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Category Archives: Urban Fantasy

Fantasy with an urban, updated setting, often in contemporary times.

Discover the world of the Elf Queen by Lyndi Alexander #RLFblog #SciFi #fantasy #urbanfantasyLyndi Alexander, 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.

The Elf Queen by Lyndi Alexander

Genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
At her friend’s coaxing, Jelani tries on a glass slipper left lying on the sidewalk. When she steps into the shoe, it shatters, cutting her foot. As blood trickles to the pavement and mingles with the broken glass, dozens of two-inch high creatures emerge and then scurry away into the shadows. Soon she is approached by two mysterious and handsome men claiming to be elves who need her help to rescue their queen. More revelations come, threatening to unravel the life of this sassy barista from Missoula, Montana. Jelani must learn to accept that elves are real and living in the forests of the Bitterroot Mountains.
What species/races of people are in your book?
Humans and elves

Language and Culture

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
Sadly, it is what makes them the same that becomes more important. Jealousy, strife and bad family dynamics are behind the schism which led to the state of the elven world at the time this story takes place. Brother against sister, sons against fathers—the clan must wrestle with these before they can move forward.
What special laws are important to your story world?
The clan comes from a place of connection to the land (which is why the elves will work openly with ELF, the Earth Liberation Front, considered ecoterrorists by the FBI). They draw strength and energy from earth centers, and return it to the earth once they are gone. Years past, they had a balanced symbiosis with the land, and they must return to this balance if they are to survive.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
The Clan Elves of the Bitterroot live side by side with the people and animals of the northwest Montana lands. Most of the time they pass unnoticed, as do their homes, wrought by magic in the forest, up in the trees, like gossamer floors and walls, because the human world moves so quickly and remains self-absorbed. Once a mage of the clan teaches a human how to “see what is right in front of them, then this shadowy world can be seen.
What makes this world unique?
Their needs are not great, so they can generate everything they need with their own magic. For example, when mage Daven Talvi constructs a home for Jelani inside a large tree trunk, she finds that space is different inside a spelled place. Her nerdy friends compare it to the Tardis—much bigger on the inside than outside.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
The civilization goes back to the time of the Native Americans. In those earliest days, elves and humans had much the same way of life and they honored the same things. As humans “matured”, the two cultures grew apart, and the elves began keeping to themselves and moving deeper into the forests. This is why the older forests are cherished grounds for them.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
Whatever they can find in the woods, of course. But as the elves interact with the humans in the story, they do get to experience some more unusual fare like coffee and eggs with brains.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
They appear very much as humans. In fact, until they use their powers, one might see them as anyone else who blends into the background.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
The elves are telepathic with others of their own kind. Each elf also has a certain specialty power that helps them contribute to the clan, i.e. ability to control water, fire, wind, etc.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
Being able to visualize your setting provides myriad details you can use to make the narrative strong. I visited the area north of Missoula several times in order to secure these details—the deep forests, the gray mountains, the waterways of the area. Even the odd tree formations at the Montana Vortex came in useful in The Elf Guardian.
Don’t hold back on your details. They are what make your story come to life.
Think about the language differences for time, for food, etc. Even on our own planet we don’t all use meters or inches—wouldn’t those of a different world have different words for such things? Then you have to use them in a way that it’s clear what they mean to someone reading in American English.
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
When I wrote this book, it was the first time I’d ever learned about ecoterrorism. Strangely, this brand of terrorist is trying to save the forests by preventing development of old forest lands. Some are fairly harmless, like those who sit in trees to keep loggers from taking them down. Others put spikes in trees to deter loggers from using their equipment. Others, more violent in nature, actually blow things up to get their message across.
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
Making it too ordinary.

Where to buy The Elf Queen

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1936381036/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elf-queen-lyndi-alexander/1100074888?ean=9781538030219
iBooks https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elf-queen-lyndi-alexander/1100074888?ean=9781538030219
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-elf-queen
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/5283

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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Destiny Paramortals #3: Eve of Chaos by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #urbanfantasy Livia Quinn, 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.

Destiny Paramortals #3: Eve of Chaos by Livia Quinn

“You vill meet a dahk dangerrous strangah…”
…Aurora predicted at the Mardi Gras ball, and as if someone left their Swords of War videogame on “share” in a parallel universe, the Dark Knight walked in. Conor de Sept Flambe´ with the distinctive leathery tattoos spanning his muscular shoulders and magnificent flashing swords. “Where did he get those swords?” Montana drooled. She’d been unable to force her eyes away from him, then he parted the crowd like Moses through the Red Sea, and asked her to dance.
He said he wanted to show her some of his moves. Right! Her Dinnshencha warrior wasn’t born yesterday… But there’s more to this Knight than meets the eye, and he’s quite an eyeful. Recognizing her diminishing strength, he offered to prepare her for the Chaos, twenty-four hours when many Paramortals would lose their power.
With crazies coming out of the woodwork, Paramortals losing their abilities, personalities going AWOL, Sheriff Lang wants to know who will be left standing with him when the Para-moon begins. If Flambe´ is what Jack thinks he is, Destiny might have a chance. If not, they’ll be in deep… trouble. Where’s an F-18 when you need one?

