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Sarah Cass, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Katherine (Kat) Daugherty from the book, Derailed.
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Cover artist: Sarah Cass
Length: 96k
Heat rating: 4 Flames
The sins of a past she can’t remember could destroy a present
she’ll never forget.
The crimes of her forgotten past threaten the very life Jane
Doe has learned to cherish.
Jane is out of time. With a warrant on her head, a maniac out
for her blood, and a secret baby on the way, something has to give.
Without Cole Mitchell’s help to find the answers, there may be
no hope left.
Cole has nowhere left to hide. He unwittingly let Jane into his
heart, and is ready to share the secret of his dark past.
Fate has a way of playing its hand, and tragedy strikes. With
the world crumbling around them, it’s easy to lose faith. If they can’t forgive
past sins, they have no hope for the future.
Because the noose waits for no man or woman.
Buy links:
Secret Cravings Website
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Jane Doe is an almost-30
year old woman with amnesia. When she first comes to Dominion Falls
in book 1 she ends up with a job as a sort of hotel manager, and de facto PR rep
for the hotel owner. For a woman in 1871, she’s strong and capable and knows what
she wants. In book 2 she gets a new job one well suited for her librarian.
Cole Mitchell is in his
mid-30’s (he won’t reveal his age, sorry…he keeps personal facts close to the vest).
He is 51% owner of a saloon and brothel in Dominion Falls.
When the story first starts he’s content to be alone and never let anyone in. Jane
brings something to life in him, and he resists until he realizes he doesn’t want
to resist any longer.

Interview with Katherine Daugherty aka Kat

Tell us about yourself.
Well, I’m not one to talk about myself.
*Mad laughter breaks out in the next room. Kat’s nose wrinkles
and she shouts at the door*
Shut up, Jane! Anyway. My name’s Katherine Daugherty, most people
call me Kat. Jane’s lover, and my former lover, Cole, calls me Kathy. I’m in my
mid-twenties and have no qualms about that “old maid” line of bull.
I was the “oops, what a surprise” baby to my parents.
After they had Martha they tried and tried to have a boy, but nothing ever happened.
After ten years of trying, they gave up. Five years later, voila.
I didn’t want to be part of the arranged marriage my mother planned
for me, so I took off at fifteen. I joined the temperance league for a while, but
boy-howdy did those women take some brutal tasks to forward their goal, it wasn’t
my cup of tea but a cup of whiskey turned out to be, so I left them. Spent some
time back in Dominion
Falls after, took up with
Cole, because well, have you seen that man? It was a fun romp, but then I fell for
Norman…and then I can’t explain why, but I left Dominion Falls
Since then I’ve been living in St. Louis. I work at a bank, but in my free time
I work to forward the suffragist movement.
Tell us about Norman.
is a bit older than me.
*Jane pops her head in the door* He’s ancient, Kat. At least
twenty years older than me!
*Kat waves her off* Yes, yes. He’s older, but as I tell Jane
in the book there’s something to be said about a man that works the telegraph. They’ve
got some strong fingers. *Kat winks*
Oh, yes, so he runs the depot and the telegraph office. I can’t
explain why I fell for him, he seems to be a grumpy old man, but I just do. He’s
a good man.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I’m strong. Stronger than you might think. I may have grown up
in privilege, but once mother disowned me for leaving town I had to make my own
way. I’ve made mistakes, but I don’t regret any of them. Not even a little.
What was it like where you grew up?
Falls is a great little town.
When we first went there when I was quite young, there was nothing. Father first
formed a little camp when he found the gold. Father had vision and started that
town using the first of his gold strikes. More men came in, and Father was smart
enough to charge to use the buildings he was having built, and then use that money
to buy mines from the less successful miners.
So I got to see Dominion
Falls go from small camp to
a tiny town. Sure, it was dirty and rough and miners aren’t the nicest people sometimes,
but Father and Mother always pushed for more than that. The used their wealth to
make sure I got educated in Denver, and eventually
moved there themselves, but no matter how much time I’ve been away, Dominion Falls is home.
What do you wish was different about your life?
Up until I came home and met Jane I had one big wish to move
back home. I’m grateful that I have a good friend now, one like Jane, that pushes
me to do what I need to, what I know I’ve needed to do. It’s not an easy step for
me, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
I’m afraid I can’t answer that one, either. My author doesn’t
want me to reveal secrets before their time.
*Kat leans in to whisper* But I have to say I get all I wish
for and all I didn’t know I wanted within a year of returning home.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
I didn’t really have many friends as a child. Being the Daugherty’s
daughter and sent to Denver
for schooling made it hard to establish friends. I was too rich in Dominion Falls,
and too poor in Denver
I’m happy to say that now, finally, I do have a best friend.
Jane. I couldn’t ask for someone better. Sometimes you meet someone and instantly
connect, and I had that with Jane. I think she hates that I’m brutally honest with
her, but she’s no shirk either, gives me the same honesty right back.

