July 24, 2014

Interview: Jami Gray author of Shadow's Moon @JamiGrayAuthor #RLFblog #paranormalromance

Shadow's Moon 
About the Book
Title Shadow's Moon
Genre Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Author Jami Gray
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Jami Gray

Why did you write this book?
This is the third installment in my Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles. While the first two books follow Raine McCord and Gavin Durand and introduce the reader into the shadowy world around us, for this book, I've loved Xander since she popped up in the first book, and her relationship with Warrick held too many layers to ignore. Plus, my critique partners threw down a challenge—"Write a romance, we dare you." I hemmed and hawed, only to get "We triple dog dare you." Sigh, who's going to turn that down?
What is your favorite genre to read?
I'm a huge reader, so my taste are wide, but my favorites are Urban Fantasy and Military influenced romantic suspense.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Oh, that's a hard one. I first fell in love with Anita Blake in Circus of the Damned by Laurell Hamilton, but have since gone on to develop serious feelings for Mercy Thompson of Patricia Briggs' series, Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrew's series, and Joanne Walker from C.E. Murphy's Walker Papers series. Of course, not to leave out the male half of the fiction world, I love to spend quality time with Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. ((wiggles eyebrows))
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I live in a household swimming in testosterone, so films are a great way to spend time with my boys—wild explosions, furious car chases, we're an action flick family all the way. However, I'm a huge devotee to both the ID channel and the History Channel. Favorite series right now: The Blacklist. Favorite Movie: right now the boys and I are waiting for Guardians of the Galaxy, but me and the other half are looking forward to Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm just about to begin the second book in my upcoming new Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, which spins together a mixed team of ex-military psychics, some serious chases, shootouts, and various other mayhem, all while take out the baddies of the world. The first book in the PSY-IV Teams (think Cypher), Hunted By The Past, will be coming out August 26th.
Right behind that book, will be the fourth book in the Kyn Kronicles, Shadow's Curse, which should hit shelves Oct/Nov 2014.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Without spoilers, Shadow's Moon follows Xander Cade, the female Tracker for the Northwest Motoki wolf pack and her unexpected bond with her alpha, Warrick Vidis. The two have to find their way as their relationship shifts under them, even as someone is threatening their pack. If they can't find their way to work together, more than them will end up paying a deadly price.
Even a wild heart can be broken…
A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.
It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage frays an already thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny, and ensures she can't escape the one man she's been determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.
As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn't in Warrick Vidis's vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander Cade, refuses to leave off the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats against him and his Pack, begin to jeopardize his normal steely control. Add in Xander's continual reluctance to fully accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman's love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.
As the danger escalates, threatening not just their Pack but those closest to them, Warrick and Xander must find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.
Silence descended between her and Warrick, stretching until it played along her nerves. Slowly, like a door creaking open, he began to loosen his end of the bond. Her wolf began to settle as it sensed his. He studied her, and she could see both the wolf and man looking back. He reached out, but she stepped out of the way and caught a fleeting sense of hurt and confusion. But she couldn't allow his touch to weaken her resolve.
"Why are you running scared?" His question was stiff.
"Let me ask you something," she said. When he gave a short nod, she continued. "Why did you bond us?"
"You were dying." His voice was gruff, almost angry. "I—we need you."
Need, not love. His choice of words scraped over her heart. "Need?" she asked around the tightness of her chest.
"If we lost you, the pack would be devastated.""What about you, Warrick?" she whispered.
"An alpha can't have a weakness, Xander," he said, searing her with the brutal truth.
"So you consider a mate a weakness?" Oh, this was just getting better and better. Why had she thought she could make this relation- ship work?
"Did you forget what happened with Chavez?" he gritted out, rubbing the heel of his hand over his chest.
His movement had her realizing she was projecting her pain through their bond. Furious with herself, and with him, she reeled in her emotions. "Chavez's mate was crazy."
"He covered for her because he loved her, and now his pack is in upheaval."
She wanted to punch him. The urge was so powerful, she had to curl her hands into the leather of her bike's seat behind her. "So it's not a mate that you consider a weakness, but the emotion behind it?" she pushed.
"No," he growled. "You should never give an alpha wolf someone of his own."
Confusion momentarily overrode her anger. "Why?"
His lips thinned and his jaw tightened. "An alpha is the ultimate protector. Protection of our packs is a natural directive. We will do whatever is needed to protect what is ours. Even if they don't want to be protected."
"Even a mate?" She kept her tone careful as she began to get an inkling as to why he was so damned determined to keep his heart out of her reach.
"To protect a mate some would burn the world," Warrick answered. "Even at the expense of our pack. Chavez is proof of that."
"Warrick—" she started.
He snarled and ran a hand through his hair in obvious frustration. "My wolf recognizes you as our mate." Possessiveness stormed down their bond confirming his words.
Mate. A deep thrill hummed through her at his claim, but her heart ached because there was more to it. Dreading his answer, she asked, "And the man?"
"Is torn." His face was grim. "Claiming you protects and strengthens the pack, but increases the danger to you." His and me was left unsaid.
"You think you can claim me, but keep me at arm's length? As if that will somehow keep me safe?"
He didn't answer, but she could feel the belief in his screwed up logic. She and her wolf took exception to his assumption, and there was no stifling her growl. "I don't need you to keep me safe, Warrick. I need you to accept me for who I am."
Feminine fury rose and burned against his male arrogance. Her challenge was the last straw. She practically heard his control break. Swearing, he trapped her between his body and the bike before she could blink.
Being caged brought her wolf snarling to the forefront. Claws broke through and she swiped out, leaving thin bloody lines across one cheek before he captured her hands in his. He snarled back and took her lips with savage intensity. Ravaging her mouth, he took sharp bites of her lower lip before laving the stings with his tongue.
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Author Bio
Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. Her latest release, Shadow's Moon (5/14) was a Golden Claddaugh Finalist, and the first in her newest series, Hunted By The Past, hits shelves in August 2014. She is surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and a male lab, who masquerades as a floor rug as she plays with the voices in her head.
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July 23, 2014

