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Category Archives: Fantasy

Fiction set in an imaginary universe, often with magic or supernatural characters or themes.

Pick up cool tips from Tasarla Romaney author of The Hollow King by @tasarlaromaney #RLFblog #YAFantasyQuestIn Tasarla Romaney’s high stakes YA fantasy, The Hollow King, the slightest misstep will result in eternal darkness

Tasarla, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about The Hollow King.

The Hollow King by Tasarla Romaney

Genre YA romance fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Thought by most to be a simple child’s chant… A king of no kingdom Who walks among the living yet is void of all but breathe He will be known as the Hollow King and will yield the Spector. The Warrior Queen with compassion will fuel the Hope The one who walks on two legs but has the soul of an animal will guide the Spector’s magic. Together they will use the Spector of Hope to rid the land of evil. Until creatures most thought to be make-believe start to hunt at night… Freed by Ovezara, a sorceress of what seems to be unlimited power. Queen Taraly dying father’s command is to visit Grandmother June and learn what must be done to stop them. King Crenshaw has lost his kingdom to the Ovezara and vows to have revenge. Sancha returns from a hunting trip to find his father’s body torn to shreds by an evil so dark people refuse to acknowledge it. The three unite to find the fabled Spector of Hope. As their quest starts to unfold, they realize that the line between good and evil is often blurred. What they believed to good is twisted. Can they locate the Spector of Hope in time to restore good and save all from the evil Ovezara unleashes?

Two Tips for Writing

Read! Not only for enjoyment but as an author (which should be enjoyable also). When reading a book through ‘author’ eyes there are a few things I suggest you look for.
*The plot points.
*Character traits.
*The setting.
The key here is to remember that no one will write a story the same way. What you are doing is studying how a fellow author wrote the story and learning from it.

Secondary characters matter!

Who your supporting cast is as important as the main characters. Think about Harry Potter, where would he be without Ron? More isn’t always better. I love using enneagrams to develop my supporting cast.

Remember every time you introduce a new character, you are giving the reader something else to think about than your main characters.

Two Tips for Cooking

Menu planning. Make a master list of meals that your family likes. Include crock pot/instant pot meals, double meals (eat one now, freeze one – tacos are great for this), it’s been a crazy day and I’m on a deadline meals, and a favorite for each family member.

Pre-cooking. I spend a couple hours every Sunday pre-cooking. My favorite pre-cooking ‘meal’? Omelets. I cook up six to seven of the egg omelet shells then chop up a variety of fillings (onions, peppers, ham, potatoes, cheese) and put them in containers in the refrigerator. Then whoever wants an omelet during the week, pulls it out puts whatever they want in it and heat it up.

Where to buy The Hollow King

Universal buy link https://books2read.com/u/49PzX0

Tasarla Romaney Social Media

I live in Northern Michigan (where it is cold ALL the time) with my hubby of many years. Some of my favorite past times when I’m not writing include reading (any genre), taking pictures (that I use on Facebook, my blog, Instagram, twitter and the journals I make), crocheting blankets for the Linus
Project. I’m addicted to M&M’s, planners, tarot cards, and lattes.
Other books:
The Night of the Gryphon series
The Fairy Crimes
Blog https://tasarlaromaney.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/tasarlaromaney
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Four paths–one destiny. With the power to bind souls and control all magic in the balance. Imprisoned in Stone, a dark fantasy by Helen Henderson.

Helen, 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.

Imprisoned in Stone by Helen Henderson

Genre Dark Fantasy

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

For the crime of healing without payment, the Brethren imprisoned Dylan’s soul in stone. Every full moon, they awakened him and renewed the bonds. When the blood dried on the stone, his awareness faded, but during those few brief moments, he had one thought–revenge. He embraces the pain of an awakening to reach out into the world beyond his stone prison.

A mind touches his and hope for escape from his eternal prison soars. However, his possible savior is unaware of her latent magic, the power needed to free him.

