Today’s Guest: Joan Swan!

Please welcome Joan Swan to the blog today! Her debut novel, FEVER, releases February 28 and she’s been kind enough to bring us an excerpt!

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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Release Date: 2/28

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…

She’s kind enough to do not one but two giveaways!

· A print copy of FEVER, US/Canada shipping. (Winner will be chosen from replies to this post)

· All comments are eligible for tour grand prize of either a COLOR NOOK or KINDLE FIRE. Enter:

The invitation was on the table, but Alyssa wasn’t going to make the move. She was giving Teague the opportunity to back out. He could still walk away. He should still walk away. But those beautiful eyes were searching his with a film of pain he wanted to erase. Everything in him said yes—mind, body and soul.

“Alyssa.” The last syllable of her name floated in his throat as he leaned in to kiss her.

She returned his kiss with an immediate hunger that shocked him. A mixture of passion and anger and frustration and need that shot sparks through his body. He answered her demand, increased pressure, swept his tongue past her lips and rolled it against hers. She murmured into his mouth, part whimper, part moan. Her hands slid up his chest and locked around his neck. Her body pressed against his in all the perfect places, and his mind evaporated in the sweet heat.

He lifted her, and she immediately wrapped her legs around his waist, putting direct pressure against his erection. Alyssa added fuel to the fire by running her hands under his shirt, over his chest and belly. On a groan, he turned and pressed her against the wall, driving his hips into the softness between her legs. He held her head with both hands, slanting it so he could kiss her one way, then the other. No matter what he did, he couldn’t get enough. He needed more, needed to fully and completely reconnect with her.

A sound caught Teague’s ear. The click of a door, followed by running water. Reality chilled over his shoulders. You don’t have anything to offer her. He gripped Alyssa’s waist and set her feet on the floor.

“What…? What…?” Her eyes opened, glazed over with passion.

“I think that was a wakeup call, baby.” His excuse didn’t relieve the choking regret. “Too many people here. Your brother’s right upstairs.”

With a spark in her eye, she flattened her palms against his belly, turned until they’d switched positions and pushed him back against the wall. “I don’t care who’s where.” She slid her hands under his shirt again, scraped her nails across his lower abs. Heat gushed into his groin. “But this is your call.”

His call. Oh, man…

“Jesus, Lys.” He looked around the open room. No private corners, no enclosed spaces. “This isn’t the best place.” His hand lifted to brush the hair out of her eyes. “Not that I’m complaining, because, Lord knows I’m not, but you’re not exactly quiet, baby.”

She rested her chin on his chest, eyes heavily masked by low lids and thick lashes. “Ever think that might be your fault?”

A grin started in his chest and traveled to his mouth. “God, I hope so.”

“I have a place.” She took his hand and led him to a door a short distance away made out of the same paneling as the wall.

“What’s this?”

“Wine closet.” She took his hands and walked backward into the darkness. “Found it earlier.”

Teague squinted around the space. Sparse light drifting in from the living room, illuminating rows and rows of wine bottles stacked neatly in racks along three walls, leaving a walkway five feet wide and one solid, flat wall.

You don’t have anything to offer her.

“Lys…” He searched for the strength to turn her down, but his body pulsed with need and his soul ached for the connection only she could give him.

“Teague.” She pulled him into the closet and shut the door. The intoxicating aroma of sweet wine and pungent spices filled his nose, wafted through his head.

“Wow.” Her surprised whisper made a smile creep over his face. “I didn’t expect it to be so dark. I can’t see a thing.”

“You don’t need to.” Excitement pulsed through his blood. He may not have anything to offer her in the future, but he had plenty to offer her in the moment. “I know your body. I know what you like.”

He slid his hands down Alyssa’s body until he felt the hem of her tank and swept it off over her head. Her deep-throated murmur rippled through his body, urging him to satiate the white-hot burn radiating from his groin. But his heart begged for slow and deep, longing to mend the bond he’d damaged by abandoning her the night before.

With nothing but blackness surrounding them, he swept his hands over her shoulders, down her sides and across her belly, avoiding her wound. Every inch of her skin so warm, so soft. He pushed her against the one free wall and trailed his hands up to cradle her breasts. The supple masses teased his hands with their swaying weight. He rubbed his thumb over the nipples and kissed his way along her neck, over her collarbone and finally replaced one thumb with his mouth, exciting the flesh with slow, hard, suckling strokes of his mouth.

