Friday, June 13, 2014

Aloha to US Flag Day, Marie Harte, and THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR


June 14 is US Flag Day.  Let's continue the celebration with a veteran - Marie Hart!  From her bio,

I majored in English from Penn State University, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts, as well as a commission in the United States Marine Corps. Five years later, after serving as a communications officer, I left the service to focus more on family. After going through an assortment of jobs–the Marine Corps Reserve, an IT representative, a middle manager for a Fortune 500 transportation company–I stopped working to raise two new additions to the family–my youngest sons. During this period, I decided to stop dreaming and start seriously writing.

Kim:  Thank you for your service in the USMC.  I served 13 years as an AF Communications Officer (now serving as a military spouse).   Can you share a favorite moment (or life changing experience) from your active duty time?

FYI, those who follow my blog know that I absolutely loved Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) at Kaneohe Bay during my husband's four year tour in Hawaii.

Marie:  Ah! A sister communicator. J I spent five years on active duty in the USMC as a communications officer and loved it. One of my favorite moments while in the service was when I got the opportunity to go TAD (temporary active duty) to Stuttgart, Germany. I’d always wanted to go to Europe, and Germany did not disappoint. I miss it! There I had the opportunity to work in the J6, a joint communications command, and see other methods of communication, to include satellite feeds and data systems—which was just coming alive in the USMC as its own specialty back in ’96. (And now I feel old. LOL) We were in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, backing our troops in Bosnia at the time. It was so different than training. We were doing real world stuff, and I felt as if I was really making a difference. I’ll never forget it. I’d tell you more, but then I’d have to kill you. *grin*

Kim:  What did you learn from your "assortment of jobs" that you could apply to writing and publishing?

Marie:  Never to take no for an answer. Persistence pays. To always be professional and put others ahead of myself. Odd for a solo career in writing, but it makes me appreciate those who help me get where I need to be—editors, proofers, publishers. And a big thing I learned—reprimand in private, praise in public. Period.

Kim:  I counted 10 titles "coming soon" on your website, including four new series.  How do you juggle different series along with family life?

Marie:  The different series keep me fresh, so I don’t get bored with writing the same old thing. It’s a challenge balancing family with work. Fortunately for me, my kids spend their day in school while I take the time to write. I’m single, so I can do a good bit at night too once the kids are in bed. (That’s when I’m not goofing off watching TV.) I’m a fast writer, so it’s not as difficult as it might seem to write a lot.

Kim:  Tell us about The McCauley series and Book 1, THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR.

Marie:  The McCauleys are a group of four rough and tumble brothers from a blue collar—mostly—family. They work hard and enjoy razzing one another. But at the end of it all, they’re a tight-knit clan. Women love them, but McCauleys don’t just fall for anyone. When the right women appear, the guys start tumbling like dominoes. No matter how hard they fight it, love won’t be denied… You hear that, guys?

In The Troublemaker Next Door, when Flynn McCauley meets Maddie Gardner, sparks fly. She hates men. He’s not into relationships. She lost her job. He fixed her sink—but that’s not all he wants to fix. When a ride home turns into a lot more, Maddie and Flynn decide to keep things strictly casual. Strictly sexual. They won’t date. And they end up not dating…a lot. But soon Flynn wants more from the wary redhead. If he can just keep her distracted long enough to burrow under her skin, Flynn might convince Maddie they have a shot at real happiness. That’s if Maddie can overcome her past to take a chance on the future.

Sourcebooks is giving away a print copy of THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR - A Publishers Weekly TOP 10 ROMANCE for Spring 2014:

It's been the day from hell for Maddie. Instead of offering a promotion, her boss made a pass. She quit, then got dumped by her lukewarm boyfriend. As the fiery redhead has a foul-mouthed meltdown, her green-eyed neighbor Flynn McCauley stands in her kitchen...completely captivated.

He was just there to fix the sink as a favor. He's not into relationships. She's done with idiots. But where there are friends...sometimes there are benefits. And sometimes the boy next door might be just what you need at the end of every day.

Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.

To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about what we would find in your kitchen - cooking gadgets?  spice rack?  hunky hero?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Marie and her books from her social media:

Website | Blog | Facebook

USMC Veterans at the Strawberry Festival
Do they look like troublemakers?!?


  1. Hunky guy?? I had to laugh.

    In my kitchen you will always find a large bowl full of fresh fruit. I am constantly filling it, so either the elves are eating it or family.

  2. I've got tons of dishes in my kitchen cupboards. I love all different colors, shapes and sizes of plates and bowls to eat from. It's just something fun to brighten my food with. I'm really looking forward to reading about the McCauley Brothers!!

  3. In my kitchen you will a lot of fruit and vegetables since my husband and I are on a diet right now.

  4. To tell the truth, I got ants in my kitchen.... working on getting rid of those pesky guys...

  5. I have all three in my kitchen.

  6. Lots of gadgets and spices.....well ok my husband can be my hunky hero!

  7. I`m not much of a cook, so I love my gadgets that can do all the work for me! So, you`ll find a blender, a Keurig and a bagel sandwich maker. I seem to be missing the hunky hero in my kitchen, so if you know one please send him my way! ;-)

  8. lol... I wish a hunky chef :) But I'm not much of a cook so there's not much in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have a very small kitchen so no room for a hunk - I'll let him have another room in my house lol.

  10. In my kitchen you will find a coffee pot, spice racks, a pot with goodies for the compost pile, a dehydrator, and a big water filter (hubby's tummy is sensitive to the tap water). And assorted other 'stuff'!

  11. Would love to find a chef in my kitchen. Need not be hunky.

  12. A lot of stuff - a microwave of course, Geo. Forman Grill, Blender, Water filter, garbage pails and a lot more items.

  13. I have a lot of stuff in my kitchen. I love my bone china, and bring it out whenever I can. I don't have too many gadgets though, as I don't enjoy cooking anymore.

  14. Pots, pans, baking equipment. I haven't found a hunk yet. Lol.

  15. I like gadgets and small appliances. For Christmas I got my boys a Yonanas machine, which turns frozen bananas into an ice cream like product. :D

    Marcy Shuler

  16. Yes. A man who will cook

  17. My kitchen has old everything - cabinets, sink, stove - we need a major renovation!

  18. In my kitchen, the thing that really counts is my coffee pot. LOL Thanks for having me!!