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Monthly Archives: April 2017

An editor is a crucial piece of the publishing puzzle and your relationship can make or break a project. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

There is something to be said about the rush you get when you finally type the words “THE END” into a manuscript. You have put your heart and soul into the page and for me, it was like I finally reached the top of a mountain. Little did I know it was just the first plateau.

I had been fortunate by this time to have worked with some of the best self-publishing authors in the business and knew that editing was going to be a beast. I was a first time author for goodness sake. I thought it would be perfect to team up with a good friend who wanted to get into editing. This played out like a bad horror movie where everyone could see the monster behind the curtain but you.

I first want to go on record that the editor in question is an amazing editor. She really did help polish The Awakening into what it is today. Also, had I continued working with her it would probably be 1,000 times better. Yet, I know it would have lost the harried style that I was truly going for. We ultimately parted ways amicably and I shelved my book for four years because I lost all confidence in the project.

Finally, I couldn’t stand seeing all the Facebook Memories showing me a project that I truly loved. I went through and got the story edited and finally pushed publish on it. I figure that it was never going to win a Pulitzer, but it is a fun addition to vampire lore that is worth telling.

So what advice do I have for someone who is finishing up their novel?

Do your research! Talk to your editor about what they like to read and do a first chapter edit. It gives both of you the opportunity to see if you want to work together.

Remember that as a self-published author, you are the boss. Don’t let anyone discourage you from publishing if that is what you want to do.

The editor is ultimately out to create the best version of the story. If you have done your research and know that they are a good fit, then trust what they are saying.

The Awakening by JP Adkins

What would you do if you found out you were genetically a Vampire? Would you embrace it or run? I have found that power is a strange
thing – sometimes it pulls you into places you never knew you would go. I have done things that most have only dreamed of; ran through walls, jumped off buildings but it all seems like folly.
I am what happens when genetics mutate, when the species collide, when the beauty can’t resist the beast. I can’t infect with my kiss, but I can awaken with my seed — if they are a mutation such as I.

JP Adkins Social Media

JP Adkins sees it as his mission in life to help you realize your dreams and to uplift your mood. He is a celebrated graphic ,web , and clothing designer, has helped many authors publish their books, and has recently published his first novel, The Awakening.

JP Adkins gets pleasure in finding ways to make life more beautiful for himself and those around him. His dream is to travel the country writing inspirational stories and leading meditations wherever he goes. He believes too many times we allow ourselves to quit trying because we tell ourselves we don’t know how, we don’t have the money, and we aren’t good enough. He wants to inspire others to take the inspired action required to design their lives. In his quest to serve the world, he has taken the first steps in ordainment in the Order of the Jedi. You Are Loved!

In preparation for the move from Blogspot to WordPress, I’m sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I’ll showcase a different author.

2014 Star Blogger: Marilyn Baron

Marilyn has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog seven times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was on the list of Bloggers of the Year in 2014. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.
I’m proud to present Marilyn with the 2014 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2014 were Daisy Banks, Vicki Batman, E Ayers, and JD Faver.

About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and
Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance.
Amazon Author Page

Marilyn Baron’s Latest Book

Marilyn’s 20th work of fiction, The Vampire Next Door, a paranormal romance, is now available for pre-order. The worldwide release date for the novel is June 9, 2017. Aurora Dawn Hale, the ravishing daughter and granddaughter of psychics, wants to take a bite out of the boy next door, reformed vampire Lancelot “Lance” Lakeland, who repents his past and desperately desires to be good. Lance has given up immortality to be with the woman he craves. He must convince Aurora Dawn he is worthy of her trust. Will she love him for who he is and leave her fiancé at the altar? Or wake up from her spell in time to recognize the evil presence of the fiend who has terrorized her family for centuries?

Preorder The Vampire Next Door

Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2015. Come back and see who it is! Visit the new blog – still under construction: RLFblog. Since the hashtag is #RLFblog, that’s the url for the new site. It will keep the name Romance Lives Forever.

Kayelle Allen

Is It True: The Reluctant Wife @warfieldcaro #historicalromance #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today’s guest Caroline Warfield author of The Reluctant Wife, a Historical Romance set in 1835. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (or maybe PG13 with extra caution)

When Bengal Army Captain Fred Wheatly, a disgraced soldier with more honor than sense, is forced to resign, and his mistress dies leaving him with two half-caste daughters to raise, he reluctantly turns to Clare Armbruster for help. But the interfering, beautiful widow demands more of him than he’s ready to give. He’s failed so often in the past. Clare’s made mistakes as well. Can two hearts rise above past failures to forge a future together?

