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Category Archives: Is It True

Easy yes or no questions that reveal the author and book

Is It True: December Heat Wave by Joanie MacNeil @JoanieMacneil #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Joanie MacNeil author of December Heat Wave, a contemporary romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

December Heat Wave by Joanie MacNeil

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Following the death of her husband, Nicolette Oliver concentrates on re-establishing her career as a dancer, though still dealing with emotional issues relating to her life with Mark. When his friend appears on her doorstep, Nicolette honors her late husband’s invitation and invites Jake to stay.
Jake Harrigan has always been attracted to Nic and sees her as untouchable, even though she is now on her own. They are opposites, their lives and expectations literally worlds apart. Drawn into a romantic interlude, the parting is difficult when Jake returns to Europe to resume his career as TV news journalist and Nic moves to Sydney to begin rehearsals for the show that will resurrect her career.
Jake returns to Australia to see Nic again and also to finalize details with his network to sail around the world making documentaries. Will Jake follow his heart and ask Nic to give up all that she’s worked for and sail away with him?

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, though I wrote this book early in my career.
this book is part of a series?
No.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes, probably. I tend to lose sleep whenever I’m writing a book.
you did research for this book?
Some. I’d briefly visited the area where I set the story, though had to do a little more research for the setting.
My hero’s career as a photo journalist was inspired by watching TV news and articles I’d read.
My heroine was inspired by a dance performance I watched. I just had to write my heroine as a dancer resurrecting her career following a personal tragedy. I also based the visuals for the lead male dancer on one I’d seen in the show. Fantastic performances and I wish I still had the DVD.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
All characters are human. No pets.
this book has more than one genre?
Strictly contemporary romance
you speak more than one language?
I did learn German so long ago that I’ve forgotten most of it, and I was never a fluent speaker of the language
you grew up where you live now?
At seventeen, I left home to live in Brisbane which was over an hour away by train in those days. Living in the city meant I could walk to work in ten minutes, so much easier than the two hour plus train travel, and waiting to catch a bus home from the station, especially on cold winter nights.Then at twenty, I moved interstate and have lived in the same city since then, except for about five years where I lived in a little country town. A new experience, but again, a considerable commute each day, this time by car. I thought it ironic that I began my working career with a long daily bus and train journey and ended that career with at least two hour drive each day, and the same early mornings. Exhausting.
you love to read?
Yes. As well as romance I love to read Icelandic Noir. I’m a fan of Ragnar J√≥nasson’s novels.
you are never late?
I endeavour not to be late. I dislike being late when people are depending on me to keep an appointment on time, and vice versa.
you love pizza?
Yes, but it doesn’t like me. I have an intolerance to all grains so pizza is a no-no for me.
you love sushi?
I have tasted sushi in the past, some nice, some not so good. Now it is a no-no for me because of the rice. I was never a big fan of sushi anyway.
you have a pet?
No. With one Veteran husband, three adult children and their partners, one adult stepson, and four young grandsons, who needs pets?

Where to buy December Heat Wave

Publisher BWL Publishing Inc. http://www.bookswelove.net/authors/macneil-joanie-romance-australia/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JQRDGTK
Universal book link https://www.books2read.com/joaniemacneil-DecemberHeatWave

Joanie MacNeil Social Media

An Australian author of contemporary romance, her novels are a mix of sweet and sexy feel-good stories, most set in Australia. Joanie loves to travel and has visited parts of the world she never dreamed she’d see. From the UK to US; Italy, Croatia, Spain and Portugal; Tunisia, where she took a camel ride into the Sahara desert; Morocco, Paris; the Baltic Capitals, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands; Noumea, and late in 2018, Iceland and Wales. A summary of her visit to Iceland and link to a Writing Retreat in Wales is on her news page. In mid October this year, she boarded a cruise ship in Southampton, UK, calling into two ports in France; Lisbon, and Barcelona; Gibraltar, then travelling through the Greek Islands,visiting Malta and Rhodes before sailing through the Suez Canal; continuing to Singapore, disembarking on 28 November. Who would have thought that 38 days on the high seas would fly by so fast?
Home, family and friends are important to her. She has blended these elements into some of her stories.
Website www.joaniemacneil.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JoanieMacneil
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/romanceauthorjoaniemacneil/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com.au/joaniemacneil/romance-author-joanie-macneil/
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JQRDGTK

