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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Chef’s Delight.

Teresa Carpenter, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Chef’s Delight, the next book in the New Year’s Eve Club series. (Due out this month)
Genre: Contemporary
Romance Novella
Publisher: Boroughs
Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 31,000
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Heather Brown
can stand the heat.
Blurb: Heather Brown
has one stipulation when it comes to finding Mr. Right before New Year’s Eve: anyone
but the boy next door. Ex-SEAL Joss Stone may live next door, but he’s anything
but a boy. And he’s the one thing standing between her and everything she’s lost.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Heather Brown, 29, unemployed baker
Joss Stone, 38, retired SEAL, restaurant owner
New Year’s Eve Club


Interview with Heather Brown

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I’m the girl next door, the best friend, the
girl you go to in a crunch. Or I was.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My optimism. I believe with a positive attitude
you’ve accomplished half the goal.
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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?)
Joss says I’m terminally nice. What’s wrong with
being nice? It’s better than being alone.
What drives you to do the things you do? What
makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Since Joss bought the restaurant? Anger. It’s
very freeing.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching Joss pump iron from my bedroom window.
Yum.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would
you be?
How old do you have to be when you don’t get
hurt anymore?
A biography has been written about you. What
do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Bye-Bye Daddy’s Little Girl
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
Hacienda Hills. It’s home.
What song would best describe your life?
Never Underestimate a Girl
If you were a tool, what would people use you
to do?
Fix things. I like to fix things. Sometimes I
get a little carried away.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Muffins, cakes, pies. Does anything say love
better than honeybuns?
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
school?
Summer vacation. That’s when I got to hang with
my girlfriends.
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.
We didn’t have pets. We had fish, guppies. Don’t
get attached to the babies.
If you came with a warning label, what would
it say?
When it comes to Joss? Warning: My Bitch switch
is on.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a run.
When I’m alone, I watch action movies. I love me some Bruce
Willis
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m confused and hurt.
If I had a halo it would be neon green.
If I could talk to my mom, I’d ask her how can you
be sure he’s the one
.
I can never stay mad because I’m not made that way.

About the Author

Teresa Carpenter
Teresa Carpenter believes with love and family
anything is possible. The author of twelve romance novels for Harlequin Books, Teresa
‘s books have rated a Top Pick by Romantic Times and Her Baby, His Proposal
was nominated for Best Harlequin Romance of the Year. She lives in San Diego surrounded by her
large family. Her day job is in the exciting world of banking. When she’s not writing,
she’s reading or attending one of her nieces or nephews sporting events. Her new
Princess Camp trilogy is based on fairy tales.

Previous Books

The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby
The Playboy’s Gift
The Boss’s Surprise Son
Sparks Fly With Mr. Mayor
Sheriff Needs a Nanny
Flirting With Fireworks
Her Baby, His Proposal
Baby Twins: Parents Needed
Daddy’s Little Memento
The Baby Due Date

Books Coming Soon

Chef’s Delight – The New Year’s Eve Club – Dec. 2012
Baby Under The Christmas Tree, Dec 2012
The Making of a Princess, May 2013

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New Year’s Eve Club Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/TheNewYearsEveClub?ref=hl

Wendy Soliman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
Compromising the Marquess.

Genre: Regency
Romance
Publisher:
Carina Press
Length: 83,000
words
Heat Rating:
Steamy
Tagline: A sparkling
Regency in which a marquess finds his destiny in an impecunious siren with a beautiful
voice and a scorching pen.
Blurb:

Leah Elliott
and her sister Bethany remove to the south coast, where Leah makes a living by picking
up tidbits of gossip for a scandal sheet about the local family of consequence,
the Forsters. She erroneously reports that the marquess, Hal Forster, is about to
marry a local lady. To make up for her mistake, Leah offers to act as Hal’s paramour.
In return he agrees to educate her in matters of romantic love, acting out scenes
from Fanny Hill, a book which they have both read.

Leah discovers
that Hal has a young Frenchman hidden on his boat, which makes her suspicious. During
a grand ball at Forster Hall, the Frenchman kidnaps Leah, using her to lure Hal
into a trap. Using her wits, Leah manages to warn the man she has fallen in love
with that he’s in deadly peril. Managing to overcome his foes, Hal concentrates
on discovering the truth behind the fire that killed Leah’s father and supposedly
destroyed the rare books he so treasured. His efforts lead them both into more danger
when they have a deadly confrontation with a scoundrel at an inn in the backstreets
of London.
Has Leah led
the man she loves into a trap from which he’s unable to escape.
What are
your main characters’ names, ages and occupations?
My Hero, Hal
Forster, is Marquess of Denby. Aged thirty, he not only carries out covert assignments
for the government but also has responsibility for his three younger siblings.
At 21 Leah Elliott
must support herself and her sister by whatever means she can. If that means writing
gossip for a scurrilous scandal sheet then so be it.