When all else fails, love succeeds…

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
this book is part of a series?
Yes. The Children of Empire series is about three cousins torn apart by lies and deceit and driven to the far reaches of the empire, who struggle to find their way home. Each has is own problems to overcome and each one finds happiness his own way.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
you did research for this book?
Oh yes. Quite a lot, especially about the East India Company, Bengal, and travel between England and Calcutta. I was astonished to discover the India Mail’s overland route through Suez across the desert to Cairo, then Alexandria and on to London. It was fun to put them there.
some characters in this book are not human?
Yes. (The hero’s horse-grin!)
this book has more than one genre?
you speak more than one language?
Yes, French, but not well. I can read Latin as well but I’ve forgotten all my Mandarin.
you grew up where you live now?
Hardly! I was an army brat. By the time I was six we had lived in the midwest, New England the Deep South and Europe. We recently moved here to be close to our grandson.
you love to read?
you are never late?
No. I am clock impaired.
you love pizza?
Yes Thin crust with lots of fresh tomatoes and other veggies.
you love sushi?
No. Never touch the stuff, but I’m proficient with chopsticks and love most other Asian cuisine.
you have a pet?
No. We travel too much to keep one.

Where can we find your book online?


Caroline Warfield Social Media

Traveler, poet, librarian, technology manager—award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things (even a nun), but above all she is a romantic. Having retired to the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, she reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows while she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
Caroline is a RONE award winner and has five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, Night Owl Reviews, and InD’Tale. She is also a member of the writers’ co-operative, the Bluestocking Belles. With partners she manages and regularly writes for both The Teatime Tattler and History Imagined.
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A Noble Sacrifice by @ciaragold #RLFblog #futuristic #scifiToday’s featured book is A Noble Sacrifice, a science fiction futuristic romance by Ciara Gold.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Fen Tared Charst has betrayed his brother, and his people. To right the wrongs he’s done, he suffers the horrors of the zeel pits only to find himself a captive of the Temi tribe. In Yalfar, he discovers that leading the Temi princess and her warriors from their dying world is the key to his redemption. But losing his heart to Princess Joyella will be the key to saving his soul.
Princess Joyella Denue has broken a sacred law and for that, she is exiled from Yalfar. To regain her honor, she agrees to lead a convoy topside to escape the collapsing city, but she can’t make the journey alone. She needs someone who has traversed the path to guide her. Tared is forced to help her, but he soon becomes more than just a guide, he becomes her heart.

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Ciara Gold Social Media

Ciara wrote her first “under the bed” book at twenty. Another fifteen years passed before she bravely attempted another, but she’s been happily writing ever since. A true Renaissance woman, when she’s not penning lively stories, she’s reading, sewing, painting, camping, sailing or dancing. At the moment, she’s currently helping hubby build a cabin so she can add construction worker to the list as well. A recent empty nester, she and her soul mate currently live on a modest plot of land surrounded by trees, a pond, an array of wildlife and seven barn kitties.

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There is one theme that is common in many gay romance
stories, and that is the prejudices against homosexual people and how they deal
with the barriers caused by prejudices.
As though who have read earlier books in my series will
already know, while same-sex relations were forbidden for the merpeople of
Atlantis it wasn’t due to any religious reason, but rather because the race is
close to extinction, and the mating rituals imposed by the rulers of the sunken
city of Atlantis were introduced to try to prevent them from dying out
That doesn’t mean that prejudices are going to be completely
absent from the series and in Shifting Currents the divisions between the
merpeople and the Atlanteans who once inhabited the city are thrown into the
In this post I am going to go into a bit of the historical
background as to how the issues between merfolk and the human Atlanteans came
In the history of my world Atlantis didn’t just vanish below
the ocean in some cataclysmic event or devastating storm. Instead, it was
deliberately hidden on the sea floor by the Atlantean gods in an attempt to
save the humans who worshiped them from the coming war of other ancient
peoples. The Atlanteans were gifted with the power to survive at the great
depths and continued to live in the city that had been their home for so many
The merpeople, who lived in the waters around Atlantis,
welcomed the Atlanteans and helped teach them to farm the fruits of the ocean
and thrive in the water, just as they did.
Unfortunately, when two such vastly different races are
thrown together in close quarters, there will always be issues. The two
communities, while living in the same waters, never fully integrated, and there
were plenty of Atlanteans who thought the merpeople shouldn’t live in Atlantis.
Atlantis for the Atlanteans became the common cry from those who saw the
merpeople not as friendly allies, but as half-animal creatures to be looked
down upon and driven out of the sacred city of Atlantis.
Two races, both seeing their claim on the land/waters as
equally valid, were going to come to blows sooner or later.
Delwyn, a merman with the power to see into the past, and
Fabian, an Atlantean living hundreds of years before Delwyn was born, are going
to have to overcome these prejudices if they intend to make a life together.

