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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.

2013 Star Blogger: Vicki Batman

Vicki has appeared on the Romance Lives Forever blog 15 times since 2013 as an individual author and twice as part of an anthology. She has been an RLF Gem multiple times and in 2013 was the number one blogger twice. The position is chosen by the amount of visits the author’s post receives.

I’m proud to present Vicki with the 2013 RLF Gem Award.

Honorable mentions: Marilyn Baron (7 visits) and EM Lynley (5 visits)

Others who won monthly top blogger awards in 2013 were Elle James, Delilah Devlin, John Steiner, Susan D Taylor, Boroughs Publishing, Liquid Silver Books, and JMS Books.

About Vicki Batman

Like some of her characters, award-winning author Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.

Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.

Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: http://bit.ly/293iZIz
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

Vicki Batman’s Latest Book

Temporarily Insane, a romantic comedy mystery: Bad job. Wrong love. And Murder. Hattie Cooks is still searching for her dream job and one might be available…in the Big Apple, far from friends, family, and Allan Wellborn, the man who still makes her heart race. In the meantime, she finds temporary employment at an accounting firm where two auditor friends turn up dead.

Detective Allan Wellborn dropped Hattie for Blonde Bimbo who, coincidentally, is employed at NLB where fishy things are taking place. When Allan interviews Hattie, he must determine why all signs point to her as a suspect.

Can Hattie discover why Allan dumped her and who is murdering auditors before death strikes again?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Insane-Hattie-Cooks-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01JBSHE0K/
Amazon print https://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Insane-Vicki-Batman/dp/1509209158/
The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4520-temporarily-insane.html
The Wild Rose Press print http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/4576-temporarily-insane-paperback.html
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/temporarily-insane-vicki-batman/1124273024?ean=2940157032470

Coming next Saturday…Top Blogger for 2014. Come back and see who it is!

Kayelle Allen

 

RLF Gems 
In November, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 30 day month.
On the 11th, there was a tribute to authors who are also veterans. Here are the
top posts (judging by page views).
1. Elle James, Delilah Devlin (authors who are sisters and
veterans)
2. Jenna Storm
3. Sharon
Hamilton
4. Sascha Illyvich
5. TD Hasset
Honorable mention: Diane Saxon, DP Denman, Nancy
Corrigan, Rue Allyn, and the Salute to Author Veterans, all of whose posts
scored within a few points of the top five.
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 Friend Connect,
Networked Blogs, Bloglovin’, 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 an additional opportunity for promotion. At
the end of each year, a pdf version of the blog is available for readers to
download and share.
The Romance Lives Forever
Paper.li ezine
features guest authors on its front page every day. The Yahoo Group Romance Lives Forever has
nearly 1200 members, and is Kayelle’s private group. It is open once a month to
authors who have been guests on the blog. Guests get one day to post info,
share news, book releases, offer contests, and so on. For that day, the group
is open and members are allowed to reply and take active part. It’s like an
old-fashioned chat, where you can share and answer questions. Only authors who
have reserved the day are allowed to post, so it’s exclusive. There is no
charge. You can read more about it here: http://is.gd/rlfauthorday

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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:

Ana Blaze, Christina
Phillips , Cynnara Tregarth, Erin Moore, Gray Dixon, Jan Meredith, Jess Mahler,
Johnee Cherry, Keta Diablo, Kris Bock, Martha O’Sullivan, Michaela Rhua, Nancy
Corrigan, Patricia Kiyono, Rue Allyn, Sarah Grimm, Susana Ellis, Teresa Reasor,
Veronica Bale
Please join me in welcoming military author and former
military woman Elle James to the Romance Lives Forever blog. She’s going to
share with you today about her sister, author Delilah Devlin, also a former
military woman. Take it away, Elle! And thank you for your service. As a former
Navy vet myself, I know the sacrifice it took.
Born and raised as children of a career Air Force man, it was
only natural that my sister and I would follow in my father’s footsteps and join
the military. Because my father retired in a small town with a public university
that only had Army ROTC, my sister and I joined the Army ROTC program. We loved
the discipline and challenge of being a part of the military and fully embraced
the lifestyle.
My sister graduated and went right into the U.S. Army. I married
in college and joined the U.S. Army Reserves and later branch transferred to the
U.S. Air Force Reserves. We are now both retired and writing full time, but the
military is still very near and dear to our hearts. We loved being a part of something
bigger than ourselves, serving this great country and protecting our freedom.
This veterans day we teamed with a great group of authors who
write military romances to produce a boxed set of military romances in honor of
Veterans Day and all the brave men and women who help to protect our nation. 

