May 16, 2017

RLFblog is now on the powerful Wordpress #RLFblog #authors

Join us on our powerful new Wordpress site and discover authors and books every day.

This is the last day of posts on the old Romance Lives Forever blog site.

It's been home since 2009 and a wonderful place to learn about authors and new books. There have been well over 1500 posts and untold number of readers. I look forward to visiting every day. 

As of tomorrow, May 17, 2017, the hashtag #RLFblog is moving to its new location on the Wordpress platform. I'd love for you to come over, follow the blog via RSS, email or social media.

The new site allows easier navigation, better interface with social media, and enhanced features on the back end. On Blogspot, if I want to change something about a keyword that's been used on several posts, I must go to each individual post. On Wordpress, I simply go to the list of keywords, change it once and it changes on all the posts at once. There are many other features, best of which is that I own the domain name and I can decide what to host, what to share, and how to share it.

The new site permits a dropdown menu with subheadings. If I want to see what books are in the Military Romance category, I can point to the word Romance at the top, and a dropdown menu shows up. I can then choose Military from the list. But surprise! When I point to Military, it shows a sub-category of its own: SEALs. The same way in Paranormal, where it shows Ghost and Shapeshifter. There's also an enhanced search feature at the top left of each page. Entering a book title or an author name will bring up every mention of it on the site. Come try it out!

Authors - come see the new site

Authors, be sure to sign up on the new site for a spot on the blog. All posts on this site with active books were moved to the new site. 

While I'm saying good-bye to Blogspot, it is a fond farewell and a grateful one. This site was home for many years and I honed my blogging chops here. Now, it's time to move onward and upward. Farewell, Blogspot, and thank you.

The new site will have the same social media connections (with enhanced sharing) plus be connected to Triberr and have an even better reach there.

I want to send a shout-out to Dee Owen at Personalized Marketing, Inc. who helped me design and implement the new site. I could not have done this without her. If you need help with a website, blog, or you want expert marketing assistance, don't hesitate to contact her. Do tell her Kayelle Allen sent you. You'll get a nice discount.

Visit the new Wordpress site

~ Kayelle Allen

May 13, 2017

Blogging Gem: Susan V Vaughn @susanvaughn1124 #RLFblog #contemporary romance

In preparation for the move from Blogspot to Wordpress, I'm sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the last few weeks, I've showcased a different author.

2016 Star Blogger: Susan V Vaughn

Sabrina has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog twenty-two times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was Blogger of the Year in 2015. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author's post receives.
I'm proud to present Susan with the 2016 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2016 were Livia Quinn, Vicki Batman, Collette Cameron, Jackie Weger, Tina Donahue, Regina Kammer, Nicole Morgan
My thanks to each of them for making Romance Lives Forever a great place to find authors and books.

Susan V Vaughn’s latest book

Beyond Fate
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Inkspell

Susan Vaughn Social Media

Romance Author Susan Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

May 12, 2017

When Humans Fail Hope - Rana: Teenage Queen #scifi #romance #RLFblog

Liza shares a bit of history.
Why did humans come to Hope?
Because they not only destroyed Earth but then they ruined the first planet they escaped to, which called originally called Hope (then renamed it Hopeless as it became crammed full of formally rich and totally useless people). Always the optimist, or perhaps, simply lacking creativity, they name this planet Hope as well.
What did the fairies think about them naming their planet Hope?
They couldn't care less. Frankly, naming a planet just seemed silly. But it amused them enough that they would name little rocks silly names like 'Rocky', paint them and give them to each other on the human's silly holiday.
Since when the ship first arrived, the Fairies welcomed them and let them name the planet, the humans assumed they were the new masters. The three to four foot tall fairies, who looked like humans, since their wings were hidden, had happy demeanors and were most helpful finding them nice places to live. Thus, the humans were not frightened by the little people. In fact, due to a serious shortage of human women, the men were most happy to mate with the taller of the little women.
And this is exactly how Rana, our soon to be Teenage Queen came to be. Her father was a human, but her mother was a powerful fairy, and so is Rana. She'll need it for the troubles ahead.
Rana is only sixteen when she becomes queen. Her first challenge is to quell an internal coup while a massive army storms the gates of her castle. Her enemies believe her to be a child, but she has powers they've never suspected. She also has great dreams for her people, and she will do whatever is necessary to make them happen, even marrying a prince she does not want.

