Marie Lavender

Biography

Multi-genre author of Victorian maritime romance/family saga, Heiresses in Love, and 18 other books. Reached the Top 10 Authors list on AuthorsDB.com for the last 4 years. Featured interview in the January 2018 issue of Womelle Magazine. The Heiresses in Love Trilogy made the TOP 10 on the Anthology category on the 2018 P&E Readers' Poll, and BLOOD INSTINCTS reached TOP 10 status in the Romance category. The Heiresses in Love Trilogy and DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART both reached the semi-finalist round in the 2018 AuthorsDB Book Cover Contest. Voted TOP BLOGGER for 2018 on the Romance Lives Forever Blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2018 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated and made it past the first round in the 2018 Author Academy Awards. UPON YOUR LOVE and THE MISSING PIECE placed in the TOP 10 on the 2017 P&E Readers' Poll. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART was nominated for the 2017 Reader's Choice Awards. The I Love Romance Blog became a finalist in StartDating DK's Romance Blog Awards of 2017. ILRB landed on Feedspot’s 2017 TOP 100 Novel Blogs and TOP 100 Romance Blogs. DIRECTIONS OF THE HEART placed in the TOP 10 Books of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. TOP 20 Authors of 2017 on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews blog. Mystery Blogger Award for 2017. A to Z Blog Challenge Survivor in 2016. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. 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, 2014 and 2016. 2013 and 2014 Amazon Bestseller Ranking for UPON YOUR RETURN. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

Videos

Marie Lavender Interview on Urban Nation Radio with host Adra Youn
I stopped by Urban Nation Radio to talk with host and author Adra Young. It was quite a fun hour or so!

Series

Magick Series
This includes the Magick Series books, a fantasy series, sometimes even with a touch of romance. The second book is a children's fantasy. The adult books are published through Smashwords and Amazon.
The Misfits
This series is comprised of six romantic comedy books, detailing the romantic misadventures of a group of friends who try to navigate the dating world in this day and age.
Code of Endhivar
This includes the Code of Endhivar Series books by Marie Lavender, which is a science fiction romance trilogy. These books cover not only the stories of Endhivarians and their 'true mates', but also information about the Endhivarian code of honor and the different facets of the species.
Eternal Hearts
This series is comprised of the many adventures of Dana and Vince, expressing their bond and the challenges they face. This is a contemporary romance series.

Books

Magick & Moonlight (Magick Series Book 1)
Series: Magick Series. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,470. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Messing with free will is always a bad idea. Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she must do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. Yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?
Chasing Ginger: A Steamy BBW Billionaire Rom Com (Misfits Series Book 1)
Series: The Misfits. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,770. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk. This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened. With more attention than she ever imagined, how can she tell if this is real or a fantasy?
The Missing Piece
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,040. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Coming of age
Can the biggest mistake of Aly’s life turn into the promise of new love?
Blue Vision (Code of Endhivar Series Book 1)
Series: Code of Endhivar. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,260. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for a while. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…
Directions of the Heart: A Romantic Drama Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,680. Language: American English. Published: July 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Embark on a remarkable journey of drama, romance, and passion... In all of these amazing stories, there's one burning question...is love worth the risk?
Second Chance Heart (Eternal Hearts Series Book 1)
Series: Eternal Hearts. Price: Free! Words: 9,720. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The last thing Dana Nelson expects is to run into an old flame, and even worse, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. She’s sure that the only thing remaining between them is a strong attraction for one another. She can’t be more wrong…
A Little Magick (Magick Series Book 2)
Series: Magick Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,610. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
For a time, it is great fun to use her newfound powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use her powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?

Smashwords book reviews by Marie Lavender

  • Cursed on July 02, 2013
    (no rating)
    Cursed is a must read. It is such a lovely story. I read through it in one sitting, Aubrey’s words are so addictive. This book really touched my heart. I love happy endings, but I especially love reincarnation stories. Conall MacLaren has been cursed for a very long time, trapped in a nightmare inside a house, reliving the worst moment of his life, when his beloved threw herself out a window after discovering he had betrayed her. But, that was far from the truth and he was still cursed. When Addie Campbell finds out she is the sole heir of some land in Scotland, she leaps at the chance to discover more about her heritage. Leaving her old life behind, including a jerk of an ex-boyfriend and numerous pressures, she immerses herself in her new house, in the culture and finding out the secrets buried there. Addie learns of the tragic lovers’ story, and to her surprise, comes across Conall MacLaren in the flesh. I won’t give any more details. But, the passion between them is very hot, and Addie learns a lot about herself as she works to free Conall from his cursed existence. You just have to read this beautiful story! Aubrey Brown is a wicked artist with her words. This is a timeless love story.
  • Second Chances - Sammy's Story on July 18, 2014

    Annie’s book was the first book with BDSM that didn’t make me totally cringe. I was once in a pretty abusive relationship so reading about any type of abuse or dominance usually makes me uncomfortable. Was part of the book out of my comfort zone? Sure. BDSM isn’t for everyone, and it isn’t for me, not on a personal level. To each his own. I respect that some people enjoy it and that is fine for them. What I loved about Sammy’s Story was that the author certainly did her research. And the emphasis on SSC (Safe, Sane and Consensual) was much appreciated. Any attempts at BDSM should be with the full consent of both parties, and a safe word is necessary. I mentioned the use of a safe word in my book, A Touch of Dawn, but you have to read that book to understand the reference. Thanks go out to Annie, a talented writer, for clearing up this often misconstrued concept of BDSM. Reading the book was definitely an educational experience for me. Now, onto a little about the story. What I loved the most was the characters! Annie has a way of making the characters come alive off of the page, and it was quite an adventure to watch our heroine Samantha come into her own as she learned all about the world of BDSM. Jake is a handsome, wealthy man who owns a secret BDSM club called Desire, and Sammy’s best friends have been wanting to set her up with him. Jake knows all about Sammy from their mutual friends. Only Samantha has never heard of him. All she knows is that Kelly, her close friend who asked her to house sit for her, mentions Jake repeatedly as a contact for emergencies. When Sammy finds her friends’ kink room, she is shocked and begins to see them in a whole new light. She does meet Jake eventually and he asks her out. At this point, she is ready to start over with her life, to forget her wretched past, and try new things. They get closer and he introduces her to the world of BDSM. Is this book steamy? Hell, yes! It is very hot, and the attraction between Samantha and Jake is both strong and instantaneous. Even though occasional aspects of the BDSM lifestyle caused me some discomfort (maybe I am too “vanilla” after all), I couldn’t hate Jake as a Dom. He is a good man and he develops feelings for Sammy fairly quickly. Of course, they fall in love and the book reads very fast. This book is not all about sex, however. There is quite a bit of suspense as someone is out to get Samantha. They must figure it out before it’s too late. The story read well and I even loved the secondary characters like Kelly and Garrett, as well as all the other doms and subs that quickly become a part of Sammy’s life. My verdict? You are talented, Annie Edmonds! Thank you for this enlightening read. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the sequel! I want to know all about Master Mike whenever it’s done. So, four stars! If you like erotica and don’t mind reading about BDSM, then this story is for you. Sammy’s story. Get the book and find out how a sweet girl from Jersey comes into her own…quite a hot read!