Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

We Have A Winner of the August Clash of the Titles

Congratulations to Gloria Clover, winner of the August New Releases Clash, with her novel, The Fire Starter!
Thank you so much to our competitors. This competition was amazing!

A Sense of Mission by Ann Gaylia O’Barr

Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell

Living in Harmony by Mary Ellis

Rodeo Ashes by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

About the Book:
Three generations ago, wooded Celosia Island burned in a fire storm. Now the government keeps the island safe through limited trade and rare immigration. So it is unsettling to Princess Amaryllis Filippopoulos to learn her father has invited an off-island prince into residence to translate some ancient scrolls and to marry her, his youngest daughter and heir to the throne.
Prince Valryan Molan has been sent to present to the people of Celosia the reality of the King, even though He is not readily perceived by the five senses or logic, the Stoic beliefs of Celosia’s ancestors. Valryan finds his mission hampered by his bride’s reluctance to marry and the immediate need to protect the people from illegal fire weapons.
But none of that compares to the unexpected fire storm Amaryllis ignites in his heart.
Read an excerpt and find out more at Desert Breeze Publishing.
The Fire Starter is book two in this exciting speculative fiction series entitled Children of the King. Check out Gloria Clover’s other works at her website.
Thank you all for joining in and casting your vote! Here are some of the kind words you had to share.
  • Gorgeous cover, Gloria, for your wonderful story.
  • All five books are intriguing, both covers and short blurb. Alas, I could only choose one.
  • When God gives the gift, it is our duty to use it wisely. Thank you all for doing so!
  • All the books sound very intriguing. Nice job.
Praise for The Fire Starter:
Excitement, adventure, mystery, and undiluted romance make Fire Starter another winner!
                                                 ~Karen Witemeyer, CBA Bestselling author of Short-Straw Bride
I’m butter in Gloria Clover’s hands as this master of words doles out
another inspiring story that draws me into the life of her characters and
God’s arms.                               ~Ellen List
About the Author:
Gloria Clover, Christ-follower and Truth-seeker, writes romantic fiction with the hope of showing God’s love and our need in both humorous and haunting ways.  The Children of the King series is her first foray into e-book publishing and her first speculative fiction. Washed Under the Waves (book 1) and The Fire Starter (book 2) are currently available from Desert Breeze Publishing.  From the Frozen Depths (book 3) is under construction and will be available next August.Gloria’s contemporary romances, published by Barbour Books and Son-Rise Publications, include:  The Remaking of Moe McKenna in the Race to the Altar anthology, Brianna’s Pardon, Tangled Truths, and ten volumes of Penned From the Heart, a compilation of 365 daily devotions.She is a member of Emmanuel Christian Church, active in prayer ministry, women’s ministries, American Heritage Girls, and various other projects.  She directs a One Day Writing Conference each April, participates in writing/book days in local schools, and enjoys giving and receiving from her various writing critique groups.  She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, participating in the ACFW book club and prayer loops.Married, she writes from her little white box in western PA.Visit her at where you can find both her site pages and blog topics.

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.

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