Guest Author & Giveaway: Lori Foster writing as L.L. Foster featuring Servant: The Kindred

Tuesday, August 25

***This contest is closed. Thanks for entering!***

I’m so very excited to have Lori Foster as my guest today. I have more of her books on my keeper shelf than any other author. I can’t help it…I don’t think she has written a book yet that I haven’t liked. A while back I went through a big Brava kick and read just about every book they published that I could get my booklover hands on. That’s how I first discovered Lori’s books. I can’t remember which one it was, but I know it was a Brava anthology. I promptly devoured her entire backlist. She was the only author that I read for weeks, if not a few months. I never got tired or burnt out on them; in fact I would start a new one as soon as I finished one and relished them all.

I have fond memories of that reading binge, so when Lori started writing as L.L. Foster there was no question in my mind that I was going to at least give them a try. I’ve never really been a fan of Urban Fantasy, but I did not let that deter me, no siree, and you know what… I love them just as much as her contemporary romances. I think Gaby, the heroine in the Servant series, is one of my favorite heroines that she has ever written, and despite being categorized as Urban Fantasy there is definitely romance in this series. After all
Servant: The Acceptance, book #2 in the Servant series, made Amazon's Top Ten Best Books for 2008, and was named Amazon's #1 editors' pick in romance. Her newest novel written as L.L. Foster is Servant: The Kindred and releases today. I can’t wait to read it and share it with you all!

In the 3rd installment of the Servant series, Gabrielle Cody finds herself living with super-detective Luther Cross, while also hunting a deranged killer who wants to be a vampire. Blood drained bodies are left in the wake of a murdering spree. Because the homeless, transient and addicted are targeted, it makes it very difficult for Luther and the rest of the police force to track down the villain.

But for Gaby, finding the psychopath is only a small part of the difficulty. This lunatic knows Gaby, in some ways better than she knows herself.

Is it possible a long lost relative has located her? With family ties involved, and Luther’s nearness interfering with her perception of evil, Gaby is up for her biggest challenge – both as a paladin, and a woman experiencing the first hint of love.

Read an excerpt

(and there is also a bonus excerpt in this post!)


Welcome Lori! I am absolutely thrilled to have you as my guest at Seductive Musings. I am a HUGE fangirl of yours, and every book that I have read of yours, no matter the genre, has made its way to my keeper shelves (and that’s a lot!). For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story? Who is your new favorite find and what's on your keeper shelf?

Thank you so much, Carrie! It still thrills me to meet people who enjoy my work. I’m such a down home person, so “every day,” that I can’t believe the success I’ve found in writing. It’s thrilling – honestly.

I LUV this question about my current favorite because I talk about her everywhere. I think she’s the most talented author I’ve read and I’m totally fascinated by her books. Kresley Cole and her Immortals After Dark. Seriously, folks, if you haven’t read her, you need to! They’re sexy and hilarious and the characterizations are amazing. I didn’t know that I enjoyed paranormal books so much, or that I would enjoy vampires, werewolves, valkyrie, etc... Until I read A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER. Now I’m hooked, I’ve read them all, and I can’t wait for the next one!

Other “forever” favorites of mine are Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey... too many to name them all I guess.

What book(s)are you most proud of, or feel is/are your biggest personal achievement(s) when you don’t take into account sales, reviews, reader comments, or awards & why?

The books that still touch my heart are WHEN BRUCE MET CYN, because I love the idea of second chances and overcoming the harshest of obstacles, and also that there are caring people out there who don’t judge too harshly against circumstances out of your control.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT just because I fell in love with Mick, the lead character, when he was in other books – maybe for the same reasons as above for Cyn’s story. Both are characters who didn’t let harsh personal circumstances skew their ideas of right and wrong.

JAMIE because I loved doing the research for him and he was such a unique character!

And I love SERVANT: THE AWAKENING because it’s so different from what I usually write in straight contemporary romance, and that made it so much fun.

