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Monday, August 19, 2013

LitConnect Blog Tour: Rush by Joan Swan (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Welcome to the first day in author Joan Swan's virtual tour! Thank you once again to Tanya at Lit Connect who is fabulous to work with. I've never been the first stop on a tour so I hope everything is in place, especially since I'm a big fan of Joan's. There's some amazing prizes up for grabs at each stop on the tour so be sure to check them out to increase your chances of winning!

Really, August seems to be Joan Swan month here on the blog. Not only is she my author of the month, but I was lucky enough to read and review an ARC of Rush, the third book in the Phoenix Rising series.

So check out Joan's bio and read on for an excerpt from Rush. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post and stop by each blog on the tour for more great prizes!

Meet Author Joan Swan:

Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series). She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

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     “Ready for your boys, Captain Ryder.” The shout to Kai came from a distance and signaled the beginning of a new chapter in Quaid’s career.

     Time for their team to get to work. And the sooner they got started, the sooner they could finish and the sooner Quaid could get his bride home and into bed, where they could practice more baby making. If practice made perfect, their kid was going to be utterly flawless.

     Quaid stepped up to the entrance of the warehouse with Teague and Luke at his side and waited for the last hose team to pull out. Few flames still snapped inside. Smoke grew thick and pumped out fast, signaling a mostly extinguished blaze. Quaid spotted Gary Hernandez from Truckee Fire dragging hose. His turnouts were soaked and the mask of his breathing apparatus had been tugged aside and hung askew.

     “Gary,” Quaid called to get his attention. The firefighter looked his way and Quaid lifted his chin in greeting. “What’ve we got in there?”

     Gary grinned and walked over to the group. “Aw, a pallet of something plastic caught.” He pushed the brim of his helmet up with his thumb, leaving a soot ring on his forehead. “Probably a load of dildos from China.”

     Keira stepped forward, making a show of peering into the wall of smoke. “Dildos, huh? You think anything’s salvageable?”

     “You little . . .” Luke gave the strap of her oxygen tank a playful jerk, sending a ripple of laughter through the group.

     “But that’s not why we pulled out.” Gary’s expression turned serious again as he addressed Quaid. “There’s real methel-ethel bad shit in there, dude.”

     The all-inclusive slang firefighters used to refer to any potentially serious chemicals made Quaid’s stomach tighten with a mix of excitement and dread. “Methel-ethel” bad shit was not a simple toxin produced by burning plastics, not a regularly encountered mildly explosive petroleum product. Methel-ethel bad shit was the kind of chemical that ate through skin or blew a body clean apart.

     Gary turned, crouched and pointed beneath the smoke roiling across the ceiling. “See that glow?”

     Quaid squinted toward a faint yellow-orange radiance. “Yeah.”

     “Metal canisters of something. They’re secured to a concrete wall by metal straps and bolts as big as silver dollars, off all by themselves like they’re contagious or something. And whatever’s inside them is as hot as molten lava, ’cause look at them, brother, they’re fucking glowing.”

     “What do the hazard symbols show?”

     “Couldn’t get close enough to see before those plastics went up. Fire’s almost out. It’s safe to go in, but—” Gary pulled off his gloves and slapped them against the arm of Quaid’s yellow hazmat suit. “Watch your ass in there, my friend. My gut tells me those fancy threads ain’t gonna save you.”

     Hernandez returned to his company and started cleanup.

     “Still want entry team?” Kai’s quiet voice sounded right next to Quaid, startling him. “You’ve got someone else to think about now.”

     Quaid took a breath to ease the sting of fear in his gut. He needed to demonstrate his commitment—for Jessica and Kai and the others. Hell, for himself. He had to prove, with actions, that when he took responsibility for something, he wouldn’t shirk it at the first sign of trouble. He was in this—firefighting and his marriage—for the long haul, ’til death did they part.

     Quaid met Kai’s eyes. “I am thinking about her. She is why I still want entry team.”

     Kai held his gaze for a long moment, then stepped back. “Luke, Teague,” he called, “Quaid’s your lead. Go.”

