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Read the Deadly Romantic Suspense series by Lorelei Confer @loreleiconfer #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLorelei Confer, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your series.

Deadly Homecoming

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Madelyn (Maddy) returns home to arrange her mother’s funeral and has to face her biggest fear; her ex who broke her heart, but in oh so many more ways than one.

Garrett, her close childhood friend and FBI agent assigned to the human trafficking task force, gave his heart to her years ago and wants no other woman.

Does he have a second chance, or will her ex steal her from him again?

Which book is this in the series?

Deadly Homecoming is the 5th book in the Deadly series.

How many books do you plan for the series?

Deadly Gamble, the 6th book in the series will release mid-May of 2020 and Deadly Intention, the 7th book, will release in 2021. There might be one more in 2021.

How many books are completed?


What characters are the main stars in your series?

All FBI agents who work as Special Agents on the Anti-Human Sex Trafficking task forces all over the country. Some work together as partners.

What is the overall theme in this series?

There is life and love after abduction. Each book contains a message of how not to be trafficked, i.e. know your coworkers and their extracurricular activities, or never accept a drink from ANYONE that is open and know your surroundings; who is around you at all times. These are simple examples that have saved lives.

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

Deadly Deception

Deadly Revenge

Deadly Deliverance

Deadly Lessons

Deadly Homecoming

Deadly Gamble (releases mid-May 2020)

Deadly Intuition (Coming 2021)

This is the order in which I wrote them, but they are all stand-alone books, professionally edited with professional covers.

What did you like best about writing this series?

All the research I did. I interviewed my local Agent, ran through my story scenario and he was able to add a few ideas/suggestions. I learned so much I had to write 7 books to share it all and there is so much more out there, new tactics every day. So much naivety among all people; ruthlessness and unempathetic, as well as how much the “greed for money” drives them to do such heinous and violent acts. Also, how to layer the romance in with the suspense or vice versa.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

I’ve written another series, The Saddle Creek series, 3 books so far and the 4th book, Moonlight Kisses and MugShots will release in the fall of 2020. The setting is in a small town, Saddle Creek in Wyoming. The town center is Rosie’s Diner which is a mom & pop 50’s like diner and the local hangout. The premise in the series is about four male friends since childhood grow up in the small town of Saddle Creek, WY, located in the shadows of the Grand Tetons Mountain range. They consider themselves brothers from another mother; share and help each other through the growing pains of adulting after high school and remain loyal to each other throughout; one goes to college, another buys the horse ranch he’s worked/lived on since a young age, one joins the military, and the fourth becomes the local Sheriff.

Where can we find links for all your books?


Where to buy the Deadly Homecoming


Lorelei Confer Social Media

Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid-west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story–something about getting a shot at the doctors–that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
She is a multi published hybrid author of romantic suspense with two series: The Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.
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Meet Joanie MacNeil author of Desperate and Dateless @JoanieMacneil #RLFblog #contemporary romanceJoanie MacNeil, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Desperate and Dateless.

Desperate and Dateless by Joanie MacNeil

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Liam has no time for romance in his busy schedule. Zoe doesn’t consider herself desperate and dateless. Nor is she interested in computer-matched dating.

When they independently receive tickets to the Desperate and Dateless ball from well-meaning associates, their lives become irretrievably entangled.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What was your favorite childhood game?

I loved to dress up in the clothes my mum didn’t need anymore. My school friend would come to my house on a Saturday afternoon and we’d have fun dressing up, pretending we were other people. My friend’s older sister wrote a short play and we donned clothes much too big for us, and became the characters in the play.

What is your favorite book?

I have a soft spot for the very first romance book I read. The historical romance, My Gallant Enemy by Rexanne Becnel, swept me away into another world. The story gave me the escapism I craved at the time.

What is your favorite meal?

A healthy, filling salad with lots of leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

When in primary school, I wanted to write an adventure novel like the ones I enjoyed reading. Many years later, I did begin to write, not adventure novels, but contemporary romance.

What are your favorite books for writing advice?

When I first started to write, during my lunchbreak I would trawl through the bookshop at the university where I worked, looking for that magic fix. My favorite book from that time was Writing from the Heart by Lesléa Newman. A very useful book for a new writer.

The most recent favorite is Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. A fresh uncomplicated approach to story structure in romance, and helpful for new and established writers.

