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Know the Hero from The Hidden by Augustina Van Hoven @augustinavhoven #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance #PNRAugustina Van Hoven, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about The Hidden.

The Hidden by Augustina Van Hoven

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

The monsters are real…

For most of her life, Lily Montgomery had thought the creatures that inhabited her dreams lived on only in the pages of the horror novels she wrote. Until she was kidnapped by a vampire and forced to go on the run from werewolves and other shapeshifters. And from her emotions. For, against all reason, her heart was also at risk of being captured by the vampire.

Valerian DuCharme had been turned into a vampire against his will. But in the turning, he did not lose his charisma or his caring. Now the enforcer for one of the princely houses of the Community, he tried to ensure the safety of anyone who came within range. And of many who didn’t. But it was all reflex, until he met Lily. And emotions he hadn’t felt for hundreds of years surfaced.

Know the Hero from The Hidden

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

He’d go for a run under the stars, preferable along a nice lake or river.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He loves breakfast food with eggs and bacon so he’d pick up a bacon, egg & cheese biscuit.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He loves boots, jeans, a tee shirt and his leather jacket.

Does he know how to fix things?

If it is something created before electricity, he can fix but modern things, not so much.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

His current mission is to find out who is leaking information about the hidden community to the humans. He needs to question a woman about it but soon discovers there are others after her. He kidnapped her to keep her safe and now must protector her from shifters and others who want to kill both of them.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Since he was turned into a vampire, he lost the ability to have his own, so he is very kind and gentle with children.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Since being in any kind of sunlight turns him into a briquette, he is in his case before sunrise.

How does he act around people who don’t know what he is?

That depends on his mission. He can be very charming and diplomatic when he needs their trust or he can scare the crap out of them if they are in his way.

Will he let a worker handle things or do it himself?

He has a trusted human assistant named Karl. Karl also acts as his daylight ambassador.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle always. He is either in his van if he is on a mission or his Ducati Diavel motorcycle.

Recycle or toss?

Toss. Two hundred year old habits are hard to break.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy The Hidden

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0852T1L3Z/
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-hidden-32

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Augustina Van Hoven was born in The Netherlands and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, dog and two cats. She is an avid reader of romance, science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not writing she likes to work in her garden or in the winter months crochet and knit on her knitting machines.
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Know the Heroine: Sarah Forsythe from The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne @JanSelbourne #RLFblog #Historical FictionJan Selbourne, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

The Woman Behind the Mirror by Jan Selbourne

Genre Historical Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Marry in haste, repent at leisure is the last thing on Sarah Forsythe’s mind when she and the son of a local minister elope to the American colonies. She wasn’t to know abandonment, misery, poverty and shame would follow. As the colonies rebel against British rule and the siege of Boston worsens, alone and afraid, Sarah hides her desperation behind a hard shell. To survive, she is forced to steal from her employer. Instead of the cash she needs, she finds Bank of England documents. Sensing they might have some value, Sarah protects them through months of deprivation until she finally secures passage home to England. Unknown to her, two men are following, intent on claiming those documents. At any price.

Bank of England fraud investigator Neil McAllister faces the biggest challenge of his career when a woman from Boston demands a reward for returning lost documents to the bank. Then two men with the same name and nearly identical stories arrive in England, each claiming ownership of them. Who is lying? Or are all three accomplices in a plot to swindle the bank? As the obstinate, secretive woman gets under Neil’s skin, he trusts that she was an unwitting witness to the crime of cold-blooded betrayal and treason before the fall of Boston. Now it’s up to Neil to protect Sarah because the traitor wants her dead.

Know the Heroine from The Woman Behind the Mirror

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Sarah has little patience. She’s pacing the floor and thinking of something she should be doing.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

She loves venison pies – a real treat in the 18th century

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Sarah suffered years of deprivation in the American colonies. She’s used to counting every penny but still loves green gowns and matching combs in her hair.

Does she know how to fix things?

