July 8, 2013

Her Kind of Man @elainecantrell #RLFblog

Her Kind of Man 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Her Kind of Man by Elaine Cantrell.

Is it possible she's finally found Her Kind of Man?
Ross Williams has been in love with Kara Cochrane since they were kids so when Kara's fiancĂ© Brandon Miles cheats on her and calls off their wedding—Ross steps in to rescue the damsel in distress.
A heartbroken Kara just wants to get on with her life and hunky Ross provides her with a definite distraction—that is until she starts falling for him. Big time.
But a devastating family secret threatens to destroy everything that Kara holds dear—including her relationship with Ross.
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July 7, 2013

SF Romance: Presenting Nobility @EvaCaye #RLFblog #scifi

Presenting Nobility 
Eva Caye, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Please tell us about your new book, Presenting Nobility.

Presenting Nobility, the seventh novel in the To Be Sinclair series of science fiction romances! The Heir Second thoroughly enjoys his privileges, but he must also teach and learn the responsibilities of authority. Driven to be worthy of his political power, Matthieu nevertheless suffers unimaginable losses while performing his Imperial duties and trying to find a lady worthy of being his Empress someday...
Published June 30, 2013
Length: 200,000 + words
Blurb:
Ever since he was six and witnessed the destruction of the old Palace, Prince Matthieu Sinclair has honed himself -- mind, body, and spirit -- until he is about as perfect a human being as has ever existed. However, as second in line to the throne, his duties are so extensive that to find a lady worthy of being his Empress someday seems like a hopeless task.
His grandparents Emperor Victor and Empress Felice Sinclair recognize the depth and extent of his talents, asking him to establish the Imperial Protocol Academy for the numerous Imperial grandchildren. He must also take space duty on the ultra-secret prototype courier vessel designed by the stargate scientists. As the socialites circling him begin looking more and more like sharks, Matthieu and his brother Theo look for ways to find ladies who could help them with their demanding lives.
When complications involving the ongoing reparations strategy by the Attican Empire evolve, Matthieu must leave his ladies more than once to oversee critical developments in person. Even Miriel Makov, the one lady he has found who could possibly take up the demanding position of Empress, abandons him in their darkest hour. If he is too busy to find a wife now, how will he ever be able to do so when he is the Emperor?
Above all, when the going gets tough, the only two truths Matthieu can stand upon are that the Imperial Family's needs come before his own, and that no knowledge is worthless. Using his vast array of skills, from piloting to matrixing to boxing off corners of his mind, a technique drilled into him for a deep-cover assignment, Matthieu has to face the dreaded opponent of his childhood: the Attican Empire!
This science fiction romance is the seventh book of the eight-part To Be Sinclair series. Several scenes describe sexually explicit behavior.
Available in ePub, mobi, PDF, and other formats.

Excerpt

The pilot reached across Theo to key in his communications code and queried the Sentinels in the air pad's corresponding control kiosk. Several minutes later, background laughter made it difficult to hear the response when the Sentinel on duty at the kiosk finally reported. "Apparently your landing was so gentle that the landing pad never registered it, Your Highness. Colonel Treneman says the algorithms can calculate between the anti-grav vector of approach and that of a resting state, but there is a failsafe that needs a quantum of extra force to indicate the car has indeed touched down. It's so minuscule it has never not been tripped before." The Sentinel chuckled. "Go ahead and give it a quick lift and bump, and the force-shield will drop into place."
Matthieu did so as Theo raved, "Man, I have to look at those calculations. Talk about a smooth landing; your skills are legendary, but they are going to have to invent a new word for this!" The building's close force-shield sprang into place, Matthieu powered down the car, and they headed for the kiosk as all the Sentinels with them discussed the incident. By the time the lift had taken them to the private Imperial foyer to the reception hall, Matthieu was almost blushing as they decided the word 'epic' might suffice.
[....]
By the middle of the ball, as word of his feat and his new single status made the rounds, Matthieu found himself hedged in by ladies eager to show him all their delights, chatting, flirting, gossiping, and smiling inanely while they danced. He was rather uncomfortable with the attentions, since he had only spent one year stag at these parties before attaching himself to Melody when he was 17 and she was a debutante. To relieve himself of some of the pressure, he began to sit out two dances for each one he took, heading back to a position just south of his father's pavilion at the north-east end of the ballroom.
Since Theo and their friends tended to gather in that area, Matthieu made sure to include them in the conversations begun by every lady flocked around them. At least some of his buddies could get laid, he thought bitterly while smiling into the chattering face of yet another deb. When one of the debs pseudo-sadly commiserated, "I'm so sorry to hear about your break-up with Melody," Matthieu thought about his step-mother's advice and decided to do something about the twittering wrens.
He smiled at her and considered the sudden silence of everyone in the group. "Thank you. Yes, the break-up was grueling, so I have decided I will only pursue sexual relationships instead of romantic ones for the time being." He gave her wide-eyed choke of disbelief a broad smile before offering her a gentle, questioning look. "I don't suppose you have a contraceptive implant, do you?"
Batting her eyes, she said quite faintly, "Ah, no, I do not."
"Ah. A pity. You're so lovely." He projected a sad smile. The deb turned away, and half of the other ladies left with her.
"Don't you think that was rather rude?" Eric's girlfriend Lady Catherine expressed appalled disapproval, complete with incredulous tone of voice.
Just as gently as before, Matthieu turned to her. "And you think it was polite for her to throw the break-up of my three-year relationship in my face in front of all my friends and you ladies? What do you think she was really trying to say to me?"
"Good point." Theo looked over the thoughtful faces in the group. "What do you think she meant by that, Catherine?"
Put on the spot, Catherine looked around at the dozen or so people now staring at her. "I… I really have no idea," she admitted. Attending to Matthieu again, she straightened. "I apologize, Your Highness. She was undoubtedly just as rude. You were right to say what you felt, especially since no one would ever misunderstand what you said for less than the truth. I'm amazed you said it so gently, to be honest."
He nodded solemnly as all his friends and the remaining ladies discussed the deb's possible motives. He finished off his wine and asked one of the ladies to dance. After three dances in a row, he calculated he could now have six dances to stand around looking Imperial, so he went back to his usual position. Everyone but Vic and two ladies were out dancing, so they struck up a conversation.
As Vic took one of the ladies out for the next dance, Lady Helena Michelson looked him full in the face and said quite frankly, "I have a contraceptive implant, in case you were wondering."
A brief pause and a smile later, Matthieu said, "I was."
The To Be Sinclair series can be found at Amazon and Smashwords, including an 'add-on' novel, Evan's Ladies, consisting of four novellas.
The To Be Sinclair Series

