May 12, 2014

Author Interview: Rhonda Laurel - Texas Heat @rhondalaurel #RLFblog #Contemporary #Interracial

Texas Heat 
Title Texas Heat
Genre Contemporary Interracial Romance
Author Name Rhonda Laurel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Isabelle Reed is having a bad year. The classical violinist is struggling with a divorce, and a broken arm has left her unable to play. So when she receives a wedding invitation from her cousin Morgan, her heart just isn't in it. Going to the wedding will mean seeing everyone from back home, and seeing everyone back home will mean facing the music about her divorce. Unable to miss her cousin's wedding, she bites the bullet and takes off—and lands right in the arms of Morgan's brother-in-law, country western music star Tate McGill. She'd heard about the singer and his bad-boy reputation, but there was something about those storm-filled eyes that made her yearn to look deeper. Even though she should know better than to risk being the subject of a song on his next album.
Country western singer Tate McGill is living the good life. He's surrounded by beautiful women, hit music, and a great family. But he gets more than he bargained for when he agrees to babysit his nephew Jake for his brother Seth Blake, and finds a beautiful woman in his way. Isabelle Reed is talented and strong-willed, and she's a natural with little Jake. But she's keeping a secret from Tate, and he's determined to find out what it is.

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Interview with Rhonda Laurel

Why did you write this book?
Tate McGill first appeared as a supporting character in MVP, book 2 and The Blake Legacy, book 3 in The Blake Boys series. Readers were intrigued by Tate and his backstory as a famous country western singer who was scandalous, insatiable flirt.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read a lot of contemporary romance.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I enjoy crime procedurals and mystery. I am big fan of Murder She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes type television shows and movies.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently working on Hollywood Rush, book 2 in the Hollywood Heat Series and Love Notes and Football, book 5 in The Blake Boys Series.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Texas Heat is Tate's story and is part of The Blake Boys Series. Tate is a famous, charismatic, country music singer who meets his match in classical violinist Isabelle Reed while babysitting his nephew Jake.

Excerpt

Tate bid the ladies farewell early that evening and began to pack his bags. Being nestled between two beautiful women for the better part of the day was just what he'd needed to unwind. As predicted, they asked if their rendezvous would be on his next CD. He promised them he'd scribble a tune about their delightfully erotic time together, hustled them out the door, then called room service and ordered dinner. It was time for his daily call to his nephew Jake.
Jake was only a year old, but Tate wanted him to know at an early age that Uncle Tate kept his word. It was eight o'clock in Philadelphia. Jake should be getting ready for bed. Tate scanned his phone for the video conferencing app and hit dial.
Morgan's face appeared on his screen. "Congratulations!"
"Thank you, darlin'. How are you?"
"I am doing great. Just gave Jake his bath, and Seth is going to fix me a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream." Morgan rubbed her flat tummy.
Tate laughed. "Having cravings already?"
"Nah." She sighed. "But Seth is on an expectant daddy rampage, and feeding me ice cream makes him feel better."
"Ah, then you won't want none of this filet mignon I'm eating." He waved a piece at her.
Morgan scrunched up her nose. "That's pretty fancy for you."
"It's this fancy hotel I'm in. What decent restaurant doesn't have a porterhouse on their menu?" He sniffed.
"I know! How dare they make the winner of the Best Collaborative Song of the Year eat dainty fixin's?" She stuck her tongue out at him.
Tate laughed and swigged his beer. "How's the big man?"
"Never seen him this happy." Morgan put her hand on her cheek.
Tate nodded. "He has everything he needs. A beautiful woman, great family, new fat contract, and five more years with his team before he retires."
"Stop flirting with my woman, McGill!" Seth yelled from the other room.
"He always hears when I'm talking about you. Sometimes I think he's part robot."
Morgan just shook her head and ignored Seth. "So did Lana McNeal place you under citizen's arrest before she frisked you on stage?"
"I thought I was going to have to do the jitterbug just to get away from her."
"I sent her a message via her social media account, asking if she found what she was looking for in your pants."
"You didn't!" Tate let out a deep chuckle.
"Yes, I did. Nobody molests by brother-in-law on national television and gets away with it."
"Uncle Tate!" Jake appeared from nowhere and grabbed the phone.
Tate loved talking to him. They talked mostly about Jake's dog, Rowdy, who lived at the ranch in Texas, and his fascination with race cars, no thanks to Tate's brother Tyler. After about a half hour of chatter and four I love yous, Jake was ready for bed and gave Seth the phone. Morgan carried Jake away.
"Had a wild night last night?" Seth raised an eyebrow.
Tate's cheeks reddened. "How can you tell?"
"I can always tell when you've had too much liquor or too much sex. By the looks of it, you had too much of both." Seth burst out laughing.
"Let me tell you…"
"No, you can't." Seth shook his head. "I'd like to have sex again this month."
"What?"
"Every time you tell me about one of your escapades, somehow I get punished for it, but you get a heartfelt speech about finding the right woman." Seth folded his arms over his chest.
Tate laughed. "You know Morgan can't stay mad at me."
"Tell me this." Seth looked over his shoulder. "Will it be on your next CD?"
"Probably."
"I heard that!" Morgan yelled from the other room.
"Gotta go." Seth tugged at his shirt collar. "You feel like doing your brother a favor?"
"Sure."
"Morgan and I wanted to get away until the chatter about my renewed contract dies down. Do you feel like coming to town to babysit?"
"Say no more. Just let me know when you need me there." Tate grinned and ended the call.

Author Bio

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, California Bored and Tourism and The Blake Legacy in 2013. The print anthology, The Rhonda Laurel Collection, featuring Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Shutter released June 2013.
The author is happily building her backlist.

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