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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Stage Fright

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Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book and includes only a cover, blurb,
buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is
Stage Fright, by Pender Mackie.
A closeted male stripper falls for an out-and-proud
bartender. Jesse Snowe has no trouble taking his clothes off for an audience,
but if he wants a lasting relationship with his new lover, he’ll need to reveal
more than just his body.
Blurb:
After six months dancing in a Las Vegas all-male revue, Jesse Snowe is used
to being groped by enthusiastic females, but he’s more interested in Val, the
sexy new bartender. Jesse’s tired of the closet, but when he thinks of coming
out he gets stage fright. The thought of telling his fellow dancers he’s gay
makes his palms sweat and his heart race and not in a good way. Dating Val
under the watchful eyes of the dance captain could reveal Jesse’s secret and
might be more of a gamble than Jesse’s willing to take.
For Val Tremain the glamor of Vegas is wearing thin. He’s
even less enamored with his new job, but knowing he’ll see Jesse’s beautiful
body makes it easier to go to work. When Jesse hints he’s interested Val can’t
believe his luck. But Jesse’s latest dance routine encourages a little too much
audience participation and Val struggles with jealousy.
Jesse knows his job’s hard on their relationship and being
closeted doesn’t help. Strangers slap his butt every night, yet he’s afraid to
touch his lover in public. If he wants this relationship to work Jesse may have
to reveal more than just his body.
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One Moment’s Pleasure.

Rue Allyn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Dutch Trahern from the book, One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire
Love # 1.

Genre: Western Historical Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance Publishing
Length: 142 pages
Heat rating: 4-5 on a scale of 5
Tagline: Everything for love ~ nothing for lust.
Blurb:
One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster,
Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich
bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where
her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t
escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.
Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for
years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive.
That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution.
Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman
he shouldn’t want.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero ~ Dutch Trahern
is a business man in the import-export trade based out of San Francisco. He is in his late twenties.
Heroine ~ Edith Marietta
Alden of the Boston Aldens is a spinster because her guardian grandfather doesn’t
believe women should work or participate in any activity outside the home. At approximately
24 years of age Edith is the oldest of the three Alden sisters.
Villainess ~ Madam Cerise
Duval would never reveal her age as she would like all of her clients to believe
her ageless. She owns San Francisco’s
finest bordello and would kill without qualm if it were to her advantage. She is
Dutch Trahern’s nemisis.

Interview with Mr. Dutch Trahern part owner of Trahern – Smiley Import and Export

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in a hell
on the Barbary Coast. My father, who forced my
mother into prostitution to keep him in gambling money, deserted us when the vigilantes
ran him out of town in 1851. I was too young and didn’t know any other life, so
when my mother died her madam, Cerise Duval offered to let me work for her as her
personal ‘toy.’ I did it to give my brother a place to live, clothes to wear and
food to eat. As I grew older, I understood how wrong it was to allow Cerise to abuse
me, and when I saw her eying my brother, I swore I’d find a way to escape and build
a respectable life for the two of us. I’d almost succeeded before I met Edith Alden.
Tell us about Edith.
She’s the most beautiful
and most exasperating woman on earth, and when we met I believed she was a prostitute.
The type of woman I despise most. I discovered very quickly that she wasn’t, but
it took me a long time to realize what a truly honorable soul she is. She had her
troubles–a misogynistic grandfather and a totally absurd will–and her secrets,
and both of those caused us problems. I’m not certain how, but in the process of
helping her solve those problems, she helped me find the pieces of my heart that
I thought dead as a result of my years on the Barbary Coast.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I don’t quit.
What would Edith say is your strongest point?
I’m stubborn to a fault.
What would Edith say is your biggest weakness?
I’m judgmental and stubborn.
What was it like where you grew up?
It wasn’t very pleasant,
so I’ve already said everything I want to say on the topic of my childhood.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish I’d grown up somewhere
else with two loving parents. Of course if I’d gotten that, I would never have been
in Duval’s bordello where I met Edith.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That no one–man, woman
or child–should ever have to sell themselves to survive.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Edith.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
That would be my brother
Trey. We only had each other. As the oldest, I did my best to protect him, which
wasn’t easy. Trey’s got a bit of a wild streak, and I’m certain that’s going to
cause him heartache someday. Right now, he’s turning his wild side to advantage
by pursuing a career as a US
Marshal.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
Too many personal invasions
as a child has made me a fairly private person, so this entire interview isn’t easy
for me. Let’s just say I wish you’d asked me if I have any bad habits. The answer
is yes, I do. I like chocolate way too much. We never had any treats as children.
I met the Ghirardelli Brothers when they were looking for a firm to import cocoa
beans for their chocolate business. I made them a very good deal, so they discount
their products for me. I’m able to afford all the chocolate I want, which really
isn’t good for me. Thank goodness, I have Edith to tell me when I’m over-indulging.
Off Limits

About the Author

Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue
Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She
is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers
about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue at http://RueAllyn.com

Previous Books

The Widow’s Revenge and Off Limits ~ Sexy Sailors # 1 both are
erotic romances from Red Sage Publishing.

