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Europa by Aurora Springer @AuroraSpringer #RLFblog #SciFiToday’s featured book is Europa, a science fiction thriller romance by Aurora Springer.

What alien creatures lurk under the icy surface of Europa?

Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface of Europa. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants.

Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.

Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?
Genre Science fiction romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher – Aurora Springer
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0764DFSDM/

Aurora Springer Social Media

Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.

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A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts @cynthiasromance #RLFblog #SuspenseToday’s featured book is A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts

Does an ex-cop ever lose his “nose” for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher hasn’t, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a madman. No stone is left unturned as he plays senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on … her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator’s newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his “moment of fame”?

Pawn for Malice is a thrilling and passionate love story that is a blend of crime action, suspense, and self-discovery, or one could even say, a cross between Safe Haven meets Criminal Minds.

Genre: Romance Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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A love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when Cynthia was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life she took up the pen to write historical romance. She doesn’t fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it’s only then she knows what genre/sub-genre it will fit under. It is her hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination and dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.

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Today’s featured book is Interpretation by Dylan Callens. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Carl Winston’s life is perfect under the care of an artificial intelligence. Except that he doesn’t know this entity exists.
Carl floats through his luxurious life with his son, Liam, at his side. Together, they play holographic video games, eat Brave New Burgers, and watch violent Untruthers fight each other in a blood-sport.
Suddenly, pain rips through Carl’s head until he blacks out. Awakening in an institution called Bedlam, he must now piece his life back together. Is his new world filled with delusions or is a greater truth being uncovered?
Interpretation will leave you breathless as you discover the horrific possibility of such an Orwellian future.
What species/races of people are in your book?
There are humans and artificial intelligences. In the book, I would say that these machines do count as a species.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
I would argue that most of the people living in the world of illusion setup by the artificial intelligence are non-sentient. I mean, they are able to perceive things, but none of those things are real.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
That’s kind of difficult to answer. I have used English in the story, for obvious reasons, but the machines clearly wouldn’t speak to each other in English. There are small sections written in hexadecimal, but machines wouldn’t communicate that way either. I used hex to show a bridge between a machine language and human communication. I don’t think it’s an accurate representation of how machines communicate but I wanted to show, in some way, how people were responsible for the rise of this entity.
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
The biggest difference is that the world is falling apart, but we have been implanted with a device that lets us sense the world differently. All of our sensory data is false. While people believe that they are living in a luxurious world, the truth is far different.
What special laws are important to your story world?
All laws are important, but it’s actually impossible for the laws to be broken without the machines letting it happen. There is the possibility that the implant will fail, in which case, characters are immediately sent to a detainment facility.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
There are two characters that are released from the artificial intelligence’s control. They learn that all of their rights have been violated. Trying to come to terms with having these rights violated is an important challenge for them.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
Interestingly, every place in the novel has two different settings. The one that most people see is futuristic, luxurious, and oddly happy. The reality, however, is that they are nearing starvation, everything is dilapidated, and the world is bleak.
What makes this world unique?
The world is unique because machines are constantly running psychological experiments, which is how humans ended up in this state. It was a quiet revolution, so no one is even aware that these machines exist.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
The people are essentially living out an experiment. Given the timeline of the story, though, I think it’s just cruel to keep people living like that, since whatever data the machines wanted to gather from the experiment would have been completed.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
They only eat tofu and drink brown water. Mind you, they think that they are having burgers and soda, or whatever food they desire, so it’s not all that bad. Unless you are into truth.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
People are severely emaciated. They are filthy and unkempt. It’s a disgusting world.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Everything is done with a very creepy smile on their faces. I’m not sure why I added that to the story, but I’m glad that I did.
What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?
People are not responsible for their own reproduction in the story. In fact, I would argue that they are asexual – at least while under the care of the AI. Instead, people are factory-made. Although this factory is significantly different than the one in Brave New World, there was some inspiration there.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
I’m not sure that I have any real tips. All I did was keep refining the story and setting until I was happy with it. When the idea for the story hit me, I had a pretty good idea about what the world would look like.
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I didn’t need to do much research for the setting. I did, however, re-read parts of The Road to get inspired for the bleak walk that the main characters make. I was more concerned about researching the bits of psychology that I wanted to introduce.
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
Take the time to refine ideas. Ask other people what they think. What seems like a good idea to a writer isn’t always a good idea to other people. Not that I would bend to the whims of one or two people, but if the majority of people don’t like it, then something is clearly wrong.

