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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Weighting for Mr Right
Article by author Patricia
W Fisher, RN.
I don’t want a size two ass. I never
have.
In my romantic comedy, Weighting for
Mr. Right, I didn’t want my heroine, Megan Sayla, to end up with one either.
I will confess. Initially, I planned
for her to lose a ton of weight to find her happily ever after. Problem with that
scenario is we’ve all seen it enough times to count and I knew the majority of my
readers wouldn’t be able to relate and probably lose interest in her. She wouldn’t
be relatable nor likeable and would fall out of the fantasy of the romance and honestly,
it’s not very realistic.
By the end of the book, I wanted readers
to cheer for Megan’s success and think, “I like this girl. We could out and
drink margaritas all weekend.”
Don’t get me wrong, regaining or keeping
your health takes work and I’ve lost and gained and lost enough times to make my
head spin.
Problem is, I love to eat and I’ve
had more than my share of temper tantrums in dressing rooms of major department
stores, just ask my husband or my mom. But with the growing epidemic of obesity
in our country and the world, I wanted to be responsible and address how all of
us who hate the size of our thighs, might have gotten where we are and how to get
healthier. I wanted to write a realistic heroine in a romantic comedy (fantasy)
where I gave a good message.
So how would I weave fantasy with
reality so people didn’t think they’d been preached to, but still liked the characters
(and me) by the time I wrote The End?
As a former ICU nurse, I’d seen my
share of what poor health habits can do to a body. I remember one family all out
in the waiting room eating tubs of BBQ and potato salad while they each took turns
visiting grandma in the ICU after her heart attack and open heart surgery. As much
as I wanted to shake them and say, “Look at what you’re doing,” I also
understood it. Food is as much of a nutritional necessity as it is comfort.
In Weighting for Mr. Right, Megan
Sayla has comforted herself with food far too long and just by saying the word No
at the most inopportune time (her wedding), she’s thrown down a path of self-discovery
and given the potential to eat a big ass pile of Krispy Kreme donuts. (Remember,
when the marquis light’s on, you get a free donut.)
That’s when the story really begins
because what Megan discovers is that sometimes what you want may not be what’s best
for those in your life. I’d witnessed it enough to see that change causes major
chaos, even if the change is a good thing. That was the reality of Weighting for
Mr. Right.
Now here’s the fantasy. There’s a
very hot guy in it named Jacob Dante who thinks Megan is amazing from the moment
he meets her. To be clear, the guy is the fantasy, not the fact he likes her.
He looks a lot like this guy, my friend
Warren. Check out his Facebook page here: https://facebook.com/modelwarren
You’re welcome!
And that’s the simple version of how
I mixed fantasy and reality in my book.

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Desire Unleashed 
Layne Macadam, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to interview your character, Shane Jackson
aka Ice, from the book, Desire Unleashed.
Genre: Contemporary
Romance
Publisher: Liquid
Silver Books
Cover artist: Lyn
A Taylor
Length: 105K words
Heat rating: Spicy
Hot
Tagline: Find out what happens
when a career-driven, cocky Navy SEAL meets an old-fashioned good girl looking for
love in all the wrong places. Intrigue, kidnapping, and danger await you in this
explosive tale of desire unleashed.
Blurb:
When schoolteacher Kathy Bellamy moved from Louisiana
to Coronado, she
didn’t expect her secret dream, or her worst nightmare, to become a reality.
Confirmed bachelor
and relationship cynic, Shane Jackson has no room in his life for a permanent woman.
Temporary liaisons are all he is up for. Cocky and self-assured, he believes he
can pick a like-minded player at a glance. So when he discovers Kathy is the complete
antithesis of what he believed her to be, he is thrown into a tailspin. Before long,
and way out of his comfort zone, he finds himself knee deep in a relationship he
can’t quite seem to end.
Kathy longs for a fairytale romance, an old-fashioned girl saving herself
for the right guy. But, after one date with Navy SEAL Shane Jackson, she trashes
her values and willingly tumbles into the sack without a thought for the consequences.
Now, Kathy’s love life will soon become the catalyst of a nightmare. When she throws
caution to the wind and acts out of character, her actions are seen as a betrayal
by her stalker, a betrayal that demands retribution in blood. Abducted at knifepoint
and taken to a secret location, it’s up to Shane, the ultimate predator, to find
and rescue her before it’s too late!
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What are your main
characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
The main characters
are Shane *Ice* Jackson,
he’s a Navy SEAL and is 34 years old. Kathy Bellamy is 24, and she is a first grade
teacher. Kathy has moved from Louisiana to Coronado and that is where
Shane and Kathy meet.

