May 25, 2015

Shades Of Desire by @ShadesBundle #RLFblog #romance

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Shades Of Desire by J.A. Coffey, Wendy Ely, Dorothy Callahan, Diane Escalera, Lena Hart, Chanta Rand, Emma Leigh Reed, Cindy Stark, Valerie Twombly and Kristina Knight.

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Title Shades of Desire: 10 Sweet & Spicy Romances
Genre Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Author J.A. Coffey, Wendy Ely, Dorothy Callahan, Diane Escalera, Lena Hart, Chanta Rand, Emma Leigh Reed, Cindy Stark, Valerie Twombly and Kristina Knight.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.
J.A. Coffey - LIAR, LIAR
Wendy Ely - DANGEROUS FLAMES
Dorothy Callahan - A DECADE FOR DARIUS
Diane Escalera - STILL HOT FOR YOU
Lena Hart - HIS BEDPOST QUEEN
Chanta Rand - RESISTING DESTINY
Emma Leigh Reed - TRUSTING LOVE
Cindy Stark - WOUNDED
Valerie Twombly - SPANISH NIGHTS
Kristina Knight - MR. RIGHT NOW

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About the Author

J.A. Coffey's books are lush, sensual and romantic. She writes both sizzling and heartwarming contemporary romance and lush, gritty historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Chanta Jefferson Rand is an Emma Award winning Debut Author of the Year, a multi-published, best-selling author of sizzling-hot romance, and the former host of The Chanta Rand Show.
Dorothy Callahan has been writing since she was a young girl. She is an animal lover, and animals (both real and imaginary) always have some sort of role in her stories.
Lena Hart is the author of sensual romances with alpha heroes and smart, sexy heroines. She published her first book in 2012 and have been publishing happily ever afters since. A Florida-native, Lena currently lives in New York City with her spoiled calico cat, Duchess. When Lena's not writing, she's reading, researching, or conferring with her muse.
Wendy Ely is a USA Today bestselling author who writes some romantic suspense, really hot stories, and the wonderful happily-ever-after. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her own real-life hero, three teenagers, and two crazy cats. When she isn't busy writing new stories, she enjoys time outdoors by taking trips to the hot desert or swimming at the lake.
Cindy Stark lives with her family and an adorable Border Collie in a small town shadowed by the Rocky Mountains. She loves to pen emotional romantic suspense, sexy contemporary romance, and sizzling paranormal stories.
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama.
Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., Diane Escalera makes her home in coastal North Carolina. The sultry surroundings are a steady source of inspiration for her hot love stories. Diane is married, has two children and a super cute dachshund she can't get enough of. She writes contemporary romance.
Emma Leigh Reed has lived in New Hampshire all her life. She has fond memories of the Maine coastline and incorporates the ocean into all her books. She lives in a small town with her three children, although now it is mostly her and her Springer Spaniel to keep her company as empty-nesting has started. Her life has been touched and changed by her son's autism - she views life through a very different lens than before he was born. Growing up as an avid reader, it was only natural for Emma Leigh to turn to creating the stories for others to enjoy.
Award winning and best selling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother's shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

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May 24, 2015

The Hot Summer Reads #anthology @freya_lange #RLFblog #Erotic

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

About the Author

Freya Lange is a writer in her early 30s who lives in the Midwest. She has been writing plays, poems and short stories for years, but started writing romance and erotica in early 2014. She’s very excited to be able to reach new readers through her latest book, Hot Summer Reads, an anthology where she not only contributed her own story, she served as managing editor.

