Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Guest Launch Party - Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe

Welcome to the launch party for the tortured, refined and highly dangerous warriors of my new paranormal romance Soulfire series. The launch book is Kiss at Your Own Risk, in which an intractable warrior teams up with a cursed spitfire to rescue his best friend from Death's hot-blooded Grandma, in a high-octane and deliciously sexy romance, in which Death takes on a whole new meaning.

I am so excited to be here to share this moment with so many Sourcebooks Casablanca authors and their blog readers!! It's been almost three years since I've had a paranormal romance released, and I'm so thrilled to be launching this new series with Sourcebooks. This book is special to me, because it was the first book I sold after I went through a really difficult time in my life. It took time and tremendous effort to rebuild my creativity and my ability to write with passion and freedom, and it was a journey that forced me to dig deep and find talent and strength and passion I never knew I had. When I first came up with the idea for this series, and the men and women began to come to life for me, I knew that I had found my path again. Well, I hadn't found my path again so much as created a new one that far exceeded where I would have been if I hadn't had to go through the challenges had derailed me so thoroughly. Seeing this book on the shelves fills my heart with joy and pride, because I know it is the most wonderful story I've ever created, it is the masterpiece I strove for and so often thought I could never accomplish. Kiss at Your Own Risk is my salute to all the people out there who felt like the world had upended them so thoroughly that they will never recover, and who yet, somehow, someway, found their way back. So, let's pour the champagne, and let's celebrate the glory of success, of perseverance, of becoming the women we were meant to be! Here's a little bit more about my book:

He Needed a Killer Woman…
Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend. But in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

She was Drop Dead Gorgeous, Literally…
Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever. When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!

Join me throughout the month of my virtual tour, chatting about my book and many other interesting things, and giving away lots of free books! Below is where you can find me for the next month!

January 3: Wendy's Minding Spot
January 5: RT Daily Blog
January 5: Casablanca Authors
January 7: Book Hounds
January 10: Dear Author
January 12: Fresh Fiction
January 13: Love Romance Passion
January 14: Something Wicked
January 17: Star-Crossed Romance
January 19: Night Owl Reviews
January 21: Fang-tastic Books
January 24: A Moment with Mystee
January 27: My Book Addictions and More
January 31: Bitten By Books

Thanks again for having me here on the Casablanca Authors Blog!

Bio: Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a nationally bestselling author of more than twenty books. A life-long reader, she began crafting stories at age ten, but didn't realize it was her dream until she was an adult.

Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind "work" as the world defines it and went to "work" as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.

Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, that the ride should be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.

Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, tennis, friends, and her amazing family. For more information, please visit


  1. Congrats on the release of KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK and for finding your writing stride again!

    Your story sounds like it has a wonderful combination of humor, suspense and romance. Such an intriguing premise.

    Enjoy your blog tour!

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    Congrats on your latest release! I'm a big believer in following your heart. I look forward to reading "Kiss at Your Own Risk".

  3. Looks like you'll have a busy month! Congrats on the new release!

  4. Love the title and the cover is HOT! I'm the poster child for "follow your heart." Forty four years ago (before internet dating or even cell phones) I got engaged to a man I'd never met! Everyone said I was crazy but I married him anyway. They said it wouldn't last but it has for more than 44 years ... just yesterday I used "listen to your heart" in a book I'm working on. Getting back to work ... that book is due the 14th! CONGRATULATIONS on your new release and enjoy the blog tour.

  5. Oh, goody! Another Stephanie Rowe book I can sink my teeth into! And a deadline far enough away that I might actually get to read it fairly quickly! Congrats, Stephanie, and may I just fan-girl squee for a moment to be sharing a launch week with you! :)

  6. I loved reading your blog post, Stephanie. I totally understand and have been there struggling to keep writing when life is doing it's best to throw road blocks in the way.

    I love the premise for the story and cannot wait to read it! Good luck and enjoy the blog tour!

  7. Stephanie Rowe!

    I didn't know you were here at Casablanca! I read your Must Love Dragons and loooooved it!

    I'll defintely check out this book too. Congrats on your new release and welcome from a fellow Casababe.


  8. Hi Everyone! Stepahnie is away from her computer this morning, but she'll be checking in this afternoon. Thanks for the lovely comments!!!

  9. Hi Stephanie - Your book sounds awesome! Can't wait to pick up a copy!!!

  10. Stephanie,
    Sounds like you deserve this big round of applause I hear for your book! The victory is always much sweeter when we have to overcome something to get it. Congratulations! Enjoy the fun!

  11. HI All! Thanks for all the lovely comments!

    Amelia—thanks so much for your note. It so true that going through tough stuff makes the sunlight seem so much brighter when you finally get to see it again!

    Cathy—So good to see you! I still remember reading (and LOVING), your very first book, Wedding at White Sands. I picked it up after an editor on a panel raved about it. She was so right, of course!

    Hi Ashlyn—Thanks so much for your kind words on Must Love Dragons! That was always a favorite of mine! I didn't know you were here either! 

    CH—I'm so sorry to hear that you're going thru some challenging times. I wish you all the best in triumphing!!!

    Judi! Congrats on the starred review from PW! You are totally rocking girl! Thanks for stopping by!

    Carolyn—I love your story about following your heart. I really believe our heart has all the answers, if we learn to listen to it. Congratulations!

    Cheryl—Thanks for stopping by and for the congrats! 

    Sara—It's so good to hear from others who believe in following your heart. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tracey—Thanks for the lovely words!

  12. This looks fantastic, Stephanie! Welcome to the Casa babes.

    I've enjoyed your books and glad to see there's a new one.

  13. Stephanie, I'm so excited about your new series and I'm thrilled to hear things are going well for you in New England. Though, of course, we miss you here in Oregon, it's just great to hear that you're happy and well and WRITING! :) And I'm super thrilled that we're at the same house (again!)

    Good luck with your new series...I'm totally in love with this cover and can't wait to read the book!

  14. Congrats on your release, Stephanie! I'm thrilled your here and can't wait to read Kiss At Your Own Risk! It sounds fabulous!

  15. Congratulations on your release. Sounds intriguing!

  16. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it!

  17. Linda—I love your books, and it's such an honor to have you stop by!

    Hi Elisabeth! I miss you guys so much, too! Rose City Romance Writers is the BEST! I'm so glad to see you here, as well!

    Robin, Mary & Olivia—thanks so much for your well wishes! I am honored to be among such great authors!

  18. Congrats on your new release. I love stories of people overcoming difficult situations and emerging stronger and more successful. I wish you all the best!

  19. Congratulations on your launch, Stephanie. Your book sounds amazing, and I'm looking forward to reading it!