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Romance and Food Go Hand in Hand

How many times have you been on a date and shared a dessert together? Well, believe it or not, it’s pretty romantic! And a little sexy too…;)

Today I have a special offer for you. My publisher, Solstice Publishing, is giving away a wonderful romantic cookbook, full of recipes by authors, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! Awesome, right?

Right now, you can grab Sweets For My Sweet for FREE! Woo hoo! 🙂


So, treat your loved one to a special treat and go grab this fun, FREE book! ♥♥♥

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My author interview on Crystal Miles Gauthier’s blog!

I wanted to bring a certain interview to your attention. I had no way to re-blog it from the site so I’m posting it here. Below, Crystal interviews me about my writing process, published books and you’ll even get an exclusive look at my work in progress, Upon Your Love. It was a blast being interviewed by Crystal, and you can catch her on March 30th on Writing in the Modern Age in a special interview with her and one of her characters, Troianne. Enjoy!

Author Spotlight

Author Interview

Marie Lavender


Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 19 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the 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 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. Marie just released Second Nature, a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, in December of 2014. She released Magick & Moonlight, a romantic fantasy, back in March of 2014. Upon Your Honor, released in late April of 2014, is her second historical romance. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. A list of her books and pen names are as follows: Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

  1. Is being an Author what you thought you would do with your life?

Definitely! This is what I’ve always wanted. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with books, and I’ve written stories. When I was small, I would go around, telling my family, “I’m going to be a novelist!” That would result in a nod and a pat on the head, of course! LOL. But, I was determined to do whatever I could to make it happen.

  1. What made you decide to be an Author?

I can’t pin it down to any one thing, just that from a young age, I had stories in my head, stories that needed to be told. I never worried that I was going crazy or anything from those voices, but I knew I had to write them down. I saw characters and the scenes playing out, and I guess I just knew that was what I wanted to do for a living. I’ve never felt such freedom as I do when I’m in the zone, when I’m writing a scene.

  1. What would you tell any new authors that are breaking into the business?

My big advice is patience and perseverance. I know that sounds a little contradictory. It takes loads of patience to go through the long stretches of waiting to hear back from agents or publishers, the numerous rejections, et cetera. It also takes a lot of patience after you receive a contract or get published. Just like in regular life, there are going to be things you just don’t want to do. That’s too bad. Do them anyway. Divas don’t succeed in the publishing world, and if they do, they won’t for long. No one wants to work with someone who thinks they are better than everyone else. Don’t be high maintenance. So you got published? That’s great! But so did a million other authors. Now you have to do the rest of the job, and it’s not easy.

Perseverance will help you as well. During the tough times, it helps you get back up and try again, or if you’re marketing, you can try a new angle, a different resource. Never give up, always remember why you got into this game in the first place (I hope it’s because you love writing), and have a little patience on your journey.

  1. What is the strangest thing you have written about?

Well, I do have a work in progress that might be termed an alien romance. Is that strange?

  1. What is the hardest part of being an author?

I would say time management is difficult. Trying to juggle the business side of things with your everyday writing? And on top of that, trying to juggle being an author with your personal life? That’s not easy, and as an author, you have to get creative to get everything done.

  1. Do you love what you do?

Absolutely. Are there aspects of it that I don’t like sometimes? Sure, but there are parts of life we don’t like. Do any of us like going to the dentist or getting blood taken?

  1. Do you have a family?

Yes, I do. I don’t have any children yet, but I do have a large family behind me.

  1. What was your first published work?

Technically, my first published work was in a university publication back in 2005. I published two short stories titled “A Time to Fall” and “Unsettling Responsibility”. My first officially published book was Express Café and Other Ramblings, published under an alternate pen name Heather Crouse. It was a literary fiction and poetry anthology, and that was released in 2010. After that, I published fourteen more books before I published Upon Your Return, released by Solstice Publishing under Marie Lavender in 2013.

