I Had This Little Idea, You See…
By: Marie Force
The little idea was about a romantic suspense series that would feature the same couple in every book—Sam Holland, a lieutenant with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and Nick Cappuano, a U.S. senator. I figured there’d be endless conflict by setting my series in that other city that never sleeps. I also thought it would be fun to follow a high-profile couple through the ups and downs of every day life with a backdrop of murder, politics and romance.
Time after time, I was told it’s just not done. Romance series have a different couple in every book. It’s the formula. (Just for the record, I hate the word formula.)
Every time I heard the “it’s just not done” response, I wanted to stomp my foot and pull a toddler tantrum. WHY can’t it be done? Rather than have a tantrum, I wrote the second book in the series, which people say you shouldn’t do until the first one sells.. I was thinking, what if I can’t do it? What if I am having all these silent tantrums and the reason there aren’t many romance series featuring the same couple is because they are damned hard to write? While writing the second book, FATAL JUSTICE, out this week from Carina Press, I found out it is rather challenging to keep up the conflict between two people who are newly in love. This is the rose-colored glasses stage for most couples. Add in a murder or two and those rose-colored glasses come off rather quickly.
In the midst of writing FATAL JUSTICE, I learned that despite the love editors had shown book 1, FATAL AFFAIR, they just weren’t willing to buck the dreaded formula to take on the series. After the expected tantrum, I had to decide—do I finish FATAL JUSTICE or put it in the scrap heap and move on to something else? That was when my mulish Irish pride kicked in, and I finished that book with tears in my eyes because I was so sad that no one would get to read what happens next for Sam and Nick. And what happens next for Sam and Nick is really, really fun (in my humble opinion!)
Then along came Carina Press looking to shake things up by letting no good story go untold. I’m so grateful that the editors and staff at Carina and Harlequin have fully embraced Sam and Nick’s story and have committed to two more books after FATAL JUSTICE—FATAL CONSEQUENCES (July 2011) and FATAL FLAW (February 2012). In September of 2011, we’ll offer a free novella, FATAL DESTINY, featuring Sam and Nick’s Washington wedding. In February, we’ll be running a promotion to let readers choose the wedding details with lots of fun prizes and giveaways. To say I’m having the time of my life writing this series is putting it mildly! FATAL JUSTICE was the book that wasn’t supposed to sell. To say that I am celebrating a bit this launch week is also putting it mildly!
Thanks to all the wonderful readers who have embraced Sam and Nick and their cast of supporting characters. I’ve got lots of fun ideas in store for future Fatal books, and I hope you’ll enjoy FATAL JUSTICE as well as the upcoming books. If you’re interested in print books, FATAL AFFAIR will be released in print from eHarlequin in July 2011, and both FATAL AFFAIR and FATAL JUSTICE (soon) are or will be available as audio books from Audible.com. Find FATAL JUSTICE in ebook format at http://ebooks.carinapress.com under the Romantic Suspense tab.
My question for you is this: have you ever been told you couldn’t or should do something and then did it anyway? I’ll reward the best “rebel with a cause” story with a free copy of FATAL JUSTICE.
Thanks so much to Marianne and Judy for having me today! I look forward to visiting with you all.
Marie Force is the author of FATAL AFFAIR (June 2010) and FATAL JUSTICE (Jan. 2011), Books 1 and 2 in her new Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press. Book 3, FATAL CONSEQUENCES, is coming in July 2011, FATAL DESTINY in September 2011 and FATAL FLAW in February 2012. “This novel is ‘The O.C. does D.C.,’ and you just can’t get enough.” (RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars for FATAL AFFAIR). In its July 2010 issue, RT Book Reviews named Marie a “Future Star of Romantic Suspense.”
Marie is the author EVERYONE LOVES A HERO (Feb. 2011), LINE OF SCRIMMAGE (Sept. 2008) and LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT (July 2009). Of LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, Booklist said, “With its humor and endearing characters, Force’s charming novel will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, reaching far beyond sports fans.” Wild on Books said, “LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT by Marie Force is most definitely a keeper. It is an astounding book. I loved every single word!” Marie is also the author of TRUE NORTH and THE FALL, available as ebooks via Amazon.com and Smashwords.
Since 1996, Marie has been the communications director for a national organization similar to RWA. She is a member of RWA’s New England, From the Heart and Published Author Special Interest Chapters.
While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of Emily, 15, Jake, 12, and a feisty dog named Brandy.
Find her at www.mariesullivanforce.com, on her blog at http://mariesullivanforce.
Blog/Publicity Tour Dates
Jan. 3: Romance Reader at Heart and Thoughts in Progress
Jan. 4: Suspense Radio Interview
Jan. 5: Night Owl Reviews
Jan. 6: Fresh Fiction and About Happy Books
Jan. 7: Book Junkie, Authors & Appetizers, Romance Bandits
Jan. 10: RomCon
Jan. 20: Fatal Justice will be featured on the Romance & Oreos Book Club on Marie’s Blog at http://mariesullivanforce.