Genre: Romantic Suspense (with paranormal elements)
Heat Level: 3.5/5
Elements/Tags: romance, suspense, paranormal abilities, conspiracy, remote viewing, rescue, firefighters, escape, amnesia, reunion, lobbyist, Washington DC
Publisher: Kensington
Publishing Date: 8/27/13
Series: Phoenix Rising, 3
Format: Print and Ebook
Words: 110k

Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…
The heat is on.

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Tour Wide Giveaway found on Joan Swan’s FB Page:
         (3) Designer purses filled with lots of goodies.

Per Stop Giveaway:
         (1) print copy of either FEVER (#1) or BLAZE (#2) per the number of tour stops (15 Total) – US/Ca Only.

         (1) digital copy of FIRST TEMPTATION by Joan Swan per the number of tour stops (15 Total)

         (1) digital copy of RECKLESS by Skye Jordan per the number of tour stops (15 Total)

Please follow the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win at each stop. Then visit Joan Swan’s FB page to enter to win one of three designer purses filled with a variety of goodies! (Full Terms & Conditions located on the widgets.)

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  1. I really love the first book fever. :) Can't wait to read more in the series!

  2. Hey Joan - How many books will be in this series? I just hope they all get a HEA in their own book/novella :). Thanks.

  3. How did you come up with the idea for this series?

  4. do your characters ever take the story a different way than what you had planned?

  5. Always! I don't know how to write without their input, though it did take me a while to learn how to rein them in and point them in the right direction.

  6. I was writing cop heroes and my CP suggested I write firefighter heroes since my DH is a firefighter. I thought...how boring! Everything we already know is boring, right? And at the time, paranormal was the selling genre. So I combined them and the rest sorta developed on it's own. :)

  7. There are 4 in the original series. The next/last book, Shatter, is Mitch's book and ties up all the loose ends in the series but one. That one I'm planning on using to write a spin-off series. So, yes, all the fabulous guys will get their HEA's. :)

  8. Hello! I own all of Joan's books except Reckless, which I think I am going to have to breakdown and buy (even though erotic romance isn't my first choice) because I love Joan's writing so much. I really liked RUSH. I can't decide which book is my fave in the series yet because they are so different and build upon each other. I will say I am VERY MUCH looking forward to SHATTER. Mitch cracks me up and reading the beginning of his book which was shared at the end of RUSH has me ready! Sorry for the long post but congrats on another awesome book, Joan!

  9. Thanks Amy! ♥ These guys have been so much fun to write! I'm thrilled you've enjoyed them so much!

  10. What made you decide to wire about firemen?? Both books sound fantastic!

  11. Thought I had left a post to this the other day. Guess not. I cannot wait to start on Rush. I have to have one for my collection! Love this series.

  12. Ah! This excerpt is making me excited about picking Rush up.

  13. This is a new to me series. I really need to catch up!

  14. Hi Kassandra! Thanks for stopping by. I just wanted to let you know that book one in the series, Fever is on sale in digital format for $1.99! http://amzn.to/1bRwWjh

  15. Awesome, Kati! :) Glad you enjoyed!

  16. Thanks Kirsten. My husband is a lifelong fireman and I that was why I WASN'T going to write about them. I was writing cop/FBI books before Phoenix Rising got picked up and my critique partner kept bugging me to write firemen. Of course, what you know is never as exciting as what you don't, right? So I gave it a shot and...wha-la!

  17. Since I review for a site they had me resign up for netgalley. So I got Rush from there. I plan on reading it after this one I have to review for RJ. Will have to see if anyone else there has reviewed Rush. If not maybe I can submit my review there on their site for you. Nothing definite.

  18. I enjoyed the excerpt. This series looks really good.

  19. Hope you love the series Kassandra!

  20. Appreciate the thought Rachel!! ♥ Glad you got a copy from NetGalley!

  21. I love this series with the mix of Romantic Suspense and paranormal...it hits all my buttons =D. Thanks for the tour and the giveaways! I'm hoping for winning Fever or Rush as I have Blaze and the Covert Affairs series.


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