Clean and Sweet romances for Valentine’s Day and completely free. Be sure to check out Sweet Peppermint Kisses!

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Why Do Writers Write?

Do you ever wonder why some writers write stories and even whole books? Our blog authors know, but some of our readers don’t.

1.This author, Mary Marvella, has characters running around in her head. Stories fill her dreams and her waking hours. Writing them is easier than ignoring pushy characters and nagging stories.

2. First I wanted to get my stories down on paper (My computer now) I wrote because I needed/wanted to.

3. Then I wanted other folks to be able to read my stories. That led to submitting my stories to editors and agents.

4  After many rejections I had a crazy notion. I didn’t stop writing, In 2011 I decided to publish my own stories. My language worsened, my gray hair multiplied, and I became just plain crazy with frustration. I am not a computer person. I own Macs and only Macs!  A dear friend who also uses Macs assured me she could help figure directions intended for other PCs.

I don’t have much choice. I write because I need to write for my sanity. I will have book signing events soon!








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It’s a Valentine’s Day Book Sale!

With the most romantic holiday of the year a few days away, I’m thrilled to offer 2 new Valentine releases!

The first is A Valentine To Cherish, my Inspirational Contemporary romance, and the third in my Cherish Series. In this book, the heroine, Scarlett, deals with …weight issues! The hero, Joseph, is a worship singer and songwriter.

Grab your copy here: A Valentine To Cherish

And then grab your copy of Valentine Hearts, a 3 book Valentine bundle, at the low introductory price. Buy is now before the price goes up. FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

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Back to Bite You is Free!

It’s the Month of Love and also a month till Mardi Gras! BACK TO BITE YOU, the prequel novella to the Bayou Gavotte series, is free on Amazon from February 6-10. It’s a contemporary paranormal mystery/romance with a touch of Mardi Gras history. 🙂



When vampire Mirabel Lane goes to Bayou Gavotte to hide out from the mobster she just dumped, the last thing she expects is to inherit a house. No, make that the second to last thing. What she really doesn’t expect is to fall for the previous owner’s gorgeous grandson.

When Gerry Kingsley goes to Bayou Gavotte to check out probable gold-digger and possible murderer Mirabel Lane, the last thing he expects is to fall in love with the irresistible twenty-something vampire.

No, what he really doesn’t expect is to unearth―once and for all―his family’s dark, convoluted past.

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Hearts and Chocolate Giveaway

Hearts & Chocolate

Valentine’s Romance Giveaway

February 1-18

16 Ebook & Chocolate Prize Packs Up for Grabs!

Who wants to win bestselling romance books and chocolate? You do! We’ve got the prizes that will make your Valentine’s month rock. Bestsellling books from Nora Roberts, Madison Faye, Susan Mallery, Alexa Riley, K.F. Breene, Carolyn Brown, Scarlett Scott, Tracy Brogan and more. Chocolate from Godiva, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Ferrero Roche & more!

No matter your favorite romance subgenre…whether you like it sweet, sexy, or steamy, we have the prize pack for you. Enter now for your chance to win!

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Ghost Town in Georgia, Part 2



The town is named after Robert Augustus Toombs. This U.S. congressman was secretary of state for the Confederacy There he evaded Union soldiers. At one time  600 people lived there.

Toomsboro was chartered in 1904.

In the early 1950s, Route 57 was paved, along with the new Interstate Highway System, bringing about the rise of trucking and the decline of the railroad.

n 1975 Joe Boone, who owned much of Toomsboro, cleaned up an old store in the middle of town as a place where he and his friends could gather and play country and gospel music. Boone called it the Swampland Opera House, and within weeks people were coming from nearby counties to have a steak at the restaurant next door and set up folding chairs at the theater for Saturday performances. There are worn theater seats now. Windows are covered with dirt and more. Admission was anything you cared to pay. An annual Syrup Festival, named after the local sorghum syrup mill, grew around the music venue in the 1980s and 1990s. A group of locals formed a nonprofit to keep the show onstage after Boone died.

in 2000 Bill Lucardo, a retired music promoter and lumberman  bought the properties at auction. He shut down the opera house and restaurant, planning to make the area a tourist attraction.

“The current owner, David Bumgardner, made his fortune selling cars in Florida and spent $530,000 for twenty-eight properties in 2002. He wanted with the notion he could turn Toomsboro into a tourist attraction. He bought up a few homes as their owners moved away or died off and spent hundreds of thousands into refurbishing the fourteen-room Willett Hotel, refinishing the nineteenth-century hardwoods. The hotel is gorgeous and it has modern bathrooms

with bathrooms! About that time the economy bottomed out.

As of 2010, more than 80 percent of Americans lived in cities and suburbia. Census data shows that even though Georgia’s population increased by 18 percent between 2000 and 2010, thirty-one rural counties, including Wilkinson, lost residents. When people leave, small businesses close, driving more people t

In 2013 the population was 472. The Central of Georgia Railway once stopped here night and day, dropping off and picking up goods and people. IN 2013 the cost was $2.45 million    7 % of the town, or 33 parcels of land. are empty and for sale.

