August 30, 2013

My Mr Manny @itlnbrt #RLFblog #malenanny

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

Mia Balducci misses her childhood days and yearns for the big, Italian family that she left behind in small town Massachusetts. At the tender age of sixteen, Mia moves with her bachelor father to Los Angeles, but no matter how many years pass, it never becomes home to her. The years spent living with her father aren't easy, especially since she can't stop thinking about what she once had. Her enrollment in the University of Southern California promises to bring exciting changes to her life, but Mia winds up with big problems instead. When she runs into an old friend from her old hometown of Winthrop, she gets swept up in nostalgia, and she soon loses herself in a quickly-progressing romance. When the fantasy falls apart, she is left to raise her precious little girl, Lucia, on her own. The demands of Mia's work schedule and Lucia's needs increase, and their lives become increasingly hectic. It is soon clear to Mia that she needs help. Luckily, her life-saving cousin saves the day and brings the mother and daughter a male nanny – their new "manny."
After losing his high-pressure job on Wall Street, Dominic Roberts wants to follow his dreams to have a family. He's already one fiancée down, and there are no likely prospects for another. In order to find the family he so desperately wants, he finds himself getting into the manny business. Since he is fully qualified to provide child care and is eager to leave New York City behind, his sister-in-law is able to land him a job in California working for his first client – the beautiful and intriguing Mia Balducci.
Will Lucia like the new man in her mother's life? Will Mia? And will this new trio discover the happily ever after they all so desperately seek?

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August 27, 2013

Reluctant Duke @cmdonovan #RLFblog #historical

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

Thomas Seabrook, the penniless Duke of Wentworth, walks into White's for night cap. He leaves no longer in need of coin. In fact, he has become a wealthy man and owner of Hamilton Whaling Industries of New Bedford, Massachusetts and guardian of a seventeen-year-old girl. Thomas travels to Boston intent of bring his ward back and marrying her off to the first eligible gentleman who requests her hand. Except the first gentleman to ask for her, is his own brother Sebastian. Thomas refuses, because bloody hell, he wants her for himself.
Emma Hamilton is not happy with her new situation. Her papa brought her up to be independent and assertive. How dare this stranger, this moody noble, dictate what she can do and not do? When she finds herself thrown into a London season, being introduced from one gentleman to another, looking for a husband, she realizes only the duke will do. How can she break through the duke's hard exterior and find the loving, caring gentleman she knows he hides from everyone.

