Guest Author: Sophie Jordan & Giveaway!

Sophie Jordan is my featured author on the blog today, and this woman is so talented and versatile it’s hard to know where to start.  She writes in three genres, and she’s been phenomenally successful in each one.

Sophie spent several years as a high school English teacher before bursting onto the scene with her first book, a historical romance called Once Upon A Wedding Night.

Once Upon A Wedding Night was a 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Nominee for Best First Historical Fiction.  Right from the beginning, Sophie got great reviews, including this one from Once Upon A Romance:

“…a well-written and compelling story in her debut. It’s sensuous. It’s fast paced and full of intense emotions with a few twists and turns thrown in along the way.”

Her second book, Too Wicked To Tame, broke out of the box as a USA Today Bestseller, and subsequent historical romances were New York Times bestselling books.  Sophie’s books have received numerous Top Picks from RT Book Reviews, have been featured as alternates in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Bookclubs, and—well, you get the picture!

As if that kind of career isn’t already busy enough, Sophie also writes YA fiction for Harper Teen, and contemporary paranormals for Pocket Books under the name of Sharie Kohler—all to great acclaim.  Seriously, I don’t know how the woman does it!  Her first YA book, Firelight, has already gone into its fourth printing and sold to seventeen countries, AND it’s been optioned for film by Mandalay Entertainment.

You can find out all the fascinating details on her website.

But Sophie hasn’t give up writing historical romance, thank goodness.  In fact, she has a new book out called Wicked In Your Arms.

Isn’t that a gorgeous cover?  Man, I love all of Sophie’s covers!  Here’s the blurb for Wicked In Your Arms:

One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady-one with a considerable fortune to her name-wed her promptly, and get to the business of producing an heir.

The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable . . .

Yum!  Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?  You can find out all the details and read an excerpt on Sophie’s website, and while you’re there, check out her YA website and also her books written as Sharie Kohler.  On all her sites, Sophie has posted a number of book trailers, and really cool videos in which she talks about her books.  If you have a few minutes, please do watch them.

For my readers in the United States today, Sophie has graciously donated a copy of Wicked In Your Arms.  Since Sophie has such gorgeous covers, let’s talk about that.  What kind of cover do you like on your romance novel?  Do you like a clinch cover, a man or woman alone, a naked chest, or something a little more discrete?  And what don’t you like on a cover?  One reader who comments will win a copy of the book.


25 thoughts on “Guest Author: Sophie Jordan & Giveaway!”

  1. Hi Vanessa. Thanks for having Sophie. Sophie, the book sounds fantastic. I love “the kiss” when the hero or heroine’s feet get knocked out from under them and suddenly the light dawns. Sounds like what happens to Sev in the description. I haven’t read any of your books before and now I am wondering why. It seems like each day I discover a new talented author I have been missing out on. Needless to say the “to-read” list continues to grow. 🙂

    What I enjoy on a cover is hard to say. I think it all just depends on the quality of the cover. It can be hunky man-flesh, the sexy couple radiating nothing but passion, or anything else as long as it is well-done and relates to the book. (i look more at specific details, when added, after I have read the story to see if they make sense with what I read).

    That said, I am a bit of a slut for covers. They do a lot in helping me to make a decision when I haven’t read an author before. Not so much when I know the author’s work already. Sophie’s new cover is a good example. It screams hot and sexy. I would definitely pick that book based on the cover. And phooey – on the discrete covers. I do not pick a book for its qualities in being discreet = why should the cover be?

    Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the release!
    Kendra (@EdynzTrybe)

  2. is this not an international giveaway ? *arghhh-crying out loud*

    the first time i fell in love with sophie is since i reading her books “firelight” and really love this book that i won from giveaway by publisher in my country.

    and now i can’t wait to read the second book – vanish and third book – hidden (i got whisper about the third book’s tittle from fb =D)

    since that i always curious with all sophie’s book especially HR genre and paranormal. i hope one day the publisher in my country will publish all sophie’s book *praying from now*

    i personal really like uk’s cover book which the lady wear a sexy dress and the lord an open shirt ^^ —> insist on giving feedback

  3. I like covers that vary, a handsome man showing off some of his attributes…=) or the heroine all dressed up in a georgous dress. The covers with both hero and heroine usually have them in the usual romance cover poses, so I like it when they do something different (like the cover of Lord and Lady Spy)
    Fun post to read, sounds like Wicked in your Arms will be a good read!

