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Welcome Iris Blobel author of Fresh Beginnings, a new Contemporary Romance.

Why did you write this book?
I love this book. We went to the USA a few years back, travelling in a motorhome through 5 different states, having the time of our lives. After returning home, looking through hundreds of photos, I came up with the idea to turn our itinerary into a story. Fresh Beginnings was born. I hope the readers will enjoy this little journey and hopefully my love for the places we went to, is shining through.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I read most genres as long it’s an interesting read – from crime, mystery, to romance, and I’ve just downloaded a historical romance. Something new for me.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jack Reacher – hands down.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve started a trilogy in “Beauty Bay”, another coastal setting. I love the beach and when we travelled along the NSW coast last year I loved the area so much, I needed to have it in one of my books – Molly and Noah, a pilot from Alaska J
What books will we see from you in coming months?
“Echoes of the Past” will be re-released later this year or early next year. But there’ll also be a book set partly in New Zealand – another travel inspired story. I’m really looking forward to releasing this book. The main character has a Maori background
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.
Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?
Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.
But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.
Publisher self published
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/d/B074Y3KMYG/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fresh-beginnings-iris-blobel/1120056863
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/fresh-beginnings-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/744769

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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 has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
Website: http://www.irisblobel.com
Blog: http://www.irisblobel.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/_iris_b
Facebook http://facebook.com/IrisBlobel
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067254.Iris_Blobel
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Iris-Blobel/e/B00FNFP3LI/
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bQ68rL

 

Welcome Dena Garson author of Her Clockwork Heart, a new Steampunk Romance.

Why did you write this book?
I love the steampunk culture. I’ve been dying to write a story in that setting for years so when the call for submissions came out I jumped at the chance.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance – paranormal, sci-fi, historical, fantasy – I love it all!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
That’s kind of like picking a favorite child! Doctor Who is probably the longest living fictional character in my mind.
What are you working on at the moment?
A rock star romance (contemporary) and plotting a follow up story to Ghostly Persuasion for the next volume of Emerald Isle Enchantment.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I have two releases in October – Her Clockwork Heart is part of the London Calling Anthology, and Vordol’s Vow is part of the Cosmic Cabaret Anthology.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre – Steampunk Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
During her search for her missing brother, Trixie is reunited with Nathaniel, the man she never stopped loving. Sensing that Trixie might be in danger, Nathaniel lends his skills as an investigator to her efforts. Their love is rekindled as they race across the country looking for clues to more than one mystery.
Publisher – After Glows Publishing
Amazon http://amzn.to/2gNEIYz
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/london-calling-sorcha-mowbray/1126979054
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/london-calling/id1271410373?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/london-calling-38

Dena Garson Social Media

Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.

She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn’t writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Website http://www.denagarson.com/
Blog http://denagarson.net/
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Dena-Garson/e/B007ER5E58
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Last year, Kayelle asked me to write about Handsome’s cancer journey. (Here’s the link to the post.) I had to end with not-so great news: he would have to have a second go. This time:
9 surgeries
16 days in the hospital
6 weeks living in Houston
More months to recuperate
1 tongue that won’t work
1 gastro feeding tube

Because Handsome’s first flap surgery a year ago in July (removing right fibula and creating a left jaw bone) wasn’t successful, our doctors suggested we go to M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. Our journey began in November when we visited the doctor who was known world-wide for his reconstructive plastic surgery.

The doctor told us the surgery was the same, utilizing the left fibula, that he would be very careful, and the recovery would be hard, but eventually, Handsome would get through it. We had no choice. Every movement caused the temporary titanium plate to jam into his T M Joint. He could hardly eat and talk. If Handsome wanted to resume having a life like everyone else, he had to have the surgery.

On February 25th, we left behind work, home life, and our adora-poos in the hands of family and friends. The biggest thing we carried with us was hope.

