Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


So Proud of My New Writer!

house-930940_1920Okay, the truth is, she won’t let me call her a writer. My daughter, code-named Spunky, has a sharp wit and a great imagination, but she’s determined to go into missions or ministry.

Nevertheless, she’s agreed to let me post her most recent assignment for her college English class. The students were given a picture of an old house, much like the one you see, and a list of Halloween-type words they couldn’t use. This was her 20-minute offering.

If you enjoy her flash fiction, please leave her some love!

Moving on

“Gone but not Forgotten,” Jane read the words from her beloved Aunt Ruth’s tombstone out loud.

“I know I should have come sooner; I just couldn’t bear the thought of you not being here.” Jane pulled her sweater closer to herself as a chilled wind rustled through the yellow leaves. She turned to face the place she feared.

The screen door had fallen partially off its hinges. The beautiful yellow paint was almost completely stripped away. Oh, how she had loved this place when she was young, always so warm and inviting. Now it was dark and cold.

She turned back to the grave, “I should have been here for you; if I hadn’t ditched you for my friends, you would still be here.” Jane wiped an unwanted tear from her face. “I know you wanted me to take care of this place, but I don’t deserve it. I let you down. It’s my fault.” Her voice broke at her last word, and she collapsed to the ground weeping.

It had been three years since Ruth had died. The doctor said it happened in the kitchen. One minute she was baking cookies; the next her heart stopped. Aunt Ruth had died alone.

“I should have been here; I could have saved you.” Shaking Jane stood, and walked back to her car. Opening the trunk, she pulled out a toolbox and a bucket of yellow paint. “I’m here now. I’m done hiding. I will not let you or this place down.”

Her knees wobbled as she climbed the steps. Setting the toolbox down, she removed the screen door, grasped the door handle, took a deep breath, and stepped in.



Java JiveRemember when I mentioned my short story, Java Jive in yesterday’s post about A Dozen Apologies free days? I mentioned it was a final in the Splickety Love/My Book Therapy Flash Fiction contest!

Well, I just got my copy of Splickety Love Magazine! And I won! My short story, Java Jive placed first in the Splickety Love/My Book Therapy contest!

Oh my gosh! What a day! A Dozen Apologies is rising in the Amazon rankings. My fam and I performed at a Dessert Theater. And now I’ve won the first place prize – after I’d completely convinced myself that I wouldn’t, so it wouldn’t be too much of a let down! LOL!

This is a Valentine’s Day to remember! *Squealing and dancing! 

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Pink Party: My Love Story

Welcome to my PINK PARTY offering. Some of you have shared such wonderful stories, deep and heart touching. Mine is … not one of those.

I know that love is patient and kind according to 1 Corinthians 13. I also know that Paul included a few more characteristics, even adding some things that love isn’t. Like it’s not envious and it doesn’t boast. Hmmm. So I started off my Love Story on the wrong … well … page. Continue reading


Play Along PINK PARTY!

My PINK PARTY is in full gear today and I’ve got a couple of SPECIAL GIFTS for you!   Continue reading


Pink Party in a Blue Dress – Guest Post by Jenny Hammerle

Don’t we all want to be Cinderella? Some times over and over? (Probably why romance novels are so popular!) I have to tell you my next PINK PARTY guest truly played that role. I heard such stories about her romance with a real Prince Charming in the royal court at the recent ACFW conference. Jenny Hammerle has a precious story worthy of a novel! 

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Pink Partying with Ruth O’Neil

I told you we would be pink partying. Time for some ROMANCE! What can I say? It’s that season. And with the upcoming release of Heart Bouquets next week, I’m DEFINITELY in the mood!

How about you? Thinking of a past romance, or maybe your precious real-life hero? What about the one who got away? Read Ruth’s story and then by all means share your own!

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News! Totally Cool!

This is me, embracing the pink! I’ve always been told that pink is a good color for me, but I’ve resisted because it wasn’t my favorite. (My FAVORITE is forest green – not a good look on me, though.) So as pink has literally grown on me, this year, my girls all gave me new items to enjoy the shade even more. A new purse, scarf, and matching wallet. I confess, I’m beginning to like pink.

But today’s news gives me an even better reason to do a little fuchsia hugging! Continue reading