December 31, 2013

2013 Cover Love Guide from Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog #giveaway

The gems 
The Romance Lives Forever blog is my way of giving back to author friends and the literary community.  I read every post, and try to respond to every comment. I share books and authors, interviewing and chatting with everyone. I don't do reviews -- I'm too busy. If I commit to something then I follow through, and with all I do, there just isn't time. So you won't find reviews here, but you will finds lots of new books.

When a book comes out, the first thing I want to do is tell everyone about it. There are many ways to do it, including the tried and true Yahoo Group circuit, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, Shelfari... and of course, blogging. I have used all of these things, some better than others. Combinations work wonders. The combo that shows me the most response is blogging combined with Twitter.

Since this blog is tied to Triberr, it automatically links to Twitter. Networked Blogs helps with that as well. I also have a program called Paper.li that picks up the RSS feed from RLF and shoots it off to a daily automated newsletter. Automating the thing gives me time to follow up with a personal touch afterward. I love hanging out on Twitter, and have more fun there than I do anywhere else. If you want to find me, haunt the #Loki hashtag. I am always there!

The #RLFblog hashtag was one I created to help me track the posts here. It's become a good way for authors to share posts. Once you've been a guest here, I hope you'll use the hashtag whenever you like. I look for it, and try to retweet it. Other authors do too. You can track it on Tweetreach -- and you'll be surprised how far reaching it is. Today, it shows a reach of 88k, with 140k impressions. On Twubs, you'll find others who have joined the community of users for the hashtag. You can even have a chat there using the tag.

One of the most helpful posts this year was Cover Love. It's just a blurb, cover, buy links, and social media. I grabbed info from everywhere to make it, and especially from the street team of Marketing for Romance Writers. That's a group of like-minded writers who help one another with ideas for marketing books. I created it back in 2006, and it has over 2k members on Facebook, 1900 on Yahoo, its own Twitter and Pinterest accounts, BlogTalkRadio, and Bloghop groups, and will be on Goodreads soon. The street team helps members promote their books. When someone would submit material, I would grab it and use it when I had an opening on the blog. Prior guest bloggers asked for quick ways to promote as well, and Cover Love was a great way to do that.
The "Cover Love" Cover

Giveaway - Cover Love Book

I decided to make a PDF booklet using just the Cover Love material, and make it available for readers. To download the booklet, click here. It will also be available on the FAQ page. This is 75 pages of full color covers and info. I hope you enjoy it!

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Normally, this section has social media for the guest author. Today, it has info for the blog. This lists where to sign up, where to find the guidebook, and where to grab interviews you can download and send in if you want to be a guest. Please do take advantage of them.
Clicking these links will allow you to download an RLF interview directly to your hard drive. They are in rtf format.
About Your Hero(ine) - you talk about your character http://is.gd/rlf_abouthero
Character Interview - Your character talks http://is.gd/rlf_characters
Cover Love - a cover, buy links, and social media http://is.gd/rlf_coverlove
New Book Release - the basics about your book http://is.gd/rlf_newbook

Thank You

I appreciate being part of your life this last year. I hope you'll come back often. Grab the button before you go. Do you believe like I do? ... I believe ... Romance Lives Forever.

December 30, 2013

New Fun Interviews from the Romance Lives Forever Blog #RLFblog

RLF on Paper.li 
Thank you for a great 2013! The blog grew, and some wonderful features were added. For the year, there were 339 posts listed as of yesterday. Hard to believe, isn't it? I expect to have more than that in 2014.

Social Media

The link between the blog and Paper.li helped get out the word about blog posts. The paper is an online daily ezine, and this one posts to Twitter. The blog uses the hashtag #RLFblog, and you can click on Twubs to check its reach.

Triberr did a great job of sharing the news as well. Because of my followers, the tribemates I associate with, and their followers, RLF has a reach of over one million. The program works because it brings new readers, and reminds current ones of new material. It provides an average of 45 - 50 mentions on Twitter every day, and since each post has the guest author's Twitter handle in the title, that means the guest gets mentioned too.

Networked Blogs helped by posting automatically to Facebook. The blog goes to several pages, and is often shared. Did you know the blog has its own Facebook page? Come over and like the page, and then share the day's post, especially if you're one of the guests.
https://www.facebook.com/RomanceLivesForever

New Interviews

There are now brand new interviews posted on the blog's FAQ page. You can click to download them right to your computer of other device. Here are the links. All are in rtf format.
About Your Hero(ine) - you talk about your character http://is.gd/rlf_abouthero
Character Interview - Your character talks http://is.gd/rlf_characters
Cover Love - a cover, buy links, and social media http://is.gd/rlf_coverlove
New Book Release - the basics about your book http://is.gd/rlf_newbook

Sign Up!

You no longer need to email me for a date. Sign up by clicking the Request a Date tab. Fill in the info, pick two dates, and I'll do my best to get you one of them. 

The Cover Love feature (a cover, buy links, and social media) will be compiled into a giveaway pdf, and will be offered on the blog to all guests. Look for the first edition tomorrow, Dec 31st.

RLF Top Blogger Award

RLF Gems 

This popular feature will continue. On the first of each month, I post a listing of the top bloggers, and send the top five a graphic to post on their websites or blogs. It's almost always the most visited page of the month, although I don't count it when listing which posts are the most popular. I want the credit to go to my wonderful guests.

Thank you...

The blog has grown and changed in response to your requests, and I hope you've found it helpful. If there is something you'd like me to add or change, please let me know.

Thank you for your support. It's been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope to see you back soon.

Kayelle Allen

December 29, 2013

Cover Love: Zoastra Affair @VictoriaPinder #RLFblog #SciFi

The Zoastra Affair 
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 Zoastra Affair by Victoria Pinder.
A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.
The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth's enemies.
Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace's body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace's husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she's stolen someone's life.

