Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Mara’s Journal – Chapter 13

Read today's chapter of A Dozen Apologies at Write Integrity Press.

This is Mara’s final journal entry, but not the end of her story. See how you can help her find her true love! 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. 

I’m impressed. Mara comes full circle in her own forgiveness as she completes her apologies.
From Mara, herself:


Back from Colorado and my shoes are tucked up under my very own bed. If I learned anything from my trip to Boulder, it’s that I’m not cut out for the stage.

But I’m done. Finished. All twelve of the apologies have been made. Tomorrow, I’ll celebrate. And look for a job. Tonight, I’m reflective.

I might actually be ready to start thinking along the lines of men again. Not that I haven’t been thinking about men; I’ve been thrown together with some pretty incredible specimens over the past year. Of course, none of these guys would ever have fond thoughts of me, no matter what they’ve said.

Some of them have hinted of remaining feelings for me, but I look at that sort of talk in the same way as I would take a waitress’s smile. It’s temporary and just because I happen to be there.

But that’s all right. I know God will take care of this part of my life as well. This journey has taught me nothing if not how well the Lord takes care of me. I’ve learned so much about myself, and Him, and who I am in Him.

And you know, this whole thing would never have happened without Jared. If he hadn’t betrayed and blacklisted me, I would have stayed in New York. I wouldn’t have witnessed the sweet affection between my parents. I would have missed renewing the friendship with Jenny and her kind husband. And, oh, getting to see their new little one coming this summer. On top of all of that, I would never have realized the Lord’s great love for me. His mercy and grace, or the challenges he put in my life with reconnecting to all of these men.

And speaking of those reconnections. Well, one of them anyway. Now, that’s a man that could make me change my mind about falling in love.

So I’ve not only forgiven Jared, I’m actually in his debt. Wherever you are, Jared, thank you!



PS from Marji Laine: A Dozen Apologies provides a special treat TODAY—though not as cozy as coming home to a warm bed, but close—for the readers! You all get to help decide the ending of this book, TODAY!

And TODAY is the day to vote! The authors have been anonymous on their chapters on purpose (and I’ve kept my chapter secret, too) because we want you, the readers, to vote for your favorite hero! Make sure you read all of the chapters and pick the best guy for Mara. Her heart is on the line! You can vote until Saturday, January 8. The final chapter will be in the ebook available for FREE on February 14, so you can find out if your favorite guy won!

Your Turn: What are your thoughts on reading a serial novel? How do you like the idea of getting to choose your favorite hero to get the girl?

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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