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Historical romances set in the past.

Read the series: Duke of Renown - Book 1 of Dukes of Distinction by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #RegencyRomanceCan a widow learn to trust a duke who lets her think he is a smuggler? New Alexa Aston Regency Romance Duke of Renown kicks off her Dukes of Distinction series.

Alexa, 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 series.

Duke of Renown, Book 1 in the Dukes of Distinction

Genre Regency historical romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Who doesn’t love a duke? How about five of them? These five aristocrats all come with nicknames Polite Society has bestowed upon them. Renown. Charm. Disrepute. Arrogance. Honor.

A woman with a broken heart…

A soldier who never dreamed he’d become a duke…

Phoebe Smythe, Countess of Borwick, suffers a tragic miscarriage when she learns her husband and young son have been killed in a carriage accident. The grieving widow retreats to an isolated cottage on the coast of Cornwall, where she finds a smuggler who’s washed ashore, blood leaking from a bullet wound.

Captain Andrew Graham returns home from the Napoleonic Wars after the death of his older brother, finding his father on his deathbed. Soon he becomes the Duke of Windham and must deal not only with numerous responsibilities but his wayward half-brother, who has amassed a mountain of debt and then shoots Andrew so he can become the new duke.

Andrew awakens to an angel of mercy, Mrs. Smith, a middle-class widow who nurses him back to health. She thinks he’s a criminal, which amuses him, but he soon falls in love with her beauty and spirit. On the day he decides to ask for her hand in marriage, she disappears and he has no way to find her – until he spies her across a London ballroom.

Though her heart belongs to the Cornish smuggler she left behind, Phoebe places herself once more on the Marriage Mart. She yearns to be a mother again – which means finding a husband.

What will Phoebe do when she learns that her Mr. Andrew is none other than the famous Duke of Renown?

Find the answer in The Duke of Renown, Book 1 in the Dukes of Distinction.

Each book in Dukes of Distinction is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order and can be read for free in Kindle Unlimited.

Series Order:

Book #1: Duke or Renown
Book #2: Duke of Charm
Book #3: Duke of Disrepute
Book #4: Duke of Arrogance
Book #5: Duke of Honor

Which book is this in the series?

Duke of Renown is the first book in my new Dukes of Distinction Regency series.

How many books do you plan for the series?

There will be 5 total. They release once a month between February and June.

How many books are completed?

I’ve finished writing the entire series, thanks to sitting home during COVID – I wrote a lot!

What characters are the main stars in your series?

Each romance features a different couple and these couple will pop up in subsequent books.

What is the overall theme in this series?

Friendship and love! Five men bound in friendship become five of the most powerful men in England. From rakes to war heroes, these men rise to the role of duke – and each finds a powerful love along the way.

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

Book 1 – Duke of Renown – Andrew & Phoebe
Book 2 – Duke of Charm – George & Samantha
Book 3 – Duke of Disrepute – Weston & Elise
Book 4 – Duke of Arrogance – Jon & Arabella
Book 5 – Duke of Honor – Sebastian & Hadley

What did you like best about writing this series?

I think historical romance readers just adore dukes. I know I do – both reading about them and writing for them. I enjoyed creating five incredibly different men who rise to the responsibilities of their new ducal roles, even as they maintain their boyhood friendships with one another and find their soulmates.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

I’ve written 3 Regency romance series – The St. Clairs; Soldiers and Soulmates; and The de Wolfes of Esterley Castle. I also have another Regency series coming between July and November of 2021 – Dukes Done Wrong.

I also have written twenty medieval historical romances and a contemporary series, Hollywood Name Game.

Where can we find links for all your books?

All of my romances are in Kindle Unlimited and sold exclusively at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/author/alexaaston

Where to buy Duke of Renown:

Amazon http://bit.ly/DukeofRenown

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Award-winning and internationally bestselling author Alexa Aston 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’s a binge fiend (The Crown and Ozark are favorites) who enjoys travel, sports, and time with her family.
Her historical romances bring to life loveable rogues and dashing knights, while her contemporary romances are light and flirty and sometimes contain a bit of suspense.
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Read Perilous Love by Jan Selbourne@JanSelbourne #RLFblog #Historical FictionSelbourne’s Perilous Love tells of war in Europe and a shocking betrayal, forcing Adrian and Gabrielle to run for their lives. Will they reach safety, or will danger and treason follow them back to England?

Jan Selbourne welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Perilous Love

Perilous Love by Jan Selbourne

Genre Historical Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

As the world rushes towards a war, Adrian Bryce, wealthy businessman, is ordered by the British government to leave his mistress and accompany his estranged wife Gabrielle to Belgium. They require proof Gabrielle’s uncle is supporting the German Empire. Adrian discovers secrets which plunge him and Gabrielle into a nightmare of betrayal. Forced to run for their lives as Germany invades, they must trust each other in the midst of danger, brutality, and injury.

