January 31, 2017

What the Gambler Risks, cowboy romance by @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #contemporary

Today's featured book is What the Gambler Risks, Book 3 in the Billionaire Cowboys Series by Kristina Knight.

About What the Gambler Risks

Genre Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Twenty-something ice queen Sabrina York enjoys fame and fortune writing about her life of celibacy. The fact she's the Oldest Living (Supposed) Virgin in Vegas? Just keeps her readers interested in how she juggles dating in Sin City.
Jase Reeves knows Sabrina's secret – that she's not nearly as cold as she would like people to think – and he's through keeping it. He didn't intend to have a one night stand with the Vegas Virgin but he can't get her out of his head.
When Jase returns to Vegas Sabrina has one goal: stay away from the handsome gambler before he melts her career – and her heart.

About Kristina Knight

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

January 30, 2017

Texas Forged by @ciaragold #RLFblog #historical #western

Today's featured book is Texas Forged by Ciara Gold.

About Texas Forged

Genre Historical Western Romance with a touch of paranormal
Author Ciara Gold
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Blacksmith, Galin Walker has an uncanny knack for predicting the weather, but he can’t predict the storm about to invade his heart. Telegrapher, Aubrey Caine’s search for her absent husband leads her straight into the arms of a man with a shady past and secrets that haunt him. Together they forge a bond that will endure the forces of nature and a con man’s cruel swindle.
Texas Forged is a historical western romance that offers a blend of fantasy with real life events.

Ciara Gold

Ciara wrote her first "under the bed" book at twenty. Another fifteen years passed before she bravely attempted another, but she's been happily writing ever since. A true Renaissance woman, when she's not penning lively stories, she's reading, sewing, painting, camping, sailing or dancing. At the moment, she's currently helping hubby build a cabin so she can add construction worker to the list as well. A recent empty nester, she and her soul mate currently live on a modest plot of land surrounded by trees, a pond, an array of wildlife and seven barn kitties.

January 29, 2017

Diarmaid the Irishman @queenskeys #RLFblog #historical #romance

Donegal Landscape
Article by Beppie Harrison
I came late to my love of Ireland and I can't explain why Donegal spoke to me so insistently. Maybe it's the way it's said. You hear the rhythm of it: DONeegol, sort of wrapping your tongue around the last L. It's stuck way out on the end of Ireland, as far west and north as you can go. It's a land of peninsulas reaching out into the cold Atlantic. The largest one is Inishowen, and that's where I chose to place the beginning of the second book of Diarmaid the Irishman, because it's cold and harsh and has always demanded more from its inhabitants than they sometimes had to give. Not much grows there. There are the peat fields that gave the Irish there the material for their sweet-smelling peat fires to warm their houses—primitive huts for much of their history. The farther east you go the better the land becomes, and you can grow potatoes and oats. That's what the ordinary people lived on, traditionally. Oat porridge cooked over a peat fire morning and evening, with potatoes for the main meal. Fish, sometimes, if they were lucky. "Kitchen," the fish would be called. Anything extra from potatoes and porridge was kitchen. Sometimes a bit of meat—chicken, perhaps. Eggs would be a lovely luxury, but eggs were better sold for people who had no other way to earn coin.
A hard place, but a beautiful one for those of us who don't need to make a living out of
the unwilling land. Spectacular cliffs soar out of the churning ocean, and then, all of a sudden, a sweep of a golden sand beach. Now tourism is coming to save Donegal, for those who like a gentle sun and don't mind icy cold water. There are new roads which allow you to have a feeling for the land, the low peat fields and the small stretches of farmland, and there are old ones requiring nerves of steel and sharp attention as a narrow road winds treacherously around the cliffs with awe-inspiring views of the ocean battering rocks almost directly below.
Then of course there are the people. In some places they cling to the old ways and even teach their babies to speak Irish. There are three areas of Gaeltacht in Donegal—designated areas within which Irish speakers predominate, although the use of Irish is inevitably dwindling, given the global reach of English. Donegal people are as Donegal people have always had to be, sturdy and stubborn and set in their ways. But Irish they still are, which is to say they love to talk in the warmth of their pubs and are, in their way, welcoming to strangers.
The more I learned about Donegal, the more it seemed to be the perfect place to begin my story of Diarmaid MacGuinness as a dedicated Irish rebel, red-headed, in a secret organization, and determined to return the green and pleasant land of Ireland to Irish rule, in spite of his own inconvenient ties to the Anglo-Irish aristocracy. His mother had worked for them for years and, unknown to them, he had grown up in the Big House himself. Caught by unwilling trust, he was half drawn to those who should be his enemies and half determined to push them and all like them into the Irish Sea, back to England where they had come from.
I love Donegal. But I will always be a visitor there. Unlike its people, I've never had to wrest a living from its stubborn soil, and so will always be an outsider. Perhaps it's better that way.

