July 10, 2012

Character Interview: Steve from Action

Action by Liz Borino.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Liz. Tell us about your new book.
Book title: Action
Author: Liz Borino
Genre: Gay Romance
Buy links: Amazon AllRomance
Publisher: Lazy Day
Length (words): 38,000
Heat rating: R
Blurb: When the bright lights and flashing cameras of Hollywood capture your every move, how can you fulfill your deepest desires? For Zack Greene, a formerly out-of-control actor, and Steve Michaels, the director who unearthed the heart of the man beneath the ego, it’s a constant struggle.
In public, Steve and Zack are the picture of professional partners. However, behind closed doors, their partnership is taken to a new level. They engage in a carefully constructed Dom/sub relationship that not only brings them pleasure, but keeps Zack from slipping back into his wild ways.
Their delicate balance is thrown askew when a producer on the show threatens to expose their lifestyle, while taking advantage of Zack in a moment of vulnerability. Will Steve be able to ease the pain and save the love they share? Or will they come apart when they need each other most?
Warning: Light BDSM, D/s relationship, spanking, and hot m/m sex
What are your main characters' names?
Zack Greene- 28, lead actor on Ben’s Life sitcom
Steve Michaels- 31, director of Ben’s Life


Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Steve Michaels is a director on Ben’s Life. He likes good food, his job, hiking, and his cat, Timmy. However, he loves his family, including his boyfriend, and sub, Zack Greene.
If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
His ability to exert loving control in all he does.
Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
Steve would say his weakness is the inability to be around large groups of people for long periods of time, which is problematic in the entertainment industry. Zack adores Steve and honestly has a difficult time finding fault with him. He would probably wish Steve felt more comfortable letting his guard down, oh and put the clean clothes away instead of leaving them in the dryer. Rich, the producer who tries to screw things up, and Steve’s enemy, complains that Steve is a weak Dom. He believes Steve needs to be harder on Zack.
What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Steve was raised in a military household, until his father died when he was 12. At that young age, Steve had to take control of the house and help out his mother while she fell apart. This contributed to his sense of right and wrong—and his dominate nature.
What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a cherry.

Answered as the main character:

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Sandpaper. It makes everything smooth, essentially better. Hopefully.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Movie store. I’d make sure to stock indie films as well as the big names because we all have to start somewhere.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
How about I combine them? Zack talked about wanting pets from the moment we moved in together. And I’m a sucker for his blue eyes, especially when he begs, but I knew we worked too much for a dog. So, one day I sent him to get something at a store completely out of the way. I made it absolutely clear the product could only be found there. No, he wasn’t happy with me. I did it, though, because I found an ad for kittens from a local cat. The owner of the cat came over and let me pick from the litter. After checking out medical records for each, I picked chose Timmy, a stubborn and loving kitten his expressive blue eyes. I really like that combination. Anyway, in the process of setting him up in the garage to surprise Zack, Timmy peed—all over the front of my jeans. Wouldn’t be so much of an issue had Zack not been pulling into the garage at that exact moment. He jumped out of the car and found me holding Timmy and said, “Where did he come from?”
“I don’t know,” I responded, “I found him here when I came looking for food in this fridge.”
Zack smiled and pet the cat, then noticed my jeans. “What happened to you?”
“The cat must be scared.”
My brat of a boyfriend then took the kitten from me and cuddled him. “Stop blaming this precious kitten for your control issues. Why don’t you change so we can decide what to do?” I swear that cat laughed at me as I walked away. Zack still believes I have no idea how Timmy got there. And that pretty well describes my relationship with both of them.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as the character)

I love pizza* with pineapple.
I'm always ready for cuddling.
When I'm alone, I think too much.
You'd never be able to tell, but I need my boyfriend as much as he needs me.
If I had a halo it would be made of fire and ice.
If I could fly I'd never drive in LA traffic again.
I can never administer pain without pleasure because I love Zack too much.

