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Read Books. Meet Authors. Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog #BooksIf you’re a reader, you read whether you plan to or not. The ketchup bottle. Cereal boxes. Signs along the freeway. The capacity allowance in an elevator. If it’s written, you read it. I do too. That’s one reason I started this blog. I like to read books more than I do cereal boxes. I plain love having new things to read! And I love getting to know the authors.

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In 2019, I hope to make Romance Lives Forever an even more satisfying place to discover books and meet authors. If you want to read books (and not be stuck with ketchup bottles) one good way to find them is to subscribe to this blog. How? Easy! Enter your name and email in that box on the left and click Subscribe. You’ll get an email every time a new post comes out. The entire post will be available and you won’t have to go anywhere but your inbox to read it. Best part? Your email is not used for any other purpose. Ever.

Look for a new interview or two for authors, plus at least one for characters. I’m planning some new features in the spring, and the website will undergo a few changes around then as well. It’s my goal to improve whenever possible.

I’ll be offering different ways to find stories by changing the way the menu works on the site, updating the look and finding new ways to offer free stories whenever possible. Many authors have newsletters (I do!) and would love a chance to find new readers. Many readers are searching for new authors. I want to make RLF the place where they come together.

I’m also very interested in helping the community of authors and the communities where we live. This year, we began Fiction Furbaby posts that allow authors to share their outreach for animal-oriented service organizations. In those posts, we do a shout out to Rob’s Rescues, a local site begun by a nine-year-old boy who is now fourteen and still going strong. I’d like to do more feel good events like that.

We will again host a veteran author salute in November, have a cancer awareness series for authors to share their trials and triumphs in October, and we’ll do Christmas Romance Saturday in December, and offer free books every Friday. Those events were all wildly successful this year. Feel free to drop a suggestion in the comments. I’d love to know your ideas.

Thank you for coming along this year and being one of the supporters for Romance Lives Forever. Let’s read books together in 2019!

Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual–until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
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.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in varying capacities since I started writing for my college newsletter. Once I got bit with the writing bug, I expanded into writing for online publications as well as writing essays for a literary journal, books, and peer-reviewed articles.
This year, I had several short stories published in collections and published my first novel.
What was your first published book?
My Way to You is my first novel. It is an interracial romance about an Asian American lawyer who falls in love with an African American pro-Black blogger. They have to learn to comfort each other as each encounters levels of racial microaggressions from society. They also have to worry about her big brother finding out, who would not appreciate his best friend and little sister dating.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
My writing space is in a corner of my bedroom in our family’s cozy cape. I bought one of those affordable big box store tables and a swivel chair to stake my claim. The table hosts my laptop (pc of course) with an attached keyboard and second monitor. My writing demand requires an ability to work from multiple screens.
I also have a wonderful lamp I got from my daughter as a gift. It has multiple settings, which is great when I’m trying to work at 4 a.m. while my husband sleeps.
Anything special about your space?
My space is also “mommy central.” Because I try to get writing done during a day packed with mothering 6 kids and homeschooling as well as communicating with colleagues and students, I have a bunch of non-writing supplies, such as combs and brushes to do my little one’s hair and moisturizing butter to keep everyone’s skin smooth.
What do you love most about that area?
It’s where the magic happens. There is something about being there that helps trigger my creativity. I can get work done in other places. I’ve written chapters and articles on my cell phone, but nothing gets as ready to write as sitting at my desk with a cup of coffee.
What would like to change about your home office?
Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceI would like for it to be an actual office with a lock and guard dog sitting outside. One of the biggest challenges in having a corner and not an office is blocking out the world, especially a tenacious pack of kids determined to make your writing time theirs.
I think one of the things I most need is a full space with my books and research. I’m eyeing my oldest son’s bedroom. When he’s finished with college, he’s gonna have to spread his wings so I can get my office.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
It wouldn’t be a matter of what but who. I so need an assistant. My scheduling skills are so out of whack, and I need someone to help me keep an organized content calendar for the multiple blogs I manage and manage my time to get semester grading done, progress in writing my next book and contribute to the list of projects I’m committed to completing.
My home office would like a regular one because I would have an assistant with a desk.
How do you juggle writing and family?
I don’t know how to juggle. I drop a bunch of balls all of the time. Fortunately, I have a great husband who makes sure I get out of my chair and spend some time with the family. He’s also awesome at picking up the slack at home despite working 90 hours a week himself.
If I find myself with an immediate deadline, I can count on him to help out around the house so I can keep those keys clicking. It’s extremely important. I couldn’t do any of my work if he didn’t.
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
That would be the Associated Press Stylebook. I kid you not. I write a lot of online articles, so I need that by my side.
I also get into friendly skirmishes with fellow writers about things like the Oxford comma, so I use it for ammunition.
What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?
The Best Punctuation Book, Period is pretty great. The author, June Casagrande has a lot of great books on writing.
What do you like to read for relaxation?
I enjoy reading other romance authors. I’ve become hooked on Black women romance authors like Twyla Turner, Love Journey, Reana Malori and Aubree Pynn. They introduce readers to some culturally-specific romance and explore some topics and corners from which other romance authors might not.
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Where to buy My Way to You

