October 31, 2015

Happy (Halloween) Birthday 2015 @MFRW_ORG #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor #RLFblog

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Happy birthday to Marketing for Romance Writers 2015. I created MFRWorg on Halloween, 9 years ago this year. It's hard to believe it's been that long. It had about 12 members because those were the people I was always talking to and we would ask each other marketing type questions. We were each other's resource. I had been getting emails for a long time and would answer with what I knew. When I realized I was getting the same questions in slightly different forms from multiple people, I decided to make it easier on all of us and create a group where we could post once and get answers from everyone. Voila! MFRW was born. 

I should have called it Marketing for Writers. Many of our current members don't write romance, but some principles carry over to every kind of book, and every kind of writer. It doesn't matter though, because those who don't mind looking past the name will find answers to their questions.

There are thousands of members now. The group fills a unique place, and creates a safe place to ask questions, without having to deal with constant promo. However, if you need a place to share a post, come ask. Opportunities abound.

What is Marketing for Romance Writers?

MFRW is a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing.

News about pitch sessions and calls for submission are posted on the Yahoo group. As a member, you can attend exclusive, member-only pitch events with publishers. Members can attend free, online workshops and seminars.

Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest boards, and show off your cover models. Share your tweets with the MFRW street team and get them shared on Twitter. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor, and #MFRWhop promote for you. Link your blog to a community hop and draw readers to your site.

If you have questions about marketing your books, join us. The MFRW motto is "seek, teach, share, learn, succeed." Services and membership are free.
MFRW promotes its members 

Happy birthday, MFRW. Here's to many more!

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October 30, 2015

Gator Rollins: Wolf From the Past @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNR

Wolf from the Past 

Interview with Gator Rollins

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
What would you like to know, chère? I was born in Louisiana, but left there a few years back to settle in Salvation, North Carolina, with four other friends. I’m a simple werewolf. I patrol our land and watch over the pack. I like to cook. It relaxes me.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I fear losing the woman I love. I thought she was dead once before. *drags fingers through his hair* Yeah, I don’t like to think about those days. She’s alive and I’m not going to miss this second chance.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
That would be Sylvie. *sighs* She’s mon ange. My angel. She’s an incredibly strong woman. She’s had to be in order to survive what she has. I find strong women sexy as hell. Just being around her stills the restlessness inside me. That’s a gift beyond price. She makes me want to be the best person I can be.
What would that person say about you?
*grins* I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her. I know she likes my cooking. And I haven’t heard any complaints about any of my other skills either. *winks*
What is your family like?
My pack is my family. I left my birth family back in Louisiana, and I honestly don’t miss them. We were never close because I didn’t want to fall in line with the way the pack did things. I have my best friends here with me in Salvation. I’m close to all of them, but especially Cole. We’ve been tight since we were kids.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
There are still problems facing the pack. I’m not happy about that. As for the rest…you’ll have to read the book to find out. I don’t kiss and tell.

About the Writer

N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I love Gator and I want people to know more about him. He’ll say he’s just a simple werewolf, but he truly is a complex man. Beneath his outward humor is a man who will do anything to protect his pack. He’s a protector at heart, which is why he also loves to feed everyone around him.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Gator has layers. When I first met him, even I thought he was laid back with a great sense of humor. It took me a while in the earlier books to discover the true depths that make this man who he is.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
This is the forth book in the Salvation Pack series. I’d originally planned on five books, but am currently working on book nine.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I don’t know that I could tell them anything that would surprise them. I’m am technologically inept. It’s been a continual challenge for the past eleven years to try to keep up with the basic changes in technology. Some days I feel like I’m doing okay. Other days I feel like I’m lagging behind. But I keep trying because I love my job and I love ebooks!
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for embracing the Salvation Pack and for loving them as much as I do. I’m privileged to be able to write for a living. That wouldn’t be possible without the support of my amazing readers.

