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Tag Archives: Daisy Banks

In preparation for the move from Blogspot to WordPress, I’m sharing the RLF Gem Bloggers of this site. Each Saturday for the next few weeks, I’ll showcase a different author.

2014 Star Blogger: Marilyn Baron

Marilyn has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog seven times. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and was on the list of Bloggers of the Year in 2014. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.
I’m proud to present Marilyn with the 2014 RLF Gem Award.
Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2014 were Daisy Banks, Vicki Batman, E Ayers, and JD Faver.

About Marilyn Baron

Marilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America and
Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance.
Website www.marilynbaron.com
Blog www.petitfoursandhottamales.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/MarilynBaron
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilyn-Baron/286807714666748?fref=ts
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4722647.Marilyn_Baron
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Baron/e/B008PJFQPC/

Marilyn Baron’s Latest Book

Marilyn’s 20th work of fiction, The Vampire Next Door, a paranormal romance, is now available for pre-order. The worldwide release date for the novel is June 9, 2017. Aurora Dawn Hale, the ravishing daughter and granddaughter of psychics, wants to take a bite out of the boy next door, reformed vampire Lancelot “Lance” Lakeland, who repents his past and desperately desires to be good. Lance has given up immortality to be with the woman he craves. He must convince Aurora Dawn he is worthy of her trust. Will she love him for who he is and leave her fiancé at the altar? Or wake up from her spell in time to recognize the evil presence of the fiend who has terrorized her family for centuries?

Preorder The Vampire Next Door https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071CSXPXM/

Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2015. Come back and see who it is! Visit the new blog – still under construction: RLFblog. Since the hashtag is #RLFblog, that’s the url for the new site. It will keep the name Romance Lives Forever.

Kayelle Allen

Daisy Banks shares details
about the creation of Stephen Grafton in the book Christmas
Carols.

About the Book

Title Christmas Carols
Genre Historical Romance
Author Daisy Banks
Book heat level G, Sweet
Stephen Grafton, the blind organist
at Holy Trinity Church, is gaining a reputation for his fine playing and
compositions. Alice Broadbrace’s initial venture back into society after years
in deep mourning brings her to the notice of the talented organist, and he offers
her the opportunity to sing a solo carol to his accompaniment. His courage
convinces her to find her own, while her charm entices him into thoughts of
romance. A difficult walk in a snow storm is only the beginning of Stephen and
Alice’s journey to happiness. Enjoy this sweet Victorian tale of talent and
love blossoming.

