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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Happy MFRW Founding Day

MFRW is Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-oriented mentoring group open to the entire literary community. Ask marketing-related questions, request help, advice, and opinions. You can ask for opportunities to join other authors in promotional efforts. You can learn the business aspects of writing. What’s it cost? Nada, zip, zilch, zero — just come join up and share.
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If you have questions about marketing your books, join us. The MFRW motto is “seek, teach, share, learn, succeed.”

MFRW was founded in 2006 by Kayelle Allen, who heads the group to this day, guiding its direction and overseeing the numerous volunteer staff members that help it run. The group began with a dozen friends, and today boasts over 7000 members make up our Facebook group. Now that Yahoo Groups is shutting down, we have relocated to IO Groups and we’re checking out our new home, already busy and active.

We have a multiple award-winning magazine. We have over 400 followers on Goodreads and feature our members books there in the MFRW Book Place group. On Pinterest, we are followed by over 1500 people, have 55 genre related boards, and almost 1000 pins. Want your book cover pinned on our site? Even if you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can take advantage of our presence there. Join our IO group today and you’ll get information. Services and membership are free.

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Naughty Temptations: Collection One by the Naughty Literati @NaughtyLiterati #RLFblog #PNR Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Naughty Literati. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Naughty Temptations: Collection One by the Naughty Literati

Genre PNR Anthology

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A collection of bestselling paranormal stories
Featuring NY Times, USA Today, Amazon and International bestselling authors!
Written by the Naughty Literati™
Belle Scarlett, Berengaria Brown, Katherine Kingston, Nicole Austin, and N.J. Walters
Sex Me Up by Nicole Austin
One Night With The Alpha King by Belle Scarlett
Take Me Home by Nicole Austin
Dogged Pursuit by Berengaria Brown
Your One And Only by Nicole Austin
Phantom Affair by Katherine Kingston

Drakon’s Treasure by N.J. Walters
How The Alien Stole Christmas by Belle Scarlett
Kahn’s Haven by Nicole Austin
Were The Hell? by Berengaria Brown
Weapon Of Choice by Katherine Kingston
Publisher’s Note: This is a collection of previously published stories.


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?

I love to write all kinds of romance–paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, and fantasy. It’s fun and challenging to switch up genres, but I always write romance with a HEA.

How do you come up with ideas?

Ideas come from everywhere–a snippet of conversation, an online article, a movie or television show. Sometimes ideas seem to pop in my mind from out of nowhere. That’s the fun of being a writer.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?

The characters. Everything begins and ends with them. They tell me their stories.

When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book back in 1995, but my first book wasn’t published until October 27, 2004. That book was Annabelle Lee, which is available today as Uncovering Annabelle. I just celebrated my 15th year as a published author. It’s been a blast. I look forward to the next fifteen years.


Leather or lace? lace
Black or red? black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? cotton
Ocean or mountains? ocean
City life or country life? country
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? dogs

Where to buy Naughty Temptations: Collection One



Barnes and Noble




NJ Walters Social Media

NJ Walters 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.
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Haunting Miss Fenwick by Alina K Field @AlinaKField #RLFblog #NewRelease #RegencyRomanceAlina K Field , 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.

Haunting Miss Fenwick by Alina K Field

Genre Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Thrilled to finally have a permanent home, a Squire’s daughter won’t let a supernatural creature scare her away. While hunting the ghost she doesn’t believe in, she stumbles upon a mysterious flesh and blood man who might be the key to all of her problems.

When the new Squire moves into Fenwick Manor, an ex-army officer secretly searching the sprawling medieval wreck devises a plan. First, the manor’s legendary ghost will chase servants away. Then, he’ll convince the new residents to leave. But the Squire’s spirited daughter soon has him wondering if he might have found a perfect comrade in arms to help battle old enemies and find the proof that will clear his family name.

Why did you write this book?

