My Books

*Books in order of recent to oldest.

E-Book Lighthearted Contemporary Romantic Fantasy Novella, Magick & Moonlight, was released on May 2, 2014. Second edition published on April 2, 2020.

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[**New edition, complete with a new scene!]

Love spells are dangerous, even more so for those who cast them…

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. Instead, he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not?

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “The writing was great, the characters bold and refreshing. Thank you, Miss Lavender, for a great read…I can’t wait to read some of your other works.”


Print and E-Book Steamy Romantic Comedy (BBW Romance and Billionaire Romance), Chasing Ginger, was released on March 10, 2020.

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Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk.

This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened.

With some new attention from the hottest guy she’s ever met, Ginger can’t help but wonder…is this all too good to be true?

Review on Goodreads, Amazon and BookBub:  “Emotional struggle, romantic, funny, and enduring. The storyline is fantastic, addressing an age-old problem that many women have struggled through and shows that it can be different. Many of the issues that women have with weight are addressed and done in a forthright manner. It is a shame that the world, in general, is not taught from a young age, that weight should not be a factor. The heart is the most beautiful thing in a person and we should all judge from that and not the dress size. I loved the way the author addressed all those problems and showed the effects that they have on a person. Awesome read!!!” – ddeegott, Donadee’s Corner


E-Book New Adult Romance Story, The Missing Piece, was released on February 20, 2017. Second edition published on February 28, 2020.

Short Description:  Can the biggest mistake of Aly’s life turn into the promise of new love?

Review on Amazon:  “The writing style was engaging…a quick, fun read.”

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Anthology of Poems, Hearts’ Poetry, was released on December 20, 2019.

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an online book box that includes
8 – 12 editions per year…each individual edition is choreographed with
a collective of poems in their entirety of Poets Hearts and delicate streams
a poetry book, chapbook, or anthologies from 3 – 7 poets
and surprises along the way

delivered to your inbox with a link to the current edition.

Included with your subscription is continual access to the hearts’ poetry library that holds each edition. Hosted on Kaitlynzq’s site. See our ‘Sales’ page for the discount coupon. Edition 1 includes a sample of Marie’s poetry with a complimentary lit fic/poetry book including a former pen name.

Print and E-Book Science Fiction Romance Novel, Blue Vision, was released on November 13, 2016. Second edition published on December 1, 2019.

Short Description: Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

4 Star Review on Amazon:  “The chemistry between these two was great! Blue Vision has a lot to offer…aliens, romance, chemistry, secrets and danger. It’s a wild ride you will definitely enjoy!”

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Print Anthology of Poetry and Stories, PnP Authors’ Poems & Short Stories, was released on June 26, 2018.

Short Description: PnPAuthors come together to write poems and short stories: Peter & Pattimari Cacciolfi, Eve Gaal, Susanne Leist, Marie Lavender, George Prue, Marjorie Hembroff, Jeanne Trachman, Charles Ray, Neeraj Singhvi, Barbara Fox, Margret Treiber, Char Johnson have written short stories, poems, and quotes in this book.


Print and E-Book Futuristic Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy, Blood Instincts, was released on May 30, 2018.

What if you found out that you weren’t exactly…human?

Myah Sullivan is suddenly living that nightmare. There are Others in the world, dangerous, supernatural creatures that make her mind spin and cause her to question the reality she’s always known. Can Myah accept her new reality, or will she retreat into that normal, safe world she once thought was her own?

5 Star Review by Julie on The Reading Cafe:  “It’s a little different from the usual vampire books, and that’s a good thing. Another well written book to this series, and I’m hoping to have another soon.”

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E-Book Historical Romance/Maritime Boxed Set, Heiresses in Love Trilogy, was released on February 6, 2018. [**NOTE: This read is currently unavailable, at least until I find a new home for the full series.]

An unforgettable, sweeping saga of romance, passion and history rooted in tales of maritime suspense…

Three heiresses…three novels like no other.

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “Sometimes the most unexpected things become the best things ever. Ms. Lavender gives us a storyline that is smooth and strong with enough twists and turns to keep the reader involved. Wow! Lavender gave us three books that were just…Wow.”


Print and E-Book Modern Romantic Drama Novella Collection, Directions of the Heart, was released on July 25, 2017.

Short Description:  Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion…

​In all of these amazing stories, there’s one burning question…is love worth the risk?

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “I had tears in my eyes more than once. These stories do go into struggles like faith, intimacy and other issues. The author wrote about real problems that many people can relate to. This is a must read, I think. This book is very well written and it just seems to flow so smoothly. A great book.”

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Print and E-Book Historical Romance/Family Saga Novel, Upon Your Love, was released on February 26, 2017. [**NOTE: This read is currently unavailable, though I’ve signed a contract with a new publisher for a future release.]

