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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sweet Potato Croquettes
Sweet Potatoes, Croquet, and Summer Fun for Authors!
Summer is fast approaching and our muses are itching to get out
and enjoy the sunshine. It’s a great time to pack that picnic basket with crowd
pleasing treats like Sweet Potato Croquettes.
Sweet Potato Croquettes are quick and easy to whip up. Toss these
ingredients in your shopping cart:
1 box corn flake cereal
1 40oz can yams (you can use candied if you prefer)
1 bag mini marshmallows
Cinnamon or Allspice
When you get home put that watermelon in the fridge to chill
then preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Next you can get rid of all your pent up
noveling anxiety by crushing the corn flakes, don’t make them too fine though you
want some nice bits.
Now put the yams in a bowl and mix with cinnamon or allspice
to taste. Once thoroughly mixed roll yams in ping pong or golf ball size balls with
a marshmallow or two in the center.
Next just roll the yam balls in the crushed corn flakes until
coated and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Once all rolled pop your croquettes
into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until done.
While you’re waiting for your Sweet Potato Croquettes you can
grab your mallet and try to get through the wickets or… You can hop online and make
sure you’re signed up for Marketing for Romance Writers.org’s A Taste of Summer
Camp.
This three-day summer conference taking place July 12th thru
14th won’t disappoint. There will be great opportunities for learning, sharing and
don’t forget the prizes! The best part it’s FREE. That’s right a free, online conference
with goodies to boot.
Don’t miss out just because Romance is in the name. MFRW supports
all genres and most classes can be applied to all areas of marketing and writing.
The group’s motto says it all. Seek, Teach, Share, Learn, Succeed.
Registering for the conference is easy just join MFRW’s Yahoogroup and you’ll be in the loop for A Taste of Summer Camp.
Now mark your calendar, get those Sweet Potato Croquettes out
of the oven, and get started on your summer fun! Be sure to keep a look out for
more Taste of Summer blog posts from fellow MFRW members as we spread the news about
this awesome event.
Author Elise VanCise Book:
Don’t Touch
Dr Ryan Reign has unlocked a gift she calls a curse. Detective
Jackson Prince and his partner need her help to stop a serial killer before he kills
again. One problem Dr. Reign can’t touch or be touched. Can the hard as nails cop
Jackson find a way to touch her heart without touching her skin in order to stop
the bloodshed?

About the Author

Elise VanCise, freelance photojournalist and award winning author,
is published in both print and digital media. Elise is a Florida Cracker, with a
love for adventure and historic places. She is the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for
Lake County, Florida,
and Founder of Lake Writers of Lake County,
Florida. She’s also a member of She
Writes, Marketing for Romance Writers.Org, and the EPIC Public Relations Team, and
is an advocate for Public Libraries, Young Writers, Autism, and COPD.

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Give Me Everything 
Angela Kay Austin, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book Give Me Everything.
Genre: Romantic Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Length: 180 pages
Blurb:
He’d sat on top of the world… the perfect woman, a daughter,
and a job that made his father proud. Now, Kendis was divorced, and his daughter
wasn’t really his. At least, he has a good job…at Brady and Associates, the firm
that sends him to Maryland
for their client, Eastover. Eastover, one of Maryland’s largest commercial real estate developers,
is on a mission to take over older, outdated malls.
She’d been through the wringer in her personal life, and now
LaKia thinks the only thing she can control is her career as Marketing Director
for a small commercial real estate company. She’d always wanted marriage and children
like her best friend has… but she’s given up on ever finding her own Mr. Right.
Until Kendis.
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What are your main characters’
names, ages, and occupations?
Lakia Jackson (almost thirty) and Kendis Washington (early thirties.)