Image credit: Donegal landscape taken by Beppie's husband in 2015

About Diarmaid the Irishman

It's 1810. The English have a firm grip on Diarmaid's beautiful green Ireland. But Diarmaid McGuiness is determined to make that grip impossible to maintain. In the first half of this two-volume combination (The Divided Heart) we meet the reckless, red-haired Irishman as he tries out his wings as a rebel to follow in his dead father's footsteps. In the second half (The Defiant Heart) we find Diarmaid as the determined leader of rebels that he has become, and the equally fierce, equally red-headed girl whose resolve to free Ireland is as strong as his own. Their clash leads them into unforeseen complications and new ambiguous challenges.
Genre Historical romance
Author Beppie Harrison
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Camden Hill Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CR6796M/

About Beppie Harrison

Beppie Harrison lives in Massachusetts with her English husband, two slightly addled cats, and an enthusiastic puppy. England with friends and family is a second home, Ireland a fascination that came later. She writes books placed in the Regency period, many of them in Ireland. The beauty of Ireland, its harshness, and the wonderfully garrulous people are close to her heart.

January 28, 2017

At the Mercy of Her Pleasure #scifi #romance by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog

Today's featured book is At the Mercy of Her Pleasure by Kayelle Allen.

About At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

Book 1 of the Antonello Brothers series is Scifi Romance
Genre science fiction romance, scifi romance, space opera, military science fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He's a thief. She's a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

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Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
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The sequel for this book is For Women Only.

About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle is a best-selling American 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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January 27, 2017

Christmas at the Castle by @melissamcclone #RLFblog #sweetromance

Today's featured book is Christmas at the Castle by USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone. Melissa has published over thirty-five novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA® award. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children's swim practices and other activities. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

About Christmas at the Castle

Genre: Sweet Romance
Author: Melissa McClone
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.
A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina "Kat" Parsons needs. She can't wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend's royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride's arrogant older brother.
Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister's wedding day to be perfect, but he's suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.
But when Kat's kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there's more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can't live without?

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January 26, 2017

Meet March: Claimed by the Cyborg @CaraBristol #Scifi #Romance #RLFblog

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has been the no. 1 best seller in science fiction romance, bdsm erotica, and holiday fiction on Amazon. She's the author of two science fiction romance series featuring tough alpha heroes: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and the Breeder science fiction romance series, which emphasize character-driven stories written with a touch of humor and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

About Claimed by the Cyborg

Genre Science fiction romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
March Fellows assumed he had all the time in the galaxy to pursue a relationship with Jules, an alien exchange student from Xenia, until she vanished without a trace. After years of searching, he finds his lost love on the eve of her arranged marriage.
The daughter of the Xenian emperor, Julietta never meant to fall in love with a Terran man while visiting Earth. Leaving to fulfill her responsibilities on her home planet opened up a hole in her heart that could never be filled. When March, now a cyborg, unexpectedly shows up just before she is to be bonded, she struggles to find the courage to turn him away a second time and follow through with her duty.
Before she can act, the lovers are thrust into a political conspiracy that threatens the Xenian empire and their lives.

Introducing March Fellows

Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Terra
Profession: Field agent, Cyber Operations
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Cyborg
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
Tall, dark hair and eyes. Nano-infused muscles. Cyber-modified human body.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I used to be a university professor. While on sabbatical off planet, my research team was attacked by terrorists, and I was critically injured in the bombing. I was rushed to a Cybermed facility. The transformation to cyborg saved my life. I worked as a field agent for Cyber Operations for many years before going to work for Moonbeam Remanufacturing, a secret spacecraft factory. But after what happened on Xenia, I'm going back to work for Cy-Ops.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
I have a doctorate. But being a field agent for Cyber Operations you see a side to the galaxy that most people never do. Frankly, it's not pretty. And I've had to make some tough decisions and choices. In my former line of work, I've had to terminate combatants. Does that make me experienced?
On what special skills do you rely?
I'm a cyborg. I'm larger, stronger and faster than the average Terran male. I have a computer processor embedded between my brain hemispheres, enabling me to hack into most computer systems and spaceships. I can communicate telepathically with other cyborgs. Unfortunately, all my specialized computer skills didn't help much in my search to find Jules. She vanished without a trace.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Most things do fall into a gray area, but of course, there is black and white, also. Some things are clearly wrong. The Association of the Planets cautions against judgment, but I've seen many strange customs that ruin people's lives. Like Xenian arranged marriages. They have a seer who matches couples. Xenians don't even meet their mates until they marry. If they happen to fall in love with someone else, well, too bad. How can a custom like that benefit people?
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why? Jules. She's the one I've been searching for eight years. I met her at the university. She was an alien exchange student from Xenia. We were in love—at least I was—then she disappeared in the middle of the night without any hint or warning. I've never been able to forget her. I just want to know that she's okay.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
My entire life is one big secret. The cyborg project was classified. For the longest time I couldn't tell people I was a cyborg. Cy-Ops still operates off the grid, and Moonbeam, the spacecraft factory I work for is located at a cloaked facility. Secrecy has become second nature to me. It's actually hard for me to open up.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I would find Jules. I want to know what happened to her. If she's okay.
How do you handle challenges?
By facing them head-on. A cyborg never gives up.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
I'm innocent. I didn't do it. I was framed.

