January 27, 2015

Character Interview: A Bit of Heaven @LaurenLinwood #RLFblog #medieval

A Bit of Heaven on Earth
by Lauren Linwood 
The character interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Today's interview is with Gavin of Ashgrove.
Tell us about yourself, please.
I am Lord Gavin of Ashgrove—or I was. I went to fight with the Black Prince in England’s war against France and was captured in a battle where we were far outnumbered. The French sent a ransom demand to my father. He refused to pay it. I spent two years in a squalid prison until a sympathetic priest helped me escape. I returned and confronted my father, wondering at his cruelty. He told me my mother was dead, that I was a bastard, and I no longer could lay claim to my good name or lands.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I fear that I have no place in this world. My entire identity has been ripped from me. With my mother dead, I cannot ask her who my true sire was. I have lost my name, my lands, my fortune—and now I have lost my heart to a woman I can never marry. I do not know if this life is worth living if I cannot have her by my side.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Elizabeth of Kentwood has claimed my heart. When my father banned me from Ashgrove, I turned to Lord Aldred, whom I fostered with as a boy and who has been England’s greatest warrior. I sought his sage advice. I came to Kentwood to find Aldred now an old man, close to death, and his estate run by his much younger wife, a famed and opinionated beauty. At first, Elizabeth and I butted heads like rams. Then I came to know her, and it led to love. But with no children, Kentwood will revert to King Edward, and he shall name a new husband for Elizabeth soon after Aldred’s death. I know that Edward would never hear my suit, for I’ve become a penniless knight and have no home to offer Elizabeth.
What would that person say about you?
Ah, my sweet Elizabeth would say I was headstrong, honorable, and yet tender of heart.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
‘Tis already happened, and I cannot believe I feel such hatred in my heart. My closest friend Robert was captured in battle with me, and he returned to England once his family paid his ransom. His estate borders Kentwood, and I fear the king will decide to join Robert and Elizabeth in marriage and combine the two estates for defense purposes. To see my Elizabeth joined in marriage to Robert would be my worst nightmare.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
Suffice it to say that Mistress Linwood wove her magic and gave Elizabeth and me a happy ending beyond our dreams. She made the impossible possible, and we owe her a debt of gratitude that reaches from now till the end of time.

About the Author

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I decided to reveal a bit about the story from Gavin’s point of view because most romance writers immediately think of how the woman feels. I wanted readers to see that Gavin is every bit as romantic and heartbroken over the possibility of losing his love as a woman would be. He might be a stoic warrior, but he is as passionate in his love for Elizabeth as she is for him!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
Actually, I’ve started on a new journey. I’ve released five historical romances and have a sixth coming out in March. Although I love writing historicals, I wanted to challenge myself a bit and push my creative limits. The result? Leave Yesterday Behind, a romantic suspense, is coming out in June of 2015, and my editor just bought a second romantic suspense entitled Illusions of Death. My goal is to start alternating and publishing historicals and romantic suspense books each year.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Believe it or not, as a reader, romance is not my favorite genre! Don’t get me wrong—I read a ton of romances and love them—but my favorite book to pick up is a thriller. I enjoy books by authors such as Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Jeff Abbott.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I’ve had readers tell me that this is their favorite book of all the ones they’ve read of mine. They’ve said there’s just something about this couple and storyline that touched them. It’s also the favorite of my critique partner.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I appreciate every book of mine that you purchase and every email when you share how much you enjoyed my characters and their love story. It’s a thrill each time to hear these words, and it makes me want to keep telling my stories for many years to come.

About the Book

Title: A Bit of Heaven on Earth
Genre: medieval historical romance
Author: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Gavin of Ashgrove and his closest friend are captured in a fierce battle during the Hundred Years’ War, their captors demand a hefty ransom from their fathers for their return. Robert is quickly set free, but Gavin’s father refuses to pay for his son’s release, leaving him to rot in a squalid French prison. Aided by a sympathetic priest, he escapes and returns home to England, only to find he has been proclaimed a bastard and disinherited.
With nowhere to turn Gavin journeys to Kentwood, where he fostered as a boy, hoping Lord Aldred will take him on as a knight in his guard. The old warrior is close to death, but he soon realizes Gavin is his son. Aldred plots to have Gavin inherit Kentwood and marry his much younger wife, Elizabeth, a famed and opinionated beauty who remains a virgin after a decade of marriage.
Will the king recognize Lord Aldred’s first request of a marriage between Elizabeth and Robert, uniting Robert’s estate with Kentwood—or will the temperamental Edward reward Aldred’s years of service and honor a dying man’s final request?

