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Karen Cino, 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.

New Beginnings by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Cozy Mystery Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Book 1: After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

Book 2: Connie Acosta is officially a resident in the fifty-five and older community her best friend Sara Mazza lives in. Her baker’s kitchen is almost complete and she has met Vic, another resident who is crazy about her. Meanwhile, Sara finds herself in the mist of a love triangle with Vic’s friend Jack and Warren, a police officer at the local station.

When Sara received a call from her friend at the clubhouse saying there is a dead body floating in the outdoor pool, the women rush there to check things out, getting themselves involved in another investigation, especially when Sara finds a few blue pills scattered in the grass that she didn’t turn into the police.

Book 3: All is quiet at the fifty-five and older community where Connie Acosta is running her illegal bakery out of best friend Sara Mazza’s garage. Both women swore off getting involved in any police business at the compound. Just as the two amateur sleuths are enjoying a night out in the clubhouse ballroom, a scream from the lounge draws them into the middle of a police investigation with Warren and Brett, their current partners. Who said seniors can’t get into trouble and fall in love again?

QUICK

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

Yes, I do. I write Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance and Cozy Mysteries with a twist or romance.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Sometimes I wake up and remember a fragment of a dream and go with it. (Like in my novel Roses.) Other times I can be walking down the street and something catches my eye that leads to a scene. I have so many ideas written down for books. I always take a notebook along with me so that I can write down idea. Pulling over on the side of a highway is always an option when an idea strikes.

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

It is important that I write about a subject that readers can relate to. A HEA ending is always nice, but the relationships prior to meeting that special someone will help to make in your decision making.

When did you write your first book?…

I wrote my first book when I was in high school. I still have those handwritten notebooks that should have had history notes in it. My next book I wrote while I was in college. (I still have the original typewritten manuscript. But my first real book I wrote when my son was an infant and had his nights and days mixed up. I would handwrite in the middle of the night and type the next day when he napped.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Red

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton

Ocean or mountains? Definitely the Ocean. I love the beach!

City life or country life? City life.

Party life or evening at home? A quiet evening at home.

Dogs or cats? I am an animal lover so I have to say both.

Where to buy New Beginnings

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079VSFWQW

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Read the new Winter Encounter by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #Contemporary RomanceKaren Cino, 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.

Winter Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Alexandra Scaronni and Billy Davidson met each other by accident, not realizing they had gone to preschool through junior high together. They share a wonderful relationship until a secret Billy is keeping unravels right in front of them. While locking up their cafe, a car stops in front and shot are fired, which sends them into a tailspin. Will they be able to unravel the secret that has haunted Billy for years while keeping their relationship together?

Know the Hero from Winter Encounter

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

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

He’ll call Alexandra to talk about when they were kids.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

The first thing he’d grab is a big bag of potato chips. But if passing a fast food restaurant, he’d get a double cheese burger and extra large french fries.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He is always dressed up with dress pants and a shirt and tie with the top button open.

Does he know how to fix things?

Not at all. He doesn’t think twice about picking up the phone and hiring someone.

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

There would be a lot of cussing and yelling before giving in to a professional.

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

He likes children but hasn’t the chance to be around them in quite some time.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Energetic immediately following his first cup of coffee. He likes to get work related jobs done early in the morning when his mind s fresh.

Can he use chopsticks?

If necessary he could survive using them, but he wouldn’t hesitate in asking for a fork.

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

First cup ini the morning has to be black. After that he adds Italian Creamer and two heaping teaspoons of sugar.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Candy Crush to waste time, stock and sports. He especially likes hockey, so any app that screams hockey.

Android or iPhone?

iPhone

Beard or clean-shaven?

Clean-shaven

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle. He never uses public transportation. Umber is his best friend if he has had too much to drink.

Recycle or toss?

He tosses. Since he lives alone he has very little garbage, so whenever he has something recyclable, he throws it in with the regular garbage.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Winter Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZMLF3BZ/r

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

How author Brenda Sparks became a #1 Blogger 2 years in a row on #RLFblog @Brenda_Sparks

How Does Brenda do it?

Brenda Sparks managed to be the top blogger on Romance Lives Forever, two years in a row. How? I can tell you one thing, she talks about other authors who appear here and sends out tweets every week leading people back to her posts. In return, she gets a book listed on the front page of the blog for a year. Not shabby at all! See an example of one of her tweets below. It’s about her book, but it goes to the RLF blog. I think one secret is she cares and shares.

And what about Vicki Batman, who managed to get 40 comments on one blog post? What does she do to get people to read and comment? One thing about her that I know, she supports other authors, and she has an incredibly compelling personal story to tell. She and her husband, whom she always calls Handsome, have been going through a long battle with cancer. She’s shared her unfolding story each year during Cancer Awareness in October. Her readers love keeping up with her. I think one secret is her big heart.

How author Brenda Sparks became a #1 Blogger 2 years in a row on #RLFblog @Brenda_Sparks

Both Brenda and Vicki get a full year of advertising on RLF. Congratulations!

What kind of books do they write? Brenda writes Paranormal and Vicki writes Contemporary and Women’s Fiction. The other authors listed below are an interesting mix. Two write historical fiction, and several write suspense. The biggest draw on this site is romance, followed by contemporary, PNR (paranormal romance), romantic suspense, historical, contemporary, and sci fi. That last one is partly because it’s what I write and I sneak in a post every month myself. We have a large number of Sci Fi posts from others too. But those are not the only genres. We have everything except kidlit.

