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.

About Pride and Fall

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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January 13, 2017

Saving Hope by @lsfabre #Russian #Thriller #Romance #RLFblog

Welcome Liese Sherwood-Fabre, author of Saving Hope, a thriller with romantic elements re-release.
Why did you write this book?
This story's inception involved two elements: a copy of Richard Preston's March 9, 1998 New Yorker article "Annals of Warfare: TheBioweaponeers," and my work in Russia. Preston's article was about the country of Iran hiring unemployed scientists from the Soviet Union's bioweapons program. It made me speculate on why someone would go to work for another country in this field. I came up with an unemployed scientist with a very sick daughter who saw this job as the only way to get the care the daughter needed. I didn't work in the area of bioweapons or even with the military, but I did work in the field of healthcare and was familiar with the state of the Russian medical field following the fall of the Soviet Union.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Mystery/thriller—by far.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Oh, so many. Maybe Scarlet O'Hara because of her strong character. No one was going to stop her from getting her way—not the Yankees, the carpet-baggers, or even the war.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just completed a sequel to a book I wrote on Sherlock Holmes at 13 (he turns 14 at the end of the sequel). The first is with my agent. I'm now considering my next project.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition to this re-release (the original publisher, Musa Publishing, folded and so I'm bringing it out myself), I have a book of essays on The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes. It describes aspects of Victorian England presented in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
I also have a short story in an anthology, Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures. The collection shares stories of Sherlock Holmes in alternate universes. In mine, the world is inhabited by vampyres, and Holmes is called in to solve a very gruesome murder of one.
Please tell us about your latest book.

About Saving Hope

Genre Thriller with romantic elements
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
NYT Bestseller Steve Berry described Saving Hope as "a tantalizing premise that toys with the most basic of emotions—a parent's drive to save their child." And Chanticleer Reviews gave it four stars. "This reviewer's heart was pounding as the final pages of this book flew under her fingers at 2:30 in the morning."
In one of Siberia's formerly closed cities, Alexandra Pavlova, an unemployed microbiologist, struggles to save her daughter's life. When she turns to Vladimir, her oldest friend, for help, she's drawn into Russia's underworld. His business dealings with the Iranians come to the attention of Sergei Borisov, an FSB (formerly the KGB) agent. Alexandra finds herself joining forces with Sergei to stop the export of a deadly virus in a race to save both her daughter and the world.
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January 12, 2017

A Year of Light and Shadows in Scotland #Romance #Mystery @helenafairfax #RLFblog

Helena Fairfax writes contemporary romances with strong heroines and heroes she's secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global Ebook Awards, the I Heart Indie Awards, and the UK's Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme Award.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She's grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.

Interview with Helena Fairfax

Why did you write this book?
A couple of years ago I submitted a short story for an anthology of romantic suspense. The only guidelines we were given was that the story should be set "somewhere hot". I normally write contemporary romance but as soon as I saw the call for submissions I was hit with an idea for a suspense that I just had to write.
Sadly the anthology didn't go ahead but the agent involved loved my story, and she suggested I expand it into a novella.
I was more than happy to return to my hot bodyguard hero in the Mediterranean :) – and so that's how Palace of Deception, the first novella in this present trilogy, came about. Once the novella was finished, I kept wondering what would happen to my Mediterranean bodyguard when he came to live in the heroine's home in chilly Scotland. I had to find out – and so I wrote a second novella called The Scottish Diamond.
Both novellas now form this present release – A Year of Light and Shadows – along with a short story that rounds off the hero and heroine's year of mystery and romance.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Besides loving contemporary romance, I also read lots and lots of other genres – literary fiction, crime, thrillers, sci fi, even graphic novels. I just love to read!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Wow, that is a really, really hard question. I love Georgette Heyer and so I think I'll pick one of her heroines. So many great ones to choose from, but I'll plump for Kitty Charings from Cotillion. She's funny and spirited and generous, and goes from scrape to scrape, and her long-suffering fiancé is one of my favourite heroes ever.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm back to working on a contemporary romance. I have a novel set in a hotel in the beautiful Lake District in the north of England which I hope to release next year.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Year of Light and Shadows
From the heat of the Mediterranean....
When the Princess of Montverrier goes missing, Lizzie Smith takes on the acting job of her life. Alone and surrounded by intrigue in the Royal Palace, she relies on her quiet bodyguard, Léon. But who is he really protecting? Lizzie...or the Princess?
To the heart of Scotland...
Home in Scotland, Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth and finds danger stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. She turns to her former bodyguard, Léon, for help...and discovers a secret he'd do anything not to reveal.
A story of mystery and romance...
The approach of Hogmanay in Edinburgh means a new year and new resolutions. Lizzie and Léon have put their year of danger behind them. But something is still troubling Léon, and Lizzie fears the worst...

