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?
Yes, 2011 began with a bang, and I’ve been busy! First up was Fatal Justice:
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?
Loves a Hero:
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
memorable for you when writing Fatal Justice?
Why did this scene stand out for you?
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.
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
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?
from the Fatal series that doesn’t have a book planned or out yet for
them? Will you give this character a
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
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?
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?
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?
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.
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
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
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.
from Everyone Loves a Hero? Any plans on
writing this characters story or anyone else from the book?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
business, so don’t give up!
best and why? What place have you not
visited that you would love to go to right now?
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?
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?
questions readers have for me!
- 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:
- Her website: Marie Force
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Here are the books in her Fatal series:
Book 1 of The Fatal series