Monday, February 13, 2012

Romance Week: Most Romantic - Joan Swan (/w GIVEAWAY!)


 Each day this week I'm having a special guest who is going to share their "Most Romantic.."



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.
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I think most people would assume romance authors are romantics at heart.  Me?  I’d just as soon kill my characters as settle them in the perfect bedroom with candlelight and champagne. 

Ack!  What a thing to say on Valentine’s Day!! 

**Boo**

**Hiss**

Yep, I’m a rebel.  But not a total loss.

My husband and I have been married almost 22 years.  He’s a firefighter and has worked long and bizarre shifts for many years.  Just when he settled into a more regular schedule, I took a job out of town, and we sort of flip-flopped positions, with him at home and me gone.  So, for the better part of our marriage, we’ve spent a lot of time apart.

(Pssst…just a hint on why we might have been married so long)

So we’ve made a habit of making the days we do have together important, and are constantly doing small things for each other, either for fun, for love, for support, for whatever the other needs at the time.  In that way, I feel like he and I don’t need to have just one day a year set aside to be valentines; we try to make far more than one day a year special together.

But, I have to say, all that romance writing must have done something for me, because what came to mind when I thought of an ideal romantic getaway was pretty sweet.  Simple and sweet.

A tiny cottage on the beach within walking distance to a quaint town with shops, maybe a boardwalk.  Spring or fall.  Exploring town during the day.  Snuggling—et al—under a down comforter on a big soft bed next to a fire at night.  Falling asleep to the patter of rain on the roof and the surf at the door.  Waking late, lounging, walking into town for a leisurely, late breakfast.

Yes…my hubby and I definitely need one of those weekends right about now. 

How about you?  Are you a romantic?  What would be your ideal romantic getaway?



Coming Feb 28th

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...

Where to buy:   Amazon| Barnes & Noble | Booksamillion


 

GIVEAWAY!

How would you like to win a copy of Fever??

All you have to do to enter is answer Joan's question in the comments (with your email address!!)

Open to residents of Canada & the US.

Giveaway will end on February 19th, 2012 (midnight EST)

42 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great getaway, Joan! :D

    I'm definitely a bit or a romantic at heart; I'm still waiting for my Prince Charming to sweep in and save me. :) I think it's due to far too many romance novels, fairy tales, and childhood Disney movies. But oh well! LOL.

    As to the perfect getaway...I'm more of a mountain person (though I hate creepy crawlers of all sorts: bugs, snakes, etc). So I think it would have to be a nice cabin in the woods, not completely isolated but not so close to the local town that it doesn't feel like a getaway either. Spring or fall would be nice--no heavy snow and no hot summers! Lol. A nice fire in the hearth, as much for light and atmosphere as heat. Hot Chocolate--perhaps some nice melted chocolate or whip cream for...A Snack. Yes, snack. :D And other things...

    Enjoy!
    TBQ
    The_Book_Queen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I do love the mountains too, TBQ...I actually had to stop and decide between the beach and the mountains. :) Loving the hot chocolate and whipped cream additives!! Yes, I am!!

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  2. My ideal getaway is someplace isolated and warm. The only way someone can visit us is by boat!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  3. I would so love to win a copy of FEVER! I'm dying for it's release, all the excerpts are SO good.
    My hubs and I have also been married almost 22 yrs and we spend most of our time apart too. He's always traveled quite a bit. In fact 3 days after coming home from the hospital with our now 19 yr old he took off for a week to Mexico leaving me with the newborn, a 3 and an 11 yr old. He had the never to call me from the floating bar one afternoon. He has never lived it down :).
    To answer the question - we're not very romantic. My perfect getaway with him would be the Ritz on Amelie Island FL where we walk hand and hand along the beach and drink some fine wine :).

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good Lord Vickie we are on the same path! We have a 19yo too! She was born in May -- beginning of fire season, so we didn't see him much for the first few months either!

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    2. Here's something even stranger, my 19 yr old (a son)was born in May too, the 15th.

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  4. I love to read romance, but I am terribly unromantic in real life. Hubby and I really on the small gestures such as he will bring me a surprise mocha, or I will try to anticipate something that will help him.

    My ideal romantic getaway is staying in a hotel in Cambria, CA. We love to stay there, and take walks and look in all the cute shops. Buying lots of pies from Linn's,and bringing them home. luvlott1981(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Gayle, do you realize I live 30 min from Cambria? Where are you? I love going over there and walking the beach. They have the wooden walks in many places because of the cliffs and protected grasslands.

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    2. My husband went to high school there, and college at Questa. We live north of Sacramento now, but we love Cambria.

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    3. Ah yes! :) We used to live in Truckee. You and I are just missing each other LOL.

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  5. I'm definitely a romantic. Though I put my characters through hell in my suspense novels, I always go for the happy ending, the huge hug, the lasting kiss...

    My ideal romantic getaway? Flying out on the spur of the moment on his private jet to a small, isolated Hawaiian island filled with wild orchids, brilliant birds and blue skies. There'd be a small, natural spring-fed pool for lazy swims, unimaginable sunrises and sunsets, and a fiery volcano to light up the distant dark star-studded sky. (Hey, with I dream I go big!)

    But I'd love just as much a day in the Elfin Forest in Los Osos, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the cliff overlooking the ocean and Morro Rock at Montana de Oro as the sun slowly sinks into the Pacific. I think just time alone with him would be getaway enough.

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  6. Perfect getaway is to the beach - preferably where you can get fresh seafood, and take evening walks on the sand.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Di! I'm a beach lover too! (No seafood for me, but I'll take everything else :)

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  7. Hey Joan,

    Awww, your romantic getaway sounds so great! Crossing my fingers that you & the hubs gets to have it someday soon.

