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Read the series: Ramadan Nights by Lyndell Williams, et. al Authors @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceFall in love with strong, confident alphas and heroines as they undergo tests of resolve to love and captivate each other from sunset until daybreak.

Lyndell, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your series.

Ramadan Nights

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

The men of the Ramadan Nights series love their Creator and women.

The Ramadan Nights series features four exciting and inspirational romances by bestselling and award-winning authors. Get ready to be enthralled by characters as they explore the links between faith and sensuality. This vibrant series includes a spectrum of New Adult and Adult fiction, from sweet to steamy. Enjoy romance stories of second chance love, friends to lovers and the boy next door.

Which book is this in the series?

My book, The Groom, is one of four in this fantastic series with authors writing sweet to steamy romances

How many books do you plan for the series?

The Ramadan Nights series contains 4 books by 4 terrific authors who offer exciting stories that center the holy month and romance.

How many books are completed?

All the books in the series are ready for readers!

What characters are the main stars in your series?

The Groom features Mansur, a handsome and dedicated teacher who has been wanting the sexy firefighter Faiza for years. Now he has a chance to make the woman he crushed on for year his.

The Chance features Razia and Danyaal, a couple in the middle of a breakup neither of them really wants.

The Note features childhood sweethearts Hadeel and Habib

The Ideal features Caliph and Zaida, an odd couple who start to dig each other.

What is the overall theme in this series?

The holy month of Ramadan is the central theme in the stories. We chose to highlight the importance of the month in the lives of Muslims and how it influences romantic relationships.

Read the series: Ramadan Nights by Lyndell Williams, et. al Authors @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomance

Please list the series titles below, in any order you prefer.

The Groom

The Chance

The Note

The Ideal

What did you like best about writing this series?

I loved working with authors Seyna Rytes, BF Queen and Jailaa West on crafting stories that reconnect faith and love.

What other books (not in this series, have you written?)

Readers love the books in my Brothers in Law series and Open to Love series. I am working hard to get the next books in their hands.

Where can we find links for all your books?

Where to buy Ramadan Nights

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08Z84N3JC

Ramadan Nights Social Media

Safiyyah Ali

I grew up In Chicago, Il. And I have loved romance books since junior high school. I only wished I had novels that reflected the beautiful Muslim culture I embrace. After many years of unsuccessfully looking for Muslim romance novels, I decided to write them! I hope that readers of all backgrounds will enjoy these sweet funny romance novels.

BF Queen

BF Queen’s first love will always be romance novels. Because they inspire her to be more, do more, and spread the love wherever she goes. A creative non-fiction writer turned fiction author BF Queen hopes you find your perfect hero in her stories.

Seyna Rytes

Seyna Rytes can’t remember a time when she wasn’t daydreaming love stories, watching romantic movies, or reading romance. A lifelong romantic at heart, Seyna lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband and kids and strives to tell the stories inspired by her West African origins.

Lyndell Williams

Lyndell Williams is an award-winning writer and bestselling author. She is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is an editor, writing coach and mentor. She has been published in peer-reviewed journals and writes for multiple online publications.
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The Groom by Lyndell WilliamsThey’re not kids anymore. In Lyndell William’s steamy interracial romance, family and culture kept them apart when young, but this sexy teacher won’t allow interference from anyone or anything. He is determined to make the hot firefighter across the street more than just a friend.

Lyndell, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about The Groom.

The Groom by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Just when he starts to get his act together, Mansur wakes to an empty bed and a crying baby. His wife leaves him with their infant on the day he starts a new job. Uneasy and alone, he looks across the street to Faiza for help. As he relies on their long friendship, desires for the sexy firefighter reawaken within him.

Faiza can’t deny Mansur, even though she should. Her heart broke when he married another woman. She got herself together and moved on. Now, he is back in their childhood neighborhood and her life. She knows they’re just friends, but she can’t help longing for more.

Family and culture kept them apart when young, but Mansur won’t allow interference from anyone or anything. He is determined to make Faiza more than just a friend.

Why did you write this book?

The Groom is one of four books written by Muslim romance authors that center the holiday Ramadan. I wrote the main characters Mansur and Faiza’s story to show how the significance of the holy month to every aspect of Muslim life, including the most intimate.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance is my go-to genre. I love to read a range of books that highlight how people may fall or stay in love.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I don’t have one.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am hard at work getting the third book in the Open to Love series. Readers are itching for Rahmah’s story.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Whew! I have quite the writing roster. I am thrilled to write my first post-apocalyptic time travel romance. I have wanted to venture into SciFi romance for so long. I am also preparing to release the fourth book in the Brothers in Law series, which will feature Brandon Hulse, the teddy bear of the friends.

The Groom by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #InterracialRomance

Where to buy The Groom

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Z4DD684

Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
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Read the #interracialromance Building on Broken Dreams by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #bwwmromanceHe’s everything she wants, but can she trust another man? Interracial romance Building on Broken Dreams by Lyndell Williams tests the boundaries of trust and desire.

