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Monthly Archives: November 2013

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 Second Chance by Martha O’Sullivan.
Everything was fine until Brian Rembrandt came back to town.
Lindsay Foster was finally getting her life back together and planning a future
with the ever-indulging Paul Webster. How dare Brian think he could waltz back into
her life and pick up where they left off!
But he does.
And that’s a problem.
Because Brian is used to getting what he wants. So when Lindsay
won’t come to him, he goes to her. But little do they know that the torrid night
they share puts a lot more than Lindsay’s impending marriage in jeopardy. This love
triangle has an extra side. And it alters the course of four lives forever.

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Martha O’Sullivan

Jess Mahler, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Glamourhai.
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self published
Cover artist:
Length: 80,000
Heat rating: Moderate
Tagline: He bartered his freedom to save his sister, and got
more than he bargained for.
When the fae lord, Oeloeff, takes his sister, Mattin seeks out
Countess Jahlene n’Erida, a fae noble who is Oeloff’s enemy, and begs her to help
free his sister. In return for her help, he offers the only thing he has–himself.
Lady Jahlene accepts Mattin’s offer, and he finds himself an initiate of a strange
world where pain is pleasure, cruelty is love, and nothing is as it seems.
Mattin hates being a slave, almost as much as he hates and fears
the fae. But as he learns more about Jahlene, he finds himself drawn to her, and
her sadistic pleasures. As they race to prepare their trap for Oeloff, Mattin fights
to reconcile his desires with his fears. Until he makes a mistake that costs him
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Fantasy Romance Serial
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Mattin is a 22 year old human. He is Jahlene’s slave and personal
Jahlene n’Erida is a 50 year old fae. She is the Countess of


Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
Glamourhai is set in an original fantasy world that is culturally
a mash up of Germany during the
Renaissance and colonial America.
The empire that county
Erida is part of is made up
of humans and fae, but ruled entirely by the fae, who conquered the humans in what
for most people is ancient history.
The fae have a power called glamour that allows them to sense
the emotions of people around them and to control people by taking over their will.
They need to feed on emotions to power their glamour. And, as Mattin eventually
observes, it’s a lot easy to create negative emotioins, like pain, fear and anger,
than positive ones. Which has led to the development of some sadistic customs in
fae culture.
Most humans live ‘normal’ lives and try to avoid the fae as much
as possible, but fae nobles have the right to take humans from their lands as slaves.
Which is how Mattin gets into trouble…
What inspired you to write
this book?
I got an image in my head one day, of a man, on his knees and
utterly devastated. He had just failed and betrayed his Mistress, his love, and
knew that what he had done was so horrible, she could never forgive him.
Writing this story was really the process of discovering what
had led up to that moment, and what happened after.
Why do you write?
Because I love too. I have stories in my head and I want to share
them with the world.
I also hope, in some small ways, to help change the world. I
remember the authors who shaped my view of the world, from Lackey, whose books helped
me see past my family’s rejection of homosexuality, to Heinlein, who challenged
my ideas of what society is and can become, and many others. And I hope that in
some small way, someone might read my books about a black fae woman, and a man who
chooses to submit to her, and see the people around them a little bit differently.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
Water and music. On good writing days, I’m listening to Blackmore’s
Night, Voltaire, Trixie Pixie, Heather Dale and Rockapella. On bad writing days,
I have a play list called ‘energizing’ that’s all songs to get my blood moving and
help me get past the doldrums.
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
playing with my kids, chatting on twitter, or taking long walks. I’m a homebody.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
Somewhere in between. I actually start out writing a brief synopsis
(about one page long) that covers most of the major plot points. Then I expand it,
and expand it again, adding more details and subplots and scenes each time. About
half way through I’ll have a dozen fully fleshed out scenes, and a whole bunch of
“this happens, and then this happens, and then this person needs to do this,
but I don’t know how yet…”
So I guess you could say I’ve ‘plotted’ the bones of the story
ahead of time, but I make up a whole bunch of stuff on the spur with each expansion.
What’s your writing schedule
Whenever time allows!
Any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, and watch out for Dunning-Kreuger. If you are a
new writer and aren’t seeing lots of problems in your work, you don’t know enough
to be a good writer.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
I have a folder on my computer labelled ‘mason jar.’ New ideas
get saved in there with as much detail as I can come up with—usually the one scene
that caught my imagination and synopsis of anything else i’ve come up with.
What other jobs have you
held besides writing?
I’ve worked in massage therapy, customer service, retail, freelance
writing and been a house-spouse.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
It’s not the usual sort of gift, but after sending letters and
phone calls for a few years, I was going to meet my biological family and spend
a week with them. I got of the bus, and my mother and sister met me. I think we
were all feeling awkward—I certainly was! And I wasn’t entirely sure that I wasn’t
making a mistake. We went to dinner and as we were walking out of the restaurant
we started—I don’t remember who started it or why, but suddenly we were all singing
together, one of my favorite songs. In perfect harmony, no less. And I knew, just
knew, that everything would be great. (I was right, too!)
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
Driving I usually listen to classic rock. Sometime folk, musicals
or classical. Writing…I think I answered that already ;^)
Do you play any musical
Piano, but I’m horribly out of practice. I learned flute in school,
but I’ve forgotten almost all of. I can still play a high C.
Are you the eldest, middle,
baby, or only child?
I’m the eldest twice over. I’m the eldest of both my adoptive
and biological families.
What do you wish I had
asked you?
So what’s this I hear
about a webserial?
I’m doing a bit of an experiment and releasing the entire novel
as a free webserial. The Glamourhai webserial began posting on Nov 1, and the book
will be released on Dec 1. Anyone who wants can read the entire story for free—as
long as they don’t mind waiting until June or July (and enduring multiple cliffhangers)
to get to the ending.

