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Second Chances.

Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Second Chances.

Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: MTheresa Arts
Length: 134 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sweet. Sensual. Passionate. Romance.


Renaldo da Silva’s near-perfect life in Brazil comes to a halt when he finds
out about his wife’s betrayal. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her.
But because he needs her help finalizing the biggest deal of his career, he’s forced
to make her a multi-million dollar offer and delay their divorce.
Sabrina da Silva can’t forgive herself after a reckless night
destroys her marriage. She agrees to help her husband and then disappear from his
life for good. But with passion still smoldering between them, it’s not easy for
either to walk away. Will passion be enough to overcome the ultimate test of their
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Renaldo da Silva, 29,
real estate investor
Sabrina da Silva, 27,
financial anaylst


What do you enjoy most
about life?
Spending time with friends and family. One of my mottos is live,
laugh, love! Life is too short to be stressed. Stress can attack you physically,
so I try to live as stress-free as possible and leave negative people and negative
situations behind.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t stress the small stuff! It’s funny how the things that
seemed important to me when I was younger are completely irrelevant now. If only
I’d known then what I know now…
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Oh yes! For instance, in Second
, Lucélia, the daughter of Renaldo’s cousin, was running around with
a yucca fry offering a bite to people who were over at the house. My niece likes
to “share” her food like that, too, although if you ever took a bite, she’d have
a fit. One day I was over at my sister’s, and my niece kept offering us a bite of
her French fry. She must have had it for a good hour and wouldn’t put it down, and
every now and again she’d walk up to me or someone else in the family and offer
us a bite. My niece is always doing the cutest things (I’m not biased; you’d think
so, too, if you met her).
Which of your books would
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
Oh, that’s tough, because tastes are so subjective. But since
I have to choose, I’d recommend Private Acts.
It’s one of my most highly rated books. Readers seemed to really like Samirah’s
free spiritedness. I’ve also been told that the descriptions of Cuenca, Ecuador
helped the readers to feel as if they’d been transported to that locale, and the
sex between her and Miguel is smoking.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Romance, mysteries, thrillers. I also like to read books on the
writing craft, the occasional biography, or books about major events in history.
What do you do to relax?
I cook or watch movies. Netflix rocks!
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?
I’d take my Kindle, a bathing suit, underwear, and a couple of
changes of clothes, because my dream vacation will definitely involve a beach somewhere.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
Eat. Yes, I know that’s terrible. Luckily, Netflix keeps me entertained
when I’m not hanging out with friends or doing something else, because staying at
home and being bored is dangerous. I find myself going to the fridge more often
than not.
If you were a color, what
color would you be?
Yellow, which happens to be my favorite color.
Which statement is more
like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything. Pile it full of meat and veggies!
I’m always ready for traveling. I plan to do even more in
the near future.
When I’m alone, I read or watch movies.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a procrastinator. People
are always surprised when I tell them that because they think I’m so organized.
I’m just an organized procrastinator.

Find Me Here

Website and blog:
Accidental SEAL.

Sharon Hamilton, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your books, Accidental SEAL, and SEAL
Encounter. You also have books in this series coming soon, Fallen SEAL Legacy, and
prequel SEAL Endeavor. I understand that Accidental SEAL and SEAL
Encounter, are out now, and that they spent 12 weeks in
the Amazon top 100 for Romantic Suspense. They earned you a top 100 Amazon
author ranking in Romantic Suspense. Congratulations! Let’s get started on these books.

Genre: Contemporary Military
Romantic Suspense
Buy links:
Accidental SEAL:
SEAL Encounter: (prequel/short):
Publisher: AL Publishing
Cover artist: Kendra Egert
Length: 90,000 words.
Heat rating: Hot, straight
sex, frank language, explicit.
Accidental SEAL
Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding
her first open house. Entering the wrong house, by accident, she finds the nude
sleeping body of a young man.
Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his AWOL Team
buddy, is staying at his buddy’s home while investigating the disappearance. When
someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn’t expect to find that
a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate’s abduction.
What starts out as a meeting by accident becomes a hot affair
neither one is ready for. Kyle is conflicted about getting Christy involved in his
mission, but his hand is forced when he learns the same San Diego gang responsible for his teammate’s
abduction has kidnapped her.
Battling a cadre of dirty law enforcements hell-bent on getting
military equipment, especially state-of-the-art firepower, Kyle is forced to admit
that he would be willing to die to protect her.

