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Monthly Archives: October 2013

An Inconvenient Wife 
Today’s featured book is An Inconvenient Wife by Constance Hussey.

Only love can transform an inconvenient wife into his
heart’s desire.
Fleeing an obsessive suitor, Anne Mackenzie finds refuge in Portugal, although she will only be completely safe
in England.
When she takes two children into her care, she never dreams that they will be the
key to return her home. Lord Westcott can take her away from Portugal and protect
her from the dangerous man in her past, but the price is high—a loveless marriage.
Unless Anne can thaw the heart of this compelling, aloof stranger, they may be irrevocably
bound to a lifetime of unhappiness.
Unable to ignore the bonds of friendship, Lord Westcott reluctantly
agrees to visit Portugal
in search of a missing child. A recluse since the death of his wife and a crippling
injury to his daughter, he never imagines he will return with two orphans and a
wife—a wife whose dangerous secrets threaten his very life—and his long-frozen heart.
Chance has thrown them together, but only love can transform
an inconvenient wife into his heart’s desire.

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First and Again 
Jana Richards, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Bridget Grant, from the book, First And Again.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover artist: Morrow Creative Ltd.
Length: 87,000 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: Bridget Grant returns to her hometown in North Dakota, and finds all
the problems she left behind are still there, including her first love.
Blurb:
Bridget Grant is back in Paradise.
Paradise, North
Dakota, that is.
She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with
her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying
to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love,
Jack Davison.
Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him.
When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have
more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to
keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like
a family.
But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise
until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his
ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake
than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Jack Davison is a North Dakota rancher and owner of the Lazy J Guest Ranch.
Jack is thirty-nine years old, and aside from a few years spent working in Texas, he’s lived in North Dakota all his life. Bridget Grant is a
chef. Her last job was as head chef of the catering company that she and her ex-husband
owned in San Francisco.
But her life fell apart, and she’s forced to return to the hometown she couldn’t
wait to leave twenty years ago. She’s thirty-eight years old.

Interview with Bridget Grant

Tell us about yourself.
There’s not much to tell really. I have a fifteen year old daughter
named Rebecca, who’s angry with me for moving her away from her father. Not that
he cared where we went. My first night in Paradise,
my sister humiliated me in front of Jack and a bunch of her friends. My mother and
I haven’t gotten along since before I developed breasts. Oh, and every time I think
about cooking, I have an anxiety attack. Not good for a professional chef.
Aside from that, everything’s peachy. Thanks for asking.
Tell us about Jack Davison.
Jack’s a great guy. He’s funny and kind, and oh God, what a kisser!
Why the hell couldn’t he have gone bald and grown a paunch in the last twenty years?
Instead he’s as fit and good looking as he was back then. I have enough problems
without my hormones running amok every time I see him.
Jack is also a wonderful father. When I see him with Rebecca
and his daughter Leslie, I can’t help but think about the children we never had
together.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Lately my strongest point
seems to be my ability to piss people off.
What would Jack say is your strongest point?
He’d probably say I was
good mother. That’s one thing we can agree on. Rebecca is my first priority, always.
Jack also thinks I’ll get back on my feet soon and get my life on track again. I’m
not as confident as he is on that one.
What would Jack say is your biggest weakness?
Likely my inability to stay out his business. We disagree on
how he’s raising his daughter. Leslie needs to learn to do things for herself and
be more independent. Jack insists on doing everything for her. Just because she
has Down Syndrome doesn’t mean she’s helpless.
What was it like where you grew up?
I was born in Minneapolis but
we moved to Paradise when I was six, after my parents
broke up. I never saw my father again. My father was my hero and I’ve never understood
why my mother never allowed him to visit my sister and me after we came to North Dakota.
Paradise was a safe place to
grow up, but I never felt I truly belonged here.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I can’t say I regret marrying my ex-husband because that marriage
gave me Rebecca. But I wasted a lot of years in an unhappy, unhealthy marriage.
I’m not sorry I left Paradise as soon as I finished
high school, even though Jack wanted me to stay. As much as I loved him back then,
I was afraid I’d grow to resent him if I’d stayed instead of following my dreams.
His life has always been here in Paradise, and
mine wasn’t.
I wish I wasn’t always at odds with my family. I’d give anything
for a better relationship with my mother and sister. I wish my daughter wouldn’t
act out so much, and I wish she could understand why I had to move us out here.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
To work in a professional kitchen again, without panicking. And
if I was allowed two wishes, I’d love to be a mother to a second child.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Someplace where I’m free to do the
things I love. Someplace where I can be me. Someplace where I’m loved.

About the Author

Jana Richards
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately
knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper,
and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she
was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She
writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World
War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun,
she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal.
Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant,
a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf,
yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and
her husband live in Winnipeg
with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear
from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

Previous Books

Seeing Things
A Long Way from Eden
Burning Love
Flawless
The Girl Most Likely
Home Fires
Her Best Man – Book 1, Left at the Altar Series
There Goes the Groom – Book 2, Left at the Altar Series

Books Coming Soon

Always a Bridesmaid – Book 3, Left at the Altar Series.
Coming January 17, 2013

Contest

Comment on this blog for a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate.
I will randomly pick a winner from all comments received by Wednesday, October 9
at 12 noon, CST. Good luck!