Interview

Tell us about your story’s
world. What is it like in this period or place?
I set this story in Maryland,
right outside of D.C. This is significant because it is an area where business and
politics collide, everyday. This is important to the story because the story revolves
around local politics and economic development.
What inspired you to write
this book?
Conversation with friends over dinner and wine. I like writing
stories about women who have followed the path of career. What happens when they
take a look back, and think to themselves – what about marriage and children? And
what happens if choosing one affects the other, and you feel you can’t really trust
what you’re doing because of that simple fact.
Which character in your
current book do you think readers will like the most? Why?
It’s hard for me to judge that one. I hope I’ve written the characters
in such a way that readers connect to both. Kendis has been lied to, and deceived
in such a way that I think it will connect with women. He has the chance to do something
he thinks is important and, from his point of view, it will give back a lot to the
local community. But, LaKia feels the same way about what she wants. She can protect
a small company in a great community, and help preserve a little bit of history.
And, just like Kendis, she’s experienced her own loss, and has been deceived in
her own way by someone she loved.
Why do you write?
Honestly, I think if I didn’t my head would explode. I’ve always
enjoyed playing out different scenarios in my head. I’ll rewrite scenes to movies.
Often, I visualize whole scenes to music. It’s always been a part of me; it just
took me a while to figure out what to do with it.
Who has helped you the
most in your career as an author?
One of my friends, another author, LaVerne Thompson. I met LaVerne
through the Washington
D.C. chapter
of RWA, and through her I discovered Red Rose Publishing. That introduced me to
digital first print publishers, and online conferences and workshops. That changed
my life because until that time I only thought about one path to publishing – traditional
mainstream publishers. I discovered a world of camaraderie, developed my craft,
and gained confidence in myself as a writer.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
Depends on what I’m writing and when. Sometimes, I like to do
what my characters are doing. Sometimes, I need to remove myself from the picture
because I’m thinking too hard, and forcing the story verses letting it flow naturally.
Sometimes, I need to push the story so that it’s not too predictable. Chocolate,
especially if it’s chocolate covered something paired with a glass of wine, can
help me slip into a more sensual frame of mind. Eating ice cream can make me think
of more fun things: childhood, time with my young nephews or niece. Pictures, well,
hey, pictures are pictures!
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
People watching. I love to sit and drink a cup of coffee in local
shops or on an outdoor patio somewhere and watch people do what they do. I keep
a notebook with me, and I scribble, relentlessly. Conversations. What they are wearing.
How lovers interact. Whatever I can see or hear. Or, you might just find me doing
something that one of my characters will be doing. I went white water rafting, and
in this book – “Give Me Everything” – it opens with the characters doing
just that.
Are you a plotter, or
do you prefer to make it up on the spur of the moment?
I like to know what the story is about, but other than that,
I let it flow. I like discovering the story in the same way the readers do. If I
let the characters speak loudly enough I feel like the story will be better, more
true.
Looking back at your first
book, what do you wish you had done differently?
Dug deeper into my emotions. I set the story in Pennsylvania. I experienced a lot of what the character
experiences with regards to isolation. There was also a lot of racial tension that
I didn’t delve into as deeply as I should’ve. I think it would have allowed readers
to have a better connection with the story. If I have the chance to rewrite it,
I will definitely peel back the layers.
What aspect of your life
do you write into your books?
Career. I write about women who are career minded, and how that
affects their lives. Regrets. Successes. Having it all. Can women have it all? According
to so many, we can’t. I guess I like to fantasize about the possibilities of it
being obtainable. We can at least try.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
I write it down. I keep a notebook with me at all times, and
I jot down everything for the idea. I don’t want to forget it. It’s the little nuances
that I want to capture. I don’t always see both my hero and my heroine. Sometimes,
just one of them. So, I like to capture as much as I can when it comes to me. It
helps me see the other characters more clearly.
Which of your books was
the hardest to write and why?
I don’t know. Because my books cover issues important to women:
abortion, miscarriage, date rape, homelessness, etc. There are parts of many of
them that have been difficult. I tackle each piece of each story through deliberate
research, and sometimes that means reading blogs or watching videos that can be
heartbreaking. It can be hard to shake the memories.
Do you believe in luck?
Not sure. I believe in fate. There are things, I believe, that
are just meant to be, and regardless of anything, they’ll just be.
What kind of music do
you listen to while driving? Same question when writing?
It depends. My music, whether driving or writing, has to fit
my mood (or the scene I’m writing.) If the sun is shining, and I’m driving with
no purpose, I listen to one thing. If I’m on my way to meet with a client for work,
I might listen to something upbeat. If I’m writing a love scene, of course, I want
to listen to something appropriate.
Do you play any musical
instruments?
Clarinet and saxophone. I even played in the band in high school
and college.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, spinach
and onion. And don’t forget a glass of red wine
.
I’m always ready for travel.
When I’m alone, I veg out on the SyFy channel.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was born and raised in
TN
.
If I had a halo it would be shiny sparkly. (fingers crossed)
If I could live in another country I’d move to Rome, Italy.
I can never stop writing
because the voices in my head would find another way out.      

Previous Books

Love All Over Me
Sweet Victory
Christmas’ Journey
Love’s Chance
Scarlet’s Tears
My Son
Derailed

Books Coming Soon

I’m subbing away. When the ink has dried, I’ll let you know.

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Dangerous Temptation
Catrina Barton, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Dangerous Temptation.
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover artist: Shawn Barton
Length: 268 Pages
Heat rating: Sweet
Tagline: Seventeen year old Kaitlin Sinclair is about to have her life changed forever by an enticing stranger, and a prophecy she knows nothing about.
Seventeen year-old orphan Kaitlin Sinclair’s world gets turned upside down when she’s forced to move half way around the world to Indonesia with her uncle she never knew existed. Things get worse when the demons she left behind in America follow her to the land of intrigue. Her uncle forces her to attend a celebration where she meets Cadmon, a mysterious, captivating stranger, who reveals that he knew her parents. She uncovers secrets that in the wrong hands could destroy his endangered clan of were-tigers and the entire world. When Kaitlin dives into a foreign culture, full of mystique and dangers everywhere she turns, keeping her heart safe might prove as impossible as staying alive.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kaitlin Sincair, 17 Graduating high school. Cadmon Quinn 23 leader
of his people.

