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Meet Alexander Gaines from Bedeviled: Madison Michel @madisonmichael_ #RLFblog #contemporaryWelcome Alexander Gaines from Bedeviled, a hot new contemporary romance by Madison Michael.
Age: 36
Gender: Very very male
Birthplace: California
Profession: Banker, Philanthropist and money maker
Please provide a physical description of your character.
Hmmm, that’s a tough first question. Women find me attractive – or is it my money they find so appealing? I am a marathon runner, a hockey player and a swimmer, so I have an athlete’s body that I am proud of, if I am honest. Scruffy hair, dishwater blonde, a bit of a surfer-dude look, but a cleaned up version.
Please tell us a little about your character.
I have always been smart, logical, and a bit aloof. Aloof, because I cannot let people get too close to me without learning secrets that I have been keeping since childhood. My friends from childhood, with whom I have remained close all these years, don’t even know the truth. I run a bank but I travel to California a lot for business. I lead a completely different life out there, one that I work diligently to keep separate from my Chicago life. I date lots of models, they are self-absorbed and don’t ask too many questions. But Charlotte has captured my attention and I knw she is too smart not to figure things out. I don’t want to lose her but do I dare risk my secrets to pursue a relationship?
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Charlotte is everything I have been looking for in a partner. She is smart and driven, a fellow runner even. She is lovely, delicate and strong all wrapped in a beautiful package with an adorable Boston accent. She seems to be hiding some secret of her own though. My usually logical self goes out the window when she is around. I let her get too close without knowing what she might be hiding. I cannot help it, it am bedeviled….
How does your hero dress?
You can either find me in beautifully tailored suits or running gear.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
I am a Stanford Graduate and have an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I make no apologies for my penthouse condo – I like the private pool and convenient location to the bank. I give away a lot of money each year, funding schools, hospitals and numerous charities.
What is your character’s viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Wealth is not important. It just so happens I have a lot of money, but I could be happy without it too. I could start over and probably accumulate it again – not to brag. It’s just that I am a hard worker, and my brain just seems wired to problem solve.
Is he close to family?
I have a younger sister that I dote on. Aubrey is getting married this year and I love seeing her so happy. The wedding and all the parties associated with it are driving me a bit insane, but they make a great excuse to introduce the family to Charlotte.
Can your hero keep a secret? If not, why not? If yes, why?
Secrets abound in my life, and I suspect in Charlotte’s too. I intend to ferret hers out, and frankly, after all these years, I would love to share my own as well. I am not found of keeping secrets from those I love. I wonder if its possible to have true love without trust. I would rather not find out.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Maddy likes smart successful heroes and I fit that to a T, but she also recognizes that no one is perfect – well, except Maddy of course! So she created a hero with a few flaws and some room to grow and learn. Then she created a smart, sassy woman to teach me a few lessons and help me see the light.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
She tells my secrets, but you will have to read the book to find them out yourself!
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most happy? What makes your writer the most sad?
I believe Madison is happy writing a happy ending, resolving the big issues and watching her protagonists grow and learn. She has a good time writing those hot sex scenes too. As for most sad, I know Maddy is sad to let go and finish the book. As much as she wants to share it with readers, she grows pretty attached to us when she is creating.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
I think Maddy loves to write in order to create and finish something. Finishing what she starts was once a challenge for her so overcoming her obstacles was important. But I think she writes smart, contemporary romances for her readers – smart contemporary women who want a touch for fantasy to touch their reality.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
That’s an easy question. I wish she would finish the fourth book in the series. Maddy has been working on Besotted a long time and her fans want to know how the story of Tyler and Regan will end.

Tell us about Bedeviled

Bedeviled is the third novel in the Beguiling Bachelor series, a trio of steamy contemporary romances set in the luxury of Chicago’s elite families. This suspenseful novel follows Charlotte, escaping an unknown threat in Boston, as she moves to Chicago and into Alex’s arms. Alex, a successful millionaire who has held women at arm’s length, is torn between living with the smart, sassy Charlotte and protecting his own secrets. Can the two fall in love when they are bedeviled by lies and half-truths?

For a limited time, Bedeviled is available in a collection of romance stories by 22 talented authors.

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Madison Michael is the author of the Beguiling Bachelor Series, smart, sexy novels with complex characters set against the backdrop of Chicago’s elite society. Maddy loves exploring her native Chicago to discover new sites, new restaurants and new elegant events for future stories. Follow Maddy on Facebook or learn more about her and her friends by subscribing to her blog.
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Let’s meet Bryce Lowery from City Boy, a new gay hockey romance by AE Wasp. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever.

