Monday, February 20, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Lori Toland

WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR:
We love kickass heroines, seductively sexy heroes and explosive attraction between the two. Lori Toland's latest, SOUL SEDUCTION, has all three. 

WELCOME TO THE BLOG LORI!!!!

Meet Lori:
CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

Find Lori: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook

CAUTION: This post contains an R rated excerpt. Proceed at your own risk...


Jamie & Kati: Who is Lori Toland? (author, cat lover, international woman of mystery)
Lori: I ask myself this question every day. LOL. I'm definitely the author, although that is sort of amazing to me. It's hard to believe I've been working in the pub business for 3 years now. I'm also a very active cat parent, along with my wonderful husband, and this season catnip mice are all the rage. I'm not so much the international woman of mystery. I think I'll leave the whole international thing up to my hubby. He's much better at the whole time zone change than I am.

J&K: Tell us a little bit about SOUL SEDUCTION.
L:
Demon slayer meets human and falls in forbidden love with him. Ashlee shouldn't be attracted to Luke, because he's human but she inexplicably is. Luke seems to be everywhere Ashlee is, which makes battling her lust for him even more difficult, but when he's in her dreams, it's the one place she can have him and her seduction may lead her to pay the ultimate price.

J&K: Tell us about your hero and heroine.
L:
Ashlee is a kick-ass demon slayer, wishing she could find another slayer to fall in love with and become mated to but demon slaying and working every shift she can at the hospital is hard on the love life. Candidates for the job of boyfriend never stick around for very long but Luke is different.

Luke is the hot neighbor who has been tasked with checking in on her, which he believes means involving himself in every part of her life. That includes following Ashlee on a demon slaying mission. He exasperates her to no end, but she can't deny the lust and attraction between them for long.

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals? (blasting music, drinking wine, complete silence...)
L:
I love to write in the morning because the house is quiet and I have a cup of coffee by my side. Oftentimes I am surrounded by my furbabies. They try to mummify me in my blanket. It's hard to move and get that second cup of coffee. Which I need now…

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
L:
Well, definitely a second book from the Slayer's Mate series, with Ashlee and Luke again. There are so many big surprises in store there. My next slated release however is The Long Con, m/m suspense erotic romance. I just finished my first edits on that and I'm really excited I revisited Tony and Bradley. The chemistry between these characters is so white hot!

Thank you to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance for having me stop by! :)

SOUL SEDUCTION:
Ashlee Bennett has her priorities straight. Fighting demons is at the top of the list until she meets her sexy neighbor, Luke Byrne. Even though he is human, she can't stop dreaming about his buff body and sexy grin, until her dreams turn to nightmares.

Her world is turned upside down when Luke follows her one night but instead of being afraid, he is only more determined to stand beside her and fight. Ashlee knows she needs to keep her distance from Luke, not just to protect her virginity but her heart as well. But Luke may be the only one who can save her from the night, and her dreams.
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook | All Romance | Loose Id

He looked as good as he did every time I saw him, except now he wore a green polo shirt. His grin held little apology as he said, “Sorry.”

He wasn’t being insincere, just mischievous. It reminded me of grade school when Bobby used to pull my hair and then apologize when I cried. “It’s all right,” I said, spying what was inside his bag. “Went grocery shopping?”

“I picked up a few things,” he said amicably, but then a silence stretched out between us. I got my key out, wanting to say so much more but not knowing where to start. “I see you did too.”

Oh my God. I covered up the side of my bag, even though I knew he’d already seen the big yellow rooster with Cocks-A-Lot emblazoned on the side. I really had to have a word with Terry about his packaging. “Uh, yeah.” Way to go. You’re really wowing him with the witty commentary.

He shifted his bag to dig for his house key. “So what’s in the bag?”

“I don’t really know,” I said slowly as my cheeks heated. Luke raised his eyebrow. “My friend owns the shop, and he was just getting rid of some stuff.”

“That’s great,” he said. “Would you like to try those out with me?”

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT IS R – RATED AND CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS

“I can’t just leave,” I protested as the cool evening air hit me. “I came with a friend.”

He rounded on me, and I nearly ran into him. “You mean your boyfriend? Do you want to stay with him? Just say the word, Ash.”

The possessive tone in his voice ticked me off. “What the hell, Luke? I don’t even know you, and you’re acting like you fucking own me.” But even as I said the words, I wanted him to grab me, hold me, and take me however he wanted. My lust for him clouded my ability to say no.

“Ash,” he said gruffly, “all I think about is having you.” He moved forward as he spoke, and I stepped backward, keeping my distance until my back met a wall. I knew my control around him was shot to hell, and I couldn’t trust myself. He snaked his hand into my hair and roughly grabbed the strands. He angled my head so I couldn’t look away. If I were able to breathe, I would have hyperventilated.

