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Category Archives: Vampire

Romance or Fantasy with vampiric characters.

The Vampire Next Door by Marilyn Baron @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #romance #comedyToday’s featured book is The Vampire Next Door: Book 4 in The Psychic Crystal Mystery series, a vampire romance by Marilyn Baron.

True Blood Meets The Addams Family Meets Romeo and Juliet

Aurora Dawn Hale, the ravishing daughter and granddaughter of psychics, wants to take a bite out of the boy next door, reformed vampire Lancelot “Lance” Lakeland, who repents his past and desperately desires to be good. Lance has given up immortality to be with the woman he craves. He must convince Aurora Dawn he is worthy of her trust. Will she love him for who he is and leave her fiancé at the altar? Or wake up from her spell in time to recognize the evil presence of the fiend who has terrorized her family for centuries?

Genre Vampire Romance, Romantic Comedy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Publisher The Wild Rose Press, Inc. https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5063-the-vampire-next-door.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Next-Psychic-Crystal-Mystery-ebook/dp/B071CSXPXM/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-vampire-next-door-marilyn-baron/1126256723?ean=2940157538408

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Marilyn is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Marketing for Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. She writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers/suspense, historicals and paranormal. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. Marilyn blogs at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/. She and her sister, Sharon Goldman, just released a play about Alzheimer’s called Memory Lane. You can find out more about Marilyn’s books and short stories and listen to a medley of the music from Memory Lane on her Web site at www.marilynbaron.com or view it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/Hgi_mIdt5MA.

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Four ways to Spot a Witch by Kryssie Fortune @KryssieFortune #RLFblog #urbanfantasyKryssie Fortune shares four ways to spot a witch.

1. Is the witch female?

Women are easily tempted to sin. Remember Eve and that damn apple? It taunted her from the tree branch while poor, innocent Adam ignored it. Historically, women were seen as morally week. Making a pact with the devil opened up a women’s wildest fantasies. Sometime, when struggling as an uneducated peasant, those fantasies were all she had.

Forget science and facts. Although… Okay, witches and flying go together. Ever wondered why? Most bread in the middle ages was rye bread, but that goes moldy fast. That mold’s interesting. It’s called Ergot. Too much is lethal. Smaller amounts are hallucinogenic and can give the illusion of flying. Most witch suspects were healers or herbalists, and they’d include Ergot in their potions. Rub that potion on your broomstick and straddle it, pre-flight. Middle ages remember. No underwear. Their bare genitals absorbed the potion, making them writhe and contort as it sent orgasm speeding though their body. Afterwards, they would think they’d been flying

2. Does the witch have a pet?

Don’t ever be lonely enough to take in a stray cat or dog, no matter how many purrs or puppy-dog eyes they give you. Witch hunters will claim the Devil sent the pet to her. Some believe the creature can shape shift. Historically witch hunters were warned to be on guard for small snakes, birds, cats, rats, dogs, and griffins. It makes you wonder how many griffins they found.

Pets or familiars didn’t only belong to women. During the English Civil war, Prince Rupert of the Rhine commanded the Cavaliers’ cavalry. By the age of 23, he was an experienced soldier, and everywhere he went, he took his huge white poodle, Boy, with him.

Parliamentarians thought the dog was Prince Rupert’s familiar, or even the Devil in disguise. They even claimed the dog could catch bullets in its mouth. Boy held the rank of Sergeant-major-general. After the cavaliers lost the Battle of Marston Moor, parliamentarians shot Boy, some say with a silver bullet. So, devil’s familiar? Werewolf? Or just a well- loved dog? You decide.

3. Does the witch have a wart?

Women breastfeed babies. Since I can’t find a reference to a female witch catcher, I assume they were male. Men are fascinated with women’s breasts, right? So, if the poor suspect had a third teat somewhere on her body, then that was a secret place for her familiar to suckle. Clearly men are terrified of women, why else would they need a panel of expert females to help find the hidden wart. Or maybe the men didn’t mind looking at the women’s breasts but not at her more private places.

4. Is the witch annoying?

What? Who decides this one? Does she get drunk and dance naked around the village? Some might call that local color. Does she come begging at the manor door? Surely powerful men had a duty to help the poor. Perhaps, if they were powerful, they were also greedy. What better way to not give alms than to out the poor beggar woman as a witch.

