Big & Beautiful series

Introducing Opposites Attract

The word Aloha is so fitting today. It’s a Hawaiian word that means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ and really suits this post.

I always have trouble saying goodbye. Walking away from something I love is nearly impossible for me. This series has meant as much to me as it has to so many of you. The emails and reviews have lifted me up and shown me that so many of you were looking for the same thing I was.

A series about overweight women who just wanted to find love.

To be able to bring these women to life and help them find love has inspired me so much and given me so much hope. I know it’s done the same for many of you, and I thank you for sharing your stories with me.

I know these amazing thirteen women, and the amazing men they love, will be in future books. Next week I’ll give you a first peek at the brand new spin-off series, Opposites Attract. Sawyer will get his happily ever after and make some new friends for us to fall in love with. And I’m toying with the idea of following Laura and seeing her fall in love.

And some of the Big & Beautiful characters will make appearances in the spin-off series.

Ample & AlluringAs hard as it is to say goodbye, I know they’ll always be there. Like old friends you can drop in on and know you can pick up right where you left off. It’ll be fun to watch where they go in the future. And maybe catch a few new weddings and babies along the way!

It’s hard to pick a favorite couple, but I think Peyton and Wyatt became my favorites as I wrote their story. For a long time, Carrie and Drew were my favorites, and I still think they’re up there.

I’d love to know who your favorites were, and why, if you feel like sharing in the comments below!

As I say aloha to Big & Beautiful, I’m also saying aloha to Opposites Attract! About a year ago, a reader asked me if I’d ever considered writing a story from the male point of view exclusively. It wasn’t something I ever thought about since I always feel more connected to my female characters. Especially in the Big & Beautiful series where I wrote only from the woman’s point of view so we could really feel what it was like to be her.

But the question got me thinking. You clearly loved Big & Beautiful, and I was thinking about writing a spin-off series.

As the idea sat with me, I realized how much I loved the challenge. With every new series I write, I try to do something a little different, something that will push me as an author. Writing exclusively from the male point of view was definitely going to be a challenge.

So was finding the right guy to start the series.

Since I intended it to be a spin-off from Big & Beautiful, I knew the guy had to be someone who was part of that series. I was working on Round & Ravishing, and the opportunity for a future hero presented itself in the form of Sawyer, Noah’s photographer brother.

Sawyer always wanted to move to Hawaii, and being a photographer allowed me a chance to put him right where I wanted him. Smack in the middle of the wedding world.

I might have laughed a few evil laughs at the idea.

But I couldn’t walk away from it.

A wedding series, set in Hawaii, told exclusively from the male point of view?

Yep, I’d found my new challenge.

In this brand new series, Opposites Attract, you’ll get a peek into the male mind. You’ll find out what makes them tick. What they really think about during sex. And how they truly feel about our curves.

You’ll also get a peek into their dirty minds!

The first book in the series is Order vs. Chaos. Sawyer meets his match in a feisty wedding planner. Kiana has everything just how she wants it, but Sawyer comes in and messes up her perfectly ordered world.

And she just might love it.

But she’d never tell him that.

Enjoy a sneak peek at Order vs. Chaos below, and preorder your copy now!

Excerpt from Order vs. Chaos

I heard music coming from the back of the house and followed it to a small office with a white desk front and center, two yellow chairs opposite the desk, and Kiana singing along to the music in her white captain’s chair, her head bopping and her dark hair swinging.

Damn was she cute.

I knocked on the door after a second and held up the bag of food. She beckoned me in and turned the music off.

“What do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into a lower desk drawer.

I shook my head. “Consider it a peace offering. Maybe you’ll give me a little bit of a chance if I don’t let you get cranky today.”

She looked like she was considering my words, but wasn’t happy about them. She finally nodded, just once, and gestured for me to sit in one of the guest chairs.

She dug into the bag and smiled when she opened her burger. She took a big bite, groaning and closing her eyes.

It was impossible not to think about sex when I was around her. The woman was a walking, talking, groaning sex dream.

And she was off limits because she was my boss.

Coming December 26

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Ample & Alluring, reviews

Ample & AlluringAll I can say is thank you. Maybe wow, also. Holy shit, you guys! The reviews on Ample & Alluring are so amazing! Thank you for sticking with me through this series. It’s been so much fun to write, but we’ll talk about that more next week!

If you haven’t grabbed it yet, read this review from Stephanie. Maybe she can convince you to check it out!

The last of its series, yet did not disappoint. Peyton and Wyatt have jobs that are high demanding. Mayor Wyatt though extremely busy, makes time for the Christmas holiday. Dr. Peyton never saw the joy of Christmas. Baffled by Peyton feelings of Christmas, Wyatt is on a mission to get Peyton to fall in love with Christmas. What they thought was a full proof plan, turns into something else completely. These two together have me laughing and crying in happiness. It’s hard to find romance that tugs at your heart strings and gives you butterflies in your stomach. Mary E. Thompson has done it again and you won’t be dissappinted when reading this book. This last book was bitter sweet. I loved this series and I am sad to see it ending. But Mary E. Thompson has a spin off to this series coming soon. I can’t wait!!!

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Writing Tips: Crafting Characters

I haven’t gotten any new questions in my mailbox, so I’m back with some more advice for aspiring writers.

Today let’s talk about crafting characters. In romance, characters drive the story. If readers don’t care about your characters, the story is no good, no matter how good it is.

What you have to do is figure out how to make readers care about your characters. Want to know how I do it?

I care about my characters!