Introducing Stephen Grafton

Name: Stephen Grafton
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Birmingham, England.
Profession: Musician and composer, organist at Holy Trinity
Church.
Ethnicity:  English
Stephen is approximately 5’10 in height, quite tall for the
era he lives in. He is lean and slender with fair hair and expressive hands.
Stephen has been blind since birth and uses a dog to help him, he calls the dog
Blue.
Who is the
significant other in your character’s life?
Alice Broadbrace.
How does your hero
dress?
Stephen wears the fashions of his era, the early 1860’s. His
day to day wear is a suit with tail coat, trousers and waistcoat. For recital
performances he asks his valet to tie an elaborate bow tie for him. His dog,
Blue, also has a bow on his collar for recital evenings. As the story is set in
the winter Stephen wears a warm top coat and a hat. He does wear gloves as is
socially acceptable for the era but he dislikes them as they mean he loses
depth in his sense of touch.
If you could only
hear this character’s voice (but not see him) what characteristic would
identify him?
Self certainty and confidence radiate in Stephen’s voice. He
has passed through many trials to reach the position he is in and this means he
is definitely willing to voice his opinion with little fear.
How educated is this
character?
Stephen has a doctorate in music from Cambridge. He prefers
not to use the official title as he finds people make presumptions about him if
he does. He takes an interest in things cultural and issues of the day in his
local community. 
Does he scrape by,
live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Stephen has his own home not too far from Holy Trinity
Church. A legacy from a relative assisted him to attend Cambridge and once he
qualified to purchase his home. He receives a salary from the church for his
playing and his recitals. He lives comfortably enough with his dog, has a
manservant to attend him and assist with the running of his house, and a maid
of all work who comes in to clean.
What is your
character’s viewpoint on wealth?
Wealth is a useful tool which enables Stephen to travel and
live his life in the way he wishes. He does not consider himself to be a
wealthy man in monetary terms he is far more concerned with his music.
Are any of his skills
a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
When Stephen was a very small boy a tutor recognized his
talent in music. He is a gifted musician and with coaching his skills improved
to the point he could attend university to study further. Stephen is aware of
his skills and is very demanding of himself in performance and composition. He
would say he is always learning.
What kinds of things
does your character always carry in his pockets?
Stephen usually carries a white linen handkerchief, keys to
his home and to his cash box in the house. He also makes sure he has his coin
holder and some dog biscuits as a treat for Blue.
Does this character
see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
This question would entertain Stephen as being blind he
doesn’t see the world through visuals but through touch, sound and smell.
Stephen has a strong sense of what he considers right and wrong, and finds some
social customs and expectations foolish especially those Alice believes might
lead to gossip. He would say, the gossips should go and find more useful
occupations.
Does your character
care about what others assume about him?
In short, no. Stephen is a self confident person and has a
vast amount of self belief. He takes care that his appearance and manners should
be acceptable and has attained a level of independence he enjoys. If people
assume he is weakened in any way by being blind he will do his best to show
them that is not so. He does recognize there are situations when he requires
some assistance and isn’t too proud to ask for it in unfamiliar places.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
Ms. Banks enjoys the unusual and I suspect she found me a
surprise and therefore wished to work with me. As the story continued I like to
think Ms. Banks grew rather fond of Alice and I. We are both glad she told the
story.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
Nothing. I am aware that there are times in the story when I
am forthright and frank but those qualities are part of my personality. I am
sure readers will understand my motives for some comments were genuine concerns.
I only wanted the best outcome possible.
What other character
from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
I think Ms. Banks should devote sometime to Elijah Whistler,
the owner of the Eagle Book Emporium. I would think there might be a natural
affinity between the two, with his interest in books and her work as an author.
If Ms. Banks spent some time working with him it might also soothe his
discomfort at the outcome of my story.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
Ms. Banks listens to music frequently but she is not
musical. I am afraid that is a flaw I am forced to comment on. Ms. Banks
neither plays nor sings and in my opinion she therefore devotes her energies to
writing. I do know she is quite driven at times when she writes. Having some
understanding of the creative process I recognize its grip on an individual.
However, I still think she would be improved by a more direct association with
music. When she began the tale I had hopes to influence her to at least take up
some choral activity but sadly I failed.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your writer?
Ms. Banks, Alice and I thank you for putting our story into
words.

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Author Bio
Daisy Banks writes romance in the Historical, Paranormal and
Fantasy genres. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy
is married, with two grown up sons. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy
when she isn’t writing. There are also some rare occasions she makes a meal
that doesn’t stick to the pan. 

Author Social Media

Twitter @DaisyBanks16
RLF Gem Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 28 posts in a 31 day month.
Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order
to focus on guests.
The Top Blogger for January was Vicky Burkholder. She wins a
month of free cover advertising on the blog.

About Vicky Burkholder

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
  1. Vicky
    Burkholder
  2. Lindsay
    McKenna
  3. Sandy
    Wolters
  4. Allie
    Ritch
  5. Red L
    Jameson
 Honorable mention: Jane Leopold Quinn, Daisy Banks, Naughty Literati
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Linwood, Layna Pimentel, Leigh Court, Lucy Felthouse, Sabrina York, Sharon
Hamilton, Sue Swift
To Eternity
by Daisy Banks 
Introducing Magnus Johansson from To Eternity. This is his
bucket list.

