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Category Archives: Historical

Historical romances set in the past.

Know the Hero from Slade by Julie Lence @julielence #RLFblog #Historical Western RomanceJulie Lence, 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.

Slade by Julie Lence

Slade Barlow discovers hiding out at Jill’s corn farm is more rewarding than stealing from the Arizona silver mines.
Genre Western Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Managing the farm since her pa’s death hasn’t been easy for Jillianne Prescott. The list of repairs is long and money is scarce. To add to her burdens is the deal Ma struck up with the sheriff. In exchange for food and a warm bed, the sheriff sends his prisoners to work the farm. Never one to bother with men, Jillianne is nonetheless thankful for the help, until, one by one, they run off. This latest one won’t be any different. Heavily muscled and full of tomfoolery, she has no doubt he’ll sneak off to Mexico before the sun rises. But when he proves her wrong, and takes it upon himself to find the coyote prowling the farm at night, Jillianne can’t help but admit there’s more to Slade than sinew and tomfoolery.
Be the guest at a necktie social or work at the widow Prescott’s farm? He might be an outlaw, and have a lot of faults, but stupidity isn’t one of them. Slade Barlow will hide out at the farm until tempers cool and then leave Texas for good, have the spread he’s been saving for. But the widow isn’t the frail woman he expected. And her daughter does things to his gut best left ignored. Then again, Jill has an intriguing birthmark. And curves his fingers itch to explore. Sassy and pretty, she’s the type of woman a man marries. Never one to favor a woman’s long list of rules, he’ll keep his distance, track down her coyote, and steal more than one kiss from her.

Know the Hero from Slade

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
It depends on where he is. If he’s in a town, Slade is likely to find the nearest poker game and gamble until dawn. If’s he’s out in the open, he’ll make camp and lounge by the fire until he falls asleep.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Jerky. It’s something he can easily stuff into his pocket or saddlebags and take with him.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
Dark trousers, comfortable checkered shirt, his worn boots and Stetson.
Does he know how to fix things?
Slade can mend a fence line and build a porch; an old Colorado ranch hand taught him how to work with wood. But to fix something such as a cookstove or a chimney, he doesn’t have those skills.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
In Arizona territory, someone stole Slade’s poker winnings. Two outlaws blamed the theft on Roth, another outlaw with a reputation just as dangerous as Slade’s. Believing his buddies, Slade tracks Roth to Revolving Point, TX and discovers that Roth is now married. To lure Roth into the open and assure the outlaw returns Slade’s money, Slade breaks into Roth’s home and uses Roth’s wife as bait… and succumbs to a gunshot wound. He’s hauled off to jail, and the only thing saving him from Roth killing him, or the governor from throwing him in Huntsville Penitentiary since Roth’s wife is his niece, is notorious outlaw turned sheriff, Buck Grayson.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He’s not mean, but he doesn’t go out of his way to acknowledge them. Mostly he avoids eye contact and side-steps around them. He grew up in a brothel, left home when he was 18 and took on various jobs before turning to outlawing. None of which really put him in the company of children to learn how to interact with them.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
If he’s around a campfire, he’ll get the coffee cooking and feed his horse. In town, he’s likely to hit up the eatery, or the saloon, for coffee. On Jill’s farm, he’s milking the cow and prowling for her intruder before his morning coffee.
How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
He doesn’t concern himself with polite society, knows he’s rude and brash and prefers to keep that persona, until he meets Jill. Unwilling to cause trouble for her, or embarrass her, he tones down some of his brashness.
Valet or takes care of himself?
He takes care of himself. If he were ever introduced to a valet, he’d send the valet running for the hills.
Necktie/cravat or open shirt?
Open shirt. Slade has little use for fancy clothes.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Natural hair. He’s the type to poke fun at a wig, and any man who wears one.
Carriage or horseback?
He prefers horseback, but isn’t against riding in a carriage or a buckboard.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Slade


