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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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Rescued from the Dark

Lynda Kaye Frazier, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Rescued from the Dark.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Blurb:
She has no memory of their love…
Kidnapped by terrorists and sent into a drug-induced coma, FBI
intern Mercedes Kingsley awakes with no memory of her ordeal–or the intimate interlude
that left her pregnant. Convinced her child was fathered by her ex-fiancé, she walks
away from the only man she has ever loved, determined to make things work with her
ex, a man the FBI suspects is implicated in her abduction.
He knows the truth, but no one will listen…
FBI undercover agent Jason Michaels remembers what Mercy can’t
and those memories are breaking his heart. Forced to keep his distance from his
lover and their unborn child, Jason risks his life to protect Mercy from a cell
of international terrorists who have vowed to get the secrets locked in her memory,
no matter the cost. Can Jason convince Mercy to trust him until she remembers their
past, or will he lose her to a man who will trap her in a nightmare world of darkness
from which there is no escape?
Buy Links:
Tell us about your latest
book.
Rescued from the Dark is about an FBI agent, Jason Michaels who
goes undercover with the Irish Mob to get information on their gun smuggling ring.
While on assignment he realizes they have joined forces with a known terrorist group
manufacturing drugs. He searches for information to tie the two together when he
finds out they have kidnapped a fellow agent and the only girl he has ever loved.
Jason soon realizes their using Mercy to perfect their dosage and that his cover
has been blown. He knows he has to save her so takes off a journey that will take
him up against his enemies, peers and the Agency that he loves, but willing to give
up to bring Mercy back to him.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Rescued from the Dark is the first book in my Guardian’s of Hope
series. It is an eight book series made up of Special Ops, Navy Seals and FBI Agents
who are sanctioned by the government to do rescues they can’t or are not able to
do due to restrictions.
I am almost finished with the second book, Last Chance to Run
and hope to have it published by the end of the year.
I also have a contemporary, Saving JT in the works and just finished
outlining the remaining books in the Guardian’s series. So many more books in the
future.
How many readers/fans
contact you?
This is my first novel so not a big fan base. Just family and
friends. But that’s a great place to start.
How much of your personality
and life experiences are in your writing?
Mercy has a lot of my personality built into her character. She
loves coffee, is always late, and is very protective of family and friends. The
only thing we share on life experiences is how enclosed areas bother her. I hate
it when the elevator closes. I swear I hold my breath until it opens again.
Generally, how long does
it take you to write a book?
It takes two months for me to complete a rough draft. I am still
new to the editing process so I’m slow at it. I think I edit it too much.
Do you have a set schedule
for writing or do you just go with the flow?
My day job takes up a lot of my time so I have set aside my evenings
from 8 to midnight for my e-mails, blog updates and writing. I usually wing it on
the weekends but still try to get at least three hours in front of the computer
each day.
What is your writing routine
once you start a book?
Once I have my characters and plot my book basically writes itself.
I keep a tape recorder on me and when I get an idea I record it and feed it into
my story when I get home. I am always working on my story weather it’s in front
of the computer or recording a thought.
Where do you start when
writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I do a short outline then build my characters. Looks, personality
and quirks. Then the story builds around that.
What about your family,
do they know not to bother you when you are writing – or are there constant interruptions?
My kids are grown and on their own and once my husband is fed
he is happy so the only real interruption I have is when my cats feel like they
need attention and lay across my keyboard.
What do you do to relax
and recharge your batteries?
I read. I love to read, that’s what started this journey of mine.
It’s my escape. I relax with a few chapters each night.
What are your thoughts
on love scenes in romance novels? Do you find them difficult to write?
I only have one love scene in my book. There is a lot of sexual
tension but writing that one scene was very difficult for me. Don’t get me wrong,
I love to read erotic and would love to write more but alas my Catholic school background
will not let me. When I’m in the middle of attempting to write one I get a mental
image of the Nuns and Priests telling me to get those evil thoughts out of my head.
Someday I will learn how to kick them out of my head.
What kind of research
do you do?
This book dealt with the Irish Mob and a Terrorist cell. I had
many hours on the wide web searching for information so my plot sounded as real
as it could be without hitting sites that would get me flagged by the US Government.
What does your husband/wife
think of your writing?
My family is very supportive of my writing.
Do you ever ask him/her
for advice?
No, can’t even get him to read my book. He’s only into westerns.
Please tell us about yourself
(family, hobbies, education, etc.)
I am Married with five children and three grandchildren. I love
to garden and paint but the one thing you will always catch me doing is reading.
My most favorite place to be is on the beach. I have been known to drive 10 hours
for a day on the sand. I went to college for Respiratory Therapy back in 1979 and
have been a registered ultrasound technician for the last 18 years. I work for a
Cardiology group and can honestly say I love my day job. But I love writing more.
Who, if anyone, has influenced
your writing?
I have always had a passion for reading, but the one author that
influenced me into getting published was Cindy Gerard. When I finished writing my
book I had questions so I e-mailed her and she was great. She gave me information
that put me in the right direction. She was very kind and answered every one of
my dumb questions.
Are you a member of any
author groups – RWA, critique groups, etc.?
I am a member of RWA, Roses Critique group, Savvy Authors, BTS
eMag reviewers, and Marketing for Romance Writers.
What do you think of critique
groups in general?
I would be lost without my critique group. I love the different
advice I get, and use it as just that, their opinion and advice. I don’t let them
change my voice but their great at catching plot errors, story structures problems
and flow.
List two authors we would
find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Cindy Gerard and Suzanne Brockman. Love their stories.
Are there any words of
encouragement for unpublished writers?
Don’t ever give up. You will get critiques that will make you
cry and rejection letters. Make them building blocks for the career you are building.
What do you hope readers
take with them after reading your work?
I put on my calendar the date of the next release from the authors
I read. I want to know that someone loved my story and was left needing to know
what happens next so they put my next release date on their calendar.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Never engage in activity until coffee has been consumed.
Choose any or all of the
following.
Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Balck
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Egyptian cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country life
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Hunky Heroes
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner
Dogs or cats? Both

