November 30, 2013

Second Chance a romance by Martha O'Sullivan @m_osullivan26 #RLFblog #contemporary

Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Second Chance by Martha O'Sullivan.

Everything was fine until Brian Rembrandt came back to town. Lindsay Foster was finally getting her life back together and planning a future with the ever-indulging Paul Webster. How dare Brian think he could waltz back into her life and pick up where they left off!
But he does.
And that's a problem.
Because Brian is used to getting what he wants. So when Lindsay won't come to him, he goes to her. But little do they know that the torrid night they share puts a lot more than Lindsay's impending marriage in jeopardy. This love triangle has an extra side. And it alters the course of four lives forever.

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November 27, 2013

Fantasy: Glamourhai @msjessmahler | Interview #RLFblog #serial

Jess Mahler, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Glamourhai.
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self published
Cover artist:
Length: 80,000
Heat rating: Moderate
Tagline: He bartered his freedom to save his sister, and got more than he bargained for.
Blurb:
When the fae lord, Oeloeff, takes his sister, Mattin seeks out Countess Jahlene n'Erida, a fae noble who is Oeloff's enemy, and begs her to help free his sister. In return for her help, he offers the only thing he has–himself. Lady Jahlene accepts Mattin's offer, and he finds himself an initiate of a strange world where pain is pleasure, cruelty is love, and nothing is as it seems.
Mattin hates being a slave, almost as much as he hates and fears the fae. But as he learns more about Jahlene, he finds himself drawn to her, and her sadistic pleasures. As they race to prepare their trap for Oeloff, Mattin fights to reconcile his desires with his fears. Until he makes a mistake that costs him everything...
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Fantasy Romance Serial http://www.fantasyromanceserial.com
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Mattin is a 22 year old human. He is Jahlene's slave and personal attendent.
Jahlene n'Erida is a 50 year old fae. She is the Countess of Erida.

Interview

Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
Glamourhai is set in an original fantasy world that is culturally a mash up of Germany during the Renaissance and colonial America. The empire that county Erida is part of is made up of humans and fae, but ruled entirely by the fae, who conquered the humans in what for most people is ancient history.
The fae have a power called glamour that allows them to sense the emotions of people around them and to control people by taking over their will. They need to feed on emotions to power their glamour. And, as Mattin eventually observes, it's a lot easy to create negative emotioins, like pain, fear and anger, than positive ones. Which has led to the development of some sadistic customs in fae culture.
Most humans live 'normal' lives and try to avoid the fae as much as possible, but fae nobles have the right to take humans from their lands as slaves. Which is how Mattin gets into trouble...
What inspired you to write this book?
I got an image in my head one day, of a man, on his knees and utterly devastated. He had just failed and betrayed his Mistress, his love, and knew that what he had done was so horrible, she could never forgive him.
Writing this story was really the process of discovering what had led up to that moment, and what happened after.
Why do you write?
Because I love too. I have stories in my head and I want to share them with the world.
I also hope, in some small ways, to help change the world. I remember the authors who shaped my view of the world, from Lackey, whose books helped me see past my family's rejection of homosexuality, to Heinlein, who challenged my ideas of what society is and can become, and many others. And I hope that in some small way, someone might read my books about a black fae woman, and a man who chooses to submit to her, and see the people around them a little bit differently.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Water and music. On good writing days, I'm listening to Blackmore's Night, Voltaire, Trixie Pixie, Heather Dale and Rockapella. On bad writing days, I have a play list called 'energizing' that's all songs to get my blood moving and help me get past the doldrums.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Reading, playing with my kids, chatting on twitter, or taking long walks. I'm a homebody.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
Somewhere in between. I actually start out writing a brief synopsis (about one page long) that covers most of the major plot points. Then I expand it, and expand it again, adding more details and subplots and scenes each time. About half way through I'll have a dozen fully fleshed out scenes, and a whole bunch of "this happens, and then this happens, and then this person needs to do this, but I don't know how yet..."
So I guess you could say I've 'plotted' the bones of the story ahead of time, but I make up a whole bunch of stuff on the spur with each expansion.
What's your writing schedule like?
Whenever time allows!
Any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, and watch out for Dunning-Kreuger. If you are a new writer and aren't seeing lots of problems in your work, you don't know enough to be a good writer.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I have a folder on my computer labelled 'mason jar.' New ideas get saved in there with as much detail as I can come up with—usually the one scene that caught my imagination and synopsis of anything else i've come up with.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I've worked in massage therapy, customer service, retail, freelance writing and been a house-spouse.
What's the best gift you ever received?
It's not the usual sort of gift, but after sending letters and phone calls for a few years, I was going to meet my biological family and spend a week with them. I got of the bus, and my mother and sister met me. I think we were all feeling awkward—I certainly was! And I wasn't entirely sure that I wasn't making a mistake. We went to dinner and as we were walking out of the restaurant we started—I don't remember who started it or why, but suddenly we were all singing together, one of my favorite songs. In perfect harmony, no less. And I knew, just knew, that everything would be great. (I was right, too!)
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
Driving I usually listen to classic rock. Sometime folk, musicals or classical. Writing...I think I answered that already ;^)
Do you play any musical instruments?
Piano, but I'm horribly out of practice. I learned flute in school, but I've forgotten almost all of. I can still play a high C.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I'm the eldest twice over. I'm the eldest of both my adoptive and biological families.
What do you wish I had asked you?
So what's this I hear about a webserial?
I'm doing a bit of an experiment and releasing the entire novel as a free webserial. The Glamourhai webserial began posting on Nov 1, and the book will be released on Dec 1. Anyone who wants can read the entire story for free—as long as they don't mind waiting until June or July (and enduring multiple cliffhangers) to get to the ending.