Cover Love: Curse of Winford Manor @LocGlin #RLFblog #timetravel

The Curse of Winford Manor 
Genre Historical Paranormal Romance, Time Travel
Author Loc Glin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R


Leslie Braddock feels responsible for her husband's death. She is having trouble reentering the dating scene. Leslie travels back in time, where she meets Sir James.
Sir James Winford is a three-time widower. He believes he is cursed, and is certain death to any woman he loves. He has vowed never to love again.
Emily, the ghost of Sir James's Leslie Braddock feels responsible for her husband's death. She is having trouble reentering the dating scene. Leslie travels back in time, where she meets Sir James.
Sir James Winford is a three-time widower. He believes he is cursed, and is certain death to any woman he loves. He has vowed never to love again.
Emily, the ghost of Sir James's first wife, has unfinished business, and still lingers at the Manor. She wants to see her husband happy, and she wants to bring her murderer to justice.
Rose has loved Sir James since childhood. She must live with the unspeakable things she has done trying to make James see her as more than a child. She believes she is close to achieving that goal when Leslie shows up.
Leslie and Sir James share the experience of losing a loved one. Will Leslie be the woman to break the curse? Or will she be just another victim?

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July 22, 2014

3 Tips for Writing Likeable Characters @VeronicaBale1 #RLFblog #amwriting

A Noble Deception 
Today's post is by guest author Veronica Bale.
It there's one thing you need to know about yourself as a writer, it's what you do well. As an author of historical romances, I know I'm good at creating real, believable characters. I'm not being arrogant by saying that, it's actually what my readers say in their reviews of my books:
"A warm-blooded historical romance that breathes with the true humanity of its characters (even the secondary ones)." - A Noble Deception
"The H and h are likeable characters that I would enjoy reading more about." - Bride of Dunloch
"A very engaging presentation and characters you're compelled to follow." - Legend of the Mist.
It's something you hear often about your favourite books: the characters are likeable; they are real. But what, exactly, makes a character real? This is unfortunately something that surprisingly few writers (relatively speaking) understand. And that's a shame, because creating memorable characters that readers can identify with is not hard to do.
At the risk of giving a leg up to the competition (that's tongue-in-cheek of course; I always love to help my fellow writers), I'll share a trade secret: the trick to writing real, likeable characters is to spend time on scenes, or parts of scenes, which do absolutely nothing to further your plot.
Please, keep reading this post - I promise, I'm making sense. You might think it's counterproductive to waste time on anything that doesn't further your plot. And if the sheer volume of books out there that don't understand this vital concept attest to anything, it's that many authors would agree with you. But nothing could be further from the truth. By allowing your character these non-plot-advancing sections, in which nothing more than their personalities are front and centre, you make them real to your readers.
Here are three methods you can try to add likeability to your characters.


