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King of Swords by Anna Durbin @TheAnnaDurbin #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceAnna Durbin author of King of Swords answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Anna Durbin is the author of charming tales of the Beau Monde. Having grown up reading sagas of chivalry and romance, she began crafting her own elaborate stories in her imagination at a young age. It was only natural that she would one day write them down. Her first novel, King of Swords, was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.
Despite years of study in the biological and physical sciences, her true love has always been the literary arts. Inspired by her favorite author, Jane Austen, Anna adores the Regency Era and writes period pieces set during that time that show love conquering adversity. Oddly, for all her love of science and history, she is a faithful devotee of the New Age. She discovered tarot cards in a New Age shop in Minneapolis during a high school class trip one year and has been enchanted with them ever since. She enjoys weaving the symbolism of the tarot deck into her storylines.
Anna has lived in ten different states throughout her lifetime, from California to New Jersey. A Midwesterner at heart, she was born in Kansas and raised in Iowa. Currently, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband and works as a technician for local government.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Thai food. I love the spiciness of Thai cuisine.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Mr. Darcy, of course! He’s the perfect not-so-perfect hero who risks it all for love.
Describe the perfect vacation.
The perfect vacation for me is doing absolutely nothing as I lie on a warm beach in the Caribbean, sun shining, palm trees swaying, the gentle ocean waves lulling me to sleep.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Barbie and friends. My sister and I would play for hours with our Barbie dolls, making up wild stories and exploits for them, usually involving romance, of course!
What are your hobbies?
I like reading and collecting antiques. I also have a Barbie collection, which includes both vintage and contemporary dolls.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A fiercely independent spinster who desperately needs assistance…
Lady Cassandra Gardner will inherit fifty thousand pounds when she turns thirty—and just in time. She has a special purpose for her money, one no man could understand. But when her brother the duke tries to cheat her out of her fortune, she has no choice but to accept the help of the man who shattered her heart years ago.
A gallant nobleman who can’t resist rescuing a damsel in distress…
Lord William Poniard is looking for a wife, but the last woman he should consider marrying is his archenemy’s sister, the woman who hates him with a vengeance. Yet, when she is compromised by her brother’s nefarious scheme, he sees an opportunity not only to rescue the lady by marrying her but also to exact revenge on the duke for his past betrayal.
Will she accept his offer of help and at what cost?
Despite the long-standing animosity between Cassandra and William, sparks fly when their attraction to one another ignites into a passion neither saw coming. Will one night of rapture unite them or drive them apart? Can she forget past wounds and let him back into her heart? And can he convince her that she is the only woman he wants?
Publisher self-published
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/King-Swords-Kings-Tarot-Book-ebook/dp/B072KFYXQV
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Anna Durbin Social Media

Website https://annadurbinauthor.com
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Durbin/e/B072N25NR4/

 

Meet Drew Samuels from The Cost of Deception by Mary Marvella #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLet’s meet Drew Sanuels from The Cost of Deception, a new Romantic Suspense. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Let’s talk.