Fill in the blank with your favorites

Dessert ~ Peanut butter cookies
City ~ Houston
Season ~ Summer
Type of hero ~ Take charge and sexy
Type of heroine ~Confident, courageous, not whimpy
Lynda Kaye Frazier

About the Author

I’m an avid reader of romantic suspense and started writing about
a year ago after a vivid dream. I know, sounds cliché, but that’s how it started.
I work full time at a Cardiology clinic, then at night you will find me in front
of my computer writing. I grew up in Pennsylvania,
but now live in Arkansas, surrounded by the Ozark Mountains where I get to enjoy the four seasons without
a long, cold winter. Other than spending time with my wonderful family, my favorite
things to do are writing, reading and listening to music, but my most favorite is
going to the beach. Surf, sand and a good book, my stress relief. I enjoy Goodreads
because I love to read and enjoy finding new authors and recommending great books
to others. But I am also a Facebook junkie.

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Opposites Attract?

I come from a family of four girly girls, and my other half comes
from four rough and tumble boys. We have two boys. So yes, the testosterone gets
thick at my house!
Running out and doing the football thing? Not so much.
Running to the antique mall? Yipee. My men would rather stick
needles in their eyes. LOL
Sometimes, there are remarkable differences between the opposite
sexes. Check these out (mostly generalities):
  