Author Bio

Liz Bornio
Liz Borino is the author of the Taylor Twins series, including Expectations, What Money Can't Buy, and Gifts from the Past and Ben's Life series, beginning with Action. She lives behind her computer screen, currently stationed in some irrelevant small town in Pennsylvania. When she leaves her computer, Liz loves to spend time in cities around the world, particularly New York and London.
She's the quiet one with Snapple or green tea, at the local Starbucks, until someone threatens human rights within her earshot. Should you be around when that happens, take a step back and wait for the storm to pass. Her two pet causes are women and gay rights. Why? Because contrary to popular opinion, and current legislation, they're people, too.
Liz believes her best training in the craft of fiction came from her Public Relations undergraduate degree. Now, when she isn't writing or editing erotic romance novels, she's applying literary theories to the classics in pursuit of a master's in English.
Taylor Twins: Expectations, What Money Can’t Buy, and Gifts from the Past
Ben’s Life: Action
Books Coming Soon
Ben’s Life: Cutaway, That’s a Wrap and the prequel (only available in the forthcoming print edition) Casting.

Find Liz Online

Website: http://lizborino.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/liz.borino.1

July 3, 2012

Interview with Author Maggie Brooke

The Guided Tour.
Maggie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest book, ‘The Guided Tour’, is an erotic romance but I am a sucker for causes so it deals, in a light-hearted way, with such issues as race, social status, misguided youth and the environment.
How do you come up with ideas?
This is a hard one, actually. I often can’t trace the origin of an idea but it is a fact that I can’t see a stranger without creating a back story for him or her. At Tai Chi last week I looked out the open door, across the lawn to a block of flats and saw an ancient graveyard and a headless corpse eating cereal on a front porch.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Getting the words right.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Creating really good back stories for strangers!
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
Right, I should be so organized! I let an idea fester in my brain for a few weeks or months and then, one day, I sit down and start writing. Which mean my story writes itself and I have to work really hard to bring it in line.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
Not enough!
Is your muse demanding?
Could encourage me to work a little harder, I think.
What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
Waitress, gas station jockey, nurse, midwife, archeologist, prison warden, mother…
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A sense of pleasure.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
‘An Incredible Woman’s Most Amazing Life’
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Exactly where I do live– Far North Queensland–where you don’t need money to live.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The nuns; it was such a challenge to create a back story about them.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with old wine and young men.
I'm always ready for a night of good lovin’.
When I'm alone, I believe that Matthew Mcconaughey loves and wants to be with only me.
You'd never be able to tell, but I like bad boys.
If I had a halo it would be pure gold (heh, heh, heh).
Maggie Brooke
If I could settle down I'd be married.
I can never be Bella because I like hot-blooded lovers.

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July 1, 2012

RLF Gems - Blog Stats for June 2012

RLF Gems.
The top bloggers (by page load) for the month of June resulted in a tie for third place in the top five. This month was unusual in that the blog was closed for a period due to my illness. The good news is that I did not have a heart attack. The bad news is that I learned my heart did have a slight weakness that needed medication. I've been on the mend and taking better care of myself as a result.

In June, we had a few character interviews, which were well received, and every day that we had a posting saw top numbers. The article I wrote for the Marketing for Romance Writers blog tour (in preparation for Marketing Summer Camp) scored nearly twice as many hits as the next in line. That was gratifying, and a surprise. Model and photographer Cherif Fortin and his business partner Lynn Sanders hit it out of the park with their interview this month. I had them on twice because their article was so unique. They helped pioneer a new media that combines film, ebooks, audio books, and images to make a new media. You can learn more about it at this URL. http://is.gd/a3oh1m

Top Post - MFRW

Here are the top bloggers for June 2012:

1. Kayelle Allen - Why I Created Marketing for Romance Writers
2. Cherif Fortin, Lynn Sanders - New Media for Authors
3. K. D. Grace - Character Interview
3. Lynn Cahoon - Character Interview
4. Jane Wenham-Jones - Author Interview
5. S. A. Garcia - Not Only Angels Fall from the Heavens

My thanks to everyone who took part this month. Guests this month included (in alpha order by first name, not including myself): Alexandra Stewart, Berengaria Brown, Cherif Fortin, Cinsearae S, Danita Minnis, Jane Wenham-Jones, Juliette Springs, K. D. Grace, Lynn Cahoon, Lynn Sanders, S. A. Garcia.