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Bernadette Marie

Bernadette Marie
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I am the author of over 34 Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Paranormal Romance Novels, as well as the CEO of 5 Prince Publishing and Illumination Author Events. A 2017/2018, 2018/2019 Independent Writer of the Year finalist with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, I am passionate about helping authors find their voice in the industry, whether it be the traditional or indie path.

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Walker Pride (The Walker Family Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jun 25, 2015Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Never Saw it Coming (Denver Brides Series Book 2)
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Never Saw it Coming (Denver Brides Series Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Apr 01, 2017Series: The Denver Brides SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
A Second Chance (The Keller Family Series Book 2)
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A Second Chance (The Keller Family Series Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Apr 03, 2012Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Center Stage (The Keller Family Series Book 4)
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Center Stage (The Keller Family Series Book 4)by Bernadette MariePublish: Dec 04, 2012Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Victory (The Walker Family Series Book 6)
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Victory (The Walker Family Series Book 6)by Bernadette MariePublish: Feb 08, 2017Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Walker Bride (The Walker Family Series Book 3)
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Walker Bride (The Walker Family Series Book 3)by Bernadette MariePublish: Feb 02, 2016Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Opposite Attraction (The Keller Family Series Book 3)
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Opposite Attraction (The Keller Family Series Book 3)by Bernadette MariePublish: Aug 15, 2012Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Stargazing (The Walker Family Book 2)
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Stargazing (The Walker Family Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Oct 01, 2015Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Walker Revenge (The Walker Family Series Book 5)
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Walker Revenge (The Walker Family Series Book 5)by Bernadette MariePublish: Aug 30, 2016Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Wanderlust (The Walker Family Series Book 4)
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Wanderlust (The Walker Family Series Book 4)by Bernadette MariePublish: May 12, 2016Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
The Escape Clause (The Keller Family Series Book 10)
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The Escape Clause (The Keller Family Series Book 10)by Bernadette MariePublish: Feb 03, 2015Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
The Merger (The Keller Family Series Book 9)
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The Merger (The Keller Family Series Book 9)by Bernadette MariePublish: Dec 04, 2014Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Lost and Found (The Keller Family Series Book 5)
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Lost and Found (The Keller Family Series Book 5)by Bernadette MariePublish: May 07, 2013Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
The Executive's Decision (The Keller Family Series Book 1)
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The Executive's Decision (The Keller Family Series Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: May 17, 2011Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
A Romance for Christmas (The Keller Family Series Book 11)
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A Romance for Christmas (The Keller Family Series Book 11)by Bernadette MariePublish: May 05, 2016Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Cart Before The Horse (Denver Brides Series  Book 1)
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Cart Before The Horse (Denver Brides Series Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: Sep 26, 2011Series: The Denver Brides SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
The Acceptance (The Keller Family Series Book 8)
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The Acceptance (The Keller Family Series Book 8)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jun 24, 2014Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Home Run (The Keller Family Series Book 7)
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Home Run (The Keller Family Series Book 7)by Bernadette MariePublish: Feb 25, 2014Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Love Songs (The Keller Family Series Book 6)
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Love Songs (The Keller Family Series Book 6)by Bernadette MariePublish: Oct 01, 2013Series: The Keller Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Candy Kisses: A Wedding Showcase Novella (Sweet Treat Series)
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Candy Kisses: A Wedding Showcase Novella (Sweet Treat Series)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jan 12, 2012Series: The Denver Brides SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
First Kiss (Aspen Creek Book 1)
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First Kiss (Aspen Creek Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: Oct 08, 2012Series: Aspen Creek SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Aspen Creek Box Set 1
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Aspen Creek Box Set 1by Bernadette MariePublish: May 22, 2014Series: Aspen Creek SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Indomitable Spirit (Aspen Creek Series Book 4)
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Indomitable Spirit (Aspen Creek Series Book 4)by Bernadette MariePublish: Apr 22, 2014Series: Aspen Creek SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Amelia (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 1)
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Amelia (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jul 29, 2014Series: The Three Mrs. MonroesContemporary Romance Romance
Vivian (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 3)
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Vivian (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 3)by Bernadette MariePublish: Oct 09, 2014Series: The Three Mrs. MonroesContemporary Romance Romance
On Thin Ice (Aspen Creek Book 3)
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On Thin Ice (Aspen Creek Book 3)by Bernadette MariePublish: Sep 02, 2013Series: Aspen Creek SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Unexpected Admirer (Aspen Creek Book 2)
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Unexpected Admirer (Aspen Creek Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Mar 27, 2013Series: Aspen Creek SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
Penelope (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 2)
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Penelope (The Three Mrs. Monroes Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Aug 28, 2014Series: The Three Mrs. MonroesContemporary Romance Romance
Matchmakers (The Matchmaker Series Book 1)
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Matchmakers (The Matchmaker Series Book 1)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jun 11, 2013Series: The Matchmakers TrilogyContemporary Romance Romance
Encore (The Matchmaker Series Book 2)
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Encore (The Matchmaker Series Book 2)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jul 03, 2013Series: The Matchmakers TrilogyContemporary Romance Romance
Matchmakers Box Set: Matchmakers, Encore, Finding Hope
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Matchmakers Box Set: Matchmakers, Encore, Finding Hopeby Bernadette MariePublish: Apr 27, 2014Series: The Matchmakers TrilogyContemporary Romance Romance
The Three Wives of Adam Monroe (The Three Mrs. Monroes)
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The Three Wives of Adam Monroe (The Three Mrs. Monroes)by Bernadette MariePublish: May 05, 2015Series: The Three Mrs. MonroesContemporary Romance Romance
Finding Hope (The Matchmaker Series Book 3)
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Finding Hope (The Matchmaker Series Book 3)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jul 30, 2013Series: The Matchmakers TrilogyContemporary Romance Romance
Chasing Shadows
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Chasing Shadowsby Bernadette MariePublish: Jun 13, 2017Contemporary Romance Romantic Suspense Romance
Walker Spirit (The Walker Family Series Book 7)
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Walker Spirit (The Walker Family Series Book 7)by Bernadette MariePublish: Nov 27, 2017Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance Romance
The Tea Shop
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The Tea Shopby Bernadette MariePublish: Jan 09, 2018Paranormal Romance
Beginnings (The Walker Family Series Book 8)
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Beginnings (The Walker Family Series Book 8)by Bernadette MariePublish: Jul 04, 2018Series: The Walker Family SeriesContemporary Romance
The Last Goodbye: The Beginning
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The Last Goodbye: The Beginningby Bernadette MariePublish: Mar 02, 2019Series: The Last GoodbyeContemporary Romance
Corporate Christmas
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Corporate Christmasby Bernadette MariePublish: Nov 04, 2019
Masterpiece (The Walker Family Series Book 10)
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Masterpiece (The Walker Family Series Book 10)by Bernadette MariePublish: Feb 04, 2020
A Tropical Christmas
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A Tropical Christmasby Bernadette MariePublish: Dec 08, 2019
At Last (The Walker Family Series Book 11)
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At Last (The Walker Family Series Book 11)by Bernadette MariePublish: Apr 07, 2020