Interview

Which character in your current book do you think readers will like the most?
Kaitlin
Why?
She’s a teenager who lost both parents and tries to make the
best of her horrible situations. She’s also ready to start her first big adventure.
Why do you write?
Because it’s as necessary as breathing. I’m not happy unless
I’m writing.
When you write, what things
do you want close at hand? (Coffee, water, chocolate… pictures of gorgeous hunks
for inspiration…?)
A nice steamy cup of green tea {preferably with mango and sweetened
with honey} and some music to set the mood I’m trying to create.
When you’re not writing,
what would we find you doing?
Amatuer belly dancing, teaching Kung Fu, or hiking with my family.
When an idea hits you,
what do you do to capture it?
Pull out my notebook and penand jot it down, or boot up my lap
top and type it down.
What other jobs have you
held besides writing?
Waitressing as a teen, cashier, cook, house cleaning, care taking,
teaching Kung Fu, yard work, editing, stocking, fast food.
What’s the best gift you
ever received?
True friendship and true love.
If you could time travel
what era would be your first stop?
Back to the days of the Native Americans. I’d love to live off
the land and not worry about money. :P
What’s your favorite movie?
Depends. Are we talking romance, action, comedy? Romance is Princess
Bride or Ruyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Action is Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nicholas
Cage. Comedy is Mrs Doubtfire with Robin Williams.
Are you the eldest, middle,
baby, or only child?
Eldest of four.

Please complete the sentence

I love pizza with tomatoes, extra cheese, and lots of meat.
I’m always ready to turn on the music, when my speakers cooperate.
When I’m alone, I do a lot of deep thinking. Not always a
good thing, but it keeps me realistic.
If I had a halo it would be a blinding mix of white and yellow.
If I could change anything I’d leave it alone, because
every trial we overcome makes us stronger and shapes us into who we were meant to
be.
I can never change the past because any changes made
would reflect on the future.
Catrina Barton

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Stuffed Mushrooms 
Romance Lives Forever welcomes back Marketing for Romance Writers
member Jennifer France for a Taste of Summer Camp. MFRW is counting down the
days to their FREE marketing summer camp with scrumptious recipes from members.
Today’s recipe is Dottie’s Stuffed Mushrooms. Take it away, Jennifer!
I know, I know. I normally write of all things dealing with BDSM
but today I’m going to write about something that, for all intense and purposes,
can be much better!
If you are a writer (no matter what genre (yep: even BDSM) ~
aspiring, published (self or otherwise)) I have something amazing to share with
you! It’s called Marketing For Romance Writers (MFRW).
We all know that having a network of friends to help fill in
the blanks is invaluable … well MFRW has a wealth of resources- people full of
information because they have either been there, done that, or researched it and
are so very willing to pass their information on to you. It doesnt end there – they
have classes to help you get your work from the laptop to the bookshelves. It’s
nothing short of amazing the things these folks do for writers like us!
Of course the best part is that you can join! What could be better
than that?!? Oh, I know: It’s free!
What perfect timing too since they are gearing up for Summer
Camp the second weekend in July (12th to the 14th) and I’m here to help promote
this fabulous opportunity with what we’re calling A Taste of Summer Camp to get
this information out there by sharing a recipe. Romance authors, join MFRW’s Yahoo Group today so you don’t miss out on this
excellent learning opportunity.
Since I love to write about things that make my mouth water,
I’m gonna share a favorite, mouth-watering, low carb recipe that I can never make
enough of for my guests ~ even had a caterer ask for the recipe to this one;).

DOTTIE’S STUFFED MUSHROOMS

2 pounds fresh mushrooms
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 pound pork sausage (I like sage)
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste (I don’t use any)
Remove the stems from the mushrooms by gently twisting them off.
Drain the fat, if necessary. I found it helpful to chop the meat up until it was
pretty fine, but not mushy. Mix in the remaining ingredients, except the mushroom
caps. Fill the caps with the sausage mixture. (I use my fingers worked best). Pile
in as much sausage as you can per mushroom. Put in a greased or foil-lined baking
pan(s) and bake, uncovered, at 350º for 20-30 minutes until hot and bubbly.
About 30 mushrooms
Do not freeze
Per mushroom: 112 Calories; 9g Fat; 6g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate;
trace Dietary Fiber; 1g Net Carbs
Per whole batch: 3364 Calories; 279g Fat; 191g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate;
11g Dietary Fiber; 32g Net Carbs 

Author Jennifer France
Book: The Highlander’s Witch

Blurb:
The Highlander’s Witch
For years, twenty-three-year-old Skye Bennett has been waiting
for someone to sweep her off her feet and bring about her darkest fantasies. But
there’s just one problem – she comes from a family of witches and her older sister,
Sarah, uses her power of fire to interfere in every intimate relationship Skye has.
When their aunt mistakes Skye’s date as her soul mate only to
discover he is really Sarah’s,

her family tries to make up for it by finding the
man Skye truly belongs with. Unfortunately, their last attempt failed miserably
when they set her up for a speed-dating event, so her aunt resorts to magic to accomplish
their desires. Suddenly propelled back in time without warning, Skye is saved from
a brutal cougar attack by a Scottish Laird who has just returned from another skirmish
and only wants to sit in front of a warm fire with a mug of ale. Instead, Aiden
finds Skye and believes the unknown ‘lad’ to be a spy. When he finds out the spy
is a female his concern grows, as does his lust.

