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Her Cadillac Cowboy by Rue Allyn @RueAllyn #RLFblog #Contemporary RomanceWelcome 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.

Her Cadillac Cowboy by Rue Allyn

Genre Short Contemporary Romance with Comedic elements
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): Definitely R rated
A rich cowboy with a classic Cadillac—sounds like the stuff of dreams for a small-town Texas girl, right? Wrong! Josh McKinley and his classic car have been Sara Carson’s nightmare since Josh left ten years ago. Now the cowboy and his Caddy are back. Sara must choose between loyalty to her family and love for the one man she shouldn’t want.
Is the key to Sara Carson’s heart the Cadillac that their families have been feuding over for ten years? Or will Josh McKinley have to give up the car he treasures in order to win the woman he loves?

QUICK

Do you write more than one genre? If so, what are they?…
Yes, I also write historical romance (medieval, regency era, and Victorian/western). I’ve done some erotica in the past and while those books are still available, I no longer write to that audience specifically.
How do you come up with ideas?…
I come up with ideas all sorts of ways, but mostly I use ‘What if’. For example “What if a woman wanted to run her family car dealership but her father objects?’ That might be the spark for Her Cadillac Cowboy.
What is the single most important part of writing for you?…
Oh heavens, it’s all important. What do I like most? I like drafting most, where I get to discover the story.
When did you write your first book?…
I wrote my first romance in 1996. It was a really lousy book, so don’t ever expect to see it in print.

FUN

Leather or lace? Leather
Black or red? Red
Satin sheets or smooth cotton? Very smooth cotton
Ocean or mountains? Ocean
City life or country life? Country (but don’t ask me to do the gardening)
Party life or evening at home? Quiet evening at home
Dogs or cats? “Cats rule, dogs drool.”

Where to buy Her Cadillac Cowboy

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Her-Cadillac-Cowboy-Rue-Allyn-ebook/dp/B07MQ25ZLQ/

Amazon Exclusive until mid-June.

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.
Website: https://RueAllyn.com
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Today’s featured book is The French Duchess, a regency era romance by Rue Allyn. In this rollicking Regency novel, a breathless chase through England and France to stop an assassination attempt on Napoleon leads to love.

An Extraordinary Duchess

A non-royal duchess is a rare bird—even more so, an English non-royal duchess. According to Jane Dinsmore “Only twenty-four English dukes exist now.” (https://www.thehistoryvault.co.uk/an-endangered-species-britains-non-royal-duchesses/). Donna Hatch maintains that “no more than forty dukes ever existed,” in England. (http://donnahatch.com/dukes-and-duchesses-in-regency-england/). Due to English laws of primogeniture most of the duchesses associated with those duchies gained their titles by marriage, not inheritance. Dinsmore, in her book Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain, discusses only one, “Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, who inherited the title aged 19, during the turbulence of the Civil War.” History records other duchesses suo jure (in their own right). For example, Eliot Warburton in his Memoirs of Horace Walpole and his contemporaries (Vol. 1, London, 1852 p. 130) states that one of George I’s mistresses was “allowed to assume the style and dignity of the Duchess of Kendal.” Warburton describes the dismay and uproar caused among the peerage at the raising of a German mistress to the highest of non-royal titles. As uncommon as it was for a woman to acquire or inherit the title of Duchess in her own right, it did happen. However, the rarity of such events made them far from ordinary.

An ordinary (if you can apply the term to forty or less women at any given time) English, non-royal duchess is well described by Ms. Hatch.

As a duchess is so high in rank, she, too, was constantly in the limelight either for good or ill, whether or not she wanted to be. A duchess, or any wife of a peer, was expected to throw lavish balls, dinner parties, house parties as well as support charitable organizations and sponsor musicians. And Heaven help her if she wore the same gown in public or failed to have the best, most tasteful gowns, shoes, jewels, gloves, hats! Demands on her time, appearance, and favor probably led to a great deal of stress as she strove to uphold the ideal. The higher the rank, the higher the expectations, and the more subject she was to criticism from the bitter and jealous.

A duchess suo jure would also have to perform the duties of a duke. Attending on the king, running the duchy’s vast estates and managing its finances, arranging for someone to take her seat in the house of lords (which as a woman even a duchess in her own right could not do.) Of course, like most peers of power and privilege a regency era duchess would have managers and overseers to do the actual work, but the duchess’s involvement was essential and took its toll in time and stress added to the activities of a duchess by marriage.