Through the years, the Brethren lost the ability to trap a soul for binding. Cuhlwich, the head of the Brethren intends to regain that power–at any cost. He also wants a successor of his choosing, including using magic to enforce his will. Only his son, Colwynn, wants to choose his own mate–an unknown woman whose magic calls him from afar.

A spell kept secret for generations.

A brotherhood thirsting for power.

A father’s demands that can’t be met.

A woman who stands to lose everything.

Magic imprisoned the mage’s soul, but not his will. Love released both.

Four paths–one destiny with the power to bind souls and control all magic in the balance.

Imprisoned In Stone, a book described as “a fascinating fantasy world with engaging characters.”

Where to buy Imprisoned in Stone

Amazon https://amzn.com/B00EGPA0YG
Books2Read https://books2read.com/Imprisoned-in-Stone
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imprisoned-in-stone-helen-henderson/1117236828
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/imprisoned-in-stone/id731341795
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/imprisoned-in-stone
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366952
Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Imprisoned-in-Stone-eBook/264025125
BooksAMillion https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Imprisoned-Stone/Helen-Henderson/9781496172839

 

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, Henderson’s 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 romantic fantasy, 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.
Webpage http://helenhenderson-author.webs.com/
Blog https://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/history2write
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/777491.Helen_Henderson
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Amazon Author Page http://amzn.com/e/B001HPM2XK
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Know the Hero from The Last Dragon by Daryl Devore @DarylDevore #RLFblog #Medieval #Fantasy #RomanceDiscover a knight, a dragon, and ancient sorceress and a heart-breaking secret in Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance, The Last Dragon.

Daryl, 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 hero, but first, tell us about The Last Dragon.

The Last Dragon by Daryl Devore

Genre Medieval Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.

A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.

Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his father’s kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child – dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.

Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.

Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.

Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?

Know the Hero from The Last Dragon

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

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

Orders wine and food then puts his feet up close to the fire and discusses politics with his father, the king.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Buy? He’s a prince. Food is ordered whenever he wishes to eat.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

A simple tunic and leggings, easier to train in than the awkward suit of armour and less pretentious than formal court attire.

Does he know how to fix things?

He can right a wrong. He can slay a demon. But, fix a broken wheel on a wagon or shoe his horse, he has no clue.

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

When he had lived 12 summers, the devil demon dragon, Arraydex, attacked and he grabbed his sword and attempted to fight it. Being too young and too weak, the dragon quickly bested him. He was saved by…spoiler – can’t tell you.

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

With proper court manners and compassion.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

When Hawkyns awakes, he is ready to face the challenges of a new day.

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

As a prince, he has courtly manners and is appropriate in every situation.

Valet or takes care of himself?

At the castle, he has a servant who looks after his needs. He is currently looking for a new squire to aid him in his duties as a knight.

Necktie/cravat or open shirt?

What is a shirt? He wears a tunic when training with the other knights.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

In fancy court dress, there are buttons, but in his day to day wear his sleeves are rolled up to facilitate sparring or battle.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural hair. Kept at proper length when at court, but often it is shaggier when he is away on long military campaigns.

Carriage or horseback?

Horseback on his faithful steed, Gladur.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy The Last Dragon

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QPW4CVF
Universal Buy Link https://books2read.com/The-Last-Dragon

Daryl Devore Social Media

Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines and sweet romances with little to no heat. She has several published books available on Amazon in ebook or print book and available at other book retailers via Books2Read.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and 2 cats. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
Blog https://daryldevore.blogspot.com/
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004TJ1354
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Read the new Violet Spirit by Abbey MacMunn @abbeymacmunn #RLFblog #paranormalromance #SciFiAbbey MacMunn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Violet Spirit, The Evoxian Legacies, book 2

Violet Spirit by Abbey MacMunn

Genre Fantasy/sci fi romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A half human, half alien.

A violet-eyed shapeshifter.

Their destinies bound by magic from a disappearing world.

Ever since free-spirited Lexie Mills learned she was half human, half alien, her life has been far from ordinary. But living a privileged life in a Cotswold manor with her over-protective family isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and not helped by her confusing feelings for her best friend, Drew.

