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Haunting Refrain, a paranormal romance by Mary Marvella, tells the love stores of Sarah and William who have been best friends since her birth. How will they handle learning they were married a one and a half centuries ago? Sometimes a love is so strong one lifetime isn’t enough.

Mary Marvella, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Haunting Refrain.

Haunting Refrain by Mary Marvella

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Haunting Refrain is about a love that lasts more than one lifetime. Sometimes one lifetime isn’t enough.

When Sarah Overby, a music professor, finds ghosts in her attic, she hesitates to tell her best friend, William McKeown. She doesn’t think he’ll understand. Telling him he lived a previous life as her husband would make him think she was crazy.

William, the psychology professor, has adored Sarah forever. He just doesn’t realize this isn’t the first time he loved her. His feelings for his best friend are changing, but he doesn’t believe in ghosts, reincarnation, or lasting romantic relationships. How can he handle the idea that he lived a previous life?

Sarah’s ghosts and an old trunk in her attic reveal secrets about the past and tell of a haunting refrain.

Love, Lust, and Sweet Tea.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What is your personality type?

I love to learn new things. My curiosity knows few bounds. I am disorganized but not.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I was a “Let’s Pretend” child. I made up the games we played in our playhouse in our large back yard. Sometimes I even scared myself. I climbed trees and took my dolls with me.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

I’ll talk about almost anything, but I LOVE to talk about writing and teaching.

What is your favorite meal?

I love hibachi salmon and shrimp. (The leftovers are amazing)

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I have always been a storyteller, so when I retired from teaching, I decided to write the stories my grandmamas told us. Then I discovered romance novels, and characters in my head insisted their stories must be told.

When you go to a convention, what kinds of things do you take along?

I pack everything I might need. I’m the person with the things others forgot. I take sensible shoes and one purse. Extra clothes are a must since I have been known to wear parts of my meals. No one could wear all the jewelry I take with me, but I LOVE my jewelry!

My laptop goes along, of course, and a rolling briefcase!

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Write as much as you can. If all that comes to mind is crap, write it, and sort it out later. NEVER throw away anything you write. Keep a file of deleted material to revisit and repurpose.

What are your writing goals for the next year or so?

I hope to finish book one of a paranormal series and a paranormal novella I started. I have plenty of unfinished projects waiting.

Where to buy Haunting Refrain

Publisher M. Barfield Publishing
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Mary Marvella has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. The arrival of the book mobile was as exciting as hearing the music of the ice cream truck. As a child of the South, she inherited the storytelling gene from her parents and writes with a southern flair.

Retired from teaching classic works of the masters, Mary plays let’s pretend with her characters. She has published 10 novels, 1 book on editing, and a collection of Christmas stories.
Mary tutors and coaches writers when she isn’t working on projects as a freelance editor. She has always been a grammar geek who loved soaking up new knowledge and reading everything, including labels on cereal boxes.
Mary has taught workshops for Georgia Romance Writers, Northeast Metro Atlanta Christian Writers, Savvy Authors, Hearts through History (RWA) and FF&P (RWA) and The Southern Pen Indie Conference. Mary loves teaching so much she published a book called Weeding of your Manuscript: What Editors Wish You Knew
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Tied down by guilt and separated by quarantine, Mateo and Deja decide to free themselves with a New Year’s Eve night of passion. But will it destroy their family and friendship?

Lyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about A Stroke at Midnight.

A Stroke at Midnight by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #romanceA Stroke at Midnight by Lyndell Williams

Genre BDSM Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): NC-17

He will have her before the year is out!

Mateo spent too many years craving the taste and touch of Deja’s body. He restrained from taking his brother’s widow to bed. Now the sinner in him is winning the battle. He is through imagining all the naughty things he can do with her. Time to put all his kinky plans into action.

He assembles his toys, determined to stroke Deja by the time the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve.

Deja knew it was wrong to lust after her dead husband’s brother. She tells herself that Mateo only wants to help raise her son, but she can’t keep ignoring the way he looks at her and how it makes her tingle with desire. She can’t resist the call of his hot body, and she does not want to.

