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Little Girl Lost by Mia Frances @maszyd #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseMia Frances, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Little Girl Lost by Mia Frances

Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (Hot. For adults only)
Sheriff Zac McHenry is fit to be tied. A new “working girl” just showed up at the local truck stop. He doesn’t want “her kind” in town! He arrests her, but things aren’t what they seem. She’s no hooker…she’s a librarian! Her name is Ali, and she’s trying to track down a 13-year-old runaway. The girl disappeared from the truck stop a week ago and hasn’t been heard from since. Zac tries to send Ali packing, even checks her out of her motel room, but she refuses to leave until she finds the girl. With the rodeo in town and all the hotel and motel rooms in the area booked up, Ali finds herself temporarily homeless. With no place else to go, she moves in with the sheriff until a room becomes available. Zac thinks his houseguest is a foul-mouthed, ill-tempered hellion. She thinks he’s an interfering, arrogant bully. But when they work together to investigate a case of kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder…sparks begin to fly. Is this any way to start a romance?
Why did you write this book?
The idea for Little Girl Lost came from a program I saw about two girl cousins, ages 14 and 15, from Toledo, Ohio who were on their way to get milkshakes from a nearby fast food restaurant and were kidnapped. It was starting to rain when a car with a man and woman inside pulled up beside them. The man offered them a ride to the restaurant. The girls mistakenly thought he was the father of one of their friends and got in. He was actually a violent pimp with a long rap sheet.
The girls were threatened and kept locked away in a house during the day and taken to motels at night where they were coerced into having sex with strangers. After several days, they were transported across state lines and taken to truck stops where they were forced to prostitute themselves to the drivers.
Thankfully, those girls were found by the authorities and reunited with their families. They managed to escape alive and are now trying to overcome the trauma and rebuild their lives. Lots of victims aren’t that lucky.
I was so taken by their story that I researched the topic and discovered that a lot of teenage runaways fall victim to such predators. The numbers are staggering! In a 2008 news’ report, three years after the girls’ ordeal ended, it was estimated that there were then 100,000 minors forced into sexual bondage by pimps and human traffickers.
I thought a human trafficking investigation would make a good plot for a romantic thriller. I decided my heroine, Ali, would be a youth librarian from upstate NY who’s trying to track down a 13-year-old runaway. Ali is a former foster kid who’s struggled to make a life for herself.
I decided on her background after seeing another TV show about how difficult life is for foster kids when they age out of the system. How many of them turn to drugs and the street. Ali runs programs for at-risk teens and preschoolers at her library. The girl she’s after, a foster kid too, participated in her teen drop-in program. Ali is investigating what happened to the girl when she runs afoul of a county sheriff in Wyoming.
He’s big, bossy, and a conservative Republican. She’s a petite, liberal Democrat with a short temper and a big mouth. They clash, but have to put their differences aside to work together to solve a series of abductions and murders.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love murder mysteries and romantic suspense.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
V.I. Warshawski, the Chicago Private Investigator created by novelist Sara Paretsky. I’ve read about 10 or 11 of the books in the series thus far. She’s smart, strong, tenacious, and a tough as nails detective.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m finishing up the third book in my Millie Muldoon holiday mystery series, which I hope to have out in time for Halloween. They are early chapter book and written for 3rd grade readers. I write children’s books under a different pen name.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I’m working on the final draft of a post-apocalyptic romance, set in the Adirondack wilderness of upstate NY. It will be out either later this year or early next. I haven’t settled on a title yet, I vacillate between Wolf’s Woman or Tribes.

