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Historical romances set in the past.

Read the new book Joe's Wife by Cheryl St John @_CherylStJohn_ #RLFblog #western #romanceCheryl St John, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Joe’s Wife.

About Joe’s Wife

Genre western romance

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

After Meg Telford’s husband dies in the war and is lauded as a hero, she can’t keep the ranch without a man to shoulder the workload. Nothing will stop her from saving Joe’s dream. The war has taken nearly all the able-bodied men—and a devilishly handsome bad boy seems her only choice.

Town pariah, Tye Hatcher has a reputation as a hell-raiser, but he’s looking to prove himself and has his own plans for her land. Meg’s proposal might be too good to be true, but he’s willing to take a chance, even if the risk is his heart.

Struggling with the rejection of the townspeople and guilt over her changing feelings for this convenient new husband, Meg’s vulnerable dreams and their hard work will be for naught unless she and Tye reveal their secrets. Neither can change the past, but is a better future within their grasp?

Where to buy Joe’s Wife

Publisher Alexandrite Press
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Cheryl St John is the author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous awards and are published in over a dozen languages. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations.” Her bestselling non-fiction books, Writing With Emotion, Tension and Conflict and Write Smart, Write Happy by Writers Digest Books are
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Know the Heroine: Sarah Forsythe from The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne @JanSelbourne #RLFblog #Historical FictionJan Selbourne, 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 heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne

Genre Historical Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Marry in haste, repent at leisure is the last thing on Sarah Forsythe’s mind when she and the son of a local minister elope to the American colonies. She wasn’t to know abandonment, misery, poverty and shame would follow. As the colonies rebel against British rule and the siege of Boston worsens, alone and afraid, Sarah hides her desperation behind a hard shell. To survive, she is forced to steal from her employer. Instead of the cash she needs, she finds Bank of England documents. Sensing they might have some value, Sarah protects them through months of deprivation until she finally secures passage home to England. Unknown to her, two men are following, intent on claiming those documents. At any price.

Bank of England fraud investigator Neil McAllister faces the biggest challenge of his career when a woman from Boston demands a reward for returning lost documents to the bank. Then two men with the same name and nearly identical stories arrive in England, each claiming ownership of them. Who is lying? Or are all three accomplices in a plot to swindle the bank? As the obstinate, secretive woman gets under Neil’s skin, he trusts that she was an unwitting witness to the crime of cold-blooded betrayal and treason before the fall of Boston. Now it’s up to Neil to protect Sarah because the traitor wants her dead.

Know the Heroine from The Woman Behind the Mirror

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

Sarah has little patience. She’s pacing the floor and thinking of something she should be doing.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

She loves venison pies – a real treat in the 18th century

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Sarah suffered years of deprivation in the American colonies. She’s used to counting every penny but still loves green gowns and matching combs in her hair.

Does she know how to fix things?

Yes, survival is a great teacher. She’s broken into buildings searching for anything of value, narrowly escaped capture and learned the hard way to be self-sufficient. Her pride stops her asking for help.

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

Demanding a reward for these valuable documents set off alarm bells at the Bank of England but Sarah wouldn’t budge. Unknown to her, a man recently arrived from Boston has convinced bank fraud investigator Neil McAlister, that he is the owner of this account. Grateful for their safe return he insists on paying the reward to Sarah in person. In front of her family and Neil McAlister, he exposes her shameful life in Boston – keeping men happy in a gambling club.

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

She can be very impatient and that’s because life has taught her ‘don’t trust anyone’. To do so will bring hurt and humiliation. It’s not until bank investigator Neil McAlister wins her trust that she learns to love again.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Since running away her life has been extremely difficult. She’s wary and careful and very alert.

How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Very well, she was brought up in a privileged home and taught all the social niceties.

Maid or takes care of herself?

Life in the colonies taught her to take care of herself, a maid is sheer luxury.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Proper dress even if it’s somewhat shabby.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Buttoned.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural black hair

Carriage or horseback?

