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Category Archives: Sweet or Inspirational

A romance which contains no explicit or graphic content

A Furrow So Deep by Penelope Powell @penpowell89 #RLFblog #RomanceWelcome Penelope Powell author of A Furrow So Deep, a new sweet romance.

Why did you write this book?

Our greatest challenges are usually relational. A Furrow So Deep depicts the fracture of a first love by secrecy and fear, but it also points toward other less obvious threats like selfishness and unforgiveness, which can derail any relationship just as effectively.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I really enjoy cozy mysteries. Probably because they tend to have a little bit of everything each story.

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

That’s actually a hard question because there are several authors whose new releases I generally look for. Lexi Charmichael is a tech-savvy, socially challenged woman who stumbles through love and a diabolical plot, all at the same time.

What are you working on at the moment?

Another book in this particular series. Laney’s story for those who’ve read A Powerful Voice. I have other stand alone novels in the works as well.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Hopefully the third book of the Glen Oak Series, but we shall see.

Please tell us about your latest book.

After thirteen long years, Karen Braden returns home to inherit her grandmother’s bed and breakfast, hoping it will provide the kind of future she wants for herself and her daughter. There’s only one problem—she’ll have to face the past and the one man she’s never stopped loving: Dean Anderson.

In the years following Karen’s hasty and unexplained departure, Dean built a portfolio of auto dealerships, yet he remains unfulfilled. When he sees Karen again, his hurt resurfaces, clashing with the love he’s always had for her. Determined to find out why she left him all those years ago, Dean discovers there’s more at stake than just getting answers.

As the truth begins to unravel, Dean and Karen must decide if they can forgive past transgressions and trust God to help them forge a future, better than either could ever anticipate.

Genre Sweet Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Anaiah Press LLC
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A southern girl at heart, Penelope Powell loves green rolling hills, wind chimes that tinkle on warm summer nights, and her momma’s fried pies. She’s been luckier than most. She’s enjoyed a life surrounded by family, friends, and a faith that has taught her to discern her worth in a Righteous Savior.

Having traveled and lived in many places, she’s been fortunate enough to meet people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, which has given her a broader perspective that occasionally splashes onto the pages of her novels.

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Generation of the Last Hour by Rochele Rosa @rosa_rochele #RLFblog #DystopianToday’s featured book is Generation of the Last Hour, a dystopian by Rochele Rosa.

In an underground city devoid of adults, fifteen-year-old Raquelle Granger holds the position of Council Member, and thousands of lives within City Ten rest in her hands. Unfortunately, she only has two years left until she’s supposed to join the adults on the frontlines in a war that never seems to end.

But when the enemy army rolls into the area with drills, intent on destroying the city and taking no prisoners, Raquelle, together with her little brother and childhood best friend, must make a choice—Fight, or die a martyr among the youth.

Genre Young Adult, Dystopian
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Anaiah Press
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Rochele Rosa is a small town girl with big city ambitions. She grew up in rural Illinois, but has earned an internship with a public relations firm in New York City this summer. As a rising senior at Murray State University, a member of the PRSSA and Chi Alpha, she has no where to go but onward and upward.

