She’s Here!

Who’s here, you ask? Why, this lovely lady!

Nevertheless, She Persisted, an anthology of short stories by authors from Book View Café and edited by Mindy Klasky, releases today. I’m obviously very excited—it’s my first published short story—but there are eighteen other stories in this compilation worth getting just as excited over. This anthology celebrates women who persist through tales of triumph—in the past, present, future, and other worlds.

From the halls of Ancient Greece to the vast space between stars, each story illustrates tenacity as women overcome challenges—from society, from beloved family and friends, and even from their own fears. These strong heroines explore the humor and tragedy of persistence in stories that range from romance to historical fiction, from fantasy to science fiction.

From tale to tale, every woman stands firm: a light against the darkness.

Table of Contents:

“Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan

“Sisters” by Leah Cutter

“Unmasking the Ancient Light” by Deborah J. Ross

“Alea Iacta Est” by Marissa Doyle

“How Best to Serve” from A Call to Arms by P.G. Nagle

“After Eden” by Gillian Polack

“Reset” by Sara Stamey

“A Very, Wary Christmas” by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

“Making Love” by Brenda Clough

“Den of Iniquity” by Irene Radford

“Digger Lady” by Amy Sterling Casil

“Tumbling Blocks” by Mindy Klasky

“The Purge” by Jennifer Stevenson

“If It Ain’t Broke” by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

“Chataqua” by Nancy Jane Moore

“Bearing Shadows” by Dave Smeds

“In Search of Laria” by Doranna Durgin

“Tax Season” by Judith Tarr

“Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre

It’s available in ebook form (epub and mobi) from the Book View Café website store as well as all the usual retailers—Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Apple iBooks…and in print too.

And yes, my contribution, “Alea Iacta Est”, should be of interest to readers of my young adult stories, as it’s set in 1817 and features a young lady who chooses not to let the fact that she wears petticoats keep her from her intellectual passion…for RPG-style war games. 🙂

I hope you’ll read it…and all the stories in Nevertheless, She Persisted.


I’m thrilled to announce that Skin Deep won the 2017 PRISM Award for Best Urban Fantasy, awarded by the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Which meant I got to bring this shiny crystal pyramid home from the national RWA conference. ☺ This was such an honor; I’m very grateful to the judges and to the FF&P chapter as a whole for the recognition.

Now–and soon to be–here!

Book news for today,  on stories old and new.

Firstly, in the “old” department, I’m thrilled to report that Skin Deep has won the Paranormal Category of the 2017 Wisconsin RWA’s Write Touch Readers’ Choice Award. One judge called it, “One of the best books I’ve read in a while. Kept me spellbound!” (Thank you!) It was also a finalist in the Paranormal category of First Coast Romance Writers’ 2017 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award as well as in the Urban Fantasy category of Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter of RWA’s 2017 PRISM Award (which means I get to go to a cool party at RWA’s national conference this week!)…more news on that soon.

Secondly, after a long learning curve during which I learned how to design book interiors and play with some nifty software, I’m delighted to finally offer readers a print version of my Leland Sisters novella, Charles Bewitched. You can find it at Amazon, if you’d like to give Chuckles a spot on your bookshelf next to his sisters.

And now, in the “new” department, I’ve written a short story titled “Alea Iacta Est” (that’s Latin for “The Die is Cast”) about a girl gamer…in 1817 London (of course!) I’m even happier to announce that it will be appearing in an anthology titled Nevertheless, She Persisted, coming August 8 from Book View Café and edited by Mindy Klasky. It’s up for preorder now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks, and will be available in both print and e-book, and will feature “nineteen stories of persistence — in the past, present, future, and new worlds. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, these stories illustrate the power of women overcoming the challenges of other people, of society, and of their own fears.” (You can read the rest of Mindy’s announcement here.) I’ll post again when it’s available…and I hope you’ll check it out, because it’s going to be amazing.

Say hello (again) to BY JOVE!

It’s back!

I’m delighted to announce that my contemporary fantasy By Jove, originally published in 2014 by Entangled Publishing, is back, revised and edited and with a shiny new cover and now available from Book View Café! Here’s the (also new and improved) blurb:

After three soul-destroying years of teaching unenthusiastic middle-schoolers, Theodora Fairchild is thrilled to be a student again, pursuing her doctorate in Latin. She’s sure John Winthrop University will be the intellectual home she’s always longed for, the place where she’ll finally fit in. But her teaching days aren’t quite over: Theo starts giving “humanities” lessons to sweetly nerdy post-doc Grant Proctor–and loses her heart.

But nobody in the Classics Department is quite who they seem . . . not even Grant. Theo’s arrival rekindles an ancient rivalry between two powerful enemies, and Theo herself is the prize. After she unwittingly betrays Grant to his oldest foe, she’s determined to rescue him—and herself— before it’s too late.

Because even gods can die—or wish they were dead.

