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Category Archives: Character Sketch

An in-depth look at a character by an author.

Meet Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino Women's Fiction #Romance #RLFblogWelcome Richie Raggalio from The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino, a Women’s Fiction Romance. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Richie Raggalio

Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m six foot and because I have to work out every day, I have washboard abs. My forearms are big and the pain in my shoulder really stinks. I keep my dark brown hair short and I’m clean shaven.
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Professional Baseball Player/Baseball Coach
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a professional baseball player for the New York Pelicans and have played baseball since I was four years old. Baseball is my life along with my high school sweetheart, now wife Francine.I’m easy going and it takes a lot for me to get mad.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My wife Francine has been with me since the beginning, through my ups and down in my early baseball career. She is the heart of my life and makes certain to be at every home game I pitch. And yes, I can hear her voice in the crowd yelling my name!

For the Author

How do your hero dress?
When Richie isn’t dressed in a baseball uniform, he is in jeans and a button down casual shirt.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
He likes to live comfortably. He has a nice house, bought his parents a house but feels that money can’t buy happiness. He loves the holidays where he can buy toys and books for children in need. Money is essential for an easy lifestyle, but not necessary for happiness.
What is your character’s family like?
His family is nuts but he love them to death. His mom and dad live close by and his mom is always coming over with food. She doesn’t understand that he is eating a lot, but the extreme workouts keeps him thin. But through the ups and downs his parents are always there for him.
Is your character involved in his community?
Richie is very involved in the community. He attends high school events and during the off season he goes to grammar schools to talk to the kids. He visits nursing homes and hospitals, hoping to bring joy into children and adults lives. He is always available for no appearance charge for neighborhood fundraisers.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
Fans treat him like he’s some sort of God. The girls/women throw themselves at him, calling him hot and sexy.
Does your character care about those assumptions?
Richie takes the time to interact with the fans and kindly turns the women down. He feels that if he weren’t a baseball player he wouldn’t be getting this much attention.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Richie needs to get through the game and hope that he didn’t do any damage to his aching shoulder.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Richie feels that he has everything he wants. He hopes that his career will continue on for a few more years and dreams of retiring and helping Francine raise a family.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Richie and Francine wants so much to have a child. That would be the one thing in his life that he wants and feels is missing.
What is your hero’s biggest personal flaw?
Richie is a perfectionist. If he doesn’t have a good game and his pitching is off, he is hard on himself.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
The writer loves baseball and is impressed with pitching, especially that her daughter was a softball pitcher since she was seven.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I would have appreciated if she didn’t show others that I’m still a mama’s boy.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
It was a surprise to me that I was able to handle having shoulder surgery and dealing with the outcome.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
I feel the writer loves to see me happy and loves seeing me on the pitcher’s mound. Having an argument with Francine and having Francine doubt my love for her, puts a frown on my writer’s face.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she likes writing about real issues and finds writing as a way to display her underlining emotions.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I wish she would write another story about me dealing with my family years later.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I’d like to know more about Toni. She was a a corky character that I would love to know what she’s up to.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
I’d like to thank her for creating me into a good guy, who is so full of love and compassion. She choose a great friend for me in Jason. I wish her the best of luck as she continues to write and create more characters.
From Karen Cino: How did you feel about Francine keeping the secret about the restaurant basement from you?
I have to say I have never gotten so mad at Francine like that before. I was so worried, after the fact. I couldn’t believe she kept that big of a secret from me. But I didn’t let that mar our relationship. Francine and I never sent to sleep mad at one another.

Tell us about The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126551906
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
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Meet Vasili Zima from Drakon's Tear by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRLet’s meet Vasili Zima from Drakon’s Tear, a new paranormal romance novel. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here, Vasili. I’d like to get to know you better. Let’s talk.

Drakon’s Tear by NJ Walters

Genre Paranormal Romance/Shapeshifter
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dying isn’t an option. I’ve survived a kidnapping, and now I’m on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There’s nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I’m Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can’t help but have it — even though I can sense it’s power. But I didn’t realize with this one decision I’ve just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.
I guess I’m just lucky like that.
The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I’m drawn to him in a way I hadn’t thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn’t be risking his life to help me. He’s wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there’s a hundred percent chance I’m about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

(Author’s Note: This book is NOT first person point of view.)

Introducing Vasili Zima

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.
Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: I have no idea as I was born to a nomadic tribe in what is now northern Russia.
Profession: I buy and trade in artifacts
Ethnicity: I am half dragon, half human
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): I’m a drakon
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
In my human form, I’m 6’10” with light brown hair and pale blue eyes. I have a birthmark tattoo that covers that entire left side of my body from my neck to my ankles. It’s a swirling pattern that is blue and outlined in the same icy blue of my eyes. I also have many tattoos on the right side of my body, but I put those there on purpose.
Tell us about yourself, please.
I live a quiet, simple life. I buy and trade artifacts, which allows me to discover anything related to drakons while making a profit. I travel, I learn, I make money. And I keep a low profile. The last thing I want to do is attract the attention of my enemies—the Knights of the Dragon.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My Abigail.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
All of the above. I have taught myself to speak and read many languages and am fluent in some that have long been forgotten. I’ve travelled around the world many times,
observing communities from a distance and sometimes venturing among them. People have changed little over the years. There are greedy, evil people as well as kind and generous ones in all cultures and times.
What is your viewpoint on wealth?
It is better to have it than not. If you’ve lived as long as I have and are not wealthy, then you are wasting your time and skills. Wealth is freedom and a drakon was meant to be free.
Do you care about what others assume about you?
*frowns* I am a drakon. It matters little what others think of me. *pauses*I care what Abigail thinks of me, but no one else.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Secrets are my life’s blood. I am a living, breathing secret that few believe or even know exist. I have uncovered many secrets in the course of my life and have used them to protect and benefit myself. Why would I share something that might give an adversary an advantage?
What is your biggest need?
I would have said I had everything I needed. Then I met Abigail and I understood that she was the missing piece in my life.
What is your biggest personal flaw?
*frowns* Abigail might say I’m secretive and possessive. I see those as strengths, not flaws.

