The Author Visits Presents a Week with Roni Loren
Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 14, 2014: Introducing Roni; Kick-off Giveaway Monday, September 15, 2014: Interview with Roni Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Review of Forever Starts Tonight Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Excerpt from Forever Starts Tonight Thursday, September 18, 2014: Roni’s Guest Post Friday, September 19, 2014: What’s Next for Roni Saturday, September 20, 2014: Announce Winner of Giveaway
And the Winner is?
Congratulations to Kelly M!
What’s Next for Roni?
On November 4th, the NOT UNTIL YOU serial will now be available in complete novel form—along with a bonus short story in the special edition paperback.
Here’s a little about the book:
NOT UNTIL YOU – The Complete Novel
Cela knows how to be good. She’s had a lifetime of practice. But on the night of her college graduation, she decides she’s earned one wild night before she has to move back home to her overprotective family. So when the hot neighbor she’s been quietly fantasizing about for a year suggests a game of Never Have I Ever, she’s ready. But what starts out as a simple game takes an unexpected turn. Because Ian Foster doesn’t play games he can’t win.
Foster knows his desires aren’t for the faint of heart, especially not for someone as sweet and innocent as his pretty neighbor. But when Cela shows up at his door with an invitation that surprises him, he can’t resist indulging. Cela has no idea what she’s in for. The secret dark side of this man’s need will both intrigue and terrify her. But Cela has a secret of her own–and a new game to see just how far they’re both willing to go, and how much they’re willing to risk by crossing every boundary of desire.
And then in January, Master Colby finally gets his own story after waiting many books for his turn at love. : )
NOTHING BETWEEN US releasing January 6, 2014
Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes.
Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion.
But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream….
So lots more to come from The Ranch soon!
Roni’s Guest Post – Top 5 Movies / TV Shows That Made Me a Romance Writer
People often ask me what made me want to become a romance writer. Most assume that I’ve been reading it all my life, but I didn’t grow up reading romance. I was always an avid reader, but I jumped straight from Babysitter’s Club to the teen horror books (R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, etc.) to adult horror and thriller by the time I was in high school. I didn’t really find my way to romance until my mid-20s when the YA boom drew me in. Those YA stories had grownup appeal in a lot of ways, but they also had really delicious romance. And I found myself wanting to read sexier stuff after that, so I moved to adult romance (though I still read a ton of YA.) There I found my home. It was like—wait, these have been here all along? How did I miss this? This is the stuff.
Soon after, I decided to try to write my own romance novel. I’d been writing off and on since I was fifteen, but I’d always tried mysteries or thrillers and could never get very far. I’d lose interest in the process. But once I tried to write a love story, I realized this was the lane I needed to be driving in. Those stories are in my bones. It’s what gets me excited to write. So it got me to wondering, how was I such a romance person when I’d never been a romance reader? Then I realized that all my life I’d been devouring romantic movies and TV shows. That’s what planted the seeds that would eventually grow into me doing this as a career.
So what movies and TV shows are responsible? Here’s my Top 5:
- Dirty Dancing – I was obsessed with this movie growing up. (Frankly, that obsession hasn’t waned, lol.) Poor boy, rich girl. Older bad boy, innocent heroine. Hot dancing. Watermelons. What’s not to like?
- Dawson’s Creek – This show marked the years from end of high school to beginning of college for me. I never missed an episode. All the angst, the drama, the kissing. And Pacey…sigh…I really am a sucker for the misunderstood bad boy with a soft side.
- Friends – All I needed to learn about romantic tension was there between Rachel and Ross. That scene where Ross comes back to Central Perk to tell Rachel how he feels (the first time)—guh. “I didn’t get a cat.” (Fans will understand that last part, lol. Here’s the scene if you want a refresher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss_sDpSAwhI)
- Sixteen Candles – Okay, so this is questionable as a romance because really—what does she know about Jake Ryan besides the fact that he’s hot? But this movie did teach me about that aspect of longing in a romance. It also started my love affair with “nerds”, which continued in Pretty In Pink—where I so would’ve picked Duckie over Andrew McCarthy.
- Pretty Woman – Cold-hearted millionaire falls in love with the hooker with the heart of gold? Irresistable.
There are more, but those are the ones that stick out the most in my head. So romance was always in my blood, but I didn’t find my way to the books until later. Now I’m never looking back. 😉
Which romantic movies or TV shows imprinted on you when you were growing up?
Excerpt from Forever Starts Tonight
Andre and Jace exchanged a look, then Jace pointed to the spot in front of the fireplace. “Naked. Now.”
