As some of you may remember from my last AV post — A Visit to Mirabelle Harbor — this contemporary romance series had its origins 15 years ago when I was still an aspiring writer and I had a little baby in the house… My son is now a high-school junior and I’ve published a dozen books in the years since, but this fictional lakeside town and its collection of characters have stayed with me from the beginning.
ALL of the stories in this series are standalones, but they’re connected through the town and through a relationship with the Michaelsen family. In TAKE A CHANCE ON ME (the opening novella – Book 1), Chance Michaelsen is the hero of the story. As a dedicated 28-year-old personal trainer, Chance is the strong & silent type. He falls hard for his newest client Nia Pappayiannis—a woman who’s his complete opposite and a member of the gregarious family that owns the Greek bakery just down the street from his gym. He considers their pastries (and most everything the family cooks) to be the enemy of good health, but his attraction to Nia can’t be denied.
Relationships are a little complicated in Nia’s world, however. She’s got an Old World mother who’s determined to marry her off…if not to “a nice Greek boy” then at least to a man who knows enough to rave about their baklava. And, let’s face it, Chance isn’t gonna be that guy, LOL. And then there’s Nia’s current boyfriend and Chance’s ex-girlfriend, who aren’t exactly making life easy for either of them. If true love is going to be in their future, though, they’re both going to have to take a risk and open their hearts.
Here’s an excerpt from the story (in Nia’s POV), which is a little steamy…in more ways than one!
GIVEAWAY #1: Anyone who leaves a comment on this post is entered to win a signed *print* copy of Chance & Nia’s story (open internationally). The 99-cent sale and the virtual Greek pastries are a gift for everybody, though. Opa!! 🙂
The summer after her beloved husband died in a car accident, Julia Meriwether Crane is still picking up the pieces of her life in Mirabelle Harbor and trying to help her ten-year-old daughter adjust to this difficult new reality.
After her best friend Sharlene—one of the well-connected Michaelsen siblings—talks her into finally going out on the town again, Julia finds herself stunned to be the object of interest of several different men: The boy who’d broken her heart back in high school. The college ex she’d left behind. And most surprising of all, the movie actor she’d always fantasized about but had never met in person…until now. Can one woman have more than one “great love” in the same lifetime? And, if so, how can she be sure which man that’ll be?
I shared a scene from that story HERE last month, and the novel was just released on Sunday!! This story had its beginnings in my musings about modern-day “First Impressions” and how a teen fantasy (like, oh, meeting your favorite film star) might play out in an everyday suburban mom situation. I’m so excited that this novel is finally out in the world…and I really hope you’ll like it!
THE ONE THAT I WANT is available everywhere in ebook as well (and on Amazon worldwide it’s still 25% off for a limited time).
And it’s ALSO out in paperback!!
GIVEAWAY #2: I’m also going to give out one signed print copy of PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET (open internationally) to another commenter on this post!
To be entered for both paperback giveaways (Take a Chance on Me and Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet), just share with me something you enjoyed about the story excerpt above…or the excerpt on my prior post…or a dessert that never fails to make your mouth water!! I’ll draw the names of the two winners after 12 noon CST on August 6th. Enjoy, and thanks for celebrating these two new releases with me!
**Visit Marilyn Brant’s MIRABELLE HARBOR page on her website for more information on the series and for upcoming book releases during 2015 & 2016! Next up: YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME (Blake & Vicky’s story)**