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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Let’s welcome Melanie Coles to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Take it away, Melanie.

Know Your Lingo or How to Speak Aussie by Melanie Coles
When planning a trip to any foreign country, it’s important to have a basic grasp of the local dialect, even if the primary language is English. So, for those of you planning a trip Down Under (and let’s face it, after seeing how we breed ’em down here – ahem, Chris Hemsworth – why wouldn’t you?) I’ve put together this guide comparing some US terms to their Aussie counterparts, to ensure you can mix it with the locals.
Trunk – Boot
Your suitcases always go in the ‘boot’, unless you are travelling via zoo elephant, which is the only place you’ll find a trunk in Oz.
Pick-up truck – Ute
Outback boys will almost always get around town in a ‘Ute’, (short for Utility). Trucks are reserved for furniture removers, long-haul transportation or kids’ sandboxes.
Grill – Barbie
When your Aussie mate invites you around for a barbie, rest assured it’s nothing kinky or weird (no plastic blonde dolls in sight!). Instead, grab your six-pack of beer and head on over to enjoy an outdoor feast, cooked on the barbeque.
Drugstore – Pharmacy or Chemist
Asking an Aussie where the drugstore is will get you some very odd looks, and telling someone you need to buy drugs might land you in jail, especially if they are an undercover cop. Unless you’re a doctor, ‘drugs’ in Australia refers to illicit ones like cocaine or ice. So, if you need some aspirin for that nagging headache, ask someone to direct you to the nearest pharmacy or chemist. It’s much less risky.
Bathing suit – togs/budgie smugglers
When you hit the beach at Byron Bay or Bondi, be sure to wear your togs or budgie smugglers. If you’re swimming in a suit, you’ve probably had one-too-many beers at your mate’s wedding.
Thong – G-string
In Australia, a ‘thong’ refers to one half of a pair of flip-flops. Ladies, for your own comfort, be sure you don’t confuse the two.
Fanny – backside/butt/arse (ass)
Guys – referring to a woman’s fanny will earn you two tight slaps, as we use ‘fanny’ to describe her…ummm, front bottom. You’ve been warned.
Root – Barrack
Don’t ever, EVER ask an Aussie who they root for. It’s a slang word for having sex. Here, we barrack for our sports teams.
For more Aussie translations, you can check out Hollywood star Margot Robbie’s helpful YouTube tutorial here:

Love Sabre Anthology

Genre Contemporary Anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (this story – G)
Leia Morgan helped Dan Oslo make his tech company a success only to be cheated out of her share. Years later, he’s one of the judges at an important tech competition, where Leia intends to redeem her reputation, and Dan intends to redeem himself.

Where to buy Love Sabre

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group

Melanie Coles Social Media

Melanie has always loved stories. While most kids at school spent their lunchtimes climbing tyre walls or playing kiss-chasey, she could always be found in the library with either her nose in a book, a pen in her hand or her head in the clouds. She wrote countless stories throughout her school life, only to lose her mojo sometime after high school. Thankfully she rediscovered it in the dead of night some twenty years later. Now she juggles writing with family life and her job as an Executive Assistant. A hopeless romantic, she is addicted to chocolate and happy-ever-afters, cowboy stories, and *may* have an obsession with Jane Austen novels.
Melanie lives in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne, Australia with her musician husband, two sports-crazed sons, two guinea pigs, and a ginger cat named Jack.

Images Credit: Flip-flops by the author. Truck – Jeremy (Sydney, Australia, Ford Falcon XG GL Ute) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Welcome Connor Matasan from The Dragon Wore a Kilt, a new paranormal romance by Holly Bargo.

Connor Matasan

Age: 96
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Glencarol, Scotland
Profession: Farmer
Ethnicity: Scottish
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): sith
Please provide a physical description.
I suppose I resemble the typical romantic hero, tall and dark-haired. The ladies of Glencarol have liked the looks of the men in my family for centuries and I’m no exception.
Please tell us a little about your character.
I’m the earl of Matasan, but due to my being sith, the title passed to my great-nephew, Liam. As an immortal sith, converted from human by the ancient magic of Saroach who lives in the loch, I live a lonely life and guard the loch and the dragon from discovery. I’ve yet to figure out what the dragon actually does for us, but I’m bound to his will.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Lila is my mate, given to me by Saroach. She’s perfect, amazing, talented, and too damned independent for my comfort. She’s mine.
How does your hero dress?
I prefer to wear the native dress of my people, a kilt. They’re comfortable, you know. And I look damned good in one.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
The earls of Matasan own a large property and live comfortably, but we’re typical of our Scottish kin in that we’re not wasteful or extravagant. My great-nephew Liam is a financial genius; I focus more on the agricultural operations of our estate.
Is he close to family?
Family is everything, whether that family is related by blood or magic. I will protect them all and they will do the same for me.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
My existence itself is an open secret. The village of Glencarol knows something us Matasans, even if they’re not really privy to our secrets.
What is your hero’s biggest personal flaw?
If you asked Lila, she would say my biggest flaw is arrogance. It’s true, I’m arrogant as has been every earl of Matasan. My will is law and no one but Lila ever defied me.
What is your hero’s breaking point?
I was captured by a witch who wanted to take my immortality and power for herself. She treated me much the same as I treated Lila and the realization broke me. I needed her forgiveness to restore me and it made me a better man… and a better mate for my beloved Lila.
What happened to cause Lila to leave you?
I can only say that I… devolved. Something about the dragon’s nature overwhelming my humanity caused me to treat her badly. Although, I can’t really blame the dragon nature, because Saroach was disappointed in me, too.

