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Please review a #RomanticSuspense book: Deadly Homecoming by Lorelei Confer #Review #RLFblogLorelei Confer, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us where we can read and review Deadly Homecoming.

Deadly Homecoming by Lorelei Confer

Genre romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Madelyn (Maddy) returns home to arrange her mother’s funeral and has to face her biggest fear; her ex who broke her heart, but in oh so many more ways than one.

Garrett, her close childhood friend and FBI agent assigned to the human trafficking task force, gave his heart to her years ago and wants no other woman.

Does he have a second chance, or will her ex steal her from him again?

Where to read and review Deadly Homecoming

Review for free on Booksprout. Formats available: PDF, mobi, epub

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Where to buy Deadly Homecoming

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Lorelei Confer Social Media

Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid-west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story–something about getting a shot at the doctors–that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
She is a multi published hybrid author of romantic suspense with two series: The Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.
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Read the new White House Wedding by Seelie Kay @SeelieKay #RLFblog #NewRelease #ContemporaryRomanceSeelie Kay, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The White House Wedding by Seelie Kay

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When politics interferes with love, can love survive?

Getting married isn’t easy when your father’s the President of the United States! After reluctantly agreeing to a White House wedding, Sarah Lee Pearson, the president’s daughter, finds herself swept into a political maelstrom of unimagined proportions.

The White House staff and the first lady see the wedding as a political event, a way to sweep the president into his next term. Congress is complaining about the collateral costs. The media is delightfully rehashing every aspect of Sarah’s life, even those events that have nothing to do with the impending marriage. And the American public? Visions of an American royal wedding have swept them into a frenzy and vendors take advantage, making a quick buck off of everything from limited edition t-shirts to commemorative teacups.

Sarah and her fiancé, Sam, fight hard to ignore the craziness, but after learning a bounty has been put on their heads by an anti-government militia group, they have to decide whether a White House wedding is indeed worth it. And given all the hurtful controversy, perhaps a better solution is to not get married at all.

Why did you write this book?

It was a bit of a romp, really. I wanted to play off all the craziness that is politics and Washington, D.C. The creatures in the great swamp have become so predictable, a story about the political implications and hijinks of a White House wedding just flowed from my pen. Plus, I always found it interesting that a country that intentionally broke away from the monarchy, goes crazy over royal weddings. Admittedly, I am one of them. I won’t get up at 4 a.m. to watch, like so many of my friends, but I will tape a royal wedding and watch it later. And yes, I did seek teacups from Diana’s nuptials. Unfortunately, none were to be found. At least stateside. I imagine once she dumped Prince Charles, their value went up dramatically! Unfortunately, White House weddings are rare and although we go crazy over royal weddings, I doubt things would proceed so smoothly here. Every aspect of the wedding would be dissected and criticized by the media and political opponents, making the wedding itself a pretty negative experience, which is probably so few occur here.


What is your favorite genre to read?

I love mysteries and suspense, and obviously, I love romance!

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

Miss Marple.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the fifth book in my Feisty Lawyers Series tentatively called the Martimus Project. It involves disappearing socialites, private prisons, and a deep sea habitat that uses prison labor! I’m also working on a new series that features a flamboyant attorney who is also a vampire!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

The Martimus Project. Possibly the first book in my new series.

Where to buy The White House Wedding


Seelie Kay Social Media

Seelie Kay is a nom de plume for an award-winning writer, editor, and author with more than 30 years of experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. When Seelie writes about love and lust in the legal world, something kinky is bound to happen! In possession of a wicked pen and an overly inquisitive mind, Ms. Kay is the author of multiple works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, the Feisty Lawyers series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, and The President’s Daughter.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. She resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Ms. Kay is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
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Is It True: The Alpha Council Chronicles by Brenda Sparks @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #PNRWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Brenda Sparks, author of The Alpha Council Chronicles, a paranormal romance series now on sale for a limited time. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

The Alpha Council Chronicles Series by Brenda Sparks

Genre Paranormal Romance

Series heat level (based on movie ratings): R

In the shadows of the night, there exists a band of warriors–a group of vampires, known as the Alpha Council. Their vow, to protect not only their kind but the humans existing alongside them.

Together they will confront an extraordinary destiny of peril, passion, and dark pleasures in the riveting paranormal romance series, The Alpha Council Chronicles.

For a limited time, The Alpha Council Chronicles series is on sale. Each story is $0.99, and the entire series can be purchased for only $3.96

Is it true:

this is your first series?

Yes, in fact, while I have written a few stand-alone stories, this is my one and only series.

How many books are part of a series?

There are 5 stories at this time with one more in production. Alpha Mine, Deadly Alpha, Alpha Lover and Alpha Pair are currently on sale for $0.99 each while Alpha Revealed is due to be released in March.

you lost sleep while writing this series?

Absolutely! The heroes of this series invaded my dreams, specially Nicholai. I’d wake in the middle of the night and have to get out of bed to write down a scene.

you did research for this series?

