Posted by Ing on 6 February, 2012 // ★★ 13 Comments ★★

Good morning ATPT folks.  I have two very exciting guests stopping by ATPT this morning.  The wonderful and exciting hero and heroine from debut novel Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox is visiting.

Please give a warm welcome to Tom Geiger and Lexie Marshall.  I asked them both to tell me what their definition of an ideal riding companion would be.  I think you all will enjoy this post.  Enjoy and have fun getting to know these two.   

My Ideal Riding Companion  
A Play in One Scene by Tom Geiger and Lexie Marshall 

TOM: Frankly, I’d rather ride alone than with a buddy. I don’t really do buddies. But if you have to have a companion, you ideally want to find one who doesn’t talk much. Somebody who can enjoy the scenery without commenting on every damn plant and hawk along the way.

I mean, I guess for some people, it’s like they see something good, but they haven’t really seen it until they’ve talked to somebody about it. That’s not how I’m wired. I want to get out there on the road and take in the sights and just be alone with them. I like to ride and think, or let my mind go blank. It gets too crowded if somebody’s talking at me all the time. Plus, I don’t want to have to keep saying, Yeah, that’s really something, or Sure, let’s stop for a snack or whatever every two miles. I want to get somewhere.

LEXIE: Right.

TOM: What? Don’t give me that look.

LEXIE: I’m not giving you a look.

TOM: You are. You’re giving me that Tom’s-such-a-hypocrite look.

LEXIE: Well, you are a hypocrite. [grumbles in a low voice] I don’t really do buddies. I just want to get somewhere. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.

TOM: Did you just quote Pee-wee Herman at me?

LEXIE: Yep. I’m not ashamed, either.

TOM: [shaking his head] Go on, then, Trouble. Tell these good people what I really think.

LEXIE: Well, you like telling people what all the plants and animals are. You’ll point off to the right when you see something, and if I don’t respond, you’ll be all, See that, Lex? Red-tailed hawk.

TOM: You hate missing stuff.

LEXIE: Mm-hmm. I’m sure that’s all it is. You loathe commenting on the scenery, but you do it because you can’t bear my unhappiness. It couldn’t be that you actually like talking about plants.

TOM: It’s really your department.

LEXIE: What about that time in Idaho that you spent three days mumbling, What the hell’s the name of that flower?

TOM: It was bugging me.

LEXIE: Exactly. You wouldn’t drop it until you’d asked, like, seven people, and finally somebody could tell you. And you like stopping for snacks, too. And leaving the route to check out side trips. All the way across the TransAm, you were constantly saying stuff like, C’mon, Lex. Let’s go check out the biggest ear of corn in Kansas.

TOM: [shaking his head] It wasn’t nearly as big as I’d expected.

LEXIE: C’mon, Lex, let’s go to the Broward County Fair and pet the bunnies.

TOM: The fair was your idea.

LEXIE: Yeah, but you were the one who wanted to pet the bunnies.

TOM: . . .

LEXIE: Admit it.

TOM: Okay, yeah. I liked the rabbits.

LEXIE: You called them “bunnies.”

TOM: Quit emasculating me in front of these folks.

LEXIE: I will when you admit you’re a blowhard.

TOM: I’m not even sure I know what a blowhard is, babe.

LEXIE: You don’t have to, honey. Just tell them, My ideal riding companion is a woman who loves to talk, tell stories, and follow the road wherever it takes her.

TOM: My ideal riding companion is Lexie Marshall.

LEXIE: All right. That’s acceptable.

[They kiss. Curtain descends.]

Ride with Me, available from Loveswept on February 13, 2012!

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?

Purchase Links: Amazon / B&N / iBookstore

About Author:

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. 

  • Open to US & International residents 
  • 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. 
  • MUST answer this question: What is some things you’d look for in a companion if you went on a bike adventure?
  • MUST leave e-mail address in comment
  • Giveaway ends Feb 11th



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  1. Somebody who wouldn’t leave me in the dust to fend for myself! Somebody who’s handy and could fix my bike, if needed. Someone who’d enjoy stopping along the way to eat at some good restaurants. And someone who plans…who planned ahead and made reservations at a string of charming inns along the journey!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  2. Aww, cute interview. My ideal cycling companion is someone who would push me a bit, but also isn’t afraid to make use of the sag wagon occasionally (assuming there is one available).

  3. someone who knows CPR as I am soooooo out of shape!!! And definitely someone who is not into speed cycling 🙂 LOL-this sounds like a very fun book can’t wait till next week to read it!

  4. My ideal bike partner would have to have good knowledge of first aid because I’m accident prone. He should be easy to get along with or it will be a long a** ride (pun intended). Everything else is negotiable 🙂

    Win or lose, I look forward to reading this story. Tom and Lexie are so cute. I liked what she said about following the road wherever it takes her. Tell Tom there’s nothing wrong with calling rabbits bunnies. We like that. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Michelle W

  5. LOL Heather, don’t be ashamed! It’s nice to ride behind a nice view. 🙂 Though my husband and I always ride better together when I go first.

  6. Someone to make the ‘view’ ahead of me more appealing! Just kidding. Just someone easy going and fun to be with would be nice. not someone obsessed with getting there fast.

    Sounds like a fun book! Thank for the giveaway.

    Heather E

  7. Sue

    My husband – we actually do ride bikes *G* – Very cute, you should post a short scene on your site so I can stop by every day to enjoy L&T 🙂

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