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Monthly Archives: October 2013


It’s Halloween, and rather than do a typical post about
pumpkins or candy, I thought I’d gather a bunch of friends together and throw a pizza
party. The selections include something for almost everyone. In fact, there are so many I’ll
do another version of this later in the year.

One of the questions on nearly every interview in 2013 was
a chance to fill in the blank with items for a favorite pizza. RLF blog is
happy to present a huge selection of goodies that show just how much alike we
all are. A large group chose pepperoni (my personal favorite), followed by
cheese (my second favorite). Where available, I included the Twitter handle of
the author. If they didn’t supply one, I used Facebook or their website. Armed
with the knowledge of someone who likes your type of pizza, go friending!


Pepperoni had the most choices, topped with other items or
by itself. I added myself to this category.
I love pizza with double toppings of low fat turkey pepperoni.
I love pizza with pepperoni.
I love pizza with pepperoni and extra cheese.
I love pizza with pepperoni and sausage.
I love pizza with pepperoni.
I love pizza with tomatoes and pepperoni.
I love pizza with no cheese, but lots of pepperoni.
I love pizza with pepperoni, black olive and mushroom.
I love pizza with pepperoni, sausage and onions.
I love pizza with pepperoni, cheese and mushrooms (I’m a
traditionalist! No pineapple slices or anchovies on my pizza!)
I love pizza with pepperoni and green olives.
I love pizza with black olives, pepperoni, and mushrooms.
I love pizza with pepperoni, salami, olives and mushrooms.


The first entry gets major points for being thorough. And
I love pizza with vegan cheese. Well, I don’t actually love
it, and I’m not a vegan either, but I can’t eat ordinary cheese so I make do
with the vegan stuff. It’s a bit like old window putty as it doesn’t melt
properly so it just looks like an orange blob but I can’t imagine pizza without
some kind of cheese on it!

I love pizza with goat cheese.
I love pizza with parmesan but prefer just the crust.
I love pizza with extra cheese!
I love pizza with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke
hearts, and olive oil.
I love pizza with extra cheese.
I love pizza with extra cheese.

I love pizza with forty-eleven kinds of cheese on it.
I love pizza with basil leaves, different types of cheeses, sliced tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. Oh, and thin crust.

No Pizza for Me Please

No pizza? Say it isn’t so! These folks (only two in this
batch) opted for none.
I love pizza with other people so they can eat it.
I love pizza with — I can’t eat pizza. I’m on a liquid


Why do people always invite the mushroom to parties? Because
he’s such a fungi! *groan* The mushroom lovers…
I love pizza with shrimp and mushrooms.
I love pizza with mushrooms.
I love pizza with mushrooms.

Other Toppings

The kitchen sink of pizza toppings. Tums or Rolaids
optional. ^_^
I love pizza with BBQ chicken.
I love pizza with everything on it.
Happy Halloween 


I love vegetarian pizza with artichokes.
I love pizza with canadian bacon.
I love pizza with pineapple.
I love pizza with at least three meat toppings… it’s a wolf
I love pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple.
I love pizza with everything except anchovies (which I’ve
never attempted to eat!) Onions and sausage are my favorite.
I love pizza with anything.
I love pizza with spinach, feta and pineapple.
I love pizza with roasted veggies and chicken.

Non Food Items

While I have a feeling all these authors meant in addition
to pizza, only one actually said so. These are different takes on the “I
love pizza with” question.
I love pizza with fruit bomb zinfandel or heavy cabernet
I love pizza with my children – they love it!
I love pizza with friends.
I love pizza with my kids.
I love pizza with Beck Light Beer.
I love pizza with friends. I mean with their companionship.
I wouldn’t actually want my friend on the pizza.

Image credit: pizza by Moi Cody

Your Favorite Pizza is… Let us know what toppings you

Lord Rakehell’s Love 
Donna Cummings, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Aphrodite, from the book, Lord Rakehell’s Love.
Genre: Regency Historical
Publisher: Donna Cummings
Cover artist: Carrie Spencer of Cheeky Covers
Length: 44 pages
Heat rating: PG
Tagline: Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is playing matchmaker
in Regency London, only she’s put a curse on the lovers instead
First in The Curse of True
Simon is known as Lord Rakehell, so any sane woman would be wary
of wedding a man of his reputation. He truly loves Georgiana, and is determined
to prove it to her, but how can he convince her after being late to their wedding?
Georgiana knew the dangers of falling instantly in love with
a celebrated rake, but even she had not expected him to show up for their nuptials
with ladies-of-the-evening in tow. Now she must determine whether Simon’s protestations
of love are genuine, or if she is being led astray by the passion he continues to
incite in her.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Simon Blakely, Lord Winbourne (aka Lord Rakehell), 30, rake
Georgiana Kirkwood, late 20s, wallflower

Interview with Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Tell us about yourself.
I am the Greek Goddess of Love, and I adore jewelry, and all
things involving beauty and love. However, I have recently grown bored with the
perfection of my existence. Who can bear to eat ambrosia and nectar every single
day? I decided I would entertain myself by helping mortals find their one true love.
And what better place than Regency London, where they are enamored of anything to
do with the ancient Greek world.
Tell us about Ares.
I utterly adore him, even though he loves war, and fighting,
and conflict of all kinds. He is the complete opposite of me, which may be why we
are so passionate for each other. It is also what gave me the idea to play matchmaker.
Or maybe I should say “mismatchmaker”. It hasn’t gone as smoothly with
Lord Rakehell and Georgiana as I’d hoped. . . But I’m confident I can remedy everything.
After all, my reputation is at stake here.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My persistence.
What would Ares say is your biggest weakness?
My persistence.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I adore my life! I am having so much fun masquerading in Regency
London as Lady Aphrodite Carramont, with only Ares aware of my true identity. I’m
not sure when I’ll be ready to return home to Mount Olympus.
It could be a while.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That everyone would fall madly in love with their one true love
and live happily ever after. BUT, only after I’ve had a chance to be involved, of
course. It wouldn’t be much fun otherwise. I’m definitely looking forward to the
next rogue on my list, the one known as Lord Wastrel. He’s proving to be a bit of
a challenge.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I don’t suppose I can say the bedchamber
I share with Ares, can I? Well, that is still my answer, even if I shouldn’t say

About the Author

Summer Lovin’
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and
retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after
Currently I reside in New England,
although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing
flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
I can usually be found on Twitter, chatting about writing and
coffee, or on Facebook, chatting about coffee and writing.

Previous Books

Summer Lovin’ (contemporary novella)
Lord Midnight (Regency historical)
I Do. . . or Die (contemporary romantic mystery)
Back on Track (contemporary novella)

Books Coming Soon

Lord Wastrel (Regency historical–Book 2 in The Curse of True
Love series)

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Burning Ashes
H Lewis-Foster, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. we’re
excited to interview your character, Nat Seddon from the book, Burning Ashes.
Genre: Gay Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Length: 200 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sporting rivalry turns to passion in a tale of true
love and cricket.
Blurb: Intelligent and confident, Australian cricketer Nat Seddon
is one of the world’s best bowlers. He’s openly gay, but keeps his private life
to himself, with everything under control. But on the last day of his team’s Ashes
tour of England, he meets Scott
Alverley, England’s
promising new batsman. Nat tries not to be attracted to Scott, but he can’t help
finding the privileged young man handsome and endearing. Nat is tempted by a little
end of tour fun, but finds himself playing agony uncle to a virgin. Instead of going
home to bask on a beach, he spends a wet week in the north of England with Scott.
Try as he might to resist, he can’t help falling hopelessly in love.
The hectic sporting calendar is a persistent obstacle to their
growing romance; Nat and Scott are rarely even on the same continent. They make
the most of the time when they can be together, but the months apart take a toll
on Scott, professionally and personally. The possible solutions are nearly unthinkable,
but if they are willing to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever,
they might hold on to the love they found in the Ashes.
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What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Nat and Scott are professional cricketers. Nat Seddon is 27 years
old and plays for Australia,
while Scott Alverley is 21 and plays for England.

Interview with Nat Seddon

Tell us about yourself.
Hi there. My name’s Nat Seddon. I’m a professional cricketer
and, as I’m sure you can tell from my accent, I play for Australia. I’m a fast bowler, which
means I have to keep myself pretty fit, and at six feet five, there’s quite a lot
of me to keep fit. I love cricket, but when I’m not playing or training, there’s
nothing I like more than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine.
Tell us about Scott.
I know this’ll sound really soppy, but Scott is the only man
I’ve ever loved. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a virgin when we met, but my sexual
partners had always been friends and nothing more. But then I met Scott and everything
– and I mean everything – changed. I don’t
mind admitting I was a bit uptight before I met Scott. I was always in control of
my life and I didn’t let anyone get too close. We spend so much time travelling
in this job, I didn’t want the heartbreak of a long-distance relationship, but the
moment I met Scott, well…I tried so hard not to fall for him, but there wasn’t a
damn thing I could do about it.
Scott couldn’t be more different from me. He’s got wavy blond
hair and he’s quite slender for a sportsman. And let’s face it, he could be a catwalk
model. I still get shivers just looking at him sometimes. He’s the most beautiful
man I’ve ever met–and the scattiest. He’s so disorganized and he comes up with the
daftest ideas. You’d never think he passed his exams with flying colours at that
posh school he went to. But he’s also the sweetest, kindest man I know. He’ll probably
drive me nuts when we finally get to live together, but I don’t care. I love him
and that’s all there is to it.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I think most people would say it’s my dedication to my work.
I dread to think how many hours I’ve spent in the gym and the practice nets over
the years. I want to help my team win, whatever it takes, and I suppose I’ve brought
that same dedication to my relationship with Scott. I hate it when we’re apart just
as much as he does. I guess I’m not capable of doing anything by halves.
What was it like where you grew up?
I grew up in Brisbane.
My mum is a doctor and my dad’s a barrister, so I had a pretty comfortable childhood.
I went to a good school and I had some great friends, so I really can’t complain.
I got a bit of stick when I came out, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Mum was amazing.
She was so supportive, whereas Dad…let’s just say I steer clear of my father if
I can. He’s never come to terms with what he calls my ‘lifestyle choice’. The truth
is he can’t stand the thought of his only son with another man. We’re civil to each
other for Mum’s sake, but that’s as far as it goes.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
My best friend at school was Andy—he’s a writer now and still
a good mate. We had so much fun together and got into all sorts of scrapes. I told
Andy I was gay when we were fifteen—he was the very first person I told. He shook
my hand in this really grown up way and said, “That’s all right, mate. Makes
no difference to me.” Then he got together with our other friends, Mark and
Barry, and they swore to beat the crap out of anyone who gave me any trouble. I
was big enough and strong enough to look after myself, but it was great to know
they were all on my side.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
That would have to be Honeysuckle Cottage, Scott’s parents’ place
in the Lake District. We went there the day after
we met, and we really got to know each other there. It was where we made love for
the first time too, and you never forget that. There’s an open fire and cozy sofas,
and shelves overflowing with books. The views of the countryside are breathtaking,
and the housekeeper, Mrs B, keeps the fridge stocked with delicious food, which
Scott is only too happy to cook. So I’d be glad to hide away with Scott in Honeysuckle
Cottage any time. Good food, good books and the man I love. What more could a guy

About the Author

H Lewis-Foster has worked with books,
in one form or another, since leaving university. As a keen reader of gay fiction,
she decided to try writing herself, and is now the proud author of several short
stories and a debut novel.
H. has lived in various parts of the
UK and has recently moved to
the north of England,
where she’s enjoying city life, especially the theatres and cinemas. She tries not
to watch too much television, but is a big fan of Downton Abbey, and while she’s
writing, she loves listening to Test Match Special (where they spend far more time
talking about cakes than cricket!)

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Celia Breslin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Haven.
Genre: Urban fantasy romance
Publisher: Champagne Books
Cover artist: Amanda Kelsey
Length: 372
Heat rating: steamy
Tagline: Chosen by destiny.
Bonded by blood.
Blurb: San Francisco
nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death
of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes
a left turn when a witch attacks her on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses
a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories
clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles
to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic,
undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she
thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel
her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting
killed in the process.
Buy links: 
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Carina Tranquilli, 25, San
Francisco dance club owner
Alexander Wallace, 45, musician


Tell us about your story’s world. What is it like in this
period or place?
Haven is set in present-day San Francisco, California,
with twists, of course. I maintained the basic geography and beauty of my hometown
and added new venues as needed, such as my heroine Carina’s dance club. I’ve preserved
the current cultural, societal and political norms of our reality and layered in
the “fantasy” via the paranormal inhabitants. Vampires hide in plain sight
and use their power to manipulate mainstream society and maintain their secrecy.
Many humans know of their existence but it’s a don’t-ask-don’t-tell situation. Unless
you want your mind/memory tweaked. Or your throat ripped out. The vamps are cranky
like that.
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
Jonas is my favorite and I suspect he’ll win over readers, too.
. An ancient vampire originally from England, Jonas embodies extreme violence
in a pretty package. He’s a man of few words, dark and moody, fiercely loyal and
violently protective of those few people he loves, such as Carina.
I adore Jonas so much I gave him his own story, a short story
prequel to HAVEN entitled “Vampire Code.” It released earlier this month
from Champagne Books.
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee,
water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration…?)
Water, laptop, music.
What’s your writing schedule like?
A typical writing day looks something like this: Chauffeur child
to school, exercise, write, line edit and/or read slush pile for indie publisher,
pick up child, spend evening with family. Rinse, repeat.
Any advice for new authors?
Write every day.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
For fun, I’m about to start J. R. Ward’s Lover At Last from my
TBR pile.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
Genre of music for both writing and driving depends on my mood.
For Haven, I listened to primarily House, Techno, Electro and Industrial music.
Haven’s playlist is on Spotify:
Do you play any musical instruments?
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
If you were given the opportunity to meet/have
lunch with/pick the brain of one writer in the world, who would it be? (In other
words, who makes your Fan Girl brain go *SQUEEE!!!*)
Celia Breslin

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with fresh basil, feta and black olives
I’m always ready for fun with the family
When I’m alone, I write
You’d never be able to tell, but I have a tattoo I designed
If I had a halo it would be a
chakram like that of Xena, Warrior Princess
If I could teleport I’d go to Scotland right now.
I can never eat pizza with fresh basic, feta and black olives
because I’m allergic to dairy!