About the Author

Sarah Cass’s world is regularly turned upside down by her three
special-needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers, dabbling in horror,
straight fiction, and urban fantasy. An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of
interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer.
She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible
and though she may emerge scarred, she’s also stronger. While busy creating worlds
and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life
with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which
gives a real and sometimes raw glimpses into her life and art.

Previous Books

Changing Tracks (The Dominion Falls
Series Book 1):
Secret Cravings Website
Barnes and Noble
All Romance Ebooks

Books Coming Soon

Dark Territory (The Dominion Falls
Series Book 3)
Santa, Maybe (Holidays in Lake Point 1)


A free ebook copy of Derailed (or Changing Tracks if you haven’t
read it, because you really should start with book 1) for one commenter!!
To enter: Just tell me what your favorite Western is (movie,
TV show, OR book!).

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Sarah’s StoryLines

Today’s featured book is The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi
Vanessa Ashley felt herself qualified for a position as
governess, until offered the position at Falconbridge Hall. Left penniless
after the deaths of her artist father and suffragette mother, Vanessa draws on
her knowledge of art, politics, and history to gain employment as a governess.
She discovers that Julian, Lord Falconbridge, requires a governess for his
ten-year-old daughter Blyth at Falconbridge Hall, in the countryside outside London. Lord Falconbridge
is a scientist and dedicated lepidopterist who is about to embark on an
extended expedition to the Amazon. An enigmatic man, he takes a keen interest
in his daughter’s education. As she prepares her young charge, Vanessa finds
the girl detached and aloof. As Vanessa learns more about Falconbridge Hall,
more questions arise. Why doesn’t Blythe feel safe in her own home? Why is the
death of her mother, once famed society beauty Clara, never spoken of? And why
did the former governess leave so suddenly without giving notice?
Buy links:
Knox Robinson Publishing

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Rogue’s Hostage 

His hostage …

In 1758 the Pennsylvania
frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of
a gun. Mara Dupre’s life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her
cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness
strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn’t count on her captor teaching her
the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
Her destiny …
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau’s desire for his captive threatens
what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in
exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost
self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that
Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing
his past misdeeds forever.
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Lady and the Highwayman

Ashley Christman writing as Charlotte Davila, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, The Lady and the Highwayman.

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: Novella, 28 pages
Heat rating: erotic romance
Lady Elizabeth Bennington has the perfect life: she’s the daughter of an earl and betrothed to her childhood friend, William Hartley, the second son of a duke. But, when her sister’s indiscretion leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and the subsequent disgrace of Elizabeth’s entire family, her idyllic life is thrown into disarray.
First, her fiance is prohibited from marrying her. Then she receives word that William has been killed by thieves. To top it all off, she gets abducted by a highwayman. Can Elizabeth find love again, and with the most unlikely of people?
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What do you enjoy most about writing?
I enjoy the act of creating something. Words are magical and to be able to create worlds, people and situations is amazing.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
Neil Gaiman. He’s an incredibly intelligent talented man.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Learn to be comfortable being you. You actually grow up to be a great human being.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Of course. There’s an unspoken agreement that if it’s something interesting, it will end up in a book.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
Editing, Nursing, college student
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I like to read a bit of everything, especially if it’s interesting. Right now I’m reading a historical fiction novel about Marie Antoinette.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think it’s evolving as it should. Digital is becoming more and more the norm and while authors do like to see their books on paper, I think more and more are realizing there’s a big shift in reader demand from paper to digital.
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?
My Kindle, Laptop, cell phone, credit cards and cash, and a few clothes. I’d buy everything else I needed in Paris.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Halloween because it’s entire holiday where we get to play make-believe and no one thinks anything of it.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored. I think boredom comes from an inactive imagination. There’s always something to do.
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…I’m not a fan of pizza.
I’m always ready for the zombie apocalypse. I’ve got a plan.
When I’m alone, I entertain myself.
You’d never be able to tell, but I love karaoke.
If I had a halo it would be misplaced for the millionth time.
If I could get a cabin in the woods, I’d be a happy hermit as long as there were internet.
I can never relax because my mind doesn’t shut off.
Charlotte Davila

