Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tour: Jennifer Lyon's POSSESSION (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Jennifer Lyon, joining us with her new book, POSSESSION!

Trusting the Characters

Sometimes we travel down unexpected roads as authors, and that’s what happened to me in POSSESSION, Book 2 of The Plus One Chronicles. I knew the story, knew the emotional arc, knew that barriers had to come down between my ex-UFC fighter hero Sloane Michaels, and my bakery-owner heroine Kat Thayne.

I knew at just past the midpoint in Possession that Kat was going to become strong enough to drop some of her walls.

What I didn’t know was HOW that would happen.

And when the characters told me that the way to break those barriers was through a sexual fantasy, I freaked out on a nuclear level. I said, Absolutely not. In book one, THE PROPOSITION, we learn that Kat was attacked with a baseball bat and although her ex-fiancé was with her at the time, he did nothing to help her. That has left Kat has serious trust issues with men. And now Kat and Sloane are proposing a scene that could go wrong and cause her to have flashbacks? Fear?

Not happening.  I was adamant.

Except that in POSSESSION, Kat, my once timid, almost terrified-of-her-own-shadow heroine has grown into a woman strong enough to know what she wants. And she wanted to trust Sloane with her sexual fantasy. So, in spite of my own personal reservations, I wrote the scene as Kat and Sloane told it to me. And it stunned me to see what happened. In trusting Sloane, Kat broke down not only her emotional barriers, but Sloane’s too until both of them were stripped emotionally bare, revealing their deepest feelings to one another.

I realized that I was trying to “pull my punches” and that is not fair—not to the characters, the story or my cherished readers. Kat and Sloane have a story to tell, and my job is not to censor them, but to tell it honestly and without reservation.  And so that’s what I did.

After it was all done, as I was reflecting on what made me so uneasy, I realized that I wasn’t trusting Sloane the same way Kat did. Sloane treated Kat with care and tenderness, making absolutely sure that she held the power in the scene. Here’s a scene clip:

The sinewy muscles moving gracefully across his back transfixed her. Sloane faced her wearing only sweatpants and a growing hard-on. He sat on the side of the bed, his eyes intense. “Strip to your thong for me.”

Bubbles of excitement fizzed in her belly. She should be disgusted with herself. Appalled. But she wanted this, wanted to experience as much as she could with Sloane. This man was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her, yet she held back, suddenly unsure of her decision. She’d been told so many times she was making bad choices. Her building excitement turned into lumps of uncertainty. “Is this depraved?”

Lowering his chin, he pinned her with his eyes. “There’s not one depraved thing about you. If you don’t want to do this, truly don’t want to, we don’t do it. It won’t matter to me, all I want is you. But if you are letting anyone, or anything, outside this room make a choice for you, that is depraved.”

The knot of doubt in her stomach released.

His eyes softened. “But trusting me to not hurt you? That’s brave. And that’s facing a deep terror you’ve had to live with for six years. You misplaced your trust before and you got hurt. This, baby, is all about what you want. I’m looking at what I want.”

I should have trusted Sloane right from the start. Now that the book has released and feedback has been so lovely, I’m really glad I listened to Kat and Sloane! I hope you’ll give The Proposition and Possession a try! Sloane and Kat get their happily-ever-after in the final book Obsession.

The Plus One Chronicles
A wicked proposition…
A sensual possession…
A dark obsession...
The Plus One Chronicles: Searing passion and fiery vengeance collide in three explosive books.

The Plus One Chronicles, Book 1
Available now Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords | iTunes
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.

The Plus One Chronicles, Book 2
Available now Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Smashwords
**Please note: Possession is book two of a three book series. Readers should start with The Proposition.** 
Savagely sexy billionaire Sloane Michaels ruthlessly controls his life and everything in it. Even his sex partners are carefully negotiated plus-one arrangements, including his latest, the fiery bakery owner, Kat Thayne. But Sloane’s control is challenged when his mentor becomes seriously ill, and his need for Kat, his need to possess her at all costs, rivals only his single-minded goal of vengeance for the murder of his sister.
After surviving an attack six years ago, Kat Thayne escaped her fears in the protective world of her beloved bakery. Then Sloane Michaels storms into her life, making her feel beautiful, strong and sexy. Yet as Kat pushes her boundaries and uncovers a dangerous secret in her past, Sloane’s controlling side emerges. Worried that Sloane will possess her mind, body and soul, Kat fights to keep her hard won independence. But just as Sloane demands her complete surrender, she discovers he has a dark side that could destroy them both.
**Possession is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.**

OBSESSION, Book 3 - Coming 9/24/13


Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.
Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.
Jennifer has several new releases coming out this year.  THE PROPOSITION, the first book in her new Plus One Chronicles was just released on February 24 and following later in the year will be Book Two: POSSESSION - Coming 5/28/13 and Book Three: OBSESSION - Coming 9/24/13.Writing under Jennifer Apodaca she will be releasing the first book in her Once A Marine series, titled THE BABY BARGAIN which will be out in March 2013 from Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence line.  
For more information on Jen or her books, please visit her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Jennifer is giving away a $50.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N (winners choice) on the tour.
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Jennifer Lion's POSSESSION Blog Tour
May 27 - June 9

5/27 - Book Monster Reviews (Guest Post, series spotlight)

5/ 27- Wicked Readings by Tawania (series spotlight)

5/28- United by Books (series spotlight)

5/29- Romance Junkies (interview & review bk 2)

5/29- Buffy's Ramblings (series spotlight & review bk 1)

5/30- Salacious Reads (series spotlight & reviews)

5/30- The Reading Cafe (guest post, series spotlight & review bk 2)

5/28- Ramblings From This Chick (series spotlight & reviews)

5/31- Mimmi's Musings (series spotlight)

6/01- Underworld Love Addiction (series spotlight & review bk 2)

6/01- Riverina Romantics (series spotlight)

6/02- Page Flipperz (series spotlight & review bk 2)

6/02- Toot's Book Reviews (interview)

6/03- Cocktails and Books (series spotlight & review bk 2)

6/03 - Books-n-Kisses (interview)

6/04- Flirting with Romance (Interview)

6/04- Books, Books and More Books (series spotlight & reviews)

6/05- Book Lovin' Mamas (guest post and review bk 2)

6/05- Under the Covers (guest post & reviews)

6/06- Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My! (Interview and reviews)

6/06- Offbeat Vagabond (series spotlight & review bk 1)

6/07- Night Owl Reviews ( guest post )

06/07 = Hesperia Loves Books (series spotlight & reviews)

6/08 - Scorching Book Reviews (interview)

6/09 - Reading Between The Wines (guest post)


  1. Hi Jenn - Happy Sunday :)!

    It's understandable that you were so worried about this scene. I would have been too but you handled it so well. The fact that Sloane and Kat wanted it must have contributed greatly to the writing. Thank you again :).


  2. I adore this series. Thanks so much for writing it and I am so glad I took a chance on it. I can't wait for the last book to come out!!!

  3. Happy Sunday Viki! Thank you so much! I rarely have been this conflicted about a scene :-)

  4. Glittergirl, oh thank you! I hope you know how much that means to me!

  5. hi jennifer. thank you for the blog tour. looking forward to reading proposition. i have it on my kindle, just haven't read it yet. will do, very soon. :)

    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  6. Oh my God, that quote is so sweet!! I'm glad you listened to them and didn't give in to your reservations! :)


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