Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ask Five with...TORI CARRINGTON and two books given away!

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Ohhhhh...I'm excited! Our blog special guest is none other than Tori Carrington (aka Tony and Lori Karayianni) and....they're giving away not one, but TWO books!

If you ever get a chance to meet Tony and Lori in person, please take the time. They are one of the most generous and friendly people you'll ever meet. Oh, and their writing is fantastic! They write them hot for Blaze and funny mysteries with Sofie Metropolis.

Without further Tori Carrington!

1. Tell us a little about FOUL PLAY and TAKEN.

Oh, two of our favorite topics! FOUL PLAY is our latest hardcover, the third book in our Sofie Metropolis, PI series. As promised, in each story we're raising the stakes for our gal Sof, maturing her from the amateur sleuth/pet detective we began with into a kickass, master PI and...well, pet detective. In this title, Sofie's asked by a fellow Astoria homegirl to find out why her husband and new Mets pitching phenom Reni Venezuela has been acting strangely lately. Hold onto your socks, because this is anything but a simple cheating spouse case! Throw in lust for Aussie bounty hunter Jake Porter, and the sudden availability of yummy Greek god Dino and a chocolate torte and...well, you have all the ingredients needed for Sofie to get into all kinds of trouble.

Then there's our July Blaze TAKEN...

Where Sofie is a wannabe-bad-girl-in-training, the heroine of TAKEN is a card-carrying member of The Bad Girls Club...literally. She's a sexy con artist who targets hero Ryder Blackwell's very successful company. While she prides herself on doing her homework, not even she could have known that Ryder is from pretty much the same New York City streets that she is...and that he plans to give her a run for her money, both in bed and out.

This title holds special significance for us because it adds to The Bad Girls Club series we did with buds and fellow authors Leslie Kelly and Julie Elizabeth Leto for Temptation back in 2003 -- and both are on board again! With, of course, a cast of brand, spanking new bad girls to cheer for. Check out more info on all three titles on our website on July 1st.

Ah, yes. Life really doesn't get much better than this.

2. Do you write every day and how do you stay motivated?

Since we write full time our days are pretty regimented. We write from about eight in the morning until one in the afternoon, break for a full Greek dinner including wine -- which pretty much leaves us not good for anything more than a siesta afterward -- then are back in our shared office again by seven or eight at night until about eleven or so most every day. Half our evenings are devoted to keeping our extensive web sites ( and updated, responding to email and chatting on line with fellow romance lovers and fans. It’s said that technology and the web serve to further isolate people. We disagree. We've met some of our best friends on line (including you, Patti!). And there’s something uniquely beautiful about meeting someone you've talked to for sometimes years on line in the real world. We have fans we call friends in faraway places like Pakistan, Bulgaria and Australia we probably would not have connected with outside our books. That would be a shame, indeed!

As for motivation...need you ask? Rare is the day that Tony isn't wearing that huge, shit-eating grin ready to take on the world and everything in it. What more inspiration could you want?

3. What's the one thing you love most about being an author?

An fellow reader could probably understand this...the thing we love most about writing is spending time in the company of wonderful and wondrous characters. We were both avid readers before we began writing. Now, take the experience of reading a really good book and multiply that sweet sensation by ten. That's what happens when we write. The characters take over and we have to keep writing to find out what happens next.

4. Is there another genre you would consider writing in?

I think the appropriate question here is whether there is a genre we would never like to try at least once. While we've pretty much stayed true to our romantic roots, veering slightly into humorous mystery territory with Sofie Metropolis, we long for the day when we can write a sweeping saga set in Greece, or a fantasy that takes place in a future wonderland with larger than life characters, or a book of short stories based on mental snapshots we've taken of people and situations we've come across in our journeys. The list is endless.

Of course, doing any of that depends on our having extra time. And we don't see that happening anytime soon. Which isn't altogether a bad thing, because it means we're writing something else we love.

