May 5, 2016

Copper Ravens by @parthalan #RLFblog #urbanfantasy #paranormalromance

Today's featured book is Copper Ravens by Jennifer Allis Provost.

About the Book

Title Copper Ravens
Genre urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Author Jennifer Allis Provost
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Sara should be happy.
She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn't have to go to her boring job any more. And yet Sara still doesn't know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara's misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them. 
As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family's innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process? 
Copper Ravens: Book Two of the Copper Legacy

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Publisher Spence City, an imprint of Spencer Hill Press

About the Author

Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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May 4, 2016

No Longer Alone by @susanvaughn1124 #RLFblog #Contemporary Suspense

Today's featured book is No Longer Alone by Susan V. Vaughn

About the Book

Title No Longer Alone
Genre Contemporary Suspense
Author Susan V. Vaughn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R

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About the Author

 Romance author Susan V. Vaughn turned her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios. She lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

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May 3, 2016

Stressing the Heroine - Masquerade with a Marquess a #Regencyromance by @cerisedeland #RLFblog

Stressing the Heroine from Masquerade with a Marquess a regency romance by Cerise Deland.

Author Bio
Cerise DeLand loves to cook, hates to dust, lives to travel—and write! She is the author of #1 bestselling Regencies starring fab.u.lous lords and the sassy ladies they adore.
About the Book
Title  Masquerade with a Marquess
Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Sophia di Contini risks her life to sail to England alone and slip into the homes of those she suspects stole priceless treasures from her family during the wars. Discovered by Victor Cameron, she agrees to search for her art his way even though she’ll live in his house, yearn for his touch, pine for his kisses….
Five years ago, Victor had to give up Sophia. Now he vows to keep her near him and to protect her from men who would destroy her. He’ll help her find her precious art even if he risks the chance she’ll steal his heart away…again.

Stressing The Heroine
Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, or how she handles stress.
The Heroine's Relaxed Side
This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
Once Sophia was a spy working with a network of Italian patriots who wanted their country rid of the tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte. At a party years later in England, she understands exactly why each person has decided to attend. She understands their body language, what they say without words. She knows who is there to snare whom in their trap. She zeroes in on who she herself wants to engage…or lure…or trap. And why.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Sophia goes to a masquerade ball, attired in a seductive costume resembling a Greek goddess. Although she’s not interested in conquering any man, she’s devoted to her own purpose, her own goal. She’s quick to assess who’s there, her eyes darting about the crowd, noting those who may have clues to the treasure she really seeks. She quick, silent, intent upon finding only one item.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
To appear as if she has truly been invited, she knows she’ll have to speak to a few ladies and gentlemen. After all, because she wears a masque, no one will really know her identity nor learn it. But accomplishing her goal will mean she must remain aloof, gay but blithely unattached to anyone.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
While she adores a good red vino like those from her native Tuscany, she sips a bit of champagne. She’s careful, you see, to keep her mind as clear as her purpose.
How much drink is her usual?
Ah, but it is true that Sophia can drink many a man under the table. She’s done it often. To great success. In fact, during the wars, she learned many an elusive fact about Napoleon’s troop movements from his inebriated officers.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
She snatches the right moment to disappear and search the mansion for the treasures she seeks. Off to the lord of the manor’s library and study, she quickly discovers precisely what she suspected he’d hidden. The very piece she seeks. She sighs, claps her hands, delighted at finding her prize.
But another man has followed her. Entered the room. Sneering at her, he has nothing good on his mind. In fact, she remembers him well, the cad. And when he advances on her and threatens her, she’s surprised but ready to defend herself. And then…
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She is shocked when another man emerges from the shadows. This time, it is the very man she has wished to ignore. The one man who has always made her heart pound and her girlish hopes of love and peace and family revive.But she has consistently learned for more than five long years, that such redemption is not in the cards for her. Not now. Not ever. Not even if Victor helps her escape this other terrible man. Not even if Victor is the only man she’s ever hoped to see again.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
As Victor Cameron comes forward to threaten her nemesis, she takes comfort in his actions but knows she will have to escape him, too.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
And so, before any more people enter the library, before anyone attempts to throw her out because after all, she is uninvited, she tries to escapes Victor too. Without her prize, the very item she sought.
But Victor who has searched London for her for so many weeks refuses to let her go. She’ll come home with him, he declares. There he will protect her and even save her from herself. And after he hears her explanation of what she really seeks, he declares he will help her.
His way.

