July 31, 2016

Updrift - new from @errinstevens #RLFblog #pnr

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Updrift by Errin Stevens.
About the Book
Book Title: Updrift
Book Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Errin Stevens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG13/R
Since her father died, Kate Sweeting’s home life has been in the pits, her well-being on life support. Her future looks desolate until she and her mother, Cara, make another plan: abandon their shriveled existence for more promising prospects on the coast, where Cara can play small-town librarian/bachelorette and Kate can figure out what’s up with that secretive Blake family from the beach.
Everyone is eerily captivated with Kate and her mother, and Cara is the first to figure out why when the man of her dreams arrives all dripping and devoted and closed-mouthed about what he intends. Kate is willing to go along with their subterfuge for a while but eventually makes a charge for the water to learn what her mother is hiding. Gabe Blake is there waiting for her…and so is someone considerably less friendly. By the time Kate navigates her way home, everything will have changed for her—what she feels, what she wants, and what she’ll risk to be with the man she loves.
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Publisher: Liquid Silver Books http://www.lsbooks.com/updrift-p1067.php

About the Author
Errin Stevens writes paranormal romance from her home in Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son. When not taming unruly storylines – or reading everything from mythology to contemporary romance to romantic suspense – you’ll find her swooning over seed catalogs (winter), or digging in the garden (the other three days of the year). Visit her web site for release updates and random essays on writing and mothering.
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July 30, 2016

Double Feature: Author @DenyséBridger: Romance for the discerning Reader #RLFBlog #Romance

Today's double feature features award winning and best selling author, Denysé Bridger. As an award-winning, best-selling author, Denysé Bridger writes about a multitude of things, always with a touch of romance, passion, and fantasy. Her heroes are solid, driven alpha men who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the heroine’s heart and trust, while her heroines are strong, emotionally courageous women who put their hearts on the line for the men they love. Passionate, honorable characters drive Denysé’s stories, in whatever genre you find them in.

Letterbox Love Stories

Genre: Sweet/sensual romance
Author: World Romance Writers: Rose Anderson, Denyse Bridger, Lynn Crain, Helena Fairfax, Gemma Juliana, Marie Laval, Cara Marsi, Lindsay Townsend, and Jenny Twist
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
What if a life-changing letter arrived in today's mail? Now imagine it leads to love and adventure! From the northern British Isles, across the mainland of Europe, and on to Turkey, nine international romance writers share spellbinding love stories told across time. And each begins with a letter... This collection includes contemporary and historical romance, futuristic time travel romance, and romance touched by magic.
Includes All Or Nothing by Denyse Bridger
Casino Coranthos is a playground for wealthy, bored people, but for some, it’s also a place where dreams and promises change lives forever. When a letter becomes part of an unexpected inheritance for Ryann Thomson, her aunt’s past brings her face to face with Ariston Katsaros, a man haunted by loss and driven by anger. As the attraction between them sizzles and grows, can Ryann convince him she isn’t looking to rob him or his father of anything, or will she become a casualty of Ari’s vengeance? In this dangerous game of all or nothing, her heart is at stake as well as her future happiness…

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As Fate Decrees

Genre Historical Fantasy
Author Denysé Bridger
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
The gods of ancient Greece must find a mortal champion to defend their fate.
“Go and seek the one I have told you about, she is frail and in need of help. Look not of upper blood, for I have seen her down in the dirt. She is held against her will. Find her and you shall find your savior.” — The Oracle of Delphi
In ancient Greece the young maiden, Amarantha, is captured and sold in the slave market of Athens.
"What fates await?" she wonders. "And what divine design will the Olympian gods have for me?"
As unexpectedly as she had found herself placed in chains, Amarantha finds herself purchased by a mysterious master who refuses to reveal his true identity.
But he is no ordinary man, nor she an ordinary slave.
Under her master's tutelage, Amarantha is trained as a fighter and challenged to prove herself in battle after battle until her skills are perfected and she is granted the right to know his true identity.
He is Ares, god of war and the son of Zeus. And she is to become Champion to the gods of Olympus; bound forever to serve and vanquish all foes until the gods themselves grant her peace.
But even gods are not immune to the fickle twists of fate, and Amarantha is soon ripped from her quiet resting place and cast through time itself to do battle with a modern day reincarnation of an old foe - a madman bent on rewriting history to suit his own twisted desire.
She must act quickly to win this battle, for the fate of all Olympian gods hangs in a delicate balance between immortality and the realization that even the gods themselves may be returned to the dust from which they arose.