5. What's coming up in the next year from Tori Carrington?

Holy cow, that's a question. Let's see, after TAKEN in July, we have a Blaze Extreme coming out in November entitled DANGEROUS (a story loosely connected to TAKEN), then comes QUEENS NOIR, which features a short story of ours as told by Sofie's uncle Spyros before she signs on at the agency, then another Blaze Extreme out next February (the working title is BETWEEN FRIENDS and, well, the story involves two guys and a girl. We'll let your imagination take it from there). And then there's the next Sofie, tentatively titled WORKING STIFF, out next spring...

Gasp. I got breathless just writing all that. We have been busy, haven't we?

And we wouldn't have it any other way...

Oh! Did someone say something about giveaways? Hmm...what can we come up with? Tony's got a great idea! How about we offer up a signed copy of our original Bad Girls Club title Red-Hot and Reckless, and the first book in our eponymously titled Sofie Metropolis? And, remember, we also host monthly drawings on our site. June's is for a Greek gift basket. Go to to enter now!

**** away, everyone! That's how I'll draw the names and you never know when Tony or Lori might pop in. ;-)

Sunday night I'll draw two winners and let Lori and Tony know!


Anonymous said...

cool tori, i have taken, cant wiat to read it.

Lis said...

Just wanted to say hi! Love the Sofie books :)

nascarandbeans said...

HIYa, Tony and Lori.. just popped in to say a quick hi to one of my all time favorite couples in the writing world... how are ya.. you already know how much i love your books...
will pop back in in the morning to catch up... teenage daughter wants the computer now.. whats new there, haha..
HUGS to you both.. hey Tony .. any fresh baklava to share? haha

Linda H said...

Hello Tony & Lori,

Great post. I always enjoy reading the Ask Five that Patti have on her blog :) This was a great one. Foul Play sounds really good and so does Taken. I recently read SkinDeep. That was an excellent read. I loved the main characters. I do look forward to reading more of your books. Skin Deep was *HOT*


Leslie said...

I am so happy to be a bad girl w/you guys! Love you both!

Come visit now that we have a house to put you up in!


Anonymous said...

For some reason my blog name isn't working on here so I have to do this under anonymous. This is RachaelfromNJ.

Hi Lori and Tony!!

I am a huge fan of your Sophie books! I've read the first two but haven't been able to locate a copy of Foul Play anywhere! I think I'm going to have to order it to get my hands on a copy. I dont know why my bookstores don't carry it. I'd love to win this contest so I could give the 1st Sophie book to my bestfriend who hasn't ever read them before. Can't wait for more Sophie books!!

- RachaelfromNJ

Kimberly L said...

Hi Lori and Tony!! Just wanted to pop in and say hi. Great post as always.

Minna said...

Can't wait to read those books! It's just too bad they don't seem to publish them in Finnish. Fortunately I can always find them in other laguages!

Sue A. said...

Toni and Lori, it's great to see you here! Have a great day you two! TGIF

LadyVampire said...

Great post! And definitely some great new reads I have to get my hands on.

Stacy S said...

Great post. I love your books, esp. the Sophie ones. She's funny.

CrystalG said...

Hi Lori and Tony. Great post. I love your books. Glad to see you here. :)

Tee said...

It was great to visit with Lori and Tony yesterday...Nice warm hugs. They were in the area! My daughter is so in LOVE with Tony. She says to bad he is older than I and of course he is married to the other half of his heart.

ChristyJan said...

What a fun and interesting interview.

And, WOW! What full days and schedules you have.

nascarandbeans said...

good friday morning Tony and Lori..
what do you find the hardest and easiest about writing as a team?

Mona said...

Just saying hi. The books look great:)

Maureen said...

Thanks for the interview.

Jodi said...

I love Tori's books and still have several to read in my TBR pile. I don't have enough hours in the day to read all of my books!
I saw Taken on the Walmart shelf yesterday, but have to wait until payday to pick it up.

Lori & Tony said...

Hi, all!

Whew! What a busy couple of days. We headed an hour and half north yesterday for a signing at Paperback Outlet in Warren, MI for a signing followed by a pizza party and chat with their readers group. This is an annual visit for us and we always have a blast but by the time we get home we're bushed and can do little more than shrug out of our appearance clothes and veg.