I had to do a lot of research regarding Russian royalty because some of my vampires are descendants of The House of Romanov.

some characters in this series are not human? (pets for example)

Besides the vampires, the series features a group of demons who love to cause trouble and aren’t exactly fans of my Alphas.

this series has more than one genre?

No. It is strictly a paranormal romance.

you speak more than one language?

I can speak and understand a little Spanish, French, and sign language, but I will only admit to speaking English.

you grew up where you live now?

No. I grew up in Virginia and now live in the Sunshine State.

you love to read?

Absolutely! There is never enough time in a week to read, but I do it every chance I get. I’m a big fan of paranormal and historical romances.

you are never late?

I’m one of those people who feels like if I arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule then I’m actually late. Being late is one of my biggest pet peeves.

you love pizza?

Ummm…yes!! I’m a wanna be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

you love sushi?

It’s not my thing, but I love watching the sushi chefs make it.

you have a pet?

I do. Two years ago, I rescued a pair of rats from being sold as snake food. The girls are silly and sooo smart. It’s been fun having them around the house.

Where to buy The Alpha Council Chronicles Series

Barnes and Noble

Brenda Sparks Social Media

Brenda Sparks has always loved all things spooky and enjoys incorporating paranormal elements in her writing. She refuses to allow pesky human constraints to get in the way of telling the story. Luckily the only thing limiting her stories is her imagination. Her characters are strong, courageous, and she adores spending time with them in their imaginary world.
Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.
Brenda loves connecting with readers. To contact Brenda or for more information on her books, including excerpts, free reads, and more please visit her website.
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Sweeter Than Chocolate: Valentine's Day Anthology by Carly Carson @Carly_Carson #RLFblog #NewRelease #Contemporary RomanceCarly Carson, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Sweeter Than Chocolate: Valentine’s Day Anthology by Carly Carson, et. al

Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Sweeter than chocolate and hotter than your heart’s desire.

Celebrate the day of love with sixteen sweet and spicy stories from some of your favorite USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Authors. Brimming with love, passion, and angst, this anthology will satisfy your sweet tooth, set your heart on fire, and leave you yearning for more.

So tear into your favorite box of Valentine’s Day chocolates, pour a glass of wine, and start reading for some decadent, melt-in-your-mouth Valentine-themed romances.

Why did you write this book?

I had already started a series about British dukes. I’ve always been interested in marginalized people, and how they retain their cultures, so I knew I wanted to incorporate the Romany people, which required me to move the story to Europe. Then I love to ski, so I thought it would be fun to include a bit of that sport. And voila! Royal Masquerade (my story in this anthology) was born.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read almost every romance genre, but my favorites are contemporary, military, and romantic suspense.

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

I would have to say Aragorn, from Lord of the Rings, because I do love heroic figures!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on another book in my series about British dukes, the Duke of Renfren. When all you have is a noble title…

You just might need your adolescent crush and next-door neighbor, Lady Sarah Devonwood, to shake up your world and teach you what’s important in life.


What books will we see from you in coming months?

I have another story in my British Dukes series well underway. Please look for the Duke of Coventry.
Ariel struggles to support herself making pastries in a small English town. At night, she dances alone under the stars. The heir to an impoverished dukedom could easily fall in love with the mysterious dancing nymph, but he needs to marry the Lady Godiva movie star currently making a movie at his castle.

Where to buy Sweeter Than Chocolate: A Valentine’s Day Anthology

Publisher Gina Kincade
Universal Link

Carly Carson Social Media

Carly Carson is a contemporary romance author, who will never marry into the British nobility, as she is already happily married to Traveling Man. But there’s nothing wrong with a little fantasy in one’s life, right? She has three children, who provide a daily dose of reality, even though they are almost perfect (just ask them!) Carly loves hearing from her readers.
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Meet Joanie MacNeil author of Desperate and Dateless @JoanieMacneil #RLFblog #contemporary romanceJoanie MacNeil, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Desperate and Dateless.

Desperate and Dateless by Joanie MacNeil

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Liam has no time for romance in his busy schedule. Zoe doesn’t consider herself desperate and dateless. Nor is she interested in computer-matched dating.

When they independently receive tickets to the Desperate and Dateless ball from well-meaning associates, their lives become irretrievably entangled.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I loved to dress up in the clothes my mum didn’t need anymore. My school friend would come to my house on a Saturday afternoon and we’d have fun dressing up, pretending we were other people. My friend’s older sister wrote a short play and we donned clothes much too big for us, and became the characters in the play.

What is your favorite book?

I have a soft spot for the very first romance book I read. The historical romance, My Gallant Enemy by Rexanne Becnel, swept me away into another world. The story gave me the escapism I craved at the time.

What is your favorite meal?

A healthy, filling salad with lots of leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

When in primary school, I wanted to write an adventure novel like the ones I enjoyed reading. Many years later, I did begin to write, not adventure novels, but contemporary romance.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

When I first started to write, during my lunchbreak I would trawl through the bookshop at the university where I worked, looking for that magic fix. My favorite book from that time was Writing from the Heart by Lesléa Newman. A very useful book for a new writer.