Why my interest in witches? Easy, the Tempest, the heroine in my book, Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf is one. Since she’s scared to touch her powers, she’s not a very good one, but then there’s the exploding cauldron to consider. Or the time an injured vampire crash landed on her carpet. Or the way her demon death spell bounced off a cluster of spider demons. All things considered, she’s probably best leaving her magic alone.

Kryssie Fortune’s Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf

After seven centuries, Elias, a former Spartan turned vampire, finds his eternal bride.

Seth, Elias’s werewolf half-brother, scents his mate.

Vampire and werewolf loathe each other. The only thing they agree on is that Tempest is their mate–and they’re not sharing.

A prophecy will force Tempest, a twenty-first-century witch, to choose between them. As the half-brothers vie to win her heart, they teach her about spanking, the way pain heightens pleasure, and the joy of multiple orgasms.

A vampire can’t survive without his fated bride. A werewolf dies if he loses his mate. Their future rests in Tempest’s hands. Which one will she choose?

Note: While loosely linked to the Scattered Siblings series, this book may be read as a standalone story.

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Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae, or BDSM loving dragons.

Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick ass females who can hold their own against whatever life – or Kryssie – throws at them.

Kryssie’s pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliff hanger.

Her books are all stand-alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

Website http://kryssiefortune.wixsite.com/kryssie
Blog http://kryssiefortune.blogspot.co.uk/
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Candi Fox’s new Harlequin Deception is a paranormal romance.

Ten years ago, the world as we know it changed. The shift is what it became known as. Overnight, paranormal beings came out of the proverbial closet. Something in reality had shifted. Those who had no idea they were paranormal were awakened to a new reality. Ten years in and Harlowe Lake Kelly, Harley to her friends, is back in her small Oklahoma town, widowed and striking out in a new career, namely, a successful magic agency. Her uncanny abilities at using potions, spells, and other means at solving supernatural crimes, thrust her into a partnership with local law enforcement. Things would be great if it wasn’t for the three sexy, but deadly, men who stand at all corners of her new life. Lucien, the ancient, alluring Vampire who has made it clear he wants more than Harley’s luscious curves. Cowboy, who wants to possess her in every way imaginable, and Aiden. The newcomer who has strict orders from his Vampire boss… but she senses has his own agenda. But in a world where things and beings are never what they seem, life isn’t promised and love comes with many strings. So what’s a girl to do to untangle those strings?

Genre Paranormal Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Amazon http://amzn.to/2rdWxAH

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Candi is the co-host of the wildly popular radio show Candi and Company with over 900 thousand listeners began her venture in the paranormal at the tender age of two, when she witnessed her first apparition. From that moment on the paranormal seemed to follow her. No matter where she moved, the house she lived in the house next door, or the house down the street always seemed to be haunted.

She often wondered if she drew the spirits to her. Little did she know that she was indeed a magnet of sorts. It wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she found people who could not only explain her gifts, but would also help her hone them. Armed with this new knowledge she began to openly explore hauntings and other paranormal phenomena.

Growing up in Indiana lent her the opportunity to explore many famous haunted places including the Hannah House, which was once part of the Underground Railroad. A little over two years ago she moved to Tulsa, OK and has began to explore the haunted landscape in a new state.

Candi lives with her husband, and furry children in Tulsa. She is passionate about the occult, saving and rehabilitating horses, horseback riding, magic, all things mystical and has her Reiki Mastery.

She uses her own paranormal experiences as well as her own life traumas to write from a grounded and realistic perspective about subjects that are hard to talk about and even harder to feel for yourself.

Blog http://candifox.com/blog/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CandiFox
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Is It True: Kisses From Lillith @Adele_Downs #PNR #Romance #RLFblog Kisses From Lillith author Adele Downs play Is It True on the RLF blog. This game lets authors answer quick yes or no questions.

 

Play Is It True with today’s guest Adele Downs, author of Kisses From Lillith, a sizzling paranormal short story. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Kisses From Lillith by Adele Downs

A sizzling short story with bite.

When Hunter receives an invitation for a group tour in an ancient cave to celebrate his cousin’s birthday, he and his girlfriend Rosa unwittingly attend a party…with unusual refreshments.

“Wow! For a short story, this was a long, thrilling ride.” ~Will Work For Books

Is it true:

that Kisses From Lillith is your first book?
Not by a long shot. J
this book is part of a series?
Maybe. If readers like it, I might create a series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. In fact, writing the story helped me relax.
you did research for this book?
Yes
some characters in Kisses From Lillith are not human?
True. Some are vampires.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. Paranormal, Interracial, LGBT.
you speak more than one language?
No. I speak only English. My Spanish is awful.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I grew up in a neighboring county.
you love to read?
Of course!
you are never late?
Rarely. I’m usually punctual.
you love pizza?
Yes!
you love sushi?
No!
you have a pet?
No. He went to doggie heaven.