Evoxian shapeshifter, Drew Morgan, longs to tell Lexie he’s her destined soulmate, but until she embraces her alien heritage, he must wait. Trouble is, staying in the friend zone proves harder than he thought.

Tensions sizzle and chemistry sparks between them, but as their friendship blossoms into something magical, Lexie uncovers a heart-breaking truth about Drew and she must make a choice…

Forgive Drew and accept her destiny, or decide her own fate?

Book 2 in The Evoxian Legacies but can be read as a standalone.

Where to buy Violet Spirit, The Evoxian Legacies, book 2

Publisher Tirgearr Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Violet-Spirit-Evoxian-Legacies-2-ebook/dp/B082FHSDJR
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/violet-spirit-abbey-macmunn/1135389270
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/violet-spirit/id1490599791
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/violet-spirit
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/994227

Abbey MacMunn Social Media

Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romances. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children. When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies.
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In Mermaids Marry in Green, a fantasy romance by Alice Renaud, a feisty shape shifting mermaid teams up with a warlock to capture a water monster, the afanc, who is threatening to flood London. But powerful warlocks are also after the creature…

Alice, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Mermaids Marry in Green.

Mermaids Marry in Green by Alice Renaud

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Caltha Dooran is the toughest, fiercest shape-shifting mermaid in the western seas. She has three Clans to rule, and no time for romance. But when a warlock, Jonty, turns up and asks her to come with him to London to capture a water monster, she can’t say no. In London, away from her duties, her attraction for Jonty grows… and they soon fall under each other’s spell. But will his past and her responsibilities pull them apart, or can they find the only true magic, the one that binds two souls together?

Meet the afanc from Mermaids Marry in Green

Full name: the afanc

Nickname: none

Gender: male

Species: mythical Welsh water monster

Physical description: the afanc has the head of a crocodile, and the body and paws of a beaver.

Relationship to main character: the afanc is rescued by the heroine, Caltha, and becomes her devoted companion.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Powerful warlocks are hunting the afanc because he has the power to make waters rise. Through him they hope to kill the current leader of the warlocks and take over London.

Where this furbaby came from: the afanc has lived in the rivers of London for millennia. He fell asleep centuries ago, but was woken up by magic. Now he is lost in a modern city he no longer recognizes.

What inspired you to create this character?

I love Welsh legends, particularly the creatures. The afanc, with its odd appearance, is one of my favorite monsters.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

Caltha, the mermaid heroine, expects to find a scary monster. Instead, she discovers a vulnerable animal who asks her for her help. She is determined to rescue him and take him to a safe place, away from the warlocks who would use and enslave him.

What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?

The warlocks who are after the afanc only want him for his power to control water. Through him they hope to take over London. Some warlocks, “the good ones,” would not use the afanc in this way, but they would treat him like a laboratory exhibit and study him.

What does this furbaby eat?

Mainly fish and crustaceans.

What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?

The afanc lives in lakes and rivers. He wakes up after a century-long sleep to find out that his river is now underground in London, and encircled by sewers. He is lost and miserable until Caltha finds him.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

The afanc is the reason why the heroine Caltha comes to London and teams up with the hero, Jonty the warlock. The afanc brings the two main characters together, and pits them against the villains who are seeking to capture the animal for their own ends.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

I hope readers will find him sweet and unusual. He is intelligent, can talk and is devoted to the heroine.

Where to buy Mermaids Marry in Green

Publisher Black Velvet Seductions https://blackvelvetseductions.com

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FCQQ75P

https://books2read.com/u/3LglAN

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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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

image credit: Grant Herbert (used with permission)

 

Read the series: A Guardian Redeemed, Guardians of Light Book 7 by Renee Wildes @ReneeWildes #RLFblog #fantasy romanceHe was bred for war. Her magic is only for peace. Together they must fight for love. A wartime romance blooms when a peace-loving witch teams up with a battle-hardened riever who has never known peace to oust an evil warlord and restore the rightful boy king to the throne. Opposites attract and sparks fly, but is it enough for a forever kind of love? Find out in Renee Wildes’ newest fantasy romance, A Guardian Redeemed, Book 7 in the Guardians of Light series from Champagne Book Group.