Introducing Drew Samuels

Please tell me about yourself.
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Florence, Georgia
Profession: undercover cop
Ethnicity: English/Irish
Tell us about yourself, please.
You don’t ask much of a guy, do you? I am 6 feet and fit. Some folks say I’m cut. I earned my six-pack. I have black hair like Sam and Esther, my older brother and younger sister. I wear my hair long. My Spider earrings let everyone know my street name, Spider. Some folks say I have whisky colored eyes. Depends on which color contacts I’m wearing.
I was a skinny teen in a family of athletes. Since I wanted to go to Georgia Tech with scholarship money I studied hard. In college I studied ROTC and learned I could run. Don’t talk about my time in the army, but it matured me in more ways than one. I thrived on the danger so much I became a cop when I finished my tours.
I didn’t fit in any groups in high school and I don’t regret it. I do love family, but I don’t need to start one for myself.
Who is the significant other in your life?
When the story begins, I don’t have one. When I make myself go to the 20th year high school reunion I see Tess, the one person I really remember. Man, that woman is hot and even better than she was as a teen.
How do you dress?
Besides my grungy jeans, tight tees, and spider earrings?
Please tell us about your education.
I have a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. I went ROTC all the way, so I went in the army as a Second LT.
What is your family like?
My family is lovin’ and a tad bossy. Mama and Daddy don’t know I’m a cop. They think I’m an insurance investigator, a waste for a Tech graduate. I haven’t told Sam, Luke, or Esther, but blabbermouth Esther figured it out. Well, she and Sam did. She and Sam worry about me, but Luke is too busy helping Daddy run the farm to worry about his younger sibs. My family would be called “good folks”. Sam has a wife and kid. Luke, the oldest, has a wife but no kid, a huge problem in his marriage.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Hell, lady, I Iive with secrets I wish I could tell!
How do you handle challenges?
I hit ’em head on!
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
My sister says she can tell, but no one else can. I’m a pro at lying.
What would you like to tell your writer?
Took long enough! Sam is so boring you didn’t have to write his story first. Finally publishing my book!

The Cost of Deception

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level: (R )

The Cost of Deception is a romantic suspense with a lot of family interaction. Tess is a widowed mother and a teacher. She has been so wrapped up in her role as a mother that she has forgotten how it feels to be a desirable woman. Attending her 20th year high school class reunion, the first she’s ever attended, changes that when she meets Drew Samuels. She and Drew were the class loners and too involved in studying to feel the hormones that attack teens.
Drew is now an undercover cop in Atlanta, GA. During his years in the military he had no concerns about marriage and starting his own family. His life put him in danger and he liked things that way. He was no longer the nerd who had attended Georgia Tech.

Seeing Tess at the class reunion made him rethink what he really wanted.
She loves her children more than anything else and he respects that. He doesn’t know how to make his career work with the things Tess and her kids make him want. 
Yes, there will be hot sex and danger will stalk her family.

Publisher Gilded Dragonfly Books http://www.GildedDragonflyBooks.com
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cost-Deception-Protective-Book-ebook/dp/B076FLTTHB/
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cost-of-deception-mary-marvella/

Mary Marvella Social Media

Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. She made up the “Let’s Pretend” situations for the neighborhood kids. The arrival of the book mobile was as exciting as hearing the music of the ice cream truck, more, since she could check out books but seldom had the money for the ice cream. Her parents preferred letting her walk to the corner store for less money. She still pinches pennies.

When Mary’s daughter was small, story time often meant Mama made up stories. Now retired from teaching the classic works of the masters, Mary writes her own stories and reads modern novels. Georgia raised, she writes stories with a Southern flair.
Website http://MaryMarvella.com
Blog http://pinkfuzzyslippersauthors.wordpress.com
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Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Marvella/e/B008E1SJ32/

 

Prince of Fools by Nancy Gideon @NancyGideon #RLFblog #paranormalWelcome Nancy Gideon author of Prince of Fools, a new Paranormal Romance.

Why did you write this book?

Prince of Fools is the third installment in my four book “House of Terriot” dark shapeshifter series. The Terriot clan was initially introduced as villains in my “By Moonlight” shapeshifter series, their warrior family ruled by the brutal iron-fist of Bram the Beast until overthrown by rowdy, rock-n-roll brawler son Cale in a move that divided the House and its twelve princes. The deliciously dark and dangerous brothers caught my creative attention, seducing me into giving them their own spin-off series and I’m totally loving each connected yet capable of standing alone book.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read anything and everything but my go-to has a touch of suspense and a hint of the paranormal. Dean Koontz is my all-time favorite author.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

