Thursday, 3 February 2011

Interview and contest: Marie Force - Everyone Loves a Hero

Today I welcome Marie Force to my blog. She is the author of Everyone Loves a Hero. And at the bottom of this post is a giveaway of 2 copies.

Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!

Tell me something about yourself, so we get a better understanding about the woman behind the author.

MF: Thanks so much for having me today! The most important thing to know about me is I’m Mom to two wonderful kids, a daughter who is 15 going on 30 and a son who is 12 going on 6. LOL—what is it about girls maturing faster than boys?? They are very busy and active in sports and theater (my daughter is quite the actress), so I spend a lot of time at games, meets and shows. I’m really enjoying the ages they’re at now. They’re a lot of fun to be around. I also work full-time as the communications director for a national membership organization, I’ve been married for 18 years and I live in Rhode Island. I also have a darling 14-month-old dog who is as naughty as naughty gets. She’s lucky she is so cute…

Your newest book is called Everyone Loves a Hero; can you tell us a little bit about it?
MF: When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, First Officer Cole Langston lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot down to earth. Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed to do: steal Cole's well-protected heart. With women coming on to him everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she's one of many.

Could you tell my readers why they will love Cole?
MF: Cole was so fun to write. We meet him just as he reaches the point in his life where he’s ready for more than transient relationships. It’s a year after his national hero moment, and he’s had enough of the limelight and all the craziness that goes with it. So he’s in the perfect place mentally to meet the love of his life. He’s charming and adorable and totally smitten with Olivia.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
MF: Absolutely! I’ve written about love at first sight several times in my books, and I find it to be an intriguing concept because of the way it changes lives so dramatically. Without warning, bam, there he/she is, and nothing is ever the same again. I love that. 
You have also written a lot of other books. Could you tell me about those?
MF: Sure…. Here we go!

Fatal Affair (Book 1, Fatal Series): On the morning of the most important vote of Senator John O’Connor’s career he is late—again. His best friend and chief of staff, Nick Cappuano sets off to O'Connor’s apartment expecting to roust him from bed and hoping he is alone. But what Nick finds is that O’Connor, the handsome, amiable Senator from Virginia, has been brutally murdered, and Nick’s world comes crashing down around him. Complicating the disaster, the detective assigned to the case is none other than Sam Holland, Nick’s one-night stand from six years earlier, the woman who broke his heart and haunts his dreams. With six years worth of unfinished business hanging between them and more than a few scores to settle personally and professionally, Nick and Sam set out to find the senator's killer while trying—and failing—to resist the overwhelming attraction between them that seems to have only grown over the years.

Fatal Justice (Book 2, Fatal Series): Supreme Court nominee Julian Sinclair comes to Washington expecting to be confirmed to the high court. Instead, he’s found shot execution-style in a city park. Detective Lt. Sam Holland’s list of suspects is long, but does it include her significant other, Senator Nick Cappuano, one of the last to see Sinclair alive? While tracking down Sinclair's killer, Sam is also confronted with a new lead into her father's unsolved shooting that leads to unexpected danger for her. In the meantime, Sam's partner, Detective Freddie Cruz, returns to the "scene of the crime" when he looks up Elin Svendson, one of the late Senator John O'Connor's sexy ex-girlfriends. After a lifetime of virtue, will Freddie be led down the road to ruin by a temptress who wants only one thing from him?

The Fall: Dr. Ted Duffy has finally met a woman who makes him ache with desire. Too bad she’s dating his best friend of twenty years. This simple premise has momentous consequences for Ted in “The Fall,” a story that explores the bonds of friendship, the expectations of family, and the power of love to unite and divide. Ted is a third-generation pediatric oncologist in Boston. He is thirty-seven years old, married to his work, and considers his patients to be “his kids.” He and his friends spend summer weekends in Newport, Rhode Island, which is the only break Ted allows himself from the grind of his job. After a devastating loss at work, he leaves for Newport where he meets his friend’s new girlfriend, Caroline. Over that first weekend, Ted and Caroline fall in love. When they later act on their feelings, shock and disbelief ricochet through his tight-knit group of friends and family. A highly respected doctor, a beloved son and grandson, a loyal friend, Ted is stunned by his sudden free fall from grace.