You can find By Jove at Book View Café, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo…and coming in April, in a print edition.

Also…to celebrate By Jove‘s re-release, for the month of February I’m offering a sale on Skin Deep (which, I forgot to post, won the 2016 Best Paranormal Romance award in the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf contest). Instead of $3.99, you can get the e-book for 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo now through March 1. Give it a try if you haven’t already!

Goodreads Giveaway for Skin Deep!

Want a chance to win a copy of Skin Deep? Enter the giveaway on Goodreads, where I’ll be giving away ten copies to lucky entrants (who’ll hopefully consider leaving a review!) Giveaway runs from April 15 to May 15. Click on the “Enter Giveaway” button below to–well, enter the giveaway. Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle

Skin Deep

by Marissa Doyle

Giveaway ends May 15, 2016.

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at Goodreads.

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Love is in the Air…

…Or it will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA when I join romance authors Judith Arnold, Rachel Kenley, and Kathryn Sparrow romance panelto talk about the fine art of writing romance, from first kiss to the dirty deed. If you’re anywhere in the eastern MA area on Saturday, I hope you’ll stop by. There’s plenty of on-site parking, and books will be available for sale at the event. Loft members attend for free; non-members, the event is $5.

The Writers’ Loft is a 501(c)(3) non-profit writing community organization which helps local writers foster their creativity, strengthen their spirit and grow professionally by providing them with quiet writing space, educational programs, opportunities to connect with supportive colleagues, and access to industry experts, as well as opportunities to give back to the greater writing community.

Attention NYC readers…

Lady Jane SalonIf you’re looking for something to do on Monday, March 2 from 7 to 9 pm, why not come to Lady Jane’s Salon monthly romance reading series in Soho?  I’ll be reading from By Jove along with authors Hope Tarr, Sofia Tate, Eliza Freed, and Julia Tagan reading from their works. The Salon happens the first Monday of each month at Madame X, which is worth a visit for the ambiance alone…admission is $5 or one gently used romance novel, and all proceeds benefit WIN, a NYY based women’s charity.

By_Jove_500Details here:

Hope to see you there!!

Charles is here!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00042]I’m delighted to report that Charles “Chucklehead” Leland’s book is officially here! Charles Bewitched, a novella companion to Bewitching Season, is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo, with the Apple iBookstore and Smashwords coming soon.
The story:
Sixteen-year-old Charles Leland is not looking forward to his summer holidays from Eton—not when he has to spend them cramming history to make up for a less-than-stellar grade last term. Even the thought of staying with his sister Persy and her husband Lochinvar while his parents are in Ireland can’t cheer him up.
But studying quickly takes a back seat to finding out what has happened to Persy, who disappears from home the day he arrives. All signs indicate that she’s been kidnapped by gypsies…but a gypsy boy named Nando convinces Charles that her disappearance has a much more otherworldly explanation.
Now Charles must brave the perils and sheer strangeness of the fairy lands to try to prevent Persy from being forcibly married to a powerful fairy lord. With the help of the fairy lord’s own younger (and alarmingly pretty) sister, a copy of History and Policy of the Norman and Angevin Kings that he must read before September, and Her Majesty Queen Victoria, he just might be able to do it. But will he also be able to rescue himself?
It’s a bit of a swan song for the Leland Sisters; I’ve been moving on to other stories (and centuries!) in my YA writing, but do not rule out a return to their world some day, if a story starts tapping me on the shoulder and whispering, “Write me.” In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy Charles’s story…and if you do, I’d be extremely grateful if you’d leave a review of it at your favorite on-line book venue. And as always, I love hearing from readers, so drop me a note on my contact form!
In other news, Courtship and Curses continues to get RWA love with another contest final, in the YA category of the OCC-RWA’s Book Buyers Best contest. Speaking of which, I’ll be signing copies of the new paperback of Courtship and Curses at RWA’s National Conference in Atlanta on July 17, at the downtown Marriott Marquis from 5:30-7:30 pm. If you’re in the city, come say hello!

New Book News

Summer ’13 is shaping up to be a busy one, with two releases out this July!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00042]First, I’m working hard to finish up release details for Charles Bewitched, an e-novella for all of those readers of Bewitching Season who’ve asked me when Charles, a.k.a. Chuckles, Persy and Pen’s younger brother, would get his own story.  Well, he’s finally gotten it–check here for more details. Buy links aren’t live yet…look for those to go up some time in mid-July.

Courtship&Curses_draft smallAnd second, Courtship and Curses will be coming out in paperback from Square Fish/Macmillan on July 30.  I’m very pleased that this book has been getting plenty of love from the Romance Writers of America, finaling in three chapter contests as of this date.

And as for other new books on the horizon…I’m thrilled to have signed a contract with Entangled Publishing for three books. No details yet, but the first release will be a contemporary fantasy and my first foray out of YA.  More details soon!