February 20, 2012

An Interview with Vonnie Davis

Storm's Interlude.
Vonnie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Storm’s Interlude is a contemporary romance set in the hill country of Texas. Rachel is a home care nurse who’s incorporated holistic healing practices with traditional. She travels to Texas to help a single mother prepare for a second round of chemo. The patient has an overly protective brother who’s not too keen on this holistic mumbo-jumbo so he plans on keeping a close eye on Nurse Rachel. He just has no clue keeping a close eye on her is easier than keeping his eyes—and hands and lips—off her. There is a strong element of suspense in the last half of the book when Rachel’s maniacal ex-fiancé abducts her. Yet the turmoil he provides to the story does not qualify it for a strong romantic suspense.

How do you come up with ideas?
A snippet of a scene flashes in my mind and sparks the beginning of an idea. My current release, Storm’s Interlude, began with the visual of a naked man cresting a hill wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, a pair of boots and a go-to-hell sneer. What’s happened to his clothes? The answering starts the story.
A novella, Those Violet Eyes, began with a visual of a guy getting off his Harley and adjusting his stance to accommodate his prosthesis. I could see discomfort and a sense of agony in his eyes. Why does he wear a prosthesis? What saddens him so? Did he loose part of a leg in Iraq? His pain bothered me, and I had to find out.
Mona Lisa’s Room, a romantic suspense set in Paris, began with a scene that ended up in chapter two. My young government agent calls a lady he’s protecting, “Mrs.” Alyson, my heroine, tells him one does not call a woman, who’s divorced her cheating husband, “Mrs.” He replies, “Yes ma’am.” Her agitation growing, she informs him one does not call a lady “ma’am” when she’s two days shy of turning forty and none too happy about it. I saw him open a hotel room door, gun in hand, peer up and down the hall, and glance back over his shoulder at her. “We can leave now. The coast is clear.” He quirks a dark eyebrow and quips, “Unless you’ve got something else to teach me, Aly.” And she’s pissed because he has the audacity to make up a nickname for her.
A World War II soldier whispered to me in bed for two nights last week about his special girlfriend back home in Pennsylvania—Pearl. She sends him rose-scented letters. This, too, along with other flashes of a scene or whispered requests, will become stories one day.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Drawing my reader so deep into the story they feel and react with the main characters. If my characters are walking through a cold creek while fully dressed, I want my reader to feel the cold water soaking up their clothes and gunk getting in their shoes.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Developing the attraction between the heroine and hero; I enjoy writing sexual tension. I love it when the heroine drives the hero to distraction. I write about Alpha males with soft, chewy centers and the strong women who knock their lives off kilter.

What did you learn from writing your first book? 
To write what I read, not what I think others want me to write. I like my romances with heat ratings between the levels of hot to flame-throwers. I’m also from a very straight-laced religious family, plus I’m a gentle, jovial grandma. So to please my family, my first romance was sweet. No sex, no sensuality, no spark, but my brother, the preacher, loved it. See, even ladies in their sixties can succumb to peer pressure. When no publisher liked it, I decided it was time I put on my big girl writing thong and write the type of story I’d enjoy reading. Once I broke through that personal barrier, I was free to write something I truly enjoyed. Write what pleases you.

Would you consider self publishing?
I ask myself this question from time to time. I might when I feel I’ve conquered more of my bad habits. I’ve eliminated those amateur words: that, just, only, had, was, to name a few. My agent is a stickler for removing all “said tags” and passive verbage, so I’ve conquered those bad habits. I still struggle with one person’s dialogue followed by another person’s reaction within the same paragraph. For me, it sounds right. Not so with my agent and editor. (Oh, to train them to my way of thinking. ) I’m still learning, folks, so I need that trained eye to help give my readers a quality story. They say the learning curve of a writer is continual. For now, I’m going the traditional route: agent and a publisher that produces both print and eBook (The Wild Rose Press). I’m being treated very well at TWRP; they are a fabulous publisher to work with.

How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I’m retired with a husband who also writes, so he understands my devotion to craft. I do emails and self-promotion all morning. Blogging, too. I write all afternoon and off and on in the evening until around one in the morning.

