Marilee Brothers joins me today
and we’re talking about her new romantic suspense (with a touch of fantasy), Hope and Honor.
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Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books.
Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central
Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again
writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people
who have read her books. Feel free to contact her through her website and sign up for her
newsletter, The Obsessive Page Turner.
her author page on Facebook
and she occasionally tweets @MarileeB. Check out Marilee’s Amazon
blog is Book Blather, where
she features aspiring and published authors as well as some tidbits of her own.
Please share a little bit about your
Soul Seeker series. This book and the first two, Affliction and Allegiance,
follow the adventures of Honor Melanie Sullivan (Mel) who leaves her home in
southern California and travels to central Oregon to begin a new life. Mel has
a unique ability, She can look into a person’s soul and see what makes them
tick. She can detect lies. She can see good and evil. Sometimes what she sees
scares her. At first, she considers it an affliction, but eventually realizes
she has a gift. All of the books include romance and multiple mysteries.
Although Hope and Honor can be read as a standalone, the characters introduced
in the earlier books play important roles in Hope and Honor.
What inspired you to write this
intended the Soul Seeker series to be three books. Because Mel is a twin, in
book three, I wanted to pursue a twin theme as well as tie up the romantic
angle with a happily ever after ending. I also had an idea for two plot lines
that coincide at the book’s end. All in all, I’m happy with Mel’s story.
I strike a pose, one hand on my hip, and
flutter my eyelashes. Not a natural flirt, this seems silly to me. I lick my
lips. “Why, hello there, handsome. You’re drinking Grey Goose vodka and you
look like someone I knew a very long time ago, but slightly different. Is it possible we’ve met before?”
grabs my wrist. He kisses the back of my hand. I hold back a snicker.
a sexy growl. “I didn’t fool you after all?”
In the past, we’ve gone through a number of Slavic endearments. Most of them
reference pussycat or kitten. After my strong objection, we settled on maylsh,
the Russian term for baby. It’s not all that great, but it’s better than
pussycat. In my humble opinion, it’s not worth fighting over.
back and pulls me onto his lap. I lift his cap to check out his hair. It’s pale
blond and growing out from the spikey do.
blonds have more fun?”
“Believe me, I will.”
body, settling deep into my belly. I want to grab him by the hand and drag him
out to my car. Have my way with him. Until I see Mick, I don’t realize how much
I’ve missed him. But, this is not the time or place. I push away and stand.
introduce me to your friends?”
fellow officers. Not that he’ll tell me.
and identifies each one by first name only. Now I know for sure they’re his
guys. Enjoy your evening.”
panicked. “Hey, wait. I’ll see you later. In Number Ten. Right?”
payback and I love it.
desperation in his voice and return to the table. “You’re Homeland Security.
Remember, you have no rules. I’m sure you’ll figure it out, big guy. Bye, bye.”
laughter as I sashay away.
you working on next?
just begun work on a golf course mystery where a man is found dead on a hole
called A Woman Scorned. Why the name? Each and every hole on the Fairway to
Heaven golf course has a name. A Woman scorned (also the title of the book) is
thusly named because it has no ladies’ tee box. It’s also possible there may be
another meaning. Stay tuned.
When did you first consider yourself a
I sold my first book in 2008.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
am a retired teacher and school counselor and now write full time. I’m a little
bit lazy and it usually takes me nine months to write a book. I always compare
it to pregnancy, only in my case, I have a new book instead of a baby. I’ve
managed to write ten books in ten years. I enjoy travel, playing golf and
spending time with family and friends.
What would you say is your interesting
I have to fight the tendency to edit myself as I write. When I discover I’m
staring at one sentence for 30 minutes, trying to make it perfect, I have to
whack myself upside the head and say, “Stop it!”
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to be a farmer. I love animals and had no idea cows and pigs eventually
had to be butchered. So, that didn’t work out.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
hope readers will check out books one and two in the Soul Seeker series. I’ve also written six young adult books, a five-book series titled Unbidden Magic and a standalone book, Baby Gone Bye. In addition, my first
book, The Curse of the Rose, is a
medieval romance. The Rock and Roll Queen
of Bedlam is romantic suspense and features a young teacher of
behavior-disordered teens. One of her students goes missing and she joins
forces with a sexy DEA agent.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
you, Lisa, for hosting me!