Contesty Goodness

I was thinking yesterday that it was about time for a contest. As some of you may know, I have two books coming out in July:

Desire is the most dangerous sensation of all.

With tensions between the Federation and Imperial ‘Verses rising, one woman may hold the key to victory. The dangerous mission to smuggle her out of Imperial Territory falls to Daniel Haws and his team, the ultra secret Phantom Corps. This elite squad of the Federation Military is the only one trusted and skilled enough to remove her from under the watchful eye of her father, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial ‘Verses.

Carina is used to wearing a mask. Her father and his men think her little more than a pretty prize to be won by a man more ruthless than the rest. When he announces his intention to marry her to one of his henchmen, a man known for his cruelty, Carina knows she has to move as soon as possible to get out. But getting secret information to the Federation has served her well for years and she appeals to them for help.

She expected rescue from a man who’d been her enemy. But she wasn’t prepared for just how intense her attraction to Daniel Haws would be. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive–by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable…

and on the 20th, REVELATION, the next in the de La Vega Cats series

He has the one thing she never thought she deserved. A place to belong…

Blurb: De La Vega Cats, Book 2

At long last, Kendra Kellogg has found her sister—but she’s no closer to filling the gaps in her past. The magick that brought them together makes them targets for dark mages intent on finishing what started with their mother’s murder.

As if her life wasn’t chaotic enough, in barrels the one thing she doesn’t expect, Max de La Vega. He’s six-and-a-half-feet of cocoa-brown alpha male. He’s strong, intelligent, sexy and intense. Everything she’d wanted in a man. And he scares the hell out of her. Still healing from a disastrous past relationship, she wonders if she’ll ever have that kind of forever.

The next in line to run his jaguar jamboree, Max is unused to hearing “no”. Once he knows what he wants, he assumes he’ll get it. And he wants Kendra. She deserves happiness and it’s his mission to give it to her.

When dark mages attempt to steal her magickal energy, Max’s cat agrees with the man—Kendra is his to protect and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. She can push him away as hard as she likes, he’s not going anywhere.

So yeah I guess I should, you know, give some away. What do you think?

How about I give away two digital ARCs of INSATIABLE and 2 of REVELATION? Yeah, that’s the ticket. SO here’s what you need to do if you want to enter: Reply with your favorite book to movie adaptation (can be graphic novels too)

I’ll choose the winners Friday June 11 at noon pacific. Winners must check back here to see if they’ve won and contact me within seven days of winning.

Good luck!

88 comments to “Contesty Goodness”

  1. Booklover1335
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:10 am · Link

    Yeah for July releases! I can’t wait for either of these books…especially Insatiable 🙂

    I think my fav “recent” book to movie adaptation was the Bridget Jones’ Diary series. Most of the time the movies never live up to the book, but they did a pretty good job with these. I love them

    I also like the Harry Potter adaptations, and I think they also did a pretty good job with the Twilight series too.

    The book I am most looking forward to being made into a movie is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. I still can’t picture who they would cast as Morelli and haven’t heard who is going to play him. If they do it right this should be a great movie.

  2. Pamk
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:19 am · Link

    Would have to be either Lord of the Rings or the HP series. one that I truly loathed is Stephen King’s The Stand. They changed magor things around in it and that sucked.
    Great contest btw. Only bad thing is I want both books rofl.

  3. Terri H.
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:42 am · Link

    Yay! I love when new books are released that I’ve been waiting (panting) for. My favorite book to movie adaptation is Twilight. I usually don’t like the movies nearly as much as the books I’ve read, but they did a pretty good job with this one. 😆

  4. Heather S
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:52 am · Link

    Ooooh! I can’t wait for both of those books! As fo rmy favorite movie adaptations, the first would be the BBC movie of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. They were able to capture a lot of the book (granted the movie was 4+ hours long). Then after that as a close second would be any of the Harry Potter movies.

  5. Lindy
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:15 am · Link

    I had to think about this a second, then it hit me: The Shawshank Redemption, by a landslide!

    I can think of several book-to-movies that were terrible, too… The most memorable for me would be “Flowers In The Attic”. Wow, what a groaner. 😉


  6. Collette
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:57 am · Link

    Gotta be the Princess Bride. Either that or Shoeless Joe being made into Field of Dreams. Other than that, most adaptations disappoint me.

  7. Daniela C.
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:24 am · Link

    The best book-to-film adaptation would be Lord of the Rings series. Peter Jackson had a vision and a passion that truly showed on screen. His creation (or re-creation) of the world is a true homage to Tolkien.

    Definitely, Harry Potter series, too! Rowling should be proud to have a director that brought her book to life!

    Another good adaptation is Charlotte’s Web! Both the newer version and the cartoon I grew up with. Watching it with my kids after reading it with them brought me back to MY childhood. There is something full circle about it. Hopefully, my kids will have the same fond memories with THEIR kids.

