Mary Ann Clarke Scott

Literature & Fiction, Romance

Author Profile

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

M. A. Clarke Scott set out to write engaging stories that walk a tight rope between heart-warming Romance and intelligent Women’s Fiction, and it’s caused her nothing but trouble since, beginning with what to call it. How about: Award-winning author of Rule-breaking Romance with Attitude and Authenticity? Try it, you might like it. M. A. Clarke Scott is a Chatelaine Grand Prize winner for The Art of Enchantment, first in the Life is a Journey series of romantic women’s fiction about young women abroad who discover themselves and fall in love while getting embroiled in other people’s problems. Reconcilable Differences is first in the Having It All series about professional women in Vancouver struggling to balance the challenge and fulfillment of career with the search for identity, love, family and home. She also loves to weave dramatic relationships into steampunk and cyberpunk adventures.

Books

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

A Forged Affair: Life is a Journey Book 2

Literature & Fiction

She welcomes any risk, as long as it doesn’t involve her own carefully guarded heart. Adrenaline junkie, Niki Ballantyne is a risk-taker at work and at play. Haunted by guilt over her brother’s tragic death, she’s devoted to saving others in trouble. While on an adventure holiday in the south of France, she meets handsome and charming traveller Luc and his shy friend, the gentle giant Didier. Helping the bullied blacksmith win the love of another woman is not a typical rescue project for Niki, but she’s driven by compassion for her lonely new friend. Bittersweet memories of her brother’s life compel Niki to stay and support the star-crossed giant. Their forged affair is perfectly safe. There’s no risk of getting emotionally involved, but teaching him about intimacy comes with consequences, and lesson to be learned. Particularly when it comes to Luc. On the cusp of a life-altering decision, Luc is drawn to daredevil Niki, though she upends his carefully laid plans for a perfect future. Despite instant chemistry and a powerful connection, Niki pushes him away. But when a sudden emergency brings Luc to her rescue, the way he sees her vulnerability scares her more than anything. Now she has to decide if the last thing she ever wanted might be exactly what she needs.

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A heroine unlike any you've ever met!

Here's a fun excerpt that showcases my heroine Niki's superior athletic ability, and something of her character and attitude too. A Forged Affair is available for pre-purchase now until June 13th. The print book goes on sale June 7th. Buy either and submit proof of purchase to get a FREE BONUS colouring book. Send your proof of purchase to AForgedAffair@gmail.com Share your best coloured page on social media and tag me or share with me and I'll pick one artistic winner to get an author-graphed print copy of A Forged Affair. Enjoy the read and the ride!

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

A Forged Affair: Life is a Journey Book 2

Romance

She welcomes any risk, as long as it doesn’t involve her own carefully guarded heart. Adrenaline junkie, Niki Ballantyne is a risk-taker at work and at play. Haunted by guilt over her brother’s tragic death, she’s devoted to saving others in trouble. While on an adventure holiday in the south of France, she meets handsome and charming traveller Luc and his shy friend, the gentle giant Didier. Helping the bullied blacksmith win the love of another woman is not a typical rescue project for Niki, but she’s driven by compassion for her lonely new friend. Bittersweet memories of her brother’s life compel Niki to stay and support the star-crossed giant. Their forged affair is perfectly safe. There’s no risk of getting emotionally involved, but teaching him about intimacy comes with consequences, and lesson to be learned. Particularly when it comes to Luc. On the cusp of a life-altering decision, Luc is drawn to daredevil Niki, though she upends his carefully laid plans for a perfect future. Despite instant chemistry and a powerful connection, Niki pushes him away. But when a sudden emergency brings Luc to her rescue, the way he sees her vulnerability scares her more than anything. Now she has to decide if the last thing she ever wanted might be exactly what she needs.

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Niki meets Luc

Here's an excerpt from Chapter One, without much context, to tease you, along with an almost sneak peak at the beautiful cover, which will be revealed very soon!

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

Working Title: Single Dad in Studio 7D

This Book Is In Development

Single Dad in Studio 7D

Romance

No synopsis has been added for this book

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Oh la la! Cute Meet sneak peek

Here's a teaser of the soon-to-be released romantic novella Single Dad in Studio 7D, which will be available for FREE ***exclusively*** to M. A. Clarke Scott's VIP Readers via subscription. Join now so you don't miss out on this opportunity. https://www.subscribepage.com/MAClarkeScottAuthor

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

Single Dad in Studio 7D

Romance

Jean Phillipe Roche is a graphic and web designer and widower with two small children who wants to keep his promise to his dead wife and devote himself to being the best father at the expense of self-care and definitely to the exclusion of new love, even the captivating new girl across the hall. Perfectionist Lucy is a psychology researcher who wants only to publish her adored deceased grandfather’s notes in order to preserve his legacy. He’s the only man who’s ever been good enough for her. Time is short and Lucy can’t afford distractions. Until she meets the sad, sweet and sexy single dad in Studio 7D.

