Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!


Vote on this Unlikely Merger!

It’s time to settle Mercy’s Unlikely Merger and the responsibility is in YOUR hands!

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You have to decide which of them men will give Mercy her happily ever after:

  • Dustin Rogers, Mercy’s co-worker at Lacewell Limited. Due to a crazy ice storm, they never made it to Austin and stopped in Bellville, Texas. (Chapter Two is HERE!)
  • Landon Gates, the owner of Lakeview Inn in Watkins Glen, New York. His dream is to help his sister and others with learning disabilities by giving them training and jobs. (Chapter Three is HERE!)
  • Ric Montoya runs the Montoya Olive Oil business outside of San Diego, California. With a successful company, he’s finally ready to settle down with the right woman. (Chapter Four is HERE!)
  • Gabe Mann, owner of Ally’s Gators in Titusville, Florida. He enjoys the outdoors and hopes to make his farm into an educational tourism place. (Chapter Five is HERE!)
  • Talon Hawthorne, who lives in Madison, Alabama. His dream is to honor his deceased mother by making her Burger Bistro the best it can possibly be. (Chapter Six is HERE!)
  • Digger Grant, the head of the Fourteen Quarters Repertory Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. His experience through Hurricane Katrina has ignited a passion for bringing together all races and cultures within the city districts. (Chapter Seven is HERE!)
  • Levi Shepherd, of St. Louis, Missouri. His work as an IT Director with McBride Mortgage is only a place holder until he can reach his dream of opening a vacation spot that focuses on fishing and families. (Chapter Eight is HERE!)
  • Steve Leclerc, who drives for his brother at Leclerc Trucking in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. His dream is to use the land of his inheritance to build God’s Table, a farm that will supply food pantries and homeless shelters throughout the area. (Chapter Nine is HERE!)
  • Reuben Miller, the half-owner of Trinity Productions in Santa Monica, California. He’s also Rube Miller, the superstar and trying to live down his past with a focus of following God’s leading in his future. (Chapter Ten is HERE!)
  • Daniel Knight, the equine habitat architect that Mercy met in Lexington, Kentucky. After he finishes his current work for his uncle, he’ll return home to Boulder, Colorado. (Chapter Eleven is HERE!)

Your Turn:

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(Voting ends June 24, 2015.)


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Popularity Quiz and Vote!

Your Clash Hostess:  Gail Pallotta

Clash of the Titles has a great selection of books in our give away this week. Shelley Adina will donate a copy of Lady of Devices, Keven Newsome offers a choice between a signed print copy of Winter OR two e-books, one of Winter and one of Aquasynthesis. James Rubart gives away a copy of The Chair
Wow! Vote in order to enter. You’ll find the voting box below. You can also leave a comment on any COTT post or on our Facebook page. Multiple entries encouraged!


Many times we hear a word or phrase and another comes to mind. The two go together so well we can’t think of one without recalling the other. Some easily recognized pairs come from life experiences, others from songs, books or movies.


Here are a few to complete just for fun.
A  song:  “Love and Marriage.”
“Love and marriage, love and marriage go together like a  _____ and _____.”  According to Wikipedia, this tune was introduced by Frank Sinatra in the 1955 television rendition of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. It aired on Producers Showcase.
Something we eat.Hot apple pie and ____ _____. No one eats apple pie without it, do they?
Movie stars often cast together: Doris Day and _____ ______.
Three of their 1962 movies, “Pillow Talk,” “ Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers,” are available today in a romance collection.
From Books and Television:
The Hardy Boys / _____ ______. This series was based on two series published by Edward Stratemeyer.
A heroine in a book. Her name is in the title. ______ of Green Gables. This book was published in 1908 by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Originally written for all ages, recently it’s been considered a  children’s book. Since publication it’s sold 50 million copies, and is taught to students  worldwide. It’s been adapted to film, television and stage.
The prey in a tale of the sea.  Captain Ahab and the great white_____. Published in 1851 by Herman Melville, this is  one of the great American novels. It tells the story of Ishmael, a sailor on a ship named  Pequod.
A character in a novel.  Miss Scarlett in _____ _____ ___ _____. Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer prize for the  novel in 1936. The movie, considered a classic epic film today, premiered in 1939.


Answers: 1. Horse, carriage  2. Ice cream  3. Rock Hudson  4. Nancy Drew  5. Anne 6. Whale  7. Gone with the Wind


That was fun. Now vote for your pick in the cover and book blurb Clash.
When we read the blurbs, do the images on the front of the books come to mind and vice versa? If so, which of these go together best? Later when you think of what the book blurb has to say, will you see the cover in your mind’s eye?   


Please vote for one.

Cover and Blurb A
We’re all freaks. It’s just a matter of perspective. 
Winter Maessen didn’t ask for the gift of prophecy. She’s happy being a freak – but now everyone thinks she’s crazy. Or evil. Goths aren’t all the same, you know. Some are Christians…

Christians to whom God sends visions.
Students at her university are being attacked, and Winter knows there’s more than flesh and blood at work. Her gift means she’s the only one who can stop it – but at what price?

Cover and Blurb B

                                                               
London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head.
It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . .
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

Cover and Blurb C
                                                  
If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?
As word spreads of the boy’s healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it’s Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?
Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he’ll reveal. Corin’s life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he’s not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.


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