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Bernadette Marie interview On 13, Sep 2017

"Bernadette Marie grew up in Arvada, Colorado. As a child, she always wanted to be a reader but reading was a bit tough for her. When she was in junior high it was then she got bitten by the reading and the writing bugs. This was when she learned that she could speak more powerfully when
she writes down her thoughts. Writing is important for her like protein & vitamin (sarcasm) and is like breath to her as it both calms her and energizes her too. She purchased salon equipment by her first paycheck from her first published book but now she wants to have the good equipment to carry on in cosmetology. Her dream is to become the New York Time Bestseller author and we wish she gets what she wants."
Where is your hometown and what was life like growing up? Have you always been an avid reader and writer?

I grew up in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Life was very simple, I suppose that’s because I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s before we were locked down to technological devices. I have one sister, who will always remain my best friend. I wasn’t too active as a kid, meaning I didn’t play any sports. I was a girl scout, and have a few piano lessons under my belt. My summers were spent in daycare, which in turn were spent at lakes, in the mountains, at the pool, but with my summer friends. In junior high and high school I was a choir and theater kid. I loved to perform, and those performances, the teachers, and the kids will always be close to my heart. As a kid I wanted to be a reader. But reading was so hard for me(though I coveted my Laura Ingalls Wilder books…you would have thought I’d read them a million times.) It wasn’t until I was in junior high that I got bitten by the reading bug. At the same time the writing bug bit too. This was when I learned that I could speak powerfully when I wrote, even if I couldn’t express those feelings by speaking.

