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Do It Write: Where Emerald writes @Emerald_theGLD #RLFblog #authorEmerald, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

Initiative: Tales of Erotic Boldness by Emerald

Genre Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From audacious proposals to first-time exploits to newfound inner confidence, taking initiative delves into the risqué in these thirteen smoldering tales. An accidental catalyst invokes a bold move in “Fulfillment,” while the brassiness in “Shift Change” belongs entirely to narrator Stacey. “Who’s on Top?” sees a meeting between fans of rival baseball teams turn into a game of chance and wits, and “The Beast Within” offers a present-day “Beauty and the Beast” rendition that puts a twist on ugliness, beauty, pain, and pleasure–and the surprising ways they can intertwine.

Sometimes brazen, sometimes subtle, the initiatives between these pages always showcase the erotic and how it can both inspire and evoke our most emboldened selves.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was about seven. My first project was an utterly scintillating, I’m sure, autobiographical account of life with my cat at the time.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

In early 2016, I bought my first single-family house. It’s a three-bedroom ranch style, so my office is in the room right across from the master bedroom. I’ve had the same desk for more than a decade because aesthetically, I really like it. Its one drawback is that it is just a surface with no drawers or storage space, but to be fair, that probably keeps me from accumulating a disorganized mess(es) in any drawers. I do have a two-drawer file cabinet in the vicinity.

Last year, I decided I would get a Balance Ball chair for my desk. Sigh…it was a noble idea, but I have to admit to its being a failed experiment. All it really resulted in was my avoiding sitting at my desk! It turns out I just feel too frequent of an urge to lean back, sit cross-legged (yes, I do this on chairs sometimes), sit with one foot underneath me, or pull my laptop onto my lap for the Balance Ball chair to really work for me. So I recently gave in and returned my regular office chair to the location behind my desk.

I also have a wonderful black upholstered chair and ottoman in another corner of my office where I work frequently (especially when the Balance Ball chair was still behind my desk!).

Anything special about your space?

The corner of my desk features a small plastic gumball machine my older sister gave me for my fifth birthday. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a predilection for circles/roundness, and I love bright colors. So I’ve adored this delightfully spherical plastic gumball machine with bright, round gumballs since the first moment I saw it! So much so that I still have it more than thirty-five years later…. You can see it on my desk in the picture.

In addition, my office has fabulous silver wallpaper, a wall calendar I buy every year that has gorgeous and inspiring garden photographs (the Secret Garden series–I highly recommend it), and a stuffed Hello Kitty in a hot pink plaid dress I consider my “writing buddy.”

What do you love most about that area?

I love the two windows that look out the front of my house. There are bushes right outside that I especially love to see in the summer when they’re green and, in the case of the rosebush, in bloom, but one of them is also holly, so it’s green year-round. The room gets a lot of natural light in the morning since it faces east.

I also love how I have the room arranged–it took me a couple tries to get it the way I want it. I reconfigured the desk and file cabinet setup a year or so after I moved in, and I like it much better now. Some would say the furniture arrangement is not particularly convenient because I have to walk specifically around and behind my desk (which has an “L” shape) to sit in it, but I actually like this because it means that when I go back there, I am working. It’s not a place I just sit casually or dart in and out of while doing other things.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

My laptop, printer, software, and any other technological equipment would immediately be upgraded! I would love to have the best/fastest/most efficient of such without concern for how expensive it is.

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

Do It Write: Where Emerald writes @Emerald_theGLD #RLFblog #authorMy corner chair…I suppose that isn’t really office equipment, but I frequently sit on the upholstered chair in the corner of my office and consider it integral to my work process.

I also use the printer a lot because I feel strongly oriented toward editing and proofreading on paper rather than electronically. Though I lament that it’s not environmental, I’ve usually printed multiple drafts of projects I’m working on. (I do at least recycle them.)

What do you think is a must have for an efficient office?

