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Category Archives: Suspense

Romantic suspense or thrillers provide readers with heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and/or anxiety.

Bucket list of Lily Pearl Evans from Secrets in the Sand #RLFblog #romanticsuspense Let’s meet Lily Pearl Evans from Secrets in the Sand, a romantic suspense by Alana Lorens. 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.

Secrets in the Sand by Alana Lorens

Genre Romantic suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After a run of bad relationships, Lily Pearl Evans has finally become an independent woman. In the New Mexico desert town of Chaparral, she works for herself, sets her own rules, and is determined no man will hold her back again.
Gene Nicholas worked for more than a decade to achieve his dream to be a doctor. Wanting to share his gifts with those less fortunate, he leaves south Florida to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders in Mexico.
When Gene provokes a showdown with the local Mexican drug cartel, he becomes a man with a price on his head. On the run, he ends up on Lily’s doorstep–a mystery man forced to conceal his past to protect them both. With the cartel’s dangerous web drawing tight around them, can Lily and Gene survive a drug lord’s revenge?

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”

Age: 30-something (a lady doesn’t tell)

Gender: female

Birthplace: Indiana

Profession: whorehouse madam

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

Let’s say I’m a well-preserved redhead, eyes so dark blue they’re nearly violet. I like to dress in soft, comfortable clothes, but they have to be a little sexy. After all, I run a bordello in New Mexico, just north of the border.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I didn’t start out to be a madam. My aunt Candy let me visit when I was a teenager, and I always loved her big old house outside of Chaparral. When she died fifteen years ago, she passed it on to me, and I gathered up a group of women I knew were having trouble in their own lives to move in here. Now we each contribute a share to making the place successful. Some work with clients—not me. I provide the place and the management. I’m independent, and don’t need anyone. That’s the way I want to live.

Who is the significant other in your life?

I had a long, sad relationship with Lonnie Berman. Fortunately, he was a long distance trucker, so we didn’t spend that much time together. He taught me not to trust men much. That’s why dealing with them as a business transaction is just fine with me. Until this stranger showed up on my doorstep in the middle of the night, Nick Richards. There’s a lot more to him than appeared on the surface, as I came to find out. He could be a danger—but my heart doesn’t say so.

Bucket List

If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.

What is your birth order?

Actually, I don’t really know. My real mother went off on some personal kick when I was two and left me with the Evans family next door. She was gone for months. When she came back, they wanted to keep me, and she just signed the papers. Nearly broke my heart when my adopted family told me the truth.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

Books. Definitely books. I was always wanting to live some other life. Never expected to end up in this one, for sure.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

I love a great salsa. We have a grill out back where we roast our own peppers, poblano, chipotle and more. Just the right amount of chopped garlic, onion, lime, cilantro and the freshest tomatoes we can find. Oh, heaven—it’s to die for.

Tell us about your best friend.

Esther works with me at the house, managing the kitchen and the backstairs. She’s like a sister, always nagging me about my decisions. She means well. But she knows I’d never let anything happen to her, or any of the other young women who’ve thrown their fates in with mine.

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?

So many places, and I doubt I’ll ever see any of them! When you run a business, it’s hard to take time off. But if I had to choose…I’d say Paris, and the back country of Australia. Ha! Romantic dreams, right? But living in the desert has given me an appreciation of the wild lands, and I’d just love to see a kangaroo!

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?

The hospital. I hate hospitals. I’ve had really bad migraines since I was about 14, and sometimes it’s necessary to hit the ER. But I hold off until I can’t avoid it. Too many needles and bright lights and people who don’t really care about you.

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?

My ex, Lonnie. He drops in every so often, trying to spark me up. I wish he’d just take no for an answer and take off for good.

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?

Huh. I don’t know. I think maybe I’d like to go back and ask my birth mother why she left me. Maybe I’d feel less insecure about everything in my life.