Haunting Miss Fenwick picks up the story of Fenwick Manor, the home of one of the characters in my book The Counterfeit Lady. Not only do my hero and heroine get a happy ending, but the old manor does as well!

The story is also part of the Common Elements Romance Project. There are about one hundred of us romance authors writing stories in a variety of subgenres. All that’s required is that each story include five common elements: a missing key, a lightning storm, a haunted house, a character named Max, and a stack of books.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like historical romance, and historical adventure stories.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

There are many, but I’m going to pick Rupert Carsington, the intrepid and incorrigible hero of Mr. Impossible, by Loretta Chase.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m doing the research and story planning for a prequel series to my Sons of the Spy Lord series, to be set in England during the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. I’m also planning a story for the Love After All project with other historical romance authors. We’re taking famous tragic characters, setting them in Regency England, and giving them a happy-ever-after. My story will be about Macbeth. Wish me luck!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Besides Haunting Miss Fenwick, I have a short Christmas novel included in the just-released Winter Wishes Holiday Regency Romance Anthology with twelve other authors. My story is called The Duke She Despised.

Where to buy Haunting Miss Fenwick


Barnes and Noble



Alina K Field Social Media

Award winning author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!
Amazon Author Page


Daryl Devore, 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.

The Gift by Daryl Devore

Genre Sweet Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Daryl Devore’s latest is a sweet whimsical romance with a touch of mystery

Darcy O’Calahann, a junior gardener from a small mid-western town, is trying to make her way in the big city. After a stranger asks a mysterious question, Darcy finds a red tulip inside her locked gardening shed.

Shamus McTavis is a wealthy bachelor with a mysterious family past. But more surprising is his resemblance to the stranger who offered her the red tulip.

Are Darcy’s eyes playing tricks on her? Is she losing her mind? Or is there really a red tulip trying to link Shamus and her together?

Note- This book was previously published under the title Red Tulip and under the author’s pen name – Victoria Adams.

Meet Reginald from The Gift

Full name: Reginald


Gender: Male

Species: Canine

Physical description: large dog, grey and white

Relationship to main character: Hero’s pet

Where this furbaby came from: Reginald was a rescue. Shamus saw him in a shelter and instantly fell in love. Shamus had no idea the energy and future size of a sheep dog.

What inspired you to create this character?

I needed a cute-meet to get the main characters together.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

He adores Reginald. He loves the boundless energy and joy for life the dog’s exhibits.

How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?

Reginald charges up to aand knocks Darcy over. After the initial shock, she immeditaley falls in love with the over-sized puppy.

What does this furbaby eat?

Pretty much whatever he wants. He’s been known to chew up a leather shoe. He gobbled down a steak that was destined for the BBQ. And he’s been given more than his fair share of treats from Shamus. But his main meal is a special diet of raw meat.

What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?

The acres of open space at Shamus’s estate and long walks in Central Park.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

Darcy is quietly tending to one of the gardens, placing out new spring flowers when she is knocked over by what she thought was a small elephant. Shamus hurries over and apologizes, but Darcy is already in love with the dog and is scratching his ears. She looks up with a smile and meets the gaze of the man she is going to marry.

About Licorice and Ginny-furr

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Reginald from The Gift by Daryl Devore @darydevore @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsThis post is called Fiction Furbaby, but perhaps your own pet does not have fur. If you have a pet that has fins, wings, scales, or other features, please tell us about them here.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

None of my pets, which over the years is about the equivalent of a zoo, none has ever made it to a book.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

The same thing they do when I am cleaning, cooking or anything else – they nap.

What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?

A blennie. It’s a kind of saltwater fish. I called it (we had no idea what gender it was) – Blenni and the Jets

Where did you find your pet?

Licorice is a black cat whose very young feral mom had her in our barn. The mom disappeared when Licorice was about 6 wks old and we rescued her. Ginny-furr was a drop off. We live in the country and city people think a domestic cat can survive when tossed out of the house. She was only a small kitten at the time and is very lucky that we accidently found her.