I personally like almost anything I’m going to need to be within reach. It seems just the way I concentrate, but if I have to actually get up to get or look for something, it tends to interrupt my concentration and momentum. I want pen, stapler, printer, highlighter, my water bottle, scratch paper/notebook, and I’m sure some other things I’m forgetting to be right there, easily within reach. I do have my desk and space set up that way.

I also feel it needs to be comfortable (back to the Balance Ball chair…). Since I’ve tended to like to work for hours at a time, I sometimes lean back in my chair and pull my laptop into my lap and put my feet on my desk. When I’m not doing this, I seem, for some reason, to find a foot rest positively necessary. I like my chair to be pretty high, and if my feet do not feel anchored on the floor (which they tend not to without a foot rest), I honestly feel I can’t concentrate well.

Are you a writing mom/dad?

Of non-human children: I have two cats and two dogs (known as “the puppies” even though they’re five now), all of whom tend to be in and out of my office whenever I’m in there. And of course the puppies have no qualms about unabashedly interrupting me when it’s time to go out. The cats frequent my office, and when I’m in the chair in the corner, they’ve been known to fail to recognize the relative inconvenience of making their way onto my lap. Or perhaps they just don’t care….

On that note, I actually had two iterations of the Balance Ball chair. The first one bit the dust when one cat chased the other up onto it, and she landed with her claws out. (It’s as though she knew something I didn’t at the time!)

How do you juggle writing and family?

I try to make sure everybody is fed and, in the case of the dogs, has gone out recently so that ideally they’ll leave me alone for a while. :)

Where to buy Initiative: Tales of Erotic Boldness


Barnes and Noble

Apple Books



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Emerald is an erotic fiction author interested in elevating discussion of and attention to authentic sexual experience. Her short fiction has been featured in more than thirty multi-author anthologies in the genre, and her book Safe: A Collection of Erotic Stories won the bronze IPPY in the Erotica category of the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The author of three short story collections, she has also penned dozens of blog posts at her website,, on topics ranging from sexuality and self-awareness to politics, sex work, and reproductive justice. The majority of her wardrobe incorporates glitter in some capacity.
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Kayelle Allen here. Wow, has Marketing for Romance Writers grown! Back in 2006 when I started this group, I was a busy author with four books. I was promoting, learning more about promoting, and asking friends about promoting. All the ins and outs of book marketing were starting to gel and I was beginning to understand the overall concept. That said, I had a constant list of questions. Facebook was two years old. Twitter had been founded that year. Pinterest and Instagram were four years away. How was I supposed to promote on social media? Did I need a blog?

I had friends who had similar questions, and we would email each other and ask. Often, I’d get the same question several times in a row. I found myself going back to my “sent” file to copy an answer and resend it. Not that I wasn’t asking questions myself, but I think because I’d take the time to go find an answer if someone asked and I didn’t know – I started getting more and more questions.

It was Halloween, and I was busy with all sorts of details of writing, and I got the same question from two different people. I remember thinking that there had to be an easier way to handle this. I needed a way to let everyone know what I’d discovered at the same time, and if I had a question, get an answer from someone who knew. Yahoo Groups was established and well-used, so I decided to create one that all of my friends and I could use together. We could post a question there, and anyone who knew the answer could reply.

I set it up as Marketing for Romance Writers because that’s what all of us were at the time. Our members are not just romance writers, however. They come from all genres. Looking back, I’ve often wished I’d named it Marketing for Every Writer. Of course, then the initials would have been MEW vs MFRW and our symbol might have been a black cat!

In 2006, we had 12 members. Eleven years later, there are 2420 of us, plus 6781 on Facebook, 3875 on Twitter, untold numbers on Goodreads, and 1492+ on Pinterest with 54 boards and over 790 pins. Our staff of volunteers produces an award winning newsletter and in 2018, we will publish a montly magazine. How can we promote for you?

