Marji Laine

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Politics and Romance Collide in this New Release

the-secret-heart-front-coverTHE SECRET HEART, by Marie Wells Coutu, was inspired by the biblical story of David and Bathsheba, but could just as easily have been taken out of the headlines.

When real life imitates fiction, some might question the timing of the publication of a novel, but for award-winning author Marie Wells Coutu, current events make the upcoming release of The Secret Heart more relevant and compelling. She worked on the manuscript, which focuses on the wife of a governor who is running for re-election, during the 2016 presidential campaign. “I couldn’t help drawing comparisons in my mind between the real politicians and the ones in my book. But you might say my main characters are the ‘kinder, gentler’ sort, although the opponent certainly plays dirty politics.”

News stories about a shooting by a Memphis police officer, similar to a scene she had already written for the novel, also surfaced in the months prior to the book’s release. “I want my stories to be realistic, which is why I had included that scene, but I also want to be empathetic to people who might read my books. My desire is that readers find hope in the way the characters deal with difficult situations.”

Published by Write Integrity Press, The Secret Heart deals with politics and protests, with secrets and sorrow and is the third book in the Mended Vessels series, contemporary re-imaginings of women from the Bible. The first two books are based on Queen Esther and the Samaritan woman at the well.

Order your copy in the next few days and send your confirmation to and Write Integrity Press will send you an e-copy of the pre-quel, THE DIVIDED HEART for free!



More NEWS!

3dcounterpointMy first full novel launches on November 1st, and you can receive it right away without having to remember to order it! Order the digital version of COUNTER POINT now and get a 40% discount and more! From now until October 30th, you can order COUNTER POINT for only $2.99 at Amazon.

Then give me a holler and let me know you purchased it! 🙂 I’ll send you a free book if you do!

Order COUNTER POINT here! 

Get a FREE sweet romance to tide you over until your book gets to you in early November! It’s simple:

  • Order COUNTER POINT from Amazon.
  • Forward the notification of your purchase to a special email address.
  • EMAIL to:
  • Receive a copy of THE SPARK a collection of sweet romance novellas and short stories.
  • Then, get your copy of COUNTER POINT the moment the book is released!
  • And get monthly newsletter updates from me for further books, information, and specials! Unsubscribe anytime.

Woohoo! I love giving away free stuff! And I truly love this story. My own precious redhead inspired my character of Cat McPherson. Here’s the short version of the plot:

Someone wants to complete the final assignment of a murdered hit man.

Her dad’s gone, her diner’s closing, and her car’s in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose … except her life. And a madman, bent on revenge, is determined to take that, as well. 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 hearing of the deaths of several godly people, 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.

Can she survive when ultimate power want’s her dead?

I hope you will take advantage of this discount! Don’t forget to give me a yell ( if you purchase COUNTER POINT by October 30. I’ll have a TREAT for you! 🙂