Join RNIC in welcoming author Rhonda Laurel to the site! Rhonda is introducing us to her novel, The Blake Legacy and doing a giveaway, but first, let’s get to know her.
Rhonda, what do you do for fun?
I like to travel and photograph scenic landscapes.
What type of music do you listen to?
I love all types of music: R & B, Jazz, Country, Rock, Pop and Classical.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I love action movies.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Short answer favorites:
Dessert. – Chocolate Cream Pie
City. – Santa Monica
Season. – Autumn
Type of hero. – The Anti-Hero
Type of heroine. – Independent and Resourceful
Band/solo singer. – Sting
Color. – Blue
Cuisine. – Italian
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
My latest addiction is the Cinemax show Strike Back.
What dish, when you prepare it, has everyone asking for seconds?
My baked ziti is a crowd pleaser. I have had repeated requests to make it.
Finish this sentence: You gotta love a man who…
Knows chivalry isn’t dead.
Short answer choices:
Leather or lace? Leather
Long or short hair? Short
Fruity drink or strong liquor? Fruity drink
Heels or flats? Flats
Jeans or skirt? Jeans
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Glamorous girl or girl next door? Girl next door
Picky eater or adventurous? Picky eater
Glamorous makeup or au naturale? Au naturale
Sexy bed-head or sophisticated coif? Sexy bed-head
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
For the Love of the Game and its follow up, MVP. Readers like the Morgan and Seth relationship and how it developed.
What can readers expect from you next?
My next project is titled Hollywood Rush, the sequel to my novella Hollywood Rush. Then I am onto the next Blake Boy, Tate McGill.
Two lovers. Two dreams. One hell of a hard decision…
NFL quarterback Seth Blake is having an unbelievable hot streak—he’s won his third Super Bowl title the same day his wife Morgan gave birth to their son. Life couldn’t be better for the new father and MVP. His contract with the Philadelphia Titans expires in a year, giving him a chance to make a professional dream come true: to play in his home state for the Texas Wildcats and return to his much-missed Twelve Horseshoes Ranch—this time, for good.
Morgan Reed-Blake has never been happier. She’s got the best husband, the cutest baby, and she’s successfully juggling career and family. Her bookstore is expanding, her charitable organization is growing, and she’s been offered her dream job on the literacy council. Everything in her Philadelphia world is coming up roses. Until Seth’s contract with the Titans expires, and his dream of returning home comes close enough to touch…and the powers that be in Texas start romancing Seth in earnest. Morgan and Seth both have dreams. But a choice has to be made…
Seth Blake begrudgingly prepared for the impromptu press conference in the hospital amphitheater. He didn’t know how his publicist, Daniel, had managed to organize it, but there was a media circus waiting down stairs to interview him. After he’d won the Super Bowl, Seth had found out his wife, Morgan, had gone into labor, and he’d run out of the stadium so fast there had been no time for interviews and congratulatory fanfare.
Now he held his son, Seth Jacob Blake Jr., in his arms, celebrating his third win in a row was the last thing on his mind.
Morgan assured him that she and the baby would be fine for an hour without him. Despite the fact that their entire family stood outside in the hallway, he took the quickest shower of his life, peeking out of the bathroom from time to time to check on them. Morgan looked radiant, despite not having slept the past seventeen hours. The nurses wanted to make her more comfortable, but she wasn’t interested in anything that required taking the baby out of her arms.
Seth changed and shaved, but he still wasn’t ready to go. As far as he was concerned, seeing his son being born was the most exciting and fulfilling thing that had happened all day.
He sighed. “This shouldn’t take too long.”
Morgan smiled at him. “Take all the time you need. You did it. You’re a third time MVP and Super Bowl champ. This is your moment.”
“This right here is my moment.” He leaned in and kissed her and the baby.
“The sooner you leave, the sooner you’ll be back.” Morgan shooed him out of the room.
Seth stepped out into the hall and came face to face with the Blake and Reed clans.
“Congrats again, baby.” His mother, Teri-Lyn, gave him a big squeeze. “Sydney and I will go in with Morgan while you do your press conference.”
“I went back to the hotel and got her hospital bag.” Michelle, who was standing next to Seth’s brother Tyler, pointed to the bag in a chair. “Thank goodness my neurotic friend packed one just in case.”
Tyler smirked at him. “If he picks up a football while you’re down there, I promise I’ll come and get you.”
“That’s not funny, Tyler.” Seth punched his brother in the arm.
“I don’t know about a football, but maybe he’ll pick up a guitar,” Seth’s best friend, Tate McGill, said behind them.
“You’re both wrong,” Channing, his youngest brother, said. “One look at him and you can tell he’s a genius. It’s clear he wants to study law.”
Seth shot all of them evil looks, but he enjoyed the endless possibilities for his son’s life. He and Morgan had talked about the dreams they had for their child before he was born. Morgan had assured Seth she was OK with his secret desire for his son to one day be a football player in his own right. Both agreed as long as he was happy and healthy, Seth Jacob Blake Jr. could carve out whatever life he wanted for himself.
Buy it Now!
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: 2 Winner(s) will receive a $5 Amazon Gift card and an ebook from Rhonda’s backlist. (Winners will be chosen at random)
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment in the comments section below.
Deadline: December 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s). Prizes opened to U.S. entrants only unless otherwise mentioned.
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About the Author:
Rhonda Laurel is a contemporary interracial/multicultural romance writer whose two great loves are writing and landscape photography. She uses both as a vehicle to convey the complexity of the human spirit and the beauty of the world around her. Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Masquerade were released in 2012. Shutter, Memories of You, Star Crossed, MVP and California Bored and Tourism in 2013. The print anthology, The Rhonda Laurel Collection, featuring Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Shutter released June 2013.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”