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 Holly Bargo chose to write about you?
I sought understanding and redemption. And I think the writer wishes men were, perhaps, a little like me, too.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
My writer held true to her principles. I could not charm her and she portrayed me as I was. That stung.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
My writer loves men who are truly masculine, not male versions of women, but men who complement women and are strong enough to accept a strong woman.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I want my writer to tackle Robbie’s story. My philandering sith brother needs a mate of his own, he needs someone to love and who will love him, too.

Tell us about The Dragon Wore a Kilt

Publisher Hen House Publishing (

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo is the author’s pseudonym and really did exist once upon a time as a fondly remembered, temperamental Appaloosa mare. Holly writes fantasy and romance and loves combining the two for exciting, sizzling stories touched by magic.
Holly and her husband live on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with an ancient horse, elderly llama, clowder of cats, and timid Great Dane named after Catwoman. They have two children, one enrolled in college and the other serving in the military.
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Let’s welcome Kristine Charles to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Take it away, Kristine.

The Truth About Aussies

By Kristine Charles

We’re known for being pretty sporty here Down Under, and it’s fair to say we punch above our weight in many sports on the international stage. It’s been a hardship but, while procrastinating on all the other things that I should be writing by trawling the interwebs for photos of hot sports peeps, I’ve given some thought as to why:

Aussies do it without padding

Unlike the players in American football… Aussie footballers don’t wear the equivalent of their body weight in padding.

In fact – in three of our four main Aussie football codes, the blokes (and girls – check out don’t wear pads at all and deliberately barrel into each other at speed in order to stop each other from scoring. They all play in shorts and Australian Rules players generally wear jumpers without sleeves (which is excellent for those who love arm-candy… #justsaying).

Aussies do it faster

Aussies also do it faster and, while you may think that’s a bad thing, trust me, in this case it isn’t.

Games of rugby league and rugby union and Aussie rules run for 80 minutes, while soccer runs for 90 minutes (plus stoppage time). Then it’s game over. Done. I love the NFL but seriously, three to four hours to play sixty minutes of actual game… I’d like my day back please.

Aussies don’t take themselves too seriously

We Aussies do like to have a good laugh: see exhibit A – recent photo of Kurtley Beale with Prince William taken after a game while Kurtley was, of course, wearing only his ‘budgie smugglers.’ See also exhibit B – Nick Cummins a.k.a The Honey Badger. His interviews go off like a tree full of galahs (Check out his Twitter, and you can find an article on interpretation here).

Aussie men make fluorescent pink look good

Then there’s Mat Ryan – who is the goalie for the Socceroos (Aussie soccer team). His gear is usually fluorescent pink, occasionally royal purple, and, believe me, he makes those colours look GOOD. He’s tall, has big hands (for saving goals, of course), and he loves his mum. He also has one of the best sets of ‘v’ muscles I’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me? Check the photo on this article. Or check out @matyryan on Instagram (you may want to get a drink first, maybe go to the loo – you might be there a while.)

Retired now, Mick Ennis played for my Cronulla Sharks and helped win us a (veeery long-time coming) premiership in 2016. He’s also a hot cheeky jackass (as a player he was one of those guys everyone loved to hate). Check out these pics on Tumblr.

So, it’s clear we Aussies breed our sportsmen gorgeous, tough, fast and funny. Which is why they’re often inspiration for romance heroes, and why one in particular – Michael Ennis – was the inspiration for Michael in my short story (A Mutual Thing) in the Love Sabre Anthology out now.

Love Sabre Anthology

Genre Contemporary

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Michael and Caroline had the hots for each other in high school, but they never acted on their feelings. Twenty years later they get the chance, and this time nothing is holding them back.

