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Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 31 day month.
This was the first month
using new interviews for 2014.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

RLF Gem Award 
(judged by page views) There were four ties with each author
gaining the same number of views. This many ties has not occurred before on
RLF. Congratulations to each author!
1. JD Faver
2. Mary Marvella, Tina Donahue
3. Charlie Cochrane, Danita Minnis
4. Babette James, Starla Kaye
5. Sydney Jane
Baily, Saloni Quinby
Honorable mention: Lucy Felthouse
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previous books. The blog uses author or publisher names as SEO tags on posts,
and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr
with a potential reach of over a million readers via its Twitter-linked
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the author an additional opportunity for promotion.
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Angela Smith, Aria
Kane, Ashley York, Audra North, Brenda Sparks, Cassandra Carr, Chris Redding, D
Renee Bagby, Diana Green, DP Denman, Heidi Lynn Anderson, Jana Richards, Kayelle
Allen, Kent
duFault, Kristina Knight, Nicole Morgan, Pippa Jay, Sherry Gloag, Wendi Zwaduk
Summertime Dream 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Name Babette James
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks
have just begun.
An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher
Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk’s Bend. He’s carved a week from
his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents’ house for sale and explore
his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer
Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing
from his hectic life— love.
A recent brush with death shook Margie’s life, but not her dreams
and she’s ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective
family isn’t easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel
his grandmother’s mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence.
But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her
small town dreams work with his big city life?

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Interview with Christopher Gordon

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
A life with contentment. A life involving more than constant
work and running. Contentment eluded me. I took pride and pleasure in my work and
my business successes, but couldn’t say the last time I’d been content outside of
those two weeks a year at Mohave. Even there, moments of contentment were hard-won
in the effort to downshift from work mode to vacation mode and then, all too soon,
leave and swing into full-speed work again.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I came to Falk’s bend to unload a house I didn’t need and didn’t
want. I was curious about my unknown relatives, but I only had a week to spare from
my schedule. The first complication was Margie. I took one look at her and I didn’t
know what hit me. Then there was the house! What a mess. Margie’s brother was an
arrogant pain in the ass, too. My schedule was sent into shambles, I found myself
falling for this woman and this town and the people. I told myself getting attached
to any of it was a big mistake. What did I know?
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Meeting Margie turned my tidy, well-planned hectic life on end.
If someone had told me I’d meet the love of my life in a place like Falk’s Bend
I would have said they were nuts. I used to think I wanted a cosmopolitan woman
in tune with my face-paced business world. I thought I could settle for like. I
was wrong. I learned I needed a woman who’d be my home and ground my life. I needed
love. Margie’s beautiful, sweet, optimistic, energetic, brave and smart. She writes
these great cozy mysteries and makes an awesome apple pie. She’s definitely made
my life worth living.
What is your family like?
It’s just my mom and I these days since Dad passed. She and I
are close and talk often, and I visit her as often as I can. Dad was career Army
and we traveled often, and while it made slipping into a rootless life too easy,
it bonded us as a family. I miss him, but I’m thankful for the values he instilled
in me and the freedom he gave me to make my own path in life. He understood when
I chose against following in his footsteps and family tradition into the military.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I’m very happy with the way my story ended. I have Margie, I
have love, I have contentment, and I’m learning to make room in my life for things
other than work. Some of the facts I learned about my family were disturbing and
a shock, but it’s better knowing the truth.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I fell for Christopher when he and Margie were just secondary
characters in my first novel, Clear As Day. He was the quiet friend of Nate and
Kay and so sweetly besotted with Margie. Originally I had no plans to write a story
for them because they were already married and happily in love. I was pondering
some backstory information for the new River novel when several ideas collided and
Christopher and Margie’s story took off like a firecracker. I had a blast learning
more about Christopher. He’s solid and kind, and has a good sense of humor. He’s
tough and dogged when he must be, and gentle enough to be the man Margie needs in
her life. He appreciates a smart woman and the quiet everyday pleasures in life.
He believes in love, and yearned for it in his own life.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Discovering his grandmother’s mysterious past was a fascinating
surprise and I enjoyed writing that story thread along with the main romance thread.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I have a short story idea tickling me for Margie’s brother and
sister-in-law and their road back to healing their marriage. I really felt for them
and I’d enjoy writing their happy ever after.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Summertime Dream is the prequel to Clear As Day, the first novel
released in my River series and I’m nearly finished with my next novel in this series,
Love Burns, so fingers crossed for that one to be submitted soon. That story takes
off right from where Clear As Day ends. I love this couple’s chemistry, and while
it’s been a challenge to complete, I’ve enjoyed seeing their story come to life
as they work through their personal trials and find their own happily ever after
together. I have four other stories started for couples from the circle of friends
in my River series.

