August 23, 2014

Researching a Publisher: 3 Author Tips by Mary Caelsto @harmoniczen #RLFblog #musecharmer

Mary Caelsto 
More choices for authors means more ways to publish and more publishers. Having a completed, polished manuscript is only part of the work of getting published. The next step is to find a publisher. With so many companies arriving on the scene and going out of business, it can be difficult--maddening even--to find a publisher. So what's an author to do?

The very first thing I suggest to authors is to leverage the power of a favorite search engine. This shouldn't be the only criteria an author uses to choose a publisher. It can, however, provide a good start. The best way to search is to use proper terms. The publisher's full name should be searched with quotation marks around it to ensure that the name as an entire phrase comes up. For example, searching "ABC Books" without the quotes will bring up results with "books" in it, but not the ABC. That probably won't be very helpful. Even if the publisher has a unique name, use the quotes. What you feel is unique may not be when searched against the entirety of the internet.

Next add a modifier. I use a word like problems or issues. The way this looks in a search engine is like this:
"Publisher full name" + problems
Then, look at the results that come up. Newer dates are bigger issues, as are venues. Let's take a moment for some honesty. No publisher will make every author happy. This means that there is a good chance that some result will come up. A story in Publisher's Weekly or other high visibility blog will raise more alarm bells than a single result from one author.

It is the author's job to determine which issues, if any, aren't deal breakers. Personally and for many authors, any issues make the publisher a non-starter. There are too many good publishers out there to get caught with the bad ones.

Beyond a search engine, the next step in smart publisher research is doing some good old-fashioned leg work. Visit the publisher's website. Look at their covers. See if they lean heavily to a specific genre or subset of books. An author should make sure that his or her books will fit in well with the publisher's literary culture (or lack thereof). A sweet romance author in a sea of erotic books where it's obvious the website and publisher caters toward the steamier books wouldn't be a good fit, for example.

Yet, there's one more tool for smart publisher research: reading the books. Yes, this takes time. Yes, this may be an investment. However, the prettiest cover and best laid out website could conceal books with poor editing. If an author absolutely cannot find time to read books, then check reviews. Many good review sites will mention issues with editing or storyline problems.
There's more to publisher research than these three steps; however, by starting with these processes, the author will have a good feeling which publishers will do right by them and whose books the author will feel proud about being among. Taking some time in publisher research will prevent trouble and heartbreak down the road. And, there's a good chance it will lead to better sales.

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If you're interested in learning more, join Mary starting August 20, 2014 for Smart Publisher Evaluation for Career-Minded Authors. This week-long course will dive deep into the art of evaluating publishers so authors can avoid trouble, find the best fit for them, and know that they, and their work, will be supported. Learn more and register here: http://musecharmer.com/musestore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=75&products_id=212
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Author Bio

Mary lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three spoiled horses, an office rabbit, an opinionated parrot, a not-so-itty-bitty kitty committee, and a charmed chicken (rooster). She's been published since 2002, working for some of the biggest and best digital-first publishers. Three years ago, she began The Muse Charmer to share her insights from being in the publishing industry for so long with authors. Her belief: it can be easy to be an author today. To that end, she offers classes, news, and information authors can use to navigate today's ever-changing publishing industry.

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August 22, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Business or Pleasure by Ashley Ladd @ashleyladd #RLFblog #LGBT

Business or Pleasure 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Ashley Ladd.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Tijuana Flats salad with black beans and lots of salsa. Either that or Tijuana Flats chicken chimichanga wet with verde sauce.
What were you like when you were in school?
Pretty shy and introverted. At least I thought so then, but looking back, although I wasn't in the In Crowd, I had a lot of friends. Still, I was the high school newsletter co-editor, media news reporter, and 2nd lieutenant on our Flag Corps squad. I was an A-B student without trying too hard. When I got into college and actually tried, I was almost a straight A student.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I love to go outside and build snowmen. Sadly, I live in South Florida (which I just saw termed as "America's wang"). I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, and about ten years ago when I went home to visit my Dad in February, there was a pitiful snowfall. However, it was the best I'd seen in years, so I went outside and built this pathetic little snowman. Before I knew it, Dad was outside helping me. I haven't had so much fun in ages. I really wish I could find the pictures we took of our snowman building adventure.
What is your favorite quote?
Live long and prosper (Spock – I'm a huge Trekkie)
What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved Nancy Drew mysteries. When I was about 12 I discovered Harlequin romances and loved those, too. I can't recall the name of any one particular book.

