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Haven for the Holidays

November 29, 2017

If you like sexy, gritty books, or have a person in your life who does, Amazon and B&N have reduced the price of the hardcover version of Haven  just in  time for the holidays! Haven is a young adult book, but is mature, so it will appeal to adults and older teens, including guys because it’s told from a male point of view.

Holiday Gift Pricing (43% off)!

Amazon has reduced the price of the hardcover version to $9.89 (43% off $17.99 list price) and Barnes & Noble has lowered the price to $12.35 (31% off list with an additional 10% for members)

Upcoming Appearances

It was a blast meeting readers on my two-week book tour, but I’m glad to be back home. Thank you to all who came out.

My next appearances will be at Apollycon in Washington DC in March, RWA in Denver, CO in July, and The Origin Event in Austin, TX next November.

About the Book

Kirkus Reviews calls Haven “An exquisitely written tale.” 

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Haven is available for purchase at all retailers including:
Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | AmazoniBooksGoogle | Kobo

An excerpt along with links for purchase can be found on f the Haven Page.

 

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Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

November 11, 2017

Love this Haven dream cast from Falling Down the Book Hole!

Falling Down the Book Hole

Haven by Mary Lindsey has a cast full of characters each with their own quirks and qualities that I thought it would fun to create a fancast. I know some of these actors are a little bit too old and some don’t exactly meet the physical descriptions of what is in the book, but they are either what came to mind for me when thinking of the characters and their personalities. I would love to see who Mary Lindsey would cast in the leading roles. Check out my review!

Have you read Haven yet? Who would you cast? 

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New Title and Cover, HAVEN

September 11, 2017

I’m thrilled to share the new title and cover for my upcoming young adult paranormal thriller. Haven releases 11/7/17!  More can be found on my website. Here’s the new cover. What do you think?

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Hide from Me Cover!

April 30, 2017

I love the cover for my next YA releasing November 7, 2017! Check it out! It’s up for preorder on All major retailers in ebook and hardcover.

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Help Needed Keeping the Balls in the Air

September 11, 2015
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

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.

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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.

Why the Main Character in Ashes on the Waves Talks Funny

August 3, 2013

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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