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

Anna Durbin, 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.

King of Swords by Anna Durbin

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?

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
Right now, I only write in the romance genre, and specifically, the Regency romance sub-genre, but I have written other stories outside Regency romance.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Most of my ideas come to me as “what ifs.” For instance, what would happen if you put this woman with this man in this time period under these circumstances? For my Kings of the Tarot series, I created each of the heroes to represent a king card in the tarot deck and the heroines to represent the corresponding queen.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
The single most important part of writing for me is that it allows me an outlet to express my creativity. Though I like the work I do in my real world job, it is, quite frankly, dry and boring with absolutely no opportunity to be creative. I have fun in world-building and creating plots and scenes and characters with my writing.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first book when was 8 or 9. It was a story about a girl who discovers that the guy she thinks is her brother is actually a space alien. The first book I wrote as an adult was a ghost story that falls more under the umbrella of Women’s Fiction than paranormal or romance, although there is a strong romantic element running through it.

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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
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Both—but I only have a cat these days.

Where to buy King of Swords

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/King-Swords-Kings-Tarot-Book-ebook/dp/B072KFYXQV/

Anna Durbin Social Media

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.
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/

 

Jennifer Pierce, 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.

Hidden Danger by Jennifer Pierce

Genre Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
All Maggie Jones wants to do is sell her late father’s property and get out of Whitehaven, Texas as fast as possible—before she runs into the one man she’s spent the past six years avoiding. Someone has other plans for her, though. Sinister plans. And when a seemingly harmless act of vandalism turns into a series of menacing threats, she has no choice but to turn to last person on earth she wants to see for help.
Sheriff Cody Smith never expected to see Maggie again, especially after he’d broken her heart all those years ago. Maybe this is the second chance he’s always wanted. But when he realizes Maggie’s in grave danger, he intends to keep her safe at all costs. With lines from an old nursery rhyme as their only clue, he needs to find out who’s behind this deadly game before the rhyme ends and Maggie’s time runs out. Can he protect her, catch the bad guy, and make amends for past wrongs? Or will old wounds get in the way?

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?
Officially, no. I have two contracts for romantic suspense books. I do have a couple plain romance ones started and an idea for a science fiction type.
How do you come up with ideas?
They just pop in my head. Hidden Danger started with a small scene, the part where Maggie sees Cody again after running from town. The story developed from there.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Telling a story and making my characters real and relatable.
When did you write your first book?
Hidden Danger is my first book. Unless you count the children’s book I had to write in the 6th grade for an assignment.

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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
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dogs

Where to buy Hidden Danger

Publisher Anaiah Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07937X2SX/

Jennifer Pierce Social Media

Jennifer Pierce currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and two children. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and River Valley Writers, where she serves as secretary.
Blog https://lovereadwriterepeat.wordpress.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JennPierce82
Facebook https://facebook.com/JenniferPierceauthor
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Pierce/e/B0794R6C1J/

 

Elley Arden, 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.

Home on Anna Maria Island by Elley Arden

Home on Anna Maria Island by Elley Arden @elleywrites #RLFblog #sportsromanceGenre Sports Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Pittsburgh Privateers third baseman Gavin Sullivan is home on Anna Maria Island with a lot on his mind: his mother’s recent battle with breast cancer and, now, the surprising news his oldest brother, Colby, is a twin. Gavin has a sister he’s never met, and worse, he’s sworn to secrecy while his parents try to find her. Is it any wonder he shows up to spring training thirty pounds heavier than last season? Armed with a complicated diet and a warning from Coach Zee, Gavin feels wrecked, until he finds a half-naked goddess on his parents’ stretch of beach. Funny how the body that has been making him feel so miserable lately suddenly has him flying high.
Curve model Emerson Raye wants to prove the naysayers back home in West Virginia wrong. Big is beautiful, too. All she has to do is land a spot in the Sports Unlimited Swimsuit Edition by convincing America to vote for her. When pro athlete Gavin Sullivan stumbles onto her oceanfront photo shoot and asks her out for drinks, Emerson and her assistant concoct a plan to leak photos of the date to the media and create the vote-getting buzz Emerson needs. Soon, Emerson realizes there’s more to Gavin than meets the eye, and their temporary, no-strings relationship heats up. But can something lasting survive under harsh media scrutiny when secrets threaten to sabotage everything?

