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Friday, December 19, 2014

Promo Blitz -- Intensity by C.C. Koen with Review, Excerpt, Q&A, Author Interview and Giveaway


Title:    Intensity
Author:   CC Koen
Genre:   NA, Contemporary Romance
Release Day: October 20, 2014    


What would you do to improve your life?
Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?
Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?
Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.

 The synopsis on this grabbed me.... I mean a virgin working in an escort service?? How does that work?? So I dove in.. needing to find out how this was going to play out.... I figured she would get sold to the highest bidder.... but Im not going to tell you... you'll have to read to find out ;)

I didn't love this one. I didnt hate this one. I just felt it kind of drug and then BOOM everything happened at the end and it made it feel rushed. I liked the plot, I like the writing style, I just felt things were drawn out and as I wondered if there would ever be any action, I was overloaded with it in the last few chapters. The last few chapters were amazing. And I wish the entire book was more like they were. Does that make sense??

Now, dont get me wrong, the book was NOT a snooze fest. I enjoyed it. I liked the characters. There was good friction between Serena and some of the other girls she was working with. I loved Serena's character. She was strong, and feisty, and independent. She had a brain and a thought process and she wasn't afraid to use it. She said what she thought and she meant what she said. I adored her.

Linc was lush... I adored him. He was a bit broody, and he his his emotions. I couldn't get a read on him, and he remained a mystery right up to the end. And I loved the way it played out. He was a tortured soul, and when his secret was revealed, his live driving force, I actually cried a bit.... one word --- heartbreaking.

I loved the two characters together. I thought they worked well together. They balanced each other out, and Serena had a good "handle" on "handling" the moody, secretive Alpha Male. And he protected her and every turn. I love the dynamic they had.

I hope there is a follow up. I want to know more and I really hope a book is written about Serena's best friend, Mylaynee. I loved that woman. Wait until you meet her. I want to know all of her secrets. And how she ended up working in an escort service. I want to know about Jax as well. The secondary characters in this book were fabulous. And Im hoping a few of them get their story told.

He yanked me up from my seat and launched his lips on mine so fast the contact zapped me with a thousand volts. His strokes, bold at first, lightened to soft, tender kisses almost as if he was asking permission to enter—to taste.
The heat from his hands, holding my upper arms, seared me.
My fists clenched and unclenched over and over at my sides.
Touch him? Don’t touch him?
Unable to deny myself, I moved closer, aligning my body with his. My hands gravitated of their own volition, melting to his tight abs and drifting upward, over his chest and up to his neck, where I held on for the ride.
His loud groan rumbled across my breasts, and his firm arms wound around my back, crushing me against him.
For the first time in my life, I surrendered and parted my lips, ready to welcome him in. Instead of tongues diving toward one another, Linc stilled and clamped his mouth shut. As I started to step away, he clenched my hips, holding me in place. He pressed his forehead to mine and slammed his eyes closed.
Kiss me, please.

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing. Intensity is her debut novel.


What inspired you to write Intensity?
Intensity came to me as a fantasy as I was driving to work one day. Driving can be boring and my mind often wanders. Therefore, the story developed purely by accident. I have to admit the original story was very different from the finished tale. I wrote an article about the experience at Savvy Authors, titled: Take Your Time, but Hurry Up! A Newbie Author Selfie. 

Top 5 things you didn’t know about becoming a published author:
1.     How hard it would be to choose each word and make sure descriptions and actions weren’t repetitive.
2.     Editing
3.     Formatting
4.     Finding professionals in the field that wouldn’t rip you off.
5.     Marketing

5 Reasons to love my main characters:
1.     They are both strong and will demonstrate that the past doesn’t have to dictate the future.
2.     They are burying painful events in their lives. Through their individual journeys, they will discover the joy of living and loving each other.
3.     They are both good people that others can relate to, even though the story takes place in a sex club. The story is about their journey to heal, not sex.
4.     They are not perfect.
5.     They struggle to make it through each day like many people do.

