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Cowboys. Strong woman. Texas sunsets. Family Dynasties. Tex-Mex food.
It’s all here in the new series set in the Texas Hill Country.
It begins with the oldest son, Caleb Davis, a widower, single dad, and retired Air-Force
veteran whose past has come back to strike at his family.
Enter Dr. Jocelyn Promise, a girl Davis barely noticed in high school but one he
can’t keep his eyes off now. When she saves his daughter, Caleb finds there’s a
whole lot more to Jocelyn than he ever gave her credit for and sparks fly higher
than fireworks on the Fourth of July. Of course, you won’t have to wait until then
to get the book. It’ll be out September 30th, 2013.

What a Texas Girl Dreams
Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, What a Texas Girl Dreams.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 50,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: A barrel racer on the mend…A Veterinarian with a good
bedside manner…One hot summer.
Monica Witte has life the way she likes it. She comes home to
be babied every few months and the rest of the time she has no strings holding her
back. But after her horse is injured in a rodeo performance, Monica knows it’s time
to come home and face her family – warts and all.
Trickett Samuels works best on his own. The large-animal vet
likes his quiet life in the Texas
countryside. When Monica Witte blows into town, demanding a quick fix to her horse’s
big issues, his life is turned upside down. Trickett doesn’t understand Monica’s
need to perform before perfect strangers or why she wants to keep the truth of their
relationship from her family. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wonders
if he can convince this Texas
girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Monica Witte is a 25 year old professional
barrel racer; she also trains horses. Her main horse, Jinx, has just been injured
during a rodeo performance. Trickett Samuels is a 29 year old veterinarian who likes
a simple, quiet life…but he just can’t resist Monica.


What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
Take a little time. This
is going to sound contradictory, but there are times when the words just aren’t
flowing and I feel stuck. I take those times and do something else – a quilting
project or a walk around the neighborhood. I will sit myself down and force the
words if it comes to that, but I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to take
yourself away from ‘work’ when those moments happens.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what
would it be?
Don’t be afraid. I’ve
always wanted to be a writer, but I never knew what to do about it. I thought writers
all lived these big, exciting lives in New York
or Paris before
writing their stories. I didn’t think I could do that, so I took another path and
used my writing talents in journalism. And eventually I decided to stop being afraid…
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
This is where the contradiction
I mentioned above comes in, because my mantra is ‘get’r’dun’: when I have a deadline,
I make a calendar with daily wordcount goals, research goals and so on. And I make
sure I get those words in on a daily basis. There are days when the words aren’t
flowing and I can’t stand being butt-in-chair any longer. I do take a break those
days – maybe I’ll swim with my daughter or go for a walk with my husband or just
wander the mall by myself…but I do make myself return to my WIP and get those words
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Ha! That’s a question,
isn’t it? Actual family members or friends, no. Funny things that happen might get
fictionalized at some point…
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I was a journalist and
am still a freelance writer for magazines. I have a radio show and I’ve been the
assistant director for an environmental non-profit. And all of those jobs have (or
will) show up in a book…at some point!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I read everything. Some
of my favorite authors are: Lisa Wingate, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Jayne Ann
Krentz. I do read primarily romance, but I love a good biography, true crime or
thriller, too. It kind of depends on my mood.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
There are a couple: when
our adoption of bebe was finalized, that was a cool moment, and when she graduated
from pre-school this spring. I couldn’t stop grinning. And, when my first book was
contracted – it was a moment of relief and excitement and pride because I’d written
those words and they had resonated with an editor and a new path was opening up
to me.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Valentine’s Day because
of the flowers and the 4th of July because of the fireworks. Or it’s
Labor Day because it’s also my birthday every few years. Maybe Christmas because
of the presents but, no, I’m going with New Year’s because it’s the start of something
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new
century started?
I was in a hotel ballroom, camera and microphone in hand to report
on the Y2K virus – you know, the Virus that Wasn’t? – and when nothing happened
I did a quick, ‘Happy New Year’ report, packed up and went home to celebrate with
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 EVERYTHING! Except anchovies. Anchovies
are baaaaaaad
I’m always ready for a trip!
When I’m alone, I wait anxiously for everyone to come back.
You’d never be able to tell, but I hate meeting new people.
If I had a halo it would be crooked
and maybe a little tarnished
If I could have millions of dollars I’d take a trip
around the world
I can never be a wedding coordinator because I can’t
pin those man-corsage-things
Kristina Knight