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Welcome Milou Koenings, author of I Love You Three, a Green
Pines Romance, a new sweet contemporary romance.
Why did you write
this book?
Because the characters pretty much insisted!
As I was writing the first Green Pines Romance, Reclaiming
Home, I found myself falling in love with Mac and Julie, a young couple who
featured briefly in that story. I kept wondering how those two had met. Then I
wrote another Green Pines Romance, and there they were again! So when I started
hearing from readers how much they liked Julie and Mac as well, I knew I had to
write their story.
They gave me an opportunity to delve into issues that are important
to me, like the daily struggles of single moms, and post-traumatic stress
disorder. And, of course, second chances and happy endings.
It’s the newest in the Green Pines Romance series, but
chronologically, it happens before any of the other three books.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Books with happy endings. That means romances are my
favorite. If it’s a romantic comedy, even better. I love an author who can make
me laugh! (That said, I’m also a spy thriller junkie…)
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
At the moment, Juliet Ashton, from the Guernsey Literary and
Potato Peel Pie Society. I love her wide-open heart, her grit, her wit, her love
of books.
What are you working
on at the moment?
Another Green Pines Romance, of course. And a new women’s
fiction series I hope to launch in the next year.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G/PG
A former Marine. A single mom. Two broken people.
Mac’s struggling to adjust to civilian life after the death
in combat of his best friend. When a teaching job opens up in the small town
where his friend used to work in the summers, Mac takes it as a sign and moves
to Green Pines, hoping to find refuge from his demons.
For Julie, there’s no refuge from night feedings, a crazy
mom, an ex-mother-in-law and an overdrawn bank account. She’s struggling to
build a better life for herself and her baby and the only thing she knows is
she’s not falling for any guy again.

There’s only one problem. You never know when love will
knock you off your feet.

I Love You Three, a Green Pines Romance

Publisher Three Owls Media
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Draft2Digital (iTunes, Inktera, 24 Symbols)

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Today’s featured book is Christmas at the Castle by USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone. Melissa has published
over thirty-five novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been
nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. When she isn’t writing,
you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim
practices and other activities. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her
husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think
they rule the house. They do!

About Christmas at the Castle

Genre: Sweet Romance
Author: Melissa McClone
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G
A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.
A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly
what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a
bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer
clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother.
Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding
day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high
alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince
of her own.
But when Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the
prince realizes there’s more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his
heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?

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Today’s featured book is A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen.

About the Book

Title A Romance for Christmas
Genre Sweet contemporary romance, holiday romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
A sweet feel-good holiday romance. 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.

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Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best selling American author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

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Today’s featured book is Reclaiming Home, a Green Pines Romance by Milou Koenings.

About the Book

Title Reclaiming Home, a Green Pines Romance
Genre Sweet Romance
Author Milou Koenings
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Ella Martin’s always done what she should. But has she lost touch with what she wants?
When she gets the call that her father and stepmother have been injured in a freak accident, coming home to Green Pines to take care of them isn’t really what she’d planned. She’s spent her life getting away from small-town Green Pines. If ever there was a dying community in need of Ella’s expertise in neighborhood revitalization, though, this is it.
She’s willing to give a shot at saving Green Pines, but things get complicated when billionaire real-estate developer Covington Black moves in up the road. Sure, she’s got a crush on him – who wouldn’t? But he’s just taken out an injunction to keep her from picketing his construction sites, so when he starts romancing her, he must be up to something. Whatever game he’s playing, she knows he’s only going to break her heart.
Covington Black knows what he wants. He’s seeking solace in the only place he’s ever been truly happy – his grandfather’s farm in Green Pines. He’s got big plans for the place and he’s looking for a partner to share his dreams with. He wants to believe Ella’s the one, and yet it seems like falling for her is the one thing he shouldn’t have done.
A tender tale that hits the sweet spot at the intersection of family, community and the love of your life.

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Publisher Three Owl Media

About the Author

Milou Koenings is a USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place.
She’s lived all over the world, but loves to stay home with her family more than anything.

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Today’s featured book is Seeking Patience by Josie Riviera.

About the Book

Title:  Seeking Patience 
Genre: Regency Inspirational Romance
Author: Josie Riviera  Book
Heat level (based on movie ratings): G
Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?
Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she’s given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.
Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady’s doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.
Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband’s heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He’s unlike any man she’s ever known, and she’ll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.
But when a secret from Lady Patience’s past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?
Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

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About the Author

Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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Today’s featured book is Letterbox Love Stories by Denysé
Bridger, part of the World Romance Writers.

