August 1, 2015

Top Bloggers July 2015 @sabrina_york #RLFblog

RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 31 day month. Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. In July, the Independence Day holiday did not feature a guest.

The Top Blogger for July was Sabrina York. She wins a month of free cover advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year is publisher Liquid Silver Books, which won a year of free advertising.

About Sabrina York

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
1. Teasers and Tastes Authors (led by Sabrina York)
2. Kathy Kulig
3. Mary J McCoy-Dressel
4. (tie) Andrea Dalling, Taylor Brooks
5. (tie) Faye Hall, Rodd Clark

Honorable mention: Margo Diamond

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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are: Ally Bishop, Andrea K Stein, Ashley York, Brita Addams, CB Williams, Desiree Holt, Emily Mims, Iris Blobel, Jami Gray, JB Brooks, Kate Hill, Kayelle Allen, Kim Headlee, Krista Ames, Nicole Morgan, NJ Walters, RB O'Brien, SB Redstone, Tymber Dalton

July 31, 2015

Cover Love: Teasers and Tastes #RLFblog #freebook @sabrina_york @AuthorNicMorgan

Teasers and Tastes 
Flip through this indulgent collection at your leisure, exploring and discovering new reads in your favorite romance genres. All authors are New York Times, USA Today Bestselling authors, award winners, or all three. You can't go wrong with this list.
Featured authors include: Sabrina York, Cat Johnson, Delilah Devlin, Elle James, Sharon Hamilton, Jayne Rylon, Paige Tyler, Kayelle Allen, Pam Binder, Denyse Bridger, Cynthia D'Alba, Tina Donahue, Lucy Felthouse, Sable Hunter, Jennifer Kacey, Gina Lamm, Heather Long, Donna Michaels, Nicole Morgan, Lexi Post, and Beth Williamson.

These Teasers and Tastes give you samples of today’s hottest romance authors in a variety of romance genres. Samples include: Billionaires, Cowboys, Super Steamy Romance, Firefighters, Historical Romance, Holiday Romance, Mechanics, Motorcycle Clubs, Men in Uniform and Military Romance, Paranormal Romance, SciFi and Fantasy Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense/Mystery, Hot SEALs, Time Travel, Vacation Romance, Vampires, and more.

This free catalog includes excerpts from more than 20 bestselling and award-winning romance authors. If you enjoy the excerpt, you know you’re going to love this book. Follow the links to snag a guaranteed good read and sign up for the author’s newsletter so you never miss future releases, contests, or appearances.

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July 30, 2015

Highland Romances by Sabrina York @sabrina_york #RLFblog #highlandromance

Laird of Her Heart 

Meet 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 snarky to scorching romance. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pinterest. Check out Sabrina's books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: And don't forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

Laird of Her Heart--Book 1 in the Dundragon Time Travel Trilogy

When Maggie Spencer is mysteriously transported to the Scotland of her ancestors, she is stunned to come face to face with him. Dominic Dundragon, the man she's been half in love with her whole life. A man who's been dead for 700 years.
They both have enemies aplenty. Will she have a chance to win his love, or will this adventure end in disaster?

Hannah and the Highlander--Book 1 in the Untamed Highlanders Series
Hannah and the Highlander 

First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees...
Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family's land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah's hand, will she be able to resist him?
Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can't afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What's more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he's the only man for her-body and Hannah and the Highlander.

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July 28, 2015

Faye Hall author of Mistress of Purity @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #historical

Faye Hall author of Mistress of Purity answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Faye Hall's passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800's.
Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.
Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.
These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.
Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.
Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Gravy smothered pork with creamy mash potato
Describe the perfect vacation.
There is a place called Whitsunday Sand’s in Bowen near where I live in North Queensland that is just beautiful.  It’s a resort nestled in the rocks between two of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Australia.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I loved to color in, though I did tend to color in my dolls too bt like I was giving them tattoos.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
Michael Cannon books are always helpful, as too are books from our own Bush Tucker Man Les Hiddens.  But I tend to rely a lot on word of mouth history too, especially from my father and stories from his family.