Tied down by guilt and separated by quarantine, Mateo and Deja decide to free themselves with a New Year’s Eve night of passion. But will it destroy their family and friendship?

A Stroke at Midnight is a BDSM holiday short with an alpha male into kink. **NO abuse, NO cliffhanger, guaranteed HEA!**

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A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
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Read the series: Aspen Gold The Series by Cheryl St John, Lizzie Starr, Barbara Gwen, Debra Hines, Donna Kaye, Bernadette Jones @gold_aspen #RLFblog #romanceWelcome to Spencer, Co. Meet our families as they expose secrets, recover from their pasts, and as they fall in love.

Aspen Gold Authors, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your series.

The First Six Books in the Aspen Gold Series

Genre Romance and Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Sweet to PG-13

Founded in the 1800s, Spencer, Colorado is a quaint little tourist city of about 6,000. The community is a delightful mixture of historical homes and businesses alongside new construction, artfully crafted to support the growing population. From spectacular mountain views and hiking trails to kayaking, trail rides, antique shopping and artisans, the town is a goldmine to people of all ages and interests.

Jakob Spencer, founder of Aspen Gold Lodge, which is known for its elite services and strict privacy. The Spencer family and the lodge’s wealthy clientele have supported and funded many of the town’s endeavors, such as the hospital, schools, and the historical society. The generosity of the Aspen Gold Lodge clients has also stimulated opportunities in the area.

Although, incidents of danger, envy and greed occasionally taint the community the people grow, share goals and vision, and keep love, respect, and humility alive. These are the core attributes of this lively population. Through the generations, citizens have left to pursue careers and relationships, but many find their way back to their roots. To Spencer, where family is important, friends become family, and love is everything.

Come discover Spencer and find your next inspiration, a passion, or maybe even a home.

Which book is this in the series?

The first six E-books in the series are on sale for $2.99 for a limited time.

How many books do you plan for the series?

Books 13 and 14 will still be out soon. We have another 5 books planned for next year.

How many books are completed?

Currently available we have 12.5 books.

What characters are the main stars in your series?

The series takes place in Spencer, Colorado. Jakob Spencer, a descendent of the original founding family, owns the elite, Aspen Gold Lodge. His wealthy clients bring money, attitude and drama to the town. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are following in his audacious footsteps making Spencer home, entwining their secrets and adventures throughout the community. Each author has chosen a family member or close family friend to follow and expose, while weaving intricate paths and new friendships within the community.

What is the overall theme in this series?

It all starts with Jakob Spencer. From there every author has chosen their own path. Introducing a family member or friend and then developing their nucleus of friends, family and relationships. The unique thing about this series is that each author has their own voice and approach to their characters place in the community. Our stories range from sweet romance to edgy romantic suspense, with a touch of paranormal. Just like in a real town!

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

** books are on sale

** Dancing In The Dark, Cheryl St.John

He had everything a man could want—except her forgiveness…

** Call Me Mandy, Debra Hines

The last man Miranda loved took everything from her…

** Ryder’s Heart, *Lizzie Starr

She can’t allow secrets o steal love from her…

** For Keeps, Barbara Gwen

Hiding the truth is like denying the sun…

** Second Chances, Donna Kaye

She tried the fairy tale and the fairy tale didn’t work out…

** Sleepin’ Alone, Bernadette Jones

Hunter Lawe…riding the line between enforcing the law and breaking it…


Stay A Little Longer, Bernadette Jones

Death didn’t frighten Gage Ewing. Living scared the hell out of him…

Speechless, *Lizzie Starr

How many peonies does it take for Vianna and Ryder to get married?

Close to the Heart, Debra Hines

He raised her child as his own…

Finding Hope, Donna Kaye

Is the peace he’s found too good to be true?

Fortunate Cookie, *Lizzie Starr

This woman…wearing frosting…and nothing else…

Lonely Eyes, Bernadette Jones

There is an art to pursuit…

Whisper My Name, Cheryl St.John

She was the girl behind the headlines…


Gorgeous Scars, M.A. Jewell

People love you—people kill you…

Where can we find links for all your books?

