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Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Romance Lives Forever blog moves from Blogspot to
Wordpress May 17, 2017. If you hate moving as much as I do, you’ll be happy to
know all the heavy lifting will be done by professionals. Your part will be to
grab a favorite drink, sit back, take it easy, and come read the posts in beautiful
new surroundings.
Once the move completes, all posts currently on the Blogspot
version of Romance Lives Forever will appear on the new site also. On the Blogspot
site, a note at the top will redirect readers to the new WordPress location. Links
on original posts will remain active, and all posts will remain on the Blogspot
old blog while also appearing on the WordPress blog.
We’ll still use the hashtag #RLFblog.
Want a sneak peek of the new blog?
The headline will say, “Discover authors and books with
Kayelle Allen. Visit Romance Lives Forever for a great read in multiple genres
every day.”
I’ll keep you posted about any changes coming in addition. I look forward to sharing with you in the New Year.
Kayelle Allen
Owner, Romance Lives Forever

Today’s blog is a special one. Well at least to me anyway. Partially because I’m breaking the rules and typing this very late at night – being super stealthy – in an attempt to surprise Romance Live’s Forever’s blog owner, Kayelle Allen. But, mostly because after about two years of being Kayelle’s blog administrator, I wanted to say thank you to her in a way that she’ll be forced to hear. Because Kayelle is a quiet lady who doesn’t bask in the limelight of all her fantastic efforts. You see, she does a LOT for the Romance community. In fact, she probably does more than most may even realize. Aside from being an awesomely talented author, an amazingly kind woman, and a Veteran of the United States Military, she is also the founder of the widely known Marketing for Romance Writers aka MFRW.

If you do not know Kayelle, please crawl out from under that rock you must have been lying under (kidding) and consider checking out her books, befriending her on her social networks or joining in the MFRW groups. I promise you’ll make some great connections and meet some awesome people!

I hope after reading this post Kayelle doesn’t throw too many things at me. But, the surprise – and hopefully smile – on her face, will make it all worth it!


About Kayelle

Kayelle Allen is a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Kayelle’s Social Media links

Romance Lives Forever Reader Group
Amazon Author Page

The Author’s Secret

How MFRW began…

Kayelle Allen here. Back in 2006, I was a busy author with four books. I was promoting,

learning more about promoting, and asking friends about promoting. All the ins and outs of book marketing were starting to gel and I felt like I was beginning to understand the overall concept. That said, I had a constant list of questions. Facebook was two years old. Twitter had been founded that year. Pinterest and Instagram were four years away. I had friends who had similar questions, and we would email each other and ask. Often, I’d get the same question several times in a row. I found myself going back to my “sent” file to copy an answer and resend it. Not that I wasn’t asking questions myself, but I think because I’d take the time to go find an answer if someone asked something I didn’t know – I started getting more and more questions.

It was Halloween, and I was busy with all sorts of details of writing, and I got the same question from two different people. I remember thinking that there had to be an easier way to handle this. I needed a way to let everyone know what I’d discovered at the same time, and if I had a question, get an answer from someone who knew. Yahoo Groups was established and well-used, so I decided to create one that all of my friends and I could use together. We could post a question there, and anyone who knew the answer could reply.
I set it up as Marketing for Romance Writers because that’s what all of us were at the time. Looking back, I’ve often wished I’d named it Marketing for Every Writer. Of course, then the initials would have been MEW vs MFRW and our symbol might have been a black cat!
Then, we had 12 members. Ten years later, there are 2420 there now, plus 6230 on Facebook, 3411  on Twitter, and 1400+ on Pinterest with 71 boards and over 1000 pins.

About MFRW

Marketing for Romance Writers is a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask your marketing-related questions, or request help, advice, or opinions. You can learn how to create a professional image and use it effectively, as well as ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing.
News about pitch sessions and calls for submission are posted on the Yahoo group. As a member, you can attend exclusive, member-only pitch events with publishers. Members can attend free, online workshops and seminars.
Marketing for Romance Writers promotes for its members on most social media. Get your book cover pinned on one of the MFRW Pinterest boards, and show off your cover models. Share your tweets with the MFRW street team and get them shared on Twitter. The hashtags #MFRWorg #MFRWauthor and #MFRWhop promote for you. You can get interviewed on BlogTalkRadio. Link your blog to a community hop via a unique software “ribbon” with exciting themes, and draw readers to your site.

Find and Join MFRW

Marketing for Romance Writers Yahoo Group
Marketing for Romance Writers Website
Marketing for Romance Writers News page
Marketing for Romance Writers Promo page

Free Promotion for MFRW Members

Follow us – we follow back.

MFRW Volunteer Staff

Button is sized for blogs

Kayelle Allen, Founder

Emerald, Facebook Coordinator and Editor
Mona Karel, Moderator, Blog Hop Coordinator
Paloma Beck, Blog Director
Rochelle Weber, Newsletter Publisher
Barbara Donlon Bradley, Newsletter Editor
Michelle Davis, Newsletter Editor
Libby McKinmer, Newsletter Editor
Mari Anne Christie, Newsletter Editor
Reet Singh, Goodreads Coordinator
Zeenat Mahal, Goodreads Coordinator
Tina Gayle, Twitter Promo Coordinator
Carmen Stefanescu, Blog Coordinator
If you have questions about marketing your books, or you want to share an opportunity such as being a guest on your blog, join us. It’s okay to ask for guest spots too. The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.” Services and membership are free. Are you part of the Marketing for Romance Writers success story? Please share in the comments.

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About Shannyn Schroeder

Shannyn is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot and Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new For Your Love series (For Your Love) released last summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

Interview with Shannyn Schroeder

Why did you write this book?
In Your Arms is the second in my For Your Love series. The series follows the O’Malley siblings as they fall in love. Sean was a lot of fun to write because he’s such an easygoing kind of guy. I was looking forward to writing about him from the first time I introduced him in another series (The O’Learys).
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romance. I know a lot of authors who don’t read in the genre they write, but not me. Give me all the good contemporary romances.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series is probably my favorite hero of all time.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
The third book in the For Your Love series – Through Your Eyes – will release on May 28, 2017.
Right now, I’m drafting the last of the O’Malley books (For Your Love series). This will be Kevin’s story and it’s a second chance romance with the one who got away. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it will be out sometime in early 2018.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Knight in Shining Leather
Sean O’Malley has never tried to hide who he is. He shows it in the motorcycle thrumming between the legs of his tight jeans, the shaggy hair that falls in his gorgeous eyes, the wicked gleam in his smile when he asks Emma out for a drink. Sean is a rebel, a bad boy, and a ton of fun: exactly the kind of guy she’s sworn off forever.
Emma isn’t just the prim kindergarten teacher she appears to be. And somehow Sean can tell. As soon as he pulls up to her overheated car he knows that a fast bike and a cold beer will fix her rotten day better than compliments or a bubble bath. Her straitlaced exterior and her wild heart light him up. But Emma wants to escape her past and settle down—and if her desk jockey dates don’t understand where she comes from, at least she doesn’t worry about them bringing her back.
One weekend of intense connection can’t change the paths Sean and Emma have chosen. But with a little space to be themselves together, maybe the rest of the world can wait.
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