About the Book

Title Mistress of Purity
Genre Historical erotic romance
Author Faye Hall
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):R

Prue had seen something the night her father was murdered – something that would forever change her life…
…She had seen something that would continue to haunt her and follow her wherever she went.
When she had married the Earl of Malloy, Prue had hoped to be able to hide under his name and at his out of town estate.
What she had not thought was to become his son’s MISTRESS OF PURITY.
Gareth had sworn never to return to his father’s estate, not to the life he had once thought to have there.
He had hoped that the man he had grown in to was no longer hoping to find the love of a woman he knew could not possibly exist.
What Gareth had not wanted was to find his comfort in the arms of his father’s young wife…a woman he knew was hiding far more than just one secret from him. 

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July 27, 2015

S. B. Redstone author of Stardust Dreams@sbredstone #RLFblog #romance

S. B. Redstone, author of Stardust Dreams answers five easy questions to help readers get to know him better.

Author Bio

My first careers in life were helping people. As a caseworker for the New York City Department of Social Services, Protective Services, I investigated the horrors of the abuse and neglect of children. After attaining master’s degrees in School Psychology and Clinical Social Work, I continued to help children ins schools and my private practice, along with adolescents and adults. Always striving to improve his understanding of human nature, I researched and then wrote a personal improvement book, Taming Your Inner & Outer Bullies: Confronting Life’s Stressors And Winning. Always having a vivid imagination and a desire to write fiction, I first wrote short stories that were published on the web and in print. My first novel A Sinister Obsession was published by Black Opal Books as well as this current novel, Stardust Dreams. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization and Romance Writers of America.

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
My favorite meal can only be found at a diner where the dinner includes an appetizer, soup, salad, main course, and coffee and dessert. With that said, I begin with pickled herring in cream sauce, matzah ball soup, plain salad with thousand island dressing, bread, stuffed filet of sole with crabmeat, mashed potatoes and gravy, and corn. Lastly, chocolate cream pie, and coffee. Of course I can’t finish it, so most comes homes. 
Describe the perfect vacation.
I just came back from it. Three days in Paris and Prague, riverboat down the Danube, which went through Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Great food, beer, sightseeing, and friendship. However, it wasn’t perfect because I didn’t play golf.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
It was a gun. And with that gun I had power. I could be a cowboy, soldier, and policeman. I created so many exciting scenes and stories, which continue to this day. These days kids and violence is frowned upon, but I didn’t become the bad people I was shooting, I was the good guy. And I am still the good guy. 
What are your hobbies?
As a retired person it’s bowling, tennis, golf, and fishing. I am an artist and photographer and my paintings and pictures adorn the walls. Cooking is a great love especially making desserts, bread, and soup.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The theme from Star Trek.

About the Book

Title Stardust Dreams
Genre Romance
Author S. B. Redstone
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG
Lance Forrester is a dreamer. After a celebrated career as an astronaut and engineer, he and a friend built a secret spacecraft to seek their destinies in the stars. But, his friend died. Now that Lance has terminal cancer, he hopes to convince Sage who he hasn’t seen since high school, to join him on his quest to reach an advanced alien civilization and immortality.
Sage Saint Charles lived a wild and notorious life in Hollywood before she descended into obscurity as a social recluse. Sage has regrets, more regrets than a person should have. When her drowsy eyes open, in hospice care, an unfamiliar old man is standing at her bedside.
Stardust Dreams is a love story. This unique tale of hope and faith is so realistic you just might feel you’ve gone along on their madcap adventure into the galaxy. Unfortunately, true life is not a child’s fairy tale. If Lance and Sage are to achieve their happiness , they must first overcome the emotional scars of their pasts. With every turn of the page, you’ll delight in the fascination and mystery of unknown worlds and destinies.   

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July 26, 2015

When He Woke by @AuthorTBrooks #RLFBlog #Menage

About the Book
Title: When He Woke
Genre: Erotic Menage Romance
Author: Taylor Brooks
Book heat level: R
     Matt Caynor's whole world turned upside down two years ago when a car accident left his partner, Aaron Mayburn, in a coma. For months he remained vigil by his bedside, hoping for a miracle the doctors told him would never come.
     Steve Pierce met Matt three months ago and took an instant liking to him. After a whirlwind romance the two find themselves falling in love and planning for a future together until a phone call comes in from the hospital that changes everything.
     When Aaron wakes from his coma, Matt is forced to let go of the man he’s falling in love with to be with the one he thought he’d lost. With each passing day he finds himself walking a tightrope between gratitude and despair, not knowing that he might just be given everything he wants. If only he’s brave enough to take it.

