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Monthly Archives: February 2020

Relive small town memories in Sommerville Holidays by Vicki Batman @Vicki Batman #RLFblog #RomanticComedy Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Sommerville Holidays.

Sommerville Holidays by Vicki Batman

Genre: Romantic comedy short stories

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Hopes and wishes and holiday kisses…Sommerville holidays.

Story Blurb: Holiday Disaster: Days before Christmas, a librarian experiences plumbing issues and visits from Mr. Maintenance Man who isn’t nearly as jolly as Santa Claus.

The Littlest Angel: Two people. One ornament for the tree. Can a twosome find common ground and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Holiday Handbag Extravaganza: Christmas Countdown is on! A hunk-a-licious customer pesters a boutique owner to locate a vintage handbag for his mother. Too bad the wedge between them is his sister, the meanest girl in town.


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

I write romantic comedy mysteries (the Hattie Cook mystery series) and romantic comedy short stories.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Oh my! Every story is different. For “Holiday Disaster,” I really did have an incident when I was a single girl and dropped my contact down the drain. I had little money to buy a new one; so there was no choice but to call Mr. Maintenance Man. However, the guy wasn’t nearly as much fun as my fictional guy. In “The Littlest Angel” I based the story on a Christmas ornament a family friend gave my mom. In “Holiday Handbag Extravaganza,” I pay tribute to a favorite handbag designer, Enid Collins.

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

Getting the story right. I work and work before it is edited and then work some more. I confess, I’m a slow writer.

When did you write your first book?…

I began writing sixteen years ago. Wow! Time has flown by.


Leather or lace? Leather-handbags. LOL

Black or red? Love red. Wear black.

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton, preferably soft flannel.

Ocean or mountains? Mountains.

City life or country life? City life.

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home watching The Holiday Baking Championship with Handsome

Dogs or cats? Both!

Where to buy Sommerville holidays

Publisher: VLMBatman Publisher

Vicki Batman Social Media

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
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Kris Bock, 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.

Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café: A Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

He’s loved her forever. She still sees him as the neighbor kid. Can five desperate kittens bring them together?

Marley is a baker at the new Furrever Friends Cat Café, which is still trying to find its footing. Her nine-year-old son, Brian, desperately wants a kitten, but they can’t have pets where they live. Who has the time to date? Just as well that she’s protected her heart since the father of her child disappeared.

Adam has loved Marley since he was 13, and she was his best friend’s free-spirited older sister. Back then, he fantasized about rescuing her from bandits or dragons. Now he’s 24, and the five-year age gap isn’t so serious. He wants nothing more than to become a family with Marley and her son. But will she ever see him as a man?

When someone leaves a box of week-old kittens at the café, Adam jumps at the chance to be a hero. But herding kittens might be tougher than fighting dragons, especially when two of them fail to thrive. Can Adam, Marley, and Brian save the kittens and find a future together?

Meet Merlin from Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

Full name: Merlin

Nickname: Merlin

Gender: mail

Species: Maine Coon cat

Physical description: big, shaggy, gray

Relationship to main character: Merlin lives at the cat café where Marley is a baker

Where this furbaby came from: he’s a shelter cat looking for his forever home

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

When the story’s lead characters start fostering five struggling kittens, Merlin literally jumps in to help. The kittens see him as their surrogate mama.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

The Cat Café series features lots of shelter cats who live at the café while waiting for adoption. In each book, one or more find their permanent homes. Merlin appeared in the first book as one of many cats named. He quickly developed a distinct personality and became a reader (and author) favorite. He finds his permanent home in book 3, Tea and Temptation at the Cat Café, but I’ll have to bring him back as a regular visitor.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

Maine Coon cats are known for being friendly and loyal, as well as extra-large. Some of them will happily accompany their people on outside activities, either on or off a leash. They’re sort of a blend of a dog and a cat, which makes them perfect for readers and owners who like both. Merlin adores everyone, grown human or child, cat or kitten, and he’s always up for a game or a cuddle.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.

