September 30, 2014

Kristy Tate: 6 Things I Learned In 16 Years @kristyswords #RLFblog #amwriting

Rescuing Rita 
Originally, it took me three years to write all 102,409 words of my novel The Rhyme's Library. Most of those were stupid words. The story has since had a major haircut and is now a trim 80 thousand and something novel, but it's still more verbose than it needs to be. I'm not saying that in the last sixteen years I've gone from stupidity to witty cleverness. Not at all. I'm still learning, and I've learned a few things and I want to share.
1. Use Grammarly—the best online editing program I've found, so much more than a spell check.
Here's an excerpt of my novella, Rescuing Rita, before Grammarly
Applause thundered through the hall, and Rita and swept into a deep bow. The lights flickered as she made her departure, heading for the sanctuary of her dressing room.
"Brilliant show tonight, Miss Ryan," called a boy carrying a food tray as they passed in the dimly lit hall.
"Thank you, Charlie. Can you be a love and bring me a pot of tea?"
"Sure thing. Sad this being your last show and all. I know everyone will miss you."
Rita flashed her smile and fought back a wave of fatigue and loneliness. "And I will miss all of you," she said, knowing there was one she missed more than all the others.
She blinked back the tears to which she had grown so accustomed; they returned every time she thought of Christian. She ached, wishing that Christian could be as predictable and ever-present as her tears. This wasn't how the story was supposed to end. She wasn't supposed to go to Europe by herself.
If only their last words had been more loving. Because she did love him; she knew that now. And yet in cruel spite of his absence, her love for his memory seemed only to grow rather than diminish. She sighed and pushed into her dressing room.
The Rhyme's Library
Her clothes lay scattered around the room, vying for a space in the large steamer trunk she would take to Paris. Flowers in vases crowded the dressing table and perfumed the air. She dropped her cape to the floor and slipped off her shoes.
All of her dreams had been realized. Yet she had learned weeks, if not months, earlier that dreams are hollow and meaningless without someone to share them. She would rather be riding in box car and sleeping on loose straw with Christian than boarding a steamer ship and sailing first class to Europe alone.
AFTER GRAMMARLY
Applause thundered through the hall, and Rita and swept into a deep bow. The lights flickered as she made her departure and headed for the sanctuary of her dressing room.
"Brilliant show tonight, Miss Ryan," called a boy carrying a food tray as they passed in the dimly lit hall.
"Thank you, Charlie. Can you be a love and bring me a pot of tea?"
"Sure thing. Sad this being your last show and all. I know everyone will miss you."
Rita flashed her smile and fought a wave of fatigue and loneliness. "And I will miss all of you," she said, knowing there was one she missed more than all the others.
She blinked back the tears to which she had grown so accustomed; they returned every time she thought of Christian. She ached, wishing that Christian could be as predictable and ever-present as her tears. This wasn't how the story was supposed to end. She wasn't supposed to go to Europe by herself.
If only their last words had been more loving. Because she did love him; she knew that now. Yet in cruel spite of his absence, her love for his memory seemed only to grow rather than diminish. She sighed and pushed into her dressing room.
Her clothes lay scattered around the room, vying for a space in the large steamer trunk she would take to Paris. Flowers in vases crowded the dressing table and perfumed the air. She dropped her cape to the floor and slipped off her shoes.
All of her dreams had been realized. Yet she had learned weeks, if not months, earlier that dreams are hollow and meaningless without someone to share them. She would rather ride in a box car and sleep on loose straw with Christian than boarding a steamer ship and sailing first class to Europe alone.
2. Use wordle. Don't know what wordle is? It's a website that creates word clouds out of any document—the more frequent the word usage, the bigger it appears in the cloud. This is an easy way to find your pet words. One of mine happens to be "look." He looked, she looked, everybody looked. Try it out at www.wordle.net/
3. Don't use words you don't typically use in conversation. I actually stopped reading Elizabeth Peters' novels because her frequent use of the word orb bothered me. Some words shouldn't be used more than once and some not at all. Same with phrases. I read a friend's novel where the lovers kept melting into each other. I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds messy and really shouldn't happen very often. If at all.
4. Watch out for passive sentences. The Rhyme's Library is riddled with them. Example: the word COULD. Claris COULD hear a soft voice in the background—versus--Claris heard a soft voice in the background. Another example: the word FELT. Claris ran a finger along Alec's glass of soda, and FELT the cold condensation wet her finger tips. Better-- Claris ran a finger along Alec's soda glass--the cold condensation wet her finger tips. Example: the word WAS. The trip to the morgue WAS a trip she COULD make alone--OR--She'd go to the morgue alone.
5. Evaluate criticism objectively. Since writing The Rhyme's Library, I've been told the same thing by two industry professionals—my plots are too complicated. The first to tell me this was an editor for a small romance publishing company; the second was a reviewer for Publisher's Weekly—the review was part of the "prize" for my placement in the Amazon Novel Breakthrough whatever. I live by the standard that I can swallow one critique with a sugar cube, but if someone else independently tells me the same thing I should probably take note. So, I'm reading my old manuscript and wondering--is this too complicated? Can I be less convoluted? Another thing I've been told by more than one writerly person is my work is "very British." Can you believe that two people who don't know each other would actually use the words "very British?" I don't even know what that means. Or what to do with it. Which brings me to number 6.
6. Love your work. It may have wrinkles, fat rolls, and zits, but ultimately, it is your story. It's your baby. Love it enough to cut away its rough edges. Coax it into simplicity. Shave off unsightly adverbs. Love it enough to leave it in a sixteen year time out. And if someone tells you your baby is very British tell them thank you very much and offer them a cuppa tea.

