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New Release!

Here’s my latest release! ♥♥♥♥

Marie Lavender- Multigenre Author

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!😉

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Paranormal Romance Review: Magick and Moonlight (Marie Lavender)

If you liked Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, one-click Magick & Moonlight by Marie Lavender. Both Jessie and Ethan are hiding in small-town Oregon from something in the p…

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Second Chance Heart By Marie Lavender

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Dana Nelson still loves Vince Reynolds even after twelve long years. She just can’t reconcile that love with the equally strong feelings of bitterness and betrayal that well up in her every time she sees him nowadays.

Dana’s dilemma stems from a brief dalliance she caught him at when the two were in college. Of course circumstances for an ongoing relationship were less than ideal. She was in Chapel Hill attending Duke at the time, and he was at NYU, and, well, Vince got caught with a blonde in his bed during a surprise visit by Dana to the Big Apple.

But, twelve years have gone by and she finds to her dismay that the intervening time has not cooled her ardor for the dark-eyed hunk.

They meet by chance in a small town during the present day and, in a sudden and unexpected close encounter, his hungry lips cover…

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Second chance heart – Marie Lavender

A great review for SCH!

Lost In Sweet Words

26529946After 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?

** This book was kindly provided by the author Marie Lavender **

I really enjoyed reading this short story and…

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Cover Reveal Feature: Foil by author Isobelle Cate

I am pleased to announce a cover reveal by author Isobelle Cate! “Foil” is part of the Mouth Rocks the Heart Anthology coming to Amazon very soon. Look for the anthology on pre-order on Valentine’s Day!

New releases are very exciting for both authors and readers because we get to meet lots of new people! So, check this one out if you can!

On top of this exciting news, Isobelle is giving us a look at her contemporary erotic romance tale in the anthology today…

***(Reader warning: 18 and older only)***

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Nice cover!

This is the blurb for Foil:

My life was as perfect as I planned it to be. I was happy, successful, and had the most delicious addiction. Sex. I needed to have it as much as I could with a fuck buddy, but when he starts to spoon, I’d show him the door. I didn’t know how to behave when fucking led to cuddling. It was alarming, uncomfortable, and gave me panic attacks. It just wasn’t me.

Niall Mason was like me. He loved sex. He loved hearing me scream every time he rammed into me. No strings. The nice thing about him? He wasn’t into spooning so that was good.

Until he started to ask me for something I couldn’t give.

My heart.

And why not offer a couple of teasers while we’re at it? 😉

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Ooh! ♥♥♥ Looks interesting! 😉

Thank you for telling us about your book, Isobelle! It looks like a fun ride! 😀

Readers, don’t forget to mark your calendars and pick up a copy of this awesome tale on Amazon on the 14th!

Author Bio

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Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations:  the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fueled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend. Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

Author Links

Website:  http://isobellecate.weebly.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorIsobelleCate

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Isobelle_Cate

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Isobelle-Cate/e/B00E5OD27K/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191925.Isobelle_Cate

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/104606279558753180167/posts

Authorgraph:  https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/Isobelle_Cate

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBbB7h0DL9CEVRPJqByDOzA/videos

Publisher:  http://www.beaucoupllcpublishing.com/isobelle-cate/

 

Thanks again, Isobelle! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime. 

Happy reading, everyone!   😉

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4 Stars for SECOND CHANCE HEART!

Big Al’s Books and Pals’ review site was kind enough to take a look at my latest release, Second Chance Heart. This is what they had to say about SCH:

Saturday, January 30, 2016

four stars

Review: Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender

 
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story
Description:
 
“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? “
Author:
 
“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 in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook.”
Appraisal:
 
This short story is a quick enjoyable read. Dana Nelson is a lawyer who had her heart broken by her first love, Vince Reynolds, twelve years ago. Vince came from a broken, dysfunctional family. Even as a boy growing up he was withdrawn and anti-social. Vince and his dad moved into town when he was about eleven or twelve. Dana, being a vivacious, outgoing child tried to make friends with him quickly. They dated in high school but the long distance dating in college hadn’t worked out well for either of them.
When confronted with Vince during a storm at a small inn in the middle of nowhere, Dana’s broken heart overwhelms her and all the old anger comes crashing back over her. The magnetism between them was palatable, but Dana can’t move past the heartbreak. Logically she tried to figure out why she still carried the hurt twelve years later when she thought she had moved on. I felt for them both, Vince wasn’t a bad guy but he had made a huge mistake, and he knew it. It was interesting watching Dana work through her self-imposed dilemma.
 
Buy now from:      Amazon US      Amazon UK
 
FYI:
Suitable for Young Adult readers.
 