Alyssa’s initial high-pitched cry drifted into a sighing moan. When her back arched off the wall, she pushed her breast into his mouth. He added pressure, bite gently at her nipple.

“Teague,” she groaned as if she couldn’t stand another minute, her hands clawing at him. She had a way of making him feel like a superior lover, which only made him want to work harder to both prove her right and maybe even outshine her grandest fantasies.

Her hands slid from the back of his head, scratching her nails over his scalp and all the way down his back to his ass. She gripped him hard, pulled his hips to hers and rubbed against him with a groan of barely restrained patience. “I want you inside me.”

She pushed at his shorts and boxers, and the fabric slid past his hips and dropped on the floor. Then her hands skimmed his belly as she reached for her own pajama bottoms.

Teague grabbed her wrists and pinned them against the wall at her sides. “That’s my job.”

“Then hurry up.”

“You’re getting a little bossy, Lys.” Teague bit his way gently down her neck. “I like it.”

He bent his knees enough to get his hips between her legs and with heavy pressure rubbed his way to the soft center, wedging himself there. She shivered with need. One he could fill, right here, right now. Being wanted, needed, to this degree, by this woman, was so incredibly erotic, Teague could hardly hold back. But he wasn’t ready for this to end. Wasn’t sure he’d ever be ready. She was a heady mix of sex and sweetness he wanted to own.

He lifted both hands above her head, clasped both wrists in one hand and held them against the wall. With his other hand, he explored. When he caressed her face, she turned her head and took two of his fingers into his mouth and sucked. He ran his wet fingers over her lips, down her neck. Circled her nipple over and over before moving on. Scraped his fingers down her belly, as she’d done to him, and smiled when she trembled.

When his hand dipped below the low waistband of her pants, Alyssa lifted her hips to him. A sexy offering he couldn’t resist. As slowly as he could, he let his hand drift lower. Hers strained against his hold, even as her fingers wrapped around his. He toyed with the thin strip of curls between her legs, let her hips rock and sway beneath his hand until she whimpered.

“Teague, please.”

“God, that sounds good.” He kissed her, gently. Sucked her lower lip between his, then her upper. “Say it again. Just one more time.”

“Teague,” she put more deliberation behind the word and lifted her hips higher. “Please.”

He pressed his hand downward, pushing between her legs. Single sensations passed through his foggy mind: hot, soft, wet, sweet, good. And those simple concepts kept replaying over and over in his head, music to the amazing sound of Alyssa’s pleasure.

“Yes.” Her whisper sounded high-pitched, a little frantic, like she was about to lose it. Too soon. But it couldn’t happen too soon for Teague.

55 comments to “Today’s Guest: Joan Swan!”

  1. Viki S.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:19 am · Link

    Oh my that was good! Thanks :). When is March again ;)?


  2. CrystalGB
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:19 am · Link

    Great excerpt. Joan’s book sounds good. Love the cover.

  3. CdnMrs
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:23 am · Link

    Holy Crap! That was hot. 😯
    I’ve read some really fantastic reviews of Fever. Congratulations!

  4. cindy w
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:23 am · Link

    I am so looking forward to this one!!!!

  5. Raonaid Luckwell
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 am · Link

    * Grins and waggles her brows * Oh I remember that scene! Damn good book! Okay I’ll stop teasing. No need to enter me for the book since I have it and read it.

    Here for my girl Joan!… Release day is almost here!

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  6. Alaina
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    this book sounds amazing!! would love the chance to win, thanks!

  7. Laurie
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    Wow, can’t wait to read the rest of this!

  8. Rebecca C
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 am · Link

    This will be added to my TBR booklist. 🙂 Love the tat.

  9. leann
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 am · Link

    Looking forward to this new book/series! Thank You, now I have a new author to follow. a fan in VA Leann 😀

  10. Michelle Bledsoe
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:44 am · Link

    So freakin’ hot…LOL
    I am so ready to read this book. Loving the cover too.
    Thanks for the interview and tease…

  11. JoAnna B
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:44 am · Link

    Wow that excerpt was hot! Would love to read Fever!

    Beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  12. Melanie J.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:47 am · Link

    This book sounds AMAZING! I can’t wait to read it!

  13. Susan W.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:50 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read this one!

  14. Bridgett
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:26 am · Link

    Holy smokes! Can’t wait for this one to come out. It appears to be a really good book with the hotness we just read. Add another author to my list 🙂 Congratulations and I wish you much success!

