Barb's Writer Friends: Author Marianne Rice

Today I welcome author Marianne Rice to share a little about herself by answering my quick questions and a bit more about her latest release, Then Came You. Plus, Marianne is doing a giveaway of Then Came You. First the Q & A:

Someone just gave you the best compliment ever.  What was it?

“Your children are so kind, respectful and giving.” Hubby and I have been working on this with our 14, 12 and 9 year old. They believe the world revolves around them and we would like them to consider others before themselves. *sigh* I just want my children to be healthy, happy, caring individuals. I love this!


Name one thing that is guaranteed to make you laugh and one thing that will always make you cry.

Guaranteed laugh is when my 9 year-old Little Guy’s long eye lashes fill with laughing tears as he tells a random story that makes no sense to anyone else. The whole family can’t help but smile and giggle at his nonsense.

What makes me cry? A sick child, the St. Jude’s Hospital commercials, soldiers returning home. Heart in throat every time!


You get a month off from your regular personal life and writing routine to travel.  Where will you go? What will you do? Why did you choose this destination or trip?

I love living in Maine, but the winters can be long and cold. My sister lives in San Diego and I’d love to get out to sunny California more often to see her and my adorable nephews. And an added bonus would be if my other sister in New Jersey and her son could come too! It’s fun when our families and cousins get together, but I’d also love to have just a sister visit. The three of us sans the kids, and a boatload of sun, quiet, loaded Kindles and an endless supply of umbrella drinks.


You get one do-over from your life so far.  What is it?

Wow. This question has had me thinking for days. There are lots of little things I’d do over: my quick anger when my kids do something that drives me up a wall, words I said out of anger to my husband, silly, stupid little things I may have done in high school but will never admit. But really, I don’t have any major life regrets. I regret my children are living with life-long illnesses that I have no control over (one with type 1 diabetes and aspergers, another with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease), but there isn’t anything I can do to change these. It’s the daily battle that will make my children grow up to be strong, independent fighters. If I could change one thing, I’d rid them of their diseases.



You have no choice but to live your life from now on as one of your characters.  Which character is it and why?

I would love to be Rayne Wilde, the heroine in my contemporary romance, Sweet on You, the first book in the Wilde Sisters series. She’s always happy and has a wonderful man who is funny, loyal and even bakes! The fun adventurous Rayne and Trent do together while discovering themselves and each other is worth the ride over and over again. As the middle child, Rayne is the peacemaker between her sisters. The three have a special and unique bond that reminds me of my sisters.

Thanks for sharing, Marianne. And now more about THEN CAME YOU:



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Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, relaxing with fancy drinks and romance books. Connect with her on Facebook or visit her website at


BOOK BLURB-Then Came You

Thyme Wilde doesn’t make long-term decisions—until she falls in love with one…

Easily bored and quickly distracted, Thyme enjoys her freedom, so being a temp at her sister’s company is the perfect job. But when she takes a position as a nanny, she instantly falls in love with the five-year-old princess named Maddie—and just two months later, Maddie’s parents are killed in a plane crash, leaving Thyme in an unfamiliar role of responsibility.

Multi-millionaire architect Grayson Montgomery lives in the lap of luxury—but at a cost…

Being the sole heir of his family’s fashion empire and his father’s architectural firm, Grayson has never lacked for anything. But in return, he must stay subservient to the matriarch of his family—his grandmother—and date the heiress of their largest business partner. The only freedom Grayson has is his architectural designs, which are his true passion.

One day changes Grayson’s future forever…

A lawyer summons Grayson to Maine for the reading of the will of a woman he once knew. He doesn’t expect to be named the father of a five-year-old orphan. Then he meets his newly-discovered daughter—and her incredibly sexy nanny.

While acting as Maddie’s loyal nanny, Thyme develops feelings for her new employer that are more than professional. And after several passionate nights with Grayson, it’s clear the feeling is mutual.

When it’s made evident Grayson sees her as a convenient placeholder, Thyme must push aside her desires and put Maddie above herself—even if it means sacrificing her heart to do it.THEN CAME YOU-Cover Reveal



Excerpt from Then Came You:

Grayson slipped his hand from hers and gently cupped her cheek. “I’m going to kiss you again,” he said, just inches away from her lips. “And I’m not going to let you go so easily this time.”

Oh, gush. She clamped her legs tighter and felt an instant stirring in her chest. Her headlights pointing straight at him, lighting the way to her heart. Slowly, painfully slowly, Grayson lowered his head inch by inch until his breath mingled with hers.

“If you don’t want me to do this,” he whispered, “you better say so. Fast.”

Thyme’s goal was to keep her hands to herself, but Grayson looked so sexy coming down the stairs after putting Maddie down for her nap that she couldn’t do the responsible thing. He grinned at her as if he knew her thoughts. Without saying a word, their mouths met, their hands tugged on each other’s clothes, and they fell to the couch in a naked, sweaty tangle.

Just one more romp and then she’d turn their relationship into a professional partnership.








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