September 3, 2015

Avery Fox from The Duke’s Daughter by @sashacottman #RLFblog #historicalromance

Character Interview

Interview with Avery Fox

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Answer the questions as if the character were talking.
Tell us about yourself, please.
‘My name is Avery Fox, I am in my late twenties, but considering I lied about my age to join the army as a young lad you will have to forgive me if I don’t reveal my exact age.’
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
‘It would take a special woman to want to love me. I don’t know that such a woman even exists. Having never known love myself, I am not certain I am capable of feeling such an emotion.’
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
‘I fear that the world will discover I am a man without honor, that I am no war hero. I took a life and personally gained from it.’
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
‘Beautiful, kind but unattainable. She is a duke’s daughter and I just happen to have suddenly found myself in line for an earldom. There can never be a future for the two of us together.’
What is your family like?
‘I don’t have one, though I do envy those who have a loving family. It is not something I have ever known.’
What special skills do you rely on?
‘Expert marksman. Former army sniper. I am also a proficient sketch artist and painter. There was a lot of downtime in the army so you have to find something to amuse yourself.’
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My older brother Thaxter, he made my life a living nightmare as a child, which is why I ran away from home at such a young age. Fortunately, there is little chance of ever meeting him again.

About the Writer

Sasha Cottman’s debut novel was published in 2013. Letter from a Rake, was a Romantic Book of the Year finalist in 2014 and won the Book Junkies Choice Award in 2014.
Her books are centred on the theme of love, honour and family. Her current book series, The Duke of Strathmore, covers the story of the love lives of a group of siblings and their cousins.
Sasha’s second novel An Unsuitable Match, was a four time ARRA finalist in 2015. The third book in the Duke of Strathmore series, The Duke’s Daughter, was released in August 2015.
Sasha divides her time between the city of Melbourne, Australia and her family beach retreat at Torquay. She and her family have discovered all the places the family cat disappears to whenever it realises they are about to head home on a Sunday night.
Before accidently enrolling in a course for romance writers a number of years ago, she had always had a love of history. While her writing career may appear at odds with her professional career as a finance executive, it means she can spot a poorly written company board report at twenty feet.
A self-confessed ‘hopeless’ cook, she writes a blog, In the Regency Kitchen, where she recreates recipes from the Regency/Georgian era. Her family have so far managed to survive being the test subjects of her culinary efforts.
The little time she has left during the week and weekends is spent trying to beat her husband at Fitbit challenges and trying to find where the pair to that sock really went.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Finding time with a full time career is always a challenge. This book actually wrote much of itself (I know that sounds odd, but I am a plotter and this book had less planning than any of my other books).
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Avery Fox was a character that demanded he be written. I loved exploring what it must be like to live in a world where no one has ever loved you and then meet someone capable of unconditional acceptance and love.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
This is book 3 in my Duke of Strathmore series. I am currently writing book 4.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
Fantasy fiction with all its world building would be brilliant.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I spend my days working with facts and numbers while managing 40 staff of a listed company before going home to write about the lives and loves of imaginary people who live in England 200 years in the past.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
If you want a happily ever after story, a laugh and the warmth of reading about characters and the family who love them, then my books are for you.

About the Book

Title The Duke’s Daughter
Genre Historical Romance
Author Sasha Cottman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When handsome army officer Avery Fox unexpectedly inherits a fortune, he instantly becomes one of the season's most eligible bachelors. More accustomed to the battlefield, he has no patience with the naive debutantes who fill the ballrooms of London.
Honest and impetuous Lady Lucy Radley is a breath of fresh air, guiding him through the season and helping him to avoid any traps. So when Avery is left with little option but to marry Lucy, he can't help but feel he's been manipulated. Nor can he shake the feeling that a duke's daughter should be out of his reach.
From the wildly beautiful Scottish Highlands to the elegant soirees of Paris, Avery and Lucy go on a journey that is full of surprises for them both.  But will their feelings for each other be strong enough to overcome the circumstances of their marriage and survive the ghosts of Avery's past?