Where to Buy Drakon’s Tear

Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-tear.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6F5WC8/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-tear-n-j-walters/1129819271
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-tear/id1441318340
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-tear

NJ Walters Social Media

Website http://www.njwalters.com
Blog http://njwalters.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NJWaltersAuthor
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/NJWalters
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters
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Meet Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker by AM Scott @AM_Scottwrites #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaWelcome Captain Ruhger from Lightwave: Clocker a new Space Opera series by AM Scott. 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.

Captain Ruhger of Lightwave: Clocker

Age: 39 standard years
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Phalanx Eagle Troop Fold Transport
Profession: Fold Transport and Shuttle Pilot
Ethnicity: Human mixed
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human
Please tell us a little about your character.
Captain Ruhger is slightly shorter than the average male, but has extremely wide shoulders and is in extraordinary physical condition. He’s got dark brown hair and eyes, and dark-tan skin, with rather hooked nose and an almost constant glower. He was raised by his parents, officers in Phalanx Eagle, a mercenary company, and grew up as a pilot in the company. His parents mutinied after another faction took over the company and forced them to accept a horribly brutal action that resulted in Saree of Jericho becoming an orphan. His parents formed a fold transport company, but were eventually hunted down by Phalanx Eagle. Captain Ruhger was flying a separate fold transport, so he escaped. They changed the name of the transport to Lightwave and kept flying on the fringes of known space, trying to avoid notice. When they pick up Saree, she’s travelling under an alias as Scholar Cary Sessan, a student of ancient music. They have no idea who she really is.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Ruhger avoids all romantic entanglements, but he’s having a hard time with his attraction to Saree of Jericho.
How does your hero dress?
Captain Ruhger and his crew wear coverall uniforms, similar to a pilot’s flightsuit. For the formal dinners his Chef insists on hosting, the coveralls have more silver braid and other shiny stuff to make them look fancier.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Lightwave is always on the edge of bankruptcy. They had to buy better weapons in case of attack, so they own a lot of credits to weapons dealers. The Scholar’s long-term contract along with a couple of others, is allowing them get out of debt finally. But they’re still operating with the constant possibility of failure.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Ruhger is an expert pilot, with extraordinarily fast reaction times and excellent decision making skills. He’s also an expert in y’ga, a combination of martial arts, gymnastics and meditation.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Piloting and keeping his crew safe. He’s also a very good leader, although he doesn’t think so.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Ruhger keeps secrets very well. Lightwave is trying to avoid being found by Phalanx Eagle, so they need to keep all their identities secret if possible.
What is your character’s family like?
Since Ruhger’s blood family has been killed, and most of his crew are in the same situation, Lightwave’s crew is his family. They’re all a little dysfunctional because of the trauma. Chief Bhoher is an older man, a mechanical genius and a bit of a father figure to all of them. Grant Lowe is a charismatic sex addict. Tryon and Katryn Phazeer are the security officers; he’s the strong, silent type, but still very intelligent. Katryn is also smart, but quick-tempered. Chef Loreli is a flamboyant, creative genius, who started life a Loren, a quiet, bookworm-type who was the target of bullies. Ruhger protected him, and Loreli is in love with him now.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Ruhger is desperately trying to keep Lightwave flying, so the weapons merchants can’t repossess his ship and leave his family homeless.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
Ruhger wants to keep his family safe and have a little security. Deep down, he’d like to have a family, but he doesn’t think that’s realistic with his background, baggage and current profession.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Ruhger would like someone to destroy Phalanx Eagle, so Lightwave could travel to better markets for passengers.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think she wanted to show men can be strong and authoritative and still be compassionate and caring. She also wanted to show that emotional trauma can be overcome and people can live quietly heroic lives despite their backgrounds.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I hope she gets me out of this mess with my family intact. Destroying Phalanx Eagle would be even better.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think she should write about some of the other passengers. She drops a lot of interesting tidbits, but there’s still a lot of questions about them.

Tell us about Lightwave: Clocker

Publisher Lightwave Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lightwave-Clocker-Folding-Space-Book-ebook/dp/B07D63CMKJ/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lightwave-am-scott/1128878019
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lightwave-clocker/id1395037860?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lightwave-clocker
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/836330

AM Scott Social Media

After twenty years in US Air Force space operations, AM now operates a laptop, trading in real satellites for fictional space ships. AM is a volunteer leader with Team Rubicon: Disasters are our Business, Veterans our Passion, and lives deep in the mountains of Montana.
Website https://www.amscottwrites.com/
Blog https://www.amscottwrites.com/home/
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