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Tag Archives: Paranormal Romance

Denyse’ Bridger
A few years ago I released a book called Royal Consort. It was
a fun title, and combined my love of fantasy with my love of romance with an erotic
touch. Somehow, I never found the right publisher for the book, and it just sort
of died. Back in January, I requested return of the book, and it has since undergone
a major revision to become book one in a trilogy. The Triad of PowerFirst Quest
was released December 22, 2013. I’m really enjoying this story now that’s it’s been
revised and edited, and leading to two more adventures. I hope you enjoy a peek
at it, too!

Triad of Power: First Quest

During the time before the Great Forbidding was created, it was
believed the defiance of the Renegades could be contained. To that end, the Council
of Power called upon their Ancient Gods for assistance. In response, the Gods ordered
creation of the Triad of Power–three swords, each one imbued with the essence of
a gift unique to those who would wield the weapons as the Guardians of Foress. Like
all magic, each crafted blade contained the driving sorcery of its creator–not all
wizards are immune to the weaknesses of men, and within the Triad, conflict itself
was bred without conscious intent or knowledge. So begins the legend, and the epic
fantasy of the Triad of Power.

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A Hunter’s Passion 
Gwen Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, A Hunter’s Passion.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Cover artist: Harlequin
Length: 55 pages
Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down–and
eliminating–creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him
questioning everything he’s ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch,
but she’s also the only woman Ryker has ever loved.
Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him
from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when
he tracks her down, it’s clear the desire between them burns as hot as
ever–and that they’ll have to walk through the flames to be together….
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?

Jenna Sinclair is a 25 year old librarian and witch. Ryker
Bennett is 27 and a paranormal hunter.

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Interview

What inspired you to write
this book?
Ryker was the inspiration behind this book. I had this image
in my head of a phone ringing and when he leaned over to check, it had a name on
the screen. That name was Jenna’s, a former lover of his. I knew his duty would
be to track her down and eliminate her, and from there it simply spiraled into this
rich universe that I can’t wait to expand on.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
I think the readers will like Ryker the most. He’s a man that
is about to forswear his duty for a woman that abandoned him. Like all of us, he
needs to deal with his emotions and decide for himself what is right and wrong.
Why do you write?
I’ve always loved telling stories. I love creating lush universes
that enrapture the reader. To see them become so connected to something of your
creation is amazing.
Who has helped you the
most in your career as an author?
My husband has helped me the most. I’ve known him since I was
13 and he’s been with me every step of the way.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
Candy, oddly enough. Need a little sugary inspiration.
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
Depends on the season. I live in northern Canada, so the weather makes a difference.
In the summers we spend our time rafting, camping, and hiking. In the winter, I
love to crochet (need scarves and hats to keep warm!). And of course reading is
a year round hobby.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I think I’m a little of both. For me, it usually begins as one
scene or one specific image that I can’t get out of my head and then I fill in the
blanks from there when writing. Recently, I’ve begun to put together chapter layouts,
if only for a little organization.
What’s your writing schedule
like?
I tend to feel more creative in the morning before work when
I’m fresh-faced. My dreams are often inspiration for me, so I like to get it down
before I forget. Usually before bed, I’ll crank out a few pages as well. I’ve been
known to jot some things down while on break at work too.
What other jobs have you
held besides writing?
I’ve done retail while getting through school. After graduation,
I’ve worked in the field of archaeology, and currently, I am a mapping technician.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
Just this Christmas I received a set of focus crystals. I’d been
having trouble focusing on my writing and I just thought it was an incredibly insightful
gift.
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
While driving I need to listen to upbeat music. Anything that
I can bebop to while singing at the top of my lungs (my poor husband!). As for writing,
I need instrumental music. My playlists for that range from Epic Score to Yiruma.
Do you play any musical
instruments?
Growing up I played the saxophone. Whether or not I could do
so again, I haven’t a clue.
What’s your favorite movie?
Gwen Knight
Oh boy. This one is going to be a touch embarrassing. I’m a Disney
fanatic. I watch them before bed most nights. And my favorite is Aladdin.
Are you the eldest, middle,
baby, or only child?
I’m the baby with an older brother by 2.5 years.