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August 25, 2013

Regency: The Temptation of Lady Serena @ellaquinnauthor #RLFblog

Temptation of Lady Serena
Ella Quinn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Temptation of Lady Serena.
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Kensington
Cover artist: Kensington
Length: 105,800 Words
Heat rating: Sensual
Blurb:
Ella Quinn's bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts…
Custom-made gowns…nights at the theater…and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena's brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she's thrust into a glamorous world she's only dreamed of…
Robert, Viscount Beaumont remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He's only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena's seductive spell…
"Supported by a wonderful cast of characters, Quinn's thoughtfully drawn lovers teach each other the value of love in this delicious Regency treat." ~ New York Times Bestselling author Eileen Dreyer
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Amazon Canada: http://amzn.to/13OW4Fn
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Lady Serena Weir is age 26, and making her first come out. She is the daughter of the deceased Earl of Vere and sister of the current earl.
Robert, Viscount Beaumont, is 30 years old. He is a major landowner and rake.
Excerpt:
Phoebe greeted Lord and Lady Rutherford as they were announced.
Anna kissed her cheek. "You look as if you have some plan afoot. What's this about?"
Phoebe told her about Serena and her debut. "I've invited Serena to accompany us to the theater. Robert Beaumont will also be coming."
Rutherford raised a brow. "How did you manage to convince Beaumont to be introduced to her? Hardly his type of lady."
"Well," Phoebe said, a little guiltily, "Robert doesn't exactly know he'll be meeting her, and she doesn't know she will be meeting him."
Rutherford's expression became severe. "You're playing a deep game using Beaumont."
"The very reason I have not told Serena. I would not for the world see her hurt. They will either be attracted to each other or they will not. We shall see."
Anna perched on a chair. "Phoebe, I like Robert very well as a friend, but his reputation, my dear. He reminds one of a butterfly taking a taste of each flower before moving on."
Rutherford held a decanter of brandy suspended over a glass. "And how would you know?"
Waving her hand, Anna replied. "Gentlemen are not the only ones to know about certain reputations. I also know he is a favorite with many of the ton's matrons."
Her husband scowled. "Matrons whose husbands don't know enough to keep them busy at home."
Marcus handed Anna a glass of sherry. "Anna, if Serena were a widow, I'd join in your concern. But Robert's conquests don't run to gently bred, unmarried females."
Anna looked unconvinced. "I hope you're correct."
Serena was announced and Phoebe moved to greet her and introduced Anna and Rutherford.
Marcus asked, "Serena, would you like a glass of sherry? It's quite good. Or would you prefer a glass of wine?"
"A sherry, please."
The ladies drew Serena into conversation about the upcoming Season. Marcus and Rutherford spoke in low voices several feet away.
"Phoebe is to be congratulated on her protégée," Rutherford said. "She's a beautiful girl. What's her portion?"
"Substantial."
Rutherford glanced at Serena. "Yes, I'm quite impressed. You'll not have any problems marrying her off. If Beaumont doesn't take the bait, someone else will."
When the butler announced Robert, he stepped into the room and languidly surveyed the company. He smiled at the Rutherfords, but his attention was arrested by the lady he'd seen walking and on horseback. He had trouble catching his breath and even greater difficulty maintaining his countenance. He cast an experienced eye over her.
The lady wasn't a young miss. Perhaps she was a widow. She was far lovelier than he'd thought she'd be. Her hair was dressed high, curls dropped and bounced around her shoulders from the loose top knot. One curl caressed her breast. He itched to twist that curl around his finger. Her rosy lips tilted up at the corners. What would it be like to kiss those lips? He intended to find out.
Phoebe took his arm and led him to the woman. "Lady Serena, may I present Robert, Viscount Beaumont."
Lady Serena? Perhaps she'd been married to an untitled gentleman. He brought his attention back to Phoebe.
"Robert, Lady Serena is my cousin. Her brother is the Earl of Vere. This is Lady Serena's first time in the metropolis. We're introducing her to our particular friends as well as all the entertainments London has to offer."
Brother? Not married or a widow and Phoebe's cousin. Of all the bad luck, this was the worst. She was unavailable, and his senses refused to believe it.
Beaumont bowed over Serena's hand and held it. "I am enchanted, Lady Serena. I believe I saw you riding in the Park this morning. On a large roan?"
Serena curtseyed. The movement so graceful it was like a dance. "It is my pleasure to meet you, my lord. You are referring to Shamir. Did I not see you riding in Yorkshire? You have a large black gelding, I believe."
"Yes. His name is Démon." Robert could scarcely tear his eyes away from her. If he'd had a dream, she was the embodiment of it. Her eyes were an unusual shade of amber fringed by lashes a little darker than her hair.
He frowned slightly, it finally dawned on him what she'd said. "How did you know he was a gelding?"
Robert fought to keep his gaze from dropping to her lips. He wondered how she'd taste and shook himself. He was unlikely to ever find out.
Serena smiled. "I know a great deal about horses, my lord. A gelding is hard to miss."
Robert's frown lightened to a humorous smile. "No, not if you know what you're looking at." Belatedly, he remembered he'd taken her hand, and brought it to his lips, grazing them across her knuckles.
She blinked slowly. "No, not then."
Serena had focused on Lord Beaumont the moment he'd entered. He was tall. She only came to the middle of his broad chest. On horseback, he'd reminded her of Ares, the Greek god of war. But that was an illusion. His manner was too refined and his dress too fashionable to hide the soul of a warrior. He bowed so elegantly. A provocative smile played on his well-molded lips, and his voice was deep and silky when he greeted her. Her chest tightened as his eyes, the color of bright moss, caressed her. Her heart skipped as she fought to regain control of her traitorous senses.
She'd been inured in the country for much too long. Even through their gloves, his fingers heated hers, and when his lips touched them, she'd had to remember to breathe. Was this how she would react to every gentleman she met? Or only him?

Interview

Tell us about your story's world. What is it like in this period or place?
The story is a Regency. It begins during the main Season in London, from there we move to Paris, then Yorkshire, England. 1816 is known as the year without summer.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is the 3d book in my series The Marriage Game, however it was the second one I wrote. Robert kept badgering me until I had his story down. As anyone who has read the book can tell you, he is a very difficult man.
Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
Well I hope they like Serena and Robert. They've both had difficult but different experiences they've had to overcome. Robert is used to getting what he wants, but Serena won't be bullied. Getting to their HEA was, at times, a struggle. One of my favorite secondary characters is the Dowager Lady Beaumont, Robert's grandmother.
Why do you write?
Because I love it. It's the best job I've ever had.
Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
That's a hard question. My mother-in-law has been my biggest cheerleader, but for actual help, it is other authors. My critique groups played a big part. I had a great mentor in Delilah Marvelle, and my agent's assistant, Claire Cavanaugh, who taught me how to edit and polish my books.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Social media, supporting other authors on Facebook and Twitter. I blog three times a week. Almost every morning I walk the beach and on the weekends I paddleboard.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
It's more spur of the moment, but I will plot a scene in my head.
Any advice for new authors?
Learn about the business, and know that this is a huge business. Join a supportive critique group, and professional organizations, such as RWA and its chapters. Develop your voice. Don't give up.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
Boat cleaner, sales clerk, musician, soldier, college professor and lawyer.
What are you currently reading for fun?
I'm reading Jo Beverly's Malloren Series, but I've got new releases from Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen and several others on my Kindle waiting for me.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
LOL, Regency England.
Do you believe in luck?
I do believe in luck. I also believe in hard work.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question for Writing
I don't. I listen to NPR. I have to have silence when I write.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play piano, but not as well as I used to.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with Gorgonzola cheese.
I'm always ready for snuggling with my husband.
When I'm alone, I write and read.

