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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Gray’s Promise (A King Security Novel Book 2)

Genre: Steamy Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A jealousy that destroys everything in its path…a love that refuses to die.
Zoey Morgan seems to have it all as a successful surgeon in Boston. However, perfection lies only on the surface. Plagued by nightmares and amnesia from a tragedy that ripped her family from her fourteen years ago, she finds the courage to reach out to the only man who can make her feel safe. She’s buried the memory of their love, but her heart—and her body—responds to the ex-marine in ways that are all too familiar.
Grayson “Gray” Walker’s heart shattered when Zoey chose another man over him. Since then, he’s built an impenetrable wall around his emotions. But from the moment she implodes back into his life, her vulnerability breaches his defenses. His skills as an elite member of the King Security team cannot shield him from the devastation of learning he might have left Zoey high and dry when she needed him most. Now, Gray must navigate the tripwire of helping her heal while protecting himself from being hurt again.
As the embers of their potent love reignite, an old threat awakens, leading to greater danger than ever before.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
For now, I’m focused on Steamy Romantic Suspense because I want to put all my energy and time into delivering stories about the characters that inhabit my King Security Series.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I’m lucky. The ideas for my stories come to me when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. Also, reading a book or watching a movie or TV can trigger an idea. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. So I always have a notepad and pen with me, and if not, I use my Note App on my iphone.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Staying true to my characters. I want them to be alive for my readers and for that to happen, I have to do tons of work on character development. The good thing is, I’m a psychology nut, so I get high on fleshing out the intricacies of what makes my characters tick. I dig deep into their motives and try to analyze their actions from their own worldview. I do my best not to bring my own perspective into contention because I don’t want it to distort how a character reacts to any given situation or person.
When did you write your first book?…
2015 to 2016. It was published in November 2016.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black…and purple.
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Oceans
City life or country life? Country Life (or preferably Beach Life!)
Party life or evening at home? Somewhere in between. LOL!
Dogs or cats? Definitely dogs.

Where to buy Gray’s Promise (A King Security Novel Book 2)

Publisher https://wildcatalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-erotic/5486-gray-s-promise.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KRRX15
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grays-promise-anni-fife/1127486541?ean=2940158745911
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grays-promise/id1315176273?ls=1&mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gray-s-promise
Bookstrand http://www.bookstrand.com/grays-promise

Anni Fife Social Media

Anni Fife is an exciting contemporary romance author who has already made her mark in the popular genre of Steamy Romantic Suspense. Her debut novel, Luke’s Redemption, has been acclaimed by critics and readers and was a Finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Anni says she credits Kristen Ashley as her guiding inspiration, and strives to make her characters equally as heart-wrenching and unforgettable. She is currently working on Eva’s Peace (King Security Book 3).
Anni closed the door on a successful career in television production to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of a month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village. When she’s not writing, she can be found on the beach searching for pansy shells, or drinking red wine and gabbing with her gal posse.
If you want to know when Anni’s next book is releasing and be first to get regular updates and bonus treats, visit her website and sign up to join her POSSE.
Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Website www.annifife.com
Blog http://annifife.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AnniFifeAuthor
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/annifife
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Megan Jane Colville shares Aussie Animals #Koala @meganjanewrites #RLFblog #Romance #Anthology Megan Jane Colville, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please share your insight about animals in Australia.