About the Author

Kristy is the mom of six incredibly brilliant and beautiful children, and the author of several novels. Although many of her novels have won awards and have ranked on Amazon's top 100 list, Kristy has yet to realize her lifelong dream of owning a Schnauzer farm. Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU's International Center in London.
For updates on Kristy's upcoming novels, please visit her blog at:kristystories.blogspot.com

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September 29, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Cass Peterson One Night in San Francisco @casspeterson1 #RLFblog #erotic

One Night in San Francisco 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Cass Peterson.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
I try so hard to break away from this, but whenever I think a steak will be cooked properly, tender and very rare I have to go for that one. I know it's boring, but a perfect steak with chunky home-cut chips and a salad is just miraculous. And a bottle of good red wine too; steak's naked without it. Oh, and some French mustard on the side.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I'd be out there, wrapped up and getting soaking wet. Snow is my absolute favourite weather to play in.
What is your favorite quote?
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Blur - Tender is the Night. A creature of the night, throbbing and sensual, that's Liam.

About the Book

Title One Night in San Francisco
Genre Erotic romance
Author Name Cass Peterson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Blurb Nicky and Liam have only twenty four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?

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Tirgearr Publishing
No links yet, but they will be here when the book is released: http://casspeterson.co.uk/books/city-nights-one-night-in-san-francisco/

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September 28, 2014

Character Sketch: Chandra from Phantom Desire by Houston Havens @HoustonHavens #RLFblog #PNR

Phantom Desire 
About the Book

Title: Phantom Desire (Psychic Menage #2)
Genre: Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM), Paranormal, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Light BDSM, and Psychics.
Author: Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Mind traveler Chandra Lamar is on the run, not only from her post-catastrophic dystopian government but from a past she can't remember. A psychic vision pushes her to recall her purpose for being, but it's a ghost that awakens her desires for a life she fears she'll never have. Both push her to remember the past because it threatens what she wants in the now; the Nodin men.
Andonis Nodin battles to accept his failures. The heavy burden nearly breaks him when he can't save a loved one from the grim reaper's grip and questions his desire for Chandra, the woman he blames for the death around him.
Nikias finds true love with Chandra in his arms, but is desperate to stop her from seeking revenge on a mission he knows is a one way trip.
Ortello knows for them to recapture the love they once felt for each other, he must be willing to let her go. But overcoming his obsession to make Chandra his and his alone isn't easy.
Will Chandra go through with the vengeance in her heart or give it up for love? Who is the powerful woman in her haunting visions and will those revealing apparitions crumble her world with the Nodin clan? Does Chandra find true love in the arms of the Nodin men or does her Phantom Desire forever own her heart?  