The Aspen Gold Series
Cheryl St.John
Debra Hines
*Lizzie Starr
Donna Kaye
Bernadette Jones
M.A. Jewell

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Once upon a time a group of writer friends–helping a member with a particularly difficult thread in a continuity series contrived by her editors–got the grandiose idea to create a continuity series of their own.
Yes, this was us, and we threw ourselves wholeheartedly into developing characters, fashioning families, family dynamics, and a setting, which evolved from one member’s love of all things Colorado. We created family trees, character profiles, detailed maps, brainstormed titles and themes. We collected photos and researched and even started the stories. We proposed our idea to a few publishers and got no traction. So, after a time the contracted books came first, two members dropped out of the group, a couple new ones came and went. But the core group remained.
In a tragic turn of events we lost a beloved friend and co-writer. Grief took the remaining wind from our sails. We recovered slowly, welcomed a new friend to our critique group. Then came a day when we got together and said, “We’re going to get serious and do this!” Energy built, and the series took on new life. A previous co-creator joined us again. Now, here we are, years after the initial idea, sharing the finished stories with you and hoping you will feel the same intensity and appreciation for this project as we do.
We have many more stories to share, and the ideas keep coming. Look for more books to follow in Aspen Gold: The Series.
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Find out what Connie Acosta from Cruise Ship Chaos (Cookie Cutter Series Book 6) wears to bed. Karen Cino "bares" all @karencino #RLFblog #Cozy Mystery RomanceA long awaited vacation turns into an unsolved murder in Karen Cino’s new Cozy Mystery Romance, Cruise Ship Chaos. Getting close to the killer puts their own lives in danger. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Cruise Ship Chaos (Cookie Cutter Series Book 6) by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

Connie and Sara go on a cruise with their detective boyfriends. This is the first time Connie is on a cruise. Even though she was reluctant at first, she quickly settles into their suite. This trip was about relaxing and not worrying about solving murders. However, as Connie and Brett are making their way to their room, the elevator door open to a staged dead body. Once again, the women are on the case. Will they be able to solve the case before they become the next victims?

Let’s bare it all and chat about what to wear

First, what is your name and how old are you?

I’m Connie Acosta and I’m 55 years old.

What is the time period in which you live?

Thank God in the present.

What is considered “appropriate” for someone of your gender to wear?

I don’t know what’s appropriate for a 55 year old woman, because I wear exactly what I want to wear. I feel comfortable wearing jeans and leggings.

How do you feel about wearing that type of clothing?

Leggings are the best. Can’t get anymore comfortable. In the summer, I love wearing sundresses.

Considering the role you play in society, what is expected for you to wear?

What I wear, is generally up to me. I bake and when I deliver my cookies trays, I’m generally wearing leggings with a long shirt/sweater.

Ever required to wear something you don’t like? Tell us about it.

Yes. On this trip, I’m required to wear a dress/gown with shoes in the formal dining room. No one wears gowns in this day and age and I felt like my grandmother on “The Love Boat.”

Do you make your own clothing?

Hey, my thing is making cookies and other baked goods. I don’t have anytime to make my own clothes.

Mending and laundry are chores for anyone. Do you do it or someone else?

I do my own laundry. I’d hate to have someone else touch my intimates. Mending means I go out and buy something new.

What determines the type of clothing you buy? (example, money, fashion, job)

Money determines what store I go to. But since I’m baking most of the time, I don’t go overboard in buying designer clothes.

When you wear something different, who’s the first person who notices?

My boyfriend Brett. He always knows when I bought something new. If it’s not shoes, it’s perfume.

Tell us your favorite thing to wear.

In the winter I love wearing jeans and sweaters and in the summer sundresses and dressy flip-flops.

What kind of shoes or boots do you wear?

I absolutely love boots and shoes. I have them in every color. My closet looks like a shoe warehouse. But my favorite boots are my black thigh highs. And shoes, I don’t have a favorite. I love them all!