Your Urban Fantasy novels, and the Servant series, are a departure from the contemporary romances that you are most renowned for. Writing a darker, edgier book in a genre you weren’t previously known for seems like it would have been a bit of a risk. Tell us some of the compelling reasons you had for writing Gaby’s story and branching out as LL Foster.

It has been a risk. LOL. My LL Foster books obviously aren’t nearly as popular as my straight contemporaries. But I’m loving the whole process of writing something different, and I think it keeps my stories fresh. Bouncing back and forth is a great way to energize my muse.

For me, writing is all about characters – I always let them do whatever they want, so that they’re usually taking me on the journey instead of the other way around. The characters who can kick ass and destroy evil – real evil – are there in my head, so I HAVE to get them on paper.

From my perspective, I didn’t realize that there was still so much romance in them, but when Amazon named my second L.L. book, SERVANT: THE ACCEPTANCE, their #1 Editors’ Pick In Romance, well, I had to accept that no matter what, my romance voice is going to shine through. LOL

I am so excited about the third book in the Servant series: Servant, The Kindred. I’ve never been a real Urban Fantasy fan, but I picked these up simply because you wrote them and was instantly drawn to your complex heroine Gaby, and her hero Luther. I’m sad to see this series end, but understand that the series has reached its natural conclusion. For someone who has not read the Servant series yet, how would you summarize them?

Oh geeze, summary is not my strong suit! I’m rather long winded. But in short, Gabrielle Cody (Gaby) is a paladin, a servant of God, and she sees true evil when others can’t. You know how some heinous people look as ordinary as a grandma, or your friendly neighbor? Well, when Gaby looks at them she sees the aura of perversion that surrounds them. Through God, she has quicker reflexes, and keener insight.

She’s always lived alone and stayed estranged from society, but Detective Luther Cross, who first suspects her of murdering innocents, is drawn to her and can’t allow her to stay isolated. What he feels for her is as other-worldly as Gaby’s ability. Little by little she learns to trust him, and to share her responsibility to society with him. They make a pretty amazing couple.

And now, in the 3rd book, when the build-up of sexual chemistry explodes... yeah, it was mega, mega hot and fun!

Bonus Excerpt:

“Come here, Gaby. Let me help you.”

When he tugged on her arms, she moved as directed, but with a zombie-like void of comprehension. On the tile entry, they both dripped puddles. Luther locked the door and turned to her. Her colorless lips shivered.

A tidal wave of emotion rose to choke him.

Luther hugged her close, rubbed her chilled arms and kissed her throat. She didn’t thaw at all. He needed to get her warm and fast, but he couldn’t, not while she wore cold, rain-soaked clothes.

Kissing her made him feel better, and even now, with her so emotionally wounded, the taste of her satisfied something deep inside him, something he’d never experienced with any other woman.

Though Luther’s ardor grew, Gaby didn’t make a single sound, and he hated that. “To hell with it.” He knew what he wanted to do, the best way to reach her.

Leaving her for only a moment, he went to the adjacent living room and closed the drapes, and then turned on the television. Maybe if she couldn’t see and hear the storm, it wouldn’t bother her so deeply.

Gaby stood frozen where he’d left her as he went down the hall to the guest bathroom to gather up a few towels. When he returned to her he smoothed her dark hair away from her face. With his heart pounding, he kissed her mouth and little by little, her icy lips thawed.

“Gaby.” His mouth still touching hers, he looked at her, and then covered her left breast with his palm.

Her eyelashes fluttered, so he kissed her again, deeper this time as he cuddled her

It appalled Luther that he was turned on while she stood as a supplicant to terror. Maybe it was seeing her quiescent for a change instead of defiant, maybe it was that for once, she didn’t scald him with her acerbic disdain.

Whatever logic he applied, he shook with wanting her. Lust roughened his voice as he spoke. “Let’s get you out of these wet clothes and warmed up.”

For most women, what he was about to do would be unethical in the extreme, even illegal. But for Gaby, it was the only way he knew to help her.

