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Read Passionate Pursuit by Tina Donahue @tinadonahue #RLFblog #historicalromance 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.

Passionate Pursuit by Tina Donahue

Genre Erotic Historical

Book heat level (based on movie ratings) R

Is their passion and love strong enough to break her chains?

Andalucia Spain, 1489 Innocent Beatriz is desperate to escape the threat of a miserable marriage to a cruel Marquis. Forced into the betrothal by her ruthless merchant papa, her only hope is to conceal her identity and become a servant in a nearby castle–a life drastically different from her comfortable upbringing.

Tomas doesn’t know what to make of his well-spoken new servant girl. Her beauty and charm captivates the military hero; her mysterious nature intrigues him. And the desire she ignites burns brighter with each glance, as does his longing to claim her for his own.

Beatriz can’t resist Tomas’ passion nor deny the heat of her own. But neither the lush countryside nor the walls of the opulent Moorish castle can entirely protect her–and if he were to discover her secret, she could be torn away from him forever. Yet how can she sustain his love if she’s living a lie?

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

I write in several, including contemporary, historical, romcom, PNR, sci-fi, thriller, suspense, urban fantasy, erotic, erotica, reverse harem, menage

How do you come up with ideas?…

They pop into my head. I could be driving, grocery shopping, spending time with friends and something I see or hear gets me to thinking…’what if’ – and the plot starts to form.

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

Revisions. It’s the only way for me to make certain I get deep POV and a great pace.

When did you write your first book?…

When I was nine. I called it “Dimples the Adventurous Flea”. It was about a flea that jumped from a French poodle to an English bulldog, to an Irish setter, etc., etc. in order to see the world. Made copies and sold them to my friends’ parents in the neighborhood. My first book tour.

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Leather or lace? Both – can’t choose
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? Country
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home
Dogs or cats? Both – can’t choose

Where to buy Passionate Pursuit

Publisher Kensington
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Tina Donahue Social Media

I’m an Amazon and international bestselling novelist who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. I’ve won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. I’m featured in the Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, I worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
On a less serious note I’m an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, brake for Mexican restaurants, and have been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally while wolfing down tostadas. I’ve flown a single-engine airplane (freaking scary), rewired an old house using an ‘electricity for dummies’ book, and am horribly shy despite the hot romances I write.
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Let’s meet Sir Haven De Sessions from A True and Perfect Knight, a medieval romance, by Rue Allyn. 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 latest book.

A True and Perfect Knight by Rue Allyn

Genre Medieval Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Baron Haven De Sessions knows a hundred reasons to despise the widow Dreyford.  The widow is entirely too independent and a suspected traitor.  Worst of all, she had been married to his best friend—a man Haven arrested for plotting against the king.  Haven believes the treacherous widow should have given up her head, not his childhood friend.  Now an oath to that same friend forces him to protect a woman he does not want and cannot trust.

Genvieve Dreyford has her own reasons to detest De Sessions.  The man is far too handsome, and his reputation as Edward I’s most ‘true and perfect’ knight has swelled the baron’s head.  Worst of all, Gennie believes he betrayed his friendship with her husband to curry favor with the English king.  Now, because of Haven De Sessions, Gennie has lost her home, her title and nearly everything she held dear.  Only for the sake of her family, will Gennie place herself in the power of a man she fears and mistrusts.

Stressing Sir Haven De Sessions

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

Please tell me about your hero.

Age: Approximately thirty years old

Gender: Male

Birthplace: England

Profession: Knight

Ethnicity: English

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters):

What does your hero look like? 

Golden Brown hair with eyes the color of dark topaz. Haven is the epitome of a tall, broad shouldered, narrow hipped, square jawed, leanly muscled knight at arms.

Who is the significant other in his life? 

Lady Genvieve Dreyfore will be come his significant other, although at the time of this interview he probably doesn’t know that.

The Hero’s Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.

Sir Haven De Sessions entered the large hall in King Edward’s castle where the celebraton was already in progress. Dancers filled the floor and muscians played rondos in the upper gallery. Edward motioned from across the room for Haven to come to his king’s side. He crossed the room as quickly as possible but the attention given him by ladies married and not delayed his progress. He was saved from committing to any assignations by Edward’s obvious displeasure at being kept waiting.

How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?

Haven is eager, as he always is to obet his king. However, despite his impatience with the demands of the various ladies who approach him, Haven is unfailingly courteous.He smiles and kisses their hands, and appears saddened to be forced to refuse their requests for his time. They don’t realize that his smiles are those of a man relieved to have reason to say no. The attractions of the court ladies have beguen to fade for him. He is much happier to be about the king’s business and hopes that Edward has a mission for him.

Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?

Were, Edward not demanding Haven come to him, the knight would mingle and be socialble. He likes women and the men are his friends. He doesn’t understand the more dour knights who are standoffish.

If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?

He prefers ale, but Edward only serves the best French wines.

How much drink is his usual?

One or two mugs of beer no more than two goblets of wine.

The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?

Haven thinks hiding would be cowardly. Most likely he would be going to find a friend and bring him back to the party. He might, if the friend was drunk and becoming disorderly, Haven might try to hide his friend until the man could sober up some.

Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?

Haven is definitely the friend that others latch onto, especially the ladies.

If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?

In the king’s court, Haven would be the peace maker, and barring peace he would break up the fight as quickly and quietly as possible.

Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?

Haven would do the tossing. He is almost unbearably responsible.

Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?

Haven knows when to leave.

The Hero’s Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?

Depending on the exact situation, Haven would most likely defend everyone involved, doing his best to keep the authorities from over-reacting.

How does the hero react to hearing a scream?

There are different types of scream. Assuming a shout of distress, Haven would grab his weapon and run towards the scream.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?

Break this up before it gets worse. Then find out what the problem is and try to resolve it.

If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?

He will stop the assault.

This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?

He fights on. Haven is never afraid of difficult odds. He does, however, try to prepare for all eventualities.

The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can’t get out of the situation and must interact in some way. What does he do?

He waits to discover what the other person will do.

Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?

Haven will first suggest alternatives. If his advice is not heeded and the situation endangers anyone he will act to mitigate any harm.

The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?

That his is what he was born and trained to do as a knight.

What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?

“I can only pray that God will provide, as I pray you will recognize a greater good than absolute loyalty to your king.” Gennie said these words to Haven when they disagreed over sending the Welsh away from the keep that was once their home. He often recalls these words when making a difficult decision. They help him decide where his true loyalties and responsibilities lie.

What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?

While on Crusade, Haven survived only because his friend was loyal and guarded Haven’s back. Loyalty is he watchword, however, he needs Gennie’s help to learn where loyalty should truly be given.

What one thing would you like readers to know about your hero?

Despite his courtly reputation, he is very far from a True and Perfect Knight when this story begins.

Where to buy A True and Perfect Knight

Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/38EY0V

Rue Allyn Social Media

Hi, I’m Rue Allyn, I write heart melting romance novels. Books about characters and adventures in which love triumphs at the darkest moment. The kind of hopeful, steal-your-breath romance that melts a reader’s heart. The type of book I like to read. Hope you will too.
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Dame Audrey by Aurora Springer @AuroraSpringer #RLFblog #Medieval #Romance 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.

Dame Audrey by Aurora Springer

Genre Medieval Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Young widow seeks true love in this vivid Medieval romance with a touch of fantasy

In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But some of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.

Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.

Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a husband’s will?

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

Yes. I have published science fiction and fantasy adventures and romances. Dame Audrey is the first historical romance I have written.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Sometimes, I find them in my dreams. Once I have an idea of a scene with the two main characters, I let them loose to interact.

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

I enjoy the ability to create vivid characters and fantastic new worlds.

When did you write your first book?…

More than thirty years ago, I wrote an entire science fiction romance novel. I finally typed the handwritten story into a digital file and published The Lady is Blue in 2014.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Red

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton

Ocean or mountains? Both

City life or country life? Country

Party life or evening at home? Home

Dogs or cats? Both. We have two of each.

Where to buy Dame Audrey

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VY5QWYV
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dame-audrey-aurora-springer/1132815090
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dame-audrey

Aurora Springer Social Media

Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in fantastic worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition by publishing her first stories. Her works are character-driven adventures and romances with a sprinkle of humor. Her stories are set in modern or historical Earth or in the future on other planets. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, two dogs and two cats. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
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Read historical romance Word of Honor by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #medievalromanceAlexa Aston, 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.

Word of Honor by Alexa Aston

Genre: medieval romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
1351 A.D. – Betrothed from a young age, Merryn Mantel and Geoffrey de Montfort are that rare couple–a love match. They spend five long years apart when Geoffrey leaves England to fight against the French. Geoffrey returns after the English victory at Poitiers, and he and Merryn wed. They spend one blissful night consummating their love, looking forward to a promising future together.
Yet Geoffrey vanishes the next day. Merryn is left lonely and confused as she clings to the hope that one day her husband will come back to her. Geoffrey finally returns almost seven years later. This new Geoffrey is a stranger to Merryn. He refuses to reveal where he has been and why he stayed away from the woman he loved.
Will her husband’s silence create a rift too large to heal, or can Geoffrey and Merryn recapture the love they once shared?
Join Geoffrey and Merryn as they fight for love held in their hearts despite years apart.

