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Quick and fun questions, designed to introduce authors to readers.

Drakon's Tear by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRNJ Walters, 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.

Drakon’s Tear by NJ Walters

Genre Paranormal Romance/Shapeshifter
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dying isn’t an option. I’ve survived a kidnapping, and now I’m on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. There’s nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. I’m Abigail Owens, and I can sense gemstones. When I find myself drawn to a beautiful stone bracelet at a tiny shop in Moscow, I can’t help but have it — even though I can sense it’s power. But I didn’t realize with this one decision I’ve just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.
I guess I’m just lucky like that.
The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I’m drawn to him in a way I hadn’t thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn’t be risking his life to help me. He’s wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there’s a hundred percent chance I’m about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

(Author’s Note: This book is NOT first person point of view.)

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write romance, but have explored many different sub-genres—erotic, ménage a trois, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal. The past half dozen years or more it’s been mostly paranormal romance. I can’t seem to get enough shifters, especially werewolves and drakons.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Book ideas come from everywhere—TV shows, magazine articles, snippets of overheard conversation, an online quiz, non-fiction books, songs. There is no end to possibilities. It’s all in the combination of the ideas. That’s what makes it so much fun. Sometimes an idea will seemingly pop into my head out of nowhere while I’m out walking or doing housework.
I’ve carried some ideas around with me for years. That’s what happened with the Blood of the Drakon series. I always knew I wanted to write about drakons (the offspring between pure-blooded dragons and human women), but the characters didn’t really start talking to me until a few years ago.
While I was waiting for the drakons, I had plenty of alpha werewolves demanding stories of their own.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Everything starts with the characters. I may have an idea, but until I know the hero and heroine I don’t even think about writing. I write mini bios on index cards. I’ll often learn a lot more about them as I go, but that’s where I start.
Once I understand who the characters are, their story naturally arises from that. I’ll often have a couple of ideas for scenes or conflicts before I begin, but I’m more a pantser than a plotter.
As soon as I know what the first scene is going to be I start writing.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first book back in the mid 1990s. I’d always been a voracious reader, but it never occurred to me that I might write until I was unemployed for a short while. I decided to give it a try and wrote 2 books. I submitted them to a couple of publishers, but they were rejected. I put the books away and didn’t start writing again until 2003. I wrote a short novel and submitted it to one of the early e-publishers and had it accepted. Annabelle Lee was released in October of 2004 (it’s since been rereleased as Uncovering Annabelle).
And the two books I wrote back in the 1990s…they were rewritten and Discovering Dani and The Way Home became the first two books of my Jamesville series.

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Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country life (although I live in a city)
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dogs

Where to buy Drakon’s Tear

Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-tear.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6F5WC8/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-tear-n-j-walters/1129819271
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-tear/id1441318340
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-tear

NJ Walters Social Media

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
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

 

A Kiss and a Promise by Tricia Schneider @TriciaSchneider #RLFblog #Romance #AnthologyWelcome 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.

A Kiss and a Promise by Tricia Schneider

Genre: Romance Anthology

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

The six romances included in this anthology have quirky characters, or quirky locations, or quirky situations. You’ll find a ghost and a new homeowner, a spaceship captain and her cartographer, a window designer and high school beau, a banker and a baker, two vampire hunters, and some supernatural beings. You’ll find yourself in two different restaurants, and on another planet. You’ll find deception, intrigue, and old memories. You’ll find Happily-Ever-Afters, and you’ll find Happy-for-Nows. But most of all, you’ll find true romance. You’ll find kisses, and you’ll find promises.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write romance fiction. Within that genre, I write historical, paranormal and sci-fi romances.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Sometimes I dream the ideas. I wake up, write my dreams into my dream journal and a story forms out of that. Other times, I might come across a line from a song, or a scene from a movie, or I might overhear something someone said at the grocery store and I begin a “What if?” game and that might become a story. Then again, many other times, the characters simply pop into my head. Some of them are fully formed, some of them I have to discover more about. It’s an interesting process.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Exploring my creativity. Writing relaxes me. It excites me. It’s also a form of therapy. I’ve been creating stories for fun since I was a kid, so writing to me is akin to breathing.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote lots of short stories when I was little. But, I finished my first full-length novel when I was 15. It was a fantasy romance about a young girl who fell through a portal into another world.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Satin
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dogs (But, somehow, I’m living with 3 cats instead.)

Where to buy A Kiss and a Promise

Publisher http://smokingpenpress.com/books/books-a-kiss-and-a-promise
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/1944289135
Barnes and Noble https://bit.ly/2DjYvZA
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-kiss-and-a-promise/id1437002207?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-kiss-and-a-promise-3

Tricia Schneider Social Media

Tricia Schneider is an author of paranormal and historical romance. Before the supernatural took possession of her pen, she worked for several years as Assistant Manager and bookseller at Waldenbooks. After the store closed, she turned to writing fiction full-time. She writes both short stories and full-length novels. She lives in Pennsylvania with her 4 young children and 3 rescued cats.
Website http://www.triciaschneider.com
Blog https://shadowsofromance.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/TriciaSchneider
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authortriciaschneider/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/triciaschneider/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/triciaschneider
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/triciaschneider
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/NZ8Zz

 

Mercy by Jane Flagello @MasteringChange #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome 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.