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January 26, 2015

Vicky Burkholder: The Ruby Key @vickyburkholder #RLFblog #amreading

The Ruby Key
by Vicky Burkholder 
Meet author Vicky Burkholder, writing for Liquid Silver Books.

Title The Ruby Key
Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Who or what inspired you to write?
My dad. When I was very young, I was considered a "slow reader". Back then, we didn't have enrichment classes so my dad took it upon himself to show me the wonders of the written word. Though not highly educated himself, he was an avid reader. He would take me on his lap and read to and with me. He'd do word games with me – for instance, if we were in the car and waiting somewhere, he'd find a billboard and point to a word in it and tell me to find as many words with those letters as I could. Or he'd do crossword puzzles with me. He found things I was interested in and books that would go along with those interests – like horses (what little girl doesn't love horses?). He bought books about horses, both fiction and non-fiction. In short, through my love of him and my interests, he taught me to love the written word. And in a year, I moved up from the "slow" section to the top of the class.
What are your five "desert island" books?
Probably a Boy Scout handbook (come on, I'm nothing, if not practical!), a science fiction book (like Anne McCaffrey's Crystal series), a good mystery (like Laura Bradford's Amish mystery series), a good romance (like Nora Roberts, especially her paranormal romances), and a good fantasy (like David Eddings). You will note that these are all paperback books. I'd choose differently if I could take my electronic reading device, but on a desert island, I'm not sure that would work well, though I suppose I could use the handbook to figure out how to create electricity to power up my devices!
The Emerald Key
What advice would you give a new author?
Grow a thick skin. This is not a business for the weak of ego. You are going to get bad reviews. You're going to get rejected – a lot. You're not going to get rich quick (except in very very rare cases). You need to be able to bounce back. Yes, give yourself a day or two to rail at the fates on the bad stuff, then get right back in there. You can't let the negativity that is part and parcel of this career get you down. If one bad review or rejection makes you quit, then you need to rethink being a writer. Because unless you're just doing it for yourself, you're going to get hurt. BUT, if you keep at it… if you keep trying… if you keep learning and improving, someday you may get that acceptance or that great review and the sales will start coming in, and it will all be worth it. Perseverance is the key.

The Ruby Key

The following blurb and excerpt are from my latest book, The Ruby Key, a paranormal romance available from Liquid Silver Books. It is the second in the Crystal Keys series.
Blurb: (from The Ruby Key)
For centuries, four women have held the keys to Lemuria, a land where magic is real. They and their Protectors are all that stand against The Brotherhood, a group of exiles who want to return to Lemuria and take control of the gateway between realms.
Phoebe, Keeper of the ruby key, lost her lover and Protector, Ryan, to murder. The Powers That Be saddled her with a dorky salesman. That is, until Zack arrives on the scene. With his Scandinavian good looks, he is the essence of what a Protector should be, but he is a loner and wants nothing to do with magic. Magic is what got his brother killed. Phoebe wants nothing to do with him as a protector, but he draws her in ways Ryan never did.
Edward is the epitome of a British gentleman and shows Phoebe the genteel side of life, but Edward has a past, and an agenda. He is the leader of the Brotherhood and if he controls Phoebe, he will control everything—and destroy it all.
The past, present, and future all come crashing down to one moment. Only Phoebe can make the choice—and her choice will determine the fate of several worlds.
They lost the battle once before. This time, will love really conquer all?

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Coming Soon

The Turn of the Card – a short futuristic romance from Liquid Silver Books
Other books available from Liquid Silver Books
Who's Your Alpha 
The Emerald Key – first book in the Crystal Key series
Who's Your Alpha – short, contemporary shape shifter romance
Finder's Keepers – short, contemporary paranormal romance

About the Author

Vicky Burkholder lives in a three-generation home and is lucky enough to have two other writers in residence. At various times in her life, she has been a journalist, writer, editor, teacher, short-order cook, computer specialist, DJ, and librarian. Her writing spans the fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and romance lines from YA to adult. No matter the age or genre, all of her books have a touch of romance in them and have to have a happily ever after ending.

