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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Meet Tabitha from the Detours in Time series by Pamela Schloesser Canepa, @PamSCanepa1 #RLFblog #scifiWelcome Tabitha, from Detours in Time and Undercurrents in Time, a new Sci-fi, time travel series with a hint of sweet romance.
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Asheville, NC
Profession: Gallery assistant, art display coordinator
Ethnicity: German and Swedish
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
Tabitha, also known as Pinky, is about 5’2, 110 lbs and tans very easily, though not considered dark-skinned. Her hair is always long, a little past the shoulders and could be called brown, with honey highlights.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Tabitha is stubborn, independent, and knows a good thing when she sees it. She hates being told what to do, however, she and Milt, the other main character, have entirely different skillsets. She is a survivor and works very hard, with dreams of being an artist, and formerly, of being a professional dancer. She had once been a student at the Baltimore School of Dance, until an injury led her to instead pursue an Art degree. While pursuing her degree, she worked cleaning university offices at several schools, which is where she met Dr. Milton Braddock.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Dr. Milt Braddock, who was, at one time, her employer but becomes much more.
How does your heroine dress?
She dresses pretty casually. Her go-to outfit is jeans, Chucks sneakers, and a band t-shirt with a casual jacket, usually denim. However, she can clean up pretty well, if invited somewhere fancy. Her hair is usually loose, though sometimes it is in a ponytail.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth?
She would say it is not necessary. She never had much of it but worked for everything she has. Her family was pretty much middle class; both parents worked. They helped her through college the first time, until she changed her major. Tabitha would say that there is nothing wrong with wealth, when one has worked for it. However, no one should look down on those who lack it, because you never know what circumstances got them there.
What is your character’s family like?
She loves her family. Her parents are gone, though. They both passed away at the same time, together, in an airplane crash. Then, there’s her younger brother. She loves him and would do almost anything to help him. He has, at times, been a lost soul. It’s the only reason they are not close now despite being really close as kids. He did not react well to the loss of their parents a few years before.
What is your heroine’s biggest personal flaw?
My heroine, Tabitha is a little hot-tempered, however, her biggest flaw is sometimes she doesn’t think before she speaks. She is a little opinionated at times. It’s something she has had to work on, considering the places she has been and the things she has seen recently….but that is a story for another time.
How does your character handle challenges?
Tabitha’s adulthood has brought a lot of changes to her life, some of them quite challenging. She always faces up to the challenges; having said that, she is not one to gloss over how she is feeling. She will not hide her emotions and considers it downright unhealthy to do so. She will go through what she must, feel what she is feeling, and then come out on the other side of the issue. Tabitha will always get through the hard times.
Does your character see moral matters as black and white or shades of gray?
Tabitha follows a golden rule: Do not hurt others if there is another way. The question was brought up to her in a college class: Would you do anything to protect a family member? In other words, do the means justify an end? Her answer was no. It surprises people because she is considered hot-tempered. She believes there is almost always a better way and tries to take the high road. Would she kill another person to protect a family member? No. She would say that with our thinking capacities as humans it is our duty to find another way. Some call her too idealistic. However, she would not hesitate to throw a punch to protect herself or someone she loves. I think it makes perfect sense.

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. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she created me because I am unlike her in many ways, maybe I am a part of her that she never let out. You know, the opinionated, loud-mouth girl without a filter. That’s really not like her.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
She discovered how important family is to me. I don’t think I surprised her too much, because she’s that way, too. She gave me all these contrasting traits. I suppose that’s because I am moody. Nothing wrong with that!
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she likes to explore the many contingencies that can create an outcome. Sci-fi really allows that, especially with time travel stories. Perhaps she likes to create worlds and see things through the eyes of a character that is unlike herself.

About Detours in Time

Available in Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and print.

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Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa started writing poems and stories as a child to provide entertainment for long trips and frequent moves. When her family settled in the southeast, writing provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years, until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The Made for Me series was Pamela’s first published fiction series with a futuristic flavor. More recently, Pamela has published Detours in Time and its sequel, Undercurrents in Time. She plans to continue writing sci-fi and perhaps branch out into other genres.
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Stressing Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #1) @karencino #RLFblog #Cozy #MysteryLet’s meet Connie Acosta from New Beginnings (A Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery), a Cozy Mystery, by Karen Cino. 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 latest book.

New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Book #1) by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery
Book heat level PG 17
After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazzo, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.
Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades earlier. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Stressing Connie Acosta