Ever had a tickle-fight? Ever played keep-away? These kinds of silly moments, especially between your characters, are a great way to show their real sides. They are fun moments, and don't do much to enhance your plot. What they do is enhance the overall quality of your story, though.
Take the Disney movie Tangled as an example. The character of Flynn Ryder is obviously the sexy, smouldering hero we expect of a good fairytale. But what did you think about the scene where Rapunzel wasn't falling for his charms, so he declared it was time to "give her the smoulder?" What did you think when, after she dropped him on his face, he groaned "You broke my smoulder?" Didn't that endear him to you all the more?
Admittedly Tangled is a children's comedy; it's supposed to have silly bits like that to make the audience laugh. But apply the logic I've given you to the romance novels you've read where the characters fell flat. I'm betting that silly moments like this were notably absent.
This is especially prevalent in historical romance novels. Too many authors focus only the sombre mood, the tension borne of historical conflict or the burning lust. But even in a romance novel with tension and strife and desire, your characters can still indulge in a bit of silliness every now and again.


I just had a bantering argument with my husband about whether or not soccer is the least skill-oriented sport played professionally. At the end of the … discussion (putting it mildly) we were no further ahead on the topic than the last time we argued about it.
Everyone banters. What real person doesn't? So, if you want your characters to be real, let them banter. Let them argue and snipe at each other over something that has nothing whatsoever to do with your main storyline. Let them debate about the most ridiculous of things, and let them rage at how pig-headed and stubborn they're each being over something so insignificant. They might end up angry at each other by the end of your chapter, but your readers will end up loving them because of it.

Mild embarrassment

Have you seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith and Eva Mendez? Then you'll probably remember the part where Will Smith's character, Alex Hitchens, has an allergic reaction to shellfish. Okay, now I'll admit that seeing him with a distorted, swollen face did not do this hottie any favours, but how much more attractive did this embarrassing event make him overall? No longer the smooth-talking, suave "Date Doctor," we saw Alex Hitchens' real side. And we loved him for it.
Your characters, too, can benefit from times of mild embarrassment like this. Maybe your hero gets caught belting out some Spice Girls tunes in the shower. Maybe your leading lady falls into a nearby body of water in her best cocktail dress. Whatever it is, embarrassing your characters this way warms them to us and makes them real. Because hey, we've all been there.
Living, breathing characters are so much more than the things they need to do and say to advance your plot. Your characters become real when we see them do and say things that we recognize of ourselves - silly, stupid and embarrassing things. Allow your characters a few unnecessary scenes where their personalities can really come through; let your creativity wander in writing those memorable moments. They serve your plot in no measurable way, but they'll serve your overall story beautifully.
These aren't the only ways to show the real sides of your characters and make them likeable. What other "tricks" can you think of? Weigh in here at Romance Lives Forever and let us know.

Author Bio

Veronica Bale
Veronica Bale is a romance novelist, freelance writer and copyeditor. Her latest book, A Noble Deception, was released June 1st. She graduated from Toronto's York University with a degree in environmental writing, and she writes Scottish historical romance novels with strong heroines and cracking-good love stories.

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July 21, 2014

Character Interview: Shaina Williams from Eyes of Bast by Lisabet Sarai #RLFblog #paranormalromance #erotica

The Eyes of Bast 

About the Book

Title The Eyes of Bast
Genre M/F Paranormal erotic romance
Author Lisabet Sarai
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): NC (X)
Trust your heart. Follow your dreams.
Shaina Williams' grandmother bequeathed her that wisdom, along with a old pendant from the Islands, carved from an ocelot's tooth. When instinct tells Shaina to visit the feral cat trap she'd set in Central Park, she listens to that inner voice, She discovers she's caged a magnificent black tom, but the cat inexplicably vanishes after she tends to his wounds. Seeking the errant feline, Shaina encounters instead a handsome stranger whose slightest touch sets her body on fire. As the day dawns after a night of ferocious passion, her mysterious lover is forced back into his true shape - the tomcat she'd rescued.
Born a cat, Tom was transformed into an unwilling shape shifter by a sorceress who craved a human plaything to satisfy her perverse lusts. Centuries old and irresistibly powerful, Delphine Montserrat will stop at nothing to find her runaway familiar. Shaina vows to do whatever is necessary to defeat the vicious but seductive witch and save the man she believes is her soul mate – even though it might mean losing him forever.

