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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Lily 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick,
easy, and fun. Today’s guest is Xavier Axelson.
What were you like when
you were in school?
Courtney Shane from Jawbreaker
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Stay inside, I hate being cold.
What is your favorite
quote?
Pressure makes diamonds.
What was your favorite
book as a child?
Watership Down
If you’re on Twitter,
what’s your favorite hashtag to watch?
#writerwednesday

About the Book

Title Lily
Genre Paranoral/Horror Romance
Author Xavier Axelson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better
yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different?
This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter,
Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn’t
until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily’s that he feels hope.
And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to
see Lily again.
One day…
But which day and for how long?
And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires
that Pryor hasn’t felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.
Now the question isn’t about how much time Pryor will have with
Lily, it’s about how far he’ll go to keep her with him.

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Seventh Window Publications

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My Name Is A’yen 

About the Book

Title My Name Is A’yen
Genre: science fiction
romance
Author Rachel Leigh
Smith
Book heat level: PG-13
They’ve taken everything from him.
Except his name.
The
Loks Mé have been slaves for so long, freedom is a distant myth A’yen Mesu no longer
believes. A year in holding, because of his master’s murder, has sucked the life
from him. Archaeologist Farran Hart buys him to protect her on an expedition to
the Rim, the last unexplored quadrant.
Farran
believes the Loks Mé once lived on the Rim and is determined to prove it. And win
A’yen’s trust. But she’s a breeder’s daughter and can’t be trusted.
Hidden
rooms, information caches, and messages from a long-dead king change A’yen’s mind
about her importance. When she’s threatened he offers himself in exchange, and lands
on the Breeders Association’s radar. The truth must be told. Even if it costs him
his heart.

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Interview with A’yen

Tell us about yourself, please.
Well, I’m thirty-one,
an only child, have no clue who my dad is, and I’m a slave. That’s what the law
says anyway. Thing is, though, I refuse to be one. I’m a person, same as you. Doesn’t
matter I’m a different species. I still have a brain, intelligence, and dreams.
Just like humans. I damn well never gave my permission to humanity to make me a
slave.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors
call this the conflict of the story.
To be free and make
my own choices. I can’t have it because I’m a slave, and the only way for my species
to not be a slave is to be dead. It’d break my mom’s heart if I died, though when
my story opens I’m tired of life and don’t want any part of it.
Then there’s the whole
bit with Fae pushing at me and me not being ready to let go of my dead lover. She’s
so different from him, and doesn’t always see me as a person. When she started uncovering
things that prove this planet once belonged to my people, someone in the expedition
started threatening her. Me being the idiot I am I did the only thing I knew how
to do: sacrifice my choices to save her.
What’s your internal limitation? Meaning, what
is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during
this story?
I’m invisible to most
people. Then there are a handful who I wish didn’t see me. See, I’m viewed as less-than.
Something for others to play with, with no regard for my feelings and needs. So
I’m a bit of a recluse, to keep people from seeing me and wanting things from me
I have no intention of giving them. I know I need to stand up for myself, but that
doesn’t mean it’s easy.
I’m also not used to
standing on my own. For the last twenty years I hid behind the man who owned me.
He was also my lover. He wouldn’t let anyone mistreat or abuse me, and he loved
me with all his heart and soul. I was a person to him, the person who held his heart.
Then he died protecting me. I don’t like being alone, but I also don’t want people
around me. I think you humans call that being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I don’t trust easily,
because humans see me as a thing to possess. The men of my species are both feared
and lusted after. By everyone. I chose of my own free will to sleep with a human
male, but most of us don’t have any choice at all about whether we warm a human’s
bed.
What’s your external complication? In the story
world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Ooh, lady. You go deep
here. What I fear most? Being alone. See, I know what it is to be loved to the point
of sacrifice. And I won’t settle for anything less. But to do that I have to let
people get close to me. Which I’m not good at, as evidenced by the many ways I push
Fae away from me and try to lock her out of my heart.
The one time I let someone
all the way into my heart, I lost him. With him I was never alone, even when it
was just the two of us.
I also fear being used.
It steals your heart and soul one piece at a time. The expedition members see me
as dangerous. They don’t care I have skills they need. They try to put me into their
box of what my species is supposed to be: free labor. Except I have a skill and
a trade they need.
You can probably guess
at this point what I do in the story. I isolate myself and let myself be used. To
keep my loved ones safe. Because they’re worth it. Love means nothing without sacrifice.
Tell us about your significant other, that person
who makes living worthwhile.
Ah, Fae. She’s everything
light and beautiful in my world. She’s an archaeologist and one of the few who think
I should be a free man. It’s a beautiful thing. When she looks at me I feel real,
more than property. Like I matter. I’m not invisible to her, nor is she afraid of
me.
What would that person say about you?
That I’m stubborn, don’t
know when to keep my mouth shut, and that I complete her.
Are you happy with the way your story ended?
Why or why not?
I totally am! I got
the girl, found the planet my people once called home, met my dad, learned to stand
up for myself. And the story’s not over. Finding our home is the first chapter.
Getting it back is the real struggle.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters)
to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can do.
I write romance for
the hero lover.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I didn’t! He chose me
then wouldn’t leave me alone. I dreamed him one night and the very next day dove
into his story. I haven’t left it since.
Was there anything you discovered about this
character that was a surprise to you?
Yes. He’s bi. I suspected
it when I was working on the opening chapters, but it still surprised me when he
confirmed it and showed me how much he loved Wayan Mesu.
Why do you write?
I can’t not write. Stringing
words together is as important to me as oxygen. I went through a dry spell a few
years ago, because of circumstances in my life, and it was awful. The not being
able to write made everything so much worse.
What do you want to write next?
I’m finishing up the
first draft of A’yen’s Legacy #4, Heart of Winter. After that I have edits on book
three. After that’s done I’m diving into A’yen’s Legacy #6, Essence of Loyalty.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Not just planned. Written.
Book two, The King’s Mistress, releases January 20, 2015. Book three, To Save A
Life, will be out in the spring. Four and five are written, and I’m brewing on six,
seven, and eight.

