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Category Archives: Anthology

A collection of stories. Can include more than one author and/or genre.

Unreal Love in the Real World Adrian Kraft @AdrianaKraft #RLFblog #MFRWAuthor #LGBT

Welcome, Adriana Kraft. Please tell us about your new book and a subject that I know is dear to your heart.

“Romance Lives Forever.” I love the title of Kayelle’s Website. I’ve always wanted to believe this is true—or at least, in the non-paranormal world, true for as long as a person lives. My husband and I are approaching our fortieth anniversary, so perhaps we’re safe to believe it’s true for us!
It’s what Jamie believes in our polyamory novella Three: A Love Story, just released last week in the boxed set All You Need is Love. Jamie is deeply in love with Susan. She trusts Susan’s love for her, and she doesn’t expect it ever to fade.
But if you spend any time poking around in polyamory blogs and websites (and we do; research, you know!), you’ll discover that many people who end up in some type of polyamory arrangement didn’t start out as polyamory advocates and go looking for someone. They experienced polyamory as something that just happened. They were in love with one person, and they began to experience feelings for an additional person. Rather than deny those feelings or simply bail on the person they already loved, they opened up about those feelings in what had been their primary relationship, and together they moved on to explore what might be both right and possible for them.
I’m sure lots of relationships fall apart at this point in the process. Probably another significant number re-examine their relationship as a duo and re-commit to it. Most likely few of either of these groups are sharing their stories in the polyamory social media, and I’ve never seen any research on what the actual numbers might be.
But this precise point is where we chose to set our story. Jamie and Susan, both bisexual but committed to love each other, have continued to date men from time to time. Their relationships with men have been casual and have often led to casual sex, sometimes even casual three-way sex. We’re not sure they considered themselves to be swingers, but they probably wouldn’t have flinched at the label. In this regard, they are already more open to the potential of expanding their relationship than many couples might be. As our story opens, Jamie is starting to have more than casual feelings for the current man in her life.
Three-way committed relationships don’t simply emerge full-blown and move smoothly towards that happily-ever-after forever. We wanted to explore the tugs and pulls of each protagonist as the balance shifts and the pitfalls emerge. Who has the most to lose? What does each of them fear, and who is the most afraid? How do they go about the process of opening up these feelings and sorting them out? What do they still hide from each other? And of course, ultimately, can it work?
We’ve written a romance. You already know it has a happy ending. We still believe that’s possible, and we do know a few friends who are, at least for the moment, making something similar work for them. We hope you’ll join our characters for what proves to be a bumpy ride on the way to romance that lives forever.

Three: A Love Story (All You Need is Love)

Three lives—but how many loves?
Committed lovers for three years, Jamie and Susan are good together. Jamie knows she wants Susan in her life forever. But what if that’s not enough?
Both bi, the two have continued dating men occasionally, and now Jamie’s falling in love with Mason. Can she love two persons? Will her love for either one wrench the other one out of her life?
Jamie’s convinced a long-term three-way relationship is the answer, but none of the players is prepared for what’s coming. Two-way relationships are hard enough—is a three-way even possible? And if so, what must each of them give up to create it?

All You Need is Love

A Limited Edition Romance Collection
With stories by Tamsin Baker, Jess Buffett,‎ Kristine Cayne,‎ Adriana Kraft,‎ Cate Farren,‎ Valerie Ullmer,‎ Kai Tyler,‎ Lexi Thorne,‎ Izzy Szyn,‎ Aeryn Jaden, Dana Kenzi, Celia Fay, and Dani Gray
Romance Collections is proud to present these fourteen stories of love that knows no boundaries. Like rivers flowing through the canvas of earth, these stories will run deep, touch softly and leave you breathless.
No matter who it is with, passion is magnificent, desires are bold, and love is beautiful.
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078PZR8HY
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/all-you-need-is-love-27
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-you-need-is-love/id1330261438?mt=11
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-you-need-is-love-tamsin-baker/1127753593

Adriana Kraft Social Media

Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. Whether readers open our romantic suspense or our erotic romance, they can expect characters they care about, hot sex scenes, and a compelling story. Our suspense stories deliver one man, one woman, danger and intrigue. Our erotic romance is edgier and nearly always includes ménage or polyamory, sometimes with two women and a man, sometimes with two (or more) couples.
Together we have published more than forty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. We love hearing from readers.
Website http://adrianakraft.com
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L Simpson, 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 and its Australia to America setting.

