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New Release Feature: Directions of the Heart by Marie Lavender

A new book released yesterday! Check it out! 🙂

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I am pleased to announce a great book release by well, yours truly! My modern romantic drama collection, Directions of the Heart, officially released this week!

Yay! Awesome! :)

When a new book comes out, it’s always an exciting time for an author!

I am thrilled to show Directions of the Heart to readers today. ♥

This is the blurb for Directions of the Heart:

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?

Without You

Reece and Jenna are two childhood friends separated by time and distance. Can they find a way to heal their bond, or perhaps forge a new one?

Strange Heat

Spurred by her friend’s close call, Victoria decides to take a risk and prove the lifestyle she led was her downfall. But as Tory sinks deeper into the tumultuous…

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Author Newsletter!

This month’s issue of my author newsletter just went out last night. Here is the full link. Don’t miss the exciting news! ♥

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MARIE’S NOVEMBER 2016 TO
JANUARY 2017 FLASHBACK NEWSLETTER

 

Here’s a guest post that I had to include below because the owner of the blog decided to shut her site down this year.

 

A Labor of Love

by Marie Lavender

 

It all started with my love of literature. I recall my mother reading me bedtime stories. I got so lost in those fictional worlds that I didn’t want to find a way out.

My own stories began to formulate in my head whenever I’d play with dolls as a child. As soon as I learned to write, I finally had an outlet. They found their way onto the page. Throughout my childhood, I knew I wanted to be an author. As I grew a little older, I’d stalk the reference section of the library, finding how-to books on writing, as well as writer’s market books, exhibiting lists of publishers I could submit my work to.

This was my dream. I pursued it steadily, did anything I could to accomplish that aim – I kept writing, entered young writer’s contests, I familiarized myself with the industry as well as possible, and took creative writing classes whenever they were available.

In college, I made a goal of finally finishing a novel. In 2002, I had the idea for a historical romance book, which would be set in France. Of course, I didn’t know it would take nearly nine years of organization, writing and perfecting to complete the novel. I was aware of the growing popularity of self-publishing. With this one, however, I wanted to find a traditional publisher.

Still, I was reluctant to let the trend pass me by. I selected some works-in-progress and set to completing them. Between the years of 2010 and 2012, I’d released twelve books in various genres. Yet I maintained my dream of getting published traditionally.

After numerous rejections I finally found a home when Solstice Publishing offered me a book contract for Upon Your Return, book one of the Heiresses in Love Series. In February of 2013, the novel was released. Since then, I’ve submitted six other novels and stories to the same publisher, and they’ve accepted every one. I now have four series published, and many others planned for the future.

Just before UYR was published, however, I quickly realized I’d have to jump on the ‘public presence’ bandwagon. I began to develop my social media accounts. I wrote guest posts for book blogs or writing blogs. I learned how to participate in author interviews, radio spots, author timeslots during Facebook events, placed book ads whenever necessary, and, well…I also launched two blogs (which actually became three later on). I struggled with them at first (i.e. What did I have to say, to offer?). But I eventually figured it all out. By the time Upon Your Return was published for a while, I had official book reviews on blogs as well as sites where the book was sold.

Now? I know I’m never finished learning about this industry, but I can say I’ve made quite a bit of progress. With 5,000 friends on Facebook, 1400 followers on my profile and 2500 likes on my author page, over 3500 Google+ followers and almost 15,000 Twitter followers, I haven’t done too bad.

Additionally, I’ve evolved from a romance author to a true multi-genre author, covering literary fiction, poetry, various types of romance, mystery/thriller, fantasy, science fiction, to wherever this crazy muse will take me. I no longer try to box myself in.