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Make Me Howl 
Susan Shay welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your
book, Make Me Howl.
I have a long
time real life friend who asked me this question on Facebook:
Seriously Susan Spess Shay, how on
earth did you write such an intricate piece, we all know how Castle does his research
for his um, books, but how did you come up with all the details, and do research
on Make Me Howl?
Okay, I’m no Castle (although I love
that show!) but I think she’s talking about Jazzy’s World. The research I did was
to watch all the old Wolf Man and Werewolf movies as I was growing up. (I still
watch them.)
That way, I knew what the norm was
for a werewolf and how I could change it.
Anytime we write a book, we have to
set up the world the book is set in. Whether it’s a straight romance, a mystery,
a paranormal or an inspirational.
Of course, setting up a world for
a straight romance is a little less complicated than a paranormal or sci-fi. For
my book, To School a Cowboy, I had to make up a town for my heroine to live in,
and a ranch for her to live on. (She rents a mother-in-law house from the hero.)
To make it easy, I used my hometown,
but changed it. I changed the name (of course) and a farm became a ranch and across
the road changed from non-usable land to a small farm. The road is still there,
and there’s even a school on that road, like in the book. Distances are different,
though.
For Blind Sight, my “world”
was a little harder. The heroine in this book is a touch psychid. She lived in an
old mansion that had been turned into a boarding house. I made that town and the
house up totally. But I can still see it in my head, so it kind of exists. Right?
There were other rules, too. As a
touch psychic (I’ve never met one, have you?) when she touched someone or something
that had been recently touched, she channeled that person’s feelings and saw what
was weighing on their minds. (Which is how she realized before the police they had
a serial murderer in their town.)
But I had to find a way for her to
be able to touch the hero—a debunker who decides to show the world that she’s a
fake. (If you can’t kiss the guy, the romance is going to fizzle out fast.) That
was a fun challenge to get past!
In case you’re wondering, both of
those books are still available on The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.
Make Me Howl was the most challenging
of all my stories to date. I had to change all of werewolf lore. (My son did that
when he wrote a werewolf story in fourth grade, so I figured werewolves were fair
game.)
I set up a world where being a werewolf
is an inherited gene. People are born werewolves. But I had to come up with a reason
some werewolves can’t control themselves and some (like Jazzy) can.
The-full-moon-made-me-do-it werewolves,
I decided, were the ones who got a virus when an out-of-control-angry-genetic-werewolf
bit them. And hey, who’s to say it’s not?
I learned from my good friend, Marilyn
Pappano, that the secret to a really good “world” is setting it up and
then not changing it toward the end. Often, a writer will write herself into a corner.
In order to get out of it, the heroine suddenly discovers she has a new “talent”.
For instance, let’s say I’d written
the entire book with Jazzy as she is, then had the viral werewolf chasing her to
the edge of a three hundred foot cliff. If I had Jazzy suddenly realized she could
fly, I’d be cheating.
And for some people, the book would
become a wallbanger. (That’s when the reader gets mad and throws it at the wall
rather than finishing it.)
So once I gave Jazzy her attributes,
I left them alone. After all, she’s a fashionista with a biting sense of humor and
a killer sense of style who knows how to shake her tail. What more could you want
in a werewolf/heroine?

Make Me Howl

When Chase Holliday’s gaze first met mine, something tingled
on my end. He was hot. Dark blue eyes, a square jaw, hair that was just a little
too long, and this way of focusing that made me wonder if I should attack or run.
And I never run.
Together we’d make a pair anyone would sit up and notice–at
least that’s what I thought. Then I learned that he planned to wipe werewolves from
the face of the planet. And since I was born with an active werewolf gene, well,
let’s just say our twain could never meet.
Until a Blood Moon occurred while I was in heat and all my hard
earned control went slamming out the window with me right behind it. That’s when
I learned that, like wolves in nature, werewolves mate for life.
I’m in deep trouble.

About the Author

I’m one of six kids, four sisters and a brother, and we all agree
we had the best parents in the world. A real Leave-It-To-Beaver upbringing. We all
like our hometown so much five of the six of us still live there.
I’m a reader first–I’ve been reading ever since I can remember.
And when I couldn’t read, I’ve always made up stories to entertain myself.
I had a blind date on December 7 a few years ago, and married
a that guy five months later. We have three sons. When I had the third one, I took
a Louis Lamour book with me on the delivery table. The nurse finally wrestled it
away from me when the baby was ready to make his appearance.
Almost as soon as the youngest was walking, we bought a pharmacy
and I went to work full time. At first it was only supposed to be for a couple of
weeks. Those two weeks lasted a looooong time. :-)
As soon as I had the time between playing with the husband and
kids, cooking, laundry and work, I started writing my stories down. Much more fun!
I sold my first short story to a children’s Sunday School paper. I made $35.00,
and the publisher issued it twice!
I’m not only a reader and writer, I’m a knitter, a gardner and
a darn good cook if I do say so myself. And I have an alter-ego I call Terminally
Curious, because I am, truly, terminally curious.

