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Bucket list of Summer Rylie from Charm Me @TenaStetler #RLFblog #Paranormal Romance #AdventureLet’s meet Summer Rylie from Charm Me, a Paranormal Romance by Tena Stetler. 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.

Charm Me by Tena Stetler

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Summer Dawn Rylie’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a women’s weapons class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer.

Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”

Age: late 30ies, a lady never tells her age.

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Martha’s Vineyard

Profession: Yoga Instructor

Ethnicity: Irish

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall and more curvy than most. My curly shoulder-length strawberry blonde hair is unruly and I sometimes pull it up in a ponytail.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

After fleeing a troubled past, all I want was to be left alone. I took a yoga instructor position in Colorado Springs to escape the drama in my life, the last thing I need is complications with Devlin Sawyer, a ruggedly handsome retired Navy SEAL. But when I enroll in a women’s weapons class at Devlin’s state of the art gun club, that is exactly what I encounter. With my guard dog, Piper, I navigate the friggin perilous waters of trust, friendship, and learning to ski. Should I give love a second chance?

Who is the significant other in your life?

Devlin Sawyer, a retired Navy SEAL with a fantastic secret.

If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.

What is your birth order?

I’m a twin, first born.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

Magic, you can do anything with it.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

Pizza with thin crispy crust and lots of sauce and cheese.

Tell us about your best friend.

I don’t really have a best friend. I have always kept to myself to keep my talents from being discovered. But one of my employees, Josie is a close friend. She’s impetuous, fun-loving and dependable. She is estranged from her family as I am, so it makes us understand each other.

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?

Ireland. I’ve love to explore all the ancient castles. And Australia. I love to visit the Australia Zoo.

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?

Martha’s Vineyard. To many bad memories.

Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?

Devlin’s dad. I’ve met his sister, she’s a hoot, but a polar opposite to him. I’d like to see which of his children are like him.

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?

My brother. Together we’ve destroyed our family.

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?

I’d go back to the day I torched my brother’s vampire girlfriend and shattered our family. See if it could have been handled differently.

About Tena Stetler

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

Keeping it under 20,000 words. It was a special series put out by my publishing house The Wild Rose for Valentine’s Day 2016, entitled Candy Heart Romances. Required word count was under 20,000. I barely made it a 19,999. LOL

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

She is a feisty character. After I finished writing the book, she had more to say and insisted that I write a sequel. Charm Me Again was released December 2019.

When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?

That she had a twin brother. She had to torch her brother’s vampire girlfriend to save his life.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

Yep. Summer insisted and Charm Me Again was released December 9, 2019.

What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

Sci-Fy time travel

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I was a radio DJ for two years.

Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?

It’s a short fun flirty paranormal romance with a happy ever after ending. Something I think we need more of these days.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I hope my books act as a stress reliever while you are whisked away from your ordinary world into a romantic fantasy adventure for a few hours. Thank you so much for buying my books. Psssst… Charm Me is on sale for only 99 cents for a limited time!

Where to buy Charm Me

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Barnes and Noble

Tena Stetler Social Media

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance novels. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and strong mystical males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle.
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Introducing Claire Lauer from My Valentine Adventure, by Amber Daulton @amberdaulton1 #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceLet’s meet Claire Lauer from My Valentine Adventure, a Contemporary Romance, by Amber Daulton. 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.

My Valentine Adventure by Amber Daulton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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

Parker Townsend is raising his children alone after he lost his wife, but then his ordered world is turned upside down when his two little hellions place a “Mom Wanted” ad in the local paper. To his chagrin, he’s roped into a blind date.

Claire Lauer answers the want ad with few expectations and meets Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hates with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcée, she’s more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.

After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the line, or will they lose their second chance at happiness?

Introducing Claire Lauer

Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona

Profession: Fulltime gardener and sales associate at Sunny Garden Nursery

Ethnicity: Caucasian

What do you look like?

Oh, Lord. I knew you’d ask that question. Well, I’m five-feet-ten. I love wearing high heels, but sneakers are my go-to footwear. I have shoulder-length, honey-blonde hair and blue eyes. My thighs and hips are a little chunky, though, and I suck in my tummy way too often. Dieting doesn’t work with me, but that’s my fault. I just can’t lay off the nacho chips. Damn, they’re delish.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Parker Townsend. He’s six-feet-two with reddish-brown hair and blue eyes a few shades darker than mine. He works as an electrician and is a wonderful father to his children. He’s also totally droolworthy, but he doesn’t know it.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

I live comfortably, which I prefer. My parents are wealthy and my ex-husband is a successful defense attorney, but he only married me for my father’s connections. The prick. Anyway, I’m teaching my daughter Kaylie the importance of self-reliance and that she doesn’t need material things to be happy.

