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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Read Books. Meet Authors. Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog #BooksIf you’re a reader, you read whether you plan to or not. The ketchup bottle. Cereal boxes. Signs along the freeway. The capacity allowance in an elevator. If it’s written, you read it. I do too. That’s one reason I started this blog. I like to read books more than I do cereal boxes. I plain love having new things to read! And I love getting to know the authors.

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In 2019, I hope to make Romance Lives Forever an even more satisfying place to discover books and meet authors. If you want to read books (and not be stuck with ketchup bottles) one good way to find them is to subscribe to this blog. How? Easy! Enter your name and email in that box on the left and click Subscribe. You’ll get an email every time a new post comes out. The entire post will be available and you won’t have to go anywhere but your inbox to read it. Best part? Your email is not used for any other purpose. Ever.

Look for a new interview or two for authors, plus at least one for characters. I’m planning some new features in the spring, and the website will undergo a few changes around then as well. It’s my goal to improve whenever possible.

I’ll be offering different ways to find stories by changing the way the menu works on the site, updating the look and finding new ways to offer free stories whenever possible. Many authors have newsletters (I do!) and would love a chance to find new readers. Many readers are searching for new authors. I want to make RLF the place where they come together.

I’m also very interested in helping the community of authors and the communities where we live. This year, we began Fiction Furbaby posts that allow authors to share their outreach for animal-oriented service organizations. In those posts, we do a shout out to Rob’s Rescues, a local site begun by a nine-year-old boy who is now fourteen and still going strong. I’d like to do more feel good events like that.

We will again host a veteran author salute in November, have a cancer awareness series for authors to share their trials and triumphs in October, and we’ll do Christmas Romance Saturday in December, and offer free books every Friday. Those events were all wildly successful this year. Feel free to drop a suggestion in the comments. I’d love to know your ideas.

Thank you for coming along this year and being one of the supporters for Romance Lives Forever. Let’s read books together in 2019!

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Bas from Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits @katherinesmits @RobsRescues #RLFblog #MermanKatherine Eddinger Smits, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

Water Dreams by Katherine Eddinger Smits

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Nik–an outwardly normal young woman terrified by water, living in the Greek-American town of Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Bas–a shapeshifter merman tasked with obtaining Nik’s help to gain what his species most desires.
The Nerei–a race of beings who want humans to continue to believe they are mythological.
What happens when Nik refuses to help Bas and the Nerei?
How will Nik and Bas save each other when they fall in love, against his species laws?

