Guest Post: Please Welcome Author Ruthie Knox + There is a Giveaway!

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Ruthie Knox

We are delighted to welcome Ruthie Knox to BLI today! Ruthie is here on the next stop in her Blog Tour to celebrate the release of her new contemporary romance Ride With Me which will be published in digital format on February 13th by Loverswept/Random House. Ride With Me is receiving many rave reviews (I can say it’s a wonderful read!) including:

Jill Shalvis, New York Times best-selling author says: A fantastic, sexy, and fun book! Ruthie Knox’s Ride with Me was a delight to read.”

Ruthie is sharing her thoughts on…Well check it out! (It’s an awesome fun post!)

Take it away Ruthie! Woot!



Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tent Sex But Were Afraid To Ask

Candles. Satin sheets. Jazz music. Penthouse suites. Champagne and strawberries. In a classic romantic seduction, the tuxedo-clad hero sweeps the gorgeous heroine into his arms, carries her to the bed, and overwhelms all five of her senses in an assault of sexification that she barely survives, so thoroughly does he rock her world.

And then there’s my book. Which contains a lot of sex in tents.

What can I say? I’ve never been a fan of the conventionally romantic. The whole reason I write contemporary romance to begin with—as opposed to historical or paranormal or some such—is that I like romance stories with a bit of gritty realism to them. I’ll admit that yes, okay, I’m not utterly immune to the appeal of those alpha-male Greek shipping magnates and manly sheiks who thunder across the desert wastes with their straining, ah, steeds between their legs. But all in all, I prefer characters who eat junk food and go bowling. Which means that when I decided to send the hero and heroine of Ride with Me on a bike trip across the United States, I inadvertently signed myself up to grapple with the realities of tent sex.

Here are a few things I learned along the ride.

(1) We’re Going to Need a Bigger Tent.
Yeah. Have you ever been shopping for tents? A “one-man” tent is approximately the size of a loaf of bread. At five-foot-four, I can sit up in a one-man tent, but my six-foot-tall husband can’t. There’s nowhere to put your luggage, or your feet, or your spare oxygen. If someone told me they’d managed to have sex in a one-man tent without spraining something, I’d be very impressed, but not envious. (Incidentally, Serenity Woods’s novel White-Hot Christmas has a hilarious and somehow also very hot sex scene that takes place in a teensy little tent. The tent is the only thing that’s, um, teensy.) So the first order of business was to make my hero, Tom, be the sort of guy who didn’t care enough about how much weight he was hauling on his bike to put up with the inconvenience of sleeping in a small tent. Tom has what they call a “four-man” tent, which is big enough for two people to sleep comfortably—and also to get it on in any number of positions without risk of personal injury.

(2) Location, Location, Location.
Variety is the spice of life! People who ride across the country usually camp, but they don’t always. Sometimes, they stay in hotels. That meant I could send my characters to knock boots wherever the heck I wanted. I gave them a night in a swanky hotel in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and another night at a seedy little motor court along Route 66, just for kicks.

(3) There’s Nowhere to Have Public Sex in Kansas.
A cross-country bike trip offers endless scenic vistas and a limitless quantity of outdoor features to stage sex scenes beside. River banks with weeping willow trees: yes, please! Haystack in a rainstorm: check. But when my characters descended from the Rockies and began to cross Kansas, I had to rein myself in. I’ve driven through Kansas. There is nowhere—nowhere—to have public sex along the roadside in Kansas. Even the ditches aren’t deep enough, had my characters been desperate enough to get it on in a ditch. Poor Tom and Lexie. They just had to restrain themselves until they made it to the next campsite. Or find a tool shed to break into. . . I’ll let you guess which way I wrote it. Or you could buy the book and find out. :-)

Length: 216 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2012
Publisher: Random House / Loveswept
Formats Available: eBook, Kindle, Nook
Purchasing Info: Publisher, Author’s Website, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook

Book Blurb:

In this fun, scorching-hot eBook original romance by Ruthie Knox, a cross-country bike adventure takes a detour into unexplored passion. As readers will discover, Ride with Me is not about the bike!

