February 28, 2013

Sky Tinted Water by Keta Diablo @ketadiablo #RLFblog




Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes only a blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is: Sky Tinted Water by Keta Diablo.

Genre: Sweet Historical Romance
Familial bonds, malevolent schemes, and passion collide in this sweet historical novel. Set in Minnesota during the Civil War and the Sioux uprising, this is the story of Rory Hudson, the exquisite Irish lass with an unbreakable spirit and the enigmatic Dawson Finch, a man bound by honor, duty, and loyalty.
When Dawson enlists in the army to bring peace to nation divided, Rory’s world plummets into a tailspin. War, distance, and time separate them, but nothing can dispel the haunting memories of their love. Not even death can destroy their fierce passion or a love so strong it beats the odds of the impossible.

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/UjeU4W

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The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com

February 27, 2013

Character Interview: Phoenix @SerenaZane #RLFblog



Insidious Whispers

Serena Zane, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character Phoenix from the book, Insidious Whispers.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 46 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: It’s her duty or her life!
Blurb:
Abducted from her quiet life as a New Age store owner, Beth Stark is thrown into a dangerous world of intrigue and magic. Beth’s legacy as Guardian of the Black Tome is to protect the book from those who would seek to use it for dark purposes.
Phoenix, enforcer of the Vampire world, is sent to destroy the Black Tome before the Queen of the Fae can use it to annihilate the vampire race. Phoenix comes face to face with the tome’s Guardian, but he doesn’t expect the feisty little spitfire to make his blood boil, and his passions rise.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Beth Stark, New Age Store Owner and half-Fae, Guardian of the Black Tome
Phoenix, Vampire Enforcer
Prince Arlen, Prince of the Fae
Queen Genevieve, Queen of the Fae
Jean-Luc, Vampire Elder and head of the High Council

Interview with Phoenix

Tell us about yourself.
I am the strong arm of the vampire council. Head enforcer, and ancient vampire. Ensuring that vampires follow the law of the High Council and Other-kind do not reveal our existence.
Tell us about Beth Stark.
She is a feisty spitfire that I cannot eradicate from my heart. I burn for her. She is Guardian of the Dark Tome and a half-Fae who torments me with every waking thought.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Well…are we talking metaphorically? Or figuratively? I believe that honor comes before all things.
What would Beth say is your strongest point?
(Phoenix laughs) I can’t really discuss that on an open forum.
What would Beth say is your biggest weakness?
I find it suspicious that you would ask such a question. One does not reveal their weaknesses.
What was it like where you grew up?
Belief
I grew up in what is now the Basque Region of the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. It was a hard existence, and my family struggled.
What do you wish was different about your life?
There are always things one regrets. But I cannot change the past.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That is something I shall keep close to my heart.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Once many years ago I came upon a place, far away from society. Isolated, but beautiful. The waves of the ocean crashed against the cliffs as I watched the sun sink beneath the horizon. This would be my perfect place, if there, in the arms of my love.
As a child, who was your best friend?
I prefer not to dwell in the past of dim memory.
What do you wish I had asked you?
I would have had you ask me if I am satisfied with my existence. I would say that is a good question. Again, there are things I regret, and now that I have found my love, I am not sure if my position will remain the same with the High Council. But, yes, overall, I am satisfied with my existence as it stands.

About the Author

Serena Zane is an eclectic author of paranormal romance, sweet romance, and action-adventure romance. She lives with her husband and her son in the Northwest. Balancing her time between writing, time with her family, and crossing swords on the battlefield, Serena is never bored.

Previous Books

The Jewel series
Dark Diamonds, Crystal Clear, Ruby Red, Tiger Eye
The Hunter Diaries
The Christmas Present, Bite Me, Belief, Insidious Whispers
The Dark Warrior series
Snow Beast, A Cross to Bare, Bane
Follow the Heart, Moonlight in a Pickup Truck

Books Coming Soon

Serena Zane
The Hunter Diaries Anthology, Mortal Ice, The Change, and The Locket

Contest

Riddle me this: “Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters.” What is it?
If you are the first to answer this question you will win a free copy of The Christmas Present.

