July 3, 2014

Interview: Daisy Banks author of A Perfect Match @DaisyBanks12 #RLFblog #scifi #fantasy

A Perfect Match 

About the Book

Title A Perfect Match
Genre Futuristic Fantasy
Author Name Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daisy Banks whisks you into a futuristic world, where you might fight for water, or offer up your freedom and become a slave for the promise of enough to drink.
Passion and politics ripple through A Perfect Match where the enmity between the government leader, Lord Chardel and Commander Varon, head of the Astan water acquirement fleet, is at flashpoint. The enforced marriage of Anwell Nastor, a young Temple adept, to Commander Varon, not only breaks Astan religious rules, but could break untried hearts. This cruel ploy meant to silence Varon's opposition to current circumstances in the city-state brings unexpected results. Through careful manipulation of the news links, Varon and his bride become the city's most adored couple, but danger shadows their steps.
Join Anwell and Varon as they discover the power of A Perfect Match on their perilous journey in a world full of dangers and political intrigue.

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Interview with Daisy Banks

Why did you write this book?
This book is the offshoot of another I started. I realized I'd begun in the middle of something and needed the reasons behind those events for things to make sense. Therefore A Perfect Match came into being. I had a great time writing this story and found the characters, like their world, compelling. I think this is a cross genre romance, part fantasy and part sci-fi.
This is the first time I have written something so complex and I enjoyed the challenge of world building and creating a religion, government and social structure. The society my characters function in is one where they shine as individuals and as a couple. I always enjoy seeing my characters overcome obstacles and Varon and Anwell face a raft of difficulties in A Perfect Match. I also like to see my characters grow and this couple develop as individuals as they learn to depend on each other.
I guess the most basic reason of all as to why I wrote this story is that it was in my head and I wanted to tell the tale. The sci-fi futuristic elements to the story are a step in a different direction for me and I surprised myself with some of the aspects of the story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy fantasy and have done for a long time. I like fantasy romance and epic fantasy stories. One of the joys of fantasy is the range and depth it offers both writers and readers.
What is your favorite character from fiction?
My all time favorite character remains Merlin in all the many interpretations of his story. I like the many different qualities within the character of Merlin. I also enjoy the range and depth different writers have discovered showing many elements to him.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I enjoy movies in many genres and I love some of the old movies from the 30's and 40's. My favorite version of Pride and Prejudice is the black and white version. I adore Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance movies and anything with Katherine Hepburn in it. I watch more up to date movies too and I have a big collection of DVD's.
The two most memorable films I saw in a cinema are Jaws, because the whole audience stood clapping and cheering at the end when the shark got killed, and Lord of the Rings part 1 because Hobbiton looked so close to my imagining.
I don't watch a great deal of TV but I do like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Who. I tend to watch historical documentary style programs rather than anything else.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
At present, I am thrilled to have my book A Perfect Match released today by Taliesin Publishing and am working on some promotional activities and blogging about that story.
I am also in edits with the sequel to Timeless, To Eternity, which will be published by Lyrical Press, A Kensington Imprint, later this year. I am very excited that this story will be available to readers soon.
Next year my fantasy story, Marked for Magic, will be released by Lyrical Press too.
I am also working on short story for a group anthology but that's all a bit hush hush right now.
There is a new historical as a work in progress too and a short story that should be finished by the end of July. All in all, there is lots going on and I'm working hard.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Commander Varon Jarlath is an interstellar water diviner of great talent and a hero to the city that survives because of his successful missions. His popularity with the folk adds to the reasons behind the enmity of Lord Chardel, leader of the city government body, the Carnag.
Varon understands the malice behind the offer of a bride and the political difficulty he might face should he refuse the generosity of the Carnag. His hopes for the success of his marriage are not high until he meets his bride.
Anwell Nastor has spent every day since her twelfth birthday in the Temple offering prayer chants to the gods. The shock of her wedding almost overwhelms her but she has courage and a mind.
Political intrigue, the danger to the folk and the city all push Varon and his bride to work together to gain popularity so they can have a voice and make a difference.

Author Bio

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn't writing.

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July 2, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog #EroticRomance

One Night in Paris 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Lucy Felthouse.

What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
Steak and chips.
Who is your "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
I'm quite the sucker for Dimitri from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books ;)
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
I tend to stay inside and glare at the snow… I'm really not a fan. I prefer summer!
What was your favorite book as a child?
Anything by Enid Blyton.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
The last film I saw at the cinema was X-Men: Days of Future Past and I thought it was fantastic. So many hot guys, too. ;)

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Title: City Nights: One Night in Paris
Genre : M/F erotic romance
Author Name : Lucy Felthouse
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jacob is nearly forty, and has recently come to the sudden realisation that he's not doing much with his life. Sure, he's got his own successful business, but what's the point in earning lots of money and not doing anything or going anywhere to spend it?
He's in serious danger of being all work and no play, so he starts to rectify this by organising a twenty four hour layover in Paris en route to a meeting in Dubai. Whilst there, he goes on a bus tour of the city, and there meets Annabelle, a fellow Brit who's studying in Paris. There's clearly an attraction between the two of them, so when the gorgeous Annabelle makes an indecent proposal to help Jacob fill his time in Paris, who is he to refuse?

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I don't have purchase links yet – these will be available at the following link from the 27th of Jun
Lucy Felthouse 
e – or however soon they get the book up after then.

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July 1, 2014

RLF Gem Award: Top Bloggers June 2014 Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog @anaiahpress

RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 30 day month. Anaiah Press stole the show for Publisher Week June 8th through the 14th, capturing the top views for the month. I combined their posts and then spread out the rest of the views to others. That put the following authors in the top running:

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each person!
Anaiah Press
JoAnne Myers
Synithia Williams
Lucy Felthouse
Donna Michaels

Honorable mention: June Kramin, Loc Glin

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.

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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:

Anita Philmar, Anne Kane, Brenna Zinn, C Zampa, Candace Shaw, Jami Gray, Jana Richards, Kristina Knight, Lisabet Sarai, Melissa Blue, Naomi Bellina, Raine Delight, Reese Ryan, Tina Donahue, Tina Gayle