Merlin is something of an escape artist. In the first book in the series, Coffee and Crushes at the Café, main character Kari shows up to her cat café one morning to discover Merlin trapped between the outer and inner door. He opened the inner door but couldn’t unlock the outer door. It’s a reminder of one of the challenges of cat cafés – keeping the cats contained, and especially out of the food prep area.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

In Kittens and Kisses, Merlin escapes the main café room where the cats are supposed to be contained and makes his way to the office. He mews at the door until Marley lets him in and then jumps on the desk and into the box of foster kittens. As Marley notes, he volunteers to be a nanny.

About Panda and Bear

I’m writing a series about a cat café. But I don’t have cats. Huh?

I love cats. I have known cats and enjoyed them in small doses. But tragically, I am very allergic to cats, so I cannot let one keep me as a servant. (I’m getting allergy shots, so maybe that will change in the future. All hail our fluffy overlords!) In the meantime, I will write about a cat cafe, which gives me a chance to look at lots of pictures and videos of adorable cats and kittens.

Instead, my husband and I keep ferrets. They are similar to cats in some ways. When they play, they are as rambunctious as kittens. Like adult cats, they sleep most of the time. Princess Pandemonium (Panda) and Teddy Black Bear (Bear Bear) provide us with lots of amusement, snuggles, and cute photos for social media.

Where to buy Kittens and Kisses at the Cat Café

Amazon US
Amazon UK
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Kris Bock writes novels of romance, mystery, and suspense. Her Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the employees and customers at a cat café. Watch as they fall in love with each other and shelter cats. Get a free 50-page novella set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café when you sign up for the Kris Bock newsletter.
Kris also writes romantic suspense set in the Southwestern U.S. If you love Mary Stewart or Barbara Michaels, try Kris Bock’s stories of treasure hunting, archaeology, and intrigue in the Southwest.
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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.


Know the Hero from Impassioned Deceit by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #Australian Historical RomanceFaye Hall, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Impassioned Deceit by Faye Hall

Genre Australian Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Would you risk your life for the one you love?

At thirty-two, Hannah Wagstaff’s scandalous past, and the scar it left her with, has made her a spinster, scaring away any offers of marriage. She had given up on love until by chance she was reunited with Patrick, a man who had lit a flame in her heart years ago before disappearing from her life.

Patrick O’Doherty couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Hannah. He had been certain he would never see her again, but there she was, and this time he would do anything to keep her in his life.

Things take a drastic turn when Patrick’s vengeful stepfather starts demanding ownership of the cattle station that was left to Patrick by his father. Suddenly, Patrick finds himself on the run for his life, trying to uncover the secrets of his stepfather’s past and the reason he would be willing to murder for a cattle station.

Hannah is distraught when she’s told Patrick died in a fire. Her grief continues when her sister is kidnapped without any clue to who could have taken her. Months later, when her sister returns, Hannah goes looking for the culprit. What she finds is Patrick, alive and working as a bartender at a hotel.

Passionately reunited with Hannah, Patrick discovers that not only is his life under threat, but hers as well. What secrets tie their families together? Will he be able to protect Hannah, or will his love for her ultimately cost him his life?

Know the Hero from Impassioned Deceit

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Patrick would look through the old files and boxes left at his cattle station by is late father in the hope to discover more about his family and it’s past.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

I’d imagine something cold to give him some relief from the heat of North Queensland.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He spends most of his time working on his cattle station and is very comfortable in jeans and a cotton shirt.

Does he know how to fix things?

He does yes! Though he’s the owner of one of the largest cattle stations in the area, he’s not shy of hard work, and is often with his workers fixing fences or rebuilding burnt down hay sheds.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Patrick returns to his family home after seeing smoke coming from the building. Braving the smoke and growing flames, he ventures inside to rescue the woman he was certain was still inside. Finding her dead, there was a struggle with her attacker and Patrick is injured. He blindly tries to find his way free of the burning building, having failed to save the woman he’d come after. Struggling from the house, he tries to pull himself up onto the back of a very scared horse, but is bucked from it’s back, hitting the ground hard, that he fears death isn’t far behind.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Patrick is an only child, so is very unfamiliar with children, however he does have a vague hope of maybe one day being a father.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

He has learned to enjoy the beauty of the morning, and the way the sunlight emphasizes the beauty of his cattle station.

