Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Agent M4:RioRdan by Joni Hahn

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Agent M4: Riordan
by Joni Hahn
Series: D.I.R.E. Agency, #4
Publication Date: June 4, 2014
Genre: Sci-fi Romance, Superhero Romance
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• Former D.I.R.E. Enemy Agent
• Mongolian Prison Survivor
• Magnetism

Sent to a Mongolian prison against his will, former enemy agent Riordan St. James is suddenly back in civilization. With his hands crushed, and littered with scars, he trusts no one. When he accepts D.I.R.E.’s prosthetic hands to operate a future, super power enhancement, Riordan knows their offer comes with a price - he just isn’t sure he wants to pay.

After an affair with a client turns deadly, psychologist and senator’s daughter Natalie Meeks, doesn’t trust her own judgment. When she’s hired to help Riordan adjust to civilization again, she finds herself in familiar, forbidden territory – battling a fiery attraction to her client. 

One heated encounter with the elegant Dr. Meeks convinces Riordan to abide by D.I.R.E.’s bargain. However, when new evidence about his disappearance uncovers shocking secrets, he questions not only his decision, but the people around him – including his sexy-as-hell doctor. 

While their lives become more entangled, yet pulled apart, a madman turns up the heat on his plans for Natalie. And the only person she can trust is the one man that doesn’t trust her…


Scars and Souvenirs – Riordan’s Journey   

I can’t imagine trying to write a rough draft without music.  Then again, I can’t imagine trying to live without music, period.   On most days, music is with me every waking hour.  My family knows they can’t go wrong with an ITunes gift card.
When I sat down to write Agent M4: Riordan, Book 4 in The D.I.R.E. Agency Series, I had no specific music in mind.  However, I did want to finally check out ITunes Radio.  I’d been putting it off, but a new book seemed like a great opportunity to delve into it.
I set my first two stations - Daughtry and Jason Aldean.  Jason didn’t suit Riordan (He’s saved for my hero in Book 5) so I turned on Daughtry – and found a wealth of new music!  Score.
Having grown up in the age of rock music, I’m a fan of classic rock.  And with the Daughtry station, I found so many bands I hadn’t heard before: Theory of a Deadman, Three Days Grace, Cavo, Art of Dying, Saving Abel, Default, Lifehouse – just to name a few (okay, several).  I was in hog heaven.
However, it was Theory of a Deadman’s album, Scars and Souvenirs that seemed to resonate with me - or rather, with Riordan.   
There’s a lot of anger and bitterness in the lyrics, the music itself angry in parts.  It suited Riordan so well that sometimes, it seemed to mold him before my eyes.   There are also very poignant lyrics that are so REAL they’re hard to ignore.  So, I didn’t.  
In Agent M4: Riordan, Riordan returns to civilization scarred, both inside and out.   He trusts no one – and neither does the protagonist in many of Theory of a Deadman’s songs.   They’ve both been betrayed and hurt, and they’re fed up.   This album suited so well, it’s almost scary.   The two are a match made in music.   

I am the author of The D.I.R.E. Agency Series, a superhero romance series that revolves around an international security agency that gives its top agents super-power enhancements.   The first three books, a trilogy, were released in December 2013, and can also be found in a recently-released box set:
    Book 1 – Agent I1: Tristan
    Book 2 – Agent E2: Aidan
    Book 3 – Agent T3: d’Artagnan
My latest release, Agent M4: Riordan, is Book #4 in The D.I.R.E. Agency Series.  
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By day, Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered HR manager and accounting generalist.   She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the world… or getting into his costume.  Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing more exhilarating than falling in love (other than the rear shot of Chris Evans hitting the punching bag in The Avengers – that was pretty darn exhilarating).  A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and country music is the other soul music.