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Publisher Destiny Romance. Penguin/Random House

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September 2, 2015

The Thin Person Inside a new #contemporary romance by @RochelleWeber #RLFblog

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Rochelle Weber is a Navy veteran with a BA in Writing from Columbia College in Chicago. Her novels Rock Bound and Rock Crazy are available in both e-book and print. Her third book, The Thin Person Inside, is available at MuseItUp Publishing, Inc. Ms. Weber edits for Jupiter Gardens Press, The Author’s Secret, and publishes the Marketing for Romance Writers Newsletter, winner of the 2013 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll for Best Writers’ Resource. She also started Roses & Thorns Reviews and currently has two partners.
Ms. Weber battles bi-polar disorder, quipping, “You haven’t lived until you’ve been the only woman on the locked ward at the VA.” Her song, “It’s Not My Fault,” won a gold medal in the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. She has lost over a hundred pounds and kept it off for over three years. She lives in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.

Interview with Rochelle Weber

Why did you write this book?
The Thin Person Inside: Kristen Jensen never expected to fall in love when she got help for her morbid obesity—let alone with a rock star. I started to write a book about a secretary who meets a rock star. Originally they met at an AA meeting, but I just couldn’t get the conflict there. First he relapsed. Then she did. Then I decided a story about a person in recovery relapsing was just too trite. Then I decided to put it in the future and have them meet in Rockton on the Moon. Maybe the conflict could be that he lived on Earth. Then they were going to honeymoon up there. Nothing worked.
Then someone said, “You should write about your weight loss.” Bingo! I changed Kristen from an alcoholic to a food addict, described my experience in treatment, even copied my homework from treatment, and the whole thing just flowed. I decided Sean should lose his hand because I already had a hero with crushed legs in another book. I’m not a heavy metal fan, so I didn’t know there was a drummer out there who lost an arm and came back to the band. I met a veteran who lost his hand in a farm accident and played piano, and that’s where I got the idea Sean could manage keyboards with one hand.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Do I have to choose one? I love sci-fi, mystery/suspense/thriller, sweet romance, some paranormal—pretty much everything but erotica and BDSM. I find erotica boring and BDSM just isn’t my thing. I just don’t get the concept of deriving pleasure from pain. I’m a wimp. I don’t want to feel pain, and I’m empathetic so I don’t want to read about anyone feeling pain.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Again, must I choose only one? I think I can narrow it down to three.  Professor McGonagle and Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series, and Maureen Johnson Smith, mother of Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long, created by Robert A. Heinlein. All three are strong, independent women who protect the people they love and stand up for what they believe in.
What are you working on at the moment, and what will see from you in coming months?
My current WIP is languishing somewhat, as I’m busy with promoting my new release and various editing projects. It’s an historical book set during the Vietnam Era called Full Circle about a girl who dates a bad-boy biker wanna-be.  She thinks he’s dumped her when he stops showing up, not realizing he’s been arrested and gone into the Marines. She joins the Navy and becomes a Hospital Corpwave and meets him again when he’s admitted to her hospital after being injured in Vietnam. I guess I seem to be forming a pattern of injured heroes. I’m running out of body parts to maim. ;-/
Please tell us about your latest book.
Kristen Jensen, a Navy veteran, tips the scale at a crippling three hundred pounds. In desperation she asks her VA therapist if she can go into addictions treatment with the guys where she meets Sean. With black hair, blue eyes, and a perfect body she figures the reason he’s speaking to her is that she’s the only other person in the room.
The Haystack told their lead singer, Sean Wesley, to get clean or get out. But none of the big-name clinics worked. Sean’s a Desert Storm vet, so they send him to a VA in the middle of nowhere. When he meets Kristen the first day, he thinks it’s tragic such a pretty girl’s trapped in a huge body. And her honesty, intelligence, and bravery are even more impressing. Sean’s drawn to Kristen, but she’s had decades to build layers of defense.

About the Book

Title The Thin Person Inside
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Rochelle Weber
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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September 1, 2015

Top Bloggers Aug 2015 @KTBlack_author #RLFblog

Top Blogger 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 31 day month. Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests.

The Top Blogger for August was KT Black. She wins a month of free cover advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year is publisher Liquid Silver Books, which won a year of free advertising.