Please complete the sentences.

I love pizza with chicken.
I'm always ready for a good book.
When I'm alone, I pace while working out the next road block in my story.
You'd never be able to tell, but in my own way, I am very traditional.
If I had a halo it would be hanging on a hook out of the way somewhere.
If I could never read again I'd go crazy
I can never watch horror movies because I'm a fraidy cat!

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November 25, 2013

Sisters, Veterans, Authors: @DelilahDevlin and @ellejamesauthor #RLFblog

Please join me in welcoming military author and former military woman Elle James to the Romance Lives Forever blog. She's going to share with you today about her sister, author Delilah Devlin, also a former military woman. Take it away, Elle! And thank you for your service. As a former Navy vet myself, I know the sacrifice it took.
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Born and raised as children of a career Air Force man, it was only natural that my sister and I would follow in my father's footsteps and join the military. Because my father retired in a small town with a public university that only had Army ROTC, my sister and I joined the Army ROTC program. We loved the discipline and challenge of being a part of the military and fully embraced the lifestyle.
My sister graduated and went right into the U.S. Army. I married in college and joined the U.S. Army Reserves and later branch transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserves. We are now both retired and writing full time, but the military is still very near and dear to our hearts. We loved being a part of something bigger than ourselves, serving this great country and protecting our freedom.
This veterans day we teamed with a great group of authors who write military romances to produce a boxed set of military romances in honor of Veterans Day and all the brave men and women who help to protect our nation. 

Uniform Desires

Six Military Romances from
National Best-selling Authors
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
SEAL's Honor by Elle James
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Cinderella Liberty by Cat Johnson

Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder

USA Today Bestselling Author
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond the call of duty. SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best friend's sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii, but the next morning, he's called for a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles. Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, he'll learn there's no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.

SEAL's Honor by Elle James

Award-winning Author
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot. SEAL Reed Tucker doesn't believe in commitment, until he tangles the sheets with one hot pilot, Delaney O'Connell. His phobia against commitment is challenged when his best friend asks Delaney to marry him. As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night Stalkers, Delaney knows the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover's friend loses an arm in battle, she can't refuse his marriage proposal when he's already lost so much. In love with one man, pledged to marry another, she's torn. Tuck and Delaney must come to grips with the happiness they owe themselves and the happiness of their friend who has lost so much.

SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton

Bestselling Author
A SEAL's nightmare of a promise given at his sister's deathbed gives him the woman of his dreams. Special Operator Nick Dunn promises his dying sister that he will help shut down her business and settle her affairs. He must work with his sister's best friend he vaguely remembers. But boy has she grown up. Though Devon Brandeburg created a small fortune in real estate, she has a total lack of experience with men. Who needs their testosterone-stuffed egos sucking the air out of the room, like Nick's does? The promise turns into a hot affair neither expected with Nick the teacher in Devon's journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something he's never allowed himself to want, and now needs.

Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin

Award-winning Author
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival's daughter. After surviving a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central American jungle, Maya Cordoba is ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots after she hijacks her sexy driving instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring down the barrel of an AK-47and being kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord's daughter she knows if they learn she's not who they think she is—she's dead. Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover DEA agent, Angel Rickman. He promises to get her out as long as she does everything he tells her to. Together, they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug cartel's army on their tails.

Her Forever Hero by JM Madden

Bestselling Author
When the boss's pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled Marine Grafton Parks proves he's still a hero. Kendall Herrington is drawn to her handsome new security guard, prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for her, but on a lonely Christmas night, she gives in to her body's demands, regret setting in on the morning after. Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall is resisting admitting she's pregnant and that the board won't allow an unwed, pregnant female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington Corporation. Even if she is the boss's daughter. As they struggle to come to terms with each other, an unexpected danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long enough for him to be...Her Forever Hero?

Cinderella Liberty by Cat Johnson

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine and his best friend's sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get back to her. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John "Crash" O'Malley has two goals. Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive his deployment to Afghanistan. What he didn't plan on is Trish. A guy can't have a one-night stand with his best friend's sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy. Crash doesn't realize his friend's displeasure is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store for them in the Helmand Province. Now, Crash's new objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.