City Boy by AE Wasp

Genre: Contemporary gay hockey romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self published

Follow the money or follow your heart? Either way, you lose.

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay.

Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce’s dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he’s either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars.

City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)

Introducing Bryce Lowery

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Hockey Player – Center

Ethnicity: White American

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall, even compared to other guys on the team. 6′ 5″ Dakota says I look like the Brawny guy when I have my beard and my hair is long. It’s not completely inaccurate. Sometimes I shave, but I’ve come to like the hair a bit longer. And Dakota likes it, so I keep it. I work out a lot. I have to, it’s part of the job.

Tell us about yourself, please.

There’s not much to tell, I think. I’m the oldest of five. My father left when the twins were babies. I was ten. I was already playing hockey, so I decided that I would be the best hockey player ever and support my family from it. I never wanted them to be poor again. It was all I did. All I’ve ever done. I don’t even have a high school diploma. I got my GED when I started playing professionally at seventeen. Hockey is all I ever did. Until now. Until I met Dakota.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Dakota Ryan. He’s amazing. He saved my life when we met. Well, he says he just changed a tire, but he kept me from going over a cliff in more ways than one. He’s 24. A farmer. A real life farmer. He was adopted from foster care when he was six by this hippie couple and then raised on the farm. I never met his parents. They died when he was sixteen. So about eight years before we met. I can’t believe how strong he is. He survived and thrived. He knows so much more than I do about mostly everything. Except how to have fun and let people take care of him, he just added. He’s reading over my shoulder.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

We live comfortably. I’m not going to lie. I made some good money playing hockey for so long. And Julia – that’s my sister – she’s invested it wisely. But I’m not into a flashy lifestyle. We live in the gorgeous farmhouse on our apple orchard/farm. I do love to surprise people and indulge them. Before me, Dakota hadn’t been anywhere but Colorado. My favorite thing to spend money on is taking him all the places I love. Seeing them aging through his eyes makes them even more special. Sometimes, I’ll take a bunch of people, his sister and his friends, my siblings and the kids and just go somewhere fun.

What is your viewpoint on wealth?

Oh man. Money is what almost made me lose Dakota and this wonderful life we’ve built. Having too much of it can give you a distorted view of what’s important. And getting it from such a young age, you don’t learn how to solve problems. Not everything can be fixed by throwing money at it. That was my knee-jerk reaction, and it drove Dakota crazy.

Now I see it as a tool, a type of energy. I just want to know that everyone I love will never want for anything. I like taking care of them. I like spreading the wealth. We run a foundation and support a lot of organizations. Children in foster care and making sure low-income kids have access to sports are two of our main causes. Not a surprise, I know.

If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?

I’m going to answer these together, because the answer is the same. My dad. I want to see him and I never want to see him again. Considering he’s dead, I won’t ever see him again in this lifetime. I only found out he was dead when I inherited the farm and orchard. (But that’s a whole long story.) I want to ask him how could he do it? How could he have walked away from a wife and kids? From a family who loved and needed him? I’m never be able to understand that. Family is the most important thing – whether it’s your birth family or your chosen family.

Oh, maybe I’d want to meet Dakota’s birth parents, too. At least my dad just left. His parents, well, they weren’t so nice. The state took him away when he was a toddler. I think they’re still alive. Probably best I don’t ever meet them if they want to stay that way.

But yeah. I’d want my father to answer all my questions, but I have a feeling there’s nothing he could ever say to make me understand him.

Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?

Only from myself, apparently. You’d think I would have known I was gay before I was 34 years old. Other people knew, or suspected. Like my ex-wife.

Then when I fell in love with Dakota, I guess it was pretty obvious, even though I was trying to keep it hidden. I think my mom knew when I picked her up from the airport. She claims it was because I talked about him the entire ride home. She says she kept count and that I said the name Dakota forty-seven time in the hour ride. I think she’s exaggerating.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That I’m not good at anything but playing hockey, and that the only thing I have to offer anyone in the world is my ability to earn money doing it. Without hockey, I don’t even know who I am.

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After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing. A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane.

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Meet Jenny Hanford from Jenny by Melissa McClone @melissamcclone #RLFblog #sweetromanceWelcome, Melissa McClone. Let’s meet your character Jenny Hanford from Jenny, a new sweet contemporary romance.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Step one: Take a fun-filled vacation with friends.

Step two: Drink fruity cocktails with colorful umbrellas.

Step three: Write a humorous message to her future soul mate.

