I’m a hybrid author, having dabbled in both traditional and indie publishing realms. I’ve been writing for over twenty-five years. From the tender age of nine, I knew I wanted to be a novelist. I spent most of my life trying to fulfill that dream. I began publishing in 2010, and was fortunate enough to be discovered when a publishing company picked up and released my first historical romance novel, Upon Your Return (book one of the Heiresses in Love Series), in February of 2013. By June of 2019, I was looking for a new home for UYR, as I got the rights back from my former publisher. In January of 2020, I signed a contract with a different publisher for the title’s second edition release. Then, in February of 2022, that publisher stumbled upon difficult times and the rights to the whole series reverted back to me. I’m working on getting these books back to the market. Upon Your Return’s third edition released on March 21, 2022. 😉 I’m eager to show you the rest of this Victorian maritime romance/family saga series…
I also have a lighthearted adult contemporary romantic fantasy, Magick & Moonlight, which released in March of 2014. The second edition came out in April of 2020. The follow-up book, a children’s fantasy titled A Little Magick – book two of the Magick Series – was released in July of 2015.
Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy and book one of the Blood at First Sight Series, was released in December of 2014 through Solstice Shadows. I received the rights back, and the second edition is now available. A contemporary romance, Second Chance Heart, was released in October of 2015. Blue Vision, a science fiction romance and book one of the Code of Endhivar Series, was released in November of 2016. The second edition came out in December of 2019.
In February of 2017, The Missing Piece, a short new adult romance, was released. The second edition was published in February of 2020. In July of 2017, Directions of the Heart, a modern romantic drama collection, was released. Blood Instincts, a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy and book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, came out in May of 2018. The second edition was released in November of 2021. Additionally, Chasing Ginger, a romantic comedy and book one of The Misfits Series, was released on March 10, 2020. In other news, in February 2021, Phenomenal Touch, a supernatural romance boxed set, came out on the market. In other news, I’m tackling a romantic mystery collection titled First Target; as well as several other collections and series projects, which I’ll release in the future.
I have published 21 books under various pen names: Marie Lavender, Erica Sutherhome, Kathryn Layne and Heather Crouse. I plan to relaunch them all under the same author name. In the past, two of my short stories were published in a private university publication.
Lesser Known Facts About Me:
I love gel pens!
My favorite color is hot pink.
I adore beautiful landscapes, and colorful flowers, so if you tag me in such a pic on social media, you’ll have my eternal gratitude. 😉
My idea of relaxation is curling up on the couch or in bed with a good book – preferably the hotties from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, or the awesome Merit from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. In lieu of that option, I’m good with drooling over Jamie from the Outlander TV show too. **Fans herself** Always on the lookout for a new hero, or even a kick-ass heroine to fall in love with as a reader! ♥ However, my TBR pile is crazy long!
I’d love to have a house on the beach one day. With the white noise of the ocean in the background, maybe I’d get more writing done. LOL.
My sense of humor tends to lean toward sarcasm.
I have published in the following genres: historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, fantasy, romantic suspense, mystery/thriller, science fiction, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. If you check out the PROJECTS AND WRITING section of this website, you can see I don’t really keep to one genre or subgenre. You’ll see comedies, historical tales, paranormal, sci-fi, dystopian and time travel stories, as well as general romance. Crossing genres is not unheard of for me. For more updates about my writing and my books, you can visit the UPDATES/NEWS section on this site, where you’ll find interviews, guest posts and other features, or simply subscribe to my blogs at http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/ and http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/ (we celebrate romance in all its forms). I also run a guest author blog at http://marielavender.blogspot.com/. Additionally, I have a newsletter that will keep you updated! Sign up here to receive the next issue.
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July 2014 – radio interview on The Authors Show
My radio interview on Urban Nation Radio – September 4, 2014!
Group author interview on ANY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE with Bennet Pomerantz – The World of Ink Network show on Blog Talk Radio – November 8, 2014!
