Today we are celebrating the release of WANDERLUST (out tomorrow, July 19, 2016!) and we got a chance to talk to Roni Loren about this latest project. Please help us welcome Roni Loren once again to Under the Covers!
What was your favorite thing about writing this book and setting it in New Orleans?
New Orleans is my hometown, so it’s always fun to dig in and include fun details about the city. (Even if writing about the food made me hungry, lol.) It’s like visiting home. But I think what I loved most about this book was writing Lex. Nothing makes me happier than writing a sarcastic, playful, sexy hero who has a really big…ego. 😉 Lex is all brash confidence and sex appeal. So it’s fun watching a heroine take him down.
This is loosely tied in to one of our favorite series. Can we expect more of these type of stories?
Yes, this is very loosely tied to Loving on the Edge in that it happens in the same world. (Keep an eye out for the drummer in the opening band in the first chapter—a little peek of an early Pike from Call on Me.) As for the other question, it’s a little up in the air right now. I can tell you that you’ll be seeing more contemporary romance from me (as opposed to just erotic romance—what my other two series are), but I don’t have details to share just yet, lol. Stay tuned!
Writing about rock stars clearly involves music. Did you have a playlist set for getting in the mood to write this book?
I love rock music—80s, 90s, current. One of my favorite things to do with my husband is go to concerts. From the beginning, that’s been our “thing.” And we’re obsessed with watching rock documentaries (favorites being the rockumentaries by Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Tom Petty.) So this book is a direct outgrowth of that longstanding love of music, which means the playlist would be loooong. But in the book I do name-drop some bands. Lex (the hero) has a love of 80s rock, so Guns ‘n’ Roses, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Def Lepard, etc.
Tell us one special thing about the hero and the heroine?
Lex, despite being in a band and on the road all the time, is not a party hard kind of guy. He has his reasons, but it’s not his scene. I liked that Aubrey, the heroine, doesn’t necessarily have to “reform” him in that way. He finds his way there on his own before she comes into his life. And what’s special about Aubrey is that she’s fiercely determined and not a pushover. Not many could go toe-to-toe with Lex, but she can and does.
What’s the last book you read that kept you up all night reading under the covers?
It didn’t keep me up reading under the covers because I was on a plane, but it did make a 4.5 hour plane ride go by like a blink. American Girls by Alison Umminger is YA and not necessarily romance (though there is a small romantic thread.) But it’s about a fifteen year old who runs away to her sister’s place in LA for a summer. And while there, she ends up researching the Manson murders and the girls involved in those crimes. But that’s not what the book is about necessarily. It’s a coming-of-age, finding yourself kind of thing with a big dose of dysfunctional family and the not-so-glamorous side of LA. I really enjoyed it.
What’s next for Roni Loren?
Next up is Loving You Easy, the ninth book in the Loving on the Edge series. It will be out in September and is a ménage romance with a hacker heroine, an ex-con, and hot businessman/artist. *grin*
We can’t wait!!! Thanks for sharing with us today.
Thanks for having me!
Available July 19, 2016
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