Posted by Ing on 21 February, 2011 // ★★ 35 Comments ★★


Good morning everyone!  I’d like to welcome author Marie Force to As the Pages Turn today. Marie is the author of FATAL AFFAIR (June 2010) and FATAL JUSTICE (Jan. 2011), Books 1 and 2 in her new Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press. Book 3, FATAL CONSEQUENCES, is coming in July 2011, FATAL DESTINY in September 2011 and FATAL FLAW in February 2012. “This novel is ‘The O.C. does D.C.,’ and you just can’t get enough.” (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars for FATAL AFFAIR). In its July 2010 issue, RT Book Reviews named Marie a “Future Star of Romantic Suspense.”

Marie is the author EVERYONE LOVES A HERO (Feb. 2011), LINE OF SCRIMMAGE (Sept. 2008) and LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT (July 2009). Of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Booklist said, “With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans.” Wild on Books said, “LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word!” Marie is also the author of TRUE NORTH and THE FALL, available as ebooks via Amazon.com and Smashwords.

Since 1996, Marie has been the communications director for a national organization similar to RWA. She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Author Special Interest Chapters.

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of Emily, 15, Jake, 12, and a feisty dog named Brandy.

Marie is a newly discovered author for me this year.  I’m slowly but surely catching up on her books and I have enjoyed the ones that I’ve read so far.  I am happy to welcome her here to the blog today.  Here is our Q&A session.  Enjoy!