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.
Please tell me about your heroine.
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Baker
Ethnicity: White – Italian American
What does your heroine look like?
Connie is five foot four with shoulder length light brown hair and big brown eyes. She is average built, carrying around those extra fifteen pounds since she hit menopause.
Who is the significant other in her life?
She is currently dating Vic, one of the residents.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
It’s a dance with a DJ playing 1970’s disco music with a splash of 50’s and 60’s music.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
She enjoys the dance music but feels that there’s something else going on. When not dancing she stands arms folded surveying the room.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
She’ll remain aloof, not knowing her best friend’s friends, taking it all in.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
White wine!
How much drink is her usual?
Her limit is two glasses.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
To avoid someone.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She’s the friend that other’s latch onto since she’s the new lady in the community and remains mysterious to the residents.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
She’ll tell them exactly where to go. LoL
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
She’ll do the tossing if she sees seething that isn’t right, especially people who become intoxicated.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
Connie is never the last to leave. Usually she’s the second person to go.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
She’s not going to be happy at all. She’ll voice her feelings and tell them to do their job and find the cupric.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
The first thing she will do is turn to see where it is coming from and follow the scream.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
She need to do something.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She dials 011. If there’s no one around to help she’ll be right their to assist.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
COnnie will continue to help the person in distress.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does she do?
Besides rolling her eyes in disgust, she says hello, nice seeing you again and keeps on walking.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
COnnie will offer to give her a hand, trying her best to turn the situation into a positive ending.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
She tells herself that she’s living in the moment. Tomorrow will be better.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
Don’t lose your cool.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
That yelling doesn’t get you anywhere.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your heroine?
Connie is down to earth. She was handed a couple of bad hands later in life. But she did get back on her feet and move on with her life.

Where to buy New Beginnings (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #1)

Publisher Mandolay Press

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
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Meet Jake Pruitt from Ranger’s Courage by Vella Munn #RLFblog #contemporary #romanceWelcome Jake Pruitt from Ranger’s Courage by Vella Munn, a new contemporary romance.

Introducing Jake Pruitt

Age: 32
Gender: male
Birthplace: Washington
Profession: forest ranger
Ethnicity: white
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
Six foot one with short hair or rather it would be if I got to the barber more often. I’m lean and muscular both because the job calls for it and because this way I feel ready for the mountains. I don’t care how I look, just that my body does what I need it to. I have a bit of a farmer’s tan.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Jake is confident in his physical ability and knowledge of Montana’s great mountains. He’s more at home in the wilderness than a city and sees himself as a forest ranger for his entire career. He once believed he’d found the right woman for a wife and a mother, but bit by bit his marriage fell apart. Then she was murdered and he had no choice but to try to rebuild his life. It’s a work in progress..
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Sari Dunham trains and works with search and rescue dogs. She’s as independent as Jake and just as reserved. She has come to Montana to prove herself, not fall in love. She isn’t ready for a relationship, might never be because of her family background.
How does your hero dress?
As a forest ranger, he wears a uniform. During his time off, it’s jeans and t-shirt or sweat shirt.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Jake has a bachelor’s degree in forest science but credits on-the-job experience for the self confidence that gets him through physically active and sometimes dangerous activities.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
He takes pride in owning his own home even though it needs a lot of work. Being wealthy means nothing to him.
How well does he know the neighbors? Coworkers?
Jake’s fellow forest rangers, Garret and Hunter, are everything to him. They kept him sane when he blamed himself for his wife’s death. They have each other’s backs and would risk their lives to save the others which, considering their jobs, has happened more than once.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
He doubts his ability to be what a life partner needs. He faults himself for his wife’s inner torment. If he’d encouraged her to be open and honest about her emotions, she wouldn’t have shut herself off from him.
When there is a setback, what doubt or flaw surfaces?
His inability or unwillingness to talk about what went wrong. He knows he isn’t perfect. He just doesn’t know how to admit it without leaving him too vulnerable.
How does your character handle challenges?
Give him a physical challenge and he’ll throw everything he has into it, but if the challenge is emotional, his instinct is to close up.

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
My writer took every psychology course she could and loves digging deep into people. What makes them tick. She knew I have a lot of hang-ups and insisted on learning all she could about them. She also has this thing for forest rangers, thus my career.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
How deeply my wife’s murder messed me up and how hard it’s been to get past that. Of course if I’d put that all behind me, it would have been a different book.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
How important my fellow forest rangers are to me. We’re much more than co-workers. We’re brothers.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
She obviously loves that I’m finally opening myself to the possibility of falling in love. Granted, she didn’t pick a simple woman to put in my life, but Sari’s complexity matches mine. I know it bothers my writer that I keep things bottled up.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I’m not sure she knows. She’s been writing since she was a child. It’s quite the addiction.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
She started a series about how various people deal with the aftermath of an arson fire in a small community. It’s about darned time she got back to it.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Not really since she gave my fellow forest rangers their stories. Of course she could introduce some new ranger, maybe a woman. Hmm. Think I’ll talk to her about the possibility.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
That I get it. She needs to write about complex characters and to keep doing it.
Tell us about Ranger’s Courage.
Publisher. Tule
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Vella Munn Social Media

Vella Munn writes contemporary and historical romances in a usually futile attempt to stay ahead of the insistent voices in her head.
She’s had over 80 books published and the couple of years have been crazy busy juggling several projects.
For one, she republished all nine of her popular Native American historical romances and is delighted that those books of her heart are finding new readers.
Her contemporary romance series called Montana Lakeside consists of four books, each taking place during a different season with a different couple, plus a one-day novella. They all speak to her love of the wilderness serving as the perfect backdrop for new beginnings.
Most recently she returned to the wilderness for her Montana Rangers series
She also ventured into romantic suspense with Feral Justice, a three book series that makes it clear what she’d like to see happen to animal abusers. Each book follows a different couple as they commit to justice for helpless animals with the help of several mysterious massive gray dogs.
Vella lives in rural Oregon. She has two sons, and four grandchildren. She’s owned by two bossy rescue dogs and is working on her master’s degree as a certified hermit.


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