Marji Laine

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Wedding cakeSome wonderful things happen on Tuesday, December 13. First, Sweet Hubby and I celebrate our 30th anniversary! And he’s still so stinkin’ cute!

I could gush, but the truth is, he is my best friend, my hero, my conscience, and my partner in goofiness and serious issues like raising our 4 kids. He balances my artistic temperament while still encouraging my spirit. He’s my biggest fan and most important critic. He’s the first analyzer of every idea and holds the weightiest opinion.

Together we laugh, evaluate, study, discuss, and laugh some more. I can’t imagine life without him and wouldn’t want to try. He makes me a better person by simply being in my life, and I’m grateful for every year with this man.

The second wonderful thing that happens is TURQUOISE TUESDAY. (You’ve heard of BLACK FRIDAY?) As if 30 years wasn’t enough, the Write Integrity Press team is offering 11 of it’s best books for only 99¢. This is a one-day-only sale – which just happens to be on my anniversary. Extra blessings! Woohoo!

Take advantage on Tuesday – write it on your calendar in ink! All of these books will be at 99¢.  But only on Turquoise Tuesday! Learn more about each book at this Christmas Special page, or click the titles below for a buy link. (But don’t use it until Tuesday!)



By the way, all of these books will go to ONE reader at the Write Integrity Press blog. Today’s the LAST DAY TO ENTER and the odds of winning are OUTSTANDING! Don’t miss your chance. Just zip over and leave a comment with your email address! Here’s the Write Integrity Press 12 Books of Christmas Link.



My First Book in PRINT!

HeartSeekers FRONT CoverIt’s out! Woohoo! The Heart Seeker Series is finally out and in PRINT!

This book is such an amazing blessing to me in so many ways! First the fact that it is, indeed, my first book in print. I don’t have my copies, yet, but there really is something about holding that book in your hands! Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE e-books. My iPad is FULL! But holding a print book in my hands that I actually helped to write – oh my, that’s special.

I haven’t actually experienced it yet! Anticipation is a beautiful thing, though! Like Christmas morning’s gifts that hang around the tree all month long.

The second thing that I love about this book is that my very first published book is included as a special gift! The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt became an Amazon best-seller! Yeah, my first time out of the gate, I was on a top 100 authors list for 8 days. I ranked higher than Leo Tolstoy! Hows that for a laugh!

Seriously, though, I can’t take credit for that. The story is absolutely charming and the chapters, all by different authors, entwine seamlessly.

And that leads to the third bit of awesome about this book. These authors that I’ve had the pleasure of working with are flat-out amazing! Their writing is sharp and engaging. Their concepts are cutting-edge creative. And they’re delightful ladies! I’m thrilled to have been a part of these teams. And I feel even further blessed to call our editor friend!

Another thing that jazzes the tar out of me about this book is that of the four stories included… (Yes, I said four. All complete. All romances. All precious stories of faith.) I got to be an author on all of them! God is so good! And His timing was PERFECT! That’s a story I’ll have to tell another time! Maybe next week!

Last, but not least, I have to share a little buzz. This is like the school-girl crush type of buzz that shimmered right through me when I looked up this book on Amazon to get the shortcut link. Right there under the title. Right by the word author… my name. Tickled doesn’t begin to describe my excitement! Check it out for yourself HERE! Squee!

I cannot wait to hold this baby in my own hands. Feeling a little like a first time momma right now!


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You’ll See, or Hear, the Truth to My Claim

I’m so flattered that Lena Nelson Dooley asked me to join her on her internet radio show! I’m so excited and you’ll get a chance to hear for yourself just how much of a hick I am when you listen to the recording!

Did I ever tell you about my trip to Mexico a couple of decades ago? Oh, that’s a story!

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Christmas Stories

What follows is a list of great Christmas reads, but you need to know that:

TODAY is the final day to get The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt for FREE! Get it here!


There’s a HUGE readers’ giveaway that you can enter at Jennifer Fromke’s blog!

What a value that novellas provide, especially the festive type that can keep us in the spirit of Christmas! So I did a little investigating. I haven’t read all of these, but with the authors mentioned, feel very certain that they hold to my standard of Faith~Driven Fiction.

If you’ve read any of these, please let me know your opinions in the comments!

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Christmas Wishes

I hope you’ve been enjoying The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt! I’m loving it! And I’m LOVING learning about these wonderful authors! Have you seen their articles at Write Integrity Press? Amazing recipes! (Even I have been tempted to don an apron!) And peeking into their favorite Christmas memories has been a delight. Not to mention all of the articles, tips, pics, and recipes at the Magnificent Hope Christmas Party. Along those lines, I have something new to share with you!

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The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt – Chapter 5, Part 2

This is the second section of my chapter. If you have missed any of The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, by all means use the links at the right column to catch up! You don’t want to skip a word of this!

Read Chapter Five Part One by Marji Laine here.

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The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt – Chapter 5, Part 1

The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt

Grace takes delivery of a package and her life is turned upside down by nine sealed mystery envelopes from her late grandmother. Grammie’s instructions require Grace to take the journey of her lifetime, not only to far off places, but also into the deepest parts of her heart. As she follows the trail laid out for her and uncovers her family’s darkest secrets, Grace is forced to confront the loss and betrayal that has scarred her past and seek the greatest Christmas Treasure of all.

If you’ve missed any sections, though, be sure to use the links below to catch up!

Read Chapter One by Joan Campbell

Read Chapter Two by Ruth O’Neil

Read Chapter Three by J.A. Marx

Read Chapter Four by Deanna Klingel

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Celebration and Social Media

Usually my Wednesday’s post is about Writing and Publishing and all that goes with it, particularly Social Media. But I’m still giddy over the fact that there’s a book cover with my name on it! (Seriously giddy – you know that uninhibited look in a child’s face when they’re seeing Christmas presents? That’s me all over the place. Just one overgrown, middle-aged toddler with sparkles in her eyes.) Continue reading

I’m Reading Along!

A Novella by the authors of Write Integrity Press and guest writer, Marji LaineHave you been reading The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt? What a fun story – yes, I’m reading along! In fact, the last two nights I’ve stayed up past midnight to read the next episode – sort of like a bedtime story! Sweet!

But that’s not all there is to this project! Each day the authors are sharing their favorite Christmas recipes and memories at the Write Integrity Press blog. Today’s article, from Ruth O’Neil, inspired me to actually cook – yes, ME! And then I shed a few tears with her Christmas memory story. I know, not so hard to believe, but a dear story with some great pictures.

Make sure you check it out. And don’t miss The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt! Here’s the link to chapter 1 part 1 and part 2, and then today’s link to chapter 2 part 1 is here.


I always have to get past my sweet hubby’s birthday on the first before I really feel it! But he deserves a day of his own that isn’t connected to the following holiday. (I’ve always done the same thing for my son who celebrates on October 26th.) Now I need to brag a bit before I move on, because this wonderful guy has changed so much (only on the outside, thank goodness, ’cause he’s always been awesome on the inside) in the past year. I’ve got a great before and after pics. Continue reading