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Read the series: Perfectly Honest (Perfectly Series Book 1) by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #MedicalRomanceThere is something – and someone – for everyone in the sassy, sexy humorous contemporary romances of the Perfectly Series by Linda O’Connor. In Perfectly Honest, book 1 of the Perfectly Series, one little white lie sweeps Dr. Mikaela Finn off her feet and triggers an avalanche of change. Sam O’Brien, a.k.a. Dr. Eye Candy, is caught up in the wild ride. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

Linda, 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.

Perfectly Honest in the Perfectly Series

Genre Medical Romantic Comedy

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

You never know where your words will take you…

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s “fiancée” for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka “Dr. Eye Candy,” is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his “fiancée” helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his “fiancée” ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

Which book is this in the series?

Perfectly Honest is the first book in the Perfectly Series. All of the books in the series are all stand-alone happily-ever-afters, but the characters from the previous books pop up in later stories and you get a glimpse of what’s happened in their lives as you read through the series.

How many books do you plan for the series?

There are 6 books in the series. Even though Perfectly Reasonable and Perfectly Planned are the second and third books respectively, they flash back to a couple of years before the events in the first book, Perfectly Honest. By Perfectly Unpredictable, things are all caught up! I wrote Perfectly Honest first and then realized I had to go back in time a bit to explain the events that happen in Margo’s life in the second book. It’s honestly not as confusing as it sounds.

How many books are completed?

All 6!

What characters are the main stars in your series?

You fall in love with a new couple with each story, but the main stars are Dr. Mikaela Finn (along with Sam O’Brien) and Dr. Margo MacMillan (and her beau, Trace Bennett). The women are best friends who waded through medical school together and now share the ups and downs of their love lives.

What is the overall theme in this series?

There is something – and someone – for everyone! The 6 books of the Perfectly Series are humorous contemporary romances set in a trio of small towns. The sassy characters in these sexy romantic comedies are doctors, painters, a translator, and a rock star – well, they’re all rock stars but only one plays guitar! Each couple has their own story, but they pop up in the other stories and stay in touch. You can escape to a small town and share in the love and laughter.

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

Perfectly Honest
Perfectly Reasonable
Perfectly Planned
Perfectly Unpredictable
Perfectly Christmas
Perfectly Together

Read the series: Perfectly Honest (Perfectly Series Book 1) by Linda O'Connor @LindaOConnor98 #RLFblog #MedicalRomance

What did you like best about writing this series?

When I write a book, I’m caught up in the characters’ lives for the better part of a year. It’s always bittersweet to move onto the next project and leave them behind. In this series, it was fun to revisit them and catch up with the next steps in their lives – their weddings, starting families, their careers. Dr. Mikaela Finn, the heroine in the first book, is an obstetrician. That profession made her an easy character to carry through and slip into the other books. I really enjoyed the challenge of intertwining the lives of the characters – and it felt like I was leaving little gifts or special notes for loyal readers who had read the previous stories.

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

I’ve written 4 steamy hockey romances for the In the Game Hockey Romance series, 4 sweet romantic comedies in the Dr. Brogan Matchmaking Doctor series, and Time for the Doctor, a medical romance, which is part of a collection of books set in Copper Mills, Arizona.

Where can we find links for all your books?

https://www.amazon.com/Linda-OConnor/e/B00S7CNLEA

Where to buy Perfectly Honest

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V9CWRMK

Linda O’Connor Social Media

Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.
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Coming Soon: Tiaras and Teacups by Melissa McClone @melissamcclone #RLFblog #WomensFictionSometimes the sweetest beginnings come from bitter endings in Melissa McClone’s upcoming romantic women’s fiction novel, Tiaras and Teacups. Will five friends will be able to support each other and save the Berry Lake Cupcake Shop?

Melissa, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Tiaras and Teacups.