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January 25, 2017

Perfectly Christmas by @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #romcom #romance

Today's featured book is Perfectly Christmas by Linda O'Connor.
On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, "Sorry, I have to work."
That's the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn't have it any other way.
Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there's more to life – and love – than the job itself.
This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.
Romantic and...complicated – it's Perfectly Christmas!
Genre Romantic Comedy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

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About the Author

Linda O'Connor started writing a few years ago when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at the local home décor store. It turns out she loves writing romantic comedies and has a few more stories to tell. When not writing, she's a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic (well, even when she is writing she's a physician, and it shows up in her stories :D ). She hangs out at www.lindaoconnor.net.

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January 24, 2017

Holiday Magic @WRWWorldRomance #RLFblog #romance

The World Romance Writers wish you joy and love this holiday season with a collection of heartwarming romances filled with Holiday Magic. This anthology features stories from far and wide, including contemporary and historical romance, futuristic time travel romance, and romance touched with magic by Award-Winning and Multi-Published Authors: Rose Anderson, Lynn Crain, Gemma Juliana, Cara Marsi and Jenny Twist. Come enjoy the many flavors and flavours of our English language.
Genre Various
Authors Rose Anderson, Lynn Crain, Gemma Juliana, Cara Marsi and Jenny Twist
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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Publisher World Romance Writers
Amazon Universal Link http://mybook.to/Hol
Books2Read Universal Link https://www.books2read.com/u/b5OW5G
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About the Authors

Rose Anderson
Known for crafting characters that stay with you long after the last page has turned, Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes across genres under the pen name Madeline Archer. She lives with her family and small menagerie amid oak groves and prairie in the rolling glacial hills of the upper Midwest.
Find Rose's and Madeline's books under both names in ebook and paperback wherever love stories are sold.
Lynn Crain
Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she's just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.
Gemma Juliana
Weaving stories brings me joy, whether I'm turning the screws on a character whose back is against the wall, or playing matchmaker. Adding the extra spice of international settings to my stories is fun, and gives me a chance to revisit some global travels. I've authored nearly a dozen novelettes, novellas and novels in fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Many more manuscripts are in various stages of completion, waiting to see the light of day. I live deep in the heart chakra of Texas with my true love in a cozy cottage along with our son and a crafty dog who rules us all. My muse settles for nothing less than the finest chocolates and coffee.
Cara Marsi
An award-winning and eclectic author, Cara Marsi is published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She loves a good love story, and believes that everyone deserves a second chance at love. Sexy, sweet, thrilling, or magical, Cara's stories are first and foremost about the love. Treat yourself today, with a taste of romance.
When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, Cara and her husband live on the East Coast of the United States in a house ruled by two spoiled cats who compete for attention.
*Read more about Cara's books and sign up for her newsletter at her website www.caramarsi.com. Find her on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/caramarsi and Facebook at: www.facebook.com/authorcaramarsi
She's always interested in making new friends.
Jenny Twist
Jenny Twist left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist's assistant, she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford. In 2001 she and her husband moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat.
Her published novels are Domingo's Angel – a romance set in Spain, Take One At Bedtime – an anthology of short stories, All in the Mind – about an old woman getting younger and The Owl Goddess – a fantasy/SciFi about how the Greek gods were actually spacemen.
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January 23, 2017

Meet Darius: Drakon's Promise #PNR @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog

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.

About Drakon's Promise

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.
He's both.
He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