Short Description: The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “The book traces the rocky development of her love for Christian, a strong man with a ‘bad boy’ reputation who is attracted to the independent, strong-willed Adrienne. If you enjoy historical romances with strong characters, plot twists, danger, and love, you will like this book.

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Print Anthology of Poetry and Stories, PnP Authors Talented Writers and Poets, was released on January 18, 2016.

Short Description: PnPAuthors come together to write poems and short stories: Eve Gaal, Vinita Singh, Linda Marie Frank, Marie Lavender, Peter Cacciolfi, Pattimari Cacciolfi, Char Johnson, Jeanne Trachman, Deepak Menon, Johnnes Rhino, Mehreen Ahmed, Phibby Venable

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E-Book Contemporary Romance Story, Second Chance Heart, was released on October 19, 2015. – NOW FREE

Short Description: The last thing Dana Nelson expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for another.

She can’t be more wrong…

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “This is a very short read, but there is so much drama and romance in it that all you want is for the story to continue. You develop a bond with the characters and want to know more about them and what happens.




Treasured Stories & Poems

Print Anthology of Poetry and Stories, Our Treasured Stories & Poems, was released on September 6, 2015.

Short Description: PnPAuthors brought their top poets and authors together to write short stories and poems, within this book are their combined writings. “A Total Void” by Suzanne Newnham “TWINE” by L.L. Dahl-Jensen “Homeless Hearts” by Eve Gaal. All others, their names are under each of their writings.


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E-Book Lighthearted Children’s Fantasy Novella, A Little Magick, was released on July 20, 2015.

Short Description: For a time, it is great fun to use her newfound powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use her powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?


5 Star Review on Amazon:  “Although geared toward young children, adults will also enjoy this sweet story. I recommend reading Magick & Moonlight for yourself and then reading A Little Magick with your little girl!

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Print Anthology of Poetry and Stories, Poets & Writers in Action, was released on May 6, 2015.

Short Description: poem “Lovers Like Us” by Marie Lavender – winner of PnPAuthors poetry contest, as well as works by other poets and writers including Deepak Menon, Robin White, Terry Gilbert, Raven Wilkie, Vinita Singh, et al.


Print and E-Book Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Novel, Second Nature, was released on December 8, 2014.

Short Description:  Desiree Edwards has a problem. She’s been attacked, kidnapped and forced to get along with a vampire of all things. It’s something right out of the story books she reads, or her worst nightmare. But, sometimes he’s not the monster he appears to be. He seems so humanlike that she can’t help it when her emotions betray her, when her body betrays her. To make matters worse, she finds out more about herself than she ever wanted to know…  

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “One of the Best Vampire Romances I have read! I really enjoyed reading this book. Very well written and easy to read. This book is on my “favorites” book shelf… to be treasured! This story has it all…and the best part is the happy ending. Left me wanting to read more about these two, and their future adventures together.  


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Print Anthology of Poetry and Stories, PnPAuthors Short Stories & Poems, was released on July 27, 2014.

Short Description: PnPauthors and Poets: Deepak Menon, Kathryn Treat, Christopher Meade, Sayed Rohani, Marie Lavender, Alfancena Barrett, Phibby Venable, Dawn Huffaker, Charles Ray, James Horn, Marlowe Sr., Eve Gaal Short Stories & Poems PnPauthors Promotions owner, Peter & Pattimari Cacciolfi, also have stories & poems in the book.Within these pages you will be inspired by the combined efforts of some of our wonderful writers and poets who have come together with their talents to create this delightful compilation of poems and short stories for your enjoyment.


Print and E-Book Historical Romance Novel, Upon Your Honor, was released on April 20, 2014. [**NOTE: This read is currently unavailable, though I’ve signed a contract with a new publisher for a future release.]

Short Description:  New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancé, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be…

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “Marie Lavender hooks you from start to finish and I really look forward to further books from her!”


E-book Anthology, Writer’s Reference Book,Writing Tips for Authors by Stefan Vucak, was released on January 2, 2014. Two of my articles were published in this anthology – “Hands Tied: What Sells?” and “Publishing on Demand”.

Short Description: In a series of essays, Writing Tips for Authors answers questions on planning and writing a novel, selecting a publisher, and venturing into the self-publishing game. The book might help you avoid some of the traps that lie for the unwary!



Print and E-Book Romantic Suspense Novel, Leather and Lace, was released on November 24, 2013.

Short Description:  When Detective Dreyling sees Evangeline Lewis standing over a dead body, his whole life changes. Determined to not only find out what she knows about the crime but also to make her his, he will go to any lengths, even bribe her boss, to have more time with her.   Angie fights the overwhelming desire she feels for Patrick, but there are some things in this world you can’t fight.

