Guest Author & Giveaway: Stephanie Tyler featuring Hold on Tight

Tuesday, January 26

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Larissa Ione was a guest yesterday featuring her new book, and today we have the other half of the Sydney Croft writing team....Stephanie Tyler.  Demons and SEALs....does it get any better than that? 

Stephanie is my guest today to celebrate the third and final book in her Hard to Hold series, Hold on Tight, and discusses how romance is a life saver (of the non-candy variety).  Reading romance is as necessary to me as breathing air which is why I am so thankful that Stephanie turned to reading romance during a difficult period in her life.  Behold the power of HEA.

Thanks for having me back today at Seductive Musings!  It’s been a whirlwind couple of months, having my trilogy release back to back – a fun, exhausting one, with lots of awesome reader mail.

I have to tell you, the reader mail just trumps it all, and it’ll often come at the precise moment I need it.  Maybe I’m in the middle of writing something and it’s not going well, or the doubt demons raise their ugly head and then, ding, a new email pops into my inbox from a reader and they tell me they’re loving my books and it’s like, okay, that’s why I do this.  

When I started writing, my daughter was very sick and in the hospital.  For much of the first year of her life, and the first part of the second, she was in the hospital, as was I, next to her bed, sleeping on a piece of foam covered plywood the hospital claimed was a bed, but hey, I wasn’t leaving her side.  And I started back into reading romance because I needed that happy ending.  

I always say that romance saved me and I know it’s true.  So the detractors of the genre don’t bother me at all, because they don’t get it.  But romance novels have a real power, and I can attest to it.

I also believe that women who read romance are simply happier, more well-adjusted and have a better grip on their sexuality than women who call the genre trash and claim they don’t need to read books like that.  

Totally their loss, you know?

Anyway, in honor of Hold On Tight’s release today (YAY!) I’m giving away a choice of any of my backlist (includes the first two books in the trilogy, any of my blazes or any of the Sydney Croft books.)  All you need to do to be eligible to win is leave me a comment telling me why you like to read romance – or anything to do with the topic I’ve talked about above.

They were caught in the crossfire between danger and desire...



Chris Waldron, an elite U.S. Navy SEAL, is used to getting out of tight spots. But all his years of training can’t prepare him for the crisis he now faces. When a mission to rescue a kidnapped ambassador and his wife goes tragically awry, an FBI hostage negotiator is killed and Chris finds himself at the center of the ensuing investigation. Leading the charge is the blistering hot special agent and onetime lover who has re-ignited their mutual attraction.

Jamie Michaels is determined to keep things professional with Chris Waldron this time. But seeing him bruised and battered in that hospital bed has rekindled all those feelings she thought she’d left behind during their brief, passionate encounter in Africa. Now Jamie must keep her craving for danger at bay as she spearheads a search for the truth that just may blow Chris’s career to bits—and put them both in the crosshairs of an unseen enemy.

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My many special thanks to Stephanie for being my guest today, and congratulations on the release of the final book in the trilogy!  Sadly that means I'll be waiting a looong time until her next new book or series to come out.

If you loved Hard to Hold as much as I did (and if you haven't read it, then there's no time like the present), you should definitely check out her website to get the full book experience for  the entire trilogy Hard to Hold, Too Hot to Hold, and Hold on Tight.  She's got book club questionscharacter lists, a military glossary (which being the non military person that I am I desperately need), maps (am I the only one that likes to see pictures so that I can visualize it while reading?), and music that inspired the book (love book soundtracks!) with blurbs and excerpts for each of the books in the seriesIt's a virtual  treasure trove of booklover goodness. In addition you can also find her blog on this site, as well as ways to contact her via Twitter and Myspace to show her some love.

Did you know that Stephanie Tyler also co-writes under the pseudonym Sydney Croft with Larissa Ione?  Larissa was my guest here at Musings yesterday (Monday 1/25). In case you missed it you can find it here.  It's kind of funny how that worked out :)  You can find out more about these books here, and at

As she's already mentioned, Stephanie is giving away one signed book from her backlist including the books she has written with Larissa Ione as Sydney Croft to celebrate the release of Hold on Tight.  How exciting is that!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Stephanie posed to readers in her post( good for 1 entry) 
  • Mandatory:  You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • Blog about this author's giveaway on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 15 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 5 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 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
Rules and disclaimers: 
  • This contest is open to anyone
  • The contest will end on January 30th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me 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!

