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Denyse Bridger: Escape to Africa by @WRWWorldRomance #RLFblog #romanceRomance around the world and beyond…

As an award-winning, best-selling author, Denysé Bridger writes about a multitude of things, always with a touch of romance, passion, and fantasy. Her heroes are solid, driven alpha men who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the heroine’s heart and trust, while her heroines are strong, emotionally courageous women who put their hearts on the line for the men they love. Passionate, honorable characters drive Denysé’s stories, in whatever genre you find them in.

Escape to Africa: A Dangerous Liaison

Let your wild side free and Escape to Africa! Come along on an adventure through these 6 stories brought to you by 6 best-selling/award-winning authors.

You’ll uncover tales of an undercover operative in Casablanca, a safari guide in the Serengeti, students on holiday in Morocco, time-traveling agents in Tripoli, vengeance in Algeria, and deadly secrets in Carthage. Each of these stories will captivate you with love, danger, intrigue, and excitement. What better way to Escape?

The Journey…
Dangerous Liaison – Historical Romance by Denyse Bridger
A Pirate’s Lady – Time Travel Romance by Lynn Crain
Dying to Love You – Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements by Alicia Dean
Treasured Times – Romantic Suspense by Gemma Juliana
The Ravine of the Wild Woman – Historical Romance by Marie Laval
An Object of Desire – Romantic Suspense by Jenny Twist
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher World Romance Writers
Amazon http://mybook.to/EscapeAfrica
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escape-to-africa-denyse-bridger/1126763490?ean=2940154755167

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/escape-to-africa-1

Roping The Cowboy

Escape to Africa by World Romance Writers @WRWWorldRomance #RLFblog #romanceGet roped in with these 7 sexy cowboys and their stories of romance on the range… This sweet through sizzling collection of love stories includes contemporary, period, and historical romance, otherworldly romance, and romance with a touch of magic by Award-winning and Bestselling Authors:

Follow Your Cowboy Heart by Janice Seagraves
Cowboys Only by Nicole Morgan
The Shadows in Our Past by Denyse Bridger
Love, Texas Style by Gemma Juliana
Bear Country by Michele Zurlo
Pleasuring Pandora by Tina Donahue
Whiskey’s Sweet Revenge by Krista Ames
Genre Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Romance Books 4 Us
Amazon: http://mybook.to/CowboyRB4U
Kobo Books: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/roping-the-cowboy-2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/roping-the-cowboy-janice-seagraves/1126366486?ean=9781537893181
Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Janice_Seagraves_Roping_the_Cowboy?id=kYXODgAAQBAJ
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/roping-the-cowboy/id1234274375?mt=11&uo=4
Excerpt link: http://www.romancebooks4us.com/Roping_the_C.html

Denyse Bridger Social Media

Passionate, honorable characters drive Denys’s stories, in whatever genre you find them in.

Website: http://www.denysebridger.com
Fantasy Pages (general): http://www.fantasypages.ca
Bound by Passion (adult content): http://www.boundbypassion.ca
Newsgroup: http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/denysebridgernews/
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1L78zO2
Twitter: http://twitter.com/denysebridger
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/denyse.bridger
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/denysebridger/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DenyseBridger/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/denysebridger/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7940094.Denyse_Bridger
Wiselike: https://wiselike.com/denyse-bridger?subscribe
Wordpress: https://denysebridger.wordpress.com/

 

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Play Is It True with today’s guest Livia Quinn, author of Blame it on the Moon, an Urban Fantasy. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

 

First, tell us about your book.

Destiny – is it Mayberry or Middle Earth?

It’s the height of the Para-moon and Sheriff Jack Lang is up to his ‘6’ in alligators. Defending those weaker than himself is in his DNA which is what drove him to become a Navy pilot. But who is he kidding? Alligators he could handle! But supernatural bad guys? Ragtag doesn’t begin to describe his band of temporary ‘heroes’. If he has to go to war with the group that showed up at dawn, he might as well start cutting up white sheets and attaching them to garden stakes.

