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Tag Archives: Contemporary Romance

Vertigo

Elisabeth Silvers,
welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Vertigo.

Genre: Contemporary
Romance
Publisher: Boroughs
Publishing Group
Cover artist: Boroughs
Publishing Group
Length: 7,200
Heat rating: Mild
Tagline: Across a crowded
subway platform two souls connect.
Blurb: A top research
scientist. A scientific journalist. A case of vertigo and a beakers worth of misunderstanding.
It’s a formula for happily ever after.
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Elise Carterette, late 20’s, Research Scientist
Garrett McAlister, late 20’s, Scientific Journalist

Interview

How do you come up with ideas?
Ideas come from anything and everything. Words,
names, places, a gesture, an action, some long ago remembered memory.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
The creativity and imagination that I get to
use in creating people, places and situations. Where no matter what struggles your
characters may go through, they can usually find their happy ending.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting,
outline, or…?
When I start writing a new story it’s usually
just by the seat of my pants, letting the character tell me where they want their
story to go. I’ll have an idea of where the story is going, but sometimes it twists
in a totally different direction. For others, I will do the research first, and
plot some, but I still like to just write and see where it takes me. Sometimes,
I just sit and write the scene I’m working on or future scenes in my head, rewrite
it until I’m happy with it, and then actually type or write it down.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
That I had a lot to learn about writing itself.
When I look back over my first manuscript, I cringe. From then until now I’ve learned
so much and feel my writing is stronger than ever, though it is an ever evolving
process.
Is your muse demanding?
Yes…and no. Some days I feel she’s taken a permanent
vacation to some tropical locale and left me to fend for myself, others she’s so
insistent that I have to write or face the consequences of no sleep or not being
able to concentrate on anything else I may have to do that day.
List two authors we would find you reading when
taking a break from your own writing.
It varies from day to day, I’m constantly downloading
new books on to my Nook, but I’ve recently read two of my favorite author’s latest
books, Faith Hunter’s, Death’s Rival and Seanan McGuire’s, Ashes of Honor.
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
Scotland or Ireland. Places rich with history and
where my family came from.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
school?
Hearing the final bell ring. No, not really,
I mostly enjoyed my science and world history classes.
Do you play any online, board, or role-playing
games? Which ones?
Yes. I’ve played World of Warcraft off and on
since 2006, and even for a time Dungeons and Dragons with the same friends that
got me into WoW.
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.
In sophomore year of high school, I got a new
puppy. A tri-colored Basset Hound I named Gandalf. I took him everywhere with me,
and being the lazy eight week old he was I carried him around a lot. On this particular
day, I was driving to the local college for a French Club function we were having,
and Gandy was in my lap…I was turning onto the road I needed to go the parking lot,
and his hind leg got stuck in the steering wheel, he was looking bewildered as he
was half dragged out of the one arm I had holding him, and I was panicking as the
wheel wasn’t turning as it should, and there in front of us was an electric pole.
Quick action and assistance from my mom who was in the passenger seat, saved us
from disaster. It’s a funny story now, but was quite scary at the time, needless
to say, Gandalf never sat in my lap while I was driving again after that, though
he tried, even when he was full grown.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni.
I’m always ready for an interesting off-the-wall
conversation or an ice hockey game
.
When I’m alone, I like to turn the music up
loud and write, or read, depending on my mood
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was a baby
beauty queen and a goon on the ice (though a sneaky one, I rarely got a penalty.
“Oh, did your skate trip over my blade?”)
.
If I had a halo it
would be slightly crooked.
If I could be any animal for one day I’d
be a ferret, and do a weasel war dance, because it looks like fun.
I can never cheat on a spouse because
I know how it feels to be cheated on.

Books Coming Soon

Elisabeth Silvers
The Officer and the Goon, a Lunchbox Romance published by Boroughs
Publishing Group

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Lillian Grant, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us about your book, Hot Male.

Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Buy Links:

Liquid Silver Books: http://lsbooks.com/lillian-grant-c161.php
Amazon http://amzn.com/B004F8XS84/

People often ask what inspires me to write. The answer is odd
things, strange things, and sometimes bizarre things. An idea can arrive at the
most inopportune moment and can be set off by a random thought. As a teenager I
had a friend who had a flasher living across the street from her. Being pubescent
girls we found the whole thing rather fascinating but it got old quickly. This memory
came back to me as I was contemplating my neighbor, the local Avon
lady, and wondering if she had ever watched Edward Scissorhands… and so my book,
Go With the Flo was born. A heroine trying to emulate Peg Boggs and find her Edward
Scissorhands ends up playing private eye in an attempt to find a missing flasher.
Now aren’t you glad you can’t see what else is hiding inside my head?
Anyway, I digress. I do that a lot. Back to the topic at hand.
I love music. Other then when I’m at the day job I rarely exist in silence. When
I decided to write Hot Male about the dark haired, dark eyed, sexy male Irish stripper
that played a bit part in Male Order and Male Review, I started the book in the
middle. I had an idea to carry it on from where Male Review left off. Then I was
driving to work one morning and the first few sultry notes of Gary Moore’s Parisienne
Walkways wailed out of my CD player and I knew what was missing. I had an idea to
write a short freebie that showed Michael doing a very slow and sexy strip to this
song, but once it was written I wasn’t so sure. It was steamy as hell. I needed
a cigarette after it was done and I don’t even smoke, but where on earth did it
fit? I sent the prologue to Jennifer Hassani at Liquid Silver Books and asked for
her opinion. She read it, found the song on You Tube, and told me this was no freebie,
this belonged at the start of Hot Male. So after an extensive rewrite the very long
and very sexy life of Michael Monaghan was born. It’s the biggest thing I have ever
written, and Michael asked why I ever doubted he would be my biggest.
So
now to the verdict. Once you’ve read it you tell me, would you love to see this
scene played out in real life? I know I would!

Find Me Here

Website: http://lilliangrant.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Lillian-Grant/187161274732755
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lilliangrantaus

Too Many Cooks.

Shirley Ann Wilder, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Too Many Cooks.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing Group http://BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 80,000 words
Heat rating: mildly sensual
Tagline: Bitter news leads a San Diego widow and widower to true
love–and to a scheme to marry off their adult children, a plan that goes deliciously
awry.
Blurb:
Gaetano Lorenzo was the sweetest man that the widowed Estelle
Bennett had ever met. That morning began terribly, with awful news, but now the
owner and head chef of a local San Diego ristorante was offering up Italian delights:
red wine, delicious food, walks on the beach, laughter when she’d never thought
she’d laugh again…. Estelle felt twenty-five. She and Gaetano had found the recipe
for love, and a simple variation might just get their adult children to settle down,
too. A scoop of sugar, two ladlefuls of lust, a pinch of deception and a whole 24
oz.-can of danger– Suddenly, ingredients were coming from everywhere! But kitchens
are crazy places, and variety is the spice of life. And for anything to get cooked,
things have to get hot.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Estelle Bennett is a 50+ widow.
Gaetano Lorenzo is a 50+ widower the owner and head chef of a
popular Italian restaurant. Estelle’s son Alex, 29 year old son, Alex, who traipses
all over the world as a photo-journalist
Gaetano’s 28 year old daughter, Gina, an up-and-coming attorney
who can’t boil water.

