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Vote at the Critters Readers Poll!

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Hi, readers! Great news…Blood Instincts and the Heiresses in Love Trilogy were both nominated for the 21st Annual Preditors and Editors Critters’ Readers Poll!

So, help me out and cast your vote for each book…

You’ll find Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, listed in the Romance Category on the site here.

http://books2read.com/u/bppKAk
http://critters.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml

And the Heiresses in Love Series boxed set is listed on the Anthologies page here.
http://books2read.com/u/3yZ8qv

http://critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml

Reader votes wrap up on January 14th. There are SO many categories/genres in which you can cast your vote, including the Best EVER poll (of course I chose my favorite J.R. Ward novel)!

Happy voting, and wish me luck in the awards contest! 🙂

Happy New Year…and, of course, happy reading to all! ♥♥♥

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Vote For A Romance Cover!

Vote for UYL and DoH here!

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Hi, readers! I just wanted to stop in and announce that two of my books were entered in the big cover contest on Authors Database. Yay! When you get a chance, you can check it out and vote for the one you like.

Upon Your Love, book three of the Heiresses in Love Series, which is also a historical romance/family saga novel, is in there. As you can tell, Adrienne’s eyes were fixed recently, to honor their unique violet hue.

This is the voting page for UYL:

https://authorsdb.com/2018-cover-contest-results/25047-cover-contest-2018-upon-your-love

Additionally, the cover for Directions of the Heart, a modern romantic drama collection, was nominated for the contest. Woo hoo! 🙂 Many thanks to Sherry Soule at SwoonWorthy Book Covers for her awesome work on the romance cover! ♥ 

Here’s the voting page for that book:

https://authorsdb.com/2018-cover-contest-results/25046-cover-contest-2018-directions-of-the-heart

Also, check out my author page over at AuthorsDB here.

This…

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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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Mystery Blogger Award Nomination!

_Okoto Enigma is the creator of this award.

A FUN BLOG HOP

I’d like to thank the awesome Juneta Key at the Writer’s Gambit blog, for this nomination!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Juneta!I do have a few mystery books out and some in progress, so I’ll play. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Juneta – such a talented lady – twice, for two books in my historical series. Here is her blog nomination. You should really check out her great blog!

The Rules:

Rule 1:  Put the award logo/image on your blog. (ABOVE)

Rule 2:  List the rules. (You’re Reading Them)

Rule 3:  Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Ronel-ABOVE)

Rule 4:  Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (ABOVE under LOGO)

Rule 5:  Tell your readers three things about yourself.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

Wait, I have to limit it to three?! All right, I guess I’ll try.

  1. I am a Libra. Contrary to popular belief about that sign, I’m neither lazy nor indecisive. The toughest issue I have with being a Libra is always seeing both sides to a problem, and only that can make me somewhat cautious about the decision. For example, deciding on a restaurant is the absolute worst for a Libra, unless I know exactly what sounds good that day. LOL.
  2. I am a shopaholic, especially a bargain shopper. I am crazy about online shopping, but I don’t mind going out now and then to find something either. Credit cards are my weakness, so I have to be good as much as possible. Which is hard, because I’m one of those people who loves to buy for family and friends.
  3. As a writer, my go-to writing subscriptions are Live Write Thrive, Indies Unlimited and A Writer’s Path. But damnit, there’s just never enough time in the day to read everything. 😉

Rule 6:  You have to nominate a bunch of people (some say 5, while others say 20).

Well…okay. I’ll nominate:

  1. C.L. Bush (she has a great historical mystery series)
  2. Ashley Fontainne
  3. D.J. Swykert
  4. Margo Bond Collins
  5. Christopher Davis
  6. Rachael Stapleton (time travel mystery)
  7. Anyone that would like to join us, consider yourself nominated.

Rule 7:  Notify your nominees. (Done.)

Rule 8:  Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny question.

1. Who is your favorite author and which book is your favorite?

2. If you had three wishes, what would your THIRD wish be?

3. How long have you been blogging? 

4. If you could meet anyone in real life (alive, dead or even a fictional character), who would you invite to hang with on a day out in the city?

5. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? And what would your superhero or supervillain name be? Get creative!

 

Rule 9: Share a link to your best post.

Outside the Lines or On Perseverance or The Other Side of Our Dreams. I have three other blogs, but my author website was chosen, so I had to choose these. They are about equal in views.

