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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Jackie Leigh Allen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, A Real Man, Book Two of the New Year’s Eve Club.
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 32,800
Heat rating: moderate
Tagline: Five women. One night. One year to get it right.
Blurb: Can a young widow trust her happiness to her former high
school sweetheart?
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Melissa Martin Hall, approaching 30 years old, returned to graduate
school after the death of her husband.
Matt Conroy, over 30 years old, EMT.

Interview with Melissa Martin Hall

Tell us about yourself.
What are you like?
I’m a good student, a good friend and I was a good wife. Now
I’m ready to have a little fun.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
I’m flexible, but you know the trouble with that is you can get
into some very awkward positions.
Do you have a weakness?
Sure. I try to keep from making waves. Matt’s trying to get me
to kick up some surf.
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I took the easy path, but now I’m looking for a little danger.
I’m tired of being the “good girl.”
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Chocolate and wine and Matt.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
I used to wish I were back in college before I made a bad decision,
but right now I’m having so much fun I want to be the age I am.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Learning to Love Life
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Well, I live in La Jolla,
California and I can’t imagine anyplace
better.
What song would best describe
your life?
The Boy is Mine
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
I used to think, fix things, but now I’d say I’m a conduit to
happiness.
New Year’s Eve Club Authors
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Sexy lingerie.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Getting the right answer first.
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.
Well, this is embarrassing at its most fundamental level – I
was such a pleaser that I did what my now deceased husband wanted until I lost myself.
One of the first things I did when we split up was to cut my hair. At first it felt
like a rebellion, but it was a step on the way to get me back to myself. My real
self.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Now – Too hot to handle.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with anchovies.
I’m always ready for love.
When I’m alone, I sing
and dance to the radio.
You’d never be able to
tell, but I’m fragile.
If I had a halo it would be red and sparkly.
If I could surf
I’d do it every day
I can never quit learning
because there’s always something new I wonder about.

About the Author

I have been writing forever it seems. As an only child I had
many imaginary playmates and wrote stories where, of course, I was the heroine.
When I discovered boys, the stories got more interesting.
After nursing school I went to the University of Illinois
where I met my husband. After we moved to Southern California,
we raised three children and I enjoyed being a school nurse.
Now I love to write about heroines and heroes who overcome problems
and find a happy ending. If a little murder and mayhem get it the way, that’s life.
When I’m not writing, I’m reading, traveling, and playing with my grandson.

Previous Books

Win’s War, Nina’s Niche, Carol’s Choice, Sherry’s Success, An
Officer and a Gigolo, First Impressions
Jackie Leigh Allen

Books Coming Soon

A Real Man, Book Two in the New Year’s Eve Club series

Find Me Here

NEW YEAR’S EVE CLUB Facebook page: https://facebook.com/TheNewYearsEveClub?ref=hl
Our usual bright colored turquoise gem is missing today and
I have substituted a red ribbon in honor of World AIDS Day. Please visit http://worldaidsday.org for more
information on how you can help.
November on Romance Lives Forever saw twelve author
interviews, four character interviews, two book releases, and six articles, for
a total of twenty-five posts in a thirty day month. Here are the top five posts
(judging by page hits). There were ties at fifth place. I’m not surprised to
find that the five posts include two of the four character interviews. These
seem to be very popular with readers.
1. Salute
to Author Veterans
— featuring authors who served in the armed forces
2. Delaney
Diamond
– Author Interview
3. Kristina
Knight
– Character Interview
4. EM
Lynley
— Save Room for Ice Cream (article)
5. Tara
Lain
— Article
5. Jami
Davenport
— Character Interview
Special Mention this month for a unique post: Bellakentuky
for “Scifi: Matter of the Mind.” Worth a second read.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:
Ciar Cullen, Ivy
Bateman, Jane Wakely, June Kramin, KC Klein, Krystal Shannan, Margaret Lesh, Patricia
Yager Delegrange, Raine Delight, Sara Daniel, Sharon Hamilton, Susan Jaymes, Tina
Gayle, Toni Noel, Xavier Axelson

My thanks to all who took part this month.

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