RISKY REDEMPTION (Rogue Security) wins the mainstream category of the 2018 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!


My new romantic thriller series, Rogue Security, is darker, edgier, and different. RISKY REDEMPTION starts the roller-coaster ride with two timelines, a CIA assassin, and a shocking villain. DEADLY DECEPTION is another high-velocity ride with so many twists and turns, you won’t know who to trust. Think you can handle it?


From The Book Quarry review of RISKY REDEMPTION: I have never been so engrossed in a book, overtaken or completely blown away by an ending. Risky Redemption was an amazing suspense.  Now, this writing was excellent … I could NOT put it down. The characters were beautifully fleshed out and extremely complex. The plot was elaborate and intriguing. I enjoyed the Angela and Jake’s interactions. Their romance and story is so compelling. I am really looking forward to more! I very highly recommend it. 

Deadly deception can hide the darkest evil.


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When her mother disappears, Jessica Hargrove’s life begins to unravel. And her problems are only just beginning. A horrible secret has been revealed, threatening to destroy three generations of her family, and the one person who may be able to help her is the man she’s never stopped loving, the man who once broke her heart.

LAPD Detective Sean Burke is back in his small hometown, pondering if his career in the big city is what he really wants anymore. As painful as it is to see Jess again, she needs him. He can’t walk away when she’s about to lose everything she holds dear. But will what he discovers ruin their second chance at love?

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Hello, world. How are you today? Hmm. No, too formal.

Yo, peeps. Whazup? Nah, too cool.

Hi, everyone. How’s it going? Ah, just right.

I’m Marissa Garner. I’m a wife, writer, chocoholic, and animal lover, not necessarily in that order. As a little girl, I cut pictures of people out of my mother’s magazines and turned them into characters in my simple stories. Now I write edgy romantic thrillers, steamy contemporary romance, and sexy paranormal romantic suspense. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband, but enjoy traveling from Athens to Anchorage to Acapulco and many locations in between.

I write romance to titillate your mind as well as your libido. My stories appeal to romance readers who:

  • Choose French Silk over vanilla
  • Don’t always color inside the lines and don’t like being told no
  • Think some rules are made to be broken
  • Have the courage to push the envelope when they’re passionate about something
  • Believe fiction should be as unpredictable as real life

If you want a fairy tale, read Cinderella. If you want real romance, read Marissa Garner.

I hope you enjoy my website and my stories. For questions, comments, or suggestions, please use the Contact Me page. I’d love to hear from you.



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