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Do It Write: Where Caro Carson writes @TheCaroCarson #RLFblog #Contemporary Romance #HolidayRomance #amwritingA chance encounter at the lighting of a small town’s Yule log will change two lives in USA Today bestselling author Caro Carson’s new contemporary romance, For This Christmas Only. Masterson University’s most famous alumnus has survived a plane crash, but to start living again, he needs a Christmas miracle…perhaps in the form of a determined heroine who won’t take a gruff “go away” for an answer.

Caro, 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.

For This Christmas Only by Caro Carson

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

His book inspired her to return to school, but he no longer believes in his own advice.

After nearly dying in a plane crash, financial guru Eli Taylor wants to find meaning in his life. A chance encounter at a small town’s Yule log lighting leads to an evening spent as the fake boyfriend of his superfan Mallory Ames. When she finds herself homeless for the holidays, he invites her to stay with him—if she’ll return the favor and be his fake girlfriend, so he can show his siblings what a loving partnership should look like. Their arrangement will end when the new year begins…or will it?

How long have you been writing?

Is it too trite to say I’ve been writing as long as I could hold a pencil? It’s true, though. I was so frustrated in first grade when I could only fit one or two sentences on those large-ruled sheets of notebook paper.

What was your first published book?

Doctor, Soldier, Daddy, a contemporary romance published in 2013. The “marriage of convenience” trope met the “falling for the nanny” trope, and the result won the Booksellers Best Award for Best First Book, and I will always be super proud of that, can you tell?

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

Once upon a time, I stopped at a furniture consignment store, and I saw a black-lacquer Victorian-era fantasy. Because it was “used,” it was actually less expensive than a desk from Target! I bought it on the spot. Now I try to write up to the level which I think somebody sitting at that desk should be writing.

Anything special about your space?

My desk is at a window that lets me look out on the street. I’m the creepy neighbor who is always watching all the cars and delivery vans stop. But my favorite is the school busses that stop on the corner, dropping off elementary school kids who sprint down the sidewalk and teenagers who trod sullenly home. I love my neighborhood.

What do you love most about that area?

I love having things to touch on my desk. I have a wood bowl that is so smooth to touch, a drawer full of squeeze balls, and even a crystal ball that sits on a little iron cat. There’s nowhere else in my house those things would belong.

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

I have an old-fashioned spiral notebook and a pen beside me. Sudden lines of dialogue will pop into my head that have nothing to do with the scene I’m currently typing, and I’ve learned if I don’t write them down immediately, I won’t remember them when it gets to the right scene to use them. I’ve tried opening a blank document and typing the ideas there, but it doesn’t work the same for me. I think writing by hand and being able to scribble or draw arrows between things on a page is essential to my process.

Where to buy For This Christmas Only

Barnes and Noble
Google Play

Caro Carson Social Media

Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Now a USA Today bestselling author and RITA™ award winner, Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband (who actually is a handsome Texan) and their two children. They live in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatics a fortune on plane tickets.
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In Mermaids Marry in Green, a fantasy romance by Alice Renaud, a feisty shape shifting mermaid teams up with a warlock to capture a water monster, the afanc, who is threatening to flood London. But powerful warlocks are also after the creature…

Alice, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Mermaids Marry in Green.

Mermaids Marry in Green by Alice Renaud

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Caltha Dooran is the toughest, fiercest shape-shifting mermaid in the western seas. She has three Clans to rule, and no time for romance. But when a warlock, Jonty, turns up and asks her to come with him to London to capture a water monster, she can’t say no. In London, away from her duties, her attraction for Jonty grows… and they soon fall under each other’s spell. But will his past and her responsibilities pull them apart, or can they find the only true magic, the one that binds two souls together?

Meet the afanc from Mermaids Marry in Green

Full name: the afanc

Nickname: none

Gender: male

Species: mythical Welsh water monster

Physical description: the afanc has the head of a crocodile, and the body and paws of a beaver.

Relationship to main character: the afanc is rescued by the heroine, Caltha, and becomes her devoted companion.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: Powerful warlocks are hunting the afanc because he has the power to make waters rise. Through him they hope to kill the current leader of the warlocks and take over London.

Where this furbaby came from: the afanc has lived in the rivers of London for millennia. He fell asleep centuries ago, but was woken up by magic. Now he is lost in a modern city he no longer recognizes.

What inspired you to create this character?

I love Welsh legends, particularly the creatures. The afanc, with its odd appearance, is one of my favorite monsters.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

Caltha, the mermaid heroine, expects to find a scary monster. Instead, she discovers a vulnerable animal who asks her for her help. She is determined to rescue him and take him to a safe place, away from the warlocks who would use and enslave him.

