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My Way to You by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #NewRelease #contemporaryromanceLyndell 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 your book.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Genre contemporary romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual—until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
Why did you write this book?

I had a few reasons for writing My Way to You, the primary one being that I wanted to write a romance centering what I gleaned as the increasing lines of solidarity between Blacks and Asians in the country. I also wanted to highlight the growing Black Woman-Asian Man (BWAM) subculture, where members of two social groups deemed less desirable are learning to appreciate each other as love matches.
Black women and Asian men have to tackle with a contrived lack of appeal stemming from stereotypes masculinizing one and feminizing the other. My Way to You and other romances centering BWAM love interests pushes back against that and offers representation for couples in similar relationships as well as interracial couples in general.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Oh, romance, romance, and then—romance. I became hooked on it as a teenager and never looked back. When I was presented with a choice of genre to study for my master’s thesis, I selected romance. I think the genre is integral to revealing and influencing how people navigate a quintessential human emotion eros love.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
My favorite fictional character is Sofia in The Color Purple by Alice Walker. She’s an amazingly-strong character that shows the layers of racism and sexism that Black American women encounter from Black men as well as White men and women.
Sofia constantly fights against people’s attempts to degrade and dehumanize her. She paid for her quest for dignity and humanity with her physical well-being and liberty, which is also in jeopardy for real Black women daring to do the same. Even though she was crushed by society, her spirit wasn’t. Her raising like a phoenix from the ashes after years of torment is the profoundest moment in literary history.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a couple of projects that require different styles of writing. I am working on Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit, book two of the Brothers in Law romance series. The story features Marcus and Toni from My Way to You (book one) and their struggles to keep their perfect marriage from falling apart.
I am also writing an essay about African American Muslim romance to be added to an anthology on American Muslim popular culture as well as a short story for an American Muslim story collection. Although it can be demanding, I love the different directions my writing takes me.
What books will we see from you in coming months?
I plan to have books two and three of the Brothers in Law series ready for readers to dive into.
Hopefully, readers will get to enjoy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit in early 2019. After that, there will be Building on Broken Dreams (book three), my first Muslim romance in the series. It features a steamy interracial couple—Adam Kane and Maryam Avery—as they build a beautiful life together that is threatened to be torn down by Maryam’s past.

Where to buy My Way to You

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/LyndellWilliams/e/B07FQTMRCG
Layla Writes Love (signed copies) https://laylawriteslove.com/merch/

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Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She presently teaches history as an adjunct instructor.
Williams a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is the managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA.
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Today’s featured book is Deceit and Devotion by Faye Hall. 

Author Bio

Murder, lies, deception, and love set in the outback under the Australian sun.
These are the stories of Faye Hall.
Her passion driven, mystery filled books are set in North Queensland, Australia during the development of the townships at the end of the 19th century.
Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.
Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.
These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.
Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on her own ancestors and their adventures when first migrating to Australia.
Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

About the Book

Title Deceit and Devotion
Genre Historical romance / Interracial romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
“I will pay you to sleep with my wife.”
Jarrah Miyan, a young half-caste aboriginal man, is supposed to seduce a white woman into an affair so her greed-driven husband can gain full control of her inheritance, including the rare collection of black opals she keeps under lock and key. When he walks into the study to meet the poor chit he’s to take advantage of, he expects to find an aging woman who smells of stale perfume and gin. Who he finds though is the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on—the same woman whose pale thighs had been wrapped around him just a few hours earlier as she’d begged him to give her pleasure.
After their night of passion together, Emily Holtz doubted she would ever see Jarrah again. To have him standing before her now, asking for employment at her cattle station, was not a situation she had prepared herself for. She agrees to hire him on one condition. He has to spy on her husband and get her the incriminating evidence she needs to apply for a divorce. She’s spent years in a miserable arranged marriage, and she’s desperate to escape. But her husband is a dangerous man, and he will stop at nothing, including murder, to get what he wants.
As they begin to develop feelings for each other, Jarrah worries about what will happen when Emily discovers that he’s been working for both her and her husband. Not that they could ever really be together, as society would never accept that.
Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence.

