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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Short Circuit Time
by Diane Saxon 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story.

About the Author

Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall,
dark, handsome husband, two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, one-eyed kitten, ginger
cat, four chickens and a new black Labrador puppy called Beau, whose name has been
borrowed for her hero in For Heaven’s Cakes.
After working for years in a demanding job, on-call and travelling
great distances, Diane gave it all up when her husband said “follow that dream”.
Having been hidden all too long, her characters have burst forth
demanding plot lines of their own and she’s found the more she lets them, the more
they’re inclined to run wild.

Interview with Diane Saxon

Why did you write this
book?
Because I was goaded into it by two other wonderful authors.
Allyson Lindt and Eva Lefoy. You see, we all originally wrote different genres,
mine is normally contemporary with a cowboy, so we thought we would spread our wings
and venture into something we hadn’t tried before (except Eva, she was the sci-fi
guru)
Now, having been brought up watching Star Trek and Dr Who, reading
dystopian novels from a young age (starting with Z for Zachariah when I was about
twelve) I was keen to try my hand.
So this was it, a Challenge. This is how is worked:
Three authors
Three months
One blog post
each every three weeks
One challenge
– A 15,000 word short story
It never turned
out that short.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I’m fickle. Romance definitely. Sub-genres, contemporary, historical,
fantasy, thrillers.
Who is your favorite character
from fiction (not including your own)?
I have many, so I would probably answer this question differently
each time. Today, it’s Tim, by Colleen McCullough, one of the most beautifully written
characters. I read the book long before I saw the film and I loved both.
What are you working on
at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’ve just subbed a paranormal romance so I’m hoping to have news
on that in the coming weeks.
However, I have returned to contemporary writing at the moment
for the second book in my Disarmed and Dangerous Series. I’m pulling it all together
right now with the hopes of subbing it by the end January.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
In the year 2086, Zaphira is alone,
the last survivor of biological warfare on Earth. Before he died, her scientist
father promised other survivors would come. Nobody has. So when a horribly mangled
android shows up claiming to be her father’s assistant, Aiden, who has been sent
through time to rescue her, she’s both frightened and astounded.
The last time she’d seen Aiden, she’d
been sixteen, head-over-heels in love with him and had literally thrown herself
at him, leaving her devastated by his rejection and him running for the hills. The
following day, she’d been told of his death.
Eight years later he’s miraculously
back, this time asking for her help. Without it, he won’t survive. But can she really
put a dead man back together with tweezers?
For Aiden, everything has changed.
There are no other humans, no government, and time travel has left his new android
body unexpectedly weak and suffering from inexplicable genetic changes in eye and
hair color, brought about by his molecular shake-up. Unbelievably, the scientist
who sent him is dead, and he must rely on the scientist’s daughter to help him.
A woman who he’s not so sure has his best interests at heart.
The last time he’d seen her, Zaphira
had been a sixteen year old with a dangerous crush on him and he’d been rocked by
the turmoil of his own feelings. Now she’s twenty four and literally holds his survival
in her hands. Too bad everything he does and says seems to annoy her.
Trusting her might be his undoing.
But he is left with no choice.
For Zaphira, getting used to the transformation
of old Aiden to android Aiden requires a large mental leap. But when android Aiden
starts to rebuild his human form to a new and improved standard, things start to
get tricky.

About the Book

Title Short Circuit Time
Genre Romantic Dystopian Time-Travel
Author Diane Saxon
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Publisher Hartwood Publishing

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Hardened Desire
by Layna Pimentel 

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contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Hardened Desire by Layna Pimentel.

What could Luc Mercier, a gargoyle who’s more than a century
old, possibly have in common with modern introvert, Gillian Harris? Loneliness and
isolation.
When meddlesome friends bring the two together, neither is prepared
for the flurry of emotions nor revelations that overwhelm them. That is, until Gillian
stumbles across the truth and struggles with how she let her guard down.
Learning to love again has never been harder.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love
of reading at an early age. When she isn’t devouring salacious romance novels or
writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology,
weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.
Layna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and is a
monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut.

