Monday, July 9, 2012

Virtual Book Tour: Melt Into You by Roni Loren + Giveaway

We've had the lovely Miz Roni Loren on the blog a few times before and her Loving On The Edge books are a must read/auto buy for us. Her stories grip you from the first page until the last and the covers are smoking hot. You know how we feel about covers here at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance :) Today she is answering questions about her latest release Melt Into You, Jace's story. The moment Jace appeared in Crash Into You, we fell in love. 

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG RONI!!!

Meet Roni:

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 author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.


Connect with Roni: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Jamie and Kati: Who is Roni Loren? (author, mother, man candy dealer...)
Roni Loren: Lol, that about sums it up. ;) I’m the girl who has done a whole bunch of jobs (worked in a mental health hospital, flew around TX coordinating infant adoptions, recruited people for management jobs), but has finally found her calling--writing about love and mancandy. :)

J&K: What is MELT INTO YOU about? [no copying blurb :)]
RL:
MELT INTO YOU is a menage BDSM romance. Evan, the heroine, is engaged to her gay BFF (on purpose) but is going to The Ranch, an exclusive BDSM retreat, with his blessing so she can have a no-strings weekend. But Evan doesn’t anticipate bumping into her first love, Jace, the guy she ran away from when she was a teenager. And she definitely doesn’t anticipate spending the weekend with both him and his best friend, Andre.

J&K: What is the biggest misconception about BDSM?
RL:
Probably people equating being submissive with being weak and being dominant with being abusive. I usually get that concern from people who have never read a BDSM book (or have never read a good one, lol.) Typically, once people start reading the genre, they realize that many times it takes the very strongest people to submit and that is has nothing to do with abuse. When people bring up those concerns to me, I always assure them I could never write a weak heroine or an abusive hero (or the reverse, for that matter. The dom and sub roles aren’t gender based--another common misconception.)

J&K: When you write threesomes, do you ever have to keep re-reading what you wrote to figure out if you placed hands and other parts correctly? Do you ever get people to help you with the placements? (You don't have to answer the second question if you don't want to. lol)
RL:
Oh, the abundance of “he”’s and “him”’s. It can be quite a challenge--not just knowing where everyone is but being clear on which guy is doing what with all those pronouns flying around. And though I have used my very self-sacrificing husband to block difficult scenes for me before (If you were holding me against a wall and your arm was here…), we haven’t had to ask a third person to help, lol. I don’t think hubs would be too on board with that plan. ;) (LOL)

J&K: Plotter, pantser or plantser (plottser)?
RL:
I used to be a pure pantser, but now I’m a combo because I have to turn in a synopsis of a book to my editor before I write it. I use Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat screenwriting techniques to do a loose plot of the story. I write out my characters’ backgrounds and then I get to writing. Often the end result looks nothing like the original summary though.

J&K: if you could write an anthology with any two authors who would they be and what would it be about?
RL:
Oh, there are so many authors I love. But it might be fun to get all the authors together who write about BDSM in TX and make us all switch settings or clubs and mix up characters, lol.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
RL:
Well since I’ve had two releases a month apart (!), there will be a little break now. Grant’s story, FALL INTO YOU, will be next, out in January 2013. After that, there will be another novella and then book four.:) (*SQUEE*)

“Thanks.” She took her shirt and towel from him, pulled the first over her head, then got to her feet and knotted the beach towel around her hips. She tilted her head up to smile at him. “So, Mr. Humble Hero, you have a name?”

He stuck out his hand. “It’s Jace.”

Her body froze, the world seeming to tip off balance for a moment. Had she heard right? She stared at him for a moment, taking in every nuance of his face, the earlier whispers of déjà vu now becoming shouts.

Was it really him? His hair was longer, his body harder and more mature, the green in his eyes more wary, but the resemblance was there. It’d been years—twelve actually. The nineteen-year- old boy she’d known had become a man. “Jace Austin?”

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Oh, shit. The recognition that flashed in the woman’s blue eyes had Jace dropping his hand. This chick knew him? He frantically flipped through his mental Rolodex, starting with the girls-I’ve-slept-with file.

When they’d locked gazes earlier, he’d felt a nudge of familiarity but had dismissed it. Surely, he’d remember this dark-haired beauty, especially if he had gotten the privilege of touching that lush little body. But something about her was poking at the recesses of his mind.

He rubbed the back of his neck and offered an apologetic smile. “Uh, yeah. Jace Austin. I’m sorry, have we met?”

She flinched a bit—the move subtle, but not lost on him. Damn, well now he felt like a jackass. Had they slept together?

She recovered quickly, the corner of her mouth tilting up. “Don’t worry. I’m sure I look a little different than I did at sixteen. Especially without that god-awful bottle red hair and eyebrow piercing.”

Sixteen? Red hair? The flashing list of names in his head suddenly flipped back over a decade and landed on one he hadn’t thought about in years. One he’d purposely tried to block out. No, couldn’t be. “Evangeline?”

She shrugged and looked out at the water, the wind whipping her hair around and disguising her expression. “It’s Evan now. I stopped using my full name a long time ago.”

“Wow, I don’t even know what to say,” he said, shaking his head. “You look great. I’m so glad to see that you’re . . .” Okay. Alive. “Here.”

She turned back toward him and smiled, though it didn’t light her face the way the earlier smiles had. “It’s good to see you, too. But, if you don’t mind, before we go down memory lane, how ’bout that vinegar?”

“Oh, right,” he said, his mind still whirling. “Follow me.”

And she needn’t worry. The last thing he was going to do was initiate any reminiscing. No, some things were better left buried. And how he’d destroyed the girl he’d sworn to look out for was A-number-one on that list.

Excerpt from Melt Into You ©2012 by Roni Loren. All rights reserved.
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MELT INTO YOU:

Her first love has returned, and he's brought a friend...

After running away from home and the boy who broke her heart, Evan Kennedy has
kick-started the perfect new life with her celebrity fiancé. So what if said fiancé prefers guys? She knew the deal. And with her ticket to The Ranch, an exclusive resort where any fantasy can be satisfied, she knows she can find someone to fulfill her less-than-traditional desires on the side.

She just never expected that man to be Jace Austin, her old heart-breaker—all grown up, hard-bodied, and holding out a collar. She knows it’s probably a world-class bad idea—especially since Jace has brought along his buddy Andre, who’s every bit as irresistible. But if they can stick to the no-strings rules, so can she.

Too bad Jace has never been so good with rules. Evan is convinced “forever” is a word used only in greeting cards, but Jace and Andre have one last fantasy of hers left to fulfill. It’s time to go big or go home. And neither man has ever been a fan of going home.
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Other Books in Series:

Roni will award an eBook copy of Still Into You (novella) to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop and one randomly drawn commenter during the tour will get a Book Grab Bag - Autographed copy of CRASH INTO YOU along with these books: Raziel by Kristina Douglas, Blood Stains by Sharon Sala, The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons, and Deadly Valentine by Justine Davis and Cindy Dees (US/Canada only).
Here's how to get your hands on an eBook copy of Still Into You:
  • Leave a meaningful comment for Roni about the sexiest book you've read, BDSM/alternative lifestyles or ask her a question.
  • Leave your email address ninja style (yourname at gmail dot com) along with your comment.
To increase your chances at winning the Book Grab Bag, keep up with Roni's tour here. The more stops you leave comments at, the more chance you have at the Book Grab Bag.

A huge thank you to Roni for sharing her latest release with us as well as the ladies of Goddess Fish Promotions for forwarding correspondence between Roni and us.

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