Uniform Desires

Six Military Romances from
National Best-selling Authors
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
SEAL’s Honor by Elle James
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Cinderella Liberty
by Cat Johnson

Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder

USA
Today Bestselling Author
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond
the call of duty. SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best friend’s
sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii,
but the next morning, he’s called for a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles.
Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he pushes her to her
limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back
down. One way or another, he’ll learn there’s no walking away from love—not while
she still has breath in her body.

SEAL’s Honor by Elle James

Award-winning Author
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn
land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot. SEAL
Reed Tucker doesn’t believe in commitment, until he tangles the sheets with one
hot pilot, Delaney O’Connell. His phobia against commitment is challenged when his
best friend asks Delaney to marry him. As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night
Stalkers, Delaney knows the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover’s friend loses
an arm in battle, she can’t refuse his marriage proposal when he’s already lost
so much. In love with one man, pledged to marry another, she’s torn. Tuck and Delaney
must come to grips with the happiness they owe themselves and the happiness of their
friend who has lost so much.

SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton

Bestselling Author
A SEAL’s nightmare of a promise given at his sister’s deathbed
gives him the woman of his dreams. Special Operator Nick Dunn promises his dying
sister that he will help shut down her business and settle her affairs. He must
work with his sister’s best friend he vaguely remembers. But boy has she grown up.
Though Devon Brandeburg created a small fortune in real estate, she has a total
lack of experience with men. Who needs their testosterone-stuffed egos sucking the
air out of the room, like Nick’s does? The promise turns into a hot affair neither
expected with Nick the teacher in Devon’s journey
to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something
he’s never allowed himself to want, and now needs.

Dangerous Liaison by Delilah Devlin

Award-winning Author
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover
DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival’s daughter. After surviving
a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central American jungle, Maya Cordoba is
ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots after she hijacks her sexy driving
instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring down the barrel of an AK-47and being
kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord’s daughter she knows if they learn she’s
not who they think she is—she’s dead. Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover
DEA agent, Angel Rickman. He promises to get her out as long as she does everything
he tells her to. Together, they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug
cartel’s army on their tails.

Her Forever Hero by JM Madden

Bestselling Author
When the boss’s pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled
Marine Grafton Parks proves he’s still a hero. Kendall Herrington is drawn to her
handsome new security guard, prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for
her, but on a lonely Christmas night, she gives in to her body’s demands, regret
setting in on the morning after. Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall is resisting admitting she’s pregnant and that the
board won’t allow an unwed, pregnant female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington
Corporation. Even if she is the boss’s daughter. As they struggle to come to terms
with each other, an unexpected danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long
enough for him to be…Her Forever Hero?

Cinderella Liberty
by Cat Johnson

NY Times and USA
Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine
and his best friend’s sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get
back to her. Marine Gunnery Sergeant John “Crash” O’Malley has two goals.
Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive his
deployment to Afghanistan.
What he didn’t plan on is Trish. A guy can’t have a one-night stand with his best
friend’s sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting
a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy. Crash doesn’t realize
his friend’s displeasure is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store
for them in the Helmand
Province. Now, Crash’s new
objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.

About the Author

Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and
emus. Retired Lt Colonel U.S Air Force Reserves and former IT professional, Elle
is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that
keep her readers on the edge of their seats. She has 39 works with Harlequin, self
published works under pen name Elle James, over 40 works with other publishers including Kensington and Avon and 18 works self-published under pen
name Myla Jackson. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling
her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling,
out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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Happy Veteran’s Day 
Kayelle Allen here. Romance Lives Forever is dedicated to new
authors and new books. As such, I rarely step in as a blogger — I prefer to interview
guests and feature others. My own blog, Unstoppable
Heroes
, is where I do my own “bragging” about new books and events.
But today on RLF, I want to honor some special people: veterans.
The first Veteran’s Day was called “Armistice Day”
and was proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919. In proclaiming
the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will
be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service
and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has
freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy
with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Unlike Memorial Day,
which celebrates those who died in service, Veterans Day celebrates the service
itself. Wikipedia

