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Category Archives: Suspense

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

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.


Stressing Dylan Haynes from Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton @amberdaulton1 #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLet’s meet Dylan Haynes from Lyrical Embrace, a Romantic Suspense, by Amber Daulton. 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.

Lyrical Embrace by Amber Daulton

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?

Stressing Dylan Haynes

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

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Willow Springs, Vermont

Profession: Music Teacher; Ex-Drummer for a rock band

Ethnicity: Caucasian

What does your hero look like? 

He’s about six feet tall with short, spiky brown hair and blue eyes. He keeps in good shape because he’s a volunteer firefighter, so he has to be quick when disaster strikes. He has a sexy red dragon tattoo on his left arm, and it twists around his biceps. Erica loves licking it!

Who is the significant other in his life? 

Erica Timberly is the perfect woman for him. She’s strong, beautiful, and stubborn, but vulnerable too. She’s an excellent violinist and loves music just as much as he does. After all the crap she’s gone through, she’s still trusting and kind. She loves with her whole heart, and Dylan is damn glad she picked him.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

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

When Dylan lived in New York City, he went to wild parties all the time. Nowadays, back home in Vermont, he doesn’t live and breathe that crazy lifestyle anymore. If he and Erica went to the city for a concert or to go clubbing, he would probably run into some old drinking buddies or hangers-on from when he was performing with his band, Fortune’s Glory. Under pressure, he’d go to the party and see people drinking, snorting drugs in the living room, or having sex in backrooms.

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

He wouldn’t be happy about it and would feel embarrassed in front of Erica. He used to enjoy wild parties like that and wouldn’t want Erica’s good opinion of him to change. He’d stand around, all stiff, and probably wouldn’t talk a lot.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

After a while, he’d try to mingle and make the best of a bad situation.

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

He’d keep it simple—just beer. He had a drinking problem back in the day and wouldn’t want to get wasted on whiskey or vodka.

How much drink is his usual?

Just one or two bottles. He doesn’t drink everyday.

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

Once he calmed down and started loosening up, he’d probably take Erica to a closet and make out with her. Even though he’s a reformed bad boy, he’s still a little naughty.

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

Dylan would try to stay out of it. If someone picked a fight with him and he couldn’t resolve it with words, he’d punch the hell out of the other guy.

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

He’s pretty responsible and levelheaded, so he’d be doing the tossing.

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

Dylan is a polite guy, so he’d hit the road at a decent hour.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

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

Dylan would try to stay calm and explain the situation.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

He’d investigate. He’s a volunteer fireman and a certified EMT, so it’s his job to help people.

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

To help that person.

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

He’d rush in and break up the fight or assault.

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

Dylan would keep fighting for as long and as hard as he could, even though he knew he would probably end up in the hospital.

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

He would talk in short, choppy sentences and swipe his hand through his hair, a lot.

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

He’d make suggestions but not take control of the situation because he wouldn’t want to embarrass the other guy. If lives were hanging in the balance, he would take over and do what had to be done, no matter what.

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

He lived a wild, crazy hound dog life a few years earlier, but he grew sick of it. He didn’t like the person he was becoming, so he quit the band and moved back home. He’s changed a lot since then, and he’s proud of the person he is now. Thinking about that would help him relax him and focus on the situation at hand.

Where to buy Lyrical Embrace

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Amber Daulton’s Social Media

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats.
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Read the new Conviction of the Heart by Alana Lorens #RLFblog #romanticsuspenseAlana 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.

Conviction of the Heart by Alana Lorens

Genre: romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Family law attorney Suzanne Taylor understands her clients’ problems–her own husband left her with two babies to raise alone. Now that they’re teenagers, her life is full. The last thing she wants is the romantic attentions of a police lieutenant, no matter how good-looking.
Lt. Nick Sansone is juggling the demands of a new promotion and doesn’t need complications either. But when he sends a councilman’s battered wife to Suzanne for help, he realizes he wants to connect with the lovely, prickly lawyer on more than a professional level.
They are soon confronted with a different battle when the abused woman’s husband threatens retribution. The powerful, well-connected councilman can damage both their careers–not to mention hurt those they love. Can they bend enough to admit they need each other in a time of crisis? Or will a husband’s revenge take them down before they ever get a chance?

Where to buy Conviction of the Heart


Barnes and Noble

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Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, she loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. One of her novellas, That Girl’s The One I Love, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter, who is the youngest of her seven children, and five crotchety cats.
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Read the suspenseful Cherished Secrets by CB Clark @cbclarkauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

CB Clark 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.

Cherished Secrets by CB Clark

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Twelve years ago, sixteen-year old Carrie Ann Hetherington, pregnant with the child of a murder suspect, fled the small town of Cooper’s Ridge for the anonymity of Seattle. Now, faced with a family dilemma, she must risk her carefully reinvented life and return to her childhood home.
Eighteen-year-old Declan McAllister’s prom date is found beaten and strangled to death, and he becomes the prime suspect accused of the grisly crime. Now this successful Dallas businessman returns to Cooper’s Ridge to find the true murderer and finally lift the cloak of suspicion he’s faced all these years. In his quest to prove his innocence, he must join forces with the woman who shattered his heart to find a devious killer who will stop at nothing to protect a shocking truth.
Caught up in a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger, they struggle to overcome past betrayals and present danger. Can they tear down the barriers they’ve erected around their hearts and rediscover true love?

Where to buy Cherished Secrets

The Wild Rose Press
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CB Clark Social Media

CB has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
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Based on a true story: The Rigel Affair by LM Hedrick @lmhedrick #RLFblog #Thriller #RomanceLM Hedrick, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

The Rigel Affair by LM Hedrick

Genre Thriller Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.
Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.
After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.
Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?
The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

Where to buy The Rigel Affair

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LM Hedrick Social Media

Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.
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