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Publication Order of First Family Books

State of Affairs (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of Grace (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of the Union (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
State of Shock (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Marie Force is a best-selling author who has topped the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. She is known for writing books of romantic suspense and erotic romance.

She has sold over twelve million copies of her books all over the globe. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages. She has written many series, including the First Family series, the Gansett Island series, the Treading Water series, the Fatal series, the Quantum series, and the Butler Vermont series, among others.

Marie says that her goals in life are to raise her two children to become happy young adults and to write books for as long as she can.

Marie was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and grew up in the close-by Middletown. Her parents loved being on the water. Her father worked running his own aviation repair business and would restore wooden powerboats in his off time. Today he was a 36-foot fiberglass boat that has hot water, a shower, appliances and more.

The author graduated in 1984 from Middletown High School. She then went on to the University of Rhode Island, where she had a double major of journalism and political science. She would graduate in 1988 and then went on to work for a small newspaper in the community. While it wasn’t a lot of money, it did provide her with a lot of practice with writing and editing.

She resided in Rhode Island until she was 26 but fell in love with a Navy guy. They got married, and the author moved from her small state to Spain where he was stationed. It was a huge change in her life but from 1992 to 1995 they had a lot of fun together in Spain. At that time, she also got a master’s degree in public administration through a program that the University of Maryland offered to the military. They had their daughter Emily be born in Spain, before returning to the U.S. with her and their two rescue dogs, Consuela and Roscoe. Roscoe would pass away in 2006 while Consuela passed away in 2009.

The two then went on to Maryland, where her husband was working at the NSA. Marie answered an ad and became a non-profit’s communications director in Alexandria, Virginia. She also was the editor-in-chief for a national trade magazine while supervising other publications. She later had her son Jake in 1998. Her husband was transferred to a Jacksonville, Florida aircraft carrier later that year and Marie’s company kept her on as a telecommuter.

Their time in Jacksonville passed quickly. Her husband spent most of the three years there at sea. He would retire in 2001 from the Navy and the family decided to move to Rhode Island the next summer. They moved to Portsmouth, where they live today. They sold their Florida home and moved into an older house in Rhode Island. The summer of 2012, they moved to a different, newer home in the same place that they really liked.

The author had a character in her head sometime during that time that wouldn’t go away. The man had dark hair, gray-blue eyes, a grin that drew you in and was quick witted. Marie knew that the character’s name was Jack, and he was an architect. He would come through her head constantly and she always said someday she would write his story.

Marie recalls telling the story she had in mind for Jack to her husband Dan while they were out to dinner one night. He encouraged her to go after the story. She knew that the character’s wife Clare would likely have something happen to her but not enough to kill her. Marie says that she had plans to put her poor character Jack through it, but life was getting in the way and writing his story would be put to the back burner.

Once the family had moved to Rhode Island, she had gotten more serious about writing her book but hadn’t gotten very far. Then her mother was diagnosed as having pancreatic cancer. Marie turned to writing over the next nine months to deal with her mother’s illness. By August, she had four chapters written that her mother had the honor of being the first to read. Unfortunately, her mother passed on August 31, 2004.

The passing of her mother made Marie really examine her priorities. She knew that waiting to write the book until neither of her parents are around to read it was not what she wanted to do. She buckled down and was able to complete Treading Water, Jack’s book, in May 2005. She was also able to complete two more books in the series, Marking Time and Starting Over. The books were all published in 2011.

Since then, the author has written many novels, over fifty books in total and counting. Her first book to be published was Line of Scrimmage, which came out in September 2008. However, she says that nothing will ever mean more to her than completing her first novel and being able to write “The End” at the conclusion of it. She thought that the world would maybe stop to pay tribute to her accomplishment, but the world kept going as always and life continued, with kids, work, laundry, dinner, bills, and more. She does say that nothing was ever the same again after she finished her first novel.

When she’s asked about why she chose to self-publish, she answers the same way. She says that no one was interested in the books except for her readers. Luckily, Force has a dedicated base of readers that has shown much positive feedback and love for her self-published books. Her first New York Times best-selling book was Waiting for Love, her 25th published book. Close to follow was her book All You Need Is Love and several more. Marie says that every day she is thankful for her readers, who are loyal and supportive and have embraced her books and helped to make her dreams come true and thanks each one of them.

State of Affairs is the first novel in the First Family series by Marie Force. If you have been looking for something new to read, check this book out!

Vice President Nick Cappuano is blindsided when he and Lt. Sam Holland get a call that President Nelson has been discovered dead on Thanksgiving in his residence. Not only is this shocking news, it means that Nick will be called to the White House so that he can take the oath of office.

As the power transition is completed, Nick’s wife Sam is concerned about not only her husband and family but the Nelson family and the country. she knows what a big thing Nick is about to take on. Then there’s what she’s thinking on the side, about how this will affect her job. After all, other first ladies have not had jobs outside the White House.

She might be the first. But Sam also knows that she may have to make compromises to keep on working as a homicide detective. Soon their lives become more complicated with meetings, interview requests, questions from the kids and everything that comes with being a first family.

Soon, an issue with a diplomatic trip to Iran solidifies the fact that Nick has new responsibilities. Meanwhile, Sam is dealing with a murder case that might be tied to a cold case from over a decade ago. Things around them are more high pressure than ever, but at least Sam and Nick can rely on each other and the close bond they have to get them through everything. What will happen next? Read this book to find out!

State of Grace is the second novel in the First Family series by Marie Force. If you liked the first book, check this one out too!

In Washington, D.C., the holiday season has begun. Metro Police Lieutenant Sam Holland is dealing with more than ever. Now she’s got a new case of a woman that was found tied up and dead for a while inside her minivan just miles from where she lived. Sam wants to find out who wanted her dead and who would have been sick enough to want her to suffer so much before passing.

Sam wants to close the case before going on a vacation with her family. When another murder, someone she knows this time, lands in her lap, she has to consider if the vacation will even happen. Her husband is president and Nick Cappuano is also dealing with a national tragedy. He also has to go on the record for a contentious issue as the nation goes through another incident of violence.

Sam and Nick have also taken in twins after their parents were murdered, and now it may lead to a custody battle. With so much going on around them, can they even have a nice family Christmas together at the White House? Sam and Nick must rely on each other and family for strength. Can they make it through? Read this book to find out!

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