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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Auction.

Lyn Austin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Auction.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing Group http://BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 85,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: In order to conceive a baby, Kat goes to a bachelor
auction and buys back her ex-husband for a week.
Blurb:
Katherine Blake wants a baby. At thirty-three, she has a home
and an antique business that she loves, but she is running out of time. Kat hasn’t
had a man in her life that she would even consider fathering her child…except
her ex-husband.
Michael Blake is for sale. In support of special-needs children,
he offers himself up for one week as a prize at a New Year’s Eve local celebrity
bachelor auction. The result? His ex-wife buys him to finish the restoration of
the hundred-year-old home they bought shortly after their marriage. Or so he thinks.
Katherine does expect the remodeling to be finished, but the rest of her plan is
more devious. She doesn’t need him to rekindle the one-of-a-kind love that led to
their fairy-tale wedding and he doesn’t have to atone for the mistakes that led
to their divorce, but he does have to…well, deliver.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Katherine Blake – antique dealer, 33
Michael Blake – Hotelier, mid-thirties
Grandpa Homer – 83

Interview with Grandpa Homer

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Ornery and still a stud, if I must say so myself.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Sticktoitiviness. I was married for over fifty
years and you got to live through the hills and valleys. Granted–sometimes those
low valleys can be pretty damn deep, but when you’re in one of those valleys you
have to rest, regroup and take a step back, see what part you played in the problem,
and start climin’ the mountain again. You don’t
just give the hell up and walk away.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think
it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
My Kitty-Kat – my granddaughter. She makes me
call her Kat now, but she’s still my Kitty-Kat and has been since the day she was
born.
What drives you to do the things you do? What
makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Hell, I don’t know if I’ve been so good recently,
as I’ve been working behind the scenes here to get her and Michael back together.
Damn fools. When she told me they were getting a divorce, sayin’ somethin’ about
drifting apart, and separate lives, I said horseshit! You don’t
find what they had but once in a lifetime.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Well now, it’s the same guilty pleasure I had
with my wife for more than fifty years… I might be slower than I’d like, but I’m
still active, if ya know what I mean.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would
you be?
I’m still eighteen in all things that count!
A biography has been written about you. What
do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Never Too Old
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
I’m happy right where I am, with my Kitty-Kat.
What song would best describe your life?
I Did it My Way
If you were a tool, what would people use you
to do?
I’d be a fulcrum, an instrument for change and
repair.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Durable goods – all things that last a lifetime,
like solid furniture and well-made tools.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
school?
Meetin’ all the pretty girls.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do
with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do.
I’ve, ah… ahem, been caught in a compromising
situation or two in my day. Can’t say it bothered me as much as it shoulda, but
then again, what is it the kids like to say, “If you got it, flaunt it.”
If you came with a warning label, what would
it say?
Don’t ask if ya don’t
want to hear the answer.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love the ladies like nobody’s business.
I’m always ready for a little nooky.
When I’m alone, I reminisce, but I don’t dwell on the past since
there’s always tomorrow.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m really an up-standing citizen.
If I had a halo it would have a question mark attached to it.
If I could fix Kitty-Kat’s broken marriage, I’d die a happy man.
I can never stand to see my Kitty-Kat unhappy.

About the Author

Lyn Austin
Lyn Austin is an award winning author and a popular guest lecturer
throughout the world. She travels extensively but her favorite place is in her picturesque
riverside home on the Snake River in Idaho,
where she hosts retreats for writers and artists. She has interviewed over 10,000
women worldwide for her non-fiction book Prism of Light; 22 questions that will
help you discover your own endless possibilities. However, Lyn’s real passion is
writing fiction. She believes that the best gift she can give the world is a couple
of hours of sheer enjoyment by escaping into the depths of a good book.

Previous Books

Prism of Light

Coming Soon

The Quiet Storm

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Cassandra by Starlight.

Susan Mac Nicol, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Cassandra by Starlight (The Starlight Trilogy).

Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Renee Yadaev
Length: 100,000+ words
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: A London
woman is swept off her feet into the glamorous yet surprisingly dangerous world
of an up-and-coming star of stage and screen.
Blurb: Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads
the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along
comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero
of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and
defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers
to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and
from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world
is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true
romance will always find its happy ending.
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Bennett Saville is the
main male character. He is a London
based actor, star of stage and screen, with his own TV series called ‘Gabriel.’
Bennett is 37 years old.
Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Wallace
is a professional woman, who specializes in project managing process improvement
for companies. She is 47 years old.

