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Is It True: My Past, Your Future by Gabbi Grey @gabbigrey #RLFblog #gayromanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Gabbi Grey, author of My Past, Your Future, a Paranormal Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

My Past, Your Future by Gabbi Grey

Genre Gay Paranormal Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Callum MacLaren, a professor from Scotland, visits Willow Springs, Vermont during the Winter Solstice to study and explore the rich history of St. Joseph’s Cemetery. His encounter with a sexy soldier in a tattered Civil War uniform is a captivating puzzle, and the more he learns, the deeper his attraction.

A hundred and fifty years ago, Elijah Freeman was killed during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner and woke up in Willow Springs, the only home he’d known. Alone, he roams the town, unable to leave or interact with a single soul until an intriguing Scot addresses him. Even stranger, the man can see him, hear him, and touch him–a sizzling caress that leaves Elijah aching for more.

But will Elijah return to his ghostly form when the magic of the solstice fades, or is Callum’s love enough to keep him in the land of the living?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

This is my first book. I’m super excited about and nervous.

this book is part of a series?

Yes, this book is part of a series. The Wild Rose Press has created an inn in a fictious Vermont town. The Deerbourne Inn books are loosely connected stories set in the town of Willow Springs.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Not true. Although my characters make me work hard to give them a proper happy ending, my slumber wasn’t interrupted.

you did research for this book?

I did research for the book. One of the characters is a history professor visiting from Scotland (don’t you just love their accents?), and the other character was a black soldier in the American Civil War. I had to research life back in the 1860s as well as the war itself. I worry about the details but hope I got it right.

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

One of the characters is a ghost. That’s not human, right? He died over one hundred and fifty years ago, fighting for the union army.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes, this book straddles genres. First and foremost, it is a romance with a happy ending. Secondly, it is a gay romance – two men falling in love. Thirdly it is erotic – happy times are had in the cabin they are forced to share during a winter storm. Finally, there are paranormal elements. I didn’t set out to write a paranormal romance but if you have a ghost, it gets included in that category. I see my character as a real person, even if he is dead.

you speak more than one language?

True. I grew up in Ottawa, Canada. The city is separated from the French province of Quebec by the Ottawa river, but that’s easy to cross these days. My parents put me in a program called French Immersion and I spent more than half my school day studying French. I’ve lost some of it but I drop the occasional French word in my stories.

you grew up where you live now?

False. I grew up in Ottawa the capital of Canada. I now live on the west coast in a little town called Mission. I love beautiful British Columbia and can’t believe I get to make this place my home.

you love to read?

Absolutely true. Although I listen to audiobooks, I count that as reading. Last year I listened to over two hundred books and am already on track for something similar this year.

you are never late?

Another true. I plan carefully to always arrive at least fifteen minutes early. I never leave home without my iPod, so I can listen to an audiobook while waiting. I’m a firm believer in courtesy – if you’re making time for me, the least I can be is prompt.

you love pizza?

Who doesn’t? Pizza is something we don’t eat very often, so when I do, it’s a treat. I love bacon, mushrooms, and green olives.

you love sushi?

Uh, no. Never. Raw fish holds less than zero appeal to me.

you have a pet?

This is probably the most important truth. I have a sixteen-year-old purebred Himalayan cat named Lady Arabella de Bergerac (her father was Cyrano). Her trusted companion is my four-year-old chinpoo, Ally. Ally is ten pounds of pure love. She’s a therapy dog, and so is often allowed with me into restaurants, stores, nursing homes, and hospitals. Ally brings happiness wherever she goes. I might have rescued her, but she’s the one who saved me.

Where to buy My Past, Your Present

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/my-past-your-future-deerbourne-inn
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Past-Your-Future-Deerbourne-Inn-ebook/dp/B083RYY833

Gabbi Grey Social Media

Gabbi Grey lives surrounded by trees, racoons, deer, and other woodland creatures, on a mountain in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin poo keeps her safe from nasty bears.
Working for the government by day, she spends her nights writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances…and while she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love.
Website https://gabbigrey.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/GabbiGrey
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorGabbiGrey
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/gabbigreyauthor/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorgabbigrey/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15456297.Gabbi_Grey
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/gabbi-grey
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Gabbi-Grey/e/B07SJVFX1M
Get to know Gabbi Grey better by signing up for their email newsletter.
https://gabbigrey.com/
Again, thank you Kayelle for letting me hang out. I have a contest going on if you’re interested.
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/801c221b102/

 

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

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/brenda-sparks
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Sparks/e/B00B7AJBBQ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alpha-revealed-brenda-sparks/1136277240
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/alpha-revealed/id1497481224

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.
Website brenda-sparks.com/index.html
Blog brenda-sparks.com/blog.html
Twitter https://twitter.com/brenda_sparks
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/forBrendaSparks/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendasparks/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4416074.Brenda_Sparks
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Sparks/e/B00B7AJBBQ
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/brenda-sparks
Get to know Brenda Sparks better by signing up for their email newsletter.
http://brenda-sparks.com/welcome-readers.html

