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Historical romances set in the past.

Know the Hero from Christmas Hope by Caroline Warfield @carowarfield #RLFblog #historicalromance #WWICaroline Warfield, 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.

Christmas Hope by Caroline Warfield

Genre Historical Romance: Twentieth Century

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

After two years at the mercy of the Canadian Expeditionary force and the German war machine, Harry ran out of metaphors for death, synonyms for brown, and images of darkness. When he encounters color among the floating gardens of Amiens and life in the form a widow and her little son, hope ensnares him. Through three more long years of war and its aftermath, the hope she brings keeps Harry alive. Rosemarie Legrand’s husband left her a tiny son, no money, and a savaged reputation when he died. She struggles to simply feed the boy and has little to offer a lonely soldier, but Harry’s devotion lifts her up. The war demands all her strength and resilience, but the hope of peace and the promise of Harry’s love keep her going.

In the confusion at war’s end, will their love be enough?

Know the Hero from Christmas Hope

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

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

War has been described as long periods of boredom interspersed with intense excitement. Harry’s a reader, when he can find books that is his preferred escape, but it is hard when they rotate into the trenches. He used to write poetry but the war kicked it out of him.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He has no access to shopping, generally, but he has made friends with the fellows in the mess tent. Beans are the least disgusting army food. When he gets leave he looks for wine.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Anything but khaki, but he’s worn nothing else for two years when the book starts. He longs for a good clean white shirt.

Does he know how to fix things?

He learned many skills on his grandfather’s farm so he can fix a tractor—or truck—when needed. He cares for his rifle superlatively. He can repair Rosemarie’s barque as well. His delight in these things astounds his city-dwelling father who is grooming him for the law.

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

Harry is attached to the Bible his grandmother sent with him if only because it reminds him of home and better times. When a soldier put it in the mud as mean joke, Harry took it down to the Somme to clean it. He ended up dropping it in the river and had to chase it almost all the way to Amiens. (Luckily he had leave.) It is how he met Rosemarie so his accident turned into a blessing.

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

Harry loves kids. He developed rapport with Rosemarie’s little Marcel, age two, almost immediately. Marcel hero worships him.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Silent and brooding. He wants coffee, the stronger the better.

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

Before the war he was at university in Ottawa. His father has ambitions for Harry and made sure his training in social niceties was perfect. His manners are excellent.

Valet or takes care of himself?

He is laughing hysterically over this. Even home in Calgary he had no personal servant, but in France? In the trenches?

Necktie/cravat or open shirt?

Neither. Army issue, buttoned to the neck, high collar, no tie.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Buttoned. Off duty, when private, he prefers them rolled up. When he can get to Rosemarie’s cottage, he relaxes.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural Hair

Carriage or horseback?

He has access to neither. He walks, begs rides on the back of a wagon. When he can, he travels by boat down the Somme.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

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Award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things: traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer, genealogist—even a nun. She reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
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Read The Chieftain’s Secret by Mageela Troche @MageelaTroche #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceMageela Troche, 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.

The Chieftain’s Secret by Mageela Troche

Genre Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

On a windswept Scottish Isle…

Many objects wash up on the shores of the rugged Isle of Mull. The Laird of Lochbuie never expected a pregnant wife to be included in that. Honorable Niall MacLean was wed to his childhood love when she died in childbirth. Now a widower, he struggles to get beyond his grief. Then a dear friend, Ermina Bruce pleaded for his help. His protective instinct came alive and he handfasted with Ermina to save her from an unsuitable marriage and one drunken night has led to forever after and a repeat of his past heartbreak.

The bonds of friendship…

Noble Ermina Bruce has loved Niall MacLean since he first fostered in her uncle’s home. But he loved another so she settled for the deep bonds of friendship. When her family arranged a marriage she didn’t want she knew Niall could save her from that miserable fate.

One night of passion…

That one night in Niall’s arms led to her pregnancy. Ermina has not told Niall of their secret baby. But his reaction isn’t her greatest fear. Her fear is even greater than the brave laird’s wrath. Every woman in her family has died in childbirth and all know the same fate awaits her. Once again, Ermina knows Niall is the only one who can save her. And if he fails, her last days shall be with the man she has loved since childhood.

Will love have a chance to come alive?

What is your go-to meal when you dine out?

I love pizza. Nothing in this whole world is as perfect as pizza.

Describe the perfect vacation.

