I live in California on the beautiful central coast in the heart of wine country. Everywhere I look, the hillsides and valleys extend to the horizon with rows upon neat rows of grape vines. It’s harvest season now, a time we call the crush for the hours workers spend picking grapes to be crushed and bottled for wine.
But I’m feeling a different crush now. With my debut, FEVER, just four months away, I’m feeling the promotional crush. It’s a fabulous, exhilarating time of introducing my work to readers for the first time, exposing my beloved characters to the public and reliving my love for the story all over again as I share excerpts and interviews.
On most days, I feel like the gal in the front seat of Riding with the Top Down’s logo, hands up, hair flying. On other days, when the guest appearances stack up, my daughter has a melt down because she lost her tennis match, there’s no food in the fridge and I have to head back to the day job, I fantasize about being the gal in the front seat of Riding with the Top Down’s logo, hands up, hair flying.
It seems fitting that RWTTD’s logo signifies both escape and enjoyment—the two main reasons I both write and read. Also fitting that FEVER’s premise initiates in escape and ends in enjoyment.
We all have our own quirky ways to deal with extreme stress. I tend to get quiet, put my head down and trudge through the situation. My hero in FEVER, Teague, needs action. He can’t sit still even when moving means exposing himself to the operatives stalking him. Teague takes risks and makes things happen. My heroine, Alyssa, on the other hand, uses research to ease her troubled mind. She believes information is power and will dig to Iceland if it means getting that morsel of Intel she needs to solve her problem. So when Teague and Alyssa are trapped together in the worst imaginable situation—running from powerful killers bent on silencing Teague and eliminating Alyssa, you can imagine the conflict that sparks between them.
Did I mention that the reason I escape into my writing when I’m stressed isn’t to forget about my problems in real life, but to take out my frustrations on my characters? Details, details.
How you do cope with the extreme stresses in life? What conflicts have your coping techniques caused with your loved ones?
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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…
Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and a double Kiss of Death Daphne Du Maurier finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel, FEVER, debuts with Kensington Brava February 28, 2012. BLAZE releases October, 2012.
Currently, Joan works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters. You can connect with Joan via: Twitter: @joanswan or @romancegiveaway, Facebook: Joan Swan Author or her blog at http://www.joanswan.blogspot.com.
I’ve got lots of ongoing contests and giveaways you can sign up for at my blog:
1-Escape & Enjoy Mega Giveaway (http://www.joanswan.com/escapeandenjoy.htm): A week’s vacation in Lake Tahoe to celebrate FEVER’s availability for preorder. Value $3000.
2-Book Buzz Giveaway (http://joanswan.com/buzz.giveaway.htm): Weekly giveaways for chatting up FEVER, runs eight weeks. Prizes include custom ereader skins, early copies of FEVER, Godiva chocolates. **Bonus** all comments here count as 3 entries to this week’s contest – just fill out the entry form.