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About the Character

Name: Chandra Lamar
Age: 20's
Gender: female
Birthplace: Unknown
Profession: Mind Traveler – psychic spy
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Human with suspicions she might be a Fae.
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars:
She's a sexy, vivacious 6'3" woman with some padding (a Marilyn Monroe or Anna Nicole Smith body type). She's in tip-top shape because she's an active field spy on 50% of her mind travel cases.
Who is the significant other in your character's life? Chandra has three men she's in love with ~ the Nodin Clan, Ortello, Andonis, and Nikias. Each man brings something different to her life and her growth.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Chandra is a Mind Traveler who can see what is happening in any dimension, on any physical or mental level. She can project her "viewing" to see future, past, or present events happening. She can send her sight deep into the bowels of the Earth to read buried scrolls or visit Mars or another galaxy if she desires.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
Chandra would want her mother to show up. She grew up in a Runner's street orphanage. She doesn't know her past and would like to know her mother and her history.
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Chandra is a spy and very good at keeping secrets. Her life and other lives depend on her keeping secrets.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Chandra has concerns about her obsession to protect her best friend Fay, whom she sees as her only family. They grew up in the orphanage together. But she can see this obsession has led her own life down a path she wouldn't have taken. She doesn't understand her drive to protect Fay even when it means putting her own life in danger.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Chandra would bring back her Phantom Desire.
What is your heroine's biggest personal flaw?
Being too loyal...read Phantom Desire and see where it gets her.
What is your heroine's breaking point?
The death of someone she loved dearly.
Who in her life has the power to hurt this character the most? Why?
The sage-violet eyed woman who keeps haunting her dreams...or are they dreams?

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Ms. Havens originally wrote a book called Sinful Surrender about my best friend, Fay Avalon. It would only be natural she'd write a book about Fay's only family member, even if we're not blood related family. We're all we have; each other.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I was surprised she picked me. I mean there are so many others far more intriguing than me. I'm a very private person by nature and lifestyle. My life isn't really that interesting. Now, if you'd asked me I would have assumed Ms. Havens would have picked Talpidae...its come to my attention, he's been living a double life...but he won't be living it for long with all the double-crossing he's been up to.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Have you read Ms. Haven's bio? OMG, that woman's lived quiet a life. She traveled the world before its demise, back before the Trasdamian predictions of the world's end came true. Back when the world's surface was filled with humans. Back when Love was free. Honor was the norm, and life was…sweet to live.
As she aged, she saw the world changing…she was one who saw the beginning of the end. She saw the evil that lurked behind the beautiful surface that became my world. With that much going on in the world and her life...her head had to be filled with stories to tell until the end of time. I think that's why she writes. To see and know that much, she'd have to write it out just the keep her mind.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I wish she'd write me a perfect world without war and help me unravel my past.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
I'll let her reviewers speak for me. This is what a few said about the book she did on me:

Author Bio

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.
Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series and numerous articles in literary magazines.

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September 27, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 7 Romance and True Love @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #amreading

Boroughs Publishing 
This is Day 7 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the last week, Romance Lives Forever has showcased this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Yesterday we visited new worlds and alternate realities, where everything is at risk for the ultimate prize - true love. Today, on our last day *sigh* of our Publisher's Week, we are going to tug at your heartstrings. Yep, no Romance is complete without having to dab at a few tears.

Unwanted Vows

To safely raise her daughter, Samantha Hollister must join wounded U.S. Army veteran
Morgan Lawrence in rediscovering an old love that never truly disappeared.

Meeting Miss Mystic

Both emotionally and physically scarred from an accident, Zoe Flannigan must take a journey to meet Paul Johansson—and to discover a love as beautiful and boundless as the wide Montana sky.

Better as a Memory

Atlanta image consultant Victoria Sharpe is about to give a makeover to the man who broke her heart in college, and a do-over to a love that always should have been.

On behalf of everyone at Boroughs Publishing Group, THANK YOU, Kayelle for a fabulous week!

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 26, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 6 Alternate Realities @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #Fantasy

This is Day 6 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. Romance Lives Forever has been showcasing this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Yesterday we visited with those yummy shape-shifting weres of the Red Ridge Pack. Today we take a journey into fantasy, where, in new worlds and alternate realities, everything is at risk for the ultimate prize - true love.

Awake

After losing her family to a tornado, the only thing that can help guilt-ridden Eve Cleary find peace is a nightmare come to life: a dangerous incubus whose masterful caresses have the power to grant her deepest desires.

The Pirate Princess

For a pirate, nothing is forbidden...except love. To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce
the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

The Devil and Lillian Holmes

At the cusp of the twentieth century, an heiress-turned-vampire and her maker seek her stolen daughter and find themselves caught up in a world of darkness, danger, and mystery.
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We cherish the wonderful creative minds that built these new worlds, brought determined tangible characters to life and drew us in to a universe we wanted to stay in for a very long time.
Tomorrow, on our last day during our Publisher's Week with Romance Lives Forever - thank you, Kayelle - we're going to tug on your heartstrings.

