Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Bernadette Marie

Bernadette Marie stopped by The Library to talk with us about books as part of her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. Bernadette will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tours here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/02/virtual-book-tour-home-run-by.html.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My favorite book was THE LITTLE HOUSE by Virginia Lee Burton. It is now my youngest son’s too and we both cry when we read it.

What is your favorite book today?

IF TOMORROW COMES by Sidney Sheldon will probably always remain my favorite (and one I’ve read the most.) It was the first book that got me wanting to seriously write.

Do you have any bad book habits?

Not so much anymore, but I used to be a sucker for self-help books that I wouldn’t read.

E-Reader or print? and why?

I’ve gone to the love of an Ereader because I can have the same book on my computer, iPad, and phone. I have read most books lately on my cell phone!

One book at a time or multiples?

I both read and write more than one book at a time. :-)

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)

I’m a bookmarker. Dog-ears make me crazy! :-) But I use a Post-it note for a bookmark usually.

Favorite genre?

Contemporary Romance

Do you loan your books?


Re-reader or not?

No, I don’t usually reread books.

Keep books or give them away?

Only recently, in a fit of decluttering, I have started to give away books. I used to keep them as trophies, but as I don’t reread them it seems silly.


In one moment Christian Keller’s life was changed. Now as he picks up the pieces he wonders if he can possibly recoup what he lost.

Victoria Lincoln had a promising future with Christian until an accident took the life of her sister and left her as guardian to her two small children.

Their lives have gone in different directions, but Christian and Victoria’s paths will cross again. It will take a lot of change to pick up where they left off—if either of them can.


Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me today!

  2. You know, I love e-readers for convenience...but if I really love a book...I usually buy it in both formats...is that weird? I've got multiples of all my favorites so I can read them in my house (in paper) or on my cell...or on my kindle...I really am a nerd! HA!

    Thanks for the interview!


    1. I have actually found lots of people who do that! :) I had no idea...but it seems to be normal :) thanks for stopping!!!!!

  3. I recently became strictly an ereader. No clutter. Unlike Bernadette, I do reread. This is not a problem with an ereader. You simply retrieve the book you want from the Cloud.

    1. Love pulling books up when I want to read them!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

  4. I have close to 4000 books on y Kindle and another 800 on my Nook: this makes for more clutter thatn an actual physical bookshelf. I keep all my favorite authors and books on my physical bookshelf because, strangely enough, it's comforting to have them at my literal fingertips! I love having them within reach like an old friend :)
    Thanks for sharing today.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    1. That's a lot of books!!! :) Thank you for stopping by!

  5. I have many bookcases full of books I'll never give away. I have a Kindle but still prefer holding a book in my hands.


    1. There is comfort in holding a book :) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Bernadette Marie, how much and what type of research did you do for this book?

    1. I can't say I did a ton of research. But the internet is a wonderful resource! As I don't live in Nashville and it has been 20+ years since my last visit (since my last trip had been canceled because of the floods). So I've done a my research on the area via internet

  7. I have enjoyed reading ever since I learned how to read The Dick and Jane books at school.

    1. Oh the Dick and Jane books...those were our readers in 1st grade. I'll never forget them :)

  8. I have books I re-read each year. I still favor paper over electronic.


  9. Enjoyed reading your interview.

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