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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Into the Magic 
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 Into the Magic by Naomi Bellina.
Star Lite exercises her emerging magical talents to search for
Adam, the seductive stranger who captivated her heart during an extraordinary adventure.
Her every sense tells her they are meant to be together, yet he has disappeared.
Certain he’s in danger, she tracks him down and they meet in Las Vegas, where emotions flare and flames ignite.
But Adam must complete a mysterious mission and sends her away. She uses the time
waiting for Adam to study with Tristan, a passionate magician with secrets of his
own. As Star’s powers are unlocked, she questions the rulings of the authoritarians
who control magic. Against Tristan and Adam’s warnings, a premonition moves her
to go back to Vegas. There, a new facet of her power puts her life in peril. For
protection, Tristan, Adam and Star engage in a sizzling ménage ritual. Join Star
as she opens her heart and soul to love, and continues her journey into the magic.

Buy links:

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Naomi Bellina
Adventurous erotic romance to tickle your fancy and unleash your
libido

Call of the Wylde 
By Cynnara Tregarth
I know right now, many of you are
thinking that Cynnara Tregarth is a superhero junkie. You are not wrong in this.
I love my superheroes- but that’s another post for another time. You might think
that I’m a huge fan of Underdog! I loved the show growing up, and I probably always
well. Yet, this weekend, there were two specials on the Science Channel which made
me think about the genres I love and how they really truly affect me personally
and professionally. Thus—we’re talking outer space.
The final frontier—to go where no
man has gone before. My father is a first generation Trekker. I grew up watching
the first sets of reruns on television. I watched the original cartoons of Star
Trek. The vision of Gene Roddenberry created for that universe within his
“Horatio Hornblower to the stars” is something that’s permeated the way
I view things. I am a Trekker. I’ve been to Trek only conventions, I’ve met the
actors, and I’ve read the books. I’ve even met some of the authors who write Star
Trek novels. (I am beyond jealous- it’s on my list of things I want to do!) The
messages that Gene, the actors, the scriptwriters are part of who I am—I treat everyone
as being worthy of my attention and as being equally fascinating.
One of the things I learned from Star
Trek was how people view themselves and their culture versus others. “Let That
Be Your Last Battlefield,” an episode in the third season of the original series,
the story of Cheron hit me hard as a child. To me, it was a lesson in how humanity
was humanity, regardless of looks and there are so many other reasons for war, this
should not be one of them. It’s funny to think that now as a writer this episode
still comes into play. My book, Treaty
of Desire
, deals with a treaty that people on both sides need but others are
trying to break. One of the underlying themes of the story deals with purity of
both the shifters and the Fey. I didn’t realize until reviews came in, just how
much this episode and Star Trek impacted not just my life, but my writing. My themes
often reflect different things I’ve learned from Star Trek and from Star Wars. In
fact, I laugh over the Tribbles in Star Trek. Loved Harcourt Fenton Mudd- the con
man of the universe and the trouble he caused. Then there’s Q. *sighs* Oh, there
is so much a writer could do with Q that sometimes I wonder if I had been given
the chance to play with that entire concept, just how I’d have played it out. In
the books, there’s a book entitled, Q-in-Law. If you’ve never read any of the Star
Trek: The Next Generation books—I highly recommend it if you are a Q lover. It gave
me happiness and laughing like nothing else. It also provided me with inspiration
found in Games
Empaths Play
.
So, I tend as a writer to look toward
the stars in my life. I grew up during the time of Star Wars and let me tell you