Interview with Freya Lange

Why did you write this book?
For me, spring is the time to say “yes” to new things; I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do more this spring than write with my friends. We started with a basic theme of “summer” so we could all write to our own strengths and interests while still putting out a fun anthology for new readers. For many of the authors who contributed, they had no experience publishing a story as an eBook. I saw it as a good way to for some of my friends, who are all amazing storytellers, to not only reach a new audience for their writing but also to dip their toes into publishing on Amazon.
When I pitched the idea of this anthology to the authors involved, I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelmingly enthusiastic reaction. When I step back to see it in context, though, it make perfect sense. Like kids writing home from summer camp, we’re straining at the seams to contain all the things we want to tell you about what we’re learning and getting to do, about all our wonderful new friends and their amazing talents.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read a wide variety of books and short stories, but historical fiction is probably my favorite.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
In Hot Summer Reads, it is, without a doubt, Jesse from “Keys To the Sun,” by Shea Mara. If you’re not in love with Jesse halfway through that story, something is broken inside of you and rattling around like a quarter in an empty washing machine.
In other books, I never get tired of reading about John Childermass from Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I love his combination of practical and mysterious.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
Look for almost all of the authors who contributed to Hot Summer Reads to have new stories up on Amazon in May and June. If you really love a story and want more from the author, please, let them know! We’re all very responsive to our fans.
From me, personally, readers can catch a new story from me every Monday. I call them Little Black Dresses because they’re short, hot, and perfect for the right occasion. Every month I pick a different theme to write about so I can keep my imagination fresh and respond to what readers tell me they want to see. I’m also working on some longer books for readers who like their paranormal heroines to be more in charge of their own destinies - look for the first book of the Alphas’ Omega series later this month.   
Please tell us about your latest book.
The Hot Summer Reads Anthology is eleven stories by eleven different authors with something for everyone, no matter what you like in erotic romance stories. You may even find something new. These stories are:
  • 100% original, never before published stories
  • all eleven stories are 8k-10k words long
  • by four female authors and seven male authors
  • by authors who identify as straight and gay, bisexual, or queer
  • by authors aged early-thirties to mid-sixties
  • mostly romantic but also features historical, sci-fi, and erotic horror stories
  • inclusive of straight, gay, and lesbian couple scenes and menage scenes
  • not a collection of first chapters and cliffhangers
What’s the best thing about the Anthology? It’s free all Memorial Day Weekend!

About the Book

Title: Hot Summer Reads
Genre: Erotic Story Anthology
Author: J. Kendall Dane, Bucky Duckman, Freya Lange, Patient Lee, Shea Mara, TT Tales, M.S. Tarot, D.E. Vice, Ella Wilding, J.C. Winchester, Steve Williams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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May 23, 2015

Matt Brashiers Love Me Forever @arithatcher #RLFblog #contemporary


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Title Love Me Forever (Part of the Summer Lovin’ Anthology)
Genre contemporary romance
Author Ari Thatcher
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
He said he'd call, but that's probably the standard line after a vacation romance. Still, she'd thought they'd had something more. When the call never came, she packed away the memories of that amazing summer, and tried to forget about Matt Brashiers.
Years later, rather than watch the ink dry on her divorce papers, Jennifer Pearson escapes to that Maui resort where she'd met her first love. When Matt walks out of the waves like a golden sun god she isn't sure whether she should approach him or flee.
Matt thinks of Jenn as the one who got away, and he's not about to let it happen again.
The connection between them is still palpable, but is it enough to rekindle what they had between them ten years ago? He's got one week to prove to her he's the man she needs to spend her life with.

The Bucket List of Matt Brashiers

Name: Matt Brashiers
Age: 31
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Oakland, CA
Profession: resort owner/hotelier
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we'd like to get to know you better. Please tell us about yourself.
I’m a former day trader who traded‑so to speak‑that frantic lifestyle in to work in the hospitality services area. Having spent a few summers in college working at a resort on Maui, I sold off most of my stuff, left New York and moved to Maui. I love the ocean, any form of water, really. Surfing, jet skis, swimming, love ‘em all!
Never married, although I came close once. I think I compared them all to Jen, who I met one summer in Maui. I admit it, I worked too many hours trading stocks to be a good romantic partner, so it’s not surprising none of those relationships worked.