Julie Lence Social Media

Julie was born and raised in upstate New York. She married her high school sweetheart and accompanied him on his twenty-year career with the United States Air Force. Presently, she resides in the Pikes Peak region, where she’s a stay-at-home mom enjoying a career writing western historical romance.
Throughout her school years, Julie enjoyed reading and writing. A friend introduced her to the romance genre in the late 80’s and she was instantly hooked, crediting Judith McNaught and Johanna Lindsey as her inspirations to pen her own novels. As she puts it, Ms. McNaught’s voice is flawless and Ms. Lindsey’s Malory family is endearing and addictive. Combining her fondness for horses, John Wayne and the television series, Dallas, Julie settled into writing about cowboys, outlaws and the ‘old west’ early in her career.
Julie self-publishes her work thru Amazon and Create Space. She also designs her covers. When she’s away from her computer, she enjoys taking care of her family and home, exploring the Rocky Mountains and meeting fans of the romance genre.
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Return to Honor by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #NewRelease #medievalromanceAlexa Aston, 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.

Return to Honor by Alexa Aston

Genre: medieval historical romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
1395 A.D. – Adopted as a newborn by one of England’s most powerful families, Jessimond de Montfort is now grown—and curious about her roots. She sets out to learn who she is away from her family and joins a mummers’ troupe, where she serves as a seamstress and troubadour, hoping she’ll discover love along the way, as all her married siblings have.
Returning from two years of battle in the king’s service, Sir Marcus de Harte discovers his beloved mother has died and his father has remarried and fathered a pair of daughters. His anger drives Marcus from Hartefield from his home and he finds a new home among a group of actors.
Drawn to one another, Jessimond and Marcus become friends—and then lovers—until they are driven apart by unforeseen circumstances.
Join Jessimond and Marcus as they move heaven and earth in order to unite once more and share in a powerful love.
Each book in the Knights of Honor series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Why did you write this book?
This is the final book in my Knights of Honor series. I’ve told the story of all of Geoffrey and Merryn de Montfort’s children. This is the love story of their youngest, Jessimond, who is adopted.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Besides romance, I love thrillers.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’m partial to Atticus Finch. He’s a great lawyer, father, and role model for all.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m excited about The King’s Cousins, a trilogy that will come out early in 2019. Each sibling gets their HEA—Katelyn in The Pawn; Landon in The Heir; and Quill in The Bastard.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Besides The King’s Cousins, I have a January release in the Pirates of Britannica series, God of the Seas. The hero, Godwin de Blays, is actually the great-grandfather to the siblings featured in The King’s Cousins.
Next summer, my first Regency trilogy will be released! I’m excited about writing in a new romance subgenre.

Where to buy Return to Honor


Alex Aston Social Media

Alexa Aston is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England and centers on the de Montfort family. Each standalone romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes historical romance and romantic suspense novels as Lauren Linwood.
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Fiction Furbaby: Meet Persa from A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys @Sheri_Humphreys @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsSheri Humphreys, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.

A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys

Hi, Kayelle. Thank you for having me on your blog. I’m happy to be here. Here’s a little about my book.
Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Viscountess Charlotte Haliday has lost her illusions. Scandal took her position in Society and the husband she thought she loved, and his mysterious murder followed shortly thereafter. But now is the time to return to London, time to find whatever small portion of happiness remains to her.
The first step will be proving she is her own person, unafraid of the lies and deceit that came before. Then she will defy her father and all others who try to take away her control. Never again will Charlotte have a husband or seek the perfect marriage of her best friend Jane, but perhaps she will dare the wrath of the gossip-mongers and indulge her tiniest desire. To do so will bring her face to face with a stranger in an alcove. It will lead to learning Mr. David Scott is not only a war hero soon to be awarded the Victoria Cross, but also the most formidable man she has ever met. Broken in every way except the ones that count, he alone can make her believe in love. And only she can show him that he is not alone.

