As part of my To Be Read Challenge, I included a (signed – squeee!) copy of Crash Into You by erotic romance author, Roni Loren (@RoniLoren). I met Roni at DFWcon 3 years ago and have attended her sessions on writing realistic romance scenes. She is fabulous.
So are her books.
Crash Into You
Sometimes the past can bring you to your knees…
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…
I am very pleased to welcome Roni to the Happiness Project!
Describe yourself in three words.
Perfectionistic, Introverted, Curious
What drew you to writing erotica? What do you love about your genre?
It was a genre I loved to read, of course. But I was really drawn to the fact that it had very few boundaries. Like I could write suspense in my story but it didn’t have to fit the restrictions of a romantic suspense. And it could be contemporary but the romance didn’t have to be light and airy. All I needed to make sure I had was a happy ending and a lot of steam (which is fun to write.) So it allows for a lot of freedom in my stories, which makes my muse happy. 🙂
That’s awesome! What are you reading right now?
I just finished Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland because I’m a pantser with plotter envy (and am obsessed with writing craft books.) But fiction wise, I’m reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (YA Steampunk Paranormal) and rereading The Shining by Stephen King.
I read Fifty Shades of Gray, and hated it. The main character is pretty flat – quite literally, actually, she’s tied down and having sex so much. Your lead female in Crash Into You (Brynn) is really 3-dimensional. Her mother works in the sex industry, Brynn is a sexual assault survivor, she works in a social work setting with other domestic violence victims, and she struggles to claim her own sexual identity despite her past. In what ways do you think Brynn is a champion for women, and what do you think are her shortcomings?
It’s important to me to write really strong women, particularly because of the power dynamic I use between the hero and heroine. In Brynn’s case, I wanted to show how tough and smart she is because even though she has this urge to be sexually submissive in the bedroom, she’s an independent, brave woman in her every day life. She’s driven to help others, and ultimately, she learns to help herself. The theme in all my books usually comes back to healing and self-acceptance, so I think Brynn is a prime example of that. No one fixes her problems for her. She has to learn to move through her fear, heal, and then embrace who she is.
I’m getting married in 2 months. What’s your advice for keeping the passion alive?
What’s next for you? What can readers watch out for?
In August, I’m releasing a novella called BLURRING THE LINES that is separate from my Berkley series. It will be sexy contemporary romance with a paranormal twist and is part of a multi-author continuity series called Invitation to Eden. (I’m thinking of it like the show Lost but with more sex and happily ever afters, lol.) Then in September I’m releasing a novella, FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT, and in November, my serial novel, NOT UNTIL YOU, is being put into an omnibus edition. So lots of things coming up! (In other news, I won’t be sleeping until next February, lol.)
We’ll be watching! Thanks Roni for joining us. Always a pleasure learning from you and I love your advice (and characters) about being strong, independent women with PASSION!
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 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat. Website: www.roniloren.com
One lucky commenter will be receiving an e-copy (Nook or Kindle U.S.)
of Roni’s book Still Into You!
Random drawing will be held on Wednesday @ 5pm CST,
winner announced on Thursday’s blog!
Jess I love reading your posts and I’m such a sucker for a good romance book!
Hi Amanda! Welcome! This one is very steamy, but I really appreciate how Roni writes real women and explores difficult topics. Definitely check out her stuff! But wear sunscreen, it’s hot!!! 😉
Muy Caliente!! I have seen Roni’s name across the blogosphere, maybe from Kitt’s blog and have been intrigued by her book covers and descriptions. Now I am more than intrigued and must read!! 🙂 🙂
Oh definitely do! And as a writer, Roni’s classes on writing realistic love scenes (on all spectrums) are stellar!
Plus I love how she says romance books spice up a marriage and your partner should buy you lots. That’s great advice!
What a wonderful interview. Maybe I’ll win the book and learn something.
I swear romance writers have all the fun! Their classes at conferences are always packed, they have their own award ceremony, and they know how to make an entire room blush!
Roni is wonderful and very down to earth. I learned a lot in her class at DFWcon and her blog is full of even more resources.
Love Roni! Her books are so fabulous — same for her tips on building a happy marriage. 🙂
After reading your blog today, I think that’s another idea for Roni to use in her books! A woman whose fiance gets a job in a porn film and her reactions. That’s definitely a “lovin on the edge” theme! Are you listening Roni? 😉
I’d read it! 🙂
FAscinating- particularly liked comments and comparisons related to “fifty shades of gray”. The main cfemale character was annoying and often felt powerless to me.
I totally agree. And that’s why I hated that book. The characters were so dopey and nothing seemed truly plausible. Roni’s books are WAY better! I do agree with what she said about the 50 Shades books at the conference, however, which is that it’s great that the erotica genre became more mainstream and talked about. That’s a win!
I normally wouldn’t be caught dead near the “Romance” section, but good lord…THAT sounds pretty hot! Great advice on keeping the passion alive, too. Making each other laugh is key.
Would be a great gift for Tara! 😉
And Joe was reading over my shoulder one time. Yah…it’s hot! LOL
That was a great interview!
Thanks Carole! Be sure to check out Roni’s books! Fabulous characters!