Genre Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
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Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia Quinn is a DC native living on the bayou in Louisiana. She’s written thirteen books, both contemporary military romance and urban fantasy based around her fictional Storm Lake. In her jobs as plant manager, mail lady, computer instructor, professional singer and salesperson she’s collected many stories and quirky characters to share with her readers. She is a staunch supporter and advocate for our service men and women.
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Carmen DeSousa, 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.

Creatus Series Boxed Set by Carmen DeSousa

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
From the moment he saw her, he knew she was different, but he never imagined his life would forever change. Now, thrust into a role he never wanted, guardian to a girl he can never have, he will risk everything to save her from humans—and his family. The only thing he can’t save her from is herself.

Where to buy Creatus Series Boxed Set

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KGK9A5A/
Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Creatus-Series-Boxed-Set-Audiobook/B0746M21HN
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmen_DeSousa_Creatus_Series_Boxed_Set?id=CCU2CgAAQBAJ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/creatus-series-boxed-set/id881719354
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/creatus-series-boxed-set-carmen-desousa/1119570469
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/creatus-series-boxed-set-1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/440039

Carmen DeSousa Social Media

Carmen writes stories overflowing with romance and suspense, a hint of paranormal sometimes and, of course, a few Kleenex moments. After all, what would a great story be without an emotional event setting the stage? All her novels are sensual but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
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Mystic, Urban Fantasy by Gabi Stevens @GabiStevens #RLFblog #urbanfantasy Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Today’s guest is Gabi Stevens, author of Mystic, an urban fantasy.

Mystic by Gabi Stevens

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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

How could a good deed go so wrong?

Trask Sinclair enjoys his life as a famous author living in New York City. His greatest adventures come from the characters in his books. But after stepping in to protect a woman on the run–a woman with eyes that speak of hidden depth, intrigue, and loneliness–Trask is suddenly pulled into a world he never could have written.

Allys Joel sees the future when she touches someone. That’s why a Wall Street firm held her prisoner for sixteen months. Escaping, with Trask’s help, puts both their lives at risk. When conventional travel proves impossible, they must journey cross-country to get to the safety of the mysterious town of Mystic, Wyoming. As they fight for their lives, their freedom, and a possible budding romance, they must come face to face with the reality–and secrets–that may change their lives forever.

Where to buy Mystic

Publisher http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/mystic
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Gabi-Stevens-ebook/dp/B0789J6XCT/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystic-gabi-stevens/1127661074
iBooks https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/mystic/id1326352012?mt=11
Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mystic-20
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/768483

Gabi Stevens Social Media

Gabi Stevens/Gabi Anderson was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad (Germany), she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games (She’s appeared on Family Feud and Jeopardy!), has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Website http://gabistevens.com/
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Initiation: It's never just another day at the office Paula Millhouse @pmillhouse #RLFblog #UF #PNRPaula Millhouse, 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.

Thank you, Kayelle, for having me on the blog today. I love what you do for the Romance/UF/PNR/Sci-Fy genres, and how you connect readers with great books!

Hunters’ Watch Brigade: Initiation by Paula Millhouse

Genre: Urban Fantasy (with a heavy dose of paranormal romance on the side.)

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Rated R (for some hot romance, magic, and suspenseful scenes)

It’s never just another day at the office…

Demigod Samantha Silverton, a full-time monster hunter in the Hunters’ Watch Brigade, is on a mission to hunt down a scorned mermaid with her familiar Max when she finds out she has bigger fish to fry. Her mother—a powerful witch—has been abducted. And the most likely villain is her mother’s enemy, Francesca Rosencratz.

Being a familiar to a sexy monster hunter has its perks, but Max wants more. He might look like a cat, but he’s also Sam’s best friend…and the man who loves her. But in order to defeat Francesca, he’ll have to shift into his human form, something he’s avoided. Because once he’s officially a shifter, he’ll have to join the Brigade. And that could take him away from Sam for good.

But Francesca’s becoming more and more dangerous. She and a mysterious ally are working to take down the Brigade, and take over the paranormal community. Sam will have to dig deep if she’s going to save her mom. But Max will have to risk even more…to save Sam.

When supernatural creatures go rogue, who are you going to call? The Hunters’ Watch Brigade!

Why did you write this book?

This is the book of my heart.

One day I broke all the rules and started writing in first person, multiple point-of-view, and the Hunter’s Watch Brigade came to life.

The first book, Initiation, tells the story of a snarky monster hunter heroine who goes up against all odds to rescue her family from monsters, find her One True Love (who turns out to be her best friend), and incorporates all the things I like to read. Fantasy. Romance. And suspense.

I picked on the Greek pantheon in this book. My main character Samantha is a half-ling daughter to Poseidon. He makes a couple of appearances in this story, and I LOVED writing him. I’m an Aquarius girl who was born in the site of water, so it felt normal as anything including him in the story. Just wait until you visit his castle under the sea with Sam and Max.

I also explored what it means to fall in love with your best friend. I love this romance trope, and Sam and Max have some pretty intense issues to solve along their romance road. I think readers will cheer for them. They’re a very dynamic couple who fought hard to find their love story. They even surprised me.