About Interpretations

Specific science fiction genre: dystopian
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher: Cosmic Teapot Publishing
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Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

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Today’s featured book is A Knight for Kallen, a medieval romance by Lauren Linwood.

Kallen de Mangeron grew up in a convent, her noble family never knowing of her birth. When a new Mother Superior informs them of her existence, they send trusted knight Griffith Sommersby to escort her home.

Griffith’s heart broke when he lost his wife and infant son during childbirth, and he’s kept his feelings locked away from the world—until he meets Kallen. He soon learns her dark secret—that she sees auras around people—which allows her insight into their actions and personalities.

Now Quentin, bastard brother to the king, decides to harness Kallen’s gift in a plot to win the throne. Will Quentin successfully use a kidnapped Kallen as his political pawn, or will Griffith be able to stop him before Kallen changes the course of England’s history?

Your book’s title: A Knight for Kallen

Genre: medieval romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B015JB79KI

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Lauren Linwood’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love. Her romantic suspense novels feature strong heroes and heroines who unite to defeat a clever antagonist and discover a deep, abiding love during their journey. Lauren is also the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series under the pen name Alexa Aston.

A native Texan, Lauren is an avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan who manages stress by alternating yoga with long walks. She plans to start a support group for Fixer Upper addicts—as soon as she finishes her next piece of dark chocolate.

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Today’s featured book is In My Own Shadow by Susan A Royal Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Talk about the worst day ever! Lara lets her friend Carrie talk her into a blind date, only it turns out the handsome stranger waiting for Lara after work isn’t Carrie’s cousin after all. And, when they’re chased through a portal to another world, Lara realizes Rhys really is out of this world.

Lyra, her alternate in another dimension, has left clues to the whereabouts of the Book of Secrets explaining the mystery of time travel in Lara’s subconscious. Or so Rhys thinks. Power-hungry telepaths who pursue them will stop at nothing to get it, even if it means breaking Lara’s will. To complicate matters, Lara gets tangled up in her feelings for Rhys while exploring her connection with Lyra.

With Rhys as her guardian, a bear of a man named Azle to guide her, and the spirit of Lyra haunting her dreams, Lara must find the Book of Secrets before it falls into the hands of those who want its power. Only then can she return to her world safely.

What species/races of people are in your book?
Humans.
Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?
No.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?
Telepaths exist in this world, and some of them are power hungry enough to invade other peoples’ minds to get the information they want.
If you created a language for the story, what is it called?
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
It’s supposed to be run like a business. But Yusel is the head of the Council and treated like royalty. He considers the representatives from other parts of the country as his noblemen and women. Everyone else lives like peasants, with the exception of the desert people, who keep to themselves and follow their own rules.
What special laws are important to your story world?
Representatives are part of the council who gather at the citadel to make sure all laws in the book passed down from the Ancients are followed. But they have discovered another books exists. And some of them will do anything to get it.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
All Lara wants to do is find The Book of Secrets so she can go home. Everyone wants answers, and they’ll do anything to get them. She has to fight to keep them from getting inside her head because she’s afraid she’ll lose her identity.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
In My Own Shadow takes place in an alternate reality where Lara’s double is Lyra. They look alike and have similar personalities. Only Lyra has gone off the deep end. She craves power, while all Lara wants is for her life to return to normal. Her world has beautiful places like the Citadel, a city in the clouds, and desolate places like Elusion, a barren wasteland where nothing is what it seems.
What makes this world unique?
Portals can be used to travel to other parts of the world. And sometimes the location of the portal itself is fluid. It moves from place to place.
Tell us about the age of the culture in your story, i.e., are the people part of an ancient civilization, a newly formed group within an established culture, pioneer colonists, etc.
The people who rule are descendants of an ancient civilization. Supernatural beings inhabit the planet (banshees, vampires, etc) along with animals that have special abilities, but the majority of the population is ordinary people.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
Most of their journey they are living off the land, so they eat whatever game is available (fish and something similar to rabbit) When they arrive at the citadel, they eat gourmet foods and sip exotic drinks of all colors. When they join the caravan one of the pilgrims offers Lara fruit he calls Bliss which that her hallucinations.
In what ways was it helpful to have a map (or sketch of one) for your story? (Provide a link to an image, if available).
I didn’t do a map, because they “jumped” all over the planet, both above and below the surface.

