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Tag Archives: Historical Romance

An Unexpected Gift 
Katherine Grey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, An Unexpected Gift.
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 276 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: Two wounded souls find happiness in the most unlikeliest
of places, with each other.
Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he
leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail
a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with
this mysterious woman with a troubled past.
Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing
more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves
town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured
man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus,
or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?

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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Olivia St. Germaine is 26 years of age. She has no formal occupation.
William “Lazarus” Prescott is 28 years of age. He leads a band of


Tell us about your story’s world. What is it like in this
period or place?
An Unexpected Gift takes place in London during the Regency period. It shows a side
of life in London
outside those of the aristocracy. Both Olivia and Lazarus live on the very fringes
of Society.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was asked to write a novella for my publisher’s Love Letters
line. In writing that story, Lazarus appeared on the page larger than life. I had
a hard time controlling him and keeping him from taking over the story. It only
made sense that I tell his story as well.
Which character in your current book do you think readers
will like the most? Why?
I think Lazarus would the favorite. While he does things that
aren’t necessarily legal and right, he does them with the best of intentions. He
goes out of his way to protect those he considers his family and is loyal to a fault.
When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
I love to bake bread. I find the whole process of kneading the
dough to be very relaxing. It’s also a great way to work out scene in my head while
doing something constructive. Of course, the smell of freshly baked bread filling
the house isn’t a bad thing either.
Are you a plotter, or do you prefer to make it up on the spur
of the moment?
I say I’m a combination of both. I write two to three sentence
paragraphs detailing the main points of each chapter, but other than that, I let
my characters have free reign and write where they take me.
What’s your writing schedule like?
I write Monday through Friday for approximately an hour and half
when I get home from my day job. I have a weekly goal of twenty-five pages of new
material each week. It helps keep me on track and not lose the threads of the story.
When an idea hits you, what do you do to capture it?
I have a notebook where I jot down the idea, character names,
plot points, any scenes or snippets of dialogue and anything else that comes to
me. If I’m out, I have a small pocket sized notebook I keep in my purse for the
same thing, though I have been known to write on the paper napkins when at a restaurant.
Which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
My novella The Muse was the hardest to write. It was the first
short story I’d written and I had a hard time keeping it within the word count requirements
to be a novella. I kept having to go back and delete subplots and the like.
What are you currently reading for fun? Anything for research?
I’m currently reading Fifth Grave Past The Light by Darynda Jones.
It’s the fifth book in her Charley Davidson series. If you haven’t read any of them
yet, I highly recommend them, but read them in order. For research purposes, I’m
reading The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes: The True Story of A Forgotten Hero in
Wellington’s Army
by Mark Urban.
Do you believe in luck?
I do believe in luck but at the same time, I think we make our
own luck by taking advantage of opportunities presented to us.
What kind of music do you listen to while driving? Same question
when writing?
When I’m in the car, I usually listen to whatever’s currently
popular on the radio station. When I’m writing, I listen to classical music.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play the violin and a tiny bit of the piano. I would like to
take formal piano lessons some day.
What’s your favorite movie?
I have two favorite movies – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and
I Am Sam. Sean Penn was amazing.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with cheese and pepperoni.
I’m always ready for a cup of cinnamon apple tea and a good
When I’m alone, I read my manuscript pages out loud. I like
to hear the rhythm of the dialogue
You’d never be able to tell, but I have five tattoos.
If I had a halo it would be slightly
If I could write full time, I’d be the happiest person
on the planet
I can never kill a spider because I’m terrified of
them. I don’t have any problem getting other people to kill them for me though.

Previous Books

The Muse (novella)

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No Turning Back 

Deanna Jewel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Nathaniel Clairmont, from the book, No Turning Back.

Genre: Historical Romance,
England 1778
Publisher: Swallowtail Productions LLC
Cover artist: Todd Engle
Length: 276 pgs
Heat rating: 3
While avenging the death of his fiancé years earlier, Michael
Nathaniel Clairmont, Duke of North Yorkshire, learns that he CAN love again. Will
the woman he wants also learn to love again? He sets out to capture her heart.
Vanessa is heartbroken over recent events in her life; she’s
also head strong, flaunts London aristocracy and
takes on breeding horses, something unheard of in the society circles of London. She finds herself
trying to put the pieces of her life back together, but can she do it alone? With
a child on the way, she is forced to do just that – their future depends on her
strength. Then a friend offers to help. Dare she trust a man sworn to carry out
a vow taken on a death bed? She refuses to accept that his love is true when his
honor of sticking to his word is also at stake.
Can Nathan survive another heartache? Join him and Vanessa as
they work through the torments of their past and work together to fight for their
love and a future together.

