Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tied and True Just Released!

I'm so excited!!

My first release with Loose Id is now available. Tied and True, previously released as Fit To Be Tied with another publisher, has been extensively revised and edited. The artwork is killer, and the edits were painful, thus the book is really, really good. *And yes, I'm biased. :)

In reworking Tied and True, I came up with several more ideas for books, and next month you'll see the brand new Reaper's Reward, about Jared's--the hero of Tied and True--partner.

Tied and True was a big book for me in that I departed from my normal paranormal/futuristic writing to venture into the land of contemporary. It posted its challenges, but I funneled a lot of my creativity not necessarily into the world in which Jared and Lindsay live, but in what they do together. This was a really fun book, and I can't wait until Ethan's story comes out next month. And if all goes well with the world, I have another idea blurring in my mind that'll bring Jared and Lindsay back again for a cameo appearance. (Have to run that one by my editors, wink wink.)

Here's a short blurb from Tied and True, and for an excerpt, click on the link below.

Lindsay Riordan has had it with the rumors and innuendo that dog her professional steps. Being born a blond should not be grounds for the automatic designation "office bimbo." So when she overhears the sexy new office wunderkind spouting untruths about her, she decides on some payback. Jared Hunter is a man on a mission, but his mission is proving to be a lot harder to complete than he'd expected. He couldn't have anticipated that in the course of finding the truth, he'd wake up to find himself tied naked and spread-eagled on his bed, and that the person behind his restraint is none other than the woman he's been lusting after since he first saw her. A woman who's got vengeance on the brain. What's a guy to do when he's fit to be tied? And what's a girl to do when a guy turns the tables?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: bondage.

Click here for a hot little excerpt.

Chow! And live the day with a book!!


Friday, June 22, 2007

Happy Friday

Well, the weekend is once again upon us. I'm still working on the Storm Lords and a new novella that's giving me fits. When I sit down to write, I like to knock out 10 or more pages, at least. But lately I'm barely getting three written. When I find myself in a funk, I take a good hard look at my story. And that's normally when I see where I have to cut and start over. Nothing worse than being stuck, but it's a pain to have to kill two or three pages, or worse, an entire scene, because the story won't flow right. So I'm back to work on Rachel's Totem, (tentatively titled) before I move back to Arim and Lexa's story with my Storm Lords.

Wish I was going to the RWA Nationals convention, but I spent my convention money on RT in Houston in April. Ah well. More time for me to write. :)

Have a great weekend, and if I'm inspired between now and Monday, I might post an excerpt or two.


Monday, June 18, 2007

New Review for A Scorching Seduction

Check out my new review for A Scorching Seduction. 4 Stars from Pulp Fiction, a new review site that does some pretty stellar work. And they spelled my characters' names right, apostrophes and all! Yea! Thanks, Raven!


Good Monday morning!

I had to show off my new cover for Reaper's Reward, coming to Loose Id in July. I love the fonts they use, and the models and are just AWESOME. Great artwork.

Just next Tuesday Tied and True will be my first release from Loose Id, and I'm thrilled to say the least.

Today I'm going to work at exhausting my kids with swimming so they nap really well afterward--when I can get more writing done. Otherwise I have to wait until tonight. I've been staying up way late, ack.

Well, have a great week. And another thanks to everyone who participated in my summer read-a-thon. Stay tuned for July's contest.


Friday, June 15, 2007

June Contest Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer Read-A-Thon June Contest.
Due to the enormous response I received, I've chosen two winners at random. Special congrats to Pam (pambook@...) and Cynthya (NEZTEP@...).

Look to next month's contest for more good stuff.

Thanks again!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

JUNE CONTEST!!! Ends this Friday, June 15th


Starting with the month of June, I'll be giving away a BAG of books each month through August to one lucky winner. All you have to do is send me an email of five of your favorite books, subject line SUMMER READ-A-THON, and you're entered to win the June contest. (I attended RT this year, and received A TON of books, to include Elloras Cave books and Secrets Anthologies, and I'm quite happy to share the wealth. )

Simply email me at marie_harte@yahoo.com five of your favorite books. Include in the subject line SUMMER READATHON and send by June 15th, at 8pm EST. Winners out of the US area will receive a collection of ebooks by varied authors, all in PDF or Lit format. Winners announced on my website and blog. You have to enter to win!! Good luck.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Guardian's Redemption Teaser

Wow. Sorry, I've been off my posting trend due to being busied with edits and story deadlines.
All I can say is that Tied and True, coming later this month from Loose Id, will be one of the cleanest stories I've ever published! Good editing, VERY thorough. And thanks to my editor Ann Curtis, who has the patience of Job.

I've been working on Guardian's Redemption, the last of my Storm Lords books. And I received some interesting information from my publisher at NCP. Seems the next Storm Lords print book is being slotted for late July. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

On another front, I have another contest running. Check out my website for details, but I must say, I'm giving away books I really like, just because I don't have much room anymore. Lots of Ellloras Cave and Secrets anthologies. And some great paranormal single titles as well. Check it out at www.marieharte.com. Contest ends in a week.