About the Author

Elle James spent twenty years livin' and lovin' in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. Retired Lt Colonel U.S Air Force Reserves and former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 39 works with Harlequin, self published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn't wrangling cattle, she's wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she's not at her computer, she's traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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November 24, 2013

Historical: Legend of the Mist @VeronicaBale1 #RLFblog #contest

Legend of the Mist 
Veronica Bale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Legend of the Mist.
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: Viola Estrella Cover Art
Length: 224 pages
Heat rating: 18+
Tagline: An island rises from mist; a destiny rises from legend
Blurb:
There is a legend familiar to those who call the island of Fara their home. It is one that is passed down through the generations. From mothers who whisper the tale to their bairns as they float into dreams each night. From starry-eyed lasses who pray to find for themselves the undying love of which it speaks. From elders who know the magic of the thick and inexplicable mist surrounding this, and no other, of Orkney's islands which rise from the sea off Scotland's northern coast.
As the daughter of Clan Gallach's chief, Norah knows the legend better than anyone on the island. It tells of a lady who waits in the mists of Fara for her long lost love to return to her. It's an entertaining story, to be sure. But it is no more than fantasy. Or so the islanders say. But Norah is not so certain. All her life she's felt that the legend is more than simple folklore, that the lady of the mist is more real than anyone wishes to believe.
But these are turbulent times, marked by the very real tales of Norse invaders and their brutality. When her people are conquered by a band of fearsome Vikings, one among them will blur the lines between reality and legend like never before. For Norah cannot help but feel that she knows him ... from some other time ... from some other life ...
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Legend of the Mist is the story of Norah, daughter of the chief of Clan Gallach, and Torsten, a Viking raider whose men conquer the clan's island, Fara, off the northern coast of Scotland. Among the people of Clan Gallach exists a legend which tells of a Lady of the Mist. It is said that the lady, who when her warrior love was killed in battle cast herself into the sea, waits in the mists of Fara for a time when her love will return to her. Norah had always thought the legend was just a story, but when Torsten appears on the island, she begins to wonder whether the legend may, in fact, be true. Is she the Lady of the Mist, and is Torsten her warrior love? As for their ages, I wrote Norah at 19 years, but did not really identify Torsten's age. When writing him, I pictured him to be between 25 and 30.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I started as a freelance writer, ghostwriting short stories and novellas for a number of different clients. At some point I decided to write the story that I wanted to tell, and released my first novel, Bride of Dunloch (book 1 of my Highland Loyalties trilogy), in August, 2012.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Since releasing Bride of Dunloch I've discovered how much self-marketing authors, especially indie authors, need to do. I'm slowly improving my presence on the web; I'm leaps and bounds ahead of where I started, at least.
What websites do you visit daily?
I'm on twitter every day, of course. That's actually my go-to spot for a lot of industry information (romance news, writing tips, publishing help, etc.). Not knowing much about it when I joined, I was surprised to see how useful a resource twitter is. So many great people are sharing so much great stuff, it's an amazing community.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
There are a ton of things I would change … but I'll never say what they are (insert devious laugh here).
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like meeting my characters. That probably sounds strange, but for me, my characters already exist. I didn't make them up, they came into being on their own, and the only difference between them and me is that I live in the real world, whereas they live in my head. It's exciting, I never know which character I'm going to meet next.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I wish I could give you one great name, like Salman Rushdie or Margaret Atwood, but really I would love to have as a mentor someone who works in the publishing industry. Just someone with a wealth of knowledge about good writing, good publishing, good marketing, all that. Those individuals are just as important as the actual authors; I'd love the opportunity to learn from those who make a career out of helping authors be successful.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
I would say, "Hey, Veronica, get started on that first book. Don't wait like I did."
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I'm not sure I have a work ethic, because I don't consider writing work. I write because I love to write, I love to create stories and discover the lives of my characters. For me, writing is like reading. I no more have a writing ethic than a reading ethic. I read and write wherever and whenever I can.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Again, I wouldn't so much call it stress as excitement. This is a fast-paced world, this indie-author place, and as frightening and labour-intensive as it can be, it's also incredibly rewarding.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
For the purpose of this interview I'm going to say no. My friends and family might be reading this, and I wouldn't want to let the cat out of the bag … if there was a cat to let out of the bag, that is (insert another devious laugh here).