With Tempe and the other Paramortals ill or incapacitated and the sudden appearance of beings he’s never heard of, will Jack be able to keep Destiny out of the hands of their enemies for the rest of the power down an–very important–keep the humans in the dark?

It’s only twenty-four hours. If worse comes to worse, he has a dragon on his side and a few surprises up his sleeve. “Yippe, ki, yi…”

But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours and things don’t always go as planned.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No, this was the fourth book in my Destiny Paramortal series and my eighth book over all
this book is part of a series?
yes
you lost sleep while writing this book?
OMG yes, the toughest one yet
you did research for this book?
Of course. I pulled out all my fantasy reference books because I wasn’t up on some of the baddest creatures
some characters in this book are not human?
(pets for example)
A bunch.
this book has more than one genre?
Hmm, paranormal/urban fantasy/mystery/cozy, lol
you speak more than one language?
yes
you grew up where you live now?
No, I live in Louisiana but I’m from just outside the nation’s capitol in Redskins town.
you love to read?
Yes, it’s what eventually led to my writing
you are never late?
Not often, well, almost never. It’s a problem.
you love pizza?
I LOVVVVE pizza but have been on WW for the last six months so I’ve only had two pieces since then. Walk up and offer me a piece, please. . .
you love sushi?
Ugh, no, sorry I know some people have a passion for it. Maybe if I lived closer to fresh seafood I’d learn to love it.
you have a pet?
Yes, he is a clever terror I affectionately call – Dusty the Cajun Husky because he thinks he’s a huge lead sled dog. When he gets off his leash which is almost never, he heads North!
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012X9HWJC
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152860726
CreateSpace http://amzn.to/1RW4ox0
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26016271
iBooks http://apple.co/2ersxO5
Kobo http://bit.ly/1TXIKsF
Scribd http://www.scribd.com/book/296699432
Page Foundry http://bit.ly/1LJwo54
24 Symbols http://bit.ly/2dYmWvn

Livia Quinn Social Media

DC native Livia Quinn lives on the bayou in Louisiana where she is inspired by the weather and the magic of the state. She’s written ten books set on Storm Lake with a new Destiny book due in October. A former plant manager, salesperson, mail lady and business owner, she’s stocked up a world of quirky tales to share with her readers.

Website: http://liviaquinn.com
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/W94bb
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/liviaquinnwrites
Twitter http://twitter.com/liviaquinn
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/liviaquinn
Goodreads http://bit.ly/22VXuev
Amazon Author page http://amzn.to/1T5qmhN
Google+ http://bit.ly/2guNZn9
Linkedin http://bit.ly/2dbYAP2
Instagram http://instagram.com/liviaquinnauthor
Independent Author Network http://bit.ly/2dlAr8L
Livia Quinns Facebook Reader Group http://bit.ly/2gBFQ12

 

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Devil's Run by Beverley Oakley @BeverleyOakley #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceToday’s featured book is Devil’s Run, a Historical Romance by Beverley Oakley.

A rigged horserace and a marriage offer riding on the outcome. When Miss Eliza Montrose unexpectedly becomes legal owner of the horse tipped to win the East Anglia Cup, her future is finally in her hands – but at what cost?

George Bramley, nephew to the Earl of Quamby, will wager anything. Even his future bride.

Miss Eliza Montrose will accept any wager to be reunited with the child she was forced to relinquish after an indiscretion — even if it means marrying a man she does not love.

But with her heart suddenly engaged by handsome, charming Rufus Patmore who has just bought a horse from her betrothed George Bramley in whose household her son lives as a pauper child, the outcome of the wager is suddenly fraught with peril.

