Final Stop…Gage Speaks by Dawn Atkins #GuestPost #Giveaway

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“Woot! Strap yourself in for a fast paced thrill ride with TWO CAN PLAY by Dawn Atkins. I could not put it down! Rena Novo is a refreshingly strong heroine matched perfectly by her handsome counterpart Gage Stone. The heat that ignites between these two while they try to solve their own personal quests positively scorches. This is a do not miss!” — Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling mystery author


Live. Breath. And Believe — to Rena Novo there’s nothing better than being a part of the most popular virtual-reality game—EverLife…until she’s given a Quest to evict her best friend from the society she’s come to love. If she completes the job—she’ll rise to the top, but a sexy recruit is stirring a different kind of passion within her and making her question everything that makes her life complete.

Hunting for his missing sister, investigative reporter Gage Stone goes undercover in the gaming cult that’s taken over his sister’s life. But his biggest obstacle is the sizzling attraction between he and Rena, the extremely hot gamer assigned as his trainer. As their attraction builds, Gage realizes his sister isn’t the only one he can’t leave without. Now he must convince Rena the rhetoric the company’s pushing is just a plot that will culminate in the deaths of hundreds… before she turns him in and gets them all killed.


Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: October 28, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-288-3

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Monday, October 28, 2013
Authors’ Cafe {Author Interview} 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Paranormal Dimensions {Guest Post}
Deal Sharing Aunt {Guest Post} 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Musings and Ramblings {Author Interview}
Paranormal Realms {Guest Post} 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013
Romance Me {Guest Post} 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Nancy Jardine Features {Guest Post} 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Pretty Girls Read Books {Guest Post} 

Thursday, November 7, 2013
What Readers Want {Guest Post} 

Friday, November 8, 2013
Talk Supe {Guest Post}

The Book Excerpt

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“What’s not to like?” He caught her gaze and got a full-on punch of heat. The two of them naked on all that bed sounded pretty damn good to him. The spark in her lake-blue eyes said she agreed. When she held out her hand, he almost yanked her close for a taste of those soft lips of hers.

“Your jacket?” she said, tilting her head.

He shrugged it off. She watched him, her blue eyes flaring hot, like the pilot light to her sex drive. Should he go for it or take a pass?

He wanted her–he was a man with a pulse, for God’s sake, of course he wanted her–but he had to do what was smart.

He dragged his gaze away, cleared his throat and looked around. “You’ve got some pricey stuff in here. God help him, he found himself staring at the bed again.

“I go after what I want,” she said, low and sexy, her eyes glowing hotter than ever.

She smelled sweet…edible. Was it coconut? Maybe just a taste.

“And what is it you want?” he asked, telling her he wanted it, too with a tone that registered in her eyes like the flick of a gauge needle.

She hesitated, stepped back, on guard. “It’s more important what you want, Gage. Why are you here? In Lounge Life?”

His answer counted big, he knew. “I’m a gamer. I needed a job.” What would a true believer say? “I like what’s here. It’s like a family.”

“You don’t have one already?” Her eyes glittered with suspicion.

“Not really.” His sister Beth was all he had and she was missing. That was his real reason to be here.

“Lifers are my family,” Rena said, emotions rippling beneath her words, like muscles under an animal’s pelt.

Their gazes locked and the connection went abruptly personal. He saw a lonely little girl behind her eyes and she, no doubt, caught a flicker of the grim kid he’d been.

The past reeked, but it was gone.

An electric thread sizzled between them. “What I want is right here.” He looked her up and down, wanting in, letting her see that. He liked the spark in her eye, the challenge in her half-smile, not to mention that tight, strong body of hers—everything in the right place and then some. He was pretty sure it was her hair that smelled of coconut. “How about you?”

She moved grabbed his belt and tugged, telling him all he needed to know.


The Guest Post

I’m so happy to be a guest here to talk about my new romantic suspense TWO CAN PLAY. I thought it would be fun to give you an exclusive look at the Real Life Lounge, the gamer arcade where the book is set--and where Lounge employees work and live as one big happy gamer family--by taking you along as Rena Novo, the book’s heroine, takes Gage Stone, the hot new hire she’s supposed to mentor, on a tour of the highlights of The Life. Make a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of two $15 Amazon Kindle gift cards to be awarded at the end of the tour. For additional chances to win, follow the tour and comment on each tour stop.

