Back to Top

  • First Slide


  • Second Slide


  • Third Slide

Tag Archives: Know the Hero

Know the Hero from Open to Love by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #interracialromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Open to Love by Lyndell Williams

Genre Interracial Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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

Know the Hero from Open to Love

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

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

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

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

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

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

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

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

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

Does he know how to fix things?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is he like first thing in the morning?

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

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

Can he use chopsticks?

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

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

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

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

What apps would he have on his phone?

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

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

Android or iPhone?

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

Beard or clean-shaven?

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

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

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

Personal vehicle or public transport?

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

Recycle or toss?

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

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Open to Love

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

Lyndell Williams Social Media

A bestselling author and award-winning writer, Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
Website https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Podcast https://soundcloud.com/laylawriteslove

 

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/

 

Know the Hero from Christmas Hope by Caroline Warfield @carowarfield #RLFblog #historicalromance #WWICaroline Warfield, 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.

Christmas Hope by Caroline Warfield

Genre Historical Romance: Twentieth Century

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

After two years at the mercy of the Canadian Expeditionary force and the German war machine, Harry ran out of metaphors for death, synonyms for brown, and images of darkness. When he encounters color among the floating gardens of Amiens and life in the form a widow and her little son, hope ensnares him. Through three more long years of war and its aftermath, the hope she brings keeps Harry alive. Rosemarie Legrand’s husband left her a tiny son, no money, and a savaged reputation when he died. She struggles to simply feed the boy and has little to offer a lonely soldier, but Harry’s devotion lifts her up. The war demands all her strength and resilience, but the hope of peace and the promise of Harry’s love keep her going.

In the confusion at war’s end, will their love be enough?

Know the Hero from Christmas Hope

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

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

War has been described as long periods of boredom interspersed with intense excitement. Harry’s a reader, when he can find books that is his preferred escape, but it is hard when they rotate into the trenches. He used to write poetry but the war kicked it out of him.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He has no access to shopping, generally, but he has made friends with the fellows in the mess tent. Beans are the least disgusting army food. When he gets leave he looks for wine.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Anything but khaki, but he’s worn nothing else for two years when the book starts. He longs for a good clean white shirt.

Does he know how to fix things?

He learned many skills on his grandfather’s farm so he can fix a tractor—or truck—when needed. He cares for his rifle superlatively. He can repair Rosemarie’s barque as well. His delight in these things astounds his city-dwelling father who is grooming him for the law.

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

Harry is attached to the Bible his grandmother sent with him if only because it reminds him of home and better times. When a soldier put it in the mud as mean joke, Harry took it down to the Somme to clean it. He ended up dropping it in the river and had to chase it almost all the way to Amiens. (Luckily he had leave.) It is how he met Rosemarie so his accident turned into a blessing.

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

Harry loves kids. He developed rapport with Rosemarie’s little Marcel, age two, almost immediately. Marcel hero worships him.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Silent and brooding. He wants coffee, the stronger the better.

How does he handle things when in a “proper” social situation?

Before the war he was at university in Ottawa. His father has ambitions for Harry and made sure his training in social niceties was perfect. His manners are excellent.

Valet or takes care of himself?

He is laughing hysterically over this. Even home in Calgary he had no personal servant, but in France? In the trenches?

Necktie/cravat or open shirt?

Neither. Army issue, buttoned to the neck, high collar, no tie.

Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?

Buttoned. Off duty, when private, he prefers them rolled up. When he can get to Rosemarie’s cottage, he relaxes.

Powdered wig or natural hair?

Natural Hair

Carriage or horseback?

He has access to neither. He walks, begs rides on the back of a wagon. When he can, he travels by boat down the Somme.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Christmas Hope

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VXXRXTR/
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VXXRXTR/
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07VXXRXTR/
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07VXXRXTR/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-hope-caroline-warfield/1132806653
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1475366401
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/christmas-hope-4

Caroline Warfield Social Media

Award winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things: traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer, genealogist—even a nun. She reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the human heart.
Website http://www.carolinewarfield.com/
Blog https://www.carolinewarfield.com/authors-blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CaroWarfield
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carolinewarfield7
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8523742.Caroline_Warfield
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/caroline-warfield
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Warfield/e/B00N9PZZZS/
Newsletter http://www.carolinewarfield.com/newsletter/

 

Know the Hero from Wolf’s Challenge by Christina Lynn Lambert @chris4lamb #RLFblog #PNR #paranormalromanceChristina Lynn Lambert, 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.

