Skin Game Arc Contest

Skin Game A Beautiful Fugitive — Wanted Dead or Alive
Kyra is a con woman and a particular kind of thief. She steals with a touch, but she only takes one thing: her target’s strongest skill. Which means she can be a fighter, an athlete, a musician, an artist — anything she wants… for a limited time. Heartbroken, she turns her gift toward avenging her father’s murder. With deadly patience, Kyra works her way into casino owner Gerrard Serrano’s inner circle. After pulling off the ultimate con, she flees with his money and his pride.

A Hit Man Who Never Misses the Mark
Reyes has nothing but his work. Unfortunately for Kyra, he’s the best– and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He’s been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash– and bring her back to face Serrano’s “justice.” Dead will do if Reyes can’t locate the loot. He’s never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce passion and her outlaw heart. So Reyes faces a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.

Hm, sounds tempting, you might say. But is it for me?

Well, Jill Myles enjoyed it. Carolyn Jewel did too. On her blog, she wrote: “For anybody who’s longing for a paranormal that’s not the usual supernatural creature, this is the story is for you. If you just like great characters and even better writing, you’ll want to read this book, too.”

My editor said, the incomparable Cindy Hwang said, “…it [Skin Game] completely blew me away–both Kyra and Reyes are such complex, edgy characters–definitely not conventional hero/heroine material, but you pulled it off. They’re super edgy but still appealing and sympathetic, and boy, is it sexy! You’ve written one of the most original romances I’ve read in years…” She also compared the book to Anne Stuart’s work. [Squee!]

Meredith Duran wrote, “…this is also going to appeal HUGELY to Linda Howard’s fan base … feels like it was written fearlessly, it gave me vicarious shocks in the best of ways. … Reyes is gloriously sexy, and the romance is just fantastically hot.”

Do I really need to say anymore? In case I do, let’s summarize.

      Hitman hero
      Con-woman heroine
      Gritty & edgy
      Fantastically hot / sexy
      Will appeal to fans of Linda Howard and/or Anne Stuart

*Note: I never would’ve compared myself to Ms Stuart or Ms. Howard. Meredith Duran & Cindy Hwang did so, and I’d be stupid not to use it. (I’m not, hence the mention.)

So that’s the book. If you want a copy, I have nine arcs to give away. You must be willing to write a review and post it on Amazon on release day (November 3). You can put it on your blog, Library Thing, Good Reads, and wherever else you like. It’s all good.

How can you win one? Well, here’s where I get to have fun. Show me some love. Convince me of how much you want it because I’m giving these to my nine biggest fans. Your comment should be eloquent and persuasive. So go on and let your inner fangirl (or fanboy) out.

Winners will be announced on my birthday, August 27. Good luck!

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43 Responses to Skin Game Arc Contest

  1. TJ says:

    I’m already waiting on my ARC, so I’m not entering.

    However, I did want to say that this is an amazing idea of how to choose the winners. I can’t wait to see what people say. :grin:

    Also, happy early birthday. :)

  2. Bree says:

    There once was a fangirl named Bree.
    Restraining orders? Two or three!
    She wanted a book
    And hoped all that it took?
    Dorky rhymes and a big honking PLEASE!

    (Oh God, it’s 1:30 am, that’s all the eloquence I’ve got. …don’t judge me.)

  3. blodeuedd says:

    Pick me, pick me :) I have been smitten with your books ever since I read Blue Diablo. Now on to Grimspace. So of course I’d love, love to read this book too. Who would say no to hitman, edgy and sexy, not to mention written by the oh so talented Ava Gray also known under a certain other name ;)

    Ok think of something smart to finish with, eeek.

    I solemnly swear that I will cherish this precious gift and thank thee if thouh bestow this honour upon me.

    Will review and post it everywhere too

  4. Ilona says:

    I have been a fan of yours since Grimspace fell into my hands and have continued to enjoy your writing.

    Now I have no book funds, so I cannot afford to buy any more books until christmas (if my kids give me that book voucher they promised) so I can’t get my hands on your newest creation until then. However I don’t want to wait that long so PLEASE send me an ARC.

    I promise to be honest about my thoughts on your book when I review it at Amazon and on my blog etc. (I know already it will be in praise of your excellent writing :D)

  5. Wendy says:

    The only thing I can say is that I hate crowds.

