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Category Archives: Contemporary

Romance set in modern times during present day.

Read the new Sommerville Days by Vicki Batman @VickiBatman #RLFblog #smalltownromanceVicki Batman, 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.

Sommerville days by Vicki Batman

Genre: small town romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these heartwarming tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.

Store Wars: The competition is heating up when Janie’s old flame returns to town and is running his family’s store. Could following dreams break her heart?

Raving Beauty: What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?

San Diego or Bust: When a young woman plans a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, disaster strikes—is her Mr. Right the right Mr. Right?


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…

Not technically. Even though I classified the stories in Sommerville days as small town romance, they are also romantic comedies. I write romantic comedy mysteries, too.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Lordy, stuff just smacks me sometimes, especially when people say crazy things. Once, I answered a question for an author interview–“what are two things no one knows about you.” And the answer/confession? I was Miss Oak Lawn Moped.

Way back when, my college friend owned a moped shop. We went to a party with my roommate, and after a few margaritas, he asked me to represent his store in a beauty contest. I blame the margaritas. I was weak and said yes.

So, when two writer friends saw my answer about being Miss Oak Lawn Moped, they said I should write a story which I did and titled it “Raving Beauty.”

BTW, the other answer? I am in a music video. LOLOL. I used to tell the boys I bet none of their moms were in a music video.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?…

Just writing. I have too much fun making up stuff.

When did you write your first book?…

My first book, Temporarily Employed, was started in the spring of 2003. I’d been traveling with girlfriends, and on the way home, one wanted to play car games to break the monotony. Mostly, we had to answer crazy questions, for example, pick one—Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink. Then, she asked, “Write the opening paragraph of a book using the word window?”

My friend knew I had an urge to write. But to answer her question? I had nothing as I was fearful I would sound stupid. I got the okay to send an email with my answer. Her question bugged me. One day, I sat down and wrote eight chapters. I showed my friend who told me to keep going. I did.


Leather or lace? Leather handbags

Black or red? I love red but wear black.

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? City life!

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home

Dogs or cats? Both!

Where to buy Sommerville Days

Publisher: VLMBatman

Vicki Batman Social Media

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
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Read Russian Pride #Contemporary #Romance by @HollyBargoBooks #RLFblog Holly Bargo, 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.

Russian Pride by Holly Bargo

Contemporary Mafia Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa–her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

Where to buy Russian Pride

Publisher: Hen House Publishing

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world which is where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
When she’s not working on other people’s documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper … er … computer. If she doesn’t, there’s a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it’s quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand new pager.
But that’s another story.
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Read Chaos, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas by Kayelle Allen #RLFblog #QuotesWelcome! I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of Romance Lives Forever. The featured book today is Chaos, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas.

Chaos, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas by Kayelle Allen

Genre Illustrated Book
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
As king of the immortal Ultras, Pietas ap Lorectic rules his people with an iron fist and a heart of stone. Or so he would have you believe. The man behind the myth is a scientist, deep thinker, brilliant strategist, and passionate lover. He has shared his thoughts on chaos with few. This book is a collection of 30 illustrated quotes on the concept by the man known to other immortals as the Bringer of Chaos.


“The moment you have order, disorder nibbles at its edges. Nature loves chaos.”

“Chaos is natural. It is the state of man in his raw form.”

“In battle, chaos is a good thing. Especially among the enemy.”

“Nothing triumphs over chaos. It is the beauty of disorder that draws us in, makes us strive for perfection and drives us to the brink again.”

“What is my color? My color is everything that shines. I am chaos. Chaos is every shade of divine.”

“Be the whirlwind of chaos. Anyone can be the breeze of calm. Stir up the sky and set the trees aflutter, leave them shivering from your passage.”


Where to find Chaos, Illustrated Quotes of Pietas

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Kayelle Allen Social Media

Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured.
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Meet Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory by Augustine Sam @austin_sam001 #RLFblog #WomensFictionAugustine Sam, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s meet Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory, a Contemporary Women’s Fiction. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory

Character: Paige Lyman
Age: Over 50
Gender: Female
Birthplace: New York
Profession: Psychiatrist
Ethnicity: American
About the character:
Paige Lyman is a gorgeous redhead. She’s over fifty and now in semi-retirement, but is still an object of fascination to her daughter, Diane. She possesses the loveliest pair of legs on Riverside Drive, and when she wears skirts, which she does often, even young men from nearby Columbia University turn to stare. It amazes Diane that her mother’s stunning head of hair still causes whispers in elevators. What she doesn’t know is that Paige had an unusual childhood, and it is about to catch up with her…
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Stern W. (the man she thought she married)
How does your hero dress?
She is trendy, and always makes the effort to look beautiful and elegant
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
She holds a PhD in psychiatry and is widely-experienced
What is your character’s family like?
It’s a close-knit family – an expatriate father and a devoted mom. She is an only child.
Is she close to family?
She remained close to her parents as long as they lived
Does she have children?
She has a daughter, Diane
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
She does not see morality as black-and-white; she, in fact, comes across as someone with questionable morality
If someone from your character’s past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
If someone from her past showed up, she would most definitely want it to be her childhood crush, Bill, because she’d never recovered from his abandonment

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think he found my life story compelling
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish he didn’t dwell so much on the naughty things I did for vengeance
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
He was surprised that I could not fall out of love with Bill when he abandoned me for priesthood, seeing as we were just kids when it happened. To be honest, it surprised me too, but then, love is a mystery, an indecipherable mystery
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Well, thank you for giving your readers a portrait of my life, warts and all.