Genre Historical Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Amazon http://amzn.to/2uYZysq
Barnes and Noble https://books2read.com/u/m2XzAR?store=bn
iBooks https://books2read.com/u/m2XzAR?store=apple
Kobo https://books2read.com/u/m2XzAR?store=kobo

Beverley Oakley Social Media

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances starring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

Website http://www.beverleyoakley.com/
Blog http://www.beverleyoakley.com/blog/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyOakley/
Twitter https://twitter.com/BeverleyOakley
Pinterest https://au.pinterest.com/beverleyeikli/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5989577.Beverley_Oakley
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Beverley-Oakley/e/B01HOFCS8K/
Newsletter http://beverleyoakley.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=d4f9c8c9c250e72b91ac48ca7&id=aec784bd3d

 

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Is It True: Love in a New World by Jessica E Subject @jsubject #RLFblog #NewAdult #boxsetPlay Is It True with today’s guest Jessica E Subject, author of Love in a New World, a New Adult Romance box set. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

An alien prince, a farm girl, two university students from a small town, and more are all ready to begin their lives as adults. They have everything planned out. But when drastic events crush their dreams, they must carve a new path. And they just might find unexpected love along the way.

Includes the New Adult Romances Beyond Reach, Accidental Romance, It Took a Zombie Apocalypse, Hey Santa, and bonus story Alien Kisses at Midnight.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Genre: New Adult Romance, mostly Sci-Fi, but also some Contemporary
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
No. I have twenty-nine titles published under my name and a pen name I used to use. Love in a New World is a collection of four of my published stories with a bonus story.
this book is part of a series?
No. While all the books included are New Adult Romance, none of them are connected except for the bonus story.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
No. When I first started writing, I used to lose sleep with all the ideas in my head. Now, by the time my head hits the pillow, I’m zonked.
you did research for this book?
For the collection, I didn’t have to do any research as the stories were already written. But, I did do quite a bit research for some of these stories. With Accidental Romance, I still have a binder full of information about dairy farms, farm equipment, farming accidents, and amputations.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Yes, in that some characters are not from Earth, but other planets in three of the stories. Others might be zombies or cows, but those aren’t the main characters.
this book has more than one genre?
Yes. I mostly write Sci-Fi Romance, which combines those two genres. This box set specifically contains alien romances, a contemporary western romance, and a zombie apocalypse romance. All of them are New Adult, in that the hero and heroine are in their early twenties.
you speak more than one language?
Yes and no. I speak English. I can speak a bit of French, though I’ve forgotten a lot of what I learned in school. And with my daughter being a huge K-pop fan, I’ve learned a couple Korean phrases.
you grew up where you live now?
Yes. Same city, different house.
you love to read?
Yes. I have for as long as I can remember.
you are never late?
Yes. At least I try. I’m usually super early, unless my children are being unusually slow.
you love pizza?
Yes. Thin whole wheat crust with chicken, spinach, and goat cheese. Though, pepperoni or veggie pizza is great, too.
you love sushi?
No.
you have a pet?
Yes. I have Great Pyrenees / Retriever cross. She’s big and hairy. I’ve had many other pets throughout my life, but she’s big enough, we don’t need another.
Where can we find your book online?
Mark of the Stars http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/my-writing/box-sets-and-in-print/love-in-a-new-world/
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Love-New-World-Romance-Beyond-ebook/dp/B073Q8X8DM/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-in-a-new-world-jessica-e-subject/1126693038
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/love-in-a-new-world
CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/7323838

Jessica E Subject Social Media

Jessica E Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you can not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica is not reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to go to fitness class and walk her Great Pyrenees/Retriever her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com.

Website http://jessicasubject.com
Blog http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/blog/
Twitter http://twitter.com/jsubject
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-E-Subject-author/205759796126370
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jessicasubject/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jessicaesubject/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4959083.Jessica_E_Subject
Amazon Author Page http://amazon.com/author/jessicasubject
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eX1Zw

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A Rancher of her Own by @BarbaraWDaille #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceToday’s featured book is A Rancher of Her Own (The Hitching Post Hotel #2) by Barbara White Daille.

Thanks to Kayelle for sharing this book with you today. A Rancher of Her Own is the second in my Hitching Post Hotel series. Note – all my books, even within series, stand alone, as each hero and heroine reaches their happy-ever-after by the end of their story.