That would be a favorite couple, Eve Dallas and Rourke from J. D. Robb’s “In Death” series. Their relationship is constantly evolving and never ceases to fascinate. They inspired me to write my “By Moonlight” series with a continuing hero and heroine, something not unusual in Urban Fantasy but rarely done in Romance.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m getting ready to start Prince of Dreams, the fourth and final “House of Terriot” book which features the youngest prince, who prefers to use brains over brawn in the fight for his family’s survival until forced to decide between their path and his love for their enemy’s daughter. The heroine is a fortune teller whose gift is from a source she doesn’t understand and I’m loving researching the Tarot and other divination arts.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Prince of Dreams should debut in the spring of 2018 along with the reissue through Tell-Tale Publishing of my very first novel, Sweet Tempest, a historical regency written as Lauren Giddings. I’m planning at least one more book with Max and Charlotte, the fan favorite couple from my “By Moonlight” series as well as bringing back my “Bass Family of Texas” western historicals written as Dana Ransom. Lots of exciting and varied reading to watch for!

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Prince of Fools by Nancy Gideon

“House of Terriot” Book 3

A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid…

Rico – Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber – a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams…lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together…and keep them alive?
“Utterly captivating 5 Stars, Prince of Fools is intense, fast-paced, paranormal romance/suspense at its best – A stunningly raw, heart racing story that held me in a trance from cover to cover!” -Cross My Heart Reviews
Publisher: self-published
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074QYWHQ7/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prince-of-fools-nancy-gideon/1127267660
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/prince-of-fools/id1299474253?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/prince-of-fools-2
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Nancy Gideon Social Media

Nancy Gideon is the award-winning bestseller of over 60 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to dark paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix, and is currently testing the “Hybrid author” waters. She works full time as a legal assistant in Central Michigan, and when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl. She’s also written under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings.
Website http://nancygideon.com
Blog http://nancygideon.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/NancyGideon
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NancyGideonAuthor/
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Welcome Aurora Springer author of Europa, a new SciFi Romance.

Why did you write this book?
I enjoy creating new worlds. This story began when I envisioned the scene where the exhausted heroine sees the hero’s face under a thin sheet of ice. She will die if he does not save her. Then, I had to imagine life on the “space” station on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and introduce several alien species.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I prefer to read science fiction and fantasy stories. Adventures combined with a romance are great.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I don’t have a single favorite character, although I prefer a specific type of character. My favorite characters can be illustrated by examples in Andre Norton’s books. Gillan in Year of the Unicorn and Hosteen Storm in the Beast Master stories are loners, despised or abused for their differences. Yet, their special abilities will help them overcome disaster and achieve a better life.
What are you working on at the moment?
Europa is the first book in a planned new series, Taxyon Space. I am writing the second book, which follows a few days after the end of Europa. This series is intended to have adventures on different planets, or rather celestial objects, since Europa is a moon.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I hope to publish Rishalt, Book 2 of Taxyon Space, early in 2018. Then, I plan to write book 5 in my series, Grand Masters’ Galaxy. Afterward, I’ll poll my readers for their preferred series to extend, or pick an idea from my list.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Science Fiction Adventure and Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
What alien creatures lurk under the icy surface of Europa?
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants.
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?
Publisher Aurora Springer
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0764DFSDM/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/europa-aurora-springer/1127329162
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/book/id1303214624
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ebook/europa-43

Aurora Springer Social Media

Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
Website http://www.auroraspringer.org
Blog http://auroraspringer.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/AuroraSpringer
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Welcome Karen Cino author of Chaos at the Compound, a new Cozy Mystery.

