November 27, 2014

For Friends of #RLFblog: A Thanksgiving Poem #ThanksgivingDay

A fitting poem about luck and being thankful, just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Thank you to each of you who make Romance Lives Forever a wonderful place to be all year long.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, safe holiday.
-- Kayelle Allen

Thankful for Turkeys 

Thankful

(author unknown)
Week before Thanksgiving,
I limp around real strange.
Huddle in the corner,
As though I have the mange.
All the other turkeys,
Just gobble, gobble on.
I'm silent, and I act
As if my gobbler's gone.
Everyone is thankful
On Thanksgiving Day.
Friday it's forgotten.
You all go on your way.
I know what thankful is
So listen when I say.
"It's great to be a turkey,
After Thanksgiving Day."


November 26, 2014

Sizzling Fantasies... With Bite by Nancy Corrigan @Nancy_Corrigan #RLFblog #PNR

Beautiful Mistake by Nancy Corrigan 
Nancy Corrigan is a lover of coffee, tattoos, all things spooky and scary. She believes in writing epic tales of love that take my readers on an erotic, romantic and fantasy-filled journey of finding a happily-ever-after. She's also a wife, mother of three and a chemist with an overactive imagination.

Explore the Royal Pride Series by Nancy Corrigan.

Beautiful Mistake

Lena will do anything to protect the shifter child her family takes in, even turn herself into bait. Although she knows better than to fall for a shifter, Devin, the man who captures her, is unlike any she’s ever tangled with. Their desire is unquenchable and the draw to him is undeniable, but their relationship is riddled with mistakes and loving him has the potential to destroy her.

After shouldering his twin’s torture, Devin hovers on the verge of insanity. His life revolves around his family and recovering kidnapped shifter children. He never thought he’d have a mate or kids of his own until a rescue mission turns deadly. The beautiful female caught in the crosshairs stirs his mating instincts and tames his wild nature. Only her confusion over their intense attraction stops him from finishing their bond, but Devin’s persistent. He’ll convince his stubborn female that he’s the man she’s been waiting for—one passionate encounter at a time.

Favorite Obsession

Centuries after what should have been a blessing from a goddess, Mira has gone from the chosen daughter to a woman shamed. She’s found a tentative peace among her family and the females they’ve chosen to mate. And despite the potentially fatal consequences, Mira has found the one thing she never thought she’d have—love. Josh is the only male she’s ever wanted, desired and burned for, and he’s the only man she can never hope to keep.

Favorite Obsession by Nancy Corrigan 
One glance into Mira’s exotic feline eyes and Josh is lost. She’s everything he never knew he wanted and loving her becomes a passion he can’t deny. The obstacles keeping them apart seem insurmountable, but Josh knows he’s the man Mira needs. With every passionate encounter, every stolen touch, his certainty that he and Mira belong together grows. He’ll defy every shifter decree and fight to his dying breath to convince those around them of the truth—Mira belongs to him, mind, body and soul.

Author Bio

Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.
She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she's not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.

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November 25, 2014

Cover Love: Kaden's Reprieve by Dariel Raye @pendarielraye #RLFblog #PNR

Kaden's Reprieve by Dariel Raye
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Kaden's Reprieve.

She needs a safe haven, he wants his freedom. Add a supernatural matchmaker and an unexpected mentor, and their lives will never be the same.
Tanya has been running for her life for two years, but when Ms. Lillian, owner of the exclusive "Heaven's Touch" match making service, graciously gives her a week's stay at her private bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, FL, she seizes the opportunity to escape to a possible hideaway.

Kaden is of a rare and precious race prized for extraordinary abilities. He is also half-demon, remanded to Kushiel's custody centuries ago. Allowed leave from Hell twice a year, three days each time – Beltane, and Samhain, his life thus far has been filled with slavery, torture, and despair, and he is nearly convinced that his soul is beyond redemption. Still, he longs for freedom. Can Tanya redeem him? Can Kaden dare hope for a reprieve?

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November 24, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Jacquie Biggar author of Tidal Falls @jacqbiggar #RLFblog #romsuspense

Tidal Falls by Jacquie Biggar 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Jacquie Biggar.

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.
Chinese, love the stir-fry veggies
Who is your "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
That's easy, Sam Starrett from Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter Series.
What were you like when you were in school?
The wallflower, for sure. I hated to stand out in a crowd, still do.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Depends who's with me,
What was your favorite book as a child?
Black Beauty, love anything to do with horses.

