April 9th, 2009
Book of the Day: Stranger, by Megan Hart



I pay strangers to sleep with me. I have my reasons…

But they’re not the ones you expect. For starters, I’m a funeral director taking over my dad’s business. Not exactly the sort of person you’d expect to fork over cash for the lust and urgency only live, skin-to-skin contact can create. Looking at me, you wouldn’t have a clue I carry this little secret so close it creases up like the folds of a fan. Tight. Personal. Ready to unravel in the heat of the moment.

Unsurprisingly, my line of work brings me face to face with loss. So I decided long ago that paying for sex would be one of the best (and arousing) ways to save myself from the one thing that would eventually cut far too deep.

But Sam was a mistake. Literally. I signed on to “pick up” a stranger at a bar, but took Sam home instead. And now that I’ve felt his heat, his sweat and everything else can I really go back to impersonal?

Let’s just hope he never finds out about my other life…

Where you can find Megan:

Web Site


Joint Blog

Author Bio: I was born and I lived awhile and did some stuff, and then some other things happened. Finally, I finished with that and started something else, and in 2007 my first book with Spice came out. It was called Dirty. Now I do things and write about stuff and spend some time attempting to achieve accomplishments, but mostly I like to hang around and spend my time doing whatnot and things.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been writing ever since I could and decided to make a full-time go of it, officially, in 1998 when I became a stay-home mom.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? I really love fantasy and science fiction and would really love to write a horrifyingly terrifying horror novel someday. I’ve written fantasy and SF and would love to keep doing that. I got started with historical romance because I loved it so much, but I prefer to write contemporary, and I suppose I prefer to keep the bedroom door open rather than closed.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? Right now I’m working on edits, edits, edits, but next on my plate is my third Order of Solace novel which will come out from Berkley Sensation sometime in 2010. I’ll have two Order of Solace novels, which are historical fantasy, sensual romance, out in the fall of 2009. I’ll also have my next release from Spice, DEEPER, which is a contemporary erotic paranormal novel (phew, what a mouthful) and that comes out in July.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of STRANGER. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize.

Tell us about one of your obsessions:

Megan says: Just one? Bah! Well, I’d have to say that right now Supernatural is my obsession. I love that show with the passionate fire of ten thousand fiery suns. It just keeps getting better and better and better. I love it so much I want to bake it pie and do its laundry.

Okay, blog readers, now you tell us about one of YOUR obsessions.

73 comments to “Book of the Day: Stranger, by Megan Hart”

  1. …chocolate, oh chocolate. I shouldn’t eat so much sugar but it’s too yummy to stay away from. It is sure my sweet obsession

  2. Books? My tv shows?
    yeah, who am I kidding….books! :D
    Please don’t enter me in this contest, as I have this in my tbr pile and I think it is inching closer to the top!!! :D

  3. Doctor Who (both TV and novelisations) is my current obsession.

    Books are my perennial obsession — no 12-step program will ever be able to cure me.

  4. I have to agree BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS and more BOOKS. I drive my dh to distraction with my books. I read non stop. There are times I would rather read then eat or sleep.

  5. my obsession would have to be my better half Arcane he is like the air i breath everyday i need him that much more i eat sleep and drink him i drive everyone in the world nuts because i talk about him every other word or sentence has his name in it i dont know what im more obsessed with him or tattoos nothing sexier then well him and his tats but really tats in general r just hot i love looking threw tat books and seeing pictures of others work the symbolizam the colors everything about them yeah gets me side tracked and caught off guard

  6. Obsessions…so hard to pick just one, but here we go:

    Lists. Particularly my book lists. Listed in alphabetical order by author, then chronologised. Several times a month I hit up author websites, publisher websites and three different Amazon websites to compulsively check for new cover art or release dates…and that includes your books, too :wink:

  7. I would say my obsession is reading, I am an avid reader but chocolate doesn’t hurt either. I guess my other one would be craft projects. :grin:

  8. Reading which is why the family gives me gift cards to book stores. That way I don’t have to return things.

  9. Ben & Jerry’s AMERICONE DREAM ice cream is one of my obsessions.


  10. My obsession is book buying. When I am sad, stress, angry, happy, every emotion, I go to the bookstore and buy books.

