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Category Archives: RLF Gems

Awards and honorable mentions for having high numbers of views and/or comments on a post.

How author Brenda Sparks became a #1 Blogger 2 years in a row on #RLFblog @Brenda_Sparks

How Does Brenda do it?

Brenda Sparks managed to be the top blogger on Romance Lives Forever, two years in a row. How? I can tell you one thing, she talks about other authors who appear here and sends out tweets every week leading people back to her posts. In return, she gets a book listed on the front page of the blog for a year. Not shabby at all! See an example of one of her tweets below. It’s about her book, but it goes to the RLF blog. I think one secret is she cares and shares.

And what about Vicki Batman, who managed to get 40 comments on one blog post? What does she do to get people to read and comment? One thing about her that I know, she supports other authors, and she has an incredibly compelling personal story to tell. She and her husband, whom she always calls Handsome, have been going through a long battle with cancer. She’s shared her unfolding story each year during Cancer Awareness in October. Her readers love keeping up with her. I think one secret is her big heart.

How author Brenda Sparks became a #1 Blogger 2 years in a row on #RLFblog @Brenda_Sparks

Both Brenda and Vicki get a full year of advertising on RLF. Congratulations!

What kind of books do they write? Brenda writes Paranormal and Vicki writes Contemporary and Women’s Fiction. The other authors listed below are an interesting mix. Two write historical fiction, and several write suspense. The biggest draw on this site is romance, followed by contemporary, PNR (paranormal romance), romantic suspense, historical, contemporary, and sci fi. That last one is partly because it’s what I write and I sneak in a post every month myself. We have a large number of Sci Fi posts from others too. But those are not the only genres. We have everything except kidlit.

In 2019, There were many authors who did an amazing job of bringing visitors to the blog. After Brenda Sparks, the following authors are listed in order based on the number of visits they brought to the blog.

#1 Lyndell Williams
#2 Dee S Knight (Dee comments on RLF every day!)
#3 Kryssie Fortune
#4 NJ Walters
#5 Alina K Field
#6 Daryl Devore
#7 Alexa Aston
#8 Karen Cino
#9 Jami Gray
#10 Amber Daulton

Two authors whose visits were also high overall were Vicki Batman (surprised? not) and Lorelei Confer.

So how do you get to be a number one blogger and get your name out there where people can hear about you? Use Twitter. Share on Facebook. Pop it into your newsletter. Share pictures on Tumblr. Whatever works for you, use it to tell people where you are going to be. When an author shares it helps others as well as the author. Being a champion for others is what it’s all about.

Here’s the link to sign up for next year. I use SignupGenius to let you pick your own date, plus, you’ll get automated reminders so you don’t miss a scheduled visit.

My thanks to all the wonderful authors who have appeared on RLF during 2019. Here’s to a prosperous and successful 2020.

— Kayelle Allen

RLFblog offers authors opportunities to share their books #RLFblog #authorsRLFblog grew in 2019. Thank you for a great year! The Romance Lives Forever blog grew, and new interviews were added. For the year, there were 365 new posts. We trialed Free Book Friday, which was not as popular as I’d have liked, but the Christmas Romance Saturdays in December were a huge success. Two hours after I mentioned it online, 90% of the slots had filled. I’ll definitely offer that again next year.

Social Media on RLFblog

The blog uses the hashtag #RLFblog, and the hashtags most often associated with it are #Romance #RomanticSuspense #suspense #historical #contemporary #PNR #paranormalromance #paranormal and #SciFi. Readers here love those genres, but there are dozens more.