Click below to check out a couple pics from the event (the first features Bad Barb, Nataia and Kadeem, and Tee and her daughter Tabitha!):

Don't tell anyone, but Tony was actually goosed by the woman next to him in the first shot. Probably explains his grin. ;>

First of all...a hearty thank you to Patti for having us over for a visit! Big, wet cyber smooches comin' your way, sweetie.

Now, on to individual posts. Ah! I see a lot of familiar names...


Lori & Tony :> ;>
aka Tori Carrington

realllybadbarb said...

HI Lori and Tony!!!
It was great seeing you!!!

Lori & Tony said...

We're glad you enjoy our Sofie book, Lis! We're having so much fun with the series it ought to be illegal. In fact, last night we ended up sharing some plot elements we probably shouldn't have that won't appear until several books down the line. Okay, *I* accidentally shared 'em. And heard about it from Tony.

I couldn't help it, I tell you! I'm just not good at playing coy.

Jolene! Aw, you're making me blush, sweetie. Thx for your kind words.

Funny you should ask about baklava. Tony made a batch for the pizza party last night, and BB and Tee got a few pieces for themselves, as well. In exchange, Tee's daughter Tabitha made a FANTASTIC loaf of banana bread for Tony. He let it go to his head and Tabby made it clear that if he didn't share it with me, she wouldn't make any for him next year. LOL!

Gotta love it.

Hi, LindaH! We're glad you enjoyed Skin Deep. As for the heat factor...well, let's just say you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Hope you like 'em hot, 'cause our older Temptations and Blazes are definitely that.

Sofie, on the other hand...well, since we have several books with which to tell her story, and she's such a good girl, things outside her fantasy life are far tamer.

Leslie! And what a house it is, too! How in the hell are you, fellow bad girl? Are you and Bruce and the girls all settled in? How's the weather? Love to everyone!

Rachael! Sofie's not in NJ? Yikes! She's been featured up front and center at many B&N's here in the midwest.

For some reason, the distribution appears to be going in waves. We're just now seeing the paperback of Dirty Laundry in supermarkets and the like.

Strange. And something we'll bring up in the fall when we go to NY to schmooze our publisher and agent. Can you believe the 4th book is arond the corner? Well, okay, maybe not from a reader-standpoint, but from ours, considering all the prep work that has to be done, it might as well be next month.

Thx for popping in, sweetie! You'll have to let us know whatcha think about our romances. VBG

Hiya, Kimberly! Thx, sweetie.

Greetings, Minna! Nope, not Finnish yet, but our Sofie is now out in German. We got *the* biggest kick out of what they did to her on the cover. She's blonde! I love it! We really need to find a German friend to see what all they changed in translation. The second title actually features a snapshot of the island of Santorini. Since the series takes place in Astoria, Queens, NY... Too funny.

Backattcha on the well wishes, Sue! We'd love to do something like this every day but, well, I know we'd never get any work done.

It's always something, isn't it? ;>

Love your screenname Lady Vamp! Hmm...I don't know if I should tell you that Tony's deathly afraid of vampires. Oops! I guess I just did, didn't I? BG

Seriously. If you get close to him with a pair of fake fangs on, he'll jump clear out of his skin.

Of course, you know I have an entire vampire DVD collection for just the right occasions. ;>

Aw, thx, Stacy S! Sofie's like a daughter to us, so just like if you'd said something bad about one of our two sons, we'd have to arrange for a sit down. lol

It's great to be here, CrystalG! Thanks!

Tee! It was damn good to see you again, babe. And awwwww on your "other half of his heart" post. Our twentieth wedding anniversary is actually this coming Monday. (We lived in :::gasp::: sin for four years prior to that, so we're hoping to renew our vows next year in Greece, say at a small, hilltop church on an island somewhere, just the two of us. Sigh.)

Hi, ChristyJan! Yeah, our lives are full of wonderful blessings. We are truly privileged to get to do what we love most...with the person we love most.

Oh, crap, I nearly made myself gag with that one. But it's true!

More to come...

L&T :> ;>

Lori & Tony said...

Jolene asked, "What do you find the hardest and easiest about writing as a team?"

I'd tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya.

An oldie but goody, wouldn't you say?

