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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 Social Media

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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A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver's Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #MemoirKayelle, Romance Lives Forever is an amazing website. Thank you so much for inviting me to share some thoughts with your readers.

Caregiving is not a romantic topic, but with some thought and hard work, it’s possible for a marriage to not only survive the experience but also to thrive. Being a family caregiver isn’t a task a person does in isolation. It affects everyone around you, particularly your family, and more specifically, your spouse.

In keeping a marriage strong during this trying time, the most important thing is to remember which relationship is the primary one in your life. It’s important to love and honor your parents or other loved ones, but it’s also important to find ways to do so without jeopardizing your marriage. I once read the memoir by a woman whose mother had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She cared for her in her home, and the task became so consuming that she neglected her husband and her children. The heart-wrenching task of caring for a loved one is more bearable when the caregiver has a strong relationship to fall back on – and when the task is done, she or he will need the support of a loving spouse to help deal with the grief.

Another way to keep your marriage strong is to guard your privacy. Having Mom and Dad in our home was certainly disruptive of our privacy.

A year or so before they came to live with us, Dad developed some kind of brain infection that required two weeks of hospitalization followed by three weeks of rehab. Mom was far enough along in her Alzheimer’s that she couldn’t stay alone, at least at night. She stayed in our guest room, but her sleep was frequently disrupted by bad dreams and delusions. She would burst into our bedroom in the middle of the night and declare that she knew that Dad was dead or that he had run off with a good-looking nurse.

I told my Aunt Fay about the situation. She had taken care of both her mother and her husband for many years, and she became my go-to person for advice. She empathized immediately. She advised me to put a lock on the bedroom door and to use it. It didn’t stop the nightmares, but at least when she knocked, I had time to grab a robe and slip out into the hall so David could sleep through the crisis.

Caregiving can be disruptive even if your loved one doesn’t live with you. Frequent phone calls at all hours of the day and night are not necessary or healthy to your marriage. It is perfectly acceptable to set healthy boundaries on the number of calls and to use your caller ID to screen calls when those boundaries are ignored.

A third way to strengthen your marriage is to intentionally make time for each other. If you are not intentional about it, it won’t happen. We were fortunate that Mom and Dad slept late most mornings, so we made use of the early hours some couple time. We would roll out of bed early so we could have a leisurely breakfast followed by a long walk or a neighborhood tour on our bicycles. We enjoyed the time so much that we got up early even on Saturday.

We also had date night on Fridays except that our dates were during the day. I’d leave cereal and fruit on the table and sandwiches in the fridge; then, we’d take off on the motorcycle. We’d ride to our favorite diner for breakfast. Then, we’d ride to the huge dealership where we bought our RV to check out the new arrivals and dream of going on the road full time. We’d visit with the sales people who had become good friends, we’d have lunch, and then we’d head for home. After a while, getting the sandwiches out of the fridge became too difficult for Mom and Dad, so I hired a caregiver to come in for a few hours. It was expensive, but it was cheaper than a psychiatrist or a marriage counselor.

Once or twice a year, we arranged for the caregiver to stay for a couple of days, so we could spend a weekend at a nearby RV campground. Occasionally, my brother and sister-in-law came for a week or so, and we had a really nice getaway. Sometimes, making the arrangements seemed to be just one more task added to an already-too-long list, but the relief of being away and the special time with David was well worth the effort.

Finally, remember to include your spouse in the many decisions a caregiver is required to make. A familiar saying says that a burden shared is half a burden. Allow your spouse to help carry your caregiving burdens. After all, these decisions will affect him or her as much as they will affect you and your loved one.

One reviewer wrote this about my book:

“Ultimately, this is a love story–but not in the way you might think. It’s the story of a grown woman who loves her parents. It’s the story of parents who love their daughter but can’t remember why they’re in her RV. It’s the story of a man who loves his wife so much that he assists her with caregiving for her two parents who cannot meet even the most basic of needs.”

I couldn’t have made it through the ordeal of caregiving without David – and our marriage not only survived, but it became stronger. By remembering to focus our attention, not just on Mom and Dad but also on our marriage and each other, we survived Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and even fifty-three days in a four-hundred-square-foot box on wheels.


