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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Clarissa: Celtic Destinies

Kissa Starling, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Clarissa: Book One in the
Celtic Destinies Series.

Genre: Mainstream
Publisher: Red Rose
Publishing
Cover artist: Shirley
Burnett
Length: 31,676
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Reuniting ghost
lovers proves to be the easy task. How will she ever find her own true destiny?
Blurb:
Clarissa has traveled
halfway around the world to Scotland
hoping to escape her sordid past and begin anew. What she finds is two unruly children,
a single father who travels, a elderly cook and a couple of ghosts who demand to
be reunited. It’s hard to figure out who plans to give her the most trouble- the
children or the ghost of a kind long since passed. Will it all be worth it in the
end and what must Clarissa do to obtain her own happiness?
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Clarissa Randolph is
an ex-stripper turned nanny. She is in her late twenties.
William Kirkland is
in his late thirties. He is a business man and lord of his castle. He has recently
become Clarissa’s boss since she is nanny to his two children, Gregory and Sally.

Interview

Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
Scotland
is the setting and one I love oh so much. I am really into genealogy and a few years
ago I went all the way back to the 1600’s for both my family and my husband’s. His
family is from Scotland and part
of mine from Ireland.
We both love anything medieval. I can only imagine going there one day and seeing
the castles, moors and hills where our ancestors loved, laughed and played.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
I believe it may be Daisy. She is the master’s cook/housekeeper.
She isn’t a main character in this book, but she will appear in all of the series
books. She’s eccentric and different and she may possibly have a story of her own
one day!
Why do you write?
It’s the only way I’ve found to effectively get the voices out
of my head. Ha, ha. I am partially kidding. The characters do talk to me once I
begin their stories. I had one character invade my dreams for several nights until
I understood she didn’t want her sexual business out there for the whole world to
see. She wasn’t that type of girl! I rewrote a few scenes and the result worked
perfectly. Now I’m more apt to listen when they talk.
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
I love to be outdoors. My dog loves it too so we do a lot of
walking. Usually we let my husband come along too. I go to the movies a lot, drive-ins
are my favorite. There’s nothing like tailgating and then watching them slip the
film onto those huge reels. (They let me come in and watch.) I love driving down
roads when I don’t know where they go. I find the best shortcuts that way. If my
day includes reading, writing, spending time with the hubby and cuddling with my
cat it’s a good day.
What other jobs have you
held besides writing?
I have to laugh at this question because answering what jobs
I haven’t held would be easier. Let’s see how many I can remember- cashier at a
children’s clothing store, cashier at the mall, waitress, hostess, cook, dishwasher,
worked at a truck stop, cashier at a convenient store, gas attendant, babysitter,
telemarketer for carpet, magazines and donations, housekeeper at a motel, custodian,
cafeteria worker, substitute teacher, afterschool teacher, tutor, maid, I pressed
shirts and sewed on buttons at a drycleaner, I put together plastic car parts by
the garbage bag full, assistant teacher, counselor, survey taker, house sitter,
I transported people to doctor’s appointments, I sold Mary Kay for a few years,
and I remember several lemonade stands along the way!
What are you currently
reading for fun? Anything for research?
I love research! Love it, love it. I often find myself researching
above and beyond my topic when I should have already started writing. When I wrote
PS – I Love You, I spent hours watching videos of Woodstock. Oh, the music back then…. Right now
I am into zombies and I’m reading a lot of zombie books. I collect cookbooks and
always have one on the bedside table to be read. My research library is what some
might say is extensive.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
This one is easy, a screen for my bedroom window. I enjoy leaving
the windows open and sleeping with fresh air coming in, even in the winter. Alas
my house has no screens on the windows. My husband went to Home Depot to buy me
one and they told him they don’t make them in that size. One day I came home from
work to find one screen on my bedroom windows and a smiling husband with many cuts
on his hands. He spent the entire day making me a custom screen to fit. It melted
my heart.
If you could time travel
what era would be your first stop?
I would go into the future to 3000. I know a lot about my ancestors
and things they did in the past and while I’d love to meet them in person I’d like
to meet some of my descendants even more. What happens to my great, great grand-daughter?
Is she the first female president? What is she driving? Eating? Doing for fun? Does
she wonder about me? And most importantly, does she need my help? I love being there
for family.
I am continually working on learning to play the guitar. I have
short arms so I use a child’s size guitar to learn on. My father can play anything
with strings and I am so jealous because I love music. He is teaching me. We’ve
started over several times. I tend to quit when my fingers get sore. I’ll get there.
Banjos are so cool.
Experience the many sides of Kissa Starling

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with everything except anchovies
(which I’ve never attempted to eat!) Onions and sausage are my favorite.
I’m always ready for a road trip.
When I’m alone, I wonder where everyone is.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was born
up north. My deep southern accent masks it.
If I had a halo it
would be sparkly with ribbons hanging down.
If I could speak Spanish fluently I’d
go live in South America for a while.
I can never stop buying books because
well, I’d die!

