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With This Kiss.
With This Kiss
Beauty and the beast: they were the scandal of the ton.  All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club.  But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.”  She lured him out of the crowded club to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.
An act of heroism had left Morgan St. James burned, scarred for life, but Julia’s bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed.  And now this glorious stranger was his bride.  But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace—three months to know a stranger’s mind, to touch a stranger’s soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before.  Into his heart…

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With This Kiss — A Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’!
“Ms. Lynne weaves her magic to bring the reader a bit of poignancy along with a sexually charged romance in this very satisfying historical romantic suspense.  Find a place for this one on your special shelf.”  —Romantic Times
Nominated for Romantic Times  “Best Historical Romance”
“A smoldering Victorian era romance.”  —Booklist
“The unexpected twists in Ms. Lynne’s newest historical entertain and satisfy.”  —Publisher’s Weekly
“…Trust me: A fun read for lovers of romance, and CERTAINLY for lovers of the Beauty/Beast type story (which I am).  This is the only book of Ms. Lynne’s that I’ve read, but based on my enjoyment, I shall surely seek more.”
“An excellent read—I loved it!  I have never read Victoria Lynne before this book.  You can bet I will from now on.  This book was excellent and I couldn’t put it down… If you like Jude Deveraux or Kathleen Woodiwiss, pick up this book!”
“This book is as great as the reviews!  I am happy to say that it was a pleasure to read a romance that fulfills everything I look for in a novel…This was my first book by this author but I will by all means be looking for more.”
“Surprisingly good!  I received this book from my sister and thought it would prove to be just another trite formula romance.  She said it was “really good,” so I gave it a chance.  She was right.  It does have all of those necessary facets that make it a romance novel, but the writing is crisp and talented, the characters sizzle with a never flagging sexual tension, and the plot never sinks to feeling contrived or phoney.  I enjoyed every page!”
“I loved this.  I could write a long review of this book, but I won’t.  I will sum it up in as few words as possible.  This story contained two extremely likeable characters.  The dialogue between them was so entertaining and well-worded.  I loved every encounter between them.  Everything about this novel was real.  I loved it, and I can truly say it is one of my favorite novels.”
“Fabulous!  With This Kiss had everything I look for in a romance—a tender hero, touching love scenes, a strong heroine, and even a mystery to solve.  I will be hunting down this author’s backlist.”
“Fresh and rewarding…definitely get you hands on this book.”
“This was an extremely well-written book, with believable characters and an interesting plot…”


Victoria Lynne
Victoria Lynne is the author of five historical romance novels.  She’s received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times’ “Top Pick” award.  Called “A Fabulous Storyteller!” by Rendezvous Magazine, her work consistently draws rave reviews and continues to attract new readers.  Her books have been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and are currently available online through Kindle and Nook.  
Ms. Lynne lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.  When she’s not plotting her next novel, she loves to get away from her keyboard to ski and hike.

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RLF Gems 

Ever wondered who and what brings people to a blog? When you post somewhere, do you wish you could see your stats? If you post here, and you want to know what your stats are for the time you were visiting, email me and I’ll let you know. I download a monthly spreadsheet with the basic info every month.

I thought I’d start sharing some of that info. This is minus the numbers, because those are private, but here are the top five posts for 2011, and for 2012 so far, and who posted them. Links are provided to the top posts so you can go back and take another look if you want to know made them unique. Each will open in a new window so you can read and then come back.

I’ll be posting these on a regular basis. They are presented In order of page loads.

1. Alexandr Voinov
2. Jannine Corti Petska
3. Salute to Author Veterans
4. Jevocas “Java” Green
5. K D Grace

Others in the top ranking for 2011: Cornelia Grey, Blaine D. Arden, Tara Lain, Sharon Noble, Selena Illyria, Christie Barth. A number of the top ranking authors were from Storm Moon Press.

2012 (Jan)

1. Amy McCorkle
2. Heidi Belleau | Violetta Vane
3 Angelia Sparrow
4. S A Reid
5. Mimi Barbour

One of my own posts was in the top five, but I left it out to feature the first five guests.
Kayelle Allen

My thanks to these authors for making Romance Lives Forever a great blog to visit.

Ultimate Justice by Ryder Islington.

For those of us who love to read, there is nothing like curling up with a good book. Sometimes I’ll choose a book according to the weather. In the sweltering late summer, I love reading women’s fiction. Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Secret Life of Bees, or Jane Eyre is perfect. I really love the old classics, as well as the new classics.

