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Category Archives: Contemporary

Romance set in modern times during present day.

Read Burning Bridges by Anne Krist @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #contemporaryromance #Southernromance #KUOld letters turn Sara’s life into chaos in Anne Krist’s Burning Bridges. Did you ever tell a lie for so long that even you believed it? And then get caught? Ah… Then you understand Sara in Anne Krists’ Burning Bridges.

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.

Burning Bridges by Anne Krist

Genre Contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Not your typical “secret baby” book, this Southern romance is filled with emotion between a mature heroine and the man she used to love.

Letters delivered decades late send shock waves through Sara Richards’s world. Nothing is the same, especially her memories of Paul, a man to whom she’d given her heart years before. Now, sharing her secrets and mending her mistakes of the past means putting her life back together while crossing burning bridges. It will be the hardest thing Sara’s ever done.

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

No. Just contemporary romance, and not too sexy. I leave that up to my sister, Dee S. Knight.

How do you come up with ideas?

Burning Bridges came to me when I heard a news report on the radio while I was on a road trip. Music is also a good inspiration. Really, how do you not come up with ideas?

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

Um…the writing. By that I mean I can have everything arranged perfectly in my head but sitting at the keyboard and hitting the keys is not easy.

When did you write your first book?

Dee wrote her first boo in 2002 but I wrote Burning Bridges in 2005. I just republished it (updated and all) this year.

Read Burning Bridges by Anne Krist @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #contemporaryromance #Southernromance #KU

FUN

Leather or lace? Could I choose flannel instead?

Black or red? Black–it’s slenderizing.

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? I tried satin once and slid out of bed, so cotton. It’s safer!

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? Country

Party life or evening at home? Oh my gosh, I am the furthest you can find from a party girl. Give me a good book and cocoa (and my flannel jammies) and I’m happy.

Dogs or cats? I love them both! But if I can have only one…cats.

Where to buy Burning Bridges

Publisher https://nomadauthors.com

Amazon https://mybook.to/BurningBridges

Anne Krist 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. That’s how Dee 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.

After a while, Dee split her personality into thirds. She writes as Anne Krist for sweeter romances, and Jenna Stewart for ménage and shifter stories. All three of her personas are found on the Nomad Authors website. Also, once a month, look for Dee’s Charity Sunday blog posts, where your comment can support a selected charity.

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Read the new romance Private Lessons by Karigan Hale @kariganspencil #RLFblog #romanceRead a new hot novella from Karigan Hale: Private Lessons During Lockdown. An empty school. A yearning for human touch. Can two educators find lust and love during a pandemic? Part of the Love Under Lockdown series

Karigan Hale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Private Lessons in Lockdown.

Private Lessons in Lockdown by Karigan Hale

Genre Short Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A year of flirting. An empty school. A need for human touch.

She’s a principal navigating this unprecedented time. He’s a teacher battling his attraction to his boss. Should he resist when she seduces him?

Brock Richards, a teacher at Deerfield High, is called to the principal’s office when the entire school is empty. After realizing his sexy principal is wearing a garter belt, all of his principles disappear.

He can’t seduce his boss, but will he be able to resist if she seduces him?

Amanda Kincaid, principal of Deerfield High, has had her eye on the sexy Social Studies teacher for a year. Usually a confident, powerful, no-nonsense leader, Amanda’s naughty bits take over her brain when she’s around him. Is the mandatory school closure the chance she needs to show Brock she’s not just his boss, but a woman as well?

Two Tips for Writing

Tip 1: Just write! I know people say this all the time, but honestly it is the best advice. When I’m in a rut, I pull out some random writing prompts and just write based on those – a scene, a character sketch, a moment. They don’t even have to be related to my current work in progress. Often these short sketches become part of later published works. And just like any other skill, writing will get easier, faster, and better with practice.

Tip 2: Write what you like. Yes, the paranormal reverse harem shifter romances are all the rage right now. But they aren’t what I enjoy reading. Therefore, if I tried to jump on that bandwagon, I’m sure I would fail miserably and the stories would be cliché, stilted, and forced. By writing in a genre I like to read, I completely understand the expectations of that genre and what the reader expects.

Two Tips for Family

Here are two tips for Photographing your Family. I’m a hobbyist photographer and family historian. My kids call me Momarazzi because I’m always following them with my camera. In an era where images demand our attention, there are some easy ways you can get great photographs of your family even with your cell phone. For examples of these tips, check out my photography Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kariganske photography

Tip 1: Get down on the kids’ (or pet’s) level. Instead of always shooting down on them from your height, bend down and get on their level. This gives your viewer the perspective of your subject and brings them into the moment. It also lets you shoot straight on and capture the true essence of your subject.