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Interview with Shaina Williams

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hmm. I don't really like to talk about myself. I prefer people to meet me and take me as I am. I'll give it a try though.
I'm a twenty seven year old Black woman who has spent her entire life in New York City. I was born here, in NYU hospital, although my mom and grandmother came from Trinidad. I work in an office downtown, for a cranky boss who doesn't appreciate me, and live in a fifth floor studio a block from Central Park West. In my spare time, I volunteer at a downtown animal shelter called Animal Haven. I'm also part of the their feral trap, neuter and release program. That's how I met Tom – he'd been caught in one of the traps I'd set in the park.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Well, before I met Tom, I wanted someone to love. You know, the classic soul mate. (chuckles) I dreamed of someone who'd understand me completely, who'd cherish and nurture me, and of course, someone who'd drive me wild with desire. I certainly found what I was looking for, in the most unlikely of places.
Then, after I heard Tom's story, all I really wanted was to take away his pain. Nobody could erase the scars of the abuse he'd suffered, though. But at least I thought I might be able to set him free from the enchantment that made him half man and half beast.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I have no power, not really, nothing but my wits. Meanwhile, I'm up against a wily sorceress more than two centuries old who can command all the forces of darkness. Just being in her presence undermines my will. I find myself wanting to obey her, to reveal the truth, to make myself her slave. That's just part of her magical glamour, I know, but I have to constantly remind myself how evil she is - how cruel she has been to my poor Tom.
I worry that I'm too weak, too small, too ordinary, to save my beloved. That's a horrible thought.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Ah, Tom... He's strong and sweet, wild and sexy, a creature of the night but with an unbelievable capacity for love. Our connection – there's something irrational about it, primal – magical, I guess. The first time we touched, I nearly had an orgasm.
I actually don't know him too well yet. I do know he's stubborn, with a rash streak. He came close to committing suicide in his efforts to save me.
I look forward to a life time of growing closer to him. Who knows, perhaps many lifetimes.
What would that person say about you?
He calls me beautiful. And I know he'd praise my compassion. That was what led me to him, that and my instincts.
What is your family like?
I never knew my dad, and my mom died when I was just a kid. My grandmother brought me up in an apartment in Harlem, full of cousins and aunts. She was warm and caring, also insightful, and intuitive. Full of wisdom I didn't fully appreciate until I got older. Gran was at the center of my life. When she died, I thought I'd fall apart. But it seems she bequeathed me a bit of her wisdom, and some of her power, too. I didn't realize that until I tried to save Tom.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Of course I'm happy to have released Tom from the terrible spell that kept him a prisoner. I still feel a bit guilty about what happened to Delphine Montserrat, though, especially now that I've inherited all her wealth. Evil as she was, I'm not sure she deserved her fate.
And then, occasionally, I think about the chance at immortality that I threw away. I'd be lying if I told you I had no regrets. All it takes is a few kisses from Tom, though, to dispel those dark thoughts.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Lisabet Sarai is heating up yet another genre. You'll never look at a black cat the same way again.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
It wasn't really a choice. She came to me and began talking, in the first person. This doesn't happen to me very often, actually. Usually I am more in control. I really didn't work out the plot of this book ahead of time. I just let the story tell itself.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I really didn't know much about Shaina at first, other than the fact that she loved animals. I guess I was a bit surprised to find out how wanton she could be, in the arms of the right man. I'd thought she seemed a bit retiring, sort of a do-gooder, with her volunteering and all. Given that she's one of my characters, though, I should have known she'd be passionate!
And then I was surprised to see her grow into the power she inherited from her grandmother. By the end of the book, she's something of a sorceress in her own right. I never expected that.
Why do you write?
I can't not write. I've been creating stories and poems ever since I first learned to hold a pencil. It's as natural as breathing.
The joy I get from creating and sharing my stories lights up my life. When I'm feeling depressed or frustrated, I go to my website and scroll through my book page, just to remind myself of how many tales I've brought into the world.
What do you want to write next?
I'm currently working on a romance between a billionaire and a virgin. It's not the what you'd expect, though. The billionaire is a female serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, and the virgin is a shy, hunky professor of computer science who's done plenty of research on sex but has never dared to act on his knowledge. I'm having a lot of fun with this.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Be adventurous! Don't stick to one just one kind of story. Be willing to explore, to branch out in your reading. Too many readers are stuck on the concept of genre. Discover what awaits you when you step outside your comfort zone.

