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Christmas Delights 
This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story.

About the Author

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she
started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for
a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to
major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction
was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors
of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian
period and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth
century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she is a bestseller
at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home
in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes
in her easy chair in the living room. She also writes as Anh Leod.
Heather loves to hear from readers! Visit her website for contact information.

Interview with Heather Hiestand

Why did you write this
book?
I have been dancing around the Christmas season in a few of my
Redcakes series books and wanted to make sure I had a proper Christmas read to round
out the series. When you have books that involve so many baked goods, the holidays
are a perfect time of year to embrace! I also wanted to make sure Lewis Noble, my
hero, had a happy ending, after being shot down romantically in The Marquess of
Cake, Redcakes #1. He’s become a reader favorite character. My heroine, Victoria
Courtnay, has also had rough luck in romance and I wanted her to have a love story.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I’ve been a romance reader since about 1993. I dabble-read in
everything, but primarily read romance. I like books that uplift me and have positive
messages. I don’t need that much reality in my fiction! Give me true love any day.
Who is your favorite character
from fiction (not including your own)?
Kivrin from Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book. This is such a powerful
read and makes me cry. Kivrin is a time traveler to the time of the Black Death.
What are you working on
at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I just did plotting for Trifling Favors, which will be the seventh
Redcakes book. I’ll be writing that in early 2015. I’ve also plotted the first book
in a new series for my editor’s consideration, and I continue to work on another
idea when I have time, set earlier in the nineteenth century than the Redcakes series.
My next release will be in August 2015. That is Wedding Matilda, the sixth Redcakes
book.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap. . .
Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one–let
alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in
the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband.
But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair–and the
handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the
man for the job. . .
Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters,
so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced
pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party–but Victoria is the
only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching
other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt
before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts–for
many holidays to come. . .

About the Book

Title Christmas Delights
Genre Historical Romance
Author Heather Hiestand
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Christmas Star 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick,
easy, and fun. Today’s guest is Christine Ashworth.
What is your favorite
go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite “I know it will hit the
spot” item?
Honestly? A hamburger and fries. Or eggplant parmigiana. Beef
panang. Confession time…I like a lot of different foods!
What were you like when
you were in school?
In high school, I was impatient with my peers. I was usually
in the ballet studio – I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and it didn’t include
gossiping about football players. Of course, I haven’t danced ballet in too many
years now.
Would you rather stay
inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
Both! I grew up in San Diego, and live in the Los Angeles area
– I love snow, both watching it fall and getting out in it to build snowmen. But
only if I’ve got the proper clothes, and know that there’s a fire and my hubby waiting
for me to get me warm.
If you’re on Twitter,
what’s your favorite hashtag to watch?
I love checking in on the #1k1hr hashtag. I almost always make
new friends that way, too.
What was the last movie
you watched (home or theater)?
“The Red Violin”. An AWESOME film that I’ve watched
several times now.

About The Book:

Title: Christmas Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Christine Ashworth
Book heat level: PG13
After a whirlwind courtship, the Christmas season finds plain-Jane-with-a-secret
Elle Houston engaged to one of the brightest stars in the Hollywood firmament–and
falling for the personal chef at her ritzy, pre-wedding resort.
Elle doesn’t know for sure if marrying Taylor Collins, superstar,
is the right thing to do. Separated by a continent four days before their wedding,
Elle is waiting at a private resort as her doubts escalate. Hunky Chef Luc Favreau
isn’t helping, with his Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate, and his ability to
really listen, to really see a girl for who she is, rather than who he wants her
to be…