About the Book

Title Wolf from the Past
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author N.J. Walters
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Playing dead is easy. Living is hard.
Salvation Pack, Book 4
Sylvie LaForge Dubois knew coming back from the dead wouldn’t be easy, but facing her brother and his friends is harder than she imagined. The way Gator Rollins watches her every move makes her decidedly uneasy and excited.
After surviving a forced mating to the abusive Andre Dubois, having a rugged, dangerous werewolf like Gator sniffing around her is scary and thrilling at the same time. She never imagined she’d want another man, but her bone-deep attraction to Gator is too strong to fight.
Gator never got a chance to tell Sylvie he loved her before she was mated with another and, well, died. Now that she’s back, there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her.
Once word gets out, Sylvie’s former pack will be coming for her. No one leaves the Louisiana pack, especially not a female werewolf. But Gator’s determined that this time he won’t let anyone or anything get between him and Sylvie, even if she can’t decide if his touch makes her want to jump his bones…or run for the hills.

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October 29, 2015

GE Taylor author Desperate Decision #RLFblog #contemporary

G.E. Taylor author of Desperate Decision answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.
Author Bio
I became hooked on reading romance novels during my teen years and my attempt at writing began in high school. All of my manuscripts were mailed under my bed. Eventually, I threw out most of them. That was painful especially since I’d hand written them first, then typed them on my old typewriter.
In college I majored in English but ended up with a Master in Social Work and a Master in Education.
Though I had these different career paths, I never gave up my passion for writing. Now I’m much more committed to it and writing full time. I’ve drawn on my years of practicing social work to give my work authenticity and realism.
I live in New Jersey with my family.

What's your favorite down-home family style meal?
Now this is difficult because I have two all time favorites. The first one is oxtail with broad beans, rice and peas and ginger beer.  And the other is Jerk Chicken with rice and peas and ginger beer. Just thinking about them now is making my mouth water.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Without a doubt seafood Alfredo. I love it!
Describe the perfect vacation.
If I had the financial pocket book to do this, the perfect vacation for me would be to spend at least six weeks away with my husband on the island of Saint Barths.
 love the Caribbean waters, the lovely sandy beaches, the food and culture. I’d like to enjoy that.
What are your hobbies?
My favorite is reading. I’m absolutely lost if I don’t have a book to read. I like to bake cakes and decorate them. I’ve done some wedding and birthday cakes which turned out pretty well.
Cooking is right at the top of my list, so you’ll find me watching Master Chef and other cooking shows. When I attended college and was invited to a party I would run out get
some material and a pattern and sew my own dress. Crocheting—I’ve not done much lately but I do like to make various pieces.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Romance or Law. The romance book could be a historical or even contemporary one just as long as it holds my interest. I enjoy stories about the law, so I search for John Grisham’s books.
About the Book
Title: Desperate Decision
Genre: Contemporary romance
Author: G.E. Taylor
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Allison North’s flight to freedom is dangerous and desperate. As she scrambles into the stranger’s car crying “drive,” she prays to God this is not her last day on earth. Usually not a gambler, this move is high-stake gambling. Bruised, battered, and with no money, she needs a place to hide and heal until she finds work as a pastry chef. When the stranger offers her shelter, she takes it even as fear rushes up her throat and threatens to choke her. Would she live to regret her decision?
Mason Franklin cannot believe his eyes but, with her urgent cry ringing in his ears, he presses the gas and the car leaps forward. What had possessed her to do such a dangerous act? He intends to find out. But no amount of probing loosened her tongue. Just when he decides to let her go, he accidently sees her bruised body. Angry that someone did that to her made him want to meet the coward. He offers her shelter. Under his roof, he discovers she is the pastry chef who could not only lift his business to the top, but who built up a need in him that only she can satisfy. The wild passion they share can only lead to one conclusion.
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October 27, 2015

Regina Kammer author The General's Wife @Kammerotica #RLFblog #Historical

The General's Wife 
Regina Kammer author of The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