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The Loner 
Hello to all at Romance Lives Forever.
There’s some material a writer just can’t resist—hidden secrets,
past crimes, reunion stories, and high school settings.
Most of us graduated from high school with a fist pump in the
air, glad to be on our way to bigger and better places. But chances are, that like
me, you’ve been back to high school countless times as a reader or a moviegoer.
You’ve spent time in Salinger’s Pencey Prep, Knowles’ The Devon School, Joanne Harris’s
St. Oswald’s, and Rowling’s Hogwarts with its ever-changing faculty of dark arts
teachers, and in a long list of film high schools when you’ve watched Fast Times
at Ridgemont High, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, Dead Poets Society, The Outsiders,
Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Clueless, 21 Jump Street, or Twilight.
Why the fictional fascination with high school—that time of “the
acutest miseries” of unrequited love and social awkwardness, insiders and outsiders,
and those of us looking on from the sidelines? Basically, I think we are drawn to
these stories because the high school setting lets us experience a familiar sort
of suffering without pessimism. Or maybe we’d like a do-over, a chance to correct
the old mistakes from our more enlightened grown up perspective. High school’s emotional
intensity comes with a vivid sound track of popular tunes, and a visual track of
the fashions and flavor of a specific time. But whether it’s a 60’s or 70’s, or
an 80’s or 90’s experience, it’s a time of suffering and joy intermingled from which
most of us emerge triumphant. There’s a happy ending!
That emotional landscape struck me as the perfect setting from
which to launch my separated lovers on a path to reunion. Where high school is concerned,
most of us have what Austen calls, “retentive feelings,” feelings that
are easily revived by an old yearbook picture or a few bars of a song. So it is
for Will Sloan new billionaire and Annie James his lost love. When Annie and Will
put on their nametags at a Canyon School reunion event, the feelings come rushing
back for a second chance at first love. I hope you’ll root for them to get it right
the second time around.

About the Book

The Loner is the first book in Kate Moore’s (multiple RITA nominee)
newest series, The Canyon Club. Gatsby meets Persuasion in a story of sex and money
in L.A. as a self-sufficient loner, new billionaire Will Sloan, dares to cross the
divide of privilege to claim his lost love.
Pride
Loner Will Sloan, son of a waitress and a dead rodeo cowboy,
former scholarship student, new billionaire, is back in L.A., land of palm-lined
drives and fiery sunsets. His friends urge him to jump into the hot city dating
scene, but a chance encounter at a school reunion revives a powerful past love.
He’s never forgotten Annie James…and this time around, he swears he’ll do the walking
out.
And Persuasion
Widowed young, Annie James believes she’s recovered from the
early heartbreaks that left her single and jobless at 24. Ten years later, she’s
got a job, a house, and a personal passion helping at-risk kids. Then she steps
up to do a favor for a friend and help a poor boy win a scholarship to the Canyon
School. Doing so unlocks the door to the past, and to the one man who could break
her heart again. This time, though, love will conquer all.

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About the Author

Kate has lived most of her life along the California coast. That
experience has made her a jeans-wearing, toes in wet-sand, married to a surfer,
fog-loving weather wimp, with a hint of East Coast polish from spending her college
years in Boston. Family history connects her to Irish and English immigrants, Cornish
miners, gold prospectors, and adventurers who sailed around Cape Horn bound for
San Francisco.
When she’s not reading, writing or brainstorming, Kate walks
in the redwoods, feed birds, collect books, apples and leaves; she watches tele-novellas
on Spanish-language TV and immerses herself in all things English. Her favorite
food groups are butter, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and red wine. Kate’s early
literary influences were The Little Engine That Could, The Little Red Hen, and Winnie
the Pooh. Austen, Heyer, Chaucer, and Homer came later and inspired her to put that
first plot on paper.
Kate’s heroes are honorable, virile outsiders with some grand
ambition; her heroines are practical princesses, who drive those edgy loners into
love with good sense and good sex.
Her family and friends offer endless support and humor. Kate
says her children are her best works, and her husband is her favorite hero.

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Drinking Partners 
The character sketch allows a hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself. Today’s interview is with vampire Alexandra
Gage.
Title: Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners
Genre: Urban Vampire Romance
Author: Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a
tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide
donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands
full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power
block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory
south of his.
Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention
of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had
enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but
will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing
what vampire bodies can do.

