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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Discover fast fun facts about Shilpa Suraj author of Midnight's Star @shilpaauthor #RLFblog #Contemporary #RomanceWhen visually impaired author Dev Arya meets small cafe owner Avni Desai, sparks fly. But will their sizzling chemistry be enough to forge a future together? Midnight’s Star by Shilpa Suraj is all things wonderful in the world of romance.

Shilpa, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Midnight’s Star.

Midnight’s Star by Shilpa Suraj

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 15

Visually impaired author and current flavour of the Indian literary scene, Dev Arya, has not just triumphed against the odds in his life, he’s annihilated them. He’s got fame, fortune and floozies in abundance. And yet, he’s lonely.

Cafe owner and only child to her differently abled father, Avni Desai is broke, heartbroken and a true survivor. But no matter how hard she hustles, she’s still struggling to stay afloat.

And then, one day, Dev walks into her cafe… and everything changes for both of them. From excellent tiramisu to earshattering singing, from dramatic friends to accident prone sexcapades, they embark on the ride of a lifetime.

Will it all be worth it? Will two broken souls find a way to heal each other? Or do the fractures go so deep there is no way for either of them to find the love they so deeply crave, yet can’t seem to reach?

QUICK

What’s your favorite book?.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

What’s a genre you want to write?

Romance

Best writing advice you ever heard?

Just write. Don’t overthink everything.

What’s the title and genre of your first book, and where can we find it?

The Girl He Left Behind. It’s a romance.

Easy

Coffee or tea? Tea

Sit down dinner or drive through? Sit Down Dinner

Fold laundry immediately or let it sit? Fold laundry immediately

Unload dishwasher right away or use dishes from it? Unload dishwasher right away

Driving for pleasure or avoid driving anywhere? Avoid driving anywhere

Talk or text? Text

Emoji or smilie? Smilie

Where to buy Midnight’s Star

Amazon https://amzn.to/2QyR2OE
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57920400-midnight-s-star

Shilpa Suraj Social Media

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present-day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
Website http://shilpasuraj.com/
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Get a new Cat Café Sweet Romance by @Kris_Bock Meet mature characters and cats in this #SweetRomance #RLFblogHow does a chance meeting change three lives? Find out in Cupcakes and Confessions at The Cat Café, by Kris Bock, a mature sweet romance.

Kris, 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.

Cupcakes and Confessions at The Cat Café: a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance by Kris Bock

Genre sweet romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Two years ago, computer genius Sean Gorsuch had a health crisis and sold the tech company he built. Now he works at a cat café, dishing out hot drinks and sweet treats to customers, and lavishing attention on cats. At 52 and never married, he might be a little lonely, but how can he find someone who gets his quirky way of seeing the world?

Twenty-three years ago, Fiona Jones gave up her baby for adoption when her teen fiancé abandoned her. Since then, she has spent most of her life alone. A chance meeting with Sean on a plane leads to a startling revelation: his coworker, Holly, looks like a younger version of Fiona. Could Fiona have a second chance with her daughter, now grown up?

Sean helps steady Fiona through the emotional roller coaster of getting to know Holly. Fiona’s life is too complicated for romance, and Sean doesn’t want to get between mother and daughter. Still, something sparks between them. Should they stay just friends or risk their hearts?

The Furrever Friends Cat Café helps people find furry forever friends – and just might lead to romantic true love too. If you enjoy friends to lovers and mature romance, check out Cupcakes and Confessions at the Cat Café. You’ll also find rescue cats with plenty of personality and their own ideas about what love is.

The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at the Furrever Friends Cat Café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Some characters appear throughout the series, but each book stands alone.

These sweet romances will leave you with the warm, cozy feeling of cuddling a purring cat.

Where to buy Cupcakes and Confessions at the Cat Café

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B093X483DX/
Universal Amazon link: https://geni.us/KrisBock

Kris Bock Social Media

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.
Website https://www.krisbock.com/
Blog https://swarmchairtraveler.blogspot.com/
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Read the spicy #Romance Sharing Leah by Lisabet Sarai @LisabetSarai #RLFblog #HotReadIn Lisabet Sarai’s provocative erotic romance Sharing Leah, the heroine Leah lives with both her husband Daniel and her master Greg. But her lovers’ jealousy and possessiveness threaten to shatter their fragile detente.

