Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Crash Into You by Roni Loren ~ A Peek Into Brynn's Background


Bookin' It Reviews, in cooperation with GodessFish Promotions, is proud to welcome author Roni Loren here today to share her release, Crash Into You with us. Her post provides us a peek into the characters and ends with a very interesting question. We'd love to hear your answer.  After her post you'll find the book's blurb and an exclusive excerpt from Crash Into You.

Also, Ms. Loren is offering a fab international giveaway for readers AND the hosts for her book tour! Help me win! :-) All the deets are below...


* 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.



A Peek Into Brynn’s Background
by Roni Loren

One of the questions writers often get asked is--where do you get your story ideas from? And ask ten different writers, you’ll probably get ten different answers. For me, I’ll either get the idea in the form of a “what if” question or I’ll have a character pop into my head.

For CRASH INTO YOU it was a little bit of both. But what came to me to strongest out of the gate was my heroine Brynn. In my former career, I was a social worker and provided therapy in a number of different settings. And time and time again I came across clients who honestly had lived their life with every chip stacked against them--no money, damaged or absent parents, trauma, etc. Yet, despite all those things working against them, many had this strength of spirit that was stunning and inspiring. Sure, they had some issues (if they were there for my help), but there was also a drive to overcome and be something greater than who and where they came from.

And that’s the type of woman I thought of when I was developing Brynn’s character. She’s had a rough childhood. Her mother was a prostitute who was just trying to do what she could to survive. Her father was absent. Brynn was responsible for watching over her younger sister and helping support the family.

Yet Brynn pushes through all that. She has a good job, a scholarship to college, and she meets Reid who seems to fill something inside her she didn’t even know was empty. She’s able to escape the stress of her daily life with Reid by being sexually submissive and realizes she may even have room in her life for love. But right when Brynn thought she was working her way toward a better life, she’s a victim of an assault that changes everything for her.

So the story questions that came to me were--given everything that’s Brynn’s been through, can she ever fully get back to where she used to be? Was that even possible? And if so, how?

CRASH is a dual timeline story, where chapters alternate from the past when Brynn and Reid are dating in college, and then now (ten years later) when Reid comes back into her life. I wanted to not just “tell” the backstory, I wanted to show it because I think in order to really understand the depth of who Brynn is now, you had to see where she’d been. Hopefully, that comes across to the reader. :)

Have you ever known anyone who amazed you with all they’ve overcome? Who’s inspired you?

Back Of The Book:

Crash Into You
by Roni Loren

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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.

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, will be published by Berkley Heat January 3, 2012.


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 Enjoy An Exclusive Excerpt

*CRASH INTO YOU is told in chapters alternating between the present and ten years earlier. This is from a “past” chapter.*

“That’s one of the things I like about you. You don’t seem to give a damn about who my family is, so I can just relax around you.”
She laughed. “Yeah, once I found out you couldn’t fire me, you lost all shot of me kissing your ass.”
He slipped a hand onto her hip and pulled her closer, their bodies almost touching. “So what’s your stance on kissing other things?”
Every muscle in her body strained to move forward, to close the sliver of distance between them, but she held still. “Probably not a good idea since we work together.”
He smiled and shook his head. “See, you’re always such a half-empty kind of girl. Working together means we’ll get paid to hang out with each other.”
“And everybody in the office will think I’m hanging out with you for the wrong reasons.”
He shrugged. “That’s why we don’t tell. It’s none of their business anyway.”
She chewed her lip. “I like you, Reid, but I don’t know . . . it’s just complicated. I’ve got a lot—”
He put a finger over her mouth, hushing her. “Stop overthinking things, Brynn. It doesn’t have to be so complex. I know you don’t bullshit, so I’m not going to either. Since the first day I met you, I haven’t stopped thinking about what it would be like to touch you.” He cupped her chin and ran his thumb over her lips. “To taste you. I leave the office every day fighting a hard-on because just hearing your voice sets me off.”
She swallowed hard, the blunt words and his finger on her lips throwing gasoline on the flickering flame of longing she’d been fighting since they’d left the office.
“So in about three seconds, I’m going to kiss you. If you don’t want that, you tell me to stop, and I’ll never try again.” He curled his hand around the back of her neck, his gaze tattooing her. “One . . . two . . .”