I’m dying to travel to Rome. Pizza, history and art—that sounds like perfection to me.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

My favorite toys were my crayons. They had to be the 64 Crayola crayons. You couldn’t rip off the paper or press too hard. And if the point broke I had to get a whole new box. One time when I lived in Florida, I wanted my crayons to get some sun and put them in the window. Of course, they melted. I cried and wailed until I got a new box.

When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?

I love reading. Of course, I read romance. But I love history and historical biographies. I also love mysteries. I hate reading anything that has a sad ending so I rarely read literary novels. I don’t want to be rooting for a character for them to die at the end. Real life has enough hardships and I don’t want to deal with that in book.

What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?

Since I write highlander historical romance, I read a lot of historical sources, primary and secondary. I also read biographies as well as academic papers.

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An Air Force brat, Mageela Troche has lived throughout the world then landed in New York City. She wanted to leave the same day she arrived. Yet, with her stubbornness, Mageela learned to like the place and the libraries were the main reason. Since she was a little girl, Mageela wanted to be an author and an actress, however, once in college, she changed her life plan in the pursuit of money. After all, college loans must be repaid.
With life’s twists and turns, she returned to writing and focused on the romance genre. Mageela Troche’s first break came when she sold a short story to a magazine. She sold two more before the publication of her historical romance novel, The Marriage Alliance. She has gone on to write four more novels and a novella.
Mageela is currently writing in the cramped corner of her Big Apple apartment. She is the proud owner of a Black-masked lovebird named Boobula. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found online at
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Let’s meet Sir Haven De Sessions from A True and Perfect Knight, a medieval romance, by Rue Allyn. 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 latest book.

A True and Perfect Knight by Rue Allyn

Genre Medieval Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Baron Haven De Sessions knows a hundred reasons to despise the widow Dreyford.  The widow is entirely too independent and a suspected traitor.  Worst of all, she had been married to his best friend—a man Haven arrested for plotting against the king.  Haven believes the treacherous widow should have given up her head, not his childhood friend.  Now an oath to that same friend forces him to protect a woman he does not want and cannot trust.

Genvieve Dreyford has her own reasons to detest De Sessions.  The man is far too handsome, and his reputation as Edward I’s most ‘true and perfect’ knight has swelled the baron’s head.  Worst of all, Gennie believes he betrayed his friendship with her husband to curry favor with the English king.  Now, because of Haven De Sessions, Gennie has lost her home, her title and nearly everything she held dear.  Only for the sake of her family, will Gennie place herself in the power of a man she fears and mistrusts.

Stressing Sir Haven De Sessions

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: Approximately thirty years old

Gender: Male

Birthplace: England

Profession: Knight

Ethnicity: English

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

What does your hero look like? 

Golden Brown hair with eyes the color of dark topaz. Haven is the epitome of a tall, broad shouldered, narrow hipped, square jawed, leanly muscled knight at arms.

Who is the significant other in his life? 

Lady Genvieve Dreyfore will be come his significant other, although at the time of this interview he probably doesn’t know that.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

Sir Haven De Sessions entered the large hall in King Edward’s castle where the celebraton was already in progress. Dancers filled the floor and muscians played rondos in the upper gallery. Edward motioned from across the room for Haven to come to his king’s side. He crossed the room as quickly as possible but the attention given him by ladies married and not delayed his progress. He was saved from committing to any assignations by Edward’s obvious displeasure at being kept waiting.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

Haven is eager, as he always is to obet his king. However, despite his impatience with the demands of the various ladies who approach him, Haven is unfailingly courteous.He smiles and kisses their hands, and appears saddened to be forced to refuse their requests for his time. They don’t realize that his smiles are those of a man relieved to have reason to say no. The attractions of the court ladies have beguen to fade for him. He is much happier to be about the king’s business and hopes that Edward has a mission for him.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Were, Edward not demanding Haven come to him, the knight would mingle and be socialble. He likes women and the men are his friends. He doesn’t understand the more dour knights who are standoffish.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

He prefers ale, but Edward only serves the best French wines.

How much drink is his usual?

