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Category Archives: Contemporary

Romance set in modern times during present day.

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

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/for-the-love-of-max
Amazon https://amzn.to/2VH9Nfg
Amazon CA https://amzn.to/2EXVrli
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-the-love-of-max-gabbi-grey/1131043671

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.
Website http://www.gabbigrey.com
Blog http://www.gabbigrey.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/GabbiGrey
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/e/B07SJVFX1M
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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?
Grumpy
Can he use chopsticks?
Yes
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
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Escape-Constance-Bretes-ebook/dp/B07T9T2Y2D/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/midnight-escape-constance-bretes/1132167535
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/midnight-escape-2

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.
Website https://constancebretes.com
Blog https://www.constancebretes.com/connies-blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/ConstanceBretes
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/conniebretes/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/cbretes/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737457.Constance_Bretes
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Constance-Bretes/e/B00IKSKRES
Newsletter https://www.constancebretes.com/news–things.html

 

Karen 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.

An Unexpected Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
After losing her dream job in Los Angeles, Jill returns home to New York, to a new job and a new love, only to have her life twisted upside down. Will Jill be able to forget and forgive the one person who has brought new life into her?
Why did you write this book?
I hadn’t written a true contemporary romance is quite some time, and decided it was time to write one.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy women’s fiction that takes place at the beach, cozy mysteries and anything Stephen King.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
One of my favorite characters is Stephanie Plum. I love her spunk and her comic aura.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on Boo 2 in the 5 Beach Road Series and Book 4 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Down at the Shore – Book 1 in the 5 Beach Road Series

Where to buy An Unexpected Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T554RP9/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and 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. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. 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 is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
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.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Read the new Lacewood by Jessica James @jessicajames #RLFblog #NewRelease #womensfictionJessica James, 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.

Lacewood by Jessica James

Genre Women’s Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

A love story that spans centuries…

Two people trying to escape their pasts find a connection through an old house—and fulfill a destiny through the secrets it shares. Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless novel about trusting in fate, letting go of the past, and believing in things that can’t be seen.

Moving to a small town in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping the “city girl” restore the place that holds so many memories. As the mystic web of destiny is woven, a love story that might have been lost forever is exposed, and a destiny that has been waiting in the shadows for centuries is fulfilled.

Rich in emotion and poignant in its telling, Lacewood is an unforgettable story about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

Why did you write this book?

To make a long story short, it has a little bit of everything I love…history, mystery, old houses, small towns, country life…and majestic trees. I also found a way to give readers two complete love stories. (One from this century and one from the 1860s).

What is your favorite genre to read?

Political thrillers

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

Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn’s novels.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m still mulling over my next project. Readers are clamoring for another book in my Phantom Force Tactical series, so that is where I am leaning.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’m a slow writer so it takes me a year to write a new book. I am planning to do a box set of my Phantom Force Tactical series though.

Where to buy Lacewood

Publisher https://www.jessicajamesbooks.com

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PW8BQJ4

Barnes and Noble https://books2read.com/u/mYoj2P

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lacewood/id1443163718?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo https://books2read.com/u/mYoj2P

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880176?ref=jessicajames

Jessica James Social Media

Jessica James believes in honor, duty, and true love—and that’s what she writes about in her award-winning novels that span the ages from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

She is a three-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards. Her novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

To combat the sedentary career of writing, Jessica works as a part-time stagehand at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pa., the “grandest small town theater in the nation.”

Website https://www.jessicajamesbooks.com

Facebook https://www.jessicajamesbooks.com

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/southernromance/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/586216.Jessica_James

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001IYTXOG

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-james

 

Introducing Toni Belluci from The Perfect Pitch, Book 1, by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #WomensFiction Contemporary RomanceLet’s meet Toni Belluci from The Perfect Pitch, Book 1, a Women’s Fiction Contemporary Romance, by Karen 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 the story your author wrote.

The Perfect Pitch (Book 1) by Karen Cino

Genre Women’s Fiction Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring.
Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?

Introducing Toni Belluci

Please tell me about yourself.
Age: 38
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Broker
Ethnicity: Irish American
What do you look like?
I’m average height, slim with long blonde hair and big blue eyes.
Who is the significant other in your life?
At the present time I’m dating Eric Summers. He is a little older than me, but is well distinguished, always dressing sharp.
How do you dress?
I love wearing tight jeans and short skirts with my signature stilettos.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I live comfortably. I try my best to wait for a sale. I’ve never buy over my means.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
My handbag is so oversized that I lose things in it. But my standbys are my wallet, sunglasses, multiple tubes of lipstick, tissues, hairbrush and my make-up case.
What is your family like?
I was raised by my foster parents. My parents were killed in a car accident. That’s how I met Francine at one of the foster kid parties. My foster parents put me through school and treated me like their own.
How do others perceive you based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
My friends France and Amy feel that I dress like a teenager. They say my skirt and dresses are too short. I don’t see it that way. I have the figure to wear them, so why not.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
Absolutely. When France, Amy and I found the dealer door and the basement, it was imperative that they guys didn’t find out. I would take that secret to my grave.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Trusting a man. Eric is a nice guy but there’s something about him that makes her doubt her inner feelings, especially after finding out her marriage was a complete farce with her husband’s deception.
What is your biggest need?
My biggest need is to find a trustworthy and loving man who I can have a lasting relationship with.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I’d like to tell her that I love the character you have developed me into. The outfits she puts me in are awesome. I just wish she would introduce me to a nice honest man.
What would you like people who hear your story to know?
I want them to know they don’t have to settle. Love will come your way when you least expect it. Never put yourself on the short end of the stick and believe and love yourself and trust your instincts.

Where to buy The Perfect Pitch

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/154525415X/
https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126551906

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and 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. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. 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 is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
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.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Read the new Moonlight Match by Kristina Knight @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #sweetromanceWelcome 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.

Moonlight Match by Kristina Knight

Genre: Sweet romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Aster Harrington believes in love but love doesn’t seem to believe in her. She’s hoping Goldie and Ginny, the matchmakers who’ve matched on two generations of Harringtons, can work a little love magic for her…
Some call Ethan Talbot rigid, but he prefers to think of himself as prepared. Unfortunately, when he’s matched with Aster Harrington at Joy Island’s Matchmaking Week, all those carefully prepared plans go out the window. He can get back to finding a suitable wife once he’s home in New York. After all, how much damage can one week in the Bahamas do to his plans?

Where to buy Moonlight Match

Publisher Kristina Knight

Amazon http://www.amzn.com/B07MVMZWHN

Kristina Knight Social Media

Kristina Knight began her writing career as a radio and television journalist, working for NBC affiliates throughout the midwest as a reporter, anchor, and producer. After covering everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo, she decided to leave the TV biz in favor of writing stories she was passionate about.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so feel free to email her!
Website http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightbooks
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/kristinaknightbooks
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/AuthorKristina
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Knight/e/B0081LO6DM/
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kristina-knight

 

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