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Category Archives: Suspense

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

Stressing Hero and Heroines from Aspen Gold the Series @RomanceBJones #RLFblog #RomanceWelcome to Spencer, Colorado. Home of The Aspen Gold Series. When danger and deceit come to town, the families band together. Family, friendship, love are the foundation in Spencer. Come find a home with us.

Let’s meet Characters from Aspen Gold the Series, a Romances, by Cheryl StJohn, Debra Hines,* Lizzie starr, Barb Gwen, Donna Kaye, Bernadette Jones 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.

Dancing In The Dark by Cheryl St John

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

She’d wanted to dance, get married, and have babies… All she had left was dance. He had everything a man could want—except forgiveness.

Stressing Dusty Cavanaugh

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.

Dusty Cavanaugh is a beloved son/brother/uncle/father in a huge family. He’s raising his six-year old son alone and is operations manager at the Aspen Gold Lodge. Filling in for a handyman friend, he arrives at a lake house to find none other than Kendra, with her toe stuck in the bathtub faucet—and nothing but a tiny towel for cover. Clothes or no clothes, she’s still the woman he loves.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Kendra Price has loved Dusty Cavanaugh since they were kids. He shared his family with her, the only family she ever knew. They fell in love and planned to marry. But then Dusty betrayed her. She moved away and focused on her dancing career, but every summer she’s drawn back to the lake house she inherited. This summer she runs into Dusty at every turn. It’s never been more obvious—she never got over the hurt.

Call Me Mandy by Debra Hines

Genre Romance

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

Will Miranda risk losing her wounded heart to this self-made building designer? Can Declan overcome his habitual distain for the heiress and her entitled family?

Stressing Declan Elliot

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.

Declan Elliot moved from Boston to Spencer, but the Red Sox and the Patriots are still his teams. He’s invested his hard-earned savings in Snow Peak Properties and is now a partner in control of his future and his designs. When fiery-haired Miranda Buffet steps up to the podium and passionately argues her case against Snow Peak’s proposed casino, Declan takes notice. He’s delighted to see her the following Saturday morning at the starting line. Miranda possesses the tight, supple body of a long-distance runner and he’s counting on getting to know her better

Who is the significant other in his life?

Miranda Buffet returned to her childhood home, Spencer, Colorado to work on behalf of the historical society. She spoke out in public against the proposed construction of Standing Bear Casino, pitting her against handsome architect, Declan Elliot. Miranda encounters Declan again the following Saturday at Spencer’s annual half-marathon. Miranda spots Declan, obviously suffering from altitude sickness. Genuinely concerned for his wellbeing, she stops to help him. Holding her water bottle to his lips and gazing into his brilliant blue eyes, she can’t deny her attraction to the engaging builder.

Ryder’s Heart by *Lizzie starr

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Unable to outrun his guilt, Ryder Barlow is finally coming home after five long years. Vianna Harrison is making a new start, and trying to escape her past. Neither can start a new chapter in their lives until they stop rereading the old ones.

Stressing Ryder Barlow

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.

Ryder Barlow coming home after five celibate years in California to find a beautiful woman in his bed strains Ryder’s personal vow to near the breaking point. The more he learns about this captivating woman, the more difficult it is to remain distant. Believing he’s put the past to rest, he’s still not ready to expose his secret shame. Besides, Vianna is hiding something, too. He’s sure of it.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Vianna Harrison., a talented artist, an extraordinary cinnamon roll baker, and…she talks to the dead. Hiding her abilities as Vianna settles in to her new home in Spencer is easy, until the spirits won’t be denied. Keeping her attraction to the handsome man who returns home unexpectedly adds another layer to her complicated life. Then the past returns to haunt her, threatens her, and there’s only one man she can turn to.

For Keeps by Barbara Gwen

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Hiding the truth is like denying the sun…

Widow Kate Michaels kept a secret from the man she loves, and from the entire community of Spencer, Colorado. Veterinarian Jackson Samuels still loves the woman who left him years ago. When Jack uncovers a family secret, the truth makes him question who he thought he was. Will two people who once shared a heartfelt love, allow their lonely secrets to consume and define them?

Stressing Jackson Samuels

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?