Wolf’s Challenge by Christina Lynn Lambert

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

When Sydney left Seattle two years ago, she was scared, traumatized, and done with men for good. Now she has a good job, a hobby that’s fast becoming a second career, and best of all, she’s adopted a little girl named Angel. Life is good and Sydney’s not about to let charming lawyer Derrick mess that up, no matter how sexy he is, or how sweet he seems.

Things aren’t always as they appear in the town of Great Oaks, Virginia. Derrick isn’t the ladies’ man Sydney thinks he is, but he does have a few secrets, such as his ability to transform into a powerful wolf at will.

Can Derrick convince Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive maybe? More importantly, should he? He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her in his life would be just as bad.

A troubled woman running from her guilty conscience has Sydney and Derrick in her crosshairs, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win her game. Will Sydney and Derrick survive long enough to be together?

Know the Hero from Wolf’s Challenge

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

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

Derrick loves science fiction and horror so he would probably watch an episode of the X-Files or maybe read a scary story or a comic book. He’s a closet comic book nerd.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He doesn’t like sweets so he would snack on some jalapeño fries or nachos with spicy chili and cheese.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He’s usually well dressed for work because he’s a lawyer but truthfully, the salespeople at his favorite store pick out clothes for him and tell him what matches. He just follows directions.

Does he know how to fix things?

He can fix things around the house. His dad taught him the basics well enough that he can fix a cabinet without destroying the house.

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

For a while, he tried to ignore the shifter part of himself which led to him feeling aggravated and angry at himself and everyone else. He even tried to take a substance that would put an end to his need to shift to wolf form. Luckily, it didn’t work for more than a few days. He’s regretted trying to disconnect from his wolf side ever since and vowed to never again ignore the wolf.

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

Derrick was a father and even though his child died in a car accident, he’s still comfortable around kids. His outgoing personality helps him get to know the daughter of the woman he’s fallen for.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Not too bad, especially if he can make the time for a run in wolf form before starting his day. A little green tea or coffee helps too.

How does he act around people who don’t know what he is?

Being a shape shifter comes with risks. People have been known to hunt shifters to either kill or study in a lab. Derrick tells only the people he can completely trust about his abilities. He’s careful to not shift anywhere he could be vulnerable.

Will he let a worker handle things or do it himself?

Derrick lost a lot of time with his young son by working so much. He came to realize the importance of making time to relax and spend time in his wolf form. He’s working on delegating more of his responsibilities with work and learning not to take on too many projects.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Not by choice. A brand of the letter e marks his ankle. Someone from the Equalizers, a group whose goal is to harm shifters, found Derrick unconscious after a horrible car accident. They poisoned him with a drug that makes it hard for shifters to heal completely, then burned his ankle with the letter e and ground the drug into his burn, ensuring that he would know which group was responsible for his difficulty healing.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

He drives. There aren’t a lot of public transportation options where he lives.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle. He’s all about keeping the earth as green and healthy as possible. For shifters, having wooded areas to be able to run in their animal form is important, and he knows that unpolluted land, air, and water are vital to every living thing.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Wolf’s Challenge

Publisher Decadent Publishing LLC
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Wolfs-Challenge-Christina-Lynn-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07JCSLVBJ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolfs-challenge-christina-lambert/1124676509?ean=2940161888049
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wolfs-challenge/id1441052967
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wolf-s-challenge-1
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/900526
Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Lynn_Lambert_Wolf_s_Challenge?id=UOB1DwAAQBAJ

Christina Lynn Lambert Social Media

A few years ago, I read my first romance novel and I was hooked, so much so that I decided to give the idea of writing a story a chance. Love, courage, hope, and second chances are a few of my favorite themes. My stories include a fair amount of sarcasm, suspense, steam, and violence. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time outside and finding ways to avoid cooking. I live in beautiful Virginia with my husband, two daughters, and a sweet, hairy monster of a dog.
Blog https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/chris4lamb
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/christinalynnlambert
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15900423.Christina_Lynn_Lambert
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7

 

Know the Hero from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #urbanromance #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit by Lyndell Williams

Genre romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

From Lyndell Williams, author of My Way to You, a new novel about keeping the flames of love and passion burning in a world determined to snuff them out.

Harlem lawyer Marcus Kent fights for justice while preserving a stable, passionate marriage with wife, Toni. Smart and confident, he has it all together—that is until his world turns upside down.

Not only is someone stalking his sister, but an intern at work is also getting too close for comfort.

On top of all of that, Toni’s renewed infertility obsession causes them to continually argue, adding more strain and cooling off their steamy union.