Today, I’m honoring fellow veterans who are authors. This is
by no means an exhaustive list. These folks are proud to stand and be counted. Please
visit their sites, and get to know them and their books. I believe the highest honor
one can pay an author is to buy his or her book.
Authors are listed in alphabetical order by first name. This
list shows their brand (type of writing), name, branch of service, and website.
Romance Tangled with Suspense
CK Crouch — US Army
Get in Bed with Delilah. Everyone else has!
Delilah Devlin – US Army
Scottish Medieval Romantic Suspense
Diana Cosby — US Navy
Paranormal and Contemporary Romance
Eliza Gayle — US Marine Corps
Romance
Ella Quinn – US Army
Escape with…
Elle James
Military Romance
Geri Krotow — US Navy
Love is in the air – and in the fleet
Heather Ashby – US Navy
Urban Fantasy Romance
Isis Rushdan — US Air Force
Historical Romance
Jeane Westin — US Army
Erotica Romance where the destiny is love ~ Let me take you on
the journey
Jennifer France — US Navy
Love … Laughter … Forever
Joyce Adams — US Army
Mystery
Kathleen Toomey Jabs — US Navy
Unstoppable heroes, Uncompromising love, Unforgettable passion
Kayelle Allen — US Navy
Tapping into your Flights of Fancy
Lacey Falcone — US Air Force
Dark Heroes, Feisty Heroines, Scorching Stories
Lisa Carlisle — US Marine Corps
Military Memoirs – Parris Island
– Journey of a Woman Marine
Lisa Cordeiro — US Marine Corps
Let Fate guide you… One story at a time
Loni Lynne — US Navy
Mystery/Romance author
Lori Avocato — US Air Force
A Dash of Romance with a Dusting of Mystery
Misty MacRae — US Navy
Where Romance is Always an Adventure
Rogenna Brewer — US Navy
Unexpected Romantic Fiction
Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter — USAF
Dark heroes and heroines with bite…sink your teeth into a romance
by
Sapphire Phelan — US Army
Escape to the past with a romantic adventure
Terry Irene Blain — US Navy
Military Romance and Medical Drama
Tracey Cramer-Kelly — Army National Guard
Romantic Suspense, YA, Juvenile, SciFi, and Hard Boiled Detective
Wayne Greenough — US Navy
One unusual Veterans group that is special to me is RomVets. They are all women who served in the armed
forces and who write Romance. I am proud to be a member. Click the link to visit
the website and learn more about this organization and its members.
Invitation — if you are an author, and a veteran, let us know. We’d be honored to include you in our annual post.
Uniform Desires 
Uniform Desires is a boxed set of novellas from some of the best
military writers on the planet: Delilah Devlin, Melissa Schroeder, Cat Johnson,
JM Madden, Elle James and myself. Most of us have either served in the military,
or have had husbands and children who have served, or who are serving now.
The release of this anthology is timed for Veteran’s Day, 11-11-13.
It is the only all-military boxed set available this year.
Our stories run the gamut, from Marines to para-rescue teams,
wounded vets and Navy SEALs. These are the quiet guys who get things done, putting
themselves in harm’s way, sacrificing their own safety for ours. It’s the least
we could do to help bring their stories to life.
We aren’t writing detailed accounts of war. There are great writers
out there who specialize in bringing readers that genre. We write about the love
stories, about what happens when the soldier comes home, when his special training
doesn’t prepare him for the “dangers” of falling in love.
I think that’s what I love most about writing military romance.
Certainly no national secrets are divulged in my books, but I’ve enjoyed the SEAL
community I’ve gotten to know, and like to write about what happens to them on a
personal side. I’ve said many times when I’ve spoken to groups, that the stories
I’ve heard are even more outrageous than what I put in my books. No one would believe
some of the things I’ve been told. Indeed, truth can be stranger than fiction.
When I’m at book signings or book fairs, people sometimes shy
away from picking up a military romance because they don’t like to think about men
and women coming into harm’s way, and perhaps for many, it is too close to home.
In romance, or romantic suspense, although not everyone survives the stories, usually
the hero and heroine do. Forced to deal with life and death, they are thrown together,
and almost don’t survive. In the midst of a crisis, love finds a way, and turns
out in the end to save the day.
Unlike some of the other boxed sets being sold today, most of
the material in the anthology is brand new. And, although there are many kinds of
heroes out there who sacrifice themselves for the public every day, the heroes in
our book are only military heroes.
Instead of attaching a blurb, I’m going to run down brief blurbs
of each of the stories, and the authors who wrote them:
Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder
USA Today Bestselling Author
www.melissaschroeder.net
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond
the call of duty
SEAL Francis McKade never acted on his feelings for his best
friend’s sister. All that changes at a wedding in Hawaii, but the next morning, he’s called for
a mission-one that leaves his world in shambles.
Months later, Kade shows up in her bar a changed man. When he
pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon
refuses to back down. One way or another, he’ll learn there’s no walking away from
love—not while she still has breath in her body.
SEAL’s Honor by Elle James
Award-winning Author
www.ellejames.com
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn
land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot
SEAL Reed Tucker doesn’t believe in commitment, until he tangles
the sheets with one hot pilot, Delaney O’Connell. His phobia against commitment
is challenged when his best friend asks Delaney to marry him.
As a helicopter pilot for the 160th Night Stalkers, Delaney knows
the risks of loving a SEAL. When her lover’s friend loses an arm in battle, she
can’t refuse his marriage proposal when he’s already lost so much. In love with
one man, pledged to marry another, she’s torn.
Tuck and Delaney must come to grips with the happiness they owe
themselves and the happiness of their friend who has lost so much.
SEAL the Deal by Sharon Hamilton
Bestselling Author
http://sharonhamiltonauthor.com/
A SEAL’s nightmare of a promise given at his sister’s deathbed
gives him the woman of his dreams
Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading
since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He
drives up to Sonoma County from Coronado
to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.
He must work with his sister’s best friend he only vaguely remembers from his past.
But boy has she grown up.

