November 28, 2012

Contemporary Romance: Winter Harvest @susan_jaymes #amreading

Winter Harvest.
Susan Jaymes, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Winter Harvest.
Genre: Contemporary
Buy links:
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Cover artist: Gwen Phifer
Length: 50000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: There's no going back.
Blurb:
Victoria O'Connor came home to help run the family farm, not fall back in love with Traye Petersen, the hired hand. After her mother's death she takes it upon herself to heal her father and brother's hearts.
Traye Petersen is indebted to the O'Connor's for giving him a home in spite of his nasty past. He convinces himself he's part of the O'Connor family and does not intend to lose their respect. Once he gets a taste of Victoria at a weak moment, it awakens an unknown desire, testing his honor leaving him to prove to the O'Connor's he's worthy of their love.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Victoria O'Connor, twenties, oversees the family farm.
Traye Petersen, twenties, the hired hand.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I always dreamed of being a writer but once I found the right critique partner who knew the publishing industry, she guided me to publication.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I believe I already have her as my critique partner, Susan Palmquist.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Learn about the business, seriously commit yourself to learning it and never give up.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes. I use my kids a lot and my own childhood.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I'm still working full-time as a customer service representative for an insurance agency.
I've cleaned offices before and worked for Culligan.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think it will be the major source for books for readers. I think there will still be books but more of a print on demand sort of thing except for the mega authors.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Nothing too exciting. Home in bed I'm afraid to say.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Read, surf the net or watch a good TV show.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Purple

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with cheese.
I'm always ready for a great story.
When I'm alone, I read or watch TV.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm very shy.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could retire from my day job I'd buy a beach house in Florida and write.
I can never ride in an air balloon because I'm scared of heights.

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November 25, 2012

Save Room For Ice Cream @emlynley #gayromance

EM Lynley, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Brand New Flavor.
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M, Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: LC Chase
Length: 150 pages/37,000 words
Heat rating: R

From EM Lynley

I'm so excited to be here at Romance Lives Forever to talk about my upcoming release Brand New Flavor. For anyone who's read more than one of my books, you may have noticed a common thread: I love to write about food and cooking. Even if the character is wandering the streets of Bangkok, as in Rarer Than Rubies, you'll get a mouthwatering description of the most delectable duck dish that had dozens of readers heading to their local Thai restaurants. I love to cook (and eat) and I've taken food writing courses and spent seven years in the Northern California wine industry.
Brand New Flavor is all about Jericho "Jay" Brown, an artisan ice cream maker. He's passionate about his frozen treats and the secret recipe he spent more than a year perfecting. He's just as passionate about Cameron Clay, a food critic, but their romance hits a rocky road before they can find out whether they belong together or not.
Be prepared for plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of ice cream--and hot guys--without the calories or guilt. But I'll confess, my editors and beta readers all went running for ice cream while they were reading this story. It comes out the day before Thanksgiving, probably the biggest food fest in the United States, so it's a perfectly fitting date.
Research for Brand New Flavor was fun! I visited and sampled ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and other frozen desserts while I was deciding just what would make Jay's particular ice cream so spectacular. I actually created my own fantasy of what ice cream could be, though as far as I know no one makes anything quite like I've described. I even spent some time in the kitchen at Scream Sorbet, a local shop where I watched the staff at work and peppered the kitchen manager with dozens of questions, about their process, ingredients, sourcing, and how to grow a small business. I also spoke with chefs about flavor combinations to make sure the flavors I made up would really work, and taste as good as I think they sound.
Along the way I tasted:
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for Brand New Flavor (you can pre-order from Dreamspinner Press now and download on release day Nov 21). And if you like that, stay tuned. It's just the first book in my brand new series, Delectable, which features characters from the food and wine industry.

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November 22, 2012

13 Things I'm Thankful For #thanksgiving



Blessings.

