March 3, 2014

Character Sketch: Dev Avira from Cold War @keiraandrews #RLFblog #Olympics #LGBT

Cold War 
Book Title: Cold War
Genre: Contemporary m/m romance
Author Name: Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After an explosive locker room confrontation with his Russian rival ends in the most surprising and intense sex of his life, American pairs skater Dev Avira needs to refocus. He's worked for years to win Olympic gold, and he can't let himself--or his partner--down. Distraction in the form of steely and smoldering Mikhail Reznikov is the last thing he needs as he prepares for the biggest competition of his life.
But with the Games only days away, they can't keep their hands off each other. Dev soon learns that beneath Mikhail's arrogant and aloof exterior is Misha, a passionate man who warms Dev's heart and scorches his bed. They're both determined to win, but for Misha his freedom could be on the line. Can Dev put his deepening feelings on ice as he goes for gold?

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About the Character

Name: Dev Avira
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Boston
Profession: Pairs figure skater
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): South Asian
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Around 5'10, 190 lbs. Lean and muscular. Dark skin and curly black hair. (He looks quite a bit like actor Sendhil Ramamurthy.)
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
When the story begins, it's Dev's platonic figure skating partner Bailey. But then he falls hard for his Russian rival.
How does your hero dress?
Dev spends most of his time in spandex and body-hugging figure skating costumes. Off the ice he's usually in jeans and T-shirts.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Much to his parents' initial disappointment, Dev did not go to university. Instead he chose to focus on his figure skating career. He is intelligent, but athletics are where his passion lies.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Dev does okay with prize money and the odd endorsement. Figure skating is an expensive sport, so he doesn't live extravagantly.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Definitely his figure skating skills! He's worked his entire life to become the best pairs skater he can be, and finally has the chance to win gold at the Olympic Games.
What is your character's family like?
Dev is an only child. His parents are originally from Kerala in the south of India, and he has a big extended family of aunties and uncles. His mother, who he calls Ma with frequent exasperation, is brash and opinionated -- but very loving and supportive. Dev's father, a doctor, is the yang to his wife's yin. Dev is close with his family, but spends most of his time away from them due to training and traveling for competitions.
Does he have children?
Not yet. As an elite athlete working toward the Olympics, children haven't really crossed his mind yet. But perhaps in the future!
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Dev can definitely keep a secret, and he keeps a very big one from the people around him after he hooks up with his chief skating rival in the locker room!
What is your character's biggest need at the beginning of the story?
To win gold at the Olympics. But he realizes along the way that winning may not be the most important thing.

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Because she is obsessed with figure skating! Keira lives and breathes the sport every season, not just every four years.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
The details of my sex life with Misha get pretty explicit! She made me blush a few times.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I want her to write about what happens to me and Misha after the Olympics when we try to settle into real life together.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think my skating partner Bailey deserves to find her Mr. Right, although Keira only writes m/m at the moment. But Bailey is my best friend in the world and I want her to find true love.

Author Bio

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy and paranormal fiction, and--although she loves delicious angst along the way--Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."

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March 1, 2014

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

RLF Top Blogger Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 28 posts in a 28 day month. A new interview was introduced: 5 Easy Questions. It consists of 10 questions, of which, an author can pick five, making it one of the fastest to do. This is great for the busy author with a new release. You can download a copy here:
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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

The top five posts, judged by page views are listed below. Congratulations to each author!

1. Daisy Banks
2. Vicki Batman
3. Marilyn Baron
4. EM Lynley
5. GA Hauser

Honorable mention: Kryssie Fortune and I tied for sixth place.

Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a blogger's FAQ page with a downloadable guide and optional interviews. Readers can follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Bloglovin', Linky Followers, email, an RSS feed, and there's a blog button readers and authors can grab. RLF takes up to three images per article, so authors can share previous books. The blog uses author or publisher names as SEO tags on posts, and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr with a potential reach of over a million readers via its Twitter-linked network. Twitter mentions are also gathered in several Paper.li ezines, giving the author additional opportunities for promotion.

The Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine features guest authors on its front page every day. The Yahoo Group Romance Lives Forever has nearly 1200 members, and is Kayelle's private group. It is open once a month to authors who have been guests on the blog. Guests get one day to post info, share news, book releases, offer contests, and so on. For that day, the group is open and members are allowed to reply and take active part. It's like an old-fashioned chat, where you can share and answer questions. Only authors who have reserved the day are allowed to post, so it's exclusive. There is no charge. You can read more about it here: http://is.gd/rlfauthorday

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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:

AJ Nuest, Alanna Lucas, Berengaria Brown, Celia Breslin, Denysé Bridger, Diane Burton, Gwen Knight, HK Sterling, Kathy L Wheeler, Lady Blade, Lauren Linwood, Leta Blake, Liza O'Connor, Nancy Corrigan, Samara King, Samara King, Susan D Taylor, Suz deMello, Zanna Mackenzie

Character Interview: JP Blackmon from In the Arms of a Stranger @virginiagkelly #RLFblog @EntangledSus

In the Arms of a Stranger 

About the Book

In the Arms of a Stranger
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Virginia Kelly
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A dangerous man on the run...
Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he'll do anything to get to the truth...including using his partner's widow.
A vulnerable woman looking for answers...
Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her--secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?
Together they discover a passion worth dying for.
As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust--something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival...their only hope to hold onto the love they've just begun to share...

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Interview with JP Blackmon from In the Arms of a Stranger

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm from a small town in the Florida panhandle. I'm 29 years old, joined the army at eighteen looking for some adventure. I met all my challenges while serving. Managed to finish a degree in criminal justice before I left for the Agency. You know? I don't think she wrote about that. Oh, I'm damned good at what I do. And, no, I don't talk about it.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I was accused of treason. What's worse is that my partner, the man I trusted above anyone else, set me up. He did it so well that I had no choice but to run from men like us who were determined to kill me. I'm afraid of endangering innocents. My boss referred to them as collateral damage. I never caused collateral damage. In this case, the one who could be hurt is my partner's wife--widow. I really don't want her to know the truth about me, about what I do.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Abby is...special. She's strong, caring, capable. Determined. More courageous than many men I've worked with, and I've worked with some brave men. She's...I can't explain it. Beyond words. She's (pauses) right here (touching his chest above his heart, then shifting uncomfortably, like he said too much).
What would that person say about you?
(Laughing, relieved not to be talking about Abby) I don't want to guess. You should ask Abby.
What is your family like?
My father, army, died when I was nine, so my mom raised my sisters and me alone. We weren't exactly well-off. We're close, or we were, until I left for the army. I always called when I could, you know, birthdays, holidays. Always went home when on leave. I missed a lot because of the job. Funny thing, turns out my older sister, Janey, and one of my best friends had a little history. That was a surprise. Real shocker, considering that I thought she blamed Matt when I joined the army.
What special skills do you rely on?
Instinct and training.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yeah, I am. Well, I was by the time she typed 'the end.' But getting to the end wasn't what I wanted for Abby or her family. I didn't want her to know the truth about me. But, like I said, she's strong and caring. Frankly, I'm amazed she took a chance with me. I'm damn lucky.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Author of sexy dangerous heroes and the strong, adventurous women willing to risk it all for a happily ever after
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
His tenderness despite the ruthless special skills of his profession.
Why do you write?
This will sound trite, but I write because I have to. I've tried not writing--I couldn't do it. I kept hearing my characters having conversations. Sometimes I even spoke the conversations out loud. Fortunately, that was in the shower. :-)
What do you want to write next?
I want to start on book three of a series set in South American. Book one is in complete first draft, book two is about one third in first draft, but book three keeps calling. I'm finishing up a novel set at a beach wedding. I love weddings, but this one has a twist of danger along with the romance. It should be out in late April or early May.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Not at this time, but there's a prequel: Dancing in the Dark. It's about Janey Blackmon, my hero's sister.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you! I love to hear from readers, so I hope they'll drop me a note.

Author Bio

Virginia's first story involved a mouse that hitched a ride with Paul Revere. She was eleven. A bit later and bit more organized, dreams of romance (with a happily ever after), adventure, and danger mixed together to produce her RWA Golden Heart nominated novel. She writes about dangerous heroes (sexy, gorgeous ones, of course!) and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them. An academic librarian, Virginia is a native of Peru and lives in Florida with her family.

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Publisher's Twitter http://twitter.com/EntangledSus
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Kelly/e/B001KDD8FK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1