October 30, 2013

Two Can Play by Dawn Atkins #GuestPost #Giveaway

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“Woot! Strap yourself in for a fast paced thrill ride with TWO CAN PLAY  by Dawn Atkins. I could not put it down! Rena Novo is a refreshingly strong heroine matched perfectly by her handsome counterpart Gage Stone. The heat that ignites between these two while they try to solve their own personal quests positively scorches. This is a do not miss!” — Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling mystery author

Live. Breath. And Believe — to Rena Novo there’s nothing better than being a part of the most popular virtual-reality game—EverLife…until she’s given a Quest to evict her best friend from the society she’s come to love. If she completes the job—she’ll rise to the top, but a sexy recruit is stirring a different kind of passion within her and making her question everything that makes her life complete.

Hunting for his missing sister, investigative reporter Gage Stone goes undercover in the gaming cult that’s taken over his sister’s life. But his biggest obstacle is the sizzling attraction between he and Rena, the extremely hot gamer assigned as his trainer. As their attraction builds, Gage realizes his sister isn’t the only one he can’t leave without. Now he must convince Rena the rhetoric the company’s pushing is just a plot that will culminate in the deaths of hundreds… before she turns him in and gets them all killed.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing – ignite imprint 

Publication Date: October 28, 2013


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The Book Excerpt 

“What’s not to like?” He caught her gaze and got a full-on punch of heat. The two of them naked on all that bed sounded pretty damn good to him. The spark in her lake-blue eyes said she agreed. When she held out her hand, he almost yanked her close for a taste of those soft lips of hers.

“Your jacket?” she said, tilting her head.

He shrugged it off. She watched him, her blue eyes flaring hot, like the pilot light to her sex drive. Should he go for it or take a pass?

He wanted her–he was a man with a pulse, for God’s sake, of course he wanted her–but he had to do what was smart.

He dragged his gaze away, cleared his throat and looked around. “You’ve got some pricey stuff in here. God help him, he found himself staring at the bed again.

“I go after what I want,” she said, low and sexy, her eyes glowing hotter than ever.

She smelled sweet…edible. Was it coconut? Maybe just a taste.

“And what is it you want?” he asked, telling her he wanted it, too with a tone that registered in her eyes like the flick of a gauge needle.

She hesitated, stepped back, on guard. “It’s more important what you want, Gage. Why are you here? In Lounge Life?”

His answer counted big, he knew. “I’m a gamer. I needed a job.” What would a true believer say? “I like what’s here. It’s like a family.”

“You don’t have one already?” Her eyes glittered with suspicion.

“Not really.” His sister Beth was all he had and she was missing. That was his real reason to be here.

“Lifers are my family,” Rena said, emotions rippling beneath her words, like muscles under an animal’s pelt.

Their gazes locked and the connection went abruptly personal. He saw a lonely little girl behind her eyes and she, no doubt, caught a flicker of the grim kid he’d been.

The past reeked, but it was gone.

An electric thread sizzled between them. “What I want is right here.” He looked her up and down, wanting in, letting her see that. He liked the spark in her eye, the challenge in her half-smile, not to mention that tight, strong body of hers—everything in the right place and then some. He was pretty sure it was her hair that smelled of coconut. “How about you?”

She moved grabbed his belt and tugged, telling him all he needed to know.





‡ The Guest Post 

I’m so happy to be a guest here to talk about my new romantic suspense TWO CAN PLAY. I thought it would be fun to give you an exclusive look at the Real Life Lounge, the gamer arcade where the book is set--and where Lounge employees work and live as one big happy gamer family--by taking you along as Rena Novo, the book’s heroine, takes Gage Stone, the hot new hire she’s supposed to mentor, on a tour of the highlights of The Life. Make a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of two $15 Amazon Kindle gift cards to be awarded at the end of the tour. For additional chances to win, follow the tour and comment on each tour stop. Here goes our next installment.

STOP THREE…COME HERE OFTEN? A VISIT TO BLOOD ELECTRIC

So far Gage has checked out as being sincere about joining the Life. He loves EverLife, the main Lifer game, the most popular immersive virtual reality game on the globe and he protected a Card Girl--Lifers in video game girl costumes who help players buy game credits--from a creepy groper. So far so good… 

Becky, the Card Girl Gage had rescued, had picked up on Gage’s hotness, too. “You’re new, huh?” she said to him, giving him a serious up and down. “How about we meet up at Blood Electric later for a V-Trique.” The girl was after Sex Points, for sure. She had a good eye. Rena was annoyed to feel a twinge of jealousy.

“Blood Electric?” Gage asked.

