May 26, 2012

Fairy Tale Erotica by Liz Adams

Alice and Jack.
Please welcome Liz Adams to Romance Lives Forever! Liz, tell us all about your erotic fairy tale romance.

Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land
Genre: Erotic Romance

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About the Author

Liz Adams, author of the erotic fairy tale Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Liz studied music and creative writing at UCLA and worked as a freelance model before making her writing her career. In her spare time she cuddles with her husband on the couch to watch her favorite shows.
About Alice’s Sexual Discovery in a Wonderful Land
Having returned from university for the holidays, Alice can’t shake the truth: She’s still in love with her childhood crush Jack, the buff and handsome gardener. But as inexperienced as she is with the fine art of sexuality, and having never been able to achieve the big O, will she ever be good enough to satisfy Jack?
A fall deep down a well takes her to an erotic wonderland fairy tale where she can do her due diligence at learning how to please a man and how to achieve orgasm. She shares her sexual discoveries with a young man named “Rabbit” who likes to explore, a group of strong villagers, a “Caterpillar” who has more hands than Alice can handle, a Mad Hatter who finds Alice’s exquisite weakness, and a whole host of talented characters.
All lead to the Queen and her majesty’s dark secret. Will Alice’s sexual discovery be just the thing to snag her desired man Jack? And will her erotic fairy tale help her discover the key to her own pleasure?

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May 23, 2012

Dance Me to the Stars by Marie Astor

By Marie Astor
Romance Lives Forever welcomes Marie Astor to the blog! Take it away, Marie, and dance us to the stars...

Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York's top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York's most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire's, he unwittingly awakens Claire's old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?

In order to secure his place as his father's successor, thirty-three-year-old David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the future head of Lawson Enterprises - and who could fit the prerequisite better than the stunningly beautiful and incredibly bright Claire Chatfield? There is just one glitch – David Lawson is in love with another woman – a Hollywood Legend Claudia Block.

A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked for women's attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, and Alec is determined to change Claire's view of him.

Claudia Block has been basking in the limelight of Hollywood for more years than she cares to admit. While she still has her looks, she would much rather not mention her age, which makes her unconventional affair with young and handsome David Lawson that much more difficult for her to give up.

Dance Me to the Stars is a love story about finding one's perfect match - sometimes following one's heart is as convoluted as learning the steps of tango.

Dance Me to the Stars has been selected in the first round of entries in the General Fiction category in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year.


Alec put down the paint roller and wiped his forehead on the back of his arm. Man, he was beat – he had forgotten how grueling physical labor could be. Sure, he worked out six days a week, not to mention daily dance practice, but painting walls made him discover muscles he didn't know he had. Every bit of his body throbbed, but at least he had gotten the job done – the south wall was painted red, and the other three were white. Now, all he needed was to wait for the paint to dry so that he could add a silhouette of a tango couple against the red background – that ought to complete the ambiance. He opened the small fridge and reached for a bottle of orange juice. The cool liquid soothed his parched throat. Holding the now half-empty bottle, Alec walked over to the window to check out his new view. All in all he was happy with his new digs: the rent was reasonable and the view was not bad either – from the top floor he had an unobstructed view of Second Avenue – not exactly the poshest of locations, but it would do.

One thing he had not counted on was fussy neighbors. Alec smiled, thinking of the unexpected visitor from the morning. "Claire," he mouthed her name, remembering her tousled chestnut hair and hazel eyes - even that bulky bathrobe she had been wearing could not conceal the shapely outlines of her body.

Of course, a girl like that was bound to be a challenge. But he had always liked challenge, and the fact that he was a professional tango dancer usually played in his favor. Usually, but it might not be so this time. Alec winced, remembering Claire's reaction to his innocent question about her music taste. What was all that about? he wondered - as far as he was concerned, no one could resist tango. Well, he would get to the bottom of Claire's music idiosyncrasies in due time, but in the meantime, he needed to think of a way to become more neighborly.

Dance Me to the Stars
"Think of the devil," Alec murmured, taking another gulp of orange juice as he spotted the subject of his thoughts exiting the lobby. Someone must have a hot night planned, he thought, examining every detail of Claire's outfit, which was far more flattering than the bathrobe he remembered from this morning. Now, she was dressed in a little black number that fitted her body to a T – his instincts had been right, from long, shapely legs to firm, flat stomach to wonderfully full breasts, her body was downright perfect, and the way her chestnut mane bounced down her back made Alec want to get to know his neighbor better. Heading out for a night on the town, Alec mused – it was Saturday night after all, and he was glad to remark the absence of a male companion by Claire's side. Suddenly, his new building looked even more appealing.


"Hold it!" The elevator doors were about to close when a muscular arm jammed them open.