Introducing Darius Varkas

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We're happy to have you here today.
Name: Darius Varkas
Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: A small village that has long since crumbled to dust
Profession: Entrepreneur
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): I'm a drakon, the son of a dragon and a human woman.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
In my human form, I'm 6'10" with black shoulder-length hair and green eyes. I have a tattoo that covers the entire left side of my body from my neck to my ankles. It's a birthmark and is a swirling pattern that is bronze and outline in the same green as my eyes.
Who is the significant other in your life?
That would be my Sarah. She's the most beautiful, most amazing woman in the world. Brilliant too. After all, she chose me.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a drakon so I like my privacy. I'm not even sure why I agreed to do this interview. *grumbles*
Please tell us about your education.
I've lived four thousand years. I speak and write many languages, including some long forgotten by time. I've learned alongside mankind. Airplanes were a particular favorite invention of mine, as being a pilot allows me to take to the skies nowadays when it isn't as easy to simply shift and soar. Computers I can use but I don't particularly like them.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I've lived for a very long time. I'm also an earth drakon, which means I know how to find precious metals and gems. I've accumulated quite a hoard over the course of my life. And like any self-respecting drakon, I guard what is mine.
Are you close to family?
My brothers are my family and we are very close. We had different mothers but the same dragon sire. Of course, now I have Sarah. They all love her.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Of course I can keep a secret. I'm a drakon. Of course, telling all of you about myself isn't exactly keeping that a secret.
What secrets do you know about people around you that you do NOT share?
I know all my brothers' secrets, but I would never betray their trust.
What is your biggest need?
My biggest need is to wipe the Knights of the Dragon from the face of the planet. They want to capture me and my kind for their own profit and to prolong their lives by drinking our blood. We were content to leave them alone, but they will not leave us in peace. And they threatened Sarah and will always be a threat to her and to my brothers. They have to be eliminated.
What are your biggest hopes and dreams?
I dream of being able to live my life in peace with Sarah.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
I have no flaws. *turns to Sarah* Stop laughing. She says I'm set in my ways and stubborn. Overprotective too. But since I'm always right, I don't see that as a flaw.
Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?
Sarah has the power to destroy me. She is my heart. I trust her more than I thought it possible to every trust a woman.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I want to thank her for bringing Sarah into my life. I also want to let her know this is my first and last interview. I'm done.

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January 22, 2017

The Marquess and the Midwife @AlinaKField #RLFblog #Regency #Romance

Welcome Alina K Field, author of The Marquess and the Midwife, a new Regency Romance.
Why did you write this book?
For starters, I love the Call the Midwife stories, as well as secret babies. And, a few months before I started The Marquess and the Midwife, a family member tragically lost a good friend in childbirth to toxemia. (Unthinkable, right, in the twenty-first century?) I guess pregnancy and childbirth were on my brain! Somehow, my muse came up with this story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love Regency romance, and I especially love stories with a lot of adventure added to the romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Hmm. May I have two? I love the rascally Rupert Carsington, the Mr. Impossible of Loretta Chase's book by that name. I also like William Doyle, the bluff , clever spy of Joanna Bourne's The Forbidden Rose. Actually, all of Chase's and Bourne's characters are brilliant, but they both write the most delicious heroes.
What are you working on at the moment, and what will we see from you in coming months?
I'm working on a Regency series about four adult children being married off by their father, an earl who is a retired spy lord. Or is he retired? Book one is called The Bastard's Iberian Bride and will be coming this spring.

About The Marquess and the Midwife

Genre: Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Once upon a time, the younger brother of a marquess fell in love with his sister's companion. He was sent off to war, and she was just sent off, and they both landed in very different worlds.
Now Virgil Radcliffe has returned from his self-imposed exile on the Continent to take up his late brother's title and discover the whereabouts of the only woman he's ever loved.
Abandoned by her lover and dismissed by her employer, Ameline Dawes has found a respectable identity as a Waterloo widow, a new life as a midwife, and a safe, secure home for her twin girls. Called to London at Christmas to attend her benefactress's lying-in, she finds herself confronted by an unexpected house guest--a man determined to woo her anew and win her again.
But, is loving the new Marquess of Wallingford a mistake Ameline cannot afford to repeat?

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About Alina K Field

Award winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn't looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of the 2014 Book Buyer's Best winner, Rosalyn's Ring, a 2015 RONE Award finalist, Bella's Band, and a 2016 National Reader's Choice Award finalist, Liliana's Letter, as well as her latest release, The Marquess and the Midwife. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!

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January 21, 2017

Highlight Courageous Women @rolynnanderson #Romantic #Suspense #RLFblog

Guest post written by Rolynn Anderson
As this blog goes live, I'm involved in the Women's March in San Luis Obispo, California, along with 5,000 other women. I'll be proudly wearing the pink hat my sister made for me. In 400 locations across the world, a million or more women will be marching to support the precepts of equity, diversity and inclusion. I grew up in a period when women writer/activists like Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and others worked hard on these issues, making huge strides; I want the momentum to continue, using my writing to help our causes.
I remember wondering where the women were in suspense/mystery best-selling novels I read in the 1960's. Detectives, cops, agents, and villains got the word count; women were wives or lovers playing secondary parts. In fact, research tells us the last time women characters got the most ink in novels was in the late 1800's. That's probably why when I started writing in 2001, I gave leading status to the heroine, figuring female readers needed all the examples they could get of how a woman handles her position on a precipice. My heroes have almost equal footing with the heroine, but the spotlight is generally on her.
My novels are contemporary page-turners. Unique settings and clever villains create havoc for my heroine and hero, spiking the suspense and the romance. Humor, complex plots, and flawed characters with steep learning curves are bound to take the reader in new, exciting places. And, yes, women dominate the word count. On this Women's March Day, I salute the courageous women who came before me!

