Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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News, Reviews, Previews


What a great week full of HOPE and joy!

My weekender has stories about:

  • Articles of inspiration and writing
  • A review of last week’s blog articles at Faith-Driven Fiction
  • My Sunday ROW80 Update
  • A preview of articles and specials coming next week

This week’s Grace Readers’ has some dynamite articles about writing, faith, and living life in freedom!

My articles at Faith-Driven Fiction last week included some information about my latest non-writing project on Monday and a link to a website where I’ve been compiling Medieval research for a theme prom coming up in few months. Tuesday’s blog was about Charming Characters like Scarlet O’Hara and Han Solo. I was shocked to see another article about these very characters at The Write Practice Website. And what a great find that website was! On Wednesday, a challenge I’ve been feeling from my writing buddies and the blog likeachildforJesus made it’s way into my ROW80 update, setting a need for me to be serious about my priorities. My writing students got a Writing Tip on Thursday about avoiding insults and other poor writing practices. Friday, I got to interview Staci Stallings whose book, Cowboy delighted the tar out of me a couple of weeks ago. Check out my Review!

Next week, hopefully, holds some special events at my blog.

  • Monday, unless I can settle my brain into a ready frenzy, I’m going to share some books that I’m looking forward to reading when they come out.
  • Tuesday is A2Z meme post. The week’s letter is D and I’m hoping to have a couple of special guests, maybe even an Vlog?
  • Wednesday will be my next update and I’ll be adding a new goal.
  • Thursday, for my Writer Tip, I’ll be highlighting Continuity.
  • Friday, Lillian Duncan will be visiting with her book Deception.

This past week, I took the plunge and submitted one of my novels for inspection by a professional. At first, I was a little nervous, but after encouragement from my critique groups with several authors who “have been there” many times over, I’m no longer holding my breath. I don’t think I was wrong in my submission. I needed to take this next step, even though I don’t really expect much to come of it. At least I’ll be able to say that I’ve done it and the leap won’t be so great the next time around.

My ROW80 Goals are still being maintained. Just in the past few days, I’ve readied my manuscript for a special opportunity, outlined the start of a new novel idea, and structured my newest suspense. I’m not sure I’ll complete all my revisions by this week because I’ve been doing some sections over and over, but I hope to be done by Valentine’s Day. We’ll see. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my goals. I’ve been able to check off several so far and maintain others while still putting my priorities into play. It’s funny how things settle perfectly when I put my focus where it belongs. The only goal I failed this week is reading a book to review on Monday. I just can’t settle my brain into anything because I have three different stories running through my mind already. There’s not enough room!

Here are the other folks involved in the ROW80 blog hop. Stop by and say, “Howdy!”


What’s gone on with you this week? What news can you share?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

5 thoughts on “News, Reviews, Previews

  1. Great to see you had a fantastic week!! Keep it up!!!


  2. What a great week you have had! And a wonderful get-up-and-go attitude. 🙂 You are doing super; keep that drive-a-chugging-along. 🙂


  3. Great update! It sounds like you've been really productive, so here's best wishes for another great week!Best regards,Edward


  4. I can't read well at the moment, or sleep because of the novel in my head. And yet when I come to work on it, I find little payback for all the energy my brain exerts at the moment. You however, seem to be doing very well indeed. God for you. 🙂


  5. Thanks for the mention! I look forward to next week…and maybe another vlog from you!! Have a wonderful weekend.