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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?
I want to thank Adult Cover (And Everything in Between) for having me today. Cool name, by the way. I was told I could write what I wanted, which is also cool. After some thought, I decided to write about places I’ve visited and written about, and some I’ve yet to write about. They say to write what you know, which is good advice. It’s easy to do research on places you’ve not visited, then write realistically about them, but it’s more fun to actually see those places. Traveling opens the mind in many ways. My husband I enjoy traveling, and I like to make up stories set in the countries and cities we visit.
The very first book I wrote was set on a ranch in
This is where the “write what you know” rule comes in. I’m East Coast born and
bred. I’ve never been on a ranch, and the only time I was in Wyoming was on a cross-country train trip
when we went through that state. I thought a ranch in Wyoming was exotic. That book never sold. I
finally broke down and wrote a book set in a place I thought boring, but that I
know well, my hometown of . And wonder of wonders, that
book, A Catered Affair, sold to
Avalon Books. I revised it when I got the rights back, and it’s now available
under the title A Catered Romance.
isn’t so boring after all.
Most of my books are set at the
Delaware beaches, the Jersey Shore,
Philadelphia, and other parts of Pennsylvania, all places
I know intimately. My Redemption series, of which Franco’s Fortune is the second book, is set in Philadelphia. I love Philadelphia. It has something for every
I’ve visited other places and set stories there. I fell in love with
Maine on a vacation to that state years ago.
It’s beautiful with a wild coastline that lends itself to dark and spooky stories.
Stephen King lives in Maine,
and he’s all about dark and spooky. My werewolf paranormal, Cursed Mates, is set in Maine. This is a very
scary story, and Maine
is the perfect setting.
Hawaii a while back and
I’m plotting a story set there. Hawaii
has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, perfect for romance.
In 2006, my husband and I visited
It was my second trip there, his first. Italy is such a magnificent
country. We toured Rome, Pompeii,
Capri. We even spent time with my relatives in
the . I really wanted to write a book
set in province of Abruzzo Italy,
and was trying to come up with a plot. Soon after that trip, The Wild Rose
Press, one of my publishers at the time, put out a call for a series of romantic
suspense stories that could be set anywhere in the world. Each story had to
involve a blue diamond. I had my Italy story. Murder, Mi Amore was
published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. I’ve since gotten back the rights and
published it myself. Most of the story takes place in Italy. Every bit of setting is
authentic. The food I mention is some of the same food we ate on that trip. The
places are places we visited. There’s even a chapter set in my family’s town in
Abruzzo. What fun writing that book! It was like being in Italy all over
again. The ending is set in Las Vegas,
a place my husband and I visit at least once a year as our son lives there. I
must write a story set completely in Vegas.
I’m working on a very steamy romance set on the Isle of Capri. That island off the coast of
Italy is one of
the sexiest places on Earth. That story, Capri
Nights, will be released in 2015.
London and would love to write
a story set in that beautiful city. Other places I love that would make
terrific story settings are Santa Fe, New Mexico, and . Sedona,
While anyone can research any place with accuracy, visiting them lends a stronger air of authenticity to any story. And it’s fun to plot out a story as I’m touring a new place.
What about you readers? Any places you love that you want to see as a setting in a book? Do you enjoy stories set in exotic locales?
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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