My Chat with Marianne Maguire

Hello and welcome!

Today I have an author I adore, especially her wicked mind. I had her heroes for a chat …. twice… once with Sabre and once with ALL four hunks. It is very hard to choose, read her books and you will understand 😉 I also had the honour of meeting her in person a few times.

Please welcome Marianne Maguire!

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Marianne Maguire was born on the Canadian prairies, when platform heels and bell bottom pants where groovy, while Johnny Cash and ABBA were what all the cool kids listened to on their record players. Often as a child she would go off on her own to explore the forest, armed only with her imaginary friends and a peanut butter sandwich, in search of wild adventures then come home to tell tall tales about what she had found to anyone that would listen.

Today you can often find Marianne on her acreage she shares with her husband of 20+ years near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, taming her gardens and usually with her band of merry four legged children. She still grooms and trains dogs, has a persistent preoccupation for reading and surfing the web and a huge obsession for anything undead. Visit her at http://www.mamaguire.com to find our what’s next in the Legacy Series.

Hello Marianne!

Do you have a nickname?
Yes, my darling husband calls me Wiggy. I’m not sure when this started or why but there it is. We’ve been together for over 20 years and in the beginning it drove me crazy but now I think it means wing nut or wigged out, cause I’m a little cray-cray y’all, lol.

What is one word that best describes you?
Unique, I have never followed what is expected, if my Mom was still with us today she would be shaking her head in agreement. I love being a free spirit with my own individuality. 

What makes you laugh out loud?
I love to laugh, almost anything my dogs, Rupert, Merlin and Buddy do gets me chuckling, seriously they are clowns.

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I love dry humor, or anything caused by my own clumsiness, I do some pretty dumb things.
They are so cute, I love Merlin especially, the gentle giant.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Funny you ask this, my husband is always making fun of me for smelling everything. He says, “Everything up the nose.”

But if I have to nail down one smell as a favourite, I would have to say the forest after a hard rain. Nature is my sanctuary, the place I have always gone to, even as a child, for comfort and after a rain storm it has a million fresh scents all in one that just make me feel like I’m safe and home. I have always lived close to a forest of some sort so I have many memories that come alive with that smell.
You are not alone in smelling everything, I do it too 😉

Favourite place to spend time in.
The outdoors, of course but also my office. If I’m not knee deep in my garden, covered in mud, twigs, bugs and God only knows what, than you’ll find me locked in my office with puppies at my feet while I tap away at my keyboard.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Not that I have found as of yet, but of course I’m very partial to paranormal.

Writing! What started it?
I think I have always been a storyteller, even as a child. I would go off for the day into the woods to one of my forts or for walks deep into the trees by myself, no one would ever know where I went but I always came home with a tale and my family always listened. The writing came much later, only 4 years ago to be exact. I had just lost both my parents to cancer, a dark time for me. I felt very alone and at a loss as to who I was. I began to journal my thoughts to help me deal with what I was feeling at the time, it was an ugly mess at first but in time I got ideas from experiences I had or places I had been. In March of 2011, I sat at my desk and began to type, in a short 30 days I created my first manuscript, Born. I guess the rest, as they say, is history.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
I have worn many hats in my life, I studied to be a chef and worked in the industry for almost 20 years, not as a chef but as a waitress, bartender, and eventually I owned and operated my own pub. I also was a roofer, truck driver, shoe sales women, model, dog groomer, and business owner, there hasn’t been much I haven’t tried. I have never really chosen a career, I’ve been interested in many things and just tried them, the ones I really enjoyed are the ones I stuck with. So if I had to choose another career I would have to wait to see what came along so I could give it a go. I think I will stick with author though, it really is the best job ever and I can create any career I wish, whenever I want and when it gets boring, I’ll create another one.

Also, I prefer the word adventure over career, I think whatever you do in life, you have to enjoy it, be happy doing it. The word career does not sound happy and I see too many people with careers that are just plain miserable, that doesn’t seem fun at all. Find an adventure and be happy.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
I would love to have an audiobook but that is in the hands of my publisher. Sorry I can’t give you more than that.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I never set out to give any sort of message but I do write about strong women, that is very important to me. I was raised to believe I could do anything and I have tried to do just that in my own life, so I make sure that my characters are of the same mind set. All women are beautiful, creative, brave, strong, smart and incredible beings, no matter what shape, size, colour or race they are. If my books or even my own story help someone do better in life or get through something difficult, well, that will be a priceless moment for me and make this the best damn job in the world.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
Anyone over 21 with a heartbeat, who loves a good story with many twists and turns in a fantasy world full of hot dreamy characters that enjoy steamy sex, because who wouldn’t want to read that.

