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Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 31 posts in a 31 day month.
There was a tie for third place. First spot went to a report I did about
Outlantacon, a gay geek scifi fest in Atlanta. My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

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1. Report from Outlantacon (Kayelle Allen)
2. Rhea Rhodan
3. Tara Lain
3. Danita Minnis
4. Nancy
Corrigan
5. Brenda Whiteside
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Myers
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Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

AJ Williams, Allison
Knight, Declan Sands, Donna Michaels, Gemma Brocato, Grace Marshall, Jana
Richards, Janie Franz, Jean Hart Stewart, Kenneth G Bennett, Kimber Vale, Kryssie
Fortune, Linda Mooney, Linda Rettstatt, Mae Hancock, N Jay, PJ MacLayne, Rhonda
Laurel, Sam Cheever, Selena Illyria, Stacy Juba, Willa Blair
The Art of Love and Murder
Title The Art of Love and Murder
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Brenda Whiteside
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive
parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers
secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her
father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his
wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he
is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.
As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until
Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further
from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that
frees them?

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Interview with Brenda Whiteside

Why did you write this
book?
I’d never written a series and I wanted to. After brainstorming
for a couple of weeks, I came up with an idea for three related stories. That has
since morphed into five stories.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Suspense of any subgenre. Romantic suspense in particular.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your
own characters)?
I have to give you a male and female –give equal time to heroes
and heroines!
Claire Beauchamp Randall of the Outlander series is my favorite
female. Although this is a time travel series and pushes the envelope on believability,
Claire makes me a believer. She’s real. My favorite male is Lucas Davenport from
the Prey series. I’m reading through the series right now so that could be the reason.
But he’s one of those flawed characters that ropes me in.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch very little TV, but I do have my never miss favorites
– Castle, Bones and The Mentalist. I actually love, love, love going to the movies.
But I’ve gotten very stingy with my leisure time and am careful to not waste time
on “maybe goods.”
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
The Art of Love and Murder, which released only a week ago, is
the first in my Love and Murder series. Book two, Southwest of Love and Murder is
on my editor’s desk right now. I’m six chapters into book three, The Legacy of Love
and Murder. Books four and five, which are promised to my publisher, are still in
the planning stage.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Lacy Dahl, prompted by her daughter, sets out to research some
art left by her birth parents who died in an airplane crash when she was an infant.
She goes to Flagstaff, Arizona armed with the sketches and visits a step-aunt,
an art gallery and a museum. Those visits lead to a collector of the artist’s work
and an old friend of her birth mother. Everyone appears to be holding back some
truth. And from her first night in town when she is followed down a dark alley,
danger lurks, but she doesn’t know why. When a Paul Bunyan of a man who happens
to be the sheriff, comes to her aid, the mystery gets even murkier. His ties to
a murder and the art may or may not hinder their relationship. Lacy finds herself
discovering secrets and lies that threaten her life.

Blurb

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive
parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers
secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her
father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his
wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he
is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.
As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until
Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further
from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that
frees them?

Author Bio

Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and
love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm
she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve
embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States
– multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their
individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all
good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter
a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or
serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two
facts.
Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

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Amanda in the Summer 
Brenda Whiteside, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Amanda in the Summer.
Genre: Mainstream Women’s Fiction, Historical
Buy links:
The Wild Rose Press: http://tinyurl.com/ltatmmf
Worldwide Release date: December 18, 2013
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 45,000 words
Heat rating: sweet
Tagline: Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens
their love.
Blurb:
A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations.
Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence
with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins
in their sorrows.
But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest
of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America
and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas
who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down
a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Amanda is twenty-four in the opening letter written in 1947.The
letter is written to Tilly who is the same age. Subsequent letters are written by
Amanda’s daughter and granddaughter. All of the Amandas are main characters and
they all write letters to Tilly from 1947 until 2004.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
My first book was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010. Prior
to that, I had short stories published with some free press both in print and on-line.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I write every day. There are days I get hours of writing in but
there are just as many I get twenty minutes for my craft. The most important thing
is to keep the creative juices flowing.
What websites do you visit daily?
That varies, but I’m on Facebook every day. There are several
blogs I check in on if the subject matter attracts me.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
I’d give it one more good edit to catch the things we missed.
And I might deepen the POV. All in all, it was meant to be a lighthearted suspense
for entertainment, and I still see it that way.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
When words come together I find amusing, or when a character
pops off the page I get excited. So often, creativity is spontaneous. I’m not the
only writer that says this. We all have those moments when characters run away with
the story, and we’re just a conduit to the page. It’s plain old fun!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
I’d have to have two – Maeve Binchy and Diana Gabaldon. I love
the ever day people feel to Binchy’s stories. I also think she’s a terrific storyteller.
Gabaldon is a master at deep POV. You can live through her characters. I’d like
to excel to their level in both those talents.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
My younger version didn’t know I wanted to be an author. I’d
have to tell myself my happiness would be greatest writing – and to get busy and
stop wasting time.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Like I said, I write every day, but I still get distracted by
life. You know? So I do have that daily work ethic to keep at it although I wish
I could ramp it up more.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I work harder. And I complain and eat chocolate.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Often.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I managed a swimming pool company years ago. I’ve worked in a
library, flipped hamburgers at a goofy-golf course and trained child care providers
in nutrition.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I’d recommend The Morning After because it’s short (so they wouldn’t
feel like they were getting roped in for a long read they might not like), sexy
(but not too sexy) and fun (if they get entertained they might come back for more).
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I’m on a suspense kick right now, probably because I’m writing
a romantic suspense.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
There will always be a place for it, but not the monopoly of
the past.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
Do you have another book in the works for publication? As a matter
of fact, I do! The Art of Love and Murder is currently in the editing process at
The Wild Rose Press so the release date hasn’t been set. This is a romantic suspense
I had a great time writing. I’ve got at least two more novels spinning off from
characters in this book.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only
one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview.
What will you take with you and where will you go?
My cosmetics would be first, followed by a few sweaters, boots
and denim. Love my denim. Then I’d be off to Ireland. One of my grandfathers, a very
colorful man, was Irish and I’ve always wanted to go there.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite. The coming together
of family and friends for nothing more than to eat and talk is so enjoyable. No
stress of giving and getting in the material sense. It’s the one time each year
when I’ll get to enjoy people I might not see all year long.
What good book have you read recently?
I’m reading Sandford’s Prey series about Lucas Davenport. I’m
on book four.
Brenda Whiteside

Previous Books

Sleeping with the Lights On
Honey On White Bread
The Morning After
Warm Christmas Wishes (Anthology)
A Holiday to Remember (written
with nine other authors)
Just One Wish (Holiday anthology)

Books Coming Soon

The Art of Love and Murder

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Group Blog, The Roses of Prose: http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/

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