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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Marie Lavender Joins Us Today

Please welcome the talented Marie Lavender to our corner of the interwebz! She`s here to share some information about her new historical romance, Upon Your Honor.

Deception is a dangerous path…

New York City, August, 1891 – Orphaned after the death of her father, Chloe Waverly stows away on La Voyageur to escape the clutches of her cruel fiancé, Lamonte Beckett. Gabriel Hill, a strange and compelling gentleman, comes upon Chloe and promises to protect her without knowing the true circumstances of why she is running away. During their journey, Gabriel doesn’t bargain on being distracted by her fair beauty or succumbing to her many charms. As their attraction to each other grows, so does the danger and Gabriel suspects things are not as they should be.

Both are determined to get to New Orleans, where she can start a new life. But, once they reach their destination, events spin out of their control and Chloe is captured by the fiancé she escaped. Gabriel is left wondering if he can overlook her betrayal. Soon he finds himself in a race against time, to reach her before Beckett can exact revenge.

Chloe’s eyes grew very heavy in the dim lighting of the room. And images began to swarm in her mind.
She was dressed in a red gown, and her blonde hair was pulled into a half updo, where part of it spilled down her back in ringlets. She was at a ball of some kind. Gabriel had her in his arms. They were waltzing. Soon, the dance made her dizzy and as the room spun, people began to disappear. The room went black, except for where she could see the man who held her. A lock of his dark red hair fell over one eye as he leaned down. His face blotted out the light as his lips took hers in a kiss so tempting that her fingernails clenched on his overcoat. His mouth was gentle like a whisper over her lips, teasing her until she trembled beneath his onslaught. She parted her lips, and their tongues danced.
The band of his arm around her back tightened, and he drew her closer against him until her senses only absorbed him. The world seemed to fall away. Suddenly, they were on a bed made of feathers and she was naked before him. His mouth traced her skin with a reverence she found heartbreaking. The contrast of his dark red hair against her pale skin was somehow appealing. And as her back arched and she moaned with pleasure, her eyes closed. When she opened them again, he was leaning over her. No, something else was happening. She couldn’t tell what it was, but she liked it. And then, her body nearly screamed with ecstasy. She cried out, unable to keep quiet.
There was a strange knocking sound that interrupted the intimacy of the moment.
Chloe jerked awake, her breaths labored. She put a hand over her racing heart. She gasped, trying to get her breath under control. Her skin felt incredibly warm, and she could hardly believe how fanciful her mind had become.
The knocking came again. She blinked and looked at the door dully for a moment. Then she realized someone was there. Chloe smoothed her hair and dress, and went to answer the door on legs that were leaden.
The man who stood on the other side took her breath away. She blinked a bit, taken back for a second to the dream. She shook it off though, and tried to compose herself. “Yes?” she asked hoarsely.
Gabriel frowned. “I came to fetch you for dinner. We’ll dine with my father, if you would like, this evening.”
“Oh. Yes, that is fine.”
He lifted a brow. “I thought I heard something just now. Did you fall?”
She frowned. “What do you mean?”
“You were yelling.”
A hand covered her mouth. Had she been vocal with her dream? How embarrassing. “Oh, I did not realize so much time had passed. Truly, I did not. I was resting.”
Oui, but I heard—”
“It was nothing. A dream.”
He frowned. “A nightmare? Do you want to talk about it?”
She shook her head. “I barely remember it.” That wasn’t likely to happen. She could hardly get those images out of her head as he stood before her. His presence made it impossible.
“Well, I only want...I hope you are well.”
“I am. I promise.” As he stood there with the lights from the passageway playing like highlights over his red hair, she wanted to step forward into his arms, to continue all of those wonderful things that had happened in that dream. It was not to be. Reality was a cruel reminder.

Author Bio:  

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013. Top 50 Authors on 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.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. Her imagination fueled a lot of her early child's play. Even growing up, she entered writing contests and received a certificate for achieving the second round in one. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted - to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published nineteen books. Marie Lavender's real love is writing romances, but she has also written mysteries, literary fiction and dabbled a little in paranormal stories. Most of her works have a romantic element involved in them. She just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor is her second historical romance. Feel free to visit her website at for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:
Marie Lavender: Upon Your ReturnMagick & MoonlightUpon Your Honor
Erica Sutherhome: Hard to GetMemoriesA Hint of ScandalWithout YouStrange HeatTerror in the NightHauntedPursuitPerfect GameA Touch of Dawn;RansomLeather and Lace
Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life
Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other RamblingsRamblings, Musings and Other ThingsSoulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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