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 25, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 5 Shifters, Packs and Wolves @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #PNR

This is Day 5 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few
Boroughs Publishing 
days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Yesterday we visited with Susan Mac Nicol's sexy heartbreaking hunks. Today we're going to Red Ridge, New Mexico to see if the Pack has any chance of survival. Be brave and remember to stay close to the yummy were at your back.

Pack of Lies - Book 1

The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.

Web of Lies - Book 3

In the midst of a struggle for control of his pack, eighteen-year-old werewolf enforcer-to-be Luke Stanton meets the one girl who will destroy everything…or complete him.

End of Lies - Book 4

With the return of the devious Kendall Stuart, the Red Ridge Pack must depend on Cami Moore to save them, and Cami Moore must decide if she can trust—and perhaps even love—the hunky Gavin Reed of Crescent Hills.

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 24, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 4 Male Male Romance @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #mm #lgbt @SusanMacNicol7

Boroughs Publishing 
This is Day 4 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Yesterday we visited with the bad boys of yesteryear, the Lords of Regency. Pretty much, the only thing they have in common with Susan Mac Nicol's heartbreaking hunks is the United Kingdom. Ready to meet tortured souls, dark deeds and the sexiest Male/Male Romances around? Warning - once you have a taste, you'll be insatiable...

Love and Punishment

On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.

Double Alchemy: Climax

Powerful modern warlock Quinn Fairmont found ecstasy with the silver-eyed and not-quite-human Cade Mairston, but to know true happiness the pair must best both the shadow of a long-ago lover and an ancient enemy who seeks to destroy love, light and all they hold dear.

Saving Alexander

Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 23, 2014

Publisher Week: Day The Lords of Regency @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #amreading

Boroughs Publishing 
This is Day 3 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Yesterday we visited with our 'Naughty Boys' and let's be honest, wouldn't we all like to take a crack at breaking their shells? Today we're visiting with the bad boys of yesteryear, the Lords of Regency – Rakes, Rogues, Scoundrels and Libertines. Good breeding cannot disguise their wicked ways, but under all that bluster beats the heart of a man yearning to be ensconced in the arms of that certain woman - and it is she who will whisk him away to rusticate happily in the country.

A Spy's Honor

Embroiled in a scheme to catch an assassin, Lady Claire Talbot will soon learn all that His Majesty's spy Lord John Reyburn has to hide—and all that his heart is dying to reveal.

Mercy

The youngest of six sisters, Mercy Ackerly has known since thirteen what everyone else is about to learn: She'll marry the elusive Duke of Blackthorne.

Face to Face

A masquerade, a chance meeting, and a kidnapping: Little did Miss Penelope Ashurst realize that breaking the rules would result in the adventure—and love—of a lifetime.

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 22, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 2 Meet our Bad Boys @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #amreading

Boroughs Publishing 
This is Day 2 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Yesterday we had a Lunchbox Romance treat spending time with the Ladies of the Abberly Theater and today we're visiting with our 'Naughty Boys.' You know who they are, the bad boys we can't seem to stay away from, even though we know that they're more work, pains in the butt and downright ornery waaay too much of the time – but the sweet payoff of their true love is a thing of beauty.

Backfield in Motion

A Seattle Lumberjacks Romance - Mackenzie Hernandez is about to learn star running back Bruce "Bruiser" Mackey is more than just a pretty face.

Fly Me

When a playboy pilot meets a beautiful, by-the-book first officer, he'll pit his charm against her icy reserve until a surprising love sends them both soaring.

Be Careful What You Kiss For

Detective Max Hunter has come a long way from high-school bad boy, and with everything on the line, nothing can stop him…except seeing his first love dancing in the club he's been assigned to investigate. Torn between getting her far away from the place and needing her help as an insider, he knows only two things for sure: Tensley's stirring feelings he thought long ago buried, and a relationship with her would be career suicide. Yet, maybe, just maybe, this was a love meant to overcome the past.

Still to Come

Yum, huh? Tomorrow we'll visit with a different kind of bad boy, the kind that wear cravats and dress in brocade vests – yep, the Lords of Regency are just waiting to steal your hearts.

