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#Romance Lives Forever @SayaraStClair @JessicaCale #RLFblogMay 2017 marked the first month on the new WordPress site. Because the feed into Triberr stayed the same, the number of viewers did not decrease. In fact, I linked to a few more tribes that feature the romance genre, which gave RLF an expanded reach and views were up all around. Sincere thanks to Dee Owens at Personalized Marketing Inc for her hard work at making this blog look awesome and work so perfectly.

Three of the top four posts were blog related, including our special RLFblog Day One post titled Discover Authors and Books with RLFblog, RLFblog Moving Day, and the monthly RLF Gems. I did not count them among the top bloggers because all those awards would go to me. I’d like to see the credit go to guests. You are why I do this!

The Top Blogger for this month is Saraya St Clair, who wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Top Blogger of 2016 was Susan V Vaughn, who won a year of free advertising for 2017.

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 cumulative page views, including return and unique visits.

Congratulations to these fine bloggers:
1. Saraya St Clair
2. Kristina Knight
3. Laura Strickland
4. Rainy Kay
5. Yoshiyuki Ly
Honorable mention: Alina K Field, Livia Quinn

Top Blogger Saraya St Clair

Website: http://sayarastclair.com
Blog: http://www.sayarastclair.com/wp/blog-2/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sayarastclair
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sayarastclairauthor
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sayarastclair
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/GoodreadsSSC
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/Sayara

Top Chatters for the Month

#Romance Lives Forever @SayaraStClair @JessicaCale #RLFblogThe person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the person who gets the most page views per month. For that reason, I instituted the Top Chatter Award. This award is for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest must have five or more comments. There can be up to three winners.
This month’s winners are:

Jessica Cale
Zrinka Jelic

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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:
Adele Downs, Anne Kane, Ashley York, Cailin Briste, Dana Littlejohn, Jessie Clever, Jude Knight, Kate Hill, Kayelle Allen, Kris Bock, Liz Adams, Liza O’Connor, Ruth Kaufman, Shari Elder, Stacey E Bryan, Susana Ellis, Tina Donahue, Valerie Ullmer


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Broken Things by Jessica Cale @JessicaCale #RLFblog #Historical #RomanceToday’s featured book is Broken Things, a historical romance by Jessica Cale.

Rival. Sister. Barmaid. Whore.

Meg Henshawe has been a lot of things in her life, and few of them good. As proprietress of The Rose and Crown in Restoration Southwark, she has squandered her life catering to the comfort of workmen and thieves. Famous for her beauty as much as her reputation for rage, Meg has been coveted, abused, and discarded more than once. She is resigned to fighting alone until a passing boxer offers a helping hand.

Jake Cohen needs a job. When an injury forces him out of the ring for good, all he’s left with is a pair of smashed hands and a bad leg. Keeping the peace at The Rose is easy, especially with a boss as beautiful—and wickedly funny—as Meg Henshawe. In her way, she’s as much of an outcast as Jake, and she offers him three things he thought he’d never see again: a home, family, and love.

After Meg’s estranged cousin turns up and seizes the inn, Meg and Jake must work together to protect their jobs and keep The Rose running. The future is uncertain at best, and their pasts won’t stay buried. Faced with one setback after another, they must decide if what they have is worth the fight to keep it. Can broken things ever really be fixed?

Broken Things’ Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Kobo https://goo.gl/gUqG6X
CreateSpace https://goo.gl/feBLHw

Jessica Cale Social Media

Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. She is the editor of Dirty, Sexy History.
Website http://www.dirtysexyhistory.com
Blog http://www.authorjessicacale.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JessicaCale
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicacale
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/rainbowcarnage
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9819997.Jessica_Cale
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Cale/e/B00PVDV9EW
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/bMas0P

 

Today’s featured book is Holly and Hopeful Hearts by The Bluestocking Belles.