  15. Krista
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:29 am · Link

    Sounds really yummy!

  16. Karin Anderson
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:32 am · Link

    I love the cover and the excerpt from this book! I can’t wait to read it.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  17. Joan Swan
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:48 am · Link

    Wow! Thank you, ladies!!!

    So glad you enjoyed! Good luck in the giveaway!!

    Rachel, thanks for coming out!! XO


  18. Lindsay
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:48 am · Link

    This book sounds really good. I can’t wait to read it.

    Thank you for the author introduction.

    lindsaywolford AT sbcglobal DOT net

  19. Jennifer D.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:49 am · Link

    Congrats on your debut book! I really like the back cover blurb and excerpt. Looking forward to reading the book. It’s always fun to discover a new author.

  20. Nikki Snider
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:58 am · Link

    YUMMY!!! Looking forward to reading the whole thing! I love the cover!

  21. Shauntih
    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Will be adding to my TBR list. I LOVE that tattoo on the cover.

  22. Na S.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:05 pm · Link

    These two have chemistry! Thank you for sharing an excerpt, Joan.

  23. Tracey D
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm · Link

    DAG, that was a hot excerpt. I can’t wait to read Fever.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. hilary w.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Wowza…can’t wait!!

  25. Joan Swan
    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:40 pm · Link

    So glad you like it!

    Thanks for coming by ladies!!

  26. Tatiana L.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Link

    By now it seems like forever that I’ve been waiting for this book to come out! 🙂

  27. Susan T.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Wow to both the cover and excerpt are hot. That was such a tease and now I can’t wait to read it.

  28. Cammie
    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Wow, I can’t wait to check this out!

  29. chris bails
    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Great excerpt. Would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Sophia Rose
    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:51 pm · Link

    My goodness that was a warm excerpt! Tease! Of course I have the book on my wish list.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  31. becky jean
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Sounds HOTT! Congrats on the new release!!!

  32. Marc
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:19 pm · Link

    I always love a new author to add to the TBB list. Off to Amazon I go.

  33. Cynthia D'Alba (aka ArkansasCyndi)
    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Looks like an awesome book.

    I didn’t know we were sharing a release date! WOOT! What do you have planned for 2.28 to celebrate Fever’s release?

  34. Lori
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm · Link

    Wow. Well first what a cover. Hot hot hot! The excerpt,well let’s just say I’m going to get on BN when I’m done to order this book. I can’t wait. Thanks Lauren for the blog.

  35. Cheryl S.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm · Link

    I’ll definitely be getting this! Sounds like a great read!

  36. bn100
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Great excerpt! Looking forward to the book!

  37. Joan Swan
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Such an awesome reception!! So wonderful!! Thank you!!!

  38. Joan Swan
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Hi Cynthia! I recognize your name from Twitter :). Congrats on your release! I love release buddies…there is something special about that!

    I don’t have anything planned, actually. Might take hubby out to dinner. Will probably actually take a night off of writing, et. al. though I’m so addicted, I might have withdrawals.

    How about you? Plans? And tell us about YOUR release. What # is this for you?

  39. infinitieh
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:37 pm · Link

    What a seriously HAWT scene! Loved the rest of the book, too!

  40. Diane
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:39 pm · Link

    That tattoo is stunning!

  41. Louise
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 pm · Link

    Oh wow! Smoking! Delicious cover as well. 😆

  42. Barbara Elness
    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt and I’m looking forward to reading Fever.

  43. Melissa Lamb
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt!!! I saw this cover on a blog and was wanting to read it just because of the cover alone!! Now that I know more about this book it WILL be on my TBR list!!!

  44. Emily L.
    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Wow, if the rest of the book is as exciting as this snippet, I’m in!! 😀

  45. Pamiam
    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:50 pm · Link

    *sigh* I’d buy it just for the cover 😉

  46. Joan Swan
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:14 am · Link

    Thanks ladies!! So glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

  47. Kim
    February 24th, 2012 at 11:42 am · Link

    Thanks for the excerpt.


  48. MJB
    February 24th, 2012 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Good lord, Joan! ARe you trying to kill me??
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  49. Pamk
    February 25th, 2012 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Great excerpt and love the lickable cover.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo com

  50. Erin
    February 25th, 2012 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your debut, Joan! That is one hot excerpt that pairs perfectly with the sexy cover. Can’t wait to read Fever.