Day 9: Marie Force on Hope, Luck & Joy

Lucky in Love – Romance Matters

I get this question often from readers: Do you know actual people who are like the characters in your books? The question comes in particular from readers of the McCarthys of Gansett Island books, which are full of siblings and cousins and friends who love to bicker and give each other a hard time, but are right there for each other in tough times, too. My answer is always the same. Yes, I know people like them. My family is like the McCarthys and so is my husband’s family. Laughter and mischief is a big part of our lives. Someone is always playing a joke on someone else. Maid For Love

I once jokingly told my cousin Steven (six months older than me) that I wanted to lose so much weight that people are concerned about me. He said in front of an appreciative audience of other cousins, “You might want to get a more attainable goal.” Oh the laughter! And this from my son’s godfather, the usher in my wedding, my former dorm-mate in college and one of my best friends all my life. If I needed him for anything, he’d come in a heartbeat, and vice versa. Yet we never miss a chance to take a swipe at each other. It’s how we roll, and it’s a fun way to live.

Through my communications with readers, I’ve come to realize that not everyone is as lucky as I am. Not everyone has one family like mine, let alone two of them. My husband’s brother and I do nothing but laugh—at each other—every time we talk to each other. The characters in my books and in books by other authors fill a void in the lives of people who often find themselves alone in life, wishing for the kind of camaraderie they find in fictional families. That is something I can give them through my good fortune of being born into one amazing family and marrying into another.

In addition to the bond of family and friends, not everyone has been lucky to find that special someone with whom they wish to spend their lives. Romance novels fill that void, too. They give people hope that the one they are looking for might be right under their nose or riding by them on a bike or working for their parents or about to be stranded at their marina or handcuffed to an ex-husband who doesn’t appreciate what he’s got. Yes, all those scenarios unfold in the McCarthy Series, along with many others. Romance is in full bloom on Gansett Island, and readers are already clamoring for Book 10—and book 9 was only released in July!


That leads me to Bobbi’s request that I recommend another author whose work I have enjoyed recently. My No. 1 recommendation these days is Tangled, by Emma Chase. I have never laughed so hard reading a book in my life, and I hope there will soon be much more from this talented debut author. I absolutely LOVED Tangled, and you will, too.

Questions for Marie:

 What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

We bought our current house last summer, and it came with a face sculpture hard-wired into the kitchen tile that we absolutely hate. I hear “he” is the god of wine. All I know is I can’t bear to look at “him.” My kids say “he” is the “Soul of the House.” I say get a hammer and chisel and get him out of here!

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

It’s a Wonderful Life and Julia Roberts would have to play me, since I’ve made her a millionaire by buying Pretty Woman in every available format since 1990.

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

My children.


If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

Anything and everything to do with Sam and Nick in the Fatal Series. Or Mac and Maddie in Maid for Love. Of course there is Jack and Andi in Treading Water… I love all my couples for different reasons.


Marie would like you to know that you can check out the McCarthy Series on her website and get Maid for Love, Book 1, for free everywhere e-books are sold. She will also give away 3 copies each of McCarthy books two and three as well!

Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 contemporary romances, including The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, the Fatal Series, the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new series, The Green Mountain Country Store, is out on Valentine’s Day 2014. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.  *  facebook  *  Twitter: @marieforce

Buy Marie’s books on Amazon.

Have you seen these other great essays?

Linda Francis Lee     Shana Galen     Nina Rowan

  • Jen C

    I love your stories! The Gansett Island stories are so great!

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much! I love Gansett, too! 🙂

  • Britney Adams

    I am one of those eagerly awaiting Book 10! I LOVE the McCarthys!!!! Romance is in full bloom on Gansett Island, indeed!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much! Romance is definitely in full bloom on Gansett Island and it will be for some time to come!

  • christinejensen

    The relationships of the main characters with thier family and friends are often my favorite aspects of a romance novel. Sure the romance is great and makes you smile, but the fun give and take of family and friends makes you laugh 🙂

    • Marie Force

      They make me laugh as I’m writing them, especially the McCarthys! Thanks for reading!

  • Melanie Backus

    Hoping for a new read!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you for coming by, Melanie!

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Your books sound great! I will definitely check out Maid for Love.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks, Nicole! Hope you enjoy it!

  • rebecca moe

    I have Maid for Love on my eshelf, patiently waiting. I’m working my way through Sam and Nick now–loving them!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much! Glad you’re enjoying the books!

  • brhill2010

    I have never read any books by you yet. I am going to add you to my TBR list. What would you recommend I read first by you??

    • Marie Force

      Thank you for checking out my books! Try Maid for Love, since it’s free! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

  • Patty Vasquez

    Families make for interesting stories, don’t they? My daughter can’t wait to bring her boyfriend to Texas to meet my husband’s side of the family, because they’re funny, playful, and lovingly tease each other (loudly) every chance they get. In other words the opposite of what she considers my boring, somewhat dysfunctional family. Thank you for writing romance novels that demonstrate the joy of family.