As the owner of Romance Lives Forever, I've had the opportunity to interview about two hundred authors this year. I've learned some fun things about them, their books, and their characters. As I thought about what to write for Thanksgiving Day on the blog, I couldn't help but be grateful for their friendship and the insights I've gained by knowing them. I decided that would be the best thing to share. There are more than thirteen things, but in the spirit of Thursday Thirteen, that's all I'm listing. Besides, that gives me a good thing to write about on another day!

13 Things I'm Thankful For

  1. I'm in good company. The authors who interview here are amazing men and and women. I'm privileged to make their acquaintance.
  2. My characters, with their idioms and quirks, are no stranger than anyone else's. I've met characters here in interviews, and I can say mine are normal. (Okay, that's a lie, but I'm still going to say it.)
  3. I appreciate the honest interviews that I get every week. They are a joy to read, and I love getting to know so many wonderful authors, characters, and books.
  4. I've discovered that no one else is balanced in their writing life either. Writers know the definition of balance, but seem to have no idea how to implement it. It's nice not to be alone. ;)
  5. I'm thankful that with rare exception, writers who interview here turn in their material on time. Thank you more than you know.
  6. I'm grateful for macros that let me format documents in a snap. No two people use the same formats, and despite a nicely pre-formatted interview, I usually get back text that's in a different font, size, or with indentions where I hadn't planned them, so the macros help. A lot.
  7. Having to change all those things has shown me that there are easier ways to do things. I would never have discovered that if everyone did things the same way.
  8. I'm thankful for the idea to share blog stats and show the top bloggers. It began in January of this year, and I've kept it up every month. Now I can track trends and see what works. Wish I'd thought of it sooner!
  9. This blog has helped me meet some incredible people I'd never have met otherwise. The Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine that comes out because of the blog has also helped me meet many cool new friends.
  10. Can't talk about things I'm thankful for related to this blog without mentioning Twitter and Triberr. That combination is powerful. I wouldn't want to be without either one.
  11. I'm thankful for a family that supports me in what I do. I couldn't help others if I had no help myself.
  12. Which brings me to friends again -- because I could not run this blog, help other authors, interview so many people, and post so much if not for them. Thank you.
  13. Finally -- and yet foremost -- I'm thankful for my health. I was in the hospital earlier this year. Thought I was having a heart attack. Although it wasn't, I did discover some issues with my heart that have made me be much more careful of my health. I joke about "balance" -- but I do try to rest more, eat well, and take better care of myself.
2012 has been the most successful year ever for Romance Lives Forever. It's because of the people who post here, share their books, their lives, and the people who come to read about them. I look forward to another wonderful year in 2013. I hope to be back here next year, sharing a list of good things I've learned. Maybe I'll even have figured out a little balance.

About the Author



Kayelle Allen is the owner of Marketing for Romance Writers, the Romance Lives Forever blog, and The Author's Secret. She's a writer of immortal role-playing gamers, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable--or hide it forever.

November 21, 2012

Contemporary: Texas Wide Open @KCKleinbooks #amreading


Texas Wide Open.

KC Klein, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Texas Wide Open.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kensington
Cover artist: Hot Damn Designs
Length: 80k
Heat rating: medium
Tagline: Some wild things can't be tamed
Blurb:
Katie Harris loved growing up on a ranch. She had her horse, the beautiful Texas prairie, and Cole Logan, the cowboy next door. But there are a lot of secrets hidden under a Texas sky...
Katie always knew she'd marry Cole one day--until he broke her dreams and her heart. But now that Katie's father is sick, she's back home, older, wiser and nowhere near the love-sick fool she once was.
Cole knows Katie doesn't want anything to do with him. But after so many years, he can't pretend she's no more than a neighbor. Not when thinking about her cherry lip gloss and hell-for-leather passion is keeping him up all night. Holding his ground was hard enough when she was seventeen. Now that she's her own woman, Cole's heart doesn't stand a chance...
"Passionate, gritty and fast paced...with a hot blooded, honorable hero to make every woman's knees go weak."--Diane Whiteside
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Katie Harris, age 21, returning college student
Cole Logan, age 29, rancher
Nikki Logan, age 23, royal pain in the ass and pool hustler
Jett Avery, age 29, professional playboy

