Mary Behre is GUARDED About Her New Release



Please welcome my wonderful friend, Mary Behre, who is also a very talented paranormal romantic suspense author. Mary is celebrating the release of her second book – GUARDED, as a follow up to her debut, SPIRITED, both published by Berkley.

Congratulations Mary!

Now, pull up a seat and let’s chat!

L:  GUARDED is the second book in your Tidewater series. What ties the series together and will there be more?

M:  The Tidewater series is set in the fictional city of Tidewater Virginia. In Tidewater, there are number of people who possess unique psychic powers. These abilities are often called crifts (cursed gifts).

The first three books feature the three Scott sisters. Spirited focuses on Jules, the ghost-seeing sister. Guarded is centered on Shelley, the telepathic veterinarian who communicates with animals. And Energized (working title) features Hannah, the youngest of the three sisters. Hannah is crifted with the power of psychometry. She can touch a metal object and get a vision about the person who last touched the object.

In every book, there is a mystery to be solved. The Tidewater series has humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection.

Right now, I’m working on a novella that’s due out in the summer of 2015. Energized (working title) is slated for release fall of 2015.



She’s given up on finding love…

Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Unlike most people she’s known, animals have never broken her heart. But after six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Determined to track down the animals and their thief, the telepathic vet decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery… 

He’s ready to make her heart go wild…

Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. So when she contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings, he’s eager to reconnect with her. But the thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a devastating choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love…

L: You like to mix paranormal elements in your romantic suspense. Has there been anything in your personal life that you draw upon for your stories, especially regarding those paranormal elements?

M: I grew up in Maryland but have lived in Virginia for the past twenty years. Both states are rife with ghost stories. In fact, I was once a tour guide for a haunted campground. So it was only natural to use ghosts in the first story. I’ve met a number of psychics in my life who’ve had a variety of talents. Many had multiple abilities, but I thought it might be interesting to have different characters with specific gifts…crifts that could help solve a mystery.

L:  How long have you been published? Can you share your call story with us?

M: I’ve been published with Berkley for about five months. My first call came in on Election Day. In Virginia, politicians on both sides, call voters all day. After we had three calls in twenty minutes, I had planned not to answer the phone, but when the phone rang again, I decided to tell the eager political supporter to please cease the harassing calls, as every eligible voting member of the household had already performed our civic duty. To my shock it was a call to tell me that I’d just sold to Berkley in a two-book deal. I remember a lot of squealing and texting my critique partner, the rest is kind of a blur.

They say, you’ll never get that excited again. That’s not true in my case. I received a call from my agent just last week. She told me Berkley had offered a contract for my third book and a novella. I squealed again, jumped around, ran to tell my husband and my children. Truthfully, I was just as excited last night as the night I received my first contract offer.

L: What and who do you read for fun?

M: I read a number of authors. In no particular order, J.D. Robb, Beverly Barton, Valerie Bowman, Lena Diaz, Lynsay Sands, Suzanne Brockmann, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Ashlyn Macnamara, and Heather Graham.

L: (blush – Thank you)  Describe your writing process and/or tell us about where you write.

M: My writing process is heavily influenced by the Candace Havens’ Fast Draft Workshop. I write non-stop for fourteen to thirty days until I complete a first draft. Then I go into first revision mode. That usually takes about two weeks. Once that’s complete, I send the book out to my critique partners and beta readers. After that, I make revisions based on the critiques. The last step is to send off my manuscript to my agent and editor.


And this is my writing cave. What you cannot see is that the desk sits sideways in the family den. I try to write during the day while the children are in school, but in the summertime, I have to be a bit more creative. Let’s just say, I’ve learned to write with headphones on while the children watch Disney XD only a few feet away.

L: I love pics of writing caves! Thanks for sharing. What can we expect from you in the future?

M: Harmonized (working title), a Tidewater novella, is slated for release summer of 2015 and Energized (working title) (A Tidewater Novel #3) is slated for release in the fall of 2015.

L:  What would surprise readers to learn about you?

M: I’m a huge Walking Dead fan. See, zombies really freak me out. How do you kill something that’s already dead, you know? But I started watching the show with my husband in the third season and I’m addicted to it. But I confess when the zombies attack, I still cover my eyes and look away. So don’t count me to save you during the zombie apocalypse. 🙂



Favorite color? Purple

Favorite food? Chocolate

Favorite place for vacations? The beach (just about any place on the East Coast)

Cats or dogs? Dogs

Beach or mountains? Um…let me think… 🙂 BEACH!

NCIS or Criminal Minds? NCIS

Twilight or Underworld? Underworld

Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Harry Potter

Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate

Roller Coaster or White Water Rafting? White Water Rafting

Fruit or vegetable? Fruit

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek, definitely.

McDreamy or McSteamy? (Grey’s Anatomy!) Rick Castle (sorry, I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy.)

L: (gasp) Not sure I can still be your friend if you’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy, but I will try. (smile) Thanks so much for being here today Mary!

Mary would like to award one lucky commenter a signed print copy of her book, GUARDED (winner must have U.S. or Canadian mailing address). Just answer her question and you’ll be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced at the end of next Tuesday’s post. See the Contact page for how to claim your prize.

What’s the title of the most recent book you’ve read?