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Believe it or not, I actually have a background in finance and accounting. Nothing like staring at numbers all day to get your creative juices flowing.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend any one of them. There is sometimes a stigma associated with romance novels, I think. Those who don't read them are more likely to dismiss them because of the provocative covers, or because of what romance novels were thirty and forty years ago. But today's romance novels have evolved. They're sources of historical information; the writing is often superb; character and plot development are top-notch. These are all things I've paid attention to and worked hard on. I think a non-romance reader would be surprised to discover how enjoyable and worth-while romance novels can be.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Reading is an integral part of my writing, so I never "take a break" to read. I make time for both. My tastes are eclectic. Every book provides me with the opportunity to learn, and I read a wide range. I will finish up a Jayne Ann Krentz one day, and take up a Charles Dickens classic the next. I am as eager to read futuristic fantasy as historical non-fiction. It's all fascinating.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Bride of Dunloch 
It's not going anywhere; It will always have its place. The difference today is that the paradigm of twenty years ago is gone – advances, multi-million dollar deals, dedicated marketing and promotion, etc. But that doesn't mean traditional publishing has gone with it. It will always be there, and it will always be something authors (I use the term non-exhaustively) strive for, whether going the indie author route first or not. We're starting to see a shift now where indie authors are proving to agents and publishers that they can be successful, and that is persuading publishers to take them on. The difference today is that, even if traditional publishers decline to publish, that author still has a place to make his or her voice heard and books available to the public.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
What kind of reader response have you seen so far?
I am amazed by how many people have connected with me to let me know what they thought about my books. Each time a reader contacts me, leaves me a message on my facebook page, tweets something about me, etc., I'm not only flattered, I'm honoured. I'm reminded of why I write in the first place – because I want to share something, and I want to inspire, entertain, and reach people with something I think they'll enjoy. It's such a great thing to see that I'm accomplishing that goal.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Besides the day my son was born? I'd say getting that first positive response from a reader. Just knowing that I'd reached someone, that I'd made an impression on them, that was a great moment.
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?
Laptop, thermals and sturdy footwear. Why? I'd be going to Scotland, of course! I can buy the flagon of whiskey when I get there.
What good book have you read recently?
I've read a lot of good books, but lately I have become a fan of Kate Morton. I love her style, and the way she describes things. She creates an atmosphere with her novels, a very haunting one. I admire that.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was in Northern Ontario at a friend's cottage, panicking over whether or not anything would happen to my family back in the city. At 12:15 am when the television stations were still airing I figured nothing catastrophic had happened and went to bed.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Daydream. Isn't that what all writers do? Of course that sometimes gets me into hot water, like if I'm bored and start daydreaming when I should be paying attention to something … that happens a lot, unfortunately.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Honestly? I think I'd like to be surprised. I would love to see what someone does with that role. I wouldn't want to have any pre-conceived notions about who would be best to play me and exclude all others. That assumes my life is interesting enough to make a movie out of … which it's not, and that's why I write in the first place.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Chameleon-coloured. I'm so indecisive, I'd never be happy with just one colour.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
What is the next book you plan to write?
I've got a basic storyline in mind, but no title yet. In a historical context, I'm moving a little ahead of where Highland Loyalties and Legend of the Mist were, to the mid-15th century. I've become rather intrigued by the story of the Black Douglasses and their feud with King James II of Scotland. I'd like to try and write a story that is more defined by actual recorded history, and plan to craft one around the Douglas clan.
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 milk.
I'm always ready for Coronation Street.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself. A lot!
You'd never be able to tell, but I write romance novels. I tend to keep that quiet in my day-to-day life, just because I'm not big on talking about myself, much less bragging about my accomplishments. When I do tell people I'm an author, I get "I never would have guessed that," or "it's always the quiet ones."
If I had a halo it would be quickly taken away, because I'm no angel, just a flawed human being trying my best to be a good person.
If I could live anywhere in the world I'd live in a small, stone cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. Is that predictable? Yeah, probably …
I can never go skydiving with my husband like he wants me to because I am a complete scaredy-cat when it comes to things like that. I like it when my head is in the clouds, not my whole body.