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Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

Backyard Heartache: Having it All Book 3

Romance

Driven by guilt and righteous anger, passionate social worker Kent is determined to save troubled street kids by opening a much-needed shelter. Getting development approval depends on forging an unlikely alliance with Sharon, a beautiful hard-hearted ice-queen, the rule-abiding, scandal-averse lawyer who could take on corrupt city officials and greedy land owners to help him succeed, but won’t. Can she learn to let down her guard and risk security and reputation for the sake of a worthy cause? Will he put aside the past and accept that although he can’t save everyone, he is deserving of love, and that together they make a winning team?

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Sneak Peak from Nanowrimo Project Backyard Heartac

A little Christmas present for you: a sneak peak and introduction to the characters in my WIP project from this year's National Novel Writing Month. This is chapter two, so you get tossed into the beginnings of conflict between these very two different characters, Sharon (an uptight lawyer you will remember if you've read my Reconcilable Differences novel) and a wounded social worker named Kent Sawyer. I plan to have this book available later in 2019. Enjoy! And Happy Holidays.

Reconcilable Differences: A Having It All Novel

Literature & Fiction

Kate is a survivor. Fifteen years after her breakdown, Kate has built a successful career as a family mediator, specializing in couple’s reconciliation. In fact, she’s about to receive a prestigious award for her accomplishments. Her latest mediation brings together a young couple on the brink of divorce, and only Kate’s expertise and sensitivity can save them. It also, unexpectedly, reconnects her with former lover Simon Sharpe, who represents the high and the low points of her life, uncomfortably forcing her to revisit her difficult and painful past. Still haunted by her unrequited love, Simon’s reemergence in Kate’s life exhumes memories of trauma and heartbreak, along with unwanted feelings of insecurity and self-doubt she believed were long resolved. As Simon and Kate steer their feuding, secretive clients towards reconciliation and navigate their confusing past, their own relationship reignites and takes them on an unexpected path.

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The Other Guy

Reconcilable Differences is now available digitally from Kobo, iBooks, Nook and other online vendors and lenders worldwide. *** This is a scene where you get to know the man that Kate has been dating for the last two years. The one that gets cast aside as Kate reignites her relationship with her first love Simon. It was hard to write because, he had to be a good-enough guy that Kate found him interesting and worthy in the first place, but somehow flawed, at least from Kate's perspective, so that she could justify leaving him. The answer lay in creating a character who, though he may have his own issues, is fundamentally a bad match for Kate, despite all his good qualities. In the end, it was hard to hurt him, because he truly loves Kate. (I hope his heartbreak makes you cry a little.) The good news is, Jay gets his own story later in the Having It All series. And it's a doozy! I have it planned out, and can hardly wait to write it. It's called When Morning Comes.

Falling in Love with Flawed Characters

I read this excerpt aloud at last weekend's inaugural Indie Author Event at my local library in Vancouver. This is a critical scene that I revised very late in the process of writing this book for a very important reason. My character Kate is deeply troubled by long lasting effects resulting from a trauma earlier in her life. I had kept this reason for her anxiety a secret until much later in the book. But a very insightful editor asked me: Why was I withholding this important fact about Kate? At that point in the endless revision process, I didn't have a good answer. I've learned something important about the characters in the stories we love to read about. What makes us willing to suspend disbelief and invest the time and emotional energy necessary to hang in there for 3 or 400 pages? We have to LOVE them. We have to CARE about them and root for them. And to show you that Kate is worth caring about, you need to understand why she is suffering from anxiety attacks, self-doubt, and why it's so difficult for her to give herself her own HEA. In this scene I let you eavesdrop on an intimate conversation between Kate and her BFF Alexa. All defenses are down and the truth is revealed.

Print books available now!

This chapter shows Kate and Simon getting closer, then crossing a line into a taste of the trouble that's coming. Intrigued? Want to read more? Print books are now available through Amazon online, Chapters Indigo online, and through Ingram Spark's distribution network, rolling out over the next few weeks, as well as through Indiebound. Would you like to see this book it your local bookstore? Bring it to the attention of your bookseller and ask them to get it in.

Kate makes her case to the society

When Kate's career is on the line, she has to get tough with herself and her emotional frailty. She realizes that letting Simon go might just be what she has to do. She also realizes she's strong enough to do it if it turns out to be the right thing.

