Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Roni Loren

Good morning folks! Please take time to say hi to my guest today, Author Roni Loren. She's giving away some awesome prizes, too!

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rock stars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, will be published by Berkley Heat January 3, 2012.

Website/Blogs: http://www.roniloren.com/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/roniloren
Tumblr (where I post mancandy photos): http://roniloren.tumblr.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/roniloren
Buy links for book: www.roniloren.com/books

Getting to know Roni Loren

1. Did you choose writing or did writing choose you?
I would say it was a little of both. I’ve been an avid reader since as long as I can remember. In 5th grade, I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and thinking--yes, I want to do THIS for my job. So the urge to write has been there since then. But as with most of our dreams, if we want to make it happen, we need to consciously choose it at some point. When I quit my day job and started staying at home with me son, I made that decision to transition from writing as a hobby to writing with the intent to make it my career.

2. If you could only have one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Hmm, that’s a tough one since there aren’t many foods I don’t like, lol. But I’m a New Orleans girl so I could probably happily live on seafood for the rest of my life--especially crab. Yum.

3. What's your favorite movie?
I’m probably not breaking any romance author stereotypes but Dirty Dancing is still my favorite movie. I think that was the movie that turned me into a hopeless romantic. It never gets old for me.

4. Who is your hero?
My mom. She’s the most fabulous, kind-hearted woman I know. I strive to one day be as cool as she is.

5. Where would you like to travel to that you've never been before?
I’ve never been to Europe, so there are SO many places I’d love to visit over there. But I’d have to get over my fear of that loooong flight first, lol. Within the U.S., I’d love to go to the Pacific Northwest. I’ve heard it’s beautiful out there and I love the rain. :)

6. Do you believe in luck?
Yes. I think there is always some element of luck in things. For instance, I met my husband online. I sometimes think--what if on that day, one of us took a few extra minutes to do something and ended up not being on at the same time? But I also think for most things, we make a lot of our own luck. Where preparation meets opportunity, or whatever that cliche is, has a lot of truth to it.

7. Beauty and perfection, or flaws and character? And why?
I tend to write good-looking characters with very deep internal flaws. I like the contrast of having this hero who is physically beautiful, but on the inside, there are all these things preventing him from living a happy life. Of course, the heroine is there to help him with those (and him with her flaws.) For CRASH INTO YOU, my theme song was “Outside” by Staind. And there’s a line in there: “Inside you’re ugly, ugly like me. I can see through you. See to the real you.” And I think that best describes the kinds of characters I write. What they think is ugly on the inside about themselves turns out to be what brings them happiness with the other person.

8. If you could repeat an age, what would it be?
I’m happy where I am now, but if I had to relive an age, it’d probably be a few of those college years. I spent way too much time studying and not enough time having fun. :)

9. Do you believe in happily ever after?
Yes, absolutely. My mom and step dad are still like newlyweds after 21 years. And my husband and I have been together 12 years and couldn’t be happier. He’s definitely my very own romance hero. I’m not sure I could write happily ever after books if I didn’t believe in happy endings in real life. :)

10. Tell us one thing that no one knows about you.
I’m so afraid of bugs that I once took off my shirt in the middle of the street because a friend told me there was a caterpillar on it. So my fear of bugs is apparently stronger than my fear of public nudity.

11. What makes Roni Loren mad?
Judgmental people. I’m a live-and-let-live kind of girl, and I get really annoyed when people want everyone to think and act exactly as they do.

Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat—a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one Master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.

Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate—and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.


Brynn emerged from the bathroom with a handful of Band-Aids and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. She pointed to the dining room table. “Sit.”

He dried his hands with a paper towel and fought a smile. She always had been a bossy little thing. But he knew the truth. Underneath all that tight control was a woman who, at least when he’d known her, loved handing over the reins. He swallowed hard, tamping down memories he didn’t need to rehash at the moment.

He dropped into one of the chairs, and Brynn sat across from him, her knees bumping against his. He widened his legs, and after the briefest of hesitations, she scooted forward, allowing his thighs to frame the outsides of hers as she reached for his injured hand. She circled her fingers around his right wrist, his pulse jumping at her touch, and brought his hand up to her face to examine it. His fingers itched to reach out and trace the bow of her lips.

