Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

. . . Authentic and Intense


Dog Days of Summer are coming!

Wake Walk Naptime“It isn’t the heat that will get you, it’s the humidity!”

Either way, the dog days of summer are those breathless days when the pool and iced drinks are bigger lures than chocolate. (Is that even possible?) When air conditioning becomes your best friend.

The daily walk gets Continue reading

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Two Most Beautiful Words

pow cartoonWhat are the most beautiful words you know? I’m fond of onomatopoeia, and classificatory. Something about the rhythm and feel of the way the words roll off.

But other words have a special type of beauty within their meanings:

  • Grace
  • I’m Sorry
  • Resolution
  • Reunion
  • Family
  • Yes
  • Paid in Full

I bet you could add some of your own to this list. I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments.

One of my favorite phrases is The End. I love finally typing in those words on my final scene when I’m working on a story. In fact, even though they aren’t necessary anymore, I add them. (Okay, I usually remove them during the revision phase, but it feels so good to type them in!)

Grime Scene cover7I’m a list-maker. And I’ll even add something to my list that I’ve already done for the simple delight of checking it off. So the prospect of finishing a writing project, even a shorter novella, tickles the tar out of me.

But that’s what I did this week. Grime Family furthers the story of Dani and Jay which began in Grime Beat and Grime Wave. This 4th story picks up where Book 3, Grime Spree, left off, with Dani facing a first meeting of Jay’s family in the Piney Woods of East Texas. As if meeting a houseful of Hunters isn’t enough, Jay’s parents seem secretive and take an instant dislike to her. Add to that a revenge-focused sheriff, a kissing-bandit ex-girlfriend, oh… and of course a dead body, and Dani has her hands full. Again.

Luckily, she also has Jay who remains willing to help her juggle. For now.

I hope to share an excerpt and my newest cover in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the release of Grime Family!

Your Turn: What words would be in your top 5  favorites list?


The First Kiss!

kiss silhouette tightLove is in the air. (Especially here in North Texas with 70 degree temperatures and budding trees!) I couldn’t resist asking a couple of the authors who have recently visited about thoughts on their first kisses.

After all, the first kiss is very telling. I’ve seen them happen on the first date, and I’ve seen them happen at the altar. (Now THAT’s impressive!) But whenever that first kiss occurs, there’s a special realization. Wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading


Forensic Technology

scene-vision from 3rdtechResearch is a necessary part of writing, even in fiction. I confess, I almost called it a necessary evil! LOL! The truth is, I usually enjoy digging into the setting of a story, but with my recent story, I had a special bit of research that I needed to complete.

My newest book, Grime Wave, was partly inspired by some Continue reading


First Dates: Jackie Castle

couple on the beach silhouetteThe love story blooming in my second book, Grime Wave, inspired me to explore some first dates by some of the best in Christian fiction romance and suspense. Before I put them on the spot, I shared one of my experiences HERE.

This will be the final article of this series, but I have certainly saved one of the best. Jackie Castle is a local buddy and highly Continue reading


First Dates: Mindy Obenhaus

pair-539476_1280The love story blooming in my second book, Grime Wave, inspired me to explore some first dates by some of the best in Christian fiction romance and suspense. Before I put them on the spot, I shared one of my experiences HERE.

Today I have another Continue reading


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First Dates: Carrie Stuart Parks

love-in-a-cliff-1308836The love story blooming in my second book, Grime Wave, inspired me to explore some first dates by some of the best in Christian fiction romance and suspense. Before I put them on the spot, I shared one of my experiences HERE.

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Continue reading