What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?

The warlocks who are after the afanc only want him for his power to control water. Through him they hope to take over London. Some warlocks, “the good ones,” would not use the afanc in this way, but they would treat him like a laboratory exhibit and study him.

What does this furbaby eat?

Mainly fish and crustaceans.

What is this furbaby’s natural habitat?

The afanc lives in lakes and rivers. He wakes up after a century-long sleep to find out that his river is now underground in London, and encircled by sewers. He is lost and miserable until Caltha finds him.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

The afanc is the reason why the heroine Caltha comes to London and teams up with the hero, Jonty the warlock. The afanc brings the two main characters together, and pits them against the villains who are seeking to capture the animal for their own ends.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

I hope readers will find him sweet and unusual. He is intelligent, can talk and is devoted to the heroine.

Where to buy Mermaids Marry in Green

Publisher Black Velvet Seductions


Alice Renaud Social Media

Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she’s a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, out now in Kindle and paperback. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

image credit: Grant Herbert (used with permission)


Bucket list of Gwen Taylor from Hidden Gypsy Magic @tenastetler #RLFblog #ParanormalRomanceDiscover the consequence of awaking Hidden gypsy magic in Tena Stetler’s new Paranormal Romance Hidden Gypsy Magic. Gwen a wildlife rehabilitor, and Brock a veterinarian, discover the mysteries of magic and Gypsy heritage when he buys an old house in Salem, Mass.

Let’s meet Gwen Taylor from Hidden Gypsy Magic. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Hidden Gypsy Magic.

Hidden Gypsy Magic by Tena Stetler

Genre Paranormal Romance/Mystery/Timetravel

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

The Salem Wildlife Sanctuary is Gwen Taylor’s life work. Her Irish Gypsy heritage provides a hidden talent she uses to help the creatures under her care. But even her magical skills can’t help new rescues in dire need of veterinary care.

The opportunity of signing on as the vet for Gwen’s sanctuary dropped into Brock Scutter’s lap after he expanded his practice to include wildlife. The personal attraction he and Gwen experience is undeniable the more their professional and personal lives collide.

Touring the only “non-haunted” house in Salem they both feel a spark of magic. A trip to his family’s cabin uncovers a heritage he didn’t know existed. If they want a future together, it means facing the consequences of awakening hidden Gypsy magic and a race against the clock to correct past wrongs.

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: 30’s

Gender: Female

Birthplace: Salem, Mass

Profession: Wildlife Rehabitator and Sanctuary manager/owner

Ethnicity: Irish Gypsy

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’ve been called tall willowy

I have long black hair with pink and green highlights

Large mesmerizing violet eyes

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve worked for Salem Sanctuary since high school. When I discovered the owner/operator was cooking the books, taking money meant for the creatures in their care, I confronted him. The next day, he disappeared but not before he cleaned out the bank account. I couldn’t leave all those animals defenseless. Taking a chance, I went public with what had happened. An arrest warrant was issued for the owner, but he was never found. However, the people of Salem rallied around me and the Sanctuary. Donations poured in and I was able to keep the sanctuary afloat.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Brock Scutter. Gwen fans herself. We were introduced by Pepper and Lathen. Brock is the brother of the veterinarian, Dylan, in Lobster Cove where Pepper built a Wildlife rescue.

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?

Only child.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

I never had many toys. For as long as I can remember, I was always bringing home injured creatures with nowhere to go. Not popular with my family. Anyway toys were frivolous things in my world.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

Pizza! Thin crust, lots of cheese, lots of sauce, and beef sprinkled around. I like other spicy meats, but they don’t like me. Ya know what I mean?

Tell us about your best friend.

That would be Pepper McKay. I first hired her as a volunteer at the Sanctuary years ago. Together, we’ve overcome so many adversities, saved so many creature’s lives, it’s impossible to put into words what she means to me.

What are two places you would like to visit before you die, and why?

Australia – They have so many different species of wildlife found nowhere else on the planet.

Ireland – I’d like to look up… will find out of any of my relatives are like me – rather than my immediate family. Enough said

Where is a place you would never like to return, and why?

I’ve not been to many places. So far I’ve not found one I wouldn’t return to.

Who is someone you would like to meet, and why?

Terry, Binde, Robert Irwin. They are trail blazers in wildlife conservation. I’d like to have met Steve. But…

Who is someone you would like to avoid, and why?

The damn banker. He did finally get what was coming to him. I don’t feel bad about that. And the original owner/manager of Salem Sanctuary. He is a terrible person.

If you could time travel to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?