Author Bio

When I was a little girl, my dad would make up stories for my siblings and me, fabulous sagas about ghosts and monsters, magical races with mysterious powers, heroes on impossible quests, hidden treasures awaiting only the most courageous seeker. I blame him for my lifelong fascination with the occult and the miraculous.
Now that I'm grown up, I create my own tales of wonder, weaving in generous portions of human desire with its potent enchantments. In my paranormal tales, love works the most powerful magick.

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July 20, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Jennifer Lynne author of Demon of Envy #RLFblog #EroticRomance

Demon of Envy 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Jennifer Lynne.

5 Easy Questions

This interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Answer any five of these. Please put your answer on the line below the question.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Anything seafood. I have a pretty healthy appetite for anything savory, and I do eat most things, but I love my seafood. For lunch, maybe a Caesar salad - but it needs to be a good one, with real anchovies.
Who is your "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
I think it would probably be Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. I was in love with him even before I watched True Blood - but of course it helps immensely when the actor on whom you have a crush (Alexander Skarsgård) is actually playing that part in the TV series!
What were you like when you were in school?
I think I'd be described as quiet. I was a huge reader, and loved English, History and Literature. Hated - and I mean really, really hated! - math, science and sport. I went on to study Literature at university, and that in turn led to a career in business writing, and a life-long passion for fiction writing.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I'm definitely an indoor girl. I'd much rather stay inside by the wood burner, laptop or a good book on my lap and a cup of strong, sweet black coffee by my side. The cats would be purring in front of the fire and the snow would look so beautiful falling gently outside the window, where someone else could get cold building a snowman.
If you're on Twitter, what's your favorite hashtag to watch?
I like to keep an eye on the hashtag #amwriting as it gives me a peek at what other authors are doing. Writing is such a solitary pursuit. I find it beneficial to be reminded that there is a legion of writers out there, struggling just as much as I am to get words down on paper and stories completed.

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Title Demon of Envy
Genre Erotic Romance
Author Name Jennifer Lynne
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When Olivia lets a sexy god into her life, will his demon Envy behave, or will it rip her human heart to shreds?
Phthonos, Greek god of envy and jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. The wayward son of the goddess Aphrodite and brother to the erotes is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?
Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she turns people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.
Until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.
Demon of Envy is the latest in the Gods of Love series about the Greek gods of desire searching for love in a modern-day world. Each of these erotic novellas is stand-alone
and can be read in any order.

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July 19, 2014

Cover Love: A Long Way from Eden @JanaRichards #RLFblog #contemporary

A  Long Way from Eden 
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 A Long Way from Eden by Jana Richards.

Genre Contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13


Zane Martin's teenage daughter is pregnant. Meg Evan's son is the baby's father. Because Zane grew up not knowing who his father was, he'll be damned if he'll let his grandchild live with that shame. Meg was forced into an abusive marriage because of an unplanned pregnancy, so she knows that love is the only good reason to marry. Neither Meg nor Zane expects or welcomes the attraction that sparks between them. As they await the impending birth of their grandchild, old wounds open and long hidden family secrets come to light. The young couple builds a newer, stronger relationship, while Meg and Zane reach for a love passionate enough to overcome the past--if they're strong enough to trust it...and each other.