Gabrielle enjoys her role of mother of their two children. Wanting only to be with her lover, and now fearful of exposure, she readies herself and her children for a difficult trip. With no way out, Gabrielle knows the two weeks with her aristocratic traditional family will be a trial, and Europe is on edge. She had no idea the danger she, Adrian and her children would be in.

Will Adrian and Gabrielle reach safety? If they do, are they out of danger or will the intrigue and treason follow them back to England?

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How do you come up with ideas?…

The idea for Perilous Love came from a small article on how a person’s true character emerges when faced with extreme danger, stress, or situations beyond our control. For instance, the tough guy turns to water and runs, the insignificant person steps up and takes charge. At the time I read this article I was reading my grandfather’s WW1 military record while completing my family tree. I had the setting, and I had the story.

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

Research, when we write historical fiction, we must provide an authentic as possible background for our story.

When did you write your first book?..

I have quite a few attempts going back some years and a few rejection letters to go with them. Perilous Love was my first real serious book and was published by Black Velvet Seductions in 2015.

 

 

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Leather or lace? Lace

Black or red? Red

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? I couldn’t afford satin sheets so smooth will do.

Ocean or mountains? Mountains.

City life or country life? Country life

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home

Dogs or cats? Both

Where to buy Perilous Love

Publisher Black Velvet Seductions

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDN985Q

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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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Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play by Alina K Field @ #RLFblog #NewRelease #ReadaRegencyA Scottish soldier plagued by visions returns from war in Alina K Field’s new Regency romance, Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play. When he meets the wife he spurned, an old enemy resurfaces and threatens her. Can he reach the woman he never stopped loving in time to save her?

Alina, 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.

Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play by Alina K Field

Genre: Regency Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Plagued by hellish memories and rattling visions of battle to come, a Scottish Baron returning from two decades at war meets the daughter he denied was his, and the wife he divorced, and learns that everything he’d believed to be true was a lie. What he can’t deny is that she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. They’re not the young lovers they once were, but when passion flares, it burns more hotly than ever it did in their youth.

They soon discover, it wasn’t fate that drove them apart, but a jealous enemy, who played on his youthful arrogance and her vulnerability. Now that old enemy has resurfaced, more treacherous than ever. When his lady falls into a trap, can he reach her in time to rescue this love that never died?

Why did you write this book?

Fated Hearts is part of the Tragic Characters in Classic Lit project, wherein a group of Regency romance authors are taking tragic characters and with complete artistic license, setting them in Georgian era England and giving them a happily-ever-after. I couldn’t resist the challenge of retelling Macbeth’s story.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Historical romance, and historical mystery

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

Rupert Carsington, from Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible

What are you working on at the moment?

A Christmas novella for 2021 release.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

In April, my novella The Comtesse of Midnight will appear in the Storm & Shelter Anthology.

Where to buy Fated Hearts, A Love After All Retelling of the Scottish Play

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Award winning and USA Today bestselling author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but prefers 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, where she shares a midcentury home with her husband and a spunky, blond rescued terrier. She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. Though hard at work on her next series of romantic adventures, she loves to hear from readers!
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Read the series: The Legend of Skinner Robelard -- Legends Book 1 by Rue Allyn @RueAllyn #RLFblog #WesternRomanceA woman bent on revenge hides in plain sight in Rue Allyn’s new Historical Western Romance, The Legend of Skinner Robelard. A man from her past wants to keep her safe, but can his love conquer her vengeance.

Rue, 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 series.

The Legend of Skinner Robelard — Book 1 in the Legend Series

Genre Historical Western Romance

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

Pampered and privileged then betrayed and disowned, Elise Van Demer hides in plain sight and plots her revenge on the men who destroyed her life. With her goal in sight, she encounters a lawman from her past. Boyd Alvarez could ruin everything, and the last thing she needs is wanting some man who only wants to protect her.

His family dead and without a home, Boyd Alvarez rides the range and hunts bounties for a living. When he stumbles on Elise Van Demer his only thought is to keep her safe. He can outgun just about every man, but can he protect her from her own plans of revenge? Can he teach her that loving a man is a better dream than destroying her enemies?

Which book is this in the series?

This is the first book in my Legends series

How many books do you plan for the series?

At least three with a good chance of more

How many books are completed?

Only this first book

What characters are the main stars in your series?

A different hero and heroine will star in each book.

What is the overall theme in this series?

Ordinary men and women who live extraordinary lives

What did you like best about writing this series?

I love the challenge of finding the ordinary men and women and the extraordinary circumstances into which I place them. For example my plan for book three is to have a prospector–fairly ordinary for the ‘old west’ encounter a fae woman, who’s been banished from her home.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

I’ve written a number of series. Wildfire love books 1-3 are sort of prequel to this story. The hero and heroine of The Legend of Skinner Robelard met in book 2 of the Wildfire Love Series. I’ve also written several books set in Medieval England and Scotland The Knight Chronicles is an ongoing series which will eventually link up all the heroes of those books.

