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Let’s meet Francine Raggalio from Another Side of Perfect, a Women’s Fiction Romance by 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.

Another Side of Perfect by Karen Cino

Genre: Women’s Fiction Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Richie and Francine’s marriage takes another hit. When Francine finds herself pregnant, everyone is ecstatic, especially Angelina. However, their excitement turns into worry when Francine falls putting her pregnancy in high risk, restricting her to bed rest. Gary Thompson gets traded to another team on the west coast. Toni needs to make the decision to go with him, or stay home and end their relationship. Amy and Jason’s wedding invitations are sent out. The question is will their families accept their wedding? A surprise guest the eve of the wedding will put the spin on the next day’s festivities.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York
Profession: Real Estate Broker
Ethnicity: Italian American
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I have long brown hair complimented by big brown eyes. I’m petite, standing at only five foot two and I can afford to lose ten pounds.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
My parents were killed in a car crash, leaving me awarded to the state. I was sent from one foster family to another. Once I attended high school I met the love of my life Richie Raggalio and we’ve been together since. Yes, we have had our ups and down, but through it all we stayed through to one another. One of my flaws is that I always doubt my relationship with Richie. I never felt that I was on the same level as him, with him coming from a stable loving family. I’m a real estate broker and my two best friends Amy and Toni work with me. There is always something going on in my life be it an adventure with my friends and my latest a high risk pregnancy. I love my life and hope that you come along for the ride with me.
Who is the significant other in your life?
My high school sweetheart, Richie. I was at the first game he pitched in high school and the last game he pitched before retiring from major league baseball. We’ve been through so much together and our relationship continued to get stronger each day.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I had a brown haired rag doll that my mother bought me. I still have that doll as a reminder of my mother.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Eggplant parmagiana made by my mother-in-law.
Tell us about your best friend.
I have two best friends but am closer to Amy. Toni and I went through the foster care system together. We were lucky to live in the same neighborhood.In high school I met Amy who was always there for me as I for her.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’ve been all over the country with Richie but the one place I’d love to visit is Hawaii where I can just lay in the sun and relax. I’d also love top go to Switzerland during the winter. I always wanted to learn how to ski and I heard they have an awesome beginners path.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
The intersection where my parents were killed in a car accident.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet the Queen of England so I can learn more about her family values and her family.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
There’s no one I would avoid. I love being around people.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d travel back to my childhood so I could spend more time with my parents, get to know them better and be able to tell them I loved them one last time.

Questions for the Author

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Besides finding time to write, I’d say it was keeping up with my characters. At times they took over, so I had to make sure I kept them in line.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I choose Francine because she had a lot thrown at her and I admire how she put her family and friends before her own health.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Francine is a strong character and at times her whining and mushiness got on my nerves. Come on-we know how much she loves her husband.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
No. This is the 3rd book in the Seaside Boulevard Series.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I’d like to write a historical and/or time travel.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I hate sitting outside and I can’t write in my pajamas.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
This book is intense, dealing with real life situations that I feel the reader can relate to. Each book in the series is a stand alone.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I’d like to thank my readers for their support. I’m hoping to get the first book in my new series out by the fall.

Where to buy Another Side of Perfect

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Another-Side-Perfect-Seaside-Boulevard/dp/1981309748/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/another-side-of-perfect-karen-cino/1128513634

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino 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. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. 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. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.
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 is also busy writing newsletters and newspaper articles for the 55 and over community she resides at.
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.
Website: http://karencino.com
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Let’s meet Six from Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire, a science fiction with romantic elements by Kayelle Allen.