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We're seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you're providing well written incredible story-telling we're game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 21, 2014

Publisher Week: Day 1 Boroughs Publishing Group @BoroughsPubGrp #RLFblog #amwriting

Boroughs  
This is Day 1 of Publisher Week featuring Boroughs Publishing Group. For the next few days, Romance Lives Forever will showcase this publisher and its authors.
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Publisher's Week – Boroughs Publishing Group
Hello, Everyone and thank you, Kayelle for inviting us to share a bit about ourselves this week. *Waving* to all our readers and fans...
Boroughs Publishing Group: Here are our truths: We love Romance. A great story. Compelling characters. A good turn of the written word. A happy ending.
To kick off the week, we'd like to introduce you to our Lunchbox Romance Line – Delicious short romances consumable during the lunch hour.
We have a wonderful newly released Lunchbox Romance series by author Aubrey McKnight, entitled the Ladies of the Abberly Theater, all set in Victorian London.
Have a nibble.

Iphigenia and the Showman

In Victorian London, a beautiful but penniless illusionist finds herself and her dreams at the delicious mercy of an emotionally haunted theater owner.

Maddy and the Gambler

In Victorian London, a horribly scarred seamstress finds herself gambling on the healing love of a viscount's gadabout son.

Calliope and the Viscount

Eschewing the rules of stuffy English society, Calliope Bellingham is out to win the right for women to vote, but what she wins is the heart of a friend, nobleman, confidant and lover.

See you tomorrow. We'll spend some time with our 'Naughty Boys.'

Submissions

Are you an author? Fantastic. We adore authors. We’re seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination; we encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you’re providing well written incredible story-telling we’re game. Read more: http://www.boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit

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September 19, 2014

Caught On Camera by Destiny Blaine @DestinyBlaine #RLFblog #contemporary

Caught On Camera 
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 Caught On Camera by Destiny Blaine.

Published by Siren-Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Caught On Camera is Love at First Sight, Book One—A series of Love At First Sight romances, all of which stand alone.
Bailey Chapman isn't looking for love but when Nick Palmani shows up at a bonfire and starts pursuing her, she notices. Soon, the two are grinding out their passionate fantasies. Unbeknownst to the couple, the entire episode is caught on camera.
Nick Palmani knows Bailey possesses that special spark, but when he discovers Bailey's father owns the farm where he'll soon work, things are complicated. After a night of passion is caught on camera and the entire groping session goes viral, he isn't too certain of his job security. He's more concerned about Bailey and how her life will soon spin out of control.
Fearing Bailey will do whatever necessary to pacify her family and avoid unattractive labels, Nick whisks her away to an undisclosed location. Soon, secrets are revealed in front of an interested public and Bailey and Nick must decide if they can move forward together or find a way to leave their explosive past behind.

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Author Bio

Destiny Blaine is one pseudonym for the award-winning international bestseller Susan Smith Alvis. Destiny writes in most subgenres with a mix of intimate pairings. Her upcoming title, Rendition, will be released soon from Siren-Bookstrand.
A career writer for over a decade, Destiny and her husband live in East Tennessee with their four pampered pets.

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September 18, 2014

Kidnapped Bride by Heather Hiestand @heatherhiestand #RLFblog #historical

Kidnapped Bride  
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 Kidnapped Bride.

Genre historical romance
Author Name Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation…
Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she's definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger—and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal's tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses…
He's a baron's second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he's everything she truly desires—and that love is the greatest of adventures…
"Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read." --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked

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September 17, 2014

Cover Love: Homecoming by Te Russ @TeRussNovels #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 Homecoming by Te Russ.

Troy Hartford has finally returned to his small hometown in Texas, and the first person he runs into is Veronica Baker. He's amazed at the beautiful woman she's become.

Veronica has been living her mundane life, making sure her father's business continues to thrive. She doesn't even realize that she's not truly living until Troy shows up.

Neither of them can forget the one kiss they shared over a decade ago when they were teenagers, and seeing each other now has stirred up an attraction neither of them can deny.

