Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

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So Proud of My New Writer!

house-930940_1920Okay, the truth is, she won’t let me call her a writer. My daughter, code-named Spunky, has a sharp wit and a great imagination, but she’s determined to go into missions or ministry.

Nevertheless, she’s agreed to let me post her most recent assignment for her college English class. The students were given a picture of an old house, much like the one you see, and a list of Halloween-type words they couldn’t use. This was her 20-minute offering.

If you enjoy her flash fiction, please leave her some love!

Moving on

“Gone but not Forgotten,” Jane read the words from her beloved Aunt Ruth’s tombstone out loud.

“I know I should have come sooner; I just couldn’t bear the thought of you not being here.” Jane pulled her sweater closer to herself as a chilled wind rustled through the yellow leaves. She turned to face the place she feared.

The screen door had fallen partially off its hinges. The beautiful yellow paint was almost completely stripped away. Oh, how she had loved this place when she was young, always so warm and inviting. Now it was dark and cold.

She turned back to the grave, “I should have been here for you; if I hadn’t ditched you for my friends, you would still be here.” Jane wiped an unwanted tear from her face. “I know you wanted me to take care of this place, but I don’t deserve it. I let you down. It’s my fault.” Her voice broke at her last word, and she collapsed to the ground weeping.

It had been three years since Ruth had died. The doctor said it happened in the kitchen. One minute she was baking cookies; the next her heart stopped. Aunt Ruth had died alone.

“I should have been here; I could have saved you.” Shaking Jane stood, and walked back to her car. Opening the trunk, she pulled out a toolbox and a bucket of yellow paint. “I’m here now. I’m done hiding. I will not let you or this place down.”

Her knees wobbled as she climbed the steps. Setting the toolbox down, she removed the screen door, grasped the door handle, took a deep breath, and stepped in.

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Heart Sparks is Free

heartsparks-coverI love romance. Any season is perfect for a juicy, clean love story with hardships and misunderstandings. Give me a strong man, made unexpectedly vulnerable by a confident woman, and a woman failing to stifle her growing feelings for the man of her dreams …. Oh, yes. I can get wrapped up in the deliciousness in no time!

And I have a collection of stories just like that, and I’m giving it away FREE! This is an e-book, to be viewed in a Kindle reader. And it’s a special bonus for anyone who pre-orders my newest release, COUNTER POINT, before October 30. It’s easy! After you order COUNTER POINT, forward the Amazon receipt to FreeBookForPreorder@gmail.com.

That’s all there is to it!

Not only will you be able to enjoy a great romantic suspense when it releases on November 1, but you’ll have several short stories and novellas to tide you over until then!

Here’s the LINK to purchase COUNTER POINT. I hope you enjoy both of your books!


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You Be The Judge!

cpcoverfI’m so excited to choose the brand that will be used for all of the books in this new series, Heath’s Point Suspense. But I need some help in choosing.

Heath’s Point is a fictitious town in East Texas with a population of about 6,500. The town was grafted from several real places that I’ve enjoyed visiting: Commerce, Glen Rose, Honey Grove, and Ennis. The problem with Heath’s Point is that it’s population is dwindling …

… by one murder victim at a time.

Knowing that background, would you share your thoughts on the best logo for this series?

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Your Turn: Share your thoughts in the comments for which of these logos I should choose!


Teens Be Not Afraid by Cynthia Toney

You fetchThe Dog Daze of Summer continue. Yea! This week, I’m hosting author, Cynthia Toney here. Cynthia writes for young adults. Her book, 8 Notes to a Nobody, is one of the greats on sale during the Dog Daze Sale at Write Integrity Press. I’m so glad she could share her thoughts here!

Teens: Be Not Afraid

For all their apparent recklessness and disregard for consequences, teenagers Continue reading


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Stop Human Trafficking

Blue Heart campaign2I was shocked earlier this year to learn that I20, which crawls through the south side of the DFW Metroplex, is the country’s main vein for Human Trafficking. This form of slavery isn’t new by any means, but it is relatively young in America, at least on this scale.

Every night, there are at least 400 teens, slaves, along the streets of Dallas alone. Even more when there is a major sporting event like a Ranger baseball game or a Cowboy game.

These women are Continue reading


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 Continue reading