    I’m talking “OMG, I’m suffocating, get me OUT OF HERE” hate that makes me jittery and grumpy. But I’d brave them to go a book signing by only my top favorite authors because I love their books enough to get over it.

    And you’re one of them! :grin:

    • Hi Ann!
      This is a great idea…unfortunately I don’t think I’m very elequent when trying to be persuasive :wink:. But I’m going to try anyways. This book has been on my wish list for months!!! (no joke)

      I would love the opportunity to review the ARC of Skin Game…I mean with a cover and a title like that it’s got to be good. Especially with the endorsements of Meredith Duran and Carolyn Jewel (two authors that I love). For me there is nothing better than getting a recommended read from someone that you have grown to trust.

      I have never read one of your books before, but think this looks to be the perfect introduction to your work….especially since it is supposed to be “not your usual paranormal”. I’ve been looking for a really good paranormal lately, and would love to have the chance to have Kyra work her magic on me, and Reyes being deadly and sexy….nuff said :)

      If I find a book that I love, I can’t wait to share it with as many people that I can. I would plug it on my blog with all of my followers, on Amazon, on Barnes and Noble, GoodReads, Shelfari, Book Blogs…you name, it I’ll post it :smile:

      Regardless of the outcome of the giveaway, my sincere best wishes on the new release. But please don’t misunderstand…I would absolutely love to win an ARC of Skin Game, so please pick me!

    • Ann Aguirre says:

      I can sympathize, Wendy. I hate crowds too. Comic-Con was quite overwhelming.

  6. Mandi says:

    Eloquent I am not, *snort*, but I am a totally devoted fangirl. – first of all I drooled all over Grimspace and Blue Diablo reviews on my blog.

    March is listed as one of my boyfriends on my sidebar – which is reserved for only the most special men.

    I posted a pic of us at RWA book signing – I believe when I met you I told you I liked your hair, and then my friends made fun of me the rest of the night.

    I swear I am not stalking you;)

    I would deliver an honest, thoughtful review – and who knows – maybe Reyes and March could fight it out for top boyfriend spot:)

  7. May says:

    Hi Ann,

    This is May, your number one fan from Thailand (well, I really need to read this book so much that I pimp my country). To be honest I cannot guarantee that I would love this book but my past record (or yours since you are the one who wrote those books, I’m not sure) I love everything your wrote. I am convinced I would love to read your shopping list. As for Skin Game, no need to mention LH or AS, you had me at “hitman hero”

    Here is the deal. If you choose to give me this ARCs, you will have the review in 2 languages, Thai and English, which I think is so unique that no one else can offer.

    May Boonpitak

  8. Pamk says:

    Elegant no persuasive probably not. But a fangirl I am. I would love to see you personally and have you sign my Blue Diablo which completely rocked by the way. I once rode (hubby drove) over a thousand miles in a weekend to see two of my favorite authors. I would do the same for you if I could convice hubby and possible get my passport since you live in another country lol. I would be happy to post this on my blog and amazon.

  9. Shell Bryce says:

    Dear Ann,

    How to prove the inner fangurl loves your work enough to be in the top 9?

    I wish I was eloquent with the written word to sufficiently leave a lasting and memorable immpression on you to place me in the top 9. I love your humor and heartfelt comments when seeing you tweet away to both friends and fans alike with no division line between the two. I would squee all day if I won an arc and have no problem posting a review on my blog and passing along my thoughts on what can only be another great book. Blue Diablo was great and I can only believe that Skin Game would be just as fantastic. LOL the cover had me bowing down with praise from the start…. Yummy yummy!!!
    To end this I thought of writing a short poem but instead I think it best just to say that no one appreciates winning books more than me…. NO ONE!!! And to have the chance to review a great authors work is beyond the inner fangurl squee moment. Ask the girls at work and at the book store…. when I go into Coles as they try to tell me what to buy I turn the tables on them and tell them…. more than once a suggestion by me has ended up on the staff recommends shelf and I am sure Skin Game would look wonderful up there with the others….. thanks for the opportunity….