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write strictly contemporary romance but not always sports romance. One of my most popular series is a small-town romance.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I get ideas from everywhere: dreams, news, real-life experiences, and even music. I’ve been daydreaming stories to music since I was a little kid.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
The single most important part of writing for me is purveying hope. I believe there is always a happy ending, whether we recognize it or not. If I can give my readers a reason to feel good or a way to escape into a happy bubble for however long they are reading, then I feel like I’ve done what I’ve been put on this earth to do.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first book more than fifteen years ago, but it remains unpublished because it’s not very good. It was a sports romance (baseball), and I wrote it in the basement playroom while I monitored my little boys, who were shooting hockey pucks off the cement-block walls. It was just a way for me to pass the time back then. I’m not sure I ever would’ve believed I would have actually published romance novels fifteen years later. I love that about life.

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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? Party life
Dogs or cats? Both. (I have both!)

Where to buy Home on Anna Maria Island

Amazon http://a.co/b0lFdQp
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lost-on-anna-maria-island-kristina-knight/1127803791
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1336209575
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lost-on-anna-maria-island-1

Elley Arden Social Media

Elley Arden is the author of the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Cleveland Clash series. She previously worked for The Walt Disney Company and spent over a decade as a non-fiction writer and editor. When she’s not writing, Elley can be found reading, watching sports, redecorating her house, or kicking her husband’s butt in Words With Friends. She lives in Pennsylvania with her high school sweetheart and their three crazy (in a good way) kids.
Website http://www.elleyarden.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/elleywrites
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ElleyArdenAuthor/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Elley-Arden/e/B00BSDUBWK/
Newsletter http://www.elleyarden.com/sign-up-for-elleys-newsletter-list/

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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Drakon's Past by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRDo you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?
I write romance, but have written in many sub-genres. These days it’s primarily paranormal romance with the occasional contemporary thrown in. I can’t get enough werewolves, shifters, and vampires.
How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas come from everywhere–TV shows, magazine articles, snippets of overheard conversation, non-fiction books, songs. There is no end to possibilities. It’s all in the combination of the ideas.
For example, my Hades’ Carnival series all started with an online quiz about carnival rides. I was a carousel. *g* No surprise there. But it got me to thinking about the carousel animals. What if they were real? How did they get there? Were they cursed? How can they escape? What will happen to them when they do? I was hooked and the Hades’ Carnival series was born.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
The characters. I’m not a plotter when I write so for me it’s all about the characters. I write mini bios for them, getting to know them better before I start to write. What do they want? What motivates them? What do they like or dislike? What makes them who they are? Once I know that, the story tends to evolve organically. As soon as I have the first scene locked down in my head, I start to write and let the story unfold from there.
When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book back in 1995-96. I’d always been a voracious reader. At the time, I was unemployed for a short while and decided to try my hand at writing. I wrote 2 books and 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? Leather
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Dogs
Tell us about Drakon’s Past
Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.
Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.
Genre PNR
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Where to find Drakon’s Past

Publisher https://entangledpublishing.com/drakon-s-past.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0786R7LSM/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drakons-past-nj-walters/1127620047
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/drakons-past/id1324091386
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drakon-s-past

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

 

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.

Two Truths and A Lie from the Lawbreakers Box Set

Genre – Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Restricted
If you love hot billionaire romances, then this is a must read.
From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré’s latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond.
As if multiple planes crashes, a car accident, and a concussion isn’t enough, carefree Byn and straight-lace billionaire, Mark clash over Byn’s need for independence and Mark’s struggle with guilt pushing him in the opposite direction of love. When an art forger, an art thief and a ninety-year-old woman get involved the chance for true love for Byn and Mark fades.
All is lost until a children’s game is their only hope.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I only write romance, but the sub-genres are endless – from contemporary to medieval from sweet to hot.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Usually my imagination, but for this box set we had a theme of a lawbreaker that we had to work the story around.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
I have absolutely no idea. I’ve never thought about it. I guess the fun of letting my imagination run wild. Society like to place us in boxes. Make us conform to rules. But even inside a box my imagination is free.
When did you write your first book?…
In gr 10 – in a creative writing class. It is hilarious to read – it’s so bad.

