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The Top Blogger for December was Susan V Vaughn. She wins a month
of free cover advertising on the blog.. Our Top Blogger of the Year is Sabrina York,
which gives her a year of free advertising.

About Susan V Vaughn

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! There is a tie for third place.
1 Susan V Vaughn
2 Ciara Gold
3 Alanna Lucas
3 Leslie Lynch
4 Stacy Juba
5 Barbara White Daille
RLF Chatter 
Honorable mention: Christmas
Romances (Kayelle Allen, Barbara Cool Lee, Beate Boeker, Lee Strauss, Magan Vernon,
Melissa McClone, Pam Claughton), and Veronica Bale

Top Chatters for the Month

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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).
1 Susan V Vaughn
2 Alanna Lucas
3 Christmas Romances (Kayelle Allen, Barbara Cool Lee, Beate Boeker,
Lee Strauss, Magan Vernon, Melissa McClone, Pam Claughton)

Top Bloggers for 2015

RLF Gem 2015 
These bloggers were the top bloggers each month in 2015. The
top blogger for the year wins a year of advertising on the site. The bloggers
are listed in order of page views for their post for the year.
1 Sabrina York (winner – one year of advertising)
2 Liquid Silver Books
3 Vicky Burkholder
4 Collette Cameron
5 Paula Millhouse
6 KT Black
7 Rebecca Hunter
8 Mae Clair
9 Susan V Vaughn
10 KT Black
11 Teasers and Tastes Authors (includes Sabrina York, Kayelle Allen, and
others)
12 Barbara White Daille

Top Chatters for 2015

These bloggers won top chatter during the month of their visit. I
checked the number of

comments and put them in order by the most comments
received. Congratulations!

1 Marianne Rice
2 Vicki Batman
3 Sabrina York
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Veronica Bale author of A Noble Deception answers five easy questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Veronica Bale has written several novellas, short stories, and news articles as a freelance writer. With her Highland Loyalties trilogy she made her debut into the world of historical romance novels. Veronica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, young son and two spoiled cats. When she’s not writing she’s running, reading, spending time with her family, or hopelessly lost in the cobbles of Coronation Street.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
This may not technically count, since I’ve only had it twice, but let it suffice to say that it’s my new go-to meal. It’s called Dubblin Coddle, and if you haven’t had it, you must try it! It’s a creamy bacon and sausage stew that tastes like loaded potato skins, and it’s been a staple of Irish cuisine for as long as anyone can remember. I discovered Dublin Coddle when I tried a little Irish pub called The Snug in the small town of Newcastle Ontario. I was immediately hooked. Since that fateful day three weeks ago, I’ve been back twice more. My family agrees unilaterally that it’s our new go-to pub, and Dublin Coddle is my new go-to meal!
Describe the perfect vacation.
My perfect vacation? Why, Scotland, of course! I’ve been twice, and I dream of returning at least once a week. Travelling the Highland countryside, visiting small villages, and taking in all that history suits me perfectly. Lots of time for quiet reflection, for writing, and for reading, all in my favourite setting. What more could one ask for out of a vacation?
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
Gah … this is embarrassing to admit, but I kind of still have it. It’s not a toy, really, it’s my baby blanket. It was once yellow. It once had a cartoon tiger imprinted on it. It once had evenly distributed stuffing. Now, twenty-nine (and holding) years later, I must have my “little blanket” to sleep with, tucked under my cheek, or I won’t sleep well. I have no intention of giving it up, and fully expect to be buried with it. My husband has long ago reconciled himself to having to compete with a blanket for my affections.
What are your hobbies?
Besides reading and writing? I’m an avid knitter. It’s such a relaxing hobby. Everyone’s into Mandala right now, but I turn to knitting for stress reduction. I also love to run. Being outside in the fresh air and pounding the pavement with my headphones on – there’s nothing better.
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
I’m a voracious reader, and I love the written word in all its forms. When I read for pleasure, I go through phases. Right now, I’m in a Chick Lit groove. Last year, I had a bit of a thing for Dickens. And at some point (I don’t quite recall when), I was switching back and forth between Game of Thrones and heavy non-fiction tomes on topics ranging from The Troubles, to the first world war, to the culinary landscape of Marie Antoinette’s court.

