Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 9


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Mara’s journey is winding down. Though she’s not completed either her task or her heart change yet. If you missed any of Mara’s story, you’re going to want to read up on her at Write Integrity Press. How she created her current state of affairs and why she’s chosen the path she’s on.

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. 

And we’re back to sticky pages. We’ll not exactly sticky, just sort of bonded together like they’d been slobbered on and left to dry. And no, I don’t believe that Mara did the slobbering. Especially considering her job from this section.
From Mara, herself:

ADA puppiesGroomed

The connotations of this title move far beyond my actual meaning for it. I am groomed, usually, though my hair can sometimes have a mind of its own. I don’t wished to groomed in such a way that I’m matched up with a man. Not that I haven’t met some men I could see as grooms. Mmm. Yes. Some of these guys would make excellent grooms.

But I’m still not in the market. I’m beginning to catch on to the whole wanting to forgive Jared thing. Really. I’m close. Just not. There. Yet. At least now, I think someday I might actually get there.

No, my kind of groomed has to do with four paws and slobbery mouths. Truly, my life has gone to the dogs.

I could have loved this job. I wished I’d gotten the chance to try it on for a while and see how it fit. But then, managers tend to have a tirade when they watch their inventory trotting around in freedom.

But seeing a bunch of puppies scampering around the ankles of those cute kids just did something to me.

I want one!

A puppy. Not a kid. Not yet. I’m a little worried about having kids of my own. What if they turn out to be like me? That’s a scary thought. But then, having a child would rather necessitate falling in love and I’m not in a place to do that either.



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat—though not as precious as a furr-ball puppy 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: What is something that you’d really like to have right now? (I’m leaning toward cheesecake!)

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.

13 thoughts on “Mara’s Journal – Chapter 9

  1. Problem is I’m allergic to dairy…


  2. Warm weather. For months. And months.


  3. A weekend away from home?