    Me? I'm a bit more like you. I roll my eyes when the romance is too *perfect* on movies. I much prefer shots & beer to champagne and would take steaks on the grill over a candlelit dinner any day. (; That said, my hubs maintains that I'm very much a romantic, even though I have complete amnesia when it comes to holidays--I like doing little "romantic" things every day of the year EXCEPT for holidays. Go figure.

    Hmmm, the ideal getaway for me and the hubs? A throwback to what we used to do in our dating days...camping on our favorite beach overnight with nothing but sleeping bags, one change of clothes, a cooler, a tiny hibachi grill, and a campfire. S'mores never tasted better. (= Days spent fishing under the lazy sun, nights spent doing *other* things, and both cell phones and watches locked in the car far, far away. That's how we'd do a romantic getaway. *sigh*

    OMG, FEVER's release date is so close! So excited for you!!!

    P.S. Your "hint" on the long-lasting marriage...oh yeah, I definitely concur. Works for us! (=

    Hugs,

    Nina

    (I already pre-ordered FEVER...just wanted to comment for fun)

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    1. Nina gave my answer! Eastern Oregon camping getaways are the best because there's nothing to DO. We hike around, take long afternoon naps, eat one-pot meals and let the dog lick out the pot to make clean-up easier :)

      I have to admit, though, camping in February isn't QUITE as much fun as waiting until summer. I'm a fair-weather camper. I suppose FEVER could warm things up!

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    2. Nina, No wonder we get along so well! I forget holidays too! I love your idea...for when I was younger :) or in better shape. I do miss camping. Haven't done that in so long!

      Thanks for preordering Fever! XO And coming out to say hi!

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    3. LOLOL, Jessa! I'm loving the afternoon nap idea, cracking up at the dog cleanup idea!

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  8. Hubby and I are not that too romantic.

    Though, whenever we go to South Carolina, the two of us always try to go out to eat, without the boys. My brothers watches them while we go to the Noisy Oyster (or blue oryster). About as romantic as it gets for us.

    No need to enter me for Fever since I have a copy and already ready it. Here to support Joan.

    raonaid at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks doll! Where do you go in South Carolina?

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    2. We generally stay with my brother that lives in Goose Creek. Our father and other brother lives in Moncks Corner. Not that too far from Charleston and about half hourish from the beach.

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  9. Loved the post. Yes, I'm a romantic, and my ideal romantic getaway would be somewhere off alone, either up in the mountains when it's snowing so we could cuddle up in front of a fire, or down to Key West and laze around a warm beach drinking Pina Colada's.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. I'm so with you Barbara -- walk on the beach or cuddle by the fire!

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  10. Definitely a Romantic! You shoul see the books I read. I'm a sap.
    It would be nice to just have a weekend in a Hawaii resort, Beach side. And here's a big one...kids free!

    Lol I have 2 and alone time is rare. :/

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    1. Oooooh, kids free...that is a dream, isn't it? Won't be too much longer for us :).

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  11. i am such a romantic at heart. i would love a romantic getaway in paris or italy seeing the most gorgeous sites with romantic nights spent out in the night at some cozy place or significant meaning with a lil wine...sweet kisses...love bites and then hopefully back to the room where we would spend the rest the night and most the day ordering breakkie in eating it in bed.

    babydoll82959307(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Lindsey, with ideas like that, you might just turn ME into a romantic!!

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  12. I don't know that I would label myself as a romantic, but I do love romance books so I guess I am a little. My perfect get away would be a cabin by a lake, during the summer when it is warm. Quiet, secluded (I like solitude). You could go fishing, swimming, hiking, picnics, etc.
    Congrats on your release!
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi June! I LOOOOOVE seclusion. I craaaaave quiet. Fallen Leaf Lake, where Teague takes Alyssa to escape the police, is like that. *Ahhhhhh*

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  13. My ideal romantic getaway would be to visit Ireland or Scotland. I would visit all the historical ruins and love seeing places that are rich in history. I would also like to relax somewhere quiet and away from the city.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Wow, that's quite a getaway! My coworker went to Ireland last year and her photos were gorgeous!

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  14. I would say I am. My ideal getaway would be anywhere in Europe.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'd love to go to Europe!! So much to see!

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  15. I would have to say that I am somewhat a romantic. I love romantic things and love to see others happy. I love when romantic things are done for me. I love flowers and presents. I am not overly romantic for myself. I love to do stuff for others.
    My ideal romantic spot would be some place quite. I have 2 kids and is usually loud often, some just someplace quite is always nice.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, yes. Silence is bliss, isn't it? My kids are older, but in my work I'm always busy, always talking, phones always ringing. I savor silence.

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  17. We are not terribly romantic people. Married 32 years. We spend a lot of time together. We are peaceful quiet people. That love to jump in the car and take off for parts unknown with no plan. Or see something on a calendar, on tv, in a book, etc and decide, Hey Lets go see that!! Of the two of us, my husband is far and away the more romantic. He surprises me in romantic ways for no reason, just whenever. I am lucky to have him. Of course, I love him. And whats more, I like him.
    lisakhutson (at) [cox] {dot}

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    1. Awww, so sweet. You sound like you've build a super wonderful life together. My husband is the more romantic of the two of us as well. :)

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  18. My ideal getaway would be somewhere warm that is not crowded where we could take a boat somewhere.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen, I'm a fan of Mexico. Hate the trouble there now. Miss feeling comfortable taking off for southern spaces.

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  19. I like to think I am although I havent personally experienced a lot of it.

    My ideal getaway would be Europe. I know its not original.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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