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Brand new book: Forgotten Dreams by Janet Lane Walters @JanetL717#RLFblog #Fantasy #Romance 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 new book, Forgotten Dreams.

Forgotten Dreams by Janet Lane Walters

Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): NR
Angry because his fans haven’t liked his latest movie, Chad Morgan seeks a place to regroup. He has also decided he can’t endure the fawning of those who surround him.
Known for action movies, his last one while a suspense didn’t have the chases and fights his fans like. He heads to his hometown, where he’d left to pursue his dream. While there, he finds a dream he had forgotten, the girl he left behind.
Emma Grasso has finally seen the last of her younger siblings into independence and she has achieved her nurse practitioner’s degree. She has joined her friend’s family practice and now she has time for herself. She doesn’t know what she wants. When a bad car crash brings high school sweetheart into her life, though attracted, she doesn’t want to experience being left behind again.


Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
I write romance contemporary, paranormal and fantasywith a bit of history woven in. There are also cozy mysteries and YA fantasies. I have several non-fiction books, two were written are with doctors. One is a book on writing written with Jane Toombs.
How do you come up with ideas?…
Ideas are like leaves falling from the tree in autumn. Having ideas for new stories is no problem. The problem lies in how to write them all.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
What a hard question. I can’t find one part of the process from idea, to characters, to plot and to the many drafts that I don’t enjoy.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first book in 1970 and saw it published in 1972 after many rejections with suggestions to make it a better book/


Leather or lace? leather
Black or red? red
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? ocean
City life or country life? City life
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? cats

Where to buy Forgotten Dreams (releases 7/19/19)


Janet Lane Walters Social Media

Janet Lane Walters ahs been published for 50 years with time out to return to nursing to help children through college. She is multi-published and has won several awards for her fiction. She and her writing partner Jane Toombs won an EPPIC award for their non-fiction book on writing. Janet lives in the scenic Hudson River Valley. She has been married for 60 years and has four children. The youngest is an adopted bi-racial daughter. She has seven grandchildren. Among her hobbies is Astrology that she uses in devising her characters. She writes romance, contemporary, paranormal and fantasy. She also writes cozy mysteries and YA fantasy.


Read Sensual Stranger by Tina Donahue @tinadonahue #RLFblog #contemporaryTina, 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.

Sensual Stranger by Tina Donahue

Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Into his life she came—wanting…willing…wanton.
It’s no ordinary morning when Toni Starr arrives at Zach’s garage. Flat broke, with a past she won’t share, Toni’s instantly taken by such a potently virile man. Direct and unashamed, she tells him she’s a motorcycle performance artist who needs work and knows motors.
Zach knows women, and Toni’s unlike any he’s met. Lushly sensuous, exceedingly assured, she’d easily be his match in business and bed. A provocative challenge that stirs him as nothing has since losing his wife. A chance he’s reluctant to take, offering no more than a month’s employment, then she’ll have to be on her way.
The hours tick by. Each word and glance intensifies their denied yet escalating desire, forcing them to surrender to passion. Driven by carnal hunger, conquered by yearning, they face the unforeseen truth of Toni’s past and a future neither of them expected.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Without question, roasted turkey and gravy, steamed red potatoes, corn, and a huge salad with ranch dressing.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Mexican, Mexican, Mexican. I could eat it 365 days a year.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Not a toy, but crafts. I loved anything that had to be put together, created, or built. I worked for hours or days trying to get everything just so. I was never satisfied until I made the craft look different—and better—than the picture on the box.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Those with gripping themes, such as The Handmaid’s Tale, the Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, and The Girl Who Played with Fire), The Lovely Bones. When I read, I want to feel. To be happy, cry, get angry…
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
Anything I can find on the net regarding the theme, locale, or the characters’ occupations. For example, in Sensual Stranger, Toni is a motorcycle performance artist. An unusual occupation for a woman. I scoured news stories to learn about women in the field and the dangers they faced from performing. Fascinating stuff.

Where to buy Sensual Stranger

Publisher Extasy Books

Tina Donahue Social Media

I’m an Amazon and international bestselling author who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers (NY) and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. I’ve won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. I’m featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, I worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction. My romance genres include erotic, erotica, romcom, historical, contemporary, PNR, SciFi, and suspense.
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Do It Write: Where Taylor Hobbs writes @tayhobbit #RLFblog #timetravel #wanderlustTaylor Hobbs, 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.

