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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?
Buy links:
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
Christmas Goes Analog 

Kate Lowell, welcome
to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Christmas Goes Analog.

Genre: Contemporary
Holiday
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover artist: Valerie
Tibbs
Length: 30,000 words
Heat rating: Explicit
Tagline: When plans
to celebrate a traditional Christmas together with Rob’s family fall apart, Shawn
decides to create their own Christmas tradition.
Blurb:
When Rob’s dad was injured
by an uninsured driver, it spelled the end of Rob’s carefree childhood and, more
important to Rob, the idyllic Christmases they used to have. Hard work and sacrifice
nets him a degree in computer programming and then a contract at a rapidly-growing
video game company. Things are looking up, especially when he meets his new System
Administrator. But the closer it gets to Christmas, the more bugs there are in the
system.
Shawn’s found him. The
Guy. But Rob’s had it rough and it’s been years since he’s been anything but responsible.
It all comes boiling to the surface when a family financial crisis is followed by
a work emergency that ruins Rob’s plans to bring Shawn home to meet the family over
Christmas holidays.
With Rob’s mood growing
darker the closer it gets to Christmas, Shawn needs to find some way to give Rob
the Christmas he’s so desperate for. And he just might have the plan…
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Robert Forbes, 24, works
as a video game programmer
Shawn Thomson, 26, works
as a system administrator/hardware guy at the same video game company as Rob.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I was laid off one summer,
from a job I hated, and decided that I would give the writing a serious go, as a
way to take back the parts of me that the hostile work environment had crushed.
I started several different projects, in differing genres, and kept noodling away
at them until I had one finished. At some point, I stumbled across my online critique
group, which has been the best thing that ever happened to me, because it was their
support and approval that convinced me to submit something. I was lucky enough to
catch the eye of Raven McKnight at Loose Id and it’s been a fantastic experience.
It’s nice to work with someone who gets your goofy jokes and actively encourages
your weirdness and ‘not in the box’-ness.
What is the most important thing you do for your
career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I give it time and treat
it seriously. I think I’m more forward about promotion, because a professional treats
promotion like a part of the job. And I’m more likely to give myself the ‘down’
time between drafts, because I understand how I write much better now. I tend to
write a clean first draft, but–like many pantsers–it’s more of a detailed outline,
not a full first draft. Rewrites
Underground Erotica

are necessary to add in the layers of information
and make sure plot elements are properly supported. So I keep a number of different
projects going at once (I have about a dozen right now, at various stages, from
single scenes to more than half finished.)

What websites do you visit daily?
Daily? My email. Twitter.
Absolute Write. My critique group. News sites and any interesting links that show
up in my Twitter feed or elsewhere. I try to stay off the internet, if I can, since
it can be a huge time waster and I’d rather make words.
If you could change something about your first
book, what would it be?
Lol. I’d write the prequel
first. The biggest complaint about the first book was that people wanted to know
the story of how Levi and Glynn got together. Bite Me Tender took place about four
years into their relationship. But I love those two so much, they’ll definitely
be coming back.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like that I’m independent,
that it’s a structured activity that taps my creativity in a way that everyday life
doesn’t even come close to. If you want to get all psychological about it, I’m an
INTJ, which makes me analytical, creative and someone who can’t help fusing things
that, on the surface, don’t belong together. Writing feeds a part of me that the
day job can’t even touch.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
Write anyway. Find some
time. Find some people to help you learn to do it better. Don’t be ashamed of your
ideas, don’t let anyone tell you that girls can’t write scifi or fantasy. Own your
weirdness and seek out people who are also weird. Experiment. Don’t think of a failed
project as a waste–it’s practice.
And don’t let anyone
tell you that you’re too aggressive and it’s not appropriate. Screw that. Push.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
When not tied down by
other responsibilities, I like to hit a minimum of 1500 words a day, though not
necessarily all on the same project. It’s nice if I get it all on one, but it rarely
works that way. A lot of days I’ll go beyond that, but not always. I keep a number
of projects going at the same time, because some days my subconscious isn’t ready
with the next step of a story, so I move to something else. As long as words are
coming out, I’m happy, but there have to be words each day.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Work avoidance, until
I can’t take it anymore. :P Then I very deliberately open up a file that doesn’t
have a due date and put about 250 words on it. After that, things tend to flow smoothly.
But I do have a tendency, once I get a book open, to obsess over it and work on
it all the time, which is part of my stress-coping mechanism.
Do things your family or friends do ever end
up in a book?
Can I plead the Fifth,
even if I’m Canadian?
I’ll confess, names
of people around me often end up in books. Very rarely do personalities get transplanted,
though, since characters tend to arrive in my head with very definite ideas of who
they are and what they want. Random stories often appear, with names changed to
protect the guilty. You’re all fodder to the word machine!
What kind of books do you read when taking a
break from your own writing?
I read MM and other
LGBT fiction, plus a variety of fantasy and science fiction. I’m a spec fic writer
by nature, but I love the challenges of writing in the MM genre and the freedom
it gives me to write about themes and ideas that are skated over or often downright
ignored in mainstream publishing. So I go back and forth between my two loves. Last
MM book read was the Power Play duology by Rachel Haimowitz and Cat Grant. Last
sff book (series, really) read was John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, which was an interesting
setting, though I found I was getting a little tired of the ‘Oh, what a cool universe
I’ve created’ by the fourth book, and began hoping for a bit more story.
Bite Me Tender 
What good book have you read recently?
I listen to a lot of
audiobooks, because I do a lot of driving. So, I’m ‘reading’ Joe Abercrombie’s The
Blade Itself trilogy, which is a pretty interesting take on the fantasy genre. It
looks on the surface like a fairly generic epic fantasy, but he takes a number of
classic fantasy archetypes and–shifts them, ever so slightly. Odd little combinations.
His characters are likeable, the story keeps me coming back, though it’s so subtle
I really can’t explain the draw. Next book slated for listening is a non-fiction
about sociopaths.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Lol, I do research.
Or household repairs. There’s always a list for both. Right now, I’m researching
San Francisco history,
reading up on police procedures and making lists of angelic hierarchies. I’m also
fixing two broken chairs, building support frames for the firewood in the basement
and contemplating building a swinging gate in the pony barn.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red. Definitely red.
Or midnight blue.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with ham
and pineapple
.
I’m always ready for
a nice bottle of red wine. Australian, preferably.
When I’m alone, I giggle
and immediately throw my to-do list out the window, in favour of reading about boys
in love and drinking wine.
You’d never be able
to tell from looking at my house, but at work I’m really incredibly organized.
Anally so, so to speak.
If I had a halo it would
be dented and crooked, or lost under a pile of papers somewhere.
If I could change
one thing about myself
, I’d like to be able to sing, instead of just scaring
small children.
I can never watch
horror movies
because then I’m trapped in my house with the axe in my hand,
until the authorities take me away.