She rubbed her lips together, silently celebrating her victory. “Yes, sir.”
While she undressed, Jace and Andre left the room, presumably to get whatever equipment they needed and to plan. She laid her clothes over the back of one of the armchairs and hurried to get next to the fire. The cabin was warm but the sudden loss of her sweater and jeans raised goose bumps on her skin. She knelt on the pillow and sighed with contentment as the heat from fire washed over her from behind. She’d felt so ill earlier on the plane, but now her body seemed to be cooperating with her again. After all the stress of the week, she couldn’t pick any better place to be than right here waiting for her two guys to do their dirty best to her.
And being tucked away in a cabin in the middle of all that sparkling snow heightened that feeling of being cocooned in their own world. Here they didn’t have to worry about anyone judging or giving them the side eye. Even at The Ranch some of the other subs gave her looks because she’d taken two sought-after doms off the market. She couldn’t help but feel those What’s so special about her? accusations drifting her way. But when she was with just the two of them, the whole world fell away, and no one could tell her what they had wasn’t right or good or beautiful. She so needed this right now.
She sat back on her calves and closed her eyes, letting herself slide into that quiet space submission could give her, where all she focused on was what they wanted from her. There she could retreat and tuck any lingering worries or issues into a box for a while and live in the moment, feel the experience. Her version of meditation.
They left her in the silence for a while, and she didn’t hear them when they returned because she’d settled so deeply into the calm. But she caught the scent of Jace’s cologne mixing in with the hickory smell of the fire and opened her eyes.
Jace and Andre were standing a few feet in front of her, arms crossed, looming. Jace smiled and stepped forward to take her chin in his hand. He tilted her face up and ran his thumb over her lips. “Look how gorgeous our girl is, Andre. We haven’t even touched her yet and she’s already looking at us with surrender eyes.”
“We picked a good one to kidnap.”
Her attention slid to Andre. If they were going to go with the kidnapping theme, she’d play the role to her fullest. “You said if I did what you told me, you’d let me go.”
Andre’s lips lifted at the corner. “Indeed, we did. Smart girl. Obeying will get you what you want.”
“Not that you have much choice anyway,” Jace added, his green eyes flickering orange in the firelight, making his expression look even more sinister. “There’s no one around for miles. And that snow is pretty heavy. You wouldn’t get far if you tried to run.”
“Y’all must be pretty desperate to get laid if you have to steal a woman to get someone in your bed.” She sent Jace a petulant look. “What’s wrong with you? Bad in the sack?”
He huffed a quiet laugh. Normally, she wasn’t one to be a bratty sub. But tonight she was down for a little game-playing. She wanted to lose herself in this. And Jace seemed pleased that she was getting into the role.
“Now that’s not a very nice thing to say,” Jace replied, his expression cooling from humored to that intimidating dominance. He grabbed her hair, wrapping the locks around his fist, and tugged. “Get up.”
She climbed to her feet, and Jace led her by the hair toward Andre. Some silent exchange passed between the two men, and Andre sat on the couch in front of her. His dark eyes tracked down her naked form with lewd interest, making her shiver. Evan loved how they could make her feel so cherished and precious day to day, but also how they could switch off that softness when they all craved a walk on the shadier side of the street. Andre, who could be as gentle and loving as any man she’d ever met, was staring at her like she was simply an object to slake his lust.
It so totally worked for her. Especially when he tugged off his shirt, revealing all that honed muscle and tawny skin, and those nipple rings she loved so much. He leaned back like a king awaiting his servant, spreading his arms across the back of the couch in an impressive wingspan.
“Dre, let’s show her what happens to captives who talk back.”
Interview with Roni
I am excited to interview one of my favorite author’s, Roni Loren. A New York Times Bestselling author, she has penned the wildly popular erotic romance, Loving on the Edge series. I’ve read all her books and look forward to her next release, Forever Starts Tonight. In the meantime, here is my Q and A with Roni. Enjoy getting to know the author!
Veena: Welcome Roni! It is so nice to have a chance to chat with you.
Roni: Thanks Veena.
Veena: I just finished Forever Starts Tonight. Wow, just wow! Roni, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Roni: Really early on. I first decided I wanted to be a writer when my 5th grade teacher read A Wrinkle In Time to the class. But I didn’t try my hand at it seriously until I was 15. That’s when I wrote my first novel—which was basically New Kids on the Block fan fiction.
Veena: I really loved Melt Into You. How did you come up with the idea for Forever Starts Now?