Tip 2: Play! Not every shot should be a nice posed portrait. Try to capture your subject as they are being themselves. Instead of asking your child to look at the camera, move yourself to them and ask them questions instead. (What type of bird is that? What do you have in your hand? Show me a funny face) This will get authentic emotions/reactions and capture these fleeting everyday moments.

Where to buy Private Lessons in Lockdown

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Private-Lessons-Lockdown-snarky-romance-ebook/dp/B088DJRW1H

Whole Series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0885TPY9Y

Karigan Hale Social Media

Hi Book Lovers!
I am a wife, mother, reader, writer, photographer, fountain soda addict, and true crime aficionado. I married my high school sweetheart and have been a hopeful romantic ever since. I live with my husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of animals on a small farm in rural Maryland. Keep up with our cute critters on my blog (link below). When I’m not writing, you can probably find me binging true crime shows or stalking my kiddos with my camera.
I have a dual B.A. in English: Secondary Education and Psychology. My Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts included classes in ceramics, grammar/linguistics, the madness in genius, and juggling among other things. In fact, I still practice juggling with oranges in my kitchen much to the delight of my children and horror of my husband.
I LOVE to read, so feel free to drop me an email with a book suggestion!
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Know the Hero from Gelato Surprise by Sadira Stone @sadirastone #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceIn Gelato Surprise: A Steamy Beach Romance Novella by Sadira Stone, a young woman goes to the beach to find herself, and finds him! A divorcee and a sexy young gelato vendor share passion hotter than the 4th of July in this contemporary romance novella.

Sadira Stone, 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 Gelato Surprise.

Gelato Surprise by Sadira Stone

Genre Contemporary Romance Novella

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

She came to the beach to find herself–and found him.

Forty-two-year-old divorcée Danielle Peters ends up alone on her family’s annual beach vacation. Maybe time to herself is exactly what she needs. That and gelato from her favorite ice cream shop. But when the owner’s intoxicating young nephew offers more than sweet treats, she’s tempted to indulge in a hot summer fling before returning home.

Thirty-one-year-old Matteo Verducci craved a fresh start to mend his broken heart, and he’s found almost perfection in Ocean View, where he scoops gelato by day and crafts furniture by night. But when a sexy older woman stops to sample his wares–Mamma mia! He only has two weeks to convince her their passion is more than a delicious surprise.

Know the Hero from Gelato Surprise

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Matteo heads downstairs to his workshop to tinker with his latest furniture upcycling project.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Italian salumi—mortadella, prosciutto, salami, along with crusty peasant bread and spicy marinated olives

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

At work, he wears a tight black T-shirt and jeans beneath his gelato shop apron. At home, a soft chambray shirt with the sleeves rolled up, linen pants, and leather flipflops.

Does he know how to fix things?

Absolutely! He’s a skilled carpenter and furniture maker.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

He tried to hang onto an ex-girlfriend who went from artistic free spirit to consumeristic social climber. That didn’t last.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Matteo’s great with his nieces, his friends’ children, and with the heroines. He teaches her two tweens the finer points of Skee-ball and shows them all his favorite secret places in Ocean View.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Sleepy-soft, sexy, adorable. He’s the kind of guy who brings you a fresh-brewed espresso in bed.

Can he use chopsticks?

Of course!

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Espresso, per favore, with a dash of sugar. He’s Italian, after all!

What apps would he have on his phone?

A level and measuring tools, for his carpentry work.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone

Beard or clean-shaven?

Short scruff

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned, golden skin

Personal vehicle or public transport?

SUV for transporting his materials and tools

Recycle or toss?

Recycle. He’s very environmentally conscious, and he’s in the business of creating beautiful new pieces of furniture from old castoffs.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Gelato Surprise

Universal book link https://books2read.com/u/bzjeBZ
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089DPG2C9/
Barnes AND Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gelato-surprise-sadira-stone/1137093117
Apple Books https://books.apple.com/us/book/gelato-surprise/id1517323937
Google Play Books https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sadira_Stone_Gelato_Surprise
Goodreads link https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53741908-gelato-surprise

Sadira Stone Social Media

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.
Website https://sadirastone.com
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Is It True: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Cynthia Terelst @cynthiaterelst #RLFblog #romanceCynthia Terelst pens the Australian Romance Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. The multiculural second-chance contemporary romance includes a scavenger hunt.

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, Cynthia Terelst, author of Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a contemporary romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Cynthia Terelst

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Will one of the treasures they find be each other’s heart?

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist.

Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around.

Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that.

Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. This is my second published book. My first one was The Cat’s out of the Bag, a billionaire romance set in Australia which includes a homeless cat and a road trip.

this book is part of a series?

Yes, the Love Down Under series. The books in the series are all stand-alones, what ties them together is the location, Australia.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

No. I don’t lose sleep about much.

you did research for this book?

Yes. I needed to research the places where the scavenger hunts took place. Some of them I’ve visited in person.