Hey Marie!  So glad to have you
here today!   First congratulations on
your two recent releases this year!  Wow
2 books released already in 2011! What a great start to your new year. First
one was Fatal Justice book 2 in your Fatal series which released in January and
Everyone Loves a Hero released this month.  
Can you tell us a bit about each of these books and what readers can
expect from each?  
Marie:  Hi, Ing. Thanks so much for inviting me over for a visit.
Yes, 2011 began with a bang, and I’ve been busy! First up was Fatal Justice:
Supreme Court
nominee Julian Sinclair comes to Washington expecting to be confirmed to the
high court. Instead, he’s found shot execution-style in a city park. Detective
Lt. Sam Holland’s list of suspects is long, but does it include her significant
other, Senator Nick Cappuano, one of the last to see Sinclair alive? While
tracking down Sinclair’s killer, Sam is also confronted with a new lead into
her father’s unsolved shooting that result in unexpected danger for her. In the
meantime, Sam’s partner, Detective Freddie Cruz, returns to the “scene of
the crime” when he looks up Elin Svendsen, one of the late Senator John
O’Connor’s sexy ex-girlfriends. After a lifetime of virtue, will Freddie be led
down the road to ruin by a temptress who wants only one thing from him?
Then came Everyone
Loves a Hero:
Hero pilot Cole
Langston is learning to live with—and enjoy—his newfound fame and the rabid
female attention that comes with it until a lucky punch knocks some sense into
him and opens his eyes to true love.
When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, Cole
lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken
captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more
women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one
thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot
down to earth. Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the
lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed
to do: steal Cole’s well-protected heart. With women coming on to him
everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a
committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra
ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she’s one of many.
You can read
excerpts from these two and my other books on my website at
So let’s talk about Fatal Justice first. 
Can you tell us a bit about the hero Nick Cappuano?  What about Nick do you think will draw the readers
and make them love Nick?
Marie:  Nick is one of my favorite characters because he’s just such
a good guy. He’s not without a few flaws, though, such as his obsessive
neatness and determination to protect his heroine, even though he knows she can
protect herself. His parents were teenagers when they had him and foisted him
off on an unwilling grandmother. I love how he pulled himself out of that
difficult beginning and ended up a United States senator, representing the
Commonwealth of Virginia. More than anything, he wants a family of his own, and
now that he has Sam, he’s well on his way.
Now tell us a bit about our heroine Sam Holland.  What about Sam do you think will draw the
readers and make them love her?
Marie:  Sam is a hard-nosed cop with a stubborn streak a mile wide.
She’s fiercely independent, which is one of the things that get her in trouble
with Nick. She is always concerned about protecting him from the nastier
elements of her job, especially in light of his political career. But that
leads her to sometimes keep things from him that he needs to know. Some of
their more explosive fights have come from her tendency to be secretive.
Why are these two crazy kids perfect for each other?  What about them individually draws them to
one another?  Why do you think the readers
will fall in love with this couple?
Marie:  Sam and Nick have a powerful chemistry that dates back to the
first time they met six years ago when they shared a memorable night together.
Due to a series of misunderstandings, they didn’t see each other again for six
long years, during which Sam was miserably married to someone else. So when
they reunite, they have tons of unfinished business to resolve, which was
really fun to write. Sam is attracted to Nick’s strength and even though she’d
deny it, she loves the way he “manages” her. He lets her be her, but knows when
to step in and intervene on her behalf. Nick loves her feistiness and how she
draws him out of himself. Of course, they’re downright hot for each other, so
that keeps things interesting.
Ing:  What was a scene that stood out or was
memorable for you when writing Fatal Justice? 
Why did this scene stand out for you?
Marie:  I love the scene where Nick thinks Sam has been shot on the
job and has a total meltdown after he finds out it wasn’t her. Nick is always
calm and controlled, so to have him totally lose it was fun. This also
represented the first time Sam really had to stand up and fight for them, and
that was a great moment in their relationship.
Ing:  Fatal Justice is book #2 in The Fatal
series.  From your website you have at
least 3 more books coming out as part of this series.  How did this series come about?  How many books are you planning for this
Marie:  This series generated from an article I read in the
Washington Post about a congressman who was found dead in his Washington-area
apartment. I wondered what if he’d been murdered. The idea for Fatal Affair
came from that “what if” question. I didn’t write Fatal Affair intending to do
a series, but that book set the stage for what could be a long-running series.
Fatal Justice came out in January, book 3, Fatal Consequences is out on July 18
(my daughter’s 16th birthday), Fatal Destiny, the wedding novella, is out free
to readers on Sept. 5, and book 4, Fatal Flaw, will be out next February.
That’s as far as I’ve gotten with the “planning.” LOL! I’m not much of a
plotter, can you tell?
Ing:  What character do you get asked about the most
from the Fatal series that doesn’t have a book planned or out yet for
them?  Will you give this character a
Marie:  The Fatal Series will focus on Sam and Nick in each book,
however, many of their secondary characters will have their own story lines,
including Sam’s partner, the very popular Freddie Cruz. Other characters with
upcoming storylines include Detective Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales, Nick’s chief of
staff Christina Billings and Detective Jeannie McBride. I also have a
blockbuster story in mind for Sam’s dad, Skip. His unsolved shooting will be an
overarching theme throughout the series.
Can you give us a glimpse or tell us a bit about the next three books in
The Fatal series?  What can the readers
Marie:  Fatal Consequences features a mystery about two women who
work for the Capitol Cleaning Service who are found murdered. Sam and Freddie
follow the trail to the highest levels of the federal government. In this book
Freddie, Gonzo and Jeannie have subplots. Fatal Destiny is about Sam and Nick’s
wedding, and Fatal Flaw opens on their first day back to work after their
honeymoon when they discover someone isn’t happy for them when threats begin
appearing in the flood of wedding cards they receive.
Now let’s talk about Everyone Loves a Hero.  Can you tell us a bit about the hero Cole
Langston?  What about Cole do you think
will draw the readers and make them love him?
Marie:  Cole is a national hero but he’s not a head case. I like that
about him. We meet him at the point where the fame and accolades have grown old
and he’s ready to settle down into a more permanent relationship. He was a lot
of fun to write!
Now tell us a bit about our heroine Olivia Robison.  What about Olivia do you think will draw the
readers and make them love her?
Marie:  Olivia has had a lot of tough breaks in her life, and she’s a
bit “behind” where she should be at 27. Let’s just say that Cole helps her to
catch up! I enjoyed writing her “blooming” into the life she was always meant
to have with Cole.
Why are these two perfect for each other?  What about them individually draws them to
one another?  Why do you think the
readers will fall in love with this couple?
Marie:  Cole and Olivia are immediately drawn to each other. Olivia
is attracted to him for all the same reasons every woman in America is in love
with him—he’s hot, charming, funny, thoughtful. He’s also not afraid to admit
that he’s been kind of a dog where women are concerned, but he’s ready to
change his ways now that he’s found “the one” for him. He’s attracted to her
sweetness, her innocence and her lack of guile. She’s a breath of fresh air for
him, and he’s immediately smitten.
Ing:  What was a scene that stood out or was
memorable for you when writing Everyone Loves a Hero?  Why did this scene stand out for you?  I know I had one scene that stood out for me and
it involved a wall..lol
Marie:  LOL on the wall! That was quite a scene! My favorite part of
the book was when Cole surprises Olivia with a trip to her favorite city. Since
that’s also my favorite city, it was so fun to write about their adventures
there. I won’t give it away for readers who haven’t gotten to it yet.
Cole’s heroism sounds a bit like Captain Sully of the infamous Hudson
landing.  Did you have an inspiration for
this story?  How did this book come
Marie:  This book was inspired by a scene I witnessed years ago in
Reagan National Airport. An arriving pilot was greeted by a woman who was
obviously very happy to see him, and that gave me the idea for a long-distance
relationship between a pilot and a woman who works at the airport. The national
hero part came later and was inspired in part by the Hero on the Hudson.
Ing:  What character do you get asked about the most
from Everyone Loves a Hero?  Any plans on
writing this characters story or anyone else from the book?
Marie:  Readers really seem to love Cole’s friend Tucker, but I don’t
have any plans at the moment for a book about him. But you never know!
Now on to questions about you.  We
want to know more about Marie Force.  
Who are some auto buy authors that you read currently?
Marie:  My
favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Robyn Carr and Mary Balogh.
Which of your heroines would you say you are the most like and why?  If you could be one of them for a day which
heroine would you be?  
Marie:  The heroine I am most like might be Georgie from my upcoming
book Georgia on My Mind. She’s been through a lot of the same things I have, so
I really related to her.
What was the first romance novel you ever read and do you still have
this book on your shelf? 
Marie:  Probably Love Story, and yes, I still have a first-edition
hardcover copy on my shelf.
Any movies you’ve seen lately that you would recommend? Or TV shows that
you love right now and don’t ever miss?
Marie:  I loved Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges. I finally saw it last
weekend, and it was terrific.
If you could go back to your younger self when you were first starting
out in the writing industry, what would be the one advice you would give
Marie:  Hang in there—it takes forever to gain traction in this
business, so don’t give up!
Ing:  What places have you visited that you love
best and why?  What place have you not
visited that you would love to go to right now?
Marie:  I loved living in Spain and look forward to getting back
there in the next few years. I’d really love to get to Australia, Ireland and
England, but I hate to fly, so I’m not sure when or if that will happen.
If you weren’t writing what else would you be doing right now?
Marie:  Reading!
Thank you so much for stopping by today Marie.  Congratulations again on your recent
releases.  Do you have any last words or
any questions you’d like to pose to the readers of my blog?
Marie:  Thanks so much for having me, and I’m happy to answer any
questions readers have for me!
Be sure you guys give Marie a try. You will not be disappointed.  Marie has graciously offered to give away either a print copy of Everyone Loves a Hero or and ebook copy of Fatal Affair (book #1 of the Fatal series) to 2 lucky readers that leave a comment. 
Here are the rules if you’d like a chance to win:
  • Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.
  • Leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
  • Also answer this questions: What is your favorite kind of hero in a book?  Is it a Doctor, police, firefighter…etc?
  • Be sure to say “HI” and leave any questions you might have for Marie.
  • Contest ends Feb. 28th

