Spotlight & Contest: Mary Bernsen

Picture 104Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is a stay-at-home mother and spends her days creating characters on the good side of twenty-five because she is in serious denial about the fact that she is now on the bad side of it. She has a passion for fantasy of any kind along with historical fiction. If she isn’t having conversations with her made-up friends, you can usually find her clipping coupons or out on the boat enjoying the muddy waters of Peace River (as long as it isn’t below 80 degrees).

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HealingTheBayou_ByMaryBernsen-200x300Healing the Bayou
Released May 1, 2014
Etopia Press
170 pages

What is a Queen without her King?

After learning that she is adopted, Eliza sets off to locate her biological family and finds them in the Louisiana bayou. But they’re more than just locals—they’re descended from the area’s most famous Voodoo queen, Marie Laveau—Eliza’s great-great-grandmother. Surrounded by a mysterious world of séances, spells, and sacrifices, Eliza finds herself worshiped as the last great priestess. What’s more, she’s inherited the ability to heal the souls of others with a simple touch of her hands.

Eliza is expected to cultivate this gift so she can claim her title as Queen and return the Voodoo community to glory. A task Eliza wouldn’t mind as long as she could perform it beside the devastating Samuel Mueller. But according to tradition, Samuel is her keeper, and a keeper never becomes romantically involved with his ward. His sacred duty is to protect her. And the bayou is rife with enemies who would sacrifice anything to eliminate outsiders like Eliza..


cover-coming-soon-193x300The Spawn of Medusa
Book 1 of A Villain’s Love series
Coming July 4th, 2014
Etopia Press

Medusa’s daughter has found the key to releasing her mother from her curse, but to save her she must betray the only man she has ever loved.

Ambrosia was raised by The Fates and has spent her life preparing for the day she would fulfill her destiny of avenging her mother, all the while keeping her identity as secret. When a man comes forward falsely claiming to be the spawn of Medusa, her journey of deceit begins.

Working as a prostitute she finds Perseus, the man who took her mother’s head. Not realizing who he is telling he reveals to Ambrosia that Medusa is not defeated and he is on a quest to finish what he started twenty three years ago. She convinces him to let her help and together they discover the secrets that will unseal the cave keeping her mother captive. Perseus proves not to be the monster she has always envisioned him to be and in time she finds that she has fallen in love. She is left with a choice: betray the mother she has never met, or the only man who ever made her believe in love.

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10 thoughts on “Spotlight & Contest: Mary Bernsen

  1. laurie g says:

    thank you for the spotlight on mary. i have never read anything by her up til now, but after todays post i am going to change that 🙂

  2. Cindy Mucha Barton says:

    I was wondering how and what kind of research you did for your information on locals in the Louisiana Bayou? That book in particular interests me. 🙂

    • Great question, Cindy! Of course the internet is ripe with information, but one of my greatest resources was Mary Ward’s book Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau. It gives great insight into the Voodoo culture, New Orleans, and Laveau herself. In Healing The Bayou there are rituals done, and much of that was drawn from documentaries on Youtube since I haven’t the slightest desire to experience a seance myself…I’m a great big chicken, what can I say? 🙂

    • The History Channel! Granted, they don’t show much about history anymore, but with all their speculative series’ (Ancient Aliens for example) it doesn’t take much for my imagination to take off. I can’t sleep without the television on, so I fall asleep to this channel every night. Inevitably I have a weird dream, write it down as soon as I wake up, and somehow manage to concoct a full story out of it 🙂

    • Titles are something that have always come easy for me, somehow. Usually, I have the title figured out before the outline. I wish I had a more inspiring explanation, but they honestly just come to me while I’m running the story through my head.

  3. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    Both of these books are right up my reading alley and it would be hard to choose which one. I think mythology is super interesting, although I have only scratched the surface and would like to read more and the same goes for Voodoo. How lucky you are to be able to incorporate these interesting backgrounds in your books! Thank you for the chance to win one of them!

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