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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Vanessa Devereaux –
27 – breeds horses, runs her husband’s furniture business
Nathaniel Clairmont
– 30 – duke, in the royal service of King George IV
Phillip Devereaux –
30 – brother of Vanessa, shipping for the family business

Interview with Nathaniel Clairmont:

I’m excited that Captain Nathaniel Clairmont is here to chat
with us for a bit. I’ve pulled him from the pages but he can’t stay long. He’s
the handsome hero from No Turning Back, a respected ship captain, friend and breeder
of horses; he loves to ride, but loves the ocean just as much. And here’s a secret
– he’s also a Duke!
Nathan, your home in Scarborough,
England sounds like a wonderful place, overlooking the ocean. How long has the castle
been in your family?
The fortress has been in my family for over one hundred years.
A castle’s structure is cold and damp so I do what I can to keep it warm and comfortable
inside. I’ve done some reconstruction inside and out due to the age so it won’t
crumble down around me. I’ve collected tapestries from around the world and those
hang on the walls to help keep the heat inside. I enjoy walking out on the parapets
that look out onto the water, to listen to the crashing waves on warm summer evening.
With all your travels
and time at court with the King, I envision all types of women wanting to get to
know you better. Tell us what you look for in a woman who might interest you.
*Nathan rubs his chin as he thinks about an answer* I would have
to start with height. I like tall women, with a nice smile but doesn’t constantly
giggle and chatter. Is that a good start? I want to be able to read her eyes, the
windows to a woman’s soul. I’m a fairly good judge of character. I like a smart
woman who is able to hold a conversation; beauty is nice but there is more to a
female than good looks.
Well that gives us a list
of attributes to start with. Our readers place themselves in the heroine’s character
you know; they all want to be in my story with YOU! Are you the type of man who
doesn’t like getting tied down to one relationship, play the field, so to speak?
Never Surrender
*he has a deep laugh* I don’t have time to play the field, Deanna.
The King keeps me pretty busy at court or traveling on his behalf and when I’m not
doing that, I’m at my home where I breed beautiful horses. The woman of my dreams
will share that love with me. I like to think of myself as a one-woman man and our
love will last a lifetime, if I’m lucky enough to find that.
So, have you found the
woman of your dreams, Nathan?
I can’t answer that without giving things away, now can I. *he
gives me a sexy wink* I’ve had my share of women in my life but I want to settle
down one day, to have children, someone to leave my home to.
When you’re on the ocean…sailing…are
you at home there? Do you feel in control of something larger than life?
I was raised aboard ships. My father took me with him when he
sailed and I learned how to read the water, to know when I don’t have control because
the sea takes orders from no one. A captain depends on a good crew to help keep
the ship safe and I have that in my crew. I trust them with my life.
We all have enemies. Care
to enlighten us about a few of yours?
has been a thorn in my side since childhood. We didn’t necessarily run in the same
circles of London
society, but he did attend some of the same entertainment and events such as a local
ball or two. He was jealous of the ease at which I could talk with women and there
were a few females I guess one could say I turned in my direction. His jealous nature
is also part of the reason he can’t keep a woman; that and he’s bloody greedy.
Nathan, thank you for
taking the time to be here with us. I know our readers have been thrilled to know
you a little better. Can you stick around for a few questions?
I can do that. I can’t wait to hear what questions they might
have for me!
We can’t be responsible
for their actions or questions, you know! So be prepared…we look forward to it.
Again, thank you!
My pleasure!


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able to add one more book to your shelves. Leave your comments, where you’d like
your gift card to, and email addy to be in the drawing! Now, who has a question
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About the Author

Deanna Jewel lives in the Pacific Northwest
and has been writing multi-genre romance
Deanna Jewel

since 1991. She is married to a retired
captain of the fire department. He’s also owned his own businesses for 25 years.
They have two Siamese cats: Zoie and Sinbad, who keep them entertained. Deanna has
enjoyed reading historical romance novels for over thirty years, camping with her
family, and traveling.