Author Bio

Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and
loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming
up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints.
As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their
growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! Born
in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she’s had a life-long love
of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband
and extremely spoiled cats.

Author Social Media

Amazon Author Page

Clear As Day. 
Babette, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Please tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut, Clear As Day, is a spicy contemporary romance coming from The Wild Rose Press. The story began its life as a short story I wrote back in college, and never found a home for, but loved too much to give up on over the years. I decided to play with rewriting the story and was delighted to see it bloom into life as the sweet and sexy full-length novel it is now. It’s been exciting (and not a little nerve-wracking) preparing for the upcoming release on April 4, but holding my first book in my hands has been an awesome experience and I was thrilled to learn recently Clear As Day received a 4 1/2 stars scorcher review from the Romantic Times Book Reviews.
To those around her, artist Kay Browning seems a happy free-spirit. However, she hides the pain she carries from her past from everyone. For her, love is only true in fairytales and friendship is all she will allow. She believes she is content with the quiet, organized life she’s made for herself and the peaceful, friends-with-benefits relationship with photographer Nate Quinn.
Nate’s wanderlust keeps him abroad most of the year, and that very absence has helped make him the one man who’s been able to get past Kay’s wary heart. However, despite his love of travel and adventure, Nate longs for commitment and settling down. He believes love is forever and Kay is his forever. Naturally, this leads to a few problems.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the surprises of storytelling. I enjoy seeing a story grow out of a little idea, plots twist and turn, expand and shift, how one story can spawn into a series, and how the characters grow and reveal their lives and find their happily ever after.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I start with a scene, a little setting, a character, and two questions: why and what happens next? I do eventually create an outline as I go deeper into the story to keep track of scenes and start to build the synopsis, but the story comes first and outline second.
What did you learn from writing your first book? 
As I worked on Clear As Day, I learned a great deal about rewriting and editing to tell a better story. And now that the book is being released, I also learned I hadn’t really comprehended the amount of time and energy promotion can consume or how much conflicting advice is out there on what to do or not do. I’m not an extrovert and making myself active in social networks and other venues to “sell” myself is not as easy as I would like it to be, so I would have liked to have done far more planning and networking “before” so it wouldn’t feel so awkward and stressful now.
Are your stories plot or character driven?
Definitely character driven. Being a pantser, I’m led through the story by my character’s interactions. The only plot goal I have in the beginning is that my hero and heroine will reach their happily ever after at the end and the story then grows like Topsy in every direction until I discover how it all works out. I’m often as surprised as my characters are along the way. Plotting would be much more efficient, I’m sure, but I’ve given into the fact my mind doesn’t work that way and now I enjoy the unexpected on the journey to The End.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Lol I’ll let you know if I ever figure it out.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
I was far from a wild and crazy kid, but here’s two of my more adventuresome moments: played with a tiger in my front yard (he was someone’s pet) and got thrown off a runaway horse (ouch!). As for any crazy kid moments ending up in a book? Well, if it works for the story, it’s in.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
I hope they will enjoy Nate and Kay’s story and come to love them and their circle of friends as much I do.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
It’s not easy narrowing it down to two, but at the moment, I’m reading Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward and also rereading Toni Blake’s Destiny series as I wait for her Willow Springs to come out.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
On a quiet farm near a small town, with a pond and horses.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Antiques and all sorts of curious odds and ends.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The library. It was a haven and a doorway to adventures.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Undercaffeinated-Handle With Caution
Books Coming Soon
Clear As Day, coming from The Wild Rose Press on April 4, 2012
Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with anchovies.
I’m always ready for a glass of good wine.
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I used to have a tidy desk.
If I had a halo it would be probably lost on my desk somewhere.
Find Me Here
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What’s a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever?
Haunted by dark memories of her parents’ volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn.
The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate’s come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can’t let go. He’s done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay’s always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.
Bio: Babette James writes contemporary and fantasy romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! She lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and three extremely spoiled cats.
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