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Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: 85000 words

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December 28, 2013

Character Interview: Zak from My Boyfriend's an Alien @LMBrownAuthor #RLFblog #lgbt

LM Brown, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Zak from the book, My Boyfriend's an Alien.
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover artist: Emmy and Angelique of Totally Bound
Length: 227 pages
Heat rating: Sizzling
Tagline: Can an alien find love with a human being?
Blurb: Zak, an alien from the planet Trimmeron, is a member of a race of beings who transform into other species during their years of puberty. It's customary for the youngsters to be fostered to the worlds native to their new forms, to study and learn about the races who will play an important part in their lives.
When Zak turns into a human it comes as a surprise to everyone, for only one other before him has ever done so. Nevertheless he is sent to Earth, a world he views as primitive and barbaric. He arrives with a chip on his shoulder and attitude to spare. He does not believe anyone on Earth can have anything to teach him.
When Zak meets college student Sam he soon discovers he has a lot to learn, not only about humans, but also about himself.
Trapped on an unfamiliar world and in a strange body that seems to have a mind of its own, Zak has no idea what is happening to him, only that Sam seems to be the key to the strange afflictions he is suffering from.
But can an alien find love with a human being?

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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Sam, age 19, college student
Zak, age 19 (in Earth years), college student

Excerpt:

"I can't believe you took one of the natives as your partner!"
"She's what humans call my soulmate." Darren said the words as though they explained everything. "We joined our life forces on Trimmeron. We're also what humans call married, which makes her my wife and me her husband. You won't know the terms, but they mean virtually the same thing as partner on our planet, just without the ritual of life sharing."
"You share your life with one of the natives?" Zak couldn't keep the shock from his voice. Everything from the knowledge implant indicated that humans were one of the most primitive races in the universe. How could Darren even consider spending his life with one of them?
"That's right."
"But why?"
"Because I didn't want to lose her. Human lives are far shorter than our own. Humans are lucky to live one hundred of their years."
"How long is a human year?"
"Three hundred and sixty-five revolutions of the Earth on its axis. Each revolution is called a day and takes twenty four hours to complete. Earth's days are shorter than ours by a few hours."
Zak nodded. "Three hundred and sixty-five days, got it."
"Well, except every four years when there's an extra day because it's a leap year," Darren amended.
"Huh?"
"Don't ask. I never really understood the calendar myself."
Zak sat quietly and did the calculations in his head. "Are you saying you joined with a native, knowing it would take thousands of years off of your own life?"
"That's right."
"Why?"
Darren smiled as he faced the road ahead. "Simple really. I'd rather live five thousand years with my Eleanor than ten thousand years alone."
Zak shook his head. He'd never heard of anything so foolish.

Interview with Zak

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Zakrynious, though here on Earth I go by the name Zak Johnson. I'm what you humans would call an alien, although I don't look it. Actually, in my regular form I look like nothing you've ever seen before. I have blue fur all over me and a tail like a monkey for balance. My people are like chameleons and all through puberty we change into other creatures. Right now I'm a human, which came as a shock to pretty much everyone, me included. It's customary for us to be fostered to the worlds where our new forms are native and so here I am on Earth. I got sent here to stay with Darren, the only other person from Trimmeron to turn human. Lucky for me he decided to stay here on Earth so I could be fostered into his care while I'm learning all about what it means to be human.
Tell us about Sam.
Unlike me, Sam is a regular human being. He's smart and has such great inner strength it amazes me. He goes to the local college where Darren has enrolled me too. He talks about how he'd like to have gone to university like his friends, but he doesn't let it get him down too much. I get the feeling there's something else going on that he hasn't told me. Sometimes I think Sam's best friend, Lucy, is about to let something slip to me about what he's hiding, but each time she starts to say something Sam gives her a look, or a swift kick, to stop her from saying too much. I hope one day Sam will tell me what it is he's hiding. In the meantime, it just makes him more mysterious.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My ability to adapt. I've taken a number of different forms over the years of my puberty and mostly I find it easy to adapt to the new climate, body and customs of different worlds. At least I did until I came to Earth. This place is nothing like anywhere I've ever been before and certain parts of my human body seems to have a mind of their own. I hope I can manage to figure this out before my time here on Earth is up.
What was it like where you grew up?
Trimmeron is another world, literally. There's no pollution on my world and no disease either. No one goes hungry and the last war took place so long ago even the oldest of my people can't remember it, and since we can live to be 10,000 years old, that's a very long time we've been at peace. Trimmeron is very advanced compared to Earth, but things aren't necessarily better. My people aren't big on showing emotions. Our genetic makeup doesn't really allow for strong feelings. We're born in laboratories to parents who are paired up because their genes are likely to produce healthy and smart children. I grew up in my father's household at the base of a mountain range with lots of siblings and half siblings. It was always busy with lots happening. I guess compared to how Sam grew up, with two parents who raised him together and doted on him, it seems pretty lonely, although it didn't seem like it at the time.
What do you wish was different about your life?
The only thing I wish were different about my life is having my biological parents take a more active part in it. I didn't realise until I came to live with Darren and Eleanor how much I had missed out on having real parents looking out for me. It's not like my natural parents didn't love me, or I them, but I'm finally starting to realise that there's more to being a parent than simply donating your DNA.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
I would like to show Sam the universe, all the worlds I have been to and all those I have yet to visit. There's so much out there to see, so much to learn, and Sam has such a thirst for knowledge I'm sure he would love it. As soon as my period of fostering is over I intend to take Sam to Trimmeron with me. Of course, I'll have to tell him I'm an alien first and even though he's a total astronomy geek, he's not likely to believe me just like that. Like I said, Sam is really smart and it'll take something huge to convince him I'm telling the truth. Lucky for me our spaceships are enormous.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
My mother's home in the mountains. She's a healer who lives near the Sacred Pool, which is where my people go to join their life forces together. It's a dangerous thing to do so she lives nearby just in case she is needed in a hurry. Her home is high up in the trees and even though her house is just as crowded as my father's it's out of the way of the rest of the community. There are lots of mountain streams, hidden glens and quiet spots around the area and I loved exploring them when I was growing up. The only thing even more perfect than the mountains would be being there with Sam. The mountains were my refuge as a child, but I think maybe Sam will be my refuge as an adult.