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July 18, 2014

Writing "Campaign" the novel by E Ayers @ayersbooks #RLFblog #contemporary

Thanks so much for having me here today. My newest book Campaign will be live Monday, July 21, 2014. It's my seventh River City novel. River City is a fictional mid-sized city in the eastern United States.
I love writing the River City novels because they aren't exactly a series, although it's fun to read them in order, just jump in and try one. The glue that holds them together is the city. Yes, many of the characters know each other. Some work together, are friends, or are business associates. So there can be some loose ties between them.
In my head, I have some criteria for River City novels. The couple has to be doing something to make the city better. It doesn't matter if they donate to a cause, or actively participate in some sort of activity/volunteer program, such as coaching soccer. Plus there has to be something about that story that needs to be told. Something different that sets it apart.
I'm going to say that all the stories are PG-13. Let's face it, teens today know more about sex than their grandmothers did after they were married! That might sound horrifying to some people, but I don't think it is. Knowledge is power. It's also protection!
So that said, I'm PG-13. I don't write anything too sweet or too hot. I'm right down the middle. I let my characters and their personalities drive the heat of the story.
Writing Campaign was a roller coaster ride. It's an emotional story, filled with highs and lows. And just when I thought I had a grip on it, my heroine, Kathryn "Ryn" Demary would toss another problem at me, because she wasn't the average heroine. And Brad Shoemaker might have fallen in love with her, but he had a career choice at stake.
So while the story seems simple enough, Ryn wasn't. She's mute and that is a huge factor throughout the story. Yes, there's dialog. She talks with her hands, she uses a computer gadget, and occasionally pen and paper. That alone created a grammar nightmare. So after spending some time at one of the local colleges discussing the situation with the grammar gurus, it was concluded that she signed or she typed was to be treated exactly the same as she said.
The other problem with signing is that folks who sign don't exactly use each word and there is no past or future tense. They sign you go store eggs milk bread I cook food we food. That could mean you went to the store so I cooked the dinner – let's eat! Because Ryn can hear, and once upon a time, had a voice, she might sign in the abbreviated form, but in her head, she's saying the whole sentence. I used the whole sentence.
The truth is people don't know what to do when faced with someone who is disabled. Fear that they can't communicate, or that they will do, or say, the wrong thing keeps people at a distance. And that can be heart breaking for the person with a disability.
I hope when people are done reading Campaign, they will understand a little more about disabilities, and they will see Ryn as a young woman who is surviving in a vocal world. She loves Brad and wants to be his wife, but she wants to be more than a silent smile at his side.

Campaign Brad and Ryn's Story A River City Novel
Contemporary Romance
Brad Shoemaker was blindsided when he discovered that love could be silent, and Kathryn "Ryn" Demary is mute. But when Mayor Bruno Giovanni is forced into early retirement, he chooses Brad to run in his place. Ryn is determined to campaign at Brad's side, but instead of being an asset, she just might be his biggest liability. Ryn finds herself campaigning not just for Brad to become mayor but also for his love. Politics can get dirty and Ryn's caught in the middle.

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"That bitch thinks she's too good to even talk to anyone. Her and her fancy clothes all cuddled up to Brad Shoemaker. She's going to rub everyone's nose into the fact that she's got the best catch in town." A breathy female voice could be heard from someplace behind Ryn.
Brad wrapped his arm around Ryn and held her close as the pain of what the woman said chewed at her insides. She curled her fingers around Brad's hand as she watched Dallas cut her gaze in the direction of the voice.
"Would you like me to set the woman straight?" Brad asked in a whisper.
Ryn shook her head.
"Well, I'm not going to sit here and say nothing." Dallas frowned. "I won't tolerate a guest in my house being rude."
Ryn held up her hand and shook her head. She mouthed. "Please, no."
Maybe Brad was right and walking around with a placard that said I'm mute would make it easier for both of us. Layers of anger, aggravation, self-pity, denial, and depression wrapped her heart as it pounded in her chest.
She never thought of herself as living a sheltered life, but she realized she had. Wealth had blanketed her, protecting her from the real world. Sitting on a picnic bench with Brad while a jealous female made obnoxious comments was about as far from her world as she could get.
How many times had she told her students that they could do anything they wanted to do and be whatever they wanted to be? Beethoven continued to write music after he was deaf, Marlee Matlin was deaf and won an Oscar, Stevie Wonder and Jose Feliciano became musical superstars, Julliette Gordon Low, the poet Homer... names of famous disabled people who had accomplished great things flowed through her mind.
What a fraud she had become. She wanted to turn tail and run. She didn't have the guts to stand up to a lone female.

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E. Ayers is a multi-published and Amazon best-selling author of western and contemporary romances. Her books are never too sweet or too hot. She writes down the middle. She is proud to be part of the Authors of Main Street, an elite group of award-winning and best-selling contemporary authors.


