Marji Laine

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Christian Suspense Review: WHISPERS IN THE READING ROOM by Shelley Gray

Whispers in the Reading Room weaves the emotion of Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with the intrigue and atmosphere of “Downton Abbey” against a backdrop of the closing of the Chicago World’s Fair near the turn of the last century.

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Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

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12 Free Apologies!

Read A Dozen Apologies. Mara Adkins from A Dozen ApologiesEveryone needs forgiveness and Mara Adkins is no exception.

Wow is that an understatement. Sort of like saying she’s not entirely graceful. Or that the things she works on are sometimes less than successful.  Continue reading


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Interview: Kathleen Maher & Carrie Fancett Pagels

I’m so excited to have not one, but TWO authors here on Faith~Driven Fiction today. Kathleen Maher and Carrie Fancett Pagels are both involved in a series of novellas set during the Cival War. And we’ve got something extra special! Carrie is giving away a copy of her just released Return to Shirley Plantation! Kathleen also has a giveaway, but because her book isn’t available for another few weeks, she’s got a special Irish gift to go with the setting of her story, Bachelor Buttons, which comes out on May 1. Both gifts will go to one reader on Friday. Check below to find out how to enter. And make sure I have a way to reach you! Winner will be announced on Friday, April 12. Continue reading


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Pink Party – The Last Hurrah!

Today is the last day of my Pink Party! I’m so thankful that you joined me during this special time! What a GREAT week! Did you miss any of the events? Continue reading


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PINK PARTY: Top 5 Greatest Couples

Welcome back to the PINK PARTY! Don’t look now,  but Heart Bouquets, where you can find my short story, “Life is Sweet,” is FREE at Amazon! Yes, right now! Go over there and get it, then come back and enjoy the party topic for today!

Happy season when we think of the things we love most about the people we love most. Are you contemplating someone special? In honor of tomorrow’s celebration of hearts and roses, I decided to analyze the top 5 greatest couples of all time. This list has been scientifically compiled by some of the most outstanding romantics of the 21st century.

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Play Along PINK PARTY!

My PINK PARTY is in full gear today and I’ve got a couple of SPECIAL GIFTS for you!   Continue reading


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News! Totally Cool!

This is me, embracing the pink! I’ve always been told that pink is a good color for me, but I’ve resisted because it wasn’t my favorite. (My FAVORITE is forest green – not a good look on me, though.) So as pink has literally grown on me, this year, my girls all gave me new items to enjoy the shade even more. A new purse, scarf, and matching wallet. I confess, I’m beginning to like pink.

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Last Leg of the Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt

Oh my gosh! A drawing – strike that – a HUGE drawing to celebrate The Christmas Tree Treasure hunt. See more about it at Jennifer Fromke’s blog. Continue reading


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Review of Mama B. – A Time To Speak

I have had the pleasure of critiquing with Michelle Stimpson on parts of Mama B. over the course of the last year, so when the grand lady finally hit Amazon, I scooped her up fast.Growing up in the south, regardless of your race, you’re going to have a Mama B. in your life. Mine just happened to also be African American, my babysitter and mother figure for many years, Gladys.

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U is for UPLOAD!

We are an electronic reading family. At least the females are. Sweet hubby and Dear boy still like books they can hold in their hands, but the girls and I love downloading what we want to read instantly. And my friend Patty Carroll uploaded an amazing book just this weekend! Woohoo!

Precious Redhead has been chomping on the bit to get her hands on this book since I got to read an advanced copy last summer. Liberty Belle was by far the best book I read in 2011 and one of my favorite all-time books! Can’t wait to read it again in its final form!

Patricia PacJac Carroll has captured the charm of the old west without losing the intensity of a suspense-filled story. Riveting! Liberty Longstreet connected with me immediately through her humiliation and the manipulation she endured. She kept me with her determination and compassion. Then she twisted me into emotional knots as I rode with her through impossible circumstances.

If you’re a fan of Christian fiction, this indie author has got all of the talent and inspiration of the great ones! Liberty Belle is available digitally at Amazon.com and will be available soon in paperback!

About Patricia PacJac Carroll:

I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area in Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog Jacs, my 90 yr old Father in law, and my awesome grown son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed?

  • I love the Lord, got zapped by the Holy Spirit while watching Jesus of Nazareth
  • I used to own a pet store
  • Have a degree in accounting
  • Got in a tussle at a republican primary election in 1988
  • Have been to the Philippines and have seen the Chocolate Hills
  • Love the old west, westerns, and historical fiction set during that time period.
  • Am an optimist
  • Love to be free
  • Am excited to see what the Lord has planned for me.
  • God is Good