Interview with Kyle Lansdowne of Accidental

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I’m a
simple guy. After the death of my mother, my father and I didn’t get along and the
Navy raised me, became my true family.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I’m not
special, I just don’t give up. Can’t stand to see innocents being abused. I like
being just one of the team, even though I lead them. I became a SEAL because I didn’t
have anything else at the time. Now it is different.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you
think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
I guess
I have a soft spot for the one woman in my life. Christy rocks my world. She is
ten times smarter than I am. I knew from the first time I held her she was special,
was the only one I could love. I would do anything to protect her. I thought she
deserved better than me at first.
What drives you to do the things you do? What
makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Just like
in BUD/S, I don’t ring the bell. While some Team guys think they are God’s gift
to women, I have that singleness of focus that allows me to do the job I’m asked
to do. I love my community with the Teams and our families. I feel so lucky I found
this job at such an early age.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
I love
freefalling, doing HALO jumps at midnight. I love my gear, all the fantastic equipment
I get to use. It turns me on going to Open Houses because of the way Christy and
I met.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old
would you be?
What a
dumb question.
A biography has been written about you. What
do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He likes
everything hard.
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
I love
San Diego, maybe
live in one of those huge villas Christy gets to sell. Something with views of the
What song would best describe your life?
For You,
by Keith Urban
If you were a tool, what would people use
you to do?
I’d be
a timing device on an IED.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I’d like
to own a gym like Gunny’s when I’m too old to do team work. Rather than own a store,
I’d rather have a place where Team guys could come and hang out, like a SEAL bar.
I’d like to stay in the community I’m in, even when I’ve got kids old enough to
join the Teams.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
Played I tried out for every sport. Had coaches on my case all the time about giving
up other sports to play for them. Never worked.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to
do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
see it in Chapter 1 of Accidental SEAL – I tied Christy up in her own pantyhose
when she surprised me at the open house. Of course, she made the mistake and went
to the wrong house, but I still feel real bad about that.
If you came with a warning label, what would
it say?
Let me
come to you.
Fill in the Blanks as Kyle
I love pizza with everything
on it
I’m always ready for sex
with Christy. Wild, wicked sex.
When I’m alone, I think
too much
You’d never be able to
tell, but I’m kinda shy.
If I had a halo it would be titanium, but burnished, not shiny.
If I could have ten
I would if Christy would let me.
I can never forget the
past or where I came from
because I am an ordinary man.
the Author
Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels,
Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot
romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon
in that genre. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion
and true love—not exactly what they taught you in Sunday School!
An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her
husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California,
where most of her stories take place.

Find Me Here

Kayelle Allen here. Romance Lives Forever is dedicated to new
authors and new books. As such, I rarely step in as a blogger — I prefer to interview
guests and feature others. My personal blog, Unstoppable Heroes, is where I do my
own “bragging” about new books and events. But today on RLF, I want to
honor some special people: veterans.
Folding the Flag.
The first Veteran’s Day was called “Armistice Day”
and was proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. In proclaiming
the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will
be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service
and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has
freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy
with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Unlike Memorial Day,
which celebrates those who died in service, Veterans Day celebrates the service
itself. Wikipedia
Today’s blog features fellow veterans who are authors. This is
by no means an exhaustive list, but these folks are proud to stand and be counted. Please
visit their sites, and get to know them and their books. I believe the highest honor
one can pay an author is to buy his or her book.

Authors Who Served

Listed in alphabetical order by first name.
Romance Tangled with Suspense
CK Crouch — US Army
Hot Romance
Delilah Devlin – US Army
Paranormal and Contemporary Romance
Eliza Gayle — US Marine Corps
Ella Quinn – US Army
Military Romance
Geri Krotow — US Navy
Love Is In The Air – And In The Fleet
Heather McLachlan — US Navy
Urban Fantasy Romance
Isis Rushdan — US Air Force
Historical Romance
Jeane Westin — US Army
Erotica Romance where the destiny is love ~ Let me take you on
the journey
Jennifer France — US Navy
Tapping into your Flights of Fancy
Lacey Falcone — US Air Force
Dark Heroes, Feisty Heroines, Scorching Stories
Lisa Carlisle — US Marine Corps
Military Memoirs – Parris Island — Journey of a Woman Marine
Lisa Cordeiro — US Marine Corps
Let Fate guide you… One story at a time
Loni Lynne — US Navy
Mystery/Romance author
Lori Avocato — US Air Force
Love … Laughter … Forever
Joyce Adams — US Army
Kathleen Toomey Jabs — US Navy
Unstoppable heroes, Uncompromising love, Unforgettable passion
Kayelle Allen — US Navy
A Dash of Romance with a Dusting of Mystery
Misty MacRae — US Navy
Where Romance is Always an Adventure
Rogenna Brewer — US Navy
Unexpected Romantic Fiction
Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter — USAF
Romantic Suspense, YA, Juvenile, SciFi, and Hard Boiled Detective
Wayne Greenough — US Navy
Scottish Medieval Romantic Suspense
Diana Cosby — US Navy
Dark heroes and heroines with bite…sink your teeth into a romance
Sapphire Phelan — US Army

Escape to the past with a romantic adventure
Terry Irene Blain — US Navy

Military Romance and Medical Drama
Tracey Cramer-Kelly — Army National Guard

Statistics on this list:

US Navy – 11
US Marines – 3
Army National Guard – 1
US Army – 6
US Air Force – 4
Men – 1
Women – 24
One unusual Veterans group that is special to me is called RomVets. They are all women who served in the armed
forces and who write Romance. I am proud to be a member. Click the link to visit
the website and learn more about this organization and its members.
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What a Texas Girl Wants.

Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, What a Texas Girl Wants.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 52,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: What happens in Mexico
doesn’t always stay in Mexico
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the
family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together
by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up
with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth
girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done
well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with
Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings
on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson
nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice.
Once back in Texas,
however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming

Interview with Kathleen Witte

Kathleen, tell us about
yourself. What are you like?
I’m a Texas
girl, born and bred, which makes it kind of funny that I fell for a city boy. But
then, Jackson was a Texas boy at one point! I train horses and live
on the same ranch where I grew up.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
My determination. I set a goal and I go after it whole-heartedly.
Do you have a weakness?
(If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your
enemy think it is?)
Sometimes I become so focused on a goal that I miss the point
of living life. That’s what led me to Mexico, which wound up being a good
thing. But at the time, Mexico
felt like the biggest mistake of my life! Jackson
will say my greatest weakness comes when he does this kissing thing on the back
of my neck…
Saint’s Devilish Deal
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I think my drive comes from my grandfather, and my father to
a certain extent. Dad wasn’t always around when I was little, so I started trying
new things to get his attention. That didn’t always work, but my boldness did capture
my grandfather’s attention. Him being proud of my accomplishments keeps me trying
for even bigger goals.
What’s your favorite guilty
Dark chocolate with sea salt. I know dark chocolate is technically
better for us than milk chocolate…but it tastes so good I feel guilty enjoying it.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
Tough question. I think I’d like to be 28. Because at 28 I’d
be old enough to know better…and still young enough to get away with doing some
bad things…ha!
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Kathleen Witte, An Ordinary Girl.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
exactly where I am. I’m a very lucky girl – I grew up in the best place in the world,
and now that I’m grown up I get to do the thing I love (train horses) and live there
with the best guy in the world (Jackson).
He comes and goes a little bit, because of his work, but Texas is definitely part of our lives.
What song would best describe
your life?
I’m Just a Girl by Deana Carter
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Get the job done! I’m the type of person who can’t quit on a
task. I’m a hard worker…so I guess I’d make a good hammer.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
A little bit of everything. Saddles and tack, girlie dresses,
boots. I’m a General Store kind of girl.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
The day being over! I wasn’t a bad student and school wasn’t
hard for me, but I had so much more fun on the ranch that I wished every day for
the 3 o’clock bell to ring.
Tell us an embarrassing
story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant
other will do. ^_^
Probably one of my most embarrassing moments happened when I
was visiting U-TEP on a college preview weekend. I’m a small town girl and the campus
was huge, but I was so confident that I couldn’t do anything wrong! So I’m wandering
around the campus, not paying attention to where I’m going and I slammed into this
photographer guy – who was none other than my childhood crush, Jackson Taylor. I
had no idea what he was doing there and I was a little snippy with him. I broke
his camera…and it was just bad. That did not lead to us falling in love and living
happily ever after, not for a while. And he still teases me about that day!
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Warning: Contents are Combustible.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Kathleen

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a picnic.
When I’m alone, I think about my next To Do list.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m usually nervous.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could turn back time I’d ask Jackson out way back in college.
Kristina Knight
I can never eat chocolate because I would never stop.

About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from
car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker,
she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories
in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine
articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily
ever after.

Previous Books:

The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon:

What a Texas
Girl Needs
What a Texas
Girl Dreams

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Brand New Flavor.

Save Room For Ice Cream @emlynley #amreading
EM Lynley, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Brand New Flavor.
Genre: Gay Romance, M/M, Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: LC Chase
Length: 150 pages/37,000 words
Heat rating: 4 on a scale of 1-5

From EM Lynley

I’m so excited to be here at Romance Lives Forever to talk about
my upcoming release Brand New Flavor. For anyone who’s read more than one of my
books, you may have noticed a common thread: I love to write about food and cooking.
Even if the character is wandering the streets of Bangkok, as in Rarer Than Rubies, you’ll get a
mouthwatering description of the most delectable duck dish that had dozens of readers
heading to their local Thai restaurants. I love to cook (and eat) and I’ve taken
food writing courses and spent seven years in the Northern
California wine industry.
Brand New Flavor is all about Jericho “Jay” Brown,
an artisan ice cream maker. He’s passionate about his frozen treats and the secret
recipe he spent more than a year perfecting. He’s just as passionate about Cameron
Clay, a food critic, but their romance hits a rocky road before they can find out
whether they belong together or not.
Be prepared for plenty of mouthwatering descriptions of ice cream–and
hot guys–without the calories or guilt. But I’ll confess, my editors and beta readers
all went running for ice cream while they were reading this story. It comes out
the day before Thanksgiving, probably the biggest food fest in the United States, so
it’s a perfectly fitting date.
Research for Brand New Flavor was fun! I visited and sampled
ice creams, gelatos, sorbets and other frozen desserts while I was deciding just
what would make Jay’s particular ice cream so spectacular. I actually created my
own fantasy of what ice cream could be, though as far as I know no one makes anything
quite like I’ve described. I even spent some time in the kitchen at Scream Sorbet,
a local shop where I watched the staff at work and peppered the kitchen manager
with dozens of questions, about their process, ingredients, sourcing, and how to
grow a small business. I also spoke with chefs about flavor combinations to make
sure the flavors I made up would really work, and taste as good as I think they
Along the way I tasted:
Hopefully this will whet your appetite for Brand New Flavor (you
can pre-order from Dreamspinner Press now and download on release day Nov 21). And
if you like that, stay tuned. It’s just the first book in my brand new series, Delectable,
which features characters from the food and wine industry.