Note – life in the country is not idyllic for animals – especially in July heat which was when this poor little thing was tossed away.

What do you feed your pet?

According to them – I feed them all the wrong food. For two rescues, they certainly have gotten spoiled. There is always a bowl of water, a bowl of crunchies and some wet food.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

We have probably 10 different versions of a toy mouse. Some squeak. Some look real. They are constantly being carried around the house, hidden then relocated and attacked.

Where to buy The Gift


Daryl Devore Social Media

Two writers in one. Daryl Devore writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two black cats – Licorice and Ginny-Furr Purrkins – and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
Amazon Author Page

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.


Meet Rob Regor from Music for a Merman by Alice Renaud @alicerauthor #RLFblog #paranormalromance #PNRWelcome Rob Regor from Music for a Merman, a new paranormal romance by Alice Renaud.

Rob Regor

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Regor Island, in the Morvann archipelago, off the coast of west Wales, UK

Profession: policeman

Ethnicity: In human shape, white Caucasian.

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Shape-shifting merman.

Please provide a physical description of your character.

In his merman, or aquatic, shape, Rob looks a bit like a dolphin. He has black skin and webbed hands and feet. He also has a foot-long, flexible tail. But not a fish tail! Mermen are one hundred per cent hot-blooded mammals. In human shape he is tall and muscular, with black hair, tanned skin, and eyes that look black from a distance but are actually midnight blue.

Please tell us a little about your character.

Rob is tender and sensual, brave and caring. He is a bit of a rebel, he wants to be loyal to his father and Clan, but can’t help feeling attracted to the human world. He is a talented singer, and composes beautiful mermen songs. Once he falls in love with Charlie, the heroine, that’s it – she’s the one, there’s no doubt about it, and he will risk anything to protect her.

Who is the significant other in your character’s life?

He meets Charlie, a beautiful, sexy, spunky environmental activist, when he has to arrest her. He can’t stop himself from falling for her, even though she’s on the other side of the law, and she’s human – mermen of his Clan are completely forbidden from having relationships with human women.

How does Rob dress?

Rob is a policeman, so he wears his uniform when on duty. Off duty, he likes casual clothes, jeans and T-shirt. Regor mermen spend most of their time in their aquatic shape, so he’s not used to wearing human clothes. He finds them restrictive, especially his uniform.

What special skills does Rob rely on?

Rob is a shape shifting merman, he can move between the human world and the sea world. In aquatic shape, he can talk to sea mammals, swim as well as any dolphin, and stay underwater for as long as whale. Like them he uses echolocation to orientate himself, and communicate at a distance with other mermen. Rob is a talented musician and singer, he composes beautiful songs in the mermen language of musical clicks and whistles. In human shape, he’s a fantastic swimmer.

What is Rob’s family like?

Rob’s mother died when he was very young, he doesn’t really remember her. He has a good relationship with his two elder brothers, Rhodri and Rhun, but he is afraid of his father, Rhys, head of the Regor Clan. Rhys hates humans, and has a fearsome temper.

Does Rob see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?

Rob was brought up to see things in black and white. Good or bad, human or merman. And human = bad, merman = good. But now that Rob is living among humans, he is discovering that things are not so simple.

What inner doubt causes Rob the most difficulty?

Rob’s father sent him to the mainland to spy on humans. Becoming a cop was the perfect cover, or so Rob thought. But the more time he spends with humans, the more he likes them. He is increasingly torn between his loyalty to his Clan, and his attraction to the human world.

What past event causes Rob the most fear?

When Rob broke the Clan’s laws by going to a human music and poetry festival, his father punished him by imprisoning him in an undersea dungeon for 3 days. Rob was only 15 years old at the time. Rob has very bad memories of his time in prison, and he is afraid of what his father might do to him if he disobeys him. Most of all, he fears what his father might do to Charlie, if he learns that Rob is in a relationship with her.

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.

Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?