Excerpt:

Katie watched as Cole slowly turned, and at the sight of his bare chest, smooth and ripped with muscle, she locked her knees to keep upright. Instead of his inviting smile, there was a hardness she rarely saw that contrasted with the desire in his eyes.
Cole stood and stared. The silence between them crackled as if a whole conversation could be said without words.
Her breathing quickened as her nipples contracted into small, tight buds, sensitive to the brush of the cotton across them. She refused to hide her body's reaction even as a flush of heat rushed to her cheeks. She'd been waiting all of her life for this moment. She was tired of hiding. She was ready. Unashamed, she gazed in his eyes and let the wealth of her feelings pour into her face.
Cole was no coward--he returned stare for stare--but she could see his jaw flex and knew he was pissed. She'd pushed him hard, but this was where the women separated themselves from the girls.
"I'm not a child any longer." She took a step closer.
"And I told you, if you wear that shirt again, I'll burn it," he growled.
But Cole would have to do more than display a little anger to scare her. Before she lost courage, Katie crossed her arms and pulled.
Dark Future
She threw her shirt in his face, along with her challenge. "Go ahead and do it."

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start when I joined RWA close to five years ago. I joined several critique groups and finally found a critique partner that has stuck with me through three novels, and one novella, and of course, numerous rewrites.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
That is an interesting question. When authors first start out the most important thing is the writing. Then after we get the call, go through editors, agents, and promotions sometimes the actual writing gets pushed to the side.
I have now decided to come full circle. The most important thing to me is my writing. I still have stories to tell, and at the end of the day that's all that matters.
What websites do you visit daily?
My own blog, Triberr, and my gmail.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Oh, if only I could go back. For me, I would try and add more world building. I think there is a lot of potential in my Dark Future world that is untapped.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Having had written. J
How do you cope with stress as an author?
This is hard. In every stage of an author's career there is stress. It could be stress over a contest, getting published, and editor or agent's remarks. No matter what people say, writing is personal. The day it stops getting personal to me is the day I know I need to stop writing.
That being said, red wine and lunch with a good friend always help.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely. I always tell my family and friends that nothing is sacred. A good joke, personal problems, or a therapy session are all fair game.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I find that reading inside my genre is hard. I have to really expand from what I normally write in order to have that "get lost in a story" feeling. That being said, I've just finished reading Karen Marie Moning's latest book, Iced and totally LOVED it.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Right now having a family with two small girls, working outside the home, and trying to write during any free time my dream vacation would include my kindle, a movie theater nearby, and breakfast in bed. Oh, and a glass of red wine wouldn't hurt.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I am really embarrassed to say that I was in home in bed. (Even though I act like one, I'm really not a sixty-year-old woman, I promise.)
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Bored? What's bored? If I am really desperate for something to do there is always the house to be cleaned.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red, the color of fire and passion.
Hotter on the Edge
Please underline which statement is more like you:
I am more like this..."I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
But I wish I could be more like this..."I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with everything on it.
I'm always ready for lunch with a good friend.
When I'm alone, I create stories in my head.
You'd never be able to tell, but I really am a nice person. J
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could never sleep I'd be a millionaire.
I can never lie because I always forget what I just said.

Previous Books

Dark Future
Hotter on the Edge Science Fiction Anthology

Books Coming Soon

Texas Wide Open out now!
Hustlin' Texas coming Dec 2013

Contest

Giveaway one free e-book to a random commenter.