About the Author

A health crisis inspired Eva Caye to become an obsessive writer, completing eight books in her To Be Sinclair series before she could afford an editor. She published Dignity in August 2012, and her 8th book Nobility in late June 2013. She laughingly refers to Evan's Ladies as Book 6.5, an 'add-on' book to the series since it consists of four novellas. The other seven books are full novels, though most have 'Easter egg' short stories as bonuses for the reader.
The To Be Sinclair series is set some 600 years in the future and covers the lives and loves of the greatest ruling family in the galaxy. Her current works-in-progress are a finale to the series, and two prequels set in the TBS universe about 100 years in the future.
Eva lives with her incredibly supportive husband and two lovely mutts in a tiny, century-old farmhouse in Louisville, Kentucky.
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July 2, 2013

Gay Romance: The Prisoner | Interview #RLFblog #lgbt

The Prisoner 
Kol Anderson, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Prisoner.
Genre: MM Contemporary, Erotic
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: Kol Anderson
Length: 25K+
Heat rating: R-Rating
Tagline: What Doesn’t Kill You Can Still Leave You Broken
Blurb:
Aaron Taylor is a hustler, the dream everyone wants to come true. He has been working at an escort company for the past few months and just when life seems to have gotten better and he is beginning to think that he has a grasp of this line of work, his handler sends him to a new client. Vincent Greene looks like he might just be Aaron’s best client yet but Aaron doesn't know that Vincent's cruelty will end up becoming his worst nightmare.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Aaron Taylor: 21. Sex worker.
Vincent Greene: 38. Undisclosed.
Sebastian Summers: 32. Software Engineer.
Eric Grayson: 41. Hedge Fund Manager.

Interview

What websites do you visit daily?
Well goodreads is kind of a given isn’t it? I also use Facebook a lot… I enjoy reading and goodreads is where I can discuss my current MM reads or whatever.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Everything. Love the anticipation, fear almost, at the beginning of the story, enjoy finding out what happens to the characters that are running around in my head… I swear sometimes they even surprise me! And then that moment where you type in THE END and just let go…
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Well like I said, big fan of reading, so I love Dostoevsky – just feels like he captures the essence of despair – of angst – and among the new MM authors I love Lisa Henry, JA Rock and Rachel Haimowitz.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Well, I used to write ever since I can remember. But in the middle I got distracted, after high school everyone started talking about careers in terms of lucrative and future prospects and everything and that’s where I ended up making the biggest mistakes of my life: I should have started writing MUCH sooner.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I’m sort of a binge writer…I get periods where the good old writer’s block hits me but usually, a good enough book or a movie or watching a TV show that I love will take care of it and the inspiration is soon striking again. Sometimes I also deal with writer’s block by moving on to another project and then I will go back to the previous one when I’m back into it.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Stress is something everyone has to deal with I guess. But again, my usual remedy always works: movies, books, chocolate!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Read a whole lot of MM. Obviously I love the darker stuff. But I also read Noir books and classics like Dostoevsky and Oscar Wilde are my favorites. I also happen to be a fan of Proust and Somerset Maugham.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Well obviously The Prisoner becoming a best-selling new release! When I opened the new release section and it was on 32 or something I flipped! I couldn’t even believe it. And the reviews and the love I received for this one in just a couple of weeks… it was unbelievable and yes, proudest moment of my life.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Okay my iPod. Kindle, and even my laptop. I always have a hardcover leather-bound of Proust and Human Bondage on my nightstand so that’s definitely going with me…
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I like Christmas. The idea of it. The food the smells… everything about it.
What good book have you read recently?
Recently, I read The Good Boy by Lisa Henry and JA Rock and it was amazing. Definitely plan on reading more of their stuff.
What do you like to do when you're bored?
I never get bored. How can I? I don’t understand when people say they’re bored, really I don’t. Because there are like a thousand books in the world and like a million good movies I still haven’t watched…
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Ooooh Matt Bomer (Neal Caffrey from White Collar) haha. That man is hot! That or Alexander Skarsgard. Actually on second thought I do believe Christian Bale is like my alter ego or something!
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pineapple.
I'm always ready for bad stuff.
When I'm alone, I have so much fun.
You'd never be able to tell, but I actually enjoy watching horror movies.
If I had a halo it would be Azazel, the fallen angel, misunderstood, misrepresented
If I could be a successful enough writer, I'd leave my day job.
I can never judge anyone because I have done plenty to be judged for.

Books Coming Soon

New Love – Secret Cravings Publishing July 5th 2013
Hell and Beyond – Second installment of The Broken Series (sequel to The Prisoner) – July 31st, 2013
The Soulmate – Sin Series – August 31st, 2013
An MM Vampire series in September/October

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