Also, as I wrote this, the book was available at most major booksellers for 99 cents.

Genre Contemporary romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
A reason to stay

Ranch manager Pete Brannigan has no interest in playing tour guide to a city slicker like Jane Garland. But spending a few days with the headstrong photographer is a small price to pay for everything her grandfather has given the single dad. Though Pete’s drawn to Jane’s sharp wit and striking beauty, he won’t hurt his young children by falling for another woman who puts her career before family.

Jane’s seen the world through her camera…and used it to shield her emotions. With Pete, she can finally let her guard down. If only he could do the same. Despite their powerful bond, Pete still can’t trust Jane with his kids or his heart. But if he keeps pushing her away, he may ruin any chance their relationship has to develop.
Publisher: Harlequin https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781460384848_a-rancher-of-her-own.html
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Rancher-Her-Hitching-Post-Hotel-ebook/dp/B00SFSL8BE/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-rancher-of-her-own-barbara-white-daille/1121000580?ean=9780373755776
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-rancher-of-her-own

Barbara White Daille Social Media

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.

Website https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com
Blog https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/blog
Newsletter https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter
Twitter https://twitter.com/BarbaraWDaille
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/barbarawhitedaille
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002J6B0QQ

 

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Amorous Redemption by Faye Hall @FayeHall79 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomanceToday’s featured book is Amorous Redemption, a Historical Romance by Faye Hall.

Phoebe Porter’s family needed her dead if they were to gain control of her substantial cattle station and vast fortune. She ran away from her home desperate to save her life, but she ran straight into the arms of the bounty hunter that had been sent after her. She fought against him the whole journey from Ravenswood back to her home but eventually all she could do was surrender her heart and body to him.

Amorous Redemption’s Genre Historical romantic western

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Publisher http://www.eredsage.com/store/FAYE_HALL.html

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/

Faye Hall Social Media

Faye’s passion driven, mystery filled books are set in small townships of North Queensland, Australia during the late 1800’s.

Each of her novels bring something symbolically Australian to her readers, from Aboriginal herbal remedies, to certain gemstones naturally only found in this part of the world.

Each of her books tell of a passionate connection between the hero and heroine, surrounded and threatened by deceit, scandal, theft and sometimes even murder.

These romances swerve from the traditional romances as Faye aims to give her readers so much more intrigue, whilst also revealing the hidden histories of rural townships of North Queensland.

Faye finds her inspiration from the histories of not only the township she grew up in, but the many surrounding it. She also bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

Faye was able to live her own passion driven romance, marrying the love of her life after a whirlwind romance in 2013. Together they are raising their 9 children in a remote country town in northern Queensland, Australia.

Website http://www.faye-hall.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/FayeHall79
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fayehallromanceauthor/
Pinterest https://au.pinterest.com/fayehall79/pins/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6882637.Faye_Hall
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Faye-Hall/e/B00DPIMSMW/

 

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Let’s meet Bryce Lowery from City Boy, a new gay hockey romance by AE Wasp. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever.

City Boy by AE Wasp

Genre: Contemporary gay hockey romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Self published
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/City-Boy-Hot-Off-Book-ebook/dp/B07339WG93/

Follow the money or follow your heart? Either way, you lose.

When a blown tire leads directly to mind-blowing sex with a white knight named Dakota, pro-hockey player Bryce Lowery discovers he is most definitely gay.

Being with Dakota opens up a whole new world. Bryce can’t imagine life without him. But he refuses to be Bryce’s dirty little secret. If he wants to keep Dakota, he’s either going to have to come out publicly or retire and walk away from millions of dollars.

City Boy is a first time gay, fish out of water, May/December love story with a happy ending. It features snarky siblings, a dirty-talking farmer, lots of food, and big choices. (No poultry was harmed in the making of this book.)

Introducing Bryce Lowery

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. I’d like to get to know you better. Please tell me about yourself.

