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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): Catch the RUSH! Joan Swan’s newest Phoenix Rising story is all about Q!

by davincikittieAugust 27, 2013

Rush (Phoenix Rising #3) by Joan Swan

Rush, Phoenix Rising #3 by Joan Swan

Jessica Fury, Washington lobbyist, has money, connections, and her own firm. But five years ago she had something better: happiness. Her firefighter husband, Quaid, was handsome, courageous, and crazy about her. Then one day he walked into a chemical inferno—and never walked out. Jessica has been through hell to get back on her feet. And then a rumor surfaces that could bring a miracle or shatter her world – again.

Q has been a prisoner forever. He’s honed his mind and body into weapons. He’s developed abilities no one else understands. But he’s still at the mercy of a cabal of ruthless men, who blank his memory, test him like a lab rat, and tell him lies. Although his past has been erased and his future looks grim, instinct tells him he has a woman to live for. What his mind can’t remember, his body can’t forget…

The heat is on.

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READ OUR REVIEW OF RUSH HERE!

Check out our reviews of Fever and Blaze below!

Fever by Joan Swan - Book of the Month & Reviewers Choice for March 2012 2012 GraveTells Book of the Year: Blaze (Phoenix Rising #2) by Joan Swan

Fever (Phoenix Rising #1)
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Blaze (Phoenix Rising #2)
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Read an excerpt

“Jessie?”

A hole pricked the bubble of her serenity. Her peaceful inner world pulled away from the walls of her mind like ripping wallpaper.

She opened her eyes, her chest burning with the sting of fear, and twisted toward the voice. Quaid stood ten feet away, hands on hips, still bare chested, jeans still unbuttoned, breathing hard as if he’d been running.

Had he just called her . . . Jessie?

“What’s wrong?” She darted a glance behind him while scrambling off the boulder. When she realized no other frantic members of the team waited, a burst of hope exploded, searing her lungs until her breath caught. Jessie. Could he have remembered?

She turned her gaze back to Quaid, searching his face for a clue. Please, please, please. “Are you . . . okay?”

He dropped his head. “I’m . . .” He raked his fingers over his scalp. “I’m confused. I’m really confused.”

The torment in his voice pulled her a step closer, but also kept her out of his reach. She was confused, too, not sure whether to go to him or keep her distance and give him room to work things through first.

Clasping her hands, she squeezed them tight, wringing out the tension and took another step closer. “What . . . can I do for you?”

He laughed, the sound dry and bitter. “Why would you want to do anything for me?” He shook his head, “I don’t know how to apologize. And I can’t even say I didn’t mean to hurt you or that I wouldn’t have, because . . .” He lifted his hand, then let it fall, the gesture and his lost expression so helpless. “Honestly, I don’t know what I would or wouldn’t have done.”

He didn’t have to say the words for Jessica to know he regretted what had happened. Cash had explained enough about his time at the Castle for Jessica to understand his response had been an instinctive reaction to fear. She’d seen it on his face the moment he’d let her go.

He turned his back to her as Jessica opened her mouth to tell him not to go, took another step toward him, but stopped. She had to let him walk away if that’s what he needed. Give him room to adjust at his own pace. But he didn’t go, he just stared out across the ravine in silence and Jessica studied the beauty of his phoenix.

Covering the right two-thirds of his back, the fierce bird’s tail tapered at his waist. One wing crested over Quaid’s shoulder and decorated the back of his right arm. The other stretched across the opposite third of his bare back.

His body was so different from before. Her gaze slid over the curves of muscle and sinew. The bulk she’d known was gone. In its place sleek, tapered muscle contoured beneath tight, tan skin. He was truly sculpted, and her hands were restless to touch and explore this new man even while a big part of her heart and mind feared him.

“Your mark,” she said, “is . . . the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

A deep sigh lifted and lowered his shoulders. “Jessica . . .”

She waited, smiling at the sound of her name in his voice, something she never believed she’d hear again. But when he didn’t go on, she said, “Yes?”

“What am I to you?”

Her smile dropped. She pulled her bottom lip between her teeth while her mind and heart bellowed I’m the person who loves you most in the entire world. I’m the woman you chose over all others. I’m your wife.

“You don’t remember anything . . . yet?”

“Not in my head.” He turned and faced her and she almost wished he hadn’t. His expression was so tortured he seemed almost . . . angry. “But I have all these emotions, all these feelings I don’t understand. I have no memories, no basis for them.”

She nodded, unsure of what to say.