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January 25, 2015

Bucket List: Harriet - Knights Vampire @kryssiefortune #RLFblog #vampirelove

Knights Vampire
by Kryssie Fortune 
The bucket list interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Today's list is from Harriet Mortlake.
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Leeds
Profession: Archivist
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we'd like to get to know you better. Please tell us about yourself.
I'm nothing much really. I'm tall, almost six foot, and sadly about ten pounds overweight. I don't think there isn't a diet I haven't tried, or failed to stick to.
I've got a bit of a temper too. My dad used to hit mum, and I've inherited my temper from him, I was twelve years old when I found him beating on her in the kitchen. I was so angry that I hit him on the head with a frying pan and dragged my mother off to a shelter. Mom's convinced I saved her life that night, but I've never lost my temper like that since. I daren't. It scared me.
I have a first class degree in library studies. I was lucky to land this job at Whitborough Castle straight from university. If the last two archivists hadn't vanished, and I could have shaken the "someone's watching me" thing, it would have been my dream job.
When someone dies, we say they "kicked the bucket." Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a "Bucket List." We'd like to know yours, please. If you haven't made one before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you're at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I want to sail up the Amazon and see pink dolphins. They sound amazing. Maybe that could my honeymoon trip.
I'd like to visit Jerusalem too and follow in the steps of the crusaders. There's something romantic about the Knights Templar or the Knights Hospitaller. My personal favorites are the Knights Defender though.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
The hidden dungeon beneath Whitborough Castle. I can smell the stale urine and feces just thinking about it.
I didn't much like university life. I was too geeky to fit in. Shall I tell you a secret? I got angry when my one and only boyfriend told me I was frigid. I tossed his clothes out the window and shoved out into the dorm's corridor stark naked.
I suppose the worst place ever was my childhood home. Dad was a bully who liked to make me cry.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
Can you imagine a real live knight defender let loose in the 21st century. I don't mean some geeky re-enactor. Imagine a genuine knight with the muscles to swing a broadsword and the courtly grace of Queen Eleanor's courts. Wouldn't that be something?
Oh, did you mean someone real? I'm actually a bit of dreamer, but maybe Julian Richards. Never heard of him? I'm geeky, but he's the archeologist come media presenter who did an in depth study of Stonehenge. Mum bought me his popup book of Stonehenge before she died as a spoof gift, but it's one of my most treasured possessions.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Real or fantasy? I wouldn't care to meet Blaxton's wicked cousin Rolf again. He's got a vicious streak a mile wide. He wanted to create his own vampire army and take over the world. Human life means nothing to him.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I'd love to go back to the 1180's when Peter de Ferrers built Whitborough Castle. He had three sons back then, and I'd love to meet all of them before Cousin Rolf murdered them.
What is your birth order?
I'm not sure I understand the question. I almost answered Sagittarius then it struck me you were asking about my family. I'm an only child, an orphan now, and I still miss my mum.
I was born fully human. Obviously I'm different now.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had this teddy but my dad through it out in a fit of temper. I never really got attached to anything else. It hurt too much. I was the kid who lived in the library and read every book they possessed.
Describe your favorite food and how it's prepared.
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A rare steak with a mountain of freshly fried chips, fried onion rings and side salad sounds good too.
Tell us about your best friend.
Blaxton de Ferrers. He's my everything. We talk for hours and never get bored. He was alone for centuries, but we've just discovered he has friends in Zurich. I just love to see him smile. Oh, did I say he's a billionaire property developer with a philanthropic streak and a former Knight Defender?

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Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

About the Author

I could read before I could walk – or so my mother says. I definitely loved books, but at that stage I probably liked to look at the pictures. I do remember a lovely old-fashioned library with parquet floors and filing cabinets with a card index. I really loved that place.
Jump forward to my adult years. Two children and happy marriage later, my heart valve collapsed. After a terrible prognosis and an amazing surgeon, I'm strong and tough again. However, it was time I reached for my dream and started to write that book I'd been going on about.
Fortunately Loose ID liked it. I'm grateful for their support. Knights Vampire is my fifth book, and I'm really proud of it.