Step four: Stuff the message in a bottle and toss it out to sea…

Bestselling thriller author Jenny Hanford never expects anything to happen the night she whimsically throws her requirements for true love into the ocean. Thirteen months later, however, she hears back from the man who found her message in a bottle.

Exchanging carefree emails and texts makes Jenny smile and fills her days with anticipation. But when she gets word her bottle finder, a soldier named Dare, has been injured and is asking for her, she can’t deny her growing feelings for her online friend. Jenny wants to go, but she’s afraid Dare will turn out to be as make believe as the characters she creates. What are the odds he could be her real dream hero?

Introducing Jenny Hanford

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Jenny. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 31
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Berry Lake, Washington
Profession: Thriller author
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m average height with long, caramel-colored hair with blond highlights. I have some curves so would never be called thin. (Candy is my downfall.)
Tell us about yourself, please.
I live in the same small town where I grew up. Berry Lake, Washington is a small town located north of the Columbia River Gorge. Nothing much ever happens there except two annual events—a Big Foot gathering and a Huckleberry Festival. I’m pretty much a homebody. I love to read and am a member of a twelve-women online reading group called the Romantic Hearts Book Club. My love of books let me to become a text book editor, but I still had all these stories in my head so I decided to write a book—a thriller. Much to my surprise, it became a bestseller. So now I write full-time under the pseudonym Jenna Ford and only edit text books when my former boss has an emergency.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Ashton Thorpe, the hero of my thriller series called the Thorpe Files, is the ultimate book boyfriend and how I judge the men I meet. So far, no one can measure up, but I’m hopeful there’s a real life guy out there for me.
How do you dress?
Pajamas. I own more of those than real clothing. I work at home so I don’t change out of my pajamas unless I’m going out. Which isn’t often.
What is your family like?
My parents died in a car accident, and a couple of years later, my brother was killed while deployed in Afghanistan. It’s just me and my sister-in-law, Missy, now. She lives in my guest house and is also my personal assistant. Not to mention best friend. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?
I never want to see my ex-fiancé Grant again. He was only with me because of my money. He wanted me to pay off his six figure gambling debts. So glad I listened to my lawyer and accountant about making him sign a prenup. He wouldn’t and then told me he only proposed because I was Jenna Ford and wealthy. He said no man would ever be interested in Jenny Hanford.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I’d love to adopt one of the kittens my sister-in-law is fostering. They are so cute, and I have a lot of love to give, but I have this plan and getting a pet comes later so I’m not sure what to do.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I had my doubts about Dare being an Army Ranger, but he’s totally hot and so sweet. Thank you for making him be the one who found my message in the bottle.


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USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.
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Meet Ezra Easton from Drakon's Plunder by NJ Walters @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #PNRWelcome Ezra Easton from Drakon’s Plunder by NJ Walters (Blood of the Drakon, Book 3) a new paranormal romance.

Drakon’s Plunder by NJ Walters

Life is not going well for archaeologist Sam Bellamy. She’s stuck in the middle of the ocean on a salvage boat with people who want her dead. It wasn’t her gift for being able to sense objects of power that got her here, rather her need to make a secret society called the Knights of the Dragon pay for killing her mentor. Sam doesn’t believe in dragons, but the Knights do, and if she can get one of the sacred artifacts they’re searching for away from them, she’ll consider it payback.

Ezra Easton is content to run his marine salvage company and live alone on his private island. He may be a four-thousand-year-old water drakon, but he’s civilized enough to know just because he pulls an injured woman from the ocean, doesn’t mean he gets to keep her…

When she wakes up, she has a few tall tales to share, and it seems the Knights are after her. But this drakon won’t give up his treasure.

Genre paranormal romance/shapeshifter
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Introducing Ezra Easton

Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: A tiny village long turned to dust
Profession: Marine Salvager
Ethnicity / Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): I’m a drakon, the son of a dragon and a human woman.
Please provide a physical description of yourself.
In my human form, I’m 6’8″ with shoulder-length brown hair and turquoise blue eyes. I have a tattoo that covers the entire left side of my body from my neck to my ankles. It’s a birthmark and is a swirling pattern that is the blue of the ocean off the coast of my home and outlined in the same turquoise as my eyes.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a water drakon, which means I’m as at home in the water as I am on land. Maybe more so since there are less people in the ocean.
Who is the significant other in your life?
That would be Sam, which isn’t short for Samantha. It’s Sam. There is no one else like her in the world.
Are you book-smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
All of the above. I’ve lived a long time. Plenty of time to read and explore. I’ve seen places on land and in the ocean that no human has ever seen. I have a huge collection of artifacts that I’ve personally collected from all over the world, from all different time periods. The ocean is full of the stuff.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
I have plenty of money and own my own island off the coast of…well, you really don’t need to know exactly where it is. What’s the point of living a long time if you can’t be comfortable. I don’t need a lot of fancy things. I have my home, plenty of food, my privacy, and most of all, I have the ocean on my doorstep.
On what special skills do you rely?
I’m a drakon. That means I have a lot of special skills. The one I enjoy the most is being able to shift into my dragon form, take to the ocean, and swim.
What is your family like?
There is only my brothers…half brothers really. We were all abandoned by our dragon father almost four thousand years ago. After that, our mothers and villages cast us out in fear. It’s made us close. There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for one another. And now I have Sam. I pulled her from the ocean and I’m keeping her.
Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?
I’m a drakon. Of course, I can keep a secret. I’ve been keeping a big one for thousands of years.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I’d get rid of the Knights of the Dragon and everyone like them. All we want is to be left in peace. All they want is to capture us so they can drink our blood, which cures all disease and indefinitely prolongs the life of the one drinking it. Those guys have become a huge threat, not only to me and my brothers, but also our women. They have to be stopped. We’ve always tried to live and let live, but they won’t leave us alone. This time, we’re not backing down.

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NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Meet Dr. Aaron Kendall from Not Through Loving You @pat_preston #RLFblog #genreWelcome Aaron from Not Through Loving You, a new single title contemporary romance.

In the Southern town of Lafayette Falls, a new life brings together a woman with everything to lose and a doctor with everything to prove.

When a sickly infant is surrendered at the Lafayette Falls Medical Center, and orphaned soon after, pediatrician Aaron Kendall arranges to adopt him. After a painful divorce, the busy baby doc is about to realize his own dream of becoming a father when the baby’s beautiful estranged aunt turns up. She doesn’t exactly approve of the Kendall bachelor pad complete with Aaron’s cranky dad and wacky brother, forcing Aaron to form a risky alliance with her.

Country singer-songwriter Lia Montgomery barely knew her half-sister, but she’s determined her tiny nephew goes to a good home. If only she fit the bill herself, but her stressful life on the road is no place for a baby. Yet despite her misgivings, as she gets to know Aaron, she realizes the smart and sexy doctor is everything a child could want in a dad and more unsettling, everything she’s ever hoped for in a man. After all she’s put him through, is it too late to form a family and maybe put a song in the good doctor’s heart?

Genre contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Kensington Books
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Introducing Dr. Aaron Kendall

Age: 36
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Tennessee
Profession: pediatrician/neonataology

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall. Six three and I have athletic build. I inherited my mother’s black hair and blue that were passed down from her Irish ancestors.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Lafayette Falls, Tennessee where I practice medicine. I’m a partner at the Lafayette Falls Childrens’ Clinic. I completed a fellowship in neonatology and I’m the medical director of the newborn nursery at the medical center. I love sports and I played college baseball. I live in a large log-and-stone house on a wooded lot in the country. I bought with the intention of raising a family there. After my divorce, I kept the house and now my cranky widowed father lives with me and my youngest brother, a frat boy/con artist, comes and goes.

Who is the significant other in your life?

After my painful divorce, I decided to take a break from love and serious relationships. That was before my life got upended by Lia Montgomery.

How do you dress?

I wear scrubs at work. Tee shirts and jeans at home. I like pin-striped dress shirts and slacks when I go out.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

I live comfortably and I don’t really want for anything in the way of material items. My heart longs for what money can’t buy: true love.

What is your family like?

My mother, a nurse, has passed away. My dad, Frank, is a retired cop and he is very outspoken at times. I have three brothers. I’m the oldest. Two of my brothers live out-of-state and my youngest brother, Stevie, is still in college. He’s been in college several years now. Stevie is something of a con artist and I never know if he’s telling me the truth, but he’s fun to be with and I love him.

Do you have children?

No, but I am in the process of adopting an unwanted baby. I have always wanted children and I had hoped my wife and I would have a large family, but that wasn’t to be.

Now I have a second chance at having a son and I’m thrilled.

What past event causes you the most fear?

The day I came home and found a note from my wife. She had left. She loved another man whom she had been seeing and who was the father of the child she was expecting. I had no idea and I was shattered to lose her as well as the baby I thought was mine. I never want that to happen to me again.

Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?