In autumn I really enjoy romance and love stories, especially the big thick books like A Rose In Winter. The spring is perfect for those coming of age stories. I really love John Irving’s, Snow Falling On Cedars or Forrest Gump right about then.
But in the dead of the winter, when the wind is blowing cold, beating against the house, and it’s not fit out for man nor beast, it’s time to pull out the scary stuff. This is the time for Robin Cook, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. These men can scare the hoo-ha out of readers. These are some of the men who have influenced my writing. I like the surprise, the one that gives you chills, the one that makes you sleep with the lights on.
While I worked on Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery, I scared myself! I remembered my own close encounter with a serial killer and realized I was writing from experience. It’s easy to get over extraterrestrials, ghosts, and monsters. It’s not so easy to get over serial killers, sick and twisted pillars of society who are evil inside, eviscerations by those whom you’d least expect. These are common place in our world. And yet, they are scarier than the unknown.
The scariest book I ever read was Helter Skelter. At the time, I lived in a townhouse style apartment and refused to go upstairs after dark. I slept on the couch for weeks. I think the book was published about ten years after the actual killings. The book brought back all the news about the Manson girls, and their leader. Seeing Charles Manson and his ‘family’ on the news, hearing the gruesome details over and over was bad enough. But the book brought it all right into my own head. That’s what good books are all about. They make the reader feel things that they might not ever feel in their own lives.
So really, there is no bad time to curl up with a good book. Find something that makes your hair stand on end, or moves your heart, or makes you laugh, and let the author take you away to a whole other world. And don’t forget to take a cup of coffee or tea with you, ’cause you may be gone for a while.
Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery is receiving rave reviews from readers.
The small town of Raven Bayou, Louisiana explodes as old money meets racial tension, and tortured children turn the table on abusive men. FBI Special Agent Trey Fontaine returns home to find the town turned upside down with mutilated bodies. Working with local homicide detectives, Trey is determined to get to the  truth. A believer in empirical evidence, Trey ignores his instincts until he stares into the face of the impossible, and has to choose between what he wants to believe and the ugly truth.
About the Author
A graduate of the University of California and former officer for a large sheriff’s department, RYDER ISLINGTON is now retired and doing what she loves: reading, writing, and gardening. She lives in Louisiana with her family, including a very large English Chocolate Lab, a very small Chinese pug, and a houseful of demanding cats. She can be contacted at or visit her blog at
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Mimi Barbour – My Cheeky Angel.

Because it took me hours of ‘How-to’ video watching, bombarding my friends who helped me get started with questions and more questions, and then multiple times to finally get my work uploaded cleanly, I decided to write these steps for myself in case I ever decide to self-pub again. Then I wondered if these steps wouldn’t save others the frustration and desk pounding that I suffered when I tried to do it without the proper knowledge. Now, having said that, I have no idea if a professional would agree with this guide as I’ve written it. Maybe there’s a better way to describe the procedure, or I might have missed something that didn’t affect my work, and if so I apologize. But I wanted to write it in such a way that, if months go by and my memory dims, (more than likely) these 12 steps will remind me clearly and concisely.

1 – Take a copy of your manuscript and clearly rename it so you know which copy you’re working on.

2 – If you’ve gotten the word doc from your Editor, and there are red edits showing, once you have finished making all the changes, go to ‘Tools/Track Changes/Highlight Changes’ and unclick the box at the top that says ‘Track Changes While Editing’. This should clear your document of editing suggestions and changes.

3 – Check for spelling errors…even if you’ve done this before, it’s best to go over it one last time.

4 – Go to ‘View’ and click off the ‘Ruler’.

5 – Go to ‘Edit/Select all’ so that your document is highlighted, and then go to the toolbar above and make sure that you are using the ‘Normal/Times New Roman/ 12 Font’.

6 – Now you will put on the ‘Show/Hide’ paragraph option that’s on your toolbar and looks like a backwards-P. Once you do this, your spaces, new paragraphs, line breaks and all the inner workings of your document will be visible.

7 – In case you tab the 5 spaces in to begin a new paragraph, (as I do) these must all be cleared. Go to ‘Edit/Find/Replace’ and on the top line that says ‘Find What’ hit the space bar five times (nothing will be visible). Then leave the ‘Replace With’ line empty and go to ‘Replace All’. Then do the same thing again for 4 spaces, 3 spaces and 2 spaces. DO NOT do this for 1 space.

8 – Now clear any spaces before the paragraph mark by going to ‘Edit/Find/Replace/More/Special/Paragraph Mark’ and then hit the space bar once. Then click on the next line ‘Replace With’ and go to ‘Special/Paragraph Mark’. This will clear away the extra spaces once you click on ‘replace all’. I would do this same routine again in case there were two spaces.

If you tab in for new paragraphs, do this same manoeuvre for ‘tab characters’ and clear them. And once again for ‘manual line breaks’ only clear each one of these manually instead of using the ‘replace all’ feature.

9 – Formatting paragraphs – you will go to the toolbar and click on ‘Format/Paragraph/Alignment’ and click on left. Then on the same page go to ‘Special’ and click on First line, and then go to ‘By’ and set in 0.5″ and last go to ‘Line spacing’ and click on Double.

10 – Now go to ‘Edit/Find’ and type in the word Chapter. Starting at the top of your document, make sure that each of the chapter headings are either centered by clicking on the center function on your toolbar, or if you prefer the chapter headings to be on the left, reposition them now so they are no longer indented.
At the same time check to be sure there is a page break before each new chapter. To do this, position your cursor just before the ‘C’ of the word Chapter and go to ‘Insert/Break/Page Break.