Did you ever participate in writing competitions as a kid? If so, did you ever win any?

I never entered a writing contest until I was an established writer. I did write a creative essay for a scholarship once, and I got very good feedback from it. I didn’t know much about editing back then, and I’m going to say, that might have helped a lot.

Tell us a little about 5 Prince Publishing and the Illumination Author Events.

Both companies emerged because of my love for writing. 5 Prince Publishing was established in 2011 as my entry into independent publishing. I wanted to have a name behind me, that wasn’t my own. To be honest, when I started the company, I had no intentions of publishing myself. About six months into it, a very persistent and talented author queried me, and somehow I became her publisher. I realized then that I had a unique position in the newly changing industry. I could give readers new and fresh voices, since self-publishing and indie publishing was not yet accepted by all as a means to publishing. Since 2011, I have published over 160 title from over 60 authors. What I’ve learned over the years is that readers want new voices in literature, and not all authors are ready or willing to go indie. They want the structure of a company behind them. At 5 Prince Publishing, we work as a family—a team. We have the authors work closely with the team to have the best experience and to produce the book in the author’s original image. Illumination Author Events and Services came about after I’d attended a conference, and for the umpteenth time, I was in uncomfortable situations with male models hanging on me, because that was their job. If felt as if it sexualized the reader/author experience and kept those of us who didn’t find that appealing from engaging. Though those events are great, I found that some authors and readers just want to get to know each other. IAES holds intimate gatherings for readers and authors. They are held in smaller venues, perhaps over lunch or tea. This is a great way to connect with readers and authors. We also beginning an educational series that will begin in 2018. IAES does a lot of online events with authors, as well as hosts an array of author services.

Why did you choose to become an independent author? What are the pros and cons of this over traditional publishing?

My first publishing experience was a disaster. Amidst my journey with them, I began to realize that I could do everything they were promising to do. As an entrepreneurial type, it only made sense to me to start my own company and publish myself. I had stories, many stories to tell, and I couldn’t wait around for a traditional track to take me where I wanted to go. Digital format was taking over, and POD made print easy and accepted by most retailers. I had nothing to lose. My list of Pros surely outweigh my cons. I love being an independent author. Sure, I’d love a marketing budget and someone who can do bigger and better things than I can as the little guy, but the final product is mine…all mine. Yes, as an independent, you’re coordinating from the start to the finish, but 100% of those profits can be yours. There is no backlist, if you don’t want one, and you can put out as many books as you want in any time frame you set. You’re working on your own dime, which is both a pro and a con. But you are always in charge. The con is that I am running myself as a company, as an independent, and that means you’re doing everything. With a traditional publisher you have someone running marketing, setting up tours, editing and book covers are paid for. If foreign rights come along, they handle that and movie rights too, many times. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Have you ever thought of adapting one of your books into a screenplay and movie? If so, which book would it be and why?

I’ve always thought each of my books would be a good for TV movie. If I were approached, I think I’d be more apt to go forward with a screenplay than to query one out. As for which book, that’s hard. Since I write series, I think it would be a fun emotional investment for anyone to get to know the families I’ve created. So, it would have to be a mini-series kind of deal. I don’t know that I could pick just one to be a movie, though I think On Thin Ice would be a good one for a cozy Hallmark or Lifetime TV movie.

Who was your inspiration for the character Holly Jacobs in "Cart Before the Horse"? Do you think that you're a 'cart before the horse' kind of person?

Holly’s textile career came from an author whom I met at a conference in DC. She was a textile designer, and that was interesting to me. As for Holly herself, she just came to me, that instant of perfect girl caught in the worst situation. I’m so much a cart before the horse kind of person too. I want to reap before I sow, always. I think it’s human nature to want things right away, and often that only has us going backward.

What is the force that drives you to write? Is writing more of a calming exercise for you or a re-energizing one?

Writing is my calling. It’s breath to me. It both calms me and energizes me. Telling a good story is the force that drives me—giving readers an escape. I suppose now that I have a following, they drive me to do more. They are invested in my characters, and at times those characters change the lives of my readers. That’s very powerful, and it makes me want to continue everyday.

Which book of the Keller Family Series was the hardest to write? Which character do you think you'd most likely be best friends with?