Previous Books

Bride of Dunloch (Highland Loyalties volume 1)
Uniting the Clans (Highland Loyalties volume 2)
The Laird Returns (Highland Loyalties volume 3)

Books Coming Soon

Soon? None. Eventually? Yep … not sure of the details, but I'll get there.

Contest

As a special occasion to mark this interview with Romance Lives Forever, tweet this: 
Win Legend of the Mist by @VeronicaBale1 #RLFblog http://is.gd/legendcontest 

for a chance to be entered to win one of two free Kindle copies of Legend of the Mist. I will contact the winners via twitter, and will also tweet the results of the contest. The close date for this contest will be November 26th, 2013.

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November 21, 2013

Cover Love: Truth or Dare @MichaelaRhua #RLFblog #LGBT

Truth or Dare 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Truth Or Dare by Michaela Rhua.
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Leah and Jess have been friends for years, and having set up business together, they are even more aware of the need to keep things strictly professional. However all that changes after one drunken dare leads them to discover unbelievable passion. Who knew when friends become lovers the result would be so explosive and life altering, even if things seem different in the cold light of day. Can two friends face the truth and find happiness or was it a dare too far?

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November 20, 2013

Erotica: Master Marshal (Tabu Series) @GrayDixon #RLFblog

Master Marshal 
Gray Dixon, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Master Marshal (Book 4, Masters of Tabu Series).
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Cover artist: Dawné Dominique
Length: 220 pages
Heat rating: 5 Flames, Scorching
Tagline: A cowboy and a supermodel ignite unbridled passion in the Texas heat.
Blurb:
Shane Marshal struggles to keep his family's cattle ranch above financial flood waters. With help from friends, he turns the homestead into a BDSM retreat. He can't keep his mind on business when a single woman from New York with legs to infinity arrives. To tamp down his lustful thoughts, he goes out of his way to give her grief, but she doesn't flinch. He needs a new strategy.
Valentina Halston, a high fashion model, changed her name from Sharon Berger to hide her past. After finding her boyfriend in delicato with another model, she books a vacation at a dude ranch with BDSM activities in search of change. Rest and relaxation, fresh air, no phones, no paparazzi, and no cheating boyfriend sounded perfect. Instead, she finds more than she could imagine.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Shane Marshal, a thirty-four year old cattle rancher and co-owner of Club Tabu with his college buddies.
Sharon Berger aka Valentina Halston, is a twenty-five year sold model, living in New York City on vacation at a dude ranch in Texas.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Pitched an idea to my publisher and signed. Then I had to write them!
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I'm working more at networking and concentrating my efforts instead of trying to do it all. I need time to write!
What websites do you visit daily?
I visit first all my chat groups and check emails and then Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. I will check my blog about every other day. Then I will go back and check out blogs by those I like to frequent like favorite genre authors and do research on current WIP. I Google a lot!
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I'd make it longer. I started this series to be only around 35K words and then decided to make them longer. Trying to add to something short isn't easy. Master Marshal, the fourth book in the series, is at 84K compared to Master Knight at 53K.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Escaping to another world that I'm constantly building. The creative process is rewarding.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing sooner and don't wait until I retired.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
The second book, Master Prince. I really enjoyed writing the characters and their story. I hated to end it. All the reviews that have come in certainly agree with being enjoyable which helps validate my writing their story.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew. All I can do is keep writing and hope I can keep getting them published.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My marriage (no one in my family thought I'd ever marry) and the birth of my daughter (also because no one in my family ever thought I wanted children) and my granddaughter being born (because I was there helping my daughter during labor and delivery).
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?
An empty suitcase with my passport, credit card and go to the Greek Isles. Can always buy clothes and essentials on the other end.
What good book have you read recently?
James Rollins' Bloodline. Really, really liked it. First one I've read anything from him.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Watching Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve on television. I don't go out that late at night.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I rarely get bored and if I do I just do something different.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Tough one. I like lots of colors and my house looks like it too. Red, Black, Purple, Yellow (Gold), Pink (all shades), and blue/green. Applied the principles of Feng Shui when designed house and decorated. Maybe ask what color I don't like would be better.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
What got you interested in BDSM? I got more and more riveted reading and something inside me felt comfortable exploring it. Tthe biggest change was attending Dr. Charley Ferrer's BDSM for Writers Workshop in New York City August 2013. Part of the curriculum was two visits to Paddles, http://www.paddlesnyc.com/ the longest running dungeon in NYC. What an eye opener those visits were! Next year on August 21-24, 2014, there will be a full-blown conference with dozens of speakers and three days of workshops, including those by practitioners of the lifestyle. Anyone interested in learning more about BDSM, whether writing it or wanting to experience it or just being informed, go to http://www.bdsmforwriters.com/BDSM_WRITERS_CON_2014.html to read more about this fantastic conference and tell them I sent you. I'll be a featured author too and will have books for signing. Joey Hill will be the Keynote Speaker as well as other well-known authors. You won't want to miss it. You can also go to my blog, see the information and link on the icon at the bottom! http://graydixon.blogspot.com
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.
I'm always ready for a good laugh.
When I'm alone, I think about my next story to write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to work in a factory.
If I had a halo it would be pink.
If I could rule the world I'd stop strife, hunger and war. Did I sound like a beauty pageant participant?
I can never rule the world because no one would take me seriously.

Previous Books

Master Knight, Book 1
Master Prince, Book 2
Master King, Book 3
Cristale's Awakening (Stand alone novella)

Books Coming Soon

Master Dragon, Book 5 April 2014
Master Squire, Book 6 August 2014
Master Tempest, Book 7, December 2014

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November 18, 2013

Shaman's Temptation @authorErinMoore #RLFblog

Shaman's Temptation 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is The Shaman's Temptation by Erin Moore.

A Shaman's temptation could be the undoing of his people.

Madeleine Greenway, perfectionist and analyst for Surety Bank, has no place in her rigidly organized life for something as unpredictable as a man, much less a Native American shaman. Sent to the White Mountain reservation to help the tribe finance its new casino, she meets Tak, a proud, beautiful Apache, and finds herself surrounded by something magical in the Arizona desert. His touch becomes a passport to otherworldly bliss, and the strange coyote she sees makes her question what's real. But it's the amazing sex with Tak that makes Madeleine lose sight of her goal--to guarantee that Surety Bank's investment in the casino won't fail.

