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Category Archives: 5 Easy Questions

An author interview with only five simple questions.

Freedom's Path by Linda Carroll-Bradd @lcarrollbradd #RLFblog #historical #romanceLinda Carroll-Bradd, 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.

Freedom’s Path by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Genre historical romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
As a maid in the Deerbourne Inn, freedom-fighter Sidonie Demers has the perfect cover for helping escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad. The patterns in her quilts serve as messages directing them to the safest route. The cause is personal for octoroon Sidonie whose mother and grandmother escaped bondage years earlier.
Army Corporal Colin Crawford arrives in Willow Springs, disguised as a salesman, to locate abolitionist activity. Raised detesting slavery, he’s conflicted about upholding the Fugitive Slave Act but believes in laws and fulfilling his duty.
The attraction between Colin and Sidonie is irresistible, but what happens when their true identities are revealed?
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
I’ve always been partial to lasagna, which has become a bit of a challenge since hubby and I switched to mostly vegan cuisine.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Traveling to a place I’ve never been before (doesn’t matter if mountains or desert) with lots of historic buildings and/or museums to visit.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had several plastics horses and sent my Barbie and Ken dolls on adventures to foreign countries or to times in the past.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
A genre I’m not writing. If my current WIP is historical, then I read contemporary and vice versa. I read a lot of mysteries, especially by Swedish and Norwegian authors–must be tied to my Scandinavian DNA.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
I love reading firsthand accounts of an area, the history of the location, and the types of people who settled there. I write mostly in the latter half of the 1800s so lots of my books include characters who have lived through the emigrant experience. I have AAA tour books of many states, and often a little-known fact of an actual occurrence fits in my story timeline.

Where to buy Freedom’s Path

Publisher http://bit.ly/2PDvo5q
Amazon https://amzn.to/2rwEh7b
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iBooks https://apple.co/2GeRbAP
Kobo http://bit.ly/2SGx8MU

Linda Carroll-Bradd Social Media

As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.
Blog http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/lcarrollbradd
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.carrollbradd
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806413.Linda_Carroll_Bradd
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/lindacarroll-bradd
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/bjKueH

 

Refugee Trail by Tracy Falbe @tracyfalbe #RLFblog #fantasyTracy Falbe, 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.

Refugee Trail by Tracy Falbe

My inspiration for this novella came from thinking about refugees who must literally walk away from their ruined homes and into the unknown. It tells the story of the young hero, Myles. He’s the leader of a band of survivors from a terrible war. They are pursued by slave hunters.
Genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Myles and his people are now bereft of their ancient Kadolia magic. Their Elders say that the magic came from their homeland and that it is gone forever. They are scrambling desperately through badlands to stay ahead of Lasher slave hunters when a faction of survivors wants to turn back and surrender. Annihilation looms until Myles senses the return of his power.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Although it’s a bunch of work to prepare, I love doing a fish fry with fish that the family has caught, especially bluegill because they are available in quantity and truly delicious.
Describe the perfect vacation.
My perfect vacation reveals my introversion. I would love to go to a writer’s retreat in a secluded natural settings. All meals would be prepared for me, and I would have my own room. My family is NOT there, but I might like to have my dog. I won’t have to do a single thing except sleep, write, and take walks. My perfect vacation with the family would be the same thing: full-service setting where I perform no menial labor whatsoever.
What are your hobbies?
I grow fruit and vegetables. I raise and breed French angora wool rabbits. I’ve been learning to spin wool, so that’s a newer hobby for me. I bake pies.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I read all manner of books. I’ve always got my eye out for a good fantasy or sci fi, but I tend to read nonfiction. I like to read about hunting, survival, memoirs, true crime, psychology, politics, demographics, and history. Two of my most recent reads were American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Research materials vary. I might be looking for details to make elements in a story feel authentic. Like I’ll look up human anatomy to determine wounds I can deliver that someone could conceivable heal from. I’ll read things about shamanism, witchcraft, and various mythology. I seek out materials for character research too because I want insights into human experiences. Two of my novels had elements that dealt with child soldiers, so I read articles about that. For my historical fantasies, I’ve focused a lot on clothing, art, religion, and politics.