Man                                                                Woman
Action adventure movie                               Romantic comedy
Non-fiction books                                         Romance books
Duck Dynasty                                                HGTV
A fast sportscar, big truck                            A practical SUV
Thick burger and fries                                   Small one with
ten fries
Chocolate shake                                           Water
Spit on small cut                                            Antiseptic with bandage
Large dog                                                      Small
dog, cat
Ten oz ribeye                                                 4 oz filet
Loaded baked potato                                   Small salad
No bread                                                        Bread
with butter
No dessert                                                     Anything
sweet
Handwash car                                               Car
wash with vacuum
Donuts                                                            Multi-grain
cereal
Surfs through TV commercials                    Reads thru TV commercials
Loves to cook                                                Hates to cook
See? Just from this small list, we notice the big differences.
But isn’t being different a good thing? Would we always want
to like the same things?
What I notice is how the columns complement each other. Kinda
like a balance. So no, we don’t always like the same things. I don’t always watch
romantic comedies. I adore Indiana Jones and James Bond, but will never be a huge
fan of Duck Dynasty! On occasion, I eat a donut and deny myself dessert, like bad
bread pudding. And my other half loves HGTV. Go figure.
Our characters — usually — imitate real life. Can’t you see
a hunky guy chowing down on humongous steak, and the girl daintily eating a salad
or smaller meal? (And all the while she is secretly thinking “I wish I could
eat like that.”)
Or our hero lounging on the couch with remote superglued to his
hand while the heroine is about to blow her top because he won’t land on the romantic
comedy? She picks up her HGTV magazine.
Not all of these generalities are hard core true. See the cooking
thingy, for example. My men would rather throw meat on the grill while I like to
gather a couple of things together and “assemble” something to eat.
The truth is if we are identical, we’d bore each other. We want
to be interesting to our other half. To balance and complement each other. And occasionally,
bend our other half’s way because that is what we do in a relationship. We grow,
live, do.
Let’s add to the list. What are some guy/girl things?

About the Author

Vicki Batman has three men in the house and often muses why God
did that to her.

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Raine Delight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, the On Valentine’s Day anthology story, my story is called Moonlight
Masquerade.

Genre: M/M
Publisher: Sara York in conjunction with It’s Raining Men
Cover artist: Sara York, and Jared Rackler
Length: 353 pages/10 stories by eleven authors
Heat rating: Sweet to scorching hot/my story is sweet and sensual
Tagline: Fall in love with On Valentine’s Day
Blurb:
For Moonlight Masquerade:
Mysterious roses keep popping up on Skylar Everclear’s doorstep.
No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget
it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants
to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas,
he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries not to let his libido
take over. But on Valentine’s Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to
meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that this time, love is right
there waiting for him?
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Skylar Everclear is about 30 years old and a baker at a local
bakery
Marc Douglas is around 29 and works at the local shipyard.

Interview

If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
I would make it a bit longer and more fleshed out.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Creating new characters and worlds. I love opening a new word
document and letting my muse take over.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
With lots of coffee and my sounding board, my partner of seven
years.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
If you enjoy paranormal with romance, then please try my Devon Falls
series. Each book is a new set of main characters but past characters pop up and
help move the story along. I have dream walkers, shifters and soon the fae as well
as elemental mages will be popping in.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
All depends on my mood. Lately I am into fantasy such as Jim
Butcher, Gail Z. Martin and a few others plus my m/m faves such as Sue Brown, Andrew
grey and more.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think traditional publishing is now just seeing how well e-books
are really doing and though late to the party, they are trying to play catch up
even after many years of scoffing at e-books and their popularity. I would love
to see the big six redo their publishing model and make it more relevant to today’s
changing world as well as fighting against e-book pirates.
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?
Some place warm…maybe Hawaii
since I have never been there. Shorts, bathing suit and maybe my trusty yoga pants
as well as a few pairs of jeans. If money is no object then I am planning to buy
clothes there. J
What good book have you read recently?
I am loving Gail Z. Martin’s Chronicles of the Necromancer/Fallen
Kings series…wonderful fantasy and in e-books, I loved Andrew Grey’s debut young
adult story, By The Creek under pen name Geoff Laughton. Exquisitely written and
very heartfelt.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I am an all shades of blue or purple kind of girl
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 black olives, pepperoni, and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for unexpected company with plenty of coffee
and cookies around my house.
When I’m alone, I like curling up in my honey’s big easy chair
and reading on my nook
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I had over a dozen surgeries
in my teens for cervical spine cancer
.
If I had a halo it would be hung up on my devil horns.
If I could be anyone I’d be Johnny Depp’s assistant.
I can never have too many books because it’s unnatural
not to have books IMO
.

