December 31, 2015

What's New Pussycat? #RLFblog Blog Opportunities for #Authors

RLF Blog 
Thank you for a great 2015! The Romance Lives Forever blog grew, and some wonderful features were added. For the year, there were 351 posts.

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 3.5 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.

New Interviews

Click below to download one of our optional interviews. These are in rtf format, readable by any word processor. All are updated for 2016, and include a book cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. The purpose for these posts is to make readers aware of your book, and to help you make sales. You'll find full instructions inside each document.
A book release includes a brief questionnaire about the reason for writing the book, favorite genres, etc., and then segues into an introduction for the story.
Cover Love is the easiest post. It includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and author social media. It's also used as fill ins for unscheduled days. Feel free to send in your previous books to be used as space permits. Please use a new form for each book, and rename the form for the book.
This special form of advertising is available for a fee. Similar to a "Cover Love" feature, it also includes more info about the author and comes with extra perks such as a featured spot on the blog. Contact me for more info. Only two (2) are available per month.
An interview your character answers for him/herself. You pick 5-10 questions from an extensive list, and then provide book purchasing info at the end.
How will your hero measure up under the stresses in this interview? Is your hero an alpha male? You might enjoy seeing how he reacts to these.
Not just a female version of Stressing the Hero, this interview focuses on the female aspect. How well will your heroine handle herself?
You may write an article if you prefer. I suggest downloading the Cover Love interview so you know what other material to send.

Share your book cover on Romance Lives Forever

Limited spots to share book covers are available. Cost is $5 per month, with a 20% discount for one quarter and up to one year. Covers can be changed monthly.
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RLF Gems

This popular feature happens 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. The top blogger each month gets a month of free ad space on the blog. The top blogger for the year gets a full year of ad space. The winner for December, and for 2015 will be announced Jan 1, 2016.

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 30, 2015

Sir Phillip from A Devilish Slumber @ShereenVedam #RLFblog #Regency

A Devilish Slumber 
Shereen Vedam shares details about the creation of Phillip in the book A Devilish Slumber.

About the Book

Title A Devilish Slumber (The Rue Alliance Book 1)
Genre Regency Fantasy Romance
Author Shereen Vedam
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The last of her family, Rose is mired in grief at the recent death of her beloved sister and the abandonment by the man she loves. Wanting to avoid the cloying attention of friends, servants and well-wishers, she becomes a recluse. Then one day, she meets a woman who reminds Rose of her gentle mother . . . and then news comes of her new friend's brutal murder. Rose refuses to accept this latest blow lying down. So she resurrects an ancient, magical, family talent to re-shape her features in order to disguise herself as a young man, and goes hunting for her friend's killer through London's seedier lanes and dangerous dockyards.
Sir Phillip, the Regent's favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.
Will Rose ever get her happily-ever-after? Possibly. But first, she'll have to convince Phillip of her innocence-before the killer strikes again . . .

Introducing Phillip Jones

Name: Sir Phillip Crispin Jones
Age: 23 years old
Gender: Male
Birthplace: London, England
Profession: the Regent's favored intelligence officer
Describe Phillip's body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 6', lean, agile, narrow face, strong, generous, courageous, passionate and thrives on fast-paced adventures
Who is the significant other in Phillip's life?
Lady Roselyn (Rose) Ravenstock
Tell us about this character, please.
Rose was inspired by the fairy tale character, Sleeping Beauty. She is the twenty-one year old daughter of an earl, who only wants peace and quiet to come to terms with an unquenchable sorrow and overwhelming remorse. Though none of it was her fault, she feels as if she might be jinxed to bring harm to anyone who cares for her. To avoid entanglements, Rose has become a recluse, even discharging all of her well-meaning but clinging servants. All but one, a loyal young maid fleeing her own troubled family who insists on staying to the point of harming herself with her incessant knocking at Rose's front door. Rose relents and allows her to come inside and care for a now secluded house and its lonely, heartbroken mistress.
On what special skills does Phillip rely?
Phillip is an Intelligence Office for the Regent in 1814, London, England. He is often sent to war-torn Europe to infiltrate enemy camps and unearth military secrets. He has a keen sense for noting details and a quick wit that has helped him stay alive in dangerous times. Possessing a naturally suspicious mind, he also has a particular knack for uncovering deception.
What kinds of things does Phillip always carry?
He never leaves home without two things: 1) a walking stick with a handy rapier, a long thin sword, hidden within, and, 2) a circular tinderbox and accompanying candle, for his late night prowls down dark alleyways in search of suspects.
Is Phillip close to family?
He loves his cousin Rufus like a brother, but they had a falling out after a childhood misunderstanding resulted in Rufus paying a steep price for something Phillip had done. Though Rufus seems to hold no grudges, Phillip has never forgiven himself for that mistake.
Can Phillip keep a secret (why or why not)?
Phillip keeps lots of secrets. Though recently, one of his best kept secrets was leaked to the press.
What is Phillip's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Before she sent him away, Rose accused Phillip of being unable to trust anyone. So he wants to quiet his constantly probing mind in order to perceive the good in people as well as he does their darkness.
Who has the power to hurt Phillip the most and why?
Phillip's first attempt to practice his rusty trusting skills is to befriend a young stranger he meets while on a case. Ben Turner is searching for the same ruthless killer that Phillip hunts. Except Ben has a secret that could devastate Phillip, and shake his ability to trust in anyone ever again, especially Rose.
What is Phillip willing to give up to win Rose's heart?
He is willing to give up his lifelong goal to right wrongs.