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Valentine’s Wishes 
Title Valentine Wishes
Genre Fantasy Romance
Author Name Daisy Banks
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Full of good intentions the novice fairy Poppy grants her first
big wish at a Valentine’s Day party. The wish to bring her mortals love is powerful
but misses its target and lands in the party punch. All three of her sweet mortal
girls take just a sip and each one falls for the wrong man. There hasn’t been a
fairy disaster this bad in centuries and Poppy has no idea how to put things right.
Add to the catastrophe the arrival of Cedar Heartwood, the fairy of her dreams,
who drinks the punch too, and Poppy’s dilemma grows. Cedar loves her in ways she’s
only dreamed about. Should she take back the wish from both the mortals and the
fairy she adores? She must step with care or lose everything.

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Interview with the fairy Poppy from Valentine Wishes.

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
At the beginning of the story there are two things I want most.
One is to help my mortals, so I will have good things to tell from my fly about
when I go back to the fairy court. The other thing, the most important thing, is
a secret only I know. I want Cedar Heartwood all to myself. I adore him. I left
the fairy court to try to get over him, but even after so long away; he is still
the fairy of my dreams. He is gorgeous, I mean it, and you would faint if you saw
him. Well, yes, I expect you would, as he is a fairy with fabulous wings.
While I lived at the fairy court, I wanted him so much I used
to get stomachache. Whenever I saw him I used to go all dizzy, tongue-tied and…
Well, you get the idea. Doing fly about was hard but I found my three girls and
they are great fun, despite all that, I still want Cedar.
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?
The odd thing is, as a fairy all I need to do is grant wishes,
it’s my job. My girls aren’t very good at asking though, they just don’t say the
‘I wish’ words. I help them with little wishes like keeping the oven clean, but
big wishes are different.
There are lots of things I try to do, but mostly my problem is
I’m ever so clumsy. I don’t mean to be, but I am. I bump into things or drop things
all the time. I don’t think I’m very clever either. Other fairies seem to know a
lot more than me. They used to laugh at me all the time when I was at the court.
Daisy, my writer, she did her best, poor girl, but even she couldn’t make me get
the big wish right.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
I suppose the problem is caused by me not trusting myself to
grant wishes properly. I have to say it is very hard to trust yourself with something
as special as a love wish when your track record with magic is like mine. Please,
don’t laugh.
How would you feel if you turned your brother blue? The color
wouldn’t wash off and I had to look at him for days while it faded. He looked awful
and so many other fairies laughing didn’t help at all. Even worse than a blue Yew,
when the girls…Oh my, I can’t bear to think about it. I won’t tell you any more
about the bad things. I try not to think of them.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
At the beginning of the story, I was very frightened that if
I went back to the fairy court and I didn’t have some good news about helping my
mortals, I could be banished to a Christmas tree for years. I can’t tell you how
horrible it would be to have to spend most of the year in a box, and then when someone
gets you out and dusts you off they shove prickly pine twigs up the back of your
skirt. What a nightmare!
By the end of the story, my fears became very different. You’d
be astonished how something so simple can be very special and change everything
in the whole world. I’m not going to say too much about this or Daisy will be cross.
People will want to read the story to find out.
There Daisy, I remembered.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
For years, as long as I can remember I have loved Cedar Heartwood,
the most wonderful, beautiful, clever, gorgeous, sexy, delicious fairy that has
ever flown or ever will fly. He is so special. I did fly about because of him though.
I left the fairy court and went to find experiences in the world of mortals. You
see he is so marvelous and I never ever thought he’d even look at someone as clumsy
and silly as me.
I couldn’t believe it when he arrived in my garden. I went all
jellified. Things got really complicated once he turned up.
Daisy is looking cross, so I’d better not say anymore. I know
you’re all going to love Cedar too. I can’t think of anyone who couldn’t love someone
like him.
What would that person
say about you?
Cedar says I have a very pretty freckle shaped like a tulip,
just by the side of my mouth. I think it’s a horrid freckle, but he likes it. He
also says it’s easy to get too involved with mortals. I think he’s wrong about that.
One of the reasons fairies do what they do is because of mortals. I love my mortals,
they are fun and I like helping them. My girls are so sweet. They have a beautiful
garden with lights and flowers in pots, and herbs too. I enjoyed being one of the
girls. Cedar would probably say I go inside too much, he thinks it’s dangerous.
There is the nasty net curtain at the windows but if I’m careful, it’s not a problem.
My mortals don’t have a cat, so where’s the danger?
What is your family like?
My parents don’t live at the fairy court any more though they
did at one time. They moved to an orchard in Worcestershire, to work helping some
mortals grow apples. My brother, Yew, he’s really good looking, except when he’s
blue. He is a courtier, he loves all the gossip, the parties, dancing and … Ah,
I won’t say anything about the other things at the court. Yew and Cedar are friends,
that’s how I got to see Cedar so often when I was at the court. I used to watch
him and daydream all kinds of things.
I didn’t tell Yew how much I wanted Cedar. My brother would probably
have laughed at me because Cedar had so many fairies he could pick to share a bargain
with him. They followed him around, a gaggle of them, all doing things to make him
notice them. I couldn’t do the things they did. If I tried to make mini butterflies
all cling to me as my dress, I can guess what might have happened. I’d have had
lots of fairies laughing at me.
I didn’t enjoy the fashions at the court, some of them were silly,
three flowers and a weed, you try making an attractive outfit out of that.
There is a word for what I think about the court; I’ll have to
ask Daisy, I think she’ll know. Anyway, I didn’t like the court because it was superficial,
that’s the word according to Daisy. I was glad to go on fly about to get away from
all of it but the thing that made me go was Cedar. I couldn’t bear watching him
and wanting him the way I did. I thought it would be better to go from the court
and try to forget, if I could. I did miss him. I missed him every day. He was always
in my head.
What special skills do
you rely on?
Flying and magic. I love flying and flying with Cedar is the
best thing ever. I love granting wishes because it is so exciting. I love watching
the wishes work, when they go right.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am thrilled with the way my story ends. Don’t let her know,
but I think Daisy could have done a bit more writing to be truthful. I mean, it
wouldn’t have broken the computer to add another couple of chapters. I was having
such a good time and so were my mortals. I have to be very careful what I say here
as Daisy has just come in and she is staring at me. Her eyes go all pointy at the
edges when she gets cross. I’ve told her she’ll get wrinkles but she doesn’t seem
to care.
Anyway, I loved the ending to my story and so did my mortals.
There were a few hiccups along the way to get to there, but I think it was worth
it.