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Title: Business or Pleasure
Genre: Contemporary erotic male-male romance
Author: Ashley Ladd
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): X
Guy Rogers is extremely attracted to his new realtor, Tom Beaudreaux. As a passionate vegetarian and animal activist, he's ecstatic that Tom is a kindred soul. In fact, Tommy's family owns the most popular barbecue restaurant in town and if his family has their way, he'll manage the new location.
When Guy finds out that Tommy eats meat and his family owns a restaurant that is a monument to eating meat, he's livid and doesn't know if he wants anything else to do with Tommy.
But then Guy's life gets crazy –his dad's paranoia blossoms into violent dementia, he gets arrested for picketing a doggy mill, and then he winds up in even more legal trouble. When Tommy sticks by him through all his trouble and does everything he can to help him, Guy wonders if he's been too narrow-minded. Perhaps he can learn to live with people who have opposite views.

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August 21, 2014

Cover Love: Finding the Dream @JenBritt #RLFblog #contemporary

Finding the Dream 
Genre Contemporary romance
Author Name Jennifer Britt
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Jessica James had her dream—a career on Broadway as a successful actress—until one night when it was taken all away. Forced to move back to Lincoln Falls and live with her parents, Jessica's only goal is to regain her career and go back to New York. She doesn't count on a honeysuckle hating man standing in her way or the town of Lincoln Falls itself. Now everything she thought she ever wanted may not be her dream at all.
Eric Mason and his daughter have quietly lived next door to Jessica's parents. That all changes when he meets Jessica. She is overly dramatic and the most annoying person he's ever met. Yet, he can't get her off his mind.
Will they find a new dream together?

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August 20, 2014

Cover Love: Waking the Beast @penelopemerrin #RLFblog #Fantasy

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Author Name: Penelope Merrin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Blurb

When lusty Melina gets caught spying on guests, her innkeeper father sends her off to work for the Beast. Instead of the monster she expects, Melina discovers a hulking, misshapen but incredibly sexy man. Curiosity consumes her—is every part of him oversized?
Rowland doesn't know how to handle Melina. He can't believe she could ever desire him. He is no match for her relentless seduction. They enjoy a few weeks of sensual bliss before Melina's father visits unexpectedly and catches them in the act, causing them to flee.
Driven from his home with Melina by his side, Rowland finally has the courage to explore the woods for wild magic to reverse his curse. But magic doesn't conform to even the best laid plans.

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August 19, 2014

Cover Love: Wolf Who Played With Fire @sarahmakela #RLFblog #paranormalromance

Wolf Who Played With Fire 
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 Wolf Who Played With Fire by Sarah Mäkelä.

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Kissa Press LLC
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Blurb

Some magic can't be unspun...
Meddling in magic...
If Mia Brooks could turn back time, it would be to when she used her fledgling magic to craft a potion for an injured werewolf. It nearly killed the Pack Alpha, and now the lives of her witch mentor, Jessa, and her soldier boyfriend, Ethan Parker, have been changed forever. Jessa is in hospital after a vicious werewolf attack. And, Ethan, having being bitten, is becoming a werewolf himself.
A wolf at the door...
Mia can't turn back time, but she can try to make things right with the two people she cares about most. She's keeping Jessa's shop, Eternally Magick, open, and she's there for Ethan as his inner wolf grows. But, by the next full moon, his transformation will be complete. Can she really be the mate of a half-man-half-wolf, living within the law of the Pack?
Under his spell...
Struggling to contain his new lupine senses, Ethan goes missing on active duty. When Mia realizes her werewolf lover has been abducted, she knows must harness every magic power she possesses to get him safely back...

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About the Author:

Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she's written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.

