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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes only a blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is: Sky Tinted Water by Keta Diablo.
Genre: Sweet Historical Romance
Familial bonds, malevolent schemes, and passion collide in
this sweet historical novel. Set in Minnesota
during the Civil War and the Sioux uprising, this is the story of Rory Hudson,
the exquisite Irish lass with an unbreakable spirit and the enigmatic Dawson
Finch, a man bound by honor, duty, and loyalty.
When Dawson
enlists in the army to bring peace to nation divided, Rory’s world plummets
into a tailspin. War, distance, and time separate them, but nothing can dispel
the haunting memories of their love. Not even death can destroy their fierce
passion or a love so strong it beats the odds of the impossible.

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/UjeU4W

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The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
Insidious Whispers

Serena Zane, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character Phoenix
from the book, Insidious Whispers.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 46 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: It’s her duty or her life!
Blurb:
Abducted from her quiet life as a New Age store owner, Beth Stark
is thrown into a dangerous world of intrigue and magic. Beth’s legacy as Guardian
of the Black Tome is to protect the book from those who would seek to use it for
dark purposes.
Phoenix,
enforcer of the Vampire world, is sent to destroy the Black Tome before the Queen
of the Fae can use it to annihilate the vampire race. Phoenix comes face to face with the tome’s Guardian,
but he doesn’t expect the feisty little spitfire to make his blood boil, and his
passions rise.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Beth Stark, New Age Store Owner and half-Fae, Guardian of the
Black Tome
Phoenix,
Vampire Enforcer
Prince Arlen, Prince of the Fae
Queen Genevieve, Queen of the Fae
Jean-Luc, Vampire Elder and head of the High Council

Interview with Phoenix

Tell us about yourself.
I am the strong arm of the vampire council. Head enforcer, and
ancient vampire. Ensuring that vampires follow the law of the High Council and Other-kind
do not reveal our existence.
Tell us about Beth Stark.
She is a feisty spitfire that I cannot eradicate from my heart.
I burn for her. She is Guardian of the Dark Tome and a half-Fae who torments me
with every waking thought.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Well…are we talking metaphorically? Or figuratively? I believe
that honor comes before all things.
What would Beth say is your strongest point?
(Phoenix
laughs) I can’t really discuss that on an open forum.
What would Beth say is your biggest weakness?
I find it suspicious that you would ask such a question. One
does not reveal their weaknesses.
What was it like where you grew up?
Belief
I grew up in what is now the Basque Region of the Pyrenees Mountains
between Spain and France.
It was a hard existence, and my family struggled.
What do you wish was different about your life?
There are always things one regrets. But I cannot change the
past.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That is something I shall keep close to my heart.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Once many years ago I came upon a place, far away from society.
Isolated, but beautiful. The waves of the ocean crashed against the cliffs as I
watched the sun sink beneath the horizon. This would be my perfect place, if there,
in the arms of my love.
As a child, who was your best friend?
I prefer not to dwell in the past of dim memory.
What do you wish I had asked you?
I would have had you ask me if I am satisfied with my existence.
I would say that is a good question. Again, there are things I regret, and now that
I have found my love, I am not sure if my position will remain the same with the
High Council. But, yes, overall, I am satisfied with my existence as it stands.

About the Author

Serena Zane is an eclectic author of paranormal romance, sweet
romance, and action-adventure romance. She lives with her husband and her son in
the Northwest. Balancing her time between writing, time with her family, and crossing
swords on the battlefield, Serena is never bored.

Previous Books

The Jewel series
Dark Diamonds, Crystal Clear, Ruby Red, Tiger Eye
The Hunter Diaries
The Christmas Present, Bite Me, Belief, Insidious Whispers
The Dark Warrior series
Snow Beast, A Cross to Bare, Bane
Follow the Heart, Moonlight in a Pickup Truck

Books Coming Soon

Serena Zane
The Hunter Diaries Anthology, Mortal Ice, The Change, and The
Locket

Contest

Riddle me this: “Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless
bites, mouthless mutters.” What is it?
If you are the first to answer this question you will win a free
copy of The Christmas Present.