What is next in your writing?
With Born and Inheritance, book 1 & 2 of the Legacy Series, out now, my readers will probably be excited to hear I am working on book 3 and hope to have it done by the end of this year. This one is from a different character’s point of view and is taking a little longer to write as I also must set up for book 4 and 5. Yes, I plan on continuing the series and hope to have many more books to come. Sorry, I am keeping the titles and characters secret for now, remember good things take time to create so please be patient with me. I promise it will be worth it!

Thank you so much Marianne for coming for this chat. I am so looking forward to reading the next book, especially that I have an inkling who is the main character. Can you write faster? 😀

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Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

I really hope you will give a chance to the series. I recommend it to anybody who likes paranormal romance with a twist… or two and really hot scenes that warrant for some ice cold drinks and an industrial fan by your side. Check out the characters of the Legacy Series here. where is my bucket of ice cubes?

ImageBook 1, BORN was published May 15th, 2014.

my review: I thought I’ve read every sub genre of paranormal romance, but this book proves that I was mistaken. A unique take on the genre mixing vampire, wolf shifter, demon mixed with suspense, laughter and lots of hot, sexy scenes. Love September, her down to earth attitude and quirky comebacks that had me burst out laughing. She gets the surprise of her life when she finds out her legacy, but with the help of her court comprised of sexy hunks, Sabre, Gage, Magennis and Chris she comes out on top and out of her shell. A great debut novel to a series that shows we’ll have more entertainment coming our way.

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The second book, INHERITANCE was released on June 12, 2015 ….. it is sooooo yummy….

my review: Continuing the story from the first book, “Born”, Ms. Maguire takes us deeper in the intricate world surrounding September. Quite a few twists in the story and new revelations about her men who are her consorts, funny moments, romance, hot love scenes, intrigue and intense battle scene makes this a great read. I can’t wait for more!!!

Links to keep in touch with Ms. Maguire and her books, give her a like and if you chat with her, say hello from me. You should like her page on Facebook, she has posting days with sexy shoes and oh-so-yummy-drool-worthy Wet Wednesdays *sigh* among other sexy posts. Ms. Maguire’s Pinterest is a place worth checking out too.

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One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of “BORN”, courtesy of Ms. Maguire. The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, September 14, 2015. Good luck!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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Julie’s Chat with Christian

Hello and welcome!

This is the first of many to come where I invited my friends to chat with their book boyfriends.

Today my awesome friend Julie brought her book boyfriend. Read on and see who he is 😉

Thank you Julie for coming today and bringing your… OMG Julie! YUM

ahem… Now where were we? Ah yes!

Take it from here, Julie! I’ll stop talking now 😉 I’ll just ogle a bit

Julie: Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions today, Cristian!
Cristian’s ice blue eyes look wary I suppose.

Julie:  Great.  Chocolate or vanilla?
Cristian: Vanilla.

Julie: Boxers or briefs?
Cristian: The readers really want to know that?
Julie: Oh, yes.
Cristian scowls Neither.

Julie: They definitely want to know that.
I nod in agreement, we definitely want to know THAT 😉

Julie: What’s your favorite color?
Cristian quirks a dark brow Red.

Julie smiles The color of Alana’s hair.
a smile ghosts past Christian’s sculpted lips, but he remains silent

Julie: Since you brought up your lovely wife, where did you meet her?
Cristian: On a private island off the coast of Nicaragua.  I was there on a job.  Alana was living there with a tribe of Indians.  She saved my life.

Julie: What was your first thought when you saw her?
Cristian: That she had been sent to kill me.

Julie: Well, I’m going to let the readers stew over that one.  Curiosity peaked ladies? You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story.  One more question.  Fast or slow?
Cristian rises from his chair and leans over to speak softly in Julie’s ear Both.

This book is definitely going into my TBR list.

Thank you Julie! Thank you Christian!