Mary’s Website

Posted on August 12, 2014, in Author Spotlight, Lena Diaz and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Hi Mary, the series sounds great! I’m reading Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey. It’s set in Ghana.

    • Ooh, that’s sounds exciting. I was once offered a chance to study in Ghana for a summer. Sadly, I was a poor college student putting myself through and I couldn’t afford the summer off for the internship. But I love reading about it. Might have to pick up Murder at Cape Three Points! 🙂

  2. Hello Mary- almost adopted member of K&T!
    LOVE your series premise, your cover and look at you holding your book at a bookstore!! (All K&T girls know that’s my dream.)

    Did you (your agent) find it hard to sell this series? My friend writes about a heroine who can telepathically communicate with animals which COULD BE a RS, FFP or ST with paranormal elements. Needless to say if an editor can’t figure out how to market it the series will be a hard sell. How is Berkley marketing yours?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for the welcome! I love K&T!

      Actually, I’m a contest win girl. I knew my series straddled genres and would be a hard sell. So I entered the first book in the series (SPIRITED) into a number of chapter contests. It finaled in all but one of them and took first place in the WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS contest. My editor was the final judge and she requested the full. She had it in her hands before I ever signed with an agent.

      Since the series started hitting the shelves, the readers have been picking it up. It’s marketed as a paranormal romance; however, readers and reviewers aren’t all calling the series the same thing.

      Some call it a RS with paranormal elements, some call it a light paranormal, some call it a paranormal romantic suspense. I’m just happy they’re reading and asking for more! 🙂

  3. Power Play by Catherine Coulter

  4. I’m very interested in your series premise since I, too, write human characters with psychic abilities. Love the suspense element and will definitely download them.

    Last book read: an ARC of UNLEASHED by Sophie Jordan.

  5. Welcome Mary! Congrats on GUARDED and on your new contract! It was awesome seeing you at RWA even though we didn’t get much time to talk 😦 – I just finished Vanished by Kendra Elliot last night, and this weekend it was Take the Key and Lock Her Up by the fabulous Lena Diaz!

  6. Mary, it’s so good to have you here, even if you aren’t a Grey’s Anatomy fan. Hope your book sells a ton!

    • I know, I’m like the only woman in America who hasn’t watched the show. But you know you love me anyway! LOL

      • You’re not the only one, Mary! I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy either. And only one episode of Castle. (Lena just revoked my friend card.)

        Congrats on your new release, and I love your call stories! I’m so glad readers are enjoying your books.

        I just finished is “Run, Don’t Walk: The Curious and Chaotic Life of a Physical Therapist Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center” by Adele Levine. I love doing research. 😉

        • Gwen, yay! It’s not just me. But I must admit, I’m a Castle addict. Love Nathan Fillion. I’ll watch almost anything he’s in.

          And double yay for research! 🙂

      • Wasn’t Lena’s novel SO FABULOUS?!
        I don’t watch Gray’s Anatomy either. TV can be such a time suck I try to limit it to just falling asleep at night watching old sitcoms that I know the words to by heart. 😉

  7. I have never seen Grey’s Anatomy either. I just finished reading the series by Rachel Grant – Concrete Evidence, Body of Evidence and Withholding Evidence. Read all three this past weekend.

    • YOU deserve a Kiss and Thrill t-shirt, Lynn Sykes! Click the ‘contact us’ tab at the top and send me your snail mail address. Only have L and XL left. (It’s the pic of the woman with the gun.)

    • I love weekends like that. Weekends where I pick up the beginning of a series and spend the whole weekend reading all the books out so far. 🙂

    • Ack! I need to spread the Grey’s Anatomy love! You get a pass because you’ve read Rachel Grants awesome books. I hope you’ll give Mary Behre’s books a try too. A great blend of humor and suspense!

  8. Loved Spirited, it was so good, have been eager to read this one.
    Just finished Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. Love the series.

  9. Hello! I won your first book, Spirited and loved it! It was the first book I have read, holding it in my hands, since buying my Kindle, lol. I really enjoyed having that feeling again. Thank you again!

    I just finished reading Love Games by Mara Jacobs. It was great.

    Keep writing,
    Patti Straight

    • Hi Patti,

      Now that’s an awesome thing for me to read. Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And as much as I love my Kindle, I must admit, I’m a sucker for holding a book in my hands. I love going into bookstores and just browsing.

      Mara Jacobs is a new name for me. Will have to check out her stuff! 🙂

  10. Sounds like a great series to get into. I too am reading a series that includes three. I just finished Dark Witch by Nora Roberts and have started Shadow Spell; the second in the series. Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us “normal” people. Keep writing!

    • Hi Kim,

      I have both of those books. I’m trying to get to them (under deadline right now) before book 3 comes out. I was really lucky because my first two books are both signed by her. (I was at her bookstore for a signing and they were the present I bought myself.) 🙂

  11. Can’t wait for Hannah’s story!!! Last book read personal target by Kay thomas

  12. I just finished reading and reviewing the Agents of the Crown trilogy for author Regan Walker. I am quite a fan of romance + intrigue or suspense (contemporary or historical). Thanks for the interesting question and I’m sure looking forward to reading Mary’s stories.

  13. Such a fun post, Mary and Lena. Can’t wait to read the psychic vet book. Thanks for being here today.

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