Is your muse demanding?

Oh yes, the hussy. As soon as I email my finished book to my agent, I’m typing “Chapter One” again—and the excitement begins anew.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
That women are the stronger species. We’ve been beaten, battered, debased in some instances, and tossed aside, but we are never broken. We survive. We eventually re-invent ourselves. We are a rock of hard-times chiseled granite…and we are beautiful.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Paris, most definitely.

What song would best describe your life?
“At Last”

As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Writing term papers. Yeah, I was weird that way.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Warning: Do not treat me as if I’m stupid or you will self-destruct in sixty seconds.”

Storm’s Interlude

Books Coming Soon

Those Violet Eyes
Mona Lisa’s Room

Contests –

My debut book, Storm’s Interlude, is in the running for “Book of the Year” at Long and Short Reviews. For those of you who hop over to http://www.longandshortreviews.com/promo.htm and vote (ain’t I sneaky?) and leave the percentage amount in your comments, you’ll be entered to win one of three copies I’m giving away of Storm’s Interlude. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you should you win.
Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with lots of cheese.
I'm always ready for a hug from one of my 6 grandkids.
When I'm alone, I crawl in bed and read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I was once quite skinny.
If I had a halo it would be cherry red.
If I could travel for a year I'd tour Europe.
Find Me Here

February 18, 2012

Interview with Kindlegraph Founder Evan Jacobs

The Kindlegraph Widget.
[Readers - want an autograph for your Kindle books? Click the white Kindlegraph link on the right side of this blog to see how to get one.]
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Evan, before I begin, I want to thank you for creating Kindlegraph.com It's a great concept and a wonderful way to connect authors and readers. I know you'll be changing the format of this venture, and hope you'll be able to tell us a bit about that.

Let's start by talking about Kindlegraph. How does the program work?

Kindlegraph enables readers to receive digital inscriptions from their favorite authors. Yes, authors can sign your e-books! An author can get started using Kindlegraph by first "claiming" her books that are listed on Amazon. Then, readers can request a Kindlegraph from any author and simply enter where they'd like their Kindlegraphs to be delivered (i.e., either directly to a Kindle device or via email).

How did you come up with the idea for Kindlegraph?

The idea for Kindlegraph occurred to me while I was at an author reading. After the author finished talking about his book, it was time for everyone to come up and have their book signed. I felt really awkward since I had the author's book on my Kindle and therefore didn't have anything for the author to sign. I ended up just leaving instead of meeting the author.
Evan Jacobs and a Kindlegraph
I built the first version of Kindlegraph during a two-day software development contest. These events are sometimes called "hackathons" from the term "hack" which means to build something quickly by leveraging open-source software (note: this is the exact opposite of the malicious activity portrayed in the media when they use the term "hacker").

What advice would you give authors for making the most of Kindlegraph?

I tell authors to really let their Kindlegraphs reflect their personalities. My favorite Kindlegraphs are those where the author has taken time to write a personal message or draw a little doodle next to her signature.

Now, please tell readers (all authors are readers) how to get the most out of this service.

Currently Kindlegraph is optimized for readers to connect with authors whom they are already familiar. That is, most readers learn about Kindlegraph via a link from an author they already follow on Twitter or Facebook. These readers have the opportunity to leave a short message for an author when requesting a Kindlegraph.
Soon, however, Kindlegraph will become a better place for readers to discover new authors. I have several really exciting ideas for this and I'm looking forward to revealing these new features in the near future.

What is your background as it pertains to software and books?

I'm a software developer by profession and before I embarked on this entrepreneurial adventure I spent most of my career at Amazon.com. I worked on several different teams during my 10 years there although strangely enough I never worked on the Books or Kindle teams.

When you decided to create your own company, what were some of your reasons for doing so?

I loved working at Amazon. There are so many very smart people there and I was able to work on really challenging problems. However, I also had ideas of my own that I was never able to pursue inside of a large company. Once I left Amazon I spent about six months experimenting with different ideas in a range of different domains before I came across the idea for Kindlegraph.

What other types of tools do you hope to create?