The Norfolk Southern still passes through town. But it doesn’t stop. The depot is boarded up and rotting. The only real traffic on Main comes from big diesels with orange cabs hauling kaolin—an ingredient once essential to Kaopectate—between the dozens of surrounding mines and processing plants. The trucks rattle through with the slow, trickling pulse of a patient on life support. There are exactly two open businesses in what passes for Toomsboro’s downtown: the post office and the florist. I need to go back and find this and other businesses that must be in a section we didn’t find farther down the road.

As far as I could see, this part of the town is like a ghost town. There are houses on the outskirts, but they look ready to fade away.

As of 2018 the town is priced at $1.7 million and the population 700. Now in the area we saw!

The future for this town?  Maybe. Author/121044561311561

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Have You Been Keeping Your New Year’s Goals?

I made some New Year’s resolutions, beginning with trying new things. So far, I’ve done fairly well, and am eating healthier and exercising.

I’m hoping to be able attempt horseback riding once the weather warms, and admit I’m motivated by my sweet holiday romance, Sweet Peppermint Kisses, which is set on a horse farm.

Here’s the blurb:

There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction…

After Chiara passes her RN license exam, she plans to leave Virginia and return to her beloved Kansas hometown for good. Except her home health client’s handsome brother makes her consider changing her plans.

Between his job, his sister’s injury, and his horse ranch, Vance has no time for Christmas. But Chiara’s delight in the season makes him willing to do anything to keep the enchanting smile on her face.

When it comes down to asking her to stay, can he let go of his painful past, throw his heart over the fence, and follow it toward a future together?

Sweet Peppermint Kisses is available as an ebook and paperback. Grab your copy today!

Have you been keeping your New Year’s goals? Please share in the comments below:

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I’m Learning to Use Book Brush…

I try not to do too much in the way of promo posts, but I just created this Book Brush ad and wanted to share.  The program has a free version, and is easy to use, hence this ad.  Here’s the Book Brush Link for all you who want to create cool images for your books.

I did this one for Morgan D’Arcy because he has a new book coming out soon from The Wild Rose Press.  I hope Sinners’ Opera will be released in audio as well as the usual eBook and print.  Here’s the TWRP Link if you want to browse.

Drumroll. Black velvet curtain swept back!  The ad…



Buy Link

And let us not forget Wilde Fridays!

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

Friends know that at any occasion I am guilty of being overdressed!

Fantastic Friday to you!

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Break Out The Bubbly Romance Giveaway

Break Out the Bubbly!

All-Genres Romance Giveaway

January 1-21

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It’s a new year, romance lovers! We’re breaking out the virtual champagne to celebrate the 365 reading days ahead with a giveaway. Enter now for your chance to win.

Plus, do you have a New Year’s resolution to read more books? To get you started, we have more than 50 awesome romance ebooks all priced at 2.99 or less, plus a bonus giveaway. Check it out at:

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

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In the Midst of Winter–Wrens!

Since summer, we have had a tippy-tailed little bird bobbing around the back garden and visiting the feeder that hangs near the pussy willow. As winter closes in on us–and it looks to be a cold one–we hear bird song. And it’s not only our mental mockingbird.

house wren(Royalty free image of house wren. I haven’t gotten a good pic of ours yet)

Yesterday, I spied the singer up in the crabapple tree. Today, he sang from the pussy willow. But the really fun thing is that there’s a half-dozen wrens darting about. Never before have we had a flock of wrens. Must be my reward for planting more native wildflowers, and leaving evergreen shrubs unpruned until they are massive. Last years garden growth remains for spring cleaning. Tansy, catnip, massive native asters, parsley, seed heads…are still out there. Rather, a tangle. The moral of this gardening story is, if you’re untidy you get wrens.

I’ve added peanut butter, suet, and apples to the feeding choices in the back garden, though the wrens seem happy with sunflower seeds. When it gets bitter, I will refill the bird bath often and add extra fruit to the meld. My hope is to attract more fun birds.

geraniums on sunspace with snow outisde(Inside looking out from our sunspace. Geraniums love it)

This past summer, especially late summer/fall, we had scores of butterflies visit the garden as a result of the copious flowers. They visited coreopsis, zinnias, coneflowers, bee balm, Queen Anne’s Lace, black-eyed Susan, phlox, tithonia, catnip, thyme., and many more offerings. The biggest bird draw were all the sunflowers, but they also like the flower seed heads. Insect eaters have plenty of bugs. Bees were also frequent garden visitors. The beautiful rose-colored flowering buckwheat was a hit and will make a return to the garden.


(Cone flower with Red Admiral Butterfly in the garden)

This spring, cleaning up and cutting back old growth awaits us, and some mulching. Replanting will follow. Winter takes its toll. But we are well on our way to a nature habitat.

Hubby Dennis is fixing up my greenhouse and will add a heat source. I am giddy at the thought of soon being back in there. I might even grow edibles.
Reports and pics to come.

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