Native Animals That Won’t Kill You Down Under

Megan Jane Colville
Australia has a vast variety of native animals, and yes, it’s true we have many that can kill you, but encounters with them aren’t common. Don’t be put off by the venomous and scary variety; Australia has some of the most unique and gorgeous native wildlife that won’t kill you. Here are eight of my favourites:
Koala
Koalas are the quintessential Australian symbol. Contrary to many people’s belief koalas are not bears but marsupials. They eat eucalyptus leaves exclusively and like to spend their time living in these trees. With their big fluffy ears and their 18-22 hour a day sleeping habit, they are the ultimate in cuddly. Don’t let their fur fool you though; their claws are definitely not to be messed with and they should never be approached in the wild. That being said, koalas aren’t the easiest to spot in the wild and are often only noticeable as grey bumps against the pale bark of their gum tree homes.
Kangaroos and wallabies
Kangaroos and wallabies give koalas a run for their money as the most recognisable native Australian animal. Also marsupials, they fall into the macropod family. Kangaroos are identifiable by their large size, long tails and red or grey colour, whereas, wallabies are smaller in size and tend to have darker fur.
While kangaroos can be seen lazing in any available shade in the open plains of outback Australia, it’s the wallaby that is more commonly seen closer to towns and often in the backyards of everyday Aussies.
Galah
The galah – our romantics – is a distinctive type of Australian cockatoo (or parrot) identifiable by their rose-pink coloured chest, lighter head, grey wings and markings. Female galahs can be distinguished from their male counterparts by their lighter coloured eyes. Galahs are known to bond for life, raise their young together and only re-partner upon the death of their mate. Galahs congregate in flocks and are a frequent seen throughout Australia. They make an impressive sight foraging in grass and roosting on branches. They aren’t the most intelligent birds, and they make a highly raucous noise, especially when flying overhead.
Echidna and platypus
The echidna and platypus are monotremes, the only two mammals in the world that lay their own eggs rather than giving birth to live young. Unique, they are rarely sighted in the wild and it is a privilege if you see them in their natural habitat. Similar to a hedgehog, the echidna is covered in spines with stout little legs and an elongated snout they use to eat ants. While their spines make them look quite formidable they are shy animals and are known to curl into a tight ball when threatened.
The platypus is a land and water based animal with a streamlined body, a bill like a duck and tail like a beaver. Platypus have unique electro-receptors in their bills they use to detect the muscular contractions of their prey. Female platypus create long burrows to lay their eggs and then curl their body around the eggs to keep them warm until they hatch. For some extraordinary video footage of a platypus in the wild check out this video: https://vimeo.com/106131061
Quokka
Often described as the happiest animal in the world, the quokka is a smaller relative of the kangaroo in the macropod family. Around the size of a domestic cat, the quokka is primarily found on small islands off the coast of western Australia. Quokkas live in dense vegetation, forage for plants and doze during the day. They have little fear of humans and a quick Internet search will show some pretty awesome selfies taken with these happy little creatures.
Wombat
Wombats are marsupials that can grow upwards of 40 inches long with short stubby legs. They have incredible strength and large claws they use to create intricate burrow systems. They are unique to other marsupials by their backward facing pouch, which prevents dirt filling their pouch while burrowing. They are slow moving animals and can occasionally be seen waddling across plains.

Love Sabre

Genre Contemporary Anthology

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Various, my story – R

Phoenix had a hellish childhood. As a teenager, she was placed in a foster home that seemed like heaven, until the worst thing that could happen – did. Her biggest regret when she fled in the night, leaving behind the only man she’d ever loved, her Liam.

Where to buy Love Sabre

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/love-sabre
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07987LNPC
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-sabre
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/783322
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-sabre-kristine-charles/1127884057

Megan Jane Colville Social Media

Megan Jane Colville loves stories. And words. And how such simple words can create such wondrous stories. Books have always held the dearest place in Megan’s heart, and her earliest memories are those from myth, legend and fairytale. However, above all, Megan loves love and has the privilege of witnessing the miracle of love firsthand as a midwife.
After many years working in hospitals Megan allowed her passion for the written word and her dream of combining her two loves to guide her to complete a Master of Arts degree in writing, editing and publishing with an emphasis on romance fiction. Since completing her degree, she has been dividing her days (and nights) between delivering babies and crafting stories.
Personal website https://www.meganjanecolville.com
Love Sabre website https://www.lovesabre.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/meganjanewrites
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/meganjanecolville
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/meganjanecolville

Image credits Echidna – Jacob Dyer (Unsplash.com), Quokka – Natilie Su (Unsplash.com)

Rachael Howlett Queen of the Dessert @that_rachael #RLFblog #Contemporary #Romance #AnthologyRachael Howlett, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please share your goodies with our readers.