Kate's first anxiety attack

This is the first time Kate has an anxiety attack in years. She realizes that Simon's return has opened old wounds, and that it might interfere with her work. She has to deal with her past in order to carry on with the important mediation case, and to move on with her life.

the middle of chapter one

I chose this fragment because, without trying to tell the whole story, it encapsulates the heroine's situation and identity at the beginning of the story. She's caught between her past and the future she wants, and this moment in time, just before the hero enters, exposes the lies she tells herself about her present.

Disruption By Design: Having it All Book 2

Literature & Fiction

What is the price of sacrifice, when love is the prize? Alexa is a gifted architect. She grew up watching her mother pay a heavy price for love, at the loss of her freedom, her creativity and her identity– a price Alexa swore she would never pay. She spent her youth helping her working mom take care of their home, her sick father and her six younger siblings. Now nothing will stand in the way of her success. Bruce has success in spades. He lives a life of leisure after selling his software company for millions. But money can't buy the thing he desires most, and was deprived of as a child when his mother left him and his three older brothers in the care of his bullying dad- the love and nurturing of a woman, a comfortable home and a family of his own. When a crisis obliges them to play house together, can a few weeks in each other’s company disrupt their carefully constructed worlds?

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Disruption by Design on Kindle Scout

Disruption by Design, Book 2 in my Having it All series, is currently running in a Kindle Scout Campaign Nominate it now! If it's accepted you'll get a free e-book. If not, you'll be notified when I release it in mid-December 2017. Help me get in front of more avid readers. With your help let's take it to the Hot

Release Date: December 2017!

This scene is the inciting incident. Though both the hero and heroine had advance warning of what their best friends were asking of them, this is the moment it gets real. They've known each other for years. And they've never got along - scrabbling like cats and dogs, circling each other like oil and water. Now, they're forced to work together in the crucible of family life while their friends take that long overdue honeymoon before baby three arrives. And that means putting aside their personal agendas and learning to cooperate while enduring their joint sentence. Or does it? Watch for this new title on the Kindle Scout site through November, and if you like it, vote for it. Then look for it on Amazon in December.

The Art of Enchantment: a Life is a Journey novel

Romance

Ecstasy is the only thing on Clio’s mind. Specifically, ecstasy as portrayed in the Renaissance art of Italy. Clio is a shy art history doctoral student, clinging to her last chance at achieving the college degree of her father’s dreams, when she meets fast-living, sexy Italian architect Guillermo. They come from two different worlds, but share a deep passion for history and beauty. Clio can’t resist being drawn into Guillermo’s problems when his family’s beautiful ancestral villa is at risk of being sold to an American rap star who will carelessly destroy it’s rich culture, history and artistry.

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Get it FREE Sept 1-3 only!

The cusp of trouble..... Clio's resistance is breaking down… not least of which because she's soon to fall under the magical spell of the Villa Cielo Incantata, Guillermo's ancestral home. VIlla of the enchanted sky. Who wouldn't fall in love in such a setting. Never mind that Guillermo pushes all her buttons, and is such a delicious sample of Italian manliness. Yum! Today, tomorrow and Monday, Sept 1-3, you can grab a digital copy of The Art of Enchantment for FREE on Amazon. Comment with the ASIN and a smily on FB, IG, Tumbler or Twitter to show you've got your copy, and share the promo post to enter to win a signed print copy.

Guillermo's Temperament

This is the first time you get a taste of Guillermo's volatile temperament, and his tendency to run away from his problems. In this case, he's upset about his brother Jacopo's foolish and careless behaviour, placing the family heritage at risk. He deals with it by abruptly storming out of the dinner party and racing off into the night on his Ducati motorbike.

The Art of Enchantment wins Chatelaine Grand Prize

Here's a fun scene in which Guillermo chats with his brother-in-law while waiting for dinner... and for the poor pathetic woman he just rescued on the side of the road to join them after her shower and change of clothing. Nothing prepared him for the sight of Clio Sinclair McBeal. His comfortable life is about to be turned upside down, as much because of Clio and her annoying persistence as because of his older brother Jacopo's betrayal of the family legacy.

New Release! $0.99 Special Price

The Art of Enchantment is Book One in M A Clarke Scott's new Life is a Journey series, featuring young women on journeys abroad who discover themselves and fall in love while getting embroiled in someone else’s problems. If you like to read emotional romances set in exotic, evocative foreign lands, you're into culture, art, architecture and a touch of history, you'll love this series starter. Available for pre-sale on Amazon right now through to release day, March 20, 2017. Special introductory price of 0.99 applies through March 24. Click and grab your copy now! Be swept away on a journey of love...

