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Category Archives: Contemporary

Romance set in modern times during present day.

Coming Soon: The Cinderella Curse by Dee S Knight @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomance #romance #fairytaleIn Dee S Knight’s erotic Cinderella, a worldly Prince, a naïve Cindy, and an unassuming fairy godfather come together in a magical HEA ending.

Dee, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Cinderella Curse.

The Cinderella Curse by Dee S Knight

Genre Contemporary erotic romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

One evening, in a land far away, a wife spins a fairy tale for the amusement of her husband. It’s not your typical child’s tale, of course, but an adult, erotic version of the classic, Cinderella.

All of the principals are present. Charlotte Gambrell immediately recognizes Prince Charming when she meets her boss, James Clarkson. Unfortunately, the worldly Clarkson barely knows she’s alive. Charlotte’s two hateful supervisors make her professional life miserable by piling on the work and never letting her forget that she has employment only at their pleasure.

Everything changes when Charlotte becomes part of a magazine shoot. The photographer, Cooper Hunt, agrees to perform duties as her fairy godfather. By day, he transforms her life by revealing to the world what he already knows, that Charlotte is an exquisite beauty. By night, he transforms her universe by teaching her about passion so she can attract her Prince. The “real” Cinderella never had it so good!

By the time Charlotte arrives at the ball, she has James on her mind and Cooper in her heart. Which man will she make her Prince?

Where to buy The Cinderella Curse

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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. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors.
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The Billionaire's Christmas Wish by Laura Haley-McNeil @laurarmcneil #RLFblog #NewRelease #SweetRomanceAn injured football player and a woman with a mysterious past can’t fight the feeling in Laura Haley-McNeil’s new adult romance, The Billionaire’s Christmas Wish, but find themselves fighting more than feelings when they’re hunted by the past.

Laura, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Billionaire’s Christmas Wish.

The Billionaire’s Christmas Wish by Laura Haley-McNeiil

Genre Sweet Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

His life just got complicated.

River Jackson’s riding high as the Denver Flyer’s starting quarterback, until an injury sidelines him. When Coach needs a volunteer to deliver donated football uniforms to the learning center in The Grid, River’s glad to go. What he hadn’t expected was the tiny woman with sparkling dark eyes and dreams bigger than the old schoolhouse she’s renting. He has no intention of falling for her, especially with his career on the ropes.

After a disaster turns Soledad Marcos’ life upside down, she’s glad the learning center has given her and her daughter a stable life. She buries the secrets of her dark past and looks forward to the future–a future that doesn’t include a dashing football player and his desire to help. Her students love River so she’s forced to bury the unease that has held her back for years.

As Soledad draws closer to River, she learns his tough exterior masks a compassionate and tender soul she’ll resist at all costs, but turning her back on love means a bigger sacrifice that could cost more than a broken heart.

Why did you write this book?

Billionaires and Christmas make the season bright, so I thought what better way than to enjoy the holiday than by combining the two.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Anything romance, but I also can’t resist a good psychological thriller.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I find I have new book boyfriend with nearly every book I read, but for heroines, Scarlett O’Hara and Elizabeth Bennet are firmly emblazoned in mind.

What are you working on at the moment?

As yet untitled, Book 4 of the Beaumont Brides Series takes place in the Outer Banks, one of my favorite places to visit. Tessa receives the shock of her life when the company she works for closes its New York branch. She escapes to a beach house on Manteo Banks, and into the arms of Dillon Lowe whose dark past threatens to expose secrets she had thought long buried.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Never Kiss Goodbye, Book 8 of the Crystal Creek Series releases January 26, 2021, and Beaumont Brides Box Set Books 1-3 releases May 25, 2021.

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Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.
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claudia-shelton1-112320In A Week at Most, the first book in Claudia Shelton’s new contemporary mainstream romance series, Ashley and Mark discover that second chances and love are always possible. You just need to open your heart and mind to change. This story will sweep you to small-town life, yet lure you to Washington, DC for a brief holiday getaway. But Nature’s Crossing keeps calling them back. Sometimes finding a new path in life is just a footstep away.

Claudia, 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 series.

A Week at Most in the Nature’s Crossing Series

A Week at Most is the first book in Claudia Shelton’s new small-town contemporary mainstream romance series, where an unemployed big-city newscaster is housesitting for friends. The three-years divorced woman is looking for trust. A man she’s introduced to has way too many secrets. And the one thing neither of them are looking for is love.

