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My guest author this week is Marie Lavender. Marie is a bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. She lives in the Midwest, USA, with her family and three cats and has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.



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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. Her novel SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK was placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll and she has achieved the following credits: nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 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 AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Wow! Congratulations, Marie!

I asked Marie to tell us a bit more about herself

How did you get started writing?

Actually, I started writing stories when I was about nine years old. I had a vivid imagination as a child. Before that point, I had these worlds playing out in my head, full of characters and dialogue, events happening, and once I could form a sentence on paper, it just made sense to write them all down

What was the first thing you had published?

Technically, the first thing I published was a couple of stories in a university publication. With regards to books, the first one I published was a literary fiction/poetry anthology, back in 2010. It was titled Express Café and Other Ramblings.

Why did you choose to write for children?

I stumbled into it. I’ve learned to open up my mind quite a bit during my author journey. Ideas from different genres flood my imagination. It was awhile after the release of Magick & Moonlight, and suddenly one day the character of Rosanna came to me, demanding for her story to be told. And so I went for it! It was a very fun experience.

What’s your favorite movie?

My favorite fantasy movie has to be the Chronicles of Narnia series. What I wouldn’t give to live in Narnia! It’s so beautiful.

What do you like to do to relax?

I love reading! But, I also like cooking, and inventing new recipes! And shopping. I love shopping. :)


Find out more about Marie here: 





Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender


Marie's latest book



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Blurb for A Little Magick

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?


Purchase Links

Amazon link:  myBook.to/ALM

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/547154

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-magick-marie-lavender/1122044476

Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-little-magick-magick-series-book-2



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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your books, Marie. :)


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  1. Marie Lavender

    Thank you, Karen, for letting me stop by! Thanks, Edita, for your kind comments! And yes, Vicki, I have found that keeping my mind open to any story idea, no matter what genre it is, is very liberating. I think a lot of new genres are popping up in the industry all the time and I see no issues with crossing genres. We can't define our books until they're fully written. Even then, why should they fit into neat little categories? It's easier for me to define myself as a multi-genre author than to try to limit my writing. I find that when I have an open mind during the writing experience, the story flows better and the characters have a chance to shine. http://marielavender.com/

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  2. Edita A. Petrick

    Thanks, Marie, for all the work you do to involve other authors in your promotions. That's an impressive amount of books in 5 years and I wish you all the best and continued success. I always check to see what you have coming up. Once again thanks. Edita.

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  3. Vicki-Ann Bush

    Do you find crossing genre gives you more freedom as a writer? Or does it present an issue when defining your work?

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