This is my stop during the Get Tempted book blitz. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. There is some information about all 4 books, an interview with Joanne and a blitz wide giveaway!
Joanne Rock writes sexy romance for Harlequin Blaze. Now, for the first time, you can read the books that launched her career before Blaze– Joanne’s fun and sexy Harlequin Temptation novels in Kindle and NOOK! Read her Golden Heart winning book, Learning Curves and her first RITA finalist book, One Naughty Night, which is also her most reprinted book around the world. All of Joanne’s Temptation books won multiple awards and paved the way to her long career in Blaze. Join her as she celebrates this fun walk down memory lane with hard-to-find books you’ll love!
Sociology scholar Madeline Watson can’t wait to undertake the study of human mating rituals for her dissertation. Too bad the university thinks upstanding Madeline has spent too much time in the ivory tower to undertake such an earthy subject. Now she needs to shed her good girl image in a hurry, and she knows just the man to help her.
Mechanic-turned-business mogul Cal Turner might teach part time at the university, but he’s definitely not ready to provide the proper Miss Watson with the kind of lessons she’s looking for. Besides, despite his long-standing reputation as a rebel, Cal is ready to turn his life around now that guardianship of his younger sister is on the line.
Once Maddy decides to turn herself into bad girl extraordinaire, Cal has no choice but put out the fire in her wake. Will he be able to bring her to her senses, or will he get caught up in the blaze along with her?
You can find Learning Curves on Goodreads
A bachelor party seems an unlikely place to find romance, until the best man runs off with the reluctant stripper…
When her costume ends up falling around her ankles in an impromptu striptease, Jackie Brady realizes she just sang to the wrong party. Somehow these bachelors weren’t expecting “Happy Birthday”-even if it was a rather revealing rendition. But the steamy look in gorgeous best man Greg De Costa’s eyes tells her he’s more than pleased she crashed the party. So what harm would there be in accepting bachelor number two’s seductive invitation?
Greg is spellbound by this sexy singer-even before she loses her costume! He definitely wants to know more about the sensual Jackie. But, through a not-so-funny twist of fate they’re working together and he’s vowed never to mix business with pleasure. Too bad the memory of her scorching kisses has him forgetting about his good intentions…
You can find Revealed on Goodreads
Tessa O’Neal has taken on her sexy old flame, Mitch Ryder, as a client. That means she has to spend the next seven days in this man’s constant company and not fall into his bed. No problem. They may have once set the sheets on fire but she can definitely resist him. After all, that was then, this is now and she got him out of her system long ago.
Mitch has never forgotten the passionate time he spent with Tessa. And he wants to relive it. So before the week is up, he’s going to use every sensual secret he knows to seduce her back into his arms. But their hot embraces are more powerful than ever and now they’ll have to decide if they’re daring enough to extend their week…
You can find Tall Dark and Daring on Goodreads
One naughty woman…
The sweet, innocent blonde on the dance floor is way out of her league in this hot, singles club. And the minute Renzo Cesare recognizes that, his protective instincts step up to the plate while he tries to rescue her. If that means pretending to be Esme Giles’s blind date, well, so be it. But before he can escort her to safety, she starts whispering some not so innocent suggestions in his ear. How is a guy supposed to be noble when all he can think about is hitting the sheets?
One naughty man…
Esme Giles is turning over a new leaf-starting with a seduction. Sure, it’s a bold move for her reserved self, but one look at her sexy date and she’ll do almost anything to convince this hottie to spend a sizzling night with her. Too bad he’s the wrong man! But Renzo’s red-hot kisses convince her that she’s found the right man…for more than just a night!
And a bed that’s just right!
You can find One Naughty Night on Goodreads
And I asked Joanne some questions about writing and her books.
– How do you come up with the names for your characters in your books?
This is always fun. I have baby name books that I browse or I look up popular baby names from different time periods depending on the age of the character and the time period of the book. I do look at the meanings of names or else I try to mix up the sounds and styles of names. In other words, you don’t want to have multiple characters’ names beginning with the same letter or to choose names that are too similar. In books with a lot of characters, that can get to be a challenge.
– How did you start your career as a writer? And what was the first book you have written?
I started writing a novel while I was waiting for my first class to start as a graduate student. I wrote it in a notebook to pass that time under a tree at the University of Louisville. I knew I wanted to be a writer because I loved the way romance novels gave me a total escape from the things I read for school—grammar textbooks, for example, or the theory of criticism. I had read a novel by Elizabeth Lowell during a flight delay in Newark, and I didn’t even care how long I sat there! I just wanted to read more. I thought if I could provide that kind of escape for someone else—to completely detach from a hard day and get lost in a story—that would be fantastic.
The first novel I started that day in Louisville later became A Knight Most Wicked, a medieval historical. However, the first book I ever sold was Learning Curves.
– From where do you get your inspiration for your romance novels?
Everywhere! Writers are like sponges… it’s important we absorb ideas from everywhere so we have enough to write about and we can do so authentically. I eavesdrop on restaurant conversations, observe body language between couples who are holding hands or arguing. I gather ideas from television shows, often asking myself what would happen if the plot took a different turn.
– Who designed the covers for your books and how went the process of developing them?
The Harlequin series romance covers are developed when an author writes an Art Fact Sheet about the book. We do this online these days, although when I began, I filled out an eight page form by hand for each book. We describe the characters and the setting, as well as some key scenes from the book. The author also tries to note any important landmarks, props or details that would make an interesting cover. We are encouraged to reference other covers we like or movie stars that resemble our characters. All of this information helps the Harlequin art department to come up with our covers.
– Do you have any writing habits or food you love to eat while writing?
I like to be in control of my environment when I write. Ideally the house is quiet and I play music. I have a variety of Pandora stations that help with this. I like a candle lit so the house smells good. I don’t want any traffic through the room where I’m working. And I need tea or coffee at the ready! Nine times out of ten, I don’t have all these things in place when I’m working, but I work best when I do. I dearly love to eat candy hearts while I work, but I try not to make this a regular habit!
About the Author:
Joanne Rock fell in love with reading at a young age and stayed out of trouble- mostly- as a teen thanks to long stints at her local library where she routinely checked out as many books as a bicycle basket would carry. She still pronounces all the names of the Greek gods incorrectly because she learned them through reading- a small price to pay for the vast amount of knowledge she gained from books! She started writing when the voices in her head kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. A successful romance author and former Golden Heart winner, she’s penned dozens of books for a variety of Harlequin series and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA award three times. Her work is reprinted around the globe and has been translated into twenty different languages. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s cheering on her three sons in sporting endeavors of every variety.