Amazon https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07K3PZXHY/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/abdullahpoulos/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove

 

Refugee Trail by Tracy Falbe @tracyfalbe #RLFblog #fantasyTracy Falbe, 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.

Refugee Trail by Tracy Falbe

My inspiration for this novella came from thinking about refugees who must literally walk away from their ruined homes and into the unknown. It tells the story of the young hero, Myles. He’s the leader of a band of survivors from a terrible war. They are pursued by slave hunters.
Genre: Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Myles and his people are now bereft of their ancient Kadolia magic. Their Elders say that the magic came from their homeland and that it is gone forever. They are scrambling desperately through badlands to stay ahead of Lasher slave hunters when a faction of survivors wants to turn back and surrender. Annihilation looms until Myles senses the return of his power.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Although it’s a bunch of work to prepare, I love doing a fish fry with fish that the family has caught, especially bluegill because they are available in quantity and truly delicious.
Describe the perfect vacation.
My perfect vacation reveals my introversion. I would love to go to a writer’s retreat in a secluded natural settings. All meals would be prepared for me, and I would have my own room. My family is NOT there, but I might like to have my dog. I won’t have to do a single thing except sleep, write, and take walks. My perfect vacation with the family would be the same thing: full-service setting where I perform no menial labor whatsoever.
What are your hobbies?
I grow fruit and vegetables. I raise and breed French angora wool rabbits. I’ve been learning to spin wool, so that’s a newer hobby for me. I bake pies.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I read all manner of books. I’ve always got my eye out for a good fantasy or sci fi, but I tend to read nonfiction. I like to read about hunting, survival, memoirs, true crime, psychology, politics, demographics, and history. Two of my most recent reads were American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella and Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Research materials vary. I might be looking for details to make elements in a story feel authentic. Like I’ll look up human anatomy to determine wounds I can deliver that someone could conceivable heal from. I’ll read things about shamanism, witchcraft, and various mythology. I seek out materials for character research too because I want insights into human experiences. Two of my novels had elements that dealt with child soldiers, so I read articles about that. For my historical fantasies, I’ve focused a lot on clothing, art, religion, and politics.

Where to buy Refugee Trail

Publisher http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/refugee-trail/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KBWRCGC
Barnes and Noble https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/refugee-trail
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/refugee-trail/id1439810903?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/refugee-trail
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/902220
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Tracy_Falbe_Refugee_Trail?id=fq52DwAAQBAJ

Tracy Falbe Social Media

I was born in Michigan in 1972 and grew up in Mount Pleasant. It’s called the “Mountain Town” but there is no mountain and it’s debatable about whether it’s pleasant. They say it’s a party town and based on extensive research as a young adult I can concur.
Because I always had the childhood fantasy of running away and joining the circus, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1995 and lived there until 1997. Those who only stay a week are wimps, but I will say that it’s the second year in Vegas that wears you down. Then I realized the pioneers were trying to get to California, so I moved to Chico, in Northern California and lived there until 2009.
In 2000, I earned a journalism degree from California State University, Chico with the conscious ambition of becoming a fiction writer. With the rapid demise of the newspaper industry and journalism in general, novelist is not such a daft pursuit after all. It’s not like I’m actually going to get a job that values my education. Luckily I’m cursed with the impulse to write in a popular yet competitive genre.
My wandering has circled back and I’m currently residing in Battle Creek, Michigan, and for now my existence within the post-apocalyptic Rust Belt is suitably fascinating.
Website http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/
Blog http://falbepublishing.com/braveluck/
Twitter https://twitter.com/tracyfalbe
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/braveluckbooks/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Falbe/e/B002BLWI3S
Newsletter https://falbepublishing.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=10f4fac8a8e4ce7abb2f83107&id=f30d50cf13
Instafreebie https://www.prolificworks.com/discover/author/18992/tracy_falbe

 

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