About Fear Land

Tally hates to hear rants from people's brains. What does she do when those mind-screams threaten the man she loves?
Tally Rosella, an acclaimed psychiatrist who helps children fraught with anxiety, avoids adults because their brains rant at her. But the chance to start a second child study and connect her findings to PTSD, sets her squarely among devious colleagues at a big California university.
Army Major Cole Messer, Tally's new neighbor, won't admit that trauma from combat tours in Afghanistan destroyed his marriage and hampered his ability to lead. As a teacher of college ROTC and single parent, he's focused on enrolling his highly anxious son in Tally's study and getting back to active duty.
Someone is dead set against Tally's presence at the university, and blowback from her battles with co-workers put Cole and his son in jeopardy. Watch what happens when people struggling with shades of anxiety collide with corrupt, revengeful foes.

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Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

About Rolynn Anderson

Scandinavian, Army Brat, English Teacher, High School Principal, Golfer, Boater, World Traveler, Author. With her experiences, Rolynn Anderson is fairly bursting with stories about extraordinary people and amazing settings, real and contrived. Now add her competitive nature and her love of 'the makeover.' As a principal, she and the staff she hired opened a cutting-edge high school; as co-captain with her husband on Intrepid, she cruises from Washington State to Alaska and back. As a writer, she delights in creating imperfect characters faced with extraordinary, transforming challenges. Her hope: You'll devour her 'makeover' suspense novels in the wee hours of the morning, because her stories, settings and characters, capture your imagination and your heart.

January 20, 2017

Give Your Characters Dimension @ketadiablo #RLFblog #sweetromance

Today's guest is author Keta Diablo, author of Sky Dreams (Book 3) a sweet historical romance.

Give Your Characters Dimension

Let's talk a little about characters today and why some are one-dimensional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
Have you ever read a review where the reviewer points to *shallow* characters in the novel? I know I have, and that's why I feel it's so important for writers to allot their characters depth. So what is depth, and what do you mean by "dimensional" characters?
It's crucial readers understand who the characters are; what makes them tic, and particularly what the character's identifying features are? I'm not necessarily talking about physical features, but consistency and manner of speech, body language and internal thoughts on how he/she views the world. A character is not merely a gorgeous person with eyes of blue. He/she is a composition of many events that has made him/her what they are today.
Their emotions are multifaceted and often conflicting. They could come from troubled backgrounds or perhaps were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Whatever the case, in order for readers to understand and relate to your characters, writers need to delve into their history to make them likeable and real (or not so likeable in the villain's case). It's also important the readers believe, and can picture, the character existing before your story even began, thus the history.
Shallow characters (one-dimensional) have no real story, no identifying aspects to their personality. They're merely walk-ons in your novel and won't make lasting impressions. Readers will soon get bored with reading about someone they can't identify with or like, and will no doubt put the book down. This is the last thing we want them to do.
Two-dimensional characters might have one identifying trait or a smidgen of history, but why stop there? Write your characters as if they are a person you'd love to know, in fact, you're so fascinated by their thoughts about life, their opinions, you long to know everything about them, including their past.
If your hero or heroine lacks depth or dimension, reviewers/readers might refer to them as *cardboard characters* another term you want to avoid at all costs. This means they're typical ordinary, forgettable people who are par for the course in motives and goals. While writing about them, you might have hinted about a like or dislike they possess, but there you stopped, leaving the thought underdeveloped without explaining why they dislike the color purple or why they adore women in hats. What's the history behind their abhorrence, fetish or passion?
One of the great things about writing is that you, the author, have control over the portrayals of your characters. Make them bigger than life; exaggerate their habits, annoyances, likes and dislikes. Make every aspect about them memorable in the reader's mind.
You won't regret giving a little dimension to your characters' personalities.
Here's an excellent article from The Writing Tools Blogspot about Writing Character Bios for your stories. Why don't you try it? http://thewritingtools.blogspot.com/2009/07/character-bios-why-and-how.html
Happy writing and reading!
~ Keta

About the Book

Title Sky Dreams
Genre Sweet Historical Romance
Author Keta Diablo
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) G
In Sky Tinted Water (Book 1) and Sky Dance (Book 2) you met Dawson and Rory Finch and shared in the journey of their love. Now, in Sky Dreams (Book 3), meet their daughter, Haven.
In 1893, Haven Morgan is a young widow. Heartbroken and alone after her husband's tragic death, she travels to Cobb's Grove, Minnesota to teach at the country school.
Her curiosity is piqued when she meets the handsome supervisor of the local lumber mill, Cade Kincannon, but the trauma of her husband's death haunts her days and torments her dreams.
Can Cade break through the veil of darkness shrouding Haven, forge a path to her heart and convince her it's all right to love again?

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About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the United States on six acres of woodland. When she isn't writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature. A lifelong animal lover, she also devotes her time and support to the local animal shelters.
Keta's a best-selling Amazon author who writes in several genres, including western romance, historical romance, paranormal romance and the occasional gay romance. Her books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month and Recommended Read reviews.

