Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ride With Me Blog Tour by Ruthie Knox - Review, Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my stop and Ride With Me Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Romance At Random and by the author Ruthie Knox. My stop includes review of Ride With Me, interview with the author and giveaway! Enjoy!



Author: Ruthie Knox

Title: Ride with Me
Release date: 13th of February 2012
Published by: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Sports
URL: http://www.ruthieknox.com/
Pages: 216 in eBook version
Source: Received from Romance At Random and from the author for blog tour

Summary from Goodreads:


In this fun, scorching-hot eBook original romance by Ruthie Knox, a cross-country bike adventure takes a detour into unexplored passion. As readers will discover, Ride with Me is not about the bike!


When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a lean, sexy loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning.


Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman, and he certainly doesn’t want to want her. Too bad the sight of Lexie with a bike between her thighs really turns his crank.


Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop a kiss from leading to endless nights of hotter-than-hot sex. But when the wild ride ends, where will they go next?


My review:

I loved this book! I have always told the publishers who contact me, that I am not a fun of reading and reviewing sports books, but I have to say that after reading Ride With Me, I have to eat my own words. Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox was really enjoyable and fun reading! It was easy to read and Ride With Me made me laugh many times! The dialogue was so lively and story filled with funny situations.

Regarding the plot:

Tom’s sister does not want him to ride alone through TransAmerica trail alone and organizes a partner for her brother. When Tom finds out what his sister has done, he is furious, but he agrees to go and meet the other rider. Tom does not expect to find a woman, and a beautiful woman. After some arguments they agree to take the riding journey together.

This is where the fun starts; Tom and Lexie are so different riders. Where Lexie is prepared for everything during the ride, she does not have the experience what Tom has. So through their way through TransAmerica trail they learn to trust each other and learn from each other. Besides that, there is an undeniable attraction between them and both of them are thinking about what will happen when the journey is over?

Regarding the characters:

Tom has been seriously hurt in his past and everything who he is and had was taken away from – by a woman, so he finds it very difficult to trust Lexie.

Lexie is a fun woman to be around, even though she is so different from Tom. Lexie has a need to plan everything in details, she knows exactly how much water she should have with her, she knows how high her pulse should be when riding, she knows exactly how many kilometers they need to ride etc. She is very detailed and very organized. The funny thing is that even though she is so well organized, she cannot even manage to fix the tire of the bike!

Tom again balances her out with his creativity and freedom. He does not plan, he just enjoys the ride, and he is heavily annoyed by Lexie and her meticulous planning.

Generally:

It’s a story where two very different personalities meet and struggle with their past. It was fun to read and the romance was lovable and believable. I really enjoyed Ruthie Knox’s Ride with Me!

5 Flowers!

5 stars!

Thanks goes to Sue from Romance At Random and to Ruthie for providing the book for reviewing!

Ruthie also agreed for short interview. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Ride With Me - Ruthie Knox!



MR: What went through your mind when the first book you wrote was published?



RK: You don’t actually want to know the answer to this question. It’s not a pretty thing, the inside of my head, at this time. I’m not sure I have a mind anymore, actually. I’m typing this the morning before the book release, and I’ve more or less turned into a hamster. I’m just, like, Book comes out tomorrow! People will read it! I hope they like it! I hope I don’t get horrible reviews! Also, I would like to win a Booker Prize. Where’s my wheel? And then I run frantically around in circles for a while and take a nap.


MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?


RK: I write a little differently these days than I did when I wrote Ride with Me, but my book ideas all tend to be situations. Like, in this case, “two characters meet through a Companion Wanted ad on the Adventure Cycling website, and they’re going to ride across the country together, but they don’t like each other.” Usually when I have an idea like that, I write it down, but I give myself a while to mull it over when I’m out for a run or at yoga class before I try to do anything with it. Then I’ll do some free writing about my characters and the story, just typing whatever ideas I have as fast as they can come out, and seeing what’s there and what’s missing. Just the idea itself isn’t enough to make a book, so I need to think about what sort of people will work with this scenario I’ve sketched out, what problems they will have — both internal and external — that threaten their developing romance, and how their problems will get resolved. Once I know all that, I’ll roughly sketch out the plot and its major turning points, and I’ll interview the characters. Then I’m usually ready to get started. If I’m trying to sell the book before I’ve written it, that’s the point at which I’ll write a synopsis and the first few chapters. Otherwise, I’ll just start writing, following my plot outline but more or less writing the whole thing by the seat of my pants.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?


RK: Well, I think the most important thing is different for every writer, because we all have to get a sense of our strengths and weaknesses and develop systems to help us guard against the weaknesses. For me, it’s important to find ways to maintain the feeling of adoration I have for a project in its early stages, to stay confident in the Sheer Out-of-Control Genius of the Book through the entire process of writing the first draft. The doubt crows always arrive at some point, of course, and they’re welcome at the revision stage, when it can be useful to think your book is complete shit, but it’s really hard to write a book when you think it’s complete shit. It’s really easy — euphorically, awesomely easy — to write one when you think it’s a work of unparalleled win. So I try to hold on to the “win” feeling as much as possible.