Tiaras and Teacups by Melissa McClone

Genre Romantic Women’s Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Sometimes the sweetest beginnings come from bitter endings…

Juliet Monroe’s comfortable world has been turned upside down. She’s struggling to leave her trophy wife identity behind and make ends meet as a full-time event planner. When her handsome new neighbor needs to throw the perfect birthday party for his niece, Juliet offers her services. If she pulls this off, maybe she can get her life back on track. But to do so, she’ll need the help of the Cupcake Posse. Too bad her friends are grappling with problems of their own:

Missy’s recovering from injuries; Nell’s trying to thwart her mother’s matchmaking efforts; Selena’s husband wants her to work less when she needs to do more; and Bria’s facing obstacles she never anticipated trying to save her late aunt’s bakery.

Join the Cupcake Posse as they work together to navigate the difficulties of life, loss, and love. They continue to rely on each other, never losing sight of the importance of friendship and family, but will that be enough to save the Berry Lake Cupcake Shop?

Where to buy Tiaras and Teacups

Publisher Cardinal Press, LLC
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USA TODAY bestselling author Melissa McClone writes heartwarming women’s fiction and sweet contemporary romance novels for Cardinal Press, Tule Publishing Group, and Harlequin Books. When she’s not writing relatable characters and sigh-worthy happy endings, she spends her time in the rainy Pacific Northwest reading from her Kindle’s ever-growing TBR, napping with her dog and cats, and decorating her Happy Planner.
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Playing To Score by Lisabet Sarai @lisabetsarai #RLFblog #NewRelease #GayRomanceCasual sex morphs into something much deeper in Lisabet Sarai’s gay erotic romance Playing to Score. A Scrabble tournament seems an unlikely place to meet one’s soul mate. But then, Matt’s an unlikely sort of guy.

Lisabet, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Playing To Score.

Playing to Score by Lisabet Sarai

Genre Gay BDSM Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): X-rated (explicit gay sex)

Matt was supposed to be just a hot hook-up. Then he turned on the charm and brought out the bondage gear.

Jason Hofstadter comes to the Four States Annual Scrabble Tournament for two reasons: to play for the trophy and to get laid. Every year since his first, he’s managed to score with one of the other guys attending. He figures that he’s hit the jackpot when he spots handsome, bookish Matt Sawyer, who’s competing at the Four States for the first time.

Shy and seemingly innocent, Matt turns out to be full of surprises. First he jumps Jason in the rest room at Starbucks. Then he reveals that he’s into BDSM and encourages Jason to top him. Finally, despite his lack of experience with tournament play, Matt ends up facing Jason across the board in the semi-final round. When Matt throws the game he should have won, Jason is forced to confront his own feelings: about winning, about casual sex, and about Matt.

Why did you write this book?

Originally, I wrote this novella for a boxed set entitled Gaymes. The publisher envisioned this as a collection of sports-themed MM romances, but honestly I have little interest in football, baseball or most other physical games. When I suggested to the editor that I could write a tale about Scrabble, she expressed some level of disbelief. In a sense, I wrote this story to prove that I could.

I love playing Scrabble myself, so it was easy to identify with Jason’s and Matt’s passion. Their passion for the game, I mean! The characters popped into my head more or less fully formed: Jason, the tournament veteran, focused, self-confident and dismissive of serious relationships; Matt, the newbie, with his nerdy good looks and his secrets. Once I got started, the story wrote itself. However, I’ve revised and expanded it for this release, to highlight the romantic connection between the heroes.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read many genres, but I’m particularly drawn to science fiction and paranormal stories. I grew up on steady diet of Heinlein, Asimov and Bradbury. Meanwhile, all through my childhood my dad made up original ghost stories to entertain us. It’s not surprising that I love both genres as an adult.

The best scifi I’ve read in the past decade is The Windup Girl by Paolo Baccigalupi. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern might be the most enchanting and moving paranormal novel I’ve ever encountered. I recommend both of them highly.

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

That’s another hard question. Possibly Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle’s complete opus has pride of place on my bookshelves. I’ve read it so many times that I feel I know Sherlock personally. Meanwhile, he’s everything a character should be: uniquely fascinating, often admirable, but deeply flawed.

Playing To Score by Lisabet Sarai @lisabetsarai #RLFblog #NewRelease #GayRomance

What are you working on at the moment?