The marriage of a duchess suo jure would have distinct issues. The permission of the crown might be required. During the regency, “Husbands of peeresses acquired an important right from their wives’ peerages. For example, in 1818 Lady Willoughby de Eresby’s husband fulfilled her role as Hereditary Great Chamberlain of England.” (http://laura.chinet.com/html/titles08.html, Laura A. Wallace, 1997). So, a Duchess suo jure did not of necessity lose all authority upon marriage, but she would be relieved of any hereditary duties associated with the title. Even more worrisome could be the selection of an appropriate spouse during the regency. The ideal for any woman would be to marry up, i.e. gain social status, wealth and power by marriage. With so few non-royal duchies, where was a duchess in her own right to find an eligible parti? A king or prince would be higher on the scale but even more scarce than dukes, if one wished to wed an Englishman. Dukes were few and far between. Marquesses and earls were more plentiful, but lower on the social rung. Anything lower, a viscount, a mere lord, a baron, or heaven forbid a commoner, would not be considered. Such were the dilemma’s facing an ordinary duchess.

Marielle Petersham aka Her Grace, Duchess of Stonegreave is not your ordinary English Duchess. She is the fictional heroine of my novel The French Duchess. She is a Duchess suo jure and thereby a member of a very select group of women, both fictional and non. She is a bit of a recluse, due to circumstances in her past not by preference. This reclusiveness sets her aside from the majority of duchesses whose lives were lived in the social spotlight of their day. She takes her ducal duties very seriously, as a suo jure duchess should, but despairs of ever marrying. Partly this despair exists because of who she is—duchess in her own right, and partly because of that circumstance in her past which isolates her and caused her reclusiveness. She is fierce in defense of her family and her nation, going to great lengths to keep both safe. Her determination leads her into some very un-duchess like behavior. Eventually, she weds a second son of a baron without seeking the crown’s permission. Initially, Marielle stands alone in her fight to save family and country against nearly insurmountable odds. That she succeeds is a testament to her strength of will and her willingness to recognize and accept the help that eventually comes her way. On every count, for her time in history, the Duchess of Stonegreave is an extraordinary woman,

I wonder how would you feel if you were elevated to high rank and responsibility?

The French Duchess

In this rollicking Regency novel, a breathless chase through England and France to stop an assassination attempt on Napoleon leads to love.
Like the Englishmen who faced down the French army, the men who love Marielle Petersham, Duchess of Stonegreave, usually die. Hence, the ton has dubbed her the French Duchess. After a particularly notorious indiscretion, Marielle retired from society, determined to immerse herself in good works to wash the stain from her family name for the next generations.
Captain Sir Richard Campion despises his childhood friend for the mess she made of her life, especially since it led to his best friend’s death. But now Richard has been tasked by the Crown to stop a plot to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte that could plunge Europe back into war. Marielle is the one person who holds a clue to the plotters, and so he must seek her out and discover where her loyalties lie, even if it involves a bit of subterfuge.
As they dash through France, determined to head off disaster, old affections begin to reignite. But can they truly trust one another long enough to save the continent?

Genre Regency Era Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (sensual)
Publisher Crimson Romance http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-French-Duchess/Rue-Allyn/9781507206485
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/French-Duchess-Rue-Allyn-ebook/dp/B0746P8MYV/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-french-duchess-rue-allyn/1126839326?ean=9781507206485
Kobo http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-french-duchess
Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rue_Allyn_The_French_Duchess?id=LvQtDwAAQBAJ

Rue Allyn Social Media

When not writing, loving her spouse, or attending writers meetings, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers. She can’t wait to hear from you.

Website http://RueAllyn.com
Blog https://authortravels.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/RueAllyn
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Rue-Allyn/e/B00AUBF3NI/
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Meet Lady Larkin Rosham aka Liar Larkin from The Herald’s Heart by Rue Allyn.

Author Bio

Historical romance author Rue Allyn lives in southeast Michigan with the love of her life and one tyrannical cat, where she works daily on making Happy Ever After come true.

About the Book

Title The Herald’s Heart
Genre Medieval Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Royal herald, Sir Talon Quereste could never love an overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values. Lady Larkin Rosham can only despise a man who would deny her identity and steal her heritage. So why has fate thrown them together to solve the mysteries of the heart?

Introducing Lady Larkin Rosham aka Liar Larkin

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Lady Larkin Rosham aka Liar Larkin
Age:  Twenty three
Gender:  Female
Birthplace:  Rosham Castle, on the coast of Northumbria
Profession:  Carter
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I am of medium height with a slim build. As for the rest, Sir Talon Quereste describes me this way: “She possessed the most beautiful face he’d ever seen. A delicate nose flared in a perfect oval framed with fiery red tresses. Long, dark lashes fluttered over bright, exotically tilted blue eyes. A berry-red mouth formed an O. Ivory satin skin pinked over high cheekbones.
Who is the significant other in your life?
I was married by proxy to the Earl of Hawksedge, Sir Talon’s father, but murder prevented me from every truly becoming the Earl’s wife. Now that I’ve met the son, I can honestly say he fascinates me. However, I have my doubts that he is truly the man for me.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a fairly simple woman, thrust into extraordinary circumstances when my family was murdered by the man I was to marry. I suffered from what is now called hysterical muteness for seven years. When I finally regained my voice no one would believe me when I told them I was Lady Larkin Rosham, Countess Hawksedge. Instead they proclaimed me Liar Larkin for telling a truth that the murdering Earl of Hawksedge did not want to hear.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
There was a time when you would not have been able to hear my voice. Now, I would say that my defining characteristic would be clarity. My voice is a very clear alto and quite soothing when I am not compelled to shout.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly? 
I’ve been living hand to mouth, since I left the abbey where I took shelter during my mute years. The abbess was kind enough to help me find a hut to call home and gave me a cart and horse to use in making a living by running errands for the folk of Hawkingsedge.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I may never be able to convince anyone of the truth that I am Lady Larkin Rosham.
What is your breaking point?
Betrayal. The betrayal of men has caused me no end of pain and anguish, first my proxy-husband, then his son who claimed to believe me then thought me capable of murder.
What would you like to tell your writer?
You should have made Talon believe me sooner. We would not have suffered so much, if you’d given him just a smidgen more faith in me?