About Your Writer

Shereen Vedam 

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following questions.

What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
My role as the Regent's Intelligence Officer is a sensitive one that relies on absolute secrecy. Except, thanks to Shereen, I am now the talk of London. The events in her last book resulted in my greatest secret, my clandestine work for the Regent, being spilled to the press. As a result, the rags have even been printing cartoons about me! A cartoon. Can you believe it? My life's work is now a public joke.
Is there anything you'd like to say to Shereen?
Considering my answer above, it might surprise you to learn that I wish to thank Shereen. For NOT portraying me a deuced deluded dummy. Did you read her first draft? She made me out to be some sort of idiot who couldn't find a worm in an apple orchard. Thank heavens her final draft acknowledged my detecting skills as exemplary. And she also gave me a chance to win Rose back, not just her love but her invaluable friendship. For that latter accomplishment, I might even forgive Shereen for the cartoon catastrophe.

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Publisher ImaJinn Books, an imprint of Belle Books

Author Bio

Once upon a time, Shereen read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love, and mystery elements woven in for good measure. She's a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily ever after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.

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December 29, 2015

Firebird a new #ContemporaryRomance by @JenniferTLoring #RLFblog

Firebird 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

Interview with Jennifer Loring

Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing's inaugural Tales from the Lake writing competition; in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits, and in May 2015, Omnium Gatherum released her debut novel, Those of My Kind. She recently signed a deal for a contemporary romance trilogy with Limitless Publishing; the first book, Firebird, was published on October 20, 2015. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.
Why did you write this book?
The idea originally came to me in a dream: What would happen if a woman ran into her high school sweetheart, now a famous hockey player, one night at a bar and one thing led to another? What if she was already in a relationship? I'm a huge hockey fan, and I couldn't get the idea out of my head, especially when I started taking it further. What if he suffered a horrible injury on-ice, and how would that affect their relationship?
What is your favorite genre to read?
Horror and dark fantasy, actually. I first read Stephen King when I was 11. Horror is what made me want to become a writer.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
That's a tough one. I'm just going to throw a few out there. Irrylath from Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel Trilogy; Constantine from Robin McKinley's Sunshine; Zach from Poppy Z. Brite's Drawing Blood; Elphaba from Wicked.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm working on the second book in the Firebird Trilogy as well as a paranormal romance. I have a couple of short stories coming out in anthologies as well. I'm also writing a proposal for a sci-fi romance novella, and toying with the idea of a hockey romance novella for next Christmas.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Stephanie Hartwell is a journalist chasing the story of her career…
When superstar hockey player and notorious bad boy Aleksandr Volynsky is traded to the Seattle Earthquakes in a blockbuster deal, Stephanie demands the opportunity to prove herself by scoring an exclusive interview with a man with no love for the media…the same man she once thought, as a naïve teenager, she'd someday marry.
An Olympian and Stanley Cup Champion, Aleksandr has achieved every goal he's ever set…
Now expected to carry a failing team on his shoulders, Aleksandr's troubles deepen when he encounters Stephanie after a season-opening loss. His lifestyle of drinking and random hookups has been a futile attempt to forget the beautiful tomboy who stole his heart nine years ago. And worse, fame and fortune have made it impossible for him to trust anyone—especially Stephanie, who is engaged to another man.
Romance rekindles, but tragedy reveals Aleksandr's dark side…
Being with Aleksandr in the first place jeopardizes Stephanie's journalistic integrity and threatens her career, and when he spirals out of control, it reawakens fears from her own history, making her unable to commit to a future with him.
When Aleksandr discovers the truth behind his self-destructive behavior, will his newfound self-awareness be enough to convince Stephanie to give him one last chance…
Or will his revelation drive her away for good?

