May 27, 2016

The Bride Tournament @ruthkaufman #RLFblog #historical

Today's featured book is The Bride Tourmanent by Ruth Kaufman.

About the Book

Title The Bride Tournament
Genre historical romance
Author Ruth Kaufman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lady Eleanor de la Tour's life turns upside down on her wedding day. Instead of her betrothed, she must wed the new earl, to whom the king has given his title and lands. Though Richard Courtenay is handsome and intriguing, she wants the man she loves and chose. And Richard pursues alchemy, anathema to her because the obsession to turn base metals into gold is destroying her father.
Richard needs and wants to stay wed to Eleanor to uncover her father's alchemy secrets. He vows to win her even as she arranges a bride tournament to find him a better and willing wife. Can they attain what they most desire?

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Publisher Ruth J. Kaufman

About the Author

Ruth Kaufman is a Chicago Amazon bestselling author, on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance editor and speaker with a J.D. who enjoys chocolate peanut butter milkshakes and singing in a symphony chorus.
The Bride Tournament, the third standalone book in her Wars of the Roses Brides series, joins At His Command and Follow Your Heart. Writing accolades include Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner and runner up in RT Book Reviews' national American Title II contest.
She's had roles in indie features, web series and national TV commercials, and has voiced hundreds of explainer videos, e-learning courses, commercials and assorted characters.

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May 26, 2016

The Diary of Narcissa Dunn a new #historical romance by @Elaine_Violette #RLFblog

A quick interview with Elaine Violette, author of The Diary of Narcissa Dunn.

About the Author

Elaine writes British and American Historical Romances.  Part of the fun of writing Historicals, she says, is doing research into the past and creating characters that live and love in those sometimes glorious and sometimes harrowing times. A veteran English teacher, Elaine presently teaches public speaking part-time at a local community college. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and CT Romance Writers (CTRWA). Residing on the Connecticut shoreline with her golfing husband, Drew, she delights in being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Other favorite activities apart from reading and writing are nature walks, kayaking, and baking yummy desserts.

Interview with Elaine Violette

Why did you write this book?  
My inspiration for The Diary of Narcissa Dunn came from a morning walk in a local cemetery in Connecticut. I came upon a monument from 1808. Its epitaph for an 19 year old woman named Narcissa captured my heart. I copied the inscription and saved it, knowing I would write a story based on it someday. Two other books came before Narcissa’s manuscript but the voice of the epitaph refused to be stay buried in my memory. The inscription included in the plot, speaks loudly. This is truly a book of my heart.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical Romance both British Regencies and American Historicals. I enjoy not only the romance but also the rich historical backgrounds. I also love stories that bring in paranormal elements and The Diary of Narcissa Dunn is a ghostly love story.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Oliver, from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I’ve come across no author who creates such descriptive, enticing characters as Dickens. Just think of Miss Havisham  in
Great Expectations! Authors can learn so much from his detailed descriptions.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
The Diary of Narcissa Dunn is the first in the Redemption series. Presently, I’m working on Book Two, which will continue the story of Olivia and her family.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Tensions rise between Reverend Fuller and his daughter Olivia when he attempts to control her choice of a husband. As Olivia experiences strange recurring dreams, other mysterious events create chaos in the parsonage, leaving the family on edge. Meanwhile, Benjamin Pratt, desperately in love with Olivia, discovers an old diary that reveals shocking secrets. He becomes an unwilling messenger, torn between revealing truths that could shatter Olivia’s heart, or destroy the diary and watch her marry another. Either way, he’s bound to lose her unless a mysterious woman intervenes. 

About the Book

Title The Diary of Narcissa Dunn
Genre  Historical Romance
Author  Elaine Violette
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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May 25, 2016

Double Feature: Timeless Romance with @LaurenLinwood #Romance #RLFBlog

Timeless Romance with author Lauren Linwood.