Find Me Here

Blog: Tales of the Night  http://serenazaneauthor.blogspot.com/

 

Lorrie Unites-Struiff, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, A Heap of Trouble

Genre: Western Romance, Action, Humor
Publisher: MuseItUP Publishing.
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: 150 pages
Heat rating: PG
Sheriff Cole chases Mattie, who steals his heart, Beggar, a monkey who steals the townspeople’s jewelry and a gang that steals cattle.
Sheriff Cole Walker is fearless– except when it comes to critters. When a thieving, runaway, ringtail monkey decides to move in with Cole and won’t leave, he has more woes than he can handle. Cole has a powerful yen for the newly arrived Mattie Wells, the pretty woman who can jingle his spurs with just a smile. Mattie takes a shine to men who have pets, and she adores the monkey—as does all the townsfolk. So, Cole must put up with the troublesome critter. Mattie is holding a dark secret and refuses to get married. Cole pushes to pry out her secret and change her mind while harboring a secret of his own.
A gang of rustlers is roaming the hills and stealing the Double J’s cattle. JJ blames the farmers and an all out war is in the making. Cole and his deputies, Wade and Sully, are given a month to find the thieves before Mayor Farley calls for outside gunslingers. Yep. Cole has a heap of trouble on his hands.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Cole Walker 28 Sheriff of Cold Creek
Mattie Wells 22 Shopkeeper’s daughter.
Beggar, the runaway monkey. Who knows how old the imp is? Occupation-
Petty thief.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
By writing short stories for ezines.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Promote my books. With short stories I didn’t really have to, but now I’m trying to get my name and my books out there to readers.
What websites do you visit
daily?
Facebook, Pintrest, LinkedIn
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Make it longer. I enjoyed writing it so much, I wish I had added more twists.
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
It’s fun, at least for me. I can let my imagination have free rein.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing now, stupid, while you’re young.
How do you cope with stress
as an author?
Not well. Lol. There is always so much to do and not enough time in the day. Besides, I poop out fast.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Heaven’s no. They would lynch me.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I was a gold medalist dancer/teacher/manager of a big name ballroom studio. Ah the good slim and trim days.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
A Heap of Trouble. It’s fun, has PG romance, action with cattle rustling, and a lot of humor with Beggar the monkey who is a petty thief. You can’t
help but like the combination.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew, but I do think e-books are the wave of the future.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My grandson is a classical pianist and in his first year of college. He is gifted. He started older than most kids and is already number one musician
in his school. To hear him play brings tears of pride to my eyes.
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?
A little cabin in the woods. I’d take my computer, sloppy clothes, and be totally alone to write. Hmm. Better take some food with me, too.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
New Year’s Eve. I like to watch the ball go down. I sigh, lean back in the chair and think, ‘whew, I made it another year.’ I know. I’m strange.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Watch the TV programs I have taped. I like many of them and thank goodness for DVR’s.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Hmm. Tough one. Can I choose a young Kim Novak? Lol. Maybe I best go with the older one.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red.
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 mushrooms.
I’m always ready for a dinner out with friends.
When I’m alone, I love to do anything I feel like.
You’d never be able to tell, but I always laugh at myself when I do stupid things.
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
If I could go a vacation I’d take a 90 day cruise and see the world.
I can never say no to a friend because I value them too much.

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The Progeny
Ashlynne Laynne, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Blood Promise.
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Cover artist: Faleasha Myers
Length: 320 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Their love is fated by an ancient prophecy. Now the
promise is fulfilled.
Blurb:
Ascher Rousseau is a half-human, half vampire whose life has
been a series of prophecies and predictions. After finding incredible love and passion
with Shauna–a Wiccan with powers beyond anything he’s ever known–he seals to her
and hopes for happiness. But his enemies seek to destroy all that he loves, and
he finds that happiness never lasts for long.
Darkness is descending and a vampiric revolution is nearing.
A new brood of hatchlings is born to join their darkling brothers, in preparation
for war. A preordained chain of events is set into motion that could lead to the
rise of the demonic “cloaked one” and his half-human fallen children, while ending
humanity–as we know it.
Can a supernatural love and the loyal bond of a family save the
Rousseaus and the world from certain extinction?
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ascher Rousseau- 87 year old half-blooded vampire, one third
owner of Rousseau Incorporated and medical student
Shauna McCutchin-Rousseau- 21 year old bartender and second year
college student

Interview

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most about writing is connecting with readers
and chatting with them about my books and characters.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
Stephen King
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
All of the time. This drives my husband crazy, because he’ll
read a part of one of the books and say, “Hey, I remember saying that to you once.”
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I currently work full time for a major power company.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I’m a romance junkie, and I will read any sub-genre of this genre.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Honestly, I believe that e-books will become the majority of
book sales in the future, leaving a small portion of sales as paperbacks.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, because I enjoy cooking a huge family meal.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
My guilty pleasure is watching Lifetime in my pajamas.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I’ll say pink, because it happens to be my favorite color.
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 pepperoni, black olive and mushroom.
I’m always ready for sex.
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I write erotica.
If I had a halo it would be in
flames
.
If I could disappear, I’d prank my friends.
I can never skydive because I’m a big chicken.