Previous Books

Touch of a Ghost
Driving Me Crazy
Hey, Baby (Gift of Love anthology)
Let Down Your Hair
Someone Like You
Only in Your Dreams
Skin Deep
The Other Man
To See the Sky
The Watcher (Wicked Watchers: Looking at the Lads anthology)
Between Heaven & Hell (Heavenly Sins 1)
Between Good & Evil (Heavenly Sins 2)

About the Author

L.M. Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village that time doesn't seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that's the retirement biography. Right now she is in England in a medium sized town that no one has ever heard of, so she won't bore you with the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes that they weren't all inside her head.
L.M. Brown loves hearing from readers so don't be shy.

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December 27, 2013

Cover Love: The Troubles @triciaandersen #RLFblog #contemporary

The Troubles 
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 Troubles by Tricia Andersen.
While Sloan and Abbey are in Las Vegas to celebrate Gordon and Mary’s wedding, a enemy from Sloan’s past nearly kills her. Sloan is forced to do the unthinkable – he files for divorce. He moves Sloan Enterprises to Switzerland far away from the woman he loves to save her.
Three years pass. When Sloan invites Robert to Switzerland to celebrate his fortieth birthday, he learns shocking news – Robert is living with Abbey. Refusing to lose Abbey, Sloan relocates the company to Minneapolis, Minnesota where Abbey is living and makes her the Chief Operating Officer. He fights against his desire for her as he contends with her two new beaus, his own new girlfriend, her hostile family and Amelia, his four-year-old daughter.
When his enemy makes another attempt on Abbey’s life, will Sloan be able to save her – or is this a war he just can’t win?
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December 26, 2013

Cover Love: A Christmas Soul Mate @pawf1067 #RLFblog

All I Want For Christmas
is a Soul Mate 
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 All I Want For Christmas is a Soul Mate by Patricia W Fischer, et al.

This year's delightful collection of Christmas short stories features a multitude of romantic genres all with one common theme: during the holiday season, nothing's better than spending it with the one you love.

Twenty talented Soul Mate authors have put together an anthology that's sure to please any reader who enjoys their romance with a splash of Christmas cheer:
A time-traveling Highlander brings comfort and joy to a young woman grieving her lost family.
Best friends, both widowed, suddenly see each other through new eyes during a snowed-in Christmas Eve;
A royal prince and a commoner fall in love despite their differences and a handful of untruths, thanks to a wreath that grants wishes.
An alien race understands the simple reward of giving, when their human captive does not.
Young lovers planning a Christmas wedding find their promise to each other is put to the ultimate test.
A ghostly groom refuses to stay away from the woman he loves.
For two modern believers, a magical, mystical visit to Bethlehem on the night of the Christ Child's birth is both a joy and a responsibility.
And many more heartwarming, romantic stories celebrating 'The Season To Be Jolly.'
Please join us as we tell a few tales, raise a glass of holiday cheer, and deck the halls with romance as well as boughs of holly!

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December 24, 2013

A Christmas Gift for All You Sweet N Sexy Divas #RLFblog

Tales of the Chosen
Coming January 2014 
Merry Christmas Eve! I'm Kayelle Allen, and usually I'm posting other authors' work here, not my own. But today, I have a treat for you!

When author Tina Donahue invited me to join Sweet N Sexy Divas, her multi-author blog, I was delighted. Like Romance Lives Forever, her blog is tied to Triberr, and gets a lot of exposure. But when it came time to write the post (due today, Dec 24th) my mind went blank.

Should I talk about one of my books? I have a trilogy out next month. That could work. I'd love to talk about the Tales of the Chosen. Should I talk about Christmas or discuss the holidays in some way? Should I share a story about myself? I wasn't sure which way to go. Since I'll be posting there on the 24th of every month, I have plenty of time to think about the next one, but what was I going to talk about today?

That's when it hit me that one of the things everyone needs is a way to share long hypertext links. You know the type. You find a cool article, or an item for sale somewhere and you text the link to a friend, email it, or share it online, and by the time they get it, the link is broken and doesn't work. That's frustrating. Well, I've found a way around that, and it works every time.

Usually, I wouldn't send you off to another blog. I'd love it if you stayed right here on Romance Lives Forever and hung out with all the authors we have here. But today, in order to find out how I solved the problem of having broken links, I'm sending you on a journey.

Click Sweet N Sexy Divas and jump over to my post there to find your answer. This link will take you right to the page you need -- after you click the "Let Me In" button. SNSD has some adult content, so it's behind Blogger's adult wall. Not to worry, my post is G rated (this time). To sweeten the deal, there's also a giveaway for everyone at the end of the post. No jumping through hoops or comments needed. Just click and download!

So what are you waiting for? Come on over to SNSD and check out my first post. You'll get a goodie, solve a problem, and maybe even discover a brand new blog to love.