    Anyway, thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. Does this mean you are preparing to have your books into movies? Can’t wait for your new books!

  8. CrystalGB
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:31 am · Link

    The Harry Potter series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Jessica
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:42 am · Link

    I 1st read Ordinary People as a sophmore in high school after reading the book our teacher showed us the movie. I LOVED the book, it really struck a chord with me and I have to say the movie was not as disappointing as I thought it would be. Although somethings had changed from book to movie overall I enjoyed them both.

    Thanks for having this contest, I can’t wait till they come out 🙂

  10. Danielle Yockman
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:48 am · Link

    I don’t really have a favorite. Books just don’t translate to a 2hr movie well. But I must say that Memoirs of a Geisha was one of the better adaptations I have seen in a very long time. Usually, I see the movie then read the book. Otherwise the movie just doesn’t live up to my own imagination paired with the writers words. 😛

  11. Vic
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:56 am · Link

    I’m anxiously awaiting both of these books! In fact, I just re-read Trinity last night! Thanks for this opportunity!

    Fav. book -> movie would be Pride & Prejudice.

  12. Pearl
    June 9th, 2010 at 8:46 am · Link

    Yay for July! After sampling a bit of Daniel in RELENTLESS can’t wait toread INSATIABLE!

    My fave book to movie adaptation has to be BRIDGET JONES DIARY. Was one of the very rare occasions where I really loved both the book AND the movie!


  13. MinnChica
    June 9th, 2010 at 8:52 am · Link

    I’m pretty much a total sucker for any Nichoals Sparks movie. I think that sometimes they are evn better than the books *gasp*

    Other than that, I’m not a huge fan of book to movie adaptations, I think the movie usually doesn’t even come close to doing the book any justice.

  14. Suzi
    June 9th, 2010 at 9:15 am · Link

    I cant wait for Insatiable!!!

    I am going to say True Blood. And for once i will say i love the show and like the book. (and i always choose the book).

  15. Andrea Becraft
    June 9th, 2010 at 9:28 am · Link

    Oh I do so love your cover Lauren moi ciante.

    I would have to say the best book to movies are those of Nicholas Sparks I don’t have a fav because I like them all but he is a great story teller and it comes off great on screen.

    Also I haven’t seen twilight on here. i know it is over big rught now but I like them. The second more then the first cause well its sticks more to the book.


  16. ms bookjunkie
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:07 am · Link

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. ‘Nuff said.

  17. Elaine R
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:07 am · Link

    The only thing I can think of is True Blood, and I prefer the show vs. the book.

    And I just needed to add how hot all your book covers always are. Hawwwwt

  18. ms bookjunkie
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:08 am · Link

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. ‘Nuff said.

  19. sharon
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:10 am · Link

    Love, love Pride and Prejudice. I prefer the 2005 remake but I enjoy all versions as well. 🙂 There’s something uniquely special about the way that Austen’s characters love one another.

  20. ms bookjunkie
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:11 am · Link

    Whoops, sorry about the double post!

    BTW, both covers are just incredible. Beautiful!

  21. elaing8
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:32 am · Link

    I don’t watch a lot of movies.
    So I guess the book to movies I liked best are the Harry Potter books..

  22. Cecile
    June 9th, 2010 at 10:46 am · Link

    Okay I know I am a weird one… But Silence of the Lambs. That was my first book I read that I went watch.. and that was my first scary movie I went watch. I am NOT a fan of scary movies.. that was the only way I could go watch it was to read it first, lmbo!

    Please count me in!

  23. Maryam
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:04 am · Link

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy most definitely! Also Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson was brilliant).

  24. Nichole
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read both!

    Even though the book and the movie were quite different… Stardust…loved the book and the movie and Princess Bride is also a favorite

  25. Terri
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:29 am · Link

    I’ll go for some of the oldies but goodies:

    Gone with the Wind

    Maltese Falcon

    As for graphic novels, have to go with Iron Man!

  26. Jamie
    June 9th, 2010 at 11:52 am · Link

    I will have to say New Moon. It was my least favorite book of the series but I LOVED the movie. I also like the Harry Potter and LOTR movies but I haven’t read the books.

  27. jessi
    June 9th, 2010 at 12:03 pm · Link

    I would have to say the Harry Potter movies, with Alice in Wonderland a close second. Luckily July is only a month away for these books!!!

  28. OmNe
    June 9th, 2010 at 12:04 pm · Link

    The Harry Potter gets better and better with each movie, in my opinion.

    LOTR, Iremember reading the books years ago and not being that impressed, but when the movies came out, I absolutely loved them and actually gave the LOTR books another chance.