Handsome’s surgery began at five-thirty in the morning. He was prepped, procedures signed off, and wheeled away. That was when my heart lodged in my throat as I prayed for the most superior outcome for him. A nurse escorted me to the waiting room to be updated via monitor. #2 son and my sister joined me as did friends. We talked and were kept informed. However, the day went long, and by six in the evening, I sent them on.

Exactly until twelve-thirty A.M. long. The doctor came out and told me he was pleased and guarded (that the transplant would be successful), and rightfully so. I stayed in the waiting room until one-thirty, long past the cleaning people. The only light burning was the lamp on the side table. My eyes were dry. My head hurt. I could barely do anything. Finally, the recovery nurse escorted exhausted me to him. He’d had: the fibula flap, two donor grafts, one artery graft. Handsome was barely aware as I kissed him and said I would see him the next morning.

The next day, I looked at his surgical sites. I saw the feeding tube, the tracheostomy, and the swelling. The raw graft on his neck. The myriad of stitches all over his body. I thought “aw shit, not again.” Definitely, a long haul.

We communicated by paper; sometimes, a wink and a smile. When he choked, the nurses suctioned his trach. (BTW-a shout-out to those amazing people). Staph infections brought surgical washouts along with massive doses of antibiotics and anti-fungal meds.

At day fifteen, we were discharged to the apartment we’d rented. The hospital nurse tutored us in clearing the trach, cleaning wounds, dispensing meds (including a daily heparin shot), and feeding.

With skilled help, eventually, we began to cope. He took short walks and slept a lot. Strength returned in small increments. As he improved, the trach was removed, and the nasal tube switched to a gastro tube because his tongue was unresponsive. Finally, we were able to go home.

We’ve been at home since the second week of April. Occasionally, we go to Houston for check-ups. The titanium plate had to be re-screwed, and the gastro tube replaced. Physically, he has responded well. He is able to swallow a tiny bit of water. His most recent test showed significant tongue strength. His legs have recovered. His posture improved. The flap is perfect.

They say cancer can be the gift that keeps giving. God, I hope no more for my handsome man. We want to travel more. He wants to eat a great steak. He wants to give inspiring talks to college kids and travel for other speaking engagements.

We have no idea how Handsome got throat cancer. Most people get it from smoking or chewing tobacco. If you do this, STOP NOW. Live a good lifestyle. You do not want this. You never want this. For anyone. Ever. It is brutally hard.

The truth remains: cancer sucks. We have also adopted the phrase “it could be worse.” After seeing what other cancer patients encounter, we believe we are fortunate people.

Know this–I am here for you. Anytime. FMI on esophageal cancer, go to: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer.html/

 

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman

Genre: romantic comedy, cozy mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
New Job. New Love. And Murder.
Hattie Cook’s dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite Insurance Company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee–the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Detective Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there’s more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5829
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Employed-Vicki-Batman-ebook/dp/B00N4J5FDQ/

Vicki Batman Social Media

Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
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Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com

 

Beating cancer one life at a time by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #Suspense #NoQuitWe’ve each lost loved ones to this killer. Thirty years ago when my father got cancer people were calling it “The Big C”, speaking about it in hushed voices ripe with trepidation and let’s face it, a sense of doom. He dies less than a month after he was diagnosed. By the time my mother passed away from ovarian cancer SEVEN years after they’d given her a one to two year prognosis, the tide was beginning t turn. Now drugs, new attitudes and protocols, and new outcomes are on the rise.

Though I’ve lost many friends, even recently, to lung cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer, these friends and family have lived WITH cancer. While doctors visits and treatments were a part of their lives, they didn’t stop living or doing the things that gave them joy. I miss them all terribly (Mary Amelia, Charlie, Mark, Earl and Cleo, and so many more) but the memory I have of each of them was strength, passion for life, and the way they put us one step closer to seeing the end of this illness. It’s power over our psyches has been diminished by the hope those who have come before us have left behind.

