Friday, January 13, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Cari Quinn! #BookGiveaway!

I'm very happy to welcome fellow Entangled author
Cari Quinn
to the blog today!
Look down below for a GIVEAWAY!
Welcome, Cari!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hi Laura, thank you so much for having me here today! I’m a HUGE fan of your work and have told everyone I know to read HEARTS IN DARKNESS. Loved it!

I’m Cari Quinn, an author of mostly erotic romance, who is also branching out into more mainstream contemporary romance. My first sexy contemporary title, NO DRESS REQUIRED, recently released from Entangled Publishing as one of the first few Flirts, their new line of novella-length romances!

Awesome, Cari! Congratulations! [And thanks for pimpin’ Hearts! *grins*] Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

NO DRESS REQUIRED just released in time for the new year, which is great as the story takes place on New Year’s Eve! The heroine, Noelle, has had a big crush on her BFF’s older brother for years, but he’s always been taken. Now that he’s not, she’s sure he’s slotted her into the dreaded “almost a little sister” role and sets out to change that. Now if only she’d get some good luck – or at least not so much bad – to help her out…

That sounds like so much fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

My favorite character in NO DRESS REQUIRED is probably Noelle. She tries to pretend she’s confident and is comfortable only wanting to spend one night with Jake, but the truth is she’s scared to admit she wants more. Plus I like holiday-themed sweatshirts too and I don’t care who knows it! (Yep, I rocked my Snoopy holiday shirts at Halloween and Xmas!)

LOL Oh noes, not holiday sweatshirts! *winks* As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That Jake wasn’t the cocky guy he appeared to be at first glance. His feelings for Noelle definitely made him question if he was truly the right guy for her. (Which he most definitely is!)

Aw, that sounds so sweet! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Actually, yes, I hope so! I’m about to start working on NO FLOWERS REQUIRED, Alexa’s story. Alexa is Jake from NO DRESS REQUIRED’s sister and Noelle’s best friend. Her nickname is Type A, so I think her story will be fun! At least I hope so!

Awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

It’s a fun challenge trying to write a complete story in 15K words or less. I enjoy writing shorts as I think they exercise a different sort of muscles. Alexa’s story will be a little longer, I think, and should fall into the Ever After range at Entangled, which refers to novellas that are 20-40K.

I like writing them, too! What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on NEED ME, the next book in my erotic romance series, Unveiled, at Ellora’s Cave. As soon as I finish that, next up will be NO FLOWERS REQUIRED. I’m really excited for Alexa to find her HEA.

Good luck with everything! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Actually, the first book I ever wrote, INSATIABLE, just came out in print from Loose Id! It changed a lot over the years but Rachel and Shawn starred in the novel I started the summer after ninth grade. It’s going to be such a thrill to hold that book in my hands!

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Absolutely. I think my overall theme is that no one is truly how they appear on the surface. Everyone has layers and if you’re very lucky, you’ll meet that one person who will allow you to be your real, unvarnished self.

You KNOW I like that one! Very cool! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm…not so sure this is that surprising since I talk about my love of coffee everywhere, but if I had a choice between food or a decadent latte, I’d pick the latte every time (especially if it was pumpkin spice or peppermint!)

LOL! Er, psst, I don’t drink coffee. At all! *gasp* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I’m actually rereading my favorite book for the fifth time right now, Angels Fall by Nora Roberts. I own it in hardback, paperback and Kindle. I love it that much. Nora is truly a word artist and I love AF the most of all her stories (and I’ve read most of them!)

Awesome recommendation! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Without a doubt, Spencer from PROVOKE ME. He’s such a conflicted, complicated guy – and he’s so deliciously Alpha. Watching him fall in love and learn to deal with his needs was a lot of fun for me as an author. I’m looking forward to writing another story featuring him and Kelly, his heroine, to wrap up the Unveiled series.

You’re a busy lady—so wonderful! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both? Swirls are always nice. ;D

Salty or sweet? Again, both. Chocolate covered pretzels are divine!

Bed or kitchen table? I won’t say both again, so definitely kitchen table!

Beach or mountains? Mountains all the way. Preferably with snowy peaks.

Give or receive? Hmm, I like to give and then receive after!
After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.

Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.

When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?

Cari is giving away one ebook of No Dress Required. Leave a comment with your email address to be eligible to win. Open to international. Winner to be chosen using Open through midnight EST 1/15! Good luck!
Thanks for reading! 
Laura & Cari


Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I would love a chance to win this!

ps. thanks for following on twitter :)

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Thanks Lisa for kicking off the comments for Cari! :)

fr_larsson said...

