On St. Patrick’s Day Eve our Plano book club hosted author Mari Madison, who many readers will recognize as Mari Mancusi. Her newest book, the first in a trilogy, is a contemporary romance set in the exciting world of a TV newsroom. JUST THIS NIGHT (An Exclusive Romance #1) holds nothing back when it comes to the intense relationships that can evolve between reporters and their photographers, but it also takes the time to develop the character’s love affairs and home lives. It’s a sexy read and it was a genuine thrill to have Mari take the time to call in with us.
Mari started by telling us how JUST THIS NIGHT was one of the first books she ever wrote, pulling exclusively from her experiences as a TV news producer. Ultimately the book needed more time to cook and landed in a virtual file cabinet where it hung out for twelve years. We often hear from authors about the manuscripts they keep under their beds, but for Mari, JUST THIS NIGHT actually had a chance of seeing the light.
Having a news producer call in also afforded us the opportunity to ask questions about her favorite stories (she won two “Emmy” Awards for her segments. And yes, she impressed us by ), dealing with red carpet antics, and the celebrities who impressed her (and those who didn’t). Before we knew it, thirty minutes had gone by and it was time for us to say goodbye. But not before she left us with the quote of the night:
“I wanted to write first world problems that could be solved with love and sex.”
— Gwen Reyes (@ReelVixen) March 17, 2016