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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sweet Potato Croquettes
Sweet Potatoes, Croquet, and Summer Fun for Authors!
Summer is fast approaching and our muses are itching to get out
and enjoy the sunshine. It’s a great time to pack that picnic basket with crowd
pleasing treats like Sweet Potato Croquettes.
Sweet Potato Croquettes are quick and easy to whip up. Toss these
ingredients in your shopping cart:
1 box corn flake cereal
1 40oz can yams (you can use candied if you prefer)
1 bag mini marshmallows
Cinnamon or Allspice
When you get home put that watermelon in the fridge to chill
then preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next you can get rid of all your pent up
noveling anxiety by crushing the corn flakes, don’t make them too fine though you
want some nice bits.
Now put the yams in a bowl and mix with cinnamon or allspice
to taste. Once thoroughly mixed roll yams in ping pong or golf ball size balls with
a marshmallow or two in the center.
Next just roll the yam balls in the crushed corn flakes until
coated and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Once all rolled pop your croquettes
into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.
While you’re waiting for your Sweet Potato Croquettes you can
grab your mallet and try to get through the wickets or… You can hop online and make
sure you’re signed up for Marketing for Romance’s A Taste of Summer
This three-day summer conference taking place July 12th thru
14th won’t disappoint. There will be great opportunities for learning, sharing and
don’t forget the prizes! The best part it’s FREE. That’s right a free, online conference
with goodies to boot.
Don’t miss out just because Romance is in the name. MFRW supports
all genres and most classes can be applied to all areas of marketing and writing.
The group’s motto says it all. Seek, Teach, Share, Learn, Succeed.
Registering for the conference is easy just join MFRW’s Yahoogroup and you’ll be in the loop for A Taste of Summer Camp.
Now mark your calendar, get those Sweet Potato Croquettes out
of the oven, and get started on your summer fun! Be sure to keep a look out for
more Taste of Summer blog posts from fellow MFRW members as we spread the news about
this awesome event.
Author Elise VanCise Book:
Don’t Touch
Dr Ryan Reign has unlocked a gift she calls a curse. Detective
Jackson Prince and his partner need her help to stop a serial killer before he kills
again. One problem Dr. Reign can’t touch or be touched. Can the hard as nails cop
Jackson find a way to touch her heart without touching her skin in order to stop
the bloodshed?

About the Author

Elise VanCise, freelance photojournalist and award winning author,
is published in both print and digital media. Elise is a Florida Cracker, with a
love for adventure and historic places. She is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for
Lake County, Florida,
and Founder of Lake Writers of Lake County,
Florida. She’s also a member of She
Writes, Marketing for Romance Writers.Org, and the EPIC Public Relations Team, and
is an advocate for Public Libraries, Young Writers, Autism, and COPD.

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Gladiator’s Pen Blog
Give Me Everything 
Angela Kay Austin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book Give Me Everything.
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Length: 180 pages
He’d sat on top of the world… the perfect woman, a daughter,
and a job that made his father proud. Now, Kendis was divorced, and his daughter
wasn’t really his. At least, he has a good job…at Brady and Associates, the firm
that sends him to Maryland
for their client, Eastover. Eastover, one of Maryland’s largest commercial real estate developers,
is on a mission to take over older, outdated malls.
She’d been through the wringer in her personal life, and now
LaKia thinks the only thing she can control is her career as Marketing Director
for a small commercial real estate company. She’d always wanted marriage and children
like her best friend has… but she’s given up on ever finding her own Mr. Right.
Until Kendis.
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What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Lakia Jackson (almost thirty) and Kendis Washington (early thirties.)


Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
I set this story in Maryland,
right outside of D.C. This is significant because it is an area where business and
politics collide, everyday. This is important to the story because the story revolves
around local politics and economic development.
What inspired you to write
this book?
Conversation with friends over dinner and wine. I like writing
stories about women who have followed the path of career. What happens when they
take a look back, and think to themselves – what about marriage and children? And
what happens if choosing one affects the other, and you feel you can’t really trust
what you’re doing because of that simple fact.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
It’s hard for me to judge that one. I hope I’ve written the characters
in such a way that readers connect to both. Kendis has been lied to, and deceived
in such a way that I think it will connect with women. He has the chance to do something
he thinks is important and, from his point of view, it will give back a lot to the
local community. But, LaKia feels the same way about what she wants. She can protect
a small company in a great community, and help preserve a little bit of history.
And, just like Kendis, she’s experienced her own loss, and has been deceived in
her own way by someone she loved.
Why do you write?
Honestly, I think if I didn’t my head would explode. I’ve always
enjoyed playing out different scenarios in my head. I’ll rewrite scenes to movies.
Often, I visualize whole scenes to music. It’s always been a part of me; it just
took me a while to figure out what to do with it.
Who has helped you the
most in your career as an author?
One of my friends, another author, LaVerne Thompson. I met LaVerne
through the Washington
D.C. chapter
of RWA, and through her I discovered Red Rose Publishing. That introduced me to
digital first print publishers, and online conferences and workshops. That changed
my life because until that time I only thought about one path to publishing – traditional
mainstream publishers. I discovered a world of camaraderie, developed my craft,
and gained confidence in myself as a writer.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
Depends on what I’m writing and when. Sometimes, I like to do
what my characters are doing. Sometimes, I need to remove myself from the picture
because I’m thinking too hard, and forcing the story verses letting it flow naturally.
Sometimes, I need to push the story so that it’s not too predictable. Chocolate,
especially if it’s chocolate covered something paired with a glass of wine, can
help me slip into a more sensual frame of mind. Eating ice cream can make me think
of more fun things: childhood, time with my young nephews or niece. Pictures, well,
hey, pictures are pictures!
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
People watching. I love to sit and drink a cup of coffee in local
shops or on an outdoor patio somewhere and watch people do what they do. I keep
a notebook with me, and I scribble, relentlessly. Conversations. What they are wearing.
How lovers interact. Whatever I can see or hear. Or, you might just find me doing
something that one of my characters will be doing. I went white water rafting, and
in this book – “Give Me Everything” – it opens with the characters doing
just that.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I like to know what the story is about, but other than that,
I let it flow. I like discovering the story in the same way the readers do. If I
let the characters speak loudly enough I feel like the story will be better, more
Looking back at your first
book, what do you wish you had done differently?
Dug deeper into my emotions. I set the story in Pennsylvania. I experienced a lot of what the character
experiences with regards to isolation. There was also a lot of racial tension that
I didn’t delve into as deeply as I should’ve. I think it would have allowed readers
to have a better connection with the story. If I have the chance to rewrite it,
I will definitely peel back the layers.
What aspect of your life
do you write into your books?
Career. I write about women who are career minded, and how that
affects their lives. Regrets. Successes. Having it all. Can women have it all? According
to so many, we can’t. I guess I like to fantasize about the possibilities of it
being obtainable. We can at least try.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
I write it down. I keep a notebook with me at all times, and
I jot down everything for the idea. I don’t want to forget it. It’s the little nuances
that I want to capture. I don’t always see both my hero and my heroine. Sometimes,
just one of them. So, I like to capture as much as I can when it comes to me. It
helps me see the other characters more clearly.
Which of your books was
the hardest to write and why?
I don’t know. Because my books cover issues important to women:
abortion, miscarriage, date rape, homelessness, etc. There are parts of many of
them that have been difficult. I tackle each piece of each story through deliberate
research, and sometimes that means reading blogs or watching videos that can be
heartbreaking. It can be hard to shake the memories.
Do you believe in luck?
Not sure. I believe in fate. There are things, I believe, that
are just meant to be, and regardless of anything, they’ll just be.
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
It depends. My music, whether driving or writing, has to fit
my mood (or the scene I’m writing.) If the sun is shining, and I’m driving with
no purpose, I listen to one thing. If I’m on my way to meet with a client for work,
I might listen to something upbeat. If I’m writing a love scene, of course, I want
to listen to something appropriate.
Do you play any musical
Clarinet and saxophone. I even played in the band in high school
and college.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, spinach
and onion. And don’t forget a glass of red wine
I’m always ready for travel.
When I’m alone, I veg out on the SyFy channel.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was born and raised in
If I had a halo it would be shiny sparkly. (fingers crossed)
If I could live in another country I’d move to Rome, Italy.
I can never stop writing
because the voices in my head would find another way out.      

Previous Books

Love All Over Me
Sweet Victory
Christmas’ Journey
Love’s Chance
Scarlet’s Tears
My Son

Books Coming Soon

I’m subbing away. When the ink has dried, I’ll let you know.

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Dangerous Temptation
Catrina Barton, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Dangerous Temptation.
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover artist: Shawn Barton
Length: 268 Pages
Heat rating: Sweet
Tagline: Seventeen year old Kaitlin Sinclair is about to have her life changed forever by an enticing stranger, and a prophecy she knows nothing about.
Seventeen year-old orphan Kaitlin Sinclair’s world gets turned upside down when she’s forced to move half way around the world to Indonesia with her uncle she never knew existed. Things get worse when the demons she left behind in America follow her to the land of intrigue. Her uncle forces her to attend a celebration where she meets Cadmon, a mysterious, captivating stranger, who reveals that he knew her parents. She uncovers secrets that in the wrong hands could destroy his endangered clan of were-tigers and the entire world. When Kaitlin dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kaitlin Sincair, 17 Graduating high school. Cadmon Quinn 23 leader
of his people.


Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most?
She’s a teenager who lost both parents and tries to make the
best of her horrible situations. She’s also ready to start her first big adventure.
Why do you write?
Because it’s as necessary as breathing. I’m not happy unless
I’m writing.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
A nice steamy cup of green tea {preferably with mango and sweetened
with honey} and some music to set the mood I’m trying to create.
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
Amatuer belly dancing, teaching Kung Fu, or hiking with my family.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
Pull out my notebook and penand jot it down, or boot up my lap
top and type it down.
What other jobs have you
held besides writing?
Waitressing as a teen, cashier, cook, house cleaning, care taking,
teaching Kung Fu, yard work, editing, stocking, fast food.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
True friendship and true love.
If you could time travel
what era would be your first stop?
Back to the days of the Native Americans. I’d love to live off
the land and not worry about money. :P
What’s your favorite movie?
Depends. Are we talking romance, action, comedy? Romance is Princess
Bride or Ruyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Action is Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicholas
Cage. Comedy is Mrs Doubtfire with Robin Williams.
Are you the eldest, middle,
baby, or only child?
Eldest of four.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with tomatoes, extra cheese, and lots of meat.
I’m always ready to turn on the music, when my speakers cooperate.
When I’m alone, I do a lot of deep thinking. Not always a
good thing, but it keeps me realistic.
If I had a halo it would be a blinding mix of white and yellow.
If I could change anything I’d leave it alone, because
every trial we overcome makes us stronger and shapes us into who we were meant to
I can never change the past because any changes made
would reflect on the future.
Catrina Barton

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