Interview

Tell us about your latest
book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest books are a trilogy,
contemporary Romance crossing over into Romantic suspense. The Starlight Series
takes the story of Cassie Wallace and Bennett Saville from their first fateful meeting
after a tragic accident, right up to just after the three years they are together
and are finally tying the knot on an idyllic Fijian island. The incident bringing
the two together is the suicide of Bennett’s younger brother, Eric, who throws himself
off a motorway footbridge. Unfortunately, he lands on Cassie’s car, injuring her
badly. Bennett feels responsible and goes to see Cassie in hospital. He’s intrigued
by her looks, her compassion and her bravery in dealing with the incident. She in
turn is struck by his youth, film star persona, his obvious demons and the fact
that he seems to have no one he can really turn to. The couple strikes up a romance
that transcends the age barrier and they find in each other a way to both appreciate
each other and provide what the other needs.
What is the single most
important part of writing for you?
That would be bringing
the characters into a reader’s living room, writing scenes and dialogue that is
both believable and real and helps the reader to identify with the characters and
the situations they find themselves in. The greatest compliment for an author is
to be told that a reader could really get into the minds of the characters and that
the story line was well paced, i.e. they simply turn the pages as if it was a seamless
read that flowed well and made the reader feel comfortable.
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
Writing for me is not a
hobby, it’s a passion. I’ve been writing for a long time, for my own pleasure, and
it’s only since the Starlight Trilogy and getting my first book published that I’ve
truly come to appreciate the magic that exists in sitting down and creating something
that until then exists only in my imagination. The most incredible thing I can think
of to do is take a name of my own creation and build a character about that until
he or she seems almost real. I love to put them in situations that I’d either love
to be in myself, or create one where I can control it and make the decisions that
get them out of the predicament they find themselves in. It’s the most fun anyone
can have in playing the Creator in your own little universe and knowing that it’s
only fiction and you can make anyone do anything you want to.
I also enjoy the variation
of writing different things and of being given the opportunity to showcase a different
style. As well as writing these three novels, I also wrote a short story for my
publisher’s ‘Lunchbox Romance’ line. These are short, fun stories designed to be
consumed in the lunch hour. This new story, called ‘The Magick of Christmas’, was
a little bit of whimsy created especially for the line and as I myself have a great
interest in Wicca and love Christmas, it made sense to combine the two in a feel
good contemporary Romance story about love and magick at Christmas time.
Where do you start when
writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I am a fly by the seat
of your pants writer. I literally started out with Cassandra by Starlight using
an Excel spreadsheet with half a dozen names on it, about five lines per character,
defining age, look, what they did and a very brief description of their character.
I had no idea when I started that Bennett’s mother was going to be schizophrenic,
that Cassie had an ex-husband, that Bennett had a crazy stalker who was an former
terrorist, or that he’d have a gay best friend called Dylan who’s quite an irreverent
character. It all simply flew from the tips of my fingers onto the screen as the
characters developed and I thought of the next line.
Research wise – for Cassandra
there was a lot of research required, especially around the world of the theatre
and movie-making, the issues of schizophrenia and stalking and of course, one of
the most controversial topics in my book, the female on male rape scene. The latter
was researched using case histories of people who had actually been subject to rape
and in fact, after the book was published, the gentleman who wrote the original
article that I used as the basis for my scene in the book, James Landrith, got in
touch with me. It was a very moving moment to be able to communicate directly with
the man whose grim experience formed some of the basis for my book.
What did you learn from
writing your first book?
I learned that I knew nothing
about formatting or writing for publication and about the nightmare of point of
view and what not to do and how not to head hop. I’m still learning that one…
I also learned how a good
editor was worth her weight in gold and one who worked with you and guided you,
worth a lot more.
As for social networking
and how to self promote – when I started writing these books in February this year,
the only thing I had was a business LinkedIn account, gathering dust, and a very
meager Facebook page. The mere mention of Twitter and tweets was enough to make
me hiss like a vampire having a necklace of garlic thrust around her neck. But,
as well as writing and doing the editing to make my stories suitable for publication,
I had to get out there and learn everything I could about the art of social networking.
I’m pleased to say I’ve got the knack of it, and I am beavering away valiantly to
build my ‘community’ and draw readers into my books.
How do you balance a life
outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
I work full time in the
city of Cambridge
which is about an hour’s drive from my home. I leave the house at seven in the morning
and am back in around six p.m. I am very fortunate to have a very supportive family
and to be honest, (and bear with me on this train of thought!) my saving grace (in
my view, my mother and family would agree) is that I’m not really a domesticated
animal. I don’t like cooking, I don’t bake and I will run like hell if an iron ever
comes near me. I’ve always been a professional working woman, working long hours
and have gotten used to this way of life. So having a husband and kids who can cook,
and like to cook, to me, is an absolute boon and they are very happy to take up
this mantle, which gives me the time from seven p.m. to midnight and sometimes longer,
to write and retreat into the ‘bear cavern’ so called because my daughter has warned
the family ‘not to poke the bear when she’s writing. She growls.’
What do you hope readers
take with them after reading your work?
My biggest desire for a
reader is to simply enjoy the moment and live in the world I’ve created and feel
comfortable doing so. I want readers to almost feel bereft when they finish my book,
to feel as if they want more. If they think about the characters and the events
after they’ve put down the book, even if it’s just a day or two afterwards, and
I accomplish this, then I think I’ve done what I set out to do.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
I have always wanted to
live in a country manor where there is a lot of land and a lake and I can simply
spend my days writing in my huge, book-laden study. This could be either here in
England or in France. I’ve never
been to France but one of the
places I would truly love to go is Carcassonne in
the south of France.
I became entranced with this place when reading Kate Mosse’s ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘Sepulchre’
and I think a beautiful castle overlooking this area would suit me down to the ground.
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
I would definitely be a
blunt instrument as that describes me so well. I suppose a hammer is the best fit.
Picture yourself as a store.
Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold
there?
Comfortable clothing that
made you feel warm and fuzzy, chocolate of any description, books, anything geeky
like smart phones, tablets, gadgets, time machines, holographic devices, Benedict
Cumberbatches, (an English actor I have a particular passion for), anything to do
with magic or witches, chunky costume jewellery that sparkled in a myriad of colours
and a selection of really sexy men to pander to my every need when the Cumberbatch
is having a well deserved rest.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
This item is hard wearing
and tough, has a tendency to switch off when in writing zone mode and can prove
extremely fractious when disturbed.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with bacon.
I’m always ready for bedtime.
When I’m alone, I live in my own head.
You’d never be able to tell, but I am actually listening to
you
.
If I had a halo it would be a little tarnished.
If I could time travel I’d go back and catch Jack the
Ripper
.
I can never give up because I’m driven.
Susan MacNicol

