Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn't the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance-including a past that might come back to haunt them both.
Avery spends her nights working for tips...and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy's protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she's finally found...and the passion she's always wanted.
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Well heelllllo Lori! It's so good to have you on today. I just LOVED Getting Rowdy (review is here) but not all our followers have met this bad boy of yours so can you tell us a little about him and his book...Getting Rowdy?
You first met Rowdy in Run the Risk, as the heroine’s brother. Then you got to know him better in Bare It All as the heroine’s confidante. Now you get to know everything there is about Rowdy, including his painful past, what motivates him, and his bone-deep honor. Fighting and sex help Rowdy fight his personal demons, but of course, any admirable heroine will insist he get over that – with a little help and constructive direction. ::wink::
LOL I so wouldn't mind helping him with that myself. Whew! So, you know these two pretty well, how do you think people will react to Rowdy and Avery?
I think readers will expect Avery to give in to him more quickly. I mean, he’s ROWDY, and he’s so yummy. But I also think they’ll respect her for wanting more than what he initially offers. Again, why wouldn’t she? He’s ROWDY. Lol.
The opening scene was a shocker for some. I’ve had a few readers write me that they wanted to club Rowdy for that scene. But then later, they realized why he did the things he did, and then they started liking him again.
Yup, I've heard that too! But, yeah, I totally fell for him. He was such a yummy yummy man. Annnd speaking of yummy...What's your favorite Man Candy?
Strictly as a reader, I like Alphas. They can be lumberjacks or millionaires, doesn’t matter to me. They also have to be honorable and caring. So many confuse Alphas with jerks, and that’s just not the case. Alphas are the guys who take over when others waffle in indecision. They're confident enough that they don’t feel threatened by the strength of others, so a strong woman is fine, a tiny baby is fine, a villain is fine – whatever, they’ll deal with it. I love humor, so if the hero is funny to boot, that helps. But I’ve also read serious heroes that I loved.
Sounds pretty good to me. I love a good Alpha male. What qualities do you think are a must for a hero?
Well first off, heroes have to be imperfect. I can’t imagine anything more boring that perfection.
He has to be a man. A man’s man. I’m totally not into the metrosexual guy. If he paints his toenails... yeah, he won’t be in my book. Oh, and if he waxes his chest? Bleh. My guys are too busy kicking butt and saving mankind to groom their chests. *LOL omg Lori I love that your men aren't all waxed up and shaved*
He has to be strong – physically strong is nice, but more important than that is mental and emotional strength. If he’s going to cry, it better be for a really good reason. Not because he lost a sporting event or watched a sad movie.
He has to be respectful to everyone who deserves it – which means unless someone has given him real reason to be disrespectful, he’ll be polite.
He has to be capable. It drives me INSANE when someone writes a hero who can’t change a diaper. I mean, that’s pretty basic. If you can’t do that, how can you possibly master anything complicated like driving a car or shaving?
He should be kind, with a sense of humor.
And he absolutely MUST love animals and feel protective toward children.
Being a stallion in bed doesn’t hurt either.
Um, yes please! to all of the above. LOL You keep pretty busy will all kinds of things including quite a bit of worth with charities. How do you get it all done AND write such awesome books?
I’m a fairly motivated, some might even say spastic, person. I tend to stay busy… all the time. And honestly, I LOVE to write. It’s a job, for sure. And not always easy. But more often than not it’s my entertainment, my solace, sometimes cathartic, sometimes outright necessary. If I go too long without writing, I start to get antsy. Like a junkie, I need my fix. And so I write. Often. It helps in meeting deadlines, and because I incorporate books into my charity work (note: the benefit books where all proceeds go to a really wonderful and local charity) things just fall into place.
The benefit books are really fantastic. I love that they go to help a good cause. Alright, so, what's something you're completely obsessed with?
I love anything with birds or windchimes. My kids have gotten me adorable little bird statues that are so cute for decorating. And windchimes... I love hearing them. The more the merrier.
I also love, love, love going to movies. Horror and action are my favorite movie genres, but I can comedy and romance in a pinch. Drama... almost never. Who needs more drama? How is that entertainment? Also really love the outdoors for relaxing. Hubby and I love to go to Hocking Hills (Fantastic place! Look it up!) or Cumberland Falls or The Natural Bridge. We have a small lake house and I spend much of the summer there. Boating, swimming, skiing... just being outside and seeing the birds and fish and hearing the breeze in the trees and feeling the sun on my skin... Love it.
Oh I love wind chimes too! Well, thanks for dropping by Lori! Hope you guys have a great rest of the day!
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Have you read her? What did you think? What's your favorite?