Friday Booktalk (And a Contest!)

It’s no secret that I love futuristic romances and I’m fortunate to be an agency mate with the fabulously talented Jess Granger, whose Beyond The Rain was a favorite of mine last year. Jess was at RT so when I grabbed a copy of her freshly released Beyond the Shadows, I also picked up another signed copy to give away here in a contest.

A man of deception. A woman of justice. Can their fragile trust be strong enough to prevent a war?

Commander Yara knows perfect leadership requires perfect control and discipline. She has spent years living without the distraction of caring for anything—or anyone. It’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. Yara has honed herself into the perfect heir to the Azralen throne, but a bloody coup could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. She must return home to prevent war. Unfortunately the only ship available belongs to an Earthlen trader with no regard for authority—especially hers.

Cyn is a rebel, driven to protect those suffering at the hands of the Elite leaders of Azra. Using his alias to manipulate the lovely but icy commander onto his ship, he has to keep her from Azra long enough to ignite the revolution. But when he awakens a vibrant and feeling woman beneath that icy exterior, he gets more than he bargained for—love. He must find a way to convince Yara to join him, before they get caught in a web of deception that could tear their world apart.

Sounds awesome, no? You can also read the first chapter at Jess’ website!

On to the rules and stuff – if you would like to win a signed copy of this fabulous book all you need to do is reply to this post with two books you’re looking forward to this summer. Easy peasy! I’ll choose a winner from all the qualifying comments (as in if you only write “yay enter me” or whatever, this is not a qualifying entry – it’s an easy question to answer) first thing Monday morning (may 10) and announce it here!

Good Luck!

33 comments to “Friday Booktalk (And a Contest!)”

  1. Belinda Bullock
    May 7th, 2010 at 9:36 am · Link

    The two books I am looking forward to this summer are Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill and The Darkest Lie by Gena Showalter. Two great books that I can’t wait to read.

  2. Christine
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:12 am · Link

    Only two? I’ve got way more than that I am waiting for this summer Water Bound by Christine Feehan, Hunting Season Shelly Laurenston, Nauti & Wild by Lora Leigh & Jaci Burton & of Course Insatiable Phantom Corps & Revation de la Vega Cats

  3. chelleyreads
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:28 am · Link

    ahhh i’ve been after this book!

    my two most looked forward to summer books are:
    I’ll Be Slaying You by Cynthia Eden
    Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

  4. GSM
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:43 am · Link

    So many great books to eagerly await. Two I’m looking forward to are Laurell K. Hamilton’s Bullet and MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead and Unfinished. Thanks.

  5. Sabrina
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:47 am · Link

    Argh, only two books!

    Ok, besides “Insatiable” (of course) I would pick “Hot Finish” by Erin McCarthy and “Veil of Night” by Linda Howard. But there are so many other books I could mention!

  6. Lea
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:55 am · Link

    Hi Lauren:

    Oh Jess Granger’s book looks so good!

    I’m looking forward to:

    Dark Embers by Tessa Adams

    Tempting the Fire by Sydney Croft

    And, Siren’s Call by Devyn Quinn!

    Thanks for the chance to win! 😀

  7. Nicole
    May 7th, 2010 at 10:57 am · Link

    I was looking forward to “Lover Mine” by JR Ward ( I picked it up this week!!!!GREAT BOOK!!) and I am waiting for “Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1)” by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Those are just a few, I got release dates marked in my calendar!!!

  8. RachieG
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:07 am · Link

    “Nauti & Wild” by Lora Leigh
    “Lover Mine” by J.R. Ward –It’s already out but it was even wrote on my calendar I was so ready for it! 🙂

  9. Crystal D
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:09 am · Link

    the new Erin McCarthy and the new Suzanne Brockmann, or the new Lisa Marie Rice or….

  10. Joder
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:10 am · Link

    I loved Beyond the Rain so I would be giddy to get my hands on this one. Two books I’m looking forward to are…

    Charlaine Harris/Dead In the Family and Carrie Vaughn/Kitty Goes to War.

  11. CrystalGB
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:19 am · Link

    I am looking forward to Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur and Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

  12. Sabine Fox
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:33 am · Link

    I am looking forward of
    Naked by Megan Hart
    Riding The Edge by Jaci Burton.

  13. jessi
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:49 am · Link

    Two that I’m looking forward to (off the top of my head):

    Colters’ Lady by Maya Banks and
    Raising Kane by Lorelei James

  14. ilona
    May 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am · Link

    I’m looking forward to so many like,
    Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
    Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton
    Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Sin Undone by Larissa Ione (if October ends up as a late summer it counts doesn’t it? lol)
    I could go on but most of them will have to wait on more book funds as usual 🙁

  15. Alexandra
    May 7th, 2010 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I am so looking forward to A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore and Lydia Dare’s The Wolf Next Door.