It’s simple, right? But how much I love my characters comes through. Every single one I’ve written has had a piece of me. Maybe not a similarity to me, but definitely a piece of my heart. I spend months, years, with these people. They live inside my head. I’m the only one they talk to. It’s up to me to tell their stories.

There’s more to it than that, of course, but you have to care about your characters to make your readers care. Which means you have to find characters, stories, people you want to write about.

Do you have a friend that you wish could find The One? Does your kid have a teacher you think is sweet? Maybe one of your grandkids has a coach that you think would be a great hero.

Find someone who inspires you. Yeah, someone in your world. No, I’m not telling you to write the story of a person you actually know, but to get yourself started, use someone you know to inspire you.

Puffy & PreciousI’ve written characters based on men I saw in church (Davoli brothers Matt, Mark, and John from Paradise Park), a guy at the gym (Graham from Puffy & Precious), and even my best friend (Charlie from Fluffy & Fabulous).

Once I get a feel for who they might be, who my inspiration is, I go looking for a picture. Pinterest is a great resource because it’s free, and I use the photos for my use only so it’s legal.

With my picture and my inspiration in hand, I start to figure out who my characters are. What they want, what they’re looking for, who they’d fit well with. I go through a character interview to learn more about them. I ask about their background, how they grew up, who their family is, what they studied in school, what they drive, where they live, what scares them, what inspires them, what they’re proud of, what they’re embarrassed by. I dig deep and get into who each character really is. I need to know what makes them tick, and what ticks them off.

Because at the end of the day, a book will be boring without some kind of conflict.

By the time I’m done with my interview, we’re good friends!

Which makes it a whole lot easier for me to care what happens to them.

If you’re writing a book that has a character driven story, make sure you know your characters better than you know yourself. They can’t have any secrets from you, and you have to want them to find their happily ever after. Otherwise, your readers won’t want them to find it either.

If you have a question, about writing or anything else, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Ample & Alluring, so sweet

Ample & AlluringI love it when a man is not only sexy, but sweet. It’s even better when he’s both at the same time.

Excerpt from Ample & Alluring

“Jeez. If I knew you were going to be so bossy I never would have agreed to this.”

Wyatt barked out a laugh. “You definitely don’t like someone telling you what to do.”

“Nope. That’s why I own my own business.”

“Just one more thing to be impressed by. If only you enjoyed cooking, you’d be the perfect woman.”

“Again, what is it with men thinking we all belong in the kitchen?”

“And what it is with women thinking the kitchen is a punishment? I love to cook. I like having someone to cook with. Even if she is a whiny pain in my ass who won’t keep stirring!”

“Sorry!” I said, dragging the spoon along the bottom of the pan.

Wyatt took his shrimp away then dumped another spoonful of liquid in my pan. “Almost done,” he declared. “When that’s absorbed, we can eat.”

I stirred some more, enjoying the savory scents filling my nose with each slide of the spoon through the risotto. It looked good, and I was definitely hungry.

Wyatt came up behind me and wrapped his arms around my stomach. “What do you think?”

“About what?”

“Is it done?”

“How would I know?”

Wyatt chuckled, kissing the back of my neck. Goosebumps swept over my skin, lighting me up. I swayed into him involuntarily and felt his cock twitch.

“Peyton?”

“Hmm?”

“Are you okay?”

I nodded. “Of course. I just like it when you kiss my neck.”

“Good to know,” he murmured, doing it again.

Wyatt reached around me and turned off the stove. He took the pan from the burner and carried it to the counter on the other side. He scraped the risotto onto a serving dish then topped it with mushrooms he cooked earlier and the shrimp.

Then he turned back to me with a look I was beginning to understand well.

“Forget dinner, Peyton.”

“But I’m hungry,” I protested playfully.

“So am I.”

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Ample & Alluring, release day

Ample & AlluringToday is so bitter-sweet for me. I have absolutely loved writing the Big & Beautiful series, but I know it’s time to move on to new things. Today is a day to celebrate though. Today is a day for Ample & Alluring, Peyton and Wyatt’s new story!

I think these two are my new favorites. They’re definitely up there. They were so much fun to write! I love their banter and their spark and phew, are they hot! I hope you love reading their story as much as I loved writing it!

Excerpt from Ample & Alluring

“I’m the oldest.”

“Being the oldest sucks!” I blurted.

Wyatt laughed with me. “It kind of does. Of course, my brother and sister are both married. My sister has two kids. My brother said they’re trying for kids. Between them, there’s a little bit of pressure off me.”

“From your parents?”

He nodded, wide-eyed. “Oh, yeah. They’ve been asking when I’m going to settle down and have kids for twenty years.”

“No way.”

He snorted. “My parents were young when they got married. They were young when they had me. They think I’m wasting my youth by not being married already.”

“But you have to want to be married. It can’t just be something you do because they tell you to.”

“Trust me, I agree. I think it got worse after I broke off my engagement.”

“Whoa! You need to warn me before you drop a bomb like that.”

He smiled. “Sorry. I just figured everyone knew.”

I shook my head. “I live with my head in the sand. Or between a woman’s legs.”

He closed his eyes and fought his smile. “You know that’s killing me, right?”

I ate a bite of ice cream and grinned. “Yep.”

He took a breath. “Okay, getting rid of that fantasy image.”

“Ew! They’re my patients!”

“But if they weren’t?”

I rolled my eyes. “Not my fantasy. I don’t know how straight men do my job. I don’t think I could go home and have to look at a woman’s vagina and not have it appear clinical.”

“You’re crushing my dreams.”

“Well, that’s no good. Usually I make people’s dreams come true.”

“And you’re very good at it.”

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