True North: The first time Travis North lays eyes on Liana McDermott, she’s wearing the most hideous bridesmaid dress he’s ever seen. He doesn't immediately recognize the world-famous super model who is attending her cousin Enid's wedding at the country club he owns. Thanks to Enid's shameless matchmaking, Travis and Liana become acquainted and later embark on a two-week fling intended to be free of emotion and entanglement. As Liana's return to work gets closer, however, Travis wonders how he'll ever let her go when the time comes while Liana considers whether he might be her true north. Two high-powered careers, two amazing weeks and a love that comes along just once in a lifetime. Is she ready to give up her career for a different kind of life? Does he want the same things she does? After insisting on an emotionless affair, she can't very well ask him. Or can she?

Love at First Flight: A Baltimore prosecutor set to begin the murder trial of his career and a hair stylist with a dysfunctional family meet in the airport on their way to visit their significant others in Florida. After they each endure a disastrous weekend, they meet up again on the flight home, striking up an unlikely friendship that leads to love.

Line of Scrimmage: In the Hail Mary play of a lifetime, a sexy NFL quarterback has just ten days to convince his wife to give him a second chance before their divorce is final—and he has to act fast because she’s already engaged to her high school boyfriend. Line of Scrimmage is a story of reunion, redemption, rejuvenation, and renewal. Readers will laugh and cry and hope—that at the end of the day, these two lovers, who clearly belong together, will somehow find their way back to one another.

Are you working on something new and exciting right now?
MF: I have Fatal book 3, Fatal Consequences, coming July 18, and the Fatal Wedding novella, Fatal Destiny, which I’m writing now, out on September 5, 2011. Fatal Book 4, Fatal Flaw, is coming next February.  I recently sold my contemporary, Georgia on My Mind, to Carina Press. I’m not sure yet when that will be out. I’m also working on a new contemporary.
Now for something else; Which three things would you take to a desert island and why?
MF:  My family, my iPod Touch, which I use as an e-reader, and a wifi connection.

Any advice for aspiring writers?
MF: The most important tip I always give to unpublished writers is to never give up. The only way you fail as a writer is to stop writing. Because there are so many ups and downs in this business, it’s important to be extremely protective of your writing and to not let the low points turn you off on the thing you most love to do.


Now to the CONTEST: 2 copies of Everyone Loves a Hero

1. US and Canada
2. Ends Feb 8th
3. If you want you can just write enter me, but to make it more fun; Ask Marie a question, comment on the interview, the book, or tell me if you believe in love at first sight.




Fame has its perks…
Reluctantly famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has its advantages—until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at him everywhere he goes becomes a serious problem when he's trying to convince her she's the one…

And its price…
Olivia has trouble trusting a guy like Cole, and everywhere she turns she sees reasons to run. But he's the only man who's ever seemed to understand her as an artist and as a woman…

Cole is working overtime to prove to Olivia that he's serious, but her deep seated mistrust and his entourage of unwelcomed fans may be more than they can overcome…

ABOUT THE AUTHORMarie Force is the author of Line of Scrimmage, Love at First Flight, Fatal Affair and Fatal Justice, as well as True North and The Fall (available as eBooks through She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Authors Special Interest Chapters. Marie lives in Rhode Island with her family and their feisty dog named Brandy. To find out more information about Marie’s upcoming releases, please visit


  1. Not entering, but I'll mention this tomorrow!

  2. I enjoyed reading this post and will have to keep this author in mind for future romance fun!

  3. Thanks for having me today! Looking forward to chatting!

  4. Great interview! Marie's books are an auto-buy for me; her stories are absolutely fantastic! Congrats on the new release!

  5. Great interview! I'm always struck by how ordinary authors lives are. In my mind, they should be leading glamorous lives! LOL No need to enter me.

  6. Please enter me.

    Great interview!

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

  7. Please enter me! This book looks so good and the cover is smokin' hot! Yes, I do believe in love at first sight! I'm a hopeless romantic! Thanks for a great post today!


  8. Hello Marie :) I entered for your book at the Fresh Fiction site too.

    I'm not sure if I believe in love at first sight.I come from a culture that believes that love comes gradually. Although I have lived in the USA since the age of 4, I am originally from India and married hubby via an arranged marriage.

  9. I don't believe in love at first sight, but I do believe that you can know your going to fall in love with that person the first time you see them.

    Enter me please. Lisa,

  10. Thanks for the interview Marie :)
    And again, what a wonderful book.

    I have a question of my own. What if this book was made into a movie, who would play Olivia and Clay?

