Thursday, May 3, 2012

Book Tour for The Long Con by Lori Toland (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)

There's a super steamy story with a bit of mystery thrown in that's a new addition to the m/m genre.  Courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions I'm bringing you a glimpse of The Long Con as well as the chance to win an Amazon gc.  So let's welcome Lori Toland where she'll be talking about making the "bad guys" appealing......

How to make the "bad guys" appealing?

Well, this is a great question. I went to the RWA convention in 2010 when it was here in Orlando and the amazing Angela Knight talked a little about the villain at how to write action scenes. I’m paraphrasing here but what I took away from it was that you had to understand where the character was coming from. The best villains believe that they are on the side of the right, and they are the ones who deserve to win the fight and sometimes they succeed.

So armed with this knowledge, I sat down to write Tony. Bradley had come in to seduce and distract Tony, even though he was instantly attracted to one of the con men. Well, *BANG* Tony and Bradley had chemistry that sizzled and as Bradley seduced Tony, I found out just how compatible they were.

By their fourth sexual encounter, while Bradley had clocked in a big fat zero with his love interest, I knew I had a problem. The villain is supposed to be bad, not hot. Oh well, I’ll just blame it on my characters. So I took a long walk and let the ideas percolate.

I really had a hard time with writing this story because in order for Tony and Bradley to fall in love, I had to bend the rules until they shattered. I realized the only person keeping them apart was me. Once I figured that out, the only thing I had left to do was let go and fall into the abyss.  It was a long and bumpy drop but I enjoyed every second of the free fall. I hope you enjoy it too!

Thank you for having me by!

THE LONG CON by Lori Toland

British Agent Nathaniel Bradley is tasked with bringing home a stolen heirloom. After tracking the Faberge egg all the way to a group of criminals in New York, Bradley infiltrates a ring of con artists and gets sucked into the role of a high priced prostitute.

While hoping for a chance to take back what is rightfully his, Bradley’s sole mission becomes to seduce Tony Terranova, Jr, the heir to a notorious mafia dynasty. Though Tony is strikingly handsome, the usually dominant Bradley is hesitant to submit to the sexual whims of a dangerous Mafioso.

What Bradley doesn't expect is for Tony to fall to his knees so eagerly for him, leaving him blindsided by how intensely their dark tastes complement each other. Now Bradley is caught up in a deadly game of lies and desire, where what he truly wants may not be what duty requires.


My heart pounded, and I panted from exertion. Replete and relaxed, I knew my weight crushed him to the bed, but if he didn’t say anything, I wasn’t moving. I dropped a gentle kiss on his shoulder, tasting the salt from his skin when I licked my lips.

I opened my mouth, and my heart slammed against my rib cage when I realized what I had just been about to say. Before blurting out my love for him, I pulled out slowly and stood.

I needed to get my shit together and remember I was on a task, one of huge importance to Margaret. I took a deep breath and let it out. When he glanced at me over his shoulder, I put on the same mask I wore around everyone.

His eyes told me he saw beneath the surface, and that scared me. He was much too perceptive, and from this moment forward, I would have to be on my guard. “Are you okay?” he asked.

“Yeah. You almost killed me there.” I laughed it off, but it felt hollow to me. I left him on the bed and walked into bathroom.

I threw away the condom, and when I turned around, Tony stood in the doorway.

“Are you sure?” he asked, his frown worrying me.

I wanted him to drop it, so I just smiled and placed a kiss on his lips. “I’m sure.”

My explanation didn’t seem to satisfy him, but I didn’t stick around to give him the time to question me about it. I flipped on the shower and waited for the water to heat up, a little perturbed about how much I wanted him.


CEO by day, erotic romance writer by night, Lori Toland lives in Orlando where the summers are hot but the romance between her characters is even hotter. Writing since the tender age of 13, Lori somehow finds time to play video games and watch movies while taking care of her beloved cats and a husband who will forever be her hero.

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A $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter from the entire tour.

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-To be entered, MUST leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-One commenter will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more tour stops you make a comment on the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 5/4.


  1. I love it when bad guys and villains are HOT. Sometimes the bad guy wins me over totally.


  2. We don't get enough stories about made men that struggle with hiding their sexuality. Can't wait to read this one!

    1. Hi Kassandra,

      Tony is hiding his sexuality from most of his family, but it isn't a huge plot point. His dad Tony Sr knows. :)

  3. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it to see what happens between Bradley and Tony. Does Tony's dad find out? Bradley's agency? Thanks for the blog tour.


  4. I like a complex villan...especially when I'm convinced in the beginning that he's a bad guy but maybe by the end I'm not so sure!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Tony is definitely complex for sure. :) And I've heard from several readers that Amanda is a fan favorite. A strong, no-nonsense female character.

  5. I can usually resist a bad guy, but it would be refreshing to have one win me over (at least in a book).


    1. Hi Anon!

      Tony won me over, although it took a while :) he was bad to the bone, or so I thought. :)

  6. Isn't it fun when the characters take over the story? I love the fact that you let them get away with it.

    1. Hi MomJane :)

      I really didn't had a choice. They seduced me. :)

  7. I love it when the characters in a book have that "oh, sh**, I'm in love" moment!

    1. Juliana,

      Me too! it hits the character like a ton of bricks.

  8. Very nice excerpt. The characters sound very intriguing.


  9. I like villains that are redeemable and Tony won me over as well.

    Jibriel.O (at) web (dot) de

  10. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Enjoyed reading about your book.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  11. Oh I don't know I usually like bad boys, if they are not total idiots. ;)

    lyra dot lucky7 at gmail dot com

  12. Nice excerpt Bradley and Tony sound like very interesting characters.