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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.

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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?
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?
you love sushi?
you have a pet?
No. He went to doggie heaven.

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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.

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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!

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
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
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.

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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Her Vampire’s Promise 
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
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
Wishing every cancer patient all the
best in diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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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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This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story.

About the Author

Allie Ritch is a multi­published author of sizzling sci­fi and
paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others
through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United
States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.

Interview with Allie Ritch

Why did you write this book?
Just My Type is the second book in my Vampire Territory series.
After writing the first book, Drinking Partners, I knew I had other characters demanding
to have their stories told, and Eryx pushed his way to the forefront for book two.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love paranormal romance and sci-fi romance equally, which is
why I write in those genres too.
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including
your own)?
Do I have to pick just one? Because I’ve got a lot of favorites.
Right on the spot, though, I’d have to say Nix from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After
Dark series. Or Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Or Rhage from J.R.
Ward’s Blackdagger Brotherhood series. Or… Yeah, it’s hard to pick just one.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you
in coming months?
I’m working on the rest of the Vampire Territory series, so keep
an eye on my blog and/or Twitter feed for announcements about the next release.
I can tell you that book three features Jaide, the only female warrior among Alex’s
Please tell us about your latest book.
There’s trouble in vampire territory, and Melody is right in
the middle of it. A new arrival from Eastern Europe named Taspar Tong is out to
take over her masters’ domains using the army he has at his command. Mel is a personal
assistant, not a soldier, and big male vampires scare her.
That includes Eryx, the dark-haired warrior who is always watching
her and baiting her with his remarks. If only he didn’t look so sexy. Mel figures
Wess Gage–their human captive–is a far safer love interest, although Wess is part
of the Human Rebellion bent on exterminating all vampires. Can he really see past
his prejudice, or will he turn on her?
There are two dangerous men in Mel’s life. She just has to decide
which of them is her type–the one who makes her feel human again, or the vampire
who makes her blood boil?

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Title Vampire Territory 2: Just My Type
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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Knights Vampire
by Kryssie Fortune 
The bucket list interview allows a hero or heroine to tell readers
about himself or herself. Today’s list is from Harriet Mortlake.
Age: 22
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Leeds
Profession: Archivist
Welcome to Romance Lives
Forever. Your author introduced you. Now we’d like to get to know you better. Please
tell us about yourself.
I’m nothing much really. I’m tall, almost six foot, and sadly
about ten pounds overweight. I don’t think there isn’t a diet I haven’t tried, or
failed to stick to.
I’ve got a bit of a temper too. My dad used to hit mum, and I’ve
inherited my temper from him, I was twelve years old when I found him beating on
her in the kitchen. I was so angry that I hit him on the head with a frying pan
and dragged my mother off to a shelter. Mom’s convinced I saved her life that night,
but I’ve never lost my temper like that since. I daren’t. It scared me.
I have a first class degree in library studies. I was lucky to
land this job at Whitborough Castle straight from university. If the last two archivists
hadn’t vanished, and I could have shaken the “someone’s watching me” thing,
it would have been my dream job.
When someone dies, we
say they “kicked the bucket.” Therefore, a list of things that a person
wants to accomplish, places to go, situations to experience, and so on have become
known as a “Bucket List.” We’d like to know yours, please. If you haven’t
made one before, perhaps now would be a good time. Who knows? It might inspire another
book. While you’re at it, how about telling us about some of your other favorite
things? Here are the questions.
What are two places you
would like to visit before you die, and why?
I want to sail up the Amazon and see pink dolphins. They sound
amazing. Maybe that could my honeymoon trip.
I’d like to visit Jerusalem too and follow in the steps of the
crusaders. There’s something romantic about the Knights Templar or the Knights Hospitaller.
My personal favorites are the Knights Defender though.
Where is a place you would
never like to return, and why?
The hidden dungeon beneath Whitborough Castle. I can smell the
stale urine and feces just thinking about it.
I didn’t much like university life. I was too geeky to fit in.
Shall I tell you a secret? I got angry when my one and only boyfriend told me I
was frigid. I tossed his clothes out the window and shoved out into the dorm’s corridor
stark naked.
I suppose the worst place ever was my childhood home. Dad was
a bully who liked to make me cry.
Who is someone you would
like to meet, and why?
Can you imagine a real live knight defender let loose in the
21st century. I don’t mean some geeky re-enactor. Imagine a genuine knight with
the muscles to swing a broadsword and the courtly grace of Queen Eleanor’s courts.
Wouldn’t that be something?
Oh, did you mean someone real? I’m actually a bit of dreamer,
but maybe Julian Richards. Never heard of him? I’m geeky, but he’s the archeologist
come media presenter who did an in depth study of Stonehenge. Mum bought me his
popup book of Stonehenge before she died as a spoof gift, but it’s one of my most
treasured possessions.
Who is someone you would
like to avoid, and why?
Real or fantasy? I wouldn’t care to meet Blaxton’s wicked cousin
Rolf again. He’s got a vicious streak a mile wide. He wanted to create his own vampire
army and take over the world. Human life means nothing to him.
If you could time travel
to any date, what would it be, and what would you do there?
I’d love to go back to the 1180’s when Peter de Ferrers built
Whitborough Castle. He had three sons back then, and I’d love to meet all of them
before Cousin Rolf murdered them.
What is your birth order?
I’m not sure I understand the question. I almost answered Sagittarius
then it struck me you were asking about my family. I’m an only child, an orphan
now, and I still miss my mum.
I was born fully human. Obviously I’m different now.
Tell us about your favorite
toy as a child.
I had this teddy but my dad through it out in a fit of temper.
I never really got attached to anything else. It hurt too much. I was the kid who
lived in the library and read every book they possessed.
Describe your favorite
food and how it’s prepared.
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A rare steak with a
mountain of freshly fried chips, fried onion rings and side salad sounds good too.
Tell us about your best
Blaxton de Ferrers. He’s my everything. We talk for hours and
never get bored. He was alone for centuries, but we’ve just discovered he has friends
in Zurich. I just love to see him smile. Oh, did I say he’s a billionaire property
developer with a philanthropic streak and a former Knight Defender?