My writer was surprised to discover how much I love music and poetry, both the human and the merman kinds. She hadn’t planned for me to be an artist!

Why do you think your writer loves to write?

It’s more fun than preparing presentations and telling people about company policies. Although rather less well paid.

What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?

I think my writer should write about Caltha Dooran. She is the leader of all the Clans, and the feistiest mermaid on the Morvanns. She’s a great character, properly kick-ass. I wonder what kind of man could tame her!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?

Don’t give up on your dream.

Where to buy Music for a Merman by Alice Renaud

Publisher Black Velvet Seductions
Barnes and Noble

Alice Renaud Social Media

Alice Renaud was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, her father was French and her mother British (from Wales). She moved to London, UK, in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and son. She works full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company. She has been writing in her free time since she was 14. She got quite a few short stories published in UK magazines, before moving to longer fiction. She wrote three contemporary romance books, but didn’t find a publisher for them. She then realized that mermen, sea witches, and time travelling warlocks were a lot more fun than sheikhs and billionaires! Her first two paranormal romances did not find a publisher either, then she wrote A Merman’s Choice, which was published in January this year by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in the Sea of Love series, a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. She loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #RomanceKryssie Fortune, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Thank you for coming to share an insight from your book.

Regency Book Boyfriend 1 – Richard Sharpe

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I’ve read the Bernard Cornwell books, and while he wasn’t as droolworthy there, he was still a compelling and well-written character. He wasn’t lucky in love, though.

I fell for him when I watched the Sharpe TV series. Add in that as Sean Bean in his dark green military rifleman’s uniform oozed sex appeal, and I was hooked. He might not be the obvious top pick, but he’s certainly mine.

Regency Book Boyfriend 2 – Mr. Darcy3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy by Hugh Thomson (1860-1920) [Public domain]

Think Colin Firth emerging from the lake. I’m hot and bothered already. So powerful was THAT scene, that there is now a statue of him in the Serpentine in London – wet shirt and all. Even in the book, he’s powerful and charismatic. The way he falls for Elizabeth Bennet is a joy to watch. As we know, true love doesn’t run smooth, but he wins her in the end.

Regency Book Boyfriend 3 – Hugo Darracott

3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance(from Georgette Heyer’s Unknown Ajax)

The South Gate, Rye by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (No attribution Required)

My love of Historical Fiction started the instant I laid hands on a Georgette Heyer Regency romance.

Picking my favorite Heyer hero was hard. I settled on Hugo because he’s strong and protective, with a wicked sense of humor. Plus, I once led an online worldwide discussion of this book for massed Georgette Heyer fans. (I thought it was five of six people and like an idiot, I volunteered.) Fortunately, I’d visited one of the locations in the book – Mermaid Street, Rye – where some of the action takes place. I was luckier than I deserved.

Regency Book Boyfriend 4 – Viscount Stonehurst

I’d love to add a fourth Regency Hero, Viscount Stonehurst from my latest release The Viscount’s Pet.3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance

He’s dark and satanic, the proprietor of a House of Fun in London, as well as the land agent on his best friend’s country estate. He’s heading home to reconnect with the father who disinherited him when he almost rides down Julianna Halstead. Unaware she has an abusive brother, he forces her to return home, but he steals a wicked kiss.

Okay, I write erotic romance. There’d been more than a kiss, but I wanted to keep my post PG rated.

Have I missed your favorite? Please tell me who you’d have included.

Where to buy The Viscount’s Pet by Kryssie Fortune

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

Kryssie Fortune Social Media

Kryssie Fortune lives by the beach and loses track of time when she writes. Her days are full of dashing regency rakes, former soldiers so handsome they make her drool, and the sexiest werewolves ever. The odd vampire makes it in there too, but when he does, he’s drop dead gorgeous.
Her pet hates are unhappy endings and cliff hangers. She guarantees you won’t find either in her books. Her books sizzle with sensual heat, but story always comes before sex. Even when part of a series, her books can be read as stand-alone romance.
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