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Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #interracialromanceLyndell 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 Queen of the Castle.

Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From award-winning, bestselling author, Lyndell Williams, a story of bridled desire unleashed.

Tarika is happy living single. She loves her home—her castle—and is not looking for some man to try and take over everything she has built. When best friend, Hafsah throws Aqil her way, Tarika makes it clear that she is not interested in the shy man, who barely speaks to her. When she needs his help after an accident, she allows Aqil and his daughter into her life, making it difficult to resist his sexy gray eyes and sultry smile. The more time she spends with him, the harder it is to keep her distance.

Aqil planned to stay focused on rebuilding his life with his daughter after a messy divorce until he saw Tarika. He tries to maintain a respectful amount of space, but her confidence and beauty draw him in. He knows he has everything Tarika needs and gets closer to her, bringing them into a passionate abandon that can break down the walls of her inhibitions but may also shatter their lives.

Why did you write this book?

I like to write romances that highlight the beautiful imperfection of loving someone. People bring their personalities and experiences into relationships, which can affect how they come together.

Readers met main characters Tarika and Aqil in the book, Open to Love and became excited about their story. They struggle with the feeling burgeoning between them. Tarika doesn’t want to give up the single life and her autonomy. Aqil is rebuilding his life after a bitter divorce, so he is not ready to go headfirst into new a relationship.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance has been my favorite genre since I was a teenager. I am excited to write romances with a more diverse spectrum of characters from an expanse of backgrounds and layered experiences.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I don’t have a favorite character.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working my keyboard to get Building on Broken Dreams to readers. It is book three in the steamy, gripping Brothers in Law interracial romance series. The novel features Maryam and Adam. Maryam is surviving an abuse relationship when she meets Adam. She tries to start a new life with him, but the past threatens to destroy them both.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Readers can be on the lookout for Building on Broken Dreams, The Trouble with that Sister (Open to Love Book Three) and a book in A Timeless Love Series.

Where to buy Queen of the Castle

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088P8WR33/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

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.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
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Shilpa Suraj, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters.

Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters by Shilpa Suraj

Genre Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 7/10

She believes in love, family and…squiggles!

Alisha Rana is not your typical single desi girl. For one, she is on the wrong side of 30. For another, she is divorced. And last but definitely not least, she is still, gasp, a virgin!

Alisha doesn’t want much. But what she does want is that elusive thing all women search for – A man who gets her…but a man who gets her hot! She calls it “feeling the squiggle.”

Enter Dr. Vivaan Kapoor, cute, hot, squiggle-worthy. The younger brother of her cousin’s prospective groom, he’s got the squiggle factor in spades. The only catch? He’s never been married and is years younger than Alisha. Basically, completely off-limits.

And then there is Arjun. Widowed, older than her by the right number of years and a genuinely nice guy. He’s Vivaan’s cousin and a so-called perfect match for Alisha. The problem is, Alisha’s squiggle-o-meter refuses to budge for him.

What will Alisha choose? A lifetime together with the ‘right’ man or a chance at happiness with the ‘wrong’ one?

Know the Heroine from Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

She’d watch a movie in her pyjamas while demolishing a bowl of ice cream.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Ice cream. Always, ice cream.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Jeans with ethnic kurtas, simple dresses and comfortable shorts and pyjamas at home.

Does she know how to fix things?

No. She’s not the fix things type. She’d prefer to call in an expert to do it.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Alisha tries to be the dutiful daughter and meet the man her parents have picked out for her. Unfortunately, this does not go well as she finds herself strongly attracted to his cousin. It’s an attraction that is as intense as it is inappropriate, and Alisha finds herself torn between familial expectations and her own desires.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

Alisha isn’t instinctively maternal. She’s extremely family oriented and would make a wonderful mother to her own children but she isn’t the sort to cuddle or play with every child she happens to meet.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She is not a morning person and is extremely grumpy until her humongous mug of tea kickstarts her day.

Can she use chopsticks?

