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Know the Hero from A Place In Your Heart by Kathy Otten @kathyotten #RLFblog #Historical RomanceKathy Otten, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

A Place In Your Heart by Kathy Otten

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gracie McBride isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for respect. But in this man’s world of Civil War medicine, Gracie is expected to maintain her place changing beds and writing letters. Her biggest nemesis is the ward surgeon, Doctor Charles Ellard, who seems determined to woo her with arrogant kisses and terrible jokes.
Charles is an excellent surgeon. He assumed he would be well received by an army at war. He was not. Friendless and alone, he struggles to hide the panic attacks that plague him, while the only person who understands him is a feisty Irish nurse clearly resolved to keep him at a distance.
But, Charles is sent to the battlefield, and Gracie is left with a wounded soldier, a box of toys, and a mystery which can only be solved by the one man she wishes could love her, both as a woman and a nurse.

Know the Hero from A Place In Your Heart

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
I don’t believe I have ever been bored, per se. When I have time I often read. A Manual of Military Surgery, is always good to keep fresh in the mind. Or I write. I’m currently working on a paper, Pymeia and Surgical Fevers, which if published, may provide the catalyst necessary to instill a change in the current perception that laudable pus in a wound is a good sign.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
I do enjoy fresh bread. The yeasty aroma reminds me of home.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
In this regard I agree with my grandfather in that a slovenly appearance is disrespectful. A clean shirt and tie, with a neatly pressed uniform.
Does he know how to fix things?
I am a surgeon, by definition I fix things every day. However, if I have something non human to repair, such as a watch, I go to the library, read a book on the subject, come home and make the necessary repair.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
I can’t dance. And the construct of socialization skills baffle me. I have no friends.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
I have treated many ill and hurt children. They do seem to have a propensity to disregard adult warnings regarding safety. Male children often engage in reckless behaviors, which consequently end with one or more receiving an injury.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
I do long for the day when I might be able to sleep beyond the light of dawn. And coffee. I do enjoy a good brisk cup of black coffee to start the day.
How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
As I have mentioned social situations are not my forte. However, I have had a proper education and do know the rules of proper gentlemanly behavior.
Valet or takes care of himself?
I prefer to dress myself. My grandfather does have a man who assists him and looks after both our clothing. Being in the army however, I have learned to make do.
Necktie/cravat or open shirt?
As I said, clean shirt and pressed uniform. Although, while performing surgery I operate in my shirtsleeves with an apron.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
While performing surgery, my shirtsleeves are rolled up. Otherwise, the cuff extends an inch or two beyond the sleeve of my uniform jacket.
Powdered wig or natural hair?
I am not an expert on fashion, but I do not believe powdered wigs to be in style any longer.
Carriage or horseback?
A home Grandfather kept a horse and carriage at the livery. Here in the Army, I have my own horse. He is not fond of crossing water, but like me, he is tall, so we are well matched.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy A Place In Your Heart

Wild Rose Press
Barnes and Noble

Kathy Otten Social Media

Kathy Otten is the published author of multiple historical romance novels, novellas, and short stories. She is also published in contemporary romance and historical fiction. She is a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner and Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist. A Place In Your Heart is her fourth full-length novel . Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on a contemporary young adult novel.
She teaches fiction writing online and at a local adult education center, and is a regular presenter at area events. Kathy also does manuscript assessments and editing. She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York where she can often be found walking her dog through the woods and fields. She has been married for thirty-four years and is the mother of three grown children and one grandson.


Mercy by Jane Flagello @MasteringChange #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome 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.

Shining a spotlight on the devastating problem of puppy mills and dog fighting is at the heart of Jane Flagello’s new book, Mercy – all wrapped up in a heartwarming story of love and compassion.

Mercy by Jane Flagello

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): sweet
Darby Dratton is a veterinarian who believes in protecting helpless animals. A widow with a five-year-old daughter, Darby wants to grow her animal sanctuary and provide excellent veterinary care. A colleague’s suicide turns into a homicide and thrusts Darby into the ugly world of puppy mills and dogfighting, transforming her peaceful life into hell. Darby digs deep and finds the courage to go against a man who will stop at nothing to keep the money flowing from his secret empire.


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write mysteries and romantic suspense. My current project is a 3 book cozy mystery series set in Virginia Beach. Before I retired I had a personal/business coaching practice and was a management professor. Wearing that hat, I wrote self-help and personal growth books. Now, I take many of the lessons I shared as a coach and embed them in my stories.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I keep my eyes and ears open to everything around me. I live at the beach where people are very relaxed. Everywhere I go, ideas for stories present themselves so I can pick and choose which to use. My last three books – Gotcha!, Complicity, and Mercy have centered on social issues that make me angry. My goal was to shine the spotlight on important issues in hopes that people with way more power than I have will work to resolve the issue.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Crafting a good plot that makes sense to readers, has a happy ending, and showcases the issue I want to put in the spotlight is important. Writing is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. I have so many ideas which I work hard to integrate smoothly into a cohesive story that my readers will love.
When did you write your first book?…
My first books were change management and personal development books that I wrote while I was a college professor. In 1998 I wrote a personal development book called Me, Inc. It helped people navigate their life path and chart a course for where they wanted to be. Then I retired and I switched to mystery and romantic suspense – and am loving it!