Roni: I’ve been wanting to write more about Jace, Evangeline, and Andre since I finished writing Melt Into You, but I didn’t know if there was a place for an after the happy ending story. Luckily, readers emailed me wanting one, too, so I finally got the chance. I wanted to find out what happens after three people fall in love and decide to try a ménage relationship. It’s unconventional and comes with many challenges, so I wanted to explore that.
Veena: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Roni: Pantser. I do pre-work to develop my characters’ backgrounds because I need to know that much to get started. And I have to write a general 1-2 page synopsis for my editor before I write a book. But I leave the synopsis loose and leave a lot of room for discovery.
Veena: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Roni: The drafting phase. Because I’m a pantser, there’s a lot of anxiety involved with figuring out what happens next. And I do get writer’s block, which usually means I’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. That’s always stressful when you’re under a tight deadline. But I’ve learned to expect at least on block in every book. It’s part of my process, and the solution always comes eventually.
Veena: I get that. I face the same challenge as a pantser but when I plot, I go overboard. Tell me, what sort of research did you do for your books?
Roni: Found me two hot husbands to see how that is. Just kidding. ; ) I’ve got one and that’s enough, lol. But I did have to go back in Melt Into You and remind myself of certain things. It’s been a few years since I wrote that one so I’d forgotten small details.
Veena: Who is a favorite protagonist in your books? Why?
Roni: My favorite hero in my books is probably Jace. I love all of them in some way or else I wouldn’t write them, but Jace is the only one who has shown up in every book of the series. I think I’m drawn to writing him because he’s that cocky guy who always has the funny one-liner. He can stir up trouble or fun in any scene.
Veena: Who or what inspires you to write?
Roni: I get inspiration for stories from everywhere—life, places I travel, movies I watch, books I read. But as for what inspires me to write, I don’t really know. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t make up stories in my head. It only made sense to start writing them down.
Veena: Describe your book in 140 words or less.
Roni: Two dominant men, one determined woman. Is their love enough to get them to forever? Or will an unexpected turn tear them apart?
Veena: OK! Time for the really fun questions. What are you reading now?
Roni: I just finished an ARC of Sarah Castille’s Rough Justice, the first in a new biker series. I really enjoyed that one. And I’m about to start The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley. I haven’t read her before, but I’ve heard good things.
Veena: Where in the world would you most like to visit?
Roni: Oh, so many places. I’ve never been to Europe so that would be where I’d start. But I’d need weeks because I’d want to see (and eat) my way through a lot of different countries. : )
Veena: Which character in a book would you enjoy having drinks and dinner with?
Roni: Whichever characters I’m currently writing so that they’d talk to me instead of making me drag every story detail out of them, lol. (Can you tell I’m in the middle of drafting a book? 😉 )
Veena: What is on your nightstand?
Roni: My kindle, iPhone, and a baby monitor (even though my kidlet is six, lol. It’s a two-way monitor we use as a walkie-talkie.)
Veena: Who is your favorite author?
Roni: I had favorites growing up, but now I’m such a reading omnivore that I don’t have one favorite. I have authors who are autobuys for me, and that list grows every day.
Veena: What is your must have tech gadget?
Roni: I’m addicted to my iPhone like everyone else. But my other must have is my Kindle Paperwhite.
Veena: What’s your favorite junk-food?
Roni: Utz’s Crab Chips and Sweet & Hot Beef Jerky
Had a blast with Roni! Hope you did too!
Title: FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT
Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Pages: 127 (Novella)
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin)
Format: eBook Only
Where to buy:
Blurb: The wait is over. They fell in love in Melt Into You, but that was only the beginning. Now New York Times bestselling author Roni Loren dials up the passion as three lovers reinvent the meaning of togetherness and find out if love is truly enough…
Two dominant men, one beautiful woman. Jace Austin knows he doesn’t have what you’d call a conventional relationship with Evan and Andre, but it works. Boy, does it work–until Evan starts acting strangely and Andre’s ex-fiancée pops back into his life, unbalancing a perfectly happy threesome. Jace is forced to face the unthinkable: that the two people he cares most about in this world are in danger of slipping away from him.
So Jace plans a surprise getaway to a secluded mountain cabin for the three of them. And he knows exactly what he needs to do: give both his lovers a fantasy week they’ll never forget. And the possibilities for pleasure are endless. But when they get snowed in and the heat between them reaches a fever pitch, secrets come out. And Evan has one that could change all their lives forever.
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. 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 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series.