Where to buy Word of Honor (Knights of Honor Book 1)

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01LYK7C7R

Alexa Aston Social Media

Alexa Aston is the author of Medieval and Regency romance, including her 10-book series The Knights of Honor, which takes place in 14th century England and centers on the de Montfort family. Each standalone romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.
A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, Netflix binge-watching, and can’t get enough of Survivor or Game of Thrones.
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Marked by Honor by Alexa Aston @AlexaAston #RLFblog #medievalromanceAlexa Aston, 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.

Marked by Honor by Alexa Aston

Genre: medieval romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
1363 A.D. Lady Beatrice Bordel loses her mother and grandfather on the same day, leaving her penniless. With no protector and no prospects for marriage, her future is dismal. Hoping her grandfather’s oldest friend will take her in, Beatrice journeys north and is set upon by a band of highwaymen. All seems lost—until Sir Raynor Le Roux arrives.
Raynor nurses a broken heart as he returns to his home. He comes upon a scene of horror in the woods and rescues a beautiful woman who stirs strong emotions within him. When he learns that Lady Beatrice travels to her betrothed and is alone in the world, the code of chivalry that guides Raynor’s life compels him to escort her so that she may marry her intended.
But Beatrice has told Raynor a white lie, trying to protect herself, even as she is drawn to the handsome knight. As their growing attraction turns to love, her dishonesty stands in the way. Will Beatrice admit to her deception and tell Raynor the truth–or will this chivalrous knight turn away from the women he desires?
Join Raynor and Beatrice as they travel toward their inevitable destination of love.

Where to buy Marked by Honor

Publisher Dragonblade Publishing
Amazon http://amzn.com/B01MR9R868

Alexa Aston Social Media

Alexa Aston is the author of Medieval and Regency romance, including her 10-book series The Knights of Honor, which takes place in 14th century England and centers on the de Montfort family. Each standalone romance focuses on the code of chivalry that bound knights of this era.
A native Texan, Alexa lives with her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She enjoys reading, Netflix binge-watching, and can’t get enough of Survivor or Game of Thrones.
Website https://alexaaston.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AlexaAston
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Do It Write: Where Ruth A Casie writes @RuthACasie #RLFblog #MedievalromanceRuth A Casie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

The Pirate’s Jewel by Ruth A Casie

Genre Medieval Romance, Pirate Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.

What was your first published book?
Knight of Runes was the first book I published in 2011.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.Do It Write: Where Ruth A Casie writes @RuthACasie #RLFblog #Medievalromance
I’m fortunate. I have two writing spaces. With all my children on their own, I took over my younger daughter’s room and made it my executive office. It has everything I want except I feel a bit isolated.
Last year, I put a library table in the living room and set up my laptop. It’s easier to get to the kitchen.
Anything special about your space?
I get a HUGE cup of tea, put on my writing playlist, and start up the fireplace. I’m in heaven.
What do you love most about that area?
I love my office. I love the red wall paper, the Berber carpet, the bookcases. I love everything about that room. I’ve written some of my best stories there.
I also love my space in the living room. The fireplace most of all.
What would like to change about your home office?
I don’t think I would change much in my office, although I would like to put more bookcases in and organize the room more.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
I would make my office look more like a library. I would raise the ceiling and put bookcases up the wall with rolling ladders to get to the top.
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
Verbalize by Damon Suede was the last book about writing that I read.
What do you like to read for relaxation?
I like to read adventure and mystery books in addition to romance.
Do you have an author newsletter?
I have a monthly newsletter that lets my subscribers know what I doing, writing and where I will be. I also highlight other authors whenever I can.

Where to buy The Pirate’s Jewel

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M81Y7HM/

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Hi – I’m Ruth A Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
Here are five things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I filled my passport up in one year.
2. I have three series. The Druid Knight stories are a historical time travel series. The Stelton Legacy is historical fantasy about the seven sons of a seventh son. Havenport Romances are stories set in a small coast Rhode Island town. I also write stories in the connected world the Pirates of Britannia.
3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
4. When I cook I dance.
5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom. I’m not saying anything else about that.
My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Their stories will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my stories become your favorite adventures.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author.
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