Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014


Loving the Lawman series: 3
Genre: Historical Western
Coming August 26, 2014
(Electronic formats only)

Is she a dead ringer...or a dead woman walking?
When U.S. Deputy Marshal Sam Dunaway arrives in Kenton Valley, Texas, for a murder trial, the last thing he expects is to run into his late wife Celine. The one who supposedly died in a boarding house fire shortly after she ran off with his life savings.

Despite her Plain Jane disguise, Sam isn’t fooled. As soon as his business with the trial is finished, the woman who broke his heart will pay.

Three years ago, Celine had good reason to use Sam’s money to go into hiding—and it’s a secret she must still keep, even if it means certain arrest and imprisonment. Because coming clean risks crushing rejection.

In spite of themselves, the embers of love roar in to a passionate inferno, leaving Sam with a hell of a choice. To stick to his principles…or follow his heart.

Warning: This story contains a woman with a sewing basket full of secrets, and a highly pissed-off U.S. Marshal wants her dead or alive—though alive is better. Just sayin’.

Monday, March 17, 2014


I'm so sorry I can't reveal the cover art yet, but it has to be approved by TPTB. I can assure you that Angela Waters has given MASTERING THE MARSHAL a wonderful cover in what I would say is record time. I asked for a lean-muscled man like "Justified's" Raylon Givens, and while I don't have Timothy Olyphant on my cover, she gave my cover the next best thing. I won't be able to keep the cover a secret one second longer than necessary. 


Monday, February 10, 2014

Authors Chain Link: February 10

Last week (27th January 2014) the wonderful debut historical novelist, Cindy Nord took part in a blog chain in which she had to answer four specific questions (http://cindynord.com) and then pass the baton on to three other authors for the following week. I am extremely honored to be one of the authors she chose to follow her.

Back to the chain – the gist of the chain is simple: it is a blog post on a set topic, at the end of which you nominate a given number of bloggers to do the same. Put a lot of them together and you have a chain. 

A member of numerous writers groups, Cindy’s work has finaled or won countless times in chapter competitions, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America National Golden Heart Contest.  A luscious blend of history and romance, her stories meld both genres around fast-paced action and emotionally driven characters.  After debuting on July 31st, 2012, and for the next 11 1/2 months straight, her novel, NO GREATER GLORY, was the bestselling #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon, as well as a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’. she just signed a three book contract for a continuation of her wonderful series, The Cutteridges. "True love awaits you in the writings of Cindy Nord."

Cindy lives just across the Ohio River from me, and we love getting together for coffee or for walking our Shelties.

And now on to me: Marie-Nicole Ryan.

I'm currently working on the third book in my historical western romance series, Loving the Lawman, titled Mastering the Marshal. I'm fast closing in on the end of Sam and Selma/Celine's story. It seems she has a secret or two in her past which the reader would never have guessed from the first book in the Lawman series, Seducing the Sheriff, when she made her first appearance as a quiet seamstress. Once I submit this one to my editor, I'll start on book 3 of my Music City Heat series, set in the wonderful city where I lived for such a long time. It's a romantic suspense series set in a family-run P.I. agency. 
I'm always puzzled by this question. I'm never really sure what sets me apart or if anything does. I've been told I write luscious heroes and heroines who teeter on the brink of high maintenance. I like to think there's an underlying humor that gets my characters through the rough spots. And family drama--there's always a big dose of that whether I'm writing in either a historical or a contemporary era.

I used to say I wrote romantic suspense because I loved romance and mystery and that genre satisfied both my interests and voice. Now that I've dipped my toe into the historical western genre, I find my childhood love for cowboy western movies and the TV series Deadwood has re-emerged and I've really enjoyed revisiting that iconic time of lean-hipped heroes and sometimes very tough heroines.


I write anytime of day. I used to be a morning person, and if my morning was shot by taking my mom to one of her doctor's appointments or exercising at the Y, I didn't write. Finally, I made up my mind I could write anytime of day, so now I do.  Right now it's usually later afternoon. I start out by revising what I wrote the day before--that gets me in the mood to advance the story. I seem to  hear and dialogue first and write that as fast as I can. Then I go back and fill in the details, emotions, body language, etc. I really have to concentrate on not having two talking heads. When I first retired from the evil day job, I wrote a minimum of 2000 words a day. Now seven years later, I've slowed down quite a bit. 

For example, I wrote the first scene of Mastering the Marshal in March of 2012. But then I put it aside in order to complete book 2 of the Music City Heat series, Because of You. Then I had edits for Taming Talia (book 2 of the Loving the Lawman series). After that, I focused on formatting my three of my re-releases for print and self publishing and then worked more on completing Because of You and then edits, etc. I wrote perhaps 9000 words of the Marshal's story in 2012 and another 20k words in 2013. I've written another 6k words on the Marshal's story this year. Okay, so I'm slow and inconsistent. I think this one will be anywhere from 40k to 45k words before it's completed, but I'm closing in on the finish line. I promise.

Marie-Nicole Ryan was born in a small western Kentucky town, but after college and marriage, she said "Good bye" to small town life. After spending three years as an army wife, she landed in Nashville, TN, where she spent several decades working as an R.N. and case manager. Finally in 2002, she achieved her dream of becoming a published author.

Her heroes are lawmen, detectives, or federal agents. She writes erotic historical western romance and contemporary romantic suspense.  Too Good To Be True won a 2008 EPPIE for erotic romantic suspense. One of her early books, See You In My Dreams, won a Golden Wings award from the publisher for excellence in romantic suspense. In addition, her mystery/suspense novel, One Too Many, was a 2009 EPPIE Finalist.

She's an active member of RWA® and Music City Romance Writers. Recently, she returned to her old hometown in western Kentucky. When she's not slaving away at her current work in progress, you might find her walking her dog Cassie, a sheltie rescue, or at the Y. But you won't ever find her in an airplane. No, not ever.

Please join me on: 
Twitter : http://twitter.com/marienicoleryan/
Web page: http://marienicoleryan.com/

Monday, December 02, 2013

Goodreads Six Winners

Goodreads has chosen the six winners, and the books are on the way! I hope each of you enjoy your copy of BECAUSE OF YOU.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway Starts Today

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Because Of You by Marie-Nicole Ryan

Because Of You

by Marie-Nicole Ryan

Giveaway ends November 29, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Second Book in Music City Heat Series Released

A P.I. with a lot to lose and a nurse with even more.

When a pregnant friend and fellow case manager goes missing, Allison Lackey turns to her family's P.I. agency for help. Just her luck, her brother assigns his old pal and new employee, Nick Vitelli, to the case. Wouldn't you know he's the same fellow she had the hots for as a teenager. When the old feelings emerge, being around him is pure torture. Besides, in Allison's opinion, his investigation is headed in the wrong direction. 

Former Atlanta PD detective Nick Vitelli is newly divorced and halfway resents being palmed off on a “family” case. Initially, he doesn’t believe in the case’s urgency or that Allison knows what she’s talking about. He figures she may know a lot about nursing, but trying to tell him how to run an investigation is out of line.

When the missing woman's car is found and the evidence points to homicide, Nick and Allison put aside their differences and work together. Allison's all grown up, and Nick finds working so closely with his boss's sister more and more difficult. Getting mixed up with Allie could mean a quick trip to the unemployment line. Losing this job is too great a risk because he has a young son to support.

When another nurse goes missing, Allison creates an enemy or two when she doggedly pursues a physician as the culprit. She's not only in danger of losing her job, but also runs a great risk of being the next victim.

Upload pending at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and iTunes.