A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, a Memoir by Linda Brendle

“Sometimes, reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots; vascular dementia has attacked dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped up the toilet again; Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we imagined for ourselves.”

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
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Linda Brendle Social Media

Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

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Neverwylde by Linda Mooney @LindaMooney #RLFblog #SciFi #romanceToday’s featured book is Neverwylde 6 by Linda Mooney. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Finally rescued from the half-world, Kyber and Kelen believed the worst was behind them.

They were wrong.

Another ship has landed on Neverwylde, but are the visitors friend or foe? Kelen, Kyber, and the crew are hoping for a rescue, but preparing for a battle. The fight between Terrans and Seneecians has been put behind by those on the half-planet in order to survive, but the newcomers are not of the same mindset.

Even if they are rescued, where will that leave Kelen and Kyber? With neither being accepted by the other’s race, will they be forced to go their separate ways?

Everyone is hoping for their own happily ever after once and for all. But sometimes the worst terrors don’t come from alien worlds.

They’re closer to home.

What species/races of people are in your book?

There are two main species of people in this book. The Terrans are from Earth, and the furred Seneecians from the planet Seneecia. For this romance, Kyber, the hero, is Seneecian, and Kelen, the heroine, is Terran.

Do you have non-sentient creatures or animals in your story? If so, what are they?

There are several creatures in this series, deadly and vicious, but the ones that resonate the most are the furries. They’re considered to mostly likely be the dominant species of the half-planet. One in particular, who is named Five because he has five instead of six legs, becomes almost a mascot.

Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in your story universe?

The Seneecians have their own language, as do the semi-sentient species on Neverwylde. But for the sake of the series, the Seneecians speak “Terranese”. Five and his kind have a language consisting of squeaks and whistles, and the only other species that converses have a translation necklace.

If you created a language for the story, what is it called?

The Seneecians speak Seneecia.

Please give us a few words in this language and their translation .

When Kyber says “Eelo nok torus nor” to Kelen, it translates to “You are my only one”.

In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?

There is no basic culture on Neverwylde. This is a half-planet where both Seneecians and Terrans have crash landed, and they spend the series discovering and learning how to survive. Of the few things they’ve realized is that everything comes in threes, or in multiples of three. Everything. Knowing this, they’re able to make some valid guesses and take action, which enable them to endure.

At the same time, however, the Seneecians continue to adhere to the laws of their own world. Although they don’t place such restrictions on the Terrans, they maintain them among themselves.

What special laws are important to your story world?

As mentioned, the number 3 plays an integral part of this series. Not coincidentally, there are six books in this now-completed series.

As a whole, Neverwylde should not exist. It appears to break all rules of physics and science. In short, it is a half-planet, missing one entire portion of the world, yet is still able to maintain an atmosphere, gravity, and sustain plants and wildlife. Our survivors spend the series learning how to adapt to such a planet as they continue to discover new things. And face the dangers within head-on.

What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?

Seneecians and Terrans are mortal enemies, and have been for decades. But on Neverwylde, they are faced with the very real possibility that, unless they call a temporary truce and join forces to combat the dangers that appear, no one will survive.

What makes things more intriguing is that Kelen and Kyber are drawn to each other, to the dissatisfaction of the others. How they learn to love is a testament to the heart, as they take the time to learn and accept their differences. Inevitably, the others come to accept the couple, and their union further cements the truce and growing friendships between the species.

Story Setting

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place .

Five of the six books take place on Neverwylde. This half-planet looks as if someone with a galactic-sized knife sliced the world into two pieces. In several scenes, the survivors stand on a slab that extends outward into space itself, where they can see nothing but the universe above, around, and below them.

There are temples on the planet’s surface. They later discover these temples house a transporter device that can take them to various locations deep within the planet’s core.

The planet’s interior is laced with interconnecting tunnels and corridors, some of which are high enough to enable them to walk upright, and others which require them to crawl on hands and knees. These tunnels lead to larger rooms, each of which is bathed in a particular color (which they discover corresponds to a button on the teleportation slab.)

It’s within those tunnels and rooms that they are confronted by dangerous creatures, as well as natural catastrophes such as earthquakes and rock slides.

What makes this world unique?

