Author: Marianne Rice
Book: Then Came You
Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Tell us all about yourself and what makes you tick and what do you like doing when you aren’t writing!
Hmm, where to start? I’m a high school English teacher, married with three VERY active kids, and try to squeeze in writing when time permits. Writing is what I like doing when I’m not chauffeuring, cooking, cleaning, correcting papers, driving to games and practices or running errands. I also have a small (okay, majorly large) shoe obsession and am addicted to chocolate and frilly drinks.
2. Tell us about your family – married? Kids? Where you live!
I met my hubby when we were freshman in college. So like, uh, just a couple years ago ;-) We have three children, two girls and a boy, who are the center of our world and like to act like the world revolves around them. I guess that’s typical for a 9, 12 and 14 year olds. We live in southern Maine where the winters are cold, but the gorgeous summers and close proximity to the ocean, lakes and mountains make up for it.
- If you could travel anywhere in or out of this world, where would it be?
I’m actually not a big world traveler. I like to travel to get away from the craziness at home; for some R&R or to go on family trips. My family lives in California so we either vacation there or in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or along the coast of Maine. I’m fine with that, but some day when I think the family can handle being trapped in a car for days on end without killing each other, I’d love to drive across country and visit the national parks with the kids.
- If you could do anything in this world to make a living, other than writing, what would it be?
- What about weekly TV show? Why?
Nope. I don’t really watch TV. I used to be a TV junkie but now I use that time to read or write.
- Have you ever met anybody famous?
I grew up in Los Angeles so seeing stars was fairly common. I went to school with Alyson Hannigan (from How I Met Your Mother), not that she’d remember me, and I used to babysit for Chip Meyer. He was in the soap opera Santa Barbara and played Vance Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard.
- Now, Tell us about your book?
Then Came You is the second book in the Wilde Sisters series (Each book is a stand alone. No cliffhangers, promise!) and centers around the youngest sister, carefree Thyme Wilde. A few months into her nanny job the parents of the girls she is caring for die in a crash and the real paternity is revealed. Enter architect and heir to the Buchanan fashion empire Grayson Montgomery and surprise…dad! Too busy with family obligations and a growing career, Grayson relies on Thyme to care for his daughter when all she wants is for him to care for her.
- Where did you come up with the idea for your story?
Honestly? I don’t remember. When I started Rayne and Trent’s story in Sweet on You I hadn’t planned on it being a series, but wanted Rayne to have sisters. As I wrote Sweet on You I thought Sage’s story (the oldest Wilde sister) would be next, but she wasn’t ready. While revising the first book I started thinking about Thyme and what she would need in her life to finally settle down and take responsibility. And the plot was formed.
- What is your biggest pet peeve about writing?
Distractions. Like right now. Those three pesky kids I was telling you about.
- Where can people find you? (give all your links)
- Most important – where can we buy your story?
Thyme Wilde doesn’t make long-term decisions—until she falls in love with one…
Easily bored and quickly distracted, Thyme enjoys her freedom, so being a temp at her sister’s company is the perfect job. But when she takes a position as a nanny, she instantly falls in love with the five-year-old princess named Maddie—and just two months later, Maddie’s parents are killed in a plane crash, leaving Thyme in an unfamiliar role of responsibility.
Multi-millionaire architect Grayson Montgomery lives in the lap of luxury—but at a cost…
Being the sole heir of his family’s fashion empire and his father’s architectural firm, Grayson has never lacked for anything. But in return, he must stay subservient to the matriarch of his family—his grandmother—and date the heiress of their largest business partner. The only freedom Grayson has is his architectural designs, which are his true passion.
One day changes Grayson’s future forever…
A lawyer summons Grayson to Maine for the reading of the will of a woman he once knew. He doesn’t expect to be named the father of a five-year-old orphan. Then he meets his newly-discovered daughter—and her incredibly sexy nanny.
While acting as Maddie’s loyal nanny, Thyme develops feelings for her new employer that are more than professional. And after several passionate nights with Grayson, it’s clear the feeling is mutual.
When it’s made evident Grayson sees her as a convenient placeholder, Thyme must push aside her desires and put Maddie above herself—even if it means sacrificing her heart to do it.
“I kind of have this love-hate relationship with you.”
The look of shock on his face made her laugh. “Okay. Maybe not such strong emotions. How about like and dislike? One minute you’re sweet and kind and gorgeous and the next minute you’re too caught up in work and image but still working the gorgeous angle.”
“Is being gorgeous good or bad?”
“You seem to work it in no matter what you do. You can’t help it. You’re pretty.”
“Guys don’t want to be pretty.”
“Yeah. They do. But you’re hot, too. Pretty and hot.”
“Can’t you just call me pretty hot and call it good?”
“See, and then you throw in a dash of humor and I’m a goner.”
“Goner? Really?” Grayson set his hands on her waist and tugged her closer. She shivered from the heat, from the chill, from the anticipation.
“It was easier when I thought you were a jerk,” she whispered, her mouth dangerously close to his.
“Why is that?” he whispered back, his breath mingling with hers.
She swallowed, her throat tight and hoarse, and licked her lips. “Because then I wasn’t tempted to do this.” Thyme stood on her tiptoes and gently pressed her lips against his.