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MAREE ANDERSON

At the tender age of twelve, Maree Anderson was pinching her mom and dad’s books and reading them at night by the hallway light. It took her a few more years—okay, decades!—to pluck up enough courage to write her own stories but now there’s no stopping her.

 

The great thing about being an author? Having a valid excuse to read voraciously—all in the name of research, of course ;-). When Maree Anderson isn’t “researching”, she’s dreaming up new ways to put her heroes and heroines through hell before giving them their Happy Ever After—she’s a complete sucker for a happy ending, BTW. Maree lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her real-life hero, a man who is rapt to bits and beyond that she’s finally achieved her dream of becoming an author. He’s also a website designer extraordinaire, and even better, he works for hugs and kisses!

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Books
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Even Demons Get The Blues
by Maree Anderson
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Scent Of A Man
by Maree Anderson
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From The Ashes
by Maree Anderson
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• Secrets Volume 30 • Trade Paperback • $5.50 SALE PRICE
by Maree Anderson, Alice Gaines, Anne Kane, Nicole North
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Let Sleeping Demons Lie
by Maree Anderson
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• Secrets Volume 30 Desires Unleashed
by Maree Anderson, Alice Gaines, Anne Kane, Nicole North

Author's interviews

About Maree Anderson

My first idea for a book was inspired by the afterword in Stephen Donaldson’s The Gap series. So, after a couple of weeks of tossing and turning and not sleeping because of the characters running round in my head and demanding I notice them, I finally gave in and put fingers to keyboard. And when I finally typed The End, I figured I’d achieved everything I’d set out to do.  I’d written a novel and that was “the end”. Boy, was I wrong.

“What? Are you just gonna put it in a drawer and forget about it now, huh?”

Good question.

“What makes you so afraid of taking the next step and seeing whether it’s good enough to be published?”

Er…. Even better question!

So I did some research and discovered the annual RWNZ Clendon Award for full length romantic manuscript. If I entered, a bunch of Barbara’s Books patrons who love romance to bits and beyond, would read my entire manuscript and give detailed feedback on a 3-page judging sheet. Sounded good to me! So in 2004 I joined Romance Writers of New Zealand and entered two manuscripts in the Clendon Award. To my surprise—and delight!—one entry finalled and the other was highly commended. I was hooked.

I now write full time and I gotta say, the best part about being a writer is that I get to read for research! And believe me, I do a lot of research. I’m a huge fan of Sci-Fi, fantasy and paranormal, and this love is reflected in my writing. My stories feature blind Seers with magical powers, warriors cursed and imprisoned in their namesake crystals, elementals who ride lightning, men who exude pheromones which make them irresistible to women, a teenage cyborg and even a sexy dragon demon. I’m para-normal, what can I say? ;-)

In 2006 I won the Clendon Award with the first of my Crystal Warrior series. In 2008, the second of the series was a finalist, and in 2009, the third book finalled, too. I hope one day to find a publisher who loves that particular series as much as the Clendon readers do! My other completed manuscripts have placed in a number of RWA chapter contests, including the Golden Gateway, The Sheila, Heart of the West and Great Expectations.

In 2008 I entered a novella in the Red Sage Alpha Male Novella contest, and was offered a publishing contract with Red Sage Publishing. That novella, Even Demons Get The Blues, is a June 2009 Red Sage Presents release.

Review Highlights

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Let Sleeping Demons Lie by Maree Anderson

 


Let Sleeping Demons Lie by Maree Anderson
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (123 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Wisteria

A leonine Lycan, finds a naked, unconscious female. He analyzes her scent and discovers she’s not Lycan but a clever fake. She’s quite luscious, so he’ll enjoy her regardless. Felinoid Demon, Naamah, is bait for a trap. Her King has altered her genetic makeup, stripped her powers and her memory. She believes she’s human and isn’t aware non-humans exist. The man who licks her awake is damnably sexy… but sex isn’t exactly a priority when she can’t remember her own name! When Brennan realizes the female has amnesia, his protective instincts grab him by the balls. He nick-names her Kitten and suggests finding a safe haven before nightfall. Kitten’s so exhausted she finally lets Brennan carry her. When she drifts off, he shifts to his Were-Lion form. He’s carrying Kitten into his lair when she stirs, and before he completes his shift, she opens her eyes. She freaks but eventually convinces herself she had a nightmare.

