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Katie Kenyhercz, 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.

Found on Anna Maria Island by Katie Kenyhercz

Found on Anna Maria Island by Katie Kenyhercz @KatieKenyhercz #RLFblog #SportsRomanceGenre Sports Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Tampa Thunder hockey player Lucas Sullivan’s world took a hard check when his parents revealed he had a sister they gave up for adoption when she was born. His mother’s recent health scare brought the truth to light, and a search for the lost Sullivan began. It seems to be one step forward, two steps back, and Lucas is still trying to wrap his head around it all while battling to win the Cup, and he’s so close. To de-stress between games, he heads home to Anna Maria Island every chance he gets, looking for relaxation and peace of mind. What he finds instead is a beautiful, new surf instructor who dekes past his defenses and gets dangerously close to his heart.
Skylar Avery’s sister Scarlet has always been her best friend even though they aren’t biologically sisters. When Scarlet’s search for her birth family hit a wall, she stopped looking. Sky didn’t. Finally, the dots connected and led her to the Sullivan sports dynasty family and their home base, Anna Maria Island. Taking a job as a surf instructor puts her in the right place at the right time to meet middle brother Lucas Sullivan. He’s her ticket to getting to know the whole family so she can decide if they deserve to know Scarlet. One problem: he’s kind of perfect. Without meaning to, she starts to fall for the hockey player. Can their sweet connection survive the truth?
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
Baked mac and cheese with diced red bell pepper and a dash of cayenne.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
I have an unconventional answer to this! I’d say Odd Thomas from Dean Koontz’s book of the same name. Odd is not your typical hero. He’s average in every way except for his ability to see the dead and his epic love for his childhood sweetheart, Stormy. Odd’s romantic devotion is so sweet, and he has such a pure heart. He’s brave but has no problem admitting when he’s afraid. It never stops him from doing the right thing anyway.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I love mysteries and psychological thrillers (Jonathan Kellerman) as well as urban fantasy (Rachel Caine) and comedy (Janet Evanovich)!
What kinds of things do you read when you’re researching a new book?
It depends on the characters! I’ve watched a lot of hockey games, picked through sites on First Nations Canadians, dove into surfing videos, and spent time buried in figure skating books. If my characters have jobs or passions I’m unfamiliar with, I get familiar before I sit down to write!
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Thunderstruck by AC/DC because Luc plays for the Tampa Thunder!

Where to buy Home on Anna Maria Island

Barnes and Noble

Katie Kenyhercz Social Media

Amazon Author Page


Let’s meet Bryce Lowery from City Boy, a new gay hockey romance by AE Wasp. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever.

City Boy by AE Wasp

Genre: Contemporary gay hockey romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self published

Follow the money or follow your heart? Either way, you lose.

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay.

Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce’s dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he’s either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars.

City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)

Introducing Bryce Lowery

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Hockey Player – Center

Ethnicity: White American

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall, even compared to other guys on the team. 6′ 5″ Dakota says I look like the Brawny guy when I have my beard and my hair is long. It’s not completely inaccurate. Sometimes I shave, but I’ve come to like the hair a bit longer. And Dakota likes it, so I keep it. I work out a lot. I have to, it’s part of the job.

Tell us about yourself, please.

There’s not much to tell, I think. I’m the oldest of five. My father left when the twins were babies. I was ten. I was already playing hockey, so I decided that I would be the best hockey player ever and support my family from it. I never wanted them to be poor again. It was all I did. All I’ve ever done. I don’t even have a high school diploma. I got my GED when I started playing professionally at seventeen. Hockey is all I ever did. Until now. Until I met Dakota.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Dakota Ryan. He’s amazing. He saved my life when we met. Well, he says he just changed a tire, but he kept me from going over a cliff in more ways than one. He’s 24. A farmer. A real life farmer. He was adopted from foster care when he was six by this hippie couple and then raised on the farm. I never met his parents. They died when he was sixteen. So about eight years before we met. I can’t believe how strong he is. He survived and thrived. He knows so much more than I do about mostly everything. Except how to have fun and let people take care of him, he just added. He’s reading over my shoulder.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