Previous Books

The Lifestyle Series:
Robert’s Story
Chalan’s Story
Rick’s Story
Carl’s Story
Aidan’s Story
Swing Pointe
Goldi
All I Ever Wanted
Toy Box
The Untrained Housewife
Angel’s Wish
Candy Kisses
Sweet Kisses & Lesbian Wishes
Profiling
Cracker Cowgirl
I have several short stories in print anthologies
as well.
I also have a few books out by my alter ego K.
Starling who only writes sweet romance.
Kismet
The Last Waltz
I Should Have Kissed You
Sweet Tea Maggie

Books Coming Soon

I have a short story, Pinky, coming in the Serving
Him anthology from Cleis Press in March. http://amzn.com/1573449253/
Luciano’s Story, book 6 in the Lifestyle Series,
will be released this year at Red Rose Publishing- http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?products_id=1296
Classical Rules has been contracted by Sapphire
Publishing and is set to be released in the Uniforms Optional anthology sometime
this spring. I don’t have a link for that one yet.
I plan on submitting several more short stories
this year and I’m working on a full length novel as well. (my first!!!)
Contest
I’d love to give away a pdf copy of Clarissa
to one lucky reader.
Find Me Here

John Quinlan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to have you here today. Thank you for taking time to talk to us. Let’s jump right
in with questions.

Please give us your professional bio.
I have been involved in athletics, professional wrestling, fitness
and modeling over the years since the age of 19. I have been an image model for
dozens of apparel brands over the years along with appearing in television documentaries,
commercials, art gallery print work and having my likeness used on children’s literature
book covers. I have been a spokesmodel for apparel brands as far away as Japan and Asia just
to name a few. I am also a Physique model competitor and a current Romance Novel
Cover model as well. I have been a supplement company image model who is currently
signed as a sponsored athlete with Athletic Xtreme Supplement Co.
Now, tell us about you as a person.
To be honest I am happy-go lucky type guy that is ego and attitude
free. Once you are my friend I will always do my best to be one of the good guys.
People tell me I have a unique look that sets me apart from other models in the
business. I love being unique and different as many have often told me, “hey, I
remember you….you’re the model guy with the tattoos.” I have been referred to as
the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world by people in passing which
I think is very cool and I am truly humbled by all the kindness I have received
from all the amazing people like you Kayelle.
You have many tattoos. Which one is the most significant to
you and why?
Yeah, I have a bunch which includes 2 half sleeves, both wrists,
stomach, back and fingers etc. I am told I wear them well so it’s all good as I
try to keep myself in good physical condition so my ink compliments my body. The
most significant is a tough one to answer as they all have deep meaning but one
I will mention is on my left wrist which is the oriental Kanji “Family” symbol inside
my left wrist that represents my children.
What part did your upbringing have in who you are today?
I was brought up to treat people the way they want to be treated
and I think if you ask anybody that really knows me they would say I am the poster
boy for this.
What do you wish was different about your past and why?
I believe everything happens for a reason. All the events that
have taken place in my past have brought me to this point I am at right now so really
wouldn’t change much. If I had to be honest the only topic I would like to see removed
from my past would have to be all injuries I sustained throughout my years in the
fitness world. There are too many to name but they were always preventing me from
being 100%.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
My best friend was my dog London. He was a Golden Retriever and he lived
to be 16 years old because he was loved so much. I had lots of great friends that
I went to school with as a child but this dog was the best man! Still miss him as
he represents my childhood.
Who is your childhood hero?
As a boy I was a huge baseball fan and being from Boston growing up in the 80’s
Wade Boggs was my childhood hero. I remember the very first time I saw him at Fenway Park
and he was God like. I collected all of his cards so when I saw him in person it
was very memorable.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Great question Kayelle, I would have to say ‘Wedding Crashers’
as it is one of those movies I can watch over and over again and it is still funny
everytime.
Imagine you could spend as much money on your hobby as you
liked and not worry about the cost or place to keep things. Describe your hobby
and what the area would be like where you indulge in it.
I would collect everything from classic cars, trucks and motorcycles
with a mega storage place to show them off where I and all my friends could enjoy
them. Guys with tattoos are supposed to like this stuff! Ha ha ha!
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Have you ever seen the Corona
beer commercial of the guy sitting there in the chair and you see him from the back?
He reaches over and takes a sip from the Corona
bottle and skips a stone in the beautiful green/blue water while he just sits in
the warm sun on the beach without a care in the world. That is my perfect refuge.
If you could time travel, what era would be your first stop?
The 1950’s! I loved all the old school sports from that time
and I was also a big fan of the movie, ‘Back to The Future’ as a kid. It was a simple
time and I would love to see just how sweet it was.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t
done yet?
Jump out of a plane would be really something. Hopefully the
parachute would be nice to me and open up on time and not get jammed up!
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
Dog baby! I have nothing against cats or people who have them
as I am a true animal lover. Love em’ all BUT I did grow up with many canines in
my house so I am a bit biased here.
Do you prefer light or dark chocolate or no chocolate at all?
Everybody has to love chocolate as I can eat pounds of the stuff
in one sitting! I love all chocolate as I don’t discriminate but if I was to be
picky and choose I would have to say light or milk as the dark taste is a bit stronger.
But really just give me a wheelbarrow of it all mixed up and I will enjoy shoveling
it down no problem!
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
I often get asked this question as a model, “Will you ever go
all the way?” I am surprised you didn’t ask this but my answer to this is if the
money is right and all the “stars in the sky align perfectly” baring all is never
out of the question.