When someone dies, we say they "kicked the bucket." Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a "Bucket List." We'd like to know yours, please. If you haven't made one before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you're at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Karangmadjat Island, Indonesia is said to have some of the best waves in the world. I hope to try one of the left-hander beaches one day.
I also want to surf Bundoran Beach in Ireland. Yeah, it’s cold, and it’s a matter of luck being there when the waves are better than average, but man, it’s Ireland! I’d have to do an island-wide pub crawl while I was there.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Trona, California. I broke down outside town once on a Sunday in July. It was 109F, hardly any traffic and the cars that passed me didn’t stop. No cell reception. Just a place I’d rather forget.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
Bono. Just because. No, seriously. U2 started out at a time when the thing to do as a rock band was party, take drugs and basically be crazy. When other bands were on the road to a revolving door at rehab, they were doing Live Aid and all this philanthropic stuff. My dad was their biggest fan, so I guess growing up seeing all the good Bono did for the world was a big influence on me.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Politicians as a breed. I’m always being schmoozed by someone wanting my money to back something. Even if I believed in what the politician claimed to be for, I know too much about what actually happens in Congress to believe in the smooth promises they banter about.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
Early 1776. I’d love to be a fly on the wall of the talks that led to the Declaration of Independence. What did they really hope for? What did they expect to happen, really, when they broke away from England?
I know everybody says they’d go back and change something, but if that were possible, you’d have the ripple effect so the end result you aimed for would be unlikely to happen. You’d end up with a paradox like you never being born, so you never could have gone back to fix things, and all that. Great for books and movies, but not practical in the play out.
What is your birth order?
First and last! I think my parents were afraid to try again.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My Gameboy! I used to wash the neighbors’ cars to buy more games.
Describe your favorite food and how it's prepared.
Pahole salad, a Hawaiian dish. It’s basically cooked, cooled pahole fern shoots diced and tossed with tomatoes, corm taro, and onion in a soy/red pepper sauce.
Tell us about your best friend.
Leo Keller and I met at UC Berkeley as business majors and shared a place in NYC after graduation. He’s still there, a VP for a major investment company. He’s like the stock whisperer, or something, always knowing a trend before it happens. In karaoke he does a better Trace Adkins than Trace Adkins. He knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak. I’m godfather to his son. We can go months without talking or texting and pick up again like we left off mid-sentence. Can’t ask for a better friend than Leo. 

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Publisher  Indiewrites

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Ari Thatcher is the naughty side of sweet romance author Aileen Fish. Ari has always loved sexy romance where love takes the leading role. Reviews have called her work “captivating” and “compelling”, and her characters “intelligent, intriguing and realistic.”

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May 22, 2015

Texas Wishes by Kristina Knight @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #contemporary

Texas Wishes 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Texas Wishes by Kristina Knight.

About the Book

Title - Texas Wishes
Genre - Contemporary
Author - Kristina Knight
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Knight turns up the heat under the Texas sun with three cowboys ready to rope your heart and the feisty ladies who wrangle them. Enjoy a boot-stomping good time with these captivating couples:
What a Texas Girl Wants: The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl like Kathleen Witte, so why did he just wake up next to her on a Mexican beach with a ring on his finger? Once they're back in Texas though, this all-business marriage might just turn into an all-consuming love.
What a Texas Girl Needs: Matias Barnes knows all about society women like Vanessa Witte. It's part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. But while Mat knows she's so not right for him, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?
What a Texas Girl Dreams: They are opposites in so many ways, but the more veterinarian Trickett Samuels gets to know footloose and fancy free Monica Witte, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.

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Publisher - Crimson Romance

About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. 

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May 21, 2015

Tame the Wind by @RegansReview #RLFBlog #Historical

To Tame the Wind 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is To Tame the Wind by Regan Walker.

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Title: To Tame the Wind
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Regan Walker
Book heat level: PG13
Paris 1782…An Innocent Is Taken
All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear... her.
A Battle Is Joined
The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire's passion for the English captain rises.

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About the Author

Bestselling author Regan Walker loved to write stories as a child, particularly those about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of her professors suggested a career in law, and she took that path. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the "Crown." Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for "special assignments." Each of her novels features real history and real historic figures. And, of course, adventure and love.
Regan lives in San Diego with her golden retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses. 

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May 20, 2015

Kory from Crossed Hearts by @kimbervale #RLFblog #MMRomance

K. Vale shares details about the creation of Kory Vansant in the book Crossed Hearts.

About the Book

Title Crossed Hearts
Genre Contemporary MM Romance
Author K. Vale
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
One heart’s been broken. The other is secondhand.
Kory Vansant doesn’t deserve to be alive.
As time sucks him dry of energy, sapping the final ounces of strength from his congenitally enlarged heart, he's forced to end his career as Kory Kent, porn star. Staring down death, he questions his life choices and prays for a miracle. For another chance at life, he vows to change who he is at his core.
His prayers are answered. A perfect heart now beats in his chest, but it comes at a heavy price. The donor is an innocent young man cut down far too prematurely.
Kory's blemished history and his donor's spotless past are far from ideal matches.
As his debts skyrocket, Kory can’t help but think his resolve to walk the high road is being tested. After he meets the adorable Will Squire at the gravesite they both visit, he’s doubly damned because there’s no way he can keep up his end of the bargain. What happens when a man breaks a deal with a higher power?
Will often prefers the company of the dead to that of the living. Following a bad breakup, he pours himself into his two jobs—funeral director at his uncle’s mortuary and part-time paramedic. He’s drawn ever closer to Kory, as if fate sticks her fickle hand in and pushes them together like two unlikely puzzle pieces. But sometimes history can’t be buried, and maybe divine intervention isn’t always right. Will discovers everyone is imperfect, no matter how pretty the outer package, and opening one’s heart is never easy, but can be oh, so worth the pain.

