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Category Archives: Paranormal

Paranormal includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending themes from fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Meet Yann from A Merman's Choice by Alice Renaud @alicerauthor #RLFblog #paranormalromanceWelcome Yann from A Merman’s Choice, the new Fantasy Romance novella by Alice Renaud.

Meet Yann Benetynn

Age: 23
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Benetynn, one of the Morvann Islands, off the coast of West Wales (UK)
Profession: Nature warden. Sometimes also ferries tourists to and from the islands, on his boat Gwilan.
Ethnicity: In human shape, white
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Shape-shifting merman.
Please provide a physical description of the character.
In his merman, or aquatic, shape, Yann has dark grey skin and webbed hands and feet. Oh, and a foot-long, flexible tail. But not a fish tail! Mermen are one hundred per cent hot-blooded mammals. In human shape he’s a big, muscular guy. He has a young, handsome face, with a straight nose and square chin, crowned by a mop of glossy chestnut curls. He also has striking emerald-green eyes.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Yann is caring, kind, loyal and brave. He defies the laws of his Clan to save humans from drowning. His love for Alex brings him in conflict with his people, but he risks all to protect her. In the end he realizes that his own happiness matters, and he sacrifices his right to lead his Clan in order to marry Alex. A big guy, with a big heart!
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
His human love interest, Alex. She’s the light of his life.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Yann is a shape shifting merman, he can move between the human world and the sea world. In aquatic shape, he can talk to sea mammals, taste every current through the membranes of his nose, and hear the song of a humpback whale from a hundred miles away. He can swim as well as any dolphin, and stay underwater for as long as a pilot whale. Like them he uses echolocation to orientate himself, and communicate at a distance with other mermen. He can also compose songs, in the mermen language of musical clicks and whistles. In human shape he’s a great sailor, and a fantastic swimmer.
What does he have a knack for doing?
He has a knack for annoying other mermen by spending too much time with humans, and in human shape. Also he keeps rescuing humans – even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. The mermen live incognito alongside humans and won’t allow any human to know the truth about them.
What is your character’s family like?
Yann lost his mother when he was young. He was brought up by his father, Bryn. Bryn is caring, but stern. He expects Yann to follow in his footsteps and become leader after him. That means he has to behave like a proper merman, and marry a nice mermaid who can help him lead the Benetynn Clan.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Yann’s mum died whilst rescuing a human swimmer who had got into difficulty. When Yann was 12, another swimmer got into trouble near his island. He wanted to save her, but his father wouldn’t let him, for fear Yann would die too – or reveal his true nature to a human. Yann had to watch the woman die, knowing he could have saved her. After that, he promised himself that he would never again let a human drown. His biggest fear is breaking that promise. He will risk his own life, and his Clan’s anger, to rescue humans.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Yann would love mermen to live openly among humans, so he’d no longer have to hide his true self. In the distant past, mermen and humans lived side by side and intermarried, but centuries ago mermen decided to stay away from humans as much as possible and keep themselves to themselves. It’s a source of regret for Yann. He thinks that his people’s secrecy comes at a heavy price.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I guess I have a pretty unusual story. I’m the first merman in centuries to marry a human. My writer loves Wales and Brittany, and their legends, so she’s always been drawn to the stories of us mermen and our world.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she loves to escape from her everyday life and spend time with us. We have exciting tales to tell, and it’s more fun for her than working in an office, I guess.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I know she’s already written about my mate Rob, and his spunky girlfriend Charlie, so I’d like her to write a book about my best friend, Caltha. She’s been really helpful to me and Alex, so it would be great if she too could find love. Though I’m not sure what kind of man would be man enough for Caltha. She’s one feisty mermaid, and she’s devoted to the Clans. It would take magic to convince her to let her hair down a little, and allow herself to be loved and cared for.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thanks for giving me such a lovely wife. I wish you hadn’t made it so hard! But hey, it’s all good now.

Where to buy A Merman’s Choice by Alice Renaud

For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide.
Alex is determined to fulfil a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true!
Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice?
Publisher Black Velvet Seductions

Alice Renaud Social Media

Alice was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, her father was French and her mother British (from Wales). She moved to London, UK, in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and son. She works full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company. She has been writing in her free time since she was 14. She got quite a few short stories published in UK magazines, before moving to longer fiction. She wrote three contemporary romance books, but didn’t find a publisher for them. She then realized that mermen, sea witches, and time travelling warlocks were a lot more fun than sheikhs and billionaires! Her first two paranormal romances did not find a publisher either, then she wrote A Merman’s Choice, which was published in January this year by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in the Sea of Love series, a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book in the series, Music for a Merman, will be out later this year. She loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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Read paranormal romance Alpha Mine by Brenda Sparks @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #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 Mine by Brenda Sparks

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book 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 formidable leader, Stephan von Haas, has vowed to protect not only his kind, but the humans existing alongside them. His duty comes before all else–until a sassy blonde saunters into his life.
When a sensual, dark-haired stranger walks into Katrina Spencer’s life, he stirs her deepest desires and sweeps her into a world beyond her wildest dreams. But when Katrina is targeted by Stephan’s enemies, reality shifts into something violent and deadly, as she is thrust into a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and vengeance is coming for her.
Together they will confront an extraordinary destiny of peril, passion, and dark pleasures. But when one horrid mistake brings retribution, their love may pay the price.