Where can we find your book online?

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Lillith-Adele-Downs-ebook/dp/B06XWZV69D/

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kisses-from-lillith

Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1222150135

Nook, Tolino, Page Foundary, 24 Symbols https://www.books2read.com/u/b5OEak

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Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach, taking photographs, or riding in her convertible.

Website http://adeledowns.com
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An editor is a crucial piece of the publishing puzzle and your relationship can make or break a project. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

There is something to be said about the rush you get when you finally type the words “THE END” into a manuscript. You have put your heart and soul into the page and for me, it was like I finally reached the top of a mountain. Little did I know it was just the first plateau.

I had been fortunate by this time to have worked with some of the best self-publishing authors in the business and knew that editing was going to be a beast. I was a first time author for goodness sake. I thought it would be perfect to team up with a good friend who wanted to get into editing. This played out like a bad horror movie where everyone could see the monster behind the curtain but you.

I first want to go on record that the editor in question is an amazing editor. She really did help polish The Awakening into what it is today. Also, had I continued working with her it would probably be 1,000 times better. Yet, I know it would have lost the harried style that I was truly going for. We ultimately parted ways amicably and I shelved my book for four years because I lost all confidence in the project.

Finally, I couldn’t stand seeing all the Facebook Memories showing me a project that I truly loved. I went through and got the story edited and finally pushed publish on it. I figure that it was never going to win a Pulitzer, but it is a fun addition to vampire lore that is worth telling.

So what advice do I have for someone who is finishing up their novel?

Do your research! Talk to your editor about what they like to read and do a first chapter edit. It gives both of you the opportunity to see if you want to work together.

Remember that as a self-published author, you are the boss. Don’t let anyone discourage you from publishing if that is what you want to do.

The editor is ultimately out to create the best version of the story. If you have done your research and know that they are a good fit, then trust what they are saying.

The Awakening by JP Adkins

What would you do if you found out you were genetically a Vampire? Would you embrace it or run? I have found that power is a strange
thing – sometimes it pulls you into places you never knew you would go. I have done things that most have only dreamed of; ran through walls, jumped off buildings but it all seems like folly.
I am what happens when genetics mutate, when the species collide, when the beauty can’t resist the beast. I can’t infect with my kiss, but I can awaken with my seed — if they are a mutation such as I.

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JP Adkins sees it as his mission in life to help you realize your dreams and to uplift your mood. He is a celebrated graphic ,web , and clothing designer, has helped many authors publish their books, and has recently published his first novel, The Awakening.

JP Adkins gets pleasure in finding ways to make life more beautiful for himself and those around him. His dream is to travel the country writing inspirational stories and leading meditations wherever he goes. He believes too many times we allow ourselves to quit trying because we tell ourselves we don’t know how, we don’t have the money, and we aren’t good enough. He wants to inspire others to take the inspired action required to design their lives. In his quest to serve the world, he has taken the first steps in ordainment in the Order of the Jedi. You Are Loved!

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Today’s featured book is Midnight Delight by Cadence Denton.
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Cozy Mystery
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Call me Contessa. Forget my name, you couldn’t pronounce it.
I’m a professional chef—actually, I’m the LeBron James of chefs. Bobby Flay, Gordon
Ramsay even Julia Childs have all been my students, and that’s just a few. I’ve
probably forgotten more about the culinary arts than any chef alive has
learned. I was in the thick of things when today’s conventional culinary
techniques were first being developed. You ever used the three basic steps in
dicing an onion? Prego. That was me. Ever heard of clarified butter? Bingo. Me
again.
How can that be? I was born in Genoa, Italy in the year of our Lord 1642. That’s
right. I’m an Eternal, a creature of darkness, a vampire…and I’m obsessed by
what I cannot eat. Food.
Ironically, I’m the star of my very own cooking show on the Foodie Culinary
Channel. My dream job! Where I get to create the recipes I adore and share them
with my audience and one lucky dinner guest. Which is where my troubles began.
And will end.
I was caught partaking the red jungle juice from the neck of my dinner date. I
was threatened, attacked with Holy water, and finally blackmailed by my
mild-mannered joke of an Associate Producer. As it turns out, she isn’t so
mild-mannered.
Now I have two choices: turn her into a child of darkness or risk exposure to
the human world.
I’m thinking there’s a third choice. His name is Rocco Guadagnino
[Review — I adored this book! It’s a quick read and more addictive than my
husband’s four-meat marinara. Fast-paced, quirky dialogue and a sweet
paranormal romance, Midnight Delight will delight your reading taste buds. I can’t
wait to read the next installment in the series!]
Publisher: Cardwell and Dale Press