About the Book

Title A Noble Deception
Genre Historical Romance
Author Veronica Bale
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Forced to wed a landless knight in order to protect her home, Moira MacInnes intends an annulment of her marriage to the arrogant Lachlan Ramsay as soon as possible. Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. 
Scotland 1455 – The Douglas clan is at war with their king. To protect his lands from confiscation, Lord John Douglas, the dying Earl of Kildrummond, must find an heir that doesn’t carry his name. 
A landless knight, Lachlan Ramsay expects no more of life than battles, blood, and the occasional warm bosom. But when Lord John makes him his heir, Lachlan has a chance at something he never dreamt of—a home. There’s just one condition: He must marry the earl’s bastard daughter, the fiery, eccentric Moira MacInnes. 
Lachlan has no desire for a headstrong, sharp-tongued wife. Moira has no need for an arrogant, too-handsome husband. To save Kildrummond they will marry and seek an annulment immediately upon the earl’s death. But deception is never simple, and passion once inflamed is impossible to ignore. Soon they will no longer be deceiving the earl but themselves.

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Publisher Boroughs Publishing Group

Author Social Media

Website www.veronicabale.com  
Twitter www.Twitter.com/VeronicaBale1 (@VeronicaBale1)
A Noble Deception 
Today’s post is by guest author Veronica Bale.
It there’s one thing you need to know about yourself as a writer,
it’s what you do well. As an author of historical romances, I know I’m good at creating
real, believable characters. I’m not being arrogant by saying that, it’s actually
what my readers say in their reviews of my books:
“A warm-blooded historical romance that breathes with the
true humanity of its characters (even the secondary ones).” – A Noble Deception
“The H and h are likeable characters that I would enjoy
reading more about.” – Bride of Dunloch
“A very engaging presentation and characters you’re compelled
to follow.” – Legend of the Mist.
It’s something you hear often about your favourite books: the
characters are likeable; they are real. But what, exactly, makes a character real?
This is unfortunately something that surprisingly few writers (relatively speaking)
understand. And that’s a shame, because creating memorable characters that readers
can identify with is not hard to do.
At the risk of giving a leg up to the competition (that’s tongue-in-cheek
of course; I always love to help my fellow writers), I’ll share a trade secret:
the trick to writing real, likeable characters is to spend time on scenes, or parts
of scenes, which do absolutely nothing to further your plot.
Please, keep reading this post – I promise, I’m making sense.
You might think it’s counterproductive to waste time on anything that doesn’t further
your plot. And if the sheer volume of books out there that don’t understand this
vital concept attest to anything, it’s that many authors would agree with you. But
nothing could be further from the truth. By allowing your character these non-plot-advancing
sections, in which nothing more than their personalities are front and centre, you
make them real to your readers.
Here are three methods you can try to add likeability to your
characters.

Silliness

Ever had a tickle-fight? Ever played keep-away? These kinds of
silly moments, especially between your characters, are a great way to show their
real sides. They are fun moments, and don’t do much to enhance your plot. What they
do is enhance the overall quality of your story, though.
Take the Disney movie Tangled as an example. The character of
Flynn Ryder is obviously the sexy, smouldering hero we expect of a good fairytale.
But what did you think about the scene where Rapunzel wasn’t falling for his charms,
so he declared it was time to “give her the smoulder?” What did you think
when, after she dropped him on his face, he groaned “You broke my smoulder?”
Didn’t that endear him to you all the more?
Admittedly Tangled is a children’s comedy; it’s supposed to have
silly bits like that to make the audience laugh. But apply the logic I’ve given
you to the romance novels you’ve read where the characters fell flat. I’m betting
that silly moments like this were notably absent.
This is especially prevalent in historical romance novels. Too
many authors focus only the sombre mood, the tension borne of historical conflict
or the burning lust. But even in a romance novel with tension and strife and desire,
your characters can still indulge in a bit of silliness every now and again.