Aiden realizes this woman can be his downfall but she calls to
him in a way he cannot deny. Has she been sent to destroy all he has fought for,
or is she his salvation? Fighting his desires, he knows he must ensure the safety
of his home and kin from those that wish to destroy what he has fought to hold onto.
In this tale set in fourteenth century Scotland, a witch must determine if
she can trust the man who holds her life in his hands – even as he steals her heart.
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 Mona Karel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited to
interview your character, Kendra Weiss from the book, My Killer My Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Cover artist: Pepper O’Neal and Mona did the cover together
Length: 324 pages
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: An immortal enforcer is sent to punish an innocent woman,
and discovers the soul he’d forgotten he possessed.
Blurb: She came to the woods to heal and found evil lurking among
the trees… Upon her grandmother’s death, Kendra inherits a cottage deep within
an ancient forest, along with the powers given only to certain women in her family—powers
she doesn’t know she has. Recovering from a vicious attack, Kendra returns home
to the remote cabin determined to heal both her body and her spirit. But the forest
is ailing, too. Evil stalks its dark places, turning its quiet glades into a battlefield.
When a strangely beautiful man appears at her cabin intent on punishing her for
a crime she didn’t commit, Kendra needs all her strength to protect her forest,
her life… and her heart. Can she learn to use her powers and to trust Mykhael
in time to save the ancient forest?
He came to the woods to redeem himself and found an innocence
that would be his undoing… Throughout his long life, Mykhael has struggled, often
in vain, to please the Atrahasis, immortal overlords of the sacred places in the
universe. Now they have given him one last chance to redeem himself. He must punish
the person they think desecrated an ancient forest in Northern
California. But when he meets Kendra, he realizes he’s doomed to disappoint
them once more. Not only is she innocent of the crime the Atrahasis have accused
her of, Kendra is the missing part of the soul Mykhael didn’t know he still possessed.
Can he defy the Atrahasis yet again and live long enough to save the only thing
in his life that matters?
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Kendra Weiss is in her mid twenties. She’s been a folk dancer
but with her injury plus her grandmother’s death, she’s come back to the cottage
to heal herself and, as it turns out, the forest.
Mykhael Alastor, oh, he’s ageless. Seriously. He would have stopped
aging when the Atrahasis offered him an opportunity to right all the wrongs he encountered,
around mid to late twenties. Which three thousand or more years ago was quite an
advanced age. He’s an enforcer, a guardian of the sacred places on Earth.

Interview with Kendra Weiss

Tell us about yourself.
“I’m afraid I’m
a bit of a disappointment to my family though they try to say otherwise. My father
controls large corporations, my mother is the ultimate hostess and my siblings are
at the top of their field. I was uncomfortable in that life as a child, so they
let me stay at Gran’s cottage deep in the Sequoias.”
Tell us about Mykhael Alastor.
“Mykhael’s had a
rough life. He was rejected by his father, one of Atrahasis overlords, though he
was known as the god Alastor, whose duty was to ensure the sins of the father were
visited upon their sons. Kind of grim, don’t you think? Since his mother was not
of the Atrahasis, he grew up away from the family and alone after his mother died.
In spite of this beginning he became a soldier, then a war lord, then was offered
a position with the Atrahasis. Even though his life has been one of war and fighting,
he loves sunlight and the natural order of things.”
What do you think is your strongest point?
“Oh, I’m not much
really. I learned to keep the garden growing and how to live here in the woods.
For a while I performed with a folk dance group, which was great fun until I had
a set piece dropped on my legs and couldn’t dance any more. I guess my strongest
point is being too stubborn to give up when other people might.”
What would Mykhael say is your strongest point?
{smile} “Mykhael
really likes my cooking. Seriously, I guess he’d agree I don’t give up easily…oh,
here he is.”
“Yes, and just in
time. It sounds like you’re once again bending reality, my dear. Let’s see, hmmm…a
disappointment to your family? And they LET you stay at the cottage?” Sigh.
“My darling you really don’t need to hide yourself from these people, after
all they want to read your story. Kendra’s grandmother recognized the power in her
as a baby, and asked that she be sent to be raised in the woods. They resisted until
they realized Kendra didn’t belong in their modern world. They could not be prouder
of their ‘fey’ daughter even when they don’t completely understand her. As far as
her strongest point, stubborn does come to mind. But even more her inner self glows
with the light of her power, which she has never used to her own benefit. Although
she does bake a marvelous loaf of bread.
“Now let’s see about
these other questions, since you seem hesitant to be truthful about yourself. Hmmm,
weakest point, you have none except you don’t think enough of yourself. You grew
up here in these sacred woods, a magical area for sure. I’m not going to let you
wish for something different in your life since all of your life brought you here
to be with me in these woods, and isn’t that your fondest wish?”
“Am I not allowed
to answer questions for myself? And here I thought you’d become a more modern man.
Now let me answer my own questions…oh, a place of perfect refuge–“
“I do believe you’re
blushing my love. Do you really want to tell them about your refuge…our refuge?”
“Why not let them
read what Mona had to say about it?”

About the Author

Mona Karel is the writing alter ego of Monica Stoner, who has
lived her life in a manner guaranteed to give any parents gray hairs. She’s been
a dog groomer, horse trainer, stable manager, waitress…then at thirty five took
a job as a buyer’s assistant at a nuclear power plant. A few years later she married
the man she’d loved for far too long, and settled down for a while. During this
passage into normal life she rediscovered her love of writing. Of course she couldn’t
do that the easy way either, completing numerous manuscripts which will never see
the light of day while learning her craft. Distractions abounded, including her
long time involvement in pure bred dogs and her husband’s amazing artistic talent.
Eventually her characters called to her to be set free upon the world, and she braved
another round of submissions.

