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Dee Carver, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. For those who don’t know, Dee is also the webmistress on both my own site (click my name above) and on RLF. For this visit, she’s offering a special discount to readers. I’ll step back and let her take the wheel.

Hello Everyone! Kayelle, thank you for having me, it’s great to be back!

Meet Webmistress, Market Consultant and author Dee Carver @pmnp Author and Owner of #PMInc #RLFblog #PNR

The First Story | Marketing and Running a Business | Finally, The Author Returns

As some of you know I began this long journey as an author back in 2005, with my first book La Roe’s. It began with a dream about a dress, and though I can manipulate graphic images, I cannot draw very well. That is where my daughter, Amber, is the most talented. Since I could not draw the dress, I decided to describe it, which led to the woman wearing it. Then the scene came along, the people surrounding her, and why she was wearing it in the first place. Before I knew it, I had a short story about a wedding gown. My neighbor at the time asked me if I was going to finish telling the story and well, I guess that’s what Emerald (the heroine) wanted because I ended up with my first book.
I learned a few hard knocks with my first book, such as everyone needs an editor. Not every publishing house is a good one. Not every writing job is a bad one. Now, later in life, I look back and cringe…

Marketing Crash Course

Like many authors, I had no idea what marketing was or that I was supposed to do anything about it. A friend, and fellow author, asked me a few poignant questions:
“Have you sent out for reviews?”

“Have a website yet?”

“Do you have a Facebook account?”

“Scheduled any interviews?”

Needless to say, the list went on and I learned a valuable lesson. There is a lot of work that comes after the book is published. Writing a book alone is simply not enough. I did blog hops, which helped. I wrote reviews, which also helped. I wrote articles for other companies which helped even more. All to grow my name, so when someone would search me on Google, I could be found. All the while, I spent time creating book trailers, doing interviews, and eventually writing my second story. Well, more like my second heroine told me her story.

After a few years of putting what I had learned towards helping others, a friend, Raven Starr, suggested that I start a business. I have to admit, I chuckled at first, but in 2008 I found myself opening Personalized Marketing Inc and never looked back. I was able to use the information on bad publishers and bad editing to guide authors towards making better choices. I learned White Hat SEO, when it was the only SEO that was being talked about, as well as other methods used for SEO, so we have been able to provide it for our clients. I also learned methods for Organic Growth before it became a ‘thing’. WordPress was even different back then.

The first website I had was a single page that may have been built inside of Word. (Yeah, I know…) However, I found other sites and I wanted one of those… Not only did I want one, I wanted to make one! I had to know how they did it. So, thanks to some Googling, I found a code viewer and it just clicked. I understood that certain lines of code made different things happen. Then came WordPress, which uses PHP, it’s a little different but after a learning curve, I began to see the codes just forming into the structures I wanted. When I began working with WordPress, we didn’t have auto installers or programs that auto connected databases and did auto backups. It was all manual and done with a lot of zip files. Sometimes I miss those days. Sometimes I miss just HTML and CSS or C++.
Cindy: pst, Dee, you’re geeking
In 2017 Cindy came on board, we ended up with not only a skilled editor but also a talented digital artist.
Ahh but the coder and owner is getting carried away and the author must take precedence…

Finally, The Author Returns

Meet Webmistress and Market Consultant Dee Carver @pmnp Author and Owner of #PMInc #RLFblog #PNRA few years ago, I decided to get back to writing, not for other websites or companies but for myself. I thought about the 3rd book, Chocolate Seductions, which I had written but never did anything with, other than one submission. The submission went well, they just wanted a 3rd person P.O.V. So, I thought about it, talked with a couple of friends, tried my hand at it and about made myself sick. I can write 3rd person all day long in business communications, papers, articles, emails, even books that are not mine or not the heroines in my head.
These lovely stubborn ladies, well, they just didn’t want a sideline view of their lives being handed out as though they were not the ones telling their stories. I love to read 3rd P.O.V. stories as well as 1st P.O.V., I enjoy a strong male lead, I enjoy getting to know what is inside of the other characters heads as well. My favorites though have always been those that take you deep inside, that weave a story so well that you feel as though the movie is playing out inside your head. That, even though you are satisfied at the end of the book, you still wish it hadn’t ended because you just did not want to let that character go.
However, after that gut-wrenching experience, I put my stories away again. Then in 2018 I decided with the help of Cindy, that I was going to produce these books, with the editing they deserved. With the call to finish the stories I had begun so long ago; La Roe’s has been re-released with a much better editing job than the original. Cindy has Fay’s Wish, which hopefully does not require as much of an editing job as the first book, we’ll see. Ambrosia, from Chocolate Seductions, has been poking me lately, giving me glimpses into her back story that I don’t really remember from before, which oddly enough is making Grant a little more likeable. One thing about being a 1st P.O.V. panster, I never know where these ladies are going to take me until I get there. It’s great, because I get a new story, but also really frustrating when I thought something else was supposed to happen instead.