ANSWERING JUNETA’S 5 QUESTIONS:

  1. If you could get a redo on ONE thing in your life without impunity, what would it be? I’d choose to be a little more patient with myself. Putting the pressure on constantly has only harmed me in the long run.
  2. If you had three wishes, what would your THIRD wish be? I think I’d prefer that we have less hate in the world. People are always talking about other haters, and it’s hard not to see the “hate” which is descending our world into chaos. Hate comes in all forms, and sometimes it even arrives in sheep’s clothing. However, true hate starts at home. So fix yourself first; evaluate and erase the hate in your own life. Be a more honest, kinder person, and then you can worry about trying to help others do the same.
  3. Describe your “true self” in three words. A little nutty, creative and open-minded.
  4. If you were a Star Wars character, who would you be? I think maybe I’d choose Luke Skywalker. Sure, he had a long, hard journey, but he usually did the right thing for everyone, including himself. And seriously?!…damn those Ewoks for being so cute! I just want to adopt one and let him baby my cats.
  5. If you had the opportunity to know your future, would you?  Nah, I probably wouldn’t. I think it would ruin the surprise! 😉

Thanks again, Juneta, for the nomination! Everyone else, feel free to jump into this cool blog hop! 🙂

Using a Pen Name

Thanks, Carol, for the mention! 🙂

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Do you write under a pen name? And if so, why?

An article in Writer’s Relief  lists reasons why writers choose to adopt pen names. It could be, as they point out, that another author “owns” your name. For example, it would be difficult for someone named Agatha Christie to write under her real name.

Or, as a high school teacher who writes erotica, you’d want to conceal your identity. I hope.

Or maybe, you write in a genre that has basically a male audience and you are a woman. Joanne Rowling used the initials J.K. (K after her grandmother Katherine) because she feared that boys would not want to read Harry Potter if it was written by (horror!) a girl.  Similarly, Mary Ann Evans used a male name because she wanted to be taken seriously and wrote under the name of George Eliot. Of course, that was in…

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Radio Interview!

Check out a radio interview tonight at 8PM EST! 🙂

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For our lovers of paranormal romance, you’ve gotta check this out…

Later today, I’ll be chatting with awesome author team and radio hosts of the Haunted Nights Live! show, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross. This radio show is quite popular, and the Thorne & Cross team has seen some very famous authors on there. Check out the list of past guests here.

Check us out at 8PM EST to get some sneak peeks of two books I have coming out later this year, a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy, Blood Instincts, book two of the Blood at First Sight Series, and Awakening, a paranormal romantic thriller collection.

Plus, for those who have a fascination with the supernatural, we’ll be talking about that too. 😉

So stop by tonight! You can call in with questions or sit back and listen in. I’m not sure if the interview will…

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New Release Feature: Cupid’s Arrow Anthology by Solstice Publishing

One of my stories is in this great anthology! 😉

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I am pleased to announce a great book release by Solstice Publishing, my very own publisher!

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This special romance collection, Cupid’s Arrow, officially released yesterday! Yay! That’s awesome! :) Congrats, everyone, on your new release!:)

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

Here’s a brief look at Cupid’s Arrow, just in time for that special romantic holiday tomorrow.

Valentine’s Day is filled with romance and special relationships. The sweetness of a couple coming together is perhaps the best part of this very special day. Will these couples share that very important first kiss?

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Fun cover!

This is the blurb for Cupid’s Arrow:

Will Millie be a victim of, hot, passionate, and fleeting war kisses?

Romance has no age barrier

The biggest mistake of Aly’s life could turn into the promise of new love…

Can love be rekindled after a lifetime?

Victorian…

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Meet Monday- Marie Lavender Interview and Spotlight.

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Meet Marie Lavender!

A little about the author-

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since 2010, Marie has published 23 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, dramatic fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

We haven’t had the pleasure to read any of Marie’s work so we are getting to know her along with some great answers to fun questions…

Do you remember what made you want to become an author? How old were you?

I was around nine years old when I was telling everyone in my family that I wanted to be a novelist. What made me want to do this? I think I was always obsessed with books, found myself immersed in those fictional worlds, and when stories began to spin in my head and wouldn’t leave me alone, it just felt natural to write them all down.

Who are some authors that you look up to or admire?