Previous Books

The Seduction of Lady Phoebe
The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh

Books Coming Soon

The first book in the Marriage Game, The Seduction of Lady Phoebe release on September 19, 2013

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August 21, 2013

Character Interview: Zach Kelly from When Love Takes Over @JacobZFlores #RLFblog

When Love Takes Over 
Jacob Z. Flores, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Zach Kelly from the book, When Love Takes Over.
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner
Cover artist: Michael Breyette
Length: 270 pages
Heat rating (based on movie ratings): R
Will broken hearts keep a porn star and author apart or will love take over?
Zach Kelly's life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He's expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.
Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van's got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He's struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn't offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown's colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end--or more heartbreak than either can imagine.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Zach Kelly is 32. He is a college English professor as well as a struggling author. Van Pierce is 28, and he is a star for Nasty Boy Studios.

Interview with Zach Kelly

Tell us about yourself.
Oh, boy. It's not a pretty story but here goes. My boyfriend of three years, Ben, recently dumped me. He gave me no explanation other than it was over. He was done, and he wanted me out of our apartment. I wanted to fix things, like I always try to do, but there was no fixing us. According to Ben. He was so cold and cruel that I had to leave, or I was going to lose it. It was the last thing I needed. You see, I work as a college English professor, but it's not what I want to do. I really want to be a full time author, but my writing career, well, that's going nowhere fast. I didn't know what else to do, so I boarded a plane for Provincetown, Massachusetts. I needed to get away and find out why my relationship failed and why my writing sucks.
Tell us about Van.
Van? Wow! Where do I begin? He's quite possibly the most attractive man I've ever met. He's perfectly tanned and his smile, well, it's a killer. It's one of those smiles that hitches up to the left, the kind that reveals he's both an angel and a devil merged into one. When I first saw him, I wanted to take him in my arms, but I just couldn't. I'm far too shy for that. Plus, he's a porn star. What could he possibly see in someone like me? I'm too awkward and imperfect for someone like Van.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Hmm. My devotion perhaps. When I make a commitment to someone, I see it through to the end. That's why I wanted to work things out with Ben. We'd been together for three years. We owed it to each other to try and work things out, but Ben wanted no part of it. What could I do?
But that's how I've always lived me life. For good or bad. I don't give up. I keep trying until no reason to try exists. I think that's a strong quality. Although others might call it a weakness.
What would Van say is your strongest point?
That's a good question. I don't know. Maybe my shy and clumsy nature. It's what attracted Van to me in the first place. According to him, I was very different from all the other men he'd met in Provincetown. Most guys come to town dressed in the same short shorts and muscle shirts. Not me! I arrived wearing baggy ass camouflaged shorts and an ill fitting blue and white T-shirt. I didn't think I looked that bad, but everyone else sure did. Well, except Van. He liked my mismatched look. He also found it endearing when I crashed through a rack of fetish gear and stumbled my way into his life. Who knew being such a klutz would get the attention of someone like Van?
What would Van say is your biggest weakness?
That's an easy one because we've talked about it a lot. He doesn't like that I've lived for other people for most of my life. It started with my father. He had this image of perfection that I felt I had to meet, and when I didn't meet his expectations, I felt like a failure. When I met Ben, I did the same thing. I did what he wanted and never really questioned it. I told you I was a hot mess, didn't I? But I'm working on it. Van's been helping me with that and so have my new friends Gary, Quinn, and Tara. They've been the best medicine for me.
What was it like where you grew up?
I grew up in a small town called Victoria, Texas. There, everyone knows your business, and being the son of a prominent doctor in town only made me more visible. It was hard living in my dad's shadow, especially once his indiscretions came to light. I don't like to talk about them though. It was pretty tough on me. Well, on my entire family really. I'm still trying to deal with everything, so needless to say, my childhood wasn't the best.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish I had more confidence in myself. I used to as a child. I challenged everything—my father, life, school, the world, but that only seemed to get me in trouble. I learned that it was just easier to go with the flow. But that hasn't worked out so well for me, has it? But I'm working on it. That's part of the reason I came to Provincetown. To find myself and the person I once was.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
To quit my day job and work full time as an author. It's really what I love to do. But I'm not quite there yet. And I need to figure out why. Reviews for the books I've published myself haven't exactly been stellar. They say my characters are two dimensional and that my plots are contrived and over-the-top. Maybe it's because I haven't really lived my life yet, which makes it difficult to create a fictional world. You have to live and have a life to be able to write believable stories. At least that's what I believe.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Right now, it's Provincetown. When I first got here, I was stressed and unsure. But now, well, let's just say being here has been good for me. The people here are great, and they are willing to take in a stranger and treat him like family. It's like my troubles in Texas didn't follow me to the Cape. I think that makes P-town a perfect refuge for most anyone.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
My best friend was Tommy Martinez. We've been friends since the second grade. We don't talk as much as we used to. Which is sad. But when I was a kid, we were inseparable. It was also kind of tough being his best friend. Tommy wasn't your average kid. He always had his shit together. Like he was an adult or something. Sometimes, I felt as if my dad preferred him to me because Tommy knew what he wanted out of his life and just went for it. Things were never that easy for me.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
How about this: where do I see things going with Van? Truthfully, I don't know. I like him. A lot. Probably more than I should. But he lives in Provincetown, and I live in Texas. Plus, he's a porn star. What kind of future could the two of us possibly have?