As more readers have access to more books by more authors I think that it becomes increasingly important to help these readers discover the works that they'll most enjoy. I think it's also still too difficult for authors to promote their books and I'd like to help with this as well.

What advice would you give authors for using Amazon's sales ranking tools?   

The best way to think about Amazon's sales rank is simply as a baseline. In other words, sales rank can be a measurement of an author's "success" but you can't improve your sales rank by obsessing about your sales rank. The only real way to improve sales is (like everything else in life) through persistence and hard work.
Also, be careful of anyone who claims to be able to boost your sales rank overnight through some expensive scheme.

What are some of your goals for 2012?

Currently, I rely on income from my consulting work in order to bootstrap Kindlegraph. My main goal for 2012 is to be in a position where I can devote 100% of my time to Kindlegraph.

List two authors we might find you reading.

Evan Jacobs
I enjoy a wide range of genres but I'm currently reading mostly science fiction and biographies. My two favorite authors right now are Neal Stephenson and Matt Ruff. I'm particularly excited to read Mr. Ruff's new book "The Mirage."

Do you ever plan to join the ranks of published authors? If so, what would you like to write?

Great question! Yes, I'd love to become a published author at some point. I currently write about technical and entrepreneurial topics on my blog and perhaps I'll pull these posts together into some sort of collection which I'll publish. I'd also keen to gain first-hand experience in all of the various tools and publishing platforms that authors are currently using.

What is the future of technology and writing? Should authors be scared or excited about the future?

Authors have always embraced technology since advancements in technology have allowed authors to make their work available to more people. As more books become available to more people, some authors start to worry about "information overload." In other words, when readers have instant access to every book ever written, how can authors stand out and get noticed? I think this is actually a good problem to have and it will be the challenge of the next several years. I'm excited to be able to help authors solve this problem.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

I'd love to live on the Italian Riviera.

What song would best describe your life?

"I'm That Man" by West Valley Highway

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?

I'd probably be some sort of descrambler that would help people make sense of something that was otherwise a mixed-up jumble.
Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with my kids.
I'm always ready for new challenges.
When I'm alone, I like to read, write, or program.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm actually quite introverted.
If I had a halo it would be in need of some polishing.
If I could stop time I'd catch up on my reading backlog.
I can never give up because it's not in my nature.
Find Me Here
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Added 2/17/12: Evan has created a Kindlegraph widget that authors will be able to upload to their blogs or websites. Mine is shown at the top of this article. For more info, keep watching the Kindlegraph website. Other features to help authors promote are on their way.

February 16, 2012

Three Cheers for Four-Legged Matchmakers

Three Cheers for Four-Legged Matchmakers...
or Why My Books Feature Canine Cupids
by Marcia James

February is all about romance, thanks to Valentine's Day, but it's also Responsible Pet Owner's Month. So what better time to discuss Canine Cupids? Don't you just love it when an animal character brings together the hero and heroine in a romance novel? I'm not talking about werewolves or other shape-shifters. Just every-day, garden-variety matchmaking cats and dogs. Of course, Smokey, my Chinese crested hairless dog mascot, would object to being called a garden-variety anything. He's very proud of the fact that, in my books, he and his cousins continue to work their magic when it comes to introducing or reuniting soul mates.

Every novel or novella I write includes a Chinese crested hairless dog (or "crestie"), along with other pets. I especially love pairing a big Alpha hero with a tiny crestie sidekick. Sex & the Single Therapist (S&ST), the first in my "Dr. Ally Skye, Sex Therapist" comic romantic mystery series, features a crestie, two mellow cats, and a mixed-breed canine shedding machine named Marty, who plays an important role in the mystery plot.

Fictional heroes and heroines show their softer sides around their pets — a humanizing characterization device Hollywood scriptwriters call "petting the dog." A fine example of this is the movie, As Good As It Gets, in which the curmudgeon (Jack Nicholson) falls for the little dog. In S&ST, the hero (Detective Zack Crawford) is gruff and all-business until we see him open his heart and his home to Marty. Like Marty, all of my fictional animal characters are homeless — rescued from the streets or adopted from shelters — and their owners spay or neuter them, as responsible pet owners should.

