Amazon bestselling author, Railyn Stone believes you can’t put a color on love. And when she’s not delving into a world of romance behind the screen of her laptop, she’s usually spending time with her family. The only child of educators, she learned early on just how magical words could be.
Family is so important to her and play a major role in all of her romance novels. Her newest book, Love and Loopholes is a fun and flirty romance that takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Charleston, SC. When Channing Lucas is given an ultimatum by his own mother, he decides his family’s business means more to him than his own ‘bachelor freedom’ and he embarks on a marriage of convenience with a woman he clearly underestimates.
Let’s Get To Know Railyn Stone
Q: If you could go back in time before you published your first book, what advice would you give yourself about publishing?
A: Do not take anything personally. You will be rejected. You will be criticized. You will have great days and bad days. But in the end, you are pursuing your lifelong dream. Enjoy each and every moment.
Q: Pick a super-power and tell us what you’d do with it.
A: If I could pick a super power it would be the power to fly. That way I could go on vacation any time I wanted and go anywhere I wanted. I could be on a Caribbean beach in minutes.
Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?
A: Since I started writing, one of the things I’ve loved about being published has been interacting with readers. Being able to connect with readers has been a lot of fun and it’s really cool to be able to get their reactions to the characters. I’ve made some pretty awesome friends throughout this journey. If I had to pick something that I’m not that excited about with the whole writer/author gig, it would be the days that I have writer’s block. It’s amazing how one day I have so much inspiration to write, but others it’s like pulling teeth with no painkillers.
About Love and Loopholes by Railyn Stone
Business brought them together. Love could tear them to pieces.
A knight in shining armor can’t come fast enough for Kirby Allen. Broke and on her own, she longs for the chance to live a better life. Without a stable place to live and no money to her name, she has to do something and fast.
Familial pride and a sense of tradition fuel Channing Lucas’ desire to run his father’s company. There is just one thing standing in his way.
His eccentric mother and her ultimatum. Get married or lose his family’s business forever.
After a predetermined ‘chance meeting’ in a Las Vegas casino, Channing and Kirby decide they can both get what they want and enter into a business deal. What starts as a marriage of convenience, evolves into complications neither expected. And the strangers find themselves fighting not only to maintain their deal, but struggling to hold on to their hearts.
“Don’t listen to anything these women say. For one, they have no idea what they’re talking about and the majority of them are just jealous.”
“Jealous? Of me? Yeah right.” She reached up and wiped at the remnants of the few tears that still clung to her lashes before placing her hands back in her lap.
He watched her twiddle her fingers and he reached over and took her hand in his. He noticed the bewilderment in her gaze turned to gratitude at his comforting gesture as their eyes locked. If he kept it up, he would get lost just staring into their depths glittering under the moonlit sky.
“Kirby, do not let these women get to you. Most of them are bitter ex-wives or jilted mistresses and none of them have half of the sincerity or decency you have.”
“You don’t have to say that. I don’t belong here.”
“I’m not just saying that. And you belong here just as much as anyone else,” he added before he moved to stand up and reached for her hand to pull her up beside him. “Come with me.” He wasn’t going to idly stand by and let her think she didn’t belong there. She was worth more than she was giving herself credit for and it was time he showed her and everyone else who had a problem with them just how much.
“Where are we going,” she asked dusting herself off with the one hand she still had free since he was still holding on to her other as he guided them back to the party. “Oh, no, I’m not going back in there. They–”
“They have nothing on you.” He turned and stopped only inches away from her face and looked her dead in her eyes. He wanted her to realize nothing any of those women could say would mean anything to him. “Okay? I’m not leaving your side again tonight. So, don’t worry about anything, just follow my lead,” he winked as he continued guiding her back to the crowd.
Kirby could feel the eyes on her and she wished she hadn’t let Channing lead her back to the pit of vipers. The memory of their chorus of venomous hisses filled her ears and she wondered what he was up to as he continued to lead her past their agitated nest.
Finally, she realized, he was leading her to the dead center of the dance floor and she could feel her stomach churn.
“Channing,” she whispered as he pulled her along. “Channing. I, I don’t want to do this. I’m not a good dancer.” She could feel his hand tighten around hers and she started to pull back once he’d gotten them to the middle of the floor, he wrapped her in his arms and she relaxed a little when his amber gaze caught her own.
“You’re fine. I told you, just follow my lead.”
His warm breath rolled over her cheek and curled around her ear blocking out the chatter from the peanut gallery and she shivered. When he pulled her closer placing one hand on the small of her back and the other curved around her other hand, she felt like his embrace was the only place she’d ever belonged.
“Smile, okay? Otherwise, it’ll just look like I’m holding you hostage.”
She could barely contain herself and giggled as his perfect lips curved upward. With each turn they made on the dance floor he filled their conversation with crazy remarks about the women watching them, keeping her in stitches as they danced. He’d told her in no uncertain terms when they first met, he didn’t joke around, but from her vantage point, he was relaxing his rule. Especially as he elaborated on each of the women and just how much work each had done to look the way they did.
Her face was starting to hurt from laughing at him and after a while she relaxed in his arms in their own little world. With him holding her so close, his cologne had her captivated and even though they were living a lie, onlookers would only see the goofy grin on her face from how deliriously happy she was at that very moment. She ceased being Kirby Allen, a carbon copy of her manipulative mother. She was Channing Lucas’ wife and he was holding her in his arms.
My favorite quote from Love and Loopholes is:
“Looks like my mother is going to get that story she was looking for.” She still looked puzzled and before she could ask, he answered the question on the tip of her tongue. “I guess she’ll be happy to know by the end of day one we ended up naked, wrapped in a blanket in front of a roaring fire.”