What is your viewpoint on wealth?

Since we live in a capitalist society, some money is necessary to live a safe life, but riches and jewelry is not my cup of tea. As long as I make enough money to take care of myself, Kaylie, our rescue pets, and to pay the bills, then I’m happy. Of course, now that Parker and I are together, my little family has substantially grown. We’re pooling our resources and saving on expenses by living together.

Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?

It’s black-and-white. There’s wrong and right, bad and good. I’m open-minded enough to know everyone makes mistakes, but when someone is purposely doing something cruel and someone else is paying the price…my temper blows. I don’t mean to preach, but I don’t like zoos, circuses, or any event that uses and abuses animals. How can stabbing an elephant with a sharp poker be a good thing? Really?

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

That every animal enslaved in circuses and non-compliance zoos the world over will be rescued and sent to live in the wild or in a wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately, that will probably never happen. The financial cost to provide the environment that the animals would need would be too great. Then add in the campaigns to reshape public opinion. It’s not an affordable option on the grand scale.

What is your biggest personal flaw?

I care too much about the people and animals around me, so I’m often hurt when things don’t turn out as I’d hoped. I hide behind a strong mask, but inside, my personal demons take a toll.

Where to buy My Valentine Adventure

Amazon (FREE for a limited time)

Universal buy link

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Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats.
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Introducing Jeffrey from Only a Good Man Will Do, by Dee S Knight @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #Romance #AltReadLet’s meet Jeffrey from Only a Good Man Will Do, an erotic romance, by Dee S Knight. 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.

Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight

Genre Erotic romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Seriously ambitious man seeks woman to encourage his goals, support his (hopeful) position as Headmaster of Westover Academy, and be purer than Caesar’s wife. Good luck with that!

Daniel Goodman is a man on a mission. He aims to become headmaster of Westover Academy. For that he needs a particular, special woman to help him set high standards. Into his cut and dried life of moral and upright behavior, comes Eve Star, formerly one of Europe’s foremost exotic dancers. Her life is anything but cut and dried, black and white. Daniel is drawn to her like a kid to chocolate. Nothing good can come of this attraction. Or can it? He is after all, a good man.

Introducing Jeffrey Torrington

Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Profession: Profession? I’m just a kid!

Ethnicity: I’m a human, American boy

What do you look like?

I’m kinda little for my age, though Mr. Goodman says I will grow someday. I have short brown hair because they make us get our hair trimmed here at school if it starts to hit our ears. In summer, with my uncle in Oklahoma, I let my hair grow and grow. It tickles. Oh… and, I have brown eyes, and… I don’t know what else. I look like a normal kid.

Who is the significant other in your life?

*giggles* Significant other? I don’t like girls much. But I guess my uncle is my significant person. After my parents died a few years ago, he’s taken care of me. And Mr. Goodman, the resident master in my dormitory. He’s cool. I like him a lot and his brother fixes cars for racing!

How do you dress?

Here at Westover Academy, we have to wear a uniform al the time. It’s dark blue pants and jacket, with a white shirt and a dark red tie. Our shoes always have to be polished. I didn’t know how to polish shoes until I came here to school last year but now I’m real good at it. When my uncle comes to visit, I get to wear jeans and tee shirts and sneakers. I wish I could live with my uncle all the time, but he’s real busy and travels a lot. If I did, I could wear sneakers and jeans all the time.

Please tell us about your education.

I’m in second grade at Westover Academy. I’m good at arithmetic but not so good at Latin. I like hearing about all those battles the Romans fought and stuff, but I’m not very good at reading it. I like science. Right now we’re studying the planets. I can pick out two in the night sky without using a telescope at all. I think I want to be a scientist when I grow up. Or maybe a cowboy on my uncle’s ranch.

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

*sigh* I really suck at lacrosse. I almost never get the ball in my stick, and once I ran into another player when I wasn’t looking. I like playing, though. I like to run.

What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?

In my school uniform, nothing. I’m afraid if I left anything in there and my uniform pants were cleaned, I might get into trouble for not remembering to take it out. But when I go off campus, I always have candy in my pockets.

What is your family like?

My mom and dad died when I was three or four. Then I went to live with my uncle in Oklahoma. When I started school, he tried to find the very best place for me, and I guess that’s here, Westover Academy. I miss being at home, but I love Uncle Neil and so I try to do what he wants me to. Here, I kinda think of Mr. Goodman as part of my family. Last weekend, when I was the only kid left in the dorm, he let me come to his apartment and we watched baseball and had pizza and everything. He’s like my uncle away from home.

