A Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tour
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Welcome to Reader Girls! Our mom is thrilled to be hosting today's tour for author Roni Loren's debut erotic romance novel, Crash Into You. You can read her review here. Roni Loren is sharing a guest post and excerpt with everyone and don't forget to enter her fabulous giveaway (details can be found below).
Summary: Brynn 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.
GUEST POST: On Balancing Writing and Family Life
One of the toughest things I’ve had to tackle since I decided to pursue a writing career is finding the balance between my writing life and my family life. Before I had my son, I always had a full time day job. So I was used to having a quitting time. Except for the one position I had where I was on call, when five o’clock came, I was done for the day. I could go home and enjoy my time with my husband.
But after I had my son and decided to stay at home, things got a little less structured. Then I decided to pursue writing and it all became more complicated. Suddenly, I was sneaking in some writing while kidlet watched Barney or after he went to bed at night. My down time became writing time. And though I adore writing, it’s still work and time away from my family, so can wear you down if you don’t build in time to recharge.
And now that I’ve achieved my dream of being published, the responsibilities have grown. There are deadlines to be met on new books, blog posts to write, promo to do, and emails to answer. If I let myself, I could literally work sixteen hours a day and still have things to do. And I’m a perfectionist, so I want to get it all done and get it all done right. But if I do that, then my family would never see me.
So, I won’t pretend that I have it all figured it out yet because I’m still learning as I go, but I have had to make an effort to keep a more structured schedule. My kidlet goes to preschool in the afternoon, so I reserve that time for writing. In the mornings, I spend time with him and then blog and such if he gets occupied. In the evenings, I spend time with my family and then catch up on work things while hubs puts kidlet to sleep. I’m still trying to find where I stick in my reading for pleasure time, but I’ll get there.
How do you find the balance in your life? Do you prefer a structured day or a more flexible schedule? What time do you set aside for yourself or for your family?
CRASH INTO YOU - EXCERPT:
Brynn’s response lodged in her throat, the all-too-familiar name ringing in her ears. No, couldn’t be. But a sinking feeling settled in her gut. She’d only met one Reid in her life, and that Reid was a lawyer. She closed her eyes and took a steadying breath before she turned around to face her new co-worker.
Reid’s blue-eyed gaze met her head-on, hitting her like an airbag to the chest. She sucked in a breath and fought the old instinct to lower her eyes in deference. Son of a bitch, where had that urge come from? She ticked up her chin and gave him her best I-hate-you-but-will-be-polite-because-I’m-the-bigger-person glare. “Hello.”
Cooper walked around Brynn and clapped Reid on the shoulder. “Reid, I’d like you to meet our other social worker, Brynn LeBreck.”
Reid nodded, his expression annoyingly unreadable. “Brynn, pleasure to see you again. It’s been a while.”
Not long enough. Three years had passed since she’d last seen him. His inky hair was longer on top and a few lines creased the corners of his eyes, but time hadn’t softened her warring responses to him. The urges to pummel his face and strip naked before him held almost equal weight. Luckily, the venue was too public to give in to either. She feigned an air of indifference. “It has.”
“Still as beautiful as ever, though.”
The warm notes of his voice stirred the dark recesses of her memory, further inciting the old longing. She shifted in her heels as hot tingles crept from deep in her belly and moved downward to settle between her legs. Un-f**king- believable. Her body was a whoring traitor.
Melody stepped next to Brynn as if sensing her need for support, and Cooper’s eyebrows rose. “You two know each other?”
Boy, did they—in just about every way a man and woman could. She searched Reid’s face, and he tipped his head infinitesimally, as if giving her permission to answer the question. Her eyes narrowed. “Used to. Long time ago.”
Cooper smiled, either oblivious or unperturbed by the tension zipping through the air between her and Reid. “Great. Guess introductions weren’t needed then.”
Nope. Not needed. Brynn knew exactly who Reid Jamison was. A first-class bastard.
(Full version of chapter one can be read here)
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. Her debut novel, CRASH INTO YOU, was published by Berkley Heat January 3, 2012.
GIVE AWAY!!!! Roni Loren is having a give away. Here are the prizes she's offering:
* One signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" to a random commenter at every stop.* A $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. * A signed set of Romance Trading Cards for "Crash Into You" AND a basket of romance novels (approx. $50 value) to the host with the most comments (excluding the author's and their own) including: Switch by Megan Hart, Big Jack by J.D. Robb, Enemy Lover by Karin Harlow, Beyond the Night by Joss Ware, and The Fallen: Raziel by Kristina Douglas.
To enter the giveaway follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here.
We thank Roni Loren and Goddess Fish Promotions.