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About Maria Bernard
Maria Bernard is a Canadian author, residing in the Greater Toronto Area with her music-obsessed husband, and her adopted cat.
Maria eats, sleeps and dreams with romance in mind. One day the idea to share the many stories and scenarios that swirl in her imagination became a reality. Her stories are heavy on the romance with a healthy dose of steam. Maria’s characters are creative, strong-willed, artistic individuals, unafraid to show their vulnerable sides.
Hand in Glove is her first published full-length novel in the Stick Shift Lips Series. She has since written and published fifteen books and is currently working on a few upcoming projects.
Besides writing, Maria enjoys listening to music and playing guitar with her husband. She also loves drawing, painting, and travelling.
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Marly Michaels has it all, popularity, good looks, a promising future, and the perfect relationship or so it seems. In reality, that perfect relationship is a living nightmare. With a methodical stripping away of her confidence, her volatile ex-fiancé nearly succeeds in destroying her. She has tried to escape numerous times, but in the end, he always finds her.
In one last desperate attempt at freedom, Marly turns to her long lost childhood friend Carla for help. She and her eccentric friends welcome Marly into their circle with open arms. In the company of Goths, a segment of society shrouded in mystery and speculation, Marly finally finds sanctuary and Gray Forrester.
Gray is the mesmerizing singer for the local band, These Bones. He is a man of many talents, including the ability to heal a wounded spirit. Inexplicably drawn to the sadness in Marly’s eyes, he is compelled to help restore her soul. To do so, he must remain emotionally detached. Not an easy task for the gregarious Goth.
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The last thing Ashton expected was to find love and redemption in the form of Chloe Martin, a timid and shy art school graduate, stuck in a directionless dead end job. When in a twist of fate, Chloe discovers Ashton's ad in a local cafe and he instantly offers her the position, they find themselves at a crossroad.
Dare she take the job and risk losing her heart to the haunted singer? Is she the answer to his salvation? Will she be able to adapt to the provocative lifestyle of a real life rock star and his equally challenging bandmates?
Jay Sharp is a gifted up-and-coming singer, destined for stardom. The problem is, crippling stage fright holds him back. Jay freezes every time he is in the spotlight.
Young runaway Alice Electra is living on the street. She is an amazing guitarist, busking for money. A chance discovery leads her to Jay's struggling rock band. This is her moment to shine and turn her life around. Despite opposition from hostile, doubting band members, Alice must prove her prowess.
Romance blooms between Jay and Alice and they form an unshakable bond. Now, they face a challenge greater than ever. To stay together, they must fight their demons. They have to perform in front of a massive audience at a Las Vegas music festival. This is Jay’s last chance. Failure is no longer an option.
Will Jay save his band, keep Alice off the street, and conquer his fear of the stage, or will they crash and burn? Hop on the tour bus and find out!
Stand Up and Shout is the seventh book in the Stick Shift Lips rock star romance series. While it is recommended that you read the series in order, each book including this one, can be enjoyed as a stand alone reading experience. Better yet, buy the entire set of seven books and binge read!
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Becky Sparks is a sweet, average girl who refuses to spend her college years in a lonely, soul destroying dorm, surrounded by people who don't care enough to ask her name. Bassist Kelley Keele is a Goth with a dark past. He resides at what he and his equally eccentric bandmates, Crispin, and Dorian, like to refer to as the House of Goths.
On the first day of class, these two polar opposites literally crash into each other. Mesmerized by his overwhelming persona, Becky forms an instant bond with the scary Goth with red streaks in his hair. So much so that when she spies him putting up an ad for a fourth housemate, Becky jumps at the chance to move in, away from her dreary life at the unfriendly dorm. The problem is, well, she's a girl and a mundane one at that.
English Literature is Gwen Mathewson’s passion. She lives vicariously through her beloved Victorian novels. She dreams of travelling to England, the source of her obsession and has the whole trip planned on a detailed itinerary kept close at hand. The trouble is, she suffers from extreme anxiety. Gwen wants to chase her dreams but is trapped by her crushing fear of the unknown.
When a handsome man resembling her Victorian literary heroes enters the shop where she works, Gwen feels an instant connection. She can’t keep her heart from racing. He, on the other hand, has eyes only for her itinerary.
Crispin Clover is a tortured singer, desperate to get away from his clingy bandmates. But he doesn’t have a plan. When he discovers Gwen’s detailed itinerary, he makes her an offer she can't refuse. Little does Crispin realize his soul searching getaway is about to get hijacked.
The last thing Nick Arrow, the painfully handsome bass player needed was to be sent on a last minute errand to the airport to fetch his questionable friend’s cousin.
Still reeling from the pain of unrequited love, Nick doesn’t have any room in his broken heart for anyone other than his best friend’s fiancé, but when he finds the fresh faced, blue eyed beauty, stranded at the airport, looking lost and so very much afraid, he’s inwardly torn. Will he simply dump her off at a local seedy hotel or will he take her home and risk opening himself up to heartache once again?
