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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.
Blurb:
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
everything…
Buy links:
Fantasy Romance Serial http://www.fantasyromanceserial.com
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Mattin is a 22 year old human. He is Jahlene’s slave and personal
attendent.
Jahlene n’Erida is a 50 year old fae. She is the Countess of
Erida.

Interview

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?
Reading,
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
like?
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
instruments?
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
traditional.
If I had a halo it would be hanging on a hook out of the way
somewhere.
If I could never read again I’d go crazy
I can never watch horror movies because I’m a fraidy
cat!

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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

USA
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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