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Welcome Vivian Arend! Five Book Giveaway
Thursday, May 26th, 2011

BK: Welcome Viv! It’s a pleasure to have you at the Addicted to You contest!
How long have you been writing? What are your aspirations as a writer?

I’m a baby writer in many ways. Wrote my first romance in 2008, published for the first time in 2009. Totally give credit to having read a million books prior to starting for being able to move so quickly between beginning and getting published.

Aspirations? I’m a simple soul. While there are bright shinys out there, I tend toward the goals I have some control over. Ie, I can’t MAKE myself an award-winning author, but I can improve my craft on every book. I can try to learn new skills, such as writing the same couples in consecutive books, or having issues that cross over multiple books in a series. Someday, I might even attempt a story written in first person. I’m currently very happy with my publisher, Samhain Publishing, and enjoying my digital-first career. (ie, my books all come out first in ebook format, and then in print after about a year)

Bottom line—I want to write the best books I can. Making myself and my readers happy is bonus goodness.

BK: I have read that you are quite a traveler and outdoors-woman. Are the Xtreme Adventures based on your own travels and adventures?

That’s a scary question.

YES, most of my stories have a basis in some adventure my family and I have experienced over the years. Hiking, skiing, getting lost in the wilderness. Even living in small towns versus being in the big city…I think people can tell where my heart lies from the stories I write.

I love getting to share settings that are a little more remote—the Pacific Inside Passage, the Yukon and Alaska. Or like in the Xtreme Adventures where the activities include downhill skiing (FALLING, FREESTYLE) and rock climbing (RISING, FREESTLYE), with future books including ocean kayaking and white water rafting. I love to try new things in the outdoors, and being able to write accurately about the sports makes me happy.

The NO part of the answer? I am happily married to one man. Any sexual exploits in my books, I give credit to poetic license and a vivid imagination.

BK: Do you have an especially memorable moment that stands out in your career as a writer—a moment where you realized you’d ‘arrived’ or a particularly special memory that will always stick with you?

I don’t think I feel like a writer yet, certainly not all the time. I’m having too much fun for this to be a real job. But I will say that the first time I got an email from a reader who told me how much they’d enjoyed the book, and that I “got it right” in regards to a situation…priceless. Giving people a chance to escape for a little while is something I’m very onboard with.

BK: What’s next for you?

After RISING, FREESTYLE releases July 5, I’ve got first books in three different series coming! All special for different reasons.

Starting in August, there’s a red-hot Australian luxury resort-set ménage series. What makes this unique are the three books that begin the series all overlap each other—same location, same time frame, different heroes and heroines. To add to the fun, each of the books has a different author–two Aussies and a Canuck. Look for PARADISE FOUND (by me), TROPICAL SIN (Lexxie Couper) and ISLAND IDYLL (Jess Dee). Oh, and did I mention there’s a free read we all wrote together? EXOTIC INDULGENCE will release August 23 from Samhain Publishing.

September 13 the first in the Takhini Wolves begins the spin off series from the popular Granite Lake Wolves. If you like paranormal with a twist of sarcasm, check out BLACK GOLD.

And finally, in November the Six Pack Ranch moves to Samhain Publishing. The first two books in the series have been rewritten and added to, and you can meet or meet again the men who work the Coleman ranch. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEAT is a red-hot small town setting with contemporary cowboys. Yeha? 😉

If you want more information about any of these books, or my previous stories, you can track me down me various places.

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Now for a little fun! I’ve got four ebook copies of the first book in the Xtreme Adventures, FALLING, FREESTYLE to give to commenters. This book is available right now. I also have one eARC of RISING, FREESTLYE, which doesn’t release until July 5!

To be entered, what’s the most Xtreme sport you’ve ever dreamed about trying? Sky diving? Scuba? Underwater twiddiewinks?

Never venture out of bounds without a buddy–preferably two.
Xtreme Adventures, Book 1

Dara’s past four incredible years have been lived to the fullest. Along with her best friends, Kane and Jack, she’s left no local wilderness unexplored, no ski slope unchallenged. Yet lately she wonders why they’ve never seen her as more than a buddy with breasts. When—or if—either man will cross that unspoken line.

It’s a line Kane eyes harder every day. Since high school, he and Jack have shared everything. A condo, vacations—and their best girl. Kane’s ready to get serious about his wilderness school and outfitter business, and that includes putting down roots. Preferably with Dara.

