I was on the phone the other night with my cousin, who’s the closest thing to a sister I’ll ever have. Anticipating our upcoming trip to the Caribbean, we were both flipping through catalogs full of beach attire. In my catalog was a picture of a woman in a bikini doing a headstand on a surfboard. “I could do that,” I say to my cousin after I describe the scene to her.
In the way that only someone you grew up with and who knows you inside out can, she says, “Only if the surfboard was surgically attached to your head.” No mention was made of the bikini part of the equation. I’m thankful for small favors where she is concerned.
We laughed—hard—but she makes a good point. Headstands on surfboards aren’t my thing. Surfboards and headstands, each on their own, are not my thing. While I’m at it, I may as well mention that most athletic pursuits don’t look good on me, particularly skiing of any kind. Oh and then there’s ice skating. Let’s just not talk about that or anything else that requires a duel with gravity. Gravity always wins. Each of the four corners on my car has a dent or a scrape (but that talent goes directly back to my grandfather via my mother, so that’s not my fault).
In short, I don’t do much of anything very well except, apparently, write. There I’ve found my comfort zone in the imaginary worlds I get to occupy every day. Somehow I’ve found myself writing three series at the same time. In about a week or so, I will finish I Saw Her Standing There, Book 3 in my new Green Mountain Series. After that comes Books 11 (and hopefully 12) in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, followed by a Green Mountain Novella, Book 4 in the Green Mountain Series and then Book 8 in the Fatal Series. Rinse and repeat.
I don’t recommend writing three series at the same time and had no intention of doing so until I was actually, you know, doing it. Isn’t it funny how life happens when you’re busy making other plans?
Right now we’re running a really fun “Selfie” contest for readers who go out and take pictures of themselves with the print version of All You Need Is Love, Book 1 in the Green Mountain Series, with a grand prize of a trip for two to the Green Mountain Series Launch Party in Vermont in June. We’re really excited about the contest—and the party that will be held at the Vermont Country Store, which inspired the series. Lots of other prizes are up for grabs, including weekly drawings for $100 gift cards, so make sure you check it out on my website at http://marieforce.com.
So while my readers are out snapping selfies and grabbing the print versions of All You Need Is Love AND the print version of Fatal Affair, Book 1 in the Fatal Series, which was released in paperback this week, I’m going back to work. I’ve got a deadline looming and more writing to do while I practice that surfboard headstand I’m going to pull off on vacation. You just watch me (crash).
Read a free sample of Marie’s work by downloading a copy of Maid for Love, Book 1 in her New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series.
With more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.
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