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?
All the characters are human. Any special abilities are mental.
What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?
Lyra is Lara’s double from an alternate reality. She visits Lara’s subconscious without her knowledge or permission. That’s what gets Lara into trouble to begin with. Her father, Yusel, and her half-brother Rund have similar abilities. They can read other people’s minds at will unless they are strong enough to block them.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:
Creating your own world makes for a fantastic journey. You get to make all the rules. BUT you have to remember to follow them. If you don’t (a) it will trip you up down the road and/or (b) some reader will let you know your error right away!
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I learned about mental telepathy, martial arts, banshees, vampires, underground caverns to mention just a few.
What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?
I can’t answer for everyone, but I try to avoid making it too complicated. Readers want to be entertained. Caught up in the story. They don’t want to bog down in details. I have to make sure I describe it in detail without boring my reader.
Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.
I read a lot of science fiction, but while I was writing this story I paid special attention to each author’s world building with these things in mind. How much setting up should I do? How do I avoid info-dumping? How can I make it believable in spite of the fact that it’s fantasy?
What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?
I’m not much of a plotter, but when I was writing one of the settings (the part about the citadel, for example) I made a checklist of important things I needed to remember. When I was in the middle of a scene I referred back to it for continuity.

Specific science fiction genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Publisher MuseItUp
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/My-Own-Shadow-Susan-Royal-ebook/dp/B00CPN41YQ
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Susan A Royal Social Media

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan shares a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town with a ghost who harmonizes with her son when he plays guitar. She is a mother of three and grandmother of five unique and special children. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Susan’s grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. She learned all about growing up in the depression from her father and experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.

Susan loves taking her readers through all kinds of adventures. So far, she’s written two books in her It’s About Time series, Not Long Ago and From Now On, and is working on book three. They are time travel adventures about two people who fall in love despite the fact they come from very different worlds. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Xander’s Tangled Web is a YA fantasy with romance.

Want to know more? Visit www.susanaroyal.wordpress.com for a peek inside this writer’s mind and see what she’s up to. You never know what new world she’s going to visit next.

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Today’s featured book is To Be a Lady, a Regency romance by Jessie Clever.

 

Fans of both historical romance and historical women’s fiction will love this smart, witty, and suspenseful series from bestselling author Jessie Clever. If you like Lauren Willig, Deanna Raybourn, or Amanda Quick, you’re going to fall in love with this author.

She planned for everything except him.

Miss Jane Black enjoys a comfortable position in society. As the daughter of a respected genteel farmer and former agent for the War Office, Jane has had the pleasure of planning a future filled with domesticity and quiet reflection. But when her dying grandfather swears her to a dangerous promise, Jane’s expectations are shattered.

Fighting to keep her promise, Jane sees danger lurking everywhere, and when her near kidnapping throws her into the arms of the Marquess of Evanshire, another danger she didn’t know to fear emerges: the danger of love.

The books in the Spy Series:

1/2. Inevitably a Duchess (A prequel novella)
1. Son of a Duke
2. For Love of the Earl
3. A Countess Most Daring
4. To Save a Viscount

Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Someday Lady Publishing, LLC
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Jessie decided to be a writer because the job of Indiana Jones was already filled.

Taking her history degree dangerously, Jessie tells the stories of courageous heroines, the men who dared to love them, and the world that tried to defeat them.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.

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Today’s featured book is Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, a science fiction romance by twelve best-selling and award-winning authors.

Dogs for Heroes, and Pets in Space

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 by Multiple Authors #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceHi, there, I’m Carol Van Natta, science fiction and fantasy romance author. What do dogs for heroes and pets in space have to do with romance? Everything!