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Loyalty 

Eva Caye, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Loyalty.
Genre: Science fiction romance
Publisher: self
Cover artist: self
Length: 169,200 words / estimated 478 pages
Heat rating: book – warm; Easter egg – fairly explicit
Tagline: The cost of being Imperial
Blurb: The dangers of being Imperial mean Princess Anne, Prince
Brian, and Prince Christian must set aside their petty differences to support each
other through thick and thin. As they struggle to find compatible mates, security
issues come to the fore!
Lord Andrés Encino, for example. As honorable as a man can get,
he nevertheless represents true danger to Anne simply because he has a photographic
memory, and she is the principal heiress to Empress Felice Sinclair’s ultra-secret
stargate science. Anne sets aside her fears to pursue an intimate relationship with
the immensely talented designer, which means her Sentinel Lieutenant brother Brian
must also investigate all the Encino family secrets that could lead to security
breaches.
As Service Lieutenant Prince Christian Sinclair battles his own
insecurities, hoping to find a lady who could withstand the Imperial social scene,
his ship is called upon to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Stargate
Fleet, including Mother, Anne, and brother Josef. Their travails expand dramatically
as the Imperial Family copes with the consequences of the Crandon Stargate Fleet
Battle and the persistent attempts of the Atticans to either capture or destroy
all stargate scientists!
What is the cost of being Imperial, in isolation and friendship
and love? And how can they find partners willing to live with the security requirements
needed to maintain not only their own safety, but that of the Empire?
Buy links:
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Sentinel Lieutenant Prince Brian Sinclair, 24; Service Lieutenant Prince Christian
Sinclair, 23 ; Princess Anne Sinclair, 22
To Be Sinclair series

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
I constantly research and edit. At first I just wanted to get
the major actions and dialogue down, but now I continuously edit for consistency,
grammar, and fleshing out the scenes with pertinent information, such as burn therapies.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I never know where it will take me. Sometimes I feel like I am
accessing a portal to a parallel future dimension in which my characters live. I
spy upon them and let the visions gather until I have to write the scene. Then I
‘watch’ the scenes in my head and whisper to the characters, questions like, “What
are you feeling? Why did you do that?” In some respects, it’s a god-like power
of omniscience, but in other respects I cannot change things; they will act out
the scenes until I write what THEY do and think. I know the overall plot before
I start, but otherwise I am simply their scribe
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Get it down, rewrite, explore every angle, put yourself in your
character’s position to understand him or her thoroughly, then research the hell
out of everything. And then send it to the beta readers, rewrite if they make significant
suggestions, send it to the editor, rewrite according to her suggestions, back to
the editor for a final check, and one final edit.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Although I write all the time, it’s my passion so I suffer very
little stress, no matter how focused I get. Most of my stress comes from beating
myself up when I find another inconsistency I missed the first hundred times I edited!
I have wrist phones and shuttle ports, so when I find a wristphone or a shuttleport,
I go nuts until it is uploaded to Amazon or Smashwords one more time.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Absolutely! I include a ton of personal experiences, mostly my
own, but I do not hesitate to include others.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn’t
normally read your genre, and why?
I wrote Dignity for
many reasons, but overall I wanted it to be a book that would entice romance readers
into reading science fiction. I wanted to see more great female scientists in literature,
so naturally she had to fall in love and learn how to deal with emotions she’s never
experienced before!
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
I usually read non-fiction, but I have so many interests it would
be hard to narrow them down. I would say my personal library has about 20% spiritual
or religious books, for I was a ‘seeker’ for many years.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
Traditional publishing will always exist until every e-reader
can be charged with solar power and have books downloaded directly via satellite.
Many of my family members live where internet access is impossible without satellite
dishes.
Do you plan to branch out into other genres?
Absolutely. The To Be Sinclair series does not have ‘aliens’,
though there are life-forms on many planets, so I have some ‘alien contact’ synopses
in my Books to Write folder. I have about 25 items in my Working Files folder, at
least a third of which are non-fiction, though some will end up as articles, blog
posts, and short stories instead of books.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
My first five-star review, which I wrote about here: http://www.evacaye.com/my-first-five-star-review/.
Turning away from the lowest point in my life to become an obsessive author, and
then sending my first book to my first reviewer and getting a five-star review was
like winning an Oscar for a debut performance.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored. There’s too much to do and learn! I suffer major
depressive disorder, which is characterized by real physical symptoms, like lack
of energy, inability to perceive your surroundings, I could go on and on. When I
have energy, I garden or clean or do something fun; when I have no energy, which
is the usual state of affairs, I write or do research online or crochet, just to
feel like I’m being productive.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Indigo.
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.”
Eva Caye

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with fresh veggies.
I’m always ready for a chat on Facebook.
When I’m alone, I am either reading, writing, or sleeping.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a pretty good tarot reader.
If I had a halo it would be shaped
like the headdress of Nefertiti
.
If I could travel in time, I’d save the Library of
Alexandria and see
what the future will be like in 1000 years
.
I can never stop reading spiritual books because I
believe miracles are simply a science we don’t understand yet, though a few people
have passed along some good ‘clues’ along the way
.