What makes Neverwylde unique is that it defies the laws of science and physics that both the Terrans and Seneecians are accustomed to facing. Which means they have to suspend their initial beliefs and re-learn in order to survive. That includes the types of creatures they face.

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.

This story takes place in the far distant future. People of Earth have become a major power in space. Although it’s not made clear how advanced these people have become, to know there is now only one major language from the planet gives one an idea of how much society has changed.

The last book of the series spends time on Seneecia itself. Even though Seneecias are a war-like race, their cities are ultra-modern, consisting of towering, spiraling buildings and wide open plazas with little to no visible vegetation.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

Upon crash landing, both species rely on packets of emergency rations. But once those are gone, they’re forced to drink the planet’s water, and eat from the vegetation they find there (after the doctor has deemed it safe to eat or drink). Later, they learn to eat the creatures they have to kill, as well as other life forms they find along the way.

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’ve uploaded several images which I used as reference when writing this series.

http://lindamooney.com/NeverwyldePics.htm

Character Physiology

What are the physical characteristics of the race/species of your main characters?

Seneecians are humanoid, but they look nothing like Terrans. Every inch of their muscular bodies are covered in short fur. Some of their pelts are curly, while others are smooth. Differing colors/variations of shades and hues make them easy to tell one from another. Kyber, the hero, is pure black.

Their hands and feet bear massive claws and talons. Similar to cats, they’re able to extend those razor-sharp talons from the tips of their fingers. In addition, their spiked teeth can also extend from their gums, making hand-to-hand combat ferocious and bloody.

Their genitals are kept within their body cavity and covered with a genital cup until the need to procreate. They wear sandals and a leather-like, sleeveless uniform with a short shirt that resembles that of ancient Roman soldiers.

What physical differences exist in the way your characters communicate (i.e., telepathy, empathic abilities, etc.) with each other?

Although Terrans cannot speak Seneecian, Seneecians can speak Terranese.

What differences, if any, exist in the way your characters reproduce?

Terrans and Seneecians are capable of having sex, with some differences. For one thing, male Seneecians don’t have nipples, although Kyber does inform Kelen that females of his kind do have breasts.

In addition, once penetration takes place, the male does not “rock in and out” like a human male. His hips do not move. Instead, he firmly holds the female steady, and his erection moves in and out like a piston.

Are there more than two genders in your story world? If so, what are they?

Among the furries, such as with Five, it takes three to procreate. It isn’t explained any further, but it falls neatly into the category of “everything in threes” that is a major component of the series.

Sharing World Building Expertise

Please give us three tips you find helpful when creating a story world:

Literally, the sky’s the limit. When it comes to topography, geography, creatures, or circumstances, you have carte blanche. However, a few things have to be taken into consideration. For example, not all planets are like Earth. Reference the atmosphere, the gravity, even the color of the sky and sun(s).

Also, when you refer to aliens, not every species is going to look like someone who resembles an Earth woman or man. Unless, of course, that person is a descendant from Earth, or is able to transform their body to look like one.

Finally, don’t feel as if you have to explain every little difference in your new world. You don’t have to give details as to why such-and-such exists or happens. Some things are meant to remain a mystery. Let the reader come up with their own conclusions.

When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?

I’m always trying to find something new, that is still clear to the reader. For example, in the lower inland pools, the huge “sheet” suspended between the mountain-sized pylons on either bank is found to be a power source for the planet’s inhabitants, similar to hydro-electric generators.

What things should writers avoid when building a science fiction world?

Try to avoid stereotypes. Some similarities are good, to enable the reader to get a grasp of whatever concept you’re trying to get across. But try not to emulate other well-known franchises such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

What’s your advice for writers who want to create a solid background for their story world?

Build in limitations. That way you have the ability to create a crisis or build tension when something doesn’t work, or doesn’t move as fast as it should. Put obstacles in the way. And don’t be afraid to challenge or hurt your main characters.

Specific science fiction genre: romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher : Music And Press
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Linda Mooney Social Media

Linda loves to write sweet and sensuous romance with a fantasy, paranormal, or science fiction flair. Her technique is often described as being as visual as a motion picture or graphic novel.