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January 24, 2015

Hot Cowboy Romance 12 Pack @sabrina_york #RLFblog #cowboys

Cowboy 12 Pack 
If you love sexy cowboy romance books, get ready for a 12-pack of 'em from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!
The Cowboy 12 Pack is available for preorder and releases January 20th
The Real McCoy by Sabrina York
When Crystal Wilson gets roped into a wild, girls-only weekend at a rowdy "stud" ranch, the last thing she wants to do is tangle with a bunch of half-naked men pretending to be cowboys. But when she meets Ford McCoy, she can't help but be attracted to his dark, dominant, gruff appeal.
What she doesn't know is that Ford isn't a stripper. He's her friend's overprotective brother, there to make sure his little sister doesn't get into any trouble. She's surprised at the passion that flares between them. In fact, what she has with Ford might just be what she's been looking for all along.
It's a pity the sexy rancher isn't in the market for a city girl.
A Cowboy's Seduction
Award-Winning Author Cynthia D'Alba - Sparks fly when an exhausted cowboy, on a forced tropical vacation, meets an uptight accountant in a bikini. As the seduction game begins, two weeks never looked so short.
Sadie And Her Cowboy
USA Today Bestselling Author Paige Tyler - A beautiful ranch owner hires an infamous gunslinger to protect her against a ruthless cattle baron, but risks losing everything when she falls for the sexy hired gun
The Billionaire Husband Test
NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Elle James - Skeptical billionaire takes a risk on a friend's dating service and finds the cowgirl of his dreams, only he has to convince her he's her perfect match.
Her Uniform Cowboy
Donna Michaels - Texas Guardsman never planned his attraction to a curvy, military-hating Pennsylvanian, or saddling her with his stress issues. Will the town's newest resident support him, or abandon him like others in his past?
I Am Not Your Melody
NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Shoshanna Evers - The baddest cowboy in Bear Creek Saddle partners with a sassy new bartender to save the family business. His rules: Don't kill her. Don't kiss her. And don't fall in love.
Chase And Seduction
USA Today Bestselling Author Randi Alexander - Country music superstar Chase Tanner is determined to seduce screenplay writer Reno Linden. She risks the plunge into Chase's arms, but will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?
The Cowboy Wins A Bride
NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Seton –Jamie Lassiter just made the bet of his life—He's got six weeks to prove to Claire Cruz he's the man for her, or pay for her round-the-world trip.
The Harder They Fall
The Real McCoy
by Sabrina York 
Beth Williamson - Cowboy Hank Beltane has no idea what's in store for him when he tries to seduce the stubborn, beautiful and sexy as hell rodeo owner TJ Maguire.
The Real McCoy
NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York - At a wild, girls-only weekend at a rowdy "stud" ranch, she meets the gruff, dominant man of her dreams. It's too bad the sexy stripper is only a pretend cowboy…or is he?
Badass
Amazon Bestselling Author Sable Hunter - Isaac McCoy - Badass Isaac McCoy, as at home on a Harley as he is on a horse, is in love with the preacher's daughter -- the angel of Kerr County -- and that will never do.
Cowboys Never Fold
Award-Winning Author Lexi Post - When a cowboy honors a promise by working at a nudist resort, he discovers that to win the sexy owner's heart he must go all-in, which could mean baring more than his soul.
Cupid's Cowboy
Amazon Bestselling Author Becky McGraw - Struggling country singer is struck by cupids arrow when delivering a breakup singing telegram on Valentine's Day to a beautiful music exec who could make all his dreams come true.

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About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet and sexy to scorching erotic romance.

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January 23, 2015

5 Easy Questions: author Iris Blobel, Let Me Love You @_iris_b #RLFblog

Let Me Love You
by Iris Blobel
Iris Blobel answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Nothing beats the good old Spaghetti meal
Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Jack Reacher … without a doubt … I think. There's also Jax Cullen and Sawyer Thompson from Lucky Harbor … or Gabriel Bonner … *sigh* … there're too many.
Describe the perfect vacation.
With my family, anywhere near a beach. Having said that, we travelled through the US in a motorhome two years ago and it was close to the best holidays I've ever had.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
If a book draws me in within the first two/three pages, I read about anything but erotica or historical stories. I like to read across the genres and mix it up, especially when I write.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
James Blunt - Bonfire Heart

About the Book

Title Let Me Love You
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Iris Blobel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Oliver Dempsey, pitcher for a Melbourne baseball club, loves the women, and they love him…
But he keeps them at an arm's length, and when he meets Tamara, he's unprepared for the attraction he feels for her. Told by his coach that she's off limits, only draws him in more.
Tamara Amis moved to Melbourne to find some distance between her past and herself…
With the help of her uncle, the coach of a Melbourne baseball club, she quickly finds a job, and a place to live. Yet, one meeting with the handsome pitcher stirs unexpected emotions that threaten to overwhelm her.
It's Oliver's injury that brings them together, but as they find out about each other's pasts, how can they be ready to share a future?

