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Read the new book The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner@JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseJ Arlene Culiner, 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.

Hello, Kayelle. Thanks for inviting me to be here, on your blog. The Turkish Affair takes place on an archaeological site in a dangerous part of Turkey.

When archaeologist Renaud Townsend discovers translator Anne Pierson wandering around the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu outside of official hours, his interest is aroused. He likes the way she moves, the swing of her hair, and the tilt of her eyes. But priceless artifacts have been disappearing, and he knows he shouldn’t be attracted to a woman he knows nothing about.

Anne Pierson has been hiding her past for years, moving from one country to the next. Now settled in Turkey and working as a translator, she has given up dreams of romance — what man would be interested in a woman once notorious for her extra-marital affair with an embezzler? But after meeting Renaud Townsend, all thoughts of self-preservation vanish. Her fingers long to reach out, caress the hardness of his chest, and the lazy tones of his voice turn her butter soft.

But no matter how strong the attraction between Renaud and Anne, a short fling is out of the question. Here, in eastern Turkey, the police are corrupt, religion rules daily life, and Anne’s bad reputation can put them both in danger.

The Turkish Affair by J Arlene Culiner

Genre : Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Sensual

Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger

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

I mainly write Small Town Romance and Romantic Suspense, but I also write unromantic mysteries, and non-fiction history and biography.

How do you come up with ideas?…

I’m often inspired by a view, but usually a story slowly takes shape in my mind, Most of the time, I have no idea where it comes from or when it will grow into a complete tale.

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

The excitement of working on the second and third drafts, because I now refine the language, develop the characters, and enlarge the scenes. It’s the most interesting part of writing.

When did you write your first book?…

Like many writers, I wrote my first book when I was very young — perhaps fourteen or fifteen. I have no idea if it was any good, because my mother threw the manuscript in the garbage when I was away at summer camp.

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Leather or lace? Definitely lace.

Black or red? Both are wonderful

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? If I have a choice, I’d prefer those heavy old linen sheets from a hundred years ago. They are collector’s items, and I have a whole stack of them. They are just wonderful to sleep in.

Ocean or mountains? Neither. Give me a flat plain or a desert, and I’m in seventh heaven.

City life or country life? Country life. I hate cities.

Party life or evening at home? An evening at home. At parties, I keep looking at my watch, wondering when I can leave.

Dogs or cats? Both, please.

Where to buy The Turkish Affair

Publisher The Wild Rose Press https://www.thewildrosepress.com/authors/j-arlene-culiner
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0823B18Z3/
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iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-turkish-affair
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J Arlene Culiner Social Media

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.
Website http://www.j-arleneculiner.com
Blog http://j-arleneculiner.over-blog.com
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/jarleneculiner-quirky-romances
Sound Cloud Storytelling Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/j-arlene-culiner

 

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
Amazon https://goo.gl/GOhbrm
Amazon CA http://goo.gl/OQoyKI
Barnes and Noble http://goo.gl/pajgic
Books a Million http://goo.gl/FqvCzl
Kobo https://goo.gl/ZjVJJ2
Penguin-Random House Canada http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/536535/passionate-pursuit – 9781601835918 http://goo.gl/WsuyMm
Fantastic Fiction http://goo.gl/uAlGdE

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.
Website http://tinadonahuebooks.blogspot.com/
Blog http://tinadonahuebooks.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/tinadonahue
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DonahueTina1/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/authortina/my-books/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/146988.Tina_Donahue
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Donahue/e/B001IZPJXO
Newsletter http://tinadonahuebooks.blogspot.com/p/newsletter.html
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tinadonahuebooks/
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tina-donahue

 

The Duke She Despised by Alina K Field (Winter Wishes Regency Holiday Romance Anthology) @AlinaKField #RLFblog #RegencyRomance #ReadaRegencyAlina K Field, 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.

The Duke She Despised by Alina K Field, in the Winter Wishes Regency Holiday Romance Anthology

Genre Regency Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

The new Duke of Kinmarty has lost everyone who mattered and gained naught but a title, and debt, and an old pile of a castle. When a fetching new housekeeper appears on his doorstep frantic to ready the place for the Yuletide, he seizes the chance for a respite from grieving and pretends to be the new duke’s estate factor.

With her cousin’s children due to arrive from India, a vicar’s widow hides her identity and takes a position as housekeeper to the children’s dreadful uncle, the man who years ago sabotaged her own chance for happiness. Overwhelmed by a castle understaffed and in disarray, she forges a bond with the new duke’s charming but not very competent factor, not knowing that he’s hiding something as well.

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

I write contemporary romance as well as Regency and Georgian romance.

How do you come up with ideas?

Reading history books and blogs spurs my muse.

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

Making sure the character’s motivation is logical and on the page.

When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book in 2010.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? I like both!
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? I like both.
Party life or evening at home? Evening at home.
Dogs or cats? I have both!

