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Category Archives: Sweet or Inspirational

A romance which contains no explicit or graphic content

Today’s featured book is The Cat Who Got Married, and other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories by Neil S Plakcy.

Pilar is a six-toed Abyssinian cat, whose forebears lived with Ernest Hemingway at his house in Key West. When she and her owner, Ryan, move up north, they both have a hard time getting accustomed to the cold weather—until Ryan starts to get pointers from his lovely coworker, Lisa.
In true feline fashion, Pilar can’t resist sticking her six-toed paw into the budding romance between Ryan and Lisa—with charming, and sometimes surprising, results, in the first two stories in this collection.
In “The Temple of Lights,” efficiency expert Robert Lehmann discovers just how much havoc a woman can bring to his life, while the funny-naïve heroine of “You’re Pretty When You Smile, Ima Jean” goes out in search of her life and finds something she wasn’t looking for. And in the final story, “The Cat Who Ran Away,” the sleek, regal Rajah leads Susan to figure out that perhaps you really can go home again.
In the Cat Who Got Married, men and women meet, fall in love and stumble over obstacles in the five charming stories included here from award-winning romance author Neil S Plakcy but the ending is always a happy one.

Where to buy The Cat Who Got Married

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Married-Purr-fectly-Romantic-Stories-ebook/dp/B004WP2F48/

Audiobook https://www.amazon.com/Married-Other-Purr-fectly-Romantic-Stories/dp/B00VAOXZB6/

Neil S Plakcy Social Media

Twitter https://twitter.com/NeilPlakcy

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/neil.plakcy

 

Is It True: A Heart Held Captive by Katy Eeten @KatyEeten #RLFblog #romanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Katy Eeten, author of A Heart Held Captive, a contemporary Christian romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

A Heart Held Captive by Katy Eeten

Genre: Christian romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Physical therapist Cole Pearson has had his share of shallow relationships. But a year spent soul-searching opened his eyes to what he really wants in life. When he learns that ER nurse Emily Jenkins has volunteered to pay for a foster child’s therapy, he is instantly drawn to her generous spirit. If only he can convince her to take things beyond their casual conversations at the clinic.
Emily is a prisoner to her past mistakes and insists on paying a price God never asked her to pay. When she finally allows herself to grow closer to Cole, her faulty theology is shattered and her wounded heart begins to mend. But when tragedy strikes, Emily is sent into a tailspin. Can Cole help her grasp the freedom of God’s grace, or will she revert back to the captivity of her old ways and shut Cole out of her life for good?

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. I published two other Christian romances last year – Blast from Her Past and a novella called Christmas in Meadow Creek.
this book is part of a series?
No.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Maybe a little. My first round of edits was pretty extensive, and I had a super short deadline from my editor. But I made it!
you did research for this book?
A little. Just minor things like how long of a drive between two cities and what type of injury would require physical therapy.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No. All humans other than the mention of an elderly neighbor’s dog.
this book has more than one genre?
Nope. It’s a straight-up contemporary Christian romance.
you speak more than one language?
No. Unless you count my four years of high school Spanish, which allows me to catch a few words and phrases here and there.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. After fifteen years living elsewhere, I returned to my hometown a couple summers ago.
you love to read?
Yes, though I don’t have time to do it as much as I’d like to.
you are never late?
Well … Overall, I’m fairly punctual. But having two kids and so much going on in life makes me two to five minutes late wherever I go. Not bad, I guess.
you love pizza?
Absolutely! We have it weekly at our house.
you love sushi?
Never tried it, but never want to!
you have a pet?
No pets.

Where to buy A Heart Held Captive

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Held-Captive-Katy-Eeten-ebook/dp/B07PLQNCB2/ref

Katy Eeten Social Media

Katy Eeten lives with her husband, Jason, and their two school-age sons in southeast Wisconsin, despite her dislike of cold weather. She works full-time in the business world, but her true passion is writing. In addition to A Heart Held Captive, she is the author of Christian romances Blast from Her Past and Christmas in Meadow Creek. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys taking walks or bike rides, baking, and spending time with her family.
Website https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/
Blog https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/blog/
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/KatyEeten
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KatyEeten/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Katy-Eeten/e/B0796L1CVK?ref

 

Moonlight Match by Kristina Knight @AuthorKristina #RLFblog #sweetromanceWelcome 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.

Moonlight Match by Kristina Knight

Genre: Sweet romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Aster Harrington believes in love but love doesn’t seem to believe in her. She’s hoping Goldie and Ginny, the matchmakers who’ve matched on two generations of Harringtons, can work a little love magic for her…
Some call Ethan Talbot rigid, but he prefers to think of himself as prepared. Unfortunately, when he’s matched with Aster Harrington at Joy Island’s Matchmaking Week, all those carefully prepared plans go out the window. He can get back to finding a suitable wife once he’s home in New York. After all, how much damage can one week in the Bahamas do to his plans?