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Author Bio

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent some time living in Scotland, London, as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper only emerged a few years back, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as their dog. Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

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January 22, 2015

5 Easy Questions: Sandy Wolters - Another Door Opens @SandyWolters #RLFblog #PNR

Another Door Opens
by Sandy Wolters  
Sandy Wolters author of Another Door Opens answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Sandy Wolters is a prolific writer with five other novels to date. Soul Mates, her steamy time travel romance, won first place in the Paranormal Romance Guild's 2013 Reviewer Choice Awards for Paranormal Romance-Novella.
What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra and Parker House rolls. Just like mom use to make.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
I know this is in direct conflict with my favorite down-home meal, but I love ordering grilled Mahi Mahi with grilled or steamed vegetables. You have to eat healthy sometimes, right?
Describe the perfect vacation.
My husband and I have been married for 36 years. We've taken many vacations over the years, some good, some not so good. The best way I can describe the perfect vacation for us is if we didn't have any life threatening incidents. I don't know why, but we always seem to have something drastic happen when we're off enjoying ourselves. Looking back over the years, we've had two vacations that didn't almost kill us. LOL My daughter's standard goodbye to my husband is, "Please don't kill mom on this trip."
What are your hobbies?
I love to read. My husband and I also camp whenever we can. We do it old school with a tent and cook over the campfire. We fish and enjoy catching crawdaddies so my husband can cook a beautiful gourmet dinner. Yes. That's right. My husband does all the cooking when we're camping! Now you know why I enjoy it so much. I'm a very lucky woman.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I'm a very eclectic reader. I enjoy all sub genres of romance. I also like police procedurals/crime drama, suspense, mystery, horror – really just about anything other than sci-fi. I've never really developed a taste for that genre.

About the Book

Title Another Door Opens, Book 2 in the Rock Star Series (Stand Alone)
Genre Romance with a ghostly paranormal twist
Author Sandy Wolters
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Can a man who has never lacked for women in his life meet the challenge when the woman he truly desires wants nothing to do with him?
Clayton Silk has reveled in the attention he receives as a rock star. His only close friend is Lilly, another international rock star, but she has chosen to step back from the spotlight and enjoy her relationship with his brother Bruce, which has started Clay thinking about his life.
When he decides to take a break from touring and spend some time with Bruce and Lilly, he meets a woman who drives him to distraction, a woman who resists all his usual charms, and makes him wonder what it will take to break down her resistance before he loses his mind. As he discovers, it may just cost him her life.
Rock Star Series:
Book 1 – When One Door Closes (Stand Alone)
Book 2 – Another Door Opens (Stand Alone)
You can read the entire first chapter at: http://sandywolters.weebly.com/another-door-opens-excerpt.html

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January 21, 2015

Bucket List: Magnus from To Eternity @DaisyBanks16 #RLFblog #PNR

To Eternity
by Daisy Banks 
Introducing Magnus Johansson from To Eternity. This is his bucket list.

About the Book

Title To Eternity, wild beneath the moon-Book 2 in the Timeless series.
Genre Paranormal
Author Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
For four centuries Magnus has lived according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion. Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear on the horizon…

The Bucket List of Magnus Johansson

This interview is designed for your hero to describe his/her bucket list for readers. Answer the questions as the character.