Shining a spotlight on the devastating problem of puppy mills and dog fighting is at the heart of Jane Flagello’s new book, Mercy – all wrapped up in a heartwarming story of love and compassion.

Mercy by Jane Flagello

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): sweet
Darby Dratton is a veterinarian who believes in protecting helpless animals. A widow with a five-year-old daughter, Darby wants to grow her animal sanctuary and provide excellent veterinary care. A colleague’s suicide turns into a homicide and thrusts Darby into the ugly world of puppy mills and dogfighting, transforming her peaceful life into hell. Darby digs deep and finds the courage to go against a man who will stop at nothing to keep the money flowing from his secret empire.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write mysteries and romantic suspense. My current project is a 3 book cozy mystery series set in Virginia Beach. Before I retired I had a personal/business coaching practice and was a management professor. Wearing that hat, I wrote self-help and personal growth books. Now, I take many of the lessons I shared as a coach and embed them in my stories.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I keep my eyes and ears open to everything around me. I live at the beach where people are very relaxed. Everywhere I go, ideas for stories present themselves so I can pick and choose which to use. My last three books – Gotcha!, Complicity, and Mercy have centered on social issues that make me angry. My goal was to shine the spotlight on important issues in hopes that people with way more power than I have will work to resolve the issue.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Crafting a good plot that makes sense to readers, has a happy ending, and showcases the issue I want to put in the spotlight is important. Writing is like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. I have so many ideas which I work hard to integrate smoothly into a cohesive story that my readers will love.
When did you write your first book?…
My first books were change management and personal development books that I wrote while I was a college professor. In 1998 I wrote a personal development book called Me, Inc. It helped people navigate their life path and chart a course for where they wanted to be. Then I retired and I switched to mystery and romantic suspense – and am loving it!

FUN

Leather or lace? Definitely lace
Black or red? Cobalt Blue
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton – and white
Ocean or mountains? Ocean – I live at the beach. The ocean calms my soul.
City life or country life? Country life but close enough to a city to visit.
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dog. He’s just over two – still a puppy – who loves the beach almost as much as I do!

Where to buy Mercy

Publisher Zig Zap Press, LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mercy-Jane-Flagello/dp/0996123768/

Jane Flagello Social Media

Life is to be lived – and lived fully! At least that’s my never to be humble opinion.
I am enthusiastic about life. Every day I get out of bed, put my feet on the floor and say Thank you, God for giving me another day to play! I recently retired from a successful career as a professor, personal coach, business writer, and motivational speaker. Then I looked around and asked myself, “What’s next?”
Next turned out to be a new adventure. Meet Jane the mystery/romance author!
“Stories have the power to reach people and inspire them. Stories help all of us see our lives up close, in 3D. We connect with characters we want to know, want to root for, want to embrace. Stories give us ways to change what we are doing and who we are being”
I hope that my stories will touch your heart. They are stories are about people in transition, facing life’s challenges, people just like you and me. The magic of stories is that they offer you hints about how to accept whatever life throws at you and find the strength and courage to overcome, to live life fully with no regrets.
My other passion is mah jongg. Yes, I am a mahjonggaholic! I teach people how to play mah jongg and how to be more strategic during the game. And, I play in tournaments whenever I can. Look close and you’ll find references to mah jongg in many of my stories.
Website www.janeflagello.com
Blog http://www.janeflagello.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/masteringchange
Facebook https://Facebook.com/janesternbergflagello
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13689296.Jane_Flagello
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APM4YK

 

Chaos at the Compound by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMysteryKaren Cino, 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.

Chaos at the Compound (Book 2) by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

Connie Acosta is officially a resident in the fifty-five and older community her best friend Sara Mazza lives in. Her baker’s kitchen is almost complete and she has met Vic, another resident who is crazy about her. Meanwhile, Sara finds herself in the mist of a love triangle with Vic’s friend Jack and Warren, a police officer at the local station.
When Sara received a call from her friend at the clubhouse saying there is a dead body floating in the outdoor pool, the women rush there to check things out, getting themselves involved in another investigation, especially when Sara finds a few blue pills scattered in the grass that she didn’t turn into the police.
Who said seniors can’t get into trouble and fall in love again.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
Yes. I write Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mysteries and Contemporary Romance
How do you come up with ideas?…
Ideas just pop-up in my mind. Sometimes I’ll have a dream with a fragment of an idea. Most times life itself is the foundation of my plots.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
For me it’s outlining. I need a path to keep me on track.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first book “Roses” in 1989. As an infant my son had his nights and days mixed up. That’s when I wrote the story long hand during the night.

