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Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Zoastra Affair 
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book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is The Zoastra Affair by Victoria Pinder.
A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien
beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy
who attacks Earth at will.
The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally
designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.
Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body
and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds
with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those
who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.

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Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Length: 85000 words

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LM Brown, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Zak from the book, My Boyfriend’s an Alien.
Genre: SciFi
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover artist: Emmy and Angelique of Totally Bound
Length: 227 pages
Heat rating: Sizzling
Tagline: Can an alien find love with a human being?
Blurb: Zak, an alien from the planet Trimmeron, is a member of
a race of beings who transform into other species during their years of puberty.
It’s customary for the youngsters to be fostered to the worlds native to their new
forms, to study and learn about the races who will play an important part in their
lives.
When Zak turns into a human it comes as a surprise to everyone,
for only one other before him has ever done so. Nevertheless he is sent to Earth,
a world he views as primitive and barbaric. He arrives with a chip on his shoulder
and attitude to spare. He does not believe anyone on Earth can have anything to
teach him.
When Zak meets college student Sam he soon discovers he has a
lot to learn, not only about humans, but also about himself.
Trapped on an unfamiliar world and in a strange body that seems
to have a mind of its own, Zak has no idea what is happening to him, only that Sam
seems to be the key to the strange afflictions he is suffering from.
But can an alien find love with a human being?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sam, age 19, college student
Zak, age 19 (in Earth years), college student

Interview with Zak

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Zakrynious, though here on Earth I go by the name
Zak Johnson. I’m what you humans would call an alien, although I don’t look it.
Actually, in my regular form I look like nothing you’ve ever seen before. I have
blue fur all over me and a tail like a monkey for balance. My people are like chameleons
and all through puberty we change into other creatures. Right now I’m a human, which
came as a shock to pretty much everyone, me included. It’s customary for us to be
fostered to the worlds where our new forms are native and so here I am on Earth.
I got sent here to stay with Darren, the only other person from Trimmeron to turn
human. Lucky for me he decided to stay here on Earth so I could be fostered into
his care while I’m learning all about what it means to be human.
Tell us about Sam.
Unlike me, Sam is a regular human being. He’s smart and has such
great inner strength it amazes me. He goes to the local college where Darren has
enrolled me too. He talks about how he’d like to have gone to university like his
friends, but he doesn’t let it get him down too much. I get the feeling there’s
something else going on that he hasn’t told me. Sometimes I think Sam’s best friend,
Lucy, is about to let something slip to me about what he’s hiding, but each time
she starts to say something Sam gives her a look, or a swift kick, to stop her from
saying too much. I hope one day Sam will tell me what it is he’s hiding. In the
meantime, it just makes him more mysterious.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My ability to adapt. I’ve taken a number of different forms over
the years of my puberty and mostly I find it easy to adapt to the new climate, body
and customs of different worlds. At least I did until I came to Earth. This place
is nothing like anywhere I’ve ever been before and certain parts of my human body
seems to have a mind of their own. I hope I can manage to figure this out before
my time here on Earth is up.
What was it like where you grew up?
Trimmeron is another world, literally. There’s no pollution on
my world and no disease either. No one goes hungry and the last war took place so
long ago even the oldest of my people can’t remember it, and since we can live to
be 10,000 years old, that’s a very long time we’ve been at peace. Trimmeron is very
advanced compared to Earth, but things aren’t necessarily better. My people aren’t
big on showing emotions. Our genetic makeup doesn’t really allow for strong feelings.
We’re born in laboratories to parents who are paired up because their genes are
likely to produce healthy and smart children. I grew up in my father’s household
at the base of a mountain range with lots of siblings and half siblings. It was
always busy with lots happening. I guess compared to how Sam grew up, with two parents
who raised him together and doted on him, it seems pretty lonely, although it didn’t
seem like it at the time.
What do you wish was different about your life?
The only thing I wish were different about my life is having
my biological parents take a more active part in it. I didn’t realise until I came
to live with Darren and Eleanor how much I had missed out on having real parents
looking out for me. It’s not like my natural parents didn’t love me, or I them,
but I’m finally starting to realise that there’s more to being a parent than simply
donating your DNA.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
I would like to show Sam the universe, all the worlds I have
been to and all those I have yet to visit. There’s so much out there to see, so
much to learn, and Sam has such a thirst for knowledge I’m sure he would love it.
As soon as my period of fostering is over I intend to take Sam to Trimmeron with
me. Of course, I’ll have to tell him I’m an alien first and even though he’s a total
astronomy geek, he’s not likely to believe me just like that. Like I said, Sam is
really smart and it’ll take something huge to convince him I’m telling the truth.
Lucky for me our spaceships are enormous.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
My mother’s home in the mountains.
She’s a healer who lives near the Sacred Pool, which is where my people go to join
their life forces together. It’s a dangerous thing to do so she lives nearby just
in case she is needed in a hurry. Her home is high up in the trees and even though
her house is just as crowded as my father’s it’s out of the way of the rest of the
community. There are lots of mountain streams, hidden glens and quiet spots around
the area and I loved exploring them when I was growing up. The only thing even more
perfect than the mountains would be being there with Sam. The mountains were my
refuge as a child, but I think maybe Sam will be my refuge as an adult.