Interview with Estelle Bennett

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I was widowed about a year ago and I miss Marty, but I try to
keep busy. I have one son who travels everywhere so the little time I spend with
him is precious. I helped Marty in his business until we had Alex. Then I was a
stay-at-home mother and active with his school and other projects. I have my Garden
Club now and some friends, but there are times, I admit I get lonely.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I don’t give up. I pride myself on being able to overcome problems.
I had to be strong when Marty was ill–for Alex’s sake. Now, I must be strong again
because I may very well be at the end of my life.
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?)
Weakness? Goodness, I never thought about it. I guess if I have
a weakness it would be wanting my son to be happy and maybe a bit more settled in
his life. My lover? Oh, well, oh my, lover? I never placed Gaetano in that role,
but I guess in a way, we are lovers. God knows he’s opened up a part of my life
I thought was gone forever. It’s been quite wonderful; actually, I mean I have something,
someone to look forward to. Gaetano would probably say my weakness was him. He is
persuasive. I’m not sure I have an enemy–unless of course you count this illness.
My doctor says it’s nothing but I heard what he said.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want
to be the “good guy?”
Instinct drives me to do the things I do. I always want to do
what’s right. I’ve always played by the rules.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Oh, I wish you hadn’t asked that question. My guilty pleasure
is Gaetano. I wouldn’t tell everyone this, and especially not my son, but that man
has awakened parts of my body and soul that I forgot I had. He’s so charming and
so handsome and …oh well, I’ve said enough.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
While I enjoyed being a young mother, I like being just the age
I am now, but I’m sorry I’m not as healthy as I used to be.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
Love knows no age limits.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
Right where I live now–in the beautiful community of La Jolla,
the suburb of San Diego that is known as the jewel of the ocean.
What song would best describe your life?
Misty — It describes what I feel when I’m with Gaetano.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I’d probably be some sort of kitchen tool–maybe a hand mixer
because I do like to stir things up.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Oh, it would have to be a store like Williams Sonoma–you know
the one that features lots of cooking appliances and little items that make a kitchen
special. Items that people can do without but the ones that add just a special touch
and show their personality. Maybe a sterling silver coffee measure, or an imported
honey utensil with a special jar of organic honey.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Lunchtime.
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.
Well, we never had a lot of pets, Marty was so busy and didn’t
think Alex could take the responsibility. However, you know as mother we see things
differently and I knew how much Alex wanted a puppy, so I told a little white fib
and told Marty that we were pet-sitting for the Nelsons’, thinking that he’d get
used to the dog and then we’d tell him it was really our puppy. Unfortunately, we
ran into the Nelsons’ at a social function and Marty asked them when they were picking
up their dog. Obviously, I had to confess but Marty relented and we all loved Snickers
for a long time. He did dig up a few of my prize plants, however.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Oh, my, I never thought about having a warning label. Perhaps
it would be “Handle with care. Excessive shaking could result in an explosion. I
do have red hair and you know what they say about a red-head’s temper.
I love pizza with green bell peppers and pineapple.
I’m always ready for adventure which Gaetano seems to produce
no matter where we go
.
When I’m alone, I usually like to read or catch up on taped
TV shows
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’ve cheated death.
If I had a halo it would be lopsided.
If I could turn back the clock, I’d say all the things
I meant to say to Marty and never did
.
I can never regret all the mistakes I’ve made because
they have made me a better person.

About the Author

Shirley Ann Wilder
I grew up with a love of books and read before starting school,
which was not always welcomed by my mother. She passed me off as under five so she
didn’t have to pay bus fare for me and then was embarrassed when I read all the
ads on the bus. I fell in love with my husband at first sight, even though I was
just three weeks away from my wedding to my high school sweetheart. Needless to
say, that marriage never took place. I had almost a half-century with my soul mate.
He’s gone now, but remains my hero forever. We raised 3 sons and a daughter and
I now am the proud grandmother of four granddaughters and one grandson. Writing
is my passion and saves me from going crazy when loneliness threatens to creep into
my life. I dream a lot of my plots and when I write, I become each character.
Hmmm, does that mean I have multiple personalities?

Books Coming Soon

“Fly Me” and A Son by Any Name

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The Auction.

Lyn Austin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, The Auction.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Buy links:
Boroughs Publishing Group http://BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 85,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: In order to conceive a baby, Kat goes to a bachelor
auction and buys back her ex-husband for a week.
Blurb:
Katherine Blake wants a baby. At thirty-three, she has a home
and an antique business that she loves, but she is running out of time. Kat hasn’t
had a man in her life that she would even consider fathering her child…except
her ex-husband.
Michael Blake is for sale. In support of special-needs children,
he offers himself up for one week as a prize at a New Year’s Eve local celebrity
bachelor auction. The result? His ex-wife buys him to finish the restoration of
the hundred-year-old home they bought shortly after their marriage. Or so he thinks.
Katherine does expect the remodeling to be finished, but the rest of her plan is
more devious. She doesn’t need him to rekindle the one-of-a-kind love that led to
their fairy-tale wedding and he doesn’t have to atone for the mistakes that led
to their divorce, but he does have to…well, deliver.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
occupations?
Katherine Blake – antique dealer, 33
Michael Blake – Hotelier, mid-thirties
Grandpa Homer – 83

