Winner of the Roni Loren giveaway!

Still Into YouThanks so much to Roni Loren for the interview, and to everyone who stopped by to leave a comment.

The lucky winner of Roni’s novella STILL INTO YOU is…bn100!

Congratulations, bn! I’ll email you to ask about the format you want to receive.

Didn’t win? You can buy STILL INTO YOU at Amazon or Barnes & Noble – or anywhere ebooks are sold.

Everyone, this week you can win a gift certificate for yourself and a contemporary romance author by commenting on my Contemporaries to Covet in August post.

Interview with Roni Loren – & giveaway!

Roni LorenRoni Loren debuted in January with Crash Into You, a smokin’ hot erotic romance novel that convinced me I might be an erotic romance reader deep down. Roni’s characters are wonderfully real and a true pleasure to spend several hours with.

Her second novel, Melt Into You just came out, and I’m thrilled that Roni’s here today to answer my nosy questions! She’s also giving away a copy of her e-novella, Still Into You, to a lucky commenter. (See below for giveaway details.)

Welcome, Roni!

1. I described your debut novel, Crash Into You, as the thinking woman’s erotic romance. What draws you to erotic romance as a reader, and how did you first decide to start writing it?

Crash into YouThanks so much, Kat. That compliment makes me really happy because that’s exactly what I’m trying to write–stories that have just as much thought, emotion, and well-formed characters as other books but with a big helping of sexy times too. : )

And I didn’t originally plan to write erotic romance. I had written a YA and a contemporary romance manuscript first, but then an idea came to me that could only be told through erotic romance. I was already an avid erotic romance reader, but I was a bit intimidated at the thought of writing it. Mainly because–holy crap, other people may read all these naughty things I’ve written down, lol. But I fell in love with the characters and had to write their story, which eventually became CRASH INTO YOU.

2. One of the things I love about your stories is that your characters are very well developed and feel authentically human. Do you know your characters pretty well before you start writing, or do you discover them as you write and rewrite?

Thanks. 🙂 It’s a little of both. I’m definitely a character-driven writer so I need to know their backstories/wounds before I start. I know much more about the characters than the plot when I first start writing a draft. They feel like real people in my head. But even so, I always discover new things about them as a write, which is fun.

3. I was really nervous about reading my first erotic romance—though, since I’ve known you for a couple of years, I knew I was safe in your hands. 😉 As someone who knows the genre well, which authors or specific novels would you recommend to budding erotic readers?

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Testing your boundaries through erotic romance

Crash Into YouI’ve never been an erotic romance reader, but lately I’ve been testing my reading boundaries and branching out.

My latest post at The Season for Romance has some recommendations – and Bev is giving away Crash Into You by Roni Loren and Seven Day Loan by Tiffany Reisz, so you can test your boundaries (and restraints), too!

Contemporaries to covet in January – giveaway!

At the beginning of every month this year, I’m going to let you know about the contemporary romance novels coming out that month that I’m most looking forward to.

They might be books I’ve read advance copies of, or just books by authors I love. I hope you’ll share the love by letting us know what contemporary romance novels you’re looking forward to reading that month.

I’ll choose one person who leaves a comment to win a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice AND I’ll send a $10 gift certificate to the contemporary romance author they mention in their comment, on their behalf.

Cool, huh? This way, authors get to win something too.

I haven’t read the books below, but I’ve read other things by the authors and I have high hopes for these.

Crash Into You by Roni Loren

Release date: January 3, 2012

Sometimes the past can bring you to your knees…

Crash Into YouBrynn 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.

My two cents

For an all-too-brief time, Roni and I were in a critique group together. I got to read the first few chapters of an early draft of Crash Into You, an erotic BDSM romance. I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally get to read the rest! I’ve pre-ordered this book, something I rarely do. Roni’s an incredible writer, and you can get a taste of her sense of humor in the guest post she wrote last month (Why do all the romance heroes have six-packs?).

This is Roni’s debut novel, and I think it’ll be a crackin’ start to a stellar career.

A Promise of Safekeeping by Lisa Dale

Release date: January 3, 2012

A Promise of SafekeepingNine years ago, Lauren Matthews prosecuted the case of a lifetime. But her error in judgment sent an innocent man to prison. Now Arlen Fieldstone’s finally been released, and Lauren has only one thing on her mind:  asking forgiveness. But how can she make up for nine years of his life?

To get to Arlen, Lauren must first get through Arlen’s best friend, Will Farris. Will hasn’t forgotten Lauren from those days, and hasn’t forgiven her for destroying his best friend’s life. He is Arlen’s keeper—protecting him from suspicious neighbors as well as from Lauren.

In the steaming summer streets of Richmond, Virginia, three people’s lives collide. Lauren needs forgiveness. Arlen needs hope. And Will? He needs something too, something that no one can know—especially not Lauren…

My two cents

I’ve only read one of Lisa Dale’s previous books, It Happened One Night, which is a beautifully written novel that straddles the line between contemporary romance and women’s fiction. A Promise of Safekeeping looks like it has the elements I loved about It Happened One Night: a realistically difficult romantic relationship and oodles of conflict among characters who feel very real.

Giveaway nitty-gritty

Answer one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length or whatever.

I’ll draw a winner on Tuesday January 7 10th (sorry – I originally said the 7th, but I meant the 10th, since I always pick winners on Tuesdays. I misread my calendar!). If you mention more than one author in your comment, I’ll ask you which one you want me to send the gift certificate to (sorry, folks, I’m a charity worker).

This is open internationally.

Questions:

What contemporary romance novel(s) are you looking forward to in January? Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?

Winner of the Roni Loren giveaway!

I’m sorry this is a day late. I’ve spent the past two days in the hospital with my grandparents. Grandpa’s scheduled to have surgery this morning, so hopefully he’ll start getting better soon.

Crash Into YouAnyway, I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by to comment on Roni Loren’s fantastic post: Why do all the romance heroes have six-packs?

The winner of Crash Into You, Roni’s debut novel is…angela quarles!

Angela, I’ve emailed you asking for your mailing address.

This week you guys can win one of my favorite books, Hot Zone by Catherine Mann!

If I don’t get a chance to publish another post over the next few days, then let me wish you all a very happy new year now. Here’s wishing us all love, laughter, and lots of great books in 2012!