Please complete the sentences.

I love pizza with chicken.
I’m always ready for a good book.
When I’m alone, I pace while working out the next road block
in my story.
You’d never be able to tell, but in my own way, I am very
If I had a halo it would be hanging on a hook out of the way
If I could never read again I’d go crazy
I can never watch horror movies because I’m a fraidy

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Please join me in welcoming military author and former
military woman Elle James to the Romance Lives Forever blog. She’s going to
share with you today about her sister, author Delilah Devlin, also a former
military woman. Take it away, Elle! And thank you for your service. As a former
Navy vet myself, I know the sacrifice it took.
Born and raised as children of a career Air Force man, it was
only natural that my sister and I would follow in my father’s footsteps and join
the military. Because my father retired in a small town with a public university
that only had Army ROTC, my sister and I joined the Army ROTC program. We loved
the discipline and challenge of being a part of the military and fully embraced
the lifestyle.
My sister graduated and went right into the U.S. Army. I married
in college and joined the U.S. Army Reserves and later branch transferred to the
U.S. Air Force Reserves. We are now both retired and writing full time, but the
military is still very near and dear to our hearts. We loved being a part of something
bigger than ourselves, serving this great country and protecting our freedom.
This veterans day we teamed with a great group of authors who
write military romances to produce a boxed set of military romances in honor of
Veterans Day and all the brave men and women who help to protect our nation. 

Uniform Desires

Six Military Romances from
National Best-selling Authors
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
SEAL’s Honor by Elle James
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Cinderella Liberty
by Cat Johnson

Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder

Today Bestselling Author
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond
the call of duty. SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best friend’s
sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii,
but the next morning, he’s called for a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles.
Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he pushes her to her
limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back
down. One way or another, he’ll learn there’s no walking away from love—not while
she still has breath in her body.

SEAL’s Honor by Elle James

Award-winning Author
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn
land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot. SEAL
Reed Tucker doesn’t believe in commitment, until he tangles the sheets with one
hot pilot, Delaney O’Connell. His phobia against commitment is challenged when his
best friend asks Delaney to marry him. As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night
Stalkers, Delaney knows the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover’s friend loses
an arm in battle, she can’t refuse his marriage proposal when he’s already lost
so much. In love with one man, pledged to marry another, she’s torn. Tuck and Delaney
must come to grips with the happiness they owe themselves and the happiness of their
friend who has lost so much.

SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton

Bestselling Author
A SEAL’s nightmare of a promise given at his sister’s deathbed
gives him the woman of his dreams. Special Operator Nick Dunn promises his dying
sister that he will help shut down her business and settle her affairs. He must
work with his sister’s best friend he vaguely remembers. But boy has she grown up.
Though Devon Brandeburg created a small fortune in real estate, she has a total
lack of experience with men. Who needs their testosterone-stuffed egos sucking the
air out of the room, like Nick’s does? The promise turns into a hot affair neither
expected with Nick the teacher in Devon’s journey
to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something
he’s never allowed himself to want, and now needs.

Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin

Award-winning Author
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover
DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival’s daughter. After surviving
a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central American jungle, Maya Cordoba is
ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots after she hijacks her sexy driving
instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring down the barrel of an AK-47and being
kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord’s daughter she knows if they learn she’s
not who they think she is—she’s dead. Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover
DEA agent, Angel Rickman. He promises to get her out as long as she does everything
he tells her to. Together, they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug
cartel’s army on their tails.

Her Forever Hero by JM Madden

Bestselling Author
When the boss’s pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled
Marine Grafton Parks proves he’s still a hero. Kendall Herrington is drawn to her
handsome new security guard, prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for
her, but on a lonely Christmas night, she gives in to her body’s demands, regret
setting in on the morning after. Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall is resisting admitting she’s pregnant and that the
board won’t allow an unwed, pregnant female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington
Corporation. Even if she is the boss’s daughter. As they struggle to come to terms
with each other, an unexpected danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long
enough for him to be…Her Forever Hero?

Cinderella Liberty
by Cat Johnson

NY Times and USA
Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine
and his best friend’s sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get
back to her. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John “Crash” O’Malley has two goals.
Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive his
deployment to Afghanistan.
What he didn’t plan on is Trish. A guy can’t have a one-night stand with his best
friend’s sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting
a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy. Crash doesn’t realize
his friend’s displeasure is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store
for them in the Helmand
Province. Now, Crash’s new
objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.

About the Author

Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and
emus. Retired Lt Colonel U.S Air Force Reserves and former IT professional, Elle
is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that
keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 39 works with Harlequin, self
published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen
name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling
her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling,
out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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Legend of the Mist 
Veronica Bale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Legend of the Mist.
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: Viola Estrella Cover Art
Length: 224 pages
Heat rating: 18+
Tagline: An island rises from mist; a destiny rises from legend
There is a legend familiar to those who call the island of Fara their home. It is one that is passed
down through the generations. From mothers who whisper the tale to their bairns
as they float into dreams each night. From starry-eyed lasses who pray to find for
themselves the undying love of which it speaks. From elders who know the magic of
the thick and inexplicable mist surrounding this, and no other, of Orkney’s islands
which rise from the sea off Scotland’s northern coast.
As the daughter of Clan Gallach’s chief, Norah knows the legend
better than anyone on the island. It tells of a lady who waits in the mists of Fara
for her long lost love to return to her. It’s an entertaining story, to be sure.
But it is no more than fantasy. Or so the islanders say. But Norah is not so certain.
All her life she’s felt that the legend is more than simple folklore, that the lady
of the mist is more real than anyone wishes to believe.
But these are turbulent times, marked by the very real tales
of Norse invaders and their brutality. When her people are conquered by a band of
fearsome Vikings, one among them will blur the lines between reality and legend
like never before. For Norah cannot help but feel that she knows him … from some
other time … from some other life …
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Legend of the Mist is the story of Norah, daughter of the chief
of Clan Gallach, and Torsten, a Viking raider whose men conquer the clan’s island,
Fara, off the northern coast of Scotland.
Among the people of Clan Gallach exists a legend which tells of a Lady of the Mist.
It is said that the lady, who when her warrior love was killed in battle cast herself
into the sea, waits in the mists of Fara for a time when her love will return to
her. Norah had always thought the legend was just a story, but when Torsten appears
on the island, she begins to wonder whether the legend may, in fact, be true. Is
she the Lady of the Mist, and is Torsten her warrior love? As for their ages, I
wrote Norah at 19 years, but did not really identify Torsten’s age. When writing
him, I pictured him to be between 25 and 30.


