Author Q&A and Giveaway: FEVER by Joan Swan

Ready for a hot new paranormal romance? Joan Swan is one of my fellow 2012 debut authors, and it was great fun to read her SERIOUSLY suspenseful novel, Fever, out this week from Kensington. Want a copy? Read on!

(Note: for this week only, the Preternatura Book Club is running on Thursday!)
THE OFFICIAL BLURB: When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she’s in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need. … A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn’t, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

MY THOUGHTS: I loved the hard edges of Fever—the opening scene takes place in a prison, and Swan does a great job of slowly unraveling the mystery behind Teague Creek, what he’s up to, what he’s running from—and what, exactly, his powers are and how he got them. That doesn’t mean the book is slow; while those things are unfolding, we have a tense, page-turning story of mistaken identity, reluctant attraction, and danger. Alyssa is a strong heroine, with a logical mind that feels realistic for a physician (and Swan herself works in the medical field), while Teague is hot (in more ways than one) and full of mysteries. The paranormal element to the story is subtle, giving the book a romantic-suspense-with-paranormal-elements feel.

Now, I’d like to welcome author Joan Swan to the blog!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for Fever:

A man with unnatural powers is wrongfully convicted of murder and imprisoned for life.  He escapes by abducting an innocent woman with plans to trade her for the one person he wants most, only to find out she’s not who he expected.  And as trust and attraction build between them, the police close in.  But the cops aren’t the only ones chasing him.  The black ops members who put him in prison to begin with have discovered he’s escaped and if they reach him before the cops do, they’ll silence him permanently. And they won’t leave any witnesses.

It’s 45 second pitch – trust me, I’ve practiced it far too many times not to know 🙂

What’s your favorite scene:

I love pivotal scenes – usually concerning the internal landscape of a character: a personal epiphany, a moment of crisis when the character’s true essence or vulnerability shows or that second the character pushes themselves past a fear and acts.

In Fever, I love the scene when Alyssa is tired of Teague’s repeated rejection of her physically when they both know he wants her.  She finds a bag of condoms in the medicine cabinet, ones Teague had been given in a getaway kit supplied by accomplices and carries them into the bedroom where Teague is not yet sleeping. 

Indecision zinged around her chest like a firefly trapped in a jar.  She pulled in a slow breath then blew it out.

“Wrong room, Lys.”  His voice came out low and languid and lusty, giving her firefly a shot of adrenaline.  But his eyes stayed closed, his body still.

“I…don’t think so.”  She garnered another ounce of confidence and walked toward the bed.

“I don’t want to talk anymore, Alyssa.” 

He didn’t move even a millimeter, but his lids cracked, and he tracked her with his eyes.  The heat there, the longing, gave her the final flash of confidence she needed to make her move.

“Neither do I.”  She dropped the condoms on his chest.  Watched as they scattered over muscle.  Teague’s gaze darted to the little packages and held.  “I had something else in mind.”

I think that is fun and gutsy. She has to push past her fear of making a mistake, of being rejected yet again and trust what she believes in her heart.

Hardest scene to write:

The ending scene of Fever was the hardest.  I rewrote the second half of Fever after it sold and in the end, my editor wanted the book to immediately end after the climax – no last scene for resolution where I could tie up the loose ends comfortably.

Since my last scene is a volatile race to survive catastrophe combined with a face to face confrontation with all the strongest forces in the book…simply tying everything off in a bow was not at all easy.  But I managed it and in the end, it was a fabulous ending.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile:

Two of my friends new and upcoming releases are next on my TBR piles – Kristina McMorris’ Bridge of Scarlett Leaves and, oh, look, your Royal Street!  Can’t wait!  For my drive to work, I’ve got Darynda Jones’ Thrid Grave Dead Aheadon my audiobook list.

Favorite book when you were a child:

Where the Red Fern Grows and all of the Nancy Drew Mysteries series.

Book you’ve faked reading:

Most of my educational texts and every assigned Shakespeare.

Book you’re an evangelist for:

Dean Koontz’s What the Night Knows – fabulous novel for stellar craft in action.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Hot Rain by Kat Martin

Favorite book about books or writing:

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont

Thanks, Joan!

Author Bio:  Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist and writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist.  Her debut novel with Kensington Brava, FEVER, releases February 28, 2012.  Her second novel, BLAZE, follows in October, 2012. In her day job, she works as a sonographer for one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation and lives on the California central coast in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.

