The People We Meet and Giveaway!

I admit I fit the writer stereotype of being a bit antisocial. I’d rather stay home than go to acruise 3 party. I like my quiet, alone time. In fact, I need it! Last week we went on a cruise to the Caribbean and Mexico. I know I’m super lucky to have been able to go on such a trip, but for a reclusive writer, being stuck on a boat with almost 4,000 people, and forced to dine with a family you don’t know…yeah, not my idea of fun.

cruise 1Fortunately, we had a great time. The weather was, for the most part, wonderful. We saw and did amazing things, and even more surprising we met some super interesting people. Yes, I am a bit antisocial, but that doesn’t mean people don’t fascinate me. Sometimes I just need to be reminded. For instance the family we ended up sitting with each night was incredibly interesting, in particular one woman.

Around forty, she was a lean and beautiful, her ancestors from Japan. She was a cruise 2professional business woman, a mother, but so much more than that. She hunted, she was in wresting in high school when females were definitely not welcome and she was a judo expert/teacher. Basically she was a paranormal romance heroine in the flesh, the kind of woman we like to read about. There’s no doubt that the world is an amazing place, but this trip was a big reminder that people are just as intriguing, wTo Capture a Rake photoe just have to be open enough to find those new friends!

On a side note…when we returned home it was to uncover a box of uncorrected Advance Reader’s copies of To Capture a Rake, the second book in my Seduction series. If you’d like a chance to win a copy, and read the book 3 months before anyone else, then just leave a comment! I’ll pick three winners (18 and older, please). Just to warn you these books do have formatting and grammar typos!

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26 Responses to The People We Meet and Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Lori, your trip sounds lovely, and it sounds like you won the lottery for dinner companions – especially for a writer!

    Your book looks wonderful. I bet you’re excited!

  2. Dayna Kelley says:

    Hey Lori! I’ve just recemtly discovered you through recommendations from my nook and im already hooked! I cant wait to read this book. Hopefully I can get one of these early copies and be one of the first to read it!

  3. Laura Shipp says:

    Love the pics – what a beautiful place! I’m an introvert myself and I helped myself branch out some by meeting people online, in chatrooms and social media groups on goodreads, facebook, etc. I found it was easier to start there; I’m in my “safe haven” at home but still talking to some interesting people. It’s also good practice for making conversation when you are with a big group of people “live and in-person.” ;)

  4. Laura says:

    Hello Lori I fell in love with the mind game when I bought my first kindle it was the first book I downloaded. I am not one to wait for the next book but I did and was very pleased. You are one of my fav authors thank you for the great reads dear.
    Laura

  5. Lori, I loved your “Wild”series. I am looking forward to reading these new books.
    Nancy S Goodman`s last blog was …I have all the way from New Zealand, the award winning Bronwen Evans, author of the soon to be released, Invitation to Passion, and The Reluctant Wife.

  6. Amy Shannon says:

    Just started To Seduce an Earl…
    Would love to read the next book before it’s released to the public!!
    I loved your Mind Readers series! I recommend it to my reader friends!

  7. Kelly Carmona says:

    The “Wild” series is my all time favorite books! Love your stuff!!

  8. Misty Evans says:

    Lori, your trip sounds wonderful…especially when I’m stuck in the Midwest with more snow on the way. :cry:

    I’m a highly sensitive introvert who would rather stay home than go to a party too. When I do go to the *party*, whatever that may be, I usually have a great time and feel invigorated, so I’ve learned over the years to balance the two. I need a healthy dose of alone time inside my box and I need my get-out-of-the-house and explore time as well.

    Congrats on the new release!! Here’s to many sales.

  9. Lori Owen says:

    Hi Lori!

    Being a anti-social person myself.. I’m not sure I could do a cruise, although I’ve thought about it a few times because I love the ocean. I’m glad to hear you had a wonderful time!