Tell us about Take Back the Memory

The saga of a compelling backward journey through a broken mind…
Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, is on the verge of madness but she doesn’t know it yet. The madness begins when she gets it into her head to write her memoirs. As her brilliant mind assembles bits and pieces of her life for the book, ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, rear their heads.
It all begins with a simple act of love. And love, for her is a blond-haired Irish boy named Bill, so when Bill abandons her for priesthood, the world around her collapses. Seized by a different passion—vengeance—she seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests.
But that’s before she meets Stern W, a medical researcher, who sweeps into her life like a hurricane and marries her. And they live happily after until he dies in a helicopter crash and she discovers the startling truth about who he really was. Now, Paige, transformed from psychiatrist to patient, is saddled with a damning memory she must decipher to be free.
Take Back the Memory is the saga of her compelling backward journey through her own life on a psychotherapist’s couch.

Where to Buy Take Back the Memory

Publisher: AuthorSuite Books

Augustine Sam Social Media

Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he is a bilingual writer and formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative Third World daily first published with the Financial Times of London. He later became a correspondent for central Europe, and afterward, fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest and a Finalist in the International Book Award Gala. His poems have been published in international anthologies, including “Measures of the Heart” and “Sounds of Silence.”
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For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey @GabbiGrey #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceGabbi Grey, 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.

For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Ironworker Dodge Vasilius has been in love with LGBTQ social worker Maxine Reeves since he first met her at a party when her date abandoned her. She’s way out of his league. Except she’s finally left the abusive jerk. Dodge is just checking to make certain she’s safe. Because making a move on the newly single Maxine would be classless… Right?

Where to buy For the Love of Max

Amazon CA
Barnes and Noble

Gabbi Grey Social Media

Gabbi Grey has written a lot of words and is now focusing on sharing them with the rest of the world. She writes contemporary, gay, and dark erotic BDSM romances. She believes in happy endings.
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Know the hero in Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes @constancebretes #RLFblog #ContemporaryConnie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Suzanne Pacheco is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder and helping to put the killer in prison. Her trip across the country brings her to a small town in Alaska. But once again the mob’s hitman has tracked her down. She’s disheartened at the thought of leaving the town she’s developed a real fondness for, but there’s nothing else she can do. Until she finds help in the unlikeliest of places and embarks on an adventure like never before.
Commercial fisherman Jax Devereaux has his hands full fishing for crabs in the formidable Bering Sea, but when Suzanne needs his help, he adds yet another thing to his list of responsibilities. He takes her with him to the one place he thinks she might be safe—the middle of the sea. But there’s danger everywhere. Can he keep Suzanne safe, and will he lose his heart in the process?

Know the Hero from Midnight Escape

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
He spends most of his time on the ship in the middle of the Bering Sea, he would sit and chew the fat with his crew members if he was bored.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Drunken Mussels
Does he know how to fix things?
Fixes things on the boat
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
When he was in the US Coast Guard, he took a helicopter on a rescue operation and came down to land and got tangled in the electrical wires.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He was a father of a little girl, he has nieces and nephews, so he’s very comfortable around children.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Can he use chopsticks?
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
Coffee is his vice. Most captains chain smoke cigarettes while manning the boat, he drinks black coffee.
What apps would he have on his phone?
Weather channel, US Coast Guard, location app, storm tracker
Android or iPhone?
On the boat, neither, he’d have a satellite phone, but on land, he owns an iPhone.
Beard or clean-shaven?
Mostly clean shaven, occasionally a stuble.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
US coast guard emblem tattooed on his arm.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal, he owns a truck.
Recycle or toss?
Well that depends. On the ship, he’s only allowed to capture male crabs a certain size, he must dispose of the others back into the sea. If he’s overloaded, he must either dump the load in the sea or load it on to another ship. For the most part, he recycles.

Where to buy Midnight Escape

Publisher Beachwalk Press
Barnes and Noble

Constance Bretes Social Media

Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She retired from the State of Michigan after 38+ years of service and now writes and research full time. She is married to her best friend and have recently moved from Montana to Alabama. Her hobbies are basket weaving, sapphire digging, checking out old ghost towns, and visiting the towns that are the backdrop for her books.
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