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Monthly Archives: October 2012


Tmonique Stephens, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s
talk about your book, Eternity
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Soulmate Publishing
Cover artist: Steena Holmes at The Authors Red Room
Length: 271 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Only a cursed man would wait 2000 years for one woman
Blurb: Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’
soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming
their love is his only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor,
but never again her lover until now.
A late night walk home throws Stella Walker into the path of
a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying
to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue
eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner
of a security firm assigned to protect her or the man who wants to finish her off?
Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter?
She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.
Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them.
Roman will do anything to recover what they had. Though Stella’s
ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past
the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to
defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and
Stella trusts.
Two hearts – one soul. For all eternity.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Roman Nicolis: 35ish, CEO of Nicolis Security/Mercenary
Stella Walker: 24, Waitress/Student


Where do you start when
writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
Tmonique Stephens: I always start with an idea. What if… Those
two words takes my imagination down the Yellow Brick Road to my hero and heroine,
my opening scene, plot, conflict and ultimately my story’s happily ever after.
Tell us about your latest
book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Eternity is about a group of men who descend from the Egyptian
gods. Their heritage has been hidden, but slowly come to light along with a multitude
of consequences. Though Eternity is a paranormal romance, there are elements of
suspense and mystery as the two lovers are hunted by an unknown enemy.
How do you come up with
Tmonique Stephens: My ideas usually come to me right before I
fall asleep. My mind seems to be more open and relaxed. I get my best ideas that
way. I just have to remember to record or write them down before I pass out.
What did you learn from
writing your first book?
Tmonique Stephens: I learned technique, conflict and my writing
style. I’m still working on trusting my instinct, but I believe that will come with
Would you consider self-publishing?
Tmonique Stephens: Yes, I’m working on a novella which will tie
into my Egyptian series that I plan on self-publishing. I’m looking forward to getting
my feet wet.
How many hours a day to
you spend writing?
Tmonique Stephens: Since I work full-time during the week I usually
write three hours per day after I get home from work and six to ten hours per day
on the weekend.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Tmonique Stephens: I wrote consistently until I graduated from
college in the late 1980’s. After graduation life and all its complexities interfered
with my writing and I didn’t writing anything until I got serious in 2007. I would
tell the younger me to not be afraid of rejection and to keep writing even when
I didn’t feel like it.
List two authors we would
find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Tmonique Stephens: My favorite authors are JR Ward and Stephen
King. I will always pick them first to read. I also love Kresley Cole and Karen
Marie Moning.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Tmonique Stephens: I would love a house in Atlanta,
an apartment in Manhattan
and a time share in St. Thomas USVI.
What song would best describe
your life?
Tmonique Stephens: Different songs apply to me at different times
in my life. Currently, the song that best categorizes me is Gym Class Heroes The Fighter and Phillip Phillips Home.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Tmonique Stephens: Walmart would be a good depiction of my current
lifestyle, but at heart I’m a Neiman Marcus kinda girl.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Tmonique Stephens: I learned to love reading and writing in school.
Books have always taken me to another place or world where my imagination could
break free from the confines of reality.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Tmonique Stephens: Addictive reading hazard. Read at you own
Tmonique Stephens

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with roma tomatoes, fresh basil and gouda cheese.
I’m always ready for a party.
When I’m alone, I write and plot.
You’d never be able to tell, but I love alternative music.
If I had a halo it would be slightly
If I could travel I’d never come home.

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Awakening the Fire.

Ally Shields, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book One).
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romantic Paranormal
Buy links: Amazon (US):
Amazon (UK):
Barnes and Nobel:
All Romance Ebooks:
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover artist: Annie Melton
Length: 83,000 words, 245 pages (approx.)
Heat rating: Sexual tension, PG-13, M/F
While fire witch cop Ari Calin races to stop the violence triggered
by an exotic drug, a werewolf pack is intent on starting a supernatural war.
Ari Calin has sworn to keep the peace in the Olde Town
district of Riverdale, and most of the time the Otherworlders cooperate. The vampires,
werewolves and other magical creatures go about their own business, living side
by side with humans, until the foreign werewolves arrive and an virtual reality
drug hits the streets. When violence erupts, Ari needs more than her witch fire,
weapons and potions to stop the madness.
Teaming with a human police lieutenant and a way-too-sexy vampire
singer, Ari hunts for the enemy—from the vampire strip clubs to the caverns under
the city. Every step draws Ari and her companions deeper into an old feud and closer
to the brink of a supernatural war.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Arianna Calin, 23, is
a fire witch and a cop for the Magic Council, the ruling authority for Otherworlders.
Andreas De Luca is a
vampire who sings in a vampire supper club—and so much more. Andreas was born in
1786 but he was 29 when he became a vampire and will look 29 and yummy forever.
Lt. Ryan Foster, 34,
is Ari’s partner among the human cops. They work joint cases for the Magic Council
and the Riverdale Police Department.