Carriage.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy The Woman Behind the Mirror

Publisher https://nomadauthors.com/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084WVQBTP/

Jan Selbourne Social Media

Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Jan’s love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. After graduating from a Melbourne business college, her career moved into the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland, and the United Kingdom. At the point of retiring she changed course to work as secretary of a large New South Wales historical society. Now retired. Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and writing. She has two children, a stray live-in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.
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Know the Heroine from Behind the Clouds by Jan Selbourne @JanSelbourne #RLFblog #Historical FictionJan Selbourne, 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 heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Behind the Clouds by Jan Selbourne

Genre Historical Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Barely tolerating each other, Adrian and Gabrielle Bryce are trapped in Belgium as the clouds of war loom over Europe. Plunged into a nightmare of lies and betrayal, they flee for their lives as the German forces cross the border. Disguised as peasants, they avoid capture, witness death and atrocities, and reach safety as two different people who’ve found deep love. But, the tentacles of treachery have spread to England where Adrian faces charges of treason and a woman who’ll stop at nothing to see him dead.

Know the Heroine from Behind the Clouds

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

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

Well, no one knows Gabrielle has a lover. If he’s not with her, she’s dreaming of him.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Gabrielle is an upper- class English lady with servants. Her meals are traditional, but chocolate is a favourite for after dinner.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

She wore expensive but uninspiring clothes until that fateful trip to Belgium. When the Germans invaded, sparking World War One, she and her husband Adrian, whom she despised, had to run for their lives. To survive, she wore anything to hide her identity.

Does she know how to fix things?

She couldn’t slice bread until they were trapped in Belgium. Fear and hunger and deprivation soon taught her to be self-sufficient.

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

She was expected to marry well, and she did – to the wealthy Adrian Bryce. Eight years and two children later they could barely stand the sight of each other, until they travelled to Belgium – where a war was about to hit the world.

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

Gabrielle is very fond of children.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Mornings in her upper class world were orderly and pleasant until she and Adrian were betrayed in Belgium. After that, her mornings were gut wrenching fear of being caught, hiding in ditches and barns and looking for food.

How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Very well, Gabrielle was born into a wealthy upper class family.

Maid or takes care of herself?

Gabrielle had a maid until the world as she knew it ended in 1914. The terrifying journey through Belgium to safety taught her a lot – being self sufficient was one big lesson.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Always proper clothes

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Sleeves buttoned

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural hair

Carriage or horseback?

1914 – 1918 – car and train.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Behind the Clouds

Publisher https://blackvelvetseductions.com/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NSKITO/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/behind-the-clouds-jan-selbourne/1122916686?ean=9781936556694

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Jan Selbourne grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. Her career started in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting then a working holiday in the UK brought the history to life. Now retired, Jan can indulge her love of writing and travel. She has two adult children and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.
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Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era by AngelinaJameson @RegencyLady #RLFblog #HistoricalRomance #RegencyAngelina Jameson welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here!

Looking forward to reading about your research on alcohol abuse in the Regency Era, but first, please tell us about A Lady’s Addiction.

A Lady’s Addiction by Angelina Jameson

Genre Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Anna, a widow battling alcohol addiction, is convinced she is worthless unless she bears a child. Devlyn, sterile after an accident, has returned to England from an assignment for the Foreign Office. Anna and Devlyn join forces to protect an innocent child from a blackmailer. Can they come to terms not only with their feelings for each other but whether they will allow society to dictate the true significance of life?

Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era

The heroine of my book A Lady’s Addiction has a problem with alcohol. Anna used it to self-medicate, to deal with the disgusting attentions from her husband. Now a widow, Anna struggles to rid herself of her nightly ritual of drinking a bottle of wine to dull her senses.

The term alcoholism wasn’t around in the Regency era and wasn’t coined until 1852. Reformers labeled those who often drank in excess as habitual drunkards. At the time habitual drunkenness wasn’t seen as a disease. I portrayed Anna as an alcohol abuser not an alcoholic. She uses alcohol to de-stress. If she continues on this path she would most likely become an alcoholic.