  11. Marie, this book was sooo goood. I loved it! I have two favorite parts and they are all do to your talent of being able to take the reader and place them right there with the characters as they are experiencing the events. And who KNEW that pilots could be that sexy!

  12. Great interview! Cole sounds dreamy. Just another literary crush to add to my list!

  13. Sophia said...


    Honestly, I had never believed in love at first sight until I read Love at First Flight by MF. I never liked reading until one of my co-workers told me to reading helps alleviate stress so I decided to take on her advice. LAFF by Marie Force was the first book that I picked up and it completely changed my view on reading. It has now become one of my pastime hobbies. I read every night before I go to bed. Thanks Marie! Your books have led me to inspire me to read.

    It was posted over at the review so I brought it over here since I am all nice like that :)

  14. Hi Marie
    Loved the interview. Don't enter me, already have this on order. I just wanted to stop & say congrats. I love your writing. I love that you are not afraid to take on difficult topics. You inject hotness & humor (even in your rom. susp.) in all your books.
    The plots & characters are rich.
    Can't wait to read this.

  15. Great Interview! your other books sound truly interesting!!

    Do any elements of your personal life find themselves writteen into your books?

    dancealert at aol dot com

  16. Casting the movie.... Ryan Reynolds for Cole and Mandy Moore for Olivia! :-)

    Sorry to not be here more today. The day job is NUTS!

  17. I posted this on the review site, too, but had to say it again here:

    That is such an awesome thing to hear about my books. I get so many lovely notes from readers, but yours really takes the cake. I will save it to re-read on a day when NOTHING is going my way to remind me that you are out there waiting for more books from me. Thank you SO much!

  18. HOw does she fit in full time work with writing too? I have LIne of Scrimmage which I look forward to reading.

  19. Hi

    Yes, I believe in love at first site. Sometimes the heart knows first before the brain does :)

    Please enter me for your fab giveaway.

  20. Don't enter me. I just wanted to say that this was a great interview!

  21. Vivienne--LOL, she doesn't know how she fits a full-time job, two busy kids AND a book writing career into a 24-hour day. She does it by using most of those 24 hours. :-) Seriously, though, the book writing is fun. It's my reward at night for getting through the day. I won't deny that as my career has kicked into gear, it does feel more like "work" some days when I do everything for my books EXCEPT actually WRITE them. Editing and revisions and promotion take up a lot of time and some of that isn't as much fun as writing, but it's just as necessary.

    Brenda, elements from my personal life absolutely find their way into my books. The setting for Everyone Loves a Hero, for instance, relates to my frequent trips to DC where my office is headquartered. I spend a lot of time in Reagan Airport and in the DelRay section of Alexandria, which is where Olivia lives. In my upcoming book, Georgia on My Mind, my hero Nathan Caldwell "borrowed" a lot of characteristics from my husband who is also a daily runner with a penchant for recycling (to the point of violence when people DON'T recycle--LOL) and I used a story from our dating life that involves dental floss and a toilet. Trust me, it's funny--and it's TRUE! Georgia also brings in some of the sadder realities of my life. Like Georgie in that book, I too lost my mother to cancer and as Georgie cleans up the aftermath of her mother's death, a lot of what she deals with reflects my story.

    Thanks for the great questions!

  22. Thanks for the chance to win your latest release!

    I don't believe in love at first sight. My hubby certainly had to grow on me, but I do believe in LUST at first sight. :D

    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

  23. Thanks Chris! You're the best.

    Yes do that :D

    It was my first time reading her, and it seems I have been missing out on great books.

    Lol, I always think like that oo

    PoCoCat :)

    Thanks for stopping by :) And yes, just look at that cover

    I do believe there are different kinds of love. Love at first sight, and then the love that grows :) I hope you got the second one

    I like the idea of that too, you just know.

    Oh pilots, I am afraid I have been ion love with pilots ever since I saw Andy Garcia playing one ;)

    Every woman needs a list like that, lol

    I do like your story, that is what books should do

    Mary G and Brenda
    Thanks for stopping by :)

    I sure wonder that too

    Lol, yes I do believe in lust at first sight too ;)

  24. Marie
    I really want to see a movie like that :D It would be so romantic, a bit of drama with the women and such, hot passion..and Ryan Reynolds ;) If Hollywood knew what is good for them they would make this movie.

