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Is It True: Rogue by Laura Marie Altom @lauramariealtom #RLFblog #romanticsuspenseWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Laura Marie Altom, author of Rogue, a romantic suspense. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Rogue by Laura Marie Altom

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Pregnant. On the run from her deranged ex. Maisey needs a hero. All she’s got is an ex-Navy SEAL who’s gone rogue…

Is it true:

this is your first book?

Nope. I’ve had somewhere in the mid-seventies published!

this book is part of a series?

Yes. This is the first of seven books in my SEAL Team: Disavowed series. They’re connected, but read as standalones.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

YES!!! Much of the story takes place in the Florida Everglades, meaning LOTS of snakes and gators and muck. There was also a ton of research since I’m a city girl.

you did research for this book?

YES!!! Sooooo much research on setting, weapons, drug running, etc.

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

Yes, and I’m a HUGE animal lover, but there are no cuddly critters in this story! LOL!!

this book has more than one genre?

Yes–Romance/romantic suspense/action adventure

you speak more than one language?

Sadly, no. I took high school French, but made a C, because it was 1st period and I had too many tardies from going to a local donut shop before class!

you grew up where you live now?

No–I grew up in Arkansas, and now live in Oklahoma. I’m about two-hours from my hometown.

you love to read?

YES!!! Lately, I’m obsessed with audio books. I’m devouring them while playing Mahjong on my phone, but stay up WAY too late.

you are never late?

Yes–I’m hyper-punctual! LOL!

you love pizza?

YES!! Sausage and Mushroom with hand-tossed crust. But I’ll devour any variety!

you love sushi?

YES!! We have the most awesome place here in town called, Sushi Train. Booths are arranged around a model train track, and you pick the sushi plates from the train cars. YUM!!

you have a pet?

Too many! LOL! Rescue mutt–Yeti. Ancient dachshund–Coco. Yorkie–Chewie. Maine Coontail–Foxy. Ancient rescue cat–Domino. And by ancient, I mean twenty-years old!

Where to buy Rogue

Publisher: Fulton Court Press
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2P721bJ
Barnesandnoble: http://bit.ly/1Xhs15R
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1070980029
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/rogue-49
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/798712

Laura Marie Altom Social Media

Laura Marie Altom is the author of over 70 books in three different genres. She’s been happily married to her college sweetheart (Go Hogs!) for 31 years and believes their boy/girl twins actively plot to drive her crazy!
Now that her kiddos are grown, Laura spends her days contentedly writing and chasing after the family menagerie of pets, ranging from a rescue mutt named Yeti, a mini-long-haired dachshund named Coco, a Yorkie named Chewie, Foxy Kitty (a Maine Coon who outweighs the dogs), and Domino–a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees!
Website https://www.lauramariealtom.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LauraMarieAltom
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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/lauramariealtom/pins/
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Marie-Altom/e/B001H6WN60

 

Read free on KU: Drakon's Promise by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #FreeBookFriday #RLFblog #PNRIt’s #FreeBook Friday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is Drakon’s Promise by NJ Walters. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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Drakon’s Promise Blood of the Drakon, Book 1 by NJ Walters

Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.
He’s both.
He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
Download your free book by NJ Walters: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N74PYZR/
This is a permafree book.

The Highlander’s Welsh Bride by Cathy and DD MacRae

It was over. Prince Llywelyn was dead, his soldiers fleeing before King Edward’s army. Carys, a cousin to the prince, herself a princess of Wales, had picked up arms alongside her husband more than a year ago in the fight for Wales’s independence. Now homeless, her husband buried beneath the good Welsh soil, she seeks shelter in the north, far from the reach of Longshanks’s men.
Birk MacLean has been ordered to take a bride and produce an heir. He grows weary of the lasses paraded before him, women of delicate nature and selfish motives. He desires a wife strong enough to help lead one of the most powerful clans in Western Scotland.
One like the Welsh woman sitting in his dungeon, arrested for poaching MacLean deer.
Can Birk convince Carys marriage to him is preferable to a hangman’s noose? And will the hard-headed Scot be worthy of a Princess of Wales?
From the sweeping mountains of Wales where Prince Llywelyn made his last stand against the English, to the treacherous Isles of Scotland where Vikings and pirates rule the waters, comes a tale of betrayal and loss, deceit and passion. An epic tale of honor and the redeeming power of love.
Download your free book: https://www.amzn.com/dp/B07KNYTMPK
Free on KindleUnlimited