Meet Bas Cantonous from Water Dreams

Full name: Basileus Cantonous
Nickname: Bas
Gender: Male
Species: Nerei (Merman)
Physical description: Muscular, handsome, with pale skin, black eyes, black hair with jade colored highlights
Relationship to main character: Love interest
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Son
Where this furbaby came from: He belongs to a race of descendants of two of the Greek Titians, Oceanus and Tethys. He and his people are similar to humans but evolved to live in the water. His clan originated in the sea near Greece, but most have relocated to the Gulf of Mexico and spend time on land in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They call themselves Nerei, which comes from the Greek word for Nereids, or water nymphs.
What inspired you to create this character?
When I decided to write my debut novel, I knew I wanted it to be in my favorite genre, paranormal romance. However, I wanted something different from werewolves and vampires. I like them, but I wanted to write about a new kind of shifter. I already knew the story would be set in my home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, so I considered what kind of shape-shifter might live near there. It’s a small town on the west coast of Florida, known for its large Greek settlement and fishing. So, of course mermaids and mermen came to mind.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Nik, the main character, is a young woman of Greek heritage who is terrified of water. When Bas tells her he is a merman, she thinks he is crazy. She doesn’t want anything to do with him.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
The antagonist in this story is Mara, the clan matriarch and Bas’ mother. She has tasked him with enlisting Nik’s help. The Nerei’s greatest desire is to obtain independence from the water, so they can remain on land as long as they want. Mara loves Bas deeply, but is critical of him and not sure he takes his job seriously.
What does this furbaby eat?
When in the water, Nerei eat raw fish, which they catch by elongating their fingernails into claws and their teeth into razor sharp points. On land, they eat human food, though they have a preference for sushi and very rare meat.
What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?
Bas’ natural habitat is the water and the land. Because he can shapeshift to pass for human, he can keep his true nature a secret while enjoying all the land has to offer.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Bas was raised in a Nerei community and had little interaction with humans until he was appointed to contact Nik. His English is formal and he doesn’t use contractions. Also, he has no knowledge of popular culture so idioms and slang sometimes confuse him in amusing ways.
What triggers the shift from human to animal?
Nerei are in complete control of their shift. They can remain human in water or they can partially shift. They can also remain in Nerei form on land, but rarely do because they wouldn’t be able to walk and also because they don’t want humans to see them in their natural form.
How does the shifting process happen?
The Nerei make a mental decision to shift and the change is almost instantaneous.
How does the human character think and feel about the animal side?
The Nerei don’t consider themselves animals. They believe they are superior to humans and retain their enhanced strength, hearing and eyesight when in human form.
How does the animal character think and feel about the human side?
The Nerei still consider themselves Nerei even when in human form. There is not the dichotomy that is often found in shifters, since their brains and sense of self is the same in either form.
In what ways are the human and animal characters different in belief and needs?
The Nerei cannot remain on land more than a few hours without rejuvenating in the water. They become severely dehydrated and this process can be fatal. They can remain indefinitely in the water, but they do need to surface to breathe air occasionally. This is because they have dual respiratory systems that can be overwhelmed by prolonged immersion.
Is the shifting process part of a deeper, mystical process (i.e., moon phases, rituals, life events)?
No, but the Nerei have a complex society headed by the matriarch and clan elders, who are all female. Males are warriors, but have little political power. The clans don’t all get along and sometimes war with one another, but also make alliances that complicate everything. They are also polytheistic, worshipping the gods and goddesses of the Greek mythology.

About Corrin Castle

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
My current pet is a 21 year old Irish Sport Horse, who has been with me since she was six. I don’t have any animals in Water Dreams, or my other published fiction, but my work in progress includes horses, a cat, and a dog. Those animals are modeled after ones we were privileged to share time with during their lives.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Corrin Castle lives on a farm in Ocala, Florida. She thinks it belongs to her and must approve any additions to the herd. (Usually, the answer is no.)
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
When my kids were five and three, a cockatiel flew into our yard and perched on my daughter. “Mommy, can we keep him?” You know the rest. Crystal lived with us the rest of his life. He said a lot of words and loved to sit on your shoulder and rub his beak on your cheek.
Where did you find your pet?
My horse was imported from Ireland. I found her in Virginia.
What do you feed your pet?
Grain, hay and grass.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Cookies

Where to buy Water Dreams

Publisher: Foundations Books https://www.foundationsbooks.net/book/water-dreams-by-katherine-eddinger-smits/
Amazon http://amzn.to/2eM7ip3
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/water-dreams-katherine-eddinger-smits/1122546085
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/water-dreams/id1150023548?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/water-dreams-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/661350

Katherine Eddinger Smits Social Media

Katherine Eddinger Smits has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. After over two decades of helping veterans, families and community agencies as a clinical social worker, she retired to pursue writing. She has published two paranormal romances, a third is scheduled for release March 2019, and several more are in the works.
She grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Although not from a Greek background, she fell in love with the Greek culture of the town and its close-knit families. She moved away years ago, but she still visits Tarpon Springs frequently to see old friends and classmates, walk the beaches, or shop and eat at the Sponge Docks.
She started writing stories in grade school and always intended to write novels someday. However, she put off writing fiction while she raised her family and worked as a clinical social worker at four different Veterans Affairs Medical Centers around the country. Although she was devastated to learn that her first career choice—mermaid, was not realistic, Katherine found helping veterans and their families fulfilling, and managed to squeeze writing into her life. Whether it was writing clinical assessments, creating brochures for social programs, or putting together newsletters for clubs and organizations, she always had some kind of writing project in the works.
Katherine lives with her husband in Homosassa, Florida and Falling Waters, West Virginia. They have a daughter who resides in Alexandria, Virginia and a son, daughter-in-law and two
Website http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/
Blog https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/67813081
Twitter https://twitter.com/katherinesmits
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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/katherinesmits/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15273608.Katherine_Eddinger_Smits
Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/2fu91j3
Newsletter http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/
Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues
Shout out to Aftercare Charles Town, Equine Encore Performance
Aftercare Charles Town, Equine Encore Performance Is Dedicated To The Rehoming, Repurposing And Retirement Of Thoroughbred Race Horses That Have Raced And Trained At Hollywood Casino And Racetrack Located In Charles Town, Wv. https://www.facebook.com/EEPCT/