  1. What are you currently working on? Can you share any of it with us?

I am currently working on the third and final book of the Heiresses in Love Series, and I am almost done. It is a Victorian romantic suspense. It is titled Upon Your Love. Here is a teaser:

She clucked her tongue to alert Persephone and led her quickly by the reins under the cover of the trees. The rider was closer now and her mare shifted uneasily, blowing a breath out of her nose. Clearly, she heard the approaching horse as well. “Shh. It’s all right,” Adrienne whispered, stroking her neck. She tied the reins loosely to a tree and waited.

When the rider appeared from the forest, she could not see him clearly. It was a man, but the lapels of his coat kept her from recognizing him. His hair was dark and he glanced around as if searching for someone. Her? She shivered. Was it possible the man had been tracking her? If that was the case, her dagger would certainly come in handy. She watched as he got down from the horse and led it to the stream for a rest. The man took a drink as well, cupping his hands. He wiped the remnants of the water from his chin, and then seemed to search the area nearby. Adrienne crouched on alert, watching through her vantage point in the trees. From behind, she observed as the tension eased from his shoulders and he sighed.

A frisson of unease ran through her again. Taking it as a sign, she made certain he was still faced away before she quietly eased out of her safe haven. She stepped up behind him and lifted her dagger to his throat. She smiled in grim determination as he stiffened. “Who are you? Why are you here? Are you following me?”

“And if I was?”

The deep timbre of his voice made her shiver. “I would have to ask for your reasons, Monsieur.”

“I certainly haven’t come to kidnap you, if that’s what you’re worried about.” He sighed. “I didn’t expect you to be prepared, however. I commend the effort, of course.”

She frowned. The compliment threw her for a moment, but then she brushed it off. Surely he was only ridiculing her, and he thought he could overtake her somehow. She shook her head. He would be disappointed. “You will state your reasons and your identity, sir.”

“And if I don’t?”

“You will regret it, of course.”

“Indeed? Do you intend to harm an unarmed man?”

She scoffed. “Unarmed? No, I doubt that. With the way you seemed to be tracking me, I am sure you’re quite armed.”

“Right again. What will you do then?”

She lifted a shoulder. “This is Bellamont land. You’ve clearly trespassed. If I must, I will drag you straight back to the house. You know, I believe the foreman has a rifle. He can be quite formidable when he puts his mind to the task.”

“I’m sure,” he murmured.

“What say you then?”


“I say, Mademoiselle, that you have no idea who you’re dealing with.”

Before she could open her mouth to take him to task, she felt a blow to her arm and the numbing pain caused her to drop the knife. Everything else happened in a blur. As he turned, he caught her leg so that she collapsed. But, before she landed, he grasped her up in his arms. He was too close, she thought. Panic threatened inside of her, but she fought it by degrees. She was a fighter, not some idiot who would succumb to a man’s power. Gabriel had taught her many tricks, as had her father. She forced herself to go limp so that he’d pull her closer. She let her eyes drift closed and pretended to have swooned.

Mon Dieu,” he whispered.

Then she unmanned him with a swift rise of her knee. He coughed out a grunted response, and then released her.

She retreated from him, intent on finding her dagger, but did not see it. She would have to rely on the resources of the forest to save her if he pursued her further. Somehow she doubted he’d be able to. She turned and her mouth dropped open as she looked at her attacker.

His dark hair had fallen over one eye and he was hardly doubled over in pain. No, he was scowling at her and he seemed quite well. She had missed her target, she realized. His identity shocked her further. Why had Christian tried to attack her? “How…” she whispered.

“You are not as fast as I, Mademoiselle.” Then he laughed, but it was hardly full of mirth. “You little brat,” he bit out. “You almost had me there.”

She sucked in a breath and when she saw him advance, she backed away. But, it effectively put her back right up against a nearby tree. She cursed. Christian closed in, blocking her in with his arms as he braced his hands on the tree trunk. Her breath came out in harsh gasps and her stomach had certainly fallen somewhere at her feet. Dear God, what was he going to do? Struggling with his obvious intimidation of her, she managed, “Why are you trying to kidnap me?”

Some of the arrogance left his face. “I am not. I thought we already established that.”