About KT Black

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
1 KT Black
2 Sabrina York
3 Nicki Day
4 Marianne Rice
5 Iris Blobel

Honorable mention: Laurel Richards
Top Chatter

Top Chatters for the Month

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who
gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. It goes to the top three people in that category. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author's).
1 Sabrina York
2 Marianne Rice
3 KT Black

Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a blogger's FAQ page with a downloadable guide and six optional interviews. Readers can follow via Google+, Networked Blogs, Linky Followers, email, an RSS feed, and there's a blog button readers and authors can grab. Authors can share previous books. The blog uses author or publisher names as tags on posts, and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr with a potential reach of over 3.5M readers via its Twitter-linked network. Twitter mentions are also gathered in several ezines, giving the author additional opportunities for promotion. The Romance Lives Forever ezine features only guest authors, and the day's guest is on its front page every day.
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are: AC Katt, Ally Bishop, Brita Addams, Catherine E. McLean, Cynthia Knoble, Daisy Banks, Denyse Bridger, Heather Boyd, Jude Knight, Juli D. Revezzo, Kate Benzin, Kayelle Allen, M.S. Kaye, Naomi Bellina, Rue Allyn, Sharon Hamilton, Tami Lund, Veronica Scott

August 31, 2015

Laird of her Heart by @Sabrina_York #Highlander #RLFBlog with GIVEAWAY

Laird of her Heart: Book One in the Dundragon Trilogy by Sabrina York

When Maggie Spencer is mysteriously transported to the Scotland of her ancestors, she is stunned to come face to face with him. Dominic Dundragon, the man she’s been half in love with her whole life. A man who’s been dead for 700 years.
They both have enemies aplenty. Will she have a chance to win his love, or will this adventure end in disaster?


Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests.

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August 30, 2015

Double Feature with author @Sabrina_York #RLFBlog #Highlander

Hannah and the Highlander 

Hannah and the Highlander--Book 1 in the Untamed Highlanders Series

First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees...
Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family's land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah's hand, will she be able to resist him?
Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can't afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What's more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he's the only man for her-body and Hannah and the Highlander.

Susana and the Scot

Bestselling author Sabrina York carries readers back to the wild Scottish Highlands, where the bravest of men surrender to no one-except the boldest of women...

Scotland, 1813.
Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he's ever met...
With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option...

About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching romance.  Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up.

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August 29, 2015

AC Katt author of Bobby’s Old Man @ACKatt #RLFblog #MMContemporary

AC Katt author of your book title answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

AC Katt became an author late in life but has warmed to her profession with over twenty books at MLR Press. She has a husband, a cat, four children and nine and one-half grandchildren.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, peas with cream gravy.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Veal Marsala.
Describe the perfect vacation.
A cruise to Europe touring Italy and Spain.
What are your hobbies?
Reading and cooking.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I take a busman’s holiday and read in my genre to see what other authors are writing.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?

About the Book

Title: Bobby’s Old Man
Genre m/m contemporary
Author AC Katt
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Keith Anderson is in love with Bobby Michaels. Unfortunately, Keith with their fifteen year age difference thinks he’s too old for Bobby. The two start as “friends with benefits” but Keith dumps Bobby when it turns serious leaving Bobby broken hearted.
When tragedy strikes and Bobby needs Keith, he steps up to support his lover. But Bobby lacks trust in Keith and everything around him. Can Keith convince Bobby that this time is for real, or will the two lovers never reconcile?

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August 28, 2015

The Lost Centurion by @momilp #RLFblog #paranormal

The Lost Centurion 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is The Lost Centurion by Monica La Porta.

About the Book

Title The Lost Centurion
Genre Paranormal
Author Monica La Porta
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The chains of Love are stronger than the bonds of Revenge
The Roman centurion Marcus has sworn to avenge his wife's death—even if it takes an eternity to hunt down the vampire who murdered her.
Turned immortal by a capricious god, for the last two thousand years, Marcus has been living a life devoid of love, consumed by his hatred for the vampire race. Until the night he rescues one of them, a frail newborn vampling, Diana, and she becomes his responsibility.
Tortured by his past and hunted by vampires, Marcus must choose between avenging his dead wife or saving Diana from the same man who ruined his life, only to discover that not everything is what it appears to be.

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About the Author

Monica La Porta is an Italian who landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She is the author of The Ginecean Chronicles, a dystopian/science fiction series set on the planet Ginecea where women rule over a race of enslaved men and heterosexual love is considered a sin. She also published two other series: the futuristic love story across the universe, Elios & Gaia, narrated in two books; and the paranormal romance/urban fantasy series The Immortals set in Rome. Stop by her blog to read about her miniatures, sculptures, paintings, and her beloved beagle, Nero. Sometimes, she also posts about her writing.