Where to buy Alpha Mine

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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.
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Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #Romance #PNR #ghostDee S Knight , 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.

Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight

Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Dr. Margaret Amis-Hollings, professor of women’s studies at a small New Jersey college, is a woman who confidently knows who she is and what she expects of life. Until she loses her teaching position and her well-ordered life gets turned upside down. Then, in a subtle stroke of whimsy, fate tosses her a gift in an historic home and property in Virginia.
Harboring visions of Gone With the Wind, she determines to use River Peace as a temporary reprieve from her troubles. Images of Tara quickly evaporate when she arrives to discover the reality of her inheritance, however.
River Peace has history, grace and style going for it. After only one night, Margaret discovers that it also has a ghost. She’s visited by a male spirit from the time of the War Between the States, who knows how to make a woman feel special. And very loved, indeed.
Aaron Belton meets Margaret when she first arrives in Virginia. He’s renowned for historic renovations on a multitude of properties, but he’s got a special place in his heart for River Peace. He and his family believe the property always should have belonged to them. In fact, Aaron will do almost anything to make that happen. When his passion for the house changes to a passion for the house’s owner, Aaron’s as surprised as anyone. Can he gain both? To do so, he’ll have to face a spectral being.
And his own destiny.


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write all romance, but some sub-genre: ménage, futuristic space romp, paranormal, shifter, historical. But most of what I do is contemporary.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Um…coming up with ideas is so easy. Too easy, lol! I take a drive and get my mind doing something different, listen to country music, and voila! Getting those ideas and organized into cohesion and then typing them up is the harder part.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Making sure my idea is filled out and feels real. I want the reader to have a “take-me-away” feeling while reading my books, so it must seem like an actual experience. That’s most important to me.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote Impatient Passion in September 2002. Loved that book! It was published by Liquid Silver Publishing February 14, 2003.


Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? Country
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home (I’m so darn boring!)
Dogs or cats? Cats

Where to buy Passionate Destiny

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Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret.
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Justice, a paranormal thriller by Georgia Tingley #RLFblog #Thriller #PNRGeorgia Tingley, 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.

Justice by Georgia Tingley

Genre: Paranormal Thriller/Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): M
Justice is Book #1 in my Angel Calling Series and was self-published in March as ebook and print version in May this year. It has received some great reviews but very little promotion since I’ve been preoccupied writing my follow-up book.
Independence Day, 4th July, 1976 – Thirteen-year-old Christine Conroy mysteriously vanishes from her back yard in a small country town in North Western USA. Folks think Christine has run away to Hollywood as she threatened, but people who know what really happened are determined to hide the truth.
Forty years later, Justice Smith is commissioned to find her body and her murderer – not an easy task after so much time has elapsed. Luckily for him, he has a secret weapon – Justice Smith is a Warrior Angel!
Sent down to Earth to seek justice for those that can’t, Justice uncovers a deadly secret – the bodies of several young girls. A serial killer has gone undetected, living among a small community for four decades.
To complicate matters further, Justice has a mortal connection to the prime suspect’s daughter Andi. He finds himself teaming up with an unlikely ally and while working together to uncover the truth, he crosses the boundary to break the heavenly rules for a forbidden love. Will the price he has to pay be too high?

Where to buy Justice

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Georgia Tingley Social Media

Georgia Tingley is a new player on the author scene with her breakout novel ‘Justice’ the first book in the ‘Angel Calling’ Series.
She loves writing and creating stories so much that it’s become her drug of choice and freely confesses to being an addict. After deciding to take on the thrill of writing she hasn’t looked back.
Having lived in various countries while growing up – India, England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia she calls Western Australia home, living near some of the best beaches in Australia.
In her downtime she loves to read, read and read. Watch TV shows and movies, do crafts and get into the garden. Swimming and snorkeling are favorite pastimes and she tries to do laps at every opportunity. She and her husband enjoy taking the caravan on trips into the Australian Outback and seeing as much of the ‘red’ country as they can.
Please feel free to say g’day!


Demon's Grotto by Kate Hill @katehillromance #RLFblog #NewRelease #darkfantasyKate Hill, 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.

Demon’s Grotto by Kate Hill

Genre Romantic Horror
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Ben wants Laura to reconsider staying overnight at Demon’s Grotto, and he has information about the club’s history that should convince her. He tells her three creepy love stories, hoping she will change her mind.
Rise of the Creature – When a mad doctor brings a dead man back to life, only his beautiful assistant can make that life worth living.
The Demon Within – A man on the run stops to rest at a rooming house, not knowing that it’s the hunting ground of a gorgeous succubus bent on devouring handsome guests.
Don’t Cry, Wolf – An ad for a maintenance man at a bed and breakfast is answered by a former soldier who is harboring a hairy secret. The business’s lovely co-owner becomes involved with this sullen hunk who’s more than she imagined possible.
After hearing these stories of love and murder, will Laura decide to spend the night at Demon’s Grotto?
Why did you write this book?
I wanted to write a collection of short, romantic horror stories that were tied together by a common theme. I also wanted to include a different take on classic monsters, like the Frankenstien monster, vampire, and werewolf.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Romance, in particular paranormal and science fiction romance. I also love historical romance.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
That is one of the hardest questions to answer. There are so many great characters that I love. I lean toward antiheroes and villians. The fictional bad boys are usually charismatic and their flaws make them relatable. My favorite? I’ll go with Scorpius from Farscape, but it’s so hard to narrow it down.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just finished a science fiction romance novel that I’m getting cleaned up to submit. I’m hoping it will be the start of a new series. I’m also about to start a short paranormal romance.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
At the moment I don’t have any release dates for upcoming books, but I’m hoping that will change soon!