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire by Kayelle Allen

Genre science fiction with romantic elements
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that’s the problem. He’s not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it’s up to Pietas to free them. He can’t release one at a time. It’s all or nothing. He’s facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals who will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
It’s not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he’s loved for lifetimes is at his side. He’s bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he’s fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.
Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever…

Bucket List

When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”

Age: 38
Gender: male
Birthplace: Earth
Profession: soldier
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Quasi-human (Ghost Corps)
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m about six feet tall, brown eyes, brown hair, brown skin. I tend to fade into the background and not be noticed. I’m not so ugly I can’t get a date on payday, but I’m average enough not to stand out.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was a soldier, a grunt who pushed his way up. Got noticed and inducted into special ops. I speak multiple languages and I’m good with knives and a bow and arrow. I have a good aim with most any weapon.
Who is the significant other in your life?
I don’t have anyone right now. Mainly because I’m the only human (or almost human) on my planet. The Ultras around me don’t like humans that much. Besides, I’ll die, eventually. None of them will.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?
One and only. When God made me, he threw away the mold. He knew trouble when he saw it.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
I played ball with the neighbor kids. Not really a toy-kinda person. But I did own a soccer ball and I took good care of it.
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Apple fritters. Fresh chopped apples dipped in brown sugar and mixed into batter, then fried. Served hot. Great with coffee.
Tell us about your best friend.
I call him Pi (as in 3.14), but his name is Pietas. It’s pronounced pee-ah-toss, as he’s fond of reminding me. I eventually discovered why he hated the nickname and told him I’d stop, but he insisted I keep it. Seems his father called him that when he made mistakes. The nicest thing I can say about his pop is that the guy is a bully. Tried to kill me the moment he laid eyes on me. Anyway, Pi says when his dad hears me call him that it shows the man he has no hold over him. Pi is closer to me than a brother. When I was his worst enemy and hated him, he taught me the meaning of honor. If you wanted a picture for the word “noble” in the dictionary, you could use him.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go fishing in a lake up in the mountains where the air is clean and cold and the fish like to bite. And then I’d go to the oceanside and lay on a hot sandy beach drinking a nice cold beer.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
Enderium Six. What a nightmare that was. Although that is where I met Pi.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
A fast woman who likes slow guys.
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
Pietas’s father. The man makes me crazy. The urge to strangle him is too strong for me to resist for long, so I avoid him.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d go back to Enderium Six and change everything that happened, except the part where I ended up friends with Pi. Although, come to think of it, the nightmare part was what made us friends in the first place. So… I think I’ll stick to my own time, thank you.

About Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen did a tour in the US Navy, where she climbed around airplanes (on the ground, thankfully) fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.
She wrote her first science fiction novel at 18 and to this day, it’s hidden under the bed, where she vows it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in her galaxy-wide universe of stories.
From childhood, Kayelle was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from her mother. From her father, she got a healthy respect for mechanical things.
No wonder she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s been married so long she’s tenured.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Letting the story unfold and be as surprised as they were with how it turned out. The end had a real twist that even I didn’t see coming.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
Six is a blast to write. He’s one of my favorite characters.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
That he was jealous of the time Pietas spent with others. He’d been the only person in Pietas’s life for months during their journey. Once they found the people they were searching for, he was so busy he had little time for Six. But he handled it with surprising grace and humor.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Yes, I’m writing one now, called Watch Your Six, in which Six is the major character.
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
Time travel. Just don’t have a good paradox in mind yet. Maybe someday.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
That I almost never cook at home. I prefer to either eat out or go with prepared meals. To my kids, Mom’s home-cooked mac and cheese came in a yellow and blue box.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
This one is the culmination of years of writing. It’s my best so far, and it’s both funny and heartbreaking. If you like buddy movies, you’ll like the Bringer of Chaos series altogether.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Please keep in touch. I’d love to know what you think of my characters and books.

Where to buy Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Amazon and in print. Free on Kindle Unlimited
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Bucket list of Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #RLFblog #YA #FantasyLet’s meet Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble, a young adult urban fantasy/romance by Barb Caffrey. 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 story.

