Spotlight & Giveaway: Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted June 13th, 2013 by in Blog, Giveaway, Spotlight / 28 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones to HJ

Lisa Renee Jones returns June 11th with the second book in her wildly popular Inside Out series, BEING ME.  

BMBEING ME is the continuing story of Sara McMillan, an ordinary high school teacher with an uneventful life whose surprise acquisition of a storage unit key leads her to discover the journals of a woman she never met. Riveted by the journal writer’s erotic adventures, Sara begins to obsess until she takes steps that lead her to living out the other woman’s life. But the writer’s path is dark and the men Sara meets are darker still—can she solve the riddle of what happened to the writer before she meets the same fate?

Throughout your career so far, you’ve written a wide range of genres, from paranormal romance to erotic thrillers. Which has been your favorite to write and what inspires you to jump around?

I love suspense and it’s where I started. Opportunity lead me other places but my heart is always in a good sexy mystery.

Your latest series, The Inside Out Trilogy, begins with a character who discovers a woman’s “lost journals” in an old storage unit she purchases. How have your real-life experiences buying storage units inspired you to write this story?

My fiancée found a journal when we were buying and selling storage units and it inspired the idea. He got absorbed in the journal and insisted I write a sexy mystery involving a journal found in a storage unit. It took me years to listen to him but he never stopped pushing me. By the time I wrote INSIDE OUT had been developing the idea so long, that it made the fictional world and characters felt very real to me.

Before publishing your books, you owned your own staffing agency, which was named Entrepreneur Magazine’s #7 growing women-owned business (1998) and recognized by the Austin Business Journal and Dallas Women Magazine. How has your experience in the business world helped shape your female characters?

It helped me understand the dynamics of personalities and relationships. It also exposed me to some of the good and bad sides of people and situations I do not think I would have known existed otherwise.

In your opinion, what ingredients are needed to make up a good erotic thriller?

Well, great sex is a must. And not the same sex. And not sex just for sex. If I Were You didn’t have a ton of sex because the characters weren’t ready. I wasn’t going to make them have sex to make sex scenes appear on pages. And a good mystery is a true mystery. It’s woven into the story with subtle little clues. For me, it also has to be deeply rooted in something one or more characters have some emotional attachment to.

What’s up next for you and your writing career?

I have a new series Escaping Reality, another sexy mystery, out in July. A novella coming up with Random House and more books in the INSIDE OUT series. There will be 5 Inside Out books and a spinoff series. Books 4 and 5 are highly focused on the man who did not get Sara. And you will know what the spinoff series is by the end of Revealing Us. You will have no question.

Giveaway: one winner will win a copy of  If I Were You and Being Me 

To enter giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and complete this sentence: I would like to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me because …….  most creative answers win 😉 

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If I Were You

IIWYHe is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. . . .

In the bestselling style of Fifty Shades of Grey, Lisa Renee Jones delivers sexy thrills and heart-pounding sensuality with a tantalizing page-turner in which the eyes of a high school English teacher are opened to a world she never knew existed, and she finds a passionate craving within that she never knew she possessed.

The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can’t resist peeking at the entries in the journal . . . and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca’s affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets.

Obsessed with discovering Rebecca’s destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman’s life; she immerses herself in the high-stakes art gallery world Rebecca inhabited—and is magnetically drawn to two men. Which one seduced Rebecca with his masterful and commanding touch and brought her fantasies to exquisite life? On a daringly erotic escapade, Sara follows Rebecca’s path to fulfill her own hidden longings. But after she tastes the forbidden pleasures Rebecca savored, will Sara be helpless to escape the same submissive fate?

Next in this thrilling new trilogy: look for Being Me and Revealing Us.

28 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones”

  1. cahmmerritt

    I did read If I were You and the novellas… the suspense is killing me here people! I’ve reread If I were You just to be ready for all of the erotic details, answers to my zillions of questions and to see whether or not my predictions are accurate. Jumpin’ up and down here with fingers crossed!