A wife, mother, grandmother, and retired Kindergarten and music teacher, she lives in a small south Texas town near the Gulf coast where she delves into other worlds filled with daring exploits, adventure, and intense love.

She has numerous best sellers, including 10 consecutive #1s. In 2009, she was named Whiskey Creek Press Torrid’s Author of the Year, and her book My Strength, My Power, My Love was named the 2009 WCPT Book of the Year. In 2011, her book Lord of Thunder was named the Epic Ebook “Eppie” Award Winner for Best Erotic Sci-Fi Romance.

She also writes naughty humorous romances under the name of Carolyn Gregg, horror under the pseudonym of Gail Smith, and elementary teacher workbooks as L. G. Mooney.

For more information about Linda Mooney books and titles, up-coming releases, contests and giveaways, and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.

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Is It True: Crimson Dreams by Margaret L Carter #RLFblog #vampire #PNR

Play Is It True with today’s guest Margaret L Carter, author of Crimson Dreams, a Vampire Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

The summer when Heather was eighteen, her dream beast’s nightly visits warded off loneliness and swept her away in flights of ecstasy. Now, returning to the mountains to sell her dead parents’ vacation cabin, she finds her “beast” again. But he turns out to be more than a dream. She meets Devin in the flesh, apparently not a day older. His first human lover, centuries in the past, died horribly because of her devotion to him. Does he dare to expose another mortal woman to that risk?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Genre: Vampire Romance

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, my “Vanishing Breed” vampire universe. Almost all the novels and stores can be read on their own.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. I lose sleep about some things, but not writing.
you did research for this book?
Yes, some fact-checking about the setting, based on a location in the Shenandoah National Park we visit every summer.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes, a Golden Retriever, and of course the vampire hero. My vampires are members of another species, not supernatural undead.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes, if you count fantasy and romance as two genres; no, if you consider paranormal romance a genre in its own right.
you speak more than one language?
Yes, sort of. I studied Latin for five years in high school, but it’s a case more of reading it than speaking it. I’ve also taken a little French and German.
you grew up where you live now?
No.
you love to read?
Yes, ever since I was four years old.
you are never late?
No, but hardly ever.
you love pizza?
Yes—at least, I like it.
you love sushi?
Yes!
you have a pet?
Yes, three pets, a St. Bernard and two cats.
Where can we find your book online?
Publisher: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Crimson-Dreams.html
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071P7LCQH

Margaret L Carter Social Media

Reading Dracula at the age of twelve ignited Margaret L Carter’s interest in a wide range of speculative fiction. Vampires, however, have always remained close to her heart. Her work on vampirism in literature includes Dracula: the Vampire and the Critics, The Vampire in Literature: a Critical Bibliography, and Different Blood: the Vampire as Alien. In fiction, she has written horror, fantasy, and paranormal romance. Recent publications include Crimson Dreams (vampire romance) and Legacy of Magic (sword and sorcery, in collaboration with her husband, Leslie Roy Carter). “A Walk In The Mountains,” co-written with her husband, appeared in the 2016 anthology Realms of Darkover. A sequel, “Believing,” was included in Masques of Darkover (2017).

Website: http://www.margaretlcarter.com
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Fidelity by Eva Caye @EvaCaye #RLFblog #SciFi #scifiromance Today’s featured book is Fidelity by Eva Caye. Tell us about your story. We’ll have other questions in a moment.

Prince Richard Sinclair is his brother’s right-hand-man and go-to guy, who excels as the Emperor’s Fireman because he can’t deal with his personal life. He only plays the Imperial Bad Boy because that’s what makes the dukes respect him, despite his age, intelligence, education, and birthright. Delightfully intrigued by Lady Meredith Lauder, his virtual Cinderella, he rescues her from her burdensome family life at the first opportunity.

Scarred by ridicule and neglect, Merry gleefully abandons her family, but she feels she has to work at the Imperial Palace to compensate for Richard’s generosity. Even as he entices her to his bed, she believes she’s being true to her core principles, to never be dependent upon a man, and to pursue a relationship of equals.

But when the Emperor disappears, they realize just how fragile their world really is, both personally and politically. Richard desperately throws himself into governing as Imperial Steward while demanding that everyone search for Matthieu. And Merry plays the part of the ‘supportive girlfriend’ in his hour of need… until two men jeopardize the emotional balance they’ve gained in their lives.