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mariska January 26, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

telling me why you like to read romance –

I like to read romance because all of those HEA and HE : )

and usually it makes me more relax after reading romance book.

i'm a GFC follower

Jane January 26, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Happy Release Day, Stephanie. I read romance for the HEAs and also for the journey the hero and heroine take as they fall in love.

I'm a GFC follower.

chelleyreads January 26, 2010 at 1:18 AM  

i love reading romance because i love reading HEAfters--no matter how big the problem, there is always that love between the h/h and they're always together in the end no matter what. i read to escape too and i don't need sad books that will bring me more down when i need to be happy and romance always delivers.

i'm an old follower :)

booklover0226 January 26, 2010 at 4:22 AM  

Like the other posters, I love to read romances for the HEA. I love how the hero chases the heroine and wins her heart!

I'm an GFC follower.

Tracey D

Virginia C January 26, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

Hi, Stephanie! I am a great fan of yours! Thank you for sharing the story about your daughter. I hope that those problems are far behind her and all is well. The reason that we feel comforted by reading romance is not just the story with the HEA, but the author behind the story. Wonderfully warm and creative people like you! My belief is that people who publicy denounce romance books actually devour them in secret!

What do I love about romance? It reaffirms what I already know about love, and opens my eyes to the many hidden aspects of affairs of the heart. Sometimes, I want to read stories which are similar to my own life experience. Other times, I want to be swept away : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Bethie January 26, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

Please count me in. I like to read romance because its a escape for me.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

dor January 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

I love to read romance because it really does relax me and takes me away somewhere else. Thanks for the review.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

dor January 26, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

I follow on google friend....dor

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Tamsyn January 26, 2010 at 9:46 AM  

I only like to read romance with HEAs. I love knowing that despite all the obtacles, the odds, in the end everything will work out. I suppose it is a form of escapism. Thanks for the chance to win.

I'm a google follower.

Scorpio M. January 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

"I also believe that women who read romance are simply happier, more well-adjusted and have a better grip on their sexuality than women who call the genre trash and claim they don’t need to read books like that."

I so agree with these sentiments. I hate when people get uber-cerebral and uptight about something they know nothing about. If you don't like, don't read it and just zip it!

I like to read romances because I enjoy the butterflies-in-my-belly feeling when reading about two people falling in love.

Chris will be in my hands by the end of this week! woohoo!

I am a GFC follower.


tetewa January 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

I read romance because it takes me to places and I meet people I normally wouldn't be able to!

Jess January 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

I read romance because it allows me to come out of my shell and feel a connection. No matter how fictional it may be. Of course, the happy endings help as well. :) It's a great escape.

I am a follower through GFC

I have also posted a link back to this contest on my sidebar (Http://

Thanks for hosting it, and Stephanie happy release day!

Wanda January 26, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

I like to read romance because it makes me happy and it's easy reading.
I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

Kara C January 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

I read romance, and especially romantic suspense, for the adventures, new 'experiences' I won't have in my own life, and of course the HEA. Those characters that return in book after book of a series are my favorites! They become like friends. That's why re-reading a favorite is as good as any comfort food!
Congrats on release day. Got my copy at lunch!

CallMeKayla January 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

I read romance because no matter the subcatagory, it is the same. The same feelings and the same expectations. And also because it takes readers to a happy place :)

I love Stephanie Tyler's books!!!
-I'm a follower

Estella January 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

Happy release day!

I read romance to escape the real world for a while.

Stephanie Tyler January 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

Hey Everyone!! Your answers are making me smile (and OMG - thanks for the release day congrats and to those who bought Chris today :)

My daughter's okay - she's got special needs & I still spend a lot of time in hospitals with her - romance is still my lifeline a lot of the time. I couldn't think of a better genre to be a part of.

