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Stitches: A Ménage Romance (MFM)
by Sam Mariano
Date Released: January 26, 2018
I suppose it all started half a lifetime ago when a mean-looking kid named Griff walked into my life.
When we found the stability in one another we couldn’t find in the world.
When two lonely kids became brothers.
As kids, we had no place in the world, so as men, we made our own. We took on everything together, building our own empire—partners in business and in life.

I guess that’s where it got complicated.
When I fell in love with Moira, and Griff had to share me for the first time.
When he liked what belonged to me just a little too much, and he started avoiding both of us until he came up with his own shitty way of coping.

I don’t know exactly when it all started, to be honest, but I know when it all fell apart.
There are exactly two people in the world who have my love, so what the hell am I supposed to do when holding onto one means losing the other?
What I always do, I guess.
Handle it.

Stitches is a MFM ménage romance intended for adults 18+

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An Excerpt from Stitches

This is not how I wanted to end my work day.

This is not how I want to end any day.

I drag the little bar at the bottom of my computer screen backward and hit play one more time, filled to the brim with irritation and dread. I know I wasn’t mistaken. I know what I’m going to see; I just don’t know what the hell to do about it.

The grainy footage shows an attractive blonde woman standing in a hall, a random man pressed right up against her. She fists her hands in the fabric of his T-shirt and looks up at him, her eyes swimming with manufactured conflict—anything to raise the stakes and make the stolen moment more exciting. She wavers, grabs the back of his neck, and pulls him in for a kiss. The man wastes no time, palming her breast over the material of her slinky dress, then hiking her thigh up and pushing between her legs. She moans and tilts her head back, as if in ecstasy.

“We can’t,” she says. It’s so flimsy. It’s not an objection, really, it’s an invitation for him to show her how much he wants her, how nothing could possibly stop him from having her, even if only for a fleeting encounter.

Not even the $27,000 worth of commitment jewelry on her left hand.

Not even her husband.

Luckily, I am not that husband.

Unluckily, my best friend is.

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Stitches Cover Reveal

I’m excited to share the cover for my upcoming release, a standalone novel called Stitches! I love love love this story, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

Stitches Cover Reveal

Title: Stitches
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Ménage romance
Release Date: 01/26/2018
Designer: K+A Designs

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I suppose it all started half a lifetime ago when a mean-looking kid named Griff walked into my life.
When we found the stability in one another we couldn’t find in the world.
When two lonely kids became brothers.
As kids, we had no place in the world, so as men, we made our own. We took on everything together, building our own empire—partners in business and in life.

I guess that’s where it got complicated.
When I fell in love with Moira, and Griff had to share me for the first time.
When he liked what belonged to me just a little too much, and he started avoiding both of us until he came up with his own shitty way of coping.

I don’t know exactly when it all started, to be honest, but I know when it all fell apart.
There are exactly two people in the world who have my love, so what the hell am I supposed to do when holding onto one means losing the other?
What I always do, I guess.
Handle it.
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STITCHES is a MFM ménage romance intended for adults 18+

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The Year That Flew By: 2017 Wrap-Up

I seriously do not know where this year went.

I’m pretty sure it was just Christmas 2016 a month or two ago, and yet somehow, here we are.

Personally and professionally, 2017 had its ups and downs (what year doesn’t, right?) but overall, I want to thank you guys for all your support. Because you love the stories I write, I get to have the best job ever. Thank you for enjoying my often offbeat, often gray and complicated characters. I already made this long Facebook post about it, so I won’t bother repeating myself, but suffice it to say, I got braver in 2017, I took chances, and I’m so happy I did.

2017 books

I published all those full-length books this year. That’s wild, right? No wonder my wrists hurt. That’s so many books!
I also started a Facebook reader group. If you like my books and want to make sure you don’t miss anything, feel free to join. I have a newsletter, too, but you never know when those will get lost in the spam folder.

