Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Interview with Roxanne Eberly, the heroine of "Running The Red Light"

Giveaway Alert!

After having lunch with Jamie Wright yesterday over at Romance Reviews Today, I’m eager to talk with Roxanne Eberly, the heroine of Running the Red Light

I walk into Red Light Lingerie a little before the boutique closes, about 5:45pm. I don’t see Roxanne, but a voice comes from the dressing room area. “I’ll be with you in just a minute. Feel free to browse.”

So I wander through racks of lingerie—sexy, skimpy, sophisticated. Roxanne stocks it all. A midnight blue bustier set, leopard-print thongs, and oohh…that harem outfit she wore in the Skylar Academy auction and for Jamie’s private fashion show.

With her long-legged stride, Roxanne hurries out of the back. She’s wearing a pair of knock-your-socks-off red cowboy boots, and with her pixie-cut hair, she looks like something out of a naughty Peter Pan story. “Hey, girl. Haven’t seen you around lately. Tell me you’re finally going to buy something from me.”

“How about I’ll shop if you’ll answer a few questions?”

She stares at me for a few seconds, then lifts a shoulder. “Like I have any secrets.”

Oh, this girl keeps plenty, but I just smile. “Great because the gals from my street team, the Dangerous Darlings, want to know a few things about you.”

“Would they be interested in a modeling gig? I plan to participate in the Skylar charity auction next year, and I’m pretty sure Eden’s out.”

“Um…I can ask.” Lord, they’ll kill me if I volunteer them to strip down to their underwear.

She strolls to a rack, selects several skimpy outfits and drapes them over her arm. “This should do to start.”

I follow her to the dressing area. “First question—plain or peanuts?”

“Seriously? Peanuts are protein, which make M&Ms a meal. But I wouldn’t turn down a package of those pretzel ones either.” She laughs and hangs the outfits. “Start on the left and make your way around. Next question?”

“Do I have to come out of the dressing room?”

“Gimme a sec.” Her boots clunk on the hardwood floor, and I hear the faint click of a lock. Then she’s back. “We’re set. Shoot.”

“Delene wants to know if you have any quirky habits.”

“Does me spouting weird trivia when I get nervous count?”

“I’m pretty sure that qualifies. You got anything good for me?”

She rolls a hand, telling me to get on with the trying on and closes the curtain between us. “Over three-quarters of women are wearing the wrong size bra. And you shouldn’t wear the same bra for longer than about six months.” 

I look down at the one I have on. Great—one more thing I need to buy. “The gals also want to know what you order when you go to a bar.”

“After all this renovation on the Kilgore house—” she’s talking about the grand old Victorian we’re standing in, “—I could use a big-ass margarita. But you don’t risk that kind of thing at Dirty Harry’s. There, it’s beer only.”

“So I’ve heard.” I shimmy into a red baby-doll nightie with matching panties. “Let’s talk about Jamie Wright.”

“How about you show me that first outfit?”

I emerge from the fitting room feeling completely self-conscious. Bathing suits and lingerie—there is no greater hell. “Well?”

“That one goes in the maybe pile.”

Back into the dressing room I go. “So you fell for him. Y’all seem pretty different. What did it for you?”

“God, what doesn’t that man do for me? Makes me as crazy as he makes me hot.”

I walk out with the next outfit on—a melon-colored bustier set. Thank God it has underwires. “I can see that. He’s stubborn, opinionated, and—”

“Sex on a lollipop stick?” She twirls her finger, and I turn in a circle. “Not bad, that one goes in the pretty sure pile. As for why I fell for Jameson Brody Wright in all his hot-shot, lawyerly self? Sure, he’s good-looking, but he’s also so damn smart, it’s scary. But he’s a normal guy. A guy who’s just coming to terms with what he really wants in life. What’s his definition of success is. Lucky for me, I guess I’m part of that.”

“So the fact that he’s over six feet tall and has that delish runner’s physique has nothing to do with it?”

“I just wanted you to know I don’t love him for his body alone. The one thing that does me in every time? Blue-collar hands on a white-collar man. That is so sexy, I should make the man wear gloves because every time I see them, I want him to put them on me.”

Doesn’t sound like a problem to me. I pull on pansy-colored shortie PJs. Oh, yeah. Out I go and twirl without her prompting me. 

“Yes, that one is definitely a yes.”

“What’s the most romantic thing Jamie’s ever done for you?” I pop back in to get re-dressed.

“Bring me a handful of flowers at three in the morning. Where the man got his hands on them at that time of night, I have no idea.”

“That was after the…California incident, right?”

She shoots me a look. “No spoilers in this interview, huh?”

“Nope. If I wouldn’t let Jamie talk about that scene, you can’t either. Rox, what made you want to sell lingerie?”

“The first job I got in high school was at a chain store. That made the move to Davenport Lingerie a no-brainer after I made it through college by the skin of my teeth. I’m good at retail. And honestly, every woman deserves to feel sexy, no matter her age, weight or body type. But corsets and high heels aren’t for everyone. That’s why I created a little Get Your Lingerie Groove On quiz.”

“Oh, can you give me that link?”

“Just hit this site.” 

“Can’t wait to get home and check it out.” I follow her as she carries my purchases to the counter and hand her my credit card. “Next question: how do you like your eggs?”

Roxanne taps her temple. “With a brain like mine? Without a doubt, scrambled.”

I sign the receipt and try not to pass out. I’ve just spent over $350 for a few scraps of silk and lace. “How can people afford to buy this stuff?”

Her grin is wicked. “How can they afford not to?”

About the Author
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at or drop by For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News. 

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Running the Red Light

Release Date: January 6, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: e-book

Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.

Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.

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Kelsey will be giving away one digital copy of Personal Assets (Book 1 in the Texas Nights Series) 

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  1. Maureen -

    Thanks so much for having me today!


  2. Loved this interview with Roxanne Eberly! Kelsey Browning you sure are a JOY no matter the media!!

    1. Delene -

      You're a sweetheart - thanks for stopping by. Your support means the world to me!


  3. This was a fun interview with Roxanne! How did you come up with those certain outfits to try on Kelsey?

    1. Amy -

      Well, first off, she's a short one. I have to be careful with short girls because it's easy for them to look pudgy. Then, she has dark hair and eyes, so I look for colors to compliment those features. Oh, and not clash too bad with her pasty-white winter skin! LOL


  4. Fun interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Thanks, I'd love book 1 in the series!
    Msrh0ndaelaine at gmail

    1. Rhonda - Thanks for popping by. Best of luck!



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