February 3, 2015

Framily Ties in Enticing Hart: Mae Hancock @Hancockfiction #RLFblog #LGBT

Enticing Hart
by Mae Hancock 
I think the family unit is considerably different from how it once was in western society. A friend of mine calls this framily and I'm inclined to go with her on this one because we so often see households made up of three or four generations. Relatives from the extended family and friends make up part of this family = fr-amily. In the case of The Red Fox Ranch, there is an absent mother and this leads to various people taking over the number of functioning roles that a mother would usually perform.
Then, there are the friends who come to live and make up the clan of people who have a common ground, similar ideology, interests and who all love and look out for one another. I wanted the Red Fox Ranch to reflect all of these new dimensions of the family and as the first story Enticing Hart and the series as a whole progresses, readers will see the development of the 'framily".
On the idea of the family unit and caring, another theme further explored in the story is that of looking after someone who is ill. This is particularly difficult for a young person who is just finding his or her feet in the world. I know from first hand experience, this can be stressful, tiring; financially draining and can have a big impact on your social life. Most of us work through illness with the help of other family members but I wanted to convey what might happen when someone who is unscrupulous, probably even mentally unbalanced, and in all likelihood has psychopathy, is then left to their own devices in caring for someone who is vulnerable. Abuse of vulnerable people often goes unnoticed as in this story. Fortunately the care for someone in my story extends outwards from a family who is close to the victim of abuse and this corrects the imbalance.
I really enjoy exploring the dynamics of family relationships, particularly over generations. In the case of the Red Fox Ranch, grandma is accepting of her children's sexuality and in many ways is a progressive thinker. Nevertheless, she's a cantankerous older lady who often speaks the truth where it needs to be said. Oak loves his grandmother very much and she's already noticed the spark between him and Hart. She's the elderly lady that is a keen observer of human nature. She's often aware that she's a being difficult and plays on it to her advantage or to find out more information from a situation. I think the older lady is a universal character—we all know a 'grandma' type who has a twinkle in her eye and is able to influence our actions because we believe she is older and wiser.
Enticing Hart

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Hart Emile is tired of cruising for guys, living a soulless existence. He needs a change; so when an acquaintance gives him the number of the gay friendly Red Fox Ranch that's hiring for staff, he heads south.
Oak Redman is eighteen years old and desperate to explore his awakening sexuality. The moment Hart lays eyes on the handsome young rancher he's smitten. Not only is Oak hot, spirited and very persistent, he is also the ranch boss's son and strictly off limits. Hart tries to fight his feelings and to respect his boss and the family who quickly become dear to him, but after Oak's grandma suggests he gets with Oak he can't deny himself the most exciting and enticing man he has ever met.
Hart's not the only man to have noticed how sweet and charming Oak Redman is. A family friend, Steve, is also anxious to have the affections of the young rancher. Can Hart work out Steve's dark secrets before it's too late and keep his job, his lover and his life?
Title Enticing Hart
Genre Gay Romance
Author Mae Hancock
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Loose Id

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Mae Hancock enjoys reading all types of literature from thrillers to romance. She is interested in people who experience social marginalization and these are often themes that appear in her stories. She's written erotic literature for pleasure for a long time, but it's only recently she's put romance and erotica together and found she enjoys writing about the exciting journey we all go on when falling in love. Her interests include cultural history, particularly in the Greek and Roman worlds.