Liza O'Connor Social Media

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She's an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

May 11, 2017

#Fundraiser Her First Knight by @liviaquinn #RLFblog #military #romance benefits #veterans in May

May sales of Her First Knight by Livia Quinn go to veterans charities.
He's a veteran and a billionaire with a passion for soldiers. But will it cost him everything? Her First Knight by Livia Quinn.
Today's featured book is Her First Knight, a military romance by Livia Quinn, a May fundraiser for veterans.
Billionaire ex-soldier and CEO, Ridge Romano's mission is to improve the lives of wounded veterans. With the big vote on his veterans bill coming up before Congress soon, how had he ended up on stage between two cover models with a hundred women shouting, "Take it off, Tucker!?" That's the question his family and friends would be asking tomorrow, that and "Who's Tucker?" If he can only slip away without repercussions.
Buffy Calloway's face and body were recognizable worldwide but the 'face' she's looking for is the face of her franchise. Interviewing cover models at the D.C. conference, she finds 'her man'. Tucker - the late arrival - has the 'je ne sais quoi' that will make her talent agency and photography studio an immediate success.
The Calloways have always known what they wanted and Buffy knows he's 'the one'. There's just one problem. Ridge laughs at the notion of himself as a cover model. He has more important priorities. Who is Buffy to argue with such a noble cause, but she's determined to show Ridge he has underestimated the influence of a vast romance community.
Her First Knight's Genre: Military Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
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Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia Quinn is a DC native transplanted to the bayou in Louisiana where she lives with Dusty the cajun Pomeranian, her unhandy-man, and the characters from her stories. She's written five books about her big military family and six in the Destiny series.

Is It True: Sayara St Clair @SayaraStClair Hurt Me, Heal Me #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Sayara St Clair, author of Hurt Me Heal Me, an Erotic Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After the death of her Master, Caitlin Bennett discovers years of abuse and sadistic cruelty at his hands have made her a slave to pain. To reach her peak, Cait needs the type of extreme agony few responsible Doms are willing to dole out, especially Doms like Paul Nelson. Willing to offer the love she craves, Paul’s nearly perfect—except for his aversion to the whip.
Paul refuses to hurt Cait, instead attempting to recondition her through patience and trust. But the longer Cait suffers from lack of sexual release, the more she’s convinced her mind and body are irrevocably programmed. And time to convince her otherwise is running out. Waiting in the wings is a newbie Dom who’s determined to have Cait for his own…who’s learning the whip just for her.
Caitlin will soon have to choose—the man who can give her what she wants? Or the man who can give her what she needs?

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.
Is it true:
this is your first book? Yes.
this book is part of a series? Yes, it’s part of the Dante’s Purgatory Series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Oh yes, I did indeed. My characters love waking me up at 4.30-5.00 am with fantastic bits of dialogue that I can’t ignore. I think it’s to get back at me for all the trauma I put them through.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I spent a lot of time researching shibari/kinbaku techniques. Sometimes, though, I’d get a bit lost staring at beautiful, evocative photos of people tied up in rope. Oh well, I’m only human.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No, they’re all human…well, except for Ivan (Caitlin’s sadistic ex-Master). He’s barely human.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It falls into the categories of Erotica as well as Contemporary Romance.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. I learnt Italian at school and I remember some of that. And now, I’m learning to speak Thai.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I was born in Australia, but about eight years ago, I moved to Thailand. Let’s just say, extreme culture shock ensued.
you love to read?
YES! I’m a voracious little bookworm.
you are never late?
No. I used to be on time for everything. And now that I have my own family, we are late for every. Single. Thing.
you love pizza?
Yes. If it has meat/chicken, pineapple and chilli on it, I’m happy. You give me something that’s called seafood in the shape of sticks, I’m gonna get cross.
you love sushi?
No. I prefer my food cooked to within an inch of its life.
you have a pet?
Yes, I have fish. I used to have dogs back home, but unfortunately my tiny Thai garden isn’t suitable for puppies. The kind of puppies I like—the ones I used to have—are Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs. They would tear this place up before I could blink!
Where can we find your book online?