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About the Author

A Romance for Christmas by Kayelle Allen
A Romance for Christmas
by Kayelle Allen
Kayelle Allen, author of A Romance for Christmas answers five
easy questions to help readers get to know her better. Kayelle is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning
author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk,
role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
Who is your “book
boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
I have a real yen for Roarke, from JD Robb’s In Death series.
But don’t let Lt. Eve Dallas know. *wink*
What’s your favorite hashtag
to watch on Twitter?
I have more than one. I (try to) keep up with #Loki and #Thranduil,
and also #MFRWauthor #amreading and #ASMSG. I built a Paper.li newsletter that combines
the first two. Loki’s Army Recruiters http://paper.li/kayelleallen/1383533309
What are your hobbies?
I’ve been collecting the In Death series by JD Robb (39 as of
this date), and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward. Hmm… I must have
a thing for authors with J names and four-letter last names. Anyway, I challenged
myself to find these books secoond hand rather than new. So I visit used book stores,
Goodwill stores, and places like Second and Charles. I keep a list and cross them
off as I go. Once I have all the books, it’s only a matter of keeping up. And I’m
scouting for new and prolific authors to watch. Suggestions welcome.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
I just bought two Astonomy
magazines which I will read cover to cover. I also pick up Popular Science, Popular
Mechanics, and similar magazines. They help me keep up with current technology.
When you write science fiction you have to know what’s new. Scifi is often an extrapolation
built on the now. If we have this, what will it be used to do? The book I’m talking
about this time is contemporary — not scifi, but my primary writing is science
fiction romance.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The theme from Cops! “Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna
do? What you gonna do when they come for you?” Scott Gregori is one of his
hometown’s finest boys in blue.

About the Book

Title A Romance for Christmas
Genre Contemporary Holiday Romance
Author Kayelle Allen
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance
showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything
Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination
to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she
never expected to get.

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A Romance for Christmas 

Today’s featured book is A Romance for Christmas.

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance
showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.
It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything
Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination
to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never
expected to get.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the founder of Marketing for Romance
Writers. She is a multi-published,
award-winning author, and the owner of The Author’s Secret, an author support
company. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary
characters, futuristic immortals,
covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Author Social Media

Unstoppable Heroes Blog http://kayelleallen.com/blog
Once Upon A Montana Christmas 

Title Once Upon A Montana Christmas

Genre Historical
Romance
Author Name Alanna
Lucas
Book heat level
(based on movie ratings): R
Miss Eva Kenward does
not want to spend another Christmas alone. Leaving Queen Victoria’s
England, she journeys to America in search of an uncle but finds herself
on the rugged frontier of Montana.
And with no money and no acquaintances, the rudest man she has ever met is the
one she must engage. Especially considering the precious bundle in her arms.
“Hunt”
Strauss has been fooled before by beauty. So when the ravishing young woman
arrives on his doorstep, he suspects her of ulterior motives. But perhaps the
baby she holds truly is his kin…and when Miss Kenward finds herself stranded
after a hotel fire, he reluctantly agrees to help. Bringing her to his
sprawling ranch, Hunt tries to keep his distance. But the enticing woman and
her enthusiasm for the season soon prove that fairy tale love stories—and
holiday wishes—really can come true.

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Interview with Eva Kenward

Tell us about yourself, please.
My name is Eva Kenward. I am
originally from England
where I was a companion to my stepmother’s aunt. It was a comfortable, albeit
boring life. My only relations are a half-brother, and a distant uncle. I love
to read and have always been fascinated with tales of the Wild West.
What is it that you want, but cannot have?
Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to be part of my family, but my
stepmother and half-brother have other ideas for my future. I have a distant
uncle in California.
Although he has not responded to my letters, I hope to be reunited with him in
the near future.
What inner doubt causes you the most
difficulty?
I constantly worry that when I finally
succeed in reaching California
and find my uncle that he will have even less interest in me than my dead
father.
What’s your external complication? In the
story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
My greatest fear is to never find my uncle
and be part of a real family. My life gets considerably complicated when I lose
all my funds, clothing…everything! I am forced to find work while my dream of
reaching California
slips further away.
Tell us about your significant other, that
person who makes living worthwhile.
What would that person say about you?
What is your family like?
My mother died when I was a little girl and
my father soon remarried. At first I was excited to have a stepmother, but that
excitement gave way to loneliness. She never had time for me, always too
concerned with the latest soiree or fashionable pursuit. My half-brother was
far worse. He was the heir and controlled my entire existence.
Are you happy with the way your story ended?
Why or why not?
More than happy. All my hopes and dreams
came true in the wild west I love so much.

About the Writer

You
have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s
see what you can do.
I’m a panster learning to plot. I love to
research, but I have to set time limits.
Was
there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How willing Eva was to leave a comfortable
life behind in England
and venture into the unknown by herself.
When
you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy?
The simple joy she found in experiencing
Hunt’s family traditions.
Why
do you write?
I write because I love to write.
What
do you want to write next?
A Regency romance. The central theme is
family, but my hero loses sight of what is most important when he becomes
obsessed with vengeance.
Is
there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I
enjoyed writing it.

