Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

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GRIME BEAT Coming Soon!

Dallas skyline eveningDue to Release Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from

Dani Foster’s work as a crime scene cleaner in Dallas sometimes turns up more trouble than she anticipates. And when her best friend turns up missing, Dani has no idea that something she found put them both in danger. Suspicions fall on handsome Jay Hunter, the crime scene specialist that her team usually cleans up after. But he’s also the only person willing to help her find out what happened to her friend. Dare she trust him even when lies seem to surround him?

Dani amuses Jay. Her penchant for speaking and acting without regard to the consequences land her in the funniest situations. But her latest moves have thrust her into serious danger. As he learns more about her circumstances, her risk rises until her very life is on the line. He has no time or inclination for romance, but this girl needs him and she seems to have no one else. How can he turn his back?

GRIME BEAT is the first episode of the Grime Fighters series set in Dallas, Texas. Dani’s trouble and Jay’s attraction are only just beginning!


Dani couldn’t go home, now. She’d never sleep with her friend maybe hurt or sick. She walled against worse scenarios. Something had happened. That much was clear.

A little dog from the apartment under Tasha’s started yapping. Sounded like a terrier. A sliding patio door opened, and Dani froze. The barking volume increased, and the door slid into place with a click, leaving the dog scratching at the high patio fence.

She backed away, eyeing the enclosure. That really was a high wooden fence. Looked sturdy. She glanced to the top floor. The upper level held more of a balcony with a waist-high rail and pickets. And she could reach the bottom of them from the top of the lower porch.

This was worth a try.

Backing up several feet, she took a running jump to the top edge of the wooden fence.


As I built memes to share about my new Grime Fighter Christian novella series, I made a number of them that just didn’t quite fit my focus. But they’re still so much fun! I just had to share! Feel free to pin these or share them on Facebook, but please link them back to this page!


Such a Special Day!

Happy Anniversary, Sweet Hubby! Twenty-five years. Wow. Do all folks my age still feel like they're in their 20s or 30s? I remember my love story like it was yesterday.

It couldn't have been much longer ago than last week, right?

Sweet Hubby and his best friend made a habit of working out in the college weight room during my
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Karen Baney – Interview

I've gotten involved with a group of Christian authors at a Facebook site called Grace and Faith Authors. They're also on Twitter. It's been such a joy to interact with these gals and guys. I've learned about their books and their journeys, and I've tweeted about several of the new releases. 

One of the founders of the group, Karen Baney, is my guest today and her new book, Nickels, comes out next week! As with most of the authors I interview, I'm intrigued about their motivation, to write in general and how their current book came into being.

Marji: What inspired you to become a writer?

Karen: In early 2010, I went through some tough health issues.  Through that process, I re-learned to dependon God.  It was then that I asked Him onesimple question:  I know you haven’tcalled me to be a mom, so what have you called me to do?

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Recipe for Romantic Comedy

In anticipation of the second book in this series (Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride which releases Friday) I snuggled down with Sandra D. Bricker's Always the Baker, Never the Bride. What an intricate recipe! Character-driven, Ms. Bricker uses a huge helping of irony as her base.

The main character and her family serve as the foundation. Emma Rae is an award-winning baker who can scarcely enjoy tastes of her creations because of diabetes. Not one to let that detail get her down, she applies humor to overcome the rest of her dysfunctions. Her parents hide huge secrets with masks of sophistication and sarcasm. Even her aunt, who provides comic relief, blends ludicrous behavior with sage wisdom.

Into the mix, spreads other unique characters. A gothic-themed BFF, complete with piercings and tattoos provides the spiritual encouragement proving that things aren't always what
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