Thank you readers for Five Fabulous Years with Damien Stark! (Signed book giveaway!)

Come celebrate five years of Nikki & Damien Stark with a signed book giveaway contest as a thank you to you, the readers!

People often ask me which is my favorite out of all the (almost 100!!!) books I’ve written as both J. Kenner and Julie Kenner, and I always reply that books are like children–you love them all equally but differently.

Instructions on how to enter the contest are at the end of this post!

 

I stand by that answer … but at the same time, sometimes the characters in a book will resonate so much with an author that you want to continue spending time with them.  That happened to me with Nikki & Damien Stark, and as I leap into the new year, I can’t help but look back in amazement and realize that it’s been five years since Release Me hit the shelves — a book that was originally supposed to be only one book, but turned into a trilogy during the course of writing it. And that trilogy sparked “epilogue novellas” as well as multiple spin-off series. And, because at some point the characters repositioned themselves in my mind from a romance hero/heroine to a romantic saga hero/heroine, there is now a fourth full-length book in the “trilogy” (Anchor Me) with a fifth coming out later this year (Lost With Me).   (Yeah, I’ve rebranded it as a saga. A trilogy with 5 books and multiple novellas seemed a bit whack).

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I turned in Release Me to my publisher in late 2012 for its January 1, 2013 release day.  I had high hopes that it would do well (foreign rights had sold well before the book was published, so I knew that expectations were high), but I truly didn’t know if readers would fall in love with the characters the way that I had.

I was not just pleasantly surprised, I was blown away.  Release Me marked the first time that I hit the New York Times bestseller list in my career (which at that point, I was thirteen years into) and only the second time I’d hit the USA Today list.  In the second week, it fell off the NYT list, and I was fine with that. But then–holey moley–word of mouth had gotten out and readers were talking about the characters, and it went back onto the list and stayed on NYT and USA Today for multiple weeks.  Even more exciting, I was getting reader mail pretty much every day, and we pushed the release day for books two and three (Claim Me & Complete Me) from July and December to April and July (which tightened my writing schedule, but I was fine with that. I was in love with the characters and happy to immerse myself in their lives).

Awesome readers once again showed their love for Nikki & Damien, and both Claim Me and Complete Me hit the number two slot on the New York Times bestseller list, and when readers asked to know what happened “after happily ever after” I dove in with Stark Ever After novellas.

Something about these characters just sings for me. They are flawed, smart, ambitious, caring, romantic, and they’ve forged a family from their friends, and have battled so many demons.  It has been a pleasure spending so much time with them over the last five years, and I have to thank you, the readers, for allowing me to do that.

I’d like to say that I can write in a vacuum, and that if readers don’t buy the book, that I would continue to write them, but the truth is that I can’t. I wish I could, but there are bills to pay, food to buy, and children to put through college. So I am beyond grateful that these are characters you have wanted to spend the last five years with … and hopefully more years, too!

In so many ways, you, readers, are the force behind my keyboard, the rocket fuel that propels my imagination. And for that, I’m so truly grateful.

It’s been a great ride … I hope you continue to join me as the journey continues!

For a chance to win a signed copy of Release Me, just leave me a comment about the series. When you first met Damien? Favorite scene, favorite quote. Or, if you haven’t yet met Mr. Stark, tell me why you’d like to!

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45 Comments

Joanne menzies

I have not yet had the privilege of reading this book but have heard so many amazing reviews about it… I would be so grateful to win this, thank you for the opportunity 😉 Xx

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Melissa Nelson

I started reading this series about 3 years ago. I’m always waiting for another book to come out and I buy it instantly. Keep up the great work!

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Cassandra lesperance

I found Nikki and Damien during the 50 shades craze and fell in love with you as an author. Since then I have started my own collection of your books! Jackson Steele and, Evan and more! Love you!

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Rolanda Tovey

I don’t remember exactly when I read “Release Me” but I do remember that I read the first 3 books all at the same time.

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Cindy Rader

Truthfully I’ve never read any from this series. However I love discovering new series with good characters and a good storyline.

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Linda May

I haven’t met Mr. Stark yet, but I sure would love to, Thanks for your great generosity.

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S. Herz

I’m just re-reading the Stark Trilogy. I think I love this fictional character! I find his strength, his kindness, his gentleness, his passion, and mostly, the way he just sees Nikki!
“You need me, where else would I be?” Fav quote for sure!

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Debra Shutters

I first read this after reading Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy and love it also read Claim me & Complete me so it been awhile so I don’t remember any quotes just remember loving the Trilogy and thanks for the chance in the giveaway

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Anonymous

It was 2013 for me and still one of my fave series and couples ❤️❤️❤️

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Kristene

It was 2013 for me. One of my all time favorite series and favorite couple ❤️❤️❤️

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Vanessa Sorrentino

I have yet to meet Mr Stark but I hope to someday. I have read a few of your other books and hope to read more of them soon!