Her shirt stuck to her skin as he wrestled it up and over her head. It hit the tiled foyer with a sodden plop. Luther looked at her, at her small breasts and her nipples drawn tight by cold, and knew he was a goner.

Using one of the towels, he squeezed excess water from her hair and then dried her torso. And because he couldn’t help himself, he kissed her again, on her soft
pale lips, her nose, her chin.

“I’ll have you warm soon, I promise.”

The waistband of her loose, worn jeans curled outward from her thin frame, exposing her narrow hipbones and a tantalizing navel within a concave belly. Around her waist, Luther saw the thin leather belt that held her lethal blade in a sheath concealed at the small of her back. The stark reminder of who Gaby was, and what she did, didn’t faze him. He knew her, and he accepted her.

Cautious because Gaby could be unpredictable at the most unexpected times, Luther unfastened and removed the sheathed knife from her person. Her lips firmed and her brows pinched, proof that even while in a stupor, she wouldn’t like losing her knife.

Keeping his gaze on her, he placed it on the hall table for safe keeping. “It’s okay. No one is here but us. The knife’s not going anywhere, I promise.”

The suffocating fear had such a strangle-hold on Gaby that she offered no further challenge or protest. Now, at this particular moment, she looked small and female and vulnerable when normally those terms could never be applied to her.

The chill room gave her a shiver, and Luther’s gaze again went to her exposed breasts. For only a few seconds, he covered each breast, cuddled her, gave her his warmth. Then he forced himself to keep his brain on task.

Yes, he planned to pay plenty of attention to those pert breasts, but not yet. First he wanted her more comfortable, and that meant removing the rest of her clothes – and his.

You also had two novellas that were released on Aug 4th in a new anthology Out of the Light and Into the Shadow with Erin McCarthy, one as Lori Foster the other as LL Foster. Can you tell us about them and how they are connected?

This anthology is to sort of introduce readers to L.L., because there’s been a lot of misconceptions. I don’t write vampires or shape shifters. Through my initials (L.L.) I write cerebral paranormal/urban fantasy stories. In OUT OF THE LIGHT, I start with a straight contemporary romance – HAVE MERCY – about Mercy Jardine, and then I carry over to her brother, Brax Jardine – TOTAL CONTROL – to feature him. Brax is the L.L. story because he and all the males in his family have a special ability to manipulate emotions. It makes it easy for them to destroy evil. For example, they could twist the emotions of a serial killer so that the killer would jump off a bridge, ending his own life.

But they can also use that ability in sexual situations, so it’s pretty fun – and uber hot.

I love pretty much all of the anthologies you have participated in including those that you have put together for charities. I was in a little bit of booklover heaven when Lori Foster and Lora Leigh were in the same anthology (Real Men Last All Night)... and even though Luring Lucy was a reprint, I loved it just as much the second time as I did when I first read it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many authors are now favorites because I picked up an anthology just to read your story (ie Erin McCarthy, Lucy Monroe, Jill Shalvis, Janelle Denison, Alison Kent & Shannon McKenna).

Anyways, enough about me and my serious case of book addiction due in large part to you. My actual purpose for this question was to ask you if there will be another benefit book along the lines of Power of Love, and Tails of Love, and if so what the focus of the stories will be, what authors will be participating? Inquiring minds want to know :)

Thank you for asking! Yes, in June 2010, GIFT OF LOVE will be available. The authors taking part are me, Ann Christopher, Heidi Betts, HelenKay Dimon, Jules Bennet, Paige Cuccaro, Lisa Cooke and Gia Dawn. The focus will be on overcoming obstacles, and the charity is THE CONDUCTIVE LEARNING CENTER, a special local school for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

I hope to continue with the benefit books (where all the author proceeds go to a charity of my choice) for as long as readers want to read me!

What are some of your upcoming releases we can look forward to?