Why did you write this book?
I moved to a fifty-five and older community and was amazed at how seniors are just as bad as teens. When I heard people talking about cheating on their spouses and the crazy antics they do, I knew I had found plenty of information on writing a new series.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy reading women’s fiction with romantic elements, contemporary romances and cozy mysteries.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on women’s fiction contemporary romance that takes place during the summer at the Jersey Shore.
And I’m also working on Book three in my Camp Mirage cozy mystery series where there is a parallel story line between solving the mystery and the main character’s romance with one of the male residents.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
At the end of November, early December, book two in my Seaside Boulevard Series – A Different Kind of Perfect will be published.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Cozy Mystery with Romantic Elements
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
It is the grand opening of The Perfect Pitch. All the pieces fall into place until Francine’s Diagnosis of breast cancer, throwing their lives upside down. While Amy and Jason deal with the reaction from her family to their interracial relationship, Toni finds herself in another overbearing relationship with Pelicans third baseman Gary Thompson.
In the mist o taking care of Francine and working at The Perfect Pitch, Richie gets a call from the owner of the Pelicans. He is offered a job as pitching coach for the team. Richie accepts the job, putting a huge strain on his marriage which affects all of them.
Publisher: Mandolay Press
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Compound-Camp-Mirage-Book-ebook/dp/B076FBVBZY/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.
Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
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Today’s featured book is Weapon of Tyrants, The Last War: Book Four by Sylvie Grayson. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

The International Head Balls Games are about to begin at Deep Creek, Southern Territory of Khandarken. Tension rises with the new nations Adar Silva, Khandarken, Jiran and Legitamia scheduled to take part in the competition.

Damian Stuke still has nightmares about being captured by the Emperor’s men and tortured during the Last War. Now he is an enforcer for an illegal gamer in the Western Territory. When his sister marries the Chief Constable of Khandarken, his life has to change.

Training for undercover work in Deep Creek in the midst of the International Games, he encounters a fascinating woman with a small child and a hidden agenda. But as he discovers what she’s hiding, his protective instincts kick into high gear.

When Fanny Master’s parents are assassinated, she is forced to run for her life. A member of the Khandarken political elite, she doesn’t know who is after her, but she’ll do almost anything to remain under the radar. That could include using someone else’s ident and adopting their child, a child who could be from another world.

As Emperor Carlton ramps up his plans for invasion, and the Head Ball Games approach a thundering climax, the assassins make a new attempt on Fanny’s life. Damian is her only hope. Will he save her from her unknown enemy, or is he still working for the other side?

After the Emperor was defeated in the Last War, the Empire broke apart and new nations arose from the debris left of the old. Ranging along the Catastrophic Ocean are Adar Silva, the most sophisticated of the countries, having been the location of Emperor Aqatain’s palace, headquarters and centre of learning. North of that is Khandarken, led by a middle class group of politicians and military men. Here the people struggle to establish some kind of political openness while still relying on official appointments and governors to keep order in the hinterland.

Legitamia and Sturridge are further north and have regressed into their own dictatorships, run by the military and boasting closed borders. To the west is a territory of tribal wars and loose affiliations.

The Last War destroyed nearly everything. The hills crawl with the dispossessed, men who are too damaged by the battles to live in community. There are roving bands of raiders, mud roads, travelling sellers and llama farms.

In the midst of all this, the defeated Emperor dies and his son takes over the task of re-establishing his empire out of nothing. Suddenly the dispossessed have a purpose, one they understand.

Language and Culture

Please give us a few words in this new culture.

Creating a new world is a lot of work. It involves inventing new countries, traditions and cultures. I have reams of words that are used in The Last War. Some are obvious, others less so. Communication is difficult in many territories, and carried out through links—facelink if reception is good, beltlink if working in secret where silence is needed., voicelink if you don’t care that messages are hacked and monitored.

Paper is hard to get and expensive, only used by the wealthy.

Transportation is by bus, they slow down at the stations for people to leap off or on. Scooters are also common, the expensive ones are aerial, and very fast. The remote territories still use mules or horses and wagons.

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?

A scientific experiment sponsored by Emperor Aqatain during the Last War resulted in an increase in male births. It was exactly what was needed, with the endless war and its ensuing list of casualties. But once peace came, the shortage of women created a crisis for the young men coming along and the need for population growth.

What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?