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November 20, 2012

Scifi: Matter of the Mind @Bellakentuky #amreading

Bellakentuky, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, A Matter of the Mind.
A Matter of the Mind.
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publisher: The Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: The Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 26 Pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Sometimes it takes a second glance to appreciate what's in front of us, then a long revealing stare to find true love.
Blurb: Kathryn Oaks is a beautiful thirty-four years old career woman, a world-class athlete, MENSA member, and a PhD in Physics and the Medical Sciences. Her analytical mind is taking her to the pinnacle of her career, she has been chosen as the Chief Medical Officer aboard Project Pandora, a space ship preparing to embark on an extended mission to a distant planet. But, Kate isn't without personal problems and maintaining intimate relationships is one of them. So her heart sinks, as the rest of the crew is announced and she learns that the Chief Flight Engineer is a man she loathes, a man who is her complete opposite, a man who is every bit as smart as she is, but also is something she isn't, a person who lives life to its fullest. But, strange things can happen when hurtling through uncharted space. And Kate is forced to face her inner demons. Perhaps, she isn't everything she thought she was, and he isn't everything she thought he wasn't. A Matter of the Mind is part of The Lunchbox Series, a line of short romance stories published by The Boroughs Publishing Group. These stories are meant for quick entertainment. They can be purchased individually as E-books at all major online retailers. They can also be purchased in groups for a discount at the Boroughs Publishing Group website.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Kathryn Oaks, 34 years old, Chief Medical Officer
Jeffrey Palladino, 33 years old, Chief Flight Engineer

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Bellakentuky
I've written fiction since high school. Then, about three years ago I began to market my short stories in earnest.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I would have made it a little longer. Still, it was a personal triumph to have it published.
What do you enjoy most about life?
love my wife. She is the thing I enjoy most about life.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
That's a tough one. If I really had to narrow it down to one it would be Janet Evanovich. I love Stephanie Plum and Janet's writing style.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be true to yourself and don't worry about everybody else so much.
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
It is definitely my wife, Clarisa. She is the smartest, funniest, most creative person I know. She makes me laugh all the time and is a constant source of inspiration. One of her favorite things to do is to pretend she is dead somewhere in the house until I find her. And then I say, "You're not dead." And she smiles. She's done this for years and it still makes me laugh.
What does "balance" mean to you as a writer?
It means to write in a style that puts the reader into the story. They don't feel as if they're reading a story, they're living it.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes, my most recent story (which is not a romance. I tend to genre jump from time to time) is loosely based on an event that happened to my son. If anyone is interested (horror/thriller genre) it is currently a finalist in the America's Next Author 2012.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I have been a professional photographer most of my life.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Horror
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I'm too new to say. But I do think the industry is going to continue to evolve rapidly for the next decade.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
In 2003, I wrote, produced, and directed a satirical short movie. It was done in a small town in Florida using local people for actors. It took four months to complete the project. We did the premiere showing at a large meeting room in a historic building. So many people showed up that the fire marshall wouldn't let anyone else in. At the end of the movie, the cast got me up on stage, and the applause was thunderous. It lasted so long I was beet red with embarrassment. There is no other creative experience like making a movie.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
My wife, my camera, my laptop, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and I would go to South Africa.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I love Christmas because it brings up all kinds of warm fuzzy feelings.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Believe it or not, I was DEATHLY sick in bed with the flu. It was horrible!
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Write…
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Ben Stiller
If you were a color, what color would you be?
My favorite color is red.
Which statement is more like you?
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with LOTS of cheese.
I'm always ready for a movie.
When I'm alone, I surf the net.
You'd never be able to tell, but according to the medical profession I'm overweight.
If I had a halo it would be dripping with cheese.
If I could do anything for my wife, I'd take her on a trip around the world.
I can never run because I have bad knees.

Previous Books

The author with his cats

Books Coming Soon

Spring Fever

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November 18, 2012

Character Interview: Blake @jamidavenport #christmas #romance



Love at First Snow.