Lisabet, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Sharing Leah.

Sharing Leah: A Polyamorous Romance by Lisabet Sarai

Genre Contemporary erotic romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): X-rated

How can she choose between her husband and her master?

Some women might think Leah’s existence heavenly – shared by two sexy men who both adore her. Ten years married to lusty, artistic Daniel, she still finds ecstatic release in surrendering to her master Greg.

But Daniel’s and Greg’s jealousy and possessiveness have made Leah’s life a hell. They bring out the worst in each other. And in some sense, it’s all her fault. If she loved only one of them, if she made a choice, that would be that. In theory, at least.

Unable to bear the continuous conflict, she escapes to the beautiful Maine coast to ponder her future. Gradually she realizes that she cannot live without either of her lovers. But if the two men can’t settle their differences, how can she bear to live with them?

What’s in your character’s pockets, backpack, or purse?

Read the spicy #Romance Sharing Leah by Lisabet Sarai @LisabetSarai #RLFblog #HotReadWhat does your character always carry?

Her mobile phone. Sometimes her work takes her away overnight, to conferences or meetings with clients, and she wants to be able to stay in touch with the two men who are her soul mates.

Is there an item your character carries for good luck and if so, what is it?

Actually, she has two items, one associated with each of her lovers. Folded up in her wallet, she keeps the first poem Daniel wrote to her, the morning after the party where they met more than ten years ago. Meanwhile, tied around her wrist like a bracelet, she wears a leather thong cut from the flogger Greg used, the first time he whipped her. She also wears two rings, her wedding ring on her left hand and a jade and gold ring gifted to her by Greg on her right.

What does your character carry related to a job or calling?

Leah’s a writer, so she carries her laptop with her almost everywhere. Her job involves writing and reviewing for a magazine, but like most people who write what other people tell them to, she’s also working on a novel.

What else besides pockets does the character use to carry things?

She has a shoulder bag she uses for overnight trips. This features in the story.

What is one thing your character wouldn’t be caught dead carrying?

A novel by James Patterson. She has a rather snobbish attitude toward popular fiction.

Has anything in your character’s pockets ever gotten them in trouble?

Oh, yes. Once at a business meeting she reached into her purse for her phone and pulled out a pair of silk bikinis instead. Daniel had come to visit her at lunch time. At his instigation, they’d enjoyed a quickie in the office rest room. Flustered and running late, she hadn’t noticed that her mischievous husband had stuffed her panties into her bag.

Where to buy Sharing Leah: A Polyamorous Romance

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094XPD83D

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sharing-leah-lisabet-sarai/1139457298?ean=2940164905293

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/th/en/ebook/sharing-leah-a-polyamorous-romance

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1084055

Kinky Literature https://www.kinkyliterature.com/book/42-sharing-leah-a-polyamorous-romance/

Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58040241-sharing-leah

Lisabet Sarai Social Media

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has penned plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance – over one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre—paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Website https://www.lisabetsarai.com
Blog https://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/LisabetSarai
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/lisabetsarai
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Meet Patricia Bates @PatBAuthor Author of Chains of Rome #RLFblog #HistoricalRomancePatricia Bates, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Chains of Rome.

Chains of Rome by Patricia Bates

Genre Historical Romance set in Ancient Rome

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Born a slave, Salaria has served her mistress, Roman noblewoman Icilia, from childhood. Skilled with medicines and potions, she’s served as both her body slave and healer. From her position at Icilia’s side Salaria’s bore witness to countless indiscretions.

To protect herself and the slave children of the villa, Salaria has kept her mistress’s secrets safe. When she unwittingly humiliates Icilia, Salaria is punished severely and thrown out of the house and into the slave quarters attached to the barn.

Her fate – to serve the men training to be gladiators.

Recently taken from the battlefield, war chieftain Tritus has no love of Rome. His hatred deepens when he sees how Salaria, a spirited yet compassionate woman, is treated. To protect her, Tritus begins to train her as a gladiator.