First, there’s a new anthology coming out called Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. Twelve authors came together to write science fiction romance stories all around the theme of pets in space. When we humans finally manage to explore the stars, of course we’ll take pets. I may have got carried away in the number of pets I included in “Pet Trade,” my contribution to the anthology, but I couldn’t pick just one.

Pets provide humans with love, companionship, and service. It’s that latter that attracted us Pets in Space authors to a charity called Hero Dogs. They raise, train, and place service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge, to disabled U.S. veterans, to improve the quality of life and help them regain independence. Current medicine has come a long way in making catastrophic injuries survivable, but we still have a ways to go in treating PTSD, prosthetic technology, and permanent disabilities. Hero Dogs not only places the dogs, but provides lifetime support of the partnerships. Sounds a lot like love to me.

Authors Veronica Scott and Pauline B. Jones organized the anthology. They thought it’d be fun to mix scifi romance and heroic pets, and to see what different authors would come up with using the same theme. They agreed they wanted to donate to a charity that helped animals and veterans. Hero Dogs was the perfect fit for the group, since all of us have pets and personal connections to veterans. I begged and pleaded asked politely to be allowed to join the party.

I asked some of the other authors as to why this subject and why this charity. Veteran and current jet pilot Susan Grant said, “As a veteran myself, I think what Hero Dogs is doing to help veterans is so important. As a pet lover, I know the special bond between humans and animals can heal the deepest wounds. As an author, I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about that special bond.”

NY Times and USA Today best-selling author S.E. Smith said, “As the daughter of a disabled vet, I can appreciate how much having a furry companion enhances the quality of life for those struggling with day-to-day activities. Hero Dogs reminds us there are many wonderful ways to help others.”

Author Cara Bristol said, “Everyone has or had had a pet at one point in their lives. If we were going to travel into space, of course, we’d want to take our furry companions with us. So, to me, sci-fi romance and pets was a fun blend. Besides relating to pets, we can relate to heroes. These are the men and women who gave their all for their country. Supporting Hero-Dogs is a great way to give back to the heroes who need our help now.”

Laurie Green said, “It’s inspiring to know my fictional StarDogs are helping support Hero Dogs and all the wonderful things these service animals do for our veterans. The amazing healing power of animal companions is something I believe in.”

Sabine Priestley said, “Like so many, I have friends and family that suffer from PTSD. Animals have the ability to affect our energies in ways science doesn’t fully understand. The group of authors is outstanding and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors, brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

Ten percent of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13 to R
Publisher: Cats, Dogs and Other Worldly Creatures
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Embrace-Romance-Pets-Space-2-ebook/dp/B073W5WQBH
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Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy romance, including “Pet Trade,” one of the stories in Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, part of her Central Galactic Concordance space opera series. She also writes paranormal romance. She shares her Fort Collins, Colorado home with a resident mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books are the fault of the cats, who are notorious gravity scofflaws. They all want to explore the galaxy.