About A Year of Light and Shadows

Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Helena Fairfax
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

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January 11, 2017

Hot Cowboys, Proud Heroines @maryjdressel #western #romance #RLFblog

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel found her niche when she began writing in the contemporary western romance genre. More books are on the horizon. She dabbles in the paranormal genre and has written two time-travel romance novels, which are now out of print.
She lives in Michigan, U.S.A., and is a mom to two sons and a new daughter-in-law. Her career was in education working with children with learning disabilities and Title One programs—at the elementary and middle school levels. She's taught creative writing for a college leisure program.
Besides writing, Mary enjoys photography, reading, going to the opera, having dinner with friends, and traveling. Her dream came true when she retired and became a full-time writer. Her Double Feature today highlights two books from the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight.

About Heartbreak's Reward, #2

Genre Contemporary western romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rancher Jase Carlson doesn't understand the ache in the hollow of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn't follow the court rules where his children are concerned, which makes him even more pissed off. Harboring a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn't a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a quick-tempered, sexy blonde. He can't allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after he's coerced into spending time alone with her. Fighting the torturous battle going on within his own mind and body, he can either deal with it—or succumb to the woman who appears to be everything he didn't know he needed.
In an attempt to save her rebellious teen sister from herself—as her guardian, Brenna Page leaves everything behind and moves to Canyon Junction, Arizona. When she unexpectedly meets a hot-headed cowboy with intense blue eyes and muscles to die for, the first thing she wants to do is get away. Since she can't seem to shake him, Brenna wonders if that same grudge-filled cowboy with an attitude is someone worth taking on. But still dealing with painful memories, and a sister who wants nothing to do with Arizona, the last thing she needs right now is a horse ranching cowboy interfering.
One wrong turn. Two broken families. Brought together by chance and need.

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About Of the Cowboy's Own Accord, #3

Genre Contemporary western romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Army Ranger Dane Carlson never means to fall in love before leaving for another tour of duty, but unexpectedly, he does. While deployed, he finds himself being sent home early to the family ranch to make a heartrending decision. Little does he know he isn't the only one making decisions. His first priority is to rekindle the flame after losing communication with Gracelyn Clark. The woman who owns his heart and has since the moment their gaze connects. But, now nothing is the same as when they met.
The first round of news is surprise enough, yet Gracelyn continues to release shocking information detrimental to their future. Can they make it work after so few days together seven months ago? Adjusting to many new things in his life isn't easy as it is, so to pull himself back to the man he's become could be the biggest test of all—in order to protect his own.
Challenges abound even as Dane and Gracelyn come to terms with the decisions they've made. Whatever tomorrow brings, their only choice is acceptance—to take one day at a time and face life as it comes.

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January 10, 2017

Wish Upon a Waltz by @alannalucas27 #RLFblog #regency #romance

Today's featured book is Wish Upon a Waltz by Alanna Lucas.

About Wish Upon a Waltz

Genre Historical Romance- Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Quiet lady’s companion Anastasia Quintin understands her place in society and wishes for no more than the life she has undertaken…until a fateful house party for the Earl of Huntingdon gives her one night, one dance, one chance at all of her discarded hopes and dreams. 
One Night, One Dance, One Chance
At twenty-five, Anastasia Quintin has resigned herself to live in quiet seclusion as companion to Miss Albryght, but one lost wager by her headstrong bookworm of a mistress soon requires Anastasia’s return to the society from which she hides. Her first event in eight years is to be a house party in honor of the recently entitled Earl of Huntingdon, hosted by his haughty old grandmother.
Having come to his title by tragedy, the handsome Huntingdon is new to the ton, but he is not new to Anastasia. Dante St. Clair is the very man who long ago stole her heart and thereafter dashed all her hopes and dreams. He is the man she must never let discover her identity, but whom she can no more avoid than a moth can a flame. One waltz will destroy her, and for it, Anastasia will risk everything...and win.