5 facts about Intensity:
1.     It takes place in NYC.
2.     The title is a representation of Linc’s personality, not used in reference to sex.
3.     The story is continued in the sequel, Serenity, which will be released fall 2015.
4.     Linc is a good guy who started an escort business for personal reasons.
5.     Serena isn’t interested in romance. She wants to attain her goals.

How do you make your characters believable
Life experience and an inquisitive mind. I’m fascinated by people’s lives, so I ask lots of questions, particularly about how couples meet and romantic relationships.

Authors you admire:
1.     Roxanne St. Claire
2.     Nora Roberts
3.     Harlan Coben
4.     Kristen Ashley
5.     Rachel Robinson

Five things you wouldn’t know about CC Koen
1.     I’m a skeptic.
2.     I like to skydive.
3.     I’m a teacher.
4.     I’d like to experience an HEA before I leave this world.
5.     I’d like to travel in an RV randomly across the US, meeting a bunch of people along the way.

Describe Serena in one sentence.
A hard worker determined to achieve her goal.

Describe Linc in one sentence.
A mysterious, reserved individual that has a past that controls his future.

Favorite and least favorite scene to write in Intensity?
Favorite- The day Serena met Linc.

Least favorite- It isn’t necessarily my least favorite, but the most challenging for me to write. About three-quarters of the way into the story, Linc reveals his secret and why he runs the escort business. Since it is a painful matter, the challenge to write it along with what happens right after it, was difficult to write. I don’t want to give away a lot of details, so I’ll limit my response to that.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Reading really is my guilty pleasure. With 1200+ books on my Nook and close to 500 on my Kindle PC, I’ve spent a lot of money on my passion and mental release, reading romance, mystery, and suspense novels.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Personally: my daughter. I really feel one of our greatest impacts and legacies is our children, and what they will do and how they will impact others’ lives.
Professionally: I have a doctorate degree. That was the most challenging professional accomplishment for me, since I worked 60+ hours a week and had a young child during the process.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
This is a difficult question for me, because I am not the type of person who would hero worship anyone. With that said, I’d probably just want to go back in time, to various points in history and meet a bunch of interesting individuals who impacted our country and influenced history.

Do you have any special holiday traditions?
I used to when my mother was alive. Her Russian and Macedonian heritage and religion provided two Christmas celebrations, the US holiday and the Greek Orthodox Christmas.

Favorite Word and Least Favorite Word?
Favorite word- happiness

Least favorite- hate

Biggest fear?
I have two: fire and drowning

Deepest regret?
Several years ago I developed a live life list, determined to live my life rather than go through the motions. Therefore, I’m hoping I won’t have any regrets. I don’t like to hang on to the past and most regrets come from things we didn’t do or couldn’t control. Since my sights are on the future, and hopefully, having a productive, rewarding life, my response would be: NO REGRETS.

Favorite memory?
Time with my mom.

Worst flaw?
Haha, boy this is dangerous. Hmm…I interrupt when people are talking. Not to be rude, I don’t mean to, but my compulsive side, the one that forgets in two seconds what I wanted to say, compels me to.

Most annoying pet peeve?
Wow, okay, to pick just one is tough. I’d say slow drivers.

If you could change one thing about yourself…what would it be?
Goodness! Physically, I’d like to have a larger chest (36B’s are not that great when you have huge hips). I’m the epitome of pear-shaped. Otherwise, not much else. I like myself just the way I am. Ha!

Either/Or Questions:
Chocolate or Vanilla?  
Since I’m allergic to chocolate, I’d say vanilla.

Serena or Linc?
OMG! Seriously, how do I choose? Okay, since I am an empowered woman and so is she, I’ll pick Serena.

Warm or Cold?
WARM! The warmer the better.

Early bird. My alarm goes off every day at 6am and 7am on the weekends.

Pain or Pleasure?
Definitely pleasure. I’d like an HEA with lots and lots of pleasure.

Outdoor or Indoor?
Outdoors, even though I spend a lot of time indoors.

Blondes or Brunettes?
Brunettes, the darker the better.

Ketchup or Mustard?
Ketchup. Heinz all the way!

Coffee or Cocktail?
COFFEE! Can’t live without it.

Texting or Calling?
Texting for brief messages, calling for longer. 

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