Introducing Kory Vansant

Name: Kory Vansant
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Samara, Russia. Raised in Seattle, WA after adoption.
Profession: Retired porn star, artist, and art instructor at Livingston Community College
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Describe his body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 6’2”, 200 pounds, extremely muscular before his heart condition took its toll, now less toned, but still big, fair skinned with brown hair, including ample facial hair, and brown eyes. He has a large scar down the center of his chest from his heart transplant surgery.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Will Squire
Tell us about him, please.
Will is a part-time paramedic and full-time funeral director for Rolling Hills Funeral Home. He was hesitant to fall for Kory following a bad breakup, but after getting to know him, he couldn’t help himself.
How does your hero dress?
Kory dresses Salvation-Army-chic. His ripped-up jeans are frequently paint-spattered from his art.
How educated is this character?
He has a Masters in Art History
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Kory definitely scrapes by. He’s in a tremendous amount of debt related to his heart transplant and medications.
Does your character care about what others assume about him?
Kory doesn’t want his past as a porn star to dog him now that he’s resolved to start over after the transplant. He’s upset when a fan assumes he’s for hire because of his past sex work. Of course, he still relies on some of the money that trickles in from his old career, and has a hard time completely letting his porn persona go when he’s desperate for funds. It’s a tough situation for him.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would he most want it to be, and why?
He’d definitely want it to be his buddy, Mando. Mando and his boyfriend, Jake, were Kory’s best friends from his years doing porn. When Kory was in financial straits and awaiting a donor heart, Mando and Jake took him in. Luckily, Kory will probably see his friends again in a subsequent book in my Hearts and Scars series.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
The first time we see Kory in Crossed Hearts, he’s post-surgical and just waking up after his heart transplant. Until that point, he’d been in limbo, not knowing if he was going to live or die. He’d made deals in his head about changing his life as a porn star and walking the straight and narrow path if he was saved. His greatest need at the beginning of Crossed Hearts, then, is to figure out where his new heart, and new life, leaves him. It’s almost a question of who he is now, which is an interesting place to start, I think.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she loved the idea of a bunch of lives intersecting because of one incident. Brandon’s death was tragic, but it was my salvation in a number of ways. It gave me my life, and it gave me Will, so I can’t help but see it as a miracle. I also got the gift of meeting the Diazes, who have become like a second family to me, so despite how sad it is that Brandon isn’t here, it’s also a tremendous blessing.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
Nothing. I had been trying to put my past behind me, but I realized that it’s impossible. Her telling my story—from start to finish—was pretty cathartic for me, in a way. I was able to eventually own it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that’s really the only way to start over and be true to yourself and the people you love.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Definitely Matt. My donor heart came from Matt’s boyfriend, Brandon, and Matt was pretty much wrecked after Brandon died. I ache for him. I really do. Matt and I have become friends, I think, and I really want him to get to a happy place because right now, he’s still very lost and badly scarred.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she’s a romantic and a dreamer, and when the two get together, sometimes they birth stories that have to be told.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thanks for dreaming me up and helping me find my perfect partner!

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Author Bio

K. Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her MF work published under Kimber Vale. Come for the sex. Stay for the story. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter @KimberVale, and check her site for updates, new releases, and freebies at http://www.authorkimbervale.com.

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May 19, 2015

Marcus from Liberty by @KimHeadlee #RLFblog #historical

Kim Iverson Headlee shares details about the creation of Marcus Calpurnius Aquila in the book Liberty.

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Title Liberty
Genre historical romance
Author Kim Iverson Headlee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
They hailed her "Liberty," but she was free only to obey--or die.
Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium's arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.
Groomed to follow in his father's footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome's noblewomen.
When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name--and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.