How did you get your start in the industry?
I started as a freelance writer, ghostwriting short stories and
novellas for a number of different clients. At some point I decided to write the
story that I wanted to tell, and released my first novel, Bride of Dunloch (book
1 of my Highland Loyalties trilogy), in August, 2012.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Since releasing Bride of Dunloch I’ve discovered
how much self-marketing authors, especially indie authors, need to do. I’m slowly
improving my presence on the web; I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I started,
at least.
What websites do you visit daily?
I’m on twitter every day, of course. That’s actually my go-to
spot for a lot of industry information (romance news, writing tips, publishing help,
etc.). Not knowing much about it when I joined, I was surprised to see how useful
a resource twitter is. So many great people are sharing so much great stuff, it’s
an amazing community.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
There are a ton of things I would change … but I’ll never say
what they are (insert devious laugh here).
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like meeting my characters. That probably sounds strange, but
for me, my characters already exist. I didn’t make them up, they came into being
on their own, and the only difference between them and me is that I live in the
real world, whereas they live in my head. It’s exciting, I never know which character
I’m going to meet next.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
I wish I could give you one great name, like Salman Rushdie or
Margaret Atwood, but really I would love to have as a mentor someone who works in
the publishing industry. Just someone with a wealth of knowledge about good writing,
good publishing, good marketing, all that. Those individuals are just as important
as the actual authors; I’d love the opportunity to learn from those who make a career
out of helping authors be successful.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
I would say, “Hey, Veronica, get started on that first book.
Don’t wait like I did.”
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I’m not sure I have a work ethic, because I don’t consider writing
work. I write because I love to write, I love to create stories and discover the
lives of my characters. For me, writing is like reading. I no more have a writing
ethic than a reading ethic. I read and write wherever and whenever I can.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Again, I wouldn’t so much call it stress as excitement. This
is a fast-paced world, this indie-author place, and as frightening and labour-intensive
as it can be, it’s also incredibly rewarding.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
For the purpose of this interview I’m going to say no. My friends
and family might be reading this, and I wouldn’t want to let the cat out of the
bag … if there was a cat to let out of the bag, that is (insert another devious
laugh here).
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
Believe it or not, I actually have a background in finance and
accounting. Nothing like staring at numbers all day to get your creative juices
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend any one of them. There is sometimes a stigma
associated with romance novels, I think. Those who don’t read them are more likely
to dismiss them because of the provocative covers, or because of what romance novels
were thirty and forty years ago. But today’s romance novels have evolved. They’re
sources of historical information; the writing is often superb; character and plot
development are top-notch. These are all things I’ve paid attention to and worked
hard on. I think a non-romance reader would be surprised to discover how enjoyable
and worth-while romance novels can be.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
is an integral part of my writing, so I never “take a break” to read.
I make time for both. My tastes are eclectic. Every book provides me with the opportunity
to learn, and I read a wide range. I will finish up a Jayne Ann Krentz one day,
and take up a Charles Dickens classic the next. I am as eager to read futuristic
fantasy as historical non-fiction. It’s all fascinating.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Bride of Dunloch 
It’s not going anywhere; It will always have its place. The difference