She has never attempted it so far but would be game to try.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?

Yes. Coffee with milk and enough sugar to make your teeth hurt. Although, the first beverage every morning is tea. Coffee is for the rest of the day.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Candy Crush, WhatsApp, Kindle

Android or iPhone?

Android

Earrings or unpierced ears?

Earrings

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle on most days but sometimes uses the company cab when she isn’t in the mood to drive herself.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Love, Marriage, and Other Disasters

Amazon https://amzn.to/2IYNG04

Shilpa Suraj Social Media

Shilpa Suraj wears many hats – corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.
An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present-day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.
Website http://shilpasuraj.com/
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Play Is It True with Lyndell Williams author of Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Lyndell Williams, author of Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, a contemporary romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From award-winning, bestselling author Lyndell Williams.

Steamy is the best word to describe the Kents. After work, lawyer Marcus wants nothing more than to hold wife, Toni–his “Sweetness”–into his arms. He knows exactly how to make every inch of her hot body shiver under his touch. He is willing to do everything in his power to make her happy, except one.

Leaving her downtown practice, psychologist Toni heads uptown to curl up with Marcus, her sexy, younger husband. Their fiery passion is usually fully ablaze until she makes a demand that threatens to snuff it out.

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit is my second book

this book is part of a series?

Yes, Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit is book two in the exciting Brothers in Law romance series. It features Marcus and Toni Kent, two characters that readers fell in love with in book one. They have a steamy marriage jeopardized by infertility and a hot intern looking to get Marcus in her bed.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Yes. Loads and loads of sleep lost, especially while I wrote Toni’s perspective. I wanted to give her a voice to which readers can connect. She makes a pretty selfish decision, and I wanted to make it understandable.

you did research for this book?

Yes. I often have to research while writing. I include characters from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of life issues that make it important for me to acquire information about different cultures and issues. In Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, I had to gather a lot of research about infertility and in vitro. It was work, but it was worth it.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

No … well … yeah, let’s leave this as a no.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes. While Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit is primarily a romance, it does contain some gripping suspense. On top of everything else the Kent family is going, they have to worry about a stalker roaming around and threatening to hurt one of them.

you speak more than one language?

Yes. I can speak classical Arabic.

you grew up where you live now?

No. My family were suburban nomads. We never stayed any place long.

you love to read?

Yes. My entire family does. Our home is loaded with books of all kinds.

you are never late?

No. I am always late. I have a lot of demands in my life. Often things collide, and I have to do some hustling. A lot of people who know me will tell me an earlier time so I won’t be late. Give me a 20-minute cushion, and I will most likely be punctual.

you love pizza?

Yes. Who doesn’t?

you love sushi?

Yes. I like cooked sushi. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that not all sushi is raw. It’s great because I don’t eat bait.

you have a pet?

No. I had a pet chicken–long story involving a begging kid at a small gardening center–but someone stole it. I was very busted up about Mad Dog. She would perch and cackle outside my kitchen door to be fed and let me know she laid eggs. *sniff*

Where to buy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Fruit-Brothers-ebook/dp/B07WZ9LT97

Lyndell Williams Social Media

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.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
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Podcast https://soundcloud.com/laylawriteslove
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Read the interracial romance My Way to You by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #UrbanRomance  Lyndell Williams, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. We’re excited to find out more about your book. Please tell us about My Way to You.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

One amazing year has passed, and readers continue to connect with Simon and Regina, the steamy couple in my first novel My Way to You.

As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.

I introduced RLF readers to readers last December. Simon risks his friendship with Regina’s brother Marcus by being with her. Regina, a social justice blogger, may lose her bread and butter by dating an Asian man and angering some of her followers.

I chose the amazing digital artist Taria Reed for the book’s cover. She is known for her quality work and specializing in diverse covers that include interracial couples. Before Taria created the My Way to You cover, all of my energies finding images depicting and an Asian man and Black woman produced nothing. I also had a tough time finding an artist with the expertise to convey Simon and Regina’s passions and desperate need to shut the world away. Then a friend recommended her, and she created a work of art that showed exactly what I wanted.