Find Me Here

Blog: Tales of the Night  http://serenazaneauthor.blogspot.com/

February 26, 2013

Western Romance: Heap of Trouble #RLFblog


A Heap of Trouble

Lorrie Unites-Struiff, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, A Heap of Trouble
Genre: Western Romance, Action, Humor
Publisher: MuseItUP Publishing.
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: 150 pages
Heat rating: PG
Tagline: Sheriff Cole chases Mattie, who steals his heart, Beggar, a monkey who steals the townspeople's jewelry and a gang that steals cattle.
Blurb:
Sheriff Cole Walker is fearless-- except when it comes to critters. When a thieving, runaway, ringtail monkey decides to move in with Cole and won’t leave, he has more woes than he can handle.
Cole has a powerful yen for the newly arrived Mattie Wells, the pretty woman who can jingle his spurs with just a smile. Mattie takes a shine to men who have pets, and she adores the monkey—as does all the townsfolk. So, Cole must put up with the troublesome critter.
Mattie is holding a dark secret and refuses to get married. Cole pushes to pry out her secret and change her mind while harboring a secret of his own.
A gang of rustlers is roaming the hills and stealing the Double J’s cattle. JJ blames the farmers and an all out war is in the making. Cole and his deputies, Wade and Sully, are given a month to find the thieves before Mayor Farley calls for outside gunslingers.
Yep. Cole has a heap of trouble on his hands.
Buy links:
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Cole Walker 28 Sheriff of Cold Creek
Mattie Wells 22 Shopkeeper’s daughter.
Beggar, the runaway monkey. Who knows how old the imp is? Occupation- Petty thief.

Excerpt:

Cole’s heart rate picked up a notch. Her honey-colored hair had been the first thing he noticed when she stepped off the covered wagon a month ago, how it gleamed like silk corn tassels in the sunshine. Her tiny waist and proper curves had sure jingled his spurs. “Afternoon, Miss Mattie,” he jumped to his feet. “Whoa, don’t come in. There’s a mighty dangerous critter under the desk.”
“A what?” Mattie hurried to look under the desk. “Oh, my, it’s a little monkey.” She crawled on all fours to reach for the varmint, offering Cole a tantalizing view of her frilly petticoat and pretty ankles. “Come here, you poor baby.”
“Miss Mattie, stop.” Cole rushed over, a palm on his pistol. “He might bite you.”
Mattie got to her feet, the monkey curled in her arms. “Oh, don’t be silly. He’s what they call a ringtail and he’s half-starved to boot. I had a school friend once whose dad was an Organ Grinder. He had bought one like this shipped in from South America.” Her eyebrows lifted, her eyes on his hand hovering over his pistol. “You weren’t really planning on shooting this little fella, were you?”
“Me?” He let out a chuckle and quickly hooked his thumb over his gun belt. “I’d never think of doing something like that.” He made a show of glancing around the room. “I was just sharin’ my lunch, but he sure made a darn mess of the place.”
She petted the monkey, cooing softly while it lay snuggled in her arms. She bit her lip her eyes twinkling. “Oh, I see. And now you’re sweeping up the scraps. How sweet.”
Cole shuddered at how she could handle the critter so easily. He tried to smile. “Yes, ma’am. Sure was. Cleaning the office and feeding him, that is.”
Her eyes narrowed as she inspected the creature closely. “This fella’s too thin, must not have eaten for a while.” She fingered the metal band around its neck. “We need something to wedge the clip lock off his collar.” A frown pulled at her mouth while her eyes scanned the office. “Oh, hand me that ring of keys hanging on the peg. You hold the monkey and I’ll work the ring under the clip.”
“Uh, you keep a hold of him. I’ll pry the clip loose. I mean since he’s so comfortable with you and all.” He snatched up the key ring and edged closer. His hands trembled. “Why we doin’ this for anyhow? Must be someone’s pet with this fancy collar.”
“Probably, but this collar has sharp edges. It scratches his neck.” She perched on the edge of the desk, holding the monkey firmly, exposing the lock.
Cole moved his hands slowly. “Ah, hold on to his head nice and tight now. We don’t want him wiggling.”
She giggled. “Don’t worry.”
Sweat beaded on his forehead, the heat rushing to his face nearly searing his eyebrows. He reached for the collar, his heart racing. The ring slid under the clip and he forced it up. It snapped open with a ping.
“Now pull the collar apart.”
He did. The collar pushed open wide enough for him to twist it off.
“Yeow!” Pain shot from his hand to his elbow. He dropped the collar as if he had grabbed the hot end of a branding iron. The metal band clunked and spun across the floor. He stared at the bloody strip streaking his palm.
“I told you it was sharp.” Mattie set the ringtail on the desk and led Cole to the basin of water sitting on the ledge in the corner. She soaped a cloth and bathed his palm while he glared at the monkey. Her soft, warm hands gave him a little tingle in his belly, until she poured the whiskey over the cut.
“Yeow!” Cole blew on his hand. He didn’t know which was worse, the cut or the unexpected whiskey wash.
The ringtail rubbed and stretched its neck, then clapped. Cole gave him a scathing look.
Mattie nudged Cole’s arm. “Oh, don’t be such a baby. Look, it’s hardly bleeding at all.” She wrinkled her nose and waved her hands to dispel the liquor fumes floating in the office.
Dang. She probably thinks I’m a jackass. He cleared his throat. “So, how’d you know ‘bout the hurtful collar?”
“When we lived in New York, I visited at my friend’s home. I saw how her father used the collar to train the ringtail by pulling on it with a chain to hurt the little thing.”
Cole glanced at the red streak on his palm. “That seems a downright mean way to treat a critter.”
“I agree.” Mattie huffed. “He said he did that to teach the monkey tricks. Why, he even tied the ringtail’s forearms behind his back to train him to walk upright. I thought it horribly cruel and near cried every time I went to her house.” Her white shirtwaist rose and fell with every angry breath.
“Where do you suppose this one came from then?”
“Must have escaped from that medicine show traveling south of us, that’s all I can figure. We heard about the show while you and your deputies were away tracking those rustlers.” She patted his palm with a dry towel. “You have any luck?”
“Sorry to say we never saw hide nor hair of the thieves. Wade and Sully are still camping out on the range. They’re gonna keep searching the hills beyond the river.”
Mattie folded the towel and set it back on the shelf. “Hope you find them soon so all this trouble will be over.”
“Me, too.” He cast another weary glance at the monkey and sighed. “That critter ate most of my lunch, but I guess even a mangy mutt deserves to eat once in a while.”
The monkey nodded and let out a burp.
Mattie laughed and tickled the varmint under his chin. “I did learn this little thing will eat both meat and fruit. At least my friend’s dad fed theirs well and kept it healthy.” She grabbed the broom and began sweeping up the scattered scraps.
Cole bent to pick up a half-eaten biscuit by the desk. The monkey climbed onto his shoulder and wrapped his furry arms around his neck. Cole choked back a yelp. Hot breath blasted his ear. He nearly jumped out of his skin and reached to throw the critter off, but Mattie was gazing at him with those adoring eyes.
“Oooh, how cute. He’s taken with you. They do love to be cuddled.”
He didn’t dare pitch him off. Cole gritted his teeth and stoically bore the beast, expecting to lose an ear to sharp little teeth. Tiny fingers plucked at Cole’s hair. His ear feeling a little safer, Cole paced the office and forced his shoulders to loosen up with each step.
The floor cleaned, the dirt and bits of food wrapped in brown paper, Mattie wedged the bundle of scraps under her arm.
When Cole passed the hat rack, a small arm plucked the Stetson from the peg and set it on his head. Mattie put her hand over her mouth, but he heard her muffled chuckle.
He stepped onto the boardwalk, the thick planks echoing with each step and sinking a little under his six-foot frame. Now that he finally got the critter outside, he hoped like heck it would scamper off to parts unknown. Instead, it stayed perched on his shoulder as he walked Mattie back to the mercantile her pa had bought from the last owners. The couple had upped and moved farther west to live with their son and his family.
            Cole ran a quick scan over the two blocks of businesses down to the Sundance Saloon angled at the far end of town. Buckboards and horses lined the rails and teams tromped the street raising puffs of dust. People chatted in groups or went about their chores. Some of the buildings, like his office, provided living quarters on the upper floor. Behind the businesses, and across a small lane, stood weathered cabins and painted frame houses with shutters.
No drifters, pie-eyed cowhands, or fights in the making were in sight. All remained peaceful-like, which suited him just fine. He sure didn’t need any more problems today.
Old Baldy limped toward them, his stained apron hanging past his knees. He jerked to a stop, and his toothless mouth spread into a wide grin. He smacked his thigh. “I see you gots a new deputy there, Sheriff.” Baldy guffawed until his face turned pink, then he bent over to catch his breath.
Cole thought about shooting him, but instead gave the geezer a stone cold glare.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
By writing short stories for ezines.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Promote my books. With short stories I didn’t really have to, but now I’m trying to get my name and my books out there to readers.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook, Pintrest, LinkedIn
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Make it longer. I enjoyed writing it so much, I wish I had added more twists.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
It’s fun, at least for me. I can let my imagination have free rein.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing now, stupid, while you’re young.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Not well. Lol. There is always so much to do and not enough time in the day. Besides, I poop out fast.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Heaven’s no. They would lynch me.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I was a gold medalist dancer/teacher/manager of a big name ballroom studio. Ah the good slim and trim days.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
A Heap of Trouble. It’s fun, has PG romance, action with cattle rustling, and a lot of humor with Beggar the monkey who is a petty thief. You can’t help but like the combination.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew, but I do think e-books are the wave of the future.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My grandson is a classical pianist and in his first year of college. He is gifted. He started older than most kids and is already number one musician in his school. To hear him play brings tears of pride to my eyes.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
A little cabin in the woods. I’d take my computer, sloppy clothes, and be totally alone to write. Hmm. Better take some food with me, too.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
New Year’s Eve. I like to watch the ball go down. I sigh, lean back in the chair and think, ‘whew, I made it another year.’ I know. I’m strange.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Watch the TV programs I have taped. I like many of them and thank goodness for DVR’s.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Hmm. Tough one. Can I choose a young Kim Novak? Lol. Maybe I best go with the older one.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with mushrooms.
I'm always ready for a dinner out with friends.
When I'm alone, I love to do anything I feel like.
You'd never be able to tell, but I always laugh at myself when I do stupid things.
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
If I could go a vacation I'd take a 90 day cruise and see the world.
I can never say no to a friend because I value them too much.