Author Bio

Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey.
A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for Fixer Upper addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

Word of Honor (Knights of Valor #1)

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Merryn Mantel and Geoffrey de Montfort have loved each other since childhood. Once betrothed, Geoffrey leaves for the wars in France for five long years. Upon his return, the two marry and spend one blissful night consummating their love and making plans for their future.
But her new husband vanishes the next day without a trace. Merryn grieves for almost seven years—and then Geoffrey returns to her—changed from the boy and man she knew and worshipped. This stranger refuses to reveal where he has been and why he stayed away for so long.
Will her husband’s silence create a rift too large to heal, or can Merryn and Geoffrey recapture the love they once shared?

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Marked by Honor (Knights of Valor #2)

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Lady Beatrice Bordel blames herself for the riding accident that cost her father his life when she was a child. Tragedy strikes again when her mother and grandfather die on the same day, leaving her homeless. The young woman decides to travel to visit her grandfather’s closest friend, hoping she can use her domestic skills and lute-playing talent to find a permanent place in his household. Barely into her journey, a band of highwaymen accosts Beatrice and her sole servant. All seems lost—until Raynor Le Roux arrives.
As a knight of the realm, the code of chivalry guides Raynor’s life. While returning to his family’s home after many months absence, he rescues Beatrice, who tells a white lie to this handsome stranger. Raynor takes her to safety at Ashcroft, but his home has changed during his time away. No longer a thriving estate, Ashcroft has fallen into disrepair because his brother Peter is no longer interested in its welfare after his wife’s untimely death. Raynor determi
nes to restore his home before he escorts Beatrice north so she may unite with the man he believes is her betrothed.
The couple’s growing attraction turns to love, but Beatrice’s dishonesty stands between her and Raynor’s happiness. Will she finally tell him the truth—and hope he forgives her deception—or will it be too late?

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May 24, 2016

Meet Dane Carlson from Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord @MaryJDressel #RLFblog #Romance

Meet Dane Carlson from Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord by Mary J. Dressel.

Author Bio

 Early days of reading romance novels and women's fiction laid the groundwork for Mary to take up the pen and write her own memorable love stories. Love always wins and the rewards are sexy and sweet. She loves to write stories with strong family ties, lasting friendships, gentlemen heroes with a touch of bad, and women who know how to handle them.
Her home is in the Great Lake Basin area in the U.S.A. Two grown sons and an Australian Shepherd fur-baby dog complete her family. Mary loves communicating with readers and friends. She also has a mailing list for readers who want to be notified of new releases and important book updates. Look for the next book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight, late 2016.

About the Book

Title Of the Cowboy’s Own Accord
Genre Contemporary Western Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Army Ranger Dane Carlson never means to fall in love before leaving for another tour of duty, but unexpectedly, he does. While deployed, he finds himself being sent home early to the family ranch to make a heartrending decision. Little does he know he isn’t the only one making decisions. His first priority is to rekindle the flame after losing communication with Gracelyn Clark. The woman who owns his heart and has since the moment their gaze connects. But now, nothing is the same as when they met.
The first round of news is surprise enough, yet Gracelyn continues to release shocking information detrimental to their future. How do they make it work after so few days together seven months ago? Adjusting to many new things in his life isn’t easy as it is, so to pull himself back to the man he’s become, could be the biggest test of all—in order to protect his own.
Challenges abound even as Dane and Gracelyn come to terms with the decisions they’ve made. Whatever tomorrow brings, their only choice is acceptance—to take one day at a time and face life as it comes

Introducing Dane Carlson


Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We're happy to have you here today.

