Blog Tour: Fighting Connollys (#1-3) by Roxie Rivera

Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Publication date: September 27, 2013

Find the Fighting Connollys series on: AmazonBarnes & Nobles Goodreads

Title: In Kelly’s Corner

After a stalker breaks into her home, internet entrepreneur Bee Langston decides Kelly Connolly is the only man who can help her—but seeking help from the former Marine isn’t easy, especially after she made a spectacular fool of herself trying to kiss the sinfully sexy bodyguard.

When Kelly spots Bee weaving her way through the Houston nightspot where he’s working security, all those feelings he’s desperately tried to deny for his best friend’s sister come flooding to the surface. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, even if means getting up close and personal with the one woman he simply can’t have.

Soon, Bee’s stalker isn’t his only problem. His gambling addict father is tangled in a mess of debts to two of Houston’s toughest loan sharks. With the family gym on the line, there’s only one way for Kelly to make everything right. He agrees to fight for the Albanian mob in an underground bare-knuckle fighting tournament.

But winning the tournament and saving his family’s legacy comes at a high price—one that just might cost Bee her life.

Publication date: January 28, 2014

Title: In Jack’s Arms

When pawn broker Abby Kirkwood discovers the evidence of a chilling drug cartel hit on one of the video cameras hocked in her store, she turns to the only man she can trust—Jack Connolly.

The smolderingly sexy former Marine runs a successful gym down the street and coaches her brother’s special needs baseball team. He’s the one man who is always there when she needs him. If anyone can protect her family, it’s commanding, capable Jack.

The moment he learns someone is threatening Abby and her brother, Jack sees red. To save the woman he’s secretly loved for years, he’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means facing off with a Mexican drug cartel and making deals with the same Albanian mob outfit that tried to ruin his family.

He finally has sweet, feisty Abby right where she was always meant to be—writhing with pleasure in his bed and safely sheltered in his arms. The vicious cartel assassin hot on her heels has no idea what he’s up against.

The Connolly brothers are standing strong together—and no one touches their family.

Publication date: April 2014

Title: In Finn’s Heart

No synopsis available.

• Welcome to Uniquely Portable Magic, Roxie! Tell us about yourself.

Hi! Thanks for having me today! I’m a writer mama who lives in Texas. I write steamy romantic suspense as Roxie Rivera and scorching hot paranormal and sci-fi romance as Lolita Lopez.

• What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I really enjoyed writing the scene from In Jack’s Arms where Abby realizes that Jack’s love language is showing her how much he loves her instead of just telling her. He’s just drawn her this lovely, steamy bath, brought her a glass of wine and then he’s climbing in with her. She thinks about all the ways he’s always there for her—and all the ways he’ll always be there in the future.

• While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters?

I often feel that way when writing. It’s not uncommon for me to start crying when I’m writing those black moments that happen in every romance novel.

• Which character speaks the loudest, to you?

Hadley, the heroine from the upcoming book In Finn’s Heart, really spoke to me. Our four-year-old daughter has the same heart defect as Hadley so I often found myself wondering what hopes—and fears—she might have in twenty years. It was definitely an emotional experience.

• What’s more important: characters or plot?

In romance, I think characters are paramount. When I pick up a romance novel, I want to feel what the characters feel. I want to take the journey with them—and to do that I have to connect with them. Writing flawed, multi-dimensional characters who feel like real people is the easiest way to make that connection between my books and my readers. If they aren’t invested in the characters, the niftiest plot in the world won’t matter at all because they might not make it beyond the first few chapters, you know?

• What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

I think it’s hardest to hear that a reader felt let down by a story. I realize readers have so many choices so I always want to deliver a book that blows them away. When I miss that mark, I take note and strive to ensure the next book hits all the reader feel-good spots.

Best compliment? I always enjoy hearing from readers who tell me that one of my books got them through a rough spot. When kiddo was going through her many heart surgeries as a baby, I used to devour stacks of romance novels while in waiting rooms and ICUs. To know that I can give someone the same escape? It’s a really great feeling. ☺

• Any writing rituals?

I like music when I write. Iced tea is good too. And Raisinets!

• If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?

Just keep swimming!

• You have to wear a t-shirt with one word on it for the rest of your life. Which word do you choose?


• Any last thoughts for our readers?

Thanks so much for giving the Connolly brothers or my big, sexy Russians a try. ☺

Enter to win (1) $50 Amazon gift card & (3) signed sets of the series + swag

About the author: I like to write super sexy romances and naughty erotica that make your pulse pound. You can get updates on new releases by visiting Website, signing up for my Newsletter or liking my author page on Facebook.

I also write erotic romances as Lolita Lopez including the red-hot GRABBED series for Ellora’s Cave and the upcoming Dragon Heat series from Forever Yours/Grand Central.

March 17th
Biblio Belles   Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)
A is for Alpha B is for Books  Series review

March 18th
Uniquely Portable Magic  Interview
Ripe For Reader >> Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)

March 19th
A_TiffyFit’s Reading Corner  Series review
StarAngels’ Reviews  Series review
Two Sassy Chicks Book Blog  Excerpt

March 20th
Not Everyone’s Mama  Series review
Novels On The Run  Series review

March 21st
SBookLover Reviews   Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner) + Excerpt
Keepin’ It Real Book Blog  Series review
Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears  Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)

March 24th
The Suburban Eclectic Review  Series review
Book Crazy  Excerpt
Mythical Books  Interview

March 25th
Book Sniffers Anonymous   Guest Post
The Rest Is Still Unwritten  Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)

March 26th
Books Unhinged Book Blog  Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)
Paper Charade   Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)

March 27th
Ramblings From This Chick  Guest Post
Sun Mountain Reviews   Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)

March 28th
Kimber Leigh Writes   Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner) + Playlist
SinfulReads Blog  Review Book 1 (In Kelly’s Corner)


2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Fighting Connollys (#1-3) by Roxie Rivera

  1. Great interview! For me characters almost always trumps the plot. It’s kind of what’s needed for me to care about the plot is to care about what happens to the characters you know. A romance is even more important to be character driven. Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂

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