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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Winter Harvest.

Susan Jaymes, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Winter Harvest.

Genre: Contemporary
Buy links:
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Cover artist: Gwen Phifer
Length: 50000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: There’s no going back.
Blurb:
Victoria O’Connor
came home to help run the family farm, not fall back in love with Traye Petersen,
the hired hand. After her mother’s death she takes it upon herself to heal her father
and brother’s hearts.
Traye Petersen is
indebted to the O’Connor’s for giving him a home in spite of his nasty past. He
convinces himself he’s part of the O’Connor family and does not intend to lose their
respect. Once he gets a taste of Victoria
at a weak moment, it awakens an unknown desire, testing his honor leaving him to
prove to the O’Connor’s he’s worthy of their love.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Victoria O’Connor, twenties,
oversees the family farm.
Traye Petersen, twenties,
the hired hand.

Interview

How did you get your start
in the industry?
I always dreamed of being a writer but once I found the right
critique partner who knew the publishing industry, she guided me to publication.
If you could choose anyone
to be your mentor who would it be?
I believe I already have her as my critique partner, Susan Palmquist.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Learn about the business, seriously commit yourself to learning
it and never give up.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes. I use my kids a lot and my own childhood.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I’m still working full-time as a customer service representative
for an insurance agency.
I’ve cleaned offices before and worked for Culligan.
What do you think is the
future of epublishing?
I think it will be the major source for books for readers. I
think there will still be books but more of a print on demand sort of thing except
for the mega authors.
Where were you at midnight,
on December 31st when the new century started?
Nothing too exciting. Home in bed I’m afraid to say.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
Read, surf the net or watch a good TV show.
If you were a color, what
color would you be?
Purple

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with cheese.
I’m always ready for a great story.
When I’m alone, I read or watch TV.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m very shy.
If I had a halo it would be
crooked
.
If I could retire from my day job I’d buy a beach house
in Florida and
write
.
I can never ride in an air balloon because I’m scared
of heights
.

Find Me Here

EM Lynley, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Brand New Flavor.

Genre: Gay Romance, M/M, Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: LC Chase
Length: 150 pages/37,000 words
Heat rating: R

From EM Lynley

I’m so excited to be here at Romance Lives Forever to talk about my upcoming release Brand New Flavor. For anyone who’s read more than one of my books, you may have noticed a common thread: I love to write about food and cooking. Even if the character is wandering the streets of Bangkok, as in Rarer Than Rubies, you’ll get a mouthwatering description of the most delectable duck dish that had dozens of readers heading to their local Thai restaurants. I love to cook (and eat) and I’ve taken food writing courses and spent seven years in the Northern California wine industry.
Brand New Flavor is all about Jericho “Jay” Brown, an artisan ice cream maker. He’s passionate about his frozen treats and the secret recipe he spent more than a year perfecting. He’s just as passionate about Cameron Clay, a food critic, but their romance hits a rocky road before they can find out whether they belong together or not.
Be prepared for plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of ice cream–and hot guys–without the calories or guilt. But I’ll confess, my editors and beta readers all went running for ice cream while they were reading this story. It comes out the day before Thanksgiving, probably the biggest food fest in the United States, so it’s a perfectly fitting date.
Research for Brand New Flavor was fun! I visited and sampled ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and other frozen desserts while I was deciding just what would make Jay’s particular ice cream so spectacular. I actually created my own fantasy of what ice cream could be, though as far as I know no one makes anything quite like I’ve described. I even spent some time in the kitchen at Scream Sorbet, a local shop where I watched the staff at work and peppered the kitchen manager with dozens of questions, about their process, ingredients, sourcing, and how to grow a small business. I also spoke with chefs about flavor combinations to make sure the flavors I made up would really work, and taste as good as I think they sound.
Along the way I tasted:
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for Brand New Flavor (you can pre-order from Dreamspinner Press now and download on release day Nov 21). And if you like that, stay tuned. It’s just the first book in my brand new series, Delectable, which features characters from the food and wine industry.

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Blessings.

As the owner of Romance Lives Forever, I’ve had the opportunity
to interview about two hundred authors this year. I’ve learned some fun things about
them, their books, and their characters. As I thought about what to write for Thanksgiving
Day on the blog, I couldn’t help but be grateful for their friendship and the insights
I’ve gained by knowing them. I decided that would be the best thing to share. There
are more than thirteen things, but in the spirit of Thursday Thirteen, that’s all
I’m listing. Besides, that gives me a good thing to write about on another day!

13 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. I’m in
    good company. The authors who interview here are amazing men and and women.
    I’m privileged to make their acquaintance.
  2. My characters,
    with their idioms and quirks, are no stranger than anyone else’s. I’ve met
    characters here in interviews, and I can say mine are normal. (Okay, that’s
    a lie, but I’m still going to say it.)
  3. I appreciate
    the honest interviews that I get every week. They are a joy to read, and I
    love getting to know so many wonderful authors, characters, and books.
  4. I’ve discovered
    that no one else is balanced in their writing life either. Writers know the
    definition of balance, but seem to have no idea how to implement it. It’s nice
    not to be alone. ;)
  5. I’m thankful
    that with rare exception, writers who interview here turn in their material
    on time. Thank you more than you know.
  6. I’m grateful
    for macros that let me format documents in a snap. No two people use the same
    formats, and despite a nicely pre-formatted interview, I usually get back text
    that’s in a different font, size, or with indentions where I hadn’t planned
    them, so the macros help. A lot.
  7. Having
    to change all those things has shown me that there are easier ways to do things.
    I would never have discovered that if everyone did things the same way.
  8. I’m thankful
    for the idea to share blog stats and show the top bloggers. It began in January
    of this year, and I’ve kept it up every month. Now I can track trends and see
    what works. Wish I’d thought of it sooner!
  9. This blog
    has helped me meet some incredible people I’d never have met otherwise. The
    Romance Lives Forever Paper.li
    ezine
    that comes out because of the blog has also helped me meet
    many cool new friends.
  10. Can’t talk
    about things I’m thankful for related to this blog without mentioning Twitter
    and Triberr. That combination is powerful. I wouldn’t want to be without either
    one.
  11. I’m thankful
    for a family that supports me in what I do. I couldn’t help others if I had
    no help myself.
  12. Which brings
    me to friends again — because I could not run this blog, help other authors,
    interview so many people, and post so much if not for them. Thank you.
  13. Finally
    — and yet foremost — I’m thankful for my health. I was in the hospital earlier
    this year. Thought I was having a heart attack. Although it wasn’t, I did discover
    some issues with my heart that have made me be much more careful of my health.
    I joke about “balance” — but I do try to rest more, eat well, and
    take better care of myself.
2012 has been the most successful year ever for Romance Lives
Forever. It’s because of the people who post here, share their books, their lives,
and the people who come to read about them. I look forward to another wonderful
year in 2013. I hope to be back here next year, sharing a list of good things I’ve
learned. Maybe I’ll even have figured out a little balance.

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the owner of Marketing
for Romance Writers
, the Romance Lives Forever blog, and The Author’s Secret. She’s a writer of immortal role-playing gamers,
warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever.
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