Books Coming Soon

Books 2 and 3 in the Starlight
trilogy – tentatively titled ‘Together in Starlight’ and ‘Starlight and Promises.’
‘Saving Alexandria’ – a novel about a flawed woman who finds an unexpected and sexy
saviour who helps her overcome both her fears and the demons from her past.
Currently
working on another Lunchbox Romance short story

Find Me Here

Cassandra by Starlight
Facebook page http://on.fb.me/RQYv3Z
Loving Mick.

Jill Limber, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Loving Mick.

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 42,500
Heat rating: Sexy
Tagline: Jessie wants a fling, but Mick decides he wants forever.
Blurb: Betrayed and abandoned by a cheating husband, Jessie wants
nothing more than a fling with the handsome cop. Mick thinks Jessie’s plan is a
fine idea, until he falls in love and wants forever. Will Mick be able to convince
Jessie to play for keeps?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Jessie Jones, 29, School Teacher

Mick Landers, Cop, mid-thirties

Interview with Jessica Jones

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Oh, pretty average I guess. Friends describe me as loyal and
caring, and I find that flattering.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I’m dependable and dedicated. To my family, my friends and
my job.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is?
What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I’m not very brave, especially when it comes to taking risks
with matters of the heart. Once burned, twice shy is the phrase that comes to mind.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you
want to be the “good guy?”
I hate to admit this, but I’d say since my husband deserted
me it’s anger. I’m acting like a bad girl and having a lot of fun!
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Lately? New sexy underwear and an even sexier cop.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
Lately I’ve been acting like I’m sixteen.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
About Face: From Wife to Party Girl
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
I’d still live in San
Diego because I grew up here and love it, but I’d choose
a house on the beach.
What song would best describe your life?
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Hmm. Interesting question. A broom, to sweep out the old and
sweep in the new.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
A store that carries all kinds of things to make the home comfortable,
pretty and organized. Or a bookstore for children and adults.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
I loved school and everything about it, especially learning
and friends.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet.
If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do.
One time our Labrador Retriever dug under the fence and got
into a neighbor’s house through their dog door at Christmastime and ate a gingerbread
house the lady had taken days to decorate.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Warning: Don’t try to pin this girl down.
New Year’s Eve Club Authors

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Jessica)

I love making out in a car like a teenager.
I’m always ready for a dinner out.
When I’m alone, I read Romance novels. I love happy endings.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m really scared inside.
If I had a halo it would be slightly
crooked
.
If I could be like my mom, I’d know I was raising
my children well
.
I can never stand to see my children unhappy.

About the Author

As a child, Jill got herself in trouble with some of her tales
but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs,
Jill loves most gathering friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty
of laughter.

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