What is it they say? Never meet your heroes, you’ll only be disappointed. Well, Kayla Reynolds learned that lesson the hard way.
Jamie Gale, the wild and unhinged drummer for the local rock band the Stick Shift lips, was a self confirmed bachelor living the rock star life to it’s fullest. A guy like him didn’t have time for starry eyed fangirls like Kayla. They expected too much and he wasn’t that way inclined. He preferred enjoying his fame with the multitudes of uninhibited groupies who’s favours didn’t require more effort than a wink of an eye.
When his callous rejection of her at a meet and greet, sends her into the awaiting arms of an opportunistic sexual predator, in the guise of an up and coming rock star, poor Kayla finds herself in a heap of trouble.
Will Jamie get to her in time to be her real life hero? Will he finally put aside his lone wolf status and risk falling in love with his suddenly broken and bruised, biggest fan?
Little does she realize, that she’s also about to take the biggest chance of her life on their guarded, introspective uncle, Chris Arrow, gifted lead guitar player for the Stick Shift Lips.
Nina isn’t at all his type but Chris finds himself inexplicably drawn to the dark haired nanny with the sad eyes that mirror his own. They have nothing in common but disillusionment and broken hearts. Will that be enough to allow them to set aside their pride and grant each other a sweet reprieve from heartache and maybe even find true love?
Rollercoaster rockstar romance on the Sunset Strip!
Jet Crozier is a hot rock and roll dreamer who is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Jet and his badass bandmates Jack, and Paul are all about hitting the big time on the infamous Sunset Boulevard rock scene.
Recent college grad Sofia DaSilva has led a sheltered life. She's as green as green can be. On her first real vacation away from home with her fearless best friend Janine, she's excited to be free. She is looking forward to stargazing, shopping and taking in the sights. She doesn't mind tagging along with Janine, her sexy buddy Jet, and his crew of rowdy headbangers.
On the way to the airport, Janine drops out at the last minute, thrusting Sofia into the awaiting arms of Jet and his intimidating band of rockers. Now, what? Does she stay or does she go? Chances are, she'll never get this opportunity again. Little does she know, this was all a part of a dreamer's scheme.
*Dream Crush can be enjoyed as part of the Stick Shift Lips Series or as a Stand Alone Read.
Who is he and where does he come from? What's his story, and what's with all the black? He hides in corners and makes no eye contact. He slinks in the shadows, with no place to go. He doesn't think I see him, but I always do. I don't feel quite so alone when he follows me home.
The world is dreary and my cold heart is weary. Reasons for living are far and few. Much of my world has died and gone. Only blackness and rage live on. My sole purpose is my music. My guitar, my only friend. This world doesn't understand me. I don't belong. Until the girl with the red mittens came along.
Sage is a mystery even unto himself. The world doesn't understand him, and that's just fine as far as he's concerned.
Carlie dreams of Christmas trees and family dinners. On her own for the first time, she dreads the long and lonely nights of winter. When their contrasting worlds collide, they find in each other what they lack on their own... acceptance, passion, and love.
*Enjoy as part of the Stick Shift Lips Series or as a stand-alone book.
Imagine, for weeks you’ve been exchanging secret glances with a handsome, mysterious stranger on the subway. He’s so very different from you, in every way. Everything about him screams danger in that, oh, so sexy manner. Chances are your paths would never meet. Yet, no matter how your work day went, you could always count on him being on the very same train, in the very same seat across from you, making you feel like the most desired woman in the world.
What would you do if suddenly all that was about to change? What if a dramatic switch in your daily commute would alter your route in such a way you might never see each other again? Would you simply let it happen? Would you let all those late night fantasies go to waste or would you be brave enough to do something about it?
Jesse Rain, the drummer for the Toronto-based Goth band, These Bones, and Beverly Sparrow, legal secretary, couldn’t be more different, yet their attraction to each other is undeniable. Casting seductive glances at each other is their only form of communication. That’s good enough for Beverly because anything more would be too scary to contemplate. But when she’s faced with the prospect of never seeing him again, Beverly forces her fears aside and does the unimaginable. She asks him out on a date!
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Darien River is the gorgeous and charming lead guitar player for These Bones, a local goth rock band.
Faith Cromley is a shy introvert to the extreme. She works at Dave’s Music Shop and does her best to avoid the intimidating clientele. Hiding away in her relatively quiet classical instrument department suits her just fine.
In a twist of fate, these two contrasting personalities come together. Their mutual attraction is undeniable. They instantly fall for each other.
When their budding romance gets thrown off track by tragedy, will their young love be enough to sustain them? Will their relationship survive the emotional upheaval? Will they stick it out through joy and sorrow?
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