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Monthly Archives: June 2021

#VampireRomance The Alpha Council Chronicles by Brenda Sparks @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #BooksWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Today’s guest is Brenda Sparks, author of The Alpha Council Chronicles, a paranormal romance series. Brenda, tell us about your book.

The Alpha Council Chronicles Series by Brenda Sparks

Genre Paranormal Romance

Series heat level (based on movie ratings): R

In the shadows of the night, there exists a band of warriors–a group of vampires, known as the Alpha Council. Their vow, to protect not only their kind but the humans existing alongside them.

Together they will confront an extraordinary destiny of peril, passion, and dark pleasures in the riveting paranormal romance series, The Alpha Council Chronicles.

Where to buy The Alpha Council Chronicles Series

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/brenda-sparks
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Sparks/e/B00B7AJBBQ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alpha-revealed-brenda-sparks/1136277240
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/alpha-revealed/id1497481224

Brenda Sparks Social Media

Brenda Sparks has always loved all things spooky and enjoys incorporating paranormal elements in her writing. She refuses to allow pesky human constraints to get in the way of telling the story. Luckily the only thing limiting her stories is her imagination. Her characters are strong, courageous, and she adores spending time with them in their imaginary world.
Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.
Brenda loves connecting with readers. To contact Brenda or for more information on her books, including excerpts, free reads, and more please visit her website.
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Know the Heroine from Lady Elinor's Escape by Linda McLaughlin @LyndiLamont #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceCinderella meets Mr. Knightley in Linda McLaughlin’s sweet Regency romance, Lady Elinor’s Escape. In disguise and on the run for her life, Lady Elinor meets a curious barrister. Can he learn her secret in time to save them both?

Linda, 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 heroine, but first, tell us about Lady Elinor’s Escape.

Lady Elinor’s Escape by Linda McLaughlin

Genre Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

A mysterious lady. An inquisitive gentleman. And a secret that could tear them apart.

Lady Elinor should be in London enjoying the season, not fearful and trapped in a country cottage with an unbalanced relative. When her aunt becomes violent, she flees straight into the path of a compassionate barrister. Desperate, she accepts his help, but will she be able to hide the truth from this inquisitive, intelligent man?

There are too many women in barrister Stephen Chaplin’s life, but he has never been able to turn his back on a woman in need. The reticent seamstress resists his every attempt to draw her out and remains a mystery he can’t solve.

Then a Bow Street Runner hired by her aunt comes asking questions. Elinor again turns to Stephen for help. But when circumstances reveal the truth about her background, will Stephen and Elinor lose their chance at happiness?

Lady Elinor’s Escape is a Cinderella-inspired traditional Regency romance. If you like noble gentlemen, independent ladies and sweet romance, this book is for you! Read now for free with Kindle Unlimited or grab a copy for 99 cents during the Kindle Countdown Deal, US and UK only.

Know the Heroine from Lady Elinor’s Escape

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

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

Read or draw.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

A meat pie from a street vendor.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Naturally, she would prefer clothing made from fine cotton or silk, though she dresses more casually in most of the book, as she pretends to be a seamstress.

Does she know how to fix things?

Not mechanical things, but she’s quite handy with a needle.

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

In the first chapter she runs away from her abusive aunt, planning to take the mail coach to London, but then finds out it doesn’t stop at the local inn, which is how she meets the hero.

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

She is kind to them.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Cheerful.

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

She possesses the social graces of her station in life, but she also adapts to a less exalted environment.

Maid or takes care of herself?

She takes care of herself for most of the book.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Proper dress.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Buttoned, of course.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural hair, except at a masquerade ball.

Carriage or horseback?

Carriage.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Lady Elinor’s Escape

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHSNEII/
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CHSNEII/

Linda McLaughlin Social Media

Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of history fostered by her paternal grandmother and an incurable case of wanderlust inherited from her father. She has traveled extensively within the United States and has visited Mexico, Canada, Australia, Europe and Iceland. She now lives near the ocean in Orange County, California.
Linda writes historical and Regency romance under her real name and spicier romance under the pseudonym Lyndi Lamont.
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Know the Hero from Sixshooter by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #SciFi #Romance

Some call him the Space Cowboy; others call him lover. No gangster required. Meet Garrett Rawls in Sixshooter! #alienlove #genderfluidmenage #lovethosespacecowboys #HorizonCrossover

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

Sixshooter by Lyndi Alexander

Genre Science fiction romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Valeni Pascual wants to be free to make a living hauling cargo with her spaceship and to understand the shapeshifting alien who presents sometimes as the steamy male Nik and other times as the blonde bombshell Nikki.

As a rebel insurgence builds against the oppressive government known as the Agency, Valeni and Nik/Nikki encounter a sexy Terran cowboy named Garrett Rawls. Since being pulled into this region of space by another mysterious wormhole, Garrett has looked for a way to return to Earth. After meeting Valeni and Nikki, he might have found something worth staying for.

However, dark forces may have a much bigger picture in mind for all of them. Valeni, Nik/Nikki, and Garrett are pulled into a life and death fight that lays bare all of their secrets and their desires. Will they lose everything as the battle against the Agency rages around them or can love pull them through?