The day the former owner/manger of Salem Sanctuary ran off. I’d like to have beat him to the bank and prevented him from taking all the money. Sometimes I wonder if he and the banker were in cahoots. Never prove it, so best to let it go.

Bucket list of Gwen Taylor from Hidden Gypsy Magic @tenastetler #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance

Meet Tena Stetler

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

Putting a different spin on the Salem Witch Trials.

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

Gwen has been a staple in all A Witch’s Journey books. She is such a bold character with a heart of gold.

When writing the book, what did you discover about this character that surprised you?

Her ability to see the best in most people but not in herself.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

Actually, I’m glad you asked. Chocolate Raspbery Magic (Set to release in April of 2021) is the fourth book in A Witch’s Journey Series and one of the One Scoop or Two summer series from The Wild Rose Press.

What genre(s) would you like to write that you haven’t tried yet?

Cozy Mysteries. In fact I have one finished (it will be a three book series), just need time to polish it and submit it to my publisher.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I was a DJ for a rock and roll radio station.

Why should readers who haven’t picked up one of your books before give this one a try?

Now more than ever, we need heart-warming, feel-good books to whisk us away from our new normal into a magical, fantasy adventure for just a few hours. Hidden Gypsy Magic and all of my books for that matter are a welcome stress reliever, if only for a few hours at a time.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers? Thank you so much. I hope stories to whisk you away from your ordinary world into a fantasy adventure where you forget your troubles and stress, if only for a few hours.

Where to buy Hidden Gypsy Magic

Amazon UK
Amazon AU
Amazon CA
Barnes and Noble

Tena Stetler Social Media

Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance novels. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and strong mystical males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
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Find out what Jax from Murder and Treats wears to bed. Lyncee Shillard "bares" all @lyncee #RLFblog #halloweenromanceWhen Jax steps out of his all work and no play mode in Lyncee Shillard’s Halloween romance, Murder and Treats, he finds love – and a killer who has made Lila the next target.

Lyncee, 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.

Murder and Treats by Lyncee Shillard

Genre Romance Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Lila Maxwell is coaxed into attending All Treats, a Halloween speed dating event by her best friend. Instead of the soul mate promised one Halloween ghoul after another appears at her door until Cowboy Bill.

Jax Carlson has spent the last year focusing all of his attention on starting his own business. Hiring Lila Maxell over the Internet as his project manager was the final piece to his prefect plan. Set to open for business in three days, Jax plans on spending a couple of days on his boat relaxing. However, his friend Erik has a different idea – a speed dating Halloween party.

Jax has spent the night plotting the best revenge possible for Erik until Sally opens the door. The woman dressed in the pale lavender Harem costume ignites a fire that Jax thought was impossible without the aid of his formulated dating list.

After a night of mind blowing sex, Lila sneaks out before they exchange real names believing it was no more than a one-night stand.

Lila’s first day is full of surprises, the biggest being Cowboy Bill is actually her new boss, Jax Carlson. She thinks keeping her hormones in check while convincing Jax that love doesn’t follow a formula is complication enough until she learns the participants of the All Treats speed dating event are being killed.

Let’s bare it all and chat about what to wear

As the character, please answer at least six questions. You may answer all, or come back for a second interview and answer more of them. Your choice.

First, what is your name and how old are you?

Jax Carlson

What is the time period in which you live?


When you wear something different, who’s the first person who notices?

My sister, Aimee

Tell us your favorite thing to wear.

I very much believe in dressing for my position of business owner

Does what you wear make you feel good, or do you dislike it?

I don’t know if feel good is an appropriate wording, it does enhance my image as a professional business man.

When others see you what is their first impression?

Handsome and successful

How do you feel about that impression?

It’s one I spent years creating so I’m delighted

What do you wear to sleep?

I do believe that this question borderlines on in appropriate but if you must know, I prefer to sleep in the raw.

Have you ever worn a costume?

Funny you ask that. I was just a cowboy. I didn’t enjoy it basically because I don’t understand why adults enjoy wearing ridiculous.

What do you wish you didn’t have to wear?

A costume – ever again.

Tell us what your author wears when writing about you.

It’s embarrassing. Doughnut slippers, doughnut leggings, doughnut hoodies. Who has an entire wardrobe of doughnut clothes?

If your author has a pet, is the pet ever dressed in clothing?

That is funny. She has a mastiff so no.