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You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
I’m an obsessive writer who loves to write. A new story is a
thrill to work on and I want readers to have the best time reading my stories.
Why did you choose to
write about this character?
I have loved fairy stories since I was a very small child. To
write an adult fairy tale, with fairies with adult motivations felt very natural.
Poppy is rather an accident-prone fairy, but I couldn’t help become fond of her.
She tries so hard.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Yes, Poppy’s lack of faith in herself and her magic did surprise
me. I’d assumed she’d realize how beautiful and magical she is, but she doesn’t
seem to have any idea at all. I thought she’d understand that despite the odd accident
here and there, she is an incredible fairy, but she struggled so hard to see that
in herself. Her sense of self worth needed a lot of work. I have to say working
with a fairy with such low self-esteem proved troublesome some days.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Poppy is happiest when she is helping the mortals and her wishes
work. I felt happy when she did. She is such a caring fairy. When the big wish went
wrong, I could have cried for her. Poor Poppy was desperate. When Cedar arrived,
I didn’t have much hope things would improve. The magic made a big difference.
Why do you write?
That question is a bit like asking why I breathe. I write because
I must. I know that may sound rather odd but it’s the way it is for me at present.
I work on my writing in one way or another every day. I write because there are
stories in my head demanding to come out. My writing, as it allows me to use my
imagination and create, is a pleasure for me. I like working in a range of genres
and finding my way in them. I love reading too and if I am not writing then I am
reading. I learn from reading too. I hope in ten years time I will still be reading,
learning and writing.
What do you want to write
next?
I have a new historical that is about half way done. I also have
an idea for another. I have just finished the sequel to my story Timeless, and will
be submitting that before the end of February. There is a third part to that story
too.
Are any sequels planned
for this book?
At present, I am not planning a sequel to this book. I may write
another fairy tale in the future but I’m not certain. I’d like to explore the darker
side of fairy.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your readers?
I’d like to say a big thank you to them for taking the time to
read my stories. I love it when I hear back from people who have enjoyed a story.