Wary of the men who’ve recently been sniffing around Dara, Jack has a growing sense that he or Kane better make a move soon, or they’re going to lose out on their perfect match. Question is, who does she prefer…and who’s going to bring their easygoing trio to an end?

Overhearing the boys arguing over her, Dara’s floored—and torn. Choose between them? No way. Drastic measures are called for, a plan for their annual holiday getaway that will clarify her feelings once and for all—or lose everything in a sexual storm of whiteout proportions.

Warning: Old friends turned lovers can get into the most trouble—exhibitionism, bondage, spanking. Anal sex, oral sex, unauthorized use of ski safety harnesses, icicles in the hot tub…the author apologizes in advance for any melted monitors.

Ebook available: Samhain | Amazon |Barnes & Noble

Stuck between a rock-solid man and a hard place…
Xtreme Adventures, Book Two

Coming July 5, 2011

Melanie Dixon’s body may have recovered from a horrific climbing accident, but her nerve is long gone. So is the natural enthusiasm for life she took for granted. Tired of being scared, beyond ready to conquer her fears, she pulls up stakes and moves to her brother’s new hometown to start over. Her first step is the most terrifying—to tackle the wall at the local climbing center.

Derrick James is mesmerized by Melanie’s dark beauty, and equally impressed with her climbing abilities and determination. Watching her retune rusty skills spurs a desire to partner with her—on and off the ropes. Melanie’s a compelling mix of wit, sensuality and vulnerability, and it’s his delicious task to convince her the scars on her body are no match for the heat rising between them.

Then a man from Melanie’s past shows up, pushing their relationship to the edge. Nathan King wants photographs for a “where are they now” series, but his side agenda is more personal in nature. A proposal that brings her out of her sensual shell and onto a precarious sexual ledge. Where trust is crucial…and too easily shattered.

Warning: This book may cause heart-pounding, body-shaking adrenaline attacks—and that’s before they leave the climbing gym. Contains blindfolds, ropes and a healthy dose of voyeurism. Go on—you know you like to watch.

Ebook available pre-order: Samhain|Amazon |Barnes & Noble

Remember to answer Vivian’s question to qualify for her generous giveaway! She has four ebooks to give away of Falling and an e-ARC of Rising! And don’t forget to comment for the Kindle giveaway at the Addicted to You contest, if you haven’t done so yet.

44 comments to “Welcome Vivian Arend! Five Book Giveaway”

  1. Chele Blades
      · May 26th, 2011 at 7:35 am · Link

    I think i would like to Underwater twiddiewinks but only where there are dolphins not sharks….ok nevermind the other fishy might creep me out…i will just swim dolphins…not much of an extreme sport now that i think about it


  2. StacieDM
      · May 26th, 2011 at 7:56 am · Link

    Hello Vivian!
    I’m so not an extreme sports girl. If I had to choose one to try it would be extreme snowboarding. I don’t even know how to ski but I think it would be fun to be able to move that fast. Of course I would probably break like a twig but this is my fantasy sport, right? 🙂

    The blurbs for both books are awesome. Congrats on the upcoming release of Rising Freestyle!

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  3. Robin Snodgrass
      · May 26th, 2011 at 8:52 am · Link

    Wow, both books sound wonderful. Actually all the ones you described in your interview sound very, very interesting. I love to read about things like extreme sports, but personally, I can’t imagine myself doing ANY of them…lol I think sky-diving looks like fun but I’m TERRIFIED of heights so that’s not ever happening. LOL

  4. Fedora
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:20 am · Link

    Oh, Vivian! See, I don’t dream of trying extreme sports! I am SO not the extreme sports kind of person, but I don’t mind reading about them! See, my idea of extreme sports is reading for a week straight or something like that! Jumping out of planes to ski (or to jump out of planes), or scuba diving, or insane mountain biking or climbing… not my thing… I’d surely break something (or multiple somethings) on myself or others. But reading about doing these things is a-OK 🙂 Plus I’m not endangering anyone 😉 Congrats on Rising!! Looking forward to it!

  5. Stella (Ex Libris)
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:45 am · Link

    I wanted to try bungee jumping when I was a teenager but when I heard how it permanently damaged the spine I forgot about it. Have been wanting to try skydiving for more than 10 years now, would love to fly and this comes as the second best 🙂 MY sister asked our parents for a sky dive for her 20th b-day, so maybe we’ll do a tandem 🙂

    Thank you for the great giveaway Vivian! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. CrystalGB
      · May 26th, 2011 at 10:27 am · Link

    If I were to choose an extreme sport, I guess I would choose ziplining. Your books sound good.