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August 27, 2015

Is All Fair in Love and War with @SharonLHamilton #RLFBlog #Romance

Navy SEALs are known for being the best of the best when it comes to working in the arena of war. Highly trained and skilled, practiced in all aspects of Team life, they are literally programmed to react certain ways and to call on resources in the flick of an eye.
Not so at home. In fact, it’s well known that many of the Special Forces have problems on the homefront, with a higher than normal divorce rate. I created a scenario with my next series, Band of Bachelors, a house full of men who have banded together because of their common enemy: women. You can imagine the advice these bachelors give each other—both solicited and unsolicited, and most of it horrible. Yet, one by one, each will find his happily ever after.
You know these guys already. They are loyal to The Brotherhood, to the Navy, and to their wives and children, even when they are estranged from them. Some will find their way back to wives they never stopped loving, others will have to find love again, but each tale will be a compelling and humorous journey of the heart, to find their true soulmate.

About the Book

Title Lucas
Genre Erotic Romance
Author  Sharon Hamilton
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his troubles were past him, when he discovers they’ve only just begun. Recently separated from his wife of five years, he gets some unwelcomed news.  He thought his living arrangement, with four other separated or divorced buddies from SEAL Team 3, was temporary.  Now, he understands he has to move on with his life.
Marcy Gelland is one of the smartest, most successful realtors in San Diego County. She’s hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to help her liquidate their joint holdings and help orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what Marcy’s been told, Lucas deserves any amount of pain she or her client can dish out to him.
But when they are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest.  Marcy is forced to see she has been misled.
Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti-long- term relationship advice, and a criminal gang operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done and never gotten proper credit for: be the hero that saves the day.

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About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
Sharon Hamilton is a NYT and USA/Today bestselling author most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun.
Sharon’s Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
All of Sharon’s books are available on eBooks (most formats), print and Audible.
A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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August 25, 2015

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure by @KayelleAllen #SciFi #RLFBlog

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is At the Mercy of Her Pleasure by Kayelle Allen.

About the Book

Title At the Mercy of Her Pleasure
Genre Science Fiction with Romantic Elements
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

About the Story

Sweet Science Fiction Romance with a Kick. The Antonello Brothers series kicks off with At the Mercy of Her Pleasure. 
He's a thief. She's a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy! 
Professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. When Senth's brother is kidnapped to ensure the device is surrendered, Senth must rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. Senth must accomplish it in the company of a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

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Download a free PDF adult coloring book inspired by some of Kayelle's characters. Original art by Jamin Allen.

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the best selling author of the Tarthian Empire Companion, an Illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.

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August 24, 2015

Zi Trace from Tracing the Line by @allyabishop #RLFblog #romance

Interview with Zi Trace
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Answer the questions as if the character were talking.

