Monday, 19 September 2011

Guest Post: My Travels Around the World by Lucianne Rivers + Giveaway

Today I would like to introduce you to Lucianne Rivers, the author behind a fantastic and exciting new series: the Caldwell sisters trilogy! I loved the first book in the series Hold Me (as you can see in my review) and Lucianne is here to celebrate the release of Book #2 Thrill Me (which believe me was just as great as Hold Me, you can read my review here)! Lucianne shares my passion for travelling and I have to say it was obvious from her novels as the different and very exotic settings are described so vividly that I could easily picture myself strolling alongside the characters in the hot and humid Guatemalan jungle or the breezy paradise-looking islands. If you like your romances to be exciting, pack a frission of suspense, some sizzling chemistry and lush world-travel settings then you absolutely must read the Caldwell sisters trilogy! Please give a warm welcome to Lucianne and read on for your chance to win her books!

Great to be here. Thanks for having me.

I see that both Stella and I love to travel--as do my three heroines, Jane, Margo and Allison, in my new series from Entangled Publishing, HOLD ME, THRILL ME, ENTICE ME.  

Originally from Ireland, I traveled to the United States aged twenty-four on a tourist visa. Intending to visit Los Angeles and stay for six months, I quickly discovered the high cost of living there and headed to New Mexico to stay with a friend. Ending up in Santa Fe was not in the plan, but I met my soon-to-be-ex-husband there and emigrated.

In New Mexico, I discovered passion. For writing. For exercise. For my daughter, Lily.

And I've used it as a home base for even more travel. I spent one Christmas in Guatemala and toured the Mayan ruins of Tikal on Christmas Day with a hungover tour guide. Last February, I got to go to the Virgin Islands and took a boat trip around the smaller islands by St. Thomas. In HOLD ME and THRILL ME, I used both experiences for the journeys taken by both Jane and Margo.

Other places I've been...Egypt (have yet to use that in a story). I won a trip to Cairo on the radio about ten years ago in an on-air contest. That was an unbelievable trip. France, Italy, England, Canary Islands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Spain, Mallorca, Menorca.

Travel has always brought me new perspectives on how people live. Adventure is good for the soul. And for the love Jane, Margo and Allison discover.

THRILL ME (book #2 in the Caldwell Sisters Series) is available now.

Santa Fe Police Detective Margo Caldwell needs a vacation, but the wild goose chase her mother’s death triggers isn’t quite what she had in mind. Margo and her sisters must locate their father, or the Caldwell estate will remain unsettled—and they’ll never know why their father didn’t return from the Gulf War.

Pursuing a lead, Margo heads to the Virgin Islands in search of Zach Caldwell. To navigate the waters of the Caribbean, she needs a boat and a captain. Too bad Captain Adrian Prince, with his mesmerizing muscles and wicked grin, may be gunrunner.

Adrian takes Margo on his delivery route to small islands near St. Thomas that hide more than wildlife, booze, and sexy boaters. On a remote, mangrove-ridden patch of sand, they find gun-toting Zach Caldwell. When their mission turns deadly, Margo must save Adrian’s life—and her own—even if she loses her heart in the process.

Lucianne writes sensual romance for Entangled Publishing and Cobblestone Press. Born and raised in Ireland, she currently lives in New Mexico with her young daughter. Formerly a stage and television actress, she now manages a non-profit and is NM State Champion in her weight class for Olympic-style weightlifting. Long story.

You can find out more about the series and Lucianne at her website, blog, Twitter and Facebook.

You can buy HOLD ME at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

You can buy THRILL ME at Amazon, Barnes and Noble.


Thanks to Entangled Publishing one lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of Hold Me, Book #1 in the Caldwell sisters trilogy and another commenter will win an ebook copy of Book #2 Thrill Me (the stories can be read as stand alones very well so don't worry if you haven't read Hold Me yet..)

All you have to do to be entered is

1) tell us about one of your memorable or life-changing travels and
2) leave a way for me to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 26 September 2011!

Good luck!

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