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Best friends will always find a way to have fun – especially in the summer when there’s no school, the “rules” are a little more relaxed and new ventures await. Summertime is very special to me. For one thing, it was during a (ahem – long ago) summer event that Marilu met Mann. You see, I am or rather, we are two people.

It all started one sticky, hot Louisiana summer day. Stephanie and Cai had signed up (or rather were signed up by their mothers) to take a course in teaching canoeing. They’d both taken basic canoeing courses from their respective local Red Cross. Then Cai was uprooted from her home in Maryland to be thrust into the humid summer of Louisiana.

She wasn’t a stranger to the state, having been born there, but it was hard to move back. A new high school year loomed but first she had to get through summer in a new town. Her mother decided that she could find friends by teaching them how to canoe. Stephanie’s mother apparently just wanted Stephanie out of the house. HA!

The first day of the course, they were startled to learn that they were the only ones who had signed up for the advanced course. Everyone else was there for a basic canoeing course. While they admired the exceptionally cute teacher in his swim trunks, he assigned them to work together.

“Just practice your strokes” was the command.

Two teenage girls eyed one another with trepidation, but grabbed their paddles. Once in the boat, they had to work out how to paddle together. Surprisingly, the ability to maneuver a canoe around a small lake on a hot summer day is very much like writing a book together. They couldn’t just paddle, they had to communicate, work out how to get around obstacles in the lake.

At noon, they ate their sack lunches while talking about the usual things—boys, school, boys, the fact that they were only living two streets apart, and books. But then just like in a novel, the Big Event happened. The thing that cemented their lifelong friendship. The moment that carried them through marriages, divorces, deaths, births, and everything else life threw at them.

Yes, it is true. It’s what they refer to as the 3 Musketeers Incident (to be read with a reverberating voice, please). Because her grandmother had packed her lunch, Cai’s bag contained a King-Size 3 Musketeers bar. Stephanie’s did not. In the spirit of making friends, Cai offered some of that treat to Stephanie. She said, “Want a bite?”

Sadly, Stephanie was a mannerless boob so instead of taking a dainty nip, she took a “bite” that ended about halfway into the candy bar right where the wrapper protected Cai’s hand! Yes, gentle reader, Stephanie bit that candy bar neatly in half. Cai is thankful to this day that her hand was spared. As you can imagine, there were only two ways to react to such an act of chocolate piracy. Indignation or helpless laughter.

Overcoming her shock, Cai burst into laughter while Stephanie struggled to chew, swallow and laugh all at the same time. That might have been enough to get the friendship ball really rolling, but that wasn’t the end of that first meeting. No, as Stephanie tells it, Cai got her revenge. After lunch, Stephanie had one foot in the canoe and one foot on the dock. Cai swears that she heard “I’m ready” from her new friend, but Stephanie denies it still. Let’s just say that the boat and Cai left the dock prematurely. But it was a hot day so the dunking wasn’t all that bad.

From chocolate theft and lake dunking, the writing team of Marilu Mann emerged. Inseparable during high school, their respective parents referred to them as a single unit. But it was the advent of email that made their writing career take off. Though their first manuscript also got started during a summer adventure – that is a tale for another day.

For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate and choice of our digital backlist, tell us how you met your best friend.

marilu mann changingpaths_msr (2)“Book 4 of the Lusting Wild series.

Harmony, Moon-Denied, is unable to shift to animal form. She swallows her pride to return to her Pack for her daughter’s sake. The moody teenager might be Moon-Called—a true shapeshifter. Now Harmony fights the instant heat she feels for a scarred, sexy shifter. Gareth is all that’s good and bad about the Pack.

Gareth, second in the Pack, has made peace with being a loner. No shifter female will have him because of his scars—internal and external. He fights his attraction but he’s consumed by a burning desire for this amazing woman. How can he convince Harmony that she’s his mate?

Everything has to wait as the Wisconsin winter closes in. When Moonlust takes control, need and desire overcome everything else. As Harmony seeks her truth, her past encroaches, threatening everything she holds close.

Inside Scoop: Contains an intense and violent confrontation that illustrates Harmony’s protectiveness over her Pack.

A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave”

About the Author: Marilu Mann brings the steaminess of the Louisiana bayous to her books and she doesn’t stop there. Marilu’s willing to travel to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin to heat up those northern nights and melt a little snow. She’ll also circle the world to Wales, Ireland, Scotland and back just to bring you books that make you sweat.

Currently residing in Texas, Marilu is an avid armchair traveler. Her sexy shifters will set your blood to boiling in no time. Owned by one Diva Teen and various animals, Marilu keeps busy writing the novels her readers beg for.

Marilu is thrilled to be a part of the Ellora’s Cave family and loves to hear from readers.

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  1. Vanessa N. says:

    Love shifter stories. Can’t wait to read this series.

  2. How I met my best friend? On the internet over our love of books.
    This book sounds good.I will have to check the series out.

  3. We ended up taking the same small group discussion class. Fun story about the start of the friendship.

  4. SHELLEY S says:


  5. Hi Shelley S – were you both shopping or was one of you buying and the other selling? Either way, it’s an interesting way to meet people. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    My best friend is my older sister, so I met her when I was born. I can’t quite remember the meeting, but I have a lot of memories growing up and growing older. 😀

  7. Good one, Barbara! The Arwen (Stephanie) half of Marilu Mann has one sibling but I (Cai) don’t have any. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  9. Shifter stories are the best! Sounds super awesome. <33

    (raelynnmarie at live dotsandcoms )

  10. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I met my best friend through the love of books I got her telephone number (met in1992) from another friend and we just hit it off talking about books and authors we still phone each other a least a couple of times a month to talk books.


  11. Some 24 year ago back in high school. We hadn’t been going in the same school but we had had some mutual friend that introduced us. And the rest is history. (

  12. Just picked up FIRM TROUBLE the other day–can’t wait! I met my best friend in college–she lived a couple doors down from me in my freshman dorm.

  13. That was a wonderful story!! 😀
    I have been best friends with mine since high school.
    We met in 6th grade, but I moved away that summer and didn’t return for a year and a half. When I did, we talked a bit, but didn’t really become close until freshman year in high school. We had food service together and she was sweet. We are complete opposites and I think that’s why we are still so close. She isn’t just my BF, she is family. Even my hubby loves her.
    Thank you for sharing, ladies!

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