Monday, April 28, 2014


I am happy to welcome author Marie Force to the blog today! Maries is here to discuss her new Green Mountain Series, and is also hosting a giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!
Marie ForceWith more than 2.5 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Join Marie's mailing list at for news about new books and other possible appearances in your area.
Hi, Marie. Welcome to The Bookish Babe. Can you tell us a bit about how the Green Mountain series came about?
Marie: Thanks for having me, Andrea! It’s great to be here. The Green Mountain Series was inspired by a news story I saw about the Vermont Country Store, which is located in Weston, Vermont, and is run by the Ortons, a father and his three sons, who are third generation proprietors. I thought it was a really interesting story, so I went to Vermont to check out the flagship store in Weston as well as the second store in Rockingham. If you don’t get the Vermont Country Store catalog, I recommend you check it out. It’s a fascinating place! I’ve since met two of the Orton brothers and they will be hosting the series launch party at the store in Weston in June. It’s been so fun to write about a family that runs a country store in Vermont. My fictional family has ten children, five of whom run the store with their father and the other five provide goods that are sold at the store, including maple syrup, wood working, jewelry and Christmas trees. 

With ten Abbott siblings, you have potential for a big series. Will each of the Abbotts get a book? (Please say Colton is getting a book!)
Marie:  LOL, yes, Colton is the star of book 3, I Saw Her Standing There, and he has been so fun to write since book 1. He had me laughing out loud several times when I was writing book 3. I do hope to write a book for each of the Abbott siblings, and maybe a few of their friends and family, too. :-)

Is there a particular Abbott sibling whose story you're especially excited to tell? 
Marie:  I’m writing Hunter’s story next, which will be book 4, And I Love Her. After that will be Ella’s story, and after you read Book 2, you will know why I’m looking forward to her book. I don’t want to give anything away, so that’s all I’ll say for now.
I Want to Hold Your Hand is Abbott sister, Hannah's story.. Can you tell us what we can expect from her story? (I'm planning on having a box of tissues on stand-by)

Marie:  Yes, you will need them! Hannah’s story was a really special book for me. She is an Iraqi war widow who finds new love with her late husband’s close friend. It was an amazing journey that included interviews with other war widows and a lot of reading about the journey through grief. It was also a challenge to make her late husband Caleb a vibrant character in her story so readers would fully understand what she had lost. I’m really proud of that book, and I hope readers will love it as much as I do.
Is there anything you would like to say to your readers? Or potential readers?

Marie:  I always love the chance to say THANK YOU to the readers who are so faithful to me and my books. I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest dreams with the most incredible readers. I hope those of you who haven’t tried my books will check them out at You can try Maid for Love, book 1 in the McCarthy series, for free. Thanks again for having me!

All You Need is Love (Green Mountain #1)
Series: Green Mountain #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 2/4/14

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Hoping to take the magic of the island and move it to the mountains with the Abbot family, purveyors of the odd and hard to find relics of a time long gone by in small-town Vermont. Hope you'll come with me to the Green Mountains! Watch for the first book in the series in early 2014!

The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.


The Green Mountain Series 
All You Need is Love (Green Mountain #1)  I Want To Hold Your Hand (Green Mountain, #2)
(covers lead to GoodReads page)


Marie is offering two lucky winners a signed copy of All You Need is Love.
Must be 18+ years of age; open to US.




  1. I love Marie Force. Such an amazing author and my favorite thing is the way she weaves the series so effortlessly.

  2. I love series like that because it really gives you the opportunity to learn the characters more in depth than if it were a short novella. :)

  3. I have never read a book by this author - I'm going to have to look her up. Great interview!

    1. All of Marie's books are outstanding. One if my favorite authors.

  4. I have had my eye on this book for a while now! It sounds really good. Really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great interview, thank YOU Marie for hours of wonderful reading fun and suspense...

  6. Oh I'm so glad there will be more! Love this series.

  7. I enjoy long series, especially by authors that I love to read. You have many books to look forward to for a long period of time!!!

  8. I totally enjoy a long series. It's like visiting with long-time friends. I've read the Treading Water series. Looking forward to beginning this one. Thanks for a great interview!

  9. I like long running series because you really get to know the characters.

  10. I have both of these books and I'll probably be reading the first in the series very soon, thanks to your excellent review, Andrea. How fun that Marie has based this off a real business and store. I may have got their catalog a while back, but now I'll definitely look into it closer. I love rustic country stores! How amazing the release party will be hosted at their store! Great interview ladies! :)

  11. I am a huge Marie Force fan, especially of her Fatal series. I love series reading because it is a comfort and joy to return to familiar characters and see them grow through each book.

  12. I just love the covers on these. So hard to look at the first and not smile. Will have to check these out :) Thanks for the chat ladies!

  13. Awww this sounds like it'll be such a good series! I definitely need to read the first book, and meet this Colton fella. That is so cool how Marie got the inspiration for the story.

  14. I love every thing Marie has wrote to date and she keep coming with more great books!!!

  15. I love everything Marie writes. I have read everything to date and have pre orders for new books coming out. I'm never disappointed. Keep on keeping on Marie!! Can't wait to meet you in Rhode Island.

  16. not familiar with those books but would like to be

  17. That christmas one was the book you told me about right? With all the angst?

  18. I love getting to know the cast of characters and watching how their world grows :) Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ooo I do love my sibling stories and Vermont is a wonderful setting..I need to grab book one!

  20. I love being introduced to characters and watching them grow and seeing them get their own stories

  21. I love series because I get to check in on characters from earlier books and get to know previously secondary characters when their book comes out. It's like a soap opera of reading!

  22. Thanks for all the kind thoughts about my books ladies! I hope you all enjoy the new Green Mountain book on June 3!

  23. Ooh, I love a series set in a small town following a family. The Green Mountain series sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

  24. Really looking forward to another family series! I love the McCarthy family and can't wait to get to know the Abbott's and I love the Beatles "thread"!

  25. When I read, I start to build a friendship with the characters. The longer the series, the more I get to know about my new "friends" - love it!

  26. These are my favorite types of series!! I love that you get to know all the characters over time, but my favorite part is the fact that you get little sneaks into past couples lives after their "story" has been told. It totally fulfills my want for my favorite couples "story" to continue past their book. I need more of their happy ending.


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