October 23, 2014

Cover Love The Boyfriend Sessions Belinda Williams @bwilliamsbooks #RLFblog #contemporary

The Boyfriend Sessions 
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 Boyfriend Sessions by Belinda Williams.

Please take your seats. The journey to happiness may involve some turbulence.
Christa Morrison has commitment issues, a fact that quickly becomes apparent after she flees a romantic proposal in Paris, the thunder of impending wedding bells ringing in her ears.
Back in Sydney, she turns to her closest friends for reassurance. Instead they offer her a startling and painful diagnosis: she's a relationship junkie. The cure? An extreme rehabilitation program guaranteed to reform even the most L-word illiterate.
With her girlfriends along for the ride, Christa commits to their radical plan and the chances of recovery look good. The only problem is Max Spencer. The one guy Christa—and her friends—never expected her to fall for. But he's proving to be a temptation she may not have the willpower to resist…
For a shot at happiness, is being with Max worth betraying her friends? And will Christa have the strength to trust her heart when her colorful relationship history comes back to haunt her?
It might just be enough to make a poor girl leave the country (again).

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October 22, 2014

Cover Love: Wystan by Allison Merritt @allison_merritt #RLFblog #PNR

Wystan 
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 Wystan (The Heckmasters) by Allison Merritt.
Genre paranormal romance
Pubisher: Samhain Publishing
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Her search for safety lands her in a totally new kind of danger.
Certain that an ad for a job in a small New Mexico Territory town is the answer to her prayers, Nebraska schoolteacher Rhia Duke packs her sister into a rickety wagon and heads west.
Except when they reach the near-deserted town, she learns the truth. There is no job, no future, and no welcome in the bleak blue eyes of the handsome sheriff.
The minute Rhia's runaway team thunders into town, Wystan Heckmaster feels the change in the air. One of three sons of a demon who dared love a human, he keeps watch over a Pit guarded by seven seals, and slays any Hellbound demon that attempts to free the master imprisoned within.
With a gut full of regret and a forgotten town filled with reformed demons, Wystan is certain of one thing: he can't be the man Rhia needs. But when the truth behind Rhia's flight from Nebraska comes to light, Wystan must open his soul—and pray there's enough love between them to overcome the darkness rising from the Pit.
Warning: Contains a take-no-prisoners sheriff, a woman who can't outrun her supernatural secrets, and a dusty town where hope is as thin as dust in the wind. Author recommends keeping a glass of cool spring water at your elbow while reading.

About the Author

A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.
Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

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October 21, 2014

Character Interview: Dyami Shafer from Eagle Dance @MaryQuast #RLFblog #PNR

Eagle Dance 
Title: Eagle Dance
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Native American Shifter Romance
Author: Mary Quast
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dyami Schafer, a Native American from the Chippewa tribe, leads a lonely life due to his large size and unusual appearance. When his nesting instinct sets in, he turns to Madame Eve and 1Night Stand to help him find his spirit mate. Or at least a woman who accepts him as an eagle shifter.
Amanda Collins never stopped loving the Chippewa boy she knew from her childhood. Maybe a night with a Native American man will help her forget the past and let her move on with her life.
Sometimes, it's necessary to take a step into the past before dancing into the future. With the help of Madame Eve, will the Spirit of the Eagle carry Dyami and Amanda?