Sayara St. Clair Social Media

Sayara St. Clair is an erotic romance author who writes intense, emotionally charged tales, featuring dominant alpha males sporting either fangs or floggers.
Sayara has a Science Degree, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Working in both the fields of Serology and Tissue Banking, she got to do lots of cool and sometimes slightly weird stuff. She was employed as the Manager/Buyer for Furniture Retail stores, where she had a chance to unleash her inner Interior Decorator. And for a time, she taught English to students in Asia. Now she’s a writer and has discovered it’s her favorite thing to do. She’s also learned that writing sultry romantic fiction is so much more fun than writing dry old scientific journal articles.
When she’s not writing, she may be most commonly found on the sofa reading, in the kitchen baking, or in the garden planting. She loves eighties music and is prone to spontaneous bouts of dancing.

A Raging Madness by Jude Knight @JudeKnightBooks #RLFblog #historical

A Raging Madness, Jude Knight: counterfeit marriage, real enemies. Their marriage is fiction. Their enemies are real. Ella has survived abuse and scorn. Alex is a broken-down soldier. They must face their past to find their future.

Filters Are for Water and Coffee

"Show. Don't tell." Every writer has heard this mantra. Filter words are all about telling. They're verbs that take the reader one step away from experiencing life as your POV character. Leah Wohl-Pollack of Invisible Ink Editing gives this list:
to see
to hear
to think
to touch
to wonder
to realize
to watch
to look
to seem
to feel (or feel like)
to decide
to know
to sound like
to notice
to be able to
to note
to experience
to remember
If your POV character is doing any of these, you're telling, not showing. So when I edit, I do a search on each of these words and its variants, evaluating them to see if I'm pulling the reader out of the action. For example, in one draft I found:
Alex was managing to smile, though he looked pale. She went to place a comforting hand on his shoulder then realized how gory her hands were, and instead bent to lay her lips against his forehead.
This became:
Alex managed a smile, though all the color had leeched from his skin, which was slick with sweat. She went to place a comforting hand on his shoulder then stilled her gory hands and instead bent to lay her lips against his forehead.
It's a great tip. For more, just Google 'filter words'.

Today's featured book is A Raging Madness, a historical romance by Jude Knight.
Ella survived an abusive and philandering husband, in-laws who hate her, and public scorn. But she's not sure she will survive love. It is too late to guard her heart from the man forced to pretend he has married such a disreputable widow, but at least she will not burden him with feelings he can never return.
Alex understands his supposed wife never wishes to remarry. And if she had chosen to wed, it would not have been to him. He should have wooed her when he was whole, when he could have had her love, not her pity. But it is too late now. She looks at him and sees a broken man. Perhaps she will learn to bear him.
In their masquerade of a marriage, Ella and Alex soon discover they are more well-matched than they expected. But then the couple's blossoming trust is ripped apart by a malicious enemy. Two lost souls must together face the demons of their past to save their lives and give their love a future.

A Raging Madness's genre: historical romance

Jude Knight Social Media

Jude Knight's writing goal is to transport readers to another time, another place, where they can enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, delight in a happy ending, and return from their virtual holiday refreshed and ready for anything.
She writes historical novels, novellas, and short stories, mostly set in the early 19th Century. She writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you'll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humor.