The climax is amazing, and I knew what the scene looked like as soon as I wrote the very first words. Seeing this book go to print is an achievement. I can’t wait to share it with everyone, and I hope you’ll tell a friend.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

I like books where justice does exist, magic is the norm, and a hot romance demands a happy ever after.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Sam from the Hunters’ Watch Brigade series of course.

She’s a half-ling daughter of Poseidon who joined up with her vampire handler, Shade Vermillion, and her cat-shifter best friend Max to police the universe for bad supernaturals. She shows exemplary spunk while she fights a mermaid, reconciles family issues with her sister Cyn, and works hard to rescue her mother from Francesca Rosencratz, a powerful witch with a vendetta.

Does Sam win in the end? We’ll let the readers decide.

What are you working on at the moment?

Sharing Hunters’ Watch Brigade: Initiation with the world of readers. Do feel free to tell a friend, and thank you in advance. Marketing a book is hard work, and word of mouth still seems to be the best way to share books. If you’d like to read and review a copy you can do that now at Net Galley.

My amazing editor Brenda from ImaJinn Books and I are working on revisions for HWB Book 2. It’s been fun to expand the Hunters’ Watch Brigade world. I’m plotting several more books where readers can enjoy following their favorite pair of sexy paranormal agents as they police the universe for bad supernaturals.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

My agent, Sharon Belcastro, was wise enough to see the potential in this series.

Hunters’ Watch Brigade Book 2 is scheduled to release in the Summer of 2018, and we expect Book 3 to be out this year too. BelleBooks/ImaJinnBooks is an amazing publisher, and I think readers will enjoy what we have in store for you. Check back on my website for upcoming news. https://www.paulamillhouse.com

Where to buy Hunters’ Watch Brigade: Initiation

Publisher ImaJinnBooks/BelleBooks http://www.imajinnbooks.com

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hunters-Watch-Brigade-Paula-Millhouse-ebook/dp/B079HLXT5M

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunters-watch-brigade-paula-millhouse/1127912441

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38315520-hunters-watch-brigade

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Paula_Millhouse_Hunters_Watch_Brigade_Initiation?id=VvlJDwAAQBAJ

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hunters-watch-brigade-initiation/id1343458133?mt=11

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hunters-watch-brigade-initiation

NetGalley https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/131945

Paula Millhouse Social Media

Paula Millhouse was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean to her soul. As a child, she soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the South.

She lives in the mountains now, but honors her Southern heritage as a story teller by sharing high-heat adventures with her readers. Escape your daily routine with books where justice does exist, true love is worth fighting for, and happily ever afters are expected.

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Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Gabi Stevens, author of Mystic, an urban fantasy. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Mystic

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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

How could a good deed go so wrong?

Trask Sinclair enjoys his life as a famous author living in New York City. His greatest adventures come from the characters in his books. But after stepping in to protect a woman on the run—a woman with eyes that speak of hidden depth, intrigue, and loneliness—Trask is suddenly pulled into a world he never could have written.

Allys Joel sees the future when she touches someone. That’s why a Wall Street firm held her prisoner for sixteen months. Escaping with Trask’s help puts both their lives at risk. When conventional travel proves impossible, they must journey cross-country to get to the safety of the mysterious town of Mystic, Wyoming. As they fight for their lives, their freedom, and a possible budding romance, they must come face to face with the reality—and secrets—that may change their lives forever.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Not true. Mystic is my fourteenth published book, but only the sixth under the name Gabi Stevens.
this book is part of a series?
True. This is the first of a planned series about the mysterious town of Mystic and its inhabitants.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
True. But then again, I’m a poor sleeper.
you did research for this book?
True. I spent time in a friend’s RV, which plays a role in the story. I contacted the Cheyenne Airport for information about flights, planes their airport could handle, and private jets. And I read extensively about goats, King Arthur legends, and animal communication. Try tying all those things together.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Definitely! I don’t want to spoil anything, but creatures play a big role in this book.
this book has more than one genre?
True. It’s a little romance, a little humor, a little fantasy.
you speak more than one language?
True. In addition to English, I am fluent in Hungarian and German, and I studied Latin for many years.
you grew up where you live now?
Not true. I grew up in SoCal, went to boarding school in Colorado, college in New York, Germany, and California, and grad school in Illinois. Finally I ended up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
you love to read?
True. I believe my day is wasted unless I have read something that day. It’s an addiction. If I run out of books, I’ve been known to read my husband’s engineering periodicals.
you are never late?
True. I am on time always. Can’t help it.
you love pizza?
Not true. While I eat pizza sometimes, I’d rather have a burger any day.
you love sushi?
True. I would eat sushi everyday if I could.
you have a pet?
True. Two dogs presently—a cockapoo and a boxer mix.

Where to buy Mystic

Publisher http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/mystic
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Gabi-Stevens-ebook/dp/B0789J6XCT/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystic-gabi-stevens/1127661074
iBooks https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/mystic/id1326352012?mt=11
Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mystic-20
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/768483

Gabi Stevens Social Media

Website http://gabistevens.com/
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