right now- I was determined to marry Luke Skywalker when I was old enough. In fact,
we won’t talk about the fanfic I wrote through the years. But that writing stood
me in good stead once I started creating my own universes. I admit that I had a
crush on Luke Skywalker for the longest time, okay, if you push, I’d still say I
have that crush—but don’t tell my fiancé. He thinks he’s a Han Solo sort and yeah.
We won’t go there. What has always intrigued me about Star Wars is how the world
seemed to embrace Star Wars and its mythos as its own reality and at the same time,
being part of our own mythos as well. I love myths and legends, so finding out more
on where George Lucas got the ideas on the Force, Jedi Knights, and other concepts
fascinated me then and as a writer, it’s still fascinating. In fact, I often look
to ancient religions and beliefs of others for various ideas to bring to the table
when it comes to my stories.
There’s nothing like the story arcs
in Star Wars to make the geek in me to go “Oooohhh!” The writer in me
is in awe while the editor in me is whimpering. Trust me, the editor in me whimpers
because of the continuity issues that would have to be kept straight. Can we say
notebooks, index cards and more? Yes, yes we can. But at the same time, it’s what
I do now for my series books. It helps me to keep track of everything I need to
do and track for my characters as they learn, grow, and hopefully resolve everything.
My friends over the years have asked
if I love sci-fi more than any other genre. The answer is no. But I find that sci-fi
allows me to create technology that isn’t available yet. Fantasy allows me to use
magick and play with Elves. (There is a story there, one we won’t talk about. LOL)
Mysteries allow me to murder and get away with it. Romance is in everything I do—because
love is part of life. But sci-fi has been a huge influence on my life and in my
writing. I look to those who wrote Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run and others. I’m
grateful to them. Without their stories, without them stepping forward, I would
have no place to start. I am lucky I came to Doctor Who when I was young. I saw
Tom Baker’s run and fell in love with quirky special effects and a love for all
things British. It still plays in my writing today. (I would not turn down an offer
to write for Doctor Who or a revival of Torchwood with Captain Jack Harkness. *sighs
happily*)
Ride Me Baby
My writing has grown because of these
masterpieces. I’ve learned pacing, how to write cliffhangers, and how to tease relentlessly
those who read my work. It’s all fair since I wait and whinge when I have to wait
for new movies, new seasons, and new books! But I’ve also learned something else—when
you develop a series that comes alive to so many people, you have an obligation
to see it through to the end. You must give it your best at all times and plan for
it completely. As long as you do that, you can play in that world and give joy to
so many people.
Which is why I’m so happy with my
upcoming story, tentatively called Pirate Queen’s Rebellion. It’s a world that I
developed when I was dealing with the aftermath of my mom’s death and my own health
issues. I spent time indulging in my sci-fi fun and figured out that I wanted to
write something sci-fi but with a romantic twist. What I hadn’t counted on is that
the characters would demand more from me than I originally planned. Yet, in the
end, I’m beyond thrilled with the world created and the universe that’s now there
to play in. It might be some time before I come back, but at the same time, it’s
fully developed that I can drop in at any time. That to me, is a gift that a writer
prays for all the time.
So, take the time to look to the sky.
Find your path to your writing. Find the path to your joy. Sometimes you might find
that a bit of science fiction might just lead you to a path you never considered.
It might be just the thing you need to ease the pains of the day or to launch you
in a new direction for your writing. Either way, you might just say, “It’s
a bird, it’s a plane, no—it’s a spaceship!”

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The Princes Wanted 
Robin Danner, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Princes Wanted.
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Cover artist: Lyn Taylor
Length: 104 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: A carriage robbery turns into more than Wren ever expected,
including finding out she can love again.
Blurb:
Return to the magical kingdom of Noventia in Book 4 of Robin Danner’s The
Princes series. When a carriage ride turns into a robbery, The Duke of Aronia is
determined to see the thief punished and his property returned. Little did he realize
the quest for vengeance would lead to unexpected surprises, danger, and love!
The Duke of Aronia has it all—good
looks, admiration, and the love of his royal family. The one thing he no longer
has is a signet ring given to him by his beloved grandfather. To find his ring,
Niall is prepared to do whatever it takes.
Wren Mosley has lost everything—her
parents, her husband, even her home. She resorts to robbery to protect those she
loves. On a snowy night, she encounters the duke and steals his ring. Little does
she know agreeing to help him recover it will take them both on a journey into danger
and love.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Wren Moseley is a twenty-one
year old widow who is struggling to maintain her family’s estate and beloved village.
Niall, the Duke of Aronia, is the thirty-year-old son of the Aronian king, who is
on his deathbed.

Interview

Tell us about your story’s world. What is it like in this
period or place?
In my Princes series, much of the stories take place in Noventia,
a fictional kingdom. For this book, I headed to Aronia, a neighboring kingdom that
is like the “Paris”
of the semi-historical world I’ve created.
What inspired you to write this book?
This is the fourth book
in the series, so of course the preceding books were inspiration. But I mostly drew
on the Robin Hood tale as I created Wren and Niall’s story. It was fun to create
a role reversal, which is typical in my books. Men aren’t the only ones who get
to have all the fun!
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
Definitely Wren. Although
her brother, Wilhem, is quickly becoming a favorite. Wren is a strong heroine, one
who is determined to protect what she loves. It’s easy to fall a little in love
with her.
Why do you write?
I write because I enjoy
it. No matter whether it gets published or not, I love weaving a story and making
it turn out exactly how I want it to. Even though sometimes my endings even surprise
me!
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Sleeping, I hope! If
I’m not at the day job, I’m pretty much stationed at the computer. There is so little
time as it is, that I have to squeeze in writing as much as I can.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
Typically titles come
to me first, so I usually jot them down in my “Story Idea” folder if I’m
at my computer. If I’m away from home, I make a note in my cell phone for future
reference. Inspiration comes to me when I’m driving usually, which is always a coin
toss on whether I’ll actually remember it by the time I get where I’m going.
What’s the best gift you ever received?
Do you believe in luck?
Since I’m fond of blackjack,
I would have to say yes. Also happy to say I’m a fairly lucky person…or maybe I
just always look at the silver lining.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I can play the piano a tiny bit. I also play the clarinet. Band
geek here!
What is your secret talent?
I can blow a chewing
gum bubble with my nose.
What’s your favorite movie?
Sommersby, a Civil War-era
movie featuring one of my faves, Richard Gere.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I’m two of these actually.
I’m the middle child, but I’m the only girl. So that means I’m special. ; )

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with mushrooms.
I’m always ready for bed.
When I’m alone, I must be daydreaming cause I’m never alone.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m very shy.
If I had a halo it would be the
one Beyonce sings about
.
If I could win the lottery I’d retire.
I can never eat seafood because it stinks.
Robin Danner

Previous Books

The Princes Bound
The Princes Determined
The Princes Knighted
Stroke of Midnight
Vixen Virgins
My Footman, My Prince
Damien
The Viscount’s Muse
The Game of Desire

Books Coming Soon

I’m currently working on the fifth and final Princes book, featuring
Wilhem and Charity.

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All Grown Up 
Sadie Grubor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, All Grown Up.
Genre: Contemporary Steamy Romance                    
Buy links:
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: Victoria S. Tice
Length: 103,408 words
Heat rating: Steamy to Hot
Tagline: Can true love prevail
once you’re all grown up?

Blurb:

“I was fourteen when it happened. The day the Mackey’s moved
into the house next door. The day that changed my life, as much as it was, forever.
A tiny, blonde girl standing on my doorstep would be the beginning of the craziness
which became my life. This girl became my best friend, my confidant and side kick.
She also introduced me to the love of my life.”
Chloe, a computer and gaming nerd, hides behind the scenes in
school and keeps to herself. Mina enters her world like a hurricane, helping her
find herself and introduces her to Leo, Mina’s gorgeous older brother. Chloe instantly
developed a crush, but knows he only sees her as Mina’s best friend. Or does he?
Leo, graduating high school and trying to figure out what to
do with his life, becomes immediately mesmerized by a gorgeous, tall brunette, dancing
like she hadn’t a care in the world and laughing without restraint. Dumbfounded
to find out this amazingly beautiful girl is Chloe, Mina’s best friend. He fights
against his desire, determined he and Chloe cannot be together. But how long can
you fight against true love?
All Grown Up is a laugh out loud, heartwarming and heart breaking
tale following the lives of Chloe and Leo and all of their misfit friends. Through
long distance and separate paths of life, can true love prevail once you’re all
grown up?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Chloe Fisher –high school Computer Geek to Wife and Mother to
Owner of Music Label
Leo Mackey –College boy to Music Producer
Both characters are late twenties by middle to end. They start
the story in high school.

Interview

What do you enjoy most about writing?
Delving into a new life, world, and character is exhilarating.
It’s very similar to when I read and get to be a part of something or step into
someone else’s shoes. I can be a dragon slayer, exotic dancer, FBI agent, serial
killer, etc. Who doesn’t like to venture outside the boundaries of the real world
once in a while?
Writing allows this same feeling, but with a little more kick.
I get to be master of my creations. Not only do I get to step into a character’s
shoes, but I get to decide the character’s fate and feelings.
No I don’t have a God complex.
Not at all. Why do you ask?
J
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
Kristen Ashley and Evangeline Anderson. I know you asked for
one, but these two are right up there at the top for me. I love both their writing
styles, the alpha males they bring to life, and their ability to create such amazing
stories, heroines, and overall series.
These two women are amazingly talented, social, interactive,
and can write a scene so steamy hot you may just be hospitalized for dehydration.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
*Takes the hand of the
RLF Ghost of writer’s past’s hand (RLFGWP)*
“Write down all those ideas you keep thinking about, Stupid!
Oh, Geesh-ush, look at me. NO, don’t just forget about them!”
I turn to RLFGWP.
“It’s too painful to watch myself, please take me back.
I promise to keep paper and pen on hand at all times so I never do this again. I’ve
learned my lesson.”
*Returns to present. RLFGWP
lets me off with a warning.”
All the amazing ideas that coursed through my head when I was
younger, but of course now I can’t quite resurrect from the depths of my memory,
would be helpful now. I wrote when I was younger, but a lot of things I threw away
thinking I’d never need that again. If only I’d known that writing – a LOT of writing – was in my future, I’d have held on to them.
Then there was a time when I didn’t really read. I’m talking
years where I put it aside, along with any ideas that tried to emerge. All the poor
characters I suppressed are now battling inside my head on a daily basis to be released.
Resulting in my current self-diagnosed Multiple Character Disorder (MCD).
(note from Kayelle:
next year, the Ghost of the RLF Writer’s Past might become a regular feature on
this blog. Just sayin’.)
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! While I may change things up a bit and alter a couple
things, family and friends are a huge source of inspiration and material. :)
For example: Christopher from Falling Stars was strongly influenced
by a couple of my cousins. Viola from Modern Arrangements Trilogy was inspired by
my aunts and a family friend. Most of my teenage and young woman inspiration comes
from my sister, her friends, my daughter, and from my own experiences and friends
all those many years ago.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I actually still am working full time outside of my home. At
this time, I’ve worked with this company for over six years and have gone through
a couple of organization structure changes. However, I like to just call myself
a glorified spreadsheet maker.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
Most of my adult works are contemporary. If it’s someone who
doesn’t typically read contemporary romance, then I would probably suggest Live-In
Position, which is a bit tamer than my current releases. Or perhaps Falling Stars,
since there is a bit of mystery surrounding our leading man.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I’m so eclectic I can’t begin to narrow down my ‘kind’ of book.
I just came off of a tattooed/bad boy/rocker kick and am leaning more toward Sci-Fi
style romance/erotica and shifters. I was on a werewolf kick a couple months ago.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Honestly, I don’t know, but I’m curious to see where publishing
goes next. I mean, I don’t believe that the traditional publishing companies are
going anywhere anytime soon. But I do think they have gotten a wake-up call about
staying with the times and realizing that they can’t monopolize the market as they
have in the past.
What good book have you read recently?
As I’m answering these, I’m reading Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley
and it is owning me.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Baking, reading, and watching horror movies.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Rebel Wilson.
:)
How do you take your coffee?
Hazelnut Creamer and 3 packs of Splenda
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 diced pepperoni, mushrooms, extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a nap or a horror movie.
When I’m alone, I write or watch bad C rated Sci-Fy or horror
on Chiller or Netflix.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m actually a HUGE Excel
nerd and X-Men fanatic (I’m talking comic books and back stories. Yeah, I pretty
much know most of the backstory to the main characters.)
If I had a halo it would be held
up by my horns
.
If I could have superpowers I’d be Professor X from
XMen or The Phoenix
.
I can never be completely serious all the time because
life’s too short and I’m just not that kind of person.