Where to buy Love Sabre

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group


Kristine Charles Social Media

Winner of the Inaugural Romance Writers of Australia Spicy Bites sexy short story competition, Kristine loves telling sexy tales, exploring relationships between complex women and the strong men who love them, then working out how much pain to inflict before giving her characters their HEA (or, at least, their HFN). She’s also a non-practicing lawyer who now works in human resources, and writes and reads to escape into other worlds where coffee (and red wine) is abundant, designer shoes and handbags are cheap, chocolate has no calories and men always put the toilet seat down.
Website http://

Image credits
Kurtley Beale with Prince William, the Daily Mail
Footballers courtesy of Pixabay.


Collette Cameron, 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.

Earl of Wainthorpe

Genre: Historical Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Could you ever love the unrepentant rake who won you in a wager?
He didn’t gamble on losing his heart when he won her at the gaming tables.
Pierce, the Earl of Wainthorpe has finally thwarted his worst enemy. Except he can’t revel in his victory after winning his foe’s ward in a winner-takes-all wager. If Pierce refuses to assume Bianca Salisbury’s guardianship, the fiery-haired beauty with a matching temper may very well find herself sold to the highest bidder.
The shameful secret she guards makes it impossible to love a rogue.
Desperate to escape her blackguard cousin, Bianca Salisbury ventures to London to find a husband or employment. Instead, she’s bartered to a notorious rakehell. She either risks being compromised and accepts The Earl of Wainthorpe’s protection, or flees him and her guardian. But without money and a place to go, she fears she’ll face the same tragic fate as her mother.
Caution: This romance features a sexy, irredeemable scoundrel determined to thumb his nose at the haut ton, a saucy country miss unafraid to speak her mind but terrified of even a hint of scandal, a unlikely aristocratic matchmaker, a trio of busybody sisters you’ll adore, and a very pregnant calico that is convinced humans are only around for her convenience.
For a page-turning Historical Romance novel brimming with Regency England’s rakish dukes and rapscallion lords, buy this passionate adventure sprinkled with suspense and humor. You won’t be able to put it down.
Why did you write this book?
I was invited to participate with eleven other authors in creating a roguish earl to be a member of the Wicked Earls’ Club. It was the perfect opportunity to use an idea I had while writing Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry. That’s another book about an ill-placed wager.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical Romance! Big surprise there, right? I especially enjoy Regency, Georgian, Victorian, Highlander, and medieval historicals.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
The Count of Monte Cristo. My, oh, my!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on the last two books in my Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series. If all goes well, you’ll see Blaike’s story in February!
What books will we see from you in coming months?
You’ll see Blaike’s and Blaire’s stories (books 4 and 5 of the Misses Culpepper Series) as well as books from my Seductive Scoundrel and Heart of a Scot Series. The last book in my Highland Heather Series, Seductive Surrender, releases in May 2018. Oh, and I have a top-secret project I’m working on too. It’s going to be an insanely busy year!

Where to buy Earl of Wainthorpe

Publisher Blue Rose Romance
Barnes and Noble
Google Play

Collette Cameron Social Media

USA Today Bestselling author, Collette Cameron pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them.
Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she lives in Oregon with her mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.
Admitting to a quirky sense of humor, Collette enjoys inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.
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Bucket list of Capt. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's Hope Ginger Monette #HistoricalRomanceLet’s meet Captain Darcy from The Darcy’s Hope Saga, a Historical Romance by Ginger Monette. 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.

The Darcy’s Hope Saga

Genre: Historical Fiction
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Pride and Prejudice meets Downton Abbey in this blogger-favourite saga!
Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War I alongside Jane Austen’s iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in this TWO-volume saga!
In Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes, you’ll watch the couple’s tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a field hospital only miles from the Front.
In Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey, Darcy is crushed when espionage separates him from Elizabeth and injury leaves him in a dark and silent world. But Donwell Abbey holds a secret that just might change everything….
“…a stellar example of fine Austenesque literature. …an exceptionally moving story complete with a compelling plot, danger, mystery, action, introspection, vivid detail, and an emotionally wrought romance.” ~Austenesque Reviews
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Profession: Landowner, now serving as Army Captain
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I stand right at six feet, with dark brown hair inherited from my father. Women consider me handsome, although my 1914-issue Captain’s uniform doesn’t fit as smart as it once did as army fare on the Front is rather…lacking.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m the owner of Pemberley, a large estate in Derbyshire, England, which has been passed down through six generations of Darcys. Both my parents are deceased, and I share guardianship of my beloved sister Georgiana with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. At present, I’m serving as an Army Captain in France. My specialty is telegraphy communications.
Who is the significant other in your life?
<cough> Err. There is a certain young lady, a Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who captured my affections when I was sent to Meryton to requisition property for the Army from her father. In a gesture of goodwill, I made the man a promise regarding his daughter.
I made a muck of it, and let’s just say things did not turn out as I anticipated…
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