Books Coming Soon

One Night’s Desire ~ Wildfire Love # 2, another western historical
romance coming in July 2013 from Crimson Romance Publishing
Hazard Duty ~ Sexy Sailors # 2, another erotic romance, coming
July 1, 2013 from Red Sage Publishing
Deal of a Lifetime, a contemporary romance, release date TBA,
coming from The Wild Rose Press
One Day’s Loving ~ Wildfire Love # 3, an historical romance,
release date TBA, coming from Crimson Romance Publishing

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Wolfkeeper’s Woman.

 

Lisa Day, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Wolfkeeper from the book, Wolfkeeper’s Woman.
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Lisa Day
Cover artist: Lisa Day
Length: 215
Heat rating: 2-3
Blurb:
Wolfkeeper:
A furiously proud Indian warrior Wolfkeeper killed her
husband and stole her infant son. Hate for the white people filled him. He had
need of the child. His goal; the child must live.
He needed the mother to accomplish that goal. When lust grew
he wanted more than just her body. He wanted her heart and soul. Not anyone or
anything would stop him from his goal. When she refused, he decided to take
them one small piece at a time.
Cassie:
A woman alone with her husband dead and son abducted. She
stood before the one she hated. Her only goal: the child must live.
Cassie soon discovered she had two battles to fight. She
needed to protect herself from him.. He had total control over their lives.
But, now he was demanding her surrender to him. She also needed to save her
son. She would do whatever it took to protect him.
Only the ultimate mother’s sacrifice would save the child,
but would it save her from him?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Wolfkeeper: A well respected warrior
and leader of The People in his late twenties.
Cassie. A young wife
and mother that is widowed in her early twenties.

Interview with Wolkeeper from Lisa Day’s: Wolfkeeper’s Woman.

Tell us about
yourself.
I am Wolfkeeper. A strong and loyal brave of The People. I
am of the Wolf clan.
Tell us about Cassie.
Cassie, my people know her as Ghostwoman. She completes my
heart. You know the piece that is missing until your search is over and you
find your true mate. My woman has had a hard road to travel. I wasn’t sure she
would find her way to me, but she did. A weaker woman would not have succeeded.
It is hard to forgive someone who brings you pain. The beauty in her heart came
through allowing her to forgive the sadness I gave her.
What do you think is
your strongest point?
My commitment to my family, my people, and my woman. I would
fight to the death to protect each of them.
I will aid my people to make to right choice to protect of
all from those how are our enemy.
I will give all my strength to see my family happy and
strong.
I am of the Wolf clan. We mate for life. My woman, Cassie
will forever be protected and loved by me.
What would Cassie say
is your strongest point?
She tells me I am bull headed. I know, I am strong like the
buffalo bull. But, when I ask her what she means by the buffalo’s head she only
laughs, and tells me that she loves me anyway. White woman still confuse me
especially my own.
What would Cassie say
is your biggest weakness?
She would not say. It would not bring peace into our lodge
if she did.
What was it like where you grew up?
I had a happy childhood. My uncle taught me the way to hunt
and provide for my family. My father saw that I grew into a man that would be a
strong warrior to protect the People. Grandmother shared her words of wisdom
with me, so I could understand what my heart would yearn for and not fear it
desires.
What do you wish was
different about your life?
I grew up knowing the white man was becoming a threat to my
people’s way of life. I also understand we would not survive this coming
evasion. The white man came as the locust destroying everything of beauty in
it’s path and when they moved on nothing would be left. Not even the People.
Describe a place of perfect
refuge.
On a chilly night stilling around the fire in my lodge
surrounded by my children. My woman would be snuggled close to my side. I would
be telling my family the stories of long ago.

About the Author

Lisa Day grew up in the New Jersey
suburbs across from New York City.
This made her believe she was sophisticated. Wrong. She was just a girl from Jersey. In junior high right before the English teacher
destroyed her love of reading completely she discovered novels for teenage
girls. Saved by a love story. As an adult she became a ferocious reader and
easily read two, sometimes three books a day. And yes, her housework suffered.
Many years later now retired and living with her husband.
She renewed her love of novels and this time started to write a few of her own.

Previous
Books

The Stepbrother
Another Time and Another Place

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The Way You Are

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buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is
The Way You Are, by Matthew Lang.

