Marji Laine

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The Votes are IN!

Read today's chapter of A Dozen Apologies at Write Integrity Press. Mara Adkins from A Dozen Apologies

Mara Adkins from A Dozen Apologies

So the votes have been counted for the favorite hero in A DOZEN APOLOGIES, and a clear winner has emerged.

Mara is sitting on pins and needles. She posted yesterday (did you know she has a Facebook profile?) that she’s starting to hear the Jeopardy song playing. I told her that I knew it was tough. As an author, I can just go on to my next novel while she waits around wondering who she gets set up with.

And besides, I already have a Valentine! 🙂

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Interview: Steve, Hero from Sharon Srock’s Newest Book

I’m so excited about Sharon Srock’s newest book, Terri, in her Women of Valley View series! Have you purchased your copy yet? If you haven’t, you might could win the one that I’m giving away!

And today, we actually have a MAN from the book visiting on Faith~Driven Fiction. I hope you enjoy getting to know STEVE, the hero from the book Terri. As your getting to know him, see if you can determine the type of hero he is! And don’t miss a special treat at the very end of the interview, a preview of Terri by Sharon Srock! Oh and leave a comment and email if you want to win a copy of Sharon’s book. Tell me what type of hero you think STEVE is! Continue reading


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A New Hero in Town!

So enjoying the Wednesday analyses of different types of heroes. Some of these fellas are just downright tough to nail down. Last week, we spoke to Philip Bradley from the novel Lethal Intent by Janice Olson. From his answers to the questions, I think he might have been a Chief – enjoys things where he can be in control, and his fears dealt with things he’d be unable to accomplish. Would you agree?

Today’s guest is also a hero – totally different type of person and I’d love to hear what character type he is! Today, we’re interviewing Fr. Frank DeLuca, pastor of Prince of Peace church.  We meet him as the protagonist in James R. Callan’s mystery/suspense Cleansed by Fire. Continue reading


Interview-Janice Olson

I have a special interview for today. I’m NOT chatting with Janice Olson, author of Serenity’s Deception and Lethal Intent. I’m speaking with her hero, Philip Bradley. Philip is the hero from Janice’s novel, Lethal Intent, the 2nd stand-alone novel in her “Texas Sorority Sisters” series. Here’s YOUR challenge. In which hero archetype that we’ve studied would you think he falls? Continue reading


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Top 10 Heroes

After discussing the characteristics of heroes for the last couple of weeks, I’ve succumbed to assemble my own list of favorite heroes. I’ve combined book heroes with those from movies and television, and even a couple from real life.  Continue reading


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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