Special Discount

https://personalizedmarketing.info/contact-us/pminc-11th-special/
This August is our 11th Anniversary and we are doing things a bit differently this year. We are having guest authors on our blog, as well as offering an 11% discount, if you mention #PMInc 11th Anniversary, for the entire month on everything and anything, including renewals, if you renew during this offer.
August is also my birthday…
Since August is also my birthday month, we are opening the 11% discount early. So, this offer will be valid beginning July 29th through August 31st, if you mention #PMInc 11th Anniversary.
https://personalizedmarketing.info/contact-us/pminc-11th-special/

La Roe’s by Dee Carver

Can Emerald put 300 years of anger aside to save them or will she sacrifice all their futures and kill him as she swore to do?
When Emerald La Roe ran away 300 years ago, she had not planned to return. However after repeated dreams from Goddess Morrigan, Emerald finally realizes she has no choice. Emerald not only finds a magical sword waiting for her, but her dead husband also.
It seems Stefan O’ Duff wants’ reconciliation and help to cure the curse they share. Emerald would rather see him dead than be with him again, she has someone else to consider though. Her new love, Maxwell Howard a werewolf, who through sharing blood with Emerald, now faces the same fate as Emerald and Stefan. For the cure to work, Emerald has to put her hatred of Stefan aside and consent to share his bed again.
Amazon (KindleUnlimited) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q3PYQK8/

Dee Carver and PMInc Social Media

Website https://personalizedmarketing.info/
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Facebook https://business.facebook.com/Personalized.Marketing.Inc
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/owensdee/
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAo0ChJjmTIuUk6uIBozBuA
Google Business Listing https://personalized-marketing-inc.business.site/?m=true

 

Is It True: Love My Fate by Daryl Devore @daryldevore #RLFblog #UrbanFantasyWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Daryl Devore, author of Love My Fate, an Urban Fantasy. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Love My Fate by Daryl Devore

Genre Urban Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
What’s a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?
Daryl Devoré’s latest is a quirky paranormal urban fantasy – Love My Fate.
Corporate businesswoman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. After a mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.
Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbours the irrepressible need to be with the woman he’s desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents – a fantasy.
Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?
Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title Capri’s Fate. The edition has a new title, new cover and has restored previously deleted scenes.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. It was my 4th.
this book is part of a series?
No.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No.
you did research for this book?
Yes! I’ve never been to a sex toy convention and I had to research the products they sold.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes. The hero isn’t human. He is the son of a Fate.
this book has more than one genre?
No. I’m not even sure what genre it is, so I took a stab at urban fantasy
you speak more than one language?
Sort of. I’m Canadian and while we all aren’t bilingual (English/French) I can hold my own when in Quebec.
you grew up where you live now?
No. Pretty much the exact opposite end of the province.
you love to read?
Of course. I have the complete works of several of my favourite authors.
you are never late?
Never is such a strong word. I try not to be late. I really do try, but sometimes time just gets away from me.
you love pizza?
Yes. I saw a meme – Stop stressing. You can’t please everybody. You’re not pizza.
you love sushi?
Like is a better word. I just discovered it a few months ago.
you have a pet?
Yes. 2 black cats – Licorice and Ginny-fur Purrkins (my husband named her).

Where to buy Loved My Fate

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RXMND4X
Amazon US- print https://www.amazon.com/dp/1099357993
Amazon Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RXMND4X
Amazon Canada – print https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1099357993
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RXMND4X
Amazon UK – print https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1099357993
Amazon Australia – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RXMND4X
Amazon Australia – print https://www.amazon.com/dp/1099357993

Daryl Devore Social Media

Two writers in one. Daryl Devore writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two black cats – Licorice and Ginny-Furr Purrkins – and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
Website https://daryldevore.wixsite.com/mysite
Blog https://daryldevore.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/daryldevore
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Daryl-Devore-Erotic-Romance-Writer-280168402052520/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.ca/daryldevore2013/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4686566.Daryl_Devore
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004TJ1354

Is It True: Fear the Reaper by Jami Gray @jamigrayauthor #RLFblog #Postapocalyptic #RomanceWelcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Let’s play Is It True with today’s guest, Jami Gray, author of Fear the Reaper, a Post-apocalyptic Romance. This is a game with yes and no questions. Writers can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Fear the Reaper by Jami Gray