About Cadence Denton

Cadence’s love of books began in elementary school with
Nancy Drew mysteries. By high school, she was immersed in Jane Austin and
Georgette Heyer. So, naturally she wrote dark (and light) paranormal romance,
gritty hitmen contemporaries, and time travel. A daughter of the South, she lives
on the banks of the Mississippi opposite the oldest settlement on the river
where she shares her writer’s cave with four dachshunds and a slightly ditzy
cocker spaniel. Visit her website for deleted scenes, character genealogies,
and occasional giveaways.

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Jordan K Rose is helping Romance Lives Forever Blog celebrate Cancer Awareness Week 2016.

I’d like to start by thanking Kayelle for inviting me to participate. Having the opportunity to talk about my experience will hopefully help others who find themselves in the terrifying position of receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

This past July I was diagnosed with an early stage of a rare form of ovarian cancer, specifically- a granulosa cell tumor. To say the news was shocking is an understatement. We received it during a post-op visit where had anticipated hearing great results about a surgery and anticipated a routine recovery. We did not plan to hear, “We think you should have the other ovary removed and have chemo.”
My husband described that visit as “it was like being punched in the nads.” I’d heard men say that expression before, but never had a reference point until that meeting. Apparently, ladies, the “nad-punch” experience is mind-numbingly painful and can cause you to forget any other thought.
We’d been warned not to Google ovarian cancer and get worked up over what we read because this type of cancer was so different and so rare. Of course we Googled, but we Googled granulosa cell tumor. We narrowed our search and we searched high and low and came up with not a whole heck of a lot of data.
Granulosa Cell Tumors make up about 4% of ovarian cancers. There is not a great deal of research to share because of this. Unfortunately, most of the data is “after the fact” sort of information because the cancer is not well known. There is not a central repository for doctors to link patients and share information on what’s happening, when it happened, types of treatments, what worked or didn’t. There’s not a standard protocol for measuring hormone levels in advance of surgery, which would be very helpful for every patient.
This is a cancer with high probability of recurrence, though a great prognosis if detected early with women living many years past the original diagnosis. It’s a slow growing cancer with definite indicators of potential recurrence like monitoring the Inhibin and AMH levels quarterly, then every six months after the first few years.
There are great resources for women through the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. There is also a Facebook group of GCT Survivor Sisters! (you must have a diagnosis of GCT to be a member of the FB group).
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of receiving this diagnosis, please utilize the groups above and feel free to contact me at contactjordan@jordankrose.com. I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned or to lend an ear and be a support to you.
I sought a second opinion at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston. I encourage anyone receiving a cancer diagnosis to receive a second opinion before deciding on treatment.
After all my research I decided against chemo or surgery as there was no indication any cancer remained in my body. Thus doing something drastic “just in case” made no sense. But everyone’s decision is personal and patients need to make decisions that feel right to them.
At the Dana Farber Institute I’ve signed up to participate in a research study to allow them to better understand the genetics of this cancer, thus leading to a cure. I’m happy to participate and hope other patients will consider doing the same to help find a cure.
Below please find the information on one of my free books, Her Vampire’s Promise, Novella One in the Romance In Central City Series. Losing myself in books has gotten me through some difficult times and I wanted to share a book that everyone can afford. As well, if you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get the second novella in the series, The Vampire’s Partner for free.
Wishing every cancer patient all the best in diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Jordan
(reprinted from 2015)

Her Vampire’s Promise

Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in the dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand of his dead friend.
Was this the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect? Why had her uncle lied about her death? And what had he done to make her so lethal?

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Jordan loves vampires. She also loves to laugh. And if you know anything about Jordan, you know her vampires will make you laugh.
A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.
Having lived in Rhode Island for most of her life Jordan uses the state as a backdrop for all her books, though many of the cities and towns and businesses (especially the ones run by vampires) are all fictitious.
When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labradors, Dino and Enzo on the beautiful beaches of New England.
For more free books join Jordan’s newsletter at http://bit.ly/1Vk2TWn

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Stressing the Heroine from Feasting With the Enemy by Kate Hill.

