Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE LOVE BOAT BACHELOR - Marji Laine, and 7 other authors - One Free Ebook For Everyone

Dear Readers, today I’m hosting a dear friend of mine and a member of the critique group that meets in my home.

Welcome, Marji. Tell us about your new project.
LOVE BOAT BACHELOR is a romance novella written by eight different authors.

You were involved in something like that last time you were here, weren’t you.
Yes, through Write Integrity Press. This is actually our fourth collaborative novella, and they all have about the same concept. Given a detailed character and a setting, each author writes an original chapter in the story. It’s amazing how the character journey weaves together. And even more confounding how our voices tend to blend. Readers have had trouble believing that the stories have more than one writer.

What’s special about this book?
The Love Boat Bachelor is our first sequel. I’m really excited to tell the further story with this. With last year’s book, A Dozen Apologies, we introduced a lady with a changed life who needed to make amends to 12 men she’d humiliated. Each fellow met with Mara in his own chapter. At the end we asked the readers to help us figure out who should win her heart. It was a tough decision and many of the men walked away disappointed. So we took the guy who collected the second-most votes and built a new story around him. Sort of like the Bachelorette and the Bachelor TV shows. Lol!

Here’s the back cover information:
Romance is a joke.

After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. 

Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?

Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.

As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.

What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Will there be a contest with this book?
Yes! Just like last year’s novella, our hero meets a number of eligible bachelorettes and falls head over heels in love with one of them. The problem is, the authors have no idea which gal he’s chosen. We’ll be posting a new chapter each weekday, starting Monday, January 26 – February 4, on the Write Integrity Press blog. ( Readers are encouraged to vote on their favorite heroine from the 4th through the 7th. The winning gal will be in the final chapter that will release with the book on Valentine’s Day.

So you have to download the book to find out the ending?
Yes. In order to learn just who the readers voted for, and who won Brent’s heart, you have to download the actual e-book. But there is good news with that! The book is FREE on for 4 days. February 14th – February 17th. So while I don’t have a free book to give away today, or even a chapter to share online, the chapters – all but one of them – will come up starting Monday at and the book is free for EVERYONE on Valentine’s day. With Love J!

How can readers keep in contact with you?
I’m always responding to comments on my website –
And I’m on Facebook all the time.
I’m also on:
Twitter - @MarjiLaine
Pinterest - /MarjiLaine
Goodreads – Marji Laine
And I have an author page on Amazon.

Thanks so much for letting me join you here!

Thank you, Marji, for sharing this with us. It sounds like a lot of fun for all my readers. Be sure to tell your fellow authors to feel free to come by and interact with my readers.

Readers, don't forget to go to February 14-17 claim your free copy.


Marianne Barkman said...

What a great concept! Will you be keeping us up with them, Lena?

scottsgal said...

What a fun story line - we leave on a cruise next week.

Cheryl in IL

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a fun idea.


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Marianne, because of my writing schedule right now, I'm going to wait until the whole book is finished.

I hope a lot of my readers do read each chapter and vote for their favorite bachelorette.

Julie Arduini said...

Hi, everyone!
I'm one of the authors involved in The Love Boat Bachelor. You're going to love it. If you haven't done so, I encourage you to read A Dozen Apologies, especially Brent's chapter. That way, when The Love Boat Bachelor sets sail, you're as ready for Brent's happy ending as we are.

Please let your friends know about this, we want the readers to have fun with this.

Thanks, lena, for hosting Marji today!

Fay Lamb said...

Hi, everyone. I'm a co-hort of Julie's and I'm one of the authors of this great story. Linda, you're right. It's a fun idea. The Love Boat Bachelor is Write Integrity Press's fourth multi-writer collaboration where we feature one hero or heroine and send him or her on a journey. I hope you'll friend one of us on Facebook so we can point you to the chapters that will go online as well as the various posts the authors will have throughout the project. Then we're really counting on you to vote for your favorite heroine--and it'll be really fun, because we're not letting you know which author wrote about which heroine until the completed novella (with winning heroine getting her guy) is released.

Betty Thomason Owens said...

Hi! I'm honored to be among the co-writers of both A Dozen Apologies and Love Boat Bachelor. I'm really excited about this one, because with each encounter, you'll gain a little more insight into Brent's character.

Marji Laine - Faith-Driven Fiction said...

This is such a fun book and a great concept by the folks at Write Integrity Press. Julie's right about A Dozen Apologies. Poor Brent. That was a rough time for him.
But things look up on this amazing cruise!

Scottsgal, where are you cruising to? Brent headed for 14 days in the Caribbean.

Elizabeth Noyes said...

Hi all! I'm thrilled to be one of the authors of The Love Boat Bachelor. It's fun, funny, sad, sassy, introspective, and heart-warming. And if you've never been on cruise or visited the Caribbean, here's your chance to live vicariously through Brent!

Sm said...

Sounds like an interesting contest and a challenge to the authors to write about who readers choose. Sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com. CA

Mary Preston said...

This does sound like fun.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a great and fun idea. Thank you for the chance to win.

Blessings from Indiana,
Cindy W.

apple blossom said...

sounds like a fun book thanks for the chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. It is very nice of Margi to give ebooks to everyone. Thanks lena for having her visit. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <
Maxie from Texas.

Lourdes said...

Sounds great looking forward to reading it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!Shelia from Mississippi