're recommending this week!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
SWEET JUSTICE Trailer!!!
Happy Thursday all!
Take a look at this very cool and STEAMY HOT trailer for SWEET JUSTICE!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
LAST CHANCE Winners
Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday for the LAST CHANCE chat! So much fun reminiscing about two of my favorite LCR characters.
And thanks to all those who played the trivia contest. Everyone got the answers correct. Wow! You guys definitely know your LCR trivia.
Congrats to the blog winner: Taryn
And congrats to the trivia contest winner: Joan Richard
Ladies, if you'll email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll send your prizes out to you.
Thanks again, everyone! Will check back with you soon.
Have a great rest of the week!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
LAST CHANCE Trivia Contest
Sorry I'm late but here it is!
For a chance to win a signed copy of the 2010 trilogy and a signed RT magazine featuring the SWEET
trilogy answer all of these questions. Please don't answer on this blog. Email your answers to email@example.com.
1) Name the state where McKenna grew up.
2) What was the name of the evil guy that was holding Lucas hostage at the beginning of the book?
3) What was the name of the secret government agency that Lucas worked for before he took over his family's businesses?
4) What was McKenna's sister's real name?
5) What was the name of the man who embezzled money from Lucas's company?
6) Who is Lucas's best friend?
7) How did Jamie Kendrick come up with her name?
Remember, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. You have until tomorrow 4:00 PM (CST) to answer.
I'll announce the winners of the trivia contest and the blog winner at 5:00 PM tomorrow.
Have fun and good luck!
LAST CHANCE Discussion
Wow, hard to believe this is the last LCR book of our countdown to the release of SWEET JUSTICE. Only 13 days away now!
Welcome to the LAST CHANCE discussion. Grab a snack and your favorite beverage, sit back and let’s chat about McKenna, Lucas and Damon. Please be aware spoilers that will be revealed!
We first met McKenna Sloan in NO CHANCE. A seemingly tough young woman with a multitude of secrets. She instantly intrigued me. Why would she go to the lengths she did to protect and save a life—even a stranger. Why was she called Ghost? What had brought her to what she had become? Who was she hiding from? Though she was only in a couple of scenes in NO CHANCE, I was so fascinated by her behavior, I had a hard time not finding out her secrets before it was time. She made a brief appearance in SECOND CHANCE and only made me want to know more. Needless to say, when it was time to write LAST CHANCE, I was ready.
LAST CHANCE was a different story for me in many ways. For the first time, I had a British hero. One who had worked for an organization just as intriguing and mysterious as LCR. Also, neither the heroine nor the hero, at the beginning of the book, was employed by LCR. As you’ll remember, McKenna just jumped in to help on a rescue and then slowly began to take the odd LCR job, but she wasn’t an official operative until later.
The chemistry between Lucas and McKenna made their love story one of the easiest and most fun to write. The passion was off the charts, as was the tenderness. The gentle humor between the two often made me smile as I wrote their words. In other books, I’ve had to sit down and explain to my characters that they were destined for each other and they should fall in love before I had to make them do it. Not so with McKenna and Lucas. They fell in love easily and seamlessly—though their story is not an easy one.
Damon Hughes: Oh what a vile and evil man was he. The things he did to McKenna and her family earned him a place in the hottest fires of hell. When McKenna revealed what he had done to her, I cried as I wrote that event. I could only imagine her guilt over inviting the devil into her home. The sheer desperation she went through as he kept her hostage—so desperate at one point that she tried to take her own life. And then, the incredible loneliness and grief she felt in believing she was responsible for her entire family’s death.
Most people understood Lucas’s need to help her, however, I know some had issues with the way he went about it. I totally understood Lucas’s motivation and being ruthless in getting McKenna’s background information went with his personality and training. He knew McKenna was not going to willingly share her past—she was protecting Lucas.
Something not many people know is that I never intended McKenna’s sister to be alive. I wrote the first draft and Jamie Kendrick was a young woman who happened to have an eerie resemblance to McKenna and an unfortunate one since it almost got her killed. My editor believed people would assume Jamie was McKenna’s sister and encouraged me to change the story. I’m very glad she did. Not only was I able to give McKenna back a member of her family, but I got the chance to write Jamie and Dylan’s story in SWEET REVENGE, which has become one of my very favorite LCR books.
LAST CHANCE is special for other reasons, too. As you know, this book won the Romantic Times 2010 Reviewers Choice award for Best Romantic Suspense and was a Red Hot Read in the December issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. I was so thrilled that Lucas and McKenna’s story received these honors. Their love story was a joy to write and I still adore these characters. In fact, you’ll see quite a bit of them in SWEET REVENGE and a little in SWEET REWARD.
So what about you? What questions do you have for McKenna or Lucas? Heck, I’ll even reanimate Damon Hughes for a brief time if you want to ask him some questions. Do you have a favorite scene or quote? Any observations or comments you want to make? Have any questions for the secondary characters who will soon have their own story—Jamie, Dylan or Jared?