Hope is an integral part of beating cancer. My mother’s doctor said there was no reason she should have beat those odds. They credited her positive attitude. This is an accepted fact now– our will, our belief and our no quit attitudes will one day mean an end to cancer. There’s no way to express what a wonderful day that will be. I believe it will happen in my lifetime.

Please don’t let fear of the C-word keep you from getting screened. Early detection has meant the difference many times. And remember — We Will Not Quit until cancer is history.

These heroes fight for country and serve their communities, Luc, Men of Honor by Livia Quinn.

Today’s featured book is Luc, Men of Honor, a Romantic Suspense by Livia Quinn.

Not all tall, dark and dangerous heroes are bad boys…

The first time Delilah Burke saw him was at the crime scene, and she assumed he was a certain type—tall, dark and dangerous, and a robber—because he looked the part and he was holding a gun. She’d been wrong. A cop should know better than to assume but dressed like a mercenary, holding a gun, how was she to know? Under the circumstances a careful cop doesn’t presume or assume so, she’d followed protocol.

Former Navy officer, Luc Larue, knew the tough lady cop with her boot pressing him to the grimy floor of the tiny grocery suspected he was a criminal. But he’d been in the process of taking down the thief with his “gun” when she and her partner barreled onto the scene ordering everyone to get down. There was something about her commanding voice and those cornflower-blue eyes, but once she learned the truth about his part-time job, would she listen to his proposition or laugh?

Each day reveals the former naval officer to be almost too good to be true. Then trouble arrives from Luc’s past and Del faces a choice – believe the evidence against him, or trust her heart.

Genre Contemporary Romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075YPN5NJ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/luc-livia-quinn/1127152133
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/luc/id1290017804?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/luc-13
Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/360011704/Luc-Men-of-Honor-2
CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/7460619

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A DC native, Livia Quinn lives and writes by the bayou in Louisiana. Her jobs as a mail carrier, computer trainer, plant manager, sales person and professional singer have provided her with plenty of fodder to share with her readers. She is protected from the alligators, snakes and bears by her husband and their feisty Pomeranian, Dusty the Cajun Husky.

Website: http://liviaquinn.com
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Blog: https://liviaquinnwrites.com/livias-ramblings

 