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
Yes! I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction, although I’m still awaiting a publication date on my first women’s fiction novel!
How do you come up with ideas?…
Ideas come to me all the time – I’ll overhear a bit of a conversation, or people-watching at the mall will make me wonder, or a movie…ideas are everywhere, we just have to look for them!
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Getting that first draft down. I’m a big believer in “you can’t edit a blank page” and there are times, in every first draft, when I just don’t want to. I’m stuck or I’m not connecting with the characters or…heck, it’s a beautiful, sunshiney day after a long, gray winter…those are the days that I just have to push through because if I don’t get the draft down then I can’t make it pretty – and publishable!
When did you write your first book?…
I’ve been writing stories as long as I can remember. My first attempt at an actual book was in 6th grade – I wrote a girl-power, Three Musketeers story. It was so much fun, and probably completely awful (I lost it, boo!), but it definitely made me want to write more.

FUN

Leather or lace? – lace, leather makes you sweaty!
Black or red? – black, the better to blend!
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? – the smoothest of cotton
Ocean or mountains? – Ocean. Most of the time.
City life or country life? – Country – but close enough to the city for a night out!
Party life or evening at home? – Evening at home, for sure!
Dogs or cats? – DOGS!!!!!!!

Where to buy Moonlight Match

Publisher Kristina Knight

Amazon http://www.amzn.com/B07MVMZWHN

Kristina Knight Social Media

Kristina Knight began her writing career as a radio and television journalist, working for NBC affiliates throughout the midwest as a reporter, anchor, and producer. After covering everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo, she decided to leave the TV biz in favor of writing stories she was passionate about.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so feel free to email her!
Website http://www.kristinaknightauthor.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightbooks
Instagram http://www.instagram.com/kristinaknightbooks
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/AuthorKristina
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/authorkristina
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5827833.Kristina_Knight
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Knight/e/B0081LO6DM/
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kristina-knight

 

Snowbound with Mr Wrong by Barbara White Daille @BarbaraWDaille #RLFblog #sweetromance #snowToday’s featured book is Snowbound with Mr Wrong, a sweet romance by Barbara White Daille.

Snowbound with Mr Wrong by Barbara White Daille

Genre: Sweet romance
Book heat level: PG
Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley’s annual children’s party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.
The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can’t stop thinking about her. And soon, he’s fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.

Where to buy Snowbound with Mr Wrong

Publisher: Entangled Publishing: http://bit.ly/swmw-pg
Amazon http://bit.ly/swmw-amz
Amazon Canada http://bit.ly/swmw-ca
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/swmw-bn
iBooks http://bit.ly/swmw-ibooks
Kobo http://bit.ly/swmw-kobo

Barbara White Daille Social Media

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
Website https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com
Blog http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/BarbaraWDaille
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/barbara-white-daille
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/barbarawhitedaille
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/529361.Barbara_White_Daille
Amazon Author Page http://bit.ly/azbwd

 

Is It True: Blast from Her Past by Katy Eeten @KatyEeten #RLFblog #RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Katy Eeten, author of Blast From her Past, a contemporary inspirational romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Blast from Her Past

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

After a disastrous failed engagement, Sydney Hampson is leaving her past—and her faith—behind to focus on her career instead. Following through with her new, albeit misguided, resolution proves easier said than done when former classmate, and reformed bully, Grant Williams signs on with her company, and they must work closely together.
Grant Williams gave up his teenage antics years ago, and now he’s looking forward to a future that includes a strong relationship with God. When he realizes he’ll be working with none other than Sydney Hampson—the girl he had a secret crush on throughout high school—he couldn’t be more thrilled. Until he discovers she’s not the same caring, compassionate woman she used to be.
When a business trip gone awry leaves the pair stranded in the middle of a snowstorm, Grant sees his chance to make things right and put their past wrongs behind them…if only Sydney can get over her distrust of men. And with a conniving coworker intent on destroying Sydney’s happiness, can she put her faith back in God and learn to trust in Grant before she loses her chance at happiness?

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Yes.
this book is part of a series?
No, it’s a stand-alone.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Yes. I have a full-time job and two school-age kids, so I have to squeeze in writing sessions when I can – even late at night.
you did research for this book?
Yes, but only small stuff. For example, I had to find out if people in North Dakota call it “soda” or “pop,” what could cause a car to suddenly break down, and the distance between various locations in the Dakota states.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No. All humans.
this book has more than one genre?
No. It’s a straight-up Christian romance.
you speak more than one language?
No. I did take four years of Spanish in high school and two semesters in college, but that was a while ago and I’ve not put it to use.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. I moved away for several years, but just last year I moved back and bought a house in the same city where I grew up.
you love to read?
Yes, but I don’t have a lot of time to do so and it takes a while for me to get sucked into a book. Once I am, I can’t put it down!
you are never late?
Well … I used to be overly punctual. Now that I have kids, I’m typically just on time (if I’m lucky!).
you love pizza?
Yes!
you love sushi?
No. Never had it and never want to. I’m not very adventurous and I don’t like seafood of any kind.
you have a pet?
No. Just two kids.