How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Patrick is very uncomfortable in such situations and longs for a quiet life away from the busy life others in his financial situation share.

Valet or takes care of himself?

He takes care of himself.

Necktie/cravat or open shirt?

Patrick always wear an open neck cotton shirt

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

His sleeves are more often rolled up, usually due to some repairs he’s conducting on the station.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Patrick has naturally blond hair.

Carriage or horseback?

Horseback! Patrick is a very confident rider.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Impassioned Deceit


Faye Hall Social Media

Faye Hall spent her early years listening to stories about the families – including her own – who settled townships in and around her hometown in North Queensland, Australia. The local townspeople, including her own parents, told her stories of corruption and slavery, along with family secrets and forbidden love.
Desperate to remember what she’d been told, along with her already growing love of writing, Faye began to write about the history of her local area. Never could she have imagined the history of her small home town in Australia would become a growing list of published books.
Faye’s passionate stories combine controversial subjects and provocative encounters as her characters struggle to survive the lifestyle in early rural townships throughout Australia. She explores slavery and abortion, drug addiction and murder, as well as forbidden love and passionate affairs of the heart.
When she’d not writing, Faye enjoys sharing a bottle of wine with her husband in their ever-growing garden, and encouraging the varied interests of their combined family of nine children.
Explore the world of Faye Hall, Australian Historical Romance Author at her website
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A Stolen Heart and a bittersweet immortal romance by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #SciFiI’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog, and it’s usually me here welcoming someone else. Today it’s my turn to tell you about a new book. A Stolen Heart isn’t finished yet, but I wanted to share it on 2/26/2020 because 2/26/2620 is the day my immortal king is born. He’s a major character in this story and it’s fitting that we talk about the book. Happy birthday, Pietas!

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

Genre sci fi, romantic elements

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After rescuing a half-alien / half-human child who’s running for his life, warrior-turned-entrepreneur Luc Saint-Cyr stumbles onto a conspiracy at the highest levels of the powerful Thieves’ Guild. Complicating matters, Luc’s immortal ex might be involved. Now Luc must deal with his ex, find a home for the child, squelch the flames of conspiracy and eradicate its perpetrators. As if that’s not enough, an unseen enemy is undoing every good thing Luc accomplishes. But when it comes time to give up the child to a family who can care for him, how will Luc bear to part with the adorable little boy who has stolen his heart…
A Stolen Heart, family-driven sci fi from Kayelle Allen
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Kayelle Allen writes space opera with larger than life, unforgettable characters. Come walk in her worlds and meet them.
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Know the Hero from Deadly Homecoming by Lorelei Confer@loreleiconfer #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLorelei Confer, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Deadly Homecoming by Lorelei Confer

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Madelyn (Maddy) returns home to arrange her mother’s funeral and has to face her biggest fear; her ex who broke her heart, but in oh so many more ways than one.

Garrett, her close childhood friend and FBI agent assigned to the human trafficking task force, gave his heart to her years ago and wants no other woman.

Does he have a second chance, or will her ex steal her from him again?

Know the Hero from Deadly Homecoming

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Read, he’s a solitary man.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

pizza, hamburger, fast food

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

jeans, shirt and sports jacket-no tie

Does he know how to fix things?

Some small uncomplicated mechanical

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

He tried an 8-5 office job but he’d never leave at 5. He had to stay until he solved the puzzle placed before him.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Somewhat timid but able to entertain them.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

excited to execute his plan for the day after a sip of coffee.

Can he use chopsticks?

yes, doesn’t want to draw attention to himself; wants to fit in

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Yes, cream and sugar and hot. Despises lukewarm.

What apps would he have on his phone?

GPS, Link to local FBI office and available files.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone-wants good and reliable

Beard or clean-shaven?

2-3 days growth he keeps trimmed

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Purely unadorned skin.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal, doesn’t want to attract attention

Recycle or toss?