Lyndell, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Building on Broken Dreams.

Building on Broken Dreams by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

If Maryam Avery stays in New York for one more day, she will die.

Trapped in an abusive relationship with the manipulative and cruel Raad, she can feel her life closing in around her. After he chases her from her home and family, Maryam flees to Philadelphia, searching desperately for a new beginning, something to help rebuild her spiritually and physically.

When she meets the mysterious Adam, things are thrown off-kilter. A successful businessperson with his own past that he is fleeing from, he is everything that Maryam wants. But can she trust another man?

Doubt gives way to desire. They find themselves in a whirlwind romance, and for once, it seems like everything will work out.

Until Raad turns up.

Where to buy Building on Broken Dreams

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JY5MLT8

Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
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Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #interracialromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Queen of the Castle.

Queen of the Castle by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From award-winning, bestselling author, Lyndell Williams, a story of bridled desire unleashed.

Tarika is happy living single. She loves her home—her castle—and is not looking for some man to try and take over everything she has built. When best friend, Hafsah throws Aqil her way, Tarika makes it clear that she is not interested in the shy man, who barely speaks to her. When she needs his help after an accident, she allows Aqil and his daughter into her life, making it difficult to resist his sexy gray eyes and sultry smile. The more time she spends with him, the harder it is to keep her distance.

Aqil planned to stay focused on rebuilding his life with his daughter after a messy divorce until he saw Tarika. He tries to maintain a respectful amount of space, but her confidence and beauty draw him in. He knows he has everything Tarika needs and gets closer to her, bringing them into a passionate abandon that can break down the walls of her inhibitions but may also shatter their lives.

Why did you write this book?

I like to write romances that highlight the beautiful imperfection of loving someone. People bring their personalities and experiences into relationships, which can affect how they come together.

Readers met main characters Tarika and Aqil in the book, Open to Love and became excited about their story. They struggle with the feeling burgeoning between them. Tarika doesn’t want to give up the single life and her autonomy. Aqil is rebuilding his life after a bitter divorce, so he is not ready to go headfirst into new a relationship.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Romance has been my favorite genre since I was a teenager. I am excited to write romances with a more diverse spectrum of characters from an expanse of backgrounds and layered experiences.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

I don’t have a favorite character.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working my keyboard to get Building on Broken Dreams to readers. It is book three in the steamy, gripping Brothers in Law interracial romance series. The novel features Maryam and Adam. Maryam is surviving an abuse relationship when she meets Adam. She tries to start a new life with him, but the past threatens to destroy them both.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Readers can be on the lookout for Building on Broken Dreams, The Trouble with that Sister (Open to Love Book Three) and a book in A Timeless Love Series.

Where to buy Queen of the Castle

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088P8WR33/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
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Know the Hero from Open to Love by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #interracialromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Open to Love by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

The last thing Hafsah wants is to get wrapped up in another marriage, let alone with a younger man. Despite the desire he reawakens in her, she is not going to fall into another trap. Faheem is undisturbed by the age difference and undeterred by her doubts. He feels the passion surging between them and is determined to get her to open to love.

Know the Hero from Open to Love

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

When boredom hits, Faheem likes to flop on the sofa and pick up a controller. He slaps on a headset and starts trash talking his gaming buddies. FPS games like Killzone, Doom and classics Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty are his favorites. He gets to connect with childhood friends who have moved away are too busy, kill some bad guys and his boredom.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

While young, Faheem would watch his non-Muslim and some Muslim friends chomping down on fast food from places like Mc Donalds and Burger King. Since most of the food was not halal, he never ate there. Well, he got to grab a milk shape and some french fries, but never anything with meat. Even fish fillets were off limits because they were fried in the same grease as the chicken.

The fact that there weren’t any halal fast food spots, like there were the city, only made Long Island, NY suburban life more torturous. When the first halal fast food restaurant opened one town over, he became a regular. The more that opened, the more he frequented, chowing down on burgers and Philly cheesesteaks. Consequently, he chubbed up and had to restrain himself and hit the gym a little harder.

Faheem has gotten control over his halal fast food addiction, but he’ll still pull over and pick up a cheesesteak when his stomach growls when he’s on the road.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Faheem loves to dress casually. Henley shirts and jeans stuff his drawers, and he purposefully chose to work at an atelier style architectural firm so he wouldn’t have to spend days stuffed in a suit. While designing, he wears a dress shirt and slacks with a pair of Raf Simons Adidas sneakers, expressing his unique style as he makes his way to partner.

Does he know how to fix things?

Faheem’s uncle is a master contractor, who took him under his wing as soon as he could hold a hammer. Faheem loved building things, and he worked with his uncle to pay for college and become an architect. He can fix almost anything, except electrical. He saw an electrician get shocked and carted off to the hospital when he was seventeen. So, he will be calling someone if wiring is involved.