Previous Books

Bite Me Tender
Blurb: Levi is a werewolf.
His boyfriend, and the love of his life, is a witch. After living together for three
years, they decided to commit to each other and change Glyn into a werewolf. Levi
hoped the pack would accept Glyn more readily as a wolf. Glyn hoped it would eliminate
his erratic magic and erase the OCD it caused. One year later, they’re still trying…
Levi can’t understand
why his bite won’t change Glyn and he’s running out of time to figure it out. His
pack is being threatened by a larger one, he’s facing dissension in the ranks of
his own ruling council and Glyn’s grandmother is poking her witchy nose into their
relationship.
Under threat of a violent
takeover, the council pushes another potential wolf at Levi, infuriating Glyn and
adding weight to Levi’s own doubts. Council machinations divide the two lovers,
leaving both men questioning their lives, their love, and what they’re willing to
endure for each other.
Full moon is a time
of power and change. It could be a disaster, or it could be the key to happily ever
after. If they’re strong enough to wrestle their happiness from its bloody claws.
Nuts About You (in the Forgotten Menagerie anthology)
Blurb: Nathan’s been
crushing on one of his regular Bulk Mart customers for a while now. In squirrel
form, he sits on Vince’s bird feeders, munching on seeds and enjoying the eye candy.
Until the day Vince notices him raiding the feeder…
Love Underground
Contemporary Romantic
Comedy, found in the Underground Erotica anthology. It was produced by a group of
erotica writers at Absolute Write as a fundraiser to help support the massive forums
there. My story is about the lengths we go to, in order to make our loved ones proud
of us. Even if it means trying to ignore your claustrophobia to go spelunking with
your outdoorsy boyfriend.

Find Me Here

Website: The Blunt Instrument
http://thebluntinstrument.wordpress.com

Love at First Snow.

Jami Davenport, welcome to Romance Lives Forever.
Let’s talk about your book, Love at First Snow.
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday Romance, Christmas Romance, Lunchbox Romance)
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Cover artist: Chris Keeslar
Length: 13,050 words
Heat rating: 3 out of 5
Tagline: A Christmas Miracle
Blurb:
Four years ago, NHL defenseman
Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a floatplane crash. This Christmas a snowstorm
and a small gray kitten will lead him to life, love, and a whole new shot at happiness.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Dr. Sarah Whitney (32) Veterinarian
Blake Daniels (34) Former NHL Hockey Player