Previous Books

Haven, book 1, Tranquilli Bloodline Series
Vampire Code, prequel, Tranquilli Bloodline Series

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A Lost Kitten
Jessica Kong, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, A Lost Kitten.
Genre: Paranormal Romance with Science Fiction Elements
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: CreateSpace
Length: 283
Heat rating: 4
Blurb: Seacat John McCall labels the
attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only
to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts
of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning
to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the
one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family,
John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning
of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”
Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully
built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him
again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and
chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira
knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness
of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all
take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira
must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without
chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.
Buy links:
CreateSpace: A Lost Kitten –
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
John McCall is a Seacat, an elite warrior of the Sea-anan Empire.
He is 27 years old and a member of the royal clan.
Jasira Eversole is a 23-year-old spirit bound to planet Surreal.
Even though she is a ghost, she has a dual career as a school’s headmistress and
a midwife.


What inspired you to write this book?
I read a ghost story written by Anne Rice. In one scene, a male
spirit intimately explored the main female character. I was intrigued. When it came
time to write John’s story, I was trying to figure out who was going to be his wife.
That’s when I thought about Anne Rice’s spirit. I had a lot of fun writing this
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
I believe readers will
like John McCall. He is a mixture of Indiana Jones and Hans Solo. He is tall, intelligent,
strong, handsome, and has a caring heart. He is also loyal. What more can a woman
Why do you write?
I write because I love
to write. It’s my drug, my addiction. If I don’t write, I’m not happy.
Who has helped you the most in your career as an author?
My husband Alan. He has
been my backbone since the beginning. Without him, I would not be able to pursue
my dreams full-time. Without him, “A Lost Kitten” and its sequel,
“A Forgotten Kitten” would still be on my desk instead of in readers’
When you write, what things do you want close at hand?
When I write a new story,
or I have to edit an existing one, I need my mug of coffee next to me, and my inspiration
image on my computer screen.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
The only time I’m not
writing, editing, or promoting, is when I’m brain dead. If that’s the case, you
will find me either reading, watching TV, or playing video games.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
Plotter? I’m not even sure how to do that. Once I have a scene
in my head, I write it down. The story grows from there. I just jot down scene after
scene as it flows in my head. Once it’s all on paper, I go back and flesh it out,
adding more where is necessary to help the story move along and come alive.
What’s your writing schedule like?
Being a mother of 14-year-old triplets, I write whenever I get
the chance, which is why I work from a laptop. I have spent countless hours working
in my car waiting for my kids to finish their afterschool programs.
What aspect of your life do you write into your books?
Hahaha Everything. Love.
Family. Friendship. Loyalty. Betrayal. Prejudice. Death. And multiple infants.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I quickly jot it down on paper, so I can explore it on a later
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Book one of the Oceanan
Saga, “A Seacat’s Love”, is the next book I am going to introduce to my
readers. I felt this one was the hardest to write because it took place on Earth
where there are no magical creatures or magic in general. I had to introduce my
aliens carefully and have everything make plausible sense without the story being
boring. I hope I got it right.
What’s the best gift you ever received?
A Kindle from my husband
and kids. Now I will never be without a book to read.
If you could time travel, what era would be your first stop?
I would travel back to the 1800’s. I just love the clothes the
women wore back then.
Do you believe in luck?
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
When driving, I listen to pop music. I don’t listen to music
when I’m writing. In fact, I can’t hear noise when I write. Noise pulls me out of
the world I’m in, in my head and keeps me from seeing my characters and their lives.
I have earplugs for those extra noisy days.
What’s your favorite movie?
Harry Potter. Independence
Day. Jurassic Park. I have so many.
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I am the middle child
and the eldest daughter.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with Pepperoni.
I’m always ready for a cup of coffee.
When I’m alone, I am on my computer working.
You’d never be able to tell, but I had triplets.
If I had a halo, it would be
sparkling like diamonds.
If I could sell more books and have a steady income, I
would hire a cook.
I can never teach my teenagers how to drive, because I’m
too much of a coward

“A Forgotten Kitten is the second installment to the
Sea-anan Saga, and a science fiction romance that is now available on:Amazon US:

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Emma’s Wish 
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 Emma’s Wish by Margery Scott.
Still grieving his wife’s death, Sam Jenkins needs a mother for
his children. He can’t build his ranch and care for three precocious youngsters
alone. Emma Witherspoon has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband
and children of her own, but that doesn’t ease the ache in her heart. When Emma
makes Sam an offer he can’t refuse, neither of them can foresee the changes in their
lives because of two little words – “I do.”

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