Books Coming Soon

My C.O.D. series. (Call on the Dead) 1&2 combined is out now. Three more to go, so far, in the series.

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February 24, 2013

Paranormal: Blood Promise @qlane #RLFblog



The Progeny
Ashlynne Laynne, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Blood Promise.
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Cover artist: Faleasha Myers
Length: 320 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the promise is fulfilled.
Blurb:
Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion with Shauna--a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known--he seals to her and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and he finds that happiness never lasts for long.
Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing. A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending humanity--as we know it.
Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?
Buy links:
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Ascher Rousseau- 87 year old half-blooded vampire, one third owner of Rousseau Incorporated and medical student
Shauna McCutchin-Rousseau- 21 year old bartender and second year college student

Interview

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most about writing is connecting with readers and chatting with them about my books and characters.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Stephen King
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All of the time. This drives my husband crazy, because he’ll read a part of one of the books and say, “Hey, I remember saying that to you once.”
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I currently work full time for a major power company.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I’m a romance junkie, and I will read any sub-genre of this genre.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Honestly, I believe that e-books will become the majority of book sales in the future, leaving a small portion of sales as paperbacks.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, because I enjoy cooking a huge family meal.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
My guilty pleasure is watching Lifetime in my pajamas.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I’ll say pink, because it happens to be my favorite color.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni, black olive and mushroom.
I'm always ready for sex.
When I'm alone, I write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I write erotica.
If I had a halo it would be in flames.
If I could disappear, I'd prank my friends.
I can never skydive because I’m a big chicken.