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Thank you Ms. Loren for being here today! I love the cover of Crash Into You and the excerpt and blurb sold me! I can't wait to read this one. :-)

Readers, don't forget to leave a comment with your a valid email addy. Giveaway Open Internationally. For more chances to win, more excerpts and guest posts by Roni Loren follow her book blog tour! Dates and links are all provided below. Good Luck and Happy Reading


15 comments:

  1. So far, all your books are in the contemporay erotic romance genre. Do you think you will ever write in a different genre? If so, what genre(s) would you choose?

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  2. Great excerpt. Can't wait to read Crash Into You. My sister amazes me every day. She has MS and three children. It takes her a while to do some thing, but she gets everything done and then some.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  3. My mom amazes me, she was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago. My baby brother past away when he was little. He was special needs & she took care of him & my cousin & me. Then she cared for my grandmother. She's over come so much & has been cancer free for a year. She's the strongest woman I know & I hope I can be like her. I can't wait to read Crash Into You. I'll probably end up downloading it to my kindle this wknd since its going to be a long wknd.

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  4. I loved reading the excerpt. I can hardly wait to read the entire thing.

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  5. Well, I would have to say I resemble many of those women you've worked with, as well as Brynn, Roni . I'm the oldest of 5 kids, parents divorced when I was 14, and then our life went to hell. My mom became an irresponsible teenager, my dad an invisible parent. Mom got pregnant and married the pervert who tried to molest me. He beat her when she was drunk...and when I got between them with a baseball bat to protect her, she threw me out of the house when I was 17 years old for causing trouble...the list goes on and on for other bad things that happened for a few years after that.
    But I eventually managed to get a job as a nanny, found a wonderful man who was in the army (got married 6 weeks after our 1st date), and in March we will celebrate our 25th anniversary, I have 2 grown sons that constantly try to reassure me that I haven't messed them up (because that's my greatest fear - ever!), and they both are hard workers, and treat women with great respect. My oldest is married and she is a wonderful, sweet, adorable young lady!
    Well - now you know my life story, ugh. Sorry. I guess I am inspired the most by myself. I had to struggle very hard to achieve what I have. And I'm damn proud of it!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  6. My best friend amazes me. She was diagnosed with MS about 5-6 years ago and even though the disease kicks the crap out of her she still strives to make life happy and fulfilled for her son.

    Good luck on the rest of the tour Roni

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  7. Hi Roni,

    This Brynn sounds like a wonderful character. And Crash Into You sounds like a book I have to put on my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I would have to say that my mom is a person who amazes me. She has overcome serious issues in her life and medical problems and is still going strong.

    Crash Into You is already on my TBB list.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I've never read a dual timeline story, but think it's a keen idea. Thanks for having a blog tour and I'm following Roni.

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  10. Karen, I actually really love YA and wouldn't rule out writing a noter (I have one under the bed already.) I also have a thing for horror, but would probably weave a romantic thread into that. Guess I'm all over the place, lol.

    JOanne, Thanks and your sister sounds amazing. :)

    Jackie, Your mother sounds awesome. My mom is my hero too. :) And thanks, hope you enjoy CRASH!

    MomJane, Thanks so much!

    Gena, You've overcome a lot and you should be proud of yourself. :) Thanks for sharing your story

    Carrie, your best friend sounds like quite the inspiration. :)

    Dawn, thanks! Hope you enjoy the book! :)

    June, Thanks for putting me on you TBB list. :) And glad that your mom is doing well.

    Sunnymay, Thanks! Hope you enjoy the dual timeline. It was a lot of fun to write. :)

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  11. Talina, Thanks so much for hosting me! :D

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  12. Thanks for the tour and excerpt. I hope to get to win a copy of your book. I like the other commenters am interested to read with the dual timelines.

    Rachel V
    pefrw(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Roni, it was a pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to be here! And thank you to everyone that took the time to step in here with us today! Happy reading!
    ~Talina

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  14. Fabulous again today thank you.

    My son amazes me on a daily basis. He has a profound hearing loss, but is bright, positive & lives a full life. Just don't honk your horn at him when he is out & about driving. (He can't hear it folks.)

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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