Writing as Marcie Steele, I have three books that have been published before. However, I’ve changed all three to make them into a series set in the same place, the fictional market town of Somerley.
Stirred with Love is the original title for book one, but book two and three have changed, along with all the covers. Book two was titled The Little Market Stall of Hope and Heartbreak and is now Secrets, Lies & and Love. Book three was titled The Second Chance Shoe Shop and is now Second Chances at Love.
I wanted to create a look that is fun, quirky and which I think reflects my writing. I don’t write romantic comedies, nor contemporary romance. Each of my books has more than one main character to cheer on. Often, I write community-based stories, full of warm people, loving relationships, and charming friends – well, most of the time.
I write down-to-earth stories, about day-to-day life. I lovingly call them chick-grit.
The Somerley Series, Book 1
Meet Kate – after the break-up of her marriage, she’s trying hard to mend her broken heart.
Meet Chloe – a young woman with the world at her feet, she’s struggling to know what to do with her life.
Meet Lily – still grieving after the loss of her beloved husband, she determined to do something with the time she has left.
As Lily embarks on a new venture in the market town of Somerley, the three women come together to open The Coffee Stop, the most charming café for miles around. But opening a coffee shop is never as simple as it seems, especially when you add loneliness, secrets and heartbreak to the mix.
When tragedy strikes, can the three women pull together to make the new business fly, or will Lily’s last chance disappear down the drain along with yesterday’s coffee grinds?
The Somerley Series, Book 2
Meet Sophie – she loves running her market stall with her friend Beth by her side. They’re right at the heart of the community – and always one step ahead on local gossip. But Sophie’s marriage is in a bit of a rut, and handsome stranger Damien has her wondering if the grass might be greener …
Meet Beth – she’s the life and soul of every party, but she’s hiding a broken heart, and worries about her beautiful but secretive daughter Charley. All she wants is someone to love – but could Mr Right be nearer than she thinks?
Just when Sarah and Beth need each other most, they suddenly have reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all. Can the two best friends put the past behind them, and help each other find love and happiness again?
While this is the second book in The Somerley Series it can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.
The Somerley Series, Book 3
Meet Riley – all she wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.
Meet Sadie – nearly a year ago, her whole world was shattered when her husband died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.
Sadie and Riley work at Chandler’s Shoes in the market town of Somerley. When the shop is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network – the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.
As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just around the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …
While this is the third book in The Somerley Series it can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.