Where can we find links for all your books?

For the convenience of my readers I have universal buy links for all my books. For information on all my books, check out my website books page then click on the cover of the book that interests you. https://www.rueallyn.com/booksnew/.

Where to buy The Legend of Skinner Robelard — Legends Book 1

Universal Buy Link https://books2read.com/u/mVKJDJ

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Award winning author, Rue Allyn, learned story telling at her grandfather’s knee. (Well it was really more like on his knee–I was two.) She’s been weaving her own tales ever since. She has worked as an instructor, mother, sailor, clerk, sales associate, and painter, along with a variety of other types of employment. She has lived and traveled in places all over the globe from Keflavik Iceland (I did not care much for the long nights of winter.) and Fairbanks Alaska to Panama City and the streets of London England to a large number of places in between. Now that her two sons have left the nest, Rue and her husband of more than four decades (Try living with the same person for more than forty years–that’s a true adventure.) have retired and moved south. When not writing, enjoying the nearby beach or working jigsaw puzzles, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance.. She loves to hear from readers.
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Coming Soon: Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender @marielavender1 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceA young heiress and a charming ship captain embark on an unexpected journey in Marie Lavender’s Upon Your Return, a new historical romance set by the sea.

Marie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Upon Your Return.

Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender

Genre: Historical Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Award-winning Author Marie Lavender brings excitement and passion to two coastal France towns in this captivating love story about a young heiress and a devilishly charming ship captain.

After being raised to believe that love is just a frivolous endeavor, French heiress Fara Bellamont has always kept her dreams of adventure and discovering a soul-searing passion to herself. So, when Captain Grant Hill makes his grand entrance into her life by way of rescuing her one fateful night, she knows she’s in trouble. He completely steals her heart.

But, as far as society is concerned, he’s also not a suitable husband.

Grant Hill, a beguiling, rugged ship captain, is just as enthralled with Fara as she is with him, but he too knows such things aren’t so simple. Not only must they overcome social expectations to be together, but wars, and lies, as well. And with a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire:

Happiness.

If you loved Surrender of a Siren by Tessa Dare or The Other Miss Brigerton by Julia Quinn, you’ll love this “exciting” and “intricate” standalone Historical Romance set by the sea. Get your copy today…

Where to buy Upon Your Return

Coming Soon: Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender @marielavender1 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomancePublisher: https://foundationsbooks.net/
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Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 20 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though Marie has standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Her Victorian maritime romance series is returning, and the second editions of the trilogy will be released under her new publisher, Foundations Books.
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Convincing the Countess, in Mistletoe and Mayhem, A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology by Alina K Field @AlinaKField #RLFblog #NewRelease #ReadaRegencyA business minded aristocrat finds himself pursuing a casual affair with a widowed countess… until love changes everything, in Alina K Field’s Convincing the Countess, a Regency Christmas novella.

Alina, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Convincing the Countess and Mistletoe and Mayhem, A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology.

Convincing the Countess by Alina K Field

Genre: Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

There’s no Christmas like a Regency Christmas spent under mistletoe! New York Times Bestselling author Cheryl Bolen and friends invite you to discover true love in eleven deliciously steamy romances in this all-new holiday collection

In Alina K Field’s Convincing the Countess, a penniless widowed countess with trade in her blood descends upon the country manor of her sons’ negligent guardian, intent on confronting him and setting a course for her boys’ futures. Instead, she finds his younger brother, a business-minded aristocrat with a penchant for widows and a distaste for emotional entanglements. A man who once witnessed her greatest humiliation. A man offering tempting distractions that threaten to derail all her plans.

Called home at Christmas to bring his older brother to heel and sort out the family finances, a baron’s younger brother wishes nothing more than to finish the task and return to his railway project. But when he finds his mother entertaining a fetching widow he met many years earlier as the unfortunate bride of a ne’er-do-well earl, temptation steers him along a different track, one that may derail all his plans.

Can he convince the reluctant countess to set a course for her future that includes him?

Why did you write this book?

The business-minded hero is a secondary character in last year’s The Duke She Despised. I knew he had to have his own happily ever after!

What is your favorite genre to read?

I enjoy many, but I especially like historical romance and historical mystery.

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

Rupert Carsington, the hero of Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m just wrapping up Fated Hearts, a project for the Love After All Tragic Characters in Literature project, retelling the story of Macbeth as a Regency-set romance with a happily-ever-after; I’ve finished a novella called The Comtesse of Midnight, related to Fated Hearts for Storm and Shelter, a Bluestocking Belles and Friends Collection; and I’m also working on the first draft of a sequel to Convincing the Countess.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Fated Hearts, my Macbeth retelling, will be available at the end of December. Storm and Shelter is available now for preorder for the April 2020 release.

Where to buy Mistletoe and Mayhem, A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology

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Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but she prefers 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 where she is hard at work on her next historical romance.
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