I already have my next release close to done, but I haven’t set a firm release date yet because I’m still waiting to hear back from my cover designer. As long as she can get my cover done, it will be late January, though. One month from today, you will have a new Sam Mariano book. My next book is a standalone set in Philadelphia, but you will probably see more of that world, as long as I find time to write it. There are some interesting characters in fictional Philly, and a few in particular have been in my head since before I even met the main characters of this book. The characters in this book aren’t as dark as my Morelli series. On the darkness scale, they probably hover somewhere around my Irreparable characters—not all that dark themselves, but in close enough proximity to darkness that it could occasionally flit in and out of their lives. This book is definitely a love story, though. A complex, unconventional love story between imperfect, faithful characters. I’ve fallen in love with them myself, so I really hope you guys enjoy their story. I think you will.

After this new standalone, other things to look forward to in the coming year include:

  • After You, the much anticipated sequel to my coming-of-age new adult romance, Because of You. Yes, it’s finally coming. I promise.
  • Morelli spin-off books. What is Rafe up to now that he’s taken over Vegas? Smooth-sailing? Kicking back, letting half-naked showgirls feed him bon-bons? Maybe he’s killing all the fools. Is he keeping an eye on Vince? Is anyone (aside from his wife…)?
    What about Dante? If you’ve read Mateo’s POV in Entrapment, you heard the news that had Dante even more of an asshole than usual. The meaner Morelli brother doesn’t live at the mansion so no one got to see how that all played out, but Dante is getting a book, set in that timeline, so you’ll all be able to see how that love story/hostage situation unfolded.
    Alec. We know he’s an amusing drunk with good suits and a penchant for dating strippers, but what does the youngest Morelli brother DO with his time? He does what he can to avoid Mateo’s twisted web, but what if Alec meets a girl he wants to keep? He can’t keep her hidden forever, can he?
    Then there’s Vince’s half-sister, Cherie. Adrian said she was talking about relocating to Connecticut so she could be closer to family she likes. What about that sexy, Irish hitman who had a thing for her? What’s he up to now that Cherie’s legal? And why the heck didn’t he come back and make good on his promise not to let her die a virgin, cosseted and sexytime-blocked by the scary Morelli men?

So many questions.

Colin has some ‘splainin to do.

Also, if you’re familiar with Colin’s assassin friends from my first release of 2017, The Last Boss’ Daughter, you may be thinking, “Hey Sam, we’ve read about Liam, we’ve had peeks of Colin’s sexy self, but what about Ryder? He’s been in TWO books now. Where is he and what is he doing?” *shrug* Maybe he’ll show up in a third. Who knows? That charismatic ass likes to pop up every now and again, whether I invite him or not. (He must have taken a course at Mateo University.)

In short, I’ve released books I absolutely love this year, and I can’t wait to release some more in 2018. If you have NOT met the Morelli family yet, and you like to step outside the cookie-cutter world of love stories from time to time, you should pick up Accidental Witness and start this one. I’m so proud of these books. It’s a series without rules, a love that cannot (and will not) be stopped, and the most interesting, complex, devious, yet sometimes achingly generous character I have ever created. Mateo Morelli is my masterpiece, and I want everyone to meet him and read his story. (And his story is not one book in the series. His story IS the series. All 8 books. You meet him in book one and his story isn’t over until the last book. Different books in the series focus on different people from time to time, but his story is always there, growing and developing. It’s a comprehensive story, an ensemble cast. It is not like other series you’ve read. Avoid spoilers because suspense is one of the things that makes this series so exciting. You don’t want to know what happens until it happens. Just enjoy the ride. It’s not often you get an experience like the Morellis, so don’t cheat yourself out of it! Going in blind is the best. Just know the series revolves around the villain, and not liking him to begin with is normal (he’s a villain, after all) but just wait. By the time you get to the end, you’ll understand. By the time you get to the end, you will ache for his pain and root for his happiness. You’ll want to slap him for destroying what he loves, feel for him while he faces the loss, and rejoice when it comes back to him. He’s messy and damaged, but the love of the right woman makes a massive difference to this man. This series contains the truest pair of soulmates I have ever encountered in any story that has ever come to me. They are truly made for one another. It’s the happiest of happily ever afters, but it doesn’t come easy.

