Mary Carter is a freelance writer and novelist. Mary’s next novel, Meet Me in Barcelona, will be released July 31st, 2014. Too long to wait? Catch her new novella, The Christmas Carousel, in the anthology, NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Her other works include: Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond (Also available as an audiobook through Blackstone Audio), My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues,She’ll Take It, and Accidentally Engaged. In addition check out these novellas: A Kiss Before Midnight in the anthology, You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthology Holiday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Mary is currently living, writing, and teaching, in Wilmington, NC. She can also be found at Mary Carter Books on Facebook, or @marycarterbooks on Twitter. She loves to hear from readers!
Lena Wallace was supposed to go to Italy on her honeymoon. That was sixteen years ago. Instead, she settles for cooking Spaghetti Bolognese for her two children while her husband, Alex, is on yet another business trip to Florence without her. Lena deals with his absences in the same stoic way she deals with all her responsibilities. And then comes the call that changes everything–the one from Alex’s Italian mistress.
Stunned and heartsick, Lena flies to Florence to confront Alex. The city is every bit as beautiful as she imagined, from its glittering fountains and cafés to the golden sunsets over rolling hills. But the further she goes to salvage her marriage, the less Lena recognizes herself–or the husband she’s trying to win back. Instead, she’s catching glimpses of the person she once hoped to be and the life and family she truly wants. Most of all, she’s wondering if the real journey is only just beginning. . .
In a novel as warm and vibrant as its rich Italian setting, author Mary Carter explores the intricacies of marriage, the ways love can both liberate and confine, and the journey to happiness that begins with one surprising step. . .
THE THINGS I DO FOR YOU…July 31ST, 2012
Bailey Jordan has loved her husband, Brad, since they were ten years old. She’s followed him on every adventure–opening a sweater store in Seattle, a café in Colorado, a surf shop in Santa Monica. Each time, she’s picked up the pieces when things fell apart. But now, it’s her turn. Bailey has a successful real estate career in Manhattan, and she’s eager to start a family–until a car crash leaves Brad in a coma and changes their lives forever. Awakening after his near-death experience, Brad has a new mission. He buys a lighthouse on the Hudson River, planning to turn it into a B&B. Grateful to have Brad alive, Bailey tries to make his dream her own. The lighthouse is beautiful, but the challenges–renovating, bringing in supplies by boat, navigating the locals and guests–are enormous. And then Bailey discovers a secret in Brad’s past that compels her to question her husband, her marriage, and how far she’ll go to keep them both. . . Thoughtful and moving, The Things I Do for You exhibits a rare understanding of the joys, compromises, and small rebellions that lie at the heart of every marriage, and of the resilience and surprising power of love.
WHERE DO YOU BELONG?
Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she’s living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes. As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten not just by the town’s beguiling mix of ancient and modern, but by the welcome she receives. In this small town near Galway Bay, strife is no stranger, strangers are family, and no one is ever too busy for a cup of tea or a pint. And though her new job presents challenges– from a meddling neighbor to the pub’s colorful regulars– there are compensations galore. Like the freedom to sing, joke, and tell stories, and in doing so find her own voice. And in her flirtation with Ronan McBride, the pub’s charming, reckless former owner, she just may find the freedom to follow where impulse leads and trust her heart– and her luck– for the very first time…
MY SISTER’S VOICE
What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie?
At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia, she’s in a relationship with a wonderful man and rarely thinks about her difficult childhood in a home for disabled orphans. That is, until Lacey receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…” Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple. And for every one of Lacey’s questions that’s answered, others are raised, more baffling and profound. Complex, moving, and beautifully told, My Sister’s Voice is a novel about sisterhood, love of every shape, and the stories we cling to until real life comes crashing in… WATCH MY SISTER\’S VOICE BOOK VIDEO
In this funny, surprising, and heartfelt novel, Mary Carter explores the people and places that shape us—for good, for bad, and forever . . .