Struggling with insecurities and yearning to have a child, successful psychologist Toni Kent looks to her husband for support. Unfortunately, relentless distraction and stubbornness prevent Marcus from being there when she needs him the most and jeopardizes their happy home.

After multiple failed in vitro attempts, Toni is ready to try again, but Marcus is done. He doesn’t want another headache or more heartache. Will infertility tear this dream couple apart?

Know the Hero from Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

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

Marcus Kent is never board. He has an intense schedule at work. When he gets a minute, he will chill with his boys Simon, Faisal and Quinn and then head home to his wife Toni. For Marcus, twenty-four hours is not nearly enough, so he needs to be strategic about his time so he can fulfill all of the demands on him. He’s all about getting things done with efficiency.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Marcus is a carnivorous alpha. Red meat is his food of choice, especially burgers. He doesn’t eat just any meat. Although he is not Muslim, he prefers halal meat, so he will stop by his favorite halal spot or another one (NYC is packed with them) to grab a quick bite.  Of course, he’ll have to go a little longer on his daily morning run but having some ground beef goodness is worth it.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Marcus has a walk-in closet with a wall stacked with high-end sneakers. They are his award for working hard at the community center he directs, keeping wife, Toni happy and being there for family and friends. He sheds his business suits as soon as possible and slaps on a pair of those bad boys with some sweats and a tee shirt to run through Harlem or have a game of basketball, completely elephant trunkin’ it.

Does he know how to fix things?

Marcus’ father, Deverill made sure his son was a “real man” who can fix things. He does minor repairs around the apartment and at the community center in a pinch. He can take a hammer to a nail or wrench to a pipe, but with his busy schedule, anything bigger would have to be done by somebody else. So, he has the contact information for plumbers, electricians, etc. right in his phone. A natural leader and delegator, he makes sure things get fixed as soon as possible.

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

A big miscalculation Marcus made was when he thought he was protecting his younger sister, Regina from his best friend, Simon. He knew Simon was a playa and wasn’t even going to let his sister get used. When he found out about them, he blew a fit and went straight to Simon to drive a wedge between them, not know that Simon was actually in love with Regina. He caused a split between the two of them and broke his sister’s heart.

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

Marcus is thoroughly in love with his niece, Justine. He will do almost anything she asks, including sit on the floor with a tiara on his large, bald head, holding a tiny plastic teacup. The kids at the center where he is in charge adore him. He loves the little ones and planned to have a bunch of them. He gave up on the dream of fatherhood when he and his wife Toni went through multiple failed in vitro attempts.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Marcus is a morning person times five. He is usually up before the crack of dawn and heading out to pound the city pavement with a morning run while the plans for the day go through his head.

Can he use chopsticks?

Marcus and chopsticks do not get along. Simon has tried to teach him, but to no avail. It is one of those things that he is comfortable with not being able to do and just reaches for a fork.

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

Coffee is the first drink Marcus reaches for after his morning run. He likes it with half and half and no sugar. Sometimes he will stop by the coffee shop on his way to work and treat his staff to cups, ordering each just the way they like it from his memory.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Marcus is all about productivity, so he has a bunch of calendar and appointment apps. He has a word processing app so he can write while traveling as well as a speech-to-text app to make notes. He manages the community center projects with his team using a project management app and downloaded a couple of games for those times he’s with his niece Justine.

Android or iPhone?

Unfortunately, he is a die-hard IOS fan. I’ve argued with him and Simon about it, but he won’t budge.

Beard or clean-shaven?

Marcus sports a long-stubble beard that he keeps super soft through careful grooming and conditioning. Toni loves and always plays with it whenever they’re alone.

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Marcus refuses to pierce anything or stain his smooth chocolate skin with ink. He is all about treating his body as a temple, and you don’t put holes in or graffiti on the walls of a temple.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

As a city dweller, public transportation is a must most of the time. Marcus has a metro card and travels the city underground in the subways. When he travels outside the city to places like his parents’ house on Long Island, he has his black Dodge Charger taken out of the garage and hits the road with Toni.

Recycle or toss?