Interview with Grandpa Homer

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Ornery and still a stud, if I must say so myself.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Sticktoitiviness. I was married for over fifty
years and you got to live through the hills and valleys. Granted–sometimes those
low valleys can be pretty damn deep, but when you’re in one of those valleys you
have to rest, regroup and take a step back, see what part you played in the problem,
and start climin’ the mountain again. You don’t
just give the hell up and walk away.
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?)
My Kitty-Kat – my granddaughter. She makes me
call her Kat now, but she’s still my Kitty-Kat and has been since the day she was
born.
What drives you to do the things you do? What
makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Hell, I don’t know if I’ve been so good recently,
as I’ve been working behind the scenes here to get her and Michael back together.
Damn fools. When she told me they were getting a divorce, sayin’ somethin’ about
drifting apart, and separate lives, I said horseshit! You don’t
find what they had but once in a lifetime.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Well now, it’s the same guilty pleasure I had
with my wife for more than fifty years… I might be slower than I’d like, but I’m
still active, if ya know what I mean.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would
you be?
I’m still eighteen in all things that count!
A biography has been written about you. What
do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Never Too Old
If money were not an object, where would you
most like to live?
I’m happy right where I am, with my Kitty-Kat.
What song would best describe your life?
I Did it My Way
If you were a tool, what would people use you
to do?
I’d be a fulcrum, an instrument for change and
repair.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your
personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Durable goods – all things that last a lifetime,
like solid furniture and well-made tools.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about
school?
Meetin’ all the pretty girls.
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.
I’ve, ah… ahem, been caught in a compromising
situation or two in my day. Can’t say it bothered me as much as it shoulda, but
then again, what is it the kids like to say, “If you got it, flaunt it.”
If you came with a warning label, what would
it say?
Don’t ask if ya don’t
want to hear the answer.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love the ladies like nobody’s business.
I’m always ready for a little nooky.
When I’m alone, I reminisce, but I don’t dwell on the past since
there’s always tomorrow.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m really an up-standing citizen.
If I had a halo it would have a question mark attached to it.
If I could fix Kitty-Kat’s broken marriage, I’d die a happy man.
I can never stand to see my Kitty-Kat unhappy.

About the Author

Lyn Austin
Lyn Austin is an award winning author and a popular guest lecturer
throughout the world. She travels extensively but her favorite place is in her picturesque
riverside home on the Snake River in Idaho,
where she hosts retreats for writers and artists. She has interviewed over 10,000
women worldwide for her non-fiction book Prism of Light; 22 questions that will
help you discover your own endless possibilities. However, Lyn’s real passion is
writing fiction. She believes that the best gift she can give the world is a couple
of hours of sheer enjoyment by escaping into the depths of a good book.

Previous Books

Prism of Light

Coming Soon

The Quiet Storm

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Loving Mick.

Jill Limber, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Loving Mick.

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella
Cover artist: Kim Killion
Length: 42,500
Heat rating: Sexy
Tagline: Jessie wants a fling, but Mick decides he wants forever.
Blurb: Betrayed and abandoned by a cheating husband, Jessie wants
nothing more than a fling with the handsome cop. Mick thinks Jessie’s plan is a
fine idea, until he falls in love and wants forever. Will Mick be able to convince
Jessie to play for keeps?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Jessie Jones, 29, School Teacher

