Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mary Marvella

Please welcome Mary Marvella to my blog this week. Her latest book, Cheerleader Dad, looks like a fun romcom!

RW:    What is the best thing about being a writer?
MM:    I can write the crazy stories that form in my brain.

RW:    Who are your favorite authors?
MM:    I love Nora Roberts and Jane Porter and Karen White and…

RW:  Who are your favorite characters among the books you’ve written?
MM:   Maybe Douglas Drake (a bad guy), and Sam and Drew and...

RW:    Why did you decide to write?
MM:    I thought I would write the stories my gandmama told us about her teen years and about Mama. Then I wrote the stories I made up for my daughter. Finally, I knew I wanted to write romances instead of children’s stories or stories with historical settings.

RW:    How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
MM:   A lot of my personality and none of my experiences. I make up better stuff.

RW:    Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why?
MM:    Humor allows balance in fiction, even dark humor.

RW:    What about your family? Do they know not to bother you when you are writing, or are there constant interruptions?
MM:   I live alone. My EX interrupted my writing to send me on errands for the photography studio, so I wrote at night after he went to sleep. I am a night owl, so that worked.

RW:  Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
MM:    Walmart—Everything.

RW:    If you were stranded on a tropical island, who would it be with? You can choose any living, deceased or mythical figure.
MM:    Adrian Paul.

RW:    Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?
MM:    I wrote this sweet romance in a month. Usually it takes three to six months.

Thanks so much for joining us today. We’ve really enjoyed getting to know you. Now, let’s learn a little more about your latest book.

Cheerleader Dad

The Plot

This sweet contemporary romantic comedy is reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. Single parents Jesse and Lily are raising eleven year-old daughters on their own. Lily’s husband walked out on her while she was pregnant. Jesse has raised his daughter alone because his ex didn’t want to be a mother.

Jesse and Lily try to resist the ploys their daughters use to push them together as the attraction between the adults grows. Are they any match for scheming ’tweens and growing adult attraction?


He hadn’t moved away. It was dark, but she could see his mouth beckoning. Just a fraction away from kissing him, she couldn’t move. Jesse parted his lips, licking them. They’d taste of butter and popcorn, ordinary flavors, but so damned sexy!

“Jesse,” she managed to whisper.

“Yes?” he croaked.

“Would you just go ahead and kiss her so we can watch the movie?” an old man behind them complained.

Lily jarred the popcorn tub. “Oh, no!” White spots covered Jesse’s lap.

“Oh, Herbert, you have no romance. You spoiled a lovely moment, old fart,” the woman behind Jesse and Lily scolded.

Lily grabbed the extra napkins to clean up her mess.

She wasn’t helping Jesse as her hand grazed his zipper placket. In fact, she was making him hard as a rock. If she didn’t stop rubbing across his lap his crotch would surprise her. She’d be as embarrassed as he’d been wiping her breast earlier. He grabbed her wrist to stop the brushing movement that was giving him a raging erection.


Ms. Marvella describes herself as a “story-holic” and says, Yep, I’ve loved to read since the first grade. I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. I made up stories for my friends, and the details I created for our ‘play like’ or ‘let’s pretend’ games were so real, sometimes they scared even me.”

She taught language arts for fifteen years, using her BA in English. An M.Ed in Counseling served her well during her years as a school counselor and as a teacher later.

Now Ms. Marvella tutors, teaches writers, and edits. Her inner English teacher “loves the editing part.” Her forty-three year-old daughter doesn’t read her books. (“Something about TMI.”) She lives north of Atlanta, Georgia and has published six novels, two novellas, and five short stories.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Welcome Kat Henry Doran

Before I welcome todays guest, Id like to offer my condolences to the families affected by the tragedy in Orlando this past weekend. As a sci-fi fan and writer I have many friends and even a grandchild in the LGBTQ community. But even so, terrorism must be stopped in whatever form it takes, whether it comes from Isis or the Klan. I once took an oath to defend this country from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, and I still take that oath seriously.