How can Prince Richard deal with the frightful political situation without losing his lover?

This book contains sexual situations.

Specific science fiction genre: sci fi romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher: Eva Caye
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072FVCD2N
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What languages are spoken in your story universe?
‘Standard’, which is basically English, is used throughout the galaxy, although individual worlds based on unique cultures tend to retain a lot of their native language. Since Standard is the only ‘world-wide’ language at the start of the Space Era, everyone recognizes it must be used to deal with people from every planet.
In the culture of your story world, what is different from ours?
Royals are derived from the 50 original duchies created by King Kyan Sinclair, the ‘owner’ of the planet Sinclair Demesne who selected his colonists following the guidelines of a charter. A few duchies have come and gone, but the names remain principally the same. A ‘High Royal’ refers to children or grandchildren of a duke; ‘Low Royals’ refer to themselves by how many generations they are removed from High Royals, i.e. first-gen, third-gen.
Since commoners have populated the other three planets in the Empire, also known in the plural as the Sinclair Demesnes, the few Royals on those planets tend to be assigned there for a length of time before being recalled. Emperor Victor establishes his son Phillip as the first Imperial High Governor of Rendel, and Emperor Matthieu’s generation sees the first Viceroy of Marabelle, his brother Theo, who expands the Empire through three active planetary volumes accessible through natural wormholes.
What rights (such as equality) are challenges for your characters?
Women’s rights are guaranteed, but their traditions are so strong that almost no one breaks out of the ‘typical feminine role’. The first book of my series, Dignity, began challenging that narrative, featuring a female scientist; its companion novel, Majesty, wrestles with the issue directly and through long-lasting conflicts.
Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.
Sinclair Demesne is the capital of the Empire of Sinclair Demesnes, a four-planet polity that maneuvers to become the premier trade and political empire in the galaxy. The enormous wealth of Empress Felice’s stargates is used to establish and maintain the Galactic Assembly, and she makes plans to further the Empire via the three habitable planets beyond Marabelle. Their population has had the advantage of living on the planet with the closest-to-Terran habitability ever found, and although most traditions are conservative, the overall mindset of the Imperial Family is progressive.
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.
Sinclair Demesne belonged to billionaire scientist Kyan Sinclair, who selected the dukes who would populate their own colonies. This occurred in 102 S.E. (Space Era), although the Empire grew to prominence with the marriage of Emperor Victor to Empress Felice in 572 S.E. Primarily European in descent, the population nevertheless had dukes from most of the cultures of Terra, and twenty generations of intermarriages between fifty-one ruling families serve to connect the planet through its capital, the Sinclair Urban District.
What food or drink is available to your characters?
The majority of foods are the same, derived from seeds and stock brought to Sinclair Demesne from Terra. Demesnian flora (carbs and simple proteins) has been well-adapted to their diets, with a small number of Demesnian fauna species (complex proteins) adapted for human consumption. They import a lot of their luxury foods and use a minimum amount of grains – their desserts tend to be fruit and cream confections instead of wheat-based – and they’ve always had active horticultural breeding programs.
When you researched for your story setting, what kinds of things did you learn?
I’m currently working on two prequels, one of which describes Kyan Sinclair’s process in setting up his new planet. As a result, I’ve learned to build rocket stoves and use adobe, I’ve researched major construction projects such as steel foundries, and my math and chemistry skills have gotten a workout while calculating the practicalities of moving 122,000 people to a new planet!

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Eva Caye, author of the To Be Sinclair series, can build a rocket stove, tat lace, handle a gun, design book covers and permaculture garden plans, and teach teenagers critical thinking. Her favorite activities include writing science fiction romance and playing with her doggies. She currently lives in a tiny, century-old farmhouse with her magnificent husband and two marvelous mutts in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Discover Authors and Books #RLFblog #authors #books @kayelleallenThe banner on Romance Lives Forever says, “Discover Authors and Books with Kayelle Allen” and this is the second blog where that has appeared. Today’s post is the first official “new” article on the second. The first blog was on our origin site on Blogspot. I pledge to continue helping readers find good authors and good books, in that order.