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “The story is well-written and quite enjoyable. Both characters, Patrick and Angie warmed my heart. I loved it.”


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Print and E-Book Historical Romance Novel, Upon Your Return, was released on February 12, 2013. [**NOTE: This read is currently unavailable, though I’ve signed a contract with a new publisher for a future release.]

Short Description:  Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “Marie is a brilliant author and I enjoyed reading this immensely. The twists and turns flowed beautifully and the romance was epic and heart pounding.The characters were sexy, compelling and stubborn, and the story was beautiful, romantic and at times even a little dangerous.”



Print and E-Book Romantic Suspense Novel, Ransom:  first edition released in November 2012, second edition on July 15, 2013.

Short Description:  Triana Richards finds a prospect in the form of her captor when she is kidnapped from her home. For reasons she cannot imagine, she becomes very attached to a man who calls himself Damien. As events unfold, she must ask herself if her feelings are real or if she is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “I will not put any spoilers into this review, but you would do well to buy this book and fall into its tangled web of adventure, seduction, fear, and love.”



Print and EBook Romantic Suspense Novel Perfect Game:  first edition released in June 2012, second edition on July 17, 2013.

Short Description:  At the behest of her editor, Haley Stewart goes to Kenya to research her next novel. While there, she comes across dangerous poachers and must trust her life to a compelling man. As events unfold, boundaries are tested and Haley must ask herself if she can trust this attractive guide with her heart as well.

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “A perfect love story showing how much of a game falling in love can be. The characters are intriguing, the plot twists and turns, the love game is interesting. A fun read!”



Print and E-Book Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Novel A Misplaced Life:  first edition released in April 2012, second edition on July 2, 2013.

Short Description:  Death is only the beginning. That is what Alexa Hamilton realizes when she discovers herself beyond the land of the living. She must enlist the help of her best friend and a handsome, but stubborn detective to try to put the missing pieces of her life back together.  

5 Star Review on Amazon:  “Her words will wrap around your soul and draw you in for more. Buy this novel!”



Print and E-Book Romantic Suspense Novel Pursuit:  first edition released in March 2012, second edition on June 23, 2013.

Short Description:  Susannah Peters unwittingly stumbles upon a serial killer’s revenge when she gets involved with a cop. There are further complications because not only has she dealt with a similar situation before, she has visions about the serial killer. This fact draws her further into that dark world.



Print and E-Book Romantic Suspense Novel Haunted:  first edition released in February 2012, second edition on June 30, 2013.

Short Description:  Carmen Martinez has been running from her terrible past her whole life. Everything turns upside down when she is discovered by a persistent cop and old friend. Can her friend and new lover bring her back to the present or will she retreat and keep running from her fears? What complicates things more is that an old enemy is tracking her.  



Print and E-Book Paranormal Romance/Suspense Novel Terror in the Night:  first edition released in February 2012, second edition on June 21, 2013.

Short Description:  Claire Retin has been dealing with the same nightmare for years. Little does she know that she is not the only one. When she meets a kindred spirit, she realizes there’s more to this nightmare than she previously thought.



Print and E-Book Literary Fiction/Poetry Anthology Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things:  first edition released in January 2012, second edition on March 27, 2013.

Short Description:  This is a book of poems and short stories. Though there are romantic elements, most of the stories lean toward the paranormal. The poems and stories invoke a message about human nature, and what we are capable of when pushed to our limits.


Print and E-Book Literary Fiction/Poetry Anthology Ramblings, Musings and Other Things:  first edition released in October 2011, second edition on March 20, 2013. Cover updated in 2019.

Short Description:  Ramblings, Musings and Other Things is comprised of a group of stories and poems about the decisions we make in life every day and the course our lives take because of them. It is about the hopes and dreams that we can have as humans and the obstacles we must overcome to reach those goals.



Print and E-Book Literary Fiction/Poetry Anthology Express Cafe and Other Ramblings:  first edition released in September 2010, second edition on March 6, 2013.

Short Description:  This book is comprised of a collection of works about the different paths that life can take. Each work is separate, but still relates to the human condition in some manner.

4 Star Review on Readers’ Favorite:  Though the stories and characters differ, they link to the same theme. The stories are simple and short, and easy to read. Readers will relate to this kind of writing.”


Sites of Interest:

TOP 10 FINISHER – BEST ROMANCE NOVELUpon Your Love2017 Annual Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll

TOP 10 FINISHER – BEST ROMANCE SHORT STORYThe Missing Piece2017 Annual Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll


Release date: May 30, 2018

Amazon Universal ebook link:

Goodreads: (Directions of the Heart nominated in 2018) (UPDATED LINK)

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