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About the Author

I could read before I could walk – or so my mother says. I definitely
loved books, but at that stage I probably liked to look at the pictures. I do remember
a lovely old-fashioned library with parquet floors and filing cabinets with a card
index. I really loved that place.
Jump forward to my adult years. Two children and happy marriage
later, my heart valve collapsed. After a terrible prognosis and an amazing surgeon,
I’m strong and tough again. However, it was time I reached for my dream and started
to write that book I’d been going on about.
Fortunately Loose ID liked it. I’m grateful for their support.
Knights Vampire is my fifth book, and I’m really proud of it.

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Drinking Partners 
The character sketch allows a hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself. Today’s interview is with vampire Alexandra
Title: Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners
Genre: Urban Vampire Romance
Author: Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a
tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide
donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands
full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power
block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory
south of his.
Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention
of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had
enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but
will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing
what vampire bodies can do.

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Name: Alexandra (Alex) Gage
Age: late 20’s
Gender: female
Birthplace: the vampire-free states, US
Profession: Master of the Southern Territory
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): vampire
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Alex is average height
for a modern woman and athletically built. Her tan has faded and the highlights
in her dirty-blonde hair have darkened because she hasn’t been able to go out in
the sun since being turned into a vampire. While her blue eyes have stayed the same,
her strength, reflexes, and senses have all increased exponentially since she was
Who is the significant other in your character’s life? Lucas
Thane. He’s her lover, her drinking partner (they exchange blood), and her political
partner, though she has to watch him closely to keep him from stealing her territory
out from under her.
How does your heroine
Soon after being turned into a vampire and taking over as master
of the Southern Territory, Alex starts wearing hoodies and jeans. For one thing,
she doesn’t have a lot of time to shop, what with other bloodsuckers trying to kill
her and take over power. For another, older vampires can be misogynistic bastards,
and she likes that many mistake her for a man. Rumor gets around that she’s a cowled
monk—some ancient vampire gone crazy—and she runs with the image. Lucas later upgrades
her to a full-length brown leather coat with a hood. Of course, her favorite accessories
are a semi-automatic pistol and a sword.
What special skills does your character rely on? Alex relies
on her superior speed to defend her position as a master vampire and to kill male
vampires who are bigger and stronger.
What does she have a knack
for doing?
She has a definite knack for drama. There’s nothing like showing
off a severed head to your subjects to get them to fall in line.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with
shades of gray? If Alex didn’t see the world in shades of gray before, she certainly
does after being turned into the thing she hates most: a vampire. She has a strong
conscience, yet she’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those
closest to her.
If someone from your character’s
past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most
NOT want it to be, and why?
She would NOT want to see her family members. They assume she’s
dead, and she wants it to stay that way. She knows they couldn’t accept that she
now has fangs.
What would help your character
face hardship and meet any challenge?
Alex is tough and can handle a lot on her own, but meeting and
falling for Lucas gives her the extra strength she needs to tackle anything. She
trusts Lucas with her life and wants him as her partner in every way. But can she
trust the cunning vampire not to steal her territory?
How does your character
express disappointment?
Alex has one main rule for her vampire subjects: no harming the
humans or drinking from anyone who doesn’t volunteer. She tends to shoot anyone
who breaks this rule and disappoints her.
You live in a violent
world. How did you find love under the circumstances?
It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep
looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual
attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was