Previous Books

The To Be Sinclair
series: Dignity; Majesty; Fealty; Royalty;
Dynasty.

Books Coming Soon

Evan’s Ladies (an add-on
novel to the series, consisting of four novellas, expected May 20, 2013); Nobility (summer 2013); a finale the title
of which I will not divulge until its publication, and two series prequels tentatively
titled Enter the Goddess and Undying Dawn.

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Melinda Dozier, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, Time Changes Everything.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Cover artist: Ashley Christman
Length: 40,000 words
Heat rating: Spicy
Blurb:
Amanda Larson is dedicated to her job and doesn’t want to make
time for anything else. Until she runs into Jake Edwards. He used to be the cute
boy next door; now he’s a sexy, big shot lawyer.
Jake Edwards isn’t interested in commitment. He’s successful,
sexy, and single–and that’s how he likes it. When he reconnects with Amanda, Jake
realizes he might have to rethink his philosophy on the carefree, bachelor lifestyle.
But, is it too late for them? Or can he convince her that he’s
ready to give her his heart?
Buy links: To be provided on release date
Author website for info: http://melindadozier.com
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Amanda Larson, 26, Fashion Buyer at Macy’s
Jake Edwards, 27, Sports Contracts Lawyer

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now,
as compared to when you first started writing?
There are a few things
I do as a newbie author that are important. First, take a deep breath and relax.
The author world can be overwhelming, but it is also so much fun, if you stop and
smell the roses. Second, I have a critique group. Since I live in a Spanish speaking
country, I find it difficult to connect with other writers. So, I joined an online
group and found other established authors as critique partners. This is vital for
an author. Other people see your work through different eyes. Third, an author should
establish an online presence through a website, blog, social media like Twitter
or Facebook. Readers will search you out using these outlets. You can also meet
other fabulous writers and learn a tremendous amount of information.
What websites do you visit daily?
I’m addicted to Twitter.
I don’t know why. I don’t know how. It just happened. No matter what time of day,
I get on and something cheers me up, interests me, teaches me or amazes me. The
best fun I’ve had all year!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
My characters take me
to places and experience life in ways that I never have. This is what I love the
most – living through them. I’m a hopeless romantic, so sharing a kiss, visiting
a distant city, working a job I never imagined I could do, bungee jumping can all
take place in my mind. It’s almost as if I was there!
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it
be?
My favorite contemporary
romance author is Jill Shalvis, so to have her guidance would be a dream. She has
the perfect mix of romance, spiciness, humor and sarcasm. Everything I love!
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Lots and lots of coffee.
Good thing I live in Guatemala,
a coffee-producing country.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Yes! I never use real
names, but there are times when something happens that is too good to pass up. I
think “I’ve got to use that in my book.” I also use names of people I
know. For example, Jake’s law firm is uses the last names of my sister – Snell,
Marlow and Grimes.
What are some jobs you’ve done before (or while) you were
a writer?
I’ve been teaching for
17 years and I love it. I don’t think I could give it up. Other jobs in my past
include PR work, a paralegal and waitressing in college.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your
own writing?
This question makes me
laugh. I never take a break from writing – or reading for that matter. I am always
writing in some way, be it writing a chapter, a scene, plotting, thinking about
scenes, editing, blogging, guest blogging. It never ends. But, I always read – every
day – usually at night in bed. Most of what I read is contemporary romance and occasionally
young adult (since I teach middle school). My automatic buy authors include: Jill
Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Ruthie Knox and Susan Mallery.
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?
My dream vacation would be a romantic trip to New York City with my hubby.
I’ve never been, which is ironic because Time
Changes Everything
mainly takes place there. I would pack my sexy underwear,
flirty dresses, highest heels and of course my kindle to read on the plane. Will
it happen this year? Wait and see.
What good book have you read recently?
I just finished reading On
the Island by
Tracy Garvis-Graves and I absolutely
loved it. In fact, I plan on rereading it again soon. The characters got to me –
you know their kind, the ones you can’t stop thinking about once you finish the
book.
What do you like to do when you’re bored?
My name is Melinda Dozier and I’m a Farmville addict. It’s no
secret that I love computer games and apps. However, it’s been a year since hubs
intervened between my Farmville habit. I’m a proud survivor. Nowadays, I play Words
with Friends, Draw Something, and Song Pop.
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 the works.
I’m always ready for a new episode of The Bachelor.
When I’m alone, I savor the silence.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m actually quite shy.
If I had a halo it would be put
on backwards, because that’s just the way I am
.
If I could rewind my life I’d spend more time listening
to my Dad’s stories
.
I can never read Nicholas Sparks because I end up a
blubbering mess for days
.

Melinda Dozier

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Hypnotize Me 
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 Hypnotize Me [Sultry SoCal 2] by Taylor Brooks.
Genre: Gay Romance, Erotic Romance, MM
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Jack “Tag” Taglieri is stuck in a rut. His everyday
life of fighting fires and no social life is beginning to wear on his nerves. The
building tension isn’t just getting to him, but his brothers in the firehouse are
starting to notice as well. Being a fireman, his head always has to be in the game,
with no distractions from his personal life.
Walt Newcome is a nurse still trying to put his personal life
back together again after yet another failed relationship. At his wit’s end with
all men in general, he isn’t sure if he should give up entirely or just stop trying.
When Tag is injured in a warehouse fire and Walt is the nurse
charged with his care, the question isn’t whether or not Walt will help him on his
road to recovery. The question is who will end up healing who as the two become
much closer than mere patient and nurse.

