Interview and Giveaway with Roni Loren

We’ve said this before, but we’ll say this again… Roni Loren is quickly becoming one of our favorite authors, and we are so excited that she’s here with us today!  With her latest release FALL INTO YOU, Loving on the Edge is one of those series you won’t want to miss.  Please help us welcome her to UTC today!
Hi Roni and welcome back!  You write some steamy sex scenes! Do you ever find yourself looking over your shoulder as you write one out because you know it’s “too sexy”? Have you ever had had to cut down or remove certain parts of a love scene? If so, can I read the original?
Luckily, since I write from my home office, I don’t have to do too much looking over my shoulder. : ) But in the beginning, with the first book, I remember being self-conscious about the sex scenes–is this too sexy? What will people think? What will my family think? Yadda, yadda, yadda. And nothing will kill a sex scene quicker than worrying about your dad reading it. Ack.
So I had to learn to turn that worry off and just write what is right for the characters. And no, I’ve never scaled back a sex scene because it was too sexy. If anything, I sometimes amp them up, lol. And I know that some scenes are riskier than others (i.e. in Fall Into You, there’s a role playing scene that some people have declared their favorite of the book and others have declared too much.) So it’s always a risk. : )
Do you ever write in the buff?    Ha!
*snort* The last thing I want to see while I’m writing is me naked, lol. My books are brought to you exclusively by T-shirts and yoga pants. : )
Many authors get their ideas from everyday life. Do you have a story to share where your real-life experience has influenced your writing?
My own life always sneaks into my writing in some ways. For instance, in the first book, the heroine was a social worker and that was my former career. But FALL INTO YOU is probably the most personal book I’ve ever written because Charli, the heroine, is very close to my personality. I was the tall, awkward, tomboy growing up (and still have a lot of that in me). I played sports instead of going to dance class like the other girls. I was the girl guys wanted to be friends with, not date. So I had (still have at times) those same insecurities that Charli does about not being dainty, cute, or girly enough.
OK ok fine, lets talk about LOVING ON THE EDGE.  Your latest release, FALL INTO YOU, features the awesome Grant.  A bit of a cowboy and a lot of a Dom.  First tell us about your inspiration for him because I need to know about your Blake Shelton ideas. 🙂
Well, Grant showed up in book one kind of by surprise. I knew someone would have to own The Ranch, but I didn’t originally plan for it to be some mysterious cowboy. But there he was, popping up in my brain as such. So I wrote him that way then went on the hunt for an inspiration pic. Well, there was Blake Shelton just waiting for me. ; )  And that was before Blake got on The Voice or became so much more visible. Now he’s everywhere–and I’m not complaining. But he’s the perfect visual inspiration for Grant.
What is your favorite thing about him as a Dom and as a character?
Grant is fiercely loyal, which is both an asset and a curse, and he has a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility. He may not tell you what you want to hear, but he’s going to be honest with you. He’s someone you’d want in your corner…and your bed. 😉
Do you have a favorite scene from that book?  Care to share?
There’s a scene with Grant and Charli’s cat (named Tom Brady) that was  a lot of fun to write. But my favorite is probably when Grant finds Charli  in the dark in a puddle of mud, half-drunk and upset. What happens afterward when Grant tries to help her clean up is one of those scenes I wish I could see on the big screen.
Inquiring minds want to know… when can we expect a book for Kade?  Mmmmmmm
Kade will get a book, but he’s third in line right now. First, Ian Foster (from STILL INTO YOU) will get his story told via an E-serial called NOT UNTIL YOU this summer (a novel released in 8 parts over 8 weeks). Then CAUGHT UP IN YOU (Wyatt and Kelsey’s story) will be out in August. After that will be Kade’s book. So probably Spring of 2014. But you will get to see more of Kade in CAUGHT.
How many books do you have planned in the series?
It’s open-ended at this point. Four more books, including the e-serial, are the definites–the three I listed above plus Colby’s story.
If you could summarize your series in a tweet, what would it be?
Steamy, southern BDSM romances with a little humor, a serving of kink, a lot of heart, and characters you hopefully can fall in love with.
If we were unforgivably rude and pulled at random five things from your hand bag, what would we find?
Anti-bacterial gel (because I’m a germ freak), my Iphone (because I’m addicted), a Hot Wheels car (because always good to have one on back-up for the kidlet), packets of Sweet N Low (because so many restaurants only give you Splenda–blech), and a Sharpie (because it’s amazing how often I need one.)
What’s next for Roni Loren?
I’m currently finishing up writing the E-serial since that’s the next thing that will be out. Then I get to start writing Kade’s book. : )
fallintoyou

He’ll do anything for you. But you’d better say please.

