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Category Archives: Interracial

A romance in which the racial background and/or ethnicity of the main characters are part of the plot.

Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #interracialromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Queen of the Castle.

Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From award-winning, bestselling author, Lyndell Williams, a story of bridled desire unleashed.

Tarika is happy living single. She loves her home—her castle—and is not looking for some man to try and take over everything she has built. When best friend, Hafsah throws Aqil her way, Tarika makes it clear that she is not interested in the shy man, who barely speaks to her. When she needs his help after an accident, she allows Aqil and his daughter into her life, making it difficult to resist his sexy gray eyes and sultry smile. The more time she spends with him, the harder it is to keep her distance.

Aqil planned to stay focused on rebuilding his life with his daughter after a messy divorce until he saw Tarika. He tries to maintain a respectful amount of space, but her confidence and beauty draw him in. He knows he has everything Tarika needs and gets closer to her, bringing them into a passionate abandon that can break down the walls of her inhibitions but may also shatter their lives.

Why did you write this book?

I like to write romances that highlight the beautiful imperfection of loving someone. People bring their personalities and experiences into relationships, which can affect how they come together.

Readers met main characters Tarika and Aqil in the book, Open to Love and became excited about their story. They struggle with the feeling burgeoning between them. Tarika doesn’t want to give up the single life and her autonomy. Aqil is rebuilding his life after a bitter divorce, so he is not ready to go headfirst into new a relationship.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance has been my favorite genre since I was a teenager. I am excited to write romances with a more diverse spectrum of characters from an expanse of backgrounds and layered experiences.

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

I don’t have a favorite character.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working my keyboard to get Building on Broken Dreams to readers. It is book three in the steamy, gripping Brothers in Law interracial romance series. The novel features Maryam and Adam. Maryam is surviving an abuse relationship when she meets Adam. She tries to start a new life with him, but the past threatens to destroy them both.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Readers can be on the lookout for Building on Broken Dreams, The Trouble with that Sister (Open to Love Book Three) and a book in A Timeless Love Series.

Where to buy Queen of the Castle


Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
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My Way to You by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, 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.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Genre contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual—until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
Why did you write this book?

I had a few reasons for writing My Way to You, the primary one being that I wanted to write a romance centering what I gleaned as the increasing lines of solidarity between Blacks and Asians in the country. I also wanted to highlight the growing Black Woman-Asian Man (BWAM) subculture, where members of two social groups deemed less desirable are learning to appreciate each other as love matches.
Black women and Asian men have to tackle with a contrived lack of appeal stemming from stereotypes masculinizing one and feminizing the other. My Way to You and other romances centering BWAM love interests pushes back against that and offers representation for couples in similar relationships as well as interracial couples in general.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Oh, romance, romance, and then—romance. I became hooked on it as a teenager and never looked back. When I was presented with a choice of genre to study for my master’s thesis, I selected romance. I think the genre is integral to revealing and influencing how people navigate a quintessential human emotion eros love.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My favorite fictional character is Sofia in The Color Purple by Alice Walker. She’s an amazingly-strong character that shows the layers of racism and sexism that Black American women encounter from Black men as well as White men and women.
Sofia constantly fights against people’s attempts to degrade and dehumanize her. She paid for her quest for dignity and humanity with her physical well-being and liberty, which is also in jeopardy for real Black women daring to do the same. Even though she was crushed by society, her spirit wasn’t. Her raising like a phoenix from the ashes after years of torment is the profoundest moment in literary history.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a couple of projects that require different styles of writing. I am working on Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, book two of the Brothers in Law romance series. The story features Marcus and Toni from My Way to You (book one) and their struggles to keep their perfect marriage from falling apart.
I am also writing an essay about African American Muslim romance to be added to an anthology on American Muslim popular culture as well as a short story for an American Muslim story collection. Although it can be demanding, I love the different directions my writing takes me.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I plan to have books two and three of the Brothers in Law series ready for readers to dive into.
Hopefully, readers will get to enjoy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit in early 2019. After that, there will be Building on Broken Dreams (book three), my first Muslim romance in the series. It features a steamy interracial couple—Adam Kane and Maryam Avery—as they build a beautiful life together that is threatened to be torn down by Maryam’s past.