Stressing The Hero

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Jarrah would be being paid to attend and serve the wealthy guests alcohol.  He would also be required to ensure no fights broke out amongst the drinking guests.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Jarrah would be constantly on guard, knowing that he needed to remember his place as a worker.  He keeps his eyes lowered, knowing better than to try and look any guest in the eye.  His answers to any questions would be short and soft.
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof? 
Jarrah would be forced to mingle but would take any opportunity to escape.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party? 
Jarrah isn’t allowed to drink.
How much drink is his usual?
Jarrah isn’t allowed to drink.
The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Jarrah would be more inclined to want to hide, however he would welcome the chance to avoid his employer.
Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?
If Emily Holtz was at the party then Jarrah would stay as close to her side as was possible, ignoring any others that were there.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
It would be Jarrah’s job to break up the fight, but he wouldn’t willingly get involved.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
As a half-caste aboriginal man, Jarrah wouldn’t be allowed to lay his hands on any wealthy white guest.  If he did then he would be tossed out on his ear or worse.
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Jarrah would know when to leave.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?
Jarrah automatically tenses, knowing that he made an easy scapegoat for anyone making trouble.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
It fills him with dread, and Jarrah would automatically go and investigate.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
If it were men fighting, Jarrah would instantly think they were fighting over a woman and he shouldn’t interfere.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Jarrah would try to rescue them, though he would have to be mindful not to become involved.
This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?
Jarrah would struggle to get the better of his opponent until he could make some kind of escape.
The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does he do?
He keeps his answers short and cold.  He doesn’t want to get involved.
Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
Carefully make suggestions to make the other person think they were his idea until the matter improves.
The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
Jarrah would remind himself that he was doing this for Emily, the lady he loves, and that he must survive and return to her to ensure her safety incase her husband tried to find her.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation? When Emily left her husband for Jarrah, she told him that she never saw his color; only him.  He remembered this in hoped that there were others who could look at him the same.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Jarrah learnt from an early age to depend on no one other than himself.  In a stressful situation he would fall back on his wits and independence until the situation improved.

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Today’s featured book is Sweeter Than This by Samara King.

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Title  Sweeter Than This
Genre  Interracial Romance
Author  Samara King
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
With her best friend murdered, the man believed to be partly responsible under the nose of her gun and a stranger looming in the shadows out for blood, Officer Elle Taylor is running out of time and people to trust. Will Elle risk crossing the line between attraction and revenge to take help from an unexpected source, before the murderer strikes again and leaves her life in flames? 
Durant Kane is no stranger to trouble, especially the kind that comes with a gun trained on his face and an angry woman attached. But Elle’s something different, something unexpected and sweeter. He never could have imagined coming to feel so deeply about her, even if his own disastrous path in relationships hadn’t left him so wary. But he’ll have to take the risk if he doesn’t want to lose the woman he’s come to realize he can’t even think of living without.

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About the Author

Samara King is the author of over twenty published novels, novellas, short stories and as well as poetry. Since her days of sneaking romance novels to the back of the library in grade school; romance fiction has been a consistent staple in Samara’s world, soon after, the desire to write her own tales unfolded. In 2011, she was nominated for Poet of the Year by African Americans On The Move Book Club and is a member of The Romance Writers of America and several sister chapters.
Samara has penned sexy tales for a host of publishers and also self­publishes under her imprint, Crave Novellas. Previously she co­hosted SoundNOff, a poetic format for poets and spoken word artists and hosted InCharacterN10, a former showcase for authors on Blogtalkradio.com/samaraking. Samara’s first poetry collection, The Ebony Kryptonite, was well received and was followed with Stripped Barefoot, a sultry mix of poetry and spoken word, which went on to reach #20 in Chicago’s Top 40 on Reverbnation in September 2013.
Currently, Samara is hard at work on her next series.