Name: Dane Carlson
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Birthplace: I was born in Binghampton, New York, but I came to Canyon Junction, Arizona as a teen.
Profession: A soldier for fourteen years. I’m a horse rancher on the family ranch now. We all have our own property on the Double Dutch.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
Let’s see now… I’m 6’1” with my boots on. My hair is blond, kind of short but longer on top. I’m letting it grow. I’m about 190 pounds of brain and brawn. You’ll find some scars on my body, and maybe a tattoo. Ladies try to stick their finger in my dimples, so yeah, I guess I have them.
Who is the significant other in your life?
That’d be the hottie, Gracelyn Clark.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the youngest of three boys. Basically, I’m a horse rancher, but in my mind I’m still an Army Ranger. I’m adapting. Family is important to me. I don’t like to play games, and I won’t take bull from anyone. I’m sort of a patient kind of guy. Sort of…
How do you dress?
At home I wear a t-shirt, jeans, my cowboy hat and boots, and sometimes a flannel shirt. I wear a leather jacket and motorcycle boots when I ride my bike. When I go out, I wear a button-up shirt or a Henley with “good” jeans or a nicer pair of pants depending on where I’m going. I’ll wear a suit or a tux if I have to. I wore an Army White Mess uniform to a recent family wedding. Yep, it was a great choice not to mention a big surprise. I like to pull surprises.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
I’ve been told my voice is mellow and sexy. *grin* I hear a little scratch in it myself.
On what special skills do you rely?
My intelligence. Without it, the other skills mean nothing, and I have acquired many skills from fourteen years of military training. Fighting. Marksmanship. Planning. Leadership. Saving a life…you get it. Plus, my dad taught me what I need for ranching, whether I wanted to learn it or not. I admit, Dad was right.
What is your family like?
Close-knit. We’d die for one another if we had to. My brothers razz the hell out of me, though. My dad passed away more than ten years ago. Mom helps out with the ranch. She deserves the credit for it all.
How well do you know your neighbors?
My direct neighbors are my brothers. Canyon Junction is a small town. I know most of the townspeople better than I should. People talk, you know. I hear things I’d rather not know.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
It depends. If it involves my reputation, yeah I care, and I don’t take it lightly if someone wants to put a blemish on my reputation. Other than that, no, I could care less. I know who I am.
How do you handle challenges?
Head on, baby!
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
Mostly, it’s someone in Gracelyn’s life. Why? This person is a threat to her happiness, which then becomes a threat to mine, and I take it personal.
What would you like to tell your writer?
Hey, great! First off, I wouldn’t mind having another book. Hey, you with the laptop… I have more to tell. Come on, girl, y’all know I do. And, you know how much I loved being an Army Ranger? What’s up with that? I know what you’re going to say…everything turned out for the best. Oh, and…um, thanks. You know why. *Wink*

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May 23, 2016

Intimate Seductions (Intimate Temptations 3) by @AuthorNicMorgan #RLFblog #Contemporary

Today's featured book is Intimate Seductions by Nicole Morgan.

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Title: Intimate Seductions (Intimate Temptations 3)
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: R
Warren Murphy spent his adult years working for Leroy Jenkins, the local cattle baron. He loved his job almost as much as he did women. He was loving life as one of the most sought-after bachelors in the county.
Amber Jenkins is the only heir to the Jenkins fortune and the apple of her granddaddy's eye. Years of growing up around Warren turned her teenage girl fantasies into a love that she couldn't ignore. Despite her attempts at seduction, he pushes her away and out of his life.
Tragedy soon strikes and the two are face-to-face with one another on a daily basis. Warren finds it increasingly hard to deny his attraction toward Amber and is left with a choice. Does he give in to something he craves so desperately? Or does he let her go, knowing that he has never known a seduction as intimate and sweet as hers?

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About the Author

Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life's everyday blessings.

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May 22, 2016

Lady of the Pier: The Ebb @FrostieMoss #RLFblog #romance

Today's featured book is The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi.

About the Book

Title The Lady of the Pier – The Ebb
Genre Historical romance
Author Effrosyni Moschoudi
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Corfu, 1987
On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm's length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That's when strange dreams about Brighton's West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia's feelings for Danny?
Brighton, 1937
Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she's offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love...or money?
The Lady of the Pier trilogy has two timelines that stay unrelated in The Ebb. They begin to merge in The Flow and finally become one story in The Storm. Although The Ebb creates a strong premise for the rest of the series it has a satisfactory ending and can be an enjoyable standalone read.

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About the Author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she often sat alone in her granny's garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. She's passionate about books and movies and simply couldn't live without them. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a naughty cat called Felix.
Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, is a supernatural mystery that combines Greek myths with family drama and romance. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist. Effrosyni is a proud member of the writer's groups, eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG, and the Fantasy & SciFi Network.

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May 21, 2016

Celestial Dragon by @ciaragold #RLFblog #futuristic #scifi

Today's featured book is Celestial Dragon by Ciara Gold.

