Wednesday, May 1, 2013

[Book Tour] Ivan & Dimitri by Roxie Rivera

Her Russian Protector, #1

Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her:  Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it’s his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston’s underworld that interest her most.

To find her sister, she’ll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector—but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.
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Her Russian Protector, #2

Refusing to lose her brother to the violent Hermanos street gang, Benny turns to Dimitri, the dead sexy Russian who lives in the apartment above her family’s bakery. He’s the only man tough enough to get through to Johnny and save him from a life in prison—or worse.There’s nothing Dimitri won’t do for Benny, even if it means dealing with her troublemaking brother. He quickly realizes that it’s not just Johnny and his thug friends that pose a threat to Benny. A shady real estate developer needs to buy her bakery to secure a multi-million dollar deal and he’ll stop at nothing to make her sell.
Threatened from all sides, Benny finds safety in Dimitri’s strong arms — and in his bed. Her big, sexy Russian has no intention of ever letting her go—and he’ll brave the fires of hell before he lets anyone harm her.

Reader’s Note: Dimitri is an incredibly passionate man with a dominant streak—and Benny is only too happy to indulge his need for a little…restraint.

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When I’m not chasing after my wild preschooler, I like to write super sexy romances and scorching hot erotica. I live in Texas with a husband who could easily snag a job as an extra on History Channel’s new Viking series, a sweet but rowdy three-year-old with Tetralogy of Fallot, and Bosley, our Great Dane with major mommy issues.
I also have another dirty-book writing alter ego, Lolita Lopez, who writes deliciously steamy tales for Ellora’s Cave, Forever Yours/Grand Central, Mischief/Harper Collins UK, Siren Publishing and Cleis Press.
Connect with Roxie:  Website | Facebook | Goodreads

What was the first romance novel you read that made an impression on you?
I'm pretty sure it was The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I vaguely remember getting it out of a box of garage sale finds my mom brought home one Saturday and sneaking it into my bedroom. Was that a steamy read for a 13-year-old or what?! I think that's probably why I have such a thing for alpha males, angsty plots and capture fantasies…

What is your writing environment.
Noisy! I work from home so I share my office with a rowdy 3-year-old and a Great Dane. If one isn't barking, the other is singing or telling loud stories with crazy sound effects!

Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?
I've been gobbling up H.M. Ward's backlist. Her reads are the perfect mix of angst and steaminess with a great emotional punch. She's a master of the cliffhanger—much like Sara Fawkes, another writer I'm reading and enjoying right now.

How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
Like most stories I've written, the Her Russian Protector series started from a seed of truth. Like Erin (the heroine of IVAN, the first book) and Benny (the heroine of the second book, DIMITRI,) I know what it's like to have siblings in big trouble. After a weekend watching Eastern Promises and The Mark of Cain, a shockingly bleak documentary filmed inside the Russian prison system, the idea sprouted and became a series of books with intertwining stories about love in all its forms—brother, sisterly and romantic—and the lengths we'll go to protect the ones we love.

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite scene in DIMITRI would be a mega spoiler so I'll go with me second favorite! I absolutely adore the scene where Dimitri takes Benny to dinner at the Samovar. We get to meet Nikolai through Benny's eyes and see how Ivan and Erin are coming along together. We also get to see Nikolai come to Vivian's rescue!

Flirting Questions:
Which actor or book character do you have a crush on?
I've had a long-term lust-at-first-sight relationship with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen since the first moment he popped up on screen during Casino Royale.
What’s your favorite body part of the opposite sex?
Big, strong hands!
What does love feel like?
Oh! That's a complex question because love is constantly changing. The way you love someone in the early days of a relationship (when it's all euphoria and a rush of excitement) is nothing like the steady, strong, deep sensation of loving your partner after you’ve been together a long time. I could sit here all day and list adjectives to describe the awesomeness of love! J
Hey, baby! What’s your sign?
When was your last kiss?
Like twenty minutes ago!
What’s an absolute no-no in a relationship?
I have a zero-tolerance policy for cheating.
How did you meet your significant other?
In an ambulance!
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
These days my perfect date is simply a quiet, private place with no interruptions.
If you could take a romantic trip, where would it be?
I would love to make a return trip to the cozy cabin the Texas Hill Country where we got engaged in 2006. I loved that place!

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes! I'm still living it now! J

Flirting Quickies:

Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs!

Facial hair or clean shaven? Facial Hair!

Planner or Panster? Both

White wine or red? Neither

Coffee or tea?  Coffee

Vanilla or chocolate?  Chocolate

Sweet or salty? Salty

Sleep in or get up early? Sleep In!

Laptop or desktop? Both
Beach or mountains?  Mountains
Winter or summer?  Summer
Cat or dog?  Dog
Twilight or Fifty Shades?  Twilight
Spotlight or In the Shadows? In the Shadows
City or Country?  Country
Clubbing or candlelight dinner? Candlelight dinner
Backpacking or luxury hotel? Luxury hotel
Morning or night person?  Night
Christmas or Halloween? Halloween
Optimist or pessimist? Reformed pessimist

Roxie is giving away the following prizes on her tour:

Grand Prize:  $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Runners-up:  FOUR (4) runners-up will receive BOTH eBooks of IVAN and DIMITRI


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4/30 - Riverina Romantics

5/01 - Flirting with Romance

5/02 - Book Monster Reviews

5/02 - Literal Addiction

5/04 - Froggarita's Bookcase

5/05 - Mad Hatter Reads

5/06 - United by Books

5/08 - Book Lovin' Mamas

5/09 - My Reading Obsession

5/10 - Books, Books and More Books

5/11 -  Offbeat Vagabond

5/12 - Romance Junkies


  1. The comment about meeting her significant other in a ambulance made me chuckle. Thats not something that happens often I think :D

  2. Thanks for the interesting interview.

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