    • Marie Force

      We are all about the LOUD teasing in my family! It’s relentless! Thanks for reading, Patty!

      • Patty Vasquez

        You’re more than welcome. My husband grew up in poverty. He always said joking, teasing, and laughing were free. And, in the next breath, would tease me about stoic Norwegians having no sense of humor. 😉

  • Suzanne Clune

    I have to confess I have never read any of your books!Living in Ireland, there is rarely a ‘romance’ section in the bookshops,so I tend to search online for new authors.I’m sure glad I found this page and you have now been added to my new author list. I love the sound of your books, there is nothing better than reading about close families who help each other out in hard times, and laugh together in the good. I’m lucky enough to have a family like that, and I always love to read about others,to see if they are as crazy as mine! And lets not forget the romance,you can never have too much romance in a book . Looking forward to reading your books 🙂

    • Marie Force

      Thank you Suzanne! Hope you enjoy the books when you get a chance to read them!

  • Marinella Casadei

    Thank you for Maid for love. I’ll read it with pleasure and I am sure I’ll find it wonderful!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Marinella! Hope you enjoy Maid for Love!

  • Sandi in OH

    I haven’t read any of your books either but I’m going to download one as soon as I get out of here. I am finding more new authors daily.

    • Marie Force

      Awesome, thanks for checking out my books, Sandi! Hope you enjoy them!

  • Kareni

    I’ve enjoyed the Fatal books! Thank you.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much! So glad you’ve enjoyed the Fatal Series!

  • Kim Cornwell

    Love meeting new authors! Thanks for stoping by and sharing!

    • Marie Force

      Nice to meet you, too, Kim!

  • Bette Hansen

    Absolutely love all your Gansett Island books. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts today

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Bette! Happy to have you as a reader!

  • Rosemarie N.

    Marie Force is a wonderful writer. Fatal Series and The Gansett series are the best. But she has a lot of stand alone books that are great too. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of her books I highly recommend you do. You’ll fall in love with all her characters in her books. You too, will become a Marie Fangirl!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much, Rosemarie! Happy to have you as a fangirl!

  • Amy McKechney Lang

    Discovered The Gansett series when the first one was available for free for the Kindle. Read it and loved it! Now I am addicted to the series!

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much! So glad you are addicted to Gansett! So am I!

  • Pamela Reveal

    Marie force is a writer that brings you into each and everyone of her books. You feel the emotion of every character and and you can relate to them. She always have you waiting on pins and needles for the next books to come out. A writer who understands her fans and even though she has family and is busy writing she will let you know about new books what’s going on and thank you Great author !

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much, Pamela! Happy to have you as a faithful reader!

  • Meredith Richardson

    I love your essay, I’m from a small family so I love reading about families like yours and the ones in your stories. I love the relationships, the laughter, and the love described in your books.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Meredith! So glad you enjoy the books.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    I’m in the car and laughing my A– off reading your post. Don’t worry, DH is driving! We’re on our way to a mini family reunion with our son, some cousins and a few in-laws; your post really could not have come at a better time, Marcie. Because my family sounds so very much like yours, I’m expecting a lot of fun and laughs!

    • Marie Force

      Thanks Flora! Hope you enjoy my books!

  • Pamby50

    I can’t wait to read one of your books. We grew up knowing all our cousins. Now we’re scattered but thanks to technology, we still keep up with each other.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy the books!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I really lucked out with my in-laws. They’re a fun bunch of people and welcomed me with open arms. At first they thought I was too good for my hubby, but I let them know he was a great guy to me. LOL

    • Marie Force

      I was very lucky with my in-laws too. Loved my MIL and FIL and miss them very much. Love my husband’s siblings too!

  • Kim

    I love reading about interesting secondary characters and family dynamics! Tangled has been on a TBR list for a while now.

    • Marie Force

      Hope you enjoy Tangled. I’ve never laughed SO hard reading a book in my life!

  • Ann

    Family is the soul of romance!

    • Marie Force


  • TrishJ

    I was lucky too. Both my family and my husband’s family have lots of laughter at every opportunity. Romance needs laughter as well as love for a HEA. I LOVE your books.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much for reading, Trish!

  • Marcia Berbeza

    Family is everything. You don’t always have to like them, you do have to love them. When my husband and I were dating, we both held something back until we met each other’s families. If it is going to be forever (and for us, there was no question that it would be), then you would be having those people in your life as well. Charlie and I have been married for 35 years and when something happens, we call on the various family members to help. When my aunt and uncle divorced many, many years ago, she was still considered a member of the family.

    • Marie Force

      I know what you mean. I’ve had a divorce in my family in which we “kept” someone. Love is love. 🙂

      • Marcia Berbeza

        🙂 Agreed!!