    My bribe: I promise to write honest reviews and post them to: Amazon, B&N and GoodReads!

  2. bn100

    I would like to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me because …I’d also like to read the journals the character is reading and see what she experiences.

  3. Beth Haney

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me because I’d like to prove to myself that this series is not like 50 Shades. I also read your reviews and I’m curious. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me because they just look too hot to handle…..kinda like me 🙂

  5. Alicia Jespersen

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me because I’d love to learn how to be you and learn about being me! Hahaha…

    No but really these books just are so appealing, the covers are gorgeous! The stories sound incredibly hot and sexy! So how could I not want to read these?

    Thanks so much for the chance to win these two books!

  6. Mary Preston

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me because, well actually, because this is why I would NEVER write a journal.

    You note down your deepest, darkest secrets and then along comes Lisa Renee Jones to tell the whole world.

    Am I up for a little snoop? You bet I am.

  7. Megan Parsons

    I want to read If I Were You and Being Me because sometimes I wish I had a more exciting life filled with the things in these 2 books!

  8. Kai W.

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me, because being me, I wouldn’t do anything outside of my comfort zone like read these two books. I will always be that practical, conservative person. But if I were you (like the character Sara), I could let go of my inhibition and read these two books and spice up sex life. I will be the seductress or the dominatrix that lurks so deep in me. I will be taking those erotic scenes from the books and be experimenting which I wouldn’t do, being me.

  9. amel armeliana

    Actually, your books are not the books that I usually read. Mostly I read young adult books. But the story of these two books very compelling me. I mean, I just an ordinary woman with ordinary life, but looking to the world that Lisa created, it’s just trigger something to me. Maybe deep in my heart, I was wondering how it felt to become Sara.

    Thanks for this giveaway 🙂

  10. Sandie W

    I’d love to read these books because I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live someone else’s life. This may be as close as I ever get. What an interesting concept!

  11. Leslie Miner

    I plan to read these books whether I win copies or not. They are on my TBR, so it would be great to win copies. Cuts down on the one-click bill. Not a very creative answer, but it’s the reason I’m entering the raffle. 🙂

  12. parisfanca

    I love to read books due to it gives me an escape from my life for a little while. with being out of work and trying to find a job the past two years is really hard and reading does give me that bit of a break from the reality of my situation

  13. Sue G.

    My husband and I watch the TV show Storage Wars and find it fascinating some of the things that they find in there. If I ever acquired a storage unit and found someone’s journals, I’d have to sit there reading them. I’m too curious a person not too (or nosy as my family would say). Imagine the fun it would be if the journals had an erotic feel to them. Then I certainly would have to finish them. I can certainly understand being drawn completely into the story and feeling like you are living it. Isn’t that what a good book should do?

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. kp

    Would love to win this book….Haven’t read this author before and love finding new to me authors!! More books to read…..yay!!!

  15. ssmommie75

    I would love to read If I Were You and Being Me because to my knowledge I haven’t read any of Lisa Renee Jones’ books before and feel I need to be given the chance to read and leave honest reviews of the books myself.

  16. Amy R

    I would like to read If I Were You and Being Me because I saw they were making a tv series about these books, which I will probably never watch since I always get annoyed when tv/movies make too many changes.

