Monday, August 20, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaways: Author Lisa Renee Jones

We are so pleased to have author Lisa Renee Jones visiting our blog today to discuss her newest novel, If I Were You, which officially comes out this week on the 24th, but is already available to order on Amazon! Both of us have read it and loved it (read our dual review here)! Lisa has some fun prizes to give away and additionally The Revolving Bookcase will be giving away one print and one ecopy of If I Were You as well! So, there will be 5 winners total! Be sure to enter by commenting and using the rafflecopter at the end of this post (Sorry, this giveaway is US only).


Welcome to The Revolving Bookcase, Lisa! 

Thank you so much Laura & Tanya for having me today to talk about IF I WERE YOU, the first book in my INSIDE OUT trilogy. IF I WERE YOU has been a long time coming. It was a story I thought of and started plotting many years ago. My fiancee had been buying and selling storage units, and he’d found a journal he began to read. It was a  soap opera on paper and he couldn’t put it down. It was then that he began to urge me to write a story about a journal found in a storage unit that was both sexy and mysterious. He loves thrillers and so do I.

This story took years to come to publication. Once my fiancee started bugging me about writing it, I didn’t start out excited. Over time though, little ideas came to me and I jotted down notes. DH kept pushing and that really is something I thank him for now. Finally, I wrote the story but I wrote it to the formula my agent wanted me to. It made it all the way to committee at a big publisher and the line it was going to be for was cut right at that point. I was devastated because it took a year for that to happen. In that year, the line was cut. However, I’d been bugged by the story being in third person. It didn’t feel right. Six months later, DH kept hounding me and I pulled it out again and started writing in first person. The story came to life. I was so glad it didn’t sell because it wasn’t special in the way it felt special when I started writing the first person version. The very fact that I was nervous writing it and even showing it to my proofers told me it was different than anything else I’d done. And it is. These characters and their stories really speak to me and I hope they will to the readers as well!


He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

You can read the entire first chapter HERE

Today I have prizes!
  • A $10 Amazon gift card
  • A Rose Yankee candle -- from the story!
  • A copy of my September Blaze Follow My Lead

Also there is still time for the release contest!

Want to win? Just comment for your chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Want to win $75? I draw every week on Saturday through August 24th. Every time IF I WERE YOU hits 100 new bookshelves I draw for $75. If it hits 500 new shelves that week I draw for $75 5 times. You can win more than once.

The details are here:

I look forward to your comments!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. If I were You sounds really interesting. Thank you for the amazing contest!

  2. I love that it is based on something real! It's a good thing that he kept urging you, huh? :)
    Will all 3 books be based on the same H/H? Or will each have a new one that are tied to each other?
    Congrats on the new release, Lisa!

  3. What a fascinating sounding book!
    Thank you for this contest.

  4. Love this! Great contest, thanks!
    - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I just love the story of how this book has come about! YAY for D pushing you to write it...and YAY for you finding your own way with it! :)

  6. Amazing contest & giveaway, thanks so much for this opportunity.



  7. I really like reading books in the first person point of view. I'll have to add this one to my wish list.

  8. This books sounds very interesting. I would love to win it!! Thanks for having this giveaway.

    kandj7299 at verizon dot net

  9. thanks for the giveaway, sounds a great book

    sorry, can like on amazon :(

  10. Hi Lisa,
    I know you have to be super excited with book releasing tomorrow. I plan to get it in ebook format, so will need to wait just a few days longer, good thing I am a fairly patient person. Best wishes with book release tomorrow.
    Many thanks,

  11. PS, I forgot to leave email:

  12. Congratulations to Lisa on her new release! Can't wait to get my copy of this.

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  13. Congrats Lisa on the new release! I am about 25% into the book and it is great so far, so hard to put it down! Thanks for the giveaway!


  14. Ginger thanks for putting it on your wish list and Crystal I'm excited you are enjoying it. Thank you Maria!

  15. A great read that kept me hungering for more. I can't wait to get the print in hand too....

  16. providing a sample chapter was a generous off.

  17. Thanks so much for the post and for sharing the first chapter of the book. I can't even imagine some of the stuff you must have seen from storage units, both good & bad. I do like that the story idea came from a journal you two found in one of the units.
    Congrats on the release!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  18. Thanks for sharing! Great story.

  19. Lisa, I just wanted to to tell you I am a huge fan! Thanks for the first chapter of this book, of course now I am hooked :O) Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  20. Love your work and cannot wait to read this. Thanks for the amazing giveaway and chance to win this amazing prize

  21. So excited for this book and giveaway. :)