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Know the Heroine from The Ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi @FrostieMoss #RLFblog #romanceEffrosyni Moschoudi, 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 the book.

The Ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi

Genre Romance with a paranormal twist
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
When Sofia falls in love, a mourning spirit begins to haunt her…
CORFU, 1987
On a long holiday with her grandparents, Sofia Aspioti meets Danny Markson, a charming flirt who makes her laugh. Although she tries to keep him at arm’s length, worried that village gossip will get back to her strict family, she falls desperately in love. That’s when strange dreams about Brighton’s West Pier and a woman dressed in black begin to haunt her. Who is this grieving woman? And how is her lament related to Sofia’s feelings for Danny?
BRIGHTON, 1937
Dreaming of wealth and happiness, Laura Mayfield arrives in Brighton to pursue a new life. She falls for Christian Searle, a happy-go-lucky stagehand at the West Pier theatre, but when she’s offered a chance to perform there, her love for him is put to the test. Charles Willard, a wealthy aristocrat, is fascinated by her and pursues her relentlessly. Will Laura choose love…or money?

“Ms. Moschoudi is proving to be a skilled storyteller who takes her readers on a wonderful ride.”
~David M. Wind, author of Queen of Knights

“Reading Ms Moschoudi’s work is like visiting a friend. You are so wrapped up in the story that you don’t want it to end!”
~Julie Blaskie, Amazon reviewer

“I could feel the warm sun and sandy beaches even on a cold dreary day.”
~Helen Johnson Brumbaugh, Amazon reviewer

The Ebb is a feel good, summer holiday romance. Even though it’s the first book in a series, it has a satisfactory ending and can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

Know the Heroine from The Ebb

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Sofia loves to daydream or to write poetry so she’s likely to do one of the two. Or even both.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
A cheese pastry. It’s one of the most popular go-to snacks for students in Athens such as herself.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
She works on a sports pier on the beach in Corfu during the summer so wears her swimsuit all day long. In the evenings, she wears shorts or mini skirts and flimsy cotton t-shirts as it’s too hot and humid to wear anything else.
Does she know how to fix things?
Goodness, no! These things are done only by men in her Greek world of the 1980s…
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
When things go bad, Sofia tends to get upset and cry. Not because she’s weak but because she’s grown too fed up to handle her inner misery by now. Her parents are overprotective, and her father, especially, is very strict and expects her to be perfect in every way. The last time she got in trouble with her dad was when she had some fun going out for a drink with her cousins but neglected to drop by her uncle Yannis’s restaurant on her way home like she was supposed to. In her defense, though, Uncle Yannis gives her the creeps…
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Sofia is sweet and gentle with children. Her mother and grandmother are both affectionate, nurturing women who show her love generously, so she acts the same towards the young ones. Sofia actually likes the shy children the most, as they remind her of her at that age. She loves to make them laugh.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Sofia stretches like a cat and yawns a lot in bed, snoozing for a good while before getting up. She dresses quickly in casual attire and after a cup of tea and some buttered toast she’s ready to face the day. When she rushes to catch the bus to Athens for her studies, she often skips breakfast and grabs a cheese pastry on her way to University.
How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?
Sofia acts nonchalant with everyone, and has become masterful over time at hiding her true feelings and wishes. She has many secrets because she was raised by overprotective parents and is plagued by village gossip in Corfu as well where she spends her summer holidays with her grandparents. The only person who knows all her secrets is her best friend Loula. Together, they visited a clairvoyant who told Sofia that Danny, the English tourist she’s fallen for, is someone she loved in a previous life. She also helped her make some sense of the grieving woman that haunts her dreams, dictating poems to her.
Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?
Sofia doesn’t hire workers and lets her parents or grandparents deal with these things. She never does this sort of thing as everyone still treats her like a minor despite her being twenty years old. Even when she tries to get a job for the first time (in a sports pier in Corfu during the summer of 1987), she has to get her father’s permission first!
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
Pierced earrings are okay. Sofia got her ears pierced as a teen which is very common in Greece and was deemed acceptable by her family. Anything else would be unheard of. Her family would have a fit, but she wouldn’t want to have any tattoos or piercings anyway. In her world, that’s a very uncommon thing to see.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Sofia doesn’t have a driver’s license so she takes buses to visit the Athens university. For her annual visit to the island of Corfu, she takes a coach, then a ferry across from the mainland.
Recycle or toss?
Recycling isn’t a widespread practice in the 1980s in Greece. So, the only recycling Sofia does is that of printed paper. She uses the blank side for noting stuff down. Oh. And she donates her old clothes to the local church or to poor families in her neighborhood.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy The Ebb

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LGNYEPC

Effrosyni Moschoudi Social Media

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes books for the romantic at heart. She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.
Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. The Ebb, her romance set in Corfu that’s inspired from her summers there in the 1980s, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.
Effrosyni is a member of the writer’s groups eNovel Authors at Work, ASMSG and The Fantasy and Scifi Network. Her novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times, and are available in kindle and paperback format.
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Know the Heroine from A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten @kathyotten #RLFblog #Historical RomanceKathy Otten, 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 the book.

A Place in Your Heart by Kathy Otten

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Gracie McBride isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for respect. But in this man’s world of Civil War medicine, Gracie is expected to maintain her place changing beds and writing letters. Her biggest nemesis is the ward surgeon, Doctor Charles Ellard, who seems determined to woo her with arrogant kisses and terrible jokes.
Charles is an excellent surgeon. He assumed he would be well received by an army at war. He was not. Friendless and alone, he struggles to hide the panic attacks that plague him while the only person who understands him is a feisty Irish nurse clearly resolved to keep him at a distance.
But Charles is sent to the battlefield, and Gracie is left with a wounded soldier, a box of toys, and a mystery which can only be solved by the one man she wishes could love her, both as a woman and a nurse.