Author Bio

Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California.
From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those
experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel
destination, Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or
going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of
America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance
Writers.

Author Social Media

Be Mine This Christmas Night 
LA Sartor, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Be Mine This Christmas Night.
Genre: Romance
Publisher: L.A.
Sartor
Cover artist: Neringa http://www.dvdezign.com
Length: 288 pages print, apx 40,000 words digital
Heat rating: mild
Tagline: Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas Night?
Blurb:
The Children’s Author …
Annie Hamilton’s children’s series
Star Light~Star Bright is a mega hit.
She loves kids and wants nothing more than a family of her own, but twice burned,
thrice shy. When a gorgeous man with two young boys moves next door, Annie can’t
help but dream her impossible dream.
And The Widower Who Moved Next Door
Cole
Evans is a brilliant scientist, but finds fatherhood a challenge. When his son develops a bond with their
enchanting neighbor, the boy’s favorite author, Cole discovers just how much he’s
lost—and how much he needs.
Will Their Wish Come True This Christmas
Night?
Can Cole overcome family meddling and
alleviate Annie’s fears so they can be a ready-made family?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Annabelle Hamilton (Annie) 30’s, Children’s book author
Dr. Cole Evans, late 30’s, PhD Atmospheric Physicist
Josh Evans, 7
Peter Evans, 9

Interview

If you could change something
about your first book, what would it be?
I changed the cover to Dare To Believe once and I’d change it
again. If you want to see the first cover, go to www.lasartor
and scroll down to the bottom of that first page. I’m not sure how I would change
it a third time, but I’d love to hear from the readers of the blog. Chime in. What
would you change from my current cover…also on the same website.
How do you cope with stress
as an author?
I go into my back yard which is an oasis for me. Pond, views
of the mountains, peace. I get away from the computer, and if I still want to write,
use the ancient tools of pencil and paper. While I love the computer, it can suck
you dry. Too many distractions, and too many things I should be doing as well as
writing, like promotion, emails, web-surfing…
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Parts of them do and parts of me. I saw a T-shirt
once that said, “Be careful what you say or you could end up in my book.”
True. So watch out J
Which of your books would
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
I was at a signing recently and was told by some of the readers
who’d stopped by that they don’t read romance. So I started thinking about my books
and really, they are a journey, not only of the main characters, but I try really
hard to take you someplace you may not know. My screenwriting comes in as I set
the scene, place you there. I’m told I’m good at it. So yes, it’s a love story,
but so much more. Now how do I tell you that? Thoughts, dear readers?
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
Shorts, bathing suit, sunscreen and my credit cards. Any island
where there is sun, sand, palm trees and blue, blue water. Let’s go now. Dare To
Believe is set both in Hawaii and Colorado. Two of my favorite
places.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Christmas is. Which is why I HAD to write Be Mine This Christmas
Night. I love the magic, hope, peace and goodwill of the season and wish it could
last longer, like all year. Wouldn’t peace to all and hope for a better tomorrow
be a good thing?
Where were you at midnight,
on December 31st when the new century started?
Fun question. At home with my husband, waiting for a calamity
to befall the bank I was part of. I was on the Y2K team. We were extremely prepared,
but YAY, nothing!!
Please underline which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
Both honestly. But If I had to pick…nope, can’t do it.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers-any color
and lots of cheese.
I’m always ready for wine and pasta, a good walk and a chat
with my best friend.
When I’m alone, I love to read, do cross stitch and play the
piano.
You’d never be able to tell, but I can be a very shy person.
If I had a halo it would be gold
with diamonds.
If I could win the lotto I’d set up a literacy foundation.
I can never scuba dive again because I’m terrified
of drowning, but love to swim.

About the Author

Leslie Ann Sartor (aka L.A. Sartor)
began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at Leslie’s insistence,
wrote them down and Leslie illustrated them. As an adult she writes suspense and
action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she’s had a contracted
adaptation! She lives in Colorado
with her husband whom she met on a blind date. Leslie loves to travel. She thinks
life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey.

Find Me Here

Amazon author site: http://amzn.to/VB7ed9
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