About the Author

LM Brown lives in England, in a quaint little village
that time doesn’t seem to have touched. No, wait a minute—that’s the retirement
biography. Right now she is in England
in a medium sized town that no one has ever heard of, so she won’t bore you with
the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes that they
weren’t all inside her head.
L.M. Brown loves hearing from readers so don’t be shy.

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The Troubles 
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Today’s featured book is The Troubles by Tricia Andersen.
While Sloan and Abbey are in Las Vegas to celebrate Gordon and Mary’s wedding,
a enemy from Sloan’s past nearly kills her. Sloan is forced to do the unthinkable
– he files for divorce. He moves Sloan Enterprises to Switzerland far
away from the woman he loves to save her.
Three years pass. When Sloan invites Robert to Switzerland to celebrate
his fortieth birthday, he learns shocking news – Robert is living with Abbey. Refusing
to lose Abbey, Sloan relocates the company to Minneapolis, Minnesota
where Abbey is living and makes her the Chief Operating Officer. He fights against
his desire for her as he contends with her two new beaus, his own new girlfriend,
her hostile family and Amelia, his four-year-old daughter.
When his enemy makes another attempt on Abbey’s life, will Sloan
be able to save her – or is this a war he just can’t win?
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All I Want For Christmas
is a Soul Mate 
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Today’s featured book is All I Want For Christmas is a Soul Mate by Patricia W Fischer,
et al.
This year’s delightful collection of Christmas short stories
features a multitude of romantic genres all with one common theme: during the holiday
season, nothing’s better than spending it with the one you love.
Twenty talented Soul Mate authors have put together an anthology
that’s sure to please any reader who enjoys their romance with a splash of Christmas
cheer:
A time-traveling Highlander brings comfort and joy to a young
woman grieving her lost family.
Best friends, both widowed, suddenly see each other through new
eyes during a snowed-in Christmas Eve;
A royal prince and a commoner fall in love despite their differences
and a handful of untruths, thanks to a wreath that grants wishes.
An alien race understands the simple reward of giving, when their
human captive does not.
Young lovers planning a Christmas wedding find their promise
to each other is put to the ultimate test.
A ghostly groom refuses to stay away from the woman he loves.
For two modern believers, a magical, mystical visit to Bethlehem on the night of
the Christ Child’s birth is both a joy and a responsibility.
And many more heartwarming, romantic stories celebrating ‘The
Season To Be Jolly.’
Please join us as we tell a few tales, raise a glass of holiday
cheer, and deck the halls with romance as well as boughs of holly!

