April 18, 2017

Is It True: Strawberry Kisses by Marianne Rice @mariannericeaut #contemporary #RLFblog

Play Is It True with today's guest Marianne Rice, author of Strawberry Kisses, a contemporary romance. This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Rachael Riley is back home in Rocky Harbor, but she’s not the same woman she once was...
After being rescued from an abusive relationship, Rachael is nothing more than a shadow of her true self. The only place she manages to find some degree of comfort is in the kitchen, hiding behind her apron as she continues to shut everyone out. Her foster sister knows that the real Rachael has been broken and reaches out by signing her up for self-defense classes with the hope of getting her outgoing, confident and nosey older sister back.
Jake Morgan has done more than his time and is finally free of his past...
Teaching self-defense is Jake’s way of giving back, compensating for what has been taken away from him years ago. He’s well aware that most women in his class have a backstory, and avoids getting emotionally involved by keeping his distance—until a beautiful, blue-eyed woman walks in. Jake is instantly drawn to Rachael and sees the inner confidence she tries to hide behind her blonde bangs and hunched shoulders.
Wanting to know the story hidden behind those blue eyes, Jake sets out to break down every barrier Rachael has built...
As Jake helps Rachael find the strength she once had, a secret of his past is revealed and threatens to ruin the safety they have found in each other. There’s more connecting them than just their mutual attraction. Once their pasts finally collide, revealing a devastating truth, Jake’s feelings and commitment toward Rachael is put to the ultimate test.
There is no guarantee when it comes to love, but sometimes all a broken heart needs to heal is sweet strawberry kisses...
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book?
Nope! Strawberry Kisses is my ninth book!
this book is part of a series?
Yes, it’s book two in my Rocky Harbor series, but all books in the series are standalone.
you lost sleep while writing this book?
 Nope. I love sleep too much to ever go without.
you did research for this book?
Yes, a little. I researched pictures of hot guys (so I’d have a visual for hunky Jake Morgan), lots of strawberry recipes, and the ins and outs of self-defense training.
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for example)
No puppies in this one, but there is a dog in the first book, Staying Grounded, and the next book Wounded Love that comes out May 2nd.
this book has more than one genre?
No. It’s contemporary romance. However, there are elements of women’s fiction. So maybe...romantic women’s fiction?
you speak more than one language?
Only if you count crazy lady.
you grew up where you live now?
Far from it! I grew up in southern California and now live in Maine.
you love to read?
you are never late?
YES!!! Even being five minutes early makes me nervous. I’m always, always, always early.
you love pizza?
Who doesn’t?
you love sushi?
I’ve never had it. The idea of raw fish is not appealing to me.
you have a pet?
If you count three kids. Hubby is allergic to all animals, even to hypo-allergenic breeds.
Where can we find your book online?

Marianne Rice Social Media

Marianne loves to write fun and spicy contemporary romances set in small New England towns. If she’s not writing, it’s because she’s stuck at her day job attempting to teach her juniors and seniors to appreciate literature, and maybe even write a complete sentence or two. Marianne spends the rest of her time chauffeuring her trio of children to their varying sporting events, writing, shoe shopping, eating chocolate, and when there’s time, relaxing with a glass—or bottle—of wine and a romance book. You can find her all over social media and on her website at www.mariannerice.com


  1. Thank you for having me on your blog today!!


    1. So happy to have you here, Marianne! I shared your post on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and G+. :)

  2. The interview is lots of fun! And the book sounds amazing!

  3. Can't wait to read your latest! Shall we do sushi someday? :-)

  4. What a fun interview! Need to go buy the book!

  5. Great interview! I haven't tried sushi either - just can't get past that raw fish thing, hehe.

  6. Great interview and fun answers. I have the book and it's queued up for reading when I take off for Morocco tomorrow morning.


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