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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Excite Me  
Today’s featured book is Excite Me by Taylor Brooks.
Phillip Archer spent the past ten years playing as a starting
defensive end in the NFL. After a career-ending injury he was forced to rethink
his life, and his future. Stepping down from the hustle and bustle of the limelight
and taking a job as the offensive coordinator of a small Pac-10 school seemed like
the perfect remedy to get things back on track and kick-start this new chapter in
his life.
Richard Olson was single, independent, and loving life in Southern California. He had his career that he loved as a
veteran lifestyle reporter for the local news, and that was all he needed to keep
him happy and warm at night. Or so he thought. The day he ran into his old college
crush Phillip, all bets were off.
The only question that remains is who will win, or if perhaps
they both end up playing for keeps in a game of winner-take-all.

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Things Good Girls Don’t Do  
Codi Gary, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Things Good Girls Don’t Do.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Length: 112 pages
Heat rating: Seven
Tagline: Good girls don’t steal. Good girls don’t visit sex shops.
Good girls don’t have one-night stands.
Blurb:
For Katie Conners, being a good girl just isn’t worth it anymore.
It used to mean getting the life she always wanted. But that was before she got
dumped and her ex got engaged to his rebound. So, after a bad day and one too many
mojitos, Katie starts making a list of things a girl like her would never do, not
in a million years …
As a tattoo artist with a monster motorcycle, Chase Trepasso
isn’t the kind of guy you bring home to mom and dad. And when he finds Katie’s list
in a bar, he’s more than happy to help her check off a few items. Especially the
ones on the naughtier side …
Katie’s more than tempted by Chase’s offer, as long as they keep
things uncomplicated. But as they spend more time together, she may just wind up
breaking the most important rule of all: Good girls don’t fall in love with bad
boys.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Katie Connors: 30 year old hairdresser.
Chase Trepasso: 33 year old tattoo artist.

Interview

How did you get your start
in the industry?
Avon Impulse put out a “Call for New Authors” last
September for Valentine’s Day novellas and I submitted, The Trouble with Sexy, which
was picked up and published as a part of Kiss Me: An Avon Valentines Day Anthology.
What websites do you visit
daily?
Ha! I’m a bit of a social media junkie! I start with Facebook,
then move counter clockwise on my phone aps to Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads and
Tumblr….oh, and my email.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
“You knew you wanted to write since you were eleven! Get
a move on, girlie!”
How do you cope with stress
as an author?
I watch my favorite shows, play with my kids, and put what I’m
feeling into my work. It also helps to have an awesome brainstorming bud to vent
frustrations too. I call mine Fluffy.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I worked at a grocery chain for five years, a Veterinary Assistant
for six, and have been a stay at home mom for four.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
All genres of romance, some young adult, it just depends on my
mood. Lately I’ve read Cynthia Sax, Cheryl Harper, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Connie
Brockway, and Candis Terry.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Oh man, favorite? No, no it’s a tie between Christmas (because
of the light hearted, happy feelings it brings out in me) and Halloween (because
who doesn’t love dressing up, watching scary movies and eating candy?)
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
Watch Supernatural, Glee, or New Girl, and Drool, Sing, and Snort
Laugh in that order.
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
Ohhhh…Anne Hathaway…adore her!
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 and cheese.
I’m always ready for a shopping trip!
When I’m alone, I like to curl up with coffee and the Winchesters.
You’d never be able to tell, but I used to be a cheerleader
in high school
.
If I had a halo it would be a
bit crooked and dented
.
If I could only duplicate myself I’d get so much more
done
.
I can never be a sky diving instructor because heights
freak me out
!

Previous Books

Kiss Me: An Avon Valentines
Day Anthology

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Stolen Rapture. 
Today’s featured book is Stolen Rapture by Denysé Bridger.

Genres: Erotic, vampire, ménage, D/s
Publisher: New Dawning International Book Fair
Cover Art: Kayden McLeod
When work brings Deluna Jordan face to face with a man who knows her better than she knows herself, she soon discovers he shares everything with his boss, including lovers…and a thirst for blood…and she is about to become the lucky recipient of all their desires…

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In My Mother’s Footsteps 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is In My Mother’s Footsteps by Forbes Arnone.
Anela Alborn’s life is a lie. After growing up without the love
of a father, her mother reveals his identity. Tragedy strikes and she sets off on
an adventure that leads to more than she could ever imagine. Bumping into Christian
Sivers distracts her from the real man of her dreams, her father. Will he live up
to her dreams? And does she follow in her mother’s footsteps?
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About the Author