  17. Allison W

    I would like to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me because… If I Were You, I’d give this girl a chance to read your awesome books, and Being Me, I’ll pass on the word of their awesomeness to all my friends and make sure they read them too 🙂

  18. Tess

    Thanks for sharing the interview with Lisa! Loved it! ♥ ♥ ♥ Oh dear, I’m really not good with being creative but I’m going to give this a shot nonetheless! Here goes nothing (except my dignity!) Lol 😛

    I would like to win a print copy of If I Were You and Being Me because I’m a big fan of Lisa’s books and I especially love love LOVE the Inside Out series the most! I have read If I Were You, all four of Rebecca’s Journals and Being Me on Kindle and I’m obsessed with these books, characters and their mystery/secrets/story! You know how people say too much of anything is no good? I beg to differ! I’m so crazy about these books I’ve re-read them multiple times, highlighted clues/fav quotes and even made notes. The last time I’ve been so hooked on something like this was Twin Peaks TV series (Off-topic: for some reason, the name Twin Peaks always sound dirty! Haha!) and it’s an addiction, but it’s a good one! There are no harmful side effects (unlike taking drugs for example) and it’s healthy because, well, how should I put it… I get lucky? 😉 Ermm, yea, the books are extremely smexy/hot/sizzling/scorching/panty-melting and *squeezes thighs together* totally gets my lady parts excited *blush* Anyways, I totally have it bad for Chris and I’m really envious of Sara. I know it’s just fiction, but if I can’t have Chris in reality, can I please have a consolation prize and have a “piece” of him in the form of paperbacks? At least I could “hold” him in his “physical” form (instead of my Kindle) Pretty pretty please? 🙂

    Oh, I have a confession to make… I’m not proud of it, because I’m a single-man type of lady, but I secretly have developed a thing for Bossman (Mark Compton, gawd… why are all their names such a turn-on?) I enjoyed seeing that softer, wittier and maybe even loving side of him in Being Me. I love Chris, but I think I might love Mark too if we get to see his true self, which he doesn’t show. And hence I’m totally looking forward to reading The Master Undone to find out who the real Mark is and what makes him lick, no, sorry, I meant, TICK! #FreudianSlip

    So to sum it up, here are the reasons again:

    1) Major fan girl of Lisa’s books and writing
    2) Love the Inside Out series and am obsessed/addicted/hooked beyond help!
    3) Totally and hopelessly crazy about Chris, Chris, Chris, Chris, Chris… gawd, I love you Chris!
    4) Starting vicious cycle and starting to fall fo Mark, Mark, Mark, Mark… Oh Master.
    5) Did I mention that my photoshop skills have improved too? 🙂 I’m a total noob at it, but I’ve been trying to create some picture quotes and I think the hours I’ve put in has helped! It’s really not that great, but you can check it out here:

    Thanks so much for your kind consideration and not getting bored of my answers! Keeping fingers and toes crossed for another (looks at Rafflecopter) 12 hours and am praying that you’ll grant my dream come true and tide my obsession with these beautiful paperbacks until The Master Undone and Revealing Us is released! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    Tess a.k.a Mrs. Merit

    tess_halim (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. Marcy Shuler

    I would like to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me because: I don’t keep a journal and I’m just nosy enough to want to find out what someone else puts in one and live vicariously through them.

    I’m also curious about the things found in storage lockers like on Storage Wars.

  20. Erica

    I would like to win a copy of If I Were You and Being Me because the aliens told me they will kidnap me if I dno’t get it 🙂

  21. Timitra

    Because I love the sound of both books and also because I’ve heard many great things about this series!

  22. mmalavec

    I have not yet had the opportunity to read any of Lisa’s books, but the quotes, O.M.G. ——>“I’m going to lick you all over before this night is over, Sara, … Suck your nipples until you are crazy with need, then spread you wide and lick you until you come and then, I’m going to do it all over again. I’m going to make sure you are so thoroughly fucked that being fucked has a new

    I want to read this now!

  23. Carolyn Valdez

    I would love to read these books because I have never read this Author’s books, but I have read Fifty Shades of Grey, so would like to see if these are just as good.

  24. Valerie Rhodes

    I’d like to read this book because at times I feel I’m always trying to fit in other’s shoes.. Im sure the story will be right up my alley.. and hoping for a better ending.

  25. Rae

    I love Lisa’s books. I am looking forward to reading her NEW ADULT genre book, ESCPING REALITY. Looks like a great read.—Rae

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