Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 1


Mara pictureMy new collaboration novella, A Dozen Apologies, debuts today! If you like romance, or themes of brokenness and surrender mixed up with some crazy jobs and embarrassing situations you’ll love this story! Visit Write Integrity Press to see Chapter 1!

The story premise: After coming to know the Lord, Mara Adkins feels compelled to try to right the wrongs she committed during her more manipulative days. And she’s got a LOT of victims to encounter. Yet God just might intend that one of them hold her heart. 

Theses pages were toward the front of her journal. Not at the very front, but only a small section in.
From Mara herself:

Road Trip through the Smokies: Chapter 1 of A Dozen ApologiesRoad Trip

Traveling across the country in the dead of winter isn’t exactly my idea of a fun time. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been home for Christmas or Thanksgiving in years. I wish I could say the same for this trip. And sure enough, five minutes after I find the perfect radio station, the signal starts to fade into some talk show, or a Spanish station, or country music.

Off goes the radio, and I’m looking for another bathroom. I swear my bladder is getting as bored as the rest of me.

But at least I’m not thinking of Jared much anymore. Good thing since he pretty much blacklisted me. That’s okay. It’s not like New York has the only fashion district. Though I don’t remember seeing too many catwalks in Spartanburg. Who knows? Maybe I’ll create a gallery and a label all my own. Maybe South Carolina can become the new Paris.

Mmm. Okay. A little far-fetched, but a girl can dream, right?

Speaking of girls, I saw the sweetest-looking kid this morning at Starbucks. Black curly pig-tails like mine had always been, though she had a sprinkle of freckles that I never had. Her muffin was as big as her head practically, but not as big as her eyes as she carried it to her table. Cutest thing. A shame that her mom, I guess it was her mom, talked on the phone the entire time as though the girl wasn’t even there.

I wonder if I’ll be a mom like that. Should I ever find a guy that won’t stab me in the back, that is.

Wait, don’t go there.

I hope that if I ever get to be a mom, I’ll like being around my kids. I hope they’ll like being around me. Maybe by then, I’ll like being around me. It could happen.

I’m not sure all this psychoanalytical junk is worth it. Isn’t writing this all out just prolonging the misery? Not that I’m completely miserable anymore, though I’m scarfing up the Bugles every time I find them. (Oh, and the mix of cheddar and caramel Bugles are pure nectar of the gods. Just saying.)

Boy, when this car finally finds my parents; curb, I’m going to have a lot of running to do to shed these extra miles of munching. But for now, I’m content, if not a little bottom-sore.



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat – not quite like caramel and cheddar mixed Bugles (I’m with Mara – totally delish), but close –  for the readers! You all get to help decide the ending of this book! Too much fun!

The way it works is: A new chapter will post each weekday at Write Integrity Press. Read the 13 chapters (from 12 different authors) and then choose the hero you like the best. The guy who gets the most votes gets the girl! Whoop!  And as a bonus, the book itself, which will offer the only chance to see the final chapter, will be free over Valentine weekend! Win-Win!

Your Turn: Have you ever felt like you had to do something, though there was nothing in you that wanted to do it?

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.

6 thoughts on “Mara’s Journal – Chapter 1

  1. Good job. I love the take from Mara’s thoughts.


  2. I already like Mara. It’s fun to see her this way.


  3. Great job, Marji!