One or two mugs of beer no more than two goblets of wine.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

Haven thinks hiding would be cowardly. Most likely he would be going to find a friend and bring him back to the party. He might, if the friend was drunk and becoming disorderly, Haven might try to hide his friend until the man could sober up some.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

Haven is definitely the friend that others latch onto, especially the ladies.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

In the king’s court, Haven would be the peace maker, and barring peace he would break up the fight as quickly and quietly as possible.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

Haven would do the tossing. He is almost unbearably responsible.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Haven knows when to leave.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Depending on the exact situation, Haven would most likely defend everyone involved, doing his best to keep the authorities from over-reacting.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

There are different types of scream. Assuming a shout of distress, Haven would grab his weapon and run towards the scream.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Break this up before it gets worse. Then find out what the problem is and try to resolve it.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

He will stop the assault.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

He fights on. Haven is never afraid of difficult odds. He does, however, try to prepare for all eventualities.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

He waits to discover what the other person will do.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

Haven will first suggest alternatives. If his advice is not heeded and the situation endangers anyone he will act to mitigate any harm.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

That his is what he was born and trained to do as a knight.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

“I can only pray that God will provide, as I pray you will recognize a greater good than absolute loyalty to your king.” Gennie said these words to Haven when they disagreed over sending the Welsh away from the keep that was once their home. He often recalls these words when making a difficult decision. They help him decide where his true loyalties and responsibilities lie.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

While on Crusade, Haven survived only because his friend was loyal and guarded Haven’s back. Loyalty is he watchword, however, he needs Gennie’s help to learn where loyalty should truly be given.

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

Despite his courtly reputation, he is very far from a True and Perfect Knight when this story begins.

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Hi, I’m Rue Allyn, I write heart melting romance novels. Books about characters and adventures in which love triumphs at the darkest moment. The kind of hopeful, steal-your-breath romance that melts a reader’s heart. The type of book I like to read. Hope you will too.
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Haunting Miss Fenwick by Alina K Field @AlinaKField #RLFblog #NewRelease #RegencyRomanceAlina K Field , 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.

Haunting Miss Fenwick by Alina K Field

Genre Regency Romance

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

Thrilled to finally have a permanent home, a Squire’s daughter won’t let a supernatural creature scare her away. While hunting the ghost she doesn’t believe in, she stumbles upon a mysterious flesh and blood man who might be the key to all of her problems.

When the new Squire moves into Fenwick Manor, an ex-army officer secretly searching the sprawling medieval wreck devises a plan. First, the manor’s legendary ghost will chase servants away. Then, he’ll convince the new residents to leave. But the Squire’s spirited daughter soon has him wondering if he might have found a perfect comrade in arms to help battle old enemies and find the proof that will clear his family name.

Why did you write this book?

Haunting Miss Fenwick picks up the story of Fenwick Manor, the home of one of the characters in my book The Counterfeit Lady. Not only do my hero and heroine get a happy ending, but the old manor does as well!

The story is also part of the Common Elements Romance Project. There are about one hundred of us romance authors writing stories in a variety of subgenres. All that’s required is that each story include five common elements: a missing key, a lightning storm, a haunted house, a character named Max, and a stack of books.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like historical romance, and historical adventure stories.

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

There are many, but I’m going to pick Rupert Carsington, the intrepid and incorrigible hero of Mr. Impossible, by Loretta Chase.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m doing the research and story planning for a prequel series to my Sons of the Spy Lord series, to be set in England during the tumultuous times of the French Revolution. I’m also planning a story for the Love After All project with other historical romance authors. We’re taking famous tragic characters, setting them in Regency England, and giving them a happy-ever-after. My story will be about Macbeth. Wish me luck!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Besides Haunting Miss Fenwick, I have a short Christmas novel included in the just-released Winter Wishes Holiday Regency Romance Anthology with twelve other authors. My story is called The Duke She Despised.

Where to buy Haunting Miss Fenwick


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Award winning author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!
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3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #RomanceKryssie Fortune, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Thank you for coming to share an insight from your book.

Regency Book Boyfriend 1 – Richard Sharpe

Rifleman jay grants anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

I’ve read the Bernard Cornwell books, and while he wasn’t as droolworthy there, he was still a compelling and well-written character. He wasn’t lucky in love, though.

I fell for him when I watched the Sharpe TV series. Add in that as Sean Bean in his dark green military rifleman’s uniform oozed sex appeal, and I was hooked. He might not be the obvious top pick, but he’s certainly mine.