Interview

How did you
get your start in the industry?
I owe that to
the wonderful British Romantic Novelists’ Association. I joined when I started writing
seriously and thanks to their New Writer’s Scheme was able to find a home for my
first five regencies with a small London publisher.
If you could
change something about your first book, what would it be?
Just about everything!
I think I made the mistake common to new writers and way overwrote the thing. Far
too many adjectives and ‘telling not showing’. I couldn’t see it at the time, of
course, but when I came to re-release the book with an e-publisher, I was able to
put that right.
How do you
cope with stress as an author?
Wine helps –
a lot! So too does chocolate and going for long solitary walks with my dog to clear
my head and make sense of life.
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.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza
with wine.
I’m always ready
for wine.
When I’m alone
I drink wine.
You’d never
be able to tell, but I love wine.
If I had a halo
it would be tipsy.
If I could fly
I could avoid airports for the rest of my life.
I can never
relax because I’ve always got stories waiting to be told.

Previous Books

Lady Hartley’s
Inheritance
Duty’s Destiny
The Social Outcast
The Carstairs’
Conspiracy
A Bittersweet
Proposal
A Reason to
Rebel
Of Dukes and
Deceptions
A Scandalous
Proposition
The Perfect
Impostor
A Class Apart
Shalimar
Silver Lining
The Name of
the Game
Downsizing
Topspin
Unfinished Business
Risky Business

Books Coming Soon

The Forsters
# 2 – Beguiling the Barrister – Carina Press June 2013
The Forsters
# 3 – Finessing the Contessa
Lethal Business
– Carina Press – March 2013

Contest

I’m giving away
a copy of Compromising the Marquess. Just leave a comment here, along with your
contact details, telling me why you enjoy Regency romances. Good luck!

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Deadline: Romance.

Diana Saenger, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Deadline: Romance.
Genre: Contemporary
Buy links (out soon): http://boroughspublishinggroup.com
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 38,000
Heat rating: a little steamy
Tagline: For Emma Ross true love won’t wait.
Blurb:
When an over-confident dotcom genius meets a secure journalist
facing some troublesome news, he’s smitten and decides she’s worth fixing. Daniel
may be intriguing and is an even better kisser, but too bad – Emma doesn’t need
fixing.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Daniel Fisher, 30, Dotcom millionaire – Emma Ross, 29, Journalist

Interview

How do you come up with ideas?
From everyday life, the people I meet, our culture, and somehow
they just keep flowing into my head. Thank my lucky stars!
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
The impact of how it affects others.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Help veterans get their stories out for history and their family
to know about. Currently in the process of interviewing 400 veterans on a wall of
honor in my town for what will be several books.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Meeting everyday people. Even though I interview a lot of movie
stars, it’s the people in my own community and the things they do that are the “real”
stars in opinion.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
8-10 every day
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
They begin with plot but characters jump in unexpectedly
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book?
Journalist, race car driver, vice squad undercover officer, drummer
in a band.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your
work?
That all obstacles can be overcome.
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A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
And she wasn’t even wonder woman!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
Here – San Diego
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A key to unlock their imagination
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Writing tablets, a camera, a Bible, friends’ books.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Friends.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with my family .
I’m always ready for chocolate.
When I’m alone, I write .

About the Author

Diana Saenger
Diana Saenger is the entertainment editor of the East County
Gazette, theater critic for 10 other San
Diego newspapers and operates her own entertainment syndicate,
Saenger Syndicate and online sites reviewexpress.com
and classicmovieguide.com . She
has sold more than 1,000 short stories, articles or features to newspapers and magazines
such as Good Times, Hispanic Outlook, Life After 50, Indian Country, McCalls, Romantic
Times, and more. Called a Roving film historian by Fox Studio Classics, Diana has
been a guest panelist at the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival in Athens Georgia
for four years in a row. Her romantic novel took first place in Harlequin’s First
Kiss Contest. She’s sold several short romances to The Sun, has been a judge for
several screenwriting competitions, had two of her own place in national competitions,
was a script reader for King Productions and served as one of the press coordinators
of the San Diego International Film Festival in 1997.
An award winning journalist, Diana has won numerous awards with
California Media Professionals, San Diego Press Club and the National Federation
of Press Women for more than 18 years. Diana is past president of So. California
Media Professionals, past president of the San Diego Film Critic’s Society, member
of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the author of Everyone Wants My Job:
the ABC’s of Entertainment Writing, The Vietnam War: Life As A POW, From Guadalcanal
to Hemet and co-editor of Glory, A Nation’s Spirit Defeats the Attack on America.
She is the Communications Director for the International Human
Factor Leadership
Academy, and was nominated
in 2008 by California State Assemblyman Joel Anderson for “Woman of the Year”
for CA’s 77th District.