Format/Typo Issues:
I didn’t find any proofing errors and my file said ARC (Advanced Readers Copy).
 
Rating: **** Four stars
 
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
 
Approximate word count: 8-9,000 words
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Thank you for your generous comments! 🙂  ♥♥♥

 

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Tuesday Giveaway!

It’s Tuesday, and I wanted to bring this to your attention. Right now, going on at The Romance Reviews’ site is an awesome multi-author, multi-book giveaway. Today and the rest of the month, you can catch all kinds of daily contests for free books! Yay!

With more than 300 prizes available, how can you lose?

Also, today you can participate in the Q&A for a chance to win a copy of Second Chance Heart, my latest release. That’s right. Who in here doesn’t like ‘romance book’ and FREE used in the same sentence?

Here’s a little info about SCH.

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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?

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Purchase Links:

Amazon Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01593TDO6

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/576453

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-chance-heart-marie-lavender/1122651302

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/second-chance-heart

If you’re not already a member or have a reader account on TRR, it’s painless, I swear, but you will need to log in to qualify for the giveaways.

So, hop on by the Mega Anniversary & Valentine’s Party at TRR here and get your copy of SCH up until 11:59 PM EST. You really can’t lose by participating!

Happy reading, everyone! 😀

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Great 4 Star Review for SCH!

Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender #mf #romance #review @marielavender1


 

Second Chance Heart - final cover

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?

 

A sweet short story about love, betrayal, and facing the past with an open heart and mind. But, for such a short story, it packs a huge punch. Dana and Vince used to be a couple until he ripped her heart out. They come face to face years later and he feels terrible for hurting her so badly. Dana feels a whole host of emotions when she sees her ex, not knowing if she can move on and forgive him for his betrayal.

The author did a great job of creating characters who not only feel intensely, but whole heartedly in so little words. It was sad, romantic, heart-breaking, and endearing all at the same time. Definitely worth the little time it takes to read!

 

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Double Reviews for SCH!

I have some exciting news to impart! Second Chance Heart just received two pretty good reviews. The first one was featured on Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst official review site, and the second was found on Amazon. Here are the details…

Review of Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender

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Short and Sweet

Genre:  Short Stories, Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 35 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

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? 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Dana Nelson is forced into a Inn for the night in shelter of a storm coming through. She is caught off guard when she runs into the one person that broke her heart. This is a very short read about love, betrayal and forgiveness of two people that really never got over each other.

The author fits so many emotions into this short read. I think this was a very sweet read and would recommend it to anyone that just needs something to read and don’t know what they are looking for. This book makes you believe that maybe someone does deserve a second chance.

Mindy 3 star 

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

 

four stars

Do you forgive and forget?, December 17, 2015
This review is from: Second Chance Heart (Kindle Edition)

The book’s theme is really summed up in the dedication: “To anyone who has lived with regrets…and to those who have found forgiveness in their hearts…”

Dana Nelson was betrayed by Vince Reynolds, the man she had planned to marry. Dropping in for a surprise visit from out of town, she finds a strange woman in his bed, and she walks away, never seeing him, never speaking to him again. She had not seen him in years, but her feelings are re-kindled the night she runs into him in the lobby of her hotel and she begins to ponder the problem of forgiveness.

Marie Lavender displays the issues involved in love and forgiveness in sharp form. The situation is clear. Vince was a jerk and Dana has every right to despise him. But should she hold his transgression over his head forever.

David Burnett for the Kindle Book Review
I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

 

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Thank you, Mindy and David, for your kind comments about Second Chance Heart! 🙂

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Buy Links:

Amazon Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01593TDO6

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/576453

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/second-chance-heart-marie-lavender/1122651302

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/second-chance-heart

SCH Book Trailer:

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FREE Book Feature: Second Chance Heart by Marie Lavender

I am pleased to announce a cool book offer on The Romance Reviews site! This is my latest release, Second Chance Heart, a contemporary romance novelette. This book is FREE today! Yay! 🙂

All you have to do is visit the event page for TRR’s Year End Splash, scroll down and find the Q&A for Second Chance Heart by yours truly! To qualify in the contest, you’ll need to register or log in to the site. Other than that, it’s very simple! Hurry, because the contest for SCH runs till 11:59 PM EST.

And on top of that, there are more than 300 prizes available on the site. The Grand Prize is Amazon Kindle Fire HD7, sponsored by Blushing Books! How cool is that? 😉

Keep checking the site up until the end of the month, as these great prizes are running until the 30th! Here is the awesome prize list!

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Here’s a little more information about Second Chance Heart

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The blurb:

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?

Dana - life stages

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Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a free ebook of Second Chance Heart!  😀

 

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