My major WIP right now is The Journeyman’s Trial, the second book in my series “The Toymaker’s Guild”. This is steam punk erotica with some romantic elements, set in an alternative Victorian England. Gillian Smith, the nineteen year old engineering genius who’s my heroine, is one of my favorite creations.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Aside from The Journeyman’s Trial, I will be republishing a number of romance titles from my back list, including my multi-genre mega-opus Rajasthani Moon. That novel was the result of another personal challenge: how many different romance subgenres could I hit in a single title. It’s a steampunk/ menage/ paranormal/ BDSM/ Bollywood/ Rubenesque spy story!

I’m also planning to put out some boxed sets, including the full Asian Adventures series which will release next month. Most of my work is available in multiple stores, but my boxed sets are Kindle Unlimited.

Where to buy Playing to Score

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VRVVYZG
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/playing-to-score-lisabet-sarai/1138737494?ean=2940164803995
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/th/en/ebook/playing-to-score
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Lisabet Sarai Social Media

Lisabet Sarai became addicted to words at an early age. She began reading when she was four. She wrote her first story at five years old and her first poem at seven. Since then, she has penned plays, tutorials, scholarly articles, marketing brochures, software specifications, self-help books, press releases, a five-hundred page dissertation, and lots of erotica and erotic romance over one hundred titles, and counting, in nearly every sub-genre–paranormal, scifi, ménage, BDSM, GLBT, and more. Regardless of the genre, every one of her stories illustrates her motto: Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Website https://www.lisabetsarai.com
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Read For Eternity by Samantha Calcott @CalcottSamantha #RLFblog #NewRelease #LGBT #PNRA human and a wizard find a mutual connection in Samantha Calcott’s new LGBT paranormal romance, For Eternity. When the vampire war begins, will their love survive?

Samantha, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about For Eternity.

For Eternity by Samantha Calcott

Genre MM PNR

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

After World War Three, the world is scourged by vampires, and the only hope of stopping them lays in the hands of nineteen-year-old Desi Duponce.

He has an idea, but in order for it to come to fruition, he must collaborate with the older wizard Oscar Scott.

Desi didn’t expect his new partner to be so alluringly handsome. In addition to fighting the vampires, Oscar teaches him much more than he expected as he shows Desi the true pleasures of being his submissive.

Why did you write this book?

Originally, I wrote this as a 3k word short story for an anthology, but I wanted more detail in the vampires and while Desi and Oscar were potionmaking, so I rewrote it into a novella length. I was inspired by a different fictional character and my love for him, and wanted to create someone just as attractive and powerful, hence Oscar.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I actually love horror, but dark romance has a special place on my heart. Especially BDSM.

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

Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. He’s so stoic, sarcastic, and alluring.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on Yes, Professor. It’s a coming of age taboo BDSM romance about a college student and her cruel, sexy professor and the things he will put her through to earn a degree.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Yes, Professor releases May 7th, and I have my first sweet romance, Coffee Shop Christmas, coming in November, in the multi-author boxed set Sugar Plum Kisses.

Where to buy For Eternity

Amazon http://smarturl.it/foreternitysc

Samantha Calcott Social Media

Samantha Calcott is a secret lover of romance when it’s done right, and after years of writing under another pen name in the horror and paranormal genres, she decided to dip her toe into a brand new genre.
She’s a Midwestern girl who spent nearly a decade in the gritty heart of Los Angeles, where sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll reign. When not writing, she’s reading, at a concert, or cooking.
She currently lives in Arizona. She also writes horror and paranormal books as USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi.
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A family secret thrusts Kara through time where she meets a sexy highlander in Sloan McBride’s Highland Stone. Will she stay? Will he let her go?

Sloan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Highland Stone.

Highland Stone by Sloan McBride

Genre Time Travel Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (steamy)

A mysterious inheritance and magical forces thrust Kara Malone through the ages to the Scottish Highlands of old. There she encounters Alaxandar McLeod, the dark stranger who inhabits her dreams.

Alaxandar leads the charge to learn the truth about the violent raids against his clan. When his horse almost tramples a beautiful stranger, he is beguiled but skeptical. Is she a spy, or worse, a witch come to lure him with her body and distract him from his quest?

With his clan ever leery of Kara’s presence, and the raids intensifying, Alaxandar must decide what is right for his family and his heart. Will Kara choose to stay with the stranger from her dreams made flesh, or the mission she vowed to complete?