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January 19, 2017

The Colony new #SFR by @Laurel_R_books #RLFblog #scifi

Laurel Richards is a fiction author with a passion for shifters, space travelers, and other memorable characters. She has gathered inspiration from lots of different sources throughout her life and is here to share her imagination through storytelling. Laurel writes sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and funny mysteries, with various degrees of romance mixed in.
Why did you write The Colony?
I'm a huge fan of sci-fi romance, and I'm also fascinated by paleontology (museum lover here). That got me thinking, and I asked myself what the fossil record on another planet might look like. And so Dr. Elisa Everett, the paleontologist heroine, was born, and so was The Colony. I wanted an action-packed sci-fi story featuring all my favorite elements in the genre.
What is your favorite genre to read?
It's a tie between sci-fi romance and paranormal romance, although I enjoy multiple genres.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
This can change on a daily basis, but frontrunners include Eve and Rourke from J.D. Robb's In Death series, Nix from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, and pretty much any of the main characters from Nalini Singh's Psi-Changeling series.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I have another sci-fi romance and a couple of fantasy novels that are in edits, and I hope to see them released sometime in 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Not everyone will make it out alive.
Responding to a distress call, Officer Alexander Valerian and the rest of his security team arrive at the human colony on the planet of Jangala to find blood and gore all over the walls. All the colonists are dead or missing except for Dr. Elisa Everett, a pretty paleontologist he finds injured and nearly suffocated in a ventilation shaft. Now Alex has to figure out how sixty-nine colonists were wiped out in a single night, but Elisa's account of killer monsters just raises more questions. Has the colony really been attacked by bloodthirsty beasts, or did everyone succumb to a powerful hallucinogen that made them turn on one another? He had better find out fast, because Elisa's life is in his hands.

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January 18, 2017

Pride and Fall new #suspense w/a hint of #romance @StaciTroilo #RLFblog

This quick interview with Staci Troilo includes info about the author, and introduces the story, Pride and Fall.

About Staci Troilo

Staci has always loved fiction, ever since her parents read her fairy tales when she was a young girl. Today, her interests are much more eclectic. She loves getting lost in sci-fi battles, fantasy realms, horror worlds, suspenseful intrigues, and romantic entanglements.
As goes her reading, so goes her writing. She can't pick a single genre to focus on, so she doesn't even try. She's proud to say she's a multi-genre author.
When she's not reading or writing, she's spending time with family and friends, possibly cooking for them, or maybe enjoying an afternoon in the pool. To learn more about her, visit http://stacitroilo.com.

Interview with Staci Troilo

Why did you write this book?
Pride and Fall is the culmination of a trilogy in the Cathedral Lake series. I began the series because I found interesting medical traits when doing some research online, and I had to turn those facts into a story. I wrote Pride and Fall to bring the trilogy to a close. But because this series has become a fan-favorite, I have several spinoffs planned.
What is your favorite genre to read?
As my bio states, I'm a fan of several genres. But my absolute favorite is probably romantic suspense, because it combines love stories (which I'm a sucker for) with tension-infused situations (I love pulse-pounding, anticipatory storylines).
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Rhett Butler. I have a weakness for tall, dark, and handsome bad boys. I also like that he didn't see the heroine as perfect and ultimately left her in the end when he tired of her games. Too many heroes put the heroines on undeserving pedestals; Rhett isn't one of them.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm currently working on book three of my paranormal romance saga, the Medici Protectorate series. This novel, Body Armor, is scheduled for release in June 2017, and its follow-up, Tortured Soul, will come out at the end of the year, ending the series.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Fear unchecked cripples. Fear conquered liberates.
Faith Keller has suffered much in her life—the murder of her sister, the near-destruction and almost-ruin of her family, and a traumatic abduction. It's no wonder she battles the effects of PTSD on a daily basis. The last thing she needs is to be the subject of an intense police investigation for the very crime her father was blamed for years earlier. Yet, despite her family's staunchest efforts, she finds herself on the hot seat with a tenacious officer—one whose attention she actually relishes.
Carter Emerson takes his job seriously. It's the only tribute he can make to honor his fallen brother, and he's determined to do the title "police officer" justice. When he sets his sights on Faith Keller, he's torn. His mentor tells him he's got it all wrong, but the evidence doesn't lie. The worst part? He doesn't want her to be guilty. He just wants her.
A story of healing and personal growth, Pride and Fall ends the Keller Family trilogy with action, deception, and a revelation readers won't see coming.

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Genre: Suspense/Drama w/a hint of Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
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January 17, 2017

Blue, a gay romance by @dpdenman #RLFblog #GayRom #MM

Today's featured book is Blue by your DP Denman.