    I’m a huge reader, I just bought myself a kindle.. Because I got tired of reading on my iPhone. I’m having gastric bypass next week so it will be a godsend while I’m in there! Thankfully we are going to Key West 2 weeks after I have surgery.. We are driving from Pa to Florida..with 3 teenagers., (i know we are crazy!!) plan on doing nothing but relaxing on the beach, with my toes in the water and just reading!!

  10. Kimberlie Sasan says:

    I think you are living my life in an alternate reality. So weird! Love all your books and would def love to read the latest!!

  11. Congrats on facing your anti-social tendencies and seeing the world. I have been waiting patiently for more work from you after you left me wanting more! Hope to win one of the ARCs!

  12. Aaron says:

    But what about the dolphins you met?!

  13. Sarah says:

    Sounds like all and all you had a nice trip :razz: I totally understand being antisocial I tend to be the same way and am happiest when I get to stay home and be a hermit curled up with a good book :) speaking of which id love a chance to read To Capture a Rake. ( really have loved your mind readers series)

  14. Pam B says:

    How fun! People-watching can provide the best fodder for new books!
    Pam B`s last blog was …How I Schedule Work

  15. Crystal Quiroz says:

    Wow your trip sounds fantastic. I would love to be a first reader! I would love to get into publishing and this is the kind of thing I would want to do.

  16. CateS says:

    We went on a cruise a number of years ago… dining with strangers is uncomfortable for me. The first night, we were asked if we had children.. when we said no… boy did the conversation stop dead in the water… Geeez we were in our 20’s… not everyone jumps immediately into the baby pool… Luckily it wasn’t a terribly long cruise.. and we found other people.

  17. Karese Blackwell says:

    Lori, it sounds like a wonderful trip. I am like you in the sense that I’m a recluse and so is my husband. I prefer my quiet alone time, never have been very out-going or social, but that’s just the natural introvert in me. On rare occasion(and I mean very rare) I’ll meet someone who I click with immediately, who I can freely talk to and when that happens it is always refreshing.

    I’d love an ARC of To Capture a Rake. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :D

  18. Liz Kreger says:

    I love cruises. Sounds like you had a good time, Lori.

    I’ve been on two and for me, they’re very relaxing. I also love meeting people, so that’s an added bonus for me. Hell — just sitting back in a lounge chair and people watching is entertaining for me.

  19. Jane says:

    I’m so jealous, Lori. I love cruises and you do meet so many interesting people including the international crew.

  20. Amy R says:

    I would love to go on a cruise, Lori! Will we be reading about any of the people you met anytime soon – like the lady you were so intrigued by? I always wonder if writers tuck away things like that for books/characters later. I tend to like to stay home in my little comfort of the people I know, but I do enjoy myself when I am out meeting new people. Because I am more introverted, I do enjoy just people watching when I am at places with a lot of people. Congrats on the book!

  21. Ora says:

    I have never gone on a cruise before, unfortunaltely I get seasick which is kind of sad since I was in the Navy for four years. I love your books. I can’t for To Capture a Rake. I would love to read it early.

  22. Mariska says:

    i’m reading To Seduce an Earl right now :) and love it !!

    i’m introvert my self..and i agree with you that we just have to be open enough to find some new friends !

  23. Lori, sounds like you had such a good time! And I’m a bit like that. I go through periods of not wanting to socialize, but when I’m forced to, I generally have a great time.

  24. Lori,
    I am a huge fan of your writing, especially “The Mind Readers” series. Your trip sounded like it turned around for you in the end. Glad to hear the family you sat with ended up being people of interest. Although i guess you could say all people are interesting in there own ways, one way or another. I’m looking forward to the next book of yours I read, not sure which just yet. I will keep checking your Facebook page for updates on the short story from Nora’s point of view.

    Sincerely,
    Cassandra Dingwell

  25. Sandra Waltrip says:

    I just discovered your books thanks to my Kindle Fire! I am loving them and I can’t wait to catch up on your other series too ! Keep up the good work! :)

  26. Robert Edmonds says:

    Umm because were family…lol Congrats keep it up..

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