About the Book

Title Holly and Hopeful Hearts Holiday Box Set
Genre Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Holiday Romance
Author The Bluestocking Belles: Amy Rose Bennett, Jessica Cale, Susana Ellis, Sherry Ewing, Jude Knight, Caroline Warfield, and Nicole Zoltack
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): G-PG-13
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?
A Suitable Husband, by Jude Knight
As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Surely she can find a suitable husband amongst the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party. Above stairs or possibly below.
Valuing Vanessa, by Susana Ellis
Facing a dim future as a spinster under her mother’s thumb, Vanessa Sedgely makes a practical decision to attach an amiable gentleman who will not try to rule her life.
A Kiss for Charity, by Sherry Ewing
Young widow Grace, Lady de Courtenay, has no idea how a close encounter with a rake at a masquerade ball would make her yearn for love again. Can she learn to forgive Lord Nicholas Lacey and set aside their differences to let love into her heart?
Artemis, by Jessica Cale
Actress Charlotte Halfpenny is in trouble. Pregnant, abandoned by her lover, and out of a job, Charlotte faces eviction two weeks before Christmas. When the reclusive Earl of Somerton makes her an outrageous offer, she has no choice but to accept. Could he be the man of her dreams, or is the nightmare just beginning?
The Bluestocking and the Barbarian, by Jude Knight
James must marry to please his grandfather, the duke, and to win social acceptance for himself and his father’s other foreign-born children. But only Lady Sophia Belvoir makes his heart sing, and to win her he must invite himself to spend Christmas at the home of his father’s greatest enemy.
Christmas Kisses, by Nicole Zoltack
Louisa Wycliff, Dowager Countess of Exeter wants only for her darling daughter, Anna, to find a man she can love and marry. Appallingly, Anna has her sights on a scoundrel of a duke who chases after every skirt he sees. Anna truly thinks the dashing duke cares for her, but her mother has her doubts.
An Open Heart, by Caroline Warfield
Esther Baumann longs for a loving husband who will help her create a home where they will teach their children to value the traditions of their people, but she wants a man who is also open to new ideas and happy to make friends outside their narrow circle. Is it so unreasonable to ask for toe curling passion as well?
Dashing Through the Snow, by Amy Rose Bennett
Headstrong bluestocking, Miss Kate Woodville, never thought her Christmas would be spent racing across England with a viscount hell-bent on vengeance. She certainly never expected to find love…
25% of proceeds will be donated to the Malala Fund.

Buy This Book

About the Author

The Bluestocking Belles, the “BellesInBlue”, are seven very different writers united by a love of history and a history of writing about love. From sweet to steamy, from light-hearted fun to dark tortured tales full of angst, from London ballrooms to country cottages to the sultan’s seraglio, one or more of us will have a tale to suit your tastes and mood. Come visit us at http://bluestockingbelles.net and kick up your bluestockinged heels!

Author Social Media

The Top Blogger for this month is Collette Cameron. She wins a month of free advertising on the blog.
Our Top Blogger of the Year in 2015 was Sabrina York, who won a year of free advertising
for 2016.

About Collette Cameron

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 Collette Cameron
2 Beth
Rhodes
3 Kayelle Allen
4 Lauren Linwood
5 Rebel Miller
Honorable mention: Trevann
Rogers, Jessica Cale

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).
This month’s winners are:
1 Collette Cameron
2 MJ Schiller
3 Jessica Cale
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, and the day’s guest is on
its front page every day.
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.

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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:

Ally Bishop, Ani
Gonzalez, Brita Addams, Clare Dargin, Colin Guest, Daisy Banks, Double Feature
– Emily Mims, Eve Dangerfield, Faye Hall, Houston Havens, Iris Blobel, Jocelyn
Dex, Lisabet Sarai, Livia Quinn, Nicole Morgan,
NJ Walters, Olivia Night, Red L Jameson, Tina Donahue
Meet Jack Sharpe from The Long Way Home by JessicaCale.

Author Bio

Jessica Cale is the award-winning author of the historical romance series, The Southwark Saga. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in North Carolina.

About the Book

Title: The Long Way Home
Genre: Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
A paranoid king, a poison plot, and hideous shoes…it’s not easy being Cinderella.          
After saving the life of the glamorous Marquise de Harfleur, painfully shy barmaid Alice Henshawe is employed as the lady’s companion and whisked away to Versailles. There, she catches King Louis’ eye and quickly becomes a court favorite as the muse for Charles Perrault’s Cinderella. The palace appears to be heaven itself, but there is danger hidden beneath the façade and Alice soon finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue, murder, and Satanism at the heart of the French court.
Having left his apprenticeship to serve King Charles as a spy, Jack Sharpe is given a mission that may just kill him. In the midst of the Franco-Dutch war, he is to investigate rumors of a poison plot by posing as a courtier, but he has a mission of his own. His childhood friend Alice Henshawe is missing and he will stop at nothing to see her safe. When he finds her in the company of the very people he is meant to be investigating, Jack begins to wonder if the sweet girl he grew up with has a dark side.
When a careless lie finds them accidentally married, Alice and Jack must rely on one another to survive the intrigues of the court. As old affection gives way to new passion, suspicion lingers. Can they trust each other, or is the real danger closer than they suspect?