Sonder Village by Taylor Hobbs

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Abandoned for over a hundred years, a small village in northern Spain enchants Remy into purchasing what could be the worst real estate investment of all time. It is located near the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage path renowned for miracles, and the disgraced painter waits for her own revelation while rebuilding the ruins of her village and her life. But this property holds dangerous secrets dating back to a Galician military coup in 1846 that refuse to stay buried.
Bieito is a local fisherman married to the sea, but he becomes enamored with the newly-arrived American artist. His decision to pursue Remy—when he can find her—upsets history’s delicate balance and endangers his family.
Engulfed in a past that no one else can see, Remy must find who—or what—is really in control of her fate, and if she can survive being torn between two worlds.
What was your first published book?
Cloaked was my first published book, also a fantasy romance novel available through The Wild Rose Press. It is about Charlotte, a criminal-in-training, who yearns to crack her mentor’s guarded façade but is unprepared to confront his dark past. As her sense of right and wrong blurs, she discovers just how far she will go for him and the sacrifices he requires. If you want to know more, here is the link:
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
I’m so excited to share a peek into our quirky liveaboard lifestyle with you all today. This is my writing space! I live on a 38-ft sailboat. All I need is my computer up in the cockpit and I can write. I’ll let you in on a secret: the key is to not be too comfortable when writing. The bench cushions are kind of hard, and sometimes the weather is challenging, but when I am here I guarantee that I’m using my time efficiently. In an air-conditioned office, I would find a million excuses not to draft my 1,000 words for the day. Plus, I have incredible views to inspire me.
Anything special about your space?
Do It Write: Where Taylor Hobbs writes @tayhobbit #RLFblog #timetravel #wanderlustThe beautiful thing about writing on a sailboat is that my view can change. No matter where I go in the world, my cockpit writing space will remain the same, but there will always be a new and exciting adventure whenever I look up. Having this flexibility helps me be more creative with my ideas and characters. I am more willing to think outside the box when both my mind and body can wander freely.
What would like to change about your home office?
Currently, our home base is in North Carolina, but someday soon I hope to write a novel while looking out over crystal clear Caribbean waters, or under the moonlight while on watch during an Atlantic Ocean crossing. Every time my view from my writing space changes, I will have grown as a person and as a writer. “Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” –Augustus Hare.
Are you a writing mom/dad?
I am a writing mom! I have a beautiful daughter who is about a year and a half old. I finished the first draft of Sonder Village three weeks before I went into labor. I knew if I didn’t finish it before she got here, it would be too hard to come back to.
How do you juggle writing and family?
I’m still working that one out! I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I can only write when my toddler is asleep. I’m sure it will get easier as she gets older and more independent, but right now I am squeezing the productive minutes in whenever I can. It helps that my husband is incredibly supportive and encouraging. He knows writing time is sacred!
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
It was called Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin. It is a series of interviews and essays from established and rising authors about how creative people make money. Some big-name contributors include Cheryl Strayed, Nick Hornby, and Jennifer Weiner. It was very eye-opening and showed that everyone’s journey and definition of success is unique!
Do you have an author newsletter?
Not yet but I will be starting one soon! Check out the blog and my Instagram for updates.

Where to buy Sonder Village

Barnes and Noble

Taylor Hobbs Social Media

I live aboard a 38-ft sailboat named Story Time with my husband, baby girl, and dog. We are a military family and love to travel by sea or air. When I’m not writing, I enjoy doing yoga and planning our next adventure. My debut novel Cloaked is also available through The Wild Rose Press. You can keep up with our crazy life at
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Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight @DeeSKnight #RLFblog #Romance #WritingCommunity @BookClubPro1 Dee S Knight, 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.

