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Know the Heroine from A Swan's Sweet Song by J Arlene Culiner @JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceThe instant country music star Sherry Valentine and playright Carston Hewlett meet, there’s desire and fascination in the air…but they’re complete opposites.

Arlene 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 heroine, but first, tell us about A Swan’s Sweet Song

A Swan’s Sweet Song by J Arlene Culiner

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG16

The instant Sherry and Carston meet, there’s desire and fascination in the air…but they’re complete opposites. Smart-talking Sherry Valentine has fought her way up from poverty to stardom as a country music singer. Now, ever in the limelight, ever surrounded by clamoring fans, male admirers, and paparazzi, her spangled cowboy boots carry her from one brightly lit stage to the next. But Sherry’s been on the star circuit for far too long now, and she wants a change: is it too late for her to begin an acting career?

A renowned, but reclusive playwright, Carston Hewlett cherishes his freedom, the silence of the deep woods surrounding his home, and his solitary country walks. Long-term commitments have been out of the question for many years, so why is he suddenly fascinated by a flashy country music singer? Perhaps a very short, but passionate, fling will resolve the problem. When their names are linked in the scandal press, and Sherry’s plans to become an actress are revealed, Carston is furious. Is their budding relationship doomed?

Know the Heroine from A Swan’s Sweet Song

Sherry Valentine is the heroine of my romance, A Swan’s Sweet Song. She’s a tough, funny, mature country music singer who’s been on the road for just too long. She’s tired of screaming fans, the paparazzi, gossip magazines, and temporary relationships that never work out. For some crazy reason, she thinks that changing careers and becoming an actress, will be more satisfying — despite the warnings of Charlie Bacon, Sherry’s aggressive and pushy agent, who warns her she’s too old for starring roles in Hollywood.

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

Goes to bed with a good book and a glass of red wine.

Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.

Because Sherry’s manager, Charlie Bacon, insists that a music star is on stage all the time, she has to wear tight jeans, sparkling fringed shirts and cowboy boots. But cowboy boots make her toes ache, and she’s love to down dress in a simple elegant black dress.

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

She’s good with children and loves visiting them in sick children’s hospitals where she gets them to laugh and sing. However, she has never wanted any children of her own. She knows that she has no maternal instinct.

What is she like first thing in the morning?

She’s warm, and lovely, and always fun. Even when she discovers she has to walk ten miles at the crack of dawn, she laughs and takes the ordeal in stride.

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

Coffee with milk and no sugar, and when Carston brings her coffee in bed, he wins her heart.

What apps would she have on her phone?

None. She hates having to be in touch with the world. A phone is for urgent work calls only.

Tattoos or unadorned skin?

Natural, unadorned skin. All she wants is her natural hair color and no makeup.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle, of course.

Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy A Swan’s Sweet Song

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/a-swans-sweet-song

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Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
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Read Felicity's Power by J Arlene Culiner @JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomance #WomensFictionDon’t we all have a memory tucked away of someone we once loved, someone we just might have stayed with had the circumstances been right?

And what would happen if we came face-to-face with that person today? Would the magic still be there? Would our hands tremble, our knees knock together just the way they did back then? Or would we just stare, appalled, wonder how we could once have been so silly.

J Arlene Culiner welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Felicity’s Power

Felicity’s Power by J Arlene Culiner

Genre Contemporary Romance/Women’s Literature

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Forty years ago, Marek Sumner and Felicity Powers fell in love at first sight, but relationships do demand a certain amount of sacrifice, and compromise. Marek wants marriage, security and a family; Felicity wants adventure. So, their love story ends… in a way…

Because, even after forty years of separation, Felicity never forgets Marek. She has spent her life as a foreign aid worker, has been in danger countless times, and has done exactly what she set out to do. Now she’s back, looking for Marek, and wanting to take up where they left off.

What does Marek think? Sure, he’s never forgotten Felicity. But start over? After all these years? No way. He’s too smart for that.

That’s not the sort of response Felicity can accept, and if they go spend a few days on the coast together, anything can happen.