    Shell :0)

  10. Melissa says:

    I want, I want, i want………Skin Game is my favorite kind of book~~LOVE suspense, gritty, sexy and love when the hero/heroine isn’t the out of the box norm…and if they’re comparing you to Linda Howard, this is a MUST read!! I’ll be thrilled to leave a review on Amazon and B&N…..
    And Happy Birthday!!

  11. TDF Pamela says:

    Fangirling, haiku style (with a side of Benadryl hangover)

    fangirl loves well-written books;
    Ann’s the only choice

    Like leaves falling in
    autumn wind; pages turn so
    quickly when I read

    Cannot sleep; I am
    Ava Gray’s new book;
    must finish tonight!

  12. JC says:

    Here goes persuasive.

    I’m a big fan of romance novels, and I’ve read all your other books. While I wouldn’t have been able to buy Skin Game on the first day it came out, I’ve already made plans to get to a bookstore in the first week to buy it. I only do this for my favorite authors, and it involves taking several buses to get to the nearest books store- I don’t own a car.

    As for where I can review it, I’m part of IASPR (International Association for the Study of Popular Romance), and could review it on my blog, which gets minimal traffic, but also on the forums, which gets much more traffic. Since we’re devoted to romance, of all kinds, this would be a good place to have a review.

    Skin Game has really cool premise, and your writing already is genre-playful, which is one of the reasons I like reading you. Chances are I’d like the book quite a bit.

    Also, I have a twitter account, and I’m not above gushing and twittering about the book while I read it.

    In fact, I’ll pledge right here that I’ll hold a twitter marathon while I read it (which will be spoiler-free… to the best of my ability). It’s a great way to get word out and around the internet.

    So, you should pick me.

    Oh, and I do a lot of word-of mouth selling, amongst my friends. Sold two of your books to a person I met in a bookstore when DoubleBlind came out while I was browsing. I’m persuasive when I’m passionate.

  13. JC says:

    Oops, typo to my previous post. Meant wanderlust, not doubleblind

  14. Jana J. Hanson says:

    To be perfectly honest, I’ve never read any of your works. (I enjoy your blog, though.) I just haven’t had the urge…until Skin Game. And I really, really want to read it.


  15. Stacy ~ says:

    If Ann Aguirre’s name is on it, I’ll read it. Or maybe I should say if AA is involved in anyway, it’s a win. Can’t wait to read it!

    I hear birthday wishes are in order! Hope it’s a fantastic day for you :)

  16. Moth says:

    I am a HUGE fangirl. How much of one you ask? Well, ever since I discovered the library I stopped buying books from the bookstores. I especially stopped buying NEW books. But lo, once I’d read Grimspace from my library I had to go out and get my own copy because I knew I would want to reread it a lot. THEN when the library didn’t have Wanderlust I ran out and bought a copy of that because I couldn’t not read it after Grimspace.

    Then I was chomping at the bit for Blue Diablo and I didn’t even wait to see if the library would have it- I ran out and bought a copy on release day. Let me reiterate: I NEVER buy new books.

    Once I’d glommed all of these I read all the free stuff on your website (loved Vel’s short story. He is awesome).

    Please, please, please can I have one of the ARCs? *hopeful face*

    Oh, and happy birthday (on Aug. 27)!


  17. SarahKay says:

    Now I’m not very eloquent,
    As this will surely show,
    But I had to find a way
    To give this comp a go.

    I love a sexy hero
    With a chest all taut and bare
    And Reyes’ chest is visible here
    With not a single hair.

    I’m a little unabashed
    And honest enough to say
    That I like a gritty heroine
    Who gets her roll in the hay.

    With gorgeous Reyes and edgy Kyra
    There’s bound to be great sex;
    Kyra lying in Reyes’ arms
    Admiring his pecs.

    One review on Amazon
    Is quite a reasonable cost,
    One which I’m prepared to pay
    So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  18. Quite frankly, I worship at your feet for your writing greatness.

  19. Ann Aguirre says:

    This is awesome reading.

  20. i am not familiar with your writing or amy’s but i would like to be…or both your works. one has to start somewhere so, here i am. as far as reviews go, i tend to post them everywhere so that is “nee sweat” as my brit friends would say. but i can understand that as a newbie to your site, you might want to indulge your fan base. don’t worry. i will be back.

