Ruthie’s Reality: Interview with Elise Sax + Giveaway!
Welcome back to Ruthie’s Reality, chickens! Today author Elise Sax agreed to chat with me about her debut novel, An Affair To Dismember, which releases on January 29. If you like Janet Evanovich or are generally a fan of first-person heroines who struggle to keep their act together but nonetheless manage to attract the attention of various hunky men–and let’s face it, the appeal of this particular scenario is difficult to resist–you’ll want to check out this book.
Welcome, Elise! Okay, let’s start off with a tough question: the heroine of your Matchmaker Series, Gladie Burger, has been compared to Stephanie Plum — but I can’t help but note the similarities between hapless, disorganized Gladie and the official Elise Sax author photo. (Also, the presence of ice cream and Cheez Puffs.) Care to comment?
I love Stephanie Plum, and I’m a big Janet Evanovich fan, but it’s true, I’m pretty similar to my heroine, Gladie Burger. Recently I was at lunch with my editor and publisher, and they told me that I spoke exactly like I wrote. I didn’t know how to take that since I write pretty wacky characters and scenes….And yes, I eat a large amount of garbage while I write, unfortunately. It’s cosmically unfair that I write better when eating chips, peanut M&Ms, and Sour Patch Kids. Come to think of it, pizza would be great for breakfast this morning! No, I didn’t say that. Forget I mentioned carbs. (I’m trying to learn to love egg whites.) Read more
New Release – Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
From #1 New York Times bestselling author JANET EVANOVICH comes Notorious Nineteen
Whether Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum is tracking down a con man or working side-by-side with the two hottest men in town
she must remember no guts…no glory! Read more
Ruthie’s Reality – she’s sexy, sassy & witty, that’s Ruthie!
Ruthie Knox will regale you with thoughts about everything! She’ll inform you about what she’s reading, what she’s writing in that Ruthie Knox ‘tell it like it is’ style. Stop and meet Ruthie and see what she’s up to . . . . here’s a sneak peek!
Welcome to the reality of Ruthie Knox! I write witty, sexy romance novels for grownups. If you like your heroines sassy, your heroes tortured, and your endings happy, you’re in the right place.
I’m between releases now, but I’ve been writing writing writing, and I have a lot of exciting stuff in the pipeline.
In the meantime, About Last Night continues to win readers’ hearts. Or maybe that’s Nev doing it. Either way, my June 11 release has received a lot of love and rave reviews! It’s a top pick with five stars at The Romance Reviews, where reviewer Bridget said, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only reminds us why we love romances, but completely justifies that love. This book was heartfelt, honest and moving, and I love every moment of it, right up to the perfection of its final scene.” Thanks, Bridget!
RT Book Reviews gives About Last Night 4.5 stars and says, ”Knox creates beautifully flawed characters that are as charming as they are real. Readers will cheer for the cautious Cath and wish that they had a their own Nev — a proper English gentleman (who is not so proper in the bedroom) — waiting for them at home!”
Anyway – glad to be here & we’ll talk more Monday – See ya!
A Touch of Humor Makes the Medicine Go Down! by Jennifer Probst
Thanks Jennifer for this awesome post – I too am finding the need for more wit & fun in my reading – Happy Romance!
I love humor in my romance.
Not forced, contrived humor where I feel like the author tried too hard. Real deep in the bones, giggly funny that makes a scene come alive. Or that tiny surprise when a bit of dialogue fits in and the reader gets a glimpse of the hero’s sardonic wit, or the lighthearted perspective of the heroine.
Humor in romance does not have to be Three Stooges zany. Threading one line of fun within a scene can lighten up the angst and give the reader a breather. Read more
Book Release – About Last Night by Ruthie Knox – funny, witty you’ll love it!
Sure, opposites attract, but in this sexy, smart, eBook original romance from Ruthie Knox, they positively combust! When a buttoned-up banker falls for a bad girl, “about last night” is just the beginning.
Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.
Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.
When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?
Ruthie Knox – About Last Night
Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. An earlier incarnation of Ride with Me won the 2011 Maggies Award for best contemporary series romance, as well as the 2011 Romance Junkies/Carina Press contest.
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“A page turner, full of sex, sizzle and heart.”
-Susan Andersen, NYT bestselling author of Playing Dirty
What they said about her first book – Ride With Me:
“RIDE WITH ME is a breath of fresh air for contemporary romance readers! I flew through it faster than a bike hurtling downhill!”