Where to buy Refugee Trail

Publisher http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/refugee-trail/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KBWRCGC
Barnes and Noble https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/refugee-trail
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/refugee-trail/id1439810903?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/refugee-trail
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/902220
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tracy_Falbe_Refugee_Trail?id=fq52DwAAQBAJ

Tracy Falbe Social Media

I was born in Michigan in 1972 and grew up in Mount Pleasant. It’s called the “Mountain Town” but there is no mountain and it’s debatable about whether it’s pleasant. They say it’s a party town and based on extensive research as a young adult I can concur.
Because I always had the childhood fantasy of running away and joining the circus, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1995 and lived there until 1997. Those who only stay a week are wimps, but I will say that it’s the second year in Vegas that wears you down. Then I realized the pioneers were trying to get to California, so I moved to Chico, in Northern California and lived there until 2009.
In 2000, I earned a journalism degree from California State University, Chico with the conscious ambition of becoming a fiction writer. With the rapid demise of the newspaper industry and journalism in general, novelist is not such a daft pursuit after all. It’s not like I’m actually going to get a job that values my education. Luckily I’m cursed with the impulse to write in a popular yet competitive genre.
My wandering has circled back and I’m currently residing in Battle Creek, Michigan, and for now my existence within the post-apocalyptic Rust Belt is suitably fascinating.
Website http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/
Blog http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/
Twitter https://twitter.com/tracyfalbe
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/braveluckbooks/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Falbe/e/B002BLWI3S
Newsletter https://falbepublishing.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=10f4fac8a8e4ce7abb2f83107&id=f30d50cf13
Instafreebie https://www.prolificworks.com/discover/author/18992/tracy_falbe

 

Christina's Tapestry by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #timetravel #romanceNJ Walters author of Christina’s Tapestry answers five easy questions.
Please tell us about yourself.
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.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
One of my treats is to take myself out for breakfast twice a week. Working from home, it gets too easy to just stay inside. It’s my way of making sure I don’t become a complete hermit. I usually get whole wheat toast and a scrambled egg. I know, so exciting. But I enjoy curling up with my breakfast and a large cup of tea and reading a good book.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Only one? It’s so hard to choose just one. There are so many amazing book boyfriends to choose from. Right off the top of my head, I’d say Rhage from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I mean, who doesn’t want a badass who can turn into a dragon.
Kaleb Krychek from Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian is a close second. This man is willing to destroy anyone and anything that gets in the way of finding his woman. He won’t stop until he finds her. *sigh*
Describe the perfect vacation.
For a quiet vacation, I enjoy the beach. I’m not talking about lying on a soft, sandy beach sipping a drink. I’m more about beachcombing on a rugged shoreline. You never know what you might find. I’ve found a coin from a hundred years ago and have a decent beach glass collection. I love to wander up and down a beach. I can spend hours doing that. It’s endlessly fascinating.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
The fun thing about writing is that you never know where the research might take you. I research a lot of places. Currently it’s Alaska. Checking out guidebooks and maps and websites. YouTube is a great help as well. I also spent some time checking out knives and knife fighting. Wow, there are some amazing people out there. And it was an excuse to watch more Forged in Fire episodes on TV.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Since Jarek and Marc live in a world that doesn’t have phones, if they heard one ring they’d most likely smash it to bits with their swords. That would be fun to watch.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre fantasy erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Christina’s Tapestry
Tapestries, Book 1
Captivated by a lush tapestry she sees in a shop window, Christina Beaumont impulsively buys it, never imagining how that one action will change her life. The magical tapestry not only transports her to a world that resembles medieval Earth, but also into the arms of two massive warriors who both want to claim her.
Jarek and Marc, brothers of the House of Garen, are elated to discover the tapestry has delivered Christina to them, but ancient tradition dictates that they must compete for the right to be her husband. Both separately and together, the two will indulge Christina in every sensual way possible, taking her to passionate heights beyond even her most intense fantasies.
As the time for Christina to choose between the two men draws near, she is confronted with another option: she can return to her own modern world. Fearing their loss, Jarek and Marc will join forces to convince Christina to stay with them, even as they fight a rival family for the right to keep her as their very own…
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DDNPRN3/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christinas-tapestry-n-j-walters/1107145653
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christina-s-tapestry-1

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/834414

NJ Walters Social Media

Website http://www.njwalters.com
Blog http://njwalters.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NJWaltersAuthor
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/NJWalters
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters
Newsletter https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/awakeningdesires/info

 

Stealing the Billionaire's Heart by Robin Michaela @robinsromances #RLFblog #billionaireromanceRobin Michaela, 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.

