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Romance Lives Forever is in the hands of Cecilia Tan today, who will be talking about Passion in Prose and Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, her labor of love…

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Would you think I was crazy if I told you I’ve been writing
a book for thirty years? (THIRTY YEARS!) I suppose it might matter how long the
book is, right? Because I’ve been writing Daron’s Guitar Chronicles since I was
a teenager. It’s not exactly a “book,” partly because of how long it
is. It’s not a novel, but it is a story. That means it’s not a
“romance,” but it is a love story.

The main reason I can’t call it a romance is because most
people’s idea of a romance is so strict. For one thing, people expect the love
interest in a romance to be introduced in the first chapter. That doesn’t
happen in Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. DGC is a story about a young guitar player
trying to make it in the 1980s. He’s got conflict with his father, an uphill
battle to success, and on top of that, he’s in the closet. Finding the love he
needs to survive is an even steeper road than the road to fame.
Why don’t we meet Daron’s love interest in the beginning of
the book?
Because Daron isn’t ready to meet him yet. Daron isn’t just in the
closet. He’s deeply afraid of what might happen if people find out he’s gay.
He’s been fed homophobic crap his entire life and even though if you called him
on it he’d say he didn’t believe it, deep down, somehow, he does. He doesn’t
believe himself deserving of love and thinks he’s a pervert for the way his
hormones take over sometimes and make him act on his lust and frustration.
Many romances are the story of one person learning to love
another. But Daron is so weighed down by self-hate, by internalized homophobia,
that before he can learn to love someone else, he needs to learn to love
himself. Fortunately, he gathers people around him who love him without judging
him, though it takes time.
And that’s the real truth of the matter. It takes time to
get over something as complicated and deep-rooted as internalized homophobia.
Which is why this story couldn’t be told in one, short novel. It needed to
start early in Daron’s life and move gradually through all the twists and turns
of him coming of age and figuring stuff out. It’s a love story and that means
all kinds of love, family, friends, lust, and also romantic love.
The story’s length and gradual development are what kept me
from publishing it for so long. Gay publishers wanted me to cut it down and
concentrate on the coming out. Romance publishers wanted me to cut it down and
concentrate on one main relationship. Literary publishers wanted me to cut down
the pop culture references.
I found I couldn’t do any of those things without ruining
everything that makes the story work, everything that made my friends who read
the early drafts call it “addictive.”
This is why I’ve been publishing Daron’s Guitar Chronicles
on the web as a serial. You can read it for free starting here: (http://daron.ceciliatan.com/archives/1)
But there is one warning. It is addictive. Readers fall in love with Daron. But
eventually they catch up to the most recent chapter, and then they have to wait
for the next installment. Just like a TV show or a comic book, they have to
wait for the next episode. The story will eventually be finished, but for now
everyone is invited to fall in love with Daron the way I have and to come along
for the ride, which is still going through the ups and downs of his life.
And then for those who enjoy reading on paper, I’m running a
Kickstarter right now to raise the money to make an actual print version, and
for those who read on Kindle or other e-reader, there are already three volumes
of ebooks available. You can get them most places ebooks are sold and also by
supporting the Kickstarter as a reward gift, and for a slightly higher
contribution, get the printed book, too. For all the details about helping fund
a printed version, visit the Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/IlE7Bi
Love is ultimately the most rewarding thing I’ve found to
write about. I write about sex, I write about passion, I write about trying to
make the world a better place. I write IN ORDER to make the world a better
place, whether that’s through helping readers to understand how terrible
homophobia can be, or through helping them to escape tough issues in their own
lives by escaping into my character’s world for a while. I do it because I love
it, and I hope my readers love it right back.
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Daron’s Guitar Chronicles interview

Cecilia, tell us
about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Daron is a headstrong young musician. He’s very closeted because
he was raised to think being gay is something bad, and yet he’s very confident
in his worth as a human being because of his musical talent. That makes for a
somewhat neurotic package, but he tries not to take himself too seriously. He’s
funny in a deadpan sort of way, and he tries never to let his wounds show. In
that way, he’s the opposite of a drama queen.
If your main
character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
His musical talent. Daron feels he’s got a gift and he just
doesn’t question it, even when he is insecure about everything else in life.
Does he think he has
a weakness?
His biggest weakness is definitely his hang-ups about sex
and sexuality. It leaves him vulnerable.
What drives your hero
to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
Daron’s got a lot of bad role models in his life. His
father’s a two-bit con man, he is taken advantage of sexually by a roommate,
and in the music business it’s very hard to know who to trust. But he tries to
be better than all that. For a while he event thinks trying to be
“good” includes denying his own sexuality.
What’s your main
character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Daron’s secret pleasure is dancing in his living room to
very loud funk and R&B.