 

Is It True: Believe in My Heart by Maria K Alexander @MKAlexander1 #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Maria K Alexander, author of Believe in My Heart, a Contemporary Romance novella. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Believe in My Heart by Maria K Alexander

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.
With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, it’s my fourth published book.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, Believe in My Heart is the last book of my Tangled Hearts series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
I didn’t lose sleep but the best and most productive time for me to write is early in the morning when the house is quiet and my mind is fresh.
you did research for this book?
Yes. My heroine is a culinary arts student so I researched schools and different majors. I also did research on yoga poses for a scene with Vicky and Vinnie where she catches him doing yoga. It’s a funny scene where they both end up tangled on the floor together.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Hope has a white cate named Lucky. Even though Vinnie doesn’t like cats, Lucky takes an immediate liking to him.
this book has more than one genre?
It’s a Contemporary Romance with a touch of romantic comedy.
you speak more than one language?
No, but I do understand a very small bit of Italian, most of which I picked up while listening to my mom, aunt, and grandmom talking about me and my cousins.
you grew up where you live now?
I live in the same state where I grew up, but not the same town.
you love to read?
Absolutely! My love for reading is what made me want to be an author.
you are never late?
I try to be right on time but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen.
you love pizza?
Yes! I could eat it every day and used to when I worked as a co-op student in Philly while in college.
you love sushi?
No.
you have a pet?
No pets, much to my children’s complaints.

Where to buy Believe in My Heart

Publisher https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5348-believe-in-my-heart.html
Amazon http://amzn.com/B0764CJ24W
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/believe-in-my-heart-maria-k-alexander/1127176322
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/believe-in-my-heart/id1294159189?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/believe-in-my-heart
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Maria_K_Alexander_Believe_in_My_Heart?id=VDc9DwAAQBAJ

Maria K Alexander Social Media

Maria K Alexander is an award-winning author of Contemporary Romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules. You can keep in touch with Maria at http://mariakalexander.com.
Website http://mariakalexander.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/MKAlexander1
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mariakalexanderauthor/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/mariakalexander/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/mariakalexander
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Maria-K.-Alexander/e/B00GW50G4M/

Is It True: A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #Holiday #RomanceLet’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Kayelle Allen. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen

Genre Sweet contemporary holiday romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Alone at Christmas. What a sad thing! When your loved one will never be home for Christmas again, what do you do? In the sweet holiday romance, A Romance for Christmas, a widow with a small child answers a knock at her door late on Christmas Eve. When she answers, everything about her holiday — and her life — changes. Love, loss, and the spirit of giving — this book is what Christmas is all about…

Is it true:

this is your first book?
A Romance for Christmas is my ninth book. All but one of the others is science fiction. This story is a one-off for me, but it’s a favorite.
this book is part of a series?
This is a standalone story.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Actually, this one came as a surprise — I finished it in one day. It’s a short, quick read.
you did research for this book?
I did. I looked up info about police work.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No pets, but there is a very important dolly.
this book has more than one genre?
A Romance for Christmas is contemporary, sweet, and holiday all in one.
you speak more than one language?
Not yet, but I’m learning Russian.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I moved all over the US and even Central America (as a child).
you love to read?
Yes! More than one book a week most of the year. I especially love historical romance, science fiction, and non-fiction topics like archaeology and writing.
you are never late?
If I said yes, my kids would laugh me out of town.
you love pizza?
Almost any kind, but hold the sausage, green peppers and anchovies. Layer on the pepperoni — it’s hard to give me too much of that. I could eat pizza every day. Or nachos. Yum.
you love sushi?
I do. I have a few favorites, but especially veggie. Also smoked salmon.
you have a pet?
No, but I will be living next door to someone with two dogs once I move in just under a month. I’ve already made friends with them and the dogs. Can’t wait to get settled in.

Where to buy A Romance for Christmas

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/31MNPw

Kayelle Allen Social Media

Homeworld https://kayelleallen.com
Reader Groups https://kayelleallen.com/reader-groups/
Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen
Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelleallen.author
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/kayelleallen/
Amazon Author page http://amazon.com/author/kayelleallen

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