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Interview with Dyami Shafer

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Dyami Shafer. You say it like Dee-aww-mee. I am Chippewa and the name means Eagle. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, I became a conservation officer in Michigan. Don't let my considerable physic fool you; I can be rather graceful on the dance floor. I openly admit I have a soft spot for critters and have adopted several rescue animals.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want it all! But as a Native American Shifter, I have to take in consideration what my Spirit Animal advises me to do. In a perfect world, I would fall in love with my true mate and she would accept me as I am… feathers and all. LOL However, reality can be cruel so chances in life of finding my mate who will love me are slim.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I've always been afraid of being rejected. I tower over most people and my yellow eyes have a tendency to turn off the ladies. I didn't date much after being snubbed and rebuffed so often. I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to settle down, raise a family and have a gal who's willing to go dancing on weekends.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
She's tall with long legs that can wrap around me… oh, sorry…. I got carried away. But she is tall. LOL Amanda is the calm to my storm. With a simple word or touch, she can settle my spirit animal. She's the light in my dark. When I'm with her, I feel like I'm home. Best of all, she loves pizza, wine and dancing.
What would that person say about you?
Other than how I eat too much pizza, she'd say I'm so gullible sometimes. She likes to be silly and tease me, but sometimes I take her too seriously. Oh…how she makes me laugh!
What is your family like?
Several men in my family are eagle shifters. Each one of us had to serve in the military at one point of our lives so that makes us a bit of a macho bunch so the women make sure they balance us. I thank my mom every day for making me learn to dance. However, I'm not happy about my grandfather and uncle removing some childhood memories from me, but I understand and respect the reason they did it.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am very happy with the way my story ended. Even though I don't live in a perfect world, I found my spirit mate and we fell in love. She's everything I've ever wanted and more. It didn't take long for lost memories of Amanda to return. I can't believe we are finally together! The best moments are when I partially shift to extend my wings, gather her in my arms and take her flying. Wait… add when we slow dance. Basically, whenever I have my arms around her, I'm in Heaven.

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Why did you choose to write about this character?
I spent summers at our family cottage. A local Chippewa rented the place next to ours. "Indian Dave" would share stories and dances with us. His tales inspired my Native American shifters. Dyami could have been one the eagles that fished at the mouth of the river coming into the lake.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you? Dyami developed a sense of humor. Amanda's teasing really lightened his mood. His spirit animal recognized it right away.
Why do you write?
I have so many stories to tell.
What do you want to write next?
I'm actually working on the third book in the Legend of the Spirit series. A Native American hawk shifter is in the Marines and his spirit animal claims his beautiful superior officer as his mate, but he won't break his code of honor.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Eagle Dance is book 2 in the Legend of the Spirit series. Each book features a Native American shifter. After I complete the Hawk shifter story, I have the outlines for Falcon, Wolf and Dragon tales.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my stories. I'd love to hear from you!

Author Bio

Romance author and Artist Mary Quast lives in a log home affectionately named "Camp Run-A-Muk" located in the woods of Michigan with her husband, three sons, and a collection of animal family members.
As a professional artist, Mary Quast answered the call to express herself creatively. With her descriptive writing style she has developed a knack for creating passionate characters and realistic settings. These features are prominent in her published novels of the "Soul Series".
When this Michigan author is not busy writing contemporary erotic romance for Decadent Publishing, Mary doles out sensual tips and yummy eye candy on her blog "Romantic Interludes" where her Thursday Thirteen lists have earned the nickname of "Dr. Ruth of the Blog World". She also can be found lecturing college classes on the importance of Journal writing.

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October 20, 2014

Cover Love: Lord Wastrel by Donna Cummings @BookEmDonna #RLFblog #Regency

Lord Wastrel 
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 Lord Wastrel by Donna Cummings.

Publisher: Donna Cummings
Genre: Regency Historical
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, plays matchmaker, true love can seem like a curse. . .
Lord Wastrel--the most notorious rake in London--has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he has no idea how to actually raise one. He has to learn quickly, since he is the little girl's only surviving parent, and he's determined to find a wife who can be a suitable mother. All he needs is someone demure, and biddable, and most importantly, scandal-free.
Lady Felicia Selby is no stranger to scandal, thanks to her numerous failed elopements and Society's insatiable curiosity about her misadventures. She has devoted many years to finding her one true love, desperate to escape the consequences of the family curse if she fails. But she has begun to give up hope.
Then, one evening, a chance encounter with Aphrodite changes everything.

About the Author

I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.
I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
I can usually be found on Twitter talking about writing and coffee, and on Facebook, talking about coffee and writing.

