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Marie Harte | Not my favorite "A" Word but necessary!


Just The Thing
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Donnigans #2

July 2017
On Sale: July 1, 2017
Featuring: Zoe York; Gavin Donnigan
352 pages
ISBN: 1492631884
EAN: 9781492631880
Kindle: B01ND1KNSS
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Also by Marie Harte:
The Only Thing, May 2018
Collision Course, January 2018
Any Given Snow Day, December 2017
All I Want for Halloween, October 2017


Angst, the A word. Iím not a big angsty person. Iím low-key, donít like a lot of drama, and tend to shy from entertainment where my emotions are being tugged up and down and making me want to hurl as if on a roller coaster. Iím more the fun and sexy storygoer, the one who likes her romances to end in a happily ever after and for the main characters to be likeable.

So, yeah, okay, thatís not always realistic, and not always possible. A lack of conflict, I learned early on in my writing career, is BORING. Why am I even invested in lukewarm happy people? What obstacle must they overcome to get to blissful love ever after? Because thatís where the magic is. In watching two flawed characters grow and develop throughout a story into characters you root for.

In JUST THE THING, I wanted to deal with grief. The book is still uplifting and funny, but itís got an undertone of real vulnerability in the main characters who both deal with loss in different ways.

Zoe, the heroine, has lost her twin, and itís deeply affected her. She faces her grief head-on, accepts her crying jags, and does her best to treasure her sisterís memory by remembering her.

Gavin, the hero of the story, is a medically retired Marine with wounds. His physical hurts have healed, but his emotional ones linger. He suffers from survivorís guilt and PTSD, and though he covers his pain with laughter and jokes, heís unable to let go of the past.

Watching these two help heal each other and themselves was the best part of writing the book. While Iím a true fan of sibling banter and the humor that comes from pranks, sarcasm, and full out fun scenarios, getting my characters in tune with themselves and their pain actually had me tearing up while writing pivotal scenes.

But as always with my stories, the heart of the book is the love that flourishes between the characters. Family love, romantic love, self love. Because love is that four letter word that canít be said or experienced enough.


What do you think about Marie's "A" word? Is it necessary in a romance? Leave a comment below with your thoughts and you might win a copy of JUST THE THING

JUST THE THING by Marie Harte

Donnigans #2
Just The

Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.

Romance Erotica Sensual | Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: July 1, 2017, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492631880 / eISBN: 9781492631897]

About Marie Harte

Marie Harte
Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. Writing romance, and in particular erotic romance, across the genres, she's created stories set on other worlds, among paranormal creatures, and between normal men and women seeking true love.

Marie is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, sheís constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit her website and fall in love.

Good To Go | McCauley Brothers | Wicked Warrens | The Works | Ethereal Foes | Best Revenge | Mark of Lycos | Body Shop Bad Boys | Donnigans | Triggerman, Inc.





17 comments posted.

Re: Marie Harte | Not my favorite "A" Word but necessary!

It doesn't have to be in every one but it is nice for a
change up.
(Tammy VanScoy 3:18pm July 12)

I think that there needs to be some sort of conflict or angst in a story to
keep it interesting.
(Leanna Hiner 4:20pm July 12)

yes, angst is an important component and adds to the emotions
and the story.
(Sharon Berger 5:22pm July 12)

I like variety in my romances and yes having to deal with things whether mentally or physically adds to the storyline for me.
(Colleen Conklin 6:21pm July 12)

I think angst is important because it tests the relationship
and they become stronger as a couple.
(Kv H 2:21am July 13)

Some angst is necessary for some stories to advance. As long
as it's not the entire story, it's fine. BTW, as a mother of
twins, this book rings a bell.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:54pm July 13)

If not angst, then danger, conflict or something equally
(Nancy Krueger 6:15pm July 14)

How good would the story be if everything was perfect?
There's got to be angst or some obstacle to overcome to
make the story interesting.
(Tanja Dancy 10:46pm July 14)

Not really. Too much takes you back to HS.
(Samantha Tennant 11:24pm July 14)

There needs to be some conflict but not too much that it
takes away from the story.
(Debra Guyette 5:42am July 15)

A story like life can not be perfect.
(Ron Frampton 2:07pm July 16)

Love never comes easy!
(Jane Cavanaugh 2:59pm July 16)

I don't like drama and just want everyone to get along. I
dislike all the arguing. Not a fan of the A word.
(Nicole Davis 9:19pm July 16)

I don't think it's necessary in all romances - even though
there is a lot of it in real life
(Glenda Martillotti 10:47pm July 16)

I don't think angst is needed in every romance but a bit of conflict to reflect real life makes the stories more interesting.
(Anita H 4:24am July 17)

I think a small amount of angst in a romance can add to the story, but don't like it in my own life.
(Anna Speed 12:17pm July 17)

Even in the funniest books, there is a little conflict. Not necessarily angst.
(Phyllis Lamken 12:45pm July 17)

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