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There is a term in the movie industry called Baton Pass, which basically means using something in the ending of one scene in the next to tie them together. Here, we are, more or less, doing the same thing. We are passing the blog from writer to writer, introducing our fellow authors and telling a bit about ourselves.


dscn1568_3291Mary Marvella passed the baton to me. I have known Mary for a LONG time. As newbies, we met at a writers’ conference in Hilton Head, SC, and have been friends since that momentous occasion.   Mary, I know you are reading this, so a private joke: The poet with a line that said, “piss holes in the snow”. AARGH.

Now, who is Mary Marvella?

Mary Marvella has been a story teller for as long as she can remember. She tutors students in language arts, writing, and reading – perfect since she taught language arts/English for 15 years. Mary made up stories as a child, she made up stories for her daughter, and now she’s sharing the stories of her heart. Join her for a taste of love, lust, and sweet tea. Mary lives in Georgia, north of Atlanta, and is Southern to the core.


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Woman’s fiction

Can a woman forgive a man who doesn’t believe their second child was his. The one man who can break their daughter’s heart is retiring from the marines and moving to their hometown. She can handle the times he broke her heart, but not if he break’s their daughter’s heart.


2013_RONE_Nominee_200 (3)Before I answer my questions and introduce my baton passes, I need to beg for your vote!   Sinners’ Opera, the book of my heart, is nominated for a RONE award. First round is by popular vote. Today is the final day to vote in Paranormal Novel. You have to register to vote, but nothing is required of you. PLEASE!!!   http://indtale.com/2014-rone-awards-week-four I would really appreciate your vote!

What am I working on?

My WIP (work in progress) is titled LOVE FOR SALE. The story is about a woman disenchanted with love who sees a small ad in a women’s magazine captioned “Love for Sale”. The ad claims that Mayfair Electronics has engineered sentient androids, indistinguishable from human, with the ability for pleasure and emotion. March Morgan goes to London to buy a man.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?

My work is generally cross-genre and contains romantic elements with spicy love scenes.   I also write dark fantasy as well as _MG_0021 (3)paranormal.   My writing style is very descriptive. I try to submerge the reader in the plot and the characters, so that when that reader finishes the book, he/she feels like he/she is surfacing from a dream and sorry that it is over.

Why do I write what I write?

I write what I like to read. Also, my characters are very compelling and won’t leave me in peace until I tell their story.   Gemini Rising, my controversial dark fantasy, was born one very early Sunday morning when I lived in Miami and had been out the night before partying on Ocean Drive. I kept turning over, punching my pillow but these twins were persistent. I finally crawled from bed and began writing their tale on a legal pad in purple ink!

How does your writing process work?   I’m not a very organized writer. Usually, the book begins with one character who walks on stage and tells me the story, then another character joins until I have a full cast telling me their part of the story.   Generally, I will throw away some pages as they develop the plot, scene and setting.

Heads-up Anne Conley, J.M. Filipowicz and Toni V. Sweeney, the baton is coming your way! Visit with each of these three talented authors on April 14th.

anne in the bluebonnets (2)Anne Conley has been writing her entire life, with notebooks full of stories, bad poems, and angsty journal entries as proof.  She’s been on the Indie bandwagon for a year and a half, with ten books currently under her belt.  She’s writing two series: The Four Winds, and Stories of Serendipity.  The Four Winds currently has three books, and is paranormal romance about the Archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael.  They are her attempt to reconcile her God-fearing upbringing with her smutty mind.  The Stories of Serendipity has seven books in it currently, all stand alones, and is erotic romance.  They have characters in their thirties and forties, with real jobs trying to live life with real problems, but manage to find love (and great sex) in the process.  Anne can’t wait to finish both series, and start her next project.  She just can’t decide if it will be a dystopian romance trilogy, or historical…

Anne lives in a small town in East Texas, not unlike Serendipity, with her husband, two kids and numerous goats.  She brazenly stole her pseudonym from her great-grandmother, a true pioneer woman who raised seven kids alone: churning butter, plucking chickens, knitting clothes, and putting coal oil on every visible wound.  Her writing is escapist therapy, and she succumbs to it every chance she gets.  www.anneconley.com


wardoids-510J M Filipowicz lives in a quiet condo on the surface of the moon, with a beautiful view of the cosmos through her geodesic dome. She spends her time imagining new worlds and writing stories by Earthlight. When she has to come down to Earth, she resides in Burlington, Ontario, Canada with her husband, two children and her dog, Worf.  Her first novel, Wardroids, pits female military droids against the men who enslaved them, while Commander Black and his fix-it chick Emily struggle with their feelings for each other. This entertaining twist on the classic sci fi genre is told in three distinct first person view points. Available now from Double Dragon Publishing.

Website: jmfilipowicz.com; Twitter:   @jmfilipowicz; Facebook: www.facebook.com/jmfilipowicz


Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains. Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni divides her time between writing SF/Fantasy under her own name and romances often set in the South under her pseudonym Icy Snow Blackstone.   In March, 2013, she became publicity manager for Classtonipink6 (2) Act Books (US) and also Double Dragon Publishing (Canada). She is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books. Toni currently has 40 novels to her credit and her next release will be a reissue of her very first story, a YA science fiction titled Spacedog’s Best Friend.

URL: http://www.tonivsweeney.com/ Goodreads: http://http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=Toni+V+Sweeney MySpace: http://http://www.myspace.com/tvsweeneyhttp://http://www.myspace.com/tvsweeney Facebook: http://https://www.facebook.com/tvsweeneyhttp://https://www.facebook.com/tvsweeney Amazon: http://http://www.amazon.com/Toni-V.-Sweeney/e/B002BLQBB8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1365694962&sr=1-2-enthttp://http://www.amazon.com/Toni-V.-Sweeney/e/B002BLQBB8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1365694962&sr=1-2-ent Twitter: @tonivsweeney