The dispossessed have no rights. They can’t vote, don’t receive services that other citizens receive.

Disease runs rampant. The high temp virus is vicious but doesn’t usually kill the victim. Mangohrea is a venereal disease with no cure and kills quickly. Viruses attack women when they are weakest—at puberty, or at the time of giving birth—making the shortage of females even worse.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.

Khandarken is a new country with fledgling laws and regulations. The first Leader elected was a man named Harold Master. He was a retired university teacher and received little respect from the local military but managed to take his country toward a more law-abiding establishment. He was murdered by rebels who had a different idea of where Khandarken should be headed. His wife was then killed. Their daughter, Fanny, is running for her life.

Because everyone must carry an ident, she has to find herself a fake one or steal one. If she uses her own, the murderers can track her through that document. She can’t trust anyone. The military has just left the Emperor’s grasp and been reorganized within the country’s boundaries. The Constables are headed by the bastard son of Emperor Aqatain, and many hold no allegiance to the government.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

Drinks consist of Chilean or spice caf tea, lemon water for ladies, various drinks of clouded ale, bourbon and spririts. A typical meal might include lentils, astrofruit, fried oliguito. Pané sandwiches and curry ginger soup,

In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available)

I have a map that keeps growing as the stories spread out over more territory. I publish the map in the front of my books because readers say it has been very helpful. Even my critique group has asked for it to keep the countries clear in their minds and to be able to understand the travels that my characters undertake. My daughter has drawn it for me and it can grow depending on where I got with my next books.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

Once I was part way through Book One, I needed several things. A map was very helpful, where I could note the towns and villages my characters visited. That map grew as the books continued.

A list of names. Many people have noted the names in my books are unique in that they often reflect the occupation or position held by the characters. That has been fun, but it’s still hard to keep track of all these people in a whole new world. I have two lists of characters, as I sort them by occupation and by name.

A list of words. There are many new words in world-building. It’s very hard to keep them all in mind, and although I might remember what the word is, I may not use it the right way. So again, I do two lists, one of the words themselves, one of their definitions so I am able to cross reference them.

All of these things are in my bible for The Last War. Each new book adds to the characters, the towns and villages, the food and drink consumed. It’s been a lot of fun.

What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?

Keep notes, write it down. I’ve found over time that characters get moved around and I have to move them back where they belong. At one point, I had killed off a bad guy in one book, but when I began writing the next one, I needed him. I had to go back and rewrite that part. I got to kill him off later after he’d served his purpose in the next book.

Specific science fiction genre: different world
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 3
Publisher Great Western Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Last-War-Tyrants-criminal-enforcer-ebook/dp/B06XHXJ59T/

CreateSpace https://www.amazon.com/Last-War-Tyrants-criminal-enforcer/dp/0994734573/

Sylvie Grayson Social Media

Sylvie Grayson loves to write about suspense, romance and attempted murder, in both contemporary and science fiction/fantasy. She has lived most of her life in British Columbia, Canada in spots ranging from Vancouver Island on the west coast to the North Peace River country and the Kootenays in the beautiful interior. She spent a one year sojourn in Tokyo Japan.
She has been an English language instructor, a nightclub manager, an auto shop bookkeeper and a lawyer. Now she works part time as the owner of a small company, and writes when she finds the time.
She is a wife and mother and still loves to travel, having recently completed a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong. She lives on the coast of the Pacific Ocean with her husband on a small patch of land near the sea that they call home.
Website http://sylviegrayson.com/
Blog http://sylviegrayson.com/
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It’s Cosmic. It’s a Cabaret. 13 USA Today best-selling speculative fiction romance authors deliver twists on tales set in a futuristic version of an early 20th century spiegeltent.

It’s Cosmic Cabaret, the sci-fi romance anthology with over 1300 pages of stories where hearts collide in the greatest show in space.

