My stories are heavy on the romance with a healthy dose of steam. My characters range from irritating and quirky to sweet and loveable, sometimes all in one. I write about opposites attract. I bring together contrasting individuals and find common ground between these unlikely pairings.
My main goal is to show that being different is not a bad thing. It’s actually what sets us apart. It’s what people notice, but not what makes up our insides.
Outward appearances, religion, musical tastes, and lifestyle choice should not determine who we befriend or fall in love with. Beneath the surface of those obvious attributes lies the soul. It is at soul level where we connect.
Kindness, generosity, accountability are the aspects which make us who we are. They are the ingredients that define us. I write books that challenge pre-conceived notions and forces readers (with the gentlest of persuasions) to see that different is good.
Beyond all that heavy stuff, I write heartwarmingly comforting love stories featuring sexy Rockstars, Gothstars, and Happily Ever Afters.
Let my stories be the Sweet to Your Salt.
To quote one of my characters….
“No need to fear with your warrior near.”
~ Jesse’s Reign, These Bones Series – Fear Us Not
BIO: Maria Bernard is a Canadian author of New Adult and Contemporary romance fiction, residing in the Greater Toronto Area with her music-obsessed husband and their adopted cat, Rex.
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.
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.
Caution: Highly Addictive Content
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While you're at it grab Belonging, House of Goths - Book 2
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.
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Belonging is Book 2 in the House of Goths Series.
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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About the series...
Joy & Sorrow
Bleed Out Your Heart
These Bones Series ♡ White Knights Dressed in Black
This steamy romantic series follows the adventures of four members of These Bones band. You will meet struggling artist and bass player Falquen Forrester, his fraternal twin the gregarious singer Gray Forrester, the impossibly handsome lead guitar player Darien River, and last but definitely not least the soft-spoken drummer Jesse Rain.