 Personal Info: Daron

A biography has been written about you.
What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Oh jeez. I suppose “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest” is already taken, right? Just kidding. If it was written by someone
who liked me they’d hopefully title it something more like “I Love Rock
and Roll.” If it was written by someone who didn’t like me, they’d try to
get cute, a tell-all book called “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or
something insinuating like that.
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
I’ve pretty much settled on staying in Boston. I know I don’t want to live in Los Angeles. I’m from New Jersey originally and I always thought I’d move to New York City, but having lived in Boston for a while I’ve realized how nice it
is. I’m on the road a lot, so I’m not home as much as I might like. But when I
am, I really appreciate how laid back things are in Boston.
What song would best
describe your life?
I’ve written a lot of songs about my life. It’s too
difficult to pick one. At any given time it’s probably the song I wrote most
recently. I just wrote one called “Infernal Medicine” which is about
how relationships can be poisonous. You need that person to heal you, you know?
But sometimes they’re the wrong one. The title came from a trip to the doctor I
took. The sign said “Internal Medicine” but I mis-read it. A whole
song came out of that.
If you were a tool,
what would people use you to do?
Ha. Tune guitars. No question.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
I pretty much hated school. I was a loner. I got picked on.
The only reason I didn’t get bullied worse was because I faded into the
woodwork so much. The only good thing was probably music class, but even that
was a chore sometimes. When I got to junior high, though, and started playing
the guitar at lunch on the warm days when we were allowed to eat outside, that
was my favorite thing for sure. I wouldn’t even bother to eat. I’d just sit on
a picnic table and play and that was how I went from being a band nerd who got
picked on to being “cool.” As long as I had a guitar in my hands, I
was cool. That’s still true today,  I
guess.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Haha! “Do Not Eat.” I think sometimes I’m as toxic
to other people as they are to me. Or to one person in particular, anyway.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Daron)

I love pizza with my bandmates at midnight after
rehearsal
.
I’m always ready for a gig.
When I’m alone, I write songs about being not alone.
You’d never be able to tell, but I really love bubblegum
pop. I’m supposed to hate it, I’m supposed to be a snob about it, but people
don’t appreciate how great a good pop tune is
.
If I had a halo it would be rusted.
If I could pick one person’s brain I’d pick David
Bowie’s
.
I can never be fully happy because I’m too f’d up.

About the Author

Cecilia Tan is “simply one of the most important
writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic
literature,” according to Susie Bright. In 1992 Tan founded Circlet Press,
a category-busting independent press that mixes science fiction/fantasy with
erotica, and which added an erotic romance line, Clasp Editions, in 2011. Tan
is the author of many books, including the romances Mind Games, The Hot Streak,
and the Magic University series. Her gay high fantasy
erotic romance THE PRINCE’S BOY is a current nominee for the Pauline Reage
Novel Award for BDSM-positive fiction.
Her short
stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov’s
Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for LBT gwriters in 2010, was a recipient of the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2001, and
won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for crowdfunded fiction in 2010 for Daron’s
Guitar Chronicles
. She lives in the Boston
area with her lifelong partner corwin and three cats.

Find Cecilia Here

Find Daron
Here

First Chance.
I am a huge advocate when it comes to over-promoting. I
constantly see authors overdo the promotions of their books. Granted I know the
excitement is there. You want the world to know. You also want the world to buy
one copy. Right?
Well, I unexpectedly was off-line for the last few weeks
due to personal events and a quick trip to Florida. And in that time I noticed
something. Sales for my two self published books dipped. They fell. They
tumbled some. Hell, I’ll be honest… they crashed faster than the stock market
did under the democratic politicians.
Sales for my prequel to When We Meet Again, First
Chance,
was HOT! It hit number 61 in the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers back
in March when it was first released.
Then came Insatiable
Kate