About the Book

Title Celestial Dragon
Genre Science Fiction Futuristic Romance
Author Ciara Gold
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Zan Dane, ruler of Pelicosia, finds ninety-five women for his men, he never dreams of finding his own mate. Exiled for daring to oppose the Burdven Empire, they have no women, no mates to regenerate their new kingdom and populate it with the sound of children until Zan Dane finds a way to travel across galaxies in search of prospective mates.
Chelian Kar is Deliphit, an outcast with supernatural powers. Though she is the daughter of the High Chancellor of Kel, Satobik laws prohibit her from having physical contact with anyone. While other young women are mated to men chosen by their fathers, Chelian has no such hope until Zan Dane soars into her life. With an offer of zeel, a commodity most men would die for, Zan Dane convinces her father to allow the union. Will his journey lead him to a treasure richer than zeel?

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About the Author

Ciara wrote her first "under the bed" book at twenty. Another fifteen years passed before she bravely attempted another, but she's been happily writing ever since. A true Renaissance woman, when she's not penning lively stories, she's reading, sewing, painting, camping, sailing or dancing. At the moment, she's currently helping hubby build a cabin so she can add construction worker to the list as well. A recent empty nester, she and her soul mate currently live on a modest plot of land surrounded by trees, a pond, an array of wildlife and seven barn kitties.

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Website www.ciaragold.com
Blog http://ciaragold.blogspot.com/
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May 20, 2016

But, Do I Have To... @olivianightreads #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

But do I have to? Making research less painful.

by Olivia Night
When I started my first novel, I knew immediately that I was going to need to do some a significant research. I knew nothing about the arms business, Sierra Leone or it’s vibrant customs and culture. Research was not something I had considered a necessity before I got serious about writing novels. But now it's one of my favorite parts! (Dork Alert!)
My second novel required even more research. As a Type A person I had to be sure to that what I was writing was accurate. One research topic I was not quite prepared for was delving into the psychology of victims of abuse. The heroine in Seduction in Seville, Madison Lockwood, survived a horrific situation and it was important to me that I tell her story correctly. It felt like a balancing act at times when writing her and her growth through the novel.
Poorly researched novels stick out like sore thumbs and can sometimes communicate to the reader that the author just really didn't care all that much to get things right, even if that isn’t the case.

Research can a dreaded task when writing, so I compiled list of research tips that I swear by. Enjoy!

Tip #1 - It is totally okay to type “(need information here)” in your manuscript as you are write instead of stopping at that moment and finding the answer you need. I do this quite frequently, especially if I am on a roll - so to speak. This leads naturally to the next tip.

Tip # 2 - Commit and then sit down and do the research. It’s much harder to get a clear picture of political environment of say, Tunisia, if you research five minutes here and ten minutes there.  Tell yourself you are going to research the hierarchy of wolf dens for thirty minutes and research not only what you need but as much as you can.

Tip # 3 - Notes, notes, notes.  Just doing a copy/paste into a new document isn’t going to actually give you the knowledge that you need to write. Or write well. Of course you want the information on hand when you need it but, you need to understand the information as well. At this point in our lives we are all pretty aware of how we best learn. Do that. Because it’s important to…

Tip # 4 - Do more than regurgitate information. It is pretty easy to spot information within a novel that is simply reworded or paraphrased from somewhere else. As the author of your book or series it’s important to have a real understanding of what you are writing about.

Tip # 5 - Google Earth! I have spent sooooo much time on Google Earth. I want to get even the smallest details correct. This includes street names, landmarks and restaurants. Recently I used it to chart my hero and heroine's trip from Hungary to Scotland. I wanted to use the correct routes, with accurate time traveled as well as places they could stay that were off the beaten path (because people on the run need to be off the beaten path).

Tip # 6 -  Ask questions. When I was researching human trafficking laws within the European Union tons of questions came to mind. I spent the time and researched to find those answers. Then when I was writing about the human trafficking ring in my novel the words just flew off the tips of my fingers. Of course, a lot of what I learned was not included, but that didn’t matter. I felt confident in my knowledge as opposed to nervous that I may be getting something wrong.