Hmm, let's see. The easiest part is seeing Tony's big grin across from me every morning. The hardest part is seeing Tony's big grin across from me every morning.

Since we've never written separately, I really couldn't tell you how our writing as a team differs from the efforts of a solo writer. I can say that I love having Tony there to share everything with. Even when we disagree and spends hours hammering out a compromise. His presence lessens any hurts, and doubles the joy.

Besides, neither of us has to ask the boss for time off when we travel for writing-related reasons. Which is all the time.

Oooh, boy, should the IRS ever catch up with us...

Maureen...thanks for your thanks! Yeah, we're really *those* kind of people. Sickening, isn't it?

Hello, Jodi! And thanks so much for your kind words. Ah, yes. One of the perks of this biz, nice comments like yours...

BB! Did you go to the pics? Unfortunately, I don't think I'm gonna have the time to put the full album up until Sunday, but I did want to share at least the two pics. I can't believe how fast Nataia and Kadeem are growing! They're sooo precious. Give 'em both a big hug and kiss from the two of us, ya hear? And give yourself the same while you're at it. We loved seeing you!


Lori & Tony - off to do some deck sitting and see what the neighbors have planned with fireworks :> ;>

nascarandbeans said...

HMM Im so jelous got to see them and baklava too? .lol..i wont ask if you brought any for me.. i know you have sharing issues.. hehe.. i would love to meet you both sometime in person..
congrats on the 20 years together.. hubby and i just had our 19th year of being married? now whats your secret to making it a happy wedded bliss? ours is the occasional longtime military separations.. and hes gone alot with that..
otherwise i think we would have killed each other by now..
one of these days i need to try and make some baklava on my i love to bake .

Lori & Tony said...

Thanks for the warm wishes, Jolene. I can't believe we've been married for 20 years already.

And backattcha! Nineteen years is quite the milemarker, as well.

No separations here. Aside from a brief trip Tony took back in the early 90's to take his mother back to Greece (poor thing went into culture shock and wanted to return long before her scheduled six months, bless her heart), we've never been apart.

Hey, we all have disagreements. While ours are fewer and farther between the older we get -- thank God! -- the one rule I think that has kept us together is that even when things get particularly hairy, we've never walked out. Not ever. Not even out onto the porch. Not to the corner market for milk. Nowhere. We stay inside the house until we find our way back to each other, stronger for the experience.

Things always have a way of not only blowing over, but making you and your relationship stronger if you wait out the heat of the moment. But if you take that one step away...well, you may never be able to go back.

Perish the thought. I couldn't imagine my life without Tony in it.


nascarandbeans said...

Hope you have something extra special plans.. (and Tony, an extra special
we were both in the service when we met and we once figured that in the first 3 years we were married we were actually only were together as a couple about 2 months..
its slowed down some from that, but hes still gone probably 2 to 3 months a year if you add it all up.
The longest was the 17 month stint in Iraq..
we clashed like oil and water when he got home and i will never forget the time he said he would rather have stayed in Iraq than came home to me and the about slam..
my heart sunk to a new low. but i knew it was just the ptsd talking..
his answer is still to walk away and let it die down..sometimes we dont speak for a week...
but thats a whole downer of a book in itself..
congrats again.. and keep up all these wonderfully hot books...
have a wonderful weekend..
we might go walk in the parade with the humane society.. havent decided yet..

PattiF said...

You can tell Lori and Tony love each other. I heard about what Tony said -- that he had only half a heart because Lori had the other half... Awwwww.....
But Tony has a BIG heart.

Love your stories, Lori and Tony. The love and affection you have for each other shows in your writing.

Can't wait for my next hug from you two!

nascarandbeans said...

aww.. your one lucky couple to have found that true love.. what i would give to hear something like that from my hubby. but its been 19 years and i doubt that will ever happen..
i will just have to keep reading wonderful romance novels ...

Rachael said...

Hi Lori and Tony!
Maybe I just had bad luck when I went looking for Foul Play. I tried a B&N, Borders and a Walmart and none of them had it. Maybe they were all sold out. I love Sophie! Keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

Hiya Lori and Tony!