The most recent favorite is Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. A fresh uncomplicated approach to story structure in romance, and helpful for new and established writers.

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

A notepad which will accommodate my notes for the duration of the conference plus a few pens; a copy of the program for the day, so that I know where I should be and when. I like to be organized. It’s also good to take a bottle of water, lip gloss for dry lips, and a jacket as sometimes conference rooms can be quite chilly.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

When I began my writing career, the three Ds were often mentioned: dedication, determination and discipline. They still apply today. Get into the habit of writing regularly to develop and hone your craft.

What are your writing goals for this year?

To write at least two novellas, self-publish one or two previously published novels, and complete two other works in progress that have been hanging around for too long. If I manage to complete half of those projects, I’ll be a happy author.

Where to buy Desperate and Dateless

Amazon UK

Joanie MacNeil Social Media

I am an Australian romance author living in Canberra, Australia’s National Capital. I write short contemporary romance novels and novellas, ranging from sweet to sexy stories about new love and second chances. I love to travel with my own romantic hero and have visited parts of the world I never dreamed I’d see.
Home, family and friends are important to me. I have blended these elements into some of my stories.
When I’m not travelling, or working on my latest project, I enjoy reading romance as well as Icelandic Noir. Though I like watching movies, I never find the time to go to the cinema. I manage to catch up on some shows on Netflix. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, and am a regular participant in aqua aerobics.
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Read the new Romance Linked by Deception by Jami Gray @JamiGrayAuthor #RLFblog #PNRWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Linked by Deception.

Linked by Deception by Jami Gray

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When it comes to the relationship game, she’s learned her lesson well…

With her ability to weave illusions, Jinx Thorne grew up running successful cons with her grifter father, until the day he taught her how easy it is to deceive those you love. Armed with that hard-earned wisdom, she retreats behind her emotional walls determined to avoid a repeat lesson. When she’s partnered with the seductively charming Rabbit, his friendship does the impossible, eroding her defenses and leaving her on shaky ground.

With his patience at an end, he’s about to change the rules…

As the PSY-IV Team’s tech wizard, Rabbit Tessier can manipulate all things electronic, yet that’s not his only area of expertise. As an acknowledged flirt, he enjoys his role as the team’s heart-breaker, but after he’s partnered with the intoxicating queen of illusions that satisfaction wans and he’s done playing games.  As they undertake a dangerous mission where things could go sideways in a blink, he’ll take the biggest gamble of all and lay his cards on the table.

When the mission forces them to play intimate criminal partners, will they risk the jump from illusion to truth as they race through a maze of conspiracies and lies before the clock runs out?


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

I do actually. My first love is Urban Fantasy, but like a truly enamored stalker, Paranormal Romance is right on its heels. I enjoy working with PSY-IV Teams as it’s fun to mix romance and paranormal abilities to see what shakes out, but this year I’m working on a new Urban Fantasy series because I need a break from the emotional roller coaster that happens when romance is the main story.

And because I love dystopian themes, I tried my hand at a Dystopian Romantic Suspense series that somehow keeps getting put into Post-Apocalyptic Romance, which I’m okay with. Who doesn’t like the idea of love in the time of Mad Max?

How do you come up with ideas?…

I’m one of those writers who comes up with a character first  so my stories tend to emerge from there. I love gray characters, like the gunslingers of the old west who swagger just on the side of right. When your character has flaws, it gives you a deep pool of possibilities to play with. When I started the PSY-IV Teams, I was binging on military themed romance (one of my favorites) and I kept wondering what happened if you blended those elements with unique and unusual paranormal abilities? By their nature these men and women carry a deep-seated need to protect others, but what happens when that protection comes at a high cost? I really get a kick out of putting my characters through the wringer.

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

Creating characters my readers can connect with. I grew up writing in roles from my favorite stories for me (which explains the minor in theater) because reading was my escape. My hope is that I’m able to provide that same creative escape for those on the other end of the page.

When did you write your first book?…

You mean the one that will never, never, never see the light of day? Fourteen. I actually spent all four years of high school writing my first book. It was close to two hundred pages—handwritten and typed on an actual typewriter (I know I’m dating myself). I still have those pages and took them out during one of my writer retreats to share with my crew of ink slingers. Mortification was off set by much laughter, but it was freakin’ hilarious.


Leather or lace? Oh definitely leather, even though it chaps. Lace itches.

Black or red? Black, it goes with everything and doesn’t show dirt (or blood)

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton. Satin tends to turn into Slip-N-Slide.

Ocean or mountains? Mountains for sure. But if you asked my other half, he’d push for ocean. Makes our discussion on future living locations fun.

City life or country life? Hmm…I’m going to have to do country as I tend to be a homebody.

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home, preferably with a good book and/or my Knight in Slightly Muddy Armor.

Dogs or cats? Dogs, most definitely dogs. I have a starter kit of two right now, both fur rugs are labs–one white, one black. I adore my Fur Minxes.

Where to buy Linked by Deception

Publisher Celtic Moon Press

Jami Gray Social Media

Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award-winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.
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