Author Bio

Rachel Leigh Smith writes romance for the hero lover. She lives
in central Louisiana with her family and a half-crazed calico. When not writing,
which isn’t often, she’s hanging with her family, doing counted cross-stitch, or
yakking about life, the universe, and everything with her besties. There may also
be Netflix binging . . .
She’s an active member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade
and Romance Writers of America. You can sign up for her newsletter at her website.

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Heartbreak’s Reward 
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 Heartbreak’s Reward.

About the Book

Title Heartbreak’s Reward (Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at
First Sight #2)
Genre Contemporary western romance
Author Name Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Blurb

Rancher Jase Carlson doesn’t understand the ache in the hollow
of his chest, since his ex-wife ripped his heart out. She doesn’t follow the court
rules where his children are concerned, making him even more pissed off. Harboring
a bad attitude, he wishes he wasn’t a gentleman when he comes to the aid of a quick-tempered,
sexy blonde. He can’t allow her tight jeans and sweet smile to sway him, even after
he’s coerced into spending time alone with her. Fighting the torturous battle going
on within his own mind and body, he can either deal with it—or succumb to the woman
who appears to be everything he didn’t know he needed.
In an attempt to save her rebellious teen sister from herself—as
her guardian, Brenna Page leaves everything behind and moves to Canyon Junction,
Arizona. When she unexpectedly meets a hot-headed cowboy with intense blue eyes
and muscles to die for, the first thing she wants to do is get away. Since she can’t
seem to shake him, Brenna wonders if that same grudge-filled cowboy with an attitude
is someone worth taking on. But still dealing with painful memories, and a sister
who wants nothing to do with Arizona, the last thing she needs right now is a horse
ranching cowboy interfering.
One wrong turn. Two broken families. Brought together by chance,
and need.

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Amazon
Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Mary-J.-McCoy-Dressel/e/B002BM6ZW2/

Naked Truth 
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 Naked Truth, Book 3 of the Saving Liam series.
Genre Gay Romance
Author DP Denman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Buried lies never die.
Liam has a new career, a new condo, a newfound sense of control
and none of it is quite right. Shadows drift behind the bright sparkle of his life;
things he’s determined to ignore until a shocking revelation makes it impossible.
With the help of Justin and a new friend, Liam must face the life he’s buried.

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DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors.
Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes
readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest
and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear
to her heart.
In her spare time, she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting
for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties
from every book go to support LGBT charities.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/DP-Denman/e/B00GDFXYRM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 31 posts in a 31 day month.
We also had three unique events. For three days, the Cancer Awareness posts
shared uplifting stories of survival and hope. Near the beginning of the month,
the 1000th post for the blog went up, and we all celebrated. Then, on the last
day of the month, we focused on the writer’s organization Marketing for Romance
Writers, which offers support and free promotion for authors.
The Top Blogger was the Marketing for Romance Writers.
Marketing for Romance Writers http://marketingforromancewriters.org/

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
  1. Marketing
    for Romance Writers
  2. Cancer
    Awareness Participants (listed below)
  3. Melinda
    Curtis
  4. Jana
    Richards
  5. Barbara
    White Daille

Cancer Awareness Participants:

Day 1: Vicki Batman, Ally Shields
Day 2: Lloyd Meeker, Mackenzie Crowne, Marjorie Belson
Day 3: Christine MacKenzie, Terry Irene Blain
Honorable mention: JoAnne Myers and Allison Merritt
The RLF Gems post each month usually ranks in the top ten, but is not
counted, in order to focus on guests.
Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a blogger’s
FAQ page with a downloadable guide and optional interviews. Readers can follow via
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authors can share previous books. The blog uses author or publisher names as tags
on posts, and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr
with a potential reach of over a million readers via its Twitter-linked network.
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
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Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
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Anita Philmar, Belinda Williams, Christina Westcott, Debra Glass, Dena
Garson, Donna Cummings, Tarah Scott, JC McKenzie, Jennifer
Britt, Juli D Revezzo, Kayelle Allen, Lisa Carlisle, Lynda Bailey, Lynn Rae, Mary
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