When tomboy sports reporter Charli Beaumonde loses a dream TV job because she’s not girly enough for primetime, she’s determined to land a big scoop and prove her boss made a mistake. But when she gets too close to a football scandal and finds her life threatened, Charli accepts an offer from family friend Grant Waters to hide out at his place—even if Grant predicts nothing but trouble from his buddy’s hard-headed, uncompromising, irrepressible, younger sister. There’s one more problem…

Grant’s “place” is The Ranch, a BDSM resort in Texas, and he’s used to being in charge —even if that means trying to keep Charli in line. But much to Grant’s surprise, she’s intrigued—even envious—of his trainees. They’re the epitome of what she’s never been: sexy, beguiling, and totally irresistible to a man. Still, Grant doesn’t believe for a minute that the sharp-tongued Charli has it in her to be anyone’s submissive. But Charli’s already on her knees vying for the chance to prove that even the Master can be wrong sometimes.

Fun Stuff from Roni’s website:

CHARACTER PLAYLIST…

Grant from FALL INTO YOU:

  • The Cowboy Rides Away by George Strait – I listened to a LOT of old school country when writing FALL and this one really reminds me of Grant. He gets close and then backs off and rides away.
  • The Cowboy in Me by Tim McGraw – Yes, lots of cowboy songs. So I’m not subtle.
  • Don’t Take the Girl by Tim McGraw – This one makes me think of Grant, but I can’t listen to it too often because the damn thing makes me cry every time.

Charli from FALL INTO YOU:

  • Something to Someone by Lit – Charli has a chip on her shoulder and a lot to prove.
  • (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin – Charli is a tomboy and doesn’t feel very girlie (until she meets Grant of course)
About the author:

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 rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

Website: www.roniloren.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/roniloren
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/roniloren

Today we have up for grabs your choice of book from Roni’s series.  International.

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50 Comments

  1. What a great interview! Roni seems like a real down to earth kinda gal with a wicked sense of humour which is definitely reflected in her writing. Keep those awesome ( and hot!) books coming!!!

  2. Can’t wait to read this– The Blake reference and the country songs just make me want it more!
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  3. Great interview. This sounds like a wonderfully hot series for me to dive into!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. Love the interview, =) can´t wait for my chance to read more =)
    Happy Saturday!
    //Linda
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  5. Thanks so much for this interview. I discovered Roni on Twitter. I asked her in what order I should read her books. She told me, I immediately downloaded them all to my Kindle and I have been a devoted fan of hers and hopelessly in love with her characters ever since.

  6. Hi, I haven’t read any of your books before, but I’ve just added them to my list. I’m intrigued with series. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

  7. Haven’t read any of her books, but I am definitely adding her to my list. Fall into You sounds like a really fun read!

  8. I have not started this series yet, but I really look forward to reading it! Thanks for the interview and giveway!

  9. Would love to read this book but at 10.99 on Amazon.ca for the kindle edition it is a bit high. I will keep it on my wish list and hope that the publisher price drops a bit. But it looks like a great read.

  10. You have a Sharpie in your purse!! High fiveee! I always have one too!! I’m really excited to read Fall into You! Loved the cover! 😀

  11. Thanks for the window into your writing life. I love the T-shirts and yoga pants answer to the nekkid writing, lol. We readers love to fantasize about our authors but it’s never close to real life, sigh. I guess that’s why we read FICTION, lol.

  12. I have been wanting to read these books for so long. I’ll definitely be moving them up on my tbr.

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  13. The second question was hilarious! lol
    And with what cloth on does she feels sexier ??
    The characters sound really good, I’ll add this book to my tbr list.

  14. I totally cracked up about the tshirt and yoga pants! That’s a feeling I share with you. I have got to read this series. It sounds like something I would really like.

  15. You seriously need a spew alert or something by your questions! I almost spit all over my laptop screen when I read the question about the buff. LOL!!
    I love this series by Roni.

  16. I empathized with the writing sex scenes and worrying if your family is going to read the book. I have had the same fear. Thanks for such a great interview. I really enjoyed reading it.

    Melissa

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  17. Haven’t read any of her books, but i hear about her books. I hope can read her book soon, very busy right now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Excellent interview and this is such a sexy series. I just added some of her books to my list but have not had a chance to read them yet. Really glad to see this author spotlighted. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. A benefit of working from home – to work in whatever type of clothing one feels comfortable in….or not! I like the music choices you listened to while writing.

  20. Congrats on the new release. Fall Into You sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. I’m glad Grant finally got his book. Thanks for the great interview and character playlist.

  21. Sounds like a great series. I’m definitely going to read it. I really enjoyed your interview. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L.

  22. Thank you so much for the chance to win, this book sounds amazing! Looking forward to reading and posting reviews as well 🙂

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