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Love Me To Death Has a Cover

April 25, 2014

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.


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.


What Is Taking So Long?

September 24, 2012

I’ve been getting emails and comments/messages on networking sites asking why it takes two years for SHATTERED SOULS 2 to reach release. That’s a great question. It should not take two years to write this kind of book (Commercial fiction, specifically, the second book set in a world with rules I’ve already researched and defined in the first). Some genres require much more time, like research-heavy projects including non-fiction, which can take years, even decades.

So why 2014? I write young adult novels for Penguin and they bought a different project from me before they purchased Souls 2. Because of the order of the contracts, ASHES ON THE WAVES was due before SOULS 2.

I also write adult paranormal novels under a different name and have a total of 6 books under contract. I write at least two books a year, and hopefully that productivity will show up in 2014 and the future. I have more than one book per year slated in 2014 and 2015.

I wish SOULS 2 had been in the works earlier, but sometimes things just don’t work out in the straightest line. I’m so grateful for the folks who have expressed excitement over both ASHES and SOULS 2. I can’t wait until they hit the shelves!



March 2, 2010

So, it’s official:  I’ve sold my YA novel. The following is from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Mary Lindsey’s SHATTERED SOULS, a dark and dangerous forbidden love story about a Speaker who helps lingering ghosts pass to the spirit world and the Protector who has pledged to serve her, to Jill Santopolo at Philomel, by Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World).

Thanks to all my real-life and online friends who have propped me up and helped me through this process. I have a stellar agent, a fantastic editor, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.

A Site I Love – Editorial Anonymous

December 29, 2008

If you are a writer and haven’t checked out Editorial Anonymous, you should.  Take a look at the adorable Slush Monster created by Melinda Beavers while you are there.  My favorite is the list of things not to include in a submission down the side of the site:


  • flashlights
  • shoe shine kits
  • dead bugs
  • photos of you
  • photos of you dressed in formalwear
  • photos of you dressed in your Halloween costume
  • photos of you not dressed
  • glitter
  • confetti
  • glitter confetti (I’m serious)
  • dolls, handmade or otherwise
  • dolls, especially not santa dinos
  • tea, coffee, hot chocolate
  • seed packets
  • money
  • dental x-rays
  • farting handpuppets (mini whoopee cushion)
  • woolen stockings full of jellybeans
  • crates of tangerines
  • contraceptives
  • fake contraceptives”

Well, what are you doing reading my boring blog?  Get over to Editorial Anonymous and learn while you laugh.