Where to buy Murder and Treats

Universal buy link

Lyncee Shillard Social Media

I live in cold Northern Michigan and have more hobbies than I have time for. Crocheting and card making are the two hobbies I ‘fit’ in while taking pictures is something I do with much more regularity. I’m far from a photographer, I’m just a woman with a camera. All the pictures on my blogs, website and book trailers are ones I’ve taken which makes updating them much more fun I also consider myself a foodie of sorts. I include food and drinks in my books and then feature them on Tasty Thursday.
Of course, reading is a passion but I don’t consider it a hobby as I feel it’s a basic block to being a writer.
Writing has provided an escape for me for many years from the pressure of my day-time job. In late 2012, my husband (of 25 years) and I decided I’d give writing a full-time slot in my life. I write romance suspense from sweet to very steamy. Also I LOVE writing young adult and do so under the name of Tasarla Romaney (the link to my young adult blog ~
I have an addiction to Diet Coke and M&M’s which if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’re aware of.
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Find out what Aaron from Bitter Thorn Tribe wears to bed. Juli D Revezzo "bares" all @julidrevezzo #RLFblog #paranormalromanceA chat with an immortal warrior about what he wears to bed and more…

Aaron, 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.

Bitter Thorn Tribe (Stewards War, book 2) by Juli D Revezzo

Genre: paranormal romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Destined to be a bride, if only the gods will let her…

Stacy Macken tries to acclimate herself to her training under Tuatha dé Danaan druids–as if she doesn’t have enough work in planning her wedding to her beloved guardian and fiancé Aaron.

When Fomorii loyalists violate their treaty and seek deadly revenge for their recent defeat, even Stacy’s druids are at a loss to explain the mayhem that ensues.

Can Aaron and his brothers-in-arms stop it before Stacy and her family are caught in the crossfire?

Let’s bare it all and chat about what to wear

First, what is your name and how old are you?

Hello, my name is Aaron and… I’m 3,000 years old, give or take.

What is the time period in which you live?

Currently, I’m living in 2015. I came from the Iron Age, however.

What is considered “appropriate” for someone of your gender to wear?

These days, you folks are pretty simple in your clothing. Or restricted, depending. There was a time, my dear, when I’d go naked and no one would, as you say, bat an eye.

How do you feel about wearing that type of clothing?

I don’t really like ties. The damned things are too choking.

Considering the role you play in society, what is expected for you to wear?

These days? My Irish stick fighting school has a pretty loose uniform; in battle, I usually wear battle leathers, and every day, I’m fond of jeans and a t-shirt. In the Iron age, it was usually just loose linen pants, shirts, and cloaks when it was cold. But I live in Florida, now, and don’t usually have to break out the cold weather clothing.

Ever required to wear something you don’t like? Tell us about it.

Ties. Shudder. What fool came up with those things. You might as well wear a noose.

Do you make your own clothing?

No. The women in my tribe used to do most of the clothes construction; now, the Tuatha de Dannan have their own tailors, so I and my brothers-in-arms, usually go to them. For modern street clothes, the local tailor does well, but again, I usually turn to those of my tribe. But in a pinch, I’ve had to mend them before.

Mending and laundry are chores for anyone. Do you do it or someone else?

I do my own. Well, did, before I moved in with Stacy. Now, we share that chore.

What determines the type of clothing you buy? (example, money, fashion, job)

I go for comfort.

When you wear something different, who’s the first person who notices?

Usually Stacy.

Tell us your favorite thing to wear.

Nothing. ;)

What kind of shoes or boots do you wear?

I’m fond of combat boots. The last few years, I never know when I’m going to need them.

Does what you wear make you feel good, or do you dislike it?

As I go for comfort—especially if, you know, a battle with Balor’s minions should break out—I don’t hang my self-esteem on my clothing.

When others see you what is their first impression?

Bad guys, usually think twice.

How do you feel about that impression?

If it keeps Stacy safe, I’m all for it.

What do you wear to sleep?

;D Nothing.

Ever dealt with a “wardrobe malfunction”? Depending on your era, you might need to ask your author what this means.

Find out what Aaron from Bitter Thorn Tribe wears to bed. Juli D Revezzo "bares" all @julidrevezzo #RLFblog #paranormalromanceNot that I can remember.

Does anyone help you dress (other than a lover)?

*stares* My dear, did you miss the part about my age? Okay, I’ll say the Tuatha de Dannan tailors, and there may’ve been a back buckle on a bandolier or two that was tricky.

Have you ever worn:

a uniform : Yes, if battle leathers count.

a costume: Maybe when I was a child, I don’t remember, it’s been so long ago.

a disguise: We did in our tribe for different ceremonies, but I haven’t worn one in… donkeys years.

an outfit for the opposite gender: no.

What would you wear to avoid attention?

Whatever the dominant culture is wearing.

What do you wish you could wear?

I’m fairly happy with my current wardrobe, so I don’t really have an answer for that question, Kayelle.