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

A notepad which will accommodate my notes for the duration of the conference plus a few pens; a copy of the program for the day, so that I know where I should be and when. I like to be organized. It’s also good to take a bottle of water, lip gloss for dry lips, and a jacket as sometimes conference rooms can be quite chilly.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

When I began my writing career, the three Ds were often mentioned: dedication, determination and discipline. They still apply today. Get into the habit of writing regularly to develop and hone your craft.

What are your writing goals for this year?

To write at least two novellas, self-publish one or two previously published novels, and complete two other works in progress that have been hanging around for too long. If I manage to complete half of those projects, I’ll be a happy author.

Where to buy Desperate and Dateless

Amazon UK

Joanie MacNeil Social Media

I am an Australian romance author living in Canberra, Australia’s National Capital. I write short contemporary romance novels and novellas, ranging from sweet to sexy stories about new love and second chances. I love to travel with my own romantic hero and have visited parts of the world I never dreamed I’d see.
Home, family and friends are important to me. I have blended these elements into some of my stories.
When I’m not travelling, or working on my latest project, I enjoy reading romance as well as Icelandic Noir. Though I like watching movies, I never find the time to go to the cinema. I manage to catch up on some shows on Netflix. I enjoy meeting friends for coffee, and am a regular participant in aqua aerobics.
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Meet LB Joyce @bibbolinda author of A January to Remember #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceLB Joyce, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about A January to Remember.

A January to Remember by LB Joyce

Twelve Months, Twelve Love Stories

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

It’s been said third time’s a charm and Hannah Michaels was only hours away from making this happen. After a misunderstanding, an unexpected departure and too much time lost before and after, she was more than ready. The first real date Sean had promised was about to happen.

But then she did something so incredibly stupid. While out for a run, she stepped out in front of a speeding motorcycle. Sailing head-first into a parked car, she was suddenly left with no recollection of the last two years of her life.

Unfortunately, Sean fell into this void.

Even though Sean Young had been next in line to take over his family’s cattle ranch in Australia, baseball had always been his first love. His goal to play professionally was realized when an offer by Cleveland had him leaving the ranch and his family behind to fulfill this dream.

Never did he expect to take one look at Hannah and have her steal his heart. Nor, after returning from an unexpected trip home due to a family emergency, did he think he’d have to start all over again, proving the love they’d shared before her memory loss was still the real thing.

Will this third time become that promised charm? Will Sean’s persistence pay off?

A January to Remember is the sixth book of the series, Twelve Months, Twelve Love Stories. See why so many romance novel enthusiasts are hooked on this series and the cast of characters. Get caught up in their stories. Find out who will be the next to fall in love.

Tell us about yourself as a person.

What makes you different from other people?

I have this creative streak that just won’t let up. I want to do a little bit of everything. I’m a freelance artist, with my specialty designing Christmas ornaments. I’ve competed in quite a few recipe contests (Pillsbury Bake-Off, Betty Crocker, Nestles, to name a few), And now I’ve embarked on this writing journey, something I’ve become very passionate about. My mind is always on to the next design, the next story.

What is your personality type?

I think most people would say I’m outgoing, but in reality, I’m very shy. I’d rather be the behind-the-scenes person. At any kind of social function, I’m the person who makes sure all the food and drinks are ready to go. I’m very detail minded, something I’m sure drives my family crazy on occasion.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

Even though I don’t have an athletic bone in my body, I love baseball. There is something so All-American about being at the ballpark on a mid-summer night, watching a baseball game.

What is your favorite meal?

I love going out for breakfast. If I had my way, I’d eat breakfast for every meal. But this is probably because I am a big coffee drinker and everyone knows, coffee is a must for breakfast.

Tell us about yourself as a writer.

What made you want to be a writer?

I never had any intention of becoming a write. Let along write a novel or a series. But with encouragement from quite a few of the friends I made during my recipe contesting days, one day I sat down and started writing. I’d thought I’d write in a more humorous style, based on my experiences in the contest world I was a part of. But evidently, this was not to be. Instead, I was, suddenly writing a romance novel. I do include quite a bit of humor in what I write. After all, one can’t be serious all the time. Especially when it comes to falling in love.

What’s your best advice for a new writer?

Read and research as much information about writing, publishing and marketing as you can. This is even more important if you are thinking about self-publishing your book. Connect with other authors, especially those who write in your genre. And finally? I sincerely believe if you write something good, you’ll eventually come out the winner in the end. It may take time and it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.

What are your writing goals for this year?