May 10, 2017

Discover Alina K Field's new Regency Romance @AlinaKField #RLFblog #historical

Welcome Alina K Field, author of The Bastard's Iberian Bride, a new Regency Romance.
Why did you write this book?
I had a secondary character in one of my earlier books who stuck with me and demanded his own romantic adventure. As it turned out, Bink Gibson was an illegitimate son of an earl who served as a spy lord for England during the Napoleonic wars. While I like all the titled gentlemen who populate the Regency world, I had a great deal of fun writing a character who doesn't quite fit in with his aristocratic father and siblings. The Bastard's Iberian Bride is the first book in a series I'm calling Sons of the Spy Lord.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love historical romances, the more adventurous, the better.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
If I may have two: William Doyle, who appears in several of Joanna Bourne's books, and is the hero of her book The Forbidden Rose, and Loretta Chase's Rupert Carsington, the hero of her book Mr. Impossible.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm cleaning up Book 2 in the Sons of the Spy Lord series, doing final revisions.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I'll be releasing the second book in this series in late summer 2017, and the third book around the end of 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Historical Romance,
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daughter of spies
For a chance at true freedom, Paulette Heardwyn needs the fortune left her by her inscrutable father. But she doesn't know what it is, where it is, or how to find it, and the only man with answers, the Earl of Shaldon, takes his secrets to the grave. Worse, the dead earl tries to force her marriage to his bastard son—and leaves her prey to a traitor seeking the same treasure she's after.
Soldier, Steward, Bastard
Bink Gibson is ready to throw off his quiet life as steward to his old commander and head for India and the chance of prosperity. But before he can leave he's summoned to the deathbed of the Earl of Shaldon, a meddling spymaster, a complete stranger…and his father.
And the Earl has set a trap Bink will never be able to resist.

Alina K Field Social Media

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 several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer's Best winner, Rosalyn's Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers.

May 9, 2017

Is It True: Her Cyborg Lover by Anne Kane @annekane #RLFblog #scifi romance

Play Is It True with today's guest Anne Kane, author of Her Cyborg Lover, a Science Fiction Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about your book.
Natalie’s loved and lost and she’s not so sure she wants to risk her heart again. She’s willing to settle for a challenging career as a space-pilot instructor and a succession of no-strings attached lovers. But that’s before her boss saddles her with the last thing she wants—a new partner.
Jebediah recognizes his perfect match in Natalie from the moment she seduces him on a dare. Everything that makes her a top-notch pilot, from her fearlessness to her passion, make a night in her bed both challenging and unforgettable.
A dangerous confrontation with a brutal enemy, an exploding drive engine and a traitor close to home throw everything into perspective. Natalie is going to have to put the past behind her and risk it all, because when your partner is also your lover, failure is not an option.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No! I think it’s about my thirtieth. Of course there were some really short stories mixed in, and a number of anthologies so I could be wrong. Or right. There’s always a chance I’m right!
this book is part of a series?
Yes, this is the first book in the Terras Five series featuring lots of hot alpha male heroes, who just happen to be cyborgs.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. On the contrary, I was quite happy to fall blissfully asleep and dream about having my very own cyborg lover.
you did research for this book?
Umm. Sure. I sent out an intergalactic call for information on the development of a rumored cyborg colony with human ancestry. Imagine my surprise when they returned my call! Please don’t tell my children. They already think I’m a little strange.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes. Definitely! Spike is not human. He is a miniature dragon with the loyalty of a cat. Yup. That means exactly what you think.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It has science fiction and romance and cyborgs and futuristic. That’s lots for one book, don’t you think?
you speak more than one language?
No. Nein. Nyente. Non. Het. Nada. Nao. Nem.
you grew up where you live now?
**Snort** Hardly. As a kid I moved a lot, and then I became an adult and acquired the ability to move across entire continents in a single, stressful, insane move. Just FYI, I have no intention of ever moving again. Ever.
you love to read?
you are never late?
True. I was once characterized as chronically early. And in case you were wondering, it’s not hereditary. I have two children who prove that on a regular basis.
you love pizza?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?
No. I have a spoiled little rescue mutt, and a Himalayan cat with a God complex.
Where can we find your book online?

Anne Kane Social Media

Anne is a gorgeous supermodel who writes romance in her spare time while jetting around Europe with a string of boy-toys in tow.
Hmmm... no one is going to believe that. How about this?
Anne is an undercover agent for a super secret government agency and when not saving the world for democracy and all the good people, she writes romance one-handed on a special mini computer designed by a mad scientist just for her.
Yeah, that sounds way better. So, ignore the people who tell you she's just an ordinary person with an extraordinary imagination. They're just jealous because she gets to play with James Bond and vacation in exotic locations.
When she's not busy saving the world or writing the next great novel, she likes to kayak, hike, ride motorcycles, swim, skate, practice karate, play her guitar, sing and of course, read.
Twitter www.twittercom/annekane
Facebook www.facebookcom/
Amazon Author Page