Jack has loved Kate forever, but when he returned to Spencer to take over the veterinary clinic, she won’t have anything to do with him. And he doesn’t know why. Her daughter shows an interest and aptitude in caring for animals and spends more and more time with him. Jack cherishes the eight-year-old and wishes she was his. Now, if only her mother could come to love him again.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Kate Michaels has kept a secret from her family, the town, everyone, for over eight years. But as her daughter becomes attached to the handsome veterinarian, Kate struggles to keep that secret safe. She’s loved Jackson since they were kids and dreams of the possibilities now that he’s home. But this long-kept secret could just as easily tear them apart forever, and she doesn’t know if she’s willing to risk her heart again.

Second Chances by Donna Kaye

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

She tried the fairy tale and the fairy tale didn’t work. Cassie Andrews thought she met the perfect guy, then he was gone. Ten years later they meet again when they are brought together for a job. For FBI Agent Heath Lawe, finding Cassie and her son helps ease the the pain of his last case gone wrong. But can he keep them safe?

Stressing Heath Lawe

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.

For FBI Agent Heath Lawe, finding out he has a son blows him away. Keeping his son safe from an unknown threat takes all of his skills. Heath and Cassie have to put aside the past and work together to stay one step ahead of the danger threatening their son and the passion that threatens to consume them.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Cassie Andrews thought she’d met the perfect man, then he was gone, and she realized she was pregnant. Ten years later, she’s a single mom trying to rebuild her life when Heath Lawe’s return shatters her orderly life. Her son’s abduction forces them to work together and brings back the feelings she thought long dormant.

Sleepin’ Alone by Bernadette Jones

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Under cover cop, Hunter Lawe, riding the line between enforcing the law and breaking it. Out for revenge on a case that went bad, he finds the perfect pawn in Ruby Leigh Dupree. He’ll use anyone to get the enemy, no matter the cost. After all, life is just the road to death.

Stressing Hunter Lawe

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.

Undercover cop, Hunter Lawe had a murdered in his reach and lost him when a woman betrays him. Every time another woman dies he feels the guilt and the shame. When he meets a woman who can lead the murderer back within his reach he takes her hostage to get his revenge. Too late he realizes he’s she’s the one woman he can trust. The woman who owns his heart.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Ruby Leigh Dupree was in the wrong place. Beaten and left for dead she narrowly escapes. When she wakes she has no memory of what happened to her. A haunting refrain fills her mind urging her to run, to hide in Spencer, Colorado. When Hunter finds her he tells her he has all the answers to her past. Will he lead her to the truth or her death?

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Bucket list of IrishMist (Ivy) Vaughn from Stay A Little Longer @RomanceBJones #RLFblog #Romantic SuspenseLet’s meet IrishMist (Ivy) Vaughn from Stay A Little Longer , a Romantic Suspense by Bernadette Jones. 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.

Stay A Little Longer by Bernadette Jones

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

IrishMist (Ivy) Vaughn studied the glass of liqueur that she’d been named after and contemplated her lack of a future. She’d been fighting to stay alive since the age of twelve. Trained with warrior skills to be whatever they asked of her. Trained to kill.

No permanent home. Living out of a duffel bag. Changing personas at the ring of a phone. I’m lost. I’m struggling to make sense of my life. I’m tired of fighting everyone else’s battles. All my friends have died. I want to quit. I want a little normal. A little happiness. A little…love.

Will they let me walk away?

Death didn’t frighten Gage Ewing. Living scared the hell out of him.

The innocent one died. I lived. Where is the justice in that? I’ve spent every day since trying to save others. No matter how many I heal in the hospital or on the streets, I can never be forgiven for that one death. I don’t deserve a family, a home or one moment of happiness.

Then she walks into the Wild Card and I’m filled with need, hunger. Hope. But my past is coming. Can I walk away before I’m the death of another innocent?

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: 34

Gender: Badass Female

Birthplace: Backwoods Kentucky

Profession: Military and Black Ops Assassin

Ethnicity: No Clue

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m 5’7″, blue eyes, long blonde hair. I’m a fighter, so I’m pretty well muscled but sleek. My size is deceptive. I’m a lot stronger than some would think.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up poor and learned how to fight early. I was into martial arts and MMA boxing before I even left high school.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Gage Ewing won’t get out of my head or my life. I don’t want anyone, but he doesn’t let up. He makes me feel safe to be me. He makes me feel wanted. He doesn’t care what I’ve been.

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?

I have an older brother, Jack Daniels Vaughn. But I haven’t seen him since I was a kid. He disappeared.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

We didn’t have many toys. We played outside or went to the school playground.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

I love pasta and meatballs, a little on the spicy side. My second favorite is chicken, any style.

Tell us about your best friend.