Author Bio

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.
When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby.

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Title Scarlet Nights 3: Feasting With the Enemy
Genre Erotic Vampire Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

After more than a century sharing a bed and fighting at each other’s backs, vampire warriors Blair and May have forged an unbreakable bond.
Now the mysterious New Reign is seeking additional members. Their philosophy–recruit or destroy. Using mind manipulation, they stir up dark memories from the past to tempt Blair and May into killing each other.
Given the chance to resurrect his murdered first wife and children, will Blair now sacrifice the woman he loves–his wife and blood child, May?Stressing The Heroine

Every heroine has a story. She has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a heroine and get to know her better, by focusing on how she handles being relaxed, as well as how she handles stress.

The Heroine’s Relaxed Side

This heroine is at a party. Considering her story, describe the party.
The party is located at the Cock and the Pussy Willow, an exclusive vampire club in London. It’s a masquerade party and takes place in the lounge section of the club. May and her husband, Blair, are dressed in 1920s attire that they have actually kept in storage from that era.
How does the heroine feel about being this particular party, and what body language is she displaying that gives it away?
May is enjoying herself immensely. Many of her and Blair’s old friends are at the party and she is spending time, relaxing on one of the couches or dancing with Blair.
Is she more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
May enjoys mingling with her friends. She likes to have fun, but she doesn’t feel the need to be the center of attention. She’ll dance and share jokes, but won’t make a spectacle of herself.
If she drinks, what is her drink of choice at this party?
Like most vampires, she has a taste for blood-laced wine.
How much drink is her usual?
She’ll have one or two. Neither May nor Blair drink to excess.
The heroine figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
It’s to share some private moments with her husband, Blair. They’ve been hanging around the Cock and the Pussy Willow for so many decades that they know the best hiding spots.
Is she likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is she the friend that others latch onto?
She and Blair are quite close and will probably be together for most of the party. They’ll also spend time with their friends, in particular the club’s owner, Daria, and Blair’s blood father, Hamilton. Typically, May isn’t the sort to latch on to others.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the heroine going to handle it?
It depends on who’s involved. She might jump in to help or she might ignore it completely.
Is the heroine the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Again, it depends. If she and Blair get into an argument, Daria might toss them both out.
Will she know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of herself?
May not only will know when to leave, but she and Blair will might say goodnight early, depending on their plans or if they get called away on duty.

The Heroine’s Stressed Out Side

How does the heroine handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls her aside when she was blameless in a situation?
May is a warrior in the battle against evil vampires, so usually she and Blair are the authority figures. Daria rules the vampire warriors of London, so if she called May out, May would be respectful, but she wouldn’t be shy about explaining her side of the story. It’s happened many times before.
How does the heroine react to hearing a scream?
May’s first instinct is to investigate. She’s always prepared to handle a potentially dangerous situation.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses her mind?
Stop the fight and find out what’s going on.
If she sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing she does?
She’ll most likely do what crosses her mind and step in, especially if she sees a vampire attacking a human.
This heroine attempts to rescue someone and realizes that she is in over her head. The odds are against her and there is no way out. She is going to get her butt handed to her. What does she do?
May won’t go down without a fight. She’ll do her best to hold them off while sending out a telepathic call for backup. Hopefully Blair, Daria or another warrior will be nearby to help.
The heroine runs into the one person from her past she wanted to avoid. She can’t get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does she do?
The leader of the New Reign is someone she never wants to meet again, but if she does, she’ll stand her ground and use the psychic skills she has learned from Blair, Disdain and her other mentors to prevent him from manipulating her mind.
Someone younger than the heroine is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the heroine deal with it?
She’ll do her best to help them because not too long ago (at least by vampire standards), she was the overzealous novice in need of help. May will attempt to be discreet at first, taking the person aside, if possible, to offer advice. If they refuse, she might let them get into trouble so they’ll learn from their own mistakes, or if it’s a dangerous situation, she’ll overrule their decisions and do what she must to keep people safe.
The heroine is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does she tell herself in order to get through the situation?
This happened recently when May suffered a gunshot wound. It wasn’t serious, but painful. She continued fighting and managed to subdue her enemy. She told herself to rely on her training, not to mention she had a personal grudge against this person that made her refuse to give in.
What mentor’s words come to mind in a bad situation?
She has had several excellent mentors, so it would depend on the exact situation. If faced with the leader of the New Reign, she’ll most likely rely on the teachings of Disdain, however.
What lesson from her past gets her through a stressful situation?
When she first met Blair, she was a victim of the way society treated lower class women during that era. Blair taught her how to defend herself and that she could do just about anything she put her mind to. It’s that lesson that has not only helped her survive many difficult situations, but has also saved Blair’s life on several occasions.