But the longer they’re together, the more they yearn for each other. In Tritus, Salaria finds a man of honor, of integrity who sees her as an equal. A man who doesn’t fear her or want to crush her beneath his heel. Love, however, is a luxury no slave can afford.

Pushed together for survival, they find themselves drawn to each other. But their futures are uncertain and one slip could mean they’re torn from each other’s arms forever.

Can they survive the fight for freedom and their hearts in the face of dark secrets and deep betrayals?

**Content Warning – Contains graphic scenes of violence, sex, and gore.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What is your personality type?

I’m an introverted extrovert, I enjoy socializing when I’m away from home, but for me the quiet calm of my office is my favorite place.

What was your favorite childhood game?

Cowboys. Growing up out of town, our neighbors had livestock and I love riding horses so I was often at my neighbors helping out around the yard and barn.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

History – love history. Which is why I love writing about it and often when not talking about writing talk about historical trivia.

What is your favorite book?

Um just one? I have a dozen favorites in many different genres. One that’s stuck with me the longest is Sackett Brand by Louis L’Amour.

What is your favorite meal?

Scalloped potatoes

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always loved the written word – when I was little it was the challenge of keeping up with my older sister then it grew into a compulsion.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

K.M Weiland – she has an amazing amount of non-fiction writing books which are absolutely gold.

What are your favorite reference books?

Craig Marten Release Strategies, Plot Your Romance Novel by Natasha James, and Chicago Manual of Style

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

I haven’t been to one yet, but swag for giveaways, copies of my books in print and my laptop set up so people can purchase their ebook copies immediately if they desire to.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Write a business plan for yourself and work on your author base (website, social media, newsletter) with your writing as your main priority.

What are your writing goals for the next year or so?

To finish the WIPs I have on my desk at the moment – which total five and then work on new ideas.

Where to buy Chains of Rome

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08ZK5FG31
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chains-of-rome-patricia-bates/1139170051
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/chains-of-rome

Patricia Bates Social Media

Patricia Bates is a Canadian romance author writing in her favorite genre: Historical Romance. She recently expanded her genres to include Contemporary Suspense and Romantic Suspense with a gothicesque feel.
Patricia has developed a unique writing style to reflect her passion for history and strong, independent characters. Her stories feature characters of strength and integrity, with their own unique flaws.
She has two Best Sellers under her belt for Champagne Books and Beachwalk Press.
Her best selling Master’s Mistress has signed with an agent and they are actively seeking to get it made into a feature-length film. She recently released a Dark Romantic Suspense romance and is set to release another historical romance in 2021.
Website https://www.patriciabates.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/PatBAuthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Patriciabatesauthor
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/patriciabatesauthor
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/patriciabates
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.ca/Patricia-Bates/e/B003UTR7UE
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The Beaumont Brides Boxed Set Books 1-3 by Laura Haley-McNeil @laurarmcneil #RLFblog #NewRelease #SweetRomanceThe Lowes and the Duvalls have known each other since high school, but didn’t know they were related. Navigate the lives and loves of six stepbrothers and six stepsisters as they take a chance on love.

Laura Haley-McNeil, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Beaumont Brides Boxed Set Books 1-3

The Beaumont Brides Boxed Set Books 1-3 by Laura Haley-McNeil

Genre Sweet Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 1

Book 1: Wherever Love Finds You

It’s his game. He makes the rules. Rule number one – only he can break the rules.

Book 2: When Love Whispers

Sometimes, love comes in packages.

Book 3: Call It Love

A kiss isn’t just a kiss…

Why did you write this book?  I remember a TV series Brothers & Sisters, though it didn’t interest me enough to watch it. I liked the premise of following the lives and loves of adult children. Throw in a blended family and the complications became more interesting. I couldn’t wait to write how six stepbrothers and six stepsisters with their careers established now face an additional complication called love.

What is your favorite genre to read?  Anything romance, but I also can’t resist a good psychological thriller.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?  I always come back to Scarlett O’Hara and Elizabeth Bennet. Those women don’t know the meaning of the word no. They know what they want and nothing will stop them, and they do that while maintaining their poise.