About the Book

Title: Firebird
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Loring
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Amazon Canada http://amzn.to/1lDoUF8
Amazon Australia http://bit.ly/1lDp5jF

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December 27, 2015

Modern Heart by @bwilliamsbooks #RLFblog #contemporaryromance

Modern Heart 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Modern Heart by Belinda Williams.

About the Book

Answer on the same line.
Title Modern Heart
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Belinda Williams
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Limited time only: Dream career! Perfect man! The catch? Emotional availability.
Scarlett Wong has a reputation for toughness. A talented and often feared Creative Director at an award-winning Sydney advertising agency, she doesn't do relationships, she doesn't invite men home, and she never stays the night. The only people who see her softer side are her three closest girlfriends, and they're finally convinced they've found her perfect man: John Hart.
Scarlett's never been one to back down from a challenge and she's not going to start now. But when John secures Scarlett an invitation from one of New York's leading galleries to exhibit her artwork, it means putting herself out there like never before. Scarlett's perfect man wouldn't interfere in her life like this – would he?
For a woman who thinks she's not scared of anything, Scarlett is about to discover she's not as tough as she thinks. Will she take the chance to turn her secret passion into a career, risk the safety of her advertising career and let John in? Or will old habits die that little bit too hard?

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Publisher Pan Macmillan Australia

About the Author

Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who allowed an addiction to romance and chick lit to get the better of her.
Belinda is the author of the contemporary romance series, City Love, published by Momentum (Pan Macmillan). The Boyfriend Sessions, The Pitch and Modern Heart are available for purchase from all good ebook online retailers. The final book in the series, Wish List, will be released in May 2016.
Belinda was named a top ten finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia Emerald award in both 2013 and 2014.
Her other addictions include music and cars. Belinda is a music lover and her eclectic taste forms the foundation for many of her writing ideas. Her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she'll have to settle with her son's supercar Hot Wheels collection and writing hot male leads with sports cars.
Belinda lives in Sydney, Australia.

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December 26, 2015

Were you surprised on Christmas? #RLFblog #family

It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
When you read A Romance for Christmas, you're thrown into the life of Dara, a young widow with a small child, who meets a widowed cop who also has a small child. The two of them share a family Christmas, bringing hope back into Dara's life.
This sweet, feel-good romance will give you a feeling of joy and make you smile.
Download a behind-the-scenes peek at the book. This free pdf gives you the meaning behind the names, the reason I wrote the book, and links to buy it anywhere you prefer.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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December 23, 2015

Midnight Shift (Midnight Shifters 1) by @reneegeorge2008 #RLFblog #PNRRomance

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Midnight Shift (Midnight Shifters Book One)by Renee George.

About the Book

Title Midnight Shift (Midnight Shifters Book One)
Genre Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Author Renee George
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Can two alpha wolf shifters love Benie enough to put their differences aside to save her? 
When Other Worlder monsters start hunting slayer Benoica "Benie" Dilian, she enlists the sexy genius Ian Arent and the hot telepathic werewolf Trace Calder to help find out who is trying to kill Benie--and why. 
But as the investigation takes them deep into the Other Worlder community, Benie discovers a dark truth that may well destroy her. Only the love of the two very different men can help her survive and accept her ultimate destiny. 

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Publisher Book Boutique

About the Author

Renee George is a USA Today Bestselling author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, erotic romance, contemporary romance, and romantic comedies that highlight varying themes including traditional, ménage, gay and bisexual relationships. A published author since 2005, she has written and published over 30 books in the past decade. Accolades include: EcataRomance Award for Best Paranormal Erotic Romance and Best Gay Erotic Romance and a Literary Nymph Blush Award for Best Paranormal Romance. 

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December 22, 2015

Susan V. Vaughn author Swept Away @susanvaughn1124 #RLFblog #contemporaryromance

Susan V. Vaughn author of Swept Away answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Romance author Susan V. Vaughn turned her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios. She lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s Immortals after dark series. Demented, sexy vampire anyone?
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Any toy I didn’t have to share with my six siblings.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, writing, and raising my three beautiful children.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Romance, fantasy, and the occasional non friction.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Justin Timberlake Sexy Back.

About the Book

Title Swept Away    
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Susan V. Vaughn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Book Blurb
Captain Jack Reed puts his crab fishing career first, no matter what. Until a chance meeting with the woman of his dreams breaks his concentration. Megan Berry won’t be tied down. But when she finds herself stranded at sea with a wickedly handsome fisherman, can she resist her desire? Lust and laughter fill the pages of Susan V. Vaughn’s new romantic comedy, Swept Away.
Jack Reed, a young crab boat captain, has met the women of his dreams while standing up in his younger brother’s wedding. Too bad he is already in love with the open seas.
Carefree Megan Berry doesn't want to be tied down, but can’t forget the passionate night she spent in the arms of the wickedly handsome captain. A botched matchmaking attempt by some well-meaning friends not only forces the two conflicted lovers back together, it also leaves Megan stranded on Jack’s boat in the middle of the perilous Bering Sea.
The stormy adventure brings excitement and passion as Jack and Megan play out their emotional relationship in a dangerous high-stakes situation. But when it’s time to set anchor, can Jack find a way to keep his career and his fantasy girl?

