Hi there, I’m Roxanne, and I write sizzling erotic romance with substance. I seek to deliver well-rounded love stories for my readers that transcend boundaries, send your heart racing, and to give you a tale you won’t forget. I write strong women, intelligent men, and diverse heroes and heroines from all walks of life. My newest release, Flip the Beat, will be out on July 10th with Boroughs Publishing Group. If you like rockers and fairy tales, this fun, sexy book is just for you!
Let’s Get To Know Roxanne D. Howard
Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?
A: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – it’s brilliant and so full of wisdom that’s both simple and profound.
The Stand by Stephen King – the man is completely brilliant and I love, love, love The Stand.
Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel – this book was my first forage into romance novels, and introduced me to plot-driven love stories, which is what I like to write.
Intensity by Dean Koontz – this expertly crafted horror thriller has a treasure trove of interesting characters, and Koontz’s imagery is beautiful.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Life of Pi isn’t just a book; it’s an experience. It’s beautifully, masterfully written, and I encourage everyone to read it. The message about embracing diversity is spot on.
Q: What’s the funniest thing a reader has ever said/emailed to you?
A: From a Goodreads review: “My poor husband had to suffer while I ignored him and read this book.” I always feel conflicted when readers say they stayed up to read my books, because as a mom I totally get that sleep is a precious, beloved thing. On the other hand, as an author, it rocks my socks and I do the Macarena every time I hear it.
Q: If you could go back in time before you published your first book, what advice would you give yourself about publishing?
A: Always maintain a good attitude. There are a lot of “Debbie Downers” these days, ranting about how bad things are, how impossible it is to sell a book, etc. What’s important to focus on is why you’re writing a book in the first place. Does it bring you joy? Hold onto that. Let that drive you. Dissolve any negativity and go forward feeling good.
Q: What fictional character would you punch if the face if you thought you could get away with it without going to jail?
A: In Flip the Beat, definitely Sam. He’s one of those loud-mouthed, keg-bearing, self important frat boys you just want to smack (and not in a good way).
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: The power to make people feel good! Seriously. With all the crap we have going on and atrocities in the world, I would love to be able to touch someone’s hand and have their worries and concerns melt away. There’s power in kindness.
Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?
A: Oh, I love meeting new people and opening up my imagination to readers. I love connecting with people who enjoyed my books and developing friendships that last. I love creating worlds and people and stories. The only thing I don’t like is that there is never enough time to write everything I want to write. I’ve learned to pace myself and slow down.
About Flip the Beat by Roxanne D. Howard
Molly Ivers thinks she is falling for the opposite of Prince Charming, and she knows she should give him up, but, oh, the temptation.
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.
Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly begins to realize Evan, who hasn’t given up on her, might be the man of her dreams after all.
Molly laughed while she told her what had happened last night, though at the moment, she wasn’t sure it was a joke. She sighed and left the computer to go make scrambled eggs. Nell followed her to the kitchen.
“So, should I call you ‘Number One’ now?”
She could never keep a straight face with Nell. Molly speared a peach slice with a fork and nibbled the end of it. Sweetness filled her mouth. “‘Make it so.’ No, nerd. He seems pretty cool. I mean, if I check it out, this may turn out to be a positive change. At the least, he’ll get me in shape for Paris. His bio says he’s from Giverny, and he’s a retired civil-rights attorney. His website says that when he retired, he decided to change his objective to improving people’s lives, which is why he’s a life coach. Pretty impressive.”
“So, you’re going through with it?”
“Going through with what?” They both looked into the living room, where a bemused Evan stood half naked and barefoot in a pair of black pajama bottoms. Molly licked nectar off the peach on the end of her fork to save it from dropping to the floor. Evan’s jaw tightened, and his eyes gleamed as he zeroed in on her. He cleared his throat and lifted an empty half gallon of milk. “Sorry, you left the door cracked open. I came to borrow milk.”
“Jesus, Evan! Knock next time, or at least text. I’m in my panties.” Nell smacked him on the arm and tugged down her nightshirt as she ran past him into her bedroom.
“Sorry,” he said, but he seemed distracted as he strode toward Molly, eyes glued to her lips. She sucked the rest of her peach slice into her mouth and wiped at a little of the nectar at the corner of her lips. Her cheeks blazed at the hungry longing in his eyes. She turned away to open the fridge to get the milk. It wasn’t uncommon for them to borrow food from one another, and he always watched out for them. He had a comforting, protective nature she’d gotten used to.
She grew painfully aware of her night shorts, which had a tendency to ride up her butt and cut off at mid-thigh, and her thin white tank top. Could he see her nipples? And jeez, Louise, why did they have to harden every time he came near her?
She pushed hair out of her face and poured the milk into his empty half gallon. “Help yourself to the fruit in the bowl there. Nell had leftovers. How much milk do you want?”
“Enough for a bowl of cereal, please. I’ll get some at the store later.” His voice only dropped that low and husky during sex. She stopped after she poured enough milk, then gave him extra.
Evan reached over her to open a nearby drawer. He took out a fork, inserted it into the flesh of a peach slice, and brought it to his lips.
“Forbidden fruit, hmm?”
He teased the fruit around his lips with a wicked smirk. He winked at her and sank his teeth into half the peach as he watched her, licking it. Her mouth went dry. Oh, he knew what he was doing.
My favorite quote from Flip the Beat is:
“The dreams we end up with aren’t always the ones we set for ourselves. Prince Charmings can be found in the most unlikely of places, no matter what accent they have. The importance beneath the charm, beneath the charisma, beneath the smoking-hot sex, is that they love you just the way you are.” -Flip the Beat, coming July 10th