Mary Behre’s SPIRITED Debut!

It is my extreme pleasure and honor to introduce my dear friend, debut Paranormal Romantic Suspense author, MARY BEHRE (pronounced Merry Berry–isn’t that too cute?) to you today!

Not only is Mary a truly selfLESS, sweet, giving, nurturing, amazing person, she is also a rather  incredible author.

Just look at some of the reviews pouring in for her first novel, SPIRITED, which debuts today!

“This mix of romance, ghostly visions and unexpected danger is unbelievably fun and thrilling!” –4Stars RT Book Reviews

“…a fast paced story that made me lose track of the time…” 4 1/2 Stars Top Pick, Night Owl Reviews

“Behre’s exuberant debut paranormal romance is lighthearted and easygoing, with a slow-moving subplot that promises to spark future books.” –Publishers Weekly

“I loved Spirited and can’t wait to see what Behre will do next. She has an incredible talent and is a great new voice in romantic suspense that will most definitely have me coming back for more.”  ~herding cats & burning soup

“Spirited is an intriguing blend of romance, mystery and ghosts to keep you up late at night.”New York Times bestseller Dianna Love

“Great! A real-page turner. Be prepared, once you sit down to read, you won’t want to get up until you’ve finished the book.” – NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lynsay Sands

A sweet, funny, sexy debut!” – Deadly Games Series author Lena Diaz 🙂

“Rich with mystery, hot romance, and sneaky humor… No magic crystal ball is needed to foresee this writer is bursting with talent! –  Author of Games People Play & The Fifth Favor, Shelby Reed

Isn’t that terrific???? I can’t remember the last time I saw such glowing reviews for a brand new author. Here’s the cover–which I adore!–for SPIRITED, along with the back cover copy.


She’s running from who she is…

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life–preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s ability for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding–no matter how impossible the truth may be…

Now let’s get to know Mary a little better…

LD: What’s your favorite food?

MB: Chocolate, of course!

LD: What three books influenced you the most in life?

MB: I love this question!

Dr. Seuss’s HORTON HATCHES THE EGG had a huge influence both on my childhood and my philosophy of life. Here was an elephant doing what the entire world thought was ridiculous because he’d made a promise. In the end, the universe rewarded his honesty, his hard work and his faithfulness. “And it should be, it Should be, IT SHOULD BE like that. Because Horton was faithful, he sat and he sat.”

Another book that heavily influenced my life was Agatha Christie’s THE MIRROR CRACK’D FROM SIDE TO SIDE. I’d read a number of Miss Marple books  but this was the first one where I figured out who did it on page thirty-eight. It wasn’t because the book was poorly written, quite the opposite. I’d simply adopted Miss Marple’s habit of comparing a mystery to life as I knew it. And I figured out who did it and why. Ooh, I felt so brilliant that day. I thought for sure, I’d guess the culprit in all of her other books as quickly. I didn’t but I did learn to pay attention to details in books and movies.

Finally, the most recent book to add to my list of most influential books of my life is Suzanne Brockmann’s INTO THE STORM. Shortly after my second child was born, my sister handed me her copy of the book while my baby napped. I couldn’t put it down. Suddenly, I’d found a genre that I could really see myself writing. Sexy, fun, and suspenseful!

LD: When you’ve had a rough week, what’s your go –to book or movie or activity to relieve stress?

MB: For a long time, my go-to movie was GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE with Brendan Fraser. I love the slapstick comedy. Anymore, I don’t have time to watch a lot of movies, but I must admit, between November 1st and December 31st, I’m a sucker for sappy and sometimes silly Christmas movies.

LD: What profession would you like to attempt?

MB:Tai Chi instructor. I was once on the path to become one, but then my husband moved to a small town. I could have continued my training to be an instructor, but that would have meant weekly eight-hour round trips and my children were still babies at the time. So, it wasn’t feasible.

LD: What profession would not want to attempt?

MB: Any job from which I’ve already resigned. LOL. I believe if work becomes drudgery, quit and find something you enjoy. Life’s too short to hate your job.

LD: What sound or noise do you love?

MB: Military jets in the skies over Virginia Beach. When September 11th happened, all the jets were grounded. It was an eerie quiet that night.

LD: What’s a fact most people couldn’t guess about you?

MB: I have three tattoos; a frog, a dream catcher and a pink ribbon. Each one represents a significant change in my life or the life of a loved one.

LD: Vampire, werewolf, zombie, ancient warrior, cowboy, or ghost?

MB: GHOST! I love suspense but I love paranormal too. There’s a ghost in almost every story I write.

LD: What subgenre do you write?

MB: Technically, I write paranormal romance, but it’s really paranormal romantic suspense. Ever story has humor, suspense and a psychic love-connection.

LD: What’s your writing schedule like?

MB: I write Monday through Friday from nine am until five pm. Since I have a family with young children, it’s imperative I be available to spend time with them at night and on the weekends. Although, when I’m under a tight deadline, I have been known to write all night long.

LD: In one word, describe your perfect day.

MB: Beach

LD: Where can readers find you in the next six months? (Conferences and/or book signings)

MB: I’m all over the place!

March 8, 2014: Books-A-Million in Fredericksburg, VA for my book launch party

March 22, 2014: Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, MD where I’ll be doing a book signing with Tracey Anne Warren, Erika Robuck, Addison Fox, Cat Johnson, and NORA ROBERTS!

April 12, 2014: Lady Jane Salon Silver Spring, in Bethesda, MD

April 27, 2014: Kensington Day of the Book, Kensington, MD

May 14-18, 2014: RT Booklovers Convention, New Orleans, LA

June 27-28, 2014: Frederick Book Festival, Frederick, MD

July 23-26, 2014: RWA National Convention, San Antonio, TX

LD: Where can people find you on the internet?