About Alana Lorens

Alana Lorens always dreamed of being able to handle the drama and intrigue in everyday life. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a young adult daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

These two characters actually came from a science fiction role playing game that my former husband and I used to play on the Internet. We both loved them very much, and I wanted to preserve them in a way that others could share them. At the time, I wasn’t writing sci-fi, so I had to find a way that I could recreate their story in the modern world, in America. Lily Pearl is still a madam, and Gene is still a doctor, but the dangers that face them both are quite different from ray guns and hostile aliens. I’m quite pleased with the transformation!

What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

I have jumped into most of them, I think. I write romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and fantasy and science fiction for adult and young adult as Lyndi Alexander. I don’t focus on one genre—I write the stories that come to me, then figure out where they fit in the literary world.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

When I was a newspaper reporter in south Florida back in the 80s, I got to fly the F-16 flight simulator at Homestead Air Force Base. Totally destroyed a $7 million dollar plane in about five minutes!

Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?

I prefer to write story over sex. While my characters have normal relationships (well, in this book there are some kinks off camera, because of the nature of the beast), I try to write the best suspense/plot I can. When I’m reading a story, if the plot doesn’t hold together, it doesn’t matter how much sexytimes there are, I just can’t keep reading. That being said, I believe readers will be satisfied with what intimate scenes they receive.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

I appreciate everyone who reads my stories—that’s why I create them! I hope you enjoy these characters as much as I do.

Where to buy Secrets in the Sand



Barnes and Noble

Alana Lorens Social Media

Alana Lorens always dreamed of being able to handle the drama and intrigue in everyday life. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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Read the Romantic Suspense Deadly Deception by Lorelei Confer @loreleiconfer #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLorelei Confer, 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.

Deadly Deception by Lorelei Confer

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Isabella Donnelly is drugged, abducted, and taken from her so-called friend’s house in Colorado and transported across state lines all the way to Virginia. Finally escaping after several attempts, she ironically runs into the arms of skeptical detective, Wyatt Bowman. The staggeringly handsome, with nothing-gets-past-him sharp blue eyes, is hard to convince that the horrific story she’s telling is true.

Their attraction is hot, sizzling, and irresistible. While they get caught up in each other, will Wyatt allow Isabella to participate in a sting operation against the group that is human trafficking women from all over the country?

Will Wyatt trust Isabella to handle the danger, and then when she finds out his secret, will he be able to gain her trust in return?

Where to buy Deadly Deception


Barnes and Noble



Lorelei Confer Social Media

Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story–something about getting a shot at the doctors–that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
She is a multi published author of romantic suspense with two series: the Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, to sign up for her newsletters and contact her.
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Read Hope, a romantic suspense by former lawyer Seelie Kay @SeelieKay #RLFblog #romanticsuspense #lawyers Seelie Kay, 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.

Hope by Seelie Kay

Genre Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

At only age twenty-two, she’s the best Probie the Agency has ever had–until her past catches up with her, leaving her devastated and broken. Without hope.

No one knows what they’re made of until they’re broken. At the tender age of twenty-two, Hope Ali has finally joined the organization of her dreams, the Agency, an elite group of attorneys who go undercover to right wrongs the law can’t. The requirements are stringent, the training exhausting.

After seeking asylum in the United States when she was sixteen, Hope and her father, Sheikh Harun Ali, settled in a quiet Wisconsin town, hiding from those who had placed a price on their heads. Still, she excelled, finishing her university and law school education by the time she was twenty-one.

Now, after breezing through the Agency training program, Hope appears to be indestructible—until she is assigned a simple task during the rescue of an author among the disappeared in the UAE. The task? To distract the woman’s captors until she can be spirited out of the country.

Unfortunately, a member of MISix has other plans. In an attempt to disrupt the Agency’s mission, she tips off one of Hope’s enemies, alerting them to her location. Hope manages to lead the author’s captors on a merry dance, freeing others to rescue her, until she is unexpectedly confronted with a violent angry mob intent on harm.

She is left bloody and broken. No one knows whether Hope’s body or her mind will heal. Suddenly Hope is no longer just her name. It is also the one thing she must embrace to find her new normal.