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Raquel

I love this series! I am always excited to find a new one. I met Damien about 4 years ago. I loved him immediately and have followed the stark world until the end. It would be an honor to win a copy. I have only been able to read them through my local library, I unfortunately don’t own any of them.

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Misty Paige Myrick

It’s been awhile now since I’ve read the series but I remember how much I loved it. The whole 50 Shades craze got me into reading again. And yours was one of the next series I picked up. Loved Damien and Nikki’s story.

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Candy Smith

I’m New to you and your books. Why I haven’t read your books yet I don’t know I must have been living under a rock the last five years to never heard of this book! I just read a bit on Amazon and I’m hooked already!

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Laura Lysinger

I found Release Me and have been gobbling up all of your Stark world book every since. I am very taken with Nikki and Damien…they are flawed but beautiful. Can’t wait for more of them!!

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Megan Allen

I actually just started “Release Me” last night..and wow. Whew. Mr. Stark is everything I need in a book boyfriend. How in the hell am I only just reading this now? If I knew this unicorn was out there..it would have been devoured well before now. Thanks for giving us these characters!

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Marissa White

I’m not sure where I found you but once I started reading this series I was hooked. Still one of my all time favorite series. I can’t wait for more Nikki and Damien! 📖💜

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Monica VanBeekum

I read one book prior to Barbara vey 2017 and the book you gave us. I’m eager to read more!!!

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Cindy Santucci

I first read Release me in 2013. Damian and Nikki are my favorite book couple😍 By far this series is my favorite of all books that I have read. I love that he calls her Ms Fairchild and she calls him Mr. Stark all the time. The limo scene and the first time she sat for him for her portrait are just a few of my favorite scenes. Thanks for writing their story💕

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Tiffany Cooper

This is one of my favourite series. I am so glad that you continued it past the original 3 books! Thank you for writing this wonderful storyline.

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Tanya Leigh

Wow I can’t believe it’s been that long ago. It’s actually been awhile since I read the books but I do remember falling in love with the characters immediately. It is on my list of books to re-read this year and I can’t wait for the new book so I can fall in love all over again.

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Sharon O

I looooove Nikki and Damien! My favorite part of their relationship is when Nikki, with a little advice from Evelyn, fought for Damien in spite of the fact that he was pushing her away

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Nikki M Stark

I haven’t had the change to meet the Starks yet but I would love to as I have heard amazing things about them and also it amazes me that my name is in a book 😉

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Amanda Anderson

I haven’t read this book or series yet but I am getting this book on Thursday I saw it at a store for $2.99 so can’t wait to read.
Congrats🎉🎉

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Chris

Sadly I have never read these books. I am a huge fan of fifty shades and bared to you, so this is right up my alley.

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Alisha May

I found Release Me while I was ordering books on Amazon (I think I was ordering Sylvia Day books). I read some reviews of Release Me and it sounded like a great read so I ordered it too and I’m so glad that I did! I love Damien Stark so much! Thank you for the chance to win this signed book! It would look awesome on my bookshelf!

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Anonymous

I have yet to read this book but I do look forward to sinking my teeth into a great new read! Thanks for the oppportunity.

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Sarah Kirk

This series was one of my first in the genre. I just loved Nikki. My favorite scene is her finding the courage to pose for the painting and baring her scars.

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Melissa Lamb

I’ve read the 1st book in this wonderful, amazing series but haven’t finished the series yet. I’m going to remedy this oversight as soon as I can.

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Faerie-bookworm

I would have to say that Nikki and Damien are my favorite as well, I end up devouring every book of yours though 😀

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Stacy West

Damien and Nikki are one of my all time favorite couples!!! <3 I would love to have a copy of Release Me and the whole Stark Series on my bookshelf! Love them! Thanks for the chance!

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Pamela Miller

I am late to the party as usual. I have read books by you (esp. Julie Kenner) but this series escaped me until 2017. I do not remember how I found a copy (bookstore or library) – sorry I read too extensively to remember where I find new books, authors but I am so glad I did discover it. I am trying not to read all of the books in the series quickly but to dole them out sparingly to myself as treats.or rewards. Thanks for going beyond the usual “trilogy”. No reason they cannot remain in your stable for years to come, interspersed between your other novels. E.g., Nora Roberts has been writing stories about Eve and Roarke for several decades now in between her other novels and their chemistry and relationship continue to evolve but remains ever so fascinating.

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Jujubee Delestowicz

I met Damien and Nikki in summer 2015! There journey resonated with me and has become one of my fav contemporary romance series.

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Anonymous

I have read everyone of these books and I love them all. Would love to have a paperback….thank you for the chance!

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