She writes to draw the reader into the story to experience what
the characters feel, to show both the hero’s and heroine’s points of view, and to
take the reader away from their every day stress to a place not yet visited.
A trip to Dubois, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone,
inspired her time-travel novel. The landscape and town locations described in Never
Surrender are real. Jon Daley, a professor at Boise State
University, translated the
Shoshone language that you will find in the book. This novel won an Honorable Mention
in the 2008 Quill Awards at
No Turning Back, her historical romance, takes place in England,
1778, was released in April 2010, and is available in print, eBook and iBook for
download to your electronic readers.
Her newest novel, Whispers At Ghost Point, released in late December,
2012. Whispers takes place at an abandoned lighthouse in Wilmington, NC
and is the sequel to No Turning Back. The characters are reincarnated into the present.
Join Dana as she learns about her past while working toward her future. The dangers
that lurk at an abandoned lighthouse pull her into a past she was unaware of but
also involves a man she’s never met…in this lifetime!

Previous Books:

Whispers at Ghost Point – Contemporary Dec 2012
Never Surrender – Native American Time Travel – Wyoming, 1835 released 2009
Unleash Your Inner Strength – motivational FREE! Released 2010

Books Coming Soon

Never Surrender sequel – late 2014


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winner to be picked on Oct 14th!

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An Inconvenient Wife 
Today’s featured book is An Inconvenient Wife by Constance Hussey.

Only love can transform an inconvenient wife into his
heart’s desire.
Fleeing an obsessive suitor, Anne Mackenzie finds refuge in Portugal, although she will only be completely safe
in England.
When she takes two children into her care, she never dreams that they will be the
key to return her home. Lord Westcott can take her away from Portugal and protect
her from the dangerous man in her past, but the price is high—a loveless marriage.
Unless Anne can thaw the heart of this compelling, aloof stranger, they may be irrevocably
bound to a lifetime of unhappiness.
Unable to ignore the bonds of friendship, Lord Westcott reluctantly
agrees to visit Portugal
in search of a missing child. A recluse since the death of his wife and a crippling
injury to his daughter, he never imagines he will return with two orphans and a
wife—a wife whose dangerous secrets threaten his very life—and his long-frozen heart.
Chance has thrown them together, but only love can transform
an inconvenient wife into his heart’s desire.

