Book Tour & Giveaway: A GraveTells exclusive interview with Inside Out Trilogy author Lisa Renee Jones on her New Adult romance Escaping Reality
Please help us welcome bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones!
Molly: Hi Lisa. Welcome to GraveTells! We’re really stoked to have you here, me especially. I’m a huge fan of the Inside Out trilogy and am really excited about your new series, The Secret Life of Amy Bensen.
In one of your blog posts you described Escaping Reality as being your “baby”. Can you tell us a bit about the book, why it’s special to you, and why you’ve started another series that can be described as very similar to the Inside Out trilogy?
LRJ: It’s only similar in that it’s a sexy mystery. I love mysteries. The heroine and the main hero are nothing like the INSIDE OUT characters and the storyline is completely different. Amy is 24 and had to go into hiding when her family was murdered when she was 18. She is younger than Sara in many ways beyond age. She hasn’t gotten to live much because she has to hide. In some ways she is very mature too though. She’s been on her own and had to take care of herself.
She thinks she is safe and can start living life and ends up on the run again and that is when she meets Liam Stone. Liam Stone is rich and talented but much different than Chris. I’d say he’s much more well adjusted. He’s protective and dominant yes, but unlike Chris who runs from what he has with Sara at first, Liam wants Amy right away.He’s never had anyone impact him like she does and he knows she is it for him. He’s going to fight for her and fight her demons even though she is afraid to tell him what they are.
Molly: I know that the Inside Out trilogy had been picked up by Gallery (Simon & Schuster) last fall, which had to be so exciting. Congrats, by the way. Has your new series been picked up as well? If so, will you continue to publish independently?
LRJ: I haven’t shown this new series to anyone. In fact I didn’t send it to my agent until it went to NetGalley. I wanted to do this on my own. That allows much faster release dates.
Molly: On top of being picked up by a major publishing house, Starz has also optioned the Inside Out trilogy for a show and was supposed to be fast tracked to production in 90 days. Can we expect to see and or hear news about the show anytime soon and will you be working at all with the writers and producers on it?
LRJ: I expect to have news soon and I know what is going on behind the scenes but nothing I am allowed to talk about just yet.
Molly: Who would you dream cast as Chris and Sara?
LRJ: Chris Hemsworth without questions. Odette Annabel.
Molly: I read in an interview that the Inside Out trilogy all started with a journal that was actually found in a storage unit by your fiancée. Can you tell us a little bit about the discovery and is the trilogy actually based on what was in the journal or did the idea for the story come from just stumbling upon someone’s journal?
LRJ: Diego found it and couldn’t stop reading it. He got the idea I had to write a sexy mystery based on a journal found in a unit but I didn’t have time right then. I was too contracted with HQ. I think the story is better though because I took years to let it simmer and I know those characters SO well.
Molly: In the Inside Out trilogy and Rebecca’s Lost Journals you write about some really juicy BDSM. Can you tell us your background in BDSM and/or what you’ve done to research these aspects for your series?
LRJ: I did a lot of research. I am not a part of the BDSM world so it was important to me to represent it well. I really wanted to bring to light the parts of that world that help people cope with life and how their sexuality helps make them stronger in life.
I didn’t want the dark sides of that world to taint the positive parts. In book 3 I really go there. It goes into how it can be wonderful or how anything can get too extreme. But that isn’t a BDSM negative. I tried very hard to make sure that was evident.
I love that Sara didn’t know that world because I could learn it with the same naked eyes she had.
Molly: I read that you used to own and run a very successful staffing company that was listed #7 in Entrepreneur Magazine for top-growing women-owned businesses, which is incredible, but sold it in 2003. Since then you have published an insane amount of books and novellas. Was your decision to sell the company because you wanted to pursue a career in writing and did you always want to be an author?
LRJ: I wanted out. I worked 70-80 hour weeks. I was offered a lot of money to stay in 5 years and I turned it down. If I didn’t chase my dreams then I feared I never would.
Molly: Can you tell us what you are currently working on?
LRJ: I have a novella for Random House called PLAY WITH ME. A reporter and a sexy Vegas Casino CEO are about to go head to head. Fun! I love Vegas and sexy CEOs.
Molly: Well I’m really looking forward to reading your new series as well as reading the culmination of the Inside Out trilogy. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions and we hope you’ll visit us on GraveTells again.
LRJ: Thanks for having me!
Lisa Renee Jones’s first New Adult release
Book 1 of THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN Series
Publication Date: July 22, 2013
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breath? He is what I need.
At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard down, the ghost’s of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.
On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?
You can find Escaping Reality online at Amazon here!
And look for Book 2: Within the Fire!
About the author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and Facebook daily.
Connect with Lisa:
- Website: http://www.lisareneejones.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaReneeJones
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones?fref=ts
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/73977.Lisa_Renee_Jones
Lisa is giving away a canvas bag with Escaping Reality on one side and Revealing Us on the other side, and a package of signed INSIDE OUT and ESCAPING REALITY goodies to one lucky winner when the tour ends. To enter to win, leave a comment or question for Lisa on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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