Buy links:  AmazonBarnes & Noble | Booksamillion
Author links:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

THE GIVEAWAY: Want to win Fever? Do you like the combination of romantic suspense and paranormal? Is it something you’ve read before? Four entries possible:  +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Also, all commenters are eligible for Joan’s blog tour grand prize of either a Color Nook or a Kindle Fire! To enter that contest, go to Joan’s Website. Go!
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

69 thoughts on “Author Q&A and Giveaway: FEVER by Joan Swan

  1. Hi Rebe,

    That’s an interesting point. Never thought of it that way, but I could see why. I’ve had several people say that even though they don’t like romantic suspense, they’ve loved Fever – which of course is an awesome compliment. Hope you fall into that category too. 🙂

  2. cant wait, been watching joan swan
    waiting on her book~ alwayas glad to find a author at the beginning to stalk 😉


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  3. yes it’s somethings i love. I’ve read something similar ( romantic suspense paranormal) with the Law of the Lycans series by Nicky Charles

    thanks you a lot

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  4. Yes, i do like books that have a combination of romantic suspense and paranormal.

    No need to enter me for Fever since I already own it. Here to support Joan! Fever was great. Now the long wait for Blaze!

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  5. Hi Joan! I love the combination of anything and paranormal! Romance,suspense,etc., what’s not to like! I would definitely love to get a copy of Fever in my hot little hands. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway. +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  6. Hi Barb!
    I love the combination. I think the suspense adds to any genre. But…yes, I’m a little partial :).

    Good luck with the giveaway!

  7. I already have the book, but I wanted to pop in and say that I absolutely loved this story! 🙂 Best wishes in the future and I look forward to many more great reads! *waves at Suzanne*

  8. Yes, paranormal romance is my top fav and romantic suspense comes a close second. Anything that combines the two and I’m so sold 🙂

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  9. Great interview! Does Blaze pick up where Fever leaves off? I have been following Joan everywhere and reading all of the excerpts and interviews about this book. It sounds awesome! Congrats on your debut, Joan!

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  10. I can’t wait to read this book. You mentioned the rewarding pain of rewriting your ending. How long did it take to craft the ending your editor wanted?


  11. I anticipate and love pivotal scenes as well. I want to see a character grow and they do so so well in these moments.

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  12. +1 I do enjoy the combination of romantic suspense and paranormal. I have read a few stories with it and because I am a fan of suspense/thriller books I feel combining it with Paranormal Romance makes for a tremendously awesome book. It gives me the ability to read a few of my favorite genres in one story without having to choose between any. I am dying to read FEVER and can’t wait to feed my need….lol.

    +1 I am a GFC Follower (skyla11377).

    +1 I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter (@skyla11377).!/skyla11377/status/175088175260254208


  13. Hi Skyla!!

    The heroine in Elisabeth Naughton’s (my CP) Enraptured which releases in April is Skyla 🙂 And it’s a paranormal romantic suspense too!! That’s one you’ll HAVE to pick up! Skyla is very special, as I’m sure you are as well.

    Thanks for coming by!

  14. Great interview ladies, thank you! I am looking forward to reading Fever sometime, I absolutely love paranormal romantic suspense. Question: is this book a stand alone, or part of a series?

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  15. I do like romantic suspense and paranormal combined or by themselves. I have a little of both. This book sounds really good.

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  16. I’m always on the lookout for new romantic suspense and paranormal books. Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on the new release.

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  17. Yes, I’d love to read such a genre. I think a lot of urban fantasy books fall into this category.

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  18. I love romantic suspense and paranormal romance so Fever is a match made in heaven for me!
    Love the sound of it and it’s going straight to my wish list.
    Hope this is international UK.
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  19. Paranormal and romantic suspence! wondeful combination, my two favorite genres together!
    count me in!

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  20. I do like the combination of Paranormal and RS. This book sounds like a great read!

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  21. Great interview! I like the combination of these genres.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  22. Fever sounds EXCELLENT!

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  23. Yes I enjoy romance suspense paranormal novels. 🙂

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  24. evreyone should stalk you! you are a fun interesting person besides a author! 😉


  25. I loved the scene when Alyssa finally makes a move on Teague also. It was definitely one of the best scenes. In fact, I almost featured it in part of my review, but ultimately chose a different section because I felt like it was TOO good to reveal. I don’t think I have ever done that before. 🙂

    Please do not enter me as I already have a copy of the book. Just stopping by to say “hey”. Best of luck to everyone. This book is awesomesauce! 🙂