About the Book

Title Tidal Falls
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Name Jacquie Biggar
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Marine Sgt. Nick Kelley lives life one day at a time. Returning to a hero's welcome after he and his service dog, Jake, get too close to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan, he craves space from all the hoopla. Using the excuse of therapy, they escape to Tidal Falls, a small mountain town on the northwest coast.
Sara Sheridan is on the run from an abusive marriage, and dreams of a safe sanctuary for her and her six year old daughter, Jessica. Crossing the country in search of the perfect place to disappear, they stop in Tidal Falls, Washington. The town welcomes them, and they settle down to a new life.
Sara's landlady, an inveterate matchmaker, hires one of her new tenants, Nick, to do repairs on Sara's house and the sparks fly.
Can these two work through their emotional issues and find a life together? Or will Sara's ex-husband catch up to her and destroy everything they've built?

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November 23, 2014

Character Sketch: Dyami from Eagle Dance by Mary Quast @MaryQuast #RLFblog #PNR #Shifter

Eagle Dance 
Welcome author Mary Quast to a session about her character Dyami Schafer from Eagle Dance.

About the Book

Title: Eagle Dance, Legend of the Spirit, Book 2
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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About the Character
Name: Dyami Shafer
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Mt. Pleasant, MI
Profession: Conservation Officer
Ethnicity/Species: Native American/Chippewa Tribe/Eagle Shifter
Muscular build, golden skin tone, fine scars on his hands, 6'7", pale yellow eyes, the tips of his short black hair are white, large tattoo of wings cover his back.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
In love with Amanda Collins
How does your hero dress?
Dyami wears his Conservation uniform when he's working so during his down time he prefers to dress in baggy jeans, flannel shirt or sweater, old work boots and his favorite Carhartt jacket. He's the kind of guy who will always remove his footwear when entering a home. He also wears a special pendant of an eagle on an arrowhead.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Dyami saved all the money he made while in the Marine Corps and purchased an old farm he visited as a child. The farm is a perfect place for the many rescue animals he's adopted. He is what one would call a "down to earth" kind of guy. He has money but would rather save it or spend it on useful things rather than extravagance.
Are any of his skills a source of pride? Embarrassment? Which ones and why?
Dyami's ability to shift at will from man to eagle placed him on many top secret missions for the USMC. He now uses his ability to find poachers in the woods of Michigan. He takes great pride of his eagle form not only because of the work he does but also his connection to his heritage of shape shifters in the Native American culture. Another skill he is proud of and often surprises people is dancing. He loves to dance and despite his overly large size he is very graceful. Unfortunately, his unusual appearance often keeps dancing partners at bay.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Dyami knows many women of his tribe know of him being a shifter and often turn away from him. Other women aren't afraid to show their repugnance of his tall frame and yellow eyes. Over years this has worn his level of confidence down. He is afraid he'll never find his perfect dance partner; a woman who will love him and accept him for what he is. To make himself feel better, his mantra is "Everything happens for a reason."
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
Dyami has the nesting instinct and hopes to find his spirit mate; the woman who is his soul mate as well as that of his animal spirit. He imagines living happily ever after with her, dancing the nights away on his farm with all their critters.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following questions.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Oh, that's easy. I asked her to. She knew my Uncle Dave. Her family had a cottage on the Coldwater Lake down the shoreline from him and Amanda's family. Since childhood, she knew about the Chippewa Eagle Shifters and I knew she would tell the story in the right spirit.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
I think the biggest surprise of my life was when I found out my uncle and grandfather had actually shrouded memories from my childhood. Notice I didn't say, erased my memories. You see, they simply put a spell on me so I wouldn't remember her and the powerful emotions of her being my spirit mate until I saw her as an adult. I knew of such a spell but never knew it had been placed on me. My author didn't even know the spell existed.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Well first of all she has been an artist her whole life. Writing to her is similar to painting. I think there is something inside driving her to simply create. I don't think she can help herself.
Second, her stories are written with a lot of spirit from her soul. Not in a religious sense but in a spiritual sense. It's pretty cool how she can take something spiritual and turn it into something very sensual. Sometimes I think she has her own spirit animal, I'm just not sure what it is.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I was in the service with a lot of other Native American shifters. They were great guys. Because our work was mostly special ops, not many folks know about us. I hope she tells their stories in her Legend of the Sprit series. Everyone deserves a happy ending, especially them.

