Marie Force and the Book of Her Heart + Giveaway!!

>> Thursday, October 27, 2011

A warm welcome to Marie Force, an author I both admire and appreciate.  Her enthusiasm is infectious, her love for her work tangible.  I'm thrilled to have her here today. 

She is giving away a copy of her new release TREADING WATER and 5 custom handmade bookmarks today! Simply leave a comment to enter.

The Dream Comes True—My Way

Thanks so much for having me today, Joan! This has been one of the most exciting weeks I’ve had yet as an author, which is saying something as there have been a lot of exciting weeks this year. A year ago, I took the plunge as an “indie” author by self-publishing some of my unsold books. Since then, I’ve sold nearly 150,000 ebooks, a number that astounds and delights me.

On Tuesday, the book of my heart, TREADING WATER, went on sale as an ebook. I wrote TREADING WATER more than six years ago, and its two sequels, MARKING TIME (coming in November) and STARTING OVER (coming in December), were finished five years ago. These three are still my favorites of all my books, the three I am most proud of, and the three I’ve most wanted to put in the hands of readers. Because they aren’t “conventional” romances where boy and girl meet in chapter 1 and their love story unfolds from there, they didn’t fit neatly anywhere in the crowded fiction marketplace.

After success of my first six self-published books, I decided to go for it and publish the TREADING WATER trilogy on my own. This week, I had the supreme pleasure of seeing TREADING WATER officially on sale. Finally!

Here’s a brief summary of the book:

Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance. After a disastrous marriage, Andi, single mom to a hearing-impaired son, isn’t exactly looking for love, either, but that’s what she finds with Jack. The two embark on a long-distance relationship fraught with challenges as they balance the needs of their children and dueling careers while Jack continues to care for his wife, Clare. Just when Jack thinks his life is once again settled, he is confronted with a new challenge that tests him in ways he never could've imagined, leaving him to wonder if "happily ever after" is in the cards for him.

Readers have responded with tremendous enthusiasm for Jack’s story. One of them called it “riveting, wrenching and unforgettable.” I liked that! What I’ve also loved is readers telling me the book makes them question what they would do if they found themselves in Jack’s situation. It was a lot of fun to write a story about a man who thinks he knows himself very well and has a good sense of what he’d do in any given situation. Then he finds himself in an untenable situation in which black and white beliefs become tinged with shades of gray.

Yesterday, Amazon sent an email to my past customers letting them know that TREADING WATER was now on sale. By the end of the day, the book was ranked at No. 19 for all of Kindle and No. 2 on the contemporary romance Kindle list. The book of my heart is now a Kindle bestseller! Yesterday was a VERY good day!

I’d love to hear from readers today about a dream you had that you never gave up on. Did your dream come true? I’ll give away a copy of TREADING WATER to one commenter AND 5 handmade bookmarks as well (your choice of those pictured above)...6 winners in all.
Enter! (International!)



Natalija 11:53 PM  

I have read only one book by Marie Forse, "Line of Scrimmage", which I liked very much. I am a big fan of married couples' stories. Keep up the good work, Marie!
Regarding dreams, I am a dreamer, but I don't dream of big things as I try to live a day at a time. Bookmarks look fantastic. Great colour & theme choice!
natalija (dot) shkomare (at) gmail (dot) com

Connie 4:02 AM  

Hello, Marie and Joan. I was touched by reading the synopsis of "Treading Water." I cannot even imagine the struggles that Jack and Andi are enduring in their lives. It certainly makes me even more thankful for my wonderful husband and two sons. While we all love to dream about being famous, etc., I'm happy knowing that I'm blessed with having had a lot of terrific experiences in my life and that I have a happy, healthy family. Life is good! In addition, the bookmarks are beautiful. :-)

Eli Yanti 5:40 AM  

Hi Marie,

One of my biggest dream is only 1 thing that i can also make my mother's happy and i'm trying to do it from now on =D

Marie Force 5:55 AM  

Good morning! Nice to see some early readers popping in! Thank you for your comments. It's nice to be here with you today!

krisgils33 6:54 AM  

You know I love could anyone not??? TW is the most amazing story. Those bookmarks are beautiful, too. Great job, Marie.

Marie Force 6:56 AM  

Thanks, Kris! I have to give Joan credit for the bookmarks though! She is the genius behind them!

KhelseyJackson 6:57 AM  

Hello and thank you for the giveaway! I haven't read anything from Marie Force but reading this I am a new fan!

Linda McDonald 8:00 AM  

Hi Marie & Joan,
Congrats your success with your self publishing. That is really awesome! And Congrats on Treading Water and the series. It sounds like a great story. As far as a dream...guess mine would be to publish a novel too. I really need to get busy with my writing. And learn more about indie publishing.
Joan: Those are fantastic bookmarks!


Victoria 8:13 AM  

I haven't read Marie yet. Sounds like a really touching read.
Joan - As usual your bookmarks look lovely.

Anonymous,  9:27 AM  

Marie, congratulations on your tremendous success. This book, like all of your books, sounds intriguing. Good luck with your newest series!

Theresa Ragan

GzNKz4evr 10:30 AM  

Joan! You are killing me with these potentially "better grab the kleenex cause you're gonna need them" books. Then you make them sound like something I want to read and I find that I can't resist! I do NOT like to cry when I read Joan! But seriously, you continually introduce me to amazing authors and I can't thank you enough. Marie sounds like another great one! And another phenomenal job on bookmarks!

Marie, your book sounds great. Will I cry? I love that the man on the cover reminds me of Pierce Brosnan. Love me some Pierce, but more importantly, I could totally see him in a role that fits the description of this book. I am going to have to read it (with kleenex on stand-by), picturing Pierce. That's pretty much WIN for me. Looking forward to the read! And congratulations on the release!

Marie Force 12:33 PM  

Thanks everyone! Today has been a crazy day at work! Theresa R. nice to see you here! Congrats on your indie success, too!

Linda, the secret to writing a book is writing every day, even if it's just a few hundred words. Good luck with realizing your dream!

GzNKz4evr, some tissues required, but it won't wipe you out. I promise! :-)

florentine 4:27 PM  

congrats Marie..
I haven't read your book, but really interesting after read the summary..
I never found bookmark like that.. really love it.. (i'm bookmark fans)
thanks for making it internationally
and for about dream, I have a lot.. and its become support for me..

florentine_frinda AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous,  5:36 AM  

Congratulations and best wishes. Your books look compelling and wonderful. Much continued success and great happiness. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Joan Swan 6:26 PM  

WINNERS chosen by!

Ecopy of TREADING WATER: Connie


Thanks for coming by everyone!!

Marie Force 6:04 AM  

Congrats to all the winners. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello!

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