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Little Witch 
Jill Hughey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever.
Let’s talk about your book, Little Witch: Historical Romance Novella, the fifth
installment in your Evolution Series.
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: self-published
Cover artist: Rae Monet
Length: 49,000 words
Heat rating: Warm/Sensual
Tagline: The night is
dark. The moon is bright. She brings his heart into her light.
A vicious neighbor uses a series of coincidences to label Salena
as the local moon-charmer, making her an outcast in rural Francia. When Salena encounters
her brother’s childhood friend, Nox, out on business for the Lord of Ribeauville,
she fears he will accept the locals’ tales about her, especially since they relate
to the death of his family a decade before. He is, instead, as charmed by her as
she is by him.
Nox’s sympathy for Salena evolves into affection in spite of
his strict rule against close ties with people. Afraid to risk another loss like
that of his youth, he abruptly ends their relationship, unaware that Salena has
already been downtrodden by her father denying her request to venture farther out
into the world.
A threat to Salena’s family prompts her to run away in the hopes
of protecting those she loves while forging a new path for her life. Too late, Nox
discovers that she has also run away with his scarred heart.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and
Salena is 22 years old. She is the daughter of
a tenant farmer in the year 848, so her main occupation is helping her family survive
by growing and gathering food and supplies, but she longs to get out into the world.
Nox is 24 years old. He has worked for the Lord
of Ribeauville since he was orphaned at age14, and has been promoted from stableboy
to the lord’s representative with the tenants and landowners in his domain.
What websites do you visit daily?
I visit Kindle Direct Publishing, Facebook, and
Tweetdeck every day.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor
who would it be?
Mary Balogh. I enjoy her books immensely and,
based on her Facebook posts, she seems like a friendly, genuine lady.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
Start writing romance right after graduating
from college. I never considered writing as a career choice back then and now I
wonder why?
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I’m a pretty good self-starter. Any daylight
hours that I am not at my part-time job, or running kids around, I am working as
an author, one way or another. I used to do social media tasks at night, but I found
I wasn’t sleeping very well, so I’ve given myself permission to relax at least part
of the evening.
Do things your family or friends do ever end
up in a book?
Of course! In Little Witch, I especially enjoyed writing the sibling relationship
between Salena and her older brother, Grant. We’ve all experienced or observed the
younger child struggling to assert herself against the older, “wiser”
What kind of books do you read when taking a
break from your own writing?
I read mainly historical romance. Surprisingly,
I’ve recently been enjoying a paranormal contemporary series too, which is a real
shocker to me!
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but
you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this
interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
It would be a hard choice between Australia and Hawaii,
but I’ll say Australia.
I’d take hiking clothes, beachwear, sunglasses, my laptop and my ereader, and hopefully
it would be a trip for two so I could bring my hubbie!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas, because I love Christmas music and
all the traditions that surround the holiday, though I must say it requires more
work as the mom than it ever did as a kid.
What good book have you read recently?
“First Grave on the Right” by Darynda
Jones starts the series I referred to in the earlier question. Really, really awesome
concept and fun characters. I am not normally a fan of contemporary or paranormal
romances, but she grabbed me with this one.
Please underline which statement is more
like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back
and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation,
because I do things as fast as possible.”
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with bacon.
I’m always ready for coffee or wine, depending
on the time of day and the circumstances
When I’m alone, I write.
You’d never be able to tell, but I can sing
really, really high
If I had a halo it
would be tarnished.
If I could stop worrying I’d U!
I can never enjoy skiing because I
am terrified I will fall.
Jill Hughey 
Previous Books
Sass Meets Class – a sweet American historical
The following books are all part of the Evolution
Second Love: A Short Historical Romance Story
Books Coming Soon
I’m starting to outline a New Adult apocalyptic
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The Reluctant Duke 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book
and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.
Today’s featured book is The Reluctant Duke by Christine Donovan.
Thomas Seabrook, the penniless Duke of Wentworth, walks into
White’s for night cap. He leaves no longer in need of coin. In fact, he has become
a wealthy man and owner of Hamilton Whaling Industries of New Bedford, Massachusetts
and guardian of a seventeen-year-old girl. Thomas travels to Boston intent of bring his ward back and marrying
her off to the first eligible gentleman who requests her hand. Except the first
gentleman to ask for her, is his own brother Sebastian. Thomas refuses, because
bloody hell, he wants her for himself.
Emma Hamilton is not happy with her new situation. Her papa brought
her up to be independent and assertive. How dare this stranger, this moody noble,
dictate what she can do and not do? When she finds herself thrown into a London season, being introduced
from one gentleman to another, looking for a husband, she realizes only the duke
will do. How can she break through the duke’s hard exterior and find the loving,
caring gentleman she knows he hides from everyone.

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Highland Seer 
Willa Blair, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Ellie MacKyrie from the book, Highland Seer.
Genre: Scottish Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Cover artist: Tina Lynn Stout
Length: 324 pages
Heat rating: Spicy
Tagline: The Seer believes he’ll save her clan, but Donal MacNabb
will be no one’s pawn.
Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents
being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie
clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than
Donal is prepared to give.
Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her
clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can—including
forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance.
She has Seen the stubborn Donal MacNabb reaching for her in her dreams.
While Donal fights to save a clan in trouble, his desire for
the MacKyrie Seer wars with his obligation to his Laird. Before she is forced into
a marriage that will destroy her clan, Ellie must find the heart behind Donal’s
gruff exterior and convince him he is the man of her dreams.