Who is your "book boyfriend" (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
My book boyfriend is actually a villain. No, I take that back. He’s a misunderstood antagonist, with a cool demeanor and a complex psyche. Oh, and a 17th-century Caribbean pirate. He’s Lord Odo Wraxall from Lord Wraxall's Fancy by Anna Lieff Saxby, a historical erotic romance (heavy on the erotic, light on the romance) first issued by Black Lace circa 1996. Odo is a heroic villain, who can charm the corset off a woman with assurances of sexy fun and sensual adventure.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Anywhere in Europe with Greco-Roman ruins, old churches, art and history museums, and an old town center. Then after a day of walking around and sight-seeing, an evening spent enjoying cocktails.
What are your hobbies?
Gardening, baking, making jam (with fruit from the garden), hiking with Misterotica and the dog. One day soon I’ll get back to making mosaics.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Romance! I prefer historical romance, but I’ll read any sub-genre. I also like to thumb through home and garden magazines.
What kinds of things do you read when you're researching a new book?
If I’m writing a historical, I’ll read a novel written in the era in which my book is set. So, I might read Victorian erotica if I’m writing a Victorian-set erotic romance. I’ll read current historical non-fiction, and also historical accounts written around the time my story takes place. I’ll also look at newspapers and almanacs of the day. If my characters travel, I’ll check out Baedekers and transportation timetables. Plus, of course, the Oxford English Dictionary. I can get lost in that!

About the Book

Title The General's Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale
Genre Historical erotic romance
Author Regina Kammer
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Seduced Into Marriage
Lady Clara Hastings is forced to leave her beloved England by her wicked husband, the infamous British general Lord Jeremy Strathmore. They arrive upon the shores of the uncivilized American colonies amidst the outbreak of that young nation's struggle for independence.
Kidnapped And Held For Ransom
Among Strathmore's enemies is a man Clara secretly desires. As his captive, she learns of her husband's debauched pleasures and sadistic past, and discovers her own passions and sensual needs.
A Quest For Freedom
In the clutches of patriot fighters, Clara’s beliefs are challenged, her values are threatened, and she is caught up in a battle for her heart in the arms of a handsome American revolutionary.
The General's Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale is an award-nominated historical erotic romance set in New York of 1777. Intermingling themes of erotica and erotic romance, The General's Wife follows the sexual journey of the heroine culminating in a happily-ever-after.
The General's Wife was a finalist for the Georgia Romance Writers' 2014 Maggie Award for Excellence.

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October 26, 2015

Alec Kaden: Endless as the Rain @mskosciuszko #RLFblog #romanticsuspense

Endless as the Rain

Interview with Alec Kaden

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
Alec Kaden. Yes, one of those Kadens, the organized crime family. My business is legitimate; I don’t give a shit if you don’t believe it. The good thing about having money is I can hire people who aren’t insufferable to keep the cretins away from me. I can’t exactly beat the hell out of people who get in my way like Father did. Apparently, I was often in Father’s way.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
It’s not doubt so much as Father’s ever-present commanding voice. Even in his grave, he can reach out and choke me. But I’m thankful to him for keeping me in my place.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I fear not being able to keep my word to Adriane.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
While there is someone to whom I’m faithful, I don’t have the right to call her my significant other.
What would that person say about you?
My hope is that she never knows me well enough to form an opinion, that she never discovers what she means to me. I would never wish that upon her.
What is your family like?
My mother died during my birth, and Father is also dead.
What special skills do you rely on?
I know how to make money, a skill I gained from my education at Oxford. My greatest talent, though, I gained from Father. Just like with him, people know better than to fuck with me.

About the Writer

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Alec is the most complex and intriguing character I’ve ever written or read.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
The prequel will be released this winter, I’m working on the final draft of the sequel, and then I’ll start on the final book.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a fourth degree black belt and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo, and I have a motorcycle license.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my stories, for being a part of something I hold so passionately dear.

About the Book

Title Endless as the Rain
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author M.S. Kaye
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When Adriane Graham discovers a city councilman is part of an embezzlement ring, she doesn't realize her life is in danger until Alec Kaden, the son of a mobster, kidnaps her—not to kill but to protect her. But why? And how does he know so much about her, right down to her favorite books? In order to find out, Adriane must get past Alec's anger and secrecy to unravel his past and find the key to her own.

