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A new interview with yours truly! ♥

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Behind Their Books

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Welcome back to Behind Their Books. This time around we have a whole new set of questions and many great authors. The first author to answer these new questions is the multi-genre writer Marie Lavender!

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Can you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?

Sure, I come from a small town in the Midwest. For privacy, I won’t say which one, but let’s just state it’s ‘Small Town U.S.A.’. Not being exposed to city life, I think, actually made me open my mind to more fantastic realms in my imagination. I have two cats, and I live with my family. I love reading romance books and shopping at different places. Don’t trust me with a credit card! LOL.

What genre(s) do you write in?

I’ve published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary…

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About the Characters — Magick & Moonlight

Hi, readers! This Q&A was originally exclusive to Mary E Thompson’s newsletter subscribers, but now I’m spreading the word…

TITLE: Magick & Moonlight (book one of the Magick Series)

AUTHOR: Marie Lavender

GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Fantasy

PITCH: 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.

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

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[**Second 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?

 

AUTHOR Q&A – About the Characters

Character Name: Ethan Hamilton

  1. What is your character’s profession? And your character’s greatest strengths?

Ethan used to be a police officer back in Seattle, but he is settling into a new home in Yachats, Oregon. He’s generous, honorable, and cares about other people.

  1. What are his/her greatest weaknesses?

He’s very hard on himself, and sees his flaws first rather than noticing any accomplishments. It’s also a challenge for him to trust others, or accept help when he needs it.

  1. What are some of his/her favorite foods?

Ethan is a real foodie, and in another life, he could’ve been a famous chef. He learned how to cook from his grandmother, and has made a point to expand on his talents in the kitchen. This tends to impress the women he dates.

  1. What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

He is more forgiving than he gives himself credit for.

  1. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

Yes, I think they’ll see he’s a good man, that despite his plight, he is deserving of a decent life.

 

Character Name: Jessie Anderson

  1. What is your character’s profession? And your character’s greatest strengths?

Jessie owns a small giftshop, selling homemade candles and other New Age wares. Also as a Wiccan, she is a strong, independent soul, and finds joy in her craft.

  1. What are his/her greatest weaknesses?

She doesn’t easily trust others. She fears no one will understand her and her gifts, doesn’t even open up to her neighbors in town.

  1. What are some of his/her favorite foods?

Jessie fondly remembers the homemade foods her grandma used to make, but nowadays she doesn’t have a lot of time or energy to spend on a good meal.

  1. What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has?

She sees beauty in the world, in the gifts Nature has provided.

  1. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why?

I think they will empathize with Jessie’s fear of someone discovering her secrets, and root for the couple’s relationship to succeed.

 

Book Purchase Links:

Universal reader link: https://books2read.com/magickmoonlight

 

Author Bio and Links:

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 18 other books. Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five 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 romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though Marie has standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series, but she has many others planned. Her Victorian maritime romance series is coming back soon, and the second editions of the trilogy will be released under her new publisher, Foundations Books. Discover more about her and her work at the following links.

Official Website: https://marielavender.com/

Blogs: http://iloveromanceblog.wordpress.com/
http://marielavender.blogspot.com/

http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/marie.lavender.58
https://www.facebook.com/MarieAnnLavender
https://twitter.com/marielavender1
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-lavender/27/187/10a

https://www.instagram.com/marielavender1/

Amazon author page: http://bit.ly/MarieLavender
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938764.Marie_Lavender
Follow her on BookBub for new release updates: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marie-lavender

Universal Reading List link: https://books2read.com/rl/marielavendersbooks

http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1578-marie-lavender

http://marielavender1.allauthor.com/

https://www.booksradar.com/lavender-marie/lavender.html

http://www.pw.org/content/marie_lavender

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJu8HjRVYCFOqcIoX6ZxdqQ/videos

Sign up for Marie’s Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1g3wO13

Fan mail email: writeme.marielavender@gmail.com

Book Blitz: ‘Chasing Ginger’ by Marie Lavender

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Title: Chasing Ginger

Series: The Misfits Series

Author: Marie Lavender

Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy,

Adult Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit,

BBW/Curvy/Rubenesque Romance,

Billionaire Romance

About the Book:

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

 

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.

Yet, now Lance Franklin is showing interest in her, and she can’t figure out if he really likes her for her, or if it’s just because of a bizarre drug.

And her wild bunch of friends, The Misfits…well, they’re always getting her into some interesting situations.

So, yep, business as usual. Except for the guy. What the hell should she do about him?

As for Lance, he…

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COMING SOON – Pre-order a steamy rom com!

Hi, readers! I have a new release coming up in March. Don’t miss this one!

Chasing Ginger is the start of a new series, and a little different than my usual books. As a big fan of romantic comedies, I decided to take what I knew about the genre, add an even sexier spin, with the backdrop of a truly farfetched situation, and throw in a plus-sized heroine. Yep, there’s some pretty foul language too…check it out!

Release Date:  March 10, 2020

Universal Reader link:  https://books2read.com/ChasingGinger

Add it to your Goodreads bookshelf or BookBub:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43184542-chasing-ginger

https://www.bookbub.com/books/chasing-ginger-a-steamy-bbw-billionaire-rom-com-misfits-series-book-1-by-marie-lavender

Book Hashtags: #BBW #BBWRomance #curvy #curvyromance #romcom #contemporaryromance #romancereaders #BigFine #teamBBW #bodypositive #BBWLovers #ThickGirls #BigFineAppreciation #EffYourBeautyStandards #WomensFiction #ChickLit

 

Does this make you want to one-click yet? 😉

Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender 💕 FREE eBook Spotlight 💕 (Contemporary Romance)

SCH is permafree! Grab your copy on various links today! Amazon isn’t on board yet – they are slow – but you can get it at ProlificWorks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes for FREE!

Source: Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender 💕 FREE eBook Spotlight 💕 (Contemporary Romance)

Cool Nomination!

Hi, readers! I’m so excited because Directions of the Heart, my romantic drama collection, was just nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards!

Please vote for it at www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting. You can find DoH listed in #7, the Romance Category. Scroll down the page to find the book cover. Feel free to skip through to get to the right category, or vote for each one!

Have an awesome holiday season! 🙂

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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New Release!

The Missing Piece, my new adult romance, is finally out on its own! Yay! ♥

 

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Purchase Links:

Universal Amazon link:  https://bookgoodies.com/a/B06W5RYBD8

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Publisher:  http://solsticepublishing.com/the-missing-piece/

CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/6933779

Wow! ♥♥♥ Thanks, Solstice, for giving my work a wonderful home!😉

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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