When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger — a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.

Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.

Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?

About Ruthie:

Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.

These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Ruthie abhors an epilogue and insists a decent romance requires at least three good sex scenes.


Where to find Ruthie:


Question: Do you enjoy romance novels written in an outdoor setting? If so, why or why not?


Random House Publishing has generously offered a digital copy of Ride with Me for one lucky winner. The winner will pick up their copy through Net Galley

All you have to do is answer the question noted above or leave a meaningful question for Ruthie!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This Giveaway is open Internationally!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, February 18, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • The_Book_Queen February 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Don’t worry about entering me–I’ve already been lucky enough to read Ride With Me before I host Ruthie later this month. :)

    I had to stop by and comment though–I loved this guest post! :D Great job, you had me laughing a few times. And adding “White Hot Christmas” to my list purely based on that little snippet about the tent scene. :)

    All I could think while reading your post was the Dr. Seuss rhyme: Would you could you in a ___. Yep, I think Alex and Tom were “desperate” enough a few times to consider filling in that blank with any ol’ spot they could find. LOL. Which made for a very entertaining and lively read, let me tell you!

    Oh, and totally random of me, sorry, but Lea, how did you get your calendar/recent post/recent comment widget on your sidebar? Very nice and handy!


    • Ruthie February 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Glad I made you giggle! You’re right, I don’t think there was a single “would not, could not” in the whole book! And I think you’ll enjoy White-Hot Christmas — Serenity is a really funny, really wonderful contemporary writer.

  • SueG February 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Hey Ruthie — another great post – only a few days away!! Hugs!

  • Darline Stewart February 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Welcome, hope to see many books from you

    • Ruthie February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Thank you! I have a second one coming out in June, and a few more in the hopper that I have high hopes for.

  • erinf1 February 10, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the wonderful post! I’ve been hearing such wonderful things about this book! I *wants* now!!!

    I like reading about a romance in an outdoor setting, mainly b/c it narrows the focus down to the couple. We don’t have the distractions of a huge supporting cast and location. I’m not an outdoorsy type person at all so I really like reading about mishaps and blunders. And it’s being outdoors vicariously so I think that counts! ;)

    • Ruthie February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

      My pleasure! You only have to wait until Monday. ;) Thanks for commenting!

  • Tamsyn February 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I don’t think I’ve read a romance on bicycling yet. This is new and refreshing. And of course those abs on the cover is a plus! That aside, I love reading romances of all genres and settings as long as they have a HEA so I’m pretty sure I’ll love a romance in an outdoor setting. It is the story that counts!

  • Jen B. February 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I really only enjoy stories set outdoors if the setting is another “character” in the story. There has to be a reason or I don’t even really pay attention to it.

  • bn100 February 11, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Congratulations on the book! I enjoyed your interview. Yes, I enjoy books set in the outdoors.

  • Filia Oktarina February 11, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Congratulations on the book! Maybe, I never read books set in the outdoors. But, i want try it. I love reading romances of all genres and settings. Thanks for giveaway.

  • ladymilano February 11, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why not? I don’t think the setting could give a big effect for the story.. :D
    I mean, as long as the story and the character is great, whether it’s inside or outside, it must be great as well! ;)

  • JenM February 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    My stepdad is from Kansas and I have to agree, there really is no place to anything “private” there if you are outdoors.

    I love the outdoors and I love books set there, but I will admit that sometimes I can’t help thinking about how uncomfortable it is to get it on outdoors. I guess I’m just getting old.

  • Victoria Zumbrum February 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Yes I like romancel novels that take place outdoors.I love any romance novels no matter location. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  • Rachel Vessar February 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I don’t mind the romance books being in an outdoor setting. You could have a lot more variety to the scenery. I think your book sounds good and I would like to read it. Thanks!

    Rachel V
    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  • Ruthie February 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments, ladies!

  • aurian February 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I haven’t read many romance books in outdoor settings yet, but it does appeal to me. The ones I can remember, are by Beth Kerry. Sweet romantica.

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