Guest Post (& Giveaway): Joan Swan, author of Fever!

The lovely Joan Swan is on the blog today as part of her tour for Fever, and she was kind enough to write a guest post that ties right into the book, plus, she’s offering a copy of Fever to one lucky winner AND a chance to win a Nook or a Kindle Fire, so be sure to check out the details below!

Please welcome Joan to the blog!

Kristin suggested I write about my favorite character in FEVER, which sounded like a great plan…until I tried to pick one. Not quite like choosing a favorite child, but I have to admit that I do love my characters in different ways for different reasons, so choosing…well…

Of course, my hero, Teague, and my heroine, Alyssa, are going to be givens, right? After all, I’ve had to spend years with these two. YEARS!

Teague is hot, hot, hot. He’s a good man who’s been through hell. By simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time, his perfect world was destroyed. Now, he’s in an impossible situation, fighting to get back the most important thing in the world against the strongest enemy who is bent on keeping him from succeeding.

My heroine, Alyssa, is strong enough to stand up to Teague, compassionate enough to see through his tough exterior and intelligent enough to help him in his quest. On top of all that, she’s got a sassy mouth and a few of her own issues to deal with.

Conflict, conflict, conflict. What’s not to love?

But if I had to pick one character that really intrigues me to distraction, it would be Mitch.

Mitch Foster is my heroine’s brother and a secondary character throughout the series. He’s an attorney who fights for the unjustly accused and frees innocents from the grips of the powerful and manipulative. Mitch is a shadowy guy—in a good way. He’s powerful because of contacts he’s made through his career. The people he’s helped—people of the military and political variety—are eager to repay the favor whenever he needs something or finds himself in a scrape.

Mitch is loyal to the death where Alyssa is concerned, after all, she is his twin. And what’s important to Alyssa becomes important to Mitch. He is the epitome of the perfect big brother—even if Alyssa never lets him forget she was born three minutes earlier.
Mitch’s drive to slay dragons—the bigger, the uglier, the better—stems from some incident in his past that he guards as his darkest secret. I have an idea of what it is, but I can’t tell, or it would just ruin his book. Let’s just say it has turned him into a very jaded man who trusts very few.

He has a cutting, sarcastic wit, a deep love of all things baseball, and an unequalled cunning for outmaneuvering the enemy. He’s a chameleon who can be the slickest, high class attorney or the rebel in camouflage, wielding an M14 like a pro.
Have I mentioned he’s handsome? Or built? Or sexy?

Did I need to?

Oh, and another fun little tidbit about Mitch is that my critique partner, Elisabeth Naughton, basically sculpted him. She named him after a baseball star she adores and of course gave him the baseball fetish. So, Mitch is really her brainchild, my sculpted hunk. 
I’ve pulled an excerpt from FEVER where Mitch is showing his ornery self.

Lead in: Mitch, who’s been on the trail of Teague and Alyssa since her kidnapping, has located where they are staying in a mountain cabin. Alyssa faxed Mitch some documents and Mitch calls that line and gets Teague on the phone. This occurs after the first time Teague and Alyssa have slept together.