Does what you wear make you feel good, or do you dislike it?

I feel great when I get dressed up in what I call my play clothes.

When others see you what is their first impression?

People find me as a warm and friendly person. I always dress up when I leave the house.

How do you feel about that impression?

I’m not too concern about what other people think. Some people put on a good show and when you get to know them better, they are horrendous.

What do you wear to sleep?

Don’t laugh. But in the winter, I’m sporting around in my flannel pajamas and the summer I wear pajama shorts and T-shirt. When I’m with Brett, I go bare!

Ever dealt with a “wardrobe malfunction”? Depending on your era, you might need to ask your author what this means.

Thank heavens no.

Does anyone help you dress (other than a lover)?


What would you wear to avoid attention?

I’d dress completely in black.

What do you wish you could wear?

I wish I could wear and get away with a skin tight dress.

Tell us what your author wears when writing about you.

My author is always dressed, mostly in jeans. But if you look at her feet, you’d find her wearing slippers.

Where to buy Cruise Ship Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press


Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author who has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and took place in various locations in Staten Island. Her Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series takes place at the New Jersey Shore.
Karen is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano, singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2015 Karen moved to the Jersey Shore.
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In Dee S Knight’s erotic Cinderella, a worldly Prince, a naïve Cindy, and an unassuming fairy godfather come together in a magical HEA ending.

Dee S Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about The Cinderella Curse.

The Cinderella Curse by Dee S Knight

Genre Contemporary erotic romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

One evening, in a land far away, a wife spins a story for the amusement of her husband. Like the original tale, this contemporary Cinderella is definitely for those who love romance and a HEA. However, she adds a few touches of the erotic. For her husband, you understand.

In this tale, Charlotte dreams of her prince, James, but learns about beauty and love from her fairy godfather, Cooper. She might not lose a glass slipper, but her heart is in danger of being left behind. One thing for sure, by the time our Charlotte arrives at the ball, she’d sure like to know which man is her real Prince Charming.

Two Tips for Editing

Self-editing can be so hard! And most of us can’t afford a professional editor. So here are two tips I use. As a former professional editor, I recommend them!

1) Read your work out loud. I know it sounds weird and you might fee foolish reading out loud, but you will find many problems with your work if you do this. And don’t zip through it, either. Read slowly and take each word into account. When we read to ourselves we often read words we think are there or which we remember being there. You’ll more often see what’s actually there when you read out loud.

2) Don’t rely on spell/grammar check. I’ve found that Word’s Spell Check confuses it’s and its. So, learn by heart some of the most common mistakes and then check them when you read out loud. Here are two common errors I’ve seen in books.

a) If you’re expressing possession, use its. If you are abbreviating “it is,” use it’s

b) If you can substitute “we” in a sentence, you can use XXX and I. If you can substitute “us” in a sentence, use XXX and me.
Example: Jim and I (or we) are playing football.
The game is between Jim and me (or us).

No one is going to put down a book if they see a couple of errors, but if the errors are many, it could happen. I would hate to receive a bad review not for my story but for easily correctable mistakes.

Where to buy The Cinderella Curse

Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex.
After a while, Dee split her personality into thirds. She writes as Anne Krist for sweeter romances, and Jenna Stewart for ménage and shifter stories. All three of her personas are found on the Nomad Authors website. And all three offer some of the best romance you can find! Also, once a month, look for Dee’s Charity Sunday blog posts, where your comment can support a selected charity.
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Pick up cool tips from MJ Schiller author of Hell Hath No Fury by @mjschiller #RLFblog #contemporary romance.Husband and wife deal with interfering ex while daughter learns to handle her own trust issues in MJ Schiller’s new chick lit release, Hell Hath No Fury. While addressing serious issues, hilarity often ensues with these fun characters from the Devilish Divas Series. (Hell Hath No Fury can be read as a stand-alone.)

MJ, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Hell Hath No Fury.

Hell Hath No Fury by MJ Schiller

Genre chick lit

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13-R

Their wedding bells have hardly ceased their clanging when marital discord strikes the Scofields.