Lia. She’s Baby John’s aunt and when she arrives, everything in my world changes. All my plans for adopting John are in jeopardy because, well, she showed up during a bachelor party my dad was having for a friend. Needless to say, she got the wrong impression of me because I’d had a few drinks, the house was mess and we had several blow up dolls and porn on TV. She was horrified with me and the fact that I was single makes me totally unacceptable. Unfortunately, I am attracted to her, like love-at-first-sight, so I may be in trouble. You can read Chapter 1 to see what I mean.

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Award-winning author Patricia Preston writes mainstream romance, historical romance and comic short stories. She is represented by the Seymour Agency. She is the author of a mainstream contemporary romances, Love Heals All, for Kensington Books/Lyrical Press imprint. Her other romance titles include a historical, To Save a Lady, a romantic adventure set in the French Quarter during the Battle of New Orleans. She also has a short story anthology, Dixie Darlings, available in print. Besides writing she loves music, photography, graphic design, and visiting her favorite historical locales including the French Quarter and the Natchez Trace.

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Today we’re reading about NarrAy Jorlan from At the Mercy of Her Pleasure by Kayelle Allen. Tell us about your book.

He’s a professional thief. She’s a by-the-book army captain. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!

Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.

Stressing NarrAy Jorlan

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

Age: 28

Birthplace: Tarthian Empire

Profession: Captain in the All People’s Liberation Army (a rebel)

Ethnicity: Better (an addictive, enhanced human)

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Human

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.

NarrAy’s story starts out with her wearing a hot red party dress so she can fit in at a night club. She’s there undercover to meet and hire a professional thief. The place is crowded to the max.

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

She is not happy about being there and stands above the crowd on a hotel balcony, her arms crossed while she taps one foot.

Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

NarrAy is not shy, but because her kind is addictive, they are forbidden access in society. She stays away from crowds.

If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?

She’s too aware of her pheromones and how they affect others to risk getting drunk. She drinks something that looks alcoholic but isn’t.

How much drink is her usual?

She sometimes has a glass of wine with dinner. That’s it.

The heroine 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?

She’s avoiding anyone and everyone. Not only is her kind forbidden to mingle with others, they are not allowed to touch anyone either.

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

Others go stand beside her. She is the strong, silent type.

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

Physically, she is tiny. However, all she has to do is release her pheromones and anyone in the vicinity will go glassy-eyed and slack-jawed. She’s not afraid of anyone no matter how big they are. Literally, no one can touch her if she doesn’t want them to.

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

She would do the tossing.

Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?

She’s often the first to leave, unless she’s meeting someone on a covert mission or op.

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The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?

She’s meek and demure and does not argue. However, she will not allow herself to be detained unjustly. It’s not something she’s proud of, but she can overpower with her pheromones and use her voice to control others. If she’s angry, the combination can kill.

How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?

She seeks backup if possible, but if she can’t, she will still investigate.

If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?

Protect the person. Then punish the assailant.

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

Take a second to assess the situation. She does not leap blindly into anything, but she’s quick to decide and once she has, she doesn’t pull back.

This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?

NarrAy will use her pheromones and voice to take command of the situation. She avoids that if possible.

The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?

She gets stiff and formal, retreats behind a wall of polite iciness and waits for the person to leave. If it looks like they aren’t, she makes excuses for leaving and gets out of there.

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

She comes alongside, talks to them, and if she outranks them (she’s a captain, after all) she will direct them as to how to fix the situation and proceed.

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

Pain is fleeting. Honor is forever.

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

“Think, assess, and then act without regret.”

What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?

When her parents were killed and their belongings confiscated by the Tarthian Empress, she considered it the worst day of her life. From the moment she heard what had happened, she knew she had to take back what was stolen and honor her parents’ legacy. She reminded herself daily, sometimes hourly, that she would make them proud.

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Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Genre: sci fi romance, romantic comedy, military sci fi
Publisher Romance Lives Forever Books
Available free on Kindle Unlimited
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The sequel for this book is For Women Only.

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Meet Ashley Drayton from My Rodeo Man by Bonnie Phelps @bonniephelps15 #RLFblog #contemporary Welcome Ashley Drayton from My Rodeo Man :The Texas Kincaids #1, a Contemporary Romance by Bonnie Phelps.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Zach Kincaid was definitely not what Ashley Drayton was looking for – one more risk-taking, bad boy to add to that long list of narcissistic, jerks who kept breaking her heart. Well, she was fed up. From here on out, bad boys need not apply. So how in the world had this cocky, confident cowboy charmed his way into her affections? She sure wasn’t going to succumb without a fight.