 

Pride (Sin-Eaters Book 1) by Lynn Chantale @LynnChantale #RLFblog #Fantasy #Romance #AztecWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Lynn Chantale, author of Pride, a Fantasy Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Pride (Sin-Eaters Book 1) by Lynn Chantale

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Huemac, a half-breed, covets ultimate power, but he needs two things—access to the royal family and an ancient artifact. He attains the former by seducing the Emperor’s sister, and then steals the latter.
Moctezuma, the newly crowned Emperor, comes from a long line of powerful gods known as Sin-Eaters. He desires peace among his people, but an ancient prophecy warns of war.
Huemac discovers the incantation to activate the fabled Athame of Souls, a mythical weapon capable of entrapping souls. His quest to rule is within his grasp. Only one thing stands in his way—Moctezuma.

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, and still doing more to be as authentic as possible.

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

Everyone is human in this book.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes.

you speak more than one language?

No, or not with any fluency.

you grew up where you live now?

No. I’m a Michigander turned Floridian.

you love to read?

Absolutely!

you are never late?

Not if I can help it. :-)

you love pizza?

Yes! Ham and bacon or Chicken BBQ please.

you love sushi?

I adore sushi.

you have a pet?

Yes. Two cats, Shakespeare and Sebastian.

Where to buy Pride (Sin-Eaters Book 1)

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KY1N4NV/

Lynn Chantale Social Media

Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable) and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
You can check out her books on Amazon at Lynn Chantale
Website https://TheHouseofLynn.com
Blog https://www.thehouseoflynn.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/lynnchantale
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/W.LynnChantaleAuthor
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/W-Lynn-Chantale/e/B007PFA96S

 

Is It True: Roses by Karen Cino @yourtwitter #RLFblog #Contemporary RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Karen Cino, author of Roses, a Contemporary Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Roses by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

After the untimely death of her husband in the line of duty, Nikki Petrino still grieving three years later, goes on retreat to Mexico to finish her novel, where she meets musician Drake Dente a 90’s rock icon working on lyrics for his comeback CD.

After meeting at dinner, Drake and Nikki can’t keep their eyes off each other. Sparks fly and they instantly became an item. Upon returning to New York for Nikki’s high school reunion, she learns shocking events from her best friends.

After a misunderstanding, Nikki is missing and Drake is desperate to find her.

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. But it was the first book that I wrote. I write it while my son for in infant, with his nights and days mixed up over thirty years ago. I put it on the back shelf and then ten years ago, took it back out and continued to edit it until I felt confident to send it out.

this book is part of a series?

No it isn’t. It’s a stand alone.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Yes, absolutely. I wrote it on very little sleep.

you did research for this book?

Yes. The first part of the book takes place in Mexico. It had been years since I had been there, so I had to catch up on what had changed at the hotel.

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

No. My characters are all humans.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes. It is a contemporary romance, but there is a part of it that’s women’s fiction.

you speak more than one language?

No. But I do wish I knew how to speak Italian.

you grew up where you live now?

No. I was born in Brooklyn, New York. When I was twelve my family moved to Staten Island, New York where I lived until I I moved with my husband to the New Jersey Shore five years ago.

you love to read?

Yes. I have six bookcases full of books. So far this year I have read forty-three books. Each year I have to up my Goodreads challenge.

you are never late?

Never. When my kids were young, yes I was. But once they grew up and went out on their own, I have never been late. In fact I wind up getting to places earlier.

you love pizza?

Yes, who doesn’t.

you love sushi?

No, not at all.

you have a pet?

Not since I moved to the Jersey Shore. Prior to that, I had three cats. But I do love animals. I have a bunny who is in my backyard everyday eating my grass. I could swear that he recognizes my voice.

Where to buy Roses

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Roses-Karen-Cino/dp/1618853244/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575939

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
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Is It True: Swan, A Bluebird, Texas Romance by Ann Everett @TalkinTwang #RLFblog #Contemporary #RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Ann Everett, author of Swan, A Bluebird, Texas Romance, a contemporary romance.

Swan, A Bluebird, Texas Romance by Ann Everett

Genre Contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A small-town girl rising to fame.

Swan Malone never imagined leaving Bluebird, Texas, but when her college cheerleading gig leads to fame, and her first film becomes the top-grossing movie of the year, she realizes dreams really do come true. However, not everything in her life is as good as a fairytale.

A soldier barely hanging on.

Nothing could have prepared Army Sergeant Teague Shanahan for what he endured while held hostage in enemy hands. Battered and scarred, he returns home hoping to put his life back together but finds he’s still a prisoner of his past—too broken to be fixed, even by the woman he loves.

Welcome to Bluebird, Texas

Where a girl with stars in her eyes fights to save a man with demons in his soul.

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. I have 9 published novels, 3 non-fiction books, and a cookbook.

this book is part of a series?

