Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guest blog by Marisa Cleveland, author of Pushed with a giveaway too!

About the Author:

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. If she couldn’t express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. She believes romance novels are the perfect “how to” books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after. She loves to connect with writers and readers through social media.

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THE YEAR OF THE NOVELLA by Marisa Cleveland

"It's better to have less than organize more."

For 2014, I'm focusing on downsizing. Actually, I've been downsizing for many years.

It all started in 1999 in Fairfax, Virginia, when my hubby and I thought we needed to fit in. We bought big... and we've been downsizing ever since.

From 3,800 square feet to 2,881 square feet, I've lost a lot of "stuff" over the years. But I don't miss any of it, and after browsing the Naples Charity Register, I'm more than excited to champion charities close to my heart.

So... In honor of downsizing, I'm giving away novellas, the downsized version of the novel.

Everyone who comments on this blog will have the chance to win, and it's an exclusive giveaway happening on this blog today only!

Steps to enter:

1. Comment on this blog - any kind of comment - what you love about the blog, what you love to read, what you're reading now, what you plan to do this weekend, anything... just a comment.

2. Check back throughout the day to see who the winners are.

If you win an ebook, you will be asked to email marisa@marisacleveland.com with the email where you'd like the book gifted. All ebooks will be gifted from Amazon.

Here is an incomplete list of the enovellas I"ve read and loved and want to share with you!!!


A LITTLE BIT CUPID by Jennifer Shirk

CAN'T LET GO by Jessica Lemmon

IF YOU DARE by Jessica Lemmon


ON HIS LIST by Wendy Sparrow

PLAINLY MURDER by Isabella Alan

PUSHED by Marisa Cleveland

SECRET SANTA BABY by Robin Covington

SUCCUBUS LOST by Tiffany Allee




WILD HEARTS by Tina Wainscott

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to connect with people on social media, so I hope you'll find me and say hi!

Thank you Marisa, for being so generous!

Book Description:

Time is not on everyone’s side…

Mortal mess-up Lucy Markson makes one tiny miscalculation and her soul ends up belonging to an evil demon. Forced to serve the newly fallen angels recruited by her master, she must take one of the fallen through the seven deadly sins.

Fallen angel Sawyer Succendo didn’t jump from heaven. He was pushed. And now he’s lost everything, including his halo – which contains his earthbound soul.

In a race with an evil demon to claim his lost halo, Sawyer must trust a woman designed for sin – literally. Learning the true power of free will, Sawyer just might save them both, if he can keep his mind on the plan and his hands to himself.

But if he can’t find his halo and save the girl, then he’ll be grounded forever.


A Bloodlines Novella

Marisa Cleveland

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Simeris Alliance

Date of Publication: January 20, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1494866761

ISBN-10: 1494866765

Number of pages: 100

Word Count: 20,000

Purchase it from Amazon


One thing was certain. Fallen angels were hot. And not the ninety-eight-point-six kind of warmth, either. Oh, no. These Fallen fit every corny pick up line she’d ever heard. Because they were exactly what they claimed to be. Created by the hands of God and in His own image.

How would she ever choose one to feed and then… They were all beautifully gorgeous. She tilted her head to the side.

Except for him.

Dried blood marred the side of his temple and stained his sharp cheekbones. A gash sliced across his left eyebrow ending at the corner of his blackened eye. His swollen lower lip also sported a crack with still-fresh blood threatening to trickle down to the divot in his chin. Naked as the day he was born – or created – his torso and thighs held an interesting pattern of scars that haphazardly healed.

He rubbed his chest with one hand, his golden eyes widening in alarm, and in that moment, Lucy knew she absolutely had to be the one to serve him. His entire demeanor differed from the others. He hesitated to join the others at the banquet table, almost like he didn’t want to partake in the feast, even though she knew he had to be starving by now. Still, he reminded her of… her. A reluctant guest.