In 2019, There were many authors who did an amazing job of bringing visitors to the blog. After Brenda Sparks, the following authors are listed in order based on the number of visits they brought to the blog.

#1 Lyndell Williams
#2 Dee S Knight (Dee comments on RLF every day!)
#3 Kryssie Fortune
#4 NJ Walters
#5 Alina K Field
#6 Daryl Devore
#7 Alexa Aston
#8 Karen Cino
#9 Jami Gray
#10 Amber Daulton

Two authors whose visits were also high overall were Vicki Batman (surprised? not) and Lorelei Confer.

So how do you get to be a number one blogger and get your name out there where people can hear about you? Use Twitter. Share on Facebook. Pop it into your newsletter. Share pictures on Tumblr. Whatever works for you, use it to tell people where you are going to be. When an author shares it helps others as well as the author. Being a champion for others is what it’s all about.

Here’s the link to sign up for next year. I use SignupGenius to let you pick your own date, plus, you’ll get automated reminders so you don’t miss a scheduled visit.

My thanks to all the wonderful authors who have appeared on RLF during 2019. Here’s to a prosperous and successful 2020.

— Kayelle Allen

Read the new Winter Encounter by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceWelcome 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.

Winter Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Alexandra Scaronni and Billy Davidson met each other by accident, not realizing they had gone to preschool through junior high together. They share a wonderful relationship until a secret Billy is keeping unravels right in front of them. While locking up their cafe, a car stops in front and shot are fired, which sends them into a tailspin. Will they be able to unravel the secret that has haunted Billy for years while keeping their relationship together?

QUICK

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

Yes I do. I write Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mysteries and Contemporary Romances.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Most of my ideas are fragments of my dreams.

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

It’s important to me that I start out with a solid outline.

When did you write your first book?…

I wrote my first unpublished book in sophomore year of high school My first published book I wrote in 1989 and it didn’t get published until 2012.

FUN

Leather or lace? Lace

Black or red? Black

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton

Ocean or mountains? Ocean

City life or country life? City life

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home.

Dogs or cats? I love both!

Where to buy Winter Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Encounter-Karen-Cino/dp/1795536519/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Karen Cino, 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.

Winter Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings):

Alexandra Scaronni and Billy Davidson met each other by accident, not realizing they had gone to preschool through junior high together. They share a wonderful relationship until a secret Billy is keeping unravels right in front of them. While locking up their cafe, a car stops in front and shot are fired, which sends them into a tailspin. Will they be able to unravel the secret that has haunted Billy for years while keeping their relationship together?

Why did you write this book?

I wrote Winter Encounter because I wanted to add mystery into a contemporary romance.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I love reading Women’s Fiction and Cozy Mysteries.

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

One of my favorite characters is Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich Series.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a three book women’s fiction series, a contemporary romance and a cozy mystery.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Coming soon is book 4 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series and book 1 in the 5 Beach Road Women’s Fiction Series.

Where to buy Winter Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Encounter-Karen-Cino/dp/1795536519/

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

Is It True: Roses by Karen Cino @yourtwitter #RLFblog #Contemporary RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Karen Cino, author of Roses, a Contemporary Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Roses by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

After the untimely death of her husband in the line of duty, Nikki Petrino still grieving three years later, goes on retreat to Mexico to finish her novel, where she meets musician Drake Dente a 90’s rock icon working on lyrics for his comeback CD.

After meeting at dinner, Drake and Nikki can’t keep their eyes off each other. Sparks fly and they instantly became an item. Upon returning to New York for Nikki’s high school reunion, she learns shocking events from her best friends.

After a misunderstanding, Nikki is missing and Drake is desperate to find her.

Is it true:

this is your first book?

No. But it was the first book that I wrote. I write it while my son for in infant, with his nights and days mixed up over thirty years ago. I put it on the back shelf and then ten years ago, took it back out and continued to edit it until I felt confident to send it out.

this book is part of a series?

No it isn’t. It’s a stand alone.

you lost sleep while writing this book?

Yes, absolutely. I wrote it on very little sleep.

you did research for this book?

Yes. The first part of the book takes place in Mexico. It had been years since I had been there, so I had to catch up on what had changed at the hotel.

some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)

No. My characters are all humans.

this book has more than one genre?

Yes. It is a contemporary romance, but there is a part of it that’s women’s fiction.

you speak more than one language?

No. But I do wish I knew how to speak Italian.

you grew up where you live now?

No. I was born in Brooklyn, New York. When I was twelve my family moved to Staten Island, New York where I lived until I I moved with my husband to the New Jersey Shore five years ago.

you love to read?

Yes. I have six bookcases full of books. So far this year I have read forty-three books. Each year I have to up my Goodreads challenge.

you are never late?

Never. When my kids were young, yes I was. But once they grew up and went out on their own, I have never been late. In fact I wind up getting to places earlier.

you love pizza?

Yes, who doesn’t.

you love sushi?

No, not at all.

you have a pet?

Not since I moved to the Jersey Shore. Prior to that, I had three cats. But I do love animals. I have a bunny who is in my backyard everyday eating my grass. I could swear that he recognizes my voice.

Where to buy Roses

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Roses-Karen-Cino/dp/1618853244/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575939

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/

 

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