Let’s Review

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I’m so excited to announce I will be starting a review team. I’ve been working on getting everything together for the team and I’m so excited to actually be able to put it out there.

What this means is that you can sign up on my team and you will get FREE copies of my books. In exchange for your FREE book, I ask that you write a review of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes (once they’re available there), and/or Goodreads.

The review team is going to be pretty laid back for now, but I’m still psyched about it. I want to share my work with you and I know I will get amazing feedback from you reading my books.

If you have any interest in joining the team, please send an e-mail to ReviewTeam@MaryEThompson.com with the subject “Join” to get the full guidelines. Requesting information does not mean you are signed up, so you still have the chance to say no if it isn’t going to suit you.

Thanks for checking this out and I look forward to seeing you on the Team!

In Front Of Me

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I’ve finally released my first fiction novel and I’m so excited!

In Front Of Me is about a woman fresh out of college who decides to follow her boyfriend and gets a job in his home town, and then learns he intended to break up with her before he went to grad school. So he could be free to have fun without being tied down.

Paige is heartbroken, but ready to stop feeling sorry for herself. She goes on vacation with her two best friends and is on the prowl, ready to get over her ex by getting under someone else.

On day one Paige finds a willing partner in Dante, the hot guy who steals her chair at the pool. Dante is more than happy to spend his time with the breathtaking woman who devoured him in the elevator then left before giving him her name. Oh, yeah, he’s ready.

Five days later Paige and Dante go their separate ways, but vow to not stay in touch. Neither is interested in a long distance relationship and not ready to torture themselves wishing things were different.

Dante returns to work, dreaming about Paige every day. Until she shows up one day, for her first day of work. The lovers are thrown into work side by side, and acting like they don’t know each other.

Paige is not ready to trust her heart again, and knows the passion they shared on the cruise won’t carry over into real life. Dante wants to give Paige exactly what she asked for, a fling and nothing more, but he fights every day to stop from touching her. Their chemistry is undeniable to everyone except them.

Can Paige get over her trust issues? Can Dante be the man she thought he was? And can they get past their exes and the trouble they stir up?

 

Buy In Front Of Me now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Book Review Champagne and Lemon Drops

I want to share amazing books with you that I’ve read. If you’re reading this blog, I know you’re a reader. The only books I recommend here are ones I’ve read personally, and the reviews are my own. The author of the book did not have anything to do with this review.

Champagne and Lemon Drops

Champagne and Lemon Drops by Jean Oram is a story about a woman torn between two men and two sides of herself. Beth was content in her life, ready to be married to Oz, her best friend’s brother and man of her dreams as a young woman. Now, as Beth is planning the wedding, Oz is having second thoughts.

Oz decides to take a break from their relationship to evaluate his life. He wants something different than his accountant career and business passed on from his dad, and he wants to find it alone. Beth agrees to give him the space he’s asking for, knowing it’ll only be for a little while.

As the months pass, Beth becomes more upset that Oz seems to be sitting around drinking instead of finding himself and finds comfort in newcomer, Nash, someone who doesn’t have his own personal feelings wrapped up in Beth’s life, and who sees Beth as someone who can do a lot more with her life than be someone’s wife.

Beth finds herself falling for Nash, and wishing Oz the best in his future, even though it doesn’t appear to be with her. She also follows her dreams, chasing the career she wants, finding herself as Oz searches for himself.

In the end, Beth has to decide if her love is enough for Nash, or if it will save Oz. Where does her heart lead her, and which guy is really right for Beth?

I’m not giving away the ending, and I’m not going to tell you what she does. I found the book captivating. The opening chapter is set 13 months in the future, on Beth’s wedding day, but you don’t know who the groom is. Chapter two goes back to the beginning, showing how Oz and Beth drifted apart and how Nash and Beth drifted together.

Beth is a person you want to be friends with. She’s a kind woman, someone you know you could count on. I read the book, feeling like my best friend was going through all this. Beth is not a snotty character, or even one that you want to shake and say ‘you’re being ridiculous.’ No, Beth is someone you want to buy a cup of coffee and ask about her day.

I felt like she never had anyone to talk to. She was lost and confused and continued to get mixed signals and ideas from the people she cared about, and couldn’t ever get a straight answer. She’s a friend I would have loved to chat with to help straighten out her head, and help her realize where her heart lies before anyone got hurt.

In the end, I know Beth did the best thing for her. She finally managed to put it all together and decide what she wanted. I know real life doesn’t always end up that way, but that’s why I love reading. It gives you hope that maybe somewhere things are that simple.