Animal adoption is such an important cause, especially when so many animals are homeless due to the economy and house foreclosures. In 2009, I contributed an animal-themed story, "Rescue Me," to author Lori Foster's benefit anthology, Tails of Love. So far, this book has raised over $10,000 for Animal Adoption Foundation (AAF), a no-kill animal shelter in Ohio. This popular anthology, which Berkley reissued in December 2011, offers ten romantic tales featuring four-legged matchmakers. The author advances and royalties for Lori's as-yet-untitled, June 2012 benefit anthology will also support AAF.

In my Tails of Love story (and the majority of the others), the matchmaking four-legged characters don't have their own POV (point-of-view). Readers don't get to see what the animals are thinking; the POVs are saved for the two-legged characters. However, several of the stories do feature animals whose "internal dialogue" is on the page, bringing the reader into the animal's POV. We can see why the dog or cat is doing what it's doing.

From the anthology's reviews and reader feedback, I learned that people either love or really dislike animal characters who have their own POVs. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. It's an interesting phenomenon. Personally, I've always enjoyed mysteries and romances with thinking and sometimes talking animals. For example, quite a few cozy mysteries feature feline amateur sleuths, such as the "Midnight Louie" series by Carole Nelson Douglas. And I love Spencer Quinn's "Chet & Bernie" mysteries, which are told 100% from the point-of-view of Chet, a very amusing canine detective.

Speaking of talking animals, one of my favorite funny YouTube videos features a chatty dog being teased by his owner. Here's the link, if you'd like to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw

So, do you enjoy books, movies, or television shows with animal POVs? Do you like hearing Fido's and Kitty's thoughts? If you do, what books, etc do you recommend featuring animals' internal dialogue?

I'll pick several people randomly from the comments on today's guest blog to receive a free e-book of my first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command -- featuring none other than Smokey himself!

Happy Reading!
-- Marcia James
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February 13, 2012

An Interview with Linda McMaken

Granite Rose.
Linda, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Please tell us about your books.

My latest book is called The Granite Rose. It is an historical romance, set in ancient Rome. Yes, it is a very different time period for the usual romances. It is also a very different book for me to write. Most of my writing is romantic comedy, as I find love and romance, well, very fun!

The Granite Rose is set in during an actual event, The Dacian War. The characters that fill the book really existed, Emperor Trajan, Hadrian, Kind Decabalus – my hero and heroine however, did not, they are entirely figments of my overactive imagination. Essentially, it is the story of two people who because of events, politics, and circumstance are forced together.

The hate each other and their hatred moves along cultural lines. As they learn how badly their countries and their families have betrayed them, they discover they are not so different. Soon they realize they are dependent on each other to survive the labyrinth of Roman politics. Once they get past their differences their hearts begin to take over.

Here's a blurb:
Sworn to uphold his Emperor's orders, General Marcus Alexius must silence his inner voice to obey an Imperial command that his conscious is rebelling against.  He is asked to perform a clandestine kidnapping of the Dacian Princess - the princess of a country that executed his brother, and insure her safekeeping.

Sianna Cynara, the Princess of Dacia must endure the treachery of Rome, the enslavement of her country, her people and the horrible realization that her father might have sacrificed her to realize his dreams of Imperialism. 

They are thrust together in a Roman Empire where the Emperor has no heir, and where the dark forces of Rome's elite Patrician society work to ensure one of their own will be named the successor.  The enemies of the Emperor bribe, coerce and murder to ensure General Alexius will never become emperor and that the Dacian Princess becomes a spectator sport in the Coliseum.  Thrust together by elements out of their control, two bitter enemies will find solace in each other's arms and the courage to challenge the powers of the Roman Empire.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
In a wandering RV.

What song would be describe your life?
Twilight Zone

If you came with a warning label what would it say?
Caution, may erupt with uncontrolled laughter at the worst possible moments.

Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with – pepperoni.
I'm always ready for – camping
When I'm alone – If I told you I'd have to include you in a future novel and it wouldn't be pretty.
You'd never be able to tell but – I'm full of worthless info. Someday I'm gonna win big on Jeopardy.
If I had a halo it would be –Chrome. It's the classic car girl in me.
If I could – travel – I'd – never stop.
I can never – run for president – because – I'm too honest and not "politically correct."