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May 2, 2016

Protecting the Quarterback a new #contemporary by @AuthorKristina #RLFblog

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

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. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Interview with Kristina Knight

Why did you write this book?
I'm a huge sports fan - baseball, football, the Olympics...you name it. Football, though, is my favorite. I like the action, I like the teamwork, and I like how graceful it all is - the defense, the offense, the give and the take. I wanted to write about two people who approach the game completely differently, and Jonas and Brooks took it from there.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I'm a contemporary girl, all the way! I do read across all genres, in non-fiction and even craft books, but contemporaries always call me back.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Gosh, there are so many. Right now, I'll go with Jo March - because she was a bit of a rebel in all the best ways!
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I've just turned in the galley for What the Heiress Wants, the second book in my Billionaire Cowboys trilogy. I'll start writing book 3 in another couple of weeks. I'm in the middle of drafting my next Harlequin Superromance, it will be the first book in an amazing news series that I'm so excited about!!
Please tell us about your latest book.
This is more than just a game...to her
Sports broadcaster Brooks Smith has always been more involved with the game than the players. But after she shares the spotlight at an awards ceremony with tabloid sensation Jonas Nash, one night of letting her guard down around the infamous quarterback spirals into many heated days and nights together when she gets assigned to the story of the year.
The hottest player in professional football is hiding a secret that could end his career for good. Now Brooks is caught on the sidelines between the job she loves and the man she is falling in love with.

About the Book

Title Protecting the Quarterback
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Kristina Knight
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R):  R

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May 1, 2016

#Romance Lives Forever Top Bloggers @parthalan @susanvaughn1124 #RLFblog

The Top Blogger for this month is Jennifer A Provost. She wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year in 2015 was Sabrina York, who won a year of free advertising for 2016.

About Jennifer A Provost

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by page views. Congratulations to each one! There is a tie for third place.
1 Jennifer A Provost
2 Kayelle Allen
3 Livia Quinn
3 MS Kaye
4 Anne Kane
5 Nicole Morgan
Honorable mention: Justine Lewis, Susanne Bellamy, Susan V Vaughn

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. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author's).
This month's winners are:
1 Susan V Vaughn
2 Houston Havens
3 Caroline Clemmons

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 Paper.li ezines, giving the author additional opportunities for promotion. The Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine features only guest authors, and the day's guest is on its front page every day.

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Author Nicole Morgan assists me with scheduling for Romance Lives Forever. She is the blog admin. Look for emails from her. Nicole and I want to ensure everyone who requests a spot on the blog gets a personal response. Please use this email if you have questions or need help: rlfblog-owner@yahoogroups.com We both receive email sent here. You don't have to join a group or do anything special. This group simply provides a joint email for us and streamlines things for you. The email address is included in all downloadable interviews on the FAQ page.

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Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are: Brita Addams, DP Denman, DR McHale, Eve Dangerfield, Justine Lewis, Kate Hill, Kim Iverson Headlee, Lauren Linwood, Lisa Poli, Mary J. McCoy-Dressel, NJ Walters, NJ Walters, Olivia Night, Regina Kammer, Rue Allyn, Ruth A Casie, Sabrina York

April 30, 2016

Surrendering to the Beast @tinadonahue #RLFblog #paranormal

Today's featured book is Surrendering to the Beast by Tina Donahue.

About the Book

Title Surrendering to the Beast
Genre Erotic Paranormal-Romantic Comedy
Author Tina Donahue
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When she's good, she's very good. But when he's bad, she's better.
Taming the Beast, Book 2
As a good fairy, Heather is empathetic and chaste to a fault. No bad language, no dirty thoughts, flirting and no sex. But when a satyr named Daemon steps up to her reception desk at From Crud to Stud, she finds herself on the fast track to exquisite corruption.
Daemon is the total bad-boy package with a kiss straight from the dark side. Though he's here for a supernatural makeover, Heather can't imagine why any red-blooded woman would want him to change.
A disciple of the god of wine, Daemon has had his share of good times. But sex has never been this good. Heather brings out a new side of him, a side that makes him want to protect as well as pillage.
But Daemon needs a little creative backup to help set his fairy's naughtiness free. And that means bringing in Mistress Jin. Under the genie's tutelage and Daemon's shameless lust, Heather is about to learn what it means to let loose.
Warning: Not your typical bedtime story. May lead to indecent behavior, a taste for voyeurism, discipline, bondage, m/f, m/f/f and f/f action, which will result in screaming orgasms. Proceed with caution.