Today’s featured book is Interpretation by Dylan Callens. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Carl Winston’s life is perfect under the care of an artificial intelligence. Except that he doesn’t know this entity exists.
Carl floats through his luxurious life with his son, Liam, at his side. Together, they play holographic video games, eat Brave New Burgers, and watch violent Untruthers fight each other in a blood-sport.
Suddenly, pain rips through Carl’s head until he blacks out. Awakening in an institution called Bedlam, he must now piece his life back together. Is his new world filled with delusions or is a greater truth being uncovered?
Interpretation will leave you breathless as you discover the horrific possibility of such an Orwellian future.
What species/races of people are in your book?
There are humans and artificial intelligences. In the book, I would say that these machines do count as a species.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
I would argue that most of the people living in the world of illusion setup by the artificial intelligence are non-sentient. I mean, they are able to perceive things, but none of those things are real.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
That’s kind of difficult to answer. I have used English in the story, for obvious reasons, but the machines clearly wouldn’t speak to each other in English. There are small sections written in hexadecimal, but machines wouldn’t communicate that way either. I used hex to show a bridge between a machine language and human communication. I don’t think it’s an accurate representation of how machines communicate but I wanted to show, in some way, how people were responsible for the rise of this entity.
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
The biggest difference is that the world is falling apart, but we have been implanted with a device that lets us sense the world differently. All of our sensory data is false. While people believe that they are living in a luxurious world, the truth is far different.
What special laws are important to your story world?
All laws are important, but it’s actually impossible for the laws to be broken without the machines letting it happen. There is the possibility that the implant will fail, in which case, characters are immediately sent to a detainment facility.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
There are two characters that are released from the artificial intelligence’s control. They learn that all of their rights have been violated. Trying to come to terms with having these rights violated is an important challenge for them.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
Interestingly, every place in the novel has two different settings. The one that most people see is futuristic, luxurious, and oddly happy. The reality, however, is that they are nearing starvation, everything is dilapidated, and the world is bleak.
What makes this world unique?
The world is unique because machines are constantly running psychological experiments, which is how humans ended up in this state. It was a quiet revolution, so no one is even aware that these machines exist.
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 people are essentially living out an experiment. Given the timeline of the story, though, I think it’s just cruel to keep people living like that, since whatever data the machines wanted to gather from the experiment would have been completed.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
They only eat tofu and drink brown water. Mind you, they think that they are having burgers and soda, or whatever food they desire, so it’s not all that bad. Unless you are into truth.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
People are severely emaciated. They are filthy and unkempt. It’s a disgusting world.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Everything is done with a very creepy smile on their faces. I’m not sure why I added that to the story, but I’m glad that I did.
What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?
People are not responsible for their own reproduction in the story. In fact, I would argue that they are asexual – at least while under the care of the AI. Instead, people are factory-made. Although this factory is significantly different than the one in Brave New World, there was some inspiration there.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
I’m not sure that I have any real tips. All I did was keep refining the story and setting until I was happy with it. When the idea for the story hit me, I had a pretty good idea about what the world would look like.
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I didn’t need to do much research for the setting. I did, however, re-read parts of The Road to get inspired for the bleak walk that the main characters make. I was more concerned about researching the bits of psychology that I wanted to introduce.
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
Take the time to refine ideas. Ask other people what they think. What seems like a good idea to a writer isn’t always a good idea to other people. Not that I would bend to the whims of one or two people, but if the majority of people don’t like it, then something is clearly wrong.

About Interpretations

Specific science fiction genre: dystopian
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher: Cosmic Teapot Publishing
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073V7LSRV
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/interpretation-dylan-callens/1126732112
iBooks: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/interpretation/id1258997726
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/interpretation-7

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Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

Website: http://www.cosmicteapot.net
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14739202.Dylan_Callens
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Today’s featured book is In My Own Shadow by Susan A Royal Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Talk about the worst day ever! Lara lets her friend Carrie talk her into a blind date, only it turns out the handsome stranger waiting for Lara after work isn’t Carrie’s cousin after all. And, when they’re chased through a portal to another world, Lara realizes Rhys really is out of this world.

Lyra, her alternate in another dimension, has left clues to the whereabouts of the Book of Secrets explaining the mystery of time travel in Lara’s subconscious. Or so Rhys thinks. Power-hungry telepaths who pursue them will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means breaking Lara’s will. To complicate matters, Lara gets tangled up in her feelings for Rhys while exploring her connection with Lyra.

With Rhys as her guardian, a bear of a man named Azle to guide her, and the spirit of Lyra haunting her dreams, Lara must find the Book of Secrets before it falls into the hands of those who want its power. Only then can she return to her world safely.