One reviewer had this to say, “I was amazed at the quantity of material for the price! I thought short stories would make a good choice for a travel book, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it lasted me for days of ‘need something pleasant to read after super busy day’ reading. The quality of the writing is quite consistent despite the number of authors included. If you like the sample, you will probably like the whole book. Good variety of plots based on a common location.”

The Cosmic Cabaret is just one of the venues on the Quantum, which is the size of a small moon. Lots of space for the thirteen authors in the anthology to add to the world building already provided by the set creator, Jayne Fury. But all stories intersect in some way at the Cosmic Cabaret.

Patsy in Educated by the Master describes the Cosmic Cabaret in these terms. “It’s meant to mimic an old-Earth spiegeltent. They were wooden tents that could be moved from place to place. The CC is as authentic as possible. The wood is real mahogany. The beveled mirrors, leaded stained glass, and the velvet and brocade fabrics replicate the originals built in the early twentieth century on Earth.”

The entertainment was a variety of burlesque, musicale, and cirque, which guests watched from booths or tables and chairs that surrounded a stage set in the middle of the tent. There are still original speigeltents in existence offering shows, but they usually don’t move from place to place as they did in the past.

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Cosmic Cabaret: Where Hearts Collide in the Greatest Show in Space
Come aboard Blue Star line’s crown jewel, the LS Quantum, a luxury starship traveling through space and time. You’ll meet princes and star sultans, solve a murder, track a thief, plan the ultimate jewel heist, and encounter futuristic rock stars on the lam, cirque stars who want the quiet life, and dancers who want fame.
Join thirteen USA Today, Amazon best-selling, and award-winning speculative fiction romance authors as they twist their own tales on the decks and in the dance halls of LS Quantum. Embark on a journey to fall in love at the Cosmic Cabaret.
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Spiegeltent image by Kim Traynor and used under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

SFR Shooting Stars Social Media

SFRSS = Speculative Fiction Romance Shooting Stars.
A collective put together by three authors, Selene Grace Silver, Rosalie Redd and Jayne Fury, SFRSS aims to promote the genre of speculative fiction romance by finding and promoting some of the best SFR authors out there. Our current anthology, which goes on sale October 10, 2017, showcases stories by CJ Cade, Kerry Adrienne, Tessa McFionn, Cailin Briste, Jayne Fury, Rosalie Redd, Selene Grace Silver, Athena Grayson, Kat Vancil, Dena Garson, Blaire Edens, Jenna Lincoln, and Diana Rivis. SFR is more than blue alien sex, it’s beautiful romance set in amazing galactic worlds.
As the LS Quantum prepares to set off into the great expanse of the universe–loading cargo, checking in passengers, monitoring flight conditions—Traverse with us through our various worlds. The luxury space liner promises adventure, a little chaos, and stories of tender love.

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Play Is It True with today’s guest Diane Saxon, author of Along Came Dani, a Contemporary Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Deserted by her boyfriend, labeled a tramp, and thrown out of her family home, a pregnant sixteen-year-old Dani Westin left behind a life she would rather forget.

In a small town where relationships are close and gossip rife, Dani tries to find a place for herself and her daughter, despite the early influences of her upbringing and the neglect of her mother.

With help from Aunt Jessie and Hairway to Heaven, Dani works hard, keeps quiet, and flies under the radar, ever conscious of the town’s disapproval. Until the day she soaks the local deputy sheriff to the skin, grabs herself a whole load of unwanted attention, and appreciates what a real man is made of.

After his first encounter with the defensive sixteen-year-old Dani, Deputy Sheriff Sean Swann has kept his distance from the luscious hair stylist. Not afraid of the trauma she might inflict on his person, he’s more concerned about the damage she may do to his heart.

