Guest Author & Giveaway: Jaci Burton featuring Riding the Night

Thursday, September 2

 ***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the post...it's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***

Today is kind of a bittersweet day at Seductive Musings for several reasons.  First, today is the last guest author in the "Feel The Heat" summer celebration.  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.  The second reason, and the one that I have the most mixed emotions about, is that today we are celebrating Jaci Burton's  fifth and final book in her Wild Riders series

RIDING THE NIGHT was at the top of my list of reads for this summer and I'm so excited that release day is right around the corner, even though it means the end to this series.  This book is guaranteed to be hot hot hot and by this I mean, for those of you who love menage...look no further.  Two Alpha Heroes, danger, secrets, & passion.  It's going to be sooooo good I can hardly wait!  Jaci is my guest today and she has definitely brought the "heat" :)   That's what I call a grand finale (in more ways than one)!  Read and enjoy :)

Location, location, location

Location always plays a big part in the books I write. When plotting a book, it’s part of the beginning. Setting is as important to the story as the characters and the plotline. Where is the book going to take place? If it’s a western, it’s typically someplace dry and dusty. It’s the mood and feel of the story you’re trying to set for the reader. Western’s don’t usually take place in the tropics.

But we’re talking about romantic suspense here, and those can be set anywhere, from the orient to Chicago, from the hills of Kentucky to the outback of Australia. The fun thing about writing suspense is you can set it wherever you like, as long as you set the tone of the book accordingly.

If you read me at all you’ll find I often set books either where I live or where I’ve lived before. I grew up in St Louis, Missouri, and I’ve lived in Oklahoma and both northern and southern California. I’ve had books set in all those locales. I’ve also traveled along the east coast of Australia and set a book there, too, and took many trips to Hawaii. Yes, I’ve set many books in Hawaii, since it’s one of my favorite places in the world to visit. And of course there’s Florida. Yeah, I’ve set a few books in Florida. What’s not to love about the ocean and beaches there? Oh, and New Orleans, home of jazz and Bourbon Street. I could go on. And on. I’ve been a lot of places, loved them all, and love writing about them. Location takes on a life of its own in my books.

It helps to have been where you’re writing about, to be able to put yourself in your characters’ shoes, at least geographically. For my upcoming Berkley Heat release, Riding The Night, I had some fun with location. I started the book where I grew up—St Louis, Missouri. But my characters don’t stay there—they head up north to Sturgis, South Dakota, home of the annual bike rally and one of the most beautiful places in the country—the Black Hills. Sturgis and the Black Hills take on a life of their own during the annual bike rally in August each year, and it formed the backdrop for the journey my characters take in Riding the Night. It’s a great place for a group of bikers to hide in plain sight while on the hunt for a killer.

When you read a book, do you notice the location of the story? Does it enrich the reading experience for you, or do you not pay attention and focus only on the plot and the characters? What have been some of your favorite locations in some of the books you’ve read?


AJ and Pax work together as undercover operatives for a government agency of bad-boy bikers known as the Wild Riders. And though they play as hard as they work, both men are looking for the one woman who can tame them… 

On vacation, AJ and Pax run into AJ’s high school sweetheart, Teresa. While they’re catching up at Teresa’s bar, a fight erupts between two biker gangs, leaving one man dead and Teresa’s brother wrongly accused of murder. With no proof and Teresa as the only eye witness, the trio points their Harleys toward the annual bike rally in South Dakota in hot pursuit of the real killer…

Her life in jeopardy, AJ and Pax become Teresa’s fierce protectors. But a past trauma keeps Teresa guarded, unable to trust them--until AJ and Pax uncover her secret and vow to do anything to help her heal. And in their arms she discovers a sensual desire that knows no boundaries, a passion strong enough to overcome her tragic past and awaken a force that brings both men to their knees.

Danger may temporarily bind the three together, but it’s their shared passion that will lead them to the ride of their lives: love.

Read the ENTIRE 1st Chapter in installments 1, 2, &  3
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Congratulations Jaci!  Thank you for such a fabulous series, and while I am sad to see it end I definitely enjoyed the ride while it lasted.  You are a must read author for me because of this series, and Riding Temptation and Riding the Edge have earned treasured spaces on my keeper shelves.  The good news, for those of you who are new to the series, is that now you can read them all together and  have a  Burton Book Binge (like I did when I first discovered them).  I have a feeling that I may become equally attached to her new series that starts with The Perfect Play.