Discover Authors and Books

To discover an author one can enjoy reading takes time. I’ve sampled books on Amazon, joined sites that promise sales and freebies, spent time cruising around booksellers, bookstores, and talked to friends. I read. I read every single day. I am always on the lookout for an awesome new book. So believe me, I am serious when it comes to helping you discover authors and books on this site.

To discover a book, one must know the genre. On this site, a drop down menu allows readers to immediately find books by their genre and/or subgenre. Click Romance in the menu and subgenres drop down. Point to each to see if there are subgenres below those (for example, Romance>Military>SEALs). Look under Science Fiction and you’ll find Immortals, Science Fiction Romance, and Time Travel. There are other subgenres as well. Poke through the menus to discover more. Whatever you like to read, if RLFblog doesn’t have it yet, we likely will. Leave a note in the comments about what you’d like to see.

Authors, speaking as one of the breed, I want you to feel at home here. I pledge to do my best to make it easy for you to share your books and stories. If you have questions or issues, just email me. I’ll get back to you ASAP. Get downloads, check the schedule, or sign up for a new spot by clicking the “Guests + About RLF” menu. There’s a simple privacy policy listed and a note about how we use cookies under the “Privacy and Disclosure” menu. My hero, Pietas, has a few choice words to say about the uselessness of cookies and all the warnings we offer about them. He’s not what you’d call famous for his sense of humor (after all, he is known as the Bringer of Chaos) but I have to say he pulled out all the stops on a deadpan delivery for this one.

Now, I’ll get out of the way and let you start discovering. Enter the name of a genre, author, or book in the search box (upper left corner) and see what comes up. Cruise through the site and check out the author and character interviews. If you’re an author, go to the FAQ page and see how easy it is to sign up (you can pick your own dates) and begin sharing your books here.

If you’re new, welcome! If you’re a previous follower, welcome back!

 

~ Kayelle Allen

Play Is It True with today’s guest Sayara St Clair, author of Hurt Me Heal Me, an Erotic Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After the death of her Master, Caitlin Bennett discovers years of abuse and sadistic cruelty at his hands have made her a slave to pain. To reach her peak, Cait needs the type of extreme agony few responsible Doms are willing to dole out, especially Doms like Paul Nelson. Willing to offer the love she craves, Paul’s nearly perfect—except for his aversion to the whip.

Paul refuses to hurt Cait, instead attempting to recondition her through patience and trust. But the longer Cait suffers from lack of sexual release, the more she’s convinced her mind and body are irrevocably programmed. And time to convince her otherwise is running out. Waiting in the wings is a newbie Dom who’s determined to have Cait for his own…who’s learning the whip just for her.

Caitlin will soon have to choose—the man who can give her what she wants? Or the man who can give her what she needs?

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Yes.
this book is part of a series?
Yes, it’s part of the Dante’s Purgatory Series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Oh yes, I did indeed. My characters love waking me up at 4.30-5.00 am with fantastic bits of dialogue that I can’t ignore. I think it’s to get back at me for all the trauma I put them through.
you did research for this book?
Yes. I spent a lot of time researching shibari/kinbaku techniques. Sometimes, though, I’d get a bit lost staring at beautiful, evocative photos of people tied up in rope. Oh well, I’m only human.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No, they’re all human…well, except for Ivan (Caitlin’s sadistic ex-Master). He’s barely human.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. It falls into the categories of Erotica as well as Contemporary Romance.
you speak more than one language?
Yes. I learnt Italian at school and I remember some of that. And now, I’m learning to speak Thai.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I was born in Australia, but about eight years ago, I moved to Thailand. Let’s just say, extreme culture shock ensued.
you love to read?
YES! I’m a voracious little bookworm.
you are never late?
No. I used to be on time for everything. And now that I have my own family, we are late for every. Single. Thing.
you love pizza?
Yes. If it has meat/chicken, pineapple and chilli on it, I’m happy. You give me something that’s called seafood in the shape of sticks, I’m gonna get cross.
you love sushi?
No. I prefer my food cooked to within an inch of its life.
you have a pet?
Yes, I have fish. I used to have dogs back home, but unfortunately my tiny Thai garden isn’t suitable for puppies. The kind of puppies I like—the ones I used to have—are Rottweilers and Bullmastiffs. They would tear this place up before I could blink!
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon: http://bit.ly/HMHMebook

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Sayara St. Clair is an erotic romance author who writes intense, emotionally charged tales, featuring dominant alpha males sporting either fangs or floggers.