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October 19, 2014

Cover Love: Building Ties a SEAL romance @teresareasor #RLFblog #militaryromance

Building Ties  
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Building Ties (Book 4 of the SEAL Team Heartbreakers)
Navy SEAL Brett 'Cutter' Weaver is on a mission to Nicaragua when he learns his bride-to-be, Tess Kelly, has been injured in a car bombing. At Homeland Security's demand, he's rushed home on the next available transport and arrives to find Tess embroiled in three controversial stories. One may offer the key to her attacker.
On top of the emotional and physical upheaval of the bombing, Tess has been offered the journalistic opportunity of a lifetime at the Washington Post, and is torn between her love for Brett and the need to prove herself to her father, a famous war correspondent. If she
accepts the job, she and Brett face living on opposite sides of the country. With their wedding two weeks away, she has temptations to face and tough decisions to make.
Serving as her security detail, Brett sees Tess's remarkable investigative reporting skills in action, and acts as her sounding board and partner. He's willing to sacrifice to ensure her happiness, but more, he wants to keep her safe. Because there's a killer stalking her, and one interview at a time, they mean to catch him.
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October 18, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Raven J Spencer @RavenJSpencer #RLFblog #LesbianRomance

A Perfect Dream 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Raven J Spencer.
What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Depending on the occasion and place, it's either pizza (Thai style is a favorite) or chicken with peanut sauce. Italian is comfort food all the way, in the restaurant or at home. When dining out, we have an Asian fusion restaurant close by that we enjoy a lot.
What were you like when you were in school?
The shy one. You'd never guess she'd grow up to write erotica. Although, I was always reading or writing, so there were some hints. I wasn't even out to anyone at the time.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
That depends on the mood…we have long winters, so there's always the opportunity to do both. It's good for writing discipline as well, except you know you've had enough when your friends post pictures of spring flowers, and there's still snow in your own backyard!
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
The One-Hundred Foot Journey. It's a wonderful movie about overcoming obstacles, stereotypes and finding what is really your dream. And food—it's a feast for the senses.
If you're on Twitter, what's your favorite hashtag to watch?
I like the #MondayBlogs, created by author Rachel Thompson. You retweet other authors' blogs, and yours gets retweeted in return. It's a great way to discover new blogs and also get your own noticed.

About the Book

Title: A Perfect Dream
Genre: Lesbian erotica
Author Name: Raven J. Spencer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Sex and politics can be an explosive combination. Beatrice, wife to a conservative lobbyist, can't imagine being out in the open about her preferences and orientation, but lucky for her, there's A Perfect Dream. Secret parties that only the privileged have access to fulfill every fantasy and need she can think of. Beatrice didn't expect to meet Sage, a woman who not only satisfies her in every way, but challenges everything Beatrice has believed about herself so far.

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October 17, 2014

Cover Love: Unexpected by JJ Lore @JJLore1 #RLFblog #scifirom

Unexpected 
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 Unexpected.

Genre Science Fiction Romance
Author J. J. Lore
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Evernight Publishing
As two Alphan warriors on the fast track to promotion and improved status, Mikel and Felix of the Tauride have their future planned out. They intend to go from performing security duties for the Prince while he visits Earth to eventually earning the right to seek out their human mate and rescue her in some dramatic way, impressing her and earning her love. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman sends them both down a markedly different path.
Shy Alisa Sorrel merely wanted to see a rose garden, then retreat back to her safe and sequestered life in the Women's Refuge on Earth, but once she encounters two earnest and determined Alphan officers, she's forced out of her shell and into a whole new world of passion.
Even as the bonds they share tighten and satisfy needs they'd never imagined, Alisa, Felix, and Mikel are soon faced with danger and betrayal from the machinations of humans and Alphans alike. The Alphans will have the chance to rescue their fair damsel after all, but will they make it in time?