Anna’s drink of choice was wine. Wine was plentiful in upper class Regency households. Wine was a gentlemanly drink. It was imported and expensive, perfect as a posh drink for the upper classes. During the years of war between France and England it was harder to get French wine. The English turned to new favorite wines from Spain, and Portugal. These wines were Madeira, Malaga, port, or sherry. The hero in my book refers to Portuguese wine in the first chapter.Alcohol Abuse in the Regency Era by AngelinaJameson @RegencyLady #RLFblog #HistoricalRomance #Regency

During the Gin Craze in 18th century London binge drinking became a huge social problem. Gin was cheap and readily available to the lower classes. The heavy consumption of alcohol continued during the Regency. In the Reminisces of Captain Gronow, the author stated: “Drinking was the fashion of the day.”

It is well known that George IV drank heavily. Did George’s excessive drinking reflect current fashion or set it? I think both. Drinking played an extremely important social role in eighteenth century England. Anyone who reads Regency historical novels has heard of gout. The high consumption of port and fortified wines led to the upper class disease of gout.

What about women drinking in the Regency era? While there are many cartoons and articles from the Regency showing excess drinking by men, it was much harder to find information about those Regency women who may have abused alcohol. Lady Caroline Lamb was known to be addicted to alcohol and laudanum near the end of her life. It is taken for granted that women of society drank to relieve the boredom and monotony of their lives. Women drank wine with their meals and drank sherry in the drawing room after dinner. It is not hard to imagine women overindulging with all the alcohol surrounding them.

The prevailing attitude seemed to be that as long as your addiction didn’t affect your social obligations you were not rebuked for it.

Where to buy A Lady’s Addiction

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0851N17NR/

Angelina Jameson Social Media

Angelina Jameson is a multi-published author of historical Regency romance. Growing up in Las Vegas, Nevada, Angelina joined the US Air Force to see the world. Dreams of visiting the United Kingdom were fulfilled when she was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the beautiful countryside of Suffolk, England. Five years later she returned to the states having acquired a love of not only all things British but also Regency and historical romance.
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Image credit: James Gillray (18th century) copyright CC by 4.0

Stuart: Bachelors and Babies #10 by Caroline Clemmons @carolinclemmons #RLFblog #NewRelease #westernhistoricalCaroline Clemmons, 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.

Stuart, Bachelors and Babies (#10) by Caroline Clemmons

Genre western historical romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

He is building for the future…

She is escaping the past…

Trouble could destroy their family

Stuart McGee needs the bounty from capturing the two men he’s trailing. That reward will allow him to buy the ranch of his dreams. When he encounters the men, he learns they’ve killed a young couple. The big surprise is there’s a baby in their cabin. What is Stuart supposed to do with a baby girl?

Georgina Potter has to get away from home. Her family treats her as a screw-up. She is determined to prove them wrong. Starting over as a mail-order bride might not be the best way but it’s the only way she can get away from her family. When she arrives she learns her groom has married someone else. What is she going to do with no money, no groom, and nowhere to stay?

When Georgina and Stuart marry, neither is convinced it’s the right choice. Baby Adeline captures the affection of both. Can working together as parents ignite romance for Georgina and Stuart? When trouble comes, will their fledgling relationship disintegrate or become stronger?

Why did you write this book?

I was invited by Charlene Raddon to be a part of the multi-author project Bachelors and Babies. The premise is a bachelor in some way finds or is responsible for a baby for whom he is unprepared. That immediately put an idea in my mind and I was eager to participate. I’m so glad I did because I enjoyed writing this book. I think it’s the best I’ve written in a while. The heroine has “incidents” I had fun creating. Beta readers have said it’s their favorite.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Western historical but I read everything except horror, true crime, erotica, or sci-fi

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

Taylor Stapleton from Prince Charming by Julie Garwood.

What are you working on at the moment?

Another fun project, Polka With Pauline, one of the Matchmaker’s Ball series books. I really enjoy these multi-author projects (MAP). They force me to stretch myself and I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve benefitted from the experience.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I have a busy year planned. After Polka With Pauline in March, Mail-Order Victoria will release in April followed by a novella a month through December.