Introducing Marcus Calpurnius Aquila

Name: Marcus Calpurnius Aquila
Age: mid-20s
Gender: male
Birthplace: Rome, Italia
Profession: politician in training
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: Marcus has the body of a football quarterback: muscular but not overly bulky. In present-day terms he tops 6' in height, 220 pounds, and has a fading tan from having spent the past two years living under the paler northern sun of Britannia Province. He has some minor scars from his arena bouts, but nothing specifically mentioned in the book as being an issue for him.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
The woman who empowers his soul is Rhyddes, a gladiatrix-slave whom he knows by her arena name "Libertas."
Tell us about this character, please.
Libertas is the first woman Marcus has ever known who does not swoon over his wealth, charms, or looks. She sees him for who he is: a man struggling to free himself from the bonds of duty, and he comes to appreciate that very much. He recognizes in her a kindred spirit in that regard, for she is oath-bound to obey her masters too. Although her beauty attracts him to her, it is her unconquerable spirit that ultimately leads him to want to sacrifice everything to win her love.
How does your hero dress?
In a toga on the Senate floor, and in scanty armor on the arena floor. He prefers the scanty armor, and so do his legions of female admirers.
Is the character book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Marcus has had all the educational privileges offered to Rome's aristocratic citizens, so in that regard he possesses a fair degree of "book smarts," but he is also widely experienced because of his arena exploits… and the epic after parties.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth?
Unlike most Roman aristocrats, Marcus believes that his wealth and status should be used to help people rather than to control and exploit them.
On what special skills does your character rely?
Although his being an aristocrat exempts him from fights to the death, he is a highly skilled swordsman in his own right--and he would never have believed that this skill would save his life and the life of the woman he loves.
Are any of his skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
His predilection for arena combat is an extreme source of embarrassment for his family, particularly his father, Governor Agricola. In fact, it becomes a major point of contention between them, and Marcus's desire to consort with Libertas further widens the rift.
Is he close to family?
Marcus enjoys a very close relationship with his mother, Lady Loreia, who in the way of all mothers understands him better than he understands himself at times.
Can your hero keep a secret (why or why not)?
Marcus must keep his budding relationship with Libertas a secret, for to do otherwise would cause him to be banned from polite Roman society. He doesn't care about that so much, but he knows it would stain his family too, and he has no wish to inflict that pain upon them.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Marcus needs his father to accept him for who he is, not for how he can enhance Agricola's political career.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Once he decides that Libertas is the woman with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life, he will stop at nothing--even sacrificing all of his wealth and power--to make marriage with her possible.

About Your Writer

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?
She chose to write about Libertas--Rhyddes. I am merely a facet of Rhyddes's story.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish that she had not gone into such detail about my strained relationship with my father; that is a highly personal matter for me, and one I do not readily share with anyone.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
I would like to know more about Rhyddes's brother Owen. Of all her brothers, Owen is the closest to her in age and spirit, and I imagine his story is a fine one too.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Who can say? But if I were to venture a guess, it would be that she must love to entertain people with her words, much in the same way that I love to entertain people with my swordplay.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thank you, Kim Iverson Headlee, for accepting the daunting challenge of presenting the story of Rhyddes's life in such a faithful and poignant manner.

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Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim's novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband's ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press.

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May 18, 2015

Not Vanilla, an Erotic by @JenniLynnAuthor and @IwriteRomance #RLFblog



Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Not Vanilla (Voyeurism) by Jennifer Lynne and Roz Lee.

About the Book

Title Not Vanilla (Voyeurism)
Genre Romantic Erotica
Authors Jennifer Lynne and Roz Lee
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Taste the forbidden in a brand-new series by two bestselling authors offering a tantalizing glimpse into a range of "flavors" that are definitely not vanilla!
The first in this series, Not Vanilla (Voyeurism), includes Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne and Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee. These sexy, novelette-length stories are designed to take you into the erotic world of the watcher and the watched, while still holding onto the romance.

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About the Author

Jennifer Lynne writes sensual and erotic romance from her home in Melbourne, Australia. She is published with Red Sage and Breathless Press, and has forged a successful indie career with her popular Gods of Love erotic series about sexy Greek gods searching for love in a modern-day world. Jen loves her family, good coffee, red wine, and sitting by a cozy log fire watching the misty rain outside turn everything fresh and green. She hopes her tales of love and lust continue to excite readers, and her dream is one day to be able to write full-time.
 USA Today Best-Selling author Roz Lee is the author of over twenty erotic romances. The first, The Lust Boat, was born of an idea acquired while on a Caribbean cruise with her family and soon blossomed into a five book series published by Red Sage. Following her love of baseball, she turned her attention to sexy athletes in tight pants, writing the critically acclaimed Mustangs Baseball series. Roz has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. Roz and her husband have two grown daughters (and a new Son-in-law) they couldn’t be more proud of.
Even though Roz has lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.” When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of travel.