Previous Books

The Progeny (Book One)
Blood Bonds (Book Two)

Books Coming Soon

Blood Promise (Book Three)

Contest

For one commenter, I am offering free PDF copies of all three Progeny series books and two autographed Progeny series trading cards (Ascher and Shauna).Open to US addresses only.

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February 23, 2013

Contemporary: I Do...or Die @BookEmDonna #RLFblog

Donna Cummings, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, I Do...or Die.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 272 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Getting shot at during a wedding was the best thing to happen to her love life.
Blurb:
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” is Shelby Atwood's personal credo. She’s managed to avoid commitment all her life – no pets, no plants, not even a long-term lease. Heck, she’s had colds last longer than her romantic relationships. How could she be any other way when she has a gigolo for a father?
But then gunfire erupts at the latest wedding she’s agreed to be in, and it ends up being the best thing to happen to Shelby’s love life. Detective Ryan Nichols is assigned to the case, and when the shootings don’t stop, he becomes her 24-hour bodyguard. Shelby wouldn’t mind except Ryan is too appealing, too sexy, and too happy to remind her of the raucous bachelorette party when she mistook him for a stripper.
Shelby’s plan is simple: find the shooter, have a fling with Ryan, and return to her non-committal life. Unfortunately, the shooter is very elusive. Shelby’s feelings for Ryan are way more than adrenaline-fueled lust. And returning to her normal life is now impossible since, despite her lifelong resistance, she’s managed to put her heart smack dab in the line of fire.
Buy links:
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Shelby Atwood, early 30's, TV food personality
Ryan Nichols, mid-30's, detective

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
This book started out with a little riff from a bridesmaid chatting about all the outrageous bridesmaid dresses she'd had to wear. And then all of a sudden this chatty character became the heroine, Shelby, who had been a bridesmaid for her best friend four different times, only Shelby hates weddings. And then there was gunfire at the latest ceremony. . .Things just kind of went crazy from there!
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Shelby seems to endear herself to readers, probably because of her kooky adventures, and her commitment-phobe qualities, as well as her hilarious commentary on all of it. There's definitely a fan base for the hero, Ryan, though.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Probably "getting ready to write" or feeling guilty for not writing! I hang out a lot on Twitter, and I love to get inspired by looking at things on Pinterest, and I count them as invaluable research tools. *cough* Because they are!
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I am a confirmed pantser. I'm not even sure I make stuff up--it just shows up in my brain, and I write it down. It feels like I'm the official stenographer for these characters. They say and do what they want to, and I type away. Sometimes I'll pretend like I'm the movie director and suggest they move over here, or say such-and-such. When I'm done, they go back to what they were doing in the first place, and I just start typing again.
What's your writing schedule like?
It's pretty much a variation of this: "Okay, I've got my coffee, so I'll open up the WIP and get my word count done for the day. Oh, wait. I better check Twitter one more time. And Facebook--I think somebody left a comment, and I don't want them feeling ignored. Wow, it's lunchtime already. Well, I'll just go ahead and check the sales stats on Amazon and then really hit it at 1:30. No, 1:45. Heck, I might as well just round it up to--how did it get to be 6 p.m. already?!"
Any advice for new authors?
Write the story that won't leave you alone. It may be slightly outside your current skill set, but work at it anyway. You'll discover what you like, what your strengths are, and most importantly, you'll find your voice. THAT is your most valuable tool as a writer. It's what will keep readers wanting to read everything you write.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
I didn't even have to think about this one! I would go to Regency London, and have a grand time with all those rogues and rakes.
Do you believe in luck?
I'm not sure if I'd call it luck, but I definitely believe there's something that happens outside of the normal everyday plane. It feels like coincidence sometimes, the way things happen, being in the right place at just the right moment. Or having someone show up just as you need them to.
What's your favorite movie?
I love romance and humor, so I have a few movies I can watch a zillion times and never get tired of them. Strictly Ballroom is one, and Notting Hill is another.
Donna Cummings