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Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile

Today we’re interviewing N Jones, author of The Luminous
Memories of Alexander Vile. Tell us about this book.

In 1891, in the suburbs of Victorian London, a tragedy took
place. Here is a tragic tale compiled by the Maid, who worked her whole life
for Alexander Vile, and his late family. She remembers as she wanders up the
cobbled streets that echo her every footstep and underneath the over-bearing
trees which give her sunless days. She paces through the open market squares
where strangers are living their life as if no event took place, all gathering
to find out about the innovations, all dressed in blacks and greys. While the
world is whizzing by, she reminisces over a chain of events so romantic and so
woeful that you’ll wish you could re-write the ending…
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book is out March 25, 2013


What is the most
important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first
started writing?
I network! I think networking is important both in terms of
becoming more culturally and inter-culturally aware, but also as you don’t know
who could make impact on your career.
What websites do you
visit daily?
I’m always on Twitter! I check YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr
regularly too, but Twitter is a guarantee!
If you could change
something about your first book, what would it be?
I would probably research more in-depth at the start of the
project. I would use a plan at the beginning too – boring answer!
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
The freedom! How it takes over your time, every moment is
thinking about that character, the storylines intertwining and where the story
will go. I would say it’s exhausting in a positive way!
If you could choose
anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
I would love to say Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, or Stieg
Larsson but unfortunately they are all no more. I would really like to meet
Jeff Lindsay; he wrote/writes the Dexter novels which made a big impact on me!
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t worry; you’ll be more confident in a few years.
How do you cope with
stress as an author?
I’m not sure I’ve reached that level yet! I’ve spent the
majority of the past few years stressed because of University; I think that’s
good preparation for a career in the media – University!
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Not in this novel, but my second novel which I’m currently
writing is a modern story which will feature some of my friends and family
stories and anecdotes, and maybe a character or two will be based on someone I
Which of your books
would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
My debut novel ‘the Luminous Memories of Alexander Vile’,
although is thwarted with suspense, grotesque scenes and a lot of imagery has
an underlining romance about it. Infact the romance scenes are my favourite
moments of the novel and the most personal to write. There’s definitely a
subtle emphasis on the romance elements.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read too many genres! I just finished reading the Great
Gatsby. I plan on reading ‘Persuasion’, the new book from Lucy Robinson and the
latest Dexter book soon!
What was the proudest
moment of your life so far?
Graduating was quite amazing! I think the release date will
be the best day for me though!
What was your favorite
vacation and why?
It was California
– hands down! I loved everything about the place! I saved up my University loan
and wages to go there, and it’s geared me to try and achieve success ever
Favourite Dip?

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Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes only a blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is: Sky Tinted Water by Keta Diablo.
Genre: Sweet Historical Romance
Familial bonds, malevolent schemes, and passion collide in
this sweet historical novel. Set in Minnesota
during the Civil War and the Sioux uprising, this is the story of Rory Hudson,
the exquisite Irish lass with an unbreakable spirit and the enigmatic Dawson
Finch, a man bound by honor, duty, and loyalty.
When Dawson
enlists in the army to bring peace to nation divided, Rory’s world plummets
into a tailspin. War, distance, and time separate them, but nothing can dispel
the haunting memories of their love. Not even death can destroy their fierce
passion or a love so strong it beats the odds of the impossible.

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