Genre Contemporary Gay Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Long before he was a successful songwriter and black-belt badass, Blue was a survivor.
He escaped a program designed to cure him. Instead, it left him near death with nothing to rely on but the kindness of a stranger. Hostile and headstrong, Blue needs a calmer influence to balance his fury. Someone to save him from himself.
Brady’s life was quiet and orderly until fate sent him a blue-eyed hurricane. Bursts of temper and flashes of despair batter his efforts to quiet the storm in a man he doubts he can tame, one drowning in the wreckage of his past.
With a head full of lies and a body full of scars, Blue works to rebuild his life with the help of a man determined to prove sometimes trust is worth the risk.
Blue features one of the most popular characters of the Saving Liam saga! Destined for greatness, he reveals the past that made him the scarred bad boy readers love.

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Publisher North Shore Press

About DP Denman

Award-winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense but resolve in endings that make people want to read the book again and again.
She lives among the moss and trees of the Pacific Northwest with a rambunctious pair of fur babies.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist. To support the quest for equality, 25% of royalties from every book go to LGBT charities.

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January 16, 2017

Sinful Surrender @houstonhavens #RLFblog #erotic #romance

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?
Genre Erotic Romance, SciFi, Menage, PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Mystery
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Publisher H.A.W.K. Publishing

About Houston Havens

Houston retired from a succesful 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.

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January 15, 2017

The Highlander's English Woman @RuthACasie #RLFblog #Historical

"It pulls at my heart with its beauty and purpose. It represents all I hold dear in a person, if that's possible, heart, soul and strength."  Laura Reynolds, The Highlander's English Woman
I knew I found the right setting for my medieval ghost story when I saw a picture of Caerlaverock Castle.
Reading Caerlaverock's history I understood why the Maxwell family fought to hold it and why their enemies had to destroy it.
Caerlaverock Castle is a moated castle on the southern coast of Scotland in the Dumfries. The unique equilateral triangular design and beauty of the castle, from the way it's sited to its rich history, made Caerlaverock the perfect setting for my stories, The Maxwell Ghost and The Highlander's English Woman.
There were several original fortifications that preceded the current castle, a Roman fort on Ward Law Hill and a British hill fort that was used until 950.
The earliest mention of Caerlaverock is the 1160s, when the lands were granted to the monks of Holm Cultram Abbey. Sixty years later, in 1220 the lands were granted to Sir John Maxwell by Alexander II of Scotland.
The Maxwell family has owned the Caerlaverock Castle ever since, but not without some intrigue and adventure. The clan leader changed allegiances from Scotland to England several times which resulted in sieges, destruction and rebuilding.
John Maxwell began construction of the first castle at Caerlaverock. A traditional square design with a moat and a north facing bridge, the building was one of the earliest stone castles built in Scotland. Archeologists believe that this castle was never completed when it was abandoned. This castle was built close to the Solway Firth. Built on clay the wood pilings were not able to bear the weight of the structure. In addition, the structure couldn't be kept dry or comfortable. Today, the foundations and part of a wooden enclosure around it is all that remains.
Work began on the new castle, six hundred feet south of the abandoned structure in 1260.
Construction on the new (present) castle, on a solid rock outcropping and was completed in the 1270s. The castle's first occupant was Herbert Maxwell, nephew of Sir John Maxwell.
Caerlaverock was the Maxwell family's stronghold from the 13th to the 17th centuries. It underwent several sieges over the centuries and was finally abandoned in 1640. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, but retained its triangular plan.
In 1299, Maxwell forces from Caerlaverock Castle attached the English-held Lochmaben Castle. Edward I retaliated in July 1300 and attacked Caerlaverock with 87 knights and 3,000 men. Eustace Maxwell, the clan chief repelled the English several times. In the end, the garrison surrendered. King Edward was astounded that only sixty men held his army off.
Caerlaverock Castle remained in English hands until 1312 when the castle was returned to Sir Eustace Maxwell who pledged allegiance to the English king, Edward II. Later, Eustace switched his support to Robert the Bruce and the castle was unsuccessfully attacked by the English.
Because of Caerlaverock's prime position on the England-Scottish border and the fear it could fall into the hands of the English who would have a strong command of the district, Sir Eustace dismantled the fortress, a sacrifice rewarded by Robert the Bruce.
In 1337 the castle was once again inhabited and once again the Eustace changed sides. About 1355 the castle was captured by the Scots.
The Maxwells regained Caerlaverock after the Wars of Independence in the mid-14th century. Between 1373 and 1410, Robert Maxwell rebuilt much of the castle. His efforts were continued by Robert II in the mid-15th century.
In 1567, the Maxwells supported Mary, Queen of Scots and Caerlaverock was once again under siege by the English in 1570. The Earl of Sussex led the English forces and demolished part of the castle.
In 1593, Lord John Maxwell repaired the castle for defense against the Johnstones of Annandale with whom he was feuding.
The Wars for Independence were replaced by wars of religion. In 1634, religious turmoil turned against the Catholic Maxwells. In 1640 the Protestant Covenanter army attacked Caerlaverock for thirteen weeks forcing the castle to surrender. The south wall and tower were demolished and the castle was never repaired or reoccupied.
The castle passed by inheritance to the Herries family and to the Duke of Norforlk. While currently owned by Lady Mary Mumford's sister Baroness Herries, since 1946 the castle has been operated and managed by Historic Scotland. The castle remains the ancestral home of the Maxwell family.