Twitter generates about 85% of the traffic to the RLF website, mostly because it is fed from Triberr — which did a great job. Because of my followers, the tribemates I associate with and their followers, RLF has a reach of over three million. The program works because it brings new readers, and reminds current ones of new material. It provides an average of 45 – 50 mentions on Twitter every day, and since each post has the guest author’s Twitter handle in the title, that means the guest gets mentioned too. If you aren’t using Twitter, you’re not getting the full power of this blog’s reach. Please consider signing up, and while you’re there, I’d love it if you’d follow me. https://twitter.com/kayelleallen

Take Advantage of our Reach

Sign up for a book cover spot on the front page of RLF and take advantage of the traffic this blog generates. Did you know there are multiple authors who plan their appearances based on the dates of book releases? Why? Because RLFblog gets the word out about new books and helps authors get their name in front of readers. There’s a link on the upper left side of the blog that says Share your book cover with readers. Click that to reserve your spot.

Sign Up for the RLFblog

RLFblog offers authors opportunities to share their books #RLFblog #authorsYou can see all the signups available by visiting SignUp Genius. This site will email you a confirmation, send a reminder, and even include links where you can download an interview for the site.

Interviews

RLF has 14 different interviews you can download and fill out, or you can write an article. All the interviews have a space to feature your newsletter, and we use Yoast SEO to enable you to tell Google and other search engines how your want your post to be found. You’ll see the info near the top of each interview.

New for 2020 – RLF Blog Author Roster

I’ll be adding a quarterly bonus for readers to download in 2020. Authors who care to be listed may add name, bio, and other book info to a simple form. Takes two minutes to fill out and will put your name in front of hundreds of readers. No cost involved. Limit once per author.
https://forms.gle/uv5ZQjNAjgbx33NJ8

Thank you…

The blog has grown and changed in response to your requests, and I hope you’ve found it helpful. If there is something you’d like me to add or change, please let me know. Thank you for your support. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope to see you back soon.

— Kayelle Allen

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @NJWaltersauthor @Brenda_Sparks @VickiBatmanBe sure to read What is RLF? Romance Lives Forever and discover great new opportunities for authors and readers.

Top Blogger for this month is NJ Walters. Top Blogger of 2017 was Vicki Batman, who won a year of free advertising for 2018.

Top Blogger NJ Walters

The top bloggers are judged by page visits. Congratulations!
Other authors in order by page visits are:
Linda Rae Sande and Veronica Scott

Honorable Mention: Lyndell Williams and Laura Strickland.

Top Blogger of 2018: Brenda Sparks

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @NJWaltersauthor @Brenda_Sparks @VickiBatman As I looked at this list of names, I wondered if people would think I was only giving out this award to friends. That’s true, partially. Each has become a friend over the last year or has been for a long time. Hosting this site gives me a unique opportunity to get to know many authors. But the statistics speak for themselves. When I pulled year long stats from the backside of the blog, these were the names that floated to the top.

Brenda Sparks made the list as top blogger due to having the most page views throughout the entire year. She also promoted the blog itself. I was tickled when I looked at the stats and saw her name right at the top, because in my mind, she certainly deserved the appause. Please do visit her post and check out her book, Alpha Pair. Brenda wins a year of cover ads on RLF.

Alpha Pair (The Alpha Council Chronicles) by Brenda Sparks @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #Paranormal #PNR https://www.rlfblog.com/brenda-sparks-0818/

Top Blog Posts of 2018

Below are the titles and links to the top ten posts of the year. There are some interesting statistics I’d like to point out.

Of these, two were from the Cancer Awareness series (Vicki Batman and Iris Blobel). Four were paranormal romance. Four were historical. Two fantasy, and two were LGBT. If these don’t add up to ten it’s because some posts covered more than one genre. I invite you to click and visit each of these. They will be well worth your time.