What are you working on at the moment? I’m finishing up a fourth book in my Christmas Billionaire series. The Billionaire’s Christmas Surprise, releases November 23, 2021. Alexander Ross has it all, including a nine year old daughter who struggles with the loss of her mother. He has searched far and wide to find the perfect woman who can guide his daughter through the emotional turmoil. He hadn’t expected a scarred woman to give his daughter the care she needed, and he doesn’t expect the change this woman will make in his own life.

What books will we see from you in coming months?  Love Calls Softly, Book 4 of the Beaumont Brides Series releases August 24, 2021, and The Billionaire’s Christmas Contract, Book 3 of the Christmas Billionaires Series releases October 26, 2021.

Where to buy The Beaumont Brides Boxed Set

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08HYB96RZ

Laura Haley-McNeil Social Media

Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.
Website/Blog https://laurahaleymcneil.com/
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Meet Mary Marvella @MaryMarvella Author of Margo's Choice #RLFblog #WomensFiction #RomanceMargo dreads her ex-husband’s return on leave. His determination not to claim their youngest daughter as his leaves Margo in fear he will say the wrong thing and break the girl’s heart and her own again.

Mary, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Margo’s Choice.

Margo’s Choice by Mary Marvella

Genre Women’s Fiction/romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Margo’s Choice is about a woman who dreads her ex-husband’s return to their hometown on leave. She has always struggled to resist his desire for “sex for the sake of sex” with “no strings attached” during his previous leaves. Each time she has found lust wasn’t enough. He left happy, but she felt used and foolish. He was her first love and the father of their daughters. After 16 years of separation, the marine still knows how to push her buttons. She has never stopped loving him, at least in some ways, though she really doesn’t like him.

When she learns he isn’t coming for a visit but is retiring, she fears what he can do to her heart if she lets him inside for even a second. Even more, she fears for the heart of her youngest daughter, the child who adores him, the child he doesn’t believe is his.

Jay has finally had his fill of war and danger. He is ready to retire and get to know his daughter better, be with his family. He wishes Margo would come clean and tell her youngest daughter he isn’t her father. Then he could forgive her lies and maybe they could all have honest relationships.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What makes you different from other people?

What is your personality type?

I love to learn new things. My curiosity knows few bounds. I am disorganized but not.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I was a “Let’s Pretend” child. I made up the games we played in our playhouse in our large back yard. Sometimes I scared myself. I climbed trees and took my dolls with me.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

I’ll talk about almost anything, but I LOVE to talk about writing and teaching.

What is your favorite book?

What is your favorite meal?

I love hibachi salmon and shrimp. I’m a fan of Pappadeaux, too! (Leftovers are amazing)

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I have always been a storyteller, so when I retired from teaching, I decided to write the stories my grandmamas told us. Then I discovered romance novels, and characters in my head insisted their stories must be told.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

What are your favorite reference books?

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

I pack everything I might need. I’m the person with the things others forgot. I take sensible shoes and one purse. Extra clothes are a must since I have been known to wear parts of my meals. No one could wear all the jewelry I take with me, but I LOVE my jewelry!

My laptop goes along, of course, and a rolling briefcase!

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Write as much as you can. If all that comes to mind is crap, write it, and sort it out later. NEVER throw away anything you write. Keep a file of deleted material to revisit and repurpose.

What are your writing goals for the next year or so?

I hope to finish book one of a paranormal series about demons and a paranormal novella I started. I have plenty of unfinished projects waiting.

Where to buy Margo’s Choice

Publisher M. Barfield Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M0U8CU/

Mary Marvella Social Media

Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile was as exciting as hearing the music of the ice cream truck. As a child of the South, she inherited the storytelling gene from her parents and writes with a southern flair.

Retired from teaching classic works of the masters, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She has published 10 novels, 1 book on editing, and a collection of Christmas stories.
Mary tutors and coaches writers when she isn’t working on projects as a freelance editor. She has always been a grammar geek who loved soaking up new knowledge and reading everything, including labels on cereal boxes.
Mary has taught workshops for Georgia Romance Writers, Northeast Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, Savvy Authors, Hearts through History (RWA) and FF&P (RWA) and The Southern Pen Indie Conference. Mary loves teaching so much she published a book called Weeding of your Manuscript: What Editors Wish You Knew
Website www.MaryMarvella.com
Blog https://pinkfuzzyslippersauthors.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/mmarvellab
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