A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy/romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather than the Elfy. Things look bleak and are getting worse by the minute, but Bruno and Sarah have a number of allies — human, Elfy, and ghosts — that the Dark Elf can’t possibly expect. Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.”
Age: Seventeen, nearly eighteen
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Davis, California
Profession: Student
Ethnicity: Anglo (apparently)
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): human with some Elfy heritage
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m about four feet tall, with long brown wavy hair and deep brown eyes. My fiancé, Bruno, says I meet his expectation of classic beauty, but I don’t see myself as anything special. (Glad he does, though.)
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Until about a week ago, I thought I was only ten years old. My parents lied to me my entire life. I didn’t know I was part-Elfy until I met Bruno by accident, after he’d been captured by my parents. (Long story; look up An Elfy on the Loose for further details.) I knew I was short, and they thought I had a condition akin to Dwarfism, but that wasn’t it at all; my mother, unbeknownst to me, was half-Elfy, part of a race of extremely short Elfs. (Do not call them “Elves,” please, if you value your life. They hate that.)
Anyway, Bruno came into my life, and I figured out a number of things. We found my original birth certificate, proving I’m seventeen, almost eighteen. While I’m still an intelligent person – and I’d better be, as it looks like a GED is in my future considering how my screwed-up parents had enrolled me in a much lower grade than I should’ve been in – I’m probably not a genius. And I have a talent to feel other people’s pain, as well as use magic…none of which I knew a week ago.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Bruno the Elfy, AKA Bruno Johnson, an Elfy from a parallel universe called the Elfy Realm, though he holds an Irish passport. Bruno is a very good guy. He cares about me, and, like me, he thought he was much younger than he actually was. And we met by accident; my parents captured him, because they wanted an Elfy to perform for their friends. (Some friends! But I digress.)
He managed to get away to the Elfy Realm, taking me with him. But then, we somehow were backlashed to Earth, along with his mentor, Roberto. Because my parents can’t seem to tell one Elfy from another – despite my mother’s Elfy heritage – they took Roberto captive while Bruno hid in my bedroom. (Don’t worry. He slept on the floor.)
While trying to aid Roberto a bit (as my parents refused to feed him or get him any medical care), Bruno and I fell in love. He’s only a bit older than I am, and he, too, was lied to his whole life, so we have a lot in common.
I never felt understood before, so this is the most amazing thing in my entire life. And I hope it never ends.
If you haven’t made a bucket list before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the questions.
What is your birth order?

I’m an only child. (Considering my parents, perhaps it’s just as well. They’d just have screwed someone else up, too.)
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
A Slinky. I liked how it moved around. It hinted at so many possibilities, you see…
Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I like potato soup. I haven’t figured out how it’s prepared yet, but I do know that I enjoy the potatoes, the onions, the sour cream, and the feeling of fullness I get after I eat it.
Tell us about your best friend.
Aside from Bruno, you mean? (Your intended husband should be your best friend, right?) Well, my friend Mikayla Andrews and I have been tight for three years, ever since she started going to school with me down at St. Betsy’s. She knew she was sixteen, and she thought I was much younger, but she never cared and neither did I. She’s from Jamaica, originally, and her parents are a reverend and a teacher, respectively. She has a lot to live up to!
Of course, now that we know I’m older than she is, it’s a little strange. But she still accepts me, and she likes Bruno a lot. So it’s working out.
What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go to Paris. It’s the city of love, right? I think Bruno would enjoy the history, and I’d enjoy watching him go into paroxysms of rapture over it. (He does love his history, especially cross-species history.)
Otherwise, I think I’d like to go somewhere a bit closer: Vancouver, British Columbia. I’ve heard that’s an interesting place. We could walk around, look at the flora and fauna, and just be by ourselves for a bit. That sounds really attractive right now.
Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?
God knows, I can’t stand Bruno’s home, the Elfy Realm. (Earth in a parallel universe.) Those people frighten me. They all have magic, and most of ’em waste it. And they all wanted Bruno dead because they felt he had “too much power,” whatever that means.
Anyone who wants Bruno dead is someone I definitely don’t want to know or be around. Because he’s the best and kindest and most decent person I have ever known, by far.
Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?
I’d like to meet Nelson Mandela. (With Bruno’s talent of talking to the dead, I still might be able to do so someday. How’s that for something I never expected?) He was a strong leader, someone who had to deal with many uphill battles, and was imprisoned for quite some time before being freed. I think I understand at least some of what he went through, and would like to know how he withstood all that to win through to his own truth and power. (Besides, he was a great man. Who can’t learn from someone like that?)
Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?
I’m sorry, but I can’t stand President Trump. He seems like he is easily led. The Dark Elfs would have a field day with him, and my hope is that whoever has strong magic that is of the Light will try to stay around him, providing they have strong stomachs of course, to keep the Dark Elfs away so the current President won’t do even more damage than he’s already done.
If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d like to go fifty years ahead, just so I’d be able to see how many children Bruno and I have had, how we’ve managed to make the Elfy Realm see reason when it comes to Bruno, and just know that we’ve overcome it all. I think that would be cool!

