Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Tour: Penalty Clause by Lori Ryan Interview & Giveaway

***First Place Winner Romance Category, Lucky Cinda Publishing's Annual Global Writer's Contest, 2013***

To keep her, he'll have to gamble it all!

Andrew Weston and Jill Walsh had to be the two most unlikely people to fall in love. When Jill's first husband's love for her simply fizzled and died, Jill knew she'd never trust that love could last again. After Andrew's first love betrayed him in the most brutal way possible, he knew he might fall in love again someday, but there was no way he'd ever make himself vulnerable again by confessing those feelings if he did.

Fate had a different ending in mind for these two, though, and when Andrew discovers his love for Jill, he knows the only way to get her to stay with him forever is to offer her an iron clad penalty clause in a prenuptial agreement. He stays with her forever or he loses everything he owns. The millions he's worked for, his property, his cars, everything. Now he just needs to hope that's enough to hold onto Jill forever.

Five out of Five Stars
"Lori Ryan has done it again...I am just drawn in. On the hook. I want to know what is going to happen next. There were times when I really was physically holding my breath!"

Five out of Five Stars "I've been waiting for this book and wasn't disappointed. Great story and great characters. Andrew is sexy and steamy and hot!"


Jill watched Andrew over her mug, and made idle small talk with him about New Haven but her heart rate was going a mile a minute. She couldn’t take her eyes off him. That dirty blond hair that was just a tad too long. Scruffy chin and strong jaw. And, those eyes. Those eyes that that were so steamy and sinful, they made Jill feel like she could melt in a puddle at his feet if she didn’t look away.

Just last night Jill had wondered what Andrew would be like all grown up and here he was in the flesh as if her thoughts had conjured him out of thin air.

And oh, what incredible flesh his was. Jill had guessed Andrew would be good looking as an adult, but good looking didn’t begin to describe the perfect model of manliness sitting before her. Jill casually let her eyes drop to his chest and was amazed at the hard expanse of it, evident under the snug fit of the sweatshirt he wore. Andrew’s jeans hugged lean hips and long legs and Jill suspected there wouldn’t be an ounce of fat under those clothes.

The soft, faded material of Andrew’s jeans tugged tightly across his thighs as he raised his feet onto the rungs of his kitchen stool. Jill swallowed a groan and dragged her eyes away from his lap. Except her gaze caught on other parts of his lap as she tried to pull away and she couldn’t prevent the quick glance at his zipper or the imagined images of what lay beneath it.

  1. Where did you get the idea for the novel? This one was the product of a lot of brainstorming with a friend. I wanted a story with Andrew, one of the characters from the first book in the Sutton Capital Series, Legal Ease. We started with the idea of him having to go stay at his grandmother’s and then just started adding factors in from there. Once we had Jill next door, the book just took off from there. Not a very exciting genesis, but that’s how it went this time!
  2. Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title? I came up with the title and it hasn’t changed. There were times when I thought about changing it, but then decided against it. The penalty clause that Andrew comes up with is really pivotal to the story and it’s the only thing that Jill has to hang onto for a while so it made sense to have that as the title.
  3. Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it? It’s what I read the most of so it made sense. I also spent a lot of time thinking of idea for romance novels when I’m reading them. Things just kind of pop into your head. At some point I want to write some erotica and some mysteries but for now I’m very happy with my handsome leading men and sexy leading ladies.
  4. Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you? This book won first place in the romance category in the Lucky Cinda Publishing Global Writing Contest. That was a fund day!
  5. What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read? I’m in the middle of Sins and Scarlet Lace by Liliana Hart and love it. It’s fast paced and sexy and emotional. I haven’t finished it yet, but I have a feeling I’ll give it five stars when I’m done.
  6. What is your writing process? I tend to do a complete outline on paper and then begin to write scenes in my head. When I’m writing, if I get to a part that I haven’t acted out in my head yet, I usually have to stop. So, basically, I’m writing my book when I’m in the shower or doing the grocery shopping or sitting in traffic. When I get to the computer, what I wrote in my head just comes out.
  7. At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? I haven’t done one yet! I’m a new author so I haven’t had any book signings yet, but if I ever do, I have a feeling I’ll have a hard time coming up with new things to write. But, I’ll try!
  8. What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I have no idea. That’s probably a good question to ask my husband.
  9. How do you react to a bad review? I go and read reviews of authors I really love and respect. They get bad reviews sometimes, too. That reminds me that there will always be someone who doesn’t like your work and that’s really okay! My work in the past as a lawyer and then as a dog bite expert was a lot more stressful than this. There was a lot of pressure to fix things for people when you couldn’t always do that. Writing is easier. Sure it hurts if someone trashes you, but in the end, if someone doesn’t like the book, that’s really okay.
  10. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? Well, I’m self-published so it wasn’t like I had this big sale to a publisher. But, it was pretty neat to see the sales start to roll in. During the first hour, two books sold. One was to my husband! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori is an award winning author and stay-at-home mom. Her second book, Penalty Clause, won first place in the romance category in Lcuky Cinda Publishing’s Annual Global Writer’s Contest in 2013.

Lori has had a number of careers before embarking on her newest adventure of writing novels. After graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, she practiced law for three years, working primarily in the areas of utilities law and intellectual property litigation.

More recently, Lori owned and operated a dog training business in Austin, Texas, where she specialized in aggression and became an expert in the field of dog bite analysis. Lori sold her dog training business in 2013 and is now a full time writer and mother of two. 

Lori still lives in Austin with her husband -- who is endlessly supportive of her changing career paths -- and her two children, one cat, and three dogs. 

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  1. Thank you for hosting me today!


  2. Excellent interview! It was fun to read :D So how does self-publishing differ from the traditional publishing route?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. In self-publishing, you get to make all the decisions and have control over a lot more than you would with a publisher, but you also bear the burden of doing everything yourself. You have to find good editors who can do both content and proofreading (I've been lucky to find some great editors to work with) and you have to work with designers on the cover, etc. Then, it's up to you to do all your own marketing.

      I do want to do the publishing house route someday, if I can find an agent and a publisher that want to work with me down the road. I think the experience of working with a publishing house does whip your work into shape (although, my editors have done quite a bit of that with me as well - I learn a ton every time I send them a draft to review).

      Amazon definitely makes it easy for people to self-publish and that is both a good thing and a bad thing. I've read some excellent self-published work and ended up being huge fans of the authors, but I've also read some real junk. If you read indie or self-published work often enough, you'll definitely find authors who clearly didn't even ask a friend to edit the work. That's the number one tip I tell people about self-publishing: pay for an editor!

  3. Thank you for sharing the giveaway!

    hense1kk (at) cmich (dot) edu

  4. Informative interview

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  5. *sigh* I know that was my find a man that loves me so much he would give everything up to keep me. I love this book already, because Andrew reminds me of my fiance' Joe. He is willing to give up everything to keep me, even though he does not have much, but he works hard to get what he does have--including me. :)