an erotic tale that was once part of an anthology but when the rights
reverted back to me, it was off and running as a self-published book on Amazon.
Now what are their standings? *looks around* I don’t want
to discuss it. Not one single promotion anywhere online for over three weeks…
and there was a noticeable difference and I know my payment from Amazon will
reflect the slump. So what to do now?
Insatiable Kate
Light promotions. I will be offering Insatiable
Kate
free next weekend for Mother’s Day. My mindset is that moms
will receive gift certificate for Mother’s Day (Hint** buy some
ebooks for mom this year) and while she’s on Amazon shopping, she will see my
freebie. Win-win here. She gets a free bonus book to read and I may gain a new
reader for my fan base.
Now, I did mention LIGHT promotions. So do NOT expect
to see me over-flood the already saturated groups and loops with my freebie.
I’m hoping and praying for word of mouth exposure.
So now my main question is this… were sales through the
roof due to the fact that these were new releases? Or did the sales falter
because I didn’t promote at all?
The $64-million dollar question I hope to have an answer
for within a month. So stay tuned in for these ‘test’ results.
*the original post is part of my Promo Monday blog series.
But this is an experiment I wanted to share with a broader audience. as I’m
sure many authors have seen the same sales influx* 
Also on July 14 and July 15, the Marketing For RomanceWriters group are hosting various workshops on promoting and techniques. Please
be sure to join us.

Acceptance.
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it
cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest work is Catriona’s Curse. So far I’ve written just
gay novels, but this one delves into reincarnation and Paganism.
How do you come up
with ideas?
Not really sure. It’s usually when I’m trying to fall
asleep.
What is the single
most important part of writing for you?
Trying to make my characters and their surroundings seem
real.
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
Coming up with dialogue.
What do you enjoy
most about life?
Just life itself. When I was younger, I really enjoyed
traveling and wish I still could.
Where do you start
when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I guess you’d say plotting. I decide what I want to happen
and then set out to make it happen to my characters.
What did you learn
from writing your first book? 
That I wasn’t crazy for wanting to do this.
Would you consider
self publishing?
I have self-published all three of my books. The first one,
I went through a self-publishing company. I’m still in the hole. The other two,
I went through Create Space which is free.
How many hours a day
to you spend writing?
Not as many as I should. Probably more like how many hours a
week do I spend? Sometimes, I can write for four or five hours straight. But
then, I have to stop and think about things for up to a week before I even
write another word.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be yourself – stick up for your beliefs. In my younger days,
my life was ruled by my mother telling me, “What you want is to….” i.e. give up
music to take office practice, move away from my home town, get married, study
dental hygiene (that one I didn’t do.) Then the next twenty-three years, I did
what my now ex-husband told me to.
Are your stories driven
by plot or character?
I think by character. I think of my character first, then my
plot.
How do you balance a
life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Considering I live alone, and am retired, the only life I
have outside of writing is church.
What is the craziest
thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Well, I didn’t do it myself, but two boys pulled me down a
hill in a sleeping bag after they threw a sweaty saddle blanket over my head.
It does sound like something Andrew (in my first book) would have done. I’ll
have to think about that.
What are some jobs you’ve
done that would end up in a book?
I worked as an accountant for forty years, and Alex in my
first book was a CPA.
If I was a first time
reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I think it would be Acceptance. Because of the underlying
message of the story. Just because your son is gay is no reason not to accept
him as a good man, a respected human.
What do you hope
readers take with them after reading your work?
The knowledge that underneath all the negative publicity
about gay couples, they are really no different from straight couples. We all
want the same things – someone to hold us when we cry and to laugh with us when
we laugh and above all someone to love.
List two authors we
would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nora Roberts and Ann McCaffery.
Why did you start
writing?
In 2003 (at the age of 60) I met about 3,000 gay men through
a TV show. They educated me to the problems facing the gay community. One of
them said he would like to see a story “where the boy meets the boy and they
ride off into the sunset together.” That’s what I try to portray – happily ever
after.
A biography has been
written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
She Did What People Expected
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
The highlands of Scotland
What song would best
describe your life?
One Day At A Time
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would
be sold there?
Colorful things like balloons, flowers, streamers, and
banners.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
Band
Do you play any
online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
I used to play D&D with some people, but haven’t for
eight years. I play Farm
Town on Facebook.
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. ^_^
I hope that includes my ex-husband. We were on the way to a
picnic once and he split his pants. The only thing we could find to repair them
was a stapler.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Danger: explosive temper

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pineapple and ham.
I’m always ready for adventure.
When I’m alone, I like the quiet.
You’d never be able to tell, but I used to love to dance.
If I had a halo it would be a
rainbow
.
If I could travel I’d go back to Scotland.
I can never get married again because Blackfox
died (he promised if I ever got stupid enough to get married again, he’d pipe
me to the altar
).

