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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Shot Through the Heart by Andrea Downing @AndiDowning #RLFblog #historicalwesternromanceCan you have revenge on your mind when you’ve been Shot Through the Heart? In Andrea Downing’s new historical western romance, he wants to kill his sister’s murderers, she wants to help and heal the sick. Will it be trouble or love that finds them first?

Andrea, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Shot Through the Heart.

Shot Through the Heart by Andrea Downing

Genre historical western romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Gunslinger Shiloh Coltrane has returned home to work the family’s Wyoming ranch, only to find there’s still violence ahead. His sister and nephew have been murdered, and the killers are at large.

Dr. Sydney Cantrell has come west to start her medical practice, aiming to treat the people of a small town. As she tries to help and heal, she finds disapproval and cruelty the payment in kind.

When the two meet, it’s an attraction of opposites. As Shiloh seeks revenge, Sydney seeks to do what’s right. Each wants a new life, but will trouble or love find them first?


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

I write both historical and contemporary romance and women’s fiction, but so far all my books take place in the west. I’ve been using Wyoming fairly frequently as my setting as that’s where I live part-year (pandemics permitting!)

How do you come up with ideas?

Numerous different ways! My last book, Always on My Mind, devolved from an actual fight between cowboys and hippies at my local dancehall in the ’70s; Loveland came out of something I read about British aristocrats starting big cattle companies in the west. Shot Through the Heart started with the hero’s name, taken off my Cowboy calendar. Somewhere out there, there’s a real hero!

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

Character and conflict. Without really good characters, you have a very flat story, and without the conflict you have no story!

When did you write your first book?

Like most authors, that one is hidden away; mine is in boxes. It was written in the ’90s but I didn’t publish anything until 2012.


Leather or lace? Leather—cowhide!

Black or red? Black. A gypsy once told me I’d die if I drove a red car so I avoid red.

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton—I hate satin or silk sheets. Too slippery.

Ocean or mountains? Mountains, though I’m lucky enough to live near each part-year.

City life or country life? Country, of course.

Party life or evening at home? Can I have both?

Dogs or cats? Horses please? Okay, dogs if I must take one of those.

Where to buy Shot Through the Heart

Barnes and Noble


Andrea Downing Social Media

A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and just about anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning western romances.
She has been a finalist in the RONE Awards for Best American Historical Romance twice, placed in the International Digital Awards twice, and won ‘Favorite Hero’ and Honorable Mentions for Favorite Heroine, Short Story and Novel in the Maple Leaf Awards. Her book, Dearest Darling, has also won The Golden Quill Award for Best Novella and been on the short list for winning The Chanticleer Award for Best Short or Novella.
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Is It True: Death Southern Style by Beverley Bateman @kelownawriter #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense #PNRBeverley Bateman’s new romantic suspense with a paranormal twist is set in New Orleans, amid jazz, ghosts and a corrupt justice system. With the assistance of visions, voodoo and a special dog, can she find love with a cop, solve a murder and survive the death threats?

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Beverley Bateman, author of Death Southern Style, a romantic suspense. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Death Southern Style by Beverley Bateman

Genre Romantic Suspense with a touch of Paranormal

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When Perrine Dupré dies under suspicious circumstances her daughter, Julie Ann Dupré, returns to New Orleans to find the truth about her mother’s death. She uncovers a family secret, hidden for years. Now someone is trying to kill her. Will the little dog who appears after her mother’s death help her? Is the sexy detective out to help her, or is he part of police corruption?

Detective Connor O’Reilly, a native of New Orleans, comes from a family of police. He’s an honest cop but realizes there is corruption in the division. His father may have died as part of that corruption. He meets Julie Ann, checks out her mother’s death and finds it was badly handled. Julie Ann deserves the truth and he wants to find it for her.

Julie Ann and Connor work together to unravel the real reason behind Perrine Dupré’s murder, Julie Ann’s mysterious past, and why people want her dead, while developing their challenging relationship. Can they both survive? And can their relationship survive?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. I’ve written several series and other standalone book.

this book is part of a series?

No, not this one

you lost sleep while writing this book?

No. Actually, I usually solve my problems while I sleep. I think about the scene or character and what the challenge is and go to sleep. In the morning I wake up and often I have my answers.

you did research for this book?

Yes. I usually do research. For this book I researched New Orleans, history, police corruption, voodoo, ghosts and culture traits. I did the research online, online groups and with a visit to New Orleans.

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

Yes. There is a dog. Sorry, can’t say any more.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes. It’s a contemporary, romantic suspense with paranormal elements.

you speak more than one language?


you grew up where you live now?

No. I’m Canadian and still live here but I was born in Alberta, moved to British Columbia and recently moved back to Alberta, but a different town.

you love to read?

Yes. I love romantic suspense, JD Robb and a lot of self-pubbed authors. I also enjoy murders, suspense and biographies. I usually read before I go to bed.

you are never late?

Not usually. I have a good sense of time, but occasionally detours and traffic can throw me off. so

you love pizza?