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About Alanna Lucas

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

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January 9, 2017

Embraced by a Rogue #Regency #Romance @Collette_Author

Embraced by a Rogue: A Trilogy of Enticing Second Chance Romances
True love deserves a second chance.
For the first time ever, bestselling, award winning historical romance author Collette Cameron offers A Waltz with a Rogue Novellas #1-3 in an emotionally stirring limited edition collection.

About Embraced by a Rogue

Genre Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
One magical night, Fate orchestrates the reunion of three pairs of lovers at the same Regency ball. Beneath a balmy starlit sky, do the wounded rogues and the resilient women who once adored them, dare open their hearts and gamble on love one final time?
A Kiss for Miss Kingsley-A sweet romance of love relinquished and redeemed as once betrothed Allen Wimpleton and Olivia Kingsley meet again after a three year separation only to discover, their love is stronger than ever.
Bride of Falcon-A tender tale of enduring love, Bride of Falcon, unites a clumsy noblewoman resigned to spinsterhood with the man she's loved since girlhood; a penniless soldier who returns to England from India, a disfigured and disillusioned man.
Her Scandalous Wish-When an obligatory marriage offers turns into an unexpected second chance for love, Viscount Kingsley seizes it, but Philomena's desperation-borne acceptance forces her to trust the man who betrayed her once already.

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Publisher Blue Rose Romance LLC

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January 8, 2017

Love in the Boondocks @AdamMannAuthor #RLFblog #romance

Dave is working for a development project with farmer families in remote and distant areas, often mountainous. Very few people speak English, and he works with several translators. He comes across primary school teachers who work in villages in those areas, and one of them who speaks English asks him for help with transport to one of the distant villages. She inadvertently invites herself for accommodation overnight in Dave's small village house.
Kim Anh comes from a family of teachers, and unfortunately is just recovering from a failed marriage, so meeting Dave is quite fortuitous and she instinctively cleans and tidies Dave's kitchen and bedroom.
Kim's departure to her new village is delayed as her transport is not available, until after the forthcoming luni-solar holidays, and she stays another day in Dave's house. The weather grows colder and Dave kindly offers her warmer sleeping facilities!
Kim had found Dave an attractive man when she first met him, but Dave found all young ladies beautiful, until Kim began to blossom under Dave's care.
Initial contact turns to passion and passion to deep love.
Everything works out well until Kim's co-teacher turns up with a baby, a non-husband, and big problems!

About Love in the Boondocks

Genre Fantasy Romance
The word originally military slang used by American soldiers engaging guerrillas in the Philippines before World War II, from Tagalog bundok, mountain, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bunduk, elevated ground. The word has since been used by many others to denote a remote and wild area in any country.

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About Adam Mann

Adam has worked for over 50 years in what is called "developing economies". Most of the time Adam's work has been with the thousands of small scale farmers, who have appreciated sustainable livelihoods, so that they now have enough food to feed themselves, and also some to sell so that they have a cash income. That is why most of Adam's novels are set in these remote locations.
Two years ago Adam finally retired and started writing, and has now produced 25 fantasy romance books nine of which have been published, and sixteen self-published at Smashwords and Amazon KDP.
Adam is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.

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January 7, 2017

All Fired Up (Madison Falls 6) #Romance @Suebeehny #RLFblog

Today's featured book is All Fired Up by Susan Behon, Book 6 in the Madison Falls Series.

About All Fired Up

Genre Contemporary Romance
Heat level
Fire Chief Alex Ross is used to finding himself in dangerous situations. Rescuing a cat stuck up a tree isn't one of them. He's less than thrilled, especially when he finds out that the feline in question was used as a ruse by an amorous old lady on the make…again.
Alex needs a rescue and fate brings him Julie Hanlin, a former damsel in distress he saved the summer before. With a little persuading, Julie plays hero and untangles him from a sticky situation.
The town is abuzz when they catch Alex and Julie on an impromptu date. He thinks it's the local grapevine doing its thing until he notices the ladies are checking him out a little too closely and whispering a touch more than usual.
Julie is caught in her own predicament. Alex thinks her attraction is merely a case of hero worship. Little does he know that he's the center of a secret she thought would never come to light.
Kiss by kiss, Alex wants her more than ever. Julie finally has his attention, but the whole town is watching and once he realizes why, a desire that finally catches flame might go up in smoke.