  • Nancy Huddleston

    I so enjoyed reading about this family. Families are great.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Nancy! 🙂

  • BookLady

    What a wonderful series! I love reading family stories. Thanks for the free copy of Maid for Love.

    • Marie Force

      My pleasure! Hope you enjoyed it!

  • Ann Mettert

    Loved reading about the family. Have not read any of your books. Yet. I look forward to it. 🙂

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Ann! Hope to hear you enjoyed them!

  • Erlinda Mejia

    It all began with Love At First Flight, my love affair with your books. Love them, read them, some of them over and over. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and stories with us.

    • Marie Force

      You and I go WAY back! LOL! Thanks for reading!

  • Sue G.

    Love my family. Life would be boring without them. Fun stories of your family.

    • Marie Force

      Life would be SO boring without my crazy family! 🙂

  • Emily Baucom

    I loved Maid For Love and have been planning on getting the rest of the series and also would like to try your other series as well especially The Fatal Series.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you so much, Emily (my daughter’s name). Hope you enjoy the other series!

  • Ketta Peters

    I totally understand the “swiping at each other” as it happens in my (extended) family, too. I knew I’d picked the right guy when his mother said if we ever divorced, she’d keep me. I need to move your books up my TBR pile, they sound wonderful.

    • Marie Force

      LOL, that’s fabulous! My cousins say they get my husband in our “inevitable” divorce. 🙂

  • Jodi Lattanzio

    LOVED the Gansett series and I am on the second read through of all of them…now at Season for Love. The I will be back to the Fatal Series for a second time…can’t put your books aside…LOVE THEM!!! I will be doing the Treading Water series next. 🙂 Thank you, Marie!!! xoxo

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much for reading–twice! Appreciate that!

  • leah g

    I love your Gansett Island books. It makes me happy for the small family I do have, and a bit lustful of a giant fun loving one.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you! I love the McCarthy family, too, and I wish they were real!

  • stampin_sue

    So glad I found this site. I was looking for a book to read and this series looks like it will be just the thing!

    • Marie Force

      Thanks very much! Hope you enjoy the McCarthys!

  • Katy M

    Will definitely be checking out Maid for Love. Thanks!

    • Marie Force

      Thanks, Katy! Hope you enjoy Maid for Love!

  • Nina

    Katy you will love Maid for Love! this series is awesome! I am so addicted to anything Marie writes! I have read everything and now have to wait for #10 in one series and another one in the Fatal Series.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much, Nina! Happy to have you addicted!

  • Ruth

    You are so unbelievably blessed to come from such a great family AND THEN marry into one! Wow! That sounds a romance novel in and of itself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love hearing about romance that transcends fiction and is actually real-life!

    • Marie Force

      I’m very blessed for sure, Ruth!

  • Karin Anderson

    I hate it when people say that romance novels create high expectations for relationships. Shouldn’t we want the best for ourselves and those we care about? I think we should. 😀

    • Marie Force

      Absolutely! Totally agree,

  • Shirley Buchanan

    How blessed you are with family. I agree with you. Books can fill a void in your life. They can also be entertaining, heart wrenching, and educational. You’re an excellent author. Keep writing such wonderful stories.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, Shirley! I am very blessed with a great family!

  • Angela Dutton

    Love your books Marie. Have just finished reading the latest in the Gansett Island series and can’t wait for the next.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks so much for reading!

  • I always wonder if I am ‘seeing’ into the author’s real life a bit when I read their characters. 🙂

    • Marie Force

      In my case, you are definitely getting some of my real life, but not TOO much. 🙂

  • Laura Z

    I really enjoy the Fatal Series and only have read Maid for Love, need to get going on the rest of that series. Too many books to read and not enough time.

    • Marie Force

      Thanks for reading, Laura! Glad you enjoy the Fatal Series!

  • cathy_shouse

    Hi, Marie, We met at Indiana Romance Writers of America meeting. I enjoyed “Maid for Love” very much. I’d love to win more of your books. 🙂 Congrats on all your success!

    • Marie Force

      Nice to see you here, Cathy! Thanks for reading!

  • Linnea Bassin

    I have started reading your McCarthy series and I have loved what I read so far. I have recently discovered our library carries many of the authors I love and have been a little distracted in my reading and hoping around from series to series. Go figure. I can’t wait to get back to your McCarthy series.

    • Marie Force

      Thank you, hope you enjoy the rest!

  • Marie Force

    Hi there,
    Sorry to be absent for the party, but I’m on vacation and just checking in to say hello and thanks for all the kind words about my books. If you are new to my books, thanks for checking them out and I’d love to hear from you at Thanks so much!

  • suepeace

    Love your books!! 🙂

  • Stephanie M.

    Finished Maid for Love last night. Can’t wait to start Fool for Love.

  • mariannewestrich

    I’ve just downloaded several of your books and cannot wait to get started reading!

  • Amy Ryan

    I just got Maid for Love 🙂 Look forward to reading it! Thanks