Where to buy My Way to You

Layla Writes Love (signed copies)

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She presently teaches history as an adjunct instructor.
Williams a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is the managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA.
Amazon Author Page


Today’s featured book is Sweeter Than This by Samara King.

About the Book

Title  Sweeter Than This
Genre  Interracial Romance
Author  Samara King
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
With her best friend murdered, the man believed to be partly responsible under the nose of her gun and a stranger looming in the shadows out for blood, Officer Elle Taylor is running out of time and people to trust. Will Elle risk crossing the line between attraction and revenge to take help from an unexpected source, before the murderer strikes again and leaves her life in flames? 
Durant Kane is no stranger to trouble, especially the kind that comes with a gun trained on his face and an angry woman attached. But Elle’s something different, something unexpected and sweeter. He never could have imagined coming to feel so deeply about her, even if his own disastrous path in relationships hadn’t left him so wary. But he’ll have to take the risk if he doesn’t want to lose the woman he’s come to realize he can’t even think of living without.

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About the Author

Samara King is the author of over twenty published novels, novellas, short stories and as well as poetry. Since her days of sneaking romance novels to the back of the library in grade school; romance fiction has been a consistent staple in Samara’s world, soon after, the desire to write her own tales unfolded. In 2011, she was nominated for Poet of the Year by African Americans On The Move Book Club and is a member of The Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters.
Samara has penned sexy tales for a host of publishers and also self­publishes under her imprint, Crave Novellas. Previously she co­hosted SoundNOff, a poetic format for poets and spoken word artists and hosted InCharacterN10, a former showcase for authors on Samara’s first poetry collection, The Ebony Kryptonite, was well received and was followed with Stripped Barefoot, a sultry mix of poetry and spoken word, which went on to reach #20 in Chicago’s Top 40 on Reverbnation in September 2013.
Currently, Samara is hard at work on her next series.

Author Social Media

Blake Legacy
Rhonda Laurel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Blake Legacy (The Blake Boys Series #3).
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance
Tagline: Two lovers. Two dreams. One hell of a hard decision…
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover artist:
Length: 213 Pages
Heat rating: Sensual
NFL quarterback Seth Blake is having an unbelievable hot streak–he’s
won his third Super Bowl title the same day his wife Morgan gave birth to their
son. Life couldn’t be better for the new father and MVP. His contract with the Philadelphia
Titans expires in a year, giving him a chance to make a professional dream come
true: to play in his home state for the Texas Wildcats and return to his much-missed
Twelve Horseshoes Ranch–this time, for good.
Morgan Reed-Blake has never been happier. She’s got the best
husband, the cutest baby, and she’s successfully juggling career and family. Her
bookstore is expanding, her charitable organization is growing, and she’s been offered
her dream job on the literacy council. Everything in her Philadelphia world is coming up roses. Until Seth’s
contract with the Titans expires, and his dream of returning home comes close enough
to touch…and the powers that be in Texas
start romancing Seth in earnest. Morgan and Seth both have dreams. But a choice
has to be made…
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Seth Blake – 30 yrs.
old – Quarterback for Philadelphia Titans
Morgan Reed-Blake – 27
yrs. Old – Bookstore Owner/Literary Philanthropist 


How did you get your start in the industry?
I got my start many years
ago when a small magazine published a short story I had written during down time
in college. Several years later I decided to pursue it again and to take the tumble
down the rabbit hole.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
A book needs nurturing
even after publication. I strategize more about where I am headed with the stories
I write and what I am trying to accomplish by writing it.
What websites do you visit daily?
I always tune into Twitter
and Facebook.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy creating worlds
with unique characters that take on a life of their own.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Being a late bloomer
is a good thing!
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I don’t force the words
to come. If that means some time away from the laptop, then I do it for the sake
of the story I’m trying to complete.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think traditional publishing
is finding a way to work successfully with new technology. I believe printed books
and e-books can live in harmony with a mutual respect for each other.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
I would go to California and I would take
an overnight bag filled with essentials like my laptop, iPod, camera and few clothing
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I like Christmas because
people are a bit nicer because they are filled with the holiday spirit.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I would be the color
blue. Blue is cool, fluid and it puts people at ease.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with Dr. Pepper soda.
I’m always ready for a Golden Girls marathon.
When I’m alone, I like to watch television.
You’d never be able to tell, but I like to crochet.
If I had a halo it would be glowing.
If I could travel back in time I’d learn how to sky
I can never have a cat because I’m a dog person.

