Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


Cover Reveal – GRIME FAMILY

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Two Most Beautiful Words

pow cartoonWhat are the most beautiful words you know? I’m fond of onomatopoeia, and classificatory. Something about the rhythm and feel of the way the words roll off.

But other words have a special type of beauty within their meanings:

  • Grace
  • I’m Sorry
  • Resolution
  • Reunion
  • Family
  • Yes
  • Paid in Full

I bet you could add some of your own to this list. I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments.

One of my favorite phrases is The End. I love finally typing in those words on my final scene when I’m working on a story. In fact, even though they aren’t necessary anymore, I add them. (Okay, I usually remove them during the revision phase, but it feels so good to type them in!)

Grime Scene cover7I’m a list-maker. And I’ll even add something to my list that I’ve already done for the simple delight of checking it off. So the prospect of finishing a writing project, even a shorter novella, tickles the tar out of me.

But that’s what I did this week. Grime Family furthers the story of Dani and Jay which began in Grime Beat and Grime Wave. This 4th story picks up where Book 3, Grime Spree, left off, with Dani facing a first meeting of Jay’s family in the Piney Woods of East Texas. As if meeting a houseful of Hunters isn’t enough, Jay’s parents seem secretive and take an instant dislike to her. Add to that a revenge-focused sheriff, a kissing-bandit ex-girlfriend, oh… and of course a dead body, and Dani has her hands full. Again.

Luckily, she also has Jay who remains willing to help her juggle. For now.

I hope to share an excerpt and my newest cover in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the release of Grime Family!

Your Turn: What words would be in your top 5  favorites list?


Bonus Features

bowl-of-popcorn-1329429-1599x1049Okay, confession time. I don’t go to the theater to see movies anymore. I actually saw someone chew out Facebook friends for not supporting Christian movies by going to the theaters on opening weekend.

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Same Empty Space

office-1Have you ever noticed how most offices look alike? I mean remove the paintings and extraneous furniture or maybe an add on here and there and you have the same empty space, Right?

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2 Things You Should See

circle printsIf you like Faith Driven Fiction, that is. I mean there are all sorts of things that you should see. All sorts of things I’m looking forward to viewing for the first time.

Pearl Gates

Gold Streets

Jeweled Walls


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New Job, New Direction

cell phone2Here at Faith Driven Fiction, we’re always searching for stories to spark inspiration. And such is what we have recently found. Through some type of crossed wires, or perhaps one of our crack team of investigators, we’ve been able to 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?

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Grime Beat is coming!

Meme Vintage sweep11I’m having so much fun getting ready for my solo flight into indie publication! Yesterday, I set up some of the pages that I want to include at the back of the book.

There’s just so many things that I’ve never given much thought to before.

One of those is links – I’m hoping to do some fun connections with live web pages throughout the book. That will be a challenge, but a fun addition.

We’ll see if it happens.

So GRIME BEAT releases on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Please give a shout out about this debut!


Review: Heaven’s Prey

Heaven's PreyI’m so flattered that Janet Sketchley asked me to review her debut book, Heaven’s Prey. I was a little reticent as I scanned the blurb, but the premise made my heart start pounding. See if you have the same reaction:

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Character Interview: Lily Farnsworth from LOVE IN BLOOM

Love In BloomI’m so excited today to be spending some time with lead character Lily Farnsworth. She’s the heroine from Love In Bloom by Arlene James, Book 1 of The Heart of Main Street continuity series from Love Inspired. She sounds like an intriguing character, but I think I’ve pegged her archetype. See if you can! Continue reading