Spotlight & Giveaway: Release Me by J. Kenner

Posted December 16th, 2012 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Please join me in welcoming USA Today bestselling author J. kenner to HJ!

Julie, thank for making HJ your first stop on the blog tour 🙂


Thanks so much to Harlequin Junkies for hosting me on the very first stop for my Release Me blog tour!  I had a blast writing Release Me, and it’s been great fun stepping away from the books to share more of my musings on this blog tour!

So what am I musing about right now?  Well, it’s the holiday season, and I’ve been doing a lot of shopping lately, which means dropping in and out of a lot of bookstores.  Because what’s the point of shopping if you don’t pick up a few books?  And it suddenly struck me:  Bookstores have a bad boy quality to them.  

Don’t believe me?  Well, let’s let me prove it to you. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Damien Stark, the super-sexy, darkly dangerous hero in Release Me who claims Nikki for his own.  And, for her part, the attraction to Damien is like the pull of a magnet. She longs for him, she finds comfort with him, she’s fascinated by him.  And yet she also knows that there’s something dangerous about him.

Desire, comfort, fascination and danger.

Now let’s think about your local brick and mortar bookstore.  If you’re reading this, I’m guessing we can tick desire off the list right now; I know I can.  I want books.  I crave books.  I need books.  Even if I know that I have no time to read them for weeks and weeks—even if I know that I have no empty shelves—I still have to have them.  It’s not just like an obsession.  It is an obsession.

I find comfort in books.  They soothe.  (And, yes, they excite).  I want to curl up with them, soak them up, get lost in the language and the story.  After all, how many times have you let out a satisfied sigh when you closed a good book?  Come on, you know you have … and there you are in a bookstore, surrounded by books.  Tempting books, teasing books.  Each whispering your name, urging you closer.  Oh my…

And, yes, there’s fascination, too.  Those beautiful, enticing covers on the new release tables.  The tempting topics on the bargain shelves that offer hours of exploration, taking me to places I’ve never been and letting me experience things I never have. How can I not be drawn in, sucked in by the bookstore’s provocative promises?

And yet I know there’s danger.  The risk that the allure of each of those titles will be too much to withstand, and I’ll end up struggling under the weight of dozens of books as I hurry to the checkout counter.  The danger that my wallet will be sadly yet happily empty after my blatant consumer orgy.  The danger that I will abandon all responsibilities once I get home and lose myself within the pages of a good book, succumbing completely to the temptation to give into that bad boy.

But it will be such sweet, sweet surrender …

So there you go.  At the very least, bookstores are very much my kind of bad boy.  How about you?  Are you drawn to the dangerous, delightful allure of a book?  (Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!)

Giveaway: I have 1 copy of Release Me to giveaway.

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About the Author:

J. Kenner is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes as J.K. Beck).  RELEASE ME, an erotic romance, will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. on January 1, and in over a dozen other countries later in 2013.

You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website,, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, and on Twitter at





41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Release Me by J. Kenner”

  1. Kathleen Kellenbenz

    Oh yes, when you walk into a book store you can lose yourself. For me even with the book stores here on line, you start looking around and hours go by. You can not just go in for one book. And you can’t go in and out real fast either.

  2. Mary Preston

    I grew up in a family that devours books, so this reading addiction was always encouraged.

  3. Michelle Harlan

    Yes, I am! Bookstores, libraries, book sales…I love them all! I used to live under the delusion that I would buy JUST the book I was going after. Not anymore…I’ve embraced my book addiction & always have a large canvas bag ready to use! 🙂 Of course, the addiction has recently transferred to ebooks. I have copies of the same books on my iTunes account & my Kindle. It can get expensive, but the happiness my books bring me make it worth the cost!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I’ve read such great things about your upcoming book & can’t wait to read it!

    • J. Kenner

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I’m the same way, hard copies of books and digital, too. Really, you can’t have too many, and it’s so amazing to carry an entire library in your purse!

  4. Megan Parsons

    Yes I love a little danger and adventure in my books! makeighleekyleigh at

  5. Tawnya Bentley

    Yes! My kids call me a Read-a-holic. My mother was the same way, and I see my daughter already turning into me. My son is a closet reader. He doesn’t want anyone to know he enjoys reading, but can finish books so quickly the teachers are constantly accusing him of cheating.

  6. Chris Mead

    I absolutely love to go to my local bookstore! I could hang out there all day with all of the yummy books! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  7. Kai W.

    I get captivated and enthralled by the dangerous allure of the books that I can’t put it down until I’m finished.

  8. kyla whitley

    Love, love, love books! My kindle will attest to that! It amazes me how many books are free on amazon … love it! I have a very large paperback library, and also audiobooks too! So many books, not enough hours in a day! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your books of course! 😀

  9. Nissa Collins

    Oh yes…exactly what you said and exactly how you said it! It’s gotten so bad, my 11 year old son will grab my hand and hustle me past anything book related. “We don’t have time, Mom!” I have to make special arrangements just to go to a bookstore. And, usually, with adult supervision (like my sister) so I don’t spend too much time or money. Sad, really.

  10. Rosemary K.

    I love reading and have since I was a child. I’m 70 now. My house and my TBR pile are overflowing but that doesn’t stop me from wanting and getting more.

  11. Wendy

    Give me a choice between things and as long as a book is in there, I’m picking it. LOVE LOVE LOVE to read.

  12. Ann M.

    I love bookstores. So sad there are less and less brick and mortar to go to. Shopping online is not the same.

  13. amanda clark

    I never used to read at all when I was younger,but since I have had kids and work full-time I read whenever I get a chance:) I absolutley love a good book to get into and release my stress by getting captivated by the story and I love feeling like I know the characters when the book is really good. I am so looking forward to reading this book!!!!

  14. Jennifer Abrams

    I feel so much at home in bookstores. It brings me a child-like wonder and makes me want to curl up in an armchair and discover worlds I could never imagine!

  15. Paula

    Bookstores are some of my favorites places. I can spend hours in one like B&N, or in an used bookstore, or even one on line. I just love books.

  16. Melinda Dozier

    YES! Bookstores are bad boys. 🙂 They allure me… wherever I am. If I’m driving by, my head turns until they are out of sight. If I’m walking past one in a mall, I have to at least touch one book (and smell it too if I’m honest).

  17. Becky M.

    If I wasn’t sure that there was no such thing, I’d be tempted to say I have a book problem. But one can’t really have too many books–right? Right???

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