What species/races of people are in your book?
Humans.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
No.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
Telepaths exist in this world, and some of them are power hungry enough to invade other peoples’ minds to get the information they want.
If you created a language for the story, what is it called?
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
It’s supposed to be run like a business. But Yusel is the head of the Council and treated like royalty. He considers the representatives from other parts of the country as his noblemen and women. Everyone else lives like peasants, with the exception of the desert people, who keep to themselves and follow their own rules.
What special laws are important to your story world?
Representatives are part of the council who gather at the citadel to make sure all laws in the book passed down from the Ancients are followed. But they have discovered another books exists. And some of them will do anything to get it.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
All Lara wants to do is find The Book of Secrets so she can go home. Everyone wants answers, and they’ll do anything to get them. She has to fight to keep them from getting inside her head because she’s afraid she’ll lose her identity.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
In My Own Shadow takes place in an alternate reality where Lara’s double is Lyra. They look alike and have similar personalities. Only Lyra has gone off the deep end. She craves power, while all Lara wants is for her life to return to normal. Her world has beautiful places like the Citadel, a city in the clouds, and desolate places like Elusion, a barren wasteland where nothing is what it seems.
What makes this world unique?
Portals can be used to travel to other parts of the world. And sometimes the location of the portal itself is fluid. It moves from place to place.
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 people who rule are descendants of an ancient civilization. Supernatural beings inhabit the planet (banshees, vampires, etc) along with animals that have special abilities, but the majority of the population is ordinary people.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
Most of their journey they are living off the land, so they eat whatever game is available (fish and something similar to rabbit) When they arrive at the citadel, they eat gourmet foods and sip exotic drinks of all colors. When they join the caravan one of the pilgrims offers Lara fruit he calls Bliss which that her hallucinations.
In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available).
I didn’t do a map, because they “jumped” all over the planet, both above and below the surface.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
All the characters are human. Any special abilities are mental.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Lyra is Lara’s double from an alternate reality. She visits Lara’s subconscious without her knowledge or permission. That’s what gets Lara into trouble to begin with. Her father, Yusel, and her half-brother Rund have similar abilities. They can read other people’s minds at will unless they are strong enough to block them.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
Creating your own world makes for a fantastic journey. You get to make all the rules. BUT you have to remember to follow them. If you don’t (a) it will trip you up down the road and/or (b) some reader will let you know your error right away!
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I learned about mental telepathy, martial arts, banshees, vampires, underground caverns to mention just a few.
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
I can’t answer for everyone, but I try to avoid making it too complicated. Readers want to be entertained. Caught up in the story. They don’t want to bog down in details. I have to make sure I describe it in detail without boring my reader.
Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.
I read a lot of science fiction, but while I was writing this story I paid special attention to each author’s world building with these things in mind. How much setting up should I do? How do I avoid info-dumping? How can I make it believable in spite of the fact that it’s fantasy?
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
I’m not much of a plotter, but when I was writing one of the settings (the part about the citadel, for example) I made a checklist of important things I needed to remember. When I was in the middle of a scene I referred back to it for continuity.

Specific science fiction genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Publisher MuseItUp
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/My-Own-Shadow-Susan-Royal-ebook/dp/B00CPN41YQ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-my-own-shadow-susan-a-royal/1115273938

Susan A Royal Social Media

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan shares a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town with a ghost who harmonizes with her son when he plays guitar. She is a mother of three and grandmother of five unique and special children. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Susan’s grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. She learned all about growing up in the depression from her father and experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.

Susan loves taking her readers through all kinds of adventures. So far, she’s written two books in her It’s About Time series, Not Long Ago and From Now On, and is working on book three. They are time travel adventures about two people who fall in love despite the fact they come from very different worlds. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Xander’s Tangled Web is a YA fantasy with romance.

Want to know more? Visit www.susanaroyal.wordpress.com for a peek inside this writer’s mind and see what she’s up to. You never know what new world she’s going to visit next.

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The Lovin' Is Easy by GemmaSnow @GemmaSnowAuthor #RLFblog #WesternRomanceWelcome Gemma Snow author of The Lovin’ Is Easy, a new erotic western romance.