 

The Christmas Reunion by Lyncee Shillard #ChristmasRomance #RLFblog #ReadIt’s #ChristmasRomance Saturday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of great reads and downloads. This week’s featured book is The Christmas Reunion by Lyncee Shillard. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

Welcome to Christmas Romance Saturday

Each week, you’ll find books to download and read. Thank you, and enjoy the books!

The Christmas Reunion by Lyncee Shillard

Five years ago, Joleigh Nelson turned her back on the only man she’d ever love to save her father and unborn son’s lives. Now that man may be the only one who can save her home, the New Forks animal reserve.

Spencer Thompkin has spent the last five years in an emotional wasteland.  Unable to let anyone in after Joleigh disappeared without a word.

On a routine foreclosure of an animal reserve, he finds not only Joleigh but a son he never knew about.

Can he get over the feelings of betrayal and help Joleigh save her home – the animal reserve? Or will the heartless lawyer part of him prevail leaving Joleigh homeless and without her son?

A Christmas Reunion may not even be enough to save the animal reserve and restore their love.

Universal book link https://www.books2read.com/u/mVBJEM

Holiday Howlz: Dawg Napped by Anne KaneHoliday Howlz: Dawg Napped by Anne Kane #ChristmasRomance #Read

When one of Santa’s elves stops at the Prairie Dawg Saloon on his vintage motorcycle, Cyndi can’t resist taking a closer look at the classic bike. Then Bruce comes back outside unexpectedly and Cyndi panics, shifting to hide in one of the saddlebags. She doesn’t realize the bike is a matchmaking reindeer in disguise. Comet knows all about the sexy little critters of Dawg Town, and he’s decided the cute little prairie dawg is just what Bruce needs to cuddle up with him in his North Pole cottage

Buy link https://www.changelingpress.com/dawg-napped-holiday-howlz-multi-author-1-b-1281

Hunters’ Academy: Winter Break by Ivy Hearne

Hunters' Academy: Winter Break by Ivy Hearne #ChristmasRomance #ReadSanta’s Claws have come to town…
The worst part of having to stay at the Hunters’ Academy over the winter break is the pure boredom of it. With most of the other students away for the holidays, Kacie has little to do but read and watch movies…and practice all the hunting moves she learned in her first semester.
When her boredom sends her on a run into the nearby human town, she discovers something horrific preying on the local children. But of everyone still on campus, she’s the only one who can see it—and that means she’ll have to put those hunting skills into practice much sooner than she expected.
Fans of Dragon School, Fallen Academy, Secret Keepers, Vampire Academy, and Harry Potter will love Hunters’ Academy!
Winter Break is episode 2, a short holiday special for readers of Hunters’ Academy – expect a new episode every month (and apparently some special stories in between, too!)