Bucket list of Sarah Birch from A Little Elfy in Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #RLFblog #YA #Fantasy

About the Writer

Barb Caffrey is a writer, editor, musician, and composer from Wisconsin. She’s the widow of writer Michael B. Caffrey, and is continuing her work and his, as a way to keep their love alive. Find her at https://elfyverse.wordpress.com for conversations all and sundry, as she loves hearing from readers!
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Writing it wasn’t hard, but revising it was. My husband died during the revision period, and it took almost eight years to find a publisher interested in my work. At that time, An Elfy on the Loose and A Little Elfy in Big Trouble were just one book: Elfy. My publisher, Lida Quillen of Twilight Times Books, said it was more likely people would find my work if the book was split. Which meant more revision, so the second book would feel a bit more like it was supposed to be separate in the first place.
Why did you choose this character for the interview today?
I’ve never done an interview solely from Sarah’s viewpoint. Bruno is the point-of-view character, but Sarah is the person most of the readers I’ve heard from have appreciated the most. (I didn’t expect that.) I thought maybe they’d like hearing more from Sarah, as a “Thank you for reading” sort of thing.
When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?
Sarah is incredibly complex. She thinks she’s not, but she truly is. She’s had to hide a great deal of herself until Bruno shows up, and it took a toll. But now that Bruno’s here, and she’s able to be fully herself, she’s gaining self-worth by leaps and bounds.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Absolutely! I have a sprawling sequel planned called An Elfy Abroad, which is a horrible pun. (Bruno’s the Elfy, Sarah’s the “broad.” Though if you called her one, she’d probably stun you with her magic. And rightfully so.) This book looks like it’ll end up as three separate books as the “Elfy Abroad” trilogy down the line, and it’ll take us to the Troll Realm, the Elfy Realm (again, as much as Sarah hates it), and different parts of the Human Realm (our Earth).
What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?
I would like to write a straight romance someday. But so far, I’ve written military SF, milSF/romance, funny fantasy, urban fantasy, romantic fantasy…so far, I haven’t had a story idea that didn’t have some sort of SF or F element to it. And until I do, I just won’t write that straight romance as it would be an utter bore.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I have two degrees in music, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s. I play the saxophone, clarinet, and oboe, and compose music.
Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?
I think most people will enjoy the romance, the humor, the coming of age stuff, and the fact that the story doesn’t take itself too seriously. (I also would like to think that Sarah isn’t the only one who loves Bruno. Though perhaps only Sarah should love him romantically, as that last would just be weird.)
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
Thanks for giving a little-known author a try! I hope you’ll enjoy my work.

Where to buy A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

Publisher (sample chapters): http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/ElfyinBigTrouble_ch1.html
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Meet Paul “Flipper” O’Riley from Shore to Please

About the Book

Title: Shore to Please
Genre: Romantic suspense
Author: Annette Mardis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tara Langley thought she’d found the
love of her life, but he betrayed her with another woman. So she buried herself
in her mission: convincing Gulf Shore Aquarium that dolphins and whales belong
in the wild, not in artificial pools.
If Tara had her way, Paul “Flipper”
O’Riley would lose the job he loves. Flipper is the head dolphin trainer, and
the aquarium’s dolphins are his babies. While he’s open to having a real family
one day, the last person he would choose to be his wife and the mother of his
children would be Tara.
These two should be sworn enemies,
after all. He certainly swears at the sight of her. And his surfer-dude looks
and lover-boy reputation aren’t exactly what Ms. Prim and Tidy had in mind when
she pictured her ideal man.
But in the age-old way of opposites
attracting, Tara and Flipper find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other.
There’s no possible way a relationship between them could work, right?
As the two try to find common ground
amid all the quicksand, Flipper and his coworkers become the targets of an
increasingly more menacing campaign to force the aquarium to release the
dolphins under its care. Will Gulf Shore Police Detective Joanna Tompkins catch
the culprit before it’s too late?