Previous Books

Everyone Wants My Job: the ABC’s of Entertainment Writing, The
Vietnam War: Life As A POW, From Guadalcanal to Hemet and co-editor/author of Glory,
A Nation’s Spirit Defeats the Attack on America.

Books Coming Soon

Deadline: Romance (in December)

Find Me Here

New Year’s Eve Club Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TheNewYearsEveClub?ref=hl
Reel Talk Reviews http://.reeltalkreviews.com
La Jolla Light http://.lajollalight.com
Sarah’s Cowboy.

Terry Irene Blain, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Sarah’ s Cowboy – The New Year’s Eve Club.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy links (coming soon): http://www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 37,000
Heat rating: moderate
Tagline: Sarah Jane Alexander is in for the ride of her life.
Blurb:
Practical school teacher Sarah Alexander decides she’d like a
little adventure. She signs on as a teacher on a western movie set and meets cowboy
stuntman Kit Stewart. The man is adventure with a capital A and Sarah just might
get more than she bargained for.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sarah Jane Alexander – late 20’s, a high school history teacher
hoping to get a college teaching job.
Christopher ‘Kit’ Stewart – age 31, a movie stuntman, working
his first job as the stunt coordinator.

Interview with Sarah Jane Alexander

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I enjoy being a history teacher. I believe that we need to know
where we came from so that we have a foundation to choose where we want to go in
the future.
What do you think is your strongest point?
To relate the past to the present and making history interesting.
Do you have a weakness?
I tend to be a little too concerned about what other people think.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want
to be the “good guy?”
I know that being nice is a little boring, but doing good can
make you feel good.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Watching old western movies on television.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
Probably about 26, having just finished my Master’s and the world
looked open to all possibilities.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
My Teacher Makes History Interesting.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
In a resort town in the hills, not too far from a major city,
with lots of trees and maybe just a little snow in the winter.
What song would best describe your life?
This Kiss by Faith Hill
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A pencil, useful and practical.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Books, sporting equipment, movies and needlework.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Getting good grades.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Trivia dispensed without asking.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with onions, green peppers and black olives.
I’m always ready for a good book or movie.
When I’m alone, I eat chocolate and watch old movies on television.
You’d never be able to tell, but I like riding on motorcycles.
If I had a halo it would be on
straight, but would need a little polishing
.
If I could afford it I’d travel the world.
I can never go on a roller coaster because I’d get
sick
.

About the Author

New Year’s Eve Club Authors
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large
Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors’
adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she
naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught
the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she’s had the
chance to live in various parts of the country as well as travel to foreign places
such as Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.

Previous Books:

Kentucky Green
Colorado Silver, Colorado Gold

Books Coming Soon:

Sarah’s Cowboy (The New Year’s Eve Club)

Find Me Here

New Year’s Eve Club Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewYearsEveClub
Green-Eyed Doll.

Jerrie Alexander, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, The Green-Eyed Doll.

Thank you, Kayelle, for having me over today. I’ve poured the coffee and brought blueberry muffins.
Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Buy links:
The Wild Rose Press

Amazon http://amzn.com/1612174442/

Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 354 pages
Heat rating: R
Tagline: A woman running from her past. A Texas sheriff who ignites a flame she thought lost forever. A killer who paints his victims to look like porcelain dolls.
Blurb:
Catherine McCoy is running from her past. She’s been on the move for a year, hiding the secret and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever.
Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed. Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.
When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim. But will her determination be enough?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Catherine McCoy, 30, part-time waitress and part-time file clerk
Matt Ballard, 33 years old, Texas County Sheriff

 Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
To write the best book possible and then write the next one. Social media and marketing are important, but I sincerely believe the best thing I can do to further my career is to keep writing. I plan to keep learning and honing my craft.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Waking up each morning? Just joking. I love everything about life. My family, friends, and fellow writers are the best in the world. I live in Texas, love the warm climate, blue skies, and friendly people. I can’t ask for more.
Jerrie Alexander

If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?