11 – Fix any scene breaks (***) by centering them.

12 – Next, go to ‘File’ and then to ‘Properties/Summary’ where you should fill in the information—especially the line that asks for the key words for your manuscript such as Romance, Paranormal, etc.
At this point add your cover and centre it, then the copywrite page, and if you want, a dedication page it can be put here at the beginning of your document. Make sure to keep the lines spaced so the writing will fit on one page. Put in page breaks where you wish to have a new page. Remember, if you leave too many empty lines (more than 5) Kindle will automatically leave an empty page.

Now it’s time to go to Kindle Direct Publishing and get started!

Find Mimi Barbour here:

Hi, Kayelle, everyone. Thanks for allowing me to visit. I’m Melissa Lopez. I’m an author of contemporary and dark paranormal stories. I write for myself and I create my worlds for my characters. I’m setting new career goals and taking a look back at what I’ve learned so far in my writing journey.
Here are ten things I’d wish I’d known before I’d gotten published:

  1. Writing is a business. Each story is a product. Your backlist increases your inventory. You’re CEO of a brand that’ll hopefully attract repeat customers. You’ve got to market, promote, and know about trends and statistics. You’ve got to build a platform of friends and readers to support your business. 
  2. Networking is extremely valuable but it’s not all about social media. A writer’s career is a solitary endeavor, so face-to-face meetings are important as well. Conventions offer discussions, information, and opportunities. Networking helps build your business. That said, writing your next book is priority one.
  3. There’s turnover at publishing houses. Editors come and go so it’s important to remain positive and roll with the changes that come your way. Remember your writer’s journey doesn’t end with your first contract.
  4. Self doubt is your enemy. You have to believe you’re a great writer. You have to believe you’ve something worth sharing. You must believe in yourself. You must, you must, you must! You must be strong when facing criticism. Some criticism will be offered gently, some will be harsh, some criticism will be unnecessary, some worthwhile. With each story criticism, will be dished and doubts will rise…Stay positive.
  5. Know who your true friends are. Now where did I hear that? Oh, Jenny Cruise at a New Jersey conference. She was so right. These are the people who’ll give you a swift-kick when self doubt has you in its trance. They’ll be honest during their critiques. They’ll challenge you to be a better author. They’ll curse and rant with you when you receive a rejection. Writing is a lonely business but they’ll be there for you.
  6. If you like an author’s work, tell her. Connect with her.  It’s important to make these kinds of connections.
  7. Writers spend a-whole-lot of time waiting. We wait for acceptance letters (be positive.) We wait for edits, and more edits, and even more edits. We wait for covers. We wait for release dates. We wait for reviews. It’s always best to put all the waiting out of your mind and write.
  8. Once you’re published writing doesn’t get easier. In fact sometimes writing gets more difficult as you stretch and challenge yourself. In your writing journey you discover how tough the road can be to navigate. Writing stories takes a huge effort and an enormous investment of time. You need to make sacrifices and be committed to the job.
  9. People (some friends, some family, some acquaintances, and some complete strangers) will expect you to give them a book. It still surprises me how many individuals have asked me to give them a book. It’s so awesome —it’s a true privilege—to have readers. But it’s vitally important to a writing career that—especially those who care about you—buy your work.
  10. Writers have to combat E-piracy. Writers have to contest thievery of their copyrighted material. Writers strive to protect what is theirs. Piracy of books has cost authors their livelihoods. E-piracy has cut short the careers of some authors.
I hope this gives aspiring authors ahead-start on their journey. And I hope I’ve given readers a peek at the business end of storytelling. To my fellow authors, please let us hear something you wish you’d known before you published.
Melissa Lopez
Journeys of Love Every Woman Needs To Take.

The Fall of Rain, by Renee Vincent.
Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact—an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings—buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he’s determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle.
For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O’Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she’s never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking’s protective embrace—until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland.
Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can’t help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she’s convinced they’ve shared a life together in a time long forgotten.
Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?
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About Renee Vincent:
I am an author with a passionate interest in Irish and Norse history. I live in the rolling hills of Kentucky with my husband and two children on a beautiful secluded farm of horses and hay fields.

When I am not writing, I love to spend my time on the back of a horse, whether with my family or with my friends. There is nothing like feeling the sunlight on your face, the wind in your hair, and the power of the animal beneath you as you enjoy the beautiful scenery. Seeing the world from a saddle is, by far, the best view and the best therapy for a heavy heart or a troubled mind. My therapist’s name, or my horse’s, rather, is “Statues Suddenly Lucky”, a full-blooded Tennessee Walker, and of course, he goes by the name of Lucky for short.

I am a sucker for a good cup of coffee (lots of cream and sugar…and whipped cream if I can get my hands on it), great conversation, and a lilting Irish accent. I love to read and I can’t resist watching great epic historical movies.
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