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Release Day Giveaway!

April 1, 2017

Check out the sexy new April releases from Karen Rock and me! HIS LAST DEFENSE is book 2 in Karen’s Uniformly Hot series from Blaze amzn.com/B01JZ4K7WM and THE MAGNATE’ MAIL-ORDER BRIDE is book 1 in my McNeill Magnates series from Desire amzn.com/B01LXZBLZ6 Don’t forget we’d love some follows on Amazon! Share what you’re reading this weekend at this post on Facebook to be automatically entered to win the prize pack shown (US only). INTL readers… don’t go yet! I’ve got downloads of The Magnate’s Marriage Merger and His to Protect for one INTL winner. Winners announced on my Facebook page on 4/3 at midnight.

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Addicted to Books

My bookshelves of my own books

Hello.  My name is Joanne Rock and I’m a bookaholic.

I may as well admit it up front.  I’m pretty sure I’m among friends who share my addiction here.  It’s a self-indulgence and an obsession – both the writing and the reading – and it gets in the way of other things I should be doing some times.  But in many ways, books maintain my sanity and they’re cheaper than the alternatives, I hear.  So they are a craving I don’t plan to give up.

Reading has been a pathway to so much learning and self-discovery for me.  I discovered my love of all things medieval through historical romances and a lovely John Keats poem.  Checking out towering stacks from the library as a pre-teen filled those awkward years with purpose as I read about anything and everything that caught my fancy.  For a farmer’s daughter in a small town, I chose books on wine making and ballet, art and Greek Gods.  Books were my dose of culture, my touchstone to another lifestyle and another world.

Soon, I began reading incessantly.  I got a Master’s in Literature.  I read romances whenever I wasn’t reading books that pertained to my studies.  But the more I read books, the more I realized I’d never get enough of them.  Although, perhaps, I could capture an even more meaningful experience of stories if I wasn’t just reading books.  How about if I wrote one?

Learning Curves

First book I sold

That epiphany brought me to the other side of the fence and presented me with a fascinating puzzle.  How could I ever write a story that would entertain others half as well as I’d been entertained by the authors I loved?

It’s been a long journey since those first tries.  Whenever I got tired of trying to figure out how to write a good book, of course, I could always return to my first love.  Reading.  Thank goodness for that, because it still provided my favorite escape while also fulfilling a new role of inspiring me.

Even now, I spend much of my time either reading or writing.  The reading is still the bigger pleasure, but the writing has been my way of understanding books on a whole new level.  Writing is also my way of giving back.  After all, I’ve enjoyed the musings of thousands of writers over the years.  I like to think my books are a way of sharing a favorite past time.  I hope my stories will provide someone else with an escape.  A fun diversion.  A few carefree hours lost to everything but the story.

*Adapted from a post at Writerspace in 2011.

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No Place Like Home

The porch swing is waiting!

This is my welcome blog to let you know I’m going to be posting here at my website home most often now. For as long as I’ve been writing romance, I’ve been guest blogging at other sites, thinking it was easier. I still miss Access Romance (remember that one?) and the Blaze blog when I wrote for the line. I guess I figured it was fun to be the guest, kind of like at Thanksgiving where you’re invited out and you only have to bring a bottle of wine or contribute one dish.

But while being a guest is fun, there’s something rewarding about being in your own kitchen. The joy of knowing you’re providing visitors with their favorite treats. The ease of pulling out your own dishes because you have your favorite tools at hand. I like that. The décor is cool too, since you chose it.

So it is here, at my website, where I can make all the calls about what to post and how to share. I run around social media a lot, to let readers know what I’m doing—my latest series news, sneak peeks, cover reveals, brainstorming thoughts, you name it. Wouldn’t it be easier, I thought, to have a central location where readers can find ME if they want to know what’s going on in my world?

That doesn’t mean you’ll get rid of me on social media.  It’s too easy to hop on Facebook or Twitter while I’m in line at the grocery store. But I’m really excited to share more of my thoughts with you right here, where I can put my feet up and make myself at home. I’ll be testing out new things for the first month or two. Hanging new pictures. Getting a feel for the space. Please don’t hesitate to tell me what things you find most entertaining and fun. In real life, I’d like to think I’m a pretty good hostess.  I hope I can be here, too.

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