To learn more about Marie and her books click on the following links:

Here are the books in her Fatal series:

Book 1 of The Fatal series

Cover Blurb:

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a
big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous
investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor
is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case.
Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano,
O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable
one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still
sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with
a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford—especially when
the bodies keep piling up. 

Book 2 of The Fatal series

Cover Blurb:
She looked into the dead face of the man she’d dined with the night before
over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is
hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one
of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things
even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano
is heating up—but it’s also attracting a lot of unwanted media
attention and blinding flash bulbs.

The pressure is on for Sam to
find Sinclair’s killer, but a new lead in her father’s unsolved shooting
puts her in unexpected danger. When long-buried secrets threaten to
derail her relationship with Nick, Sam realizes that while justice can
be blind, mixing romance with politics has the potential to be fatal…

Stand-a-lone book

Cover Blurb:  

Fame has its perks…

famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has
its advantages-until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at
him everywhere he goes becomes a serious problem when he’s trying to
convince her she’s the one…


And its price…

has trouble trusting a guy like Cole, and everywhere she turns she sees
reasons to run. But he’s the only man who’s ever seemed to understand
her as an artist and as a woman…

Cole is working overtime to
prove to Olivia that he’s serious, but her deep seated mistrust and his
entourage of unwelcomed fans may be more than they can overcome…

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35 Responses to “Q&A AND GIVEAWAY – MARIE FORCE”

  1. Hi Marie & Ing! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!
    I love the ex-special ops heroes. They always have that mysterious and dangerous edge and are super sexy.