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July 17, 2014

Coming Soon: Defiant by Sabrina York @sabrina_york #RLFblog #Regency #Historical

Defiant, by Sabrina York
Noble Passions, Book Five
Releasing July 23, 2014 from Ellora's Cave

When rakish Ned falls in with the wrong crowd, his brother decides to send him to the Continent for "seasoning". For Sophia, this just won't do. She's loved Ned for ages—and also longed for adventure. She runs away from her boring suitors and disguises herself as a cabin boy on the Defiant, the ship sailing Ned to Italy.
Ned knows he's not good enough for Sophia, but once they're on the Defiant, he can't stop himself from touching her, tasting her, loving her. Not when a wild tempest and a band of ruthless pirates threaten them. Not when every look from her gives him such pleasure. And certainly not when she comes, warm and wild and willing, to his bed.
If they survive their voyage, Sophia's brother might kill him, but it will have been worth every moment and every hot, sweet kiss.
A Romantica® Regency historical erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

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Follow the decadent exploits of friends and enemies as they find love and passion in the glittering world of the Regency—and its dark underbelly.

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July 16, 2014

Cover Love: San Juan Island Stories by Wendy Lynn Clark #RLFblog #anthology

San Juan Island Stories 

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Title San Juan Island Stories Anthology
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Name Wendy Lynn Clark
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13


The San Juan Island Stories Anthology (#1-5) is a collection of new short stories set around the crisp green San Juan Islands in Northwestern Washington. Light and sweet, they are perfect for a quick lunch break so you can return to the rest of your day with a feel-good smile.
Story #1 - "Fatty Patty" is the cruel nickname that followed Pepper to high school graduation. Five years later, she's back at her reunion to prove it hasn't defined her. In her slim Kate Spades, she'll show them all — her underachieving classmates and especially the boy who broke her heart...

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July 15, 2014

Interview: TD Hassett author of Darling's Desire @TDHassettauthor #RLFblog #Suspense

Darling's Desire 

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Title Darling's Desire
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Name TD Hassett
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Interview with TD Hassett

Why did you write this book?
I didn't mean to write this book, it just wouldn't leave me alone. I had been working on my first paranormal romance and this suspenseful love story kept bugging me. I couldn't stop thinking about Darling Roberts and her story. Maybe it was because I named my Siamese cat after her character but whatever, I couldn't get her situation out of my head.
Perhaps another reason the story wouldn't leave me alone was the setting. The story takes place primarily on a secluded lake in Connecticut where some folks have gone missing. I live on just such a lake, although to my knowledge no one has turned up murdered around here. For a variety of reasons the hero and heroine will have to weather a couple of weeks together in a spooky lake house. Passion, drama and mystery ensue. I promise a happy ending but I refuse to make it easy for this couple!

What is your favorite genre to read?
I love contemporary romance the most, followed closely by historical romance and mystery.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I just finished reading another author's series and fell a little in love with Jack Storm. He's another sexy rock god with a good heart. What's not to like?
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch a lot of movies but not so much television. I did really enjoy Lost, especially all those episodes where Sawyer takes his shirt off. His character called to me.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on two books right now. One is about an Incubus that falls in love with a veterinary technician. Will his love be strong enough to let her go with her soul intact? I am also working on the prequel to my Love and Music Series. The band is just starting to get off the ground when Rick Houston is injured on stage. Troubled nurse, Jenni Mitchell can't stand this rude rocker and can't wait to get him off of her floor. Unfortunately for her, Rick is going to be sticking by her for a while and there's nothing she can do to change that, at least not for three months. She needs money after Rick's advice gets her fired and he needs a fiancé for a K1 visa to stay in the States. They're both hiding something from the other but neither will be brave enough to show their true selves. It has been fun writing about this opposite attracts couple.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Darling Roberts is going back to the lake house her mother disappeared from thirteen years ago. She needs to decide to stay or sell. The locals believe the place cursed, but her best friend thinks it would be a blast to spend the weekend there before heading to Europe. BFF Madison is determined to set Darling up even if that means dragging a recently widowed rock-and-roll drummer to the scene of a murder.
Ross Daniels has a secret. He can't stand the pitying looks well-wishers have given him since his wife's accidental death. The European leg of the Becket tour can't come soon enough. A weekend stay at a mutual friend's lake house seems like a decent way to kill a couple of days before hopping a plane, at least until he spends some time with temptation herself. Passions ignite and Ross feels his heart beginning to beat again. Darling isn't who he thought she was and he can't get enough of her sweet soul and lush curves.
Darling is determined to take charge of her life and the lake house is just the place to begin. Ross is a scrumptious distraction but she knows she has to keep things in perspective. Why would a world famous drummer want to hang out with her in a small town that even the locals want her run out of?