Marcus and Toni have little blue cans underneath their sink, and he made sure the center has plenty of big ones around the facility and even at the playground and basketball courts. One of the things he budgets for each year is to have a service take away the recycling. He makes sure the material is sorted and leaves redeemable bottles and cans at  the front door for people to take.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Sweet Love, Bitter Fruit

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Love-Bitter-Fruit-Brothers-ebook/dp/B07WZ9LT97

Lyndell Williams Social Media

Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate. She is the senior New York trainer for the Muslim Anti-Racism collaborative.
Williams is a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She has been published in peer-review journals and presented at national conferences about Muslim and interracial romance fiction as well as racism, sexism and the Black Muslim experience.
She is the founder and managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos and a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA. She is a contributor to the online publications About Islam and Haute Hijab.
Williams is the lead content editor WriteType Editorial Services and mentors aspiring writers across genres.
She’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series.
Williams self-published her first interracial romance novel My Way to You. The novel made it onto four Amazon bestsellers lists its premiere weekend.
She is committed to the traditional use of literature as social commentary to affect positive social change.
Williams is married and the mother of six children.
Blog https://laylawriteslove.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laylawriteslove/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laylawriteslove
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/laylawriteslove/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWpN2YTkr9cGO9Z7-AB8xNw
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/laylawriteslove
Amazon http://amazon.com/author/laylawriteslove
Soundcloud https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/layla-writes-love-the-woes-and-triumphs-of-a-romance-author/id1478573350
iTunes https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/layla-writes-love-the-woes-and-triumphs-of-a-romance-author/id1478573350
Google Play Music https://play.google.com/music/m/Ives5gtsmyhryktswhjdtkixb54?t=Layla_Writes_Love_The_Woes_and_Triumphs_of_a_Romance_Author
Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/4G0FXyBdBJUol2ixhQtYta
Newsletter http://bit.ly/2keDszX

 

Know the Hero from Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman #RLFblog #Postapocalyptic #fantasy #SciFiAngelica Clyman, 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.

Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman

Genre Post-apocalyptic fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R

The totality of a solar eclipse lasts only a few short minutes. That’s more than enough time for an apocalypse to erupt.
Almost eighteen years have passed since the Eclipse changed the Earth forever, and Sebastian Za’in rose from the chaos and seized control, imposing his order on the broken planet. In a world ruled by fear and superstition, where all gods have perished, there is no one who can stand up to Za’in, the man rumored to be one of the Nephilim—hybrid offspring of Angel and Man. In a few short months, another Eclipse will occur, and while there are those who expect a new natural disaster, Za’in has plans of his own.

Completely unaware of this global turmoil, Kayla Steelryn has spent most of her life in a quiet village, longing to uncover her hidden past. When she leaves her home in search of answers, she finds herself faced with the truth about her identity, forced to choose between the two men she loves, and thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world.

 

Know the Hero from Dominion of the Star

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

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

Jeremy is usually found brooding somewhere beneath the stars, whether it’s up on a water tower or down in the wastelands, he usually has something heavy on his mind.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

He can’t afford to be picky in a world ravaged by disaster, but he hates slimy things in jars.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

The darker the better, but after the Ruiners become clamped to his arms, shirts are no longer an option!

Does he know how to fix things?

Jeremy is better at breaking things, but he can get by with very little.

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

What HASN’T gone badly? He was born under a bad sign and things have gone down from there, but he still can’t deny some of his problems are his own fault.

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

Jeremy doesn’t really have experience with any kids other than Kit, and she is no ordinary little girl…

What is he like first thing in the morning?

He’s used to getting up early, so he’s not any more irritable than usual (thankfully)!

How does he act around people who don’t know what he is?

He prefers that people don’t know the truth about him, but it’s been hard to escape. When he first met Kayla, she was blissfully unaware of his darkness and that drew him to her.

Will he let a worker handle things or do it himself?

Jeremy’s not afraid to get his hands dirty!

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

The cross tattoo across his chest wasn’t his idea and he’d get rid of it if he could – but it was part of the deal if he wanted to become an Arch.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

He prefers to rely on himself, so things were better when he had his motorcycle. Sharing that truck with the pirates was definitely a low point…

Recycle or toss?

Toss – his world’s so messed up already, he doesn’t think such a small gesture would make a difference.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Dominion of the Star

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692476342/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dominion-of-the-star-angelica-clyman/1122431801

Angelica Clyman Social Media

Angelica Clyman was raised on Catholicism and urban legends, fairy tales and 80s movies. Her love for fantasy books and poetry was put on hold while she pursued other passions, but she found her way back to words and stories after following the seemingly disparate paths of the visual arts, academia, yoga, martial arts, business, dance and magick. Angelica is an artist, educator, wife, and mother. “Dominion of the Star” is her first novel.
Website http://www.angelicaclyman.com/writing/
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DominionoftheStar/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/angelclyman/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28700275-dominion-of-the-star
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Angelica-Clyman/e/B012HD6CAE

 

%d bloggers like this: