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

About Jackie Weger

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not
counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by page views. Congratulations
to each one! There is a tie for third place.
1 Jackie Weger
2 MQ Barber
3 Alanna Lucas
4 Kate Moore
5 Anna Durand
Honorable mention: Cecilia
Tan, Tess Delacour

Top Chatters for the Month

Top Chatter Award 
Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the
person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award.
This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. To win, a guest
must have five or more comments (not counting the guest author’s).
This month’s winners are:
1 Jackie Weger
2 Alanna Lucas
3 PT Macias
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Other participants this month
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Alison Stuart, Barbara White Daille, Beverly Ovalle, Brita Addams, Ciara
Gold, Collette Cameron, Collette Cameron, DP Denman, Houston Havens, Iris Blobel,
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This feature includes a book cover, blurb, buy links, short questionnaire, and social media contacts for the author.

About the Book

Title Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4)
Genre LGBT erotic romance
Author Name M.Q. Barber
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Blurb (up to 300 words)
From rescue to romance…
Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb.
But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires.
Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own…
Becoming His Master is a Neighborly Affection series prequel that tells the origin of Henry and Jay’s relationship in their pre-Alice days.

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Interview with Henry Webb

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
What I most desire is an impossibility—to have met Jay, my sweet-natured submissive, before an odious predator led him down a path toward harm. Failing that, I want to see him whole and happy. As a submissive and as a man, he’s a delight. He’s quick to learn and eager to please. He has a ready smile, a fit body, and an incomparably beautiful soul. But he needs a mentor, not a lover. I’m pledged to help him find himself. I cannot do that if I self-servingly bend his desires toward me.
What’s your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
I’m told, by well-meaning friends, that my self-denial at times borders on masochism. I suspect there’s a bit more to it than that, but it’s true that I hold myself to an ethical standard that many others do not. Flawed I may be, but I would rather take care in imposing my will on others rather than later discover I’ve caused an unforgiveable result.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I am not, and cannot be, a mind reader. Most dominants I know — the good ones, at any rate — want to provide the best experience for their submissive partners, whether for a single night or a lifetime. Alongside the granting of authority and power comes the expectation of omniscience. I strive to know my submissives, to gauge their moods and their desires, to recognize when they long for more and when they have had enough but fear saying so would disappoint me. But I am not a god. Like any man, I make mistakes. The consequences of an error can be harsh, both emotionally and physically.
What’s your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I fear that Jay, in his vulnerability, will return to the man who hurt him. The urge to belong is a powerful one — and a dangerous one. I am attempting to encourage his independence, but he is beautifully submissive. He yearns to be owned. If I cannot teach him to prioritize his own safety, he will return to a poisonous relationship rather than remain alone.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am delighted. Jay has surpassed all of my expectations. I could not have imagined this joy in my life. But having found it, I am loathe to allow even a minute to slip away.

About You: Questions for the writer.

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can do.
From a flurry of ideas channeled through a ballpoint pen, sweetly erotic literature emerges.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Henry spoke to me. When a character is so insistent about telling his story, it’s impossible to push him aside. He’s a bit unusual for a fictional dominant, and I found his style intriguing.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Becoming His Master was my first chance to write a novel-length piece from Henry’s perspective. “Surprise” might not be the right word, but he astonished me with how deep his caretaking streak runs and how thoughtful he is about the plans he makes for his submissives. Being a good dominant is a lot of work!
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Henry makes me happiest when he’s happiest, which is almost always when he’s guiding someone else toward a better place in their life. He’s very good at seeing problems and working out the necessary steps to surmount them — for others. He’s not as good at turning that perception on himself, and I think he makes me saddest when he denies himself the things he wants.
What do you want to write next?
It’s always such a tough decision! I jot down ideas when they come to me, so by the time I finish one book, I tend to have a pile of ideas for other books waiting. Recently, I’ve been debating whether to follow the same characters for a little bit longer, start following some friends of theirs, or move to a different set of people entirely — ones who’ve been waiting a while for their turn in the spotlight.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Oh, there are half a dozen other characters whose stories I’d like to tell. But the ones most likely to get their own books someday are Henry’s best friend Will and his friends Victor and Emma, the couple who mentored him in dominance and submission. They all have lives I’d like to explore further.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
In a way, all of the Neighborly Affection series books are sequels to Becoming His Master. It’s the first novel chronologically, because it shows us Henry and Jay as their love story began.
RLF Gem 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 31 posts in a 31 day month.
There was a tie for fourth place, and if we had six spots, there would have
three names listed. I’ve noted them as an honorable mention.

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each author!
1. Vicki Batman
2. EM Lynley
3. Keira Andrews
4. Carly Carson
4. MQ Barber
5. Jessica E Subject
Honorable mention: Mary Marvella, Katheryn Lane, and I tied for what would
be sixth place.
Romance Lives Forever features authors and new books. It has a
blogger’s FAQ page with a downloadable guide and optional interviews. Readers
can follow via Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs, Bloglovin’, Linky
Followers, email, an RSS feed, and there’s a blog button readers and authors
can grab. RLF takes up to three images per article, so authors can share
previous books. The blog uses author or publisher names as SEO tags on posts,
and author Twitter handles in the titles. The site is broadcast over Triberr
with a potential reach of over a million readers via its Twitter-linked
network. Twitter mentions are also gathered in several Paper.li ezines, giving
the author additional opportunities for promotion. The Romance Lives Forever
Paper.li ezine
features guest authors on its front page every day.

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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:
Angela Smith, Beth Barany, Elysa Hendricks, JJ DiBenedetto, JoAnne
Myers, Kathy Kulig, Lauren Linwood, Lisa Carlisle, Liza O’Connor, Naomi Bellina,
Nicky Penttila, Rachel Firasek, Romy Gemmell, Susan Mac Nicol, Tina Donahue, Ute
Carbone, Virginia Kelly, VS Nelson
Crossing the Lines 
Title Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection #2)
Genre Contemporary erotic romance
Author M.Q. Barber
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A safeword
won’t save her from love.
After six
months of cavorting in her neighbors’ bed, Alice admits signing the contract to be Henry’s
sexual submissive is the best decision she’s ever made. He delivers on his promise
to give her sexual satisfaction. But submitting to his dominance alongside his long-term
lover shows her the sharp line between sex and love. Henry loves goofy, eager-to-please
Jay. Neither man has promised to love her.
Hiding her feelings
grows harder every night she spends with them. As they struggle with wounds old
and new, her emotional turmoil threatens to shred their arrangement. Is it time
to bow out before they show her the door? Or can a triangle be the shape of true
love?

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Interview with Alice Colvin

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want to stop wanting Henry and Jay so much. Not the sex – the
sex is great. But it’s all arranged, and I’m supposed to follow the rules Henry
and I agreed to in our D/s contract. Lately, it just hasn’t been enough for me.
I see the way Henry treats Jay and I know it’s something more for them. I’m just
not sure – I mean, maybe I’m ready for that too. But I can’t have it, not if it
means taking something away from Jay.
What’s your internal limitation?
Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need
to do during this story?
I need to break things off with Henry and Jay. Or I need to submit
more fully to Henry’s dominance and trust he knows what’s best. It’s hard to know
which is the right choice. If I just had more data sets to work with, or if I knew
the materials – see, metals and plastics are easy. They work in predictable ways.
When I design something at work, I have all of the early tests in front of me, I
know the tolerances, I understand the shapes and how they function. But people?
People are tough. They don’t make sense. Henry and Jay are a happy couple. I don’t
know what I’m doing with them. I don’t know where I fit or what my function is –
or when it’ll come to an end.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
That I’m stealing something that isn’t mine. Our arrangement
is set up so I submit to whatever Henry wants from me every other Friday. It’s just
sex, right? Super-satisfying, okay, and I’m learning things about myself and what
I like that I never would’ve known if I’d turned Henry down, but it’s strictly a
sex thing. Henry tells me I need to be honest with him, that a D/s agreement can’t
function without honesty, but how do I tell him that I have all this emotional junk
in my head when I agreed to the sex-only thing in the first place? Henry and Jay
are my best friends. I won’t ruin their relationship.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
What, you mean Henry and Jay? They’re the significant people
in my life, and they’re fantastic. Henry makes me forget fears and doubts. When
I hand control over to him, I’m free. And Jay is such a sweetheart. He makes me
laugh when I need it. But you shouldn’t depend on other people to make living worthwhile.
You have to make that happen yourself. People change. They leave. Life is what it
is. You have to be able to go it alone.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I learned a hard lesson that I’m still struggling
with. But I’m happy where I am now. I wouldn’t trade what I have for anything. I
just wish I hadn’t gotten what I wanted quite the way I did.

About You: Questions for the writer.

Playing the Game 

Why do you write?
Characters talk to me. Wherever I am, there’s a story going on
in my head. If I don’t write it down, it just goes ’round and ’round like a song
on repeat. Writing is how I keep insanity at bay.
What other character from
this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Two characters who show up briefly in Crossing the Lines have
been nagging me to tell their stories. They’re each struggling with painful emotions
that weigh them down. Both would like me to write about the happiest times in their
lives. The woman thinks hers are behind her. The man hopes his are ahead of him.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
Yes. Henry, Jay, and Alice weren’t quite done with me yet. Their
story will continue in June with the third book in the Neighborly Affection series,
Healing the Wounds.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
Thanks so much for inviting Henry, Jay, and Alice into your life!
I love being able to share their stories with you. If you want to tell me how I
did – good or bad – please email me or come visit me on social media. I’m always
thrilled to chat with readers.

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