Know the Hero from Sixshooter

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

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

He’s got Valeni and Nikki to be with if he wants female companionship, Nicholas and Luca if he wants an old-fashioned boys’ night…. but if they aren’t around, he’d likely watch old vids, read, tinker with the ship or toss a ball against the bulkhead, Steve McQueen-style.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Hot dog or sausage, something salty and not lowfat. He wouldn’t pay any mind to what actually is in the hot dog. This is a great trait in a new universe where you definitely have no idea what’s stuffed in between your bread.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He comes from Earth, in the western territories, so he is partial to denim or denim- type fabric pants, button up shirt. Natural type fabrics. I can’t see him in polyester type fabrics, no Trek onesies. Space suits or the like only in emergencies.

Does he know how to fix things?

He’s not bad at it. His favorite uncle and his Grandpa Maurice made sure this little cowboy was good with his hands. He could probably MacGyver almost anything.

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

He was asked to transport a cargo to another planet, without being allowed to know what the cargo contained. Being a good captain, he objected to this, but was persuaded by his friend Valeni to accept it anyway. His curiosity got the better of him and he pried one of the crates open. What he found was startling, and the consequences of his action were deadly.

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

Just like he’s their big brother and gets to play with them all day and doesn’t have to act like an adult.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Definitely a “hit the snooze button, put the pillow over his head, ten more minutes mom” person. Unless what’s waking him is a pretty girl in his bed. Then he just does what comes naturally. 😊

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

Not any different than he does the rest of the time. Garrett is what he is—everyone else can take it or leave it.

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

He wouldn’t rudely take over, but he’s been raised to be a good guy and to be helpful, so he’d likely offer to help or even just handle something himself rather than bother someone who’s busy.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Hey, what you do when you’re drunk can’t be held against you, can it? I mean, there might be a tattoo. Or two.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal. And with as much power as it can have.

Recycle or toss?

Traveling spacemen always conserve whatever’s possible, so recycle or give it to someone who needs it.

(With thanks for input to Kellie Hicks, who first originated Garrett long ago in an online RPG)

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Sixshooter

Publisher Dragonfly Publishing
Coming Soon! To know when this book is available, follow the author on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2
Print editions will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more. Find ebooks at retailers, lending libraries, and subscription services, including: Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Blio, Kobo Books, Open Library, Overdrive, Scribd, Smashwords, and more.

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
Website https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lyndi-alexander
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4185290.Lyndi_Alexander
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2/
Book series trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5HtphfL7TE&t=21s

 

Coming Soon: Sixshooter by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceWhen a mercenary pilot finds a handsome man asking for help, she takes him in, only to discover he can shift from gorgeous man to gorgeous girl at will. Add in a lost Terran cowboy, who falls in love with both women, and the adventure begins! Sixshooter, a sci-fi romance from Lyndi Alexander.

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

Sixshooter by Lyndi Alexander

Genre Science fiction romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Valeni Pascual wants to be free to make a living hauling cargo with her spaceship and to understand the shapeshifting alien who presents sometimes as the steamy male Nik and other times as the blonde bombshell Nikki.

As a rebel insurgence builds against the oppressive government known as the Agency, Valeni and Nik/Nikki encounter a sexy Terran cowboy named Garrett Rawls. Since being pulled into this region of space by another mysterious wormhole, Garrett has looked for a way to return to Earth. After meeting Valeni and Nikki, he might have found something worth staying for.

However, dark forces may have a much bigger picture in mind for all of them. Valeni, Nik/Nikki, and Garrett are pulled into a life and death fight that lays bare all of their secrets and their desires. Will they lose everything as the battle against the Agency rages around them or can love pull them through?

 

Where to buy Sixshooter

Publisher Dragonfly Publishing
Coming Soon! To know when this book is available, follow the author on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2
Print editions will be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more. Find ebooks at retailers, lending libraries, and subscription services, including: Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, Blio, Kobo Books, Open Library, Overdrive, Scribd, Smashwords, and more.

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
Website https://lyndialexander.wordpress.com
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lyndi-alexander
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lyndialexander13/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4185290.Lyndi_Alexander
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Lyndi-Alexander/e/B005GDYPU2/
Book series trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5HtphfL7TE&t=21s

 

Read Midnight's Star by Shilpa Suraj @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

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

I write mostly in romance but I have experimented with romantic thrillers. It’s called The Right Kind of Wrong.

How do you come up with ideas?

Mostly, my overactive imagination provides me with ample fodder for my stories.

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

The joy of having a story I want to tell read well on the page.

When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book in 2012. It was published by Harlequin Mills & Boon India in 2014

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Black

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth Cotton

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? City Life

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home

Dogs or cats? Dogs

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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Introducing Brodie from Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson @history2write #RLFblog #fantasy #romance

Save magic, the city, or a friend? Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

You have no magic. How do you stop a rogue mage, an army of clay soldiers, or save a friend from an invisible stalker?

Let’s meet Brodie from Windmaster Golem, a fantasy romance, by Helen Henderson. 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 story your author wrote.

Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

Genre Fantasy Romance

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

Kiansel, sister to the current Oracle of Givneh, is expected to one day assume the mantle and lead the temple’s followers. Her emerging powers force an impossible decision. To answer the siren call of magic requires she turn her back on her family, her heritage and the teachings of the Oracle.

Banishment to a remote village as healer, a position he despised, fueled Relliq’s desire for revenge. The discovery of a mythical city and an army of clay soldiers provided the means to control all mages—including the one he wanted most—Kiansel.

Brodie, weaponsmith for the School of Mages couldn’t refuse the archmage’s request to act as escort for a healing team fighting a curse upon the land. But how can a man without any magic of his own fight a curse or protect a friend from an invisible stalker?

Introducing Brodie

Please tell me about yourself.

Age I have lived 30 turns in this volume. However my tale actually begins when I make a brief appearance in Windmaster as a youth

Gender: Male

Birthplace: A mountain village in Nerelan

Profession: weaponsmith

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): human

What do you look like?

I have brown eyes that can have an intense gaze when creating a tool for a special friend. My hair is brown, which is usually kept cropped to collar length so that it doesn’t get in the way when I’m working. Long legs that give me a height that is taller than most on the Isle of Mages, except for the archmage and Murdo, who serves as sergeant major for the residents, helps make quick work of the climb to my hilltop forge.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Ahhh. I don’t have a significant other. I am fond of the archmage’s two daughters, but they are not a romantic interest (at least on my part) as I think of them as my own daughters. There is one whom I can envision a life with. However, Kia is the sister to the current Oracle of Givneh… and a mage. A future between Kia and me cannot be as I have no powers.

Please tell us about your education.

My first exploration into learning a craft was as a mercenary. And my first assignment was a failed attempt to kill Lord Dal. Fortunately for me, he spared my life. I studied for a year with the king’s head guard, then spent a cold season at Telarim the Red’s mercenary camp, studying weapons and their use. There my talent for weaponsmithing was realized and I stayed on for two campaigns working with the troop’s weaponsmith before I apprenticed with the top weapon makers in Nerelan. Book learning came later, as did training to develop my natural talents in the arts of sketching, engraving, and working with stones to use in the jewelry and blades I create.

Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?

My ability to imbue life into steel is something I am extremely proud of. The weapons I make for the journeyman mages will serve as their tool for the rest of their lives. Even though I don’t know who will select what token for the hilt or what blade, each piece is special and customized for their future owner. Although I haven’t witnessed it myself as I have no powers of my own, those who are summoned to the council fire say the token, hilt, and blade that are meant to go together call out to the mage who will use the dagger to focus their powers. The pieces have been said to emit a beam of light skyward that only the intended future wizard can see.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

My needs are simple. I have my own cottage on the isle, the freedom to come and go as I please. Those who like growing plants do so for everyone from student to master, mage and villager alike. Meals can be eaten in the communal hall or you can cook for yourself. Most days I take a slab of bread and some sliced meat with me to eat as my mid-day meal while I work. The evening meal is at the village. Murdo is a good cook and an even better baker.

Those who see me out and about on the archmage’s tasks might say I live extravagantly because of the horse I ride and my welcome at the most powerful houses in the land. I will share a secret about Wirake. He is no ordinary horse, but the son of the head stallion of the vale. And instead of selecting a wizard, he chose me, a man with no magic of my own, as his rider.

What is your family like?

I never knew my parents and those who lived in the mountain village they came from never accepted me. Which is why I signed up with Ruaridh, the head of the mercenary troop serving the false oracle I was hoping to find a family in the brotherhood of fighters. Of course, if I had had a happy childhood, I would never have met the archmage. Dal and Ellspeth became my family, and their daughters mine. While I may not have a family bound by blood, I ended up with one with even stronger ties.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That because I don’t have any magic of my own, that one day I will fail Dal and his mate, Ellspeth. The archmage and his lady are my friends. They and their daughters treat me as a member of their family. I would never forgive myself if they fell in battle because I did not train them well enough… or if I failed to protect them.

If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?

Almost every day since I came to the isle of the wizard’s council and school of magic, I have rued the fact I don’t have the ability to work magic. The other wizards have never treated me less because of it. We are friends… They are my family… I am just not fully one of them.

If I could make one thing happen, it would be for me to hear the summons to the council fire where journeyman mages earn their rank and dagger. For, if I heard the silent summons that would mean I have powers and be worthy of Kia.

Where to buy Windmaster Golem

Publisher BWL Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JTZD6K7/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/windmaster-golem-helen-henderson/1137734264
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/windmaster-golem/id1533090496
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/windmaster-golem
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1044646
More ebook sites https://books2read.com/Windmaster-Golem

Helen Henderson Social Media

Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, Hendersons first love is fiction. Her work in the museum and history fields enables a special insight into creating fantasy worlds. The descendent of a coal-miner’s daughter and an aviation flight engineer, her writing reflects the contrasts of her heritage as well as that of her Gemini sign. Her stories cross genres from historical westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of fantasy romance, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
Website https://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/
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