My Booklist

Acceptance: One Man’s Quest
First Impressions Don’t count
Cartiona’s Curse

Books Coming Soon

Working on two stories, but they don’t have titles yet. One
is a venture into paranormal about a werewolf.

Find Me Here

Posted in Gay or MM| Tagged , , |
For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it
cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is
launching April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com, and I couldn’t be
happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well,
supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue
conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love
with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite
activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins
to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god
Eryx. Sparks
begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must
decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful
goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my
characters. It is so hard to “put them to bed” at the end of a book! An
author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I
find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it’s also
so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day
to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of
full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions
will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family,
other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can’t spend a couple
of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do
some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript
much of the week.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the
most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going
to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn’t anymore. The petty
conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and
have seen a few things, you realize it’s all going to turn out fine. Glass half
full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs
you’ve done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my
short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I
worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my
latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a
very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope
readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt,
but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a
sense of humor as much as I can. And let’s face it, sex and romance can be very
funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the
nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting “The One.”
List two authors we
would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter
brothers (from Colters’ Woman). Ethan,
Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is
hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite
author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire
Michael. These two books are my “go-to” books when I need a
pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated
in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with
my husband. I’d use London as a hub and travel
all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York.
Plus…all the Cadbury’s chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young
girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we’d marry. That’s
how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
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. ^_^
I didn’t really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I
was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I’d go to the
park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I’d visit a friend, a German Shepherd
would chase me. I’d go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get
the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder
if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
“Beware Rosanna’s eyes.” When I narrow them at my
husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I’m alone, I write!
You’d never be able to tell, but there are a lot of
naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on
crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I’d stop eating
chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will
balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com
Up in Flames- available May 28 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com

Find Me Here

Shadow on the Wall.
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire, and
Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the
transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to
witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih,
Turkey,
Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change.
Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self
doubt stand in his way?
Pavarti’s Blog Tour celebrating the release of Shadow will last
the entire month of May. Check out her Blog Tour Page for a list
of all the stops, including giveaways, interviews, reviews, guest posts, and
other exciting events! 

About the Author

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother, and number
cruncher. She graduated Smith
College in 1999 with a
degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge,
Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off
Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a
freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her
own accounting firm in the Washington
DC area, where she lives with her
husband, two daughters, and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is
hard at work as the Director of Publicity at Novel Publicity and penning her
next novel.
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Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K Tyler is available NOW at Amazon.comor your local bookstore.

Tell
us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?

The Pirate’s Game. 

The man at the center of The Pirate’s
Game
is, as one might assume, a pirate named James Gibbs. Quite probably
he’s the love child of Captain Jack Hartness of Doctor Who and Torchwood
and Captain Jack Sparrow if the latter sobered up. In his world piracy is so
organized there are several different kinds with their own turfs and rules of
conduct, and he’s one of the northern pirates’ most cheeky captains. He gets
the job put in front of him done, but he’ll make a profit on the side and
probably talk you into bed before you realize it’s happened while he’s waiting
for his next cargo to load. Probably your friends too.