  21. maered says:

    Ok – I’m not a good enough writer to come up with a rhyme :sad: I am a big fan! After reading about the positive Grimspace buzz on the romance blogs/sites, I decided to try it. And I was not disappointed.

    I’m not a sci-fi reader but after reading first Grimspace then Wonderlust, I was sold on the coolness of the sci-fi genre. So, thanks, not only for your books but for opening my eyes to more amazing books! :smile:

  22. Kimberly B. says:

    Oooh, a chance to win an ARC! Here’s why I should (although that makes me feel really boastful, and I’m sure there are others who deserve it more):
    1. Because I am entering this contest, and while I love contests that are randomly determined, I hate those which require skill, because I feel guilty if I win and bad if I lose. But I am willing to risk it in order to read this book!
    2. Because I have only written two Amazon reviews and they were both for Ann Aguirre books. And if I win I will post a review on Amazon, of course, and also on Goodreads, plus I’ll probably squee about the book on Twitter.
    3. Because I know I have persuaded at least two people to read the Jax series and they both liked it and one of them’s a Boy! And he posted an Amazon review, too, so it’s like that old shampoo commercial from the seventies, where I tell a friend, and he

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  24. Leontine says:

    Once there was a girl, me, who wandered to a blog, about an author she heard a lot about, Ann Aquirre, and read a few words:
    Hitman hero
    Con-woman heroine
    Gritty & edgy
    Fantastically hot / sexy
    Will appeal to fans of Linda Howard and/or Anne Stuart

    A confession had to be made, because my heart started to pound, my eyes started to gleam with want, my book addiction thrummed in my blood, it sang to me; You must read this book. So here I am, a newbie and fresh blood to be turned in to a sqeeing fangirl.

    Forgive me father for I have sinned; I desire Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray book and want the chance on reviewing it. I want to get a taste of this authors work and find out if it is a pure aphrodisiac for the reader’s mind.

    *wicked grinning* How I love to indulge myself in my book addiction

  25. Pearl says:

    After reading some of the entries I just want to sit in a corner and cry my eyes out because everyone is so convincing and eloquent and persuasive…with wonderful words, poems, for heaven sake, even haikus and limericks…Have mercy! I have no chance in friggin hell of winning this ARC…

    Really Ann? Seriously?
    You expect me, the most creatively challenged person on the face of this earth to show you love and convince you to give me an ARC by being eloquent and persuasive. You don’t ask much, do you?

    But I’ll try and convince you of my love in my own down to earth and clumsy way. But first I must confess my love for this book!!
    A book that makes me go all soft inside with anticipation just looking at the cover. Yes that bare chest is part of the reason (it’s the nipples I tell you!)
    But it’s also the name of the author (yes that’s you, so here is where the Ann worship starts…don’t blink or you’ll miss it). Love, love, love the name.

    This book really sounds like something I MUST read so I hope to get that opportunity with an ARC.
    To seal the deal I am willing to torture myself with creativity and make a Viggo collage for you (does that help my chances?)


  26. Has says:

    I don’t know if this is going to be eloquent – but here goes!

    I fell in love with your books when I first read Grimspace. When I heard that you will be writing romances with a grittier edge- the inner fangirl in me had geekgasms :D

    I can’t wait to get this book especially with its strokable covr to hold in my mitts and if I can get hold of it sooner even better.

    I will also do the lolpic treatment especially since I know you write memorable scenes.

    I will definitely do a review on Bookpushers blog as well as pimpage on several boards and twitter!!!!!!!

  27. Sharon M says:

    I too have been working on some haikus. But since someone else already did a fangirl haiku, I tried coming up with some about Kyra and Reyes based on the description (and excerpt) from the book. Here goes…


    I steal with a touch.
    Can be anything I want.
    Your skills are now mine.

    With patience I wait.
    Gerrard Serrano’s circle.
    Vengeance will be mine.

    Ultimate con done.
    I have your money and pride.
    Father’s death avenged.


    Never miss a mark.
    Always complete a contract.
    My word is my bond.

    Beautiful Kyra.
    Her passion is distracting.
    A choice must be made.

  28. Lori T says:

    Hi Ann~

    Oh my goodness, I would love to read this so much…it has been on my must buy list since I first heard of it.