Shifting Currents by LM Brown

Can a merman and an Atlantean, separated by centuries and
prejudices, find love together?
Merman Delwyn is an Oracle of the past. He loves nothing
better than observing the comings and goings of those who lived centuries
before he was born. His favorite time period to visit is when both Atlantean
and mer inhabited the sunken city of Atlantis, and his guilty pleasure is
watching lovers come together in passion. Secure in the knowledge that no one
can see him when he’s viewing the past, nothing can prepare Delwyn for the
moment Fabian, an Atlantean living in the past, speaks to him.
Fabian is a man with divided loyalties. The demi-god son of
the Goddess of Sea Creatures has sworn to serve the Goddess of Prophecy as her
Oracle of the present. His unique status gives him the power to see anything in
the present, including the mysterious merman voyeur from the distant future.
Despite the centuries that separate them, Delwyn and Fabian
find they have a lot in common and quickly form a friendship that both hope one
day will become something more. But before they can be together in the present,
Delwyn and Fabian must unravel the mysteries of the past.
Only time will tell if the truth about the long-since
vanished Atlanteans will bring them together or tear them apart, as the battle
for the sunken city of Atlantis begins.
Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Gay, Paranormal

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Publisher: Pride Publishing
By the time this post goes live Shifting Currents will be available at Amazon
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LM Brown Social Media

LM is an English writer of gay romances. She believes that
there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless
it is three.
When L.M. Brown isn’t bribing her fur babies for control of
the laptop, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.
Website and Blog

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
Welcome Tarrant Cooper from Drakon’s Prey, a new paranormal
Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to
write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights
of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose
mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her
hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures,
she can’t turn away any longer.
When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s
secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted
four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of
the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization
knows about him and his brothers.
He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him
killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her
his heart would mean forever.

Introducing Tarrant Cooper

Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: A small village in the Middle East that has long
since gone to dust.
Profession: I basically control the airwaves.
Ethnicity/ Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): I’m a
drakon, the son of a dragon and a human woman.
Please provide a
physical description of yourself.
In my human form, I’m 6’8″ with short black hair and blue
eyes. I have a tattoo that covers the entire left side of my body from my neck
to my ankles. It’s a birthmark and is a swirling pattern that is silver and
outlined in the same blue as my eyes.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a drakon. That means I don’t like to talk about myself.
The less people who know about my kind, the better.
Who is the significant
other in your life?
My Valeriya. She’s one of a kind and she’s mine. *growls
Are you book-smart, self-taught,
I’m self-taught and widely-experienced. *laughs* I’ve been
around for a very, very long time. I’ve watched mankind go from mostly
illiterate to everyone having books and information at their fingertips. From
primate communication to now having a good chunk of the population walking
around with a cell phone stuck against their ear.
Do you get by, live comfortably,
live extravagantly?
I’m comfortable in my below-ground
lair. It has everything I need. My biggest expense is my computer equipment.
Money doesn’t mean much to me. I have more than enough for a hundred lifetimes.
And I can always make more.
Are you close to family?
I’m close to my brothers. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do
or no one I wouldn’t kill to protect them. And now I have my Valeriya. She’s
everything to me.
How well do you know your
*snorts* I don’t have neighbors. I live in an underground
bunker in the middle of nowhere. And that’s the way I like it.
What secrets do you know
about people around you that you do NOT share?
Nothing is a secret from me. Information is my passion, my
life’s blood. If it’s out there, I can find it. There is nowhere I can’t go
online. I mostly don’t care what people do as long as they leave me and mine
alone. If they don’t…
What are your biggest
hopes and dreams?
I want to destroy the Knights of the Dragon and live in peace
with Valeriya. The Knights have been hunting my kind for centuries and we’ve
mostly left them alone. This time, they’ve gone too far and I’m taking the hunt
to them.