If
your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
He’d grin like a lecher and tell you his
point is very strong indeed, and he’d love to give you a personal demonstration.
Does
he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his
lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He knows exactly what his weakness is, which
is caring about someone who can be hurt. That’s exactly what his enemy thinks
it is, and they’ve already used it against him. His next lover is a little
harder to hurt, though, though he does come with some interesting strings.
What
drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the
“good guy?”
Captain Gibbs has seen enough of the world
and the pain it can bring to want to put things right where he can though also
within reason. He takes care of his men and his ship, and he’s smart about who
he steals from and what he takes, but he knows he can’t keep everyone happy and
all the scales balanced. He’s a realist, but he has a hopefully romantic heart
beneath it all too. I think part of him hopes he can save the world someday
even though he knows better.
What’s
your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
He likes all pleasure, and he’s not guilty
about anything. Outside of sex, though, I think his most surprising indulgence
would be a ravenous appetite for chocolate. That’s not present in this book,
but I promise you it’s still there.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old
would you be?
Twelve. A very randy twelve.
A
biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in
six words or less?
James Gibbs, Randy Bastard
If
money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Ach, at the Ring, lass, though it’d be
better if you came to stay with me.
Picture
yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of
products would be sold there?
In the front, the best and hardiest supplies
for a long journey at sea, probably all stolen and sold to you at criminal
markup. In the back, the dildos and straps enough to make a whore blush, and
plenty of those in both genders to make the blushing that much more fun.
As
a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
That there wasn’t any.
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. ^_^
Not so much for pets at sea. They start to
look too tasty when w’been gone too long. There was this first mate once a’fore
I was captain who liked to roll his trousers under his great belly while we was
sailing if it got too hot. His arse weren’t unpleasant t’look at, so I did my
fair share o’peeking when the waist drifted south an’ he couldn’t let go of the
lines and put matters to rights. But like I said, sometimes at sea food runs
out or goes scarce, and while fat bellies grow tauter during a famine, trousers
don’t give a damn. Let’s just say I was more than happy to be in the front when
those knickers came down, and after I saw what the first mate had to offer, I
made it my business to get a lot better acquainted with both his back and front
sides.
If
you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Nothing, because I’d be certain to have it
removed. Though I wouldn’t object to being labeled “Warning: Great
Pleasure in Store.”
James Gibbs fills in the blanks…
I love pizza* with you.
I’m always ready for *chuckles
suggestively*.
When I’m alone, I try not to think about
the past
.
If I had a halo it would be twisted into
a pretzel and sold
.
If I could erase the Cloister from ever
existing
I’d do it in a heartbeat 
.
I can never go back to South
Maidras
because of what happened with that trio of dancing
girls and their manager. But ah, lass, it was fun
.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan
Heidi Cullinan lives in Iowa. She’s always loved a good love story,
provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves
above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there
just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When she isn’t writing, Heidi
enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music. She
has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats.
Her most recent release is The Pirate’s Game, a fantasy
about love triangles (and quadrilaterals) while giving chase and braving fierce
battles on the high seas. The Pirate’s Game is the third book in the first
Etsey trilogy.
Find Heidi on the Web: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and her website. Also visit Heidi as one of
the co-owners of the naughty blog Coffee and
Porn in the Morning.
RLF Gems

The top bloggers (by page load) for the month of April resulted in two ties, and two people had two posts each, all of which came in at the top. My own birthday post had the most hits. After patting myself on the back, and nearly breaking my own arm in the process, ;) I decided to include the top eight, because there was only one point between numbers seven and eight. Surely a banner month for everyone!

1. It’s Kayelle Allen’s Birthday, Nab Alitus (giveaway)
2. Pizza Variations: Author Dinner (Kayelle)
3. Finding the Right Marketing (Dawne Prochilo)
4. Outlantacon Interview: Moxie Magnus
5. A Day in the Life of an Erotic Author (Dawne Prochilo)
6. Outlantacon Interview: TC Blue
7. Amber Riley’s Kindred Blood (Amber Riley)
8. Outlantacon Interview: Denny Upkins

I was pleased to see that three of the Outlantacon interviews scored at the top. There were seven featured, and all scored well. The entire month was a win-win. Guests scored some free books, everyone got to read cool articles and interviews, and there were links to books, upcoming conventions, and videos.

My thanks to everyone who took part this month. Guests this month also included (in alpha order by first name) Babette James, Casey Crow, Eugie Foster, Hushicho Phoenix, Janet
E Jones, JE Taylor, Kathy Kulig, Kay Dee Royal, Kiernan Kelly, Lee Martindale, Mary
Caelsto, Rue Allyn, Skhye Moncrief, and Tara Lain.

Today is pizza day at Romance Lives Forever. When I interview authors, I like to ask everyone what they like on pizza. I also ask every interviewee to ask whatever question they wish I’d asked, and then answer it. Some day I’ll post those, but for now, fire up the oven, lay out a tasty crust, spread it with tomato or white sauce, and get out the cheese. If you need ideas for more — here’s a list. Oh, and I’d stock up on the pepperoni if you plan to have an author over for dinner (especially me). All these authors have interviewed here over the last year. To read their original posts, click their name in the labels at the bottom of this entry.