Startled, Claire stared at the switchboard stupidly, unable to locate the 'door open' button.

"Sorry about that." The owner of the arm slipped inside the elevator. He was dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt that clung to his lean, muscular torso. His dark-brown hair brushed against the nape of his neck. In one hand he was carrying a can of black paint and in the other a large paper bag. Two earphone wires swirled from his neck to his chest and over his taut stomach to the iPod that was tucked into the front pocket of his jeans. "Could you press twelve please?"

"Sure." Claire held her breath and lowered her eyes, hoping that she would not be recognized. There was no place like the elevator to illustrate the theory of relativity. An elevator ride that normally lasted only a couple of minutes now felt like an eternity.

The man pushed his back against the wall and exhaled as he unplugged his earphones, letting them hang on his neck. "Crazy day." He grinned at Claire. "Oh, forgive me – how rude of me. It's Claire, right? I'm Alec – your new neighbor – we met before…"

"Hello." Claire smiled tartly and felt her face grow warm in spite of herself.

"I hope I haven't been bothering you with the music." Alec smiled apologetically. "I've gotten these." He motioned to the earphones.

"It's fine, really." Claire forced herself to ignore the distant sounds of tango that were emanating from the tiny earphones.

"I promise you it won't happen again. I still can't live down the fact that I woke you up on a Saturday morning. May I take you out for a cup of coffee, or better yet, a drink to make up for it?"

Claire ignored the playfulness in his tone. "No worries – already forgotten." She fumbled with her keys in order to avoid looking at his face. "So, you're doing more painting?" She purposely fixed her stare on the can of paint.

"Just some finishing touches and then I'll be ready to move in."

"Good for you. Well, this is my floor – good luck with the painting." Claire bolted out of the elevator.


Claire's purchase was almost wrapped up when the front door swung open, blowing in a fresh burst of May air. Hearing the noise, Claire turned toward the source of distraction and immediately regretted her decision.

"Are you OK?" Lindsay nudged her. "Your face is all flushed."

"I'm fine," Claire murmured. "I'm just really hungry that's all – let's go grab a bite to eat after this." Claire ducked her head, hoping to remain unnoticed.


She had only heard his voice a handful of times, and yet, it was enough to unleash a flurry of goose bumps on her skin. "Hi Alec." Claire widened her lips in a bright smile, attempting to sound nonchalant.

"Hi, I'm Lindsay." Lindsay stepped in, alternately darting curious glances at Claire and Alec.

"This is Alec, my new neighbor." Claire swiped away at an unruly strand of hair that fell over her forehead.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Lindsay." Alec momentarily tore his gaze away from Claire.

"Likewise. So, are you an art fan, Alec?" Lindsay asked, clearly oblivious to Claire's tense state.

"You could certainly say that, although dance is my first love, as Claire might have told you."

"No, she did not."

"Alec is a big tango fan," Claire cut in, eager to put an end to this unnerving chitchat.

"Actually, I'm a dance teacher – I teach tango and I also compete professionally." Alec's dark brown gaze found Claire's. "I'm afraid Claire and I had started off on the wrong foot when I inadvertently woke her up on a Saturday morning by playing my tango music too loud, but I hope that she has forgiven me."

Alec kept his gaze on Claire during the entire tirade, and all she could do was blush and mumble a muffled yes.

"Ah, that's much better." Alec exhaled, his muscular chest puffing out. "I've always had a good rapport with all of my neighbors and I was hoping that my good record would not get marred. So, are you doing some decorating, Claire?"

"I'm buying an anniversary gift for my boyfriend," Claire snapped, wishing the store clerk would hurry up with the wrapping.

"Oh, I see. Well, I'm sorry to have bothered you – I'll be on my way now."

As Alec walked away, Claire was caught off guard by a sudden sense of regret. "Come, let's get out of here." She grabbed Lindsay's arm.

"So, are you going to tell me what that was all about?" Lindsay stared at Claire once they stood outside the gallery.

"Yeah, but I need a drink first."


I wonder what's he doing up there? Claire mused, as she recounted her earlier encounter with Alec at the art gallery: the flirtatious tone of his voice, the playful sparks in his eyes, the way his hair brushed against his neck. She had been so brisk with him, her voice prim and her lips set, while all she wanted to do instead was break into a smile and flirt right back. What harm could there be in a little flirtation? But with Alec, she could not bring herself to say anything other than matter-of-fact remarks – every time she saw him, something inside her constricted, making her run for the cover of prudishness. The forced primness felt both a haven and a jail – a haven from anything that might go awry, and a jail that precluded anything wonderful from happening, for that was exactly the emotion that stirred in her every time she ran into Alec – that something incredibly wonderful might happen. It was also the emotion that sent Claire scurrying for cover, acting as a bona fide ice maiden, leaving her trapped in her own confusion. Just what it was about Alec that affected her so, Claire had no idea – she barely knew the guy, and yet, every time she saw him, she felt her breath catch.