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Tara Fox Hall, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Sarelle McGarran from the book, Taken in the Night,
Book #3 of the Promise Me Series.

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Fiction/Paranormal Fiction with Romantic
Elements
Publisher: Melange Books
Cover artist: Caroline Andrus
Length: 250 pages (Kindle)
Heat rating: Sensual/Mainstream
Tagline: When the love of your life disappears without a trace,
who do you turn to?
Blurb: When Theo disappears, Sar is left bereft; the uncertain
guardian of Theo’s newly born werecougar daughter, Elle. As months pass, clues emerge
about Theo’s disappearance, yet the twisting trail ends repeatedly without answer.
In her grief, Sar turns to Danial and hesitantly begins to build a life with him
and Elle.
Buy links:
Print copies-Lulu
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sarelle McGarran – Independent human heroine, early 30s, safety
and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop
Danial Racklan – Reserved yet romantic vampire, 400+ years old,
owner/CEO Solutions, Inc., a corporate detective business with ties to illegal crime,
Vampire Ruler of the United States
Terian – Vengeful half-demon, 75+ years old, owner of online
potion business plus Danial’s new head of security in Taken in the Night
Theo – Uncompromising werecougar, early 30s, Danial’s best friends
and MIA chief of security for Solutions, Inc.
Devlin Dalcon – Vengeful and relentless vampire, former U.S.
Vampire Ruler, 400+ years old

Interview with Sarelle McGarran

Tell us about yourself.
Sar: My full name
is Sarelle McGarran. I live on an old horse farm in New York,
and work part time at a metal fabrication shop. I was a widow when I met Danial
close to a year ago, and we fell in love. Our brief romance combusted pretty spectacularly
after only a few months. With the unwitting help of a friend’s spell, Theo and I
shared a haunting dream. Months later, we began a relationship–
Tell us about the vampire Danial. We hear you’re back with
him, now that Theo is MIA.
Sar (defensive): You’re making it sound like I couldn’t wait
to trade up. That isn’t the case at all! Theo is currently missing, and has been
for several months now. Meanwhile, I’m struggling to raise Theo’s daughter Elle
by myself. She’s a werecougar like he was. Danial has been like a father to her
in the short time he’s been back in my life, and yes, we are moving in with him
shortly. It’s best for Elle, and for me.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Sar (a bit calmer): I think there is nothing I can’t do. I always
give anything I try to do 100%.
What would Theo say is your strongest point?
Sar (bites lip): He always admired my willingness to accept him,
fur and all. He loved that I accepted Elle as my own, that I wanted to be her mom
even when she wasn’t my own child.
What would Theo say is your biggest weakness?
Sar (wipes at tears): He’d say I tended to rush in before I should.
I do that a lot, when I feel it’s the right thing to do. It’s gotten me into trouble
before.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
Sar: That Theo would be here, now. That Danial would have found
him, or he would never have gone missing. If we knew he was dead, at least we’d
have closure. But not to know what happened to him rips me up inside. I keep thinking
I’d know if he died. But the more time goes by, the more uncertain I get about that.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
Sar: I wish you had asked me about Elle, Theo’s daughter… and
mine. (Sar smiles). She’s getting big, and she’s so smart! I see so much of Theo
in her. She has his eyes. I never thought I would have children of my own. But I’m
so happy to have her. I was so angry at Tawny, when she showed up pregnant at my
door. I was angry at Theo. But his mistake was one of the greatest things to ever
happen to me. I will never have really lost him, because I have Elle.

About the Author

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense,
action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She
is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic
suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free
time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring
for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and
target practice.

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Website: tarafoxhall.com

Goodreads:
http://goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall