Finding Her is here!

Finding Her, my newest novel, is out now! I love this one so much. It’s got suspense, passion, a ton of tension, and one of the most sweeping romances I’ve ever written. I hope you love it too.

Get Finding Her on Amazon or read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Can a mysterious beauty and her stoic heroine escape their pasts for love?

Nan Kellers is running away from herself. She made a lot of bad decisions, and her most recent one was renting a sailboat with a storm on the horizon. On the brink of death, Nan gets rescued by a strong, gorgeous woman. Maybe her luck is finally starting to change?

Cass Finnegan lives in a lighthouse with her young daughter Annalee, just trying to get by as a single mother while dodging the judgments of her neighbors. One day, a beautiful woman washes up on the beach. Annalee thinks she’s a mermaid, but Cass wonders if there isn’t something even more special about her.

An immediate, red-hot passion ignites between Nan and Cass, in spite of the secrets both of them are fighting to keep hidden. But for two scarred women, can love ever win? Neither of them can hide from their pasts for long. When it all comes crashing down, Annalee is caught in the middle…and the result is far more dangerous than any of them feared.

Finding Her is part of the Cape Summer Romances, a collection of stand-alone romances that take place in the same town.

Finding Her: My upcoming novel set in a Maine lighthouse

I’m hard at work on my next novel, Finding Her, which is a romance about a lighthouse keeper and the mysterious woman who washes up on the beach at the foot of her lighthouse. All of my books are set in fictional places based heavily on the places I love, but this one is particularly special! Take a look at the pictures and you’ll see why 🙂

IOS view

This past summer, I spent a glorious week on an island off the coast of Maine. Northern New England has always been hugely inspirational for me (which is why many of my books are set there) but the Isle of Springs near Booth Bay has a special place in my heart. It was a big part of my wife Rachel’s (Ruby Grandin’s) childhood and my first visit to the island years ago was my first time on vacation with her family.

We always stay at “the cottage,” which is actually a century-old four-story house that was built by Rachel’s aunt’s family and added on to over the years. There’s no soundproofing or insulation, you can see light in other rooms through the wall boards, the stairs are steep as hell, and everywhere are reminders of the many generations who cherished it. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.

Two sides are surrounded by a big porch that shows off a glorious view, as you can see in the photos.

IOS mist

I’m hoping Finding Her will capture this mysterious yet comforting and homelike atmosphere. It’s centered in Cape Summer, the same town where our novel Stay With Me is set, at an isolated lighthouse at the tip of the cape.

Cass lives there with her young daughter, Annalee, just trying to get by without her wife and dodging judgments that she’s raising Annalee to be an outcast. But one day, a beautiful woman washes up on the beach at the foot of the lighthouse. Annalee thinks she’s a mermaid, but Cass wonders if there isn’t something more familiar about her.

Nan is running away from herself. She made a lot of stupid decisions in the past, and her last one was renting a sailboat in Cape Summer with practically no sailing experience and a storm on the horizon. But she gets rescued by a strong, gorgeous woman, so it can’t be all bad, right?

Neither of them are very forthcoming women. They both have secrets they’re not willing to share. But they can’t ignore the feelings growing between them–the chemistry and the instinctive trust and the desire to feel more, physically and emotionally. When the crap finally hits the fan, though, Annalee is caught in the middle and it’s a lot more dangerous than either of them feared.

R blueberry

The other picture is one of Rachel walking down one of the many little paths on a hillside covered in blueberry bushes. (Isn’t she beautiful? ^_^) I’ve already written a scene in the novel that takes place on a hillside like this.

Finding Her will come out in October! I can’t wait to share this place with you in fiction as well as pictures 🙂

Hereafter is on sale!

Hi everyone! It’s officially fall!

Fall is my favorite month, and it includes my two favorite holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. In celebration, my novel Hereafter is on sale for $1.99! It’s also still available on Kindle Unlimited, of course 🙂 Hereafter is a lesbian detective romance with a ghostly twist. It takes place in New England in the fall, and there are fewer places more perfect for Halloween than Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, where many of the scenes are set.

Hereafter is one of my most action-packed, suspenseful novels, and it’s perfect for this time of year. I’ve also had tons of people tell me it’s their favorite of mine 🙂 I hope it’ll get you in the autumn mood!

Buy Hereafter for $1.99!

Beautiful woman among dark tree roots looks into camera . Mother earth embrace

 

Marian Reviews Stuff – Say You’ll Love Me Again by Kiki Archer

Say You'll Love Me AgainSay You’ll Love Me Again by Kiki Archer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Kiki Archer (how is that even possible?) and it sure was a roller-coaster ride. Between the neurotic Sophie and her honestly-kind-of-homophobic friend/”life coach” Laura, I was seriously skeptical at first. But the dialogue was like watching a fun ping-pong tournament and the situations were pretty hilarious, so I kept going.

And then the twist came, and I was blown out of the water.

If I’d read any of Kiki Archer’s work before, I might’ve been expecting a sudden revelation to explain why a character was acting so over-the-top weird. Since I hadn’t, though, I spent the first part of the book thinking that “the girl who broke my heart” was the only sympathetic one. The twist shone a new light on all of that, one that so changed my opinion of the characters that I want to go read it again.

The only part I didn’t like was that I felt the “will they or won’t they” tug-of-war went on just a bit too long. Probably other readers enjoy the “Aughhhh, NO!” feeling when things go terribly wrong at the last minute, but I didn’t. Thankfully we got our Happily Ever After, which I absolutely require in any lesbian romances I read.

All in all, Say You’ll Love Me Again was a great book that made me revise my early opinion of it in a big way. I’ll definitely be seeking out more of Kiki Archer’s past work!

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Stay With Me is out now!

Stay With Me cover
I’m really proud of this book, considering that it got its start so long ago and we were in SUCH a different place back then. The idea that I’d be able to write romances for a living was a dream, one I thought was laughable at best. I was stuck in a job I hated, STILL trying to make full time after temping for years as they strung me along. I couldn’t even imagine a future where I’d be lucky enough to do this for my job.
 
So thank you all for that. It’s the people who read my books and cheer me on who make this possible.
 
I hope you love Stay With Me 🙂 Here’s the summary!
 
All Lynn Evans wanted was a romantic weekend with her girlfriend. After months of trying to save a crumbling relationship, they’ve reserved a room at the sweetest little inn on the Maine coast in the hopes of rekindling their love. But when everything goes wrong and Lynn’s girlfriend doesn’t show, she can’t imagine a worse start to her vacation.
 
Dana Crane’s weekend isn’t going any better. Her inn was in a load of trouble even before a dangerous storm rolled in, but the nor’easter doesn’t just bring wind and rain: it brings a beautiful traveler who’s still reeling from being stood up. There’s an immediate, undeniable spark between them, but Dana doesn’t do relationships…and Lynn already has a girlfriend.
 
Something special grows between the two women on this weekend, though, and soon Lynn finds herself visiting Dana’s inn more and more. Dana is warm, funny, and surprisingly romantic…but she also has a secret that could destroy their budding romance.
 
This heartfelt, passionate romance by wife-and-wife team Marian Snowe and Ruby Grandin tells a story of love, longing, perseverance, and how finding your soulmate can help you stay true to yourself.
 

STAY WITH ME – Coming Soon!

It’s been a while since I posted an update on writing, but I’m nearing the end of a novel! I’m extra excited about this one because it’s another book my wife Ruby and I are writing together! We’re in the editing stages now so our hope is that Stay With Me will be finished by the end of June 🙂

This book has been a LONG time in the making. To give you a reference point, when we started writing it, gay marriage wasn’t legal in Maine yet (it’s set in Maine).

The inspiration for the story was a weekend Ruby and I spent at a bed and breakfast on the coast during a humongous spring storm. The entire town flooded, including the attached basement tavern, and we spent the weekend holed up in a gorgeous room (they upgraded us because so few guests showed up) or running around having adventures in the torrential rain.

Like that vacation, Stay With Me begins with a storm and an inn on the Maine coast. Lynn hopes that a romantic weekend getaway with her girlfriend will save their rocky relationship, but when her girlfriend is a no-show, it seems like things can’t get worse. Dana owns the inn and with mistakes from her past coming back to haunt her, her life isn’t in the greatest shape to begin with. Then the storm happens, and she and Lynn form an instant bond that weekend. They both recognize how happy they could be together, but their lives are both a mess of roller coasters…so how could things possibly fall into place?

This novel has a lot of history with us, and I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s so full of longing and ups and downs and triumphs. We’ll be working on a cover soon and I’ll be making some teaser images!