I am thrilled to welcome Marlena Smith, Rave Reviews Book Club “Spotlight” Author, on today’s stop of her blog tour. Marlena is an amazing, supportive member of RRBC who generously promotes fellow authors. As RRBC’s Secretary and Host of the RaveWaves Show, her enthusiastic commitment to promoting fellow members and their achievements is truly inspiring. I consider it an honour to shine the “Spotlight” on her today.
With much joy, I introduce Marlena Smith!
Welcome to Day 2 of my RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour! I am thrilled to have you join me and my awesome host! A huge THANKS to RRBC for placing me in this incredible hot seat!!
Today, I would like to introduce you to the main character of THE POWER OF LOVE through a fun Q&A.
1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, cautious and brave.
2. Tell us about your childhood.
Oh, my childhood… It was normal, good. I had my parents and my older sister, Annabelle. Six years older than me and as close to perfect as you can get.
One of my fondest memories… We would play board games every weekend. Mom insisted on family bonding. All the way through high school, until Annabelle got her first job at the local newspaper. Everyone became too busy then.
3. After joining the Montgomery family, did you feel like you belonged in the world of Socialites?
I never felt like I was a part of that world. I married for love, not for money. That was his thing. Of course, I didn’t know that until later. I didn’t even know his parents were rich. That wasn’t a subject that ever came up. His parents were nice to me, though, but I would hear his mom whispering about me and how he could’ve done better. He never disagreed and I never said anything.
4. What does independence mean to you?
Independence is being able to live for yourself, making choices and living with those choices. I lost my independence when I chose marriage over my family. I gained it back the day I left.
5. What is your greatest fear?
6. What do you want out of life?
To be happy. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. My views were just clouded way back then. Now, I know it’s okay to be selfish sometimes, but it’s also okay to let others be selfish. It’s all about compromise.
7. What is your most treasured possession?
It may sound funny, but I have this picture of my family. It’s from when my sister and I were young. Mom made us have pictures done every year. Another silly tradition. I still have that photo hidden away in my journal. I look at it from time to time. It reminds me of better days.
8. What qualities do you look for in a relationship?
Honesty, loyalty, decency. A sense of humor is good, too, and necessary in this crazy world.
9. Describe your perfect date.
Oh, it’s been so long… A night under the stars, maybe a walk on the beach. Something simple, but sweet and thoughtful.
10. What would you be doing if you could choose any occupation?
I’d honestly be happy working anywhere, including that charming little café on Main. Just to be able to work again. I like working. I like earning my keep. Contrary to what you may see or think, I do actually enjoy being around people.
There you have it… a glimpse into the mind of Scarlet Montgomery. As you can see, she has a great deal going on. Join her on her journey in THE POWER OF LOVE. Find out if she ever discovers happiness.
All she wanted was a fresh start.
Eight months ago, Scarlet made the choice to leave the prison she called home, and to escape the man that put her there. She had made a new home for herself in the small town of Belmont, Montana. The abandoned apartment was far from luxury, but she was better off, away from her past life.
She never expected to meet Lucas, the local hero and town’s only doctor. She didn’t expect to enjoy the small town life. She didn’t expect her past to catch up to her.
Will she risk it all? Risk revealing her secrets at a chance of love? Will she be forced back into the life she hated? Will she gain control of her own destiny?
Available Spring 2017!!
Author Marlena Smith is a true Southern Belle at heart. Her home has always been in Alabama and she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Growing up as a preacher’s daughter, faith and family played a large part in her life.
Her earliest memory of writing was that of 2nd grade when she was selected to attend the Young Author’s Conference in her home state. Little did she know then that her future was being mapped out.
Today, Marlena is an Author, Freelancer, Book Reviewer, Researcher and Secretary of Rave Reviews Book Club. She may wear many hats, but her passion remains with writing. That’s where her heart is and that’s where she feels she belongs. She has several works in progress, including an upcoming short romance, THE POWER OF LOVE, expected to be out in Spring 2017.
Until then, you can check out some of Marlena’s writing in the RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL ANTHOLOGY, available on Amazon.