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Know the Heroine from Second Chances by Alana Lorens #RLFblog #romantic suspenseAlana Lorens, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your heroine, but first, tell us about the book.

Second Chances by Alana Lorens

Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Inessa Regan gets a pink slip, laid off from her law firm at the age of 42 without prospects, she’s sure her life is over. She hides from the world, until her neighbor brings her a client, a young Iraq war veteran dying of cancer.
Kurt Lowdon only wants to make sure his affairs are in order should the worst happen, but meeting Inessa gives him encouragement on the road to recovery. His quest to help her realize her self-worth leads them into dangers they never expected, as horrors from the war and long-hidden family secrets come back to haunt them.

Know the Heroine from Second Chances

Here are some fun questions to help us know your heroine.
It’s late, she’s bored. What does she do?
Inessa gets lonely at night. She’d dig out some Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and chill with Netflix
What kind of food would she impulse buy if hungry?
Definitely sweets. She’s an ice cream addict, but any chocolate or cookies would do in a pinch.
Describe the kind of clothes she prefers to wear.
She’s been a little overweight for years, so she prefers loose, light, comfortable clothing rather than the suits her law form required her to wear to court.
Does she know how to fix things?
Legally? She’s a family law attorney, so she knows how to fix a lot of people’s problems! Other people, that is. She’s not really great at dealing with her own problems—or anything tech-y.
She tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Inessa noticed that the young woman living in the apartment over her rented office has many bruises and a subdued attitude. She knows that this woman is being battered, and she knows how she can help through legal remedies. But Inessa can’t keep her mouth shut over the indignity and smack-talks the abuser, trying to get him to back off. Unfortunately, it just escalates the situation.
How does she act around children she doesn’t know?
She’s awkward. She’s never had children, and being a child for her was a nightmare, living with a single father who always skipped out on his bills. So she would likely have lollipops in the office to bribe them to behave.
What is she like first thing in the morning?
She hates waking up, but once she’s awake, she can’t lay in bed. She has to get up, get dressed and start doing things.
Can she use chopsticks?
Sure. One at a time. To stab sweet and sour chicken. And dumplings.
Does she drink coffee? If so, how does she take it? If not, what does she drink instead?
There’s nothing better in life than a good cup of coffee with just the right amount of cream and sugar and flavoring.
What apps would she have on her phone?
Rewards programs, and probably an electronic wrist-type tracker which she’d keep resetting because she’d always forget to use it.
Android or iPhone?
Android. She’s not tech-savvy, and just buys something without many bells and whistles.
Earrings or unpierced ears?
Pierced ears, and usually wearing something tasteful. As she begins opening up a little, she uses brighter, danglier earrings to make herself feel pretty
Tattoos or unadorned skin?
No needles!!! No thank you!
Personal vehicle or public transport?
She has a car, several long years old. She doesn’t feel financially secure enough to buy a new one yet.
Recycle or toss?
All good girls recycle, don’t they?
Thanks for helping us get to know your heroine!

Where to buy Second Chances

Barnes and Noble

Alana Lorens Social Media

Alana Lorens always dreamed of being able to handle the drama and intrigue in everyday life. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of seven with a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
Amazon Author Page


Second Chances.

Delaney Diamond, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Second Chances.

Genre: Contemporary Interracial
Publisher: Delaney Diamond
Cover artist: MTheresa Arts
Length: 134 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: Sweet. Sensual. Passionate. Romance.


Renaldo da Silva’s near-perfect life in Brazil comes to a halt when he finds
out about his wife’s betrayal. Now he doesn’t want to have anything to do with her.
But because he needs her help finalizing the biggest deal of his career, he’s forced
to make her a multi-million dollar offer and delay their divorce.
Sabrina da Silva can’t forgive herself after a reckless night
destroys her marriage. She agrees to help her husband and then disappear from his
life for good. But with passion still smoldering between them, it’s not easy for
either to walk away. Will passion be enough to overcome the ultimate test of their
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Renaldo da Silva, 29,
real estate investor
Sabrina da Silva, 27,
financial anaylst


What do you enjoy most
about life?
Spending time with friends and family. One of my mottos is live,
laugh, love! Life is too short to be stressed. Stress can attack you physically,
so I try to live as stress-free as possible and leave negative people and negative
situations behind.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t stress the small stuff! It’s funny how the things that
seemed important to me when I was younger are completely irrelevant now. If only
I’d known then what I know now…
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
Oh yes! For instance, in Second
, Lucélia, the daughter of Renaldo’s cousin, was running around with
a yucca fry offering a bite to people who were over at the house. My niece likes
to “share” her food like that, too, although if you ever took a bite, she’d have
a fit. One day I was over at my sister’s, and my niece kept offering us a bite of
her French fry. She must have had it for a good hour and wouldn’t put it down, and
every now and again she’d walk up to me or someone else in the family and offer
us a bite. My niece is always doing the cutest things (I’m not biased; you’d think
so, too, if you met her).
Which of your books would
you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
Oh, that’s tough, because tastes are so subjective. But since
I have to choose, I’d recommend Private Acts.
It’s one of my most highly rated books. Readers seemed to really like Samirah’s
free spiritedness. I’ve also been told that the descriptions of Cuenca, Ecuador
helped the readers to feel as if they’d been transported to that locale, and the
sex between her and Miguel is smoking.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
Romance, mysteries, thrillers. I also like to read books on the
writing craft, the occasional biography, or books about major events in history.
What do you do to relax?
I cook or watch movies. Netflix rocks!
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
I’d take my Kindle, a bathing suit, underwear, and a couple of
changes of clothes, because my dream vacation will definitely involve a beach somewhere.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
Eat. Yes, I know that’s terrible. Luckily, Netflix keeps me entertained
when I’m not hanging out with friends or doing something else, because staying at
home and being bored is dangerous. I find myself going to the fridge more often
than not.
If you were a color, what
color would you be?
Yellow, which happens to be my favorite color.
Which statement is more
like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything. Pile it full of meat and veggies!
I’m always ready for traveling. I plan to do even more in
the near future.
When I’m alone, I read or watch movies.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a procrastinator. People
are always surprised when I tell them that because they think I’m so organized.
I’m just an organized procrastinator.

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