November 12, 2014

Counterfeits a novel by @kris_bock #RLFblog #RomSuspense

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 Counterfeits: a romantic suspense.

Author: Kris Bock
In Counterfeits, painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?
Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.
Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

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About the Author

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.

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November 11, 2014

Salute to Author Veterans: Writers Who Served #RLFblog #HonorAVet #Authors

Salute to Author Veterans on Romance Lives Forever
Salute to Author Veterans on Romance Lives Forever 
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This Salute to Author Veterans shows authors (published or not) who are veterans. It consists of the author's name, branch of service, writing brand, and one link. Click to learn more about the author, his or her books, and to find or follow the author on social media. This is the fourth year for the salute. For info on how you can take part, see the info at the end.

Authors are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Allegra Gray
US Air Force
History. Adventure. Passion.

Ann Victor
US Army
Short erotic fiction for women on the go…

Ashley Ladd
US Air Force
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Beverly Ovalle
US Navy
Happily ever after one book at a time

Bob Mayer
US Army
Founder of Who Dares Wins Publishing

CK Crouch
US Army
Romance Tangles with Suspense

Delilah Devlin
US Army
Hot Romance

Denise Patrick
US Army
Inspirational and Historical Romance

Diana Cosby
US Navy
Scottish Medieval Romantic Suspense

Eliza Gayle
US Marine Corps
Paranormal and Contemporary Romance

Elizabeth Ashtree
US Army
Stories to turn in your imagination.

Ella Quinn
US Army

Elle James
US Army and US Air Force
Escape with...

Gail Hart
US Air Force (JAG)
Grown Up Romances for Grown Up Girls

Geri Krotow
US Navy
Military Romance

Heather Ashby
US Navy
Military Romance

Heather McLachlan
US Navy
Love Is In The Air - And In The Fleet

Isis Rushdan
US Air Force
Urban Fantasy Romance

Jeane Westin
US Army
Historical Romance

Jennifer France
US Navy
Erotica Romance where the destiny is love ~ Let me take you on the journey

Jessica Scott
US Army (active duty)
Contemporary Military Romance and Non-fiction

Jo Ann Brown
US Army
Inspirational Romance

Joyce Adams
US Army
Love ... Laughter ... Forever

Kathleen Toomey Jabs
US Navy

Kayelle Allen
US Navy
Unstoppable heroes, Uncompromising love, Unforgettable passion

Lacey Falcone
US Air Force
Tapping into your Flights of Fancy

Lindsay McKenna (aka Eileen Nauman)
US Navy
Romantic military suspense, romantic suspence

Lisa Carlisle
US Marine Corps
Paranormal, contemporary, and military romance

Lisa Cordeiro
US Marine Corps
Military Memoirs - Parris Island & Journey of a Woman Marine

Loni Lynne
US Navy
Let Fate guide you... One story at a time

Lori Avocato
US Air Force
Mystery/Romance author

Mahalia Levey
US Navy
The Decadent Side of Sin

Misty MacRae
US Navy
A Dash of Romance with a Dusting of Mystery

Myla Jackson
US Army and US Air Force
Sinfully Sexy Romance

Nancy J. Parra
US Air Force
Romantic Suspense

Rochelle Weber
US Navy
Science Fiction Romance

Rogenna Brewer
US Navy
Where Romance is Always an Adventure

Rue Allyn
US Navy
Romance - Historical, Contemporary, Erotic

Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter
US Air Force
Unexpected Romantic Fiction

Sapphire Phelan
US Army
Dark heroes and heroines with bite...sink your teeth into romance

SE Babin
US Air Force, Texas Air National Guard
Romcom, Mysteries, Urban Fantasy

Stacy McKitrick
US Army
Even vampires can be bitten by love

Susan Ann Wall
US Army
Journey into romance…love always follows.

Suzie Quint
US Army
Falling In Love with Romance

Teresa D'Amario
US Air Force
Author of True Mate Series

Terry Irene Blain
US Navy
Escape to the past with a romantic adventure

Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Army National Guard
Military Romance and Medical Drama

Wayne Greenough
US Navy
Romantic Suspense, YA, Juvenile, SciFi, and Hard Boiled Detective

William Maltese
US Army
Providing Readers with International Best-Sellers for over Four Decades

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Anne Ashby  - Writing Warm Fuzzy and Fun
New Zealand Armed Forces Navy

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November 10, 2014

Interview with Emerald, author of If... Then @Emerald_theGLD #RLFblog #EroticRomance

If ... Then 

About the Book

Title If…Then: a collection of erotic romance stories
Genre Erotic Romane
Author Emerald
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Emerald

