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How I’m Spending My Summer “Vacation”

BI Sunset

Picture this: it’s a gorgeous sunny day in Rhode Island and I’m on the ferry to Gansett Island. Joe and Seamus are SO happy to have me coming back to the island that they insisted on co-captaining my ferry. Who am I to say no to TWO hot guys, especially the one with the Irish brogue? Swoon. Anyway, I digress. I’m here to tell you that as of today, I’m free and clear to spend the summer in my favorite place: Gansett Island! The new Fatal book is done, so I turn my full attention today to Gansett, where I plan to finish Love After Dark (already well under way) and another Gansett surprise for later this year (I hope). Going back to the title of this blog, I think of this as summer vacation because Gansett is always my favorite fictional place to be, especially in the summer. I’ve got a nice chunk of time coming up that’s fully devoted to Gansett. Feels like vacation to me! I’ll keep you posted about the progress of Love After Dark, and we’ll soon be revealing the very special cover of book 13 in the Gansett Island Series! Stay tuned!

I want to thank everyone who came over here yesterday to follow my new blog! We had a crazy first day, and I’m so thrilled that so many of you are following me here now. I promise to make this a fun, exciting place to hang out. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the blog, please go to the box on the upper right side to put in your email address so you never miss an update!To get things started in style, on Friday I’ll be hosting a blog party with giveaways, so watch for more about that later in the week! If you’ve had trouble subscribing to the blog, email us at and we’ll see about getting you added. Keep trying–we might’ve overwhelmed the system a little bit yesterday. Doh!

Very excited to share today that my cousin Jennifer Barrera is one of the three Harlequin​ More Than Words winners! Jen will receive a $15,000 cash prize for her organization, Lucy’s Hearth, which supports homeless women and children in our hometown of Middletown, RI. Jen works tirelessly on behalf of the women and children she serves as the program director at Lucy’s Hearth. I couldn’t be happier for her and I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all my readers and followers who voted over the last couple of weeks. We couldn’t have done this for Jen or Lucy’s Hearth without your amazing support! Also a special thank you to Cheryl Serra on my team, who helped with the nomination package and did such a great job showcasing Jennifer’s amazing work. Thank you everyone!!!

FScreen Shot 2015-06-17 at 8.03.07 AMinally, this happened this morning. Taye Diggs followed me on Twitter! Not a bad way to start the day, especially a day in which Stella is getting her groove back on Gansett Island! 🙂 (If you haven’t seen How Stella Got Her Groove Back, check it out and you’ll find out why I think Taye Diggs is H-O-T!)

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  • June 17, 2015
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  • Angela izzo

    Can’t wait for more fatal series and Gannett I need to escape for a while

    • Some readers like to re-read and have all the fun a second time while they wait for more. 🙂

  • Gwendolyn A Neff

    After the day I had I need an escape with my favorite characters

  • Carol Lilla

    I am in love with Gansett Island and cannot wait to return in your next book!!!

    • Yay! So glad you are ready for more! So am I!

  • Vivian K. Barry

    Can hardly wait for the next Gansett Island book….love love this series!

    • It’s so great to be back with them again with nothing else vying for my attention.

  • Sherry Decker

    So excited to see what’s in store for Gansett Island. I have never been a big reader but once I started this series I could not stop. It was a great series. I can’t wait to see what the Fatal series is like

    • I kove to hear that, Sherry! I think you’ll love the Fatal Series (if I do say so myself! HA!)

  • Anita Fusco

    Love the blog don’t do Facebook. Looking forward to next Gansett book. Wish I could live there!

    • Thanks Anita! I think we’d all love to live there! 🙂

  • Melodie Grimm Post

    Very anxious to visit Gansett Island again! Can’t wait to get to know Paul.

    • I’m having fun with his book! 🙂 Nice to see Jenny and Alex again, too!

  • Diane Blaser

    Looking forward to my next visit to the Island and I love the new blog!

  • Congratulations to your cousin! I am very anxious also to get back to Gansett Island! I may have to re-read the series before the new book comes out!

    • I love to re-read and go back and remember things that happened so long ago. Hope you enjoy the re-read and thanks for the congrats for Jen. I’m so happy for her!

      • I am excited to read the story about Lucy’s Hearth when it becomes available too. I have never followed a blog before, so I find this to be interesting and look forward to eading more posts! 🙂

  • Yvonne rahn

    Love the blog ❤

  • Debbie Oxier

    Can’t wait to see what’s happening on Gansett. Seems like I’ve been away forever!

    • I know! Me too even if I’ve been working on Love After Dark all along. Now I’m on it full time so it should go faster!

  • Latesha Soures

    Congratulations to your cousin. And I’m patiently waiting for September for fatal frenzy. As many compliments as I see for gansett i think i will start this series this summer

    • Thank you! I’m so glad she won! And summer is the PERFECT time to read Gansett! Hope you love it!

    • I highly recommend the Gansett series – I received the first book free through BookBub and was hooked! I then had to get all of the other books – I read all of them (12 plus the novella) in about two months. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Janet Wellman Tarnosky Merritt

    I think that I am going to enjoy this blog! So happy that you are back to Gansett because I have missed it! Someday I will get to Rhode Island to see what it is really like but wonder if the vision in my head may be better! Sort of like when someone turns a book into a movie and you are stuck with thinking, “wow, not at all like what was in my head!” We will see! lol

    • I think you’ll find that Rhode Island more than lives up to the hype. It’s beautiful here and nowhere more so than Block Island. 🙂

  • Irene

    Seriously looking forward to my Gansett vacation this summer. Can not wait. Love the blog by the way!! Happy writing Marie. We all appreciate you so much for bringing us the joy of your stories, I certainly do anyway! 🙂 <3

  • Pam Wilson Bull

    I was never a reader, and my husband convinced me to use his old Kindle while we were on a cruise. I downloaded Maid for Love before we left, and was hooked! That was 4 years ago, and I have read all the books you have written, as well as about 800 others! Your books are my favorite, and I definitely am ready for another Gansett book. 🙂

  • Robin Johnson

    Can’t wait to visit “Gansett” next weekend!!! Hope weather is perfect for our day on the Island.

  • Kellie Conway

    I am so happy that more Gansett books are coming!! I just finished Kisses After Dark and can’t wait to start reading more!!

  • Peggy Collins

    Any scene with Fred the Moose and Cam would be my G rated choices. I’m too shy to admit my favorite Natalie and Flynn scene but know there are SEVERAL. 🙂


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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