October 20, 2014

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

Lord Wastrel 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Lord Wastrel by Donna Cummings.

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

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

About the Author

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

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October 19, 2014

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

Building Ties  
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Building Ties by Teresa Reasor.

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

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

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

About the Book

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

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October 17, 2014

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

Unexpected 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Unexpected.

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

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

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October 16, 2014

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


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

Other Available Books

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

Upcoming Books

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

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

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

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The Only Negative Terry Irene Blain

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

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

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

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

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October 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Dancing on the Other Side: Mackenzie Crowne 

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

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

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Nothing is Promised: Marjorie Belson

Undefined and vulnerable, I often felt as if I were crashing backward through space, and found myself slipping into a post-operative depression after my bi-lateral mastectomy on August 2, 2001. In order to keep what remained of my sanity, I returned to work too soon, but misjudged the level of my stamina, as well as the fact that much of one's life is uncontrollable.
My first day back at work: September 10, 2001.
How could I, as well as thousands of others know that the next day, September 11, 2001, evil men with twisted minds had marked my city, New York, as a site for mass destruction, and would take perverse delight in their slaughter of innocents. In seconds, a still autumn sky would become animated with flames and smoke, choking the air with the sickening smell of lives dissolved.
My response to the news of the first tower being hit was one of disbelief. After the second plane crashed into the second tower, I knew my city was under attack. My first
Nothing is Promised 
thoughts were for the safety of my own family. Desperate to know if my son and daughter-in-law were safe, and only after seeing them both later that day, could I believe that they were indeed out of harm's way.
The relief in being alive was tempered by the overwhelming loss of so many in a matter of minutes. Like countless others, I watched television, transfixed by its unrelenting coverage of our nation's greatest catastrophe. So many had survived personal tragedy only to be brought down, the victims of time and place. Humbled by a world gone mad, I offered my prayers for the souls and families of those who'd perished. In an instant, I'd become an insignificant speck and found it difficult to justify space for my personal trials.
While struggling to make sense out that which made no sense at all, I made an effort to accept that each step of my own unpredictable journey was a sign for me to live my life responsibly. I believed that I'd been given a chance to redefine my soul and thereby grant myself a sanctuary from the world in which I had come to dwell.
For me, as for many of us, each step forward was painful to take, but the need to move forward was far greater than the pull to go backward. Unless I accepted that my life had been deeply altered, I could remain trapped, frozen in a world of memories.
In truth, I'd been granted the opportunity to redirect and renew my faith in myself and in my ability to move to a level of profound and urgent awareness of the potential richness of my life. Cancer had attacked my body and challenged me in my entirety to face my life as it was and to decide whether I would choose to self immolate or rise again like a Phoenix.

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October 13, 2014

On the Yellow Pad: Fight Cancer @VickiBatman @ShieldsAlly #FightCancer #RLFblog

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

Most people know I refer to my husband as Handsome. What some don't know is eight years ago, he was diagnosed with throat cancer.
He had a swollen lymph node that all doctors thought was allergy or infection-related. The drugs and antibiotics prescribed didn't knock it out. He had a needle biopsy which came back clean. His ENT doctor said she wanted to remove the lymph and when doing so, found the cancer in three spots.
My son and I had been waiting for the doc to tell us all was well with the surgery, but she took forever. When she did say, she asked if we wanted to tell Handsome. I couldn't. I couldn't even speak or hardly look at him. Waiting in the recovery room for her to discuss all
was terribly hard.
Handsome was shocked too, but he was very determined. He said, "Something to check off my yellow pad: Fight Cancer."
He showed none of the classic symptoms that lead to throat/esophageal cancer. He smoked the rare cigar. Drank an occasional vodka or wine. Worked out. Not overweight. Little family history. Yet, he had it.
And so the battle strategy was formed with an oncology doc, an ENT specialist, and the head of radiology. We had our dates, we had our plans, we were marching forward.
At first, I stuffed him with everything imaginable, but mostly lots of cheese-related products, milkshakes, and pasta. He eventually did lose 35 pounds because the radiation scarred his throat and swallowing became difficult. He worked until fatigued, then worked at home. The only one who cried was me when he shaved his head. Eight weeks later, the treatment was over. And every subsequent test and examination has shown him to be clear.
I believe a combination of many things helped him through: his faith, our hope, family and friends, the skill of the doctors.
And the determination to check off his yellow pad: Fight Cancer.
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Temporarily Employed 

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Temporarily Employed
Genre: romantic comedy, cozy mystery
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Author: Vicki Batman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
New Job. New Love. And Murder.
Hattie Cook's dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite Insurance Company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee--the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Detective Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there's more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie's time is up?