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What’s your favorite book?

I could never pick just one favorite book. There are so many that I truly love and read over and over. I love most all of Nora Roberts’ series, but I’m partial to The Bride Quartet and Inn Boonsboro Trilogy most recently. I’m an avid, avid reader of paranormal romance and romantic suspense so there are many in that genre I love too. It’s took hard to pick just one.

What’s a genre you want to write?

I would like to try YA at some point. I have started a story, but haven’t gotten farther than the first few pages.

Best writing advice you ever heard?

Write, write, write. Keep writing no matter what happens.

What’s the title and genre of your first book, and where can we find it?

The title and genre of the first book is Time Travel Romance – Highland Stone. It’s the book I’m featuring today. I re-released it in September of 2020 on its 10th anniversary. I got a new cover, and put in additional content.

Easy

Coffee or tea? Neither. I don’t drink any hot drinks at all. I love frappes though!

Sit down dinner or drive through? Prefer sit down dinners when I have time to make them.

Fold laundry immediately or let it sit? I fold laundry immediately and put it away. I don’t like things sitting around.

Unload dishwasher right away or use dishes from it? I usually empty the dishwasher when I’m making dinner so there is room to reload.

Driving for pleasure or avoid driving anywhere? I drive only where I have to go. We don’t really live in an area that promotes driving for pleasure.

Talk or text? I prefer talking.

Emoji or smilie? Emoji

Where to buy Highland Stone

Publisher World of Dreams Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0043EV9B8/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highland-stone-sloan-mcbride/1017478320
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/highland-stone
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Sloan McBride Social Media

Sloan McBride is a multi-published author whose books have been reviewed, and featured in RT Book Reviews. She is a romance author who leans toward the paranormal, adding suspense, and mixing in mythology with her Time Walker Series. She dances through the Highlands, making merry with the clans in The Talisman Trilogy, and turns up the heat in the crazy world of smokejumpers in the Men of Fire Trilogy.
Sloan lives in Illinois with her husband of 40 years and two children who have grown into adulthood. By day she is executive assistant to the majority owner of a dynamic law firm. By night, she puts on her writing persona and creates kick-ass heroines and the tortured men who love them.
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Discover fast fun facts about Karen Cino author of The Boardwalk @karencino #RLFblog #RomanceA tranquil walk on the boardwalk leads to romance and a dangerous encounter in Karen Cino’s novel The Boardwalk.

Karen, 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 Boardwalk.

The Boardwalk by Karen Cino

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

After an accident at work, Brooklyn DeMelli walks every day down at the boardwalk as a way to keep active and have a semi normal social life. She meets up with the regular morning walkers, while enjoying the beauty of the beach and the scent of the ocean. To keep busy she started her own company, making beaded jewelry for parties and flea markets. Mario Morales is the hippy that plays acoustic guitar every morning at different ends of the boardwalk. The music captivates Brooklyn. Following the muse, she meets Mario who turns out to be a narcotics detective working undercover on a huge investigation. When Mario finds out Brooklyn is inadvertently involved in a drug trafficking ring, it leads to a series of events, which puts Brooklyn’s life in jeopardy, while forming a romantic bond between them.

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What’s your favorite book?…

Lovers and Gamblers by Jackie Collins and the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich.

What’s a genre you want to write?…

I love writing Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mysteries and Romance, but I would like to try a historical romance.

Best writing advice you ever heard?…

Write everyday, be it ten words or two thousand words and write what you love.

What’s the title and genre of your first book, and where can we find it?

My first novel was Roses, a contemporary romance. It can be found on Amazon and all other publishing platforms.

Easy

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Sit down dinner or drive through? Sit down dinner

Fold laundry immediately or let it sit? Folded immediately

Unload dishwasher right away or use dishes from it? Unload dishwasher right away

Driving for pleasure or avoid driving anywhere? Diving for pleasure

Talk or text? Talk

Emoji or smilie? Emoji

Where to buy The Boardwalk

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Boardwalk-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B01BCNBFO8/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boardwalk-karen-cino/1111937264?ean=9781523432813
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611680

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who 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. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano, singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2015 Karen moved to the Jersey Shore.
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