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hello. My name is Zi Trace, and I own and manage White Peony Lingerie and Sensual Pleasures, and I have two sisters, Lux and Blue. Our names are a long story, if you’re wondering, but suffice it to say, our mother was, um, creative.
I’ve been divorced for two years, and, honestly, I’m just not up for dating. I’ve tried…well, I’ve surfed a few dating websites at the behest of Lux (she may have threatened to tie me down to the couch and make me if I didn’t do it of my own volition, but I’m just not in the mood. It’s not that I don’t like men—or sex, for that matter—but I’m done, honestly. My husband, er, my ex, I mean, did me in. And now I’m not sure I can go through all of that again.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
I try to share who I am…with everyone. But it’s…complicated. I didn’t grow up like other people, and now, when things start to go sideways, I struggle with the part of me that people will judge, you know? And even when I want to trust someone, when I want to give them the benefit of my trust…I can’t quite let go of the fear that they are going to let me down.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
Oy, that’s a long list—do we have more than one page for this interview? :) Let’s see, I struggle letting go of my anger at Lux, I’m trying hard to understand Blue, but she baffles me. What else…? I demand too much from Kai Isaac when he tries to be there, and when I can’t stop my emotions from overwhelming me, I risk everything. And to be honest…sometimes being alone is easier, you know? You don’t have to clean up after others or worry that someone doesn’t have your back. But I hate that I feel that way…and I want to stop feeling so alone when I don’t have to be. I’m not sure how to get that trust back though.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I’ll end up alone. And that I’m not as desirable as I try to believe I am. I’ve done a lot of self work over the last few years, and I’m over a lot of the BS society tells us is required for beauty. But I’m still nervous. I’ve lost weight, and the loose skin that comes with that…it’s never quite the same, is it? I’ve got big hips, I’m very tall—nearly six foot—and that leaves me feeling a bit like a giant around my sisters. So when you spend all day helping women believe that they are gorgeous and sexy, you want someone to do the same for you.
And Kai…yeah. He does that. But he’s…I hate to say it’s complicated again, but it is! He’s everything I’ve looked for, but he’s involved in a career that doesn’t resonate with what I believe. I’ll just leave it at that.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Oy. Um, wow. So, Kai Isaac. He’s a filmmaker, and we meet when Lux cons me into showing up at a filming for an advertising video. I had no idea what was going to happen, and let’s just say…my issue with dating? Yeah. Kai blew that right out of the water.
He’s over 6’6”, with a fantastic body, and these mesmerizing gold/green eyes that change based on his mood and thoughts. I…yeah, enough about that. He’s patient, kind, open, and always there. He’s as passionate about his career as I am about mine, and if he has a flaw—and really, who doesn’t?—it’s that he has to think through emotional decisions. He’ll never just answer. And usually, I love that about him. He doesn’t make foolish choices based on the moment…but some days…I don’t handle that very well. That probably says a lot more about me than it does him, doesn’t it? :sigh:
Oh God, the man can cook, too! He’s amazing in the kitchen…and the bedroom. ;)
What would that person say about you?
Kai would insist that I’m hot, incredible at everything I do, and that I’m damned close to perfect. (Don’t tell him otherwise! ;) )
What is your family like?
My older sister Lux is a former Dominatrix, now online dating maven in the process of expanding her empire. If there’s a BDSM lover in need of a mate(s), she’s got you covered. And dear God, you should see her boyfriend. Red hair, built, horse trainer/underwear model with a thick Scottish accent? Even I did a double-take when I met Fin MacKenzie.
Blue—she’s the youngest—is the wild child. Hard to believe given Lux’s intro, eh? Blue had it the hardest growing up, and I’m not sure why. She was adorable—tiny with carroty ringlets and a teeny body—she looked like a doll.
But she was always treated differently by those who took care of us, and when it was just Lux and I raising her (practically), I don’t think we were enough. Not when we were just kids ourselves.
She’s lovely—long red hair, petite, with a streak of fire that never quits. Well, not usually. But something broke in Blue a long time ago, and I’m not sure anyone can fix it. I’m here for her—I love her dearly. But until she figures out the demons that drive her, she’ll always have those shadows behind her eyes.
What special skills do you rely on?
I can usually talk to anyone. That’s helped me in business. Of course, that’s all useless when Kai shows up and turns me into a blushing sixteen-year-old. That man…
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My mother. She formed our childhoods with mental illness and neglect, and if there’s one person I struggle with categorizing in my life, it’s a mother who was as sick herself as she made my little sister. I try to forgive and move on, to love who she tried to be in spite of her actions, but when I see Blue’s brokenness and Lux’s bitterness, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Still…I try. That counts, right?
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
No cheating! You have to read to find out…but this is a romance, right? :)

About the Writer

When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.
That's what I tell people all the time. And it's true.
I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind -- I'm not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). I imagined new worlds, emotional conflicts, and HEAs while I waited at stoplights or wandered the grocery store. But here's the thing: I didn't just dream it up and write it down -- I critiqued what I read. I knew when ideas were good, and when they stunk. I ran writing groups, judged creative contests, and eventually got two graduate degrees in writing. That's right: I love it that much.
So here I am, years later, writing kickass heroines and devastating good guys, along with some mystery and vampires thrown in (I promise: THEY'RE COMING). And what's really cool? I do what I love. Wanna write a success story for your life: I promise you, that's it. Do what you love. And hopefully, you can make a living at it too. That's the golden ticket, Charlie.
And chocolate doesn't hurt, either...