About Jacob Z. Flores

Jacob lives a double life. During the day, he is a respected college English professor and mid-level administrator. At night and during his summer vacation, he loosens the tie and tosses aside the trendy sports coat to write man on man fiction, where the hard ass assessor of freshmen level composition turns his attention to the firm posteriors and other rigid appendages of the characters in his fictional world.
Summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, provide Jacob with inspiration for his fiction. The abundance of barely clothed man flesh and daily debauchery stimulates his personal muse. When he isn't stroking the keyboard, Jacob spends time with his husband, Bruce, their three children, and two dogs, who represent a bright blue blip in an otherwise predominantly red swath in south Texas.

August 20, 2013

Character Interview: Ellie MacKyrie from Highland Seer @willablair #RLFblog

Highland Seer 
Willa Blair, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Ellie MacKyrie from the book, Highland Seer.
Genre: Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Tina Lynn Stout
Length: 324 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: The Seer believes he'll save her clan, but Donal MacNabb will be no one's pawn.
Blurb:
Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than Donal is prepared to give.
Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can—including forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance. She has Seen the stubborn Donal MacNabb reaching for her in her dreams.
While Donal fights to save a clan in trouble, his desire for the MacKyrie Seer wars with his obligation to his Laird. Before she is forced into a marriage that will destroy her clan, Ellie must find the heart behind Donal's gruff exterior and convince him he is the man of her dreams.

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Interview with Ellie MacKyrie

Tell us about yourself.
I am the laird of clan MacKyrie. Female lairds are rare in Scotland's history, but not unheard of.
Tell us about Donal MacNabb:
Donal is...was...the arms master to Clan Lathan, his adopted home. He rarely smiles, so he can be intimidating. He's a master swordsman. A teacher. My rock. He...a man...appeared in several dreams. The man I Saw might have been someone else, aye, but the more time I spent around Donal, the more certain I became. He had the skills my clan needed most, and he...appealed...to me as no other.
What do you think is your greatest strength?
I will do what is necessary for the good of my people.
What would Donal MacNabb say is your greatest strength?
I go after what I want and dinna take 'nay' for an answer. As he has learned.
What would Donal say is your biggest weakness?
That I'm too soft-hearted. It's hard for me to make some of the decisions a laird must make. Then again, I suppose some decisions are hard for anyone to make.
What do you wish was different about your life?
Had ye asked me before I met Donal, I wouldha wished that Flodden never happened. That my clan remained as it was before all those deaths, my father and brothers still alive. I would still wish for that, but I would also wish for Donal to be at my side. We were decimated by the loss of our fighting men at Flodden in 1513. MacKyrie consists of women, children, and a few old men and lads. Few would know of our existence, except for the whisky we make, but our neighbors have had their eyes on the clan's holdings - and me - since Flodden. The Lathans brought a treaty promising assistance from nearby clans, but also committing MacKyrie to provide the same, which we were in no position to do. I saw the Lathan treaty as a two-edged sword that could work for us or very much against us. Donal's presence, and the men from the treaty clans he has brought to us, help to even the odds.
What is it like for a woman to be laird?
I canna speak for women who lead other clans, only for MacKyrie. It has been...difficult...challenging...since our men left to fight with the King. Our clan's only survivor, actually a fosterling from anther clan, brought us the awful news, then disappeared a few months after his return, consumed by his shock and grief. I doubt he still lives. The few warriors my father left behind have been lost in skirmishes with the neighbors. The main thing that has saved us thus far is that the neighboring lairds are wary of each other. Should one invade MacKyrie, the others wouldna be far behind, and they'd fight like dogs over the scraps of our home. But it isna all bad. My people are my treasure, and have supported me in every way. We've made much progress, more so since the Lathans arrived, but there's still much to do.
Some men claim that a woman can not be a successful laird.
A woman canna be a laird, ye say? Of course she can. She can even lead her warriors in battle, if she's trained for it. And Queens have ruled Scotland. But a woman must maintain her authority through craft, wit, and respect more than strength. She must have allies.
How does your Sight work?
I dream, rarely clearly. I may See only a brief glimpse. Or the dream may last a while, but as dreams do, make little sense when I awake. Some dreams come to me more than once. Those, especially, I must heed.
What advice would you offer other women thrust into positions of responsibility and power?
As I said, a woman must have allies. No matter how secure her position within her clan, she will be beset by outsiders, and possibly from within her own clan. Some men will pursue advantage by any means, fair or foul. Most women cannot defeat a man in a physical battle unless she is very skilled or very lucky, so she must have champions who will fight for her. She must be able to command respect. But a woman walks a fine line between being perceived as a strong leader and a shrew. So she must also nurture her people and protect whatever it is that comprises the wealth of her clan. Many men believe that marriage conveys the lairdship upon them. That isna the case, but If she is very lucky, she will find a man to stand beside her, to be her strong arm, her rock and her comfort. As Donal is for me.
Willa Blair