We live comfortably. I’m not going to lie. I made some good money playing hockey for so long. And Julia – that’s my sister – she’s invested it wisely. But I’m not into a flashy lifestyle. We live in the gorgeous farmhouse on our apple orchard/farm. I do love to surprise people and indulge them. Before me, Dakota hadn’t been anywhere but Colorado. My favorite thing to spend money on is taking him all the places I love. Seeing them aging through his eyes makes them even more special. Sometimes, I’ll take a bunch of people, his sister and his friends, my siblings and the kids and just go somewhere fun.

What is your viewpoint on wealth?

Oh man. Money is what almost made me lose Dakota and this wonderful life we’ve built. Having too much of it can give you a distorted view of what’s important. And getting it from such a young age, you don’t learn how to solve problems. Not everything can be fixed by throwing money at it. That was my knee-jerk reaction, and it drove Dakota crazy.

Now I see it as a tool, a type of energy. I just want to know that everyone I love will never want for anything. I like taking care of them. I like spreading the wealth. We run a foundation and support a lot of organizations. Children in foster care and making sure low-income kids have access to sports are two of our main causes. Not a surprise, I know.

If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?

I’m going to answer these together, because the answer is the same. My dad. I want to see him and I never want to see him again. Considering he’s dead, I won’t ever see him again in this lifetime. I only found out he was dead when I inherited the farm and orchard. (But that’s a whole long story.) I want to ask him how could he do it? How could he have walked away from a wife and kids? From a family who loved and needed him? I’m never be able to understand that. Family is the most important thing – whether it’s your birth family or your chosen family.

Oh, maybe I’d want to meet Dakota’s birth parents, too. At least my dad just left. His parents, well, they weren’t so nice. The state took him away when he was a toddler. I think they’re still alive. Probably best I don’t ever meet them if they want to stay that way.

But yeah. I’d want my father to answer all my questions, but I have a feeling there’s nothing he could ever say to make me understand him.

Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?

Only from myself, apparently. You’d think I would have known I was gay before I was 34 years old. Other people knew, or suspected. Like my ex-wife.

Then when I fell in love with Dakota, I guess it was pretty obvious, even though I was trying to keep it hidden. I think my mom knew when I picked her up from the airport. She claims it was because I talked about him the entire ride home. She says she kept count and that I said the name Dakota forty-seven time in the hour ride. I think she’s exaggerating.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That I’m not good at anything but playing hockey, and that the only thing I have to offer anyone in the world is my ability to earn money doing it. Without hockey, I don’t even know who I am.

AE Wasp Social Media

After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing. A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane.

