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Spotlight: Wendy S. Marcus, Loving You Is Easy & #Giveaway!



 Our Spotlight this week is on author Wendy S Marcus and her latest release Loving You Is Easy! And there is a giveaway to one commenter!

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Hi Nas! Thank you so much for inviting me to discuss my new release, LovingYou Is Easy! Don’t you just love the cover?



For those of you who don’t know me, I started out writing medical romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon, which is how I met Nas. While I still write for Harlequin, under their Cosmopolitan Red Hot Reads line (check out The V-Spot HERE),  I’m thrilled to also be writing for Random House’s Loveswept line. Loving You Is Easy is my first book with them.

And now for Nas’s questions:

Who is Wendy S. Marcus?

I am a mother of three, married for twenty-six years this past October. I’m also a registered nurse, although I’m not currently practicing. I am a huge procrastinator. (Everything gets done eventually!) I love social media. (And spend WAY too much of my time on Facebook and Twitter.) I have a Bichon Frise named Buddy. (My children insist he’s spoiled – and he is!)

Who is your favorite author?

This is such a difficult question because I am such a voracious reader and have so many authors whose books I enjoy. But my number one instant buy is Jill Shalvis. I absolutely love her books!

Do you listen to music while you write?

I do not listen to music while I write, but I do find inspiration from songs. One of my favorites is Heartbreak by Hunter Hayes (which is now playing while I type!) Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BYu7gugd2Y 

What do you do to relax?

I’m not a big TV watcher but I do enjoy NCIS along with some reality shows like Survivor, The Little Couple, Hell’s Kitchen. I also enjoy reading, playing spider solitaire on my computer or doing Sudoku puzzles, usually with a nice glass of cabernet!

Tell us about your book.

Brooke is a 24-year-old junior high school math teacher from a wealthy, upper class family. Shane is a 25-year-old blue collar bad boy turned soldier in the U.S. army, serving his fourth tour of active combat duty in Afghanistan. The two met as part of a “Support Our Troops” initiative that matched U.S. soldiers serving overseas with pen pals from back home. 

Now you’ll have to read Loving You Is Easy to find out what happens after Shane returns home wounded (without telling Brooke) and after one of the sexy pictures she gave to him winds up on Facebook where her students and their parents and her principal see it.

Here’s the book blurb:

She's a survivor of the front lines of politics. He's a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
 
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician's daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won't be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor's "Support Our Troops" pen-pal initiative--and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
 
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots--and he can tell that she's hiding something, too. But Shane knows he's gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he's injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke's reputation turns to ashes. Even though he's totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke's doorstep, determined to set things right--and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

To read an excerpt or to see what some pretty big name authors have to say about Loving You Is Easy, visit my website: http://WendySMarcus.com  

On Wednesday, December 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., EST (New York time) I’m having a Facebook party to celebrate the release of Loving You Is Easy (which releases on December 9th.) I hope you can come! I’ve got a great lineup of authors who will be stopping by and giving away free books! Find out more and join in the fun here: https://www.facebook.com/events/732652376842847/?ref=br_tf   

And now a question for you, what’s your favorite type of romance hero? And what makes them your favorite? One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to win an e-copy of Loving You Is Easy!  

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55 comments:

  1. Well, that sounds like a fun read! Hmm, my favorite type of hero? I'm pretty boring: I really go for the stand-up guy, preferably on the nerdy side, lol!

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    1. Thank you Meradeth!

      Nothing wrong with a stand-up guy on the nerdy side. Nerdy can be hot! And I'm all for a guy with good character.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love military/police. Protective alpha guys!

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    1. Oh! I love protective alphas!!! Well, love to read about them, that is. Not sure I'd want one over-protecting me!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. A comment from the Loving You Is Easy FB party page:

    Janet Overstreet: I like Jill Shalvis, Hunter Hayes, and NCIS. ...and don't take sexy pictures if you don't want them to end up of FB!!!

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    1. To which I replied: You have good taste in TV and music. And luckily my days of taking sexy pictures are over!

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  4. The new book sounds terrific. Matter of fact, after recently writing a short story along the same line (the first face-to-face meeting between a soldier who's returned from war and the woman who wrote to him while he was away) I liked it so much, I've been toying with the idea of expanding it into a novel. Only I'm an older gal, so "my" war is Vietnam.

    My favorite kinda romantic hero? A smart and clever toasted marshmallow... crusty on the outside, and soft and tender on the inside. Doesn't take any guff from anyone, but is extremely gentle with children and animals. (Kinda like my husband.)

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    1. Hi Susan!
      Great minds think alike, huh?