Although he loves being an architect, working on his new house allows him to put down the titanium drafting pencil and satisfy the builder in him.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

Faheem learned how to cook from his mother. He loved spending time at the stove with her, and became confident in the kitchen. He even decided to surprise her and make haleem. He waited for a day his parents were out of town and pulled out the ingredients, pot and Googled the recipe.

Hours of chopping, mashing and YouTube videos later, and he ended up sitting in the middle of the floor with a pot full of lumpy meat and wheat. He gave up, threw out his failed attempt and cleaned up the kitchen, determined to stay in culinary lane in the future.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Faheem loves the kids. He is an only child and was always thrilled when cousins and friends came over. He was older than a lot of his cousins, which often made him a default babysitter, and he didn’t mind holding crying little ones and entertaining them. He will still scoop up a crying baby or try to soothe someone with a boo boo. When he walked into his fiance Hafsah’s apartment and saw her friend Rahma struggling with a fussy infant, he went into action and had the baby sleeping on his shoulder in minutes. He can’t wait to have one of his own.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Each morning before sunrise, Faheem gets up for the first morning prayer. It is a serene time, when he gets to connect with his Creator and ground himself for the day. The ritual wash at the sink refreshes him while the dark windows and dim lighting from lamps keep him calm.

He is a wunderkind, who has accomplished a lot through hard work and focus. Things can get hectic, and having the opportunity to start the day in a peaceful state is important for him to achieve his goals.

Can he use chopsticks?

Faheem would not see the point in learning how to eat with chopsticks to enjoy food. He has watched people outside of his culture take up aspects of it in an attempt to “go native” and seem worldly. So, facetious cultural acrobatics are not his thing.

Faheem is also one of those Muslims who likes to eat traditionally with his fingers when he can. He forgoes eating utensils whenever possible. So, he would only use anything if he has to do something like cutting a piece of chicken or eating soup. Of course, if he is at a restaurant or a formal meal, a knife and fork will be the way to go.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Coffee in a cup holder on the way to work is a good start for Faheem. His mother makes the best chai in the world, so he is very picky about the tea lets between his lips. Barely-hot tea with a label dangling from a string on the side of a paper cup is not an option. While he’s at the office or working on the renovations of his newly-purchased fixer upper, coffee flows freely. Once he gets to a pot, milk and some loose Danedar tea leaves, he indulges in a major comfort drink for him. He also looks forward to a super hot tea after prayers in the masjid during Ramadan.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Faheem keeps his finger on the pulse of what is going on in his field through social media. He follows architects on Instagram and Twitter. He also likes to have fun posting and responding to his friends on Snapchat and Tik Tok.

He doesn’t like dragging a laptop around, so he has apps like MagicPlan to measure rooms, Construction Master Pro for complex planning calculations and AutoCAD 360 to have his drawings available wherever he is.

Android or iPhone?

Faheem is the adaptable type. He can adjust to almost anything or situation without letting it get to him too much. He treats himself to a phone every birthday and has had both Androids and iPhones over the years. He usually chooses a device based upon its features and how good a deal he can get for it. After haggling with the brother from the masjid who owns a cell phone store, he’ll sync his iCloud to the latest Android device he got and tucks whatever he has selected without getting flustered.

Beard or clean-shaven?

Faheem sports a full and righteous beard with his long, silky hair. He grew up around his father and uncles, all of whom considered a bear a manly-must. As a practicing Muslim, a beard is more than just facial hair. It is an expression of his faith. Unlike some of the Muslim men around him, he doesn’t let it grow too long. He will trim it and keep it a manageable length for him.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Some of Faheem’s friends would clown him because he refused to get tattoos, but he never had an interest.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Living on Long Island, NY Faheem needs a car to live. He has a car to commute to his job at the firm. On weekends, he climbs into his pickup filled with supplies and heads to work on his house. He is ready to start a life and family. Building a home and courting Hafsah are the steps he’s taking to have one.

Recycle or toss?

Faheem can definitely do better in the conservation department. His mother is always bugging him to use the blue cans in the kitchen. He rarely does. He knows recycling is important, but it is not on his immediate radar.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Open to Love

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B082TXYTF5/

Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
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He'll do anything for her--but one. Help review an #InterracialRomance Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #readingblackLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us where we can read and review Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Steamy is the best word to describe the Kents. After work, lawyer Marcus wants nothing more than to hold wife, Toni–his “Sweetness”–into his arms. He knows exactly how to make every inch of her hot body shiver under his touch. He is willing to do everything in his power to make her happy, except one.

Leaving her downtown practice, psychologist Toni heads uptown to curl up with Marcus, her sexy, younger husband. Their fiery passion is usually fully ablaze until she makes a demand that threatens to snuff it out.

(See the author’s website for specific warnings about this book)

Where to read and review Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

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Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
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