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October 25, 2015

Read Wulf, Tales of the Chosen #FreeBook #RLFblog #scifi

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen 
When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.
In the secret society of the Chosen, being gay or straight is no different from being brown-eyed or blue-eyed. No one notices or cares. But disloyalty among the Chosen is punishable by death, and in this trilogy, everyone's loyalty is questioned. Factor in hidden, multiple allegiances, and knowing who to trust takes on a whole new level of danger -- especially if you live forever. When the fate of hearts rivals the fate of worlds, victory costs everything.
The Chosen serve immortals known as the Sempervians. Like any group, it has its hidden alignments, mistrust, and mistakes. It also harbors enemies and spies within its ranks -- some known and tolerated, others hidden behind layers so convoluted even the ones who live forever haven't figured them out.

What it means to be CHOSEN:
Called to serve
Honored to protect
Obedient to the vow
Safeguards of the truth
Enablers of life
Neutralizers of threats

Wulf, Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen
Superstar Wulf Gabriel must depend on the one man he swore he would never trust again. The most powerful man in the empire - the Harbinger. Lust. Power. Forgiveness. A Chosen loves forever.
Wulf Gabriel longs for freedom. A superstar in the Tarthian Empire, he is bound by an unscrupulous agent to a restrictive contract. With his career threatened and his life at risk, Wulf must trust the one man he swore would never again control him -- Luc Saint-Cyr, the Harbinger.
For the Harbinger, saving Wulf is a matter of asserting his will. The enigmatic Luc's legendary power makes him the most feared man in the empire. But to win Wulf's heart, Luc will have to risk baring his own.
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Author Kayelle Allen
Genre Gay romance, gay science fiction, gay scifi romance
Heat level Erotic
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books

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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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October 24, 2015

Heath Kalman: Love Me Not @VilletteSnowe #RLFblog #romance

Love Me Not 

Interview with Heath Kalman

This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
I’m an Ivy League graduate with a degree in literature, a widower, and a gigolo.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
I fear that Kimber, somewhere deep with herself, loves me in some way. I would rather she hate me. A person you hate can hurt you only so much; a person you love can destroy you.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Kimber is gentle, yet feisty. She’s a true fighter. Her family turned their backs on her, simply because she followed her conscience and chose for herself, and she’s finding a way to live on her own.
What would that person say about you?
I pray she has nothing much to say, that she’s forgotten me. When my one-year deadline is up, she’ll feel nothing. She won’t feel the need to grieve.
What is your family like?
My mother died in a mental hospital. My sister raised me.
What special skills do you rely on?
I make women moan and squeal with pleasure. I suppose I can still write, but no one sees anything I put on paper anymore.

About the Writer

Villette Snowe is the girl you sat behind in advanced English class, the one whom you thought was an angel. She makes the best dirty jokes that so few people hear, the girl who rarely looks you in the eye but makes you nervous when she does. She’s the one writing the intense romances you won’t admit you read.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Getting through it without crying.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
He’s an intriguing juxtaposition of qualities.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No sequels. But I do hope to publish another similarly intense title under this pen name.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Give it a try for the steam; stay for the intensity and depth of the story and characters.

About the Book

Title Love Me Not
Genre Romance
Author Villette Snowe
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Heath is an Ivy League graduate, a published writer, and a widower. He’s also a gigolo. After his wife’s infidelity and suicide, he lost himself in sex with other women.
When he meets Kimber, he struggles against his feelings for her but, eventually, accepts that he’s fallen in love. But Heath’s sister tells her how he makes money, and Kimber leaves. Heath turns his back on his sister and his clients and struggles with the urge to follow in his wife’s footsteps. He settles on a compromise, a one-year deadline. If he doesn’t feel he can move on with life after one year, he’ll allow himself to end it. Will Kimber realize the honesty of his feelings and forgive him in time?