Twenty-five-year-old Andes Lane has spent nine years moving restlessly from place to place as she searches for somewhere that feels right. In the little blue houseboat bobbing on a Seattle lake, she thinks she’s found it. But Andes has barely had a chance to settle in before her new life is upended by her landlord, Jay, and his ten-year-old son, Chase. Smart, secretive, and precocious, Chase touches a chord with Andes even as he plays on her last nerve. When Jay needs someone to take care of Chase temporarily, Andes agrees to accompany the boy to Sunnyside Queens, on a quest she’s sure will prove fruitless. But in this new, strange, and unexpectedly welcoming city, Andes will confront the secrets she tried to leave behind and the lies that have kept her running. And against all odds, she’ll discover a place, a man, and a newfound peace of mind that feel very much like home. . . . Reading group guide included
THE HONEYMOON HOUSE by Mary Carter
It doesn’t get more romantic than Andy Beck’s cottage on Martha’s Vineyard. But love is the last thing on his mind– he just wants to get the cottage ready for his best friend’s honeymoon. At least that’s the plan, until he finds the gorgeous Maid of Hone ransacking his house– in the most irresistible way. . .
I’m just the messenger
Please, don’t kill me. . .
Don’t hate me because I’m psychic. . . everybody else already does. My name’s Clare Ivars and these days my “gift” seems more like a booby prize. It all started when this crazy woman tried to bribe me into skewing a reading to warm her future sister-in-law’s cold feet. Then the prospective sister-in-law threatened to kill herself at the alter if I didn’t give her a phony reading saying she should break off the engagement. Oh, and did I mention she ran out, leaving her three-carat rock of a ring right there on my table? So what’s an honest woman to do? Find the man who belongs to the ring, of course. And boy, have I found him. The minute I lay eyes on Jack Heron, I know he’s the one…for me, that is. The problem is making him realize it once he finds out that I may be responsible for the flight of his fiancée. At least his grandmother likes me. Of course she thinks I’m someone else. And then there’s the best man who keeps calling me for dates. . . and stock tips. Between the people who think I’m someone else, the people who wish I were, and the people who just want a bead on the winning Powerball numbers, I’m seriously considering packing in my deck for good. But not until I throw caution to the wind and make a play for my very own Jack of Hearts. . .
HE STOLE HER HEART, SHE STEALS EVERYTHING ELSE. . . .
I, Melanie Zeitgar, do solemnly swear I will never shoplift again. Ever!* *Exceptions: Break-ups, weight gain, job losses, crummy auditions, great auditions where you don’t get a call back, high Visa bills, cavities, the trauma of using automated telephone menus, surprise visits from mom, no phone calls from CLOML (Current Love of My Life), and any other unforeseen tragic bouts of stress. Amen. Meet Melanie Zeitgar. Aspiring actress-turned-bored temp. The Queen of Divine Quips. And a total kleptomaniac. For Mel, stealing is a lot like love: she knows the right thing when she sees it. Unfortunately, she sees it everywhere: Pretty soaps. Socks. Lipstick. Cashmere sweaters. Tampons. Condoms. Candy bars. Perfume. Make-up. The occasional vibrator. Hey, can she help it if she has a special, and unfortunately, very illegal talent? She doesn’t mean to take things. Just like she doesn’t mean to tell people she’s a struggling clock artist. Or continue eating chocolate. Or wait for a call from Ray, the Beautiful Musician Who Must Have Been in a Horrible Accident that Broke His Dialing Fingers. Melanie’s biggest rule—in life, love, and shoplifting—is this: Don’t Get Caught. But sometimes, even the best klepto has an off day. Now, with every part of her life veering zanily out of control, Melanie’s met a guy whose heart is hers for the taking…if she’s brave enough to pay the price. ..
A Kiss Before Midnight by Mary Carter
Rebecca Ryan has never forgotten the magical night she spent in New Orleans with musician Grant Dodge. Now twenty years later, Rebecca is reunited with Grant. Their attraction is as electric as ever–and they have more to catch up on than either imagined. . .
A VERY MAUI CHRISTMAS
What’s worse than having your boyfriend-bartender move away, your doorman drop dead, and your sister send her yearly list of Christmas demands? Getting bitten by a reindeer. Unless of course it gets you a free trip to Maui. Armed with nothing but a red bikini, Tara Lane has just figured out how to endure Christmas. Skip it. Unfortunately, a hot handyman, and an annoying family may just turn her Christmas from naughty to nice.