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September 16, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Vicki Batman author of Temporarily Employed @VickiBatman #RLFblog #contemporary

Temporarily Employed 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Vicki Batman.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
I love hamburgers and with 3 other friends, we try different burger restaurants.
What were you like when you were in school?
Painfully shy until about age 15. Then I began working and getting praise which naturally boosted my self-esteem and image.
What is your favorite quote?
"Life should Not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming Woo-hoo, what a ride!"
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Boyhood—follows a boy for twelve years. It is interesting how he changes over time physically. What happens to him and his family.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Hmm. I have a different answer. My hero, Handsome, has the ringtone "Diamonds Are Forever." LOL

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Title: Temporarily Employed
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author Name: Vicki Batman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Blurb (up to 300 words):
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite insurance company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. He evolved from a pocket protector-wearing geek to a handsome police detective. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

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September 15, 2014

Timeless Desire by Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog #erotic #paranormalromance

Timeless Desire 
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 Lucy Felthouse.

Emily arrives at Westbury Hall with a job to do. She's to clean and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future generations. Not long into her stay at the house, she bumps into the night guard, George. She'd expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past, a lost love, and a stunning secret.
Please Note: This is a revised and extended of a previously published title, Love Through Time.

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Author Bio

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes.

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September 14, 2014

Willow Smoke by Adriana Kraft @adrianakraft #RLFRblog #RomanticSuspense

Willow Smoke 
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 Willow Smoke, Book Three in the Riders Up series by Adriana Kraft.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher B&B Publishing
Cover by Rebecca Poole Dreams2Media
When the chips are down, there's nobody there. Willowy blond Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood's urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy's world. She teaches him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy's seamy brother-in-law threatens Nick's safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does, will she still want him?

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Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

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September 12, 2014

Interview: Authors Erin McRae / Racheline Maltese @erinmcrae @racheline_m #RLFblog #LGBT

Starling 
Title Starling
Genre Contemporary Gay romance
Authors Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Erin and Racheline

What were you like when you were in school?
Erin: When I was a junior in high school, I was bored out of my mind in English class and one day I guess my teacher got tired of me just sitting on the windowsill at the back of the room, doing my own thing, and took me down to the school book room. Like, this massive room, with these weird concrete walls because it was adjacent to the room under the pool, which was also a nuclear fallout shelter -- my school was built in the 60s -- full of shelves crammed with all the non-textbooks the school owned. And she just walked me through the whole room, and pulled off a copy of every book she thought I should read that the curriculum didn't cover anymore. I still have them all.
Racheline: Most of my pre-university education was at a private school that had been known as Miss Hewitt's Classes for Young Ladies at one time. I got a fantastic literature and Latin education there, and I am grateful for it. But I was extremely awkward, and didn't fit in in terms of class and background. I spent a lot of time hanging around with adult artists outside of school because my parents are painters. No one knew what to do with me, and I got bullied a lot, but I also learned tons of trivia about forks and courtesies.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Erin: Snowman. We don't get a lot of snow in DC -- and when it does, it tends to be a disaster -- so most of the snow I know is in my hometown in upstate New York. There's an incredible silence when snow is falling, that's not quite like silence anywhere else. I love all the cities I've lived in, but I miss that silence.
Racheline: I am deeply superstitious about the first snow each year. I've had a lot of really magical (and usually romantic and/or sexual) luck happen around those first snowstorms. But I also hate the cold. I'll stay outside for the first one, then I am over it.
What is your favorite quote?
Erin: "The work is the prayer." For which even Google isn't giving me a proper attribution. But it's one of those things you hear everywhere.. And when a lot of people say it, it's this sort of zen thing about not being preoccupied with results and just letting the effort be what counts. And there's definitely value in that. But where I first encountered the quote was from Baz Lurhmann, who says it all the time and it's always like a curse. From him, it's about putting everything you have into the work and kind of just fucking the obstacles that get in your way. On the hard days, it's a reminder to me to just put my head down and keep going.
Racheline: "Tomorrow is the first lie of the Devil." -- Robert Fripp. I don't really believe in the devil, but I think it's a useful quote, not just about procrastination, but about how seductive time is. You never know when you're going to be hit by a bus. If you want to do a thing, do it now.
What was your favorite book as a child?
Erin: I read Little House in the Big Woods so many times the cover fell off, and I still come back to that book and everything else written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. History was my first love, because for me it's always just about people, living their lives in so many different circumstances and situations. Which is just what all stories are, really.
Racheline: When I was twelve, Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat came out. For some inexplicable reason, it was available to buy at my school book fair and a friend who knew I was afraid of vampires dared me to read it. I read it again and again and again, because it was the first thing I had ever read that said big emotions were truthful and okay and necessary. It was also the first time I encountered any sort of queerness in text. It really saved me, I think, from being more miserable than I already was at that age.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Erin: Marie Antoinette, for research purposes.
Racheline: Guardians of the Galaxy. That entire movie succeeds on its soundtrack,which may tell you my age. But that film is all in the hips.