      I love smart and clever and tough yet tender. And lucky you for having your very own romance hero at home!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Sounds like a great story! I do love those outwardly tough guys with the soft & caring centers. :)

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    1. Thanks Jemi!!
      Me too!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. It's such a beautiful cover!
    And yep, I can't listen to music while I write either. At least, not music with lyrics.

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    1. Thanks Lynda! I think so too. So romantic.
      And I'm used to quiet when I write. But I'm so used to working from home I can usually write with background noise from my family, too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Loving you is easy sounds like a fun story to read. Great interview! Thank you

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      And thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Wonderful interview! It sounds like a great book. I can't listen to music while I write either. There's enough going on in my head as it is!

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    1. Thanks Christine!
      And ha ha ha!!! The inside of an author's mind is a scary place!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thank you William! I love that it's so romantic! Loveswept does a beautiful job with book covers.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Thank you for featuring this, yet another book that appeal to my sister-in-law.

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    1. Hi Tracy! I hope your sister-in-law will like it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Loving this story! Best wishes to you I I know this will be a hit!

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    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Hi Wendy! Story sounds great and I'm looking forward to the party tomorrow! As for heroes.... Well... I'm not really partial, because really, they're called hero for a reason and that's about all I need to enjoy them!

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  13. Hi Robyn!
    Excellent point!

    Looking forward to chatting at the party!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. So nice to meet Wendy. I think the cover looks great- I love the bright spot on it because it makes it look like a memory. :) I am intrigued about the book and the fact that the teacher's picture ends up on the internet. Yikes! Thanks for sharing and best of luck to Wendy. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess! I love the cover too. It's so romantic and perfect for the story.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Sounds good. I'm intrigued. I also gave 3 kids, 2 girls & a boy. We'll be married 25 years this February. :-)

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    1. Hi Maria!
      I have two girls and a boy too!!! The boy is in the middle which worked out well for our family! I'm glad you're intrigued. I hope you check out Loving You Is Easy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. This sounds like a wonderful romance involving characters with mysterious pasts! Beautiful cover!

    BTW, Since you like NCIS, I hope you also watch the new version set in New Orleans. Our friend's son works on the show. Thanks Nas and Wendy!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie!
      Thank you! I love the cover, too. So romantic, which is perfect for the story.

      The original NCIS is my favorite. But after that I'll watch New Orleans before I'll watch the other one.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. HI, Nas & Wendy,

    Congratulations on your release, Wendy.
    Like you, I find inspiring songs for my book, but don't listen while I write.I like a hero who is big on protecting his woman, even when he has issues of his own that make life complicated.

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    1. Hi J.L.!
      So nice to *see* you!! Thanks for the congratulations and for stopping by.

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  18. I do love the cover. Sounds like a great book!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie!
      And thanks for stopping by!

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  19. It sounds really romantic. The cover is awesome!

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    1. Thank you Sherry! And thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Lovely to meet a passionate reader of romance, Nas. My favourite romantic author is Georgette Heyer, but I have to portion out the amount of time I can read with looking after my husband and writing my children's books. But I do try to read as much as I can as this obiviously helps improve my own work.

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    1. Hi Carole!
      I'm a very passionate reader. Although I don't read much when I'm involved in writing a manuscript - which stinks!!! But it pulls me out of my story.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Oh, I am such a spider solitaire addict. Good to know I'm not alone :)

    Congrats, Wendy! The book sounds lovely!

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    1. Hi Liz!
      I am a total spider solitaire addict. I get so obsessed. The next game, I'm going to win the next game. I play on the most difficult. Each time I win I tell myself, that's it, you're done, don't play again. But I always find my way back!!!

      Thanks for the congratulations and for stopping by!!

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  22. Great description and that cover is amazing.

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    1. Thank you Medeia. May I share a secret? At first I didn't like the cover. Yes, it's true! But that was because the couple on the cover didn't mesh with what I'd imagined my hero and heroine to look like. Once I got over that I fell in love with the cover. It's so romantic and suits the story perfectly!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Congratulations to Susan Flett Swiderski! You were chosen by random .org as the winner of a kindle copy of Wendy S Marcus's Loving You IS Easy! Please contact Wendy by her contact me at her website, WendySMarcus.com

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  24. Congrats! My favorite kind of romance hero is probably the tortured hero...

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! I love the tortured hero too!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Sounds like a wonderful story and I love what she does to relax.

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  26. A mother, a wife, and a RN! high five!! congrats on the book :)

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  27. Yikes! My heart goes out to Brooke. Love the language used in romance, "smoking-hot" photo. You're better than I am, Wendy. I can't do those sudokus, spider or otherwise.

    Thanks for sharing this interview with your readers, Nas. Happy Holidays, everyone!

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  28. Happy New Year to you and your family, Nas!

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