I am also proud to call the Heiresses in Love Series completed, as the final book, Upon Your Love, a full-length historical romance/family saga, comes out on February 28th. The series has been nearly fifteen years in the making, and it quickly became an empire of Victorian maritime drama, suspense and passion. I couldn’t be happier that the series pleasantly surprised me with its twists in development, all the characters coming alive on the page. I am beyond grateful to the wonderful people at Solstice for giving me a chance. I look forward to many more years with them, as they’ve taken me under their wing, and helped me to soar on my own. With my two books coming out soon, that makes a total of 25 published books to date.

And the muse, as always, is tireless, a true blessing for a writer. I just love writing, learning all about my characters, and experiencing their stories.

It’s been quite a journey, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Today’s Featured Author: Marie Lavender

Into Another World

Today I have with romance author Marie Lavender on my blog. Her latest book, Upon Your Return, is a historical romance.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I am a romance author.  I have published 16 books.  I have been writing since I was a kid.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was raised in a small town in Indiana, so small they actually consider it “Small Town U.S.A.”.  At the moment, I still live in Indiana, though I have plans to move eventually.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I feel like I’ve been writing forever.  So I pretty much always considered myself a writer.  I never considered myself an “author” until I published a book in 2010.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

Oh, I think quite a lot is.  Sometimes when I…

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Guest Author: Marie Lavender

An old article of mine, but still some good tips! 🙂

Words, Words, Words

Are Your Characters Fleshy?

This may come as a shocker, but a lot of beginning writers don’t know how to make good characters. And I’m sure some tenured authors make the same mistake occasionally. It’s not enough to say, “Hey, Mr. Character, you have dark hair and blue eyes. Now start talking.” Dialogue is one aspect of a character. So is appearance. But, what is inside is what counts. What is inside of a character is what makes us keep reading.

Take the time to fill out the finer details of a character. For example, what do they like to eat for breakfast? Maybe they don’t eat breakfast. Some people don’t. What is their religious affiliation? Where did they go to school? What kind of home life did that person have? Notice I said “person”.

People are complicated. We are complicated. If we were all pretty typical, would life be…

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2015 Review

As we’re about to switch to a new year, check out an annual review on my Blogger/Blogspot blog, complete with updates and a big thank you for all my guests! 😉

Wow!: 2015 Review

You can also browse two other annual reviews on my alternate blogs, one on the I Love Romance Blog and on the Writing in the Modern Age blog! Enjoy!

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I’d like to wish you a wonderful New Year’s celebration, and all the success you can handle as we move into a new time! 🙂

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Thanks, readers, for stopping by the site!

And, as always, happy reading! 😀

Author Interview – Marie Lavender

Check out a cool interview on Ch’kara Silverwolf’s blog! 😀

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Today I have an interview for you with author Marie Lavender about her book A Little Magick.

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Short author bio: Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical…

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Honorable Mention!

I just learned some pretty awesome news!

On August 2nd of 2014, I found out that I was nominated for the BTS Red Carpet Review Awards.  BTS_award_thumb2

Well, just a few moments ago, I learned that I made Honorable Mention in my genre category. The official announcement happens at the awards ceremony in July. Yay!

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This is a complete honor for me, and I’m so happy to impart this news to all of you!  🙂

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Here is my interview with Marie Lavender

My author interview with host Fiona!

Here is my interview with Marie Lavender.

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Author Interview on The Books Machine Blog

Check out my author interview on The Books Machine Blog!

I Love Romance Blog

November 19, 2014

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Marie Lavender

TBM: How do you imagine the ideal reader of your book?

ML: I imagine the ideal reader of my book to be a romantic who doesn’t mind bit of history and suspense thrown into a love story. Anyone who loves a good story and enjoys a thrill while learning about new places would be a potential reader.

TBM: How was the writer inside of you born?

ML: When I was young, I absolutely loved the written word!  I would pour over books, eating up the narratives within.  My imagination was huge and my family would often find me acting out my own stories with dolls and such.  This eventually translated into writing stories, and I’ve been writing them ever since.

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TBM: What genres do you work with and why are you attracted to these forms of writing?

ML: I write romance because I love showing how…

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