Sweet Degustation

By Rachael Howlett
I’m no Queen of the Desert, but with my royal sweet tooth, I’m a Queen of the Dessert.
The term ‘dessert’ applies to many sweet foods such as biscuit, cake, ice cream, pie, and pudding; the common factor being they’re traditionally served at the end of a meal. But, who said a dessert can’t be first, second or all your meal? No one!
I’ve had a life-long love affair with these five iconic Australian desserts:
First course
Ask an Australian to name their favourite biscuit and 99.8% of the time it’s the Tim Tam. This delicious chocolate-coated biscuit is such a culinary icon that it’s hard to believe Tim Tams only arrived on Australian shelves in 1964. And what’s not to love about a layer of smooth cream sandwiched between two biscuits? Don’t believe me? Look how fast Hugh Jackman convinced Oprah.
In that clip, Nicole Kidman mentions the Tim Tam Slam. This is one of the BEST things about eating these biscuits.
Bite off opposite corners of the Tim Tam and submerge one end in a hot drink (usually coffee or tea).
Think of the chocolate biscuit as a straw and use it to suck up the liquid.
With the interior biscuit softened and the outer coating melting, the trick to becoming a Slam Master is eating the Tim Tam before it explodes into your cup.
Second courseRachael Howlett Queen of the Dessert @that_rachael #RLFblog #Contemporary #Romance #Anthology
Like a Berliner but only better, the Hot Jam Doughnut is a delicious deep, fried crispy doughnut—fluffy inside with oozing thick strawberry jam. Dusted with sugar and usually served in a white paper bag, this doughnut should be eaten hot and fresh, and straight from a hot jam doughnut van.
One of the most famous places in Melbourne to eat a doughnut is at the Queen Victoria Market, where the American Doughnut Kitchen has been operating since the 1950s. Although, the popularity of this hot jammy dessert means you can find a van at most outdoors events. Look for the queues of people standing around with a bag of steaming doughnuts warming their hands.
Top tip—always check your face after you finish. It’s likely you’ll need to wipe sugar off the tip of nose after diving face-first into the bag.
Third course
No one really knows exactly how the Lamington came about other than its link to Lord Lamington, a Governor of Queensland in the late 19th century. However, its place in the hearts and mouths of Australians is firmly ingrained through ‘Lamington drives’—where schools and charity groups fundraise by selling lamingtons by the half dozen.
Traditionally, a Lamington consists of sponge cake squares dipped in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut (see this classic recipe from Margaret Fulton in Vogue Australia). Other variations include raspberry jam or cream spread in the middle.
Lamingtons are so well loved that we even have a day dedicated to celebrating cake. National Lamington Day is 21 July.
Fourth course
In Australia, we like to scream for a Golden Gaytime ice cream. Think toffee and vanilla flavoured ice cream, dipped in chocolate and then coated in crushed biscuits. Modern versions include a Sanga (or ‘sandwich’), Pina Colada and the Unicorn.
But maybe you’d like a Golden Gaytime doughnut, fried bao or even a burger? Restaurants and cafes have developed their own twist on the classic.
I’ve taken one for the team trying the house-made Gaytime at the Ripponlea Food and Wine Store.
Whichever way you eat it, follow Street’s slogan and eat one with a friend because It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own.
Rachael Howlett Queen of the Dessert @that_rachael #RLFblog #Contemporary #Romance #AnthologyFifth course
Named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova who toured in the late 1920s, this quintessential Australian dessert isn’t without its controversy—chiefly that our neighbours across the sea (New Zealand) also claim to have invented this dish.
But in the spirit of sharing (as we have with the success of Crowded House, Jane Campion and Russell Crowe), the Pavlova is an Australasian dessert made from a base layer of meringue, followed by generous amounts of cream, and topped with seasonal fruit (mostly a mix of berries, passionfruit and kiwi fruit).
Summer parties never seem to start until someone brings out a Pav.

 

Love Sabre Anthology

Genre Contemporary Anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Various (this story – G)
The Fates have found a new way to get people together, and seek to nudge Hayley Montgomery into the path of her dreamy new work colleague, Magnus Jones. Flummoxed by their encounter, Haley must find it in herself to reach for what she wants and fulfill her destiny.

Where to buy Love Sabre

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/love-sabre
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07987LNPC
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/783322

Rachael Howlett Social Media

Rachael Howlett writes contemporary women’s fiction with a healthy dose of humour, love and adventure. Passionate about books, travel and pop culture, Rachael has had roles as an editor, arts reviewer, and Scottish castle underling. Currently she works in The Thick Of It of Utopia while she writes her first romantic comedy novel. She lives in Melbourne because she loves coffee, comedy and winter.
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/that_rachael
Facebook https:// www.facebook.com/RachaelHowlettAuthor
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/worldaccordingtorach

 

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