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Hey all! Please join me in welcoming Roni Loren to Parajunkee’s View!  Roni has a new book coming out in her Loving on the Edge series on September 13, so I asked her to join us for a Guest Post – most of you know Rachel and I are from New Orleans, but did you know Roni Loren is from New Orleans too?

 

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Where Home Is by Roni Loren

One of the themes of Loving You Easy is finding home. Not just a physical place, though for one of the heroes, Hayes, it’s a literal coming home because he’s been in prison for years, but also in the figurative sense of finding the place where you feel most comfortable. That place where you can be one-hundred percent in your own skin with people who get you.

So that got me to thinking about what that is for me. I live in Texas with my husband and son. That’s my literal and figurative home. But I also have my hometown where my parents and extended family are, and I’ve found that when I want to recharge that’s where I crave to be. My hometown: New Orleans. And since Parajunkee is NOLA-based, I thought it’d be fun to list my favorite things about going home to Louisiana.

  1. The food – I mean, obviously this has to be number one, right? Texas has its own food culture, but man, do I miss good seafood. So when I go home, I have my list of foods I must eat. A great shrimp poboy (the best is from a gas station, yes, a gas station – Danny and Clyde’s), beignets (Café Du Monde preferably), seafood pizza (Sicily’s pizza buffet), a good seafood gumbo, a muffaletta (not seafood but to die for), and boiled crabs if I can get ‘em. And if it’s summer I need a snowball—not a snowcone.  Snowcones wish they could be as awesome and juicy as a New Orleans snowball. There’s more, but those are my must haves.
  2. Hearing the accent – In movies, New Orleans is often portrayed with a southern accent. Not true. New Orleans sounds like the south and New York or Boston had a love child. “Dawlin” instead of “darling.” You “axe” a question not “ask.” I’ve mostly lost the accent since I’ve lived away for over a decade now, but it still sounds like home to me. (And I love hearing my kidlet try to coach my mom on how to say things. “Lola (what he calls her), it’s Bur-GER not Bur-Guh.”
  3. The people – I know I’m biased but South Louisiana has the nicest people. Strangers call you baby. You go in a restaurant and they talk to you like you’re family. When things go bad like with the recent flooding, people don’t hesitate to mobilize and jump in to help. Within hours of the flooding, people were taking their boats out to help the rescue efforts or inviting people to stay at their homes or bringing people food and clothes. It’s what they do. And I’m proud to be from there.

I could go on, but those are the ones that come to mind. I guess next on my list is setting a book there. I wrote one story I based there, but I haven’t jumped full in yet with a series set in Louisiana. I think I’m worried if I set something there, I’ll always be hungry when I’m writing, lol. But we’ll see.

So what does home mean for you? What are your hometown must haves or favorite foods?

*Patti here – she’s so right about the gas station po-boys! Danny & Clydes makes the best shrimp po-boys.  And my favorite chicken tenders come from a different gas station (Brother’s).  Is that weird?

How about an excerpt?

She shifted backward, bumping into her car. “Please don’t do that.”
He brows dipped. “Don’t what?”
“Try to make me feel better. Give me a boost or whatever. Because, seriously, I don’t need your pity.”
He laughed. This sharp bark of a thing that echoed through the empty parking lot. “Pity? Are you kidding?”
Her teeth clamped together, anger rising. “You—”
But he moved so fast it made the rest snag in her throat. Both of his hands landed on the car behind her, caging her in and bringing his face close to hers.
“Ready for completely and wholeheartedly inappropriate?”
He wasn’t touching her anywhere but he may as well have pressed his entire body against her for the way her blood went hot. She couldn’t speak. Couldn’t move. All she could see were those dark eyes and inhale the scent of him, spicy food and man.
“I reeled myself in tonight. I asked you to dinner for selfish reasons. But once we were there and got to talking, I had a crisis of conscience. You’re working with me. You’ve been through hell this week. You didn’t need me complicating that. I forced myself to play by the rules. I made myself be good.” He leaned close to her ear, his breath coasting along her neck. “But don’t think for one second that I didn’t want to talk you into my bed tonight, that I didn’t want to show you that side of myself you saw in the hallway, and that I haven’t been thinking exactly how good it would feel to have you beneath me.”
All ability to breathe ceased inside her, her body going still as stone and melty as lava.
“So you can accuse me of a lot of things, Cora. Crossing lines. Being selfish. Acting inappropriately. Because I’m doing all of those things right now. But one thing you can’t accuse me of is pity.” He pushed off the car, freeing her from the invisible hold, and took a step back. “I’ll see you on Monday. And if you
decide not to show up anymore because of this, I’ll make sure you’re paid through the next two weeks.”
He turned and strode toward his car, leaving her standing there trembling and breathing hard and… way too turned on.
She wet her lips, a surge of bravery welling in her. “You never told me your breaking-the-law story.”
The words rang through the distance between them, and she thought he might keep walking, but he stopped and turned around. “We’ll need to schedule a seven-course meal to get through all of that.”
“That long of a list, huh?”
His mouth kicked up at the corner. All bad boy and charm. “Yep, you game?”
She swallowed past the dryness in her throat, knowing what he was asking was about way more than a dinner. She was so damn far off the reservation. “I might be…”
His gaze heated, slid over her with open appreciation. “It’s a date, then. Goodnight, hallway girl.”

Check out the other stops on the blog tour:

LOVING YOU EASY Blog Tour
Date Blog Blog URL Post Type
9/6/2016
The Starred
Review
starredreview.wordpress.com Q&A and
Review
Michelle
Abbott’s blog
michelle-abbott.weebly.com Feature and
Review
Reese’s Review reesesreviews.blogspot.com Feature and Review
9/7/2016
The Reading
Cafe
www.thereadingcafe.com Feature and
Review
Saucy
Reviews on Kinky Korner
srokk.com Feature
What I’m
Reading
sillymelody.blogspot.com Feature and
Review
Outrageous Heroes of
Romance
www.facebook.com/outrageousheroes Feature
9/8/2016
Travels N
Reads
www.travelsnreads.com Feature and
Review
Theresa M.
Cole
theresamcole.com Feature
Writer in Waiting www.dawnalexanderbooks.com/chasingsomeday Feature and Review
9/9/2016
The Book Reading Gals thebookreadinggals.com Feature
Book
Bitches Blog
bookbitchesblog.com Feature
Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com Feature and
Review
Ramblings From This
Chick
www.ramblingsfromthischick.com Feature
9/12/2016
Unquietly
Me
unquietlyme.com Feature and
Review
We
Stole Your Book Boyfriend
westoleyourbookboyfriend.blogspot.com Feature and
Review
Under the
Covers
www.underthecoversbookblog.com Guest Post
and Review
Romance Reviews Today
Blog
romrevtoday.blogspot.com Feature
9/13/2016
Parajunkee’s View www.parajunkee.com Guest
Post
The Sweet
Escape
thesweetescape.net Feature and
Review
Chasing Away Reality chasingawayreality.wordpress.com Feature and Review
9/14/2016
The
Bookworm Lodge
www.thebookwormlodge.com Feature
Take Me
Away To A Great Read
takemeawaytoagreatread.com Feature and
Review
Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe www.krisandvikbooktherapycafe.com Feature and
Review
Read-Love-Blog www.Read-Love-blog.com Feature and Review
9/15/2016
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com Feature and
Review
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com Feature and
Review
Smexy and Fabulous smexyandfabulous.blogspot.com Feature
9/16/2016
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Review

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Loving You Easy by Roni Loren

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016



Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real…

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar…

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

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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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