Interview With Blake Daniels

Tell us about yourself. What
are you like?
For a long time, I was
driven and focused on my hockey career. After the tragedy four years ago in which
I lost my entire family, I spent the next four years floundering like a ship lost
at sea. My career went down the tank, and my personal life was even worse. Meeting
Sarah this Christmas changed all of that. Now I have a direction and a future that’s
bright. I’ll be opening a little bistro on one of the islands (San Juan Islands) because I love to cook.
What do you think is your strongest
point?
I think my kindness
to animals and others.
Do you have a weakness? (If
so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy
think it is?)
I think my weakness
is my tendency to close up when things get tough and keep everything inside. I’m
pretty sure she’d agree with that, though she’s better at getting me to open up
than anyone else I’ve ever met except my mother. The only enemies I’ve ever made
were on the ice. They’d say I was a ruthless hockey player in my earlier days.
What drives you to do the things
you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I was raised by a loving,
caring family and parents who set a good example for me every day of their lives.
I constantly strive to be the son who would make them proud.
Forward Passes
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
A naked Sarah and warm
chocolate fudge at the same time.
If you didn’t know how old you
were how old would you be?
About sixteen when I’m
with Sarah.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
He overcame Tragedy
to Love Again
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Right where I am (Washington State’s
San Juan Islands)
What song would best describe
your life?
Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
If you were a tool, what would
people use you to do?
I’d be a hammer because
I hope I’d be used to build things and make life better.
Picture yourself as a store.
Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold
there?
Definitely a grocery
store, but one that sold hard-to-find items and fresh produce.
As a child, what was your favorite
thing about school?
After the final bell
rang and going to hockey practice.
Tell us an embarrassing story
that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other
will do
.
My sister had a schnauzer
that had it in for me. One time at family reunion, he peed on my jeans’ leg. I never
noticed it but everyone else did. My brother managed to get it all on video.
If you came with a warning label,
what would it say?
Beware, this man will
seduce you with whispered promises and great food.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Blake

I love pizza with all meat.
I’m always ready for dinner and sex.
When I’m alone, I like to read or watch sports.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m actually
pretty romantic.
If I had a halo it
would be surprising.
If I could go back and win the Stanley Cup I’d be
one happy man.
I can never forget because they meant
too much.

About the Author

An advocate of happy
endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian
fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber
husband, a Newfoundland
cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and
an opinionated Hanoverian mare.
Jami works in IT for
her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In
her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity
presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion,
it is the most beautiful place on earth.
Jami Davenport

Previous Books

Fourth and Goal (Book
1 in the Seattle
Lumberjacks Series)
Forward Passes (Book
2 in the Seattle
Lumberjacks Series)

Books Coming Soon

Down by Contact (Book
3 in the Seattle
Lumberjacks Series)

Find Me Here

Holiday Spirits can mean a multitude of things.
For some, getting in the holiday spirit means shunning the materialism and commercialism of the season and embracing the “true meaning” of Christmas (i.e., Christ’s birth in Bethlehem).
For others, holiday spirits means all the fantastic “spirits” that can be found behind the shelves of your local bar or liquor store. They look forward to toasting the season with spiked eggnog, Irish cream, or perhaps a lovely holiday mojito.
For Dickens, holiday spirits were the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. Each one had a message to deliver to Scrooge, enabling him to discard his signature “bah-humbug” for a large helping of Christmas cheer.
Although holiday spirits can mean all those things, there is an often unrecognized portion of the population for whom the holidays don’t hearken in joy and goodwill, but depression and desperation. The lonely, the homeless, the ill, people struggling with addictions, and those who’ve lost loved ones and are having a hard time coping with life — let alone celebrating. Even the most normal-appearing folk often have trouble reconciling their high expectations of the season with reality. Holidays often aren’t perfect and can often be more full of stress and strife than peace and joy.
In my latest short story, A Christmas Curse, published in ‘Twas a Dark & Delicious Christmas anthology, Frank Moran, a paramedic, runs across a long-running string of suicides. Every Christmas Eve, someone leaps six floors to their death from the same apartment. He’s shocked to find out that the deaths have been occurring for the last 20 years with only one survivor, Amanda Spaulding, who was only 5 years old when she endeavored to jump to her death. He tries to get the police to investigate but there is nothing to point to foul play, in fact, the police think the apartment is just the venue the people choose to use to take their own lives. When Frank’s wife dies, he’s pitched into his own sea of despair. The only thing keeping him sane is investigating the suicides. To do so, he rents apartment 666 and camps out on Christmas Eve, determined to break the trend or to die trying. When Amanda Spaulding shows up at his door, Frank is suspicious of her and her motives. Has he finally discovered a diabolical serial killer or is she truly the innocent victim she appears to be?
Although my story is pure fiction, it touches upon a subject often swathed in silence and not often discussed during this time of rejoicing. Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year. So, show your holiday spirit, go out to SAVE.Org, know the warning signs of suicide, and make this a more joyous season for everyone!
Merry Christmas –

Ericka Scott

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Ericka Scott is a multi-published, bestselling author of seductive suspense. She’s written stories for as long as she can remember and reads anything under the sun (including the back of cereal boxes in a pinch). She got hooked on romantic suspense in her college days, when reading anything but a textbook was a guilty pleasure. Now, when she’s not chauffeuring children around, wishing she had more than 24 hours in a day, or lurking at the library, she’s spinning her own web of fantasy and penning tales of seduction and suspense. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.

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