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Romance author Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy novels in
the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. Daisy uses a fresh and lyrical voice
to weave a compelling and magical spell for readers.

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Love Entwined 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Danita Minnis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Amelie’s goal is the top of the jewelry
designing world. Her orderly life comes undone when jewelry tycoon Roman steals
her away on assignment to a remote English estate. He wants Amelie all to himself
but St. Clair Manor’s ghost has waited for her much longer than he has.
An unseen gunman takes a shot at Roman
and he blames a business rival. But Amelie and Roman are to blame, for falling in
love 200 years before in a time neither of them remember.
From the heartbreak of pre-Revolutionary
France
to modern day corporate wars, Amelie and Roman uncover a history of blood jewels,
lust and demons.
When Amelie discovers her inner witch
she learns the real reason she was summoned to St. Clair Manor. Il Dragone will
kill to get her back. Amelie will kill if they do.

Interview with Roman Cardiff

What is it that you want,
but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I call it Amelie. She wants me, I know she does, but her inner
demons won’t let go. I’m taking her to Yorkshire
where there won’t be an office full of people for her to hide behind. Just me, her
and about fifty bedrooms. Of course, I’m not a sadist; I’ll give her a running start
and wait until she’s more comfortable with her conscience.
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?
All things point to Amelie being in league with my business rivals,
the Garamonde family. I sued them last year for patent infringement and now it seems
they’ve enlisted Amelie to take more of my jewelry designs. Am I mad for wanting
this thief? I might be, but then you haven’t seen Amelie. I start out to ruin her
rising jewelry designing career and then … well, you’ll have to see how it goes.
I’m just a man after all and her curves are hotter than Hades.
What inner doubt causes
you the most difficulty?
I must say I have always been a warrior of sorts. I’m a practical
man and never would have thought I was a Roman warrior when I first met Amelie.
We were sworn enemies back then, not much has changed in that regard. Add il Dragone
demons to the mix and I’m struggling to remember what they are, what they want with
my family. It’s frustrating, how does a flesh and blood man fight demons? If only
I could remember.
What’s your external complication?
In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I didn’t have a fear until I met Amelie. Now that I know what
we meant to each other in the past, I know why we’ve met again. I am beginning to
realize a new fear: the Cardiff
legacy of lust, murder and blood jewels and what will happen if I can’t stop the
cycle in this lifetime.
Tell us about your significant
other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Amelie thinks she is all business on the way to the top of the
designing world. I have to laugh at that. Oh, she’s an excellent designer, number
two, after me, but that’s not all there is to life. When I get her out of that suit
and, say, into the secluded hills of Yorkshire,
she comes alive. Not only is her temper French but so is her inner witch. I don’t
think I will let her go home to the states.
What would that person
say about you?
Amelie would call me a playboy and rightfully so, but at least
I know how to have fun. As a matter of fact, I remember a particularly fun swim
session we had one late night. She tried to hit me with a beach ball. She paid for
that. Let’s just say it got me a bit closer to my goal, breaking down that barrier
she holds up against men.
What is your family like?
There is a tragic story. My mother died giving birth to my still
born sister. After that, my father lost himself in the business of running Cardiff
Jewels. When he died, I took over and everyone thought it would be a disaster. I
am here to tell you that a playboy can run a business and run it well. Just look
at my numbers. I have no competition. And, would someone please tell me why I’m
expected to get married just because I’m thirty-four years old and the head of Cardiff
Jewels? I know, all you mothers out there are saying; it the money, you need some
heirs. In good time. For now, what is wrong with loving women, and loving them well?
Ah, this question is for the men out there. I already know what the mothers think,
thank you.
What special skills do
you rely on?
I am a wicked businessman, born with the talent to design jewelry
that woman will give their all for (and have). I am not boasting, I don’t boast.
I deliver. Did I mention my silver tongue?
If someone from your past
showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
There is a question. I wouldn’t want it to be the High Priestess,
that snake charmer who I seduced one night in the Roman camps. The one who wants
my soul, the one who summons the preternatural enemy of the Cardiff family, the oldest demon who all il Dragone
serves. There is just one problem with keeping the High Priestess away; Amelie is
the High Priestess reincarnated.
Are you happy with the
way your story ended? Why or why not?
Is it over? Read it and let me know what you think.