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July 29, 2016

Dominus: God of Yule #eroticromance @jroseallister #RLFblog

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

About the Author

I write hot, curl-your-toes erotic romance featuring strong heroes and feisty heroines. (And the other way around!) My book boyfriends tend to be gods among men—often literally. Gods, werewolves, vampires, you name it. But I can’t bring myself to overlook those hot alpha humans entirely. Sometimes I’ll toss a cowboy, bounty hunter, or steely-eyed businessman in the mix just to change things up. In short, if there’s a tale to be told about a dangerously sexy male with secrets and relentless determination (out of bed as well as in it), I’m all over it!
The gotta-write-fiction bug hit hard about fifteen years ago, and I haven’t come up for air since. I’ve written over twenty-five novels, most of them erotic romance, and dozens of short stories under three pen names. These have appeared online, in magazines, anthologies, and the occasional radio show. Then there’s this whole wonderful, wacky thing called family life, and I spend a good deal of my non-writing time hanging out with my husband (also an author) and youngest daughter, whom I homeschool. We like movies and TV—don’t get me started on how much is in my Netflix queue! And oh, yes, I haven’t given up my full time job…so by day I’m a (mostly) mild-mannered hospital secretary, by night a naughty romance author.

Interview with J. Rose Allister

What is your favorite genre to read?
And the winner is…romance! I mean epic, sweep you off your feet, be my next book boyfriend romance. Super hot is awesome, but it’s about the journey for me. My absolute time-and-again favorite is Pride and Prejudice, followed closely by Persuasion. So yes, a big Jane Austen fan. But let’s not forget the fantasy/paranormal aspects I love to write! I got hooked back in 2000, when Laurell K. Hamilton released A Kiss of Shadows, the first of her Merry Gentry series. That was my introduction to erotic romance involving fairies, intrigue, and oh-so-naughty doings in the boudoir.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I have to answer this in two parts. For romance, Elizabeth Bennett rules supreme as a strong, break-the-mold heroine who is as stubborn and loveable as any character could be. (Although Merry Gentry is a fun runner-up as the wily, take-charge princess of the fairy court.)
That said, I have a non-romance favorite that always surprises people. She’s Mandy from Julie Andrews’ children’s novel of the same name. (Yes, the Sound of Music Julie Andrews!) She wrote a magical tale about a little orphan girl who climbs over the wall of her orphanage and finds an abandoned cottage that she transforms into her own special place. Mandy was everything I love in a character: willful, able to work for what she wants, and not afraid to break a rule or two in order to follow her heart. In many ways, Mandy shaped a good number of the characters I write, and the tale stuck with me so closely that I named one of my daughters after her.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
This year has largely been about the Sons of Herne, and I’ve got two more titles due out before Halloween. (Three, actually, as a special ninth story is planned involving the series namesake himself. Shh!) Feillor: God of Lammas just released this month, and I’m currently writing his twin brother’s book, Anduron: God of Mabon. In between the Sons of Herne stories, I’ve been working on another erotic fantasy romance, Bound to Her Master. This is a 3-book saga about a pregnant earth girl who winds up in an arrangement to pose as the sex slave of Lord Stepanyan, a god who is in the middle of trials of ascension to rule the high seat.
Stepping outside of the realms of hot gods, werewolf fans may be interested to hear I’m in planning stages for a Gen 2 spinoff to my bestselling Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. The finale the seven-book series released in June, and it was so hard to say goodbye to those rugged cowboys-turned-werewolves that I just had to consider an extended stay.

Please tell us about your latest book.
Dominus, god of the sabbat, should never have had to spend half the year nurturing the latest light bearer himself. Now, months of visiting Lorayna in secret, present only as a whisper, has sparked a yearning inside of him that he cannot shake.
Lorayna is drawn to a presence she’s unable to resist. When she discovers her “holiday spirit” is in fact a mouthwateringly sexy god, she’s ready for whatever sabbat ritual he chooses. To her disappointment, his intentions are strictly hands-off.
When something goes wrong, however, Dominus is forced to break the rules and give into his urges before the Yule power consumes her. The ripples of their passion will alter many sabbat unions to come—and Dominus must defy his father, Herne, to follow his desires and prove to Lorayna that she was not merely another light bearer.