About the Book

Title To Eternity, wild beneath the moon-Book 2 in the Timeless
series.
Genre Paranormal
Author Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
For four centuries Magnus has lived
according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his
wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at
Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion.
Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once
she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear
on the horizon…

The Bucket List of Magnus Johansson

This interview is designed for your hero to describe his/her bucket list for
readers. Answer the questions as the character.

Name: Magnus Johansson
Age: Approximately four hundred and eighty five.
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Darnwell England
Profession: He is of independent means and therefore has no professional
title.
Welcome to Romance Lives
Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you better. Please
tell us about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to take part in this interview. Man
or myth, or something in between, that is how I have described myself in the past.
My existence, I can’t call it life, was grim. Until I met Sian I had been solitary
for many years. I preferred to be alone rather than risk forming relationships with
others. I had some bitter experiences in my youth and the pain from them was compounded
by living through the losses of the war years. I thought being alone was my only
honorable option.
I am sure you are aware I am afflicted with the werewolf curse.
Please, don’t worry. I am quite safe at present. The full moon is past for this
month. Even during the full moon I try to limit the number of times I hunt and am
very selective of my hunting grounds. When I am not under the control of the moon
I spend much time in organizing restoration work on my home. The orangery and the
walled garden are current projects. Since I met Sian she has helped me with these
tasks and so many other things. Sian has turned my world around, I wouldn’t be here
speaking with you today if not for her influence. Sian shares my interest in antiques
and architecture. She has an eye for beauty in its many forms.
I do apologize, this is supposed to be about me, but I can’t
help talking about Sian. Shall we continue with the interview?
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.” We’d like
to know yours, please. If you haven’t made one 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 are two places you
would like to visit before you die, and why?
This is very interesting. As a werewolf, my death, barring unfortunate
circumstances, is very unlikely, but I would like to answer the questions all the
same. I would enjoy the chance to visit Egypt with Sian. She quite rightly pointed
out that if I journey there I could relish the sense of a time well beyond my own
existence. That would be a very enlightening experience.
There is also a beach I once visited in the Caribbean and I would
like to return there. The memory of the place features often in the dreams I share
with Sian. I would like to take her there and show her the reality. Hopefully, in
the intervening years since I first visited, the beach hasn’t changed too much.
I once found peace there and in my younger days that was a very rare occurrence.
Where is a place you would
never like to return, and why?
The place is London, but not as it is now. Sian has taken me
to visit London several times and I have enjoyed each journey we have made. I would
prefer not to return as I was in the eighteenth century. I behaved rather badly
then and have no pride in my activities in that era of my life. Grief can have a
very damaging effect in many different ways. I’m afraid it made a self-centered
creature of me. I hunted with impunity and relished the chase in a way I am rather
ashamed of now.
Who is someone you would
like to meet, and why?
I would like to meet the founder of my family line and discover
how the werewolf curse first took hold. I would ask them if they ever found a way
to conquer the wretched affliction.
Who is someone you would
like to avoid, and why?
At present the person I would wish to have no contact with is
Mr. Franklyn Gorsewell. He is a despicable creature who has threatened and even
physically harmed the woman I love. A reckoning between he and I must eventually
come, and I believe it will be savage. Please don’t think I fear that, I don’t,
but Sian will be distressed by such an event, after all he was once her employer
and so called mentor. He abused that position of trust. He is utterly without merit.
If you could time travel
to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I have a rather strange and sometimes strained relationship with
time. If I were able to travel in time I would wish to return to the day I met Sian.
I would do things differently you see. I’m afraid to say I wasn’t very grateful
at first that she made me live. I’d been alone for so long, I might as well have
been dead. I fought against being dragged back to life in the fear of its hurts.
I shouldn’t have done. I ought to have been gentler with her, accepted the wonderful
love she offered me and thanked her for it. Yes, if I could travel in time I would
return to experience those first days with her again. She is the most courageous
woman I have ever met and I’d like to honor that rather than being as difficult
as I was. Of course, Sian has forgiven me my foibles, but I would like to make her
memories of our meeting sweeter.
What is your birth order?
I am an only child.
Tell us about your favorite
toy as a child.
My childhood was rather isolated, understandable given my heritage.
I had few toys but I did have several dogs as companions. It was then I discovered
my body is not that of an ordinary person. The dogs aged and died, but I hardly
changed. My parents always provided new ones, but I had to accept the loss of creatures
I loved. Each lost hound proved bitter lesson for me. I also had several favorite
ponies and horses as I matured. Their loss though painful didn’t sting quite so
much as those of my dogs. They did not sleep on my bed, nor beg from my plate or
offer such devoted companionship.
I was very fond of a hunting hawk. I’d named her Starlight, for
her gleaming under wing feathers, when she died I gave up hawking. Later, once I
reached adolescence and I’d undergone the first year or two of moon induced transformations,
my parents departed and I became master of my home. I amused myself as any young
man of wealth might in the era.
Describe your favorite
food and how it’s prepared.
The wolf inheritance influences many aspects of my life and as
a man I eat a great deal of steak. My cook knows to serve it rare.
Tell us about your best
friend.
Other than my few servants, my contact with people over the recent
past has been very limited. In the war years when I was quite active there were
young men who I called friends, however, they never truly knew me as I am. Sian
is the one person who knows and accepts me. She offers me the gift of her love.
She is everything.
I must leave now as Sian is waiting. Thank you for your questions.
I hope we meet again sometime in the future. Good day.