Is It True: Blood Instincts by Marie Lavender @marielavender1 #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #PNR https://www.rlfblog.com/marie-lavender-0818/

Fighting Cancer: The Road We Traveled @vickibatman Vicki Batman #AttackingCancer #Cancer https://www.rlfblog.com/vicki-batman-101018/

Lady of the Nile by Veronica Scott @vscotttheauthor #RLFblog #paranormal https://www.rlfblog.com/veronica-scott-0118/

Earl of Wainthorpe by Collette Cameron @Collette_Author #RLFblog #Historical #Romance https://www.rlfblog.com/collette-cameron-0118/

Is It True: Mystic by Gabi Stevens @GabiStevens #RLFblog #urbanfantasy https://www.rlfblog.com/mystic-gabi-stevens-0118/

Venus and Lysander by Yoshiyuki Ly @LyLikeLee #RLFblog #historical #romance https://www.rlfblog.com/yoshiyuki-ly-0517/

Five vampire myths busted. One Knight Stand by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #PNR https://www.rlfblog.com/vampire-myths-kryssie-fortune-0418/

Bucket list of Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #RLFblog #YA #Fantasy https://www.rlfblog.com/barb-caffrey-0118/

Be #Canceraware #Cancer doesn’t discriminate – with Iris Blobel @_iris_b #RLFblog https://www.rlfblog.com/canceraware-iris-blobel-0118/

Unreal Love in the Real World Adriana Kraft @AdrianaKraft #RLFblog #MFRWAuthor #LGBT https://www.rlfblog.com/adriana-kraft-0218/

Top Chatters for 2018

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @NJWaltersauthor @Brenda_Sparks @VickiBatmanThe person who gets the most comments is not always the person who gets the most page views. For that reason, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the bloggers who receive the most comments.
This year’s winner is Vicki Batman. This is not a surprise. Every time Vicki visits RLF she takes home either the top blogger or top chatter award and she was last year’s recipent of top blogger of the year.

Fighting Cancer: The Road We Traveled @vickibatman Vicki Batman #AttackingCancer #Cancer https://www.rlfblog.com/vicki-batman-101018/

Other top chatters were Sheri Humphries, Alina K Field, Linda O’Connor, and Paula Millhouse.

#FreeBookFriday

Readers bookmark the blog and come back every day for good books. On Fridays, every book we offer is free. Look for the #FreeBookFriday hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

Authors, do you offer subscribers a free book for signing up to your newsletter? Do you have a permafree book or a book on KindleUnlimited? Here’s your chance to reach new readers. Romance Lives Forever now offers a free book section. #FreeBookFriday will offer 5 books each week all year long. Each week, 4 spots will be free.

How do you take part? It’s easy. All you need to send is the cover, a blurb, and a link to get your book. When you sign up, your confirmation form will have a link to add your book info.

When someone clicks the link you provide, they’ll be taken directly to your site. You’ll have the double opt in that newsletter services require. No worrying about adding a list downloaded from another place. You’ll get subscribers directly. Easy peasy.

There’s a 5th paid spot for $5. It comes with a week-long cover ad spot on the front page (upper right corner). Your free book will also get a pinned spot on the RLF Facebook page, and a cover spot on the RLF #FreeBookFriday Pinterest board.

Find Good Books

One good way to find good books is to subscribe to this blog. How? Easy! Enter your name and email in that box on the left and click Subscribe. You’ll get an email every time a new post comes out. The entire post will be available and you won’t have to go anywhere but your inbox to read it. Best part? Your email is not used for any other purpose. Ever.

Please support our veterans

Who among us doesn’t have a veteran in the family or one for a friend? Please support our veterans and their families personally and in your communications with Congress.

Be a Guest Author

Romance Lives Forever uses Signup Genius to schedule guests. The system also reminds authors of their visit. One post is available each day. Once you choose a date, no one else will be able to take it. You can sign up for more than one visit; however, each visit must be in a different month.

Reserve a date between January and March 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf2Q2019

Reserve a date between April – June 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf1Q2019

Do you want to BLAST PIRATES?

I recommend Blasty. When you use it, please mark Romance Lives Forever as a legal site. Thank you!

Read Books. Meet Authors. Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog #BooksIf you’re a reader, you read whether you plan to or not. The ketchup bottle. Cereal boxes. Signs along the freeway. The capacity allowance in an elevator. If it’s written, you read it. I do too. That’s one reason I started this blog. I like to read books more than I do cereal boxes. I plain love having new things to read! And I love getting to know the authors.

