Friday, November 1, 2013

It Hurts So Good…Status Tats And You by Dawn Atkins #GuestPost #Giveaway

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“Woot! Strap yourself in for a fast paced thrill ride with TWO CAN PLAY by Dawn Atkins. I could not put it down! Rena Novo is a refreshingly strong heroine matched perfectly by her handsome counterpart Gage Stone. The heat that ignites between these two while they try to solve their own personal quests positively scorches. This is a do not miss!” — Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling mystery author

Live. Breath. And Believe — to Rena Novo there’s nothing better than being a part of the most popular virtual-reality game—EverLife…until she’s given a Quest to evict her best friend from the society she’s come to love. If she completes the job—she’ll rise to the top, but a sexy recruit is stirring a different kind of passion within her and making her question everything that makes her life complete.

Hunting for his missing sister, investigative reporter Gage Stone goes undercover in the gaming cult that’s taken over his sister’s life. But his biggest obstacle is the sizzling attraction between he and Rena, the extremely hot gamer assigned as his trainer. As their attraction builds, Gage realizes his sister isn’t the only one he can’t leave without. Now he must convince Rena the rhetoric the company’s pushing is just a plot that will culminate in the deaths of hundreds… before she turns him in and gets them all killed.

Entangled Publishing – ignite imprint 
Publication Date: October 28, 2013

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Monday, October 28, 2013
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Paranormal Dimensions {Guest Post}
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Musings and Ramblings {Author Interview}
Paranormal Realms {Guest Post} 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Monday, November 4, 2013
Romance Me {Guest Post} 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Nancy Jardine Features {Guest Post} 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Pretty Girls Read Books {Guest Post} 

Thursday, November 7, 2013
What Readers Want {Guest Post} 

Friday, November 8, 2013
Talk Supe {Guest Post}

The Book Excerpt

“What’s not to like?” He caught her gaze and got a full-on punch of heat. The two of them naked on all that bed sounded pretty damn good to him. The spark in her lake-blue eyes said she agreed. When she held out her hand, he almost yanked her close for a taste of those soft lips of hers.

“Your jacket?” she said, tilting her head.

He shrugged it off. She watched him, her blue eyes flaring hot, like the pilot light to her sex drive. Should he go for it or take a pass?

He wanted her–he was a man with a pulse, for God’s sake, of course he wanted her–but he had to do what was smart.

He dragged his gaze away, cleared his throat and looked around. “You’ve got some pricey stuff in here. God help him, he found himself staring at the bed again.

“I go after what I want,” she said, low and sexy, her eyes glowing hotter than ever.

She smelled sweet…edible. Was it coconut? Maybe just a taste.

“And what is it you want?” he asked, telling her he wanted it, too with a tone that registered in her eyes like the flick of a gauge needle.

She hesitated, stepped back, on guard. “It’s more important what you want, Gage. Why are you here? In Lounge Life?”

His answer counted big, he knew. “I’m a gamer. I needed a job.” What would a true believer say? “I like what’s here. It’s like a family.”

“You don’t have one already?” Her eyes glittered with suspicion.

“Not really.” His sister Beth was all he had and she was missing. That was his real reason to be here.

“Lifers are my family,” Rena said, emotions rippling beneath her words, like muscles under an animal’s pelt.

Their gazes locked and the connection went abruptly personal. He saw a lonely little girl behind her eyes and she, no doubt, caught a flicker of the grim kid he’d been.

The past reeked, but it was gone.

An electric thread sizzled between them. “What I want is right here.” He looked her up and down, wanting in, letting her see that. He liked the spark in her eye, the challenge in her half-smile, not to mention that tight, strong body of hers—everything in the right place and then some. He was pretty sure it was her hair that smelled of coconut. “How about you?”

She moved grabbed his belt and tugged, telling him all he needed to know.

The Guest Post

I’m so happy to be a guest here to talk about my new romantic suspense TWO CAN PLAY. I thought it would be fun to give you an exclusive look at the Real Life Lounge, the gamer arcade where the book is set--and where Lounge employees work and live as one big happy gamer family--by taking you along as Rena Novo, the book’s heroine, takes Gage Stone, the hot new hire she’s supposed to mentor, on a tour of the highlights of The Life. Make a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of two $15 Amazon Kindle gift cards to be awarded at the end of the tour. For additional chances to win, follow the tour and comment on each tour stop.