Buy This Book

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books- https://www.lsbooks.com/swept-away-p1070.php
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December 21, 2015

When She Knows: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book 1 @JessieClever #RLFblog #contemporary

Jessie Clever author of When She Knows: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book One answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring.  Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found.  And Jessie has been writing ever since.
Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.  For more, visit her website at jessieclever.com.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
My mom’s mac and cheese!  She just don’t make it often enough.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Me and a bag of books relaxing by a quiet New Hampshire lake in the brilliant, warm sunshine.  I’ll let my dogs come, too.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I’ll show my geeky side here and say my mom’s medical dictionary.  I would pretend it was the grail diary from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  It looked just like it and provided hours of make believe.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
For this book, I read a lot of vacation websites.  I had lived in Portland for many years, but I wanted to visual Portland as if I were a reader, absorbing the city for the first time.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
K.C. and The Sunshine Band’s Boogie Shoes.

About the Book

Title: When She Knows: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book One
Genre: Contemporary romance
Author: Jessie Clever
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
His latest problem is her newest assignment.
Shannon Wynter has it all figured it. Abandoned by her mother and left to care for her agoraphobic father, Shannon focuses on building her career as a journalist to the detriment of all else including her love life.
Ian Darke has his own problems. Battling past failures, Ian sets his eyes on launching a new factory for his father’s defense firm. But it’s the very father he failed that will do anything to sabotage Ian’s progress.
And when Shannon follows an anonymous tip that leads her to Ian’s factory door, the last thing she expects to discover is what she already knows.

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Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1SWp4R9

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Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/1HUzlOx

December 20, 2015

8 Sweet Christmas Romances #bookboost #RLFblog

Sweet Christmas Reads
Sweet Christmas Reads 

Looking for sweet Christmas reads? All these holiday romances are more sugar than spice. If you like your romances on the sweet side, these are for you! Each author is listed with a link to buy her book. Please check them out and share this post on social media.

A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay by Barbara Cool Lee

Matt and Lori DiPietro are celebrating their first Christmas as caretakers of the Pajaro Bay Lighthouse. But a danger from Matt's undercover agent past is headed their way. If they survive until morning, it will be A Christmas Miracle in Pajaro Bay.

Amazon http://myBook.to/AChristmasMiracle

Venetian Tangle by Beate Boeker

An unexpected meeting with a ghost leads Lorena to Venice this Christmas.

Amazon US http://amzn.to/1DWH3oQ
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1J8AbRj
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/de-de/ebook/venetian-tangle

A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael

He's followed her to a bed and breakfast in a small town in Montana...but will he find the answers he's looking for?

Amazon http://amzn.to/1kFiowN
Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-bramble-house-christmas-cj-carmichael/1122854552?ean=2940150785052
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-bramble-house-christmas/id1052611156?mt=11
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-bramble-house-christmas

Holiday Gifts (A Castle Mountain Lodge Romance) by Elena Aiken

There is nothing more romantic than celebrating Christmas in the mountains, except for falling in love there.

Ryan and Julie have both given up on the possibility of falling in love, but when a spunky teenage girl makes it her mission to open their eyes, anything is possible.

Maybe it’s just the magic of the season…but one thing is certain—love might be the best present of all.

Amazon http://smarturl.it/holidayAMZ
iBooks http://smarturl.it/holidayibooks
Nook http://smarturl.it/holidayNook
Kobo http://smarturl.it/holidayKobo
Google Play http://smarturl.it/holidayGP

Peace and Goodwill by Lee Strauss

Belle gets the best Christmas present ever, a man in uniform! Ian is a soldier home on leave. Neither of them have any idea how good it will feel to fall in love or how hard it will be to say good-bye.

Anna is spending the holidays alone again with only her faithful dog Angel to keep her company. She can't afford to pay the rent and her landlord is threatening to kick her out. At least she's finished with her chemo treatments. She can be thankful for that. Plus, there's Rhys, the handsome visitor with kind eyes.

One fateful, cold and snowy night a chance encounter changes everything. Love is lost. Love is found. Life will never be the same.

