Marji Laine

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Bonus Feature: NO THANK YOU

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Lena Nelson Dooley and her character from her novella, “No, Thank You” shares today. We’ve been visiting with the main characters of the stories in Warm Mulled Kisses. Our new Christmas collection features 10 stories from 11 different authors, and all 661 pages is available at Amazon for only 99¢! Make sure you get an e-book of your own!

Here’s a conversation between Lena Nelson Dooley’s main character, Scarlett, to her Gram.

cover No Thank YouScarlett McKaye’s phone buzzed indicating a text message. She glanced up at the clock above her desk and decided it was a good time to take a short break. When she clicked on the message envelope on her screen, she knew this would take a little time. Her Gram had been excited to have a smart phone and quickly learned to text, but she clicked every letter of every word into the message.

Gram: How do you like your new job?
Scarlett: It’s a lot of fun.
Gram: You’re at a ski resort. Any good looking single men there?

Scarlett sighed. Leave it to Gram to jump right in. But she knew Gram only wanted her happy.

Scarlett: A few.
Gram: What do you want for Christmas?

Scarlett knew Gram had a limited budget.

Scarlett: Maybe some warm gloves or a muffler. It’s cold here.
Gram: About those good looking single men, does any of them give you a spark in your heart.
Scarlett: I’m not looking for a relationship.
Gram: It’s been over a year since your fiancé died. You need to open your heart.
Scarlett: There is one who I was tempted to be interested in, but …
Gram: But what? What’s wrong with him?
Scarlett: He skis on the double black diamond slopes. And you know I vowed not to ever be interested in a man who was reckless.
Gram: Has he gotten hurt?
Scarlett: No
Gram: Maybe he knows he’s a good enough skier to do that.
Scarlett: Maybe or maybe not. I just can’t face standing beside the grave of another man I love.
Gram: Maybe you should pray about whether the Lord wants you to have a relationship with him. I’m just saying.
Scarlett: Oh, Gram, you’re so sweet. The first thing I’m going to do when I finish working this ski season is come to see you.
Gram: Okay. I’ll look forward to that.

The bell on the counter dinged.

Scarlett: I’ve got to go. Someone is at the desk needing help.

She walked through the doorway and glances up into Derrick Greene’s intense green gaze. That spark Gram was talking about began to dance in her stomach.

Lena Nelson DooleyAbout the Author

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and treasurer of the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s also a member of Christian Authors Network, CROWN Fiction Marketing, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over twenty signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

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.

One thought on “Bonus Feature: NO THANK YOU

  1. Thank you, Marji, for allowing me to add this bit to what is in the story. It was fun to delve further.