If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?

My mom and dad. Truthfully, I hardly remember them, but when I lived at home Uncle Neil would tell me stories about them, and about him and my dad when they were growing up on the ranch Uncle Neil owns now. I don’t really remember them, but I miss them.

Where to buy Only a Good Man Will Do

Read free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors.

Know Charlie, the Heroine from Music for a Merman by Alice Renaud @alicerauthor #RLFblog #Fantasy RomanceAlice Renaud, 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 the book.

Music for a Merman by Alice Renaud

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble… especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.

Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Spy on humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Merman Clan. It should be easy. Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

Love ’em and leave ’em, that was Charlie’s motto. It had served her well until now. But Rob is different… Can she open up her heart to Rob – when a secret buried in her past surfaces and changes her completely?

Know the Heroine from Music for a Merman

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

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

Charlie goes out to a late night bar or nightclub, to find some people still awake and up for some fun.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Chips. She can’t resist chips.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Her favorite outfit is a swimsuit. She’s never happier than when she’s near the sea, or better still, in it. She prefers casual clothes – jeans, shorts, T-shirts.

Does she know how to fix things?

Yes. Since she’s left home, she’s lived on her own, and often in places with dodgy electrics or faulty plumbing. She’s learnt to be self-sufficient and fix what doesn’t work.

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

Charlie is an eco-warrior. She was protesting against a development in the village of St-Sulien, on the Welsh coast. But the site manager called the police and she got arrested… by the hero of the story, Rob. Rob is a cop who is also… a shape shifting merman. She fell in love with him, which really wasn’t part of the plan!

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

Charlie likes children and is at ease with them. She will chat to them as equals, ask them questions, and play with them.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She’s a night owl rather than a lark… she’s a bit grumpy until she’s had her first cup of coffee. She hates being woken up suddenly.

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

Natural. She is very good at putting on an act. Though the mask slips sometimes.

Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?

She will try to do it herself. She doesn’t like relying on other people.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

No earrings or piercings – she doesn’t tend to wear jewelry as it’s not practical when swimming. No tattoos – her stern family would not have approved when she was young, and she didn’t bother once she was an adult.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Public transport. She’s an environmental activist, and she walks the walk.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle. She hates polluters.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Music for a Merman

Publisher Black Velvet Seductions

Alice Renaud Social Media

Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she’s a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, out now in Kindle and paperback. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested.
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Stressing Matteo D'Cruz from Jungle Salvation by MA Jewell @MAJewell_author #RLFblog #PNR #RomanticSuspense #ShifterLet’s meet Matteo D’Cruz from Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II, a paranormal romantic suspense novel, by MA Jewell. 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 latest book.

Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II by MA Jewell

Genre: Paranormal romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Jaguar shifter males lost in their cats are all animal, feral. Execution is the only course. Enforcer Matteo D’Cruz has terminated two and doesn’t care that he’s next–until Dakota.

Dragged back into the human world by well-meaning friends, jaguar shifter Matteo D’Cruz realizes he’s been in cat form for over seventy years. With another transformation, he could lose his tenuous hold on his humanity. In their world, the only end for a feral is execution. Damaged by grief and guilt, he doesn’t care overmuch. However, when he discovers an unmated latent female, he can’t resist her scintillating allure or his instinct to protect her at all costs.

Carefree Dakota Gorman travels to Brazil to rescue her sister. Determined to expose the drug lords who have manipulated her sibling into a hurried wedding, she’s certain the baffling hottie Matteo is one of them. After Dakota’s sister turns into a giant jaguar before her eyes, she must confront a new reality, one including latent family traits.

Matteo helps her trigger her first exhilarating metamorphosis into a jaguar, leaving no doubt about her genetics, but unknown shifter enemies cut short her joy.

A blackmailer sends Matteo a video of her transformation, demanding DNA samples. The extortionist threatens to post the recording to the internet and expose the shifters to the world. Dredging up courage that she didn’t know she possessed, Dakota joins Matteo and the other jag shifters to save her family–and her new species–from scientific experimentation.

Stressing Matteo D’Cruz

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 133
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Brazilian Amazon Jungle,
Profession: Enforcer (Shifter code enforcement), Coffee
Ethnicity: Brazilian Culture; Mixed indigenous tribal and European appearance
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Jaguar Shifter

What does your hero look like?