Dammit. He took a deep breath, trying to keep his desire to touch her in check, but the citrus scent of her shampoo drifted to his nose and sent a bolt of carnal need straight to his groin.

He stared down at her. One quick grasp of her waist and he could lift her to straddle his lap, bunch up that dress, and slide right into her sweet heat—kiss away all the tension furrowing her brow, drive her to that place of wild abandon he knew she could reach.

Without thinking, he lifted his other hand and twined her broken dress strap between his fingers, brushing the backs of his sore knuckles across her collarbone in the process. The small catch of breath in the back of her throat made his balls tighten. Such a feminine sound, so close to the noise she would make as he entered her.

But she didn’t raise her eyes to him and beg him to take her like he secretly hoped she would. She simply took the slip of material from him and tucked it under her bra strap to hold it in place, sending her message loud and clear. Not yours.

Not anymore.

* One signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" to a random commenter at every stop.
* A $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
* A signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" AND a basket of romance novels (approx. $50 value) to the host with the most comments (excluding the author's and their own) including: Switch by Megan Hart, Big Jack by J.D. Robb, Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow, Beyond the Night by Joss Ware, and The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas.


marybelle said...

I'm still laughing. I hope there are not too many caterpillars where you live, or any other bugs for that matter. A fun interview. You shone through.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Roni today.

Joanne said...

Fun and informative interview. I love Dirty Dancing. Can't wait to read Crash Into You. Thanks for the blog tour.

Unknown said...

Great interview! Amazed that Roni is afraid enough of bugs to rip off her shirt in public, LOL! But hey, we are all afraid of something - enough to do crazy things ;-)
I love that she met her husband online. That's how I met my very best friend in the world. I just love her, and we've been besties for over 14 years now.

Gena Robertson

MomJane said...

That fear of bugs is one reason I wouldn't want to live in the Florida area. I hear they have bugs that are HUGE !!!!

tammy ramey said...

great interview. i love the cover of the book, it's gorgeous and the excerpt was awesome, i can hardly wait to read it and see what happens next.

thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway.


hregtvedt said...

Looking forward to reading this book! I've been following the blog tour and have to say the questions today were funny! I for one could not pick only one food type of food for the rest o my life because I love to eat! I also don't care much for bugs, but I'm not sure I'd be taking of my shirt, lol!

Heather E

Catherine Lee said...

I haven't read A Wrinkle in Time. I'll have to read it...sounds like it was influential on you.

I love how you might relive some college years because you studied too much and didn't party enough...I was the opposite. I would like to go back and do my undergrad years right--actually go to class, study, and get something out of it instead of just party all the time. I guess that means there must be some happy medium between the two ends of that spectrum. LOL.


Karen Victoria said...

Great interview : ) lved it very fun...


Karen H in NC said...

Have to say, I love your taste in films. Dirty Dancing is my favorite movie too! One of the two films I have on DVD...the other being Gone With the Wind!

Roni Loren said...

Marybelle, I live in TX so there are bugs, but not as many as there were in Louisiana. :)

Joanne, thanks!

Gena, That's awesome that you met your friend online. I have a friend I've talked to for over a decade online and I've never met him in person. It's funny how easily it can be to connect with someone even never having met them.

MomJane, I'm originally from New Orleans, so definitely big bugs there. I think that warm, wet climate is never a good thing when it comes to that, lol.

Tammy, thanks, glad you liked the excerpt! :)

Heather, glad you're enjoying the tour! :) And believe me, it wasn't conscious thought to take the shirt off. It was total knee jerk reaction. There was much shrieking involved as well.

Catherine, yes moderation probably would've been good for both of us, lol.

Karen V., thanks!

Karen H, Can't go wrong with Dirty Dancing. :)

Roni Loren said...

Thanks for hosting me, Tory!

Cynthia said...

Great interview questions Tory, this was fun! Roni, you sound like an incredible person. I do recommend Washington. It does rain but it is a beautiful sort of grey, if that sounds reasonable, and the mountains are beautiful. If you can, drive. My family and I drove it from Ohio and was a trip we will never forget.
All the best to you and Crash Into You sounds great!

traveler said...

Wonderful interview. Best wishes and continued success. A Wrinkle in Time was memorable and special.