Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Today's Special -- Pleasure Me Blog Event

Today we have award-winning paranormal and historical author Monica Burns with us to dish about her upcoming blog extravaganza that will happen over at her personal blog. Believe me, you don't want to miss it! So, without further ado, take it away, Monica...

A huge thanks to the Romance Dish ladies for their kindness in letting me pop in here today with a major dessert for all of you who love historicals. Authors are always looking for new ways promote their books, and I needed a doozie to celebrate my March release, Pleasure Me.

I wanted something that wouldn’t break my budget, would get Garrick and Ruth (Pleasure Me’s hero/heroine) the attention they deserved, and would keep readers interested. I needed something big. Now if I’d won the recent Megamillions lottery, I would have bought up 50 percent of my upcoming print run and given away the books until they were gone. I figure the best way to find readers is to give away books. Naturally, I didn’t win the lottery (or at least I hadn’t at the time of writing this post).

So there I sat with a book about a older courtesan with a younger hero who just happens to be a virgin. What’s an author to do other than post the first three chapters on her website? It was a major conundrum. Then it hit me. What if... (Two words authors love!)…what if I hosted a blog party with guest authors, daily giveaways, and at the end of the bash give away a nice prize. Okay, that would work, but that wasn’t any different than the usual parties I’ve attended.

One finger tapping at my brow the light bulb suddenly came on. The lineup had to be stellar and it had to be completely devoted to historical authors. So I set to work inviting historical authors I know and those I didn’t. NYT best selling author Sabrina Jeffries was my first confirmed author and I was elated. I’ve know Sabrina for a while, and her book Pirate Lord is a keeper on my shelf. With Sabrina in my corner, I decided to be even more daring. I wanted one of my favorite historical authors ever to join me, but I was extremely nervous at reaching out her, but boy was I glad I did.

Jayne Ann Krentz, aka Amanda Quick, graciously agreed to a question/answer interview that is wonderful. It’s going to be spread out over two different posts because there were tons of questions I gathered from readers.

From there my invitations rolled out and almost every author responded that they’d be delighted to come help me celebrate Pleasure Me’s release. The event was suppose to last only 25 days, but I ended up with almost 40 days worth of guests blogging about romance. That’s right! Almost forty days of historical romance on one blog. I’m calling it the Pleasure Me With Romance blog event. Cute right? It’s a take off …right you get it.

The Pleasure Me With Romance event runs from January 17, 2011 through March 1, 2011. As I mentioned I have an interview with Jayne Ann Krentz , Sabrina Jeffries will visit as will best selling authors such as Sarah MacLean, Lisa Valdez, Hannah Howell, Julianne MacLean, Lucy Monroe, Lorraine Heath and many more of your favorite historical authors. So check out all the details at

I hope you’ll join me as I kick off Pleasure Me’s releases with my friends and historical authors that I love to read. Besides, there’s this totally awesome Spa grand prize filled with lots of decadent products to pamper yourself with!

So tell me what you think of a party which is dedicated strictly to one subgenre of romance?


Pleasure Me
by Monica Burns

A courtesan afraid of true love…
And a gentleman ashamed of his true nature.

Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.

Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder.


  1. Hi Monica,
    Wow, this is one Super party. I think it's a fantastic theme and what a list of Author's. A reader's dream come true.I'm really excited for this party to start. Thanks for the post and I look forward to the start date. It's a win win situation for your reader's. We get the chance at a beautiful grand prize, lots of Author's we adore and lots of fun to be had. :)
    See you at the blog...:)
    Carol L

  2. Woo hoo! What more could a reader ask for? The teasers are intriguing as well, gotta have this book!

  3. Monica, I think it's a fantastic idea! I, for one, am very much looking forward to this event! Oh, and I can't wait to read Pleasure Me....

  4. Being a big fan of historical romances, your blog party sounds awsome. Thanks for hosting & inviting us to join the fun. Desire Me sounds tempting, looking forward to more.

  5. Sounds like a great event, Monica! Thanks for stopping by today to tell our readers all about it.

  6. Monica, this book sounds wonderful and what a great way to promote it! I will definitely drop by for this blog extravaganza! :)

  7. Hi Monica, I am so keep to read PLEASURE ME, the premise is gripping. The party sounds great, too!

  8. So glad to hear that everyone is pumped about the Pleasure Me With Romance Blog Event. I'm stoked too. I'm also experiencing what it must be like for full-time bloggers like the dish gals in herding authors into getting their posts delivered in time not to avoid scrambling to put up.LOL

    I think it will be a fun event, and I'm looking forward to everyone visiting daily. Although something tells me by March 1, I'll be too exhausted to enjoy Pleasure Me's release. LOL

  9. Hi, Monica! I think your party sounds like a rollicking good time. Thanks for telling us all about it. I will definitely be stopping by to join in the fun. :-)

  10. This sounds like my kind of party. I see several of my autobuy authors on that list. Thanks for the invitation. Your book sounds like a fresh take on the courtesan theme.

  11. Monica

    I think this party idea is fantastic well done.

    I do love the sound of this book congrats on the release
    I will try and get over there I really don't want to miss this one

    Have Fun

  12. Hey Monica! Good to have you visiting us again!

    Wow, it sounds like you fabulous party you are having!!!! I'll definitely be stopping by.

  13. So glad everyone is excited about blog and the book

  14. This sounds like a great event to me!

  15. Sounds like a wonderful party to me!


  16. This sounds like an interesting variation on the courtesan theme as well as the older woman-younger man story line. You have dropped enough hints about other aspects of the story to intrigue us.

    Your planned event sounds like a fun and interesting way to launch PLEASURE ME.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  17. Just checked your site. Great line up of guests.

  18. Sheree, I hope it will be a great party and that lots of readers come visit my guests.

    LibraryPat, I'm glad both the book and the event have piqued your interest. I think it's a pretty strong lineup of guests myself! :-D