  11. My obsession… well… something I can’t live without… It would have to be a book in one hand and these amazing frosted sugar cookies from Lofthouse in the other… with a tall glass of milk!! That is my weakness! I tell myself that if I was good (eating properly) during the day and done my housework (yuck) and all that… that I get to read and have a cookie!!! My family thinks I’ve lost my mind… but oh well… they don’t understand what a great book does for you (at least not hubby) and cookies and glass of milk

    Please do not enter me the contest for the book, I already have it and have read it… I also did a review of it, if you would like to check it out!! It is an awesome book.. Good luck to getting your hands on it, if you do not win it here…. please go out and get it!!!

  12. My obsession is books, buying them, reading them, collecting them!! I do love chocolate, but if I have to choose… No more chocolate for me!

  13. Hey Megan!

    Tee totally hot cover! Whew!

    Your bio so cracked me up…thanks for the laugh. I needed it this morning. LOL

    An obsession? Hmmm…right now it would be all things mystical. Having been a huge fan of the paranormal genre for so long…I’m finally trying my hand at writing paranormal romance.

    I’ve been doing some research into the mystics and how totally intriguing and addictive it is. Of course, there’s also the hot vampires, and sexy shapeshifters, and spicy aliens and….grrr…

    But I digress….

  14. Hidey ho, everyone! Thanks to Anya for having me here today.

    All these obsessions…chocolate, books…man, are you guys in my head? My sister gave up cake. Just gave it up. I keep trying to do that with chocolate, but it ain’t happening.

    Could never give up books, never…!


  15. Well, usually my obsession is a tie between books and gaming. Currently it is cigarettes because I just quit. So…. they are ALL I think about! :evil:

  16. My obsession is books. I have a bumper sticker that says who needs drugs? I go broke buying books. I have 3 bookshelves full of books and even though they are full I still have to buy more. I have 2 of the bookcases full of books that are my TBR pile and yet I still buy more books.

    Husband looks at me and shakes his head.

  17. My obsession is entering book contests!! I do searches online for them, every single one I see I HAVE to enter it! Best prize won so far was a Kindle, that rocked!!

    OneToughCookieTC@ Yahoo.Com

  18. Books, books, books….oh and Scotland. Never been outside of my imagination, but I know when (if) I ever go it will be beyond anything I can imagine.

  19. My obsession is reading. I read all the time, I work to buy more books and resent the fact that I cannot read at work.

    It is a endless circle of addiction. Also, now the two kiddos carry books around with them.

  20. I guess I fit the trend, my obsession is books – buying, collecting, and reading. for books that I keep for my collection I have to have every book in the series. My T-shirt says “will work for books” I’ve had several people come up to me and agree and ask where I got it. :!:

  21. Books for me too! Buying them, reading them, discussing them, organizing them; doesn’t matter, I just love my books :)

  22. My obsession is reading, online or paperback, what i am reading changes with my moods, except for a good smut book which that never changes, :cool: atm I am very much into vampires .

  23. Law & Order, both SVU and Criminal Intent.

    I’ve never been much of a tv watcher, I’d so much rather be reading, but I’m totally HOOKED on this series. I’ve seen them all and can’t wait for new CI to start w/ Jeff Goldblum.

    And, of course, BOOKS!! But I figure that’s a given!!

  24. My current obsession is watching cooking shows. I love to cook anyhow, but suddenly every chance I get I am sneaking in to peek at whatever cooking show is on!! lol

  25. three of my obsessions are the show 24 my husband and I love it! and chocolate-I have my own private drawer full and candles, I have them burning all the time

  26. First and foremost my obsession is books. Just can not have enough books.

    Then there is my pesky drow obsession. Yeah, if I didn’t claim that, I know some who would remind me.

