February 3, 2014

Character Sketch: Carolyn Woods from A Taste For Killing @HKSterling #RLFblog

A Taste For Killing 
Genre: Mystery/Suspense Romance 18+
Author Name: H.K. Sterling
Book heat level: (based on movie ratings): R
Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart are both hired to solve the murder of Pete Wallace, only to realize they are working the same case. To complicate things, Carolyn and Jack have an on again-off again relationship. Then there is Evan Jones, a handsome architect— but he's also a suspect. Can Carolyn manage to solve the case as more and more murders pile up? Will her relationship with Jack hinder their investigations? And what about Evan Jones? He seems like the perfect man, but could he actually be the murderer? One thing is for sure: someone close to both Carolyn and Jack has A Taste For Killing.

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Publisher: Breathless Press
The book will be available on the following sites on February 21 as well as the Breathless Press site: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Are Kobo, Smashwords

About the Character

Name: Carolyn Woods
Age: 33
Gender: Female
Birthplace: New York
Profession: Detective
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Carolyn is of average height, has brown hair, doesn't wear a lot of makeup but when she fixes herself up she looks good.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Carolyn has two significant others: Jack Heart and Evan Jones.
How does your heroine dress?
Carolyn dresses down, usually in street dress most often due to her detective work in the seedy side of the city and wanting to blend in. However, she likes flirty dresses if going on a date.
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Carolyn has a Bachelor's Degree but is mostly street smart. She handles a gun well too!
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Carolyn scrapes by and lives on a third floor walk-up in the city. She also drives a car that is falling apart.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Carolyn is not impressed by wealth. Although she would like to have a car that wouldn't break down, in general she judges people on their personality and their moral center rather than on their wealth. Her job brings many wealthy as well as non-wealthy characters across her door.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Carolyn relies on her gut instinct a lot. She has to in her profession.
What does she have a knack for doing?
Carolyn has a knack for finding trouble easily.
Are any of her skills a source of pride? Embarrassment? Which ones and why?
Carolyn is proud of her work and her skills and feels like she and her career can stand up to anyone in a professional that is dominated by men. She is occasionally embarrassed when she is attracted to men. Then she suddenly becomes a bit of a klutz.
How well does she know the neighbors? Coworkers?
Carolyn runs into Jack Heart often as they are both detectives and sometimes accidentally end up on the same case. There is an air of competition there, but they also help each other out.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Carolyn's self-confidence is low once you get past her defenses. She's always in some state of worry inside her head. She also self-reflects often negatively about herself.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Carolyn has had a lot of cases that have put her personally in danger, so she is always trying to prevent that.
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
She's just trying to solve the case on the surface but underneath she has doubts about her relationship.
How does your character handle challenges?
Carolyn tackles challenges head on! Sometimes she tackles them too fast without thinking which lands her in trouble.
What is your heroine's breaking point?
Disillusionment with people too often can break her. She requires at least one good person in her life to be her rock and her center that she can count on.
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
Carolyn says what's on her mind. She doesn't hold back. Sometimes that alienates people. Others like her honesty.
Taste For Killing

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I'm a good detective! And recently, my love life has improved!
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish the writer wouldn't tell others my inner thoughts sometimes. It's embarrassing!
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think my writer likes to put us characters together like a stew and see the interactions and what come out.
HK Sterling
What do you wish your writer would write next?
Oh, more romantic scenes, for sure.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Yes, Jack Heart is a good detective. He deserves his own story too.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
My writer is definitely not my alter–ego. We are very different.

Author Bio

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with a kick and twist endings. She likes to focus her writing on suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. You can contact H.K. on the following social media:

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HK Sterling "Undercover Blog": http://hksterling1.blogspot.com/

February 2, 2014

Cover Love: Taking It Off @samaraking #RLFblog #contemporary

Taking It Off 
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 Taking It Off by Samara King.

Elyse Langston is taking it all off and after shedding one hundred pounds who would blame her for scheduling an exclusive boudoir photography session with Zion to celebrate her success?

She wanted to celebrate
Elyse Langston is taking it all off and after shedding one hundred pounds who would blame her for scheduling an exclusive boudoir photography session with Zion to celebrate her success? Her boyfriend – make that ex-boyfriend – Collin is not happy about her recent weight loss and dumps her. If there ever were a remedy for single girl blues, it would be watching Zion master the lens...as well as every inch of her body!
He wanted to ignore the temptation
Zion is no stranger to the female form. Beautiful women strut and strike a pose before him daily. His no strings attached demeanor has been the fortress he's needed to keep his mind off the complicated matters of the heart and on building his clientele - until Elyse strolls into his studio.

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February 1, 2014

RLF Gem Award: Top Bloggers Jan 2014 Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog

Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 31 day month. This was the first month using new interviews for 2014.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

RLF Gem Award 
(judged by page views) There were four ties with each author gaining the same number of views. This many ties has not occurred before on RLF. Congratulations to each author!

1. JD Faver
2. Mary Marvella, Tina Donahue
3. Charlie Cochrane, Danita Minnis
4. Babette James, Starla Kaye
5. Sydney Jane Baily, Saloni Quinby

Honorable mention: Lucy Felthouse

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