Friday, December 13, 2013

Interview with Lori Ryan, author of Negotiation Tactics ~ Review & Giveaway too

About this author:

Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.

Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book. Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!
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I had the opportunity to interview Lori Ryan! :-)

Here is what she wanted to share with you:

What part of writing do you find the most challenging? most enjoyable?

Action scenes can be pretty tough to write. I just sent off a draft of my newest book, coming out I January, to my editor and I had to write a fight scene. I think I nailed it, but man, it’s not easy!

What are you working on and when can we expect it to be out?

I’m writing a new series, the first of which will be out January 26th. This is a story that’s been in my head for a long time, but it took me a while to get it all to come together. I think readers will love the finished product, though! :D I'll be sure to watch for it!

Elevator or stairs?

Elevators. I have kids. lol! Me too!

What type of music do you listen to?

I love country music, honestly. And sort of mainstream rock. My husband is really into indie music, which makes sense since we live in Austin, Texas, but I have all of my presets to country and mainstream stuff.

What food can't you live without?

I’m actually watching my calories right now and I’m finding I can live without a lot of stuff once I realize what it’s doing to my body! The hardest thing for me to resist, though, is bread! Good luck! I am a foodie so I know what you mean. I should eat better but I haven't found the will power yet.

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audio book?

Ebook for fiction. Paperback for nonfiction. 

What is your favorite part of the day?

It depends. If I got to sleep in a bit then I love the mornings with my husband and kids. If I had to get up with the kids at 6 am, then, not so much.

Did you suffer from Black Friday madness?

No! I was really quite good. We did go to the mall for part of the day but we were just there to let the kids play on the rides and things they have there, so no fighting over stuff, no lines to wait in. I was really disgusted at some of the fights that went out over the Internet the next day. And, to see employees being trampled over sales? Just disgusting. I’d love to see the chain stores say no to it next year. Put all of the sales online instead. No sale is worth someone’s life. I agree!

Silver or Gold?
White gold or platinum.

What is your favorite holiday show or movie?


On a scale of 1-10, (1 being a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and nothing else and a 10 being overdone like the National Lampoon’s Griswold family) How far do you go when decorating for the holidays?

Oh, I’d say we hit a 6 or 7 this year. Not too bad but the front of the house is definitely pulling some power from other parts of the house right now! :-) My 14 year old son is the one who does our yard. He could easily be a Griswold if a let him go.

What is your favorite holiday dessert or cookie?

Pecan pie.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions!

You’re welcome! Thank you for hosting me today.

I’ve enjoyed this series and I am eager to see what else you have in store for us.

I’m so glad you liked it. I hope you love the next one! I’m excited for the start of something new but also hope to bring readers at least one more Sutton Capital next year. I think Gabriel (owner of all of those hotels) needs a story and Samantha (the computer genius who helped save Kelly) might get one, too. :D Sounds good to me!

Book Three in the Sutton Capital Series

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Fans of the Sutton Capital Series have been waiting for Jennie and Chad’s story for a long time and they won’t be disappointed! And, new readers are sure to fall in love with the series.

After the crushing heartache of losing her husband at a harshly young age, Jennie Evans had finally found a place to call home. She had a job she loved and new friends to support her. With the exception of having to continuously fight off the feelings she had for Chad Thompson, she was happy again. As happy as she could be anyway. When Jennie’s well-meaning friends meddle in her life, they send her world into a tailspin once again. Soon, she’s on the run from some very dangerous people with the one man she doesn’t want to be with.

Chad Thompson has loved Jennie from afar for the last year, but he’s maintained control. Jennie’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him and he won’t cross the line she’s drawn in the sand. Until she asks him to. And, when that happens, their world is turned upside down. Chad’s left scrambling to keep Jennie safe as he tries to right their world again. Unfortunately, Chad has to accept the fact that his heart is likely to be crushed in the process and nothing will ever be the same again.


His dark looks – even with the smattering of scars that etched his skin from his time overseas – rivaled those of the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood. In spite of that, there wasn’t an arrogant bone in Chad’s body. This, of course, made him all the more attractive.

The man was stunningly handsome, unquestionably kind and gentle, and he sent the bones in Jennie’s body into a puddle on the floor when he glanced her way. She didn’t want to be attracted to him. But, Jennie found she couldn’t ignore his effect on her no matter how she tried. And that, unfortunately, tore at her heart. Jennie wished with all her being that Chad Thompson didn’t have such a powerful effect on her.

When Jennie had first met Chad, she tried to find faults in him. If she could get herself to see him as an arrogant jerk, she might be able to ignore the physical attraction she felt for him. It would certainly make it easier, anyway. At first, Jennie thought he was just what she hoped for: a superficial jerk with no substance under the good looks and charm. Since Chad was born into the Sutton Capital family, he could have sat back and reaped the benefits of the family business without actually doing any work. Chad only worked until three o’clock many days, making Jennie assumed he was living off of trust fund money and not really contributing at all. That made it easier to resist the outward allure.