I always have so many books – new and reissues – that it’s tough to keep track. That’s why I have a downloadable, printable calendar on my site. This year, I have 13 book releases. Craziness, huh?

Coming up, other than the two you mentioned above, are:
October: Reissue of THE SECRET LIFE OF BRYAN
November: Reissue of OUTRAGEOUS and RILEY in a new duology titled, BODYGUARD
December: Reissue of DOUBLE THE PLEASURE and a new anthology, DOUBLE THE HEAT
February 2010: BACK IN BLACK, a new single title featuring Drew Black (for those who have been reading the SBC series.)

If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?

Hmmm... what type of promo stuff do they like best. I don’t do a lot of promo giveaways but I’m always curious as to whether or not they actually notice the name on the pen, the magnet, the file, etc... LOL

What is your favorite guilty pleasure that you would be hard pressed to give up for just about any reason?

Movies! I LUV going to the movies. I see about 2 movies a week. Getting out of the house, away from my computer and letting myself get lost in a visual plot is so relaxing. Horror movies and action movies are my faves, but I can get into a comedy or sci-fi too, and on rare occasions, a love story. But chic-flicks are my least favorite.

I also really like traveling in our RV. We bought the RV as Chihuahua transportation because my little doggies get car sick, but do fine in the RV. Then we realized how much we enjoyed being in the RV, and I actually get a ton of writing when I’m out and about, so... it works great!

Finally, just for fun…what is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is one that Stella Cameron recently shared with me while she and I were talking about nice people.

The Dalai Lama said, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

I’ve had a very, very blessed life with a wonderful husband of 31 years, 3 healthy sons, and a beautiful healthy grandson. Never would I take that for granted. I’ve worked hard and sometimes struggled, and I’ve often done without, but I’ve always had food to eat, a roof over my head and the closeness of loved ones. Anyone being not so nice, or rude, might not have been as fortunate as me and it’s for sure she can’t be as happy as me or she wouldn’t be behaving in such a negative way.

So... to everyone out there, remember to fight nastiness with kindness and remember that if you’re being hateful to someone, things can always turn around so that you’re the next target. Karma is a bitch. LOL

Thanks Carrie! This was fun.

Visit Lori's website to get all the latest news on her books, the myriad ways to contact her, excerpts, extras, sign up for her newsletter, there's also a link for a FREE audio download of Stranded, wallpapers, banners, screensavers, and name it, it's probably there. You can also find her at the Running With Quills blog.

Don’t you just love her! My sincere thanks to Lori for being my guest today. If you’ve never read any of Lori’s books…then what planet have you been living on? Seriously though, pick up anyone of her novels and I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed, especially with the Servant series. I love them and hope you will too.

To celebrate the release of Servant: The Kindred Lori is giving away a bonanza of prizes to one very lucky winner. Here’s what you can win:

  • T-shirt
  • hat
  • mousepad
  • pen
  • magnet
  • signed copy of Out of the Light, Into the Shadow
  • signed copy of Servant: The Kindred

I told you, it’s a bonanza…I wish I could win! How do you enter to win? Simple, just answer the question that Lori posed to readers in the interview.

Ways to earn entries:

  • In order to be eligible you must answer Lori's question she posed to readers in the interview, and leave a meaningful comment
  • Become a follower of Seductive Musings, and/or mention that you are already a follower in your comment (good for 3 extra entries)
  • Blog about this contest on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 5 extra entries)
  • If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)

How to enter:

  • You must answer Lori's question and leave a meaningful comment in order to be eligible.
  • You can choose to earn extra entries as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
  • Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible

Rules and disclaimers:

  • This contest is open to residents of the U.S. only
  • The contest will end Saturday August 29th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be contacted via email
  • Winners will be selected using
  • All winners will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide your mailing address. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!


Amy M August 25, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

I really like Lori's work too. I think that I have read nearly everything!!

I do not get much promotional stuff, but I would have to say that I love the pens. First, because there is a pen monster that lives in my house and eats them all. But also, sometimes there are funny quotes or memorable phrases on them.