The Bucket List of Paul “Flipper” O’Riley

Name: Paul “Flipper” O’Riley
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Dothan, Alabama
Profession: Head dolphin trainer, Gulf Shore Aquarium
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you
better. Please tell us about yourself.
I decided as a kid that I wanted to be either a dolphin
trainer or a professional baseball player. I went to college on an athletic
scholarship, but I knew I wasn’t good enough to make it to the Major Leagues. I
got my degree in interdisciplinary studies with an animal behavior
concentration, worked with beluga whales during an internship, and was lucky
enough to land a job in Gulf Shore in a highly competitive field. For some
reason, though, there’s this idea that I’m some kind of beach bum and a real
player with women. I guess that’s partly my fault because dolphin trainers are
like rock stars in the Florida beach town I live in, and I get plenty of
attention from ladies who say they like the way I fill out my wet suit. But I
got my heart broken a while back and don’t go out on as many dates as people
think. Right now, I’ve got my eye on a woman who’s wrong for me in so many
ways. Still, I can’t stop thinking about her and wishing we could find a way to
make it work.
What are two places
you would like to visit before you die, and why?
I’d like to go to one of those remote lodges along the
Hudson Bay coast in Canada to see polar bears and beluga whales in the wild. And
maybe the Northern Lights, too. Seeing marine animals in their natural habitats
is always an awe-inspiring experience for me. I’d also love to go on a Danube
River cruise in Europe. There’s one trip that includes tulips field and
windmills in Holland, castles in Germany and vineyards in Austria. I think that
would be very romantic and something Tara would love. Can you believe I’m
fantasizing about seeing those sights with her?
Where is a place you
would never like to return, and why?
I’d have to say St. Augustine, Florida, the first six months
after my family moved there. I was 12 years old, and it was really tough being
the new kid. I hadn’t grown into my body yet and was very gangly and awkward.
Plus, my classmates made fun of the way I talked, so I forced myself to speak
without an accent until it became second nature. My parents were hurt at first
because they assumed I was ashamed of my roots. I think they finally understood
after my sister stopped using certain expressions she thought made her sound
too redneck.
Who is someone you
would like to meet, and why?
My paternal grandfather, who died when I was a baby. I wish
I’d gotten to know him. He was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded
during World War II. My parents said he doted on all his grandchildren and that
he was a big baseball fan. It would’ve been fun to sit and watch games with
him.
Who is someone you
would like to avoid, and why?
Steven Christianson, Tara’s ex-boyfriend. I’d be compelled
to punch him in the face for treating her so badly. But I guess if he hadn’t
cheated on her, they might still be together, so maybe I should thank him for
being such a tool.
If you could time
travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d go back to the 1920s to New York to watch Babe Ruth
play. Seeing him knock one out at the original Yankee Stadium would be a
baseball fan’s dream come true. 
What is your birth
order?
I’m the youngest of two.
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
My parents bought me one of those wiffle ball/plastic bat
combos, and my dad spent hours pitching to me. Those are some of my fondest
memories from childhood.
Describe your
favorite food and how it’s prepared.
I love filet mignon cooked medium well on the grill and
topped with mushrooms sautéed in melted butter with a touch of garlic, plus sea
salt and cracked black pepper. Pair that with a baked potato with butter, sour
cream, cheese and crumbled bacon. Man, my stomach is rumbling just thinking
about it.
Tell us about your
best friend.
Evan Sanders is the chief photographer/videographer at Gulf
Shore Aquarium. We’ve spent a lot of time together playing darts, drinking beer
and eating wings at Bikini Barb’s Bar & Grill, and we’re also on the same
softball team. He’s just a good guy who’s easy to be around. I narrated a
documentary he did on Trident, a baby dolphin the aquarium rescued, and Evan’s insanely
talented. He’s engaged now to Dani Davidson, and I couldn’t be happier that
he’s found the love of his life. I’ll be honored to be the best man at his
wedding.