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Publisher Lyrical Press. A Kensington Imprint http://www.ekensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/29484

Author Bio

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical,
Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer, Daisy is passionate about her
stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married,
with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire,
England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing, she has
also occasionally been known to make a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.

Author Social Media

RLF Gem Award 

Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 31 posts in a 31 day month.

The Top Blogger was author E Ayers.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each person!

  1. E Ayers
  2. Adrienne
    deWolfe
  3. Lisabet
    Sarai
  4. Daisy Banks
  5. Loc Glin
Honorable mention: Jocie McKade, Jana
Richards
Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a blogger’s
FAQ page with a downloadable guide and optional interviews. Readers can follow via Google+, Networked Blogs, Linky Followers, email, an RSS
feed, and there’s a blog button readers and authors can grab. RLF takes up to three
images per article, so authors can share previous books. The blog uses author or
publisher names as SEO tags on posts, and author Twitter handles in the titles.
The site is broadcast over Triberr with a potential reach of over a million readers
via its Twitter-linked network. Twitter mentions are also gathered in several Paper.li
ezines, giving the author additional opportunities for promotion. The Romance Lives Forever
Paper.li ezine
features guest authors on its front page every day.

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Limited spots to share book covers are available. Cost is $3
per month, with discounts for covers posted for one quarter and up to one year.
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.

Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:
Anita Cox, Brenda
Corey Dunne, DP Denman, Em Petrova, H Lewis-Foster, Houston Havens, Jami Gray, Jennifer
Lynne, JoAnne Myers, Juli D Revezzo, Kris Bock, Lauren Linwood, Louisa Bacio, Lucy
Felthouse, Renee Dunne, Sabrina York, TD Hassett, Tina Gayle, Veronica Bale, Wendy
Lynn Clark
A Perfect Match 

About the Book

Title A Perfect Match
Genre Futuristic Fantasy
Author Name Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Daisy Banks whisks you
into a futuristic world, where you might
fight for water, or offer up your freedom and become a slave for the promise of
enough to drink.
Passion and politics
ripple through A Perfect Match where the enmity between the government leader, Lord Chardel and Commander
Varon, head of the Astan water acquirement fleet, is at flashpoint. The enforced
marriage of Anwell Nastor, a young Temple
adept, to Commander Varon, not only breaks Astan religious rules, but could break
untried hearts. This cruel ploy meant to silence Varon’s opposition to current circumstances
in the city-state brings unexpected results. Through careful manipulation of the
news links, Varon and his bride become the city’s most adored couple, but danger
shadows their steps.
Join Anwell and Varon
as they discover the power of A Perfect Match on their perilous journey in a world
full of dangers and political intrigue.

