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Category Archives: 5 Easy Questions

An author interview with only five simple questions.

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/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127085565
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lovin-is-easy

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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.

In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent a semester abroad living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers.
Website http://gemmasnow.com
Blog https://gemmasnow.com/blog/
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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?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Teachers-Windy-City-Weddings-Book-ebook/dp/B074T4X1KY
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1273930735
For links to other vendors, see https://kayladrakebooks.com/teachers-pet/

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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
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075DFB2QN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolf-in-her-soul-nj-walters/1125587752?ean=9781640630819
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wolf-in-her-soul/id1279288595
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wolf-in-her-soul-1

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NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Website http://www.njwalters.com
Blog http://njwalters.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
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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
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Christmas-Kisses-Wholesome-Romances-ebook/dp/B0752ZG5V8
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-christmas-kisses-4-mona-risk/1127009378
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1285643154
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sweet-christmas-kisses-4
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mona_Risk_Sweet_Christmas_Kisses_4?id=9lkyDwAAQBAJ&hl=en

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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.

Website http://www.miloukoenings.com/
Blog http://www.miloukoenings.com/milou-koenings-blog/
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Milou-Koenings/e/B00HFAEAUE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1485370942&sr=1-4

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The Ultimate Road Trip #Memoir Linda Brendle @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #RoadTripLinda Brendle author of A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
I cared for my parents — both of whom had dementia – for 15 years. I began writing in the hope of maintaining my sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers, and anyone going through a difficult time, with my experiences.

I’m a life-begins-at-50 kind of gal. I received my BAS in management and psychology at 51, found new love at 52, learned to ride a motorcycle at 56, and published my first book after I began collecting Social Security. My husband David and I live outside a small East Texas town with a cat named Kitty who adopted us a couple of years ago. I am a blogger, a correspondent for our local weekly newspaper, and I work as the part-time secretary at my church in order to support my writing habit.

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
I like a wide variety of foods, but this would probably my favorite menu because it’s David’s favorite. Half the fun of cooking is seeing someone enjoy what you put on the table!
Pork roast with carrots and potatoes
Purple hull peas or speckled butter beans
Fried okra
Cornbread
Blackberry cobbler with a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla
Lemonade
Coffee with dessert

Describe the perfect vacation.
The trip I described in my memoir was nearly perfect. The chaos of caring for two people with dementia was a bit of a distraction, but we managed to make some beautiful memories anyway. The perfect vacation would be one without a time limit – a time when David and I could drive around the country in our motor home, stopping when we found something of interest and moving on when the spirit moved us. There are many amazing sights we have yet to see and many friendly people we have yet to meet. A year or so on the road is definitely on our bucket list.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My favorite toy was my older brother Jim. He is five years my senior, and he was always much more interesting than any doll or game in my toy box. As my mom used to say, he was always “hatching up” something, and I always wanted to be involved.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
My choice of recreational reading is an odd one for the author of a memoir. Ever since I discovered my first Agatha Christie novel in the fifth grade, I have been a fan of tales of mystery and suspense. After I read everything Christie had to offer, I moved on to Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, and others too numerous to mention. A couple of years ago, I decided to try my hand at a suspense novel of my own. If anything comes of it, I’ll let you know.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
My husband David has been a motorcycle rider since his uncle taught him to ride an old Cushman when he was nine years old. His perfect ringtone would be the sound of a Harley engine being revved as loud as possible. Many readers of A Long and Winding Road  have commented that David is the real hero of my story because of all the love and support he gave to me and my parents during my caregiving experience.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Alzheimer’s is a family disease, and this is a love story – not a boy meets girls love story, but a family love story. It is the story of the love between a daughter and her parents and her willingness to take them into her home when they could no longer care for themselves; the story of a mother and a father who loved their daughter but no longer remembered exactly where they were or why; the story of a husband who loved his wife so much that he stood beside her as they fought to survive the ravages of the brain-wasting disease that was stealing her loved ones away a piece at a time. It’s also the story of a seven-week trip for four across sixteen U.S. states in a forty-foot motor home – a trip that involved stopped up toilets, wet jeans, laughter, and headaches that were far from the easygoing retirement the Brendles had imagined for themselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.
Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Amazon: http://goo.gl/ngqHno
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/u3Gvs5
iBooks: http://goo.gl/PfkaGF
Kobo: http://goo.gl/bl3T1f
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/aIWifx

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Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
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Amazon Author Page: http://goo.gl/YTfk2b

Whole Lot o' Love by Bonnie Edwards @BonnieEdwards #RLFblog #contemporary #NewReleaseBonnie Edwards author of Whole Lot o’ Love answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. She believes life should be lived with joy and humour. You can find both in her earthy, irreverent, love stories. Sometimes her stories have a paranormal twist, likes curses and ghosts, other times not. But they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending.
With three ongoing romance series (steamy paranormal, sexy contemporary and heartwarming Christmas) and contemporary family novels, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for more exciting releases throughout 2017 and 2018.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Chicken with rice…any kind of chicken and any kind of rice!
What’s your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
#upbeatauthors Every Monday we post about things that help keep us positive. Everyone needs that.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Wandering Italy without a schedule or plan. Freestyle!
What are your hobbies?
Hiking daily, reading and also baking.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I read historical romances because today’s news is so depressing.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 14+
Ashlee Branton’s lottery win is giving her and her son a new, settled life back home.
Except that returning to Blaine, Washington means facing her son’s father, Brick Harcourt, in a most unsettling way.
Ashlee deserted Brick and his less-than-accepting family when she’d become pregnant. Refusing to be just a statistic, she worked hard to raise their baby on her own. But as luck would have it, she has a chance to repair what she broke back then. Dare she take one more chance on love?
But Ashlee has two pasts now, one with Brick and one with an ex who wants to crash their reunion. Will she run again or stay and sacrifice money for love?
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B074FDSQCX
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940154749982
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1260412936
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/whole-lot-o-love
Books2Read https://books2read.com/WholeLotOLove

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