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Texas Heat 
Title Texas Heat
Genre Contemporary Interracial Romance
Author Name Rhonda Laurel
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Isabelle Reed is having a bad year. The classical violinist is
struggling with a divorce, and a broken arm has left her unable to play. So when
she receives a wedding invitation from her cousin Morgan, her heart just isn’t in
it. Going to the wedding will mean seeing everyone from back home, and seeing everyone
back home will mean facing the music about her divorce. Unable to miss her cousin’s
wedding, she bites the bullet and takes off—and lands right in the arms of Morgan’s
brother-in-law, country western music star Tate McGill. She’d heard about the singer
and his bad-boy reputation, but there was something about those storm-filled eyes
that made her yearn to look deeper. Even though she should know better than to risk
being the subject of a song on his next album.
Country western singer Tate McGill is living the good life. He’s
surrounded by beautiful women, hit music, and a great family. But he gets more than
he bargained for when he agrees to babysit his nephew Jake for his brother Seth
Blake, and finds a beautiful woman in his way. Isabelle Reed is talented and strong-willed,
and she’s a natural with little Jake. But she’s keeping a secret from Tate, and
he’s determined to find out what it is.

Interview with Rhonda Laurel

Why did you write this
book?
Tate McGill first appeared as a supporting character in MVP,
book 2 and The Blake Legacy, book 3 in The Blake Boys series. Readers were intrigued
by Tate and his backstory as a famous country western singer who was scandalous,
insatiable flirt.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
I read a lot of contemporary romance.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I enjoy crime procedurals and mystery. I am big fan of Murder
She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes type television shows and movies.
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently working on Hollywood Rush, book 2 in the Hollywood
Heat Series and Love Notes and Football, book 5 in The Blake Boys Series.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Texas Heat is Tate’s story and is part of The Blake Boys Series.
Tate is a famous, charismatic, country music singer who meets his match in classical
violinist Isabelle Reed while babysitting his nephew Jake.

Rhonda Laurel is a contemporary interracial/multicultural romance
writer whose two great loves are writing and landscape photography. She uses both
as a vehicle to convey the complexity of the human spirit and the beauty of the
world around her. Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Masquerade were released
in 2012. Shutter, Memories of You, Star Crossed, MVP, California
Bored and Tourism and The Blake Legacy in 2013. The print anthology, The Rhonda
Laurel Collection, featuring Ebb Tide, For the Love of the Game and Shutter released
June 2013.
The author is happily building
her backlist.
Sweeter Than This 
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 Sweeter Than This by Samara King.
With her best friend murdered, the man believed to be partly
responsible under the nose of her gun and a stranger looming in the shadows out
for blood, Officer Elle Taylor is running out of time and people to trust. Will
Elle risk crossing the line between attraction and revenge to take help from an
unexpected source, before the murderer strikes again and leaves her life in flames?
Durant Kane is no stranger to trouble, especially the kind that
comes with a gun trained on his face and an angry woman attached. But Elle’s something
different, something unexpected and sweeter. He never could have imagined coming
to feel so deeply about her, even if his own disastrous path in relationships hadn’t
left him so wary. But he’ll have to take the risk if he doesn’t want to lose the
woman he’s come to realize he can’t even think of living without.

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Taking It Off 
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 Taking It Off by Samara King.
Elyse Langston is taking it all off and after shedding one hundred
pounds who would blame her for scheduling an exclusive boudoir photography session
with Zion to celebrate
her success?
She wanted to celebrate
Elyse Langston is taking it all off and after shedding one hundred
pounds who would blame her for scheduling an exclusive boudoir photography session
with Zion to celebrate
her success? Her boyfriend – make that ex-boyfriend – Collin is not happy about
her recent weight loss and dumps her. If there ever were a remedy for single girl
blues, it would be watching Zion
master the lens…as well as every inch of her body!
He wanted to ignore the temptation
Zion
is no stranger to the female form. Beautiful women strut and strike a pose before
him daily. His no strings attached demeanor has been the fortress he’s needed to
keep his mind off the complicated matters of the heart and on building his clientele – until Elyse strolls into his studio.

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