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About the Character

Name: Alexandra (Alex) Gage
Age: late 20’s
Gender: female
Birthplace: the vampire-free states, US
Profession: Master of the Southern Territory
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): vampire
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Alex is average height
for a modern woman and athletically built. Her tan has faded and the highlights
in her dirty-blonde hair have darkened because she hasn’t been able to go out in
the sun since being turned into a vampire. While her blue eyes have stayed the same,
her strength, reflexes, and senses have all increased exponentially since she was
turned.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life? Lucas
Thane. He’s her lover, her drinking partner (they exchange blood), and her political
partner, though she has to watch him closely to keep him from stealing her territory
out from under her.
How does your heroine
dress?
Soon after being turned into a vampire and taking over as master
of the Southern Territory, Alex starts wearing hoodies and jeans. For one thing,
she doesn’t have a lot of time to shop, what with other bloodsuckers trying to kill
her and take over power. For another, older vampires can be misogynistic bastards,
and she likes that many mistake her for a man. Rumor gets around that she’s a cowled
monk—some ancient vampire gone crazy—and she runs with the image. Lucas later upgrades
her to a full-length brown leather coat with a hood. Of course, her favorite accessories
are a semi-automatic pistol and a sword.
What special skills does your character rely on? Alex relies
on her superior speed to defend her position as a master vampire and to kill male
vampires who are bigger and stronger.
What does she have a knack
for doing?
She has a definite knack for drama. There’s nothing like showing
off a severed head to your subjects to get them to fall in line.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with
shades of gray? If Alex didn’t see the world in shades of gray before, she certainly
does after being turned into the thing she hates most: a vampire. She has a strong
conscience, yet she’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those
closest to her.
If someone from your character’s
past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most
NOT want it to be, and why?
She would NOT want to see her family members. They assume she’s
dead, and she wants it to stay that way. She knows they couldn’t accept that she
now has fangs.
What would help your character
face hardship and meet any challenge?
Alex is tough and can handle a lot on her own, but meeting and
falling for Lucas gives her the extra strength she needs to tackle anything. She
trusts Lucas with her life and wants him as her partner in every way. But can she
trust the cunning vampire not to steal her territory?
How does your character
express disappointment?
Alex has one main rule for her vampire subjects: no harming the
humans or drinking from anyone who doesn’t volunteer. She tends to shoot anyone
who breaks this rule and disappoints her.
You live in a violent
world. How did you find love under the circumstances?
It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep
looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual
attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was
a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.
What’s it like making
love to another vampire?
(Alex grins). There’s a lot of sucking involved.
What is your philosophy
in life?
I’m not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the
present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and
enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four
of these questions.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write
a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn’t need a man but is certainly strong
enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.
Was there anything your
writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about
guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber
meant. It was embarrassing.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
She’s creative. I respect that. Maybe I’d do something more artistic
with my creativity if I weren’t busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply
my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
The sequel to Drinking Partners. Allie has already drafted it,
and I’m glad. My story and the stories of the vampires with me are far from done.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it,
but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas
is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.

Author Bio

Allie Ritch is a multi­published author of sizzling sci­fi and
paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others
through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United
States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.

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Interview with Jacob Cameron

Tell us about yourself,
please.
Hello. I’m Jacob Cameron. Jake. I’ve heard from my older brother,
Duncan, he was interviewed here too, so I should have prepared better. Ach, but
’tis difficult to talk ’bout myself.
Um, let’s see. I was raised in Durness, Scotland, the Highlands
for those who don’t ken. I was raised in the 17th century, but was rescued by a
mischievous man who thinks he’s the Norse god, Odin, who shot me through many other
eras since I met him. Then I wound up in Montana in 1887, in a brutally cold winter.
However, I met my Meredith who’s kept me warm since.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Well, I’m fast. I hope that doesna sound as if I’m a braggart,
but I am fast. When the man calling himself Odin first landed me in the West, I
learned how to draw a pistol and how to shoot the new fangled rifles, which have
a hell of a lot better aim since the muskets of 1653. Anyway, I rely on my speed
often.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living
worthwhile.
Oh, that’s my Meredith. Actually, I’ve come to learn she’s a
doctorate. Mighty smart wee thing, she is, my Meredith. Well, what can I say about
my sweetheart? She’s bonny, ye ken? And she’s just a wee thing, so when I saw her
the first time, I thought she was part fae. I ken, I was bein’ fanciful, but she
does so look like a fae with her little nose and huge violet eyes. Aye, that’s right.
She has violet eyes that stole my heart from the very moment I caught sight of her.
And, Lord, I havena even told ye about how brilliant she is, have I? She is. And
she’s generous. And brave. And, och, the list could go on and on.
What would that person
say about you?
Hmm, that’s a good question. What would Meredith say ’bout me?
Well, she tells me I gave her a home and a future to look forward to, and that makes
me right proud I’ve provided that for her. Makes me want keep providin’ that for
her too.
What is your family like?
(Jake laughs) My family, ‘cept my mother o’ course, was all lads.
My poor ma, right? So I had four brothers, but one of my brothers passed away in
a war now more than three hundred years ago. Still, I miss him, Douglas. My other
brothers and I are close, we’re the best of mates as well as being brothers, ye
ken? We’re all very different, but when we’re together, we all fit. And now my brothers
and I have been singled out by time-traveling deities. ‘Tis difficult to stay a
step ahead of the muses and gods flinging us through time, so we’ve discovered ’tis
best to just relax and enjoy the adventure while it lasts.
Why are you happy (or
not happy) with the way your story ended?
Are ye jestin’? I’m very happy. I ended up with the prettiest,
wee lass I’ve ever seen. I have no idea how I got this lucky. But I am the luckiest
man alive, I’d venture to say.