Disruption by Design: Having it All: Book 2

Literature & Fiction

What is the price of sacrifice, when love is the prize? Alexa is a gifted architect. She grew up watching her mother pay a heavy price for love, at the loss of her freedom, her creativity and her identity– a price Alexa swore she would never pay. She spent her youth helping her working mom take care of their home, her sick father and her six younger siblings. Now nothing will stand in the way of her success. Bruce has success in spades. He lives a life of leisure after selling his software company for millions. But money can't buy the thing he desires most, and was deprived of as a child when his mother left him and his three older brothers in the care of his bullying dad- the love and nurturing of a woman, a comfortable home and a family of his own. When a crisis obliges them to play house together, can a few weeks in each other’s company disrupt their carefully constructed worlds?

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Coming About…

Here's an excerpt that includes part of a sailing day, when Bruce takes Alexa and the kids out on his beautiful sailboat and temporary home, Belle Etoile (which means Beautiful Star and refers to an old fairy tail involving a quest.) This excerpt ends with the words, "Coming About!" In sailing terms, this means changing direction, via a tack or as Wikipedia defines it: "Tacking or coming about is a sailing maneuver by which a sailing vessel, whose desired course is into the wind, turns its bow toward the wind so that the direction from which the wind blows changes from one side to the other, allowing progress in the desired direction." In common usage, it also means "to come to pass, to happen." It seems to me in both cases to suggest forward progress and change, whether in a sailboat or a person's life. Originally I intended the book to be titled Coming About. Later I thought it was rather too common a phrase to grab attention, but it still encapsulates the idea of the book, or really any story about any character who is at a turning point, a crossroads in their life where choices must be made about future directions. Where one leaves the past behind and boldly heads off in a new direction. Read more on my blog.

A Dark Moment

This excerpt, from Chapter 25, is a short reading I did during a recent workshop to illustrate the dark moment, just at the point when the hero and heroine separate. Of course the dark moment is a long time coming, and there are several scenes leading up to and following this that anticipate the climax of the book. But this little scene, in Bruce's Point of View, but with Alexa doing most of the talking, does a good job of showing you where each of them are in their thinking. I hope you find it intriguing, and buy the book to read about how they got here, and what happens afterwards! Click the buy links now to find out.

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There's always been sexual chemistry between these two, but their clashing personalities and lifestyles make that a non-starter. Here's a scene where for the first time they dig a little deeper and get to know the other person in a way they never have before. It doesn't do their chemistry any harm, but does lead to some confusion. Disruption by Design is discounted for two more days. $1.99 in the US and equivalent in all worldwide markets. If you're intrigued, now is your chance to get a copy of this emotionally compelling book and read on. What will it take to break down the defensive barriers Alexa and Bruce have built around their hearts?

Do opposites attract...

Or is that a myth? In the case of Alexa and Bruce, long-time reluctant acquaintances because their best-friends are married to each other, it's definitely a love-hate thing. Any undercurrents of intrigue and sexual chemistry are far outweighed by the massive irritation factors. But what choice do they have when their friends need their help? What is the price of sacrifice, when love is the prize? Can a few chaotic weeks playing house convince lonely, defensive Bruce and fiercely independent Alexa to let down their guard and make room for love?

Disruption by Design out Jan. 1, 2018!

Here's a revised version of the inciting incident after final revisions prior to publication. Disruption by Design, book 2 in the Having it All series, is available for pre-purchase now until January 1, when it is officially release. Available on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and through a wide variety of digital and online print booksellers. If you can't find it, request it via ISBN from your local indie bookseller.

Mary Ann  Clarke Scott

Working Title: A Dissimulation of Doves

This Book Is In Development

A Dissimulation of Doves

Literature & Fiction

Canadian Sophie Groenveld didn’t expect her rebellious summer jaunt to leave her stranded in England, without money, her passport, or the boyfriend who left her behind. At 23, Sophie had yet to learn whom she could trust. With life spinning in unexpected directions, Sophie anchors herself to the shabby but quaint Aviary Hotel in York, as the new night desk clerk. Navigating complexities and roadblocks, she applies her energy and spirit to the old-world hotel and the labyrinthine lives of the eccentric but lovable staff, guests and locals. Sophie begins to trust her internal compass once drawn into the tragic life of hotel owner, Ava Roxtoby, whose obsession with birds, both living and dead, may be an important link to the past. Ultimately, a surprise hotel guest provides an important road-sign, leaving Sophie to decide if she needs a guiding hand, or whether she’s ready to chart her own course.

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Chapter two

A Dissimulation is one of, if not the, favorite of my books. This is a completed manuscript that won first place in the New Adult category of the Chatelaine Prize from Chanticleer Book Reviews. The book's not published yet because I'm considering some rewrites that would make it an even stronger book. This piece gives a taste of the main character Sophie, her predicament and gives some flavor of the place - York - where she is stranded.

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