Read Books

In 2019, I hope to make Romance Lives Forever an even more satisfying place to discover books and meet authors. If you want to read books (and not be stuck with ketchup bottles) one good way to find them is to subscribe to this blog. How? Easy! Enter your name and email in that box on the left and click Subscribe. You’ll get an email every time a new post comes out. The entire post will be available and you won’t have to go anywhere but your inbox to read it. Best part? Your email is not used for any other purpose. Ever.

Look for a new interview or two for authors, plus at least one for characters. I’m planning some new features in the spring, and the website will undergo a few changes around then as well. It’s my goal to improve whenever possible.

I’ll be offering different ways to find stories by changing the way the menu works on the site, updating the look and finding new ways to offer free stories whenever possible. Many authors have newsletters (I do!) and would love a chance to find new readers. Many readers are searching for new authors. I want to make RLF the place where they come together.

I’m also very interested in helping the community of authors and the communities where we live. This year, we began Fiction Furbaby posts that allow authors to share their outreach for animal-oriented service organizations. In those posts, we do a shout out to Rob’s Rescues, a local site begun by a nine-year-old boy who is now fourteen and still going strong. I’d like to do more feel good events like that.

We will again host a veteran author salute in November, have a cancer awareness series for authors to share their trials and triumphs in October, and we’ll do Christmas Romance Saturday in December, and offer free books every Friday. Those events were all wildly successful this year. Feel free to drop a suggestion in the comments. I’d love to know your ideas.

Thank you for coming along this year and being one of the supporters for Romance Lives Forever. Let’s read books together in 2019!

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @julielence @AlinaKField Be sure to read What is RLF? Romance Lives Forever in 2018 and discover great new opportunities for authors and readers.

 

The RLF Gems announcement last month was in the top ten. You are why I do this!

Top Blogger for this month is Julia Lence, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Top chatter is Alina K Field. Top Blogger of 2017 was Vicki Batman, who won a year of free advertising for 2018.

Top Blogger Julie Lence

The top bloggers are judged by page visits. Congratulations!
Other authors in order by page visits are:
KG Fletcher
Effrosyni Moschoudi
Tracy Falbe
Alina K Field
Honorable Mention: Kayelle Allen and Bry Ann

Top Chatter for the Month

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @julielence @AlinaKField The person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views. For that reason, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the bloggers who receive the most comments.
This month’s winner is Alina K Field.

Authors of #FreeBookFriday

Adriana Kraft, Bry Ann, C Rose, Coralie Moss, Holly Bargo, Ivy Hearne, J Rose Allister, Jana Richards, Jean Joachim, JJ DiBenedetto, Linda Nightingale, Linda Rae Sande, Meredith Bond, Naomi Bellina, Reet Singh

Join us each week for #FreeBookFriday

Readers – bookmark the blog and come back every day for good books. On Fridays, every book we offer is free. Look for the #FreeBookFriday hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

Authors, do you offer subscribers a free book for signing up to your newsletter? Do you have a permafree book or a book on KindleUnlimited? Here’s your chance to reach new readers in 2018. Romance Lives Forever now offers a free book section. #FreeBookFriday will offer 5 books each week all year long. Each week, 4 spots will be free.

How do you take part? It’s easy. All you need to send is the cover, a blurb, and a link to get your book. When you sign up, your confirmation form will have a link to add your book info.

When someone clicks the link you provide, they’ll be taken directly to your site. You’ll have the double opt in that newsletter services require. No worrying about adding a list downloaded from another place. You’ll get subscribers directly. Easy peasy.

There’s a 5th paid spot for $5. It comes with a week-long cover ad spot on the front page (upper right corner). Your free book will also get a pinned spot on the RLF Facebook page, and a cover spot on the RLF #FreeBookFriday Pinterest board.

Reserve a date for Free Book Friday http://bit.ly/rlf-free

 

Who among us doesn’t have a veteran in the family?
Please support our veterans and their families personally
and in your communications with Congress.