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When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV's hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth's key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex's inexperience and the baggage they're both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.
Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair with a polyamorous co-star and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends -- and even the paparazzi! -- quickly make Alex and Paul's real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.
But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

Author bios

Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese's gay romance series Love in Los Angeles, set in the film and television industry, is published by Torquere Press. The first novel, Starling, was released September 2014; its sequel, Doves, is scheduled for January 2015. Racheline is a NYC-based performer and storyteller focused on themes of sex, gender, desire and mourning. Erin McRae is a writer and blogger based in Washington, D.C. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Previous Books

Starling, from Torquere Press
"Lake Effect," in the They Do anthology from Torquere Press

Books Coming Soon

Doves, coming January 2015 from Torquere Press
Room 1024, coming April 2015 from Torquere Press

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Joint Blog: http://Avian30.com
Racheline's Twitter: https://twitter.com/racheline_m

September 11, 2014

Interview with Madeleine Shade author of Rumpled @MadeleineShade #RLFblog #FairyTaleErotica

Rumpled 

About the Book

Title Rumpled: An Erotic Twist on Rumpelstiltskin
Genre Erotic Fairy Tale
Author Madeleine Shade
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Interview with Madeleine Shade

Why did you write this book?
Rumpelstiltskin (also spelled as Rumpelstiltzkin) is a well-known fairy tale which was collected in Germany by the Brothers Grimm and originally published in "Children's and Household Tales" (1812). The story follows the trials of a miller's daughter who is imprisoned by the king after her father spreads a lie that she can spin straw into gold.
While this fairy tale sets up the miller's daughter as the protagonist and Rumpelstiltskin as the antagonist, I've always felt that the dwarf was misunderstood and villainized. My version of this tale takes a different stance, revealing the miller's daughter as a power-hungry woman who would sacrifice her own flesh and blood for the advancement of her station and, at the same time, portraying Rumpelstiltskin as one of the Fair Folk who was looking for a human bride to share an eternity and a soul with him.
In Rumpled, Rumpelstiltskin is a prince of his own race, one who fell in love with the miller's daughter and attempted to save her from herself. The Fair Folk can hide or change their appearances, but when the miller's daughter (turned queen) cast an evil spell on him, he was trapped in the visage he'd chosen as a subterfuge. In my retelling, the only thing that can save him and restore him to his true nature is the milk of his betrothed – Bianca.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I am an avid reader of fairy tales and fantasy. I love the original fairy tales, but I also enjoy modern renditions. Angela Carter is my all-time favorite when it comes to fairy tale retellings, but I also enjoy the work of Margaret Atwood, Gregory Maguire, Robin McKinley and many other masters working in the field.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I am a sucker for the evil stepmothers in fairy tales. They have always seemed more interesting and complex than traditional fairy tale heroines, who tend to be helpless and insipid. I like writing about strong women who shape their own destinies. Forget Prince Charming. My erotic twists on fairy tales reveal women characters discovering and utilizing their feminine power.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don't watch television, but I do enjoy films. My favorites are fairy tales and fantasy including Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the X-Men movies and Marvel's superhero flicks.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on expanding the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series over the next several months and anticipate the release of two titles a month. Upcoming fairy tales slated for publication include twists on Rapunzel, Snow White, Bluebeard, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast as well as lesser known stories such as The Tinderbox and The Red Shoes.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The most recent release in the Shady Lady Fairy Tale series is Porked: An Erotic Twist on The Three Little Pigs. Like all of my twisted tales, this piece takes on new life as it follows the exploits of painter extraordinaire Mauricio Lobo, known in the underground world of the fae by the title of the "Wolf." Fleeing the fae with a forbidden painting, the Wolf finds refuge in the form of an extravagant portrait commission extended by a reclusive Southern heiress. Eager to add the heiress and her female companions to his private art collection, the artist plots the perfect trap -- with one fatal flaw. These three voluptuous women have connections to the fae world as well. And before long, the hunter becomes the hunted in this BDSM retelling of the classic favorite.
After freeing himself from a spell that left him trapped deep within the earth, Rumpelstiltskin returns to the kingdom built on the foundation of spun gold to claim his promised bride. Trapped in a twisted form, the ensorcelled fairy prince keeps the beautiful Bianca bound as he suckles at her breasts, inducing the virgin's milk needed to return to his true form. Bianca witnesses her captor's transformation from her breast milk and, in turn, begins to explore her new sensuality under his nimble touch. But when he refuses to consummate their union, Bianca must make the choice of returning to her place as a princess of the realm or reveling in her new-found sexual freedom. Can she seduce the fairy prince to succumb to her charms or will his noble resolve keep them apart forever? Will the fair prince Rumpelstiltskin keep his promise to free the woman of his dreams or will the captor become the captive?