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Please welcome Vicki Batman to Romance Lives Forever with a post on getting away and finding your heroes.

Last December, my girlfriends and I went on our annual Christmas
getaway. We ate great food and checked out historical homes decorated for the holidays.
After we returned to our rooms and put on our comfy jammies,
we exchanged gifts and then chatted about stuff. All kinds of stuff. This time,
the topic turned to handsome hunky heroes.
Yeah, we went through all the normal attributes heroes are perceived
to be, like firefighters and policemen, military, etc. Out of nowhere, I added,
“My heroes are handymen–plumbers, carpenters, and fixer-uppers like the guys
on HGTV.”
Needless to say, hysterics took over us.
But it’s the truth. We’d rather have someone who could clean
the pipes, patch a hole in the wall, fix a light fixture, and nowadays, keep our
computer running. Those are real men.
The giggles continued on when we began discussing the HGTV hosts
that rock our world. And we did wonder if they were as helpful at home as they appear
to be on television.
I tend to write about everyday heroes in my sweet meet stories.
Chances are we encounter them in real life over a Navy Seal or Army Ranger. The
lawyer who volunteers to run a Christmas tree stand. The accountant who helps someone
figure out how to fund a business. The restaurateur who provides jobs and helps
the local animal shelter. The store owner who wants to help his sick dad have a
wonderful, last Christmas. The architect taking over his mom’s business when she
retires. The pilot donating a kidney. The schoolteacher who coaches a team.
They don’t–usually–risk life and limb; they are the unsung
guys who keep us going every day. Just normal average Joes.
Those small things are truly heroic.
BTW, did I mention the electrician is a fireman?
What kind of hero do you like to read about? Who are your heroes?

By Vicki Batman — San Diego
or Bust

After what was supposed to have been a romantic getaway to San Diego, Jill Grant
decided her boyfriend, Davis Griffith Swansea III, was a dirtwad. Absolutely,
none of her planning had pleased him and to top it off, he hadn’t proposed. So
when deplaning, Steven Cartwright comes to her aid, and she begins to question
whether her Mr. Right is the right Mr. Right.
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An Intrepid Trip to Love
Charlie Cochet, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Trip Hagan from the book, An Intrepid Trip to Love.
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy shifter
Publisher: Self (Part of the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s Love
Has No Boundaries writing event)
Cover artist: Charlie Cochet
Length: 34k
Heat rating: Rated-R
Blurb: Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan is a Husky shifter who was born to
be the Hagan Clan’s next Alpha, a position of honor and nobility, a position he
never wanted and was all too happy to pass onto his younger brother. But when they
discovered his brother couldn’t have pups, the responsibility of continuing the
Hagan Alpha line fell back to Trip. At the tender age of eighteen, Trip gave in
under the weight of the Hagan Council’s demand for him to fulfill his duty, but
after years of struggling to uphold his family’s traditions, Trip found the courage
to do what no other Hagan Alpha had done in the history of the clan: he came out.
With
his Enforcers–the Devil Dogs, at his side, Trip won the battle against the Council,
who attempted to banish him and take his young son away. His victory allowed him
to remain within the clan and raise Robbie. Now five years later, the dust has settled,
and Trip is living a happy life with his cheeky pup and their own little makeshift
family. Brook–Robbie’s mother, her true mate Deacon, and the Devil Dogs are the
only ones who support Trip and know of his heartache.
True
mates within canine shifter clans are very rare, but Trip has had one since he can
remember. Despite losing his heart to Boone twenty years ago, Trip holds little
hope of ever getting to bond with the sexy Enforcer, as it’s against clan laws for
pure-bloods to bond with half-breeds. How much longer can Trip and Boone resist
the longing in their hearts? With the call from their feral halves to seal the bond
growing stronger by the day, can Trip and Boone find a way to be together without
losing everything?
Buy links: Coming Soon
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Tristan “Trip” Hagan, 35 years old, Full-time dad
Robbie Hagan, 7 years old, mischief-maker
Boone Devin, 38 years old, Enforcer
Hunter Devin, 36 years old, Enforcer