May 8, 2017

The Bride Tournament by Ruth Kaufman @ruthkaufman #RLFblog #historical

Today's featured book is The Bride Tourmanent by Ruth Kaufman.
Genre historical romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lady Eleanor de la Tour’s life turns upside down on her wedding day. Instead of her betrothed, she must wed the new earl, to whom the king has given his title and lands. Though Richard Courtenay is handsome and intriguing, she wants the man she loves and chose. And Richard pursues alchemy, anathema to her because the obsession to turn base metals into gold is destroying her father.
Richard needs and wants to stay wed to Eleanor to uncover her father’s alchemy secrets. He vows to win her even as she arranges a bride tournament to find him a better and willing wife. Can they attain what they most desire?
Publisher Ruth J. Kaufman

Ruth Kaufman Social Media

Ruth Kaufman is a Chicago Amazon bestselling author, on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance editor and speaker with a J.D. who enjoys chocolate peanut butter milkshakes and singing in a symphony chorus.
The Bride Tournament, the third standalone book in her Wars of the Roses Brides series, joins At His Command and Follow Your Heart. Writing accolades include Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® winner and runner up in RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest.

She’s had roles in indie features, web series and national TV commercials, and has voiced hundreds of explainer videos, e-learning courses, commercials and assorted characters.
Amazon Author Page

May 7, 2017

It Takes a Cat Burglar by Cailin Briste @CailinBriste #RLFblog #SciFi #Romance

He's a thief, a cat burglar, training her to become his partner not his lover. She intends to steal his heart. Welcome Cailin Briste, author of It Takes a Cat Burglar, a new sci-fi romance.
Why did you write this book?
It Takes a Cat Burglar began with a prompt in a Goodreads group writing event. The characters wouldn't keep to the prompts story line, so I put it aside and wrote another story for the group. I had thought of including it in a boxed set, but when that fell through I decided to self-publish the novella. Now I intend to write additional A Thief in Love Romances and make a series.
What is your favorite genre to read?
If you go by the number of books on my kindle, historical romance wins by a landslide, Regency romance in particular. I love the fantasy aspect of many of these novels.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My favorite character comes from the Foreigner series by C. J. Cherryh. Bren Cameron is the only human allowed to interact with the Atevi. Humans landed on the Atevi planet after a disaster separated them from human space. He's supposed to be writing a dictionary that will allow the two species to talk effectively to one another. A difficult task because the Atevi are wired completely differently from humans. In the first book someone tries to kill him, and the entire series (20 books) is set in motion. I love his struggle to communicate, to find the words that have meaning to humans and Atevi, to keep the delicately balanced peace between the two species.
What are you working on at the moment?
My works in progress include a novella for the next SFR Shooting Stars anthology, the Cosmic Love Cabaret. It's the love story of Master Trey from the first Sons of Tallav book Shane: Marshal of Tallav. He was a Dom at the Opio Institute, a sex school, but now works at the Whip Hand, a BDSM club. He's been delegated the task of explaining dominance and submission to the newly hired creative director of the Whip Hand's cabaret.
I'm also about a third of the way into Rand: Son of Tallav, the third book in the Sons of Tallav series. It's the story of Randolph, the owner of the Whip Hand, and best friends of Shane and Maon, characters from the first two books. He's a sadist, so this book is taking a lot of thought.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
The Cosmic Love Cabaret boxed set will be available for pre-order in September and released in October.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Sci-fi Romance, Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Darcelle Lebeau throws off the invisible chains that keep her bound to her family, she discovers a new vocation. Tempted to enter the illegal playground of a man she nicknames Matou, she becomes a cat burglar in training. Deeply ensnared with each task he entices her to fulfill, she fails to discover his identity and true intentions.
Sebastian St. Croix, a wealthy businessman, has a dark side. He's a thief, a cat burglar who steals art and historical objects. For one year, he trains Darcelle to become his assistant, remaining incognito, observing her from afar. His admiration grows along with his desire for her with every phase-one challenge she completes. Phase two will test the limits of his control. Hands-on personal training? Yes. Sex? No. With his sister's happiness at stake, nothing, not even the tempting Darcelle Lebeau, can interfere with accomplishing the biggest break-in of his career.