Yes. Chicken fajita pizza is awesome. And so is bacon and shrimp.

you love sushi?

Yes. I love California rolls and tempura.

you have a pet?

Yes. I have a 10-year-old, overweight rescue dog. Benji is a Poochon – part poodle, part bichon.

Where to buy Death Southern Style


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Beverley Bateman now lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She recently moved from the Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. Instead of vineyards, orchards, lakes, and mountains she has ranches, farmers and a close community. She lives there with her husband and her Bichon-poodle rescue dog. During the cold Alberta winters, she snowbirds to Arizona and does glass fusion, watercolor painting and plays the ukulele besides working on her latest romantic suspense. Hunted, Missing and Targeted are part of her Montana series. She also has her Holly Devine series; A Cruise to Remember, and a Murder to Forget. Don’t Go is her darker romantic suspense.
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I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of RLF–and I’m usually welcoming guests in this space. Today, it’s my turn to share a book. A Stolen Heart is my latest in the Antonello Brothers sci-fi series set in the Tarthian Empire.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

Read a SciFi this weekend: A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen #SciFi #MM #RLFblogWhen he rescues a half-human orphan, a glorified space pirate turned entrepreneur sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to topple the powerful Thieves’ Guild he once led.

Multiple layers of conspiracy unfold, reaching all the way to Luc’s immortal ex–the king. Behind each solved mystery looms an unseen foe, undoing the good Luc accomplishes.

For the sake of this child, Luc must postpone his own freedom and master his desire for revenge or he will violate an ancient vow. Worse, he’ll put the toddler at risk.

At war with his compassion for the vulnerable child, loyalty to the king, duty to the Guild, and the bright lure of freedom he’s coveted for centuries, Luc seeks the right path.

Will he choose liberty and unparalleled success, or restore the Thieves’ Guild to its former glory while overseeing the child’s training?

A hard choice for any man. For an immortal whose inner monster can destroy on sight? Impossible.

A pirate with a monstrous past can never be trusted with an innocent child. Luc must ensure the child is protected, safe, nowhere near danger. Nowhere near him.

Even if this little boy has already stolen his heart…

Where to buy A Stolen Heart

Universal buy link

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Unstoppable heroes – Uncompromising love – Unforgettable passion
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Read the new Hollywood Flirt by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceFriends to lovers, a Hollywood romance, Hollywood Flirt by Alexa Aston. A Hollywood star and his director find love–until her crazy ex-husband shows up with an agenda.

From internationally bestselling romance author Alexa Aston – Book Two in the exciting Hollywood Name Game – a stunning new contemporary romance series. Read for free with Kindle Unlimited!

She’s Hollywood royalty whose trail vanished a dozen years ago.

He doesn’t do relationships and thinks commitment is a four-letter word.

They Google each other…and sparks fly…

Sydney Revere, the daughter of a famous movie couple, left Hollywood behind over a decade ago. Christened The Wild Child by the media, she reinvents herself as a serious student who becomes an attorney and marries a safe, predictable man. When her husband cheats on her and the law loses its glitter, Sydney returns to Hollywood. Her father hires her to storyboard his upcoming movie, No Regrets–and then stuns Sydney when he offers her the job as his assistant director.

Dash DeLauria is a rising actor who hasn’t trusted a woman since his mother left. He’s now the guardian of his mentally-challenged brother. Dash is looking to grow professionally and after he wins the lead in No Regrets, he finds he’s lost his heart and soul to Sydney. With both their careers on the upswing, life is sweet.

But Sydney’s ex-husband isn’t finished with her yet. Discovering who she really is–and that she’s wealthy–he tracks her to California, ready to start over with her again.

No matter what it takes…

Series order
Book 1 – Hollywood Heartbreaker
Book 2 – Hollywood Flirt
Book 3 – Hollywood Player
Book 4 – Hollywood Double
Book 5 – Hollywood Enigma
Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG-13

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Award-winning and internationally bestselling author Alexa Aston lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She’s a binge fiend (The Crown and Ozark are favorites) who enjoys travel, sports, and time with her family.
Her historical romances bring to life loveable rogues and dashing knights, while her contemporary romances are light and flirty and sometimes contain a bit of suspense.
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Read Stolen and Seduced by Tricia Schneider @TriciaSchneider #RLFblog #NewRelease #AlienAbductionRomanceFalling in love was never in their plans to escape an alien spaceship in Tricia Schneider’s new sci-fi romance, Her Alien Kiss, within Stolen and Seduced: A Limited Edition Collection of Alien Abduction Romances.

Tricia, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Her Alien Kiss within Stolen and Seduced: A Limited Edition Collection of Alien Abduction Romances.

Her Alien Kiss by Tricia Schneider

Genre: Sci-fi Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Aliens abduct Lena, the daughter of the President of the United Nations of Earth, to blackmail her father into giving them weapons to defeat the deadly warriors ravaging their home planet. Lena is trapped with another prisoner and together they plan a daring escape. But can the enemy of her enemy be her friend? Lena is forced to decide. Trust her father to send rescue or trust the alluring alien captive to help her escape. Can she make it back to Earth alive and with her heart intact?