Where to buy Winter Wishes: A Regency Holiday Romance Anthology

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VDFWHJ4
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-wishes-cheryl-bolen/1132526378
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/winter-wishes/id1473205043
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/winter-wishes-9
Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Cheryl_Bolen_Winter_Wishes

Alina K Field Social Media

Award winning author Alina K Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but her true passion is the much happier world of romance fiction. Though her roots are in the Midwestern U.S., after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband, her spunky, blonde, rescued terrier, and the blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.
She is the author of several Regency romances, including the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner, Rosalyn’s Ring. She is hard at work on her next series of Regency romances, but loves to hear from readers!
Website https://alinakfield.com/
Blog https://alinakfield.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/AlinaKField
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alinakfield
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/alinakf/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7173518.Alina_K_Field
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alina-K.-Field/e/B00DZHWOKY
Newsletter https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/z6q6e3

 

Read the new No Good Without You by Emma Ames @EmmaAmes11 #RLFblog #sweetromanceWelcome 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.

No Good Without You by Emma Ames

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Swan Malone never imagined leaving Sparrow, Texas, but when her college cheerleading gig leads to fame, and her first film becomes the top-grossing movie of the year, she realizes dreams really do come true. However, not everything in her life is as good as a fairytale.

Nothing could have prepared Army Sergeant Teague Shanahan for what he endured while held hostage in enemy hands. Battered and scarred, he returns home hoping to put his life back together but finds he’s still a prisoner of his past–too broken to be fixed, even by the woman he loves.

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

Contemporary romance and romantic mysteries with a kick of humor.

How do you come up with ideas?

Everywhere from something I hear in a doctor’s office to a picture on a magazine.

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

The expected answer here is editing. However, I think every part is equally important. Without an idea–no book. Without a plot–no story. Without a good cover, title, and opening line–no interest. Without a good story–no readers.

When did you write your first book?

I’m just getting started in the ‘sweet’ romance department. No Good Without You is my first book, which is a ‘cleaner, sweeter, version of Ann Everett’s steamy romances.

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Leather or lace? Leather

Black or red? Black

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? Country

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home.

Dogs or cats? Cats

Where to buy No Good Without You

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X1ZWDD5

Emma Ames Social Media

Emma Ames is an alter-ego of Ann Everett who is an alter-ego of a real person. All three live in Texas. Emma’s books are sweeter versions of Ann Everett’s steamy romances/mysteries. They contain no graphic love scenes or language and always end with happily ever after.
To find out more about Emma, visit Ann Everett’s website listed below. Hopefully, by the time this is posted, Emma will have her own page there–fingers crossed.
Website https://www.anneverett.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/EmmaAmes11
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/author/emmaames

 

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
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1475431717
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.
Website https://www.auroraspringer.org
Blog https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/AuroraSpringer
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuroraSpringerNovels
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8197461.Aurora_Springer
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Springer/e/B00K2C4NL8
Newsletter https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/g5c1c9

 

Read the new Sommerville Days by Vicki Batman @VickiBatman #RLFblog #smalltownromanceVicki Batman, 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.

Sommerville days by Vicki Batman

Genre: small town romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Love blossoms in the small town of Sommerville in these heartwarming tales, filled with fun and forever possibilities.

Store Wars: The competition is heating up when Janie’s old flame returns to town and is running his family’s store. Could following dreams break her heart?

Raving Beauty: What if the love of your life was in front of you all along?

San Diego or Bust: When a young woman plans a romantic getaway with her boyfriend, disaster strikes—is her Mr. Right the right Mr. Right?

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

Not technically. Even though I classified the stories in Sommerville days as small town romance, they are also romantic comedies. I write romantic comedy mysteries, too.

How do you come up with ideas?…

Lordy, stuff just smacks me sometimes, especially when people say crazy things. Once, I answered a question for an author interview–“what are two things no one knows about you.” And the answer/confession? I was Miss Oak Lawn Moped.

Way back when, my college friend owned a moped shop. We went to a party with my roommate, and after a few margaritas, he asked me to represent his store in a beauty contest. I blame the margaritas. I was weak and said yes.

So, when two writer friends saw my answer about being Miss Oak Lawn Moped, they said I should write a story which I did and titled it “Raving Beauty.”

BTW, the other answer? I am in a music video. LOLOL. I used to tell the boys I bet none of their moms were in a music video.

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

Just writing. I have too much fun making up stuff.

When did you write your first book?…

My first book, Temporarily Employed, was started in the spring of 2003. I’d been traveling with girlfriends, and on the way home, one wanted to play car games to break the monotony. Mostly, we had to answer crazy questions, for example, pick one—Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdink. Then, she asked, “Write the opening paragraph of a book using the word window?”

My friend knew I had an urge to write. But to answer her question? I had nothing as I was fearful I would sound stupid. I got the okay to send an email with my answer. Her question bugged me. One day, I sat down and wrote eight chapters. I showed my friend who told me to keep going. I did.

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Leather or lace? Leather handbags

Black or red? I love red but wear black.

Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Cotton

Ocean or mountains? Mountains

City life or country life? City life!

Party life or evening at home? Evening at home

Dogs or cats? Both!

Where to buy Sommerville Days

Publisher: VLMBatman
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V4NPYFP/
KU: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V4NPYFP/

Vicki Batman Social Media

Vicki Batman has sold many romantic comedy works to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two humorous romantic mysteries. Along the way, she has picked up awards and bestsellers. Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html/
Blog: http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vicki-Batman-sassy-writer-of-sexy-and-funny-fiction-133506590074451/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.Vicki_Batman/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman/
Newsletter: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/vicki-batman/

 

 
 
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