A random commenter will receive a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, a signed copy of LAST CHANCE and a signed copy of the RT magazine featuring the SWEET trilogy.
Later in the day, I’ll post a trivia contest. Winner will receive a signed copy of the 2010 LCR trilogy and a signed copy of the RT magazine.
Okay, let’s chat!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Good Monday Everyone!
Hope you had a productive week last week and a fun-filled weekend. Anything you want to share with us here? We won't tell, we promise! (: What about great books? Did you read something that you can't wait to tell your fellow readers about? If so, let us know. I don't know about anyone else, but my TBR list, though long, always has room for more books!
Last week I finished up copy edits for SWEET REWARD. Every time I read through this book I feel so excited to have met these two characters. Both Mia and Jared have so much heart and are such fun. I can't wait for you to read their story!
Anyone notice that we're only 14 days away from the release of SWEET JUSTICE? Yahooooooooooo! Seems like it's been forever since I had a release and I don't think I've ever been this excited about my releases. Each SWEET book is special to me in very different ways. I've loved each LCR book I've written and adored each hero and heroine, but somehow the SWEET books came together in a way that made them a little extra special. Once you read them, I hope you feel the same way.
I've had numerous emails and messages asking me what comes after the SWEET trilogy. All I can say is--there is something, but I can't share anything right now. Stay tuned though. Will tell all as soon as I can. Promise!
Is everyone ready for tomorrow's LAST CHANCE discussion? Do you have questions for McKenna and Lucas? Want to discuss the vileness of Damon Hughes? Want to know what late change I made in the story that made a huge difference to the outcome? If so, please stop by tomorrow. Remember, if you've not read it and don't like spoilers, be sure to read the book before tomorrow or read the blog at your own peril. (Sounds dangerous, doesn't it?) (:
What's up for this week is a lot of different things. I'm still working on promotion for the new trilogy and writing a bit on something else (that I can't talk about yet). I may do a bit more reading, too. Which leads me to a recommend of my very own. I read the first book (yes, I'm behind) in Roxanne St. Claire's new series and absolutely loved it. Edge of Sight has fabulous characters, lots of steam and plenty of suspense. And it's a reunion romance which you know I adore. I'm so looking forward to the next two in the series.
Oh, before I forget. I have an extra special guest coming here to the blog on September 1. The incredibly talented Marie Force will be here to talk about her Fatal series and all of her fabulous books. She's also giving away a complete set (PDF) of her Fatal books. How awesome is that!
Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed out for a long walk so I can have a chat with some new characters. We're in the getting to know each other phase. (:
Hope everyone has a fabulous Monday. Will see you here tomorrow for the LAST CHANCE discussion. And remember, there will be prizes!
Now, tell us what great books we should be reading!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Hope you had a fabulous week and weekend. Did you do anything fun or read anything fantastic? If so, please share! And anyone who makes a book recommendation today will have a chance at an exciting prize. Read on to learn more!
Last week, I worked on copyedits for SWEET REWARD. Jared and Mia are such fun characters and I so enjoy working with them again as we polish up their story. Deadline is Wednesday, so we're definitely going to have to hit it hard until then to get everything done.
Did anyone happen to notice we're only 21 days away from the release of SWEET JUSTICE
? Yahooooo! I'm so excited! I can't wait for you to finally meet Seth and get to know Honor better. BTW, if you didn't catch the video I made while I was in Los Angeles at the RT convention, here's the link: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/video-interview-christy-reece
Take a look at it so you can see what prompted Mr. Reece to say: "You certainly seemed to have a good grasp of the subject matter." *giggle* Since I'm talking about myself and my books I guess that's a good thing!
So what's going on with you? Do you have children returning to school today? Is it a mad, mad, mad Monday to rush and get everyone out the door? I remember those days of the bus driver honking, kids screaming and me rushing around trying to get out the door before the driver gave up and went on her way. Aw yes, good times. (:
So what's that prize, you ask? Well, last Monday, while I was sitting in my office, having a heated discussion with Mia and Jared, the Fed Ex man appeared at my door with a small package. And in that package were two copies of a book with a very hunky man on the cover. Yay! I officially have SWEET JUSTICE in my house! One is spoken for. (Crystal, something SWEET is on its way to you!) Because Crystal was such a great help to me in my research on Wyoming and the surrounding area, I promised her one of the first copies. Hope you enjoy, Crystal and thank you again for your help!
However, there's another copy up for grabs and it could be yours. All you have to do is give a book recommendation and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of SWEET JUSTICE. Be sure to give your recommendation by midnight (CST) to be entered in the contest. I'll announce the winner tomorrow morning (10ish).
Okay, that's it for me for a day or so. I'm headed back to spend some quality time with Jared and Mia. Have a wonderful day, everyone! Can't wait to hear what you're recommending!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
SWEET JUSTICE Review
Wanted to share this fabulous Fresh Fiction review of SWEET JUSTICE.
Have a great weekend! See you back here on Recommend Monday for news on how to win a signed copy of SWEET JUSTICE!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Good Monday Everyone!