Previous Books

The Progeny (Book One)
Blood Bonds (Book Two)

Books Coming Soon

Blood Promise (Book Three)

Contest

For one commenter, I am offering free PDF copies of all three
Progeny series books and two autographed Progeny series trading cards (Ascher and
Shauna).Open to US addresses only.

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Donna Cummings, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, I Do…or Die.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Length: 272 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Getting shot at during a wedding was the best thing
to happen to her love life.
Blurb:
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” is Shelby Atwood’s personal
credo. She’s managed to avoid commitment all her life – no pets, no plants, not
even a long-term lease. Heck, she’s had colds last longer than her romantic relationships.
How could she be any other way when she has a gigolo for a father?

But then gunfire erupts at the latest wedding she’s agreed to
be in, and it ends up being the best thing to happen to Shelby’s love life. Detective Ryan Nichols is
assigned to the case, and when the shootings don’t stop, he becomes her 24-hour
bodyguard. Shelby
wouldn’t mind except Ryan is too appealing, too sexy, and too happy to remind her
of the raucous bachelorette party when she mistook him for a stripper.

Shelby’s
plan is simple: find the shooter, have a fling with Ryan, and return to her non-committal
life. Unfortunately, the shooter is very elusive. Shelby’s feelings for Ryan are way more than adrenaline-fueled
lust. And returning to her normal life is now impossible since, despite her lifelong
resistance, she’s managed to put her heart smack dab in the line of fire.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Shelby Atwood, early
30’s, TV food personality
Ryan Nichols, mid-30’s,
detective

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
This book started out
with a little riff from a bridesmaid chatting about all the outrageous bridesmaid
dresses she’d had to wear. And then all of a sudden this chatty character became
the heroine, Shelby, who had been a bridesmaid for her best friend four different
times, only Shelby
hates weddings. And then there was gunfire at the latest ceremony. . .Things just
kind of went crazy from there!
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
Shelby seems to endear herself to readers, probably
because of her kooky adventures, and her commitment-phobe qualities, as well as
her hilarious commentary on all of it. There’s definitely a fan base for the hero,
Ryan, though.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Probably “getting
ready to write” or feeling guilty for not writing! I hang out a lot on Twitter,
and I love to get inspired by looking at things on Pinterest, and I count them as
invaluable research tools. *cough* Because they are!
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I am a confirmed pantser.
I’m not even sure I make stuff up–it just shows
up in my brain, and I write it down. It feels like I’m the official stenographer
for these characters. They say and do what they want to, and I type away. Sometimes
I’ll pretend like I’m the movie director and suggest they move over here, or say
such-and-such. When I’m done, they go back to what they were doing in the first
place, and I just start typing again.
What’s your writing schedule like?
It’s pretty much a variation
of this: “Okay, I’ve got my coffee, so I’ll open up the WIP and get my word
count done for the day. Oh, wait. I better check Twitter one more time. And Facebook–I
think somebody left a comment, and I don’t want them feeling ignored. Wow, it’s
lunchtime already. Well, I’ll just go ahead and check the sales stats on Amazon
and then really hit it at 1:30. No, 1:45. Heck, I might as well just round it up
to–how did it get to be 6 p.m. already?!”
Any advice for new authors?
Write the story that
won’t leave you alone. It may be slightly outside your current skill set, but work
at it anyway. You’ll discover what you like, what your strengths are, and most importantly,
you’ll find your voice. THAT is your most valuable tool as a writer. It’s what will
keep readers wanting to read everything you write.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
I didn’t even have to
think about this one! I would go to Regency London, and have a grand time with all
those rogues and rakes.
Do you believe in luck?
I’m not sure if I’d call
it luck, but I definitely believe there’s something
that happens outside of the normal everyday plane. It feels like coincidence sometimes,
the way things happen, being in the right place at just the right moment. Or having
someone show up just as you need them to.
What’s your favorite movie?
I love romance and humor,
so I have a few movies I can watch a zillion times and never get tired of them.
Strictly Ballroom is one, and Notting Hill is another.
Donna Cummings

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with forty-eleven kinds of cheese on it.
I’m always ready for coffee, and more coffee.
When I’m alone, I crack myself up all the time.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m thinking up a new tweet
right now
.
If I had a halo, it would be
marking my place in whatever book I’m reading.
If I could learn how to drive a race car, I’d use that
research for an upcoming book
.
I can never eat Brussels sprouts because they are incredibly
gross
!