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Interview with Daisy Banks

Why did you write this
book?
This book is the offshoot of another I started. I realized I’d
begun in the middle of something and needed the reasons behind those events for
things to make sense. Therefore A Perfect Match came into being. I had a great time
writing this story and found the characters, like their world, compelling. I think
this is a cross genre romance, part fantasy and part sci-fi.
This is the first time I have written something so complex and
I enjoyed the challenge of world building and creating a religion, government and
social structure. The society my characters function in is one where they shine
as individuals and as a couple. I always enjoy seeing my characters overcome obstacles
and Varon and Anwell face a raft of difficulties in A Perfect Match. I also like
to see my characters grow and this couple develop as individuals as they learn to
depend on each other.
I guess the most basic reason of all as to why I wrote this story
is that it was in my head and I wanted to tell the tale. The sci-fi futuristic elements
to the story are a step in a different direction for me and I surprised myself with
some of the aspects of the story.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I enjoy fantasy and have done for a long time. I like fantasy
romance and epic fantasy stories. One of the joys of fantasy is the range and depth
it offers both writers and readers.
What is your favorite
character from fiction?
My all time favorite character remains Merlin in all the many
interpretations of his story. I like the many different qualities within the character
of Merlin. I also enjoy the range and depth different writers have discovered showing
many elements to him.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I enjoy movies in many genres and I love some of the old movies
from the 30’s and 40’s. My favorite version of Pride and Prejudice is the black
and white version. I adore Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance movies and anything
with Katherine Hepburn in it. I watch more up to date movies too and I have a big
collection of DVD’s.
The two most memorable films I saw in a cinema are Jaws, because
the whole audience stood clapping and cheering at the end when the shark got killed,
and Lord of the Rings part 1 because Hobbiton looked so close to my imagining.
I don’t watch a great deal of TV but I do like Sherlock Holmes
and Dr. Who. I tend to watch historical documentary style programs rather than anything
else.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
At present, I am thrilled to have my book A Perfect Match released
today by Taliesin Publishing and am working on some promotional activities and blogging
about that story.
I am also in edits with the sequel to Timeless, To Eternity,
which will be published by Lyrical Press, A Kensington Imprint, later this year.
I am very excited that this story will be available to readers soon.
Next year my fantasy story, Marked for Magic, will be released
by Lyrical Press too.
I am also working on short story for a group anthology but that’s
all a bit hush hush right now.
There is a new historical as a work in progress too and a short
story that should be finished by the end of July. All in all, there is lots going
on and I’m working hard.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Commander Varon Jarlath is an interstellar water diviner of great
talent and a hero to the city that survives because of his successful missions.
His popularity with the folk adds to the reasons behind the enmity of Lord Chardel,
leader of the city government body, the Carnag.
Varon understands the malice behind the offer of a bride and
the political difficulty he might face should he refuse the generosity of the Carnag.
His hopes for the success of his marriage are not high until he meets his bride.
Anwell Nastor has spent every day since her twelfth birthday
in the Temple offering
prayer chants to the gods. The shock of her wedding almost overwhelms her but she
has courage and a mind.
Political intrigue, the danger to the folk and the city all push
Varon and his bride to work together to gain popularity so they can have a voice
and make a difference.

Author Bio

Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal
and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her
focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown
up sons. She lives in a converted chapel in Shropshire, England. Antiques and collecting
entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing.

Author Social Media

Amazon Author Page amazon.com/author/daisybanks
 
 
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