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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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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Last Words (Morelli Family, #7) **PRE-ORDER **
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Last Words Cover Reveal

 

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Resisting Mateo Release Day

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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

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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)
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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)

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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. 🙂

The Book You Fall For

I began writing for the same reason a lot of people probably do: it made me happy.
I had stories in my head, characters I wanted to explore, and the easiest way to do that was to write them a story.

The problem with publishing those stories (for me, not for everybody) is that sometimes you lose that feeling, but you still have to keep going. Occasionally you never even get it.

Writing a new book is like meeting a new love. You never love two people exactly the same way or for exactly the same length of time. Every single one is different, and every single one fits you differently. Sometimes (usually when I’m working on a different story) a new story hits me like a tsunami, it’s all I can think about, it pours out of my fingertips, and sleep is the only thing stopping me from writing it all at once.

That’s the best. The absolute best.

I started a new project, a passion project, and I’m certainly not ready to announce anything about it yet, but all I’ll say at this point is that I’m absolutely smitten. I’m so in love with this book. I’m convinced it’s The One. I’m preemptively afraid for every book I have to write after it, because how can I ever love another as I love this one?

I’m in the honeymoon phase. I’m feeling young again! We just got together and things are going great. (Which is funny, because boy, is this NOT how I do love in real life, with actual people. LOL.) Ain’t No Other Book/Hero for me, no sir, no way.

There will be, of course. Because like relationships, the honeymoon will end, there will be struggles, times I have to plant myself in front of the computer and yank words out of my brain. There are days like that with every book (for me, especially at the end. I hate writing endings… I guess I never want to break up. :D) but for now… for now, I’m in love.

Anyway, when I can share this story with you (and I hope that’s soon), I hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂

-Sam Mariano

Cover Reveal: The Last Boss’ Daughter

The end of the year is almost here, and with 2017 brings a fuller book release schedule than 2016 (though since I only released one new book and one boxed set containing said new book, that’s not hard to beat).

The first book I will be releasing is my dark, fairy-tale-inspired The Last Boss’ Daughter. You’ll probably be able to guess which tale inspired it by the cover. 😉

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Title: The Last Boss’ Daughter

Author: Sam Mariano

Genre: romance

Release date: February 9, 2017

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Freedom.

Annabelle De Luca craved it.

On the heels of her beloved father’s murder, betrayed by those closest to her, Annabelle had a choice to make: accept the man responsible and fall in line, or suffer the consequences. Never one to back down, she rejected her new stepfather—then spent years ignoring his best efforts to crush her spirit.

Atonement.

Liam Hunt never needed it.

Some people deny the darkest sides of themselves; Liam’s made a career out of his. Never once has he hesitated to pull the trigger, but an unexpected encounter with Annabelle leads to feelings he hasn’t experienced before—and doubts about his current assignment.

Liam knows he should leave her alone, keep his head down, and do what he’s being paid to do, but he can’t bring himself to stay away. He’s the last person anyone would classify a hero, but he can’t shake the doomed desire to be hers.

He shouldn’t want her.

She shouldn’t trust him.

On a course set for utter devastation, can these forbidden lovers find their way to happily ever after?

Inspired by the classic tale Snow White, The Last Boss’ Daughter is a modernized, darker re-imagining.

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Fall is Here!

I love fall.

Just today while my little one was riding bikes with her friend outside, I noticed the leaves crunching beneath my feet for the first time this season. Sigh. 😀

Anyway.

This fall is far busier than usual for me. I’m taking night classes 3 nights a week and I work 2 jobs outside of authoring, so my schedule is ridiculous. On top of that (and normal life stuff, like my little one and the time I lose every day mindlessly scrolling through Facebook) I’m also working on writing projects. I’ve been brimming with ideas lately. Seriously, I wish I still  had the ability to just spend hours of every day writing, because if I could, I’d be able to bang out so many manuscripts right now. I don’t, and most of these ideas will dwindle away (my ideas don’t linger if I don’t start on them right away; that would be too easy!) but one in particular struck with a vengeance and stuck. I wrote down the outline immediately, started writing it, and despite my schedule, I’ve invested many hours pounding away at my keyboard instead of studying. Whoops.

But that means I have a new release right around the corner!

I’m a few thousand words from a finished manuscript, I just have to find time to write them. (I should have that time this weekend, so it should be finished and ready for a read-through and revisions by next week!)

That’s really exciting. Because two months ago? I didn’t even know these characters yet. I love when I get carried away and write a story that fast. (There’s plenty to fix in edits, but there always is.)

I have a proofreader all lined up for after edits. Evelyn over at Summer’s Eve Reads has started proofreading, and she kindly booked me for November. That means by early December… I should have ARCs ready!

This book is called The Last Boss’ Daughter, and it’s a modernized, dark re-imagining of Snow White. (Loosely. I don’t follow the fairy tale exactly or anything, but it was part of my inspiration in many respects.)

I’m really excited to introduce Annabelle and Liam into the world. I’m really, really excited to have a finished manuscript to build on.

Yay fall!