Genre: Contemporary Mainstream Romance

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

Welcome to Nature’s Crossing, a small Missouri town needing more than a face lift to survive. Got a moment? We’d be happy to show you around…

Big-city newscaster Ashley Lanovan never dreamed she’d be divorced and unemployed at barely thirty-eight years old. Needing time to plan her future, she agrees to housesit for friends in Nature’s Crossing. After setting new life goals, and adjusting to small-town culture shock, she realizes that her priorities have been misplaced for the past ten years. Now her efforts to revive the struggling town, have gone a long way to restoring her confidence in people. But when it comes to Mark Garmund, the man she can’t shake from her thoughts—that requires trust on a whole different level.

Recently, Nature’s Crossing seems like more than just a place special agent Mark Garmund wants to visit friends every so often. After years working for the CIA, he’s ready for a change, and the Park Services has offered him a job. Now, he’s got his eye on ten acres with towering pines, a park-like setting and one sprawling house he could call home. Meeting newcomer Ashley Lanovan has triggered emotions he’d rather not face, and a few he would sure like to pursue. But he has more secrets than the world will ever know, and evidently, more enemies than he’d ever imagined.

Which book is this in the series?

Book 1

How many books do you plan for the series?

5 (at least)

How many books are completed?


What characters are the main stars in your series?

Each book has its own happily-ever-after stars, such as Ashley and Mark in A Week at Most. They will become an integral part of the series, along with their friends Janie and Patrick, but by the end of this book they’ve found their HEA so they’re story is over for the most part. As for the secondary characters, the star is Peabody!

What is the overall theme in this series?

Second chances, change and moving forward. Not only for the people, but for the community itself. Progress may mean change, but that doesn’t mean losing what’s truly important about a person, place or thing.

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

Nature’ Crossing series:
A Week at Most (Book 1)
Time to Grow (Book 2) (Coming Spring 2021)
Book 3 (TBD)
Book 4 (TBD)
Book 5 (TBD)

What did you like best about writing this series?

I love the town’s setting! I love the on-going characters. And am looking forward to seeing the town of Nature’s Crossing revitalize itself. Plus, I already know a number of characters that will have their own HEA story.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

My other books have been romantic suspense:

Risk of a Lifetime

Slater’s Revenge (Shades of Leverage, Book 1)

Dangerous Lies (Shades of Leverage, Book 2)

Where can we find links for all your books?


Where to buy A Week at Most

Barnes and Noble

Claudia Shelton Social Media

Award winning author Claudia Shelton has already proven herself a contender in romantic suspense books that cross over into the mystery-suspense-thriller genre. Whether sexy protector agents or small-town family settings, her fast-paced stories keep the reader guessing all the way to the end.
Now, with the release of the first book in her new Nature’s Crossing series, she’s entering the contemporary mainstream romance genre (a crossover between contemporary romance and women’s fiction). The ongoing small-town saga is nestled in south-central Missouri, somewhere between Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake and Mark Twain National Forest.
Claudia is a two-time finalist in the Daphne du Maurier (unpublished) Award for Excellence in mystery and suspense. Her debut book release, Risk of a Lifetime, was voted one of Ebooks Galore’s top reads for 2014.
On a personal note, Claudia considers herself a music lover and water person, plus she enjoys anything to do with nature. In fact, the Nature’s Crossing series allows her to bring all of those things closer. Her main priority, though, is spending time with family, friends and her two sweet, conniving rescue dogs, Gidget and Daisy.
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Is It True: The Prank by Lyncee Shillard @lyncee #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

An interview of a lifetime turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse in Lyncee Shillard’s The Prank. Emilee travels to Alaska only to learn she’s been tricked, and the punch line could be her life. In this romance suspense, Emilee and Jeremy fight for their lives and their feelings.

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Lyncee Shillard. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

The Prank by Lyncee Shillard

Genre Adventure Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When Emilee Sawyer learns the reclusive billionaire Ted McGraft is going to an Alaska animal reserve, she sees it as her break. An interview of a lifetime. When she arrives, she learns it was a prank set up by her cousin. Only it isn’t funny, it’s deadly when Emilee becomes the target of a serial killer.

Jeremy Hanks had a bad feeling about Emilee Sawyer but the reserve could use some positive exposure after all the mudslinging of a local developer. The moment she arrives, he knows the smart thing would be to send her away. Instead, he lets the sexy reporter stay. A mistake that may cost them both their lives.

Is it true:

this is your first book?

It isn’t.

this book is part of a series?

It wasn’t but has developed into one

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Sooooo much sleep.

you did research for this book?

