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RLF Gems 
In June, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 30 day
month. Here are the top posts (judging by page views). Liquid Silver Books
would have taken the entire prize because they broke every record set on the
blog. They filled in an entire 7 days during Publishers Week from June 2nd – 8th. However, I adjusted the settings to give them top place, and filled in
the rest of the top five with the authors who came next in pageviews.
1. Liquid Silver Books (Flash Fiction Day shot numbers through the roof!)
2. Eva Caye
3. TD Hassett
4. Big Gay Wedding (Tour), Rosemary Lynch
5. Rick Reed
Honorable mention: Kara Leigh Miller
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
Triberr to thousands of potential readers, are featured front page in the daily
Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit. Your cover can be featured on
the blog for a small fee. Check out our advertising
link
for more information.
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:
Aria Kane, Christy
Gissendaner, Cynnara Tregarth, John Steiner, Kristina Knight, Lila Munro, Maggi
Andersen, MFRW AJ Williams, MFRW Kristyn Phipps, MFRW R Ann Siracusa, MFRW SC
Dane, MFRW Stacy Juba, MFRW Tina Gayle, Stacy Juba, Susan Taylor.

Big Gay Wedding 

Today’s post is by a group of five authors with the Big Gay
Wedding Tour. Loose Id has a new special that featured the concept of “I
do… unless.” The point was to write a story about a wedding where things
didn’t go quite as planned… Check out this group of writers who made it
happen. They are, Dev Bentham, Dominique Frost, Cassandra Gold, Kate McMurray,
and JA Rock.

Ah weddings – they bring
out the best and worst in all of us. This month you’re invited to Loose Id’s wedding
extravaganza where marriage equity means equal opportunity wedding disasters. Kate
McMurray writes about the thorny problem of finding a hot date to one’s ex’s wedding
while Cassandra Gold’s hero agrees to be best man at his brother’s wedding only
to discover that his new in-laws include someone he’s, um, met before. Meanwhile,
in J.A. Rock’s sequel, on the way to the altar the brat and his dom have to deal
with everything from another bickering couple to an intimidating dildo. Dominique
Frost explores whether a depraved hedonist can find love with the innocent and proper
man he married for money. And Dev Bentham’s story has an emotionally damaged catering
chef who needs to tame his demons or lose the love of his life. Something borrowed,
blue, old and new for everyone this month at Loose Id.
Tell us about your latest book, including its
genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Dev: Bread, Salt and
Wine is a contemporary m/m romance.
Cassandra: Always
a Groomsman is a contemporary gay romance. Despite the issues my

MCs have to overcome
to find happiness, it’s a lighthearted wedding tale.