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December 23, 2013

Gay Romance: Lovelight Gleams @keiraandrews #RLFblog

Where the Lovelight Gleams 
Keira Andrews, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Where the Lovelight Gleams.
Genre: M/M contemporary holiday
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: April Martinez
Length: 22,000 words
Heat rating: Explicit
Tagline: Can these Hollywood actors take their romance offscreen?
Blurb: This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space Academy, but he knows it'll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan's invitation to leave the palm trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White North.
Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing under wraps. Little does he know, Cary wrestles with his own unspoken desires and his very identity. Surrounded by family and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Ryan and Cary are both twenty-five-year-old actors. They are co-stars on a CW-esque sci-fi show called Space Academy.

Excerpt:

Chest heaving, Ryan slammed the door behind him and leaned against it. "I should've just kept my big mouth shut," he muttered. "He's never going to like me the way I like him. God, I'm such an idiot!"
Pounding footsteps preceded a forceful knock. Ryan waited, breath lodged in his throat.
Cary's voice rang out. "I know you're in there. Open the door! Please."
Ryan ran a hand through his hair, then took a deep breath and blew it out. Trying to appear utterly calm, he twisted the doorknob and stepped aside as Cary rushed in.
"Didn't you hear me calling?" Cary was slightly breathless, his brow furrowed.
"No." Ryan tried to smile. "Sorry. Do you need something?"
"Do I..." Cary shook his head incredulously. "What I need is for you to talk to me. I heard what you said to Dara."
Blood rushed to Ryan's cheeks, and he laughed, although it came out as more of a squeak. "Oh that? I was just kidding around."
"Kidding around." Cary didn't sound convinced. "So you're not in love with me?"
"I..." Ryan swallowed, his throat suddenly dry. "It was a joke."
"A joke." Cary stepped forward, backing him up against the closed door.
Ryan jerked his head in a nod.
Cary was now less than a foot away. He was a few inches taller, and his broad shoulders tapered down to a narrow waist, his body muscular yet lean. Short light blond hair swept up from his forehead, and his green eyes were intense as he watched Ryan. This close, Ryan could see the flecks of gold in Cary's eyes, and his heart skipped a beat. God, he's so beautiful.
"That's too bad, because I've been in love with you for months."
Ryan's eyes widened. "But that's...impossible."
"Shut up and kiss me."
With that, Cary closed the gap between them, taking Ryan's face in his hands as he pressed their lips together. Their mouths opened as they kissed passionately. Ryan's pulse raced, excitement skipping up his spine as he yanked Cary against him, their bodies--
"Cut!"
Cary broke the kiss and stepped back. He looked to the director. "Go again?"
The director nodded. "Good kiss. But give me a little more on the 'I heard what you said to Dara' line." She focused on Ryan. "You're playing it just right. Great trembling in your hands. Just need to get some more sweat on your brow. You're supposed to have just run from the air lock, and it's a big ship."
As the assistant director called for makeup to bring their spray bottle, the crew prepared for another take. Cary grinned at Ryan, and dimples appeared in his cheeks. "Sorry, think I slipped a little tongue in there."
Yes, you did, and God I want more. Ignoring the desire thrumming through his veins, Ryan waved it off. "That was a good take." It was their fourth, and he'd hoped it would get easier as the day went on. Instead his yearning for Cary increased each time their lips met. Despite the twenty-five bored crew members watching, when Cary kissed him, everything else faded away.
After fantasizing about being with Cary for the past year, Ryan had told himself that the reality--even if it was fictional and not real--would be a huge disappointment. On-screen kissing was supposed to be awkward and uncomfortable and epically unsexy. And in Ryan's experience it always had been.
Until now.
He wasn't supposed to breathe in the citrus of Cary's aftershave and feel desire coiling in his belly. He wasn't supposed to notice how thick Cary's eyelashes were, and how the gold in his eyes matched his hair. His knees weren't supposed to go weak because Cary's kisses were warm and wet and tasted like honey and promised so much more.
"Let's just hope the network censors don't look too closely. I swear, straight couples can practically get naked on screen, but gay characters..." Cary shook his head. "Drives me nuts. Hey, did you hear anything more from that hate group who sent the nasty letters?"
"Nah. I think Tammy took care of making sure my mail is examined more closely. It's no big deal."
Cary huffed. "No big deal? You shouldn't ever have to hear that kind of garbage. You'll tell me if it happens again, right?"
"What are you going to do? Beat them up?" Ryan secretly loved Cary's protectiveness. He smiled and nudged Cary with his elbow. "Besides, now that they're finally putting Steven and Kishi together, you'll probably start getting your own hate mail."
Cary still frowned. "Yeah, but it's not the same. Everyone knows I'm not gay in real life." He scoffed. "No way a tough guy like my dad would ever have a gay son. No one would believe it even if it was true."
"Yeah." Ryan stopped himself before his brain went too far down the "what if" road. "By the way, your scales are coming loose a bit on your neck."
"Crap. I keep sweating them off."
As the makeup team sprayed fake sweat onto Ryan's forehead and touched up the purple scales crawling up the side of Cary's neck and across one cheek, Ryan breathed deeply. He reminded himself that none of it was real. Cary's declaration of love and his kiss that left Ryan buzzing--it was all for the cameras. Nothing more.
So he should stop remembering the press of Cary's body and how his firm muscles had felt beneath Ryan's hands. Ryan was in good shape himself, but he was positively ordinary next to Cary's golden handsomeness and toned, perfect body. Not too bulky, but just right. As Cary tipped his head to give the makeup artist better access to his neck, Ryan imagined kissing him there, sucking on the tender skin and--
One of the show's publicists approached, her heels clacking across the spaceship set. "How are we today, gentlemen?"
Ryan smiled. "Hey, Tammy. We're good."
"Excellent. The reporter from Out and Proud will be here in an hour. He wanted to see the kiss filmed, but as you know we're keeping the set closed. If anyone leaks this kiss before the episode, I will eat their lungs for breakfast."
Cary smirked. "And their balls for lunch?"
"Nope. Balls are for second breakfast." Tammy winked.
The director called out, "Places everyone."
Fake sweat artfully moistening his dark hair where it fell across his forehead, Ryan took his position to run into Steven's room once more. Part of him hoped the director would want dozens of takes, but he wasn't sure how much longer he could keep himself in check. He'd worn extra-tight briefs to keep from embarrassing himself, but his one-piece bodysuit costume didn't leave much to the imagination.
The second assistant cameraman clapped down the slate in front of the camera. "Space Academy, two-twelve, scene nine, take five."
Silence settled over the set, and the director yelled, "Action!"
As he ran and slammed the door once more, Ryan's heart pounded anew, and he couldn't help but look forward to Cary's next kiss.
Copyright © Keira Andrews