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Leon, a shy, self-effacing business student at the University
of Newcastle, starts to visit coma patient Travis ‘Rook’ Rookford, a heterosexual
student who gets gay bashed by a group of bogans. At the hospital, he meets, falls
in love with, and has a lover’s tiff with hunky male nurse Warrick, in that order.
Then, when Rook finally wakes up, Leon is surprised to find Rook convinced
that he and Leon are dating. In the midst of dealing with loving a man in conservative
regional Australia, Rook’s upcoming court appearance and his own studies, Leon has
to come to terms with what he wants, and gets to find out whether every gay man’s
dream of having a hot straight guy fall for you is everything it’s cracked up to
be. And he hasn’t even started Christmas shopping yet.
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Torin

 

Dariel Raye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book,
“Dark Sentinels Book Two. Torin”
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Dariel Raye Publishing
Cover artist: Elise Trissel
Length: 38,908 words
Heat rating: 4 to 5
Tagline: Born to protect, ruled by passion
Blurb:
When greedy land developers set their sights on Dark Sentinel
land, Torin turns to attorney Stephanie Bates for help, but she’ll need his protection
to stay alive long enough to save his land.
Real estate lawyer, Stephanie Bates, has risen to the top of
her field through meticulous sacrifice and goal setting. She has no time for distractions
– and that includes pets, messy relationships, and loose ends.
Torin DuMont is a forensic scientist who chose the profession
to avoid dealing with people as much as possible. Raised by a stepfather who hated
him, he’s been forced to live a life of solitude, fueled by anger and distrust.
When wolves and shifters start turning up dead, Torin must battle an enemy bent
on destroying those he was born to protect. His greatest challenge, however, is
Attorney Bates and the surprising affect she has on his heart.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages,
and occupations?
Torin DuMont, the hero, is a 30 year old forensic scientist
Stephanie Bates, the heroine, is a 28 year old real estate lawyer

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I used to treat my writing career as a solitary endeavor, but
now I’ve realized the importance and necessity of forming bonds with other writers.
Many of you have become friends, and certainly my best supporters in addition to
readers J
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
Actually, I’m planning to make those changes very soon – edit,
cut, and improve the pacing of the story to re-release it.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
Oprah Winfrey. Her touch is golden, and she sponsors success
by removing barriers.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Less school, more travel, marry a man who adds positive energy
to your life, do whatever it takes to stay healthy, and don’t ever return to your
hometown for more than visits.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Keep a writing and blogging schedule, calendar and to-do list,
and don’t procrastinate. Try to minimize online time to one or two hours a day on
average.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Never as a composite. I like to mix and match the pieces. LOL
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
Piano & Voice instructor, band director, choir director,
mental health therapist, substance abuse counselor, senior high school counselor,
college/career counselor, minister of music, algebra & statistics tutor, educational
consultant.
What message do you want
people to take from your books?
That all life is sacred and valuable, and love truly is worth
risking everything for.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read so many, but one that really stands out is “The Mark
of Cain” by A.D. Seeley
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored because there’s always a good book to read or
write. I can’t get to them all fast enough! LOL
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 roasted veggies and chicken.
I’m always ready for a great book.
When I’m alone, I take a long shower and pamper myself.
You’d never be able to tell, but I have a terrible temper.
If I had a halo it would be golden
and full of irridescent light.
If I could write without stopping to take care of other things
I’d have 12 published books by now.
I can never seem to get my stories written fast enough
because life keeps slowing me down.

Previous Books

“Vashti’s Star” – 2003

Books Coming Soon

“Gideon’s Light” – “The Alerians – Dark Progeny Series”
“Ishmael” – “Children of Cain Series”
“Aidan’s Will”
“Kalen’s Reprieve”
Dariel Raye

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Worth the Risk

Anne Lange, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Worth the Ris

Genre: Contemporary
Erotic Romance
Publisher: etopia press
Cover artist: Annie
Melton
Length: novella, 26,491
words
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Even the hottest
sex might not be enough to ease the pain of the past…
Blurb: Molly Simpson
arrives at a beautiful provincial park, ready to spend the May Two-Four holiday
camping with friends. This weekend is the highlight of her year–or it was, until
Tanner Daivies showed up. Her high school crush is all grown up, sexy as sin, and
he’s demanding answers–answers Molly isn’t sure she can give him. She had her reasons
for leaving him all those years ago, but now, sex with Tanner is scorching, and
when they’re together, it’s clear they were never meant to be apart. But the past
doesn’t want to stay buried, and Molly isn’t sure reliving it is worth the risk…
Molly Simpson and Tanner
Daivies are the two main characters in Worth the Risk. Both are in their early thirties.
She is a magazine editor and he’s just bought a restaurant.
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Interview