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About the Author

Taylor Brooks first fell in love with writing when she penned her first book for Siren Publishing, Take Me. She’s also an avid reader and finds herself drawn to the stories of gay lovers, and finds the passion in such stories absolutely beautiful. This also explains why her genre of choice for her writing is GLBT.
In addition to her Sultry SoCal, Rocky Mountain Man Hunt, and Z Pac Alpha Shifter series, Taylor has many stories brewing inside her head just itching to break free. Stay tuned for more as she strives for exciting ways to tease and please her readers.

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July 24, 2015

Cover Love: Snowbound by @RavennaTate #RLFBlog #Erotic

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Snowbound by Ravenna Tate.

About the Book

Title Snowbound
Genre Erotic Romance
Author Ravenna Tate
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Nina Santangeles is lost in a blizzard as the roads become more treacherous and nightfall looms. She spots a light and knocks on the door of the house, but can’t believe who answers. 
She has two unpleasant choices. 
Freeze to death in her car, or wait out the storm with Cameron Easton and Alex Gable, the two men who seduced her, and then trashed her career three years ago.

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About the Author

Ravenna Tate lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money. 

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July 23, 2015

Deven Chandler from His Lost Mate by @kathykulig #RLFblog #PNR

Kathy Kulig shares details about the creation of Deven Chandler in the book His Lost Mate.

About the Book

Title: His Lost Mate
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Kathy Kulig
Book heat level (Based on movie ratings): R
He lost her once hundreds of years ago. Now he must battle a new entity. Will he lose her again forever?
Archaeologist and psychic Lauren Halpern embarks on a journey to uncover an ancient mystery in a sultry and exotic jungle, but everything is getting in her way. Deven Chandler, the drop-dead gorgeous leader of their excavation is a serious distraction she does not need, and she’s desperately trying to guard her heart. But the heated passion between them is undeniable, and they simply cannot find a way to stop the inevitable. Lauren senses the supernatural connection between them holds a secret deeper than the hot sex they’re trying to resist. And Deven, the scientist that he is, simply won’t believe her esoteric beliefs or warnings.
Once they tumble into a sizzling affair the real trouble begins. From the ancient ruins, a ghost of an ancient shaman appears. He lures them deeper to into the jungle where lies the deadliest evil of all. When danger arrives, can Deven learn to trust her and risk everything to save her?