Radio interview on Jami & Michele’s Cover 2 Cover show on Blog Talk Radio! – April 30, 2015 @ 7PM EST
Radio Interview on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! – April 6, 2017 at 8PM EST (a sneak peek of some paranormal books)
My radio interview with host Mary Ellen Wilson – August 7th, 2017!
Radio Interview on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! – August 30, 2018 at 8PM EST
April 18, 2020 – Chat and Spin RADIO on the Weekend Show with Ron Clark and Ian Johnson
(my interview is 47 minutes into this clip)
December 9, 2020 – Facebook Live video/Q&A Session
Heiresses in Love Series, book 1 Relaunched on March 21, 2022!
Upon Your Return (genre: historical romance)
Award-winning Author Marie Lavender brings a captivating, passionate love story about a young heiress and a devilishly charming ship captain. All set in two coastal French towns…
After being raised to believe that love is a frivolous endeavor, French heiress Fara Bellamont has always kept her dreams of adventure and discovering a soul-searing passion to herself. So, when Captain Grant Hill makes his grand entrance into her life by way of rescuing her one fateful night, she knows she’s in trouble. He completely steals her heart.
But, as far as society is concerned, he’s also not a suitable husband.
Grant Hill, a mysterious, rugged ship captain, is just as enthralled with Fara as she is with him, but he too knows such things aren’t so simple. Not only must they overcome social expectations to be together, but wars and lies, as well. And with a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire:
If you love steamy, romantic tales by Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn, and Christi Caldwell, then you’ll adore this exciting and intricate Historical Romance set by the sea. Get your copy today!
Publisher buy link: https://www.draft2digital.com/book/845894
New Review for UYR!
Check out a character interview!
Discover a guest post related to this book!
Released on November 10th, 2021!
Blood Instincts (genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, some futuristic)
Enter the Other World at your own risk…
Myah Sullivan believes she is in a relatively normal, safe world. That could not be further from the truth.
Suddenly, she’s living a nightmare. There are Others in this place – dangerous, supernatural creatures that make her mind spin and cause her to question the reality she’s always known.
Oliver King is her savior, a vampire who tries to show her the way. Throughout her journey, she learns far more than she ever thought she would about herself, and about the past. Soon, she discovers that there is so much more to meeting Oliver than mere happenstance. The stakes just might be too high, after all.
So, what would you do if you found out that you weren’t exactly…human?
“This book is definitely a transitional part of the story, linking the first book with the coming conflict of the third book. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the different take on some of the more familiar and oft-used tropes of urban fantasy and paranormal romance.”
Released on February 12th, 2021!
Phenomenal Touch (genre: supernatural romance, boxed set)
In this never-seen-before union of tales, you’ll discover three full mystical stories by Marie Lavender. Finally, a collection that fans can sink their teeth into! From light contemporary fantasy romance to space opera, to all out fangs and sensual moments, this starter set has everything a paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi romance book lover could want…
MAGICK & MOONLIGHT
Jessie hides her magickal secret to protect herself from Ethan, the town’s new resident. But she never imagined casting a simple spell could turn out so wrong, and oh, so right.
Brooke isn’t sure what to make of Colin, the mysterious stranger with those striking eyes in the cold Montana wilderness. But she gets way more than she bargained for when a vacation fling turns into danger for the whole planet.
Vampires are real! Not only must Desiree come to grips with that fact – plus the perils involved in such a discovery – but also, she must contend with her odd attraction to a strange creature named Alec. Plus, there’s the notion that her origins might be far different than she once thought.
Get your copy of a sexy, supernatural, specialty boxed set today!
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New Review for UYR!
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Find a full list of my books here, or go straight to ‘My Books’ page on this website.
Here’s one featured in Womelle Magazine! (https://www.womelle.com/magazine/view/January-2019 – to view my interview on page 32 for free, click ‘view online’ to the right side of the page).
Discover a book trailer an awesome designer – Creatif Angel – did for my sci-fi romance!
And here’s another, albeit a shorter one!
Universal reader link: https://books2read.com/u/bpEJZW
New book cover for Second Nature!
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