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Spring Into Love 
Marcia James author of “Love Unleashed,” one of eleven
novellas in the Spring Into Love eBook boxed set answers five easy questions to
help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Marcia James writes hot, humorous romances featuring heroines
you can root for, heroes to die for, and funny dogs. She finaled in 11 Romance Writers
of America contests before selling her first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command.
In her eclectic career, she has directed submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled
nonprofit events, and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of
dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying
“researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband
and hero of many years.
What’s your favorite down-home
family style meal?
From childhood, my favorite comfort food has been meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, followed closely by chicken and dumplings.
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
I prefer to eat several appetizers (usually interesting things
like steamed edamame or pork belly tacos) vs. getting a full entree. The exception
is when I’m at an Italian restaurant and want to take part of a pasta dish home
for yummy leftovers. I also enjoy Mexican and Asian dishes.
Describe the perfect vacation.
I love any relaxing vacation that offers wine tastings, gourmet
restaurants, and an opportunity to play video poker at a casino. That’s why we’ve
visited Napa Valley, CA; Las Vegas, NV; and Scottsdale, AZ numerous times. I’m not
a beach person. I’d prefer visiting the mountains, like Breckenridge, CO, to a Florida
beach vacation.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
For research, I read articles and books, but I also talk with
people who are in the professions my hero and heroine have chosen or who have knowledge
of some aspect of my work-in-progress. For example, I’ve spoken to crime lab techs
for my comic romantic suspense, At Her Command. And I’ve interviewed several sex
therapists for Sex and the Single Therapist, the first in my “Dr. Ally Skye”
funny romantic mystery series. My next novella, “Racing Hearts,” is the
first in a series about a therapy dog training facility, and I’m arranging to watch
the classes at a local facility that trains dogs for people with emotional, health,
and disability challenges.
If the hero of your latest
book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
The hero in “Love Unleashed” is a radio DJ with the
on-air nickname of “Rabid Ron” Hart. So I imagine he’d enjoy a ringtone
of the wolf-howling chorus from Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.”

About the Book

Title: “Love Unleashed” in the Spring Into Love boxed
set
Spring Into Love: 11 Hot Contemporary Romances for 99 cents!
From sensual to spicy, this boxed set of eleven contemporary
romances includes best selling, award-winning, and USA TODAY multi-published authors.
If you like variety in your romance books these eleven authors
provide your heart’s desire from sweet and funny to deadly and sexy…
  • Happy Endings – Chantel Rhondeau
  • Tasting Los Angeles- Kimmie Easley
  • Taming Romeo – Rachelle Ayala
  • Consolation Prize – Abbie St. Claire
  • Sweet Ride! – Bonnie Edwards
  • Liveon ~ No Evil – Stacy Eaton
  • Everybody’s After Love – Lyssa Layne
  • Betrayed – Jade Kerrion
  • Finding Forever- Michele Shriver
  • Love Unleashed – Marcia James
  • Kiss Me, Dancer – Alicia and Roy Street

Genre: Contemporary romance

Author: Marcia James
Book heat level: R
His best laid plans…Ron Hart has a scheme to win back the woman
he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy dog named Charlie, and an
offer she can’t refuse.
Her hidden desires…Cara Wilson has secret fantasies, and her
ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy
urges so tightly leashed.
Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

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Author Social Media

Mallow Mayhem 
Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social
media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Philippa Marlowmellow in
Mallow Mayhem.
Genre: Humor, Detective noir
Author Lisa Haman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Philippa Marlowmellow, a private chick working the seedy underbelly
of Mallowtown known as the Pink, takes on a missing mallow case of one Jenny Bunny.
With her mallow senses tingling, Philippa finds more than the missing mallow. To
save her city and rescue Jenny, Philippa must take on the mobster, Big Bunny, and
solve the most notorious case in Mallowtown history.
You can’t trust anyone in The Pink.

