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My Interview on Awesome Gang!

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Marie Lavender by Vinny O'Hare Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I am a romance author. I have published 16 books, and I have numerous works in progress.

I have always loved “love”, whether it was watching a romantic comedy or reading a book. And I have written stories since I was a kid. So, it was no wonder I wanted to write romance.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

My current release is Upon Your Return. It is a historical romance. I have always loved to read historical romance novels. In the past, I read the greats like Catherine Coulter and Rosemary Rogers. Upon Your Return just kind of popped into my head one day. The characters started talking and wouldn’t stop!

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Define “unusual”. Does staying up till four or five in the morning to finish a scene count? Then probably. A lot of times my ideas come at night when I real…

Check out my book promo on Tea Cooper's blog!

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Upon Your Return - A Téa Time Treat26/07/2013
Upon Your Return 

Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.

Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold,…

5 Star Review on Lusty Pengin!

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Review: Upon Your Return by Marie LavenderJuly 26, 2013Book Review, Historical, Review Requested, RomanceNo comments Upon Your Return
Review – Requested by Author
By: Marie Lavender
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Format: eBook
Pages: 352
Publication date: February 13, 2013
ISBN 13: 9781484978092
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Heiresses in Love







Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into and adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because …

5 Star Review by Amanda for Upon Your Return!

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*This was originally posted on Amanda's blog here, but I will post it below.


Friday, July 26, 2013 Review: Upon Your Return Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.
But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfol…

Book Promo Up on Awesome Gang!

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*This was originally posted here, but I will post below as well.

Upon Your Return by Vinny O'Hare About Upon Your Return:
Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.
But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events un…

Another Five Star Review!

French romance, July 18, 2013

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Sandra Lynne Padgett

This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition)

This is a love story set in the 1860's in France. Fara is left an orphan and put into the care of her uncle. He is all business with no real feelings for Fara. One of the duties of the uncle is to find a suitor for Fara. One such suitor sets up Fara into a bad situation. Captain Grant Hill saves Fara, and they become acquainted. Love grows between them, but he is involved in political intrigues and ends up separated from Fara for a period of time. The characters are very well developed, the history is well researched and the story line flows along very smoothly. There is a lot of suspense because of the intrigues and whether they love each other enough to commit to each other or is he just using her as men will often do. This is a very exciting, passionate and suspenseful story. It will grab you and not let you go. I received this free through Goodreads Making Connections gro…

Book Promo on Chris Weigand's blog!

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Welcome Marie LavenderPosted on July 19, 2013 We are excited to welcome Marie Lavender and her book: Upon Your Return. Tell us a little about your book.




Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her ch…

Thank you so much, RANSOM readers!

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I got a pleasant surprise when I was casually looking over my KDP account yesterday.  I found that 15 people bought Ransom this month!  Just that one book.  That's exciting!

So, this is my shoutout to my readers!  Thank you, RANSOM readers!  That is one of my favorite books.  It is very close to my heart, and I recently changed the cover.  Here is it if you missed it! 



Here is the blurb:

Triana Richards finds a prospect in the form of her captor when she is kidnapped from her home. For reasons she cannot imagine, she becomes very attached to a man who calls himself Damien. As events unfold, she must ask herself if her feelings are real or if she is a victim of Stockholm Syndrome.

But, her captor has his own reasons for holding her for ransom. Can he do the right thing and let her go or will he keep her, as he is also a slave to his own desires?


I am so excited that RANSOM appealed to so many in such a short time!  Triana is great character.  She is a young woman who is comple…

Interview on the Smily Somebody Loves You (SSLY) Blog

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Interview ~ Marie Lavender ~ & ~ Book Spotlight ~ Upon Your ReturnJul14 Beverly and Tamara: Marie, welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid. My preferred genre is romance. I have published sixteen books. Fifteen of them were self-published. My latest release, published by Solstice Publishing, is a historical romance called Upon Your Return. It came out in February.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

A pen usually. Most of the time, I write by hand, unless the mood takes me when I’m at the computer. Preferably, a gel pen in a pretty color, but I’ll use what I have if I must. 