When artisan ice cream maker Jay Brown first meets food writer
Cameron Clay at a charity tasting event, they get along like strawberries and chocolate
sauce. Jay’s unique flavors thrill more than Cameron’s jaded palate, but after a
delicious encounter in Jay’s delivery truck, where extra-creamy frozen treats are
not the only delights sampled, Cameron loses Jay’s contact info–and any hope of
a real date.
Desperate, Cameron convinces his editor to host an artisanal
ice cream contest in hopes of drawing out the elusive genius. But more complications
threaten to intervene. Will Jay even enter the contest? Or will the chance of a
happily ever after melt away?
On Monday Jay descended the stairway
from his apartment over Glace’s industrial kitchen, making sure he had his cell
phone and that it was fully charged. He even brought the charger with him, just
in case. He didn’t want to miss the call from Cameron Clay. Jay believed Cameron’s
promise to call, and even if it didn’t turn out to be anything more than the one
casual encounter for them, Cameron had enjoyed Jay’s ice cream almost as much as
he’d enjoyed Jay. Hadn’t he?
Jay never had very good judgment when
it came to guys. He’d made the mistake of jumping right in with both feet before.
Best to take it slow, and not get burned again. He still hadn’t recovered from the
last time. One thing to want to get a guy’s clothes off, but it was never a good
idea to fall in love too easily. Not that Jay had fallen in love with Cameron or
anything. He hadn’t. How could he? Cameron had said “mmmm” and “oh yeah” and a few
other things along those lines. Certainly flattering to Jay and his ice cream, but
not enough to base a relationship on; even Jay understood that.
But Cameron Clay did know how to speak–or
at least write–coherently and use words with multiple syllables. The guy even knew
when to use semicolons, which impressed Jay. He’d Googled Cameron Clay as soon as
he’d gotten home from his deliveries. He’d read a few of Cameron’s articles and
columns and ordered two of his books from Amazon. Real paper and two-day delivery
and everything–not just Kindle versions. Fuck, maybe I am in love already.
Ice cream and gelato
He certainly was in love with the way
Cameron thought and wrote about food. Jay had never read anything quite like it
and it practically gave him a hard-on just reading Cameron’s words. Okay, it actually
had turned him on if he was going to be honest about it. Cameron was a mixture of
James Beard, Julia Child, MFK Fisher and Ruth Reichl all in one extremely sexy package.
A sexy gay package–even better.
For the next thirty minutes, Jay forced
himself to concentrate on ice cream and not on Cameron. He went to the big walk-in
cooler to see what fruit was ripe. He’d used up nearly everything on hand making
the product for the tasting event. He’d use up what he had on hand and then call
his suppliers and see what was ripe and when he should go to their farms to collect
his orders.
He glanced around the cooler and selected
several baskets of berries. He loaded them into a wide plastic tub, shut the cooler
door, and strolled over to the ripening room to see what looked and smelled best.
He picked up and sniffed a series of melons, choosing three varieties that were
approaching perfection. The heady, sweet scent and just the right give under his
thumb. He rinsed everything under warm water in the sink, and then brought his bounty
over to the cutting boards. Within a few minutes, he had a pile of delicious chunks
of three kinds of melon. He pureed each separately, pouring the thick sweet-smelling
result into wide beakers. He did the same with the berries, sieving the ones with
seeds, until he had a little rainbow of beakers. From the blue-black of blackberries
to the celadon of Persian melon.
What were Cam’s
favorite flavors? That did it. Jay’s concentration broke, and he lost the battle
to ignore the phone after only twenty minutes of work. He pulled his cell out of
his pocket just to make sure he had a signal: four out of five bars. What the fuck
am I doing?
“Whatcha working on this morning?” Maya’s
voice shattered the silence and Jay nearly dropped his phone into a beaker of bright
watermelon puree. He hadn’t heard her unlock the door. Had he locked up properly
the night before? Probably too distracted with fantasies of Cameron Clay. Maybe
he needed to increase security.
Rarer Than Rubies
“Looks like something. Trying a new
“Yeah. Maybe some sweet melons contrasting
with a tart berry. Or just layering the melons. I’m gonna play with the proportions
for a while before I prepare a full batch.”
“I’ll help taste test once I’ve made
the calls, okay?”
“Sure.” Jay pushed the phone into his
apron pocket and grabbed a stack of small Pyrex dishes where he’d mix flavors, like
an artist combining shades on his palette.
“Oh, do you want to start selling any
of the flavors we handed out yesterday?”
“No. Not ready.”
“What do you mean ‘not ready’? We had
people lining up three, four times to get samples. Our clients are always asking
for new stuff.”
“Not ready.”
“Jay….” Maya let her voice drop into
the lower register. “What’s wrong?”
Like he was going to admit Cameron Clay
hadn’t called yet. “They’re not ready.”
“They why aren’t you working with them?
Why are you playing with new stuff? Are you just giving up on those flavors?”
“They’ve gone public. I can’t risk it.”
“Come on, Jay. Don’t you think you’re
carrying this stealth thing a bit too far? No one’s spying on you.”
“I won’t risk it. Not after….”
“Jay, that was almost two years ago.
You can’t keep hiding in here like it’s some sort of Batcave because you think someone’s
going to steal your flavors and your ideas. The way to avoid that is to actually
start selling them, get them into the market so everyone knows you created them.
The longer you wait, the more chance you do have of being scooped.” She clapped
a hand over her mouth to suppress a giggle. “Sorry.” She dropped the hand and her
expression turned serious again. “I mean it. You’re not helping yourself. You’re
letting that asshole win if you keep this up.”
Going for Gold
Jay took a deep breath and pulled himself
up to his full height. He exhaled and watched Maya’s face. His pulse skyrocketed
and he heard the sound of glass shattering. He’d dropped the bowl he’d been holding.
“Crap.” He bent to clean up the shards, nearly bumping his head against Maya’s.
“I’ll clean this up.” She knelt and
pushed at his shoulder. “I shouldn’t have mentioned him. I’m sorry.”
Jay stood and watched as Maya swiped
a damp towel across the floor, and fought to get his breath under control. Thinking
about Paul Rhodes always did this to him. He went over to the sink and washed his
hands, lathering up the anti-bacterial scrub and letting the hot water scald away
the memories and distract him from the knot in his stomach.