    Ok, now onto my eloquent (I really am not eloquent) plea for an opportunity to read this in advance.

    I have never read much sci-fi/fantasy…especially stuff that takes place in actual space…before, but I heard such amazing things about Grimspace that I had to pick it up and give it a try. I was immediately hooked and could not put it down. From that first glimpse into your amazing writing I had to devour each and everything that you write.

    On top of your being an amazing writer…you are a wonderful person. The few times that I have been in contact with you, you are always so kind and seem to truly be interested in your fans.

    I just want to say thank you for being you and giving us such amazing characters to read about!!

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  29. Catie R. says:

    I’m not eloquent or persuasive when I’m begging for free stuff. I just like your book, your twitter feed, and your blog.

    You did convince me to put this book on my wish list. So you, unlike me, are persuasive.


  30. Yvonne says:

    I am a HUGE paranormal fan and I’m always on the lookout for books that do something new and unexpected with the genre. This was why I was so happy to find Ms. Aguillar via Blue Diablo.

    Reading Blue Diablo was like tasting strawberries dipped in chocolate while blindfolded and wearing a buttercup yellow silk robe embroidered with dragons and cherry blossoms. This is a lengthy way of saying ‘decadent’. There may have also been a metaphorical chili-spiked chocolate or dozen, and a tasty g&t.

    Then I read Ms. Aguillar’s Grimspace, and it was also fantastic in the way that tapas, sangria, a good friend and a killer leather jacket at a good Spanish restaurant are fantastic. It was scifi at its finest – there’s technology and future awesomeness, but at its core it’s a story about complicated people and how they interact with their world and with each other.

    I suspect, however, that Skin Game will not be chocolate-dipped fruit or tapas. Reading it for the first time will be more like sitting at a beachside table in Mexico with a beer to your right and fifteen different salsas to your left. There is a plate covered in chips, and although there is the promise of fish tacos with mango chutney in the near future, the belly demands food NOW and therefore the chips explore the multi-hued salsas (red, green, orange, variations thereof) and a scorching tongue-tingling adventure ensues. Luckily there is trusty sidekick Beer to cool the sizzlin’ sweats.

    It would be awesome.

    Plus SQUEE!s.

    I am not usually fan-girly with the SQUEE!s, so this is serious business . :) Also I was always picked last for dodgeball, and winning an ARC from an admired author would totally make my week, which I would spend pimping (er, reviewing) Skin Game.

    • Yvonne says:


      Misspelling names is -7612354 on the persuasive scale, and +7612354 on the Idiot-Meter.

      My apologies, Ms. AGUIRRE. That’ll teach me to write anything pre-third cup of tea.

  31. Pam S says:

    I have been a big fan ever since reading Blue Diablo and Grimspace. I just love the way you draw readers into the story from the beginning. Your world building skills leaves me in awe and your dynamic characters are much liked. Skin Game’s been on my wishlist since I first heard about it. I can’t wait to read it as I know it will be full of awesomeness just like your other reads :)! I’d be happy to leave a review on Amazon, Good reads, wherever you name I’ll post :D! I can also post a review over at NovelSpot for you as I am a reviewer there.

    Congrats on the book Anne !

  32. Teri W. says:

    I saw a blurb about Skin Game a few months ago, and it set off *all* my reading pleasure bells!

    * Hitman – Love a good Hitman Novel! That’s a word guaranteed to get the book on my reading list, pronto!

    * Con Man – A Con WOMAN? Even better!

    * Gritty & Edgy – YES, an extra helping of each please! Leave the sweet & gentle PNR’s for someone else — give me something a bit darker.

    * Sexy: Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!!

    I’d be happy to post a review by the date specified on Amazon. I’m a Good Reads member and post reviews of every book I read there, and would post a review on Yahoo’s Paranormal Romance readers’ group! AND email a review of Skin Game to a slew of Paranormal/UF reading friends.

    Teri W.
    email: ladiibbug @ yahoo dot com

  33. Rosie says:

    Hopefully you save all these comments, print them even, to bring out on a day when the edits are just a PITA or the kids are driving you up the wall or husband is. You can go into a quiet dark place pull out this post and these comments are remind yourself how much people love your work.

    Oh, me too by the way. I’m looking forward to this release.

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