Monday, July 23, 2012

Lani Rhea - Erotic Romance Author

Lani Rhea
Erotic Romance Author

      Thank you for stopping by this week! Lani has graciously said she'd be hanging out with us to chat with all of you! She's busy writing her next books while also being on virtual tour stops and I'm excited to have her here with us!
     Lani Rhea, lover of coffee and married to her high school sweetheart, lives in the heart of Oklahoma. She has four children and loves animals. Lani is always up for a challenge and enjoys mixing romance with all genres that spark her interests. You can find her either reading or writing. She would love to hear from you. Find her on Facebook. To catch up with her crazy blogging visit her blog. Follow her on Twitter, too! Let's get started!

Tonya:  Lani, we excited to learn more about you and some may not have read your work yet so this week will be to pull in new readers for you. Readers love to know more about their authors. Tell us a bit more about yourself.

Lani:   Tonya, thank you for having me here! I love meeting new readers; we'll have a great time this week! I’m spontaneous, ambitious. So the world better look out! Really, I’m a down to earth girl. I treat others the way I want to be treated. It’s just as simple as that.

Tonya:  Do you have a day job?

Lani:   LOL I did for a short minute. I’m a full time writer.

Tonya:  Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

Lani:   Yes, I switch on Pandora. While I wrote Louisiana Moon I constantly played Evanescence album Fallen. I plan to listen to the same album while writing book two for the Rising Currents’ series Aeon Blood.

Tonya:  Where do you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?

Lani: When I get an idea I quickly make a .doc file and write a short paragraph. Someday I’ll revisit all of my .docs. My ideas come at the most odd times. A song, a movie, listening to people talk…really anytime.

Tonya:  Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?

Lani:   Whenever I can catch the chance to write I write. If I could, I’d write at night when I’m most alert.

Tonya:  What advice would you give to new authors?

Lani:  Stick with your dream of publication. With the options of either the traditional route, or self-pubbing, your stories will be published. Just never give up on your dream. I began writing Louisiana Moon in Nov. 2010 during Nanowrimo. Now the story will release Winter of 2012-13 with Lyrical Press. See, dreams do come true. They just take a while.

Tonya:  Congratulations on finishing it. That definitely feels good, especially after all the editing is complete. Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?

Lani:   I get a picture in my mind of what my characters look like.

Tonya:  What attracts you most about men?

Lani:  Their eyes, the windows to the soul. How they stare at you with that intense come hither look.

Tonya:  Oh I know exactly what you're talking about! *squirming in my chair* We’re dying to hear about your latest book. What can you tell us without spoiling the storyline?

Lani:   If you like werewolves, vampires, zombies, demons and action, then Louisiana Moon is for you. Imagine Underworld crossed with TruBlood…yeah!

Tonya:  I'm sure several out there are jotting that down on their TBR lists right now. Where can our readers find you and your books?

Lani:   On Amazon or my blog.

Tonya:  Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Lani:   When you first meet me in person I’m shy, but later bloom. And it’s hard to imagine that I write erotic romance. *blushing*

Tonya:  I think many authors are shy when others first meet us. We tend to be quiet but give us time and we can be the life of the party! I also like to give them the impression of the 'sweetheart next door' who no one would think could write what we do and love it! LOL What is your favorite night time snack?

Lani:   I don’t eat night time snacks. I’ve got a waistline to watch.

Tonya:  I hear you there!! Do you like toppings on your ice cream?

Lani:   I sure do! I love me some hot fudge sundaes from Braums! Double fudge and nuts! 

Tonya:  What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?

Lani: Italian and Mexican. Downtown OKC, in Bricktown, there’s a restaurant called Zio’s. Love it!

CONTEST – Leave your questions and comments. I’ll be around all week to answer and respond. Make sure you leave me your email. I’m giving away two signed Under Bonded Contract bookmarks!