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About Susan Behon

Susan Behon, author of the Madison Falls series, enjoys creating a world that brings readers love, laughter, and a healthy dose of sexiness. Susan graduated summa cum laude with a B. A. in English from Norfolk State University and is also a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She currently lives in Ohio with her very own romance hero of a husband and their two wonderful daughters.

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January 6, 2017

Essential Magic by @cara_mckinnon #RLFblog #fantasy #romance

Today's featured book is Essential Magic by Cara McKinnon.

About Essential Magic

Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman driven to excel. A man ashamed of his past. A desire that could lead them to bliss...or peril.
Etta Mae Cook, a mountain witch from Appalachia, arrives in London in 1895. Her goal: to study magic. But she steps off the train and into a dangerous world of politics, decadence, and power. Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, and the Fay Clan are waging a silent war. In the balance: the future of spellcraft in the kingdom. Etta's lineage and magical power make her an asset – or a threat – to all three formidable forces.
Her choices skew when she meets Malcolm Seward, a mage of the Fay Clan. He once held a prominent role in society, but a tragic mistake forced him to flee into obscurity. His attraction to Etta draws him back into the fray, but though she's drawn to him in return, she didn't come to England for desire.
Despite her intentions, their passion flares, and Malcolm falls for her. Now, Etta must choose: love, or ambition? Either path could mean the renewal -- or the destruction -- of British sorcery. If she follows her heart, will she doom their magic?

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About Cara McKinnon

Cara wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six, about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also pie). Now she writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but she can't quite stop including magic. She loves history and historical romance, so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is not only real, but a part of everyday life. Cara attended the best genre writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

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January 5, 2017

Dani: Stressing the Heroine from Taunt @Eve_Dangerfield #RLFblog #thriller

Dani: Stressing the Heroine from Taunt @Eve_Dangerfield #RLFblog #thriller
Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

About Eve Dangerfield

Eve has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother's paperbacks at the age of fourteen. Now she writes her own unapologetically sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Eve currently lives in Melbourne with her lovely sister and a rabbit named Billy.

About Taunt

Genre Contemporary Romance, Erotic, Thriller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daniel Schwartz never meant to uncover the apocalypse, unfortunately for the Kiwi hacktivist, that's exactly what happened. Yet while it's clear to her what she should do; cover it back up and get completely smashed, the rest of the world doesn't agree. A shady corporation places her in a beachside prison where they promise to hold her until she agrees to talk. Dani would be pretty annoyed if she weren't:
a) Biologically incapable of being annoyed
b) Very intrigued by the men hired to guard her
c) Extremely hungover
John, Colt, and Seb have poured a lot of time and money into their private security business the last thing they need is to waste six weeks babysitting a hyperactive hippie. Sadly they've signed a shady but watertight contract. Each of the three men finds himself drawn to the weird, pop-obsessed Daniel and she to them. As they become entangled in each other's lives Daniel is forced to answer some big questions such as; how can you escape when there's nowhere safe to go? How can a commitmentphobe fall for not one, but three different men? And, most importantly, should New Zealanders kick people who call them Hobbits? (Yes.)
Taunt is a heart-stopping erotic thriller; chock full of science, nail-biting suspense, period jokes and good old fashioned lust.

The Heroine's Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
The party would be an outdoors event hosted by Daniel's eco-terrorist organization Grassroots. It's a chance to connect and unwind with other members and there would be live music, plenty of food and drink and a casual dress code.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
Daniel would be thrilled to attend, bouncing around trying to talk with as many people as possible while trying to peer-pressure others into getting loose and making mistakes. She never stops smiling or talking, unless she's kissing that is.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle. Daniel loves being around others and more often than not, the center of attention.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
Daniel doesn't drink as her biochemistry doesn't allow for it. She is however, very partial to substances of dubious legality. Also weed.
How much drink is her usual?
Weed. Or fruit juice in glasses that make it look like alcohol.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
It would completely be to drag a shy friend, perhaps a scientist or socially awkward programmer back into the fray. Once they'd been brought back to the party she'd make it her personal mission to get them drunk and laid.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She is the friend that others latch onto; the bigger problem can be maintaining her attention once you have it. Daniel is very distractible.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
Daniel is, by her own admission, a lover not a fighter. As Grassroots is a pacifist organization it would be kind of weird for a fight to get out of hand at one of their parties, but if it did Daniel would probably dump punch/cake on the offender's heads and tell them to stop or she'd leak their information to the Feds.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Tossed out. For sure. No questions asked.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
She will stay late as she possibly can (unless she picks up). Being a nuisance is kind of Daniel's wheelhouse.