Thanks to Carrie for having me back!!!

alba January 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

Hello Stephanie
I hope all is well with your Daughter I'm sure It must have been a harrowing time for you.
I will send Blessing's your way.
Why do I read Romance I love the story-telling, the characters, and I’m addicted to happy endings. :-) I love picking up a book and knowing that when I get to the end of the story, the heroine won’t be killed off. Instead, she’d get everything she wants out of life. & hey They are fun I so feel sorry for those who call it Trash or Smut they don't know what they are Missing. I Started reading Romance at a time when i was so down I needed to be cheered up I was given The Bride by Garwood and A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux they hooked me good.
Have a wonderful day
I am a Google Friend Connect follower.

chey January 26, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

I like to read romance because of the HEAs.

jacabur1 January 26, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

Hello today Stephanie, glad to see you here and all of us are very glad that you turned to books to get you through the tough spot and very glad you then in turn started writing wonderful stories for others to read!
The reason I read romance stories is like so many others nowadays they allow me to escape into a world where the insurmountable obstacles are somehow overcome and the main characters live their HEA to the delight and joy of the reader. The entire reason to read is to be entertained and uplifted and romance books do both in spades thanks to authors like yourself with humor, sarcasm, wit, adventure and some pretty good "spice" all rolled up together in one neat reading package!!

I am a new GFC follower
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INCiDeNT January 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

I like to read romances to explore the many different relationships that can blossom from one incident to the next and the chemistry that burns between them.

I posted about it here:

Andrea I January 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

I read for relaxation and to escape. Romance is light reading and makes me feel good.

GFC follower

Sue A. January 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

I read romance because I enjoy the emotional roller coaster ride, with its highs and lows. Elation to angst and everything between.

I'm a follower - Google Friend Connect

alternate email other than blogger
magenta 2 red [at] gmail [dot] com

misskallie2000 January 26, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

Re:Stephanie's question. I read romance for the warm feeling I get while reading, and the love you feel from the hero and heroin. When a book has a happy ending you feel better. I love romance.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

I am a google friend follower

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Martha Lawson January 26, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

I like to read romance Stephanie for the same reason you do! The escape from the every day and the Happily Ever After!! It has saved my sanity on many occasions. I love your books.

I am a follower on google friend.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Linda Henderson January 26, 2010 at 11:39 PM  

I've been married and divorced twice so I've never had a happily ever after, so I enjoy reading about them.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

Ina January 27, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Hi Stephanie!
wow, your post is really touching - I wish you and your daughter all the best *hugs*
I'm reading romance, especially in bad times, because I need something good and if I only get if from books I will take all happy ends I get...

Stephanie, congrats on the release of Hold on Thight - it's already on the way to me and I can't wait to read the third book in your series!
greetings, Ina

I'm a follower...

CrystalGB January 27, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

I like to read romance novels because they provide an escape from every day life where you know that there is a happy ending. You can go along with the couple on their journey to falling in love.

I am a follower.

Pamk January 27, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

I read romances becasue I know I'll have a HEA. No bad stuff at the end for me. Hate books or movies or anything that doesn't have a happy ending. I can get real stuff on the news.
I am a follower and I'm posting this on my contest list on my sidebar of my blog

justpeachy36 January 28, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I read romance because I like all the emotion and the ideas of how to find love.

Amanda Leigh January 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

I like to read romance because I know that no matter what struggles the hero and heroine go through, there will be an HEA. Now if only life would follow that....

~I'm a GFC follower
~posted about this contest:

Emily January 28, 2010 at 8:10 PM  

I like to read romance because no matter how bad things get in the story, I like that there's always a happily ever after. Real life certainly isn't like that so it's a nice refresher.

I'm a GFC follower!

whatbookisthat at gmail dot com


Eva S January 29, 2010 at 3:22 AM  

I like to read romance because I can get away from everyday life, I can choose different genres depending on my mood and still I know there will be a HEA in the end.

I am a follower

eva.silkka at

suehussein January 29, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

Hi Stephanie, congrats on your release!! I am just like all the other commentors, I want that HEA!! I want to know that what ever happens it will all work out. I like to go places that I've never been. I like the excitement in a romantic suspense read too. I also like the boost that it gives to my love life. My hubby also likes that I read rom books!! Thanks, Sue

I am a GFC follower
I tweeted about the contest@

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