     Now, Louisiana Moon will release with Lyrical Press in Winter of 2012-13. Please mark your calendars for the release! I’ve been waiting for this publication for two very long years! LOL  I’ll also be back here with Tonya to celebrate with a release party! See you in Nov! Until then, please enjoy a bit of the story:

Excerpt: (Not professionally edited by my editor)
- We need to meet at noon at Alligator Alleys. Your life may be in danger. -
She re-read the words with disbelief. Sure, she’d cuffed and collared many people and creatures in her career. No one liked her. No big surprise there. But who’d upped the ante? It seemed as of late when Josh needed to talk danger lurked in the near shadows. Her spine prickled every time she thought of jeopardy. At the moment it rolled with the rising current.
Her risk level switched her personal safety scale to DEFCON 3. She glanced at the grandfather clock, which showed a tad past 2:00 AM. As she flipped off the laptop, she eyed her weapon. Staying up all night with the gun aimed at the bedroom door might be a good idea. Sure she’d lose sleep. She’d stayed up many times worrying about the things that bumped in the night. The only places she felt most comfortable was her home and her office.
Exiting her office, she took a few steps and her secretary, Rita, came into view. Kris pasted a huge smile across her lips. She didn’t want to worry Rita. The woman had been around Kris long enough to smell trouble if she didn’t smile. Rita was her only lady friend. If she used one word to call what they had, it would be motherly, though they always had a professional relationship at all times. When Kris had personal problems, she’d call Rita for advice. And Rita always gave the best wisdom on every topic.
“You work too much,” Kris told the middle-aged woman.
“Look who’s talking,” Rita quipped. “I’ll leave soon. I promise. I have a few more things to file.”
“Good. You have a great night.”
“You, too, Ms. Knight. See you tomorrow.”
Kris nodded and exited the front office, passing shadow boxes showcasing hundreds of bullets dating two centuries old. Everyone, including Rita, assumed Kris had collected them as a weird hobby. The two-hundred and fifty-six displayed had once lodged in her body.
As soon as she cleared Rita’s line of sight, Kris slid her gun from its holster and checked the firearm. True, bullets would only slow a preternatural, unless pure silver or blessed by a priest, but any edge was better than none.
She scanned the building perimeter and sniffed the air. Her keen senses stretched past the parking lot, searching for the slightest odd scent. Detecting nothing, she made a bee-line for her car.
Her mind raced. Who posed a personal menace? Josh would not have demanded a meeting for a garden-variety threat. Settling behind the wheel of her gray Chevy Volt, she considered Sparky’s mention of the vicious Soulscapes.
She hadn’t run across Soulscapes in more years than she cared to count. Their last attempt at a hostile takeover earned them an enchanted banishment in the Darkworld Purgatory. The most inhuman of preternaturals, their gift of inhabiting the inanimate and bringing it to life endangered anyone who didn’t take them seriously.
To her left, she squinted at the gargoyle perched on the corner of the tallest building. The statue didn’t move. Maybe she shouldn’t dwell on Soulscapes. Their brand of insidiousness would haunt her and give her nightmares.

CONTEST – Leave your questions and comments. I’ll be around all week to answer and respond. Make sure you leave me your email. I’m giving away two signed Under Bonded Contract bookmarks!

Tonya:  Lani, it's been great getting to know more about you! Thanks so much for being here all week. Readers, we thank YOU for stopping in to read. Please leave your comments for Lani along with your email addy so she can reach the winners! Muah!


  1. Really love that cover!!! Way hot...Under Bonded Contract is on my tbr already...can't wait till I get a chance to read this!!!!

  2. I too have UNDER BONDED CONTRACT on my must read list, it sounds like a great story. Congrats on the upcoming release too. It sounds good also.
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  3. Lani, you know I'm a fan and love your work. Fantastic interview.

  4. The cover is awesome! Love the story and can't wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway chance

  5. Thanks for the blog love!!!! I adore hearing from all of you. It makes my day even brighter and gives meaning to continue the next story following Louisiana Moon called Aeon Blood. *grin*

  6. Terrific interview, Tonya and Lani! And gorgeous covers--thanks for sharing and visiting!

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  7. Hi you two! Awesome interview. I'll be starting Under Bonded Contract this weekend - can't wait to it.
    And Lani, on Louisiana Moon I have a question. What are preternaturals?
    (Hugs) to you both and have a great weekend! ~Brenda

  8. Hello my darling, Brenda!

    A preternatural is unusual, unnatural or supernatural. My Louisiana Moon preternaturals collectively gather themselves under this one umbrella because there are many unusual supernatural beings, ie. vampire, werewolf, demon, Fae and many more. All in all, some preternatural beings exist between the gray shadows of our world and theirs called the Darkworld.

  9. I'm going to be really, really nice and send all who provided an email a bookmark!!! =) YAY!!

    Thanks for stopping by!