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Like some of her characters, award-winning author Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general "do anything gal" at a financial services firm--the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"

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Ally Shields

The diagnosis of breast cancer came out the blue. No family history, no warning. I was
too young. But the moment I felt the lump during a shower, I knew what it was. The news went downhill from there. Seventy-five percent of the nearest lymph nodes were involved. Prognosis guarded. Three months of chemo later, they found spots in my lungs. It appeared the cancer had already spread, and I was reeling when I heard the words...four months.
Cross Keys 
But I was scheduled to begin immediate training at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy for a course on identifying and rescuing abused children. My friends, my cop partner, and employer encouraged me to go, and I did. I was determined to live up to their faith in me that my time there wouldn't be wasted, and it helped me stay positive. I met an incredible group of people. When they learned of my diagnosis, they went out of their way to make sure I stayed positive throughout training.
Upon return to Des Moines, my cancer doctor recommended a lung biopsy. There was a one in a million chance it was something else. He thought I might be that one. The biopsy revealed the spots were scars from an unrelated prior illness. The cancer hadn't spread after all, and I went into additional chemotherapy believing I could beat this thing.
Twelve difficult months later-with friends and family beside me all the way- I was cancer free, and have remained so for 25 years. Of course the medical team was fantastic, but I credit my recovery to everyone who was around me at that critical time. The effects of friendship on our minds and bodies can be a powerful thing, a little touch of human magic.

About the Author

Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest and currently resides near Des Moines, Iowa. Writing has always been a part of her life, but in 2009, after a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time writing. Her first urban fantasy novel, Awakening the Fire was published in 2012 and that series continues. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books.

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Cross Keys, an Elvenrude novel
Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Conspiracy, murder and magic... A dark elf hunts the streets of New Orleans.

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October 12, 2014

Character Interview Eric Mason from Finding the Dream @JenBritt #RLFblog #contemporary

Finding the Dream 
Title Finding the Dream
Genre Contemporary romance
Author Jennifer Britt
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jessica James had her dream—a career on Broadway as a successful actress—until one night when it was taken all away. Forced to move back to Lincoln Falls and live with her parents, Jessica's only goal is to regain her career and go back to New York. She doesn't count on a honeysuckle hating man standing in her way or the town of Lincoln Falls itself. Now everything she thought she ever wanted may not be her dream at all.
Eric Mason and his daughter have quietly lived next door to Jessica's parents. That all changes when he meets Jessica. She is overly dramatic and the most annoying person he's ever met. Yet, he can't get her off his mind.
Will they find a new dream together?

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Interview with Eric Mason

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Eric Mason and I'm in my mid-thirties. I'm a widower and single dad. My daughter, Sophie, is five years old and she's the light of my life. I'm also the PE teacher and football coach at Lincoln Falls High.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
My fear of abandonment. Losing my wife has made it difficult for me to give my heart to someone. I want to share my life with someone and be a family again. Sophie and I both need a woman in our lives.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Jessica's job. She's a Broadway actress. I'm falling for her, but I'm afraid she's going to get a role and be on a plane to New York faster than my running back can run the forty. Sorry about the football talk. I'm currently having running back issues.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
She's overly dramatic and has quite the attitude. I've been on the receiving end of that attitude a lot. I'm sure you're wondering why I'm with her. Jessica isn't all sass. She has the biggest heart I've ever seen. She loves to work with kids and adores Sophie. She does things just because she knows they will make my life easier.
Jessica would be surprised to hear me say this, but she's fun to be around. She's not afraid to get dirty. I've seen her roll around in the grass with Sophie all in the name of fun.
Did I mention that she sings? She has the most beautiful voice. I don't know much about music, but I think she's a soprano. When I listen to her, it's like I've been transported to the time and place she's singing about. She feels every word of the song. She truly is amazing. I couldn't imagine my life without her.
What would that person say about you?
That I'm the bane of her existence and a good father. She'd also say I'm good in bed. If she reads this, I'm going to pay for that last comment.
What special skills do you rely on?
According to Jessica, I'm a pro at picking up women. Believe it or not, it becomes an important part of my story.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes and that's all you're going to get out of me. You'll have to read it to find out more.

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You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Writer of fun, small town contemporary romance with some spice.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I've had a fascination with the character Kyle Chandler played on Friday Night Lights for a long time. I loved the idea of a high school football coach struggling to balance his family and his responsibilities to the team and town. Out of this idea, Eric Mason was born.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I thought because he had been married that it would be easier for him to fall in love again. As I was writing, I discovered that he had some abandonment issues. He was afraid of being left behind. Because of his fear, he had a hard time allowing himself to fall for Jessica.
Why do you write?
I have so many stories to tell. There are characters just waiting to hit the page.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No sequels to this particular one, but I have more Lincoln Falls books in the works that will focus on other characters so stay tuned.

Author Bio

After graduating from law school, Jennifer Britt worked for a leading tax publication as a legal editor. She then moved to an accounting firm as an associate director and legal editor. While her day job keeps her busy, Jennifer has managed to find time to write and, most nights, she can be found in front of her laptop writing her next contemporary romance novel.
She lives in Virginia with her husband and family.

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October 11, 2014

Cover Love Sherlock's Scandal @ReadThis4fun @suzdemello #RLFblog #fanfic

Sherlock's Scandal 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Sherlock's Scandal.

Genre Victorian erotic fanfic
Author Name Suz deMello
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A bored Sherlock is a dangerous Sherlock. His twin vices of cocaine and sex could prove his undoing, until he meets his match in elusive, enigmatic Irene Adler. Hiding her heart, Irene deserts Sherlock in the midst of their affair. He schemes to win her back, but the lady won't come easily to hand. Instead, she forces him to compete for honor, glory and love.

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