From the Author
This book was inspired by a ride into Newport, Rhode Island, one busy summer evening in 2006. A man driving a black Mercedes convertible was in traffic next to me, and on his Massachusetts license plate were his initials plus MD. I wondered where the handsome doctor could be going. The Fall is my answer to that question. As I developed the character of Ted, a pediatric oncologist, I realized I needed some day-in-the-life details to make his character more authentic. During an Internet search, I discovered a blog by Dr. Samuel Blackman, at the time a pediatric oncologist at Children's Hospital Boston. The similarities between Sam's story and the back story I had already given Ted were startling, to say the least. Sam generously allowed me to borrow anecdotes from his blog that added so much to this story. For that as well as his friendship and support, I'm truly grateful.
Thank you Christina Camara, Julie Cupp, Paula Del Bonis-Platt and Lisa Ridder, who read the early drafts and provided invaluable feedback. Alyson Hackett and Ronlyn Howe read the most recent version, and I thank them for the excellent insight that made The Fall a better book.
To all the readers who have made my author journey so rewarding, I'm eternally indebted to you. Your friendship has been one of the great gifts in my life.
To Dan, Emily, Jake, Brandy, and Dad, I love you best of all.
About the Author
is the New York Times
, USA Today
and Wall Street Journal
bestselling, award-winning author of 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times
bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series recently recorded its 1 millionth e-book sale since Maid for Love
was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times
bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press and HQN in print, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love
, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, is out on Feb. 4, 2014. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand
, will be out in June, and Marie recently agreed to a significant deal with Berkley for three more books in the series. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases--the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Join Marie's mailing list at marieforce.com/
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