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The Top Blogger for this month is Tina Donahue, who 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 Tina Donahue

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not
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to each one!
1 Tina Donahue
2 J Arlene Culiner
3 Rue Allyn
3 Mary E Thompson
4 Milou Koenings
5 Lisa M Owens
Honorable mention: Red
L Jameson

Top Chatters for the Month

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). There can be
up to three winners.

This month’s winner’s are:
1 Red L Jameson
2 Adele Downs
3 Milou Koenings
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This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

Historical romance author Rue Allyn lives in southeast Michigan with the love of her life and one tyrannical cat, where she works daily on making Happy Ever After come true.

Interview with Rue Allyn

Why did you write this book?
I wrote these books because The heroes and heroines of these books are very real to me, and their stories are very dear to my heart.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Historical romance of just about any period.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Difficult to say but at the moment, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m delighted to say I’m working on my first regency romance. In the months after that is completed I hope to be writing more medieval romances and a few set in the American west of the1870s.
Please tell us about your latest book.
There’s danger by day and wild conquest by night when Scottish and English nobles clash in this medieval romance bundle. Don’t miss a moment as these knights in shining armor launch valiant quests and discover love where they least expect it.

About the Book

Title The Knight Chronicles ~ The Complete Collection
Genre Medieval Romance
Author Rue Allyn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Meet Sir Talon Quereste from The Herald’s Heart. 

Author Bio

Historical romance author Rue Allyn lives in southeast Michigan with the love of her life and one tyrannical cat, where she works daily on making Happy Ever After come true.

About the Book

Title The Herald’s Heart
Genre Medieval Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R
Royal herald, Sir Talon Quereste could never love an overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative woman of dubious background who threatens everything he values. Lady Larkin Roshan can only despise a man who would deny her identity and steal her heritage. So why has fate thrown them together to solve the mysteries of the heart?

Introducing Sir Talon Quereste

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Sir Talon Querest
Age:  Twenty six
Gender:  Male
Birthplace:  Hawksedge Keep, on the coast of Northumbria near the Scottish border
Profession:  Royal Herald
Ethnicity/Species (if not human):
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars. I have, according to most women, guinea gold hair and pansy purple eyes. (Snickers) As if any knight would admit to something so effeminate as eyes the color of pansies. My chin is square and my mouth firm-lipped. I’m proud that there’s nothing weak about me, physically or otherwise. I consider myself taller than the average man. Some say I’m too tall. I work hard, so my shoulders are broad, my hips lean, and my legs strong enough to sit a horse from sun up to well past sundown. I’m outside a great deal of the time, so I’m definitely not fair skinned. Is there anything else you’d like to know.
Who is the significant other in your life?
No one until I met Lady Larkin Rosham. She’s overly adventurous, impulsive, argumentative and not at all the sort of woman I imagined I would love.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a complicated man. My origins are not as straightforward as I always believed them to be, but Larkin helped me accept the truth. I get great satisfaction from solving puzzles, as most heralds do, Our service to the king requires that we be able to easily discern truth from lie and make decisions that may affect noble families and the kingdom for years, perhaps centuries, to come.
If we could only hear your voice (but not see you) what characteristic would identify you?
Smoke, definitely smoke. My voice is deep as a man’s ought to be. However, I often spend weeks in the saddle alone so I’ve developed a very soft rasp.
Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly? 
My service to the king allows me to indulge in pleasures and comforts whenever I have time. Sadly that is not as often as I would like. I have hopes that the king will reward me with a significant holding for the singular service I provided him recently
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I might not be as good and honorable as I believe myself to be. My father unjustly repudiated me when I was six just after my mother died. Despite the fact that I have little respect or liking for the man, his rejection has always been the source of self-doubt. I have learned to thank him, because his repudiation spurred me to excel. I might not be quite the same man I am today had it not been for his unjust actions.
What is your breaking point?
Larkin nearly died once. I bargained with God for her life and caused us no end of trouble as a result.
What would you like to tell your writer?
You should have made Larkin more cooperative, less stubborn, and less impulsive. Honestly what were you thinking to have her as the love of my life?

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