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The Without a Trace series started as a co-writing deal that fell through. So when I wrote the second book, I was still fleshing out the ideas that were never fully my own—I’d been responsible to another author to make sure the ideas were shared.
Zi’s book, Without a Trace (the sister’s last names are all “Trace”), was my first real foray into what I wanted my romance series to entail. So in that sense, it was a freeing feeling to be able to write whatever I wanted! But I also knew I wanted this story to have impact for those who have experienced abusive childhoods. Part of the reason Lux from Inside the Lines fell out of touch with Zi and Blue is due to the issues in their family. Sometimes, we try to simplify those things so we don’t have to get into the gritty details, but I didn’t want to be dishonest.
Many of us have dealt with painful backgrounds, and I wanted their story to reflect what is possible when you are able to still believe you are worthy, and still believe that love is possible, even when we’re all a bit broken. I hope I was able to do that.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Zi Trace is a force to be reckoned with, especially because she never gives up. She fights for what she wants, even though she’s the most nurturing of the three. Zi keeps going. She’s also a real woman with the realities of weight loss on the body, the pain of a failed relationship and pregnancy, and the stains left behind by decisions she never had a choice in. She’s the one everything happened “around,” but rarely to. And she was the caretaker of Blue when Lux left, which has its own challenges.
I debated writing Kai’s point of view, but really…he’s so besotted with Zi, what else can he say? ;)
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
How strong we are when the cards are down. Zi risks everything to save herself yet again, and when she’s wrong, she owns it. That’s one of the reasons I loved writing her—she embraces her truth, even when it’s not comfortable.
She’s also a bit more of a prude than she realized, so when Kai wants to try some, um, more open-minded sexual experiences, she’s surprised by her reaction. I daresay many of us feel that way! And it was fun to see a lingerie store owner—who has a backroom full of sexual toys for women—explore her own prejudices and discover the broader nuances of her sexuality.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Oh, this is book three! There’s a fourth book that will be released in October, and that will finish the Trace sisters’ stories—Blue’s book. But there’s a book for Noah Storm that I”m working on (for those who are already fans—yes, Noah’s book is coming, I promise), plus I have a spin-off idea I’m working on utilizing some of the characters we’ve already met. So there’s much more to come in this romance world!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
I’m working on a paranormal romance as well, and I love mysteries. I have an idea for a romantic suspense novel as well, so…
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
1. I never ever thought I’d write romance. My background is in literary writing, and I’ve worked in the publishing field and edited literary works for years now. But when an opportunity arose to write steamy romance, I couldn’t resist the challenge. And I’ve had a blast.
2. I’ll write pretty much anywhere, but many know I’m also a professional editor and author coach. I stand 90% of the day at a standing desk! I even have a small “elliptical” machine that fits underneath, and I pull that out when I’m in conferences or meetings and get in my workout! :D
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Oo, good question! Let’s see.
1. I am passionate about art, exploring our world and helping us find solutions, comfort, and/or challenges to help us live bolder and with more love and acceptance of others. I’m not shy about tackling tough subjects.
2. You get to meet Lux and Fin, Ella and Ian, Noah and Tag (he’s a rescued pit bull with a heart of gold), and learn a bit more about Blue who, while troubled, will surprise you when this saga is done.
3. Who doesn’t love a sexy read?! I work hard to make sure my sex scenes are unique, plot-focused, and tasteful. They might be a little kinky (or a lot!), but they are always done with respect to the characters’ agency. There’s nothing wrong with a little D/s play, as long as everyone wants it, amiright? ;D
Plus, the prequel Crossing the Lines is free right now. So if you aren’t sure, start with that one and see if enjoy my style.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank YOU for loving my books. Without your feedback, I wouldn’t be brainstorming even more ideas and stories for these characters. I’m honored that you took a chance on a new author, and I hope I continue to give you a reason to keep coming back for more. <3 YOU ROCK!

About the Book
Title Tracing the Line
Genre Erotic romance
Author Ally Bishop
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
They say love doesn’t hurt.
But it’s a lie. I promise you, love someone long enough, and they’ll destroy your soul.
I’ve spent my life taking care of everyone else: my family, my ex-husband, my friends. Deep down, I know I should focus on myself, but how can I when I’ve got one sister about to implode while the other battles her own guilt?
The minute I met Kai Isaac, I should’ve run in the opposite direction. His business isn’t one I want any part of, and I’ve got way too much drama in my life already.
But his kiss...those eyes...the raging inferno he creates when he touches me...I can’t stay away. Life’s reeling out of control, and he’s my only refuge from the storm.
My sister Lux says trusting someone means not knowing everything about them and being okay with it...but what if not knowing the truth ruins everything?
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