August 18, 2014

Character Interview: Gabriel Nicholetti from Blind Sight @Pam_Moran #RLFblog #amwriting

Blind Sight 

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Title Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm)
Genre Paranormal/Romantic Suspense
Author Pamela Moran
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gabe Nicholetti, reclusive PSI agent, would rather stay on his sailboat, surrounded by water – moored off a remote island in the British Virgin Islands – than deal with the ramifications of the dead woman in his visions.
That woman, Rily Carrigan – a very much alive, for the moment, police detective in Eagle Crest, Oregon – makes it clear she has less than the time of day for the likes of him. Not that it matters.
He has only one purpose.
Bring her murderer to justice.
Rily has neither time nor patience for what she calls the woo-woo. But she's about to tumble neck deep into that waiting chasm as a murky past she thought long buried rises up to swamp her present life.
Will Gabe, PSI agent with a dark secret, be able to keep her alive? Or does his own past condemn Rily to a death she can't avoid?

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Interview with Gabriel Nicholetti

Tell us about yourself, please.
What's to tell?
I'm in my mid-thirties. Single and going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
My earliest memories are of the Institute. That's the Institute of Psychic Studies (IPS), where I was raised. The Agency is what you might call an offshoot organization of IPS, and is where I've worked my entire adult life.
Sailing is my passion, my salvation. I'd rather be on my boat than just about anywhere.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Peace.
A way to stop the visions.
That's why I spend so much time on my boat. Water is supposed to offer relief, form a barrier. Usually it does. But with these last visions, all that Caribbean water hasn't done a damn bit of good.
I still see her, the green-eyed blonde, staring at me from dead eyes.
These visions are always of murdered people whose deaths I can't prevent. No matter how hard I try.
Maybe that's what I want more than peace – to be able to stop the murder from happening. To actually save a life.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
 I started to say I don't have time for doubts. But then I thought more about the question.
Some call psychic abilities a gift. I call it a curse.
To see someone dead, to know, at that moment, the person is still alive and there's not a damn thing I can do to prevent the murder, how is that anything but a curse?
So, yeah, I have doubts. Doubts about why the hell I've been saddled with this curse.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Finding the blonde in my vision, having to watch her die and not being able to bring her killer to justice. That's my fear.
If I can't find justice for the dead, then what's the damn purpose of the visions?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
I don't have a significant anything. Been there, still have the literal scars to prove it.
Alone suits me fine. I don't play well with others. Life is better that way.
What is your family like?
Never knew my father. My mother left me at the Institute when I was young. Ben Garrett, head of both the Institute and the Agency, took me in, raised me. While he's the closest thing I have to family, right now our relationship is a bit strained.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Talia Garrett. She's Ben's daughter and the reason he and I have that strained relationship.
I get it. She's his daughter. He loves her in spite of the past. Hell, at one time I thought I loved her myself. That delusion ended when she tried to kill me.
So yeah, her showing up would be bad. For her.
What special skills do you rely on?
I see Spirit Totems. You might be surprised at how useful that can be. Every person has one, a mammal that is right at a person's spiritual core.
A person whose totem is a Wolf is a lot different than say a rabbit.
Or a jackal.
Being able to see the totem is like having a short hand to the inner workings of their mind.
I'm also good at blocking, which comes in handy for turning the tables on a stalker, even if she happens to be an ex-lover.

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Why did you choose to write about this character?
Gabe appeared on his boat, so resigned to the fact of his visions, knowing he couldn't save the beautiful blonde but determined to try. How could I not fall in love with him?
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
What surprised me most was how grounded he was, especially with what he has to deal with. Then there's his sense of humor. Although his thoughts might be dark, he kept his tone on the lighter side and avoided that pit of negativity.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
I'm thrilled I was able to translate Gabe to the page – he's a man with a huge weight on his shoulders but he approaches his world in a balanced way, with humor and understanding. He doesn't like his lot but takes life head on, accepting it for what it is and what it means.
All that said, I am sad about the conviction he can't save Rily. That she's destined to die. It's heartbreaking to watch him struggle with all of that.
Why do you write?
So many stories to tell – so many voices in my head!
What do you want to write next?
Right now I'm working on Gavin's Woman and after that the edits for Darkwater Echoes. I don't have a title yet for Ramon Ortega's story, but his will be the next one.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Ramon Ortega. He first appeared in Stolen Spirit and has been pushing for his own story ever since. He tries to take over every scene he's in and believes he can keep a lid on his burgeoning psychic abilities. Essentially he's disavowing their existence.
I've got news for him. He wanted his own story and I'll give him that, just not sure he realizes how much I love to torture my heroes!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Lots of them! The series is called PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, but each is written as a stand-alone story and can be read separately.