Amy M
atc218 at aol dot com

Book Junkie August 25, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

Oh , I so love Lori Foster. Great interview BTW. She is one of my ALL TIME fav's!!! And I have to agree with Amy M above, I am a bit of a pen whore. If you aren't looking..... IT'S MINE!!!! lol


Book Junkie August 25, 2009 at 8:22 AM  

oh doy, I am a follower! and I am putting you up on my contest blog right now!!!

Lori Foster August 25, 2009 at 8:55 AM  

Hi Amy and Bookjunky! Thank you both. Pens it is. LOL
I'll try to remember to create more of them, and the idea of having funny sayings/quotes on them is a great idea.
Maybe something straight from the book. ;-)
Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!


Susan Helene Gottfried August 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM  

Hi, Lori! I, too, love pens and bookmarks. Those are probably my two favorite promo items.

I'm dropping in -- no need to enter me -- to say thanks for the e-mail, Carrie. I've got this posted at Win a Book. As always, I hope this brings Lori new fans.

Lori, see ya at the weekend next June. I'm already psyched for it.

Ginny Karoub,  August 25, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Hi Lori, I wanted to stop by and tell you I enjoyed the interview! Another way for your readers to get to know you, so thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the I have had your others!
You don't have to enter me in the contest, but I would think all your readers would love anything that has to do with your books or a signed book would be my favorite!
Have a great day,

tetewa August 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

I've been enjoying this series and didn't realize the new release came out today. Can't wait to get my hands on it. I enjoy when authors give away their latest releases. These is how I've come to discover new authors and once I read one of their books I usually have to check out their backlist.

WK August 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

Hi Lori,
You know love your work and I can't wait for the next "charity" book. Hopefully I can do a month long event with it as well.

As for your question, I personally love it all. I put magnets on my fridge(but DH is planning to fix me a "picture" that is metal to put them on), I have notebooks full of bookmarks and coverflats, I adore the pens and absolutely devour and pant over any kind of tote. My mom likes the little books(the notebooks) and the excerpts. The tee shirts are nice but I always like mine to be big and sometimes even by the size that's not easy.

Great post/interview!!!


Lori Foster August 25, 2009 at 10:54 AM  

Hi Susan and Ginny.
Of course you're still entered! Why not? I appreciate the visit.

Tetewa, thanks! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series.

Wendy, I've found that the t-shirts usually run small. But I like them and buy them big for myself. LOL. Totes are great since they don't need to be sized - just roomy.

Thanks all!


I Heart Book Gossip August 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

Hi Lori!

I;m so happy for your newest release. My question is will we be seeing more of the fighter series? Also, in the Jude's Law series is it only two books?

+3 Already a follower
+5 Posted on sidebar

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Chris J. August 25, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

Let's start with the book trailer, edgy, love the music and just makes you want the book even more!
The LL Foster series totally rocks and I would love to have them in Hard Cover. :)
Gabby and Luther have this chemistry that sucks you in. I love the fact Lori wrote a different paranormal and I wish her many more! Please. :)
I can not wait to read The Kindred.
As to the question, I love t-shirts, book marks and a tote would be great. Pens with funny quotes or her fave line from the book would be cool.

Chris J. August 25, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

Lori, I loved the poster idea for the Servant series, framed mine!

Chris J. August 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

Total things done to enter:
Answered question, and I am a subscriber. Sorry didn't include that before. :)
Have a Great Day!

LeeAnn Pratt,  August 25, 2009 at 12:42 PM  

Lori's books are great I agree! I guess what I like most about the promo stuff that I have gotten has got to be the book markers. I use them all the time and usually if I am using them in one book (from another author)it always brings me back to another of Lori's books. I also give them to friends who show an interestin the bookmarkers and when I lend them the book that connects to that marker it just goes from there. I have gotten quite a few friends interested in Lori's work..including my 86 yr old .spreading the word you know.

booklover1335 August 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM  

Hey LeeAnn,
I'm with you on the bookmarkers! I absolutely love them and give them away when I have extras all the time. They are my favorite type of promo item, because if I leave them in a book I don't worry knowing that someone else will get use out of it and possibly entice them to buy the books it's promoting, not to mention I hate to dog ear my offense to those of you who do :)

booklover1335 August 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

oh, and Happy Release Day Lori!!!