Renee, 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 series.

A Guardian Redeemed, Book 7 in the Guardians of Light series

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Weapons stolen, comrades dead, ship burned and sunk, Valkyn is rotting in Lord Zurvan’s grim dungeon, wondering if he will ever again see his sons. Rescue comes from an unexpected source–the human witch Zurvan sent to patch him up between beatings.

Mari can’t bring herself to let Valkyn die, never mind that the fearsome northern riever is the scourge of her homeland. Yet in him she finds an ally who could help restore the rightful boy king to the throne. And a man who reminds her body there’s life after widowhood.

Their first kiss unleashes pent-up passion she thought was long buried, clouding all the reasons they shouldn’t get involved. But the blood on Valkyn’s hands is anathema to Mari’s magic. If she dares open herself to him fully, he could destroy her.

Valkyn knows his heart has already surrendered to hers. When this quest is over, the real quest will be convincing her that polar opposites not only attract, they belong together– forever.

Which book is this in the series?

Book 7

How many books do you plan for the series?

There are 7

How many books are completed?

All 7

What characters are the main stars in your series?

Each book is stand-alone, featuring a different headline couple introduced as a minor character in a previous title. Because the worlds are interconnected and the couples all know each other, previous lead couples from past titles can make an appearance in future titles, so readers can catch up with how old favorites are doing.

What is the overall theme in this series?

Guardians of Light is about opposites attract, overcoming differences, and good working together to defeat evil.

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

Bk 1–A Guardian’s Heart (Dara & Loren)
Bk 2–A Guardian’s Hope (Maleta & Cianan)
Bk 3–A Guardian Revealed (Finora & Trystan)
Bk 4–A Guardian’s Dream (Pryseis & Benilo)
Bk 5–A Guardian’s Destiny (Verdeen & Aryk)
Bk 6–A Guardian Betrayed (Maili & Dax)
Bk 7–A Guardian Redeemed (Mari & Valkyn)

What did you like best about writing this series?

I loved watching how characters develop, growing stronger and more confident both alone and together. I am constantly surprised when a secondary character becomes so much MORE that they have to have their own story–and the next book is born!

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

I have a sci fi romance called Seditious Hearts, that won the 2019 FFP RWA OTFS contest Sci Fi Romance category and is due to come out from Champagne Book Group in April 2021. In this enemies-to-lovers story, Lonan Tremayne is ordered to commandeer the Imperium medical frigate, IMF Intervention, for the Resistance–and convince the Chief Medical Officer, Sub-Commander Seppala Amundsen, to defect. Another wartime romance story–with a twist (or two).

Where can we find links for all your books?

https://champagnebooks.com/store/185_renee-wildes

https://www.amazon.com/Renee-Wildes/e/B003ZMXWQE

Where to buy A Guardian Redeemed

Publisher https://champagnebooks.com/store/185_renee-wildes

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089FQDXWR/

Renee Wildes Social Media

Renee Wildes is an award-winning WI writer. She grew up reading fantasy authors Terry Brooks and Mercedes Lackey and is a huge Joseph Campbell fan, so the minute she discovered romance novels it became inevitable that she would combine it all and write fantasy romance. Renee is a history buff, from ancient Greece (esp. Sparta) through Dark Ages (esp. Celt and Viking) to medieval times.
As a Navy brat and a cop’s kid, she gravitated to protector/guardian heroes and heroines. She’s had horses (and dogs and cats) her whole life, so became the only vet tech/dog groomer in a family of nurses. It all comes together in her sci fi, paranormal & fantasy romance books for Champagne Book Group – fantasy, action, romance, heroics, and lots of critters!
Website https://www.reneewildesromance.com/
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