Last in a long line of shaman shape-shifters, Tak Nah-Kah-Yen has sworn a vow of celibacy to his gods. But Madeleine's lithe body and honeyed lips compel him to forswear his pledge, claiming her for his own. His passion for her overshadows his link to his gods at a time when he most needs their help. Desperate to find funding for the casino and lift his people out of poverty, he'd accepted start-up money from less than savory sources who are willing to kill to guarantee their profit--the profit Madeleine's bank jeopardizes.

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November 17, 2013

Character Interview: Kiley St. Claire from A Late Thaw @ana_blaze #RLFblog

A Late Thaw 
Ana Blaze, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Kiley St. Claire from the book, A Late Thaw.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Length: novella, approx 60 pages
Heat rating: spicy
Tagline: Somet
imes cool words hide warm hearts.
Blurb: The town's too small for Kiley St. Claire's reappearance to be a surprise, still seeing her hits Cole Thomas like a punch to the gut. She ripped his heart apart when she turned to ice and ran away all those years ago. Now that she's back, Cole's going to say his piece and move on.
Even if she does look damn good in that uniform.
Kiley St. Claire is back in the small town of Barrett, Vermont, for one reason and one reason only: to earn some cash so she can survive her final semester of grad school. She's not there for the sexy Christmas tree farmers.
Even the one who once held her heart.
Buy links:
Barnes and Noble:http://goo.gl/MoaObg
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Kiley St. Claire is a meteorology graduate student in her mid-twenties.
Cole Thomas, also in his mid-twenties, has recently taken over his family's Christmas tree farm.

Interview with Kiley St. Claire

Tell us about yourself.
There's really not much to tell. I'm focused on school right now. I have one more semester until I complete my Masters on Meteorology. After that, I'll probably take a position forecasting for agriculture or maybe something research-based. I guess I'm a little boring, just a regular girl.
Tell us about Cole.
Ha. I guess you'd say he's the opposite of regular. Cole is kind of gifted. He's handsome and charming. You know how some people are just really good with other people, like they make friends and keep the peace without even trying? That's Cole. I'm not saying he doesn't work hard. He does. He grew up on a farm, so he's never not worked, but he has this way about him that makes things look easy when they're not. He's also insufferably honorable, so even when your mad at him you can't help but love him. Yeah. That sucks.
What was it like where you grew up?
Barrett. Ugh. Barrett, Vermont has two traffic lights. That's actually a big deal. We got the second one when I was fifteen and it was the biggest news all year. So, yeah, Barrett is a really small town. And of course there are some things about growing up in a small town that are nice. It's safe, like leave your keys on your car seat safe, and pretty. Even having grown up there I can't deny that Barrett is an especially lovely place. But it's also a tiny dot on the map filled with people who spend way too much time gossiping. There's no movie theater much less anything more culturally satisfying and our library is literally a single room off the side of the Moose Lodge. A few years back the librarian retired and now people just check out and return books on their own. Seriously.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
Wow. Well, if you can keep a secret, I'll admit that it used to be Cole. I loved him.I mean really loved him. I suppose when you're young it's usually just a crush, but when it's your best friend--the person you know best in the world-- that's a little different. That's real. Of course Cole was clueless. He was way too busy being the most popular guy in school to notice. Which is good. I mean, he clearly doesn't think of me that way. He loves me and all, I know he does, but it's like I'm his kid sister or something. I sometimes doubt he even remembers that I'm a girl at all. So I'm glad he never figured it out. A broken heart hurts plenty without a walloping dose of humiliation as a side dish.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
A library. A real one, not Barrett's tiny space, but a giant multi-floored building filled with dark wooden bookshelves and big comfy chairs. The kind of place where you can get lost and learn anything.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Cole, actually. My mom used to get some work from his parents during the Christmas season. She'd help make wreaths or work the cash box and I tagged along and played with Cole once we got his chores done. I loved being on the farm with Cole, we used chase the cats around the barn and hike around the forest pretending to go on quests.
A Late Thaw 

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Previous Books

The Best Man
Love and Other Games

About the Author

Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she's going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office.

