Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 12


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Stun-ning is the best description I can give for today’s post on Write Integrity Press. You’ll just have to check it out to see why.

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. 

With Christmas in the air, I’m surprised this section isn’t all stuck together with candy cane pieces or marshmallows. Good thing Mara only wrapped gifts instead of sold candy or something of that sort. And yes, I did find a piece of ribbon book-marking this section.
From Mara, herself:

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Ahh Christmas. Something about this time of year make my insides sparkle. Probably the lights, and the kids, and the lights, and the presents, and the lights. Yeah, I love lights.

I was de-lighted to find the house all dolled up when I made it home from Columbia. So festive. I don’t remember having much more than than some white lights along the roof edge before, but now the whole yard is filled. There’s a nativity on one side, cast iron with a light shining on it to give it a silhouette appearance. The wall behind the pieces are painted with their enlarged shadows. Great effect, Dad!

And the other side of the yard is like a blow-up toyland. A carousel of snowmen, a snow globe, even a snowman family. Where was this guy when I was growing up? On second thought, I’m just glad he’s here now.

I saved and got Mom and Dad a date-night at a local restaurant that is doing a dinner theater evening. I’m excited I could swing it with my upcoming trip to Colorado, but I have a connection there who got me a cool discount. I would never have given them such a gift before. A waste of good money. But now … they are so cute together.

I want to be that way with someone someday. Some other day. In the future. Not now. Maybe after I’ve completed all of my apologies I can start thinking about accepting some of the invitations of my friends and family trying to set me up. Who knows? Maybe I’ll meet Mr. Right.

I sure met Mr. Wrong already. And as to that, I got a Christmas card from one of my former roommates in New York. Jared didn’t last a month with Philippe after I left. Go figure.

And call Guiness, I actually feel sorry for the guy. No really. I’ve been praying that the Lord would be gracious to him, give him the job he needs to draw him to salvation. And if I saw him again, I think I’ve finally forgiven him. At least, I don’t have trouble praying blessings on him anymore.



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat, tomorrow,—though not as bright and sparkly as Christmas lights, but close—for the readers! You all get to help decide the ending of this book, tomorrow! 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, tomorrow. 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 makes your insides sparkle?

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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