Genre Post-apocalyptic Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When the hunter becomes the hunted, it’s time to reap what you sowed…
The world didn’t end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
After vowing to never again put his life on the line for another’s ambitions, Reaper, leader of Fate’s Vultures, has earned himself a formidable reputation. Unfortunately, that reputation isn’t enough to stop an old enemy from retaliating. With bounty hunters sniffing at their heels, Reaper vows retribution and takes the Vultures to the one person no one expects–Lilith, the woman he once loved.
As leader of the Rocky Mountain territory, Lilith has paid dearly for a position that kept her secrets safe. When a looming threat draws close, every devil’s bargain she’s made falls by the wayside and she is forced to partner with the man who walked away.
With no choice but to work together against a common enemy, Lilith and Reaper need to find their way through the minefield of past betrayals and broken promises to ensure a future for those they’ve sworn to protect … before it all goes to hell.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Nope, this is actually my twelfth.
this book is part of a series?
Yep! I’m a serious series writer (try saying that five times fast!) This is the fourth and last book in my post-apocalyptic romance series, Fate’s Vultures.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Of course. Actually, every time I get near the middle, I start worrying about the story. Even worse, as I head into the end, the characters start haunting my dreams. When it comes the world that the Vultures live in, yeah, those images seeped into my dreams more than once and kept me up.
you did research for this book?
I’m a research fiend, so I could lose myself in research. I have to limit how much time I spend on research. To help ensure my world building rang true, I ended up reading a lot of theorical papers on worse case scenarios for world economies, civilizations, and so forth. It was actually pretty darnn scary to delve that deep into some scenarios, but the fact that humans managed to find a way to rise above, keeps the light of hope burning. I hang on to that hope no matter how discouraging the stories playing across our world theater.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Nope, everyone’s human. The difference these characters have been honed by brutal circumstances and a harsh new world, so black and white is actually a murky kind of gray.
this book has more than one genre?
To me, no. It’s a straight up post-apocalyptic romance, but I’ve watched it get categorized as Sci-Fi (I’m not even sure how that’s possible) and Action & Adventure (and I can totally see that one).
you speak more than one language?
Not fluently. I grew up on the US/Mexico border so I spend most of my teenage years speaking Spanish.
you grew up where you live now?
I’ve stayed in the same state, yes, but not without some side trips to the Pacific Northwest and Utah. Somehow, I always end back in Arizona. My Knight in Slightly Muddy Armor and I will probably attempt another escape in a few years when the Prankster Duo have settled. Fingers crossed we’ll be successful this time.
you love to read?
Holy mama-jamma, do I ever. I’m an avid reader, have been for-freakin’-ever. When I’m not on a project I can devour four to five books a week, but when I’m writing I tend to slow down to two to three.
you are never late?
I wish I could claim that honor, but I do my best not to be. I find that if I’m trying to stuff a bunch of errands into a condensed timeframe, I tend to skate the tardiness line.
you love pizza?
Eh…I like it, but love it? Not me. The males in my house, however, consider it a primary food group.
you love sushi?
That I do, and because the males in my house don’t, it leaves more for me.
you have a pet?
Two beautiful furry girls–Lola and Angel–our rescue-lab sisters. I needed to balance out the gender scales in my humble abode.

Where to buy Fear the Reaper

Escape Publishing https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489291158/fear-the-reaper/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SBFW5PB/

Barnes and Noble  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fear-the-reaper-jami-gray/1131266181

iBooks https://books.apple.com/au/book/fear-the-reaper-fates-vultures-4/id1465294604

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/fear-the-reaper-fate-s-vultures-4

Jami Gray Social Media

Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award-winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.
Website http://www.JamiGray.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/JamiGrayAuthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/jamigrayauthor/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/JamiGray
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Jami-Gray/e/B006HU3HJI
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/LvoZn

 

Destiny Paramortals #3: Eve of Chaos by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #urbanfantasy Livia Quinn, 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.

Destiny Paramortals #3: Eve of Chaos by Livia Quinn

“You vill meet a dahk dangerrous strangah…”
…Aurora predicted at the Mardi Gras ball, and as if someone left their Swords of War videogame on “share” in a parallel universe, the Dark Knight walked in. Conor de Sept Flambe´ with the distinctive leathery tattoos spanning his muscular shoulders and magnificent flashing swords. “Where did he get those swords?” Montana drooled. She’d been unable to force her eyes away from him, then he parted the crowd like Moses through the Red Sea, and asked her to dance.
He said he wanted to show her some of his moves. Right! Her Dinnshencha warrior wasn’t born yesterday… But there’s more to this Knight than meets the eye, and he’s quite an eyeful. Recognizing her diminishing strength, he offered to prepare her for the Chaos, twenty-four hours when many Paramortals would lose their power.
With crazies coming out of the woodwork, Paramortals losing their abilities, personalities going AWOL, Sheriff Lang wants to know who will be left standing with him when the Para-moon begins. If Flambe´ is what Jack thinks he is, Destiny might have a chance. If not, they’ll be in deep… trouble. Where’s an F-18 when you need one?