Author Bio

Whether painting, out on a photo shoot or writing, Pam has always had a bend toward the creative side of life. Her favorite is when she can combine any of those with travel! Places get into her blood and she loves to explore the possibilities, always with characters and a story in mind.
An astrologer for most of her adult life, Pam has been known to see auras and the occasional ghost. Considering she lives in a haunted house in the mountains of Southern California, this keeps life interesting.

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August 17, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Renee Reynolds @eenayray #RLFblog #RegencyRomance

A Marquis For All Seasons 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Renée Reynolds.
Who is your "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
I should answer something classical and literary like Mr. Darcy or Dr. Zhivago, but I'll take any one of the Mackenzie brothers from Jennifer Ashley's series – especially mad Lord Ian. Dear good lord, how I could love that kilted man.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I live in Texas. When it snows, you bundle up, go outside, and play until it's all melted. You build the world's tiniest snowman, slide down your driveway on trash can lids, and eat the stuff when it piles on your car bumper. We don't waste those rare treats of snowfall around these parts!
What is your favorite quote?
This one is a bit of a toss-up. I love to quote Shelby Eatenton Latcherie from Steel Magnolias: "Remember what Daddy always says – an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!" That's Biblical truth right there. The other quote that rattles around in my brain comes from my sweet grandmother (although I think she stole it from someone else): "Begin as you mean to go on." Making that choice at the start directs your path pretty well in a variety of situations.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I reread Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink so much that I wore the binding out my paperback copy, and left permanent smudges in the cover ink where my fingers dug in while reading. Caddie was a tomboy allowed to run wild with her brothers, and I loved living their adventures as they explored the woods, creeks, and neighbors around their farm. It's a timeless story about practical jokes, family, and growing up.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
I watched The Awakening on Netflix just last weekend. It was a terrific little horror flick set in post-WWI England about a published author who exposes charlatans who claim to commune with the dead. She's called to investigate supposed supernatural phenomena at a boarding school, and is shocked to discover things that cannot be explained. She begins to question everything she thought was rational about the world. I love period pieces, England, and a good scare. Two thumbs up!

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Title A Marquis For All Seasons
Genre Historical Romance
Author Renée Reynolds
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
She wants one more season to pass without acquiring a husband.
Lady Miranda Leighton accepts she will have to marry someday, but she wants one last season to be mistress of her own life - to go where she wants, when she wants, with whomever she wants. The lure of one more adventure is nearly irresistible. Unfortunately, her family has run out of patience as she unintentionally loosely courts scandal. She needs a plan, and needs it quickly.
He wants one more season to pass without his mother nagging, debutantes stalking, or sanity deserting him.
Roman de Courtenay, Marquis of Stafford, accepts he will have to marry someday, but his immediate focus is set on managing his estates, pacifying his family, and being otherwise left alone. The lure of saddling his horse and fleeing to the country is nearly irresistible. Unfortunately, his mother wants him to find his marchioness, produce an heir, and let her settle into an anticipated and comfortable life as a dowager. He needs a plan, and needs it quickly.
Thus a lady and a lord with a similar problem hatch a mischievous scheme: to use each other as shields against marriage and the plans of their families, with a dance here and a meaningful look there. All goes well - for a time - until the constant company and camaraderie of their ruse give rise to some very real feelings.
What happens when you set out to fool society, but only end up fooling yourselves?

