Join RNIC in welcoming author Vallory Vance to the site! She’ll do a guest blog post. But let’s get to know her first.
About the Author:
Vallory Vance is a color inside the lines, Human Resources professional living in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex by day. After her family consisting of a husband of almost twenty years, three kids and two dogs have filled her evenings with laughter, she sits down to her laptop to write tales of the first moments of falling in love when nothing else seems to matter.
From Then and Now
I started reading romance novels in middle school. I attended a very small Catholic school with limited funds. (To share with you how small is small. There were eight of us in my eighth grade class.) Needless to say our library suffered the most and by the time I was in the seventh grade, I’d read through most of the books. My principal’s solution was for me to get books from the public library and read them during library hour. So I started with Beverly Cleary’s The Luckiest Girl, and became a fan of the romance genre.
However, I have to admit, that my reading of romances slacked off after college. It wasn’t that I was too involved in my career pursuits to read, I couldn’t connect to the hero and heroine anymore. I found myself looking for more than a kiss and some heavy petting for the story to resonate with me.
So I gave it up.
That was until the invention of the e-reader and I happened upon a whole new world of romance from sweet to erotic with characters from different races and cultures. I became a new and avid reader as well as a writer.
Today, I write sensual romances with African-American women as their leading ladies. Are my heroines perfect women with perfect bodies? No, but they are smart (says the girl with glasses hunched over the pages of a Harlequin) and they are everything their romantic hero needs.
I began my publishing career with a flash fiction piece, Rainy Day Surprise, detailing an naughty afternoon between Amber Grayson and Kevin Miller. The novella, In the Moment, told the story of how they met and the follow-up novel, The Beginning of Forever, tells what happens after Kevin’s proposal. I love these stories because the two of them are actually very similar. They are both used to getting their way in life and in business. Their means may be different but what they expect is the same. This ongoing clash of wills is what draws me to them as a couple.
Pushing open her door and throwing her purse on the sofa, she was pissed. How dare he not acknowledge she was speaking to him during the entire drive to her apartment from the airport and still come striding into her home?
“What is your problem? I told you I was sorry about the Dennis thing.” She wheeled around to face him.
“You ever been spanked, Amber?”
She stilled. He spoke in the low voice that made her strain forward to hear and the steady heated sweep of his eyes over her ignited her senses. She could only watch his measured steps toward her.
“I’ve been thinking about it the whole way here. Let me spank you.” His arms were around her, holding her upright against the room that had started to spin.
“You already do that.” She tried to push back and realized for the first time how strong he was. Not only could she not pull back, but he had lifted her against him, the soles of her shoes didn’t touch the floor.
“Those are love taps. I mean a good honest spanking. You ever had that?”
“No…I don’t…I don’t know what that means.”
“Let’s change that. Huh? Ten hard licks and then I f*** you really hard.”
This was Kevin. The same dark brown hair, the same strong, broad face, the same light brown eyes set intently on hers. It was only a moment’s trepidation and she was saying yes, thrilled to see the sensuous curve of his lips up into a smile.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prizes: One lucky commenter will win a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and an e-copy of Amber and Kevin’s novella, In the Moment.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to Enter: Leave a comment answering the following question – What do you need in a romance? Is it smexy scenes? Romantic dates? A drop-dead gorgeous hero? A feisty heroine? Or something else?
Deadline to Enter: The deadline to comment is May 9, 2014 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. and international entrants.
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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”