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J. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn't inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she's shaking sriracha on whatever she's eating or reading about the Justinian plague. For updates on her erotic romance releases, visit her at http://www.jjlore.com/

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October 16, 2014

Interview: Author and Artist JoAnn Myers @scooterismine #RLFblog #painting #artist


Today's author (and artist) guest is Mystery and Suspense writer JoAnn Myers.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
What genres do you write?
I write fantasy, paranormal, true crime, mystery and poetry.
What is your next book about?
These are stories about handsome, courageous and determined men who don't let anything or anyone get in their way of catching the bad guy.
Are any of the characters in your books like you?
Yes, and I also fuse my friends, relatives and co-workers into my characters.
What type of paint do you use, and what do you paint?
I currently use oils and acrylics. I paint a lot of lighthouses, sunsets, sunrises, beach scenes, woods. I like bright colors, and I like the way oils blend together.
What is the hardest part of painting?
Determining what size canvas to use, and picking out the frame. Sorting through all the paint colors and brushes you will be using is time consuming. Painting leaves you with a beautiful picture to hang on your wall, but it is a lot of work.
What is the newest project(s) you are working on?
My crime/mystery anthology "Flagitious" due out later this month by Melange Books. More canvas artwork to add to my growing collection. I get a lot of inspiration for paintings from calendar pictures.
What do you do when you're not writing and painting?
I have a day job at a nursing home. I take mini vacations, I watch television. I enjoy true crime shows, Judge Mathis, Turner Classic Movie Channel, Syfy station, the Western channel, I run my website Books and Paintings by JoAnne and promote, promote, promote.
Is there anything you will never paint or write about?
Erotica. It is too naughty.
Is there anything you would tell aspiring artists?
Never give up. If you truly enjoy something, you must stay with it.
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
A jumper, so I could jump in and out of everywhere.
If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?
Zombie killing ray guns.

Other Available Books

Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions- a paranormal anthology
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology
The Crime of the Century- a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Books

Flagitious-a crime/mystery anthology
Author Bio
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar
industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:
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October 15, 2014

Lose The Fear by Christine MacKenzie @CCMacKenzie1 @TerryIreneBlain #RLFblog #FightCancer

CC Mackenzie 
From Kayelle:
For three days I'm sharing stories by various authors about how they or a family member faced cancer. Reading their posts is inspiring and touching. The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. From what I've read, the key to success includes being able to ask for help -- and then being willing to accept it. It's a lesson I've had in my own life during various times. I don't accept help well. It's something I fight with all the time. I'd like to think "I've got this" -- but sometimes I don't have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have a friend who's dealing with cancer right now. My business partner's brother just died from cancer. It affects all of us. Reading these helps me understand better. I hope I'm even half as good a friend as those you'll read about in this series.
I'm presenting these as an opportunity for the authors to share their real life stories, as well as their fictional ones. Links to follow the authors and to purchase their books are provided.
Today's authors are Terry Irene Blain and Christine MacKenzie. Jump to the end for info on how you can help purchase mammogram equipment.

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The Only Negative Terry Irene Blain

I had surgery for breast cancer in June of 2013, followed by chemo and radiation and currently on a hormone therapy. All this is part of the clinical trial to see if chemo is really necessary for the type of cancer I had. This is the positive as this maybe help not only my daughters-in-law but my granddaughter.
The chemo really wiped me out, but fortunately my husband was there to take care help me out as all the energy just left me. The doctor always commented on my positive attitude. How could I not have a positive attitude when I had the support of my husband, our kids are grown and on their own. I saw so many others who were worse off than I; how could I complain? Women who still were trying to work, or had small children. Or on their second go round of chemo. I felt lucky.
I wasn't able to do much writing while on chemo as I had absolutely no energy. When chemo finished and during radiation I started to do more. Finally able to go grocery shopping instead of sending my husband with a list. Also started to get back to the computer and do some writing. Going to my RWA Chapter meeting and talking to other authors was uplifting. Friends are great at helping you out.
It's taken me about a year to feel like I'm back to normal. To top it off, my annual mammogram was good. So I'm now an official survivor. The only negative? I've never liked the color pink. But you can't have everything.
Terry Irene Blain

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Looking for thrills, practical Sarah signs up to be a schoolteacher on a western movie set and gets more than she’s looking for with cowboy stuntman Kit Stewart, adventure with a capital A.
Her Cowboy
He was tall and whipcord lean, just like a hero out of the old movies that were her favorites. His grey hat was pushed back on his head, revealing again that curly dark blond hair. Today he wore no chaps, but that didn’t stop her from instinctually checking out his backside. Nothing like Levi’s and boots to make a man look manly.