Lycans, and Demons, and Lions… OH MY! Draped in fiction, magic, and intrigue-- Let Sleeping Demons Lie is a seductively designed package, just waiting to be ripped apart for your pleasure.

A scheming Demon King has decided to kill the proverbial “two birds with one stone” when he sends his toady demon, Belphagor and a Beguiler, Naamah, into the Lycan world to stop the co-mingling of the two species. Or, so he says. Unbeknownst to Belphagor, he’s being sent on a suicide mission, and Naamah — terrified of were-forms — is cast down, helpless and stripped of her memories and her powers.

This story jumps right in with a devilishly sinful, captivating prologue that will have you saying ‘just one more page’ through the whole story. Admittedly, I intended on only reading the first few pages to get a feel for the book, but found myself moving onto the next chapter and the next, until my son is telling me he is tired and wants to go to bed… and he hasn’t had dinner yet! (eek!)

The Prime of the Lycans, Brennan, is lustfully sinful, with a primal, carnal desire that makes you find ways to relate to him. His sex appeal jumps off the page and makes you want more of his animal instinct and possessive nature. The scenes of lust and love between Brennan and Naamah, his "Kitten", vary between species - humanoid, felinoid, and lion alike - but it’s always well-written and well-scripted. The enemies in this novel are well-written and take on a whole life of their own. The creepy main she/he Hyena, Cass, jumps off the page and I’m sure I’ll have nightmares of that sinister beast tonight.

The best part about this story is that there IS a story. One laced with equal parts of need, desire, lust, passion and real conflict between the characters. There is an underlying age-old undertone of the characters “wants” versus their “destiny” at play. You want Brennan and “Kitten” to be together, but the obligations and risks are high if both give into their desires. Even though the story is short, it is enjoyable nonetheless, and in this case — size really doesn’t matter. I give this book four cherries and I’d highly recommend it to anyone that loves paranormal romances with some torridly good, beastly interludes mixed in.

Let Sleeping Demons Lie by Maree Anderson

****

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Publisher: eRed Sage Publishing
  • Book Length: Novella
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-60310-423-4

Brennan’s animal nature takes over when he smells a lioness in heat. In the Lycan Realm, the first male to reach her has the right to claim her. He intends to be that male. What he finds isn’t what he expects. It’s not the fact she’s in human form; he has no problem pleasing her in whatever manner she prefers. No, it’s something deeper, something he can’t quite pinpoint.

When the woman wakes up, he’s even more convinced something isn’t right. She has no knowledge of whom she is, where she is, or what fate awaited her had a lion less in control of himself found her. The pair embarks on a journey full of passion, pain, and discovery that leads to a traitor in their midst and a disturbing secret that may tear them apart.

Anytime I find myself waffling on a book rating, I pretend I’m watching Russell Crowe, wearing the latest in Gladiator fashion, brandishing a weapon as he screams, “Are you not entertained?” What happens next stays between me and Russ, but the intended outcome is simple: if the story entertained me, I give it a higher rating, copy-editing errors be damned.

My initial hesitation in bestowing 4 tombstones (rather than the original 3.5 tombstones) lied in the slightly disturbing character known as Cass. She added the right amount of evilness to the story, but her depravity almost went too far. I could have gone without the last scene she was in. It didn’t seem it was necessary—she could have been defeated in a less disturbing manner. The scene didn’t ruin the story for me, just left a nasty taste in my mouth. Then again, that was likely the intention.

Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by Let Sleeping Demons Lie by Maree Anderson. Her writing style is informal and hilarious, including much Valley Girl verbiage. Hearing a lion shapeshifter talk of his utter awesomeness is, well, awesome. I love it. Naamah and Brennan fit together, physically and mentally. Their interactions are sweet, if not bizarre, and I instantly liked them.

Book Stats:

  • e-book, digital format
  • Publisher: eRed Sage Publishing
  • Book Length: Novella
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-60310-423-4
  • Adult Content, Demons, Magic, Shapeshifters, e-Books by Jackie

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Even Demons Get the Blues

Book 1 in a new series
Reviewer Score:  (5 out of 5)
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ISBN: 9781603103145

Publisher:
Red Sage / eRed Sage
Even Demons Get the Blues

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Author(s): Maree Anderson 
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Night Owl Top Pick

Rezon has been watching her for a year. He knew it was wrong to watch her through his mirror but he just couldn’t help himself. There is just something about Leisa that draws him to her even though they’ve never met.