Only a Good Man Will Do by Dee S Knight

Genre Erotic romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Seriously ambitious man seeks woman to encourage his goals, support his (hopeful) position as Headmaster of Westover Academy, and be purer than Caesar’s wife. Good luck with that!
Daniel Goodman is a man on a mission. He aims to become headmaster of Westover Academy. For that he needs a particular, special woman to help him set high standards. Into his cut and dried life of moral and upright behavior, comes Eve Star, formerly one of Europe’s foremost exotic dancers. Her life is anything but cut and dried, black and white. Daniel is drawn to her like a kid to chocolate. Nothing good can come of this attraction. Or can it? He is after all, a good man.
What’s your favorite hashtag to watch on Twitter?
It’s not that I’m the world’s greatest Green Bay Packers fan, and by that I mean I don’t really know diddly about football in general, but I like Green Bay. I like that the fans own the team and how loyal they are. And we lived outside Green Bay for a while and I love the area. Actually, I am interested in most of the teams that represent the areas where (or near where) we’ve lived. So that includes Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, and Carolina Panthers. So see? My “fanship” is spread out quite a bit. There is one exception to the “root for the home team” rule, but I’m not saying what it is.
Describe the perfect vacation.
First and foremost, being with my honey. Doing anything and being anywhere is a vacation if we’re together. But it’s fun if we’re somewhere new, where there are things to see but comfortable places to return to, also. We’re of an age where an afternoon nap is fun, so we don’t go where the action is non-stop anymore. We like theatre and museums and such, not theme parks. Flying anywhere is too much hassle, so we tend to go places where we can drive. Old truckers never lose the driving bug!
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had a little stuffed monkey, light brown with a hard face. He was on a stretch of elastic and I dragged him around everywhere! My mom still has him.
What are your hobbies?
Reading is the best hobby of all! I used to do counted cross stitch and some crewel work, but then writing and working seemed to take up most of my time.
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
I’ve collected travel magazines and points of interest brochures from places we’ve traveled over the years and use them for reference, along with maps. And of course, I use all kinds of sources on the Internet, including Wikipedia and travel sites. Since we traveled so much while trucking, I draw a lot on personal experience for locations, but for things like city size and street names and such, I go to their pages online.

Where to buy Only a Good Man Will Do

Barnes and Noble

Dee S Knight Social Media

A few years ago, Dee S Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors.
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Karen Cino, 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.

Drama Club Chaos (Book 3) by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery/Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
All is quiet at the fifty-five and older community where Connie Acosta is running her illegal bakery out of best friend Sara Mazza’s garage. Both women swore off getting involved in any police business at the compound. Just as the two amateur sleuths are enjoying a night out in the clubhouse ballroom, a scream from the lounge draws them into the middle of a police investigation with Warren and Brett, their current partners. Who said seniors can’t get into trouble and fall in love again.
Why did you write this book?
I had belonged to a drama club where there was so much jealousy and controversy and I wanted to show what the outcome could possibly be.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy reading Women’s Fiction, mysteries and cozy mysteries.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My two favorite characters are Lucky Santangelo (Jackie Collins) and Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich).
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a Women’s Fiction novel that takes place at the Jersey Shore and book 4 in the Cookie Cutter Series.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Coming soon will be the first book in my Five Beach Road Series: Down at the Shore.

Where to buy Drama Club Chaos (Book 3)

Publisher Mandolay Press

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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Meet Yann from A Merman's Choice by Alice Renaud @alicerauthor #RLFblog #paranormalromanceWelcome Yann from A Merman’s Choice, the new Fantasy Romance novella by Alice Renaud.