Know the Heroine from A Place in Your Heart

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Gracie enjoys reading, or doing puzzles.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
She likes apple cinnamon cake.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Being a widow, her dresses have all been dyed black. In the hospital she’s not allowed to wear a crinoline, so she wears extra petticoats, her favorite one is red.
Does she know how to fix things?
No, except when it comes to people’s problems. Then she’s right there trying to fix things.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
She tried to help Doctor Ellard with his wish to have a family, but she was too intrusive and he resented her for it.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Gracie is good with children, having grown up in a large Irish family.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
She is a morning person. Get up and get going.
How does she handle things when in a “proper” social situation?
Being Irish and having worked as a maid, Gracie doesn’t really get involved in social situations. However, when she’s focused on accomplishing something she sometimes forgets social conventions, like seeing a man naked or spending time alone with a man in his tent.
Maid or takes care of herself?
Gracie pretty much takes care of herself.
Proper dress or casual clothes?
Gracie wears what is proper for her station in life.
Sleeves buttoned or rolled up?
Normally buttoned, but when she’s working she rolls them up.
Powdered wig or natural hair?
Natural hair.
Carriage or horseback?
She can ride, but doesn’t have occasion to do it much. She usually walks or takes a carriage or taxi.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy A Place in Your Heart

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKYZ61M/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-place-in-your-heart-kathy-otten/1128539862
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-place-in-your-heart

Kathy Otten Social Media

Historical romance author Kathy Otten, enjoys writing westerns with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Multi-published, Kathy also writes contemporary romance and historical fiction, in all lengths of fiction from short story to novel. She was a finalist in the Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West Contest and a winner of the Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star Writing Competition.
She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York and enjoys long walks with her German Shepherd, Max.
Currently, she has stepped outside her comfort zone and is putting the finishing touches on a contemporary young adult novel.
Still, romance is her favorite and she is playing with the rough drafts for a few more historicals.
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Know the Heroine from Bear of the Midnight Sun by Holly Bargo @HollyBargoBooks #RLFblog #ParanormalRomanceHolly Bargo, 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 the book.

Bear of the Midnight Sun by Holly Bargo

Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
After a thousand years, immortal polar bear shifter Sindre finally finds his mate—on a talk show. In the city where anything goes, an impromptu wedding is just a taste of what’s to come. Startled into going through the ceremony, Miranda can’t stop the big, virile man from staking his claim on her and releasing her bear. Sindre can’t believe his good luck and will do anything to keep his mate at his side, up to and including taking marital advice from Atlas Leonidus. An independent woman with a successful career, Miranda melts at his touch and shuns his control, except she can’t control her bear.

Know the Heroine from Bear of the Midnight Sun

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Miranda prefers a quiet kind of life, so she picks up a book and reads. Or takes a nap. Naps are good.
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream?
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
Comfortable, tailored clothing, like jeans and a button-down shirt or soft sweater.
Does she know how to fix things?
Miranda’s mother prizes independence above all things, and insisted she learn how to perform basic household repairs. As a woman living alone, she sees the sense in having that kind of practical knowledge. She mows her own yard, too, although gardening doesn’t float her boat.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Miranda would love to be a gourmet cook, but hasn’t got the knack. For a small dinner party, she once attempted a soufflé from a venerable French recipe. She followed the instructions to the letter, but it somehow managed explode. Soufflés collapse, but they don’t explode. Except hers did. She ordered pizza delivery instead, and, after the party, spent three hours cleaning out the burned splatter from her oven. She vowed never to attempt anything like that again.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
Miranda is uncomfortable about children, having never really interacted with them since she was a child herself. In fear of saying the wrong thing, she holds herself aloof to observe them.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
Miranda’s ambivalent about mornings, although her cat Gonzo ensures she rises at the proper hour to ensure he receives his breakfast. She prefers to take her mornings with a cup or two of her favorite caffeinated beverage.
How does she act around people who don’t know what she is?
Like many authors, Miranda’s an introvert and reserved. Definitely not the life of the party, she’ll join the other wallflowers to watch and listen to the other guests.
Will she let a worker handle things or do it herself?
Having grown up the daughter of a fiercely independent mother, Miranda learned to handle her own problems. In Bear of the Midnight Sun, she learns that she can’t necessarily handle her own problems and that needing help doesn’t necessarily imply weakness.
Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?
She has no tattoos or body piercings, although she does have pierced ears and prefers more delicate earrings that enhance rather than make a bold statement. With her mother, a lawyer who chews razor wire for breakfast, Miranda’s tastes toward bodily embellishment tend to be conservative.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal vehicle, definitely. In small town and rural America, public transport often doesn’t exist. A privately owned car or truck is necessary.
Recycle or toss?
Miranda will recycle, as long as it’s not too inconvenient or costly. Having had an irregular income for most of her adult life, she measures cost against environmental responsibility carefully before making a purchase. Convenience is definitely a factor in her decisions to recycle, repurpose, or reuse.
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Bear of the Midnight Sun

Publisher: Hen House Publishing
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Midnight-Immortal-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B07HKQLK7M

Holly Bargo Social Media

Holly Bargo is the author’s pseudonym and really did exist once upon a time as a fondly remembered, temperamental Appaloosa mare. Holly writes fantasy and romance and loves combining the two for exciting, sizzling stories touched by magic.
Holly and her husband live on a hobby farm in southwest Ohio with an ancient horse, elderly llama, clowder of cats, and timid Great Dane named after Catwoman. They have two children, one enrolled in college and the other serving in the military.
Website https://www.henhousepublishing.com
Blog https://www.henhousepublishing.com/eggs-the-hen-house-blog
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