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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Starlight Falls
(Beth Caudill)
Etsy is an ecommerce site which features handmade and
vintage items, art, crafts, and also art and craft supplies. Store owners pay a
small fee to Etsy in exchange for the opportunity to sell. As of August 2013,
over 30 million users were registered on the site. Projections of up to one
million sellers are expected by the end of the year. (Gigaom)
Healer’s Fate
(Beth Caudill)
Many authors use Etsy as a place to purchase swag (giveaway
items) and material they can use to promote their books. Here are some Etsy
shops owned by authors. Searching “author swag” in the search bar on
Etsy will turn up a large list of sites.

Shop Name: Starlight Falls Designs
Shop Link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StarlightFallsDesign
Type of Products: Chainmaille Jewelry
Website: http://starlightfallsdesigns.com/

Author Name: Beth Caudill
Website: http://BethCaudill.net/
Latest Book: Healer’s Fate
Buy Link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Healers-Fate-Paranormals-Arilase-ebook/dp/B00DR28SA2/ 

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Theophilus Saxe’s Emporium
(AJ Matthews)

Shop name: Theophilus Saxe’s Emporium
Shop Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheophilusSaxe
Ninth Wave
(AJ Matthews)
Type of Products: SF/Fantasy, steampunk, historical and fandom
inspired artworks–bookends, dioramas, peg dolls, steampunk engines, model scenery,
earrings, vintage items, whatever!
Author Name: AJ Matthews
Regular web site: http://www.smilingassassin.com (for artworks)
Latest book: The Ninth Wave
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Kel’s Cool Crosses
(Kelley Heckart)

Shop Name: Kel’s Cool Crosses
Shop Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KelsCoolCrosses
Type of products: Decorative Wall Crosses

Daughter of the Night
(Kelley Heckart)
Author Name: Kelley Heckart
Website: http://kelleyheckart.com
Latest book: Daughter of Night
Buy link for book: http://kelleyheckart.com/daughter_of_night.html
Secrets 

Kiru Taye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Scars (Passion Shields, book 1).

Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, Erotic romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Cover artist: Sour Cherry Designs
Length: Short story (12,200)
Heat rating: 3 (sensual with some explicit love scenes)
Tagline: She clutches at control to cover her flaws. He wants
to strip her bare because she’s beautiful.
Blurb:
Selina Moss hides a secret beneath her controlled happy exterior.
Her body is covered in scars and she’s never revealed them to anyone. She’s not
beautiful and she doesn’t want pity.
However, it’s her wedding night and husband, Benjamin Moss, is
determined to strip down her barriers.
Benjamin is not playing fair, not when he’s deploying breath-stealing
seduction as well as mind-melting sex toys. But will he still want her when she
bares all?
Buy links:
Add to your TBR on Goodreads
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Benjamin Moss, male, 35, Business owner, ex-mercenary
Selina Moss: female, 28, Pharmacist.

Interview

What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook. I have so many
personal and professional connections on just that one site.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love translating images
and voices in my head into coherent words on a page. J
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I read. Loads. Best de-stresser
ever. 
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
That’ll be telling. LOL
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Romance. Erotica. Thrillers.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
My husband gave me a surprise trip to New York last year. Best long-weekend away ever!
J
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read some great books this year –Immortal Seduction by Jennifer
Lynne and Master by Raven McAllan—are two that come to mind.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Boredom, what’s that? I have 3 young kids, a busy writing schedule
and a business to run. Where is the time for boredom? J
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
What’s your upcoming book
about?
Her body is his to command, her heart his to win.
Selina Moss bared her body to her husband and allowed him to
see her and touch her like no one else has ever done. When a member of the family
visits, she realizes there is still so much about her husband she doesn’t know.
Benjamin’s remorse about his family history drives his actions.
Selina is his present and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from being contaminated
by his past, including revealing the shame that burns his soul.
But for Selina, finding out about Benjamin’s past means investing
emotionally in a man who’s only going to walk away once their temporary arrangement
comes to an end. Is she ready to bare her heart to him along with the secrets of
their past?
Adult content: Sex Toys and Spanking.
Part Two of the Passion Shields Series
Out 25 October 2013.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
Can I just say I can
be either of these depending on the situation but at the moment:
“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 jalapeños.
I’m always ready for my kids.
When I’m alone, I read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m the quiet type.
If I had a halo it would be golden. LOL
If I could sing I’d be a musician
I can never model because I don’t have the body

Previous Books

His Treasure (Men of Valor, 1)
His Strength (Men of Valor, 2)
His Princess (Men of Valor, 3)
Her Protector (Men of Valor, 3.5 FREE READ)
A Valentine Challenge (Challenge, 1)
An Engagement Challenge (Challenge, 2)
Island Bound
Scars (Passion Shields, 1)
Unbound (The Enforcers: Blood Bar Chronicles anthology)
Sex Tape (7 Sinful Secrets anthology)

Books Coming Soon

Secrets (Passion Shields, 2) October 25, 2013
Outcast (Sacred Amulet, 1) November 1, 2013

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Forever Is Now 
Kimber Vale, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Chance Ralan from the book Forever is Now.
Genre: Contemporary, M/M
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Cover artist: Valerie Tibbs
Length: 51,000
Heat rating: Hot
Tagline:
If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of
yours, hunt him down and make him sorry.