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with forty-eleven kinds of cheese on it.
I'm always ready for coffee, and more coffee.
When I'm alone, I crack myself up all the time.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm thinking up a new tweet right now.
If I had a halo, it would be marking my place in whatever book I'm reading.
If I could learn how to drive a race car, I'd use that research for an upcoming book.
I can never eat Brussels sprouts because they are incredibly gross!

Previous Books

Lord Midnight, Regency historical
Summer Lovin', contemporary romance novella

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February 22, 2013

Romantic Thriller: Byzantine Gold @BookstoGoNow #RLFblog


Byzantine Gold
Chris Karlsen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Byzantine Gold.
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Cover artist: Elaina Lee from For the Muse Design
Length: 72K words
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: A Turkish agent and an American archaeologist find themselves in the crosshairs of dangerous enemies in this undersea thriller.
Blurb:
A sunken warship from the Byzantine Era carrying an unusual cargo of gold has been found off the coast of Northern Cyprus. News of the valuable cache has attracted the attention of a terrorist cell. They plan to attack the recovery team’s campsite and steal the artifacts. On the Black Market, the sale of the relics will buy them additional weapons.
Charlotte Dashiell, an American archaeologist, and her lover, Atakan Vadim, a Turkish government agent, are scheduled to be part of the recovery team that brings up the artifacts. While en route to Cyprus, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of Maksym Tischenko, a Ukrainian contract killer bent on revenge. Charlotte, Atakan and Tischenko share a grim history. As a result, Tischenko is a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal--seeing them both dead.
Buy links:
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Charlotte Dashiell, 30, nautical archaeologist
Atakan Vadim, 38, agent for the Turkish Ministry of Culture.
Maksym Tischenko, 40, contract killer.
Golden Chariot

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I allocate time for promotion work and I start asking for reviews as soon as I can.
What websites do you visit daily?
The Animal Rescue Site and the Rainforest Site, I click on the pages. For every click a bowl of food goes to a shelter animal and every click goes to purchase rainforest land at risk. It’s free to the person who clicks as corporate sponsors and/or private contributors take care of the costs.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
When a reader tells me they felt like they were there, in a scene, with one of my characters or when they say they felt part of the setting from the narrative description.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Tough call but I think (if you mean another author) it would be either Bernard Cornwell or John Sandford. I have several favorite authors but they combine setting with action remarkably well.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing now. Don’t wait.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
It’s pretty good. I do allocate time every day if I can to write, generally the afternoons. I don’t set page goals and don’t allow myself to not write because I’m “blocked.”
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
No.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Before I became a writer I was car rental agent, a receptionist in a law firm, a switchboard operator, a grocery clerk and a police officer.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I’d recommend Golden Chariot or Byzantine Gold. They are romantic thrillers and the romance is the subplot rather than the main plot. I think it’s a nice way to introduce someone to romance and the thriller aspect has wider appeal.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read historical fiction, like Bernard Cornwell’s books, Mike Connelly, John Sandford and Joe Wambaugh’s cop books, Julia Quinn’s historical romances along with Julie Anne Long and Deanna Raybourn. I also like Stephen Coonts’ thrillers.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
A couple pair of shoes as I wear a 10 and can’t always find that size abroad. Toothbrush, toothpaste, some other toiletries and my makeup so I look halfway decent when I arrive. Kindle and/or Nook, tablet for emails, and my iPod with my music. A couple of changes of clothes.
I’d go to Bodrum, Turkey, where I can lounge by the Aegean Sea and enjoy the sidewalk cafes at night.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Driving around England and Scotland is a fave. I love it there. I love there’s so much history and castles, and picturesque villages, and nice people. I can never see all I want in a visit.
What good book have you read recently?
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell and I’m currently enjoying Mad River by John Sandford.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Watching a Castle rerun. Dull I know.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Stana Katic
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Bright Copper
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni, sausage and onions.
I'm always ready for a glass of champagne.
When I'm alone, I listen to music and read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m not at all talkative at parties where I don’t know many people.
If I had a halo it would be ornate like Byzantine jewelry.
If I could get the courage I'd take a hot air balloon over part of Turkey.
I can never dive because I cannot manage to clear my mask properly.