Why did you write this book?
Well, since it is a short story collection, this book was written in a number of different segments propelled by varying motivations. But the reason I took it upon myself to collect it into a single work and pen the original stories I wanted to include is because I recognized that certain of my stories held an energy or tone or underlying evolution—clearly this is something I find a bit difficult to articulate and definitely consider intangible!—and I wanted to see them all collected in one volume that I felt represented the deepest asipiration I feel in writing erotic fiction.
As it turned out, the collection I submitted was divided into two volumes (more on this in answer to a later question), so to me, If… Then represents what I described above in the context of the romantically-oriented stories—those that focus on a committed relationship of conscious intention between the characters (as distinct from the erotica ones in which the sexual connection is the foremost focus, regardless of the relational intent beyond that).
What is your favorite genre to read?
As far as romance, I've often enjoyed historicals—such fascinating detail, and it seems so fun to read about a distinctly different time period. Overall, though, I tend to read a lot of nonfiction. In particular, in recent years I've gravitated toward books on consciousness and spirituality by authors like A. H. Almaas, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, etc.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Jeez. What a tough question. It strikes me as the kind I'll remember the perfect answer to after I've already given one off the top of my head, lol. But I'm going to go with Albus Dumbledore, as he comes closest of any character I've read to embodying and exhibiting the level of consciousness and awakeness to which I myself aspire.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I almost never watch TV (unless the Yankees are playing), and while watching movies hasn't been something I've done a lot of either, I do have a few favorites. First is Dangerous Beauty, which is a film adaptation of a biography of sixteenth-century Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco titled The Honest Courtesan, by Margaret Rosenthal. I also love The Dark Knight, Shakespeare in Love, and A League of Their Own. And despite my qualification about television, my partner did introduce me to the series Firefly long after it had been discontinued, and I did enjoy watching that. :)
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
While I'm still largely working in the short form (short stories) at this time, I do have a story in progress that seems to have made it known that it is going to be longer—perhaps even a novel. Given that it's been in progress for literally years, though, I do not have a sense of when it might actually be completed!
I have a short story coming out in a couple months in Cleis Press's Best Erotic Romance 2015 anthology, and next summer I'll have a novella-length (11,000 words) contribution in a Sweetmeats Press anthology on sex and sports titled The Athletic Aesthetic. (My story, "Doubleheader," is about baseball, of course. ;))
Please tell us about your latest book.
If… Then is an erotic romance short story collection that was originally submitted as part of a larger manuscript. I submitted a short story collection to the publisher (1001 Nights Press), and they came back and suggested splitting the manuscript into two books—one with the erotic romance stories and one with the erotica stories. If… Then is the erotic romance one, and it contains ten stories (eight previously published and two new).
The stories cover a range of characters and themes and include some LGBT and BDSM content. The first and last stories in the book, "If…" and "…Then," respectively, obviously make up the title and are related to each other—essentially, "…Then" is a sequel to "If…." Both were previously published in Cleis Press erotic romance anthologies edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.
I feel particularly close to one of the original stories in the book, "Shattered Angels," as it was the most recent one I finished, and I wrote some of it during my solo writing trip to Niagara Falls almost two years ago. The story is partially set in Niagara Falls, and while it was the last story in the book to be finished, I actually started it and drafted it in a different form (before I was writing erotic fiction) almost a decade ago. So it's been through a number of iterations and feels particularly symbolic of the culmination of If… Then as my first single-author short story collection.
All of the stories mean something particular to me, though, which is why I included them in the collection.
In these tales of sizzling erotic romance, deep affection and the warmth of familiarity underlie the erotic connection between longtime lovers. "The Plant on the Mantel" explores the unexpected implications of a generations-past affair on a young married couple. "Honey Changes Everything" finds Kim wondering how to lead her husband out of his state of despair upon losing his job; inspiration comes when breakfast in bed serves up more than just pancakes. And "If…" and "…Then" examine what happens when Valerie finds herself intensely attracted to someone other than her boyfriend—and what he does when he finds out.
With two original stories ("Soft and Gray" and "Shattered Angels") joining the eight previously published tales in this collection, If…Then is a testament to the scorching eroticism that can so seamlessly subsist with long-term romance.

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Author Bio

Emerald is an erotic fiction author whose short stories have been featured or are forthcoming in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief, Logical-Lust, and Sweetmeats Press. She is an advocate for sexual freedom, reproductive rights, and the rights of sex workers, and she serves as a Facebook group moderator and assistant newsletter editor for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Her first single-author collections, If…Then: a collection of erotic romance stories and Safe: a collection of erotic stories, are out now from 1001 Nights Press.

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