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Hunter Raines, Paradise Found and a Giveaway!
Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Forging Heartfelt Connections by Hunter Raines

First things first: a huge thank you to Beth for having me here today to kick off the blog tour for my upcoming Carina Press release, PARADISE FOUND.

PARADISE FOUND features three men who share an unforgettable night on a tropical island. When Mark and Cameron find Philip, they’re not thinking beyond one night of pleasure. Yet after the vacation comes to an end, they realize they may have found the one person who understands them both better than they understand themselves.
The premise got me thinking about how we connect with other people. Not just sexually, but emotionally as well.
For example, the way we make friends has changed in the digital age. My best friend in the entire world is someone I met online, who I only see face-to-face once a year (if I’m lucky). And yet, I feel closer to her than I do to people I’ve known “in person” for decades. Closer, even, than to many members of my family, who get in touch at Christmas and send birthday wishes through a greeting card in the mail.
So what’s so special about those folks who make an unforgettable impression on us? Is it the fact that they’re similar to us in some way? That they listen to us when so many other people are too wrapped up in their own lives to care? Or is it, simply, that forging a heartfelt a connection between two people transcends elements like physical proximity in favor of true, soul-to-soul communication, no matter what form it takes?
What do you think? Have you made close friends online? Have you ever spent a few minutes or hours talking to someone—say, at a party—only to leave there thinking, “Wow, that person really got me!”?
Share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll choose one random commenter to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

Paradise is just an illusion…
Or so Philip thinks as he vacations on exotic Anguilla. He should be celebrating the end of law school and the start of his successful career, but he’s tired of living a lie for his family’s sake. For just one night, he lets down his guard with two men he thinks he’ll never see again.
He isn’t the only one with secrets. For years, Cameron Drake has suppressed his need for dominance, afraid of hurting his lover, Mark Wilder. But when Cameron’s hand meets Philip’s ass, there’s no more pretending. Mark can’t face his conflicting feelings about the ménage; does Cameron want more than Mark can give?
The three of them may have been perfect together but consequences follow them back to their real lives. Will their desire for another encounter shatter the illusions they’ve built to protect themselves or clear the obstacles to paradise?

PARADISE FOUND will be available at Carina Press, Amazon, and other online retailers on June 6. Find out about Hunter’s books here.

30 comments to “Hunter Raines, Paradise Found and a Giveaway!”

  1. jennifer mathis
      · May 29th, 2011 at 7:10 pm · Link

    wow now that is one beautiful cover , sounds great

  2. Kim
      · May 30th, 2011 at 8:34 am · Link

    Definitely, and then I married him. lol

    Other then that, the only other person that has ever really ‘got me’ is someone that I’ve never actually met, but we refer to each other as ‘Twin’. Met online and talk all the time, mail each other awesome care packages, etc. She’s awesome!

  3. Elizabeth
      · May 30th, 2011 at 8:10 am · Link

    I really like the cover!

  4. Junegirl63
      · May 30th, 2011 at 8:27 am · Link

    I have met people online that I connnect with better than some of the people around me on a daily basis. In fact there is a woman I’ve met online who I swear is my twin – except that she looks nothing like me and lives about 1,000 miles away…we share so many things in common in how we think and I love talking with her. In person- I haven’t been quite as lucky though I do have two bff’s and we have stuck together – through weight gain. weight loss and changing families for over ten years. Great post!

  5. StacieDM
      · May 30th, 2011 at 9:01 am · Link

    When I was at the RT convention in LA I found myself surrounded by other readers that loved books as much as I do. It felt wonderful to be with people that understood that reading was important to me. I didn’t have to explain myself because they felt the same way.

  6. Stella (Ex Libris)
      · May 30th, 2011 at 9:04 am · Link

    On my second date (buit officially just the first as the 1st one was a friendly outing) with a guy my best friend fixed me up we met up at 11am to go bowling, then ate lunch, then at 5pm he still didnt want to call it day and we had dessert, and we talked nonstop until 7pm. Was the longest 1st day of my life and was amazed we didn’t bore each after after such a lengthy, marathon chat. Was amazing 😛

    Thank you for the great giveaway! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. JoAnna B
      · May 30th, 2011 at 9:22 am · Link

    One of my friends and I met at my best friends wedding. She was my best friends soon to be sister-in-law. She lived in Florida so we only really talked the day of the wedding. We talked and had a blast together. By the end of the night we were crying together.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  8. Robin Snodgrass
      · May 30th, 2011 at 9:45 am · Link

    From the first time I met my husband, there was an instant connection. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt that for any other person though. We just clicked and he’s still the only person who truly “gets” me sometimes.

    Great blog Hunter!