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February 8, 2012

New Grit with Frances Pauli

Fairies in February.

I find perfection unbelievably boring. Okay, once upon a time when I was young and stupid, the idea of flawless beauty, blissful contentedness and perfect grace might have seemed attractive. I do prefer a happily ever after, after all. But after a little growing and living, I have to say the thought of perfection tends to make me yawn.
I like a little spice in my life, a little chaos, a little clutter. Maybe I’m just weird.
Even as a reader I’ve always allied with the quirky characters in the sidelines far more than the dashing protagonist. I like a good villain, or maybe that should be a bad villain. I prefer complex, troubled and yes, deeply flawed characters. I can get on board with a heroine or hero in a romance, because that’s what you do, but in the past they tended to be polished a little too much for my tastes. They shone with a bit of that ideal gloss, and I just can’t help but want to see a little tarnish from time to time.
I’m not a hardcore realist, but I want them to be human, and I’ve spent enough years around humans to know that most of us are pretty messy. Even the pretty people are a mess. They’re human, after all, and messing up is kind of what we do.
Happily, there seems to be a trend toward the more realistic characters nowadays. Protagonists with issues, gritty, troubled, haunted heroines and heroes, seem to be popping up like mushroom rings on Midsummer’s eve. They still tend to be fairly idealized in the appearance category, but now and again we even get a popular heroine who is a bit on the chunky side, a bit disheveled, not perfect. I think we’re a little less eager to let our dashing hero go to pot, but at least he’s branching out into new things like alpha geekdom.
And so I wonder if, like me, other readers have gotten a tad bit jaded on the perfection front. Do we like a little more flaw in our fantasy because we’ve lost our ability to believe in the illusion of perfection? Or is it because we’re in the age of reality TV? I like to think neither is true. Maybe, we like a dash of humanity, with all its glorious faults, because that allows us to relate to the fantasy a little more. Maybe seeing that familiar mess helps us to get back in touch with the happily-ever-after world.
I’d like to believe that. I hope that by making our characters more like us, we can deepen out link, our belief in their heroism. Maybe we can bring that fantasy, a touch of that magic into our own worlds a little more easily if we can relate to it. Maybe even, as a species, we’ve matured a tiny bit.
A Moth in Darkness
And maybe I’m an idealist after all.
So what do you all think? Do you miss the glossy, issue-free couple, or do you like the new grit? What’s your theory on why we like a little mess with our magic?

Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction with romantic touches. Her books are published through Mundania Press LLC, Awe-Struck, and Devine Destinies, and her short stories are featured in various anthologies. More information on her worlds and writing can be found on her website and blog, and she offers free online stories, web serials, podcasts there as well.