Yes, survival is a great teacher. She’s broken into buildings searching for anything of value, narrowly escaped capture and learned the hard way to be self-sufficient. Her pride stops her asking for help.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Demanding a reward for these valuable documents set off alarm bells at the Bank of England but Sarah wouldn’t budge. Unknown to her, a man recently arrived from Boston has convinced bank fraud investigator Neil McAlister, that he is the owner of this account. Grateful for their safe return he insists on paying the reward to Sarah in person. In front of her family and Neil McAlister, he exposes her shameful life in Boston – keeping men happy in a gambling club.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

She can be very impatient and that’s because life has taught her ‘don’t trust anyone’. To do so will bring hurt and humiliation. It’s not until bank investigator Neil McAlister wins her trust that she learns to love again.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Since running away her life has been extremely difficult. She’s wary and careful and very alert.

How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Very well, she was brought up in a privileged home and taught all the social niceties.

Maid or takes care of herself?

Life in the colonies taught her to take care of herself, a maid is sheer luxury.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Proper dress even if it’s somewhat shabby.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Buttoned.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural black hair

Carriage or horseback?

Carriage.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy The Woman Behind the Mirror

Publisher https://nomadauthors.com/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084WVQBTP/

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Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Jan’s love of literature and history began as soon as she could read and hold a pen. After graduating from a Melbourne business college, her career moved into the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland, and the United Kingdom. At the point of retiring she changed course to work as secretary of a large New South Wales historical society. Now retired. Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and writing. She has two children, a stray live-in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.
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Stressing Caryn Orlane from Tender Misdemeanors by Alana Lorens #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense #CopRomanceLet’s meet Caryn Orlane from Tender Misdemeanors, a cop romance and romantic suspense story, by Alana Lorens. 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.

Tender Misdemeanors by Alana Lorens

When Caryn Orlane joined the Bureau of Land Management, she never dreamed she’d fall for a man on the wrong side of the law–or that it would cost her so much. Tender Misdemeanors

Genre romantic suspense, cop romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Saving the forests may be the death of them

Caryn Orlane has law enforcement in her blood; her father was a cop, and his father, too. She’s a federal agent in northwest Montana, protecting the old forests and keeping the peace.
Levi Bradshaw also believes in protecting the forests, but has a very different MO. He’s the leader of a group of eco-warriors, determined to save the trees of the Bitterroot by legal–and illegal–means.

When they meet in the woods at gunpoint, their encounter ignites a spark of interest, despite operating on opposite sides of the law. When their worlds turn on them, they only grow closer. If they don’t work together, can either survive?

Stressing Caryn Orlane

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.

Please tell me about your heroine.

Age: 30

Gender: female

Birthplace: California

Profession: Law enforcement officer for the federal Bureau of Land Management in Kalispell, MT

Ethnicity: Caucasian

What does your heroine look like?

Approximately 5’7″, shoulder-length blonde hair, green eyes, physically fit, prefers dressing casually

Who is the significant other in her life?

When we begin, it’s a green iguana named Niabi. But when she meets Levi Bradshaw at gunpoint, he becomes the one man for her.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

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

She’s not much of a party girl, but she agrees to help Levi host a fund-raising party to save the forests. She makes sure there’s enough food, liquor and baskets to collect donations from the cast of wealthy contributors. Levi’s home is beautiful and a great setting to remind people how much the wild is necessary even to our modern lives.

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

Of course, at the moment, she’s in disgrace with her own Bureau department because she’s even seeing him, so she’s mostly trying to stay out of sight and not see anyone from her office. Or really anyone she knows. She’s not ashamed to be with Levi, but she’s painfully aware of the conflicting loyalties she holds.

Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Definitely aloof. SO aloof. She spends part of the night in the pantry alone with Niabi.

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

A glass of good wine.

How much drink is her usual?

Just enough to feel a bit warm. She values her mind and control too much to get totally wasted.

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?

Definitely to avoid people she knows.

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?

She’d likely hover around a few close friends–she’s no social butterfly.

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

It depends. If it’s something to do with her, she’d handle it herself. If it had nothing to do with her, she’d probably stay on the fringes and watch until it got out of control. Then she’s perfectly trained to step in and take charge.

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

She’d do the tossing.

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

Well, she’s currently living there, so I guess she’d have to stay late….

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 gets hot, fast, and argues her point until she’s out of breath, even though she’s a cop herself.

How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?

Her adrenaline would spike, and she’d be ready for action.

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

Stopping the assault.

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

Pull out her gun and stop it.

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?

