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Monday, April 9, 2012

Romance Book Casting Call with Roni Loren and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the Casting Call Roni Loren. I am so happy to have Roni back here at RFTC.   Roni is super awesome and I love chatting with her on Twitter. Plus her book Crash Into You is wicked hot and I can't wait to see how she has cast it.

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, is now available from Berkely Heat.
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Ah, this is always such a fun game--though surprisingly hard at times. There are books where I know exactly what celebrity I’m modeling the character after. For instance, in the book I’m writing now, FALL INTO YOU, I knew going in that my hero, Grant, was going to look like country singer Blake Shelton. (Because I needed a tall, yummy cowboy and how better to fill that role?)

But with CRASH INTO YOU, I didn’t really have celebrities in mind when I created my characters. So I actually didn’t start looking for visual inspiration until about halfway through the book. For my lawyer/Dom hero, Reid, I did finally come across this picture of Rob Lowe that I thought fit well. Dark hair, blue eyes, conservative suit, but that oh-I-have-a-wicked-secret look in his eye.

Plus, Crash Into You is told in dual timeline format, where every other chapter goes back to ten years earlier in the hero and heroine’s relationship. So, I needed to be able to picture Reid as a college student as well as a grown man. And who doesn’t remember how freaking cute Rob Lowe was as a teen/twenty-something?

So after that, I was sold. Now I have trouble picturing Reid as anyone else. (Though, I do actually think of him as taller, less tan, and less smarmy than the modern day Rob Lowe, lol. And I couldn’t bring myself to watch him in the Drew Pederson movie because they made him look so gross. Blech. *buries head in sand* So I wouldn’t actually cast him in the role today. But I would look for someone with the same qualities.)

Here are a few more pics for your viewing pleasure:

 Is it just me or can anyone else see him handling a pair of handcuffs and a riding crop just fine? ;)

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.

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Want to win a copy of Crash Into You? 2 copies are up for grabs (US shipping ONLY).

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**Don't forget to stop by Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance and check out who Roni chose to cast for her hero in her upcoming book Melt Into You.

A huge thank you to Roni for stopping by the blog and sharing her casting picks as well as providing the book giveaways and including a book for the grand prize box. 

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  1. Sure, I'd switch places.

  2. I think Rob Lowe would be a good pick based on the information. Wow! He bulked up! I like him better in suit and tie.
    Congratulations with your two books! Hope you have many more!

    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

  3. from what i've read he is perfect ^^

  4. I love Rob Lowe! Do you remember him from the movie the outsiders? Him and Patrick Swayze... YUM lol. I like Roni's pick having a crush on Rob Lowe myself I can def. picture him in a sexy role

  5. I do like Rob Lowe, but what about Manu Bennett? I think he's my new favorite.

    Joanne B

    1. I'd switch places in a heartbeat.

      Joanne B

  6. Wow... Rob looks good. :) What a terrific monday morning.

  7. I had forgotten how hot I thought Rob Lowe was when I wad younger. He's seems perfect for this part. This book sounds really good. I can't wait to read it.

  8. I would definitely switch places and for more than just a little while:)

  9. I think Rob Lowe is an interesting choice and I like the older and younger pictures.

  10. I haven't read this series yet but Rob Lowe is a nice choice especially the pics from his ypunger days.

  11. Rob...he was from the old Outsiders movie, right? :) Yeah, I remember him. Back when he did look much better.

    Great choices, I think you did a wonderful job with the casting. :)


    TBQ's Book Palace

  12. Rob Lowe is gorgeous in those pictures. I did watch him in that Drew Peterson movie and he looked gross... but that could be more the jerky charcterhe played... I just try to block out the fact that it was him playing it and pretend it was some other actor.
    I watched an interview w/ Lowe a while back and was shocked to hear about how sordid his past is with drugs and women. He actually had a sex tape out... and he actually says he was the first celebrity sex tape leak or something like that lol Never knew this till that interview. I liked him in Brother's and Sisters though

  13. I have not read the book, but based on the blurb and some of the movie work that Rob's done- I can see it. Of course, I'm old enough to have appreciated teen Rob too.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  14. What a cutie and he has aged so well lol. Great casting.


  15. Omg I would love to switch places with her. thanks for this giveaway opportunity.

  16. Yes I agree Rob Lowe is good. And that square jaw of his just adds icing to the cake.

    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  17. Perfect casting. I haven't read your books yet but he's such an sensual looking man. Always loved him. He has aged as well as Johnny Depp. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  18. I think Rob Lowe's a fantastic choice -- & I'd switch places with Brynn in a heartbeat!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  19. Love Rob Lowe
    musicalfrog @

  20. I love the sexy Rob Loweof today, but there is something sort of sweet about the Rob Lowe of yesterday. Nice to see an example of the difference a jump in time can make on someone.

  21. I love you pick! He is such a hottie!

  22. Rob Lowe is such a cutie - would love to see him in this part.