Fractured by Deceit by Jami Gray

Hunted by a faceless enemy, she turns to him for help…
Megan Rouser survived six months at the hands of a brutal telepath only to emerge with fractured memories and a terrifying premonition of impending danger. Determined to regain control of her life, she turns to the one man who held her together and brought her out of hell…Bishop.
But who’ll protect him from her…
Jacob Archer, aka Bishop, has spent his life protecting others, and as part of the off-the-books psychic ex-military team known as PSY-IV, it’s a skill he’s mastered. Rescuing the determined and intriguing Megan triggers all his white knight tendencies, despite lingering suspicions about her kidnapping. But what happens when the threat he should be watching for, is her?
As Megan and Bishop delve deeper into the twisted mind of a madman, will they find a way to survive unseen threats or be torn apart by the most intimate of betrayals?
Download your free book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S3KTCY2/
Free on KindleUnlimited

Chaos, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas by Kayelle Allen

Illustrated Book
As king of the immortal Ultras, Pietas ap Lorectic rules his people with an iron fist and a heart of stone. Or so he would have you believe. The man behind the myth is a scientist, deep thinker, brilliant strategist, and passionate lover. He has shared his thoughts on chaos with few. This book is a collection of quotes on the concept by the man known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos.
Thirty beautifully illustrated quotes.
You’ll get 3 other free books plus other exclusive content for members only.
Download your free book: https://kayelleallen.com/reader-groups
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Cover model for Chaos: Nik Nitsvetov (courtesy of DepositPhotos.com)

Bookmark this site and come back for more great books!

 

Is It True: The Chieftain's Secret by Mageela Troche @MageelaTroche #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Mageela Troche, author of The Chieftain’s Secret, a Historical Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

The Chieftain’s Secret by Mageela Troche

Genre Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

On a windswept Scottish Isle…

Many objects wash up on the shores of the rugged Isle of Mull. The Laird of Lochbuie never expected a pregnant wife to be included in that. Honorable Niall MacLean was wed to his childhood love when she died in childbirth. Now a widower, he struggles to get beyond his grief. Then a dear friend, Ermina Bruce pleaded for his help. His protective instinct came alive and he handfasted with Ermina to save her from an unsuitable marriage and one drunken night has led to forever after and a repeat of his past heartbreak.

The bonds of friendship…

Noble Ermina Bruce has loved Niall MacLean since he first fostered in her uncle’s home. But he loved another so she settled for the deep bonds of friendship. When her family arranged a marriage she didn’t want she knew Niall could save her from that miserable fate.

One night of passion…

That one night in Niall’s arms led to her pregnancy. Ermina has not told Niall of their secret baby. But his reaction isn’t her greatest fear. Her fear is even greater than the brave laird’s wrath. Every woman in her family has died in childbirth and all know the same fate awaits her. Once again, Ermina knows Niall is the only one who can save her. And if he fails, her last days shall be with the man she has loved since childhood.

Will love have a chance to come alive?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No

this book is part of a series?

Yes

you lost sleep while writing this book?

No

you did research for this book?

Yes

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

No

this book has more than one genre?

No

you speak more than one language?

Yes

you grew up where you live now?

No

you love to read?

YES!!!

you are never late?

No

you love pizza?

YES!!!

you love sushi?

No.

you have a pet?

Yes

Where to buy The Chieftain’s Secret

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Chieftains-Secret-Medieval-Scottish-Romance-ebook/dp/B07SD9DKYJ/

Mageela Troche Social Media

An Air Force brat, Mageela Troche has lived throughout the world then landed in New York City. She wanted to leave the same day she arrived. Yet, with her stubbornness, Mageela learned to like the place and the libraries were the main reason. Since she was a little girl, Mageela wanted to be an author and an actress, however, once in college, she changed her life plan in the pursuit of money. After all, college loans must be repaid.
With life’s twists and turns, she returned to writing and focused on the romance genre. Mageela Troche’s first break came when she sold a short story to a magazine. She sold two more before the publication of her historical romance novel, The Marriage Alliance. She has gone on to write four more novels and a novella.
Mageela is currently writing in the cramped corner of her Big Apple apartment. She is the proud owner of a Black-masked lovebird named Boobula. She loves to hear from her readers
Website http://www.MageelaTroche.com
Blog http://www.matroche.com
Twitter http://www.Twitter.com/MageelaTroche
Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorMageelaTroche
Pinterest http://www.Pinterest.com/MageelaTroche
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054733.Mageela_Troche
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Mageela-Troche/e/B00CHTIRFW/

 

Back To The One I Love by Cornelia Amiri @CorneliaAmiri #RLFblog #ComedyRomanceCornelia Amiri, 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.

