Battle Dome…Choose Your Virtual Weapon 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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Paranormal Dimensions {Guest Post}
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Friday, November 8, 2013
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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.




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 that Gage isn’t truly interested in joining The Life, Rena’s been watching him closely, noting clues that he’s up to no good. Though he’s eager to earn Living Quarters, he seems to mock aspects of The Life that mean the most to Rena and the other Lifers, who live and work here. They’re headed to the Battle Dome, where Rena will engage in a mock EverLife battle and fight the sexual zings and sparks she keeps getting from Gage.
STOP SEVEN… BATTLE DOME…CHOOSE YOUR VIRTUAL WEAPON

As they stepped into the Dome area, the fanfare blared from the sound system, announcing the battles were about to start.

Gage looked over the padded batons that would serve as weapons, with the image of an ax or a sword projected onto them.

“So, do I get to play?” he asked, swinging a baton so that it spun fairly expertly. “I’ve done did some muy thai.”

She ducked the stick, spun, and took it from him. “Later on, maybe,” she said. If I let you stay. “Better get a seat before they fill up,” Rena said to him before she headed off to don her reflective suit. Her avatar, Astra, would be projected onto its surface. Behind her the green screen would show a clearing in the Forest of Atalan, where she would battle Boscoe, a Jamaican who flashed a grin at her from across the arena. She saluted him in return.

“Find a seat before they all fill up.”

She watched Gage sit in the third row. He stood out among the mostly male audience members. It was the well-worn bomber jacket against all those oxford shirts, maybe, or how black his hair was. He was built like a Watcher--Lounge security guards--with an animal grace and there was a lazy confidence in his miss-nothing gaze.

He’d be good in bed.

For a brief moment, she hoped he’d do something to convince her he belonged in The Life. She’d like to test her theory. He seemed interested in the Dome, at least. That was something.

After she’d won her Dome Battle, Rena emerged from the dressing room wiping her neck with a towel. Gage was waiting for her. “Very impressive,” he said.

“So, you’re interested in learning to battle?” she asked him.

“If you’re the coach, sure.” The sex-heavy words zinged like a sniper shot to her core, hitting her hot and hard. Was this just about sex for him? How about for her?

“You could use the points,” she breathed, thinking of sex points, not battle ones.

“So how much is a battle worth?”

“If you win, lots. If you lose, utter humiliation.”

“I can take it.”

“I imagine you can.” She felt that sexual zing again.

“So, are you going to show me your Quarters?” he asked her, his voice low.

“Or you could start your shift,” she said.

“And miss this…not on your life.”

She realized one more thing about The Life he’d probably like: Sex Points.

Though, until she felt safe with him, there was no way things would get that far.


Author Picture - Dawn Atkins

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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