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Read Russian Pride #Contemporary #Romance by @HollyBargoBooks #RLFblog Holly Bargo, 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.

Russian Pride by Holly Bargo

Contemporary Mafia Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rescued from domestic abuse, Bratva princess Inessa recuperates from the latest beating in the home of Giovanni Maglione, the mafia captain of Cleveland. Learning that her husband double-crossed the Chinese triad, and they want their pound of flesh–and they’re happy to take it out of Inessa–her parents ask Giovanni to marry their newly widowed daughter. The Chinese triad will be looking for a Russian mobster’s wife, not the wife of an Italian mobster. Inessa agrees to this marriage of convenience which, of course, isn’t so convenient. The ruse fails, which forces Giovanni into a violent and bloody mob war, because he protects what’s his… and Inessa is most definitely his.

Where to buy Russian Pride

Publisher: Hen House Publishing

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world which is where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.
When she’s not working on other people’s documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper … er … computer. If she doesn’t, there’s a definite possibility her mind will explode.
And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it’s quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand new pager.
But that’s another story.
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Meet Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory by Augustine Sam @austin_sam001 #RLFblog #WomensFictionAugustine Sam, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s meet Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory, a Contemporary Women’s Fiction. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Paige Lyman from Take Back the Memory

Character: Paige Lyman
Age: Over 50
Gender: Female
Birthplace: New York
Profession: Psychiatrist
Ethnicity: American
About the character:
Paige Lyman is a gorgeous redhead. She’s over fifty and now in semi-retirement, but is still an object of fascination to her daughter, Diane. She possesses the loveliest pair of legs on Riverside Drive, and when she wears skirts, which she does often, even young men from nearby Columbia University turn to stare. It amazes Diane that her mother’s stunning head of hair still causes whispers in elevators. What she doesn’t know is that Paige had an unusual childhood, and it is about to catch up with her…
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Stern W. (the man she thought she married)
How does your hero dress?
She is trendy, and always makes the effort to look beautiful and elegant
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
She holds a PhD in psychiatry and is widely-experienced
What is your character’s family like?
It’s a close-knit family – an expatriate father and a devoted mom. She is an only child.
Is she close to family?
She remained close to her parents as long as they lived
Does she have children?
She has a daughter, Diane
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
She does not see morality as black-and-white; she, in fact, comes across as someone with questionable morality
If someone from your character’s past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
If someone from her past showed up, she would most definitely want it to be her childhood crush, Bill, because she’d never recovered from his abandonment

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think he found my life story compelling
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish he didn’t dwell so much on the naughty things I did for vengeance
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
He was surprised that I could not fall out of love with Bill when he abandoned me for priesthood, seeing as we were just kids when it happened. To be honest, it surprised me too, but then, love is a mystery, an indecipherable mystery
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Well, thank you for giving your readers a portrait of my life, warts and all.

Tell us about Take Back the Memory

The saga of a compelling backward journey through a broken mind…
Paige Lyman, an accomplished psychiatrist, is on the verge of madness but she doesn’t know it yet. The madness begins when she gets it into her head to write her memoirs. As her brilliant mind assembles bits and pieces of her life for the book, ugly skeletons, long forgotten in the closet, rear their heads.
It all begins with a simple act of love. And love, for her is a blond-haired Irish boy named Bill, so when Bill abandons her for priesthood, the world around her collapses. Seized by a different passion—vengeance—she seeks her proverbial pound of flesh in the beds of various priests.
But that’s before she meets Stern W, a medical researcher, who sweeps into her life like a hurricane and marries her. And they live happily after until he dies in a helicopter crash and she discovers the startling truth about who he really was. Now, Paige, transformed from psychiatrist to patient, is saddled with a damning memory she must decipher to be free.
Take Back the Memory is the saga of her compelling backward journey through her own life on a psychotherapist’s couch.