About the Book

Title Letterbox Love Stories
Genre Romance
Author World Romance Writers: Denyse Bridger, Cara Marsi, Gemma
Juliana, Helena Fairfax, Jenny Twist, Lindsay Townsend, Lynn Crain, Marie
Laval, and Rose Anderson
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G –
What if a life-changing letter arrived in today’s mail? Now
imagine it leads to love and adventure! From the northern British Isles, across
the mainland of Europe, and on to Turkey, nine international Award-winning and
Multi-published Romance Authors share spellbinding love stories told across
time. This collection includes contemporary, historical and futuristic time
travel romances touched by magic. And each begins with a letter…
ALL OR NOTHING by Denysé Bridger
Casino Coranthos is a playground for wealthy, bored people,
but for some, it’s also a place where dreams and promises change lives forever.
When a letter becomes part of an unexpected inheritance for Ryann Thomson, her
aunt’s past brings her face to face with Ariston Katsaros, a man haunted by
loss and driven by anger. As the attraction between them sizzles and grows, can
Ryann convince him she isn’t looking to rob him or his father, or will she
become a casualty of Ari’s vengeance? In this dangerous game of all or nothing,
her heart and future happiness are at stake.
by Lynn Crain, COME DATE ME IN PARIS by Helena Fairfax, ABANDONED TREASURES by
Gemma Juliana, SONS OF THE WIND by Marie Laval, CURATING LOVE by Cara Marsi,
PLAIN HARRY by Lindsay Townsend, and THE MINSTREL BOY by Jenny Twist

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About the Author

As an award-winning, best-selling author, Denysé Bridger
writes about a multitude of things, always with a touch of romance, passion,
and fantasy. Her heroes are solid, driven alpha men who are willing to do
whatever it takes to win the heroine’s heart and trust, while her heroines are
strong, emotionally courageous women who put their hearts on the line for the
men they love. Passionate, honorable characters drive Denysé’s stories, in
whatever genre you find them in. 

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Little Birdie Who…

Vicki Batman, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Little Birdie Who…and Other Stories.
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Indie
Cover artist: Kat Baldwin
Length: 15 pages
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: Three short, fun reads from sassy writer girl, Vicki
Little Birdie Who… and Other Stories includes
“This is NOT Working” One of those days at a new job
when nothing is going right until the new boss steps in.
“Check Her Out” Gum: it’s a sticky situation, especially
between the store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew has to pay for the package
he stole.
“Little Birdie Who… “A new town, a new friend, a
new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Little Birdie Who… is a collection of three stories. The women
are working girls in their twenties who meet handsome guys in their late twenties,


How did you get your start in the industry?
Via a game, a friend challenged me. I went home and wrote eight
chapters, then showed her. She said to keep going; so I did.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Promotion has become the most important thing.
What websites do you visit daily?
Man Theory
Plotting Princesses
Etsy (lol)
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
A sale! Honestly, I love the book as is and it’s pretty good.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Getting an idea and running away with it.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Start writing now.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Every day I work out early in the morning, clean up, and sit
my butt in the chair. I take time out for lunch and keep on going.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Workout, needlepoint, sent venting emails to close galpals with
disclaimers over it to burn after reading.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Lol. For my sake, I’ll say probably would.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Mysteries, historical romance, women’s fiction, contemporary
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
First, marrying Handsome, then the boy’s births.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
My suitcase is always at standby; so I can grab and go. Really.
The clothes, the makeup, hair stuff, kindle, Nano, and I’d go on a cruise. Any cruise.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. I love the music, the special things I do with family
and friends, the fuss.
What good book have you read recently?
I am so totally hooked on the mysteries by Julia Spencer Fleming.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
Celebrating with my family, my close girlfriends and their families.
We had a fun dinner followed by watching fireworks from my dining room window.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Store Wars
I’m rarely bored. I read and do needlepoint.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red. RED. RED!

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with Canadian bacon and pineapple.
I’m always ready for a good movie.
When I’m alone, I read or do needlepoint.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was terribly shy when a
If I had a halo it would be glittery.
If I could go on a cruise right now, I’d say to Handsome,
“Pack a bag. We’re outta here.”
I can never run because I’m a terrible runner.

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Man Theory and Other Stories

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