Previous Books

What a Texas
Girl Wants
What a Texas
Girl Needs
The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon

Mr. Right Now

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Shotgun Bride

Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book
and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.
Today’s featured book is Shotgun Bride by Karen Lopp
Orphaned young, Kathleen Barns has struggled to survive only
to end up in a New York
mill, when an unexpected inheritance gives her a glimpse of freedom. But becoming
the landowner of a coveted piece of land with precious water rights in New Mexico Territory threatens to destroy her only chance
at love. Forced into a marriage to a man who believes she planned the shotgun wedding
to gain control of his ranch, Kathleen flees into the wilderness. Yet it is her
unwanted husband that keeps saving her life and threatening to steal her heart.
Mike Baca had finally reached his goal, his fighting days were
far behind him now that the war was over, he owned a ranch and he was on his way
home to marry the richest girl in the New Mexico Territory.
A shotgun in his back had him married to a green-eyed girl who wanted his ranch!
Furious with her trickery, Mike made sure she wouldn’t want to keep him. It was
only after she had run, with her big-eyed gaze haunting him that he discovered she
was innocent, and there was a plot on her life. Now he must race the clock and the
wild badlands to try and save his wife – and convince her to stay.
Buy links

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One Moment’s Pleasure.

Rue Allyn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Dutch Trahern from the book, One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire
Love # 1.

Genre: Western Historical Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance Publishing
Length: 142 pages
Heat rating: 4-5 on a scale of 5
Tagline: Everything for love ~ nothing for lust.
One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster,
Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich
bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where
her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t
escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.
Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for
years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive.
That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution.
Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman
he shouldn’t want.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Hero ~ Dutch Trahern
is a business man in the import-export trade based out of San Francisco. He is in his late twenties.
Heroine ~ Edith Marietta
Alden of the Boston Aldens is a spinster because her guardian grandfather doesn’t
believe women should work or participate in any activity outside the home. At approximately
24 years of age Edith is the oldest of the three Alden sisters.
Villainess ~ Madam Cerise
Duval would never reveal her age as she would like all of her clients to believe
her ageless. She owns San Francisco’s
finest bordello and would kill without qualm if it were to her advantage. She is
Dutch Trahern’s nemisis.

Interview with Mr. Dutch Trahern part owner of Trahern – Smiley Import and Export

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in a hell
on the Barbary Coast. My father, who forced my
mother into prostitution to keep him in gambling money, deserted us when the vigilantes
ran him out of town in 1851. I was too young and didn’t know any other life, so
when my mother died her madam, Cerise Duval offered to let me work for her as her
personal ‘toy.’ I did it to give my brother a place to live, clothes to wear and
food to eat. As I grew older, I understood how wrong it was to allow Cerise to abuse
me, and when I saw her eying my brother, I swore I’d find a way to escape and build
a respectable life for the two of us. I’d almost succeeded before I met Edith Alden.
Tell us about Edith.
She’s the most beautiful
and most exasperating woman on earth, and when we met I believed she was a prostitute.
The type of woman I despise most. I discovered very quickly that she wasn’t, but
it took me a long time to realize what a truly honorable soul she is. She had her
troubles–a misogynistic grandfather and a totally absurd will–and her secrets,
and both of those caused us problems. I’m not certain how, but in the process of
helping her solve those problems, she helped me find the pieces of my heart that
I thought dead as a result of my years on the Barbary Coast.
What do you think is your strongest point?
I don’t quit.
What would Edith say is your strongest point?
I’m stubborn to a fault.
What would Edith say is your biggest weakness?
I’m judgmental and stubborn.
What was it like where you grew up?
It wasn’t very pleasant,
so I’ve already said everything I want to say on the topic of my childhood.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish I’d grown up somewhere
else with two loving parents. Of course if I’d gotten that, I would never have been
in Duval’s bordello where I met Edith.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That no one–man, woman
or child–should ever have to sell themselves to survive.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
That would be my brother
Trey. We only had each other. As the oldest, I did my best to protect him, which
wasn’t easy. Trey’s got a bit of a wild streak, and I’m certain that’s going to
cause him heartache someday. Right now, he’s turning his wild side to advantage
by pursuing a career as a US
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
Too many personal invasions
as a child has made me a fairly private person, so this entire interview isn’t easy
for me. Let’s just say I wish you’d asked me if I have any bad habits. The answer
is yes, I do. I like chocolate way too much. We never had any treats as children.
I met the Ghirardelli Brothers when they were looking for a firm to import cocoa
beans for their chocolate business. I made them a very good deal, so they discount
their products for me. I’m able to afford all the chocolate I want, which really
isn’t good for me. Thank goodness, I have Edith to tell me when I’m over-indulging.
Off Limits