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
I've always loved the holidays and I thought it was high time I wrote a Christmas romance. I have fond memories of Christmases at my family's cottage on Georgian Bay in rural Ontario, and it was the perfect setting to convey the cozy warmth of the holiday. I've long wanted to write about actors, and it was the perfect opportunity to juxtapose Hollywood with this peaceful setting far away from the glitz. I love the snow and mistletoe, family and friends--and of course food!
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate... pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration...?)
Water or Diet Coke if I need some caffeine. Also my white noise machine if my neighbour is belting out Britney, as she is wont to do from time to time. (I give her an A+ for effort, but it's not so fun to listen to!)
When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
You'd find me catching up on my favourite TV shows and movies, at yoga class, or curled up with a good book.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I'm a mix of plotter and pantser. I always know where the story will end up, and I have a general idea of how to get there. But I need the characters to come to life and fill in the details and twists and turns.
What's your writing schedule like?
I aim for 3,000 words per day, five days a week. I get up by eight a.m. and work for a few hours before going to the gym for a class at noon. Then shower, lunch, and back to work until around seven p.m. Although sometimes I'll keep going if I'm on a roll! I usually work through the weekend so I can take some time off mid-week to run errands or perhaps sneak in a cheap Tuesday matinee.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I was a waitress from the end of high school through university and post-degree studies and travel. Until recently I worked as a marketing copywriter before becoming a full-time novelist.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Semper Fi, my upcoming WWII-era drama/romance. It's the most ambitious book I've written, and I did a lot of research on Marines in the Pacific and post-war life in America. It's not an easy era in which to set a realistic gay romance. Some people shy away from the war, which I understand. But I loved writing it and I hope readers will respond to it.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
For fun I'm rereading K.A. Mitchell's An Improper Holiday (how I love an M/M historical at the holidays!). I'm also reading The Naked Truth About Self Publishing, which obviously isn't research for a particular book, but general career research.
Do you believe in luck?
Definitely. Some of the best things in life are due to sheer dumb luck! For example, I feel very fortunate to know some of my closest friends because we happened to like the same TV shows and started talking about them online in the same forum.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
When driving I listen to pop music or Broadway show tunes. I generally never listen to music while writing since I find it distracting.
What's your favorite movie?
It's hard to choose, but I have to go with Strictly Ballroom. It makes me grin like a fool every time. A life lived in fear is a life half lived!
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I'm the baby and I have an older sister named Wendy. As a child I couldn't say her name and called her "Girl" for years, much to her chagrin!

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with ham, bacon and pineapple.
I'm always ready for an HGTV marathon.
When I'm alone, I talk to myself an awful lot.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm a geek. (Actually, I don't hide that well at all!)
If I had a halo it would be sparkly, of course.
If I could do a headstand in yoga I'd probably pass out in shock that I actually kept my balance. And you should never pass out while doing headstands!
I can never go bungee jumping because I'm too paranoid something will go wrong.

Previous Books

The Chimera Affair
The Argentine Seduction
Eight Nights
Daybreak
The Station
Voyageurs
Love Match
City of Lights
Earthly Desires
Ascending Hearts
Love's Nest

Books Coming Soon

Cold War – M/M figure skating romance coming February 4, 2014
Semper Fi

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December 22, 2013

Cover Love: A Christmas Fling @beth_barany #RLFblog

A Christmas Fling 
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 A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany.
What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?
Dahlia, a Santa's Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco's financial district, with no time for love, will her innocent Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?
Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party. Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn his life upside down?
Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

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December 21, 2013

Cover Love: Reflection @kimcresswell #RLFblog #suspense

Reflection 
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 Reflection by Kim Cresswell.

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the "Big" story.
She found it. Now it may kill her.
After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective--at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man's thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother's death over a decade ago...
Can they save an innocent child before it's too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many--Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cresswell/e/B00B5LKAXA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

December 20, 2013

Cover Love: Making Over Maris @sabrina_york @ellorascave #RLFblog #erom

Making Over Maris 
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 Making Over Maris by Sabrina York.
Wired, Book Three
When uber-nerd Jack asks Sara to make him more attractive to women, she can't say no--even though it's an impossible task. He's shaggy and doughy and hopelessly inappropriate. He has no style or emotional intelligence but he's a good person. And a great friend. What Sara never expects? Beneath all that fur and geekiness is a steamy hunk just waiting to emerge.
Jack takes Sara's regimen very seriously, working out and losing weight until he feels like a new man. He even complies with her command to shave his beard--because Jack didn't ask Sara to make him over so he would be attractive to other women. He only wants to be attractive to her. They go on a series of fake dates, each hotter and more sinful than the last. It's not long before Sara discovers Jack's secret desire to be dominated and what began as an arrangement becomes something amazing--something that could be real.
Inside Scoop: Our hero appreciates Femdom--with the right woman. Our hero doesn't appreciate perfect strangers grabbing his junk. Ask nicely first, ladies!
A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora's Cave
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Barnes and Noble Author page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sabrina-york

December 19, 2013

Writing Tips: Tickle Your Nose @VickiBatman #RLFblog #authortips

Great Fruitcake Bake Off 
Welcome Vicki Batman back to Romance Lives Forever for a few writing tips.