Banter

I just had a bantering argument with my husband about whether
or not soccer is the least skill-oriented sport played professionally. At the end
of the … discussion (putting it mildly) we were no further ahead on the topic than
the last time we argued about it.
Everyone banters. What real person doesn’t? So, if you want your
characters to be real, let them banter. Let them argue and snipe at each other over
something that has nothing whatsoever to do with your main storyline. Let them debate
about the most ridiculous of things, and let them rage at how pig-headed and stubborn
they’re each being over something so insignificant. They might end up angry at each
other by the end of your chapter, but your readers will end up loving them because
of it.

Mild embarrassment

Have you seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith and Eva Mendez?
Then you’ll probably remember the part where Will Smith’s character, Alex Hitchens,
has an allergic reaction to shellfish. Okay, now I’ll admit that seeing him with
a distorted, swollen face did not do this hottie any favours, but how much more
attractive did this embarrassing event make him overall? No longer the smooth-talking,
suave “Date Doctor,” we saw Alex Hitchens’ real side. And we loved him
for it.
Your characters, too, can benefit from times of mild embarrassment
like this. Maybe your hero gets caught belting out some Spice Girls tunes in the
shower. Maybe your leading lady falls into a nearby body of water in her best cocktail
dress. Whatever it is, embarrassing your characters this way warms them to us and
makes them real. Because hey, we’ve all been there.
Living, breathing characters are so much more than the things
they need to do and say to advance your plot. Your characters become real when we
see them do and say things that we recognize of ourselves – silly, stupid and embarrassing
things. Allow your characters a few unnecessary scenes where their personalities
can really come through; let your creativity wander in writing those memorable moments.
They serve your plot in no measurable way, but they’ll serve your overall story
beautifully.
These aren’t the only ways to show the real sides of your characters
and make them likeable. What other “tricks” can you think of? Weigh in
here at Romance Lives Forever and let us know.

Author Bio

Veronica Bale
Veronica Bale is a romance novelist, freelance writer and copyeditor.
Her latest book, A
Noble Deception
, was released June 1st. She graduated from Toronto’s
York University with a degree
in environmental writing, and she writes Scottish historical romance novels with
strong heroines and cracking-good love stories.