Where to buy Blast from Her Past

Publisher http://www.anaiahpress.com/
Amazon http://bit.ly/EetenBlast
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/BNEetenBlast
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blast-from-her-past-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/787268

Katy Eeten Social Media

Katy Eeten lives in southeast Wisconsin with her husband and their two sons. She works full-time in the business world and considers writing to be her outlet. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys baking, taking walks, and spending time with her family. Blast from Her Past is Katy’s first published book.

Website https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/

Blog https://katyeeten.wordpress.com/blog/

Twitter https://twitter.com/KatyEeten

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/katy.lockwoodeeten

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Katy-Eeten/e/B0796L1CVK/

 

Can it ever be too early for a Christmas romance? Not at Romance Lives Forever! Here are a selection of holiday romances sure to get you in the spirit for the season. Check out these books by authors of RLFblog. They are presented in alphabetical order by title. You’re welcome.

Christmas Romance Month

Every Saturday during December Romance Lives Forever will present holiday romances by various authors. Be sure to bookmark the blog and come back for more next week.

Book Rating

This week, all books are rated G or PG.

A Real Christmas

Christie Logan
Christmas hasn’t been the same for Allison Voss since losing her husband, but she’s determined to make it merry for her daughters’ sake. But the odds are against her. She’s between jobs and simply managing day to day is a struggle—until a stranger’s act of kindness changes everything.
Ward Haysgard is not a fan of Christmas. He’s seen plenty of greed and selfishness and not much good will toward men. But Allison’s plight touches him. As he gets to know her and her girls, they work their way into his heart. A heart he thought had hardened long ago.
As the holiday approaches, an old secret threatens their growing closeness. Allison concentrates on giving her girls “a real Christmas” with gifts and treats, but she and Ward will both discover that the only thing that makes Christmas real is the love of family and friends.
Rating: PG
Amazon http://a.co/fimHffj

A Romance for Christmas

Kayelle Allen

A sweet feel-good holiday romance that reaffirms all you love about Christmas. It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves was lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.
Rating PG
Amazon https://amzn.to/1wpW8qE

Christmas Crush

Mickie Sherwood
Although Ashley Wagner feels more like Scrooge than Santa, she keeps her promise and accompanies her sister back home for a Christmas wedding. Her three-day weekend is off to a rocky start, thanks to the unexpected run-in with her womanizing ex-husband, and his very pregnant new wife. She manages to get away with her dignity intact, but later, with old wounds ripped open, the professional crisis manager ends up in the middle of her own life-altering predicament.
Then, sports journalist Craig Johnston, wheels to her rescue.
Will Ashley spend Christmas brooding over bitter memories? Or will Craig, a dynamic paraplegic, present the deserving divorcée with a gift she can’t resist?
Rating G
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Crush-Bayou-Love-Romances-ebook/dp/B00QQFBW1Y/

Christmastime on Donner’s Mountain

Laura Strickland
For most of her life, Becca Monroe’s been running. The urge to see what lay beyond the next horizon took her away from Donner’s Mountain and the man she loved. Now, back for what will surely be her grandfather’s last Christmas, she’s caught in a tangle of unresolved emotions that leave her torn between the impulse to flee and the desire to stay.
Jack Donner never stopped loving Becca, even though she deserted him. Better than anyone else, he knows how cruel it would be to fetter her wild spirit, and he doubts she could ever be happy living in one place, on his mountain.
Can memories of Christmases past remind Becca what truly matters? And can love convince Jack to give her one more chance, even if it means risking his battered heart?
Rating PG
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Christmastime-Donners-Mountain-Laura-Strickland-ebook/dp/B075XFHNQ8/

Crystal Creek Christmas

Laura Haley-McNeil
When a blinding snowstorm shuts down the Crystal Creek Ranch’s cattle operation, the Whitlochs have one mission – save the cattle. ER doc Jake Whitloch joins in the rescue, but the form he finds in a snowdrift is no cow. It’s a woman, a woman who consumes his thoughts despite that two carat diamond sitting on her ring finger.
Noelle Beaupré thanks the rugged doctor for rescuing her from freezing to death and the Whitlochs for taking her into their home, but now it’s time for her to leave the ranch. She longs to stay with the man who’s determined to protect her, but she doesn’t dare. Her deadly secret is in hot pursuit. Any delay and she’ll endanger the family who opened their home to her.
Noelle leaving Crystal Creek Ranch? Jake can’t let her go, but how can he convince her he’ll to anything to keep her safe?
Rating PG
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Creek-Christmas/dp/1505698561/