Meet Piccolo Persa from A Hero to Hold

Full name: Piccolo Persa
Nickname: Persa
Gender: Female
Species: Skye Terrier
Physical description: Small, 35-40 pounds, long-haired, black terrier. Native to Great Britain.
Relationship to main character: A stray adopted by the heroine.
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Antagonist tries to harm the pet as a way of injuring the heroine.
Where this furbaby came from: The streets of 1857 London.
What inspired you to create this character?
I like to add a pet to my stories. Animals add so much to our lives and I like my characters to have the benefit of pet love. The Unseducible Earl and its sequel By the Light of a Christmas Moon share a Springer Spaniel, Jasper. Never a Viscount, my work-in-progress releasing Spring 2019, has a cat, Phoebe.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
The heroine, Charlotte, adopts and names Persa and quickly grows to love her. The hero, David, is surprised that Charlotte, a titled lady, would choose a stray rather than a purebred.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
The antagonist, Vivian, harms Persa in an attempt to hurt Charlotte.
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
Even though A Hero to Hold released two years ago, I chose to profile Persa because she has a fairly large role in the story. She’s a brave little dog who comes to the heroine’s rescue when Charlotte is attacked.
What does this furbaby add to the story?
Initially, Persa is a source of conflict between Charlotte and David, then becomes a source of contention between Charlotte and her father. The pooch creates a bridge between Charlotte and an orphaned girl Charlotte is helping.
Always loving and loyal, Persa is in numerous scenes. She provides the companionship and love Charlotte lacks and doesn’t hesitate to protect her mistress, which places the terrier in danger.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
Her name means Little Stray in Italian.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
I chose to make Persa a Skye Terrier because it was the breed of one of Queen Victoria’s favorite dogs.
Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.
There’s more drama than humor associated with Persa. Everyone loves her. She’s a barometer for tension between David and Charlotte, and plays the role of friend who encourages them to repair their damaged relationship.

About Mama Catt and Lucy

Fiction Furbaby: Meet Persa from A Hero to Hold by Sheri Humphreys @Sheri_Humphreys @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsWhere did you find your pets?
Over the years I’ve had a number of Miniature Schnauzers. Lucy was a neighborhood stray who dug under my next-door-neighbors’ fence into their back yard. She was so thin; every rib showed. My neighbors had two dogs and didn’t want another. When they couldn’t find her owner and decided to take her to the city pound, I decided to adopt her. Their little boy had been calling her Lucky, but I decided to change that to Lucy.
My vet suggested Lucy looked like a Jack Russell/Dachshund mix. I think that’s probably spot on. Lucy is devoted to me. After my Schnauzer, Pepper, died, Lucy began suffering from severe separation anxiety whenever I left the house. I tried different strategies to help her, but nothing worked. Among other items, she tore up bedding (mine), and even ate a window sill. She hated being left outside, hated being inside in a carrier, but I couldn’t leave her free in the house anymore. My vet suggested I try Prozac, and Lucy now tolerates my absences without going into destructive mode. I’m able to leave her loose in the house.
One of the strategies I tried prior to medication was getting a companion for Lucy—a cat. Mama Catt was abandoned in the country near a friend’s winery. She lived in the wild, avoiding coyotes, at last approaching my friend with her kittens. Steve found homes for her kittens but she disappeared. When she turned up with a second litter, he found homes for all but two males, who he adopted. He adopted Mama Catt as well. Except all was not wonderful. Mama Catt and one of the grown kittens didn’t get along and frequently fought. Steve thought it would be better for all if he could find a good home for Mama Catt. Enter me.
Mama Catt has been part of my household around eight months now. She and Lucy have established lines which both respect. Mama Catt lives in the guest room with the door wide open. Lucy goes in, but MC doesn’t come out except when I carry her. They are relaxed in each other’s presence, but not yet buddies. I’m hopeful they’ll eventually get there.

Where to buy A Hero to Hold

Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group
Barnes and Noble

Sheri Humphreys Social Media

Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yardwork and housework and read—usually a book every three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with Lucy, a Jack Russell-mix rescue, and Mama Catt, a mouser of renown, in a small town on the central California coast.

A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016.




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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

Shout out to Project Freedom Ride

Boroughs Publishing Group is releasing an anthology of rescue dog short stories, November 8, 2018. My story Sparks is included. Proceeds benefit Project Freedom Ride: The nonprofit rescues dogs from Texas “kill shelters” and starts them on the road to their own family.


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