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Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you enjoyed the chat, I most surely did. I would like to thank Julie for sharing Christian with us and Ms. Lowery for dreaming him up for us to enjoy. I am looking forward to reading his story.

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Christian Slate hails from “Hard Core”, book 1 in the Romantic Suspense series Onyx Group by Jennifer Lowery.

He takes lives. She saves them.

A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she’s awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.

Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who’s hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana’s fire warms Cristian’s heart, but he’s a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?

Content Warning: Sexual content.

Excerpt
Copyright © 2014, Jennifer Lowery

Prepared to start an IV, she picked up a needle. She had it in position when his other arm shot out and he clamped her wrist in a bone-crushing grip. Startled, she met his panicked gaze.

“I said no needles.”

Her heart banged against her ribcage as she let the needle slip out of her hand. It hit the floor with a small ting. Alana opened her hands in surrender, her patient’s fingers digging into her flesh. For a man half-dead, he had amazing strength.

“Okay,” she said to placate him. “Relax, I don’t have it anymore. It’s your choice, but I recommend you let me start an IV for meds.”

“No. Just fix me.”

Alana pinned him with a no nonsense stare. “I’m not impressed with Superman heroics.”

Face pale and drawn, he said gruffly, “I’m not Superman. Learned not to trust people with needles.”

Her fingers were going numb. “If I remove the bullet without pain medication or anesthetic, you’re going to be sorry.”

He studied her. “You’re really a doctor?”

Alana bristled. “Technically, yes.”

“Technically?”

She didn’t have time to explain herself with the amount of blood seeping from his gunshot wound. “I went to med school. You can let go of my arm now. I won’t use any needles.”

He looked down and immediately released his grip. She rubbed her wrist to soothe away the ache. “Can I get to work now, or do you want to question me more about my credentials while you bleed to death? I don’t have a blood bank, so you’re screwed if you lose too much.”

Her blunt statement received a curt nod. She normally didn’t talk to her patients like that. Her patients didn’t normally countermand her either.

“Do it,” he said.

“Without anesthetics?”

“I don’t need them. Just get it over with.”

Stubborn, stupid, or both? Insane, yes, but there wasn’t time to argue with him.

“Okay. The offer stands if you change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

She doubted that, but didn’t comment. Instead, wiped her forehead with her forearm, and picked up gauze pads to clean the wound.

“Here goes,” she warned and dabbed his skin.

Her patient didn’t move or even wince as she cleaned the angry wound. Either he had a will of steel or he’d passed out again. Hopefully, the latter. Sweat rolled down her back as she finished cleansing the area around the bullet entry. Red flesh puckered with the first signs of infection. In this environment infection was guaranteed.

With a steady hand that would have made her father proud, she picked up her instruments and took a deep breath.

“You still with me?”

He murmured a response, turning his head slightly so he could see her. The stark beauty of his profile, despite the bruises, struck her again. The lines of his face were chiseled, unforgiving. The kind of man she’d glance at twice if she passed him on the street.

A man associated with a criminal.

“Still here, Doc. What are you waiting for?” Husky with pain, his deep voice brought her out of her thoughts.

She gave herself a mental shake. “Want something to bite down on?”

A small, wry smile touched his lips and his lids closed. “You won’t hear a peep out of me. Just fix me, Doc.”

“I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”

Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”

“Appreciate the offer, but, no.” His words slurred together, his muscles tense as he fought his body’s demands.

“You got a name, Superman?”

His head rolled to the side, his chest rose and fell slowly. She thought he was out but he murmured, “Cristian.”

“Nice to meet you, Cristian.”

Then she dug into the wound for the bullet.

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You can read Julie’s 5-star review here.

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Author Bio: 

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.  When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Note from Jennifer Lowery:

Hi all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! I’m very excited to introduce you all to Cristian Slade, the hero from my debut novel, “Hard Core”. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I did writing him.

In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books, go to my WEBSITE to choose, to one lucky commenter.

***BONUS***

For everyone who signs up for my NEWSLETTER you will receive an e-book copy of my short story, Taking Chances ($.99 value) for FREE!

Thank you for having me today, Eniko! Thank you Julie for loving Cristian! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 
All my best, 
Jennifer

The lucky reader will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST Monday, September 7, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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