NJ Walters’ Social Media

NJ is a New York Times
and USA Today bestselling author who
has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels
of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen,
and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention.
It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
Today’s featured book is The Rancher’s Baby Proposal by Barbara
White Daille.
Hello – and Happy Events
Hi. I’m thrilled to stop by the blog again, this time to
share news of two special events. The first? Happy birthday a day early to our
host, Kayelle!
The second event is the book “birthday” of the next
release in the Hitching Post Hotel series. Hope you enjoy the peek at the story.
Her Secret Cowboy
Ally Martinez has always been known as a fun and flirty kind
of gal. But deep down she’s never forgotten the cowboy who left town. When her
crush Reagan Chase comes home after a five-year absence, Ally knows this is her
big chance. The guy I’ve always wanted.
Only Reagan has something different in mind…
Still reeling from his last relationship, Reagan needs a
babysitter for his month-old son. With Ally’s help, he can get his family’s
ranch ready for sale and get out of Cowboy Creek. The problem? Ally is one
seriously cute distraction. But Reagan will do whatever it takes to keep his
heart safe. Even if it means losing the only place—and the only woman—he can
call home.

Barbara White Daille Social Media

Barbara lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest.
Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they
haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves
writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about
those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then
typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth
grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis, with an ongoing
series from Harlequin Western Romance (The Hitching Post Hotel), a brand-new
series from Entangled Bliss (Snowflake Valley), and many more books in progress!.
She would love to have you stop by her website and blog and
to look for her the next time you’re on Facebook and Twitter.

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
Welcome Veronica Scott author of Danger in the Stars, a new scifi
Why did you write
this book?
When I was writing Star Cruise: Stowaway for the ‘Pets In
Space’ anthology last year, I had the premise of an empathic alien priestess
stolen from her own world and sold to an interstellar crime syndicate, forced
to do their bidding. In that novella, the story was about the woman’s escape
with the help of my ship’s crew and two pets. When I finished writing that one,
I started thinking about a sister, also held as a prisoner, but not lucky
enough to escape. How would it be for her, to be in the midst of the criminal
operations, trying to stay true to her own values, but forced to commit crimes?
Who would help her? Conor, the hero, came into my head and said, “I will.”
He’s a comple man of many secrets, but no spoilers from me!
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love science fiction romance, but I read voraciously,
everything from Regency romances to romantic suspense with Navy SEALs.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
I love Nalini Singh’s Arrows in her Psy-Changeling series,
and of that group, Judd is still my favorite.
What are you working
on at the moment?
I’ve got two things going on – a paranormal novel set in
ancient Egypt and a new scifi romance. I don’t usually try to juggle telling
two stories at once but the Egyptian tale came to me one night completely
plotted and so I figured I’d better write it!
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In May I’ll be releasing a volume of three scifi romance
stories, which were previously only available in anthologies, and then of
course the two new books I talked about in the previous question will come out
in the summer.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre Science fiction romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped
from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to
the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors.
When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination,
she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance.
Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.
Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is
entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from
the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath
learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.
The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to
the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who
threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And
will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

Veronica Scott Social Media

Best Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever
After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad
loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there
needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she
started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a
National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud
recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job,
not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew
Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the
Edge of Forever.”

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
In preparation for the move from Blogspot to WordPress, I’m sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I’ll showcase a different author.

2013 Star Blogger: Vicki Batman

Vicki has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog 15 times since 2013 as an individual author and twice as part of an anthology. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and in 2013 was the number one blogger twice. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.

I’m proud to present Vicki with the 2013 RLF Gem Award.

Honorable mentions: Marilyn Baron (7 visits) and EM Lynley (5 visits)

Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2013 were Elle James, Delilah Devlin, John Steiner, Susan D Taylor, Boroughs Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, and JMS Books.

About Vicki Batman

Like some of her characters, award-winning author Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.

Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

Amazon Author Page:

Vicki Batman’s Latest Book

Temporarily Insane, a romantic comedy mystery: Bad job. Wrong love. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?

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Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2014. Come back and see who it is!

Kayelle Allen


Fraud. Lies. Deceit? Everybody needs a hobby.
From award-winning author, DP Denman comes the continuing
story of Brady and Blue! Brady is a self-made man with his life under control.
He has the money. He has the man. He has it all until an international scandal
pits brother against brother, and he realizes how quickly he could lose it.
Blue learns a different lesson about loyalty when a careless
moment divides his circle of friends, threatening to tear it apart. Putting
things back together forces both of them to test the bonds of friendship and
family. For one, things will never be the same.
Book 3 in the bestselling Blue Series

DP Denman Social Media

Award-winning author DP Denman writes addictive character-driven
romance from a soggy neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. Her stories are
real and intense, guaranteed to pull you in and hold you hostage to the last
In her spare time, she is an LGBTQIA rights activist and 25%
of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

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