Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. 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 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published twenty books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature; "Lovers Like Us" (from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick; Second Chance Heart (coming soon)
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things
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Second Chance Heart
by Marie Lavender
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 another.
She can’t be more wrong…
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Smashwords book reviews by Marie Lavender
on July 02, 2013
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!