Blurb:

Alex Bremen is over Chance Ralan. Ever since his high school
boyfriend ditched him nine years ago, Alex has barely thought of Chance at all.
Sure, Alex attended a concert or two when his ex’s band, Armageddon Showdown, was
in the area, but that was more curiosity than anything else. Who wouldn’t want to
see firsthand how his once clean-cut boyfriend transformed into a pierced and tattooed
heavy metal god?
But when Chance has the nerve to record a love song Alex wrote
for him years ago, Alex crosses the country to confront him. Revenge becomes a dish
best served sizzling hot. The two men lock horns, but find the chemistry between
them has only intensified with time, and occasionally love needs to do some growing
up before it can be done right.

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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Chance Ralan is a twenty-eight year-old lead singer and guitarist
for the heavy metal band, Armageddon Showdown.
Alex Bremen is the same age, and is an up-and-coming documentary
film producer.

Interview with Chance Ralan

Tell us about yourself.
Hi. My name is Chance and I’m a recovering alcoholic. Oh, wait.
Wrong place for that.
Tell us about Alex.
Well, he’s hot as hell, for one thing.
Actually, he’s too good to me, but at the same time, he doesn’t
put up with my shit. It works, ya know? He makes me a better person, which is pretty
much how the whole partner thing goes, I guess. Whenever I step on my own dick,
he’s the first one to point it out, but also the first one to kiss it and make it
better.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Being a killer musician, for sure.
What would Alex say is your strongest point?
Ummm…how great my ass looks in leather? I don’t know. Maybe my
drive to succeed.
What would Alex say is your biggest weakness?
I’ve been accused of being selfish once or twice. Yeah, probably
being full of myself. But, I mean, can you blame me?
What was it like where you grew up?
Newburg, New York?
Honestly, it was kind of a hole, if you know what I mean. Some rough crowds. Some
crime. So you get into your own group of assholes and ride it out. Strength in numbers
and all that. Sticking out too far was never a good plan.
What do you wish was different about your life?
If I had a time machine, I guess I’d…ah fuck. Don’t make me answer
that. I’m pretty sure saying that I’d do the same shit over again would only get
me in trouble, and I’m not so sure I’d change.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I’d love my own island. White sand,
tiki hut with all the amenities. Just peace and quiet until I feel like making some
noise with my guitar. I wanna play a concert for a bunch of fishes. And Alex. He’d
be one of my amenities.                  Maybe
the dog could come too. Maybe.

About the Author

Kimber Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from her sci-fi
to hot manlove. Come for the sex. Stay for the story. Find her M/M work published
under K. Vale. Stalk her on Facebook and Twitter @KimberVale, and check her site
for updates, freebies, and new releases at kimbervale.com.

Previous Books

Multiple anthologies

Books Coming Soon

I’m currently finishing up my second Shooting Stars book, called
“Double Takes,” which is bisexual rocker Gio Savale’s story (M/M). For
anyone who is hoping for a glimpse of Chance and Alex in the second book, have no
fear—you’ll get to see what those boys are up to as well.

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Bridesmaid’s Best Man 
Susanna Carr, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Bridesmaid’s Best Man.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Cover artist: unknown
Length: 224 pages
Heat rating: sexy
Tagline: Every bachelorette party has a surprise…
Blurb: Angie Lawson is in Bridesmaid Hell—if Hell was a strip
club filled with screaming women in stilettos. But her night’s about to get a whole
lot worse. Now her ex-boyfriend is standing right in front of her—every sexy,
delicious inch of him—and Cole Foster isn’t the kind of guy that any woman can
just ignore…
Cole’s working undercover, but he certainly wasn’t expecting
the intimate reminder of the wicked heat that he and Angie always shared. But when
the maid of honor—silver stilettos and all—is knocked unconscious, Cole realizes
he needs Angie’s help to get into the bridal party. And if getting there means getting
her in bed, too, then he’s definitely the best man for the job!
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Angie Lawson is in her mid-twenties and is a personal trainer
Cole Foster is in his late twenties and is a private detective