Some of my favorite authors are J.R. Ward, Chloe Neill, Nora Roberts, Kris Tualla and P.C. Cast. The list just goes on. I was also inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, and classic authors like Emily Dickinson, Aphra Behn, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. They weren’t afraid to be real with the reader or break the mold on their genres.

Who would be your dream co-author?

Chloe Neill, maybe. Writing a paranormal with her would be a fascinating experience. I always love kick-ass heroines and she masters that so well.

Out of all the characters you have created, which is your absolute favorite?

Tough question. I love all of them! But, I guess Fara Bellamont (Hill) still tugs at my heartstrings. It’s probably why she has a new spotlight in the final book of the Heiresses in Love Series, Upon Your Love, which is coming out in late February.

As you know, Crystal likes to create recipes based on books. If there was one recipe you would say would go hand in hand with your book, what would it be?

Probably cheeseburgers made with California marinade (I can scan and email you the recipe). The female main character of Blue Vision, Brooke, is a vegetarian at first, but she starts to warm up to the idea of meat later on.

What do you look for when designing or purchasing book covers?

I look for something that really captures the idea of the book. I like to find stock images that look close enough to the characters, and if I can include other elements related to the story, I will.

Do you listen to music or create a play list when writing or do you need complete silence to be with your muse?

I listen to music sometimes while writing, but music is a no-no when I’m editing. When I’m in the midst of writing a scene, I usually like to listen to music that isn’t too harsh on the eardrums or distracting to the story I’m creating. I’m a big fan of Pandora and I Heart Radio because you can input your favorite artists, and they’ll not only cater the music to that band or singer, but also ones that sound similar. It’s a great way to discover new music while immersing myself in writing.

How often do you find time to read? How long would you say your TBR is?

When I’m not writing, I try to read a few books per month. But when I’m focused on a project, I will read a book now and then, sure, yet I don’t want to get too distracted. And yes, my TBR list on my Amazon Wishlist, my Kindle and Goodreads is pretty long. You can’t be a good writer without first being in love with books.

What advice would you have for your younger self who just started writing?

Have more patience. Know when to pursue the things you want, but don’t be a pain-in-the-ass in the process. LOL.

As an author do you have any regrets?

Not really. I think I ended up where I’m supposed to be. The path is always moving, and I never know what to expect around the corner. I think that’s better than having everything mapped out because you can’t really plan your writer’s journey to a tee. Opportunities you may never have imagined will arise and it’s good to be ready for them.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose?

My grandmother. Man, I miss her so much. She was dynamic, the glue that held our big extended family together. I know she had so much more to teach me. I’d like to know more about my Irish roots, which I didn’t discover until a few years ago.

How often would you say your real life inspires your writing?

Now and then, it does. I’d like to think there’s a jumble of consciousness in the chaos that is my mind. My muse draws from past experiences in many ways. At least, I believe it does. I’ve heard people close to me say they can see me in my writing. It’s not always intentional, but I think it’s still there.

Would you ever want any of your works to become a television show or movie? If so, who is on your dream cast?

Well, sure! Who wouldn’t? I’ve always pictured the Heiresses in Love Series as a movie. Probably the Blood at First Sight Series and the Code of Endhivar Series too. Here is my cast for each series:

The Heiresses in Love Series

Grant – Gerard Butler

Fara – Isla Fisher

Chloe Waverly – Julianne Hough

Gabriel Hill – Simon Woods

Adrienne – Jessica Green

Christian – Eduardo Verastegui

Annabelle – Molly C. Quinn

Andre – Matt Lanter

Eric – Russell Crowe

Claudette – Olivia Wilde

Elena – Ashley Benson

Pierce – Michael Trevino

Marcel – Ian Somerhalder

 

The Blood at First Sight Series

Desiree – Moon Bloodgood

Alec – Matt Bomer

Myah – Megan Young

Oliver – Jessie Pavelka

Jared – Bradley James

Rhiannon – Lyndsy Fonseca

 

The Code of Endhivar Series

Brooke – Emily Black

Colin – Brandon Routh

Kemara – Sarah Gadon

Sean – Tyler Hoechlin

 

How do you react or deal with negative reviews of your work?

It’s discouraging at first, but I’ve never responded publicly to them. That just makes you look rude and pathetic as an author. I read them, and then move on. What good will it do to dwell on something negative?

Do you have any upcoming signings you will be attending?

Signings? No. I do have some upcoming releases, however, and any reader can go to Authorgraph to get any of their ebooks signed by me. You can also check out my news on the Updates page of my website or subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

What are you currently working on?