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About the Author

Lisa Haman lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her wonderful
husband, two beautiful children, and two cats, O.C. and Koko. Koko loves to help
her to write on occasion by sitting on the keyboard of her laptop. Lisa plays electric
bass, aka Kitty Blue, with the praise band at her church. Although she doesn’t design
her own patterns, Lisa creates beautiful pictures with counted cross stitch, which
more often than not go to family and friends. Lisa’s interest in the paranormal
fuels her imagination. She likes to scare herself silly with reality ghost series
on television. She likes to write wherever her imagination takes her, but focuses
on young adult fiction. She also is working on her first paranormal series for young
adults yet to be titled. Her first novella, Fat Farm, is a work of speculative fiction,
takes us on a journey where beauty is important and being overweight sends you off
to a fat farm, where you may or may not return. Lisa’s favorite quote is from Robert
Frost. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.” Lisa takes the road less traveled in
her stories.

Author Social Media

A fitting poem about luck and being thankful, just in time for Thanksgiving Day. Thank you to each of you who make Romance Lives Forever a wonderful place to be all year long.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful, safe holiday.
— Kayelle Allen

Thankful for Turkeys 

Thankful

(author unknown)
Week before Thanksgiving,
I limp around real strange.
Huddle in the corner,
As though I have the mange.
All the other turkeys,
Just gobble, gobble on.
I’m silent, and I act
As if my gobbler’s gone.
Everyone is thankful
On Thanksgiving Day.
Friday it’s forgotten.
You all go on your way.
I know what thankful is
So listen when I say.
“It’s great to be a turkey,

After Thanksgiving Day.”

Stones
Genre Humorous Women’s Fiction
Author Marilyn Baron
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Desperate housewife seeks closure with first love about secret
baby on the eve of their son’s wedding.
When Julie Paver’s husband Matt moves his business to Atlanta,
she is forced to leave behind her thriving jewelry boutique, Stones. The move threatens
their twenty-five-year marriage, because now if Matt isn’t out of town negotiating
a merger, he’s spending late hours on overseas phone calls with his sexy-sounding
second-in-command. Feeling neglected and unloved, Julie seeks closure by reconnecting
with her first love, Manny, when he pursues her with his Internet innuendos. Manny
is unaware he’s the father of Julie’s son, and Julie contemplates revealing the
secret to him on the eve of their son’s wedding. But would such a walk down memory
lane be worth the cost? Julie and Manny finally meet at her oceanfront condo — in
the midst of a hurricane — and elements collide to create the perfect storm in a
coming-of-middle-age crisis.

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After Stones’ worldwide release September 26, you can find other
distribution channels and formats listed on Marilyn’s Web site at www.marilynbaron.com.