Enjoy the yum…

Karen Cote’
I love pizza with pepperoni and pineapple. BBQ chicken pizza. Ooh, buffalo
wing pizza! Great, now I’ve got a craving for dinner tonight
.
Christi Barth
I love pizza with No one…coz when that doorbell rings and that pizza guy delivers that pie,
I want nobody encroaching on my pepperoni
. (Character Lily Delaney from Erotic Deception)
Karen Cote’
Camelia M. Skiba
I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And no
cheese, cuz I’m weird
.
TC Blue
I love pizza with feta and
spinach and good company and cheer
.
Eugie Foster
I love pizza
with candlelight and Saurian brandy.
Moxie Magnus
I love pizza with pepperoni, onions, olives and ranch crust.
Kage Alan
Xavier Axelson
I love pizza with ham or bacon. (Character Major
David Hunt from A World Apart)
Camelia M. Skiba
Moxie Magnus
I love pizza with extra
cheese and good company
.
Lee Martindale
I love pizza with meatballs. I like everything with meatballs!
Xavier Axelson
I love pizza with pineapple.
Paul Bright
J E Taylor
Jason Aaron Baca
(cover model)
I love pizza with mushrooms and lots of pepperoni.
Angelia Sparrow
Kayelle Allen
I love pizza with anchovies, linguica, and a side of blue
cheese.
Jason Aaron Baca
I love pizza with lots of cheese.
Vonnie Davis
I love pizza with pepperoni.
Linda McMaken
I love pizza with pepperoni, pepperoni and some added pepperoni.
Bruce Jenvey
Kayelle Allen

The Second Door. 
TC, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
The wonderful Lee Martindale
was kind enough to tell me about Outlantacon at a different convention last
year. Once I knew about it, I couldn’t imagine NOT being there. Being a guest
only has me looking forward to it that much more.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Ooops, think I already
answered that!
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Good God, there are so many,
and on so many topics, I honestly can’t choose! I MAY have committed myself to
more than I think. It’s that whole ‘eyes bigger than my stomach’ thing.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I used to, but haven’t in the
last few years. When I did, most of the RPGs I involved myself with revolved
around vampires, were-beasties, and a broad assortment of other supernatural
beings. I know, I know… that could be just about ANY RPG, right? I’m sly like
that.
What new project are you working on now?
I’m currently in final edits
on the last book in my Fruit Basket series with Torquere Press. I’m all working
on the final draft of a book in a different series, also for TQP. I have a
futuristic thing I’m working on in fits and starts, as well as an
urban-fantasyish story that’s also not getting my full attention. Yep, I do
tend to multi-task.
How do you come up with ideas?
To be honest, I have no clue.
It’s like walking, really. I mean, I get up and I just do it, right? If
pressed, I could possibly give some half-arsed explanation of ‘one foot in
front of the other and these muscles do this, and these bones react by moving
in this fashion, and there are ligaments and such involved’, but that doesn’t
mean I actually understand it.
Ideas are lovely, in that
they tend to simply appear. Sometimes more fully formed than others, but still.
And they could come from ANYWHERE!
What is the most important thing you do for your
career?
I just keep writing and do my
best to keep my relationships with my publishers friendly but professional.
Above all, I keep writing. There is no writing career otherwise, right?
What do you enjoy most about life?
That’s difficult to say,
really. Today I love the solitude to get things done, but tomorrow I might love
being in the middle of a crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs for a
favorite team. I suppose my favorite thing is having the freedom to do what I
do, and having friends and family who love and support me.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
A Game of Hearts
Balance? What’s that?
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
I can’t get too specific here
(pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out, but there’s no such thing
as being too careful in some situations). I will say it involved an orange
traffic cone, a welding mask, a poodle, and spaghetti. Let’s just leave it at
that.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
Honestly? “Don’t do that
where other people can see you!” (And no, I’m NOT going to elaborate. That
would be bad. :P)
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
I think it depends on the
secret and whether it’s mine or someone else’s.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Charles DeLint and Robert
Heinlein.
A biography has been written about you. What do you
think the title would be in six words or less?
Don’t Do This At Home!
How do you respond to negative people?
Generally, I don’t.
What’s the best way to say no?
No. Short, simple, and leaves
very little room for misunderstanding.
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Somewhere warm but not too
hot year round, with a beach close by. Of course, all my close friends would
need to live there too.
What song would best describe your life?
‘I Want to Live’ by This
Mortal Coil. Thank God you didn’t ask me why! J
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Probably whatever they didn’t
want to do themselves!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Assorted bits and pieces of
this and that. I’m a bit of a contradiction, to be honest.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Leaving at the end of the
day. J
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. ^_^
How about a story telling how
a significant other ran off with a pet, leaving me with neither? Not that I
have a story like that, but if I did, it would be funny. Or sad. Probably
funny, though. *hee*
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Swim at own risk.
What’s the difference between
a duck?
One of its feet is both the
same. *nods* Swear!
Unexpected