Jami Davenport, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Love at First Snow.
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, Lunchbox Romance)
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Chris Keeslar
Length: 13,050 words
Heat rating: 3 out of 5
Tagline: A Christmas Miracle
Blurb:
Four years ago, NHL defenseman Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a floatplane crash. This Christmas a snowstorm and a small gray kitten will lead him to life, love, and a whole new shot at happiness.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Dr. Sarah Whitney (32) Veterinarian
Blake Daniels (34) Former NHL Hockey Player

Interview With Blake Daniels

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
For a long time, I was driven and focused on my hockey career. After the tragedy four years ago in which I lost my entire family, I spent the next four years floundering like a ship lost at sea. My career went down the tank, and my personal life was even worse. Meeting Sarah this Christmas changed all of that. Now I have a direction and a future that’s bright. I’ll be opening a little bistro on one of the islands (San Juan Islands) because I love to cook.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I think my kindness to animals and others.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I think my weakness is my tendency to close up when things get tough and keep everything inside. I’m pretty sure she’d agree with that, though she’s better at getting me to open up than anyone else I’ve ever met except my mother. The only enemies I’ve ever made were on the ice. They’d say I was a ruthless hockey player in my earlier days.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I was raised by a loving, caring family and parents who set a good example for me every day of their lives. I constantly strive to be the son who would make them proud.
Forward Passes
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A naked Sarah and warm chocolate fudge at the same time.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
About sixteen when I’m with Sarah.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He overcame Tragedy to Love Again
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Right where I am (Washington State’s San Juan Islands)
What song would best describe your life?
Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I’d be a hammer because I hope I’d be used to build things and make life better.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Definitely a grocery store, but one that sold hard-to-find items and fresh produce.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
After the final bell rang and going to hockey practice.
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.
My sister had a schnauzer that had it in for me. One time at family reunion, he peed on my jeans’ leg. I never noticed it but everyone else did. My brother managed to get it all on video.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Beware, this man will seduce you with whispered promises and great food.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Blake

I love pizza with all meat.
I'm always ready for dinner and sex.
When I'm alone, I like to read or watch sports.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m actually pretty romantic.
If I had a halo it would be surprising.
If I could go back and win the Stanley Cup I'd be one happy man.
I can never forget because they meant too much.

About the Author

An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
Jami Davenport

Previous Books

Fourth and Goal (Book 1 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)
Forward Passes (Book 2 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)

Books Coming Soon

Down by Contact (Book 3 in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series)

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November 15, 2012

In Romance Little Things Count @AuthorTinaGayle #amreading

Yes, it's those little things that drive us crazy or have us panting for more.
Imagine an elaborate night of dinner and dancing, then a wild time in bed for dessert; now compare the one night with a hot kiss and a warm touch that you received every day for the rest of your life. Though the first might be a memory to last a life time, it's the kiss and touch which helps us grow closer and keeps us connected to the one we love.
So how do we add little romantic touches to our everyday lives, which will keep our love ones coming back for more?
First use technology to help.
·        Write an email and send it out to those people you care about. I do this once a month to let everyone know what's going on with me and my family.
·        Text message is great - use the quick messages feature and find "I love you." Send it out once a day to your lover.
·        Don't have time for a long call - call when you know the person isn't home and leave a message. "Yeah, just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you."
·        Send pictures of what you're doing or fun things you see on the street through email or on your cell phone.
Not into computers or don't have a cell phone? No problem -- write a note.
Now don't let this scare you. A note can be as simple as "I love you" or as complex as a love letter. If you are still at a loss, pick up a romance novel and copy a line. Example: "In her fantasy, she broke free of responsibility and responded to his touch" from my book Mating Rituals. Add to it with something like "want a fantasy?"
Hide these notes or lay them on the front seat of your lover's car. Make it fun and a special treat.
Still not sure you can do these things?
Here are a few more suggestions.
·        Make sure you kiss your lover the minute he or she walks through the door.
·        Hide little presents for them around the house, apartment, etc.
·        Remember special occasion like birthdays, the day you met, or play your song on your anniversary.
·        Share an interest - football, hiking, dancing, etc.
·        Do chores around the house together.
As you can see there are an endless number of things that you can do to build and maintain a strong relationship. They're not required to be expensive and ultra-grand, just heartfelt and caring.
So remember the little things and reap the benefits of connecting everyday with your lover.