Ring.
Teauge’s hand was already shaking when the phone rang. And now he knew why it was ringing. By faxing this information, she’d also given out the phone number. Which meant their location was now traceable.
Ring.
He closed his eyes, clenched his teeth, picked up the receiver. And waited.
“Alyssa?”
The hope in the man’s voice made Teague cringe. “No.”
“Creek.” The voice transitioned from hope to barely restrained fury.
Teague didn’t respond.
“How do I know you?” the man asked. “And what do you want?”
Teague’s mind skidded to a halt, reversed directions. Stalled.
“I recognize your name,” the man said. “You tried to get me to take your case at some point, didn’t you?”
Mitch. It had to be Alyssa’s brother. Teague dropped his head back, both furious she’d involved him after Teague had clearly told her not to and touched she believed in him so deeply she would enlist her family in his fight. Clearly, Mitch didn’t find it touching at all.
Teague pulled in a breath to steady his temper. “No.”
“You did,” Mitch said. “I’m sure of it. You’re a desperate man to go to such lengths to get my attention.”
“And you’re fucking full of yourself. I don’t want or need your help. I never have.”
“Then why target my sister?”
“You’ve got it wrong.”
“I’m not going to argue with you. I don’t care how the hell your twisted mind conjured up this idiotic scheme. I only care about Alyssa.”
That made two of them, but he doubted Mitch would find his concern valid.
“You’ll be happy to know that I’ve gone over the papers Alyssa sent me,” Mitch continued, his tone now flat and businesslike. “And I’ve been looking into some of my own resources. It does appear as if your attorney fucked you over. In fact, you might enjoy knowing, Hal Brueger died shortly after you were convicted. Cause of death is listed as undetermined. When I talked to the M.E. who performed the autopsy, he said he couldn’t conclusively determine whether it had been suicide or murder.”
“Why would I enjoy knowing that?”
“Because it supports the conspiracy theory you tossed around early on in your defense.”
Okay, this guy had to be as good as Alyssa claimed if he’d dug up that sliver of information. “Yeah, well, look how well that worked out for me.”
“In fact, it will help you now. New evidence is grounds for a new trial.”
An acrid chemical scent brought Teague’s attention to the plastic receiver melting beneath the heat of his fingers. He switched hands and worked to tamp his temper. “I don’t want a new fucking trial.”
“How about an appeal, then? Brueger was also being investigated for disbarment when he was found dead. Misrepresentation or lack of quality representation is all you need.”
Teague closed his eyes and rubbed his head. “That’s not what it said on my denial notice.”
“I looked into that, too. It was signed by a judge who retired immediately after and left for parts unknown.”
“None of this means anything to me now.”
“It should,” Mitch said. “Because I’m calling to offer you a deal.”
Teague’s eyes came open, his vision blurred over the desk top. “Didn’t you hear me? I’m not looking for any fucking deal. I don’t need any fucking deal. I don’t want any fucking deal. In fact, you don’t have a goddamned thing I do want.” Except the most beautiful sister on earth. “So you’ve wasted your time.”
“There’s something big going on here, Creek. Big and deep and ugly. I happen to prefer these types of cases. The bigger, the deeper, the uglier, the better. And because this particularly nasty case involves my sister, I’m offering you representation. I will take on your case at no expense. All you have to do is let Alyssa go, safe and sound.”
Let Alyssa go. The words twisted inside him like a knife. He knew he had to let Alyssa go, but not in the same way Mitch meant. He also knew, after tonight, he’d never be ready to let her go.
“I’ll take it under advisement.”
“Creek,” Mitch said as Teague started to remove the phone from his ear. “Couple more things. One, for what it’s worth, I don’t think you’re guilty of Desire’s murder. And I’ll prove it. But, if you’re involved in any way, shape or form with this mess, I’ll prove that, too.”
“Reassuring.” Teague switched the phone to the opposite hand again, grimacing at the metal and wires now showing through holes in the plastic casing.
“And two,” Mitch said. “There is an ex-San Francisco homicide detective and two ex-members of the San Francisco S.W.A.T. team sitting outside the cabin at Fallen Leaf Lake. You have until eight A.M. to release Alyssa. If you don’t, they will arrest you, using deadly force as necessary.”
An icy trickle slid down Teague’s back. He automatically scanned the living room windows, still covered by the shutters.
“Just so we’re clear,” Mitch said. “If that happens, all offers are rescinded. Of course, that is if you’re not already dead.”

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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.

About Fever:
When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she’s in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need…

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn’t, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever…

*Kindle Fire or Nook Giveaway: You MUST leave a comment at any of the tour stops, and also fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE

**BOOK GIVEAWAY DETAILS**
1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries!)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of FEVER by Joan Swan to 1 winner
3. US/Canadian addresses ONLY
4. Must include a valid email address
5. You must enter on or before 3/2/12
6. Please see my Giveaway Policy.
7. Book kindly provided by the author.



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70 Comments:

  1. thanks for the post and contest – this book looks great!

  2. Really do hope you consider giving Mitch a book! A woman who’d terrorize him. LOL!

    Already own Fever and read it.

    Raonaid @ gmail dot com

  3. I agree with Raonaid – Mitch needs a woman to kick him in gear ;).

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Would love to read this! Thanks for the giveway.
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

  5. This looks like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. It seems I’ve been waiting for this book for ages!Joan knows how to make the readers come back for more =)

    tatiana_lwg (at) yahoo.com

  7. I look forward to reading this new series! And I always love reading a new author!

  8. I’ve always thought conflict to be a great thing in stories. They allow the characters to grow. I’m all for a heroine who can stand up to the hero and is not afraid to earn his respect. Go Teague and Alyssa!