San Francisco, 1971: hippies in the streets, music and revolution in the air. The evening Marek Sumner opened his door to the wild-looking Felicity Powers, he knew nothing would ever be the same. But even love and passion couldn’t keep them together. Forty-three years later, having lived in the world’s most dangerous places as an aid worker, Felicity is back, still offering love, passion, and adventure. Now a well-known author, Marek loves his calm life in an isolated farmhouse, and he knows their relationship would never work : he and Felicity are just too different. Besides, why risk having his heart broken a second time?

But Felicity is as fascinating and joyful as ever, and the wonderful sexy magic is still there too. Can love be more delightful the second time around?

A Tip for Editing

The most important tip: cut. Don’t fall in love with your own words! Cut, cut, cut. Show the essentials and don’t risk boring your readers.

Tips for Organizing

Don’t copy me. I’m hopeless at organizing. I live in a muddle. I am muddled. I lose my keys ten times a day; I lose the dog leashes twenty times a day; I lose all my writing notes constantly.

Tips for Household Chores

Don’t do them. Dust never woke up and ate anyone. Dirty floors can be interesting. Why make a bed if you’re just going to mess it up again? Why own an iron (I don’t)? Wrinkled clothes make you look like a charmingly distracted writer. Why fold anything?

Tip for Cooking

Make it yourself from scratch. It’s healthier, better tasting, cheaper, better for the planet, and it gives you thinking time (writing in your head while kneading bread dough is fun!)

Where to buy Felicity’s Power

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/felicitys-power

J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe alone on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
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Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsJ Arlene Culiner, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your books.

Romance in Blake’s Folly: Desert Rose and All About Charming Alice by J Arlene Culiner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book heat level: Rl

These two books go together, and dogs play an important role in both — as you can see from the covers.

The setting for both is Blake’s Folly, Nevada, a backwoods community of abandoned clapboard shacks, endless wind, and scraggly vegetation. In All About Charming Alice, Alice, my heroine, is a prickly character who rescues dogs, protects snakes, and actively fights against hideously cruel sports like rattle snake shows. My hero, Jace, an intellectual from Chicago, isn’t crazy about dogs or dog hair, and he hates snakes. Neither Alice nor Jace expect love, with its hesitations, misgivings, and bliss, to come galumphing over the horizon. Of course, before their relationship can work, Jace will have to learn to appreciate snakes — and that won’t be easy.

In Desert Rose, my hero, Jonah Livingstone, spends much of his time out in the open, sighting mule deer, bobcats, spotted bats, sidewinders, rattlers, and little gray lizards. My heroine Rose runs a secondhand dress shop, and the last thing she needs is an animal — what customer will buy clothes covered in dog hair? But when Alice arrives with Noodle, an ugly rescue dog, Rose doesn’t have the courage to hurt the poor beast’s feelings by rejecting him.

Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner

Men love Rose Badger, and if the other inhabitants of this dead-end town don’t approve, she couldn’t care less. With a disastrous marriage far behind her, settling down is out of the question. Isn’t life for fun? Doesn’t a stable relationship mean predictability and boredom? Perhaps things would be different with Jonah Livingstone, but he’s off limits because of a complicated past relationship. Besides, Rose has a secret life, and she’ll never give that up for any man

The last person geologist Jonah Livingstone expects to meet in a semi-ghost town is Rose Badger. She’s easy-going, delightfully spontaneous, and Jonah is certain their attraction is mutual. But Rose is always surrounded by admirers and doesn’t seem inclined to choose a favorite. And does he really want to settle into a permanent relationship?

All About Charming Alice by J Arlene Culiner

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsAlice Treemont has given up all hope of falling in love. Living in a semi-ghost town of old trailers, clapboard shacks, and thirsty weeds, she spends her time cooking vegetarian meals, rescuing unwanted dogs, and protecting the most unloved creatures on earth: snakes. What man would share those interests?

Jace Constant is doing research for his new book, but he won’t be staying long. Blake’s Folly is hell on earth. He’s disgusted by desert dust on his fine Italian shoes, and dog hair on his cashmere sweaters. As for snakes, he doesn’t only despise them–they terrify him.