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Sarah's Cowboy
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors' adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she's had the chance to live in various parts of the country as well as travel to foreign places such as Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.
Escape to the West with a romantic adventure
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"Thank you so much, Kayelle, for having me on your blog today to highlight such a worthwhile cause.
When a woman hears the words 'You have Breast Cancer'. The first thing that hits her is how immensely powerful the word, Cancer, actually is. Dealing with the shock, and then immediately telling my mother, my daughters, was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Then we're caught up in the whirlwind of surgical appointments, the surgery itself, the outcome of tests, and it sometimes feels as if we're trapped on a roller coaster and can't jump off.
Three years and a mastectomy later, and I'm truly blessed to be cancer free. People ask me how I remained so upbeat and positive. My response is that I didn't have a choice! But the real answer is that cancer did me the biggest favor of my life. My secret dream was 'One Day' to be a writer, a romance writer. However, in spite of winning competitions, receiving positive feedback, the fear of not being good enough always held me back.
The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer was the day I lost the fear of failure. And I also realized that 'One Day' may never come unless I grabbed every opportunity that came along. Eight books later, with eleven more in the pipeline, I've never been happier.
And this is where I come to the two young women who inspired me to write, The Fall of Jacob Del Garda. Two years ago, I was sitting in my breast surgeon's waiting room. Sitting next to me were twins, girls aged twenty-three, blonde and gorgeous. They were laughing and joking with each other, and I assumed they were there offering support to a mother or even a grandmother. It didn't occur to me that breast cancer would be an issue for them. So we got chatting, and it became clear that one of the girls had undergone a double mastectomy six months before, and she'd just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. The positive way she was dealing with such a blow, truly inspired me. Then her sister told me how she, too, was about to undergo a bilateral double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed that the twins carried the BRCA1/2 gene mutation. But surely they were too young? After a long chat with my surgeon, I realized that diagnosing breast cancer in women under thirty-five using traditional mammogram technologies was extremely difficult due to the tissue density of young breasts. What was needed were the new digital mammograms manufactured by Siemens. Our local hospital was in the process of raising money for a new mammogram suite. I remember promising my doctor I would write a story about twins who were dealing with BRCA1/2 genetic mutation. And that the proceeds of the book would go towards the cause.
And so The Fall of Jacob Del Garda is out now. All author royalties from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlus, Smashwords, received during the month of October will be donated to the appeal.
And on an update on the twins - they're both well and married to two wonderful men. How's that for A Happy Ever After! I couldn't write a better ending myself.
--Christine.

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The Fall of Jacob Del Garda
Twin sisters - twice the trouble
Twelve months after disappearing from Jacob's life, the woman who broke his heart, supermodel Gabriella Dolman, is back. But things have changed. Now Gabriella is a photographer - still fabulously beautiful - but no longer glamorous, and no longer looking for love. Though Gabriella claims she just wants to move on without him, Jacob's pretty certain that her reaction to their red-hot kisses implies otherwise.
Tobin Gillespie believes in taking a stand, and he never turns his back on a challenge. So when his work as a PR guru brings research scientist Sophie Dolman back into his life, her obnoxious behavior and lethal put downs aren't enough to put him off - quite the reverse. And the more they clash, the more determined he is to break down the wall around her heart and claim it for his own.

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World-wide October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All author royalties earned by The Fall of Jacob Del Garda for the month of October will be donated to an appeal for a digital mammogram that detects changes in breast tissue for women aged 20-40. Please share.

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World-wide October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All author royalties earned by The Fall of Jacob Del Garda for the month of October will be donated to an appeal for a digital mammogram that detects changes in breast tissue for women aged 20-40. Please share.

