New Series Coming in 2016

Posted November 24, 2015 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Writing, YA genre

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I’m thrilled to announce that Hide from Me, the first book in the Haven Series, will be released in 2016. An especially exciting aspect of this project is the soundtrack inspired by the book from Entangled Music with the title track, “Hiding from Me,” by Joey Caneva.

Here is the deal announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

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Help Needed Keeping the Balls in the Air

Posted September 11, 2015 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Writing

Image from pidgin.net

Image from pidgin.net

I’m writing three different projects right now in three different genres. I want to single one out and work only on that one until it is finished, but all are critical schedule-wise, and I have so much trouble ignoring the others. It’s that old “grass is greener” problem.

Bouncing back and forth between different worlds and voices is difficult and is possibly not the best way to approach things.

I have so many balls in the air from my writing, to parenting, to taking care of me, I’m worried one of my suspended balls will slip through my fingers and fall to the ground.

How do you do it? Suggestions or tips for organization? Tools you like or use? Methodology that keeps you sane? Let me know in the comments or on social media.

Love Me To Death Has a Cover

Posted April 25, 2014 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Publishing, Writing

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I am excited to finally post my gorgeous cover for the first book in my adult paranormal series, Love Me To Death. Isn’t it gorgeous? And hot? And…yeah. I can’t wait for readers to meet Nik in October. For now, we’ll just have to settle with looking at him. Happy sigh. 

A description is below, or you can visit my Marissa Clarke website for more information. 
 

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar, which is not easy to do when you live with the craziest woman in the world. But eccentric Aunt Uza is a picnic compared to the other people who enter her orderly life after she is shot in a convenience store robbery.

Elena finds herself rocketed from comfortable predictability to supernatural insanity courtesy of her own private angel of death who happens to have the sexiest accent on earth and a body to match. Her death angel is convinced she’s some kind of freaky half vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. 

Yeah, right. She’ll play along, but then she doesn’t have much choice seeing how as the guy claims to be some immortal law enforcer and has taken her prisoner.

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Nikolai Itzov had expected to fight the urge to torture the progeny of his father’s murderer, but he’d never anticipated battling the urge to kiss her her.

As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his charge from the Underveil General is clear: Kill her or die. He has been told she is one of them–an Undead. Nothing but a parasite to be destroyed. But he has been told wrong. 

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. 

With her analytical mind and his centuries of training and experience, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

Yeah! Fragile Spirits is Here!

Posted January 22, 2014 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Shattered Souls

I’m so excited that Fragile Spirits is finally out! 

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Hard to believe it’s only been two years since Shattered Souls came out. It seems like a lifetime. Well, for me, it has been. The way I keep it in perspective is that I keep in mind that Ashes on the Waves released between the two Souls Series books. Then, I feel okay because that’s three books releasing in a 25-month period. A book every 8 months or so. Not bad. Just a little out of order, huh? 

Still, I’m thrilled that Paul and Vivienne’s story is going to finally be out there. They were a blast to write, and I’m so grateful for all the support, love, and emails I’ve received regarding this series. Y’all are the best!

A Letter To My Son

Posted October 10, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Parenting, Real Life

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Dear amazing son,

You have just been officially discharged from Special Education. Congratulations, Robert. I’m proud of you. Especially in light of the following:

Over the course of your 16 years, I’ve been told the following by physicians, educators and “experts”:

1. “He is mentally retarded” — HA! We never bought into that, did we? Not even when “MR” was written in sharpie on the outside of your file at school. You are in pre-AP classes and were admitted to the gifted program.

2. “He may never talk” –News flash: Once you finally decided to talk, you never shut up. *wink* You are one of the most articulate people I know.

3. “He will most likely not be able to handle a mainstream classroom setting.” –Kind of like #’s 1 and 2 above-WRONG.

4. “You should consider taking out a trust fund as he will most likely not be able to live on his own and will need living assistance his entire life.”–Um, no. Not buying into it. Go to college and then get a job, son.

Just keep in mind, Robert: This list could go on for hundreds of entries. Never buy into the negative. Never live down to other people’s grim expectations and generalizations about autism or ANYTHING for that matter. Keep on proving them wrong and yourself right. You’ve got this. Again, congratulations.

Love,

Mom

Robert

Why the Main Character in Ashes on the Waves Talks Funny

Posted August 3, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Writing

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I have received some fantastic mail from readers since Ashes on the Waves released. I’ve gotten variations of the question below several times:

Liam’s speech patterns and vocabulary are old fashioned and anachronistic. Much of the narrative could be considered overly descriptive and even melodramatic by today’s standards. Why didn’t you just make him modern, like Anna?

The reason I wrote this book was to pay tribute to one of my favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.  Not only has Poe been credited with pioneering several genres, he was a tremendous wordsmith. His enduring appeal comes not only from the subject matter he chose, but from the way he told the story. The words he used are as much a part of his style as the atmosphere and stories he created with them. Some works in the gothic style tend to be melodramatic, highly descriptive, and romantic, and Poe was a master of the style. (I suggest checking out Ligeia or The Fall of the House of Usher to see this at its most pronounced).

I chose to have Liam’s speech and narrative touch (though primitively) on the style of Poe’s own writing. I wanted the reader to believe that Liam could write or create that poem himself. That the poem is in HIS voice. Also, if you are familiar with Poe’s life, you will notice many biographical ties between Liam and Edgar Allan Poe.

Each chapter’s tone, vocabulary, and pace is reflective of the piece used in the epigraph at the top of every chapter. Before I began a chapter, I would read the piece from which the chapter quote was chosen in order to get into the “feel” of that work for the chapter.

Ashes on the Waves not only nods to the source poem, “Annabel Lee,” but to dozens of other works as well. I am hopeful that readers will be interested enough by the epigraphs to seek out the complete works from which they are quoted and read them again, or perhaps for the first time.

 Fun bit: I did not use a thesaurus or dictionary a single time when writing the book, but had a dictionary by my side and used it often when reading Poe’s works. Wow, what a vocabulary he possessed!

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One would think…

Posted July 4, 2013 by Mary Lindsey
Categories: Parenting, Real Life, Writing

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One would think that since it’s summer and the usual grind of driving kids around and making school meetings were no longer an issue, I’d find it easier to focus. Well, one would be wrong.

Last summer, I was immensely productive and found it easier to focus at this time of year. For some reason, I’m struggling. Perhaps it is because my kids are older and the demands are different. I suspect, though, that it is a shift in priorities and not a lack of focus on my part. Maybe it’s the mother in me clinging to the last summer before my oldest goes to college and my youngest goes to boarding school.

Whatever the case, I feel like a ping-pong ball bouncing from one crisis to another. It’s time to buckle down and finish these three books I have in various stages of completion. Time to re-center and put those author blinders back on–even if it’s only for a few hours a day.

Anyone else having summer slump focus issues?


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