About the Author

Willa Blair is the best-selling and award-winning author of Scottish romance with a paranormal twist, set in the 16th century Highlands, when the old ways, and old talents, still shaped events.
She always wished she had several psi talents, such as reading her husband's mind, cleaning house by simply thinking about it, and flying. But alas, no. So she endows her historical romance characters with special talents and lives vicariously through them. She loves reading and writing romance novels set in the past, present and future.
She realized her life-long dream of becoming an author after retiring from her day job to write, travel, and enjoy life. Married to her own military hero golf fanatic, she lives in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio where she writes, feeds hummingbirds year-round and has too many hobbies to count.

Previous Books

Highland Healer (Highland Talents #1)

Books Coming Soon

The Healer's Gift (A Highland Talents Novella) And Highland Troth (Highland Talents #3)

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One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to win a copy of Highland Seer from Willa Blair, so please provide your email address.

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August 19, 2013

Cover Love Risk Factors @CalisaRhose #RLFblog #contemporary

Risk Factors 
Today's featured book is Risk Factors by Calisa Rhose.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Love, like life, is not without risk. Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps. Now Connor, a patient’s owner, and is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for.
Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left...again.
Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv--and himself--enough to play the possibilities?

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August 17, 2013

Excite Me a romance from @authortbrooks #RLFblog #LGBT

Excite Me  
Today's featured book is Excite Me by Taylor Brooks.

Phillip Archer spent the past ten years playing as a starting defensive end in the NFL. After a career-ending injury he was forced to rethink his life, and his future. Stepping down from the hustle and bustle of the limelight and taking a job as the offensive coordinator of a small Pac-10 school seemed like the perfect remedy to get things back on track and kick-start this new chapter in his life.
Richard Olson was single, independent, and loving life in Southern California. He had his career that he loved as a veteran lifestyle reporter for the local news, and that was all he needed to keep him happy and warm at night. Or so he thought. The day he ran into his old college crush Phillip, all bets were off.
The only question that remains is who will win, or if perhaps they both end up playing for keeps in a game of winner-take-all.

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August 16, 2013

Contemporary: Things Good Girls Don't Do | Interview @CodiGary #RLFblog

Things Good Girls Don't Do  
Codi Gary, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Things Good Girls Don't Do.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Length: 112 pages
Heat rating: Seven
Tagline: Good girls don't steal. Good girls don't visit sex shops. Good girls don't have one-night stands.
Blurb:
For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn't worth it anymore. It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not in a million years …
As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso isn't the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad. And when he finds Katie's list in a bar, he's more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the ones on the naughtier side …
Katie's more than tempted by Chase's offer, as long as they keep things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don't fall in love with bad boys.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Katie Connors: 30 year old hairdresser.
Chase Trepasso: 33 year old tattoo artist.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Avon Impulse put out a "Call for New Authors" last September for Valentine's Day novellas and I submitted, The Trouble with Sexy, which was picked up and published as a part of Kiss Me: An Avon Valentines Day Anthology.
What websites do you visit daily?
Ha! I'm a bit of a social media junkie! I start with Facebook, then move counter clockwise on my phone aps to Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads and Tumblr….oh, and my email.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
"You knew you wanted to write since you were eleven! Get a move on, girlie!"
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I watch my favorite shows, play with my kids, and put what I'm feeling into my work. It also helps to have an awesome brainstorming bud to vent frustrations too. I call mine Fluffy.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I worked at a grocery chain for five years, a Veterinary Assistant for six, and have been a stay at home mom for four.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
All genres of romance, some young adult, it just depends on my mood. Lately I've read Cynthia Sax, Cheryl Harper, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway, and Candis Terry.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Oh man, favorite? No, no it's a tie between Christmas (because of the light hearted, happy feelings it brings out in me) and Halloween (because who doesn't love dressing up, watching scary movies and eating candy?)
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Watch Supernatural, Glee, or New Girl, and Drool, Sing, and Snort Laugh in that order.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Ohhhh…Anne Hathaway…adore her!
Please underline 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 complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni and cheese.
I'm always ready for a shopping trip!
When I'm alone, I like to curl up with coffee and the Winchesters.
You'd never be able to tell, but I used to be a cheerleader in high school.
If I had a halo it would be a bit crooked and dented.
If I could only duplicate myself I'd get so much more done.
I can never be a sky diving instructor because heights freak me out!