The Heroine's Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
Lies her ass off, says whatever she thinks they want to hear then escapes at the earliest possible opportunity.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
Runs towards the sound without thinking.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
What the actual fuck? Stop it you butthole!
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
Runs towards them and tries to break them apart, unless she knows she'll likely be hurt and overpowered in which case she would call the cops/throw something/ find an alternative plan of action.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
Fights as hard as she can for as long as she can, giving everything she has.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can't get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
Barrels into the awkwardness and tries to overwhelm the person with the sheer force of her personality.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
Tact isn't Daniel's strong point. She would tell the person straight up that they're screwing the pooch and either suggest improvements or conduct a mutiny to get the situation resolved another way.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
Daniel has a rare chemical disorder that affects her ability to feel physical pain, however she is capable of feeling distressed. In those moments she closes her eyes and tries to focus on happy memories from the past.
What mentor's words come to mind in a bad situation?
She recalls John Blackwood, her lover, telling her to relax and count her breaths, then she does it.

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January 4, 2017

Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire #romance @VictoriaPinder et al. #RLFblog

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

About Victoria Pinder

USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She's worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people's dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she'd be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
She's always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.
Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

Interview with Victoria Pinder

Why did you write this book?
Well I wrote Secret Crush in 2016 as a gateway into a family I always wanted to write about. Personally I loved soap operas and telenovelas though I don't speak or read Spanish (I can read fast and captions are fine.) So when I started write contemporary romance, in my mind it was always supposed to be family saga. With the House of Morgan I finally figured out how to do it justice. Then I organized a boxed set as no one invited me into one and in 2016 I wanted to try doing a boxed set. So I went out and found people who know what they are doing and set up a way to get 19 other authors together.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary, historical or paranormal romance. I started in romance with historical reading but then I moved into contemporary. When I want to get away from analysis which is what writers start to do, I sneak into historical as I don't write it. (One day I might try my hand at a Duke, but not yet.)
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Elizabeth Bennett. She was the most fleshed out woman I had to read in high school. She wasn't the prize or the goal or the complication. She was what women are more like and I liked that about her.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I told you about the 2016 goal of a boxed set. After starting my own I was invited into Sweet Christmas 3, Valentine's Pets and Kisses 2, Wedding, Pets and Kisses, Tropical Tyrst (so hotter), and Dark Fates. I'm finishing up a novella for Wedding Pets and Kisses and editng Dark Fates. I'm taking a short break from my Morgans but I'll be back. I received the edits for Secret Daddy yesterday and I can't wait for Monday when I'll work on that one!
Please tell us about your latest book.
20 Billionaires. 20 Sizzling Ways to Fall in Love. Whether your fantasy is a prince or a self-made man, this set has all the hard-bodied, Alpha billionaires you can handle. Let our award-winning, best-selling authors take you on a trip filled with exotic locales, dizzying privilege and heart-warming happily ever after.

About Happily Ever Alpha: Falling for the Billionaire Box Set

Genre Contemporary Romance
Authors: Victoria Pinder, Jina Bacarr, Opal Carew, Eileen Cruz Coleman, Margo Bond Collins,, Rossie Cortes, Tara Crescent, Michele De Winton, Blaire Edens, Nicole Garcia, Erin Hayes, Courtney Hunt, Mary Hughes, Sydney Logan, Alix Nichols, Tierney O'Malley, Peter Presley, Mandy Rosko, Cristiane Serruya, Debbie White


Book heat level (based on movie ratings): The books range from PG to R though most of the books are PG13. Some authors are spicier sex, others are funny, some are more into action, but all the tales have the same happy ever after goal.

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And if you order the boxed set we are giving away an iPad. You can enter here: http://victoriapinder.com/giveaways/win-an-ipad-mini/?lucky=2

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Website http://www.victoriapinder.com and if you go now you can find over 40 Sweet Romances to warm up your January. (As you can see I'm absolutely into organizing authors and finding people.)
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