The sensible part of Claire knew that nothing good could come out of her ambiguous feelings for her upstairs neighbor. From what she could tell, Alec was a good-for-nothing flirt, and Claire did not intend to encourage him when she was happily in love with David. I'll just look up one more time and then I'll be on my way, Claire thought. What she saw next confirmed her misgivings. Now, there were two silhouettes in the window instead of one: a woman and a man. The female shade arched her back in Alec's arms as he tilted her back, leaning over her. Claire looked away, as though jolted by electricity. Even without the music, she could recognize the pattern of tango – Alec was so in sync with his partner that it looked as though the two were connected by an invisible thread. Oh, what Claire would give to be able to lose herself to music so completely, and even more, to know her lover's arms were there to hold her.

Back in her apartment, Claire threw her bag on the dresser and sank into her couch. As she closed her eyes, she could hear faint sounds of a milonga coming through her ceiling – it was more a throbbing than an actual sound, but it was still enough for her to hear the rhythm of the sensual dance. Right now, separated by only a couple of feet of flooring above her, Alec held another woman in his arms. To Claire, she was only a faceless shade, an outline, but to him she was flesh and bones, her body pressing firmly against his. And what a body it was – the glimpse that Claire had caught through the window left her speechless with intimidation – a willowy, slender flute of a body, a dancer's body that was full of grace – the kind of grace that Claire would never dare attempt.


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Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Dance Me to the Stars, On the Rim of Love, and Lucky Charm. Marie Astor has also authored a collection of short stories A Chance Encounter and Other Stories. Marie's latest contemporary romance novel, Dance Me to the Stars, has been selected in the first round of entries in the General Fiction category in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year. Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – a first installment in her romantic suspense series.

Author Website:
Marie Astor

Books by Marie Astor

Dance Me to the Stars – a contemporary romance about finding one's perfect match.

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck, and friendship.

A Chance Encounter and Other Stories – a short story collection about love and everyday life.

May 18, 2012

Hillary Peak: On Wings of Love

Hillary, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us, what is the most important thing you do for your career?
I keep writing and keep promoting! Even on those days that it seems like it isn't possible to make it.
What do you enjoy most about life?
I love to have fun. My mother once told me that wasn't what life was about, but I find that it is the only thing really. I love hanging out with my husband and our two year old. The joy she finds in things makes me so happy.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
I can do better—and I did. My next two novels are progressively better.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Do something you love. You spend WAY too much time working to not enjoy it.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
Most of my jobs ended up in my first novel, Cappuccino is the Answer for Job Dissatisfaction. In fact, I started writing because I quit a crazy job after two days. People would have tears rolling down their cheeks when I told them about it. I figured I'd write in down and send it into Reader's Digest—instead, I wrote a novel.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
I would read anything J.K. Rowling writes.
If Diane Satterfield ever writes another novel (her first was The Thirteenth Tale), I'll be reading it.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
San Francisco.
What song would best describe your life?
You and me against the world.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Talking to friends!
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with mushrooms and olives.
I'm always ready for shopping.
When I'm alone, I read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I played the piano really well at one time (i.e. I played Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for a recital).
If I had a halo it would be slightly tarnished.
If I could do anything, I'd go on Dancing with the Stars!
I can never relax because I'm constantly thinking about what else I need to do.

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope (Kindle)
Wings of Hope (Paperback)
Blurb: The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.
Genre: Literary Fiction
My Booklist
Wings of Hope
Cappuccino is the Answer for Job Dissatisfaction
Books Coming Soon
Justice Scorned, a legal thriller
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May 17, 2012