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February 20, 2013

Romantic Suspense: Rescued from the Dark @lynda_kaye #RLFblog


Rescued from the Dark

Lynda Kaye Frazier, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Rescued from the Dark.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Blurb:
She has no memory of their love...
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal--or the intimate interlude that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.
He knows the truth, but no one will listen...
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory, no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness from which there is no escape?
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Tell us about your latest book.
Rescued from the Dark is about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring. While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved. Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give up to bring Mercy back to him.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Rescued from the Dark is the first book in my Guardian’s of Hope series. It is an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to do due to restrictions.
I am almost finished with the second book, Last Chance to Run and hope to have it published by the end of the year.
I also have a contemporary, Saving JT in the works and just finished outlining the remaining books in the Guardian’s series. So many more books in the future.
How many readers/fans contact you?
This is my first novel so not a big fan base. Just family and friends. But that’s a great place to start.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Mercy has a lot of my personality built into her character. She loves coffee, is always late, and is very protective of family and friends. The only thing we share on life experiences is how enclosed areas bother her. I hate it when the elevator closes. I swear I hold my breath until it opens again.
Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
It takes two months for me to complete a rough draft. I am still new to the editing process so I’m slow at it. I think I edit it too much.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
My day job takes up a lot of my time so I have set aside my evenings from 8 to midnight for my e-mails, blog updates and writing. I usually wing it on the weekends but still try to get at least three hours in front of the computer each day.
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
Once I have my characters and plot my book basically writes itself. I keep a tape recorder on me and when I get an idea I record it and feed it into my story when I get home. I am always working on my story weather it’s in front of the computer or recording a thought.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I do a short outline then build my characters. Looks, personality and quirks. Then the story builds around that.
What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?
My kids are grown and on their own and once my husband is fed he is happy so the only real interruption I have is when my cats feel like they need attention and lay across my keyboard.
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
I read. I love to read, that’s what started this journey of mine. It’s my escape. I relax with a few chapters each night.
What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels? Do you find them difficult to write?
I only have one love scene in my book. There is a lot of sexual tension but writing that one scene was very difficult for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read erotic and would love to write more but alas my Catholic school background will not let me. When I’m in the middle of attempting to write one I get a mental image of the Nuns and Priests telling me to get those evil thoughts out of my head. Someday I will learn how to kick them out of my head.
What kind of research do you do?
This book dealt with the Irish Mob and a Terrorist cell. I had many hours on the wide web searching for information so my plot sounded as real as it could be without hitting sites that would get me flagged by the US Government.
What does your husband/wife think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing.
Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
No, can’t even get him to read my book. He’s only into westerns.
Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I am Married with five children and three grandchildren. I love to garden and paint but the one thing you will always catch me doing is reading. My most favorite place to be is on the beach. I have been known to drive 10 hours for a day on the sand. I went to college for Respiratory Therapy back in 1979 and have been a registered ultrasound technician for the last 18 years. I work for a Cardiology group and can honestly say I love my day job. But I love writing more.
Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
I have always had a passion for reading, but the one author that influenced me into getting published was Cindy Gerard. When I finished writing my book I had questions so I e-mailed her and she was great. She gave me information that put me in the right direction. She was very kind and answered every one of my dumb questions.
Are you a member of any author groups - RWA, critique groups, etc.?
I am a member of RWA, Roses Critique group, Savvy Authors, BTS eMag reviewers, and Marketing for Romance Writers.
What do you think of critique groups in general?
I would be lost without my critique group. I love the different advice I get, and use it as just that, their opinion and advice. I don’t let them change my voice but their great at catching plot errors, story structures problems and flow.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Cindy Gerard and Suzanne Brockman. Love their stories.
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?
Don’t ever give up. You will get critiques that will make you cry and rejection letters. Make them building blocks for the career you are building.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
I put on my calendar the date of the next release from the authors I read. I want to know that someone loved my story and was left needing to know what happens next so they put my next release date on their calendar.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Never engage in activity until coffee has been consumed.
Choose any or all of the following.
Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Balck
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Egyptian cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country life
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Hunky Heroes
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner
Dogs or cats? Both