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You have the length of
a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let’s see what you can
do.
Paranormal romancer living in the wrong era. I’m more comfortable
around witches, soothsayers and ancient demons to conquer.
Why did you choose to
write about this character?
Roman Cardiff literally came to me in a dream and would not go
away. After three weeks of what I can only describe as my muse trying to get my
attention in a very busy, real world, I succumbed.
Was there anything you
discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I always knew Roman Cardiff was a powerful man. What I didn’t
realize was his family’s connection to an ancient demon. As the story unfolded,
it was clear Roman is not just an ordinary man, he is a Warrior of Light.
When you wrote about this
character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Excited about Roman Cardiff’s jewelry empire and how it came
about from a dream his ancestor had two hundred years before. As that ancestor is
an important part of the story, it was that much more exciting to see Roman at the
top of the game.
It was sad for me to write Roman and Amelie’s tragic past life
love story. It hurt as the truth does. I love these two and thought they’d been
through enough over several lifetimes, but that’s life.
Why do you write?
Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating worlds. I can’t stop
writing.
What do you want to write
next?
I have a family who is bugging me. They have a ghost who lives
with them and keeps interfering in their lives. They love the ghost, he loves one
of their daughters and will leave only if she comes with him. That’s what they need
my help with so far. More to come!

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Author Bio

Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that
all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance.
She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff
Novels, a series about one family’s trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts
and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the
Cardiff series,
which introduces the Cardiffs’ connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover
of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups – especially Siberian Huskies.
When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son’s soccer matches and
their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it’s easier on the stomach to
scream your way down a roller coaster.

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Kristar 
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and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.
Today’s featured book is Kristar a Mainstream Fantasy Romance by D Renee Bagby.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Destined lovers don’t always have it easier.
Chigaru is captain of the guard and he loves his queen more than
he should. He is loyal to the royal family but knows his desire for one he cannot
have is an issue. He needs a woman who will distract him before he commits treason.
Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. Her life
is perfect except for the shadows of her past catching up with her. She needs to
get away before she becomes a prisoner of her destiny.
Five years ago, Silny enacted a plan to regain her lost memories.
The last piece of the puzzle is Kitty, and Chigaru is the only one who can cross
dimensions to retrieve her. Kitty is not right for his world. Chigaru is not what
she expected. They are soul mates, but knowing that might not be enough to overlook
their pasts for a future together.

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Burdened by Desire 
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author. Today’s featured book is Burdened by Desire, a paranormal romance by JL
Sheppard.
Jocelyn, an Elemental, is stuck between the mortal and immortal
worlds, yet not quite a part of either. Her power over the elements of the Earth
won’t evolve until she meets her mate. Before then she’s an easy prey and a coveted
possession for the Malums Inmortalis who wish to conquer the world.
Alpha werewolf, Landon, has been living with the knowledge his
fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months
he’s forsaken her, refusing to accept his mate because she can never grant him a
much-needed heir for his nearly extinct pack.
Despite his decision Landon finds himself drawn to Jocelyn and
when an attempt is made on her life, he realizes his destiny lies with her. Can
they overcome the long-held prejudices of his kind and defeat their enemies in time
to find what the future holds?
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