Today, Reading Reality is part of Lori Foster’s Run the Risk Blog Tour! Every stop on the tour features an excerpt from Run the Risk, the first book in Lori’s new romantic suspense series, Love Undercover, and a Q&A from Lori.
Also, I’m very pleased to be able to host a giveaway, courtesy of the tour, of one print copy of Run the Risk. (US/CAN only) I stayed up until 2 am reading Run the Risk (review here) so I know that whoever wins the giveaway will definitely enjoy.
Here’s today’s excerpt from Run the Risk:
She swallowed her sigh. “Hello.”
Before she could figure out a way to dodge him, he pushed away from the wall, his smile welcoming, his dark eyes warm. She swallowed her sigh. “Hello.”
“Here, let me help you with that.”
Like she couldn’t handle a few bags of groceries? Why was he bothering her like this? Flustered, talking too fast, Pepper said, “That’s okay, really. I’ve got—”
And now, a bit of Q&A with Lori Foster…
Marlene: What book are you reading now?
Lori: This might change by the time the answer is posted, so how about I mention BOTH series that I’m loving? Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. I’ve already read (and loved) Lucky in Love, and At Last, and I’ve already purchased Forever and a Day.
I’m also reading Erin McCarthy’s Fast Track series. I’ve finished Flat-Out Sexy and Hard and Fast. She has a lot more in the series, so I see myself with plenty of reading to do for the next few months.
Marlene: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Lori: Not until after I sold my 3rd book. 🙂 Before that, I still didn’t say too much about writing. I didn’t want to be a one-book wonder, and two books could still be a fluke. So I waited. In fact, I’m still pretty uptight about telling it to strangers. Not sure why.
Marlene: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lori: Reading great stories! Romance blew my mind. Great dialogue, engaging characters that drove the plot, happen endings… love it all. I’d always been a day-dreamer and a right-brained oddity. 🙂 I decided to write that 1st book (and then the 2nd and 3rd and 4th) just for me. “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison.
When I went to a writers’ con and met a bunch of writers who’d been working on their 1st chapter for 5 years, I thought, hmmm. Maybe I have what it takes.
Lori: Run the Risk is about Logan Riske. Ages ago, readers would write me and say that they couldn’t remember which hero had which title. It made sense then to put a part of the hero’s name in the title to make it easier for readers. But after this series, I think I might switch it up again. HQN is giving me such amazing covers that I hope readers will remember the image, if not the title.
Marlene: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
You know, even if you try NOT to leave a message, there always is. Parts of our personalities come through. My characters always love animals, because I think that’s important. I wouldn’t trust someone who didn’t like animals. And kids always come first, because they *should.* Families are not always blood related; I have a sister, a stepsister, and a half-brother – but they’re my siblings through and through. My stepdad *was* my dad, no “step” to it. So for me, it’s about who you love, who is in your life, more than any actual blood relationship.