  7. Joder
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    I LOVE watching Extreme Sports on tv and am fascinated by, and in awe of, those who do the aerial tricks while snowboarding. The way they twist themselves into pretzels at such high speeds makes your heart pound. I would so love to do it but we’d have to figure out how to attach my wheelchair to the board.

  8. Becky W
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    Great interview. Both of the books sound good. I had always wanted to go white water rafting, but everyone always told me not to do it especially since I don’t know how to swim. I also would like to go rock climbing and try Scuba.

  9. Vivian Arend
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:47 am · Link

    Swimming with dolphins is very cool- I got to do this, including the bit where they push you with their noses and you rocket out of the water!

  10. Vivian Arend
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:50 am · Link

    Thank you for the congrats, all.

    Joder–I have seen a wheelchair athlete skiiing before- he was incredibly outgoing and WOWed me, not only with his skills but how he encouraged us all to try stuff as well.

  11. Gabriella Hewitt
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:51 am · Link

    Wow, Viv! You are one extreme girl. Love the covers.

    I hate heights. So anything involving the idea of falling from someplace high scares me. Did skiing and admit the exhiliration is a bit too much for my poor heart. Near misses and flying off the mountain have happened one too many times for me to ever dare to do it again but my hubby loves skiing and has my kids giong with him. So I am gratefully spared future trips.

    I think I would do scuba diving. I love the ocean. Warm and sunny blue water is more my speed than cold and icy conditions. Plus, you never know I might run into a merman 😛

    • Vivian Arend
        · May 26th, 2011 at 2:37 pm · Link

      Hmmm…I have a few merfolk in my stories. 😀

  12. ClaudiaGC
      · May 26th, 2011 at 11:58 am · Link

    I had to laugh about the “baby writer” comment. If you wouldn’t have said it yourself I don’t think I would have believed it. lol For me, you just seem to belong to the erotic romance writer community for quite some time.
    As for the extreme sport thing, I’m not much into such things but I would definitely give sky diving a try.

    • Vivian Arend
        · May 26th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

      😀 Can’t help feeling like a baby when I’m staring up at all these people I admire. But I’m learning! And having fun.

      Thank you for the complement, Claudia!

      • ClaudiaGC
          · May 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm · Link

        Can I ask you something more personal? Don’t be afraid, it won’t get kinky. 😉
        Is your last name a pen name or your real name? And if real, do you know where it originates? I’m only asking because I’ve got the same name and I’m from Germany with Polish roots.

      • Vivian Arend
          · May 26th, 2011 at 2:36 pm · Link

        My last name Arend is a Pen name–but it’s my father’s first name, and he’s of Dutch heritage.

        My First name IS my first name, but the twist is IRL I usually go by my second name, as does my father.

      • ClaudiaGC
          · May 26th, 2011 at 2:44 pm · Link

        Thank you for your answer! I always wondered. So, it’s not that far away. 🙂

  13. gigi
      · May 26th, 2011 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Underwater twiddiwinks is definitely more my speed…lol. I have snorkeled and loved it so I would like to try scuba diving.


  14. Nikki Barrett
      · May 26th, 2011 at 12:35 pm · Link

    Most extreme sports I probably wouldn’t do. I have thought about para-sailing, but not sure if that’s really much of an extreme sport. I like storm chasing however, lol. But there isn’t much to chase around Arizona.


  15. Becky jean
      · May 26th, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I am terrified of heights, but I love to ski and I think I would enjoy skiing on a really huge mountain! Otherwise, if I managed not to faint on the way up I think I would like to try parisailing. Thanks for the chance to win these books – they look great!

  16. Cathy M
      · May 26th, 2011 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Way back when my body was younger, lol, I use to wish I was brave enough to bungie jump off a bridge. I actually did do a tandem skydiving jump with my hubby on my 30th birthday, and wow was that a blast.

  17. Heather A.
      · May 26th, 2011 at 1:00 pm · Link

    My daughter tried zip lining in New Zealand this spring and I have to say I have always thought I would like to give it a try too. She said she would never do it again, it was so scary. So, I think it will just say on the wish list.