The first time I met Owen, I decked him. He’s not afraid to spar with me. We’re both ex-military and ex-MMA fighters. We’ve both seen some bad stuff. He gets me.

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

I traveled a lot with my career. Now, I want solitude and peace and maybe a family. I think I’ve found it in Spencer, Colorado.

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

Kentucky. Growing up there was my personal hell on earth.

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

I really wish I could see my brother again. I miss him and I never understood why he left.

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

The person out to kill me. I don’t know who it is, but I will find them.

About Bernadette Jones

Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she’s called home: Texas, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now New York.

Books and music filled her life as she, her dad and two brothers traveled the country. She would sit in the back seat of the car (her older brother always got to ride shotgun), listening to the current music on the radio, looking out the window and spinning a story based on a phrase or word she’d heard in the lyrics. As you can imagine, traveling the country the music changed from state to state, as did the stories. To this day she loves all genres of music, and books.

After a career in corporate writing, she’s finally decided to settled down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s is bringing her stories and characters to life.

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

There are some secondary characters that wanted to take over.

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

Ivy stays in the shadows. I thought it was time people learned a little about her.

When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?

She didn’t know how to love or be loved. Affection was hard for her. I also didn’t know she had a brother.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

Possibly a short story with Gage and Ivy. Also keep watching, Jack Daniels may have his own story. After all, Spencer is about family.

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

Paranormal. I have some ideas…. If only there was more time in a day.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m vegetarian.

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

I write about the healing of love, but I grew up on mysteries, thrillers, and action stories. You will find all of those in my books.

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

All my books are stand alone and can be read in any order. However, you meet both Gage and Ivy in my first book: Sleepin’ Alone.

My next book will be out in September. Watch for Lonely Eyes.

So you don’t miss anything be sure to stop by and visit my website. While you’re there check out the playlists I use for each book. More releases are coming soon, so be sure to sign up for my newsletter.

Where to buy Stay A Little Longer

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Know the Hero from Lapses of Memory by MS Spencer @msspencerauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseMS Spencer, 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 Lapses of Memory.

Lapses of Memory by MS Spencer

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Sydney Bellek first meets Elian Davies in the 1950s on a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser when she is five and he is seven. They run into each other every few years after that, but while he knows from the start that she is his true love, she does not. Later, as rival journalists, they vie for scoops on international crises from the Iranian revolution to the Lebanese civil war. The handsome and intrepid Elian beats her out at every turn, even while keeping his love for her secret.

Only after years of separation does she finally realize they are meant to be together, but this time, in a twist of fate, it is Elian whose memory of her is gone. Will he remember her before she loses heart or will their new love be enough to replace the old one?

Know the Hero from Lapses of Memory

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

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

Elian is never bored. He is constantly on the move, constantly investigating. He’s a famous photojournalist, covering events from the Iranian revolution to the Lebanese civil war.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

I don’t know about food, but he does usually have a couple of airline-sized liquor bottles in his pocket.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Ex-officio—LL Bean. Travel clothes for the adventurous. Like safari shirts with flaps and hiking boots.

Does he know how to fix things?

Not really. He’s a man of action; not a homebody.

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

The first time he and Sydney try to make love, it does not go well. Here’s Sydney telling her daughter about it years later:

“He was magnificent. A stallion.” Sydney’s lips curled upwards.

Olivia tut-tutted. “Yeah, right. I bet it was awkward as hell—just like most first times.”

Sydney made a face. “I did my best not to laugh. First he couldn’t figure out how to unhook my bra. Then he tripped over his pants and fell face first on the bed. Well, to be more specific, on the cat.”

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

Funny question, since he has a child he doesn’t know is his. He loves her anyway.

What is he like first thing in the morning?


Can he use chopsticks?

Absolutely. He has traveled all over the world and eaten all kinds of cuisine.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

He likes Arab (Turkish) coffee, masbout (medium sweet).

What apps would he have on his phone?

None. For all but the last chapter, we meet him before the App Era.

Android or iPhone?

Neither. He might have a Motorola cell phone.

Beard or clean-shaven?

Clean shaven. He likes to show off his pointed chin. They go with his elfin ears and hair that could belong to a leprechaun. Oh, and eyes the color of the Caribbean Sea at high noon.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

He had a diamond stud in his ear, which led Sydney to believe he was a privileged Ivy League bore. He gave it up in exchange for something Sydney cherished.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

He is known for leaping onto trucks and buses in order to get a story. Never owned a car.

Recycle or toss?


Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Lapses of Memory

Barnes and Noble
Audio / Amazon

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Although MS Spencer has lived or traveled in five of the seven continents, the last thirty years were spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, speechwriter, literary editor, professional staff at a U. S. Senate committee and at the Dept. of the Interior, non-profit director, and parent. She holds a BA from Vassar College, a diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago. All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.
Ms. Spencer has published thirteen romantic suspense or murder mystery novels, with two more on the way. She has two fabulous grown children and an incredible granddaughter. She divides her time between the Gulf Coast of Florida and a tiny village in Maine.
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Read the series: Martimus by Seelie Kay @SeelieKay #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseSeelie 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 series.

Martimus in the Feisty Lawyers Series

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Martimus. An underwater habitat dedicated to pharmaceutical research. Martimus. A facility that staffs its vessel with inmate labor. Martimus. The place where inmates visit and never return.

Agent Cate Creighton is in love. Unfortunately, as the Agency honeypot, she is knee-deep in an assignment that tests the bounds of her new relationship. It seems eight socialites have gone missing, all wealthy twenty-somethings with influential parents. No one seems to care until a former vice president’s daughter disappears.

When the vice-president shares a tale of false arrest, a broken promise of deportation, an illegal diversion into a private prison, and an alleged trip to an unwater habitat called Martimus, Cate and her colleagues must find a way to follow the same path. In other words, they must enter the right prison, meet the right fixer, wind up on Martimus, and hopefully return in one piece. And it looks like Cate is the perfect bait.

That doesn’t sit well with Cate’s lover, former U.S. Navy Seal Warren Hazelton. He intends to protect her until death ’til do they part.

Fortunately, another possibility appears, in the form of an MISix agent who has interfered in one too many Agency operations. Tillie Henderson owes them and they are all too willing to serve her up on a plate. It’s race against time as the Agency attempts to lure their adversary out of hiding and into their somewhat ambiguous trap. Maybe then Cate can finally focus on love.

Which book is this in the series?

This is Book 5.

How many books do you plan for the series?

Five. This is the final book in the series, the one that wraps up all of the loose ends.

How many books are completed?

Five: Snatching Dianna, Infamy, Cult, Hope, and Martimus.

What characters are the main stars in your series?

The Feisty Lawyers are American covert agents/lawyers. The stories revolve around eight characters, some of whom are married. They include Agent in Charge Cade Matthews and his wife, former Agent and now Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, Anders Mark and Dianna Murphy, Hope Ali and Tom Jeffries, and Cate Creighton and Warren Hazelton. Guest appearances as made by international attorneys Sheikh Harun Ali and Marianne Benson, and criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant and Little River Police Chief David Manders.

What is the overall theme in this series?

While revenge is sweet, justice is even sweeter. These lawyers seek justice in situations the law can’t reach.

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

Book 1: Snatching Dianna
Book 2: Infamy
Book 3: Cult
Book 4: Hope
Book 5: Martimus

What did you like best about writing this series?

That they worked within the law to get results, but utilized it in unusual ways. These lawyers are smart, they’re feisty, they play to win!

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

Martimus is my seventeenth book. I also wrote the five-book Kinky Briefs Series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Daughter, The President’s Wife, The White House Wedding, and Seizing Hope. In addition, I have a holiday book coming out this year, The Last Christmas, and participated in an anthology, Pieces of Us.

Where can we find links for all your books?

Amazon author page:

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Seelie Kay is a nom de plume for a writer, editor, and author with more than 30 years of experience in law, journalism, marketing, and public relations. When she writes about love and lust in the legal world, something kinky is bound to happen! In possession of a wicked pen and an overly inquisitive mind, Ms. Kay is the author of multiple works of fiction, including the Kinky Briefs series, the Feisty Lawyers series, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The White House Wedding, and The President’s Daughter.
When not spinning her kinky tales, Ms. Kay ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. She resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she shares a home with her son and enjoys opera, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Ms. Kay 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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Stressing Gillian from Dark Energy by Addison Brae @AddisonBrae1 #RLFblog #romanticsuspenseLet’s meet Gillian from Dark Energy, a romantic suspense, by Addison Brae. 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.

Dark Energy by Addison Brae

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Cybercrime doesn’t talk. It creeps in and destroys lives right under Gillian’s nose when a cryptojacking scheme lands her boss, Pinkie, in jail. Gillian had just started over with a new career, boyfriend, and confidence after escaping a vicious murder investigation that shattered her ability to trust. Then Pinkie’s arrest leaves her struggling to run his two bars while also unraveling the conspiracy.