She jumps in anyway, because she’s committed herself to making the save.

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 in some way. What does she do?

She’d withdraw a bit, but probably be sarcastic if she must interact with this person.

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?

As someone who’s had a rowdy younger sister all her life, she’d likely take over somewhat diplomatically, but practically, to achieve the correct outcome.

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?

“This can’t stop you. You’ve got to take care of yourself, and then we’re going to take care of whoever did this to you.”

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

Her father’s. He was a cop before her, and she always wanted to please him. Unfortunately, his advice almost always comes to her in terms of how he’d be disappointed by whatever she’s done.

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

The fact that she tried out to be FBI, but flubbed the final exams. She still went on to be an enforcement officer, and she’d survived just fine.

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

That even though she’s not warm and fuzzy, that she still has the capacity for love and longing, and she would lay her life on the life for anyone who deserves it.

Where to buy Tender Misdemeanors

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084FTTWP2
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tender-misdemeanors-alana-lorens/1136277238

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Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, she loves her time in the smoky blue mountains. One of her novellas, That Girl’s The One I Love, is set in the city of Asheville during the old Bele Chere festival. She lives with her daughter, who is the youngest of her seven children, three crotchety cats, and four kittens of various ages.
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Know the Heroine: Hafsah Brooks from Open to Love by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #Interracial RomanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about Open to Love.

Open to Love by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

The last thing Hafsah wants is to get wrapped up in another marriage, let alone with a younger man. Despite the desire he reawakens in her, she is not going to fall into another trap. Faheem is undisturbed by the age difference and undeterred by her doubts. He feels the passion surging between then and is determined to get her to open to love.

Know the Heroine from Open to Love

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Talking to her girlfriends Tariqa and Rahma chases away any boredom from Hafsah. They met in Islamic school, and have been besties ever since. If they aren’t teasing each other, they share their hopes and dreams.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Hafsah’s mother nagged her about her insatiable sweet tooth since she was little. She can’t resist and must have sugar when life gets hectic or taxing. She knows it’s not the healthiest thing to do, but when things become stressful, a cookie or cupcake hits the spot and keeps her from flying off the handle.

When her marriage was falling apart, Hafsah’s clothes got tighter from months of slamming down snack cakes. She popped one after the other in her mouth as she looked for a job. When she couldn’t fit her favorite skirt, she knew it was time to get out of the house and walk off some pounds while she could still fit through the door.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Hafsah is a Muslim woman who covers her head, so she has a ton of hijabs of different colors and patterns. Not one to leave the house shabby, she has a closet and drawer packed with hip modest fashion. She is tall and has to get ankle-length a-line or box pleated skirts custom made to drape over her long legs, which she finishes off with long-sleeve blouses. After strapping on a pair of MK shoes and slinging an LV handbag over her shoulder, she sashays her way into the world.

She reserves more revealing clothes like tight jeans with camisoles or shorts and tank tops to strut around the house, cleaning, cooking or just hanging out. She finds it funny when people ask her if she wears a hijab at home. Some have even asked if she showers in it!

Does she know how to fix things?

Hafsah does have the ability to get somethings up and running. If it can be repaired with tape, glue, a hammer or screwdriver, then she is your gal. Growing up, she watched and learned from her mother how to unclog drains, spackle holes in the wall and get any most of the small appliances in the house beeping, whirring and humming again.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

As corny as it seemed to many of her friends, Hafsah always wanted to be a wife and mother. Sure, she made sure to get a college degree to be marketable and take care of herself, but settling in to take care of hearth and home was important for her.

Unlike her best friend, Tariqa, who had sworn off men, Hafsah maintained an open mind when courted by the Muslim brothers in her community. Unfortunately, nothing worked out. Years went by, and no one swept her off her feet, until Mahmoud. He was smart, sexy and smooth enough for her to accept being his second wife.

Polygny was not an alien thing in her community. She had plenty of friends who were cowives. Mahmoud had more than enough money to keep her and his first wife comfortable, and since she had fallen for him hard, she decided that she could accept plural marriage. Big mistake.

Hafsah was not prepared for the change in the way some women in the community treated her for “settling” to be wife number two. Mahmoud’s family was no help. They denied her existence, straining their usually steamy and happy relationship.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

Hafsah loves kids, not babies, kids. Babies scare her. She is always afraid that if she holds one, she’ll do something wrong and hurt it. They are so small and frail.