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Welcome Jennifer Loring author of The Pieces of Us (The Firebird
Trilogy Book 3), a new contemporary sports romance.
Why did you write
this book?
From the time I finished Firebird, I knew Alex’s story was
going to be a trilogy; I just wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to end the
journey of a character that has become so dear to me. I tossed around a couple
of ideas but decided to go with the one I hoped readers were least likely to
expect. Alex gets his HEA, but not in the way you might think. And while some
readers might not like it, it’s where the story needed to go.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
It will probably always be horror, though I do read some
romance (mostly PNR and some historical). I also love non-fiction.
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Two are characters I’ve loved since I was a
teenager—Irrylath from The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce and Zach
from Poppy Z. Brite’s Drawing Blood. I also adore Constantine from Robin
McKinley’s Sunshine. Two out of three are vampires, so I guess that says a lot
about me. J
What are you working
on at the moment?
A paranormal romance novella for After Glows Publishing and an
outline for a narrative game/interactive novel. I wasn’t going to work on a
novel-length project again until 2018, but I couldn’t resist the urge to
re-start the PNR novel I initially researched and outlined over a year ago. The
plot finally came together after a few false starts, and I’m excited about
writing it again.
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
April brings the fairy tale anthology Forest Seclusion,
featuring my transgender romantic fantasy story “If Only You Were Someone
Else,” from Supposed Crimes, and the first Erotikós anthology—containing
two of my erotic horror short stories—from DarkFuse. In May, I’ll be in a
contemporary romance anthology called Craving: Bad with a new Firebird short
story, and in August, I’ll appear in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales from the
Lake vol. 4. In October, I’ll have a novella in After Glows Publishing’s Hidden
Demons paranormal romance anthology. I still have quite a few short stories,
novellas, and novelettes submitted to various publishers, so hopefully this
list will be updating soon!
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre: contemporary/sports romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Aleksandr Volynsky thinks he’s experienced the worst life
can throw at him, until the most devastating loss leaves him questioning
One year later, Alex and his daughter, Anya, are still
picking up the pieces. In the process, he realizes how far apart their mutual
grief has driven them and how lonely he has become—especially when the Buffalo
Gladiators’ beautiful anthemist, Hannah Kent, finally introduces herself.
Anya Volynsky is a high-school senior with plans—her father’s
plans—to become the first woman on a professional hockey team’s starting
But Anya is toying with the idea of staying in Buffalo and
caring for her father rather than accept a scholarship to play hockey at Boston
College. Her decision becomes even more difficult when she meets her school’s
new athletic trainer, Lucas Donovan. Their experience with similar losses draws
them together, and soon their friendship blossoms into a forbidden love that
neither of them expected.
With lives torn apart by sorrow, Alex and Anya try to
restore their bond, but it’s not that easy…
Alex’s attraction to Hannah keeps
growing stronger, and he needs to decide if he’s ready to overcome his pain—but
also if he’s willing to do it without Anya’s approval. Anya, on the other hand,
is headed for trouble, and while Alex tries to do the right thing in order to
protect her, all he manages to do is push her further away.
Can Alex and Anya find the courage to pick up the broken
pieces of their lives, or will the heartache of the past ruin their chances at
finding happiness again?

Buy The Pieces of Us (The Firebird Trilogy Book 3)

Jennifer Loring Social Media

Jennifer Loring has been, among other things, a DJ, an
insurance claims assistant, and an editor. Her short fiction has been published
widely both online and in print; she has worked with Crystal Lake Publishing,
DarkFuse, and Crowded Quarantine, among many others. Longer work most notably
includes the contemporary/sports romance series The Firebird Trilogy and the
critically acclaimed psychological horror novella Conduits. She lives in
Philadelphia, PA with her husband, their turtle, and two basset hounds.

Romance Lives Forever
Discover Books and Authors with Kayelle Allen
Play Is It True
with today’s guest Jean Joachim, author of Dan Alexander, Pitcher, a sports
romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can
elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about
your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 4 heat level
Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for
the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar
babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a
beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin’ as
the food she was selling.
Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a
vendor at Nighthawks’ stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay
alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn’t
deserve a decent guy, does she?
Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs,
hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he
maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the
field everything was falling apart?
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to
explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first
No. It’s book # 35
this book is part of
a series?
Yes, The Bottom of the Ninth series.
you lost sleep while
writing this book?
you did research for
this book?
some characters in
this book are not human? (pets for example)
Some of the ball players may act like apes, but they have
human DNA.
this book has more
than one genre?
you speak more than
one language?
you grew up where you
live now?
you love to read?
you are never late?
you love pizza?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?

Where can we find your
book online?

Jean Joachim Social Media

Jean is an award-wining, international best-selling romance
with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list in the U.S. and
abroad since 2012. She writes mostly contemporary romance, which includes
sports romance and romantic suspense.
Dangerous Love Lost and Found won 1st place in the suspense
category in the 2015
Oklahoma Romance Writers of America International Digital
Awards contest. The Renovated Heart won Best Novel of the Year from Love
Romances Café. Lovers & Liars was a RomCon finalist in 2013. And The
Marriage List tied for third place as Best Contemporary Romance from the Gulf
Coast RWA. To Love or Not to Love tied for second place in the 2014 New England
Chapter of Romance Writers of America Reader’s Choice contest. She was chosen
Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of RWA.
Married and the mother of two sons, Jean lives in New York
City. Early in thE
morning, you’ll find her at her computer, writing, with a
cup of tea, her rescued pug, Homer, by her side and a secret stash of black
Jean has 35 books, novellas and short stories published.