Amazon http://smarturl.it/peodo8

A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone

"Bah, humbug" tech billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season at the Bar V5 dude ranch so housekeeper Ellie Smith decides to give her geek-to-gorgeous guest a Christmas he’ll never forget. With a little help from mistletoe, special cookies, and Santa, she just might succeed!

Amazon http://bit.ly/1QbjHzi
iBooks http://bit.ly/1PYvq5H
Kobo http://bit.ly/1lsysC2
Nook http://bit.ly/1NaIqDn
Google Play http://bit.ly/1MgnxBi

Mistletoe in Montana by Pamela Kelley

Traci just ended a serious relationship and jumping into a new one is not on her mind at all. She'd prefer to focus on getting ready for Christmas--her favorite time of year. Dan is stuck in Montana recuperating from a broken leg and hates everything to do with the holidays, for good reason. But he is interested in Traci--will she ever be interested in a Scrooge like him?

Amazon http://amzn.to/1lCnRoJ
iBooks: http://apple.co/1LOmbNI
Nook: http://bit.ly/NookMistletoe
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KoboMistletoe

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

Amazon http://amzn.to/1wpW8qE
Nook http://bit.ly/christmas-bnn
Kobo http://bit.ly/christmas-kobo
iBooks http://bit.ly/christmas-ibk
Smashwords http://bit.ly/christmas-smw

I hope you enjoy these sweet reads! Join the Romance Lives Forever Reader Group and get two free books. Both have a sweet heat rating. You'll find out when I have a new book, and get twice-monthly updates on events. There are free goodies offered as well. Just want to know when a new book is out, and that's it? AuthorAlarms sends one email when a new book releases, and that's it. You can add any author, and unsubscribe at will (from either site).

December 19, 2015

Alanna Lucas author Wish Upon a Waltz @alannalucas27 #RLFblog #historicalromance

Alanna Lucas author of Wish Upon a Waltz answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio
Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure.
Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Anything with pasta!
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
In-N-Out! Best hamburgers…ever! And dipping the fries in a vanilla milkshake is good too!
Describe the perfect vacation.
An all-paid trip traveling through Europe with my family visiting museums, castles, and historic sites. Plus a couple of shopping sprees. Oh, and first class would be nice ;-)
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I love to read historical romances :-)


If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
I Miss You
Blink- 182

About the Book
Title Wish Upon a Waltz
Genre historical romance
Author Alanna Lucas
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
ONE NIGHT, ONE DANCE, ONE CHANCE
At twenty-five, Anastasia Quintin has resigned herself to live in quiet seclusion as companion to Miss Albryght, but one lost wager by her headstrong bookworm of a mistress soon requires Anastasia’s return to the society from which she hides. Her first event in eight years is to be a house party in honor of the recently entitled Earl of Huntingdon, hosted by his haughty old grandmother.
Having come to his title by tragedy, the handsome Huntingdon is new to the ton, but he is not new to Anastasia. Dante St. Clair is the very man who long ago stole her heart and thereafter dashed all her hopes and dreams. He is the man she must never let discover her identity, but whom she can no more avoid than a moth can a flame. One waltz will destroy her, and for it, Anastasia will risk everything...and win.

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Christmas Hope by Leslie Lynch @Leslie_Lynch_ #RLFblog #Holiday

Christmas Hope 
Welcome Leslie Lynch with today's featured book, Christmas Hope.
Genre: Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Sam Bledsoe prefers his reclusive existence. A one-man landscape business keeps his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. But when a woman faints on her way from neighbor Maggie Ross's house, he doesn't hesitate. He rushes to help while grappling with memories of the incident that burned him so badly.
Free spirit Becca Sweet is pregnant—and down on her luck. The father of her unborn baby showed his true colors when he showed her the door. Becca appeals to her no-nonsense sister for help, but Maggie, unaware of Becca's pregnancy, chooses that moment to dish out some tough love.
When Sam comes to Becca's rescue, their battered hearts collide. In a moment of holiday magic, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them. And will hope lead to love, the most precious Christmas gift of all?

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Award winning author Leslie Lynch gives voice to characters who struggle to find healing for their brokenness—and discover unconventional solutions to life's unexpected twists.
Leslie lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and her adult children's cats. While not engaged in wrestling the beautiful and prolific greenery of their yard into submission, she flies as a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, loves the exuberant creativity and color of quilting and pottery…and, of course, writes.
Check out the rest of Leslie's Appalachian Foothills series, where you will meet some of the characters who appear in A Broken Christmas! These novels of suspense and healing are available at Amazon.

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December 18, 2015

Mitch Weston The Lawman's Christmas Proposal by @BarbaraWDaille #RLFblog #contemporaryromance

A Character Sketch includes character information, book cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.