Eldest. Heir.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A brown filly gifted to me by my father on my fifth birthday. She was my constant companion until I left home to attend Eaton.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I’m rather fond of the scones prepared by Pemberley’s cook. Preferably spread with orange marmalade or strawberry jam.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have more acquaintances than friends, but I do find great enjoyment spending time with my cousin Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam. Of course I’ve known him all my life, and I trust him. He understands me.
Outside of family, Charles Bingley is my closest friend—although I’m not sure why. We could hardly be more different. He is outgoing whereas I am reserved. He enjoys dancing and social affairs where I find them tiring. Perhaps that is why the Army paired me with him in requisitioning land for military use. I negotiate the business; he manages personalities. We’re good complements.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I travelled Europe extensively as a young man, but America holds some curiosities. My father was an acquaintance of George Vanderbilt. I hear his estate is one of the nation’s crown jewels.
A trip to the Great Pyramids might tempt me as well.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Bloody trenches in France! Rats, mud, death, filth. Not fit for pigs.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
<sigh> Although already acquainted, I hope for a future encounter with Elizabeth Bennet. She never responded to my letter…
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
George Wickham. He’s been a thorn in my side for years. I’ll never forgive him for what he did to my sister.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I would like to travel back to 1812 or so—the Regency Era. I would be keen to look in on Pemberley and see how my great-grandfather ran the estate. See how things were different back then and ask his advice.

About Ginger Monette

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Weaving a romance into a complex and unfamiliar WWI setting with both the hero and heroine experiencing significant character evolution, all in the context of a mystery was a HUGE challenge. I’ll never try to combine that many elements again.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Jane Austen’s Fitzwilliam Darcy from the Regency Era is one of the most famous characters in literature.
I thought readers would enjoy seeing him 100 years later in the era of Downton Abbey, which is the setting for The Darcy’s Hope Saga.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Although he came from a very stable and static background, he was able to adapt to a harsh and volatile environment completely foreign to him. He learned to respect and embrace people he would hardly have associated with before the war.
I loved how he evolved as a leader and man, and how his romance with Elizabeth Bennet bloomed among the thorns of war.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South plays a role in Darcy’s Hope. He may one day have a Great War Romance of his own!
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Contemporary Romance. I have pages and pages of notes for a Sons of Steadman series—three cousins who all served as Marines in Afghanistan. They return home to find love in spite of their “wounds.”
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
The first fiction story I EVER wrote was my first novel, Tree of Life ~ Charlotte and the Colonel. My forte’ had always been expository writing, but within fifteen minutes of trying my hand at fiction, I was hooked!
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I “hit” on all the bases romance readers are looking for:
•Compelling plot centered on a well-developed romance
•Multi-faceted, “living” characters
•Deep point that really immerses readers in the story
•A suck-you-in story that is hard to put down
Both books in the Darcy’s Hope Saga were voted as 2016-2017 favourites by several bloggers, and both have received stellar reviews on Amazon.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Do you like Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey? Then you will LOVE the Darcy’s Hope Saga!
Even if you typically “don’t do war stories,” I encourage you to give this one a try. Just like Downton Abbey, it isn’t a “war” story, it’s a romance in a wartime setting.
Readers have commented that they couldn’t predict where either story was going, and much of that is due to the volatile nature of the war-time setting.
A video trailer and excerpt are on my website at

Where to buy Darcy’s Hope Saga

Universal link Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes:
Universal link Darcy’s Hope at Donwell Abbey:

Ginger Monette Social Media

Ginger currently writes riveting romances inspired by Donwton Abbey and Jane Austen. Her use of compelling plot, vivid historical detail, and deep point of view has earned her Darcy’s Hope Saga numerous blogger awards and stellar reviews. Ginger lives in Charlotte, NC, where she enjoys Pilates, Turkish and period dramas, public speaking, and reading—a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.
Blog featuring Turkish Drama actor Kivanc Tatlitug:
Facebook featuring Jane Austen, Downton Abbey, Period Drama:
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Our Love Is Here To Stay by Madison Michael @madisonmichael_ #RLFblog #Romance #TimeTravelWelcome Madison Michael 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.

Our Love Is Here To Stay

Genre Time Travel Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Can Love Transcend Time?
Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.
Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.
Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.
How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?

Where to buy Our Love Is Here To Stay


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Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.
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