Touch of the Gods: The Wager by DX Luc

Touch of the Gods.
Have You Been Touched?
Love and war are usually opposing forces. So, what happens if they make a bet? Everyone has someone, right? But is everything really fair in love and war? Heph isn’t the perfect guy, at least not where he lives and being a divorced bachelor is the worst. Pressured by his brother and nephew to find a mate, he moves to a new place, determined find ‘The One’.
He finds her living next door and when they meet? They nearly go at it on the front lawn. Heph knows he has to do this the right way, but he just can't keep his hands off of the curvy, full-bodied Vanessa. Once he touches her, it sets a catastrophe into motion, and he may lose the first woman who could ever love him.
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Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Hephaestus, the god of inventors, blacksmiths, and volcanoes. Sounds great right? To be immortal and all powerful. Well, for this guy, he's hated by all the other gods, divorced from  Aphrodite. He's lame and unloved making his self esteem not the greatest. But he's loyal to his family, and has a bit of hope that his day for happiness will come.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
The strongest point for Heph would be the fact that he's an excellent handy man. He can fix anything and everything.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
Being the everyday punching bag, his self esteem is the weakness Hephaestus lives with. Because of the accident he suffered as a baby, he has a limp. For a god, any imperfection makes one unworthy. So, he suffers with image problems and is pretty anti-social.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Hephaestus is a loving spirit. He works hard to please his customers and those he loves. Never the type to do things half way, the way Heph lives is by giving 100%.
What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Listening to rap music and singing it as loud as possible.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
Physically Hephaestus would look to be in his twenties. But in actuality he's close to the age when man first came to be.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
How To Embarrass Your Older Brother.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Hawaii. Hephaestus is the god of volcanoes. He'd see that they stayed inactive.
What song would best describe your life?
The Way I Am by Eminem
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Hammer in things. Heph loves his hammer.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Every tool and power tool known to man.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Heph lived among humans after being cast from Olympus. His favorite class was in the blacksmith forges.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
Hephaestus once owned a pig. He later learned that the pig was in fact his former neighbor who had been cursed by his older brother Ares. Sadly that pig had been sold for more tools and the neighbor's wife wasn't too thrilled with him.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Watch out for the Prince Albert. It vibrates.
Please Fill in the Blanks (as the character)
I love pizza with a bottle of tequila.
I'm always ready for the next shoe to drop.
When I'm alone, I long to be accepted.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm a really big teddy bear.
If I had a halo it would be melted after working in the forge.
If I could fly I'd never have fallen from Olympus in the first place.
I can never like my brother Ares because he's a douche bag.
Other books by D. X. Luc
Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Homesickness -- New Concepts Publishing
A Zombie Hunter's Holiday -- New Concepts Publishing
About D. X. Luc
An avid reader since I was a child, I never found a book I disliked. Mostly, you could find me lost in Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, or Ernest Hemingway, and my most favorite, Ancient Greek literature. Taking my love of books, I started writing poetry, short stories, and even helped with screen writes for my drama club.
By the time I was in my teens, my older sister introduced me to my first romance novel, The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley. The moment I fell into the world of love, I was hooked, and my addiction grew until I found myself delving deeper into the erotic. After being convinced that I had the skills to try my hand at writing, I went to work on my first story Down the Yellow Brick Road: Finding Home. And since being published, I've not looked back.
Now, as a busy mom who homeschools, drives to activities, and manages to find time to just cuddle with my husband of ten years, I have to say, I love being naughty when I get the chance. It's freeing and I wouldn't want it any other way!
Books Coming Soon
Just had a new release Touch of the Gods: The Wager on Amazon
Find Me Here

May 12, 2012

Neptune the Briarhearted by D. N. Lyons

Neptune the Briarhearted.
Today, Romance Lives Forever is featuring a long-time friend, muse, and critique partner. I'm going to let her take over the blog... stand back, world. =^_^=  You have been warned.
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File: D.N. "Nicki" Lyons
Age: 27.1 years old
Offending Document: Neptune the Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning
Insanity Level: Bipolar Schizophrenic.
So I woke up this morning with a blistering sinus headache. I mean, oh my God, fires of Hell, someone smashed me in the face with a spanner sinus headache. What do you think I did about that?
Yeah, it wasn't too unusual. So I just sat down, watched People's Court, and drank a disgusting concoction made of beets, spinach and assorted fruit. Then I went to the gym and lifted almost one and a half times my body weight. Pretty standard.
You see, I'm the kind of girl who lurches out of bed in the morning, cusses out the cat when her blanket smells like pee, and drinks either a metric fuckton of caffeine for breakfast or has nothing at all. I like my mornings like I like my Tetris games: hard and fast.
Recently I published my first novel, Neptune the Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning. It's a lovely little tale, filled with humor, dark Lords, demons and magic, all mixed up in a pot with a black-skinned, blonde-haired Wizard. Genetic limitations have no meaning to the Planetaries.
This is in the same world (though far before that time) as "What Flavor Are You?" a short story that is definitely not meant for the kiddies. But this one—Neptune the Briarhearted, that is—is YA. Harry Potter kinda stuff, or Lord of the Rings. Not adult in content—and kids like Wizards and Elves a lot more than adults do, to hear my local librarians talk. (The hand-drawn graphic novel type cover is a plus.)
So…if you want it, you can either order a preorder copy directly from me (only 59 of the limited print are left, and they are signed and numbered in the back, autographed in the front), or rush to your local bookstore to have them carry it. If you ask Amazon really nicely, they might put it on the Kindle. ^_^

And hey—Don't be a stranger! Come on over to my neck of the woods sometime.
Buy a first print: (PayPal is the only online payer I use right now. But snail mail or Western Union is also o.k.…just no cash. Personal checks are fine too.)
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Get in touch: (Add me as a friend! I don't bite. And if your kiddies want a poster, ask here.)

May 10, 2012

Passion in Prose by Cecilia Tan

Romance Lives Forever is in the hands of Cecilia Tan today, who will be talking about Passion in Prose and Daron's Guitar Chronicles, her labor of love...
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Would you think I was crazy if I told you I've been writing a book for thirty years? (THIRTY YEARS!) I suppose it might matter how long the book is, right? Because I've been writing Daron's Guitar Chronicles since I was a teenager. It's not exactly a "book," partly because of how long it is. It's not a novel, but it is a story. That means it's not a "romance," but it is a love story.

The main reason I can't call it a romance is because most people's idea of a romance is so strict. For one thing, people expect the love interest in a romance to be introduced in the first chapter. That doesn't happen in Daron's Guitar Chronicles. DGC is a story about a young guitar player trying to make it in the 1980s. He's got conflict with his father, an uphill battle to success, and on top of that, he's in the closet. Finding the love he needs to survive is an even steeper road than the road to fame.

Why don't we meet Daron's love interest in the beginning of the book? Because Daron isn't ready to meet him yet. Daron isn't just in the closet. He's deeply afraid of what might happen if people find out he's gay. He's been fed homophobic crap his entire life and even though if you called him on it he'd say he didn't believe it, deep down, somehow, he does. He doesn't believe himself deserving of love and thinks he's a pervert for the way his hormones take over sometimes and make him act on his lust and frustration.

Many romances are the story of one person learning to love another. But Daron is so weighed down by self-hate, by internalized homophobia, that before he can learn to love someone else, he needs to learn to love himself. Fortunately, he gathers people around him who love him without judging him, though it takes time.

And that's the real truth of the matter. It takes time to get over something as complicated and deep-rooted as internalized homophobia. Which is why this story couldn't be told in one, short novel. It needed to start early in Daron's life and move gradually through all the twists and turns of him coming of age and figuring stuff out. It's a love story and that means all kinds of love, family, friends, lust, and also romantic love.

The story's length and gradual development are what kept me from publishing it for so long. Gay publishers wanted me to cut it down and concentrate on the coming out. Romance publishers wanted me to cut it down and concentrate on one main relationship. Literary publishers wanted me to cut down the pop culture references.

I found I couldn't do any of those things without ruining everything that makes the story work, everything that made my friends who read the early drafts call it "addictive."

This is why I've been publishing Daron's Guitar Chronicles on the web as a serial. You can read it for free starting here: ( But there is one warning. It is addictive. Readers fall in love with Daron. But eventually they catch up to the most recent chapter, and then they have to wait for the next installment. Just like a TV show or a comic book, they have to wait for the next episode. The story will eventually be finished, but for now everyone is invited to fall in love with Daron the way I have and to come along for the ride, which is still going through the ups and downs of his life.

And then for those who enjoy reading on paper, I'm running a Kickstarter right now to raise the money to make an actual print version, and for those who read on Kindle or other e-reader, there are already three volumes of ebooks available. You can get them most places ebooks are sold and also by supporting the Kickstarter as a reward gift, and for a slightly higher contribution, get the printed book, too. For all the details about helping fund a printed version, visit the Kickstarter page here:

Love is ultimately the most rewarding thing I've found to write about. I write about sex, I write about passion, I write about trying to make the world a better place. I write IN ORDER to make the world a better place, whether that's through helping readers to understand how terrible homophobia can be, or through helping them to escape tough issues in their own lives by escaping into my character's world for a while. I do it because I love it, and I hope my readers love it right back.
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Daron's Guitar Chronicles interview

Cecilia, tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Daron is a headstrong young musician. He's very closeted because he was raised to think being gay is something bad, and yet he's very confident in his worth as a human being because of his musical talent. That makes for a somewhat neurotic package, but he tries not to take himself too seriously. He's funny in a deadpan sort of way, and he tries never to let his wounds show. In that way, he's the opposite of a drama queen.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
His musical talent. Daron feels he's got a gift and he just doesn't question it, even when he is insecure about everything else in life.
Does he think he has a weakness?
His biggest weakness is definitely his hang-ups about sex and sexuality. It leaves him vulnerable.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Daron's got a lot of bad role models in his life. His father's a two-bit con man, he is taken advantage of sexually by a roommate, and in the music business it's very hard to know who to trust. But he tries to be better than all that. For a while he event thinks trying to be "good" includes denying his own sexuality.
What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Daron's secret pleasure is dancing in his living room to very loud funk and R&B.

 Personal Info: Daron

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Oh jeez. I suppose "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is already taken, right? Just kidding. If it was written by someone who liked me they'd hopefully title it something more like "I Love Rock and Roll." If it was written by someone who didn't like me, they'd try to get cute, a tell-all book called "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" or something insinuating like that.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I've pretty much settled on staying in Boston. I know I don't want to live in Los Angeles. I'm from New Jersey originally and I always thought I'd move to New York City, but having lived in Boston for a while I've realized how nice it is. I'm on the road a lot, so I'm not home as much as I might like. But when I am, I really appreciate how laid back things are in Boston.
What song would best describe your life?
I've written a lot of songs about my life. It's too difficult to pick one. At any given time it's probably the song I wrote most recently. I just wrote one called "Infernal Medicine" which is about how relationships can be poisonous. You need that person to heal you, you know? But sometimes they're the wrong one. The title came from a trip to the doctor I took. The sign said "Internal Medicine" but I mis-read it. A whole song came out of that.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Ha. Tune guitars. No question.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
I pretty much hated school. I was a loner. I got picked on. The only reason I didn't get bullied worse was because I faded into the woodwork so much. The only good thing was probably music class, but even that was a chore sometimes. When I got to junior high, though, and started playing the guitar at lunch on the warm days when we were allowed to eat outside, that was my favorite thing for sure. I wouldn't even bother to eat. I'd just sit on a picnic table and play and that was how I went from being a band nerd who got picked on to being "cool." As long as I had a guitar in my hands, I was cool. That's still true today,  I guess.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Haha! "Do Not Eat." I think sometimes I'm as toxic to other people as they are to me. Or to one person in particular, anyway.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Daron)

I love pizza with my bandmates at midnight after rehearsal.
I'm always ready for a gig.
When I'm alone, I write songs about being not alone.
You'd never be able to tell, but I really love bubblegum pop. I'm supposed to hate it, I'm supposed to be a snob about it, but people don't appreciate how great a good pop tune is.
If I had a halo it would be rusted.
If I could pick one person's brain I'd pick David Bowie's.
I can never be fully happy because I'm too f'd up.

About the Author

Cecilia Tan is "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature," according to Susie Bright. In 1992 Tan founded Circlet Press, a category-busting independent press that mixes science fiction/fantasy with erotica, and which added an erotic romance line, Clasp Editions, in 2011. Tan is the author of many books, including the romances Mind Games, The Hot Streak, and the Magic University series. Her gay high fantasy erotic romance THE PRINCE'S BOY is a current nominee for the Pauline Reage Novel Award for BDSM-positive fiction.
Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov's Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for LBT gwriters in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2001, and won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for crowdfunded fiction in 2010 for Daron's Guitar Chronicles. She lives in the Boston area with her lifelong partner corwin and three cats.

Find Cecilia Here

Find Daron Here

May 9, 2012

Dawne Prochilo on Over Promoting

First Chance.
I am a huge advocate when it comes to over-promoting. I constantly see authors overdo the promotions of their books. Granted I know the excitement is there. You want the world to know. You also want the world to buy one copy. Right?
Well, I unexpectedly was off-line for the last few weeks due to personal events and a quick trip to Florida. And in that time I noticed something. Sales for my two self published books dipped. They fell. They tumbled some. Hell, I'll be honest... they crashed faster than the stock market did under the democratic politicians.
Sales for my prequel to When We Meet Again, First Chance, was HOT! It hit number 61 in the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers back in March when it was first released.
Then came Insatiable Kate- an erotic tale that was once part of an anthology but when the rights reverted back to me, it was off and running as a self-published book on Amazon.
Now what are their standings? *looks around* I don't want to discuss it. Not one single promotion anywhere online for over three weeks... and there was a noticeable difference and I know my payment from Amazon will reflect the slump. So what to do now?
Insatiable Kate
Light promotions. I will be offering Insatiable Kate free next weekend for Mother's Day. My mindset is that moms will receive gift certificate for Mother's Day (Hint** buy some ebooks for mom this year) and while she's on Amazon shopping, she will see my freebie. Win-win here. She gets a free bonus book to read and I may gain a new reader for my fan base.
Now, I did mention LIGHT promotions. So do NOT expect to see me over-flood the already saturated groups and loops with my freebie. I'm hoping and praying for word of mouth exposure.
So now my main question is this... were sales through the roof due to the fact that these were new releases? Or did the sales falter because I didn't promote at all?
The $64-million dollar question I hope to have an answer for within a month. So stay tuned in for these 'test' results.
*the original post is part of my Promo Monday blog series. But this is an experiment I wanted to share with a broader audience. as I'm sure many authors have seen the same sales influx* 
Also on July 14 and July 15, the Marketing For RomanceWriters group are hosting various workshops on promoting and techniques. Please be sure to join us.

