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Title: Franco’s Fortune
Series: Redemption #2
Author: Cara Marsi
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Cara Marsi
Cover by: Harris Channing
Editor: Laura Kelly
Date Published: Feb. 2013
"When a female bodyguard is hired to protect a rich playboy, she finds saving his life is easier than protecting her heart."
When the past and present collide...
Somebody wants rich playboy Franco Callahan dead. When security expert Josephine Fortune arrives on his doorstep thanks to his sister Doriana, Franco finds it hard to refuse. He's had a secret attraction for the diminutive bodyguard since they met at Doriana's wedding five years before.
But attraction is all it is. Combat boot-clad Jo is not the kind of woman Franco usually loves and leaves. Which makes the ruse that Jo is his new live-in girlfriend just that until Jo gets a makeover. Suddenly seduction is on his mind and Franco has all the time in the world to pursue it—and Jo.
Martial artist Jo can take down men twice her size without blinking, but Franco's appeal outmaneuvers her emotional defenses. Jo's tough exterior hides a dark past, and Franco seems determined to learn her every secret. But he has secrets of his own.
The more Franco gets to know Jo, the more he realizes he needs her in his life, and not as his bodyguard. But as the threats to Franco escalate, Jo must use every one of her combat skills to protect him.
Can Jo keep both Franco and her heart safe, or will they pay the ultimate price for love?
Thank you for having me today.
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book ?
If I were Franco, (from Franco’s Fortune) I would have let go of some of my pride earlier and let my family see the real me. As for Jo, she hides behind her tough girl façade for protection which I would do too, so I wouldn’t do anything differently if I were her.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
Franco’s Fortune is Book 2 in the Redemption series. Franco is the brother of my heroine, Doriana, in Book 1, Logan’s Redemption. Franco was a spoiled playboy in Book 1 and he wasn’t very likeable. Then, readers wanted his story and I had to find a way to redeem him. It was quite a challenge.
Why did you become a writer?
I’ve always loved books. Since I was a child, I’ve made up stories in my head. I wanted to give those stories life. And I wanted to write the books I like to read.
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
Yes. Heather Graham, Jude Deveraux, Gemma Halliday, Amelia Grey. I could go on. There are too many to name.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?
The Redemption Series is my first series. I’m considering another book for that series. I may do a sequel to another of my books, A Groom for Christmas. I’m currently writing a series of short stories about three young women who are each given a magical snow globe. It’s fun to write a series and revisit favorite characters from my other books.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
That’s a rough one. I fall in love with each of my heroes. I would date any of them. All of my heroes are sexy and drop-dead gorgeous. However, I would date them for their other qualities, such as: Logan Tanner from Logan’s Redemption is a warrior who will do anything to save the woman he loves. Franco Callahan from Franco’s Fortune recognizes that Jo had been hurt badly before and he’s patient and kind with her. Luke Corrado from Luke’s Temptation carries around some heavy guilt but that doesn’t stop him from protecting Anita and ultimately opening his heart to her. Each hero in my other books has qualities that would make me want to date him.
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? If I have any extra time, when I’m not watching TV (I’m a TV junkie), I like to read romance novels (sweet, sexy, erotic), romantic suspense, mysteries, paranormal, but not vampires. I have a very needy cat who demands attention and that takes away some of my “spare time.” And my husband actually expects me to talk to him once in awhile.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?
Yes, very much so. I love hearing from readers. It was readers who convinced me to write Franco’s story, then Anita’s story, which I tell in Luke’s Temptation, Redemption Book 3. I’ve had readers ask for Harris’s story. He’s the ex-SEAL who is Jo’s security partner in Franco’s Fortune. I’m considering writing his story, plus a sequel to A Groom for Christmas that readers have asked for.
Do you cry when writing sad scenes?
Yes, I do. And I’m glad when that happens because it means if the scene touched me, it will touch readers.
Did you have a Cover Designer?
Yes, the talented Harris Channing does most of my covers.
Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush?
Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series.
If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?
Heather Graham. I love her books.
Do just re-read your favorite books?
I used to reread books in the olden days before my son was born, when I actually had that thing called “spare time.” Now, I struggle just to read the hundreds of never-read books in my Kindle and on my shelves. My writing takes up most of my day, leaving little time to do the amount of reading I once did.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?
I sometimes don’t “feel” like reading certain genres and don’t know what I want to read. It’s like a woman with closets full of clothes who says she has nothing to wear. With all the books I’ve got sitting around waiting for me to read, sometimes none of them appeals to me.
What is the funniest book you ever read?
There are several that come to mind. Dog Nanny by Ann Whitaker kept me laughing. Queenie Baby On Tour by Christina Burke and Gemma Halliday, laugh out loud funny. And most of Gemma Halliday’s books.
More about The Redemption Series
Series: Redemption #1
Author: Cara Marsi
Date Published: Jan 2014
Doriana Callahan's life is unraveling. Someone is stalking her and sabotaging her father's company; her teenage son is rebelling; and Logan Tanner is back in town. For sixteen years she's kept an explosive secret from Logan, a secret he soon discovers.
Logan never belonged in Doriana's world, but a long time ago he allowed himself to dream of a future with her, until the awful night he was forced to run. Now he's back and he needs her forgiveness, but first he must forgive himself.
Despite the fact that Doriana kept the existence of his son from him, Logan vows to protect her. He races against time to stop the culprit threatening Doriana and works to forge a bond with his son.
Can the love and passion that still burn between Doriana and Logan overcome old lies and new dangers? The clock is ticking on a second chance at love.
"Logan's Redemption has all the elements that keep the pages turning: romance, passion, thrills and suspense." Linda at Fallen Angel Reviews.
"LOGAN'S REDEMPTION by Cara Marsi is a great read, plain and simple. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I definitely give it a Top Pick!" Julie at Romance Reader at Heart Reviews.
"Logan's Redemption should definitely be added to your must-read list." My Romance Story Reviews.
"Logan ’s Redemption is riveting." Lisa at My Romance Junkies Reviews.
Title: Luke’s Temptation
Series: Redemption #3
Author: Cara Marsi
Coming: Sep 30, 2014
Anita Santisi is an independent, successful businesswoman with a wounded heart. And some very bad people after her. Break-ins, home invasions, and attempted abductions have turned her comfortable life dangerous. Can she trust her mysterious, sexy new neighbor, Luke Corrado, or is he behind the criminal acts?
Special Agent Luke Corrado carries his guilt like a loaded Glock. A woman he loved was murdered because of him. Now, on a new undercover assignment to protect Anita Santisi, he’s determined to redeem himself. What he doesn’t expect is that Anita will tempt him to let down the barriers around his heart.
As Anita and Luke find themselves in ever-increasing danger, they must fight to stay alive. Will they open their hearts to each other before it’s too late?
Cara Marsi, an award-winning author and self-proclaimed TV junkie, is a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller. Freed from her fabric-covered cage, she can now indulge her love of all things romance. She craves books with happy endings and loves to write about independent heroines and the strong heroes who love them. And she loves to put her characters in dangerous situations or situations merely dangerous to their hearts and watch them fight for the happy endings they deserve.
An eclectic author, Cara is published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She's also published numerous short romance stories in national women's magazines and online. When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, Cara and her husband live on the East Coast in a house ruled by their fat black diva of a cat named Killer.
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