Jen: Today we are excited to welcome Marie Harte to Romancing the Book. Marie, will you share a short bio with us?
Marie: Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Marie: Two to Spark releases April 22nd as a standalone novella, but was included in the Five Alarm Alpha multi-author anthology that released in November (and is no longer available). The theme for the anthology was firefighters, and I wanted to do something a little different. I was staring at a book on Tarot and the idea came to me—psychics and sex appeal. I’m a sucker for family, and what’s better than four hot identical quadruplets? Cooper’s story gets told in Two to Spark. His sister predicts his downfall in a series of events, and it’s fun to watch Cooper find the right girl in his high school nemesis.
Josie hotfooted it to the bathroom. Forty minutes later, she drove away from the house with the cat snuggled up on her lap. “Figures you like me,” she muttered, and she’d swear the cat smiled up at her.
After consulting her directions once more, she turned into an established part of town. It was an older stretch where the houses had been built in the sixties and seventies. People here maintained their lawns and kept their houses neat. Heck, hers would fit right in.
She pulled into the driveway of a medium-size house that looked relatively kept up. It could use a paint job and some repairs around the outer porch, but it had a quaint charm to it. She kept the cat in her arms, not wanting it to escape before she could give it back to Hannah, and approached the front door.
Before she could knock, Hannah opened it. She took the cat and pulled Josie inside before she could escape.
“Come in, come in. I’d like you to meet a few friends. Well, not friends exactly. More like family.”
Josie came to a standstill the minute she saw them, clutching her car keys in her hand.
All four Talbot brothers, in the flesh. Ben with his deep blue eyes and charming grin. Jaden with dark gray eyes and an intensity lacking in his siblings. Harrison with that smugness she wanted to slap off his face. And there—Cooper. Muscular, sexy, and a little bit mean. She didn’t think she blinked while the others stared back at her. Mephisto struggled out of Hannah’s arms and darted deeper into the house.
“Shoot. I’ll get him.” The blasted woman left Josie facing the Quad, two of whom had it in for her.
But I’m not sixteen anymore. I can handle this. Can’t I?
Ben whistled. “Holy crap. Is that Josie Young I’m looking at? Honey, you turned out to be one pretty little lady.”
So condescending, though he probably didn’t mean to be. “My heart’s all aflutter,” she deadpanned.
Harrison grinned, and she glared back at him.
“Quit laying speed traps, copper.”
“Oh, Harry. You still doing that to get girls?” Jaden asked. He winked at her. Of the four brothers, he’d been the easiest to get along with. He’d never teased her or flirted. He’d been kind, and so darned cute she wanted to sigh whenever she saw him. “How’ve you been, Josie?”
“Fine. Thanks.” She cleared her throat, drew on her courage, and looked directly at Cooper. She’d seen him around town over the years and had always managed to steer clear of him. Seeing him now made all that time since high school fade, and she wanted him with that same girlish intensity she’d had back then. Now, coupled with a mature woman’s needs, she felt a wave of lust crash over her.
He didn’t speak, but the clenching of his jaw was telling.
Since he’d been such a tool about the whole mess back then, she decided to get everything out in the open before taking off and never facing him again. “So, Cooper, mooned any girls lately?”
Jen: Who is your celebrity crush?
Marie: Keanu Reeves, because he seems like such a decent person in addition to being a fine actor.
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Marie: Vanilla bean
Jen: Favorite superhero?
Marie: Deadpool—an antihero and smartass
Jen: Favorite gift ever received from a fan?
Marie: a great review
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Marie: Chocolate (milk, not dark)
Jen: What is the signature dish you’re known for?
Marie: artichoke cheese dip
Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Marie: Pretty neat. I have a hard time writing with a cluttered desk.
Jen: What is the most surprising item on your bucket list?
Marie: To learn martial arts, I guess. I’ve already hit two on my three item list—going to Europe and hitting the NY Times list—and couldn’t be happier about it!
Jen: If you could have dinner with any author living or dead, who would it be?
Marie: Madeleine L’Engle
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Marie: Hmm. Gotta go with hotel for the spa.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Marie: I’m currently working on my new series for Sourcebooks entitled The Body Shop, about four bad boy mechanics. It’s a lot of fun and a learning curve on the research end of it. For my next releases, my Ethereal Foes books arrive back-to-back in June. The first two (The Dragons’ Demon and Duncan’s Descent) are re-releases, and the third (Havoc & Hell) is a brand new story. The series concerns dragons, demons, angels, and all manner of creatures of the Ethereal warring and falling in love in and around humanity. A fourth book will be out in December about the dragon king.