Previous Books

Kiss Me: An Avon Valentines Day Anthology

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August 15, 2013

Cover Love: Stolen Rapture @denysebridger #RLFblog #vampire

Stolen Rapture. 
Today's featured book is Stolen Rapture by Denysé Bridger.

Genres: Erotic, vampire, ménage, D/s
Publisher: New Dawning International Book Fair
Cover Art: Kayden McLeod


When work brings Deluna Jordan face to face with a man who knows her better than she knows herself, she soon discovers he shares everything with his boss, including lovers…and a thirst for blood…and she is about to become the lucky recipient of all their desires…

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August 14, 2013

Cover Love: My Mother's Footsteps @itlnbrt #RLFblog

In My Mother's Footsteps 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is In My Mother's Footsteps by Forbes Arnone.

Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?
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About the Author

Forbes Arnone’s love of travel began when she traveled to the West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen was a small coastal town near Boston. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

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August 13, 2013

Your Happy End @acosmistmachine #RLFblog #superhero

Your Happy End 
EE Ottoman welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book,
Your Happy End
Genre: Gay Romance, Queer Superhero Romance
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover artist: Megan Derr
Length: 14,000 words
Heat rating: quite kinky to exceptional (depending on your glove kink)
Tagline: Love and robot spiders.
Blurb:
By day Jun is co-owner of a comic book shop. By night, he provides the high tech gear used by superhero team Ghost Hawk and The Spider. Cooper is the computer genius and information specialist behind the vigilante known as The Shadow Avenger. Attraction and a love of graphic novels make for a good start, but if they want to last Jun and Cooper will have to overcome secrets, danger, Cooper's past and Jun's firm belief that people in the superhero business don't get happy endings.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Jun is in his mid-twenties, he designs and builds high tech equipment for superheroes.
Cooper is also in his mid-twenties, and works as in information specialist for another superhero.
Interview
How did you get your start in the industry?
I had been writing for myself or publishing on the internet for free for years never thinking I could actually get published. Then I saw an open call over on Less Than Three Press' website and it looked fun and I was between jobs so I had some spare time. I sat down and wrote what would eventually be the short story 'Regarding the Detective's Companion.' When I submitted it I never thought it would be accepted and was shocked, but very happy, when it was.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love coming up with new characters, getting inside their heads and figuring out who they are and how they think. I love world building, getting the opportunity to design a culture from the ground up is incredibly exciting and challenging. I am getting more and more found of writing plots and coming up with increasingly complex twists. I also love writing about sex, figuring out how the characters feel about their bodies, their sexualities, themselves as sexual people (or not), their kinks and their desires ... It's just a lot of fun.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I consider my writing to be a job and thus try to treat it with the same level of seriousness as I would any other job. I try to make time everyday for writing related work. Responding to my publishers and editors as promptly as possible is important to me, as is being thorough and trying to be as professional as possible.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Truthfully being an author is the least stressful job I've ever had. Being a full time graduate students is lots more stressful as is any of the other day jobs I've held. Writing, editing contacting people about cover art and such is what I do to unwind. I have learned to pace myself though, to take some time off and spend it with my family or just make myself a nice dinner and what something fun on tv.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I think aspect of most people I've met end up to some extent in books. I am very paranoid about writing someone, living or dead, too completely into a book though and usually try very hard not to do that. I want my characters to stand on their own and not be tied to an actual person. Places though -- houses I've been in or streets I've walked down -- will sometimes appear in my stories whole sale.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've been a full time student for most of my life. Right now I am in graduate school studying intellectual history. I've also worked as a paralegal in legal aid, as an intern in a human rights investigation office, as part of an youth ministry team, as a fast food employee and I am now working for resident life at my university.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I think Your Happy End would be a good one if you were looking for something fun and sexy but didn't know where to start. It's a short, light hearted story that doesn't take itself too seriously and isn't too deep or angsty. I think it would be an enjoyable read to dip your toes in the water, especially if you were a superhero fan or a fan of geeks falling for other geeks.
If you love fantasy or horror but weren't too sure about the whole gay romance thing then I'd definitely keep my eyes out for my upcoming novel Like Fire Through Bone which is fantasy/horror adventure story with a solid romantic subplot and some pretty hot sex scenes. There is definitely enough fantasy and horror there though that I think genre fiction fans would enjoy it.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a lot of LGBTQ romance and erotica. I also love reading fantasy, science fiction, and gothic horror. I read a lot of non-fiction both for research for my writing and for my history degree. Every so often I read mystery and historical fiction as well.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
It's hard to say. I think ebooks are the way of the future although I doubt paper books are going anywhere anytime soon. We will continue to see more small presses springing up and do quite well. Although I do think there is a case for self publishing, there will definitely continue to be a place for traditional publishing.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I adore Halloween. I love watching horror movies, reading horror stories and making slightly scary food, getting dressed up. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I very rarely getting truly bored because I am almost always doing something. When I have some spare time though tend to I cook, usually something complicated and time consuming. I knit, I just finished knitting a Doctor Who replica scarf. I wanted it to be as close to the one Tom Baker wore in Ark In Space as possible. I read, I watch tv, mostly though I write.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Mark Gatiss with glasses, his natural hair color and some awesome suits. It would involve mummies, haunted houses, ornithology, mysteries in Manhattan's Chinatown, fashionable menswear, and a great deal of alcohol and geekery.
Please underline 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 complete the sentences
I love pizza with mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, tomato slices, olives, veggie sausage, and goat cheese.
I'm always ready for unexpected wormhole through space and time or possible rescue abandoned kittens.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself, but mostly write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I am just a little bit weird. And unusually short.
If I had a halo it would be made from the bones of my enemies.
If I could model vintage inspired menswear I'd do it in a heartbeat.
I can never be a professional pole dancer because I'm not coordinated enough.
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August 12, 2013

