Friday, October 14, 2016

For Sale by Owner by Marlene Bateman

Stressed by a year of intense, ongoing problems, McKenzie Forsberg decides to quit her high-powered job and move back to her hometown. Determined to rebuild her life, Kenzie desperately needs the peace and security she is sure will come from buying the home she grew up in. But when she arrives in town, Kenzie discovers that a handsome widower, Jared Rawlins, has already put an offer on the house.  However, he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve.  

When Kenzie unexpectedly runs into a couple who are considering buying Jared’s house, she unthinkingly gives them information that changes their mind. Jared, who had been more than a little interested in Kenzie, has second thoughts when he begins to believe Kenzie deliberately tried to sabotage the sale of his home. 

Despite his misgivings, and Kenzie’s own concerns, sparks of attraction between Jared and Kenzie grow into something more. Then, Kenzie makes a stunning discovery about her past. In that moment, everything changes. Will the power of love be enough to bring Jared and Kenzie together and allow them to find their happily ever after?

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they live in North Salt Lake, Utah with their two dogs and four cats. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and wrote the best-selling romance/suspense novel, Light on Fire Island. She has written three other mysteries; Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.

Marlene has also written a number of LDS, non-fiction books:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s from Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits; Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die.

To celebrate this release, the publisher is hosting a giveaway. If you're interested in having your name put in for a drawing of the book ( will determine the winner), please say so in the comments below. 

  • If you're in the US, you can win a paper book.
  • If you're outside of the US, you can win an ebook.


  1. I bet he gets the house and she gets to move in.
    Congratulations to Marlene!

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    1. Ooo ... they ought to write a song with that title.

      Oh, yeah. They did! ;)

  3. A great cover. Congrats, Marlene.

  4. Put me in the drawing! I really want to read it!

  5. Sounds like a great book. Wish I could afford it.

  6. I'd love to read it! Put me in the drawing...

  7. May we display your header on our new site directory? As it is now, the site title (linked back to your home page) is listed, and we think displaying the header will attract more attention. In any event, we hope you will come by and see what is going on at

    1. Thank you so very much for giving permission. Aside from the All category and the slideshow on the Home page, you can see your header under Literary, and I failed to determine the country of origin. Would you mind telling me what country you are now living in so that it can be listed?


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