Red Hot Russian Alexei is king of the Ice…Antarctic style
Alexei Zaikov loves his life in remote Amity Bay,
Antarctica, until a new luxury guesthouse threatens the community’s future. As
head of Amity Bay, he’s driven to save it, but first must discover who is
hiding out in the supposedly deserted lodge…and why.
Nora Bradford has lost everything; a promising career and
the man she loved. Glacier Ridge Lodge, the architectural masterpiece she
designed but was denied credit for, seems like the perfect place to grieve her
loss, until a ruggedly handsome Russian arrives on her doorstep, determined to
bring her in from the cold. Desire sparks, leaving them hungry for more. But
will the truth about Nora’s role in Amity Bay’s demise, doom their romance?

Heating It Up: A Red Hot Russians Novella

Genre Contemporary
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Elizabeth Harmon

Contemporary romance author Elizabeth Harmon loves to read
and write romances with a dash of different. A graduate of the University of
Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a
freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that
allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that
keeps her grounded in the real world. Her debut novel, Pairing Off, the first
book in her Red Hot Russians sports romance series, is a 2016 RITA Award
An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional
actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the
Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out
on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food
and wine, and talks writing with anyone who will listen.

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

In addition to a thriving career as a novelist, author Darin Gibby is also one of the country’s premiere patent attorneys and a partner at the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick Townsend ( With over twenty years of experience in obtaining patents on hundreds of inventions from the latest  drug delivery systems to life-saving cardiac equipment, he has built IP portfolios for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to securing patents, Gibby helps clients enforce and license their patents around the world, and he has monetized patents on a range of products.
Darin’s first book, Why Has America Stopped Inventing?, explored the critical issue of America’s broken patent system.  His second book, The Vintage Club, tells the story of a group of the world’s wealthiest men who are chasing a legend about a wine that can make you live forever.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree, he is highly regarded in Denver’s legal and business community as a patent strategist, business manager, and community leader. He is also a sought-after speaker on IP issues at businesses, colleges and technology forums, where he demonstrates the value of patents using simple lessons from working on products such as Crocs shoes, Izzo golf straps and Trek bicycles.
An avid traveler and accomplished triathlete, Darin also enjoys back country fly-fishing trips and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He lives in Denver with his wife, Robin, and their four children.

Interview with Darin Gibby

Why did you write this book?
Gil is one of those books I wrote for myself.  It tells a powerful story about the price required to pursue one’s dreams, and about what really matters in life. Gil’s dedication to his wife, Keri, was the main theme I wanted to convey.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I tradeoff between historical fiction and thrillers.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Johnny Nowlan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months? 
I am finishing up a thriller entitled Chasing Hindy. This book is about a patent attorney who thinks she’s landed her dream job with a company who has invented a technology to let cars run on water only to discover that there are other interests who are poised to make sure it never comes to market.  It should publish in March 2017.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Some gifts come with a price.
Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and familiar family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player’s strike. Gil stuns the pitching staff with 100 mph fastballs and is offered a contract.
After joining the Rockies, the world soon learns that Gil is a supernatural phenomenon and the Rockies keep winning. But Gil soon faces stiff opposition, including a frivolous lawsuit, a father who feels his son’s calling to pitch is to save souls, and threats from the striking players. As the season progresses, Gil discovers that his unexpected gift is the result of a rare disease, and continuing to pitch may hasten his own death. While Keri supports his decision to keep playing, she is fearful about her husband’s bizarre heath condition.
Gil must decide what price he is willing to pay to live his dream.

About the Book

Title Gil
Genre Literary Fiction – Sports
Author Darin Gibby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

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