    June 9th, 2010 at 12:24 pm · Link


  30. Cathy MacDonald
    June 9th, 2010 at 12:27 pm · Link

    Already see some of my favorites, and will add Last of the Mohicans.

  31. Estella
    June 9th, 2010 at 12:31 pm · Link

    I haven’t seen many movies—I prefer to read.
    Thinking back it would have to be Gone With The Wind.

  32. delitealex
    June 9th, 2010 at 12:55 pm · Link

    My fave book to movie is new moon.

    I can’t wait to read both of these july releases.

  33. EmmaD
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:14 pm · Link

    I would have to say Lord of The Rings 🙂 Thought Peter J did a brillant job on what had the potential to be a career ending series.

    But then I was thinking and I remember reading The Neverending Story as a child and loving the movie as well. Cripes now I think about it there are a few lol.

    The Black Stallion wasn’t bad either. Though I do think someone should do an animation of the whole series.
    Same with the Silver Brumby series set in Australia. That would be awesome as an animated series.

    Must say I love the cover for Insatiable 😀

  34. Jeanette Juan
    June 9th, 2010 at 1:15 pm · Link

    I love The Notebook, it’s one of the only book to movies that I won’t criticize.

  35. Mina Gerhart
    June 9th, 2010 at 2:16 pm · Link

    I love HP, Lord Of The Rings, Stephen King’s “Sleepwalker”, and Alice in Wonderland.
    Can’t wait for Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series!

    Mindy 🙂

  36. Andrea I
    June 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Gone with the Wind would be my favorite. I recently saw Confessions of a Shopaholic and liked it, but I haven’t read the book. In the past if I’ve read the book, I didn’t usually like the movie adaptation.

  37. Jane
    June 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    One of my favorites is The Joy Luck Club. L.A. Confidential was another great one.

  38. Diane M.
    June 9th, 2010 at 3:08 pm · Link

    All of the Lord of the Ring movies even though they left stuff out but if they didn’t the movies would be way too long.

  39. Heather U
    June 9th, 2010 at 3:45 pm · Link

    While my immediate response is to say Harry Potter, I think that my favorite book to movie adaption would be The English Patient. It is such a lyrical book, and while long the movie captured its depth.

  40. Sarah
    June 9th, 2010 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Thanks for holding a great giveaway – I love the sound of both of these books & your covers are always soooo good!!

    I think my favorite books to films would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy – they did such a stunning job with them! I also really liked the Harry Potter films.

    Most of the time you can’t capture the essence of a whole book in a film so I try not to compare the 2 or I usually end up disappointed

  41. Diane Sadler
    June 9th, 2010 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Harry Potter was one of my favorites but so was Twilight; for TV Dresden based on Jim Butcher books and Blood Ties based on Tanya Huff.

  42. Donna
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:05 pm · Link

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, from graphic novel to movie… Allan Quatermain, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde, Dorian Grey, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, . Terrific!


  43. Lissa
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:30 pm · Link

    My favorite book to movie adaptations are: (1) Pride & Prejudice (one with Colin Firth)
    (2) Lord of the Rings – all three movies
    (3) To Kill A Mockingbird (with Gregory Peck)

  44. Anna Shah Hoque
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Oh I’m soo excited about your upcoming new releases!

    One of my absolute fave made to movie books is Oliver Twist – it was a version made by BBC and I just loved it.

    Another couple of faves : X-Men trilogy, The Punisher, Spawn and The Secret Garden.

  45. Joder
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:58 pm · Link

    My favorite book to movie version is Stephen King’s The Stand. It’s his best book to movie adaptation in my opinion. The characters remained true to how King wrote them and the message he wanted to convey remained strong.

  46. Miranda
    June 9th, 2010 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I have a beautiful hard cover edition of the complete Narnia series and I really enjoyed the movie interpretation of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. I’m a sucker for special effects!


  47. Jessie
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:01 pm · Link

    The Harry Potter Books, The Notebook, Watchmen, and I really enjoyed Alice in Wonderland

  48. ~ames~
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:15 pm · Link

    I love love love the cover for Insatiable!

    My favorite book to movie adaptation is Lord of the Rings.

    For children’s book, it’s a tie between Black Beauty and the Black Stallion. Good times, good times. LOL

  49. steph j
    June 9th, 2010 at 6:28 pm · Link

    There is so many. But I have to say Narnia. I loved the series when I was a kid and I loved taking my boys to see the movies.

  50. Alicia L.
    June 9th, 2010 at 7:08 pm · Link

    I really like Pride and Prejudice. I thought that it was a pretty good adaptation. I can’t really stand the Harry Potter movies. Really love the books, but I can only watch the movies and not compare them so that they will be somewhat good. Really liked the Narnia and Lord of the Rings too. I think that’s a lot to do with length of the movie too. Those books all need a long movie to do them justice.

    Alicia L.