Introducing Jack Sharpe

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Jack Sharpe
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Covent Garden, London
Profession: Officially a soldier, unofficially a spy.
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): English…probably.
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I’m tallish and gawky, with blue eyes and an abundance of curling black hair. I was a carpenter’s apprentice and I have little scars everywhere, but the biggest is a bullet hole beneath my left collarbone.
Who is the significant other in your life?
I would never presume to name her thus, though I suppose she is significant. I’ve always had a certain affection for Alice Henshawe. We grew up together, you see, and I seem to have inadvertently married her. You won’t hear a word of protest from me, but it was something of a surprise.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
What’s there to tell? My mother was an actress and I grew up a pickpocket in St. Giles before Mark Virtue took me on as an apprentice. An…incident…forced me to leave England at sixteen, and I’ve been with the army on the Continent ever since.
How do you dress?
By preference? I’ve been wearing the same patched clothes for years, but I’d be lost without my coat. My old master’s wife made it for me, and it’s full of secret pockets. It looks like any other coat when it’s on, but it’s filled with all the things I need to survive most any situation. Since I’ve arrived at Versailles, however, I’ve had to wear rather more silks than I’m comfortable with. My friend Achille is a Marquis, and he helps me to choose what to wear to court. I prefer darker colors, but If it were up to him, I’d be in lilac moire and violet hose.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
I’ll be the one saying the wrong thing. When I’m nervous, I talk too much and too quickly, and I always sound like a right fool. Alice makes me very nervous. I wanted to tell her she looked lovely the other night, and ended up making some inane observation about her shoes. I’m hopeless.
On what special skills do you rely?
I’m quiet, I’m fast, and I’m good in dangerous situations. I can fight, spy, sew up wounds, start fires, and, should the need arise, I’m bloody good with a hammer. I can also make coffee. You’d be surprised how often that’s all you need.
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I am very good with my hands. I can rob a man blind and be off with his pocket, his rings, and the buttons of his coat before he knows I’m there. This has been useful over the years, but it’s a source of embarrassment that I ever had to learn to do such a thing. I’m also not a bad actor. I drew up backstage in the theaters around Covent Garden and it comes naturally to me.
What kinds of things do you always carry (in pockets or purse)?
Three knives in my coat, two more in my boots. Two pistols, a spyglass, a map, enough money to get by or bribe a guard, half a dozen lock picks, a set of loaded dice given to me by the King of France, and a miniature portrait of a girl.
Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
I see things as very black-and-white. That sounds mad coming from a pickpocket, doesn’t it? Truth is, the laws of man and real morality do not often match, and I live my life according to a very firm set of rules. No one I’ve met treats women with the reverence I do, but it isn’t at all moral the way they’re so often abused. Some might think I take my ideas of morality too far, but I’ve seen too much of the world to not follow ideas through to their logical conclusions.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
My sister, Joanna. Our mother sold her into service to the colonies when she was ten. Most don’t survive the crossing, let alone the work on the other side. She’d be seventeen now. I want to know if she’s alive, and I want to see her safe at home again.
What would you like to tell your writer?
I could have done without the cantarella, thanks! I’m very grateful to you for allowing me to find Alice, but was all that really necessary? I’ve never been so humiliated in my life for such a sustained period of time. Couldn’t there have been an easier–or less traumatic–way to get Alice to finally talk to me?

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Author Social Media

RLF Gem 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 30 posts in a 30 day month.
Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order
to focus on guests.
The Top Blogger for April was Collette Cameron. She wins a month of free cover advertising on the blog.
Our Top Blogger of the Year is publisher Liquid Silver Books, which won a year of
free advertising.

About Collette Cameron

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7047979.Collette_Cameron

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
1. Collette Cameron
2. Allie Ritch
3. Tess Delacour
4. Marianne Rice
5. Susan Behon
Honorable mention: Jessica Cale, Elle Rush
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
1.2M 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, and the day’s guest is on
its front page every day.
New for 2015
Each post will be featured on the Romance Lives Forever Pinterest
board within a few days after it goes live. https://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 $3
per month, with discounts for covers posted for one quarter and up to one year.
Covers can be changed monthly.

New 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_dates
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:

Allison Merritt, Amy
Boyles, Andrea K. Stein, Barbara White Daille, Brita Addams, Chantal Verlaine, Cynthia Sax, Daisy Banks, David Russell, DawnMarie Richards, Debra
Andrews, DP Denman, Jocelyn Dex, Kayelle Allen, Keira Andrews, Kim Headlee, Kristina
Knight, Nicole Morgan, OutlantaCon
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