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And
no cheese, cuz I’m weird
.
I’m always ready for trouble. In fact, I look forward to
it the way some people look forward to birthdays
.
When I’m alone, I read, write, and dream (sometimes all
at once)
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I plan to someday take
over the world with my trusty sidekick Pinky. *mwahahahaha*           
If I had a halo it would be rusty
and resemble a heavily battered and abused pie tin
.
If I could play guitar I’d be a rock star… or at
least one of those people who THINKS they are and makes all their friends come
see them play crappy shows at dive bars where it’s possible to catch diseases
just by walking through the door. I’m just that good
.

Upcoming Projects

I always have five or six
irons in the fire, so… as I said above, the next (and final) Fruit Basket book,
Concord Grape: Unexpected, will be out mid-May.
I’m toying with starting a
new series, though I’m not sure which publisher it’ll be for, and I’m hoping to
finish the futuristic sorta thing, as well as the urban fantasyish one.
Many other things in various
stages, so… define ‘upcoming’ for me? Heh-heh.

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: http:tcblue.wordpress.com

Kay Dee Royal takes over the blog today with an interview of her hero, Chance. Welcome, Kay Dee!

Hello Kayelle! Hi everyone, I’m so excited and honored to be hanging out at Romance Lives Forever. Thank you, Kayelle, for your invitation.

Before I get to the “Chance” part, let me introduce myself: I’m Kay Dee Royal, and I love to write paranormal and fantasy erotica romance, but I also enjoy penning contemporary erotica romance and plenty of shorties in those genre as well.

My muse enjoys being taken away by strong, intelligent, confident heroines and rescued by wild, rugged, beastly heroes, both of which harbor shadowy secrets of intrigue and fun. My muse lives for the escape (LOL), imagine that.

Okay ~ How about that “Chance”? Allow me to introduce this rugged, beastly story-hero of Staring Into the Eyes of Chance. He’s the Lycan Alpha of an awesome pack ~ all are operatives in the Lycan International Investigation Agency, also known as LIIA.

So, Chance Grayton, please tell us a little about “your” part in the story…

Geez, Kay Dee, Kayelle…I’m not a story hero, first off. Simply doing my job and in the midst of it, found someone…Olivia. I stopped looking for a mate centuries ago, much to my packs dismay. I found out they actually thought I swung to the male side of love, not that I mind it, but I’m driven by a female, Olivia. Yeah, it surprised me, too, as she’s human.

I’d love it if you all would read it for yourselves…I’m still figuring out my part in the grand scheme of things…with more to come…

Well, there you have it ~ a hero, who’s also humble *smile* Oh, Chance, just gotta love ya.

We’ll let everyone read a bit about your story in a couple minutes, how’s that, Chance?

Maybe have them check it out sooner…thanks for including me, Kay Dee, but I need to scoot. I just received some Intel and will have to run. Thank you everyone for popping in…not real sure why Kay Dee chose me for today…it should have been Olivia. She can make friends at the drop of a hat. *chuckles, waves, and dashes out*

Guess he was in a hurry (LOL)…so here’s a bit of Chance and Olivia’s story:

A LIIA (Lycan International Investigation Agency) Book (Series ~ Book One)

Genre:

Paranormal Romance Erotic ~ Must be 18 or older, Explicit Love Scenes Rated Sizzling Hot (f/m)

 

Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.

Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

Find out more about this book at Muse It Up Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/6rubdud

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007G4HDKS

Kay Dee’s Links:

http://www.kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com
http://ravencraftrealm.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/KayDeeRoyal
http://www.facebook.com/Kaydee.royal

 

Kayelle, thank you for inviting me today, it has been fun. I know Chance is a busy guy, and I’m sure he’ll apologize to me later for cutting out so fast. He will want to know if you liked the excerpt of his story, though…I know he’ll ask. I’m in the process of finishing up the 2nd book in his story, Savage Smoke.