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Where the Lovelight Gleams 
Keira Andrews, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Where the Lovelight Gleams.
Genre: M/M contemporary holiday
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: April Martinez
Length: 22,000 words
Heat rating: Explicit
Tagline: Can these Hollywood
actors take their romance offscreen?
Blurb: This Christmas, actor Ryan Drake is pining. He may get
to kiss gorgeous Cary Holloway on the set of their hit TV show, Space
Academy,
but he knows it’ll never happen in real life. Charming Cary–the son of Hollywood royalty–is straight, as evidenced by his starlet
girlfriend. But Christmas is a time for unexpected gifts, and Cary accepts Ryan’s invitation to leave the palm
trees behind and spend the holiday with his family at their cabin in the Great White
North.
Amid the snow and mistletoe, Ryan struggles to keep his longing
under wraps. Little does he know, Cary
wrestles with his own unspoken desires and his very identity. Surrounded by family
and holiday joy, their warm friendship deepens. Will these two co-stars have the
courage to brave Hollywood pressures and take their
romance offscreen–or will it be only in their dreams?

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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ryan and Cary are both twenty-five-year-old actors. They are
co-stars on a CW-esque sci-fi show called Space Academy.

Interview

What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always loved the holidays and I thought it was high time
I wrote a Christmas romance. I have fond memories of Christmases at my family’s
cottage on Georgian Bay in rural Ontario,
and it was the perfect setting to convey the cozy warmth of the holiday. I’ve long
wanted to write about actors, and it was the perfect opportunity to juxtapose Hollywood with this peaceful
setting far away from the glitz. I love the snow and mistletoe, family and friends–and
of course food!
When you write, what things do you want close at hand? (Coffee,
water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks for inspiration…?)
Water or Diet Coke if I need some caffeine. Also my white noise
machine if my neighbour is belting out Britney, as she is wont to do from time to
time. (I give her an A+ for effort, but it’s not so fun to listen to!)
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
You’d find me catching up on my favourite TV shows and movies,
at yoga class, or curled up with a good book.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I’m a mix of plotter and pantser. I always know where the story
will end up, and I have a general idea of how to get there. But I need the characters
to come to life and fill in the details and twists and turns.
What’s your writing schedule like?
I aim for 3,000 words per day, five days a week. I get up by
eight a.m. and work for a few hours before going to the gym for a class at noon.
Then shower, lunch, and back to work until around seven p.m. Although sometimes
I’ll keep going if I’m on a roll! I usually work through the weekend so I can take
some time off mid-week to run errands or perhaps sneak in a cheap Tuesday matinee.
What other jobs have you held besides writing?
I was a waitress from the end of high school through university
and post-degree studies and travel. Until recently I worked as a marketing copywriter
before becoming a full-time novelist.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
Semper Fi, my upcoming
WWII-era drama/romance. It’s the most ambitious book I’ve written, and I did a lot
of research on Marines in the Pacific and post-war life in America. It’s not
an easy era in which to set a realistic gay romance. Some people shy away from the
war, which I understand. But I loved writing it and I hope readers will respond
to it.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
For fun I’m rereading
K.A. Mitchell’s An Improper Holiday (how
I love an M/M historical at the holidays!). I’m also reading The Naked Truth About Self Publishing, which
obviously isn’t research for a particular book, but general career research.
Do you believe in luck?
Definitely. Some of the best things in life are due to sheer
dumb luck! For example, I feel very fortunate to know some of my closest friends
because we happened to like the same TV shows and started talking about them online
in the same forum.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
When driving I listen to pop music or Broadway show tunes. I
generally never listen to music while writing since I find it distracting.
What’s your favorite movie?
It’s hard to choose, but I have to go with Strictly Ballroom. It makes me grin like
a fool every time. A life lived in fear is a life half lived!
Are you the eldest, middle, baby, or only child?
I’m the baby and I have an older sister named Wendy. As a child
I couldn’t say her name and called her “Girl” for years, much to her chagrin!

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with ham, bacon and pineapple.
I’m always ready for an HGTV marathon.
When I’m alone, I talk to myself an awful lot.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a geek. (Actually, I don’t
hide that well at all!)
If I had a halo it would be sparkly,
of course.
If I could do a headstand in yoga I’d probably pass out in shock
that I actually kept my balance. And you should never pass out while doing headstands!
I can never go bungee jumping because I’m too paranoid something
will go wrong.

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A Christmas Fling 
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book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany.
What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?
Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create
the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck
on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial
district, with no time for love, will her innocent Christmas fling get her unstuck,
or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?
Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after
getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the
company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against
Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the
vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party. Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or
will she turn his life upside down?
Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to
transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

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