After living as a jaguar in the Amazon for a few decades too long, Matteo has a unique appearance. Natural, tawny dreadlocks followed him into his six-foot plus human form, along with rich copper eyes and a V-shaped pattern of ochre rosettes down his back. When he’s enraged, he snarls, ensuring his adversary gets a glimpse of a great-cat canine.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Brilliant adrenalin junkie Dakota Gorman is bold, courageous, and protective of the weak and family, yet others see her as a carefree fashionista with an irresponsible streak. With two partially completed bachelors, and an abandoned medical degree to her credit, some even call her flighty. Discovering her true inner strength rocks Matteo to his core.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

Any shifter party is a danger zone. Jag males are solitary and territorial, and since the females died out over seventy years ago, most have never even seen an unmated queen. The discovery of the latent females in the United States invigorates the all-male clan with hope for the future. Now, however, their mixed gatherings are powder kegs with a flame licking at the fuse.

Matteo has two roles. As a guest, he would travel from table to table, exchanging arm clasps and man hugs with the older males and fist bumps with the young ones. However, no one at the party would mistake his congenial manner for relaxed.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

Matteo had thought a gathering of mixed company a thing of the past. So when viewing a room filled with male and female jag shifters flirting and getting to know one another, a sense of awe and hope for the future often strikes him. Enough to make him clear his throat to cover the emotion.

Since he retains a keen jaguar sense of smell while in his human form, scents have an impact on him. Dakota’s alluring fragrance tortures him. Cat instinct to claim the formidable female often sends a shift’s heat racing over his skin. Seeking relief, he’ll rub at his nose, though it’s a wasted motion.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Matteo always resists a desire to find a solitary table. Because he must keep the peace, he makes frequent stops to greet young males flirting with the fair-skinned latents.


If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

With a high need for carbs in human form, Matteo prefers fruit juice, specifically acai juice. Few drugs have any effect on shifters, and alcohol’s taste doesn’t appeal, but he’d thought he might enjoy the fun buzz reported by humans.

How much drink is his usual?

After shifting from cat to human, a need for carbs is impossible to ignore. A pitcher of fruity juice is not out of the question. However, if pastry is near, he prefers coffee.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

As the Enforcer, Matteo will search any secluded areas regularly. In this particular party, the females don’t yet know they are cats and are uninformed about the risks of an accidental mating. Any male who takes advantage of a naïve queen will answer to the Enforcer.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

Matteo has few close friends, and he values those males as brothers. These older males, the ancients, will coordinate security between them, following Matteo’s lead. No one “latches on” to him. He’s too intimidating to most jag males.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

Any male who picks a fight with Matteo is likely driven by cat instinct rather than any logical thought. He’d employ a submission hold and pin the impaired male with a dominant glare until the shifter came to his senses.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

See above.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

If Matteo manages security at the party, he would not concern himself with sensitivities or perceptions. However, in a truly social setting, he will leave as early as politely possible.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Those few with authority over Matteo must earn his respect, and even then, if their logic is flawed, he will push back.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

Having a naturally protective nature, he’d investigate.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Likely due to his roots in the previous century, and assuming the attacker is male, his initial reaction will depend on the victim’s gender. If male, Matteo wonders if the man deserves the beating. If female, he calculates how to intervene.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

Regardless of the victim’s gender, he will stop the assault to determine the facts, and after he’s satisfied his curiosity, he’s not above allowing a deserved punishment to continue.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

Having a military background, he views retreat as a strategy to win a war or to minimize casualties. That said if a shifter female is involved, all bets are off. No sacrifice is too high to save a single queen.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

He’d ignore the person with overt disdain, and if forced to interact, things will go poorly for any individual who has previously disappointed Matteo.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

Despite his hardened nature, Matteo encourages young ones to challenge themselves, to become more than they are. He’d counsel the younger shifter in the moment, however, depending on the stakes; he’s also comfortable taking matters into his own hands.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

He focuses on his main objective, the endgame goal. And if an enemy caused this pain, he plots his revenge.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

“If you’d thought of any but yourself these last seventy years…”

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

Matteo endured decades of grief for a lost mate. He will spare Dakota that pain. (No more spoiler on that one lol)

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

He’s an educated savage with a gentleman’s heart.

