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Tuesday 9 April 2013

Please Welcome Mystery Author Marian Lanouette

I'm excited to have a fellow MuseItUp Publishing author as my guest today. Marian Lanouette is a multi-published author of mystery and romantic suspense. Her debut novel If I Fail, the first book in the Jake Carrington Mystery Series was a runaway hit, followed by the second Burn In Hell. Marian is busily working on the third installment Mated For Life and several other projects. A busy lady! In the meantime, she's here to share an excerpt from her latest romantic suspense novel As The World Ends. And she kindly agreed to take part in what I like to call an author interview.

What was your favourite book as a child/teenager?

The Red Badge of Courage

Who was the first author or what was the first book you read that introduced you to the genre that you most enjoy writing in?

It was so long ago. I need to think on this…I'd have to say Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes.

Do you believe in love at first sight? And if so have you ever been so afflicted? Did you do anything about it? (Did you go for it?)

I do, and yes. I married him.

Is there a particular word you overuse or writing technique that your editor(s) ride you about?

I think in each story you tend to over use a word. I use the find feature to seek and destroy the over use of a particular word. 

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? (Or do you even believe in it?)

I don't believe in it.

If so, how were you able to overcome it?

If inspiration doesn't come, I just start writing whatever pops into my head and eventually the flow of the story is back.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I'd love to live on a Caribbean Island with my deck facing the water. I'd work out there very contently for hours.

If you could bring one of your own characters to life, who would it be and why?

I'd bring Jake Carrington to life. He's hot, smart and compassionate.
     H K ~ And gorgeous and tortured, Oh and did we mention hot. I love Jake. But you knew that.
What are you reading right now? 

JQ Rose's Coda for Murder. And I'm loving it.  

When you read, do you prefer a stand-alone or a series?

I like both. I tend to lean toward a series, because I hate to let go of good characters.

If you were to do a reality show, which one would it be? 

I don't watch them. Sorry  

What is the craziest, most exciting, or most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? 

I found myself on the wrong trail while skiing, way above my skill level. It was all moguls and there was only one way down. I took a deep breath and headed down. I couldn't believe it, everything clicked into place and I had a great run. At the bottom my husband picked my sunglasses up to make sure it was really me. LOL.

Name a celebrity, athlete, musician, etc. you’d most like to get naughty with.

Johnny Depp

What is your favourite way to promote or connect with fans?

I love signing because I get to meet the readers and discuss the books.

Favourite movie? 

The Way We Were or Roman Holiday

Dream Vacation?

Again on a Caribbean island with my husband.

Dream Car?

Anything fast

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?


What can readers look forward to next?

I'm finishing up the third book in the Jake Carrington Series, Mated for Life. And I'm re writing a Romantic Suspense called Loss of Power and I'm also working on two novellas.

Please tell us about your newest release.  

As the World Ends assumes the Mayans got it wrong, the actual date is a year later. But is it really the end of the world? It's a story of love, survival and courage.
Author: Marian Lanouette

Title: As the World Ends

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: February 2013

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/As-World-Ends-Marian-Lanouette/dp/1480171298/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365447052&sr=8-1&keywords=as+the+world+ends


 Chapter One

"It was a rough day. Keila acted like a total ass today. I couldn't wait for the day to end and come home. How about you? How was your day?" Lauren asked her husband, Rob.

"Pretty much the same," he muttered.

Getting ready for bed Lauren continued undressing. With a mischievous grin she turned to him. "Do you want to end it on a high note?"

"I always want to end it on a high note." He grinned back at her.

A seductive smiled played across her lips. "Okay, you're on top." She laughed, jumping up on their bed.

An explosion rocked not only their room, but the whole house just as she landed on the mattress. "What the hell was that?" she screamed, pulling on her robe as she ran after her husband as he shot out of their room.

"I don't know, but it wasn't inside the house. Stay here…"

"The hell I will," she yelled, following him out the front door.

The city block where they lived looked like a bomb had gone off. She grabbed her neighbor's arm. "Do you know what happened?"


"Anyone hurt?" she asked.

"I don't know, I just don't know," her neighbor, Kent said, walking away from her in a daze.

Lauren increased her speed as she tried to catch up with her husband. Drawing the robe tighter around her body she slowed her pace to listen to her husband as he spoke to one of the cops who'd recently arrived on the scene.

"Did someone set off a bomb?" he asked.

"We don't know. We're investigating…" the cop said just as another house exploded creating more chaos.

"What the fuck's going on?" Lauren shouted, grabbing Rob's arm.

He put his arms around her and said, "I don't know, honey."
An older cop spoke in a dire tone. "Supposedly, today's the end of the world. You know the thing everyone's talked about for the last two years."

 Author Bio:

One of ten children, Marian took to writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian traveled in books. With an overactive imagination she started creating her own characters and stories. If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery is the first book in the series. Her second book in the series, Burn in Hell is now available. This month she released a novella called As the World Ends.

An avid reader, she discovered mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved them, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.
Marian has many books planned for Jake Carrington and his crew. The third book in the series Mated for Life will be out sometime next year.

Author Website(s): http://www.marianl.com 

Thank you for joining me today, Marian! 

Check out the book trailer for As The World Ends featured in USA Today!

Congratulations Marian! 


  1. Thank you, H-K, for hosting me today. I loved your book You Found Me very much.

    1. My pleasure, Marian. Thanks so much for the kind words. I loved If I Fail. I love Jake. And Burn in Hell, is on my TBR list. And As The World Ends is already in my Kindle. Can't wait for some time to do some reading.

      Thanks again for being my guest. And I agree with Penny, there would have been an ambulance ride for me too on the ski hill.

      All the best.

  2. Good morning ladies.....Great interview! The story really sounds good Marian. And I've told you before - Great cover!
    ps...I would still be up on that hill waiting for the helicopter to pick me up!

    1. Good Morning, Penny. I love the cover too. Kind of looks like Marian, don't you think? And I think I'd be sporting a cast at the bottom of the ski hill. LOL

      Thanks for stopping, Penny. :)

    2. LOL, I thought for sure I was a goner. Than Saturday ABC World of Sports played in my head and I tucked my knees and it was so awesome, top to bottom with getting stiff or scared. Not only did I impress my husband, I was damn impressed myself. :D

  3. Wonderful interview, ladies. I loved If I Fail and Burn in Hell. Can't wait to read As the World Ends. :)

  4. Hi Marian,
    You know I'm a real fan and love all your books. I love Jake too by the way. Can't wait until Mated For Life comes out. You sure are busy, Mated for Life, Loss of Power AND not one, but two novellas! Don't know where you find the time, but I am sure glad you do. Keep writing and I'll keep reading.

  5. Thank you, Gerri, good know you'll keep reading. It means so much to me.

  6. Replies
    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Enjoy this wonderful day. (Spring has finally arrived here. N.E.)

  7. Hi, Marian and HK! I'm so happy for your success. And OMG, you are a busy girl with all the projects. What a great interview.

  8. Hi Vicki, you know me, I love being busy. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Hi Marian - Hi H.K....Hugs to two of my favorite ladies:) Great interview...love hearing about what you're working on, Marian. Definitely something for me to look forward to reading:) Have fun!!

  10. Thanks, Kay Dee. I'm so happy when I hear readers/fans/friends love reading my stuff.

  11. Great interview Heather and Marian,

    Loved the trailer for When the World Ends! One of these days I will read your books, they
    are on my TBR list along with many other Muse authors:)

    Cheers, Sara