At our first stop, Rena became suspicious that Gage wasn’t truly interested in joining The Life and she was testing him as they moved through the Lounge, judging him by his reactions and questions.

Rena’s hackles are up after Gage seemed amused by a terrible magazine story painting NiGo Interactive and the Life Lounges the gaming company owned as a cult led by Naomi and Nigel Blackstone, creators of EverLife, the most popular online virtual reality game ever. Deciding to hide her suspicions to find out more about what he’s after, she’s taking him into the Residence Tower to show him the Living Quarters.


Rena led Gage toward the elevator that led Lifers to their Quarters. As they passed the entrance to the Battle Dome, where Lifers staged EverLife battles using CGI images on reflective suits on a green-screen backdrop, the black lights made the white shirt Gage wore beneath his bomber jacket glow bright white.

“Wow,” he said, stopping in his tracks, turning to stare at Rena. “You’re glowing.”

“So are you. It’s the black light.” His teeth, bared by the sudden grin, gleamed out of the darkness of his face.

“No, I mean that.” He tapped the status tattoo on her shoulder, bared by the tank top she wore. She felt the pressure and warmth after he stopped. The mandala shape held fluorescent green, yellow, blue and red. “That’s my status tattoo. Each color marks a Level in The Life I reached.”

“You’ve got…what? Five colors? So you’re at Level Five?”

“I am.”

He was still studying her tattoo. “What’s the order?”

“Red’s first,” she said.

He stepped closer and traced the shape, the contact making her shiver a little. He had a nice touch. He caught the reaction and shot her a look. “And next?”

“Next is…yellow.” He traced each color’s pattern as she named it, then met and held her gaze. For some reason she couldn’t move.

“We get them done at Body Artist, a special tattoo place.”

“Why special? Because it’s fluorescent?”

“Yes. They take longer.”

“And hurt more?”

“The ink burns like crazy.” It had taken hours of pain and nausea to acquire the hypnotic shape that proved her devotion to The Life. “It’s worth it.” She liked how tough the tat made her look, loved the pulsing glow of the neon colors, the tight shape that swirled so that it seemed to move.

“Must be,” he said. “How do you climb levels?”

“Working, performing Quests.”

“Quests? Like in EverLife? Killing warthogs, finding magic potions, learning to shoot a crossbow?” His lip twitched. Was he smirking? She forced herself to stay cool.

“That’s where the name’s from. General Quests are things like beta testing NiGo games, creating an EverLife fan sit, volunteering at the NiGo Charter School. There are also Social Interaction points.” Like for sex, but she’d save that for later…if they got to that point. She had to admit, the idea of sex with Gage--if he proved himself--had a certain appeal. “I’ll show you the list when we get to my quarters.”

About Dawn Atkins

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I always wanted to be a writer–from the moment I put fat pencil to brown-lined paper in second grade to write an elaborate story using all the spelling words on our list.

Though I always wanted to be a professional writer, I wasn’t sure I had the stuff, so I graduated from college with a teaching degree and taught elementary school–second and third grades (the best)–and then began freelance feature writing for newspapers and magazines, local and national.

I left teaching to work in public relations–skills I use today in my job as a writer/editor for the Arizona Education Association.

I met my husband, David Weiss, my very own hero, in 1980, on an airplane. We made the “love thang” permanent in 1985, when we married taking our Hobie sailboat to San Diego for our honeymoon. Then in 1990, we welcomed a son into our lives. He continues to be the light of our life together.

My first romance credits were two stories in True Love magazine. I went on to write a sexy romance in 1983, which was rejected–sniff.

Years later–1996–I got serious about getting published. Though I endured some rejections as I honed my craft, in 1998, I sold the first of two short romantic comedies to Kensington Publishing–Getting Zack Back, published in December. In July 2000, Baby Makes Three was released. After coming in second among published authors in a Harlequin Duets contest, I sold to Harlequin in 2001, quickly selling another comedy. In addition to Duets, I write for Temptation, Blaze and, the new comedy line Flipside.

Most of my hobbies–sailing, scuba-diving, playing the piano (badly)–have gone by the wayside as I devote all my non-family spare time to writing. I live in the Phoenix area with my husband and son, who proudly brings my books to his teachers and swears he doesn’t read them–except for the funny parts.

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