About the Book

Title Dominus: God of Yule
Genre Urban fantasy/erotic romance
Author J. Rose Allister
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Publisher Jaded Temptations (my independent publishing imprint)

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July 28, 2016

Seduction in Sierra Leone (The Men of FTI 1) by @OliviaNightRead #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Seduction In Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book One by Olivia Night.

About the Book
Title: Seduction in Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book 1
Genre:  Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
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 seems more animal than human. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is 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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About the Author
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 Men of FTI  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, drinks wine, 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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July 27, 2016

Wicked Twisted Anthology: Fairy Tales for Adults @novelsbylia #RLFblog #romance

Today's featured book is Wickedly Twisted Anthology: Fairy Tales for Adults by Cassidy K. O’Connor, Gracen Miller, Louisa Bacio, A. D. Roland, Sheri Lyn, and Lia Davis.

About the Book

Title Wickedly Twisted Anthology: Fairytales for Adults
Genre Fairy Tale Romance
Author Cassidy K. O’Connor, Gracen Miller, Louisa Bacio, A. D. Roland, Sheri Lyn, and Lia Davis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
A collection of six wickedly twisted tales from classic fairy tales by six of today’s hottest authors.
To Steal a Prince’s Heart by Cassidy K. O’Connor is a twist on the fairy tale Robin Hood.
No self-respecting girl starts out wanting to be a thief but that’s what happens when war takes the King and all able bodied men off to war. Robin Hood and her merry band of women steal to feed their village, she never expected the Prince to steal her heart. When her true identity is revealed will the Prince stand by her or will she be forced to rescue herself?
Celia’s Connection by Gracen Miller is a twist on the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Celia Goldilocks just wants to live her life in peace, but when her past comes calling, her life is upended. With a bounty on her head, she escapes to a cabin owned by three bear shifters. Unfortunately, they’re her father’s biggest enemy, but can they be her salvation instead?
The Brothers Ménage by Louisa Bacio is a twist on the fairy tale Two Brothers
Who says all fairytale princesses are cursed?
As time runs out, the brothers from the wrong side of the tracks must weigh if a lifetime with Daphne is worth sharing their own secret, and if it’ll make a difference.
Bearskin by A. D. Roland is a twist on the fairy tale Bearskin
A dirty hobo who claims he’s wearing the Devil’s magic jacket befriends a slightly skeptical nurse. Can he convince her he's telling the truth in time for her to break the curse?
Pan’s Curse by Sheri Lyn is a twist on the fairy tale Peter Pan
The race is on. A jealous fairy has put a curse on Peter Pan, and it's up to Captain James Hook and his crew to follow the clues and save him before time runs out, or he'll be gone for good. If she can't have him, no one will. Can James and Peter have their Happily Ever After?
His Big Bad Wolf by Lia Davis is a twist on the fairy tale The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Neal turns to Shannon for help to track down the rogue wolf, but working together stirs emotions neither of them expected, and a fiery passion that makes it impossible for them to stay away from each other. But is Neal ready to learn all of Shannon’s secrets? 

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About the Author

In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time. 
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter.

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July 26, 2016

What's Left of Me (Firebird Trilogy 2) #contemporary @JenniferTLoring #RLFblog

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

About the Author

Jennifer Loring's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the Lake vol. 1. She has also published a novella, Conduits (DarkFuse, 2014), and two novels, Those of My Kind (Omnium Gatherum, 2015) and Firebird (Limitless Publishing, 2015). What’s Left of Me (The Firebird Trilogy #2) releases in July 2016. Jennifer lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Interview with Jennifer Loring

Why did you write this book?
I knew when I finished Firebird that Alex’s story was far from over, so last summer—before I had begun submitting to publishers—I made a vague outline for two more books. The sexual assault allegations against Chicago Blackhawks’ star Patrick Kane, as well as the music video “Let Them Talk” by Russian pop singer Katyla Lel and starring her friend Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals captain), inspired a great deal of What’s Left of Me. 
What is your favorite genre to read?
Horror, dark fantasy, paranormal romance, non-fiction.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Irrylath from Meredith Ann Pierce’s The Darkangel Trilogy; Constantine from Robin McKinley’s Sunshine; Zach from Poppy Z. Brite’s Drawing Blood; Gimli from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; the vampires of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood.
What are you working on at the moment, and what will see from you in coming months?
I’ve finished the first draft of the final Firebird book, which does not yet have a title and won’t be out until next year. I’ve also been working on some new short stories for anthologies. Several other short stories and at least two novellas are scheduled to be released this year.

