Monday, June 25, 2012

TBR welcomes Cara Marsi

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Cara Marsi. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
I like to describe myself as a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller with a romantic soul. When I was stuck in that fabric-covered cage, writing and reading romance kept me sane and fed my soul. Now that I’m free of my cage, I have more time to write and indulge my love of romance. My husband and I love to travel and I love to write about the places we’ve been. We live on the East Coast and share our home with a fat, black diva of a cat named Killer.

TBR: Tell us about your latest release and where it's available.
Cara: My latest release is “Storm of Desire,” a very steamy romance set during a January nor’easter. It’s a reunion story of two people, Aiden and Samantha, who once spent a passionate night together. Afraid she was using Aiden just as her mother used men mercilessly, Samantha ran from Aiden. Now she can’t run. But does she want to?

Storm of Desire is available exclusively at Amazon. Here’s the link:

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Corporate attorney Samantha Greco needs some peace and quiet to come to a decision about her career. Instead, while an icy nor’easter rages outside, she finds herself trapped in a cottage on Fenwick Island with Aiden Rourke, a man she used five years ago when she ran from the heartbreak of her fiancé’s betrayal.

Aiden Rourke has loved Sam for years. For one glorious night she was his. But then she fled, wounding his ego and his heart. Thrown together again, they soon discover time hasn’t diminished their fiery passion for each other. Only Aiden has ever been able to melt Sam with just a look or a touch. But the fear that she’s like her mother, who used men mercilessly, scares Sam to death.

The storm outside is nothing compared to the storm of desire, fear, and guilt raging inside Sam. But during their wild weekend together, Sam and Aiden draw closer and realize their all-consuming passion for each other masks deeper needs and desires.

When the storm ends, will they go their separate ways? Or will they find the courage to face the future together as one?

TBR: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Cara: I love the themes of redemption and second chances. These themes run through all my books.

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Cara: I’m a plotter. I need to get the character descriptions on paper, plot out the story in outline form, then I’m ready to start writing. My characters get away from the script and insist on telling the story their way, but at least I have a starting point.

TBR: Do you have a favorite quote you’d like to share?
Cara: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  

TBR: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Cara: I’d invite each of my heroes to dinner so I can drool over them. I fall in love with all my heroes.

TBR: While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
Cara: Writing is hard work.

TBR: What's next for you?
Cara: I’m working on a sequel to my romantic suspense, “Logan’s Redemption,” which has been a Kindle and iTunes bestseller. The sequel, also a romantic suspense, is called “Franco’s Fortune,” and it involves my heroine’s playboy brother from “Logan’s Redemption.”

TBR: Any other published works:
Cara: I’ve published a dozen short romance stories in women’s magazines. At present I have six other books available. One of my books, “Murder, Mi Amore,” was a 2012 EPPIE finalist for best romantic suspense; another, “Loving Or Nothing,” was a finalist in the novella category of the Gulf States RWA Silken Sands Star contest. My other books are: “Logan’s Redemption,” mentioned above; “Cursed Mates,” a werewolf paranormal romance from Noble Romance Publishing; “A Catered Romance,” a sensuous digital release of my very first published book which was titled “A Catered Affair” and published by Avalon Books; “A Cat’s Tale & Other Love Stories,” an anthology of short, sweet romance stories, each featuring a cat. Go to my website at to read excerpts. While there, check out the guy on the cover of “Logan’s Redemption.” I could look at him all day. I got the picture from a royalty-free site. The model contacted me last year because he’d seen my cover. He was thrilled I’d used his picture for my cover. His name is Marko Geber and he’s from Serbia. Mine was his first romance cover. He’s been on a few other covers since. Marko told me he also knows the guy on the cover of “Murder, Mi Amore,” and that model is also from Serbia. Kind of makes me wonder what they’re putting in the water there to produce such hot guys.

TBR: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Cara: Most challenging is putting my butt in the chair and writing. Most rewarding is when the book is finished. What a feeling of accomplishment.

TBR: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Cara: My 83-year old aunt read “Cursed Mates,” then emailed me to tell me there was sure a lot of sex in the book. I’d warned her ahead of time.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Twitter: @caramarsi
Facebook: Carolyn Matkowsky (Cara Marsi Author)
TBR: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Cara: I’m always interested to know what type heroes readers like. Alpha or Beta? Or a little of both?

TBR: Readers, Cara will give away a copy of any one of her books, reader’s choice, to one lucky commenter. She'll pick a winner on Tuesday, June 26 and announce the winner here. Be sure to leave your email address so she can contact you.
Thanks for visiting TBR, Cara. All the best to you.


  1. Welcome to TBR, Cara. Such a pretty cover for Storm of Desire!

  2. I really like the cover as well. Very professional and it encompasses the story.

  3. Thank you for having me, Cate. And thank you for posting, Marta. I'm glad you like my cover.

  4. I love the comment from your aunt lol. I recommended a book to my aunt (43 years old) and she goes "wow, this is a smutty book!". I busted out laughing reminding her I warned her and she chose that recommendation anyway :P

    Great looking book. I love storms, so I can only imagine the passion ignited by two people trapped inside by one hehe. I look forward to reading this one!



  6. Thanks for the awesome interview. Storm of Desire sounds like such a great book. Thank you so much for sharing and for the giveaway too. I love the cover. It's hot!

  7. I loved the interview. I also have a fat black cat at my house. Duncan runs and hides, definitely not a diva.


  8. i bet you laughed when you got your aunt email you told her in advance and i bet she said some thing you would not think she could love the cover and the lburb

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  9. Enjoyed the interview. I also have a black cat named Ruby. She is a rescue cat and definetly a diva. LOL
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  10. Storm of Desire looks like a great story. No cats at my house :(


  11. Thanks, Buffy. You warned your aunt and I warned mine and they chose to read the sexy stuff.

    Thanks, HotCha!

    Thanks, Rhonda. I'm glad you like the cover. I think the guy looks like my Aiden.

    Thanks, Desi. I did laugh when I got the email from my aunt. I'd sent her two books, one sweet and one very sexy. Of course, she chose to read the sexy one first.

    Thanks, Patricia. Killer is a rescue cat too. Black cats are the last ones to be adopted. She spent the first year of her life in the shelter.

    Thanks, Jacki.

    Good luck, everyone.

    Thanks, Andrea. Killer is a diva but she runs and hides whenever anyone comes over. She's a real wuss.

  12. Desi has won the drawing for her choice of any of my books. I'll send her an email. Thanks all for commenting.

  13. Sorry it took me so long to get here! Great post Cara and Storm of Desire looks terrific. Will get a copy and read during my vacation in July!


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