Friday, June 27, 2014

Review & Interview: The Troublemaker Next door by Marie Harte

Today we have author Marie Harte who is promoting her book The Troublemaker Next Door.  Enjoy her interview after my thoughts on the book,

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: June 2014

Flynn McCauley never thought he’d be so cliché as to fall for the girl next door. But when Maddie calls him over to help fix her faulty sink, he’s a goner. Too bad the fiercely independent interior designer wants nothing to do with him. Even worse, he’s forced to rely on the advice of his nosy brothers—and his five-year-old nephew!—to figure out how to make her give him a shot.

My thoughts:

The Troublemaker Next Door is the first in a new series by Marie Harte.  While this story mainly focuses on Flynn and Maddie, a couple I loved, it also has a whole cast of great characters as well. I loved the camaraderie among Flynn and his brothers.  They seemed like a group of guys you would want to hang out with.

I did like how Maddie and Flynn's relationship developed.  While they initially agree to start out as just bed partners, it was hard to avoid the emotional bond that grew.  It was fun to watch Flynn fall for Maddie hard and fast.  I was really pulling for Maddie to let go of her issues and just go for it!

This looks to be a great series ahead.  I look forward to the next book, How to Handle a Heartbreaker!

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Marie: I have always loved telling stories. Initially, telling myself stories was a way to get around being punished. Ground me from TV or reading? I’ll just entertain myself. *grin* I’ve always been dreaming up worlds and plots and characters. Now I’m fortunate enough to do it for a living. J

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Marie: From everywhere. People-watching in an airport or sitting in a coffee shop downtown. Movies, books, music. I love it when I’m invested in someone else’s story, and then my mind wanders and I add this or take away that, then spin in a completely different direction and create my own idea.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Marie: Too many to count! I have three releases in July:  Bending the Rules, the last in my contemporary Wicked Warrens series, A Major Distraction, the last in my military Good to Go series, and Mastered, a BDSM box set I’m in with 10 other authors. And not to be discounted, How to Handle a Heartbreaker, my second McCauley Brothers book, releases August 5th!  (I won’t even get into the fall and winter. Whew.)

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Marie: Persephone. She’s queen of the underworld. She gets to live in the dark for six months out of every year, and then six more months in the light. And yeah, I took a liberty because she’s a Greek goddess, but Homer wrote about her, so that counts. J

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Marie: A shark. Top of the food chain, baby! Plus they can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water, and they have electroreception—they can detect electricity.  So cool!

Thanks for having me.


About the author:

Marie Harte is an avid reader who loves all things paranormal and futuristic. Reading romances since she was twelve, she fell in love with romance and happy endings and knew writing was her calling. Years later after the Marine Corps, Information Technology, and 60 hour work weeks, her dream has finally come true.

Marie lives in Oregon with her family and is constantly reading and writing.

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