Ashley Drayton looked like the typical, spoiled Southern Belle that made Zach turn tail and head for the hills. As a champion team roper on the rodeo circuit and ranch owner, he sure didn’t need the complications a feisty, prima donna would bring to his life. When he finally did settle down, he wanted a woman strong enough to stand beside him in the hard-knock world of ranching and rodeoing.

Can a rough and rugged cowboy live happily ever after with a sassy and sophisticated socialite?

Introducing Ashley Drayton

Age: 28
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Profession: Accountant
Ethnicity: White
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): N/A

Please provide a physical description of yourself. Ashely finger-combed her wild, curly locks that tumbled past her shoulders. “Physically? Big violet eyes, long black hair, curvy in all the right places – men look, so I assume I’m attractive. I’ve been compared to a Betty Boop doll. I’m short, but I prefer height challenged. When I run, people call me girly, which I interpret as they don’t peg me as athletic. I have a keen fashion sense and fantastic dresser.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Single. Been engaged twice, but the last one is the one that opened my eyes. I thought Bill was ‘the one’ and shared my life with him completely. Even put him on the deed to my condo. Big mistake. The man took lying, cheating, scumbag to a whole new level. People say I’m too trusting. Given my history with men, that’s probably an accurate statement. I’m ready for a new start which is why I just moved to San Antonio, Texas to join my best friend, Lauren. I have a plan. No more being sucked in by the wrong man. The perfect day is one spent at the spa being pampered. I love to cook and whip up something fabulous in the kitchen. Maybe I should have been a chef instead of an accountant? But accountant was the safe choice and the one my parents approved. I have a thing for shoes, especially tall, spikey, kick-ass shoes.

Who is the significant other in your life?

I’m not sure he should be – I keep falling into that bad boy trap – but Zach Kincaid has tied up my heart as effectively as the steers he ropes on the rodeo circuit.

If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?

Bubbly, like fine champagne. That’s one of the things I wish I could change. People assume I’m an airhead and don’t see the strong, capable woman I really am.

What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?

I don’t travel light. In addition to the usual – wallet, phone, makeup and other touch-up essentials, tissues, and feminine products – a woman needs to be prepared for any contingency. Breath mints, hand wipes, an energy bar, pepper spray, hand cream, sun screen, a scarf, a collapsible umbrella, sun glasses, a first aid kit, and ear buds because you never know when you need to tune everything out.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That I will never find my soul mate. It’s not that I need a man to complete me, but I want someone to love me. I want someone to grow old with, to be there in good times and bad. I’m sure my luck has got to change one of these days, but that’s what scares me the most.

Who in your life has the power to hurt you the most and why?

My mother in particular, and my family in general. It would be nice if she could cut me some slack instead of constantly criticizing me and my choices. I’ve never been good enough for her. I think that’s why I spent so much time with Lauren’s family growing up. They always accepted me for who I am, loved me unconditionally, and made me feel special. No matter what mischief Lauren and I got in to, I always felt like I belonged. My family is the exact opposite. Cold, critical, unloving. I’ve come to the conclusion after so many years of trying to please them, that I deserve more.

What would you like people who hear your story to know?

Ladies, let me be your cautionary tale. Go ahead and love with all your heart, but hang on to your independence.

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Rumor has it that Bonnie began telling stories at a very early age. Photos exist of the author toddling around the corner of the house covered in mud babbling about magic rabbits leading her through the garden. Her parents were amused only adding fuel to the fire of her passion for writing. From then on, her active imagination continued to churn out plots and character sketches always wondering how different people would behave in similar situations. When she is not mucking around in her own characters’ lives, you will find her perusing her Kindle and reading someone else’s story. She also enjoys baking, knitting, taking long walks, and people watching. Bonnie lives in Northern California with her husband.

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Welcome Tarrant Cooper from Drakon’s Prey, a new paranormal
Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Valeriya Azarov turned her back on the family business to
write and illustrate children’s books. But with a sister who leads the Knights
of the Dragon, it’s impossible to get away from the secret society whose
mission is to destroy and enslave dragons. When information falls into her
hands along with the opportunity to save at least one of the ancient creatures,
she can’t turn away any longer.
When a woman moves into the cabin above Tarrant Cooper’s
secret underground lair, he’s both suspicious and intrigued. He hasn’t lasted
four thousand years being careless, so when he suspects her of being a part of
the Knights, the plan is to kidnap her and find out how much the organization
knows about him and his brothers.
He’s drawn to Valeriya, but trusting her could get him
killed. Even if she’s a pawn in the war between drakons and Knights, giving her
his heart would mean forever.