Has it really been 20 years? Damn..Lori you dont look old enough to ahve been married 20 years ;) 25 years for me....time to turn him in for a newer model...maybe two 25 year olds...HAHA NOT!

You two are the epitome of soul-mates. Your love is so obvious.

Now my question...What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started writing? And how do you keep the muse talking? LOL

Oh....and when am I getting my yearly dose of Tony and Lori smooches? LOL

Love ya both! Remember those bus tours to Waldens in NJ and NY? I know I do ;)


readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Tony & Lori,

Oh yes I like them hot. I will look forward to reading your blaze books as well. I love to read erotica so trust me I love it *HOT* in books I read HeeeHeee.

WoW! 20 Years Congratulations to you both and may many more years come :-)


readingissomuchfun said...

THanks for sharing those picture's with us Lori & Tony. Great picture's you all look great. Wish I was there would love to have met you :-)


Lori & Tony said...

Thanks so much, Jolene.

Remember, there is no one way to do things. And, truly, whatever doesn't kill the relationship makes it stronger. Sounds like you and hubby have been through an awful lot. But you've struggled through and are still a solid couple. That's saying a lot.

Actually, that's saying it all, isn't it?

Have a happy anniversary, sweetie.



Lori & Tony said...

Aw, thanks, Patti. What makes our lives richer still is having wonderful people like you in it. You're the best. Really.

Jolene, yeah, but you *know* your dh feels the words. And that's all that matters. Some say the words and are short the meaning behind them. Which would you really prefer?

Ah, yes, this full moon is wrecking havoc on the lives of many, isn't it? Doesn't help that Mercury is also in retro.

Just know that we're sending you warm hugs...and asking you to remember that the path Tony and I have chosen includes mastery over the written and the spoken word. After 19 years, both you and dh's hearts are in the right place. And loving moments spent holding hands in silence speaks louder than any words. Or a shared glance across the room. Or a smile that comunicates the understanding that you've spent 19 sometimes difficult, sometimes beautiful, but always loving years together.

Go give the dh a big kiss and a cuddle. Tell him we sent you. BG

Actually, your story is sparking ideas for a future book...



Lori & Tony said...

Will do, Rachael! Thanks for your support. It means the world to us.

Mo! Hey, sweetie! Twenty-five years, huh? You go girl! That's fantastic. Obviously the two of you are doing something right.

Oh, boy, do we ever remember those NJ tours. What a blast! We'd probably still be doing 'em if we hadn't lost Mark Budrock. They just don't make them like that anymore, do they? Well, they do. It's just harder to find 'em. Harder to hold onto 'em.

What do we wish we would have knew then that we know now? Hmm, that's a tough one. I can't say that there's one thing we wish we would have known then. Okay, maybe Tony has a few items on his list, but not me. Because every single step, every last moment, has led us to where we are right now. And I wouldn't change that for anything.

As for keeping the muse you really have to ask? Seriously, just imagine working with Tony. BG

Here's to our paths cross again very soon, sweetie!



Lori & Tony said...

LOL, Linda! Whew. I gotta tell you, there are a number of our Sofie readers that blush merely looking at the covers of our Blazes. Mercy!

Of course, there are also a number of our Blaze readers who wish Sofie would just stop talking about having sex and have some already.

Ah, yes. Can't please all of the people all of time, can ya?

Glad you enjoyed the pics. You wouldn't know it from our chosen career spent isolated in our office for long weeks on end, but we are such people people. Actually, it probably makes more sense than you think. Because our stories are inspired by those same people.



Lori & Tony said...

Woohoo! Thanks so very much for making us feel at home, guys. We had so much fun. Too much, probably, because you've got us to thinking we should reactivate our Friends list or our interactive blog or finish our page.

Ahem. Actually, that would be just me. The mention nearly knocked the grin from Tony's face.

Ah, yes. There are drawbacks to knowing someone too well. He knows that we'd spend most of our time posting and schmoozing and hanging out rather than paying attention to the most recent deadline hanging over our heads.


At any rate, thanks again, guys! Here's wishing each and every one of you a fantastic 4th!


Lori & Tony :> ;>