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Marie Harte | Exclusive Interview: THE KISSING GAME + Giveaway!

The Kissing Game
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February 2020
On Sale: February 4, 2020
288 pages
ISBN: 1492696986
EAN: 9781492696988
Kindle: B07Y5NJ79W
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Also by Marie Harte:
Turn Up the Heat, April 2022
Hot for You, January 2022
Burning Desire, September 2021
Make Me Burn, June 2021


Welcome back to Fresh Fiction, Marie! Please tell us about yourself and your new book, THE KISSING GAME!

Hi there! I'm a NYT and USA Today bestselling romance author of over 100 books. I write contemporary, paranormal, and romantic suspense, all with a bit of heat and humor. And I live in Central Oregon with two growing teens, a dog and a cat (who thinks he's a dog). The Kissing Game is a standalone romance centered around Valentine's Day. It's also a book I've been dying to write for YEARS. The heroine is a romance book lover; the hero is a tall Viking-like hunk who has a big heart but isn't great at showing it. They are perfect for each other! The story has the hero doing his best to win the heroine by Valentine's Day with some. . . interesting. . . presents.

Tell us more about the heroine of THE KISSING GAME, Rena Jackson. Fans of your books know that she was actually introduced a few years ago. . . what sparked her having a book of her own?

Rena Jackson was first introduced as the romance book-loving cousin of the heroine from What to Do with a Bad Boy (2014). I had always intended for Rena to find her happily ever after, especially because she's in love with love and unlucky at it. Plus, everyone who knows her likes her. She's got a bubbly, terrific personality and a giving heart. I had asked my publisher for years, but with one contract or another in the way, it took some time for Rena to get her shot at happily-ever-after. Considering Valentine's Day is her favorite holiday, the release time fits. 

Axel Heller – first of all, that NAME! – initially comes across as the tall, brooding type, but he’s completely smitten by Rena. What do you love most about Axel? And what is the most frustrating thing about him?

When Axel first appeared in Roadside Assistance (2016), I knew he'd be a future hero. He's gruff, menacing, and gorgeous - a bad boy with a loving heart. He had an immediate crush on Rena when they met in Zero to Sixty (2017). (They appear as secondary characters in several of my previous books.) I most love that Axel is, at heart, a kind man, but through his upbringing, he's been denied the chance to be good or gentle. Instead, he's spent his life being hard and tough to protect himself. I don't like that he's not that great at communicating. But Rena won't let him get away with excuses.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you do anything special or fun?

I buy my kids Valentine's hearts and usually get myself either chocolates or flowers. Then, to really treat myself, I get dinner out. I'm a great date. LOL

You’ve written in so many different subgenres of romance! What’s your favorite so far? Is there another genre of romance or fiction in general that you want to try?

My favorite is usually what I'm currently writing. *grin* Though I've been doing contemporary for a while and actually miss paranormal. I think I'll go back to that later this year. Lately, I'm a huge fan of urban fantasy, which are stories with an urban setting, a paranormal vibe, and romantic elements. I've been playing with UF but haven't finished anything yet.   

We love asking authors what they’re reading! What’s a recent read you absolutely LOVED?

I just finished Jayne Ann Krentz's The Vanishing, which I very much enjoyed. And I also devoured an ARC of Kerrelyn Sparks' How to Love Your Elf. Really cute.   

What can readers expect from you next?

I'm currently working on my four-book firefighter series for Sourcebooks, which first hits shelves in 2021. In the meantime, I'm working on a few projects: the end to my paranormal shifter series, Circe's Recruits 2.0, with the final two books (hopefully) releasing this year. And an urban fantasy I'm doing for fun because I'm really into urban fantasy and fantasy romance lately. 

Rapid Fire Random Questions

Favorite candy:  chocolate

Favorite way to be kind to yourself:  read a book!

Best compliment you recently gave to someone:  Your hair looks great. I love that color. (The girl's hair was a bright pink and looked awesome.)

Favorite flower:  roses

Random interesting fact you like to tell peopleCoffee is life. (more like my personal truth, but there you go)

Best vacation you’ve ever taken: a trip to Hawaii with my kids

Earliest celebrity crush:  Fred from Scooby Doo LOL (you did say earliest)

Cake or pie:  strawberry rhubarb pie

Last book you read that you really LOVED:  Ilona Andrews's Sapphire Flames

You have a totally free afternoon - no deadlines, no obligations, no Twitter notifications!  What do you do?: Take a long bath then read a book with no guilt or stress. OR if it's sunny and warm out, a hike in the woods. THEN I come home and bath and book it.


The Kissing Game

"I bet you a kiss you can't resist me."
Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She's worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she's almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena's also a diehard romantic, and she's had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He's got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he's got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Rena's about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He's been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he's way out of his depth and she's slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play...

Romance Contemporary | Romance Erotica Sensual [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: February 4, 2020, Trade Size, ISBN: 9781492696988 / ]

True to Harte’s style, she keeps things light and enjoyable, infusing the book with light banter

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, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit her website and fall in love.

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19 comments posted.

Re: Marie Harte | Exclusive Interview: THE KISSING GAME + Giveaway!

Thank you I have been impatiently
waiting for their story
(Joanne Pezzuti 4:10pm February 4, 2020)

The Kissing Game looks great! I can't wait to read!
(Tracy Urschler 4:31pm February 4, 2020)

sounds just great
(Vickie Couturier 5:27pm February 4, 2020)

Can't wait to read this one!
(Jennifer Artiles 7:51pm February 4, 2020)

This books sounds great can't wait to read more
(Lynne Brigman 8:43pm February 4, 2020)

This book sounds really good, can't wait to read it
(Jean Patton 5:53pm February 5, 2020)

Sounds like a great book.
(Lindsey Andronak 5:56pm February 5, 2020)

Can't wait to read it, sounds like a book I won't be able to put down!
(Amy Medeiros 6:14pm February 5, 2020)

Oh this is going to be Fabulous! And what a fun interview!
My son and his wife are in Maui right now. She did the
bride's and her ladies hair for the wedding.
(Kathleen Bylsma 7:05pm February 5, 2020)

Sounds like a fun read.
(Linda Townsend 8:29pm February 5, 2020)

The book sounds awesome.
(Tamara Thomas 9:11pm February 5, 2020)

Such a cute cover and sounds like a fun read. Congrats on
your book and good luck with all the stuff you have planned
coming up.
(Tina Alicea 11:08pm February 5, 2020)

Congratulations on your release! It sounds like a great
(Tina Rucci 3:39pm February 6, 2020)

Like the description of the characters.
(Susan Jang 8:14pm February 7, 2020)

Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read this!
(Heather Scully 9:42am February 8, 2020)

Love the cover and can't wait to read!!
(Jennifer Beck 6:54pm February 8, 2020)

This story sounds amazing. Can't wait to read
(Victoria Kondovski 7:46pm February 8, 2020)

Sounds really great
(Lori Byrd 5:22pm February 9, 2020)

Sounds like a fun read.
(Blanche Nixon 12:57pm February 11, 2020)

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