Introducing Tarrant Cooper

Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: A small village in the Middle East that has long
since gone to dust.
Profession: I basically control the airwaves.
Ethnicity/ Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): I’m a
drakon, the son of a dragon and a human woman.
Please provide a
physical description of yourself.
In my human form, I’m 6’8″ with short black hair and blue
eyes. I have a tattoo that covers the entire left side of my body from my neck
to my ankles. It’s a birthmark and is a swirling pattern that is silver and
outlined in the same blue as my eyes.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a drakon. That means I don’t like to talk about myself.
The less people who know about my kind, the better.
Who is the significant
other in your life?
My Valeriya. She’s one of a kind and she’s mine. *growls
Are you book-smart, self-taught,
I’m self-taught and widely-experienced. *laughs* I’ve been
around for a very, very long time. I’ve watched mankind go from mostly
illiterate to everyone having books and information at their fingertips. From
primate communication to now having a good chunk of the population walking
around with a cell phone stuck against their ear.
Do you get by, live comfortably,
live extravagantly?
I’m comfortable in my below-ground
lair. It has everything I need. My biggest expense is my computer equipment.
Money doesn’t mean much to me. I have more than enough for a hundred lifetimes.
And I can always make more.
Are you close to family?
I’m close to my brothers. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do
or no one I wouldn’t kill to protect them. And now I have my Valeriya. She’s
everything to me.
How well do you know your
*snorts* I don’t have neighbors. I live in an underground
bunker in the middle of nowhere. And that’s the way I like it.
What secrets do you know
about people around you that you do NOT share?
Nothing is a secret from me. Information is my passion, my
life’s blood. If it’s out there, I can find it. There is nowhere I can’t go
online. I mostly don’t care what people do as long as they leave me and mine
alone. If they don’t…
What are your biggest
hopes and dreams?
I want to destroy the Knights of the Dragon and live in peace
with Valeriya. The Knights have been hunting my kind for centuries and we’ve
mostly left them alone. This time, they’ve gone too far and I’m taking the hunt
to them.

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and USA Today bestselling author who
has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels
of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen,
and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention.
It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Welcome Katrina from Jager, a new scifi adventure romance.

Jager Galactic Defenders #2

Genre SciFi Adventure Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Jager’s new squad of Defenders has completed training, but the spoiled princess who has grated on his nerves since her first day of training is called back to Hemera for a yearly celebration. When Princess Katrina doesn’t show up, Jager must find her and drag her home, where he wishes she would stay.
Katrina is a Defender, not a princess. And there is no way she wants to return to a planet she hates for some stupid ceremony. Not when she could be out killing Erebus with her squad.
But when a new enemy threatens both their lives, they must work together to survive.

Introducing Katrina

Age: 20 Earth years
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Earth, though I was conceived on my mother’s home planet, Hemera
Profession: I’m a Galactic Defender, not a Princess.
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): My mother is Hemera and my father is Kalaren.

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I can fit in on Earth better than most other Defenders. I have light brown skin with long, dark hair, and dark brown eyes. I’m fit. I need to be to bring down the Erebus. They’re not exactly lightweights, and I prefer hand-to-hand combat rather than the plazers and bows the other Defenders use. I don’t have an eyebrow ridge like my dad, but I do have the ‘V’ of freckles across my shoulders and down my back like my mom.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised on Earth. A couple years ago, my home was attacked by the Erebus. It was after a Galactic Defender arrived to help us
that I found out the man who I believed to be my father wasn’t my dad, and that I wasn’t Terran. Turns out the Defender who arrived on Earth is my dad, my mom was the long lost princess of Hemera, and I haven’t been on Earth since that day. But, I’m itching to go back. I know I can’t stay there, but I just want to see what’s changed, how my friends are doing.

Who is the significant other in your life?

I don’t have a significant other, like a boyfriend. Jeff Bennett and I almost had a thing on Earth, but I had to leave the planet, and didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. My squad leader, Jager, is hot, but we don’t exactly get along. And then I have Jace, my best friend. He’s the only Defender who has my back, so we spend a lot of time together. But, he’s nothing more than a friend.

How do you dress?

I wear my blue Defender uniform. Though, sometimes when I’m training on my own, I’ll wear a pair of leggings and a sports bra. If I lived with my parents on Hemera, I’d have to wear their royal garb. While the lehengacholi I wore for my mother’s coronation was beautiful, it’s not s something I’d want to wear all the time.

Please tell us about your education.