Where to buy Little Girl Lost

Barnes and Noble

Mia Frances Social Media

Mia Frances is a pen name of author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski. She writes across several genres using this and other pseudonyms. As Mia Frances, she’s the author of the steamy romantic suspense novel, Little Girl Lost and the IN HIS KEEPING erotic romance, murder mystery thriller series: In His Keeping: Taken, In His Keeping: Banished, and In His Keeping: Claimed. Her Science Fiction works include novels: The Ark, The Colony, The Land, Source of Evil, and novella The Hand of My Enemy. She’s also the author of dark fantasies: Worship the Night and Dark Realm, and mainstream novel Silent Song. She’s published seven children’s books: Ghoul School, Millie Muldoon and the Christmas Mystery, Millie Muldoon and the Case of the Thanksgiving Turkey-napper, A Puddle for Poo, Kia’s Manatee, The Duck in the Hole, and I Can’t Talk, I’ve Got Farbles In My Mouth.
She’s a member of the Authors Guild, RWA (Romance Writers of America), SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and SFWA (Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America).
Amazon Author Page


Read free: The Mad Monk's Treasure by Kris Bock @kris_bock #FreeBookFriday #ReadIt’s #FreeBook Friday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris Bock. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris Bock

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?
Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life—and her heart?
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Rob had all but given up on himself. A convict doomed to suffer for the rest of his life, he kept to himself… until he saw her…
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Diamond In The Rough is a story of chances, stealing, and love inside the City of Detroit and a man where all hope is gone.
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“The secret to happiness? I mean, who wouldn’t want that?”
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They’re all part of a long-term social study. And the subject? Happiness.
Meeting them at the ages of seven, fourteen, twenty-one and sometimes in between, Ciara develops increasingly intense relationships with Amelia and Max… until it all falls tragically apart.
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Healing from a deserved drubbing at the hands of Atlas Leonidus, Siberian tiger shifter Dmitry Alkaev travels from Cairo to Virginia. The strange compulsion leads him to his mate and a fearsome rival. Faced with a modern woman’s determination to remain independent, Dmitry unleashes charm and ruthlessness to claim her and, he hopes, redeem his honor.
Tessa Hart’s romantic Valentine’s Day weekend ends in utter disaster. Fate drops her into the arms of two big, handsome men who both assert their ownership over her. She wants to remain independent, but finds herself inexorably drawn to Dmitry. He’s tall, sexy, overbearing, and absolutely certain that she belongs to him. The choice, eventually, is hers. Accepting him means the end of life as she knows it and the beginning of a life she cannot fathom.
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As king of the immortal Ultras, Pietas ap Lorectic rules his people with an iron fist and a heart of stone. Or so he would have you believe. The man behind the myth is a scientist, deep thinker, brilliant strategist, and passionate lover. He has shared his thoughts on chaos with few. This book is a collection of quotes on the concept by the man known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos.
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Is It True: An Ozarks Christmas by Angela Drake @AngelaDrakeA #RLFblog #SweetRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Angela Drake, author of An Ozarks Christmas, a sweet holiday romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

An Ozarks Christmas by Angela Drake

Genre Sweet Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
From the moment he sees Stephanie across the crowded restaurant, Brendan Keane knows he has to have her… and does. Unaware that four years later, their lives would take different paths and Stephanie will marry someone else. After the murder of her husband, Stephanie Douglas takes her two children and moves to the Ozarks, carrying with her a secret she’s harbored for ten years. When Stephanie’s company, ‘Planned to Perfection’, is called upon to plan his daughter’s wedding, Brendan’s back in her life. And this time Stephanie fears she won’t be able to tell him good-bye.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. My first book, Somewhere Down the Line came out with Burroughs publishing 4 years ago
this book is part of a series?
Yes. This is Book 1 of a 4-book series
you lost sleep while writing this book?
you did research for this book?
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
this book has more than one genre?
you speak more than one language?
you grew up where you live now?
No. Born and raised in CO until my late teens.
you love to read?
you are never late?
No. I try not to be but doesn’t always happen.
you love pizza?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?
Yes – 3 dogs, 2 cats

Where to buy An Ozarks Christmas

Amazon –

Angela Drake Social Media

Angela Drake believes in happy endings, the magic of ‘what if’ and second chances. When not living vicariously through her characters, Angela spends her day working social media accounts for musicians and authors. She enjoys time with her granddaughters, gardening, journaling, and a myriad of artistic pursuits. She shares a home in the Ozarks with her husband, two dogs and three cats. She loves networking with readers and writers through her Facebook, twitter Instagram and blog.
Amazon Author Page

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