I’m so pleased with the journey I was able to take readers on with the Morelli family series in 2017. I’m so happy to have finally shared Mateo’s story with the world. Thank you for reading it!

I hope you have a happy and safe New Years weekend! See you in 2018!

 

 

Last Words (Morelli Family, #7) Cover Reveal

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Title: Last Words (Morelli Family, #7)

Author: Sam Mariano

Genre: Dark/mafia romance

Series: Morelli Family Series (this is not a standalone)

Release Date: November 30, 2017

 

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BLURB:

And they all lived happily ever after… hopefully.

There is no blurb for spoiler purposes. This is NOT a standalone. BOOK SEVEN is the last installment in the Morelli Family series. The series must be read in order! If you haven’t started this dark, twisty series yet, you’ll want to start with Accidental Witness.

Following the release of Last Words, there will be a companion novella from Mateo’s POV that takes place during Accidental Witness, but it is intended to be read at the end of the series, when the storyline has all played out. Entrapment also contains bonus scenes that take place throughout the series. Look for it in early December, but make sure you don’t read it until you finish Last Words! There will be a Last Words deleted scene in the deleted scenes collection, and that would spoil things.

Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1)
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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVNDYX5
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XVNDYX5
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XVNDYX5

PRE-ORDER BOOK SEVEN FOR THE BEST PRICE!

Last Words (Morelli Family, #7) **PRE-ORDER **
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Resisting Mateo Release Day

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Title:
Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5)

Author: Sam Mariano

Genre: Mafia romance

Series: Morelli Family Series (this is not a standalone)

Release Date: July 27, 2017

BLURB

If you dance with the devil, don’t be surprised when all Hell breaks loose.

BOOK FIVE in the Morelli Family series. Must be read in order! If you haven’t started the series yet, you’ll want to start with Accidental Witness.

Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tYodxT
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073R2WZ6W
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B073R2WZ6W
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B073R2WZ6W

And if you haven’t started the series yet, book one is on sale for a couple more days!

Mia Mitchell only wanted a little privacy to make a phone call—but she ended up witnessing a mob hit. Worse, she was spotted. Now entangled with a notorious crime family, will her life ever be hers again?
Find out and meet the Morelli family in:

Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1)

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oKgMn9
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVNDYX5

Fantasies

Sam Mariano loves to write edgy, twisty reads with complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your own rules! If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable preschooler… actually, that’s about all she has time for these days.

Feel free to find Sam on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, or her blog—she loves hearing from readers! She’s also available on Instagram now @sammarianobooks, and you can sign up for her totally-not-spammy newsletter HERE!

Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5) COVER REVEAL

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Title: Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5)

Author: Sam Mariano

Genre: Mafia romance

Series: Morelli Family Series (this is not a standalone)

Release Date: July 27, 2017

Resisting Mateo ebook cover

BLURB:

If you dance with the devil, don’t be surprised when all Hell breaks loose.

BOOK FIVE in the Morelli Family series. Must be read in order! If you haven’t started the series yet, you’ll want to start with Accidental Witness.

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Resisting Mateo (Morelli Family, #5) PRE-ORDER LINKS!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tYodxT
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073R2WZ6W
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B073R2WZ6W
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B073R2WZ6W

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ACCIDENTAL WITNESS Release Day!

LIVE ACCIDENTAL WITNESS

Title: Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1)
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Mafia romance (here be dark triggers, mateys!)
Blurb:
Vince Morelli.

The closest I ever wanted to get to him was several rows away in English class. We’d never spoken, but of course I heard the stories about his family. I know they’re dangerous. I know he’s dangerous. Vince never had a reason to notice me, anyway—until I inadvertently witnessed his first mob hit.

His family doesn’t believe in leaving witnesses alive, but Vince seems different. He knows the best thing he can do for me is stay away, but something keeps drawing us together. Despite knowing the risks of getting mixed up with him, I can’t resist. Only problem is, Vince is a package deal—you don’t get him without getting swept up in his family’s dark games.