Lori Foster August 25, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

Hi cindy,
In Feb, "Back in Black," will hit stands. It's Drew Black's story, from the SBC fighters, and for now, that'll be the last fighter book. I never say never, that's why I'm saying "for now." Someday I might write more. But after February, I'm going to be starting a new series of hunky Alpha guys!


Lori Foster August 25, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

Chris - you kept your poster! Awesome. I plan to do more of them so if you're interested in the cover of a future book for a poster, just let me know.
I'm glad that Gaby and Luther aren't in hardcover, because the cost, especially now, might make it really difficult for readers to afford it.
Maybe some day if it continues to do well and the economy turns around - but for now, I'm happy to be in more affordable mass market paperbacks!



Lori Foster August 25, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

Hi LeeAnn and booklover!
::::waving madly::: Thank you both for stopping by AND for spreading the word. ;-) That's the best promo around!


trish c,  August 25, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

I LOVE Lori Foster!!! She is my all time number one fave!!!!!!! I have alot of faves, but Lori is number one and always will be. I just finished Out of the Darkness, Into the Light. So amazing. Cringed a little at some of Erin McCarthy's vampire stuff. Still trying to get used to all that blood. Not really my thing. Lori's two anthology's were amazing. I have everyone of her books and I cannot lend them or give them away. They are the books I have to keep! She is about the only author I can say that about. This is my first time on this website. I came because it was on Lori's newsletter and I enjoyed the interview here and at B&N. Isn't Lori just a nice, normal woman. I probably sound like a stalker, but there are not enough positive words to describe this amazing author. As for promo items, I would have to say signed books, t-shirts (free advertising) and book marks. I would love bookmarks that have a pivotal moment from the book written on them. For t-shirts, I think they should have the name of the book on the front and the name of the author on the back, so that when you wear them it makes people ask you about your shirt.

Ok, I am off to B&N to get my copy of Servant the Kindred. So excited!!!! Love you Lori!!!

trishc,  August 25, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

Sorry Lori, I meant Out of the Light, Into the Shadows. This premenaupause is a nuisance. lol

Mitzi August 25, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

My favorite promo item is the autographed book. I cherish those.

I'm a follower

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Thanks for the contest!!

joder August 25, 2009 at 3:07 PM  

I like books the most ofcourse. But pens and totes always come in handy since I can never find a pen when I need one.

+3 I'm already a follower

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Jody F.

CrystalGB August 25, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

Great interview. I love Lori's writing.
For promo items, I like pens, post-it notes, nail files, and book thongs.

I am a follower.


Jaime August 25, 2009 at 3:50 PM  

I love pens! I think pens are the greatest promo item ever! LOL I used to work in an Oncology office and I totally whored the pens whenever reps brought them. Everybody else could have the postits, notepads, magnets.. but me, it's all about a good pen! Oh and bookmarks!

I am a follower

Jane August 25, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

I love magnets, coverflats, bookmarks and pens.

I'm already a follower of this blog.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

throuthehaze August 25, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

Great interview!! My favorite promo item is pens. Of course i love bookmarks and totes too but there is just something about pens I absolutely love.

+3 follower

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kat1reader August 25, 2009 at 6:34 PM  

Gotta say - Lori's one of the best. And not just her writing. You should all come the the June Event next year - it is a fabulous weekend. Thrilled to hear about the next charity anthology...been wondering about it.

