November 13, 2015

Acting The Part a new #contemporaryromance by @justineromance #RLFblog

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.
About the Author

I live in Canberra, Australia and I’ve spent my professional life writing legal advice – which some may say is similar to creative writing - but the lack of sexy heroes and happy endings have led me writing romance. I have placed in the finals of Romance Writers of Australia writing contests, winning the Emerald Short Award in 2014.I love Earl Grey tea, talking about which of Jane Austen's novels is my favourite, and searching for the perfect frock. I will read anything, but love romance most of all.
Interview with Justine Lewis
Why did you write this book?
I write escapist romance and, without consciously meaning to, my books often feature celebrities. The idea for Acting the Part came when I wondered about the children of celebrities and what it must be like to have super famous parents. That’s where Persephone Greenwood aka Poppy came from. Her mother is a beautiful actress with depression and substance abuse problems, but Poppy loves her unconditionally and will do anything to help her overcome her addiction. Even if that means entering her father’s show business world, the world of movie making, actors and celebrities. A world she blames for her mother’s problems. A world she has avoided all of her life.
What is your favorite genre to read?
It is difficult to pick just one, but if I had to I’d say contemporary romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
This one is easy though: Elizabeth Bennett. She’s feisty and strong yet her vulnerability is universal. I love that she speaks her mind and still gets the man.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
My next book is due out in the first half of 2016 and is a contemporary romance about a TV anchor woman who fears she’s reaching her use-by date and finds herself both threatened and attracted to a new gun foreign correspondent who becomes her offsider.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Poppy Greenwood needs money fast. Her estranged father, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, has promised to help – on the condition that she work on the set of his next movie. Although Poppy despises the world of show business, she has little choice but to agree.
Hot-shot director Max Madden has an Oscar in his sights. He needs this film to be a success but an overblown budget and a difficult cast are ruining his plans. Not only that, but the Executive Producer's daughter has arrived to spy on him. To keep a close eye on Poppy, he insists she work directly for him. 
But as they work together on location in southern France, the temperature begins to rise. Max knows the boss's daughter is definitely off limits – and Poppy does not want a relationship with anyone in the industry. Yet against their better judgment, an intense chemistry begins to build.
About the Book
Title Acting the Part
Genre Contemporary fiction
Author Justine Lewis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
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November 12, 2015

Season of Surprises a new #holidayanthology by @VickiBatman #RLFblog

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Award-winning author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking "What if??"


Interview with Vicki Batman

Why did you write this book?
Last year, I was asked to participate in the Season of Magic holiday anthology. It did really really well and when asked to participate again, I said yes. But I wrote this particular story because of my love for handbags, specifically Enid Collins bags. They are wonderful stenciled and jeweled creations originally sold through Neiman Marcus. I love them. And created my own brand with a design for this holiday story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I cut my teeth on mysteries like the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden; so I am a huge mystery fan. I also like contemporary romance, especially with a touch of humor. And historical romances sweep me away like a Calgon moment.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I love wacky Stephanie Plum but mostly because Janet E. writes stories with humor. When I finished my first one to read, Four to Score, I fell in love with Janet E’s humor and said, “Finally.”
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m doing edits on Temporarily Insane, a romantic comedy mystery. AND yes, there will be another holiday anthology next year. Mine is tentatively entitled The Littliest Angel. I have a great backstory to share. I have a few more stories banked and I’m looking for a good spot for them.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Season of Surprises is a holiday anthology which features my romantic comedy short story, “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza.” Here’s something to share about it: Christmas Countdown is on! Hunk-a-licious customer, Jack Treadaway, pesters boutique owner, Callie Woods, to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.

About the Book

Title: Season of Surprises featuring “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza.”
Genre: all genres
Author : Vicki Batman, Merry Holly, Cara Marsi, Gerri Brousseau, Roberta Lerman, Madison West, Jane Gale, Kristin Drew
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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Publisher: Indie

Author Social Media

Season of Surprises on FB: https://www.facebook.com/ASeasonOfMagic

November 11, 2015

#RLFblog Salute to Author Veterans #HonoringVets #FemaleVeteran

Salute to Author Veterans
This is the fifth year for an all star salute to authors who are veterans (published or not) on Romance Lives Forever. The list consists of authors, their writing brand, a link to their websites or blogs, and their branch of service. Most of the names listed here are female, but not all. Look for the hashtag #FemaleVeteran on Twitter, and you'll learn a great deal about support for returning female veterans.

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

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

Suzie Quint
US Army
Falling In Love with Romance

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

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

Nancy J Parra
US Air Force
Romantic Suspense

Rochelle Weber
US Navy
Science Fiction Romance

Myla Jackson
US Army and US Air Force
Sinfully Sexy Romance

Mahalia Levey
US Navy
The Decadent Side of Sin

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

Denise Patrick
US Army
Inspirational and Historical Romance

Bob Mayer
US Army
Founder of Who Dares Wins Publishing

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

Diana Cosby
US Navy
Scottish Medieval Romantic Suspense

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

Kathleen Toomey Jabs
US Navy
Mystery

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

Rogenna Brewer
US Navy
Where Romance is Always an Adventure

Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter
US Air Force
Unexpected Romantic Fiction

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

Lori Avocato
US Air Force
Mystery/Romance author

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

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

Lacey Falcone
US Air Force
Tapping into your Flights of Fancy

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

Jeane Westin
US Army
Historical Romance
http://jeanewestin.com

Heather Ashby
US Navy
Military Romance
http://heatherashby.com

Isis Rushdan
US Air Force
Urban Fantasy Romance

Geri Krotow
US Navy
Military Romance

Ella Quinn
US Army
Romance

Eliza Gayle
US Marine Corps
Paranormal and Contemporary Romance

Delilah Devlin
US Army
Hot Romance

CK Crouch
US Army
Romance Tangles with Suspense

Rue Allyn
US Navy
Romance - Historical, Contemporary, Erotic

Lindsay McKenna
US Navy
Romantic military suspense, romantic suspence

Jo Ann Brown
US Army
Inspirational Romance

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

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

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

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

Stacy McKitrick
US Army
Even vampires can be bitten by love

Elizabeth Ashtree
U. S. Army
Stories to turn in your imagination.

Beverly Ovalle
United States Navy
Happily ever after one book at a time

Ashley Ladd
US Air Force
Contemporary Erotic Romance

Allegra Gray
US Air Force
History. Adventure. Passion.

GD Ogan
US Air Force
Paranormal Passion

Roslyn Bane
US Navy
Contemporary Romance
www.roslynbane.com

Jo Ann Brown
US Army
Inspirational Romance: Stories to touch your heart and soul
http://www.joannbrownbooks.com

Gone But Not Forgotten

Terry Irene Blain (deceased)
US Navy
Escape to the past with a romantic adventurehttp://www.terryireneblain.com/

Special Mention

Military News Blog - former military and police authors

RomVets - Women Writers Who Served

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

Center for Women Veterans

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) was established by Congress in November 1994 by Public Law (P.L.) 103-446. CWV monitors and coordinates VA’s administration of health care and benefits services, and programs for women Veterans.