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About the Author

Tina is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Kensington, Samhain Publishing, Ellora's Cave, Siren Publishing, Booktrope, Luminosity, Decadent, and indie. Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers' Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

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April 29, 2016

Review or Support: Bringer of Chaos #RLFblog #Chaos #scifi

Review or Support: Bringer of Chaos #RLFblog #ChaosIsComing @kayelleallen
The featured book is Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas by Kayelle Allen, owner of the Romance Lives Forever blog. 

Publisher: Romance Lives Forever Books
Heat level: PG13
Genre: YA (older young adult), action adventure, science fiction, space opera, military science fiction, space marine, genetic engineering
Two enemy warriors: one human, one immortal. Different in belief, alike in spirit, marooned together on an alien world.
Imprisoned and in isolation over a year without food or water, the immortal Pietas survives. Though broken in body, his intellect and will are intact, thanks to Six, the special ops warrior who captured him, but kept him sane. The warrior had no hand in his deprivation and, like Pietas, was betrayed by his own kind. When Pietas is abandoned on an alien world with nothing but his honor--and Six--he must find and rejoin other immortal exiles. After centuries of war, Pietas detests humans and kills them on sight, but he is too damaged to continue on his own. Though he despises needing help, he allows Six to nurture and restore him to full strength, and then accompany him. As they cross the planet together on foot, the immortal begins to wonder if he has found his first human friend, or if Six is loyal only because Pietas could keep the others from tearing him to shreds. This human will either be his closest living friend, or the one whose betrayal will trigger all-out vengeance by the most powerful immortal ever born.
Immortal. Warrior. Outcasts. Traitors took everything. Except their honor.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the owner of the Romance Lives Forever blog, and a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr. She is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers, and owner of The Author's Secret.

April 28, 2016

Seduction in Seville a new #Romantic Suspense by @olivianightread #RLFblog

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

About the Author
Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Men of FTI  series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, drinks wine, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.

Interview with Olivia Night
Why did you write this book?
This novel is the second in a series. The main characters, Patrick Kane and Madison Lockwood are introduced in the first novel. Their story is very different from Seduction in Sierra Leone, but all the suspense, sexiness and love are all there!
What is your favorite genre to read?
It actually varies depending on my mood. But I have an entire book case dedicated to Historical Non Fiction and Biographies. So totally different from Romantic Suspense obviously!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Anne Shirley, without a doubt. I love her spunk. And I like to think that I have it, too!
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
The third novel in this series, Seduction in Scotland will be released on August 1st. I also just finished a manuscript for a new series tentatively titled A Second Chance Series. I am really excited about both of these novels. A spin off of The Men of FTI is in the works as well. The series is titled Interitus and follows a  group of military men who are part of a secret “peace making group”.

Please tell us about your latest book.
About the Book
In a hospital in Seville, Spain, Patrick Kane lies in a coma. Ambushed and shot while protecting a friend, he fights to survive.
She never thought she would see him again. Patrick, the man who’d brought her back.
Eight years ago, Patrick Kane, a joint partner in Fairlane Trade International, descended into a basement of horrors. That horrible day he rescued many women, but one he would always remember. Her beautiful doe eyes filled his dreams and haunted his nightmares.
Madison Lockwood, a nurse, has struggled to put her past behind her, trying to forget the time she spent in captivity. But she recognizes the man who rescued her and brought her out of that terrifying reality. She owes him her life. Patrick is gravely injured, and Madison vows to see him through.
When Patrick opens his eyes, he instantly knows that he made a mistake leaving Madison after freeing her from the clutches of a human trafficking ring. She is meant to be his. As Patrick tries to win over a wary Madison, the past they both thought was gone for good comes back with a vengeance. One by one, the survivors of the horrific ordeal are being murdered. Patrick knows that Madison will be next if he doesn’t protect her.
Together they must fight for their survival. Seduction In Seville, book two in the Men of FTI series, is a tale of redemption, murder, new beginnings, and love that takes the reader on a wild, exotic ride. 