Introducing Deven Chandler

Name: Deven Chandler
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Netherlands
Profession: Archaeologist/Professor
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Dutch
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tan, toned, muscular build, 6’, rough hands from years of field work excavating archaeological ruins.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Lauren Halpern, a graduate student from another college, is doing field work on his excavation for credits towards her degree. There’s an instant attraction the moment she arrives. The woman is hot, smart and sexy. But he knows he should resist. As a professional, he shouldn’t allow it. There are too many complications with the excavation—local authorities, potential antiquity thieves, rumors of rebels in the jungle. The safety of the team and his project is vital, his love life with a hot student is not priority. And now there are a number of strange, unexplained events occurring around the ruins. Not to mention his ex-fiancée has decided to join the team this time around, and she has her own agenda besides adding to her collection at the museum.
Tell us about this character, please.
Deven is rugged and sexy. A mix of outdoor adventurer and smart professor, a bit like Indiana Jones. Although he was offered a prestigious board position at a large museum, he turned it down to continue traveling and working his projects in the jungle.
How does your hero dress? Archaeologist in the jungle, working on ancient ruins. Jeans or khakis, no suits for this man. (unless he’s teaching at the university) He’s not afraid to get dirty.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly? He makes a comfortable wage. He works at a university in Boston, has a nice condo there and owns a cottage on Cape Cod. He’s most happy when he’s traveling and digging in ruins.
On what special skills does your character rely? He’s highly skilled at his job, good at working with students and negotiating with foreign authorities. He’s all scientist, but rugged to the bone, devoted and determined to uncover the mystery surrounding his current project. But his flaw is not seeing a supernatural element closing in on the ruins.
What is your character's family like? He’s close to his family. His sister is also an archaeologist, but more sensitive to the supernatural. She has experienced ghosts at the ruins where she has worked. His parents live in the Netherlands. They sold their home to provide college educations for their two children. Over the years, Deven and his sister helped them purchase a home again.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most NOT want it to be, and why? Sylvia, his ex-fiancée. Of course she decides to show up during this semester. He can’t turn her away since her father privately funds most of these projects for the college. He’s president of the board of the museum and part of the deal is acquiring a collection of artifacts for his museum. Deven has a hunch Sylvia has plans to acquire more than artifacts and that makes this trip more of a complication than Deven wants to deal with. Especially since things are heating up between him and Lauren.  
What past event causes your character the most fear? In the jungle of a third-world country, anything can happen. Danger can arise, natural and unnatural can threaten lives deep in the jungle. Having local authorities shut down his project is one fear, but having his team come to harm is another.  Antiquity thieves, paramilitary groups, desperate locals, wild life, and more can all be a threat to a secluded archaeological dig. But there’s another threat, a supernatural one…
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw? He and Lauren are connected to the jungle in a supernatural way that he refuses to acknowledge. His seeing-is-believing, analytical mind denies what is obvious. And that could be dangerous for all of them on the team.
What is your hero's breaking point? When Lauren goes missing. Can’t say more without a spoiler.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Kathy is a bit of an adventure herself. She’s traveled a bit, explored the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Coba, and Tulum. She spoke to an archaeologist (not me), when she decided to write this story. He even gave her a Mayan artifact. The ruins must have inspired this story. I’m trying to determine what happened to an entire culture that seemed to have vanished hundreds of years ago. She asked the question: What if two Mayan lovers who lived back then were faced with a tragic life event? Could their love survive and they find each other again?
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
Hmmm. I’m devoted to my work, okay, I’m a work-aholic, but my job as an archaeologist and professor is important and rewarding. Sometimes I’m stubborn and keep blinders on. I guess I need to be more open to the esoteric world. I’m not comfortable with that. I’d rather go with facts and figures and proven hypotheses.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Perhaps my sister Sarita who’s working on a project in Greece. Or the two young guys on the team Kyle and Justin.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
An archaeologist likes to uncover treasures and solve mysteries. It’s a way we can connect with cultures to the past and better understand them.  A writer likes to tell stories. The stories have to be told as they come to her, and she must love to share them with others. It’s her way of connecting with people from the present and also the future.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?  
Thanks for writing my story and forcing me to face what I swore I’d never have to. And for helping me find the woman I was meant to be with always—my soul mate, my lover. From one work-aholic to another, get away from your desk and work. Have more fun. When you return refreshed, write what you’re most passionate about. You’ll always have new stories to share with readers and fans.

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Author Bio

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kathy Kulig is a writer, a science geek, a part time health food nut, an occasional cat sitter, and an adventure movie junkie. She lives in a 100-year-old Victorian house with her amazingly support hubby who is also a geek and shares her love of traveling. Kathy writes sexy paranormal, contemporary and suspense. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there’s always a steamy romance and a happy ending.

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July 22, 2015

#amreading Handling Cynthia a new BDSM #Erotic Romance by @Andrea_Dalling #RLFblog

Handling Cynthia 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Andrea Dalling lives in the sexy Southeast, where the summers are hot and the romance hotter. During the day, she's an award-winning technical writer, but at night, she writes steamy stories. She loves to torture her characters but eventually rewards them with a happily-ever-after. Married to her college sweetheart, she's a progressive Christian and an advocate for LGBT rights. When she's not writing, she enjoys gardening at her Raleigh home and scuba diving in the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Interview with Andrea Dalling

