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Read Felicity's Power by J Arlene Culiner @JArleneCuliner #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomance #WomensFictionDon’t we all have a memory tucked away of someone we once loved, someone we just might have stayed with had the circumstances been right?

And what would happen if we came face-to-face with that person today? Would the magic still be there? Would our hands tremble, our knees knock together just the way they did back then? Or would we just stare, appalled, wonder how we could once have been so silly.

J Arlene Culiner welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Felicity’s Power

Felicity’s Power by J Arlene Culiner

Genre Contemporary Romance/Women’s Literature

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Forty years ago, Marek Sumner and Felicity Powers fell in love at first sight, but relationships do demand a certain amount of sacrifice, and compromise. Marek wants marriage, security and a family; Felicity wants adventure. So, their love story ends… in a way…

Because, even after forty years of separation, Felicity never forgets Marek. She has spent her life as a foreign aid worker, has been in danger countless times, and has done exactly what she set out to do. Now she’s back, looking for Marek, and wanting to take up where they left off.

What does Marek think? Sure, he’s never forgotten Felicity. But start over? After all these years? No way. He’s too smart for that.

That’s not the sort of response Felicity can accept, and if they go spend a few days on the coast together, anything can happen.

San Francisco, 1971: hippies in the streets, music and revolution in the air. The evening Marek Sumner opened his door to the wild-looking Felicity Powers, he knew nothing would ever be the same. But even love and passion couldn’t keep them together. Forty-three years later, having lived in the world’s most dangerous places as an aid worker, Felicity is back, still offering love, passion, and adventure. Now a well-known author, Marek loves his calm life in an isolated farmhouse, and he knows their relationship would never work : he and Felicity are just too different. Besides, why risk having his heart broken a second time?

But Felicity is as fascinating and joyful as ever, and the wonderful sexy magic is still there too. Can love be more delightful the second time around?

A Tip for Editing

The most important tip: cut. Don’t fall in love with your own words! Cut, cut, cut. Show the essentials and don’t risk boring your readers.

Tips for Organizing

Don’t copy me. I’m hopeless at organizing. I live in a muddle. I am muddled. I lose my keys ten times a day; I lose the dog leashes twenty times a day; I lose all my writing notes constantly.

Tips for Household Chores

Don’t do them. Dust never woke up and ate anyone. Dirty floors can be interesting. Why make a bed if you’re just going to mess it up again? Why own an iron (I don’t)? Wrinkled clothes make you look like a charmingly distracted writer. Why fold anything?

Tip for Cooking

Make it yourself from scratch. It’s healthier, better tasting, cheaper, better for the planet, and it gives you thinking time (writing in your head while kneading bread dough is fun!)

Where to buy Felicity’s Power

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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 alone 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.
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Read the new romance Private Lessons by Karigan Hale @kariganspencil #RLFblog #romanceRead a new hot novella from Karigan Hale: Private Lessons During Lockdown. An empty school. A yearning for human touch. Can two educators find lust and love during a pandemic? Part of the Love Under Lockdown series

Karigan Hale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Private Lessons in Lockdown.

Private Lessons in Lockdown by Karigan Hale

Genre Short Erotic Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

A year of flirting. An empty school. A need for human touch.

She’s a principal navigating this unprecedented time. He’s a teacher battling his attraction to his boss. Should he resist when she seduces him?

Brock Richards, a teacher at Deerfield High, is called to the principal’s office when the entire school is empty. After realizing his sexy principal is wearing a garter belt, all of his principles disappear.

He can’t seduce his boss, but will he be able to resist if she seduces him?

Amanda Kincaid, principal of Deerfield High, has had her eye on the sexy Social Studies teacher for a year. Usually a confident, powerful, no-nonsense leader, Amanda’s naughty bits take over her brain when she’s around him. Is the mandatory school closure the chance she needs to show Brock she’s not just his boss, but a woman as well?

Two Tips for Writing

Tip 1: Just write! I know people say this all the time, but honestly it is the best advice. When I’m in a rut, I pull out some random writing prompts and just write based on those – a scene, a character sketch, a moment. They don’t even have to be related to my current work in progress. Often these short sketches become part of later published works. And just like any other skill, writing will get easier, faster, and better with practice.

Tip 2: Write what you like. Yes, the paranormal reverse harem shifter romances are all the rage right now. But they aren’t what I enjoy reading. Therefore, if I tried to jump on that bandwagon, I’m sure I would fail miserably and the stories would be cliché, stilted, and forced. By writing in a genre I like to read, I completely understand the expectations of that genre and what the reader expects.