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October 23, 2015

Guy Stone from What’s in a Name by @phenshaw #RLFblog #mmromance

Interview with Guy Stone
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
(Ahem!) My name is Stone. I’m the owner and bartender of Stonewall Saloon in Old Town Stone Acres, California. The bar’s been in the family from the frontier days when my great-grandpa entertained Wild Bill Cody and other famous—and sometimes infamous—characters who roamed the West. You don’t believe me, all you need to do is look at the pictures on the walls of the saloon. I’m big, burly, the kind of guy who rides his Harley in the hills to let off steam. Mostly, though, I’m pretty laid back. Ya gotta be to run a saloon where motorcycle gangs and gay men hang out. Until I met Jimmy Patterson, the guy who opened the coffee shop a couple doors down from the saloon, nobody asked what my first name was. Everybody just called me Stone. But Jimmy had to push it. But in the end, after he’d weaseled the name outta me, he agreed to call me Guy, his Guy.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
For the longest damn time, I wanted Jimmy, but he’s was living with this creepy fuck. So I kept my hands off because it just doesn’t sit well with me when I see guys coming on to other guys’ men. It just ain’t right. You know? So I played it cagy and talked to Jimmy whenever his “boyfriend” was chatting up other guys. You know, playing it cool. And hoping a lot. Don’t know if you can call that conflict. Or do you mean Tommy Thompson and his group of rough-housers who were always picking on the queers in high school? Yeah, they’re still a problem, but we’re working on them. You can read about it in the book.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Jimmy’s like smart, book smart and friendly, sometimes I think too friendly. He sees everyone as good. Running a bar, I don’t. I know some guys are just plain rattlesnakes inside. But sometimes, you know, I’d like Jimmy to be right. I look at some crusty old drifter and I want to see somebody good and decent, not somebody looking for another free drink. Sometimes I wonder if I’m seeing the real world or Jimmy is. Of course, then another drifter walks into the bar and I’ve got my doubts again.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
No, see, you got it wrong. I’m the person everyone fears. Probably the bald head and the beefy body, you know? Cuts down on a lot of damage to the bar if everyone’s just a little uneasy about how unhappy I could get if things get outta hand. Mostly what I fear is some good-looking, smooth-talking, better-than-me-stud is going to walk into Jimmy’s life and he’s gonna compare us and find me wanting. If that happens, I’ll probably turn into the old drifter cuz Jimmy is my life.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Jimmy? Well, you heard a lot about him in what I’ve already said. But I wanna add a couple a other things. Jimmy and the coffee shop’s co-owner Felicity had a hard life before they moved here. Jimmy’s happy all the time, so he gets stomped on a lot. He’s funny and sweet—and God knows I’ve never gone for sweet in a guy before—but realistic. He’s strong even though for the past year or so he says he’s been leaning on me. But don’t listen to that. He and Felicity have started two businesses and kept them going. People think by looking at me that I’m the strong one in this relationship. Not hardly.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
See, here’s the thing. Jimmy and me? We’re the real deal. The story is a hundred percent. We’re in it for the long haul. If that Pat Henshaw person had ended the story any other way, we’d have had some words about that. Fortunately, she saw the truth, so I didn’t have to get tough.

About the Writer
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and has lived at various times in  Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat has visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and now enjoys trips to Vermont, Oregon, and Arizona to see family. Pat spent her life surrounded by words—teaching  English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
LOL. Actually writing it. I’ve always wanted to be a published author—not to be confused with a published writer, which I’ve been since my 20s. I’ve written about nine full-length novels, but never had one published. I always promised myself that when I retired, I would get organized about writing books. So actually sitting down and doing what I’d promised myself was the biggest challenge I’ve overcome.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
What’s in a Name? is written from the viewpoint of Jimmy, but a lot of my readers are captivated by Guy Stone. So I thought it was about time Guy had his chance to explain himself and share what he thinks about Jimmy.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
This is the first in the series and came out in January 2015. The second in the series, Redesigning Max, published in July 2015, and the third, Behr Facts, comes out in October 2015. I’ve submitted the fourth Foothills Pride novella, When Adam Fell, to the publisher, Dreamspinner Press, but haven’t heard anything back yet. I’m currently working on the fifth book in the series. Although all the books have characters and setting in common, they can be read independently.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
Because my books have no explicit sex, they are perfect starter books for traditional romance readers who are curious about the new trend in gay romance. My books are about love, not sex, and while gay romance and m/m romance books have been called erotica in the past, my books wouldn’t fit into that category at all. Readers looking for sex shouldn’t read my books. Readers looking for love and happy endings should read them.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
This has been a whirlwind year for me. My experiment to see if I could be a published author has been a success. As of the end of December, I will have published around 100,000 words with Dreamspinner and am blown away when I think about it. I want to thank my readers for making this possible and wish to pass on to them success in fulfilling their dreams.

