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Bridal Shop Chaos (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery #7) by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #NewRelease #ContemporaryRomance #Cozy

Shopping for a bridal gown turns into a murder mystery in Karen Cino's new contemporary cozy mystery. Will the wedding take place without a hitch?

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 Bridal Shop Chaos (Book 7 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.

Bridal Club Chaos by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary romance cozy mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

A routine trip to a local bridal shop is disrupted when the bridal shop owner gets murdered while Connie and Sara are in the dressing room. As the investigation unwinds, secrets out the owner are discovered, as the list of suspects continue to grow.

Sara Mazza and her boyfriend continue to have problems in their relationship, stemming back to the cruise they had taken the month before.

As Connie's wedding day approaches, will they solve the case and not get themselves in harms way again?

Why did you write this book?

Writing is my passion. Since I moved from Staten Island, New York to the New Jersey Shore. I love the beach, so having my series take place at the Jersey Shore was a blast.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am a big reader. I love reading Women's Fiction and Cozy Mysteries, but give me a good Stephen King novel and I'm in heaven.

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

I love Stephanie Plum. She's a multi dimensional character, with a definite laugh out loud read.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on a Women's Fiction romance and a new contemporary cozy mystery.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Moving forward I will be releasing Down at the Shore, book 1 in the Five Beach Road Series.

Where to buy Bridal Shop Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press


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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 #NewRelease A Witch's Quandary by Tena Stetler @TenaStetler #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #MysteryA Broken Engagement leads to the discovery of stolen magic and malice in Tena Stetler’s new paranormal romance/mystery. Someone is being blackmailed. A member of the Witch’s Council is corrupt. Will Dillon and Gale uncover the truth in time?

Tena, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about A Witch’s Quandary.

A Witch’s Quandary by Tena Stetler

Genre – Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Gale’s engagement is off because she refuses to leave her thriving business in Ireland to follow Dillon to Scotland. Her family and friends are on the emerald isle. Yet, when Dillon returns with the whole story and asks for her help, she must follow her heart.

Becoming a Solicitor, then partner in the family law firm was never Dillon’s dream. Now it’s his nightmare. Called to Scotland, his father demands he take his rightful place in the firm or be disowned and disinherited. Something is terribly amiss in the firm and family.

During Gale and Dillon’s investigation, they discover the enforcer for the Demon Overlord is also delving into rumors the firm is acting illegally. Magic has been stolen, someone is being blackmailed, and a member of the Witch’s council is corrupt. If Gale and Dillon want a life together in Ireland, they have to unearth secrets threatening to destroy the firm and family in Scotland.

Why did you write this book?

The heroine in this book, Gale, and Irish witch, popped into A Magic Redemption (book five of A Demon’s Witch Series). She was such an engaging character that she had to have her own story. Especially when her fiancé was a Scottish Lawyer from a family in chaos.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read a wide variety genres, I can’t read horror, I have nightmares. Overactive imagination you know.

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

Diana from Discovery of Witches.

What are you working on at the moment?

A Christmas cookie story about a town full of paranormal creatures.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

An Angel’s Wylder Assignment. Warrior Angel, Killian’s annual trip to the family castle in Scotland is derailed in an unusual turn of events where he is sent back to 1878.

A Witch’s Quandary book trailer – Youtube link for book trailer.

 #NewRelease A Witch's Quandary by Tena Stetler @TenaStetler #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #Mystery

Where to buy A Witch’s Quandary

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Tena Stetler Social Media

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors.
Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure, and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
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Read The Warrior Kings Collection by Ashley York @AshleyYork1066 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceSurvival was never guaranteed in 11th century Ireland but each sexy hero in this three-book collection by Ashley York will do what needs to be done for their clan and those under his protection. The Warrior Kings Collection includes Curse of the Healer, Eyes of the Seer, and Daughter of the Overking.

Ashley, 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 Warrior Kings Collection.