Be a Guest Author

Romance Lives Forever uses Signup Genius to schedule guests. The system also reminds authors of their visit. One post is available each day. Once you choose a date, no one else will be able to take it. You can sign up for more than one visit; however, each visit must be in a different month.

Reserve a date between January and March 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf2Q2019

Reserve a date between April – June 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf1Q2019

 

My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors. Other guests during the month are (in alpha order by first name):

Alexa Aston, Alina K Field, AM Scott, Andi Ramos, Barbara White Daille, Beverley Oakley, Christine Myers, Karen Cino, Linda Nightingale, Linda O’Connor, Livia Quinn, Madison Michael, Neil Plakcy, NJ Walters, Tricia Schneider

Do you want to BLAST PIRATES?

I recommend Blasty. When you use it, please mark Romance Lives Forever as a legal site. Thank you!

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @VickiBatman @Sheri_HumphreysBe sure to read What is RLF? Romance Lives Forever in 2018 and discover great new opportunities for authors and readers.

The RLF Gems announcement last month was in the top ten. You are why I do this!

Top Blogger for this month is Vicki Batman. Top chatter is also Vicki! She was the Top Blogger of 2017, and won a year of free advertising for 2018.

Top Blogger Vicki Batman

The top bloggers are judged by page visits. Congratulations!
Other authors in order by page visits are:
Lloyd Meeker
Livia Quinn
AM Scott
Alice Orr
Claire Marti

Honorable Mention: Kathy Otten

Top Chatter for the Month

#Romance Lives Forever on #RLFblog Meet the top bloggers @VickiBatman @Sheri_HumphreysThe person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views. For that reason, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the bloggers who receive the most comments.
This month’s winner is Vicki Batman.

Runner up is Sheri Humphreys.

Authors of #FreeBookFriday

Adite Banerjie, Adriana Kraft, Effrosyni Moschoudi, Erica Ridley, Holly Bargo, Kayelle Allen, Kris Bock, Kryssie Fortune, Lisa Carlisle, Livia Quinn, Luci Beach, Madison Michael, MJ Schiller, Sylvia Hubbard

Join us each week for #FreeBookFriday

Readers – bookmark the blog and come back every day for good books. On Fridays, every book we offer is free. Look for the #FreeBookFriday hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.

Authors, do you offer subscribers a free book for signing up to your newsletter? Do you have a permafree book or a book on KindleUnlimited? Here’s your chance to reach new readers in 2018. Romance Lives Forever now offers a free book section. #FreeBookFriday will offer 5 books each week all year long. Each week, 4 spots will be free.

How do you take part? It’s easy. All you need to send is the cover, a blurb, and a link to get your book. When you sign up, your confirmation form will have a link to add your book info.

When someone clicks the link you provide, they’ll be taken directly to your site. You’ll have the double opt in that newsletter services require. No worrying about adding a list downloaded from another place. You’ll get subscribers directly. Easy peasy.

There’s a 5th paid spot for $5. It comes with a week-long cover ad spot on the front page (upper right corner). Your free book will also get a pinned spot on the RLF Facebook page, and a cover spot on the RLF #FreeBookFriday Pinterest board.

Reserve a date for Free Book Friday http://bit.ly/rlf-free

 

Who among us doesn’t have a veteran in the family?
Please support our veterans and their families personally
and in your communications with Congress.

Be a Guest Author

Romance Lives Forever uses Signup Genius to schedule guests. The system also reminds authors of their visit. One post is available each day. Once you choose a date, no one else will be able to take it. You can sign up for more than one visit; however, each visit must be in a different month.

Reserve a date between January and March 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf2Q2019

Reserve a date between April – June 2019
https://bit.ly/rlf1Q2019

My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.


Do you want to BLAST PIRATES?

I recommend Blasty. When you use it, please mark Romance Lives Forever as a legal site. Thank you!

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