Where to buy Jungle Salvation, The Jaguar Queens Book II

Barnes and Noble

MA Jewell Social Media

MA Jewell began adulting as an operating-room nurse. An avid romance reader for many years, she traded in her reading addiction for a pen to write down all the stories clogging up her brain. Now, she can’t stop.
Recently transplanted to Dallas, Texas, she enjoys her own happily ever after with her biggest fan and supporter, her husband, Jim. Their two sons have fledged and married lovely, competent women. And if you have an extra twenty minutes, go ahead and ask about her two perfect grandchildren.
Book III of The Jaguar Queens series, Jungle Desire, is in the works. To get early details on releases, sign up for her Precious Gems newsletter below. Drawings are held with each issue, too!
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Know the Heroine from Burning Bridges by Dee S Knight writing as Anne Krist @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romance #secondchance #vietnamwar #NavyWelcome Anne Krist (aka Dee S Knight). Happy to have you on Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Burning Bridges by Dee S Knight writing as Anne Krist

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Consider the role of strangers in our lives. An unknown postman in Virginia hides a bag of mail in his shed one day. His simple action sets in motion untold consequences for many others–strangers–all over the country. How many bridges were burned in that forgotten mail pouch?

Sara Richards’s world is rocked when three love letters from 1970 are delivered decades late. The letters were written by Paul Steinert, a young sailor who took her innocence with whispered words of love and promises of forever before leaving for Vietnam. Sara is left behind, broken hearted and secretly pregnant, yearning for letters she never received.

Then he died.

Now, years later, she discovers the betrayal wasn’t Paul’s, when her mother confesses to a sin that changed their lives forever. How can Sara reveal to Paul’s parents that they have a granddaughter they’ve missed the chance to know? Even worse, how will she find the words to tell her daughter that she’s lived her life in the shadow of a lie?

Picking her way through the minefields of distrust and betrayal, Sara finds that putting her life together again without burning any bridges will be the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Know the Heroine from Burning Bridges

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

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

If it’s during the week, she hops in her car and drives to Charleston to take her daughter to a surprise lunch. If it’s not day time, she bakes and then takes the goodies to her mother’s house. Or she reads. But as a business owner, she doesn’t often have boring moments.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Pizza. She doesn’t eat it often because she likes to keep her weight in check, something she’s found to be harder the older she gets. And put pizza in front of Sara…? She’ll eat the whole pie!

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Sara lives in Beaufort, SC, where the winters are mild and the summers are hot, so she dresses comfortably. Usually that means loose clothes, and generally cotton. At work she’ll wear a top over slacks or a skirt, or a dress, with sandals or pumps. At home, she’s in shorts and tee shirt, or cargo pants. She wears hats because every Southern woman knows not to expose her complexion to the sun!

Does she know how to fix things?

Oh yes! She moved to South Carolina at seventeen, when she told her parents she was pregnant. She moved in with her spinster Aunt Barbara, who taught her that it was good to have a man to rely on if things needed fixing, but better to rely on yourself. Sara learned her lesson well. Before her dad died he helped her with problems around the house, because he wouldn’t take “No,” for an answer. Sometimes her friend and occasional lover, Marine Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Abrams, helps out now because when a gentleman wants to help, a lady must consider allowing him.

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

Sara adopted a lie about her background when she went to South Carolina to have her daughter. The lie grew to the point that even she believed it. But as we all know, lies are usually found out at some point, and when this one is revealed, Sara realizes that she’s hurt everyone she knows–and maybe destroyed the person she loves most in the world.

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

Sara loves children. She never found a man to love well enough to marry, so she never had another child, but she likes kids and being with them.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She’s one of those hard to deal with people who enjoys getting up each morning. She loves her town and her job and her house and… Suddenly bluebirds are singing in the trees! Disgusting, really.

Can she use chopsticks?

Yes. She’s lived near a Marine base for many years and is exposed to many customs from around the world. But she doesn’t see the point. Food doesn’t taste any better with chopsticks than with a fork.

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

Coffee is a necessity, of course, and she drinks it black. However, like most people in the south, sweet tea is really the drink of choice except for the morning.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Sara isn’t one for apps. She likes something relaxing like solitaire or a brain-teaser app that stretches her mind, but other than that she has Google and a news app. That’s it.

Android or iPhone?


Earrings or unpierced ears?

Pierced. And since she’s good friends with local artisans, she has a spectacular earring collection.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned. Matthew has a tattoo of the Marine emblem, but she doesn’t find tattoos attractive, so she wouldn’t be drawn to a man with sleeves or too many drawings.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

She’s able to walk or bicycle to work, and she lives close enough to town to shop without a car, so she doesn’t drive that much, or take public transportation.

Recycle or toss?


Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

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Dee S Knight writing as Anne Krist Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. That’s how Dee spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret.
After a while, Dee split her personality into thirds. She writes as Anne Krist for sweeter romances, and Jenna Stewart for ménage and shifter stories. All three of her personas are found on the Nomad Authors website. Also, once a month, look for Dee’s Charity Sunday blog posts, where your comment can support a selected charity.


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