Guest Author & Giveaway: Joan Swan featuring Fever

Thursday, April 5

Debut author Joan Swan is my guest today, one of the last stops in her whirlwind Fever blog tour.  Not only has she provided an amusing post that I'm sure everyone can relate to, but also an exclusive excerpt from her debut novel (and a giveaway).  Enjoy!


There’s what we say…  Then there’s what we mean…

All too often in relationships, communication is a sticky element that can really gum up the works.  I thought it would be fun to bring that into a new light – a humorous light.  Because its fun.  Because it might bring a few smiles.  And because if someone can gain a new perspective, well, that’s great too.


What women say to men…  And what they really mean…
  1. Fine: I’m right, this argument is over, and you’d better shut up before you’re sleeping in the dog house.
  2. Five Minutes: If I’m getting dressed, I mean half an hour. If I’m not, you’d better have your butt off that couch and your hands on that lawnmower in five minutes and thirty seconds.  
  3. Nothing: This means I’m stewing about something, and you’d better watch your step because just about anything could set me off.  Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.
  4. Go Ahead: I dare you.
  5. Loud Sigh: Why do I waste my time arguing with you about nothing when I’m always right and I always win?
  6. That's Okay: I will be thinking long and hard before deciding how you will pay for this mistake.
  7. Thanks: Just accept and say you’re welcome.
  8. Whatever: F*ck you.
  9. Don't worry about it, I got it: I told you to do this several times, but I’ll just do it myself.  If you want to start a fight, just ask me “What’s wrong?”

What men say to women…  And what they really mean…
  1. That's not what I meant: That's totally what I meant, but now that I see you're mad, I wish I hadn't said it out loud.
  2. Can we talk about this later?:  I never want to talk about this again.
  3. It's fine: It's not actually fine, but if we discuss it, I’ll be in deeper shit than I am now.
  4. It's a guy thing: There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.
  5. I can't find it: It didn't fall into my outstretched hands, so I'm completely clueless.
  6. You're being sensitive:  You're either having a serious case of PMS or you're just batshit crazy.
  7. It's complicated. I'll explain later: There's nothing complicated about it. I just don't want to explain it.  Hopefully you'll forget about it by tomorrow.
  8. You look gorgeous in this one:  If you change your outfit one more time, I'm leaving without you.
  9. She’s just an old friend: 98% -- She’s someone I used to date; 2% -- I once made a move on her and she wasn’t interested.
Offer up one your own what-you-said vs. what-you-meant phrases (or one from your significant others’) and you’ll be entered to WIN a copy of my debut release FEVER, a fun read about a man with unusual powers who's been wrongly convicted of murder and escapes prison by abducting an innocent woman.

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

Read an excerpt, & also a special excerpt just for Musings readers!

Read it in a Google document here


Thank you so much Joan for being my guest today!  Fever has been receiving amazing reviews.  When you read comments such as "brilliant", "all consuming" & "alpha hero deliciousness" I can't help but mark it as a must read.  This Fever definitely has "hot flashes" potential, LOL.

Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel in the Phoenix Rising series, FEVER, with Kensington Brava debuted on February 28, 2012.  Her second story in the series, BLAZE, follows in September, 2012 (and is only $8.23 @ Amazon for pre-order).  

Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.  You can find Joan at her website, Twitter, Facebook, Blog and Goodreads.

While at her website you will definitely want to check out her contest to win the Grand Prize from her blog tour....a Nook or Kindle ereader (ooooh, pretty!).  She has all the details on how to enter, and how to gain extra entries on her site, Every comment made here at Seductive Musings  can also enter you to win the Grand Prize!  Win, win, win :) (I believe you might have to enter your comment made here on the Rafflecopter widget on her site to be officially should check out her contest rules just to be sure).

To celebrate the release of the first book in the Phoenix Rising series, FEVER, Joan would like to giveaway a signed copy of the book to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Joan 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, 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 & Canadian addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on April 7th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using, and/or by the author
  • 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
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • 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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Sheree April 5, 2012 at 2:15 AM  

Hi, Joan! I love that cover! And the book is an awesome read, too!