The Warrior Kings Collection by Ashley York

Genre historical romance (medieval romance specifically)

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

After the death of the High King Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf and before the Norman invasion from England, Ireland was ruled by The Warrior Kings

Where to buy The Warrior Kings Collection

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Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author’s imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.







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Coming Soon: Warrior Priest by Kate Hill @compbeastsblog #RLFblog #ScienceFictionRomance #SciFiWhat happens when a warrior priest from a strict religion meets a free-spirited priestess from a new age commune? Find out in Kate Hill’s science fiction romance Warrior Priest.

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

Warrior Priest by Kate Hill

Genre Science Fiction Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

What happens when a warrior priest from a strict religion meets a free-spirited priestess from a new age commune?

Jade and Selena are as different as two people can be, but to facilitate an alliance between their worlds, they engage in a cultural exchange. With their galaxy in danger from a planet that wants to conquer or destroy all others, they realize the importance of their assignment, but it is difficult for a warrior priest and a nonviolent priestess to understand each other.

Selena is both attracted and appalled by his old school masculinity, and Jade is tempted to break his vow of celibacy until marriage due to his powerful desire for her. Will this unlikely pair not only find common ground, but unconditional love?

Where to buy Warrior Priest

Publisher Kate Hill
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Kate Hill Social Media

Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who started writing many years ago for pleasure. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, watching horror and action movies, working out, and spending time with her family and pets.
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Discover fast fun facts about Stephanie LaVigne, author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies @stephunderwater #RLFblog #cozymystery #sweetromanceStephanie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies.

Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies by Stephanie LaVigne

Genre Cozy Mystery / Sweet Romance

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

If you like quirky amateur sleuth heroines, intriguing puzzles, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll love Headlines, Deadlines & Lies! A story about friendship, family, and finding your passion, Stephanie Lavigne’s newest book is a genealogical mystery set in a charming beach town along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Piper Harrington’s life is a blur. Between raising two kids alone and scrambling to keep up at work, she craves a chance to prove her own dreams are valid. When she’s given her lucky break to vie for a feature column at the local paper, she jumps at it…even though it requires telling one teensy, tiny lie.

Scrambling for a topic to keep readers hooked, Piper dives into the world of genealogy…something she knows absolutely nothing about. When her investigation turns up more questions than answers, her findings threaten to open up a Pandora’s box that can’t be closed.

The cut-off is fast approaching, but between a Type-A boss, a distractingly magnetic new crime reporter, and racing between school drop-offs, she discovers that some secrets want to stay buried.

Can Piper uncover the truth and deliver a show-stopping story by the deadline?

Or will her career ambitions end up relegated to the obituaries?


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?

I do! I write in both mystery and romance. Then, within each of those genres, I’ve written in sub-genres. For example, in Romance, I’ve written in Sweet, Small Town, Regency, Contemporary Western, and others. I’m really excited to start writing more within the sub-niches of Mystery now as well. My current books are lighthearted stories that are considered Cozy Mystery and Amateur Sleuth. I’m currently working on a quirky Police Procedural which is a ton of fun, too.

How do you come up with ideas?

A combination of ways. For my romance books, I generally choose a location first, then a place or person within that location that would be interesting to write about. Then I start filling the story about from there.

For my mysteries, I keep an ongoing list of news headlines and plot ideas that I come up with. I usually start with a character who is in a situation, then I have to figure out what got them into that situation and how they are going to get out of it.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?

Enjoying it, I think is first and foremost. If I hated writing or found it painful, I don’t think it would be the right profession for me. I feel like I’m doing work that I was meant to do. Luckily, that means it doesn’t feel too much like work, even though I work very hard and a lot goes into writing and publishing books.

Second to that rather selfish reason, the most important part of writing for me is knowing that people enjoyed it. At the end of the day, I want to do my part to contribute, and the way I know how to do that is to write something that makes someone else feel good, and maybe provide a few laughs along the way.

When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first full novel length book in college, which thankfully has never left its three-ring binder. I wrote another first book many years later when I decided to leave my career in the film industry. It is also housed in a three-ring binder. I wrote my “real” first novel after I decided to leave my career in photography and do the thing I had been putting off for all those years. I got paid for that book and it never had its own binder. ?