Devon Brandeburg has
created a small financial fortune through her success in real estate. Her career
is her main focus, but a closely guarded secret is her total lack of experience
with men. After all, who needs them? Especially when their testosterone-stuffed
egos suck all the air out of the room, like Nick’s does.
Nick’s sister requires two things of the both of them as her
dying wish.
 What starts as a deathbed promise turns out
to be a hot affair neither one expected. Nick becomes Devon’s
teacher in her journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the
student brings the teacher something he’s never allowed himself to want, and now
knows he needs.
Dangerous Liaisons by Delilah Devlin
Award-winning Author
www.delilahdevlin.com
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover
DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival’s daughter
After surviving a week of anti-terrorist training in a Central
American jungle, Maya Cordoba is ready to kick off the mud from her designer boots
after she hijacks her sexy driving instructor. Instead, she finds herself staring
down the barrel of an AK-47and being kidnapped! Mistaken for a rival drug lord’s
daughter she knows if they learn she’s not who they think she is—she’s dead.
Rescue comes from ex-marine and undercover DEA agent, Angel Rickman.
He promises to get her out as long as she does everything he tells her to. Together,
they make a mad dash through the jungle with the drug cartel’s army on their tails.
Her Forever Hero by JM Madden
Bestselling Author
When the boss’s pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled
Marine Grafton Parks proves he’s still a hero
Kendall Herrington is drawn to her handsome new security guard,
prosthetic hand and all. The man is totally wrong for her, but on a lonely Christmas
night, she gives in to her body’s demands, regret setting in on the morning after.
Former EOD Marine Grafton Parks knows Kendall
is resisting admitting she’s pregnant and that the board won’t allow an unwed, pregnant
female to run the multi-billion dollar Herrington Corporation. Even if she is the
boss’s daughter.
As they struggle to come to terms with each other, an unexpected
danger threatens their lives. Will they survive long enough for him to be…Her Forever
Hero?
Cinderella
Liberty
by Cat Johnson
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine
and his best friend’s sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get
back to her
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John “Crash” O’Malley has two
goals. Enjoy his liberty in New York City, and survive
his deployment to Afghanistan.
What he didn’t plan on is Trish. A guy can’t have a one-night stand with his best
friend’s sister and then abandon her at midnight when his liberty ends, but starting
a new relationship days before shipping out would be crazy.
Crash doesn’t realize his friend’s displeasure over him breaking
the ‘no sisters rule’ is nothing compared to what the insurgents have in store for
them in the Helmand
Province. Now, Crash’s new
objective is to get home alive and make Trish his.
We are honored to be able to bring you these stories for Veteran’s
Day. Won’t you share them with your friends and family, who love to read about the
men and women who protect and defend us every day?

Buy link:

About the Author

Sharon Hamilton
Life is one fool thing
after another.
Love is two fool things
after each other.
Sharon Hamilton
Sharon’s
award-winning spicy Navy SEAL stories in the SEAL Brotherhood series, have consistently
made best sellers lists and review sites. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky
road to redemption through passion and true love.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve
read before, since they don’t go to ground and can walk around in the full light
of the sun.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are
sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one.
You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
She lives in Sonoma
County, California with
her husband, and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing,
she’s getting vera vera dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking
for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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