Two Tips for Family

Here are two tips for Photographing your Family. I’m a hobbyist photographer and family historian. My kids call me Momarazzi because I’m always following them with my camera. In an era where images demand our attention, there are some easy ways you can get great photographs of your family even with your cell phone. For examples of these tips, check out my photography Instagram: photography

Tip 1: Get down on the kids’ (or pet’s) level. Instead of always shooting down on them from your height, bend down and get on their level. This gives your viewer the perspective of your subject and brings them into the moment. It also lets you shoot straight on and capture the true essence of your subject.

Tip 2: Play! Not every shot should be a nice posed portrait. Try to capture your subject as they are being themselves. Instead of asking your child to look at the camera, move yourself to them and ask them questions instead. (What type of bird is that? What do you have in your hand? Show me a funny face) This will get authentic emotions/reactions and capture these fleeting everyday moments.

Where to buy Private Lessons in Lockdown


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Karigan Hale Social Media

Hi Book Lovers!
I am a wife, mother, reader, writer, photographer, fountain soda addict, and true crime aficionado. I married my high school sweetheart and have been a hopeful romantic ever since. I live with my husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of animals on a small farm in rural Maryland. Keep up with our cute critters on my blog (link below). When I’m not writing, you can probably find me binging true crime shows or stalking my kiddos with my camera.
I have a dual B.A. in English: Secondary Education and Psychology. My Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts included classes in ceramics, grammar/linguistics, the madness in genius, and juggling among other things. In fact, I still practice juggling with oranges in my kitchen much to the delight of my children and horror of my husband.
I LOVE to read, so feel free to drop me an email with a book suggestion!
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Read the Cozy Mystery Men's Club Chaos by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #CozyMysterySenior amateur sleuths are at it again in Men’s Club Chaos, book #5 in the Cookie Cutter Cozy Culinary Mystery Romance Series by Karen Cino. Karen shares two tips that help her stay organized.

Karen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about Men’s Club Chaos (Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series Book 5).

Men’s Club Chaos by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery Culinary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

Connie and Sara are preparing to bring cookie samples for the men’s club Thanksgiving dinner. An explosion at the water towers send the women running to the scene.

After visit Kent and taking his order, Connie and Sara go down to the water tower to see if they can find out what caused the explosion.

A few hours later while Connie and Brett are at dinner they receive a call that Ken is dead after eating Connie’s cookies. It is up to Sara to track down the killer to clear Connie of the murder.

Who said that two women sleuths can’t get into massive trouble.

Two Tips for Writing

The most important tip is to write everyday. This helps build our momentum and gives you a rush of wanting to write everyday.

Writing with you know is often harder than you think. Make certain to research even on a subject or occupation you know. What you did twenty years ago is totally different today.

Two Tips for Editing

I find reading my manuscript outlaid helps you find a variety of errors, especially in grammar and repeat words and phrases. After I finish a book, I put it on the side for a week or two before going back.

It’s important to have a character sketch and timeline along side you to find mistakes. For instance the character starts off with dark brown eyes and halfway through the book it changes to hazel. I keep a character sketch for physical description and general information on each character.

Two Tips for Organizing

When writing a series, keep all your characters together. I have a notebook for my series. I like flipping through pages to see who previous characters are if I’m going to use them again in another book. (Besides the main characters.)

I also keep a tote back with the current book I’m working on along with my notebooks and timelines.

Two Tips for Timesavers

Have all your notes on your work in progress in one place. Like a previously said, I keep my notes in a binder and notebook. Try to keep your work schedule at the same time everyday. I generally write from eleven in the morning until three or four. I set a word goal and go for it.

Two Tips for Family

Talk to your family members about boundaries. I find that a lot of times family members take our writing as a joke because we’re not getting paid a “big” or shall I say “small” weekly salary. Let them understand this is your passion.

If you’re going to get up early or stay up late to write, let your family know that during this time you do not want to be bothered. No you are not making them coffee or entertaining them. Ask them to respect your time, especially if you are writing during your quiet time of the morning or night. (I know. Easier said than done.)

Two Tips for Household Chores

The house will be standing long after we’re all gone. But seriously, I clean my house every Saturday and Sunday morning. The bathroom I do everyday. This way it is always clean and I never go to bed with dishes in the sink. If you have kids, again you have to set boundaries. You don’t expect them to scrub your bathroom floors, but they should be responsible for cleaning up after themselves. And if they are using your car, then you have a great bargaining tool. lol I used that for years. But now that it’s just my husband and I, we share the chores, keep the house neat except for all my papers all over the living room.

Two Tips for Cooking

I find cooking for two days works out great for me. A lot of people don’t like leftovers, but if it’s cooking a meal and cleaning pots and pans every night, I learned to eat leftovers and so has my husband. Again, clean up as you go along and you won’t waste any undo additional time. Or when all else fails: Order out!!!

Where to buy Men’s Club Chaos

Publisher Mandolay Press


Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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