Coffee or tea? Coffee! (Though I own enough tea that my husband would probably question my answer.)

Sit down dinner or drive through? Sit down dinner. I am the slowest eater on the planet.

Fold laundry immediately or let it sit? Ugh, I wish I could say fold it immediately, but alas, laundry is a herculean effort to stay on top of in my house. Piles of it are folded and sitting as I type this, and will sadly be there still waiting tomorrow.

Unload dishwasher right away or use dishes from it? Dishes are even harder than laundry to stay on top of! But I unload them right away. I read this great book called How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind and I try to run the dishwasher every night to save my sanity.

Driving for pleasure or avoid driving anywhere? Totally for pleasure! I love driving. I once drove five hours to Key West while I was thinking through something, got out of my car, watched the sunset, then turned around and drove home. (I obviously did not have kids yet, haha.)

Talk or text? Talk. Though I completely abuse the auto-dictate feature on my texts, so both forms of communication have blurred together a bit these days.

Emoji or smilie? (I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be similie or smile, haha, so I’m going to do my best here.) I am very expressive in real life, which causes me to find emojis useful because I don’t think people will understand how emphatic I am in a text. Apparently, my life is me constantly shrugging, smacking my hand against my face, and laughing with one tear.

Where to buy Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies


Stephanie LaVigne’s Social Media

Stephanie LaVigne is a bestselling author of mystery and romance novels. From sailing across the Atlantic to mushing a Canadian dogsled and more, she’s been lucky enough to have all kinds of adventures alongside real-life characters. Her whirlwind of a life keeps her imagination active and her stories flowing. Her books are quirky, relatable, adventurous, and witty. She lives in South Florida surrounded by palm trees, peacocks, a few wild kids, and one wild husband.







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A wrong turn during a walk through the forest leads her right into the arms of the man who will risk his career for her…

Iris Blobel, 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.

Touch Me — from the Alinta Bay series

Genre: Australian Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G – sweet

She loves the feel of his skin beneath her hands…

Lexie Marshall packs up and moves 3,000 km east with her daughter Zoe, to forget and move on. Now, all that matters is her daughter and her new job. She tries hard to stay focussed, but the sexy and extremely kind park ranger, Jesse, is not making it easy. And when her husband shows up in the small coastal town creating chaos, all she can do is hang on and trust her new friends.

After his last girlfriend walked out on him, Jesse Parker is doing just fine on his own. Until his accidental meeting with single mother Lexie, when he rescues her and her daughter from getting lost in the forest. But when her past catches up with her, he is right in the middle of it all and it might ruin his career.

Will returning to her old life be the only chance to save his career?

Which book is this in the series?

Touch Me is book #4 in the Alinta Bay series

How many books do you plan for the series?

I originally planned only three books, but I love the setting and the community so much I already have ideas for another two more stories. Who knows how many more people will find love in this beautiful coastal town.

How many books are completed?

Four books have been completed and I have started another two books.

What characters are the main stars in your series?

The Hendrix family is the centre of the first three books but they will pop up in all of the following stories as well.

What is the overall theme in this series?

Romance. There’s no overall theme in this series, but the common denominator is that people move to Alinta Bay to start a new life and they find love along the way.

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

Defying Rules #1

Tell it to my Heart #2

Between Goodbye and Hello #3

Touch Me #4

What did you like best about writing this series?

I’ve fallen in love the Alinta Bay community, it’s a small coastal town along the Great Ocean Road, where people help each other, welcome newcomers, and where people fall in love.

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

Innocent Tears, Journey to Her Dreams, Echoes of the Past, Their Bond through Jade, New Beginnings, More Beginnings, Fresh Beginnings, Little Beginnings, Sweet Dreams Miss England

Where can we find links for all your books?

Where to buy Touch Me


Iris Blobel Social Media

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London, as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper only emerged late in life, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as their dog.

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