I never thought I’d arrive at this point, ready to begin on the seventh book of my series, Twelve Months, Twelve Love Stories. But with book six, A January to Remember, published, I’m more than eager to start on book seven. I began with two main characters in book one, A Million Decembers, and now this number has grown to possibly twenty. I like to keep the readers guessing by introducing the possible main characters in the next book. It makes me happy when readers tell me they can’t wait to read what’s next.

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Where to buy A January to Remember

Publisher LJBibboBooks

LB Joyce Social Media

LB Joyce lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Dan. She attended Ohio State University, where she studied fine arts. A freelance artist by day, with designing Christmas ornaments her specialty, she’s also a writer by night. She has participated in numerous baking competitions and has quite a few wins to her name. She hates housework with a passion, has re-decorated every room in her house more times than she’d like to admit, hates housework with a passion and will drive just about anywhere because of her fear of flying. She will always keep her promise to add humor in her writing.
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Laura Tolomei, 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 Virtus Sex.

Virtus Sex by Laura Tolomei

Genre: Erotic, LGBT, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

This book was previously published as Virtus, The Sex but has been completely revised and doubled in size with the addition of many new scenes.

When Prince Duncan Caldwell finds himself alone for the very first time in his life, he cannot understand what has gone wrong. From his earliest years, he had been with at least one, if not both, of the two special people he had chosen and deeply loved. Christopher Templeton, his phase mate, and Ylianor Caldwell, his father’s heart child, have always been his reference points, the two fixed stars of his evolving destiny. His insane lust for both have further strengthened his bond to them during the apparently endless time they had already spent together. And yet…no matter how much he gets of them, it’s never enough. Not of Ylianor, his adored princess, born and raised in Black Rose, his own home. Certainly not of Chris, his beloved angel, met as a mere eight-year-old on the hills of the same Black Rose that had brought Ylianor to him. So why is he alone now?

Such is the new setting of the Virtus Saga, where nothing is as it seems. Not the world, since its all-pervading sex drive hides a scary lack of violence. Not the people, since soul mates Prince Duncan Caldwell and Lord Christopher Templeton share a love that is unrivaled until that fateful knock on Ylianor Meyer’s dilapidated shack.

This book picks up right where The Heat, Book 6, leaves off and reconnects the princess to her amazing power. It’s a unique connection, laced with jealousy and violence that are unknown to their world. This is not just another erotic dark fantasy series. This is the making of a trio. Of three remarkable characters that must overcome their uncontrollable lust to face the truth about themselves and their planet if they want to defeat the darkness about to devour them. To be as one whilst three! To share power and love in equal measures. This is their real challenge, the lesson they must learn. Otherwise, how will their world survive?

Where to read and review Virtus Sex

Publisher eXtasy Books

Review for free by asking the author. Send an email to lalla_gatta (at)

Formats available: PDF, mobi, epub

Laura Tolomei Social Media

With original borderline stories at the edge of accepted conventions, Laura Tolomei guarantees an erotic earthquake with each new novel.
Laura Tolomei lives in Rome, Italy, and is the author of 28+ books in her very particular and unique genre—Erotic Romance with an Edge. Novels on the edge of accepted conventions written in her breezy narrative style that hooks you from page one, such is her trademark, and she guarantees an erotic earthquake with each book! Among others, they include the critically acclaimed scorching dark fantasy Virtus Saga, all ten books of it, along with the kindred spirits of both the ReScue and the Soulmate Series, not to mention her horror novels as well as a few historical ones.
On a more personal note, she has been traveling the globe since age five and has no intention of quitting. Having been an avid reader her entire life, she decided at age forty to write her own stories and is still enjoying every minute of it. A convinced vegetarian for over 10 years, she had to be more “elastic” in her eating habits due to health issues. Regardless, the world she has built for her renown Virtus Saga is strictly vegetarian, and no human living there would ever dare eat meat. She also loves cocktails, and her favorite one, Negroni, is featured prominently in her ReScue Series.
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Sci Fi Secrets: How Lyndi Alexander wrote Triad #RLFblog #SciFi #SpaceOperaLyndi Alexander, 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.

Triad by Lyndi Alexander

Genre science fiction, space opera

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Being at war doesn’t stop the pain of old secrets, the joy of love, or the black hearts of space pirates, as three women commanders discover in Triad, from Dragonfly Publishing.

