Monday 16 May 2011

Interview and contest: Lisa Renee Jones - The Legend of Michael

Today I have Lisa Renee Jones over for an interview, and at the bottom there is a giveaway of her newest book The Legend of Michael.

Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!

Tell me something about yourself, so we can get to know you better…
LRJ:  I owned a staffing agency for 11 years with offices in Texas and Nashville. I now write full time and live in Colorado where I came with my fiance who is going to medical school here.
Your newest book is called The Legend Of Michael; can you tell us what it is about?
LRJ: This is the first book in a series about geneticaly altered Super Soldiers who are fighting to save the world from others like themselves who wish to use their skills to rule the world.  

 How did you think of this idea about these soldiers?
LRJ: I’ve always been fascinated with Area 51 and the Vegas area and have traveled to Vegas MANY times. And what better hero than a solider who fights for those he loves, and even those he doesn’t even know – simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Any hints about what the next Zodius book will be about?
LRJ: The Storm That is Sterling is the title and I just got the first draft of the cover today. It’s out in November 2011. A street drug that is a syntheic formula of the serum that created the super soliders has been releases and it is killng people. There is a race to destroy the drug, and my heroine has some very special gifts that come in handy. The hero, Sterling, is one of my all time favorite characters. For readers who are familair with my Knights of White: he’s got a little Des in him. He hides behind laughter a lot of pain, and he is crazy. A little Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon; so daring it seems he has a death wish.  
I see that you have written a lot of other books. Could you tell us a little bit about those?
LRJ:  I’ve written for Nocturne, Blaze, and lots of anthologies (mainly category romances), and of course, I’m writing single-title romances for Sourcebooks! This is my release schedule for the rest of 2011 and 2012: 

-    June: A Taste of Pleasure (Harlequin Spice Brief )
-    June: Hot Secrets, Book 1 in The Walker Brothers Trilogy (Self-Published full-length romance)
-    July: Bound and Pleasured (Harlequin Spice Brief)
-    August: Exposed and Pleasured (Harlequin Spice Brief)
(The three Briefs are truly the hottest I have ever written!!)
-    August: Dangerous Secrets, Book 2 in The Walker Brothers Trilogy (Self-Published full-length romance)
-    October: The Yardell Chronicles, Book 1: Not Dead Enough (written as L.R. Jones)
-    November: Zodius Book 2 The Storm That Is Sterling (Sourcebooks)

2012 (so far):
-    A Harlequin Spice Brief – Date an Title TBA 
-    March: The Yardell Chronicles, Book 2 (title TBD)
-    May: Zodius Book 3, The Danger That Is Damion
-    June: Book 3 in The Walker Brothers Trilogy (Self-Published, full-length romance, Title TBD)
-    September: Harlequin Blaze America’s Next Top Dancer Trilogy Book 1
-    October: Harlequin Blaze America’s Next Top Dancer Trilogy Book 2
-    November: Harlequin Blaze America’s Next Top Dancer Trilogy Book 3

Are you working on something new and exciting right now?
LRJ: My agent has a project I just wrote that I am SO excited about. I don’t want to jinx myself and talk about it but she’s excited about it too so I am hopeful with so much excitement its going somewhere awesome!
Any advice for aspiring writers?
LRJ: Just don’t give up. NEVER give up. Keep reading, keeep writing, keep learning. And keep submitting. Plus remember: a rejection is a sign you had to courage to go all the way. We all get them. It’s actually a sign of success. You aren’t just thinking about doing—you are doing! 
Thank you!

2 copies of The Legend of Michael

1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ends May 20th 
3. Just enter
or ask a question, comment on something, or perhaps just tell me if you believe there are aliens out there? ;)

Winners: Dana and Melissa, and both have been emailed


He’s a Lethal Weapon…
One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.