Beverly: When did you start to write?

When I was nine years old. I started writing stories then, and really never stopped.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

A good hero in a story sh…

Another Five Star Review!

Another five star review!

Jul 12, 2013 Amanda Phillips rated it 5 of 5 stars

Upon receiving this book, I immediately noticed how beautiful the cover was. I only meant to open it long enough to see how long it was going to be but found myself sucked in to the story from page one.

Fara's background elicits teary eyes at the thought of the hopelessness that faces children in her situation.

I laughed, cried, and even cheered a few times during the reading of Upon Your Return.

Fara and Grant's story is one that leaves you hoping for more and the touches of historically correct facts, women's rights issues, and the way society worked back then makes this book a hidden gem. Add in the fact that it was well-written and wonderfully edited makes it a five star book, in my opinion.

Brava to the author for publishing a book that turned out so wonderfully! Looking forward to reading more from Marie Lavender in the future! - from Goodreads and Amazon http://www.goodreads.c…

Author Interview on Nina Soden's blog

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Author Interview – Marie Lavender July 10, 2013 by Nina Soden Marie Lavender an established self-published Indie author with 16 published books to her name (including pen names) recently went the route of traditional publishing when she released Upon Your Return. Learn all about her experience in this intimate one-on-one interview. Marie Lavender ~ Author of Upon Your Return What is your name and where do you call home? My name is Marie Lavender and I am a small town girl from Indiana.  What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? Upon Your Return is my latest release.  It came out in February through Solstice Publishing.  Upon Your Return is a historical romance about a girl who dreams big and gets into a lot of trouble for it.Is the above book part of a series?Yes, it is the first book in the Heiresses in Love series.What or who inspired y…

Five star review on Amazon!!!!!

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It posted today on Amazon, but I will post below:


Marie Lavender's beautifully written love story between heiress Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill captured my heart immediately. Set in 1860's France, the novel portrays the social and political struggles of that era, and the challenges Fara faces as a woman. Although a "man's world," that sphere could prove just as hard for a man not born to a position, such as Captain Hill. Despite their situations, Fara and Grant are bold enough and brave enough to defy the conventions of the time.

In Upon Your Return, the author touches upon the stirrings of feminism and uses period details judiciously, creating a sense of reality without ever boring the reader. Fara and Grant must travel a long, difficult road and overcome a lot of obstacles. We take that journey with them and hope that somehow, in the end, love will prevail.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates…

Five Star Review on Goodreads for UPON YOUR RETURN!

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*This posted July 8th here, but I will post it below as well.


's review  Jul 08, 13
5 of 5 stars
I was asked to read this historic romance novel. As a great lover of books from Catherine Coulter & Johanna Lindsey I was afraid I would be disappointed. However the characters were very compelling and the story didn't follow any guidelines. I was completely enamored by the story of Fara and Grant. I felt Fara and I were emotionally entwined. I have felt love for someone & had the opportunity to wait for them. I could relate with her feelings and her love.
I haven't read a historical romance in a long time that I felt like I was the character. I truly enjoyed this book and would look forward to reading more from this author.

Book Promo on Thomas Baker's Site

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Romance Author Marie Lavender’s New #Book Release: “Upon Your Return”Posted onJuly 7, 2013by

My name is Marie Lavender. I am a romance author and I have been writing for over twenty years. I have always wanted to be an author. I’ve spent most of my life trying to fulfill that dream. I recently published my first historical romance novel. I am currently working on the sequels in the Heiresses in Love series.

I have published sixteen books under various pen names. In the past, I had two short stories published in a private university publication. My books are listed below with links for your convenience.

My focus is the romance genre. I write both contemporary and historical romance stories/novels, but I also write literary fiction.

Customer Review
***** Five Star Romance, July 2, 2013
By Robin Bailey
This review is from: Upon Your Return (Kindle Edition)

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