Mick Landers, Cop, mid-thirties

Interview with Jessica Jones

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Oh, pretty average I guess. Friends describe me as loyal and
caring, and I find that flattering.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I’m dependable and dedicated. To my family, my friends and
my job.
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’m not very brave, especially when it comes to taking risks
with matters of the heart. Once burned, twice shy is the phrase that comes to mind.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you
want to be the “good guy?”
I hate to admit this, but I’d say since my husband deserted
me it’s anger. I’m acting like a bad girl and having a lot of fun!
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Lately? New sexy underwear and an even sexier cop.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
Lately I’ve been acting like I’m sixteen.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
About Face: From Wife to Party Girl
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
I’d still live in San
Diego because I grew up here and love it, but I’d choose
a house on the beach.
What song would best describe your life?
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Hmm. Interesting question. A broom, to sweep out the old and
sweep in the new.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
A store that carries all kinds of things to make the home comfortable,
pretty and organized. Or a bookstore for children and adults.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
I loved school and everything about it, especially learning
and friends.
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.
One time our Labrador Retriever dug under the fence and got
into a neighbor’s house through their dog door at Christmastime and ate a gingerbread
house the lady had taken days to decorate.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Warning: Don’t try to pin this girl down.
New Year’s Eve Club Authors

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Jessica)

I love making out in a car like a teenager.
I’m always ready for a dinner out.
When I’m alone, I read Romance novels. I love happy endings.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m really scared inside.
If I had a halo it would be slightly
crooked
.
If I could be like my mom, I’d know I was raising
my children well
.
I can never stand to see my children unhappy.

About the Author

As a child, Jill got herself in trouble with some of her tales
but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs,
Jill loves most gathering friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty
of laughter.

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New Year’s Eve Club Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheNewYear’sClub

Tamara Hoffa, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Heart Of A Soldier.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Borough Publishing
Buy links:
Cover artist: Cat Hoffa
Length: 10,000 words
Heat rating: mild sensuality
Blurb:
Soldier Jamison Hunter faces the battle of his life, winning
the heart of Charlotte MacKenzie, windowed mother of a young recruit
What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Tamara Hoffa – Charlotte MacKenzie (Charlie) age 36,
Jamison Hunter (Jamie) age 40

Interview with Jamison Hunter

Tell us about yourself.
What are you like?
I’m a soldier, first and foremost; A helicopter pilot, husband,
and father. I think I’m a pretty easy-going man. I love my country and my family.
I like to watch football, sit by a warm fire in the evening and snuggle with my
lady, or sit on the front porch and stargaze while we rock and talk about our day.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
I’m stubborn and single minded, if I want something I never give
up.
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?)
We all have weaknesses. I’m certainly not immune. Pride, I guess
would be the one that comes to mind. Sometimes I let it get in the way of my heart.
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Honor. I was raised to believe in honoring your country, your
parents and yourself.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Charlie (smirk) and Turtle Cheesecake; I just can’t turn it down.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
I’d be my own age, 40. I’m very happy with where I am in my life.
Everything I’ve been through and seen has made me who I am. I have no desire to
go back and do it over again.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Heart of a Soldier
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Hmm… Hawaii.
I’d love to have a view of the ocean, no ice and snow and Charlie in a bikini.
What song would best describe
your life?
God Bless The USA
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Build houses. Nothing is as important as a home.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Sporting goods.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Recess.
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.
Charlie and I got a puppy for Christmas. A little black lab.
When we first brought him home he was so excited, running all over and then he stopped
and peed on my foot!
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Do not approach before morning coffee.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Jamison Hunter)

I love pizza with everything.
I’m always ready for action.
When I’m alone, I pogo.
You’d never be able to tell, but I like chick flicks.
If I had a halo it would be red, white, and blue.
If I could sing I’d serenade Charlie.
I can never go spelunking, because I hate tight places.
Tamara Hoffa

About the Author

Tamara Hoffa – Tamara Hoffa lives in central Tennessee, with her husband
of 30 years, her three grown children, two grandchildren, 3 dogs and 2 cats. Tamara
started reading when she was four years old and has rarely been seen without a book
at hand since. At home you will usually find her in “nana’s chair” with
her Kindle, her laptop or one of her precious, precocious grandsons in her lap.
Tamara is a reviewer, a professional reader and can now add author to her repertoire.
Tamara is proof positive that it’s never too late to reach for your dreams.

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