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Hockey Player – Center

Ethnicity: White American

Please provide a physical description of yourself.

I’m tall, even compared to other guys on the team. 6′ 5″ Dakota says I look like the Brawny guy when I have my beard and my hair is long. It’s not completely inaccurate. Sometimes I shave, but I’ve come to like the hair a bit longer. And Dakota likes it, so I keep it. I work out a lot. I have to, it’s part of the job.

Tell us about yourself, please.

There’s not much to tell, I think. I’m the oldest of five. My father left when the twins were babies. I was ten. I was already playing hockey, so I decided that I would be the best hockey player ever and support my family from it. I never wanted them to be poor again. It was all I did. All I’ve ever done. I don’t even have a high school diploma. I got my GED when I started playing professionally at seventeen. Hockey is all I ever did. Until now. Until I met Dakota.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Dakota Ryan. He’s amazing. He saved my life when we met. Well, he says he just changed a tire, but he kept me from going over a cliff in more ways than one. He’s 24. A farmer. A real life farmer. He was adopted from foster care when he was six by this hippie couple and then raised on the farm. I never met his parents. They died when he was sixteen. So about eight years before we met. I can’t believe how strong he is. He survived and thrived. He knows so much more than I do about mostly everything. Except how to have fun and let people take care of him, he just added. He’s reading over my shoulder.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

We live comfortably. I’m not going to lie. I made some good money playing hockey for so long. And Julia – that’s my sister – she’s invested it wisely. But I’m not into a flashy lifestyle. We live in the gorgeous farmhouse on our apple orchard/farm. I do love to surprise people and indulge them. Before me, Dakota hadn’t been anywhere but Colorado. My favorite thing to spend money on is taking him all the places I love. Seeing them aging through his eyes makes them even more special. Sometimes, I’ll take a bunch of people, his sister and his friends, my siblings and the kids and just go somewhere fun.

What is your viewpoint on wealth?

Oh man. Money is what almost made me lose Dakota and this wonderful life we’ve built. Having too much of it can give you a distorted view of what’s important. And getting it from such a young age, you don’t learn how to solve problems. Not everything can be fixed by throwing money at it. That was my knee-jerk reaction, and it drove Dakota crazy.

Now I see it as a tool, a type of energy. I just want to know that everyone I love will never want for anything. I like taking care of them. I like spreading the wealth. We run a foundation and support a lot of organizations. Children in foster care and making sure low-income kids have access to sports are two of our main causes. Not a surprise, I know.

If someone from your past showed up, who would you most NOT want it to be, and why?

I’m going to answer these together, because the answer is the same. My dad. I want to see him and I never want to see him again. Considering he’s dead, I won’t ever see him again in this lifetime. I only found out he was dead when I inherited the farm and orchard. (But that’s a whole long story.) I want to ask him how could he do it? How could he have walked away from a wife and kids? From a family who loved and needed him? I’m never be able to understand that. Family is the most important thing – whether it’s your birth family or your chosen family.

Oh, maybe I’d want to meet Dakota’s birth parents, too. At least my dad just left. His parents, well, they weren’t so nice. The state took him away when he was a toddler. I think they’re still alive. Probably best I don’t ever meet them if they want to stay that way.

But yeah. I’d want my father to answer all my questions, but I have a feeling there’s nothing he could ever say to make me understand him.

Can you keep a secret? Why or why not?

Only from myself, apparently. You’d think I would have known I was gay before I was 34 years old. Other people knew, or suspected. Like my ex-wife.

Then when I fell in love with Dakota, I guess it was pretty obvious, even though I was trying to keep it hidden. I think my mom knew when I picked her up from the airport. She claims it was because I talked about him the entire ride home. She says she kept count and that I said the name Dakota forty-seven time in the hour ride. I think she’s exaggerating.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That I’m not good at anything but playing hockey, and that the only thing I have to offer anyone in the world is my ability to earn money doing it. Without hockey, I don’t even know who I am.