  9. Thank you for this awesome guest post and giveway! Joan is an awesome author and a very sweet person!!!

  10. Not to be disloyal to my own pretty awesome brother, but I wouldn’t mind having a brother like Mitch if I had been held hostage.

    Looking forward to reading this one.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  11. Sounds exciting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.Mitch sounds fascinating too. Glad to hear that he will have his own book.

  12. Fever sounds like a wonderful story and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  13. blackroze37@yahoo.com

    looking forward to joan’s book!

  14. How do you find time to work, have a family and write a book?
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Hi Kelly,
      I don’t do a lot of anything else :). Honestly, if I’m not working, I’m writing. It’s been busier lately, but I plan on cutting back to something more manageable in March. I need to reclaim some of my hobbies and downtime.

  15. Sounds like a real page turner! Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  17. I love that there are twins in the story… I’m sure it’ll be fun reading about Mitch:)

    yadkny@hotmail.com

  18. I love the cover of your book and can’t wait to read it. thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Conflict? Yes, please! Mitch sounds interesting & mysterious! I’d love to read this! Thanks for contest.

  20. I have heard such great things about this book, Joan, and I can’t wait to read it for myself!! To be honest, though, I would probably have bought it just for the cover if I hadn’t liked the synopsis! LOL Luckily, I DID like the synopsis, so now I will get the cover AND a great story! Thanks for the post and the great giveaway 🙂

  21. Great excerpt! I hope Mitch gets his own book.

  22. Can’t wait to read it. It on my TBR pile. Thanks.

  23. I have been watching this book show up on blogs. It is on my TBR list but I would love to win it. Thanks

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  24. How many ways can I say..I love Teague? Hmmm. LOL
    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  25. Great excerpt and one of the best covers ever!!

    catslady5(at)aol.com

  26. Elizabeth (BookAttict)

    This sounds like a great read!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  27. I already have won a copy of FEVER. It is AWESOME!
    If you get a chance, it is a great book…and the cover…OMG!!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Phoenix

  28. I really like the blurb for this and the cover definitely caught my attention!

  29. i hadn’t heard much about fever until the blog tour, but now i must read it! thanks for sharing so many different things about the book. also, after reading this post, i need to read it even more just to read more about mitch : ) thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Wow, where did you find such a sexy model for the front cover? Hubba Hubba! ^__^ I would love to read your novel. It sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance.

    – Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

    • Hi Beckie!

      He’s hot, isn’t he? Actually Kensington found him…have no idea where. They probably keep his whereabouts under tight wraps. Imagine if the ladies knew where to find him!!!

  31. would love to win! sounds awesome and looks even better.. lol.. thanks for the giveaway!!

  32. WAIT!!!!!! Did you say Mitch is a secondary character throughout the series?????? Oh Nooooeeeeessss!!!!!! Mitch HAS to have his own book! PLEASE tell me that Mitch gets his own book sometime in the future. Oh – and – I think I just fell in love with Ms. Naughton a little more. She’s genius!

    I already have the book, so to everyone else: Best of luck! This book is fabulous! You will lurve it! *nods*

    Kendra

  33. Love the cover – sounds like a good one – thanks for hosting.
    bevsharp@desch.org

  34. Great post. Congrats on the release! Looking forward to getting a copy.

  35. ^Appreciate giveaway! Helps those like me on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can’t normally afford <3
    *Yeah* A new read! Look forward to escape with following along twisting adventures & romance{etc} in journey thru world created!
    ^Hope to WIN, cuz after another of your blog interviews, where just couldn't stop laughing, sounds like Sarcasm {amongst other things} really fly, so never a dull moment & will get kick, as well as chuckles outta it!

    )0( Warmest Blessings )0(

  36. Chelsea Hornbacher

    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. The book looks awesome, and of course just look at that cover…*Sigh*

  37. Love the cover! The book sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance.

  38. I have heard really good things about this book and I am very anxious to read it. It sounds fantastic.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  39. Awesome guest post Joan. If I wasn’t already lusting after Teague I would so be all over Mitch….lol. Always love learning new tidbits about how characters come about and what makes them tick. Thanks for giving me yet another reason to get my hands on FEVER….^_^.

  40. Diane D - Florida

    I don’t normally read this genre of book. However, I’ve heard so many good things about it and I would, therefore, love to read it.

    Thank you for this opportunity and congratulations on your new release.

  41. all I have to ask is why do we have to wait so long for the next book in this series! this book looks so good!

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