Cailin Briste Social Media

Cailin has been writing fiction for six years and non-fiction for two decades. Her non-fiction work has been published in magazines and in a non-fiction anthology. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter, and the RWA Passionate Ink Chapter.
Cailin likes to flip convention on its head, creating a universe in which each planet is a study in different what ifs. What would happen to alpha men on a matriarchal planet? How would society handle it if girls born on their new planet developed empathic senses?
Street Team
Amazon Author Page

May 6, 2017

Star Blogger 2015: Sabrina York @sabrina_york #RLFblog #historical

In preparation for the move from Blogspot to Wordpress, I'm sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I'll showcase a different author.
2015 Star Blogger: Sabrina York
Sabrina has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog twenty-two times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was Blogger of the Year in 2015. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author's post receives.
I'm proud to present Sabrina with the 2015 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2015 were Collette Cameron, Paula Millhouse, Vicky Burkholder, KT Black, Rebecca Hunter, Mae Clair, KT Black, Susan V Vaughn, and Barbara White Daille.
Authors who appeared frequently during 2015 included Brita Addams, Cynthia Sax, Daisy Banks, DP Denman, Heather Boyd, Kim Iverson Headlee, Kristina Knight, and Lauren Linwood.
My thanks to each of them for making Romance Lives Forever a great place to find authors and books.

About Sabrina York

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet and sexy to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up.

Sabrina York's latest book

Susana and the Scot (Untamed Highlanders)
New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York carries readers back to the wild Scottish Highlands in Susana and the Scot, where the bravest of men surrender to no one-except the boldest of women...
Scotland, 1813.
A Scandalous Temptation
Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he's ever met...
An Undeniable Passion
With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option...

Coming next Saturday...Top Blogger for 2016. Come back and see who it is! Visit the new blog - still under construction: RLFblog. Since the hashtag is #RLFblog, that's the url for the new site. It will keep the name Romance Lives Forever.

May 5, 2017

The Rose Hunter by Ciara Gold @ciaragold #RLFblog #fantasy

Today's featured book is The Rose Hunter, a Victorian Fantasy Romance by Ciara Gold.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lucian Willshire is plagued by thoughts of a fae world and the disappearance of his aunt some nineteen years past, but when his friend drags him back to Hamingjur Castle, he stumbles into Alfheim Haven once more where mystical beings become more than a distant memory.
Lyerra Ahdia is baffled by the sudden emotional changes she's experiencing until she discovers she's the only witch to suffer "the change" since her mother stole the Rose, a special talisman with the power to perpetuate life among those in her coven. Tasked with finding and bringing the Rose home, she begs Lucian's help in navigating the human realm. Against his better judgement, he agrees.
Though neither set out to find anything except the Rose, fate has other plans. Will love be more elusive than hunting the Rose?
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About 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.

May 4, 2017

Unnatural Allies (Shifting Alliances 2) Shari Elder @sharielderbooks #RLFblog #PNR #romance