What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I network. When I began writing full time four years ago, my
friends and family didn’t understand why I was doing this. I felt rather lost until
I discovered other writers. Now I network for support and promotion, knowing there
are many out there sharing the same triumphs and frustrations.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
Almost everything. Seriously! I’ve always been curious and enjoy
seeing and experiencing new things, from climbing the pyramids to horseback-riding
through the Arizona
desert. I suppose that’s why writing, reading and traveling top my list of things
I love to do. It’s a way to experience many new worlds. But sometimes it’s the little
things that really catch you off guard. The butterfly in the garden, a particularly
good wine, a sailboat on the lake at sunset.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Get serious about your writing much earlier in life. I wrote
my first book when I was nine—all about a palomino horse. Imagine how many books
I could have written if life hadn’t distracted me along the way! It takes time to
learn the craft. Write, rewrite, and then do it all over again.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG, yes, but they don’t know it! Mannerisms mostly, and sometimes
parts of funny conversations. I try to disguise them so they won’t guess. :) But
I even use people on the street. No one is safe.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I began full-time employment as an English teacher, then a practicing
lawyer and finally a Juvenile Court Officer. The most fascinating years were spent
as a member of C.A.T.T, the Child Abuse Trauma Team that investigated severe child
abuse cases.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I can’t read urban fantasy while I’m working on a new book, so
I usually turn to mysteries like those of J.D. Robb, thrillers like Vince Flynn,
or a light romance. If I need cheering up, I re-read Georgette Heyer to laugh at
her witty dialogue.
In between manuscripts, I catch up with new paranormal releases
from Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and anyone else that catches
my eye. I tend to like vampires!
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
My laptop, so I could write and check-in by email and Twitter.
My kindle for obvious reasons. Lightweight clothing and my camera. I would return
to Egypt for the fourth time,
do the Nile trip again and see Luxor and Karnak. I love that place!
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving. Everyone comes home for Thanksgiving just to enjoy
the good food and conversation. No pre-holiday shopping, fighting through the malls,
wrapping packages, or holiday programs to detract from family time. And I rather
like the pumpkin pie, too.
Which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
I’m definitely the ten day tour, and I’ve been on several! If
something needs to be done, I want it done now. I’ll stay up all night to finish.
And I have no patience whatsoever with delayed gratification. Now, now, now. As
soon as this task is done, I can move on to the next challenge, the next fascinating
riddle to solve.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for chocolate!
When I’m alone, I read or play tug-a-war with my miniature
pinscher, Ranger
You’d never be able to tell, but I have an earring collection
in the hundreds!
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
If I could be an astronaut, I’d go to the moon or mars.
I can never watch a movie where the hero or heroine dies,
because I cry too much. It’s embarrassing!

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Holding on to Heaven.

Please welcome Keta Diablo as she takes over Romance Lives Forever for the day.

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Hi everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by Romance Lives

Some readers have asked me why I wrote Holding on to Heaven
so I thought I’d speak to that here. I’ve always loved history about the Civil War
– the battles, the thousands of lives lost and the boundaries that were often crossed
when family members choose sides. It wasn’t uncommon to find cousin fighting against
cousin or neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War was a deeply personal war for
many, and yet in the end, many didn’t know why they were fighting. I can’t think
of anything more horrible than to have our country divided over ideals, beliefs,
or principles to the point we take up arms against our brethren.
Dark Night of the Moon
Imagine drawing a line across the United States – the top half of the
states fight for one side and the bottom for the other. And suppose you had family
down in Texas when you live in Wisconsin? I’m sure you can
see what the Civil War was one of our darkest times in history.
Holding on two Heaven is, in essence, about a woman
named Lauren McCain who was raised in the deep South and moves to the North just
before the war broke out. Her loyalties are divided. She’s fallen in love with a
Northerner, carries his child, and yet her father and family hail from North Carolina. Now, toss
in the Dakota Sioux uprising in Minnesota
at the same time and the entire country is ablaze with fire and terror.
Holding on to Heaven is an emotional story about
betrayal, grief, fate, and abiding passion. If you like reading about the Civil
War, I think you’ll love the story of brothers who love the same woman and yet,
love each other too (note: this is not a ménage and not a gay fiction). Oh, yes,
and there are a few twists and turns in the story. There is a happily-for-now ending,
but here’s the good news: Dark Night of the Moon, the sequel to Holding on to Heaven
was released January 2012. I promise there is a happy resolution to
the continuing saga.
“Comanche Ghost”
Namaste, Keta

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest
part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening
she loves to commune with nature.
Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay
fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated
for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. Keta’s books
have also received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards
from the top professional review sites.
You can find her on the net at the following places:
The Stuff of Myth and Men,
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