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The Blind Date 
Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, The Blind Date.
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: bookcoversale.com
Length: 38,000 words
Heat rating: PG-13
Tagline: One night changes everything…again.
Blurb:
Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love
at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a free man, and his deception caused him
to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.
When Shawna’s sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind
date, she has no idea it’s with Ryan, with whom she’d spent a weekend she wishes
she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing
so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very
first night.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ryan Stewart, 30, custom furniture maker
Shawn Ferguson, 28, clothing boutique owner

Interview

What websites do you visit daily?
Most weekends I take a break from Facebook and Twitter, but I
visit them the most during the week. I also like to visit blogs that provide industry
news, but not necessarily every day. I visit those blogs a few times per week and
catch up all at once.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
You’re going to discover that you love writing fiction, so start
practicing now.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the marketing, writing, staying
up to date on what’s going on in the industry, etc., I get offline. That’s usually
a good indication that I’m spending too much time alone, so I spend time with family
and friends. I love technology, but it drives me crazy sometimes. There’s so much
information available through social media, blogs, etc., and it’s easy to feel as
if you don’t want to miss anything. But I find it helps me to unplug from time to
time so I don’t get overwhelmed.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
I plead the fifth. Lol. No really, not very much. Things my niece
does have ended up in my books because she’s so comical. In my book Second Chances,
I had one of the children, Lucélia, running around with a yucca fry offering bites
to family members but then pulling it back when they tried to get a piece. My niece
used to do that with French fries. I thought it was cute, so I included it.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I worked in international trade for a spell. When I worked in
international trade, my area was Western Europe,
so I got some nice all expenses paid trips abroad. The job only lasted a few years,
but it was nice. When I have to pay for my own trips, I really miss it. Sigh. I
also managed a bookstore.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I read romance, mostly contemporary and historical. I also love
to read thrillers because of the fast, heart-pounding pace that keeps me on the
edge of my seat.
What good book have you read recently?
I read Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas a few months ago,
and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s a historical romance and it renewed
my interest in Regency romance. Here’s a quote from my review on GoodReads: “I
couldn’t put the book down, even though it hurt me to see these two characters inflicting
such pain on each other. And that’s actually why I couldn’t put it down, because
I needed to see them get their HEA after making my heart hurt so much.”
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Sanaa Lathan or Gabrielle Union. I love those ladies!
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Yellow. It’s my favorite color.

About the Author

Delaney Diamond writes
sweet and sensual romance novels and is the site manager of Romance Novels in Color, where diversity in romance in celebrated. When
she’s not reading or writing she’s trying out new recipes or traveling to an interesting
locale. Find free reads and the first chapter of all her books at http://delaneydiamond.com

Previous Books

Hot Latin Men series:
The Arrangement
Fight for Love
Private Acts
The Ultimate Merger
Second Chances
Hot Latin Men: Vol. I (print anthology)
Hot Latin Men: Vol. II (print anthology)
Hawthorne Family series:
The Temptation of a Good Man
A Hard Man to Love
Here Comes Trouble
For Better or Worse
Bailar series (sweet/clean romance)
Worth Waiting For
Subordinate Position (short story)

Books Coming Soon

The Wrong Man

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Romance Novels in Color: http://romancenovelsincolor.com

Born to PLay 
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 Born to Play by Cynthia Arsuaga.
Candi Hartz, is a romance author in a loveless marriage. One
fateful night, she follows the cheating husband to the local vampire sex club and
meets the vamp owner. Her life takes a drastic turn when with one kiss she enters
the world she only read about.
Gregori Van Zant is a dangerous vampire. As the head of the Mid-Atlantic
Blood Family of vampires, he can have any vamp or human woman at his disposal. One
night, a captivating woman walks into his club and he devises a plan.
The two lovers come together and sign a contract—an exchange
of sex for research. Candi is born to play and Gregori is anxious to show her. An
old enemy of Gregori’s arrives unexpectedly and disrupts their plans. With a final
battle looming on the horizon, will the two fated lovers find love eternal or will
death play a part?
One vampire, one woman, one contract, one week to play.

Buy links:

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RLF Gems 
In September, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 30 day
month. Publisher Week took the top five spots with the amazing JMS Books LLC, so I combined those. Here are
the top posts (judging by page views).
1. JMS Books, LLC
2. Ella Quinn
3. Daisy Banks
4. Danita Minnis
5. Rue Allyn
Honorable mention: Rolyn Anderson and Vicki Batman.
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Twitter, Facebook, via
Triberr to thousands of potential readers, are featured front page in the daily
Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit. Your cover can be featured on
the blog for a small fee. Check out our advertising
link
for more information.
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Alexandra Christian, Bernadette Walsh, Cassandra Carr, Christina
Phillips , Anita Philmar, Stephanie Cage, Dawn Montgomery, Jenny Kane, Jill
Hughey , Mae Clair, Nia Simone, Patricia Walters-Fischer, Sarah Cass, Tracey
Kitts
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