About the Author

Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue
Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She
is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers
about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue at

Previous Books

The Widow’s Revenge and Off Limits ~ Sexy Sailors # 1 both are
erotic romances from Red Sage Publishing.

Books Coming Soon

One Night’s Desire ~ Wildfire Love # 2, another western historical
romance coming in July 2013 from Crimson Romance Publishing
Hazard Duty ~ Sexy Sailors # 2, another erotic romance, coming
July 1, 2013 from Red Sage Publishing
Deal of a Lifetime, a contemporary romance, release date TBA,
coming from The Wild Rose Press
One Day’s Loving ~ Wildfire Love # 3, an historical romance,
release date TBA, coming from Crimson Romance Publishing

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Wolfkeeper’s Woman.


Lisa Day, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Wolfkeeper from the book, Wolfkeeper’s Woman.
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Lisa Day
Cover artist: Lisa Day
Length: 215
Heat rating: 2-3
A furiously proud Indian warrior Wolfkeeper killed her
husband and stole her infant son. Hate for the white people filled him. He had
need of the child. His goal; the child must live.
He needed the mother to accomplish that goal. When lust grew
he wanted more than just her body. He wanted her heart and soul. Not anyone or
anything would stop him from his goal. When she refused, he decided to take
them one small piece at a time.
A woman alone with her husband dead and son abducted. She
stood before the one she hated. Her only goal: the child must live.
Cassie soon discovered she had two battles to fight. She
needed to protect herself from him.. He had total control over their lives.
But, now he was demanding her surrender to him. She also needed to save her
son. She would do whatever it took to protect him.
Only the ultimate mother’s sacrifice would save the child,
but would it save her from him?
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Wolfkeeper: A well respected warrior
and leader of The People in his late twenties.
Cassie. A young wife
and mother that is widowed in her early twenties.

Interview with Wolkeeper from Lisa Day’s: Wolfkeeper’s Woman.

Tell us about
I am Wolfkeeper. A strong and loyal brave of The People. I
am of the Wolf clan.
Tell us about Cassie.
Cassie, my people know her as Ghostwoman. She completes my
heart. You know the piece that is missing until your search is over and you
find your true mate. My woman has had a hard road to travel. I wasn’t sure she
would find her way to me, but she did. A weaker woman would not have succeeded.
It is hard to forgive someone who brings you pain. The beauty in her heart came
through allowing her to forgive the sadness I gave her.
What do you think is
your strongest point?
My commitment to my family, my people, and my woman. I would
fight to the death to protect each of them.
I will aid my people to make to right choice to protect of
all from those how are our enemy.
I will give all my strength to see my family happy and
I am of the Wolf clan. We mate for life. My woman, Cassie
will forever be protected and loved by me.
What would Cassie say
is your strongest point?
She tells me I am bull headed. I know, I am strong like the
buffalo bull. But, when I ask her what she means by the buffalo’s head she only
laughs, and tells me that she loves me anyway. White woman still confuse me
especially my own.
What would Cassie say
is your biggest weakness?
She would not say. It would not bring peace into our lodge
if she did.
What was it like where you grew up?
I had a happy childhood. My uncle taught me the way to hunt
and provide for my family. My father saw that I grew into a man that would be a
strong warrior to protect the People. Grandmother shared her words of wisdom
with me, so I could understand what my heart would yearn for and not fear it
What do you wish was
different about your life?
I grew up knowing the white man was becoming a threat to my
people’s way of life. I also understand we would not survive this coming
evasion. The white man came as the locust destroying everything of beauty in
it’s path and when they moved on nothing would be left. Not even the People.
Describe a place of perfect
On a chilly night stilling around the fire in my lodge
surrounded by my children. My woman would be snuggled close to my side. I would
be telling my family the stories of long ago.