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RLF Gem Top Blogger Award
RLF Gem Top Blogger Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 30 day month. Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. We had a unique event on November 11th — Veteran’s Day. RLF’s annual
Salute to Author Veterans pulled in the lion’s share of views for the month.
Because that features so many authors, I’m listing that as the top spot for the
month, but listing the next person in line as the top blogger for the month.
The Top Blogger was Emerald. She wins a month of free cover adveritising on the blog.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
  1. Salute to Author Veterans (listed below)
  2. Emerald
  3. MJ Schiller
  4. Xavier
  5. Jenna Ives
Honorable mention: Jacquie Biggar, Red L Jameson

Salute to Author Veterans List

Anne Ashby, Allegra Gray,
Ann Victor, Ashley Ladd, Beverly Ovalle, Bob Mayer, CK Crouch, Delilah Devlin, Denise
Patrick, Diana Cosby, Eliza Gayle, Elizabeth Ashtree, Ella Quinn, Elle James, Gail
Hart, Geri Krotow, Heather Ashby, Heather McLachlan, Isis Rushdan, Jeane Westin,
Jennifer France, Jessica Scott, Jo Ann Brown, Joyce Adams, Kathleen Toomey Jabs,
Kayelle Allen, Lacey Falcone, Lindsay McKenna (aka Eileen Nauman), Lisa Carlisle,
Lisa Cordeiro, Loni Lynne, Lori Avocato, Mahalia Levey, Misty MacRae, Myla Jackson,
Nancy J. Parra, Rochelle Weber, Rogenna Brewer, Rue Allyn, Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter,
Sapphire Phelan, SE Babin, Stacy McKitrick, Susan Ann Wall, Suzie Quint, Teresa
D’Amario, Terry Irene Blain, Tracey Cramer-Kelly, Wayne Greenough, William Maltese
Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a blogger’s
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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:

Beverly Ovalle, Dariel Raye, Denise Rossetti, DP Denman, JC
McKenzie, JM Stewart, JoAnne Myers, Kacey Hammell, Kayelle Allen, Keira Andrews,
Kelley Heckart, Kris Bock, Mary J. McCoy-Dressel, Mary Quast, Nancy Corrigan, Naomi
Bellina, NN Light, Penny Estelle, Rachel Leigh Smith, Tina Gayle
If … Then 

About the Book

Title If…Then: a collection of erotic romance stories
Genre Erotic Romane
Author Emerald
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Interview with Emerald