Meet Yann Benetynn

Age: 23
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Benetynn, one of the Morvann Islands, off the coast of West Wales (UK)
Profession: Nature warden. Sometimes also ferries tourists to and from the islands, on his boat Gwilan.
Ethnicity: In human shape, white
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Shape-shifting merman.
Please provide a physical description of the character.
In his merman, or aquatic, shape, Yann has dark grey skin and webbed hands and feet. Oh, and a foot-long, flexible tail. But not a fish tail! Mermen are one hundred per cent hot-blooded mammals. In human shape he’s a big, muscular guy. He has a young, handsome face, with a straight nose and square chin, crowned by a mop of glossy chestnut curls. He also has striking emerald-green eyes.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Yann is caring, kind, loyal and brave. He defies the laws of his Clan to save humans from drowning. His love for Alex brings him in conflict with his people, but he risks all to protect her. In the end he realizes that his own happiness matters, and he sacrifices his right to lead his Clan in order to marry Alex. A big guy, with a big heart!
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
His human love interest, Alex. She’s the light of his life.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Yann is a shape shifting merman, he can move between the human world and the sea world. In aquatic shape, he can talk to sea mammals, taste every current through the membranes of his nose, and hear the song of a humpback whale from a hundred miles away. He can swim as well as any dolphin, and stay underwater for as long as a pilot whale. Like them he uses echolocation to orientate himself, and communicate at a distance with other mermen. He can also compose songs, in the mermen language of musical clicks and whistles. In human shape he’s a great sailor, and a fantastic swimmer.
What does he have a knack for doing?
He has a knack for annoying other mermen by spending too much time with humans, and in human shape. Also he keeps rescuing humans – even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. The mermen live incognito alongside humans and won’t allow any human to know the truth about them.
What is your character’s family like?
Yann lost his mother when he was young. He was brought up by his father, Bryn. Bryn is caring, but stern. He expects Yann to follow in his footsteps and become leader after him. That means he has to behave like a proper merman, and marry a nice mermaid who can help him lead the Benetynn Clan.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Yann’s mum died whilst rescuing a human swimmer who had got into difficulty. When Yann was 12, another swimmer got into trouble near his island. He wanted to save her, but his father wouldn’t let him, for fear Yann would die too – or reveal his true nature to a human. Yann had to watch the woman die, knowing he could have saved her. After that, he promised himself that he would never again let a human drown. His biggest fear is breaking that promise. He will risk his own life, and his Clan’s anger, to rescue humans.
If your character could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
Yann would love mermen to live openly among humans, so he’d no longer have to hide his true self. In the distant past, mermen and humans lived side by side and intermarried, but centuries ago mermen decided to stay away from humans as much as possible and keep themselves to themselves. It’s a source of regret for Yann. He thinks that his people’s secrecy comes at a heavy price.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I guess I have a pretty unusual story. I’m the first merman in centuries to marry a human. My writer loves Wales and Brittany, and their legends, so she’s always been drawn to the stories of us mermen and our world.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think she loves to escape from her everyday life and spend time with us. We have exciting tales to tell, and it’s more fun for her than working in an office, I guess.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I know she’s already written about my mate Rob, and his spunky girlfriend Charlie, so I’d like her to write a book about my best friend, Caltha. She’s been really helpful to me and Alex, so it would be great if she too could find love. Though I’m not sure what kind of man would be man enough for Caltha. She’s one feisty mermaid, and she’s devoted to the Clans. It would take magic to convince her to let her hair down a little, and allow herself to be loved and cared for.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Thanks for giving me such a lovely wife. I wish you hadn’t made it so hard! But hey, it’s all good now.

Where to buy A Merman’s Choice by Alice Renaud

For centuries the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands have lived incognito among humans. But one of them, Yann, has developed some bad habits. Like rescuing humans, even when doing so risks revealing his true nature. When he fishes Alex out of the sea, he doesn’t expect her to reappear eight months later, and turn his life upside down by asking him to be her guide.
Alex is determined to fulfil a promise to her dying grandmother, by gathering pictures and stories of the Morvanns. But she soon discovers that, on these remote Welsh islands, legends have a habit of becoming true!
Over the course of a few days, Yann and Alex grow close. But some mermen hate humans. Their hostility, and Yann’s secret, threaten to tear the couple apart just as they are discovering that they are soul mates. Can Yann overcome the obstacles in his path and make the right choice?
Publisher Black Velvet Seductions

Alice Renaud Social Media

Alice was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, her father was French and her mother British (from Wales). She moved to London, UK, in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and son. She works full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company. She has been writing in her free time since she was 14. She got quite a few short stories published in UK magazines, before moving to longer fiction. She wrote three contemporary romance books, but didn’t find a publisher for them. She then realized that mermen, sea witches, and time travelling warlocks were a lot more fun than sheikhs and billionaires! Her first two paranormal romances did not find a publisher either, then she wrote A Merman’s Choice, which was published in January this year by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in the Sea of Love series, a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book in the series, Music for a Merman, will be out later this year. She loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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