XOXOAD is excited to welcome bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones back to the blog! Today she’s popped in to tell us all about how her new book, DEMAND, relates to her Inside Out and Careless Whispers series. Sounds complicated, but if anyone could untangle those knots, we know it’s Lisa! Read on for some inside scoop, and don’t miss the excerpt of DEMAND that follows the post!
Hi, everyone, and a huge thank you to the XOXO Blog for having me again! If you haven’t heard, my current series, CARELESS WHISPERS, is releasing book two, DEMAND, on May 31st! A lot of you might know or have heard about my INSIDE OUT series–well, CARELESS WHISPERS is effectively part of that series too. It follows Sara’s (the main heroine in INSIDE OUT) best friend Ella after she disappears, though it can be read as a separate series as well. Fast forward to we’re now in book two of CARELESS WHISPERS, Sara and Chris’s story has come to a close, but I’ve thrown myself and readers for a bit of a loop. Sara and Chris won’t just be playing a standby, cameo role in Ella’s story. Oh no, no, these two characters are as stubborn as ever and they return in a big way. Not until book three, SURRENDER, which I’m currently writing, but nonetheless they’re back in the game and it’s so great to be writing them again. And they do show up in DEMAND, so readers will get a taste of that as well.
I’m the author that loves her characters and loves to see/write them again. Especially with Chris and Sara, they’re just never far from my author brain, and while that could pose a threat to my current work in progress, it also lends the ability to create really fun interactions amongst my different series. Though CARELESS WHISPERS is a continuation of INSIDE OUT, it is Ella’s own story and a different world when we meet up with her again. She’s in Italy, for heaven’s sake, with this incredibly sexy man, yet she’s not sure who to trust and that includes Kayden. So it was interesting to take readers along on that journey, but then eventually also pull Chris and Sara into her world as well. Which only made sense. A lot of their time in the original INSIDE OUT books was spent looking for her, and now in book two of CARELESS WHISPERS, Ella finally gets her bearings, and with the help of another surprise guest, gets to finally connect with Sara again in DEMAND.
The crossovers can be tricky at times, but I enjoy them far too much to ever stop them and I can’t wait until readers get the little taste of Chris and Sara in this upcoming book. Speaking of, I would love to share a little teaser of DEMAND with you! This is book two, and book one, DENIAL, does have to be read first, though this teaser doesn’t have any spoilers in it, so feel free to read on 🙂
Crossing behind the couch toward the kitchen, I find myself remembering those naked, intimate moments with Kayden only a short time ago. The passion. The trust I’d felt for him. And then his words: “We both want more. Until we don’t.” The words send a surge of adrenaline and nerves through my body.
The scent of freshly brewed coffee teases my nostrils as I reach the kitchen, where I immediately find Kayden standing behind the island. But it’s not him that makes my heart lurch, as usual. It’s my gun that’s lying on the counter between us.
And when I should perhaps step backward I find myself charging forward to claim the other side of the counter.
“What is that for?”
“You thought you needed it earlier,” he says. “I want you to have it now.”
My fingers curl on the tiled counter. “Do I need it?”
“That’s for you to decide.”
“That isn’t the answer I want.”
His jaw sets hard. “If you’re expecting an answer you’ll want, you’d better pick up that gun.”
We stare at each other, a push and pull between us that has nothing to do with fear or intimidation, and everything to do with a bond we both know is being tested. “I know what you’re doing.”
“What am I doing?”
“The same thing you did outside that church, when you helped me hold the gun to your chest.”
“Which is what?”
“Offering me the façade of control.”
“You holding a loaded gun on me in no way equals a façade.”
“I know you now,” I counter. “You don’t give up control, even when you say you are.”
He rests his hands on the counter, one turned just enough for me to catch a glimpse of the hawk inked on his wrist, its wings spread, the mark of a man whose rules of many must dictate his actions. “There are two sides to this coin,” he says, his words drawing my attention, his pale blue eyes piercing mine. “The me with you, and the me with everyone else.”
“We barely knew each other at the church.”
“I’d already decided you were mine. You just didn’t know it yet.”
Thanks so much, Lisa! We can’t wait to devour DEMAND. And as if this wasn’t enough, fans can visit Lisa’s page for more info and to enter an amazing giveaway–just click the links below!
More about the series and buy links here: http://lisareneejones.com/careless-whispers-series-page
A MASSIVE giveaway with a COACH purse, tons of gift cards and more here: http://lisareneejones.com/demand-goodreads-giveaway/