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Upon Your Return (Genre: Historical Romance)

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Release Date: November 23, 2020


Summary/Tagline: Utterly captivated by a man who rescues her one night, Fara embarks on an unexpected journey.


Award-winning Author Marie Lavender brings excitement and passion to two coastal France towns in this captivating love story about a young heiress and a devilishly charming ship captain.

A French heiress, a ship’s captain, and numerous obstacles to struggle through.

Fara Bellamont has always dreamed of having adventures and discovering love. She finds herself captivated by Captain Grant Hill who rescues her one fateful night.

Grant’s fascination with Fara must overcome social expectations, war, and lies, if they are to stay together.
With a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire…

If you like Christi Caldwell, you’re going to love the works of Marie Lavender and Upon Your Return.

Book Genre: Historical Romance

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Chasing Ginger (Genre: romantic comedy)

Format: ebook/print

Release Date: March 10, 2020

Tagline: With more attention than she ever imagined, how can she tell if this is real or a fantasy?


Book Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction, BBW/Curvy/Rubenesque Romance, Billionaire Romance

Similar to: a sexy version of Love Potion Number 9 meets Cinderella

Themes: Body Positivity, Kindness Matters

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Second Nature (Genre: paranormal romance)

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Release Date: ?

Tagline:  He’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix…or do they?


She never expects it…

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 at first glance…she can’t help it when her emotions betray her…or when her body betrays her.

What is this Other World she’s encountered? It makes matters worse when she discovers more about herself than she ever wanted to know.

She’s unlike any other…

Alec’s dilemma, too, has a name. The animal in him wants Desiree, but so does the man. The more he learns about this unique human, the harder it is to deny what he wants.

Then, an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice…his life or hers. 

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Magick & Moonlight (Genre: lighthearted contemporary romantic fantasy)

Format: ebook

Release Date: April 2, 2020

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


[**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?

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she must do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned.

Messing with free will is always a bad idea.

To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the effects will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

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The Missing Piece (Genre: new adult romance)

Format: ebook

Release Date: February 29, 2020

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


When Alyssa wakes up in a strange place at school, she can’t remember what happened the previous night. A new friend, Justin, offers to help her out. As she makes discoveries that force her to accept a different reality, she finds herself drawn to Justin for a number of reasons.

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

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Blue Vision (Genre: science fiction romance)

Format: ebook/print

Release Date: December 1, 2019

Tagline:  An undeniable connection…a dangerous secret.


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…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Such a simple plan. Except fate has a twisted sense of humor. This human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?


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Heiresses in Love Series

Upon Your Return


“Leave me alone!” She wiped the back of her hand across her mouth to rid herself of his taste.

“Bitch,” he muttered. “You’ll pay for that.”

“I would listen to the lady if I were you.”

They both swung to see another man dressed in a dinner coat and trousers with a phantom mask over part of his face.

“What business is it of yours?” the man who’d accosted her asked.

“That doesn’t matter. I demand you now treat her like the lady she is. Apologize.”

A thrill tingled down Fara’s spine. She knew that voice. It belonged to Grant. But if he wanted to remain anonymous, she would play along.

The man beside her shifted uneasily where he stood. “Or?”

“Or you may not make it to the brothel I assume you attend regularly. Suffice it to say you’ll regret it, Monsieur. I may not even go to the trouble of challenging you in a duel.”

He must have seen the sincere threat in Grant’s eyes as well as his rapier, which he always carried at his side. The man turned to Fara. “I am sorry, Mademoiselle. It won’t happen again.” He didn’t wait for a response; he swept past both her and Grant and was out of the alcove before they could stop him.

“Obviously propriety is lost on him.”

She smiled. It was so like him to make light of a bad situation. She remembered she still hadn’t acknowledged that he knew her. Perhaps he didn’t recognize her? “I would like to thank you, Monsieur, for your intervention.”

“There is no need. I did what any man would’ve done.”

“Not every man would aid just any woman. I should not have accepted his offer to dance. Before I had a chance to stop him, he dragged me in here. I shouldn’t have trusted him.”

“Don’t punish yourself over it. But, it’s true some strangers can have ulterior motives.”

“But, not all?”

“No, I suppose occasionally someone means well.”

“Would you fit into that category? One with no ulterior motives?”

“Perhaps when I first came inside the alcove…”

His eyes beneath his mask seemed to bore into her very soul. In a way, she knew she was toying with Grant, that he probably thought she didn’t know it was him and was appalled she would flirt with simply any man. What was he feeling? Her heart raced in a strange, exhilarating way, and her breaths were shallower. If he did know it was her, did he care?

“Not now?” she teased.

“Now I just might have ulterior motives…”


The alcove curtain was closed so they had no reason to fear being seen. A part of her didn’t care if they were caught without her having a chaperone. The fact that she wasn’t supposed to be here because of her mourning period added to the risk. It was enticing.

She closed the distance between them by approaching him, placing her hands on his chest. “I want to thank you.”

“I told you it wasn’t necessary.” His voice sounded suddenly husky.

“I think it is.”

Lips inches apart, they stood that way for what seemed an eternity. When Fara thought she would go mad with the waiting, he lowered his lips to hers, softly questing. Their mouths lingered, lost in sensation and the essence of one another until finally, he pulled away. Through their masks and the silence of the alcove, there was an element Fara couldn’t quite pinpoint. Temptation perhaps? She wanted to give in to the unspoken need, but it would be idiocy to act on it.

Grant whispered, “Mademoiselle Bellamont, you are a tease.”

He had accused her of it before, but now she could only sigh. “You would know if I was teasing, Capitaine.” At his frown, she shook her head. Reality returned just as it always did. There were obligations. Grant then escorted her back to Helene and Rosalie and they left the governor’s mansion. Part of her only considered what it might have been like if they’d had nothing to worry about.

Could she have a chance with Grant? Her heart needed to believe in the possibility.


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