Interview with Shane Jackson

Tell us about yourself.
Up until recently I was a Navy SEAL, that’s where I got the name Ice, but
after getting wounded in Cambodia,
I was medically retired from fieldwork. Now I co-own a private security business
with my old SEAL team. The guys and me will take on any job *grins* as long as it’s
legal.
Tell us about Kathy
Bellamy.
What can I say? The moment I laid eyes on her I was smitten. My wife is one
of those rare creatures who is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.
She’s feisty when the situation calls for it, and she’s as sexy as hell! She opened
my eyes and made me see there was more to life than work, and she taught me to trust
again. I adore her.
What do you think
is your strongest point?
Loyalty. I will hang in there till the end, no matter what, and I will fight
for what I believe in.
What would Kathy
say is your strongest point?
Well, I think she would probably say my stamina. LOL! Nah, seriously, she
calls me her rock. It’s funny hearing her say that because I have always thought
of her as my rock, my anchor.
What was it like where you grew up?
I had a rough childhood. I don’t talk about it much, but my mother’s parents
disowned her when they learned I was on the way. Long story short, she ended up
on the street and died young. I was in and out of foster care until I was about
fourteen when a Marine and his wife took me in and turned my life around. They were
amazing and kind, and I will always be grateful for their love and support.
What do you wish
was different about your life?
My life is perfect now, but if I could change one thing it would be that I
discovered the identity of Kathy’s stalker before he got to her. I give thanks every
day that Frosty, and I arrived when we did, thirty minutes later and we would have
been too late. Only for Frosty, I would have finished that sucker when I had the
chance.

About the Author

I live with my husband, two dogs and a cat on the beautiful east
coast of Australia.
I have a full-time job with a degree in history. I’ve always been an avid reader,
and I love a happy ending, so writing romance seemed a natural progression for me.
But as I sat at my computer staring at a blank screen it all seemed rather daunting.
Once I started tapping on the keys though, the words kept flowing and before I knew
it I had written my first book.
Layne Macadam 
I write contemporary romance and sci-fi. I am currently working
on Desire Denied book 2 in the Desire Series. I have ideas for an historical romance
in the future, and with thoughts of a wolf shifter germinating in my head a paranormal
romance is not outside the realms of possibility either.
When I’m not writing you might find me in the kitchen creating
culinary delights, but of course some dishes work out better than others!
I guess my love of history has fueled my other passion which
is travel. I have been fortunate enough to have seen lots of this wonderful world
we live in and on my web page you can share some of my experiences and pictures.

Books Coming Soon

Desire Denied, Book 2 in the Desire Series

Contest

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a copy of Desire Unleashed please leave your email address with your comment.