Please tell us about your latest book.
Recovering from years of living the superstar hockey life wasn’t easy, but now Aleksandr Volynsky finally has everything…
He’s married to the love of his life, expecting a daughter, and has a new job as an assistant coach with his old team, the Buffalo Gladiators. His happiness is short lived, however, when a sexual assault allegation surfaces, and Alex is forced to cooperate with an investigation for a crime he didn’t commit.

Stephanie Hartwell is juggling her dream job with marriage and motherhood, but she’s not convinced she’s doing any of it well…
Stephanie’s stress level goes from bad to worse when she’s diagnosed with a serious illness. Battling declining health and the critics who question her commitment to Alex in light of the allegation, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever.
Alex is afraid he’s about to lose everything—especially when he sees Stephanie’s friend kiss her…
Devastated that his life is spiraling out of control again, Alex turns to his friend, Natasha, a Russian pop star. Convinced that Stephanie and her friend Brandon are having an affair, Alex resumes his self-destructive behavior.
What Alex doesn’t know is Stephanie has been conducting a secret investigation of her own. She learns the truth behind the sexual assault—a truth no one, especially Alex, expects.
With everything now out in the open, can Stephanie and Alex commit to a fresh start for the sake of their daughter, or will the ghosts of their pasts finally tear apart everything they have left?

About the Book

Title: What’s Left of Me (The Firebird Trilogy #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Loring
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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July 25, 2016

Night Falls (Alpha Beta Omega #BoxSet) @AuthorNicMorgan #PNR RLFBlog

Today's featured book is Night Falls (Alpha Beta Omega Boxed Set) by Nicole Morgan and others.

About the Book

Title: Night Falls by Nicole Morgan (Alpha Beta Omega Boxed Set)
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: R
Paul Holton is the leader of the Racinitine Pack. Rising to his position from bloodline and destiny hadn’t been easy for the strong willed young man. Having sacrificed many of the things his kind long for in their reticent existence, Paul knew all he forfeited had been for the greater good.
Kinzey Sloane had been finding ways to get herself into trouble ever since she was a rambunctious young child. Now a reporter for the small press, The Golden Gazette, she was determined to make a name for herself no matter what it costs.
When Paul crosses paths with the tenacious and gorgeous red head, Kinzey he knows he’s in trouble. Not only can he see the fire in her, but he can feel it as well. But when Kinzey gets too close to his secrets, he is faced with making a choice that could not only change his world, but the only life his pack has ever known.

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Publisher https://afterglowspublishing.com/alpha-beta-omega/

About the Author

Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life's everyday blessings.

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July 24, 2016

Meet Charity: Seduction of Lady Charity #Regency @maggiandersen #RLFblog

Meet Charity Baxendale from The Seduction of Lady Charity – The Baxendale Sisters by Maggi Andersen.

Author Bio

Maggi Andersen and her husband, a retired lawyer live in a quaint old town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. Maggi gained a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing before beginning her writing career. She has been nominated for the BTS Red Carpet Awards, the RONE Award 3 times and was a finalist in the Emerald Pro Award.
When not creating stories, Maggi reads, goes on long walks, enjoys her garden, the theatre and movies. She supports the local wildlife, the IFAW and the RSPCA. Her kookaburras (Australian Kingfishers) prefer to be hand fed.
Maggi has published over 25 novels and novellas of different genres from historical romances, mysteries, romantic suspense, and young adult novels (out of print).