On the planet Induna, Trezanna Len leads the Solarii, a small colony of beings, human and otherwise, who believe in the right to pursue a peaceful life free from interference from others. She’d never intended to be the one people counted on, but after she’d been dismissed from her unit at Space Force, she’d drifted along till she found this place mostly populated with travelers from the Terran Diaspora. She’d been welcomed and made comfortable; now she believes the Solarii should do the same for others seeking shelter.

Of course, no situation is free from trouble. The thorn in Trezanna’s side is another group on a neighboring planet, Miramar: Dragonfleet. Always contentious, this group has become even more aggressive after the ambitious climb to power of Estrella Drake. The unbalanced and self-centered Estrella has lost many of the former Dragonfleet members disillusioned with her petulant rule, including an organized splinter faction called the Khimeyr, who left five years ago.

Trezanna has been able to handle Estrella’s little incursions into her space, marking them up to the price to co-exist. The exercise keeps her pilots and fighters in good practice. This turns out to be a blessing when the well-armed Arkosian space pirates decide they’d like to take the sector that includes both Miramar and Induna. But Trezanna’s Solarii cannot handle this attack on their own.

The last time the pirates entered this area of space, Dragonfleet and the Solarii stood together to repel them, but that’s when cooler heads ruled at Miramar.

Help comes from a most unexpected source, but one that has its own hidden agendas. Three women, Trezanna, Estrella and Catava Rolon, must work out their differences if they are to defeat the pirates and survive.

What species/races of people are in your book? Descendants of Terran humans; Eponans, who are humanoid, but squat, hairless and witty; the Viorn, a lavender-skinned humanoid with feline characteristics and markings, eyes solid black with no iris

Language and Culture

This section describes languages and culture in your story world.

What languages are spoken in your story universe?

Most of the groups speak Terran English, whether Australian, American or British descent. Rumadan, the Viorn rolls her r’s like a cat purring.

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

I’d like to say the fact they live in a constant state of war, but I guess that’s not so different from our world at the moment.

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

The Solarii, the Khymehr, Dragonfleet, and the Arkosian space pirates are all fighting over the same bit of space, claiming they have the right to control it.

Story Setting

Writers usually know more about their story world than they can say in a book. This is your chance to show off things you couldn’t say or had to imply rather than state.

Describe one of the worlds where your story takes place.

Miramar is the home of Dragonfleet, and its climate borders on desert. Parts of the planet are more livable, and Estrella Drake’s headquarters are there. On the whole,

Dragonfleet tends to be a raucous, lawless group, subject to frequent power grabs and overthrows by combat. Many are more interested in internal politics, and less at being farmers, so the land is barely cultivated. This makes for a society conducive to scavenging and taking what others have, rather than make a heartfelt effort to improve conditions for themselves.

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.

Trezanna Len and the others are the remains of a colony dropped on the planet Induna in the past few decades. War with the space pirates has cost them dearly in attrition over the years, and ensuing squabbles with other small colonies has only exacerbated this.

What food or drink is available to your characters?

The Solarii are able to grow some imported Terran fruits and vegetables that they brought with them, but mostly they deal with canned and potted goods traded with other small colonies around the area.

Character Physiology

Whether your characters are humans on a new world, aliens on our world, or something in between, this section discusses their physical nature.

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

Most are humans, descended from Terran stock. The Space Force regulated the Diaspora, opening doors for those moving to the outer worlds with the aliens who inhabited these places. Most tend to cling to their own kind, though.

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

Because there are different species as described above, they’ve settled on Terran English as a standard language. Other than that, they use the standard tech for communication, that has translation software built in.

Sharing World Building Expertise

This section lets you share things you learned while writing.

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

Building a large enough cast to tell several stories simultaneously–this gives an author the opportunity to show many different facets of the world/society

The devil is truly in the details–let your reader hear, smell and taste what your characters do.

In speculative fiction, the sky (and beyond!) is the limit–step out of the box!

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

Making it too cookie cutter. Find something unique and interesting about each one of your cultures and characters.

Share a resource you found helpful when researching for your story.

Some of the Star Trek resource books–I’m no rocket scientist, but it’s helpful to have a general blueprint of what systems are inherently constructed in spaceships and what you can do with them.

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

Think beyond the surface story line. For example, listen to the news for a day–they talk about economics, politics, food, culture, opinions and who makes them, all of which might not matter at this moment to your pilot flying his shuttle into a spaceport, but which probably impact his life in big-picture ways over the course of your entire tale.

Where to buy Triad

Amazon Paperback
Barnes and Noble

Lyndi Alexander Social Media

Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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