Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Take Home Tuesday

UPDATE: The winner of KISMET by Monica Burns is Maureen! Please email your physical addy to contests(AT)knightagency.net. Congrats!
Leave your name in the comment section to win an autographed copy of KISMET by Monica Burns. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.*
The 411: Raised in a brothel, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, as a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she vows she will never be vulnerable to any one man...
Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. When Allegra ignites his desire, his need threatens to undermine his cover.
With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all costs. But Allegra has her own game to play...with a man who can't afford to lose.

*SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: "Drawing is open to residents in US and other countries. Void where prohibited. Shipping/handling fees for shipment of book outside the US is responsibility of winner. International winners may pay the required postage via PayPal. To ensure as many readers as possible have a chance to win a copy of the book, Monica awards only one book per reader, per household."

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36 Comments:

Blogger CrystalGB said...

This book sounds good. I love the cover.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:30:00 AM EST  
Blogger tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

Hi there Crystal, Tetewa, glad you popped in to read a little bit about Kismet.

I love the cover too Crystal. Lots of readers are commenting on it.

Tetwa, I'm thrilled to hear that readers are talking about the book. Word-of-mouth is totally welcome and awesome!!

If you're interested in reading a little more, I've got an excerpt up on my site from the book.

http://www.monicaburns.com/BookshelfKismet.htm#Excerpt

And Eye on Romance is featuring the first chapter and then some of the book all this week incremental excerpts. To receive the mailings, visit http://www.eyeonromance.com/ and click on the pink envelope to subscribe.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:43:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger LSUReader said...

Sounds like a wonderful read. Count me in, please. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:50:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

Well rats, Blogger does NOT like the link HtmL tag even though it says it does. Grr so no click, it's cut and paste.

LSUREader

Are you a Louisiana State alum?? Glad you enjoyed the cover blurb.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:54:00 AM EST  
Blogger Jia Gayles said...

Hey Monica, just wanted to pop in and say thank you for this awesome giveaway. We are so excited to have you with us today!

BTW, I agree with Crystal about the cover -- it is gorgeous!

Best,

Jia

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:22:00 AM EST  
Blogger Maureen said...

The story looks really unique and I would love to win it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:23:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

Jia, Can I say I cried out "YES, YES" in my best Meg Ryan voice when I saw the cover?? LOL

Maureen, I'm glad you like the sound of the book. I like to think that either my settings or characters are pretty unique. I'm a risk taker, so sometimes my work reflects that. I like the idea of writing something that might be different, then beating the odds to make it a success. Underdogs are my fav things in life.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:42:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Katrina said...

Ooh, how exciting! Monica, I first heard about this book when Berkley did a giveaway at Dear Author back in December, but unfortunately they weren't giving away Kismet, just promoting it. I left a comment saying that was a shame because it was such a great setting.

So glad to have a chance to win it. My fingers are tightly crossed!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 1:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

Katrina, So glad to hear someone else is excited about Kismet.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 3:19:00 PM EST  
OpenID wyrdkat said...

This looks really good!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 3:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Armenia said...

*jumping up and down*
OMG...I can't wait to read this book. Definitely on my list.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 3:36:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jami G. said...

I don't usually post for these types of drawings, but your cover drew me in. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 3:50:00 PM EST  
Blogger azteclady said...

memememememememememememe....!

*ahem*

Pretty please?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger Margay said...

This book looks so good - and I love the title!
Margay

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@Wyrdkat Glad you like the looks of it.

@armenia - Excitement I love. So glad I'm on your list

@Jamie G - If the cover drew you in, then my hope is that it draws in a lot more readers. *grin*

@azteclady - I am honored that you're eager to read. I know you have discriminating tastes. I can only hope that when you read you will find the book worthy. *smile*

@Margay - the title is a whole story in and of itself for another day. Suffice it to say, the title came to me out of the blue.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger Katherine Hazen said...

I adore the colors in the cover. Quite lovely.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:10:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lynz Pickles said...

*stares dreamily*

I've wanted to read this since... November? Maybe earlier? What did you bribe the cover gods with to get that cover, Monica? (Also, love the excerpt.)

So pick me, pick me! Over here! Me! The one waving around her hands like a madwoman!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@Katherine - What about that gorgeous blue slip of material Allegra is wearing. I LOVE it!

@Lynz thank you for saying you've been wanting to read the book for a while. That's such a treat to here. And I didn't bribe any gods, although I would have been happy too. But I have a phenom editor who seems to know just what to say to the art department to pull out the best covers. If you want to see another great cover, check out my cover for my June release Assassin's Honor. The cover model has Ben Afleck's chin and he's GORGEOUS and soooo just what I visiualized for Ares, the hero.

http://www.monicaburns.com/BookshelfAssassinsHonor.htm

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Elizabeth L said...

OMG! I want this for my own collection.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kerri C at CK Farm said...

This sounds like a great read!!!
My list of books to read keeps growing!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Beth Harar said...

How I desperately need something to take me away from daily life . . and this seems like just the cure. Teaching ninth graders just doesn't cut it like it used to. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@Elizabeth L - LOL The cover or the book? *evil grin* However, if collection means a selection of my books...mmmwwwaaahh!

@Kerri@CKFarm - I'm glad you enjoyed the blurb, and that you've added Kismet to your TBB pile

@Beth I love giving readers a way to escape the stressors of everyday life! And as for teaching, my hat's off to you. I would wind up in jail or an ayslm if I were a teacher. My kids call me a Dictator. LOL

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:28:00 PM EST  
Blogger Elizabeth L said...

Ummm...both?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@Elizabeth - a gal after my own heart! LOL

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger van_pham said...

heard a lot about this book, sounds great!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Ana said...

I have hard a lot about Kismet in other sites too and I have to admit, I love the cover.

Now, just crossing my fingers :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I have heard a lot about this book. I would love to read it. It sounds marvelous.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 10:38:00 PM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@vanPham, Ana and Linda

I'm thrilled to hear that Kismet is on the radar scopes of so many readers! Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:04:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

Already on my wishlist, count me in.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:01:00 AM EST  
OpenID ChiChai Hana said...

This looks great, I'd love the chance to win it

thanks
Biki

chichai_Hana at hotmail dot com

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lynz Pickles said...

Oooh, Monica, you're totally right about the cover for Assassin's Honor! *drools* It's not easy to keep a cover that classy when it features a half-naked man. Yum.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

The book looks and sounds fabulous!

Jeanette

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:07:00 AM EST  
Blogger Monica Burns said...

@Pam P Oh thank you for saying it's on your wishlist. I hope it will wind up on your TBR pile. *smile*

@Biki - I'm glad the blurb drew you in

@Lynz Isn't he dreamy? And I love how the line of the A is subtly makes a point of the sexual tension in the book, and yet the word Honor underneath reflects the overall theme of the book. Ares is ALL about honor and he manages to botch it completely, but he's redeemed. I just finished the Copyedits last night, and I'm soooo eager for June when this book is released. I love it!

Kismet is the same way. If you look at the cover, with Allegra on top, it reflects her power over the hero to a certain degree. The two of them have this entire power struggle going on that completely undoes both of them. It was a joy to see them come together in the end.

@Jeanette I love it when someone uses the word "fabulous" in the same breath as my book. Thanks!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9:41:00 AM EST  

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