Now entangled with a notorious Chicago crime family, will my life ever be mine again?

Available on Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon US >> http://amzn.to/2njhMjb
Amazon UK >> https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVNDYX5
Amazon AU >> https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XVNDYX5

Amazon CA >> https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XVNDYX5

About the Author

Sam Mariano loves to write edgy, twisty reads with complicated characters you’re left thinking about long after you turn the last page. Her favorite thing about indie publishing is the ability to play by your own rules!
If she isn’t reading one of the thousands of books on her to-read list, writing her next book, or playing with her adorable preschooler, she’s probably at the movie theater watching the new Beauty and the Beast for the 8,001st time. She regrets nothing!

Cover Reveal: Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1)

I’m so excited for you guys to meet my favorite character!

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March 27th, Accidental Witness will be releasing on Amazon (it will also be available on Kindle Unlimited)!

Title: Accidental Witness (Morelli Family, #1)
Author: Sam Mariano
Genre: Mafia romance (here be dark triggers, mateys!)
Releasing: March 27, 2017
Blurb:
Vince Morelli.

The closest I ever wanted to get to him was several rows away in English class. We’d never spoken, but of course I heard the stories about his family. I know they’re dangerous. I know he’s dangerous. Vince never had a reason to notice me, anyway—until I inadvertently witnessed his first mob hit.

His family doesn’t believe in leaving witnesses alive, but Vince seems different. He knows the best thing he can do for me is stay away, but something keeps drawing us together. Despite knowing the risks of getting mixed up with him, I can’t resist. Only problem is, Vince is a package deal—you don’t get him without getting swept up in his family’s dark games.

Now entangled with a notorious Chicago crime family, will my life ever be mine again?

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Also, if you haven’t read The Complete Irreparable Boxed Set, now would be a very good time to start! 😉

#amwriting topic: POV

One of the more important things to decide going into a new story is what POV you will write in.

Me, I generally don’t do much to decide this anymore. However the voice comes into my head, that’s how I write it. (And these days, that’s first person present. I’m currently cycling between a first person present WIP and a first person past POV, and boy, is that going to be a headache in editing. I’m switching up tenses all the time and having to go back and fix it when I realize I’m in the wrong story/tense.) The funny thing is, I really don’t like first person POV. It’s limiting. I prefer third, but in my experience, the readers don’t. I wrote a duet in third person dual POV, but several ARC-readers gave up on it, saying the third person made it hard for them to connect with the characters.

So I switched. (Not that duet, but going forward.) Now I try to write all my stories in first person, but that hasn’t been without its issues, either. I just released a first person present (dual) POV book, and two of the reviewers pointed out what they took to be plot-holes or inconsistencies. An example: in one chapter, the hero’s POV, he is in a separate place from the heroine, so there would be no sense in detailing her specific stops on her way home, where he’s waiting for her. In this story, the heroine happens to live in New Jersey, but she had spent time in the city that day. The heroine has anxiety, and chooses not to drive in the city, so she used public transport while there. The hero is waiting at her house, though, and isn’t along for any part of this, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to detail her stop after departing public transport and getting back into her car to drive home. But when the heroine showed up back at her house in her car, one of my readers thought it was an inconsistency. One scene she’s getting on the subway in the city, in another she’s driving a car to her house in Jersey. But the hero/person whose POV the chapter was written in wasn’t there, so why would he mention that?

My current WIP has some similar issues popping up, and I find it annoying. An early reader pointed out a possible plot hole that isn’t a plot hole, but to tell the audience one thing while showing them another, the first person heroine (immersed in the life, so this wouldn’t jive with her worldview) would have to tell them. Obviously that’s a no-no (and a little insulting to the reader, in my opinion), but not including—in my opinion, unnecessary—information does leave you open to criticism. Including it would, too (boring! Tedious! Telling instead of showing—worse, telling after showing), so I guess there’s just no winning. At the end of the day, I guess all you can do is write what makes sense to you, what you think will make the most sense to the most people, and accept that a few people are going to find fault with it either way. 🙂