today is that the paradigm of twenty years ago is gone – advances, multi-million
dollar deals, dedicated marketing and promotion, etc. But that doesn’t mean traditional
publishing has gone with it. It will always be there, and it will always be something
authors (I use the term non-exhaustively) strive for, whether going the indie author
route first or not. We’re starting to see a shift now where indie authors are proving
to agents and publishers that they can be successful, and that is persuading publishers
to take them on. The difference today is that, even if traditional publishers decline
to publish, that author still has a place to make his or her voice heard and books
available to the public.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
What kind of reader response have you seen so far?
I am amazed by how many people have connected with me to let
me know what they thought about my books. Each time a reader contacts me, leaves
me a message on my facebook page, tweets something about me, etc., I’m not only
flattered, I’m honoured. I’m reminded of why I write in the first place – because
I want to share something, and I want to inspire, entertain, and reach people with
something I think they’ll enjoy. It’s such a great thing to see that I’m accomplishing
that goal.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Besides the day my son was born? I’d say getting that first positive
response from a reader. Just knowing that I’d reached someone, that I’d made an
impression on them, that was a great moment.
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?
Laptop, thermals and sturdy footwear. Why? I’d be going to Scotland,
of course! I can buy the flagon of whiskey when I get there.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read a lot of good books, but lately I have become a fan
of Kate Morton. I love her style, and the way she describes things. She creates
an atmosphere with her novels, a very haunting one. I admire that.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
I was in Northern Ontario at
a friend’s cottage, panicking over whether or not anything would happen to my family
back in the city. At 12:15 am when the television stations were still airing I figured
nothing catastrophic had happened and went to bed.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Daydream. Isn’t that what all writers do? Of course that sometimes
gets me into hot water, like if I’m bored and start daydreaming when I should be
paying attention to something … that happens a lot, unfortunately.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Honestly? I think I’d like to be surprised. I would love to see
what someone does with that role. I wouldn’t want to have any pre-conceived notions
about who would be best to play me and exclude all others. That assumes my life
is interesting enough to make a movie out of … which it’s not, and that’s why I
write in the first place.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Chameleon-coloured. I’m so indecisive, I’d never be happy with
just one colour.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
What is the next book you plan to write?
I’ve got a basic storyline in mind, but no title yet. In a historical
context, I’m moving a little ahead of where Highland Loyalties and Legend of the
Mist were, to the mid-15th century. I’ve become rather intrigued by the
story of the Black Douglasses and their feud with King James II of Scotland.
I’d like to try and write a story that is more defined by actual recorded history,
and plan to craft one around the Douglas clan.
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 milk.
I’m always ready for Coronation Street.
When I’m alone, I talk to myself. A lot!
You’d never be able to tell, but I write romance novels. I
tend to keep that quiet in my day-to-day life, just because I’m not big on talking
about myself, much less bragging about my accomplishments. When I do tell people
I’m an author, I get “I never would have guessed that,” or “it’s
always the quiet ones.”
If I had a halo it would be quickly
taken away, because I’m no angel, just a flawed human being trying my best to be
a good person.
If I could live anywhere in the world I’d live in a
small, stone cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. Is that predictable? Yeah,
probably …
I can never go skydiving with my husband like he wants me
because I am a complete scaredy-cat when it comes to things like that.
I like it when my head is in the clouds, not my whole body.

