Marji Laine

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Christian Fantasy and Allegory Review: IGNITED by Jackie Castle

IgnitedThough fantasy isn’t usually my genre of choice, Jackie Castle’s books have made me flexible! Her White Road Chronicles have been such a blessing to me, my daughters, and even their friends! Her latest, book 5, is titled Ignited. Don’t you LOVE the cover! (Well, in this case, it’s good to judge! The book’s even better!) Continue reading

Tension, Romance, and Twists

Rising DarknessLast weekend, I delighted in inhaling Rising Darkness by fellow Suspense Sister, Nancy Mehl.  This is the 3rd book in her Finding Sanctuary series, but I’ve found that the two I’ve enjoyed (this one along with the first) are carefully crafted, stand-alone books. The well-loved characters from past books revisited in the third enhancing the story for readers who have followed along, but Continue reading

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An Unlikely Merger is Coming!

Cover Reveal!

CoverIt’s here! Those of you who read Love Boat Bachelor know that my heroine, Mercy Lacewell, came in second as a favorite bachelorette. (I won’t tell you who came in first because she got to marry the hunky hero, Brent Teague.)

Since Mercy came in second, she became the main character in the newest collaboration novella. This experience of traditional publishing from concept to edits has been so cool! And next week, we get to unveil Mercy’s Unlikely Merger.

I have to tell you, she’s a trooper! Alligators, angry men, olives, ice storms, and elevators: you must check in on her!

Here’s the Short Version of her story:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do.

If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Chapter one will show up next Monday at And YES, I wrote that chapter and can actually claim it! I wrote another one, but I can’t claim that one because there is a contest with this book as with the others of the series.

Just like A Dozen Apologies, and Love Boat Bachelor began, Unlikely Merger is currently unfinished. We need YOU to help bring it to completion. The 11 chapters will be posted one per day through Friday, June 19. Then, you have the chance to vote for your favorite bachelor.

The man with the most votes touches Mercy’s heart. And she has such a sweet heart! She deserves a good man!

So be watching for Unlikely Merger to begin. Watch for the SAM that can win Mercy. And who knows, you just might fall for one of these bachelors yourself – literarily speaking, of course!

Your Turn: What do you think of this new cover?

Review: Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

I tried another new-to-me author this weekend. Well, not exactly new-to-me. I know Nancy Mehl online through Suspense Sisters. I’m so grateful to her for bringing me in as the senior reviewer there.

But I had never read any of her books. Blew me away to learn she had published Continue reading

Hot Chocolate Season

hot chocolateNo doubt. It’s time for seasonal music, roaring fireplaces, and the smooth, heavenly flavor of hot cocoa. Okay, almost. But with the temperature dipping, I delighted in a few hours of anticipation of holiday spirit.

Yuletide Angel, debut novella by Sandra Ardoin, draws the reader into Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: Jungle Fire

Book cover of Jungle Fire with a buy linkFree book opportunity! I love getting to share some great books on the Suspense Sister blog, but this one is definitely a FAVORITE. And I have a copy to give away FREE to one of the members on my quarterly newsletter.

Not part of my email list? No problem. Hit the link to sign up for the periodic updates! Simple and you’ll be automatically in the running for many of my other drawings along with getting first notice of Faith~Driven Fiction news.  Continue reading


Review: The Doctor’s Family Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus

ObenhausdoctorsfamilyreunionMost of the books I read contain one strong character arch. Always the heroine’s. A few of those also include a hero arch, though not usually as strong. After all, in Christian fiction, read by and often written by women, the lady holds the leading role in the story.

The Doctor’s Family Reunion strayed slightly from that norm. Maybe I should also use the adjective successfully. In this story, the hero’s arch is easily as strong and pivotal as the heroine’s. Such a treat! Continue reading

Reviewing for Suspense Sisters

I’m so excited to have been asked to review for the Suspense Sisters blog. Some amazing authors in this group! The Suspense Sisters are: Elizabeth Goddard, Lisa Harris, Cynthia Hickey, Ellen Kennedy, Nancy Mehl, Dana Mentink, Jill Elizabeth Nelson, and Roxanne Rustand. Their blog offers unique views of my favorite genre along with author interviews and book giveaways.

And my latest article on a new favorite is posted on their Review page! Woohoo! Here’s the link!

Review: Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes

cover Choices of the HeartThose of you who visit regularly know that historicals aren’t normally my bag. And yet, I’m thrilled to have happened across this gem by Laurie Alice Eakes. Funny how I always end up picking up a series after it begins. This one is the third in the authors Midwives series. But, as you can probably guess, the story doesn’t depend on the other two novels. Though, the main characters in those novels do play minor roles in this one.

After defining so many reasons to put books down, I think I should examine this story for the lack of these rejectables.  Continue reading

Review: Talon by Ronie Kendig

Cover of Talon by Ronie KendigI’ve been evaluating things in books that I don’t like, so allow me to share a book I LOVED! Talon, by award winning novelist, Ronie Kendig is the middle book in her series about Military Working Dogs. But unlike some middle episodes in series (ahem*Star Wars*cough) this story grips the reader at the beginning and holds a powerful ending.

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