Welcome Shari Elder author of Unnatural Allies, a new Paranormal Romance. In an off-kilter world, a wolf and rat shifter find love in Shari Elder's Unnatural Allies. But a wolf and rat cannot mate, no matter the human attraction.
Why did you write this book?
Last year, Evernight published my novel, Shifter Trials. Although I had not planned for it to be part of a series, two of the secondary characters in the book—the wolf beta and heroine's best friend, and a rat alpha – started bucking for their own story. Then I fell in love with the idea of a love story between a rat and a wolf. I like to push at rules, and this story definitely does that.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love science fiction, fantasy and paranormal stories, romance and non-romance. I just love to see how writers create new worlds, new rules of engagement, new species, and new cultures. It's why I write them as well. I also love mysteries. Like romances with their HEAs, mysteries have to tie up the story by the end as well.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I have to share two, because I always like to have to have a male and a female. The first is Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings. He's not the hero, yet the final victory (and happy ending) would not have succeeded without him. He's the best friend, the sidekick, the shadow, on which the hero's success ultimately rests. He's a unique character, often overlooked, because his evolution is to become his best self, beyond what he thought he could be. And he gets the girl in the end.
The second is Ms.Jane Marple, because I adore the quiet, older character that everyone ignores. Yet it she who sees and hears everything, and ultimately is the only one who can figure it out. Reliable, loyal and kind, with depth and intelligence that comes out quietly in the acts of day to day life. Like Sam.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a science fiction romance novel called the Scent of Memory, which is book 2 in my Green Rising Series. In this novel, a rebel computer genius is reunited with her fiancée, who she believed to be dead from a mining accident. Instead, he was rebuilt as a cyborg and had his memories wiped.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition, to the Scent of Memory, I am also working on book 3 in Shifting Alliances, where shifters continue their battle against the fae (see blurb below). In this novel, a cougar shifter and a fae man find love. I also plan to write a holiday Hannukah story.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A World in Transition
Violent fae encroachment on shifter land is heating up. With death tolls rising, the impossible becomes necessary – an alliance among predator and prey shifters.
An Inconceivable Love
Nicca Baron, lone wolf and wolf clan beta, finds herself under the command of Evan Grant, the rat alpha. In different circumstances, he'd be dinner. Or so her wolf keeps reminding her. Evan proves to be a perceptive leader, a skilled fighter and irresistible to her lonely heart.
To rule the rats, you have to rule the pack. Evan is a whiz at managing people and groups. Until he finds himself leading a mission made up of every single large animal that thrives on rat flesh. And not the kind between his legs. The only bright light is Nicca. Her storm gray eyes miss nothing, her brilliant mind comprehends everything and her succulent curves offer the perfect place for a rat to nestle.
An Impossible Future
In each other's arms, Nicca and Evan discover love and a new perspective in an off-kilter world. But a wolf cannot mate with a rat, no matter the strength of the human attraction.

Shari Elder Social Media

Hello, I'm Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.
At night, the other Shari emerges. I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her furry minions). As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.
In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can't resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one.

May 3, 2017

Words and Dreams by Laura Strickland #RLFblog #historicalromance

Welcome Laura Strickland author of Words and Dreams, a new Historical Romance.
Why did you write this book?
This book is part of a series that began with The Wild Rose Press's "Lobster Cove" project. I wrote the first book, "The White Gull" and the second, "Forged By Love" as parts of that fun series. "Forged By Love" won the International Digital Award for short historical romance, and readers fell in love with a secondary character, Dorothea Sinclair. This book, "Words and Dreams" tells Dorothea's story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Must I choose one? I love humorous fantasy, which includes Steampunk Romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Granny Weatherwax from Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm working on writing book six of my Buffalo Steampunk Adventure series, which will be called "Tough Prospect: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure" (and I'm loving it!)
What books will we see from you in coming months?
My next book, which will be released on June 16, 2017, is book five of my Steampunk series, and is called "Steel Kisses: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure".
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):PG
Dorothea Sinclair has left her small home town in Maine and come to Boston to begin a career as a newspaper reporter. But so far her job on the Guardian has proved disappointing. More skivvy than reporter, she's even been subjected to a humiliating proposition from the chief editor's son. She needs a break but never expects it might come from a chance meeting with an Irish ruffian.
There's a great deal of injustice in Boston, and O'Hare, embroiled in his fight for equality on behalf of Boston's Irish, is well aware of it. When he rescues Dorothea's hat on the waterfront, he's surprised to learn she's a reporter. And when she offers him the opportunity to state his case in the Guardian, what can he do but accept? It's the perfect chance to put his dreams into his own words—and the only sure way to see her again.