Sadly, her first impressions didn’t last and Jennie soon had to admit that Chad was just as attractive a person on the inside as he was on the outside. It turned out that Chad left work early to volunteer at a nearby veteran’s hospital. And the more Jennie got to know Chad, the more apparent it became that he was anything but a selfish, spoiled trust fund brat. That certainly didn’t make it easier for Jennie to resist him. But, she knew in her heart, she didn’t want a relationship with him or anyone else. She didn’t want the chemistry between them to exist. 

Lori is awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour! For more chances to win, stop by the other tour stops as well You can find the Tour Schedule here.

My Thoughts:

This is book three in the Sutton Capital Series. I'm sure you'll remember that I have been a fan of this series from the moment that I read book one, Legal Ease. I think that is actually my favorite so far.

This book and the series in general, is action packed. In Negotiation Tactics, there is also lots of chemistry and attraction between the characters, romance, suspense, angst, a little guilt and sadness, a teddy bear of a hero,  and a sassy heroine who is her own roadblock to happiness.

The plot had some great twisty turns. I was on the edge of my seat a few times. I laughed and cried and enjoyed this book immensely. :-)

I urge you to read this book and the others in the series. Start with book one so that you get a feel for all of the characters. You could read this one without reading the others though. You'd just miss out on two other great books.

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I think this series is awesome and Negotiation Tactics is a really good addition to it. I am looking forward to Lori's next book.

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  1. A fun interview thank you. I've never had Pecan Pie, though I do have a Pecan Nut tree in the back yard. (It gets about 2 nuts a year.)


  2. I kinda like cookies better as a holiday dessert cx

  3. Oh i love when you are in such a state while reading a book and/or series brenda^^ so do you think it would be a great oen for me too?

    Now i was really happy to see it existed in oprint but so far i only see them on amazon so Lori is there an hope for international readers that your books will be sell on the bookdepository one day too? Because i would love to give the series a try



    1. Yes, this would be a great fit for you. There is not too much steam for you to be chased away.

  4. No black friday madness for me either. I have 6 children so am up early and usually to bed late. I always use elevators although I need to use the stairs. And I love Pecan pie although it adds weight to my thighs just inhaling the scent ;)
    Happy Holidays,

  5. I am a new reader and so hope to fall in love with this series.


  7. I still have these on my wishlist! :) I'll have to move them up the list.

  8. Nice interview

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  9. Really great interview! :-)


  10. Hi guys! Sorry to be so late getting to the party! The family and I are in New Orleans this weekend! We're headed to the zoo today. So far, I love the city! Beautiful architecture and great people. The food is hard for me. There are a lot of foods I don't eat and I'm on a health kick and it turns out, they don't do healthy here all that much:(

    Thank you, Brenda, for helping to spread the news about my books and for the fun interview. Thank you all for coming by and saying hello!

    As for print books, I am not sure what's going to happen there. I have an offer from a small publisher to publish the print version of the books but I'm not sure if it's the right thing for the series right now. I'm looking at the contract. Where are you? Maybe I can ship you the books:)

    Oh, and a note on heat level----if you do find this too steamy, my new series is leaning to the sweet side so try that one if you find this one to be too much!

    Thank you guys - happy reading!


    1. i'm in belgium ^^ i trust Brenda judgement if she says it's the right one for me it must be but i would be happy to discovber your new series too^^

    2. ^^ i clicked too quickly i wanted to add ENJOY your visit in New orleans ( i must admit i would be a little hesitant with the food too because gators don't really make me want to eat)^^
      Suzanne Johnson made me wants to discover the region with her books^^ you can try the house of Jean Lafitte it's in the region ( and a restaurant i think^^)

  11. Hey Lori great interview. Love your Sutton Capitol series and am looking forward to the new one as well.

  12. Great review and excerpt, thank you.

  13. Nice interview, I'm a country music fan too.


  14. Love the interview I think I'll have to honour and buy the series I hope I get some serious Christmas money, I love Platinum and white gold to and as for pecan pie mmm. And of all the music types country I like best too.

  15. Congratulations on the publication of Negotiation Tactics! Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and interview. I also avoided Black Friday madness. Unfortunately stores are opening earlier on Thanksgiving Day. Many workers don't even get the chance to enjoy the holiday.

  16. Great interview. Looking forward to reading more stories about the characters from the Sutton Capital series.

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  17. I cannot live without chocolate. I have it at least once a day.
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  18. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. Sorry for the late post. I’m playing catch-up here so I’m just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  20. Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway! Best of success with this book, it sounds amazing! Adding it to my "to read" list. ^_^ Happy New Year!

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