Friday, May 20, 2011

Interview & Giveaway with Lisa Renee Jones

Today It's a pleasure to welcome Lisa Renee Jones to my blog. She is the author of The Legend of Michael, the first book in The Zodius series.

Hi Lisa, Welcome to Anna's Book Blog! I'm glad to have you here. To start off can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
LRJ: I write full time and moved to Colorado recently for my fiancé to go to medical school here. I was born in Springfield, Illinois and moved to Texas when I was three. I consider myself a Texan but have tons of family in Illinois and I'm excited about the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago next year so I can see them. And for of you UFC fans out there, my mom and aunt went to school with Matt Hughes's father in Illinois! My mom even got my son an autograph from Matt recently. I had to complain considering I'M the big UFC fan! My aunt was just at an event where Matt attended and she says he is as nice and down to earth as a person gets

The Legend of Michael is your latest release, can you tells us a little about it and the series?
LRJ: The Zodius series is about a group of Special Forces soldiers who are given injections at Area 51. They believe they are being immunized but instead the government is playing with their DNA. They develop special abilities, and some of them decide that makes them better than everyone else, thus the logical true leaders of the world. A battle of good versus evil ensues.

What is your writing day like?
LRJ: I moved from Texas to New York to Colorado in a matter of 24 months and the time zones really messed with me. I tend to start writing around 2 o’clock each day and then hit the gym about 10 at night. I never seem to get to bed until 3am which is nuts since I used to take the 6am Austin flight to Dallas 4 days a week back in my corporate days!

When you’re not writing what kind of books do you like to read?
LRJ: I love reading all genres. I am also a huge Audible fan and often listen to audio books while at the gym. I love a good historical romance because I can't write that genre! But I am really taken away from craft and simply get to enjoy a good book.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a book?
LRJ: My cat by my side—she is my writing partner, a diet drink, and a radio. I like to listen to music while writing.

You have quite a few books in your back list, do you still get the same thrill when learning your latest manuscript will be published as you did with your first book?
LRJ: I do. I'm really on a journey. This year I had my first trilogy and my first single title. Those things were as exciting as the first book.

If you could cast the role of Michael, is there a certain actor who you think would be perfect to play him?
LRJ: Jason Momoa—in the role of Conan! He is wicked hot and lethal, with all that long dark hair, just like Michael.

How did you come with the idea for the Zodius series?
LRJ: I spent a lot of time in Vegas and Area 51 was always fascinating. My ex came from a family of Special Forces as well so I was around a lot of Special Forces soldiers.

I love the cover art, how well did they capture Michael on the cover? Is there anything you'd change about it?
LRJ: Michael has long hair so I was a little worried about that when I saw the cover, but I really do love it! I absolutely adore the colors and they designed the Zodius logo so very perfect. That double circle is what the Lifebond mark looks like that appears on the female’s neck when she bonds with the male. I was just beside myself excited to see it!

If you can, tell us what is up next for you?
LRJ: I have a Harlequin Spice Brief trilogy going into stores in June, July, August and then the second Zodius book, The Storm That is Sterling, is out in November. The Spice Briefs are contemporary and very erotic. I'm super excited about Sterling's Zodius book in November. Sterling is one of my all-time favorite heroes I have written.



He’s a Lethal Weapon…
One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.

He is her Enemy… And her Destiny…
Cassandra holds the key to Michael’s power, and his pain. With loyalties divided and against insurmountable odds, Cassandra’s heart propels her to Michael’s side—but can her love do anything but destroy him…

No ordinary woman can control a creature such as Michael, and only one th ing is clear—the world will never be the same…

Award winning author Lisa Renee Jones has published more than fifteen novels in several different languages, spanning multiple genres of romance: contemporary, romantic suspense, dark paranormal and erotic fiction. Her awards include first place in the Romantic Times Aspiring Writers Contest. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO, where she is working on her next Zodius novel, The Storm That is Sterling, to be released in November 2011. For more information, please visit and
Thanks to Sourcebooks I have 2 copies of The Legend of Michael to giveaway. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S. & Canada. The winners will be announced on May 24th. Good Luck!


  1. Great interview and congrats on the all new release! I'd love to read this book. It sounds like a series I could get addicted to.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  2. Congrats on the new release. Sounds good.

    sgiden at

  3. Great interview. Congrats on your new release. Sounds wonderful. :)


  4. sounds great

    GFC follower

  5. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

  6. Sounds like an awesome book! Count me in!

    heather.scarboro AT gmail DOT com

  7. Sounds like an awesome book. Please enter me in the give away. I am a new follower. I would love a follow on my blog when you have a moment. Donna

  8. I loved Lisa's Silhouette Nocturne 'Beast' books and really look forward to reading this one! annhonATaolDOTcom

  9. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

  10. Thank you LadyVampire2U, SandyG265, CrystalGB, Vidsha, Debbie, Erinberry and Donna!

    Cybercliper Thank you! News on the Beast series on my website soon too:)

  11. I would love to win a paper copy of The Legend of Michael. Loved Michael's story... Waiting not so patiently for Sterling's book...

    Kelly M

  12. Great interview! This book sounds really good.


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  14. Great interview. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book.

  15. Congrats on your new series. Michael was AMAZING!!!! I can not wait until Sterling's book comes out. Zodiac is on the top of my Favorite Series list now!!! Great interview too!!!! :-)

  16. Kelly so happy you loved Michael. Sterling's cover is up on my blog today:)

    Becky and Heather thank you!

    CJ yay! You made my day!:)

  17. Nice interview!
    The Legend of Michael sounds like a great read.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  18. I enjoyed the interview and would love to read The Legend of Michael :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  19. I enjoyed the interview! The book also sounds fantastic, thanks for the chance to win a copy!


  20. Sounds like an interesting read. Please enter me: buckfamily at

  21. It looks like a good story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  22. The Legend of Michael sounds like a fantastic book and i'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  23. Loved the interview. This sounds like it's going to be a very interesting series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  24. I always enjoy your interviews since they are with authors whose books I've tried or thinking of trying.

  25. Congrats on the new release Lisa!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  26. I've been wanting to read this.

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  27. Sounds good. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  28. Would love to try the new book. I have been looking forward to reading it.

    danni0113 AT gmail DOT com

  29. Thanks for the interview and the into on a book thatbsounds great!

  30. Graet interview and the book sounds really good. I love Jason Momoa, too. I miss SG: Atlantis.

  31. I enjoyed the interview. Sounds like a very good book.

  32. Loved the interview. The cover's great, but you mentioned the Michael has long hair in the book--sometimes the covers intrigue (or nag at me a little) me when there are things there that are not in the story.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  33. Great Interview Anna and Lisa! Really enjoyed it. Have liked other releases I've read by you a lot so totally looking forward to this one. Sounds like it will be a great read and series ;).

    Pam S

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  34. Happy to hear about your new release and hope you are catching up on things. I hope to be entered for a free book as this book sounds soooo good. I am glad to see so many comments to support you even if it means I have to chance quite a few comments in the contest. susan Leech



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