I don’t know that any one story was the hardest, thought The Acceptance does have a blind character. Courtney lost her sight at eight, and to write her POV without description of sight was a challenge. I had a blind roommate in college, and that was a very inspirational journey for me. I hope I did it justice when writing Courtney. I do think that Madeline from A Second Chance would be a dear friend. When we meet her she is battling breast cancer and has three growing children. I identify with her as a mother.

Which of your stories are you most satisfied with? Inversely, which of your stories do you wish you could go back in time and rewrite or re-edit?

Though I love all 31 of my stories, I do have a special place in my heart for A Second Chance. Writing about a growing family was touching part of my own life raising 5 boys. On the flip side, I think if I could go back (and I can…I’m independent) I’d rework First Kiss. It was one of the first books I ever wrote, though not the first to be published. I think is shows how far I’ve come as an author.

What would you be doing if you weren't a writer?

By trade I’m a cosmetologist, and I still have clients that I work with. I’m not much of a changer of careers as a collector of careers. So anything I’ve done in the past, there is still a piece of that career I take with me and continue to do. I suppose I’d have some other company that wasn’t part of publishing. I love to open new companies and see where they go.

What did you do with your first paycheck from your first published book?

Funny enough, I bought salon equipment because that was the money maker at the time, and if the book thing was a fluke, I wanted to make sure I had the good equipment to carry on in cosmetology.

Of the three wives of Adam Monroe in the The Three Mrs. Monroes series, who is your favourite? How did you come up with the idea of this book?

The idea from the book came from Carrie Underwood’s Two Black Cadillacs song of a wife and a mistress meeting at the man’s funeral. As for my favorite character, I guess that would be Amelia because of her strength. I tend to be the person you want in a crisis. She was also fun to write because as a second-degree black belt, I could add my training into her character.

What are some of your goals as an authors and what are some ways you try and achieve them?

My goal is to continue making a living as an author. It’s surreal to say I make a living playing with imaginary people, but I do. Of course, I would love to see my title change to New York Time Bestseller, that would be fantastic. I will continue to write, and better my art, to reach that goal. It’s a matter of time, I think.

What are some words every aspiring writer needs to hear, even if they don't want to?

Keep working on your dream…always. If you’re rejected and your friend hits bestseller on book one, don’t ever stop if this is your dream. The market changes so quickly that it might have been they had a niche before you did, but if you keep working it, yours will come. There are so many ways to tell a story and get it into the hands of readers, be open minded to them all. There is a reason that traditional publishing exists beside independent and small house publishing. There is a demand for it all.

Which social media platform works best for you in terms of receptivity or marketing and promotions? Has AllAuthor been an enjoyable experience so far and would you recommend it to other authors?

I find that my readership is on Facebook. And though it trickles into Twitter and Instagram, I think that I reach more people on Facebook. I have recommended AllAuthor to others, and I couldn’t have imagined that it would be as great a platform as it has been. You take great pride in your company, and it shows in the continued items I see on social media for my book especially. Thank you for that.

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      • When I first started writing, I avoided this like the plague. However, once I did throw in something personal, it became a game! There are little tidbits about my life in probably 28 of my 35 novels. One that I put in a lot is my dad’s favorite pizza, my favorite nail polish color, and my favorite beer.
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      • I’d figure out that being an authentic version of me is the very best. I wouldn’t try to be like anyone else. I would admit when I was wrong. I’d ask a lot more questions. I would never apologize for just being me. I’d be as strong willed as I am right now, and I’d walk with a lot of confidence! And I’d realize that being a teenager, and not dating is the best gift ever!!!! What a waste of time!
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      • I don’t suffer from writer’s block very often. I work on 3-4 projects at a time, and when I do hit a block on one, I move to another story. That usually breaks it up.
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      • Reviews are not for me, they are from one consumer to another. The way I look at it is good or bad, those reviews are going to motivate someone to read me, or not. Sometimes that bad one star makes someone want to find out for themselves. Other times, when someone rips apart my work and others jump in and say, “thanks for letting me know that I hate her work too,” then I’m grateful they don’t want to read me. Those who love my work most reach out to me and share that love. Reviews are important, yes, but I certainly do not get caught up in them. I have some stellar one star reviews, and some really bad five star...so you take it with a grain of salt.
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      • Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Ellen. These women move me with their commitment to causes and to people. To hear them speak motivates me to want to be a better person and to do good with the talents and platform I’ve been given. They all have taken a journey to find their inner power, and that’s something that resonates with me.
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