Interview with Mitch Weston

Tell us about yourself, please.
Mitch Weston. LA cop. Now sidelined by an undercover op that got shot to hell. That got my partner killed, thanks to me. That left me one of the walking wounded, in more ways than one.
According to my department-assigned shrink, I need to talk things out. Problem is, I'm not much of a talker. I'm a doer. Though not lately.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
You sound like my shrink. (Smiles.) No offense.
Where do you want me to start?
I want to go back in time and reverse what happened in LA --but I can't.
I want to go even further back, to my teens, and prevent what happened then --when the girl I loved walked away without a second glance. Can't do that, either. And currently, that girl --that woman --is in my life again...temporarily. But this time around, I can't get her to give me even a first glance.
Most of all, I want to trust my instincts. But... (shrugs) I'd imagine you can fill in the blank.
Drawing from my shrink sessions again...am I bitter? Maybe. Frustrated? For sure. Heartsick? That's not something you'll ever hear me admit.
What can you not do (but need to do) during this story?
Redeem myself. Trust my instincts again. Convince Andi to let me help her, to protect her. Because it's what I do.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Why didn't I push harder to follow my instincts when I had the chance?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
Not being 100% again. Not getting the girl I've always loved... Though current events have shown me that not getting Andi means I've never hit 100%.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Going by the previous answer, I guess we'd say Andi makes me whole.
What is your family like?
Great. Dad's a sheriff; he understands what I'm going through. Mom's...Mom. She just understands me, even when I don't understand myself. I'm the oldest of five, and now I'm back home again, I see the caring, the concern from everyone. The family's need to make me all better again. And their strange reluctance to mention the elephant in the room.
What special skills do you rely on?
Whatever it takes to be a cop. Everything I heard from my dad and grandfather, both career sheriffs. Everything I learned in the academy. Everything I've picked up since --from fellow officers, from my former partners, from felons I've put away.
Why are you happy with the way your story ended?
Are you kidding? This is a romance. (Smiles at Andi.)
I'm happy to get back to the job I've always wanted and to get the girl I've always loved.

About the Writer

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven't gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.
Barbara's new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy's Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman's Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Mitch himself. He didn't want to open up to Andi...to the department psychiatrist...or to me. The emotional hurdles he had to overcome made it tough for me know how to tell his story and resolve his conflicts. I hope I've done them --and him --justice.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
To prove to him he's a better man than he thinks he is.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
His heart. He's tough when he has to be --and as a cop, he often has to be. He's short with people sometimes, but that's part of his policeman's persona, too. Underneath it all, he's got every attribute Andi deserves in her hero.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
This is the third book in The Hitching Post Hotel series. All my books are stand-alones, which mean (for me, anyhow), every hero and heroine reaches a happy-ever-after in their book. But yes, there are additional books planned. Cowboy in Conflict will be out in July, and there will be at least two more books in the series. And you'll get to see Mitch and Andi again.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven't tried yet?
Romantic suspense...mystery...women's fiction... There are many stories in my head waiting to be told.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
As I said above, this is a stand-alone story, so readers don't need to read the books in order. Mitch is trying to recover from a catastrophe; Andi has a traumatic past of her own. Along with these emotional story threads, there's a lighter element to the book. Andi's elderly grandfather (a recurring character in the series) and both their families are matchmaking to bring Mitch and Andi together. And there's also a fake-fiancee agreement that goes horribly wrong.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Just something they may have heard from me before:
I'm a life-long reader and book lover, and I hope my stories will give my readers as much pleasure as other authors' books have given me.

About the Book

Title The Lawman's Christmas Proposal
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Barbara White Daille
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The Lawman's Christmas Proposal
A husband for Christmas?
Mitch Weston's back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were high school sweethearts, for heaven's sake! Why can't they see they're perfect for each other?
Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she's all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children's. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed's plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they'll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed's got his work cut out for him --because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

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December 17, 2015

Character Interview Logan Sinful Surrender @HoustonHavens #RLFblog #psychic

Sinful Surrender - Houston Havens 
Genre: Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Futuristic, Menage (MFMM), Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Light BDSM.
Author: Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.
In Drakker and Arlo's world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can't. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.
Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He's frustrated by romantic Arlo's claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.
Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan's fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

