Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Claim Me by J. Kenner

For Damien, our obsession is a game. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real.

Damien Stark’s need is palpable—his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match.

I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both.

But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close . . . or shatter us completely.

J. Kenner, What’s Your Billionaire Toy of Choice?

There are a lot of fun things about writing books like the Stark Trilogy, but there’s a special appeal to peeking into the billionaire lifestyle.  After all, I’ve only ridden in a limo twice.  Once after my wedding (a present from a friend) and the other time when an editor rented a limo at a conference to take her authors to dinner (that was a blast!).

So getting to put on the billionaire persona and step into Damien Stark’s world has been great fun.

But it also makes me think:  if I could pick just one billionaire “toy” (I’m going to loosely define toy to include houses and travel!) what would I pick?

And that is a hard one.

Damien Stark loves cars, and he has some exceptional ones, ranging from classics like Bentleys to power machines like the Bugatti Veyron.  But neither of those are really practical for me, and unless I went with the limo, I don’t know that any of Damien’s cars would serve me (and my husband and two kids) as well as my mini-van.  (How sad and pathetic is that?)

So then there’s the house.  I searched Malibu high end real estate sites to get a picture of Damien’s Malibu house in my mind, and I have to say, the mental picture I have is pretty darn sweet. 

But if I choose that as my toy, then I have to consider the rules.  Does it come with maid service?  Because I can barely keep my 3000 square foot house clean.  What would I do if I had more than triple that?

I mean, that’s quite the dilemma, right? 

Then there’s art.  Or fancy cameras.  Or helicopters.  Or jets.  Or hotel ownership, restaurant interests, insane clothing budgets.  All of which sound awesome.

But I think the “toy” that appeals to me most is the travel.  Because a billionaire pretty much has an unlimited ticket to see the world, and as I was doing research on the Hotel Kempinski in Munich (in Claim Me and Complete Me) I have to admit that my jaw was pretty much on the floor.  I would love to stay there and use that hotel as a base to explore Germany.  For that matter, I’d love to stay at any number of fabulous hotels that I can imagine Damien strolling into.

So that’s it for me: my billionaire “toy” of choice is an essentially unlimited travel budget.  What’s yours?

One lucky commenter will win a copy of Claim Me! 
(print for US winners, digital for international winners!)
Answer J. Kenner's question, "what's your billionaire toy of choice?" and include your email address.  Good luck!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner has written over 40 books under multiple names including Julie Kenner and J.K. Beck.  Her newest release, CLAIM ME, is the second book in the bestselling Stark Trilogy, which began with RELEASE ME, a multi-week NYT and USA today bestseller, continues with CLAIM ME (which debuted at #2 on the NYT list!), and which will conclude in July with COMPLETE ME.

You can learn more about her at her website ( or connect with her on Twitter (@juliekenner) or on Facebook (


Diana Doan said...

My billionaire "toy" of choice: Funny enough, I was actually going to say travel too! I love taking in different sights, absorbing different cultures, and trying different food (Mm...the food).

Haha, but just to be original, I'll pick something else...real estate. Not that I know anything about properties and whatnot, but it'd be nice to have a "home" in various countries around the world. So when I do travel, I'd have a place to stay :)


Lea Jerančič said...

Sports :)

HMitch76 said...

My toy of choice would be the private jet where we could go any where at anytime :)

Jennifer said...

I would have to agree with you with having the ability to travel anywhere! Thanks for the giveaway!

Maria D. said...

This is a really tough question but I'm going to assume that if you have a "billionaire" toy that you obviously have "billions" to keep it and maintain it so I'm going to go with the big house - of course that could be because I feel crowded in the house I'm in - too much question though and it does make you realize there are lots of things to think about regardless of which "financial" circle you fall in. Thanks for the giveaway!

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

Texas Book Lover said...

I would have to say a housekeeper/cook. I would love to have my house constantly clean and all my meals cooked for me and never have to lift a finger. And if all that could happen and I never had to see anyone because the person was say invisible even better!

mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

krg said...

Well all those choices are great and I would choose those in a minute also. But since I am dreaming, I guess I will dream big.... I want my own jet with a hot billionaire to christen me into the 'Mile High Club'! lol

erin said...

Congrats Julie!!!! I'd have to say the limo b/c I hate driving and I could read :)


LM said...

Travel-- but also the biggest toy is that bank account so that you never have to worry about anything you want to buy or want to go

Mickala said...

I would have to go with travel! Thanks for the giveaway!

Joanne said...

It's a fie, either a private plane to take me anywhere I wanted to go, or a personal driver so I wouldn't have to worry about it.
Congrats and thanks for the giveaway.


Lynn said...

Travel! With all that money I'd be exploring the world!

lynnbulk83 at yahoo dot com

jessiel said...

A house on a private lake. Thank you for the giveaway!

JessieL62 at comcast dot net

Nicki B said...

Season tickets with all travel expenses paid to every Oakland Raiders game

SamB said...

I think I would just go for a healthy 401k account...

Thanks for the giveaway!

sbackus (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jenny Dauksa Schaber said...
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Jenny Dauksa Schaber said...

My "toy" would be a yacht. This way I could lounge & travel at the same time. Of course with a staff so I wouldn't have to clean anything and I would be able to have fresh seafood every day.

ZandaMarie said...

I absolutely LOVE experiencing new places and cultures so I'd have to go with travel, as well.
Thanks for the giveaway! x

Serena said...

My billionaire toy of choice would be my own private island in Fiji....I mean if I could afford an island, I would have every water toy imaginable to keep me busy:-). The scuba diving is Fiji is amazing and I've always wanted to go back. How better than to my own island;-).

Thanks for the giveaway.

Toni Floyd said...

Travel! Nothing else even comes close for me. :)

Nadine said...

CONGRATULATIONS TO Jenny Dauksa Schaber. Please check your email for details. Thank you all who entered.

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