“Don’t.” My plea sounded weak, and I doubted he even heard me.

“I can’t help myself,” he said and kissed me gently. It was the lightest of pressure on my lips, until he coaxed them apart. When my tongue met his, I was tentative at first, but Luke took charge and claimed my mouth.

I was strong enough to pull away, to tell him no and kick him in the nuts if he didn’t stop. But I didn’t want to. I let myself drown in his kisses. I was so wrapped up in what he was doing to me with his mouth, I barely noticed he had lifted me up and held me against the concrete wall.

He settled his hips between my legs and rocked them, pressing his cock against my clit. The only thing keeping him from fucking me was the thin barrier of our jeans. I spiraled higher, and my pussy clenched, desperate to have him inside me.

He pulled his lips away from mine, and my vision whited out. My clit pulsed faster and faster, and I accidentally banged the back of my head against the hard concrete wall as every muscle in my body tensed.

I shook from the intensity of my climax, my teeth grinding together. He leaned in and kissed me, claiming my mouth with his tongue again. Then he broke our kiss and whispered, “You are mine, Ash. Don’t doubt for a second that I will own you. All of you.”

I quivered, my lips parting, ready for more. I felt like we were frozen in time, and I would have spent forever there, memorizing his face.

Of course you want to know about the giveaway! Who doesn't? Lori has been kind enough to giveaway a $25 gift card to the winner's choice of book retailer (Amazon, All Romance or Loose Id). Here's how to get your hands on that:
  • Leave a meaningful comment for Lori (not just--'thanks for the giveaway') along with your email addy ninja style: yourname at gmail dot com.
  • Follow Lori's tour here and the more you comment, the better chance you have at winning that gift card.
Good luck!

A huge thanks to Lori for stopping by and hanging as well as giving away a fun gift card. Also, thank you to the ladies at Goddess Fish Promotions for forwarding correspondence between Lori and us.

12 comments :

  1. I do love a strong Demon slayer. I love it even more when she shows her vulnerabilities.

    That was indeed an adult excerpt.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  2. I think your story line is outstanding. I always love it when I cannot see the end of a story when I begin reading it. What a challenge.

    I have acquired a new fur baby, who was thrown away by her previous owner. she is so sweet and loving.

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  3. Hi Lori,

    Seems like we visited on a previous book tour, so I'm looking forward now to visiting with you again.

    I was looking at your website for your previously released books. Except for this new release, the rest are M/M. What sparked your interest to write in this particular genre?

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  4. I'm reading this at 7am in the morning & boy did it kick start my day! LOL

    thumbelinda03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. WOW, what a passionate excerpt. I love strong, vulnerable heroines--like Buffy (LOL...YES, I like Buffy!)

    Lori...How many cats do you have?

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  6. Hi all! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to drop by earlier. Today was not a holiday for us!

    Thanks all for stopping by to say hi! :)

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  7. OKay, I'm having trouble leaving comments on each reply.

    Marybelle: I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! :)

    MomJane: Oh that's heartbreaking to think someone throws away such a beautiful creature. But I'm happy you have her now! :)

    Karen: It's good to see you again! :) I've always written in both pairings and menage as well. This was a story I had planned since before I was even published, so it was a long time coming. I've always loved the PNR since The Vampire Diaries books came out back in 1991 :)

    Linda: Happy to give you a big start to your day! :)

    Catherine: I have two cats, a brother and sister. If you visit my website, loritoland.com, which is linked to my blog, you will see lots of pictures of them, however, Milly is the camera hog.

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  8. Great interview. I could not imagine being in Ashlee's shoes. I mean, standing there trying to get in your home, with a bag of "toys", and the man of your dreams (literally) discovering them. How embarrassing or such a turn on considering what he says to her! Love it! Does your husband read your work? Thanks for the giveaway.

    trb0917 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I enjoy seeing how another, more experienced author, handles such a buidling explosion of lust and passion as in your excerpt. If you drop by "Immortal Relations" (AMAZON/Kindle) please leave me any tips - second book in work.

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  10. ooooo i love a demon slayer book cant wait to read it. i would love for you to send me an email i would love to know where your insperation comes from or what inspires you to write your books. my email is butterfli262002(at)yahoo(dot)com I have been reading books all my life and i want to write my first book and i would love any tips you may for me.

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  11. I love the excerpt! Thank you for a fantastic end to a horrible day! Now I really must read this book to find out what happens between these two! Gee...I have never been blessed with a sexy neighbor. :(
    I really enjoy your writing style. Wishing you continued success!

    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

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