Back To The One I Love by Cornelia Amiri

Genre Comedy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

The thrilling adventure of first love and self-discovery is just as groovy the second time around. A free-spirited, baby boomer couple, Cash and Keith, find their marriage of forty-five years unraveling amid apathy, boredom, and retirement. Cash feels Keith is no longer attracted to her and he’s consumed with a couch-potato life of streaming The Orville and Game of Throne episodes all day long. Trying to hang on to their marriage and rekindle the romance they lost along the way they turn to a counselor. The therapist uses an unorthodox magical method of a time-traveling Volkswagen van to cast them back into the garden…four days of Eden at Woodstock….the epic music festival… where they first fell in love.
Will the freedom of Woodstock lure Keith and Cash to push their individual boundaries and seek new lovers? Or can Déjà Vu and grooving to music….truly lead them to rediscover the peace, love, and harmony they once shared?

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?

Either fried chicken or barbeque chicken with potato salad and peach cobbler.

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?

It’s a toss-up between spaghetti and meatballs or shrimp—fried or shrimp scampi.

Describe the perfect vacation.

I’d love a vacation to Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

I loved playing with barbie dolls. I think my fiction writing skills began then especially with dialogue as I had them all talking to each other. I had a couple of barbies, a Ken, a Midge, a Skipper, and a Tutit but I also included my brother’s GI Joe and a small Madam Alexander Doll—I can’t remember who she was, but she had a pink checkered shirt and blue overalls. She was my favorite.

What are your hobbies?

I love to read, of course. I love to hang out with my son and granddaughter. I love researching history. I love listening to Celtic music and 60/70’s folk and rock. I like watching TV and my streaming obsession right now is The Handmaid’s Tale.

Where to buy Back To The One I Love

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C10C4PK/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/back-to-the-one-i-love-cornelia-amiri/1129483766
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1435374749
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/back-to-the-one-i-love

Cornelia Amiri Social Media

Drawing on her love of a happy ending, Cornelia Amiri has penned over 35 published romance books. She and her muse, Severus the Cat, live amid the hustle and bustle of humid Houston, Texas, as does her wonderful son and granddaughter. When not writing, she loves to read, watch movies, and attend local steampunk events and comic cons. She’s currently working on the next book in her Druidry and the Beast series and on a sci-fi comedy romance series with a Celtic goddess as the heroine.
Website http://CorneliaAmiri.com
Blog https://celticromancequeen.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CorneliaAmiri
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cornelia.amiri.1
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/corneliaamiri/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/475961.Cornelia_Amiri
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Cornelia-Amiri/e/B002BLFENY
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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

New Beginnings Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I’m fourteen years old. I wrote my first short story when I was a freshman in high school. Since then, writing has been my whole life.

What was your first published book?

My first book published was Roses. Roses is a Women’s Fiction Contemporary Romance with Romantic Elements.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

I recently finished my office adding lights. I bought two new book cases to make that eight bookcases in total. My parents bought me my desk and I put my apple desk top on it. I use it to edit because the screen is big but I write on my laptop.

Anything special about your space?

I can see out the side window and it’s the first office space that I’m completely happy with.

What do you love most about that area?

I love the fact that it has a french door, which I can close and block out the television coming from the other room.

What would like to change about your home office?

I’d like to have all my bookcases in the room with me. I also would love to have one chalk wall so I can make my notes all in one place.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

It would like like something out of HGTV. I’d probably hire the Property Brothers to make me a big space with my own wet bar and coffee station!

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

I use my printer. I print out whatever a wrote for the day. When I do my edits I have to have a hard copy. I have two prints.

What do you think is a must have for an efficient office?

Most important feature of an efficient office is privacy. Once I get going, there can be a high school band playing behind me and it wouldn’t interrupt me. But I need quiet to start so I can focus.

