Thursday, 26 April 2012

Welcome Loose ID author, Lori Toland!

Great to welcome you back to my blog, Lori! Can't wait to see what you have been up to and to hear all about your new release. I love your author banner by the way! Who designed it? It's fabulous :)

Let's get started with the questions...

1)  Who is your favourite author and why?

This is a hard question because I don’t have just one, and also because I have so many writer friends. I feel bad if I don’t mention them J I do love Evangeline Anderson. She isn’t afraid to take a story where it needs to go.

2)  When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When I picked up a pencil to write my first story J I really enjoy creating different worlds. It’s my escape from reality.

3)  Describe your writing space?

Usually I’m at my huge oak desk I’ve had since I was 10 years old. I have all my business papers and bills spread across it with my laptop on a fan to keep it cool. The sexy writing overheats it sometimes J

4)  What are you reading now?

Mine by Mary Calmes

5)  How many books have your written?  Which is your favourite?

I’ve written 10 novels and short stories so far. The Long Con is by far my fave book so far. The chemistry is so hot! Each story is different though, like my next story, coming out from Dreamspinner Press is about going back in time and it’s like a big warm hug.

6)  What comes first, plot or characters?

Usually the characters show up first and tell me all about their story. Sometimes they quietly show up and wait to tell me what is going on in their lives that I need to know about.

7)  Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

No. If I can’t write, it’s one of two things. First is my plot has jumped the tracks somewhere back on the plotline and I need to fix it. Second is when I suffer from keyboard fatigue and I just can’t physically write. When that happens, I tend to get some of my best plot work done or just read. 

8)  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Dream about writing. :) I really enjoy creating these new worlds.

9)  Tell us about your latest book?

The Long Con is about Agent Nathaniel Bradley, who works for the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency. I had a great time writing this book, because my characters were forever changing their minds and going in another direction. I really had no choice but to follow them and keep journaling their story J

10) What’s next for you?

Vacation! J Well, actually I’m just coming off vacation so no, probably not. I have a lot in store in the coming months, including a short story from Dreamspinner Press as part of their Time Travel Daily Dose. It’s called Worth The Wait. J So keep an eye on my website for more updates.

Thanks to Rachel for having me by! J

Lori will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter and to the host with the most comments (excluding the host's and the author's).

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

The Long Con
by Lori Toland



British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.

While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley’s sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr, the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradley is hesitant to submit to the sexual whims of a dangerous Mafioso.

What Bradley doesn't expect is for Tony to fall to his knees so eagerly for him, leaving him blindsided by how intensely their dark tastes complement each other. Now Bradley is caught up in a deadly game of lies and desire, where what he truly wants may not be what duty requires.



My heart pounded, and I panted from exertion. Replete and relaxed, I knew my weight crushed him to the bed, but if he didn’t say anything, I wasn’t moving. I dropped a gentle kiss on his shoulder, tasting the salt from his skin when I licked my lips.

I opened my mouth, and my heart slammed against my rib cage when I realized what I had just been about to say. Before blurting out my love for him, I pulled out slowly and stood.

I needed to get my shit together and remember I was on a task, one of huge importance to Margaret. I took a deep breath and let it out. When he glanced at me over his shoulder, I put on the same mask I wore around everyone.

His eyes told me he saw beneath the surface, and that scared me. He was much too perceptive, and from this moment forward, I would have to be on my guard. “Are you okay?” he asked.

“Yeah. You almost killed me there.” I laughed it off, but it felt hollow to me. I left him on the bed and walked into bathroom.

I threw away the condom, and when I turned around, Tony stood in the doorway.

“Are you sure?” he asked, his frown worrying me.

I wanted him to drop it, so I just smiled and placed a kiss on his lips. “I’m sure.”

My explanation didn’t seem to satisfy him, but I didn’t stick around to give him the time to question me about it. I flipped on the shower and waited for the water to heat up, a little perturbed about how much I wanted him.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

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Thanks for being here, Lori and letting me be a part of your new tour - huge luck with your future success and sales!



  1. love the excerpt. I also enjoy reading a story where the characters take over the plot. LOL. Your story sounds fascinating.

  2. Hi MomJane! :)

    Thanks. I still find Tony and Bradley fascinating. :)

  3. It's a sexy blurb but I'm still on the fence about M/M!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Catherine,

      It is a sexy blurb ;) but m/m is either for you or not. Don't worry about it :)

      If you'd like, maybe try a free short story that has m/m in it. See if you like it?

  4. Thank you for having me by today, Rachel! :D

  5. Thanks so much for the interview and excerpt!

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt thank you. I don't imagine that writers really go on vacation. Forever plotting I'd say.


    1. Hi Marybelle,

      Yeah, a vacation from my mind would be great!

  7. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Enjoyed reading about your book.

  8. Thanks for the great interview and excerpt. Bradley seriously works for the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency. Really, what a fun name. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the blog tour.


    1. Thanks Joanne,

      I hope you enjoy it :)