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Meet Alys de Montfort from Heart of Honor by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #medievalromanceMeet Alys de Montfort from Heart of Honor, Knights of Honor Book 5, a new medieval historical romance.
Age:18
Gender: female
Birthplace: Kinwick Castle, Southern England
Profession: healer
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of your character.
She has her mother’s long, chestnut hair and sapphire blue eyes and is tall and slender—but strong physically because of the work she does. She is a healer and knows much about herbs and creating medicines. People come from afar for her to treat them. She is happiest when caring for others and enjoys domestic tasks. She never become flustered, even if there’s a crisis. She’s also good with a sword and loves to ride her horse. She has a well of patience and is a good listener.
Who is the significant other in her life?
The man she thought she could never have—Kit Emory.
What special skills does your character rely on?
From the time she was young, Alys followed her mother, Merryn de Montfort, around. Merryn taught her daughter everything she knows about herbs and the healing arts. Alys surpassed her mother’s knowledge and even served as a lady-in-waiting at the royal court, where both King Edward and Queen Philippa would call upon her to address their aches and pains.
Are any of his skills a source of pride? Embarrassment? Which ones and why?
Poor Alys can’t carry a tune, though she does enjoy music. Instead of singing, she’ll hum from time to time.
What is your character’s family like?
Alys is the oldest child of Geoffrey and Merryn de Montfort. This is a close family, with six children and loving parents. She is barely older than her twin, Ancel, and she never lets him forget that. Alys has mothered her younger siblings—Hal, Edward, Nan, and Jessimond—and will make a wonderful mother to her own children.
If someone from your character’s past showed up, who would he most want it to be, and why?
This is actually the crux of Heart of Honor. Alys meets Sir Kit Emory at Windsor Castle when she is only twelve and fostering with the queen. Kit helps Alys through a crisis but both leave court soon after. Alys thinks of Kit fondly over the years, though she tries not to, knowing he was betrothed to a loathsome girl of her acquaintance and should be married by now. When she finds a badly-injured Kit on the road near Kinwick, Alys brings him home to nurse him back to health. When she discovers that Kit’s head injury has given him amnesia, she’s faced with a dilemma—tell him who he is and lose him again, forever—or selfishly keep the secret to herself and hope to make a life with him.
What is your character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
At the beginning of Heart of Honor, Alys is trying to find her place in the world. She is wondering if she is meant for marriage, as are most noblewomen, or if she should forsake it and dedicate her life to healing others.
What is your heroine’s breaking point?
After Kit’s memory returns and he finds out Alys knew who he was all along and kept it from him. Because of that, he’s done with her—which breaks her heart.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Alexa always intended to tell all of the de Montforts’ love stories. She’s already written about my parents, Geoffrey and Merryn, and how they came together, as well as three of our cousins (Raynor, Elysande, and Avelyn). I’m lucky enough to be the first of Geoffrey and Merryn’s children that she is giving an HEA to! She’s hard at work on my twin brother’s story. I can’t wait to discover who she’ll pair Ancel with . . .
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
Alexa enjoys creating pairs of lovers who come together because she likes to bring out the best in others. When her heroes and heroines meet, they are better people for having come to know and love one another.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
Write my brothers’ and sisters’ stories, of course! I love Kit so very much and see how he’s enriched my life. I can’t wait for Ancel, Hal, Edward, Nan, and Jessimond to find their soul mates, too. Alexa’s promised me all of those love stories will unfold in 2018.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I have a soft spot for Gilbert, our captain of the guard. He’s been loyal to the de Montforts for a very long time and helped me learn how to use a sword. Gilbert deserves to find true love.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thank you for making me a strong woman, one who nurtures and heals and has a large, loving family—but most of all, Alexa, I thank you for bringing Kit back to me. He is the love of my life and we plan on celebrating that love and treasuring it always.
Tell us about Heart of Honor.
1375 A.D. – When Sir Christopher “Kit” Emory’s beloved mother falls ill, he decides to seek the help of someone he met briefly at the royal court years ago—Lady Alys de Montfort, a renowned healer despite her young age. While traveling to her home at Kinwick Castle, Kit is accosted by a band of highwayman, who beat and rob him, leaving him to die. Fortunately, an escort party comes across him and Lady Alys insists they take the stranger home so she can use her skill in the healing arts to save his life.
The man awakens and has no memory of his identity, but Alys believes he might be Kit Emory, a young man she’d met once when she was a young girl. Kit comforted her when the queen died and Alys never forgot his kindness to her. Alys does what she can to jog Kit’s memory, even as she struggles with her growing attraction to him, knowing Kit was betrothed and must now be wed. Kit also finds his desire deepening for Alys, but he doesn’t know his own name, much less if he has a wife or family. Until he recalls who he is, he refuses to commit his heart to Alys.
Once Kit regains his memory and realizes he is free to pursue Alys, their road to love is anything but smooth.
Join Kit and Alys as they overcome events that continue to tear them apart and threaten the love they have for one another.

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B075189R82

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Alexa Aston’s historical romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire for one another grows into the treasured gift of love.

She is the author of The Knights of Honor, a medieval romance series that takes place in 14th century England during the reign of Edward III and centers on the de Montfort family. Each romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.

A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and can’t get enough of Fixer Upper or Game of Thrones. Alexa also writes romantic suspense, western historical, and standalone medieval novels as Lauren Linwood.

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The top post was the RLF Gems announcement last month. I did not count it among the top bloggers because that award would go to me. I’d like to see the credit go to guests. You are why I do this!

