Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

I SO Left You Hanging! (Don’t you hate that???)

climber-299018_1920I don’t know about you, but I got to the end of Dani’s last story, Grime Spree and was ready to keep going. After all, the final page ends with a huge revelation as Jay cruises up the driveway of his parents’ home.

Visiting the parents? That’s a biggie in a relationship! Something I’d sure want to read about!

My original plan for this series had only 4 books in it, but if I stuck with that, you wouldn’t get to find out what happened between Dani and Jay’s parents. And SO MUCH happened let me tell you! Meeting his parents for the first time was… well…


No, I’m not joking! But the good news is that you don’t have to miss out on this story! Grime Family released today in both e-book and print! I have to tell you, I loved the folks in this story so much that I even created yet another novella which will be available in December that stars Jay’s sister. You’ll meet her in Grime Family too!

But all excellent things have to come to an end. Sad but true, the final book of the Grime Fighter series will release early in 2017.

Here’s the first part of Grime Family! Use the link at the cover to see an even longer preview and get your own copy!

Matthew Donaldson’s name on her phone ID meant trouble. No, more like impending doom.

Dani Foster put the phone to her ear, trying to assume a light tone. After all, her boyfriend, Jay, shared the front seat of his new Tahoe with her. “I didn’t expect to hear from you, especially not this weekend.” She pressed her volume button down, hoping Jay hadn’t heard even a hint of the other man’s voice.Grime Family cover 2

“You have to come in.” Matt’s typical monotone was brusque, all-business.
“Yes, I’m enjoying the break. Nice to get away from work for a few days.” Matt had given permission. Surely he remembered where she had gone.

“Never mind that. There’s been a slight change.” His tenor voice wiggled a bit.

This wasn’t good, but with Jay maneuvering the driveway of his parents’ property in East Texas, there wasn’t a lot she could do about changes. And hardly anything she could utter out loud. “That’s right, I’ll be here until Tuesday, so I really can’t visit with you until then.”

Jay pulled to a stop and glanced at her. “Everything all right?”

She nodded. “Insurance salesman.” She muffled her whisper with her hand over the phone’s speaker. Lying had become way too easy, but it still pinged her with regret.

Matthew blew his exhale through the speaker. “Fine. Have it your own way. But you need to know that our mutual friend is no longer at his current residence.”

Ice slipped all the way up her spine and spread across her shoulders. God, please don’t let this start again. “Well, okay. Um… I guess I’ll have to get back to you on that. Maybe as I’m coming back into town.”

“Make sure you let me know before you get here. Better yet, you stay in… Mayberry… until you hear from me.”

She couldn’t stay here. Couldn’t put Jay’s family in danger. And what if they learned about…? “That’s going to be tight.”

“Not playing with you. Do as I say.” Matthew hung up the phone.

She let the phone droop from her ear and stared at a nameplate on the black dashboard of Jay’s new car. “Sure will… I’ll call you as soon as I’m back in town…. Yes, sir. And thank you.” She slipped her phone into her over-sized bag and glanced at Jay. “Sorry about that.”

Sorry on so many levels.

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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