Virginia August 25, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

Rock on, Ms. Lori! You are amazing! Thanks for the heads up on THE GIFT OF LOVE, which I will definitely scoop up! The best kind of promo items are those which you will have in your hand and use every day. Pens, coffee mugs or even t-shirts that are lasting reminders. Of course, a free book is the very best promo! gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Estella August 25, 2009 at 7:22 PM  

I like pens and t-shirts.
I love Lori's Servant books

I am a follower.


bridget3420 August 25, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

I do notice. I love SWAG stuff.

Blog follower


Brenda August 25, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

I would love to win her package. I am quite sure I have read some of her books in the past but not those listed that are out there right now as just being published.

I have only won a few contests and love receiving everything I've won.
So far I've won a few books and a dvd of a movie I've seen before, but I still was thrilled that I won it. It will go into my movie library. I keep the things that I win! Books are my favorite things, but book marks, pens, etc., anything can be used and will!

dancealert at aol dot com

Brenda August 25, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

I'm a follower through google reader!

dancealert at aol dot com

iokijo,  August 25, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

Congrats on the new release!
Also thank you for being fine with paperbacks. It seems so many of the new releases are HC or trade, and it just puts them out of reach... or you buy 1 author instead of 3 or 4.
I haven't gotten to read any of the servant series, so I'm really crossing everything possible. As for Promo's larger amount/less expensive would have to say writing pens. My ultimate would be a book though. Even if it was one contest a year. Wouldn't have to be signed [have a real hard time lending those out]. Shirts & totes are a good idea visable to more people, but expensive. I really like the poster idea, even just for sale. There are a lot of covers out there now that really need to have posters made of them.
Thanks for sharing & giving everyone a chance at the goodies.
ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

donnas August 26, 2009 at 1:02 AM  

Congrats on the release. I loved Out of the Light, Into the Shadow and had to go and get the first Servant book which was great. Glad there are more. Of course after those excerpts I need to go find the second so I can read the new one asap.

I love pens and bookmarks. Somehow I seem to misplace them both and find later in the oddest places. So I like to have extras on hand.

I am a new follower.

I posted on the sidebar (if that counts) here:

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Lori T August 26, 2009 at 1:30 AM  

Hi Lori~

Great interview! I love pens and bookmarks. I think that you can never have too many of either of these as they tend to get misplaced from time to time.

flchen1 August 26, 2009 at 2:11 AM  

Hi, Lori!!

Thanks for the interview--I love your books and have most of them on my keeper shelves.

As for promo stuff, bookmarks and pens work best for me--they're things I use all the time and can easily pass on to a fellow book lover. I also like notepads and sticky notes, also much used and easy to pass along in our house. For bigger items, I love totes because I use those frequently as well, and I love toting books around, too! While other items can also be cute, there's a limit to how many keychains, can covers, etc. one household can use...

Congrats on your latest releases and on the different directions you've gone in recent years following your muse! We fans will keep on reading!

f dot chen at comcast dot net
(I'm a follower; tried to post it on my blog here:


etirv August 26, 2009 at 3:17 AM  

Always been a Lori Foster fan! I like book (no need for the book to be autographed) and bookstore gift card combo promo giveaways from authors best!


Lori Foster August 26, 2009 at 8:04 AM  

Morning all. I dropped off yesterday, and I'm sorry about that. Menopause is kicking my butt. I'm not used to lacking energy or focus. Bleh. It sucks. LOL
After writing a little, watching the painters put a faux finish in my foyer and dining room niches, and then lunch... I just crashed and ended up playing with the grandson for a bit, and then watching a B movie that made me laugh.
Hope you all had a terrific day!


Lori Foster August 26, 2009 at 8:05 AM  

Trish, wow, you're making me blush. LOL. Glad to know I come across as normal cuz... I think I am. In fact, I'm pretty average all the way around, and I'm proud that it shows!
I truly appreciate all your kind words. You're a gem.
Thank you!


Lori Foster August 26, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

Kathy A., thanks for touting the event! I'm already looking forward to it again, and I bet you are too. LOL. We DO have a great time!
And it's cheap everyone - only $50 for the whole weekend, and that covers a lot of meals. YOu'd need ot pay your own transportation and room.
Last year we had a little over 300 people and around 100 authors. Very laidback (like me - LOL) and fun and easy.
Hope to see you there!