Iowa City Culture Shock by L Simpson

At nineteen, I moved from a hilly suburb outside of Melbourne to Iowa City to become a Hawkeye volleyballer. As a freshman, I was bombarded with a range of experiences that tested how I thought life in America would really be. Everything I discovered however, only contributed to my love of the U.S.
To start with, I learned that fraternities and sororities are real, and they are exactly like in the movies. I couldn’t understand why buses were driving hundreds of girls dressed to impress, to and from massive houses until someone told me it was Rush Week. We have Bush Week in Australia, a term used when someone does something stupid – you tell them it’s not bush week, but I digress. Then again, I ventured to a party at a fraternity once, and a friend told me you could get pregnant from touching the handrails. Despite reading racy romance novels prolifically, after being inside the frat, I could see her point.
My eye-opening journey as a freshman continued with three brilliant discoveries, all of which changed my life.
The first happened when I was walking through the dorms and a group of guys commented that I had a donkey butt. I was outraged. I mean really? It was hard enough being an Australian who didn’t look like Elle McPherson but to have my butt compared to a Donkey? I didn’t bloody think so. I called out to them to give them a piece of my mind but, thankfully, a teammate stopped me. She said it was a compliment, and that they liked my rather rotund arse (ass’s down here are kin to Donkeys). This was a brilliant revelation for a fuller figured lass. My heart soared and in that moment, I fell deeply in love with America.
Second – Mozzarella sticks. Now in Australia, we love cheese and I’d eaten my share (rotund arse, remember?) I was accustomed to Haloumi, Brie, Gorgonzola, baked Camembert the works, but cheese in the shape of a stick, breaded and then deep fried was something to behold. Thank goodness I played a lot of volleyball because Donkeys aren’t known for their jumping ability.
Third – Iowa has convenience stores called Kum’n’Go. Need I say more? I was delighted by the lewder versions college kids came up with, but loved that these stores were out and proud, kumming and going. Clearly, Iowa has way more to offer than corn and pork. They have Kum’n’Go.
Despite all the wonderful things I discovered, I had my share of cross cultural car crashes that suggested our mutual cultural awareness had room to improve. In preseason, when I was eager and excited, not exhausted from three-a-days and loathing all ball related sports, a cornerback asked me to, ‘Say something in Australian.’ I wondered what he was on about. I took him in, dreadlocks, gold fronts and a beautiful, blinged out, gold chain around his neck and asked in return, ‘Are you a rapper?’ He said, ‘That sounds cool.’ and walked off. I remember shaking my head, wondering who had been the worst stereotype-er.
The second incident happened when my coach, a strong, successful, incredibly talented African American woman was goofing off and acting crazy, so I told her she was a real cracker. Then there was deathly silence, and some tumbleweed rolled past. My Australian love of slang and colloquialisms almost had me benched for life.
The third was tailgating. Aussie’s are experts in combining excessive amounts of alcohol and sport. Unlike Americans however, we tend to get drunk while the game is on, not hours beforehand. I was less than impressed, being up before seven a.m. by the Iowa Fight Song on the day of a volleyball home game. Then, I had to walk to game-day practice though parking lots full of black and gold clad people drinking from kegs, eating barbequed hotdogs.
There was a lot wrong with this scenario other than my inability to join in. First, seven a.m. is too early for team spirit, even for the most devout Hawkeyes. Second, you don’t barbeque a hot dog, they go in hot water. Sausages and prawns are for barbequing. Lastly getting tanked before ten a.m.is a rookie mistake. Aussies don’t start early, we go for longevity. Take Cricket for example, where a match can go for five days. Or the Spring Racing Carnival – it’s hard to party when you’re passed out.
Despite all the ups and downs my freshman year, I came out loving the opportunity to live in Iowa. Even now, I still look out for fried cheese. I also think twice about using colloquialisms, and I’m considering adding a pet donkey to my menagerie.
Lastly, while I love what Kum and Go stands for, I’ve made sure the sentiment doesn’t end up in one of my romance novels.