Author Social Media

Legend of the Mist 
Veronica Bale, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Legend of the Mist.
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Self
Cover artist: Viola Estrella Cover Art
Length: 224 pages
Heat rating: 18+
Tagline: An island rises from mist; a destiny rises from legend
Blurb:
There is a legend familiar to those who call the island of Fara their home. It is one that is passed
down through the generations. From mothers who whisper the tale to their bairns
as they float into dreams each night. From starry-eyed lasses who pray to find for
themselves the undying love of which it speaks. From elders who know the magic of
the thick and inexplicable mist surrounding this, and no other, of Orkney’s islands
which rise from the sea off Scotland’s northern coast.
As the daughter of Clan Gallach’s chief, Norah knows the legend
better than anyone on the island. It tells of a lady who waits in the mists of Fara
for her long lost love to return to her. It’s an entertaining story, to be sure.
But it is no more than fantasy. Or so the islanders say. But Norah is not so certain.
All her life she’s felt that the legend is more than simple folklore, that the lady
of the mist is more real than anyone wishes to believe.
But these are turbulent times, marked by the very real tales
of Norse invaders and their brutality. When her people are conquered by a band of
fearsome Vikings, one among them will blur the lines between reality and legend
like never before. For Norah cannot help but feel that she knows him … from some
other time … from some other life …
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Legend of the Mist is the story of Norah, daughter of the chief
of Clan Gallach, and Torsten, a Viking raider whose men conquer the clan’s island,
Fara, off the northern coast of Scotland.
Among the people of Clan Gallach exists a legend which tells of a Lady of the Mist.
It is said that the lady, who when her warrior love was killed in battle cast herself
into the sea, waits in the mists of Fara for a time when her love will return to
her. Norah had always thought the legend was just a story, but when Torsten appears
on the island, she begins to wonder whether the legend may, in fact, be true. Is
she the Lady of the Mist, and is Torsten her warrior love? As for their ages, I
wrote Norah at 19 years, but did not really identify Torsten’s age. When writing
him, I pictured him to be between 25 and 30.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
I started as a freelance writer, ghostwriting short stories and
novellas for a number of different clients. At some point I decided to write the
story that I wanted to tell, and released my first novel, Bride of Dunloch (book
1 of my Highland Loyalties trilogy), in August, 2012.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Social media. Since releasing Bride of Dunloch I’ve discovered
how much self-marketing authors, especially indie authors, need to do. I’m slowly
improving my presence on the web; I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I started,
at least.
What websites do you visit daily?
I’m on twitter every day, of course. That’s actually my go-to
spot for a lot of industry information (romance news, writing tips, publishing help,
etc.). Not knowing much about it when I joined, I was surprised to see how useful
a resource twitter is. So many great people are sharing so much great stuff, it’s
an amazing community.
If you could change something about your first book, what
would it be?
There are a ton of things I would change … but I’ll never say
what they are (insert devious laugh here).
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like meeting my characters. That probably sounds strange, but
for me, my characters already exist. I didn’t make them up, they came into being
on their own, and the only difference between them and me is that I live in the
real world, whereas they live in my head. It’s exciting, I never know which character
I’m going to meet next.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
I wish I could give you one great name, like Salman Rushdie or
Margaret Atwood, but really I would love to have as a mentor someone who works in
the publishing industry. Just someone with a wealth of knowledge about good writing,
good publishing, good marketing, all that. Those individuals are just as important
as the actual authors; I’d love the opportunity to learn from those who make a career
out of helping authors be successful.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
I would say, “Hey, Veronica, get started on that first book.
Don’t wait like I did.”
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
I’m not sure I have a work ethic, because I don’t consider writing
work. I write because I love to write, I love to create stories and discover the
lives of my characters. For me, writing is like reading. I no more have a writing
ethic than a reading ethic. I read and write wherever and whenever I can.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Again, I wouldn’t so much call it stress as excitement. This
is a fast-paced world, this indie-author place, and as frightening and labour-intensive
as it can be, it’s also incredibly rewarding.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
For the purpose of this interview I’m going to say no. My friends
and family might be reading this, and I wouldn’t want to let the cat out of the
bag … if there was a cat to let out of the bag, that is (insert another devious
laugh here).
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
Believe it or not, I actually have a background in finance and
accounting. Nothing like staring at numbers all day to get your creative juices
flowing.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I would recommend any one of them. There is sometimes a stigma
associated with romance novels, I think. Those who don’t read them are more likely
to dismiss them because of the provocative covers, or because of what romance novels