Sayara has a Science Degree, majoring in Microbiology and Biochemistry. Working in both the fields of Serology and Tissue Banking, she got to do lots of cool and sometimes slightly weird stuff. She was employed as the Manager/Buyer for Furniture Retail stores, where she had a chance to unleash her inner Interior Decorator. And for a time, she taught English to students in Asia. Now she’s a writer and has discovered it’s her favorite thing to do. She’s also learned that writing sultry romantic fiction is so much more fun than writing dry old scientific journal articles.

When she’s not writing, she may be most commonly found on the sofa reading, in the kitchen baking, or in the garden planting. She loves eighties music and is prone to spontaneous bouts of dancing.

Website: http://sayarastclair.com
Blog: http://www.sayarastclair.com/wp/blog-2/
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00MGB0JKW

 

Welcome Claire Gem author of Spirits of the Heart, a new Supernatural
Suspense.
Why did you write this book?
I grew up in
Middletown, N.Y, where there was an abandoned mental asylum. The place always
haunted me. I’ve always been very interested in the history of mental health
care (which is a ghoulish history to be sure!), so it seemed the natural place
to set my next supernatural suspense.
Then, during the
writing of the book, I was visiting the property with my sister/cover designer,
taking pictures for the trailer. One particular building, Talcott Hall, kept
calling to me, though I couldn’t get too close because of the 8-foot high chain
link perimeter. Two weeks later, the building mysteriously burned to the
ground—after standing empty for almost 30 years. It was then I knew that
Spirits of the Heart must be written, to immortalize Talcott Hall.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Contemporary romances,
particularly those with supernatural elements, especially ghosts. I’m a ghost
hunter at heart.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Films, not
books—Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
What are you working on at the moment?
My next novel is
called Pigments, and is another supernatural suspense. The blurb:
There’s an unsolved mystery in the world of art
history: which painting was Vincent Van Gogh’s last?
Rachel Parrish is a DNA analyst with peculiar a
psychic ability: psychometry. She can access the memories of a person from
something they touched, thereby leaving their genetic blueprint behind. She
also suffers from some unusual phobias. She’s terrified of visual art,
particularly of . . . paintings?
Duncan Nicklas is a sexy museum curator who comes
to Rachel’s aid when an unplanned museum visit overwhelms her. He’s searching
for his soulmate: another, like-minded antiquarian to complete his life. His
initial fascination with Rachel’s gift develops into something more—but she’s
terrified of paintings. He’s a museum curator. How can this ever work?
And then there’s Ethan Fagan—who’s determined to
claim Rachel as his own. To use her abilities to validate an obscure painting
in his grandfather’s collection. To secure his fortune. No matter what the
cost.
Pigments. It’s all in the touch.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
In addition to
Pigments, I’m working on a non-fiction book for fiction writers called The Road
to Publication. I’m hoping that will be released sometime before April 1st.
Please tell us about
your latest book.

Spirits of the Heart, a Haunted Voices Novel

Genre Supernatural
Suspense
Book heat level (based
on movie ratings): PG
An addiction counselor and a security guard struggle to free
two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum.
Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old
friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend’s moved
out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a
house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard. Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past.
His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will
consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor
watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts
questioning his own stability.
But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father.
Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their
love—and lives—in the process?
Publisher Erato
Publishing

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Strong Women, Starting Over
~Redefining Romance~

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of
emotional romance—sexy contemporary, supernatural suspense, and women’s
fiction. She writes about strong, resilient women who won’t give up their quest
for a happy-ever-after—and the men lucky enough to earn their love. No helpless,
hapless heroines here. These spunky ladies redefine romance, on their terms.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New
York Book Festival. Her 2016 release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s
fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United
States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research
technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero,
her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