Gillian will not let her mentor and friend go down for something he didn’t do. Neither will Jon, the most talented musician on the bar’s stage and the perfect boyfriend…until his good fortune sends her reeling. Gillian forces herself to trust the cops, people who hurt her, and known criminals. Will it be enough to free Pinkie and save her life?

Stressing Gillian

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

Please tell me about your heroine.

Age: 21

Gender: female

Birthplace: Sugar Creek, Missouri

Profession: bar manager and CPA

Ethnicity: Greek American

What does your heroine look like?

Gillian doesn’t have much time to spend on her looks, so she depends on a few well-selected clothes and the rest is what she was born with. She has an olive complexion with auburn hair, just below the shoulder, and soft curls. She’s a little on the short side at about 5’4″. She runs often since she moved to Dallas, so she’s pretty toned. Gillian appreciates good food but forgets to eat when she’s busy, and she’s lost a few pounds from stress dieting that she desperately tries to end soon.

Who is the significant other in his life?

After escaping an abusive college relationship and making a few romantic mistakes since moving to Dallas, Gillian meets Jon. They’re thrown together in extremely stressful situations. He listens, is there for her, and has her back when things get really bad, all things she’s not used to from men in her life. Even better, he’s a good cook, makes his own money, and writes and performs with his band a song for Gillian called Dark Energy.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.

Since Gillian manages a bar, she prefers a chill house party when she’s not working–maybe grilling by the pool. She enjoys talking to and getting to know people over a glass of wine, and has little patience for overused bar lines and BS.

How much drink is her usual?

Gillian knows her limits, so she sticks to no more than a couple of drinks. She is well aware she gets into trouble when she drinks too much–especially tequila shots.

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

Gillian is used to her independence. She adores every moment with Jon, but they’re not a Velcro couple.

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

Gillian learns the bar business from men who are far stronger and tougher than she is. Have you ever seen a tiny dog that has the confidence to make noise and take control like a large one? This is Gillian, and she’s good at it.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?

The cops yank her friend, mentor, and boss out of the bar on opening weekend. She tries to stop them, but they’re FBI and don’t listen. She keeps her cool better than most and contacts the one cop friend she can trust.

How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?

Gillian would call for help and investigate before jumping in to help.

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

If a patron starts a fight or gets rowdy in the bar, Gillian jumps in the middle to stop it. Where she’s lacking in size, she makes up in skill and badassery.

This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?

Since moving to Dallas, Gillian has been in over her head so many times she’s used to it. She completed training and earned her license to carry a handgun, and she often does. When she’s overpowered, she’s clever enough to think her way out of it. If lethal force is her last option, she’s not afraid to act. “Am I an accountant, bar manager, or crime fighter?” ~Gillian.

The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does she do?

When a customer comes into her bar, no matter what may have occurred before, Gillian has to be professional. This happens with someone who hurt her in the past. He tells her he went through rehab and stopped drinking for good. She gives him a chance and he repays her by saving her life in a pretty exciting scene in Dark Energy.

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

“No one will ever control me again!” are the words that keep Gillian fighting. Considering what she faces, Gillian’s fed up with begin controlled and adds rule twelve to her list of rules of her new life–no one can mess with me.

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

Pinkie, Gillian’s boss, mentor, and friend’s best advice that she often recalls in her frustrating bar manager moments is, “There’s one thing you’ll learn after being in the service industry for a while, you’ll never please everyone.”

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

Gillian always keeps her word, no matter what. “Damn promises. Why do I make promises that always get in the way of my happiness?” ~Gillian Rule eighteen of her new life is–Never make a promise I can’t keep.

Where to buy Dark Energy

Amazon (99c through June 14)
Barnes and Noble

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Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant.
Addison writes new adult and adult romantic suspense and young adult contemporary fiction. When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy.
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Read the romantic suspense A Time of Fear and Loving by Alice Orr @AliceOrrBooks #RLFblog #Suspense Alice Orr, 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 suspense novel, A Time of Fear and Loving.

A Time of Fear and Loving

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R
A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble.
Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with a Love Story.
She does it again in A Time of Fear and Loving.
A Time of Fear and Loving is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series set in Riverton, New York featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main who will debut in Book 6. Find out more at

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Alice Orr is the author of 16 novels, 3 novellas, a memoir and No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells. A former book editor and literary agent, Alice now lives her dream as a full-time writer. She has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and resides with her husband Jonathan in New York City.
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