About the Writer

As a military historian by day, sometimes Red
does feel a bit clandestine when she writes romance at night. No one knows that
while she researches heroes of the past and present, she uses everything for her
characters in her books. Her secret’s been safe . . . until now.
She lives in Montana with her family and far
too many animals but never enough books.
She loves her readers,
so please feel free to contact her at http://www.redljameson.com
Why did you choose this
character for the interview today?
As I began to write Jake, I just fell in love with the guy. He
tries so hard to do the right thing, in a world where right and wrong are blurred.
And he’s a guy very similar to a couple fellas in my life, the kind of guy—very
rare—who wears his heart on his sleeve. I really felt for him, because he’s had
a few broken hearts, so I had to give him a happily ever after of his own.
When writing the book,
what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Oh, Jake surprised me in every scene. He was so much more virtuous
than I had planned. Although, he’s in the Western era, in Montana in 1887, he’s
really a knight in shining armor. Okay, he’s a knight in shining armor who happens
to have a fast draw and looks good in a black Stetson.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Oh, yes! Jake has his brothers and there are other Highlanders
who need a good dose of time traveling and sassy, spunky heroines. So several more
books are planned!
What genre(s) would you
like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Well, with time-travel romance I fulfill my love of both historical
and paranormal elements into one book. However, I would like to write historical
romance books and paranormal romance novels as well. I have too many story ideas.
So many ideas, too little time. However, I am thinking of no longer cleaning my
house to make more time. So please don’t visit me unexpectedly. Hee-hee!
What would your readers
be surprised to learn about you?
Even though I have in my biography that I am a military historian,
I think most people find it surprising. I am a woman, and military history is a
very masculine career. And I can attest to that. I very rarely worked around other
women. I think that’s one reason why writing romance was so critical for me. I really
needed more women in my life, and romance writers are mainly women. Yay!

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Title Cowboy of Mine
Genre Time-Travel Romance
Author Red L. Jameson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13 verging into R
Book Three of the Glimpse Time Travel Series
The matchmaking, time-traveling muses have a huge problem. An
angry Norse god has just captured one of their mortals, refusing to tell them where
he took Jacob Cameron, let alone when.
As a seventeenth-century Highlander, being shuttled through time
by a man calling himself Odin, might have been enough to crack Jake Cameron’s sanity.
He’s kept his mind only through grit, gumption, and the single goal to somehow return
to 1653 and his brothers. Landing in the freezing wilds of Montana in 1887, becoming
the sheriff for a small mining community, Jake now needs to make a plan to travel
back in time. However, when a wee fae-like woman walks into his life all his best-laid
intentions becomes hazy.
As a thief and liar, Meredith Peabody knows she has no chance
with the new sheriff in town. Although, he melts her frozen heart with his protection
and smoldering looks. Even if she did have a chance with him, how could she ever
relate she’s not from this time? She might never get the chance because as soon
as she realizes her winter’s wish—for Jake to stay close—the criminal he’s hunting
turns the tables on him. But there’s no way in h-e-double hockey sticks Meredith
will let that happen.
The muses have their work cut out for this glimpse—chasing after
a god, trying to find clues where and when their humans could be, and fitting in
time for dress shopping has been murder. Gods, hopefully not literally!

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A Different Kind of Cosplay 
Zachary has a dilemma. His girlfriend, Reese, has a special birthday
coming up soon and he has absolutely no clue what to get for her. It doesn’t help
that Zach does not share or really understand Reese’s biggest hobby—comic books,
superheroes and everything that goes with them. Zach raids Reese’s DVD collection
for inspiration, and what he finds there gives him an idea…possibly the best one
he’s ever had.
Sure, Reese has fantasized about her favorite superheroes. All
those muscles and rakish smiles are to die for. She didn’t think Zach would ever
really understand, though. But he proves her wrong in the best way possible.

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About the Author

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic
romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to
her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best
Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another
string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies,
and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk Subscribe
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