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Ana's inspiration board for A Late Thaw: http://www.pinterest.com/anablaze/a-late-thaw/

November 16, 2013

Contemporary: Loving Link | Interview @TDHassettauthor #RLFblog

Loving Link 
TD Hassett, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Loving Link.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: 315 pages
Heat rating: hot
Tagline: Can two artists salvage true love out of the unexpected consequences of one night of passion?
Blurb: Link Jacks is done with women and determined to focus solely on music and rock-band Becket's upcoming album. He's been living as a marketing-prop bad-boy rock star for so long he doesn't remember who he really is anymore. Not until he meets Madison, the emotionally guarded and theoretically off-limits younger sister of his best friend's wife.
Madison just wants to get her fledgling tattoo career off the ground and stop relying on the generous charity of her wealthy brother-in-law to get by. She knows she should never get involved with the likes of Link but his presence is downright intoxicating. Her indiscretion will lead to an Internet sex video and media frenzy. Their one wild night of passion will have scandalous repercussions and force each of them to confront their inner fears and emotional demons.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Madison Clarke - tattoo artist, 23
Link Jacks - musician, 30

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start as a writer by accident. I wanted to try writing a story about inner city education but it turned into a romance novel with some pretty explicit love scenes. Once I had about 100 pages written I knew I had to finish it. I kept what I was working on very quiet, worried about what friends and family would say, fearing that old saw about everyone always says they are writing a book and blah, blah, blah. I took my manuscript and submitted it to a dozen publishers. Two came back with interest but only if I would change the book to 3rd person. I rewrote the story and submitted to several more publishers and finally two of them offered contract. I chose Liquid Silver Books and have appreciated the support they have provided me as a new author.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All the time! I hope they don't get too mad at me. I often use the names of friends and family for characters and sometimes things they have done or said wind up as part of the backstory. Writers need something from real life to tether them to reality when floating in their story worlds and that's what adding some friends to my plots accomplishes for me.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
Isabel's Awakening
I have had some real gems that is for sure. The worst was working as a counter person at a dry cleaners; long shifts on your feet in a wretchedly hot building. I had trouble keeping that cheerful expression on my face all day. I spent may years working at a veterinary hospital and still love animals. Eventually I became a high school teacher which is a new adventure every day. You never know what the kids are going to say or do next and no two days are the same. I work a ton of hours after school so writing is very much a late night activity for me now.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think everyone should read Isabel's Awakening - especially men! It is a combination of erotic love story, guide to great sex, light mystery, social commentary and fantasy so there is something for everyone. I've had several people who never touch romance novels read that book (because they know me and felt obligated, lol) and get hooked on the genre and nag me to get the follow up story out pronto. They really got into the love story and were taken by surprise by the plot complexities.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with spinach and ricotta cheese.
I'm always ready for a nap!
When I'm alone, I read and watch really bad television.
If I had a halo it would be quite dented but not because I meant to be a sinner.
If I could have a super power I'd want to be able to become invisible on demand.

Books Coming Soon

Darling's Desire

About the Author

T.D. Hassett, romance author, grew up certain that life should be like a romance novel; lots of passion, some incredible adventures and a guaranteed happily ever after. She earned a B.A. in history and a M.S. degree in clinical psychology before studying education. Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with 3 crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her relatives make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspires her writing.

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November 15, 2013

Character Interview: Lady Alexa from Pirate Queen's Rebellion @cynnara #RLFblog

Pirate Queen's Rebellion 
Cynnara Tregarth, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Lady Alexa Vandercruys from the book, Pirate Queen's Rebellion.
Genre: Science Fiction romance, BDSM romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: GD Leigh
ISBN: 978-1-62300-534-4
Length: 74,486 words
Heat rating: 5 flames
Tagline: The woman of his heart is his sworn enemy. The man who haunts her dreams can destroy everything she works for. Together—they can save their universe.
Blurb:
The Federated Planets have known war from within and without. Lord Alan Robertson, Gamma Quadrant's Overseer understands and battles the conflict daily. Only Lady Alexa Vandercruys, renowned technological genius, willingly helps him to protect their quadrant from raiders and space pirates.
Yet things aren't always what they seem.
In truth, a pirate protects the people, while FP authority siphons their sector's resources. The captivating Pirate Queen Captain Dria Von Carnelian is their savior, and once she has Lord Alan in her grasp, she plans to show him the error of his ways. Even if he haunts her dreams at night and drives her crazy by day.
When Lord Alan learns his ally, Lady Alexa, is actually the pirate queen of his worst nightmares and wildest dreams, he'll have to put aside his prejudices to save his worlds…and win the heart of his sexy scourge.
Buy links:
Barnes and Noble, Amazon, ARe coming soon
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Lady Alexa Vandercruys (aka Captain Dria von Carnelian), early 30-something, scientist/pirate
Lord Alan Robertson, late 30-something, overseer of Gamma quadrant.