Where to buy Stuart

Amazon Universal link: https://mybook.to/Georgina

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Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their dog and two rescued indoor cats as well as providing nourishment outdoors for squirrels, birds, and other critters.
The over fifty titles she has created in her pink cave have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won several awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. Her series include the Kincaids, McClintocks, Stone Mountain Texas, Bride Brigade, Texas Time Travel, Texas Caprock Tales, Loving A Rancher, and Pearson Grove as well as numerous single titles and contributions to multi-author sets. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap.
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Know the Hero from Impassioned Deceit by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #Australian Historical RomanceFaye Hall, 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.

Impassioned Deceit by Faye Hall

Genre Australian Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Would you risk your life for the one you love?

At thirty-two, Hannah Wagstaff’s scandalous past, and the scar it left her with, has made her a spinster, scaring away any offers of marriage. She had given up on love until by chance she was reunited with Patrick, a man who had lit a flame in her heart years ago before disappearing from her life.

Patrick O’Doherty couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Hannah. He had been certain he would never see her again, but there she was, and this time he would do anything to keep her in his life.

Things take a drastic turn when Patrick’s vengeful stepfather starts demanding ownership of the cattle station that was left to Patrick by his father. Suddenly, Patrick finds himself on the run for his life, trying to uncover the secrets of his stepfather’s past and the reason he would be willing to murder for a cattle station.

Hannah is distraught when she’s told Patrick died in a fire. Her grief continues when her sister is kidnapped without any clue to who could have taken her. Months later, when her sister returns, Hannah goes looking for the culprit. What she finds is Patrick, alive and working as a bartender at a hotel.

Passionately reunited with Hannah, Patrick discovers that not only is his life under threat, but hers as well. What secrets tie their families together? Will he be able to protect Hannah, or will his love for her ultimately cost him his life?

Know the Hero from Impassioned Deceit

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

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

Patrick would look through the old files and boxes left at his cattle station by is late father in the hope to discover more about his family and it’s past.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

I’d imagine something cold to give him some relief from the heat of North Queensland.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He spends most of his time working on his cattle station and is very comfortable in jeans and a cotton shirt.

Does he know how to fix things?

He does yes! Though he’s the owner of one of the largest cattle stations in the area, he’s not shy of hard work, and is often with his workers fixing fences or rebuilding burnt down hay sheds.

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

Patrick returns to his family home after seeing smoke coming from the building. Braving the smoke and growing flames, he ventures inside to rescue the woman he was certain was still inside. Finding her dead, there was a struggle with her attacker and Patrick is injured. He blindly tries to find his way free of the burning building, having failed to save the woman he’d come after. Struggling from the house, he tries to pull himself up onto the back of a very scared horse, but is bucked from it’s back, hitting the ground hard, that he fears death isn’t far behind.

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

Patrick is an only child, so is very unfamiliar with children, however he does have a vague hope of maybe one day being a father.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

He has learned to enjoy the beauty of the morning, and the way the sunlight emphasizes the beauty of his cattle station.

How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Patrick is very uncomfortable in such situations and longs for a quiet life away from the busy life others in his financial situation share.

Valet or takes care of himself?

He takes care of himself.

Necktie/cravat or open shirt?

Patrick always wear an open neck cotton shirt

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

His sleeves are more often rolled up, usually due to some repairs he’s conducting on the station.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Patrick has naturally blond hair.

Carriage or horseback?

Horseback! Patrick is a very confident rider.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Impassioned Deceit

Publisher http://beachwalkpress.com/impassioned-deceit/

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Faye Hall spent her early years listening to stories about the families – including her own – who settled townships in and around her hometown in North Queensland, Australia. The local townspeople, including her own parents, told her stories of corruption and slavery, along with family secrets and forbidden love.
Desperate to remember what she’d been told, along with her already growing love of writing, Faye began to write about the history of her local area. Never could she have imagined the history of her small home town in Australia would become a growing list of published books.
Faye’s passionate stories combine controversial subjects and provocative encounters as her characters struggle to survive the lifestyle in early rural townships throughout Australia. She explores slavery and abortion, drug addiction and murder, as well as forbidden love and passionate affairs of the heart.
When she’d not writing, Faye enjoys sharing a bottle of wine with her husband in their ever-growing garden, and encouraging the varied interests of their combined family of nine children.
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