Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lisa Renee Jones (Interview & Giveaway)

Hello everyone and happy December!!! To kick off this jolly month I have award-winning romance author Lisa Renee Jones joining us for her newest release, The Storm that is Sterling. (SO good BTW!!!) She's stopping by for an interview and giveaway that I hope you'll enjoy!

Good Morning, Lisa, and thank you so much for joining us today for an interview!
Can you start off by sharing with our readers a little something about yourself please?

I owned a staffing agency with offices all over Texas and I’d just expanded to Tennessee right before I sold the company.  Those were rough corporate years with long long hours. Those years make my ability to write for a living all the more valued now.

What is your writing process like? Is there anything that you must have in order to write?

I write every day even if it’s only a small amount. I  start the day out with my coffee, my cat, and my favorite chair. I keep a play list for every book on my ipod.

For readers who aren’t familiar with your Zodius series, can you give us a brief introduction to it?

The series is based on the secrets of Area 51. A group of Special Forces soldiers were given experimental DNA pulled from a wreckage and they became something very special and very lethal.

Was there anything in particular that inspired the Zodius series?

My ex-father in law who is now deceased was at the mystery site and ship cleanup. He went to his death bed sworn to secrecy but he mumbled some information in the last few days that was pretty intriguing.

The Storm That is SterlingCan you please tell us a little about your new release and second novel in the series, The Storm that is Sterling?

In the Storm that is Sterling – Sterling  is a damaged hero who knows a lot of pain but has never become one of those bitter, dark people. I love that about him. He is still so capable of opening his heart.

I was excited to get my first Booklist review for Sterling:
The Storm That Is Sterling.
Jones, Lisa Renee (Author)
Nov 2011. 384 p. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, hardcover, $6.99. (9781402251597).

The exciting Zodius futuristic suspense series features soldiers enhanced by a GTECH secret military experiment. Sterling Jeter, who is assigned to guard Rebecca Burns, the scientist working on an antidote for the highly addictive and fatal drug ICE. But Rebecca is also the high-school dream Sterling was never able to realize. She has cancer and tangling with bad guys who want her science skills for their ends has left her an ICE addict, too. She wants to take advantage of her time left with Sterling, while Sterling wants to protect her. As danger mounts, they try to sort out who is trustworthy. The GTECH and science details can best be followed with the help of the index, but they do not overwhelm the appealing characters or action. Jones’ suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann. Alpha, military, and paranormal romance readers will want Jones’ entire series.

What kind of research did you do for both novels?

For all three of the Zodius books (The Danger That is Damion is out in May 2012) I had the military info handy because of my ex-father in law and all his brothers being Special Forces. Then my cousin is married to a Special Forces soldier.  My fiancée is in medical school so he helped, and asked an instructor for help, with some of the DNA and medical stuff.  I did a lot of reading up on Area 51 as well. 

The Legend of MichaelSo far we've seen stories of second chances; what is the draw for you and your characters with this type of romance as oppose to new love?

You know, I really didn’t even think about them being second chances but certainly I love that idea of love lost being found again. There is a lot of emotion to call on and certainly the characters have history to use when writing. In The Danger that is Damion the characters don’t know each other before their first meeting in chapter one. 

What makes Sterling and Rebecca perfect for each other and what do you think readers will love best about this couple?

They are both fighters, both filled with conviction for saving people, and making a difference in the world. Neither of them have let horrible events in their life make them bitter. They are each others reward.

Why is a HEA important to you and your books?

Part of writing romance rather than straight fiction is the HEA. And writing romance is special.  Love is life and we all deserve a happily ever after.

In one sentence, why should reader’s pick up The Storm that is Sterling?

Oh my gosh you are the second person who did this to me. I have performance pressure lol! I am bad at one line pitches.
One hot super soldier and an even hotter romance J

How many novels do you have planned for the Zodius series and what can readers expect next?

The Danger that is Damion is coming in May. You will meet Chale in that story and he is my next planned book. I have 6 drafted. We shall see!

Thank you again, Lisa, for stopping by! It was great having you and Happy Holidays! J

Thanks to the wonderful people at SourceBooks I have one copy of The Storm that is Sterling to give away to one US or Canadian reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this interview and then fill out the rafflecopter below with your name and email address. Extra entries are available as well but not required. Good luck!


  1. Oh, wow this series sounds very cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Congratulations on your release Lisa!

  3. You had me dying to know what your ex-father in law muttered on his death bed. Sounds like you had many good sources for these books.

    The premise already makes me intrigued to read them. Thanks for the interview and sharing with a giveaway.

  4. This sounds like a great series. I never even heard about it before now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.

    Christina Madison

  5. I don't read much romantic suspense because I'm such addict of supernatural elements. This series sounds very much like something that could convert me. :D

  6. This sounds so good would love to read it. Thank you very much for the great giveaway!

  7. Great interview.
    I have the Legend of Michael.Would love to win The Storm That is Sterling :)

  8. Thank you for the chance to win! This looks like an interesting book and interview :)

  9. Would love to read this. Sounds great!

  10. Sounds like a series right up my alley! Can't wait to get started. Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour

  11. I really enjoyed The Legend of Michael and I'm really looking forward to reading The Storm That is Sterling. I'm glad to hear there is the potential for 6 more books in this series.


  12. Off topic for a second: Here I am scrolling down this page to place my comment and I find myself stopping and drooling (for the millionth time) at these most fabulous photos.....See, I just did it again! ----> over there. Oh dear lord... ok, where was I? Oh yeah; I've read all 3 in the HOT Vampire Wardens series! All great btw! Now I need to get moving onto this series; the covers are drool worthy! Thanks for the chance.

  13. This series looks very interesting - if I try one, I'll probably be hooked!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! This book sounds pretty good!

  15. I have been wanting to read the first book of this series since it was released and now I want this one too! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this one.

  16. It's fun to imagine how all the possible ways the heroes can be changed by the DNA. Sounds like an intriguing and hot series.

  17. Hi!
    Looking forward to read this series! Love the interview and the covers of the books are pretty nice! Yummy guys! Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  18. Sounds awesome! Thank you for the chance to win =D

  19. These look and sound fabulous-the covers are wow!
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  20. Sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

  21. It looks like a different type of story.

  22. This series sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win one of the books! Thanks.

  23. ohh man i wanna read this one so bad!!
    can i ask why the NO P.O. Boxes? that seems like a sort of silly thing..

    alainala At hotmail DOT ca

  24. I just got the first book in the series, cannot wait to get started, these books sound amazing!!!

  25. It sounds like I'm going to be picking up the first book of this series. I enjoy Special Forces series.


  26. This sounds like a great series. I would love the chance to read these.


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