Where to Buy Take Back the Memory

Publisher: AuthorSuite Books

Augustine Sam Social Media

Augustine Sam is a journalist by profession, a novelist by choice, and a poet by chance. A member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists, he is a bilingual writer and formerly Special Desk editor at THISDAY newspapers, an authoritative Third World daily first published with the Financial Times of London. He later became a correspondent for central Europe, and afterward, fell in love with poetry the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
He was the winner of the Editors’ Choice Award in the North America Open Poetry Contest and a Finalist in the International Book Award Gala. His poems have been published in international anthologies, including “Measures of the Heart” and “Sounds of Silence.”
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Read free: Fool's Gold by Cari Davis @CDavis1851 #FreeBookFriday #RLFblog #ReadIt’s #FreeBook Friday on RLFblog! Join us for a collection of free reads and downloads. All genres and heat levels. This week’s featured book is Fool’s Gold by Cari Davis. Bookmark this site so you don’t miss a thing.

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Fool’s Gold by Cari Davis

Penniless and estranged from her wealthy family in New Orleans, widow, Doña Melissa Bertrand de Cabrillo must barter her way from California to Louisiana in order to save her niece, even if it means posing as the wife of a perfect stranger.
Gold miner and banker, Sebastian Henderson, needs to find a wife soon…or at least a woman willing to play the role. Doña Melissa provides the perfect solution, but sharing a cabin with the tempting southern belle proves more challenging than their bargain–and more dangerous–after a passenger aboard their steamship is murdered. Melissa is convinced the death is connected to her family’s events in New Orleans.
Thrown together by necessity, united by love, Melissa and Sebastian must unravel a murderous scheme threatening to tear them apart.
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The Eagle at Dawn (Immortal Shifters Book 4) by Holly BargoThe Eagle at Dawn (Immortal Shifters Book 4) by Holly Bargo #FreeBookFriday #Read

Rachel’s brother uses her as collateral to settle a debt with an outlaw motorcycle gang. She flees to a local bar and pleads with a darkly handsome to help her. His help results in homicide. When eagle shifter Diego’s vacation is interrupted by the innocent young woman he recognizes as his mate, he flees with her across national borders because she’s his and he’s not letting her go.
Having essentially swapped one captor for another, Rachel knows the dashing, sexy Spaniard is keeping secrets from her. He showers her with kindness and generosity in exchange for her obedience. Diego’s control over her and his secrets elicit her distrust and resentment.
When freedom beckons, Rachel answers its call; but, freedom brings hardship and indignity. Will she return to the controlling alpha male who stirs her blood or cling stubbornly to her freedom?
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La Roe's by Dee Carver #FreeBookFriday #ReadLa Roe’s by Dee Carver

Can Emerald put 300 years of anger aside to save them or will she sacrifice all their futures and kill him as she swore to do?
When Emerald La Roe ran away 300 years ago, she had not planned to return. However after repeated dreams from Goddess Morrigan, Emerald finally realizes she has no choice. Emerald not only finds a magical sword waiting for her, but her dead husband also.
It seems Stefan O’ Duff wants’ reconciliation and help to cure the curse they share. Emerald would rather see him dead than be with him again, she has someone else to consider though. Her new love, Maxwell Howard a werewolf, who through sharing blood with Emerald, now faces the same fate as Emerald and Stefan. For the cure to work, Emerald has to put her hatred of Stefan aside and consent to share his bed again.
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Bro by Kayelle Allen

The tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief wBro, sci fi by Kayelle Allen #FreeBookFriday #Readill be out of sight, shielded from the taunts humans fire at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to save his brother from abuse and win his freedom — even though Senth is a slave himself.
There’s just one problem. The new Thieves’ Guild tech might make him invisible, but it can’t shield him from the truth…
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Touched by Fate by Jami Gray #FreeBookFriday #ReadTouched by Fate by Jami Gray

Trusting him with her secrets is dangerous…
As a specialized consultant for the Department of Defense, Risia Lacoste understands the bargaining chip of a well-kept secret. When her current assignment threatens to unearth her deeply buried skeletons, she’s forced into a high-stakes game of lies and loyalty where even her ability to foresee the future can’t predict the winner.
Trusting him with her heart could be fatal…
Darkness lies under the skin of every man, and PSY-IV Team operative and touch empath, Tag Gunderson, has the demons to prove it. Scarred by betrayal and disillusionment, he’s not Risia’s top pick for a partner in the game, but he’s all she’s got.
As danger draws them deeper into a pit of intrigue and their list of enemies grows, will Risia trust Tag with more than her secrets or will his demons destroy them both?
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Re-Scue by Laura Tolomei #FreeBookFriday #ReadRe-Scue by Laura Tolomei

Re-Scue spans four different lifetimes connected by an insane passion for sex and blood. The players – a hunter and his prey – change shapes and sexes, but their sensually seductive game is always as exciting as the first time. The rules are simple. Sex without emotions is what the hunter wants, but the prey seems unwilling to give, refusing to play by this incomprehensible rule.
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For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey @GabbiGrey #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceGabbi Grey, 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.

