Mary Behre is ENERGIZED to be with the KaTs Today!

Happy Book Release Day to Mary Behre for Her Paranormal Romantic Suspense Novel, ENERGIZED!Mary_Behre_Author_Photo_330_dpi


LENA: Happy Book Release Day, Mary! ENERGIZED is your third full length novel in the paranormal romantic suspense TIDEWATER series. I, for one, will be sad to see this unique series end. Which begs a question…IS it ending? Is ENERGIZED the last of this fun series?

MARY: Hi Kiss and Thrill Folks! Thanks for having me back. Ooh, good question! While Energized is the end of the Scott sisters’ trilogy, it may not be the end of the series itself. Right now, I’m working on a spinoff that will focus on the McKinnon cousins. And for those readers asking, yes! Ryan and Ian will get their own stories if this series is picked up.


LENA:  For our readers, here’s the back cover copy about ENERGIZED.

In the new Tidewater novel by the author of Guarded, a kiss between strangers draws both into unexpected danger and unforgettable desire . . .

She’s searching for a sign . . .

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder . . .

He’s ready to show her . . .

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed . . .

LENA: In the first book of this series, you introduced the term “CRIFT”. Can you explain that to our readers? Does Hannah think her abilities are a CRIFT?

MARY: Hahaha! Crift! I love that word. It means a cursed gift. When someone in Tidewater has a psychic power, there’s always a catch that goes along with it, kind of yin and yang thing. 

Until the psychic finds the balance, the ability can seem more like a curse than a gift.

Hannah is unusual in that she never thought of her ability as anything other than a fun ability, until she comes to Tidewater and stumbles into the path of a serial killer.

LENA:  What inspired you to do this series? Is Tidewater a real place and have you lived there?

MARY: The Tidewater series was inspired by the real cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Suffolk. Those cities are sometimes referred to as Tidewater but you won’t find that name on a map.

I lived in the Tidewater area for many years and still refer to it as home. Sadly, I moved away in 2006 but when I started writing this series, I could visit there anytime I wanted, with a few modifications. See, in my books, Tidewater is its very own city nestled right in the middle of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

LENA: What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done as an author?

MARY: Attending the Writers Police Academy has been the coolest thing I’ve done so far as an author. It was before I was published and it was the first time I put myself out there and really asked the questions I’d wanted to ask forever. I got to use fake guns to clear a room, participate in a simulated shootout with a suspect, disarm a knife-wielding attacker, and even won a rat signed by the legendary Ann Rice!

LENA:  By the way, readers…Mary recently won the National Readers Choice Award! CONGRATULATIONS, MARY!

2014 NCRA Award for Guarded from OKRWA

Now, back to the questions. What’s the most challenging thing about being an author?

MARY: THANKS! The most challenging thing about being an author is writing through grief. I lace humor in all my books but I had to write the second novel in this series right after my sister died of breast cancer.

It about ripped me apart to write Guarded, especially the funny scenes with the attack ferret, when I was grieving. But I did it and learned that as hard as it was, it helped me grow as a writer and work through the pain. And as Tom Hanks pointed out in Sleepless in Seattle, “work is good.”

LENA: Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. Hugs. But so glad you were able to write an incredible book using that emotion. Hopefully it was cathartic. Now, what are some of your favorite books?

MARY: Besides Exit Strategy and Judgment? Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, It by Stephen King, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Vampire Interrupted by Lynsay Sands, and Visions in Death by J.D. Robb are all books I’ve read at least three times.NRCA Guarded and Lucy

LENA: Ahhhh. Thanks for the shout out for EXIT Strategy (and I’m sure that Carey Baldwin appreciates the JUDGMENT shout out.) Favorite movies?

Mary: Ah, this one’s easier for me. There are only three: It’s A Wonderful Life by Phillip Van Doren Stern and directed by Frank Capra; Elf by David Berenbaum and directed by Jon Favreau, and The Princess Bride by William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner.

LENA: Favorite pasttime (other than reading and writing)?

MARY: I love to take daily walks, especially early in the morning. I love being out in nature. While I’d prefer to do walks on sandy beaches by the Atlantic, I’m content to do them in my neighborhood.

LENA: Something readers would be surprised to learn about you?

MARY: I’m quite shy. I often volunteer at events to have something to do otherwise, I’m likely to duck out of soirees early because I have no idea how to strike up a conversation. J So if you want to chat, introduce yourself. I’m friendly once you get me talking. 

LENA:  Do you have any pet peeves about romance novels to share with us?

MARY: My biggest pet peeve is when people come up to me and tell me that they love reading my “trashy books.” It’s not a compliment to be called trashy, so I never quite know how to reply.

LENA: Can you share anything about your next project?

MARY: I’ve got two projects I’m working on. The one, I mentioned above is set in Tidewater and centers around the McKinnon cousins of Tidewater Security Specialists. More murder, romance, and psychic mayhem awaits the residents of the coastal city.

The other project is set in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Can’t say much more about it, but there are ghosts, romance, and a quirky heroine definitely in over her head with all the psychic antics.

Thank you Kiss and Thrill for having back today! I love hanging out with these very talented women!

LENA: And now a question from Mary to the KaT readers…

What is the biggest pet peeve a romance reader has when reading a romance novel?


Join us next Tuesday for another new KaT blog post!

Posted on August 4, 2015, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Lena Diaz, New Release and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Check out this fun interview I did over on Kiss and Thrill talking about the release of the last Tidewater novel, Energized.

