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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Author's Pal Blog Tour: Not Until You by Roni Loren (Top Five + Giveaway)

Good morning everyone! Tell me, are any of you Roni Loren fans? I’ll admit I’ve never read any of her books but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t save some space for her. Oh, would you look at that? I have a top five from Roni as well as a great giveaway brought to you by Author’s Pal.

About Roni Loren:
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 National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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Five Myths About BDSM-Themed Romance
By Roni Loren

1. They are all retellings of 50 Shades – So I hear this from a lot of people who have come to the BDSM genre recently via 50 Shades of Grey. If you’ve been a longtime romance reader like I have, you know that BDSM-themed books have been around for a LONG while. But people new to the genre assume that it’s a post-50-Shades phenomenon. And yes, there are probably more BDSM books available now because of the popularity. I love that it’s brought so much attention to the genre I was already writing in. But BDSM erotic romance is a diverse, dynamic, multi-layered genre that has as many different faces as any other subgenre.

2. It’s all about spankings and handcuffs – Tiffany Reisz and I did a workshop at a conference last year titled “It’s Not About the Handcuffs" for this very reason. Yes, BDSM can involve equipment (and that can be fun to read/write), but well-written BDSM is much more about the mind and power dynamics than any of the accessories. You can have the hottest scene ever with no equipment at all.

3. The heroes are all abusive a--holes – No. Not if it’s well-written. BDSM is about consent. Both participants are on board and agreeing to the power exchange. Your hero should be heroic and always have the heroine’s best interest at heart whether he’s dominant or not.

4. The heroines are weak – On the contrary, I think romance novels in general are great at portraying strong women. And in BDSM, if you have a submissive heroine, I think it’s even more important to show her strength. My heroines can take care of themselves and often have risen out of very challenging circumstances in their pasts. In NOT UNTIL YOU, Cela is young and naïve to Foster’s world, but she’s tough and isn’t afraid to stand up to him.

5. They’re a guilty pleasure – I have mixed feelings about the term guilty pleasure. Why exactly should we feel guilty about what we read? Whatever that is. Own it. Enjoy it. Drop the guilt. Let’s just call it pleasure. ;-)

So what other things have you heard about the BDSM genre? Did you ever believe any of these myths yourself?

Cela knows how to be good. She’s had a lifetime of practice. But on the night of her college graduation, she decides she’s earned one wild night before she has to move back home to her overprotective family. So when the hot neighbor she’s been quietly fantasizing about for a year suggests a game of Never Have I Ever, she’s ready. But what starts out as a simple game takes an unexpected turn. Because Ian Foster doesn’t play games he can’t win.

Foster knows his desires aren’t for the faint of heart, especially not for someone as sweet and innocent as his pretty neighbor. But when Cela shows up at his door with an invitation that surprises him, he can’t resist indulging. Cela has no idea what she’s in for. The secret dark side of this man’s need will both intrigue and terrify her. But Cela has a secret of her own—and a new game to see just how far they’re both willing to go, and how much they’re willing to risk by crossing every boundary of desire.

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  1. Great post, Roni! I freely admit, before I read a few BDSM books, I thought that the submissive (male or female) WAS weak. Man, was I wrong! Submitting, especially in a loving relationship, is not being weak. It's being strong and trusting your partner.

    And as to 50 Shades? Never read it, and frankly I do not want to. But even I know that it was very vanilla, poorly done, BDSM. If readers really want to experience the genre, they should look into your books, or Tiffany's, or any number of other great authors. :)


  2. Thank goodness they're not all 50 Shades! I loved the genre way before it hit shelves and really don't think it's even in the same class as the ones that came before it. I love the classic bdsm writers. So much more depth and just better quality. (Can ya tell I didn't like 50? lol)

    And Adriana. Gah you need to read Roni. She's fantastic. Great romances and so funny :D


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