Book Blurbs:
A Moth in Darkness
The boundaries between the worlds have fallen. Forced to integrate the creatures of fantasy into real life, humanity struggles against its disillusionment, prejudice and an inevitable feeling of inadequacy.
Once an agent for the embassy that mediates between the worlds, Elizabeth Larson has abandoned her past and slipped into a world of nostalgic addiction to fairy revels, dancing, and the dark lure of her own memories. But when Lockland Sheen, her former partner and lover, goes missing, she is pulled reluctantly back into service. She must venture once more across the borders, into the land that haunts her, facing a string of gruesome murders, the imposing Sidhe rulers and her own addiction in the process.
While the Embassy’s agents attempt to soothe tensions between the races, Liz and her new partner search the fairy realm for Lockland. Fighting the constant temptation of the revels, they piece together the trail of an unknown enemy. But the longer they follow it, the more it appears that the man they came to rescue is more villain than victim. And the more they rely on Elizabeth’s ties to the fairies, the closer she inches toward the madness that lurks behind her fantasies.
The Fly in Paradise
The Fly in Paradise
Something’s rotten in the Fey lands. While Marcus Bramble tracks the lunatic who started it all, Elizabeth and the crew at the Embassy sort through the evidence he left behind. With Lockland back, and the revels behind her, Liz’s world is slowly returning to normal. But on both sides of the borders, shadow creatures spring out of nowhere, and the dark legends surrounding the fey take on a whole new meaning.
Now time is against them.  On the mortal side of things, protesters rally to close the borders, politicians descend on the Embassy, and something that shouldn’t exist stalks Elizabeth through the city.
 In his world, Marcus faces a madman with answers he doesn’t want to hear. The Fey rulers turn a blind eye on forests teeming with imaginary monsters, and the Sidhe tower stands silent amidst the chaos. Will the race to uncover its secrets solve the mystery of the elves’ past or unleash even more horrors on them all?
Spiders From Memory
Spiders from Memory
The Seelie court is gone, and the Tower has fallen into darker hands. Now nightmare creatures terrorize the Fey races, and the whole Fey world turns to frost and shadow.
Liz Larson holds the last remnant of the Seelie Sidhe's power. The elves look to her for guidance, but all she has to offer them is the disturbing story of their origin, the final truth that will turn many of them against her. With her dwindling number of allies, Liz needs to reopen the borders, to find the missing Marcus Bramble, and to avoid the sudden, terrifiying attention of the new Fey ruler, the Unseelie Speaker and new master of the Sidhe Tower.
While her friends in Mundanity race to pry open the gates, and Marcus searches for the answer to a puzzle that could save or damn them all, the Unseelie Speaker marches north, bringing his army and his wrath to focus on Elizabeth. What can one, fairy-touched human do in the face of the Unseelie court's full fury? How can she fight when the enemy's anger is only partly blind, when she can see all too clearly the traces of justice behind it?

February 4, 2012

Interview with Xavier Axelson

Lily - by Xavier Axelson.
 Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Being a single Dad is hard enough but when Pryor loses his daughter Lily in an unthinkable event he thinks he has experienced the ultimate horror but it's when Lily returns he realizes his nightmare has only just begun.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Other: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Gay, Paranormal/Alternate World, Romance, Shape-Shifter, Werewolves

How do you come up with ideas?
The ideas come up with me. But I am inspired by the world around me; nature, creation, destruction and magic.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Being true to my characters, I feel obligated to tell their story to the best of my ability.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The fact that I learn something every time I write.

Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I don't really know but I do know it is never plotting or an outline. It's usually a bolt from the blue kind of thing.

What did you learn from writing your first book? 
I learned about my dedication to my work.

Would you consider self publishing?
I don't think so.

How many hours a day to you spend writing?

Is your muse demanding?
Does fire burn? Demanding doesn't begin to describe it.

Are your stories plot or character driven?

What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Oye, I'm not sure, I was a pretty crazy kid. I think the non-crazy things could go in a book, though it would be a short story.

What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
A friend of mine just told me I needed to write a book about my careers in porn and the adult world. My response: BORING so I doubt it.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
The Birches by Xavier Axelson
I'd say go in chronological order, you'll see my progress and experience the journey as I have. Start with Christmas Eve at the Powers That Be Café, tell me what you think!

What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A sense of freedom.

List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Peter Straub and Jane Austen

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Still-life with Gravy

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

What song would best describe your life?
Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits
Never Say Never Anthology

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with mushrooms.
I'm always ready for cocktails.
When I'm alone, I sleep.
Christmas Eve at The Powers That Be Café
A Valentine for Evrain (Part of the Never Say Never Anthology)
Dutch's Boy
The Incident
The Birches
Books Coming Soon
Earthly Concerns with Seventh Window Publishing
Find Xavier Here

February 3, 2012

With This Kiss - Victoria Lynne

With This Kiss.
With This Kiss
Beauty and the beast: they were the scandal of the ton.  All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club.  But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.”  She lured him out of the crowded club to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.