FUN

Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Red
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? City Life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Both

Where to buy New Beginnings/Chaos at the Compound

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079K3FLHY/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino 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. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. 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 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.
Karen is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, Liberty States Fiction’s Writers Association and Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association.
Currently, Karen is working on a Cozy Mystery Series and Women’s Fiction Series.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://twitter.com/karencino
Facebook http://facebook.com/karencino
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/karencino
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Newsletter http://mailchi.mp/e67ab333db05/summer-newsletter-new-release

 

To London, With Love by Dena Garson @DenaGarson #RLFblog #Steampunk #RomanceDena Garson, 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.

To London, With Love by Dena Garson

Genre Steampunk Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After her brother is nearly killed while bringing sensitive information to his superiors, Margaret “Maggie” Ingleton takes it upon herself to complete his mission. All she has to do is deliver a letter to London. How hard can it be? Little does she realize that she’ll be risking not only her life, but that of the only man she’s ever loved.
When Colin Stanbury makes a routine delivery to his home city he never expects to pick up a stowaway. Maggie has always been a heady mix of proper lady and imp so finding her aboard his airship can only mean trouble. Despite Maggie’s claim that she needs to go to London to help a friend in need, he suspects she’s up to something. Yet he can’t help playing the gallant hero to her damsel in distress.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?
I write in more than one subgenre of romance (paranormal, fantasy, scifi, steampunk, contemporary), but I only write romances.
How do you come up with ideas?
I usually see a scene in my head and then have to figure out who my characters are, what they are doing in that scene, and how they got to that point.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Outlining the story. If I can get that down then all the details fall into place easier.
When did you write your first book?
I started writing seriously after my second son was born, so about 14 years ago. Getting serious meant studying the publishing industry, taking writing workshops, and joining a writers group.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Oceans
City life or country life? Country
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Hmmmm…. Both! But if ONLY one I guess cats.

Where to buy To London, With Love

Amazon https://amzn.to/2x44ZWV
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/to-london-with-love-dena-garson/1129517556
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/to-london-with-love/id1435908867?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/to-london-with-love
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dena_Garson_To_London_With_Love?id=MM5tDwAAQBAJ

Dena Garson Social Media

Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys as well as two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks). When she isn’t writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Website http://www.denagarson.com/
Blog http://www.denagarson.net/
Twitter https://twitter.com/DenaGarson
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDenaGarson
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/denagarson7
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/dgarson
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Dena-Garson/e/B007ER5E58
Newsletter https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v7a2i6

 

Alpha Pair (The Alpha Council Chronicles) by Brenda Sparks @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #Paranormal #PNRBrenda Sparks, 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.

Alpha Pair by Brenda Sparks

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
How strong is the blood that binds? Tatiana Bolovich is a beautiful femme fatale with a haunting history. Having recently discovered the brutish Demetri Romanoff is her heartmate, she spent the past year avoiding him, but the Fates have other plans.
Demetri commands every situation. A strong, valiant warrior he’s used to being in control, that is until he is kidnapped by demons. Forced to endure unspeakable experiments at the hands of his enemy, the Alpha discovers just how out of control life can get.
Summoned by the Alpha Council, Tatiana grudgingly helps track Demetri down, promising herself that she will disappear from his life forever once the job is done. But matters of the heart are not so easily ignored. Will she give him a chance to prove himself, or will she deny her nature and slip away into the night?

 

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write both fantasy and paranormal romances.
How do you come up with ideas?…
The ideas for my stories usually come while I’m in the car. I create a playlist for each book and listen to it as I drive. The music inspires the scenes which I then write when I get home.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Plotting. I don’t write the story until it is outlined from beginning to end. Plotting allows me to make the story arc more intricate and weave in some foreshadowing which keeps the book interesting.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first novel when I was 37 years old. A story popped into my head while I was driving to work and refused to leave until I finally wrote it down. That story led to another and my writing career was born.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black. I always have some black on, even if it is just my wedding band which has white and black diamonds.
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton. Satin feels great on bare skin, but I get too warm sleeping on it.
Ocean or mountains? Mountains. I was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains and now live on the ocean. I long to live in the mountains again.
City life or country life? Country life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home. I love spending time with my family.
Dogs or cats? Both. I love animals. In addition to dogs and cats, I’ve owned turtles, rats, and even a pet groundhog.

Where to buy Alpha Pair

Publisher https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5985-alpha-pair.html
Amazon http://mybook.to/AlphaPair
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alpha-pair-brenda-sparks/1128881136
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alpha-pair/id1403818041

Brenda Sparks Social Media

Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State. Balancing her writing with her personal life is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romance is a passion that won’t be denied. 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 to connect with readers. Please visit her online or stop by her website to say hi.
Website http://brenda-sparks.com/index.html
Blog www.brenda-sparks.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/brenda_sparks
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/forBrendaSparks
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/brendasparks/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/BrendaSparks
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Brenda-Sparks/e/B00B7AJBBQ/
Newsletter http://brenda-sparks.com/welcome-readers.html

 

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