Historical: Under the Moon Gate @MarilynBaron | Interview #RLFblog #thriller

Under the Moon Gate
Marilyn Baron, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Under the Moon Gate
Genre: Historical Romantic Thriller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Kim Mendoza
Length: 354 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: A compelling tale of love and intrigue set in WW II and contemporary Bermuda.
Blurb:
Dashing sea captain Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim and proper Bermuda heiress Patience Whitestone and threatens to expose her family secrets—ruinous secrets she wasn't aware of. The two are immediately at odds when Nathaniel moors his vessel in front of her estate and refuses to leave until he finds the cache of Swiss gold he's convinced was buried somewhere on the property during World War II. Can Patience save herself and her family's reputation when she finds herself reluctantly drawn to this determined "pirate"? Or will someone from the past make good on his threat to destroy them both? Their fate is inextricably linked to Nazi plots and to the beautiful moon gates of Bermuda in this compelling tale of love and intrigue.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Patience Whitestone is a virginal 27-year-old heiress to the Whitestone fortune in Bermuda.
Nathaniel Morgan, about 30, is a sea captain from Virginia who's determined to expose Patience's family secrets at all costs.

Interview

Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
My critique partners and other writing colleagues as well as writing courses I've taken.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Chocolate is always good. I may be the only person on the planet who does not drink coffee. I do love hot chocolate.
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
Reading for sure. I love to sit in the sun and read.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I'm a definite pantser. I just write and then go back and edit.
Looking back at your first book, what do you wish you had done differently?
I wish I hadn't tried to include so many time periods in one book.
What's your writing schedule like?
When I'm in the edit stage, I'm intense and respect the deadline. When I'm writing a new book I write when I can, fitting it in between my "day job."
Any advice for new authors?
Finish the book. You can always fix copy on a page. You cannot fix a blank page.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
I write a lot about older women nearer to my age. I include my personal preferences—foods I love, colors I love, places I've been.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I take notes on any available slip of paper in my purse or on in the Notes section on my iPhone. I try to carry around a small notebook for this purpose, but it's not always available.
If you knew it would be a bestseller, what book would you write that you might not write otherwise?
So far, I've written every book I've wanted to.
What's keeping you from writing that book?
Actually, I've been very prolific this year. By the end of the year I will have five books published, one self-published and four under contract with a traditional publisher. Not all may be released in 2013.
What other jobs have you held besides writing? Or jobs you've done while you were a writer.
I head my own public relations firm. I've been editor of a regional corporate newsletter, marketing manager, and special events manager for AT&T; I was an Information Specialist for the Florida Department of Corrections (the prison system) where I learned to work with printers (the inmates in the institution that housed the printing press) and I heard a lot of "fish" stories (I'm innocent). On my first day on the job four women escaped the women's correctional institution and we had a tent city situation when the system got overcrowded. I spent one summer at the Downingtown Inn in Pennsylvania as a reservationist, living on the property in a situation similar to Dirty Dancing.
My most exciting projects were involvement in the Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City and the LA Olympics. Annual reports for one client that involved travel throughout Europe, were also very interesting.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Sixth Sense 
Under the Moon Gate took 10 years to perfect. I wasn't writing all that time. Most of that time it was dormant. But the book has been through many iterations. It started out encompassing three generations and I finally opted for two generations in one book and one, in the 17th century, in the prequel, Destiny: A Bermuda Love Story.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I just finished Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, which I really enjoyed. I got to meet the author twice at book signings. I'm in two book clubs, so between books I read for pleasure and books for the book clubs, I'm never without a book. I recently went on a Behind the Scenes tour on a Mediterranean cruise to do research for an upcoming book, a murder mystery that takes place on a ship.
What's the best gift you ever received?
The best recent gift was from my children. Two tickets to an Andrea Bocelli concert in Atlanta in December. I love him.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
World War II.
Do you believe in luck?
Absolutely. I've been very fortunate in my life.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
Andrea Bocelli and Broadway music. I love music from the '40s.
Do you play any musical instruments?
No. I took piano lessons but they didn't take. All I remember is Heart and Soul.
What is your secret talent?
I don't have a sense of smell so I have a well-developed sixth sense.
What's your favorite movie?
Casablanca
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Eldest.
Do you think it's important to write in just one genre?
No. I write humorous women's fiction, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I joined Georgia Romance Writers.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Create my Web site.