Interview with Marilyn Baron

Why did you write this
book?
I wanted to feature a heroine of a certain age because I’m not
getting any younger and I believe people don’t just want to read about twenty-somethings.
This book was originally called, The Colonoscopy Club, so right away you know what
age I’m talking about. In Stones, I take a humorous look at a woman who can’t seem
to get closure in her life. My central character Julie has issues. Even her issues
have issues. Stones is about how Julie deals with those issues and features the
themes of first loves and second chances.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I write in a number of genres—from historical romantic thrillers
and suspense to paranormal and women’s fiction—and I love to read a variety of genres.
Among my favorite genres are thrillers, literary fiction, and romantic suspense.
I have read a lot of amazing YA lately.
What is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gabriel Allon in the Daniel Silva books.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love movies and I watch a lot of TV. Some of my favorite TV
shows are Castle, Rizzoli and Isles, Major Crimes, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The
Bridge, and Downton Abbey.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently finishing Book Three of my Psychic Crystal Mystery
Series. Book One is Sixth Sense; Book Two is Homecoming Homicides. Book Three is
called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise.
I have a new women’s fiction book coming out this year in The
Lobster Cove Series from The Wild Rose Press (TWRP) called The Widows’ Gallery.
I’m very excited to be participating in this series. Lobster Cove is a quaint and
quirky fictional town on the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. Participating TWRP
authors write stories across all lines as long as they’re set in Lobster Cove.
Here’s the blurb for The Widows’ Gallery:
Four recently widowed women meet on a Mediterranean cruise, bond
over the Renaissance masterpiece, The Birth
of Venus
, in Florence, Italy, and find love, friendship and joy in their joint
venture to open an art gallery in the quaint, quirky, coastal town of Lobster Cove,
Maine.
Please tell us some fun
facts about your latest book, Stones.
The Colonoscopy Club (Now the published novel Stones) finaled
in the GRW Unpublished Maggie Awards for Excellence in 2005 in the Single Title
category.
I lived in Florence, Italy, for six months during my junior year
in college, where I studied Art History, Italian, English, Mythology and Religion.
Part of Stones is set in Florence. The story is also set in Atlanta, Miami, and
Palm Coast. I was born in Miami and currently live in Atlanta and I own a beach
condo in Palm Coast. My central character owns an upscale jewelry boutique called
Stones, hence the name of the novel. I love jewelry, which is why I chose that career
for my heroine. My birthstone is an emerald which is why I wanted an emerald necklace
on the cover. A priceless emerald medallion is also featured prominently in the
book.
In Stones, Julie is planning her son’s wedding and in real life,
I’m planning my daughter’s wedding.
The first line and my favorite line of the book is “Thank
God for lint.”
The book will be officially released September 26. Right now
it’s only available in paperback. It was released early in paperback in time for
my appearance on a panel at the Decatur Book Festival Saturday August 30 from 10:00
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. called “Tackling Sensitive Issues in Fiction.” Additional
information about the event is available on https://www.facebook.com/events/623254154448358/
If you’re in the Atlanta area over Labor Day I hope you’ll attend the presentation/book
signing.

Author Bio

Significant Others
Marilyn is a finalist in the 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Published
Maggie Award for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
for her book Significant Others.
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, Paranormal/Fantasy
Romance and Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and
Hot Tamales at www.petitfoursandhotamales.com.
She serves on the Roswell Reads steering committee.
She and her sister, Sharon Goldman, just released a play about
Alzheimer’s called Memory Lane. You can find out more about Marilyn’s books and
short stories and listen to a medley of the music from Memory Lane on her Web site
at www.marilynbaron.com or view it on
YouTube at http://youtu.be/Hgi_mIdt5MA.

Author Social Media

Always A Bridesmaid 
Jana Richards, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your heroines from the Left at the Altar series, Sarah Stevens, from
Her Best Man, Olivia Taylor from There Goes The Groom, and Dani Dipietro from Always
A Bridesmaid.
Genre: Contemporary humorous romance
Cover artist: Judith B Glad
Length: Each book is between 50,000 and 60,000 words
Heat rating (based on movie
ratings): R
Her Best Man When Sarah gets dumped at the altar she discovers
the best man for her really is the best man.
There Goes The Groom Tony is given a second chance when fate
throws him back together with Olivia, the woman he left at the altar eight years
ago.
Always A Bridesmaid A heart guarded too closely can’t be broken,
but neither can it find love.
Always A Bridesmaid, releasing
today!
Dani Dipietro has always considered herself an ugly duckling in a family
of swans. She’s the bridesmaid her friends count on, but never the woman any man
wants for his bride. So she plays the funny girl and guards her emotions, and her
secrets, closely.
When Zach Morrison was dumped at his wedding, Dani was there to help him
through the humiliation. A year later they meet again and once more Zach needs her
help. To fend off the unwanted attentions of his former fiancé Chantal, he asks
Dani to pretend to be his girlfriend. They play their roles a little too well, and
make believe turns into reality. But their relationship comes crashing down around
them when Zach’s trust issues cause him to accuse Dani of cheating. Telling the
truth means that Dani will betray a friend, something she will never do. But keeping
her secrets means she may be destined to remain a bridesmaid forever.