How did you get your
start in the industry?
I was bored at work one day and started writing a story. It grew from there.
My only real concern was that I was hitting my mid-forties, and worried it was too
late to start. When I realized I truly wanted to do it, I took many on-line classes,
I joined RWA and some other networks and I started focusing on accomplishing my
goal. Very few people knew what I was up to. Until I got that contract, I was tight-lipped
about the whole adventure.
What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started
writing?
The promo, and establishing myself as an author. It’s time consuming but necessary,
and I’m currently struggling with finding the right balance. It’s not easy some
days. But I’m committed to this, so, I’m doing what I have to do to get my name
out there. Things like posting my book cover, doing guest blogs and interviews such
as this to (hopefully) make people aware of who I am and what I’m writing about.
I want to make this work, so I need to creating a solid foundation and following.
If you could change
something about your first book, what would it be?
Worth the Risk is my first book and it’s a novella. Had I known when I started
writing it what I know now, I’d probably make it a full length novel. I’ve had a
few people tell they wanted more. But that’s a good thing right? J
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
The satisfaction I get out of finishing the story. It’s awesome. If it doesn’t
go anywhere, I still feel good about it.
And the people I get to meet, even if it is only online in many cases. I’ve
met some fabulous authors, both new and already established. They are a very supportive
network that I know I can count on to give me advice, celebrate my achievements
and console me when I’m having a rough time. They understand those things my friends
and family can’t.
If you could choose
anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would have two – Suzanne Brockmann and Lora Leigh. Besides the fact that
they are two of my favourite authors, they have the blend of suspense and erotic
romance that I like. They also have the contemporary and paranormal that I’m looking
for. I would love to spend some time with these two ladies.
What are some jobs
you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I work full time out
of the house. I’m a Project Management Professional and have been in the industry
for about 25 years. I’ve worked on projects in the nuclear, construction, engineering,
IT, and facility management industries. Currently, I work for the Municipal Government
as an internal consultant doing business and process reviews, and risk management.
What kind of books
do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
90% of the time I read romantic suspense and erotic romance. Most are contemporary
but some paranormal as well. I lean towards shape shifter stories when I go that
route. I do occasionally read some historical – 1800 era – usually the Wild West.
Just not as often as I used to.
What do you think
is the future of traditional publishing?
I think the world of publishing is changing, leaning more towards electronic
first and print second. Personally, my preference will always be a print copy, something
I can hold in my hands and turn the pages. I love curling up on a cold rainy or
wintery day with a hot drink and a good book.
But, I also realize that today, people like convenience and when you can down
load onto your hand held device without leaving the comfort of your home? It’s faster,
cheaper, easier. I also think the digital route is allowing more authors to realize
their dreams sooner rather than later, without having to find agents to help them.
I don’t think I would be published if it wasn’t for this shift in the way things
are happening. Certainly not yet.
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
That’s a tough question.
The day I married my husband and the birth of each of my three children are certainly
up there, and I wouldn’t be able to choose one over the others. So, I’ll go with
… the day I got the email that etopia press wanted to publish this story. Why?
Because it’s my very first, and I’ve only been working at this seriously for a relatively
short time. Realizing that I actually accomplished what I set out to do, at this
point in my life, has made me extremely proud of myself. Not only that, it made
my husband very proud of me too. J
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?
Hedo in Negril Jamaica.
I won’t need any clothes so my packing is light. Well, a wrap and maybe a short
dress and my makeup for when I have to go to dinner. LOL.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Christmas. I’m like
a little kid. All the presents, the food, the lights and decorations. I’m very traditional
and I’m a quantity gal. I don’t like putting anything under the tree until everyone
has gone to sleep because I like the surprise of the moment in the morning. And
I absolutely love sitting in a darkened house, looking at a lit tree, surrounded
by wrapped gifts. It’s super quiet, very pretty, and it always makes me think of
my childhood. That’s the best.
What good book have
you read recently?
Double Time by Olivia Cunning. Hot Ticket is next.
What do you like
to do when you’re bored?
I read one of my many,
many, many books.
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

Anne Lange
I love pizza with tomatoes
and pepperoni
.
I’m always ready for
shoe shopping.
When I’m alone, I’m
happy
.
You’d never be able
to tell, but I’m really, really shy.
If I had a halo it would be not on my head. I can’t stand things on my
head
.
If I could quit my
day job
I’d stay home and write full time.
I can never do that
because my kids like to eat.

Books Coming Soon

I’m working on a couple
of series that I hope to have contracted before the end of the year. One is a paranormal
romantic suspense and the other is contemporary erotic romance. Both would have
a high heat level.

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