May 8, 2012

Interview with Author AT Weaver

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?
My latest work is Catriona’s Curse. So far I’ve written just gay novels, but this one delves into reincarnation and Paganism.
How do you come up with ideas?
Not really sure. It’s usually when I’m trying to fall asleep.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Trying to make my characters and their surroundings seem real.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Coming up with dialogue.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Just life itself. When I was younger, I really enjoyed traveling and wish I still could.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I guess you’d say plotting. I decide what I want to happen and then set out to make it happen to my characters.
What did you learn from writing your first book? 
That I wasn’t crazy for wanting to do this.
Would you consider self publishing?
I have self-published all three of my books. The first one, I went through a self-publishing company. I’m still in the hole. The other two, I went through Create Space which is free.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Not as many as I should. Probably more like how many hours a week do I spend? Sometimes, I can write for four or five hours straight. But then, I have to stop and think about things for up to a week before I even write another word.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be yourself – stick up for your beliefs. In my younger days, my life was ruled by my mother telling me, “What you want is to….” i.e. give up music to take office practice, move away from my home town, get married, study dental hygiene (that one I didn’t do.) Then the next twenty-three years, I did what my now ex-husband told me to.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
I think by character. I think of my character first, then my plot.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Considering I live alone, and am retired, the only life I have outside of writing is church.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Well, I didn’t do it myself, but two boys pulled me down a hill in a sleeping bag after they threw a sweaty saddle blanket over my head. It does sound like something Andrew (in my first book) would have done. I’ll have to think about that.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I worked as an accountant for forty years, and Alex in my first book was a CPA.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I think it would be Acceptance. Because of the underlying message of the story. Just because your son is gay is no reason not to accept him as a good man, a respected human.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
The knowledge that underneath all the negative publicity about gay couples, they are really no different from straight couples. We all want the same things – someone to hold us when we cry and to laugh with us when we laugh and above all someone to love.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nora Roberts and Ann McCaffery.
Why did you start writing?
In 2003 (at the age of 60) I met about 3,000 gay men through a TV show. They educated me to the problems facing the gay community. One of them said he would like to see a story “where the boy meets the boy and they ride off into the sunset together.” That’s what I try to portray – happily ever after.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
She Did What People Expected
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
The highlands of Scotland
What song would best describe your life?
One Day At A Time
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Colorful things like balloons, flowers, streamers, and banners.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Do you play any online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
I used to play D&D with some people, but haven’t for eight years. I play Farm Town on Facebook.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I hope that includes my ex-husband. We were on the way to a picnic once and he split his pants. The only thing we could find to repair them was a stapler.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Danger: explosive temper

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pineapple and ham.
I'm always ready for adventure.
When I'm alone, I like the quiet.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to love to dance.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could travel I'd go back to Scotland.
I can never get married again because Blackfox died (he promised if I ever got stupid enough to get married again, he’d pipe me to the altar).

My Booklist

Acceptance: One Man’s Quest
First Impressions Don’t count
Cartiona’s Curse

Books Coming Soon

Working on two stories, but they don’t have titles yet. One is a venture into paranormal about a werewolf.

Find Me Here

May 6, 2012

Interview with Author Rosanna Leo

For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, 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?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is launching April 23 through, and I couldn't be happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well, supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god Eryx. Sparks begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my characters. It is so hard to "put them to bed" at the end of a book! An author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it's also so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family, other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can't spend a couple of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript much of the week.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don't sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn't anymore. The petty conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and have seen a few things, you realize it's all going to turn out fine. Glass half full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt, but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a sense of humor as much as I can. And let's face it, sex and romance can be very funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting "The One."
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter brothers (from Colters' Woman). Ethan, Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire Michael. These two books are my "go-to" books when I need a pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with my husband. I'd use London as a hub and travel all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York. Plus…all the Cadbury's chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we'd marry. That's how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
I didn't really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I'd go to the park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd visit a friend, a German Shepherd would chase me. I'd go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
"Beware Rosanna's eyes." When I narrow them at my husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I'm always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I'm alone, I write!
You'd never be able to tell, but there are a lot of naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I'd stop eating chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through
Up in Flames- available May 28 through

Find Me Here

May 5, 2012

Shadow on the Wall: Pavarti K Tyler Tour

Shadow on the Wall.
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire, and Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?
Pavarti's Blog Tour celebrating the release of Shadow will last the entire month of May. Check out her Blog Tour Page for a list of all the stops, including giveaways, interviews, reviews, guest posts, and other exciting events! 

About the Author

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother, and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is hard at work as the Director of Publicity at Novel Publicity and penning her next novel.
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Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K Tyler is available NOW at Amazon.comor your local bookstore.

May 4, 2012

13 Author Cinco de Mayo Party on TRS!

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, join us for a fun Cinco de Mayo celebration!