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Interview with Logan Aban

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm the leader of the Airbornes...not by choice but by blood. We live in a polyandrous society. I've two brothers, Drakker who leads our army and Arlo, our younger brother who see the world from rose-colored glasses, but our differences keep our lives balanced. Forgive me if I don't say more, but I'm a rather private man. Because of my position in life, I tend to have trust issues.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Peace for my people. To end the centuries old war with the Dirt Dwellers. On a more personal level, I'd like to have a healthy wife and children. I'd like to have love and happiness fill my days instead of the torments of war filling every moment of my life.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
I realize in Ms Havens recounting my life story in Sinful Surrender makes it comes across as an entertaining read of fantasy but this is my life, and yes, I do have internal conflicts to deal with as you or anyone else does. I struggle with trusting anyone. Once long ago, when I was very young my gut told me to trust a Dirt Dweller who said he came in peace. He asked me to take him to my fathers--oh, we're a polyandrous society because of the lack of women. So, yes, my mother had three husbands. Anyway, I trusted the man. I brought him into my fathers home and within five minutes of being there my three fathers and my beloved mother were dead.
Now, I've a captured beautiful spy in our midst, Fay Avalon she says is her name. That's not a Dirt Dweller name…it's a Fae name. I've heard of Fae beings. Don't know what to make of that, yet. But my gut tells me Fay's a Dirt Dweller. She could be a Runner, but until I know more about her, I'm leery. She wants me to trust her…I can't.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
As of yet I don't have anyone who stirs my world. Though … secretly, I find I don't sleep much these days since Fay Avalon walked into my life. I'm very attractive to her and would love to have her as a mate, as I know my brothers would. There's just something about that woman that drives my libido. I know my brothers like her as well, but they're not using their brains when it comes to Fay, she's a spy, they can't forget that and they are. They're letting Mister Winky do their thinking for them when they get around her. I have to keep a level head. I can't let Fay come in here and get my temperature going so she can turn around and wipe out my people.
If things were different…I could see Fay Avalon making my world spin in a very worthy way.
What would that person say about you?
I know she's attracted to my brothers…me, I thought she was when I first saw her, but once I found out she was a spy I had no choice but to have Drakker, my brother interrogate her…well, I guess she's not too happy with me about that…but every time I see her…I still feel the heat of an unspoken passion burning between us. Though neither of us are willing to give in to it….I promise one day it'll happen.
What is your family like?
Well, I already told you about our parents. My brothers, Arlo and Drakker and I do alright. We're like most brothers, we have our misunderstanding mostly because Arlo's young and tends to be a little judgmental. You know how younger bothers are. They're full of piss and vinegar. It irks Drakker more because Arlo's target is usually him. And that's because he kind of judges Drakker for being into BDSM. You see, Arlo's romantic. BDSM isn't something a romantic minded lad would understand. Arlo hasn't grown enough to realize each man has his own ways to express desire. He'll learn.
What special skills do you rely on?
I rely on FACTS. Too many lives can be lost with gut guesses….I learned that the hard way through the loss of my parents.

About the Writer

Why do you write?
I'm Irish. Storytelling is in our blood. I can't help myself…I need to write.
What do you want to write next?
Once the Psychic Menage Series is done the following series is closely related to this series, but that series will be more paranormal fantasy delving deeper into the Fae and Star Rider's worlds. So that's what will follow.
What other character from this book do you want to write about?
Sinful Surrender is book one of the Psychic Menage series. The characters you meet in book one will lead to following books. BUT beware, characters you think are minor will surprise you and the plots and characters turn everything you think you know about this world around and around.
Care to tell us why?
Each and every character is different and each of them hides a secret.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes, this is a 7 book series.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Let me tell you the story … sit back and allow me to capture your mind and take you to worlds that will leave you dreaming and keep your hearts thumping. I will fill your world with sexy men and women and plots that will entertain your mind.

Author Bio

Houston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.
Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series, and numerous articles in literary magazines, she has two award winning blogs. Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

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December 16, 2015

Ridge from Merry Christmas Baby by @liviaquinn #RLFblog #romance #holiday


Livia Quinn shares details about the creation of Ridge Romano in the books, Her First Knight, and her new release, Merry Christmas, Baby

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Title        Merry Christmas, Baby (A Knights Christmas)(Book3)
Genre     Contemporary Romance (Military)
Author    Livia Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
It’s a Christmas weekend full of love and Larue social media is a twitter at the return of their hometown movie star, Ducane Beauregard Larue, and a visit by Raptors quarterback, Gino Manelli, at the only place to celebrate Christmas Eve—the Romanos’. Catch up with the characters from Larue and Thunder Point, and as a bonus get a peek into the lives of upcoming characters.
Beau hates Christmas. It reminds him of what he can’t have. He’s been avoiding homecomings, and the biggest reason is unavoidable this Christmas – Madison Hart, who has loved Beau for most of her adult life. Whenever rumors surface about him returning home, Madison hyperventilates at the prospect of seeing him again.
Samantha Larue’s baby is overdue and everyone is hovering including Jed, who ended their relationship last summer because kids weren’t “in his future”.
Bad guys don’t scare Delilah Burke but Luc’s mother and five sisters have her stalling on setting a date to marry the man she loves.
This Christmas nothing could make Buffy Romano happier than delivering a few surprises and helping the people she loves find love. Then, a Christmas Eve miracle confirms what she already knows – that with a little nudge, all her love ones’ happily ever afters will happen in the not so distant future.