Previous Books

Rarer Than Rubies (Precious Gems #1), Italian Ice (Precious Gems
#2), A Christmas Bonus, Wicked Good: M/M Angels/Demons Anthology, Going for Gold:
Gay Olympic Anthology, Disguises, Hostile Takeover, Bedknobs & Beanstalks Gay
Fairy Tales Anthology
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Books Coming Soon

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Xavier Axelson, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Velvet.

Genre: Historical, MM, Erotic Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Cover artist: Ken Harrison
Length: 253 Pages
Heat rating: Scorching
Tagline: Nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.
The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a
backdrop of decadence, privilege, and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes
a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden
secrets of his heart, and threaten the very fabric of his existence.
In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty
is masked by obligation, and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing
is more dangerous than Velvet.
What are your main
characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sylvain/Animal Trainer/20


What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started
I now give my mind the
permission to relax between books; this gives my imagination and spirit time to
recharge and rest.
What websites do you visit
Twitter, Facebook, and
If you could change something
about your first book, what would it be?
The title.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
The ability to write
and share my work is a gift. I truly find writing to be a great joy.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Write more.
What does
“balance” mean to you as a writer?
It means finding time
everyday to write but also reaching a place where you can shut your writer off
and enjoy nature, family, friends and good food.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I love 1940’s-!960’s
British literature.
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?
I’d take a pad, a fine
tip pen and worry about the rest when I got there. I’d go directly to
Stockholm, Sweden.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
I really love St.
Patty’s Day. I love celebrating the Irish part of me, or maybe its because I
love Guinness and corned beef.
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
Cary Grant
If you were a color,
what color would you be?
Which statement is
more like you:
“I am a vacation
spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries
in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything
on it.
I’m always ready for what’s
When I’m alone, I listen
to audiobooks.

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Open House: Pool of Souls.

Krystal Shannan, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Open House: Pool of Souls Book 1