Stealing the Billionaire’s Heart by Robin Michaela

Genre Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lyra Bretton is stunned when she’s abandoned at the altar. Figuring the best way to get over one man is to get under another one, she combs the luxurious Las Vegas resort where she was to be married, intent on spending her almost-wedding night with the sexiest man she can find.
Billionaire womanizer, Nicolas Sebastian, is tempted by the beautiful bride’s shocking proposal. The workaholic COO of the family hotel chain can’t deny his attraction to the woman who should be weeping in her room instead of shredding her wedding gown in his lounge. Their chemistry is explosive, but Nicolas has been burned before. He’ll never commit his heart because he learned years ago that women are only interested in his wallet.
Their Vegas fling soon turns into something neither of them can control. But, when they travel to his lavish property in Italy, money goes missing and expensive jewelry turns up in Lyra’s possession, putting their fragile future in jeopardy. Unless they can find a way to trust again, they risk losing each other forever.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Homemade lasagna with a fresh salad and a side of warm, crusty bread fresh from the oven. Plus a slice of chocolate cake. In my opinion, no meal is complete without some kind of chocolate.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
I love almost any type Mexican food. It’s even better with a grande margarita and a side of chips and salsa (…and chocolate). Yum!
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I almost always read romances. I enjoy all forms of it, so I’m happy reading contemporary, paranormal, Viking, Highlander, whatever. If it’s not too dark and depressing, I’ll read it!
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
I want my settings and characters to grab my readers so I research everything unless I have firsthand knowledge of it. For example, in Stealing the Billionaire’s Heart, I’d been to Venice so I could write about the setting with no problem. But Nicolas is a billionaire so he’s going to be surrounded by the things that wealth can buy. When I was creating the setting of his grandmother, Claudia’s, apartment in a Venetian palace, I figured she’d probably have collected some artworks by famous painters. I did some research and found that some miniature portraits can be worth a LOT of money…which inspired the idea that his prior girlfriend had stolen a miniature. So when Lyra ends up with his grandmother’s earrings, he’s going to think she’s a thief, too.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
I think Nicolas’ ringtone would definitely be For the Love of Money by the O’Jays…”money, money, MONEY!”.

Where to buy Stealing the Billionaire’s Heart (from The Billionaire’s Club Limited Edition Collection)

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8F62HY
Barnes and Noble https://bit.ly/2pTU2Ut
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-billionaire-s-club-2

Robin Michaela Social Media

Robin Michaela has been reading romances since her teen years, when she first snuck her aunt’s copy of The Flame and the Flower, by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

She’s married to her own Handsome Prince (a military airman) and has lived everywhere from the sunny shores of Florida to the wild crags of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She currently resides in the Deep South. By day, she’s a dental hygienist and by night, Robin can be found eating chocolate, training for her next half marathon, and crafting her next novel (although not necessarily in that order).

Robin’s stories have been called “a simply delicious escape”. Sparks fly and desire sizzles when her irresistible heroines challenge the men of their dreams.
Website www.robinmichaela.com
Blog www.robinmichaela.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/robinsromances
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RobinMichaelaRomances
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16141341.Robin_Michaela
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01N1MUNAL
Newsletter www.robinmichaela.com/newsletter

 