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Kiru Taye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Scars (Passion Shields, book 1).

Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, Erotic romance
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Cover artist: Sour Cherry Designs
Length: Short story (12,200)
Heat rating: 3 (sensual with some explicit love scenes)
Tagline: She clutches at control to cover her flaws. He wants
to strip her bare because she’s beautiful.
Selina Moss hides a secret beneath her controlled happy exterior.
Her body is covered in scars and she’s never revealed them to anyone. She’s not
beautiful and she doesn’t want pity.
However, it’s her wedding night and husband, Benjamin Moss, is
determined to strip down her barriers.
Benjamin is not playing fair, not when he’s deploying breath-stealing
seduction as well as mind-melting sex toys. But will he still want her when she
bares all?
Buy links:
Add to your TBR on Goodreads
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Benjamin Moss, male, 35, Business owner, ex-mercenary
Selina Moss: female, 28, Pharmacist.


What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook. I have so many
personal and professional connections on just that one site.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love translating images
and voices in my head into coherent words on a page. J
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I read. Loads. Best de-stresser
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
That’ll be telling. LOL
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Romance. Erotica. Thrillers.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
My husband gave me a surprise trip to New York last year. Best long-weekend away ever!
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read some great books this year –Immortal Seduction by Jennifer
Lynne and Master by Raven McAllan—are two that come to mind.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Boredom, what’s that? I have 3 young kids, a busy writing schedule
and a business to run. Where is the time for boredom? J
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
What’s your upcoming book
Her body is his to command, her heart his to win.
Selina Moss bared her body to her husband and allowed him to
see her and touch her like no one else has ever done. When a member of the family
visits, she realizes there is still so much about her husband she doesn’t know.
Benjamin’s remorse about his family history drives his actions.
Selina is his present and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from being contaminated
by his past, including revealing the shame that burns his soul.
But for Selina, finding out about Benjamin’s past means investing
emotionally in a man who’s only going to walk away once their temporary arrangement
comes to an end. Is she ready to bare her heart to him along with the secrets of
their past?
Adult content: Sex Toys and Spanking.
Part Two of the Passion Shields Series
Out 25 October 2013.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
Can I just say I can
be either of these depending on the situation but at the moment:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with jalapeños.
I’m always ready for my kids.
When I’m alone, I read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m the quiet type.
If I had a halo it would be golden. LOL
If I could sing I’d be a musician
I can never model because I don’t have the body

Previous Books

His Treasure (Men of Valor, 1)
His Strength (Men of Valor, 2)
His Princess (Men of Valor, 3)
Her Protector (Men of Valor, 3.5 FREE READ)
A Valentine Challenge (Challenge, 1)
An Engagement Challenge (Challenge, 2)
Island Bound
Scars (Passion Shields, 1)
Unbound (The Enforcers: Blood Bar Chronicles anthology)
Sex Tape (7 Sinful Secrets anthology)

Books Coming Soon

Secrets (Passion Shields, 2) October 25, 2013
Outcast (Sacred Amulet, 1) November 1, 2013

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Like Slow Sweet Molasses

Cover Love at Romance Lives
Forever is a short intro to a book and includes only a cover, blurb, buy links,
and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Like Slow Sweet Molasses, by Mickie Sherwood.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tagline: Sweet, spicy romance–a heartbeat away!
Teacher Angela Munso has lost control–of her spiraling life. She can control
the fallout of recent news from whose loins she sprang as easily as she can her
heart’s pitter-patter. To have feelings for a man who is everything she now
wants to hate? That’s the last straw!
Lt. Brock “Chance” Alexander’s arrogance baits Angela. And–he
knows it. It’s never so obvious to him as when she lobs that insulting phrase at
the side of his head. She pushes all of his hot buttons. But, there’s one he dares
her to touch–the one that pushes him out of her life.
Buy link:
Red Rose Publishing
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