Carol L. April 5, 2012 at 4:21 AM  

I've had Fever on my TRL and can't wait to read it Joan. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
How about this ?
We're adults, we can talk about this, meaning "wait till you see how mature I am when my temper lets loose later.
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

lorimeehan April 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM  

OMG. I think you must know my husband. Lol. That was great and so spot on. My saying (his) "I'M UP" meaning- I'm somewhat awake but have no intention of getting up. You can continue to tell me every 10 minutes to get up for work.

Diane April 5, 2012 at 9:41 AM  

"That's what I said" when we know that wasn't what he said at all.

Those quotes are so funny and so realistic, they made me laugh.

Soft Fuzzy Sweater April 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

Is THAT what we're having for dinner? Meaning: I'd rather eat roadkill!

I am a GFC follower and an email follower since forever.

Dying to read this cool book!


Anonymous,  April 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

I have already won a copy of Fever, so please don't enter me.

Women to men: "I'm fine" = Something is wrong, but I don't quite know what. Give me an hour to figure it out and and then I will yell at you. Until then, silent treatment.


bas1chs April 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM  

LOL I love this list!

One I remember my father always saying to my mother was "Whatever you want." in response to dinner ideas or what-have-you and then vetoing every suggestion. So I learned it really meant, he wasn't sure what he wanted and couldn't just come out and say it! Now it's kind of a joke with all of us.

Janet Kerr April 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM  

When a man says "Later" and of course 'later' never comes.
Fun post Joan!


Victoria April 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM  

Hi Joan :)

I love your lists. How about:
Her: No problem - it's a BIG problem
Him: Great dinner - great dinner


Kathleen O April 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

Joan I have not read any of your books..YET... but you can be sure you are on my TBR list..

Here is one I like on my list.

When I said a Romantic Dinner...I did not mean at your favourite Sports Bar with all your friends...

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

Thanks so much Sheree! Glad you enjoyed Fever!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM  

LOL, Carol! LOVE it!!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM  

Hi Lori...that's usually me. I'm up, I'm up--as in, leave me alone so I can fall back to sleep. :)

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM  

LOL, Diane! I like that one!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM  


Anne...OMG, since I don't cook much anymore, I'd almost forgotten that one. Priceless.

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM  

Krista -- thanks for coming by! Hope you love FEVER!

And that is SO true!!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM  

Oh, cruel! Now, on the other hand, as a child, when I told my mother anything she wanted to hear and then did whatever I wanted to do...well, of course, that was different! Right? :)

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM  

Hey Janet!

That "later" can be awfully elusive!!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM  

LOLOLOL, Victoria...nice!!

Joan Swan April 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM  

Hi Kathleen! I'm always looking for new readers :).

Ah, those men...such different ideas of "romantic".

DaVinciKittie April 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM  

This is my favorite...
"Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine"

Amen! This list made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to more books from you Joan! =)

GzNKz4evr April 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM  

Bahahahahaha! Great post. And how true it is. *whispers* Whatever is my favorite word. I use it multiple times each day! *nods* Thanks so much for the fun post to lighten my spirits!
Please do not enter me as I already have my own copy of this phenomenal book. Best of luck to everyone else. You are in for an amazing read!

donnas April 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM  

Congrats on the release! Cant wait to read it.

Phoenix Carvelli April 6, 2012 at 1:44 AM  

How about this one...
Hubby: Do you mind if I...(fill in whatever here)?
Me: No.
Hubby: (sulking silence)
Me: Go for it.
Hubby: Oh, ok. (goes on merry way)

He has a habit of always assuming the worst in everything. Crazy!

FEVER is AWESOME!!! I already have my copy! :)

savannah April 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM  

Okay I love when I ask my hubby something when he is watching football or some other sport and he says
"Yeah Yeah whatever" Which really means 'please stop talking and go away..... quickly.'

This is normally when I ask him a favor or for money than later when he argues I say "so are you saying you weren't paying attention earlier when I asked about this?"

Oh yeah I"m evil lol

Becky April 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM  

Loved Fever! Thank you so much!

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