FUN

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

Where to buy Two Truths and A Lie

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0791KJYF9

Daryl Devore Social Media

Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl Devoré’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
Blog http://daryldevore.blogspot.ca
Twitter http://twitter.com/daryldevore
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daryl-Devore/280168402052520
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/daryldevore/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/DarylDevore
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004TJ1354

 

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.

Gray’s Promise (A King Security Novel Book 2)

Genre: Steamy Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A jealousy that destroys everything in its path…a love that refuses to die.
Zoey Morgan seems to have it all as a successful surgeon in Boston. However, perfection lies only on the surface. Plagued by nightmares and amnesia from a tragedy that ripped her family from her fourteen years ago, she finds the courage to reach out to the only man who can make her feel safe. She’s buried the memory of their love, but her heart—and her body—responds to the ex-marine in ways that are all too familiar.
Grayson “Gray” Walker’s heart shattered when Zoey chose another man over him. Since then, he’s built an impenetrable wall around his emotions. But from the moment she implodes back into his life, her vulnerability breaches his defenses. His skills as an elite member of the King Security team cannot shield him from the devastation of learning he might have left Zoey high and dry when she needed him most. Now, Gray must navigate the tripwire of helping her heal while protecting himself from being hurt again.
As the embers of their potent love reignite, an old threat awakens, leading to greater danger than ever before.

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Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
For now, I’m focused on Steamy Romantic Suspense because I want to put all my energy and time into delivering stories about the characters that inhabit my King Security Series.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I’m lucky. The ideas for my stories come to me when I’m walking on the beach, hanging around the pool, or even daydreaming in bed. Also, reading a book or watching a movie or TV can trigger an idea. What I have learned is to not waste any time when the muse hits because as quickly as it comes it can go. So I always have a notepad and pen with me, and if not, I use my Note App on my iphone.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Staying true to my characters. I want them to be alive for my readers and for that to happen, I have to do tons of work on character development. The good thing is, I’m a psychology nut, so I get high on fleshing out the intricacies of what makes my characters tick. I dig deep into their motives and try to analyze their actions from their own worldview. I do my best not to bring my own perspective into contention because I don’t want it to distort how a character reacts to any given situation or person.
When did you write your first book?…
2015 to 2016. It was published in November 2016.

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Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Black…and purple.
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Oceans
City life or country life? Country Life (or preferably Beach Life!)
Party life or evening at home? Somewhere in between. LOL!
Dogs or cats? Definitely dogs.

Where to buy Gray’s Promise (A King Security Novel Book 2)

Publisher https://wildcatalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-erotic/5486-gray-s-promise.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KRRX15
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grays-promise-anni-fife/1127486541?ean=2940158745911
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grays-promise/id1315176273?ls=1&mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gray-s-promise
Bookstrand http://www.bookstrand.com/grays-promise

Anni Fife Social Media

Anni Fife is an exciting contemporary romance author who has already made her mark in the popular genre of Steamy Romantic Suspense. Her debut novel, Luke’s Redemption, has been acclaimed by critics and readers and was a Finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Anni says she credits Kristen Ashley as her guiding inspiration, and strives to make her characters equally as heart-wrenching and unforgettable. She is currently working on Eva’s Peace (King Security Book 3).
Anni closed the door on a successful career in television production to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of a month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village. When she’s not writing, she can be found on the beach searching for pansy shells, or drinking red wine and gabbing with her gal posse.
If you want to know when Anni’s next book is releasing and be first to get regular updates and bonus treats, visit her website and sign up to join her POSSE.
Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Website www.annifife.com
Blog http://annifife.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AnniFifeAuthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AnniFifeAuthor/
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/anni-fife
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/AnniFife
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/annifife
Newsletter – Join Anni’s Posse to get regular updates and Bonus Treats https://web.facebook.com/AnniFifeAuthor/app/100265896690345/

 

 
 
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