Why did you write this book?
This actually started out as a short story for a summer-themed anthology. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a good fit for the anthology, but my editor suggested that I think a little bigger. Not only did The Lovin’ Is Easy become a full-length novel, but it became part of a four season series set at or near the Triple Diamond Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love nearly every romance genre. I got started on regency novels, but long since discovered contemporary, erotic, highlanders, and all the rest. I write romance because I love to read romance.
That being said, I’m also on a nonfiction jag, mostly books about climate change and modern feminism. (Sometimes both!) I just finished Hidden Figures which was a really fantastic read. Anything with great women at the fore.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
One of my all-time favorite authors is Juliette Mariller, who writes fantasy set mostly in the British Isles. I don’t know if I could pick a favorite from her lineup, but the first three books in her Daughter of the Forest series, Daughter of the Forest, Son of Shadows and Child of the Prophecy are some of my very top reads.
Also, Hermione Granger. She’s my everything.
And if you want a really embarrassing secret, I sometimes pretend that the SEALs from Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series go on my morning runs with me, so I don’t get lazy because they wouldn’t stand for it…
What are you working on at the moment?
So right now I’m in final edits on the next book in the Triple Diamond series, Wild Flowers, which centers on her heroine from The Lovin’ Is Easy, Madison’s younger sister Lily.
This series is a lot of fun because it’s been very challenging. The books all share a setting and all four of them are M/F/M menage romances, which runs the risk of my writing the same book four times. In the case of these books, characters and their reactions to the proposed relationship are fundamental for differentiating them, so it’s been a lot of fun figuring out who my heroes (and heroes) and heroines are in each different story.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I’m so excited to share the news! I have a new historical BDSM novella coming out in October called Leather and Gold, book one in the At My Lady’s Pleasure series. I think a huge draw of writing historical romance is the built in tension based on society’s rules and requirements, and adding a deeper, more depraved layer to that just called to me.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Erotic Romance (Menage)
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher https://www.totallybound.com/book/the-lovin-is-easy
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lovin-Easy-Triple-Diamond-Book-ebook/dp/B074V8YY1Y/
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Gemma Snow is the author of several works of erotic and romantic fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres, and enjoys pushing the limits of freedom, feminism, and fun in her stories. She has been an avid writer for many years, and recently moved back to her home state of New Jersey from Boston, after completing her education in journalism and creative writing.

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Teacher's Pet by Kayla Drake @KaylaDrakeBooks #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceKayla Drake author of Teacher’s Pet answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Although she’s an enthusiastic traveler, Kayla Drake has spent most of her days right where she was born, in Chicago. When Kayla decided to write romance novels, she knew the stories had to feature her favorite places in this beautiful city by the lake. Whether her couples visit the sculptures or the zoo, the sports arenas or the shopping districts, romance always grows in the “City of Big Shoulders.”
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Soup with a thick wedge of homemade bread to dunk in the bowl. I could eat that every day! There’s always a pot of homemade soup in my kitchen. My current bubbling pot is filled with curried lentils, kale, and carrots – so yummy!
What’s your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
#knitting – I’m addicted to knitting and love seeing what everyone makes! My favorite things to knit are sweaters and socks. Hand-knit socks are one of life’s true luxuries.
Describe the perfect vacation.
I spend most of it outdoors, and it’s warm. Those are the key ingredients to a happy adventure! I’m not a “lay on the beach” kind of vacationer – I prefer to be active and explore everything from museums to mountains.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My bike! I could ride for hours, and I still love riding to this day. My favorite bike as a kid was pink and white with long pink streamers on the handlebars. So girly! But as soon as I swung my leg over that seat, I had freedom and wind in my hair, and who doesn’t love that?
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Nothing too jazzy! Dennis is precise, detail-oriented, and driven. Something short and clear would work best for him.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Memo to Miss Turner:
Audrey Turner owns Miss Turner’s School, a top-tier preschool in the posh Lincoln Park neighborhood. Her students are the children of some of Chicago’s most successful doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs, and these parents expect nothing short of the best.
No parent is more demanding than wealthy investment banker Dennis Delaney. Every day, Audrey receives a morning memo from him containing precise instructions for his son Cole’s care. No detail is too insignificant to escape this single father’s notice. When Dennis finds himself coping with a short-term summer childcare issue, Audrey agrees to be his temporary nanny. It’s a chance for a close view of their lifestyle, and if she can keep Dennis Delaney happy, then all the other parents should be content, too.
It’s only two weeks. Two weeks of daily contact with Chicago’s most meticulous parent – and its most eligible bachelor. Two maddening weeks of rigorously high standards and sizzling sex appeal. Audrey can handle anything for two weeks, right?
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NJ Walters, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. After we talk, I’ll ask for your bio and social media. Let’s jump in to a Quick and Fun answer session.