For years he’s waited, but when he considers the time is right, Sean makes his move, undeterred by the disasters that come his way. Patient but determined, Sean realizes Dani needs to leave behind her past for them to have a future.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, this is actually my twelfth published.
this book is part of a series?
Yes. It’s book five in my Atlantic Divide Series
you lost sleep while writing this book?
I always lose sleep when I’m writing. It goes with the territory, I’m afraid most of my plot lines come to me in my semi-awake state.
you did research for this book?
Not so much this one as I already have much of my “world” created in previous books, although hairdressing was something I took great pleasure in studying.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Oh yeah, we have a puppy who likes to pee indiscriminately.
this book has more than one genre?
No, it is pure contemporary romance, although there’s a good dash of humor.

you speak more than one language?
Afraid not, languages are a decided weakness with me.
you grew up where you live now?
No, I was born in Lincolnshire and soon moved to Africa.
you love to read?
Absolutely. I inhale books.
you are never late?
I try not to be.
you love pizza?
Nope. Pizza is never my first choice.
you love sushi?
Yuk, absolutely not.
you have a pet?
Many. A Dalmatian, a black Labrador, a one-eyed kitty, a big ginger cat, two kittens, seven chickens – a husband and two daughters 😉
Where can we find your book online?
Publisher : Hartwood Publishing.
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Along-Came-Dani-Atlantic-Divide-ebook/dp/B0762MHCR3/
Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Along-Came-Dani-Atlantic-Divide-ebook/dp/B0762MHCR3/
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/along-came-dani

Diane Saxon Social Media

Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger cat, four chickens and a new black Labrador puppy called Beau, whose name has been borrowed for her hero in For Heaven’s Cakes.

After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said “follow that dream”.

Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth demanding plot lines of their own and she’s found the more she lets them, the more they’re inclined to run wild.

Website http://dianesaxon.com
Blog http://www.dianesaxon.com/blogspot
Twitter https://twitter.com/Diane_Saxon
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authordianesaxon
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7122072.Diane_Saxon
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diane-Saxon/e/B00DDL4C5W/

 

Play Is It True with today’s guest Mary E Thompson, author of Too True To Be Good, a Contemporary Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

His life was good…

Zach Bennett was content to go to work, hang out with his family and friends, and entertain a woman once in a while. As his family found love all around him, he was content to stay single. Unattached. Happy.

Besides, he had enough to worry about with a new chef breathing down his neck for his job.

She faced the truth every day…

Gianna Brooks always wanted to work with people. She saw enough growing up to know kids need all the help they can get. They deserved to be safe. Loved. Happy.

Which is why she’s determined to get her new client into a forever home.

But the truth isn’t always good…

The last thing Zach needs is a little girl showing up on his doorstep claiming she’s his. Her social worker hot on her heels, and demanding a place to stay, definitely doesn’t make it any better. Especially with Gianna’s curvy body and bedroom eyes, and his daughter’s sad sweetness, making him consider keeping both of them.

Gianna knows she should run. Zach knows he should send them away. But neither of them can resist the pull toward the other.

 

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. This is my 36th book.
this book is part of a series?
Yes. This is the fifth book in the Raise A Glass series, where nine cousins find love on their vineyard in the Finger Lakes in central New York.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes! Way too much unfortunately!
you did research for this book?
Yes. I spent three days in the Finger Lakes touring vineyards and learning more about the area. I also read a lot of books about the area, and of course, about making wine. There might have been some sampling in there, too!
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No. All characters are human.
this book has more than one genre?
No. It’s pretty straight contemporary romance.
you speak more than one language?
No. I wish!
you grew up where you live now?
Yes! I lived in South Carolina for seventeen years, but two and a half years ago, my family moved back to the area I grew up in New York.
you love to read?
Yes. Absolutely! Sometimes I think I read more than I write, which is not good!
you are never late?
Ugh, no. I wish I was never late, but it’s one of those things I’m bad about.
you love pizza?
Yes. Although I’m pretty simple and like cheese and pepperoni most of the time. Adventurous for me on a pizza is adding some bell peppers!
you love sushi?
No. I’ve sampled some and like it, but wouldn’t say I love it!
you have a pet?
Yes. One solid gray cat named Zada. She’s fourteen and not very friendly, but she’s a part of the family so we just warn visitors not to get too close!
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074VDYHK2/
Barnes and Noble http://barnesandnoble.com/s/2940158590726
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/too-true-to-be-good/id1272226740?mt=11
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Mary E Thompson Social Media