Regency Book Boyfriend 2 – Mr. Darcy3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy by Hugh Thomson (1860-1920) [Public domain]

Think Colin Firth emerging from the lake. I’m hot and bothered already. So powerful was THAT scene, that there is now a statue of him in the Serpentine in London – wet shirt and all. Even in the book, he’s powerful and charismatic. The way he falls for Elizabeth Bennet is a joy to watch. As we know, true love doesn’t run smooth, but he wins her in the end.

Regency Book Boyfriend 3 – Hugo Darracott

3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance(from Georgette Heyer’s Unknown Ajax)

The South Gate, Rye by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm (No attribution Required)

My love of Historical Fiction started the instant I laid hands on a Georgette Heyer Regency romance.

Picking my favorite Heyer hero was hard. I settled on Hugo because he’s strong and protective, with a wicked sense of humor. Plus, I once led an online worldwide discussion of this book for massed Georgette Heyer fans. (I thought it was five of six people and like an idiot, I volunteered.) Fortunately, I’d visited one of the locations in the book – Mermaid Street, Rye – where some of the action takes place. I was luckier than I deserved.

Regency Book Boyfriend 4 – Viscount Stonehurst

I’d love to add a fourth Regency Hero, Viscount Stonehurst from my latest release The Viscount’s Pet.3 Droolworthy Regency Book Boyfriends, a list by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #Regency #Romance

He’s dark and satanic, the proprietor of a House of Fun in London, as well as the land agent on his best friend’s country estate. He’s heading home to reconnect with the father who disinherited him when he almost rides down Julianna Halstead. Unaware she has an abusive brother, he forces her to return home, but he steals a wicked kiss.

Okay, I write erotic romance. There’d been more than a kiss, but I wanted to keep my post PG rated.

Have I missed your favorite? Please tell me who you’d have included.

Where to buy The Viscount’s Pet by Kryssie Fortune

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Kryssie Fortune lives by the beach and loses track of time when she writes. Her days are full of dashing regency rakes, former soldiers so handsome they make her drool, and the sexiest werewolves ever. The odd vampire makes it in there too, but when he does, he’s drop dead gorgeous.
Her pet hates are unhappy endings and cliff hangers. She guarantees you won’t find either in her books. Her books sizzle with sensual heat, but story always comes before sex. Even when part of a series, her books can be read as stand-alone romance.
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Faye 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 heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Vanity and Humility by Faye Hall

Genre Australian Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

What if vanity threatened to destroy the only love you’ve ever known?

Ethan Brant is on the hunt for a murderess who is seducing her victims and stealing collections of diamonds from each one.  When the woman he suspects becomes his father’s newest wife, Ethan’s fears multiply and he agrees to travel with the newlyweds to Australia to help expand his father’s business interests, and protect his only remaining family at all cost.

Arriving in Rockhampton, Ethan never loses his suspicions of his father’s bride, especially when more bodies begin turning up, each a similar age to his father and all robbed of their diamonds.  If he could only find something to tie all his evidence together, he could finally put an end to this case.  What he finds instead is an intriguing young woman swimming on his father’s property who sends his emotions into turmoil.

Cady Eldon’s history with men taught her it was foolish to lose her heart to one.  When she meets Ethan down at the lake though, she couldn’t ignore the fire he burned inside her, making her long for the feel of his skin against hers.  Discovering he was in fact a police detective, she becomes intrigued.  Why would a man so wealthy, and with such a noble career, want to live so humbly?

Her attraction to this man, and her interest in the murder case he was working on, pulls them together on a journey north where they become entangled in the manipulative web of the murderess Ethan is chasing.

As their affair continues, Ethan and Cady learn just how cruel one woman’s vanity can be and how she will stop at nothing to get the riches she believes she deserves.

Will their love survive, or will they fall victim to the greatest sin of all?

Know the Heroine from Vanity and Humility

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

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

Read a crime novel.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Some cool tropical fruit like watermelon or mango

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Cady would prefer trousers and a cotton work shirt to the layers she’s required to wear.

Does she know how to fix things?

No, but she’s eager to learn.

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

She was helping her uncle plant sugar cane billets and she slipped in one of the drills.  She was covered in mud from head to toe.

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

A little apprehensive.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Nothing a cup of coffee wouldn’t fix.

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

She can’t wait to escape!  She does uphold the required behavior though.

Maid or takes care of herself?

She does have servants, but she’s not opposed to taking care of herself a little.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

She likes to wear light fabric and simple dresses.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Rolled up.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

She has long black hair.

Carriage or horseback?


Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Vanity and Humility


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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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