Louisa Edwards, author of Hot Under Pressure
“A sweet yet sultry, honest and heart-tugging ride. Everything a love story should be!” Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author
“Sexy, hilarious, poignant and just plain fun, RIDE WITH ME is a fantastic debut!” – Bestselling author Leslie Kelly
“A fantastic, sexy, and fun story! Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, was a delight to read.”
Jill Shalvis, NYT Best Selling Author
“Ride With Me, is a unique kind of road trip with the best kind of bumps and curves!”
Sandra Hill, New York Times Best Selling Author
“Smart, sexy, and downright fun–I loved every moment of the ride!”
Julie James, National Bestselling Author
“Ruthie Knox writes a devil of a good book! Ride With Me is one wild and fun ride you’ll enjoy from the first page to the last!”
Christie Craig, award winning author of romances with heart, humor and suspense.
“Debut author, Ruthie Knox’s, RIDE WITH ME, is a great mix of steamy passion and non-stop wit. Get ready to laugh out loud. One HOT read!”
New York Times Best Selling Author of A HOME BY THE SEA
“Ride With Me is smart, sexy and funny, and once I picked it up I could not put it down. Can’t wait for more from Ruthie Knox. ”
Sarah Mayberry, Harlequin Super Romance
“Ride With Me has it all: it’s sexy, smart and fun. Ruthie Knox is a name to watch for in contemporary romance.”
Samantha Hunter, Harlequin Blaze
“A charming, off-beat romance romance debut, with a fresh new voice to keep the rest of us on our toes. Discover Ruthie Knox now, so you can say, ‘I read her when…’” —Meg Maguire, author of The Reluctant Nude
Read our FREE Excerpt:
ABOUT LAST NIGHT by Ruthie Knox, Excerpt
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Countdown – 4 Days away to release, Ruthie’s outtakes + Giveaway!
Brought to you by, author, RUTHIE KNOX – check out Ruthie’s site for her series of outtakes!
Release day for Ride with Me is only four days off, so I’ve decided to share a few outtakes from the book. Some of this stuff made it into the final version, some didn’t . . . but you’ll just have to wait and see what’s what! These little snippets should give you a good idea of Lexie’s and Tom’s personalities. Happy reading!
Lexie and her brother, James, are in an Oregon hotel room, talking as Lexie packs for her adventure on the TransAmerica Trail. This scene got cut from the final version of the manuscript.
At first, it had been an honest mistake. Her full name was Alexandra Mitchell, and her parents had always called her Alex; she was Lexie to James and her friends. So when she’d set up the account to receive replies from the Companion Wanted ad, she’d done it as “TransAmAlex.” Only after the e-mails started coming in did she realize that the men who were writing all assumed Alex was one of the boys.
Hating to be dishonest, she’d actually put up a new ad that identified her as a twenty-nine-year-old woman. But surprise, surprise: nobody answered it. Apparently, the fifty-something wives of the nation’s intrepid adventurers didn’t want their husbands crossing the country with a hot young thing.
Never one to bow to sexism, even when it came along in such a bizarre guise, Lexie had simply gone back to the first pool of replies and hooked up with Tom Geiger, quietly letting him assume whatever he wanted to about her age and sex. He’d figure it out soon enough. But by then, they’d be packed up and ready to ride, and it would be too late for him to back out.
No need to tell James that. Her family was worried enough as it was.
She stood up and nudged her brother with her foot. “Help me shove this stuff in my bag, Jimbo. Then you can go home to the little wifey.”
He stood up and stretched lazily. “If you call me Jimbo one more time, I walk.”
She gave him a one-armed hug. “Aww, you don’t mean that. You love it when I call you Jimbo. You always have.”
Smiling, he showed her the middle fingers of both hands. Then they started to pack.
Tom wiped the grease off his hand and answered the shop phone.
“I found you somebody,” his sister said.
“What are you talking about?”
Want more? Tune in again tomorrow for another mini-outtake from Ride with Me—or preorder the book to get it delivered to your e-reader on February 13 (just $2.99)!
Comment & be eligible to win a FREE print copy of RIDE WITH ME – only ONE winner will be randomly chosen from Ruthie’s five posts that lead up to her release date of 2/13/2012 – Good Luck! Winner will be announced on 2/14/2012 – how, apropos!
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Lisa Hutson (commenter #12 on post #3) has won a free paper copy of RIDE WITH ME. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your snail mail address and the subject line RIDE WITH ME WINNER.
Thanks everyone for joining in for the outtakes! It was fun to count down to release day with you all.