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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The Soul Seekers Series by Marilee Brothers, a new adult ro...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for The Soul Seekers Series by Marilee Brothers, a new adult romantic suspense with a touch of fantasy available now from The Wild Rose Press.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.


by Marilee Brothers

GENRE: New Adult Romantic Suspense



Twenty-two year old Honor Melanie (Mel) Sullivan has an affliction. Due to childhood trauma and inappropriate social behavior, she is diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism. But, Mel knows Aspergers is not her true affliction. She prefers not to gaze into a person’s eyes because she is a soul reader, and what she sees can be frightening. It can also get Mel into trouble.

After a brush with the law, Mel leaves her family home in Southern California and travels to Oregon where she meets Harley-Davidson riding William McCarty (Billy the Kid) and stumbles upon a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme involving a foreign girl from Kazakhstan, and others. Even though Mel's life is in danger, she won't stop until she finds the answers that will help those unable to help themselves.


Transplanted California girl, Melanie Sullivan, vows to stay in Oregon until she nails the killer of her best friend, Dani. Mel’s ability to search a soul for innocence or guilt is a big plus. Her love for Billy the Kid, former Marine and now a detective with the 3 Peaks police department is also a factor in her decision. She’s not quite sure what’s going on with Billy. Has the PTSD from his Middle East deployments returned?

When a hate crime is committed in 3 Peaks, Mel is recruited by sexy Homeland Security agent, Mick, who requires her soul-reading ability. Mick doesn’t hide his feelings. He’s more than eager to step in if Billy steps out, a complication Mel doesn’t need or want. As she goes undercover, Mel embarks on a dangerous journey, aided by her Uncle Paco and devoted friends. Along the way, she learns a valuable lesson about the power of forgiveness.



Mick fights a grin but continues to ignore me and directs his comment to Billy. “Guess it’s no secret I’d like to spend time with Mel. Just wanted to make sure it’s okay with you.”

I can’t believe this. Twice in one night. First, Darrell wants to know if I’m up for grabs. Now, Mick is asking Billy if I’m on the auction block.

Billy also acts like I’m invisible. “Are you saying you want to date Mel? I’m not sure how I feel about that. She might not be ready to...”

“Stop!” I yell. “Do you see me? I’m right here. In this room. And the two of you are acting like mongrels fighting over a steak bone. Let’s get one thing crystal clear. I’m nobody’s steak bone. All I want is for both of you to leave so I can heat up a bowl of noodles in the microwave, take a shower, and go to bed in a man-free environment. Got it?”

Since they’re both obtuse, I look around the room for something to throw. Finding no missiles, I settle for the broom propped in the corner of the room. I grab it like a baseball bat and begin swinging it at both men. “Out, get out!”

They both run for the door. Mick is laughing his butt off. Billy keeps looking over his shoulder, saying, “Wait, wait, we need to talk.”

I slam the door and lock it, thankful I’m alone.



Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Though I originally targeted the New Adult market for the Soul Seeker series, I believe anyone who enjoys a good mystery along with romance will enjoy reading the books. And, let’s not forget it has a touch of fantasy since my main character, Mel, can read souls. There’s a little something for everyone!

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Both the titles refer to the book’s theme. In Affliction, book 1, Mel’s ability to read souls frightens her as a child. She’s afraid to look into a person’s eyes and has awkward social behavior. Therefore, she considers it an affliction. By the end of the book, she realizes she’s been given a gift and can use it to help others. In book 2, Allegiance, Mel cannot move forward with her life until she finds justice for her murdered best friend, Dani.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

My favorite character is Honor Melanie Sullivan (Mel). She and her twin sister, Hope, were incredibly close. They even had their own special twin language. Hope was killed at age six when a car struck her. Since Honor threw the ball, she felt she was to blame. From that point on, she refused to be called Honor, opting for Mel instead. Shortly after her twin’s death, Mel developed the ability to read souls and life for her became even more complicated. Affliction begins with twenty-two year old Mel leaving her home in Southern California to visit her friend in Central Oregon. It is there that she discovers a human trafficking/baby selling scheme. She also falls in love for the first time. I admire Mel’s resilience and her ability to fight for the underdog as well as her ability to grow and change.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

Although the themes represented in Affliction and Allegiance sound terribly serious, there is a great deal of humor in both books. I guess it’s the way my mind works, but I like to laugh and to make my readers laugh as well.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Hmm, I am a uniquely bad golfer – does that count? Also, I like to knit but can only manage dishcloths. I do love to read and always have at least two books going at a time.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Twitter - @MarileeB

What can we expect from you in the future?

I am currently writing the 3rd and last book in the Soul Seeker series, titled Hope and Honor. Here’s a little hint: it’s my twin book and will tie up all the loose ends including a happily ever after for Mel. After I finish Hope and Honor, who knows? Maybe something entirely different.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

We writers are always desperate for reviews. If you like a book, take the time to post a review. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or beautifully written. On behalf of my fellow authors, I offer my thanks in advance.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Develop a thick skin because you will get a lot of rejection. Be willing to accept criticism. Learn your craft. If you really want to be published, do not give up!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I believe I’ve said it all. Thanks for hosting me.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books.

Feel free to contact her at and sign up for her newsletter The Obsessive Page Turner. Her author page on Facebook is: and she occasionally tweets @MarileeB.

Check out Marilee’s Amazon page here:

Marilee’s blog is Book Blather, where she features aspiring and published authors as well as some tidbits of her own.

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The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to one randomly drawn winner and print copies of AFFLICTION and ALLEGIANCE to another randomly drawn winner (US only) via rafflecopter during the tour/


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  1. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  2. Nice to hear from you! Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

    1. Like most people in the U.S., I went to a super bowl party and ate way too much junk food!

    2. Ha! Not me :) Though I too can appreciate the junk food. Football's just not my thing. I went out for an ice cream date with the hubs! Then read :P

  3. Thank you, Victoria and thank you, Readeropolis for hosting me.

  4. I enjoyed the bio and the excerpt.

  5. Excellent interview! Looking forward to checking this book out!

  6. Happy Weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  7. Happy Weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!


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