Leisa is in a downward spiral. She had been for the past few years. She’d go to a bar, pick-up some guy who was usually a loser, have sex and pass out. She just didn’t care. She was so filled with self-hatred that she was becoming self destructive. 
 
Finally, after way overstepping his boundaries as a Beguiler demon, Rezon decides he has to have Leisa. Things don’t go as planned when Rezon finds that he can’t wipe Leisa’s memories and he’s being called on the carpet by his King. The King has advice for Rezon but should he take it? 
 
Leisa’s problems started when another demon added her to his quota and Rezon learns that she’s scheduled to die soon. He doesn’t want that to happen but he’s not sure if he can stop it. On the other hand, Rezon has a special birthday coming up himself and there’s no telling what will happen to him. Is there any possible way that they could both end up alive and well?
 
Death, demons and unexpected happenings make up this delightful romantic comedy. Enter into a world where there is a quota to get souls, legions with different duties, several types of demons and behind the scene maneuvers. They may look human but they’re not. 
 
Most of the characters may have been demons but they each had their own personalities and specialties. Quick descriptions of each character gave you immediate insight into their qualities and weather they were good guys, bad guys or somewhere in between. There were no set this is what demons do, each demon was unique. Leisa came across as a lovable but troubled human. The King was trying to be as good a friend as a demon could be to Rezon but he still had to cover his butt too! Rezon is an old and powerful demon who is feeling things that he never had in his long life.  Even the secondary characters come across as likable and interesting.
 
I really loved this story. It was packed full of sex, sin, twists and turns, The humor that was found frequently gave a very light hearted feel to this story. The characters were well written and the ending a surprise. I just wanted to keep reading and wished this story would keep going. I can’t wait to see where book 2 goes!
 
As this is a fairly short book, it’s the perfect size for a lazy afternoon.

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Even Demons Get the Blues

(Book 1, Demon series)

by Maree Anderson

Publisher: Red Sage Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance


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Summary: Rezon was the Demon King’s lieutenant for four thousand years but even the most badass Demon in Hell gets jaded, so Rez joined the Beguilers. Only trouble is now he’s been beguiled by Leisa, a tormented human woman who’s captured his heart.


When Leisa picks up one loser too many, Rezon’s provoked into whisking her off to his lair to show her what a real man—uh, make that Demon!—can do for her. Leisa’s been tagged by a Destroyer and her soul is forfeit, so when she inadvertently shatters Rez’s defenses and bonds with him there’ll be Hell to pay—literally.

Dakota’s Review: Who would have thought a bad ass demon could fall in love, let alone get the blues? Evidently, Maree Anderson! In Even Demons Get the Blues, Rez finds himself falling in love with a human.  I was immediately skeptical but as the story unfolded, I found myself rooting for Rez to beat the odds and be able to claim Leisa. While I was expecting more resistance from Rez it was obvious he was still a bad ass demon when it came to protecting the love of his life.

Along with the wonderful hero and heroine, I found myself wanting to know more about Asmodeus, the King of Demons. Ms. Anderson’s creation of this demon king has me hoping she’s going write give him his own book. Maybe if I beg? I definitely look forward to reading and reviewing the next book in this new series by Ms. Anderson. Especially if I get to see more of the yummy Asmodeus.

Rated 4 Delightful Divas by DakotaThe Blackraven’s Reviews!


EVEN DEMONS GET THE BLUES BY MAREE ANDERSON

 

Rezon was the Demon King’s lieutenant for four thousand years but even the most badass Demon in Hell gets jaded, so Rez joined the Beguilers. Only trouble is now he’s been beguiled by Leisa, a tormented human woman who’s captured his heart.

When Leisa picks up one loser too many, Rezon’s provoked into whisking her off to his lair to show her what a real man—uh, make that Demon!—can do for her. Leisa’s been tagged by a Destroyer and her soul is forfeit, so when she inadvertently shatters Rez’s defenses and bonds with him there’ll be Hell to pay—literally.

To My Readers: I wanted to write a truly alpha male hero so when a story idea about a demon popped into my head, how could I resist? Demon or human, my take is we’re all looking for that special someone who’ll truly love us for what we are. The result, Rezon and Leisa’s story, is gritty and at times rather dark but above all it’s a story of redemption and happy endings. And for those of you who like a laugh, there’s always my witty and urbane Demon King to lighten things up as he attempts to help Rez solve his predicament. Enjoy!