Fill in the blank with your favorites

Dessert ~ Peanut butter cookies
City ~ Houston
Season ~ Summer
Type of hero ~ Take charge and sexy
Type of heroine ~Confident, courageous, not whimpy
Lynda Kaye Frazier

About the Author

I’m an avid reader of romantic suspense and started writing about a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds clichĂ©, but that’s how it started. I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front of my computer writing. I grew up in Pennsylvania, but now live in Arkansas, surrounded by the Ozark Mountains where I get to enjoy the four seasons without a long, cold winter. Other than spending time with my wonderful family, my favorite things to do are writing, reading and listening to music, but my most favorite is going to the beach. Surf, sand and a good book, my stress relief. I enjoy Goodreads because I love to read and enjoy finding new authors and recommending great books to others. But I am also a Facebook junkie.

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February 17, 2013

Opposities Attract? @vickibatman #RLFblog

Opposites Attract?
I come from a family of four girly girls, and my other half comes from four rough and tumble boys. We have two boys. So yes, the testosterone gets thick at my house!
Running out and doing the football thing? Not so much.
Running to the antique mall? Yipee. My men would rather stick needles in their eyes. LOL
Sometimes, there are remarkable differences between the opposite sexes. Check these out (mostly generalities):
  



Man                                                                Woman
Action adventure movie                               Romantic comedy
Non-fiction books                                         Romance books
Duck Dynasty                                                HGTV
A fast sportscar, big truck                            A practical SUV
Thick burger and fries                                   Small one with ten fries
Chocolate shake                                           Water
Spit on small cut                                            Antiseptic with bandage
Large dog                                                      Small dog, cat
Ten oz ribeye                                                 4 oz filet
Loaded baked potato                                   Small salad
No bread                                                        Bread with butter
No dessert                                                     Anything sweet
Handwash car                                               Car wash with vacuum
Donuts                                                            Multi-grain cereal
Surfs through TV commercials                    Reads thru TV commercials
Loves to cook                                                Hates to cook

See? Just from this small list, we notice the big differences.
But isn't being different a good thing? Would we always want to like the same things?
What I notice is how the columns complement each other. Kinda like a balance. So no, we don't always like the same things. I don't always watch romantic comedies. I adore Indiana Jones and James Bond, but will never be a huge fan of Duck Dynasty! On occasion, I eat a donut and deny myself dessert, like bad bread pudding. And my other half loves HGTV. Go figure.
Our characters -- usually -- imitate real life. Can't you see a hunky guy chowing down on humongous steak, and the girl daintily eating a salad or smaller meal? (And all the while she is secretly thinking "I wish I could eat like that.")
Or our hero lounging on the couch with remote superglued to his hand while the heroine is about to blow her top because he won't land on the romantic comedy? She picks up her HGTV magazine.
Not all of these generalities are hard core true. See the cooking thingy, for example. My men would rather throw meat on the grill while I like to gather a couple of things together and "assemble" something to eat.
The truth is if we are identical, we'd bore each other. We want to be interesting to our other half. To balance and complement each other. And occasionally, bend our other half's way because that is what we do in a relationship. We grow, live, do.

Let's add to the list. What are some guy/girl things?

About the Author

Vicki Batman has three men in the house and often muses why God did that to her.

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