RW:    Tell us about yourself, your family, where you live…
KHD:  I live with my husband of forty-five-plus years in Western New York close to Lake Ontario. I am a retired nurse; he’s a retired college professor. He likes to fish; I like to sew and write. We have three terrific daughters, two patient and tolerant sons-in-law and the four best ever grandchildren in the universe.

RW:    Who are your favorite authors?
KHD:  John Sandford, Nora Roberts, Elmore Leonard, Vince Flynn, Robert B. Parker, John R. Maxim, Leon Uris, Eileen Dreyer and William Diehl.

RW:    What makes a good book?
KHD:  Characters, characters, characters. I want to become so absorbed in them that I’d like to bring them home and keep them, take care of them, talk to them at length in terms of an attitude adjustment and, in a few select instances, take them to bed.

RW:    Tell us about your latest book. What motivated the story? Where did the idea come from?
KHD:  Vengeance Is Mine is a reunion trilogy based on three characters who return home for their 25th high school reunion. For good reasons, none have a burning desire to attend, but circumstances compel them to return to the town that shunned them. It is a story of exacting revenge against the school bullies, making amends to those we harmed in the past, and finding that one special person to complete our life.

RW:    Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why?
KHD:  Oh, you betcha. If a character or situation makes me laugh out loud [John Sandford and Nora Roberts are champs at this], that book is a keeper. It also is a cause for drivers in the next lane to stop and stare at me [the lunatic in the Transit Connect, screaming with laughter and pounding the steering wheel] because I will drive anywhere and almost any place so I can listen to a new audio book or a long-time favorite. Dreyer, Sandford and Roberts never fail to make me laugh out loud.

RW:    A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
KHD:  Been There. Done That. Isn’t Finished.

RW:    What song would best describe your life?
KHD:  Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For,” by U-2.

RW:    If you were stranded on a tropical island, who would it be with?
KHD:  The actor Liev Schreiber. Oh my, oh my, ohhhhh myyyyy…

RW:    What book for you has been the easiest to write? The hardest? The most fun?
KHD:  Easiest: For Keeps
Hardest: Try Just Once More
Most Fun: Caper Magic

RW:    I love pizza with…
KHD:  Garlic white sauce, mushrooms, onions, black olives, Italian sausage or grilled chicken.

RW:    I’m always ready for…
KHD:  A road trip so I can listen to my audio books.

My bio:

Legal nurse consultant, forensic nurse examiner, victim advocate, Kat Henry Doran and her alter ego, Veronica Lynch, have been there and done that, many times over. She often travels to the wilds of Northern New York State, witnessing the wonders of Mother Nature at her best from the shores of Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River, to the historic Adirondack Mountains. When not creating stories that feature strong women and the men who love them, she can be found at her sewing machine—or chauffeuring the four best things in her life: Meredith and Ashlin, Owen and Kieran.


Ever fantasize about going back to study hall to confront the school bully? The mean girls? The jocks who made your life miserable?

For Dru Horvath, former Gypsy orphan-turned Pulitzer Prize winner; Rafe Archangeli, known as the Scourge of Summerville who now governs a multi-million-dollar trust; and Fiona Thorpe, once morbidly obese, now a top modeling agent, the opportunity to wreak revenge is too good to pass up.

Will they find retribution—or something else?


Needing to see Dru the minute she entered the ballroom, and frustrated with the delay, Fee glanced around the room. A hand on her arm claimed her attention. Rafe leaned close to her ear. “Here comes someone you should meet.”


“Last year’s Eastman Award winner and a helluva nice guy.”


“There, coming toward us.”

One nano-second later, all thoughts of revenge evaporated like steam escaping a boiling kettle.

The weathered appearance of his face announced he’d already lived ten times over. Thick gold hair flecked with gray grazed the collar of his linen jacket. Broad through the shoulders and chest, narrow at the waist and hips, he had the long legged grace of a broken field runner.

Moving across the parquet floor as if born to the runway, he carried himself with ease and confidence. Without disrupting that fluid stride, he undid his tie, then shrugged out of the suit jacket and slung it over one shoulder, holding it in place with one finger.

She’d almost given up on finding a man so perfect.

This one had The Look.

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