Sunday, August 11, 2013

“A World So Big”

Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner of Marie's giveaway! Thank you to all who participated.

Receiving the news that I get to share my world of characters with all of you has made a huge impact on my world as an author. In writing a piece of fiction there are many side characters who fly from a reader’s memory after they leave a scene, but the world the author created is not nearly so small. 

Through Hunting Heartbreak my trashcan filled with rejected sketches of characters who made a great impact on my main character, Kasumi Yoshida. Their parts are small, but their pasts intertwine. I have even started to explore more into the pasts of the characters of the Mark of the Yakuza series on my blog’s featured Throwback Thursdays.

Book 1 of Mark of the Yakuza series, Second Edition

With expanded Book Club Notes

Hunting Heartbreak by Marie Hampton is the Winner of the Vanilla Heart Publishing Author Contest and is Marie’s debut novel, the first in a series featuring Kasumi, a female assassin involved in the Las Vegas Yakuza. 

Hunting Heartbreak tells the suspenseful tale of Kasumi, a young woman deeply involved in the Las Vegas Yakuza, as she runs headlong into danger, both to her profession as an assassin...and to her heart. 


   “Kas. We need to talk.”
   “Leave me alone.”
   “Do you want to lose your job?” Ryan closed in, only a half of a flight behind her. With a leap, he appeared on the landing with Kas. He grabbed her upper arm, flung her around, and pinned her up against the wall with his large frame. “Stop being such a bitch.”
   Lust flared inside her, heating her more than her anger. Kas tried to push him away, but just placing her hands on his chest sent an electric jolt through her. Instead, Kas kicked him in the shin and shoved him again. The two struggled, but Kas slipped under his arm. They both stood glaring at each other, breathing deeply.
   “I don’t want to lose my job.”
   Ryan pushed his hair back out of his eyes. “Then we need to work on these.” He held up the file Akira had given him.
   “No. Not now. I need--“
   “Dammit, Kas.” Ryan kicked the wall. They glared at each other for a while. “Let’s just go back to your place. We can talk about things. About everything.”
   “We’re not going to my apartment.” Kas still felt her one safe place had been violated.
   “Fine, my place then.” A hint of Ryan’s easy-going attitude shined in his eyes. “It’s not far.”
   “No.” Kas pulled her phone from her pocket and checked the time. “We’ll meet at the diner in an hour and a half.”
   Ryan heaved a sigh and threw his hands down to his side. “We need to get our shit taken care of.”
   “I’ve never failed my job before. I have other things to take care of in my life that do not revolve around you, you selfish asshole.”
   Ryan smiled at her insult. “You mean ‘egotistical’.” He moved in close. Close enough Kas could kiss him if she moved a half an inch.
   “You’re not as great as you think you are.” The cold steel handle of the door to the eighth floor pressed against the back of her hand. Why couldn’t she just turn and leave?

Marie will be giving away a *signed copy of HUNTING HEARTBREAK to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Hunting Heartbreak Print Edition

Vanilla Heart Publishing is excited to announce Hunting Heartbreak Audio Edition now has Whispersync for voice!

Hunting Heartbreak [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
by Marie Hampton (Author), Kelley Hazen (Narrator)

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  1. One never knows when one of those minor characters will "contact you" and demand an entire novel for himself/herself.


  2. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  3. Sounds intriguing

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  4. I can see Kelly Hsu playing Kas if Hunting Heartbreak ever gets made into a movie. There is chemistry between Kas and Ryan from the short excerpt. I can't wait to read this book.


  5. I know next to nothing about the Yakuza - willing to read and learn more. What a fabulous idea for a series.


  6. Congrats on the new release! Sounds exciting ;) Thanks for sharing!


  7. Congrats Doll!