Why did you write this book?
When my high school reunion was coming up a couple of years ago, I realized it would  be fun to write a series about people hooking up with their high school crush at their five-year reunion. This series is about characters having a second chance to say the things they wish they'd said, to do the things they didn't have the courage to do, and to find love with the one they can't forget.
Handling Cynthia, book 2 in the Second Chances series, was particularly fun because it's about a classic high school "good girl" who, it turns out, is into kink—and she's not shy about asking for what she wants. The hero is a departure from the familiar billionaire Dom: he's a grad school student on a budget, a scientist who's sometimes a bit overconfident and makes mistakes in reading what his sub wants. I like writing about characters who are real people working through real problems that readers can relate to in their own lives, and I hope that's what I've done in this book.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I have eclectic tastes and enjoy a wide variety of genres, from the classics to women's fiction to erotic romance. Right now, my favorites genres are gay and BDSM romance. I like romance that has some "forbidden" aspect to it, something that defies social conventions. At the same time, I have pretty conventional ideas about marriage and monogamy, and those things are reflected in my work as well.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Not a very original answer, but an honest one! I remember reading that book when I was in high school, reading quotes from it to my mom because I thought it was so hilarious. I love how Elizabeth fights for what she believes in and stands up to social pressure, but then also shows the ability to change and admit her mistakes. And it doesn't hurt that Darcy is the ultimate book boyfriend! A man of principles who hasn't had much opportunity to put those principles into action, who for the first time in his life has to prove that he's worthy of a woman, and rises to the occasion.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Tempting Jordan, book 3 in the Second Chances series, is a gay romance that's just released. A closeted  bisexual has to choose between his golden-boy reputation and coming out for the man he loves. Next up is Commanding the Billionaire, a femdom book that turns the BDSM billionaire trope on its head. The heroine is a smart-mouthed Domme with trust issues and a troubled past, and the hero a strong, nurturing billionaire sub who helps her heal.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Cynthia Darlington can't forget how Trent Weber kissed her before they left for college—backed up against her Mustang, wrists firm in his grip, her body yielding to his desire. Now, five years later, she seeks him out at their class reunion, newly aware of her submissive nature, and hungering for his dominance. With so much time and distance between them, he's practically a stranger now. Giving herself to Trent could be the culmination of all her hopes—or a teenage fantasy gone horribly wrong.
When Trent watched Cyn walk away after their kiss five years ago, it was enough humiliation to last a lifetime. But with one look at her in that tight black dress, his old desire resurfaces—and with it, the dark fantasies of her bound and submitting to his will. He longs to master this beautiful, confident, and supremely independent woman. If he can't convince her to submit to her deepest cravings before the weekend is out, he could lose his last shot at the one who got away.
Handling Cynthia, a BDSM erotic romance novella, is intended for an adult audience. It contains scenes of flirtation, hot kisses, seductive bowling, a spoiled sub, a demanding Dom, second thoughts, and second chances.

About the Book

Title Handling Cynthia
Genre BDSM erotic romance
Author Andrea Dalling
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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July 21, 2015

Ella Storm from Crossing the Line by @allyabishop #RLFblog #romance

Ella Storm from Crossing the Line by @allyabishop #RLFblog #romance
Interview with Ella Storm
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Answer the questions as if the character were talking.

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hi! I’m Ella. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my brother Noah—long story. We own a mystery dinner theater company together, and we’re finally (finally!) getting some higher-end clientele. I’m super nervous and excited about that.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
Um. Hm. I suck at dating? Seriously. I can’t seem to get myself out there. Lux (my brother’s BFF and my friend as well) and Noah go out on the town. All. The. Time. But the idea of hanging out at bars, going home with someone just because he’s attractive? Not my thing. Totally fine if it’s your thing! But I can’t get into it.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
I can’t figure out who I am. I like structure, deadlines, and schedules. And when I meet Ian…he changes everything.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I was almost engaged to a guy in college, and I thought…well, I guess we all think we’ve met “the one,” right? Jonathan was handsome and funny, super smart in that cool way. But I should have known better—he wanted to be the star in any relationship. And he did a number on me. I can’t seem to get past that.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
Wow. Ask a personal question, eh? I guess…I want to believe Ian likes me as much as I like him. But how’s that even possible? Especially once I learn who he is?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Ian Crane. He’s a lawyer and crazy sexy in that just-a-little-mussed way. We’re leagues apart though, and I’m not sure if this can work.
What would that person say about you?
Ian would say I’m beautiful and brilliant and perfect. :sigh:
What is your family like?
I don’t have much family. My brother and I were raised by our grandparents after our parents were killed in a car accident when we were teens. Other than that, Lux is who we count as family.
What special skills do you rely on?
I write all of our mysteries, organize the events and moving parts, while Noah does the business end of things: invoicing, tracking, etc. I’m also starting to get into scrapbooking (but don’t say anything to Noah about it—I’ll never live it down).
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Jonathan. He hurt something in me that’s still pretty broken.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
:grins: I can’t give that away! You have to read to find out. ;)