Love Sabre

Genre Contemporary/Romantic Suspense/Anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After getting dumped by her childhood sweetheart, Chloe opens a dating site that goes viraL But it’s not her dream. She’d envisioned a different life, and a new sexy man wants to help her get it. But letting Ryan in after all that has happened to her, and all that she knows about relationships, will prove tricky.
Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/love-sabre
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07987LNPC
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/783322

L Simpson Social Media

As a girl growing up in Australia, Laura was lost in the world of Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. During high school, volleyball dominated her life; there had to be something positive about being 6’1″ with red hair! Representing Australia from a young age she eventually took a scholarship at the University of Iowa. Living in America and being a full time athlete in a college town was an eye-opening experience and lots of fun (from what she can remember). #gohawkeyes
Returning from the States, her career took a different turn as she started working at the Red Cross and completed her Masters of Law in Human Rights. As one of the few non-lawyers in the class, her essays were far more floral than the rest, something that caused the discerning professors to shake their heads. Through working and studying, she realised there are other ways to win hearts and minds.
While she’s spent the last 14 years as an advocate against poverty and homelessness, the desire to change the world through storytelling has only got stronger. She now lives in the Alpine Valley of North East Victoria, Australia with her husband, daughter, two dogs and seven chooks. When she’s not doing the whole mum thing, working at a homelessness agency, renovating her farmhouse or trying to do laundry bleary-eyed at midnight, she is writing.

Website https://www.lsimpsonauthor.com

Love Sabre website https://www.lovesabre.com

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Nardia Sheriff, 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 and Australia, where the story is set.

Five places you should NEVER visit in Australia

Nardia Sheriff
Imagine packing up your life, selling all of your worldly possessions and leaving reality behind to travel. Well, I did it for real.
Having recently returned home from an epic 14-month trip around Australia, you could say perhaps I’m somewhat qualified to give advice about the best places to visit in Australia.
I could give you a list of hundreds of awesome places we discovered, but to keep it interesting, I’m going tell you about the top 5 places in Australia that you should NEVER visit, should you ever happen to find yourself in the land down under.
Here we go…

You should never visit…a pub or bar without being willing to shout a round.

Now Australia has a pretty hearty reputation for being laid back, friendly and happy to partake in an alcoholic beverage or two (or ten), so it really shouldn’t come as any surprise to find out that you should NEVER go to a pub or a bar without being willing to shout (pay for) a round of drinks for your mates. It’s how it’s done.

You should never visit… A BBQ (or any gathering for that matter) without bringing your sense of humour.

As a culture, we’re pretty hilarious…or so our reputation holds. Aussies enjoy a dry sense of humour, peppered with a healthy dose of self-deprecation. There’s also a fair bit of swearing, and a love of ‘taking the piss’ out of our guests…on purpose. So, with that in mind, you should NEVER go to a BBQ without a broad set of shoulders and the ability to laugh at yourself. It’s all in good fun.

You should never visit…the tourist traps and think you’ve seen the real Australia.
Now don’t get me wrong, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are striking. Uluru is actually a profound experience, and Cairns truly is a lush and tropical paradise, but I can assure you that Australia is sooooo much more. Many people don’t realise that Australia is the same size as the USA.

So NEVER assume that all the tried and true tourist traps is all there is to Australia. If you want to see the real beauty of Australia, then here are pictures of my top 5.

Linger a little longer, spend time exploring some of the more remote and lesser-known places. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

You should never visit…Starbucks

Okay, this one is sure to fire people up, and I mean no offence, as I’m sure there are many fans, but Starbucks (from an Aussie perspective), isn’t coffee. It may be the closest thing the USA has to real coffee, but Australia has literally thousands of better options. Whether you’re in Victoria or metro New South Wales, even Queensland and more rarely South Australia, you will find awesome coffee. You should NEVER spend all your hard-earned travel money on coffee from Starbucks when the little café around the corner will deliver a much better brew.

You should never visit…a beach, waterhole or lake without taking a pair of bathers.

We have some of the most stunning waterways in the world. All right, I’ll concede that some of them are crocodile infested, and for six months of the year parts are filled with venomous jellyfish, but hey, we do put up signs to give you a heads up. Which means you should NEVER pass up the opportunity for a swim (when it’s safe, of course), and ALWAYS pack your bathers.

Now you are prepared for your trip to Australia.

Love Sabre Anthology

Genre Contemporary Anthology
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Posing as a pole dancer to find her sister, Kelsey finds herself drawn to one of the club’s security henchmen, Tank, and learns he can help her, if only she learns to trust him.

Where to buy Love Sabre

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/love-sabre
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07987LNPC
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/783322

Nardia Sheriff Social Media

Nardia Sheriff writes rural romantic suspense and contemporary fiction, and enjoys creating stories featuring reversed gender roles. Her story in the upcoming Love Sabre anthology is set in Sydney’s underworld.
Love Sabre website https://www.lovesabre.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/nardiasheriff
Facebook https://facebook.com/nardiasheriff
Instagram https://instagram.com/nardiasheriff

 

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