Today we are really excited to welcome back at Book Lovers Inc author Lori Foster as she stops by for her Blog Tour of Run the Risk.
Run the Risk is her latest release in the brand new and exciting romantic suspense series, Love Undercover. So please welcome Lori who stops by to answer a few questions and share an excerpt of her book. Don’t forget to check here for the full tour schedule and as always the end of the post for the details of our giveaway
1. How do you see the romance community as a whole (your readers and fellow authors)? Where do you see it in 10 years? What’s the best part about it?
Lori: The romance community has the most wonderful women and men in the entire world! Unique, friendly, open and caring. We love talking books, of course. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a rapport, a connection to the storylines, how they relate and don’t relate to real life romances, situations and circumstances. Many times readers can find a small part of themselves in the stories. That often opens a dialogue about real-life issues, the trials we have, what we survive and what we celebrate. People are so diverse that every day I hear, see, learn something new from my readers.
The current “open to the public” networking can be worrisome. So many people put their hearts out there for all the world to see. Used to be we kept our lives private and only shared certain aspects of ourselves. Now we share everything and only choose certain aspects to keep private. That’s the only downside to an otherwise amazing connection. When people share too much, they leave themselves vulnerable in so many ways. Identity theft has become a #1 worry!
But I believe societal trends are cyclical. Before my end of time, I’m sure we’ll find people pulling back and rebelling against the “tell all” mode of social networking. In the meantime, it’s just fabulous to have a forum for chatting with readers. I feel like I know so many of them, even though we’ll never meet in person.
2. Is it difficult to sketch a character who is willing to do anything in order to accomplish what he wants like Logan?
Lori: Honestly, I never sketch out my characters. They tell me (I know, I sound nuts!) the opening scene, and from there, I learn what they’ll do and why just as readers learn. It’s a fun process and keeps the story fresh for me. When I realize a hair color, eye color, height, occupation, etc… I jot it down and keep notes as I go along.
For Logan, when I started the book (opening scene) I knew he was a cop undercover, but I didn’t entirely know why. I knew Pepper was hiding, that she was afraid, but I didn’t know why. I definitely didn’t know she had a brother.
I have a better grasp on the secondary characters who will get their own books, only because they were fleshed out some in RUN THE RISK. But the nuances of their stories will unfold in the same way – when the characters want to tell.
3. In the book, Pepper transforms from a woman one barely notices to a stunning one. Was her transformation as much fun writing as it was for us readers, reading?
Lori: I don’t want to give away any big plot twists in the book, but that scene – where she flaunts her transformation – was incredibly fun to write! Given how I write – being as surprised as readers – I was as anxious as anyone else to see the reactions. lol. I hope readers enjoyed it as much as I did!
4. What are your plans for the next book in the series?
Lori: It’s already written! Yay. I’ll be starting the 3rd book soon. For readers who enjoyed the “Men of Honor” series, Alice is the female lead in the 2nd book. She appeared in TRACE OF FEVER, and she sort of wormed her way into my heart. Once there, she started whispering to my Muse, and it wasn’t long before I knew she had to have her own story. She was rather insistent about that!
He scooped the bags away from her and gestured for her to precede him to her apartment.
“—it.” Left empty-armed and unnerved, she kept her shoulders slumped and did her best to bank her reaction to him. “Really, Mr. Stark, I don’t—”
“We’re neighbors, so call me Logan.”
She didn’t want to call him anything and tried to convey that with a show of umbrage.
About the Book:
When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her .Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?
About the Author:
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author of over 70 novellas and novels. She currently writes single titles for HQN.
Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.
Mediamuscle has generously offered one paperback copy of Run the Risk to one lucky US/Can commenter and we are giving away another paperback copy open to all!
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 27th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.