About the Book

Title The Seduction of Lady Charity – The Baxendale Sisters Book Four
Genre Regency Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): PG13
As a young woman must marry and become engaged in proper duties, art can only be an accomplishment and a recreation.
Despite opposition at every turn, Charity Baxendale dreams of becoming a renowned portrait painter. She is heartened to receive two significant commissions from esteemed family members, and when a rakish Scottish baron commissions her to do his portrait, she dares hope she is one step closer.
When Robin, Lord Stanberry, with whom Charity has had a long friendship, asks her to marry him, she must choose between marriage and her career. Robin is heir to a dukedom, and Charity fears that not only would she be unsuited to life as a duchess, but also that her burgeoning career might end before it begins. And besides, Robin has made no mention of love.
After his uncle and heir die, Robin becomes the Duke of Harwood. Never having expected such an event, he feels himself unfitted for such a position. He was perfectly content living as a viscount in Tunbridge Wells, writing a manuscript on ornithology. Now he must leave all that he loves. He’d hoped to have Charity at his side by the time he took his place at Harwood Castle, for her pragmatic nature and strength of character would be of enormous help to him. Should he have thrown himself at her feet and declared an undying love?
“Ms. Andersen has created a wonderfully intriguing cast of characters. THE SEDUCTION OF LADY CHARITY can stand alone but readers might find themselves returning to the first book of the series just to see what they might have missed from Ms. Andersen's original stories.” InD'Tale Review

Introducing Charity Baxendale

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We're happy to have you here today.
Name: Charity Baxendale
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Tunbridge Wells, England
Profession: Artist
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
Dark blonde hair–the Baxendale’s beautiful violet eyes and pale blonde hair, which has graced my sisters, bypassed me. My eyes are blue-grey, and I’m what they call a long Meg, tall for a girl and slim to the point of willowy.
Who is the significant other in your life?
I am an artist. I don’t wish to marry for years, although I my parents think differently. I know full well that as soon as I marry, my husband will take control of my life, and my career, which I am very passionate about, will end before it began.
I do rely on Lord Robin Stanberry, I must admit, more than I should, for company. He is the one person who truly understands me as we share an interest in art and ornithology. And I did rather hope that we might marry one day, and spend our lives quietly in Tunbridge Wells. But that was before Robin became heir to a dukedom. I could never be his duchess. The demands of such a life and the responsibilities would be enormous! I’d be expected to become an ape leader. It would put an end to my aspirations.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My life revolves around my family and our home in Tunbridge Wells. But now that four sisters, Honor, Faith and Hope have married wonderful men, I don’t see as much of them as I would wish. My youngest sister is still at home. Mercy is almost seventeen. She’s beautiful and has a charming, lively nature, I just know that her Season will be great success and she will find a man to marry. And that will make my parent’s happy, as I’ve flatly refused to have one. I shall become the unmarried Baxendale sister, which I’m not entirely happy about. Mama says it will be nice to have a daughter at home to keep them company in their declining years. But I know she doesn’t mean it. She wishes me to marry as much as my father does, even to the point where they would consider a Scotsman.
How do you dress?
I like pretty gowns as much as any girl, but I tend to wear an old cambric gown at home. Despite an apron, I always manage to get a dab of oil paint on my clothes. Mother is forever tsking at me.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
Robin likes my voice when we sing together. But I’m not the most musically gifted in the family. That’s Hope.
Please tell us about your education.
Our governess taught us those things a young lady must know: Grammar, drawing and music, fluency in the French and Italian languages, geography, household management and how to stitch a fine seam. We all read widely. Mercy is literary one. She is writing a book.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Reading books on art has expanded my knowledge of art history and history generally. Regrettably, there are very few, apart from Robin, who express an interest in the subject.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Father is an earl. I am fortunate to live comfortably in his manor house. We have excellent servants, some who have been with us for years and are now part of the family.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
Money is of little interest to me beyond earning a competence from my portraits.
On what special skills do you rely?
I am always working to improve my painting skills, and have taken lessons.
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I’m proud of most of the landscape paintings that hang in our house, but some of the earlier works are not quite as good. But Mama refuses to take them down.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
A handkerchief, a small bottle of Mercy’s homemade toilet-water, a comb, plus a pencil and small notebook for capturing anything that takes my eye.
What is your family like?
My sisters are wonderful, spirited women. Two have married into the neighboring family. The Brandreth’s estate borders the Baxendale’s. Brandreth Park is the largest estate in Tunbridge Wells. We often dine there with Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth and his wife, Lavinia. 
The Baxendale family is growing ever larger. Honor and Edward have a son, and Faith and Vaughn are expecting a baby soon.  
Are you close to family?
The Baxendale’s and their extended family are very close knit. Should we be needed, we will travel miles, on bad roads and in atrocious weather if need be, to help each other.
Do you have children?
No. But I do want them one day.
Are you involved in your community?
I help my mother with church fetes, we have morning calls with the neighbors, and attend balls and dances held in Tunbridge Wells.
How well do you know your neighbors?
We are well acquainted with the people in the village, although in these modern times, families seem to move more often than they once did.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
I consider myself moral, but artists most likely view things a little differently. To paint a man in the nude, for instance, would not worry me at all. I have considered asking Robin, but I cannot now he’s to be a duke.
How do others perceive you based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
I’ve been told I’m attractive. But I don’t consider myself pretty, I’m too tall. I don’t tend to give a lot of thought to my appearance.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
Yes, especially if men respect me less for wanting a career. It is very difficult.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
I am very good at keeping secrets. I shouldn’t like myself or any of my loved ones to end up in the scandal sheets.
What secrets do you know about people around you that you do NOT share?
That would be telling. J
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That my life choice in life might cause my parent’s distress.
What past event causes you the most fear?
My sister, Faith was once kidnapped. I’d hate anything to happen like that again.
What is your biggest need?
Right now, it is to gain a foothold as an artist. A very difficult thing for a woman to achieve.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
To paint famous and interesting people’s portraits. And to one day marry and have children.
What would help you face hardship and meet any challenge?
Support and respect from others. Some men are not always so eager to see a woman rise in any vocation. They believe a woman’s place is in the home.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Right now my concern is for Faith. We all want her to have an easy delivery and a healthy baby.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
One might say my independence. I admit I can be stubborn.
When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
Self-doubt often plagues those who are creative. I have to grapple with it sometimes.
How do you handle challenges?
I get nervous, but I don’t buckle.
What is your breaking point?
Should anything serious happen to a member of my family.
How do you express disappointment?
I retreat into my painting, but I also seek my older sisters’ advice. They are much wiser than I, and share their experiences of life, sometimes with a good deal of laughter. I feel well prepared for the honeymoon, when I finally decide to marry. 
How emotionally expressive are you to others?
I’m affectionate with family members and those close friends I can relax with.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
I try not to lie. I am very bad at it. I’ve been told by my sisters that I squint.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
Those in society who mock my endeavors. I dislike being looked down upon because I paint. Loved ones, if I feel I’ve let them down. Robin too, I shouldn’t like him to think badly of me.
What would you like to tell your writer?
Thank you for my happy ending.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
That your dreams can come true. Just as long as you persevere.