Previous Books

Lord Midnight, Regency historical
Summer Lovin’, contemporary romance novella

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Byzantine Gold

Chris Karlsen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Byzantine Gold.

Genre: Romantic Thriller
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Cover artist: Elaina Lee from For the Muse Design
Length: 72K words
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: A Turkish agent and an American archaeologist find themselves
in the crosshairs of dangerous enemies in this undersea thriller.
Blurb:
A sunken warship from the Byzantine Era carrying an unusual cargo
of gold has been found off the coast of Northern Cyprus. News of the valuable
cache has attracted the attention of a terrorist cell. They plan to attack the recovery
team’s campsite and steal the artifacts. On the Black Market, the sale of the relics
will buy them additional weapons.
Charlotte Dashiell, an American archaeologist, and her lover,
Atakan Vadim, a Turkish government agent, are scheduled to be part of the recovery
team that brings up the artifacts. While en route to Cyprus, they find themselves caught
in the crosshairs of Maksym Tischenko, a Ukrainian contract killer bent on revenge.
Charlotte, Atakan and Tischenko share a grim history. As a result, Tischenko is
a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal–seeing them both dead.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Charlotte Dashiell, 30,
nautical archaeologist
Atakan Vadim, 38, agent
for the Turkish Ministry of Culture.
Maksym Tischenko, 40,
contract killer.
Golden Chariot

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I allocate time for promotion
work and I start asking for reviews as soon as I can.
What websites do you visit daily?
The Animal Rescue Site
and the Rainforest Site, I click on the pages. For every click a bowl of food goes
to a shelter animal and every click goes to purchase rainforest land at risk. It’s
free to the person who clicks as corporate sponsors and/or private contributors
take care of the costs.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
When a reader tells me
they felt like they were there, in a scene, with one of my characters or when they
say they felt part of the setting from the narrative description.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
Tough call but I think
(if you mean another author) it would be either Bernard Cornwell or John Sandford.
I have several favorite authors but they combine setting with action remarkably
well.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Start writing now. Don’t
wait.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
It’s pretty good. I do
allocate time every day if I can to write, generally the afternoons. I don’t set
page goals and don’t allow myself to not write because I’m “blocked.”
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
No.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
Before I became a writer
I was car rental agent, a receptionist in a law firm, a switchboard operator, a
grocery clerk and a police officer.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I’d recommend Golden
Chariot or Byzantine Gold. They are romantic thrillers and the romance is the subplot
rather than the main plot. I think it’s a nice way to introduce someone to romance
and the thriller aspect has wider appeal.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I read historical fiction,
like Bernard Cornwell’s books, Mike Connelly, John Sandford and Joe Wambaugh’s cop
books, Julia Quinn’s historical romances along with Julie Anne Long and Deanna Raybourn.
I also like Stephen Coonts’ thrillers.
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?
A couple pair of shoes
as I wear a 10 and can’t always find that size abroad. Toothbrush, toothpaste, some
other toiletries and my makeup so I look halfway decent when I arrive. Kindle and/or
Nook, tablet for emails, and my iPod with my music. A couple of changes of clothes.
I’d go to Bodrum, Turkey,
where I can lounge by the Aegean Sea and enjoy
the sidewalk cafes at night.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Driving around England and Scotland is a fave. I love it there.
I love there’s so much history and castles, and picturesque villages, and nice people.
I can never see all I want in a visit.
What good book have you read recently?
Death of Kings by Bernard
Cornwell and I’m currently enjoying Mad
River by John Sandford.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
Watching a Castle rerun.
Dull I know.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Stana Katic
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Bright Copper
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 pepperoni, sausage and onions.
I’m always ready for a glass of champagne.
When I’m alone, I listen to music and read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m not at all talkative
at parties where I don’t know many people
.
If I had a halo it would be ornate
like Byzantine jewelry
.
If I could get the courage I’d take a hot air balloon
over part of Turkey
.
I can never dive because I cannot manage to clear my
mask properly
.

Previous Books

Heroes Live Forever
Journey in Time
Chris Karlsen
Golden Chariot

Books Coming Soon

Knight Blindness

Contest

Commenters will have a chance to win an ebook copy of Golden Chariot.

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