Author Bio

Madeleine Shade grew up reading fairy tales and spent her college years studying the work of Angela Carter, Anne Sexton, Margaret Atwood, Maria Warner and Jack Zipes among others. Her erotic fairy tales take a steamy twist on childhood favorites. As a special bonus, each twisted tale comes complete with an original version of the fairy tale and author's notes.

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September 10, 2014

Character Sketch: Isaac from A Forbidden Rumspringa @keiraandrews #RLFblog #LGBT

A Forbidden Rumspringa 

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Title: A Forbidden Rumspringa
Genre: M/M contemporary
Author: Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?
In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he'll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can't name.
Dark tragedy has left carpenter David Lantz alone to support his mother and sisters, and he can't put off joining the church any longer. But when he takes on Isaac as an apprentice, their attraction grows amid the sweat and sawdust. David shares his sinful secrets, and he and Isaac struggle to reconcile their shocking desires with their commitment to faith, family and community.
Now that they've found each other, are they willing to lose it all?

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About the Character

Name: Isaac Byler
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Red Hills, Ohio
Profession: Apprentice carpenter
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): n/a
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Caucasian, slim and just under six feet tall. Isaac has sandy hair and amber eyes, as well as freckles across his nose.
Who is the significant other in your character's life? David Lantz, a 22-year-old mysterious carpenter Isaac is going to work with.
How does your hero dress?
In a very regimented way! As a Swartzentruber Amish man, Isaac's clothes are very strictly governed by the rules of his community. The brim of his hat (straw in the summer and black felt in the winter and for church) must be exactly four inches wide, and the band five-eighths of an inch. No more, and no less. He can't wear bright colors, and dresses in simple fabrics in black, navy, brown and gray. There are three hooks at the top of his shirts, and two buttons to do up the flap over the fly of his trousers. He doesn't wear underwear and wouldn't know a boxer brief from a hole in the ground.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
When Isaac's nervous (which happens a lot around David) he laughs, and according to him he sounds like a braying donkey.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Like almost all Amish, Isaac only went to school through eighth grade. In a one-room Amish schoolhouse, one of the young unmarried women taught him basic math and how to read, write and speak English. He learned a tiny bit of science (Creationist-compliant only, of course), and some Amish history. He knows very little about the world outside his small community.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Isaac's always had a knack for woodworking. He's not keen on farming, so his father has arranged for Isaac to apprentice with the best carpenter in Zebulon—David Lantz. David puts Isaac on edge for some reason he can't figure out. Maybe it's the way David looked at him that day at the barn raising like he was seeing right into the most secret part of him…
Is your character involved in his community?
Absolutely. Isaac's life revolves around his family and his community. God and the community are everything to the Amish. It's the only way of life Isaac's ever known.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
He sees it as black and white, but as he comes to terms with his sexuality, he begins to see more shades of gray. Reconciling his homosexuality with the Amish rules of morality is not easy to do, to say the least.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
He can—out of necessity. If Isaac told the truth about who he really was and what he felt for David, he would be an outcast in his community, and his family would be devastated.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Now that Isaac's 18, the pressure is building for him to officially be baptized and join the Amish church—after which he'll naturally get married to one of the local girls. But Isaac isn't sure the plain life is what he truly wants. When he tries to imagine his future as a good Amish man with a wife, he can't seem to. This doubt that he wants to remain Amish only intensifies as he gets to know David and their connection grows.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Because there are hardly any books out there about gay Amish people, and we have a lot of stories to tell.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
*blushes* I wish she hadn't told them about how much I like being intimate with David!
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
*blushes again* It was a surprise just how flexible I can be when David and I are…you know.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I wish she'd write about what happens to me and David next. Lucky for me that's what she's working on!

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."

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