Welcome Jessie Clever author of To Save a Viscount, a new Regency
romance.
Why did you write
this book?
I wrote this book because Lady Margaret Folton insisted I do
so. Maggie was a character that popped in an earlier book in this series, and
she had such a fascinating story, I knew she would require a book of her own. So
here it is.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I love historical fiction. It’s so important to study
history and learn from the things of the past. Historical fiction is a great
way to introduce new topics and subjects to readers, and I love the power it
has to encourage a love of history.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
I love and hate Lisbeth Salander from the Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo series. She stays true to her character right through to the end
even when she makes you cringe. She’s so beautifully written it’s stunning. It
literally takes my breath away when I see how brilliantly she’s written.
What are you working
on at the moment?
I have begun drafting the follow up series to the family of
spies found in the Spy Series. This series is called the Shadowing London
Series and will focus on the children of the Black family of spies.
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
I plan to release the first book in the Shadowing London
Series, a late Regency/early Victorian historical romance focusing on Samuel
Black, the oldest of the Black family off spring, this fall!
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre Regency romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When an
assassin threatens England’s spy network, Lady Margaret Folton must find the
killer before it’s too late. Hardened from being forced to witness the murder
of her British spy parents by French revolutionists, Margaret approaches this
mission like any other, with steely determination and a resolute focus on the
necessary outcome at the cost of all else.
Commodore
John Lynwood, newly returned from the Mediterranean, finds himself granted the
title of viscount in honor of his service during the war. Plagued with a string
of good luck throughout his life, the title serves as another reminder that
Jack has done nothing to earn the glory and prestige that comes with his
position, and he’ll be damned if he’ll enjoy such an honor.
But
when Jack is accidentally granted a title meant to be used as bait to lure the
assassin into the War Office’s trap, Margaret must face the tragedy of her past
and decide which is more important: the assignment or 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

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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.

Welcome Stephanie Berget author of Cowboy’s Sweetheart, a
new Western Romance.
Why did you write
this book?
This is the third in my Sugar Coated Cowboys series. Byron
appeared briefly in the first two. I became intrigued by this big, strong man
who was a loner, frightened of getting too close to people, but who longed to
have someone to love.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Small town romance with a touch of humor.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
That would have to be Davie Dempsey from Jennifer Crusie’s
Faking It. I also loved the heroine in that book, Matilda Goodnight.
What are you working
on at the moment?
I’m working on a western romance set in Greenleaf, Idaho
about a Barrel Racer and a Saddle Bronc Rider. It’s a second chance romance
with the working title, Mavis and Butthead. LOL
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
Well, Mavis’ book by the first of June and later this fall,
the sequel to Radio Rose.
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre Western Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Byron Garrett has found peace as the foreman on the Circle W
ranch. He’s far from his controlling father and the man’s demands that Byron
make him proud as a pro football player. Born a city boy, he’s found his
passion with the land, his horses and the cowboy way of life. He’s found all he
needs and it doesn’t include a woman or the complications that come with love.
At least, not until a bubbly artist shows up and does her best to tear down the
corral he’s built around his heart.
Vivi Beckett is searching for a place that feels like home.
After traveling the country, she’s finally found it in the beautiful wilds of
Oregon. With the inheritance left her when she was orphaned, she’ll buy a place
to live and create her art. But after meeting Byron, Vivi suspects her dream
alone won’t be enough to bring her happiness … not unless he’s at her side.
All of Vivi’s dreams are at risk when she discovers her
inheritance is in jeopardy. She needs help, but Byron’s past has left him
unwilling to give anyone power over his life. The ghosts in hers have left her
desperate to be needed.
Will Byron be willing to join her on a different and perhaps
even better path?
Publisher Malheur Butte Publishing

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Romance beneath a rodeo moon. That’s what Stephanie Berget
had in mind when she began writing, to add a realistic view of rodeo and
ranching to her Western Romance.
She was born loving horses, developing a lifelong love of rodeo
when she married her Bronc Rider. They traveled to rodeos throughout the
Northwest while she ran barrels and her cowboy rode bucking horses.
Stephanie and her husband have three adult children and
several grandchildren. They live on a farm located along the Oregon/Idaho
border, where they raise hay, horses and cattle, with the help of Cisco, the
wonder horse, Dizzy Dottie, the Border Collie, and two Munchkin cats, Magic and
Martin.