Tina Gayle

Books Coming Soon

Current Working on a four book series - The Executives Wives' Club
Executives' Wives' Club series
Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...
Revive - Needing to revive her life and jump start her heart, Jennifer Larson is facing the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executives Wives' Club continue to mourn their husbands, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.
But does he love her or her money?
Purchase at http://amzn.to/QM0BQD

Birth - Brie Sullivan has a new baby girl and there are a million things to do, but Brie doesn't have the energy to keep up. Why? She's still grieving for her husband and suffering from baby blues, but she won't let that stop her. She's come up with the answer--find a new husband to be the father of her kids.
Jason Clark has been doing everything he can to help Brie. He loves her but can he accept her proposal of marriage knowing she's not thinking clearly about the future?
Breath and Life coming out in 2013
Read the 1st chapter of any of Tina Gayle's books at http://tinagayle.net

About the Author

Tina Gayle is working on a romance series about four executive wives. She is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first two books, "Revive" and "Birth" have been released and the last two are coming out in 2013.
Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf. She can't wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Find Tina Gayle everywhere:

Website - http://tinagayle.net
Blog - tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter - http://twitter.com/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread - http://goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
Facebook - http://facebook.com/tina.gayle
Linkin - http://linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

November 14, 2012

Contemporary: Second Chances @delaneydiamond #amreading

Second Chances.
Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Second Chances.
Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: MTheresa Arts
Length: 134 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sweet. Sensual. Passionate. Romance.

Blurb:

Renaldo da Silva’s near-perfect life in Brazil comes to a halt when he finds out about his wife’s betrayal. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her. But because he needs her help finalizing the biggest deal of his career, he’s forced to make her a multi-million dollar offer and delay their divorce.
Sabrina da Silva can’t forgive herself after a reckless night destroys her marriage. She agrees to help her husband and then disappear from his life for good. But with passion still smoldering between them, it’s not easy for either to walk away. Will passion be enough to overcome the ultimate test of their love?
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Renaldo da Silva, 29, real estate investor
Sabrina da Silva, 27, financial anaylst

Interview

What do you enjoy most about life?
Spending time with friends and family. One of my mottos is live, laugh, love! Life is too short to be stressed. Stress can attack you physically, so I try to live as stress-free as possible and leave negative people and negative situations behind.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t stress the small stuff! It’s funny how the things that seemed important to me when I was younger are completely irrelevant now. If only I’d known then what I know now…
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Oh yes! For instance, in Second Chances, LucĂ©lia, the daughter of Renaldo’s cousin, was running around with a yucca fry offering a bite to people who were over at the house. My niece likes to “share” her food like that, too, although if you ever took a bite, she’d have a fit. One day I was over at my sister’s, and my niece kept offering us a bite of her French fry. She must have had it for a good hour and wouldn’t put it down, and every now and again she’d walk up to me or someone else in the family and offer us a bite. My niece is always doing the cutest things (I’m not biased; you’d think so, too, if you met her).
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
Oh, that’s tough, because tastes are so subjective. But since I have to choose, I’d recommend Private Acts. It’s one of my most highly rated books. Readers seemed to really like Samirah’s free spiritedness. I’ve also been told that the descriptions of Cuenca, Ecuador helped the readers to feel as if they’d been transported to that locale, and the sex between her and Miguel is smoking.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Romance, mysteries, thrillers. I also like to read books on the writing craft, the occasional biography, or books about major events in history.
What do you do to relax?
I cook or watch movies. Netflix rocks!
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
I’d take my Kindle, a bathing suit, underwear, and a couple of changes of clothes, because my dream vacation will definitely involve a beach somewhere.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Eat. Yes, I know that’s terrible. Luckily, Netflix keeps me entertained when I’m not hanging out with friends or doing something else, because staying at home and being bored is dangerous. I find myself going to the fridge more often than not.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Yellow, which happens to be my favorite color.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything. Pile it full of meat and veggies!
I'm always ready for traveling. I plan to do even more in the near future.
When I'm alone, I read or watch movies.
You'd never be able to tell, but I’m a procrastinator. People are always surprised when I tell them that because they think I’m so organized. I’m just an organized procrastinator.