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Website Jennifer Lynne http://www.jenniferlynne.com.au
Website Roz Lee http://www.rozlee.net
Twitter Jennifer Lynne https://twitter.com/JenniLynnAuthor
Amazon Author Page Jennifer Lynne http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Lynne/e/B004VUPGDG/

May 17, 2015

Lucien & Serenity (Sapphire Club Series 1) by @britaaddams @firebornpub #RLFBlog #Historical

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Lucien and Serenity by Brita Addams.

About the Book

Title Lucien and Serenity
Genre
Author Brita Addams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Fulfill your wicked fantasies at the Sapphire Club
USA Today Recommended Read
Serenity Damrill has returned to her husband, Lucien, after a ten-year absence. She carries with her a secret that could destroy her life and possibly all that Lucien has built. She needs Lucien's protection, and she is determined to repair her marriage.
Quite happy running the Sapphire Club, where his clients live out their wildest fantasies, Lucien has no need for the frigid wife who deserted him the day after they were married. Though he still desires her, he doubts she'll consent to the type of intimate relationship he craves.
But in the Sapphire Club, where rules don't exist, anything is possible...
ADULT WARNING: The following adult excerpt contains references to sex, spanking and other fun stuff:
After bidding Serenity a blessed sleep, Lucien returned to his chamber, where he paced for much of the night. His cock had led him astray before and he’d be damned if it happened again.
The humiliation he'd suffered after their wedding had created the foundation upon which he'd built his life. He accepted nothing at face value. Cynicism held him in good stead.
The Sapphire Club would not exist had Serenity not left him. He'd have accepted his fate as yet another husband destined to father a passel of children and who relished his role as a background figure to his family. Marriage, at the time he'd embarked upon its road, would have killed his spirit, and ten years in, he'd have wanted to murder either himself or her.
His hand still tingled. He'd delighted in her surprise when he struck her. Her pale cheeks had pinked nicely with each spank, while she lay there stoically.
"Hardened edges," Lady Foxworth called him. "It takes hardened edges to do what you do so well."
Serenity had given him those edges. Now, years later, she presented herself as determined, though willing to compromise on terms, an absolute must, should he allow her to stay. He had no room in his life for a disagreeable woman, least of all someone he considered himself well shed of. He'd continue to live his life as he damn well pleased, at her sufferance, not his.
Prentice Hyde, for some ungodly reason, came to mind. He'd never hear the end of it from Prentice if Serenity stayed. The man would rib him endlessly.
For whatever her true motive was, Serenity had reentered his life, and stated her wish to submit to him in ways that were foreign to most marriages. Of all the women he'd bedded over the years, he'd never met one he'd have considered taking to wife, if in fact he'd been free to do so. However, he had a wife, and by all appearances, she saw things as he did. No training required, so to speak.
He paced, half foxed, and wished he hadn't developed such a tolerance for brandy.
He chuckled at how she'd taken to the arm of the Beidermeier. She'd enjoyed his playful spanking, almost as much as he'd enjoyed giving it. Someone had initiated her. He raised his glass to the nebulous man who'd done so.
Though he possessed no feelings of love for his wife, she was, after all, his wife. Common decency dictated he accept her. However, the degree was entirely up to him.
Was she attractive? Absolutely. Far more so than the day he'd married her. Was he sexually attracted to her? That would pose no hardship. Her willingness equaled his attraction.
The implausibility of her story niggled at his logic, and gave him pause. Something didn't ring true.
Every sense screamed to proceed with caution. He had the club to think of, and Haynes, who certainly didn't need a mother at this point. Lord. Only eight years separated Serenity and Haynes in age, he couldn't expect her to look upon Haynes as he did—more his son than a nephew.
Should he allow her to stay, Serenity would accept Haynes or he wouldn't hesitate to turn her out.
Sleep eluded him, as it did most nights. With Prentice away, he had only Haynes to help him oversee the daily operation of the club. Early risings were the norm. He'd assign Serenity the myriad mundane details, thus freeing up his time for equally important things.
With only the crackle of fire as company, his plan for his wife developed. He'd have her prove her worth by plunging her into the housekeeping end of the club. That would free up Hampton, who, bless him, wasn't walking as straight as he once did.
As an employee, Lucien could have her about, without having to commit to a full reconciliation. Daily spankings, his only concession to her allure, appealed far more than bedding her.
Who are you kidding, old boy? You want her. True enough, but on his own terms.
Pleased with his decision, Lucien flopped down onto the bed. As he drifted into that space between wakefulness and oblivion, Serenity's face appeared, her smile enigmatic, while it never reached her eyes.