How was your week and weekend? Do anything fun or exciting you want to share with us? Read anything so fabulous you want to shout it from the rooftops? If so, this is the place to be and you don't even have to climb to the roof to tell us.
Did you notice that we're now only 28 days away from the release of SWEET JUSTICE? Wow! Time has flown--well, actually it's moved at a snail's pace for many days, but the last few weeks have gone by much faster. Now they'll zoom like a rocket! I'm so anxious for you guys to read Honor and Seth's story. I adore this couple and absolutely despise the uber-creepy villain. Hope you will too!
Be sure to mark your calendars for the SWEET JUSTICE release day party on September 6. We'll start around ten in the morning and party until around six that evening. There will be lots of prizes. And remember, from September 6 until the release of SWEET REVENGE on October 4, I'll be having a daily giveaway. I've got stacks and stacks of books just waiting to be mailed to lucky winners.
I spent most of last week working on copy edits for SWEET REWARD and this week, I plan to do the same. Good thing I love these characters so much! Can't wait for you to meet them.
Thanks to all who commented on the RT cover. I think RT did a great job with it and the article. Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a couple of extras copies to give away, so the first two people who comment with: "I want the RT magazine featuring the hot LCR covers" will win a copy!
No new recommends from me this week. I am reading a book but it's not quite what I expected and may not be a recommend. Will wait and see. However, please share your recommends so I can add to my ever growing list.
Oh and be sure to mark your calendars for the LAST CHANCE discussion which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23. This will be the last LCR book discussion before SWEET JUSTICE releases. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on McKenna, Lucas and the oh so evil Damon.
Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed back to my writing den to spend some quality time with Jared and Mia. Hope everyone has a spectacular week! Now, tell us what great books we should be reading!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Romantic Times Cover!!!
Can't believe I forgot to post this yesterday. Thank you, Tara, for reminding me! Check out the awesome RT cover! And the great review for SWEET JUSTICE!
Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense
Another winning addition to the Last Chance Rescue series, Sweet Justice is a delicious read. Reece skillfully weaves a tense and downright creepy plot with the sweet rekindling of a hot romance. Seth Cavanaugh is a hero worth waiting for and the sparks between him and Honor are a delight.
It’s been five years since Honor’s last seen Seth and her life has changed in many ways, but she’s still not over him. That’s very apparent when he comes back into her life and needs her help finding his missing niece. Together they must track down a serial kidnapper, but to do so means Honor must trust Seth again — with her heart and with her life. (BALLANTINE, Sep., 400 pp., $7.99)
Monday, August 1, 2011
Good Monday Everyone!
Did you have a fabulous week last week? How about your weekend? Did you do anything fun you want to share with us? What about great books? Did you read any last week? If so, please share the title(s) and author(s) so we can run out and grab a copy for ourselves!
Last week was another busy and eclectic one for me. More promo planning, a little bit of writing and then some planning for future books. Can't share anything yet, but stay tuned!
You'll probably notice that the release date for SWEET REVENGE was pushed back a week (as it happened with SWEET JUSTICE). New release date is October 4. A week's not bad. Right? I adore this book and hope you will too, so waiting one more week, just makes the anticipation SWEETer!
Did you notice that we're down to 35 days before SWEET JUSTICE releases? Yay!!! I'm hoping to get my author copies within the next couple of weeks. When I do, I'll have a giveaway. And remember, from September 6 when SWEET JUSTICE releases to October 4 when SWEET REVENGE releases, I'll have a daily giveaway from my stash of books I brought home from RWA!
Over the weekend, I read a fun and charming little book that I downloaded on my Kindle--Bewitching by Jill Barnett. Lots of laughs and a few tears for this sweet historical. And I just noticed there's a connected book (I was hoping there was) so I'm definitely going to download this one too.
My plans for this week are to do a bit more writing and planning. I'm anticipating copyedits for SWEET REWARD soon, which means I'll be back on deadline so I need to use this time wisely. But you know what copyedits mean for you? That's right, an excerpt isn't far away. Yay! Can't wait for you to meet Mia and get to know Jared better. Would it surprise you to know that I love this book, too? (:
If you're on Facebook, I'm going to be starting something on my page tomorrow called Teaser Tuesday. Every Tuesday until the release of SWEET JUSTICE, I'll share some lines from the book that will hopefully entice you to rush out and grab it on release day, which is, September 6! And since my Facebook account is now linked to my Twitter account and my Twitter account is linked to my homepage, everyone will be able to see these teasers. So be sure to check every Tuesday, starting tomorrow, either on my website, Facebook or Twitter for some SWEET JUSTICE fun!
Thank you all for the great feedback on Recommend Monday. I'm so glad the majority of you felt we should keep it. Once the SWEET books are out, we'll take a look at making a few adjustments for some additional fun.
Okay, that's it for me. I'm headed back to my writing cave to see what kind of trouble I can get my new characters into.
Can't wait to hear what you're recommending today!
Have a wonderful week everyone!