Title: Seduction in Seville, The Men of FTI Book Two
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Olivia Night
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R):  R
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April 27, 2016

Victorian #HistoricalRomance Re-released @Kammerotica #RLFBlog

Victorian erotic romance re-released with Regina Kammer. 

Author Bio

Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora's Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

The Pleasure Device (Harwell Heirs Book 1)

Title The Pleasure Device (Harwell Heirs Book 1)
Genre Historical erotic romance
Author Regina Kammer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In Victorian London of 1879, a new device for the treatment of hysteria has just arrived from France. Dr. Julius Christopher plans to use the invention for his own salacious scheme. Can Dr. Nicholas Ramsay prevent his beloved, the virginal debutante Helena Phillips, from being the next patient?
The Doctor and The Debutante
Nicholas Ramsay, renouncing his aristocratic heritage and dark past, has chosen a career as a doctor. He arrives in London ready to embark upon his practice and find a suitable wife.
Helena Phillips, born into scandal and disgrace, is making her London debut. To atone for the circumstances of her birth, she must find a titled husband—no less than an earl will do.
A Dangerous Passion
Nicholas and Helena’s chance encounter during the Season leads to a dangerous attraction--and forbidden explorations. A taste of passion leaves Helena longing for more, and her lovesick wretchedness is confused for hysteria, a mysterious ailment afflicting many Victorian women.
A Devious Scheme
Dr. Julius Christopher’s new electro-mechanical vibrating machine for the treatment of hysteria is the perfect device to test his radical theory of female sexuality. To fully explore his hypothesis, he requires a virgin and seeks to ensnare Helena for his experiment.
Can He Save Her?
Nicholas is determined to rescue Helena from the clutches of Dr. Christopher. But to prove he is worthy of Helena’s hand, Nicholas must reconcile with his past, embrace his future, and show her pleasure is more profound when coupled with love.
The Harwell Heirs
Victorian aristocracy has very strict rules concerning marital connections and familial obligations. But the Harwell heirs—Helena, Sophia, and Arthur—discover love doesn’t always follow the rules. Scandalous affairs force these scions of society to choose between duty and desire, deference and destiny.
Book 1: The Pleasure Device
Book 2: Disobedience By Design
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays

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Disobedience By Design (Harwell Heirs Book 2)

Title Disobedience By Design (Harwell Heirs Book 2)
Genre Historical erotic romance
Author Regina Kammer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In 1860, the railways of Victorian England transport American stevedore Joseph Phillips to the lush countryside of Lincolnshire…and into the arms of Lady Sophia Harwell. But Sophia is betrothed to a violent villain who wants only two things: her virginity and her dowry. Can Joseph save his beloved without scandalizing upper-class British society?
The Lady…
Lady Sophia Harwell has just been presented to Society—and its eligible bachelors—and is quite unimpressed. Her parents are encouraging the suit of the Duke of Royston, a man older than her father! Yet free-spirited Sophia is smitten with Joseph, her brother’s handsome American business partner, a man who introduces her to sensual delights beyond the bounds of propriety and the dictates of her social standing.
…And The Laborer
Joseph Phillips is out of his depth amongst the British aristocracy trying to secure investors for his American railroad enterprise. To make matters worse, he can’t keep his hands off his business partner’s sister. Sophia is far out of his league and expected to marry a duke. But when the duke reveals his villainy, Joseph decides some risks are worth taking, and, to protect Sophia, he embarks upon a partnership of an entirely unexpected nature.
The Harwell Heirs
Victorian aristocracy has very strict rules concerning marital connections and familial obligations. But the Harwell heirs—Helena, Sophia, and Arthur—discover love doesn’t always follow the rules. Scandalous affairs force these scions of society to choose between duty and desire, deference and destiny.
Book 1: The Pleasure Device
Book 2: Disobedience By Design
Book 3: Where Destiny Plays

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April 26, 2016

Meet Queen Morgan from King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court #scifi fantasy @KimHeadlee #RLFblog

Meet Queen Morgan from King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Headlee.

