Monday, 4 November 2013

Tuesday is 'Two Can Play'.

Today I'm welcoming Dawn Atkins who is sharing her urban fantasy.
There's a fantastic *Giveaway* of 2 Amazon gift cards of $15 for some lucky winners, so remember to click the link to the Rafflecopter which comes later, but first here's Dawn...

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.

            As the tour has continued, Rena is more and more suspicious of Gage’s intentions. Deciding to keep her doubts to herself until she can learn what he’s up to, she’s bringing him upstairs to her quarters, hoping to fight the sexual attraction that sizzles between them.

            As Rena led Gage across the arena toward the elevators to the Residence Tower, she heard her name called and turned.
            Ji Jin was waving to her. He was moving in single file with the rest of the K Men toward the largest console group. They looked so solemn in their black ghees.
            “Who are those guys?” Gage asked.
            “Our programmers. We call them the K Men because they’re Korean.”
            “And the guy who’s waving at you?”
            “That’s Ji Jin. The Blackstones’ adopted son. He’s a total genius. I’m so lucky to get to train with him.”
            “So the Blackstones have a gaming company and just happen to adopt a programming genius?”
            “What are you saying?” Her hackles were high now. He sounded like that snotty reporter mocking The Life.
            He held her gaze, then seemed to back down. “I’m curious. Is that a problem?”
            “Not necessarily,” she said, but she wasn’t convinced his questions were innocent. “Nigel and Naomi found Ji Jin in an orphanage when he was young and he showed an affinity for computers later on.”
            “They work up here?”
            “No. They have a lab in the basement. Their quarters are there. They’re up here running final tests of EverLife II. We release it to the world in three weeks. Everyone’s working like crazy to be ready.”
            “And you say he’s teaching you to program?”
            “Little by little, when he can. I teach him English in return.”
            “So that’s what you’re here for? To become a game designer?”
            “I like programming, but I do what the NiGo Family wants me to do.”
            “What about what you want?”
            She locked her gaze with his. His words were a challenge. For a brief second, the question registered in her head. What did she want?
            It took a second for the answer to come to her. A home. A place to belong. She’d found that here. Her confidence returned in a rush, along with her irritation at this man who pretended to want in, but seemed to reject the basic principles of the life.  
           Gage was prideful, independent. Not humble, not open, not happy to serve. There was no place for a lone wolf in The Life. So what was he doing here? She had to find out and soon…certainly before she felt more tempted to take him to bed. All that stood between them and that was an elevator up five flights.

Two Can Play

“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
Buy from:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Dawn:
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.

Dawn’s Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Dawn's tour schedule is here if you want to try for more than one chance at winning the gift card:
Monday, October 28, 2013
Authors’ Cafe {Author Interview}
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Paranormal Dimensions {Guest Post}
Deal Sharing Aunt {Guest Post}
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Musings and Ramblings {Author Interview}
Paranormal Realms {Guest Post}
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Margo Hoornstra – Writing Inside & Out {Guest Post}
Friday, November 1, 2013
Loralee Lillibridge – Blogging Across the Back Fence {Guest Post}
Monday, November 4, 2013
For Whom the Books Toll {Guest Post}
Romance Me {Guest Post}
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Nancy Jardine Features {Guest Post}
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Amberkatze’s Book Blog {Guest Post}
Pretty Girls Read Books {Guest Post}
Thursday, November 7, 2013
What Readers Want {Guest Post}
Friday, November 8, 2013
Talk Supe {Guest Post}

Thank  you for visiting, Dawn, and best wishes with your tour. Slainthe!

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