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As a girl, Annette dreamed of
being an astronaut, but she stank at science and math and became motion
sick riding the bus home from school. So she went with her second
choice—newspaper journalist—and stuck with it for more than three decades.
After years of ignoring well-meaning people who said, “You should write a book,”
she finally did. And then she wrote a few more. When she’s not working,
Annette usually has her nose in someone else’s novel or her gaze
glued to sports on TV. She has three totally spoiled pets, enjoys being
the designated sightseer on her husband’s Harley, and volunteers at Clearwater
Marine Aquarium, home of diva dolphins Winter and Hope from the Dolphin Tale films.

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Title
Shadow’s Edge, Book 1 of The Kyn Kronicles
Genre
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Author
Jami Gray
Book
heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Everyone fears what hunts in the shadows—especially
the monsters…
When the supernatural lurks in the shadows of the
mundane, hunting monsters requires unique skills, like those of Raine McCord. A
series of deaths threatens to reveal the Kyn community and forces her to
partner with the sexy Gavin Durand.
As the trail leads to the foundation haunting
Raine’s childhood, she and Gavin must unravel lies and betrayals to discover not
only each other, but the emerging threat to them and the entire magical
community.

The Bucket List of Raine McCord

Name:
Raine McCord
Age:
Let’s stick with late twenties and call it good, shall we?
Gender:
Female
Birthplace:
Oregon
Profession:
Taliesin Security Officer/Wraith
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you
better. Please tell us about yourself.
What
more can I tell you. No, seriously, there’s not much I can say. Somethings are best left alone, like me. Still, if you
dare rattle the cage, you might get more than you expected. Don’t turn on me,
and you’ll live a long and peaceful life. Cross me, and you might as well start
digging your own grave. It’ll save me time. (shifting in the chair) Of course
Gavin might have a few things to say about it, but it’s not like I have to
listen, right?
When
someone dies, we say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of
things that a person wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to
experience, and so on have become known as a “Bucket List.” We’d like
to know yours, please. If you haven’t made one before, perhaps now would be a
good time. Who knows? It might inspire another book. While you’re at it, how
about telling us about some of your other favorite things? Here are the
questions.
What are two places
you would like to visit before you die, and why?
Hmmm,
I haven’t really thought about it much, considering a Wraith’s life expectancy
can be cut short rather abruptly. (drumming fingers on table) I wouldn’t mind a
trip back to Europe, maybe check out Ireland, where my mother’s family came
from, see if anyone remembers her. Of course, that may stir up more trouble
than it’s worth.
Where is a place you
would never like to return, and why?
(eyeing
Kayelle) Is this a trick question? Let’s just go with Aaron Talbot’s lab, and
the reason should be self-explanatory. Three months under that mad man was more
than enough for me, thanks.
Who is someone you
would like to meet, and why?
(slow,
spreading smile of grim intentions) Gavin and I have discussed a possible trip
to Turkey, maybe drop in on a few Council members, convey our regards, make our
presence known, that kind of thing.
Who is someone you
would like to avoid, and why?
I’m
not much on avoidance, but I might actually step carefully around Rio Castle,
the demon lord of the Southwest. Yeah, that old bugger might worry me a bit.
If you could time
travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
(paling
a bit, lips tightening, looks away) It’s not just one. Having those I love pay
for my mistakes isn’t something that sits easy with me. (inhales and turns back
to face Kayelle) The most obvious answer is the night my mom and I were
kidnapped. I’d make sure Talbot and his cronies thought hard before coming
after us.
What is your birth
order?
I’m
an only child, which isn’t so bad for me, but my uncle may wish differently.
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
(face
softening) My mother’s dirk. I keep it close, even now.
Describe your
favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Hmmm,
Gavin’s pasta primavera, all those grilled veggies and cheese. Yeah, it’s my
favorite dish. (a serene, secretive smile) He’s great in the kitchen and rocks
an apron like no one’s business.
Tell us about your
best friend.
(chuckling)
That would be Xander Cade. That girl. (shakes head) Men see this little curvy
blonde and think they’ve got it made. Boy are they in for a surprise. Never
underestimate the power of a woman, especially one with sharp claws and even
sharper teeth. Her bite is way worse than her bark. Just ask Warrick Vidis.