We're sharing excerpts, giveaways, and chatting with you!

Belinda McBride, Cassandra Carr, Cherise Sinclair, Diana Castilleja, Jessica Freely, Jianne Carlo, Kayelle Allen, Louisa Bacio, Lynn Lorenz, Selena Illyria, Stephanie Haefner, Tara Lain, and Z A Maxfield.

We'll be at The Romance Studio party site all day long on May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, giving away goodies, gift certificates, books, and sharing excerpts, great videos, and recipes.

Want a guide to the various books we'll be sharing? Click here for a downloadable pdf! Cinco de Mayo Reader's Guide (click to open; right click and choose "save file as" to download)

Here's a great recipe to get you started.

 Hot Cinco de Mayo Party Recipe

1 Party Site
13 Authors
32 Books
18 Hours
2 $50 Gift Certificates
Numerous Excerpts 
Assorted Giveaways
Laughter (unlimited)

Start with incredible party site provided by The Romance Studio. Mix Authors and Books thoroughly. Add excerpts. Sprinkle with giveaways and laughter. Simmer throughout the day. Randomly choose Gift Certificate winners. Serve H-O-T.

Caution: Product WILL BE HOT and may produce wetness in certain areas. For best results, serve with a bib or drool cloth.

See you on the party site May 5, 2012!

May 3, 2012

Heidi Cullinan: Character Interview with James Gibbs

Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
The Pirate's Game. 
The man at the center of The Pirate's Game is, as one might assume, a pirate named James Gibbs. Quite probably he's the love child of Captain Jack Hartness of Doctor Who and Torchwood and Captain Jack Sparrow if the latter sobered up. In his world piracy is so organized there are several different kinds with their own turfs and rules of conduct, and he's one of the northern pirates' most cheeky captains. He gets the job put in front of him done, but he'll make a profit on the side and probably talk you into bed before you realize it's happened while he's waiting for his next cargo to load. Probably your friends too.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
He'd grin like a lecher and tell you his point is very strong indeed, and he'd love to give you a personal demonstration.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He knows exactly what his weakness is, which is caring about someone who can be hurt. That's exactly what his enemy thinks it is, and they've already used it against him. His next lover is a little harder to hurt, though, though he does come with some interesting strings.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Captain Gibbs has seen enough of the world and the pain it can bring to want to put things right where he can though also within reason. He takes care of his men and his ship, and he's smart about who he steals from and what he takes, but he knows he can't keep everyone happy and all the scales balanced. He's a realist, but he has a hopefully romantic heart beneath it all too. I think part of him hopes he can save the world someday even though he knows better.
What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
He likes all pleasure, and he's not guilty about anything. Outside of sex, though, I think his most surprising indulgence would be a ravenous appetite for chocolate. That's not present in this book, but I promise you it's still there.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
Twelve. A very randy twelve.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
James Gibbs, Randy Bastard
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Ach, at the Ring, lass, though it'd be better if you came to stay with me.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
In the front, the best and hardiest supplies for a long journey at sea, probably all stolen and sold to you at criminal markup. In the back, the dildos and straps enough to make a whore blush, and plenty of those in both genders to make the blushing that much more fun.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
That there wasn't any.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
Not so much for pets at sea. They start to look too tasty when w'been gone too long. There was this first mate once a'fore I was captain who liked to roll his trousers under his great belly while we was sailing if it got too hot. His arse weren't unpleasant t'look at, so I did my fair share o'peeking when the waist drifted south an' he couldn't let go of the lines and put matters to rights. But like I said, sometimes at sea food runs out or goes scarce, and while fat bellies grow tauter during a famine, trousers don't give a damn. Let's just say I was more than happy to be in the front when those knickers came down, and after I saw what the first mate had to offer, I made it my business to get a lot better acquainted with both his back and front sides.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Nothing, because I'd be certain to have it removed. Though I wouldn't object to being labeled "Warning: Great Pleasure in Store."
James Gibbs fills in the blanks...
I love pizza* with you.
I'm always ready for *chuckles suggestively*.
When I'm alone, I try not to think about the past.
If I had a halo it would be twisted into a pretzel and sold.
If I could erase the Cloister from ever existing I'd do it in a heartbeat  .
I can never go back to South Maidras because of what happened with that trio of dancing girls and their manager. But ah, lass, it was fun.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan
Heidi Cullinan lives in Iowa. She’s always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When she isn’t writing, Heidi enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music. She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats.
Her most recent release is The Pirate's Game, a fantasy about love triangles (and quadrilaterals) while giving chase and braving fierce battles on the high seas. The Pirate's Game is the third book in the first Etsey trilogy.
Find Heidi on the Web: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and her website. Also visit Heidi as one of the co-owners of the naughty blog Coffee and Porn in the Morning.