If you want to pick up Champagne and Lemon Drops: A Blueberry Springs Chick Lit Contemporary Romance, it is currently FREE on Amazon! I would have happily paid for this book and I highly recommend you pick up your copy today! Even better news, a sequel will be out Fall 2013!

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Seven Reasons I Write

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I’ve always loved to write. Growing up it was a way for me to create something new and different. My sister is an artist – as in she draws, paints, and has a degree in sculpture. Her talents always made me feel like I wasn’t creative. I was so impressed by her and thought I wasn’t any good.

I also found that math and science were easy for me. With those subjects, you either know it or you don’t. There isn’t any room for interpretation so if you’re good at it, you don’t have to try so hard. With English, Language Arts today, there was more opinion than I could ever handle. My teachers made me feel like I was wrong. We would try to understand Shakespeare and I was wrong, every time. We would read historical novels and I just didn’t get it. I ended up hating English.

Until college.

I don’t remember the class now, but I remember my English 102 class my freshman year of college. I had a grad student as the teacher and she was awesome. She really let us figure things out and let us interpret things our own way. I found my love for English again.

But it was still another fifteen years before I decided to become a writer. Why now?

1. I’ve always loved to read. It sound cliche a little bit, but you do what you know. Well, I know books. I read about one book each week on average. I’ve read a book in a day before. I devour books, and it made sense that I would write them.

2. I love getting lost in another world, or another life. When I write, I lose myself in the characters I’m creating. My first book, still unpublished, the main character is someone I relate to. She’s similar to me in a lot of ways, so it was easy to relate to her. The books I’ve written since, the women and men are very different from me. But each character has a little piece of the person I wish I was, or the person I am. And it’s exciting to be that person, just for a little while.

3. A book can change your world. I remember reading Ordinary People when I was in high school. I don’t remember much about it now (I really need to re-read it one day) but I know it had an impact on me. I told my friend, later my boyfriend, about the book. We were talking about what we were reading and his English class was reading something else. He read it a few weeks later. He hugged me and thanked me for telling him about the book. He said it truly changed his life. That’s what I hope to create one day.

4. It comes easy to me. That sounds conceited or crazy, maybe, but it really does. At first I fought it, but after I started, I couldn’t stop writing. I can finish a book in about three weeks, before editing. That sounds like a long time, but there are a lot of authors out there who write one book each year. They are immensely talented, but they get tied up in a lot of other things. For me, I just get to write, and the words flow.

5. I’m living my dream. When I was in elementary school, I wrote a short story, a few of them. I remember the thrill I got from writing. From sharing my ideas and being able to talk about what was interesting to me. And I never let go of that. I pushed English to the side as I realized I was good at math and science, but writing was always something I came back to. It’s my dream to be a writer, and I know this is what I’m meant to do.

6. I listened to my friends. There were many times that I was told, “you should write a book.” Most of the time it was about advice I had given on different subjects, but the intention was there. I started to let myself think I could write a book, and when I finally jumped in, I loved it.

7. Writing is a part of me. I’ve always been a good writer. I edit everything I read as I read it (not to say I don’t make mistakes too) and I think about how I would have said something. I can’t write a short e-mail (one reason I suck at Twitter) and I will always give you more information than you need. But writing is right for me. I haven’t always kept a journal, but I have always written. Sometimes it’s e-mails to friends, sometimes it’s a way to get out my thoughts and ideas, and sometimes it’s just creativity flowing. But writing is in me.

Writing is perfect for me. It’s something that makes me feel like I’m whole. My last career left me feeling empty, so I know this is the right fit for my life.

So what about you? Leave a comment below and tell me why you do what you do. If you’re not doing what you love, tell me what you would love to do and why!

Who’s the Right Guy?

Okay, so I’m writing my first novel. It’s a great story about a woman named Stephanie.

Stephanie has always been in love with her best friend. She’s had a thing for him for years, but he’s always dating other women. Stephanie has convinced herself that he might be interested in her, but he’s still never asked her out.

On the other hand, Stephanie runs into an old friend and he asks her out. She agrees and ends up having a great time with him. He’s an amazing kisser and they have a lot of fun together.

The problem is I don’t know which of these guys Stephanie should end up with. On one hand, the best friend is someone she’s always loved, but on the other, the new guy is amazing and perfect for her.

Who should she be with in the end?

Leave me a comment below and vote for the best friend or the new guy!

Thanks!