Friends – things are super crazy in the Covington house as I prepare to head to San Diego in a couple of weeks for the Romance Writers of America conference and the glitzy gala for the RITA awards. In case you didn’t know, the RITA’s are like the Oscars – but for romance writing – and I’m still pinching myself that I got the call and that my book, ONE LITTLE KISS, was nominated in best novella category.
That calls for a celebration . . . right? I thought so too.
So, for the next two weeks I’m going to feature one of my fellow nominees and give away their nominated book. And one very lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon GC!
And the first of my fellow nominees is the amazing RONI LOREN – author of the nominated novella, NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE.
- Give us your “call” story. Where were you when you got the RITA call?
I was sitting at my desk, trying to focus on work even though I knew it was RITA call day. When my phone rang, I jumped, but then I saw the number was from Louisiana and deflated a little. I’m from New Orleans originally. So I figured it was some random friend or family member calling. But when I picked up it was the lovely Farrah Rochon, who told me my book Break Me Down was a finalist in the erotic romance category. And she was so nice and I was so excited. And then about two minutes into the call, she was like, “Oh! You’re nominated for another book too. I forgot to tell you that!.” Lol. So then she told me that Nice Girls Don’t Ride was nominated in the novella category. Bonus! : )
- Everyone has a gateway romance novel that turned them into a diehard fan – what was your book and when did you first read it?
What turned me on to romance wasn’t actually a romance. I actually read more horror as a kid since I grew up in the days of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. Teen horror was a thing in the 80s-90s. But in ninth grade, I picked up my mom’s copy of Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. It was horror first and foremost, but the series was so dramatic and had all this forbidden love in it. It was also the first series where I’d read a love scene. I remember thinking, “They can write this in books?!” My innocent, Catholic schoolgirl mind was well and truly shocked. And of course, I was hooked after that, lol. I started reading romantic suspense since that’s what my mom read and it was easy to borrow: Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Erica Spindler. I really didn’t make my way to contemporary romance (or historical or erotic) until adulthood.
- What book are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on By the Hour, book 2 in my Pleasure Principle series (erotic romance.)
- Tell us about your nominated novella!
Nice Girls Don’t Ride was such a fun story to write. I wrote it in between all of my contracted books, so it was fun diversion type book. I wanted to write a “nice” biker. I love a good biker romance but the guys are always so Sons of Anarchy dangerous. I wanted to write the hot guy with some edge but who is genuinely a nice guy. So in the story, he helps my heroine when she’s stranded on the side of the road after her boyfriend lets her down. She pre-judges the hero (and he helps with that image), but soon they are spending an all-nighter together with just the two of them, his bike, and Austin, TX at their fingertips. I loved the idea of one magical night that you don’t want to end and how that one night can change the entire trajectory of your life.
Do you want to win a copy of Roni’s awesome book? Hop on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on the post with Roni’s graphic. Here’s the link for my page.
And if you want to enter to win the $25 Amazon GC – use this rafflecopter . .