    And no worries, the day job is important too :)

  25. No need to enter me. I just got Love at First Flight and it sounds great. Can't wait to read it :)

  26. I still don't believe in love at first sight (I believe in lust...) but I still love reading about it. I'm going to have to check out the rest of your books besides this one!

  27. Great interview.Marie,you have a lot of great sounding books.I'll have to check them out.
    please count me in for the giveaway

  28. Great interview ladies and congrats to Marie on her latest release. I recall from Blodeuedd's review that this book really sounds like a cute read that I'd love to pass some time with. Please enter me!

  29. Thank you for such a great interview! I know exactly what she means by teenage girls maturing fast and boys spiraling backwards (Do they ever stop?) since I work with high schoolers for a living.

    As far as love at first sight goes...I believe it can happen--although I haven't experienced it yet.

    Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!!

    poobear752 at tampabay dot rr dot com

  30. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    Although I do love romance and all that, I don't really believe in love at first sight. I think it's more like lust at first sight because I just feel that love is something that comes more gradually, as you get to know someone through time.


  31. Great interview, and I've been waiting for this book for months!!! I've been stuck at home due to ice and unable to hit the bookstore.
    I also have a 12-year old boy at home and can relate to the "going on six" phrase. I'm impressed that you can handle a full time job, crazy busy life as a mom, and still write such great stories. Thanks for that! :)

  32. Kewl interview, Blodeuedd! I think I'll stick with the one and then think about reading a couple more. *grins*

    Mayhaps when the contemporary bug bites me on the arse? XD

  33. This looks like an amazing book! Can't wait to read it! Great interview.

  34. I absolutely loved Love at First Flight...Line of Scrimmage was the first book I read and it moved me so much that I had to read the rest of your books...

    Can't wait to get my hands on this one!!!

  35. I just picked up Love at First Flight so I'm hoping for Sophia reaction (LOL!).

    I have to say that I haven't believed in love at first site in the past but would love to. There is an undeniable attraction about it actually happening to oneself that lightens the spirt. :-)

    Great interview and I would love to be entered.


  36. Hey Blodeuedd! Hope all is well honey! What a great interview you two ladies did! I actually have one of Ms. Marie's books on my shelf!

    Please include me!!!! Please!

  37. Morning B!

    Wonderful post with Ms. Force and "Everyone Loves a Hero" sounds like an excellent read. (I also like the cover)

    I've been hearing wonderful things about Ms. Force's work and am a major Romantic Suspense fan. I'm going to break my New Year's resolution not to enter any more book contests and throw my wig in the ring for this one!

    Thanks for the chance!

  38. Dar, Juana :)

    I hope you like that one!

    Lust, yup I am there with you, I would love to believe in love too, but dunno

    Elaine :)

    Hihi, yes I might have mentioned cute once...or ten times :)

    Thanks for stopping by

    Well spoken :) I believe that too

    Bad ice keeping you from the store, I hope you can get out soon

    Contemporary rocks :) I will so get you to read lots more

    Good to hear, I do have to have a look at those

    Good luck Sherri :)

    Ohhh, you have, you must read it and tell me all about it :D

    Lol, did I make you break that promise. Aye, well that happens, and it is too good to miss

    Thanks everyone for coming by yesterday :)

  39. Lea,
    Just a quick note that Everyone Loves a Hero isn't suspense, but my Fatal Book are. :-) Don't want to confuse you!

    Thanks again for having me! It was so fun to chat with you all!

  40. Sounds like a great book :-) Count me in, please.

    smaccall @

  41. Great post! I read and enjoyed Line of Scrimmage.
    I dont believe in love at first sight. Infatuation at first sight, yes. Love takes time to develop.

    Marie's books all sound good!

  42. Marie, your first book LINE OF SCRIMMAGE was such a favorite of mine that it is on my "keeper shelf." This new book sounds like another winner for you!

    castings at mindspring dot com

  43. Thanks Naida and Cheryl--so glad you enjoyed Line of Scrimmage!

  44. Hi Marie - I do believe in love at first sight even though I'm not a particularly romantic person. For me, it's that click of instant attraction mixed with lust that deepens as you get to know the person. Loved The Fall by the way except I really thought there should have been some serious groveling action on Ted's part.

  45. I'm not sure i believe in love at first sight. I knew from the first time I talked to my husband that there was something there, but love came a little later.

    cwilliams127 at gmail dot com



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