About the Book
Title What’s in a Name?
Genre Contemporary gay romance
Author Pat Henshaw
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it's a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend.  When the burly owner of Stonewall Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.
Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender's first name since he's worn a different name tag every time Jimmy's seen him.  "Guy" Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.
While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he's distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

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October 22, 2015

Brandt Fairlane from Seduction in Sierra Leone by @olivianightread #RLFblog #suspense

Interview with Brandt Fairlane
This interview is designed for your hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself.

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Brandt Fairlane. I am the CEO of Fairlane Trade International. We are the largest arms supplier in the Middle East and Africa. The company exchanged hands by force when knowledge came to light that the previous CEO had started to expand the business to include human trafficking. Myself, and two others went in and took over.
Authors call what you want but cannot have "the conflict" -- what is yours?
Aislinn Salameh. Aislinn is a relief worker in a small village in Sierra Leone. I visit the village for a friend who calls in a favor I owe. I try to stay away from her for numerous reasons. One being that Rick, the previous CEO of the arms company, may retaliate at any time. Having a weakness is a dangerous thing in my business. So in order to keep her safe I try to stay far, far away from her.
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most and why.
My biggest fear is putting Aislinn in danger. Once I knew I couldn’t be without Aislinn I knew that I was potentially putting her at risk. There is nothing scarier than knowing the woman you love is in danger or could be hurt.  It goes beyond being scared. You have to tell yourself to keep breathing, to keep functioning. You’re so beyond terrified that your body won’t function unless you tell it to.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Aislinn is a relief worker in Sierra Leone when I meet her. She is a bit of a restless soul and left her home and career as a teacher to search for what and where she will be happy. Like me, she lost her family when she was young and is a bit of a loner because of that. Aislinn is a force of nature and is the only person in my life that has no problem standing up to me. She is beautiful and funny and she is a loving and kind person. I knew the second I saw her that I wanted her to be mine.
What is your family like?
I don’t have a conventional family. I know my parents are still alive, but I lost them a long time ago. My family consists of two guys I consider my brothers; Patrick and Logan. I met Patrick when I was a kid. We were both homeless on the streets of Cambodia. I took him under my wing and we have been a family every since.  Patrick and I met Logan years later. He helps run Fairlane Trade International. Logan isn’t much of a talker, but he is a solid person and you can depend on him for anything. Something haunts his past, but he doesn’t talk about it. So we don’t ask about it. 
What special skills do you rely on?
I was left on the streets of Cambodia as a kid. I had to learn how to survive or I’d die. I have been in the military, I have been in an off shoot sector of the United Nations peace keeping organization and then I rose through the ranks of the arms company. I am good at a number of things. Most of these are things that the majority of people would have no clue how to do. I have been trained by the best military leaders and have acquired a very specialized subset of skills.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
For obvious reasons, I would not want Rick to show up out of the blue. I took his company over and he is a man set on vengeance. There are few things more dangerous than a man fueled by vengeance.
Why are you happy (or not happy) with the way your story ended?
For the most part, yes. The end of my story leaves one of the characters in a very dire situation. That character’s story is the focal point of book two in the series.

