Saturday, March 14, 2020

True Friends Are Priceless

I’ve been writing stories since I was about nine years old. In most of them, a minor character – a friend – was mentioned. This was almost always in a casual fashion, unless the dialogue between them tied back to the storyline. In Upon Your Love, the final book of the Heiresses trilogy, friendship was vital, in a way, for the plot to flourish – matchmaking their mutual friends and protecting a friend from danger, as well as attending a pal’s wedding…not to mention the developing romance between a family friend and the housemaid. After all, the novel was a family saga, while also being a historical romance.

But in my latest venture, a romantic comedy, I had the chance to delve more into the interplay between a group of friends, as well as Ginger’s relationship with a brotherly type of character. In fact, I plan for each book in The Misfits Series to focus on one gal pal in the group. Hell, even the couple in the story become friends before they’re ever lovers.
Ginger relies a lot on her friends, and vice versa. Though the origins of this strange troop might seem odd, they somehow fit as a whole. The sisterhood which is portrayed in the narrative is as much a part of the story as the main female character’s central journey. Hell, even the couple in the story become friends before they’re lovers.

So, what makes a true friend? Loyalty, for sure. How about someone who’s there for you when life gets crazy and you need to vent, or when your heart is breaking? Someone willing to cheer you up. Also, a person who knows you well, challenges you sometimes, and tells you the truth, even if it’s hard to take. Maybe when it comes down to it, the prescription calls for someone who cares, a person you give a damn about in return. And that’s the heart of The Misfits Series…

Let’s learn more about book one, Chasing Ginger.


Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk.

This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened.

Yet, now Lance Franklin is showing interest in her, and she can’t figure out if he really likes her for her, or if it’s just because of a bizarre drug.

And her wild bunch of friends, The Misfits…well, they’re always getting her into some interesting situations.

So, yep, business as usual. Except for the guy. What the hell should she do about him?
As for Lance, he believes he’s lucky to have found Ginger. But can he convince her they should go for it?

With some new attention from the hottest guy she’s ever met, Ginger can’t help but wonder…is this all too good to be true?

(CONTENT WARNING: Watch for foul language, steamy scenes, and a pesky yet messy ability to choke on your dinner while laughing. If you’ve come expecting just a lighthearted, slapstick romance, you may not get that here. The author approaches sensitive topics in the best way she knows how. Just be prepared for all the feels to be deeper than usual for this genre – an emotional romantic comedy. No unruly cliffhangers, HEA guaranteed.)

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And a brief excerpt…
“You should cook him a meal. They say the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” Valerie suggested.
Ginger lifted a brow. “I’m not trying to get him to fall in love with me. We’re just dance partners.”
“Pity,” Nicky commented. “He’s fairly attractive, and you deserve a shot of happiness.”
Yeah, too bad it didn’t come in an emergency package, like an EpiPen. She had a bad allergy, and the technical term for it was romantic misfortune.
“Thanks,” she murmured. And ‘fairly attractive’ didn’t cover it with Lance, as far as she was concerned. He was the hottest guy who’d ever gotten this close.
Jessica offered, “She’s right. What could it hurt to get to know him a little better?”
It was a surprise to hear those words from Jessi, who didn’t have much dating experience, was usually shy around men and had the same weight issues as Ginger. She hadn’t pushed this much earlier.
She tapped her front teeth with a fingernail. “I guess you could say we are. Learning about each other as friends, nothing else. But just because he’s amiable doesn’t mean he is interested in me at all. Not enough to date.”
Sharon patted her hand. “And you’ll never know unless you try. Nothing will turn a guy off faster than a clear boundary like the friend zone,” she said with air quotes.         
“For God’s sake, what do you want me to do…throw myself at the poor man?” She laughed.
“Well, not necessarily. But you could drop a suggestion or two.”
Valerie groaned. “That might not work. Subtlety is rarely effective on men. You know how we tend to drop hints to get people on the right track? Nah. Bad idea with the male persuasion. It’s like banging your head against the wall. Pointless, and you end up with a killer headache in the long run. Believe me, I tried it enough with the guys I’ve dated.”
Ginger shrugged moodily. “Even if I was willing to go for it, I’m not his type.”
“How do you know? Have you asked?”

Do any of them remind you of your friends? Friendship is priceless. What would we do without it?

I think with all the craziness going on in the world, everyone could use at least one true friend. ;)

About the Author
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and two cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 21 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic comedy, dramatic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. An avid blogger on the side, she writes adult fiction, as well as occasional stories for children, and has recently started some young adult fiction. She also contributed to several anthologies. Though she has some standalone titles on the market, her current published series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Eternal Hearts Series, The Magick Series, The Code of Endhivar Series, The Misfits Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

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