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Laura Strickland Social Media

Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. She has made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, but is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Author of Scottish romances Devil Black, His Wicked Highland Ways, Honor Bound: A Highland Adventure and The Hiring Fair as well as The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy consisting of Daughter of Sherwood, Champion of Sherwood and Lord of Sherwood, she has also published three Steampunk romances, Dead Handsome: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure, Off Kilter: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure and Sheer Madness: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure as well as two Christmas novellas: The Tenth Suitor and Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship, a Valentine's novella: Ask me and a ghost story, Awake on Garland Street. Her Lobster Cove Historical Romances include The White Gull and the novella, Forged By Love. Words and Dreams is her seventeenth book with The Wild Rose press.
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May 2, 2017

Famous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #contemporary

Welcome Kristina Knight author of Famous in a Small Town, a new Contemporary Romance.
Why did you write this book?
Famous in a Small Town is the first book in my new small town series, set in the fictional town of Slippery Rock, Missouri. I wanted to write about the kind of place where I grew up. I had this idea about what might happen to a few hometown football heroes, who were now back in their small town and figuring out what was next for them. And that's where the characters basically took over. I'm so excited for this series, not just because of the location (a small lake town in Missouri) but because the characters are so real to me. I hope readers fall in love with them, like I did.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I don't know that I have a favorite, although I probably read contemporary romances more than any other. But I love cozy mysteries, historicals, and I've found a renewed interest in memoirs the past few months. So, I guess my favorite genre is whatever I happen to be reading at this moment (and right now I'm reading a memoir and a contemporary at the same time!).
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
There are so many! I adore Mr. Darcy, and I have serious feelings for Inigo from The Princess Bride, and I can't leave out Justin from Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans series. . .I think my favorite, though, is Jo from Little Women. I always thought I was a little like her – a little too bookish, a little tomboyish, a little sarcastic. Although she does speak her mind much more often than I ever have. Hmm, maybe I need to be more like Jo!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm finishing up book 4 in the Slippery Rock series, Levi and Camden's book, and I'll start on a novella for the series in another couple of weeks – yay, more Slippery Rock books!
What books will we see from you in coming months?
You're going to see all the Slippery Rock books! Famous is the first, and stars Collin Tyler and Savannah Walters. Then in July book two releases, Rebel in a Small Town, featuring Slippery Rock's acting sheriff, James Calhoun and Mara Tyler (Collin's sister). Then, in September, book 3 releases, Breakup in a Small Town. Book 3 features married-but-on-the-rocks Adam and Jenny. And then, in December, you'll get book 4, featuring Levi Walters (Savannah's older brother) and Camden Harris, a new arrival to town. And, I don't have a release date or a title yet, but Aiden, Adam's twin, will get his own novella some time in the fall. He'll be paired up with Savannah's wedding planner. Julia Colson.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Famous in a Small Town is a contemporary romance with a friends-to-lovers theme. Savannah is Collin's best friend's sister, and is running from a bit of a scandal. Collin has never run from anything in his life, so he doesn't understand A) why Savannah's back in town or B) why he can't stop thinking about a woman he knows won't be staying around for long. He is rooted very deeply in Slippery Rock, but he can't stay away from Savannah....
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.
His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

Kristina Knight Social Media

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. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!
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May 1, 2017

#Romance Lives Forever @VickiBatman @susanvaughn #RLFblog

The Top Blogger for this month is Vicki Batman, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Top Blogger of 2016 was Susan V Vaughn, who won a year of free advertising for 2017.

About Vicki Batman

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by cumulative page views, including return and unique visits.

Congratulations to each one!
1. Vicki Batman
2. Veronica Scott
3. Susan Vaughn
4. Caroline Warfield
5. JP Adkins
Honorable mention: Jennifer E Subject, Jennifer Loring

Top Chatters for the Month

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author's). There can be up to three winners.
This month's winners are:
Susan V Vaughn
Marianne Rice

Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. May 17th the blog moves to its new Wordpress home. All links on the current blog will remain active. 

Each post is featured on the Romance Lives Forever Pinterest board within a few days after it goes live.

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May - June
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first name are:
Alexa Aston, April Wood, Barbara White Daille, Ciara Gold, Collette Cameron, Cynthia Sax, DP Denman, Grace Risata, Houston Havens, Izzy Szyn, Jennifer Allis Provost, Kate Hill, Kristina Knight, Lauren Linwood, Livia Quinn, LM Brown, Marianne Rice, NJ Walters, Saraya St Clair, Marilyn Baron