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Joanne’s 75th Harlequin Book

May 1, 2017

Joanne’s 75th title for Harlequin Books is her May 2017 release, The Magnate’s Marriage Merger! What an exciting milestone. Some highlights from her long career with Harlequin:

Joanne has authored nine medieval historicals that were released in print and eight Harlequin Historical “Undone” stories that were released as ebooks. Her historicals are some of her most reprinted and reissued works around the globe!

Joanne’s first book for Harlequin was for the Temptation line, where she fell in love with stories by other then-Temptation authors like Lori Foster, Carly Phillips and Janelle Denison.

The majority of Joanne’s romances– so far– have been released in Harlequin’s Blaze series. She penned thirty-five books for the series that were released in print and she wrote a number of Online Reads for Harlequin Blaze as well. Her first, Manhunting Masquerade, was linked to her first two Blazes–In Hot Pursuit and Silk, Lace & Videotape.

These days, you’ll find all of Joanne’s new Harlequin stories in the Desire series, including her 75th book, The Magnate’s Marriage Merger. Look for another milestone– Joanne’s first amnesia story– coming in 2018.

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In Stores Now! The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride

April 4, 2017

Today I’m celebrating the release of The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride in stores. If you’ve been waiting to pick up a copy on your next trip out… it’s ready and waiting for you! This is book 1 in my McNeill Magnates series and I can tell you this will be a long series with lots of interesting twists and turns!! Get started with a bride mix-up at the airport in my first release ;-).

For the next few days, you can enter to win this awesome prize pack at any of the blogs taking part in my release event with Tasty Authors. I’ve been friends with Lisa Filipe– the creative genius behind Tasty Authors– for ages, and I LOVE her. She takes good care of authors who are trying to reach a wider audience and she’s just good people. Follow her on Twitter and you’ll always be first to know about lots of author giveaways.

As for my prize… isn’t it the cutest? There’s a 2-in-1 from me and the fab Maisey Yates, plus a Starbucks gift card for your caffeine fix (if you’re not a coffee drinker, get the blueberry scone… so good!), lots of pretty nail polishes, a copy of my latest Superromance AND anadorable Wake Up Smiling sign to remind you to start each day in a happy way. My friend Lynn is taking part in this release blitz, and she was kind enough to review my new book too. I discover awesome new bloggers, reviewers and readers each time I do an event like this. 

So… go enter to win the prize. And while you’re testing your contest luck, you should also enter this one if you like sports romance. For a limited time, you can enter to win my sexy Harlequin Blaze, FULL SURRENDER plus 60 more Heroes in Uniform romances from an amazing collection of authors, PLUS A KINDLE FIRE! Enter the contest by clicking here: bit.ly/hero-uniform-rom

Happy Reading, my friends!

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Goodreads Giveaway

April 2, 2017

Win one of FIVE copies of THE MAGNATE’S MARRIAGE MERGER, book 2 in my new McNeill Magnates series at my new Goodreads giveaway. This contest runs through April 17th. While you’re there, please make sure to add all the McNeill books to your Want to Read list to be the first to find out when more books will be given away!

The Magnate’s Mail Order Bride

The Magnate’s Marriage Merger

His Accidental Heir

 

 

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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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