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From Kayelle Allen: This week on Romance Lives Forever I’m sharing
stories by authors who have faced cancer either in themselves, or a family member.
The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. One
key to success is being able to ask for help — and then being willing to accept
it. It’s a lesson I’ve had in my own life during various times. I don’t accept help
well. It’s something I fight with all the time. I’d like to think “I’ve got
this” but sometimes I don’t have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have
a friend who’s dealing with cancer right now. A friend’s brother died from cancer
last year. Cancer affects all of us. I hope I’m even half as good a friend as those
you’ll read about in this series.

I’m presenting these posts as an opportunity for the authors
to share their real life stories, as well as their fictional ones. There’s a short
list of ways you can show your support at the end of each post.

The Nad Punch by Jordan K Rose

I’d like to start by thanking Kayelle
for inviting me to participate. Having the opportunity to talk about my experience
will hopefully help others who find themselves in the terrifying position of receiving
an ovarian cancer diagnosis.
This past July I was diagnosed with
an early stage of a rare form of ovarian cancer, specifically- a granulosa cell
tumor. To say the news was shocking is an understatement. We received it during
a post-op visit where had anticipated hearing great results about a surgery and
anticipated a routine recovery. We did not plan to hear, “We think you should
have the other ovary removed and have chemo.”
My husband described that visit as
“it was like being punched in the nads.” I’d heard men say that expression
before, but never had a reference point until that meeting. Apparently, ladies,
the “nad-punch” experience is mind-numbingly painful and can cause you
to forget any other thought.
We’d been warned not to Google ovarian
cancer and get worked up over what we read because this type of cancer was so different
and so rare. Of course we Googled, but we Googled granulosa cell tumor. We narrowed
our search and we searched high and low and came up with not a whole heck of a lot
of data.
Granulosa Cell Tumors make up about
4% of ovarian cancers. There is not a great deal of research to share because of
this. Unfortunately, most of the data is “after the fact” sort of information
because the cancer is not well known. There is not a central repository for doctors
to link patients and share information on what’s happening, when it happened, types
of treatments, what worked or didn’t. There’s not a standard protocol for measuring
hormone levels in advance of surgery, which would be very helpful for every patient.
This is a cancer with high probability
of recurrence, though a great prognosis if detected early with women living many
years past the original diagnosis. It’s a slow growing cancer with definite indicators
of potential recurrence like monitoring the Inhibin and AMH levels quarterly, then
every six months after the first few years.
There are great resources for women
through the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer National
Alliance. There is also a Facebook group of GCT Survivor Sisters! (you must have
a diagnosis of GCT to be a member of the FB group).
If you find yourself in the unfortunate
position of receiving this diagnosis, please utilize the groups above and feel free
to contact me at contactjordan@jordankrose.com.
I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned or to lend an ear and be a support
to you.
I sought a second opinion at the Dana
Farber Institute in Boston. I encourage anyone receiving a cancer diagnosis to receive
a second opinion before deciding on treatment.
After all my research I decided against
chemo or surgery as there was no indication any cancer remained in my body. Thus
doing something drastic “just in case” made no sense. But everyone’s decision
is personal and patients need to make decisions that feel right to them.
At the Dana Farber Institute I’ve
signed up to participate in a research study to allow them to better understand
the genetics of this cancer, thus leading to a cure. I’m happy to participate and
hope other patients will consider doing the same to help find a cure.
Below please find the information
on one of my free books, Her Vampire’s Promise, Novella One in the Romance In Central
City Series. Losing myself in books has gotten me through some difficult times and
I wanted to share a book that everyone can afford. As well, if you sign up for my
newsletter, you’ll get the second novella in the series, The Vampire’s Partner for
free.
Wishing every cancer patient all the
best in diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Jordan

Her Vampire’s Promise

Reade Hayes knows better than any vampire that nothing good ever
comes out of Central City. So he isn’t surprised the beautiful blonde he meets in
the dive bar is crazy. What does surprise him is how fast she moves, how hard she
hits, and the fact she’s wearing a ring he last saw two decades ago on the hand
of his dead friend.
Was this the little girl he swore a blood pact to protect? Why
had her uncle lied about her death? And what had he done to make her so lethal?