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  1. ^^ I tend to have a lot of difficulty to part with things^^;; ( books don't even think about it) i guess i'm rassured to have all i treasured step by step around me^^;;

    this novella is interesting i haven't read a lot about fallen angel yet and one that didn't choose it that's even more interesting

    thank you a lot for visiting us today! and for sharing with us too

    1. Oh! So I guess you love print books!!! I do as well, but I've recently parted with some awesome gently read arcs and paperbacks. :) If you email me your mailing address and favorite genre (contemporary, paranormal, etc.), I'll send you a box of books. :)


      you just made my day a fabulous one, thank you!!!!!!

  2. 3800 might not seem like a lot to some people, but it was too much for me. :) Thanks so much for having me! I can't wait to share my love of novellas with your readers. :)

  3. "Pushed" out of heaven? Nice. This sounds like my kind of paranormal novel. ;)

  4. I love novellas, Marisa. It's fun to begin and end the story (as a reader) in one sitting. In today's hurry up world, I think novellas are only going to gain popularity. :) And 3800 is twice the size of my house. With a smaller house simple is best, but I feel like I'm always simplifying. I guess that's sort of like editing. :) And I'm always doing that too! LOL

  5. This book sounds great. Looking forward to read it!!

  6. I'm supposed to be editing, but I keep sneaking off to read more of "Pushed!"
    I spent the weekend pitching books. I know, that's almost blasphemy, but knowing that I can get almost anything in e form now is very liberating! I still have too many books, but...

  7. Your novella sounds awesome! I agree with Cecy; the "pushed out of heaven" makes me want to read more. Please! Also, 3800 sq feet!? Wowza. Just cleaning would be a full time job.

  8. I've bought two print books in the last year - one at a book signing for a fellow author and another at the airport because I forgot my Kindle. I'm e all the way, baby! That's my version of downsizing - not to accumulate any more print.

  9. Yay for downsizing. I'm all about the giving things away/throwing away if it's not been touched in a year. Harsh and sometimes I've regretted it, but I can't stand having things cluttering around... LOL!!! :)

  10. I'm reading AT LAST by Jill Shalvis right now and WOW is it AMAZING. Every time I read one of her books, I get warm fuzzies. Thank you for including me in the giveaway options, Risa!!! :)

  11. I love angels and demons, so interesting to read/write about!

  12. I'm right there with you. I've been downsizing ever since I lost my business in 2007. I went from the Mac counter to buying my makeup at Target and I couldn't be happier because I'm so rich with friends and family.

  13. Sounds like a great book! What am I doing this weekend? Driving home from Chattanooga. pat at ptbradley dot com

  14. I've been LOVING novellas recently because my reading time isn't what it used to be. Your new book sounds great, Marisa.
    And thanks for mentioning A Little Bit Cupid. You're sweet. :)

  15. What a fun idea! Thanks so much for mentioning Succubus Lost! <3

  16. I know I need to downsize, but I have to admit I love picking up a big fat epic fantasy and knowing that I have all those words to enjoy.
    Since I've been trying to cut down on all my stuff, maybe I should try a novella.

  17. Not just downsizing, I respect that you & your hubs made a conscious effort to do with less and not worry about fitting in. Bravo!
    This is a fun idea to give away a novella.

  18. YAY! Thanks to everyone for stopping by! If you're one of the 16 who commented before my comment, and you'd like a novella from the list above, please email me with the email where you'd like the novella gifted!!! I'm gifting from Amazon, so now's your chance to grab an amazing novella from some amazing authors.

  19. I've been downsizing for a while. It's amazing how much stuff a person can get bogged down with. My biggest weakness though...books and movies. I've been trying to weed them out over time. I love novellas! They're what I call those hit-the-spot books when you need a fiction fix : - )

  20. You may have heard my theory on downsizing - the less house you have, the less you have to clean. Ha! And a novella is the perfect foil for downsizing! :)

  21. I love a good novella! I just bought Pushed and I can't wait to read it!

  22. Congratulations on the publication of Pushed! It sounds like a fascinating novella. I love paranormal romance/urban fantasy. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Pushed sounds great!! I have a horrible time parting with books. Other stuff I can downsize but my books I have trouble parting with.