Introducing Ridge Romano

Name: Ridge Romano
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Virginia
Profession: Ex-military, Billionaire CEO, veterans advocate and cover model
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Caucasian, Italian
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Ridge has shoulder length black hair and dark eyes, perpetual tan, six-feet two. His rigid diet keeps his body hard and ready for a photo shoot. His smile lights up the room, but it doesn’t happen often enough.
Who is the significant other in your character's life? Lana “Buffy” Calloway, famous fashion model and photographer who saw Ridge as the face of her model/ad agency. She has a couple surprises for him at their Christmas Eve party.
Tell us about this character, please.
Ridge was a child prodigy, a genius inventor, who was given his own laboratory in the Army to do his bionic research. After his brother stepped on an IAD and lost his battle with depression, Ridge devoted his life to improving the lives of veterans. He created two companies that provide state of the art prostheses to veterans at no charge, then sold them to put together a consortium of private companies which will take over the care of veterans from the government, if he can get the vote past Congress. Ending up on the strip bingo stage at a romance convention could destroy everything he’s worked for. (Her First Knight)
How does your hero dress? Most of the time Ridge is in a dark well-cut suit and tie. He’s a serious guy and doesn’t have time to relax (except for that time he showed up on the strip bingo stage, and later in a loincloth...).
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth? He is a generous man to whom much has been given — wealth, intelligence, and means, and feels a duty to support responsible people who match his vision, and those in need.
Does he have children?
Ridge never planned to be married. He was laser focused on his vision for the consortium, but now that he and Buffy have been married for two years, could be it’s time…
Is your character involved in his community?
Yes, Ridge feels like all the experiences in his life led him to this place, to Buffy. But community to Ridge means more than just Larue and Buffy’s large family, though he’s come to love them all. It also includes veterans and their families and a huge group of romance writers and readers who continue to support his vision for our nation’s defenders.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
This is a common theme in the Under-Cover Knights. Each man is more than just a handsome face or six-pack abs. They see no reason why their hard earned fitness shouldn’t be used to sell products, movies or novels, even romance novels; and if it supports a higher cause, even better. (Besides there’s the added perk of working with beautiful women.) They are men of character with personal interests and the drive to contribute to their community, for Luc it’s teens and for Ridge, veterans.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others? As you can imagine, as a child geek who was totally into his tech toys, Ridge was more of an introvert. And though he has loved his wife since before he even thought he had a chance with her, he’s only recently even kissed her in public. I think he likes it.
BONUS:
Ridge, what would you most like to communicate about the men at Knights Production, Inc.?
I’d just like to see these men, and women, get the credit they deserve for their hard work as models and with their involvement in the community. I was guilty of being short-sighted myself before I met Buffy. They have my utmost admiration.

About Your Writer

Why did you decide to allow this author to tell your story?
I met Livia while she was researching Luc and Delilah’s book, Hard Days Knight. Back then, I was merely Luc’s boss but after she found out the extent of veterans’ needs in this country, she got a vision for what I’ve been trying to accomplish with the consortium. After grilling her on her true motivation and making sure she could represent my agenda and tell the story of how Buffy and I met miraculously, without totally embarrassing me, I agreed.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you? Livia said she was awed by the overwhelming need of veterans and what I was trying to accomplish with the consortium and wanted to get the word out. And, well…she said she was especially taken with my impromptu strip-tease.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
<He rubs his dark jaw, thinking> The strip bingo contest could have been much worse, but that’s not her fault. Livia didn’t expose my faux pas; a nice lady in the audience snapped a picture with her phone and it went viral. It was serendipity.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
Jed Stern, definitely. Being a cop and a fitness fanatic, he’d be a great addition to our portfolio. So far he’s adamantly refused. Jed acts like he’s so tough but if you could have seen him around Samantha for the last six months… and during the Christmas party, he was a hero.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I don’t think she has any choice. I found her while she was driving on the Interstate, but she says characters are always following her to the tub or on the road, begging to have their stories told. For a while she thought she was crazy but now she just accepts it as a calling.

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Livia Quinn is a D.C. native living in Louisiana. She’s written ten books in her Storm Lake series, both paranormal and contemporary romance. “It’s like a mini-vacation from the real world.” “Walk don’t run to the buy button” her readers have said. Come to a place where anything can happen…

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