When she was around seven, one of the sisters in the community visited with her newborn. She asked and the mother let her hold the tiny bundle. All she wanted to do was see the tiny feet hidden inside. She unraveled the blanket, and the baby’s arms and legs flailed out, startling her. She jumped up, dropping baby and blanket. Fortunately, mother caught the little one.

Ever since that day, Hafsah has lots of fun with kids, and coo at babies from a safe distance.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Hafsah rises every morning before dawn for prayer. It’s not always easy. Winter days on Long Island, NY can be cold and prickly, making her want to stay between her toasty blankets. She finds solace in making a spiritual connection with her creator, so she fights the urge to be comfy.

Can she use chopsticks?

Hafsah’s friend Simon had taught her to use them when they were teenagers. He lived near her aunt’s house in Queens. When she visited, she would go to his house to grub down on his mom’s cooking. She loved it, but hasn’t used them since he left for law school.

Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?

Coffee is fine for Hafsah, but she prefers to carry around and sip water most days. When she does drink coffee, she avoids high-priced coffee chains with more milk and sugar than actual coffee. She will grab a cup at one of the small mom-and-pop cafes peppered along Montauk Highway, have a seat and sip while sliding her thumb across her cell phone.

What apps would she have on her phone?

Hafsah’s phone has the mandatory social media apps—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Pinterest is one of her favorites. She likes to look at cooking and decorating ideas.

Android or iPhone?

Hafsah had an iPhone, but every time she turned around, it was out of memory. She switched to Androids and never looked back.

Earrings or unpierced ears?

Hafsah’s mother pierced her ears when she was a baby. She loves wearing gold bangles, draping her hijab so they swing from her ears.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Most Muslims in Hafsah’s community frown on tattoos. She has seen a few of her more rebellious friends with them. She went with one of them to the parlor. After seeing her friend wincing under the needle, she was not inclined to ever get one.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

It is almost impossible to get anywhere on Long Island without a car. Hafsah bought her first one when she was seventeen. She worked summers and saved her money for three years. It was old and ran on a prayer, but it was hers. Mahmoud gave her a new luxury car as a wedding gift, but nothing will purge the love for her hooptie.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Open to Love

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082TXYTF5/

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A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
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Bucket list of Hunter Lawe from Sleepin' Alone @RomanceBJones #RLFblog #Romantic SuspenseLet’s meet Hunter Lawe from Sleepin’ Alone, 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 book.

Sleepin’ Alone by Bernadette Jones

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Hunter Lawe, rides the narrow line between enforcing the law and breaking it. An undercover cop, he witnesses the worst of human trafficking and drugs. But lies and betrayal are not new to him. He learned his lessons well from family and the woman who claimed to love him. There is only one thing he still believes in. Revenge.

Ruby Leigh Dupree is on the run from a past she can’t remember to a place she doesn’t know. Waking up in her car, broken and bloody, the same refrain echoes over and over in her mind. Run. Hide. Don’t look back. You’ll be safe in Spencer, Colorado. After a month in hiding in the quiet little town, her body has healed but the night terrors persist.

The first time Hunter met Ruby Leigh he turned her away when she offered him more lies. The next time, he realizes she’s his opportunity to finally get his nemesis. He’ll use her with no regrets, regardless of the cost.

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

Gender: male

Birthplace: Spencer Colorado

Profession: Detective

Ethnicity:

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m 6’4″, tall by some standards. I inherited my grandfathers green eyes and black hair which I tend to wear a little longer. I like to workout, it helps burn off some of my frustration and anger, so I guess you could say I’m ripped.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was an undercover cop trying to bring down a sex trafficker. I trusted the wrong people and the pervert walked away. Since then every girl that has died is on my conscience. I won’t rest till I bring him down.

Who is the significant other in your life?

I’ve been betrayed more than once by women. I won’t trust again. Then Ruby stumbled into my life. The first time I sent her away. The second time I kept her for myself. I planned to use her, then she stole my heart. She doesn’t know who she is, but I do.

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 the younger twin. My brother Heath is nine minutes older. We have one half-sister, Miranda.

Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.