If you'd like to learn more about Jaci Burton and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.jaciburton.com, her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

To celebrate the release of RIDING THE NIGHT Jaci has offered to giveaway the first THREE books in the series to three different lucky commenters!  You have the chance to win either Riding Wild, Riding Temptation or Riding On Instinct.  What a great way to end our "Feel the Heat" celebration!!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Jaci asked readers in her guest post AND leave a meaningful comment.  Please indicate which book you would like to win (1st, 2nd, 3rd choice...or if you'd like to have any one of them, it doesn't matter which one) (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, or subscription in Google reader, 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)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • 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 US & International addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on September 4 at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) 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!

 p.s. don't forget that every meaningful comment you make from Aug 1-Sept 4th will earn you an entry in the "Feel the Heat" giveaway.  Click the link for full details.
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27 Comments:

~*Jessica Rabbit*~ September 2, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

Oh I have been wanting to read this for months now, I only just stumbled across this author and haven't had the chance to read her work yet. I now have a lot of her books on my wish list, lol. And if I win I would like "RIDING ON INTINCTS" Now to answer her question :

I don't really pay attention to the location in a story. To me it isn't the main focus, the characters and the flow of the story are what draw me in a book. Yes, it is awesome to visit new places in a book but if I've never been there I don't have an ounce of clue as to where the characters are going even if they say where they're heading. So if an author says I'm going to down town Seattle I'm picturing down town Orlando. LOL. I attach places I know to the others stories, so I'm not really going anywhere new. Unless it's a different country then I just have to hope my imagintion is good enough to put the authors description together properly. Some of my favorite locations are Scotland and London during the victorian era. :)

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GFC follower

Jane September 2, 2010 at 1:45 AM  

Congrats on the new release, Jaci. I do notice the location of the story and I do think it enriches the reading experience for me because it's like another character in the book. Some of my favorites are NYC, San Francisco, Vegas and New Orleans.

My first choice is "Riding on Instinct," followed by "Riding Temptation." I already own a copy of "Riding Wild."

I'm a GFC follower.

Ivy September 2, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

I so enjoy this series. Congrats on the release.
I notice the location. Sometimes it plays as big a part as the characters. Yeah, it's important to me.
If I won I'd choose Riding on Instinct.
I'm a follower
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Y'all have a great day!

debbie September 2, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

I really do notice the location. It makes a huge difference in how the characters act. They may be going to a pub in London, or mardi gras in New Orleans. It really adds to the depth of the story.
I would like to read any of these books.
I am a gfc follower.
debbie
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Linda Henderson September 2, 2010 at 6:53 AM  

I do notice location in books, especially if I've traveled or lived there. I live in Missouri and have for most of my life so I'm a midwest girl. The In Death series by J.D.Robb comes to mind with their New York setting. And the Las Vegas background for some of Angie Fox's Demon Slayers books. I've lived briefly in Vegas, so I enjoyed that.

I am a follower on Google.

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Ina September 2, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

Hi Jaci!
congrats on your newest release - I can't believe it's here!
to answer your question, yes, I do notice the location and it influences me...one of my favorite location is Budapest - Gena Showalter described it wonderful... on the contrary there is Lara Adrians Ashes for Midnight - I really like her books, but that one was really difficult to read cause it takes place in Germany and I don't like those setting...
greetings, Ina

it doesn't matter which book ;)
I'm a GFC follower

Tore September 2, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

1. I am a email subscriber and follower. I really want to read this book. I would love to read some of your other books also.
2. When you read a book, do you notice the location of the story? Yes I pay attention to the location. I know some authors use fictional places or real places. Does it enrich the reading experience for you, or do you not pay attention and focus only on the plot and the characters? I wouldn't say its my main focus because I tend to pay attention more to the characters and the story line but the places do enrich the reading of the story line depending on where they are. What have been some of your favorite locations in some of the books you’ve read?
I love fictional places, Ireland, i love some stories in the jungle or wilderness. I love a variety of places. It makes it really interesting.
Tore923@aol.com

Scorpio M. September 2, 2010 at 9:56 AM  

Sometimes you can't help but pay attention to location because some settings are so distinct. Cities like NY, LA, Chicago immediately conjur up certain vibes for me.

I love Rachel Gibson's hockey series which are set in the Seattle. I love the organic, natur-ey feel of the Pacific Northwest.

I'd love to read Riding Temptation (#1 choice) or Riding Wild. I already read & enjoyed Riding On Instinct. Congrats on the new release, Jaci!

GFC follower.

Armenia September 2, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

Just stopped by to spread the love. Don't enter me, I have all 3books in the series and they're on my keeper shelf.

Jaci, I hate to see the end of this series, but I'm looking forward to The Perfect Play. That has got to be one of the hottest covers to date. I mean, its up there with D. Thompson's Lord Of The Deep.

Location is a very important element in a story. I think it adds richness to a story and fuels imagination for a reader. I'm tickled pink when I come across books that have scenes in San Antonio and Austin because I can just visualize those places I've visited, and remember smells and activity.

Congratulations on Riding The Night and I'm looking forward to reading it soon.

snehausa87 September 2, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

Hi Jaci
Yes,the location is important to me,because it adds a new dimension to the plot.And while I am reading,I try to imagine how the characters and their behavior and upbringing(if mentioned) is affected by the surroundings.

If I win,I would love to get a copy of Riding Wild.

Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.
I follow you and your blog on Facebook and Twitter.I believe that makes me a GFC follower.

My id on twitter is bluestocking87 .

