Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time!
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Take Them by Storm
Sadie Fitzgerald is eager to leave her old life behind her when she moves away for college. Rumors have plagued her for years, but with the love of her adoptive family, Sadie has learned to embrace who she is. Now she’s not afraid to admit the rumors about her are true: she’s gay. For the first time in her life, Sadie feels free to be herself, but she still has a lot to learn about life and love.
After the Storm
For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what Ginny's grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. When Ginny finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Can an old flame help remind Ginny why Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year?
Waiting for the Storm
After a year of being shut away taking care of her dying mother, Charlotte O'Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her family is falling apart, and she can't ignore the hollow ache that's developed in her heart.
Can Charlotte pull what’s left of her family together, mend her broken heart, and allow herself to fall for the mysterious boy next door? Or is it all just a storm waiting to happen?
The Game Changer
Is it possible for a man and a woman to just be friends? When Melody meets sexy, confident Julian, she doesn't think so, but he convinces her it can be done. During a time of change and turmoil for Melody, it doesn’t take long for Julian to become everything she never knew she needed in her life. Is it possible for them to remain ‘just friends’ or will Melody be a game changer for Julian?
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Smashwords book reviews by Marie Landry
- A Soul Less Broken
on Aug. 03, 2011
This book is a beautiful story about love, loss, friendship, devastation, struggle, pain, and ultimately triumph. It's the type of story that, even though parts are upsetting and maybe even a little disturbing, you're reminded of how precious and fragile life is, and it gives you the opportunity to hopefully look at life and your own life experiences in a different way. Life can be brutal and cruel, and the world can seem like a terrible, scary place, but when you open yourself up, it can also be a beautiful place, full of wonder and love.
Catherine was such a strong, resilient character. After being so brutally attacked and thinking she could never move on, she finds an inner strength she didn't realize she possessed, thanks in part to the help of her friend Madeline. Cat realized that if you always act like a victim, you'll always be a victim, and that you have to find the strength inside of you and not be afraid to ask for help, even when it's difficult. Although the love story in the book was romantic and had enough ups and downs to keep you interested and wanting more, it was the friendship between Cat and Madeline that was the shining relationship, at least for me. If you've ever been lucky enough to have that kind of friend, you'll understand what I mean.
I really enjoyed the little details about the characters that Helen included - and not just the main characters, but some of the secondary and background characters, too. They were things that give you real insight into each character, what makes them tick, what led them to become who they are, etc.
I think this book will help women who have been through a similar ordeal. Even for those who haven't, if you've ever struggled through a rough patch in your life and have found the strength to move on, you'll likely be able to sympathize with Catherine and draw strength from her character.
- Being Human
on Oct. 18, 2011
Being Human is a refreshing spin on vampires. Tommy isn’t your typical suave, debonair, sexy, badass vampire that all the girls drool over and all the other vampires want to be. He’s confused and conflicted, and would be completely adrift if it wasn’t for his human brother Danny keeping him tied to the human world. He’s kind of innocent and naïve, despite the fact that he’s a cold-blooded killer. Being very analytical and factual, he kills because he has to; it’s how he survives. He doesn’t see the point in doing much of anything that doesn’t tie directly to survival. All of these thing combined make Tommy a very unique and interesting character.
I really enjoyed the passage of time in the book. It gives the readers a longer period of time to see Tommy growing and developing. He struggles with being a vampire who has some human tendencies. He often knows that he should feel a certain way, but it’s just sort of beyond him to actually feel that way. He tries for Danny’s sake though, and for the sake of other characters that are introduced throughout the book (won’t say too much more about that because I know I wouldn’t have wanted to know before I started reading - it’s interesting to see it all unfold and meet the characters as you go). Through it all, Tommy learns a lot about one very human emotion: love.