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Publisher: Uncial Press http://www.uncialpress.com
For more buy links, please check my website at http://www.janarichards.com
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sarah is a kindergarten teacher, Olivia works in promotions for
the National Museum of Canada, and Dani is a lawyer specializing in wills and estates.
They’re all about the same age at 29.

Interview with Sarah Stevens, Olivia Taylor, and Dani Dipietro from the ‘Left
at the Altar’ series by Jana Richards.

Jana:              Tell us about yourselves. Why don’t
you go first Sarah?
Sarah:            Okay, sure. Well, I’ve been a teacher
for about seven years and I’ve been married to my husband Will for almost two years.
Olivia:             (laughs) Why don’t you tell the folks
how you met your husband, Sarah?
Sarah:            Funny story. He was the best man at my
wedding. His brother was my fiancé, the one who dumped me at the altar. Fortunately,
we can laugh about it now.
Dani:              As I recall, you weren’t laughing then.
Sarah:            No, not so much. It was the most humiliating
experience of my life and practically everyone I knew was there to witness my groom
become incoherent with fear at the thought of marrying me. Good times!
Olivia:             Unfortunately, I know exactly what you
went through, Sarah. At our first wedding, when Tony stopped the ceremony to tell
me he couldn’t marry me, I was mortified. But in a strange way I was also relieved.
I was barely twenty and I wasn’t ready for marriage, even though I loved Tony desperately.
I never stopped loving him during the eight years we were apart.
Dani:              If you never stopped loving Tony, who
happens to be my brother, why did you become engaged to someone else?
Olivia:             (shrugs) It seemed like a good idea
at the time. By the time I turned 28, I wanted a family, kids. Stuart was solid
and dependable, or so I thought. It turns out, we were both kidding ourselves.
Sarah:            Liv, do you realize that Dani is the
only one of us who hasn’t been dumped at the altar?
Dani:              (snorts) That’s because you can only
get dumped at the altar if you actually get engaged. I haven’t even had a date in
six months.
Olivia:             I’ve got a feeling that’s going to change
for you very soon.
Dani:              So are you psychic now?
Olivia:             No, I just have a good feeling.
Dani:              You’re delusion.
Sarah:            You really need to get laid. You’re getting
grumpy.
Jana:              Okay, play nice, ladies. Here’s another
question for you. What do you wish was different about your life?
Sarah:            I don’t know if I’d want to change anything.
My life is pretty terrific right now. Will is a wonderful, loving man, and he has
a fantastic body. Handsome face, buns of steel, six-pack abs. He’s the whole package.
And what a package he’s got.
Dani:              Sarah! There could be children reading
this!
Olivia:             No, there’s not. Geez Dani, I didn’t
know you were such a prude.
Sarah:            Told you she needs to get laid.
Dani:              Is this gang up on Dani day or something?
Olivia:             Of course not. Okay Jana, to answer
your question, I think the only thing I’d want to change about my life is that I’d
like to have a family. Maybe not seven kids like Tony and Dani’s family, but a few.
Having a baby with Tony would be so wonderful. We’re working on it. And I really
hope we keep working on it for a long, long time. My husband is amazing in bed.
Last night he–
Dani:              (sticks fingers in ears) La, la, la.
I can’t hear you. For cripes sake, Liv, this is my brother you’re talking about.
Olivia:             Well, he is amazing. In a lot of ways.
(winks)
Dani:              Ever since you two got married, all
you think about is sex.
Sarah:            Yeah, pretty much.
Olivia:             Sounds about right.
Sarah:            Dani, someday when you find the right
guy, you’ll understand where we’re coming from.
Dani:              The right guy. Sure.
Olivia:             You haven’t answered Jana’s question,
Dani. What do you wish was different about your life?
Dani:              Thanks, but I’m good. I don’t need
to change anything.
Olivia:             Do you mean it, or are you just saying
that because Sarah and I didn’t want to change anything about our lives?
Dani:              Okay, maybe there’s a couple of things
about my life I’d want to change. I could always stand to lose a few pounds. Or
twenty.
Sarah:            The question was what do you wish was
different about your life, not your body. You’re always so hard on yourself, sweetie.
Dani:              Maybe. I guess if I could wave a magic
wand, I’d want someone in my life who would love me just the way I am, warts, love
handles and all.
Olivia:             It’s going to happen for you, Dani.
I know it will.
Dani0:            (grins) Are you having a feeling again?
Olivia:             Absolutely!