It is set on a wood bison reserve so I did – wood bison are NOT cute

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

Jeremy has a wolf dog

this book has more than one genre?


you speak more than one language?

Yes. English and doughnut

you grew up where you live now?

Yes. Well, not the same house but the same area.

you love to read?

I love love love love to read

you are never late?

I take start time as a suggestion

you love pizza?

Only if it has BBQ sauce on it

you love sushi?

Only if it’s cooked

you have a pet?

The mighty Milo

Where to buy The Prank

Universal Buy Link
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Lyncee Shillard Social Media

I live in the cold Northern Michigan (the place of four seasons – they lie! It’s just different levels of winter) with my husband. Our children have begun their own adventures, and just as I got into the swing of empty nest, then my grandson came to live with us. Now I’m doing 7 again… they argue everything just case you forgot. And I now remember why I eat doughnuts. When I’m not hanging out with the 7-year-old, I’m writing, reading, crocheting, and making self-care products. I also enjoy taking pictures, I’m not claiming to have a talent it’s just something I like to do.
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Help review a #ChristmasRomance – Christmas Rekindled by Sadira Stone @sadirastone #RLFblog #ReviewWhen two Scrooges unite to save a bar in trouble, a kiss under the mistletoe sparks the sexiest Christmas miracle ever in Sadira Stone’s new steamy holiday romance, Christmas Rekindled.

Sadira, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us where we can read and review Christmas Rekindled.

Christmas Rekindled by Sadira Stone

Genre: steamy contemporary holiday romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Bartender River Lundqvist has a damn good reason for hating Christmas. Bangers Tavern is the perfect place to lay low over the holidays–until Charlie walks in. His first encounter with the saucy server nine years ago was utter humiliation. Her reappearance stirs up powerful desires and hopes for a new start. But the timing is all wrong.

Back in Tacoma to care for her estranged dad over the holidays, freelance web designer Charlie Khoury braces herself for the suckiest Christmas ever. A temporary job at Bangers Tavern gives her a chance to escape Dad’s criticism and blow off some steam. But why does the hunky bartender seem to hate her?

A pretend girlfriend is just what River needs to keep his family off his back–until a kiss under the mistletoe flares hot enough to melt the North Pole. When greedy developers threaten Bangers Tavern, River and Charlie must team up to save it. Their sizzling chemistry feels like the real thing–but everyone knows rebound relationships don’t last.

Come to Bangers Tavern for an enemies-to-lovers tale of reconciliation, found family, holiday cocktails, and the steamiest Christmas miracle ever.

Where to read and review Christmas Rekindled

Help review a #ChristmasRomance – Christmas Rekindled by Sadira Stone @sadirastone #RLFblog #ReviewPublisher: Sadira Stone
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Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books.
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Read Beyond Duty by LA Remenicky @Remenickywrites #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceAfter serving in the Marine Corps, Jessie Monroe has finally found a life beyond war and then he happens upon a curvy blonde stranded with a flat tire and no jack in LA Remenicky’s Beyond Duty. On sale for $.99.

LA, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Beyond Duty.

Beyond Duty by LA Remenicky

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After serving in the Marine Corps, Jessie Monroe has finally found a life beyond war. He’s focused on being an EMT and helping his best friend rescue dogs, until he happens upon a curvy blonde stranded with a flat tire and no jack.

On the run from her past, Dori Graham is slow to trust any man, and she tries to ignore the spark of interest she feels for her handsome savior, but a friendship grows between them.

When Dori’s past invades her new life, Jessie vows to rescue her. Saving her will take him beyond duty and into his own personal hell. Calling upon his training as a Marine and the depth of his feelings for Dori, Jessie will need the mental strength to battle to save her and, ultimately, save himself.


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

Yes, I write Contemporary Romance as LA Remenicky and Paranormal Romance as Ragan Carmichael

How do you come up with ideas?…

Almost anything can spark and idea for a story… song lyrics, miscellaneous dialogue (real or from a movie/TV), or another book.

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

Sharing the stories in my head.

When did you write your first book?…

8 years ago during NaNoWriMo – I joined on a whim and I actually wrote 50K words. I had no clue what I was doing – sometimes I think I still don’t.


Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Red

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? Country life

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home

Dogs or cats? Dogs, though I love cats too

Where to buy Beyond Duty


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LA Remenicky is a wife, mother of two fur kids, and a Best Fiends addict. An avid reader all her life, she finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) during NaNoWriMo in 2012 and has never looked back. When she’s not typing away on her latest story with music playing in the background, she can usually be found spending time with her family and friends.
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