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annananner, random.org picked you as the winner of my autographed copy of The Siren! Send me a mailing address (cecilia@ceciliagrant.com) and I’ll get the book right out to you.


I have another book to give away, and, like last week’s, it has a little story attached.

Pictured below is an artifact from my trip to the Romance Writers of America national conference in 2010.

Notebook in which I've written "Sleeping Beauty Chronicles"

Yes, my handwriting is atrocious. In case you can’t read it, it says “Sleeping Beauty Chronicles.” The correct title is “Sleeping Beauty Trilogy,” but I think my brain was already checking out, saying, “Yeah, I’m never gonna read this.”

Periodically at the conference I’d strike up conversations with people who wrote in genres I didn’t read, and, in order to have something to say, I’d ask what books they’d recommend to a first-time reader in their genre. So my notebook has pages of paranormal recommendations, romantic-suspense suggestions, and, on that page, the souvenir of the day I sat down in the hotel lobby and wound up chatting with not-yet-published erotica writer Tiffany Reisz.

Book cover for The Siren by Tiffany ReiszI haven’t ever read those Sleeping Beauty books.  I doubt I ever will.  But when I started hearing buzz about The Siren (and if you’re anywhere in Romanceland, you can’t fail to have heard buzz about The Siren), I thought, “Hey, that’s that same author I met in the lobby at RWA 2010!  Wow, these are some eye-popping reviews.  Maybe I’d better check it out.”  And so, poetically enough, Tiffany Reisz herself became the first erotica author I ever read.

To cut to the chase, I think The Siren is pretty brilliant.  It’s not at all what I expected erotica to be:  I never felt like the author’s goal was to titillate, gratify, or shock me.  It’s just a story in which sex happens to be a major component, and it explores some of the psycho-dynamics (is that a word?) of sexuality, with a particular emphasis on power.  (Which in my opinion is what makes sex most interesting and dynamic, in a narrative role.)

Here’s the back-cover copy:

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

You might want to read a few reviews on Amazon or Goodreads to decide whether this book is right for you – there are several plot points that I know were troubling to some readers.  (There are definitely choices made that I don’t endorse in real life, but nothing ever happened that broke my connection to the characters. Your mileage may vary.)  On the flip side, the book is touching, thematically dense & ambitious, and consistently witty.  One of the best books I read in 2012.

So when I was at the RWA conference this past summer, I got a signed copy, and now I’d like to give it away.  She has a follow-up, The Angel, already out, and a third, The Prince, coming out on the 20th of this month, so if you wind up liking The Siren you don’t even have to wait to read more of that world.

As with all my holiday-season giveaways, I’ll ship anywhere.  If The Siren isn’t available in your corner of the planet, now’s your chance.  Just leave a comment below telling me what’s one of the best books you read in 2012.  I’ll pick a winner Tuesday, November 20 (which is also the day I’ll be interviewing Susanna Fraser and giving away a copy of her book An Infamous Marriage!  Giveaways galore!)

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