Forbes Arnone’s love of travel began when she traveled to the
West Coast to visit her father at the age of three. Her home until she was sixteen
was a small coastal town near Boston.
She currently resides in Los Angeles
with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

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Your Happy End 
EE Ottoman welcome to Romance Lives Forever.
Let’s talk about your book,
Your Happy End
Genre: Gay Romance, Queer Superhero Romance
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover artist: Megan Derr
Length: 14,000 words
Heat rating: quite kinky to exceptional (depending on your
glove kink)
Tagline: Love and robot spiders.
Blurb:
By day Jun is co-owner of a comic book shop. By night, he
provides the high tech gear used by superhero team Ghost Hawk and The Spider.
Cooper is the computer genius and information specialist behind the vigilante
known as The Shadow Avenger. Attraction and a love of graphic novels make for a
good start, but if they want to last Jun and Cooper will have to overcome
secrets, danger, Cooper’s past and Jun’s firm belief that people in the
superhero business don’t get happy endings.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages,
and occupations?
Jun is in his mid-twenties, he designs and builds high tech
equipment for superheroes.
Cooper is also in his mid-twenties, and works as in
information specialist for another superhero.
Interview
How did you get your start in the industry?
I had been writing for myself or publishing on the internet
for free for years never thinking I could actually get published. Then I saw an
open call over on Less Than Three Press’ website and it looked fun and I was
between jobs so I had some spare time. I sat down and wrote what would
eventually be the short story ‘Regarding the Detective’s Companion.’ When I
submitted it I never thought it would be accepted and was shocked, but very
happy, when it was.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love coming up with new characters, getting inside their
heads and figuring out who they are and how they think. I love world building,
getting the opportunity to design a culture from the ground up is incredibly
exciting and challenging. I am getting more and more found of writing plots and
coming up with increasingly complex twists. I also love writing about sex,
figuring out how the characters feel about their bodies, their sexualities,
themselves as sexual people (or not), their kinks and their desires … It’s
just a lot of fun.
What is your work ethic when it comes to
writing?
I consider my writing to be a job and thus try to treat it
with the same level of seriousness as I would any other job. I try to make time
everyday for writing related work. Responding to my publishers and editors as
promptly as possible is important to me, as is being thorough and trying to be
as professional as possible.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Truthfully being an author is the least stressful job I’ve
ever had. Being a full time graduate students is lots more stressful as is any
of the other day jobs I’ve held. Writing, editing contacting people about cover
art and such is what I do to unwind. I have learned to pace myself though, to
take some time off and spend it with my family or just make myself a nice
dinner and what something fun on tv.
Do things your family or friends do ever end
up in a book?
I think aspect of most people I’ve met end up to some extent
in books. I am very paranoid about writing someone, living or dead, too
completely into a book though and usually try very hard not to do that. I want
my characters to stand on their own and not be tied to an actual person. Places
though — houses I’ve been in or streets I’ve walked down — will sometimes
appear in my stories whole sale.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or
while) you were a writer?
I’ve been a full time student for most of my life. Right now
I am in graduate school studying intellectual history. I’ve also worked as a
paralegal in legal aid, as an intern in a human rights investigation office, as
part of an youth ministry team, as a fast food employee and I am now working
for resident life at my university.
Which of your books would you recommend to
someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
I think Your Happy End would be a good one if you were
looking for something fun and sexy but didn’t know where to start. It’s a
short, light hearted story that doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t too
deep or angsty. I think it would be an enjoyable read to dip your toes in the
water, especially if you were a superhero fan or a fan of geeks falling for
other geeks.
If you love fantasy or horror but weren’t too sure about the
whole gay romance thing then I’d definitely keep my eyes out for my upcoming
novel Like Fire Through Bone which is fantasy/horror adventure story with a
solid romantic subplot and some pretty hot sex scenes. There is definitely
enough fantasy and horror there though that I think genre fiction fans would
enjoy it.
What kind of books do you read when taking a
break from your own writing?
I read a lot of LGBTQ romance and erotica. I also love
reading fantasy, science fiction, and gothic horror. I read a lot of
non-fiction both for research for my writing and for my history degree. Every
so often I read mystery and historical fiction as well.
What do you think is the future of
traditional publishing?
It’s hard to say. I think ebooks are the way of the future
although I doubt paper books are going anywhere anytime soon. We will continue
to see more small presses springing up and do quite well. Although I do think
there is a case for self publishing, there will definitely continue to be a
place for traditional publishing.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I adore Halloween. I love watching horror movies, reading
horror stories and making slightly scary food, getting dressed up. It is one of
my favorite times of the year.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I very rarely getting truly bored because I am almost always
doing something. When I have some spare time though tend to I cook, usually
something complicated and time consuming. I knit, I just finished knitting a
Doctor Who replica scarf. I wanted it to be as close to the one Tom Baker wore
in Ark In Space as possible. I read, I watch tv, mostly though I write.
If your life became a movie, who would you
want to play you?
Mark Gatiss with glasses, his natural hair color and some
awesome suits. It would involve mummies, haunted houses, ornithology, mysteries
in Manhattan’s Chinatown,
fashionable menswear, and a great deal of alcohol and geekery.
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, broccoli, zucchini, tomato
slices, olives, veggie sausage, and goat cheese.
I’m always ready for unexpected wormhole through space and
time or possible rescue abandoned kittens.
When I’m alone, I talk to myself, but mostly write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I am just a little bit
weird. And unusually short.
If I had a halo it would be made from the bones of my
enemies.
If I could model vintage inspired menswear I’d do it in a
heartbeat.
I can never be a professional pole dancer because I’m not
coordinated enough.
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Under the Moon Gate

Marilyn Baron, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Under the Moon Gate

Genre: Historical Romantic Thriller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Kim Mendoza
Length: 354 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: A compelling tale of love and intrigue set in WW II
and contemporary Bermuda.
Blurb:
Dashing sea captain Nathaniel Morgan sails into the life of prim
and proper Bermuda heiress Patience Whitestone
and threatens to expose her family secrets—ruinous secrets she wasn’t aware of.
The two are immediately at odds when Nathaniel moors his vessel in front of her
estate and refuses to leave until he finds the cache of Swiss gold he’s convinced
was buried somewhere on the property during World War II. Can Patience save herself
and her family’s reputation when she finds herself reluctantly drawn to this determined
“pirate”? Or will someone from the past make good on his threat to destroy
them both? Their fate is inextricably linked to Nazi plots and to the beautiful
moon gates of Bermuda in this compelling tale of
love and intrigue.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Patience Whitestone is a virginal 27-year-old heiress to the
Whitestone fortune in Bermuda.
Nathaniel Morgan, about 30, is a sea captain from Virginia who’s determined
to expose Patience’s family secrets at all costs.

Interview

Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
My critique partners and other writing colleagues as well as
writing courses I’ve taken.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee,
water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration…?)
Chocolate is always good. I may be the only person on the planet
who does not drink coffee. I do love hot chocolate.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Reading for sure. I love to sit in the sun and read.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I’m a definite pantser. I just write and then go back and edit.
Looking back at your first book, what do you wish you had
done differently?
I wish I hadn’t tried to include so many time periods in one
book.
What’s your writing schedule like?
When I’m in the edit stage, I’m intense and respect the deadline.
When I’m writing a new book I write when I can, fitting it in between my “day
job.”
Any advice for new authors?
Finish the book. You can always fix copy on a page. You cannot
fix a blank page.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
I write a lot about older women nearer to my age. I include my
personal preferences—foods I love, colors I love, places I’ve been.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I take notes on any available slip of paper in my purse or on
in the Notes section on my iPhone. I try to carry around a small notebook for this
purpose, but it’s not always available.
If you knew it would be a bestseller, what book would you
write that you might not write otherwise?
So far, I’ve written every book I’ve wanted to.
What’s keeping you from writing that book?
Actually, I’ve been very
prolific this year. By the end of the year I will have five books published, one
self-published and four under contract with a traditional publisher. Not all may
be released in 2013.
What other jobs have you held besides writing? Or jobs you’ve
done while you were a writer.
I head my own public
relations firm. I’ve been editor of a regional corporate newsletter, marketing manager,
and special events manager for AT&T; I was an Information Specialist for the
Florida Department of Corrections (the prison system) where I learned to work with
printers (the inmates in the institution that housed the printing press) and I heard
a lot of “fish” stories (I’m innocent). On my first day on the job four
women escaped the women’s correctional institution and we had a tent city situation
when the system got overcrowded. I spent one summer at the Downingtown Inn
in Pennsylvania
as a reservationist, living on the property in a situation similar to Dirty Dancing.
My most exciting projects
were involvement in the Olympics in Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake
City and the LA Olympics. Annual reports for one client
that involved travel throughout Europe, were also
very interesting.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Sixth Sense 

Under the Moon Gate took 10 years to perfect. I wasn’t writing
all that time. Most of that time it was dormant. But the book has been through many
iterations. It started out encompassing three generations and I finally opted for
two generations in one book and one, in the 17th century, in the prequel, Destiny:
A Bermuda Love Story.