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EVEN DEMONS GET THE BLUES was chosen by Romance Junkies Book Club as a 2009 club favourite:
“The Romance Junkies Book Club is 2,500 members strong and made up of readers and authors that come to us from all over the net. Many of our members belong to romance communities, blogs and review sites. We asked our book club members to share with us a debut author title that they read this year that rocked. [ ] Even Demons Get The Blues was picked by our readers’ group.”
~Romance Junkies Readers Group


“Unique and witty, Even Demons Get the Blues is devious entertainment.  Rezon and Asmodeus are deliciously dark and memorable while it takes some time to warm up to Leisa, mainly because readers don’t know why she’s suffering for quite awhile.  It’s the guys who make Even Demons Get the Blues so much fun with their wily banter.  Even Demons Get the Blues is an original, sensual page turner.”
-Lisa, JOYFULLY REVIEWED


Rating: 4 fangs!!!!

“Anderson drew me into her well-written tale, and even within the confines of novella length, she created vivid characters that I came to care about. I would have liked a bit more soul-searching from both Rez and Leisa in the last half of the book, but it definitely worked as is. Also, kudos to Anderson for neatly balancing the steam-to-story ratio and not overwhelming either with the other!
If you enjoy fast-paced, clever, and steamy paranormal romance, I think that you’ll enjoy Even Demons Get the Blues as much as I did. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Maree Anderson!”
-Chris, FANG-TASTIC BOOKS


Rating: 4 hearts!!!!

“Paranormal books are so fun to read, especially when there are so many imaginative authors like Maree Anderson writing them. This books gives readers a chance to step out of the box and into the world of Demons. Not bad for an afternoon of entertainment.”
-Roni, ROMANCE BOOK SCENE

 


Awards


   2009

        • Freaks Of Greenfield High
            
Second Equal
             Oklahoma Romance Writers Finally A Bride contest, young adult category

  • Freaks Of Greenfield High
    Current Finalist
    Oklahoma Romance Writers Finally A Bride contest, young adult category
  • Freaks Of Greenfield High
    Winner
    Maryland Romance Writers Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest, young adult category
  • Jade’s Choice (Crystal Warriors Book 3)
    Finalist
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript
  • Freaks Of Greenfield High
    Third Place
    North Texas Romance Writers Great Expectations contest, young adult category

2008

  • Scent Of A Man
    Second Place, plus Grand Prize winner (for top scorer in first round judging)
    From The Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway contest, paranormal category
  • When Lighting Strikes (Elemental Riders Book 1)
    Third Place
    Utah RWA Heart Of The West award, paranormal category
  • Ruby’s Dream (Crystal Warriors Book 2)
    Finalist
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript
  • Soul-Mate (Book 3 of The Seers Trilogy)
    Highly Commended
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript
  • Scent Of A Man
    Third Place
    Valley Forge Romance Writers The Sheila contest, paranormal category
  • Even Demons Get The Blues
    Finalist
    Red Sage Alpha Male novella contest
    Available June 1st 2009 from Red Sage Publishing www.eredsage.com

2007

  • RWNZ Founder’s Award recipient
    For services throughout the year to RWNZ
    Awarded by Jean Drew, Founder of Romance Writers of New Zealand
  • When Lighting Strikes (Elemental Riders Book 1)
    Highly Commended
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript

2006

  • Chalcedony’s Wulf (Crystal Warriors Book 1)
    Winner
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript
    Judge: Leslie Wainger, Executive Senior Editor, Silhouette Books, New York
  • Chalcedony’s Wulf (Crystal Warriors Book 1)
    Finalist
    From The Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway competition, paranormal category

2005

  • Seer’s Hope (Book 1 of The Seers Trilogy)
    Finalist
    RWNZ Strictly Single competition for single title manuscript

2004

  • Seer’s Hope (Book 1 of The Seers Trilogy)
    Finalist
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript
  • Hope’s Children (Book 2 of The Seers Trilogy)
    Highly Commended
    RWNZ Clendon Award for complete romance manuscript

 

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 Maree Anderson Caught In the Act!

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      “It’s research—really.”

  

MINNA THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

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“Watching my cat sleep sure isn’t helping me reach my word-count goal today. Yawn.”

 

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