Series: Redemption #3
Author: Cara Marsi
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Cara Marsi
Date Published: Sep 30, 2014
Series: Redemption #2
Author: Cara Marsi
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?
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.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Thank you for having me. I wanted to be a writer almost from the time I learned to read. But life got in the way and I didn’t pursue it. I also wanted to be an archeologist, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, I went into the boring corporate world. It wasn’t until much, much later when a friend and I were trading Harlequin romances that we looked at each other one day and said, “We can write one of these.” That started my writing journey. I soon learned that writing is hard work, very hard. But also very rewarding.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I completed my first book (unsold).
How long did it take to get your first book published?
Ten long, hard years filled with rejections. But I kept learning and kept writing and I sold A Catered Affair, my first book, to Avalon Books. I’ve since gotten all rights back, revised the book (added in the love scenes I had to take out for Avalon) and I published it myself under the title, A Catered Romance.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I worked for the telephone company for many years. I was a manager when I took early retirement. Then I worked for an insurance company for another 15 years, finally retiring for good in 2008.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
The latest is book 3 in the Redemption series, Luke’s Temptation. Danger and desire brew a volatile mix as two wounded souls fight to stay alive and find love.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’ve been published with Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Noble Romance Publishing. I currently have two short stories with Boroughs Publishing Group, and I’ve published a dozen short stories in magazines. However, I now prefer indie publishing.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Usually 18 months. It took up to two years when I worked fulltime. However, I finished Luke’s Temptation in nine months.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’m getting ready to publish a short Christmas romance that will be the first in a series. In 2015, I plan to publish a short romance story set in Italy, Capri Nights. And I plan to write a sequel to my award-winning book, A Groom for Christmas.
What genre would you place your books into?
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I love a good love story and I love happy endings. Romance novels are life-affirming, and we all need that. Plus I love to read and write about hot men.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Like any romance author, asking us to choose a favorite character is like asking a mother to choose among her children. I love all my heroes and heroines. When I’m writing a story, I fall in love with that hero.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve been writing longer than I want to admit. What inspired me is I love books and I wanted to write the kinds of books I like to read. I’ve made up stories in my head since childhood. I wanted to give life to those stories.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have an office where I’m surrounded by bookcases filled with my favorite books. The office has an en suite bathroom because it was once a first-floor bedroom. My husband jokes that if I had a TV, fridge, and microwave in the office, he’d never see me. My routine on most days is: feed Killer, my cat, and feed Tortie, the feral cat I take care of; then read the paper while eating breakfast; exercise for an hour; shower, lunch, then write. I try to write at least 1,000 words a day, which is how I finished Luke’s Temptation so quickly.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I do, but there are some I wish I hadn’t read.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Title first. I may change the title as I write, but I need to know my title first.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Sometimes the characters pop into my head. Other times, I get ideas from news articles or the people around me. Most of my books are set in places I know well or have visited. I sometimes change the place name, but they’re always based on real places.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I decide first who the characters are and where the story will be set.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I write out character sketches in longhand before I start a story. I have to know my characters. However, the characters change as the story progresses.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I try to have my h/h each learn a lesson from their journey.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I love books in all formats, but I adore my Kindle.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Green Darkness by Anya Seton. It came out in the 70’s. My hardback copy has pages coming loose because I read the book about five times. I love it because it has romance, suspense, thrills, history and reincarnation.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Some books will transfer to movies well, but most don’t. However, I read and loved all the Harry Potter books and I think those translated very well to movies.
Your favorite food is?
Wine. Oh, wait, that’s not a food, right? I love most foods and I’m willing to try almost anything. I’ve eaten alligator, kangaroo, snails. But I won’t eat monkey brains.
Your favorite singer/group is?
Your favorite color is?
Green. My heroines wear a lot of green, and a green handbag figures prominently in my romantic suspense, Murder, Mi Amore.
Your favorite Author is?
I have so many, but one of my faves is Heather Graham.