Love the giveaway, =) i´m keeping my fingers crossed.

Best wishes, Linda xo

Nina Croft said...

Hi Cari, I loved, No Dress Required and can't wait for Alexa's story!

Beautiful Disaster said...

Hi Cari & Laura
So nice to meet ya. You are a new author for me so will definitely be checking out your books. I, personally, think it is way cool that you proudly wear your holiday themed sweatshirts through the year. I wear my holiday themed socks through the year ;) I get halloween socks in my stocking every year. My family thinks it's funny *grins* But alas, I stand proud!!! Laura, you can't have salty without sweet and visa versa. I think that's a trick question.
Thanks to you both,
( I added this because for whatever reason blog won't let me change my email address...UGH!

Amanda W. said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new author! The books sound great!

Michelle (Reading Lark) said...

I love these interviews & Cari is so fun!

Reading Lark

Joya said...

Hi Cari and Laura! Happy Friday the 13th.
Cari-"No Dress Required" is such a cool idea for a story. Love the cover, too. Something about the way "required" being red really suits the title (and the cute couple). Best wishes for continued success! :)

Shelley B said...

I've already read both books..No Dress Required and Insatiable. I love when friends fall in love. I am a big fan of Cari Quinn's books! I haven't read any others, so maybe I can get one of those instead.
srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

KhelseyJackson said...

This book sounds amazing! I found a new author to read!

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Look's wonderful. just the kind of read i would get into. great post and thank you for sharing:)

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Thanks for all these fun comments for Cari, guys!

*yadkny* said...

CONGRATS Cari on your recent release! It sounds great!

books4me said...

Sounds like you have a busy year, Cari!

Thank you for the giveaway!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Victoria said...

I haven't read Cari yet but your books sound delicious :).


Harlie Reader said...

Total fan girl here for Cari. I'm so happy for you on this release. If you have never picked up a Cari Quinn books, please do so. You will not be disappointed at all.


Harlie Reader said...

Oh and Cari without coffee is like the rest of us not breathing. :)

Cari Quinn said...

Hi everyone! Happy Friday the 13th!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting! I've been at the dreaded day job all day but it's been great fun coming home and reading all your fun replies. :) I hope if any of you try my work you'll find one (or more) of my stories that you enjoy.

Thank you for your kind words about No Dress Required, Nina!

LOL, Lori, I love my Halloween socks too! And oh my gosh, I have such a collection of Halloween and Christmas earrings!

Shelley, thank you so much for reading Insatiable and No Dress Required!

Joya, thank you! I love No Dress Required's cover! It was done by my (and Laura's) amazing Entangled Publishing editor, Heather Howland, and just fits the story perfectly.

Harlie, you're a sweetheart, thank you! You're so right about me and my coffee...

And thanks once more to Laura for having me here!

Chrisbails said...

Sounds like a great book. Cari is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

ML said...

This sounds great! I really loved the blurb-all set for seduction and happens!

Also, I now crave chocolate covered pretzels...the best combo of salty & sweet!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

pamerd said...

Great interview with Cari, I am excited to read this book - love this type of story - friends first.



Anne R said...

i would love to read this book, thanks for great interview.
Have a great day.

areeths at new dot rr dot com

BookAttict said...

Thanks for the interview ..... my TBB list just grew by a bunch!!

elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Arianne Cruz said...

that blurb is so refreshingly interesting :D it sounds so cute :D i'd love for a chance to win it :)
email: cruz042 at

daydrmzzz said...

Don't enter me as I have read or have all of Cari's books and hav lived every single one of them! No Dress Required is a must read by her- I loved this story. Great interview and I ant wait for more ;)

Stacie said...

Hello Cari!
No Dress Required sounds lovely. Talk about things not going as Noelle had planned! Poor gal. I'm sure it will work out in the end.

I, too, have several copies of my all-time favorite books. There are some I have in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and Nook. I just like the idea of having them available so I can jump to my favorite bookmarked sections.

geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Jo said...
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Jo said...

Love what Entangled is doing and am excited for the "flirt." No Flowers Required sounds like a great follow-up!

Cari Quinn said...

Hi everyone! Thanks again for all the wonderful comments!

ML, I agree...chocolate covered pretzels really are the best of both worlds!

Dawn, you're a sweetheart, thank you!

I really appreciate everyone stopping by! :)

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Cari's ebook


And thanks to everyone for commenting!