  2. Aww. Thanks for the shout out for Secrets of a Runaway Bride, Mary. I LOVE Energized. I think it’s my favorite of the series. Happy Release Day!

  3. Hi Mary!
    Congratulations on the Ntl Book Award, WOW!

    You claim you’re shy, but a few weeks ago you marched right into my hotel room and helped me stuff bags…didn’t catch any shyness toward all the people coming in. 😉

    I did not know that area of VA was called Tidewater! 3 weird coincidences: My sister lives there, my cousins are McKinnons and I participated in WPA in 2010! (One of the neatest weekends of my life. I was pretty badass with that toy gun, let me tell you.) 🙂

    My pet peeve with romance book remarks is amazement, aghast, jokes or questions over my sex scenes. I want to say “get over yourself, it’s just sex.” I could understand if the entire book was erotica, but it’s one chapter and blends into the story.

    As for a response to ‘trashy books’ I’d point to something (a necklace?) on the speaker and say “and I love that trashy necklace!”

    Don’t mess with this writer… 🙂

    THRILLED you’re here today, Mary and SO glad I had a chance to meet you in person in NY! Best of luck on the book sales, I love, love, love psychic stories!

    • Ah Sarah, you’ve found my secret weapon. Give me a purpose and I hide my shyness well. Put me in a party atmosphere with a bunch of strangers and watch me turn into a wallflower. lol

      Love the coincidences. 😉

      Oh yeah, I’ve heard the funny comments about sex in my stories too. I can see why it would be a pet peeve.

      Thanks again for having me here today! 🙂

  4. Mary, welcome! Congratulations on the National Readers Choice Award! I think readers have good taste, don’t you? You are too sweet to mention Judgment- thank you.

    What our readers should know about Mary, is that although she may be shy, you’d never know it. That’s because she’s so busy making everyone else feel comfortable, you’d think she was an extrovert. Now we know her secret. If you do ever get a chance to meet her, you won’t regret saying hello. I promise.

    My pet peeve in romance novels, or movies, or any story at all is when one protagonist has something important to tell someone, but every time they try to do so, the phone rings, or the neighbor’s at the door etc. I’m pretty sure I could find a way to tell my loved one I was pregnant, or dying, or being chased by mutant turtles even if my boss was on the phone. I HATE that.

    I’m also not a fan of fake engagements, although if the book is written by one of my favorite authors I will still love it. I’ll just be cursing that plot device the entire time.

    • Thanks for having me here, Carey!

      I know what you mean about momentus interrupts in stories. There are times I think it can work, especially if you’re dealing with someone who isn’t comfortable expressing his/her feelings. But yeah, I think if you’re preggers, there’s always a way to make time to tell that certain someone he’s going to be a daddy. Just my humble opinion!

      It was so great seeing you in NYC. Thanks for letting me hang with you guys. I love this blog group!

  5. Hi Mary! Welcome back to K&T and congratulations on the new release! It looks like fun!

    I’m not sure what pet peeves other readers have when reading romance, but I know mine is a closed bedroom door. Not that I’m pervy, but I think love scenes can really add to characterization. And it’s kind of the payoff once they finally get together. When the door is closed I feel like the story is unfinished in some way. It really depends on the book though. There have been some closed door romances that I loved, so maybe it’s not so much the closed door itself, but the author giving the expectation that it will be open then not delivering.

    Thanks for visiting us again!

    • Hi Manda,

      Thanks for the warm welcome.

      Hmmm…closed doors, hadn’t thought of that one as a pet peeve. But you’ve got a point if something is implied and not delivered, I would feel cheated.

      Thanks for having me back today! B-)

  6. Hi Mary! Huge congrats on you award and your new book release!! I can’t wait to read it.

    The only peeve I have with romance novels is the insta-love phenomenon. Thank goodness it’s not as common as it once was!
    Thanks for spending the day with us again! So happy for you that things are going well. 🙂

    • Hi Sharon,

      I know most folks don’t believe in insta-love, but I actually do. How long is long enough to be believable on the page?

      It’s fun to watch people fall in love on the page. Plus, I know there are plenty of readers out there who don’t believe it’s possible to find someone that fast, so I try hard not to write too many stories with love at first sight in them.

      And hey, toss in a murder or two, the stakes really get ramped up.

      BTW–I met my husband, had our first date on June 28th and married on December 31 of the same year. We’ll celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary this winter. So that immediate connection can happen and it can last. 😉

  7. Happy release day, Mary, and congrats on the NRC Award! It was great to meet you in NYC!

    My pet peeve: too stupid to live heroines (or heroes)

    • Hi Krista,

      Ooh, good one! The heroine who runs up the stairs instead of out the door when being chased by the axe-wielding killer.

      Luckily, I haven’t read too many books that have characters with those qualities…lately.

      Thanks for hosting me today. 🙂

  8. Hi Mary and Lena! Love this interview. So sorry about your sister Mary. Congratulations on the Award you won last week for Guarded!

  9. Mary, it was great to see you in NYC, and congrats on the NRCA!

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this series. My dad lived in the Chesapeake area for a couple years. Such a nice part of the world. It’ll be fun to read something set there. Happy release day!!

    • Hi Gwen,

      Thanks for the kudos! I loved living in Chesapeake. I’d still live down there if I could. When I went to give a presentation down there last month, I drove past my old house. Still feels like home to me there. 🙂

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