 I’m editing a contemporary romantic drama collection titled Directions of the Heart. It’s comprised of four stories about eight different people on a journey of loss, growth, redemption, healing and romance. Additionally, I’m finishing the second book of the Blood at First Sight Series, which is titled Blood Instincts. It’s a futuristic paranormal romance/urban fantasy. And this year, I plan to work on a paranormal romantic thriller collection, which is called Awakening.

How do you prepare to write? Do you have a ritual before you are ready to write?

Usually scenes come to me randomly, but when I’m focused on a project, I need a nice gel pen and a pretty journal. Then I work on a full outline of the book before I launch into writing more scenes and chapters. I usually need some quiet time so I can think about where I last left off.

Do you believe in magic and or a paranormal world like in your books?

Sure! I’ve witnessed some paranormal activity before, and I’ve written about paranormal characters. And as for magic? I’ve written about witches. I just try to keep an open mind. Hence why Blue Vision came about (Aliens are people too. LOL). I think my take on paranormal phenomenon or magic is that there’s still so much about this world we don’t know. So why can’t these things exist?

As an author do you prefer to read via ebook or paperback?

I’m usually more comfortable with paperback or hardcover. I think it’s a tactile thing. I have to touch the story in order to be absorbed into that world.

If you could have anyone and we mean anyone featured on a cover of your book who would it be?

Oh…hmm. I have a little crush on Hugh Jackman, so if he was willing to be on a cover, it would be hard not to have fan fever.

Who would you say most supports and inspires you?

My fiancé is endlessly supportive and constantly inspires me in my work. Not only because I default to writing romance and our relationship is inspiring, but also because he backs me up no matter what I want to do in life.

As an author how do you feel about the pressure that can be put on you to release new books?

There is some pressure, of course. I guess I feel more pressure when it comes to series’ books rather than standalones. I know readers are waiting for the next book in the series, and they won’t wait forever, right? However, the muse has its own timeline and I’ve learned to pay attention to it. It usually knows what to do, and I have to honor my characters when they’re ready to come onto the page. Forcing something will only disappoint me and my readers. So, I guess I just let my instincts lead me.

What is the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

Actually, this one was positive, but different for me. I guess sometimes I’m still a Luddite. But I stumbled across a really great review for a romantic suspense one day, and I was shocked that when I clicked on the link it was actually a video of the fan touting the book! It was such a rewarding and humbling experience, and I have enormous gratitude that she went to all that trouble.

How did you become part of the indie community?

That’s easy. I guess I became a hybrid in some manner. I not only have traditionally published books, I also publish books on my own. It just depends on the book. Being an indie author and blogger has led me to interactions with lots of other indie authors.

How do you deal with fear or jitters before a new release?

I feel nerves the same way I do when I’m doing a radio interview. Public speaking and being in the spotlight always made me nervous. That’s probably weird for someone who was in choir for years, and often had solos. But I still feel it. I’ve noticed, though, that it starts to fade as soon as I launch into whatever I’m doing…

Eating Between the Lines

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Meet Marie Lavender!

A little about the author-

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since 2010, Marie has published 23 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

We haven’t had the pleasure to read any of Marie’s work so weare getting to know her along…

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Vote for BLUE VISION!

My first sci-fi romance, Blue Vision, has been nominated for the P&E Readers’ Poll.

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Yay! 😀

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You can vote now in one of two categories, Romance or Science Fiction & Fantasy.

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This interplanetary romance novel needs your help! 🙂 The poll runs through January 14th.

Have a great rest of your holidays, everyone!

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Marie Lavender, on Perseverance

A little about my author journey and some writing resources for fellow writers! 🙂

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Below, see Marie Lavender, author and self-made success story, tell the tale of her rise in the writing business. Follow her at https://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/ 

My Author Journey by Marie Lavender

When Jill Marie asked me to talk about my author journey, I wanted to approach it a bit differently than I had in the past. So, let’s really get into the mindset, the life of an author, shall we?

Being an author isn’t about making the bestsellers list or tons of royalties or winning awards, though any of those are great. It’s not even about meeting your publisher’s deadlines. The defining moment for an author is different for everyone. And we constantly evolve.

My first defining moment was when I received my first book contract in 2012. And when that historical romance novel, Upon Your Return, came out six months later, when I first held the paperback in my…

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