a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.
What’s it like making
love to another vampire?
(Alex grins). There’s a lot of sucking involved.
What is your philosophy
in life?
I’m not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the
present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and
enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four
of these questions.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write
a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn’t need a man but is certainly strong
enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.
Was there anything your
writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about
guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber
meant. It was embarrassing.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
She’s creative. I respect that. Maybe I’d do something more artistic
with my creativity if I weren’t busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply
my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
The sequel to Drinking Partners. Allie has already drafted it,
and I’m glad. My story and the stories of the vampires with me are far from done.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it,
but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas
is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.

Author Bio

Allie Ritch is a multi­published author of sizzling sci­fi and
paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others
through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United
States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.

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About the Book

Title: Haven
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Author Name: Celia Breslin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
San Francisco
nightclub owner Carina Tranquilli works hard, plays hard, and never allows the death
of her parents and her twelve-year memory gap to get her down. But her life takes
a left turn when a witch attacks on her twenty-fifth birthday.
Three hauntingly familiar vampires emerge to reveal she possesses
a latent power. To protect her from their enemies, they admit to wiping her memories
clean and abandoning her as a child, but now they need her help. As she struggles
to evade her new protectors and even newer enemies, she meets Alexander, an enigmatic,
undead musician. Insta-lust flares, leaving her wanting more.
With evil’s minions hounding her every move, and everything she
thought she knew turned on its head, Carina must harness her burgeoning power, unravel
her vampire family’s web of deceit, and fight to have a love life…without getting
killed in the process.

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Name: Carina Tranquilli
Age: 25
Gender: female
Birthplace: Italy
Profession: club owner
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): human, vampire
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 5′ 7″, curvy and fit,
130 pounds, long legs, wavy and thick dark brown hair she prefers to wear straight,
brown eyes, pale skin, no freckles, ear and navel piercings
Who is the significant
other in your character’s life?
Alexander, a vampire musician.
How does your hero dress?
Carina prefers black clothing. Form-fitting pants or jeans, boots
(sexy or combat), small skirts w/cute shirts, sexy little black dresses, etc.
How educated is this character?
Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
College graduate.
Does she scrape by, live
comfortably, live extravagantly?
She’s a trust fund orphan and a business owner. She does well
for herself.
What is your character’s
viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Wealth is to be shared with family, friends, and those in need.
What is your character’s
family like?
Very protective.
Is she close to family?
Yes. But it’s a rocky road.
What is your hero’s biggest
personal flaw?
She’s stubborn and fiercely independent, sometimes to her detriment.
How emotionally expressive
is your character to others?
Very. She has no poker face. Her emotions are obvious to one
and all.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
I wouldn’t leave her alone until she did!
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
I’d certainly like to take care of Team Evil so another battle
round with them would rock.
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Well, I’d say my mentor Jonas, but she already did that in Vampire
Code (released Oct. 2013). So, I’d vote for Stella, another vampire from Team Good.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Celia, thanks for letting us out to play in Haven!

Author Bio

Celia lives in California
with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal
romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing,
you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss
Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

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