About the Writer
When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.
That's what I tell people all the time. And it's true.
I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind -- I'm not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). I imagined new worlds, emotional conflicts, and HEAs while I waited at stoplights or wandered the grocery store. But here's the thing: I didn't just dream it up and write it down -- I critiqued what I read. I knew when ideas were good, and when they stunk. I ran writing groups, judged creative contests, and eventually got two graduate degrees in writing. That's right: I love it that much.
So here I am, years later, writing kickass heroines and devastating good guys, along with some mystery and vampires thrown in (I promise: THEY'RE COMING). And what's really cool? I do what I love. Wanna write a success story for your life: I promise you, that's it. Do what you love. And hopefully, you can make a living at it too. That's the golden ticket, Charlie.
And chocolate doesn't hurt, either...

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
When I originally wrote Inside the Lines, I had no intention of writing a book about Ella and Noah. When readers asked to learn more about the Storm siblings, I figured, what the heck? But when I sat down to write the book, I had no idea what Ella’s story was. Enter creative writing and outlining. :) Thankfully, Ella was perfectly content to do what she wanted, whether or not I liked it. And Noah’s always a little contrary.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Ella’s the main female lead in Crossing the Line. What I personally like about Ella is that she’s very sweet—everyone loves Ella. But she’s not a pushover. Even when things go wrong in her life, she may not want to deal with them, but she does. And she’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself, with or without a man.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Ella’s pretty sturdy—and I knew that. But she also has a breaking point, like everyone else. Seeing her and Noah at odds wasn’t what I expected, but I think you get a better feel for why Ella has evolved the way she has. And hopefully, it offers a clue to what Noah’s hangups are for his future story.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Crossing the Line is a prequel to Inside the Lines, the first book of the Without a Trace series, which follows Lux and her sisters. The third book in the series, Tracing the Line, will be released in August 2015.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I’m currently working on two paranormal series, so we’ll see how those pan out. :)
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I never ever thought I’d write romance. My background is in literary writing, and I’ve worked in the publishing field and edited literary works for years now. But when an opportunity arose to write steamy romance, I couldn’t resist the challenge. And I’ve had a blast.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Oo, good question! Let’s see.
1. My focus for every book is to make sure the characters have authentic problems that real people have, that they have flaws that make them human, and that I honor the romance genre with the content. So if you enjoy romance and you like to feel as though the characters you reach could be friends of yours, then this book is for you.
2. I write steamy romance…so you won’t have to look far for some heat in any book I write. ;)
3. I explore something different with each book, including mental illness, the realities of kinky sensuality, and diverse characters with different backgrounds. This book’s a great start to see if you’ll enjoy my style.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for reading, and for giving me the encouragement to continue the series! I’ve had a blast hearing your feedback, and I appreciate your willingness to take a chance on my series. Without you, authors have no purpose—so thank you for loving the written word. <3
About the Book
Title Crossing the Line
Genre Erotic romance
Author Ally Bishop
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
I’ve never believed in love at first sight, which is probably why I write mysteries, and not romances, for a living. Besides, I’m too focused on expanding Elementary, a mystery dinner party business I own with my brother Noah. I don’t have time for romance.
When the handsome and successful Ian Crane books our services, I can barely keep my wits about me. He’s setting fire to all my rules, and I can’t resist his flames. I don’t recognize the woman I’m becoming, but I don’t want to go back to who I was.
There’s a part of me that can’t help wondering, what if he’s too good to be true? Because if he is, my heart will be nothing more than ashes.
Heat rating: Toasty warm, with plenty of flames
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