Interview

What websites do you visit daily?
I visit the social security website http://www.ssa.gov/ because
I’m always looking for names that are popular by decade. I also visit Tom &
Lorenzo’s fashion blog http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ for inspiration when I need
to dress my characters.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
My favorite part is getting that spark of an idea and running
with it.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
One of my most unusual jobs was reading customer complaints card
for a major retail company. Most common question on the card? “Do people actually
read these things?”
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I write contemporary romance and I’d recommend The Year of Living
Shamelessly because it has a few elements that are found in contemporary romance
these days: small-town setting, lots of sexual chemistry, and a hero who won’t pursue
the woman of his dreams because she’s his best friend’s younger sister.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I read a lot of contemporary romance from a mix of publishers,
lengths, heat levels and formats.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
What should potential first-time readers know about your work?
I write about people who fall in love and fight for their happy-ever-after.
I write women who make mistakes and take risks. They are stronger than they realize.
I write men who are far from perfect but every choice they make is to protect the
people they love.
I write romance that is set in today’s world because I see love
stories all around me.
My stories can be fun and sexy or they can be passionate and
sensual. Trust and romantic intimacy are important. The men and women in my books
are scared to reveal their true natures and reluctant to share their dreams. But
in the end they risk it all and dare to bare. 
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?
I would take my passport, my Kindle and lots of money. My dream
vacation would be about comfort and convenience. I would travel light, go first
class all the way, and travel to all the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
I would want Ashley Judd or Rachel Weisz to play me. Either actress
would make me appear stronger, smarter and generally cooler than I really am.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
It would be a shade of brown, like sienna or coffee. Something
earthy and warm. 
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 Tabasco
sauce
I’m always ready for a road trip
When I’m alone, I watch chick flicks
You’d never be able to tell, but I had spent years taking
dance classes
If I had a halo it would be broken
because I’d use it as a Frisbee/weapon/flashlight
If I could keep up with technology I’d rule the world
I can never be a racecar champion because I can’t drive
manual

Previous Books

Her Shameful Secret
The Tarnished Jewel
of Jazaar
Suddenly Sexy
Wicked Wonderland
The Year of Living
Shamelessly
Red-Hot and Royal
Bad Girl Bridesmaids
Pink Ice
Ex, Why and Me
Valentine’s Day is
Killing Me
Lip Lock
The Beach Blanket
Bad Boys
Confessions of a
“Wicked” Woman
“Wicked”
Women 101
Merry Christmas, Baby
How to be a
“Wicked” Woman
The Wrong Bride 

Books Coming Soon

Hot for the Holidays, Penguin InterMix, December 2013
A Deal with Benefits, Harlequin Presents, January 2014
Secrets of a Bollywood Marriage, Harlequin Presents, April 2014
Wild Weekend, Harlequin Blaze, May 2014

Contest

For a chance to win a $25 Amazon.com e-mail gift card, leave
a comment on my blog at http://susannacarr.com/blog during
the month of October.

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Tales from the
SFR Brigade

From Earth to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, explore the
worlds of Science Fiction Romance with stories from Linnea Sinclair, Marcella Burnard,
Erica Hayes, Liana
Brooks, Pippa Jay, Berinn
Rae, Amy Laurens, and Kyndra Hatch.

 

Experience love and adventure among the stars in Tales from the
SFR Brigade, a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.
• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be
her greatest enemy.
• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous
stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
• A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then
left her for dead.
• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming
alien.
• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter
who seeks to capture her.
• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on
Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is
determined to bring her to justice.
• A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity,
one stranger at a time. 

Download Tales from the SFR Brigade for free

Smashwords (in many formats) – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/329144

Find the SFR Brigade Here

The Retreat
Kay Jaybee, welcome back to Romance Lives
Forever. Please tell us about your new book.
I’m delighted to be visiting the Romance Lives Forever site once
again. Today, I’d like to tell you a little about the release of second installment
of The Perfect Submissive Trilogy – The Retreat.

Blurb

Just as Jess is beginning to relax into her new life as a submissive
at The Fables Hotel, her employer Mrs Peters announces that she is loaning both
Jess, and her dominatrix Miss Sarah, to one of their most demanding clients; Mr
David Proctor.
Whisked away by the mysterious Kane to The Retreat, hidden in
a remote part of Scotland,
Jess and Miss Sarah find themselves teaching another submissive to meet Proctor’s
exacting rules.
As Jess comes to terms with the techniques of The Retreat Mistress,
and the strictly overpowering dominatrix Lady Tia, she discovers that Proctor’s
motives may not be all they seem.
Just who or what is Fairtasia? And why does Jess feel like she’s
walked into a warped fairy tale?
In order to get back to The Fables, Jess is going to have to
be more than just a perfect submissive…
When I was asked to turn my standalone novel, The Perfect Submissive
into a trilogy, I was very excited–but I also wanted to find out which elements
of that first novel that my readers had most enjoyed, so that I could capture some
of its flavour in the sequel.
One of the features of the first part of the trilogy that people
most enjoyed was the extreme exercise routine the dominatrix Miss Sarah enforced
upon Jess. Although The Retreat sends Jess on a very different adventure- complete
with a mystery, fairy tales, and a whiff of paranoia. I was determined to include
a little exercise along the way.

Buy Links:

If you would like to discover more about The Retreat, its staff,
and how Jess and Miss Sarah cope in their temporary surroundings, you can buy part
two of The Perfect Submissive Trilogy from all good eBook and paperback retailers.

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Kay also writes contemporary romance as Jenny Kane – www.jennykane.co.uk
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