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August 16, 2014

Romancing the Fairy Tales: When Things Get Gritty @Eva_Lefoy #RLFblog #amwriting

Darkest Magic 
I don't know how many fairy tales you've read recently, but perhaps you remember a few hair-raising bedtime stories from your childhood, or perhaps you're a fan of the TV shows Grimm or Once Upon a Time. As stories go, fairy tales aren't always romantic and they can be rather gritty. They often include danger, death or destruction, trickery, magic, evil beings and innocent victims. In fact, I'd say those are almost prerequisites for a good fairy tale! But for a romance story, unless it's Urban Fantasy or Paranormal, not so much.
When I was assigned the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, The Blue Light, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the romance. The king tosses the soldier out of his kingdom and in return the soldier has a dwarf kidnap the princess and forces her to do menial cleaning for him! Later, he marries her but it's more a tale about revenge against the king than it is love for the princess. And for a romance, that angle just won't work.
I found it better to put the hero in a tighter spot! Make him a beta wolf of a werewolf pack, stuck between duty and pack rules, and his ongoing need to protect his love interest. The danger, death and magic all came from other individuals – two witches and a dwarf, plus the alpha wolf. Rising against those forces won't be easy for the beta wolf, but then, he's no innocent victim. The Paranormal touch added the right kind of darkness to the story's re-telling so that it matched that "fairy tale" feel. The romance got pumped up and yes, I included some smexy stuff, 'cause what's a great romance without that? All in all, the re-telling had a more modern-day feel and I like to think it's more entertaining than the Grimm version. See the original version of the story here:
My version is called Darkest Magic.
Nik Epperstein's alpha lost his mate two years ago and took an evil witch as his new bride. Ever since then, Eli's leadership has become violent, bordering on insane. When Eli attacks him, Nik's healing powers mysteriously vanish. He can't defend himself, nor protect the wolf he secretly loves. Only through the help of a foul-mouthed witch and an overly-dramatic dwarf will he save her – but their assistance comes at a price.
Caroline has tried for two years to lure Nik into her bed and can't understand his hesitation. After all, she senses their mating bond loud and clear. Then Nik disappears. She confronts her father who tells her Nik is dead, and she's next on his chopping block. Without Nik to protect her, she flees the pack and is kidnapped by a man half her size.
Reunited at last, the young wolves have one last chance to ignite their bond. But love must wait when battle looms. Eli and his wife attack, and aren't above using dirty tricks to win. If Nik and Caroline survive the battle, the dwarf and his wife will require them to make a promise that will change their lives forever...

Excerpt:

"Nikko," Eli soothed, using his favorite diminutive for him—a name he hated. "We need to talk, and I thought it best we do so out here."
None of the other wolves sat. All remained at attention. The hairs on his neck didn't just stand, they marched. Every nerve he possessed readied for a fight. His wolf clamored to get out. He kept his eyes low, his speech careful. "What's up? Is the pack in trouble?"
"Trouble?" Eli threw his head backward and his massive chest out and laughed. "There's no trouble. In fact everything's perfect." He motioned toward the smaller, red-coated wolf beside him. "Petrina's pregnant."
The only sound he heard was his own long inhale. None of the other wolves moved or twitched. Why was it a big secret? "Congratulations. I'm happy for you."
Eli nodded and smiled as he closed the distance between them. "And it's time for you to go."
"Go? Go where?"
"You're done, Nikko. I don't need you anymore."
He flinched at the hand clapped on his shoulder. Though they'd been close as brothers while the alpha's first mate was alive, things had deteriorated steadily since her death. This was probably the first time he had simply touched him and not hit him in over two years. It struck him as weirdly unreal.
"You're out of the pack. Get your things and go."
His brain went into freefall. This makes no sense. "But...I'm your beta."
"Were. I don't need a second anymore, Nikko. Petrina's child will be my successor. He will rule by my side."
A pack without a beta? Who had heard of such a thing? Or did Eli fear he'd one day try and take control, if things got bad enough with the Eli and Petrina circus? Oh hell, that's it. He's worried about maintaining his power. He knew in his heart the alpha was right. If he had the balls, he'd challenge the alpha and get it done and over with. An even more insane Eli was the biggest threat the pack faced. They'd unravel bit by bit from the inside, not be done in by an attack from a neighboring pack. Still, he found himself shaking his head, his loyalty as a beta too ingrained to simply let go, his allegiance to the pack too solid to let him up and walk away. Besides, he was a born follower, not a leader. He had no ambition to run the pack himself. Eli had to listen to reason. "He's not even born yet. Without a full-grown second, the pack will be vulnerable, unstable. You need me—now more than ever."
"Untrue. Petrina has assured me we will be safe, and these men have already sworn allegiance to my son. I've got it covered, bro."
A slippery feeling crept up his spine as he risked a glance at her malachite wolf eyes. The change in their leader had started when he'd mated her two years ago, bringing her into the pack suddenly and unannounced. An outsider, no one knew of her or the pack she claimed to hail from. Though her unknown origins weren't a serious problem, her demeanor had always made him wary. He trusted her about as much as a knife at his throat. But his allegiance continued unbroken, for better or for worse. "Look, if you want me to swear a pledge as well...?"
"Not necessary. You're gone, Nikko. Time for you to get on your way." The wolves padded forward silently to hover at the alpha's side.
He wasn't scared by the obvious act of showmanship. He'd faced off against most of these wolves before, knew their strengths and weaknesses. But the fact his own Alpha thought he needed them here caught his attention. Eli was the biggest wolf in the pack. He didn't require the other wolves' protection. Therefore, they were there to convince him to go peacefully. Why?
Nik sniffed the air and caught a hint of scent, one he'd kill to protect. Caroline. From the faraway quality of her smell, Caroline was currently at the compound. With her father acting strangely, was she safe there any longer? Worry skittered through him. If Eli was crazy enough to make his as-yet-unborn child beta, what would he do to his daughter by his former mate? He raised his eyes to his alpha, his protective instincts for Caroline surging to the surface so fast and hard he could barely contain them. He'd touched her, damn near held her in his arms and kissed her, a few hours ago. The memory burned through him with a new intensity that wrenched his heart.
Eli's nostrils flared, his pupils glinting with the golden hue of his wolf's rising ire. He wasn't one to stand for even an iota of defiance.
He gritted his teeth and all but thrust the unspoken claim to her resting in his heart into the open. "What about Caroline?"
A flash of cold, dark ice went through Eli's eyes and Nik's concern for her welfare ratcheted to stark fear. He instantly knew her fate would be death. The alpha would kill his unborn son's only rival to ensure his complete, everlasting rule. His stomach twisted into a knot as a strong hit of adrenaline flushed him hot.
"She won't be needed either."