Name: Magnus Johansson
Age: Approximately four hundred and eighty five.
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Darnwell England
Profession: He is of independent means and therefore has no professional title.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we'd like to get to know you better. Please tell us about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to take part in this interview. Man or myth, or something in between, that is how I have described myself in the past. My existence, I can't call it life, was grim. Until I met Sian I had been solitary for many years. I preferred to be alone rather than risk forming relationships with others. I had some bitter experiences in my youth and the pain from them was compounded by living through the losses of the war years. I thought being alone was my only honorable option.
I am sure you are aware I am afflicted with the werewolf curse. Please, don't worry. I am quite safe at present. The full moon is past for this month. Even during the full moon I try to limit the number of times I hunt and am very selective of my hunting grounds. When I am not under the control of the moon I spend much time in organizing restoration work on my home. The orangery and the walled garden are current projects. Since I met Sian she has helped me with these tasks and so many other things. Sian has turned my world around, I wouldn't be here speaking with you today if not for her influence. Sian shares my interest in antiques and architecture. She has an eye for beauty in its many forms.
I do apologize, this is supposed to be about me, but I can't help talking about Sian. Shall we continue with the interview?
When someone dies, we say they "kicked the bucket." Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a "Bucket List." We'd like to know yours, please. If you haven't made one before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you're at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
This is very interesting. As a werewolf, my death, barring unfortunate circumstances, is very unlikely, but I would like to answer the questions all the same. I would enjoy the chance to visit Egypt with Sian. She quite rightly pointed out that if I journey there I could relish the sense of a time well beyond my own existence. That would be a very enlightening experience.
There is also a beach I once visited in the Caribbean and I would like to return there. The memory of the place features often in the dreams I share with Sian. I would like to take her there and show her the reality. Hopefully, in the intervening years since I first visited, the beach hasn't changed too much. I once found peace there and in my younger days that was a very rare occurrence.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
The place is London, but not as it is now. Sian has taken me to visit London several times and I have enjoyed each journey we have made. I would prefer not to return as I was in the eighteenth century. I behaved rather badly then and have no pride in my activities in that era of my life. Grief can have a very damaging effect in many different ways. I'm afraid it made a self-centered creature of me. I hunted with impunity and relished the chase in a way I am rather ashamed of now.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I would like to meet the founder of my family line and discover how the werewolf curse first took hold. I would ask them if they ever found a way to conquer the wretched affliction.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
At present the person I would wish to have no contact with is Mr. Franklyn Gorsewell. He is a despicable creature who has threatened and even physically harmed the woman I love. A reckoning between he and I must eventually come, and I believe it will be savage. Please don't think I fear that, I don't, but Sian will be distressed by such an event, after all he was once her employer and so called mentor. He abused that position of trust. He is utterly without merit.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I have a rather strange and sometimes strained relationship with time. If I were able to travel in time I would wish to return to the day I met Sian. I would do things differently you see. I'm afraid to say I wasn't very grateful at first that she made me live. I'd been alone for so long, I might as well have been dead. I fought against being dragged back to life in the fear of its hurts. I shouldn't have done. I ought to have been gentler with her, accepted the wonderful love she offered me and thanked her for it. Yes, if I could travel in time I would return to experience those first days with her again. She is the most courageous woman I have ever met and I'd like to honor that rather than being as difficult as I was. Of course, Sian has forgiven me my foibles, but I would like to make her memories of our meeting sweeter.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My childhood was rather isolated, understandable given my heritage. I had few toys but I did have several dogs as companions. It was then I discovered my body is not that of an ordinary person. The dogs aged and died, but I hardly changed. My parents always provided new ones, but I had to accept the loss of creatures I loved. Each lost hound proved bitter lesson for me. I also had several favorite ponies and horses as I matured. Their loss though painful didn't sting quite so much as those of my dogs. They did not sleep on my bed, nor beg from my plate or offer such devoted companionship.
I was very fond of a hunting hawk. I'd named her Starlight, for her gleaming under wing feathers, when she died I gave up hawking. Later, once I reached adolescence and I'd undergone the first year or two of moon induced transformations, my parents departed and I became master of my home. I amused myself as any young man of wealth might in the era.
Describe your favorite food and how it's prepared.
The wolf inheritance influences many aspects of my life and as a man I eat a great deal of steak. My cook knows to serve it rare.
Tell us about your best friend.
Other than my few servants, my contact with people over the recent past has been very limited. In the war years when I was quite active there were young men who I called friends, however, they never truly knew me as I am. Sian is the one person who knows and accepts me. She offers me the gift of her love. She is everything.
I must leave now as Sian is waiting. Thank you for your questions. I hope we meet again sometime in the future. Good day.

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Publisher Lyrical Press. A Kensington Imprint http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/29484

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Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer, Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn't writing, she has also occasionally been known to make a meal that doesn't stick to the pan.

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January 20, 2015

Cover Love: Fear of Flying @LeighCourt3 #RLFblog #FearofFlying

Fear of Flying
by Leigh Court 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Fear of Flying.