Author Bio

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, 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. She has been an award-winning published novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, first edition, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

About the Book

Title King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre Science Fiction and Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG for combat violence, language, and Victorian-style innuendo
WINNER, 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.
Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball... and the human heart.

Introducing Queen Morgan the Wise

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We're happy to have you here today.
Name: Morgan
Age: Sixteen hundred and eight in the latter years of your century. In my rightful century, my age is none of your concern.
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Tintagel Castle
Profession: Queen of Gore
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): I am human. That is all that should matter to you mad people.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
My glorious silken hair is auburn. Anyone who calls it “red,” like that of the coarse, unruly mane sported by my dead husband, King Uriens, shall join our dungeon’s denizen who made that same mistake. Provoke me to exceptional anger, and I shall arrange faux funerals of your kin for you to watch from your window slit too.
All my other features are kept perfect by cause of my magic… or cosmetics, to which my assistant Clarice introduced me in your century. Using cosmetics in lieu of magic I have found to be ever so much more efficient in terms of energy expended, allowing me to focus my magic on far more important pursuits, such as causing the peerless Malory Beckham Hinton to become President for Life (she vetoed my idea to make her Queen of America, though I know for a certain fact that she would be quite good at it).
Who is the significant other in your life?
In my ancient life, the man I loved best was Sir Accolon, the comeliest of men and manliest of lovers. In the latter twenty-first century, Sandy Carter—who could be my dead lover’s twin—owns my heart, and I his. Sandy surpasses my dead lover in all respects, bedchamber prowess most especially, by a hundred fold.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name, Morgan, was chosen by my mother, Duchess Igraine, to honor the Great Queen of the Old Religion, Mór Rigan, goddess of war. My mother never knew how prophetic her choice would prove to be.
I am the daughter of Duke Gorlois, the sister of Queen Margawse and Queen Elaine, the wife of King Uriens of Gore, and the mother of Sir Uwaine of the Table Round. Blessed good fortune made me all of these things.
By the capricious hand of ill fortune, King Arthur became my younger half brother, spawned upon my most virtuous and blameless mother by that demon in man’s raiment, Uther Pendragon.
I despised Arthur from the very hour of his birth.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
I love it, of course, and the more, the better. It can be quite the burden, but it does convey its own brand of magic too.
On what special skills do you rely?
Have you not heard of Morgan the Wise, healer and sorceress extraordinaire? What is the name of the rock under which you have been living?
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
I am never without my circlet, for I find it useful in your lunatic century to remain mindful of my true nature. Well… almost never. You shall have to read my chronicle to discover what caused me to become bereft of that symbol of royalty, which had to do with the other item I keep concealed upon my person for emergencies and which I am fully capable of wielding to deadly advantage: a dirk.
Do you have children?
My only son, Sir Uwaine, lies dead and gone these past fifteen centuries. But a mother never forgets the tautness of that eternal bond, I assure you.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
La, what a question! I am a queen. Of course I do not give a single overripe fig for what the masses think of me; I do not require their approval, only their obedience. That said, however, there is one man whose approval I have sought more and more often of late: my lover, Sandy. He has been known to influence my decisions even when he is not present. I find that most disconcerting… and yet not at all unpleasant.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
When Sandy reunited with his lost and presumed-dead sister, I discovered that I craved to see my long-dead brother, King Arthur, that I might set things aright between us. That wish looks unlikely to be fulfilled, alas, though I do remain hopeful that it shall come to pass one day.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I never had experienced such a calamity of the arts as when my time-travel enchantment failed by three hundred miles and two hundred years. Since I know not how the spell went awry, I confess I have been afraid to assay it again, lest it leave me forever lost in time.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
Although I have experienced marvelous adventures in your shiny new century, and Sandy has become more dear to me than any other man I have ever known, I do hope I can one day return to my rightful era. I have made quite a fine place for myself as owner of the London Knights world championship baseball team, but I do not belong here. Sandy, naturally, wishes for me to stay,—but he is man enough to bow to my wishes in this sensitive matter. He is, was, and always will be such a daisy.

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