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Live Author Chat with Marie Lavender!

Making Characters Believable

*This was originally posted on Kathryn Jones' blog, but I will post it here as well.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 GUEST POST: Making Characters Believable Need some help pinning down your characters? This guest post from author, Marie Lavender, will help!

So, you have this story in your head.You have to get it down on paper (or type it…whatever works for you).So, you do.You have a pretty good idea of where it’s going.You can see the arc of the story, how it all comes together.You have a good main character for it too. But, how do you make that character someone readers will love, or at least like?There are plenty of different kinds of characters out there…some we love, some we love to hate.But somehow, the protagonist is usually someone we want to root for.Right?But, why is that?Why do writers have the innate ability to make their heroes lovable and their villains worthy of hating?

I have two rules, and I think they might help you.One is pretty simple, but it can get complicated.Know your…

UPON YOUR RETURN is on the top ten chart on Indie Author Land!

UPON YOUR RETURN is on the top ten chart on Indie Author Land! 
 *original post here.

Top 10 Books: Week ending June 21, 2013 / Next » ByDavid Njoku/June 23, 2013/Top Ten Chart/No Comments Wondering what to read on the beach this summer? Here are the books that have grabbed the interest of other Indie Author Land readers this past week.

Buy Last week 1
Penpal by Dathan Auerbach
Penpal is a horror story about a man trying to make sense of some traumatic events from his childhood.Amazon (US, UK)
The Break Up Recipe by Munir Bello is about the unfortunately named Mark Mutton who gets jilted by his fiancee a month before they are due to wed.Amazon (US, UK)
An Essential Guide to Housework for the Uninitiated/Bone Idle: Basic housekeeping skills for husbands/partners and the errant female by K Austin-JonesAmazon (US, UK)
Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender.Fara Bellamont gets into a bit of trouble when she finds herself at the harbor at night.…

Interview on Becoming A Writer Blog

*This was originally posted on June 22nd here, but I will post it on the blog as well.

Jun22 Marie Lavender
What is your name?  

Marie Lavender

How much have you written? 

I have published sixteen books. A list of my books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender:  Upon Your Return

Erica Sutherhome:
Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the NightHauntedPursuitPerfect GameA Touch of DawnRansomKathryn Layne:  A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse:
Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly ThingsDo you have specific title that you are promoting right now? What influenced you to write it? 

I am promoting Upon Your Return, my newest release.  It is a historical romance novel, and it was released in February through Solstice Publishing.

I guess the idea for the book just came to me suddenly one day, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.  It is a love story about two people who have to go through qui…

Lovely review for Upon Your Return that I need to share, folks!

*This review originally posted on Author Alliance here, but I will post it as well.

Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender Posted by AAAuthor on Jun 16, 2013 in Book Reviews, PRESS RELEASES
Fara Bellamont is born in high society France. She leads a charmed life until her parents death at sea, when she is sent as a ward of her stern, gloomy uncle. He proceeds to send her to a convent until the time she is ready to enter society and the marriage market. After she enters society her uncle makes a match for her but after her fiancé leads Fara into a bad situation because she refuses to say she loves him he flees. Fara only escapes from the bad situation due to the efforts of Capitaine Grant Hill and there is an immediate attraction between them. It is then up to Fara to decide whether to go with what society dictates or with her heart.

This book was well written and had a poetic quality to the way it flowed. I liked the voice of Fara and her personality carried me through the b…

Interview on Indie Author Land

*This interview was originally posted on the Indie Author Land website here, but I will go ahead and post it for you.

Interview with Marie Lavender, author of Upon Your Return ByDavid Njoku/June 15, 2013/Romance/

My new book, Upon Your Return, is about a girl who has always dreamed of having adventures and finding love.  Her uncle promises her to a complete stranger, which is obviously disheartening.
However, Fara Bellamont, the main character, gets into a bit of trouble when she finds herself at the harbor at night.  She becomes utterly captivated by the man who rescues her.  His name is Captain Grant Hill.  Of course, they are unsuitable socially.  But, who can listen to society when true love comes into the picture?

What genre is it?

It is a historical romance.

Tell us a little more about Fara.

Fara Bellamont is hardly a typical lady of society.  She is outspoken and daring,  both traits that Captain Hill finds very interesting.  She knows her place in society, and yet she fin…

Interview with Marie Lavender by Leanna Harrow

*This originally posted on Author Tease Readings.  Here is the link, but I will post it as well.

June 13, 2013 · 3:43 pm Today’s Tease…Marie LavenderWelcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Marie Lavender 

Your Name or Pen Name you use:  Marie Lavender  

Title of the book you are promoting:  Upon Your Return  

Links to purchase your Book:  

E-book :

Genre:  Historical Romance

Welcome ML…I, LH have some questions for you

LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?

ML: I think I always wanted to be a writer.  I kept telling my family, “I want to be an author!”

LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?

ML: Well, I’ve pretty muc…