People absolutely judge books by their covers, especially me. I shared my concept with her, and she delivered in spades. The Simon and Regina on the outside reflect the dynamic couple on the inside, drawing readers into their powerful story.

So, let’s celebrate the My Way to You Bookiversary. Check out the new cover. Enter a giveaway on my site for a chance to win an author’s swag bag.

Where to buy My Way to You

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lyndell–Williams/e/B07FQTMRCG
Layla Writes Love (signed copies) https://laylawriteslove.com/merch/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

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.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Podcast https://soundcloud.com/laylawriteslove

 

He'll do anything for her--but one. Help review an #InterracialRomance Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #readingblackLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us where we can read and review Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Steamy is the best word to describe the Kents. After work, lawyer Marcus wants nothing more than to hold wife, Toni–his “Sweetness”–into his arms. He knows exactly how to make every inch of her hot body shiver under his touch. He is willing to do everything in his power to make her happy, except one.

Leaving her downtown practice, psychologist Toni heads uptown to curl up with Marcus, her sexy, younger husband. Their fiery passion is usually fully ablaze until she makes a demand that threatens to snuff it out.

(See the author’s website for specific warnings about this book)

Where to read and review Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Review for free on BookSprout https://booksprout.co/arc/27277/sweetlovebitterfruit

Formats available: PDF, mobi, epub

Lyndell Williams Social Media

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.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Podcast https://soundcloud.com/laylawriteslove
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Meet Lynn Chantale @ lynnchantale Author of Stealing Christmas #RLFblog #Romance #Mystery Collections and AnthologiesLynn Chantale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Stealing Christmas.

Stealing Christmas by Lynn Chantale

Genre: Romance Collections and Anthologies

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Secrets abound in Benson’s Bakery. A crazed Santa wants something valuable hidden inside the building, and only two things stand in his way…Jake and Sara.

When Sara Henderson receives threatening letters just days before Christmas, she asks sexy bread baker Jake Benson for help. Jake is more than happy to provide the muscle to keep the beautiful cake decorator from harm, but he has an ulterior motive–to steal a kiss under the mistletoe. Sara wants that kiss as much as he does, but first they have a mystery to solve.

Will they find out who is stalking Sara, or will Santa succeed in stealing Christmas?

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What makes you different from other people?

Aside from being blind with a guide dog? As a person I’ve embraced some of the shall we say more eclectic parts of personality such as a fondness for BDSM, enjoying relationships with other ethical non-monogamous folks, and finding my way as an empty-nester and divorcee.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

My favorite topic is books. I could talk for hours about the books I’ve read or plan to read. It’s a good thing I joined a book club. ;-)

What is your favorite meal?

My absolute favorite meal is one I don’t have to cook. Other than that, sloppy joes and french-fries.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I’d always had the writing bug. As far back as elementary school I wrote about a precocious four-year-old with a talent for solving mysteries. Later it turned into wanting something more realistic and more like me. There’s nothing wrong with romances being set on a ranch or to hand out with billionaires, but this inner-city girl wanted to read about other African American characters in less glamorous situations.

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

When going to conventions, I take anxiety meds and plenty of swag, such as sewing kits, lip balm and ink pens. There have been a few T-shirts and tote bags too.

What are your writing goals for this year?

The writing goals for 2019 have been accomplished. As for 2020, I’m looking forward to putting out at least four new books.

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Where to buy Stealing Christmas

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A42YSXY/

Lynn Chantale Social Media

Lynn Chantale resides in Southwest Florida and she is determined to enjoy all that life has to offer. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva is acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.
She’s a multi-published author in ebooks and has recently stepped into the self-publishing world. So far both experiences have been rewarding.
You can check out her books on Amazon as Lynn Chantale.
Website https://www.thehouseoflynn.com/
Blog https://www.thehouseoflynn.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/lynnchantale
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