In church this past winter-almost-spring, I sat behind a couple with granddaughters. The woman removed her fur scarf and set it around a blonde cutie's neck. The little one gathered the ends and rubbed them across her face and pressed them to her nose.
I wanted to do that. I wanted to buy a fur collar and do what she'd done in the worst way. Just by watching her, I could feel the softness brushing my mouth and the scent of Chanel No. 5.
I like to buy vintage handbags, and recently when I opened up one, a whiff of perfume teased my nose. Something old and special. Remember when ladies put scent on their hankies and stowed it in their bags? Remember peeking through Grandmother's bath cupboard and seeing the cobalt blue perfume bottle with a silver label inscribed Evening in Paris?
My cat is twenty years old and doesn't venture outside much. But when she does on a bright summer day, she will park herself in a corner outside my window. I'm so afraid I'll forget and leave her there; so after a while, I retrieve her. I always kiss the top of her head, feeling the velvet of her fur against my mouth. And she smells fresh, as if she had absorbed sunshine.
Evening in Paris 
My malti-poos on the other hand have silky hair which grows into riotous ringlets. When freshly laundered, they are incredibly soft and the hint of apricot from the shampoo lingers. But after a couple of weeks, they cease being adorable and become plain ol' smelly dogs. Dirt-stained paws, gooky eyes, sour scent.
On Sunday, I took the dogs for a long walk. As we turned the last block toward home, I noticed the green pecans on the asphalt from the squirrels' munching. Even lines from gnawing were visible on the hull. The leaves from water-starved trees littered the pavement. Some shaped into long beige cocoons. Others in various stages of disintegration. The tink-tink of the doggies' badges clinking as they marched onward by my side.

When we write, are we taking the time to engage all our senses? Do we really feel? Do we really smell? Do we hear?

Green Pecans 
What does our hero's hair feel like? Long is different from short. What does their skin feel like? Most men have hair on their arms, legs and chest, and that intriguing line which runs below their waistband. And don't forget the scruffy beard and the adorable twinkle in their eye which makes a gal want to twinkle right back and move right into the sexy dance... Whoa. Too much romance writing. LOL
We can enhance our power of sense by observation. Stop rushing through the day. Sit. Listen. Take a lengthy look. A deep inhale and a cleansing exhale. What does the raindrop plopping on the tin roof of a boathouse actually sound like? What kind of caw does a parrot make when he flies overhead? What does gravel crunch like when we walk down a path?
It's hard to put sights, sounds, tastes, and smells into words; yet when we get it right, we transport our readers further into our story and giving them an intimate experience.
Sometimes, we over rely on ourselves to create the sights and sounds.
When I posted a blog about watching rain one morning, several people described the sound of rain. Lesson learned--ask friends what they hear, see, taste, smell. Everyone's experience is a little different from our own, and maybe, just maybe, they might describe it better and the words to take my work to the next level will come to me.
How do you enhance your senses for your writing? What do you recall from reading a good book where the author brought out the senses?

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About the Author

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

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December 18, 2013

Mainstream: Amanda in the Summer @brendawhitesid2 #RLFblog

Amanda in the Summer 
Brenda Whiteside, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Amanda in the Summer.
Genre: Mainstream Women's Fiction, Historical
Buy links:
The Wild Rose Press: http://tinyurl.com/ltatmmf
Worldwide Release date: December 18, 2013
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 45,000 words
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens their love.
Blurb:
A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows.
But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Amanda is twenty-four in the opening letter written in 1947.The letter is written to Tilly who is the same age. Subsequent letters are written by Amanda's daughter and granddaughter. All of the Amandas are main characters and they all write letters to Tilly from 1947 until 2004.

Excerpt:

August 24, 1968
Dear Tilly,
A few days of bliss with no one to talk to but the seagulls. I have you to thank for this. I'm so glad you popped back after Amanda, Robert, and Mother left. The strain I put on all of us while you were here would've dragged on for who knows how long if you hadn't
returned. Once again, Tilly, you read the tea leaves and righted things.
My moods have been so ragged of late. Jealousy of all things. Jealous that you could talk to my daughter, get along so lovely with her, which I've had difficulty doing these last few months. Jealous of your longer running friendship with Robert than with me. I'm not sure if I was jealous of him or you. You're both mine. And angry that the two of you are uncomfortable around each other after so many years and not making sense of that. When Robert left, I tried to give him the blue swimsuit you had left behind and asked him to drop in on you to return it. He said no, I could do it when I got back. This was so unlike him and did more to unsettle me...