What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I just finished Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, which
I really enjoyed. I got to meet the author twice at book signings. I’m in two book
clubs, so between books I read for pleasure and books for the book clubs, I’m never
without a book. I recently went on a Behind the Scenes tour on a Mediterranean cruise
to do research for an upcoming book, a murder mystery that takes place on a ship.
What’s the best gift you ever received?
The best recent gift was from my children. Two tickets to an
Andrea Bocelli concert in Atlanta
in December. I love him.
If you could time travel what era would be your first stop?
World War II.
Do you believe in luck?
Absolutely. I’ve been very fortunate in my life.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
Andrea Bocelli and Broadway music. I love music from the ’40s.
Do you play any musical instruments?
No. I took piano lessons
but they didn’t take. All I remember is Heart and Soul.
What is your secret talent?
I don’t have a sense
of smell so I have a well-developed sixth sense.
What’s your favorite movie?
Casablanca
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
Eldest.
Do you think it’s important
to write in just one genre?
No. I write humorous women’s fiction, historical romance, romantic
suspense and paranormal.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I joined Georgia Romance Writers.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Create my Web site.
What websites do you visit daily?
I comment on my group blog, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
I’d offer it in print format, not just as an EBook.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The freedom and flexibility, the creativity.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Keep writing. Don’t give up.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I have a strong work ethic, but I’m primarily motivated by deadlines.
If something is due I’ll get right on it. If not, I tend to procrastinate.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG. All the time. My sister always prefaces everything she says
with, “Now, this better not end up in your book.” My other sister and
sometimes writing partner gave me a sweatshirt that said, “Be Careful or You’ll
End Up In My Novel.” I write down snippets of conversations wherever I hear
them, at the hair salon, in the grocery store, at dinner. Sorry, if you say something
interesting, you’re likely to end up in my books.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
My favorite book so far is Under the Moon Gate, my newest release.
It’s a historical, romantic thriller and it has intrigue, spies, romance, and humor.
I think people actually prefer the WW II-era romance to the contemporary.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I love anything Nora Roberts writes. I love women’s fiction.
I love spy novels.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think it’s great but I also like self-publishing. My sister
and I cowrote two books, Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery, and The Edger,
a humorous women’s fiction and we enjoyed that experience. We also wrote a musical
and are thinking of self-publishing it while waiting to get it produced.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
When I won the Maggie Award at the Georgia Romance Writers Conference
in 2012.
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 summer dresses, bathing suit and cover up, hat, sandals, something
dressy. I would take my husband or daughters and probably go to Italy.
We just got back from a Mediterranean Cruise and I’m ready to go back to The Amalfi
Coast.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Labor Day because we go to our condo in Florida.
What good book have you read recently?
Dorothea Benton Franks’ The Last Original Wife.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Watch TV, actually fall asleep in front of the TV.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Definitely green. That’s
my favorite color and I haven’t wavered in that since I was born. I have gravitated
toward lighter greens, like sea greens and blue greens.
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.” But I wish I were laid back and relaxed and
could enjoy a vacation spa.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms, cheese and black
olives
.
I’m always ready for a vacation.
When I’m alone, I like to read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I don’t have a sense of smell.
If I had a halo it would be made
of gold
.
If I could find a producer, I would love for my play
Memory Lane
to be on Broadway
.

Previous Books

Murder at the Outlet Mall, a comedic mystery available in eBook
or print format at http://amazon.com/Murder-at-Outlet-Mall-ebook/dp/B00BGQLOKW.
The Edger, humorous women’s fiction available on Amazon Kindle
at http://amazon.com/dp/B006Y3P12Y
Paranormal short stories from TWB Press. A Choir of Angels, Follow
an Angel, The Stand-In Bridegroom and Dead Mix at http://twbpress.com/authormarilynbaron.html
Marilyn Baron

Books Coming Soon

Sixth Sense, a paranormal romantic suspense, from The Wild Rose
Press.
Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball
Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts the
death of a movie actor’s young son in a private plane crash. Besieged by requests
to use her powers to help others, she realizes why her parents had warned her never
to let anyone know of her visions.
By-the-book Atlanta
police detective Jack Hale harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics and ignores
Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to
partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial
killer in Sydney, Australia, but that’s only the beginning
of the story. Jack and Kate are drawn into the investigation of a mystery surrounding
Kate’s birth and find murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the
quaint seaside spiritualist community of Casa
Spirito, Florida.
Significant Others, a humorous women’s fiction from The Wild
Rose Press, Christmas 2013.

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