Lori Foster August 26, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

To everyone else, thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts on promo stuff. I truly appreciate it!
Hope the rest of your week is wonderful!

All my best,


Janet,  August 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

Lori, I am not going to gush here - you get enough of that from me on FB:)
That said, I loved the interview!
Pens are my favorite promo item. I always have my Servent pen with me! I also like totebags, t-shirts, and mousepads but pens..oh yes!

+3 - follower


jacabur1 August 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM  

First let me say there is nothing that can be used as a promo item that I do not like, my favorite item however is usually the magnets first and 2nd the pens. I love the info on the magnets that pertains to the author and their books and can always always use pens as mine seem to get lost frequently by my family members who use them....

Thank you for any and all contact be it an interview or a personal email in response to something sent to you by myself, you are a wonderful writer and hope to be able to enjoy your imagination in your books for many years to come.... Great interview by the way and cool swag contest too....

Cathy M August 26, 2009 at 3:35 PM  

Hi Lori, love your heroes and have so many of your books on my keeper shelf. I really enjoy Urban Fantasy stories and just finished the second book in the Servant series. Can't wait to read Kindred.

As for promo, love pens and note pads.

already a follower


Mary G August 26, 2009 at 10:57 PM  

I love all Lori's books. I enjoyed My Man Michael even though it was a little different. Very brave to try that premise & not everyone does it so well.I like pens, magnets & books. great interview!

booklover1335 August 26, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

Hey Mary,
I'm totally with you on My Man Michael. If you would have taken that story out of the SBC fighters series I think it would have been received a lot better than what it was. As a stand alone, while different than her other books,it was just as good.

I think many readers like myself didn't even bother to read the back cover. I didn't think I needed to know any more about the book other than it was by Lori and was part of the SBC series before I bought it. On one hand I can understand why some readers were upset by it, but at the same time it was still a good read regardless.

Lily,  August 27, 2009 at 3:14 AM  

I just love promo stuff especially the bookmarks. My friends and all
strangers are just amazed when they see me read a new or old book with its own bookmark to go with it. I think it's great advertisement. I also love your idea of printable booklist because of all the reprints. Sometimes I forget to check the copyright dates and so I have many doubles which I donate to the local libraries.

Lori Foster August 27, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

Thanks everyone!
On MY MAN, MICHAEL, yeah, in hindsight, I should have done that as a standalone. But for me, it was Michael's story, what my muse came up with, and Michael WAS part of the SBC set... I dunno.
It did well sales-wise, even though there are like... oh a gazillion negative reviews on Amazon. LOL
I hate to disappoint readers, but I have to write what I write, ya know?

Hugs to all!


Mary G August 27, 2009 at 8:35 PM  

Just realized contest is open to U.S. only & I'm in Canada. Still glad I was able to support Lori's
books. I think she proves that if you like the author you can cross genres as I did with Beth Kery's Daring Time. You never know what treasure you'll find.Thanks for a great interview

ddurance August 27, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

Hi Lori! Congrats on the new release. As far as promos go, I like anything unusual. It's always good to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. Stuffed animals and playing cards are some of my favorites.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Cheryl August 27, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

I love this series and am sad to see it end.

Besides the obvious for promo items...books. I like bookmarks, pends, mousepads, magnets, mugs, t-shirts, a magnet size calendar that shows upcoming releases from that author. These are a few of the items I like.

I am also a follower. Thanks

clbstitch at yahoo dot com

jeanette8042 August 29, 2009 at 12:45 AM  

Loved the interview! And I love pens as promo gifts b/c I run through tons really fast. And I actually do notice names and stuff on pens, b/c sometimes I just stare at the pens while in class haha!

I also just became a follower of your blog! I enjoy reading your interviews and thoughts.

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