Research may not be the most favorite pastime for authors, but it's a necessary evil to create a well written book. Plus, when you spend time on google earth tell the kids and hubby or wife to leave the room and you can pretend you’re taking a mini vacation!

About the Book
In a hospital in Seville, Spain, Patrick Kane lies in a coma. Ambushed and shot while protecting a friend, he fights to survive.
She never thought she would see him again. Patrick, the man who’d brought her back.
Eight years ago, Patrick Kane, a joint partner in Fairlane Trade International, descended into a basement of horrors. That horrible day he rescued many women, but one he would always remember. Her beautiful doe eyes filled his dreams and haunted his nightmares.
Madison Lockwood, a nurse, has struggled to put her past behind her, trying to forget the time she spent in captivity. But she recognizes the man who rescued her and brought her out of that terrifying reality. She owes him her life. Patrick is gravely injured, and Madison vows to see him through.
When Patrick opens his eyes, he instantly knows that he made a mistake leaving Madison after freeing her from the clutches of a human trafficking ring. She is meant to be his. As Patrick tries to win over a wary Madison, the past they both thought was gone for good comes back with a vengeance. One by one, the survivors of the horrific ordeal are being murdered. Patrick knows that Madison will be next if he doesn’t protect her.
Together they must fight for their survival. Seduction In Seville, book two in the Men of FTI series, is a tale of redemption, murder, new beginnings, and love that takes the reader on a wild, exotic ride. 

Title: Seduction in Seville, The Men of FTI Book Two
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Olivia Night
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):  R

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Title: Seduction in Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book 1
Genre:  Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers raised a world apart find themselves inextricably connected. Seduction in Sierra Leone, the first in a series of three novels, is a fast-paced tale of murder, lust, and love that transports the reader to a foreign and mysterious world of danger.
Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self- imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day seems more animal than human. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family.
When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable. Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away, but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.

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Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Men of FTI  series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, drinks wine, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S. -- Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.

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May 19, 2016

Guy Stone from What's in a Name @phenshaw #RLFblog #mmromance

Today's featured book is What's in a Name by Pat Jenshaw.