Cassandra Gold
Kate: Save the Date is a romantic comedy about a guy who needs
a date to his ex’s wedding. It’s kind of an homage to those romantic comedies from
the 90s starring actresses like Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. It’s a little light
and fluffy, but it’s got some real emotion in it, too.
Dominique: My latest
book is called The Bitter Rednesses of Love, and it’s pseudo-historical romance
with steampunk elements. In it, a degenerate aristocrat discovers the meaning of
love when he finds himself trapped in a marriage of convenience to a highly moralistic
young man who is his opposite in every way. And, well, opposites attract, don’t
they?
How do you come up with ideas?
Cassandra: I come up with ideas in a lot of ways. Sometimes
a song, TV commercial, movie, or book will spark the idea. Occasionally I’ll get
a title idea, or the idea for a first line or character, and the story will evolve
from there. Other times I’ll just be sitting and think what if… That’s how I got
the idea for my latest release.
I wondered what would
happen if a character went to his brother’s wedding expecting to meet the bride’s
twin sister, only to learn she has a twin brother.
The whole story fell into place after that.
Dominique: I don’t so much come up
with them as get struck by them out of the blue. I had long wanted to do a rewrite
of history favoring marriage equality, but the idea of this novel actually came
from a dream I had in which a man was nervously waiting at the altar for his intended
to arrive, and it was a marriage of convenience. Most of my ideas are sparks of
inspiration from unlikely sources!
Dev Bentham
Dev: My stories usually start with a single scene or just a setting in which I
meet the two protagonists and the stories unravel from there in a series of what
if’s. For example, the other day I was listening to a program on trail maintenance
in the national forests and someone mentioned putting on wet long underwear for
the fifth day in a row. I started thinking–two guys in the woods, dirty, wet and
sore from days of hacking trail. Oh, and maybe there’d be grizzly bears in the neighborhood.
Now that would make for a great romance. Don’t know if I’ll ever write it, but if
I do, by the time I finish only one of the guys will be with the forest service
(or wait, maybe he’ll be an archeologist) and the other will be a cook or a rancher
or a tourist, maybe a doctor who’s lost a patient and has gone to the woods to mourn
and has gotten lost. The story could start with the doctor waking in the morning
on a hard stone ledge and wiggling out of his sleeping bag to pull on wet long underwear
for the fifth day in a row. That’s how the ideas come.
Are your stories driven by plot or character?
Dev: I strive to write character driven
fiction. Plot doesn’t make sense to me unless it comes out of character – particularly
in romance. We’re funny, prickly, inconsistent beings and it’s my experience that
our paths are mapped by our choices more than by external events.
What
do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
JA: I write BDSM, but I like to focus
more on the everyday aspect of it, rather than the clubs and leather and magic doms.
I’m interested in how we negotiate kinky relationships in real life, and how we
balance them with work, school, family, etc. So I guess I hope I can leave readers
with a sense that these relationships do exist, and that there’s more to them than
fancy equipment and contracts and earth-shattering orgasms.
Dominique Frost
Cassandra: I would like to think they’ve
had an enjoyable escape from their everyday lives. After reading many of my stories,
if I’ve done my job, they’ll get the warm, fuzzy, “awwwww” feeling. And
one thing all of my work, no matter how light or dark in tone, has is a sense of
hope, so I would like readers to take that with them as well.
Dominique: Well, I hope they enjoy
it, first things first. If they find themselves at all changed by my work – or so
deeply affected by it that they look at some aspect of life differently – then that’s
all I can hope for.
Where
do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
Dominique: To be quite honest, I’m a bit of a carefree
writer – I start writing first, from the very beginning of the book and the very
first scene, without bothering with research, plotting or an outline. It’s only
when I hit a snag of some sort that I sit back and go: “Oh, well. That needs
looking into, doesn’t it?” And then I go off and do my research (about
which I try to be very thorough), or do a brief exercise in plotting. Usually, I
skip plotting altogether, because books tend to arrive in my head fully plotted.
I’m still not quite sure how that works, but miraculously, it does.
Cassandra: I’m more a pantser than a plotter. I tend to
jump into the first scene that comes to mind and go from there. Research, attempts
to plot, and vague outlines follow. It’s probably a bit cart-before-the-horse, but
it’s the way I work best.
What
do you enjoy most about writing?
Kate: Writing can be a really great escape. I as a
writer can sink into the world of other people or go to other places. There’s a
part of me that has also always really loved telling stories; I’m guessing that
comes from my dad, who is not much of a writer but is a great storyteller.
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end
up in a book?
Dev: Ah, that’s where I think I have an advantage over many writers. I’ve had
a lot of jobs and a few of them have already shown up in books. I’ve been a sales
girl, a business owner, a waitress, a counselor, a commercial diver, a lab rat,
a teacher and a scientist. So far I’ve written about divers, teachers, waiters and
scientists. I love incorporating my old jobs into stories.
JA Rock
Kate:
Most of my jobs have been pretty mundane—I folded shirts at the Gap when
I was in college and I’ve worked in publishing for more than a decade, which has
totally been done. It surprises me that I still haven’t written a novel about a
violinist; I’ve played the violin since I was 9, so maybe it’s too close to home.
Or maybe someday I’ll write a violinist character! I coached debate for a while,
and I have a WIP sitting on my hard drive about a debate coach that I may finish
one of these days—you don’t see a lot of romances about debate coaches.
As
a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
JA: Paste! I realize this does not make me sound like
a promising intellectual specimen, but I didn’t eat it. I just really liked the
way it smelled.
Tell
us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
Kate:
My cat is insane. I got her as a kitten from a cat rescue, and she was
this little furry ball of energy. I used to worry about leaving her home alone all
day while I was at work, and it turned out my fear was somewhat justified; I came
home one day and found that my living room was wrecked, as if the cat had gone on
a bender. She had somehow knocked the hutch off the top of my desk and dragged the
throw blanket from the couch across the room, among other things. There was no major
property damage, and the cat was totally fine. Now she antagonizes me by stealing
hair elastics out of my purse.
Do
you play any online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
Kate McMurray
JA: I’m very open about my Clue obsession. But I also
have a thing for Spider Solitaire. I have fantasies about playing in a professional
Spider Solitaire tournament, but I want it to be just as serious and cut-throat
as chess tournaments were in the Bobby Fischer era.

Find Us Here:

Dev Bentham
Dominique Frost
Cassandra Gold
Kate McMurray
JA Rock

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