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Interview with Ellie MacKyrie

Tell us about yourself.
I am the laird of clan MacKyrie. Female lairds are rare in Scotland’s
history, but not unheard of.
Tell us about Donal MacNabb:
Donal is…was…the arms master to Clan Lathan, his adopted
home. He rarely smiles, so he can be intimidating. He’s a master swordsman. A teacher.
My rock. He…a man…appeared in several dreams. The man I Saw might have been
someone else, aye, but the more time I spent around Donal, the more certain I became.
He had the skills my clan needed most, and he…appealed…to me as no other.
What do you think is your
greatest strength?
I will do what is necessary for the good of my people.
What would Donal MacNabb
say is your greatest strength?
I go after what I want and dinna take ‘nay’ for an answer. As
he has learned.
What would Donal say is
your biggest weakness?
That I’m too soft-hearted. It’s hard for me to make some of the
decisions a laird must make. Then again, I suppose some decisions are hard for anyone
to make.
What do you wish was different
about your life?
Had ye asked me before I met Donal, I wouldha wished that Flodden
never happened. That my clan remained as it was before all those deaths, my father
and brothers still alive. I would still wish for that, but I would also wish for
Donal to be at my side. We were decimated by the loss of our fighting men at Flodden
in 1513. MacKyrie consists of women, children, and a few old men and lads. Few would
know of our existence, except for the whisky we make, but our neighbors have had
their eyes on the clan’s holdings – and me – since Flodden. The Lathans brought
a treaty promising assistance from nearby clans, but also committing MacKyrie to
provide the same, which we were in no position to do. I saw the Lathan treaty as
a two-edged sword that could work for us or very much against us. Donal’s presence,
and the men from the treaty clans he has brought to us, help to even the odds.
What is it like for a
woman to be laird?
I canna speak for women who lead other clans, only for MacKyrie.
It has been…difficult…challenging…since our men left to fight with the King.
Our clan’s only survivor, actually a fosterling from anther clan, brought us the
awful news, then disappeared a few months after his return, consumed by his shock
and grief. I doubt he still lives. The few warriors my father left behind have been
lost in skirmishes with the neighbors. The main thing that has saved us thus far
is that the neighboring lairds are wary of each other. Should one invade MacKyrie,
the others wouldna be far behind, and they’d fight like dogs over the scraps of
our home. But it isna all bad. My people are my treasure, and have supported me
in every way. We’ve made much progress, more so since the Lathans arrived, but there’s
still much to do.
Some men claim that a
woman can not be a successful laird.
A woman canna be a laird, ye say? Of course she can. She can
even lead her warriors in battle, if she’s trained for it. And Queens have ruled
Scotland. But a woman must maintain her authority through craft, wit, and respect
more than strength. She must have allies.
How does your Sight work?
I dream, rarely clearly. I may See only a brief glimpse. Or the
dream may last a while, but as dreams do, make little sense when I awake. Some dreams
come to me more than once. Those, especially, I must heed.
What advice would you
offer other women thrust into positions of responsibility and power?
As I said, a woman must have allies. No matter how secure her
position within her clan, she will be beset by outsiders, and possibly from within
her own clan. Some men will pursue advantage by any means, fair or foul. Most women
cannot defeat a man in a physical battle unless she is very skilled or very lucky,
so she must have champions who will fight for her. She must be able to command respect.
But a woman walks a fine line between being perceived as a strong leader and a shrew.
So she must also nurture her people and protect whatever it is that comprises the
wealth of her clan. Many men believe that marriage conveys the lairdship upon them.
That isna the case, but If she is very lucky, she will find a man to stand beside
her, to be her strong arm, her rock and her comfort. As Donal is for me.
Willa Blair

About the Author

Willa Blair is the best-selling and award-winning author of Scottish
romance with a paranormal twist, set in the 16th century Highlands, when the old
ways, and old talents, still shaped events.
She always wished she had several psi talents, such as reading
her husband’s mind, cleaning house by simply thinking about it, and flying. But
alas, no. So she endows her historical romance characters with special talents and
lives vicariously through them. She loves reading and writing romance novels set
in the past, present and future.
She realized her life-long dream of becoming an author after
retiring from her day job to write, travel, and enjoy life. Married to her own military
hero golf fanatic, she lives in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio where
she writes, feeds hummingbirds year-round and has too many hobbies to count.

Previous Books

Highland Healer (Highland Talents #1)

Books Coming Soon

The Healer’s Gift (A Highland Talents Novella) And Highland Troth
(Highland Talents #3)


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