October 14, 2014

Changing Priorities @LloydAMeeker @MacCrowne Marjorie Belson #RLFblog #FightCancer

Romance Lives Forever 
From Kayelle:
For three days I'm sharing stories by various authors about how they or a family member faced cancer. Reading their posts is inspiring and touching. The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. From what I've read, the key to success includes being able to ask for help -- and then being willing to accept it. It's a lesson I've had in my own life during various times. I don't accept help well. It's something I fight with all the time. I'd like to think "I've got this" -- but sometimes I don't have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have a friend who's dealing with cancer right now. My business partner's brother just died from cancer. It affects all of us. Reading these helps me understand better. I hope I'm even half as good a friend as those you'll read about in this series.
I'm presenting these as an opportunity for the authors to share their real life stories, as well as their fictional ones. Links to follow the authors and to purchase their books are provided.

Today's authors are Lloyd A Meeker, Mackenzie Crowne, and Marjorie Belson.
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Lloyd A Meeker: A Change in Priorities

The Companion 
In June of 2003, I went on a four-day bike ride to raise money for AIDS services, and apparently the tumor in my stomach (which I already knew about) started to bleed under the strain of covering close to 100 miles a day. I soldiered on because, well, because it's manly to soldier on, until a month later a pulmonary embolism slowed me down and sped up the stomach surgery. At the age of 55 I spent my first night in a hospital. It was the beginning of my new life.
That night, hopped up on morphine, I got a very clear message from myself. I'd always Carpe diem!
said I wanted to write novels. I'd even started one when I'd come out eight years earlier. The message I got was that if I was serious about writing novels I'd better get busy, because I was now on bonus time and there was no telling how long I'd have.
Since that night, writing has been my creative priority. That means I've not done a bunch of other fun things, but I'm set on getting down as many stories as I might have to write before I say good night. I had another cancer diagnosis and more surgery in 2004, but I'm now ten years clear and working on my fifth novel.
I am so grateful for the cancer that forced me to refocus my life and own my new mission. Since my diagnosis I've lost a niece and several friends to cancer, so I know not everyone is lucky enough to get as far as I have. In spite of everything, the last eleven years have been the sweetest and finest of my life, and I'm not done yet. If I can make it through, I know others can, too.
It hasn't been a joyride, exactly. If you're dealing with cancer now I hope you have someone you can lean on when you can't be strong all on your own. My husband Bob held me and encouraged me and let me cry when I was so afraid and full of despair that I couldn't think right. Let someone who loves you help hold you on course, help you focus on what matters. I wish you every success on your journey. Never forget, countless brave souls are cheering you on—you won't be the first to win, but you're in great company!

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Genre: Mystery/Suspense
The Companion
Shepherd Bucknam hasn't had a lover in more than a decade and doesn't need one. As a Daka, he coaches men in the sacred art and mystery of sexual ecstasy all the time, and he loves his work. It's his calling. In fact, he's perfectly content—except for the terrors of his recurring nightmare and the ominous blood-red birthmarks on his neck. He's convinced that together they foretell his early and violent death.
When Shepherd's young protégé is murdered, LAPD Detective Marco Fidanza gets the case. The two men are worlds apart: Marco has fought hard for everything he's accomplished, in sharp contrast to the apparent ease of Shepherd's inherited wealth—but their mutual attraction is too hot for either of them to ignore.
Shepherd swears he'll help find his protégé's killer, but Marco warns him to stay out of it. When an influential politician is implicated, the police investigation grinds to a halt. Shepherd hires his own investigator. Marco calls it dangerous meddling. As their volatile relationship deepens, Shepherd discovers his nightmares might not relate to the future, but to the deadly legacy of a past life—a life he may have to revisit before he can fully live and love in this one.