Leather or lace? Definitely lace
Black or red? Cobalt Blue
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton – and white
Ocean or mountains? Ocean – I live at the beach. The ocean calms my soul.
City life or country life? Country life but close enough to a city to visit.
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dog. He’s just over two – still a puppy – who loves the beach almost as much as I do!

Where to buy Mercy

Publisher Zig Zap Press, LLC

Jane Flagello Social Media

Life is to be lived – and lived fully! At least that’s my never to be humble opinion.
I am enthusiastic about life. Every day I get out of bed, put my feet on the floor and say Thank you, God for giving me another day to play! I recently retired from a successful career as a professor, personal coach, business writer, and motivational speaker. Then I looked around and asked myself, “What’s next?”
Next turned out to be a new adventure. Meet Jane the mystery/romance author!
“Stories have the power to reach people and inspire them. Stories help all of us see our lives up close, in 3D. We connect with characters we want to know, want to root for, want to embrace. Stories give us ways to change what we are doing and who we are being”
I hope that my stories will touch your heart. They are stories are about people in transition, facing life’s challenges, people just like you and me. The magic of stories is that they offer you hints about how to accept whatever life throws at you and find the strength and courage to overcome, to live life fully with no regrets.
My other passion is mah jongg. Yes, I am a mahjonggaholic! I teach people how to play mah jongg and how to be more strategic during the game. And, I play in tournaments whenever I can. Look close and you’ll find references to mah jongg in many of my stories.
Amazon Author Page


Meet Saree from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott @AM_Scottwrites #RLFblog #SciFiWelcome Saree of Jericho from Lightwave: Clocker, a new Space Opera series by AM Scott.

Saree of Jericho from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott

Age: 32 standard years
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Jericho Mining Station, but raised on Sa’sa
Profession: Secret profession: Only human fold clock maintainer, Cover ID: Scholar of Ancient Music with an emphasis on filk
Ethnicity: Human mixed
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
AM Scott is quite tall, with a fairly athletic build for a woman in her mid-50’s. Her brown hair is going slightly silver, she wears glasses and is generally klutzy and geeky.
Saree of Jericho is very average. Average height, mud-brown hair, light brown eyes, medium tan skin. She’s athletic, but not muscle-bound, and is very good at blending in everywhere.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Saree of Jericho is a war orphan, raised by cruel foster parents in the small human colony on Sa’sa. The Sa’sa are an alien hive-mind race, similar in appearance to velociraptors, and they tune the clocks necessary to fold space (Faster-Than-Light travel) synchronizing them to the universal standard in ^timespace^. Saree invaded ^timespace^ in her dreams, upsetting the immature Sa’sa, so the Sa’s trained her to tune clocks. She’s been hunted ever since by corporations, crime lords and an ancient Artificial Intelligence who want to misuse her talents to blockade and blackmail solar systems.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Saree doesn’t have a significant other, but she’s extremely attracted to Lightwave’s Captain, Ruhger.
How does your heroine dress?
Saree is a Scholar of Ancient Music from Centauri University, so she wears Scholar’s Robes: a long black tunic, a traditional scholar’s cowl in purple patterns draped over it, with scarlet and dark blue patterned cords hanging around the neck, and plain black leggings and boots underneath. The colors reflect her school and area of study.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Saree is comfortable but not wealthy. She has a big training debt to pay back to the Time Guild and lives simply to maintain her cover as a Scholar. She owns her shuttle, but tells people it’s leased from her university.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Saree can tune space fold clocks. She meditates to find ^timespace^ then finds the right frequency for the transuranic metal used for the clock’s frequency standard, and tunes the clock to the universal standard time. These clocks enable fold transports to accurately fold space.
What does she have a knack for doing?
She is an excellent interviewer, vid maker, and plays guitar, so she can join filk sessions.
Can your heroine keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Saree keeps a lot of secrets. She’d like hers to stay secret, so she won’t ever tell anyone else’s.
What secrets does your character know about people around her that she does NOT share?
She knows her virtual assistant is really an artificial intelligence and she wouldn’t dare tell anyone. If anyone knew Hal was an AI, they’d destroy both of them. Saree also knows she shares a past Lightwave’s crew—their parents were part of the attack on Jericho Station that made her an orphan, but they also saved her and many of the other children. Lightwave’s crew has no idea she’s a Jericho orphan.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Saree must keep her true profession a secret or millions of beings will be subject to blockades and blackmail.
What is your heroine’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Saree would love to have friends and family, someone who’d have her back. If she can’t have that, just basic safety would be nice.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Saree would love to find other beings capable of tuning space fold clocks. If there were lots of clock maintainers, she wouldn’t be hunted.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she wanted to show that heroes don’t have to be loud and flashy or wear spandex. Heroes can be everyday people quietly doing their jobs without any fanfare to keep other beings safe.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I hope she finds a way for me to make more friends. If I was really dreaming big, she’d help me find out if my attraction to Captain Ruhger is real. And if he’s attracted to me.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think she should write about Purser Grant Lowe. Everyone else has a short story, so we need to know about the fold fling king. There’s got to be a good reason he sleeps with every passenger he can.

Tell us about Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher Lightwave Publishing LLC
Barnes and Noble

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years in US Air Force space operations, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional space ships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters are our Business, Veterans our Passion, and lives deep in the mountains of Montana.
Amazon Author Page


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