  2. Hey Ladies,

    Loved the interview. I love the plain clothed cops / detectives, retired military guys, and the silent brooding mysterious men you don’t quite know what they do or where they live… just love them. lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win a copy of “Everyone Loves a Hero.” Please, please, please. 🙂



  3. Hi Marie,
    Congrats on the new release. I enjoy reading about heroes who wear a uniform or plain clothes law enforcement.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  4. Hi Marie! 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to get a print copy of Everyone Loves a Hero!

    I love historical romance so my favorite heros are reformed rakes/dukes/viscounts/lords/earls! 🙂 But I do love ex-soldiers who are in need of TLC from their heroine! I also like arrogant celebrities as my heros!

    Email: yiliang0124[at]hotmail.com

  5. I don’t have a favourite kind of hero profession-wise so I guess as long as the hero is a hero in the heroine’s eyes, then I’ll be smitten too, lol.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to get started on the Fatal series, it seems like a really great romantic suspense read!


  6. Hana K

    Hey guys!!

    I have to say I’ve definitely got a thing for firefighters and athletes. I adore alpha males!!

    There’s also something to be said for an aggressive (yet sensitive) business man. mmmmmm

    Great interview and giveaway!!

    Hana K

  7. Anonymous

    Hi, Marie.
    I too love all kinds of heroes, cowboy, attorney, tortured hero, guy next door.

    Helen L.
    gmapeony at yahoo dot com

  8. Hi!

    Great interview.
    My favorite kind of hero is a bad boy. Profession doesn’t really matter, but a firefighter or cowboy is always sexy.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Hi,
    I really don’t mind which profession the hero has as long as there is something about him that shows a softer side to go along with the tough side. I like to see the character grow as I’m reading the story.


  10. Interesting interview. Sounds like I have a new author to check out.

    In the Romantic Suspense genre, my favorite kind of hero is a law enforcement officer (FBI, detective, etc.).
    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net

  11. I love all types of heroes, but I love tortured heroes. I love it when a female character is able to see the good in someone and helps them find the positive things in life.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  12. Hi ladies,

    Great interview! I have read Love at First Flight and Line of Scrimmage and finished Everyone Loves a Hero just last week. Loved all of them! Haven’t gotten to the Fatal series yet but I will!

    As for what type of hero I like best – you aren’t going to make me choose just one are you? Come on, you know ‘variety is the spice of life’, no? ;-D Big, strong, brawny Alpha males; lovable, nerdy beta’s – all work for me! I happen to be a big sports fan, so sports heroes work especially well.

    Again, thanks for the great interview. Marie, keep on writing and we will keep on reading!

  13. Hard to decide what kind of hero is favorite. Would probably have to say policeman because they are used to taking charge and have handcuffs. *g*

  14. Great interview!

    My favorite heroes in romance novels are the rugges cowboy types, the ones who soften in the end because of the woman.
    But, in the literal sense of the word, my favorite heroes in a romance would be firemen.

    heddoncollector @ gmail.com

  15. Hi, Marie. I enjoyed LINE OF SCRIMMAGE so much that it is now on my “keeper shelf.” I enjoy reading books about sports heroes. I also like heroes from law enforcement and the military.

    castings at mindspring dot com

  16. Hi Ing and Marie. Thank you for the great interview and introduction to Everyone Loves A Hero and Fatal Justice. I want to start with Everyone Loves A Hero. It sounds exciting and caught my eye and is now a must read for me. Thank you


  17. patoct at yahoo dot com

    Hi, Marie! Loved the interview and hearing about the books.

    I love all sorts of heroes, but particularly love the tortured hero – love seeing him get back to the living by the love of a good woman.

  18. Hi PJ,
    Nice to see you here. Thanks so much for giving me auto-buy status. That’s a big honor! Hope to see you in NYC!

    Hi Linda,
    If you like the law enforcement angles, you might like Sam in Fatal Affair.

  19. I like the law enforcement angles on my heroes. Not that I don’t enjoy firemen and other professions because I do, I just probably read more from the law enforcement area.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  20. PJ

    Great interview, Marie and Ing! I discovered Marie at the RWA Literacy Booksigning in DC. I’d heard good things about Line of Scrimmage from a friend and, being a football junkie, picked up a copy of the book. That was all it took to make her an auto-buy for me and I’ve looked forward to every book she’s published since.

    Thanks, Marie, for some great reading!

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