Suspicious of Gage until her Mentor Maya, a psychiatrist and top advisor to the Blackstones, the owners of NiGo Interactive and the Real Life Lounges, meets him and tells Rena that his questions about The Life are good, that they lead to improvement.

Her attraction to Gage overcomes her doubts and she’s about to take him to bed, when she gets the call to go up to the Blackstones’ penthouse for a special assignment that, if she performs it well, will lead to greater status in The Life she loves. For the time being, she sets aside her qualms about Gage and sends him down to the arcade to begin his first shift, while she takes the elevator to the penthouse and the future that awaits her.


Final Stop…Gage Speaks
Gage watched a vacant-eyed gamer hand his Visa over to a Card Girl dressed as Blood Rayne, and had to hand it to Nigel and Naomi Blackstone. They knew how to work their customers. The air buzzed with hypnotic music and, like in Vegas, there were no clocks to remind players how long they’d been in suspended animation, thumbs twitching, burning up their credit, sucking down Electrique, the electrocution in a can they sold only in the Lounge. The operation was slick, but wrong somehow, his reporter instincts told him, though he wasn’t here on a story.

He was here to find his sister. He’d come back from Mexico after three months on an investigative piece to find Beth’s cell phone dead, her apartment empty and no forwarding address.

His attempts to find her failed until he’d picked up the weekly rag with the cult story on its cover. The Day-glo tattoos had tipped him off, since he’d seen one on Beth the last time he convinced her to meet him for a beer.

He intended to find her before her birthday, when she’d have access to her trust fund and would turn it over to the arcade cult.

His access to NiGo employee records would be limited without help. And that would come from Rena Novo, his so-called Mentor to The Life. He watched her cross the arena toward him. She’d been upstairs meeting with her gurus.

She was one striking female. Tall, well-put-together, and strong as hell. She’d been relentless in that Dome battle. The woman wouldn’t look away at the sight of blood or danger. She was a true believer, but she had juice behind her eyes. Substance. It was a shame she’d gotten sucked into this cult.

She didn’t trust him. Yet. He had to do all he could to gain her trust. She was his only hope. He headed over to her, pasting a believer’s smile on his face, feeling the low hum of attraction kicking in. That he had to ignore, since it would only complicate his mission. She’d called herself his Guide to The Life. He hoped she’d be the guide to his sister.

That’s it, guys. The end of the tour of Real Life Lounge and a good introduction to TWO CAN PLAY. I hope you’ll want to find out what happens next. A drawing for the winners will be held soon and I’ll be contacting the two winners with their prizes!

All my best,
Dawn Atkins

About Dawn Atkins

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I always wanted to be a writer–from the moment I put fat pencil to brown-lined paper in second grade to write an elaborate story using all the spelling words on our list.

Though I always wanted to be a professional writer, I wasn’t sure I had the stuff, so I graduated from college with a teaching degree and taught elementary school–second and third grades (the best)–and then began freelance feature writing for newspapers and magazines, local and national.

I left teaching to work in public relations–skills I use today in my job as a writer/editor for the Arizona Education Association.

I met my husband, David Weiss, my very own hero, in 1980, on an airplane. We made the “love thang” permanent in 1985, when we married taking our Hobie sailboat to San Diego for our honeymoon. Then in 1990, we welcomed a son into our lives. He continues to be the light of our life together.

My first romance credits were two stories in True Love magazine. I went on to write a sexy romance in 1983, which was rejected–sniff.

Years later–1996–I got serious about getting published. Though I endured some rejections as I honed my craft, in 1998, I sold the first of two short romantic comedies to Kensington Publishing–Getting Zack Back, published in December. In July 2000, Baby Makes Three was released. After coming in second among published authors in a Harlequin Duets contest, I sold to Harlequin in 2001, quickly selling another comedy. In addition to Duets, I write for Temptation, Blaze and, the new comedy line Flipside.

Most of my hobbies–sailing, scuba-diving, playing the piano (badly)–have gone by the wayside as I devote all my non-family spare time to writing. I live in the Phoenix area with my husband and son, who proudly brings my books to his teachers and swears he doesn’t read them–except for the funny parts.


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