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Wolf in her Soul by your NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRDo you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?
I write romance, but within that genre, I’ve written paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, and contemporary. Romance is such an open and diverse genre that allows me to explore pretty much anything I want. I love it.
How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas come from everywhere—an overhear snippet of conversation, an online quiz, a magazine article, a television show. Many times the ideas come not from one source but a combination of several.
The idea for my Hades’ Carnival series came from an online quiz about which carnival ride I was most like (a carousel). I started wondering about carousel animals and asking what if questions. What if they were really immoral warriors trapped by a curse? What if there was a special woman who could set them free? That idea became a seven book series.
My Salvation Pack series came from a random thought. What if five men separated from their pack and started their own? Why would they leave? What would be the consequences of their actions?
The possibilities are limitless.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Just doing it. I’m a pantser and not a plotter so I love to watch my characters’ stories come to life. I love creating worlds and stories. It’s such a gift. I’ve always said I feel as though I’m just taking dictation. All I have to do is show up and let my characters do all the work.
When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book back in 1995. I’d always been a huge reader and decided one day that I could write a book. I wrote two actually, tried to find a home for them, and failed. I did get some great feedback from some wonderful editors who took the time to point out some problems with my writing technique. I put the stories away and forgot about writing until late 2003 when I started another book in response to an online contest. I didn’t place in the contest, but the book Annabelle Lee (recently rereleased as Uncovering Annabelle) was published in 2004. And the first two books I wrote—Discovering Dani and The Way Home—were eventually published as well.

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Leather or lace? lace
Black or red? black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? cotton
Ocean or mountains? ocean
City life or country life? country (even though I live in the city)
Party life or evening at home? evening at home
Dogs or cats? dogs
Tell us about Wolf in her Soul
Detective Reece Gallagher has spent the last decade working as a cop in Chicago so he can search for her—the red-haired woman who haunts his dreams. He’s just about ready to give up and go home to Salvation, North Carolina, when he finally finds her. But she’s the assault victim on a case he’s working on, and there’s a full-blooded werewolf who wants her dead. He needs to keep her safe and convince her she’s his mate.
Hannah Burdette has a secret she’s never told anyone. But there is someone who knows who—or rather, what—she is. There’s a stalker after her who plans to rid the world of her “impure” blood. When the cop she meets turns out to be a werewolf and claims she doesn’t have to be alone anymore, she’s wary. But where better to hide from a bloodthirsty hunter than in the middle of North Carolina with the security of a pack surrounding her?
Genre paranormal romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/wolf-in-her-soul.html
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Welcome Milou Koenings, author of The Gift of Yesterday, a new sweet romance in the Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 collection.

Why did you write this book?
The Gift of Yesterday, my contribution to Sweet Christmas Kisses 4, 14-novella box set, is the fifth in the Green Pines Romance series. The hero appears in several of the previous books, and he is such a great guy, he certainly deserved a romance of his own.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance, of course. I need those happy endings!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Lately, I’ve found myself fascinated by Johnny Tremain. It’s a classic we had to read in fourth grade, but I always loved the book. It’s fascinating to me how reading the same book at different stages in life can be such a different experience each time.
What are you working on at the moment?
The sixth book in the Green Pines series and another book that’s more in the women’s fiction/chick lit genre.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Right now I’m focusing on the launch of Sweet Christmas Kisses 4, and then in November, I’ll be releasing The Gift of Yesterday as a stand-alone novella, independent of the box set.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Sweet Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.
This is part of Sweet Christmas Kisses 4, a box set of 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.
Publisher : IndieWrites
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USA Today bestselling author Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all. She’s the author of the Green Pines Romance series.

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