Yes. This is third book in my Bluebird, Texas Romance series.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Yes. I lose sleep regardless if I’m writing a book or planning a book.

you did research for this book?

Yes. I’m lucky to have some excellent sources to help me with research, as well as using Google.

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

Yes. My hero has a service dog. His name is Bandit…the dog, not the hero.

this book has more than one genre?

No…yes…sorta. Funny you should ask. This book is steamy romance, but for years, members of my local critique group have suggested I write ‘clean’ versions. Swan, is the first novel I’ve done this with, so I’ve also published it under a different pen-name, cover, and title for those who might enjoy a ‘sweeter’ romance.

you speak more than one language?

No…unless you count Texas twang.

you grew up where you live now?

No. I grew up in Texas, but in a teeny-tiny town. I still live in Texas, but in a larger city.

you love to read?

Yes. I’m currently reading about 12 different novels on a critique site I belong to, as well as one novel on my Kindle, and one paperback. I’m also judging an online short story contest, so I’m reading a LOT of stories there.

you are never late?

No. That is one of my pet peeves. I’m early everywhere I go.

you love pizza?

Yes. I prefer thick crust, but I’ll eat any kind.

you love sushi?

No…or should I say…hell no.

you have a pet?

No. I lost my two feline fur babies a couple of years ago, and I can’t bring myself to get that attached again…just yet.

Where to buy Swan, A Bluebird, Texas Romance

Publisher Self-published
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/1689130423
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WYVKPBC
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07WYVKPBC

Ann Everett’s Social Media

Award-winning and Amazon Bestselling author, Ann Everett embraces her small-town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking at conferences and to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.
A top reviewer on thenextbigwriter.com, she lives in Northeast Texas where she writes, bakes, and fights her addiction to Diet Dr Pepper.
Ten things you won’t know about Ann by reading her bio:
She’s married to her high school sweetheart.
She loves shopping at thrift stores.
She doesn’t remember her first kiss.
She hates talking on the telephone.
A really sharp pencil makes her happy.
She secretly wants to get a tattoo.
She’s thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.
She thinks everyone should own a pair of cowboy boots.
She sucks at math.
Website https://www.anneverett.com
Blog http://www.anneverett.com/blog/
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/TalkinTwang
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnnEverett/
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/loacl/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5195211.Ann_Everett
Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/author/ann.everett
Newsletter http://www.anneverett.com/join-my-email-list/

 

Is It True: Cameron and Rylan (A Chance Meeting Book One) by Valerie Ullmer @valerieullmer #RLFblog #gayromance #newadultWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Valerie Ullmer, author of Cameron and Rylan (A Chance Meeting Book One), a contemporary new adult M/M romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Cameron and Rylan (A Chance Meeting Book One) by Valerie Ullmer

Genre: contemporary new adult M/M romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Cameron Hayes believed himself to be a dedicated friend and a good son but destined to be alone. Because in his twenty-one years, he’d never fallen for anyone. Dating never appealed to him when he would rather spend a night at home. Despite his friend’s best intentions for Cameron to find a hookup for the night, he stayed at the bar as he nursed a beer. And that’s when Cameron spotted him and everything he knew evaporated with one look.

Rylan Ellis wanted one night out without complications. To forget about his overwhelming responsibilities and stress at home. He loved to lose himself in the music and ignore everyone around him. But when he happened a glance at the bar and spotted the tall, broad, and sexy-as-sin man, he felt drawn to him.

Soon, Cameron and Rylan learn about each other and establish their lives together. They also have to deal with a group of well-meaning friends, loving parents, and unexpected friendships. But most of all, a dangerous threat that could tear their lives apart.

Will a chance meeting turn into something more?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No, Cameron and Rylan is my 13th.

this book is part of a series?

Yes, it is part one of a trilogy.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Yes, always. Even outlining, I never know where my characters will lead me.

you did research for this book?

Yes. I researched majors for my two protagonists and careers for them as well.

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

No, all human.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes. Contemporary, M/M, New Adult

you speak more than one language?

No

you grew up where you live now?

No. I grew up in a small town. Now I live in the capitol of the state of Colorado.

you love to read?

Yes, so much.

you are never late?

This is a no. I hate being late but it happens.

you love pizza?

Yes

you love sushi?

Yes

you have a pet?

Yes. Maddie is our Rottweiler/Black Labrador mix who turned 11 in July. I love her and spoil her rotten every chance I get.

Where to buy Cameron and Rylan (A Chance Meeting Book One)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NJ2RQ91

Valerie Ullmer Social Media

Valerie writes romances.
Contemporary, Paranormal, Erotic, and Gay.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab, Maddie. Valerie is addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.
As a voracious reader, she’s believes that all writers are rock stars, and she hopes that people enjoy her stories as much as she loves the romance novels she’s devoured over the years!
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 amazon.com/author/valerieullmer
Newsletter http://www.valerieullmer.com/newsletter

 

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