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

Yes, there are three dogs in this book – Benny, Billy and George.

this book has more than one genre?

No. It is a contemporary romance only.

you speak more than one language?

No, just English. Unless swearing is considered its own language.

you grew up where you live now?

No, I grew up thousands of kilometers away in Melbourne, Victoria. I now live in sunny Queensland. I moved for a better work life balance and the warmer weather.

you love to read?

Yes. I wish I had more time to read. I try to read every day.

you are never late?

No, I am always late. I just can’t seem to get anywhere on time. I was glad when my work set an 8am meeting, which then forced me to get to work when I was supposed to.

you love pizza?

Yes. Pizza is great. When I was younger my favourite was Mexicana with pineapple. You might think it’s weird, but I thought it was great.

you love sushi?

Yes, I do enjoy sushi. I’ve even tried making it myself and it didn’t turn out too bad. It’s easier to buy though.

you have a pet?

Yes, I have two cats, Kimmy and Possum. And I foster kittens for a local rescue. I don’t have any kittens in care at the moment.

Where to buy Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Dogs-Love-Down-Under-ebook/dp/B082HQDV66/

Cynthia Terelst Social Media

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.
She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.
Website www.cynthiaterelst.com
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The Sheriff's Son by Barbara White Daille @BarbaraWDaille #RLFblog #contemporaryomanceToday’s featured book is The Sheriff’s Son, a contemporary romance by Barbara White Daille.

Why Is Tanner Jones Back In Town?
Seven-year-old Kevin has been a handful for single mom Sarah Lindstrom, and when the new sheriff walks through her door holding her son by the scruff of his neck for egging his car, she knows she’s lost control. But can she control herself–and keep the secret she’s kept for so many years?
Tanner Jones has no idea Kevin is his son–he lost the right to that information when he abandoned Sarah soon after graduation. Just because he’s back in town doesn’t mean he can waltz into her life–and Kevin’s–to pick up where they left off. But Sarah can’t deny the feelings she still harbors for Tanner, and can’t deny how her son is benefiting from his attentions.
When Tanner finds out the truth, what is he going to do?
Genre: Contemporary romance
Book heat level: PG13
Publisher: Harlequin http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=55991
Amazon http://bit.ly/TheSheriffsSon-A
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sheriffs-son-barbara-white-daille/
Books-a-Million http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Sheriffs-Son/White-Daille-Barbara/
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-sheriff-s-son-10

Barbara White Daille Social Media

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
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Know the Hero from Serendipity by Lisa Chalmers @LisaInk #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceLisa Chalmers, 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 Serendipity.

Serendipity by Lisa Chalmers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Spend an entire week alone in a private villa with a man I just met on an airport layover?

Crazy?

Yes.

Worth it?

Absolutely.

There was something about Cillian that drew me in from the moment he took the bar stool next to mine. That layover was nothing short of fate, and the fact we each have a plus one to two different weddings seems like Serendipity.

But what happens when the week ends? Can we each go back to separate lives on opposite coasts?

Know the Hero from Serendipity

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Check email/texts, find an old football game on somewhere to watch, digs through the cupboards for something to snack on.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Something quick. Depending on what was nearby, likely just a burger.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

For work, he lives in suits. Dark colors. When he’s off, jeans, t-shirt, leather jacket.

Does he know how to fix things?

He does, he was brought up to be as independent as possible. But he’s also a workaholic and everything that implies, so unless he has the spare time or it’s an easy fix, he’d probably get someone he trusted to fix or help fix him so it takes less time.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Tried paddle boarding on vacation once. Wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing, too busy talking. It flipped over, he went flying and into the water. Best friend probably still has the video somewhere, but would never tell him that.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Friendly. Willing to play, especially if it’s something sporty. Likes to make them smile.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

In search of coffee, not overly grumpy, already thinking about work and his to-do list for the day.

Can he use chopsticks?

He can.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Drinks it, loves it, inhales it, runs on it. Usually with cream, but he’ll drink it without.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Anything that helps keep him on task, calendars, reminders, emails; music, sports updates, photo and video apps.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone

Beard or clean-shaven?

Mostly clean-shaven, when he’s off work for awhile, he’ll go unshaven for a few days, but not for super long.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Tattoo. He got it after making his first big deal as a way to celebrate. Just a small sun on his shoulder blade, easily hidden by shirts. A reminder that anything is possible under the sun.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Depends on the situation. Back and forth to the airport, taxis, ubers. But he prefers to have a vehicle of his own so he can explore, or for business, spread his paperwork and phone out when he needs to.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Serendipity

Publisher: Rebel Heart Ink
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B1WVY3N

Lisa Chalmers Social Media

Lisa Chalmers has always loved a good story. When she’s not in front of her keyboard, she loves listening to music, watching paranormal TV shows, old movies, and bingeing her latest favorite series online.
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