“Then why…this?” she asked weakly. And why couldn’t she breathe? His clean, male scent was making her lightheaded. No, she thought. That just had to be terror.

“I was simply trying to get you alone so that we could continue our plans. I didn’t mean to make you see me as a threat. I certainly didn’t expect a dagger at my throat.” He reached out and cupped her face, stroking the line of her jaw gently with his thumb.

Adrienne gazed into his nearly black eyes. “P…plans?” she stammered, annoyed with the hypnotic effect he had on her.

  1. New release book cover?

SecondNature-final cover

My newest release is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy titled Second Nature, and it is the first book in the Blood at First Sight Series.

Purchase links:

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Barnes & Noble:

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  1. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? If so why?

Not at all. I can’t really imagine doing anything else. I actually don’t think I could quit. The stories would still call; the characters would keep talking to me. Perhaps I would go mad if I stopped? LOL. But, seriously, at the very least, if I stopped writing, I think it would feel as if a part of me was gone. Writing is who I am; it is my heart. Why would I want to stop?

  1. What genres do you write?

I usually stick to romance or any romance subgenres, such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy and paranormal romance, but I have also written literary fiction, mystery/thriller and poetry. Recently, I even attempted a children’s fantasy story.

  1. Anything else you would like to share?

You can catch more excerpts on my website, as well as other tidbits about me and my writing.

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Authors Blog Tour…A New Approach

Annie Edmonds tagged me in this blog tour, which is a spin-off of the Writing Process blog tour, a tour I have participated in before.

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Annie’s Bio

Annie is a Jersey Girl born and bred. She is happily married to the one man that stole her heart 30 yrs ago. She hopes to one day move to the sunshine state. She loves to write and has been doing it her entire life. In 2013, she reached a milestone birthday and decided it was now or never to write and published her first erotic romance novel, Second Chances:  Sammy’s Story. Annie is currently working on the sequel, Master Mike’s story.


Annie’s blog:

Annie’s blog tour post:

Here are her blog tour questions for me:

1) If you were beginning your writing career today, what would you do differently?
I would probably have started all of my social media accounts early and started promoting my books in advance.  I would have learned how to blog earlier and gained more of a following from that.  And finally, I would have tried to finish Upon Your Return a bit earlier than I did.  I also wish I had met the wonderful writers I know now earlier; there is nothing like a writing community or support group to really get you through those tough days.  However, I am of the opinion that all of our experiences make us who we are, and I have learned a lot.  So, changing any of that would have changed who I am.
2) What’s the one thing about you that might surprise readers?
I am actually rather shy and being an author has caused me to step outside of my comfort zone in a lot of ways.  I don’t like crowds, but I have always loved helping people.  That’s kind of ironic, right?
3) Tell us a little about your main character in your latest book. 
My newest release is called Upon Your Honor.  Chloe Waverly, the heroine, is a young woman who escapes the horrors at home and stows aboard a ship.  On the clipper ship, she meets a gentleman, Gabriel Hill, who promises to escort her to New Orleans.  Unbeknownst to them both, darker forces are coming for them.
I love Chloe!  I truly admire her courage, the spirit it took to do what she had to do to survive.
4) What are some of your favorites…
Hot pink!
The Cheesecake Factory
The beach!
Now, I am tagging the following authors in this post:
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Devika’s Bio

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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Carole’s Bio
Carole McKee is originally from Pittsburgh, but has resided in Florida since 2002. Most of her contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the Western Pennsylvania area, the place she will always call home. Carole is a passionate writer, making readers feel the emotions of her characters. One reader exclaimed, “Carole McKee’s books help cleanse the tear ducts!” Her first novel, Perfect brought out so much emotion that she got phone calls from people who were in tears when they finished the book. Another reader says that she laughs and then she cries with every one of McKee’s books.
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Belinda’s Bio
Belinda Y. Hughes is a cookbook author, food, writing, editing and social media blogger, freelance content writer and poet. She enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and meditating in the country with her labradachs.
I want to thank all of the authors who participated in this blog tour.  Let’s keep it going!  Feel free to link back to my post and tag other authors!  Happy posting!  🙂