I graduated from high school on Earth, though I didn’t make the ceremony. I was supposed to go to university that fall, but wasn’t on the planet to do so. While the Hemera council taught me a bit about Hemera culture, I’ve learned a lot about the races belonging to the Galactic Alliance as a Defender. I’ve also learned how to bring down an Erebus by hand. Not stuff I could have learned on Earth.

What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?

I don’t have pockets or a purse—I have no need for them—but I carry my zuranium blade in a special pouch in my boot. It goes with me
everywhere I go, because I never know when I’ll meet up with an Erebus that needs to be taken out.

What is your family like?

They’re great people, really, just a tad bit overprotective.  My mom is now the Queen of Hemera. She’s wonderful, and rules far differently than her father and brother did. The commoners are no longer starving and dressed in rags. Everyone works together for the good of the planet. And with the dome the Alliance installed for her, the planet no longer had to worry about an Erebus attack. My dad is a legend among the Defenders. I hope I can be half as good as he was. He was leader of Echo squad for many Galactic years, and killed more Erebus than I can ever imagine. Then there’s my sister Gwenodyn. She’s not really my sister, but my parents are raising her after the last Erebus attack on Hemera when her mother was killed. She’s a sweetheart, but not when she uses her Mingot mind-reading abilities to get her own way.

When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?

I scratch my arms. It’s a habit I wish I didn’t have, as it totally gives me away when I’m lying.

What would you like to tell your writer?

It would have been nice if you’d given me more than one friend. Though, I wouldn’t trade Jace for the universe. And why is this book
called Jager when it’s supposed to be my story?

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paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you can not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter. Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.
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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling
author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days
writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers,
seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie
for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

About Drakon’s Promise

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.
He’s both.
He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture
all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness
and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book
belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous
world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed
possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes
just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her
best chance at survival.

Introducing Darius Varkas

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you
here today.
Name: Darius Varkas
Age: 4000 years, give or take a few
Gender: male
Birthplace: A small village that has long since crumbled to
Profession: Entrepreneur
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): I’m a drakon, the son of a
dragon and a human woman.
Describe your body and
build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples,
freckles, or scars.
In my human form, I’m 6’10” with black shoulder-length
hair and green eyes. I have a tattoo that covers the entire left side of my
body from my neck to my ankles. It’s a birthmark and is a swirling pattern that
is bronze and outline in the same green as my eyes.
Who is the significant
other in your life?
That would be my Sarah. She’s the most beautiful, most
amazing woman in the world. Brilliant too. After all, she chose me.
Please tell us a
little about yourself.
I’m a drakon so I like my privacy. I’m not even sure why I
agreed to do this interview. *grumbles*
Please tell us about
your education.
I’ve lived four thousand years. I speak and write many
languages, including some long forgotten by time. I’ve learned alongside
mankind. Airplanes were a particular favorite invention of mine, as being a
pilot allows me to take to the skies nowadays when it isn’t as easy to simply
shift and soar. Computers I can use but I don’t particularly like them.
Do you get by, live comfortably,
live extravagantly?
I’ve lived for a very long time. I’m also an earth drakon,
which means I know how to find precious metals and gems. I’ve accumulated quite
a hoard over the course of my life. And like any self-respecting drakon, I
guard what is mine.
Are you close to family?
My brothers are my family and we are very close. We had
different mothers but the same dragon sire. Of course, now I have Sarah. They
all love her.
Can you keep a secret?
Why or why not?
Of course I can keep a secret. I’m a drakon. Of course,
telling all of you about myself isn’t exactly keeping that a secret.
What secrets do you know
about people around you that you do NOT share?
I know all my brothers’ secrets, but I would never betray
their trust.
What is your biggest need?
My biggest need is to wipe the Knights of the Dragon from
the face of the planet. They want to capture me and my kind for their own
profit and to prolong their lives by drinking our blood. We were content to
leave them alone, but they will not leave us in peace. And they threatened
Sarah and will always be a threat to her and to my brothers. They have to be
What are your biggest
hopes and dreams?
I dream of being able to live my life in peace with Sarah.
What is your biggest personal
I have no flaws. *turns to Sarah* Stop laughing. She says I’m
set in my ways and stubborn. Overprotective too. But since I’m always right, I
don’t see that as a flaw.
Who in your life has the
power to hurt you the most and why?
Sarah has the power to destroy me. She is my heart. I trust
her more than I thought it possible to every trust a woman.
What would you like
to tell your writer?
I want to thank her for bringing Sarah into my life. I also
want to let her know this is my first and last interview. I’m done.

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