Recycle for sure; cares about the environment and preservation

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Deadly Homecoming


Lorelei Confer Social Media

Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid-west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story–something about getting a shot at the doctors–that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
She is a multi published hybrid author of romantic suspense with two series: The Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.
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Is It True: My Past, Your Future by Gabbi Grey @gabbigrey #RLFblog #gayromanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Gabbi Grey, author of My Past, Your Future, a Paranormal Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

My Past, Your Future by Gabbi Grey

Genre Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Callum MacLaren, a professor from Scotland, visits Willow Springs, Vermont during the Winter Solstice to study and explore the rich history of St. Joseph’s Cemetery. His encounter with a sexy soldier in a tattered Civil War uniform is a captivating puzzle, and the more he learns, the deeper his attraction.

A hundred and fifty years ago, Elijah Freeman was killed during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner and woke up in Willow Springs, the only home he’d known. Alone, he roams the town, unable to leave or interact with a single soul until an intriguing Scot addresses him. Even stranger, the man can see him, hear him, and touch him–a sizzling caress that leaves Elijah aching for more.

But will Elijah return to his ghostly form when the magic of the solstice fades, or is Callum’s love enough to keep him in the land of the living?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

This is my first book. I’m super excited about and nervous.

this book is part of a series?

Yes, this book is part of a series. The Wild Rose Press has created an inn in a fictious Vermont town. The Deerbourne Inn books are loosely connected stories set in the town of Willow Springs.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Not true. Although my characters make me work hard to give them a proper happy ending, my slumber wasn’t interrupted.

you did research for this book?

I did research for the book. One of the characters is a history professor visiting from Scotland (don’t you just love their accents?), and the other character was a black soldier in the American Civil War. I had to research life back in the 1860s as well as the war itself. I worry about the details but hope I got it right.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

One of the characters is a ghost. That’s not human, right? He died over one hundred and fifty years ago, fighting for the union army.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes, this book straddles genres. First and foremost, it is a romance with a happy ending. Secondly, it is a gay romance – two men falling in love. Thirdly it is erotic – happy times are had in the cabin they are forced to share during a winter storm. Finally, there are paranormal elements. I didn’t set out to write a paranormal romance but if you have a ghost, it gets included in that category. I see my character as a real person, even if he is dead.

you speak more than one language?

True. I grew up in Ottawa, Canada. The city is separated from the French province of Quebec by the Ottawa river, but that’s easy to cross these days. My parents put me in a program called French Immersion and I spent more than half my school day studying French. I’ve lost some of it but I drop the occasional French word in my stories.

you grew up where you live now?

False. I grew up in Ottawa the capital of Canada. I now live on the west coast in a little town called Mission. I love beautiful British Columbia and can’t believe I get to make this place my home.

you love to read?

Absolutely true. Although I listen to audiobooks, I count that as reading. Last year I listened to over two hundred books and am already on track for something similar this year.

you are never late?

Another true. I plan carefully to always arrive at least fifteen minutes early. I never leave home without my iPod, so I can listen to an audiobook while waiting. I’m a firm believer in courtesy – if you’re making time for me, the least I can be is prompt.

you love pizza?

Who doesn’t? Pizza is something we don’t eat very often, so when I do, it’s a treat. I love bacon, mushrooms, and green olives.

you love sushi?

Uh, no. Never. Raw fish holds less than zero appeal to me.

you have a pet?

This is probably the most important truth. I have a sixteen-year-old purebred Himalayan cat named Lady Arabella de Bergerac (her father was Cyrano). Her trusted companion is my four-year-old chinpoo, Ally. Ally is ten pounds of pure love. She’s a therapy dog, and so is often allowed with me into restaurants, stores, nursing homes, and hospitals. Ally brings happiness wherever she goes. I might have rescued her, but she’s the one who saved me.

Where to buy My Past, Your Present


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Gabbi Grey lives surrounded by trees, racoons, deer, and other woodland creatures, on a mountain in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin poo keeps her safe from nasty bears.
Working for the government by day, she spends her nights writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances…and while she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love.
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Again, thank you Kayelle for letting me hang out. I have a contest going on if you’re interested.


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