Are you a writing mom/dad?

My kids are now on their own. But I was a writing mom when I wrote my first seven books.

How do you juggle writing and family?

I always made it a point to find an hour a day to write. I always put myself on a 1000 word a day schedule, which I still keep today. Some days I’ll write 1000 words and other days I can right up to 3000 words. But it essential to have a schedule.

What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?

I’d recommend any of the books the Writers Digest Books. Every one has been a fountain of information to me. I still refer to many of them when I’m stuck. Joining writers groups is another way to learn. I belong to Romance Writers of America, Women Fiction Writers Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. There are so many groups. If your a mystery writer there’s Sisters in Crime. You can find multiple online genres through Romance Writers of America.

What do you like to read for relaxation?

I read women’s fiction, lots of cozy mysteries and you can never go wrong with a Stephen Kind novel.

Do you have an author newsletter?

Yes. If you would like to receive my quarterly newsletter you can sign up here: http://http://bit.ly/2V4OEQL

Where to buy New Beginnings

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://amzn.to/2GWtUlc

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and 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. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
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Star Brides: Dept of Corrections by Pia Manning @piamanning3 #RLFblog #NewRelease #romance #SciFiPia Manning, 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.

Star Brides: Dept of Corrections by Pia Manning

Genre Erotic Romance, SciFi, Action/Adventure

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): NR

Inmate 1640 would do anything to escape serving her long and well-deserved prison sentence. Anything. Including leaving Earth with Zuntx warrior Kadir, to serve as mate to him and the three other men of his unit.

Janine Longo was sentenced to twenty years for beating a man who tried to cheat her. Sick of her trouble making ways, prison authorities gave Janine an opportunity to attend a Bridal Fair, find an alien husband and leave Earth. When the pool of available mates dwindles and the guards call her name, Janine hastily agrees to return to Zuntx with Kadir. Besides, if she doesn’t like Zuntx or the men, she can always wander away and blend in with the crowd. Right?

Scarred and disfigured Kadir, is growing desperate. This is his third time as a Fair participant, and he doesn’t have the money to fund another attempt. So, when the woman in the orange jumpsuit agrees to accompany him, he accepts her offer.

Shortly after landing on Zuntx, Janine meets the other men in Kadir’s unit: Tero, Kobak and Bakur. Together, they disembark and head for home. Problem is, the thriving bustling Zuntx that Kadir left behind is not the same place he returns to. Riot torn, the planet’s homeless men now wander aimlessly seeking food, shelter and women.

This is not at all what Janine had in mind.

Can Janine find redemption on Zuntx? Is this her second chance? Can she learn to love her men? All four? And what about Tero’s little ‘problem?’ Hmmm…

Will life on Zuntx improve? Kadir has a plan…

Why did you write this book?

Kadir’s story kept nagging at me! I met him in Star Brides: Procured, when he was in a tough spot. His views of women and their capabilities needed to evolve. Janine’s not much of a rule follower. Her attitude has gotten her into trouble many times. She needs a second chance at redemption. So, I thought they’d be good for each other, and their journey a tale worth telling.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love reading erotic romances, scifi/fantasy, mystery, suspense, and well, you get the idea!

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

I’d have to say Meg Corbyn from Anne Bishop’s The Others series. Bishop manages to weave the paranormal into the normal in such a way as to make it an accepted part of her character’s everyday life.

What are you working on at the moment?

Star Brides 4 looms on my horizon, as well as a paranormal/horror novel.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Star Brides 4 will make an appearance in the next few months. I hope readers have enjoyed the Star Brides universe as much as I have enjoyed writing about its characters and their trials and tribulations finding true love. The as yet untitled para/horror novel will also find a release date.

Where to buy Star Brides: Dept. of Corrections

Publisher https://www.bookstrand.com/book/star-brides-dept-of-corrections-mfmmm
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076KXRTG6/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/star-brides-pia-manning/1127259708?ean=9781640105911
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=pia+manning

Pia Manning Social Media

Pia Manning lives in the deep dark woods of northwest Wisconsin with her spousal unit, two spoiled dogs and three rotten cats. She writes cuz she has to. She writes for herself and all those who need some relief from the day to day, but can’t leave the room.
Blog https://piamanning.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/piamanning3
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pia.manning.71
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Pia-Manning/e/B076PQM3SS/

 

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