Genre Contemporary
Author Leigh Court
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Book publicist Jessie Jordan is deathly afraid of flying, which prompts travel writer Regan Quade to come up with a highly imaginative (and very intimate!) way to calm her anxiety. When they're thrown together on a two-week cross-country book tour, the result just might be a bestseller!

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Award-winning multi-published author Leigh Court has been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for her elementary school newsletter, growing up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took her on real life adventures.
After traveling most of the world, she segued into the more normal job of public relations, but she's never stopped writing. Having seen what she has of life's struggles, Leigh now writes romantic fiction because she wants her readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending!

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January 19, 2015

Short Circuit Time: SciFi Time-travel Diane Saxon @Diane_Saxon #RLFblog #SFR

Short Circuit Time
by Diane Saxon 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger cat, four chickens and a new black Labrador puppy called Beau, whose name has been borrowed for her hero in For Heaven's Cakes.
After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said "follow that dream".
Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth demanding plot lines of their own and she's found the more she lets them, the more they're inclined to run wild.

Interview with Diane Saxon

Why did you write this book?
Because I was goaded into it by two other wonderful authors. Allyson Lindt and Eva Lefoy. You see, we all originally wrote different genres, mine is normally contemporary with a cowboy, so we thought we would spread our wings and venture into something we hadn't tried before (except Eva, she was the sci-fi guru)
Now, having been brought up watching Star Trek and Dr Who, reading dystopian novels from a young age (starting with Z for Zachariah when I was about twelve) I was keen to try my hand.
So this was it, a Challenge. This is how is worked:
Three authors
Three months
One blog post each every three weeks
One challenge - A 15,000 word short story
It never turned out that short.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I'm fickle. Romance definitely. Sub-genres, contemporary, historical, fantasy, thrillers.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I have many, so I would probably answer this question differently each time. Today, it's Tim, by Colleen McCullough, one of the most beautifully written characters. I read the book long before I saw the film and I loved both.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I've just subbed a paranormal romance so I'm hoping to have news on that in the coming weeks.
However, I have returned to contemporary writing at the moment for the second book in my Disarmed and Dangerous Series. I'm pulling it all together right now with the hopes of subbing it by the end January.
Please tell us about your latest book.
In the year 2086, Zaphira is alone, the last survivor of biological warfare on Earth. Before he died, her scientist father promised other survivors would come. Nobody has. So when a horribly mangled android shows up claiming to be her father's assistant, Aiden, who has been sent through time to rescue her, she's both frightened and astounded.
The last time she'd seen Aiden, she'd been sixteen, head-over-heels in love with him and had literally thrown herself at him, leaving her devastated by his rejection and him running for the hills. The following day, she'd been told of his death.
Eight years later he's miraculously back, this time asking for her help. Without it, he won't survive. But can she really put a dead man back together with tweezers?
For Aiden, everything has changed. There are no other humans, no government, and time travel has left his new android body unexpectedly weak and suffering from inexplicable genetic changes in eye and hair color, brought about by his molecular shake-up. Unbelievably, the scientist who sent him is dead, and he must rely on the scientist's daughter to help him. A woman who he's not so sure has his best interests at heart.
The last time he'd seen her, Zaphira had been a sixteen year old with a dangerous crush on him and he'd been rocked by the turmoil of his own feelings. Now she's twenty four and literally holds his survival in her hands. Too bad everything he does and says seems to annoy her.
Trusting her might be his undoing. But he is left with no choice.
For Zaphira, getting used to the transformation of old Aiden to android Aiden requires a large mental leap. But when android Aiden starts to rebuild his human form to a new and improved standard, things start to get tricky.

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Title Short Circuit Time
Genre Romantic Dystopian Time-Travel
Author Diane Saxon
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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January 18, 2015

Cover Love: Hardened Desire by Layna Pimentel @LaynaPimentel #RLFblog #PNR

Hardened Desire
by Layna Pimentel 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Hardened Desire by Layna Pimentel.

What could Luc Mercier, a gargoyle who's more than a century old, possibly have in common with modern introvert, Gillian Harris? Loneliness and isolation.

When meddlesome friends bring the two together, neither is prepared for the flurry of emotions nor revelations that overwhelm them. That is, until Gillian stumbles across the truth and struggles with how she let her guard down.

Learning to love again has never been harder.






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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. When she isn't devouring salacious romance novels or writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology, weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.
Layna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and is a monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut.

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