Mary E Thompson grew up loving to read, like a good little girl. Many nights she would fall asleep with the flashlight still turned on as she hid under the covers trying to finish the last few pages of a book. As an adult, the light from her ereader means she doesn’t need a flashlight, but she still stays up way too late to finish a book.

When Mary’s not reading, she’s playing with her two kids or living out her own real life romance novel with her hubby. She has a weakness for chocolate, especially when it’s paired with peanut butter, and has been known to have a bad day just because there’s no chocolate in the house. Unless there’s wine. Then everything is okay.

Mary grew up in Buffalo, New York and swears she’s the only local to never ski or snowboard. Soccer was always her sport, with a couple adventures white water rafting and skydiving to keep things interesting. Mary moved to South Carolina for college but missed Buffalo every day. Yeah, she thinks she’s crazy, too. She somehow convinced her South Carolina born and bred hubby to return to Buffalo to raise their kids and live out their lives. He’s still not sure what he was thinking.
Website http://maryethompson.com
Blog http://maryethompson.com/blog
Twitter http://twitter.com/authormet
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Blue As Sapphires by Constance Bretes @ConstanceBretes #RLFblog #contemporaryConstance Bretes author of Blue As Sapphires answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.

I started writing contemporary romance and contemporary romance suspense fifteen years ago, and after multiple rejections, got my first contract for Delayed Justice, released in 2014.

I lives in Basin, Montana, where three feline furballs own me and my husband, and a dog that lives next door named Sara, who thinks she also lives with the Bretes family. I love the mountains that surround my home, I love basket weaving, jewelry making, and just visiting all the folks in the small community we live in.

I currently have seven books published, and a number of other ones in various stages of edits. Right now, I’m working on a new book, called Roadside Love. A murder mystery/romance is a small town in Wyoming. I have two other books that are at the end of their editing days and now at critique partners, the books are Elkhorn In The Moonlight and Rocky River Gold. Both are small town romances.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Chicken or Turkey, with all the fixings.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
The River, pizza, or sub sandwiches.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
That hottie is the hero from my own book. Jade’s Redemption.
What are your hobbies?
I love basket weavimg, and making jewelry.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Where ever and what ever information I can get. For example, I’m currently working on a book called Midnight Escape. The hero is a commercial fisherman, off in the Bering Sea (think Deadliest Catch) and the heroine is an RN. I have an RN in my family that I consult with, and for the commercial fisherman, there are a lot of internet links about Alaska and the Bering Sea fishing, plus the interviews with various boat captains from the show Deadliest Catch. I also searched all the Alaskan government websites on food poisoning, statistics, commercial fisherman license requirements, Coast Guard requirements, and so on. Mostly I use the internet sources that can be verified.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Escaping from her abusive ex-husband, Marissa Simpson returns to her hometown to start over. She spends her days working at the local jewelry store, and the rest of her time is dedicated to mining along Red Rock River, searching for precious gems. Marissa has no intention of getting involved with another man, or with the community she left behind all those years ago. That is until Riley McCade shows up.
Riley is the Sheriff of Quartz County. He loves his community and goes out of his way to protect and serve. When he meets up with Marissa, he’s bound and determined to get to know her even though she insists she’s not interested.
The more Riley learns about Marissa’s past, the more he concludes that she may be in danger. When her ex-husband shows up, can Riley protect her? And can he earn her love in the process?
Publisher Beachwalk Press Inc.
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Blue-as-Sapphires-Constance-Bretes-ebook/dp/B06WRTGRCB
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Constance Bretes Social Media

Website http://constancebretes.com
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