After such a rough start, Kyle Scofield didn’t expect for his marriage to be a skate on smooth ice. But then again, the NHL hockey referee had no idea how determined his wife’s ex could be. Will Samantha and Kyle be able to see through Bill’s scheming and save their marriage? Or are they truly skating on thin ice?

And when all Elise knows about relationships is how dysfunctional they can be, does Sam’s daughter even have a chance with Hunter?

Being Samantha Scofield’s daughter can be as challenging as being wed to her. Even if Elise is able to step outside of her mother’s shadow, she’ll still have to deal with the lasting effects of growing up in such a shady environment. Can Hunter make Elise see that she shines with a light all her own?

And while it’s true that Hell Hath No Fury like these two women scorned, maybe when Sam helps Elise to see the light about Hunter it will illuminate a few things about Kyle’s and her marital problems, too, and lead the way to a happy ending for them all.

They may be up against some devilish odds, but don’t count these divas out in Book Seven of the Devilish Divas Series!

Two Tips for Writing

Pick up cool tips from MJ Schiller author of Hell Hath No Fury by @mjschiller #RLFblog #contemporary romance.These may be no-brainers, but I know they’ve saved me a ton of time, and it took me a while to start doing them, so I wanted to share. Hell Hath No Fury is my twenty-sixth book, so I had to find a way to make marketing easier. For each of my books I’ve created a document with tweets on them, including the link, so if I have a sale that I need to share, I can just copy and paste it and add hashtags. This is immensely helpful at times—well, at times like this. I have two books releasing in January and a book on sale, and I’m involved in two other promotions (I know. I bite off more than I can chew!). Then I use a tweet scheduler (I use Hootsuite, but there are several out there), fill it in the morning, or night before, and it sends the tweets out throughout the day. Super easy!

The second tip kind of goes hand in hand with the first in that it saves time with marketing. I create my own teasers for social media outlets and I figured out (just recently, actually) that it saves a lot of time to create a teaser, and then, at the same time, create one like it to use when the book is on sale, and a third one for when it is free. Just saves a little time and the hassle of re-uploading and changing the teaser. (I like doing my teasers on Ribbet, but there are a lot of other places you can use as well. I keep a folder for each book so they are easy to put my hands on, and also include the book’s title in the name I save it under.)

Like I said, a lot of this is common sense, but if you’re like me and sometimes lack that quality, maybe you’ll find this information helpful. ;)

Two Tips for Household Chores

These are kind of cooking/household chores. The first, and again, maybe everyone in the world has known this for a while except for me, but it’s so helpful I want to share it in case you don’t. This makes cleaning your microwave a breeze. Put a coffee cup half filled with water and a tablespoon of baking powder into the microwave and heat on high until boiling. I do it for three minutes. Then leave it in the microwave for three minutes. The steam will loosen everything up and then you just wipe it out. Even bad splatters come out without a struggle.

The second is a cooking tip to prevent messes, which makes cleanup a snap. There are many ways to prevent water from boiling over on the stove, but I really like this one. If you rim your saucepan with oil, (I use cooking spray) the water can’t climb over it. It has saved me on numerous occasions because I am impatient with waiting for something to start boiling. I move on to something else and forget about my pot. Just make sure if you’re using cooking spray to spray the saucepan over the sink so you don’t have overspray on the oven to wipe up either.

Well, I hope at least one of those makes your life a little easier. Thanks for having me, Kayelle! I’ve enjoyed being here and sharing my work and tips!

Where to buy Hell Hath No Fury


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Bestselling author MJ Schiller is a retired lunch lady/romance-romantic suspense writer. She enjoys writing novels whose characters include rock stars, desert princes, teachers, futuristic Knights, construction workers, cops, and a wide variety of others. In her mind everybody has a romance. She is the mother of a twenty-six-year-old and three twenty-four-year-olds. That’s right, triplets! She likes to escape from life on occasion by pretending to be a rock star at karaoke. However…you won’t be seeing her name on any record labels soon.
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