About the Writer
Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Seduction series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, runs, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.
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What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
The characters and storyline quite literally popped into my head one day. Much of who the characters are was already there from the beginning. The hard part in writing this book was filling in the in between. I knew how it was going to end, but not how I was going to get there. A lot of it just came out and flowed whereas other parts took me days to figure out.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Brandt came to me before Aislinn did. He intrigued me from day one. I love that he is so guarded and strong but also so incredibly vulnerable. I am really attached to him and I wanted the readers to get a glimpse of him in hopes they would find him as intriguing and loveable as I do.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
As I said before, Brandt is actually very vulnerable. I had no idea how deep this ran in him. Aislinn is the perfect person for him. She can treat him with care without him feeling coddled and sees no failing in his vulnerability. 
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes! Book Two, “Seduction in Seville” will be out this winter (date tbd) and the third book, “Seduction in Scotland” will be out early 2016. These two books are Patrick’s and Logan’s stories.
I am also working on a separate series that has been occupying a lot of my mental space recently. This new series will have four books all following a different woman but all very close friends. It will be contemporary suspense as well.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am a huge dork with a passion for American History, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dean Winchester.
Why should readers who haven't picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
My books are a perfect mix of suspense and romance. The fast paced nature of the book will keep you reading and the love story will have you wanting more! I have read a lot of books where it is too heavy on the suspense plot and leaves you wishing for more love and other books that is too heavy on the love and the plot never quite develops. I think (and hope) my books are the best of both worlds.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I hope you love the characters as much as I do!

About the Book
Title Seduction in Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book One
Genre Contemporary Suspense
Author  Olivia Night
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers raised a world apart find themselves inextricably connected. Seduction in Sierra Leone, the first in a series of three novels, is a fast-paced tale of murder, lust, and love that transports the reader to a foreign and mysterious world of danger.
Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self- imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day looks more animal than man. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is a man haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family.
When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable. Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.

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October 21, 2015

Ani Gonzalez, author of Must Love Ghosts @_ani_gonzalez #RLFBlog #PNR

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

About the Author
My name is Ani Gonzalez and I write sexy paranormal small town romance (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. Must Love Ghosts is my debut novel.
My books feature feisty, irrepressible heroines conquering strong, controlling alpha males (with a bit of supernatural help). I like folks songs, ghosts stories and sangría. 

Interview with Ani Gonzalez
Why did you write this book? 
I’ve always been drawn to myths and legends and how they can be a source of strength to people and communities. When I started writing my small town romance the stories just seeped through naturally. Lost souls are drawn to Banshee Creek and they find love and healing (with a little bit of supernatural help).
What is your favorite genre to read?
All kinds of romance, but I’m particularly fond of paranormal romance and small town romance. That’s why I decided to write both. My books feature small town tropes (returning soldier in Must Love Ghosts, best friend’s little sister in the next book, Ghost of a Chance, and so on) in a paranormal setting.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)? Dimitri from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series and Roarke from Nora Roberts’ In Death series. I love alpha males. Who doesn’t?
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m finishing edits to the Banshee Creek holiday novella, Snowbound with Ghost and revising the fourth book in the series (Valentine’s Day at Banshee Creek!), Ghost of a Kiss.

Please tell us about your latest book.
Abby Reed believes in folk songs, faery tales, and ghosts, but she doesn’t believe in love. Her fiancé died while deployed in Afghanistan, but she still has her music, her crazy ghost-filled town, and her pen-pal-slash-best-friend, Mike Stone. But when Mike arrives in Banshee Creek after his last tour of duty, Abby starts to have doubts, about music, ghosts and, most importantly...love.
A steadfast soldier, Mike Stone follows the rules, and Rule #1 is: Don't Fall For Your Dead Buddy's Fiancée. His relationship with Abby has been strictly platonic, and will remain that way, if he has anything to say about it. But when he arrives in Banshee Creek, a town where the impossible is an everyday occurrence, he'll find out that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

About the Book
Title Must Love Ghosts
Genre Small Town Paranormal Romance
Author Ani Gonzalez
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R+

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