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July 23, 2016

Double Feature with @HoustonHavens Where #Fantasy Becomes Reality #RLFBlog

Welcome to my world of romance where fantasy becomes reality if only for a moment in time.

About Houston Havens

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.com

Sinful Surrender - Psychic Menage #1

Title Sinful Surrender (Psychic Menage #1)
Genre Erotic Dystopian Romance
Author Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Why be tempted by one man's seduction when you can be loved by three?
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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Intimate Betrayal - Psychic Menage #4

Genre: Scifi, Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM/MFM), PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery
Author: Houston Havens
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
Kindise Wyatt escapes her Star Rider captor and returns to Earth. With the help of a sexy Old World Mole and his mysterious friend, she's determined to uncover the whereabouts of her lover. Instead, she finds nothing but betrayal and her captor in pursuit.
On the lam after betraying his evil ruler, ex-Dirt Dweller and drifter Jaden Valenti confirms his name is on a hit list. Finding what he believes will be safety amongst the Airbornes, he recreates himself and hides his past until trouble walks back into his life in the name of Kindise Wyatt, the woman he was ordered to assassinate and didn't.
Due to the obsessions of a Fae woman Sori gave up his hard-earned royal title and left his homeland of Elfame. Love is the furthest thing from his mind until he is sent in Jaden's place to pick-up some cargo...human cargo in the form Kindise Wyatt. He feels the Fae magnetism of his soulmate in her. Problem is; she's in love with someone else.
Will Jaden fulfill his orders to kill Kindise and get his name removed from the list, or will his secret be exposed and betray the friendship he has with Sori? Does Sori help Kindise find her lover, or will a love between them have a chance to flourish before a fatal attraction and a determined captor rip their love asunder? Will Kindise find true love or will betrayals at every turn crush the fight out of her? Can she find her inner strengths to keep fighting and lead The Freedom Fighters to defeat the Dirt Dweller elites, once and for all?