An act of heroism had left Morgan St. James burned, scarred for life, but Julia’s bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed.  And now this glorious stranger was his bride.  But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace—three months to know a stranger’s mind, to touch a stranger’s soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before.  Into his heart…

Smashwords (All Formats):  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68828

With This Kiss — A Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’!
“Ms. Lynne weaves her magic to bring the reader a bit of poignancy along with a sexually charged romance in this very satisfying historical romantic suspense.  Find a place for this one on your special shelf.”  —Romantic Times
Nominated for Romantic Times  “Best Historical Romance”
“A smoldering Victorian era romance.”  —Booklist
“The unexpected twists in Ms. Lynne’s newest historical entertain and satisfy.”  —Publisher’s Weekly
“…Trust me: A fun read for lovers of romance, and CERTAINLY for lovers of the Beauty/Beast type story (which I am).  This is the only book of Ms. Lynne’s that I’ve read, but based on my enjoyment, I shall surely seek more.”
“An excellent read—I loved it!  I have never read Victoria Lynne before this book.  You can bet I will from now on.  This book was excellent and I couldn’t put it down… If you like Jude Deveraux or Kathleen Woodiwiss, pick up this book!”
“This book is as great as the reviews!  I am happy to say that it was a pleasure to read a romance that fulfills everything I look for in a novel…This was my first book by this author but I will by all means be looking for more.”
“Surprisingly good!  I received this book from my sister and thought it would prove to be just another trite formula romance.  She said it was “really good,” so I gave it a chance.  She was right.  It does have all of those necessary facets that make it a romance novel, but the writing is crisp and talented, the characters sizzle with a never flagging sexual tension, and the plot never sinks to feeling contrived or phoney.  I enjoyed every page!”
“I loved this.  I could write a long review of this book, but I won’t.  I will sum it up in as few words as possible.  This story contained two extremely likeable characters.  The dialogue between them was so entertaining and well-worded.  I loved every encounter between them.  Everything about this novel was real.  I loved it, and I can truly say it is one of my favorite novels.”
“Fabulous!  With This Kiss had everything I look for in a romance—a tender hero, touching love scenes, a strong heroine, and even a mystery to solve.  I will be hunting down this author’s backlist.”
“Fresh and rewarding…definitely get you hands on this book.”
“This was an extremely well-written book, with believable characters and an interesting plot…”

Victoria Lynne
Victoria Lynne is the author of five historical romance novels.  She’s received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times’ “Top Pick” award.  Called “A Fabulous Storyteller!” by Rendezvous Magazine, her work consistently draws rave reviews and continues to attract new readers.  Her books have been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and are currently available online through Kindle and Nook.  
Ms. Lynne lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.  When she’s not plotting her next novel, she loves to get away from her keyboard to ski and hike.
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February 1, 2012

RLF Gems - Blog Stats for 2011 and Jan 2012

RLF Gems 
Ever wondered who and what brings people to a blog? When you post somewhere, do you wish you could see your stats? If you post here, and you want to know what your stats are for the time you were visiting, email me and I'll let you know. I download a monthly spreadsheet with the basic info every month.

I thought I'd start sharing some of that info. This is minus the numbers, because those are private, but here are the top five posts for 2011, and for 2012 so far, and who posted them. Links are provided to the top posts so you can go back and take another look if you want to know made them unique. Each will open in a new window so you can read and then come back.

I'll be posting these on a regular basis. They are presented In order of page loads.

1. Alexandr Voinov http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-alexandr-voinov.html
2. Jannine Corti Petska  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/05/author-interview-jannine-corti-petska.html
3. Salute to Author Veterans http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/11/salute-to-author-veterans-2011.html
4. Jevocas "Java" Green http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/11/interview-with-jevocas-java-green.html
5. K D Grace  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/10/pet-shop-by-k-d-grace.html

Others in the top ranking for 2011: Cornelia Grey, Blaine D. Arden, Tara Lain, Sharon Noble, Selena Illyria, Christie Barth. A number of the top ranking authors were from Storm Moon Press.

2012 (Jan)

1. Amy McCorkle http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-ordinary-love.html
2. Heidi Belleau | Violetta Vane  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-heidi-belleau-and.html
3 Angelia Sparrow http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-angelia-sparrow.html
4. S A Reid  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-different-by-s-reid.html
5. Mimi Barbour http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/12-steps-to-self-publish-your-book-mimi.html

One of my own posts was in the top five, but I left it out to feature the first five guests.
Kayelle Allen http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/will-your-book-make-money.html

My thanks to these authors for making Romance Lives Forever a great blog to visit.