For the Love of Max by Gabbi Grey

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Ironworker Dodge Vasilius has been in love with LGBTQ social worker Maxine Reeves since he first met her at a party when her date abandoned her. She’s way out of his league. Except she’s finally left the abusive jerk. Dodge is just checking to make certain she’s safe. Because making a move on the newly single Maxine would be classless… Right?

Where to buy For the Love of Max

Amazon CA
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Gabbi Grey Social Media

Gabbi Grey has written a lot of words and is now focusing on sharing them with the rest of the world. She writes contemporary, gay, and dark erotic BDSM romances. She believes in happy endings.
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Know the hero in Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes @constancebretes #RLFblog #ContemporaryConnie, 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 book.

Midnight Escape by Constance Bretes

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Suzanne Pacheco is on the run from the mob after witnessing a murder and helping to put the killer in prison. Her trip across the country brings her to a small town in Alaska. But once again the mob’s hitman has tracked her down. She’s disheartened at the thought of leaving the town she’s developed a real fondness for, but there’s nothing else she can do. Until she finds help in the unlikeliest of places and embarks on an adventure like never before.
Commercial fisherman Jax Devereaux has his hands full fishing for crabs in the formidable Bering Sea, but when Suzanne needs his help, he adds yet another thing to his list of responsibilities. He takes her with him to the one place he thinks she might be safe—the middle of the sea. But there’s danger everywhere. Can he keep Suzanne safe, and will he lose his heart in the process?

Know the Hero from Midnight Escape

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
He spends most of his time on the ship in the middle of the Bering Sea, he would sit and chew the fat with his crew members if he was bored.
What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?
Drunken Mussels
Does he know how to fix things?
Fixes things on the boat
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
When he was in the US Coast Guard, he took a helicopter on a rescue operation and came down to land and got tangled in the electrical wires.
How does he act around children he doesn’t know?
He was a father of a little girl, he has nieces and nephews, so he’s very comfortable around children.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
Can he use chopsticks?
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
Coffee is his vice. Most captains chain smoke cigarettes while manning the boat, he drinks black coffee.
What apps would he have on his phone?
Weather channel, US Coast Guard, location app, storm tracker
Android or iPhone?
On the boat, neither, he’d have a satellite phone, but on land, he owns an iPhone.
Beard or clean-shaven?
Mostly clean shaven, occasionally a stuble.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
US coast guard emblem tattooed on his arm.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal, he owns a truck.
Recycle or toss?
Well that depends. On the ship, he’s only allowed to capture male crabs a certain size, he must dispose of the others back into the sea. If he’s overloaded, he must either dump the load in the sea or load it on to another ship. For the most part, he recycles.

Where to buy Midnight Escape

Publisher Beachwalk Press
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Constance Bretes Social Media

Constance Bretes is an author of contemporary romance and suspense. Her romance books are often set in different parts of the country, but her favorite site is Montana. She retired from the State of Michigan after 38+ years of service and now writes and research full time. She is married to her best friend and have recently moved from Montana to Alabama. Her hobbies are basket weaving, sapphire digging, checking out old ghost towns, and visiting the towns that are the backdrop for her books.
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Karen Cino, 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.

An Unexpected Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17
After losing her dream job in Los Angeles, Jill returns home to New York, to a new job and a new love, only to have her life twisted upside down. Will Jill be able to forget and forgive the one person who has brought new life into her?
Why did you write this book?
I hadn’t written a true contemporary romance is quite some time, and decided it was time to write one.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy women’s fiction that takes place at the beach, cozy mysteries and anything Stephen King.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
One of my favorite characters is Stephanie Plum. I love her spunk and her comic aura.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on Boo 2 in the 5 Beach Road Series and Book 4 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
Down at the Shore – Book 1 in the 5 Beach Road Series

Where to buy An Unexpected Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press


Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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