were thirty and forty years ago. But today’s romance novels have evolved. They’re
sources of historical information; the writing is often superb; character and plot
development are top-notch. These are all things I’ve paid attention to and worked
hard on. I think a non-romance reader would be surprised to discover how enjoyable
and worth-while romance novels can be.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
Reading
is an integral part of my writing, so I never “take a break” to read.
I make time for both. My tastes are eclectic. Every book provides me with the opportunity
to learn, and I read a wide range. I will finish up a Jayne Ann Krentz one day,
and take up a Charles Dickens classic the next. I am as eager to read futuristic
fantasy as historical non-fiction. It’s all fascinating.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Bride of Dunloch 
It’s not going anywhere; It will always have its place. The difference
today is that the paradigm of twenty years ago is gone – advances, multi-million
dollar deals, dedicated marketing and promotion, etc. But that doesn’t mean traditional
publishing has gone with it. It will always be there, and it will always be something
authors (I use the term non-exhaustively) strive for, whether going the indie author
route first or not. We’re starting to see a shift now where indie authors are proving
to agents and publishers that they can be successful, and that is persuading publishers
to take them on. The difference today is that, even if traditional publishers decline
to publish, that author still has a place to make his or her voice heard and books
available to the public.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
What kind of reader response have you seen so far?
I am amazed by how many people have connected with me to let
me know what they thought about my books. Each time a reader contacts me, leaves
me a message on my facebook page, tweets something about me, etc., I’m not only
flattered, I’m honoured. I’m reminded of why I write in the first place – because
I want to share something, and I want to inspire, entertain, and reach people with
something I think they’ll enjoy. It’s such a great thing to see that I’m accomplishing
that goal.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
Besides the day my son was born? I’d say getting that first positive
response from a reader. Just knowing that I’d reached someone, that I’d made an
impression on them, that was a great moment.
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?
Laptop, thermals and sturdy footwear. Why? I’d be going to Scotland,
of course! I can buy the flagon of whiskey when I get there.
What good book have you read recently?
I’ve read a lot of good books, but lately I have become a fan
of Kate Morton. I love her style, and the way she describes things. She creates
an atmosphere with her novels, a very haunting one. I admire that.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
I was in Northern Ontario at
a friend’s cottage, panicking over whether or not anything would happen to my family
back in the city. At 12:15 am when the television stations were still airing I figured
nothing catastrophic had happened and went to bed.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Daydream. Isn’t that what all writers do? Of course that sometimes
gets me into hot water, like if I’m bored and start daydreaming when I should be
paying attention to something … that happens a lot, unfortunately.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Honestly? I think I’d like to be surprised. I would love to see
what someone does with that role. I wouldn’t want to have any pre-conceived notions
about who would be best to play me and exclude all others. That assumes my life
is interesting enough to make a movie out of … which it’s not, and that’s why I
write in the first place.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Chameleon-coloured. I’m so indecisive, I’d never be happy with
just one colour.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
What is the next book you plan to write?
I’ve got a basic storyline in mind, but no title yet. In a historical
context, I’m moving a little ahead of where Highland Loyalties and Legend of the
Mist were, to the mid-15th century. I’ve become rather intrigued by the
story of the Black Douglasses and their feud with King James II of Scotland.
I’d like to try and write a story that is more defined by actual recorded history,
and plan to craft one around the Douglas clan.
Please underline 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 complete the sentences

I love pizza with milk.
I’m always ready for Coronation Street.
When I’m alone, I talk to myself. A lot!
You’d never be able to tell, but I write romance novels. I
tend to keep that quiet in my day-to-day life, just because I’m not big on talking
about myself, much less bragging about my accomplishments. When I do tell people
I’m an author, I get “I never would have guessed that,” or “it’s
always the quiet ones.”
If I had a halo it would be quickly
taken away, because I’m no angel, just a flawed human being trying my best to be
a good person.
If I could live anywhere in the world I’d live in a
small, stone cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. Is that predictable? Yeah,
probably …
I can never go skydiving with my husband like he wants me
to
because I am a complete scaredy-cat when it comes to things like that.
I like it when my head is in the clouds, not my whole body.

Previous Books

Bride of Dunloch (Highland Loyalties volume 1)
Uniting the Clans (Highland Loyalties volume 2)
The Laird Returns (Highland Loyalties volume 3)

Books Coming Soon

Soon? None. Eventually? Yep … not sure of the details, but I’ll
get there.

Contest

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for a chance to be entered to win one of two free Kindle
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tweet the results of the contest. The close date for this contest will be November
26th, 2013.

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