Hands down, the awesome Linda Howard. Holy cow, when talent was passed out, she must’ve been first in line. She grabs the reader by the throat and pulls you into each story. Death Angel is my all time favorite book of hers. You don’t want to know what all I’d do for the chance to work with her.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
I push hard, work hard, and expect a lot from myself. So I’d say to be patient with myself. It’s sad to admit, but let’s be honest. Patience is not one of my virtues. My husband tells me that no one will see these words on my tombstone. “Here Lies a Patient Person.”
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
If I do…she AOL. She’d constantly feed me story ideas and chocolate. My shoulders would never be tired, because her rubdowns would be off the chart. And did I say she?? I meant he…and he would look like Gerard Butler and be at my beck and call.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Maybe a little of the hero’s personalities have my husband’s John Wayne attitude. But other than him, I’ve never patterned a character after a friend or family member. A few of my friends are quirky, but thankfully, none of them fit the profile of the killers in my stories.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I love to read romantic suspense authors, other than Linda Howard, Allison Brennan and Cindy Gerard are two of my favorites. My guilty pleasure is a good historical romance. When I really need a break from the murder and mayhem, I’ll grab a Elizabeth Hoyt or Jade Lee book and curl up with a cup of coffee. The only sound you’ll hear from me is an occasional sigh.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think we’ve only scratched the surface. Epublishing will continue to grow and provide readers with great yet easy to purchase books. The fast pace of our lifestyles will only speed up, increasing the demand for more.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
I claim the prize of having the most beautiful daughter ever! She and her husband brought the most awesome granddaughter into this world. So I’d have to say, even as cheesy as it sounds, my proudest moment is anytime my family is together.
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?
Sun block, two bathing suits, a beach towel, snorkel gear, sandals, shorts, T-shirts and one summer dress, all which fit in one carryon. I’d head to the clearest, warmest water in the Caribbean.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
A blonde Anne Hathaway
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red
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.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with football.
I’m always ready for company.
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m uncomfortable around strangers.
If I had a halo it would be stolen.
If I could scuba dive I’d give up snorkeling.
I can never climb Mount Everest because I’m terrified of heights.

Previous Books

The Green-Eyed Doll is my debut novel.
Jerrie Alexander

Books Coming Soon

The Last Execution from The Wild Rose Press
Hell or High Water, book one of the Lost and Found, Inc. series from Etopia-Press

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Someone Like You.

 

I don’t believe that you can be a writer of fiction without having
heard of the muse. You see it references in blog posts (much like this one) and
bemoaned on Facebook when it isn’t cooperating. Others scorn the idea of a muse,
stating that writing is a job and you just get on with it whether the muse is with
you or not. Regardless of how, everyone eventually hears about the muse.
I am one of those who firmly believes in the power of the muse.
The stories that come easiest to me are definitely those where the muse has been
whispering in my ear and I have listened.
Of course I can write without a muse, but I find it harder to
get started, more difficult to make the story flow and consequently most of those
stories are of poor quality and will probably never see the light of day.
But when the muse is with me the stories flow from the smallest
of inspirations. A picture of a single white wolf can spawn a story of shapeshifters,
a quiz on a radio can generate a plot bunny like the one in my story DrivingMe Crazy, or a passing comment from my editor can inspire a story all of its
own.
Unfortunately, most of the time the muse talks to me when it
is far from convenient. When you’re stuck at the evil day job, the last thing you
need is a muse whispering in your ear and distracting you from your other tasks.
Then, when I have the time to write the muse has given up trying to foist that plot
bunny on me and the inspiration for a particular story is lost, sometimes forever.
There are times though when the muse comes to me just at the
right time. Last weekend was one such occasion. A plot bunny was calling and I had
no plans at all. Two whole days of writing like crazy and the first draft of a brand
new novella was complete. Times like those are when I am most grateful for my muse
and my belief is at its utmost. I even feel a little sorry for those writers who
don’t believe in the existence of the muse, for who writing is nothing more than
a job.
My muses may not always come to me at the most convenient of
times, but I have certainly learned to listen when they do.
I just hope my readers enjoy the stories the muses send my way.

Someone Like You by L.M. Brown

Blurb
When Todd Hunter went to university he left behind his boyfriend,
Deacon Jones. Todd knows Deacon is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life
with, but for some reason Deacon has stopped returning his calls and is ignoring
all his letters.
Now Todd is home for the holidays, and he wants to spend them
with Deacon. It might not be so easy though. Neither Todd’s family nor Deacon’s
are happy about their relationship and while Todd knows if they stand together they
can make it work, convincing Deacon may be the greatest challenge of all.
Genre: contemporary gay romance (m/m)

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