What websites do you visit daily?
I comment on my group blog, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I'd offer it in print format, not just as an EBook.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The freedom and flexibility, the creativity.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Keep writing. Don't give up.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I have a strong work ethic, but I'm primarily motivated by deadlines. If something is due I'll get right on it. If not, I tend to procrastinate.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG. All the time. My sister always prefaces everything she says with, "Now, this better not end up in your book." My other sister and sometimes writing partner gave me a sweatshirt that said, "Be Careful or You'll End Up In My Novel." I write down snippets of conversations wherever I hear them, at the hair salon, in the grocery store, at dinner. Sorry, if you say something interesting, you're likely to end up in my books.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
My favorite book so far is Under the Moon Gate, my newest release. It's a historical, romantic thriller and it has intrigue, spies, romance, and humor. I think people actually prefer the WW II-era romance to the contemporary.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I love anything Nora Roberts writes. I love women's fiction. I love spy novels.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think it's great but I also like self-publishing. My sister and I cowrote two books, Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery, and The Edger, a humorous women's fiction and we enjoyed that experience. We also wrote a musical and are thinking of self-publishing it while waiting to get it produced.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
When I won the Maggie Award at the Georgia Romance Writers Conference in 2012.
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 summer dresses, bathing suit and cover up, hat, sandals, something dressy. I would take my husband or daughters and probably go to Italy. We just got back from a Mediterranean Cruise and I'm ready to go back to The Amalfi Coast.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Labor Day because we go to our condo in Florida.
What good book have you read recently?
Dorothea Benton Franks' The Last Original Wife.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Watch TV, actually fall asleep in front of the TV.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Definitely green. That's my favorite color and I haven't wavered in that since I was born. I have gravitated toward lighter greens, like sea greens and blue greens.
Please underline 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." But I wish I were laid back and relaxed and could enjoy a vacation spa.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms, cheese and black olives.
I'm always ready for a vacation.
When I'm alone, I like to read.
You'd never be able to tell, but I don't have a sense of smell.
If I had a halo it would be made of gold.
If I could find a producer, I would love for my play Memory Lane to be on Broadway.

Previous Books

Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery available in eBook or print format at http://amazon.com/Murder-at-Outlet-Mall-ebook/dp/B00BGQLOKW.
The Edger, humorous women's fiction available on Amazon Kindle at http://amazon.com/dp/B006Y3P12Y
Paranormal short stories from TWB Press. A Choir of Angels, Follow an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom and Dead Mix at http://twbpress.com/authormarilynbaron.html
Marilyn Baron

Books Coming Soon

Sixth Sense, a paranormal romantic suspense, from The Wild Rose Press.
Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed "Crystal Ball Kate," is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts the death of a movie actor's young son in a private plane crash. Besieged by requests to use her powers to help others, she realizes why her parents had warned her never to let anyone know of her visions.
By-the-book Atlanta police detective Jack Hale harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics and ignores Katherine's warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer in Sydney, Australia, but that's only the beginning of the story. Jack and Kate are drawn into the investigation of a mystery surrounding Kate's birth and find murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint seaside spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.
Significant Others, a humorous women's fiction from The Wild Rose Press, Christmas 2013.

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August 11, 2013

Into the Magic @ TheGoddessNaomi #RLFblog

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

Star Lite exercises her emerging magical talents to search for Adam, the seductive stranger who captivated her heart during an extraordinary adventure. Her every sense tells her they are meant to be together, yet he has disappeared. Certain he's in danger, she tracks him down and they meet in Las Vegas, where emotions flare and flames ignite. But Adam must complete a mysterious mission and sends her away. She uses the time waiting for Adam to study with Tristan, a passionate magician with secrets of his own. As Star's powers are unlocked, she questions the rulings of the authoritarians who control magic. Against Tristan and Adam's warnings, a premonition moves her to go back to Vegas. There, a new facet of her power puts her life in peril. For protection, Tristan, Adam and Star engage in a sizzling ménage ritual. Join Star as she opens her heart and soul to love, and continues her journey into the magic.

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Naomi Bellina
Adventurous erotic romance to tickle your fancy and unleash your libido

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