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Talya Andor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Surfeit for the Senses.
Genre: Contemporary gay romance
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover artist: Aisha Akeju
Length: 66,000
Heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tagline: Where the recipe for love mixes up equal parts rivalry
and the determination to come out on top!
Blurb: With the buzz and drama of competition behind them, Alex
is determined to focus on the one thing that matters most: his budding relationship
with Nik. All the pieces seem to be finally falling into place, as he settles into
his new living arrangements and gets back into the rhythm of the kitchen, while
he and Nik spend all their precious free time together.
Life never stays smooth for long, however. The combined weight
of family tragedy, television fame, and new, unexpected responsibilities strain
the bonds of Alex and Nik’s partnership, and conflict between them demands they
settle the question of equality once and for all. Pulled in so many directions,
it may be more than a new relationship can take.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Alex Koch is twenty-two, and a chef who has been graduated for
nearly a year from the Culinary Institute of America. Nik Schulze is the same age,
and also a chef.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
Around the time my grandfather died, I made a blog entry about
how he had always, always encouraged me
in my writing, and every time he saw me he asked how that was coming and whether
he’d get to read something I’d published, and one of my regrets was not having gotten
to that point before he passed away. I was invited by Less Than Three Press to submit
manuscripts for their consideration—so I took the chance! I submitted three, and
happily they were accepted. I’m proud to say that one of my first novels was dedicated
to my grandfather and his memory.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Put myself out there, really. Before, I was always afraid to
submit anything, because I feared rejection. Now, I think I could take that to move
forward and become stronger. I wrote several novel-length manuscripts before I ever
had the courage to send anything out for submission—about nine? Maybe more? The
most important thing was to stop holding onto those for “some day” and
make now that day. Finish, work with my own pre-readers to get them as polished
as possible, and submit for publisher consideration, then go from there.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I get really focused, sometimes to the point where my friends
will urge me to take things easy, take a day off once in a while. From my perspective,
I take too much time off—there’s so many projects, I want to write everything while
the ideas are fresh and flowing! I tend to shoot for a goal of 2,000 – 3,000 words
a day, putting it in consistently, and that gives me decent turnout without sacrificing
quality. That allows me to pace myself and still have good output. Even then, sometimes
I feel like I’m going too slow. It took me about three months to finish my latest
novel, and I feel like I should have had it done in a month and a half, tops. Sometimes,
I have to remind myself to relax and take things as they occur. I have burned out
before, overreaching myself.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Sangria o’clock! Just kidding. Speaking candidly, I try to pace
myself. It’s important to strike a work/life balance. In my case, I basically have
two jobs: the day job, and the author job. I make sure to keep up with my hobbies
as well, and my exercise regimen, and that keeps me not only grounded, but prevents
me from sinking too far into one manuscript or another. It can get really hectic
at times—this week I had to put together a blog tour, I got a print copy to approve,
there was a daily word count to meet, I got feedback on a manuscript, and things
were super busy both at home and at work—but I also made time for down time. I watched
a couple of my favorite shows, exercised daily, and had date night on Friday. It’s
a juggling act! And I seize every moment of it.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I think it’s impossible not to be influenced by that, for sure,
but I don’t think my friends or family would recognize themselves in any of my characters.
I don’t build my characters with my own friends or family in mind, either—I construct
them to their own individual specifications.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
Appetite, for starters!
I know it may not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea, with such an intense focus
on food and fine dining, but Alex goes through a character arc that I really enjoyed
constructing, and seeing Nik through his eyes was challenging and rewarding.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
M/m fiction primarily, though I currently have some books on
my pile by Brandon Sanderson and Melanie Rawn. I’m a bit eclectic, I read everything
from contemporary to high fantasy to sci fi, and I tend to follow writers across
genres. That reflects a bit in my own writing; I always love to try new things.
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?
My dream vacation would be a tour through Europe, culminating
in a Mediterranean cruise, ideally with a flight to Japan
at the end that would give me some time in Tokyo before I returned to the States. I could
be ready to go in an hour! I’d throw a variety of clothes in a suitcase, stuff my
laptop in its case, and I’ve already got international calling enabled on my cell
phone and my passport in my purse. I’d take my Kindle and iPod for the airplane,
and bring it on.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
This is a rare state for me! I am really busy on a fairly regular
basis, between writing projects, that work/life balance, and being as lazy as possible
at every possible opportunity. I keep myself so occupied I can’t remember the last
time I had leisure to be bored. I’ll bet I played Sudoku, or read a book, or started
up a video game I hadn’t played in a long time. Even now, I’m itching to finish
my second playthrough of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword but I haven’t had the time.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Drew Barrymore, for sure. Because she’s wacky enough, but also
tough, smart, and all-around fun, yet she’s got a serious work ethic. She’s well-rounded
and (possibly only in my head) we bear a passing resemblance to one another.

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