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Monday, March 18, 2013

UNCOMMON PLEASURE by Anne Calhoun (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to romance author Anne Calhoun who is joining us with her new release of UNCOMMON PLEASURE. Check out the smokin' hot cover!

Q&A With Anne Calhoun

Q:  Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
A: Writer who holds citizenship in 3 countries on 2 continents yet lives in a flyover state for love. Wife. Mother. Loves Frye boots, wool, and character more than wit.

Q: Your current release is UNCOMMON PLEASURE. Deets!
A: This book contains two hefty, closely-linked novellas where choices and decisions made in the first story play out in the second as well. The first features a former Marine who’s struggling with the mental and emotional devastation he experienced in Afghanistan, and the woman who refuses to let him live in darkness. The second story describes a Marine’s persistence to get back the woman he loves and mistakenly broke up with while he was deployed. If you like military stories, highly erotic circumstances, and women who refuse to get pushed around, this is the book for you!

Q: What three words best describe this book?
A: Erotic. Emotional. Intense.

Q: What are your greatest creative influences?
A: Music, although what I’m listening to may not play a role in the current WIP. I read a ton of nonfiction, sometimes for research, sometimes for curiosity. Travel.  

Q: What three things do you need in order to write?
A: MacBook Air. Quiet (or the steady background noise of a coffee shop). A roadmap to what I need to write that day. If I take 5-15 minutes and block out the day’s scene or chapter – dialogue, blocking, that sort of thing – I’m much more productive.

Q: What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
A: I’m reading tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed, which is a collection of advice columns from The Rumpus Strayed authored anonymously as Sugar. Strayed’s advice is grounded in reality, gorgeously written, and nearly heart-breaking in its emotional honesty. Between the questions readers sent in and the answers Strayed gives, I have to stop reading and take a break. I also really loved Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton. Alison Kent gave me the book for Christmas. It’s a murder mystery and an exploration of sisterhood and a psychological thriller all at once.

Q: If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
A: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Q: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
A: Read. Knit. Take yoga class. Walk the dog. I’ve got an eight-year-old boy so much of my non-writing time is occupied with homework, having friends over, activities he’s in. I also like to talk to (or at) my husband. ;)

Q: How can readers connect with you?
A: has an email form. I’m on Twitter as @annecalhoun, and Facebook. I also have a fan group on Goodreads.

In Over the Edge, after a tragic incident during Ty Hendricks’ last tour of duty he cut off all connection with anyone he cares about—until a night with Lauren Kincaid draws him reluctantly back into the world. Lauren sees a wounded man in danger of losing everything to his inner demons, but the sensual, no-holds-barred fight for Ty’s soul could cost Lauren her heart.
In All on the Line, Abby Simmons fell hard for Lieutenant Sean Winthrop, but he sacrificed their relationship when he deployed to Afghanistan. Now he’s home, full of regrets and intent on winning back the woman he never forgot. Abby gives Sean her body but holds her heart aloof, until one night of pleasure forces her to choose her U.S. Marine…or life without him, forever.

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Her first book, LIBERATING LACEY won the EPIC Award for Best Contemporary Erotic Romance. Her story WHAT SHE NEEDS was chosen for Smart Bitch Sarah’s Sizzling Book Club. Anne holds a BA in History and English, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. When she’s not writing her hobbies include reading, knitting, and yoga. She lives in the Midwest with her family and singlehandedly supports her local Starbucks.

 Anne is giving away a print copy of UNCOMMON PLEASURE. To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Anne and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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May said...

Sounds like a terrific book! Will look for it in bookstore!

Anonymous said...

Is your next book a military story?

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I love military romances. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

laura troxel said...

Sounds like a great story. love finding ew books to read.

Debby said...

Love the description -erotic, emotional, intense.
Can't go wrong with a book like that.
debby26 at gmail dot com

erin said...

sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Anne on the new release!

donnas said...

Congrats on the release! Sounds fantastic, cant wait to read it.

Kyla Whitley said...

yummy cover! thank you for sharing.
jukyjoauka at aol dot com

Sandie23 said...

The cover is hot and the story sound amazing

*yadkny* said...

I love Frye boots too:) Sounds like a great read!!

Cheryl S. said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the Q & A thank you.

Is this book part of a series?

Linda said...

Love the interview and blurb =) can´t wait for my chance to read.
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Thank you for sharing, this sounds really good and i can't wait to read it:)

Anita Yancey said...

Congrats on your release. I love military romances and this one sure sounds good. Althought I wish you would write one where the hero is in the Army. I guess I just have a soft spot for them, since my husband served 20 years. Some times I joke and say I served too since I was with him every step of the way. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Natasha D said...

Sounds like a really good read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Olivia Tan said...

how many books do u plan on this series?
thank you for the giveaway :)


veRONIca said...

Do you do research for these kind of stories or do have a lot of experience with hunky marines lol

Di said...

these kind of stories always tug at my heart.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

jessiel said...

Congratulations on the release. I always enjoy reading military romances. Thanks for th chance to win this book!