Where to buy Demon’s Grotto

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Kate Hill Social Media

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.
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Stressing Aaron Belton from Passionate Destiny @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #romance #paranormalromance #PNRLet’s meet Aaron Belton from Passionate Destiny, a paranormal erotic romance, by Dee S Knight. 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 latest book.

Passionate Destiny by Dee S Knight

Genre Paranormal erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Margaret Amis-Hollings moves to an old house in Virginia, never suspecting a ghost has first dibs. Soon her life is intertwined with a soldier from long ago and with his descendant, Aaron. Living with a ghost is one thing. Dealing with Aaron is quite another. They share the present; they might share a past. Do they share a destiny?

Stressing Aaron Belton

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.
Please tell me about your hero.
Age: Mid-thirties
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Palmyra, Virginia
Profession: Former professor, now carpenter and historical restorer
Ethnicity: Southern gentleman
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):
What does your hero look like?
Eyes were the darkest blue, hair the deepest black, teeth the whitest white. And straight. Over 6 feet, muscular due to hard work and not a gym. Dimples.
Who is the significant other in his life?
Margaret Amis-Hollings, new owner of River Peace.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Relaxed backyard barbecue, with all the fixings and beer to drink. He likes smaller groups with close friends and easy conversation.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
He’ll spend some time playing with the children running around, stand around the grill with the guys and shoot the breeze, and later sprawl in a deck chair at the fire pit holding hands with Margaret. He’s casual and comfortable, but also ready to help out when needed.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
He’ll mingle and mix. Even in more formal situations he wouldn’t be allof. He’s very comfortable with who he is.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Beer. And not a fancy foreign brand. He’ll try a local microbrewery, but his usual choice is simply a Sam Adams or a Bud.
How much drink is his usual?
Aaron cares too much for family and friends to drink much. He’d never take a chance on hurting anyone through word or action by drinking too much. He might have a couple of beers but he’s just as happy with sweet tea.
The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
He wouldn’t go to hide or to avoid anyone. And he wouldn’t go to drag someone back. He might go to check to be sure they’re okay—and in the case of youngsters, to be sure they aren’t getting ready to make trouble. ;)
Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?
He’s definitely the guy others migrate to. He’s intelligent and with a good sense of humor. Aaron is generally a really great guy but in his mind he’s just normal.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
He’ll break it up. If the fight is verbal, he’ll try to calm things down by changing the subject. If the fight is physical, he’s big enough and strong enough to step in and force the combatants apart. At the kinds of parties he attends, there are often children around. Aaron wouldn’t put up with bad behavior around his kids or Margaret.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
He would definitely do the tossing.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Nope, he’s a family man—and he was even before he met Margaret because he has parents and siblings nearby. He won’t stay late.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?
He might be exasperated but he’ll be polite and rational. He’s a scientist and engineer and staying calm and rational is part of his personality.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
He rushes to discover the cause.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
Stopping the brutality.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
He won’t hesitate to stop one person assaulting another. And if it’s a woman—or certainly a child—bearing the brunt of someone else’s anger, he’s likely to be a bit forceful when stopping the assaulter. Just to be sure he (she) stops acting badly, you understand.
This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?
Aaron doesn’t just fight with his fists, he fights with his intelligence, too. So first he makes sure the person he’s tried to rescue is away. Then he might try a fast escape himself. He’s no fool. Staying to fight a battle he can’t win if the first victim is gone, if not smart.
The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?
He’s polite but not friendly. If things go too far he’ll be a bit terse and as soon as he can he’ll escape the situation.
Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
Aaron isn’t one to jump in and undermine someone else. If he can he’ll speak to the younger person privately or he’ll deal with things as best he can without making a scene. On the other hand, he won’t be taken advantage of by being in an awkward situation. If things pass the point of politeness, he’ll excuse himself.
The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
“It’s all mind over matter. Get the job done and then you can rest.”
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
“You can do whatever you have to do.”
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Aaron has lived a pretty charmed life. He hasn’t had many upsets and no disasters that teach the hard lessons. But he recognizes that not all things are equal or fair. He changed his life in order to help make things as fair as possible for his family and community.
What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?
He’s a really good guy. Margaret describes him as looking like Superman and he kind of fits the mold. There are some genuinely good people in the world, and Aaron is one of them. But he’s still fun and interesting. And sexy ;)

Where to buy Passionate Destiny



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Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret.
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