He might have dozed for a bit but was wide-awake at the sound of a splash coming from the lake. He leaped to his feet and ran down the steps to the dock. His heart pounded in his chest. He looked out into the black water with only the gibbous moon and some twinkling lights from the house's windows aiding his view. There, just a dozen feet away and a couple feet down in the water. He slowly started to breathe again. This was no sea monster or what he'd feared the most, a toddling William fallen into the lake. This was a sea nymph come back to haunt him again.
He waited on the dock, watching the slow strokes of her arms slice through the water until she emerged into the night air. "You gave me a scare. I didn't know skinny-dipping was part of the party plans." She startled at his voice and sucked in a little water. He gave her a wink and watched her try to regain her composure.
"I'm not skinny-dipping, and I thought you went to bed." She swam closer to the dock and rested a hand on the scuffed wood.
Darling heaved herself out of the water and twisted her body to sit gracefully on the scarred deck. "Could you hand me that towel?" she asked, pointing to the neatly folded pile by his foot. Ross forced his attention away from Darling as she toweled her bathing suit-clad body dry. She wrapped it around her body sarong-style and wrung the water out of her hair.
"You often go swimming this late at night? I mean, I just want to know what time to be out here for the show." Ross shifted his weight from one foot to the other, wondering why the hell he was torturing himself by staying out here with Darling practically naked. The moon shone down, steam rising off the lake providing a mysterious glow.
"I haven't been here since I was nine years old, but yes, back then we used to come down for night swimming." She shivered a bit, and he caught sight of a flush of goose bumps on her skin. Guess the night air isn't quite so warm after a dip in the lake.
"You're shivering. Come here." Ross pulled her into his arms and rubbed his warm hands up and down her bare limbs to warm her. He really shouldn't be doing this. He was playing with fire.
"I didn't mind the chill afterward when I was a kid. Brrr." She snuggled against him, and he knew all was lost. He moved his finger under her chin and tipped her head back, finding her parted lips with his own. She didn't move a muscle. At first, it was like she was a statue until he gently licked her upper lip and pressed his kiss deeper into her mouth. Darling let out a soft mew and began nibbling on his mouth and sliding her tongue against his. She tasted like vanilla and salt and smelled of the fresh outdoors and something that was all her own scent. He pulled her tighter against him, teasing his erection against her soft belly and already thinking about what he would like to do next. It had been so long since he'd felt desire, at least desire that he acted upon. He was separated from her lush body by a beach towel and scraps of featherlight fabric, and the thought was driving him wild. He swept his tongue deep in between her lips, thrusting and tasting the way he wanted to plunder other parts of her. In that moment, on that dock under the moonlight, he felt passion and longing like he'd never experienced before. Damn, I'm going to need a dip in a cold lake to shake this.
"Are you the deep-water person?" A shrill voice came out of the shadows from the beach, jolting Ross and Darling apart.
She jumped to the side of him, and he instinctively shoved her behind his body. Ross whipped his head toward the stranger. "Who the hell are you?" he barked, still feeling startled.
"No, you're not from the deep water. You're just a stranger. I'm David. I'm David." The figure came a bit closer to the end of the dock, and now Ross could see that the voice belonged to a teenage boy. He squinted his eyes in the dim light and made out more details about David. That boy has lost too many balls in the high weeds, poor bastard. He had dark hair and thick glasses. He wore a loose T-shirt and jean shorts with old, worn sneakers. He clasped and unclasped his hands nervously before repeating himself. "I said, I'm David. I'm David, and you're a stranger, you're a stranger."
"My name is Ross, and this here is Darling. Do you live nearby, David?" Ross questioned him gently, realizing that the boy was probably autistic or intellectually disabled and not some wandering psychopath who was going to hack them both to bits with a machete. Like his mom used to say about the wildlife, this boy was probably more nervous coming across them than they'd been surprised by him. Either way, Ross kept an eye on David. The boy kicked at the sand a few times with his old sneakers and glanced behind him toward the driveway.

Author Bio

T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats--Jackie Collins, Julie Garwood, and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance novel, with lots of passion, some incredible adventures, and a guaranteed happily ever after. She attended college in New England, earning a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology before changing her mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with three crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her eccentric relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspire her writing.

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