In two steps, he stood in front of her. His scent surrounded her, soap and heat and Quaid. He took her chin in his hand. A thrill teased her heart in anticipation of his tilting her face up and kissing her. But he turned her head to the side, and swept her hair off her neck with the other hand.

She pulled in a breath of shock and fear, and tried to push his hand away, but he was too strong. “Quaid . . .”

He took her face in both hands, this time tilting it up until she looked directly into his eyes. She grabbed one of his wrists, but he wasn’t hurting her, so she didn’t pull it away. And, God help her, she just wanted his mouth back on hers.

“Why is this tattoo on your neck?”

Her gut tensed. She raised her gaze from his lips to his eyes. Those deep brown, demanding eyes. And hated the way she immediately wanted to lie. “It’s a Chinese sym—”

His hands tightened on her face. This time the pressure did sting and she teetered on that line between anger and patience.

“It’s the name you’re all calling me. Quaid—my name—in a Chinese symbol.”

She opened her mouth to ask how he knew. No one knew. She’d gotten the ink after his death and never told anyone, not even Keira, what it meant. But his gaze dropped to her lips and the words died in her throat.

“Were you mine?” he asked, his voice softer, his gaze slowly rising from her mouth with a look so heated, so hungry, her control nearly slipped right through her fingers. “Were you mine, Jessie?”

She swallowed. “Y-yes.”

His gaze held hers a long moment, filled with shock. She held her breath, fearing and anticipating his reaction at the same time. Shock shifted to confusion. Confusion into disbelief. He let go, dropped his arms and stepped back.

About the author

Joan Swan, author of Fever and the Phoenix Rising series
Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series).  She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

Connect with Joan at her Website | Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway

Tour Wide Giveaway

  • (3) Designer purses filled with lots of goodies

Enter to win the tour-wide giveaway HERE!

Tour Stop Giveaway

  • (1) print copy of either FEVER (#1) or BLAZE (#2) per the number of tour stops US/Ca Only
  • (1) digital copy of FIRST TEMPTATION by Joan Swan per the number of tour stops
  • (1) digital copy of RECKLESS by Skye Jordan per the number of tour stops

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
26 Comments
  • Christy Harrelson
    August 27, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I am new to your work so I really enjoyed this blog stop. I loved the excerpt and the concept for this story really draws you in. I have to play catch up now on this series and I can not wait to read Rush. Congrats on your new release and I look forward to more of your work. Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win.

  • Wanda
    August 27, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Just saw someone leave a review for this series and have now added it to my TBR pile. Super excited to find another series. Looking forward to a new journey. Keep up the writing!

  • Liz S
    August 27, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Enjoyed the excerpt very much. Will have to start at the beginning of your series. Thanks for the contest.

  • Julie
    August 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love this series! Ms. Swan has a way of putting a little of everything into these book – interesting story concept, suspense, romance, strong heroines and totally hot heroes. In reading a few of the snippets, Q’s story is going to be another awesome read. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing these wonderful excerpts and for the giveaway.

  • BookLady
    August 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Congratulations on the publication of Rush! It sounds like an intriguing book. I have added it to my TBR list and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.

  • Sophia Rose
    August 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Yay! Love this series. Congrats on the latest release of Rush.

  • August 27, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Joan – inquiring minds want to know – when does the NEXT one come out??

  • August 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Thanks so much for having GT on the tour, Joan! I freaking love this series. =)

  • Glittergirl
    August 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    This series sounds so awesome. I’ve been in love with it since the Fever Tour. I’d love to win Blaze and Rush and be off reading :-). Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with Rush!!!

  • Viki S.
    August 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Happy release day Joan!
    I’m waiting for Amazon to ship my copy.

  • Eva Millien
    August 27, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. I enjoyed reading this book very much and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do. evamillien at gmail dot com

  • Mel Bourn
    August 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I am seeing some good reviews for this series. I like being able to get started when they come out so I can keep up. Thanks for sharing.
    Mel

  • felicia sidoma
    August 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I saw this trailer before. I have heard of you and I put you on my new writer to read list. The series sounds so good. I can’t wait to start reading your books. I always start with the first book the writer ever wrote. I don’t want to miss anything

  • felicia sidoma
    August 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Crystal Guidroz
    August 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Congrats on Rush! I have these books in my to-read pile and can’t wait till I get to them. I loved the excerpts and have heard so many wonderful reviews. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Stephanie F.
    August 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Every excerpt just keeps getting better and better. Can’t wait to read Rush. I absolutely loved Reckless, it has been one of my favorite books of the year.

  • CassandraG
    September 3, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Great excerpt for Rush.Thanks for the chance to win.

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