Previous Books

Books Coming Soon

-Hidden in the Stars (2nd book in the Falling Stars
Series) expected fall/winter 2013
-Vegas Follows You Home (standalone) expected winter 2013

Contest

Win a signed print copy of my new release – All Grown Up OR an
All Grown Up Tote bag and goodies. Just leave a comment below and two winners will
be randomly chosen.

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Hard Core 
Jennifer Lowery, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to interview your character, Cristian Slade
from the book, Hard Core.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Cover artist: Renee
Rocco
Length: 244 pages
Heat rating: 3 Sexual
Content
Tagline: His job is
to take lives. Her job is to save them.
Blurb:
A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission
of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be
his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.
Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan
island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using
her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down
when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention
when she’s awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.
Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who’s hunting
him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping
her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana’s fire warms Cristian’s heart,
but he’s a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can
they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?
What are your main
characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Cristian Slade. 34. Mercenary.
Alana O’Grady. 32. Surgeon.

Interview with Cristian Slade

Tell us about yourself.
I’m not answering this
question.
What do you think
is your strongest point?
I protect what’s mine.
What would Alana
say is your biggest weakness?
She would say I’m stubborn.
*scowls* She doesn’t understand I do what I do to keep her safe.
What was it like
where you grew up?
I don’t talk about my
childhood. It wasn’t pleasant.
What do you wish
was different about your life?
*stares into the distance*
We can’t change the past so nothing.
If you were given
your fondest wish, what would it be?
I don’t wish for things,
but if I did, I’ve already been granted it. *looks down at the wedding ring on his
finger*
Describe a place
of perfect refuge.
Anywhere my wife is.
As a child, who was
your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
I didn’t have friends
as a child.

About the Author

Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of
her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.
Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales
of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.
Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier
to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance.
Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.
She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the
road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters
find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within
themselves to discover love.
Jennifer lives in Michigan
with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and
spending time with her family.

Previous Books

Murphy’s Law: Amazon  Barnes
and Noble
  iTunes

Books Coming Soon

The Maze, March 2014~Lyrical
Press

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CFO’s Affair 

At what age does a woman lose her sex appeal?

Thirty, forty, fifty, eighty?
Never.
Woman are unique in that at any age they can be as sexy as they
want to be.
Look at Betty White?
The woman is funny, cute, and someone we would all like to know.
Do men find her attractive?
I can’t see why not. She is smart, well versed in I’m sure a
number of subjects, has a pretty face, a nice smile, sexy curves and a winning personality.
Then why do all romance heroines have to be in their twenties?
Luckily, the age has expanded.
In my current release, Sylvia Donovan is in her late forties.
Does that make her unattractive? Not in my book. She is a woman scarred by her past,
but she has a body most younger women would die for and knows how to make a man
happy. She also has a bank account to support herself.
The question for her is does she want a man?
Are they worth the trouble?
Find out if she succumbs to temptation in “CFO’s Affair.”
Blurb:
Sylvia Sullivan is emotionally wounded from the unexpected death
of her husband and still haunted by their last conversation: his request for a divorce
and his confession of love for another woman. Her husband gone, her only daughter
off to college, Sylvia faces the challenges of learning to live alone and move on
with her life.
Vince Wilshire, enchanted with Sylvia, is more than willing to
do what it takes to capture the heart of the hurting and untrusting Sylvia.
Can he help her forget the past and make her believe in love
again?

Buy Link

CFO’s Affair is the third book in the Executive Wives’ Club series.
Check out the first two Marketing Exec’s Widow and IT Exec’s Baby.

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