    • Vivian Arend
        · May 26th, 2011 at 1:02 pm · Link

      Ohhh! I’m going zip-lining in a few weeks! Don’t give up on it too fast! 😀

  18. Danielle Gorman
      · May 26th, 2011 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I am definitely not an extreme sports kind of girl. When I was in high school I had to go reppeling a few times and it scared the crap out of me. After that I decided that I didn’t have it in me to do anything very daring. I used to want to sky dive but after reppeling I honestly don’t think I would be able to get out of the plane.

  19. Jane
      · May 26th, 2011 at 1:49 pm · Link

    Bungee jumping sounds like fun, but I been hearing a lot about zip lining and I would love to try that.

  20. elaing8
      · May 26th, 2011 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I’ve always wanted to try skydiving..but haven’t done it because…well,I’m afraid of heights..lol. but still,I think one day I will get the nerve to do it.
    (please don’t enter me for Falling Freestyle,I already have it)

  21. Leni
      · May 26th, 2011 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I’m not into taking part in sports, but it is amazing to learn about all that goes into the training.

  22. Jeanette Juan
      · May 26th, 2011 at 3:16 pm · Link

    I’ve always want to deep sea scuba diving and see the coral reefs and sea creatures! One day when I have the time and courage I will definitely try out many extreme sports.

  23. Dawn
      · May 26th, 2011 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I love adventure and have actual done quite a few – white water rafting in Costa Rica, snorkeling in Samoa, off road racing in Mexico, Kayaking in the ocean at Catalina Island and in Australia, cliff diving at the river and in Samoa. There is one thing I want to do that I haven’t done yet still and that’s skydiving and bungy jumping hopefully soon though 🙂 I love all your books! Can’t wait for all the new releases coming up xoxox

    • Vivian Arend
        · May 26th, 2011 at 6:09 pm · Link

      Thanks, Dawn

      I’ve got sky diving on the list…

  24. Diane Sadler
      · May 26th, 2011 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I’m not a very sporty person but I’ve always wondered how you feel parachute jumping or going in a hot air balloon.

  25. Amelia
      · May 26th, 2011 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Jumping out of a perfectly good plane doesn’t sound fun to me!! I have thought of scuba diving though!

  26. JoAnna B
      · May 26th, 2011 at 8:11 pm · Link

    I would love to go SCUBA, I think about skydiving or something like that but I don’t think I could actually jump out of a plane. I mean I can’t even get myself to do any type of bungee jumping. I would love to go skiing but I don’t like the cold. 🙂
    Congrats on your releases!

  27. Ivelisse
      · May 26th, 2011 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I always wanted to try skydiving, still might get a chance to do it woohoo. Love your books can’t wait to read more.


  28. Kelly Thrash
      · May 26th, 2011 at 8:53 pm · Link

    I’m scared and I don’t do extreme. lol :mrgreen:


    kittykelly28 @ hotmail.com

  29. Lisa B
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:00 pm · Link

    I’d love to try skydiving someday! It would be awesome to feel like your flying in the air.

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  30. Lori
      · May 26th, 2011 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Hi Vivian! Great interview. I’ve always wanted to try skydiving. My MIL went for the first time on her 50th birthday, and that’s coming up soon for me. Maybe I’ll do the same 🙂

  31. Stephanie M
      · May 26th, 2011 at 10:04 pm · Link

    I always wanted to try parasailing.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  32. Carlyn McKechnie
      · May 27th, 2011 at 5:09 am · Link

    I wanted to try base jumping!

    legallycaz (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk

  33. Vivian Arend
      · May 27th, 2011 at 6:23 am · Link

    Contest is closed! Thanks to everyone for entering, and Beth will be posting the winners soon.

  34. Miranda
      · May 27th, 2011 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Love Vivian!! Everyone should definitely check out Falling Freestyle and I’m love love love Turn it up and Turn it on!!!

  35. Maria S(Mariah)
      · May 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am · Link

    Due to my horrible knees I can’t do much but if I could I would love to sky dive!

    Thanks for the chance!

  36. Betty Lewis
      · May 28th, 2011 at 1:35 pm · Link

    Someday I would love to try scuba diving..especially near a shipwreck of some kind!

  37. Jen B.
      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:10 pm · Link

    I love the rush of adreneline from roller coasters. If things were a bit different in my list, I would love to skydive, parasail, jet ski, drive a racecar, race a motorcycle…. You get the picture!

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