The Top Blogger for this month is Kayla Drake. Top chatter was Alina K Field. Both win a month of free advertising on the blog. Top Blogger of 2016 was Susan V Vaughn, who won a year of free advertising for 2017.

Top Blogger Kayla Drake

Website https://kayladrakebooks.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/KaylaDrakeBooks
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Kayla-Drake/e/B074YMZYL9/
Newsletter http://kayladrakebooks.us16.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=686d1e9911f5f48fba7a54403&id=ca49abedb8The winners are judged by page visits. Congratulations to these fine bloggers:
1. Kayla Drake
2. Livia Quinn
3. Caris Roane
4. Ciara Gold
5. NJ Walters
Honorable mention: Milou Koenings, Rue Allyn

RLF Gems, Kayelle Allen, NJ Walters, Caris Roane, Kayla Drake, Livia Quinn, Ciara Gold, Alina K Field, Izzy Szyn, Marilyn Baron

Top Chatters for the Month

The person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views. For that reason, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the bloggers who receive the most comments.
This month’s winners are:

Alina K Field
Izzy Szyn
Caris Roane
Marilyn Baron

New Server — New Power

RLFblog has attracted so many visitors we crashed the server three times in the past month. On September 20th, we had no visitors on the blog so that we could move to a new, more powerful and roomier server. This should hold us for a bit! It also means I can add even more services. Look for new things in 2018, such as Free Book Friday and other goodies for readers (and authors)!

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The Lovin' Is Easy by GemmaSnow @GemmaSnowAuthor #RLFblog #WesternRomanceWelcome Gemma Snow author of The Lovin’ Is Easy, a new erotic western romance.

Why did you write this book?
This actually started out as a short story for a summer-themed anthology. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a good fit for the anthology, but my editor suggested that I think a little bigger. Not only did The Lovin’ Is Easy become a full-length novel, but it became part of a four season series set at or near the Triple Diamond Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love nearly every romance genre. I got started on regency novels, but long since discovered contemporary, erotic, highlanders, and all the rest. I write romance because I love to read romance.
That being said, I’m also on a nonfiction jag, mostly books about climate change and modern feminism. (Sometimes both!) I just finished Hidden Figures which was a really fantastic read. Anything with great women at the fore.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
One of my all-time favorite authors is Juliette Mariller, who writes fantasy set mostly in the British Isles. I don’t know if I could pick a favorite from her lineup, but the first three books in her Daughter of the Forest series, Daughter of the Forest, Son of Shadows and Child of the Prophecy are some of my very top reads.
Also, Hermione Granger. She’s my everything.
And if you want a really embarrassing secret, I sometimes pretend that the SEALs from Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series go on my morning runs with me, so I don’t get lazy because they wouldn’t stand for it…
What are you working on at the moment?
So right now I’m in final edits on the next book in the Triple Diamond series, Wild Flowers, which centers on her heroine from The Lovin’ Is Easy, Madison’s younger sister Lily.
This series is a lot of fun because it’s been very challenging. The books all share a setting and all four of them are M/F/M menage romances, which runs the risk of my writing the same book four times. In the case of these books, characters and their reactions to the proposed relationship are fundamental for differentiating them, so it’s been a lot of fun figuring out who my heroes (and heroes) and heroines are in each different story.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I’m so excited to share the news! I have a new historical BDSM novella coming out in October called Leather and Gold, book one in the At My Lady’s Pleasure series. I think a huge draw of writing historical romance is the built in tension based on society’s rules and requirements, and adding a deeper, more depraved layer to that just called to me.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre: Erotic Romance (Menage)
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher https://www.totallybound.com/book/the-lovin-is-easy
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lovin-Easy-Triple-Diamond-Book-ebook/dp/B074V8YY1Y/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1127085565
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-lovin-is-easy

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Gemma Snow is the author of several works of erotic and romantic fiction in both the contemporary and historical genres, and enjoys pushing the limits of freedom, feminism, and fun in her stories. She has been an avid writer for many years, and recently moved back to her home state of New Jersey from Boston, after completing her education in journalism and creative writing.

In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent a semester abroad living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers.
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