Where to buy Hope

Extasy Books

Seelie Kay Social Media

Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, with a dash of kink.
Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in seven works of fiction, including Kinky Briefs, Kinky Briefs, Too, The Garage Dweller, Kinky Briefs, Thrice, A Touchdown to Remember, Kinky Briefs, Quatro, and Kinky Briefs, Cinque, as well as the romance anthology, Pieces of Us.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
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Black Gold by Augustine Sam @austin_sam001 #RLFblog #RomanticThrillerAugustine Sam, 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.

Black Gold by Augustine Sam

Genre Romantic thriller

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

A black man, a white girl, and a deceptive job offer.

It had all begun with a dream and a simple act of love, but now the unsuspecting couple finds themselves in the place where dreams end and nightmares begin.

Can they survive the greed, the captivating allure of Black Gold, and that vile, ancient tradition that seeks to determine who should marry and to whom?

What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?


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


What are your hobbies?

Computer, Photography, and Table Tennis

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

Classical Poetry

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

Historical details about the place where the book is set, its culture, its cuisine, its people, and most importantly, its idiosyncrasies

Where to buy Black God

Publisher: AuthorSuite Books


Augustine Sam Social Media

Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he is a bilingual writer and formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative Third World daily first published with the Financial Times of London. He later became a correspondent for central Europe, and afterward, fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest and a Finalist in the International Book Award Gala. His poems have been published in international anthologies, including “Measures of the Heart” and “Sounds of Silence.”
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Is It True: Rogue by Laura Marie Altom @lauramariealtom #RLFblog #romanticsuspenseWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Laura Marie Altom, author of Rogue, a romantic suspense. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Rogue by Laura Marie Altom

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Pregnant. On the run from her deranged ex. Maisey needs a hero. All she’s got is an ex-Navy SEAL who’s gone rogue…

Is it true:

this is your first book?

Nope. I’ve had somewhere in the mid-seventies published!

this book is part of a series?

Yes. This is the first of seven books in my SEAL Team: Disavowed series. They’re connected, but read as standalones.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

YES!!! Much of the story takes place in the Florida Everglades, meaning LOTS of snakes and gators and muck. There was also a ton of research since I’m a city girl.

you did research for this book?

YES!!! Sooooo much research on setting, weapons, drug running, etc.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

Yes, and I’m a HUGE animal lover, but there are no cuddly critters in this story! LOL!!

this book has more than one genre?

Yes–Romance/romantic suspense/action adventure

you speak more than one language?

Sadly, no. I took high school French, but made a C, because it was 1st period and I had too many tardies from going to a local donut shop before class!

you grew up where you live now?

No–I grew up in Arkansas, and now live in Oklahoma. I’m about two-hours from my hometown.

you love to read?

YES!!! Lately, I’m obsessed with audio books. I’m devouring them while playing Mahjong on my phone, but stay up WAY too late.

you are never late?

Yes–I’m hyper-punctual! LOL!

you love pizza?

YES!! Sausage and Mushroom with hand-tossed crust. But I’ll devour any variety!

you love sushi?

YES!! We have the most awesome place here in town called, Sushi Train. Booths are arranged around a model train track, and you pick the sushi plates from the train cars. YUM!!

you have a pet?

Too many! LOL! Rescue mutt–Yeti. Ancient dachshund–Coco. Yorkie–Chewie. Maine Coontail–Foxy. Ancient rescue cat–Domino. And by ancient, I mean twenty-years old!

Where to buy Rogue

Publisher: Fulton Court Press

Laura Marie Altom Social Media

Laura Marie Altom is the author of over 70 books in three different genres. She’s been happily married to her college sweetheart (Go Hogs!) for 31 years and believes their boy/girl twins actively plot to drive her crazy!
Now that her kiddos are grown, Laura spends her days contentedly writing and chasing after the family menagerie of pets, ranging from a rescue mutt named Yeti, a mini-long-haired dachshund named Coco, a Yorkie named Chewie, Foxy Kitty (a Maine Coon who outweighs the dogs), and Domino–a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees!
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Know the Heroine from Full Girlfriend Experience by Dana Ross @danarossauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseDana Ross, 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

Thank you for hosting me today, Kayelle. I’m honored to be a guest here on your fantastic blog, and I look forward to connecting with your fans/readers.