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover artist: Lauren McCauley
Length: 53 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Intrinsically woven into the fabric of human existence, Aphrodite, Titan Goddess of Love and Passion, dedicates herself to matching soul mates….Rebecca Carol and Robert Corvin missed their original chance to bond when Ares, God of War, took control of Robert’s career ten years ago. Their souls have naturally pulled them back together for a second chance at love, but… How far with the gods go to get their own way? Will divine influence create another perfect match or will it tear them apart forever?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero: Robert Corvin – 31 – Owns and operates a large software engineering company. Moving to Houston, TX.
Heroine: Rebecca Carol – 28 – Works as a real estate agent in Houston, TX.
A deep male voice boomed through her garden, breaking her concentration. “Aphrodite!” The images of Robert and Rebecca swirled and were lost as the pool’s surface went clear. She turned to face the irate male.
“Ditee! Why can’t you just leave well enough alone?”
Aphrodite leaned against the cool rock and gave him a lazy smile. She’d expected Ares to complain. Robert Corvin played a key role in research and weapon development for the United States. No human got into his position without a little shove from the god of war.
“I will do exactly as I wish, especially when it comes to souls who have searched as long as these two have.”
“He’s mine, Ditee. I’ve finally got him where he will be of most use, and now I hear he has moved. Because of a girl! I knew it was your fault. Hands off.” His eyes flashed red, and a deep growl rumbled from his chest.
Aphrodite rose to face him. Her power rose and flamed within her, causing her skin to glow white. Ares took a step back. “You will not speak to me so rudely,” she said, her voice taking on its godly attributes, booming across the garden like a sonic wave. Ares stumbled a little from the force. “I am your superior. These souls deserve to be together, and you will not interfere.”
“The hell I won’t.”
Rebecca Carol parked her blue Honda Civic in front of the Williams Realty building on the north side of Houston, Texas. A heavy sigh escaped her. Her boss’s white Mustang sat next to the building. Drat! She had hoped to arrive first, grab her list of appointments, and leave before Marion Williams even showed up to start the day. No such luck.
The bell jingled above the door when she pulled it open and stepped into the office lobby. Vanilla roast hung fresh in the air. She might be a martinet, but there was no denying Marion made the best coffee.
“Rebecca? Is that you?” Marion’s shrill voice came from her office.
Marion Williams ran an excellent business, and most of the time, she was a reasonable boss, but lately her personality had become grating, like a cat clawing a chalkboard. Her nasty divorce was the cause for most of it, and Rebecca couldn’t really blame her. Who wouldn’t be irritable if you found out your husband had cheated on you for the last ten years?
“Yes, Marion. I’ll be right there. Let me put my things in my desk.”
“No, no. Come here first.” Her urgency was uncommon, and Rebecca moved swiftly, dropping her purse on the sideboard outside the door.
Purple and yellow were the company colors, and Marion’s office was quite a testament to them. The carpets were a bright summer-yellow. The desk was white, and the drapery and pillows in the window seat were a rich royal purple. A purple brocade high-back chair sat in the corner by a small bookshelf. The décor was a very bold statement, but Marion pulled it off.
“Is something wrong? You sound worried.” Rebecca stood in the doorway and waited for Marion to look away from her computer screen.
“Ah, no. Nothing wrong, just strange.” Marion continued to type.
Rebecca cocked her head. Her boss tore her gaze from the screen and met Rebecca’s. “You have an appointment today.”
“Just one?”
“I’m covering your other two.”
Now Rebecca was really curious. Marion never covered her appointments.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Marion tucked her bangs behind an ear. “I don’t know how you got this. I should be the one running this appointment, but you were requested by name. It’s a very high-profile client from out of town.”
Interesting. Rebecca shifted her weight from her right to her left foot. It was better to wait on Marion than to pressure her. She frowned as Marion gave her outfit the once-over and grimaced. Rebecca didn’t make enough money to dress in the designer labels like her employer, although with the impending divorce, Marion might find herself with less spending money than usual.
“The showing is in The Woodlands. You will need to go home and put on something nicer. Your dress is too casual.” Marion shook her head and looked back at her computer screen.
Rebecca swallowed a snort. The white floral dress was quite nice, especially paired with the cute green wedge heels. They gave such a nice pop of color. Most of Marion’s dislike came from the fact that they weren’t name brand.
Marion handed her the clipboard with the appointment information, and Rebecca’s mouth went dry.
Robert Corvin.
“Do you know this Robert Corvin?” Marion asked.
Rebecca glanced up from the clipboard and stared at her.
“I should be handling this appointment. You’ve never handled a sale this large.”
Rebecca tried to speak, but nothing came out.
“Yes, ma’am. We went to high school together.” Her voice finally emerged to quell the storm in her boss’s face. With that said, Marion seemed to relax a bit.
“Well,” Marion gave her clothing another demoralizing examination. “I still think you should go home and change into something more appropriate. This is a really big sale. I want you to give him a very good impression of my office.”
Rebecca nodded. Marion leaned back in her chair. “I want this sale, Rebecca. I don’t care what happened between the two of you back in high school. Don’t let it stop you from sealing the deal.”
“Yes, ma’am. I will do my best. I’m surprised he even remembers who I am.”
“Men remember more than you think, young lady. He wouldn’t have asked for you if he didn’t remember you.”
“I should go. The sheet says he wants to meet at ten, and it will take me nearly an hour to get to the property.” Rebecca paused for a moment. “Is there anything else you need me to do, Marion?”
“No, get going. Call me after and let me know how it went.”
Rebecca nodded and walked out of the office. She picked up her purse and keys from the sideboard outside Marion’s door and waved to Paige, the receptionist who had just arrived. The bell jingled again to announce her exit.
Blog Tour for Open House

She wondered if Robert would remember her. Probably not, it had been so many years. He’d probably tutored a lot of girls in freshman algebra.


How did you get your start in the industry?
Well, Open House: Pool of Souls is my first published book…. so I’m just getting warmed up. I’ve been writing for years. It was only just this past year or two that I’ve really pushed myself to take the leap into publication.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook, my blog, and Twitter…. does email count. I feel like I’m always in my email.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Write more! I wrote constantly in high school and college, but after I got married I let it go for a while. I wish I hadn’t.
Do you have a muse? Describe this person, please.
I don’t have one particular muse. My characters are my muses. My characters whisper…. does that sound strange. I joke that I have a multiple personality disorder, but that’s how it feels to me sometimes. ROFL! My husband has even told me he’s had conversations with some of my characters in the middle of the night. So apparently, even when I’m sleeping, they are creeping around up there!
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! There was the one time… it involved Mexican dominos…. satisfying someone….. and a whole lot of laughing. It’s not in a book yet, but it totally is going to be.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I teach elementary music in a Texas public school, but I’ve also worked as a bank teller, and in a department store.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read mostly contemporary, paranormal, and a few science fiction romance thrown in for good measure. Lately I have started a couple of romantic suspense. Pretty much anything with a ‘Happily Ever After’ is fair game on my Kindle.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think it will continue to grow and eventually dominate the publishing market.
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?
I’m going to Greece! My dream is to see the ruins at Athens and on Crete. I would pull down my travel bag from my closet, load it with clothes, shoes, my husband’s toiletry travel kit, make up bag, my camera, a beach towel, and I’m ready to go!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I really enjoy thanksgiving. It’s all about being grateful for what we’ve been given and celebrating with family… really really really good food!
What good book have you read recently?
I actually just finished Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain and Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Read. Watch TV. My favorite show is LOST GIRL and MERLIN.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Kate Hudson…. hands down! I love her snarky sense of humor paired with loyalty and down-to-earth friendliness.
Which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible.”
The first, LOL. I just go with the flow most of the time.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with canadian bacon.
I’m always ready for fun.
When I’m alone, I read.
If I could dance I’d want to be on dancing with the stars.
I can never stop writing because the characters in my head would torture me.
Krystal Shannan

Books Coming Soon

Pool of Souls Book 2
A Very Russian Christmas (Decadent)
Holiday Chase

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Toni Noel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Rising Above.