Why did you write this
Well, since it is a short story collection, this book was written
in a number of different segments propelled by varying motivations. But the reason
I took it upon myself to collect it into a single work and pen the original stories
I wanted to include is because I recognized that certain of my stories held an energy
or tone or underlying evolution—clearly this is something I find a bit difficult
to articulate and definitely consider intangible!—and I wanted to see them all collected
in one volume that I felt represented the deepest asipiration I feel in writing
erotic fiction.
As it turned out, the collection I submitted was divided into
two volumes (more on this in answer to a later question), so to me, If… Then represents
what I described above in the context of the romantically-oriented stories—those
that focus on a committed relationship of conscious intention between the characters
(as distinct from the erotica ones in which the sexual connection is the foremost
focus, regardless of the relational intent beyond that).
What is your favorite
genre to read?
As far as romance, I’ve often enjoyed historicals—such fascinating
detail, and it seems so fun to read about a distinctly different time period. Overall,
though, I tend to read a lot of nonfiction. In particular, in recent years I’ve
gravitated toward books on consciousness and spirituality by authors like A. H.
Almaas, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, etc.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Jeez. What a tough question. It strikes me as the kind I’ll remember
the perfect answer to after I’ve already given one off the top of my head, lol.
But I’m going to go with Albus Dumbledore, as he comes closest of any character
I’ve read to embodying and exhibiting the level of consciousness and awakeness to
which I myself aspire.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I almost never watch TV (unless the Yankees are playing), and
while watching movies hasn’t been something I’ve done a lot of either, I do have
a few favorites. First is Dangerous Beauty, which is a film adaptation of a biography
of sixteenth-century Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco titled The Honest Courtesan,
by Margaret Rosenthal. I also love The Dark Knight, Shakespeare in Love, and A League
of Their Own. And despite my qualification about television, my partner did introduce
me to the series Firefly long after it had been discontinued, and I did enjoy watching
that. :)
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
While I’m still largely working in the short form (short stories)
at this time, I do have a story in progress that seems to have made it known that
it is going to be longer—perhaps even a novel. Given that it’s been in progress
for literally years, though, I do not have a sense of when it might actually be
I have a short story coming out in a couple months in Cleis Press’s
Best Erotic Romance 2015 anthology, and next summer I’ll have a novella-length (11,000
words) contribution in a Sweetmeats Press anthology on sex and sports titled The
Athletic Aesthetic. (My story, “Doubleheader,” is about baseball, of course.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
If… Then is an erotic romance short story collection that was
originally submitted as part of a larger manuscript. I submitted a short story collection
to the publisher (1001 Nights Press), and they came back and suggested splitting
the manuscript into two books—one with the erotic romance stories and one with the
erotica stories. If… Then is the erotic romance one, and it contains ten stories
(eight previously published and two new).
The stories cover a range of characters and themes and include
some LGBT and BDSM content. The first and last stories in the book, “If…”
and “…Then,” respectively, obviously make up the title and are related
to each other—essentially, “…Then” is a sequel to “If….” Both
were previously published in Cleis Press erotic romance anthologies edited by Rachel
Kramer Bussel.
I feel particularly close to one of the original stories in the
book, “Shattered Angels,” as it was the most recent one I finished, and
I wrote some of it during my solo writing trip to Niagara Falls almost two years
ago. The story is partially set in Niagara Falls, and while it was the last story
in the book to be finished, I actually started it and drafted it in a different
form (before I was writing erotic fiction) almost a decade ago. So it’s been through
a number of iterations and feels particularly symbolic of the culmination of If…
Then as my first single-author short story collection.
All of the stories mean something particular to me, though, which
is why I included them in the collection.
In these tales of sizzling erotic romance, deep affection and
the warmth of familiarity underlie the erotic connection between longtime lovers.
“The Plant on the Mantel” explores the unexpected implications of a generations-past
affair on a young married couple. “Honey Changes Everything” finds Kim
wondering how to lead her husband out of his state of despair upon losing his job;
inspiration comes when breakfast in bed serves up more than just pancakes. And “If…”
and “…Then” examine what happens when Valerie finds herself intensely
attracted to someone other than her boyfriend—and what he does when he finds out.
With two original stories (“Soft and Gray” and “Shattered
Angels”) joining the eight previously published tales in this collection, If…Then
is a testament to the scorching eroticism that can so seamlessly subsist with long-term

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Author Bio

Emerald is an erotic fiction author whose short stories have
been featured or are forthcoming in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief,
Logical-Lust, and Sweetmeats Press. She is an advocate for sexual freedom, reproductive
rights, and the rights of sex workers, and she serves as a Facebook group moderator
and assistant newsletter editor for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW). Her first
single-author collections, If…Then: a collection of erotic romance stories and Safe:
a collection of erotic stories, are out now from 1001 Nights Press.

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RLF Gems 
In May, Romance Lives Forever had 23 posts in a 31 day month.
Here are the top posts (judging by page views). There was a two-way tie for
first place, including my post about Marketing for Romance Writers Marketing
Summer Camp plans, and a three-way tie
for fifth. Those posts were within one page view of each other.
1. Vicki Batman
1. Kayelle Allen
2. Emerald
3. Eva Caye
4. Charlie Cochet
5. Kendall McKenna
5. Taylor
5. Synithia Williams
Honorable mention: Angela Kay Austin
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
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Romance Lives Forever ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
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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, E Ayers, Eden
Summers, Elise VanCise, Elodie Parkes, Jean Joachim, Jennifer France, Jill
Elaine Hughes, Katya Armock, Kitty Barton, Melinda Dozier, MJ O’Shea, Mona
Karel, ST Bende
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