These sexy aliens will stop at nothing to claim their mates—including abducting them!

When hot, hunky aliens need to find a mate, they know right where to look: Earth. But let’s face it, not all Earth girls are easy. We prefer our guys—even our alien guys—to put in some serious effort. Good thing human men make it easy for them.

Don’t miss your chance to binge-read this burning-hot collection of alien abduction-turned-seduction tales by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors.

Why did you write this book?

I’ve always loved science fiction movies and television. I’m a fan of shows like Doctor Who, Stargate: SG1, Firefly, and Farscape. And I’m a Star Trek and a Star Wars fan. Yeah, I can’t pick between the two. I love them all for different reasons. What they have in common are aliens! So, I took my love for romance and combined it with my love for science fiction. I tossed it together and came up with Rex and Lena. Rex is an alien and Lena is a human from Earth. They’re both captured by other aliens and must rely on each other to escape. Falling in love was never in their plans.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance. Any kind of romance! I need that happily-ever-after that other genre’s don’t always guarantee. Although, I’m a diverse reader and enjoy reading many other genres such as mystery, science fiction and fantasy, I always, always come back to romance.

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

Oh, I have a lot, but the first to come to mind is Jane from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It’s a gothic romance which is one of my favorite romance genres to read. Both Jane and Mr. Rochester are tormented characters which makes the ending so much sweeter.


What are you working on at the moment?

I always have more than one project going on. I’m working on two paranormal romance books in my Cougar Shifter series. I’m also writing more sci-fi romances in Her Alien Temptation series. I’m bouncing between these series at the moment.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I have two books releasing this October. The Ghost of Morley Manor is coming out in A Cursed All Hallows Eve Collection. Tempting Benjamin will be part of the Falling for Shifters Romance Collection. And I have some Christmas novellas planned for the holiday season. Also, I have another alien romance that will be part of Alien Embrace coming out next year!

Where to buy Stolen and Seduced


Tricia Schneider Social Media

Tricia Schneider is a multi-genre romance author. From werewolves, vampires and witches to wicked pirates and sexy aliens, she weaves sensual stories where happily-ever-after is a guarantee. She believes there is a book for everyone. A sentiment she gained after years of working as Assistant Manager and bookseller at Waldenbooks. After the store closed, she turned to writing full-time, publishing all kinds of romance such as paranormal, historical, fantasy, sci-fi and gothic romances.
Tricia lives in Pennsylvania with her four children and two rescued cats, Harley and Cassius. When she’s not typing away on her laptop, she’s riding shotgun in a ’67 Impala while keeping her eyes open for a madman in a Big Blue Box.
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Know the Hero from The Curse by Augustina Van Hoven @augustinavhoven #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #PNRThe hidden community is preparing for war in book two of Augustina Van Hoven’s paranormal romance, The Curse. Prince Laren needs to find a way to break his curse to help save the community.

Augustina, 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 Curse.

The Curse by Augustina Van Hoven

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Prince Laren, a Tovenaar destined to be the ruler of his house, has only one goal. Break the spell that forces him to go catting around at night and unleash his wrath on the sorcerer responsible. Then he meets a woman with fiery hair, deep blue eyes, and the body of his dreams. She’s but a pawn in the looming conflict between members of the hidden community. And the prince is torn between his old and new desires.

Juliet Cooper’s plans were simple: sell her great uncle’s property, return home, find a job, and get on with life. But then she meets Laren—in both human and cat form. And her plans get complicated. Juliet finds she can’t leave until she knows the secrets that her great uncle’s property and the handsome, blue-eyed man are hiding, unaware of the price she might have to pay.

When Juliet is attacked by Laren’s opponents, he must decide whether to rescue her, risking not only the wrath of the community members who shelter him and his princely future, but also his life.

Know the Hero from The Curse

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

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

After dark he is stuck in cat form and his options are limited. He might chase small animals or try to hide from the shifter guards.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He loves breakfast food. He’d pick up some sort of breakfast sandwich.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He likes loose fitting clothes that he can easily get in and out of when the change comes over him.

Does he know how to fix things?

When he can use his magic, he can fix pretty much anything.

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

He tried to see the woman he’s interested in while in cat form and got locked in her trailer.

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

He’s very kind. He considers children to be very precious and hopes to have his own some day.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

He would be transforming from a cat into a man. The change is always painful and exhausting.

How does he act around people who don’t know what he is?

He’s cautious. Since his power is limited, he tries to act as human as possible.

Will he let a worker handle things or do it himself?

Because of his curse there are a lot of times when he has no choice but to let someone else handle things.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

He has one earring that he’s borrowed. It can hold extra energy for his magic.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

He doesn’t know how to drive and his magic tends to short out modern electronic things. He does a lot of walking or riding in older vehicles.

Recycle or toss?

He’d just toss something away.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy The Curse

Barnes and Noble

Augustina Van Hoven Social Media

Augustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, dog and two cats. She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or in the winter months crochet and knit on her knitting machines.
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