Last Chance Christmas, A Fairfield Corners Novella

LA Remenicky
From the outside, Brent Halston and Jordan McKenna had the perfect life: the house, the dog, fulfilling careers, and their love. However, Jordan’s past refused to leave her alone, threatening to destroy all they had built together. Without explanation, Jordan pushed Brent out of her life, leaving him devastated and confused. In an attempt to start over, Brent relocated to Fairfield Corners, bought an extravagant house, and mourned the loss of his Jojo. To keep herself from drowning in her own grief, Jordan gave everything she had to her career as a doctor, running the free clinic on the rough side of town. As the holiday season approached, a frantic phone call from Jordan’s brother pulled Brent back into Jordan’s life, giving them the opportunity to reconnect. Battling the past and present, can their love survive secrets and betrayal? Would this be their last chance Christmas?
Rating PG
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRZK0Z4

Once Upon a Christmas Moon

Christine Young, Genie Gabriel, and CL Kraemer
Twelve Days To Love
When Archer Steele shows up at Calanthe Durand’s failing plantation with
an alligator over his shoulder, Cali thinks she’s never seen a more
handsome man. Independent and self-sufficient, she vows to never marry. But Archer has different ideas. The first time Archer sees Cali in town, he feels an instant attraction. He decides he will convince the beautiful Calanthe he is worthy of her love. During the weeks before Christmas, he gives her twelve gifts in hopes she will fall in love with him.
Boots And Blades
An ancient evil from the old country has arrived in the high desert of
Oregon. Gnome children are vanishing then re-appearing, showing various
stages of traumatization. Tiamoon, warrior gnome, will put her skills to
use alongside Killian, a handsome warrior, also in need of a cause.
Christmas Pawsibilities
With their world destroyed and their space ship malfunctioning, the
dogizens of Planet Canid have little choice but to crash land on Earth.
They face tortuous experiments at the hands of the Geeks in Green…or
they can trust an eccentric inventor and his zany family to deliver the
Canine Queen’s puppies and help them celebrate new lives.
Rating PG
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Christmas-Christine-Young/dp/1979071098/

Reindeer Wars

Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Tina has a tendency to go a little overboard when decorating for the holidays, but Brian decides her skills are just what he needs to get into the Christmas spirit. Can this budding relationship survive when they find themselves in a knock-down-drag-out competition to win the office’s “most outrageous holiday sweater?”
Rating PG
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Reindeer-Wars-ebook/dp/B009P6HWHO

Santa to the Rescue

Adele Downs
Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.
When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing “Santa Baby” in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.
Rating PG
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Santa-Rescue-Entangled-Bliss-Adele-ebook/dp/B00G1IM260/

Sweet Holiday Wishes

Melissa McClone
Lizzy Hamilton wants to skip Christmas this year. Working as a nurse while holding her marriage to an Army Ranger together has drained her energy and joy. She’s a pro at caring for others, but she needs someone to look out for her, too. However, when her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mitch, asks if she’ll spend the holidays with him–just as friends–so he won’t be alone, she can’t say no because, other than his platoon, she’s the only family he has.
Staff Sergeant Mitchell Hamilton wants only one Christmas gift–his wife. Frequent deployments and training exercises sent him away from home, and he had no idea how taken for granted Lizzy felt until she asked him for a divorce two months ago. Now his mission is to show his wife he’ll do anything to save their marriage. He only hopes his plan to win her back with a holiday vacation to Indigo Bay, a coastal resort town, works. He can’t–won’t–lose Lizzy forever.
Rating G
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0776ZDH46/

The Unlikely Santa

Leigh Michaels
In the retail business, Christmas isn’t a holiday, it’s an endurance contest – and as manager of the Tyler-Royale department store in a major Chicago shopping mall, Brandi Ogilvie knows that surviving December will be a challenge. Merchandise is going astray and her staff is decimated by flu, but at least Brandi has a full roster of Santas. Then Zack Forrest shows up in her store, insisting he’s the perfect candidate to fill Santa’s red velvet suit.
Brandi’s new Santa is too tall, too lean, too dark, and way too sexy for the role. But he’s enough to make a jaded department store manager think twice about what she’d like to find under her tree on Christmas morning – if only she wasn’t so certain that Zack is hiding something.
The Unlikely Santa was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest for best sweet traditional romance of the year.
Rating G
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/The-Unlikely-Santa-ebook/dp/B00F6LL1Y2

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