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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She's also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she'll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she's writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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August 15, 2014

5 Easy Questions @barbbradley #RLFblog #SFrom #scifiromance

Stolen Desire 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Barbara Donlon Bradley.

What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
This one is hard because of all the different restaurants out there but stuffed flounder is one of my all time favorites.
What were you like when you were in school?
Dorky – I was taller than my friends and a bit clumsy. I was also a big book worm. Not much has changed over the years.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
A little of both – I love watching snow fall and hate to ruin the beautiful blanket as it covers the ground, but I live in an area where snow doesn't stay for long so building a snowman will keep the snow around just a little longer
What was your favorite book as a child?
It's funny you asked this – I've been thinking about this myself. The book that made me a reader and I loved so much that I wrote it word for word in a notebook so I could have a copy of it wasThe Faraway Lurs. I can't remember who the author was now but that book was the one.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
The kid at heart in me watched Rio 2. It was cute and had some really funny parts. My husband thought there was a little too much singing but we all enjoyed it.

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Title Stolen Desire
Genre SF/Futuristic Erotic romance
Author Barbara Donlon Bradley
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R + 18 – explicit scenes
Blurb When Heather is confronted with her time traveling self she fears the worse. The woman came to warn them of a terrible accident but something isn't right. The visitors her future self says are there to help only wants to kidnap her and kill her mate. Using her mind she tries to protect her friends and family. Yet she wakes up as a prisoner after seeing the ship Storm is in blow up. She is now alone, and trapped. Somehow she has to figure out a way home and hopefully reverse all the horrible things that have taken her family from her.

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August 14, 2014

Cover Love: Rakes in Tartan @ReadThis4fun #RLFblog #paranormalromance

Rakes in Tartan 
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 Rakes in Tartan by Suz deMello.

Genre paranormal historical erotic romance
Author Name Suz deMello
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): X all the way. Has BDSM.

Blurb

Setting: London, 1816
The social season promises both sex and danger for Torquil Kilburn and Andrew MacReiver, Highland heirs arrived in London to seek brides. The Scotsmen must negotiate the complicated morés of high society to woo and win an exquisite debutante and her passionate, unconventional mother while keeping their vampire heritage a secret.
But evil stalks the ballroom at Almack's, the streets of Piccadilly, the drawing rooms of the ton. Headless bodies have been found drained of their blood, for another vampire haunts the streets of London, murdering noblemen. As he draws ever closer, Tor and Andrew must fight not only for love, but for their lives.

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