What do you wish you didn’t have to wear?

Battle leathers. I’d love it if our war with Balor ended permanently.

For the character to answer…

Tell us what your author wears when writing about you.

Usually jeans, t-shirt, and a flannel shirt.

If your author has a pet, is the pet ever dressed in clothing?

She doesn’t have a pet, but when as a child, yes she had cats and dogs. Her family never dressed them up, though.

Same question for you. Pets in clothing, yay or nay?

Hey, if it makes the owner happy, why not?

Where to buy Bitter Thorn Tribe (Stewards War, book 2)

Publisher Raven Queen Publications


Juli D Revezzo Social Media

Juli D Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Stewards Wars and Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, the historical romances, Camden Girls series, Vesta’s Clockwork Companions, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at:
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Stressing Owen Strong from Lonely Eyes by Bernadette Jones @RomanceBJones #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseThere is an art to pursuit. A runaway on a storm-buffeted highway brings danger to Spencer, Co., in Bernadette Jones’ new romantic suspense, Lonely Eyes. Can Owen protect this young woman, or will her presence cause the death of one of his family?

Let’s meet Owen Strong from Lonely Eyes, a Romantic Suspense, by Bernadette Jones. 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 latest book.

Lonely Eyes by Bernadette Jones

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

There is an art to pursuit.

Keira is running out of time. The handsome stranger with a dragon tattoo says he can keep her safe, but he doesn’t know the demons on her trail… Will her mysterious past lead her to escape, or drag her back to living hell?

Owen Strong has suffered tragedy, but he’s made a new family in Spencer, Colorado–one he will protect at all costs. When he finds determined Keira Hoa, she rouses more than just trouble. Looking into her lonely eyes, he sees that everyone’s in danger.

But she’s come to the right place. He’s the monster hunter.

Stressing Owen Strong

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: 33

Gender: male

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Mechanic

What does your hero look like?

Huge. He’s always been large, at 6’2″ with broad shoulders and chest. He works out daily, because his past careers as a bounty hunter and MMA fighter made staying in shape essential.

Who is the significant other in his life?

Keira Hoa Thi. He found her on a storm buffeted highway. She’s in trouble and he vows to protect her.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

He’s at a house warming party after he and his friends have helped paint and move his buddy and wife into their new home. There will be beer, pizza and a lot of joking around.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

There will be moments where he relaxes against a wall and soaks in the camaraderie and comfort of knowing he has a chosen family.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

He will do a little of both. But his nature is to watch and guard those that are important to him so he will always be a touch alloof and on guard.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

He’ll have a beer or maybe a shot of whiskey, but he never allows himself too much. He really likes water and juice.

How much drink is his usual?

One or two.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

He choses his friends wisely. Most of them are hard-working and ex-military. They watch out for each other. If someone is having a problem, he’s in their space helping them out or setting them straight.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

He has his circle of friends and they all watch out for each other. They mingle equally.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

He will break it up and then set both parties down and get it straightened out.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

Definitely do the tossing.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Always knows when to leave.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Immediately starts strategizing his best response and plays to whatever will settle the situation quickly. He is a chameleon playing whatever part he needs to.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

Immediately moves to find the source and the reason. He is quick and quiet.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Assess the situation and the location. Could there be more assailants on the way? What are his best defensive strategies for the location?

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

Separates the combatants, then finds out who started it and why.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

Never give up. Think with your head, use your brawn to your advantage.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

Always aware of what is going on around him. He would see the person first and if he doesn’t want to be seen, he will disappear.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

He will always attempt to instruct and educate, but if there is danger involved he will take over.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

He trains in several martial arts and was a street fighter. Pain is part of life. He blanks it out.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

He’s relied on himself for a very long time. He has a ‘just do it’ attitude.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

Think it through and never give up.

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

He’s lost a lot of people he loved. Once he takes you on as his chosen family he will protect you with his life.

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Bernadette Jones has been making up stories since she learned to read on her daddy’s lap. She has imagined casts of characters everywhere she’s called home: Texas, Oregon, South Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Massachusetts and now New York.
Books and music filled her life as she, her dad and two brothers traveled the country. She would sit in the back seat of the car (her older brother always got to ride shotgun), listening to the current music on the radio, looking out the window and spinning a story based on a phrase or word she’d heard in the lyrics. As you can imagine, traveling the country the music changed from state to state, as did the stories. To this day she loves all genres of music and books.
After a career in corporate writing, she’s finally decided to settled down and put pen to paper doing what she loves. Living the dream in her NYC apartment with her canine companion, she’s is bringing her stories and characters to life. This is Bernadette’s third book in the Aspen Gold Series.
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