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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November 22, 2014

Character Interview: Karen from Stormy by Tina Gayle @AuthorTinaGayle #RLFblog #Contemporary

Stormy, by Tina Gayle 
Welcome author Tina Gayle, here to share a character interview from her book, Stormy.

Title Stormy
Genre Contemporary Erotic Romance
Author Tina Gayle
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A widower, a divorcee, co-workers, lovers... a future together... marriage?
Consoling each other for years over each other's misfortune, Karen and Daniel turn a friendship into a weekend of unbridled red-hot passion. The heat between them leads to thoughts of a future together. That is…
Until children, an ex-husband, an unexpected heart-attack, a conniving trophy-wife, guilt and personal choices come between them. Will the heat of their passion, let them break from the past and move into the future?

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About the Character

Name: Karen Barr
Age: 46
Gender: female
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Profession: Administrative Assistant
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 5'7" 156, auburn hair, hazel eyes,
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Daniel Slater
What is your character's family like?
Karen is divorced and is trying her best to keep her grown children in her life.
Does she have children?
Yes, two children a boy, Carson is in college while Jillian has graduated. She is engaged and planning her wedding.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Karen wants to believe she was right in divorce her husband after she found him in her bedroom with another woman. Her husband claimed nothing happened but she didn't believe him and tore her family apart by insisting on a divorce.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Because of her husband's disloyalty, Karen is uncertain if she can give love another chance. After all, she made a mistake in trusting one man, who says she won't do it again.
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw?
Her inability to let go of the past and step toward the future without regrets.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Tina liked the fact that I was an older woman struggling with giving love another chance. She understood there are lots of women like me who may want to fall in love again but are uncertain about letting go of past mistakes.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
My doubts about whether or not I should have given my husband another chance before I demanded a divorce.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She loves sharing the emotion a person goes through when they are working through the process of falling in love.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I'm trying to convince her to write another that tells more about Jillian's wedding and my sister's love affair.

Author Bio

Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loves to escape into the world of books.
After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.
Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2014.
She's also started a paranormal romantic mystery series called the Family Tree series. With a family of spirits guiding the lives of their keeper, Amber has a number of tasks to accomplished like solving a two hundred year old mystery.
Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf. She can't wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

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November 21, 2014

Character Sketch: Cal from Semper Fi by Keira Andrews @keiraandrews #RLFblog #LGBT

Semper Fi 
Title: Semper Fi
Genre: Historical m/m romance
Author Name: Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Blurb:
The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.
As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.
But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

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About the Character

Name: Cal Cunningham
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Birthplace: New York City
Profession: Former banker and newbie apple farmer
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Caucasian
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Around 6 feet, 200 lbs. Lean and muscular. Dark eyes and dark, thick hair. Dimples.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Best friend Jim Bennett is definitely Cal's significant other, but their relationship has always been platonic, much to Cal's anguish.
How does your hero dress?
He's in a WWII Marine uniform in the flashbacks to the war, and at the orchard he wears jeans or khakis with button-front work shirts or T-shirts.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Cal is a Princeton grad, and is very intelligent. He could have easily had an officer's commission in the war, but joined the Marines to rebel against his father.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
He's very wealthy, but is content living a simple life at the orchard with Jim.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Probably his people skills. Cal's charismatic and funny, and is a smooth talker.
What is your character's family like?
Oy vey. His parents are rather cold, and he isn't close to his much-younger sister. He's clashed with his father—and his father's expectations—his whole life.
Does he have children?
No, and when Cal moves to the orchard to help Jim, he has no experience dealing with children. Eight-year-old Sophie isn't as easily charmed by Cal as most people, and he has to learn how to deal with the complexity of kids.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Definitely! He's kept his deep love and attraction for Jim secret since their days at boot camp.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy and paranormal fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means." You can find out more about Keira and her books at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

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November 20, 2014

Cover Love: Mustang Maddy by Kacey Hammell @KaceyHammell #RLFblog #erotica

Mustang Maddy 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Mustang Maddy.

Genre Contemporary Erotica
Author Kacey Hammell
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Revved and Ready Book 2
Grey Burkhardt is an expert at a lot of things—including keeping his feelings for Madison Evans in check. Sexy as sin and sweet as honey, she's always revved his engine. But she's his next door neighbor. No way is he going to muck up friendly neighborhood relations just to satisfy the heat simmering between them.
Madison has never seen anything sexier than the tricked out GT Mustang Grey has been keeping under wraps—other than the glint of danger and intrigue in his eyes when he offers her a ride. Now is her chance to act on the deep passion she's harbored for him because this might be her one shot at taking control.