Regards
Sneha Sharma

jeanette8042 September 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

I definitely notice locations in stories because it adds depth to the plot itself and it's also fun to read about new places. One of my favorites is New Orleans because it adds a more dark and magical feel to a story.

Great post Jaci! I love, love, love the Wild Riders series and can't wait to read AJ and Pax's story! Congrats on all your success with this series!

GFC follower

Jaci Burton September 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

Howdy everyone! Thanks to Booklover for letting me guest here today, and thanks to all who've posted. Loving your responses.

Thanks to those eager to read my next Wild Riders story. I'm anxious for it to release too!

CrystalGB September 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

Hi Jaci. Congratulations on your new release. Sounds great. I love the cover. I notice the setting of a book and it does enhance the story for me. I like beach settings and cities and countries that I want to visit.
I would love a copy of book 1 or book 2.
I am a GFC follower.
Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

Robin K September 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM  

I do pay attention to the location of the story. I enjoy exotic locations and fantasy wildlife. My least favorite settings are big cities.

I would love Riding Wild, I assume this is book one :)

I am a follower.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Estella September 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

I focus mainly on the plot and characters. The location is secondary.
I do enjoy books set in New Orleans.

Would love to have any of the books.

Follower

kissinoak at verizon dot net

alba September 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

Hi Jaci
Heck yeah every author I have read has taken me to places I have never been before some I have Like Scotland I have been to Stirling , oban, Edinburgh, Glasgow(raised there) Glencoe,Just to name a few so when the story talks about Location I'm there too.
Have a good one Ladies.
Thanks for hosting "Feel The Heat" summer celebration It was a blast.
Ann

Artemis September 2, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

Oh yes, location plays a big part of any story. Even if it is set in Podunk, USA. It gives a backdrop, a type of depth to the characters that otherwise would be missing.

Some of my favorite locations are in the paranormal worlds created by Kresley Cole in her IAD series. It always amazes me how I can be transported to those worlds and see them as clear as day.

I am a follower.

I would be extremely happy with any of the Wild Riders books. But since I need to make a choice:
1. Riding Temptation
2. Riding Wild
3. Riding On Instinct

cindersmaria@yahoo.com

Agnstc Mel September 3, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

I very much pay attention to location. I think it is an important detail that affects how I see things in my mind. From the clothes they are wearing to even how their accents are. I like to be able to get a complete picture in my mind when I am reading.

I haven't read any of them yet so the first one would be my first choice but really I'll read any of them :)

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katychick September 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

When you read a book, do you notice the location of the story? Does it enrich the reading experience for you, or do you not pay attention and focus only on the plot and the characters? What have been some of your favorite locations in some of the books you’ve read?

Most definietly, the location sets the tone of the book- and it lets you see the scenary and just what is going on. I love reading mystery books and love stories. My favorite location of books is in dark places for mystery books and on the beach scenary for love stories. If i win i would like to read Riding Temptation or Riding on Instinct.
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ciara September 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM  

I'd be happy with any of the books!

How much I focus on location depends on the story. If vague descriptions still make what's going on believable, I don't pay a lot of attention to the location. If they are being more descriptive and specific - I pay more attention... but I won't necessarily pick up on small "oopies" of a real town.

But as mentioned, we have a preconceived notion of an appropriate setting for a western. So a story that is set downtown in a big city is going to make me wonder unless there's a good reason for it and it's explained well.

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ciara at ciaradallas dot com

Thanks!

Sue A. September 4, 2010 at 2:58 AM  

I have no particular preference when it comes to the book prize.

When it comes to locations, I'm not overly concerned about it, I focus more on the plot and the characters, but I have noticed that I pay more attention when the location is somewhere I've been.

scottsgal September 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

Although the character interaction is most important I enjoy a good setting especially a location I'm familiar with. I also think for instance in a western romance that the setting plays a big part of the storyline if you can visualize where the characters are in the story.
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scottsgal September 4, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

Sorry forgot to add I follow via GFC
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Pam S (pams00),  September 4, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

I've really enjoyed the books I've read by you Jaci! I have not read all in this series, but anxiously looking forward to them :)!

Yes, the settings/surroundings do enrich the stories for me. I pay attention to the details etc. New Orleans, London (historial + present), Savannah, Florida... fantasy worlds, exotic islands. There are so many out there I've fallen in love with! It's always great to pick up a book and picture myself there.

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

READFREEK September 5, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

I've always wanted to read Jaci Burton. This series sounds intriguing and hot.

I've always felt the location was important. The description helps paint the picture in my mind better, and can affect how the characters interact.

Great post, and thanks for the opportunity to enter.

readfreek at gmail dot com

Modokker September 5, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

Sometimes i pay attention to location sometimes i don't. I think it depends on how important it is to the story. If location is really important to the plot them i pay more attention.

I've not read any of Jaci's books but i've heard alot about them and would love to check them out.

I am a follower. modokker at yahoo dot com

1st Rding Wild
2nd Riding Temptation
3rd Riding on instinct

thanks
Lisa B

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