So how is it possible that each time Alice and Jace meet, the air sizzles? Still, it looks like this relationship is doomed before it even starts.

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice, and Desert Rose

Nickname: They have no nicknames — but why would they need them with such original monikers?

Gender: Male dogs

Species: A strange mixture of anything that happened to be passing through town

Physical description of Killer

“The dog was large–very large. Its bulbous head seemed to sway on a sagging neck. Its legs were long, knotted, spindly, and its ribs wanted to punch through a dull, ratty-looking coat. Yet, ugly though it was, the damn thing still had appeal.”

Physical description of Noodle

“The creature in question was the size of a very large shepherd, and it had rough unappealing fur of a splotchy beige-ish color. It also had the whiskers of a terrier, pointed ears, a corkscrew tail, and huge hairy paws. It was horribly ugly.”

Killer’s relationship to the main character:

In All About Charming Alice, Killer is the abandoned dog Jace brings to Alice’s dog shelter.

Relationship to main character:

Alice takes Killer in, and he joins all the other abandoned dogs living with her. But she protects snakes, too.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist:

When Alice is aggressed by a man who runs snake shows, Jace, much to his own surprise, comes to her rescue.

Where this furbaby came from:

Killer was found wandering along the desert highway in Nevada

Noodle’s relationship to the main character: In Desert Rose, Noodle is brought to Rose’s secondhand shop by her friend Alice who thinks she needs protection.

Relationship to the villain/antagonist: There’s no villain. Jonah loves any animal, and if Rose has adopted a dog, that’s fine with him.

Where this furbaby came from: He was abandoned by a family that no longer wanted him.

What inspired you to create these characters?

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsIn All About Charming Alice, I wanted to present snakes, especially rattlers, in a positive light. I know many people have an instinctive fear of them, but I think that fear can be lessened when learning about such creatures. Unless they are threatened, snakes are certainly not aggressive, and having a herpetologist as my main character was the best way to explain that. We need snakes; they play such an important role in the natural world, yet they are persecuted.

Of course dogs are equally important in my books. I rescue dogs — and snakes, birds, rabbits, mice, snails, or any creature that needs help — and so several creatures always make guest appearances in my tales.

What does the main character think about this furbaby?

All my main characters love animals. I wouldn’t really want to write about people who didn’t.

What does this furbaby add to the story?

Animals bring my main characters together.

What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?

Who doesn’t like big, sloppy, affectionate dogs? And the fact that all the dogs in these books are rescue animals, certainly strikes a chord with many readers. As for snakes, I hope people will start to see them in another light.

Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about one sort of furbaby.

Even though they are loners, snakes meet up with others and spend winters in a hibernaculum or hibernation hole. Baby snakes even follow their mother’s scent to get to these holes. Inside some of the largest hibernacula, you can find hundreds of snakes as well as the other creatures they share the space with, such as tortoises.

Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.

One morning, before Jace knows that Alice is a herpetologist, he goes into her study with the intention of charming her. And just when he’s contemplating bending down to kiss her, he catches sight of a photo on her desk — the photo of a large rattler. All thoughts of seduction disappear, and terrified, he can’t move away quickly enough.

Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?

Meet Killer and Noodle from All About Charming Alice and Desert Rose by J Arlene Culiner @JarleneCuliner @RobsRescues #RLFblog #PetsYou have to know dogs to be able to write about them. My own dogs are former strays. I found Yellow wandering along the road, just like Killer in All About Charming Alice. Virgule was an abandoned dog, just like Noodle in Desert Rose, and he ended up at the local SPA. I fell in love with him immediately because he is just too big, and too cute. I also have two indoor cats Petit Chat and Mocky (my garden is a registered bird and butterfly reserve, so cats can’t go outside and kill things). One cat was abandoned in the middle of the village; the other I adopted from the SPA.

What do your pets do when you are writing?

The dogs all come to where I’m working, lie down around my desk and look sorrowful because I’m not out walking them. The cats drape themselves over my papers and keyboard.

What do you feed your pets?

Dry kibble, but the dogs also love apples, pears, nuts, pumpkin, bread, and anything else tasty.

Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.

Virgule loved chewing and demolishing plastic: electrical plugs, my cell phone, my computer transformer, plastic casing on wiring. Thankfully, as soon as I found Yellow on the road and adopted her, Virgule abandoned plastic.

Where to buy All About Charming Alice or Desert Rose

https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances

Publisher: http://prairierosepublications.com/books-view/all-about-charming-alice-romance-in-blakes-folly-book-2/

Publisher: http://prairierosepublications.com/books-view/desert-rose/

J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
Website www.j-arleneculiner.com
Blog www.j-arleneculiner.over-blog.com
Storytelling Podcast https://soundcloud.com/j-arlene-culiner
Twitter https://twitter.com/JArleneCuliner
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jarlene.culiner
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/jarleneculiner
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jarleneculiner/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7158064.J_Arlene_Culiner
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner

Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist

Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column. Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting. Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible. Website http://www.robsrescues.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robsrescues/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RobsRescues

Shout out to SPA and Orangutan Project

From J Arlene Culiner: I have a monthly donation to the SPA here in the Mayenne region of France. This is where I adopt my animals (this is a no kill center). The SPA also runs inexpensive clinics for animals belonging to people with low incomes: La Société Protectrice des Animaux : donateurs@la-spa.fr

I contribute each month to The Orangutan Project. They rescue orangutans that are homeless or dying because of forest destruction: help@orangutan.org.au

 

Read the new book The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner@JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseJ Arlene Culiner, 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 The Turkish Affair.

When archaeologist Renaud Townsend discovers translator Anne Pierson wandering around the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu outside of official hours, his interest is aroused. He likes the way she moves, the swing of her hair, and the tilt of her eyes. But priceless artifacts have been disappearing, and he knows he shouldn’t be attracted to a woman he knows nothing about.

Anne Pierson has been hiding her past for years, moving from one country to the next. Now settled in Turkey and working as a translator, she has given up dreams of romance — what man would be interested in a woman once notorious for her extra-marital affair with an embezzler? But after meeting Renaud Townsend, all thoughts of self-preservation vanish. Her fingers long to reach out, caress the hardness of his chest, and the lazy tones of his voice turn her butter soft.

But no matter how strong the attraction between Renaud and Anne, a short fling is out of the question. Here, in eastern Turkey, the police are corrupt, religion rules daily life, and Anne’s bad reputation can put them both in danger.

The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner

Genre : Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Sensual

Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger

 

Where to buy The Turkish Affair

Publisher The Wild Rose Press https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0823B18Z3/
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iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-turkish-affair
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J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
Website http://www.j-arleneculiner.com
Blog http://j-arleneculiner.over-blog.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JArleneCuliner/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jarlene.culiner/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/jarleneculiner/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jarleneculiner/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7158064.J_Arlene_Culiner
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances
Sound Cloud Storytelling Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/j-arlene-culiner

 

Read the new book The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner@JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseJ Arlene Culiner, 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.

Hello, Kayelle. Thanks for inviting me to be here, on your blog. The Turkish Affair takes place on an archaeological site in a dangerous part of Turkey.

When archaeologist Renaud Townsend discovers translator Anne Pierson wandering around the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu outside of official hours, his interest is aroused. He likes the way she moves, the swing of her hair, and the tilt of her eyes. But priceless artifacts have been disappearing, and he knows he shouldn’t be attracted to a woman he knows nothing about.

Anne Pierson has been hiding her past for years, moving from one country to the next. Now settled in Turkey and working as a translator, she has given up dreams of romance — what man would be interested in a woman once notorious for her extra-marital affair with an embezzler? But after meeting Renaud Townsend, all thoughts of self-preservation vanish. Her fingers long to reach out, caress the hardness of his chest, and the lazy tones of his voice turn her butter soft.

But no matter how strong the attraction between Renaud and Anne, a short fling is out of the question. Here, in eastern Turkey, the police are corrupt, religion rules daily life, and Anne’s bad reputation can put them both in danger.

The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner

Genre : Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Sensual

Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…

I mainly write Small Town Romance and Romantic Suspense, but I also write unromantic mysteries, and non-fiction history and biography.