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About Ruth A. Casie

Ruth has always had stories in her head.  Encouraged by family and friends this ballroom dancing, Sudoku playing, aspiring gourmet has given way to her inner muse. Now, rather than write marketing and communications for corporate America, she writes historical fantasies about strong men and empowered women and how they cope with unexpected challenges. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures.

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January 14, 2017

Meet Jazz: Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff @KryssieFortune #suspense #RLFblog

Welcome Jazz Stewart from Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff, a new contemporary erotic suspense.

About Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff

Title Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff
Genre Contemporary, erotic, suspense.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jasmine Stewart (Jazz to her friends) falls for the blond stranger when he spanks and seduces her at a Washington soiree. Later, when she discovers her flatmate is trying to draw her into a spy ring, she goes to the authorities. The ensuing publicity costs her her job, her security, and her future. Starting over in Westhorpe Ridge is her only option.
Sean Mathews, former SEAL and Westhorpe Ridge's sheriff, can't forget the woman he spanked when he visited Washington, but he thinks she's a spy. When she turns up in Westhorpe Ridge, he tries everything to make her leave town. Despite their misunderstandings, though, they can't keep their hands off each other.
As Year's Eve looms, the spy ring resurfaces. Jazz will need all of Sean's SEAL prowess to survive. But because his wounded leg cost him his speed in the water, will it be enough?

Introducing Jazz Stewart

Age: 23
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Washington DC
Profession: Teacher turned baker
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I'm five feet six, but I'm a bit on the skinny side, mostly because I get wrapped up in things and forget to eat. I wear my hair long. It's more dark honey than flaxen, but I'm blonde. My eyes? I don't know. Pale blue, I suppose.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in more foster homes than I have fingers. A couple were good, some were okay, but most weren't good places for me. I learned early on how to push people away. I have a bit of temper too, but it's more under control now than when I was a kid. I always hoped someone would see though my tough front and love me. Not that my foster families ever did.
I trained as a teacher, but the school principle freaked when my flatmate tried to involve me in a spy ring. As if I'd ever betray my country. Then Mandy Devlin offered me a chance to open a bakery in her hotel. I jumped at the chance
Who is the significant other in your life?
Sean Mathews. That's Sheriff Mathews of Westhorpe Ridge. He trained as Seal, but when a bullet cost him his speed in the water he came home and took over the role of sheriff in his home town. Of course, since he thought I was a spy, he didn't like me much at first.
How do you dress?
Jeans and T-shirt for every day. For evenings, I have this one red dress. I was wearing it in Washington, at the spy soiree thingy and Sean loved it. Of course, like me, he was there under false pretenses.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
My education was as patchy as my home life. Changing schools a bazillion times made things hard. There was this one teacher, when I was about thirteen, who cared more about her pupils than I'd expected. She got through to me and taught me the value of education. I buckled down and made myself learn. I guess she'd the reason I trained as a teacher.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I always lived hand to mouth, but then it turns out I had this multi-millionaire great grandmother, but she was an evil old witch. She knew I existed and left me in the foster system. What sort of woman does that to her family? Anyway, I guess her conscience kicked in eventually. She left me three-quarters of million dollars. Me? With more money than I can imagine. That's not all though. If me and my newfound second cousins marry within a year of her death, me and Abigail, get another four get four million dollars.
Abigail's married to a former Marine now, but he's a bit scary sometimes. That said, he loves her to pieces. He and my Sean rescued her when mobsters kidnapped her, but that's another story.
I haven't met my other second cousin yet Adam yet, but he's a doctor in the Army. He's due home at Easter. He gets the bulk of my great grandmother's estate – that's about fifteen million dollars—along with Montgomery Hall. Honestly, that's too much money for me to imagine.
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I'm a great baker. One of my best foster mums taught me, but then she got ill and social services moved me. Don't tell Sean, but thanks to my upbringing, I can throw a mean punch. Of course, as wife of the local sheriff, I never would.
What is your family like?
I already said my great grandmother was witch. Abigail's got the kindest heart but she puts herself down too much. Mandy Devlin, the woman who gave me a chance to start over in the bakery helped with a sort of mini makeover. Mandy's and her son, Ben feel like family too. I still don't know what I'll make of Adam. He's Sean's best friend, but to me, he should have been there for Abigail more when her great grandmother and her mother started to gang up on. Considering the way her family treated her, I don't how Abigail ever found the courage to advertise for husband.
How well do you know your neighbors?
Westhorpe Ridge is a small town with a big heart. Everybody is welcoming and warm, Kevin Jones excepted of course. He tried to make trouble between Sean and me but things worked out all right in the end.

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