Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. 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 10 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 22 books under different pen names in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, adult and children’s fantasy, 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 and The Blood at First Sight Series.
Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. 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. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, 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?
She never expected 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 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.
She was unlike any other…
Alec has a problem. The animal in him wants Desiree. But, so does the man. The more he learns about her, the harder it is to deny what he wants. But, he’s a freak, and she’s just a human. The two species don’t mix that way. Then an old enemy surfaces and Alec is forced to make a choice. His life or hers.
Can Alec’s soul be saved by this unique human? Or will it be far too late?
After a wild storm forces her to take shelter in a small town inn, Dana Nelson thinks that all she has to worry about is
a brief stay before she heads back to the city. She gets far more than she bargained for…
The last thing she 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…
The more time she spends with Vince Reynolds, the more she begins to believe she can trust him again. But, can she put her faith in the one man who captivates her, body and soul, or are some wounds too deep to heal?
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.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale.
Deception is a dangerous path…
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.
Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.
Messing with free will is always a bad idea…
Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. But, 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 has to do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a love spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned – she ends up falling for Ethan.
To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her, his “love”, is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the spell will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?
Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?
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
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.
This book is a group of PnPAuthors who wrote poetry and story stories together and PnPAuthors published it.
There were two winners; one of Poetry – Marie Lavender and Vinita Singh as a winner of story poetry.
The poems and short stories are wonderfully written by:Salvatore Buttaci, Terry Gilbert, Deepak Menon, Eve Gaal, GL Skye,Bruce Louis Dodson, Dawn Huffaker,Robin White, Raven Wilkie , Margret Treiber, Malcolm G.Pate, Peter & Pattimari Cacciolfi
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.
Team Work 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. PnPauthors Promotions PnPauthors Promotional Magazine
1. Could you tell us a bit about your most recent release and why it is a must-read?
I plan to have three or four book releases this year, but the closest one to release is a sci-fi romance titled Blue Vision . It is in the final proofreading stages with my publisher so I should have a release date very soon. Readers can learn about such updates through my newsletter.
Blue Vision is set in the winter of Montana. Brooke, the heroine, has come to the area for a much needed getaway. In the midst of her vacation, she stumbles across a unique stranger in the cold forest one night. Along with other unexplainable events, she finds herself drawn to him. Only she doesn’t know he’s not human.
An update on “Blue Vision” is it will release in November. YAY!!!
2. What is your favorite part of this book?
Hmm…tough question. I had a blast writing something which is totally different from what I normally write. Added to that, I worked on this project heavily after finishing up a historical romance so it was a nice change.
I guess the big sell for me is that love is the same in any language and in any race. That it could stretch across universes is just the beauty of it.
I love that. I’ll have to get this one too.
3. In addition to being a writer, do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
Right now, alongside writing, I am a blogger and a graphic designer. I work at Ambrosia Innovations, a company I formed recently. We design book covers, do graphic teasers and other types of promotional material, as well as book trailers and marketing videos.
4. What does your typical day look like?
In the morning, I check emails, then post a blog interview, if one is scheduled that day. Then I work on promotion. When I am heavily immersed in a writing project, I set aside time each day to write a scene or chapter, or do research for the book.
5. What do you love most about the writing process?
I absolutely love that moment when I’m in the middle of writing a scene, when the characters are talking to me and the plot is playing out on the page so naturally that when I step back it’s a bit amazing. I enjoy learning about my characters, and I often have to defer to them as to how the book ends.
I love when that happens.
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Oh, it’s so hard to choose! Can I choose more than one?
It’s your spotlight, you can do as you wish.
I often have a soft spot for the ones that are fresh in my mind. One that stands out at this moment is Adrienne Hill from the Heiresses in Love Series. My book, Upon Your Love, should also be out sometime this year. I still have a place in my heart for Fara Bellamont from Upon Your Return, the first book in the series. You’ll see her come back to have her say in the final book as well. I also love Chloe Waverly and Gabriel Hill from Upon Your Honor. And, of course, I like Brooke Sanders from Blue Vision a lot. She has some wariness about getting close to people, but is very courageous in a lot of ways. I admire her. Finally, two characters, Jack Thomas and Caitlyn Johnson from Directions of the Heart, a romantic drama collection which should be released this year, are very dear to my heart. They are survivors whom readers will be rooting for, just as I do every time I read the story.
7. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Most of my characters are fictional, though at times I might draw inspiration from certain traits in the people I meet in my profession, or friends and family.
8. What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?
That I needed loads of patience! LOL. This is a career that takes time and dedication. It’s not instantaneous in any sense of the word. And there is so much more to being an author than writing.
You hit that nail on the head. I think many writers think that. Unfortunately, the biggest part of it is then marketing. Ugh!
9. Since being a writer, what has been the best compliment?
When people call me ‘prolific’, I still don’t know how to respond at first. I guess I just try at this job every day. I am not conceited at all. I’m the type of person who has to slow down from time to time, and realize how far I’ve come.
10. If you could ask one question from any one person, living or dead, what would it be and from whom?
I think I’d ask the author, Chloe Neill where her character Merit from the Chicagoland Vampires Series came from. Merit is a kick-ass heroine and a literary freak whom I can’t help but admire.
11. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
It was probably when a potential publisher, where I’d submitted a manuscript, told me that in order for them to consider accepting the book, I would have to rewrite the entire thing the way they wanted. In the end, I followed my heart and the original vision for the book, and I still got the book published through a traditional publisher. Maybe all those places that rejected Upon Your Return are kicking themselves now? LOL.
12. If you were riding in an elevator with a new writer, what wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the top floor?
Patience, persistence and perseverance. You’ll need all three to get through the madness that is this industry. Obviously, you shouldn’t be a pest, but don’t be afraid to try new things, step out of your comfort zone, in order to achieve what you want. Take a step back sometimes and breathe. Remember what brought you here, why you’re writing in the first place. Is it for fame? I hope not. Is it because writing is something you can’t stop doing, and the characters call to you and trust you to tell their stories? I hope that’s the case. And always, always, use your better judgment. Trust your heart and your intuition to show you the way. I think you’d rather get to the top being a dedicated, ethical writer than someone who isn’t.
13. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
Oh my God, spell-check your emails. I once sent an email with a couple of typos to a publisher and I felt really stupid afterward. You can’t take that back, and you’ll make a better impression all around if you send a clean copy. If you don’t read it a couple of times to make sure the grammar is perfect, then they may assume you didn’t edit your manuscript.
Also, my readers, fellow authors and followers on social media keep me from taking myself too seriously. They are always amusing me with random jokes or posts on their timelines. Or in comments I’ve seen during book release parties. I have a tendency to share what strikes me as amusing or anything beautiful. Life is too short not to find ways to enjoy it.
14. What websites or resources have been helpful to you, as a writer?
I subscribe to a lot of sites that help indie authors and writers. The big one I should mention – really an invaluable tool – is C.S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive. She sends awesome tips a couple times a week. Another good one is The Write Conversation. There is also the Writers in the Storm Blog. If you’re an indie author, Indies Unlimited has a lot of cool tips. And, of course, Predators & Editors is a great place to double-check the reputations of potential literary agents and publishers. I think they have a page for writing contests too.
15. Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I’m a pretty decent singer, a soprano. I was in choir all my life up until my senior year of high school. I even took a voice class in college. And I’m a bit of a shopping freak.
16. What would the main character in your most recent book have to say about you?
Brooke would probably claim that I said way too much personal stuff about her. LOL.
17. What is something memorable you heard from a reader/fan?
I am always extremely humbled and pleased when readers just get a character the way he or she was written. Here is a really great compliment in a recent five star review from a reader about Second Nature, a paranormal romance, which was published in 2014: “The author is tender and empathic in describing how their love blossoms and how they gather strength to face challenges.”
18. If money were no object, where would you live and why?
I’d want to live on the coast somewhere, have a beach house. My dream is California, maybe La Jolla or Half Moon Bay.
19. Currently, how many ideas for different books do you have going/jotted down?
Wow! All right, you asked for it. Let me count…yeah, the current count is 117.
Holy wow! You go, girl! We love your stuff.
20. Where can we find you online?
Everywhere! I have a website and three blogs. I am also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. I have an Amazon page and I’m on Goodreads as well. Here are my links:
Company Website: http://www.ambrosiainnovations.com/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarieLavender/posts
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender
Poets & Writers: http://www.pw.org/content/marie_lavender
Manic Readers: http://manicreaders.com/marielavender/
Thank you for being with us today, Marie. We look forward to more of your award winning stories. You’re just brilliant!