MR:  Where did you get the idea for your book Ride with Me from? How was the book born?


RK: Ride with Me was actually born on a whim inspired by a magazine. I’m a member of the Adventure Cycling Association, which exists to promote cross-country bicycle travel, and I was flipping through the magazine one day and looked at the Companions Wanted column. It’s like personal ads for bike travel — not that the riders want to hook up romantically, of course, just that people place ads to say, like, “I’m going to ride through Eastern Europe next June, and I’m looking for two partners to join me.” I always like to read the ads and imagine what the people who wrote them are like, and on this particular day, I just thought, Hey, that would make an awesome romance novel. The idea stuck with me for a few weeks as I was finishing the book before Ride with Me, so I went ahead and started writing.

MR: Which character do you love most in your book? Which character can you mostly relate to?


RK: Oh, I guess I have to confess that I love Tom best. Everyone loves Tom best. He’s such an adorable grouch. The heroine, Lexie, calls him “a tall, dark, melancholy hermit,” which is just right. He’s irresistible even when he’s being completely awful. I can relate to both Tom and Lexie, though, actually. I made them have two very distinct sorts of cycling personalities, with Tom really kind of laid back and wherever-the-road-goes-is-fine, and Lexie planning every last detail of the trip, right down to annotating her map. I’m not really either way — or, I guess, I’m sort of both ways. So I can appreciate both characters’ ways of being, and what they bring to each other.

MR: I must ask you about new work in progress. What will your next book be about? Anything you can tell us already?


RK: Oh, sure! I have a second book coming out with Loveswept on June 11, titled About Last Night. It’s about this bad girl from Chicago who’s living in London and trying very, very hard to be good, only she meets a guy who she thought was a stuffy English banker, and he turns out not to be so stuffy. In fact, he turns out to be the human equivalent of Nutella crepes, and she can’t begin to resist him, but she has major trust issues, and he has problems with his family, and it ends up being this really funny, sexy, wacky book about figuring out how to be the best version of yourself. Plus, there’s a sham marriage, which is always fun.


I also have two finished manuscripts that revolve around a small security agency in Camelot, Ohio. These are with my agent, and she’s giving me good news about them, so fingers crossed that they’ll be sold soon. They’re longer novels — what’s called “single-title” length rather than the shorter “category” length — with bigger casts of characters and subplots and everything. Anybody who’s interested in keeping track of what’s coming up from me should stop by my website or join my mailing list, which I only use to announce news and deals as they come up.

(Click here for Ruthie's mailing list!)
Meanwhile, I’m writing, writing, writing. I’m working on a book set in Green Bay, Wisconsin, that’s a sort of “old-neighbor, new-neighbor” story with a hero who’s an out-of-work roofer and a heroine who owns a cheese shop. It’s really funny and cute. And I’m also working on a more angsty, dramatic one set at Yosemite National Park with a rock climber heroine and a park ranger hero who specializes in high-angle rescue. That one is a reunion romance. So there’s lots to look forward to! And lots for me to do. Once I stop being all hamster-ish.



Thanks for interviewing me, Inga!
Link to Ride With Me: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/218035/ride-with-me-by-ruthie-knox

Thank you so much Ruthie for the interview and a wonderful book!

Author Bio:
RUTHIE KNOX: http://www.ruthieknox.com/


Ruthie Knox figured out how to walk and read at the same time in the second grade, and she hasn’t looked up since. She spent her formative years hiding romance novels in her bedroom closet to avoid the merciless teasing of her brothers and imagining scenarios in which someone who looked remarkably like Daniel Day Lewis recognized her well-hidden sex appeal and rescued her from middle-class Midwestern obscurity. After graduating from Grinnell College with an English and history double major, she earned a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use.

These days, she writes contemporary romance in which witty, down-to- earth characters find each other irresistible in their pajamas, though she freely admits this has yet to happen to her. Perhaps she needs more exciting pajamas. Ruthie abhors an epilogue and insists a decent romance requires at least three good sex scenes.



Ruthie also agreed to giveaway!



GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter will be randomly chosen to win a digital copy of Ride with Me. Winners will pick up their copy through Net Galley. Just leave your follower details and your email. Giveaway is international and it runs from 19 - 25 February. Good luck to all!

Happy reading!



9 comments:

  1. What a nice giveaway! :) I´d really love to win this :)

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  2. Sounds like this would be a good "take me out of the real world" book, which I could use lately. Great review!

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  3. Great repiew, i want read this book. Love cover book to. Wish i win this one.

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  4. Fun reads are always welcome!


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  5. Very nice interview and review!! I'm not really a big sports fan myself yet I very much enjoy some sports related movies so I know that I could enjoy a sports related book ... I just haven't read any yet. I have to admit though, I really would love to read Ride With Me!! It sounds awesome!

    Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  7. Love the cover! Sooo attractive! Thanks for the opportunity! Sounds like a great book!

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  8. This does look like a fun read!

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  9. i like the cover is that yummie ^^
    thanks for the giveaway

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