AE Wasp Social Media

After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing. A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world than can seem all too mundane.

Website: http://aewasp.com
Blog: http://aewasp.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/amywasp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AEWasp/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aewasp/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15250215.A_E_Wasp
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/A.-E.-Wasp/e/B01FHWWJ90
Newsletter: http://aewasp.com/mailinglist/
Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/3110/a_e_wasp

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A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver's Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos @LindaBrendle #RLFblog #MemoirKayelle, Romance Lives Forever is an amazing website. Thank you so much for inviting me to share some thoughts with your readers.

Caregiving is not a romantic topic, but with some thought and hard work, it’s possible for a marriage to not only survive the experience but also to thrive. Being a family caregiver isn’t a task a person does in isolation. It affects everyone around you, particularly your family, and more specifically, your spouse.

In keeping a marriage strong during this trying time, the most important thing is to remember which relationship is the primary one in your life. It’s important to love and honor your parents or other loved ones, but it’s also important to find ways to do so without jeopardizing your marriage. I once read the memoir by a woman whose mother had Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. She cared for her in her home, and the task became so consuming that she neglected her husband and her children. The heart-wrenching task of caring for a loved one is more bearable when the caregiver has a strong relationship to fall back on – and when the task is done, she or he will need the support of a loving spouse to help deal with the grief.

Another way to keep your marriage strong is to guard your privacy. Having Mom and Dad in our home was certainly disruptive of our privacy.

A year or so before they came to live with us, Dad developed some kind of brain infection that required two weeks of hospitalization followed by three weeks of rehab. Mom was far enough along in her Alzheimer’s that she couldn’t stay alone, at least at night. She stayed in our guest room, but her sleep was frequently disrupted by bad dreams and delusions. She would burst into our bedroom in the middle of the night and declare that she knew that Dad was dead or that he had run off with a good-looking nurse.

I told my Aunt Fay about the situation. She had taken care of both her mother and her husband for many years, and she became my go-to person for advice. She empathized immediately. She advised me to put a lock on the bedroom door and to use it. It didn’t stop the nightmares, but at least when she knocked, I had time to grab a robe and slip out into the hall so David could sleep through the crisis.

Caregiving can be disruptive even if your loved one doesn’t live with you. Frequent phone calls at all hours of the day and night are not necessary or healthy to your marriage. It is perfectly acceptable to set healthy boundaries on the number of calls and to use your caller ID to screen calls when those boundaries are ignored.

A third way to strengthen your marriage is to intentionally make time for each other. If you are not intentional about it, it won’t happen. We were fortunate that Mom and Dad slept late most mornings, so we made use of the early hours some couple time. We would roll out of bed early so we could have a leisurely breakfast followed by a long walk or a neighborhood tour on our bicycles. We enjoyed the time so much that we got up early even on Saturday.

We also had date night on Fridays except that our dates were during the day. I’d leave cereal and fruit on the table and sandwiches in the fridge; then, we’d take off on the motorcycle. We’d ride to our favorite diner for breakfast. Then, we’d ride to the huge dealership where we bought our RV to check out the new arrivals and dream of going on the road full time. We’d visit with the sales people who had become good friends, we’d have lunch, and then we’d head for home. After a while, getting the sandwiches out of the fridge became too difficult for Mom and Dad, so I hired a caregiver to come in for a few hours. It was expensive, but it was cheaper than a psychiatrist or a marriage counselor.

Once or twice a year, we arranged for the caregiver to stay for a couple of days, so we could spend a weekend at a nearby RV campground. Occasionally, my brother and sister-in-law came for a week or so, and we had a really nice getaway. Sometimes, making the arrangements seemed to be just one more task added to an already-too-long list, but the relief of being away and the special time with David was well worth the effort.

Finally, remember to include your spouse in the many decisions a caregiver is required to make. A familiar saying says that a burden shared is half a burden. Allow your spouse to help carry your caregiving burdens. After all, these decisions will affect him or her as much as they will affect you and your loved one.