Genre: Historical Time Travel
Buy links:
Desert Breeze Publishing
Or from your favorite eBook store.
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Cover artist: Carol Fiorillo
Length (words): 105,000
Heat rating: R
Tagline: A misfit tomboy goes back in time, compromises her reputation
with a disillusioned Pinkerton man who to her dismay insists on a marriage of convenience,
while she longs to return to her own time.
Bad weather cuts short Wilda Stone’s hot-air balloon race, throwing
her back into widowed lawman Hal Grantham’s time, the 1870’s. A sand storm forcing
them off Hal’s horse and into a cave where they spend two nights, compromising Wilda’s
reputation, and forcing Hal into a marriage of convenience. Once they make love
Wilda realizes she has fallen in love with the terse lawman and abandons all thought
of returning to the twenty-first century. Her stoic husband conceals his true feelings
for her. When diphtheria– the same disease responsible for taking his first wife
and son — threatens the silver mining town of Cerro Gordo, deep concern for Wilda’s
welfare drives Hal to send his wife back to her own time in her balloon. His actions
convince her Hal shuns her love and she departs, whispering a promise to return,
without revealing her pregnancy. Once her conveyance rises beyond his reach, Hal
realizes his mistake and launches a futile search for the woman he now readily admits
he loves.
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Wilda Stone and Hal Grantham. 28 and 32. In her other life Wilda
was a flag person on a Caltrans road crew. In Cerro Gordo
the only acceptable work to fill her time is helping out in the kitchen of the American
Hotel, a totally unacceptable activity for an awkward outdoor girl who can’t cook.
Hal is a disillusioned undercover Pinkerton agent ready for a


How do you come up with
Inspiration strikes me at the oddest times, and in unexpected
places. Usually it’s through something I see, or hear. A boarded up house in a ritzy
neighborhood we were driving through inspired Decisive Moments. A network news story
about the rising birthrate in a faraway Irish town inspired Fairy Dusted. A weekend
stay in the refurbished bunk house of a restored silver mining town inspired Rising
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the freedom of being my own boss, and the chance to escape
reality while I write, but I also enjoy the anticipation I feel when a friend buys
one of my books. I can’t wait to hear how they liked it, whether it made their day
a little happier or gave them something new to think about.
What do you enjoy most about life?
The thing I enjoy most is simply being alive. I am so blessed.
A loving family. Good health. A wealth of knowledge at my fingertips and time to
explore all of it to the fullest. It’s a great life.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline,
The inspiration comes first, then a character’s name or the novel’s
setting. Next, as ideas come to me, I list fifty scenes necessary to move my characters
through the story and reach a satisfactory conclusion. I’m very visual, so I transfer
the scenes to stickies, arrange those on a story board, and after identifying the
major turning points and the blackest moment for each character, I’m ready to write.
The beauty of this method is the stickies can be moved around countless times, and
the scenes rearranged as I write to give the story ending a satisfying resolution,
showing ways in which the main characters have changed.
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book?
In my teens I called square dances for the Y.M.C.A. and later
did alterations for a cleaners. When we were without health insurance, and our four
young children had run up a big debt at their doctor’s, I made drapes for his new
office to settle our account. I’ve also performed puppet shows and taught crafts
at nursing homes. Before retiring, I supervised a computerized payroll, and included
some of my office experiences in Temp to Permanent, a romantic suspense.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your
I want my readers to feel satisfied with their read. I write
novels about finding a safe haven for the heart and firmly believe this is what
everyone hopes to find. I found my safe haven early in life, but it still delights
me when the book I’m reading ends with the heroine finding her safe haven in the
arms of her newly found love.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
I would specialize in classically styled upscale dresses and
suits, go-to outfits a woman reaches into her closet for every day. I’d have a complete
selection of leather boots in a variety of styles and widths. The leather purses
I carry will have wide openings and no places for lipsticks and car keys to hide.
I’d showcase earrings with silver or gold posts for pierced with only snap closures,
no easily-lost separate parts. In the casual clothing department you’ll find quality
merchandise for travel, spectator sports and working out all in one place, the huggable
woolens and cashmeres incredibly soft to the touch, the baby terry and fleece silky
smooth next to your skin.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
I loved the countless opportunities for expanding my horizons
school provided. I had endless curiosity and still question everything. My favorite
question is “Why?”
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Caution. Contents under extreme pressure and with good cause
will likely explode. (I inherited my father’s volatile temper.)

