Welcome to Escape to Romance, hosted by myself, DemonLover of Demon Lover’s Books and More and Book Savvy Babe. Since it’s a week of love, we are celebrating romance with the Escape to Romance event. We have so much going on this week, from author visits, interviews, and chats, to romance discussions, and lots of awesome giveaways and prizes! The more you participate, the more chances you have to win! Our grand prize of the event is a RomCon Registration Ticket! If you can’t make RomCon 2012, or you are international, don’t worry, you can win a $30 to Amazon or The Book Depository!

Please welcome Shannon K. Butcher
A lot of authors knew they wanted to write books from the time they were little. Their heads were full of fanciful stories that they yearned to commit to paper with a passion that only grew as they did. They spent hours reading fiction, voraciously absorbing every
kind of story they could get their hands on.

Shannon was not one of them.

When she was little, she wanted to be a daddy. When she learned the anatomical improbability of that happening, she decided instead to become what her dad was: an Industrial Engineer. So that’s what she did. She never once changed majors or veered from her path. After she graduated, she went to work for a big telecom company earning a steady paycheck while her husband pursued his dream to become a published author.

For those of you who might not know, Shannon’s husband is Jim Butcher, fantasy and sci-fi author extraordinaire. She learned to write in an effort to help him improve his own work and as soon as she discovered that writing was more a learned skill than a natural talent she knew she had to give it a try. She couldn’t resist the challenge of taking the pieces of a story apart and putting them back together again. It’s the kind of puzzle that made her want to be an engineer to begin with – to learn how things work and why. She thought she’d write the same kind of thing Jim did, but then she picked up her first romance in 1998 and was hooked. Somehow, stories about how two people come to love each other made everything else seem shallow in comparison. Maybe it was just her hormones talking, but whatever it was, it was loud, so she listened and she started writing romances. She wrote great heaping piles of skillfulness – like most new writers – but eventually her work sucked less and hopefully that trend will continue as she learns more. Heaven knows she have a great teacher. (Thanks, Jim.)
A family of geeks to the core, the Butchers live in Independence, Missouri, with their son and a dog who is only one four-foot stick away from being a dust mop.

I asked Shannon about her experiences at the RomCon convention, she said:
“RomCon was great fun! It was small enough to have an intimate feel, while large enough to have something for all romance readers. I loved that there was plenty of time to sit and chat with folks and get to know them over the weekend. I met a lot of new friends there!”

(Shannon & DemonLover from RomCon 2010)

Give the readers a tidbit about my favorite series of yours, The Sentinel Wars:
They are the Sentinels. Three races, ancient guardians of mankind, each possessing unique abilities to protect humanity against their eternal foes: the Synestryn. Now, for one Sentinel, the only way to reclaim her forgotten past is to follow the blood.”

What can you tell s about your upcoming book release?
Upcoming book synopsis: Jackie Patton has been rescued by the Theronai from her captivity and torture at the hands of the Synestryn. All she wants is to be left alone, but that isn’t possible — not when she’s a potential match for the Theronai warriors who need a woman to literally save their lives.

Forced to choose, she unexpectedly selects Iain, a cold-hearted warrior who doesn’t want to be saved. Iain is convinced that it’s too late for him — that his soul is already as dead as his former betrothed, killed by the Synestryn. Still, he is the only man Jackie feels a measure of peace around, the only one she wants. But is Iain indeed beyond saving?

Due to be released in 2012, Dying Wish, is book six of The Sentinel Wars and follows the novella called Bound by Vengeance.

Do you have a favorite Romance novel?
Unfortunately, no, I don’t really have a favorite all-time romance novel. I do have a long list of authors that I loves to read, including JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lori Foster, Shannon McKenna and Lora Leigh, just to name a few.

Today Shannon is kind enough offer a copy BLOOD HUNT from the Sentinel Wars Series
Contest Rules
Comment below asking Shannon a question.
Leave your email addy.
You must be a GFC or RSS follower of one of the participating sites:
DemonLover’s , Book Savvy Babe or Got Fiction to enter this giveaway.
The contest is for US/CAN residents only.
Want to know more about this series? 
Join DemonLover & Shannon K Butcher for a Chat.
Ask questions, follow along or just hang out.
Chat has been changed to here on the blog. Ask a question in the comments, she’s here to answer.

Chat will be TODAY from 6-7PM PST.
Can’t join the chat? Then leave a question for Shannon in the Comment section at the end of this post.

The giveaways for this event will vary every day. There are 2 giveaways that run the entire event, 
The RomCon Registration and a $30 GiftCard to Amazon or $30 worth of books of your choice from the Book Depository. 
These giveaways have daily entries, as well as a few main entries. So each day you comment on a post or tweet about the contest, you get an extra entry. We want readers to be engaged in the event all week, so the more you participate, the more chances you have to win. Be sure to check back each day! Enter now in the rafflecopter forms below (1 is for the RomCon ticket and 1 is for the GiftCard)

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