One reviewer wrote this about my book:

“Ultimately, this is a love story–but not in the way you might think. It’s the story of a grown woman who loves her parents. It’s the story of parents who love their daughter but can’t remember why they’re in her RV. It’s the story of a man who loves his wife so much that he assists her with caregiving for her two parents who cannot meet even the most basic of needs.”

I couldn’t have made it through the ordeal of caregiving without David – and our marriage not only survived, but it became stronger. By remembering to focus our attention, not just on Mom and Dad but also on our marriage and each other, we survived Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and even fifty-three days in a four-hundred-square-foot box on wheels.


A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love, and Chaos, a Memoir by Linda Brendle

“Sometimes, reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots; vascular dementia has attacked dad, and instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped up the toilet again; Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we imagined for ourselves.”

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving.

Genre: Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG – No heat, but the subject matter might be a little intense for the younger reader.
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Amazon: http://goo.gl/ngqHno
Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/u3Gvs5
iBooks: http://goo.gl/PfkaGF
Kobo: http://goo.gl/bl3T1f
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/aIWifx

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Linda Brendle cared for her mother and father — both of whom had dementia — for 15 years. She began writing in the hope of maintaining her own sanity and of encouraging, inspiring, and amusing other caregivers with her experiences. Linda received her BAS in management and psychology in 1998 and retired in 2007 after 40 years in the business world. She has traveled both in the U.S. and abroad, and since meeting her husband David in 2000, she has done much of that travel by motorcycle and RV. She and David now live outside a small town in East Texas where she gardens, writes, and takes an active role in her church.

Blog https://lifeaftercaregiving.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaBrendle
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.brendle
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/brendle0068/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7933327.Linda_Brendle
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The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseWelcome Karen Cino author of The Perfect Pitch, a new romantic suspense.

Why did you write this book?
I was living in Staten Island, New York at the time and wanted to write about everyday problems women deal with in their lives.
Is this part of a series?
Yes
What is your favorite genre to read?
Women’s Fiction
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a Cozy Mystery Series and a new Women’s Fiction Series.
What books will we see from you in the coming month?
A New Kind of Perfect (Book 2 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
Another Side of Perfect (Book 3 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
New Beginnings (Book 1 in the Camp Mirage Series)
Please tell us about your latest book.
Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring.
Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Where can we find your book online?

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126575077
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

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Is It True: Time Changes Everything by Melinda Dozier @melindadozier #RLFblog #romancePlay Is It True with today’s guest Melinda Dozier, author of Time Changes Everything, a Contemporary Romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.

First, tell us about your book.

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?

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Actually, yes! But I’ve written and published more books since. Time Changes Everything is a re-release.
this book is part of a series?
This is part of the “Moments in Time” series.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
Oh Yes!
you did research for this book?
Definitely yes! I researched a lot about NYC, because at the time, I hadn’t visited New York and it’s a big part of the setting.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
Jake’s dog, Rosco, is part of one chapter, but not a big part of the story. Poor Rosco.
this book has more than one genre?
No.
you speak more than one language?
Yes, I speak Spanish.
you grew up where you live now?
No. I currently live in Houston and have been here for two years.
you love to read?
Yes. It’s my first love.
you are never late?
Yes. I’m a time-stickler.
you love pizza?
Yes. I like it.
you love sushi?
No, but I’ll eat it.
you have a pet?
Yes, my beloved Bella.
Where can we find your book online?
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YG2L72/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/time-changes-everything-melinda-dozier/1115287255?ean=2940154456026
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/do/book/time-changes-everything/id1260099857
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/time-changes-everything-3
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/735384

Melinda Dozier Social Media

Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda’s favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is. Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it’s only natural that her stories take place all across the world. Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Zynga games.

Website http://booksbymelindadozier.com
Blog http://melindadozier.blogspot.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/melindadozier
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/melindadoz
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/melindadozier
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520067.Melinda_Dozier
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Melinda-Dozier/e/B00CQZOSNM
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/vRwpL

 

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