May 3, 2017

Words and Dreams by Laura Strickland #RLFblog #historicalromance

Welcome Laura Strickland author of Words and Dreams, a new Historical Romance.
Why did you write this book?
This book is part of a series that began with The Wild Rose Press's "Lobster Cove" project. I wrote the first book, "The White Gull" and the second, "Forged By Love" as parts of that fun series. "Forged By Love" won the International Digital Award for short historical romance, and readers fell in love with a secondary character, Dorothea Sinclair. This book, "Words and Dreams" tells Dorothea's story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Must I choose one? I love humorous fantasy, which includes Steampunk Romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Granny Weatherwax from Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I'm working on writing book six of my Buffalo Steampunk Adventure series, which will be called "Tough Prospect: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure" (and I'm loving it!)
What books will we see from you in coming months?
My next book, which will be released on June 16, 2017, is book five of my Steampunk series, and is called "Steel Kisses: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure".
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings):PG
Dorothea Sinclair has left her small home town in Maine and come to Boston to begin a career as a newspaper reporter. But so far her job on the Guardian has proved disappointing. More skivvy than reporter, she's even been subjected to a humiliating proposition from the chief editor's son. She needs a break but never expects it might come from a chance meeting with an Irish ruffian.
There's a great deal of injustice in Boston, and O'Hare, embroiled in his fight for equality on behalf of Boston's Irish, is well aware of it. When he rescues Dorothea's hat on the waterfront, he's surprised to learn she's a reporter. And when she offers him the opportunity to state his case in the Guardian, what can he do but accept? It's the perfect chance to put his dreams into his own words—and the only sure way to see her again.

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Born and raised in Western New York, Laura Strickland has pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. She has made pilgrimages to both Newfoundland and Scotland in the company of her daughter, but is usually happiest at home not far from Lake Ontario, with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Author of Scottish romances Devil Black, His Wicked Highland Ways, Honor Bound: A Highland Adventure and The Hiring Fair as well as The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy consisting of Daughter of Sherwood, Champion of Sherwood and Lord of Sherwood, she has also published three Steampunk romances, Dead Handsome: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure, Off Kilter: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure and Sheer Madness: a Buffalo Steampunk Adventure as well as two Christmas novellas: The Tenth Suitor and Mrs. Claus and the Viking Ship, a Valentine's novella: Ask me and a ghost story, Awake on Garland Street. Her Lobster Cove Historical Romances include The White Gull and the novella, Forged By Love. Words and Dreams is her seventeenth book with The Wild Rose press.
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May 2, 2017

Famous in a Small Town by Kristina Knight @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #contemporary

Welcome Kristina Knight author of Famous in a Small Town, a new Contemporary Romance.
Why did you write this book?
Famous in a Small Town is the first book in my new small town series, set in the fictional town of Slippery Rock, Missouri. I wanted to write about the kind of place where I grew up. I had this idea about what might happen to a few hometown football heroes, who were now back in their small town and figuring out what was next for them. And that's where the characters basically took over. I'm so excited for this series, not just because of the location (a small lake town in Missouri) but because the characters are so real to me. I hope readers fall in love with them, like I did.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I don't know that I have a favorite, although I probably read contemporary romances more than any other. But I love cozy mysteries, historicals, and I've found a renewed interest in memoirs the past few months. So, I guess my favorite genre is whatever I happen to be reading at this moment (and right now I'm reading a memoir and a contemporary at the same time!).
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
There are so many! I adore Mr. Darcy, and I have serious feelings for Inigo from The Princess Bride, and I can't leave out Justin from Diana Palmer's Long, Tall Texans series. . .I think my favorite, though, is Jo from Little Women. I always thought I was a little like her – a little too bookish, a little tomboyish, a little sarcastic. Although she does speak her mind much more often than I ever have. Hmm, maybe I need to be more like Jo!
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm finishing up book 4 in the Slippery Rock series, Levi and Camden's book, and I'll start on a novella for the series in another couple of weeks – yay, more Slippery Rock books!
What books will we see from you in coming months?
You're going to see all the Slippery Rock books! Famous is the first, and stars Collin Tyler and Savannah Walters. Then in July book two releases, Rebel in a Small Town, featuring Slippery Rock's acting sheriff, James Calhoun and Mara Tyler (Collin's sister). Then, in September, book 3 releases, Breakup in a Small Town. Book 3 features married-but-on-the-rocks Adam and Jenny. And then, in December, you'll get book 4, featuring Levi Walters (Savannah's older brother) and Camden Harris, a new arrival to town. And, I don't have a release date or a title yet, but Aiden, Adam's twin, will get his own novella some time in the fall. He'll be paired up with Savannah's wedding planner. Julia Colson.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Famous in a Small Town is a contemporary romance with a friends-to-lovers theme. Savannah is Collin's best friend's sister, and is running from a bit of a scandal. Collin has never run from anything in his life, so he doesn't understand A) why Savannah's back in town or B) why he can't stop thinking about a woman he knows won't be staying around for long. He is rooted very deeply in Slippery Rock, but he can't stay away from Savannah....
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.
His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

Kristina Knight Social Media

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!
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May 1, 2017

#Romance Lives Forever @VickiBatman @susanvaughn #RLFblog

The Top Blogger for this month is Vicki Batman, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Top Blogger of 2016 was Susan V Vaughn, who won a year of free advertising for 2017.

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by cumulative page views, including return and unique visits.

Congratulations to each one!
1. Vicki Batman
2. Veronica Scott
3. Susan Vaughn
4. Caroline Warfield
5. JP Adkins
Honorable mention: Jennifer E Subject, Jennifer Loring

Top Chatters for the Month

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author's). There can be up to three winners.
This month's winners are:
Susan V Vaughn
Marianne Rice

Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. May 17th the blog moves to its new Wordpress home. All links on the current blog will remain active. 

Each post is featured on the Romance Lives Forever Pinterest board within a few days after it goes live.

Be a Guest Author

Romance Lives Forever uses Signup Genius to schedule guests. The system also reminds authors of their visit. One post is available each day. Once you choose a date, no one else will be able to take it. You can sign up for more than one visit; however, each visit must be in a different month.
May - June
July - September
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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:
Alexa Aston, April Wood, Barbara White Daille, Ciara Gold, Collette Cameron, Cynthia Sax, DP Denman, Grace Risata, Houston Havens, Izzy Szyn, Jennifer Allis Provost, Kate Hill, Kristina Knight, Lauren Linwood, Livia Quinn, LM Brown, Marianne Rice, NJ Walters, Saraya St Clair, Marilyn Baron