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News, Mews and Updates from Marie Treanor

Huge and happy Christmas wishes from me to you :)

Just a short message to say I hope you have a lovely day with friends and family; and whether or not you celebrate, wishing you lots of fun!  I’ll be going off-line shortly to concentrate on family and house stuff.

Read the rest of Merry Christmas! here >>

If you’ve known me for a while, you may be aware that I’ve taken several routes into publishing: I have big publishers and small ones, and I also have a growing list of self-published titles. On the whole, I’m happy with all these routes and experiences and I wouldn’t like to give up any of them.

On the other hand, my version of self-publishing wasn’t really total self-publishing.

Read the rest of On to REAL Self-Publishing! here >>

If you haven’t seen the announcement around the Internet already, I’m delighted to have finally released the long awaited third book in The Gifted paranormal suspense series. I don’t why events seem to conspire to make long gaps between releases in this series – I do have fun writing it and playing with the deeply deceptive world of Zavrekestan where appearance and reality never seem to match :).

Anyway, hope you’ll check out the latest, Truth and Lies, available now – and in a later post I’ll tell you about some of my distractions that kept this one back for so long! 

Read the rest of TRUTH AND LIES is out at last! here >>

Yikes! I’ve just realized my last blog post was back in June!! Bad, bad blogger! For me, the last few months seem to have been full of changes and new stuff – new stories, series, new ways of publishing – and even new ways of reading!

For instance, when and how did you discover your last favourite author? My fellow romance writer Nhys Glover, recently came up with a novel and fun way to help readers find new books to devour, while helping authors reach new readers – all while reading the romance stories we all love AND playing a game with the chance to win prizes! This is one of the things I’ve been involved with over the last few weeks, and I wanted to tell you about it.

The idea is Flashpoint Finds

Read the rest of Read and play! It’s fun and you can’t lose :) here >>

When someone else says it is, apparently!

I’ve noticed something in myself I don’t really like. Most writers, I think, feel validated by the approval of their readers, editors, reviewers etc, and I’m no different. I think it’s natural. On the other hand, I’ve just realized that I actually seem to change my opinion because of someone else’s!

Here’s my most recent example. Some time ago, probably the best part of a year ago, I wrote a story I called TRUTH AND LIES as the third part of my Gifted series.

Read the rest of Truth and Lies: When is a book good? here >>

I just came across this which I first wrote for Another Look Book Review’s “Guilty Pleasures” series back in 2011. Thought it might amuse you :)

 

I know what you’re thinking: this is X-rated stuff. What the hell is she doing in bed with a banana? And what kind of book does she need for that?

The same kind of book I always need, of course – really good, page-turning fiction. But yes, you’re right, the banana is the crux of the matter, and, once I discovered how well it went with the aforementioned bed and book… Yes, I’m guilty!

Read the rest of Bed, Book and Banana here >>

I’ve loved Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series for years, yet for some reason had a long pause after book 6. I think, perhaps, for me, the urgency had gone – major villain of the series dealt with, heroine in an apparently perfect relationship with a great guy, and still kicking ass. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t bored with the series, I just wasn’t in quite so big a rush. Then I came across all the new books in the series that had come out, and felt badly left behind, so I bought book 7, Widow’s Web – and wasn’t remotely sorry!

Read the rest of Review: Widow’s Web by Jennifer Estep here >>

I’ve done it again, haven’t I? Vanished from the blog for weeks! Clearly I’m not one of life’s natural bloggers. Sometimes when I’m deep in writing mode, I block everything else out, and then when I emerge blearily from my cave, I feel disoriented and isolated because I haven’t kept in touch! I know – it serves me right  :).

Anyway, I’m back and thinking quite hard about a new series, and, inspired by a previous discussion on Facebook,  I wanted to ask you readers what you like or dislike in a series – I’ll even throw in a prize!

Read the rest of Never-ending Story – the Romance Series here >>

What can I say? I’m a bad blogger :(  My trouble is, when my mind is fully taken up with a story in full flood, I find it very hard to think of anything else let alone write it coherently! So, probably not for the last time, my apologies for the long silence!

But, here I am back with my head full of a new place: a medieval town in modern Belgium – Mechelen – where I just spent the weekend with my husband by way of a birthday treat :).

Read the rest of Bad Blogger, Happy Traveller here >>

I’ve heard a lot of people denouncing cliffhangers in series. You know the sort of thing. Heroine left dangling of a sheer cliff by her pinkie (metaphorically, at least), and you’ve no idea how the hero will get to her in time. Worse, you have to wait six to nine months for the next book to find out. I can understand the frustration. And not just with books – TV series like Hannibal have taken to doing the same thing. So, what do you think?  Does it make you buy the next book as soon as it comes or, or do you give up on the whole thing in disgust?

Read the rest of Serial Fiction – good or bad? here >>