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July 22, 2016

Cocktails and Lies a cozy #mystery Lynette Sofras @ManicScribbler #RLFblog

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

About the Author

A former teacher, Lynette gave up her career in education a few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfil her childhood dream.  She writes contemporary women's fiction, usually involving romance, and often with suspense or a supernatural twist.  She claims 'Killing Jenna Crane', a romantic thriller is her personal favorite to date.
Lynette currently lives in an early Victorian cottage (the inspiration for her latest story ‘Cocktails and Lies’) in a picturesque Surrey village. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys catching up with friends, visiting the theatre or cinema, and occasionally trying to tame her out-of-control garden and the family's eccentric cat.
You can find more details of her novels on her website or Amazon author page.

Interview with Lynette Sofras

Why did you write this book?
I wanted to write a story that focused more on mystery than romance. I live in a Victorian Cottage (built 1849) and I often wonder what people it sheltered in the past, what secrets it protected, and what it might tell me if it could only speak. Since it remains forever silent, I thought I’d give it a special story of its own. Apart from the house and its setting, however, everything in the story is fictional.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love the classics and never tire of re-reading them, but in terms of modern novels, I enjoy any story that draws me into its fictional realms and allows me to wander among realistic characters in situations with which I can strongly identify.  I also enjoy a story that makes me do some work as I read, and I find psychological dramas do that best for me.  Throw in a little romance, and I’m in reader heaven.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Elizabeth Bennet: she has wit, beauty, energy, talent, confidence, and she landed Mr Darcy and the beautiful Pemberley. She’s the perfect heroine, and we’re forever trying to re-create some part of her in our stories.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
My next story is more of a psychological mystery (I seem to be heading in that direction lately) concerning a couple who have reached a crossroads in their marriage due to their inability to conceive.  The wife (an historian with an interest in genealogy) throws herself into her latest project, researching an eighteenth century nobleman and his family, while the husband does what men all too often do in this situation – he embarks on an affair… with dire consequences.
Please tell us about your latest book.
When Hannah’s house is burgled, she gains as much as she loses: she meets Jan, her reserved Dutch neighbour and successful antiques dealer, and Callum, the detective in charge of the case, then finds some hidden letters to her dead grandmother that take her on an emotional journey of discovery.
As Hannah juggles the attentions of the two men now firmly in her life, she works to uncover the secrets of the past, only to find these encroach on the present in unexpected ways.
And then there are the two men in her life, both vying for her attention, both hiding things from her and each other.  What does Callum really know about Jan?  What is Jan hiding from everyone?  And what did her grandmother—whose house it once was—hide from the world?
As if Hannah doesn’t have enough mysteries to solve, her best friend Rachel enlists her help in solving her marital crisis, while her pleasure-seeking mother seems intent on finding her a husband.
With so many skeletons rattling the door of Hannah’s house, can she unravel all these mysterious threads and reveal the truth, changing her life forever?

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Title – Cocktails and Lies
Genre – Cozy Mystery
Author – Lynette Sofras
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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July 21, 2016

Destiny's Favor (Orlosian Warriors 2) @pendarielraye #PNR #Fantasy

Today's featured book is Destiny's Favor by Dariel Raye.

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Title Destiny's Favor (Orlosian Warriors 2)
Genre PNR, paranormal romance
Author Dariel Raye
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
His world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making her his.
Imagine meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?
Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, "always a bridesmaid, never a bride." A string of lackluster relationships leave her hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims is his best friend! Japheth's arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny's life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.
Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an angel but he's far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to 1, and although he's a superior being, he's willing to break the most sacred law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.
When he meets Destiny, he knows she's the one he's been searching for. To claim her, he will have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself enough to win her love.
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Dariel Raye is an animal lover, musician, and author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for, and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. She is a mezzo-soprano who fell in love with books and started reciting stories at the age of 3. She also plays over 11 musical instruments.
Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: "Dark Sentinels" (wolf shifters), "Orlosian Warriors" (Vampire-like Nephilim), and "Gateway" (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

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