He is her Enemy… And her Destiny…
Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side—but can her love do anything but destroy him…

No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one th ing is clear—the world will never be the same…

Award winning author Lisa Renee Jones has published more than fifteen novels in several different languages, spanning multiple genres of romance: contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her awards include first place in the Romantic Times Aspiring Writers Contest. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO, where she is working on her next Zodius novel, The Storm That is Sterling, to be released in November 2011. For more information, please visit and


  1. I don't believe that there aren't but will not admit there may be. Are you giving away the guy on the front too? lol Please enter me in the give away. I am also a new follower. I would love a visit/follow on my blog when you have a moment. Thanks. Donna

  2. I love this line: "a rejection is a sign you had to courage to go all the way." What a positive spin on rejection!

  3. Aliens, do I think they exist? I think there;s no way we can be alone in this big old galaxy we live in, but I don't think they come and visit or probe us. If they did, I think some super-human would be in power.... oh wait, Trump is running for president I hear... LOL...
    Looks like a fantastic read. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. I've been to Vegas many times, but never to Area 51. I feel the same as fredamans. How can we be all alone in this huge galaxy? No way.

    Thanks for the interview. I'd love to read more about these Super Soldiers.

    missie at

  5. Great interview! I love author interviews - and I'm with Donna - I'd enter to win the guy on the cover.(don't tell my husband)

  6. I love Vegas as well - great to see any series set there. Sounds like the idea of what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas could be useful for your soldiers!

    Don't enter me in the competition - I'm UK based. :-(

  7. Wow, that's quite a release schedule for the next two years, we have all sorts of things to look forward to! I really like the premise of this series, thanks so much for the giveaway:)


  8. Not a giveaway for me, unfortunately. But the book sure sounds intriguing, so perhaps I will get my hands on it anyway ;). Your schedule sure is full Lisa!

  9. Thank you for the interview Lisa :=)

  10. Donna
    Lol, sadly the guy on the cove will not be following the winner home ;)

    I liked that too, cos I am sad to say that I am not good with rejection

    Lol, now that made me laugh. Perhaps he is an alien after all

    I do feel the same too. Big galaxy, we are so not alone

    Lol, I am sure the covermodel would be happy to hear it

    I know how you feel, I could not enter this either :(

    She is sure one busy woman, I am quite amazed

    I hope so :)

  11. Nice interview! The book does sound good. Lisa Renee Jones sounds like a busy writer.

  12. I don't think we are alone, but I question if we are really that interesting. ;D Maybe we are the comedy or the what are they thinking group of the galaxy so it's like a bad reality show. Oh, but I digress...

    Great post! Would love to read this!

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Yep..Aliens are out there for sure!!

  14. That so cool that she like area 51. Great interview.

  15. Hmmmm, sounds interesting! :) Thank you for the great interview too! And as for aliens, they are there. I'm just not sure if they are the ones we portray on tv all the time. ;) Thank you!

  16. Wow Lisa's one busy author with so many releases coming up this and next year.

  17. From a staffing agency to an awesome writer?! How cool! I love interviews where the author's ingenuity blows me away :)

  18. I don't know what I believe aliens are out there, my husband says they've been here. I tend not to say much about the subject.
    Please enter me in the givea away.
    I'm a follower via gfc.
    dancealert at aol dot com

  19. I'm so sorry to be late everyone! I got confused and thought I was here tomorrow. I was in my writing cave for a deadline May 27th. Thank you all! Donna, DCMetraorader, fredamans,Missie,Dana, Mel Jenny, Aurian,naida,Melissa and Melissa, Stacy, Liz, Jenny, Brenda -- for stopping by! Thank you Blodeuedd for having me!

    And I certainly think the universe is WAY too big for only us. And I sure think there are some big secrets at Area 51. But since they remain secrets, I had to make my own up:)

  20. great giveaway,
    yes I believe in alien life somewhere

  21. I like the sound of genetically altered Super Soldiers.
    I have been fascinated by Area 51 as well.
    I think humans can't be the only life form present - there has to be something more. So, yes, in a way I do believe that aliens exist.

  22. i would like to be entered in this giveaway please!! =)
    and i definitely believe there are other beings other than humans... we cant JUST be the only ones, there has to be a possibility =D

    SpadesHigh @
    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

  23. Naida
    She sure seems to be busy

    Lol, yes I think aliens would see us and just move on ;)

    I do think so too

    Thanks Liz!

    It sure would be interesting to know

    So many books! o_O

    I do like that too :D

    It is hard to know for sure

    Most seem to think so

    I agree, there must be more

    I think so too

    Thanks for stopping by Lisa :D
    And lol, no problem. with all the books you are writing no wonder you missed the date

  24. Winners:
    Dana and Melissa (my world)



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