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J1CNXPF/

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen #ChristmasRomance #ReadAlone at Christmas. What a sad thing! When your loved one will never be home for Christmas again, what do you do? In the sweet holiday romance, A Romance for Christmas, a widow with a small child answers a knock at her door late on Christmas Eve. When she answers, everything about her holiday — and her life — changes. Love, loss, and the spirit of giving — this book is what Christmas is all about…

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/31MNPw

Wishing Upon a Christmas Star by Lana Williams

A heartwarming Victorian Christmas Novella from a USA Today Bestselling Author!
Violet longs to help those less fortunate but lacks the courage to take on the ills of London alone. When an elderly couple next door needs assistance, she jumps at the chance to recreate a past Christmas.
Baxter has spent three years rebuilding his family’s fortune in India. His trip home is quickened when he receives word of a do-gooder he fears will steal the fortune he’s rebuilt.
Can a Christmas wish give this unlikely pair not only a memorable holiday but the start of a perfect future together?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7WRN2T/

Mistletoe and Mayhem by Lizzy Hunter

Mistletoe and Mayhem by Lizzy Hunter #ChristmasRomance #ReadWreck the halls this holiday season!
Join New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they celebrate the holiday season this year with a limited-time paranormal holiday anthology.
Not all elves work in the North Pole, you might not want to open that present—and sometimes the thing coming down the chimney isn’t Santa at all in this collection of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, designed to fill your holiday season with reading cheer and a touch of merry mayhem.
Get your copy today and snuggle in by the fireplace for stories featuring Krampus and Kris Kringle, garlands and gargoyles, wreaths and werewolves, and more!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HZ59488/

Christmas Vows by Livia QuinnChristmas Vows by Livia Quinn #ChristmasRomance #Read

More than a holiday romance. This romantic suspense is book 7 in the Calloways of Rainbow, a small town romance series with so much love and heart you’ll be cheering for each couple to get their happily ever after.
Love isn’t the only thing that happens when you least expect it.
Delilah and Luc and Samantha and Jed are looking forward to their special day, a double Christmas wedding at the Calloway Farm with all their friends and family in attendance. Meanwhile, Beau and Maddie are expecting their baby. Great news, right? But after the women go missing on a shopping trip, the men in their lives scramble to make sure Maddie’s delivery and the wedding come off as planned.

Universal book link https://books2read.com/christmasvows

Fangs, Fur and Fa La La: A Paranormal Christmas Collection by Margo Bond CollinsFangs, Fur and Fa La La by Margo Bond Collins #ChristmasRomance #Read

Featured story: Merry and Bright

Merry Delfino left the police force because she could not stomach the brutal things people did. Now nothing angers her more than finding traps set on her land—except finding those traps full and putting the poor animals out of their misery. But this Christmas Eve, one trap caught a naked man. One who can turn into a fox. She knows she should stay out of whatever trouble landed Tyler Bright in that trap, but she can’t resist the mystery he brings with him. And soon she discovers she can’t resist him, either.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H36DT8G/

The Twelve Reverse Harems of Christmas by Margo Bond CollinsTwelve Reverse Harems of Christmas by Margo Bond Collins #ChristmasRomance #Read

Five gold rings…and more.
Join some of the best voices in reverse harem romance for twelve great new holiday reverse harems.
This hot new collection has something for every reverse harem reader: contemporary, paranormal, and science fiction, with romances featuring vampires, shifters, aliens, alphas, and more.
And the best gift of all is that the heroines never have to choose!

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HT4T2JD/

The Gift of Sheila by NJ WaltersThe Gift of Sheila by NJ Walters #ChristmasRomance #Read

Adam Lancaster has been in love with Rob McKeith—and attracted to Rob’s wife, Shayla—for years, but he fears their friendship would be over if they knew the truth. So he’s thrilled when his secret fantasy becomes reality and the couple offers him a very special gift: a sensual Christmas Eve in their bedroom…

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GFB7N8/

Love Before Honor by Nicole ZoltackLove Before Honor by Nicole Zoltack #ChristmasRomance #Read

Honor. Truth. Loyalty. Love. All of these matter most to Sir Gerald. To avenge his love Alice’s death, he challenges her murderer to a duel. Her twin, however, feels that Alice never loved Gerald and gives him a tea. Alice had also given him teas, which enhanced his love for her, but this tea is different. This tea sends him into the future, to the Regency era.
Lady Vanessa seeks a Christmas treat when she hears something outside the manor. Upon investigation, she sees a man dressed in armor. Unwilling to turn away a confused man with the approaching holiday, she convinces her parents to house Gerald until the New Year.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OGW22HM/

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