Marji Laine: Faith~Driven Fiction

. . . Authentic and Intense


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COVID 19 Day ??

Counter Point cover

Yep, I’ve lost count. I think we’re at maybe day 20 or 21 for our isolation, but keeping that count is more depressing than encouraging.

I’ve decided that I’m going to start counting something else. Beginning tomorrow, I’m going to start posting serial readings of my novel COUNTER POINT. Hopefully, we’ll reach the end of our quarantine before we reach the end of the book. If we don’t, you’ll deserve the ending of the book. But if we do, I’ll put the e-book on sale to celebrate the end of our quarantine! Yea!

Here’s a little about the book:

Someone is determined to finish a murdered hit man’s final assignment.

Her father’s gone. Her diner’s closing. Her car’s in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose. Except her life. And a madman’s bent on taking that away.

Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart.

Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and several godly people killed, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats. Cat’s resistance to his protection and the stirring of his long-denied feelings for her complicate his intentions, placing them both in a fight for their lives.

How can a small-town girl survive when ultimate power wants her dead?

So I’ll be counting up the chapters and scenes on that instead of the days of our spring of isolation. Join me here. Ask me questions or make comments. You can even share you experiences that might be like some of the things that go on in the book. (No spoilers if you’ve already read it though!☺)

Until tomorrow, and spread the word! I’d love to chat with y’all!


Last Chance for Ruby!

A Ruby Christmas FULL COVERYou haven’t gotten your copy of A Ruby Christmas? Oh dear! Well, it’s not too late. Not yet.

But today is the final day you can get it for free!

You don’t want to wait any longer. Go over to Amazon now and grab it while you’re thinking about it! Here’s the LINK at Amazon!

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app for free HERE!


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Top 5 Romantic Novels

I know, I’m a mystery and suspense author. With a little romance on the side, of course! So what am I doing with a  post like this one?

I’m EMBRACING THE PINK! Pink hearts, pink flowers, pink feelings! ‘Tis the Season for all things LOVE-ly! Continue reading


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Heroes in 4 Categories

I looked up the word archetype the other day. I thought the word just referred to broad types of characters in literature. Boy did I have a few surprises. Seriously, some of what I read bored the tar out of me. I didn’t care about the ways that some of the heroes were developed, and I didn’t need to delve too deeply into the life and times of the philosophers who created the categories. But I loved the psychology behind the project. Continue reading


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More Marketing Ideas for Authors

Yeah, I’m in an imagination zone right now and the ideas just keep coming. My experience with Write Integrity Press and The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt along with Tracy Ruckman and all of the other authors just inspired the tar out of me. I shared four main types of marketing last week. Continue reading


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Review – Lost Island Smugglers

My dinky twinkie loved this story and had trouble putting it down. I know these are technically books for boys, but my girls enjoyed them as well. Here is Dinky’s review of Lost Island Smugglers by Max Elliot Anderson: Continue reading


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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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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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Winning Announcement!

The winner of the September New Releases Clash is…
The Road To Mercy by Kathy Harris Continue reading