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love vegetarian pizza with artichokes.
I’m always ready for fun.
When I’m alone I eat dinner on our best china. It makes me
feel like I’m eating out
You’d never be able to tell, but I was the head cheerleader
for my high school
If I had a halo it would be bent.
If I could crochet I’d own that sweater I’ve been admiring.
I can never diet for long because I love to eat and
have no willpower

About the Author

Toni Noel’s Novels… Safe havens for the heart.
Toni Noel’s love of books started in childhood, when her
mother first read The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew to her. She helped
start church libraries in two rural Tennessee
towns and appeared before the City Planning Commission and the San Diego City
Council to urge a site be purchased. As the neighborhood spokesman for the new
library the City Councilman for her district invited her to turn the second
shovel of dirt at the groundbreaking for the new library. Toni’s fondest dream,
to see one of her safe-haven-for-the-heart novels available for checkout there
may soon be fulfilled. Desert Breeze Publishing will release in print form in
November the author’s first published novel Law Breakers and Love Makers.

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Buy links:
Desert Breeze Publishing
Or from your favorite eBook store.
Shopgirl and the Vampire

Ciar Cullen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Shop Girl and the Vampire*.

Genre: Paranormal Historical
Buy links:
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 35p, 11,000 words
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: At the cusp of the 19th century,
a penniless lass learns her dashing guardian angel is a bloodsucking devil.
*Winner, Boroughs Publishing Group @FirstSight short story contest.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kitty Twamley, Irish
scullery turned talented artist, 24
Phillip Orleans, socialite/vampire
Boroughs Publishing


What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
It’s taken me about 7 years to actually know how to “write from
the heart.” I used to hear that phrase and thought I knew what it meant—with passion
and verve. It’s akin to “write what you know”. Write what you know in your heart; write your own psychological
journey onto the page, and don’t assume that no one will understand it. Be authentic.
When you write your version of “junk food,” it comes out the intellectual equivalent
of junk food. Write with abandon.
If you could change something
about your first book, what would it be?
Just about everything. I wrote every high fantasy trope into
that book: the journey, the unavailable royal, the brothers, the bad wizard’s fortress,
the heroine who feels bad about herself until the hero loves her, the campfire meal
on the journey… oy vey. Lord of the Rings “lite”. Shudder.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
I think the thing I enjoy most about life is the mysterious nature
of life itself. Hmmn, enjoy might be the wrong word. But as I get older, I find
that the trivial really falls away and you’re left with questions about yourself,
and how you fit into the Universe.
If you could choose anyone
to be your mentor who would it be?
For writing, hands down, Mark Twain. While he had some great
sadness in his life, his wit and unorthodox (for the time) way of looking at his
world were genius.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
I’d tell young Ciar that she deserved good things, as we all
do, that she was entitled to look out for herself, and that she didn’t have to spend
her life trying to take care of others who would not accept responsibility for themselves.
Oh, and not to wear pale blue eye shadow. And that 118 pounds wasn’t fat. (I’d scream
that last part).
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I really like nonfiction. Books like “Devil in the White City.”
I love Victorian settings, exotic settings. For fiction, I don’t much like the Oprah
Book Club type “women’s literature.” I’m more likely to reach for something on my
“great books” list, which I’m trying to work through. 200 books that my high school
and college didn’t make me read. Thackery, etc.
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?
I am a low-maintenance gal. I’m opening a rucksack, throwing
in jeans and cargo pants, a swimsuit (and 100 SPF sunscreen), a hat, shorts and
tank tops, some underwear, and headed for the Amazon. Oh, pretty heavy hiking boots.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
My go-to hobby is knitting. Everyone I know has an afghan from
me; a few have lace shawls. I’m now making a coat of many colors!
If your life became a
movie, who would you want to play you?
I can’t picture a single moment of my life being movie-worthy,
except perhaps when I was an archaeologist, but of course, the great ones come to
mind—Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, etc.
If you were a color, what
color would you be?
“American Beauty Rose” my mom used to call it. Not in-your-face
red, but with just enough subtlety to take the edge off. But noticeable, for sure.
I share a birthday with Lucille Ball, and that pretty much sums me up!
Which statement is more
like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
I’m a “do the world in a month” person. Fast, fast, fast. Except
for writing. Snail-like.

Please Fill in the Blanks

Ciar Cullen

I love pizza with lots of cheese.

I’m always ready for sleep.
When I’m alone, I daydream.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m very religious.
If I had a halo it would be rusty.
If I could do it over I’d become a surgeon.
I can never stray because I’m very loyal.

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October on Romance Lives Forever saw eleven author
interviews, ten character interviews, and two articles.
This month marks the first full month during which we used the author’s Twitter handle as part of our post titles.  The impact of hits mentioning the author on Twitter help show them how valuable a visit on this site can be. Does it help bring people to the blog? Consider this: 18 of the 24 bloggers this month placed in the top 33% of overall hits on the blog.
Here are the top five posts for the month of October
(judging by page hits).
1. Susan Lodge — Character Interview with Hetty Avebury
2. Charlie Cochrane — Character Interview with Ben Edwards
3. Ally Shields — Author Interview “Awakening the Fire”
4. AR Norris — Author Interview “All Female Planet?”
5. Stephanie Burkhart — Character Interview with Lady Keira
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are: Adriana Kraft, Andrew Grey, Barbara
Bradley, Brenna Zinn, Casey Sheridan, Cynnara Tregarth, Dominique Eastwick, Elle
Druskin, Holley Trent, Jennifer Stevenson, Kate Hill, Kendall McKenna, Keta
Diablo, Kristina Knight, Rhea Rhodan, Sharon Kleve, Terry Spear, Tmonique