How do you come up with ideas?…

I’m often inspired by a view, but usually a story slowly takes shape in my mind, Most of the time, I have no idea where it comes from or when it will grow into a complete tale.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?…

The excitement of working on the second and third drafts, because I now refine the language, develop the characters, and enlarge the scenes. It’s the most interesting part of writing.

When did you write your first book?…

Like many writers, I wrote my first book when I was very young — perhaps fourteen or fifteen. I have no idea if it was any good, because my mother threw the manuscript in the garbage when I was away at summer camp.

FUN

Leather or lace? Definitely lace.

Black or red? Both are wonderful

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? If I have a choice, I’d prefer those heavy old linen sheets from a hundred years ago. They are collector’s items, and I have a whole stack of them. They are just wonderful to sleep in.

Ocean or mountains? Neither. Give me a flat plain or a desert, and I’m in seventh heaven.

City life or country life? Country life. I hate cities.

Party life or evening at home? An evening at home. At parties, I keep looking at my watch, wondering when I can leave.

Dogs or cats? Both, please.

Where to buy The Turkish Affair

Publisher The Wild Rose Press https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0823B18Z3/
Barnes and Noble https://tinyurl.com/yx2lyg6v
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-turkish-affair
Kobo https://tinyurl.com/yx2lyg6v

J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
Website http://www.j-arleneculiner.com
Blog http://j-arleneculiner.over-blog.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JArleneCuliner/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jarlene.culiner/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/jarleneculiner/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jarleneculiner/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7158064.J_Arlene_Culiner
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances
Sound Cloud Storytelling Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/j-arlene-culiner

 

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not
counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by page views. Congratulations
to each one!
1 Tina Donahue
2 J Arlene Culiner
3 Rue Allyn
3 Mary E Thompson
4 Milou Koenings
5 Lisa M Owens
Honorable mention: Red
L Jameson

Top Chatters for the Month

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the
person who

gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award.
This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest
must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author’s). There can be
up to three winners.

This month’s winner’s are:
1 Red L Jameson
2 Adele Downs
3 Milou Koenings
Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has
a blogger’s FAQ page with a downloadable guide and six optional interviews. Readers
can follow via Google+, Networked Blogs, Linky Followers, email, an RSS feed, and
there’s a blog button readers and authors can grab. Authors can share previous books.
The blog uses author or publisher names as tags on posts, and author Twitter handles
in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr with a potential reach of over
3.5M readers via its Twitter-linked network. Twitter mentions are also gathered
in several Paper.li ezines, giving the author additional opportunities for promotion.
The Romance Lives
Forever Paper.li ezine
features only guest authors.
Each post is featured on the Romance Lives Forever Pinterest
board within a few days after it goes live. http://www.pinterest.com/kayelleallen/romance-lives-forever-rlfblog/

Share your book cover on Romance Lives Forever

Limited spots to share book covers are available. Cost is $5
per month, with a 20% discount for one quarter and up to one year. Covers can be
changed monthly.

RLFblog Admin – Nicole Morgan

Author Nicole Morgan assists me with scheduling for Romance Lives
Forever. She is the blog admin. Look for emails from her. Nicole and I want to ensure
everyone who requests a spot on the blog gets a personal response. Please use this
email if you have questions or need help: rlfblog-owner@yahoogroups.com We
both receive email sent here. You don’t have to join a group or do anything special.
This group simply provides a joint email for us and streamlines things for you.
The email address is included in all downloadable interviews on the FAQ page.

Sign Up for a Future Post

Guest calendar http://bit.ly/rlf-guests
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
Forever a great place to discover new books and authors. 
Other participants this month
in alphabetical order by first name are:

Amanda Mackey, Brita Addams, Claire Gem, Dena Hankins, Houston Havens, Jessica
Cale, Kathy Kulig, Kayelle Allen, Kristina Knight, Laurel Richards, Lisa
Detweiler, Livia Quinn, Marian Lanouette, Nicole Morgan, Olivia Night, Sarah
Marsh, Vicki Batman
 
 
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