    Then there is my elves obsession, kinda goes hand and hand with the drow obsession. Not to mention my dragon obsession..can’t have enough dragon and elves pictures.

  27. My obsession has to be books!! I’m so deliriously happy when I read books or I get them as gifts and such. I read all the time, and it annoys people for some odd reason…

    My other obsession is music. I love all types of music, and I love to share it with other people. It annoys my sister because I’m always trying to get her to listen to something she doesn’t like lol

    And my last obsession I’ll list is the TV show Lost. It’s my favorite TV show of all time!!

  28. My obsession is reading books… BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS, so many to read out there! :grin:

  29. I’m not very original. It’s gotta be chocolate and books!

  30. My obsessions are books, contests, chocolate and my hubby. Have a great day.

  31. My obsession would have to be reading romance novels, any and all kinds really. My friends tend to make fun of me because I’m always reading them but it doesn’t matter what they think because they don’t read them so they don’t understand. I love reading because it takes me to a place away from the everyday world. Reading is my escape and after a long day I really need to be somewhere else. I love to go to sleep after having read a really good book. My newest obsession is contests where the prize is books. I recently won my first and I’m hooked to them now. LOL!

  32. My biggest obsession is BOOKS!!! LOL I have them all over the place and in all my bags..I am usually reading 2 or more at a time.

    Another obsession…cooking..I love to try new recipes..

    Lastly..Wine..and wine tasting. I Love the stuff..give me a good book and a good bottle of wine and I am in heaven

  33. my biggest obsession is books

  34. I’m obsessed with crime dramas like “NCIS,” “Life” and “The Mentalist.”

  35. My biggest obsession is reading. I love collecting books. I love to see them on my bookshelves. I love finding new authors to read and I love reading my favorite authors too! I also love, love chocolate! I love my cats. They are my babies now that my children are grown. There’s nothing better than reading a good book, eating some chocolate and having my cat on my lap on a quiet afternoon.
    mittens0831 At aol.com

  36. My obsession is books. :mrgreen: Also anything paranormal. :grin:

  37. SciFi B movies. Love em and can’t wait for the weekends to see what they have playing.

    Books is just obvious since I went to “look” for a book today and walked out with 5 then got 2 in the mail. Sweet heaven.

  38. I actually have 2 obsessions. My first is books! I love to read and even worse, I work in a bookstore, which makes it way too easy to feed my obsession. My husband says that I work to feed my habit. I also have an obsession with the TV show Bones. David Boreanez makes my heart go pitter pat.

  39. like many others, romance books are one of my obsessions, chocolate is another. A very bad combination, but I love them both :)

  40. Hi Megan!

    For me it has to be books, bookstores and chocolate!! :mrgreen:

  41. My obsession is books! I love reading and getting absorbed into different worlds. Currently I’m reading the “Dante Valentine” series by Lilith Saintcrow. I’ll read all 5 before moving to something else. Love your books! Candace

  42. I’m obsessed with Bones. I love David Boreanaz! Him and Emily Deschanel have great chemistry! :) Also, books. Specifically owning so many that they take over my house.

  43. my obsession would be reading, I cannot stop! LOL I find one author and must track down every book they write@ akkk and I am enter this blog because well I must have more books!!!

  44. Okay, easy one: I am obsessed about books.

    To be different than other people, though, since we are all obviously crazy about books…

    I am obsessed about food and wine… and because of that, I’m obsessed about exercise. Hey, a girl has gotta compensate for the indulgences!

  45. Books, books, books!!!!

  46. Mine is books. Chocolate is a close second.

  47. Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, Christian Bale, chocolate chip cookies and of course – books!

  48. Oh this is an easy one, Books of course! But lately… My obsession has been Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. So far I’ve read the first four books and just can’t get enought of it. :)

  49. I have to aree with many of your readers, reading is an obsession. Walking by a bookstore even when on my day off and not being able to resist going in. Checking to see if I’ve missed any new books. Comparing books with my best friends to get their take on a book and or author.