Genre Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
Amazon http://amzn.to/1Se2Qhu
Barnes and Noble bit.ly/1OLrdAP
CreateSpace (Print) bit.ly/1IZ9zJi
Goodreads bit.ly/1K9Iq1l
IBooks apple.co/1RH9ZVX
Inktera bit.ly/EOC-In
Scribd bit.ly/1JHZSPM
Kobo bit.ly/1RiyJ8z

Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia Quinn is a DC native living on the bayou in Louisiana. She’s written thirteen books, both contemporary military romance and urban fantasy based around her fictional Storm Lake. In her jobs as plant manager, mail lady, computer instructor, professional singer and salesperson she’s collected many stories and quirky characters to share with her readers. She is a staunch supporter and advocate for our service men and women.
Website http://liviaquinn.com
Blog https://liviaquinnwrites.com/livias-ramblings
Twitter http://twitter.com/liviaquinn
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/liviaquinnwrites
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/liviaquinn
Goodreads http://bit.ly/22VXuev
Amazon Author page http://amzn.to/1T5qmhN
Google+ http://bit.ly/2guNZn9
LinkedIn http://bit.ly/2dbYAP2
Instagram http://instagram.com/liviaquinnauthor
Independent Author Network http://bit.ly/2dlAr8L
Livia Quinn’s Facebook Reader Group http://bit.ly/2gBFQ12

 

Carmen DeSousa, 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.

Creatus Series Boxed Set by Carmen DeSousa

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
From the moment he saw her, he knew she was different, but he never imagined his life would forever change. Now, thrust into a role he never wanted, guardian to a girl he can never have, he will risk everything to save her from humans—and his family. The only thing he can’t save her from is herself.

Where to buy Creatus Series Boxed Set

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KGK9A5A/
Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Creatus-Series-Boxed-Set-Audiobook/B0746M21HN
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmen_DeSousa_Creatus_Series_Boxed_Set?id=CCU2CgAAQBAJ
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/creatus-series-boxed-set/id881719354
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/creatus-series-boxed-set-carmen-desousa/1119570469
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/creatus-series-boxed-set-1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/440039

Carmen DeSousa Social Media

Carmen writes stories overflowing with romance and suspense, a hint of paranormal sometimes and, of course, a few Kleenex moments. After all, what would a great story be without an emotional event setting the stage? All her novels are sensual but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
Website: http://www.carmendesousabooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Carmen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarmenDeSousaBooks/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Carmen_DeSousa/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5407915.Carmen_DeSousa
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carmen_desousa/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Carmen-DeSousa/e/B006PWOO2W/
Newsletter: http://carmendesousa.us6.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=869879e54f66401a5b9ab151f&id=dfb0f6196e

 

Mystic, Urban Fantasy by Gabi Stevens @GabiStevens #RLFblog #urbanfantasy Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Today’s guest is Gabi Stevens, author of Mystic, an urban fantasy.

Mystic by Gabi Stevens

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13

How could a good deed go so wrong?

Trask Sinclair enjoys his life as a famous author living in New York City. His greatest adventures come from the characters in his books. But after stepping in to protect a woman on the run–a woman with eyes that speak of hidden depth, intrigue, and loneliness–Trask is suddenly pulled into a world he never could have written.

Allys Joel sees the future when she touches someone. That’s why a Wall Street firm held her prisoner for sixteen months. Escaping, with Trask’s help, puts both their lives at risk. When conventional travel proves impossible, they must journey cross-country to get to the safety of the mysterious town of Mystic, Wyoming. As they fight for their lives, their freedom, and a possible budding romance, they must come face to face with the reality–and secrets–that may change their lives forever.

Where to buy Mystic

Publisher http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/books/mystic
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mystic-Gabi-Stevens-ebook/dp/B0789J6XCT/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mystic-gabi-stevens/1127661074
iBooks https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/mystic/id1326352012?mt=11
Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/mystic-20
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/768483

Gabi Stevens Social Media

Gabi Stevens/Gabi Anderson was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad (Germany), she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games (She’s appeared on Family Feud and Jeopardy!), has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Website http://gabistevens.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/GabiStevens
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gabi.stevens

 

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