Interview with Guy Stone

Tell us about yourself, please.
(Ahem!) My name is Stone. I'm the owner and bartender of Stonewall Saloon in Old Town Stone Acres, California. The bar's been in the family from the frontier days when my great-grandpa entertained Wild Bill Cody and other famous—and sometimes infamous—characters who roamed the West. You don't believe me, all you need to do is look at the pictures on the walls of the saloon. I'm big, burly, the kind of guy who rides his Harley in the hills to let off steam. Mostly, though, I'm pretty laid back. Ya gotta be to run a saloon where motorcycle gangs and gay men hang out. Until I met Jimmy Patterson, the guy who opened the coffee shop a couple doors down from the saloon, nobody asked what my first name was. Everybody just called me Stone. But Jimmy had to push it. But in the end, after he'd weaseled the name outta me, he agreed to call me Guy, his Guy.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
For the longest damn time, I wanted Jimmy, but he's was living with this creepy fuck. So I kept my hands off because it just doesn't sit well with me when I see guys coming on to other guys' men. It just ain't right. You know? So I played it cagy and talked to Jimmy whenever his "boyfriend" was chatting up other guys. You know, playing it cool. And hoping a lot. Don't know if you can call that conflict. Or do you mean Tommy Thompson and his group of rough-housers who were always picking on the queers in high school? Yeah, they're still a problem, but we're working on them. You can read about it in the book.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Jimmy's like smart, book smart and friendly, sometimes I think too friendly. He sees everyone as good. Running a bar, I don't. I know some guys are just plain rattlesnakes inside. But sometimes, you know, I'd like Jimmy to be right. I look at some crusty old drifter and I want to see somebody good and decent, not somebody looking for another free drink. Sometimes I wonder if I'm seeing the real world or Jimmy is. Of course, then another drifter walks into the bar and I've got my doubts again.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
No, see, you got it wrong. I'm the person everyone fears. Probably the bald head and the beefy body, you know? Cuts down on a lot of damage to the bar if everyone's just a little uneasy about how unhappy I could get if things get outta hand. Mostly what I fear is some good-looking, smooth-talking, better-than-me-stud is going to walk into Jimmy's life and he's gonna compare us and find me wanting. If that happens, I'll probably turn into the old drifter cuz Jimmy is my life.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Jimmy? Well, you heard a lot about him in what I've already said. But I wanna add a couple a other things. Jimmy and the coffee shop's co-owner Felicity had a hard life before they moved here. Jimmy's happy all the time, so he gets stomped on a lot. He's funny and sweet—and God knows I've never gone for sweet in a guy before—but realistic. He's strong even though for the past year or so he says he's been leaning on me. But don't listen to that. He and Felicity have started two businesses and kept them going. People think by looking at me that I'm the strong one in this relationship. Not hardly.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
See, here's the thing. Jimmy and me? We're the real deal. The story is a hundred percent. We're in it for the long haul. If that Pat Henshaw person had ended the story any other way, we'd have had some words about that. Fortunately, she saw the truth, so I didn't have to get tough.
About the Writer
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and has lived at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat has visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and now enjoys trips to Vermont, Oregon, and Arizona to see family. Pat spent her life surrounded by words—teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
LOL. Actually writing it. I've always wanted to be a published author—not to be confused with a published writer, which I've been since my 20s. I've written about nine full-length novels, but never had one published. I always promised myself that when I retired, I would get organized about writing books. So actually sitting down and doing what I'd promised myself was the biggest challenge I've overcome.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
What's in a Name? is written from the viewpoint of Jimmy, but a lot of my readers are captivated by Guy Stone. So I thought it was about time Guy had his chance to explain himself and share what he thinks about Jimmy.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
This is the first in the series and came out in January 2015. The second in the series, Redesigning Max, published in July 2015, and the third, Behr Facts, comes out in October 2015. I've submitted the fourth Foothills Pride novella, When Adam Fell, to the publisher, Dreamspinner Press, but haven't heard anything back yet. I'm currently working on the fifth book in the series. Although all the books have characters and setting in common, they can be read independently.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Because my books have no explicit sex, they are perfect starter books for traditional romance readers who are curious about the new trend in gay romance. My books are about love, not sex, and while gay romance and m/m romance books have been called erotica in the past, my books wouldn't fit into that category at all. Readers looking for sex shouldn't read my books. Readers looking for love and happy endings should read them.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
This has been a whirlwind year for me. My experiment to see if I could be a published author has been a success. As of the end of December, I will have published around 100,000 words with Dreamspinner and am blown away when I think about it. I want to thank my readers for making this possible and wish to pass on to them success in fulfilling their dreams.

About the Book

Title What's in a Name?
Genre Contemporary gay romance
Author Pat Henshaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it's a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he's dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.
Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender's first name since he's worn a different name tag every time Jimmy's seen him. "Guy" Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.
While Jimmy's trying to come up with his name, he's distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

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May 18, 2016

Her Timeless Obsession by @BritaAddams #HistoricalRomance #RLFBlog

Today's featured book is Her Timeless Obsession by Brita Addams.


About the Book
Title  Her Timeless Obsession
Genre  Regency Historical Romance
Author   Brita Addams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R):  R
A love that transcends time. 
Ever the explorer, Honey Danby discovers a treasure trove in her dusty 1910 London attic. Old trunks filled with clothes, journals, and love letters written between two lovers in 1810 entertain her and leave her longing for a time and a man long past. Dressed in an irresistible gown from one of the trunks, Honey discovers a heart-wrenching love story. When she learns that all was cruelly torn asunder, the handsome soldier's loving words written to his H. catapult Honey into an adventure that defies logic. 
When, dressed in a crisper version of the gown, Honey inexplicably awakens inside a rumbling horse-drawn carriage, she discovers she shares the antiquated vehicle with the man who tore the lovers apart. Can she convince this stranger to forego his unreasonable demands, or will history repeat itself on a misty August morn in Green Park?


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Publisher – Brita Addams


About the Author

Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
A bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her husband's middle name, with an additional d and s.

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