Previous Books

Bride of Dunloch (Highland Loyalties volume 1)
Uniting the Clans (Highland Loyalties volume 2)
The Laird Returns (Highland Loyalties volume 3)

Books Coming Soon

Soon? None. Eventually? Yep … not sure of the details, but I’ll
get there.


As a special occasion to mark this interview with Romance Lives
Forever, tweet this: 
Win Legend of the
Mist by @VeronicaBale1 #RLFblog 

for a chance to be entered to win one of two free Kindle
copies of Legend of the Mist. I will contact the winners via twitter, and will also
tweet the results of the contest. The close date for this contest will be November
26th, 2013.

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Truth or Dare 
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 Truth Or Dare by Michaela Rhua.
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Leah and Jess have been friends for years, and having set up
business together, they are even more aware of the need to keep things strictly
professional. However all that changes after one drunken dare leads them to discover
unbelievable passion. Who knew when friends become lovers the result would be so
explosive and life altering, even if things seem different in the cold light of
day. Can two friends face the truth and find happiness or was it a dare too far?

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Master Marshal 
Gray Dixon, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Master Marshal (Book 4, Masters of Tabu Series).
Genre: Erotica, Contemporary
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Cover artist: Dawné Dominique
Length: 220 pages
Heat rating: 5 Flames, Scorching
Tagline: A cowboy and a supermodel ignite unbridled passion in
the Texas heat.
Shane Marshal struggles to keep his family’s cattle ranch above
financial flood waters. With help from friends, he turns the homestead into a BDSM
retreat. He can’t keep his mind on business when a single woman from New York with legs to infinity
arrives. To tamp down his lustful thoughts, he goes out of his way to give her grief,
but she doesn’t flinch. He needs a new strategy.
Valentina Halston, a high fashion model, changed her name from
Sharon Berger to hide her past. After finding her boyfriend in delicato with another model, she books
a vacation at a dude ranch with BDSM activities in search of change. Rest and relaxation,
fresh air, no phones, no paparazzi, and no cheating boyfriend sounded perfect. Instead,
she finds more than she could imagine.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Shane Marshal, a thirty-four year old cattle rancher and co-owner
of Club Tabu with his college buddies.
Sharon Berger aka Valentina Halston, is a twenty-five year sold
model, living in New York City on vacation at a dude
ranch in Texas.


How did you get your start in the industry?
Pitched an idea to my publisher and signed. Then I had to write
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I’m working more at networking and concentrating my efforts instead
of trying to do it all. I need time to write!
What websites do you visit daily?
I visit first all my chat groups and check emails and then Facebook,
Twitter and Goodreads. I will check my blog about every other day. Then I will go
back and check out blogs by those I like to frequent like favorite genre authors
and do research on current WIP. I Google a lot!
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
I’d make it longer. I started this series to be only around 35K
words and then decided to make them longer. Trying to add to something short isn’t
easy. Master Marshal, the fourth book in the series, is at 84K compared to Master
Knight at 53K.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Escaping to another world that I’m constantly building. The creative
process is rewarding.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Start writing sooner and don’t wait until I retired.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
The second book, Master Prince. I really enjoyed writing the
characters and their story. I hated to end it. All the reviews that have come in
certainly agree with being enjoyable which helps validate my writing their story.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew. All I can do is keep writing and hope I can keep
getting them published.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My marriage (no one in my family thought I’d ever marry) and
the birth of my daughter (also because no one in my family ever thought I wanted
children) and my granddaughter being born (because I was there helping my daughter
during labor and delivery).
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?
An empty suitcase with my passport, credit card and go to the
Greek Isles. Can always buy clothes and essentials on the other end.
What good book have you read recently?
James Rollins’ Bloodline.
Really, really liked it. First one I’ve read anything from him.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
Watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve on television. I don’t go out
that late at night.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I rarely get bored and if I do I just do something different.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Tough one. I like lots of colors and my house looks like it too.
Red, Black, Purple, Yellow (Gold), Pink (all shades), and blue/green. Applied the
principles of Feng Shui when designed house and decorated. Maybe ask what color
I don’t like would be better.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
What got you interested
in BDSM?
I got more and more riveted reading and something inside me felt comfortable
exploring it. Tthe biggest change was attending Dr. Charley Ferrer’s BDSM for Writers
Workshop in New York City
August 2013. Part of the curriculum was two visits to Paddles,
the longest running dungeon in NYC. What an eye opener those visits were! Next year
on August 21-24, 2014, there will be a full-blown conference with dozens of speakers
and three days of workshops, including those by practitioners of the lifestyle.
Anyone interested in learning more about BDSM, whether writing it or wanting to
experience it or just being informed, go to
to read more about this fantastic conference and tell them I sent you. I’ll be a
featured author too and will have books for signing. Joey Hill will be the Keynote
Speaker as well as other well-known authors. You won’t want to miss it. You can
also go to my blog, see the information and link on the icon at the bottom!
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.
I’m always ready for a good laugh.
When I’m alone, I think about my next story to write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I used to work in a factory.
If I had a halo it would be pink.
If I could rule the world I’d stop strife, hunger and
war. Did I sound like a beauty pageant participant?
I can never rule the world because no one would take
me seriously

Previous Books

Master Knight, Book 1
Master Prince, Book 2
Master King, Book 3
Cristale’s Awakening (Stand alone novella)

Books Coming Soon

Master Dragon, Book 5 April 2014
Master Squire, Book 6 August 2014
Master Tempest, Book 7, December 2014

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