About the Author

When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately
knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper,
and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she
was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She
writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World
War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun,
she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal.
Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant,
a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf,
yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and
her husband live in Winnipeg
with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear
from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com

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Blessings.

As the owner of Romance Lives Forever, I’ve had the opportunity
to interview about two hundred authors this year. I’ve learned some fun things about
them, their books, and their characters. As I thought about what to write for Thanksgiving
Day on the blog, I couldn’t help but be grateful for their friendship and the insights
I’ve gained by knowing them. I decided that would be the best thing to share. There
are more than thirteen things, but in the spirit of Thursday Thirteen, that’s all
I’m listing. Besides, that gives me a good thing to write about on another day!

13 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. I’m in
    good company. The authors who interview here are amazing men and and women.
    I’m privileged to make their acquaintance.
  2. My characters,
    with their idioms and quirks, are no stranger than anyone else’s. I’ve met
    characters here in interviews, and I can say mine are normal. (Okay, that’s
    a lie, but I’m still going to say it.)
  3. I appreciate
    the honest interviews that I get every week. They are a joy to read, and I
    love getting to know so many wonderful authors, characters, and books.
  4. I’ve discovered
    that no one else is balanced in their writing life either. Writers know the
    definition of balance, but seem to have no idea how to implement it. It’s nice
    not to be alone. ;)
  5. I’m thankful
    that with rare exception, writers who interview here turn in their material
    on time. Thank you more than you know.
  6. I’m grateful
    for macros that let me format documents in a snap. No two people use the same
    formats, and despite a nicely pre-formatted interview, I usually get back text
    that’s in a different font, size, or with indentions where I hadn’t planned
    them, so the macros help. A lot.
  7. Having
    to change all those things has shown me that there are easier ways to do things.
    I would never have discovered that if everyone did things the same way.
  8. I’m thankful
    for the idea to share blog stats and show the top bloggers. It began in January
    of this year, and I’ve kept it up every month. Now I can track trends and see
    what works. Wish I’d thought of it sooner!
  9. This blog
    has helped me meet some incredible people I’d never have met otherwise. The
    Romance Lives Forever Paper.li
    ezine
    that comes out because of the blog has also helped me meet
    many cool new friends.
  10. Can’t talk
    about things I’m thankful for related to this blog without mentioning Twitter
    and Triberr. That combination is powerful. I wouldn’t want to be without either
    one.
  11. I’m thankful
    for a family that supports me in what I do. I couldn’t help others if I had
    no help myself.
  12. Which brings
    me to friends again — because I could not run this blog, help other authors,
    interview so many people, and post so much if not for them. Thank you.
  13. Finally
    — and yet foremost — I’m thankful for my health. I was in the hospital earlier
    this year. Thought I was having a heart attack. Although it wasn’t, I did discover
    some issues with my heart that have made me be much more careful of my health.
    I joke about “balance” — but I do try to rest more, eat well, and
    take better care of myself.
2012 has been the most successful year ever for Romance Lives
Forever. It’s because of the people who post here, share their books, their lives,
and the people who come to read about them. I look forward to another wonderful
year in 2013. I hope to be back here next year, sharing a list of good things I’ve
learned. Maybe I’ll even have figured out a little balance.

About the Author

Kayelle Allen is the owner of Marketing
for Romance Writers
, the Romance Lives Forever blog, and The Author’s Secret. She’s a writer of immortal role-playing gamers,
warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable–or hide it forever.
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