  4. I have no real preference on covers though I do prefer there to be an individual or two on it. Good looking guys are always nice 😉 but a lady in period appropriate attire or a couple together works well too – while skin is nice (eye candy = yummy :} ) I rather the more lack of clothing shot be on the setback rather than the cover itself.

  5. Hi Sophie and Vanessa!

    I’ve read Sophie’s books, they’re wonderful! Her first book for me was TOO WICKED TO TAME. Since then I’ve been hooked and now I can’t wait to read WICKED IN YOUR ARMS. The book sounds like another hit!

    I really like covers with men on them. Especially sexy, buff highlanders, kilts are optional of curse! 😉
    These past weeks we have had some pretty awesome new covers with men on them. To quote some ladies…Man Candy!

    If they have couples on them that’s OK with me too.
    I find a book-cover without a person on it not so eye-catching for some reason. I’m not sure why, I’m sure it doesn’t hurt the story any.
    Maybe it just feels naked to me, like it’s not complete.

    Thanks for another great give-away!

  6. I vastly prefer the covers to have heads, and it can either be a solo male, female or both. It won’t stop me from buying a book, but I really don’t care for the torso books.

  7. I like a little bit of everything, but I usually prefer either a hunky shirtless guy or the hero and heroine together. I don’t like babies on the cover.

  8. Just put Paul Marron on the cover, preferably in a state of undress, and I will buy the book! Actually, I’m not sure if that’s Paul Marron on the stepback of WICKED IN YOUR ARMS. Do you know, Sophie?

  9. The cover has to catch my eye. I’m liking the newer covers like this one with the dress half undone. Also like a shirtless hero giving her the eye. Of course if he was bottomless it would be better….I mean pantless or kiltless- lol.

  10. I love the hot and steamy ones,And the ones that you pick up and your thinkin about all that could happen in side this story!!
    Thank you for the giveaway:)

  11. I like most covers. Probably easier to say what I don’t care for and that is usually the cutsey ones but then maybe that’s because I don’t usually go for the kind of story that usually goes with them lol. Bright colors are nice. Wicked in your Arms is a gorgeous cover!

  12. I like a cover with both the man & the woman; I like the picture of them to depict the descriptions in the book ( correct color hair etc).

  13. Vanessa,

    Thank you for having Sophie on your blog! I love her books and the first one I read was Wicked in Your Arms and fell in love with her stories! It was definately love at first read!

    Having bothnovel a man or woman alone together on a cover is definately one things that draws me to a book when I’m looking to buy a book. I’ve found that Sophie’s stories never fail to live up to her beautiful covers! I really appreciate that they always “fit” so well to the story and okay I’ve got to admit it, it really helps to get me to picture in my mind’s eye what the characters are experiencing at that moment in the story when the cover comes immediately to my mind. I think it really ends up being about the combination of how they are situated, their expressions, the setting and the mood set by the cover before I even read that very first paragraph.

    Kodos to Sohpie’s art department for a wonderful job with the cover because even though there isn’t a man on the cover from the heroine’s glance over her shoulder I could just picture her seeing her hero in the mirror just there on the other side of the room waiting for her to come to him!

  14. I like a man, or the couple, on the cover. This book has a beautiful cover though! Wicked in Your Arms looks like a great book!

  15. While I like a good cover, I don’t really pay that much attention to it. If the book is part of a series, I think it’s great to have a similar theme on the cover of each of the books. Several years ago, Candice Hern’s Merry Widow trilogy had covers with snippets of famous art work on each book. Went a long way to tie the books together and they were beautiful too.


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