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
My first book was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010. Prior to that, I had short stories published with some free press both in print and on-line.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I write every day. There are days I get hours of writing in but there are just as many I get twenty minutes for my craft. The most important thing is to keep the creative juices flowing.
What websites do you visit daily?
That varies, but I'm on Facebook every day. There are several blogs I check in on if the subject matter attracts me.
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I'd give it one more good edit to catch the things we missed. And I might deepen the POV. All in all, it was meant to be a lighthearted suspense for entertainment, and I still see it that way.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
When words come together I find amusing, or when a character pops off the page I get excited. So often, creativity is spontaneous. I'm not the only writer that says this. We all have those moments when characters run away with the story, and we're just a conduit to the page. It's plain old fun!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I'd have to have two – Maeve Binchy and Diana Gabaldon. I love the ever day people feel to Binchy's stories. I also think she's a terrific storyteller. Gabaldon is a master at deep POV. You can live through her characters. I'd like to excel to their level in both those talents.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
My younger version didn't know I wanted to be an author. I'd have to tell myself my happiness would be greatest writing – and to get busy and stop wasting time.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Like I said, I write every day, but I still get distracted by life. You know? So I do have that daily work ethic to keep at it although I wish I could ramp it up more.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I work harder. And I complain and eat chocolate.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Often.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I managed a swimming pool company years ago. I've worked in a library, flipped hamburgers at a goofy-golf course and trained child care providers in nutrition.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I'd recommend The Morning After because it's short (so they wouldn't feel like they were getting roped in for a long read they might not like), sexy (but not too sexy) and fun (if they get entertained they might come back for more).
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I'm on a suspense kick right now, probably because I'm writing a romantic suspense.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
There will always be a place for it, but not the monopoly of the past.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
Do you have another book in the works for publication? As a matter of fact, I do! The Art of Love and Murder is currently in the editing process at The Wild Rose Press so the release date hasn't been set. This is a romantic suspense I had a great time writing. I've got at least two more novels spinning off from characters in this book.
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 cosmetics would be first, followed by a few sweaters, boots and denim. Love my denim. Then I'd be off to Ireland. One of my grandfathers, a very colorful man, was Irish and I've always wanted to go there.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite. The coming together of family and friends for nothing more than to eat and talk is so enjoyable. No stress of giving and getting in the material sense. It's the one time each year when I'll get to enjoy people I might not see all year long.
What good book have you read recently?
I'm reading Sandford's Prey series about Lucas Davenport. I'm on book four.
Brenda Whiteside

Previous Books

Sleeping with the Lights On
Honey On White Bread
The Morning After
Warm Christmas Wishes (Anthology)
A Holiday to Remember (written with nine other authors)
Just One Wish (Holiday anthology)

Books Coming Soon

The Art of Love and Murder

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Group Blog, The Roses of Prose: http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/


December 17, 2013

Cover Love: Dying to Love Her @_DanaLorraine #RLFblog #vampires

Dying to Love Her 
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 Dying to Love Her by Dana Lorraine.

When Melanie Woodson joins Empriva Fitness she expects to lose weight, not gain two sexy vampire personal trainers. With an exercise regimen that includes passionate horizontal workouts, fat-burning orgasms and lusty words of encouragement, she's in serious danger of forgetting their relationship is based on a business agreement and not mutual attraction.
Alec Kosta and Rook Abernathy, best friends and owners of Empriva, have waited over a century for the right lifemate to come along. Now that they've found Melanie, with her endless curves and quick wit, they're ready to give up countless lifetimes to spend just one with her.
But time isn't on their side--they've tasted her blood and now have mere days to convince her their love is real or risk losing their chance to be with her forever.
A Romantica® paranormal ménage erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

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December 16, 2013

Romance: Be Mine This Christmas Night @LesannSartor #RLFblog #Christmas

Be Mine This Christmas Night 
LA Sartor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Be Mine This Christmas Night.
Genre: Romance
Publisher: L.A. Sartor
Cover artist: Neringa http://www.dvdezign.com
Length: 288 pages print, apx 40,000 words digital
Heat rating: mild
Tagline: Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night?
Blurb:
The Children's Author ...
Annie Hamilton's children's series Star Light~Star Bright is a mega hit. She loves kids and wants nothing more than a family of her own, but twice burned, thrice shy. When a gorgeous man with two young boys moves next door, Annie can't help but dream her impossible dream.
And The Widower Who Moved Next Door ...
Cole Evans is a brilliant scientist, but finds fatherhood a challenge. When his son develops a bond with their enchanting neighbor, the boy's favorite author, Cole discovers just how much he's lost—and how much he needs.
Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night?
Can Cole overcome family meddling and alleviate Annie's fears so they can be a ready-made family?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Annabelle Hamilton (Annie) 30's, Children's book author
Dr. Cole Evans, late 30's, PhD Atmospheric Physicist
Josh Evans, 7
Peter Evans, 9

Excerpt:

Chapter Two
Mannheim Steamroller played through Annie's earbuds from the MP3 player tucked into her parka pocket. What a glorious morning. The storm had moved on, the sky was brilliantly blue, and the sun sparkled off the pristine white blanket that covered everything.
Three weeks before Christmas and the snow was a foot deep. The forecasters predicted more this week, so Annie decided it was a sign they'd have a white Christmas. Not rational as that date was too many days away to forecast the weather, but she didn't care. Sometimes you just had to believe.
She stopped pushing the snowblower for a moment, catching her breath, leaning against the heavy machine. The weight of the snow-spewing monster on top of no sleep last night took its toll far sooner than normal.
She'd bought the biggest snowblower she could handle, not only because of her wide driveway, but also, once she got going, the whole sidewalk on her side of the street got the Annie treatment.
And it was good exercise, especially when she knew she was going to make her favorite coffee as a treat afterward.
Taking a deep, frosty breath, Annie turned back to resume her task and jumped a foot when Doctor Cole Evans stood right in front of her machine, lips moving.
A chuckle bubbled up and despite her best intention, laughter escaped just as she pulled the earbuds from beneath her cap.
The furrow between his dark brows grew deeper. Annie grasped the handles of the snowblower tighter, fighting the urge to push him into the snow. He needed to lighten up.
"Jeeze, scare me to death. I'm sorry I didn't see you come up, but I was listening to music." She held one earbud closer to his ears so he could hear the Christmas music. If he didn't believe in Christmas, then she was taunting him, and somehow that didn't bother her a bit. Not her normal behavior, but the guy just seemed to push her ornery buttons.
"You don't have to clear our walk. I was going to do it when I came out to clean off the Pilot before I headed for the lab."
"I don't mind—it's good exercise so I can make myself a mocha peppermint coffee topped with whipped cream afterward. What kind of doctor are you that you have a lab?"
"An atmospheric physicist."
Annie's jaw dropped, then she laughed to cover her own astonishment as well as her embarrassment. "Not an MD, then. My mistake."
"Not in a million years. I faint at the sight of blood and anyone will tell you I've got no bedside manner."
"You got that right," she murmured under her breath.
"I'm sorry, what was that?"
"Nothing. Really, I plow the neighbor's walks all the time and it's fun, honest," she said, seeing his skeptical gaze. "You have snow in Virginia, don't you?"
"Of course. The wet slushy kind."
"So you had to remove that, right?"
"Right."
"No different."
"Except you're doing my sidewalk."
"I'm a simple author who does sidewalks on the side, okay?"
He snorted and she loved that he would do so. It was such a plebeian thing to do. Not at all "East Coast."
"Not a simple author. As you may have guessed, Josh loves your books. And having you live next door may be a curse to you."
"Never. I love kids."
"It's evident in your writing."
Not quite believing her ears, she stared at the man standing in front of her. "Why I do believe that's a compliment, which, before you can retract, I'll take," she added swiftly, seeing his mouth open, then shut.
"What are Josh and his brother doing this afternoon? I've got a new character to illustrate and I'd love their input."
"Mitch is taking them Christmas tree shopping, then onto snow shoeing lessons this afternoon."
"Oh. Well that sounds like fun. Who is—"
Annie glanced up as Cole's front door opened. And when did you start thinking of him as Cole instead of Doctor Cole Evans?
The man Annie had seen helping Cole move in stood in the doorway, zipped his parka, and turned back in apparent surprise as Josh pushed past him.
"Annie, we're going Christmas tree shopping. Want to come?"
Cole froze as did the man at the door.
"Hey, Josh."
Without stopping to think, Annie hugged the boy after he ran right up to her.
"Want to introduce me to your brother and friend?" Annie nodded to the man and boy who now stood next to Cole.
"Oh. That's Uncle Mitch. And that," he said, pointing to the youngest in the trio of males standing together, "is my brother, Peter."
Peter stood unmoving and unsmiling until "Uncle Mitch" nudged him. Not Cole, Annie realized, but Mitch. Curious.
Peter looked at Mitch, then at her. "Ah, nice to meet you."
Annie smiled at Peter and held out her hand to Mitch. "And nice to meet you both as well. It's great Cole has a brother nearby."
"I'm Lauren's brother."
Ah. More curious. "My mistake." It was evident by Mitch's clipped tones he didn't like her. He didn't know her at all, but he sure didn't like her already. And that she wasn't invited to their outing was also pretty darn clear.

Interview

If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I changed the cover to Dare To Believe once and I'd change it again. If you want to see the first cover, go to www.lasartor and scroll down to the bottom of that first page. I'm not sure how I would change it a third time, but I'd love to hear from the readers of the blog. Chime in. What would you change from my current cover...also on the same website.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Stone of Heaven
I go into my back yard which is an oasis for me. Pond, views of the mountains, peace. I get away from the computer, and if I still want to write, use the ancient tools of pencil and paper. While I love the computer, it can suck you dry. Too many distractions, and too many things I should be doing as well as writing, like promotion, emails, web-surfing...
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Parts of them do and parts of me. I saw a T-shirt once that said, "Be careful what you say or you could end up in my book." True. So watch out J
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
I was at a signing recently and was told by some of the readers who'd stopped by that they don't read romance. So I started thinking about my books and really, they are a journey, not only of the main characters, but I try really hard to take you someplace you may not know. My screenwriting comes in as I set the scene, place you there. I'm told I'm good at it. So yes, it's a love story, but so much more. Now how do I tell you that? Thoughts, dear readers?
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?
Shorts, bathing suit, sunscreen and my credit cards. Any island where there is sun, sand, palm trees and blue, blue water. Let's go now. Dare To Believe is set both in Hawaii and Colorado. Two of my favorite places.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas is. Which is why I HAD to write Be Mine This Christmas Night. I love the magic, hope, peace and goodwill of the season and wish it could last longer, like all year. Wouldn't peace to all and hope for a better tomorrow be a good thing?
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Fun question. At home with my husband, waiting for a calamity to befall the bank I was part of. I was on the Y2K team. We were extremely prepared, but YAY, nothing!!
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."
Both honestly. But If I had to pick...nope, can't do it.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers-any color and lots of cheese.
I'm always ready for wine and pasta, a good walk and a chat with my best friend.
When I'm alone, I love to read, do cross stitch and play the piano.
You'd never be able to tell, but I can be a very shy person.
If I had a halo it would be gold with diamonds.
If I could win the lotto I'd set up a literacy foundation.
I can never scuba dive again because I'm terrified of drowning, but love to swim.

Previous Books

Dare to Believe
Stone of Heaven

Books Coming Soon

Book 2 of the Carswell Adventure series, featuring Abby this time.
Dare To Believe
Book 2 of the Star ~ Light Bright series, featuring Jen this time.
A new Cozy Series, the Jenna Hart series, set in a mythical Colorado ski town, where Jenna lives and works as a jewelry designer (which I once was J )

About the Author

Leslie Ann Sartor (aka L.A. Sartor) began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at Leslie’s insistence, wrote them down and Leslie illustrated them. As an adult she writes suspense and action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation! She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date. Leslie loves to travel. She thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey.

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Amazon author site: http://amzn.to/VB7ed9

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