Full Girlfriend Experience by Dana Ross

Genre Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Romance

Book heat level: R

When DC Madam Faith Crawley receives a call from former client, Senator William Drummond, it’s the answer to her prayers. The money the dirty politician offers her to smear his rival Finn Billings will save Faith’s business, her lifestyle, and her girls.

Raised in the shadow of a political magnate, Finn Billings has the credentials to get the job done, but he lacks confidence and wonders if politics is truly the life he desires.

Using the façade of her front business, a PR firm, Faith turns Finn into a political powerhouse while obtaining the evidence Drummond needs to destroy Finn’s political chances. But Faith didn’t plan on falling in love with her mark.

Now she has the toughest decision ever–give the sleazy senator incriminating photos of Finn to save her business or give up everything for the sake of love.

Know the Heroine from Full Girlfriend Experience

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

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

Faith is a night owl–a byproduct of her “biz.” After consuming too much Bordeaux and surfing the Internet for shoes she cannot afford, Faith might pass the time with her coveted toy “Big Red” or trying on clothes she can’t fit into, in her closet.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Faith is a carboholic, and her assistant Jeanine is constantly berating her for sneaking in desserts, but her favorite impulse food is sushi. She’d practically sell her soul for a good spicy tuna roll.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Faith is obsessed with haute couture. In the past her closets overflowed with designer labels, but now that she’s in a financial conundrum, her best bet is Nordstrom’s half-yearly sales.

Does she know how to fix things?

Faith is a master at reading people, pairing romantic partners. Relationships/people, that she gets. Fashion faux pas? No problem; safety pins and duct tape work wonders in a pinch. But when it comes to household repairs, Faith knows that some things are best left to the experts.

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

According to Faith, there are seven and a half billion people on the planet, so why add more to the overpopulated equation? She’s still seething about the incident with the little hellion who bashed into her dress at the coffeehouse, sending a tidal wave of hot macchiato on her three-hundred dollar dress. The child’s caregiver placated the kid with a chocolate bar, and not a peep of apology to Faith. Thus, Faith believes:

  1. The world was overpopulated
  2. Kids were meant to be not seen and not heard
  3. Contraception should be free

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Do you know that awesome feeling when you wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and full of energy? Neither does Faith. She cannot function until she’s had sufficient caffeine and checked the financial markets. Even after that, small talk must be limited until her second latte has been consumed.

Can she use chopsticks?

Absolutely! Chopsticks are like extra fingers.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? Despite the fact, Faith practically lives at her local coffee house, the baristas constantly screw up her name. Her goto beverage is a venti chai soy latte, light ice, with two pumps of vanilla, but Jeanine, her overpaid assistant, also makes killer lattes.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Zappos (shoes,) Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, Wally (a regrettably dull yet necessary expense tracking app,)

Android or iPhone?

iPhone, the latest and greatest.

Earrings or unpierced ears?

Earrings, of course. Any excuse to wear jewelry, darling. And diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Tattoos fascinate Faith but her skin is unadorned.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Faith has ridden in plenty of luxury sedans, but she prefers public transportation. Taxis and car services have diverse drivers who loved to share stories, and listening to people is what helped her become an empathetic companion.

Recycle or toss?

In her own words: “Save the planet, blah, blah, blah, screw that. I’ve donated plenty in the past. Who was going to save my company?”

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Full Girlfriend Experience

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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Dana Ross Social Media

Former gemology teacher Caryn DeVincenti, who writes under the pen name Dana Ross, left all things shiny to become a full-time novelist. She is the regional director of the Florida Writers’ Association, Palm Beach County and is an active member of the Women Fiction Writers Association. Her articles have appeared on and The Good Men Project. When not writing, Caryn enjoys dancing to loud 80s music, obsessing over social media, and playing with her insane Cairn terrier.


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