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Jami Gray is the
award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn
Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. She can
be soothed with coffee and chocolate. Surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males
and two female labs moonlighting as the Fur Minxes, she escapes by playing with
the voices in her head.

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A
Way Home

Genre: M/M
contemporary romance
Author:
Keira Andrews
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Will returning to their Amish roots renew their faith in
each other?
Isaac and David never thought they’d go back to the Amish world. But when
Isaac’s younger brother is stricken with cancer, they don’t hesitate to return.
Their relationship is on the rocks after insecurity and fear drove a wedge
between them in San Francisco, and David is determined to make things right.
Yet if they thought navigating “English” life was confusing, being back in
Zebulon is even more complicated.
Their families are desperate to bring them back into the fold, and pressure
from the community builds. Isaac and David yearn for a future together, but
each day it becomes harder to hide the truth about who they really are. They’re
caught between two worlds, and if they’re not careful it could tear them
further apart.
Can Isaac and David make their way back to each other—and find a place to call
home?

The Bucket List of Isaac
Byler

Name: Isaac
Byler
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Red
Hills, Ohio
Profession: Student
and part-time carpenter
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Your author introduced
you. Now we’d like to get to know you better. Please tell us about yourself.
When someone dies, we say they “kicked the
bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person wants to accomplish,
places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become known as a
“Bucket List.” We’d like to know yours, please. If you haven’t made one
before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another
book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other
favorite things? Here are the questions.
What are two places
you would like to visit before you die, and why?
It’s so
hard to pick. I want to go everywhere! But I really want to visit Australia
since it seems like the farthest place I could go. I also want to visit Europe
and take a train to all the different countries with David. He’s my boyfriend.
One day he’ll be my husband, but we’re waiting a few years before that happens.
Where is a place you
would never like to return, and why?
*shifts
uncomfortably* Part of me wants to say Zebulon, the Amish settlement where I
grew up. I can never live there again, but my family’s still there. So I still
want to visit if they’ll let me.
Who is someone you
would like to meet, and why?
The
president. He’s so important, and I didn’t grow up knowing anything about the
government. But I’m learning now.
Who is someone you
would like to avoid, and why?
Mean
people. I haven’t met many out here in the world, but I see them on TV.
If you could time
travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I kind of
grew up like I’d time traveled, living as though it was 150 years ago. So I’ve
done enough time traveling! I want to stay put.
What is your birth
order?
I’m the
fourth child of eight. Right in the middle!
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
We didn’t
have the kind of toys English kids have. (That’s what we called non-Amish
people—English.) I liked spinning tops and stuff like that, but my favorite
thing was the pen knife my big brother Aaron left for me when he ran away from
home to go into the world. I kept it with me all the time, and I still have it.
Describe your
favorite food and how it’s prepared.
Pizza! I
have no idea how they make it, but I love to eat it. My favorite Amish food is
shoofly pie, which is a sweet pie made of molasses. The women did all the
cooking, so I’m not sure how it’s prepared. That’s one of the things I have to
learn out here—how to cook.
Tell us about your
best friend.
Well, my
best friend was always Mervin Miller. We were born only a couple weeks apart,
so we sat next to each other in church and everything. It seemed like we were
just always friends for as long as I can remember. But he’s still in Zebulon,
and it’s hard for him to accept that I’m gay. My boyfriend David is my best
friend now. He’s just… *blushes*  He’s
the best. Yeah. David’s my best friend.

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After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” You can find out more about Keira and her books at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter for news, giveaways and more.

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