And now, drumroll please...
Here's a short snipped from Guardian's Redemption...never before seen!
“Arim? Arim, wait.”
Arim Valens, Tanselm’s greatest sorcerer, cursed under his breath. What good were his powers when he couldn’t avoid one simple woman? He sighed and stopped, turning to face the dark-haired termagant determined to have a word with him.
“Yes, my queen?”
Queen Ravyn, his sister, fumed, her green eyes shooting daggers. She yanked him to the side, away from the crumbling decay of what had once been Netharat daring to attack the royal city. With a flick of her hands, she encircled them in an invisible, protective bubble, giving them privacy from those who might overhear.
“What do you think you’re doing?”
“Doing?” He lifted a brow in question, knowing it wasn’t smart. As he’d intended, Ravyn’s anger deepened, and he couldn’t help a chuckle. So predictable, his big sister.
“You will not take on so many tasks again without calling for help. The skirmishes in the east and south could have been handled by others. Aerolus is a mage, like you, Arim. And Marcus is the ruler of his territory. You helped put him there. Let them defend their kingdoms and stop thinking you can take on the whole of the Netharat by yourself.”
Apparently, she’d heard about his recent battles this morn in the other territories.
“You’re overtired, drawn and look terrible,” she said bluntly. “While as queen I appreciate the lives you’ve saved this day, as your sister I’m worried about you. We need you strong and whole, Arim. So get a woman, get a drink, do whatever you have to do. But from this moment until I say otherwise, you are not to interfere in any more battles within the four territories.”
She waved through her bubble and turned to a passing warrior, inquiring about the extent of the damages. Three dead, over a dozen wounded. Sadly, she thanked him and watched him help restore order before turning back to Arim.
“I mean it, Arim. Sorcerer of Tanselm you may be, but you answer to a higher power.” To me, she meant.
As overqueen of the realm, she had the wherewithal to enforce her order. And as his sister and sorceress in her own right, she could make things unpleasant if he chose to disobey her.
He suddenly felt faint, the constant strain of reaching for and utilizing Tanselm’s waning magic combined with not enough sleep finally getting to him. He stopped himself before he lost his balance, but the damage had been done.
“Don’t. You. Move.” She pointed a finger at him, and his shields weak from so many concurrent battles, he froze.
Damn her.
“Darius, you’re needed here.”
In an instant, Darius Storm, Prince of Fire and soon-to-be king of the Western Territory appeared, and Ravyn released Arim from her hold. Like Arim, Darius possessed black hair, a tall, powerful frame and an annoyed disposition. But his almond-shaped eyes and fierce expression were the epitome of his mother.
Darius’ red eyes blazed as he stared from Arim to Ravyn. “This had better be good, Mother. I was in the middle of setting a hoard of Netharat on fire. I hope Samantha and the others can contain it before it burns down your prized rose garden.” He studied Arim and glanced beyond him, nodding. “Well, well. Seems our sorcerer just can’t keep his hands off the Netharat. What’s this? Your third time today, and it’s barely noon?”
“If you and your brothers would take the time to properly defend your cities, I wouldn’t have to step in.” A low blow, and not entirely true, but Arim didn’t like waiting on others when action was necessary.
“Tell me, Mother, what would you like me to do with him?” Darius opened his palm to reveal a floating ball of fire.
Ravyn’s tight lips curled into a harsh smile. “You’re such a hothead.” She lowered her voice. “Go help your uncle to his chamber before he falls on his face. It just won’t do for the people to see our greatest sorcerer flat on his butt after what would appear to be a minor skirmish with a few Netharat.”
Arim nodded. “My point, exactly. It was a short skirmish--”
“Here. But the ones in the other territories weren’t. And they happened one on top of the other. Take a break.” Ravyn glared up at him, but her gaze softened as she read something in his mien, something he hadn’t intended to let show. “I know it’s hard. But she’ll wake soon, Arim. I know it.”
Darius’ eyes widened with understanding, and Arim growled at him. “You don’t know anything about this, Darius, nor do you, Ravyn. Lexa’s state doesn’t concern me one way or the other. So long as she’s asleep, she’s no threat to Tanselm. Period.”


Stay tuned for further developments...:)


Friday, June 1, 2007

A Scorching Seduction Released from Samhain!

New Release, A SCORCHING SEDUCTION from Samhain publishing. I'm very excited to have my first release from Samhain. I've actually been contracted on another novella since January, but since this work is a Midsummer Night's Steam lstory, it came out first.

In A Scorching Seduction, duty wars with affection when Racor’s greatest spy must decide who to trust, the evidence against her sexy suspects, or her heart.

A Midsummer Night’s Steam story.
Lt. Col. Trace N’Tre and Assassin Vaan C’Vail are hiding out in the only place the military can’t touch them—on a pleasure planet in an island resort owned by Vaan’s cousin. Gathering evidence on the outside, they know it’s only a matter of time before they’ll have to face their accuser, a high official in the Racor government.
Unbeknownst to them, Myst, Racor’s greatest spy, has had her eyes on them for some time. The puzzle of these two alleged traitors doesn’t fit, and Myst has made it her mission to find out why. But when the tables are turned and she’s caught spying under the planet’s hot summer suns, pleasure and affection confuse the issue, making her wonder who to trust—her heart, or the evidence against her lovers.
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, frank language, ménage, m/m action, and hot sweaty adventure.