  9. Fedora
      · May 30th, 2011 at 9:58 am · Link

    Lovely post, Hunter! Congrats on your Carina debut! As for “clicking” with certain people–sometimes that just happens, either in real life or with people I haven’t even met in real life yet. It’s a gift no matter how/when; it isn’t often that you meet someone who understands you in a fundamental way 🙂

  10. Amelia
      · May 30th, 2011 at 10:23 am · Link

    I have a friend who I frequently email, but when we actually talk we can be on the phone for two hours. I’ve known her for about one year but we understand each other.

  11. Becky W
      · May 30th, 2011 at 11:13 am · Link

    I like the cover for Paradise Found. This sounds like a really good book and I have added it to my list. I met a male friend online and we know each other for at least 2 years now. We understand each other very well. In some ways, he reminds me of my dad, but we used to talk almost every night, but now it is at least once a week. I have never met him in person, but it seems like I have known him my whole life.

  12. Joder
      · May 30th, 2011 at 11:29 am · Link

    Carina Press has been putting out some really great books and this sounds like another winner.

  13. Mary G
      · May 30th, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link

    Hi Hunter 😉
    Congrats. Looking forward to your Carina release. I really believe
    in the chemistry thing. Hubby & I met over the phone working for the same company in different cities. He pproposed 3 weeks after we met in person & we got married 6 months later – 28 years later it’s all good.

    I met by BFF when I went to pick up my mail. I saw her on her driveway. We were both early owners of a car that just came out. I asked her how she liked her car. After that we saw each other every day. She doesn’t live there anymore but she’s still my BFF 16 years later.

    On line has been great too. Lea was my first on-line date. Worked out great for me anyway LOL. Met lots of wonderful people thriugh the world of books.

  14. Mary Kirkland
      · May 30th, 2011 at 11:36 am · Link

    This is a new author for me and the book sounds awesome. That cover is beautiful.

  15. Jane
      · May 30th, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Hunter. I have met people that totally got my humor and personality and something just clicked between us.

  16. CrystalGB
      · May 30th, 2011 at 12:49 pm · Link

    Congrats on your new book. I have met people who I liked instantly and have become good friends with.

  17. Cathy M
      · May 30th, 2011 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Oh yeah, and that connection is amazing. I married the first guy who totally got me, lol. 36 years and counting…

  18. Chelsea B.
      · May 30th, 2011 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Oh, yeah, definitely! I’ve made a lot of great friends because of that “You just get me” connection!

  19. Lacey Savage
      · May 30th, 2011 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Thanks again for having me here today, Beth!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all your comments. There’s something so memorable about that instant connection, isn’t there? Whether it happens in person, on-line, or over the phone, it’s remarkable.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Elise Teunis
      · May 30th, 2011 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I love stories that dare to be different, thankyou for writing one!

  21. Hunter Raines
      · May 30th, 2011 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Ooops! I just realized I left that last comment under the wrong pen name.


    It’s amazing I still answer when my hubby hollers my real name around the house. Talk about an identity crisis!

  22. Debra McDonald
      · May 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Awesome cover!!! I have a couple of friends I have met that way.Just a hello and years later we are still best friends.Living so far from eachother we email and keep the phonebills high.One our lives are mirror images of eachother and the other is a total opposite.Congrats on the new book.This one I will share with 2 special people I know. 😉

  23. Diane Sadler
      · May 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I met my then future husband in a bar; he asked me to dancethen later on asked for my phone number. Honestly I never thought he would call again but 31 years later I’m still happy he did.

  24. Dottie
      · May 30th, 2011 at 7:30 pm · Link

    The cover alone calls to me!

    Dottie 🙂

  25. Leni
      · May 30th, 2011 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I’ve found that with people that I’ve encountered while on assignments for work or going out somewhere with a friend to a place I normally wouldn’t go to.
    It’s always refreshing and makes me take a look at things in my life to see if I’m doing all that I can to attain my goals.

  26. Stephanie M
      · May 31st, 2011 at 8:14 am · Link

    I have met a lot of friends at parties. Usually we can find a common interest because we feel a connection to the person who invited us.

  27. Maureen
      · May 31st, 2011 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I would have to say that has happened periodically through my life and usually they became a good friend.

  28. Michelle
      · May 31st, 2011 at 10:32 pm · Link

    I used to work retail sales for years and there were a couple of people whom I spoke to that after just a few minutes were like long lost family. Congrats on the release.

  29. infinitieh
      · May 31st, 2011 at 11:50 pm · Link

    All those late nights in college were somehow meaningful without having a whole lot of deep discussions.

  30. Jen B.
      · June 1st, 2011 at 2:15 pm · Link

    I generally don’t try to connect with people too deeply at first meeting. The thing is, my sense of humor is a little odd and I am very shy so most people are instant fans (if you know what I mean).

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