  50. I seem to be obsessed with paper products…stationery, napkins, books could be counted in there also!

  51. I am totally obsessed with book collecting and reading. I have to say collecting first because i’m a mood reader so i have to have plenty to choose from for the mood i’m in lol! Awesome contest!

  52. scrapbooking, reading and surfing the net.

  53. I blog about the contest in my blog on myspace.have not read the book thats up wright now looks very sexy.
    My URL: myspace.com/sasluvbooks

    avery one can come see my page if thay want.

  54. I am totally and completely obsessed with picking at my skin.

    I could pick at my face for hours. Pushing out my pores, plucking my eye brows. I tend to do it very late at night when I should be sleeping (or reading!) and it usually ends up hurting my face because I just don’t stop! I really should stop…..

  55. Congrats on your upcoming release!!

    Obsession….my books!! And anything to do with my books…following an author I’m ‘hooked’ on, finding new authors, following a series, my bookshelf and ‘puter library, making and updating my lists of TBR, TBB and owned books…….just anything to do with my books!! LOL

  56. My obsession is books! I have always loved to read and love getting new books. When I find an author I like to read, I have to have all their books. lol

  57. My obsession is books and contests. And if it’s a contest for a book then I get to feed both obsessions in one go!

  58. My obvious obsession is books, next in line is popcorn. I eat it almost every day. :grin:

  59. Oh! One of big obsession is cross-stitching. I love collecting cute patterns and stitching them up to see the finish products. :D

  60. I’m still obsessed with Sawyer on Lost, currently known as Jame LeFleur.

  61. No need to enter me into this contest, but I always love talking about my obsessions :)
    Books, and food. I LOVE talking about food. If I could be a food writer/critic, or … grow up to be Jeffrey Steingarten, my life would be perfect.

  62. I’d love to be in for Strangers! Yum!!!
    Ok besides my obsession for books? LOL Dry cheerios, (LOL), I used to check the stove knobs about 3 or 4 times a night but hubby worked with me on that one and its only 2 times a night now, LOL

  63. Books, books, books and reading are my obsession. Well, not very original I know, but, that’s they way it is. :grin: Along with forensic type shows on tv and my family, especially my grandkids. :grin:

  64. Right now I am into a serious book obsession. I cannot go into a book store and walk out with empty hands. Very easily….

  65. Reading by far is my obsession. Any chance I get you will find me with book in my hands :grin:

  66. Main obsession is books. I have 6,785 according to my Byron database. I can’t imagine I’ll get through the ones I have but I keep on getting more!

    I tend to be a little obsessive about anything I collect. I love crafts so I started taping the shows. All of them. Even the episodes I’m not interested in.

  67. I’ve repeated this many times to many different people, my one true obsession is reading and writing. Of course, lately I would have to add blogging. And chocolate, the world would come to an end without it. End of civilization. :)

  68. Obsession? Necessity! I must have books – print books, ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers – any book. I love paranormals, erotica, straight romance, fantasy. Get the picture? I have 1000’s of them, and I re-read them over and over again, enjoying them the fourth time just as much as I did the first.

  69. I have to say my obsession right now is The Drak Series by Christine Feehan. It seems I’ve been reading this series forever and it takes so long to get a new book. I know it takes a while to write, but I have no patience. lol

  70. say blog reading about romance and romance books from other and book lovers like me

  71. Besides reading (I’m writing my first paranormal romance novel, so I tell the kids it’s research so they won’t bother me), it would be chocolate chip cookie dough. If I am depressed, it’s the only thing that makes me feel better. We keep it in the house with a big “MOMMY’S – KEEP OFF” sign.

  72. Coffee, definitely coffee. Have to have it every day. I freak out a little when we get low on coffee. Yes, seriously obsessed with coffee.

  73. Definitely books. Erotica, paranormal, fantasy, romance… books :-)