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November 19, 2014

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism? Naomi Bellina author of Don't Say No #RLFblog #graffiti

Don't Say No 
I read a book some time ago that featured taggers, or graffiti artists. I found the subject fascinating and had to do more research. According to an article at the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, there are four major types of graffiti, all problematic and some gang related. Then there are other articles like this one at Smashing Magazine, that portray graffiti as art. Check out the examples they show here, or these by female street artists. I wouldn't mind having some of this artwork on the building at my business.
If I did decide to decorate the outside of my shop, how would I go about finding a graffiti artist? An Internet search brought up a Facebook page, a Tumblr page, and many more sites all over the world. Not too many in my area, but I'm sure I could hunt one down, possibly listing themselves as a mural artist.
Beautiful as it is, sometimes the pictures are done without permission. In Don't Say No, unwelcome graffiti is painted all over the outside of a spa on grand opening day. Curse words, not beautiful pictures. My hero and heroine come up with a creative solution to solve the problem.
Have you ever seen graffiti that you'd like painted on your walls? Thanks so much for reading.

About the Book

Mixing business with pleasure has never been so much fun
Amber's life sucks. Her ex got her thrown out of college, then fired from her job. When she's hired for a mystery shopping assignment, she hopes this is exactly what she needs to kick-start her life and get her back on track.
Jaeger is all business when he hires Amber to check out the spa he's purchasing. If she can help him prove that the venture will be a success, then he can build his own future, not the one his family has mapped out for him. Becoming attracted to his sexy spy isn't part of the plan.
Amber can't see how she fits into Jaeger's world, and he's too uptight to ever fit into hers. Circumstances bring them together, in bed and out, but when a secret from his upper-class life is revealed, Amber must decide if she can trust him. Or is her life going down in flames all over again?
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Excerpt

Lord have mercy. What was he doing, licking that delicious woman like she was frosting on a birthday cake? The taste of her still lingered on his tongue as he shut off the lights and locked the spa doors. Whatever else needed his attention here could wait. He couldn't concentrate anymore tonight if his life depended on it.
What was it about Amber that lit him up so much? She was attractive, anyone could see that, but there was some special spark in her, something that blazed hot and sweet and called to him. He loved her energy, that determination she had to succeed. He had the same drive and knew what it felt like to be continually reaching for a goal. She'd got knocked down recently and had someone she loved turn on her, but it hadn't stopped her.
On another level, he knew he was drawn to her passion. Those two kisses with her were hotter than any he'd shared with other women. He was still hard from their encounter and could think of nothing else.
Which was bad. He had a lot else to think about. It was beyond painful to push her away, but absolutely necessary if he was going to get the spa running the way it should. He would be spending hours and hours here and couldn't be distracted by a delicious, enticing woman. Even though Amber said it could just be about sex, he was pretty sure he couldn't do that. Not with her, anyway. Once he started with her, he'd want more, and he didn't think she would give it to him.
One minute she was talking about moving away, the next minute she said she would work for him. He didn't think she would stay long, not really. She said she wanted to move out, to be on her own or at least away from her mother. He got that. It was hard to go back home once you'd left.
If he could keep her here for a while, help him get started, that would be good enough. What happened between them after that… Well, he wasn't going to get his hopes up and dream of something he couldn't have.
Bella Sun would be his girlfriend for the next few months, and maybe longer.

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About the Author

Naomi Bellina
Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic
Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling in love. So she lets them. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play whenever possible. Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

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November 18, 2014

Cover Love: Programmed To Please by Jenna Ives @jennaivesauthor #RLFblog #SFR

Programmed To Please 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Programmed To Please.

Book Programmed To Please
Author Jenna Ives
Genre Science fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Very human Tau Cetus police agent Jai Turner is sent undercover as a Beautiful Dolls sex robot in order to bring down the planet's most notorious arms dealer, Marque Callex. Jai's assignment is to use the Beautiful Dolls' legendary sexual techniques to coax information out of Marque on his illicit dealings – information that will lead to his conviction.
Reclusive arms dealer Marque Callex only accepted an invitation from Beautiful Dolls because with his deadly line of work – and the dangerous secrets he's keeping – he can't afford to let a real woman into his life.
But neither Jai nor Marque are what they seem, and their week together has consequences neither expect.
This book is a 2014 Holt Medallion merit award-winner.

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