Huh? He didn’t know the name of the Lounge bar? Anyone who’d spent much time in a Lounge had a drink there--at least an Electrique, the energy drink sold exclusively in Life Lounges. People were crazy for the stuff.

Why would a person who didn’t love the Lounge apply to join the Lifer Family? 

Not a good sign. A check mark against him for sure.

“Let’s check it out,” she said, nodding toward the neon-lit bar, with its retro-space-age swoop of glittery black fiberglass.

“So…later?” Becky asked eagerly.

“Depends on what my trainer has planned for me.” He looked at Rena in a way that made her think of a plan that involved both of them naked. She hid that reaction. “I’m not a trainer. I’m your Mentor. This is not just a job, Gage. It’s a way of life.”

“Right.” His eyebrows quirked and so did his mouth, though he tried to hide it. Definite mockery. Outrage zipped through Rena. A big, fat black mark on the “fake” side of the chart she was filling out on him in her head.

“Let’s go,” she said, turning away to hide her reaction. He’d be more careful if he knew she was displeased and she wanted to see every crack in his avatar.

She led the way to the bar and introduced him to Bull, the Watcher--what Lifer’s called security guards--at the entrance. He looked stony-eyed, though she knew he was a teddy bear at heart.

As they reached the bar, Gage said, “So what’s with the guard? Checking ID?”

“Also to keep an eye on the Electrique, make sure no one steals any.”

“Is that a problem? People stealing energy drinks.”

“Are you kidding? Some people come here for the Electrique alone. You can only get it here. We’ve had a smuggling problem. The bar codes on the cans set off an alarm at the exit.”

“Interesting.”

At the bar, she introduced him to Baker, an Apache Indian so short he had to stand on an Electrique crate to be seen over the bar. This was his first shift as bar manager, a plum assignment.

“Congrats,” she said to him.

“Thanks for putting in the word.” When his application came across the network--Lifers voted on some assignments--she’d given him props, pointing out his wicked skills in the Dome and online, where he took the Troll avatar, and always had your back. She liked that he lived large for his size.

“What can I get you?” Baker asked him.

“I’ll have an Electrique. Make Gage a V-Trique.” Rena turned to him. “It’s our signature cocktail Electrique and vodka.”

When Baker served him the drink--it came in a martini glass with a blue, lightning-shaped stem--Rena had a flicker of her old liquor lust, but she’d been sober since she joined The Life and knew this was a better way to live.

Gage sipped the drink. “Damn. Weirdly strong.”

“Yeah,” Rena said. The boost-soothe effect enhanced gaming, letting players slide into the experience like a cool pool on a hot day.

Baker got her an Electrique from the Lifer refrigerator.

“Electrique is free to Lifers,” she explained to Gage, “but only from our fridge. And no snitching from the customer cases.”

“What’s the difference?”

She shrugged. “Something about the inventory.”

“Seems odd.” The man didn’t take anything at face value. Irritation made her skin prickle, though the Electrique eased the feeling. She raised her can to his glass. “To the Life,” she said.

“To that,” he said, not quite smiling and certainly not thrilled to be here. This guy was too cool for school. Maybe too cool for The Life. She had a few more stops to find out.

‡ About Dawn Atkins 

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I always wanted to be a writer–from the moment I put fat pencil to brown-lined paper in second grade to write an elaborate story using all the spelling words on our list.

Though I always wanted to be a professional writer, I wasn’t sure I had the stuff, so I graduated from college with a teaching degree and taught elementary school–second and third grades (the best)–and then began freelance feature writing for newspapers and magazines, local and national.

I left teaching to work in public relations–skills I use today in my job as a writer/editor for the Arizona Education Association.

I met my husband, David Weiss, my very own hero, in 1980, on an airplane. We made the “love thang” permanent in 1985, when we married taking our Hobie sailboat to San Diego for our honeymoon. Then in 1990, we welcomed a son into our lives. He continues to be the light of our life together.

My first romance credits were two stories in True Love magazine. I went on to write a sexy romance in 1983, which was rejected–sniff.

Years later–1996–I got serious about getting published. Though I endured some rejections as I honed my craft, in 1998, I sold the first of two short romantic comedies to Kensington Publishing–Getting Zack Back, published in December. In July 2000, Baby Makes Three was released. After coming in second among published authors in a Harlequin Duets contest, I sold to Harlequin in 2001, quickly selling another comedy. In addition to Duets, I write for Temptation, Blaze and, the new comedy line Flipside.

Most of my hobbies–sailing, scuba-diving, playing the piano (badly)–have gone by the wayside as I devote all my non-family spare time to writing. I live in the Phoenix area with my husband and son, who proudly brings my books to his teachers and swears he doesn’t read them–except for the funny parts.



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