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About the Author

Jordan loves vampires. She also loves to laugh. And if you know
anything about Jordan, you know her vampires will make you laugh.
A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her
husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the
entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen
vampire books later the idea for her first book came to her followed very quickly
by Eva Prim.
Having lived in Rhode Island for most of her life Jordan uses
the state as a backdrop for all her books, though many of the cities and towns and
businesses (especially the ones run by vampires) are all fictitious.
When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys
spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labradors, Dino and Enzo on
the beautiful beaches of New England.
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Shauna Aura Knight author of A Fading Amaranth answers five easy
questions to help readers get to know her better.

Author Bio

Shauna Aura Knight
An artist, author, and presenter, Shauna’s work is inspired by magic and
awakening mythic imagination. She’s a fantasy artist and author of paranormal
romance and urban fantasy including Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with
Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, and The Truth Upon Her Lips. Her
mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and
illustrations.
She travels nationally offering
workshops on the transformative arts of community leadership, facilitation,
dreamwork, and personal transformation, and is the author of numerous articles
and books on those subjects.  http://www.shaunaauraknight.com
What is your go-to meal
when you dine out?
Barbecue. I discovered that I have a number of food
intolerances that lead to brain fog, exhaustion, and depression, and I need my
brain at 100% to write and paint. Thus, pasta, pizza, and ice cream are all off
the menu. But barbecue…oh barbecue. Particularly brisket. I also like a good
ribeye. And fresh-squeezed orange juice is kind of like my ice cream these
days.
Tell us about your
favorite toy as a child.
Star Wars toys, particularly Luke Skywalker. I used to build
elaborate rebel bases out of mud and sticks. Probably won’t surprise you that I
also liked Legos a lot too! When I was thirteen, I started my own small
crafting business to save up money for a sword. It wasn’t quite a lightsaber,
but it was close enough.
What are your hobbies?
The word “hobby” and the word “work” definitely overlap for
me. I’m an artist and an author, and writing and painting are both things that
I do for enjoyment as well as professionally. One of the things I used to do
for fun is build replica Star Wars scenery for parties. I met up with a bunch
of Star Wars fans years ago and we started throwing parties at sci-fi
conventions; I was in charge of decorating the suite. Each year we’d get more
elaborate. Hoth, Dagobah Swamp, the Emperor’s Throne Room, the Trash Compactor,
Jabba’s Palace, and Cloud City and the Carbonite Chamber. For a while I had a
life-size replica of Jabba the Hutt living in my apartment. If anyone wants
pictures, just contact me, I have them on my portfolio.
When you read for pleasure,
what kind of books do you choose?
Definitely paranormal romance, particularly my go-to authors
like Emma Holly, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Karen Marie Moning. I’m also fond of a
good epic fantasy series. An old favorite of mine is the Dragonriders of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey.
What kinds of things do
you read when you’re researching a new book?
I love the internet. There was one day where I was
researching what I should call underwear in the 1940’s, how long it takes a
hunter to butcher a deer, and researching certain landmarks in New York City. In
fact, Google maps even allowed me to get both birds-eye and on-the-ground views
of Central Park, which allowed me to plan out a fight scene. I have another
vampire romance where the characters are questing for the Grail, so I have a
stack of books on Grail lore, but I was also online researching different types
of meteorites since some legends hold that the Grail is an emerald that fell
from the sky. In other words, I’m a big time geek when I’m doing research for a
new book!

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Title: A Fading Amaranth
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Shauna Aura Knight
Book heat level: R
Nathaniel’s been a vampire long
enough to grow weary of glamoured seduction, and he’s lost his poetic muse. He
meets reclusive artist Alexandra—her telepathy has overwhelmed her for years,
and she can bear no one’s touch. However, she can’t hear Nathaniel’s thoughts,
and she’s immune to his vampire glamour. During scorching nights together, they
rediscover their passion for life.
When a Faerie creature stalks
Alexandra, the lovers find themselves snared in a paranormal battle alongside
Chicago’s mage guardians. Worse, Nathan’s rising bloodlust places Alexandra in
danger. Will she master her abilities before going insane? What will they risk
to be together?

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