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Leave a comment or question for Mary to be eligible for a drawing to win a free ebook copy (Nook or Kindle, winner’s choice) of SPIRITED! Please check back on Thursday to see if you’re a winner.

Posted on March 4, 2014, in Guest blog, Lena Diaz and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Mary, Congrats on your new release! Thanks for being here today.

  2. I am so thrilled to have found Mary Behre. I love all ghost stories. Our house is haunted but other then getting him in a few family pictures and glimpses of him now and then, he doesn’t speak to us. I enjoy reading good books about ghosts and wonder what ours would say to us if he could or would talk.

    • Ooh, Patti that sounds so exciting. Did you ever research to find out who the ghost might have been in life?

      • We tried but no one died in this house. The only thing we know is that we are in the 49er gold area and a mile from what was a large logging camp in the late 1800’s. It is possible someone could have died here in that era.

  3. Mary, congratulations on your new release! I wonder how many of us were transformed by reading Suzanne Brockmann? 😉 And I love the sound of military jets overhead. Living in Tucson with the A-10s and F-16s was great, as was living near the flight line in Oklahoma. Now I’m on the flight path for Dulles. Not quite as exciting. 😉

    • Hi Gwen! I bet Suz inspired a lot of writers. 🙂 It’s great to meet someone else who recognizes how awesome it is to hear military jets flying. 🙂

  4. Congratulations on you new release, Mary. I love paranormal romantic suspense since they are my two favorite genres. And I’ve loved ghost stories since I first saw The Ghost and Mrs. Muir when I was a teenager. 🙂

  5. Hey I know your profile pic! You’re one of our frequent commenters. How fun to host YOU today, Mary, and congrats on your release! The premise sounds very intriguing–every since the movie GHOST I’m a sucker for that sub-genre. Looking forward to the read.

    The sound of jets overhead (and the sonic boom) always gives me chills. In a good way. My dad used to take us to the Blue Angels when we were kids, and those shows are still among the most awesome experiences of my life.

    Good luck on sales, SO glad you’re here!

    • Hi Sarah! You’re right. I love K&T and do stop by often to comment. It’s why I’m so excited to be here today! If freedom were a sound, it would be the noise made by flying military jets. 😀

  6. Welcome Mary! And congratulations on your debut and it’s wonderful reviews! I can’t wait to read this and will be downloading ASAP! Guys I met Mary at the Writer’s Police Academy, and let me tell you, she is a sweetheart. She was so warm and friendly and a blast to hang out with. It’s always great to make a new friend, and as a reader, I can’t wait to meet her as an author. And LOVE that cover. Lena, wonderful interview and congrats on meeting your own deadline. Thanks again for joining us Mary!

    • Hey, did you two go through FATS training? I was on an adrenalin high for hours. (Went to WPA in 2010.)

      • I did go through FATS training but not last year. I did it in 2012. It was fun. I learned I’m VERY cautious about discharging my weapon. Maybe a little too cautious. LOL Good thing I don’t actually have to be crack shot for my characters to be! 😉

    • Hi Carey! Great catching up with you here. WPA was awesome! Are you going again this fall? I’ll be there. And thank you, I love that cover too.

      Thank you for having me here today, Carey! 😀

      • I’d love to go again this fall, but I’m afraid with RWA, RT, Desert Dreams and family vacation my medical practice won’t allow for more time off. But have fun for me! I didn’t get to do the FATS training and it’s still on my list. Wasn’t Lisa Gardner awesome last year?

  7. K&T readers, don’t forget to leave a comment or question for Mary to possibly win a copy of her debut, SPIRITED.

    Mary, are you doing anything extra fun today to celebrate?

    • I’m snowed in up here in VA. So I’m celebrating by taking the kidlets sledding and baking cookies. Not glamorous but definitely fun. 🙂

  8. Mary, it’s so great to have you here as our guest author!!! Huge congrats on your debut ~ it sounds fabulous!! I’m thrilled we’ll get to meet at RWA this year.

  9. Congrats! i enjoyed the interview

  10. Congratulations to you Mary on your writing career and debut! Romantic Suspense is my very fave reading genre and I’m always glad to be introduced to new authors to feed my immense reading habit. 🙂 So I’m really happy to have “met” you today on this blog.

  11. Happy Release Day, Mary. I love Agatha Christie, too, but I think I read more Poirot stories than Miss Marple.

    • Thank you, Jane. I know so many people who’ve read more Poirot than Miss Marple, but I’m a die-hard fan of the little old lady from St. Mary Mead. So great to meet another Agatha Christie fan!

  12. Heather Ashby

    Congratulations, Mary! SOOO excited for you! SPIRITED looks wonderful. How exciting that it arrived in my e-reader this morning 🙂 Can’t wait to read it! I have Navy Seahawk helicopters flying overhead. For years, I found it annoying when trying to talk on the phone on the porch. Then after 9/11 I appreciated that they were keeping us safe. I ended up writing about them and love the sound whenever they pass overhead. Happy BOOK BIRTHDAY!!!!

  13. Congratulations, Mary! Thanks so much for being here. As I said above, ghosts and romance are a perfect combo. Lena great interview, too.

  14. Hi Mary, congrats on your debut! Fab cover too 🙂 I love your Horton quote. What inspired you to include ghosts in your romantic suspense series?

    • Hi Krista,

      It was all organic. I can’t really say why I saw a ghost in this novel. I just started writing and the first thing Jules told me was that she saw ghosts. It grew from there. 😉

  15. kim hunsberger

    Hey Mary, Great interview. So happy to find your work. Always looking for a nee author. I too love suzanne brockmann. Tho paranormal is my fave. Looking forward to reading you. Oh and the cover ia awesome! 🙂

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