Interview with Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan

Tell us about yourself.
“Sure, why not.” Trip sits down, bounces a little,
testing the plushness of the couch and getting momentarily distracted. “Oh,
right. Me. My name is Tristan Hagan, but everyone calls me Trip. I’m thirty-five
years old, divorced, and I have a seven year old son who’s obsessed with zombies
and owns a LEGO collection I’m convinced has been created for the sole purpose of
bringing me pain. They’re like little landmines of sharp evil pointiness.”
“I’m the oldest of four, meant to be the next Alpha of our
clan but…” he wrinkles his nose and shrugs. “Let’s just say there was
some unpleasantness, drama drama drama, I’m no longer next in line. My hobbies are
watching movies, eating food, and driving Boone crazy.”
Tell us about Boone.
With a wide grin, Trip reaches into his back pocket and pulls
out his wallet. He removes a small photograph and holds it out. “This here
is Boone. You want to ogle him. I can see it in your eyes. It’s okay, you can ogle
him. He’s very ogley.” Trip cringes. “That didn’t come out right. Ogle-worthy?
Ogle-ish? Hot. We’ll go with hot. I’m going to put this away now or we’ll never
get anywhere with this interview.” Trip turns the picture for one last look,
let’s out a small sigh then puts it away before patting his back pocket. “I
like keeping him close. To my heart, not my ass. Though…” He trails off and
wriggles his eyebrows. “Sorry, you were saying something or asking a question.
Your lips definitely moved. I get distracted easily. Right! Boone. Boone is amazing.
If you didn’t know him, you’d probably be doing everything you could not to piss
him off. He’s big and can get real scary, but that’s why he’s an Enforcer. It’s
his job to be tough and protect the clan, specifically me and Robbie. They didn’t
nickname him and his brother Devil Dogs for nothing.” He discreetly looks around
the room before leaning forward and whispering,” He’s also a big softie.”
With a chuckle he settles back again. “But don’t tell him I said so, ’cause
then, well, he won’t seem so cuddly. There’s no one I trust more than him.”
He pauses. “What’s with the face? Oh, you wanted something juicy.” His
cheeks get a little pink. “I did mention he’s hot, right? Not that we’ve uh,
done a lot, but he’s an amazing kisser, and well, I mentioned big, and his arms,
Gods, and his ass!” Clears his throat and murmurs an apology. “Next question?”
What do you think is your strongest point?
“I’m a pretty cheerful guy, even when it seems like I’m
grumpy. I like to keep things light because there’s no point in dwelling on things
out of my control. I have a pup to look out for and he needs me to be strong for
him.”
What would Boone say is your strongest point?
“That would depend on what mood he’s in and if I’ve done
anything to influence that mood.” He laughs softly. “He would probably
say my attitude. He’s always telling me how much he loves that I can make him laugh.
I love making him smile or teasing him. It keeps us from getting lost in our own
thoughts too often.”
What would Boone say is your biggest weakness?
Trip rolls his eyes. “My sweet tooth, but he’s a dirty liar.
I don’t have a sweet tooth. So I indulge in Macadamia nut cookies every once and
a while, or homemade pancakes with lots of maple syrup for breakfast. Nothing wrong
with that. Doesn’t mean I have a sweet tooth.” He peers warily. “Do I
have a secret stash? Well if I did and I told you, then it would no longer be a
secret, would it? Get your own cookies.”
What do you wish was different about your life?
“I wish my father would remove the stick he’s got shoved
up his–I mean, I wish my father would at least make an attempt to understand me
rather than blindly following our clan’s council, but his priority has always been
his position first, our family second. I probably fell somewhere between bringing
home a gallon of milk, and approving aboveground sprinklers.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
“To be left alone to live a happy life with my son and Boone.
That’s not a lot to ask, is it?” He sighs before pursing his lips thoughtfully.
“And a magic remote with a ‘mute’ button I can use on Hunter. That would be
awesome.”
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
Trip smiles fondly. “One summer,
the Devil Dogs and I took Robbie camping out in the woods near the river. It was
supposed to be clear skies, but ended up pouring rain. We made the mistake of letting
Hunter set up the tents, and he put Boone’s too close to the river, so when it rose
from the rainfall, it got swept away with all his clothes and equipment inside.”
He laughs. “Boone was ready to strangle Hunter. Later that night, the skies
cleared up and we all sat around the fire to keep warm. Robbie fell asleep in my
arms and I told Boone he could share a tent with me and Robbie. Boone took my hand
in his and kissed me. It was the first time he’d ever done that. It was perfect.
I’ll never forget it. When I feel crappy, I just think about that night and it makes
me smile.”
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
“Boone and Hunter have been my best friends since we were
pups. I wasn’t really supposed to become friends with my Enforcers, but those two
were just too much fun not too. Plus, I was never really in the habit of following
the rules. They’re great guys.” Trip smiles widely, his eyes filled with affection.
“You can always count on them to be there for you. They’re fearless and lucky
for me, the toughest Enforcers out there.” His smile fades and his eyes get
a little glassy. “If it weren’t for them, I would have lost everything. I owe
them so much.”
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it
now.
“Would you like a cookie?” He grins broadly.
“The answer would be yes, yes I would like a cookie. Macadamia. If you’ve got
it.”

About the Author

Charlie Cochet
M/M author by day, artist by night, Charlie Cochet is quick to
succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, and no star is out of reach when following
her passion. From hardboiled detectives and society gentleman, to angels and elves,
there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and
plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida,
Charlie dreams of the day where the temperature might be something other than hot,
hot, and boy, it’s hot! When Charlie isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading,
drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to
hear from readers.

Previous Books

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of
Love #1)
Roses in the Devil’s Garden (Fallen Rose series #1) (Free Read)
The Amethyst Cat Caper (A Tea House Tale #1)
The Only Star (A Tea House Tale #1.5) (Free Read)
Mending Noel
When Love Walked In
In His Corner
Lost in My Waking Dream
Believe Me, Beloved (Masks Off! Anthology)

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