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November 12, 2012

Character Interview: SEAL Kyle Lansdowne @sharonlhamilton #amreading

Accidental SEAL.
Sharon Hamilton, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your books, Accidental SEAL, and SEAL Encounter. You also have books in this series coming soon, Fallen SEAL Legacy, and prequel SEAL Endeavor. I understand that Accidental SEAL and SEAL Encounter, are out now, and that they spent 12 weeks in the Amazon top 100 for Romantic Suspense. They earned you a top 100 Amazon author ranking in Romantic Suspense. Congratulations! Let's get started on these books.

Genre: Contemporary Military Romantic Suspense
Buy links:
Accidental SEAL: http://amzn.com/B008CM1ODU/
SEAL Encounter: (prequel/short): http://amzn.com/B008CUKK7S/
Publisher: AL Publishing
Cover artist: Kendra Egert
Length: 90,000 words.
Heat rating: Hot, straight sex, frank language, explicit.
Accidental SEAL
Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding her first open house. Entering the wrong house, by accident, she finds the nude sleeping body of a young man.
Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his AWOL Team buddy, is staying at his buddy’s home while investigating the disappearance. When someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn’t expect to find that a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate’s abduction.
What starts out as a meeting by accident becomes a hot affair neither one is ready for. Kyle is conflicted about getting Christy involved in his mission, but his hand is forced when he learns the same San Diego gang responsible for his teammate’s abduction has kidnapped her.
Battling a cadre of dirty law enforcements hell-bent on getting military equipment, especially state-of-the-art firepower, Kyle is forced to admit that he would be willing to die to protect her.

Interview with Kyle Lansdowne of Accidental SEAL

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I'm a simple guy. After the death of my mother, my father and I didn't get along and the Navy raised me, became my true family.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I'm not special, I just don't give up. Can't stand to see innocents being abused. I like being just one of the team, even though I lead them. I became a SEAL because I didn't have anything else at the time. Now it is different.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I guess I have a soft spot for the one woman in my life. Christy rocks my world. She is ten times smarter than I am. I knew from the first time I held her she was special, was the only one I could love. I would do anything to protect her. I thought she deserved better than me at first.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
Just like in BUD/S, I don't ring the bell. While some Team guys think they are God's gift to women, I have that singleness of focus that allows me to do the job I'm asked to do. I love my community with the Teams and our families. I feel so lucky I found this job at such an early age.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love freefalling, doing HALO jumps at midnight. I love my gear, all the fantastic equipment I get to use. It turns me on going to Open Houses because of the way Christy and I met.
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
What a dumb question.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He likes everything hard.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I love San Diego, maybe live in one of those huge villas Christy gets to sell. Something with views of the water.
What song would best describe your life?
For You, by Keith Urban
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I'd be a timing device on an IED.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I'd like to own a gym like Gunny's when I'm too old to do team work. Rather than own a store, I'd rather have a place where Team guys could come and hang out, like a SEAL bar. I'd like to stay in the community I'm in, even when I've got kids old enough to join the Teams.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Sports. Played I tried out for every sport. Had coaches on my case all the time about giving up other sports to play for them. Never worked.
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. ^_^
You'll see it in Chapter 1 of Accidental SEAL - I tied Christy up in her own pantyhose when she surprised me at the open house. Of course, she made the mistake and went to the wrong house, but I still feel real bad about that.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Let me come to you.
Please Fill in the Blanks as Kyle
I love pizza with everything on it.
I'm always ready for sex with Christy. Wild, wicked sex.
When I'm alone, I think too much.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm kinda shy.
If I had a halo it would be titanium, but burnished, not shiny.
If I could have ten kids I would if Christy would let me.
I can never forget the past or where I came from because I am an ordinary man.
About the Author
Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon in that genre. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love—not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!
An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

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