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About the Author

Born in a small town in upstate New York, Brita Addams has made her home in the sultry south for many years. In the Frog Capital of the World, Brita shares her home with her real-life hero—her husband, and a fat cat named Stormee. All their children are grown.
Given her love of history, Brita writes both het and gay historical romance. Many of her historicals have appeared on category bestseller lists at various online retailers.
Tarnished Gold, the first in her gay romance Tarnished series for Dreamspinner Press, was a winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, Historical Romance category. The book also received nominations for Best Historical and Best Book of 2013 from the readers of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.
 A bit of trivia—Brita pronounces her name, Bree-ta, and not Brit-a, like the famous water filter. Brita Addams is a mash-up of her real middle name and her husband's middle name, with an additional d and s.

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May 16, 2015

Scifi Archaeology: Trailing Kaiwulf #scifi #RLFblog

Trailing Kaiwulf 
Set in the far future, Trailing Kaiwulf combines science fiction with romantic elements, and the story of an archaeologist studying mankind's exploration of the galaxy.

About the Book

Title Trailing Kaiwulf
Genre Science Fiction with Romantic Elements
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

About the Story

Travel to a godforsaken planet on the outskirts of space. Check. Hold intrusive military types at bay. Check. Find an invisible man in a different dimension. Check. Finish out the vacation TRAIL yanked you back from to do it? Easier said than done.
Ordered back from their first vacation in ages, Jee and Dane get handed a top priority mission. The pay is better than any they've earned before as agents for the Trace, Rescue, and Identification League. With this much money, they might not need jobs. They're the best there is, and the item, person, or secret hasn't been invented that these two can't recover.
But locating this quarry might be a bit past even their considerable skills. After all, how do you find an invisible man in another dimension? And who, exactly, is footing a bill this steep? Certainly not the archaeologist in charge. The military wants to get involved, but they have no monetary stake either. Which prompts the question of who -- or what -- is behind the request to trail Kaiwulf.

Where This Is

This story is set in the same universe as other books I've written, including Surrender Love, Wulf, Alitus, Jawk, Forbid My Heart, For Women Only, and At the Mercy of Her Pleasure. Those books take place in the Tarthian Empire. Trailing Kaiwulf happens in the Colonies of Man, which is beyond those borders. The planet Ust was thought to be uninhabited. Overrun by vegetation and constantly wet from rain, the joke is that was called Rust, but the R rusted and fell off. In truth, it is one of the farthest planets on the outskirts of the colonies, and home to only a few dozen humans.

Why the Drama

What makes this world the center of attention is a set of "gates" -- arches like others found on various planets throughout this part of space. The gates on Ust, however, are functional and used by the inhabitants. Which makes them the archaeological find of the century.
Gates of Life 
Picture the Saint Louis Arch on a smaller scale, and then imagine two of them next to each other. Thicker, squatter, but with arcane markings etched deeply into their surfaces. In this art by Jamin Allen, you can see the relative size (note the human figure at the bottom left). Detiza is in the Tarthian Empire, and is a world completely overgrown by massive plant life. Archaeologists have speculated about this world's history for centuries. No human life exists here, although it must have, judging by the gates. On Ust, the humans have an annual ritual. The priestess inserts a "holy instrument" (a key) into a slot, and then all the villagers pass through the gates in single file, with the youngest being carried through. For the past ten years, though, the ritual has been abandoned, because Kaiwulf stole the key. When the archaeologist who discovers the site hears the story, and then runs into him (literally) in a cave, she realizes Kaiwulf is able to fade out of this dimension and into another one. She hires TRAIL to find him and bring him back. But how do you find an invisible man in another dimension?

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Giveaway

Click here to download the free PDF Immortals Secret Societies and here to download a Facebook timeline cover featuring TRAIL.

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.

Mobile website http://kayelleallen.mobi
Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog
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