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Dancing on the Other Side: Mackenzie Crowne 

Believe it or not, I experienced many encouraging moments in my battle against stage III breast cancer. Yes, I'm a survivor. I say that now, proudly and with conviction, but that wasn't always the case. When I was first diagnosed in October 2007, I looked upon the many survivors I met and didn't feel I deserved the title. They danced, victorious, on the
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other side of the abyss, while I staggered under quiet disbelief.
It's said a person doesn't get cancer, a family does. I agree with that sentiment, but the statement is incomplete. The author forgot to include friends. Mine were with me every step of the way as I navigated the abyss to join those survivors on the other side. My friends helped in so many ways, but one in particular makes me smile to this day. My protocol included several radical treatments, including chemo. When I mentioned dealing with the certain loss of my hair by purchasing a few hats, my girlfriends promptly planned a Mad Hatter party and, in the midst of surgeries and debilitating treatments, sixteen awesome women lifted my tired spirits with an evening of silliness and love.
In the end, thanks to my friends and family across the country, seventy-four hats were presented to cover my soon-to-be-bald head. They ranged from a gorgeous creation one might see along the promenade at the Kentucky Derby to a ridiculous monstrosity in the shape of a turkey. I still have the few I wore proudly during my battle and donated the rest to a local breast cancer center.
Obviously, my girlfriends rock, but there is a deeper lesson I hope this post imparts to those of you fighting your own battle. That is, the importance of accepting help. With a cancer diagnosis, it's only natural to internalize your focus, but cancer affects more than just the patient. It touches the lives of everyone who loves them. Don't get me wrong, fighting this battle sucks, but friends and family have it worse in many ways. They stand on the sideline, watching helplessly while you do what's necessary to beat this senseless disease. They need to help where they can. Let them. You'll be glad you did.
In the meantime, stay strong, breathe deep and take each step as it comes. I'm dancing on the other side. I'll see you there.
Mackenzie Crowne

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Will one night of passion convince Sophie she's woman enough for Beau, or destroy their friendship and his budding belief in true love?

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Nothing is Promised: Marjorie Belson

Undefined and vulnerable, I often felt as if I were crashing backward through space, and found myself slipping into a post-operative depression after my bi-lateral mastectomy on August 2, 2001. In order to keep what remained of my sanity, I returned to work too soon, but misjudged the level of my stamina, as well as the fact that much of one's life is uncontrollable.
My first day back at work: September 10, 2001.
How could I, as well as thousands of others know that the next day, September 11, 2001, evil men with twisted minds had marked my city, New York, as a site for mass destruction, and would take perverse delight in their slaughter of innocents. In seconds, a still autumn sky would become animated with flames and smoke, choking the air with the sickening smell of lives dissolved.
My response to the news of the first tower being hit was one of disbelief. After the second plane crashed into the second tower, I knew my city was under attack. My first
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thoughts were for the safety of my own family. Desperate to know if my son and daughter-in-law were safe, and only after seeing them both later that day, could I believe that they were indeed out of harm's way.
The relief in being alive was tempered by the overwhelming loss of so many in a matter of minutes. Like countless others, I watched television, transfixed by its unrelenting coverage of our nation's greatest catastrophe. So many had survived personal tragedy only to be brought down, the victims of time and place. Humbled by a world gone mad, I offered my prayers for the souls and families of those who'd perished. In an instant, I'd become an insignificant speck and found it difficult to justify space for my personal trials.
While struggling to make sense out that which made no sense at all, I made an effort to accept that each step of my own unpredictable journey was a sign for me to live my life responsibly. I believed that I'd been given a chance to redefine my soul and thereby grant myself a sanctuary from the world in which I had come to dwell.
For me, as for many of us, each step forward was painful to take, but the need to move forward was far greater than the pull to go backward. Unless I accepted that my life had been deeply altered, I could remain trapped, frozen in a world of memories.
In truth, I'd been granted the opportunity to redirect and renew my faith in myself and in my ability to move to a level of profound and urgent awareness of the potential richness of my life. Cancer had attacked my body and challenged me in my entirety to face my life as it was and to decide whether I would choose to self immolate or rise again like a Phoenix.

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