    Actually, that is a bit surprising, because I usually prefer contemporaries! But there you go, a good read is a good read! 😉

  16. Lyoness2009
    May 7th, 2010 at 12:28 pm · Link

    1. “Hot Finish” by Erin McCarthy
    2. “Beast Behaving Badly” by Shelly Laurenston

  17. limecello
    May 7th, 2010 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Oooo I’ve been meaning to get Jess’s books. As for what I’m looking forward to – Lisa Kleypas’s books. Married by Morning and Love in the Afternoon? The people who have those books have been talking about them for so long I don’t even know when they’re out. I just know they aren’t yet and I WANT THEM. Otherwise… Erm… is Erin McCarthy’s next book coming out this summer?

  18. Amy Kathryn
    May 7th, 2010 at 3:13 pm · Link

    I have a mega list that has Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, Insatiable!, Colter’s Lady by Maya, and so on and so on….

  19. Estella
    May 7th, 2010 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to :

    White Heat byBrenda Novak
    Welcome To Harmony by Jodi Thomas

  20. Chelsea B.
    May 7th, 2010 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to Stroke of Genius by Emily Bryan and The Darkest Passion by Gena Showalter! Among others! This is a good year for books! (though I always find myself saying that LOL!)

  21. Diane Sadler
    May 7th, 2010 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Here we go: Dreamveil by Lynn Viehl coming out june ist and Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh coming out july 7th. There are lots more but I’ll give these two for now.

  22. Booklover1335
    May 7th, 2010 at 8:24 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to Shannon McKenna’s Fade to Midnight, Naked by Megan Hart, the two new Riding books by Jaci Burton, and let’s not forget Lorelei James’s new series starting with Corralled. It’s going to be some great summer reading!

    I didn’t mention Insatiable, but it’s on my list too 🙂

  23. Anna Shah Hoque
    May 7th, 2010 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Two books I’m really looking forward to reading this summer :
    *I’ll Be Slaying You by Cynthia Eden
    *The Wolf Next Door by Lydia Dare

  24. Lynnette
    May 7th, 2010 at 9:18 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh and Bullet by Laurell K Hamilton. There are many more, but those are the first I could think of.

  25. azteclady
    May 8th, 2010 at 8:44 am · Link

    It is indeed an easy question–the problem is to narrow it down to only two!

    Here’s my answer (at the moment, these things change as my mind wanders…)

    Ann Aguirre’s Killbox (August) and Ava Gray’s Skin Tight (June). While I beta read earlier versions of both, I always love to read the finished book–and once they are released, I can actually talk with other people about them! :mrgreen:

  26. Rebecca C
    May 8th, 2010 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Just 2? I have a huge list, it takes up a stack of index Besides yours, I am looking forward to:
    No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston

  27. Terri
    May 8th, 2010 at 12:48 pm · Link

    The two books I’m looking forward this summer are:

    1. No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    2. Don’t Cry by Beverly Barton

  28. Fran
    May 9th, 2010 at 10:20 am · Link

    This is what I’m looking forward to:
    No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The Wolf Next Door by Lydia Dare

  29. Cybercliper
    May 9th, 2010 at 1:24 pm · Link

    I love Jess Granger – Beyond the Rain was awesome!! Two of my summer wishes are:

    Shannon Butcher’s Living Nightmare, and
    Lora Leigh’s Styx’s Storm

    Wow, I could add another 20 to this list – summer is gonna be a blast!

  30. Ina
    May 9th, 2010 at 1:29 pm · Link

    oh, I’ve read book 1 and can’t wait for this one!
    two summer wishes (oh, it’s so difficult to choose…): Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole and Truthseeker by C E Murphy…
    greetings, Ina

  31. Jackie M (Literary Escapism)
    May 9th, 2010 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Two books I’m looking forward to….aside from yours right?

    I would have to go with Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead. Those were the first two to pop into my head.

  32. Jennie
    May 9th, 2010 at 8:07 pm · Link

    July 6th is a great day for my anticipated summer releases. Not just Insatiable, although that is a huge all caps buy, but the new Nalini Singh. I am also really looking forward to Larissa Ione’s Sin Undone.

  33. Amanda
    May 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am · Link

    Looking forward to reading Wild Fire and Beyond the Shadows!