Unwrapped (A Unexpected Novella) by Valerie Ullmer @valerieullmer #RLFblog #mm #romanceValerie Ullmer author of Unwrapped (A Unexpected Novella) answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary M/F and M/M erotic romances. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She’s addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes with green onions on the side, and peas.
Describe the perfect vacation.
Going somewhere with history, so Europe.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, watching Investigation Discovers, Listening to True Crime Podcasts, Walking my dog, Maddie, and laughing with my husband.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Everything. I read several books a week, so as long as it has a good plot and wonderful characters, I’ll read it.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
She Blinded Me with Science.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Friends to lovers.
Jack had done what he’d always done to protect himself. He allowed fear to take over and as a result, he pushed Adam away. When Adam finally left, Jack understood that if he loved Adam as much as he claimed, he needed to change before Adam could risk his heart again.
Lovers to forever.
Adam understood why Jack kept his feelings secret, but after being ignored one too many times, he left. But Jack won’t give up and when he proves to Adam how much he wants their relationship to work, can Adam risk his heart to the one man he’s loved all over again?
Will Jack and Adam find their happily-ever-after during the season of miracles?
Publisher: Self-Published by Valerie Ullmer
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WMVZ44

Valerie Ullmer Social Media

Website: http://www.valerieullmer.com
Blog: http://www.valerieullmer.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/valerieullmer
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valerieullmer.author
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/valerieullmer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15293708.Valerie_Ullmer
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Valerie-Ullmer/e/B01FSWMI9A/
Newsletter: http://www.valerieullmer.com/newsletter

 

King of Swords by Anna Durbin @TheAnnaDurbin #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceAnna Durbin author of King of Swords answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.
Anna Durbin is the author of charming tales of the Beau Monde. Having grown up reading sagas of chivalry and romance, she began crafting her own elaborate stories in her imagination at a young age. It was only natural that she would one day write them down. Her first novel, King of Swords, was a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist.
Despite years of study in the biological and physical sciences, her true love has always been the literary arts. Inspired by her favorite author, Jane Austen, Anna adores the Regency Era and writes period pieces set during that time that show love conquering adversity. Oddly, for all her love of science and history, she is a faithful devotee of the New Age. She discovered tarot cards in a New Age shop in Minneapolis during a high school class trip one year and has been enchanted with them ever since. She enjoys weaving the symbolism of the tarot deck into her storylines.
Anna has lived in ten different states throughout her lifetime, from California to New Jersey. A Midwesterner at heart, she was born in Kansas and raised in Iowa. Currently, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband and works as a technician for local government.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Thai food. I love the spiciness of Thai cuisine.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Mr. Darcy, of course! He’s the perfect not-so-perfect hero who risks it all for love.
Describe the perfect vacation.
The perfect vacation for me is doing absolutely nothing as I lie on a warm beach in the Caribbean, sun shining, palm trees swaying, the gentle ocean waves lulling me to sleep.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Barbie and friends. My sister and I would play for hours with our Barbie dolls, making up wild stories and exploits for them, usually involving romance, of course!
What are your hobbies?
I like reading and collecting antiques. I also have a Barbie collection, which includes both vintage and contemporary dolls.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A fiercely independent spinster who desperately needs assistance…
Lady Cassandra Gardner will inherit fifty thousand pounds when she turns thirty—and just in time. She has a special purpose for her money, one no man could understand. But when her brother the duke tries to cheat her out of her fortune, she has no choice but to accept the help of the man who shattered her heart years ago.
A gallant nobleman who can’t resist rescuing a damsel in distress…
Lord William Poniard is looking for a wife, but the last woman he should consider marrying is his archenemy’s sister, the woman who hates him with a vengeance. Yet, when she is compromised by her brother’s nefarious scheme, he sees an opportunity not only to rescue the lady by marrying her but also to exact revenge on the duke for his past betrayal.
Will she accept his offer of help and at what cost?
Despite the long-standing animosity between Cassandra and William, sparks fly when their attraction to one another ignites into a passion neither saw coming. Will one night of rapture unite them or drive them apart? Can she forget past wounds and let him back into her heart? And can he convince her that she is the only woman he wants?
Publisher self-published
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/King-Swords-Kings-Tarot-Book-ebook/dp/B072KFYXQV
CreateSpace https://www.amazon.com/King-Swords-Kings-Tarot-Book-ebook/dp/B072KFYXQV

Anna Durbin Social Media

Website https://annadurbinauthor.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/theannadurbin
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AnnaDurbinAuthor/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16946965.Anna_Durbin
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Durbin/e/B072N25NR4/

 

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