My brother and I would play cops and robbers. I always wanted to be the cop.

Describe your favorite food and how it’s prepared.

A big plate of spaghetti and meatballs. I like the sauce a little spicy with lots of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Tell us about your best friend.

When I moved back to Spencer I started my life over. That included friends. Deke is a little older and has worked for my grandfather for years. I respect the hell out of him and am proud to call him friend. I’ve become very close to Doc Gage Ewing and Owen Strong. Once you read my story you’ll understand why.

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

I’m home now, that’s the only place I want to be.

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

Chicago. My worst betrayal and biggest regrets happened there.

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

Ruby’s grandmother who raised her when her parents died.

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

Can’t think of anyone by name. If I don’t like you, I don’t worry about seeing or making nice with you. I just walk away.

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

The day I turned Ruby away. I would have listened to her.

About Bernadette Jones

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?

I always knew Hunter and Ruby’s story, but as the book evolved their friends kept demanding time and influence over events.

Why did you choose this character for the interview today?

Hunter always called to me because of his strength and vulnerability. I want readers to understand he was a tortured soul.

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

What I didn’t realize was how lonely and isolated his anger, guilt and regret had made him.

Are any sequels planned for this book?

Yes. Gage Ewing gets his own book in April 2020. Owen Strong and Deke Ward will get their stories later this year.

The Aspen Gold Series is written by six different authors. Each of the other authors will also be releasing another book in 2020 that ties back to their first books. All the books are set in the town of Spencer, Colorado.

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

Paranormal and futuristic.

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

My stories are about love, loyalty and friendships that get us through the tough times with an HEA. Besides, who doesn’t love a bad boy with a heart of gold?

Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?

Take a chance on Sleepin’ Alone. Come fall in love with Hunter and his hunky friends. Thank you for taking this writing journey with me.

Where to buy Sleepin’ Alone

Universal buy link https://books2read.com/sleepin-alone
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZXLJCM8
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1134649701
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/sleepin-alone/id1486037349
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Know the Heroine from Behind the Clouds by Jan Selbourne @JanSelbourne #RLFblog #Historical FictionJan Selbourne, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Behind the Clouds by Jan Selbourne

Genre Historical Fiction

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Barely tolerating each other, Adrian and Gabrielle Bryce are trapped in Belgium as the clouds of war loom over Europe. Plunged into a nightmare of lies and betrayal, they flee for their lives as the German forces cross the border. Disguised as peasants, they avoid capture, witness death and atrocities, and reach safety as two different people who’ve found deep love. But, the tentacles of treachery have spread to England where Adrian faces charges of treason and a woman who’ll stop at nothing to see him dead.

Know the Heroine from Behind the Clouds

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.

It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?

Well, no one knows Gabrielle has a lover. If he’s not with her, she’s dreaming of him.

What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?

Gabrielle is an upper- class English lady with servants. Her meals are traditional, but chocolate is a favourite for after dinner.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

She wore expensive but uninspiring clothes until that fateful trip to Belgium. When the Germans invaded, sparking World War One, she and her husband Adrian, whom she despised, had to run for their lives. To survive, she wore anything to hide her identity.

Does she know how to fix things?

She couldn’t slice bread until they were trapped in Belgium. Fear and hunger and deprivation soon taught her to be self-sufficient.

She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

She was expected to marry well, and she did – to the wealthy Adrian Bryce. Eight years and two children later they could barely stand the sight of each other, until they travelled to Belgium – where a war was about to hit the world.

How does she act around children she doesn’t know?

Gabrielle is very fond of children.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

Mornings in her upper class world were orderly and pleasant until she and Adrian were betrayed in Belgium. After that, her mornings were gut wrenching fear of being caught, hiding in ditches and barns and looking for food.

How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Very well, Gabrielle was born into a wealthy upper class family.

Maid or takes care of herself?

Gabrielle had a maid until the world as she knew it ended in 1914. The terrifying journey through Belgium to safety taught her a lot – being self sufficient was one big lesson.

Proper dress or casual clothes?

Always proper clothes

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Sleeves buttoned

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural hair

Carriage or horseback?

1914 – 1918 – car and train.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Behind the Clouds

Publisher https://blackvelvetseductions.com/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NSKITO/
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