About the Author

Lisa Day grew up in the New Jersey
suburbs across from New York City.
This made her believe she was sophisticated. Wrong. She was just a girl from Jersey. In junior high right before the English teacher
destroyed her love of reading completely she discovered novels for teenage
girls. Saved by a love story. As an adult she became a ferocious reader and
easily read two, sometimes three books a day. And yes, her housework suffered.
Many years later now retired and living with her husband.
She renewed her love of novels and this time started to write a few of her own.


The Stepbrother
Another Time and Another Place

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Lorrie Unites-Struiff, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, A Heap of Trouble

Genre: Western Romance, Action, Humor
Publisher: MuseItUP Publishing.
Cover artist: Suzannah Safi
Length: 150 pages
Heat rating: PG
Sheriff Cole chases Mattie, who steals his heart, Beggar, a monkey who steals the townspeople’s jewelry and a gang that steals cattle.
Sheriff Cole Walker is fearless– except when it comes to critters. When a thieving, runaway, ringtail monkey decides to move in with Cole and won’t leave, he has more woes than he can handle. Cole has a powerful yen for the newly arrived Mattie Wells, the pretty woman who can jingle his spurs with just a smile. Mattie takes a shine to men who have pets, and she adores the monkey—as does all the townsfolk. So, Cole must put up with the troublesome critter. Mattie is holding a dark secret and refuses to get married. Cole pushes to pry out her secret and change her mind while harboring a secret of his own.
A gang of rustlers is roaming the hills and stealing the Double J’s cattle. JJ blames the farmers and an all out war is in the making. Cole and his deputies, Wade and Sully, are given a month to find the thieves before Mayor Farley calls for outside gunslingers. Yep. Cole has a heap of trouble on his hands.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Cole Walker 28 Sheriff of Cold Creek
Mattie Wells 22 Shopkeeper’s daughter.
Beggar, the runaway monkey. Who knows how old the imp is? Occupation-
Petty thief.


How did you get your start in the industry?
By writing short stories for ezines.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Promote my books. With short stories I didn’t really have to, but now I’m trying to get my name and my books out there to readers.
What websites do you visit
Facebook, Pintrest, LinkedIn
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
Make it longer. I enjoyed writing it so much, I wish I had added more twists.
What do you enjoy most
about writing?
It’s fun, at least for me. I can let my imagination have free rein.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Start writing now, stupid, while you’re young.
How do you cope with stress
as an author?
Not well. Lol. There is always so much to do and not enough time in the day. Besides, I poop out fast.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Heaven’s no. They would lynch me.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were a writer?
I was a gold medalist dancer/teacher/manager of a big name ballroom studio. Ah the good slim and trim days.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t normally read your genre, and why?
A Heap of Trouble. It’s fun, has PG romance, action with cattle rustling, and a lot of humor with Beggar the monkey who is a petty thief. You can’t
help but like the combination.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I wish I knew, but I do think e-books are the wave of the future.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My grandson is a classical pianist and in his first year of college. He is gifted. He started older than most kids and is already number one musician
in his school. To hear him play brings tears of pride to my eyes.
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?
A little cabin in the woods. I’d take my computer, sloppy clothes, and be totally alone to write. Hmm. Better take some food with me, too.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
New Year’s Eve. I like to watch the ball go down. I sigh, lean back in the chair and think, ‘whew, I made it another year.’ I know. I’m strange.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
Watch the TV programs I have taped. I like many of them and thank goodness for DVR’s.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Hmm. Tough one. Can I choose a young Kim Novak? Lol. Maybe I best go with the older one.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
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 mushrooms.
I’m always ready for a dinner out with friends.
When I’m alone, I love to do anything I feel like.
You’d never be able to tell, but I always laugh at myself when I do stupid things.
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
If I could go a vacation I’d take a 90 day cruise and see the world.
I can never say no to a friend because I value them too much.

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