Fun Questions — Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a challenge.
When I’m alone, I wish I wasn’t alone.
You’d never be able to tell, but I have scars.
If I had a halo it would be because I was good to others and
earned it.
If I could live everyday like it’s my last I’d die
a happy man with no regrets.
I can never have an attitude towards great people in the Romance
Model world like Kayelle Allen
because it’s the people like her that make
models like me, without people like her guys like me are nothing.

Upcoming Appearances

I have a few but the only one I can confirm right now is the
2013 RT Booklovers Convention in Kansas
City. I will be there all day Saturday May 4th.

Find Me Here

Web Gallery and Updates by Patric: http://johnquinlan.org/

Coleen Kwan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Real Men Don’t Break Hearts.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Cover artist: Jessica Cantor
Length: 277 pages
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: Enemy. Playboy. Landlord. The perfect fling?
Blurb:
Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other
than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy–the man she blames for getting her jilted
at the altar six years ago. Plus, now her ex-fiancé is back in their hometown of
Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. Everybody’s
treating Ally with kid gloves, as though she’s still heartbroken, but she’s just
fine, thank you very much.
Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor
lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to
find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye.
But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?
As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in,
she doesn’t count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the
resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…
Buy links:
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/SWsoPn
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ally Griffin, 25, gift store owner.
Nate Hardy, 29, former finance whizz, now landscaper.

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
The most important thing I do is write on a regular basis. When
I first started writing I’d wait for inspiration, and I’d give up as soon as I hit
a rough patch. Now, I know how important it is to stick to my daily word count and
to hang in there on the difficult days when the words won’t come, because persistence
pays off.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
Asher’s Dilemma
I would make my heroine more proactive. I would also pay much
more attention to editing my work and try to eliminate passive writing and over
description.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love creating my characters and getting lost in their stories.
I like it that my characters can say and do things I wouldn’t be able to!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
That’s a tough question. I would most likely choose Jessica Page
Morrell. She’s a writing teacher and coach, and I always find her inspiring.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
I would tell myself to make time for writing, even if it’s just
a few hours on the weekend. I would tell myself to finish that book, then write
another and another, and try to improve with each one.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I’m a great believer in To Do lists. If I have all my chores
written down, they seem more manageable, and there’s something very satisfying about
ticking each task off as it’s done. I’m also a great believer in chocolate! Whether
it’s a rejection, a looming deadline, or a story that won’t work, chocolate always
eases the stress.
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?
I can’t go anywhere without my contact lenses, so that would
be the first thing I pack. I’d take some T-shirts, shorts, and jeans, and I’d go
on a luxury tour around China, taking in the Great Wall, Shangri-La, and Xian. Of
course, I’d have to take my family along, too.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
I was near Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, and I watched the
fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I have to confess I watch a lot of TV! I enjoy shows like The
Office, Doctor Who, The Mentalist, and Criminal Minds. My teenage daughter has also
put me onto shows like Parks and Recreation, and Community.
Please underline 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 BBQ chicken.
I’m always ready for a nap.
When I’m alone, I daydream.
You’d never be able to tell, but I daydream a lot!
If I had a halo it would be so cool.
If I could fly I’d trim the annoying climber growing on my house.
I can never wear lipstick because it always feels sticky and yucky.

Find Me Here

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