Interview with Lady Alexa Vandercruys

Tell us about yourself.
I am a scientist first and foremost. Though my family might wish it different, I adore science. It's precise, and there are so many permutations in things that you can repeat tests and get not only the same answer but variations on the theme, depending on the test. I love exploring the world around me, especially that of the Gamma quadrant, which is where I make my home. The crystals found on one particular planet of this quadrant are special to my family and to myself as I made my name with how they work and their practical applications in science.
I take my responsibilities very seriously, especially those of position within the ranked families of our society. I might not always agree with how things are done, but I do believe in caring for those without the same advantages. It does mean however, that I do find myself at odds with those in power, including the Overseer of the Gamma quadrant.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. I use my abilities and my rank to better others. Perhaps I can be a bit rash at times, but my strength lies in the fact I use my mind and my resources efficiently, sometimes ruthlessly to protect those who fall under my protection.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I miss my parents desperately. Because of what happened in the past, I didn't get much time with them after I was ten years old. They were whisked off for their protection and very rarely do I get to see them. Due to that, I often wonder what my life would've been like to be raised by them completely and not by my grandfather.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
It would be to have a Federated Planets government without corruption and that truly considered everyone from the least among us to the fully vested. I know it's idealistic, but if I could have that wish come true, it would be that one- I think many things would fall to the wayside because there would be better balance if we had a clean government where everyone was treated equal and possessed equal opportunity.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I don't know if I have a perfect refuge. There is a conservatory on Hypatia, my home. When I'm there, I relax as it reminds me of one of my favourite places on a world I can barely go visit nowadays to protect my parents. Otherwise, my only other place of refuge is my bedroom. It's a place where I let go of myself, indulging in my passionate nature.    
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
Ride Me Baby 
I wish you would have asked me about who annoys me the most. The answer to that is easy—Lord Alan Robertson, Overseer of the Gamma quadrant. Well, him and his staff. I've tried for weeks, no months now to get help for those in our quadrant who've been starving or promised goods from the other quadrants, but have received nothing. Yet, every time I go to talk to Lord Robertson, his second-in-command, Trag, brushes me off and dismisses me like I'm a useless woman. Treat me like crap, will you? Just you wait. You've just unleashed something you can't call back. You won't deal with one of the foremost scientists in our universe? Then you'll deal with people who won't take no for answer, people who aren't afraid to steal from the rich and the greedy. You can deal with the Pirate Queen, Captain Dria Von Carnelian. Long may she kick your sorry ass.

About the Author

Cynnara Tregarth loves stories of all kinds and always wanted to write. When she finally moved to Florida, she knew she it was time. In 2003, her dream came true. Since then Cynnara has never looked back, instead gazing on the vista of genres waiting to be conquered.

Previous Books

Games Empaths Play
Treaty of Desire
Match Game: Ghost Style
Cupid Shoots, She Scores
Dragon Chef: Pixified
Love Games
Mark of the Blood (Book 1 of the Marauders)
Call of the Wylde (Book 2 of the Marauders)
Ride Me Baby

Books Coming Soon

Bardic Tales (Book 3 of the Marauders)

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November 14, 2013

The Samurai's Garden @PatriciaKiyono #RLFblog #romance

The Samurai's Garden 
Today's featured book is Samurai's Garden by Patricia Kiyono.

Hiro Tanaka prepared for a life as a samurai warrior. But his world changed when Ja-pan's feudal system was abolished by the Emperor. Now, he must find a new vocation. Disillusioned with fighting and violence, he travels alone, going north to the island of Hokkaido. Many other samurai wander through the country and are known as ronin. Some have forsaken their honorable way to prey on the less fortunate.
Hanako Shimizu experienced first-hand the devastation caused by these disreputable wanderers. The previous winter, they raided her farm and killed her husband. Now, she needs to rebuild but has no money and no prospects -- except for the dubious intentions of the town merchant.
When Hiro, tired of his wandering, encounters Hanako in the market, arguing with the merchant, he poses as her late husband's cousin then offers to help her on the farm in ex-change for a place to stay. Working on the land, Hiro finally finds the peace he has been seeking. But the reappearance of the rogue ronin, led by an unscrupulous leader from Hiro's past, forces him to take up his swords again. But now, the stakes are higher.
This time, he's fighting from the heart.

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November 13, 2013

Breaking Away @teresareasor #RLFblog #SEAL

Breaking Away 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Breaking Away byTeresa Reasor.

Breaking Away (Book 3 of the SEAL Team Heartbreakers)
When lone wolf, Navy SEAL Harold "Flash" Carney agrees to act as an undercover operative for the FBI in an international smuggling sting, he revisits a past he hoped to leave behind forever. During the sting his handler is killed. Neck deep in a double cross and cut off from his team, Flash goes on the run with only his training to keep him alive.
Samantha Cross is desperate to leave her past as a battered wife behind, but her ex-husband is attempting to gain custody of their daughter, Joy, to keep them in his life. When her ex turns stalker, Sam is determined to do whatever it takes to protect her daughter and break his hold over them for good.
Despite their mutual wariness, Samantha and Flash are drawn to each other. But trust comes hard. When the walls both have erected start to crumble, trouble surfaces from all fronts, and Flash has no choice but to break away from the ingrained habits of a lifetime to save the one thing he's always wanted and thought he'd never have—a family.

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Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/Teresa-Reasor/e/B0056ZRB7E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1384233916&sr=1-1
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