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February 2, 2015

1920s Romance: 4 Authors Share Their Passion @kathylwheeler #RLFblog

by Amanda McCabe 
Before they introduce their stories, the four ladies have a question for readers:
Amanda McCabe: What era do you enjoy reading most?
Alicia Dean: Do you enjoy reading shorts/novellas or do you prefer complete novels?
Krysta Scott: Do you prefer paperback or ebooks?
Kathy L Wheeler: Do you ever re-read your favorite books?
Before we dive into their stories, the four ladies want to share a fun fact:
Amanda McCabe: When I told my dad I was majoring in English Lit, then mastering in Elizabethan Poetry, he demanded to know what I would do with those degrees. I told him, "I'll write romance!"
Alicia Dean: I normally only write contemporary, but I recently released a Vintage romance set in 1957, and now I have this 1920's story. Quite a departure for me.
Kathy L Wheeler: I just love a hero that has to work his tail off for the heroine, because she deserves the best. In all of my stories, even when the heroine needs saving, she's usually saved herself just as the hero is busting down the door.
Krysta Scott: I am a science fiction geek. A dystopian world, science mishap or paranormal creature are usually the subjects of my novels. Writing about the twenties was quite a stretch for me. Amanda, Alicia and Kathy have been quite gracious dealing with my lack of historical knowledge. I had a lot of fun writing this story.
Amanda McCabe, Alicia Dean, Kathy L Wheeler and Krysta Scott have a unique friendship. Yes, they are all romance writers, and at different stages in their writing careers. But every Friday night, schedules permitting, they meet at the Martini Lounge in Edmond, Oklahoma where they chitchat, plan retreats to get away and for just a general get away. Over a period of time the idea to create a series of stories where the Martini Lounge would serve as a backdrop—well, as writers, that was inevitable. So here we are with our first go at it. Welcome to 1920s New York City where four young women run away from England excited to make their own way in a new world.
All four stories are now available for the pre-order price of $0.99 until February 26, 2015, the official release.

Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Amanda McCabe
Can an aristocratic lady melt the cold heart of a Russian gangster?
Lady Jessica Hatton fled her high-society London debutante life for one of investigative journalism in New York—only to be relegated to the fashion pages. Searching for a juicy story leads her to Club 501, the city's most glamorous speakeasy—and its handsome, mysterious owner, Frank Markov. But his past of war and revolution puts their hearts—and their lives—in danger...

About the Author

Amanda McCabe wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)
She's never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOK Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a very bossy miniature Poodle, along with far too many books.
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook.

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Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Alicia Dean
by Alicia Dean
Blurb: She vowed she'd be no man's doxy, but fate had other plans...
After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped.
Former boxer, Vince "The Fist" Taggart dreams of marrying, having a family, and living a quiet, peaceful life. But when a girl he's known since childhood disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can't force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza is the key to finding his missing friend.

About the Author

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Krysta Scott
Can she prove her innocence before more than her dreams are destroyed?
by Krysta Scott
After escaping an arranged marriage, Lady Charlotte Leighton lands on a new shore, determined to realize her dream of opening her own bakery. But her plans are shattered when her former fiancé follows her to New York. Now, she finds herself in a fight for her freedom.
Haunted by a string of failures, Detective Felix Noble is determined to solve his latest case. But his efforts to find a murderer are jeopardized by a forbidden attraction to his number one suspect. While he's certain Charlotte Leighton is keeping secrets, instinct tells him she's not the murderess he first believed.

About the Author

Krysta Scott is a family law attorney in her false life. After years of writing and winning contests, she is now taking the plunge into publishing. A fan of sci-fi and dark stories surrounding people in crisis, she also enjoys way too much TV including Vampire Diaries, Breaking Bad, and Sherlock. Runaway is her breakout story.

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Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Kathy L Wheeler
Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger…
Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money…fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it's not soon enough to save her friend.
Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

About the Author

Kathy L Wheeler (also known as Kae Elle Wheeler) writes both Contemporary and Historical Romance. She was born in Presque Isle, Maine. How she ended up in Texas, then Oklahoma is as much a mystery to her as anyone. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Management Information Systems and a minor in Vocal Music.
She is published through The Wild Rose Press. She loves to travel. Ports of call include a three week stint in Europe covering Madrid, Barcelona, Avignon, Paris, Koln, Amsterdam and London. Other exciting places she's visited are Grand Cayman, Puerta Vallerta, Mexico, Vancouver, Canada, and roaming from one romance writing conference to another nationwide. You may have met her in Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, New York or Atlanta. She is a member of the Oklahoma RWA Chapter, Dara, and The Beau Monde. Kathy lives with her musically talented husband in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have one grown daughter and one bossy cat, Carly!

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February 1, 2015

RLF Gem Award: Top Bloggers Jan 2015 #RLFblog @vickyburkholder

RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 28 posts in a 31 day month. Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests.

The Top Blogger for January was Vicky Burkholder. She wins a month of free cover advertising on the blog.

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
  1. Vicky Burkholder
  2. Lindsay McKenna
  3. Sandy Wolters
  4. Allie Ritch
  5. Red L Jameson
 Honorable mention: Jane Leopold Quinn, Daisy Banks, Naughty Literati

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